I am a girl: Poisoned in Afghanistan: Education Today!

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125 girls, 3 teachers poisoned at Afghan school

Posted on: 11:03 am, May 23, 2012, by updated on: 08:53pm, May 23, 2012

 
Girls poisoned in Afghanistan
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — Some 125 girls and three teachers
 were admitted to an Afghanistan hospital on Wednesday, May 23rd,
after being poisoned in their classes with a type of spray, a Takhar provincial official said.

The incident occurred in the provincial capital of Talokhan,

in the Bibi Hajera girls school, said Dr. Hafizullah Safi,

the province’s director of public health.

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Forty of the girls were still hospitalized, he said, with symptoms including

dizziness, vomiting, headaches and loss of consciousness.

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Blood samples have been sent to Kabul in an effort to determine the substance used, he said.

“A number of girls from 15 to 18 were brought from a school to hospital today,”

said Dr. Habibullah Rostaqi, hospital director.

“Generally they are not in a critical condition.

We are looking after them, but let’s see what happens later.

We understand so far from the situation, they are more traumatized.”

“The Afghan people know that the terrorists and the Taliban

are doing these things to threaten girls and stop them from going to school,”

said Khalilullah Aseer, spokesman for Takhar police.

“That’s something we and the people believe.

Now we are implementing democracy in Afghanistan and we want girls to be educated,

but the government’s enemies don’t want this.”

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There have been several instances of girls being poisoned in schools in recent years.

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In April, also in Takhar province, more than 170 women and girls were hospitalized

with suspected poisoning after drinking apparently poisoned well water at a school.

Local health officials blamed the acts on extremists opposed to women’s education.

While nearly all the incidents involve girls,

earlier this month nearly 400 boys at a school in Khost province fell ill

after drinking water from a well that a health official said may have been poisoned.

I will punish the student,” Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak told

a press conference on Tuesday.

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ReBlogged from PRESS INSIDE :http://saccsivdotcom.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/80-school-girls-poisoned-in-faryab-province-of-afghanistan/

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80 school girls poisoned in Faryab province of Afghanistan

By SAYED JAWAD – 21 May 2013, 9:36 pm

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According to local authorities in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan,

at least 80 school girls were poisoned in Sherin Tagab district on Tuesday.

District chief for Sherin Tagab, Syed Luqman confirming the report said

the school girls belonged to Islam Qala girls school.

Mr. Luqman further added the incident took place after an unknown individual

attacked the compound of the school with toxicant gas,

leaving at least three girls unconscious.

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He said the number of school girls later increased

to 80 after inhaling the poisonous gas.

This comes as several girls were poisoned in north-eastern Takhar province of Afghanistan last month.

However, education ministry officials denied militants involvement

behind the poisoning of school girls and

called it a psychological issue.

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Education officials also warned to try

those school girls who ‘claims’ of being poisoned in the future.

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I will punish the student,” Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak told

a press conference on Tuesday.

“From now on, if I find anyone saying ‘I’m poisoned’

and the poisoning is not proved by the hospital,

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“I will punish the teacher, I will punish the head teacher and

I will punish the school director,” he added.

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Afghanistan’s education minister

has threatened to punish schoolgirls who

claim to suffer from alleged “poisonings” that many officials

believe are actually temporary psychological illnesses.

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Scores of girls’ schools over recent years have seen mysterious mass faintings,

nausea and similar symptoms that are often blamed by police and the local media

on poisoning by Taliban insurgents or toxic gas leaks.

But no laboratory evidence of poison or other toxins has ever been found at schools

and no deaths have occurred,

with the girls often released from hospital after only a few hours.

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In the latest case, 200 girls were reported to have been “poisoned”

at a school in Kabul on May 1,

causing an outbreak of screaming, stomach aches and vomiting.

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The education department said the government was determined to

crack down on the causes of outbreaks of

‘psychological illnesses among young girls’.

“When one student faints,

it spreads around and everyone might think it’s poisoning,”

Mohammad Kabir Haqmal, spokesman for the ministry, told AFP.

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“If tests prove it is mass hysteria or any other natural cause,

of course no one will be punished”.

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What the minister said was that we will pursue those who disrupt the classes.”

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Wazhma Frouqh, a female education activist,

criticised the minister’s stance and said

that previous cases of “poisonings” had dissuaded families

from sending their daughters to school.

“The minister should not have said that he will punish schoolgirls,”

she told AFP.

“His job is to find out what has happened and protect schools.”

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Girls were banned from going to school under the Taliban,

but numbers have risen since the extremist regime was ousted in 2001

and the government says 40 percent of pupils are now female.

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‘Poison’ scare at Afghan girls’ school

More than 100 Afghan schoolgirls were taken to hospital Tuesday after

drinking water believed to have been poisoned by opponents

of education for girls, an official said.

“I think some radical elements who oppose girls going to school are behind this act,”

said district governor Mohammad Hussain, adding that police were looking into the incident.

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The schoolgirls fell ill after drinking water from a tank at their high school

in the small town of Rustaq

in the northeastern province of Takhar, Hussain said.

