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Posted in News with tags on February 1, 2016 by 2eyeswatching

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To Dear all my visitors,

Please be informed that on February 14, 2016 this site will be ended (I will close it).

Please visit my first site :  www.mannaismayaadventure.com  (mannaismayaadventure’s blog)that I run since May 2010…. all content same as this site.

Thank you so much for you all kind support, highly appreciated.

Jakarta – INDONESIA, February 1, 2016

Best Regards,

Rama Yappy Kawitarka

 

Mysterious shadow figure walking on clouds captured by plane passenger

Posted in News with tags on January 22, 2016 by 2eyeswatching

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January 15, 2016

Mysterious shadow figure walking on clouds captured by plane passenger

 http://ufosightingshotspot.blogspot.co.id/2016/01/mysterious-shadow-figure-walking-on.html
Passenger Nick O’Donoghue was on board an EasyJet flight flying back from Austria to Cork when his fellow passengers began to point to a strange phenomenon outside the aircraft.Mr. O’Donoghue told to the Dailymail: I was gazing out the window and was amazed to see a figure in the distance in front of us and then as we flew closer the bizarre shape of a human-like figure walking along the clouds appeared.

Credit images: Nick O’Donoghue

Despite the figure was a bit away in the distance, I was able to watch the shadow figure for about two minutes and took some images of the strange phenomenon before then the aircraft slowly passed it.

To me, the shadow figure looks like a robot-like man or Michelin man but honestly I have no idea what it was, maybe it was just a rare cloud formation, said Nick.

Did Nick captured a rare natural sky phenomenon at 30,000ft or he witnessed something extraordinary, something from another world, that goes beyond the human capacity to understand what it could be?

Note: In the last enlarged and enhanced image of the shadow man, a human face is clearly visible.

 

The Maya-Pleiades Connection – Artifacts Prove Mayans Had Alien Contact

Posted in News with tags on January 22, 2016 by 2eyeswatching

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January 14, 2016

The Maya-Pleiades Connection – Artifacts Prove Mayans Had Alien Contact

 http://ufosightingshotspot.blogspot.co.id/2016/01/the-maya-pleiades-connection-artifacts.html
In the Pleiades, one of the stars is called Maia. Is it possible that the Maya are from this star system?The Maya believe that the Pleiades is the home of their ancestors. The Pleiades star system, also known as the seven sisters, aligns with the Central Sun, Alcyone, once every 52 years. The precession of the Pleiades in Mayan cosmology is tracked by the Calendar Round (52 years) and the New Fire ceremony.

In a previous In5D article entitled, ‘Newly Discovered Artifacts Prove Mayans Had Alien Contact!‘, we have seen the many extraterrestrial and UFO connections with the Maya. Is it possible that these ancestors that are spoken of are extraterrestrial visitors from the Pleiades?

Newly Discovered Artifacts Prove Mayans Had Alien Contact!

Amazing new Mayan artifacts prove the extraterrestrial connection between the Maya and their galactic visitors.

Many people have speculated that the Maya were visited by extraterrestrials and that at least one of their deities, Kukulcan (also known as Quetzalcoatl by the Aztecs), may have been a galactic visitor who taught the Maya about agriculture, mathematics, medicine and astronomy. How else could one explain the Mayan calendar, a calendar that to this day can accurately predict every lunar eclipse within 30 seconds?

The Maya knew of planets that were not “discovered” until many centuries later. They were also the first civilization to use the “zero” in mathematics.

Interestingly, while Quetzalcoatl was described by the Maya as appearing to be Caucasian, having blonde hair and blue eyes, some of the artifacts appear to have African characteristics, thus giving credence to the hypothesis that our civilization was seeded here from various star nations.

 

The Biggest Rattlesnake You’ll Ever See?

Posted in News with tags on November 12, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Wes Siler

http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/the-biggest-rattlesnake-youll-ever-see-1741987485

The Biggest Rattlesnake You’ll Ever See?

The Biggest Rattlesnake You'll Ever See?

