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The World We Live In

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq. This Photo was taken in 2003, and shows a different and often hidden side of the men and women serving in the armed forces. When it comes right down to it, we are all just human.

Saddam Hussein, shown here after his capture in 2003. Plucked from a hole in the ground by U.S. forces, was President of Iraq from July 16, 1979 until April 9, 2003, when he was deposed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S.-led Allied Coalition. After his capture in ad-Dawr, near his hometown Tikrit, he was incarcerated at Camp Cropper. On November 5, 2006, he was sentenced to death by hanging.

One of the many bombs that exploded in Madrid in 2004. Terrorism is a global problem, and those that say our forces should pull out of Afghanistan need to be reminded of this.

One would expect pictures like this to come from WWII, from the Nazi concentration camps. But no, this is a a mass grave outside the church in Nyanza, Rwanda. An estimated 800,000 people were killed in 1994 in 100 days of genocide.

Senegalese children run as locusts spread in the capital Dakar. In 2004 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that the locust swarms infesting countries from Mauritania to Chad could develop into a full-scale plague, but the children don’t seem to mind. Ignorance is bliss.

2005, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish protester tries to push a bulldozer at a demonstration against the desecration of graves during the construction of a new Israeli highway next to the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Regavim.

The attempt was not successful

Climate activists Lesley Butler and Rob Bell  “sunbathe” on the edge of a frozen fjord in the Norwegian Arctic in 2007. The activists are warning that global warming could thaw the Arctic and make the sea warm enough for people to swim and sunbathe in.

After this photo was taken they were treated for frostbite.

In 2007 Benazir Bhutto prays as she arrives in Karachi, Pakistan. Bhutto ended eight years of self-exile on Thursday, returning to Karachi where more than 100,000 supporters poured onto the city’s streets to welcome her home. She was assassinated soon after.

Michael Phelps and Garrett Weber-Gale celebrate after the U.S. won the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Soon after a picture surfaced with Phelps holding a marijuana bong, a guys gotta relax somehow.

Children playing soccer. The soldier in the foreground a prime example what is wrong with this world. Innocence and purity is all around us, but still. We manage to create evil.

This picture was taken about 10 minutes from my home. There are many forms of terrorism, and many different threats facing our Society today. Governments, religion, greed, and poverty are creating a world in which it is no longer safe to leave are doors unlocked, or travel easily and safely across borders. No longer can we assume that there will always be food on the table, or that there will always be jobs. Gone are the days when teens played street hockey, baseball in the park, and shoveled snow for their neighbor. Now we have internet, sexting, web chat, and gangs.

Pack the kids, we’re moving to the mountains.

December 3, 2009, 9:17 AM - Posted by | All News


  1. So true…what a crazy messed up world we live in…and between msn, email, facebook, my space and texting…our children are going to lose the personal interaction that develops social skills, communication skills, human interaction is so important…by the next generation..our grand kids…there will be no language skills what so ever…communication will be either telepathically or via “the wire”…

    face to face communication will be extinct…voices not heard..just the clicking of the keys…

    what a huge difference from my childhood and my childrens..so many “simple” things gone…going outside to play is replaced by the computer…if I suggested that one of my teens go out and “call on your friends”..they would NOT know what i was talking about..repsonse would be I texted him/her…they are not home..etc..gone are the days of kick the can, hide and seek..red rover..simple outdoor childhood games replaced by INDOOR video/computer games and texting..no phone calls..chatting on line..no emotion heard just blarring music drowning out the sound of the keys..

    on the other hand…for the most part..being glued to the computer for chatting and games etc..isn’t ALL bad.

    With my three oldest being 15-19..I prefer that to having them out on the streets. Six of one, half a dozen of another.. At least I know where my kids are and that they are safe..in todays world…I’D LIKE TO LOCK THEM UP UNTIL THEY ARE 25.


    Comment by CeeA | December 3, 2009, 10:09 AM | Reply

  2. And our 3 yr old is on the pc playing Dora learning games. So in some ways there are benefits, just have to find a balance.


    Comment by Beast | December 3, 2009, 10:12 AM | Reply

  3. Some people really do leave…. we have friends that live in middle BC that decided to ‘checked out’. My husband grew up with the husband who was always an avid outdoorsman. They live on an island and their home and all their appliances run off alternative energy. They grow a massive garden, have 3 deep freezers, have chickens and a couple of cows, can a lot of food and hunt and fish. They have 5 kids that are homeschooled and they take a ferry to go into the closest town to participate in sports, dance, go to movies, grocery shop, etc. They’re not hermits nor religious zealots. Just people who had enough of the ‘modern crazy busy world’ who were very tired of living in the big city and wanted to get back to the basics. Its a lot of hard physical work and they do not regret a moment of it. My husband and I admire them greatly. Their kids all participate in all aspects of daily life & chores and the entire family enjoys every meal together too. Not such a bad deal. The husband works / barters about 2 months out of the year with other neighbours for items or money and that gives them more than enough to live a good life. Yes they have satelite TV & internet too. Their place is a piece of heaven, I’ll have to email Beast some pics.


    Comment by pattycake07 | December 3, 2009, 5:05 PM | Reply

  4. That picture you sent me was very nice Patty. I love those A-frame houses. We have dreamed for years to move into a place like that nestled in the mountains near a lake or something. It seems to be harder to find people you can trust, and we seem to worry more about countless different things. We are always watching who is close by when the kids are outside, our teen boys are getting into trouble, our oldest daughter is at “that” age. And then we have the wonderful news, terrorism threats, nuclear concerns, higher taxes, and the like. It would be so simple, but is it practical. I don’t know, maybe some day.


    Comment by Beast | December 4, 2009, 9:45 AM | Reply

  5. http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1946595_2010942,00.html

    PICTURES OF 2009 ~ Could use a little more happiness in our world if this is as good as it gets…

    where are the pics of soldiers reuniting with loved ones…pictures of babies…flowers…mothers holding babies with flowers…you get the drift…


    Comment by CeeA | December 10, 2009, 6:29 PM | Reply

    • oh but here is my take on the doom and gloom of the world as I shot it in 2009…

      geez..looking forward to another year …IN PICTURES…NOT..

      Maybe I should take the pics and capture some JOY and HOPE to share with the world!

      We all know there is war and death, hunger, war and starvation and it’s VERY REAL..but find a little middle ground in portraying the year in pics not just doom and gloom..and throw in some politics and a funeral..geez


      Comment by CeeA | December 10, 2009, 6:36 PM | Reply

      • pffft


        Comment by Beast | December 10, 2009, 6:49 PM | Reply

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