Drinking the Kool-Aid: What Jonestown, the FLDS, and Michael Brown’s Death All Have in Common

Originally posted on STEPHANIE BERNABA:

I watched a 20/20, or a Dateline, or one of those shows last week. It was a repeat, about Warren Jeffs, and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and it’s haunted me all week.

Temple of the FLDS in El Dorado, Texas

Temple of the FLDS in El Dorado, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Basically, this religious sect, if I understand it correctly, is a less-forgiving, more rigid model of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, better known as Mormons. They believe in plural marriage, living exclusively amongst others who believe the same,educating their own, staying far away from the world at large, etc…

Long story short, the original leader of this church, Rulan Jeffs, passed away, and the position was quickly assumed by his son, Warren, who assured his followers he was a conduit of God.

Trouble was, he was a criminal and a rapist, sentenced to twenty-plus years for aggravated sexual assault on a minor, i.e…

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Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a ring

Originally posted on the new rain and clouds:

20141216_195527When Howard passed away I wore my wedding ring through the days of Shiva. When those days were done I took it off and placed it on the small horn of the jade rhino near his ring, which is on the large horn. I think my wedding ring is beautiful. It is like me. It shines as it turns because it is 12 diamonds. At the same time it is humble and simple and understated, like me.

Tonight (and for the last couple of months) I missed my ring. I miss wearing it. It reminds me of Howard and of the love we shared. It is the only ring I’ve ever wanted to wear. Tonight I removed it from its display place and decided to start wearing it again. I put it on the ring finger of my right hand. I am admitting the reality of the incredible relationship that I…

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“Sanitation for all:Is it really for all??”- common question

Originally posted on Hypothesis:

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Ms. Amrita Gyawali

Some words can just get into ears while some words touch mind, heart and soul of people. Those words not just show people the mirror of truth but also the bitter reality of life. One person sharing the common story of thousands silenced the hall of South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) V during the technical session of Reaching the Unreached at the beginning just to erupt the discussion and demands to ensure right to sanitation for all, especially deliver sanitation service to the Unreached.

A differently able person Amrita Gyawali-a consultant at Water Aid Nepal shared the challenges faced by the differently able person to access sanitation service and emphasized more on need on delivering the service to those unreached differently able people.

SACOSAN V with the slogan “Sanitation for all: All for Sanitation” was held from 21 to 24 October in Kathmandu Nepal. “Sanitation…

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Power Lifting Granny Is “Still Living Life”

Originally posted on News One:

murphyAt 77-years-old and just 105 pounds, Willie Murphy (pictured) will make you rub your eyes in disbelief! The petite powerhouse can deadlift 250 pounds, do one-handed pull-ups, one-handed pushups, fingertip pushups, and pushups where you put your fingers in a diamond formation and press your nose all the way to the floor.  And… for the pièce de résistance, Bryant can also push her car out of the snow if it gets stuck and shovel too according to Democrat & Chronicle (D&C).

The self-taught, self-trained granny is the proud recipient of the World Natural Powerlifting Federation 2014 Lifter of the Year award. After competing in the event last month in Atlanta, Murphy aced the deadlift competition division title, and snagged first-place awards in power curl, bench press, and bench press repetitions. Murphy also kicked butt at WNPF’s New York State Powerfest competition in Henrietta.

The petite body building dynamo says she’s on a mission to inspire women to get…

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