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6 Tech Traps We All Fall Into (And How To Avoid Them)

By: Lindsay Holmes

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Technology can be a beautiful thing: It connects us to our family across the country, it exposes us to captivating stories, real and fictional … but it also has its downsides.

Admittedly, we’re all a little guilty of indulging in our devices too often, whether it’s checking our texts one too many times while we’re out to dinner or just wasting precious minutes dissecting our old roommate’s new romance. Luckily, there are ways to avoid these pitfalls in order to approach life in a more mindful manner. Below are six tech traps we constantly get sucked into and how to fight your way out of them. Take that, smartphone addiction.

1. Snapping a picture of the moment instead of savoring it.

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That sunset may be beautiful, but if you’re not truly enjoying it — without your phone — you may not really remember it. Research suggests that our phones aren’t the best cameras, our memories are. A 2013 study revealed that people who took photos of art remembered less about the work than those who just stopped to soak it all in. And while photos are an incredible way to preserve a memory, we shouldn’t be experiencing every important moment in our life through a screen. Next time, let the mind do the image capturing.

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The Greater Gaza Plan: Is Israel trying to force Palestinians into Sinai?

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Source: mondoweiss.net

What is Israel’s endgame in Gaza? It is a question that has been puzzling analysts and observers for some time. But indications of the future Israel and Washington may have in mind for Gaza are emerging.

Desperately overcrowded, short on basic resources like fresh water, blockaded for eight years by Israel, with its infrastructure intermittently destroyed by Israeli bombing campaigns, Gaza looks like a giant pressure cooker waiting to explode.

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Turkey’s parliament to vote on sending soldiers into Syria, Iraq

Sourcepanarmenian.net

Turkey’s parliament will vote on a motion that would allow foreign forces as well as Turkish soldiers to make incursions into Syria and Iraq from its territory, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister said Tuesday, Sept 30, according to the Associated Press.

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Palestinian media body calls for investigation into Israel’s targeting of journalists in Gaza

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‘During its war on the Gaza Strip in August alone, the Israeli occupation killed another seven journalists, including Italian photographer Simone Camilli, and wounded 15 others, including 12 during the suppression of peaceful rallies in the occupied West Bank’ – File Photo of massacre in the Shujaya market which was targeted by an Israeli air strike

Source: middleeastmonitor.com

The Palestinian General Federation of Private Radio and Television Stations said on Thursday that the Israeli army killed seven media reporters during the month of August, bringing the total number of journalists killed during Israel’s war on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to 17.

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Gift of the Givers from South Africa were finally allowed in this weekend into ‪#‎Gaza‬

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Gift of the Givers from South Africa were finally allowed in this weekend into ‪#‎Gaza‬. Thanx for putting extra pressure on the Egypt Embassy.

NEW KHALIFA (ISIS/ISIL) FITS PERFECTLY INTO THE ZIONIST GAME-PLAN

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By: Shaykh Imran Housein

There are many more dots that must be connected if we are to fully penetrate and understand the messianicreality of the world today.

When a people cannot themselves see, there will always be those who would gleefully exploit the opportunity to put a chain around their necks, weapons in their hands and money in their pockets, in order to lead them to establish such absurdities as a bogus Islamic Caliphate and to recognize and embrace a false and bogus Imām al-Mahdi.

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The US alone opposes UN inquiry into human right violations in Gaza

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By: Sarah Lazare

Sourcehttp://www.commondreams.org/

The United States was the only country in the world that voted Wednesday against the United Nations investigating human rights violations in Gaza unleashed by Israel’s military assault.

Of the 47 members of the UN Human Rights Council, 29 nations voted to set up a commission to launch an international, independent inquiry, effectively passing the resolution. Seventeen countries abstained, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

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Carnivorous Plants Lure Insects Into Their Deadly Clutches (VIDEO)

info-pictogram1 These carnivorous plants make light work of any insects that stray into their deadly clutches. This set showcases an array of bug-eating plants, from the Venus flytrap – beloved of children the world over – to the Cape sundew, which lures insect life in with drops of sweet-smelling fluid on the highly-adhesive tentacles that line its leaves. Surrounding tentacles then move to further ensnare the insect, before glands on the leaf start to release digestive enzymes – liquefying the insect’s internal organs and allowing them to be digested by the plant.

