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  • 27 Jan 2014
    Không còn con sông , nước dâng tràn lên bãi bờ!Anh về quê em , khắp nơi như là biển khơi!Chập chờn máy tranh ngoi lên giữa ngọn triều dâng!những đàn gà con bơ vơ đứng nhìn trời xanh!Bao ngày trôi qua lũ cao dân thêm nữa rồi!Không còn nhận ra tiếng ai đi tìm người trôi!Mẹ ngồi dưới mưa tay ôm ấp trẻ lạnh căm!Xóm làng chìm trong bao la những nỗi đau này!Ôi ! Nước lũ dâng cao dâng cao dâng theo bao nỗi sầu đau!Ôi ! nước tràn bờ đê nước tràn bờ đê tang thương khắp một miền quê!Bên bờ đê cao mái tranh tạm che kiếp người!Ơi đồng bằng ơi , biết bao thân phận nổi trôi!Còn 1 trái tim ai ơi nhớ lại Miền Tây" Nhiễu điều " mà thương dân ta lắm nỗi đoạn trường.
    8713 Posted by Danny Stone
  • 27 Jan 2014
    The first specifically Christmas hymns for Christians that we know of appear in fourth century Rome. Latin hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium, written by Ambrose, Archbishop of Milan, were austere statements of the theological doctrine of the Incarnation in opposition to Arianism. Corde natus ex Parentis (Of the Father's love begotten) by the Spanish poet Prudentius (d. 413) is still sung in some churches today.[1] In the ninth and tenth centuries, the Christmas "Sequence" or "Prose" was introduced in North European monasteries, developing under Bernard of Clairvaux into a sequence of rhymed stanzas. In the twelfth century the Parisian monk Adam of St. Victor began to derive music from popular songs, introducing something closer to the traditional Christmas carol. In the thirteenth century, in France, Germany, and particularly, Italy, under the influence of Francis of Assisi a strong tradition of popular Christmas songs in the native language developed.[2] Christmas carols in English first appear in a 1426 work of John Awdlay, a Shropshire chaplain, who lists twenty five "caroles of Cristemas", probably sung by groups of 'wassailers', who went from house to house.[3] The songs we know specifically as carols were originally communal songs sung during celebrations like harvest tide as well as Christmas. It was only later that carols begun to be sung in church, and to be specifically associated with Christmas. Carols gained in popularity after the Reformation in the countries where Protestant churches gained prominence (as well-known Reformers like Martin Luther authored carols and encouraged their use in worship), this was the consequence of the fact that the Lutheran reformation warmly welcomed music.[4] "Adeste Fideles" ("O Come all ye faithful") appears in its current form in the mid-18th century, although the words may have originated in the thirteenth century. The origin of the tune is disputed. The first appearance in print of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", "The First Noel", "I Saw Three Ships" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" was in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (1833) by William Sandys. Composers like Arthur Sullivan helped to repopularize the carol, and it is this period that gave rise to such favorites as "Good King Wenceslas" and "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear", a New England carol written by Edmund H. Sears and Richard S. Willis. Today carols are regularly sung at Christian religious services. Some compositions have words which are clearly not of a religious theme, but are often still referred to as "carols". For example, the sixteenth century song "A Bone, God Wot!" appears to be a wassailing song (which is sung during drinking or while requesting ale), but is described in the British Library's Cottonian Collection as a Christmas carol
    7323 Posted by Danny Stone
  • 25 Jan 2014
    Dear Readers,         Nowadays, obesity has become a growing problem in our society. Technology has brought us to a new era of information where you can work, entertain or study at home right at your desk. However, it has created a new disease, OBESITY. Despite all effort to reduce the spreading of obesity, it continues to grow as more and more people use internet to find information or entertainment online. They don't even have to drag their butts out of the house to buy necessities such as food, groceries etc... People no longer stand on their feet, they 'stand' on their butts.          