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I took a vacation to Dominica, perhaps the least known of the Caribbean Island. That’s really all it was, I wasn’t doing anything noble by being there, but I left with some perspective that I thought I would share. Have you ever seen Pirates 2? Well parts of the film were shot on the island, they were very proud of that. I did eat at a restaurant that Johnny Depp ate at… it was hot. Dominica is not only the least known, but also the least developed Caribbean island, a somewhat third world country. It being only my second trip out of North America, and definitely my first taste of such a life, it was a place of wonder for me.
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I sarcastically love how I fall in the age range of people who supposedly have disposable income. The sad thing though is that some times I actually start to believe it myself. Everywhere I go I see people buying things, usually expensive things and I think “that must be nice to be able to afford that”. The sad thing and the thing that I forget is that most people can’t afford the things they buy, but they buy them anyway. This won’t be a post about how much Americans are in debt or things like that (although it started that way).
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I’m not sure how many people read into suicide statistics these days, i mean it’s not something you would enjoy reading. We’re from Brisbane, Australia and this part of Australia has one of the highest teenage suicide rates in the world.

We all wake up looking forward to making music. Whether it be writing it or sharing it with other people through live shows. We never wake up and realize that there are people out there that need our help. A lot of todays generation look to music to help solve serious issues within there own lives. What we say, how we act, and what we do will effect our youth in the highest degree.
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It seems more and more these days there are people on the street corners with signs asking for money, work, or food. I always hesitate to give out money, but was thinking I should keep some kind of non perishable food item in my car to hand out when needed. Does anyone do this already? What would be some good things that save well?

“This Music Saves Lives promotion is just one of many that ties in the ultimate goal of raising over 30,000 units of blood this summer in the USA. Every summer the blood supply across the nation drops to critical levels. This is primarily due to the fact that almost 30of the blood supply comes from college and high schools. During the summer, when school is not in session, many areas in the nation suffer. A low blood supply can result in postponed surgeries, and can be life threatening in critical trauma situations and to cancer patients after treatments.”

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From the WORLD VISION web site:
“”Children Should Never Be Soldiers” Declaration
In northern Uganda, as many as 30,000 children have been kidnapped and
forced to serve as soldiers in a nightmarish civil war that the world
has largely ignored. These innocent children are brutalized and
mutilated, forced to commit atrocities, and given as sex slaves to
military commanders. This targeted abuse of children is unacceptable.
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The two posts from Dan Koch are from the old page and are to get things rolling. He was the one to originally put the idea of this site in motion. He along with many more will continue to contribute to the site.

So… I found myself in Washington DC just one day before the Save Darfur rally this last week — thousands of people gathered on the Mall, in between the Washington Monument and the Capitol, all together for the purpose of stopping the genocide that is taking place in the Darfur region of Sudan, a country in Africa. (To learn about this crisis, read this short article)

So, I thought I would attend. And I did. And I am very glad that I went.
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I received an email today asking, “What can WE do about the situation in Sudan?”

Great question!
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