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USS R-12 - Help Fund The Documentary
Underwater ocean explorers Christine Dennison and Tim Taylor are making a documentary about their incredible discovery of the USS R-12, a World War II submarine, that has been buried in 600 feet of water off the coast of Key West, Florida since June, 1943. The USS-R12 sent 42 sailors to a watery grave where they remained lost for nearly 70 years. Back in October of 2010, Tim Taylor, an underwater explorer, searched 11 miles off the coast of Key West using a remote-controlled submarine outfitted with sonar. With the use of this specialized equipment he was able to generate an image of something lying 600 feet below the surface, about 200 feet long and what he said was shaped like a mangled rocket.

"I knew it was a submarine," he said, adding that based on its location, he knew it was the R-12 - one of 48 American submarines lost in World War II but only the 5th ever found, according to Navy statistics.

Taylors wife, Christine Dennison, runs Mad Dog Expeditions and leads adventure tours throughout the world. She has been diving for over 20 years in remote regions of the world. Christine was the first woman to dive and explore under the Arctic sea ice and ice caves of the Canadian High Arctic and the Amazon's Rio Negro, diving amongst the pink Boto dolphins and giant Piranha. To date she has logged over 80 dives in the harsh polar environment in addition to dives made on numerous historic wrecks around the world, including Europe, The Caribbean, South America and the USA. Christine and Tim invested their own funds in having a special mini-submarine vessel constructed in order to film a documentary about the USS R-12. They feel it is their duty to tell the R-12 story to the world, so that the men entombed just a few miles off the reefs of Key West, Florida should never be forgotten.

Read more at the Official USS R-12 Website and make a donation for the final funding of the documentary project to honor the men who were lost for the past 70 years at www.kickstarter.com. Also check out Christine Dennison's Mad Dog Expeditions. Share this story with friends on Facebook or Twitter by clicking on the icons at the top right of the page.

Troublesome Patriarchal Dominance - Time For More Women in Positions of Power

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Women from around the world that are living on the edge, doing something special, making a difference or generally in possession of a unique nature. In my book these women should be put in positions of power and allowed a chance to see what they would add to our world, instead of the men that promise blah-blah-blah and then fill their own pockets as well as the pockets of their buddies. The way I see it, any of this diverse group of women would be an improvement...

These are the kind of women that should be put in positions of power. They would make positive contributions with their time and resources and leave the world better for having been here. And not to mention the fact that they all certainly look far more appealing...

From century to century throughout history the men have ruled the roost in politics and business and relegated the home as the place where the women were to direct their attention and efforts. The women have done their job admirably, but the men have failed miserably in most cases. Their politics are corrupt and their businesses have turned into large greedy corporations. The patriarchal model is evidently not working so well - so maybe it's time to hand the reins over to the women. The wars and conflicts around the world are the result of male dominance in politics, and more often than not, are set in motion to benefit male controlled corporate interests. Turn on the evening news anywhere in the world and you'll see images of angry men in conflict and women and children in flight. It is time for change...

FEMEN Female Warriors - Sensationalism Lacking Substance
It is evident that women are now awakening to the ass-up situation the alpha male has created through the age-old patriarchal system. Emerging from the Ukraine and quickly gaining momentum is a group called Femen, the scandal famous organization of topless women activists, who defend sexual and social equality in the world by baring their breasts. FEMEN is the beginning of a new wave of feminism with an increasing number of followers all over the world. The symbol of the organization is a wreath of flowers that adorns the head of bold women on all five continents.

FEMEN is founded on an ideology of SEXTREMISM. This new ideology of protest presented by extreme topless campaigns of direct action. FEMEN is sextremism serving to protect women's rights by being democracy watchdogs attacking patriarchy - in all its forms from the dictatorship to the church and the sex industry. The movement was founded in 2008 by Anna Hutsol after she became aware of sad stories of Ukrainian woman duped into going abroad and then being taken advantage of sexually. Initially Femen gained attention by demonstrating while dressed in underwear. However, in August 2009 Oksana Shachko bared her breasts at a protest in Kiev. Since then FEMEN have regularly protested topless, and the organization has staged noticeably erotically-flavored rallies near the building of the Cabinet of Ministers, at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the Turkish embassy in Ukraine, and in front of the Iranian embassy to oppose the expected execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, among other locations.

FEMEN could provide a powerful and effective platform for a new young generation of women to empower themselves, but unfortunately their protests are more sensational than substantial. Disrobing in a French Cathedral and spewing epitaths against the Pope is counter productive to any meaningful accomplishment on behalf of the empowerment of women. Their movement showed promise in theory, but falls short in practice. Many young women would better relate to the female warrior concept posed by FEMEN than they would to more traditional social protest and reform movements. A clear-cut and more precise statement of their mission could be the catalyst to attract the growing numbers of young women who, due to higher levels of education and the advent of diverse communication technology, are now capable of mobilizing large numbers of members for events. But, until FEMEN displays a clearer understanding of the serious issues that confront women they will soon fade from the headlines after the shock effect of bare breasts is no longer newsworthy.

Check out the campaigns they have initiated at www.femen.org or follow FEMEN on Twitter

Prominent Womens Groups - Women Around the World


As a global women's advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment. WEDO's mission is to ensure that women's rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles, as well as the linkages between them are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.


