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Activist, writer, researcher, addicted to sharing information and facts.

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Children are dying everywhere around this world. Be it in Syria where they die daily (NSFL pictures) or in any war zone. Those deaths though, however tragic and cruel, are a byproduct of a civil strife taking place in their country. 20 children of Newtown, CT had no idea that their school-day on Friday would be their last day of life. The parents who dropped off their children at school didn’t know that would be the last time they would see their son or daughter breathing.

This is the third shooting to take place in the United States in 2012. After each of those massacres, the same debate among Americans erupted before it died down when the mania subsided: gun control and mental health.

Some people believe that their guns should be off limits. Their right to bear arms in the face of a possible tyrant government, as…

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Well said and thank you for the post – I am glad you found the words to memorialize these brave women.

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was the location of a massacre that took the lives of 26 people, 20 of which were children. Amid the tragedy is an untold story of heroism that gives hope despite the darkness from which it sprung.

Victoria Soto, a 27 year old first grade teacher, hid her students in closets and cabinets. When the shooter reached her classroom and asked her where her students were, she lied and told him she took them to the gym. He shot her on the spot and left. Her entire classroom survived.

Dawn Hochsprung, the school principal, and March Sherlach, the school’s psychologist, did not hide like everyone else did when they heard gunshots resonate among their school’s hallways. Instead of ducking under tables and hiding in offices, they ran towards the gunshots. They were both murdered execution-style as they confronted the murderer Adam Lanza.


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Simple and should be adapted in many places.

Leelouz Café

On french TV last night, an interesting concept caught my attention; a little shop where everything is for free has opened 3 years ago in Mulhouse, Alsace in France. The shop is called “le magasin pour rien ” ( the shop for free). Money is not allowed, and the shop survives from donations. It offers all sorts of objects, donated by people, for others to benefit. It aims at helping those less fortunate, that may be in need of lets say cups, blankets, a lamp, and many more, but cannot afford to buy them. Each person can get three objects for free, per week! and the shop is never empty of goods, as it is creating a wave of donors, who would rather give away some hidden things in their attics or basements, and make other people benefit, than keeping them for ever!

I loved the idea, especially that we…

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Urban Gardens NYC

minature greenhouse

Winter is definitely on its way and that leaves us wondering what to do with our beloved plants that we don’t have room for inside. A good frost can kill even the healthiest of plants if they aren’t meant to weather the cold. And while it would be great if there was always space in the house for them, we know better.

Building a miniature greenhouse can be an inexpensive way to keep your plants warm during these cold wintery days. By obtaining just a few common supplies, a homemade greenhouse could be up and running in just a day or two.

Which supplies you need depend on how involved/what shape you want your greenhouse to be. A miniature dome greenhouse can be constructed for about $25 using PVC piping, connectors, glue and sheet plastic. This construction will be very lightweight, however, so sandbags or some other method of securing…

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Mercury in seafood: Where does it come from? | Grist

“Most of the fish that people in the U.S. eat are from the open ocean. And most of the mercury that goes into the open ocean is from atmospheric emissions, which comes from fossil fuel burning,” says Chen, a food chain biologist from Dartmouth. Coal-fired power plants are the biggest source, globally. Of course, coastal areas are a different story; much of the seafood eaten in places like the Gulf of Maine, the Gulf of Mexico, and the San Francisco Bay come from other industrial sources (think old mining operations).

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Germany: “Pesticides can cause Parkinsons”

Fruit and vegetables treated with pesticides can cause Parkinsons, say scientists from the German University Clinic Carl Gustav Carus. The researchers came to this conclusion after extensive testing with mice.

In Germany alone 400,000 people are suffering from Parkinsons disease. Scientists have now discovered that the insecticide rotenone doesn’t just cause the disease, but exacerbates the symptoms. Earlier, researchers confirmed the fact that Parkinsons can be triggered by outside influences. Already in an early stage, distinct correlations were found between Parkinsons and the use of pesticides. Scientific research involving subjects active in agriculture and farming, used to working with pesticides, showed that an above average percentage of the subjects suffered from the disease.

Staff at the University examined the responses of mice to rotenone. It was established that certain nerve cells in the intestines contained large doses of the protein alpha-synuclein. These in turn affected important brain cells. According to Francisco Pan-Montojo of the Dresden Institute for Anatomy the discovery is an important step forward in the understanding and possible treatment of Parkinsons.


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