Tuesday, July 07, 2009
As in Jackson's life, Tuesday's public memorial at the downtown Staples Center includes the spectacle surrounding the show — legal drama, screaming fans, star power, live worldwide broadcast, unsavory accusations, even a parade of elephants — all adding up to what could be the biggest celebrity send-off of all time.
On the eve of the memorial, activity was spotted late Monday at the Forest Lawn Cemetery involving the Jackson family. The cemetery is the location where relatives were expected to hold a private funeral.
La Toya Jackson, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat, was seen being driven away from the cemetery. KCAL-TV showed helicopter footage of a hearse backing up to the Hall of Liberty — a circular building at the cemetery that contains a 1,200-seat auditorium — to deliver a casket.
A few hours later, the casket was reloaded into the hearse and delivered to another nearby building, this time covered in a blue cloth.
It wasn't immediately known if the casket would be at the memorial service. Jackson family spokesman Ken Sunshine said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show that the family would not comment on it.
More than 1.6 million people registered for free tickets to Jackson's downtown memorial. A total of 8,750 people were chosen to receive two tickets each.
"I got the golden ticket!" one fan screamed out of his car window in a Willy Wonka moment as he drove out of the parking lot.
The family announced that participants will include Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Usher, Lionel Richie, Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer and Martin Luther King III. Sunshine told ABC that Queen Latifah also will be performing.
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said Tuesday on CBS' "The Early Show" the department would have more officers on the streets of downtown for the memorial service than it had for last month's Lakers victory parade.
Bratton said officers "really just do not know how may people will actually show up" and that officers "are prepared for anything."
"Crowds have not materialized so far, and that was the one unknown," Bratton told KTLA-TV early Tuesday morning. "We ramped up very significantly in anticipation of very large crowds, but cost-saving wise we'll try to ramp down very quickly if those crowds don't materialize."
The legal maneuvering that marked Jackson's extraordinary and troubled life also continued Monday, with his mother losing a bid to control his enormous but tangled estate. And in one of the few reminders of Jackson's darkest hours, a New York congressman branded Jackson a "pervert" undeserving of so much attention.
British Airways reported a surge of bookings as soon as the memorial arrangements were announced. Virgin's trans-Atlantic flights to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles were all packed with fans and VIPs, spokesman Paul Charles said.
About 50 theaters across the country, from Los Angeles to Topeka, Kan., to Washington, D.C., were planning to broadcast the memorial live, for free.
In Los Angeles Superior Court, a judge appointed Jackson's longtime attorney and a family friend as administrators of his estate over the objections of his mother, Katherine. Attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain had been designated in Jackson's 2002 will as the people he wanted to oversee his empire.
Katherine Jackson's attorneys expressed concerns about McClain and Branca's financial leadership. "Frankly, Mrs. Jackson has concerns about handing over the keys to the kingdom," said one of her attorneys, John E. Schreiber.
Branca and McClain will have to post a $1 million bond on the estate, and their authority will expire Aug. 3, when another hearing will be held.
"Mr. Branca and Mr. McClain for the next month are at the helm of the ship," the judge said.
Jackson died at age 50 with hundreds of millions in debts. But a court filing estimates his estate is worth more than $500 million. His assets are destined for a trust, with his three children, his mother and charities as beneficiaries.
Debbie Rowe, Jackson's ex-wife and the mother of Jackson's two oldest children, had planned to attend the memorial but backed out Monday. "The onslaught of media attention has made it clear her attendance would be an unnecessary distraction," her attorney Marta Almli said in a statement.
ABC News on Tuesday aired portions of a 2003 interview with Rowe, in which she called Jackson's children "the ultimate love children."
"If it hadn't been for how much I love him, I would have never had children," she said. "People make remarks, `I can't believe she left her children.' Left them? I left my children? I did not leave my children. My children are with their father, where they're supposed to be."
She said Jackson was upset when his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley broke up because he wanted to be a father, so she told him "let me do this."
Rowe said Jackson was not a pedophile.
"He would not do anything inappropriate with a child, ever," she said. "It's not in him. I believe there are people who should be parents, and he's one of them. Always. From the day I met him. I could do something for him, and this is what I wanted to do."
