Am I Getting Old, or Are We Just Screwed?

Written by: Sal Pezzino @sp1989

I am 23 years old and have grown up appreciating all of the music, pop culture icons, toys, technology, and the like. The past few years have been strange, I would say it started around the time I started college but I don’t think that has any correlation with the way I have been feeling over the past few years. I have just grown completely dissatisfied with my generation and the things going on around me. Read more of this post

Seattle Hempfest: Good Weed Good Times (PICS)

This just made Seattle a shitload cooler in my opinion. The ZazenLife team will be attending this event in 2014 – you should come too!

Check out some awesome pictures from the 2013 Hempfest in Seattle.

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Artificial Structures Found on Mars (VIDEO)

Here is a very interesting presentation on the evidence for artificial structures on Mars gathered and presented by Thomas Van Flandern. Read more of this post

Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition: Remembering His Impact

Former South African leader, Nelson Mandela, 94, took a turn for the worse, with the president’s office saying he was was in critical condition. CNN reported Monday that Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital where he has been hospitalized for more than two weeks. Mandela has been hospitalized since June 8th with a recurring infection of the lung. “The doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well being and comfort.” President Jacob Zuma told the nation today.

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Nelson Mandela represents everything that should be encompassed in a leader. Standing for equality, justice, and joint communication amongst opposing nations. Mandela’s stance has always been solid, never wavering from a sound rhetoric in support of his people. With a platform of peace and compassion, we have seen nothing but great actions from the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner. For Mandela’s family, these are turbulent times. Times that they will cherish and remember as the times that meant most to them.

In Johannesburg, 2002, Mandela stated:

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – 90th birthday celebration of Walter Sisulu, Walter Sisulu Hall, Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa,18 May 2002

Education amongst South Africans has been Mandela’s strong subject in recent years as he has devoted much effort to the exchanging of information and the stimulation of knowledge. In 2003 he publicly proclaimed the need for education at the University of Witwatersrand(Sourth Africa) by saying, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 

Well wishes and prayers from around the globe flood in for the respected leader and diplomat. On the world’s stage Mandela has been strong in is convictions and beliefs as well as the we he has conducted himself in office. Yesterday, The South African published “…we should take time to consider the great man’s words of wisdom”, citing that once a great leader always a great leader.

As this time might signal the closing of a chapter for Nelson Mandela, we need to take courage in what he has left us with. Such a great leader will be missed and remembered in many ways. Although his physical presence may be gone from this earth his impact wont. The strength of his spirit and solidarity of mind will remain in the hearts and minds of millions around the world.

 

Lost Ancient City Uncovered in the Mediterranean

For more than 1,200 years, the mythical city of Heracleion has been hidden beneath the warm waters of the Mediterranean, buried under tons of mud and sand.  However, a team of archaeological researchers has rediscovered and begun to unearth this incredibly well-preserved ancient port. Read more of this post

Amazing Indoor Ski Resort

Danish architectural studio Cebra announced the project of building the world’s largest indoor ski resort.  Denmark has no elevated mountains because of its location in the northern region, so they decided to design this resort. The architects proposed a six-pointed “snowflake” of three bridges, crossed at equal angles in Randers.

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Nuclear Testing Sites Around the World and Their Dangers

North Korea has announced their 3rd nuclear test which is aimed at the United States. Yea this seems like pretty serious news, but our leaders don’t seem too concerned. I’m pretty sure that if North Korea ever tried to send a nuke our way, we would immediately shoot it out of the sky and send 20 of them back in their direction. I’m not an expert on this stuff, but I don’t see North Korea attempting to blow us up any time soon. They know how terrible that decision would turn out for them.

But to hear that our enemy is testing their nuclear weapons could be very scary to some people and that is very understandable. Countries have been testing nuclear weapons since the 1940s, and no one has yet to attempt a nuclear strike anywhere remotely close to us. People should be more concerned about the environmental/health problems caused by the testing rather than actually getting bombed.

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The Final Word on Guns For 2012

guns The Final Word on Guns For 2012

The subject of heated debate.

Going into 2013, its interesting to reflect back at this past year. A year in which the theme was curiosity, exploration, and advancement, a glaring tarnish must be discussed. With all of the good things that happened in 2012, what cannot be overlooked is how guns and gun violence have left their permanent stamp on this year. Read more of this post

An Atheist Defense of Christmas

 An Atheist Defense of Christmas

A War on Christmas?

Recently there has been a lot of news coverage about a “War on Christmas”. This is nothing new, there has always seemed to be some sort of non-existent war going on between Theists and Atheists. I am openly an atheist, but I still get excited about this time of year. It really is a great time of the year, everything changes for the better. Think about how much the winter would suck if we didn’t have the holidays to look forward to. There just seems to be a different type of excitement this time of year that is inexplicable. Read more of this post

What is The Fiscal Cliff? Is it The End of The American Economy?

Without meaning to sound like an economics or political science professor, we first need to discuss what the Fiscal Cliff is. Many people think that the fiscal cliff is an approaching economic disaster of some sort that has to do with America’s debt and economic policy. That statement isn’t exactly false but the fact still remains the Fiscal Cliff is something entirely different. Read more of this post

Why I Still Think Mitt Romney is Going to Lose This Election

Way back in July, I came to the conclusion that Mitt Romney was going to lose this election.

When I came to that conclusion he still had not picked a vice presidential candidate and he was still pretty far behind in the polls. At the end of August I published a re-post that included Paul Ryan’s selection which only reinforced my main point. Read more of this post

Debate Expectations: Round Two

So needless to say since the last debate there has been a lot of speculation as to who won the first debate between the President and Governor Romney, as well as the debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Most of if not all people can agree that the last two debates where some of the most exciting debates we have seen in about twenty years. Read more of this post

Pyramids of China (VIDEO)

Here is an interesting fact; there are over 300 pyramids in China!

For reasons which I will refrain from speculating about, the Chinese government has done everything in its power to deny the existence of these interesting structures. Read more of this post

Losing My Religion

This is a cautionary tale and one that is not intended to promote or denigrate a specific religion. I used to be an extremely devout catholic. I taught Sunday school, I was a Eucharistic minister, I was an altar server, and I was pretty active in my church. Below I am going to share with you a story that caused me to completely change my outlook on life. It truly was a moment in my life when I realized that everything I believed might be wrong and that you should never approach anything blindly. Read more of this post

It Doesn’t Take Common Sense to Know That…Mitt Romney Won the First Debate

photo It Doesn’t Take Common Sense to Know That...Mitt Romney Won the First Debate
So I went into the debate with an open mind. Not knowing really what to expect, but after watching the debate, I must say that it was a decisive victory for Mitt Romney. The mainstream news and media will undoubtedly take sides but coming from a person in the middle I can say that Romney clearly won. Read more of this post