Education ministry spokesman Abdul Saboor,

however, cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the cause of the incident.

“According to our reports a number of these schoolgirls

were panicked and taken to hospital

and they were then quickly dismissed.

“But some others are still there.

We think it is a small incident,

but we are continuing our investigations.”

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Afghan girls were banned from going to school or working in offices by the hardline Islamist Taliban

regime until it was overthrown by a US-led invasion in late 2001 for sheltering Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The Taliban have since waged an insurgency against the Western-backed government of

President Hamid Karzai and some 130,000 NATO troops in the country.

Millions of girls now go to school,

but they and their teachers are occasionally attacked.

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Provincial health director Hafizullah Safi said 140 schoolgirls had

been admitted to local health facilities

but most were released after recovering from symptoms which included headache and nausea.

“Most of the schoolgirls who were brought to the hospital after falling ill have been dismissed,

the other girls in the hospital are in stable condition,” he said.

In similar cases last year hundreds of girl students were taken to hospitals across the country

after falling ill from suspected gas attacks or water poisoning.

Authorities at the time mostly blamed the Taliban,

though some suggested that the cause might have been mass hysteria,

‘a phenomenon recorded around the world, often among young girls’.

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Also printed in the New Zealand Herald : http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10799685

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ReBlogged from Morning Cup O’ Joehttp://morningcupojoe.com/2010/06/29/afghanistan-school-for-girls/

In Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008, there were 461 attacks on schools for girls,

and in 2008,

15 girls were attacked with battery acid on their way to school.

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I LOVE BEING A GIRL: EVE ENSLER

A video of Eve Ensler speaking on
TED TALKS

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This blog, FRIEND NATURE, was created to help me expand my practice, the practice of being human. I hoped to assemble from my posts who I am and what I stand for. I began Friend Nature on Word Press in December 2012, inspired by one of my sons who thought that I had something to say, and Word Press was the place to say it.

My plan was to write, and place my best-written work on my web page, www.FriendNature.org.

What I have learned about myself in the past year is that I AM STILL A GIRL, if you listen to Eve Ensler’s Ted Talk video, you will understand. I care about the world, the planet, and the life, as it exists, on a beautiful, fragile place that we call Earth.

The last six months I have been in a teaching credential program to become an art teacher in the grades K – 12th (ages 5 – 18). Friend Nature was developed in the early hours before class, and in the middle of the night, when I could not wait to write and post. I have written several hundred pages in the last six months for the State of California, to qualify as a teacher here, and worked for no pay the last year as a student teacher. As well as taking 16 Education classes for my credential in this past year. I took my CSET test, to demonstrate that I know the subject that I will teach, art, after months of reading and studying.

Recently, I have been reposting because even the early dawn hours were filled by my writings for the State of California. I have just finished my credential, and I have one more week of student teaching to fulfill my program.

What I have been reporting upon were issues that I have found important to me, and should be important to you. Life on Earth. I have posted petitions, and asked you to sign. I have joined, marched, talked, and posted, all the while seeking solutions to the gross imbalances of power and how the powerful create violence against Mother Earth, and her creatures. The more unbalanced we become as a species, the more violence perpetuated.

In this video, we hear Eve Ensler speak about the increased violence to the most venerable, women and girls. My last three posts have been about RAPE IN THE MILITARY. Rape of the women who have chosen to represent the USA, who are trained to fight the enemy, little realizing that the enemy was the recruiter, trainer, or the person fighting next to them.

I believe that to make changes on our Earth it will be necessary to promote the feminine principle, those that girls still possess. My own ‘girlness’ has been beaten, raped, and abused.’ Why has this happened? Because I am a girl.  I do not understand how one (male) could look at a beautiful, enthusiastic, caring person and think; wouldn’t it be fun to beat the girl, rape her, and toss her in a field, trash bin, or out of a bus, dead or alive. Or publicly rape her and post it on Facebook. Or choose any woman and drug her, rape her, and kill her. In civilized society, it is one of every four girls that are raped and worse, to be sold as a sex slave, and treated more or less valuable than cattle. Or kidnapped, chained, beaten, and raped for years, as our recent news has reported.

I have lost two beautiful women in the past month, friends of family, both found in a field, raped, mutilated, and dead.

One was a beautiful, caring, professional nurse, a mother of four, a teaching nurse, and a mentor to many. The suspected killer is her husband. She had told her abusive husband that she was divorcing him, and was not seen again until they found her in a field, mutilated beyond physical recognition.

The other, the daughter of my friend, who recently did not return home from work, and was later found in a field, beaten and raped, killed. Such a cruel and senseless loss to family and friends.

This is too much for me to process, but I am trying to share with you what is to be a girl.

