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Spanish protesters cheer for ‘world revolution’ as ban on demonstration takes effect

May 21, 2011

MADRID — Thousands of protesters in Madrid furious over soaring unemployment staged a silent protest and then erupted in cheers of joy as a 48-hour ban on their demonstration took effect on Saturday.

“Now we are all illegal” and “the people united will never be defeated,” were among the chants of the protesters who crammed Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square and spilled onto side streets.

The protesters held a minute’s silence, their hands in the air and some with tape over their mouths, just before midnight on Friday, when campaigning officially ended for Sunday’s regional and municipal elections.

The crowd then cheered as the clock in the square, the main site of New Year festivities in Madrid, chimed midnight and a ban on the protest became effective.

“From Tahrir to Madrid to the world, world revolution,” said one of the placards, referring to Tahrir Square in Cairo which was the focal point of the Egyptian revolution earlier this year.

Some 19,000 people took part, according to a calculation by the Lynce organisation which estimates crowd numbers and released by the Spanish national news agency Efe.

Thousands of people have massed in city centres across the country in an swelling movement that began May 15, the biggest spontaneous protests since the property bubble exploded in 2008 and plunged Spain into a recession from which it only emerged this year.

Spain’s electoral commission late on Thursday declared that protests planned for Saturday and for Sunday are illegal as they “go beyond the constitutionally guaranteed right to demonstrate.”

Saturday is by law “a day of reflection” ahead of the local elections, meaning political activity is barred.

But organisers of the spearhead protest in Madrid vowed to defy the ban.

Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said Friday that police “will enforce the law” against the protesters but “in a proportional manner.”

But Spain’s leading daily El Pais quoted government sources as saying police will only intervene if there is violence.

“The fact that the gatherings are banned in not enough reason for the police to act” against the demonstrators, the centre-left paper said on its website.

Calling for “Real Democracy Now,” the protests, popularly known as M-15, were called to condemn Spain’s soaring unemployment, economic crisis, politicians in general, and corruption.

Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose Socialist Party is facing a crushing defeat in Sunday’s polls, on Friday voiced sympathy for the protesters, saying they were reacting to unemployment and the economic crisis “in a peaceful manner.”

Spain’s jobless rate hit 21.19 percent in the first quarter of this year, the highest in the industrialised world. For under-25s, the jobless rate in February was 44.6 percent.

“My obligation is to listen, be sensitive, try to give an answer from the government so that we can recover the economy and employment as soon as possible,” Zapatero told radio Cadena Ser.

Even before the protests, polls forecast devastating losses for the Socialists as voters take revenge for the destruction of millions of jobs and painful spending cuts, including to state salaries.

More than 34 million people are eligible to vote Sunday, choosing 8,116 mayors, 68,400 town councillors and 824 members of regional parliaments for 13 of the 17 semi-autonomous regions.

Polls in El Pais and El Mundo predicted the Socialists would lose control of strongholds such as Barcelona, Seville and the Castilla-La Mancha region.

© 2011 AFP.

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US officials prepare for ‘zombie apocalypse’

May 21, 2011

Floods in the Deep South. Homegrown terrorists and al-Qaida. An economy on the brink. So much for Americans to worry about.

Now a top US health official has added a new fear: “Zombie Apocalypse”.

The assistant surgeon general, Ali Khan, has posted advice on the website of the government’s health and safety agency, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, on how to prepare for Night of the Living Dead popping up in the backyard.

“There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for,” Khan writes under the heading Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. “Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this.”

Khan offers no advice on how best to fight off the Zombie hordes – chainsaw or shotgun? Instead he recommends preparing a survival strategy “to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp”.

“You should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your doorstep,” Khan writes.

“Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (ie brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance!”

Khan is not expecting anyone to have to fight their mothers trying to devour them any time soon but he thinks preparation for that unlikely if terrifying scenario is as good a way as any to be ready to face a whole load of disasters from hurricanes and earthquakes to pandemics and nuclear accidents.

In fact, some of the advice – such as making sure you have your driving licence when you flee – reflects a touching faith in a return to normality that seems unlikely if half of humankind is trying to eat the other half.

