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"I'm so pleased to have joined One World Blue. Their professionalism is awesome.They have brought me into the Family and made me feel so welcome. I was struggling to do what I have always dreamed of since I first heard Rock and Roll. I am in the Company of so many prominent individuals now that it amazes me. the writing by Russell Johnson, the spiritual tone of my conversations with Joel and the awesome website introduction put together by Bernard are excellent. I stand amazed and Blessed to be involved here at One world with all of you. Thanks again for propelling me forward to reach my Destiny. It seems that God had plans before I was BORN. had planned before I was Born. Jeremiah, Chapter 1 says how God called " Jeremiah to be a prophet to the Nations. The Lord has given me a call and Gift to use Music to reach the Blue Planet with a message of Peace And Love...Thanks to Ringo and Paul of The Beatles for inspiring me to start writing and performing music. Thanks, One World Blue" Alan Blade Country Music


Aug 28, 2019 @ 03:14pm

One World Blue World Spotlight. Give Thanks for the positive vibes and support to The Flow Band. Tropical Soul Vibes from the island of Pittsburgh. Tuff Going since 1982. Bringing Positive Uplifting Vibes to the World. More Love. More Life. One World Blue Spotlights has helped us manage our tours and schedules effectively. Respect to One World Blue! Uzell Finney Jr. The Flow Band Pittsburgh


Aug 23, 2019 @ 02:00pm

Thank you One World Blue Media for the Spotlight you have done for Smooke Chiro. Normal new patients are only a few a week and this Media has helped us reach more people and many more patients. Your promotional products have also been of high quality and we have gotten many great comments how are pens and elastic bands are so nice! Thank you for your help One World Blue!! Dr. Joel Smooke. Smooke Chiropractic


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Aug 8, 2019 @ 08:39pm

I love your writing and your spotlights. They are informative and enlightening. Keep up the good work:)


Feb 13, 2019 @ 09:21pm

One World Blue Media congratulates Michael Manna on his knock out win tonight. Keep going higher and higher. One good deed at a time.


Jan 6, 2019 @ 02:01am

YES!!! Joy speaking with you, learning about you brother!


Dec 14, 2018 @ 09:36am

In honor of Aunt Molly whose yarzheit is today.


Nov 23, 2018 @ 05:42am

nice to see you guys spotlighted on Blupela one world blue network


Nov 11, 2018 @ 01:21pm

A Thousand Mile Journey begins with one Step. Lao Tzu. Attila Domos you have taken many steps yet your journey is just beginning. Today you inspired hearts and minds around the Globe to go after their dreams and do something Amazing! "You are not required to complete the task, yet you are not free to withdraw from it" Ethics of our Father's. Attila Domos you gave the world everything and you have chased your dream to inspire others. You have succeeded! Many more steps are yet to come. Your Journey has really just begun.....One World Blue Congratulates You Attila Domos


Oct 8, 2018 @ 12:47am

I am really connecting with your sound and message. Great to see you Spotlighted on One World Blue.


Aug 17, 2018 @ 04:19pm

Come on out tonight to Mr Smalls for the CD release party of Social Justice Disco premiere!! 6 pm doors open. Come on out, get down, let your voice be heard and boogie!!


Jul 8, 2018 @ 02:28pm

Lion Adventure Travels will surpass all your expectations!!


Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:21pm

As a former travel agent for many years we are looking forward to working on creating travel adventures for many people to special, unforgettable and life changing destinations.


Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:20pm

Hey folks send me a request on Facebook and I'll be streaming my gig live from Sparta, NC this Friday evening. Much love to tall! #RAWK #williammasseymusic


Apr 25, 2018 @ 02:00pm

Very enlightening, so many accomplishments for the world! Mazal Tov. I am extremely proud of you and One World Blue. May One World Blue reach the hearts and minds of people around the world. May you continue your holy endeavors one good deed at a time.


Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:28am

One World Blue would like to acknowledge JDO Designs and Consulting for their exemplary work in computer maintenance and repair. They work with honesty and fair prices and they are the choice of our network for computer maintenance. They also work on computers remotely so you do not need to be in their area for them to access your laptop for many diagnostic and scanning services.


Mar 5, 2018 @ 11:19am

This is a wonderful service to have available. Definitely will keep in mind as soon as I have a need.


Mar 4, 2018 @ 10:54am

Happy Birthday my friend Sholom. When Hashem creates goodness He does it with Sholom. You have been a guiding Light in my life. May Hashem honor you for that.


Mar 2, 2018 @ 04:44am

Thanks for all of the love everyone! Can't wait to contribute more!


Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:59pm

Latest Buzz

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:23pm

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 10/13
Muddy Creek Cafe, Sparta, NC 730-10

Sunday 10/21
Salvage Station, Asheville, NC "Rebuild the Village Music Festival"
5-630 Tin Can Stage
Friday 11/2
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10
Friday 12/14
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:22pm

Fine folks of Sparta and the surrounding areas. Bill and Shana have given me the green light to start a little early on Saturday night to squeeze in some more tunes. Hope to see yall out there!!!

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:15pm

One World Blue wishes Attila Domos great success this weekend as he is on a mission (October 6th and 7th), to once and for all OFFICIALLY break the handcycling world record of 403.8 miles traveled in 24 hours!! GO ATTILA!!! "NEVER BE AFRAID TO CHASE YOUR DREAMS - Lets do Something Amazing" Attila Domos Musician/Athlete/Writer/Entrepreneur. www.attiladomos.com. Check out Attila's Campaign Page Here on One World Blue

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:10pm

One World Blue Promotes WIZDOM REGGAE!! This Sunday October 7th Taco Regae Jam 2- 6 pm Bella Terra Vinyards, Hunker PA. COME FEEL THE ISLAND VIBE!!!

May 18, 2018 @ 03:06pm

Hey folks I'll be debuting a few new songs this evening on WKSK's "Live After 5" segment out of West Jefferson, NC. The show will be streamed live here: http://580wksk.com

Hope yall can tune in!

William #RAWK #williammasseymusic

Apr 29, 2018 @ 04:03pm

Hey folks check out my updated Spotlight page for a brand spankin new song! Hope yall enjoy!


Mar 15, 2018 @ 07:05am

"The Best Is Yet To Come"
The Best is Yet to Come is Progressive New Faith Fellowship Baptist Church book. With Overseer Davis and many of the outreach ministries as well as the look inside of our church and church family.
The book is on sale for $140.00 it has 132 pages of full color. Please order your book now and click fund to pay. Remember we are all trying to make a difference in this world by putting God first and being able to help someone along the way. Thank you in advance.

Feb 25, 2018 @ 12:15pm

Massey will perform at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Sunday, March 4th,as part of their songwriter round, web-link: https://www.muddycreekcafeandmusichall.com

Nov 19, 2017 @ 04:10pm

Tickets will be released tomorrow for the StarQuest Finals Night at Sunny Jims right here on Blupela. $20 General Admission. $30 VIP. Stay Tuned for the Ticket release tomorrow. Seats are limited. Finals will be held at Sunny Jims on December 16th, 2017.

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:39pm

Check out my daily video on Face Book at Online Community Church -- it's called "Convertible Conversations" and is a 4-7 minute discussion about encouraging spiritual topics!

