"Stories from the Pond and Beyond...The Vernal Equinox is Upon Us
The pond is waking up...Spring means love songs. Birds twitter, bees buzz, young men act, well, like idiots. Young men will do most anything to show off for young women. That's why young men win more Darwin Awards. Oops, got off track there for a minute.
for #SageCompanions ...." When a Himba woman decides to have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child who wants to come. And after she's heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the child's father, and teaches him the song... ."
Of all the African tribes still around today, the Himba tribe is one of the few that counts the birth date of the children not from the day they are born nor c...onceived but the day the mother decides to have the child.
When a Himba woman decides to have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child who wants to come. And after she's heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the child's father, and teaches him the song. When they make love to physically conceive the child, they sing the song of the child as a way of inviting the child.
When she becomes pregnant, the mother teaches that child's song to the midwives and the old women of the village, so that when the child is born, the old women and the people gather around him/her and sing the child's song to welcome him/her. As the child grows up, the other villagers are taught the child's song. If the child falls, or gets hurt, someone picks him/her up and sings to him/her his/her song. Or maybe when the child does something wonderful, or goes through the rites of puberty, then as a way of honoring this person, the people of the village sing his or her song.
In the Himba tribe there is one other occasion when the "child song" is sang to the Himba tribesperson. If a Himba tribesman or tribeswoman commits a crime or something that is against the Himba social norms, the villagers call him or her into the center of the village and the community forms a circle around him/her. Then they sing his/her birth song to him/her.
The Himba views correction not as a punishment, but as love and remembrance of identity. For when you recognise your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.
In marriage, the songs are sung, together. And finally, when the Himba tribesman/tribeswoman is lying in his/her bed, ready to die, all the villagers that know his or her song come and sing - for the last time that person's song.
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Over the weekend, it became clear that Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics company, got access to more than 50 million Facebook users' data in 2014. The data was overwhelmingly collected, shared, and stored without user consent. The scale of this violation of user privacy reflects how Facebook's terms of service and API were structured at the time. Make no mistake: this was not a data breach. This was exactly how Facebook's infrastructure was designed to work.
this in from James Schrecengost...OMG!
Shout out to all the kids that walked out today. It's truly inspiring to see these kids fight for their safety. And the safety of all future generations. I used... to skip school to play golf or go to the beach. Never once did I skip for it to mean something greater than myself. I honestly could not be prouder of these kids. So everyone young and old take in a big gulp of air... History will remember this day.- Aaron Jackson
Please note this stat represents children killed by guns since 2012.
Also note that almost every week a toddler is either killed or kills someone else due to a gun.
The United States is the richest country in the history of the world. And yet that wealth is controlled by a tiny fraction at the top while millions of American...s are scraping to get by. Bernie and I will discuss the issues of income inequality and poverty in America on Facebook live on Monday evening. Will you join us?
NOT published in professional journal...but may be worthy of consideration by #SageCompanions
... Aqua (Danone), Aquafina (PepsiCo), Bisleri (Bisleri International), Dasani (Coca-Cola), Epura (PepsiCo), Evian (Danone), Gerolsteiner (Gerolsteiner Brunnen), Minalba (Grupo Edson Queiroz), Nestlé Pure Life (Nestlé), San Pellegrino (Nestlé) and Wahaha (Hangzhou Wahaha Group).
.. only 17 were plastic-free. The rest contained bits of polypropylene, polystyrene, nylon or polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
WARNING for the BEES,,,, please #SageCompanions...read and share if you feel so inclined
These plants are being sold at Home Depot.
For the sake of the bees, do not buy plants treated with neoniconoids. Bees take the pollen back to the hive and feed... it to the brood. This is the number one cause of colony collapse disorder!
Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a syndrome that is characterized by the sudden loss of adult bees from the hive. Many possible explanations for CCD have been proposed, but no one primary cause has been found. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has indicated in a report to Congress that a combination of factors may be causing CCD, including pesticides, pathogens, and parasites, all of which have been found at high levels in affected bee hives.
The development of a bee from egg to adult takes about three weeks. The queens daily laying rate will decline if contaminated materials are brought back to the hive such as pesticides.31.6% of exposed honey bees will fail to return to their colony every day while the rest will bring back contaminated pollen which in turn will not only affect the worker bees but also the queen.As a consequence there will be an upset in colony dynamics.
Colony Collapse Disorder has more implication than the extinction of one bee species; the disappearance of honeybees can cause catastrophic health and financial impacts. Honeybee pollination has an estimated value of more than $14 billion annually to the United States agriculture. Honeybees are required for pollinating many crops, which range from nuts to vegetables and fruits, that are necessary for human and animal diet.
Please help the bees and share this with others. #SaveTheBees 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