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Protect your family and your children from predators. Always know where they are and who they are with, for how long and why.
Always Hold Hands With Your Chilren When on a Walk, and Don't Let Them Convince You Otherwise, Never Let Them Walk Alone Anywhere Until They are at Least 17 Years Old.
President Obama is Absolutely Right, These People - Our Senators, Should be Ashamed of Themselves Because 93% of all Americans Wanted This Consensus on Gun Violence Background Checks Changed and These People Failed Them Again.
2-28-2013 The Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act passed the House, after the House failed to pass its own version of the act.1 This means that all women—including LGBT, undocumented, and Native American women—will receive the protections offered by this bill. “Domestic violence is an issue that, sadly, affects all of our communities,” Castro, D-Texas, wrote in a statement after the bill passed. ”It is our duty to protect the victims of domestic violence and work to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”One Republican Woman, Governor Stands up to Republican Bullies- What are the Rest of them Doing by Diane Knaus
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More Severe Weather Winter Storm With Ice and Cripling Snow Crawls Across the U.S. From the Midwest Intensfies Heads to the East Coast
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12-9-2013 According to NOAA,Snow will spread from the Tennessee Valley into the Mid-Atlantic and New England through Tuesday bringing another shot of winter weather on the heels of the recent winter storm. A swath of 2 to 6 inches of snow is expected from southwest Virginia to the New England coast. This could impact the morning commute in many areas. 48 Million people are living under severe winter storm watches in the U.S. More ice and snow expected into the East Caost overnight. The powerful winter storm that has been affecting much of the central and western U.S. continues to intensify as it moves into Canada and Eastern U.S. Coastline. Snow is tapering off across the Upper Midwest. Freezing rain is possible from TX to D.C. Maryland, Pa, and to the Ohio Valley.
Thousands of flights have been cancelled across the entire country due to this storm. Stay in place and rest, drink plenty of water and keep yourself, families and pets warm and comfortable. Do not exert yourself too much outside, a winter chill can cause hypothermia quickly.
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12-5-2013 Nelson Mandela passed away at his home. Nelson Mandela was truly a great humanitarian and hero to the people of his homeland South Africa. Be a part of a new generation to be greater tomorrow than we are today, do something special for someone else.
11-22-2013 According to Johns Hopkins Researchers: The country’s welfare programs scored high marks during the Great Recession, according to a new report by Robert A. Moffitt, the Krieger-Eisenhower professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University.
The report, published this month in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, shows the country’s “social safety net” expanded to catch many Americans during the economic downturn, which lasted roughly from 2008 through 2009.
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National Suicide Hotline Information
911-When you dial, you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. After you call, you will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will hear hold music while your call is being routed. You will be helped by a skilled, trained crisis worker who will listen to your problems and will tell you about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.Please call us it is okay to call. You really do matter, let us help you through the problem.1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Study Shows Trauma Centers Serving Mostly White Patients Have Lower Death Rates for Patients of All Races
93 Years Ago Today Women Won the Right To Vote
by Diane Knaus
8-27-2013 Then our winning was a challenge to all mens ego. Now it is even a worse challenge because men clearly don't like challenges to ther egos and we still are warring over equality issues like abortion and health benefits and equal pay. Women paid dearly 93 years go with being thrown in jail for the slightest infringement. They were tortured for the desire of being treated equal and having a brain to think that they might not agree with their men.The warring even includes our daughters and how we respect them and their choices.
Hold onto your hats daddies around the world. Talking about daughters and their choices. Did anyone see the Miley Cyrus TV show last night where she brazenly tried to look like she was nude ontage? Then of course she used a foam plastic finger to make lewd gestures. How many women would vote for her performance? My vote would be a no. She pushed too hard to be a sexy adult and she clearly is not. She also is going too fast and will crash and burn in the not too distant future. Of course her Daddy likes it and he seems to be pushing her down a slippery slope. But we won't know for sure for about five years after she gets past the temptations of drugs, and nasty things like that which do go on in music on a regular basis. Hopefuly she will stay away from that particular scene. Maybe she will even try to vote when she is old enough.
As far as equality goes, well lets see who she votes for in the next election. She does have rights and they will be tested by the men in her life and the record company owners, and ocncert managers, etc. She will have the right to vote them out of her life if they try to sway her too much in the wrong direction.
And that is another thing about womens rights and the right to vote and do waht we want with our bodies. We all have those same powers right now we need to use those rights and use them well in our everyday lives to make a better reality for all of us. And we need to run for public office. Do your research ladies, make your plans, and just do it. We have that right to go and do it.
Obamacare is Working If Anyone Tells You Different They are Lying- Guest Editorial from Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz-“Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%” -- New York Times, July 16, 2013
10-16-2013 In states whose governors are implementing Obamacare, health insurance premiums are coming down. In California, Oregon, and New York, Obamacare is already reducing health care costs.
Emily's List Announces Launch of Madam President: “Women We’re Watching,” Online Project To Highlight Women Political Leaders
Do You Know, Sugar Really is Addictive and it Causes Many Problems as Well as Mood Swings and Dementia?
8-13-2013 Don't worry about vitamins and supplments, try real foods instead or in addition to your vitamin program. Remember fresher is always better for vegetables, but some canned foods are good as well.Click here to read the superfood list.
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What Was it Santa Was Supposed to Have Asked All Children? "Make a List and I'll Check it Twice"
11-28-2013 Afterwhich he added: "for all the things you are happy and thankful for." That is real good advice for all of us. Many times during the year we need to sit down, stop everything to really think about the people in our lives, how we really physically feel,our closest friends, pets, great teachers, confidants, protectors, policemen, doctors, nurses, and emergency personnel.