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:37pm

My latest novel "Convertible Conversations" will be out the end of this month. Stay tuned for more information! Paul Gray

Nov 13, 2017 @ 02:33pm

The Project Ambassador Program is now available with One World Blue. Contact our office to find out how you may benefit from this program. Ambassador brochures are also available to order thru the Blupela campaign page. Join this winning team and start making a difference in the world today!!

Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:16pm

2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2

We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.

Jun 20, 2016 @ 06:07pm

Stand together to condemn hate and violence! Join us for an evening of solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in response to the tragedy in Orlando. Hear from leaders in the LGBT community, Jewish community, Muslim community, and others.

Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill

Levinson Hall

Thursday, June 23

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration not required

We are pleased share another opportunity to support the LGBT community as well:

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

12:45 pm

Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Congregation Beth Shalom

A Conversation with Evan Wolfson,

Director of Freedom to Marry

Mr. Wolfson is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Alderdice High School.

Shiur sponsored by:

Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee

This is a free event! Call 412.421.2288 x114 for more information.

Apr 13, 2016 @ 01:01pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28, 2016. Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Mar 12, 2016 @ 05:56pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28th, 2016 Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Feb 1, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Join us for our monthly Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at the Hollywood Lanes (2961 West Liberty Ave. Dormont, Tonight, Monday night February 1st, from 7:30-8:30 pm. They are more than a bowling alley! This great venue owned by Jeffrey Parke is a multifaceted entertainment facility offering our Pittsburgh community a wide range of activities including: bowling, darts, live music, our sports talk TV show and much more!!! There will be food, drink and bowling specials during our show! NO COVER!

Jan 11, 2016 @ 03:45pm

Don't miss our First Atrias PNC Park Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show of 2016!!! We start filming at 7:30 PM tonight January 11, for our 60 minute TV show for our BPTV studio!

My co host Smokin' Jim Frazier and Allen Levine "The Talking Machine" are honored to be back. Enjoy great food, drinks, service, TV Sports talk entertainment, great guests and much more.

Ask about Valet parking and there is also FREE on street parking after 6 pm too!

Try "The Talking Machine" BIG MOUTH BURGER" (My favorite ;)) We are on VERIZON TV channel 32 everywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area Tuesday-Saturday 7-8 PM. ONLY COMCAST 7 in Bethel Park

Jan 8, 2016 @ 05:49am

Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:45pm

Only 25 hours left to see our documentary just released of Chiropractic now for Free. So now it's time to open your last present, our latest documentary! It took Jim Chester and I two long years to bring it to completion and it's free to watch until New Year's Eve! So please give it a view and share it with your friends, especially to those who may not be in the best of health. Click the link on our Spotlight here on Blupela.com. Please also share with the media buttons on Facebook, Twitter and others and please spread the word. Only 25 hours left to see it now for Free.

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Blue World Water Project Uganda - One World Blue Sponsored Project

One World Blue, LLC
Every day, nearly 500 children under 5 suffer from preventable causes related to contaminated water in Kodiiri village. Give the gift of safe water and empowerment! In just five minutes, using low-cost table salt, water, and battery or solar power, this easily water purifiers creates enough chlorine to treat 200 liters of dirty water, killing microbes that cause illnesses such as cholera, dysentery, and typhoid.
The water purifiers can be used at each home to get clean drinkable water, in schools and health facilities to create safe water for drinking, household cleaning, and hand-washing and bathing.

In low-resource settings, water purifiers are often unavailable or prohibitively expensive due to difficulties related to transport and degradation. By creating water purifiers in each home, these purifieres empowers families to start their own drinking clean water and help children thrive!
Daily the simple way to make your donations do more. Give to the Blue World Water Project to Kodiiri village funds. Just $26 each for one purifier per household will change families lives forever!
Register to Join The One World Blue Network and Support our Campaign
Daily giving is the most effective way to help the children and families who need it most. It lowers costs and puts more of your money to work changing lives. Plus, your donations will be delivering the right solution at just the right time. And while your gifts are at work changing lives, you’ll get to see the power of your generosity through weekly updates and the Jewish Response Uganda on FB page Jewish Response Uganda Commitment to this village with all your donations.
Your gift is a sacred trust. We promise to honor your generosity and use your donation in the most effective way possible. The gift options shown reflect Jewish Response Uganda projects and the suggested donation amounts are based on periodic surveys of the communities we serve.
Each item is representative of the gift category in which it appears, and donations will be used to provide assistance within that gift category where it is needed most.
The multiplying effect from grants and donated goods may change throughout the year on identical or similar offers due to variations in the start and end dates of donor grants and our programs.
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Thank you so very much for your tremendous donation towards the Blue World Water Project for this poor village. We are saving lives one purifier at a time. Please Join Us!
Stay blessed all.

Votes4 DateAug 6, 2019

Funded: 5 $156.00

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Len Estrin - Professional Senior Writer for One World Blue

Leibel Estrin
Len (Leibel) Estrin has been working in communications since before the turn of the century—way before! His writing career began with a Cleveland ad agency in the early 70’s. After stints with two more agencies, he began freelancing. Over the years, he’s written everything from articles to web pages. He specializes in writing that’s clear, concise, and convincing.
Over the past three decades, I've helped organizations, institutions and corporations present their messages in a way clear, consistent and convincing. Whether you need an ad, article, blog, book, brochure, case study, flyer, editorial, e-mail, newsletter, product bulletin, technical paper, web page or any other type of communications, just say the word.
I'll write it.

Votes3 DateJun 28, 2019

Funded: 1 $358.00

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Devon Colebank Media

Devon Colebank Media
Devon Colebank is a Pittsburgh native that offers photography, videography, and graphic design services. He has owned his business since 2015, and started with specializing in music videos for local musical artists. Over the last 4 years, he has grown to be one of the top names in the Pittsburgh creative scene. He is now the Chief Videographer and Lead Photographer of One World Blue.
Check out some of his work below!
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Linda DiBucci | Piatt Sotheby's International Realty
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Votes2 DateMay 20, 2019

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What would you do to heal or change the world?

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Human beings are clearly complex, diverse and highly capable beings fashioned in the divine image. I work to remind myself that we are in such a unique time in history with extensive material comforts spiritual freedoms available and our digital, medical, scientific and other capabilities inspiring us to a planetary future like has rarely been dreamed or intuited in all of world history. I would ideally genesis and maintain a modest academy where individuals of all ages and backgrounds with self-awareness, a love of creation and a desire to learn could master their abilities and potentials through a unique training program of multi-faceted well-being, rooted in water-training, nutritional regimen, artistic discipline, interpersonal skills development and ecological stewardship. Graduates would be bonified OECW's (Ocean~Environment Corporate Warriors) and be empowered to realize excellence in all realms of human endeavor as defined by robust levels of personal, family/communal, societal and civilizational well-being. Yep, it's a huge goal, though way beyond me. Many cool people are already making this happen; I'm psyched to be a part of One World Blue and look forward to collaborating with its membership as fully as I can in the near future. Best!

Ira CaplanOct 11, 2019 @ 10:28amMore

We use our skills & talents to help individuals spread personal messages & raise awareness of causes to audiences everywhere. For us, changing the world means continually working toward everyone having an equal opportunity to be heard.

Northwood PrintingSep 16, 2019 @ 12:07pmMore

Make someone laugh everyday.

Penguin Purchasing LLCSep 11, 2019 @ 03:53pmMore

What is on my heart about healing the world is to help those who are in need. Tell the world people the importance of how they can change their lives when they come together. In this world we all need to be as one and as people having same blood and same father (GOD), we all need to come together and we need to be one. Loving others is the most important message I can teach the world so it gets healed and to know God.

Big DavidSep 6, 2019 @ 07:49amMore

I want to support the poor orphanage children in Uganda and across Africa. I am working hard to meet the needs of those poor children and poor people in poor areas in Uganda and Africa at large.You can try to meet us at our website https://sodacorganization.org. To support these children we are working hand in hand with other well wishers to help join us to help the needy poor children. Through providing services at Dolphine Software Technologies Ltd, we have training centers for those children who have not completed their schools and we give vocational training services. Children in Uganda are facing a bigger challenge especially those from poor villages and orphans; they don't go to school nor do have some where to stay. But as SODAC Organization and Dolphine Software Technologies, we try to come up with these support for them and hence giving them a better life. Find us and follow us on www.facebook.com/sodacorganization and www.twitter.com/sodac31

Fred edwards kabogozaAug 24, 2019 @ 11:21amMore

I want to change the world by taking as much stress and anxiety from seniors and their families as I can. When looking at senior resources and living options, they are some of the most difficult and stressful decisions one can make. My goal and mission is to be there for the families so that they have someone they can lean on and look to for guidance so that the process doesn't have to be as stressful. There is no getting around it, the decisions families make are going to be hard, but they do not have to be made alone. I want to be there for families so that they feel they can make the most educated decision that is best one for their family or friends.

Oasis Senior AdvisorsAug 22, 2019 @ 07:50amMore

Training and supporting local farmers through sustainable agriculture and supporting Torah learning in Jewish communities.

Tarphon kamyaAug 14, 2019 @ 09:26amMore

I trust in the statement of one man who said " If you are born in your fathers home and you die living it the way you found it ,you are nothing "we are ready to reach out with the helping hand and share all the blessing and gift we get with others.at New Hope Baptist church we are moved by helping the needy and orphaned by providing scholastic material, housing , meals , sharing stories the build, medical and Spiritual meals.

New Hope Baptist churchAug 6, 2019 @ 04:50amMore

Help people to see the beauty and goodness in this world, people, and all that God created. The "Golden Rule" would go a long way to healing and changing this world.

JAB Jewelry DesignsJul 2, 2019 @ 10:45amMore

Encourage everyone to follow the Seven Universal Laws that G-d gave to Noah. These were then presented to the entire world by Moses when he Received the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai. The Seven Universal (Noahide) Laws are: Knowledge/Believe in One G-d Respect G-d’s Holy Name Respect the Sanctity of Human Life Respect the Traditional Family Respect the Property of Others Respect All Creatures Establish a Righteous Judicial System

Leibel EstrinJun 28, 2019 @ 02:15pmMore

I would like to share more about how everyone needs to appreciate the small things in life which will make them realize to be at peace with each other. I would also try to start up a news station where it is more about positive news and stories people are doing for each other. I would continue to keep on doing my positive motivational videos I share on social media which inspires others to also think positive. To also have students in schools of all ages learn more about how to respect each other the acts of kindness since there seems to be more bullying these days which needs to be less of. To offer help to all ages as well as parents teaching them how to show more positivity throughout their child's life rather than negativity. To provide more support to everyone that just needs a positive role model in their life by leading them to bigger things in life! There is so many things we can all do to help each other and to partner up rather than being in competition.

Monica Faulk Project Sales ManagerApr 16, 2019 @ 01:46pmMore

I think Diane von Furstenberg got it right when she said “The most important relationship you will have is the one with YOURSELF”. When we take the time and care to heal ourselves, practice forgiveness and savor the feeling of gratitude, it’s then that we can heal. You can’t give what you don’t have. If “hurt people hurt people”, I believe that people who are healing will also heal others.

Kaitlin EndresApr 15, 2019 @ 11:05pmMore

If I could change the world, I would make each of us more hesitant to judge one another. Regardless of our individual backgrounds, ethnicities, genders or religions, we've become increasingly quick to put other people in categories, to judge them before we know them, to speak more than we listen. And because of this, our world has lost some of its softness. Some of its magic. Some of its beauty. If I could change the world, I would slow things down, smooth out the edges, and remind people that the busyness and hectic pace we keep too often prevents us from seeing the beauty around us. If we judged other people less quickly and less harshly and took the time to see how fortunate we all are, I think our world could collectively heal from the pervasive hate that seems to too often win out over love. If I could change the world, I would somehow connect with other people in such a delicate, authentic way that they, too, would stop seeing all the items on their "to-do" lists as things they HAVE to do and instead enjoy them as things they GET to do. We get one shot at this precious gift of life. We need to be more gentle with each other, more supportive of ourselves, and more delighted to wake up each day eager to experience the many surprises awaiting us.

Wendy BellApr 14, 2019 @ 08:18amMore

Treat everyone with Love, Kindness and Respect to help create a better world one good deed at a time.

Taste of PittsburghApr 5, 2019 @ 01:58pmMore

If I could change one thing about the world, I would eliminate human greed. Human greed is at the core of most of our world’s biggest problems. Greed is like a newborn seed that grows into a poisonous vine, eventually dominating the human soul like an infectious disease, spreading to every corner of society. Ultimately, blinding us from the truth.

Devon Colebank MediaMar 25, 2019 @ 01:01pmMore

“Only life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last!” We feed the hungry; teaching those we reach out to, to learn how to support themselves through various development projects so the they may become self supportive. We help them in the early days of our mission to them by providing them with the necessary means whether material, financial or seeds to help them rise and learn to do what will help them in the long run till they are able to sustain themselves. We help teenage girls who are victims of predators who seek to take advantage of their insufficiency and poverty to defile their innocence and destroy their future. We do this by reaching one person at a time, one family at a time and one teenage girl at a time.

World Evangelism MissionMar 19, 2019 @ 06:25pmMore

Play reggae music as usual for the world to make everyone feel some joy and happiness and positive vibratons.

Aunton Agustin AustinJan 29, 2019 @ 11:41amMore

Teach more Art History to broaden the understanding and depth of the Human Experience.

Vince The Artist OrnatoJan 15, 2019 @ 12:43pmMore

Spread peace by smiling to each other.

Global Market RetailJan 7, 2019 @ 04:49pmMore

To continue uniting the races starting with our youths. From a tender age, once you mean to serve your country, you can do it!

Prof. Wilmot Max RamsayDec 14, 2018 @ 11:44pmMore

To not be as concerned about whom we may offend but be more concerned by who we may inspire.

Dr. William C. WetmoreDec 13, 2018 @ 03:26pmMore

Create better opportunities for everyone through platforms that enable everyone to have equal opportunities for education and financial success. We also Stand to Empower others through the Arts and Agriculture which will end inequality in these areas.

Carics International Fine Arts FestivalDec 7, 2018 @ 11:22amMore

Increase of affordable housing to low or moderate income individuals and the homeless.

PHDA Pittsburgh Housing Development Association Inc.Nov 26, 2018 @ 10:21amMore

To teach others to do kindness every day and take care of one another. Smiling at everyone is the start to a better world.