In New York, Republican Rep. Peter King released a YouTube video calling Jackson, who was acquitted of child molestation charges, a "pervert" and a "low-life."
But the memories of Jackson's problems were far from the minds of fans preparing to say goodbye.
"It's the passing of a great soul," said Matt Tyson, 31, of Ojai, Calif. "He brought people together, helped express something that's in us all."
Downtown hotels were quickly filling. Police, trying to avoid a mob scene, warned those without tickets to stay away because they would not be able to get close to the Staples Center.
All those involved say the heart of Los Angeles will become a circus. In one way, that characterization will be literal.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey starts a run at Staples Center on Wednesday, a booking long planned in advance. In the pre-dawn hours before Jackson's memorial, the elephants started walking from the train station to the arena. They were set to arrive some five hours before the memorial.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
After recent current events I am sure questions about legal wills are on many people's minds. This is a must read because in case the inevitable happens,even who raises your minor children has to be addressed.You don't have to have riches or an estate to make a will. You don't have to be elderly either. You will have to scroll down to read it. Sorry about the ads.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Culture Buzz A website where you can anonymously admit what you do in your shame-ber, a room where you go to escape the eyes of God and society. (via TBTL) For instance, I secretly love Popeyes Chicken, but only consume it secretly in my shame-ber (locked bathroom of my apartment)
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2. Go to a major chain bookstore, and leave notes to future readers in copies of your favorite books
3. Have her dress up as a ghost and you dress uup us Pacman. Walk around downtown holding hands, and whenever anyone sees you two, pretend to be embarrassed, and run off screaming “wocka wocka wocka.”
4. Create photo evidence suggesting that you went on an adventure that didn’t really happen
5. Dress up as superherous and stop at least one petty crime “ie. jaywalking, littering….”
6. Build forts out of furniture and blankets, and wage war with paper airplanes.
7. Try and visit as many people as you can in one night, and turn as many things inside their apartment upside down as you can, without them noticing.
8. Go to the airport, get the cheapest, soonest departing flight to anywhere when you show up, and stay there for a weekend.
9. Write a piece of fiction together. Outside at a cafe. Ask strangers when you get stuck.
10.Dress to the nines, pretend to be married, and test drive very expensive vehicles at an auto dealership.
11.Do the lamest tourist thing in your area that you have both secretly wanted to do forever. Have an unabashed good time!
12.In the middle of the night, drive to the beach, so you arrive just as the sun is rising. Have a breakfast picnic, then fall asleep together. Bring a sun umbrella.
13.Drive somewhere unknown and have dinner in a city you’ve never been to. With fake names.
14.Go to a minor league baseball game under the stars. Tell each other stories about how bad you are at athletics. Randomly cheer for both teams. Eat lots of Cracker Jacks.
15.Go around the city with sidewalk chalk and draw hearts with equations inside on random things
16.Walk around a city and perform short silent plays in front of security cameras
17.With camera and pair of boots, make photolog of a day in the life of the invisible man.
18.Walk around the city all night and find a place to eat breakfast at dawn
19.Go to a restraunt and convince the cook to create something completely new for you.
20.Rent a movie you’ve never seen before. Set on mute and improvise dialogue.
For 170 rubles, or just $5.5, anyone can purchase the sticker at so-called “church shops” in the Novgorod Region, where they are sold among accessories like crosses, prayer books and candles, Komsomolskaya Pravda daily writes Tuesday.
The round stickers are decorated with images of famous Russian churches and monasteries – such as Christ the Savior or the Trinity Laura. They are extremely popular with customers.
According to Svetlana Kokhan, who managers the protective stickers project, the stickers are a patented development of the Russian Academy of Sciences. They are made of a mineral called shungite, known for its healing characteristics.
“We have to print a new batch every month,” Svetlana says.
“The interest in our production is enormous – today you keep hearing how cellular phones and computers are bad for your health.”
To increase the technical healing effect, all stickers are blessed by a priest.
Animal rights group Peta want to create the unusual vegetarian food by extracting George’s salty perspiration from his used gym towel.
The organisation wrote to the handsome actor asking for permission to create the product, saying: 'The technology actually exists to take your perspiration and make it into George Clooney-flavoured tofu (CloFu).