I met someone today who was really grateful because he and his wife paid attention to the signs of stroke. He went and got checked out just last week, the doctor remanded him to a hospital and a day later he was having heart surgery. That was last week, this week he and his wife are visiting family for Thanksgiving. He seemed grateful when I met them earlier today. I am so glad they have each other and know when to listen to themselves, their bodies and a doctor.
In November 2013, just in time for Thanksgiving, stimulus funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) expired, leading to the most significant funding reduction since the Food Stamps Act was passed in 1964. With money tight at the end of the month, millions of families faced a choice between skipping Thanksgiving or finding a food kitchen to feed their kids.
Unbelievably, Republicans want to slash food stamps again -- to the tune of $40 billion in catastrophic cuts that will ruin lives and destroy families. If Tea Party Republicans get their way in the current negotiations around the farm bill that governs SNAP’s funding, Thanksgiving 2014 will be extraordinarily worse.
GMO Labeling is Important to our Everyday Health
According to Ocean Robins: Last year, I was in the grocery story with my twin boys. I was hot, my blood sugar was low, and I reached for a bottle of Mango Tango flavored Odwalla smoothie. My then 11-year-old son River was not pleased, saying, “Odwalla is owned by Coke! Do you want to give your money to Coke?!”
I stopped, looked at River with a mixture of guilt and parental pride, and put the bottle back on the shelf.
He nodded approvingly. Little did I know that my son was tipping me off to a breakthrough strategy in the struggle for GMO labeling.
During the recent election in Washington State, Coca-Cola tried to hide their million-dollar contribution to oppose GMO labeling by illegally laundering it through the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association. These efforts are now under investigation by their state’s Attorney General. The fact that Coca-Cola was willing to go to such lengths to obscure their efforts shows that they were nervous about their consumers reactions.
Natural food lovers like me don’t buy a lot of Coke. But we do tend to buy products like Odwalla, Honest Tea, Zico Coconut Water, and Simply Orange, which are owned by Coca-Cola. And if we’re going to put our money where our mouth is, then my son River is right: it’s time to stop giving our money to Coke.
This boycott is focusing on Honest Tea, Odwalla, Zico Coconut Water, Powerade, Simply Orange, Vitamin Water, and all the other Coca-Cola brands. We want the company to commit to stop funding anti-labeling efforts.
We’ve joined forces with the Center for Food Safety, and we’re putting together a multi-pronged approach. We have a petition that already has nearly twenty thousand signatures, a boycott app that is trending as highly popular, a press outreach strategy and a social media campaign, strategies for direct contact with Coca-Cola, a possible shareholder action, and lots more. Check out all the tools, and tell Coca-Cola you’re joining the boycott, here.
Many companies, including Mars, Inc., and Unilever (which owns Ben & Jerry’s), have responded to consumer pressure and stopped giving money to fight GMO labeling. We are calling on Coca-Cola to join them.
11-4-2013 The kitchen is my classroom. It’s where I learn, experiment and grow. But for too many children, success is out of reach because they come to school too hungry to learn.
12-5-2013 This month, 131,000 of Ontario's children will rely on their local food bank to fill their stomachs this holiday season. With the dropping temperatures, increased heating bills, new snowsuits, toques and boots, many families cannot make ends meet. We are dedicated to making sure no one goes without this winter.
12-5-2013 “The purpose of my mission was to keep the global spotlight on the complex humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and find ways to strengthen partnership and collaboration with regional organizations and the Government,” said Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Having travelled to Bor and other places in Jonglei State, she recalled meeting families affected by violence and by seasonal floods, adding that the country was struggling to provide security and meet the basic needs of its people. An estimated 4.5 million people needed humanitarian assistance, including nearly 1 million facing severe food insecurity, she said. Recent floods had affected nearly 345,000 people, with many losing their homes and farmlands.
Ilustration by Diane Knaus©2013
I hear that there are millions of people around the world that are hungry. There are people in the United States, Canada, Syria, and South Sudan as well as the Philippines who will go hungry tonight or may die tomorrow because they are so malnourished. Do you realize you can do something about it? Give locally to a food bank in your city, Send contributions to the International Red Cross for international help. If you are in college put together a plan to help on a large scale.
I hear the Olympics are going to be held in Russia soon. Do you think I need a big stick to whack some sense into them? "Click here to see why.
From the Pew Foundation on Minimum Wage Workers
12-5-2013 Nearly 21.3 million U.S. workers (or 16.4% of the workforce) would be directly affected by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2015, as the Senate bill referred to above seeks to do, according to analysis of microdata from the Current Population Survey by the Employment Policy Institute (a labor-backed research group that supports raising the minimum wage). 85.5% of those workers, according to EPI’s analysis, are 20 or older; 57.3% are female; and 39.4% are black or Hispanic (versus 26.8% of the workforce as a whole).
While not strictly minimum-wage workers, almost 23.2 million Americans (17.8% of all wage and salary workers) worked in the nation’s lowest-paid occupations as of last year, according to Pew Research Center analysis of occupational employment and wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those occupations, defined as paying $10.15/hour ($21,112/year) or less, were largely in a few categories: retail salespeople (4.3 million), cashiers (3.3 million), food preparers/servers, including fast-food workers (2.9 million) and waitstaff (2.3 million).
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4-14-2013 There are thousands of pets available at your local SPCA organizations in your cities. Save the pets we already have, they need your love now. There are national organizations available to help you adopt a rescue animal who may have been abused. See PGAA's Rescue Contacts - National and State Listings
“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”
― Norman Vincent Peale
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