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What is Astrology?

astroAstrology is the science of the stars, and this is what the term “astrology” means in Greek. Astrology is the idea of a body of knowledge that is found in the stars. An astrologer is one who practices and studies astrology. Astrology is a very ancient practice in which people discover what the stars hold in their future. Love, break-ups, careers, knowledge, and basically anything that has to do with our personal lives. In modern times, Astrology and astronomy have become separate studies, but they do go in hand to hand together, just at a different angle, so to speak.

Horoscopes: What Are They?

An astrologer uses a horoscope based on the person’s birth month and date, compare it to a guideline that tells them what kind of person we are and what are personalities tend to be like. Horoscopes are filled with arcane symbols and they are laid out like a map of the heavens and the stars. Influences in a person’s life at that specific time will tell the astrologer more of what is to come, by studying this map of the stars.

Our individual map, or horoscope, it tracks the influences from the different planets that affect your birth place and time. These maps are as unique to individuals as our own fingerprints, everyone has a different map. The influences in the map will find expressions in the course you decide to take in your life.Free-Astrology-TipsClick Here!

There are symbols in your horoscope and astrologers use these symbols in order to understanding your character and personality, which affect your future. Horoscopes can be mapped out for not only human births, but for the start of businesses and relationships as well. Experience in astrology shows us that everything in one person’s life can be foretold in their map, using the energies symbolized in astrology.

Astrology is a very deep and detailed topic and it takes lots of reading and time to understand how everything works. For more information on astrology feel free to click here. Hopefully our short and brief explanation has told you the basics and now it’s your turn to delve deeper.


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 290 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Amazigh Architecture

imagesCAQQKH1LA kasbah (Arabic: “القصبة”) or Qassabah is a type of medina, Islamic city, or fortress (citadel).
It was a place for the local leader to live and as a defense when the city was under attack. A kasbah has high walls which usually have no windows. Sometimes, they were built on the top of hill to make them easier to defend. Some of them were also placed near the entrance of harbors.
Having a kasbah built was a sign of wealth of some families in the city. Almost all cities had their kasbah, this building being something necessary for the city to survive. When colonization started in 1830, in northern Algeria, there were a great number of kasbahs that lasted for more than 100 years.
The word kasbah may also be used to describe the old part of a city, in which case it has the same meaning as a medina quarter. The Spanish word alcazaba is a cognate naming the equivalent building in Andalusia or Moorish Spain.imageClick Here!

What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at (Including North Dakota at Tourism)

By Kate Peregrina

Click Here!usaOne thing that makes the U.S. great: no two states are the same. That diversity leads to distinct strengths and weaknesses, but how can you know what makes North Dakota different from South Dakota, besides a made-up line separating them?

Well, in the interest of showing that every state sucks in some way, we picked out one key area where each is most deficient. This is what every state is the worst at.

What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at (Including North Dakota at Tourism)

Alabama: Most child smokers

Alabama is one of the few states in the Union that has raised its smoking age to 19, but apparently this measure is improving health about as much as fast food restaurants listing how many calories are in a bacon double cheeseburger. Smokers gonna smoke.

More: 10 Things Foreigners Love About The US

Alaska: Highest chlamydia rate

All that oil money apparently leads to some bad decisions. But really, in the state with the lowest population density that’s also got the coldest average temperature, you can also just blame it on lonely Alaskans looking for another warm body.

Arizona: Worst at going to the dentist

Nearly 60% of people in Arizona say they don’t get regular dental exams. Which, if you’re retired and have dentures, probably makes sense. But still — gross.

Arkansas: Fewest advanced degrees per capita

Only 6.1% of people in Arkansas have an advanced degree or higher. You know your state is doing something wrong when West Virginia is calling “SCOREBOARD” about its academic prowess compared to yours.

Related: What’s America’s Booziest State?

California: Most polluted cities

Everybody already knows the air in Los Angeles feels like it was imported from a Mad Max movie. But, not surprisingly, the air also sucks in Bakersfield, Modesto, Sacramento, and Fresno. As if you needed another reason not to visit Fresno.

Colorado: Greatest cocaine use

The next time you’re in Colorado, and somebody at a party is talking about fresh-cut powder, don’t assume the discussion is about skiing conditions.

Connecticut: Most unequal incomes

Connecticut has a lot going for it, with the highest rate of school enrollment in the country and the highest per capita income. But the top 1% in Connecticut earn 41 times what everyone else earns. The rich get richer, and everybody just keeps trying to figure out what New Haven pizza is.

