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by India Arie.

Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don’t
Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won’t
Depend on how the wind blows I might even paint my toes
It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul

I’m not the average girl from your video
and I ain’t built like a supermodel
But, I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be the india arie

When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s supposed to be
And I know our creator didn’t make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes; I’m lovin’ what I see

I’m not the average girl from your video
and I ain’t built like a supermodel
But, I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be the
india arie

Am I less of a lady if I don’t wear pantyhose?
My mama said a lady ain’t what she wears but, what she knows
But, I’ve drawn a conclusion, it’s all an illusion, confusion’s the name of the
game
A misconception, a vast deception
Something’s gotta change
but,Don’t be offended this is all my opinion
ain’t nothing that I’m sayin law
This is a true confession of a life learned lesson I was sent here to share with
y’all
So get in where you fit in go on and shine
Clear your mind, now’s the time
Put your salt on the shelf
Go on and love yourself
‘Cuz everything’s gonna be all right

I’m not the average girl from your video
and I ain’t built like a supermodel
But, I Learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be the india arie

Keep your fancy drinks and your expensive minks
I don’t need that to have a good time
Keep your expensive car and your caviar
All I need is my guitar
Keep your Kristal and your pistol
I’d rather have a pretty piece of crystal
Don’t need your silicone I prefer my own
What God gave me is just fine

I’m not the average girl from your video
and I ain’t built like a supermodel
But, I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be india arie

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire” – Tielhard de Chardin

Guantanamo Bay represents a wide array of human rights violations, including: torture, extraordinary rendition, arbitrary (and therefore illegal) detention, denial of fair trials and the right to challenge detainment (habeas corpus). In the process, Guantanamo Bay deprives individuals of their humanity by subjecting them to cruel and degrading punishment. – Amnesty International.

“The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a controversial United States detention center operated by Joint Task Force Guantanamo since 2002 in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which is on the shore of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The detainment areas consist of three camps in the base: Camp Delta (which includes Camp Echo), Camp Iguana, and Camp X-Ray (which has been closed). The facility is often referred to as Guantanamo, or Gitmo (derived from the abbreviation “GTMO”). The detainees currently held as of June 2008 have been classified by the United States as “enemy combatants” After claims were made that these prisoners were not entitled to the protections of the Geneva Conventions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against this interpretation on 29 June 2006. Following this, on July 7, 2006, the Department of Defense issued an internal memo stating that prisoners will in the future be entitled to protection under the Geneva Conventions.

Since the beginning of the current war in Afghanistan, 775 detainees have been brought to Guantanamo, approximately 420 of which have been released without charge.

As of May 2008, approximately 270 detainees remain. More than a fifth are cleared for release but may have to wait months or years because U.S. officials are finding it increasingly difficult to persuade countries to accept them, according to officials and defense lawyers. Of the roughly 355 still incarcerated, U.S. officials said they intend to eventually put 60 to 80 on trial and free the rest.

On February 9, 2008, it was reported that 6 of the detainees at the Guantanamo Bay facility would be tried for conspiracy in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In May 2008, the Pentagon claimed that 36 former Guantanamo inmates were “confirmed or suspected of having returned to terrorism”

 

http://action.amnesty.org.au/hrs/comments/guantanamo_cell_launched_in_usa/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guantanamo_Bay_detention_camp?bcsi_scan_8F6E83C7F9885FA2=tF6hnfHXKGCDIrbyGh47ZxcAAADOqEsF

“Midsummer may simply refer to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice, or that take place on the 24th of June and the preceding evening.

European midsummer-related holidays, traditions, and celebrations are pre-Christian in origin and have been superficially Christianised as celebrations of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist as “Saint John’s Eve” festivals. They are particularly important in Northern Europe – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden – but are found also in Ireland, parts of Britain (Cornwall especially), France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, other parts of Europe, and elsewhere – such as Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico, and even in the Southern Hemisphere (Brazil), where this imported European celebration would be more appropriately called Midwinter.

Midsummer is also sometimes referred to by neo-pagans and others as Litha, stemming from Bede’s De temporum ratione in which he gave the Anglo-Saxon names for the months roughly corresponding to June and July as “se Ærra Liþa” and “se Æfterra Liþa” (the “early Litha month” and the “later Litha month”) with an intercalary month of “Liþa” appearing after se Æfterra Liþa on leap years. The fire festival or Lith- Summer solstice is a tradition for many pagans.

Solstitial celebrations still centre upon 24 June, which is no longer the longest day of the year. The difference between the Julian calendar year (365.2500 days) and the tropical year (365.2422 days) moved the day associated with the actual astronomical solstice forward approximately three days every four centuries, until Pope Gregory XIII changed the calendar bringing the solstice to around 21 June. In the Gregorian calendar, the solstice does shift, but in the long term it moves only about one day in 3000 years.”

