1) In Pictures – Beautiful Landscapes and Women of the World

A man is silhouetted as he walks on a road during a sunset near the town of Khoiniki, 187 miles southeast of the capital Minsk, Belarus. (Sergei Grits/AP)

Untitled Photo by Emil Petrov

From the “Women Of The World” slide show on the Guardian – http://tinyurl.com/6apdy4y

Sandrine Famien and her two-month-old baby Laeticia Affiba Kouassi in Ivory Coast. Sandrine is bottle-feeding Laeticia, but her child is unable to keep the formula down. Sandrine is HIV-positive and a sex worker. “Some days I don’t have enough money to buy the medications for my baby, or the food I need to feed her as I am not feeding her by the breast. But I am not angry. I have hope” (Photograph: Nell Freeman/Flickr)

Moldova is one of the main countries of origin for human trafficking. The UNDP has partnered with the government and other international organizations to protect and empower victims (Photograph: Flickr)

2) Google Goes GaGa

I am not a fan of Lady GaGa but this video by Google is amazing

Do you have a guilty pleasure pop singer, or song?

3) Another lesson from the Japanese in dealing with disaster.

From article in the New York Times, by Martin Fackler, about how the tiny hamlet of Hadenya dealt with being isolated, and on their own, for 12 days after the devastating Tsunami hit.
http://tinyurl.com/6974rng

“On Wednesday, after the Japanese military finally reached them for the first time since the tsunami struck 12 days ago, by erecting makeshift bridges and cutting roads through the debris, they told a remarkable tale of survival that drew uniquely on the tight bonds of their once-tidy village, having quickly reorganized themselves roughly along the lines of their original community: choosing leaders, assigning tasks and helping the young and the weak.

The ability of the people of Hadenya to survive by banding together in a way so exemplary of Japan’s communal spirit and organizing abilities is a story being repeated day to day across the ravaged northern coastline, where the deadly earthquake and tsunami left survivors fending for themselves in isolated pockets. Some are still awaiting relief.

Almost as soon as the waters receded, those rescued here said, they began dividing tasks along gender lines, with women boiling water and preparing food, while men went scavenging for firewood and gasoline. Within days, they said, they had re-established a complex community, with a hierarchy and division of labor, in which members were assigned daily tasks.

They had even created a committee that served as an impromptu governing body for this and five other nearby refugee centers, until the real government could return.

“We knew help would come eventually,” said Osamu Abe, 43, one of the leaders who emerged to organize the 270 survivors. “Until then, we had to rely on each other to survive.”

Refugee centers like this one in Hadenya exhibit a proud cooperative spirit, and also a keen desire to maintain Japan’s tidy perfectionism. Along the hallways, boxes of supplies lie stacked in orderly rows. The toilets are immaculate, with cups and soap neatly lined up. At the entrance, sheets of paper list names and assigned tasks for the day, like chopping firewood, carrying supplies and cooking.”

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