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Message From Laura
August 12, 2009, 7:09 pm
Filed under: Personal
This was sent to me for being a part of the movement to release the two Americans who were wrongfully imprisoned in North Korea.


Dear Friends,

While in detention in North Korea, isolated and scared, one of the things that gave me strength and sustained my faith was hearing about the groundswell of support for Euna and me. You were a part of this incredible movement and for that I will be forever thankful.

Through the letters that I was able to receive, I learned about the many beautiful vigils, the LauraandEuna.com website, the Care2 petition, the Facebook group, and all the other grassroots efforts to bring us home. I am deeply humbled.

In times of extreme darkness and depression, I thought of all of the people, united together, sending us messages of love and hope. I envisioned the light of the candles at the vigils and it brightened my soul.

I would not be here today, home and free, re-united with my family (my sister is actually asleep on the couch right by my side), if not for the support from so many extraordinary people. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Words cannot adequately express my profound gratitude.

While my experience was the most challenging time of my life, I do believe that something beautiful came out of it, and that is the way in which so many people united around a cause for hope and peace.

I’d like to share with you an entry from my journal that I kept during my time in captivity:

Thursday, June 11, 2009 Day 87, 3:00 PM
“I’ve been so overwhelmed and touched by the outpouring of support from so many people. Loved ones, friends, people I haven’t been in contact with in ages, and even total strangers. It makes you have faith in humanity. I hope that I would be as good of a friend or human to someone else in a similar situation.”

Euna and I are two of the lucky ones whose story of captivity resulted in a happy ending. But there are so many journalists imprisoned around the world whose fate is still undecided. It is my sincere hope that the energy ignited around bringing us home will be harnessed into raising awareness around these fellow journalists and their struggle for freedom.

With all my love and gratitude,

Laura



American Journalists Pardonned
August 5, 2009, 12:21 am
Filed under: News

Former President Bill Clinton’s mission to North Korea was a success, and U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been pardoned by North Korean officials.Euna Lee and Laura Ling will be coming home.

According to the BBC News, the official North Korean News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement saying, “Kim Jong-il issued an order… granting a special pardon to the two American journalists who had been sentenced to hard labour.” ABC News is reporting the journalists may board a plane for home as early as tonight.

*Source, Care2



Must Watch: True Blood
July 25, 2009, 7:21 pm
Filed under: Personal

trueblood_posterI have been absolutely DYING to begin watching True Blood, an HBO television series about vampires and how they are coping living in the real-world alongside humans. The show focuses on one girl, Sookie Stackhouse, who has the ability to read minds. The series veers however, from the popularized vampire bit. Instead of the plot-line focusing on a forbidden love, it is smack-filled with sex and violence and anything of the sort which really makes it stand out.

Subsequently, I am watching two other shows: Bleach, an anime series (I know, anime SHUSH, it’s actually really good), and Smallville, and so I do not really want to get ahead of myself with True Blood until I have finished these two. BUT i’M SO EXCITED.

WATCH TRUE BLOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



The Art of Space Travel
July 23, 2009, 1:12 pm
Filed under: News

guylaliberteCanada will be sending its first “space tourist” on September 30 as part of a three-man supply crew headed for the International Space Station.

The tourist, Guy Laliberté, founder and creative mind behind Crique du Soleil, will be joining NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian pilot Maxim Suraev, and are scheduled to launch on a Russian spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

“I think this is a great, great opportunity of inspiration and I intend to inspire myself as much as possible,” said Laliberté, who is paying the grand sum of approximately $35 million to embark on an inspiration-seeking endeavor.

“I’m not a scientist, I’m not a doctor, I’m not an engineer,” Laliberté said. “I’m an artist, I’m a creator and I’ll try to accomplish this mission with my creativity and what life has given me as a tool.” His fellow astronauts are thrilled to be traveling with a creative mind, because they have a “tendency to look at space in a sterile way,”  and they “hope Laliberté can better articulate what it is to be in space.”



Moon Landing Myth BUSTED
July 20, 2009, 4:46 pm
Filed under: Videos

In congruence with the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, The Discovery Channel re-aired an episode of “Mythbusters”  that tackled the infamous adventure in an endeavor to reveal whether or not the entire ordeal had been a hoax.

The two hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, attempted to either scientifically prove or disprove the events that took place, such as the flag blowing as if it were in wind, and the shadows being cast in unparalleled directions.

Here is a short clip of what will occur on the episode. (For full episode click HERE)

Spoiler BELOW

In short, the two hosts decided that it was NOT in fact a hoax. They proved everything that occurred that day with real tests, although, as stated in an interview with Savage and Hyneman, physics could have easily proved all of it. Sorry all you conspiracy theorists!



Want To Find Marijuana? There’s An App For That!
July 19, 2009, 11:51 pm
Filed under: News

iPhone applications are very innovative in terms of the use of their technology, wherein you have apps that can find your friends, allow you to play video games, or even get you a job; but now it can be used to find you marijuana.

Apple has recently given permission for the distribution of a new app entitled “Cannabis.” The application’s function is to locate and direct you to the nearest legal marijuana distributor. It may also give you options to protest for the legalization of medicinal marijuana in states where it is not.

Many people are arguing the distribution of the $2.99 app, but the ajnag.com, the application’s producer, is retorting that the aim for the app isn’t only to lead the populous to sources of cannabis, but to promote reform on the laws preventing the use of medicinal marijuana, as they see it to be a viable cause.

Here is a video that explains how the app will work:



Teen Texting Tendinitis
July 18, 2009, 10:38 pm
Filed under: News

Teen textingMore and more teenagers have been checking into hospitals complaining about acute pain in their fingertips, back and forearms, and doctors are calling this new combination of ailments “teen texting tendonitis”.

As a CNN video portrays (for video click HERE) one young girl, averaging 200 texts a day, is suffering from said symptoms and both the girl’s mother and doctor recognize a problem.

Seeing this new medical development you cannot help but think that there have been some sad new-comings in this generation, to the point where arthritic ailments are now affecting young people due to over-zealous texting.