The CDC, which has its headquarters in Druid Hills, has described the campaign as “kind of tongue-in-cheek” after officials bemoaned the difficulty of getting the general public to pay attention to calls to prepare for disasters. It appears to have worked. The blog post became the most read on the CDC website in just two days.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

May 21, 2011

Opens:

May 20

Cast:

Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane

Director:

Rob Marshall

Screenwriters:

Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio

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How to Survive Total Economic Collapse

May 21, 2011

Is total economic collapse just around the corner? As the U.S. dollar weakens and the price of goods such as oil, grain and gold rise, many fear for the economic stability of the country. So how does one survive total economic collapse? The U.S. dollar is weak and it may be too late to save the finances of this debt-driven economy. However, it’s not too late to learn some basic survivalist skills. Following are some tips and resources. Here’s how to survive a total economic collapse

Instructions

  1. Surviving Economic Collapse

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      Read.

      Educate yourself before hand if possible. Read everything you can on how to survive a total economic collapse. Start with “Financial Reckoning Day: Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century” and “Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis”, both by William Bonner, for a historical perspective and very well-written analysis of the current situation. Also read “The Great Bust Ahead: The Greatest Depression in American History” by Daniel A. Arnold. (See the Resources section, below.)

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      Plan.

      Make a plan for how to survive a total economic collapse. List your debts and assets. How quickly can you pay down your debt, while still purchasing necessary supplies? Your goals should include no debt and the procurement and storage of valuable assets. Your preparation timetable should be as short as possible.

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      Nix debt.

      Pay off debt and avoid new debt by paying with cash instead of credit cards. Concentrate on paying off high-interest debt, loans with adjustable rates and unsecured debts first. Sell expensive vehicles that have loans to pay off what you owe, and buy cheaper replacements using cash. In order to survive a total economic collapse, you need to have assets, not liabilities. (Note: storing food and resources are higher priority than paying down debt for families of modest means.)

    • 4
      Buy Silver.

      Change liquid savings into silver and gold. If the dollar collapses, having precious metals will preserve your money and it can be used as currency or exchanged for a currency with value, such as Swiss francs. As the dollar continues to lose value, silver dollars preserve their value or go up in value, thus protecting your assets in the event of a economic recession, allowing you to financially survive a recession or depression.

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      Invest wisely.

      Re-evaluate your stocks and mutual funds. In order to financially survive a total economic collapse, your investments must be secure. Consider putting some of your stocks into gold (GLD) or opening a precious metals IRA. Research stocks that will survive a total economic collapse through sites like Daily Reckoning Day.

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      Store grain.

      Purchase goods and valuables such as guns for hunting and personal protection, and basic food supplies such as whole grains and legumes, which are easy to store. Invest in water purification bottles and tablets, and keep some bottled water on hand to meet immediate needs in the event of a shortage. All of these will make it more possible to survive a total economic collapse.

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      First aid.

      Prepare a First Aid Kit, sewing kit and other practical necessities of daily life to aid in survival of a total economic collapse. These are good things to have on hand anyway, for regular daily life as well as unforeseen emergencies.

    • 8
      Build community.

      Get to know your neighbors and build a community wherever you are. In the event of total economic collapse, life will become very local and survival will depend on working together with others, beginning with families.

    • 9
      Grow food.

      Grow some of your own food and raise animals for meat. Chickens and rabbits are small and easy to tend. Chickens provide eggs as well as meat and are excellent sources of protein and fat, both critical for survival. In economic downturns such as a recession or depression, being able to produce food is a important skill to have.

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      Barter.

      Learn how to barter, and stock items to trade. Think about necessities (wool blankets, soap, boots, duct tape, ammunition) as well as luxuries (chocolate, tobacco, alcohol). Useful tools will be more valuable than money if there is a currency collapse. Useful barter items will be helpful to have on hand as you prepare to survive an economic collapse.

END OF WORLD: MAY 21, 2011

May 21, 2011

World to end May 21, 2011
So eat dessert first. But seriously, Harold Camping, radio talk show host and author, has published a very thorough and sophisticaed explanation of why Christ will return on May 21, 2011. His book, Time Has An End, is a sequel to a book he published a while back that, well, argued that the world would come to an end in 1994. He writes,

Of course, the world did not end, and now, eleven years later, the world is still here. However, during the past eleven years, God has been opening up to many who are studying the Bible considerable additional information which relates to the unfolding of God’s salvation plan. When this additional information was integrated into the information which was set forth in the book 1994?, we knew that indeed the year 1994 was an extremely important year. Moreover, we will discover that now, as we understand the Bible, it was the year 1994 in which Christ came a second time to begin the completion of the evangelization of His true people. We also have found considerable evidence that there is a high likelihood that the year 2011 will be the year in which the end will come. Nothing has changed in God’s program. The Bible has simply made correction on our course toward truth!