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EVE ENSLER

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Please read about her new play, “Emotional Creature.”

http://emotionalcreature.com/

 Ensler was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Chris, a housewife, and Arthur Ensler, a food industry executive. Her father was Jewish and her mother was from a Christian background. As recently described in a profile in The Nation, “In her 2007 book, Insecure at Last (a meditation on deadly American illusions about safety in the wake of the attacks of 9/11), she describes being raped and brutally beaten by her father, a food company CEO, from age 5 to 10.” She graduated from Middlebury College in 1975. She married Richard McDermott in 1978, and divorced him 10 years later. She is the adoptive mother of actor Dylan McDermott, whom she adopted when he was 15 and she was 23.

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The Vagina Monologues was written in 1996. First performed in the basement of the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich VillageThe Vagina Monologues has been translated into 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Celebrities who have starred in the play include: Jane FondaWhoopi GoldbergIdina MenzelGlenn CloseSusan SarandonMarin MazzieCyndi LauperMary Testa and Oprah Winfrey. Ensler was awarded the Obie Award in 1996 for ‘Best New Play’ and in 1999 was awarded aGuggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting. She has also received the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the Jury Award for Theater at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

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Tony Award winning playwright Eve Ensler talks about her new off-Broadway play, “Emotional Creature.”

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene/184762311.html

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Change the world by changing yourself? Eating less, anti-aging!

My grandmother often said, “You are what you eat.”

Here is the science to back this up, a video by

Dr. Michael Mosley. A Junk food addict!

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“I changed my diet 18 years ago.

I love to eat,

just not meat!

I was getting that ‘chunky’ middle age body,

so I fasted! And the FAT never returned.

Also…I have not seen a doctor for ANY illness since!” 

                                                         D.A. Hartley

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I hope that you watch this video,

it just recommends a baby step, no radical diet,

but watching this could help you live a healthy life.

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Reaching the ripe old age of 50, Dr. Mosley wondered how healthy

he really was. He found that he was only slightly overweight,

BUT

pre-Diabetic,

pre-Cancerous (6 types of cancer),

pre-Heart Disease.

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THE ARTICLE…

What did cavemen really eat when they sat down to dine, morning, noon and night?

The Paleo Diet guys spun some interesting theories —

all of which turned out to be nonsense.

But the truth is, if you’re trying to isolate the “health key” to early man’s diet,

it really may hinge not so much on what he was eating.

Because one BIG health benefit early man had going:

he rarely got three squares a day.

In fact, it might have regularly been a day or two

(or four) between filling meals back in the bad old days.

So if you get a hankering to emulate cavemen, the key is probably this:

eat a fair amount less than you’re eating now.

This is the basic tenant arrived at when a leading British journalist and physican,

Michael Mosley, set out to become healthier and lose weight,

while making as few changes as possible in his life.

Dr. Mosley is considered the “Sanjay Gupta of England,”

and today we are recommending a video he recently produced on this subject.

1 BILLION RISING: WATCH ONLINE TONIGHT: Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

 

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WATCH ONLINE TONIGHT:
Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

Tonight at 7:30pm ET, WATCH ONLINE the sold out, one night only panel discussionBreaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action. Presented by V-Day and The Nation, this powerful and timely discussion will feature Journalist and Teacher Jimmie Briggs, President of Coach for America and former football player Joe Ehrmann, A Call to Men Co-Founder Tony Porter, and Sports Editor at The Nation Dave Zirin, with a special introduction by Emmy Award-winning musician and Co-Chair of the NoVo Foundation Peter Buffett, and moderated by Eve Ensler.

WATCH ONLINE at www.vday.org/livestream

LEARN more about the panelists >

 

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STEUBENVILLE – “I made it as a joke,” Pizzoferrato testified. ” (MARCH 17, 2013) …item 2.. Steubenville rape case: — victim had been urinated upon (SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013, 5:29 PM) … (Photo credit: marsmet523)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Hospital, Central Valley, California: Murals

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Children’s Hospital Central Valley, California.Sierra View Hospital, Porterville, CA.

Mother and Child 
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I was approached to paint murals in a new hospital wing for Children’s Hospital, Central Valley. The project entailed 150’ of nurses’ stations, eight hospital rooms, and an examination room. I called for help, and my son Charles Gilbert helped me for this month long project. My son was attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and left his studies for this project, I dropped out of the teaching credential program I was in. We dedicated our lives just for a month, and had the most enjoyable time with this project!

http://www.sierra-view.com/Pediatrics

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We decided upon a theme for each room, a location in Africa, India, Australia, China.

We then focused upon what scenes we wanted to portray.

Thinking of the children, and the suffering and healing they would experience here,

we chose family scenes of Mother and Child.

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The faces of the animals had to show loving kindness.

The eyes were so important.

We worked from photos of animal families,

and just painted what we saw,

all animals, including the human kind

love their children.

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Artist: Charles Gilbert

Artist: Charles Gilbert

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Animal family groups reflect values that human children can understand.

Children delight in seeing animals at play.

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The Examination Room

These Monkeys are awaiting the appearance of their new friend, the Meerkat!

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Meerkat

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Water Room, Hippopotamus and Crane.

Water Room, Hippopotamus and water birds.

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Grandma Chimp

Grandmother Chimpanzee

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mural.leopard

Animals are dangerous in the wild, they had to appear kindly,

rather than hungary.

