With the children NO!

Violence against children
Violence against children
Photography ~catalina f.~ On 500px

A report written by Unicef​​, which reached my ears by Telesur TV shows so alarmed situation of violence towards children.

The report is called “Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children”. We left the links in both English and Spanish:

English (PDF)
Spanish (Español: Ocultos a plena luz: un análisis estadístico de la violencia contra los niños – PDF)

Children are the most vulnerable individuals in our society. His mental and physical strength is not comparable with that of an adult. And morally inacaptable any abuse of violence: beatings, humiliation, torture or sexual.
They are the future of our society, they are our hope for a better world. And instead of violence need education, love and care.

Some conclusions drawn from the report.

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  • In 2012 alone, homicide took the lives of about 95,000 children and
    adolescents under the age of 20 – almost 1 in 5 of all homicide
    victims that year.
  • Around 6 in 10 children between the ages of 2 and 14 worldwide
    (almost a billion) are subjected to physical punishment by their
    caregivers on a regular basis.
  • Close to 1 in 3 students between the ages of 13 and 15 worldwide
    report involvement in one or more physical fights in the past year.
  • Slightly more than 1 in 3 students between the ages of 13 and 15
    worldwide experience bullying on a regular basis.
  • About 1 in 3 adolescents aged 11 to 15 in Europe and North
    America admit to having bullied others at school at least once
    in the past couple of months
  • Almost one quarter of girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide
    (almost 70 million) report being victims of some form of physical
    violence since age 15.
  • Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 (about 1 in 10)
    have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced
    sexual acts at some point in their lives. Boys are also at risk, although
    a global estimate is unavailable due to the lack of comparable data in
    most countries.
  • 1 in 3 adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide (84 million)
    have been the victims of any emotional, physical or sexual violence
    committed by their husbands or partners at some point in their lives.
  • About 3 in 10 adults worldwide believe that physical punishment
    is necessary to properly raise or educate children.
  • Close to half of all girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide (around
    126 million) think a husband is sometimes justified in hitting or
    beating his wife.

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Perhaps the most troubling thing to me is that most girls justify male violence. I worry about being a father of a beautiful girl, and that sexism is a culture that is part of the root of a cruel and dark society.

Let’s help to change. We care for our children … Please!

Do you consider good that the law provides protections for women?

Human rights are inherent attributes of a person, by its mere status of being without distinction of age, race, sex, nationality or social class. Human rights have the following characteristics:

  • Universality: are inherent in all people, in all political, economic and cultural systems. Also cannot transferred to another person or give them up;
  • Integrity, interdependence and indivisibility: Each with, the other rights  are relate. Form a whole (civil, political, economic, social and cultural) and cannot sacrifice a specific right for defend another ; and
  • Enforceability: to be recognized by States in international and national law. This permits require compliance and enforcement.

That says a legal doctrine and the general ground rules of modern Western societies; but there is a big gap between policy and practice, between equality of law and equality of real life. The rules of social order are consequences of social and cultural patterns and therefore the conception and implementation of human rights, was designed from its inception in male key: the man at the center of human thought, the historical development, as one actor, and parameter of humanity.

The rights of women were thought of as a particular universal male; and under a conception of women as a minority.  Should be remembered, for example, that for a long time, women benefited from some rights by extension, being a citizen wives of male gender; or were denied rights such as suffrage, not recognized until the early twentieth century. This led to the historical exclusion of women, the invisibility of differences, diversity; and above all specificities and needs of the female population.

The gender perspective leads us to the characteristics of women and men, socially defined and molded by cultural factors, which is why they are amenable to transformation. Discrimination against women has been part of the history of mankind. The gender perspective helps us understand why the doctrine of human rights – in constant evolution and development – has provided conceptual extensions and explicit recognition of the rights of women.

So answering the question in the title: it’s a yes. But two aspects should be considered:

The size of the damage in the short term not be serious in real terms, because they affect the freedom and security of women. This is because the “ban” or “obligation” to do always generates a social disarticulation of those people they have not learned the new rules and their social context.

And knowing that: The real historical process demand primarily educational activities, not corrective. That the true conquest is achieved when a right becomes a moral axiom of conduct for all individuals. And this takes time.

Can We Feed Our World Without Monsanto?

Cultivating The Peas

Every minute of every day, our global family welcomes 255 babies into the world. That’s 134 million new mouths to feed every year, for a total population increase of 2.2 billion in the next thirty years.

Hugh Grant, the CEO of agricultural giant Monsanto, often cites the world’s booming population as the core reason global citizens should embrace the genetic engineering of plants to make them resistant to herbicides, pesticides or bestow them with other traits that theoretically permit higher crop yields. Grant, and many others, seem quite certain that without genetic intervention, the world population is destined to starve.