'Of course, your fans would swoon at the idea of eating CloFu but what interests us most is that we would attract many people who don't try tofu because they worry that it would be bland or that they wouldn't know how to cook it.
'The science is pretty straightforward. According to Dr Kevin Keener of Purdue University, all animals - including human beings - have unique odour profiles. Dr Harry Lawless of Cornell University reports that if you use a sample of human perspiration, it is no different than making artificial chicken flavour for instant gravy.'
The group obtained the towel from a fan, who was planning to put it up for auction until PETA came up with the alternative idea.
Explaining the product, Peta president Ingrid Newkirk said: 'I thought, 'What would make tofu more attractive to people?’ Cheese-scented CloFu could be used as pizza topping and in lasagne. CloFu will help people be healthier and more environmentally friendly and will spare animals from being killed for the table.
'I can see people having parties to try CloFu.'
Despite Peta’s excitement about the possible product, George has declined the offer.
The 47-year-old actor released a tongue-in-cheek statement saying: 'As a mammal, I'm offended.'
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Gerrit Blank of Germany is a lucky little lad. The 14 year-old student was walking to class when he saw what he described as a "ball of light." The ball of light was actually a pea-sized meteor which smacked into his hand and left a foot-wide crater in the pavement. Gerrit escaped with a three-inch long scar on his hand and a heck of a story to tell.
Scientists estimate that the odds of getting hit by a meteor are roughly one in 100 million. The only other person in recorded history to be hit by one was an Alabama woman in 1954 who was struck in the leg after a meteor bounced off of her coffee table.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
At about 16 pounds and 30 inches, 16-year-old Brooke Greenberg has not aged significantly, physically or apparently cognitively, since she was a toddler. Doctors hope that her case could shed light on the mysterious genetics behind aging.
The Cryptic Canvas - Can you spot references to 50 movie titles in this painting?
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Story of Kimberley Vlaeminck: “I Asked For 3, He Gave Me 53 More”. Stars that is!
See photos,parodies,videos,and more of this overnight cyber sensation.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
A young Aggie stopped at a local restaurant following a day of drinking and roaming around in Mexico. While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful.
He asked the waiter, "What is that you just served?"
The waiter replied, "Ah senor, you have excellent taste! Those are bull's testicles from the bull fight this morning. A delicacy!"
The Aggie, though momentarily daunted, said, "What the heck, I'm on vacation down here! Bring me an order!"
The waiter replied, "I am so sorry senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early tomorrow and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy!"
The next morning, the Aggie returned, placed his order, and then that evening he was served the one and only special delicacy of the day. After a few bites, and inspecting the contents of his platter, he called to the waiter and said, "These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday!"
The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, "Si, Senor. Sometimes the bull wins."
Friday, May 29, 2009
As a prank, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sometimes buys uncut sheets of $2 bills from the U.S. Treasury and has them bound into booklets. Then, when buying small items, he'll pull out a booklet and cut off a few bills with scissors.
This is perfectly legal, but it's caused at least one alarmed inquiry by the Secret Service.
chicanery(noun) [shi-KAY-nah-ree, chi-KAY-nah-ree]
1. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them): "Hal preferred to pay the price markup for a new car rather than dealing with the chicanery of a used car sales person."
Once in a while while reading a novel I run across a word I am too lazy to look up .This is one of those words. I always thought it was a nursery for baby chicks.....See how wrong I was?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Being at the doctor’s office sucks. It especially makes the visit bad when you are told you need your blood drawn. However, even worse than that is when the person drawing your blood can’t seem to find your vein, thereby having to stick you with a needle a couple of times.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The problem is that you only have one extra seat in your car so who do you give a ride to?
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Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
IMAGE: At the country level, optimism is highest in Ireland, Brazil, Denmark, and New Zealand and lowest in Zimbabwe, Egypt, Haiti and Bulgaria. The United States ranks number 10 on the...
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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Despite calamities from economic recessions, wars and famine to a flu epidemic afflicting the Earth, a new study from the University of Kansas and Gallup indicates that humans are by nature optimistic.
The study, to be presented Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco, found optimism to be universal and borderless.