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Bamboo Room and Panda

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Bamboo Room and Panda

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African Safari Room

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Examination Room

Examination Room

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Our animal species are disappearing a such a rapid rate.

Humanity is spreading out even into animal sanctuaries.

We need more land for factories, resorts, plantations,

and economic growth.

Many animals will not be able to adapt the the rapid change in climate,

even the primates,

Homo Sapins Sapins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapiens

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mother and child – Bangkok, city of angels (Photo credit: Sailing “Footprints: Real to Reel” (Ronn ashore))

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There is an excellent blog on WordPress if you are interested in

animal protection and rights.

Animal Post: http://michaeleltonmcleod.com

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I am not showing what an elephant looks like with it’s tusks removed,

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244067/Elephant-Assam-region-India-tusks-trunk-tail-removed-suspected-poacher-attack.html

or

Tigers killed for the Japanese markets (aphrodisiacs) http://www.tigerhomes.org/animal/tiger-penis.cfm

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Even I can’t bear to look,

but as the world we know disappears,

our grandchildren will ask us about this, too,

“Where have all the animals gone?”

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www.sierraclub.org, www.350.org, www.greenpeace.org

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Meerkat. Taken in Victoria, Australia in February 2009. Français : Un Suricate (Suricata suricatta). Photo prise dans l’état de Victoria, en Australie, en février 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

BABY BOOMERS: Implications for the life we lead…

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Baby Boomers: We are the new 60, how do we own it?

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What is important?

Where do we cross the line from self-absorption,

to what we can contribute to society and the planet?

I’m looking for a global view of healing vs. destruction.

What have the last 60 years meant for humanity,

how have we transformed our values,

across world cultures, or within our family?

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What are we going to pass on to our children;

does anyone matter beyond ourselves?

Is there any hope of making a real difference?

How would this look like?

Is there anyone doing what needs to be done?

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Visionary artist’s, prophet’s, and scientist’s reveal where we are going.

What appears from artist’s brushes, poet’s words,

or the prophet’s speech is a mystery.

The shaman heals, the philosopher writes, and we have no understanding.

Matters are pressing, time is short, careers are built, fortunes made,

fortunes lost,

poverty extends to future generations.

Where is the mystery in your life?

What do we value?

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Is there any meaning for our life? Was there ever?

Has the earth just been our playground, our battlefield for

our life dramas, the setting,

the stage, for the brief flash of our lives?

Or, is it our chance to shine, reflect the stars, love as best we can,

be kind, share, and play nicely.

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How do I relate this to turning 60? These might be questions

we want to ask ourselves.

If we can consider being open, if for even a moment,

consider a different way of viewing our life,

however uncomfortable this makes us,

a clear moment of understanding might change the course of our life.

Our generation is facing a new reality.

Greed has destroyed industrialized nations, also the unpaid wars

we have been fighting for the last 10 years, have come due.

Our good ol’e USA greed has just pulled socialized Europe

and the Euro down.

We should look toward what countries are becoming,

traditional Muslim countries,

oppressed by their leaders are rising up, freedom fighters,

inspired youth, actually initializing real change.

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This is how I see 60.

I see us holding on; trying to maintain our lives against reality.

The wealthy want more wealth, yet are faced with dwindling income.

The poor are struggling as always, and are moving aside (or down)

to make room for the ‘new poor’.

The ‘old poor’ know how to live within their means, they have had no choice.

But the 60+’s in the middle class have had it good for so long,

we have no idea how to be poor.

The vast majority of us are overfed, out of shape, uninspired,

unprepared for reality, and turning grey from the inside out.

(ouch!)

What happened Baby Boomers? What are our inner voices saying?

You know the voice that over speaks our spirit, dictation of self-justification,

eating the mantra of the same stories, explanations, excuses,

talking to our superficial selves.

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I am asking us to break into that old conversation,

interrupt it for an important message, as our spirit awaits.

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Our circular, redundant thinking is getting us nowhere,

self-justification is self-negation.

I am asking that we wake up to reality.

Just look around with new eyes. Do one positive thing, Help one person.

Our parents, children of the ‘Great Depression’ and the Great World War II,

are exiting the planet.

That leaves us to carry the torch of humanity.

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60: Baby Boomers Guide for Healing our planet.

Claiming responsibility, not denial. Let’s fix it now!

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World in 1950’s: The world that our grandparent’s gave us as children.

World in 2013: The world that we are giving our grandchildren.

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Four generations of change, what did we do to help ourselves with our dealt hand?

Did we look to profit, or prophet to help us?

Our spirit says, save our planet. A direct command, save it or lose it.

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Let us each choose one solution: Pick one cure for the toxic earth.

Be leaders, from the level that we are on.

No corporations need apply, unless they are ready for a change.

Let’s do one small thing, make a recommendation,

find a solution, talk with others.

Choose life.

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Let us save our planet now. Do not count on anyone else.

Save our planet now.

It is up to us to fix this mess that we all have contributed to.

Industrialized nations have ‘messed’ our planet up.

