War and Peace

My Life as an Artist (2)

‘My desire to be well informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.’  Matt Keeland

This quote resonated with me and indeed recently, I have changed my habit of turning on the BBC news first thing in the morning, and replacing it with beautiful music. 

I listen to the news and read newspapers a little later in the day when I feel more fortified, more able to harness a constructive, positive attitude. 

Because I believe that a picture speaks a thousand words, I chose the following images which express the polar opposites of destruction and construction, of war and peace. 

During the Bosnian war, (1992 – 1995) I saw a photograph of a young child ravaged by the madness of war.     I made two paintings from the photograph. 

As a child of war, she represents all the other children who have, and are…

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It’s The End Of The @Facebook.com Email Address As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)


Facebook is putting an end to its @facebook.com email project, which means your life will probably go on exactly as it had been with no discernible changes whatsoever. For future reference, don’t email me at darrell.etherington@facebook.com, unless you want to receive no response, which is exactly what would’ve happened before this change was announced anyway.

The reason for ditching the facebook.com emails is pretty straightforward: They weren’t being used by many people at all, Facebook tells us. For those few who were, messages sent to your Facebook email will be automatically forwarded to whatever email you have on file with the social network, beginning in March when the changes go into effect. That’s on by default, by the way, so if you’re not looking forward to the prospect of receiving email from an address you may have forgotten you had, you can go into your account settings on Facebook to…

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Report: NSA Bugged Top German Officials After Obama Ordered Cease Of Spying On Chancellor


The National Security Agency has reportedly been surveilling senior German officials after it was ordered by President Obama to cease spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel. The report comes from German paper Bild am Sonntag, which claims its informant is a “high-ranking NSA employee in Germany,” as described by UK Reuters, which translated the original report.

Among the 320 target individuals are Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière. “We have had the order not to miss out on any information now that we are no longer able to monitor the chancellor’s communication directly,” one NSA employee is reported to have said.

An interior ministry spokesman declined to comment on the allegations. The US incurred significant international disapproval after previous leaks about surveilling the German Chancellor, which President Obama never officially disavowed.

Part of the issue with this current leak is that it’s difficult to verify. The original NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden…

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A new painting on my Etsy gallery

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A short post just to mention that the painting, showned below, is now on my Etsy  gallery, still very lean gallery…but is there for you to visit, don’t have to buy anything just visit, a click away…and maybe if your fingers and eyes are not too tired you can also visit my main site JMR-ART , lots to see there, it is quite large with lots of things, but don’t worry you should not get lost, and if so, it is a nice place to be lost…:) and if you’re still in for it, there is also my facebook page JMR-ART , what a coincidence…and if you like it you may win, actually you are sure to win my gratitude and many thanks…:D

Un petit article très court pour mentionner que cette toile, voir photo ci-après est maintenant disponible par l’entremise de ma galerie sur Etsy, qui est encore…

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The Dark Legacy Of @Facebook.com Addresses: They Poisoned iOS Contact Sync


Facebook may be killing off its email address feature, but their uselessness will live on in iOS contact books around the world. You see, right before iOS 6 and its Facebook contact sync feature came out, Facebook forcibly hid the real email addresses everyone shared with their friends. It only left the @facebook.com addresses it assigned everyone visible, so that’s what got synced by iOS 6.

At the time in June 2012 I called this “poppycock” and implored Facebook to undo the visibility change it made without permission. Allowing users to choose to share their @facebook.com address that routed to their Facebook Messages Inbox would have been fine. If Facebook wanted to compete to be your email address, though, it should have done it on a level playing field.

facebook-emails-hiddenBut to banish email addresses provided by its competitors like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft with hardly any notice was dishonest. One source…

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Egyptian Aak 2014 Week 8 ( Feb17-23)





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