5th Ave StoreNov 23, 2018 @ 10:59amMore

Open minds so that people can realize that the world is not black or white but rather grey and that people do not have to jump on a train with others because that is what they think they have to listen to. People can be masters of their own destiny. The most important thing is for people to also then realize that the purpose of us being here is to care for one and help take care of one another.

JRJ Productions - Russell Johnson Jr.Oct 22, 2018 @ 05:55pmMore

Demonstrate Love to all people we encounter and treat people fairly with equality.

Gary GermanyOct 15, 2018 @ 04:50pmMore

Animals'Angels would like to continue and increase our undercover investigations to expose the cruelty animals all over the country face every day and to ensure that the abusers are held accountable for their actions.

Animals AngelsSep 10, 2018 @ 10:03amMore

Music is a language that unites us & I'm using it as a means to bring us together! changing the world one song at a time!!

Oneg ShemeshSep 3, 2018 @ 01:38pmMore

I seek to create a climate where good people are not afraid to do the right thing and do not risk starvation homelessness and poverty because they have moral courage.I seek to crowdfund this story and employ anyone who donates for any contribution of talent that they may desire to give to this project. Example:If you can assist with the screen play you will be in the film , I am seeking talent.

The Fine Art Of Walking PointAug 3, 2018 @ 06:39pmMore

Help each other love one another and to also teach one another to be honest in their relationships.

Cantor Victor RothJul 31, 2018 @ 03:01pmMore

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Seeking justice within the Justice System

Cassandra Kelly
A common cliche we are accustomed to hearing in today's world is that "we live in strange times." This era is certainly not the first time that this refrain has been applicable and accurate. Perhaps we have always lived in "strange times." But the circumstances are ever-changing, and the absurdities are related to all of the relevant factors affecting each generation.
The technological advances of the last 100 years are so monumental, we can take for granted that the tools at our modern fingertips are things our great, great, great grandparents could not have imagined. Technology, like everything in the world, can not be said to be inherently evil, and of course, the advancement in technology is responsible for so much good. With each new development, it is the responsibility of human beings to utilize these achievements for the good, the just, and the well-being of our fellow person.
With the advent of mass media in all forms, including, of course, the phenomenon of social media; we have a greater responsibility to become more informed citizens. We must be able to strengthen our discernment regarding what is true and real. It is crucially important that we not allow ourselves to be broken off into camps, or divided into "teams" as the human family, of which there is, in essence, only one team.
The United States was founded with very lofty ideals. On paper, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States of America are pivotal historical documents with profound implications for humankind. As a nation, we have not completely actualized those documents to this day, and this is part of our struggle as American citizens, to bring into full fruition the words of those documents. We are a generation that seems more ready than ever before to transform the paper into a living example of what could be. But we are also in an era of mass misinformation, confusion, and division by falsehood and fear. The challenge is ours to rise to the occasion as a people and free our minds from the shackles of mental slavery. We must be in it for the whole, not just for ourselves, and only those closest to us.
The court of public opinion is not a court of law, and a court of law is not a court of public opinion. Seemingly, today, that is confused and turned on its conceptual head. As Americans, if we truly value freedom, justice, truth, due process of law, democracy, a constitutional republic, etc., then we must be honest with ourselves about our opinions, and we must scrutinize them. In short, our minds must be emancipated and able to guide our emotions. And though this takes a bit of hard work, the responsibility is on all of us, and the cost of the effort is certainly worth the great benefit of birthing a truly just society.
The need to be right is something that, unbeknownst to most of us, plagues adult society. In general, children would rather be happy than right. They have a greater ability to move on, not hold grudges, and live in the moment. As adults, we have much to learn from children and their ability to be free-spirited, willing to learn, and not hold too tightly onto things that cause division and strife. If we are to impart the values of fairness, truth, empathy, mercy, unconditional love, justice, integrity, and objectivity to our youth, then we must be sure to think, speak, and act with these values. The youth will reject hypocrisy and falsehood, and it is on us adults to be sure to impart active integrity if we expect it from our children. If we have that expectation of our children, we must, with certainty, expect it from ourselves.
As Americans, if we permit our rights under the law to be tampered with for any citizen, then all of our rights have been violated and threatened. If we turn a blind eye to injustice in the justice system because we reason that it does not affect us personally, or because we've formulated unfounded opinions based on the vast amounts of media overload, we are threatening the integrity of our democracy. We must move away from the "blame game." From the divisiveness rampant amongst us and strive for objectivity in thought, speech, and action. Lives and livelihoods are at stake when we are not remaining sharp as informed citizens, when our emotions, conscious or subconscious, are driving our thinking and judgment. We have a responsibility to and for one another, and this must be intellectually internalized, be seriously contemplated, and reckoned with by each of us.
"We, the people," is a phrase with significant implications. It sets upon us, the citizens of the nation, the responsibility of forming this "more perfect Union." The governing body works for the people, and as such, we are truly the overseers of the government and the justice system. When we turn a blind or an uncaring eye to the state of the justice system, we unwittingly jeopardize our rights under the law. With mass and social media in the picture, and with the amount and pace of information reaching all of us, it is not hard to fall into forming strong opinions quickly. It is not tricky or beneath any of us to fall into taking sides, dividing into camps, and wanting to be on the "winning" end of an issue. We all must slow the world down using the strength of our minds. Our emotions and our nervous systems are hijacked by a world operating at a speed that just keeps increasing astronomically by the day. None of us are simply "sheep," we are just easily misled as we are only human. As human beings, however, we are called upon to become more than human, to go beyond our natural tendencies and self-interest, and actualize the phrase "E Pluribus Unum," "out of the many, one." When we allow the justice system to fail any of us, it jeopardizes all of us, for, out of the many we are One.
In this country, by law, we have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. This is a right we all expect to be upheld and would be justifiably outraged if the opposite was thrust upon us. We must realize that too often there are people who are found guilty by public opinion before they've ever had their day in court. And often, even after they've had their day in court. It is on all of us to respect the courts and due process of law, because if we expect it for ourselves, we are duty-bound to expect it for every individual.
Introspection is key to understanding ourselves. Self-examination is not the process of "digging up dirt," instead, it is a process of self-discovery. Maybe, we believe we are not susceptible to intense subjectivity or strongly unfounded and unfair opinions. But if we are to be honest with ourselves, none of us are above it. This should not leave us dejected; instead, it should leave us accepting ourselves as human and beautifully flawed. To rise above subjectivity, we must recognize that we all tend to move toward it. We also have a human tendency to strive for truth, to be objective, to think critically, and act responsibly.
As a society, we are in the process of facing important things about our history that have yet to be resolved. If we pay too close attention to the media and not enough to our immediate surroundings, we may be on a collision course, and spinning out of control. Naturally, we are scared. To be afraid is to be human. Bravery is not being fearless; bravery is how we act in the face of fear.
We will have to speak about things that make us uncomfortable, but with respect, honor, and the upholding of dignity. If we want to create a truly just society, we must not let our emotions lead the way. Self-honesty must be our guiding principle and light. We must ask ourselves how we can and do have such strong opinions about matters in which we have no first-hand knowledge? How do we benefit from allowing the justice system to act as a type of “reality tv” show for the masses? What benefit do any one of us outside of an immediate case, gain from being on the “winning side?” Are we inadvertently distracting ourselves from our own internal needs? Let us seek a justice system that acts as a beacon of light for what should be the highest standard of justice attainable amongst human beings. If we genuinely care about a more perfect union, we should accept no less.
If someone has not been found guilty by a jury in a court of law, nor have they pleaded guilty to a charge, that person is, by law, presumed innocent. The right to a fair trial is not something we can take for granted and yet still proclaim ourselves free citizens. The task of being open-minded and free-thinking individuals is on us. We must protect our ears from slander because it comes at us in all directions, and there is an agenda and business to it. We must scrutinize what we hear at all times. With so much information abound and available, it must be sifted through with extreme care, and we must check ourselves and our reactions to any given story. If citizens are going to be able to have fair trials, as is a right granted by the constitution, we must stop appointing ourselves as home judges and juries. We must learn to escape from desiring to be the judge over someone else’s life, just like we’d like others to flee from pronouncing judgment on us. When we have a collective shift in this attitude concerning the justice system, we can begin to ensure true justice for all!
The above legal analysis lays out clearly that the case against R. Kelly, the acclaimed R&B singer, writer, producer, and performer is one that has not yet had its day in court. By law, since Mr. Kelly has pleaded innocent and has not been convicted of any crime, we must afford him the presumption of innocence. The court of public opinion, as stated earlier, is not a court of law. With so much hearsay (statements that would not be admissible in court) being thrown around on all media platforms regarding this case, how can R. Kelly be guaranteed a fair trial? If we believe he does not deserve one, we do not understand our rights under the law. We have now succumbed to the influence of not believing in equal justice and, therefore, are liable to fall short in pursuing it. If we are able to pick and choose who deserves justice, we threaten the integrity of the courts for us all.
The burden to bear regarding a legal proceeding, never simply falls on the accused and the accusers. We are human, and we love our families. They are rightfully sacred to us and are our first responsibility. Lisa and Cassandra Kelly, R. Kelly’s sisters, are like any loving family. They support their brother through all of this, regardless of the verdict. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty puts the burden of proof on the prosecution; without his day in court, R. Kelly is presumed innocent.
The Kelly sisters are trying, with unrelenting exertion, to ensure that their brother, Mr. Robert Kelly has his fair day in court. He is currently being held in jail under the pretense that he is a flight risk. He has cooperated fully and willingly in all that the court has asked of him, including surrendering his passport to the authorities. R. Kelly was acquitted in a court of law in 2008, on allegations of sexual misconduct. His legal team is doing everything they can do to not fail their client on the path to justice. It is no easy task with the media fanning the flames of defamation, as well as possible political considerations tainting the objectivity of the court.
Mr. Kelly’s assets are not what the general public may perceive them to be. As a young man, R. Kelly did not have the knowledge and experience he would come to accumulate as a veteran of the recording industry. He signed some bad deals that left him receiving very little of his royalties. His record company, as is still typical though changing rapidly, owns his master recordings. Due to his current detainment, he cannot perform, which would be the most lucrative avenue for him to pursue regarding earning a living again. The cost of legal fees is exceedingly high, and the bonds are unaffordable for the average citizen. He is responsibly paying child support and is currently dealing with health issues. His legal team is advocating for his release so he can prepare for the case of his life, quite literally.
Lisa and Cassandra Kelly are creating a fund on their brother’s behalf; however, their vision extends far beyond their own family. This fund will grow to serve the needs of anyone caught in legal proceedings where the process pursued is preventing them from having their just day in court. The vision is that Mr. Kelly’s case can serve as a catalyst to repair the holes in our justice system; as well as in our understanding of what constitutes equal rights under the law, and our responsibility to protect them for every individual without distinction.

Votes5 DateOct 8, 2019

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Michael Fratangelo Visionary Artist

Michael Fratangelo
My path as a Visual artist began at Penn State University. During studio classes professors pulled me aside asking, "Is that what you see? You really have something." I have come to understand my painting as a gift. It is guided painting. I do not take my ability for granted. Each work is a quest to puncture through the visible reality into the deeper mystical realm. My painting is an urge to penetrate unknown realms to seek and to find. The colors and shapes in my portraits tell the story of the spiritual essence of the people.
Professional Interview and Review of Michael Fratangelo by Baila Pirchesky - Chief Editor of Blupela.com The One World Blue Network
Michael Fratangelo - Quote "I started down this path to be a painter in the fall of 2000 in my first beginning oil painting class at Penn State University. I had no intention of pursuing art as a career but 'lightning struck in class'. My professor pulled me aside asking "Is that what you really see?". You really have something he said. At that point I knew I had found my calling."
Michael is a firm believer in Joseph Campbell's teaching that you should follow your bliss. Michael says, "I knew I found my 'bliss' with painting, so I had no choice but to follow the path. People often ask me how one becomes an artist? I do not think this is possible - you either are an artist or you are not". He says, "If you are as Picasso said, 'You work out of necessity. You truly have no choice, and if you don't, you will suffer. It is often a cross to bare."
Michael told me he is so grateful that he went to Penn State, because at Penn State you can venture into different career paths. "Where you stay at, may not be where you end up!"
Michael said, "I believe having endless possibilities is absolutely crucial to young adults finding their way." He told me that he is so grateful he went to Penn State University because at PSU, Michael felt privelged and cannot speak highly enough of the creative and innovative art school atmosphere that is available at the school of visual arts.
Mr. Fratangelo said he was largely shaped by the teaching of artist John Bowman and Ann Shostrom, who mentored him.
After graduating Penn State, Michael did a series of topical shows, including a series documenting the war in Iraq, which was queired into the 2005 Florence Italy Bi-Centennial.
In my humble opinion, Michael Fratangelo's visionary art, reminds me of visual art and painting that meets the mystical. His art is innovative, modern and individualistic. If you would like a portrait commissioned by him, you will be ecstatic at the outcome and it will be a piece for you and your family to cherish for generations to come.
Baila Pirchesky - Chief Editor of Blupela.com The One World Blue Network

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Votes3 DateOct 4, 2019

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Meadows Edge

Wines of America
A sustained, high-operational tempo over the last 18 years of combat and support operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations worldwide has increased behavior health problems with active duty military, veterans and their families. Active duty service members and their families have numerous, excellent programs available to seek assistance but quite often veterans feel isolated from assistance programs once they leave the military. Our Safe Harbor seeks to build and implement a superior, holistic, technology-based approach to address the needs of those who served our great country, when they need it most.
The Problem
Our nation is experiencing suicides among our US Military Veterans at an alarming rate. Quite often there is a stigma attached to seeking care, especially for psychological health, and in other cases veterans simply don’t know how to navigate through the myriad of challenges associated with using veteran assistance programs. In some situations, these at-risk veterans may only need to break the chain of depression by speaking to someone who is like minded, has walked in their shoes, and can guide them to the best solution for help.
Project Bumblebee
Making a safer tomorrow, by making a difference in the war on human trafficking. The Meadows Edge Bumblebee Project's goal is to enable, empower, and unite those who make a difference in the fight against human trafficking through change, collaboration, and the use of intelligent technology solutions to share information and services. We intend to accomplish this goal through the following methods:
* Unite the frontline organizations fighting human trafficking and build a global information data repository of accurate information.
* Gain academia interest and support to create useful analytics to drive and support change in laws and government.
* Educate government and law enforcement on the relationship between human trafficking and national security.
* Build a global data warehouse and provide actionable intelligence.
Mon Qua Project
Mon Qua Project
Món Quà Gifts
From seed to sale, Món Quà Gifts are made using traditional methods and beautiful technique.
Sales of Món Quà products help send children to school, provide economic security for the future, and preserve traditional methods of making the handicrafts.
About Us
The goal of the Món Quà project is to provide expanded economic opportunities for four groups of ethnic minority women in Cao Bang, Vietnam. We are helping the women turn their handicraft work into a viable and sustainable microenterprise.
Ultimately, the project hopes to help provide economic security for the women and their families while preserving traditional methods of making the handicrafts. We are currently in search of permanent distribution channels for the women's handicrafts, made of 100% natural hemp. While the project is too small to be "Fairtrade certified", the products are made under fair trade conditions.


