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“In Search of Childhood” – Poem by Brazilian Poet Anilda Leão – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

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Photo Credit: Devamor Amancio / ONG

October 12 is Children’s Day in Brazil. It’s a fun time for children across Brazil. On their special day, children receive toys from their parents and relatives. The day is celebrated with children parties, family outings, and special local events. It’s a day for families to share in the joys of childhood.

To commemorate Brazil’s Children’s Day, my Poetry Corner October 2014 features the poem “À Procura da Infância” (In Search of Childhood) by Brazilian poet Anilda Leão (1923-2012). Born in Maceió, capital of the Northeastern State of Alagoas, she grew up in a privileged middle-class family. Her father was a business owner and a respected politician in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_iliff_one_more_reason_to_get_a_good_night_s_sleep?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2014-10-18&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=talk_of_the_week_button#t-39095

The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.

 Jeff Iliff  – Neuroscientist

Jeff Iliff is a neuroscientist who explores the unique functions of the brain.

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Letting Go

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Muslim-only housing development in Barbados. No Christians or Jews allowed to purchase homes in new community.

Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:

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Muslim Association says “Barbadians have nothing to fear.” (What a statement!)

Is this what we want for our Barbados?

It's not a real sign, but it might as well be!

It’s not a real sign, but it might as well be!

One can only imagine the howls of outrage if a construction company announced that only Christians would be allowed to purchase new homes in a brand new Bajan subdivision… and rightly so. Can you imagine on a sign “No Muslim Buyers Allowed” ???

Yet this is exactly what our political class has agreed to in relation to Bajan Christians and Jews when it issued building permissions to the Muslim organisations involved in building Barbados’ newest housing development.

After hundreds of years of slavery, and then another hundred years of colonisation, exclusion and segregation based upon race, skin colour and class, ordinary Barbadians do not take kindly to being told they are not eligible to purchase a home because they are…

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Natives Hating Other Natives: The Self-Hatred in Internalized Oppression & the Effects on Modern Indigenous Peoples

Originally posted on Oscar Hokeah:

Regalia on Shelf“Kill the Indian to Save the Man,” is a phrase that was coined by one Richard Henry Pratt, who founded the first Native American boarding school, Carlisle Indian Industrial School.  He was a Captain in the military and was assigned to oversee Natives in P.O.W camps.  His idea for the boarding school came to him when he was hunting for (you won’t believe it):  wild turkeys.  He had killed a mother turkey, and decided to take the chicks home.  He placed the wild turkey chicks with the domesticated turkeys he had on his farm.  He noticed that the wild turkeys appeared to take on the behavior of the domesticated ones.  I guess to Pratt we Natives were like turkeys–animals.  Turned out he was wrong.  Here we stand with our culture intact, despite his desire to assimilate us.  We are still different, and will remain so.

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Currently, I’ve started to call acts of neocolonialism: Prattisms. …

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Blossoms of Guyana requests your help – Please donate!

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Hello Mr. Bryan, Guyanese Online

The organization that I volunteer with Blossoms of Guyana is currently participating in a global giving challenge where we had to raise $5000 within the month of September to fund a project.

We adopted St Agnes Primary School in Georgetown; our goal is to donate computers to build a computer lab and to provide school supplies to the teachers and students.  I was hoping that you could assist is by sharing our link to your audience online.  We have only a few days left but have not met half of our goal.  Any assistance that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

You can make your donation at the link below:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-1300-students-in-guyana/

Thank you.

Lianne Thompson Totty  lianne.totty@gmail.com

Also,  you could also visit our website at www.blossomsofguyana.org

The People’s Climate March 2014: Join the Global Weekend for Action

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Post from Rosaliene Bacchus’ Blog

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

People's Climate March - 20-21 September 2014

Has your life been changed by a record-breaking climatic event? Have you lost your home or means to support yourself and family because of climate change? Are you concerned about global warming and climate change? Are you frustrated with the inaction of our political and industrial leaders?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above questions, here’s an opportunity to take action, to do your part. This coming weekend of September 20-21, 2014, let’s show up at the People’s Climate March in a city near us.

“The People’s Climate March is an invitation to anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced” said Bill McKibben, climate author and environmentalist turned activist, and co-founder of 350.ORG, a global climate movement.

In the United States, the major event will take place in New…

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Passwords! We’ve All Been There!

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The Problem With Nationalism

Originally posted on El-Branden Brazil:

Nationalism is a choice to live in a fantasy land, where colours on a piece of fabric are considered worthy of loyalty. That the myth is even worth dying for.

Such dedication to tribalism is paramount to all that is wrong in the world. Once we move beyond concepts of separation, the sooner we will be unified to take action to save the world that supports us to thrive.

I have no problem with national identity. Indeed, the world is a far more an interesting place for the myriad of cultural flavours that abound across the globe. However, in this festival of cultures, we must be careful not to forget what unifies us as a species, in our celebration of difference. We simply should not get carried away by the mythology of anthems, flags and other constructs of fantasy, to the point where we start to forget what we have…

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Is California the next Dust Bowl of America? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

 Map of the United States showing intensity of drought
California, on the west coast, shows intensities D3 & D4

According to data released on September 4, 2014, by the U.S. Drought Monitor, California, with an estimated population of over 38.3 million, leads the nation with 82 percent of the state facing extreme to exceptional drought. Water scarcity is dire in the Central Valley where half of America’s fruits and vegetables are grown.

On January 17, 2014, California’s State Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought State of Emergency. He called on all state officials to take every action necessary to prepare for water shortages. (Learn more at California Drought.)

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