Data from the Gallup World Poll drove the findings, with adults in more than 140 countries providing a representative sample of 95 percent of the world's population. The sample included more than 150,000 adults.
Eighty-nine percent of individuals worldwide expect the next five years to be as good or better than their current life, and 95 percent of individuals expected their life in five years to be as good or better than their life was five years ago.
"These results provide compelling evidence that optimism is a universal phenomenon," said Matthew Gallagher, a psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas and lead researcher of the study.
At the country level, optimism is highest in Ireland, Brazil, Denmark, and New Zealand and lowest in Zimbabwe, Egypt, Haiti and Bulgaria. The United States ranks number 10 on the list of optimistic countries.
Demographic factors (age and household income) appear to have only modest effects on individual levels of optimism.
With the growing wealth of China, many rich Chinese women are seeking alternative and exotic pets to show off their money. This has lead to a number of Chinese medical and scientific research companies to compete for this new income source by producing cross breed animals. The most successful (financially) so far has been the Lemur Cat. It is (as the name suggests) a cross between a lemur and a cat. It retains the soft fur of the cat and the coloring, but has the striped tail and yellow eyes commonly found on a lemur. It is more ferocious than the average cat but it is generally no more dangerous than a Chihuahua dog. The scientific name for this new breed is Prolos Fira.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Heart-kun, as he has been named by owner Emiko Sakurada, was born on May 18, 2007, one of a litter of puppies at the Pucchin Dogs shop.
His natural heart-shaped markings on his fur have made him an instant star in Japan. And it was a case of puppy love across the world as the tiny dog made television appearances worldwide.
Shop owner Ms Sakurada got the surprise of her life when she saw the birthmark heart markings in the fur of her tiny pooch.
She said it was the first time a puppy with these marks had been born out of the 1,000 animals that she has bred.
Since Heart-kun was born, he has brought a lot of luck, according to Ms Sakurada. He sister got lucky on the lottery and won a concert ticket.
Heart-kun’s owner has been inundated with requests from people wanting to purchase the unique puppy. But they can keep their paws off him, she says, for her little four-legged friend ain’t going nowhere!
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The figurine has been described as a discovery of considerable significance by one researcher (Source: H Jensen/University of Tubingen)
Terracotta army has egg on its face, Science Online, 21 Apr 2008
Erotica may date back to Stone Age, Science Online, 15 Apr 2005
Monkeys like porn too, Science Online, 06 Nov 2008
An ivory figurine with prominent breasts and buttocks and other exaggerated sexual characteristics is the world's oldest known depiction of a woman, according German researchers.
The finding has been published in this week's issue of the journal Nature.
Named the Venus of Hohle Fels, after the cave in southwestern Germany where it was recently excavated, the object dates to at least 35,000 to 40,000 years ago, based on more than 30 radiocarbon measurements conducted at the site.
Although tiny - just over 5 centimetres long - the intentionally headless figurine is remarkably detailed, with pronounced genitalia visible between open legs.
"As one male colleague remarked, nothing has changed in 40,000 years," says Nicholas Conard, who reported the find and led the project.
"It is the oldest example of figurative art in any class, making it all the more surprising that the figurine presents such a powerful, sexually aggressive image," says Conard, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Tubingen.
Conard and his team recovered the artifact in six pieces at the cave site, where the scientists had previously found miniature statues of a horse, diving waterfowl and a human-like lion with male sexual features.
The bones of various animals, including cave bears, deer, rhinos and horses, were also excavated.
The scientists attribute all of these finds, including the ancient Venus, to one of the earliest human populations in Europe, the Aurignacian culture, suggesting that figurative art is a European phenomenon that arose before Neanderthals went extinct, when modern humans may have been evolving more complex linguistic, representational skills.
Conard says there are striking similarities between the Hohle Fels figurine and other 'Venuses' that appeared 5000 years later in the Gravettian period, so there may have been a shared cultural tradition.
"All place an emphasis on sexual attributes and lack emphasis on the legs, arms, face and head, made all the more noticeable in this case because a carefully carved, polished ring, suggesting that the figurine was once suspended as a pendant, exists in place of a head," he says.