Votes2 DateSep 27, 2019

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Oneg Shemesh

Oneg Shemesh
Oneg Shemesh Band ~ Indie Folk/Rock Music
Oneg Shemesh's music represents a fresh and innovative new sound in Jewish music. His engaging and interactive style is sure to invigorate your soul and your feet!
Oneg Shemesh, whose first name means “utmost joy”, is an Israeli-born guitarist and singer known for positive, well-crafted songs, and genre-blending, innovative work that blends the spiritual aspects of the Modern Orthodox culture in which he was raised with a folk rock sensibility.
Whether singing about “shining the light forward” or one’s personal responsibilities in “Only I”, Oneg Shemesh’s music is at times evocative, inspirational, and powerful while always remaining upbeat.
Oneg was raised in Israel on Moshav Modi’im near Tel Aviv. After completing his army service, he joined The Moshav Band as a founding member, an Israeli American-Jewish folk rock band, they combine Jewish music with elements of alternative rock, folk, and reggae. Shemesh toured with them throughout Israel, the United States and Canada.
When he is not creating and performing music, he likes to spend time with his 3 beautiful children, hike, rollerblade, bike & workout at the gym. He currently resides in West Hempstead, NY.
I'm so grateful to my amazing fans! With your help the song & music video called SOME DAYS in memory of my Mom O.B.M. has been completed & released! Check it out below!
Check out his live shows
This song is dedicated to my Mom A”H ברכה בת חונה יואל הכהן וזלטא
I had the privilege of writing this song & performing it for my Mom before she passed on FEB 5, 2017.
Here is the clip she took on her phone & this is what she wrote about the experience.
This is a beautiful song that my son Oneg Shemesh wrote with me in mind. He really nailed it perfectly. He totally captured in the simple lyrics, exactly how I’m feeling these days. Every time I hear him singing this, I am moved to tears and at the same time filled with joy!
Please share this song with anyone you know who is fighting cancer or who needs to hear this message of HOPE!
To buy the song go to https://onegshemesh.com/track/1542488/some-days
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Every purchase you make helps me to raise the funds to cover the costs of marking & promoting my music.

Votes1 DateSep 5, 2018

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Iranian Zoroastrians

Bernard Asper

The history of Zoroastrianism began with the Prophet Zarathushtra teaching what was called “the Good Religion,” to ancient Persia and Central Asia. His teachings taught obedience to one god; while he drew a small group of dedicated men and women, he also met with great resistance from local priests and princes. According to legend, Zarathushtra was invited to present his teachings before King Vishtasp, who became one of the first of many rulers in Central Asia to embrace this new and revolutionary faith. The religion continued to evolve into its present form from the belief in a supreme god representing what became the state religion of the Persians. Its present monotheistic and at least what some would call dualistic varieties all involve worship of one god, the good one who will triumph over the evil forces. This represents the dualism in all forms of the faith that goes back to its founder Zarathushtra.
Zoroastrianism gradually gained wider acceptance, becoming the religion of the Achaemenian Empire (550–330 BCE) founded by Cyrus the Great. The Achaemenians established the first “universal empire” across linguistic and cultural frontiers, practicing religious and ethnic tolerance for their subjects. The Achaemenians were defeated by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE, and the city of Persepolis, along with its library of religious texts, was destroyed by fire. After nearly a century of Greek rule under the Seleucids, the Parthians (256 BCE–226 CE) came to power and ruled in ancient Iran for many centuries. The Sassanian Empire (226–652 CE) succeeded that of the Parthians and during the next four hundred years, the Sassanian kings established Zoroastrianism as the state religion of Iran. This was the “golden age” of Zoroastrianism, with as many as thirty million people practicing the faith. The liturgy of the Avesta was collected into a cohesive unit, and new literature in the Pahlavi language flourished.
In 652 CE, the Sassanian Empire was defeated by Arab Muslims. The majority of Zoroastrians accepted Islam. Those who did not and were not fleeing the country fled to other areas within Iran. The Zoroastrian refugees developed their own language, Zoroastrian Dari, as well as a separate culture.
The Zoroastrians faced considerable adversity and religious persecution, which varied under different dynasties. Under the Umayyad dynasty, personal rights could be obtained with the payment of jizya, a special tax for non-Muslims, while during the Qajar dynasty, repression of the Zoroastrian religion took on cruel and violent forms. The life of Zoroastrians in Iran was often characterized by humiliation—with rules preventing them from riding on horseback, building places of worship, receiving an inheritance, or even from carrying umbrellas or wearing eyeglasses. With greater freedoms in the 20th century, Zoroastrians were able to establish themselves in business, industry, the educational field, and philanthropy. Many of today's Iranians are Zoroastrians who pretend to be Muslims.
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Votes1 DateJul 25, 2018

