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[Sep 04 2008 / 6:23pm]
Why am I incapable of making college friends? This is miserable.

[Jan 21 2008 / 11:53pm]
Bonjour, tcnj.

[Jul 28 2007 / 6:34pm]
Hey there lovies!
So I do this thing where I make and sell custom, one-of-a-kind tote bags and tshirts which I paint and/or screenprint to the customer's liking.

So I've decided that I'm going to start making totes and tshirts and donating the proceeds to the save darfur coalition (www.savedarfur.org for more info)

If you don't know what's going on in Darfur, there's a mass genocide that's been going on for quite some time now. There are people trying to stop it but they simply don't have the resources to do what they need to do. They need our help.

So if you want to join me in helping the cause, please visit my website

Soon I'll have pictures up of the special totes and tshirts that I'll be making, which you can order and all the money will go to the save darfur coalition.

please please please consider donating. it's a really good and trustworthy cause.


thanks all!

[Jun 14 2007 / 2:05am]
I wrote this originally for my school's Campus Political Review, which wasn't ever published. I want to share this information with you, because I feel that it's content is important and it's message is imperative. Please take the time to read this, and pass the information on.

Darfur: Don’t Stand By As Genocide Rages On
A few weeks ago, a fellow Peddie senior reminded us of a past genocide, and urged us to think about a current one. The genocide in Darfur is an issue that is mentioned quite frequently, but it is truly discussed less often then it really should be. While many Americans are aware of the Darfur conflict, few are attuned to the specifics of it. It is rarely discussed on the news and it is not an issue that our government feels is pressing enough to address. However, the issue of genocide is a serious one that I and many others feel that it is something that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. The first step is to inform and educate the public about the details of the conflict.
What exactly is going on?
Africa has always been a continent riddled with tribal warfare. The recent genocide in Rwanda is recognized as one of the most devastating genocides in history, with a record number of deaths reaching well over 800,000 between January and July 1994 with as many as 10,000 being killed each day. While these numbers are partially due to the fact that Rwanda was one of the most densely populated areas in Africa, they still are quite astounding.
One would think that with the press coverage that the Rwandan genocide received after it’s conclusion, people would do everything in their power to prevent another genocide from taking place. However, in 2003, a violent conflict broke out in the Darfur region of Sudan, an Northeast African country that boarders Egypt and Chad. Sudan is not a stranger to internal conflict –two civil wars broke out in the past half century. This particular conflict began with the Sudanese government and it’s militia – referred to as the “Janjaweed” – attempting to get rid of two rebel groups (the Sudanese Liberation Army/Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement) that had arisen to address the issue of “underdevelopment and the political marginalization of the region (Darfur)”. The two rebel groups were representatives of the three main ethnic groups that populated the Darfur region – the Fur, the Masalit and the Zaghawa. These ethnic groups quickly became the target of the Sudanese government and the Janjaweed.
What began as a fight between a government and two well-intentioned rebel groups soon erupted into mass genocide. Over the three and a half years that this conflict began, over 400,000 people have been killed with over 2 million refugees. Every day, Darfurians are forced from their homes, starved, raped, and slaughtered.
What is the international community doing to help?
Not only is the death toll rising each day, but the refugee camps are becoming more crowded, and the Janjaweed have crossed the boarders into Chad and have begun attacks on refugee camps and aid workers. The International Criminal Court issued a warrant this past April for the arrest of Ahmad Harun, the head of Sudan’s Darfur security desk, and Ali Kushayb, the head of the Janjaweed militia, however the Sudanese government declared that anyone who attempted to enter Sudan with the intention of arresting these men would be beheaded. Peacekeepers working for the United Nations are not allowed in the country.
While peace efforts have been made, they have not been effective. The most recent news is that the United Nations and the African Union are attempting to unite the rebel groups to fight back. "Unless this issue is tackled and tackled seriously and effectively, the prospects of peace in Darfur become more remote. It is the [Sudanese] government's responsibility," says African Union representative Salim Ahmed Salim. And while stopping the conflict entirely may require support from neighboring countries, uniting the rebel groups will certainly be progressive. There still is hope.
What can I do to help?
Contrary to popular belief, there are ways you can help Darfur.
1) Spread the Knowledge.
Tell your friends and family what you know. Do research on your own. Learn and encourage others to do the same. Write an article for your local newspaper. Start a group with your friends and aim to educate your community about the situation. The more you know, the easier it is to do something to help.
2) Donate.
There are a lot of good charities out there helping the refugees. Your donation will provide food, shelter, and medicine for Darfurian refugees. The International Red Cross (icrc.org), Doctors Without Boarders (doctorswithoutborders.org), the Save Darfur Coalition (savedarfur.org) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (unhcr.org) are all worthy causes.
3) Lobby your politicians.
Standnow.org has a list of state congressmen and information on where they stand on the issue of Darfur. Write them a letter or give them a phone call and let them know where you stand on the issue so they can best represent you.

[Jun 11 2007 / 10:16pm]
things that are awesome:

-my new laptop!!! pictures soon.
-being a high school graduate
-awesome friends/graduation parties
-flirting with boys.

things that suck:
-not speaking to jared because hes a douche
-have to study for placement tests
-allie is in europe and i am not!! jealous.

umm thats all i can think of.

[May 09 2005 / 9:44pm]
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i want you to post anything you want.
a story, a secret, a confession, a fear, a love, anything.
make sure you post anonymously.

i want hundreds. hundreds of thousands of secret anonymous things to read forever.

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