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

http://library.thinkquest.org/18802/norhans.htm

Red Nose Day, held annually on the last Friday in June, is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids. Funds raised through Red Nose Day activities assist us in providing our vital services and programs.

About SIDS and Kids
SIDS and Kids is an international leader in the field of health promotion, dedicated to the elimination of sudden and unexpected infant death. Best known for SIDS-related research and education programs, in 2002 SIDS and Kids changed their name to reflect the expansion of services, and now provide much-needed counselling and support to all Australian families who have suffered the sudden death of an infant or young child, regardless of the cause. This service is provided free of charge, and available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Who benefits from our services?
Since 1990, the SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping program has been instrumental in reducing the SIDS infant mortality rate by 90%, equaling more that 4,500 Australian babies’ lives saved. However each month approximately 200 Australian children die suddenly and unexpectedly from causes such as stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS, a fast onset illness, drowning, poisoning, fire or motor vehicle accident. SIDS and Kids have a wide range of well-established programs and over 28 years experience in supporting families at this time. Their professional counsellors and trained volunteer peer supporters work together to help families through the tragic death of their child. More than 60 people are affected by the death of a child. SIDS and Kids programs are offered free of charge to all family members and friends who need support. For as long as they need them, SIDS and Kids are there!

Why a Red Nose?
In 1988, the Red Nose Day concept was adopted by SIDS and Kids organisations around Australia. Since then, people, cars, and buildings around the nation have joined in the fun. The red nose always brings a smile to people’s faces. By wearing a red nose you can be silly for a great cause.

Where do Red Nose Day funds go?
Proceeds from Red Nose Day assist us in providing the following vital services and programs:
24 hour, 365 days a year crisis outreach and ongoing bereavement support for families and the community following the sudden and unexpected death of an infant or young child from 20 weeks gestation to 6 years.
Our SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping Program, an evidence-based health promotion campaign which offers practical advice to parents and health professionals about how to best reducce the risks of SIDS and sleep accidents.
Research into the causes and prevention of sudden and unexpected death in the perinatal period and infancy.

What is SIDS and perinatal death?
SIDS is the sudden and unexpected death of an infant under one year of age, with onset of the lethal episode apparently occuring during sleep, that remains unexplained after a thorough investiagtion including performance of a complete autopsy, and review of the circumstances and death and the clinical history. (Krous at al 2004)
In 1988, when Red Nose Day forst started, 479 Australian babies dies from SIDS. With Red Nose Day income, SIDS and Kids organisations funded research and produced the SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping health promotion campaign, leading to a drop to 73 SIDS deaths in 2003.
A perinatal death is either a stillbirth from 20 weeks gestation or a neonatal death in the forst 28 days of life, (i.e. just before birth or jjust after). In 2003, 2020 babies died in the perinatal period in Australia.

SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping
Our current health promotion program, SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping, is evidence based and provides families, infant carers and health professionals with information about how to reduce the risk of SIDS and create a safe sleeping environment for babies.

More information on this is available at www.sidsandkids.org

 

The SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping program recommends:
Put baby on the back to sleep, from birth.
Sleep baby with face uncovered.
Cigarette smoke is bad for baby.
Safe cot, safe mattress, safe bedding, safe sleeping place, night and day.

The first Australian Red Nose Day was also successful with around a million face noses sold, raising about $1.3 million and substantially increasing awareness of the cause. Organisers were thrilled with the successful results and decided to make Red Nose Day a national event.

In 1989 two million face noses were sold at $1.50 each and a new button badge costing $2 was included with a picture of a chicken saying ‘I’m too chicken to wear a red nose’. This price included a fine of 50 cents for not wearing a red nose!  

 http://www.rednoseday.com.au/

Aka ‘Daw Suu’, aka ‘The Lady’, aka ‘Aunty’

Aung San Suu Kyi translates to ‘A Bright Collection of Strange Victories’

*Winner of The Nobel Peace Prize 1991

Last night I attended the Amnesty International Australia (AIA), Victoria dinner held in honour of her birthday, as held annually.

I have only just learned about her through AIA and from what I have heard and can read about her can only hold her in high regard and do my best to both support and herald more support for her as her situation continues.

“Born on 19 June 1945 in Rangoon (now Yangon), Burma (now Myanmar). Her father, Aung San, is Burma’s most respected independence hero. Her mother, Ma Khin Kyi, is a senior nurse at Rangoon general hospital and will become a leading public figure and diplomat.