The biggest western diamondback rattlesnake ever caught? An Arkansas man borrowed a hot pink snubnose revolver from his wife to shoot this one after it bit one of his dogs.

As with all things “biggest,” there’s controversy over this critter’s size. Some claimed 8’ 9” when photos were originally posted to Facebook last month. But there does seem to be some trickery with forced perspective in this original picture:

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Note the specialized snake-killing footwear. Never attempt to shoot a pistol at a dangerous animal lying on the ground in front of you unless you’re wearing flip flops.

With a smaller relative distance between lens, subject and Cotton Hill, we get a clearer idea of the snake’s size:

The Biggest Rattlesnake You'll Ever See?

Probably closer to six feet, than over eight. Still a really big rattler.

The largest western diamondback ever officially measured was 92.5 inches long. And let me tell you, that is a monster. I’ve only encountered a rattlesnake this large once in my life and hope to never again. Until you see one as big around as your thigh in real life, it’s hard to believe the get that huge. Typical sizes are closer to the three to five-foot range.

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Hitting the snake with a .38 snub can’t have been easy.

Watching the local newscast is well worth it, if only for the unique cultural experience:

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The Largest Alligator Ever Caught

Posted in News with tags on November 12, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Wes Siler

http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/the-largest-alligator-ever-caught-1624521405

​The Largest Alligator Ever Caught

​The Largest Alligator Ever Caught

Measuring 15 feet long and weighing in at a staggering 1,011.5 lbs, this giant alligator was pulled out of a river in Alabama on Saturday morning, becoming the largest ever caught. The woman who did so broke out her special pearl necklace to celebrate.

Like coyote/wolf hybrids on the east coast, alligators represent a success story for a large predator thriving alongside mankind here in America. Once on the verge of extinction due to habitat destruction and pollution, the American Alligator now thrives; five million of them live throughout the Southeast. Controlled hunts help keep their populations healthy and in check through states like Louisiana, Arkansas and Florida.

This guy was caught by Mandy Stokes and family outside Camden, Alabama after an epic battle that lasted throughout Friday night and into Saturday morning. Mandy’s brother-in-law set the first hook at 10:30am and it wasn’t until 5am on Saturday that she was able to fire the fatal shot with her shotgun into the base of the gator’s skull. But, that wasn’t the end of the struggle.

​The Largest Alligator Ever Caught

Mandy wore this pearl necklace especially for the hunt.

Equipped with only a 17-foot aluminum boat, the five members of the Stokes clan then had to figure out how to bring the creature back to their take-out point. Efforts to lift it into the boat failed, but they did eventually manage to lash it to one side. With so much weight, the boat wanted to tip, so the family spent the ride back to the dock hanging off the opposite gunwale, like sailors countering a strong wind.

​The Largest Alligator Ever Caught

Gator world records are a bit murky, but the previous world record appears to have been held by a hunter in Texas, who bagged an 880 pounder back in 2007.

The Stokes are having the gator taxidermied, but haven’t yet figured out where they will display it.

Photos: Sharon Steinmann, AL.com

Bliss Dharma Assembly

Posted in News with tags on November 11, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Bliss Dharma Assembly

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/bigpicture/2015/11/06/bliss-dharma-assembly/RqxE9MN6hmMDJZehBe9IMN/s

Thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns recently gathered for the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly in remote China to mark Buddha’s descent from the heavens. The gathering was held at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, widely regarded as the world’s largest and most influential center for Tibetan Buddhist studies.–By Lloyd Young
Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns walk home from the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Nov. 1 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha’s descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world’s largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk prays with lay people on a hillside during a morning chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad boy is seen at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30 in Sertar county. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Monks and nuns walk across a steep hill back to their dormitory after attending a daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China early Nov. 1. The eight-day gathering of people chanting mantras and listening to teachings of monks starts every year around the 22nd of the ninth month on Tibetan calendar, the great day of Buddha’s descending from Tushita Heavens. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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A Tibetan Buddhist woman prostrates at a monastery above the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Nov. 1 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns carry tea as others sit during a morning chanting session at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monks spins a prayer wheel at Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies on Oct. 31. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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A Tibetan Buddhist walks through smoke froom juniper bruned as a blessing on his way to a morning chanting on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns walk back to their dormitories after attending a daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly on Nov. 1. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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Tibetan Buddhist nuns prepare butter lamps during the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads cook and stay warm by candlelight at dusk following a chanting session on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad reads a religious book by candlelight in his tent following a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads are blessed with juniper smoke as they pray at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Nov. 1. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk spins a prayer wheel on a hillside following a chanting session on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad woman prepares tea at dusk following a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads listen during a prayer session on Nov. 1. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk takes pictures with his smartphone of a daily chanting session at a Buddhist laymen lodge on Oct. 30. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads rush passed a large prayer wheel outside the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns make tea from yak butter and milk before a morning chanting session at the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Tibetan Buddhist nomads drink tea at dusk following a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk looks from inside a Buddhist laymen lodge where thousands of people gather for daily chanting session during the Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly, the last of the four Dharma assemblies at Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute in remote Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China as the sun comes out on Oct. 30. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)
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Tibetan Buddhist monks pray during a chanting session as part of the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad spins a prayer wheel, or mani khor-lo, as he sits on a hillside during the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 30. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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A Tibetan Buddhist nomad carries his daughter in the crowd on a hillside during the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute on Oct. 31 in Sertar county, in the remote Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China. The last of four annual assemblies, the week long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha’s descent from the heavens. Located high in the mountains of Sichuan, the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute was founded in 1980 by an influential lama of the Nyingma sect and is widely regarded as the world’s largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhist studies. The school is home to thousands of monks and nuns and is popular for followers from all over the Tibetan areas and other parts of China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

 

Perilous Crossings

Posted in News with tags on November 11, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Perilous Crossings

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/bigpicture/2015/10/05/perilous-crossings/UhdYDmQffu9sCUbLuvMIAN/story.html?p1=Gallery_InThisSection_Bottom

