OSCE Reports! Russian/Ukraine Border

The OSCE are really the only group I would trust for accurate information.

"Common observations at the Border Crossing-Points

In general, the situation at both Border Crossing-Points is calm. Increasingly more people fleeing Ukraine report to Observers about the dire situation in the Luhansk region.

In many cases there is a misunderstanding about the role of the OM, which is often thought to be part of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. Many of the refugees urge the OSCE to do something to bring an end to the fighting. This is accompanied by indiscriminate accusations against the OSCE of being passive or indifferent.

Military movement

At both Border Crossing-Points, Observer Teams (OTs) observed seven occasions on which Russian military helicopters flew over the Border Crossing-Point compounds, during the day and night. When visible, Observers assessed that these helicopters did not violate the Russian-Ukrainian border while approaching or leaving the Border Crossing-Points. In addition, the OT heard in five cases, during night hours, the sound of propeller aircraft in the vicinity of the Border Crossing-Points. In one instance during daylight, the OT saw a small grey aircraft above Gukovo Border Crossing-Point heading north.

Observation at the Gukovo Border Crossing-Point

After the reopening of the Gukovo Border Crossing-Point the OTs observed a steady increase of cross-border traffic flows until 13 August, predominantly into the Russian Federation. During the reporting period, the total number of border crossings at Gukovo Border Crossing-Point exceeded those of Donetsk Border Crossing-Point for the first time. A daily average of 3,100 entries and exits was recorded, of which 60% accounted for entries into the Russian Federation.

Other observations of interest:

Throughout the week the OT heard detonations and gun fire in Ukraine, very close to the Border Crossing-Point. These incidents were quickly assessed as not combat-related. As previously reported, most of the gun and mortar fire heard by the OT originates from a nearby improvised ‘shooting range’ under the control of supporters of the self-proclaimed republics. A young man dressed in military-style attire explained that the ‘range’ was used to calibrate rifles and mortars.

Observation at the Donetsk Border Crossing-Point

During the past week, activity at the Donetsk Border Crossing-Point has decreased and is at very low levels. Compared to an average of 5,500 recorded entries/exits per day during the previous week, the number dropped to 2,700, from which roughly 60% percent were crossing to the Russian Federation

Throughout the week the OTs observed multiple groups of generally young people (men and women) wearing military-style dress crossing the border in both directions. The OTs noticed one particular vehicle, a green UAZ with civilian Russian Federation number plates that commutes daily from the Russian Federation to Ukraine and back. In most cases the car has more passengers when leaving for Ukraine than when returning to the Russian Federation. On 17 August two well-occupied buses and a minivan passed the Border Crossing-Point from the Russian Federation to Ukraine. An OT saw at least three injured persons wearing camouflage outfits including one using crutches. The buses and the minivan were escorted by a civilian car registered in the Donetsk region (Ukraine). The OTs also observed several ambulance evacuations of wounded supporters of the self-proclaimed republics as well as civilians.

Other observations of interest:

During the night from 16 to 17 August and during day, the OTs observed distant light flashes and heard heavy mortar fire and multiple rocket launchers in the west. Between 01:10 and 01:20 very distant, particularly massive artillery fire from howitzers and missile launchers could be heard in the north-north-west direction. At 04:00 artillery fire resumed and continued until 13:45.

Russian humanitarian aid convoy

On 14 August the Russian humanitarian aid convoy arrived in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky. This brought considerable media attention to the Donetsk Border Crossing-Point, through which the convoy should cross the border. The same day the OT observed that tents were set up next to the Border Crossing-Point fence to accommodate Ukrainian border guards and customs officers. The next day 58 Ukrainian officers arrived and held a co-ordination meeting with their Russian counterparts on the convoy’s inspection modalities. They were later joined by a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). On 17 August, 16 of the 280 Russian humanitarian aid lorries arrived and parked in a cordoned-off area next to the Border Crossing-Point area where they currently remain.

As soon as the ICRC receives security guarantees the convoy will undergo cargo inspection and cross the border towards Luhansk. There is no scheduled time-frame as of 19 August, 16:00 hrs.

There is widespread misunderstanding that the OSCE would participate in the convoy’s inspection. In addition, inaccurate media reports increased the confusion on the convoy’s movement and inspection. Therefore, in the absence of clear information, the OM repeatedly updated media representatives present at the Border Crossing-Point with factual information to avoid the spread of further inaccuracies”

Humanitarian Crisis: Ukraine Army attacks refugee convoy head toward Russia

Reasons the pro-independence militia was not likely the one to attack convoy:

• Refugee convoy was headed to Russia
• Refugees were from Donetsk/Luhansk area
••• Meaning they were likely people in the militia knew, or at least they were from a pro-independence area.

