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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Chilean artist steals $500 million worth of student debt papers and destroys them

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Chilean artist steals $500 million worth of student debt papers and destroys them

A Chilean artist known as Papas Frites (French Fries) stole and destroyed $500 million worth of student debt contracts.

“It’s over,” he said. "It’s finished. You don’t have to pay another peso [of your student loan debt]. We have to lose our fear, our fear of being thought of as criminals because we’re poor. I am just like you, living a sh—y life, and I live it day by day.

“This is my act of love for you.”
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These Dogs In The Photo Booth Are The Sweetest Thing You've Ever Seen

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These Dogs In The Photo Booth Are The Sweetest Thing You've Ever Seen

Lynn Terry is a photographer who loves animals. Her idea was to put two dogs in a photo booth to capture the moments they would spend together. The results are unexpected - and really cute too! Take a look at Terry's pictures. I recommend this especially for dog lovers, it will melt your heart! (via Demilked).
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The Harm Of What Looking Down At Your Cellphone Does To Your Spine

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The Harm Of What Looking Down At Your Cellphone Does To Your Spine

Technology continues to prove both incredibly amazing and outrageously scary. Research shows how bad sitting all day is for your health, yet with the boom of the Internet, many jobs rely on doing just that. Then there are phones. While cellphones used to be as straightforward as making a call on-the-go, they have since been transformed into smartphones, or mini computers that provide us with instant access to seemingly anything we might desire.

People’s heads are no longer “in the clouds,” so to speak, but staring straight down at their computers, laptops, and yes, these convenient smartphones. This technology is undoubtedly affecting our habits and our health. Many people are losing the ability to hold a conversation, and to pay attention for extended periods of time. They are constantly dialed in to these small screens as a means of escaping boredom, human interaction, and more.

Did you know that staring down at your device is like having an eight-year old sitting on your head while you are standing? When you’re typing a message, reading an e-mail, or browsing the Internet, you’re enduring about 60 pounds of pressure. The average person spends two to four hours a day in this position.
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Norway Becomes First Nation In The World To Ban Deforestation

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Norway Becomes First Nation In The World To Ban Deforestation

“This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest.”

Did you know? Every year, an estimated 55 billion tons of fossil energy, minerals, metals, and bio mass is extracted from the Earth. As a result, humans are using up 50% more natural resources than the planet can comfortably provide. Scientists even speculate that within 100 years, the world’s rain forests could completely vanish.

This spells trouble for future generations, which is why Norway recently banned the practice of deforestation – the first in the world to do so.

According to HuffPost, the country committed to zero deforestation on May 24th. The groundbreaking move means that the nation pledges to ban any product in its supply chain that contributes to the deforestation of rainforests through the government’s public procurement.

Nils Hermann Ranum of Rainforest Foundation Norway, said in a statement:
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Monday, June 27, 2016

‘Remember Byzantium’: St Pete lawmaker calls for Istanbul to be renamed Constantinople

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‘Remember Byzantium’: St Pete lawmaker calls for Istanbul to be renamed Constantinople

St Petersburg city lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, known as the main sponsor of the Russian law banning gay propaganda to minors, has proposed that the Turkish city of Istanbul be renamed Constantinople on all Russian maps and in state-approved textbooks.

In a letter to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Milonov called the renaming “the return of Istanbul’s historical name,” adding that the name Constantinople was used in Tsarist Russia.

“Many residents of our country still connect the city of Istanbul only with the history of Byzantium. Before the Bolshevik revolution, this city was not named other than Constantinople in our country. Today, many Orthodox Christian nations, for example, Greece, maintain this tradition,” Milonov wrote in his letter as quoted by RIA Novosti.

“The return of the city’s historical name would symbolize that our country and our people keep the tragic fate of Byzantium in its memory,” Milonov wrote. “We do not reject the modern name but also keep our right for historical justice even though it is contained in the form of a symbol.”

The name Constantinople was officially used by all countries, including the Ottoman Empire, for Istanbul until 1930. It was only officially changed after Turkey declared itself a republic.

Milonov is a veteran of Russian politics but he gained nationwide and international fame as the main sponsor of the 2013 nationwide legislative ban on gay propaganda to minors. Over the past few years he has continued to dwell on the topic, proposing many more restrictions, such as an entry ban on the openly gay CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, and fines for walking topless in public. His other initiatives have included a bill outlawing child beauty pageants, the forced resettlement of homeless people to rural areas, a campaign against fake accounts in social networks, and many more.

In September 2015, Milonov announced that he was launching an international human rights association “Volunteers of Freedom” with the target of redressing the balance in favor of traditional values.