Upon closer inspection however, this ‘get-on-board-or-perish’ position is not as solid as it might seem. The Union of Concerned Scientists reminds us that there exist traditional ways to boost crop yield, and further, that more productive crops are only a small part of the solution to the world’s food woes. Even more key are things such as lack of income to buy food, trade policies that disadvantage farmers in the developing world and lack of inputs such as fertilizer or water.

Indeed, on the ground, there is evidence that Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) crops are not guaranteed salvation. When they fail to produce the yields promised by the company’s advertising, and with farmers not permitted to save seeds due to the company’s patent, entire communities in places like India can be pushed to the brink of starvation.

“Some seem quite certain that without genetic intervention, the world population is destined to starve.”

Feeding the world’s hungry aside, genetically modified products have been the target of various concerns. The World Health Organization summarises those regarding biodiversity, as follows:

“Current investigations focus on: the potentially detrimental effect on beneficial insects or a faster induction of resistant insects; the potential generation of new plant pathogens; the potential detrimental consequences for plant biodiversity and wildlife, and a decreased use of the important practice of crop rotation in certain local situations; and the movement of herbicide resistance genes to other plants.”

[On that last point, it has recently come to light that there are weeds and pests that have grown resistant to Monsanto’s continued attempts to subdue them. ]

Human health questions too still remain. Studies have blamed damage to the kidneys, livers and reproductive systems of lab mice on diets containing Monsanto’s GM corn.

For all these reasons and more, activists often cry foul against Monsanto, using words such as ‘evil’, and ‘deceptive’. To this proponents of Monsanto respond that, just like any other company, it exists to make money for its shareholders.

Both positions seem rhetorical, and the final decision ultimately falls to the individual, but is there enough information available to the average shopper? Is it even possible to avoid Monsanto? Monsanto’s products are so ubiquitous here in the United States that average Americans support the company with almost every bite of food they consume, without ever being aware that they are doing so.

This is due to the fact that Monsanto’s genetically modified crops are unbranded components in processed food (high fructose corn syrup made from genetically modified corn and soy lecithin from genetically modified soy, to name just two). Manufacturers from General Mills to Nestle utilize Monsanto’s wares, but you’d never know it by reading their labels.

GM food: accept or reject?

 

Considering that it is so difficult to steer clear of Monsanto’s products, should we just accept genetically engineered food as our global solution and get on with feeding the hungry? The facts are still being collected, debated and weighed (as evidenced by this week’s Supreme Court ruling.)

 

In his book How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than you Can Imagine author John Jeavons describes what he calls ‘mini-farming’, an organic farming method which yields an average of 2 to 6 times the output of standard American agriculture. Every person on the planet, says Jeavons, can feed themselves with just 100 square feet of well-managed land.

 

“Every person on the planet can feed themselves with just 100 square feet of well-managed land.”

 

A little known study by botanist Sue Edwards found that organic gardening test sites in Ethiopia produced significantly higher yields from every single crop tested.

 

In 2008 the UN Conference of Trade and Development supported organics, saying that ‘organic agriculture can be more conducive to food security in Africa than most conventional production systems, and… is more likely to be sustainable in the long term’.

 

At the same time that more and more data is pointing toward organics and away from the giant mono-crop farming that embraces genetically modified foods, unflattering data on American-style agriculture continues to mount.

 

In 2007, the US used five times more fertilizer than it did in 1960, with crop yields lagging far behind, at an estimated fifty percent increase. Polluting pesticide use is at an all time high while more crops are lost to pests now than six decades ago. More and more scientists are getting behind the argument that industrial agriculture is simply unsustainable.

 

While the question of how to feed the world’s hungry still looms, it’s clear that the answer is not rhetorical — it’s scientific. As a global community it is time to look honestly at the facts about how our food is grown.

 

As individuals, if we don’t like the way big business is running things, we have the power to create change with every meal we eat. Each year we have 134 million new reasons to do so.

 

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For more information on the Month Without Monsanto project visit http://www.monthwithoutmonsanto.com, or join the conversation on the Facebook page.

Can We Feed Our World Without Monsanto? by April Davila – 2010

Image: Cultivating The Peas – National (USA) award winning rural country farm landscape oil paintings by  Walt Curlee

Photography of Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls, in Iguazu River, are one of the world’s largest waterfalls. They extend over 2,700 m (nearly 2 miles)  in a semi-circular shape.  Of the 275 falls that collectively make up Iguassu Falls, “Devil’s Throat” is the tallest at 80 m in height. Iguazu Falls are on the border between the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones, and are surrounded by two National Parks (BR/ARG). Both are subtropical rainforests that are host to hundreds of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.

