Mimi Writes…….: How To Blog For Peace on Social Media

On Nov 4 Change your status to Dona Nobis Pacem (Latin for Grant Us Peace).

Put up a peace graphic.  Post and Share!  Anywhere you are online. It’s that simple.

Need more explanation? New to the movement?

If you want to be a peace blogger, you’ll need a peace globe

and one of these:

a blog or website

Facebook profile

Twitter account

Google+

Instagram Pinterest Tumblr BlogHer …anywhere you are online.

via Mimi Writes…….: How To Blog For Peace on Social Media.

If You Can, Fall In Love All Over Again

Amen

Silvia Writes

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My mother-in-law, once divorced and once widowed, was talking about dating again. I only write this here because I know she’s an open, awesome woman.

Let me be clear: she’s not in any hurry, but the conversation did come up when someone wanted to introduce her to a man. She is in great shape (late sixties), has the sunniest smile, and I’m sure she’d make a great companion.  She’s also picky — as she should be — wants to know the family is comfortable with whomever waltzes into her life.  And in case you wonder, we weren’t comfortable with this particular suitor, and neither was she after some thought.

This brought to mind two quotes; one from Richard Dawkins: “I don’t want to be only a survival machine, programmed solely to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.” This assumes the conclusion: what’s life without love … of something or…

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NEW VOICES: Pope Francis Calls for Abolition of Death Penalty | Death Penalty Information Center

Pope Francis called for an end to capital punishment in an address on October 23 to the International Association on Penal Law. “It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples’ lives from an unjust aggressor,” the Catholic leader said. He cited the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which says that the death penalty can be used only if it is the “only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor,” and that modern alternatives for protecting society mean that “cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.” Pope Francis said, “All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty.” In discussing a variety of criminal justice issues, he critiqued the tendency to focus solely on punishment, rather than addressing broader social issues.

via NEW VOICES: Pope Francis Calls for Abolition of Death Penalty | Death Penalty Information Center.

Israeli “teabag” and racist rightists hold anti-Palestinian demo at light rail station | Maan News Agency

Dozens of Israeli rightists late Thursday protested at the site of a suspected attack which left a three-month-old baby dead, witnesses said.

Protesters held aloft signs reading “Death to Arabs!” and “Revenge” by the Ammunition Hill light rail station in Sheikh Jarrah.

There were reports of attempted assaults on Palestinians as they crossed the road in the area, with Israeli forces deploying to prevent such incidents.

Israel immediately labeled the incident on Wednesday as a “terrorist” attack, while the Palestinian suspect’s family denied that it was intentional.

via Israeli rightists hold anti-Palestinian demo at light rail station | Maan News Agency.

Studies show more TB cases worldwide than earlier estimates | Vaccine News Daily

Old diseases, not as interesting? Or if not perceived as a threat to US or EU – so no worries like for Ebola?

New studies show that there are approximately 500,000 more cases of tuberculosis than was previously estimated.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Global Tuberculosis Report 2014″ details how 9 million people developed TB last year and 1.5 million died, including approximately 360,000 individuals who were HIV positive.

“Following a concerted effort by countries, by WHO and by multiple partners, investment in national surveys and routine surveillance efforts has substantially increased,” WHO Director of the Global TB Program Dr. Mario Raviglione said. “This is providing us with much more and better data, bringing us closer and closer to understanding the true burden of tuberculosis.”

The report states that the death rate from TB is still falling and has actually dropped by 45 percent since 1990. The number of people developing TB is declining by approximately 1.5 percent a year, while 37 million people have survived TB through thorough diagnosis and treatment over the past 14 years.

Another aspect of the report shows that while an astounding number of lives are being lost to curable diseases, TB is the second biggest killer from one infectious agent. Approximately three million people stricken with TB are still misdiagnosed, or diagnosed but not reported.

A lack of funding is hindering worldwide efforts to fight the TB epidemic. An estimated $8 billion is needed each year, but there is currently a $2 billion shortfall.

via Studies show more TB cases worldwide than earlier estimates | Vaccine News Daily.

Things I am too hot to care about

It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it! They’re not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world.”

–Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, on why young women don’t need to vote

Affordable housing. With hair like this, you don’t need a roof over your head.

Parental leave. Sometimes I think about having a kid but then I just rub my perfectly shaped stomach until I drift into a peaceful sleep.

Community investment. I believe strongly in the importance of building youths’ self-esteem so it’s really best that I just stay home.

Income inequality. Coins are sort of reflective, so every time I go to pay for something I am startled by my impeccable bone structure.

Safety. Once someone tried to mug me but I just smiled.

Criminal justice. Once someone tried to arrest me but I just smiled.

Police brutality. Once a cop was going to shoot me but I just smiled.

Education. Sometimes, I wake up in the morning, lug all my textbooks to the library, turn to the assignment, open up my laptop, and suddenly it’s four hours later and my Photobooth library is full.

Reproductive health care access. I am out of everyone’s league.

Alexandra Brodsky is too hot to write a bio.

via Things I am too hot to care about.

Traditional culture trumps Ebola Safety? MONROVIA, Liberia: Beds at Ebola treatment units empty in Liberia | Health | The Island Packet

Even as Liberians fall ill and die of Ebola, many beds in treatment centers are empty because of the government’s order that the bodies of all suspected Ebola victims in the capital be cremated, authorities have determined.

Cremation violates values and cultural practices in the western African country. The order has so disturbed people that the sick are often kept at home and, if they die, are being secretly buried, increasing the risk of more infections.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia decreed in August that the bodies of Ebola victims in the Monrovia area be cremated. The government brought in a crematorium and hired experts. The order came after people in neighborhoods of the capital resisted burials of hundreds of Ebola victims near their homes.

A recent analysis of bed space at Ebola treatment units concluded that out of 742 spaces, 351 were occupied and 391 were vacant, said Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads the government’s Ebola response.

via MONROVIA, Liberia: Beds at Ebola treatment units empty in Liberia | Health | The Island Packet.

Girl turns back to help elderly person cross street, act of kindness goes viral online: Shanghaiist

“Random-Taiwanese-girl’s” handy guide to glory below:

1) Cross the street.

2) Notice an elderly, wheelchair-bound person trying to cross.

3) Have your friend hold your drink.

4) Run back, push said elderly person across the street.

5) Wait for traffic to subside.

6) Re-cross street.

Health benefits include good karma and 10 seconds of cardiovascular exercise.

Watch the full video below:

via Girl turns back to help elderly person cross street, act of kindness goes viral online: Shanghaiist.

Olive Harvests Become Campaign Cornerstone for OVP — Medium

“Olive trees are a big part of our culture,” said OneVoice youth leader Raya Fatayer to Wattan News. “The harvest season is a national event to celebrate our Palestinian traditions. We see Israeli violations against the olive trees in many areas in Palestine, but we will continue to work with local farmers to display solidarity; this land will remain Palestinian.”

via Olive Harvests Become Campaign Cornerstone for OVP — Medium.