Gaza Conflict: Thousands Gather In London For Protest Against Israeli Military Action (PICTURES) (VIDEOS)

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/

Thousands of protesters have gathered in London today to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza and “justice and freedom” for Palestine.

Up to 15,000 people are thought to have marched through the capital from Downing Street to the Israeli embassy in Kensington after Israel launched a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday.

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This was the latest and one of the more peaceful demonstrations as rallies take place across the globe in recent days.

Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said London has “already shown its outrage at Israel’s attacks on the mostly refugee population of Gaza, with people turning out in their thousands last week.

“Today’s national demonstration will give people from across the country the chance to say enough is enough, Israel’s siege of Gaza and its occupation of Palestinian land has to end now.

“People want justice and freedom for the Palestinians, and they will be voicing this in their thousands.”

Labour MP Diane Abbott was among the speakers to address protesters as they gathered in Whitehall.

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“I am here to show solidarity with the people in Gaza,” she said.

“We call for an end to the occupation and justice for Palestinians.”

Pro Palestine supporters carried placards with the messages “Gaza, stop the massacre” and “stop Israel’s war crimes”.

Many took to Twitter to post pictures of the event:

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Protesters arrived at the Israeli embassy but were met by a police blockade preventing them from getting near to the building.

A number of high-profile Palestine supporters addressed the crowd near to the embassy.

Organisers repeatedly told the crowds to spread out during the speeches over fears people were being crushed.

Two children were pulled over a barrier close to the stage and one organiser said 10 people had fainted in the crowd.

Respect MP George Galloway said nearly 300 passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight had been killed “without a reason” by “fanatics”.

He went on: “The 300 Palestinians are completely ignored by the same newspapers, by the same television stations and by the same political leaders who are threatening sanctions and war against Russia but who are supporting, with weapons and money and diplomatic political and media support, the Israeli killers.

“In fact, if whoever fired that missile in Ukraine had fired it instead at the beach in Gaza, the media could have knocked off for an early lunch and saved themselves all of this work.

“Why the double standard? Why is the blood in Ukraine so much more noteworthy than the blood in Gaza?”

Addressing the crowd, Baroness Jenny Tonge said: “What on earth is Israel doing? It has lost its legitimacy, it is no longer a democratic state.

“It breaks international law, Geneva conventions, it has no respect for human rights. Israel must leave the international family of nations.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama have discussed the worsening situation in Gaza during a phone conversation, Downing Street said.

A No 10 spokeswoman said: “Both leaders reiterated their support for Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself from the barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza.”

The two leaders also discussed Iran’s nuclear programme and “agreed that we should keep up our efforts to negotiate a lasting agreement which gives the world confidence that the nuclear activities of Iran are exclusively for peaceful purposes”.

Yesterday a group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators had to be ejected from the Cabinet Office after staging a protest against Israeli military action in Gaza..

Police officers were called to remove the small group, who were chanting anti-Israel slogans and carrying banners reading “Stop arming Israel”.

Israel and militants within the Gaza strip have been exchanging fire for 11 days, leading to the deaths of 235 Palestinians from air force and naval fire, the Gaza Health Ministry says.

One Israeli has been killed by rockets from Gaza. According to the IDF, Hamas militants have fired more than 1,300 rockets into the Israeli heartland.

On Wednesday, horrifying pictures emerged after four Palestinian children were killed in Gaza when Israeli shelling struck a group playing football on a beach.

The attack was witnessed by scores of foreign journalists, many who rushed to help the children that survived the attack.

Below are the latest pictures from the Israeli invasion of Gaza:

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A Palestinian man burns a tire during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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An Israeli tank moves into position near the Israel and Gaza border, Friday, July, 18, 2014.
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An Israeli border policeman aims his weapon during clashes with Palestinians following a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Palestinians inspect damage of an apartment building after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Palestinians inspect the rubble of a building to pick up their usable belongings after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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A Palestinian carries a gas cylinder as he and others salvage from the rubble of their destroyed homes in an apartment building after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Palestinians salvage their usable belongings from the rubble of their homes in an apartment building after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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The smoke trail of multiple missiles fired by Palestinian militants from inside northern Gaza Strip, is seen as they make their way towards Israel, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Palestinians firefighters stand in the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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A Palestinian man stands in the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Friday, July 18, 2014.
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