Earth Day is a name used for 2 similar global observances. While some people celebrate Earth Day around the time of the March Equinox, others observe the occasion on April 22 each year. Earth Day aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for earth’s environment. It’s not to be confused with Earth Hour.
What do people do
The April 22 Earth Day is usually celebrated with outdoor performances, where individuals or groups perform acts of service to earth. Typical ways of observing Earth Day include planting trees, picking up roadside trash, conducting various programs for recycling and conservation, using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches. Some people are encouraged to sign petitions to governments, calling for stronger or immediate action to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction. Television stations frequently air programs dealing with…
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Dark shadows creep
across my soul.
Unable am I to push
them away. Like tattoos
with life, they slither within,
tainting again and again.
Not the stranger on the street,
one more sinister than he.
Smiling face, lies for truth
he robs me of my life
leaving only a shell behind.
Who is this son of evil
who creeps into my room
bringing pain and humiliation?
Not a stranger on the street,
but my father, uncle, brother
while the family passes
knowing looks and secret
unspoken vows to hide from all
this villinous deed
leaving me alone
with my shame.
Fortunately, I never experienced sexual abuse, but have worked with many who have, most often at the hands of those who should have been protecting them. This crime is prevalent and poorly addressed; it shocks me every time. And, why do we call it abuse…rather than what it is…RAPE…
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From The BBC News Africa:
The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group.
The government hopes the Islamist group will free more than 200 girls seized in April as part of negotiations.
Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce.
Following Friday’s ceasefire announcement, the government said further talks with Boko Haram were due to be held this week in neighbouring Chad.
News of the new abductions came as MPs approved a $1bn (£623m) loan – requested by the president in July – to upgrade military equipment and train more units fighting the north-eastern insurgency.
But they asked the finance minister to give…
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President Barack Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Tuesday morning, hours after airstrikes against ISIL militants in Syria started. Later, with first lady Michelle, the president departs for New York city for the United Nations General Assembly and fundraising to benefit the Senate Democrats.
President Obama Delivers a Statement on Airstrikes in Syria
Published on Sep 23, 2014
President Obama Speaks at the 2014 Climate Summit
Published on Sep 23, 2014
Leonardo DiCaprio (UN Messenger of Peace) at the opening of Climate Summit 2014
Published on Sep 23, 2014
United Nations – Statement by Mr…
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~~September 23, 2014~~
First day of Autumn: Google Doodle celebrates 2014 Autumn equinox
The animation shows a black and white cartoon figure hop past five grey trees, transforming the leaves into rich autumnal colors.
With the character’s final leap, the leaves fall from the trees – revealing the word ‘Google’ in gnarled branches. A large red leaf then floats down and lands on the smiling character’s head.
This year, the autumn equinox falls in the northern hemisphere on 23 September – the date where day and night are of equal lengths.
The Latin term equinox, or ‘equal night’, is derived from this phenomenon.
Photo Credit: Michelle C
The equinox occurs because the Earth’s axis tilts neither away nor towards the Sun.
Meanwhile in the southern hemisphere, the September equinox marks the beginning of spring. Therefore, at the South Pole residents will be celebrating the first appearance of the…
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The Navarana Pooja for Devi is considered as Supreme in the worship of Lalitha Devi, Tripura Sundari.
This forms a part of Tantra Shastra of Hinduism.
Avarana means concealment,masking, obstruction.
The attempt to realize self is is paved the path of Obstructions.
This lies with the individuals mind and ego.
Losing one’s ego and the impediments of the mind clears the way for realization, first the Saguna Brahma,Reality of Name and Form.
Once the level is reached, one is automatically guided to the Ultimate Reality, the Nirguna Brahman.
The Avaranas of are of two kinds.
Klesa means confusion, unable to decide.
Sinful desires, Lust,hankering after Wealth, lead to misery.
These obstruct the individual in spiritual path.
The removal of these obstacles,Klesaprahan is essential.( Gaudapadakarika)
Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Madha, Mathsarya, Dvesha, Moha, Maana are some of the Klesas.
The other in Jneya Avarana.
Here the object of worship is…
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