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Bernard Asper

The Roma are an ethnic people who have migrated across Europe for a thousand years. The Roma culture has a rich oral tradition, with an emphasis on family. Often portrayed as exotic and strange, the Roma have faced discrimination and persecution for centuries.
Today, they are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Europe — about 12 million to 15 million people, according to UNICEF, with 70 percent of them living in Eastern Europe. About a million Roma live in the United States, according to Time.
Roma is the word that many Roma use to describe themselves. They are also known as Rom or Romany.
The Roma are also sometimes called Gypsies. However, some people consider that a derogatory term, a holdover from when it was thought these people came from Egypt. It is now thought that the Roma people migrated to Europe from India about 1,500 years ago.
They originated in northern India and by the second half of the 20th century they had spread to every inhabited continent.
Because of their migratory nature, their absence in official census returns, and their popular classification with other nomadic groups, estimates of the total world Roma population range from two million to five million. No significant statistical picture can be gained from the sporadic reporting in different countries. Most Roma were still in Europe in the early 21st century, especially in the Slavic-speaking lands of central Europe and the Balkans. Large numbers live in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, the Czech and Slovak republics, and Hungary.
All nomadic Roma migrate at least seasonally along patterned routes that ignore national boundaries. They also follow along a chain, as it were, of kin or tribal links. The Roma’s own supposed disposition to wander has been forcibly furthered by exile or deportation. Only 80 years after their first appearance in western Europe in the 15th century, they fell under the penalty of banishment in almost all the nations of western Europe. Despite their systematic exile, or transportation abroad, however, they continued to reappear in one guise or another back in the countries they had left.
All unsettled confederations who live among settled peoples seem to become convenient scapegoats. So it is with the Roma, who have regularly been accused by the local populace of many evils as a prelude to later official and legal persecution. Their relations with the authorities in the host country have been marked by consistent contradiction. Official decrees were often aimed at settling or assimilating them, yet local authorities systematically refused them the bare hospitality of a campsite. During the Holocaust the Nazis murdered an estimated 400,000 Roma. French laws in modern times forbade them campsites and subjected them to police supervision, yet they were taxed and drafted for military service like ordinary citizens. Spain and Wales are two countries often cited as examples where Roma have become settled, if not wholly assimilated. In modern times the socialist countries of eastern Europe attempted programs of enforced settlement to end Roma migration.
Traditionally the Roma have pursued occupations that allowed them to maintain an itinerant life on the perimeters of settled society. The men were livestock traders, animal trainers and exhibitors, tinkers (metalsmiths and utensil repairmen), and musicians; the women told fortunes, sold potions, begged, and worked as entertainers. Before the advent of veterinary medicine, many farmers looked to Roma livestock dealers for advice on herd health and husbandry.
The archetypal Roma family consists of a married couple, their unmarried children, and at least one married son, his wife, and their children. Upon marriage, a young couple typically lives with the husband’s parents while the young wife learns the ways of her husband’s group. Ideally, by the time an older son is ready to move away with his family, a younger son will have married and joined the household with his new wife. Although the practice had declined significantly by the late 20th century, marriages traditionally were arranged by the elders in the family or band (vitsa) to strengthen political and kinship ties to other families, bands, or, occasionally, confederations. A central feature of Roma marriages was the payment of a bride-price to the parents of the bride by the parents of the groom.
Gypsy chieftains (voivodes) are elected for life from among outstanding families of the group, and the office is not heritable. Their power and authority vary according to the size of the band, its traditions, and its relationships with other bands within a confederation.
It was the voivode who acted as treasurer for the whole band, decided the pattern of its migration, and became its spokesman to local municipal authorities. He governed through a council of elders that also consulted with the phuri dai, a senior woman in the band. The phuri dai’s influence was strong, particularly in regard to the fate of the women and children, and seemed to rest much on the evident earning power and organization of the women as a group within the band.
Strongest among Roma institutions of social control was the kris, connoting both the body of customary law and values of justice as well as the ritual and formation of the tribunal of the band. Basic to the Roma code were the all-embracing concepts of fidelity, cohesiveness, and reciprocity within the recognized political unit. The ultimate negative sanction of the kris tribunal, which dealt with all disputes and breaches of the code, was excommunication from the band. A sentence of ostracism, however, might exclude the individual from participation in certain band activities and punish him with menial tasks. In some cases rehabilitation was granted by the elders and followed by a feast of reconciliation.
Bands are made up of vitsas, which are name groups of extended families with common descent either patrilineal or matrilineal, as many as 200 strong.
Spiritual beliefs
The Roma do not follow a single faith; rather, they often adopt the predominant religion of the country where they are living, according to Open Society, and describe themselves as "many stars scattered in the sight of God." Some Roma groups are Catholic, Muslim, Pentecostal, Protestant, Anglican or Baptist.
The Roma live by a complex set of rules that govern things such as cleanliness, purity, respect, honor and justice. These rules are referred to as what is "Rromano." Rromano means to behave with dignity and respect as a Roma person, according to Open Society. "Rromanipé" is what the Roma refer to as their worldview.
Though the groups of Roma are varied, they all do speak one language, called Rromanës. Rromanës has roots in Sanskritic languages, and is related to Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali. Some Romani words have been borrowed by English speakers, including "pal" (brother) and "lollipop" (from lolo-phabai-cosh, red apple on a stick).
The Roma today
While there are still traveling bands, most use cars and RVs to move from place to place rather than the horses and wagons of the past.
Today, most Roma have settled into houses and apartments and are not readily distinguishable. Because of continued discrimination, many do not publicly acknowledge their roots and only reveal themselves to other Roma.
While there is not a physical country affiliated with the Romani people, the International Romani Union was officially established in 1977. In 2000, The 5th World Romany Congress in 2000 officially declared Romani a non-territorial nation.
During the Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005-2015), 12 European countries made a commitment to eliminate discrimination against the Roma. The effort focused on education, employment, health and housing, as well as core issues of poverty, discrimination, and gender mainstreaming. However, according to the RSG, despite the initiative, Roma continue to face widespread discrimination.
According to a report by the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, "there is a shameful lack of implementation concerning the human rights of Roma … In many countries hate speech, harassment and violence against Roma are commonplace."
Edited from the Encyclopedia Brittanica Roma article online as well as from https://amp.livescience.com/44512-gypsy-culture.html

Votes1 DateJul 24, 2018

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Animal Adapt to Cold Weather

Betty Smythe
As the days shorten and the weather gets colder, it’s easy for most of us humans to adapt. Simply break out the long underwear, dust off the winter coat and we’re pretty much ready to go, at least here in the Midwest. Now what about those animals out in the wild? While we’re all familiar with bears hibernating through the winter, birds migrating to warmer settings and other animals living off stored food that they’ve been saving up since the summer, how the heck do those animals who remain active not only brave the elements but function in these conditions, especially in the coldest regions of the world? Understanding the answer to this question requires an appreciation for the adaptability, resiliency and creativity of leatherback turtles, penguins, arctic foxes, golden-crowned kinglets and many other animals.
Around for more than 100 million years, the leatherback turtle has certainly evolved as a deep sea diver capable of surviving in the coldest, deepest waters. For these unique reptiles, it’s good to be big. Weighing up to 2,000 pounds, leatherbacks remain warm in cold water in large part to their mass and natural abilities to slow heat loss. Outgoing blood warms cool blood in the leatherback flippers before it reaches the body core, and a sphincter in these turtle’s throats shuts off blood flow to the lungs when diving, allowing these amazing creatures to conserve energy when needed. In the deepest waters, leatherbacks get plenty of sustenance from jellyfish, their favorite meal.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
For other warm-blooded mammals like whales, seals and walruses, it certainly helps to be big, as the larger the mammal, the lesser the surface area to lose heat. With that said, fur seals benefit not only from weighing roughly 600 pounds as adults but having thick under and overcoats that they shed once a year, and blubber under the skin that can range from one to six inches. For Beluga whales, five inches of blubber certainly helps, as do unique adaptations like a dorsal fin that can break through ice for attaining fresh air, a flexible neck that allows for more maneuverability while navigating cold waters during migration, and amazing endurance (these whales can cover 100 miles in one day). Eat your heart out, Michael Phelps.
Outside the water, land-based animals must be as adaptive to the perils of the Arctic tundra in order to ensure survival. What blubber is to keeping penguins, seals, whales and walruses warm, fur is to caribou, musk oxen and arctic wolves, with the last two examples having thick, long hair overcoats and supplemental undercoats of fleece and fur, respectively. In comparison to other wolves, arctic wolves have smaller, rounder ears and shorter muzzles and legs that help them reduce heat loss. For some animals like the arctic fox, snowshoe hare, collared lemming, and ermine (least weasel), their fur actually changes colors from brownish-gray to white during the winter, offering them not only a needed blanket but an advantageous form of camouflage that makes them hard to identify in the snow. Lemmings, which look like fat furry hamsters, and arctic ground squirrels (the only arctic animal to hibernate) also keep themselves warm by staying in tunnels under the snow (as Ben Folds Five once sang, “you can be happy underground”), while hundreds of arctic hare display another crafty way of generating heat by congregating and packing themselves close to each other.
Last but not least is the cool story of the golden-crowned kinglet, a tiny bird that resides in Canada and various parts of the United States, Central America and Mexico. Weighing less than a fifth of an ounce, this bird species is able to survive cold weathers via several intriguing adaptations. Researchers have found that the kinglets subsist on hibernating inchworms that reside in their stomachs, keep warm via their plentiful feathers that insulate their small bodies, provide further insulation by puffing out thier bodies (similar to many other birds), and huddle together at night for even more warmth.
Read more at http://www.momtastic.com/webecoist/2009/10/16/natures-cold-weather-warriors-14-resilient-adaptive-animals/#iIKJZAFBJjZphPJe.99

