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“Quote of the Day”

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May 29, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tay Thi Nguyen – ‘My HERO of the Day’

Via: Nicholas Kristof – New Youk Times

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TAY THI NGUYEN is one of the mightiest people I’ve met, at 94 pounds. She has a towering presence, at a bit more than 5 feet tall. She is so strong that she probably could bench press 25 pounds.

Three times Tay Thi has fainted while here at college, training to become an English teacher, because she starved herself to afford tuition. But she had the strength to persist and soon will become the first person in her village to graduate from college, and she embodies such grit and selflessness that, to me, she’s the world’s college graduate of the year.

Tay Thi, 20, also underscores the principle — especially important in the aftermath of the kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls — that the best leverage we have to achieve social change is to educate girls.

The eighth of nine children to an impoverished farming family in the Mekong Delta, Tay Thi shone in school, but her mother demanded — unsuccessfully — that she drop out after primary school and earn money as a live-in housemaid in distant Ho Chi Minh City.

“She got very angry with me,” Tay Thi recalled. In eighth grade, her mom burned her school books to try to force her to drop out, but Tay Thi borrowed books and continued to excel.

Staying in school was possible because of the help she received from Room to Read, an aid group that sponsored Tay Thi and covered her school fees, uniform, books, bicycle to get to school and other expenses.

Tay Thi persevered, even when her parents again burned her books in 12th grade, and, as she graduated from high school, she prepared secretly for the college entrance examination. Her mother found out about this when Tay Thi left to take the exam and lashed out, saying “I hope you fail the exams.”

Other students arrived at the exam location escorted by cheering, doting parents; Tay Thi arrived alone, sobbing. Still, she aced the exam.

With no parental subsidy, college seemed unaffordable, but Tay Thi saved every penny she could. She had long worked every vacation — sometimes in a factory job by day and in a duck soup restaurant by night until 2 a.m. Even during Vietnamese New Year celebrations, she worked in the fields by herself to catch crabs for money — watching the fireworks in the distance.

At college, Tay Thi confined herself to a food budget of $3.50 — per week. Malnourished, she sometimes toppled over in the middle of class in a dead faint.

Professors and students discovered that she was starved and basically penniless — leaving Tay Thi feeling humiliated. “I was so upset about that,” she said, but, in retrospect, it was a turning point because her teachers and classmates responded with kindness, sympathy and help.

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Tay Thi is trying to arrange to teach in her own remote village school, where she wants to advocate for education. “I would like to change people’s thinking,” she says. “It’s a way of helping children in my community,” she said.

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So let’s celebrate the mightiest college graduate of this commencement season, a young woman of incomparable strength who now is thrilled at the prospect of returning to an impoverished farming village to teach children and change the world.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/opinion/sunday/kristof-graduate-of-the-year.html?_r=0

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May 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

1981 – LEGO ad

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January 19, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Message of the Day’

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Your anti-women, and anti-minorties, and anti-youth, and anti-LGBT; resulted in you losing in 2o12.

Since then, the GOP positions have become even more abhorant; and you will lose by an even BIGGER MARGIN in 2016.

SIMPLE FACT: too damb dumb to learn!

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November 13, 2013 Posted by | 2012, 2016 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Day”

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October 27, 2013 Posted by | celebs | , , , | Leave a comment

Soaring number of elderly U.S. women live in EXTREME poverty

Via: Raw Story

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According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), the number of elderly U.S. women who live in extreme poverty has spiked abruptly since the previous year. Think Progress reported that a study by the NWLC showed an 18 percent increase in the population of women over 65 who are living on LESS than $5,500 per year.

According to the study, in 2012, 135,000 more elder women were living in extreme poverty than in 2011, raising the national number to 733,000.

Alan Pyke at Think Progress wrote, <em>”Put another way, there are more elderly women living on $15 per day than there are residents of Detroit, Michigan.

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Read more, HERE:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/09/28/soaring-number-of-elderly-u-s-women-live-in-extreme-poverty/

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“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”
– Mahatma Ghandi

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September 29, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Day”

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personal thought:

You can deny it all you want, but Tesla was right.

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September 28, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Louisiana Rated Worst State For Women

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Women in the United States earn an average of 77 cents for every dollar that men make, face many barriers to reproductive health care and are significantly underrepresented in leadership roles.

But the worst state for women BY FAR is Louisiana, according to a state-by-state examination of these issues released Wednesday by the Center for American Progress.

In terms of economic security, health and leadership representation, the analysis rates Louisiana the lowest. Full-time working women in Louisiana earn only 67 percent of what men earn, on average, and more than one in five women and girls in Louisiana are currently living in poverty.

Only 12 percent of Louisiana’s congressional seats are held by women, and the state has one of the top 10 worst maternal mortality rates in the country. There is only one OB-GYN for every 13,136 women in Louisiana, and nearly 20 percent of non-elderly women in the state are uninsured. Louisiana also requires an ultrasound, waiting period and counseling session before a woman can have an abortion.

The report also considered in its ratings the state’s minimum wage, family leave policies, percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K, the gender management gap and publicly funded contraceptive services.

Other states that earned an “F” overall in these categories are Utah, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, South Dakota, Indiana and Georgia. (ALL Republican, imagine that!).

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/worst-state-for-women_n_3984544.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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Tell ya what I think might help.

In 2016, Elect Hillary Clinton President!
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September 26, 2013 Posted by | 2016 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘photo of the day’

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When a Muslim fraternity (Alif Laam Meem) from the University of Texas at Dallas took to the streets to protest against domestic violence, these striking pictures made waves around the world.

Muslim America rocks — we just don’t hear about it often.

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See more photo, HERE:

http://www.upworthy.com/muslim-america-rocks?c=bl3

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August 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Day”

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personal thought:

To be perfectly honest, I wish men would stand up more, MUCH MORE, for women than they do now.

just sayin’

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August 29, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment