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KONY 2012

6 Mar

Here is the link to the Kony 2012 video. It’s 27 minutes long but WELL worth your time to just watch. They need something greater than money!

http://player.vimeo.com/video/37119711?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=d13030

Wikipedia explains it as: ”

Kony 2012 is a campaign started by Invisible Children Inc and the name of an eponymous viral video.[1][2][3] The movement’s purpose is to make Joseph Kony, an alleged Ugandan war criminal, known to the world, for his successful arrest within the year 2012.[4]

The film has spread virally.[5] As of 6 March 2012 (2012 -03-06)[update], the film currently has over 2.5 million views on Vimeo,[6] and 150,000 views on social media site YouTube,[7] with other viewing emanating from a central “Kony2012” website operated by Invisible Children.

The film documents the Invisible Children Inc’s plans and efforts to arrest Kony. It describes Kony’s guerilla warfare tactics with his Lord’s Resistance Army and the regions (northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan) it has employed them in.[8] The film advocates for curtailing compelled and coerced youth military service and restoration of social order.[3]

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For a Worry-Free Life:

15 Oct

www.marcandangel.com/2011/10/02/things-to-stop-caring-about-today/

Stop caring about everyone’s opinion of you.

For the most part, what other people think and say about you doesn’t matter.  When I was younger I let the opinions of my high school and early college peers influence my decisions.  And at times they steered me away from ideas and goals I strongly believed in.  I realize now, many years later, that this was a foolish way to live, especially when I consider that nearly all of these people whose opinions I cared so much about are no longer a part of my life.

Unless you’re trying to make a great first impression (job interview, first date, etc.), don’t let the opinions of others stand in your way.  What they think and say about you isn’t important.  What is important is how you feel about yourself. 

Stop caring about being politically correct.

Everyone has this little watchdog inside their head.  It’s always there watching you.  It was born and raised by your family, friends, coworkers, bosses and society at large, and its sole purpose is to watch you and make sure you stay in line.  And once you become accustomed to the watchdog’s presence, you begin to think his opinion of what’s acceptable and unacceptable are absolute truths.  But the watchdog’s views are not truths, they’re just opinions – forceful opinions that have the potential to completely brainwash you of your own opinions if you aren’t careful.

Don’t censor yourself.  Speak the truth.  Your truth.

Stop caring about looking a certain way.

There is no right way to dress or right way to wear your hair.  No, I’m not saying to you should dress like a clown simply to rebel either.  Everyone who purposely tries to look different ends up looking the same.

Be you, just the way you are, in the unique way only you know how.  Wear clothes and styles you feel comfortable wearing.  Dress the way YOU dress.

You’re a one of a kind.  Trying to look like someone else is a waste of your own beauty.  In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self.

Stop caring about what everyone else wants for you.

Unfortunately, just before you take your first step on the righteous journey to pursue your dreams, people around you, even the ones who deeply care for you, will usually give you awful advice.  It’s not because they have evil intentions.  It’s because they don’t understand the big picture – what your dreams, passions and life goals mean to you.  They don’t understand that, to you, the reward is worth the risk.

So they try to protect you by shielding you from the possibility of failure, which, in effect, also shields you from the possibility of making your dreams a reality.

As our friend Steve Jobs says:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.”

Stop caring about the boundaries others set up.

No matter how much progress you make there will always be the people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible.  Or they may incessantly suggest that the idea or dream as a whole is utterly ridiculous because nobody really cares.  When you come across these people, don’t try to reason with them.  Instead, forget that they exist.  They will only waste your time and energy.

Try what you want to try.  Go where you want to go.  Follow your own intuition.  Don’t accept false choices.  Don’t let others put a cage around you.  Definitely don’t listen to the watchdog.

Whenever somebody discredits you and tells you that you can’t do something, keep in mind that they are speaking from within the boundaries of their own limitations.  Ignore them and press on.

Stop caring about what everyone else has.

When you catch yourself comparing yourself to a colleague, neighbor, friend, or someone famous, stop!  Realize that you are different, with different strengths – strengths these other people don’t possess.  Take a moment to reflect on all the awesome abilities you have and to be grateful for all the good things in your life.

The problem with many of us is that we think we’ll be happy when we reach a certain level in life — a level we see others operating at – your boss with her corner office, that friend of a friend who owns a mansion on the beach, etc.  Unfortunately, it takes awhile before you get there, and when you get there you might have a new destination in mind.

Instead, appreciate where you are and what you have right now.  Try comparing yourself to those who have less, those who are dealing with tragedy, and those who are struggling to survive. Hopefully it opens your eyes to all the things you should be grateful for.