Votes4 DateDec 25, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Rat Assist Feline Recovery

Betty Smythe
A café in Brooklyn has become an unexpected center of diplomacy for two of nature's most adversarial animals: cats and rats.
In partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, the Brooklyn Cat Café in New York City typically houses about 20 cats that are up for adoption. Visitors can stop by for treats and to interact with the animals, some of which may end up finding new homes.
In one case, though, a kitten housed at the café was diagnosed with feline leukemia and had to be isolated from other cats to prevent the disease from spreading. Feline leukemia is one of the most common infectious diseases seen in cats. An estimated two to three percent of cats in the U.S. have the virus, which is contained in bodily fluids and is spread by close contact, like mating or bite wounds. After being diagnosed with the condition, cats live for only about two and a half years.
The situation prompted the café owners to seek out a different kind of companion animal for the black kitten, named Ebony. That's how they came to adopt a white rat from a nearby rescue center, which they named Ivory. Rats cannot contract the feline leukemia virus, making Ivory an ideal companion for the small kitten.
Ebony died after five months, but the café owners believe her life was "immeasurably enriched" by having a companion. After two years Ivory died (rat lifespans average around two years), and the café decided to continue bringing in companion rats from a nearby animal rescue center, starting with a pair named Remy and Emile.
According to the café's website, rats are unafraid of kittens because they're relatively similar in size. The kittens often chase and pounce on the rats' tails, which the café says is OK as long as the kittens are gentle.
Domestic cats evolved to be solitary hunters, and kittens learn hunting behaviors from their mothers. When separated early from their mothers or the rest of their litter, some kittens can show too much or too little aggression, according the Humane Society. And when they become adults, their potential relationship with rats gets more complicated.
Katie Lisnik is the director of cat protection at the Humane Society International. She notes that regardless of anecdotal stories about interspecies relationships, cats still act on instinct, and rats are their natural prey.
"Even though bonds are formed, rats can move in a certain way that triggers the cat's [hunting] response," she says.
Sarah Gibbens, the reporter, is an associate digital producer at National Geographic

Votes1 DateSep 3, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Horses Saved in "Harvey" Flooding

Richard Margolis
Floodwaters in Houston, Texas, continue to rise as people scramble to higher ground. However, humans are not the only ones in danger of the flooding waters. Over 70 horses were saved in Northeast Harris County. One of the volunteers who helped save the horses was Mongol winner Justin Nelzen who rescued 15 horses from floodwaters in Houston, Texas. Justin didn’t travel by boat to save the horses; he bravely jumped in the water, and swam them to safety.
The owners of the Cypress Trails Equestrian Center did not believe that the water would rise so much in their area to be a threat, but they were wrong.
Darolyn Butler, the owner of Cypress Trails Equestrian Center in Humble, said, “They have an evacuation plan and they practice several times a year.” However, even with all their practicing, they waited until it was too late and the barn was already flooding.
She said that she watched the weather news until 2 a.m. and saw the cells were splitting, that the storm was about over. They went to bed and woke up an hour later to discover the stables were filling up with water.
“We woke up around 3 and it was already too high to get the trailers out.”
Over 100 deputies, constables, firefighters, and good Samaritans volunteered to help save the horses. Some used boats while others swam in the water as they tried to reach the frantic horses. Reports vary, but it’s estimated that 70 to 100 horses were involved. However, how many horses were actually saved and may still be missing remains unknown.
Videos showed horses treading as they tried to keep their heads above water. Some horses became tangled in fences as they were “seen trying to get over what appeared to be a flood-inundated fence in the area near Cypress Creek.”
Some horses were exhausted and needed help in holding their heads up when they came near the edge of the road. Rescuers jumped in the cold water to assist the horses as they led them to an area where they could finally stand on the ground.
Veterinarian Dr. Dori Hertel checked over the horses, amazed that after all they went through the horse calmly allowed themselves to be checked over. Dr. Dori Hertel said that so far, she had not seen any serious injuries.
Horses are like people and they tend to panic in certain situations. Sometimes they make bad decisions. However, they tend to follow each other and if the volunteers can get the more “levelheaded” horses going in the right direction, the others tend to follow.
Judge Ed Emmett posted an update on his Facebook page, “For those of you that may have seen the news reports of horses trapped in the water at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center, all but a few of the horses have been rescued or have been seen on higher ground. 3 or 4 are still loose but don’t appear to be in grave danger.”
Judge Ed Emmett also reported on his Facebook page, “We’ve heard that most of the 80 horses at Cypress Trails have been rescued. A few still loose but not grave danger. Will update when we hear.”
In another heartwarming story of a horse being saved from the raging waters is an almost blind horse. Devon Horn bravely rescued a frightened horse named Boomer. It was a struggle for a while as the frightened horse could not see well enough to know where to go or what to do, but somehow, Devon managed to lead Boomer back onto the higher ground. Devon said at one point they tried to get out at one location, but they were swept down the river about 300 feet. Sheriff’s deputies assisted Devon and Boomer to dryer ground.
Videos capturing the dramatic horse rescue flooded Facebook, and many of the comments were unkind to the owners of the stables. Many posts claimed that some of the horses were tied so they could not escape, and those were the ones that drowned. One wrote, “I have lived by this stables for 20 years. They move the horses EVERY TIME there is a flood.” While another wrote, “They didn’t move them because we were only expecting 8 inches of rain which wouldn’t flood the property but we got 16 inches last night that they didn’t expect.”
However, it’s not only the horses who need rescuing. The video below shows the wildlife that’s been displaced out of their homes because of the flood waters.
There is one story that stands out, and this is about a horse that was presumed dead. Mac Stanford posted, “There were many prayers being said aloud, and there was no doubt that God was present today in all of His glory. There are going to be some EXHAUSTED Guardian Angels in Heaven’s beds tonight!
Suddenly, at 2:02 p.m., without warning, this glorious beast burst through the surface of the water beneath the bridge and pulled himself up the concrete embankment with no help from any human. The crowd above was absolutely stunned into silence…then ERUPTED with cheering and applause. The horse was so exhausted that he could barely walk. He wandered towards the crowd, and gave a loud neigh when the woman that owns him and was boarding him there, broke through the crowd and grabbed his bridle. I got the whole thing on video!”
Read Mac Stanford’s entire account of the event here.
[Photo by David J. Phillip/AP Images]

Votes3 DateAug 29, 2017

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