Photographs sent by my friend Gabriel. Thanks

Iguazu Falls - La Garganta del Diablo
Iguazu Falls – La Garganta del Diablo

Yachting: OCR Argentine Championship – Images

ORC Argentine Championship is organized by the Yacht Club Argentino and consists of eight races in two weekends.

When only remains fixed marks the race tomorrow, ORC International to lead the Mad Max series, Gaucho and Baccarat, and the series B Jabeque, Shanghai Baby and Freedom. Meanwhile, the General’s lead in that category Jabeque, Mad Max and Gaucho. It is in this general where tomorrow may be some surprises, because the top two are tied at 16 points and the third only 4. In the series of ORC International, Mad Max or Jabeque seem to have every chance of lifting the Champions Cup in Argentina.

The final results were:

1 MAD MAX
2 JABEQUE
3 J CABOT GAUCHO
4 TOLERANCIA CERO
5 SHANGAI BABY
6 B 612
7 FREEDOM
8 QUARK
9 BACCARAT
10 NAVEGANTE 2
11 MSC TANGO
12 MAX POWER
13 E-YARA
14 RUFIAN
15 YACY 2
16 TAMTEX
17 GUASON
18 POCAS PULGAS
19 CORRENTOSO SURFER

 

THE J. CABOT GAUCHO. The leader of the Serie A of ORC International in Uruguay with a border to spy.
THE J. CABOT GAUCHO. The leader of the Serie A of ORC International in Uruguay with a border to spy.
 REGATTA. The forward end of the bowsprit hung Zero Humility in a move to the photo
REGATTA. The forward end of the bowsprit hung Zero Humility in a move to the photo
REGATTA. Fantastic image of the start of ORC International Series, with the Gaucho in foreground.
REGATTA. Fantastic image of the start of ORC International Series, with the Gaucho in foreground.
Clarin upwind of a stretch of the race 11 on Saturday.
Clarin upwind of a stretch of the race 11 on Saturday.
REGATTA. One of the leaders of the championship, the Gaucho, pointing to the start.
REGATTA. One of the leaders of the championship, the Gaucho, pointing to the start.
REGATTA. The B612 in a tight impressive, with one of his rudders out of the water.
REGATTA. The B612 in a tight impressive, with one of his rudders out of the water.

Cristina Kirchner, re-elected for 4 years

The governing party get a devastating victory and higher than in the primaries, and there are people celebrating in front of the campaign headquarters at the Obelisk in Plaza de Mayo, the President, who will speak after the 21 historical difference in expected the percentage of votes, the Kirchner could reach the majority in Congress.

 

Update:

According to preliminary projections, shared by most television channels, Cristina Kirchner would get a 54% while  Hermes Binner 14%

Lukanikos, the dog anarchist in Greece (+ photos, video)

Lukanikos, the dog anarchist in Greece (+ photos, video)
REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

On Wednesday the protests turned to the streets in the capital of Greece, after months of protests over the economic crisis that the European country is going through. However, this note aims to LukaNikos protagonist, a mongrel dog who since 2008 has been present in each of the riots in Athens.

Dubbed as “the dog anarchist,” LukaNikos (which means “sausage” in Greek) has become famous worldwide for appearing in numerous photos and videos of the demonstrations in Greece, always acting in the forefront of the firing line barking and growling against the authorities.

The following images were captured on Wednesday by some of the major news agencies.

Lukanikos, the dog anarchist in Greece (+ photos, video)
EFE/Alexandros Vlachos
Lukanikos, the dog anarchist in Greece (+ photos, video)
EFE/Alexandros Vlachos
Lukanikos, the dog anarchist in Greece (+ photos, video)
EFE/Alexandros Vlachos
Lukanikos, the dog anarchist in Greece (+ photos, video)
EFE/Alexandros Vlachos
Lukanikos, the dog anarchist in Greece (+ photos, video)
REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
Lukanikos, the dog anarchist in Greece (+ photos, video)
Foto: EFE/Alexandros Vlachos

Argentina Milk causes cancer of the colon, breast and prostate

It’s hard to put this title covers my country.
But no other. As we say in Argentina: “The bread, bread. And wine, wine.”

If you ask me what happens, I think it is simple to explain. Corruption in my country is very large. So is in the U.S. In the north country a couple of million dollars bow to congressional and public officials.
Multinationals, not repair anything. They do not do that managers can get involved and end up prisoners. And now the multinationals are not run by people, are anonymous. They have no morals. Only administrators have technicians profit maximizers.
Apple is a great company. But if their notebooks were contaminated aluminum, sure Steve Jobs (RIP), would not have allowed. First, that Steve Jobs, was conducted in all respects to Apple and was a person with a moral (like all). And second, for their morale.
Monsanto does not.