Delaware: Least regular exercise

According to a Gallup poll, less than half of people from Delaware report exercising regularly — for 30 minutes a day, three times a week. According to Google Maps, it only takes about an hour to drive from the north end of Delaware to the south end, and surely very few Delawareans know how long it takes on foot.

Florida: Most recreational boat accidents

Florida has the highest number of boat accidents and fatalities. Yet studies consistently show that Floridians operate boats at least as well as highly caffeinated orangutans.

Georgia: Least integrity

Politicians in Georgia are the least ethical in the country, with an estimated 658 state workers having accepted gratuities during a two-year period. State legislators were not available for comment without an offer of basketball tickets or honey baked hams.

Hawaii: Highest homelessness rate

The good news is that homelessness has been decreasing in the United States in recent years. The bad news is that Hawaii still has about five times more homeless people than Mississippi, Indiana, and Kansas. At least they get to sleep on a beach?

Idaho: Worst drivers

Fortunately, drivers in Idaho do not cause the most road accidents, since few people live in Idaho or really need to drive through the state on their way somewhere else. The next-worst places in this survey were the District of Columbia and New York, which makes sense, given their reputations. Apparently, Idaho’s drivers are just total jerks behind the wheel.

Illinois: Most rail accidents

That’s right, people in Illinois are harmed by things other than guns and deep-dish pizza. Having all those rail yards and being the heart of America ends up bringing a lot of derailments to your backyard, too. Illinois just barely edged out Texas in total train accidents.

Indiana: Most meth incidents

Huge upset here — who didn’t think this title would go to Florida?

Iowa: Highest racial disparity in marijuana arrests

Black and white Iowans use marijuana at about the same rate, yet black Iowans are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. FYI: that’s a lot.

Kansas: Ugliest scenery

Have you ever wondered why The Wizard of Oz starts in black and white? Well, it turns out that Kansas actually looks like that. Or, at least, that’s what most of America thinks Kansas looks like.

Kentucky: Worst to be an animal

While the Kentucky Wildcats claim eight NCAA championships, being an actual wild cat there is no fun, seeing how Kentucky is on an unprecedented seven-year run as the worst state for animal protection.

Louisiana: Highest murder rate

Louisiana has both the highest murder rate and the highest rate of death by firearm, so think twice about where you’re stumbling around after a Mardi Gras night out. Otherwise, guys like Rust Cohle will be chain smoking in a storage unit a decade from now, wondering how you disappeared.

Maine: Fewest heliports

You might have to hop over to nearby New Hampshire in order to land that helicopter. Tough life, Mainers.

Maryland: Worst at incarcerating the elderly

In Maryland, old people can literally get away with murder. OK, so maybe not, but only 7.5% of all the state’s inmates are over the age of 50, which is about half the rate nationwide.

Massachusetts: Worst at happy hour

Massachusetts was the first state to ban happy hour in 1984. That means for 30 years, people have been complaining about their bosses after work over FULL-PRICED drinks.

Michigan: Worst roads

8 Mile helped put Detroit back on the Hollywood map. Too bad every other mile in the state is as terrible as the Tigers in this year’s playoffs, since Michigan spends the least per capita on its roads and bridges, at $174 per person annually.

Minnesota: Most tornadoes

In 2010, Minnesota had 145 tornadoes, statewide. That number nearly equals the number of “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and Fargo references the average Minnesotan encounters from out-of-towners every year.

Related: Stay in a Lighthouse or Helicopter: The Coolest Hotel in Every State

Mississippi: Shortest life expectancy

If you live in Mississippi, you’re only going to live for 75 years, on average. There are 11 states in the Union in which residents are expected to live to at least 80 years old, a full five years more than Mississippians get. And they’re five extra years NOT spent in Mississippi.

Missouri: Worst puppy mills

Montana: Most traffic fatalities per capita

Back in the late 90s, Montana actually abolished speed limits during the day, so you could drive as fast as you wanted to get out of Montana. It was like the Autobahn, except in Montana and not Germany, although drivers were singing songs like “Barbie Girl” in both places. Some things just shouldn’t be emulated. Thankfully, Montana re-instituted speed limits, and Americans stopped liking Aqua.

Nebraska: Least furniture manufacturing

If you’re looking for a coffee table slapped with a “Made in Nebraska” sticker on it, you’re gonna have a tough time finding it.

Nevada: Highest divorce rate

This is the least surprising statistic in the Union. Just think of all those Elvis-officiated ceremonies and booze-fueled nuptials between strangers, then thank God legal proceedings that happen in Vegas can also stay in Vegas.

New Hampshire: Fewest inland waterways

Apparently, there’s not a whole lot to complain about in New Hampshire. But if you’re trying to navigate the state via boat, you’re pretty much out of luck.