“They just keep coming,” I thought as I stood on the northern shore of Lesbos in Greece. Raft after raft landed up and down the coast of this enchanted island. It was surreal. This set the tone for the next two weeks, following the route of refugeesand migrants looking for a better life. I was moved to tears watching a young boy gather as much bread as he could carry at an aid station, and I was truly inspired by the men who dived into the sea when their engine quit, pushing and pulling their raft to the rocky shoreline near Skala Sykamnias. At times they walked for miles in unbearable heat, not necessarily knowing where they were but knowing it was better than the world they fled.–By Boston Globe photographer Craig F. Walker
Samer Shkeer, a Syrian refugee, prays after crossing the Aegean to the shore of Skala Sykamnias on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Sept. 11. From there the refugees follow the road to Mytilene, passing through Sykamnias where they camp for the night. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Syrian refugees push and pull their boat through the Aegean Sea as they approach the shore near Skala Sykamnias on Sept. 12. The boat’s engine died halfway across the 6-mile channel, forcing the refugees into the water. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Danish Muslim World Aid volunteer Sadia Durrani comforts a Syrian refugee on the shore near Skala Sykamnias after the boat’s engine died, forcing refugees to swim with the boat to shore. From there they follow the road to Mytilene, passing through Sykamnias where they camp for the night. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Volunteer Linda Blaack of Holland receives a child as Syrian refugees land on Lesbos. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Syrian refugee Mohammad Omar Marish, 4, cries after arriving on the shore near Skala Sykaminias. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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An exhausted Afghani refugee, Rahman Azimi, collapses on the shore of Lesbos on Sept. 13. The refugees still have to walk 30 miles to their next destination, Mytilene, where they hope take a ferry to Athens. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A child is pulled from a life boat carrying 70 migrants, most of them refugees, who were rescued by local fisherman after the engine failed halfway through the trip. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Derar Sweida of Syria studies a cellphone while resting in the street in Sykamnias on Sept. 11. He arrived on a boat earlier in the day. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Syrian refugees warm their hands while resting in Skala Sykamnias on Sept. 11. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Syrian refugee Yettea shows his scars after arriving on the shore near Skala Sykamnias. He was fleeing Syria where he had been shot twice. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Salal Hassan, 35, from Iraq tosses his life jacket onto a pile after crossing the Aegean. Immediately after landing, the personal trainer changed into his Boston Celtics jersey, a gift from a friend. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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After boats arrive, local scavengers strip them of anything reusable as quickly as possible. Two men fight over the motor of a boat that carried migrants across the Aegean. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Afghani sisters Feroza, left, and Nelopa Omer pose for a portrait after crossing with their family. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A group of Iraqi refugees begin walking the 30 miles to their next destination, Mytilene, where they hope take a ferry to Athens. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Ali Karem, left, and Ali Asem from Iraq rest while waiting to board a ferry at the port in Mytilene on the island of Lesbos on Sept. 14. Karem said they will follow the migration through eastern Europe. Asem’s father was killed during the war. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Syrian refugee Hamud Hamud gets a haircut from his son Assam Hamud while staying at Kara Tepe refugee camp outside Mytilene on Lesbos, Greece. In time they hope to board a ferry to Athens. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Children share a laugh while waiting to board a ferry at the port in Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Refugees and migrants arrive at the Macedonia border crossing outside of Idomeni, Greece, on Sept. 16. From there the migrants will travel by train or bus to the Serbian border. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Refugees and migrants on foot bypass razor wire as they enter Macedonia at the border crossing outside of Idomeni, Greece, on Sept. 16. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Refugees and migrants arrive at the Macedonia border crossing outside of Idomeni, Greece, on Sept. 16. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Refugees and migrants arrive at a temporary transit center after crossing from Greece to Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Sept. 16. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A volunteer with the United Nations refugee agency bathes a 6-month-old Syrian baby, Miraz, at a temporary transit center after crossing from Greece to Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Sept. 16. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Syrian refugee Samiha rests her niece Jumard, 8 months, at the temporary transit center in Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Sept. 16. They were waiting for the train that will take them to the to the Serbian border. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A man entertains his children at the temporary transit center in Gevgelija, Macedonia, while waiting for the train. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A Syrian girl rests with her family at the temporary transit center in Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Sept. 16. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A member of a Macedonia rapid deployment unit instructs refugees and migrants boarding a train at a temporary transit center after crossing in Gevgelija, Macedonia, on Sept. 16. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A Syrian refugee sits down after boarding a train at a temporary transit center on Sept. 16. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A man rests following his arrival at the train station in Tovarnik, after crossing the border from Serbia to Croatia, Sept. 18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Refugees and migrants reach for food distributed by members of the Red Cross at the train station in Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept. 18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A young man watches police at the train station in Tovarnik, Croatia, on Sept. 18. Here refugees and migrants board trains and buses to continue their journey. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A Syrian family rests in the backyard of a local resident’s home in Tovarnik, Croatia, on Sept. 18. The owners were dismayed when they returned home to see so many refugees and migrants in their yard. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A group of Afghani migrants lock their arms while waiting to board a bus in Tovarnik, after crossing the border from Serbia to Croatia, Sept. 18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Police watch over refugees and migrants waiting to board a train at the station in Tovarnik, Croatia, that will take them toward western Europe, Sept.18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Refugees and migrants wait on the tracks for a train to arrive at the station in Tovarnik, after crossing the border from Serbia to Croatia, Sept. 18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A police officer stops a man from boarding a train at the station in Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept. 18. The police were boarding those most in need first. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Women wait to board a train for refugees and migrants at the station in Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept.18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A woman reaches for a child while boarding a train in Tovarnik, Croatia, for refugees and migrants who had recently crossed the border from Serbia, Sept.18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A family boards a train for refugees and migrants in Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept. 18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A woman and children sit on the track after not boarding a train filled with refugees and migrants at the train station in Tovarnik, Croatia, Sept.18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A boy displays the victory sign after boarding a train in Tovarnik, Croatia, on Sept. 18. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A procession of migrants uses a bike path to leave Hegyeshalom, Hungary, on Sept. 21. They walked 3 miles to cross the border into Austria. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A Hungarian police officer leads a procession of refugees and migrants through a neighborhood in Hegyeshalom, Hungary, on Sept. 22. After 1,000 people arrived at the train station they walked 3 miles to cross the border into Austria. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A young boy gathers as much bread as he can hold at an aid station just before crossing the Austrian border outside of Hegyeshalom, Hungary, on Sept. 22. Volunteers have converted a defunct border place into an aid station, offering food and water to the refugees and migrants. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Syrian men race to an aid station just before crossing the Austrian border outside of Hegyeshalom, Hungary, on Sept. 21. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Volunteers hand out hot tea to migrants at an aid station just before crossing the Austrian border outside of Hegyeshalom, Hungary, on Sept. 21. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A Syrian youth tosses his brother into the air while they wait to board buses near Nickelsdorf, Austria, on Sept. 21. An estimated 5,000 migrants arrived on this day. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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A German police officer photographs a Syrian family during a preregistration process at the train station in Freilassing, Germany, on Sept. 24. Here, police photograph and fingerprint the migrants and check for criminal history. The train, from Salzburg, Austria, carried 400 migrants and refugees into Freilassing, which was receiving about 1,000 migrants a day. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
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Ammar, left, was reunited with his wife and daughter on a bridge in Freilassing, Germany, where refugees and migrants were waiting on Sept. 23. Ammar said he has been living in Germany after fleeing Syria 20 months ago. His wife and daughter spent the past 23 days traveling with refugees to join him. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