Monsanto’s aggressive promotion of its biotechnology products made ​​from the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to soya “Roundup Ready” cotton varieties and their resistance to insects, is in the eyes of any observer as a continuation of their long ethically questionable practices decades. Argentina and the United States are two of the few countries that still allow the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone, rBGH.

And Argentina’s largest dairy farms continue to use despite the fact that, since 1996 (National Press Club Washington DC, January 23, 1996) is known to cause colon cancer, prostate and breast. Later, Canadian scientists (1998) found that cows treated with rBGH suffer from mastitis, infertility and exhaustion. Even Monsanto acknowledged that rBGH-injected cows “are subject to further these purposes” as well as cystic ovaries, uterus and digestive disorders and ulcers (for which the milk is bombarded with antibiotics).

The most serious are the consequences for human health and the growth factor-1, IGF-1, is chemically identical to human cattle. Specifically: European research and concluded that rBGH causes cancer of breast and prostate cancer in humans.

Do you have known who died of cancer? Have you noticed the increase in cancer cases in recent years?. Multiple studies worldwide, many of which were brought to justice where Monsanto defeated independent researchers, found that causes Bovine Growth Hormone IGF-1 levels in the extreme upper normal range, directly influencing the development of tumors.

The scientists found that Bovine Growth Hormone cause cancer of the prostate, breast, colorectal (colon) and other cancers.

The use of rBGH is allowed in the United States and Argentina. Instead, it is prohibited in Canada, the European Union, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. But the Argentine businessmen continue to poison people.
La Serenissima of Mastellone Hnos. SA (using milk from industrial dairies that apply to dairy cows rBGH)
Sancor of Sancor Coop. Unidas Ltda. (using milk from industrial dairies that apply to dairy cows rBGH)

[box type=”info”] If you have small children, at least feed them certified BGH free Milk, Organic Milk or Organic/BGM free milk equivalent like Organic soy milk[/box]

 

UPDATE:

Genetically engineered Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH/BST) in your milk

Why is BGH is banned in Europe and Canada? Mad Cows Disesase Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) (Thanks to barryr666 for this contribution.)

Notes:

[1] In 1991, 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton took home over $200,000 from her Senior Partner position in the Rose Law firm.

[2] [Michael Taylor], Monsanto attorney at Burson Marsteller who rewrote the food laws for “substantial equivalence” policy at USDA, now at PEW Biotech group.

[3] “…In March 1994, [Michael] Taylor was publicly exposed as a former lawyer for the Monsanto corporation for seven years…”

In addition, he served as Administrator of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service from 1994 to 1996. RFF’s (Resources for the Future, Washington think tank) Director of Risk, Resource, and Environmental Management is Michael R. Taylor, Monsanto’s former vice-president for public policy who was at the centre of a major controversy over conflicts of interest in relation to Monsanto’s genetically engineered drug rBGH

[4] The World According to Monsanto A documentary that Americans won’t ever see

[5] New Study Warns of Breast and Colon Cancer Risks from rBGH Milk – Press Release, Press Conference, National Press Club Washington D.C., January 23, 1996

[6] Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone: Amarming Tests, Unfounded Approval – The Story Behind the Rush to Bring rBGH to market (ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN / Rural Vermont Jul95)

[7] The use of PCBs is banned in most countries today, but George W. Bush has recently ended a 25-year-old ban on the sale of land polluted with PCBs. The sale of PCBs is still banned.

[8] The USA is allowing the RBGH Hormone which is killing us and it is banned in Europe and Japan – Why?

[9] Monsanto & Cancer Milk: FOX NEWS KILLS STORY & FIRES Reporters

[10] Advertencia a las Nuevas Tecnologías de Alimentos – Publish in Argenced – Company dedicated to International certifications

[11] El mundo según Monsanto – Book by Marie-Monique Robin

[12] El mundo según Monsanto – Review of Documental

[13] La leche argentina produce cáncer de colon, mamas y próstata!! – Facebook Page – Inspiration for this article

 

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Mucho se esta publicando en inglés.
Hoy me permitiré publicar en español una cita de Steve que lo pinta de cuerpo y alma

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Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
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Recordar que moriré pronto es la herramienta más importante que he encontrado para hacer las decisiones grandes en mi vida. Porque casi todo, todas las expectativas, el orgullo, el miedo a la vergüenza o fallo, todas esas cosas simplemente desaparecen cuando encaras a la muerte, dejando solamente aquello que es importante. Recordar que vas a morir es la mejor forma que conozco de evitar la trampa de sentir que tienes algo que perder. Ya estás desnudo. No hay razón para no seguir a tu corazón.
— Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

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