Stop caring about the imaginary state of perfect.

Perfect is the enemy of good.

What happens when we do get carried away with perfectionism?

We become disgruntled and discouraged when we fail to meet the (impossibly high) standards we set for ourselves, making us reluctant to take on new challenges or even finish tasks we’ve already started.  Our insistence on dotting every ‘I’ and crossing every ‘T’ breeds inefficiency, causing major delays, stress overload and subpar results.

True perfectionists have a hard time starting things and an even harder time finishing them… always.  I have a friend who has wanted to start a graphic design business for several years.  But she hasn’t yet.  Why?  When you sift through her extensive list of excuses it comes down to one simple problem:  She is a perfectionist.  Which means she doesn’t, and never will, think she’s good enough at graphic design to own and operate her own graphic design business.

Remember, the real world doesn’t reward perfectionists.  It rewards people who get things done.  And the only way to get things done is to be imperfect 99% of the time.  Only by wading through years of practice and imperfection can we begin to achieve momentary glimpses of the perfection.

So make a decision.  Take action.  Learn from the outcome.

Stop caring about being right all the time.

We all dance to the beat of a different drum.  There are few absolute ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ in the world.  What’s right for you may be wrong for me, and vise versa.  People need to live their lives their way – the way that’s right for them.

When it comes to life choices and opinions, not much is worth fighting about.  Step back from arguments with your spouse, family members or neighbors.  When you feel anger surging up and you want to yell that vulgar remark on tip of your tongue, just close your mouth and walk away.  Let mind calm down.  You don’t have to be right or win an argument.

Instead, open your mind to new ideas and opinions.  Don’t just concentrate on what others are doing, spend time figuring out why they are doing what they’re doing.

Stop caring about mistakes.

Mistakes teach you important lessons.  The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re too scared to make a mistake.  So don’t hesitate – don’t doubt yourself.  In life, it’s rarely about getting a chance; it’s about taking a chance.  You’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work.  Most of the time you just have to go for it!

And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be.  Either you succeed or you learn something.  Win-Win.  Remember, if you never act, you will never know for sure, and you will be left standing in the same spot forever.

Stop caring about things you can’t control.

Some forces are out of your control.  Accept this fact of life.  Wasting your time, talent and emotional energy on things that are beyond your control is a recipe for frustration, misery and stagnation.

The smartest thing you can do to compensate for the things you can’t control is adjusting your attitude.  Your attitude has a profound effect on your overall potential.  Consuming yourself with the negative aspects of a circumstance gets nothing productive accomplished.  But if you instead look at the circumstance productively and positively, coming from the standpoint of “What’s my next best move?” you put yourself back in the driver’s seat.

You can’t change what happened, but you can change how you react to it.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.  The opposite is also true.  The choice is yours to make.

Where is my Milk From?

10 Sep

http://whereismymilkfrom.com/

“Many people are interested in finding out where their food comes from.

Other people are interested in supporting their local economy.”

Using a barcode stamped on your dairy products, you can now find out exactly where in the world the product came from!

Tell us where yours is from!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coffee

8 Sep

theoatmeal.com/comics/coffee

“The Scoop on Semen”

8 Sep

25 Foods You’ll Never Be Able to Eat Again

7 Sep

www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/25-foods-youll-never-eat-again

  • 1. Crispy M&Ms

    Crispy M&MsMet its tragic, untimely death in the United States in 2005.

  • 2. Pepsi Blue

    Pepsi BlueDiscontinued in the US and Canada in 2004.

  • 3. French Toast Crunch

    French Toast CrunchRipped from grocery store shelves in the US in 2006.

  • 4. Butterfinger BBs

    Butterfinger BBsFinished its impressive run in 2006.

  • 5. Sprite Remix

    Sprite RemixEntered the grocery store of the great beyond in 2005.

  • 6. Surge

    SurgeThe Coca-Cola Company ruined soda forever when they discontinued this fine beverage in 2003.

  • 7. Magic Middles

    Magic MiddlesThe turbulent mid-90’s took these delicious treats from our needy hands.

  • 8. Ecto Cooler

    Ecto CoolerDespite initially being simply a movie tie-in for 1984’s Ghostbusters, Ecto Cooler disappeared in 2001, forever ruining the contents of your lunchbox.

  • 9. 3D Doritos

    3D DoritosApparently the world wasn’t ready for 3D snacks in the mid 2000’s, and so this product ended its run all too early. I blame Avatar.

  • 10. Crystal Pepsi

    Crystal PepsiThis great experiment in color was discontinued in 1993.