Sitting in an extended long period cause more harm than good. Many of you may not notice that you spend awful lot of time sitting and very little time standing or walking. Some people don't even know why they're gaining weight and especially around the waist area. They exercise 45 minutes every day and eat very healthy but they can't understand why their weight either remain the same or keep gaining weight little by little.          Now, a question probably pops up in your head : How is that possible ? Well, let me tell you something that I rarely see people mention. If you spend an hour for 'standing' activities and the rest for sitting, you're going to have a bad time trying to lose weight. Why ? Very simple, despite that fact that you exercise 45 minutes every day, a majority of calories burn comes from the daily simple activities such walking and standing up. According to an article I read earlier on nytimes.com, when you sit for an extended amount of time, your metabolism drops by 50% and your body consumes less calories. A grown-up human body needs about 2000 calories everyday to maintain its weight (the number may be different depending on your gender, weight and age). So let's say you spend 45 minutes jogging and burn about 300 calories, and you take in only 1500 calories. That gives you 1200 calories to  spend for the rest of the day and you probably think your body will consume them all and some of your fat by the end of the day. That's not gonna happen if you spend the rest of your day sitting in front of the computer.         As I mentioned earlier, when you sit, your metabolism drops about 50%. So if your body needs 2000 calories to maintain weight, it comes down 1000 when you sit for a whole day. Have you ever calculate how much time you spend sitting down ( at work, at school or in front of the computer) ? Probably not. I was like that before, I exercise everyday and I've become vegetarian. But I don't understand why after 2 months, I didn't drop even a single pound. So I went to the internet and tried to find out what my problem was. None could answer that question for me until I found the aforementioned article. Then I really struck me. When I think about how much time I spend sitting in the chair everyday, I was shocked to notice that I spent roughly 1 hour every doing activities that involved standing up. Then I realized I needed a change in my lifestyle, a change that I really need after all these years. I started standing a work instead of sitting like 'normal people'. It was really painful when I first started. It hurt my back, my heels, and almost everywhere from the feet up.At some point, I can't even feel my leg. But I notice something , my posture is improving, my concentration is better and I no longer get tired. It's an amazing feeling that I've never had before. Most of you after spending 8 hours at work probably feel tired but not for me. My legs may be sore but the rest of me feel alive. And I couldn't press enough how important standing up at work has change my life.       Although, I haven't gone through the first week of standing up at work (so fat I'm only at day 3), I'm telling you it feels pretty good. So, I wrote this article for people who have the same problem like me or someone else who need to lose weight. STOP SITTING. If you spend more time sitting than standing, you're going to have a bad time losing weight. Anyway, well I don't know what the point of writing it knowing that it's not going to be read but if it is ever read by someone, I hope it helps that someone have a healthier life.           
    4892 Posted by Danny Stone
  • 01 Feb 2014
    Oceans apart day after dayAnd I slowly go insaneI hear your voice on the lineBut it doesn't stop the painIf I see you next to neverHow can we say foreverWherever you goWhatever you doI will be right here waiting for youWhatever it takesOr how my heart breaksI will be right here waiting for youI took for granted, all the timesThat I thought would last somehowI hear the laughter, I taste the tearsBut I can't get near you nowOh, can't you see it babyYou've got me goin' crazyWherever you goWhatever you doI will be right here waiting for youWhatever it takesOr how my heart breaksI will be right here waiting for youI wonder how we can surviveThis romanceBut in the end if I'm with youI'll take the chanceOh, can't you see it babyYou've got me goin' crazyWherever you goWhatever you doI will be right here waiting for youWhatever it takesOr how my heart breaksI will be right here waiting for you
    4841 Posted by Danny Stone

