Meaningfully There

This is for the world.

0 notes

Chancellor: ‘I sincerely apologize’

By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley | November 22, 2011

BERKELEY — Chancellor Robert Birgeneau is en route to spend Thanksgiving with his children and grandchildren on the East Coast. During a stopover in Chicago, he recorded an audio message to the UC Berkeley community regarding recent events on campus.

[…] Here is a transcript:

“I have been hearing from many of you about police procedures on our campus, and I want to share my thoughts directly with you. I sincerely apologize for the events of November 9 at UC Berkeley and extend my sympathies to any of you who suffered an injury during these protests. As chancellor, I take full responsibility for these events and will do my very best to ensure that this does not happen again. I look forward to working with the Office of the President to identify best practices in this area. I have made it clear that I want the review of events on November 9 to be completed as soon as possible. I pledge to follow up aggressively to implement its recommendations. We will improve our performance.

“In my four decades as a faculty member and, more recently, as a senior leader, these are among the most challenging issues that I have faced. I consider academic excellence, social equity, public service and free speech to be at the very foundation of who we are as an institution. These are the values that attracted me to UC Berkeley, and they must be preserved.

“Even in these difficult times, I am thankful that we have a community that is so passionate and dedicated to this university and everything it stands for. I look forward to working with all of you as we move forward. Let me finish by wishing you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving.”

(Source: newscenter.berkeley.edu)

8 notes

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.
President Barack Obama

(Source: Gizmodo)

Filed under steve jobs apple

61,894 notes


This is a true story of Mother’s Sacrifice during the China Earthquake.After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. ” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” 
Such is the mother’s love for her child.

This is a true story of Mother’s Sacrifice during the China Earthquake.
After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.

With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.
He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “
The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.
The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. ” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.”

Such is the mother’s love for her child.

(via thinkmooinc)

45 notes

Fresno school official has a gift for giving

latimes:

Supt. Larry Powell is retiring for one day, then going back to work for much lower pay so he can give his original salary and benefits back to the school district.

This:

“We’ve become so focused on academics that we’re losing the essentials: the arts, people who instill a love of learning,” he said. “We’re driving kids away from school.”

This:

He has an extensive yo-yo collection and still goes into the classroom to teach physics lessons with his spinning toys.

This:

The Powells “adopted” nine Hmong girls and their families, taking them on outings, tutoring them and preaching that the girls must not lose themselves or their dreams.

“They’re all in college now,” Dot said as she and her husband welled up with tears.

Read.

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

Filed under education fresno news

159 notes

Gaddafi Government Hints At Willingness To Negotiate Step-Down

The Libyan government letter to Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations secretary general, and the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, reiterated what Mr Kaim said were existing Libyan government ceasefire proposals.

That would include monitoring by the United Nations, and reconciliation talks with the rebels leading to a final settlement and a new constitution.

He denied media reports that a visit next week by African mediators led by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa would be discussing an “exit strategy” for the Libyan leader.

But he said that constitutional changes already discussed over the last year by the Libyan government apparatus included the possibility that Col Gaddafi would either take a figurehead role or retreat from politics altogether leaving a “normal” political system in place.

“It all depends on what the Libyan people want,” he said.

The letter is likely to be dismissed by the rebel side, which has said such ceasefire offers have in the past three months been ignored by government forces even as they were being made. They also believe that Col Gaddafi is unlikely to step down – he already claims just to be a figurehead.

(Source: telegraph.co.uk, via manicchill)

52 notes

abcworldnews:

Rosa Parks’ treasure trove of civil rights memorabilia are awaiting to be sold at an auction house. Here is a photo of a postcard Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sent Parks while he was vacationing in Rome to let her know he was still thinking about their civil rights work. To see more. 

abcworldnews:

Rosa Parks’ treasure trove of civil rights memorabilia are awaiting to be sold at an auction house. Here is a photo of a postcard Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sent Parks while he was vacationing in Rome to let her know he was still thinking about their civil rights work. To see more