New Jersey: Worst for speeding tickets

New Jersey has a speed trap every 30 miles, the most in the nation, and it collects $30,000 per mile in road user fees. But the real kicker: if you get caught doing even 10 mph over the limit, your fine can be doubled for “racing.” Turns out the real Jersey Turnpike is even more offensive than Deena’s dance on “Jersey Shore”.

New Mexico: Most accidental deaths

And the award for most fatally careless goes to…New Mexico!

New York: Worst to be a taxpayer

New Yorkers pay the highest average state and local taxes, at a wallet-busting $9,718 per year; that’s 39% higher than the national median. Even when adjusted for cost of living, New York still comes in dead last.

North Carolina: Worst state for education

North Carolina was determined to be the worst state for education based on a number of factors such as education spending, student-to-teacher ratio, and percentage of dumb kids.

North Dakota: Least visited

Geography isn’t really helping North Dakota out, since it’s isolated from a lot of the country. But it’s not like South Dakota is somehow geographically sexier. The big difference: North Dakota doesn’t have a huge tourist attraction like Mt. Rushmore. You know, unless you consider the National Buffalo Museum a must-see.

Ohio: Worst water

Ohio came in dead last in a study of water cleanliness by the Natural Resources Defense Council. “There’s something in the water” might actually explain why Ohio’s professional sports teams never win anything.

Oklahoma: Lowest produce consumption

While Oklahoma’s fast food titan, Sonic, offers 398,929 different drink combinations and sells roughly 3 billion Tater Tots a year, it doesn’t appear as if too many fruits and vegetables are making their way into those meals.

Oregon: Most prescription painkiller abuse

There are two rules to painkillers in Oregon: don’t touch their Percocets, and do you have any Percocets?

Related: Ranking All 50 U.S. State Flags From Worst to Best (Sorry, Maryland)

Pennsylvania: Worst bridges

Of the 22,660 bridges in PA, 23% are considered “structurally deficient”. Crossing a bridge in Pennsylvania sounds like a good way to end up in The Mothman Prophecies 2: PA Boogaloo.

Rhode Island: Highest teacher absenteeism

More than half of Rhode Island teachers had missed more than 10 days during the school year, and one in five had missed at least 20 days of school. If you did that as a student, you’d be held back. And to think, Rhode Island’s teachers still get paid more than teachers in South Dakota.

South Carolina: Most violent crime

Of all 50 states, South Carolina has the highest rate of violent crime at 766 per 100,000 residents. So much for that whole concept of Southern hospitality.


South Dakota: Lowest-paid teachers

The good news is that teachers aren’t singled out in South Dakota, because everyone gets paid less statewide. South Dakota actually has the lowest salaries in the country. Bad news for employees, great news for employers.

Tennessee: Most dangerous

Not in the Michael Jackson Dangerous way. Just straight up “keep your head on a swivel” dangerous.

Texas: Fewest high school graduates per capita

Less than 80% of Texans have a high school diploma. It’s actually the only state that dips below 80%, too. Everything is bigger in Texas — including dropout rates, apparently.

Utah: Nerdiest state

A study calculated the nerdiest state based on public Facebook likes. So maybe it’s more correct to say that Utah is the most openly nerdy state. Either way, it’s hard to argue against a state that sells only three-two beer and has last call at 1 a.m. being nerdy.

Vermont: Most illicit drug use

Vermont’s love for drugs can perhaps be linked to the fact that it is also the state with the fewest children, and now most of its residents have reached an age where they realize the incurable pain life has to offer. Either that, or they’re just really into partying.

Virginia: Lowest oil production per capita

Alaska, of course, ranks highest in this category. Fortunately for Virginia, it still gets bragging rights for being so much better at not having chlamydia.

Washington: Worst at loving Justin Bieber

Washington residents are not Beliebers. The state had by far the lowest per-capita Facebook likes for the pop star at 6.82%.

West Virgnia: Fewest college graduates per capita

West Virginia is only “almost heaven” in John Denver lyrics — economically speaking, the state is kind of a black hole. In addition to the fewest college graduates, it also has thefewest full time workers, and the lowest level of optimism about the economy.

Wisconsin: Highest incarceration rate of African Americans

A shocking 12.8% of African American men are incarcerated in Wisconsin, nearly double the national average of 6.7%, and 3 percentage points worse than the next-worst state, Oklahoma. An African American man has a higher chance of being sent to jail in Wisconsin than from the B&O railroad in Monopoly.