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Saved goods during a house fire :)

May 20, 2011
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Let see the goods that people had pulled from the burning houses / apartments

Importantly, perhaps is to take Documents and money, but here… i don’t know what to say :)

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Makeup Tips and Tricks

May 20, 2011

Makeup is a great beauty enhancer and perhaps one of the finest ways a woman can transform herself. Application can be intimidating at first but once you learn the proper techniques, you’ll discover a whole new way to define your best features and improve your self-confidence. Not only that, it’s fun!

Here, we’ll share our favorite makeup tips and tricks to give you a stunning look for any occasion. From face to eyes to cheeks to lips, you’ll find the basics as well as advanced methods used by makeup artists. With quality cosmetics and the correct brushes, you’ll soon become an expert yourself.

Foundation

  • Determine which type of foundation will create the perfect base for you.
  • Your foundation should match your face and neck, so don’t try it on your hand or arm for color a match.
  • Use a foundation with a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to prevent skin damage.
  • Ask for samples at the cosmetics counter but not before determining your skin type.
  • You will probably need a different shade for each season. Don’t use the same one all year long. Blending colors may be the only way to get a perfect match.
  • Apply foundation on your eyelids, lips and into your neck for a more natural look. This also is a good setting for eye shadow and lipstick and helps it stay on longer.
  • For clear complexions, sometimes all you need is a tinted moisturizer for a natural look.
  • Liquid foundation is usually water based and is best for dry skin. Use a sponge or your fingers to blend from the nose, out.
  • Liquid foundation can settle and separate, so always shake it before use.
  • Apply loose translucent powder with a large cosmetics brush to set your foundation and keep it from running in hot and humid weather.
  • For dry skin, apply a light moisturizer before your foundation.
  • Powder foundation is ideal for oily skin and will help reduce shine.
  • Use a concealer for those nasty blemishes and pat lightly with pressed powder.
  • If your foundation is too heavy, add a couple drops of moisturizer to thin.
  • After application, go outside or near a window to check for blunders.

Lips

  • Keep lips moisturized at night with lip balm or petroleum jelly.
  • Apply pressed powder on and around your lips if your lipstick has a tendency to “bleed.”
  • Use a lip liner that closest matches your lipstick or one shade darker.
  • To make thin lips appear larger, apply your liner just outside of your natural lip line. Add a final touch with lip gloss.
  • If you’re fair-skinned, avoid dark colors that appear too harsh.
  • To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth, run your finger through the middle of your lips and pull it back out after application. The excess will come off on your finger, not your teeth.
  • Unless your teeth are sparkling white, avoid coral and orange lipsticks. Instead, try red, pink or plum.
  • Never apply lipstick testers to your lips in a store. It’s not hygienic. Try applying it to the back of your wrist instead.

Cheeks

  • Use a medium-sized blush brush to avoid a striping affect.
  • For tan or dark skin, apply bronzing powder to cheeks in lieu of blusher.
  • Apply blush to the apple of your cheeks and just underneath your jaw. Avoid the old technique of applying blush outwards towards the temple.
  • Try peach colored blush for a great sun-kissed look.
  • If you don’t wear foundation, try a liquid or crème blush.

General Makeup Tips

  • Always use good lighting and a clean mirror.
  • Keep your makeup light in the summer. Heavy foundation will cake and melt off in the summer heat and humidity, leaving you with a streaked look.
  • For proper hygiene, don’t use outdated cosmetics, particularly around the eye area and never share your make-up with anyone.
  • Try matte bronzing powder underneath your cheeks and jawbone to make your face appear slimmer.
  • To make your nose appear smaller, apply bronzing powder carefully down the sides. Add a little shimmer creme or powder down the bridge of your nose.
  • Use cotton swabs to pick up any eye shadow that has fallen on your cheeks or face.
  • Clean your makeup brushes and applicators often to reduce bacteria and oil.
  • If your powder blush or eye shadow breaks up in the compact, use alcohol to press it back together.