Background to Burma: The influence of Europe begins to be felt in the Irrawaddy delta in the 16th Century. British intrusion mounts at the start of the 19th Century, culminating in 1886 when Britain takes full control of the country, naming it Burma. The British are temporarily forced out by the Japanese during the Second World War and leave for good in 1948 when Burma is declared independent.

In 1962 the Burmese Government is overthrown in a military coup d’état led by General Ne Win. The coup leaders attempt to create a single-party socialist state but end up ruining the country’s economy. Popular unrest against the military regime grows, coming to a head in 1987-88 when rioting breaks out. The regime responds with force.

In the last four years her movements have still been restricted. While she has had some opportunities to telephone her family in England, she is regularly denounced in the government-controlled media, and there is concern for her personal safety. Efforts to revive any NLD party activities have been balked, and its members have been jailed and physically attacked. In the first months after detention was ended, she was able to speak to large gatherings of supporters outside her home, but this was stopped. Yet her popularity in the country has not diminished.

Internationally her voice has been heard not infrequently. Reporters with cameras and videotape have been able to interview her in person, and telephone interviews with the media outside Burma have also been published. Using video cassettes she has sent out statements, including the keynote address to the NGO Forum at the U.N. International Women’s Conference in Beijing in August 1995.

There have been a number of visitors from abroad, including a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, whom she told that Norway will be the first country she will visit when free to travel. SLORC has changed its name to the State Peace and Development Council, but its repressive policies and violation of human rights continue unabated.

Suu Kyi discourages tourists from visiting Burma and businessmen from investing in the country until it is free. She finds hearing for such pleas among western nations, and the United States has applied economic sanctions against Burma, but Burma’s neighbours follow their policy of not intervening in the internal affairs of other sovereign states, and Burma has been admitted into the Association of South Eastern Asian Nations.

On March 27, 1999, Michael Aris died of prostate cancer in London. He had petitioned the Burmese authorities to allow him to visit Suu Kyi one last time, but they had rejected his request. He had not seen her since a Christmas visit in 1995. The government always urged her to join her family abroad, but she knew that she would not be allowed to return. This separation she regarded as one of the sacrifices she had had to make in order to work for a free Burma.”

http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1991/kyi-bio.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/11/2271901.htm

http://www.moreorless.au.com/heroes/suukyi.html

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

 

Lipstick contains lead. Lead is a chemical which causes cancer. The higher the lead content, the greater the chance of causing cancer.

Lead is a potent neurotoxin linked to a variety of health and reproductive problems, including learning language and behavioral problems. Lead is also linked to infertility and miscarriage.

Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to exposure because lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain, where it interferes with normal development.

Lead has been eliminated from paint, gasoline and many other products for good reason and now we must demad lead-free cosmetics.

Lipstick brands that contain lead are:

Christian Dior

Lancome

Clinique

Y.S.L.

Estee Lauder

Shiseido

Red Earth (lip gloss)

Chanel (lip conditioner)

After doing a test on lipsticks it was found that the Y.S.L lipstick contained the most amount of lead.

Watchout for the lipsticks which are supposed to stay longer. If your lipstick stays longer it is because of the higher content of lead.

http://www.teensforsafecosmetics.org/get-involved/lead-in-lipstick.html

http://www.safecosmetics.org/newsroom/press.cfm?pressReleaseID=26

http://www.notjustaprettyface.org/

This video is a powerful, awe-inspiring talk by neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, who had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke.

As it happened, as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding she studied and remembered every moment, recognizing how she was slipping away from the defined sense of her personal self (left brain hemisphere) into the oneness of infinite creative energy (right brain hemisphere).

This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another. Most inspiring is the clarity with which she illuminates the concept of choice that we all have in each and every moment.

Absolutely work watching:

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229

“Rehabilitation centres and programmes and human rights organisations around the world celebrate the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June.

The day reminds us that torture is a crime and provides us with an opportunity to stand united and voice our opinion against torture, a cruel violation of human rights.

The Convention against Torture:

June 26 was the day that the Convention against Torture came into force. It was also the day the United Nations Charter was signed – the first international instrument to embody obligations for member States to promote and encourate respect for human rights.

To mark June 26, IRCT members in collaboration with the IRCT Secretariat, carry out a wide range of activities and you are more than welcome to join us. To

The IRCT has selected “Help us erase torture” as the theme of the 26 June global campaign for 2008.

The goal is to encourage participants in this year’s events to think of actions that they and others can take to eradicate the man-made scourge of torture from our world. We invite you to use this slogan in your campaign and to think of creative ways to engage people in “erasing” torture from the globe.”

http://www.irct.org/Default.aspx?ID=766

http://www.fiacat.org/en/spip.php?rubrique21

http://www.startts.org.au/default.aspx?id=218

http://vic.amnesty.org.au/

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