Wyoming: Highest suicide rate

Wyoming has the highest rate of suicides at 23.2 per 100,000. The state with the highest will to live is New Jersey, which has a suicide rate nearly three times lower than Wyoming’s. Thankfully, Wyoming is also the least populous state.
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Unhealthy Foods to Avoid Like The Plague

1.Seed- And Vegetable OilsClick Here!
Often portrayed as health foods, seed- and vegetable oils like soybean and corn oil are extremely unnatural for the human body as we didn’t have access to them until very recently in evolutionary history.

These fats contain an abundance of Omega-6 fatty acids, but we need to get Omega-6 and Omega-3 in a certain ratio to ensure optimal functioning of the body.

Eating too much Omega-6 and too little Omega-3 can lead to inflammation, a leading cause of many modern health problems

Polyunsaturated fats are also very sensitive to oxidation due to their abundance of reactive double bonds.

Excess consumption of processed seed- and vegetable oils may lead to systemic inflammation, cardiovascular disease and even cancer (18, 19, 20, 21, 22).

Bottom line: Avoid excess Omega-6 fats from seed- and vegetable oils. Increase intake of Omega-3 from fatty fish or cod liver oil instead.

2. Artificial Sweeteners
Even ingredients that are calorie free can still harm you and this may be especially applicable to artificial sweeteners.

Consumption of artificial sweeteners shows consistent and strong associations with preterm delivery and various diseases like metabolic syndrome, obesity (ironically) and type II diabetes (23, 24, 25).

These epidemiological studies don’t prove that the artificial sweeteners caused the diseases, but until there are controlled trials that prove their safety I recommend you AVOID artificial sweeteners.

If you must use a sweetener for something, choose Stevia, which may improve glycemic control in diabetics and lower blood pressure (26, 27).

3. Foods That Are Highly Processed
Foods that are highly processed are low in nutrients and high in unhealthy ingredients and artificial chemicals.

If the ingredients list contains more than five ingredients or something that you don’t understand, it’s probably bad for you.

Real food doesn’t need an ingredients list. Real food IS the ingredient.

Easy rule to remember: “If it looks like it was made in a factory, don’t eat it!“

Bottom line: If you must sweeten, use Stevia. Artificial sweeteners have NOT been proven safe and are potentially harmful.

World healthiest food

fresh-fruits-and-vegetables1<Click Here!/a>100 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating. Links to the articles about these foods can be found below. In addition to questions about our foods, we often get asked about beverages and sweeteners. In the beverage category, water and green tea have been especially popular topics, and in the sweetener category, so have blackstrap molasses, honey and maple syrup.
Of course, there are many other nutritious foods other than those that we have included on our list that we feel are wonderful, health-promoting foods; if there are other whole foods – such as fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, etc – that you like, by all means enjoy them. Just because a food is not on our list doesn’t mean that we don’t think that it can be included in a diet geared towards the Healthiest Way of Eating as long as it is a whole, natural, nutrient-rich food.

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Beet greens
Bell peppers
Bok choy
Brussels sprouts
Collard greens
Green beans
Green peas
Mushrooms, crimini
Mushrooms, shiitake
Mustard greens
Olive oil, extra virgin
Romaine lettuce
Sea vegetables
Squash, summer
Squash, winter
Sweet potatoes
Swiss chard
Turnip greens

Plums & Prunes

Nuts & Seeds

Pumpkin seeds
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds
Beans & Legumes

Black beans
Dried peas
Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
Kidney beans
Lima beans
Navy beans
Pinto beans
Soy sauce
Poultry & Meats

Beef, grass-fed
Chicken, pasture-raised
Lamb, grass-fed
Turkey, pasture-raised
Eggs & Dairy

Cheese, grass-fed
Cow’s milk, grass-fed
Eggs, pasture-raised
Yogurt, grass-fed

Brown rice
Whole wheat
World’s Healthiest Herbs & Spices

Black pepper
Chili pepper, dried
Cilantro & Coriander seeds
Cinnamon, ground
Cumin seeds
Mustard seeds

How to break bad Eating Habits.

Constant Snacking and the Sugar Habit

The fallout: You may end up overeating. A healthy snack or two between meals is fine. Snacks can keep blood sugar steady as well as allow you to rack up more servings of fruits and vegetables. “It’s when you snack in place of eating real meals that you’re more likely to lose track of how much you’re eating,” says Tara Gidus, R.D., an Orlando, Florida–based spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Of course, what you eat matters, too. Typical snack foods (chips, cookies, pretzels) aren’t that nutritious or satisfying, so it’s easy to overdo them.