The carver, who painstaking shaped the object out of a mammoth tusk, included fingers on the hands and even a navel. Deeply incised horizontal lines, which Conard thinks might have represented clothing or straps, were cut over the bulging abdomen.
Paul Mellars, a University of Cambridge archaeologist who is currently at Stony Brook University's Turkana Basin Institute, wrote a commentary about the Venus that appears in the same issue of Nature.
Mellars says he fully agrees with Conard's analysis of the object, which he described as "remarkable" and "an archaeological discovery of considerable significance."
"It's at least as old as the world's oldest cave art," Mellars says, adding that viewers "can't avoid being struck by its very sexually explicit depiction of a woman. The breasts really jump out at you."
"I assume it was a guy who carved it, perhaps representing his girlfriend," he says. "Paleolithic Playboy? We just don't know how it was used at this point, but the object's size meant it fit well in someone's hand."
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
It is dangerous to tell a woman that she is not beautiful. Each woman believes that beauty is her birth right. Each woman wants to hear those sweetest words in this world- you are so beautiful. (then, what about men? Leave them, who cares about them?)
So, will this ads work? The ad for dermaclay assures women that it will ‘Conceal all facial imperfections.’ Three women, their faces are covered with product descriptions. The faces are entirely covered. Are their faces so imperfect? Hmm. At least, the eyes could have avoided.
There is another factor. Even the most beautiful girl in this world (by the way, who is that?) may buy this product if a certain psychology works out. An ardent student, who prepares for a competitive exam, may buy the entire book he can. Because, he fears that the crucial question may come from this book. Like that, the perfect lady too may want to add more perfection.
Via: Ads of the world
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
In a biological attack unique in the animal world, the unassuming embryos (injected by their mother into a caterpillar) use a virus in their DNA to paralyze their host. They bite their way out of the caterpillar and begin spinning cocoons. As a final insult to the injured host, the caterpillar--apparently brain-addled by the virus--builds a silky blanket over its attackers and defends them against predators until the wasps emerge, fully formed, and take to the skies."IN THE WOMB: 'Extreme' Animal Embryos Revealed"
Johnson & Johnson Visine eye drops are presented as natural tears in this print advertising campaign. Women are provoked into shedding their tears in the kitchen, bedroom, at the movies. Visine Dry Eye Relief Natural Tears Formula Lubricant Eye Drops. “Natural Tears Formula. Don’t Ask How”.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
It is specifically designed for kids and seems like a good gift idea for your child. However, the word ‘dare’ in the Dareway may make you cringe and wonder what the kid must dare about, if he were to play with this cool looking toy. It runs on a 12v rechargeable battery and is operated by a motor. All that the kid has to do is use the foot accelerator to move forward and backward and use the thumbs to steer it around. This could turn you into the ‘best parent’ overnight in the eyes of your child.
However, do make sure you are around at least during the initial few days so that nothing goes wrong when your kid is playing with the Dareway. Segway Scooters have long been a source of joy. The way you can move around uninhibitedly without having to bother about driving or riding is something that is unique to this vehicle. While these have been enjoyed for so long by adults, I guess Dareway paves the way for kids being able to have some fun too!
But it's not just her tail that's curly.
Elizabeth the pig wears a golden fleece that could pull the wool over enough eyes to make her the pride of the flock.
Elizabeth is a spectacularly sheep-like pig
She is a queen of her species - a rare Austrian Mangalitza Gilt - and one of only a handful to thrive in Britain.
Elizabeth was the star buy at a livestock auction in Lancashire at the weekend.
There was frantic bidding, with farmer Tim Fitton paying the winning £250 to buy her for his daughter Alice.
'My daughter really took a shine to her,' he said.
Elizabeth was subject to a fierce bidding war, with the winner paying £250
'We love animals and we just came along to see what this one was all about really.
'We have got to promote these new breeds and it will be interesting to see what happens when we take her home and our own pigs see her. I hope we can breed from her.'
The pig, christened Elizabeth by her new keeper, is settling in well.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
1) The attitude of gratitude. Express gratitude daily for everything. Don’t forget to appreciate you smallest blessings. Remember, this one is scientifically proven to produce tangible results.
2) Be thankful to others. Appreciate the people in your life, and practice saying thank you for any courtesy they show you. It is too easy to take those around us for granted. Show them the same consideration you would like shown to you.