Let’s get out the broom, sweep it clean NOW!

Let us rise up, rebel against mediocrity to help pull us up

from our downward spiral.

This is the time, as no other.

We the people, in order to make a more perfect world……

“Take a stand, for the earth or against it”.

“Get off your duff, and get to work”.

What are we going to do about:

War

Hungry children

Conflict

Famine

Terror

Economic disruption

Polluted air

Polluted lakes

Polluted rivers

Polluted water

Polluted ocean

Acid rain

Nuclear waste

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The over Harvested Destruction of Land:

Over fished

Over mining

Toxic waste

Oil spills

Polluted tap water

Sewage in streams & rivers

Floating waste (ocean)

Species at risk of extinction in land, air and sea

Disappearing habitat of all other species

Melting icecap

Signs of global warming

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People at Risk:

Aids, starvation, drought

Human trafficking

Homeless

Sex slaves, women and children

Crimes against women

Slaughter houses

Pollution from harvest ships

Coal mining

GMO (genetically modified crops & patented seed)

Natural destruction

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WORLD NEWS

The world we were born into:

 

  • 1952

January 7

  • French Plevin government falls.

January 14

  • Snow storm in Sierra Nevada kills 26.

January 20

  • British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone.

January 21

  • Nehru’s Congress party wins general election in India.

January 22

  • The first Jet airliner (the de Havilland Comet) enters service for BOAC.
  • 300px-BEA_de_Havilland_DH-106_Comet_4B_Berlin

January 30

  • Lehmer verifies 2^521-1 and 2^607-1 (183 ciphers) Mersenne-prime numbers.

February 1

  • General strike against French colonial management in Tunisia.

February 6

  • King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham at age 56.

February 19

  • French offensive at Hanoi, Vietnam.

February 21

  • Bangladesh Martyrs Day (martyrs of Bengali Language Movement).

February 26

  • Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that Britain has its own atomic bomb.

March 1

  • Heligoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain.

March 3

  • Puerto Rico approves their first self-written constitution.

March 10

  • Military coup by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.

March 16

  • Greatest 24-hour rainfall: 187 cm in Cilaos, Réunion, in the Indian Ocean.

March 18

  • First plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia).
  • Communist offensive in Korea.

March 20

  • US Senate’s final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan.

March 21

  • A J Pieters, SS-Untersturmführer, is executed.
  • Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena, 25,000 attend first rock and roll concert ever.
  • Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths.
  • Wilhelm Albrecht, German SD-chief, is executed. 

March 24

  • Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa. 

March 27

  • Failed assassination attempt of German Chancellor Adenauer.

April 1

  • Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe and Gamow.

April 9

  • Popular uprising in Bolivia.

April 15

  • Franklin National Bank issues first bank credit card.
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

April 21

  • BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) begins first passenger service with jets (London-Rome route). 

April 22

  • First atomic explosion on network news, Nob Nevada.

April 23

  • Oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Banias completed.

April 28

  • Japan and the United States sign a formal peace treaty.

May 1

  • US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada. 
  • “Mr Potato Head” toy is introduced; first toy advertised on television.

May 2

  • The world’s first-ever jet airliner (the BOAC De Havilland Comet 1) makes its maiden voyage, flying from London to Johannesburg.

May 3

  • First landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole.

May 5

  • Pulitzer prize awarded to Herman Wouk (The Caine Mutiny).

May 8

  • Mad Magazine debuts.

May 13

  • Pandit Nehru becomes premier of India. 

May 18

  • Professor WF Libby says Stonehenge dates back to 1848 BCE.

May 28

  • The women of Greece are given sufferage. (Really!)

June 29

  • First aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn – USS Oriskany.

July 15

  • First transatlantic helicopter flight begins. 

July 22

  • Polish constitution is adopted.

July 23

  • A military junta in Egypt under command of Gamal Abdel Nasser overthrows King Farouk.

July 25

  • Puerto Rico officially becomes a U.S commonwealth.

July 29

  • First nonstop transpacific flight by a jet.

August 11

  • Hussein proclaimed king of Jordan.

September 11

  • West German Chancellor Adenauer signs a reparation pact for Jews.

September 15

  • United Nations turns over Eritrea to Ethiopia.

October 1

  • First ultra-high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland, Oregon, USA. 

October 3

  • First video recording on magnetic tape, Los Angeles, California.

October 23

  • German former Army Commander-in-Chief Albert Kesslering is pardoned and freed from British captivity.

October 24

  • Arab Liberation Movement becomes the only party of Syria.

November 1

  • First hydrogen device exploded by US at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.

November 4

  • A 9.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Kamchatka off the east coast of Russia, causing 30-foot waves in Hawaii.
  • Dwight Eisenhower (Republican) elected 34th US President beating Adlai Stevenson (Democrat).

November 29

  • US President-elect Dwight Eisenhower visits Korea to assess the war.

December 2

  • First human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colorado, USA).

December 3

  • Marcos Perez Jiménez elected President of Venezuela.