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Family & Home 2,162 views Apr 05, 2014
The Housing Market With Nowhere to Go (but Up)

SAN FRANCISCO — Not long ago the pink house at 1829 Church Street, in the Glen Park neighborhood here, hit the market for $895,000.

It sold for $1.425 million — $530,000 over the asking price — in less than two weeks.

The story of this fixer-upper, with three bedrooms, two baths, linoleum floors and an Eisenhower-era kitchen, is in some ways the story of the moment in the city, where longtime residents complain that Silicon Valley money is basically ruining the place for everyone else.

More wealth is concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area than just about any other place in the nation. Google alone, the story goes, minted 1,000 millionaires when it went public. Ditto Facebook. And Twitter? Some estimate 1,600. Tech worker bees are doing just fine, too, with average base salaries now north of $100,000.

To understand how all this money is transforming San Francisco, for better and worse, look no further than this city’s hyperventilating real estate market. As technology companies have moved in — more than 5,000 start-ups now make their home locally — the influx of well-paid workers has pushed rents and home prices through the roof. Worsening matters, San Francisco has also become a bedroom community for many of the young people who work in Silicon Valley. Each day, Apple, Facebook, Google and others shuttle tens of thousands of their employees to work using private buses that have become a controversial symbol of rising tech wealth.

At a recent open house for 1829 Church Street, the broker explained the property’s dilapidated appeal.

“It’s a block away from all the tech shuttles,” he said.

On one level, the technology industry and its riches have been very good to San Francisco. The unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, compared with 6.6 percent nationwide. Entire neighborhoods are being revitalized — or destroyed, depending on whom you talk to. To some, San Francisco is losing its soul as it gentrifies rapidly.

There is reason to worry. Over the last decade, 75,000 people have moved to San Francisco, but only 17,000 new housing units have been built. Over the next 25 years, city officials project, 150,000 more people will arrive.

“The city is surrounded by water on three sides, and there is nowhere for people to go,” said Glenn Kelman, chief executive of Redfin, an online real estate brokerage firm.

Little wonder, then, that a feeding frenzy is underway in the housing market. Landon Nash, a real estate broker, said it was not uncommon for open houses to see hundreds of people shuffle through and conclude with a 20-person bidding war. People are waiving mortgage contingency clauses and home inspections — and paying cash.

In December, almost 40 percent of the home sales were all cash. Redfin estimates that, on average, homes in San Francisco are selling for 60 percent to 80 percent over asking price. Most are gobbled up within 16 days of being listed, down from 61 days five years ago, when the nation’s real estate market was still soft.

But here’s the problem: As more people move in, the city will also need more public-school teachers, police officers and firefighters. Living in San Francisco on a city salary is difficult if not impossible. According to Redfin, in San Francisco County, where the average teacher earns $59,700 a year, not a single home now on the market is within the reach of the average public-school teacher. For police officers, who make an average of $80,000 a year, there is one affordable home. Five years ago, police officers and teachers could have afforded 36 percent of the homes on the market, according to Redfin.

Even some tech entrepreneurs and programmers say they are being priced out. They are competing with co-workers who got in early on a tech start-up, or started one of their own, and have seemingly unlimited money at their disposal.

When Mark Zuckerberg bought his pied-à-terre in San Francisco’s Noe Valley in 2012, he had a representative knock on the door of the home he liked — it wasn’t even for sale — and then offered the owners all cash at double the value of the property.

On Tuesday, 250 San Francisco residents congregated at Virgil’s Sea Room, a bar in the Mission district, to discuss the housing crisis. It didn’t take long for the event, called Tech Workers Against Displacement Happy Hour, to erupt into an expletive-fueled yelling match between tech workers and people running nonprofits that are trying to stop evictions in the city.

City officials know they have a housing problem on their hands.

“Our approach to housing in San Francisco is very dysfunctional,” said Scott Wiener, a San Francisco supervisor who is a proponent of new housing. “The system is intentionally designed to make it as difficult as possible to build new housing.”

There are long lists of rules, regulations and hurdles developers need to get around before building in the city that Mr. Wiener said were created to curb new construction. Real estate experts say the only way to build is up, but many longtime residents have shot down proposals for high-rise housing.

Additionally, with each new housing unit, there need to be some affordable options. According to the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, more than 23 percent of San Francisco residents are below the poverty threshold.

In recent years, officials have managed to approve some new high-rise housing in the SoMa and Tenderloin areas. But it seems to be too little, too late.

“We’re in an absolute housing crisis right now,” Mr. Wiener said. “There’s no easy solution, and it’s going to take us time to fix this.”