A Meteor Exploded Over Bangkok on Monday Morning

Posted in News with tags on September 9, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Attila Nagy

http://gizmodo.com/a-meteor-exploded-over-bangkok-on-monday-morning-1729161741

A Meteor Exploded Over Bangkok on Monday Morning

A Meteor Exploded Over Bangkok on Monday Morning

Citizens of the Thai capital Bangkok witnessed a huge fireball descending on the horizon this morning, and thanks to the dashcams in their cars, we can admire the celestial visitor from several different angles.

The meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere around 8.45am local time, and burnt up in a huge fireball after striking down from the sky. The meteor was big and bright, but definitely smaller than the infamous Chelyabinsk meteor which exploded over Russia in 2013, damaging 7,200 buildings in six cities in the southern Ural region. There are no reports of any damage from Bangkok so far.

We put together a short video about the Bangkok shooting star, for you viewing pleasure:

 

Migrant crisis in Europe

Posted in News with tags on September 9, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Migrant crisis in Europe

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/bigpicture/2015/09/03/migrant-crisis-europe/8fjNUeJ5Lvbnqg31nnMSbO/story.html?p1=BP_PhotoTextLink

Record number of migrants, most of them refugees fleeing war and crisis in the Mideast and Africa are seeking asylum in Europe. The countries are grappling with what to do with the unprecedented numbers as the crisis escalates and measures are implemented to control the masses. Many have died on their perilous journeys across land and sea.–By Leanne Burden Seidel
Migrants pass the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, Sept. 2. The Gevgelija-Presevo journey is just a part of the journey that the refugees, the vast majority of them from Syria, are forced to make along the so-called Balkan corridor, which takes them from Turkey, across Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary, the gateway to the European Union. (Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA)
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A young Syrian migrant girl is held by her mother next to railroad tracks where migrants wait to cross into Macedonia Sept. 2, in Idomeni, Greece. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Migrants fall as they rush to cross into Macedonia after police allowed a small group of people to pass through a passageway, as they try to regulate the flow of migrants at the Macedonian-Greek border Sept. 2. Up to 3,000 migrants are expected to cross into Macedonia every day in the coming months, most of them refugees fleeing war, particularly from Syria, the United Nations said last week. (Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters)
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A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child’s dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on Sept. 2 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, cries as he leaves a morgue in Mugla, Turkey, Sept. 3. The family of Aylan, a Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, had been trying to emigrate to Canada after fleeing the war-torn town of Kobani. His 5-year-old brother Galip and mother Rehan, 35, also died after their boat capsized while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. His father, Abdullah, was found semi-conscious and taken to hospital near Bodrum. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)
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Syrian and Afghan refugees shout slogans and hold placards during a protest rally to demand to travel to Germany on September 2, outside the Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest. Hungarian authorities face mounting anger from thousands of migrants who are unable to board trains to western European countries after the main Budapest station was closed. (Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images)
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Migrants cross the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, Sept. 1. (Valdrin Xhema/EPA)
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An African migrant rests after arriving on a fishing boat at Las Carpinteras beach in the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, Spain, Sept. 1. Around 60 people, including six women and a two-year-old child, were aboard the fishing boat, according to local authorities. (Borja Suarez /Reuters)
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A mother and daughter clutch hands as they sleep on cots at a registration center for migrants at a facility of the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) on Aug. 31 in Rosenheim, Germany. Up to 1,600 migrants are currently arriving in Bavaria in southern Germany a day and will seek asylum. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Syrian refugees and migrants rest along a railway line as they try to cross from Serbia into Hungary near Horgos on Sept. 1. European Union leaders called for action to defend the “dignity” of migrants ahead of fresh emergency talks, as tensions flared on the bloc’s eastern borders over the escalating crisis. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
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Libyan Red Crescent workers carry the body of a drowned migrant who washed up along with several others in Zuwara, Libya on Aug. 30, after two smuggling boats sank off the coast of Libya. Search teams found more than ten bodies that had washed ashore – about 500 migrants were believed to be on board the two boats, according to rescue teams. (Mohamed Ben Khalifa/Associated Press)
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Hungarian soldiers put up razor wire on top of a fence on the border with Serbia, in Asotthalom, Hungary, Aug. 31. Refugees surging through the Balkans now are racing against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing nationalist government, which has ordered army engineers to erect a 13-foot (4-meter) fence along the border. (Darko Bandic/Associated Press)
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Syrian and Iraqi migrants sleep on railroad tracks waiting to be processed across the Macedonian border Sept. 2 in Idomeni, Greece. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called ‘Balkans route’ has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Syrian refugees and migrants sleep on the floor of a carriage as they travel on a train taking them from Macedonia to the Serbian border, on August 30. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
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Two Syrian women embrace after arriving on Kos in an inflatable dinghy on August 30, in Kos, Greece. Migrants from many parts of the Middle East and African nations continue to flood into Europe before heading from Athens, north to the Macedonian border. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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A man and his sons, migrants from Iran, wait for the train on their way to Vienna on August 31. Nickelsdorf is the first village in Austria on the way from Hungary. (Vladimir Simicek/AFP/Getty Images)
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Migrants from Pakistan land on shore after completing a journey in a small dinghy crossing a three mile stretch of the Aegean Sea from Turkey August 31, in Kos, Greece. Migrants from many parts of the Middle East and African nations continue to flood into Europe before heading from Athens, north to the Macedonian border. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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A migrant family gathers with a few hundred others in wait for a train to Germany at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Sept. 1. The station, which has emerged as ground zero in Europe’s spiraling migration crisis, temporarily shut down its services Tuesday under the strain of an influx of migrants trying to travel to Germany from Hungary. (Mauricio Lima/The New York Times)