Started in 1915, when 1,200 women from a diversity of cultures and languages came together in The Hague during the First World War, to study, make known and eliminate the causes of war. They issued resolutions, sent out delegations to most countries engaged in the First World War and created our organisation: the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF for short.


W4 - Women's WorldWide Web is an online collaborative platform dedicated to empowering girls and women around the world, through education, microfinance, access to ICTs and networking. Connect with us and co-create opportunities for girls and women to thrive.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.


Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.


The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. The Council currently has 49 Members. The Council's mission is to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries.


The Women's Refugee Commission is having positive impact on the lives of displaced women, children and youth around the world. Their programs focus on reproductive health, economic livelihoods, displaced youth, asylum seekers and people with disabilities.


The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is an international, non-profit organization of women graduates. We were founded in 1919 by women who believed in the importance of education and working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.


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Russia is the largest country on the planet stretching from Norway and Finland eastward to Japan. From the Arctic Ocean and Northwest Pacific, as well as smaller coastlines on the Baltic, Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Mount Elbrus in Russia is both Europe's and Russia's tallest peak at 5,633 meters in elevation...
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Belgium has, without a doubt, the best beer in the world which may have been the reason Brussels was chosen as the location for the EU headquarters. Antwerp has its diamond brokers, Brugge its canals, Oostende a fine long beach and everywhere you travel in Belgium there are very friendly and laid back Belgian people...
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France has consistently ranked as the number one tourist destination in the world, ahead of Spain and the United States. Travellers journey to destinations like Paris, the sunny French Riviera, or to countryside locations with cathedrals, chateaus and battlefields with historic reminders of both world wars...
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The Netherlands has a large number of travellers arriving every year to see everything from the canals and red-light district of Amsterdam to the southern parts of the country like Middelburg with its canals and outdoor cafes or Vlissingen with its seaside promenade with outdoor bars and cafes...
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Italy is the fourth ranked tourism destination and the fifth most visited country in the world. Its reputation characterized by automobiles such as Ferarri, Maserati, Lamborghini and Alfa Romeo. Or by its famous Italian fashion designers, beautiful women as well as the exquisite Italian cuisine...
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Portugal is among the top 20 most visited countries in the world. The hot tourist spots in Portugal are Lisbon, the Algarve and Madeira. Other destinations such as the Douro Valley, the Island of Porto Santo, and Alentejo are attracting increasing numbers of tourists. Portugal has friendly people and beautiful sunny beaches plus fado music and Port wine...
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Slovakia unspoiled natural mountains with small villages, medieval castles, folk architecture as well as spas and ski resorts. The most attractive destinations are the capital of Bratislava and the High Tatras. Most travellers come from the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany as well as other European countries for the Bazant Pohoda Festival and skiing in Tatranska Lomnica...
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Spain has grown to become the second largest tourism industry in the world. The climate of Spain, its historical and cultural monuments, its geographic position together with its tourist facilities make tourism one of Spain's main industries and a large source of stable employment. Known for fine beaches, good weather and events like the running of the Bulls in Pamplona makes the journey well worth taking...
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Original Adventure Travellers

A different traveller has emerged in the current generation that are looking for more than just merely going sight-seeing. The new travelers are using their journeys to find where they belong in the world both physically and spiritually by immersing themselves in different cultures. Some use it to change their own perspectives and yet others use it as an opportunity to effect positive changes in the cultures they visit. But you do not need to have a mission to embark on your own journey. The following stories will provide a glimpse at what some of these new travelers are doing when they travel. Travelling is no longer limited to a matter of weeks spent away from a job, but has to many replaced the job with an occupation more interesting and fulfilling. Many of the reasons why people travel today are similar to the reasons why both men and women embarked on extensive journeys at the turn of the 19th century. One of the main reasons is that they want firsthand knowledge and experience of the world in which they live.

Often the modern day adventure traveller more than likely carries a pocket-sized digital camera, a credit card, cell phone and even a laptop computer. Travels on commercial airlines, on buses, by train or in a car. Sleeps in hotels, pensions or hostels occasionally if not camping out in a high-tech tent with a wind-proof stove, goose-down sleeping bag and Perrier water from a super-lightweight titanium flask. Gets up in the morning and puts on a pair of Addidas Cuzco hiking boots after pulling on an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt and slipping on a Helly Hansen Helly Tech waterproof, breathable textile jacket with several high-energy bars in the pockets. Most of the travellers adventure has been in waiting for UPS to show up at the door with the latest must have travel gear, so when its time to travel, it is a wonder that this traveller has not run out of cash and been forced to just stay home by the telly and watch the Discovery Channel. But that is not to say that all modern day adventure travellers fit this description. Many take on tough challenges, although not as extreme as their counterparts near the turn of the century. Arnold Henry Savage Landor, Isabella Lucy Bird and Thomas Stevens were not modern day adventure travellers, but saw and recorded more people and their customs on more continents than most modern day travellers - and did the majority of their travels on steamships, horseback or on foot. Read their travel books that are free e-book downloads in a choice of formats at the bottom of each of their pages.

Thomas Stevens
Thomas Stevens

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