  • 11. Squeezits

    SqueezitsGeneral Mills ruined snack-time forever in 2001.

  • 12. Waffle Crisp

    Waffle CrispHas all but disappeared in recent years.

  • 13. Oreo O’s

    Oreo O'sThe most delicious cereal of all time met its end in 2007. Except in South Korea!

  • 14. PB Crisps

    PB CrispsAs the Planters Wikipedia article (very trustworthy) states, these goodies were “discontinued for being too delicious.”

  • 15. Four Loko

    Four LokoThe Man killed Four Loko in 2011. RIP FUN.

  • 16. Josta

    JostaThe first energy drink ever apparently ran out of fuel in 1999.

  • 17. Uh-Oh Oreos

    Uh-Oh OreosApparently the product has since been rebranded in 2007… but it will never be the same.

  • 18. Wonder Balls

    Wonder BallsWhat’s inside a wonder ball? Magic. And Nestle killed magic in 2004.

  • 19. PB Max

    PB MaxDiscontinued sometime in the 90’s because the Mars family didn’t like peanut butter. Seriously.

  • 20. Orbitz

    OrbitzThis ground breaking soft drink/floating dots hybrid met its end in 1997. Who cares if it tasted bad, it looked so DAMN COOL.

  • 21. Mountain Dew Black/Livewire

    Mountain Dew Black/LivewireDespite popular DEWmand, these drinks disappeared in 2004, and more recently in 2011.

  • 22. Apple Fig Newtons

    Apple Fig NewtonsThese delicious treats have disappeared without much warning in recent years.

  • 23. Gatorade Gum

    Gatorade GumGatorade was the first to learn that drinks and gum don’t mix so well in the late 90’s.

  • 24. Heinz EZ Squirt

    Heinz EZ SquirtThere is something just so damn awesome about colorful condiments. Or maybe just so damn gross. Either way, barf ketchup was discontinued in 2006.

  • 25. The Supersize

    The SupersizePhased out of the McDonalds menu in 2004.

For those of the 1990’s !

7 Sep

http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/25-things-kids-today-will-never-have

 

“25 things kids today will never have”

  • 1. These drinks

    These drinksI’m getting thirsty.

  • 2. Rewinding a tape

    Rewinding a tapeAnd then messing the tape up completely.

  • 3. Prank calling people

    Prank calling peopleAnd not worrying about getting arrested for harassment.

  • 4. Blowing on a cartridge

    Blowing on a cartridgeEveryone has their own special way.

  • 5. Writing in cursive

    Writing in cursiveEspecially since it’s not being taught in schools anymore.

  • 6. Dodgeball

    DodgeballWhat’s not fun about being hit in the face with a ball?

  • 7. Making a mix tape

    Making a mix tapeRecording songs off the radio, DJ intro and all.

  • 8. Good cartoons

    Good cartoonsIs Nickelodeon bringing back some shows at Midnight enough? I say NO!

  • 9. Arcades

    ArcadesRIP.

  • 10. Unsafe toys

    Unsafe toysToys are so much better when you can get seriously injured using them.

  • 11. Music on MTV

    Music on MTVBefore reality TV… there was music.

  • 12. Using a phonebook

    Using a phonebookWhen you have your name in the phonebook you ARE somebody.

  • 13. The dial-up sound

    Music to my ears.

  • 14. Not knowing who is calling

    Not knowing who is callingBefore Caller ID ruined everything. Also, before payphones disappeared.

  • 15. Using film

    Using filmRIP cool pictures.

  • 16. Actually needing a watch

    Actually needing a watchNow it’s more a fashion thing.

  • 17. Changing the channel

    Changing the channelStanding up? Screw that.

  • 18. Making your first website on Geocities

    Making your first website on GeocitiesAnd also MIDI music. And Creed. So good.

  • 19. Actually memorizing a phone number

    Actually memorizing a phone numberI still remember my friend’s house phone numbers from years ago.

  • 20. Going out and being off the grid

    Going out and being off the gridRemember when your parents had no idea where you were? Not anymore.

  • 21. Flip phones

    Flip phonesQuickly becoming a thing of the past. RIP RAZR PHONE.

  • 22. Kazaa/Napster/Morpheus/Limewire

    Kazaa/Napster/Morpheus/LimewireSo many mislabeled songs, so many 5 hour downloads.

  • 23. The Walkman

    The WalkmanOr any other music listening device that didn’t hold every song you have.

  • 24. These snack foods

    These snack foodsAnd so much more. My mouth is watering.

  • 25. Fixing a casette tape with a pencil

    Fixing a casette tape with a pencil