December 4

london-smog

  • Killer fogs begin in London England; “Smog” becomes a word. Over 4000 die.
  • There was a build up of toxic substances into the atmosphere through the combustion of coke,
  • oil and coal products due to the large number of factories in operation throughout London.
  • The London Smog of 1952 –The Great Smog of London as it is called befell London starting on December 4, 1952, and lasted until March of 1953. It was a great disaster that killed thousands and formed an important impetus to the modern environmental movement.
  • The large number of deaths caused by the worst environmental disaster in UK history leads to the The Clean Air Act of 1956 which required smokeless fuels must be used in heavily populated area’s including cleaner coals, electricity, and gas, reducing the amount of smoke pollution and sulphur dioxide from household fires. 

December 6

  • Czechoslovakian government tells Israeli ambassador he is persona non grata.

December 8

  • French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die.
  • Isaak Ben-Zwi elected President of Israel.

December 14

  • Uprising of captives in Pongam, South Korea; 82 die.

December 15

  • Christine Jorgenson is first person to undergo a sex-change operation.
  • Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Orientales Ecclesias.

December 25

  • German former army commander Wilhelm List is pardoned and freed from captivity.

December 29

  • First transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford, New York).

December 30

  • Tuskegee Institute reports 1952 as first year in 71 years with no lynchings in USA.
  • HIROSHIMA, Japan, Nov. 18 (Agence France-Presse) — Hiroshima authorities said this week they will conduct studies for the first time on the children of the surviving victims of the atomic bomb dropped on the city on August 6, 1945.

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    Breaking News….

    1952: British radar engineer Geoffrey Dummer introduces the concept of the integrated circuit at a tech conference in the United States. The world is about to change. 

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    1945-1952: The Early Cold War

    The United States emerged from World War II as one of the foremost economic, political, and military powers in the world. Wartime production pulled the economy out of depression and propelled it to great profits. In the interest of avoiding another global war, for the first time the United States began to use economic assistance as a strategic element of its foreign policy and offered significant assistance to countries in Europe and Asia struggling to rebuild their shattered economies.

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    Fiftieth anniversary of the conquest of Everest: 

    “Geneva – Everest 1952 – 2002”

    On the trail of the Genevan expedition of 1952

    Geneva, March 18th, 2002 – Exactly fifty years ago, for the first time in history, Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, two members of an expedition composed entirely of Genevan (Swiss) alpinists, climbed to within 200 meters/660 feet of the summit of Mount Everest without the aid of oxygen. One year later, in 1953, an English expedition led by John Hunt, with Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay once again, reached the roof of the world following the famous South Col route discovered by the team from Geneva. Upon their return, they met with world acclaim, they sent this message to the Genevan team:  “A good half of the glory goes to you.”

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    NEW WORLD ORDER PLAN TO PATROL THE WORLD

    In 1952, in London, the Illuminati sponsored a meeting to re-draw the world into military regions after the One-World Government had been established.  In the early 1920’s, Russian Communist leaders learned a very valuable lesson:  they learned that ethnic troops could not be depended upon to be brutal to their own people .  Therefore, Russian Communists devised a plan whereby Muslim Russian troops would be stationed in non-Muslim areas, and vice versa.  Therefore, troops would have no difficulty oppressing, jailing, and murdering people not their own.  As you will shortly see, this plan applies these lessons worldwide.  We have much to fear, as you will see in just a few moments.

    In 1952, the World Association of Parliamentarians for World Government decided which areas of the world would be occupied and patrolled by which troops. These worldwide forces would be commanded by a World Director, who would have an organization of 8 zone directors and 51 regional directors.  No regional director would ever be responsible for his own country, and no military troops would ever be stationed within his own country. [This information taken from the National Economic Council of New York City, 1962]

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    In August 1952 the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) was founded. At that moment organized modern humanism already had a tradition of at least a hundred years, including other international federations that are reckoned among the humanist tradition. One can discern four ‘generations’ of modern humanism, originating around 1850, 1890, 1918 and 1945, three of which came together in IHEU in 1952.

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    Minimum standards for social security

    The Philadelphia Declaration (1944) sets out ILO’s role with regard to social protection, an area in which the Organization has been active since its inception in 1919, adopting several conventions and recommendations. It was in 1952, however, when it adopted the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, which entered into force in 1955, that it took decisive action. The convention allows derogations for countries “whose economy and medical facilities are insufficiently developed”, but it nevertheless marked a fundamental shift in international social security law in that it introduced the new concept of a general level of social security theMember States should attain.
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    The Soviet Union returned to the Olympic fold in 1952 after a 40-year absence, a period of time that included a revolution and two world wars. Ironically, the Soviets chose to make their comeback in Finland, a country they had invaded twice during World War II.

    This time it was the United States that was surprised by the Soviets, and the USA had to scramble on the last day of competition to hold off the USSR’s assault on first place in the overall standings. It was the beginning of an all-consuming 36-year Cold War rivalry.

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    1952 Washington D.C. Sightings

    During the dawn of Ufology in the United States, unidentified flying objects made themselves known to the leaders of the free world in 1952, buzzing over the White House, the Capitol building, and the Pentagon. Seemingly the unknown objects were defying the very governmental agencies sworn to protect the United States from foreign powers.

