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For the first time in the history of the disease, we are finally getting ahead of the curve

Big news: We have reached the tipping point on AIDS!

Huge news. For the first time in the history of AIDS, we have reached a tipping point in the fight against the disease.

According to new data from UNAIDS, in 2013, 2.3 million people were added to HIV/AIDS treatment, surpassing the number of new HIV infections in that year. If we keep increasing the number of people on treatment and decreasing the number of new infections, we can end the disease in just 15 years.


Although we have always been careful to note that achieving the tipping point does not mean that the fight against AIDS is over, or even close to over, it is a major victory worth celebrating. For the first time in the history of the disease, we are finally getting ahead of the curve.

Big thanks to all the activists who have supported global AIDS programs with ONE over the last decade!


The Great American Freak-Out

Ever since the BP gulf oil spill we've needed a name for how we tend to respond to immediate crises in this country. I'll nominate "The Great American Freak-Out" for the honor. But if you have a better idea, I'd love to hear it.

The general pattern goes something like this
The media airwaves are saturated with stories about the crisis.
Conservatives scramble to find a way to cast it all as Obama's fault.
Liberals wring their hands over the President's lack of decisive action.

Pundits pontificate about whether or not this is "Obama's Katrina" and are convinced that this will be the one thing that dooms Obama/Democrats in the next election.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration keeps plugging away at analyzing the problem and working on ways to resolve it. But in the end no one notices what they've actually done because by then everyone's bored with it all and has moved on to the next Great American Freak-Out.

Years ago then-Senator Barack Obama acknowledged this problem. He didn't have a simple solution though.

The bottom line is that our job is harder than the conservatives' job. After all, it's easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it's harder to craft a foreign policy that's tough and smart. It's easy to dismantle government safety nets; it's harder to transform those safety nets so that they work for people and can be paid for. It's easy to embrace a theological absolutism; it's harder to find the right balance between the legitimate role of faith in our lives and the demands of our civic religion. But that's our job. And I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose. A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.


There are plenty of people who count on you getting cynical and count on you not getting involved so that you donít vote, so you give up. And you canít give into that. America is making progress, despite what the cynics say...

Cynicism is popular these days. Itís what passes off as wisdom. But cynics didnít put a man on the moon. Cynics never won a war. Cynics didnít cure a disease, or start a business, or feed a young mind. Cynicism didnít bring about the right for women to vote, or the right for African Americans to be full citizens. Cynicism is a choice.


Read the Rest: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-great-american-freak-out.html

Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage

Watch This!!!!!!!!! Awesome~

About~From you tube

Published on Mar 6, 2012
Emmy recipient for Best Informational / Instructional Program
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Nashville/Midsouth Chapter, 2012

Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage is a parody music video paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of brave women who joined together in the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in 1920.

In 2010, Soomo Publishing launched a parody music video called Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration The result was a viral hit and remains a popular teaching resource for history teachers and political science professors across the United States. The response was so overwhelming that Soomo decided to follow it up with Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage.

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