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Police load a group of Afghan migrants into a van after the migrants crossed from Austria into Germany and were walking along the A3 highway in the early hours on August 30, near Neuhaus am Inn, Germany. Police took them shortly after to a registration center for asylum seekers. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Nabil Cinan, a migrant from Syria who broke his leg while crossing the Aegean Sea, rests inside the tent where he spends his days waiting for authorities to issue legal immigration papers Aug 29, in Kos, Greece. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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A Swiss police officer accompanies migrants from Syria carrying their children, upon their arrival at the railway station in the north-eastern Swiss town of Buchs on Sept. 1. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)
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A baby is helped to board on the Norwegian Siem Pilot ship during a migrant search and rescue mission off the Libyan Coasts, Sept. 1. Four dead bodies and hundreds of migrants were transferred on the Norwegian Siem Pilot ship from an Italian Navy ship and a Doctors Without Borders vessels after being rescued in different operation in the Mediterranean sea. (Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press)
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Migrants who arrived from Budapest walk on the platform at Vienna’s Westbahnhof railway station on Aug. 31. After arriving at Vienna’s Westbahnhof, many of the migrants then boarded a train to Salzburg, while others climbed on to another one headed for Munich. (Patrick Domingo/AFP/Getty Images)
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Migrants wait to disembark from Italian Coast Guard ship Diciotti at the Messina harbor in Sicily, Italy, Aug. 29. (Carmelo Imbesi/Associated Press)
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A migrant family runs after crossing a border line near the village of Roszke on the Hungarian-Serbian border on August 28, 2015. (Attila Kisbenede/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hungarian policemen detain a Syrian migrant family after they entered Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, August 28. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
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A migrant boy looks through a window onboard a train for Serbia at the new transit center for migrants at the border line between Greece and Macedonia near the town of Gevgelija on Aug. 28. (ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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An exhausted Syrian man is dragged out of the water after swimming the last 50 meters to shore as migrant families from Syria arrive in an inflatable dinghy on the beach at sunrise on the island of Kos after crossing a three mile stretch of the Aegean Sea from Turkey on Aug. 28 in Kos, Greece. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Asylum seekers wait outside a train station in Budapest, Hungary Aug. 27. Record numbers of migrants have arrived in recent days to the country, part of the visa-free Schengen travel zone, en route to Westen Europe. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)
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Syrian migrants arrive on a ferry carrying about 2,500 migrants from the Greek islands to the main port of Piraeus on Aug. 26, in Athens, Greece. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
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A young migrant’s hair becomes stuck while crawling under a barbed fence with her family at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke, on Aug. 27. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)
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Syrian migrants travel on a bus after arriving on a ferry carrying about 2,500 migrants from the Greek islands to the main port of Piraeus on Aug. 26, in Athens, Greece. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
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A distraught migrant child seen through razor wire fencing waiting to cross the border, between the Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, Aug. 28. (Vassil Donev/EPA)
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Migrants wait on the dock after disembarking from a Medecins Sans Frontieres ship carrying 320 migrants in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta, Italy, Aug. 25. (Antonio Parrinello/Reuters)
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A migrant looks at his mobile phone as he waits with other migrants to board the passenger ship “Eleftherios Venizelos” heading to the port of Piraeus, at the port on the island of Lesbos, Greece Aug. 23. Greece, mired in its worst economic crisis in generations, has been found largely unprepared for a mass influx of refugees, mainly Syrians. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)
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A little girl from Syria looks out of a bus as the ferry she arrived in is reflected in the bus window at the port of Piraeus, Greece, Aug. 25. About 2,400 Syrian refugees stranded on Lesbos, which they reached in small boats from nearby Turkey, due to a dearth of ferry tickets in the high holiday season, were on the ferry. (Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press)
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An Afghan mother comforts her crying child moments after a dinghy carrying Afghan migrants arrived on the island of Lesbos, Greece August 23. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)
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Migrant men help a fellow migrant man holding a boy as they are stuck between Macedonian riot police officers and migrants during a clash near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece, as they wait to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Macedonian special police forces have fired stun grenades to disperse thousands of migrants stuck on a no-man’s land with Greece, a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency on its borders to deal with a massive influx of migrants heading north to Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (Darko Vojinovic)
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A group of immigrants who have made through police blockades rest at the Gevgelija railway station Aug. 21. Macedonian police drove back crowds of migrants and refugees trying to enter from Greece after a night spent stranded in no-man’s land by an emergency decree effectively sealing the Macedonian frontier. (Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters)
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A Syrian migrant girl from the town of Raqqa tows her brother making their way on foot from Sikaminea on the southeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Greece, Aug. 21. (Visar Kryeziu/Associated Press)
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A Syrian refugee from Deir Ezzor, holding his son and daughter, breaks out in tears of joy after arriving via a flimsy inflatable boat crammed with about 15 men, women and children on the shore of the island of Kos in Greece, Aug. 15. (Daniel Etter/The New York Times)
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Migrants pass through the border from Greece into Macedonia near the town of Idomeni, Northern Greece, on Aug. 22. (Sakis Mitroldis/AFP/Getty Images)