    Washington National Airport and Andrews Air Force Base picked up a number of UFOs on their radar screens on July 19, 1952, beginning a wave of sightings still unexplained to this day.These blips were objects traveling at about 100 m.p.h. but with the ability to accelerate to the unbelievable speed of 7,200 m.p.h. The Washington National sighting was confirmed by other local radar, and then Andrews Air Force Base was contacted.

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A team of GM scientists and engineers developed the mechanical heart pump that made possible the world’s first open heart surgery. The device was developed and donated by GM at no cost to the heart surgery team at Wayne State University in Detroit.

The Opening of the Commercial Jet Era

Like perhaps no other single technology, the jet engine revolutionized air travel around the world. Unlike the old propeller-driven planes that were powered by piston engines, jet planes could fly at tremendous speeds, thus cutting down travel time. Jet-equipped airplanes also could climb faster and fly higher. Both the U.S. Air Force and civil aircraft builders found these capabilities attractive in the years after World War II when international contacts stretched across the globe. There were, however, major concerns about transferring jet engine technology to the commercial aviation sector. Airline executives in the postwar era were aware that, although jet engines were simpler than the old piston engines, they also had high operating temperatures that required very expensive metal alloy components that ultimately would affect an aircraft’s longevity and reliability. Moreover, jet engines used far greater amounts of fuel. The initially low takeoff speed would also require longer runways. All of this added up to increased costs. As a result, U.S. passenger air carriers did not support the building of jet airliners in the immediate postwar years, and adopted a “wait-and-see” approach before embarking on this risky path.

The British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC), the national British carrier, first introduced a commercial jet airliner into service. The 36-seat Comet 1, built by De Havilland, flew for the first time on July 27, 1949. BOAC inaugurated the world’s first commercial jet service on May 2, 1952. Initial flights took passengers from London to Johannesburg in South Africa, with stops in Rome, Beirut, Khartoum (in Sudan), Entebbe (in Kenya), and Livingstone, near Victoria Falls. At the time, the top cruising speed of the most well known piston-engine aircraft, the DC-3, was about 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour). With the Comet, passengers could travel comfortably at 480 miles per hour (772 kilometers per hour), making it a revolutionary leap in air travel. The Comet also provided conditions that contrasted sharply to piston-engine planes: the planes were vibration-free and relatively quiet.

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The Nobel Peace Prize 1952:

Albert Schweitzer

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The first oral contraceptive!

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1952 Mau Mau Begin Terrorists Actions A state of emergency was declared by the British Governor of Kenya as the Mau Mau began an open uprising against British rule. The British arrested hundreds of Kikuyu tribesman — among them Jomo Kenyatta, who went on to become the first Prime Minister of Kenya.
1952 King Farouk Adbicates Young army officers, disgusted by widespread corruption in Egypt, staged a revolt against King Farouk. The revolt was led by General Mohammed Neguib and Colonel Gamal Abdul Nasser. Neguib became leader of Egypt. He remained in control until 1954, when Nasser – the real power behind the revolt – took power.EGYPT TORN BY CRISIS:Almost exactly fifty-nine years ago, on January 26, 1952, downtown Cairo was in flames. Cinemas, department stores, and hotels were set alight by rioters in the streets. The identity of these rioters would become the focus of enormous speculation: Were they revolutionaries who sought the expulsion of British colonial rule from Egypt, or rather, were they counterrevolutionary forces who were giving the then-Egyptian regime or the army a pretext to intervene? Whatever the case, within a matter of six months, that regime – which the vast majority of Egyptians saw as corrupt, unrepresentative, and brutal in its repression of peaceful protest – was overthrown by a cadre of young military men known as the “Free Officers,” led by the charismatic Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser.***
EGYPT – Despite bloody riots that bring death to scores and flaming destruction to many famed landmarks, hopes for an amicable settlement of the thorny Suez problem rise in the land of the Nile. At the height of the fighting, British troops blast Egyptian police from their barricades.

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1952 Polio Vaccine Invented A vaccine that prevented polio was developed in 1952 by Jonas Salk.
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1952:  New immigration Quotas The Congress overrode a Presidential veto and vetoed to restrict immigration into the United States to 154,657 immigrants per year. This was the most restrictive policy in American history to date. Foreigners with technical training and high education would receive priority under the law.
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JAPAN -Allied occupation, 1945-1952

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This book is a record of the Congress Of The Peoples For Peace – Vienna December 12th-19th, 1952.

The Congress brought together people from 85 different countries.

My father Alexander Mckechnie was a member of the Congress presiding committee, alongside Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Robeson, Pablo Neruda, Diego Rivera, Louis Aragon & others.
I was given the middle name Paul after Paul Robeson.

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TROUBLE IN TUNISIA:
TUNIS – Tunisia in revolt! Martial law follows sabotage and riots in the French North African protectorate. Train is wrecked in desert by Arab extremists, as French troops battle to restore order in the trouble zone. Nationalistic feeling runs high as local revolutionizes seek greater autonomy from France.