3) Honor other people. This goes beyond courtesy, it is a form of giving. Treat everyone you meet as if they have a big sign on their chest saying “make me feel worthwhile.” If you do this you will discover a hidden source joy.
4) Be positive. A positive attitude will move your focus toward all that is good in your life. That means you will not be focused on anything negative. For an excellent article on how to do this read: Positivity Leads to a Flourishing Life
5) Project happiness. Even if you are not feeling especially joyful, adopt a joyful persona. Your body language and words send powerful signals to your nervous system. You can change your feelings by acting the way you want to feel, and it happens very quickly.
6) Perform acts of kindness. Don’t wait to be asked, if you see an opportunity to do something nice for someone else, do it! It doesn’t need to be a big thing, hold the door for a stranger, or smile a anyone you make eye contact with. Look for opportunities to make others feel good.
7) Make a decision to be HAPPY. This is the most important step on the road to a happy life. Simply make up your mind to be the happiest person you know, and you will be. You are the key to your own happiness, so go ahead, unlock it once and for all.Via--http://advancedlifeskills.com/blog/what-controls-your-happiness/
While it may be true that a significant proportion of homeless people have mental and physical health issues, problems with alcoholism or substance abuse, none of these are the most common cause of homelessness. As part of the United States Conference of Mayors, Hunger and Homelessness Survey, December 2007, cities were asked to record the top three most common causes for both singles and households with children. The lack of affordable housing was rated third highest (43%) behind mental illness for singles and came out a clear cut winner for families, scoring a staggering 87%. In the UK, homeless charity Crisis says their own research cites breakdown in family or relationships as the main cause.
The largest growth sector in homelessness is homeless families. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development’s latest Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) claims that 37% of the total homeless population are persons in families. It further shows that 28% of those persons in families were unsheltered i.e. rough sleeping or living in places considered unfit for human habitation. A sheltered family is described as typically consisting of a mother and two or three children. Around half of these children are under the age of six.
Despite the common misconception, not all homeless people are idle. According to the 1996 National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers (NSHAPC), 44% of homeless participants had done paid work during the past month. UK based charity, Crisis, claim that 2% of homeless people are currently in full-time employment and a further 12% work part-time. Their surveys also show that 77% of homeless people would like to be employed and the vast majority have worked in the past.
Homeless people are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of assault. The NSHAPC shows that 22% of all homeless people have been physically assaulted and 7% have been sexually assaulted. 38% have had money or possessions stolen directly from them. According to Crisis, homeless people are 13 times more likely to be a victim of violence than the general population.
Research from The National Runaway Switchboard (2001) suggests that one in every seven children will have run away from home before they reach eighteen. The US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention found that in 1999, more than one-fifth of an estimated 1,682,900 children who ran away from home or were thrown out by their caregivers had been physically or sexually abused at home in the twelve months prior, or was afraid of being harmed if they returned. A 1997 study by the US Department of Health and Human Services states that 46% had been physically abused and 17% had been forced into unwanted sexual activity by a family or household member. The National Runaway Switchboard research shows that each year, assault, illness and suicide claims the lives of approximately 5000 homeless minors.
Children in care are overwhelmingly more likely to be homeless as adults. In a 1997 Shelter study, Report on Transitional Housing for Emancipated Foster Youth in Los Angeles County, it was found that an estimated 45% of all youths who ‘age out’ of the foster care system each year will be emancipated directly onto the streets and into homelessness, or will lack a life plan to prevent the likelihood of homelessness within the near future.
Figures concerning homeless veterans vary but it is likely that they represent between 12% and 17% of the total homeless population. The US Department of Veterans Affairs projects that almost 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and around 400,000 will experience homelessness in any twelve month period. 4% of homeless veterans are women and 89% received an honorable discharge.
Another common misconception is that the homeless are content to leech off state benefits and services. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2002 shows that more than 40% of homeless people qualify for disability payments but less than 11% receive them. 48% of families do not receive welfare benefits to which they are entitled. Crisis research shows that although homeless people are far more likely to have health problems than the general public, they are 40 times less likely to be registered with a doctor or clinic.