Source: RT

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It Only Takes 4 Mins A Day To Change Your Body- Try This For A Month And See

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It Only Takes 4 Mins A Day To Change Your Body- Try This For A Month And See

What if you could totally transform your body in just four minutes? You probably think that it sounds too good to be true. However, with the 28-day Plank Challenge featured in Women Daily Magazine, you will see results by slowly training your body for endurance and strength. While it’s not exactly a quick fix, it is a slow progression toward amazing results.

Want to learn more about this challenge and what it does for your body? Read on to see what you can do for your body in just under a month.

The Challenge

The Plank Challenge must be completed in four weeks. At first, you simply start out in the plank position for 20 seconds. Easy, right? Slowly, you build up your stamina until you are planking for four minutes during the final days. Follow this plan:

Day 1 – 20 seconds
Day 2 – 20 seconds
Day 3 – 30 seconds
Day 4 – 30 seconds
Day 5 – 40 seconds
Day 6 – Rest
Day 7 – 45 seconds
Day 8 – 45 seconds
Day 9 – 60 seconds
Day 10 – 60 seconds
Day 11 – 60 seconds
Day 12 – 90 seconds
Day 13 – Rest
Day 14 – 90 seconds
Day 15 – 90 seconds
Day 16 – 120 seconds
Day 17 – 120 seconds
Day 18 – 150 seconds
Day 19 – Rest
Day 20 – 150 seconds
Day 21 – 150 seconds
Day 22 – 180 seconds
Day 23 – 180 seconds
Day 24 – 210 seconds
Day 25 – Rest
Day 26 – 210 seconds
Day 27 – 240 seconds
Day 28 – Until failure

How to Properly Plank

The key to getting great results comes down to perfecting the proper planking position. According to an article from Physical Living, this is how to do it:

1. Make sure that your arms are positioned correctly. Elbows should be directly under the shoulders to ensure proper weight distribution.
2. The spine should remain straight. Avoid rounding out your spine and putting unnecessary pressure on your neck and back.
3. Make sure to tighten your core so that it benefits from the exercise.
4. Keep your legs slightly spread. Pay attention to how your hips feel during the exercise. There should be no added pressure to the hip area. Adjust the distance between your feet as needed.
5. Your breathing should be slow and deliberate so that your core is fully engaged and your body is relaxed.

Why Planking?

You may be wondering why the Planking Challenge makes for such a good workout plan. After all, the exercise seems a bit simplistic to be a full-body workout. However, it is just that. Here’s what planking does for your body:

1. Tones your stomach. As described above, planking involves using your core to stabilize your body and carry out the physical demands to maintain the proper planking position. The abdominal muscles are engaged during this workout. Over time, those muscles tone and tighten to give you a great-looking stomach.
2. Promotes good posture. Because your abs play a huge role in your ability to maintain good posture, planking can also be good for your balance and stability. Over time, you’ll be able to stand up straight and achieve a broader range of movement.
3. Increases flexibility. According to an article published by, your flexibility will improve as you work your back and shoulder muscles in the plank position. The shoulder blades will actually stretch, which promotes a better range of motion.

Who knew such a simple challenge could achieve such great results? Check out the video below for a total breakdown of how to do a proper plank. Share today to challenge your friends.

Sources: Women Daily Magazine, Physical Living, Mercola via Ideaspots

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Victory! Nepal Is Ending The World’s Largest Sacrifice Event

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Victory! Nepal Is Ending The World’s Largest Sacrifice Event

In an act of compassion and progress, Nepal is banning the largest animal sacrifice ritual in the world.

You’ve probably heard about China’s annual Yulin Dog Meat festival, but do you know about Nepal’s Gadhimai slaughter festival?

According to Times of India, the event, which has taken place every five years for the past three centuries, has seen temple grounds awash with the blood of animals slaughtered in the name of ‘tradition’. Thanks to activists’ efforts, however, the event has been officially retired.

Said Ram Chandra Shah, chairman of the Nepal Gadhimai temple trust:
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1 Million Children Meditating For World Peace In Thailand

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1 Million Children Meditating For World Peace In Thailand

5000 Schools together. 1 million ‪‎children‬ meditating for world ‪‎peace‬ at the Phra Shammakaya Temple of ‪‎Thailand‬. Look at the pictures below.

Meditation only works for the individual with inner peace, not for greedy and corrupt people; they have no heart and no soul, nothing is going to happen but war from them.

Having peaceful and noble thoughts are great as it creates positive vibration, but equally Dharma must teach you to be so strong that evil forces do not attack and over power oneself. You must be able to protect your Dharma.

Fast fact: ‪‎Ancient‬ ‪‎Afghanistan‬ was once a ‪‎Buddhist‬ country, today no sign of Buddhism – even the Bamyan Budha statutes were destroyed.
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