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First Nuclear Power Accident: 1952

33 serious incidents and accidents at nuclear power stations since

the first recorded one in 1952 at Chalk River in Ontario, Canada.

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On this day [14th June 1952]: Nautilus the world’s first nuclear submarine was dedicated.

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The results of antigenic studies of the viruses received at the World Influenza Centre from the 1952-3 influenza epidemic are described. As in 1950-1, two main antigenic groups of influenza A viruses could be distinguished. One group, called Liverpool, contained strains closely related to 1950-1 Liverpool strains. The other, called Scandinavian, contained strains related to but not identical with 1950-1 Scandinavian viruses. Altogether, 175 Scandinavian, 33 Liverpool, and 4 influenza B virus strains were examined.
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Kiichiro Toyoda, founder of the Toyota Motor Corporation, which in 2008 surpassed America’s General Motors as the world’s largest automaker, dies at the age of 57 in Japan on this day 1952.

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Actors and actresses who were born in 1952 included: Maria Schneider (March 27 in Paris), Liam Neeson (June 7 in Ireland), Isabella Rossellini (June 18 in Rome), Robin Williams (July 21 in Chicago), Patrick Swayze (August 18 in Texas), Christopher Reeve (Sept. 25 in New York), Paul Rubens (a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, August 27 in New York), Jeff Goldblum (Oct. 22 in Pittsburgh), Angelica Huston (in Ireland).

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TV shows included: I’ve Got a Secret, The Lone Ranger, The Groucho Marx Show,

The Dinah Shore Show,

The Burns and Allen Show, Art Linkletter’s House Party,

The Guiding Light, Search for Tomorrow, Arthur

Godfrey Time, Howdy Doody, Amos and Andy,

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Twenty Questions,

Dragnet, The Perry Como Show, The Wheel of Fortune, This Is Your Life.

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In Washington, D.C., Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican from Wisconsin,

continued his efforts to

expose communists in government, attempting to discredit the

Truman administration. A wave of anticommunism,

known as “McCarthyism,” swept the country.

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Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Old Man and the Sea, was published in 1952.

John Steinbeck’s novel,

East of Eden, was published in 1952.

In 1952, the Korean War continued. The U.S. launched bombing attacks against North Korea.

Evita Peron, wife of Argentine President Juan Peron, died.

Albert Schweitzer won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize.

François Mauriac won the 1952 Nobel prize for Literature.

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The 100th monkey: IMO – THE FIRST MONKEY

The behaviour of the Japanese monkey Macaco fuscata has been studied intensely for more than thirty years in a number of wild colonies. One of these is isolated on the island of Koshima just off the east coast of Kyushu, and it was here in 1952 that man provided the monkeys with the right sort of evolutionary nudge. Provision stations were established at selected sites in the range of the troop. Normally young monkeys learn feeding habits from their mothers who teach them by example what to eat and how to deal with it, and in these macaques the behaviour had grown to a complex tradition involving the buds, fruits, leaves, shoots and bark of well over a hundred species of plants. So they approached the new artificial food supplies equipped with a formidable array of behavioural predispositions, but nothing in their established repertoire enabled them to deal effectively with raw sweet potatoes covered with sand and grit.

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The world in 1952, a good ‘Baby Boomer’ year.

A TIME MACHINE: http://www.centex.net/~elliott/1952.html

REALITY BLOG AWARD! THANK YOU, DEAR KITTY. SOME BLOG.

Reality Blog Award

Reality Blog Award

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by Dear Kitty. Some Blog.  http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/

Dear Kitty. Some Blog. is one of my favorite places to go for information on a great variety of subjects.

Thank you!

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The award involves replying to five questions: 

1) If you could change something what would you change?

The return of our beautiful Planet:  clean air, water, oceans, lands.

2) If you could repeat an age, what age would it be?

Now is pretty good, and OK with me!

3) What one thing really scares you?

The tipping point for our planet: The ecological point of no return.

4) What one dream have you not completed yet and

      do you think you will be able to complete it?

Working on it!

5) If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be?

Albert Einstein

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Before listing the blogs that I want to nominate (linking to their sites, and telling the nominees about it at their blogs), I would like to point out that I will not feel offended in any way by those who do not wish to participate in the process that is involved in responding to an award nomination.

I appreciate that not everyone has the time or inclination. You can just feel contented that your site is recognised as being worthy of an award.

  1. gregorybateson
  2. DES Daughter Network
  3. tuttacronaca
  4. Day One
  5. I Write The Music
  6. wishstory
  7. Pedantry: http://pendantry.wordpress.com/
  8. Mzuritam’s Weblog
  9. Bangs Shoes
  10. cherylsafricanadventure
  11. bbboohhh
  12. Goodhikes Cape Town
  13. Life For a Forest
  14. SnowDrops’ Garden: http://ilgiardinodeibucaneve.wordpress.com/
  15. Rachel Kurzyp: http://rachelkurzyp.com/