Homeless women, although fewer in numbers are not necessarily given priority treatment. Crisis states that 60% of homeless women have slept rough and 40% report having been excluded from a service. One in five homeless women became so to escape violence and yet less than one in three are accepted by local authorities for housing.
It is often assumed that food and shelter assistance is readily available. The AHAR estimates that in January 2007, there were 672,000 homeless persons on a given night. This is likely to be grossly below the true figure which other sources estimate to be as high as 2.5million. What is known is that there were 611,000 beds available and facilities outside major urban centers are extremely limited. In the 2007 Hunger and Homelessness Survey, 52% of participating cities reported that they are unable to meet the need for providing shelter and that it is necessary to turn people away some or all of the time. Cities also reported that they are not meeting the need for emergency food assistance. On average, 17% of all those in need and 15% of families with children are not receiving it. Furthermore, 95% expected demand for food assistance to increase during 2008.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), sometimes known as the Miracle Berry, is a plant native to West Africa. The berry has a mildly sweet flavor; however, the fruit is treasured not for its own taste, but for the fruit’s unique effect on the taste buds.
Miracle Fruit contains a glycoprotein called miraculin, which binds to the tongue’s taste buds when the fruit is consumed. Miraculin acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids, causing bitter and sour foods to taste sweet, temporarily. This effect usually lasts between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
The plant was first documented in 1725, when explorers in West Africa observed the local tribes picking the berries and chewing them before meals.
Recently, the fruit has become popular in food tasting events, sometimes referred to as "Miracle Fruit Parties." Partygoers consume sour and bitter foods -- such as lemons, radishes, and beer -- to experience the dramatic change in taste.
Miracle Fruit is available in three forms: The actual berries (which are usually frozen due to their high perishability), freeze-dried fruit granules, and miracle fruit tablets.
Is Miracle Fruit Safe?
Miracle Fruit has no known adverse effects. Western civilization has known about the fruit for over 275 years and no harmful effects have been documented.
Experiencing Miracle Fruit
Berries : Put one berry in your mouth and gently scrape the fleshy part off the seed. Swirl this around your mouth for 2 minutes before swallowing.
Freeze-Dried Granules : Place approximately 1 gram of the granules in your mouth and let them slowly dissolve on and around your tongue. Wait at least one minute before swallowing.
Tablets : Place one tablet in your mouth and gently swirl it around with your tongue until dissolved.Once you have consumed your Miracle Fruit, the tasting can begin!
Miracle Fruit USA in the Media
[BOO-tee kawl] noun: A shout from the bathroom letting you know it's time to go wipe someone's butt.
[sleev-KUR-cheef] noun: What you use to catch your kid's snot when you're out of tissues.
[dahy-per-GAWM-ee] noun: That secret parenting fold that turns a nasty diaper into a tidy package ready for the trash.
[kee-THEENG-reeng] noun: What your keychain becomes in a teething pain emergency at the grocery store.
[boob-UH-fahy-er] verb: The act of using one's boob as a pacifier.
[woos] noun: The watered-down juice that's left in the bottom of your kid's sippy cup after you've refilled it throughout the day.
[UN-hap-ee-OU-er] noun: The hour between 5 and 6 PM when every mom in America is desperately trying to entertain whiney and hungry children while simultaneously fixing dinner and tidying up the house.
*Four Dora Day
[FAWR-dor-uh-dey] noun: One of those days when you ignore all TV limits and let your kids watch four, five or even six episodes of Dora in a row.
[juhst-uh-REY-zin] expression: What you tell your kids when they catch you sneaking into your secret chocolate stash (e.g., "No, I'm not eating chocolate. It's justaraisin. Want one?")
[pee-MUR-juhn-see] noun: When you've just pulled onto the freeway after loading 10 bags of groceries and three kids into the car and your kid decides to tell you that he has to go potty Right. That. Instant.
[in-VIS-uh-awhw-ee] noun: An owie that's so small you can't see it—but still requires a bandage to stop the crying.
[sn-OOZ cun-trol]verb: When you hand your kid the remote and flip to Noggin so you can catch a few more ZZZs.
[tawp-LER] noun: A topless toddler, usually caused by an unprepared mommy forgetting to bring along a change of clothes.