Maybe Ukraine thought these were members of the militia, but that is no reason to attack a convoy, unless they can provide definitive proof. Otherwise, they are murderers of refugees.

ladoniaart: If a thing existed that had the attributes that we typically ascribe to "God" shouldn't we call that thing God?

academicatheism:

First we’d have to agree what these attributes are. Then we’d have to discuss why it’s apt to call this entity god. On the former, there is no consensus. The theist claims that god is uncaused, timeless, changeless, immaterial, and personal. The Christian then adds that her god is omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, perfectly judicious, omnipresent, sovereign, and existing apart from everything else. The deist will argue that his god is not personal. The pantheist who conflates her god with the universe will not claim that her god is immaterial; she will also add that her god is one with everything—hence hylozoism and/or animism. The panentheist might agree on that point but will add that his god is transcendent; thus, his god isn’t just spaceless and timeless, but extends beyond both.

Bhakti Hindus will disagree and say that gods can take human form in the form of an avatara. This finds a historical correlate of sorts in the gods of mythology. Demigods are gods who became men or men who did great deeds and became gods. Indeed a historical inquiry into the origins of modern Christology reveals this phenomenon in early Christianity. Jesus wasn’t thought to be god while he existed, assuming he was historical. He came to be equal to god decades after the fact—as is attested prominently in the Gospel of John (90-100 CE). Thus, what I survey above shows that the attributes aren’t generally agreed upon.

Would it be apt to call such a being god? I don’t think so. What’s required is that we agree on what attributes constitute a god. After that there must exist a being who has all of those attributes. That’s precisely the being we can’t locate—neither through empirical methods nor revelation nor any other means. There’s also the problem of contradictory attributes. How can a being be perfect whilst mandating worship? How can a being be omnibenevolent and perfectly judicial? In other words, how can there be wrathful justice where there’s perfect love? Human love is fallible and regardless of that, a loving parent won’t disown his son when he drives drunk—won’t disown his daughter when she needs an abortion at 15 years of age. Yet Christians and Muslims posit a god who will punish sinners eternally for temporal misdeeds. How can god be timeless whilst interacting in time? How can a god be one with everything and transcendent simultaneously? It either exists within all things or exists apart from all things.

The notion of god is altogether incoherent. There’s simply no way to synthesize disparate concepts and thus reduce them to a singular archetype. We can only devise archetypes based on shared attributes. It’s something I’m already thinking about with hopes of applying these archetypes in a book I plan to write on gnostic atheism. The book is years away at best and will require consultation from a number of disciplines. It’s not an easy task, but I think it’s a necessary direction to go in, especially since opponents quibble about our focus on this or that religion and/or god concept. Such a project will simply follow atheism to its ultimate conclusion.

I think that Existence fits many if not all.

The rest helps us define things. God is perfectly good, but what is good? Maybe good does not imply perfectly moral, since morality is from humans. Etc.

mordecaimakara:

iloverennerhawkeye:

chainofaffection:

beyoncesugarbaby:

licquoricebitch:

chainofaffection:

Have you ever come across a homeless individual and felt totally uncomfortable?

You see them and you know they are in need, but you are not sure what to do. You know that handing them money is not the best thing. But, you also see that they clearly have some needs. Their lips are chapped. They are hungry. They are thirsty. They are asking for help.

How can you help?

Here is a simple idea - blessing bags.
This was such an easy project. We are now going to keep a few “Blessing Bags” in our car so that when we do happen to see someone on the streets who is homeless, we can hand them a Blessing Bag. I first learned of these bags from my friend, Julie. I am using the picture of her bags (see above) because the ones we took were taken in horrible lighting and turned out really grainy and hard to see what is inside of them.

If you’d like to make your own Blessing Bags, this is what you would need:

Gallon size Ziplock bags
items to go in the bags, such as:
chap stick
packages of tissues
toothbrush and toothpaste
comb
soap
trail mix
granola bars
crackers
pack of gum
band aids
mouthwash
coins (could be used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item)
hand wipes
you could also put in a warm pair of socks, and maybe a Starbucks gift card

Assemble all the items in the bags, and maybe throw in a note of encouragement. Seal the bags and stow in your car for a moment of providence.

This would be a great activity to do with some other families. Each family could bring one of the items going into the bags (ex: toothbrushes). Set up all the items around a table and walk around it with the ziplocks and fill the bags.

http://kwavs.blogspot.com/2011/05/blessing-bags-how-to.html

oh man i wanna do this

mee tooo. im bout to go to the dollar tree and rack up or a wholesale store.

All these reblogs make me so happy to see. So many amazing people on tumblr

random acts if kindness

please include a couple pairs of socks actually! Socks are among the most highly desired clothing item for homeless individuals

mordecaimakara:

iloverennerhawkeye:

chainofaffection:

beyoncesugarbaby:

licquoricebitch:

chainofaffection:

Have you ever come across a homeless individual and felt totally uncomfortable?
You see them and you know they are in need, but you are not sure what to do. You know that handing them money is not the best thing. But, you also see that they clearly have some needs. Their lips are chapped. They are hungry. They are thirsty. They are asking for help.
How can you help?
Here is a simple idea - blessing bags.

This was such an easy project. We are now going to keep a few “Blessing Bags” in our car so that when we do happen to see someone on the streets who is homeless, we can hand them a Blessing Bag. I first learned of these bags from my friend, Julie. I am using the picture of her bags (see above) because the ones we took were taken in horrible lighting and turned out really grainy and hard to see what is inside of them.

If you’d like to make your own Blessing Bags, this is what you would need:
Gallon size Ziplock bags
items to go in the bags, such as:
chap stick
packages of tissues
toothbrush and toothpaste
comb
soap
trail mix
granola bars
crackers
pack of gum
band aids
mouthwash
coins (could be used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item)
hand wipes
you could also put in a warm pair of socks, and maybe a Starbucks gift card
Assemble all the items in the bags, and maybe throw in a note of encouragement. Seal the bags and stow in your car for a moment of providence.
This would be a great activity to do with some other families. Each family could bring one of the items going into the bags (ex: toothbrushes). Set up all the items around a table and walk around it with the ziplocks and fill the bags.

oh man i wanna do this

mee tooo. im bout to go to the dollar tree and rack up or a wholesale store.

All these reblogs make me so happy to see. So many amazing people on tumblr

random acts if kindness

please include a couple pairs of socks actually! Socks are among the most highly desired clothing item for homeless individuals

(Source: yourpersonalcheerleader, via digitalmagus)

I can’t deal with this anymore

I probably have asperger’s- nobody cares.

My parents argue, I stg if my dad hurts my mom, I’ll kill him. It probably won’t ever come to that, but as I’m not good with social stuff, I worry.

My little sister, autistic, nearly cut off her hand sticking it into garbage disposal. Parents say they should look into adult living areas, which the internet doesn’t seem to help with, and if I did try to help, my parent probably wouldn’t react well.

My mom recently had knee surgery and my dad’s getting shoulder surgery.

Family car broke, had to get a new one costing $100 more /month.

Rent costs like $995 a month.


It’s all about money.
The saying that money won’t make you happy, the fuck it won’t.
Money is a way to relieve many burdens which provide peace of mind.

My mom says if the insurance get her $1000 that they owe her, but don’t even acknowledge,maybe it would be better.

Maybe I could end my suffering, and the suffering of my family if I just died.
That or suddenly got like $500 or $1000 from people.

And it wouldn’t even be that difficult. I have about 900 followers. I don’t know how many are still active on tumblr, but if all 900 just sent $1 to my PayPal at nwkeyser@moreheadstate.edu that would be enough to help.

Ukraine start inspecting Russian aid convoy

inserbia:

Ukraine start inspecting Russian aid convoy

Russian relief aid convoy bound for embattled eastern Ukraine is undergoing customs clearance at Russia’s Donetsk border checkpoint in Rostov region, the press service of Kiev’s military operation wrote on its Facebook page on Friday.

Photo: ITAR-TASS

Photo: ITAR-TASS

Out of 59 specialists from Ukraine examining the humanitarian cargo, there are 41 Ukrainian border guards and 18 customs officers, the statement…

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Police Duty, a civic duty?

All the police in Ferguson should be fired.

Ferguson is a town of mostly African Americans, meanwhile the police force is predominantly Caucasian.

This type of disparity is the kind that breeds all sorts of possible trouble.

So, how do we solve this problem? Is there even a way to solve this problem?


Maybe.
What if the police force worked kinda like jury duty.
People would be sent summons and trained to serve as police officers.
They would be paid for their service, a police officer’s salary. They could serve for a term of maybe a year, before another group is selected and trained.

Why would this be better?
• People would learn about the law
• People would treat others with respect because they would want the same respect afforded to them.
• The police force would consist of the governed, a good representative body of the group they serve and protect.