Honor Role: Cell Phones for Soldiers

Posted in News with tags on July 6, 2015 by 2eyeswatching

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Cell Phones for Soldiers

https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/honor-role-cell-phones-for-soldiers/

Honor Role: Cell Phones for Soldiers

A daily staple in our lives is the cell phone. Whether you use it for calling, texting, gaming, selfies, or social media – it’s always there.

One organization knows the importance of this modern tool and wanted to make sure that deployed soldiers do not feel this void in their lives. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit dedicated to getting those serving free communication services.

“One morning before school, my sister Brittany and I were watching the morning news with our parents,” recalls Robbie Bergquist, a co-founder of Cell Phones for Soldiers. “We heard the story of a local soldier returning from Iraq with an almost $8,000 phone bill.”

This news piece slammed the young kids into reality. “Our cousin had recently been deployed and the story really hit home for us,” he remembers, as they eventually had two cousins stationed overseas down the line. “How could a man who was serving his country not be able to call his family for free?”

The two youngsters decided to make a difference. They took all the money they had in their piggy banks, scrounged up extra lunch money and even put on a car wash to send money to the man they saw on TV.

“Our greatest educational voice at that time came from our parents,” Robbie says of starting the program with his sister, when they were just 12 and 13 years old. “They instilled in us that it was important to think of others before we thought of ourselves.”

From that point as kids to this very day, Cell Phones for Soldiers has exponentially grown. With three staff members, thousands of volunteers and over 3,900 recycled cell phone drop off locations, their childhood goal has become a big resource to the military.

“My role with the charity is as co-founder and director,” he tells us, here at VA Home Loan Centers. “Along with my sister Brittany, we travel both nationally and internationally for media appearances, speaking engagements and work with our current and new potential partners to promote Cell Phones For Soldiers so that we can continue to assist military members.”

“Servicemen and women are so humble, and unbelievably appreciative,” Robbie said. His favorite story was of a sailor on board an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic who had received phone cards from the organization so they could call home. “The sailor told us that listening to our story overwhelmed him with emotion, bringing him to leave the room. Worried about being seen crying, the sailor walked outside to gather his emotions and looked around to find many other sailors sharing his feeling.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Robbie says that shipping costs can be a real struggle for the organization. “We’re always grateful for each and every donated device, but even more delighted when supporters are able to take the extra step and pay for shipping as well.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers is always looking for new evangelists to help spread the word and contribute to the cause. “Supporters can keep up with the latest on Cell Phones For Soldiers by signing up for ournewsletter here.”

“During National Military Appreciation Month, we along with our friends at KIND Snacks are asking for help in thanking our troops and veterans for their sacrifice and bravery,” Robbie states. From this point through May 31st, he asks that those on Twitter use the hashtag #thankskindly and thank the military with the trend topic.

“Robots will then transform the tweets into physical, handwritten notes and we’ll deliver the notes to deserving heroes worldwide,” he continued. You can see how the robots do it here:http://www.kindsnacks.com/thankskindly/.

Brittany and Robbie are both grateful for the chance to thank those who have served. “We have grown up with the opportunity to meet thousands of active duty military members and veterans,” Robbie proclaimed. “We are so proud to have created something that supports them in a small way for all that they do for us.”

Visit the site for Cell Phones for Soldiers at www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter @CPFSOfficial.

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