The fix: To keep your energy up and hunger at bay, allow yourself two snacks a day of 100 to 300 calories each. “Rather than a cookie or a candy bar, opt for something that feels like real food―half of a small sandwich, whole-grain crackers with cheese, a handful of nuts, baby carrots with hummus, or yogurt sprinkled with cereal,” says Gidus. Click here for more low-calorie snacks.

If You’re a Mindless Muncher

The fallout: Television makes people particularly prone to spaced-out eating. In fact, “folks who eat while watching the tube take in 20 to 60 percent more than if they are focused on their food,” according to Brian Wansink, a professor of marketing at Cornell University and the author of Mindless Eating ($15,

The fix: Figure out which situations trigger mindless eating for you, then consciously make an effort to eat only when you’re fully engaged. If you need a few snacks, set limits on what you’ll eat. Dole out a single serving before you sit down on the couch, or delay your snack until you can pay attention. Minimize damage by dipping into low-cal foods, such as cut vegetables, air-popped popcorn, rice crackers, and whole-grain cereal.
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The berber jewish culture in Morocco

  Click Here!      Since Jewish traders settled in the Land of the Berbers more than 2,000 years ago, Moroccan Jewry has had a unique culture, mingling Jewish and North African influences. It also constitutes one of the most successful models of political and religious coexistence in the Islamic world. But with the upheavals of the twentieth century, the question is whether Moroccan Jewry will retain its character and identity into the twenty-first century.

Routes of Exile: A Moroccan Jewish Odyssey

Routes of Exile traces the history of this branch of Jewry – from the first “Berber Jews” to the vast migration and new tensions set off by the creation of the State of Israel. The film takes a particularly probing look at the most recent stage of the journey – social and political changes in Israel, the struggle for identity in France and Canada, and the increasing isolation of the remnant that remains behind in Morocco.

Moroccan-Jewish culture on display

Exchanging cultures
“Especially with today’s tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims this exhibition is of utmost importance,” Janrense Boonstra, director of the Biblical Museum said. “I expect a lot of Moroccan visitors to come and I think the exhibition will be a surprise for them.”

The vast majority of Dutch Moroccans are Muslims and have a Berber-background. What the Dutch Muslims usually don’t know is that Jews and Berbers were living peacefully together in Morocco. There was even an important mutualcultural exchange for centuries before the arrival of Arabic culture and with the Arab conquest during the 8th century.

“For many centuries the Jewish community formed the most important minority in Morocco,” Boonstra said. “Based on their culture, this community can be divided into two separate groups. The first one is the native group, the toshavim in Hebrew, who have been living in rural areas for ages.”

The second group is the dispelled group, the Megorashim, who mainly lived in the cities. The Megorashim, expelled from Spain and Portugal in the fifteenth century where rich and literate.

“The difference between these two can be clearly seen in the exhibition,” he said.

The exhibition was set up among others with the help of the Dutch-Moroccan Jew Sami Kaspi. Rabat-born Kaspi created the Foundation Maimon seven years ago to promote Moroccan-Jewish culture and to foster the good ties between different religions.

It was Kaspi that brought the Biblical Museum into contact with Paul Dahan from Brussels. Most of the objects used in this exhibition are from the private collection of Dahan, who owns one of the largest collections of its kind in Europe.

‘Eternal bond’

“Most Moroccan Jews, like Kaspi, have a very strong, eternal bond with their tradition and heritage which is completely intertwined with the history of Morocco and the Moroccan-monarchy. That’s what we want to show,” Boonstra said. “Compare them with the Russian Jews for instance. They wouldn’t think about returning to the former Sovjet Union. Moroccan Jews though return often from Israel or France to visit the graves of famous rabbis for instance.”

There are many of them in Morocco. More than 120 graves of righteous Jews are alsoworshipped by Muslims.

“That makes this shared history so special,” he said.

Although Morocco’s monarchs, including the current king, have traditionally sworn to protect the country’s Jews, the community has fallen from 350,000 to 3,500 in half a century. Most young Jews have emigrated either to Europe or to Israel, where some 700,000 people claim Moroccan origin.
Morocco held local elections last Friday, in which the country’s main legal Islamic party, the Justice and Development party, made modest gains, despite a campaign against it by Moroccan authorities and the pro-government press, which have accused it of “moral responsibility” for the May 16 attacks.
Jews claim to have been present in the Maghreb since the synagogue at Djerba, Tunisia, was founded around 586BC. Their numbers were multiplied many times over when Spanish Jews were expelled from their country in 1492.
The Jewish community in Tunisia, reduced from 100,000 to 2,000 in 50 years, has also been attacked. The Djerba synagogue was attacked by a suicide bomber who killed 21 people in April 2002.