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Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Visit the Zoo with All Six Kids!

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Visit the Zoo with All Six Kids!

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spend the Boxing Day holiday together by taking their adorable children to the Currumbin Wildlife Park on Thursday (December 26) in the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The 38-year-old actress and the 50-year-old actor were joined by all six of their kids – Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 7, and five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

The family was taken to a section of the park that is not normally open for visitors and they got to play with sick animals in the hospital area.

Earlier in the week, Brad was seen going shirtless while the full family spent the day riding a boat down the Coomera River.

FYI: Brad and Pax are both wearing Vans shoes.

70+ pictures inside of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the zoo with the kids…

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Thanks JJ.Just love the Jolie Pitt Family.

Thanks to the fans who posted the great articles and letters about Angelina’s speeches, good works and Brad’s too. I hope they (and fans) had a great holiday, although I wish the JPs could have celebrated in peace without being stalked.

JJ, please bring the thumbs back!

Passing Through @ 12/28/2013 at 3:06 am

Premalee -
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Here’s a translation of a new interview with Roger. He did this yesterday before announcing today that Edberg was joining his coaching staff. The interview was conducted in German and someone translated it to English. It’s readable to the tranlation is spotty in places. However, one thing is clear – you’re going to get your wish: Roger will be playing with the bigger racket starting with the Brisbane tourney on Sunday.
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http://stefanstennis.free.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1242:federer-li-will-never-be-able-to-volley-like-stefan-edbergr&catid=32:general&Itemid=64
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Last summer you made a first attempt with a larger racquet after the early exit in Gstaad. Now you have again tested the new racquet model during the preparation. Will you also use it on the tour?
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Yes, I’m going to play in Australia with a similar model as in my first attempt. Actually, I wanted to take the test right after the US Open again. But then I had so much to do with myself and my game, that I dropped it. Now I have more time to still make further small changes and to discuss with my outfitter company Wilson on the details.

Love the JoliePitts @ 12/28/2013 at 3:32 am

@Joseph:
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You, Joseph, also known as ELLIE – the grammar Police – on every JoliePitt thread, you who are always pompously and pedantically correcting the fans’ English – should be quite impressed by Angelina’s eloquent, effective, natural, moving presentations and Nancy’s write-up about her and her good deeds.
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But of course your hatred will not allow you to have an “open mind” to acknowledge real talent and truth and goodness when you see it, hear it and hear others witnessing to it.
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How sad for you that your irrational hatred against someone who never did anything to you blinds you so much you cannot even give thanks that people in need are being helped in an incredibly wonderful way by the good deeds of others.
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I would like to ask you – Ellie – What has the JoliePitt family ever done to you that causes you to find so much fault in every good thing they do?
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What did Angelina ever do to you that you love to attack her so?
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And why the need to hide behind male nomenclatures when attacking the beautiful Angelina?
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Angelina’s natural beauty has been commented on by many men and women. Especially those who have seen her in person. And there are many pictures from her youth showing she has never done anything to “enhance” her natural features. And as much as you study every article and picture posted about Angelina you know this to be true.
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Why then are you females so afraid of her that you must hide behind male identities to “disguise” what gender you really are as you attack her so viciously.

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And of course Brad must now be called a dead beat father and attacked because Brad did the unforgivable in your eyes, – he went home to his family as any loving family man would do after he finished filming Fury. And for this he deserves nothing but your scorn. And the children must be attacked by you as well.

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How silly you hens truly are wasting away in your hate.
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God bless this beautiful couple who consistently reach out their hands to help so many people. It is only natural of them to visit the wildlife sanctuary after Christmas to show love to the animals who are in need of the healing touch that only love can bring to those who are sick. What a beautiful example Brad and Angelina are showing their children by bringing them to that place and teaching them the power of love.
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One cannot help but Love this couple and ask God to pour out even more blessings upon them as they do that which is good and right in His Sight.
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Please accept my apologies if the post is too long.

Love the JoliePitts @ 12/28/2013 at 3:49 am

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Love them ! They’re really a cute family !
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Poor Baby Kangaroo!

Oh I see the haters must be really in pain and lonely. Thanks JJ for posting so many pictures. The kids are all adorable. Love them so much and I love the way this family never do a fashion show like the Beckhams. They are all natural and comfortable.

Are they married?

To me it looks like Angie is so gone.. fighting with Brad over something and is upsetting the children, Hey if we don’t argue it wouldn’t be normal as a couple..

2013 Communicator of the Year: Angelina Jolie by Nancy Duarte

I know she’s an unexpected choice, but Angelina Jolie is under-celebrated as a communicator and an advocate. As I’ve been sharing my choice for Communicator of the Year with others, I’ve received bizarre responses like: “She’s an actress, so you should honor her speech writer instead.” Wow. In a world with very few powerful women, those catty responses are shameful — especially considering how much positive change Jolie’s platform has yielded. Sadly, even a Google search reveals how her advocacy for the oppressed is masked by sensational headlines.

Spoken communication is my area of expertise, so I primarily focused on how Jolie used speeches to persuade this year. She delivered two astounding, yet little-known formal addresses:

Persuasive speech:

Jolie delivered a graphic speech to the UN Security Council asking them to adopt a resolution making crimes of sexual violence prosecutable. As a Special Envoy to the UN, she travels around the world to advocate for refugees. She even made a trip to the Congo to help prepare for this speech only weeks after her double mastectomy. She could use descriptive language to convey the horrors because she’d seen the victims and held them in her own arms. Her speech follows a persuasive story pattern perfectly.

Here is an excerpt from her speech:

Hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of women, children, and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes. The numbers are so vast and the subject so painful that we have to stop to remember that behind each number is someone with a name, a personality, a story, and dreams no different from ours and those of our children.

Let us be clear what we are speaking of:

Young girls raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child, causing fistula.
Boys held at gunpoint and forced to sexually assault their mothers and sisters.
Women raped with bottles, wood branches, and knives to cause as much damage as possible.
Toddlers and even babies dragged from their homes and violated.

I will never forget the survivors that I have met or what they told me:

The mother in Goma whose five-year-old daughter had been raped right outside a police station — in plain view.

Rape is a tool of war. It is an act of aggression and a crime against humanity. Addressing warzone sexual violence is therefore your responsibility, as well as the duty of governments in countries afflicted by it. But the starting point must be you, the UN Security Council, shouldering your responsibilities and showing leadership.

That five-year-old child in the Congo must count, because you represent her.

And in her eyes, if her attacker gets away with his crimes, it is because you have allowed it.

You set the bar.

After she spoke, they unanimously voted in favor of the resolution. Who wouldn’t? The full transcript is here. In early 2012, after serving for over a decade as a Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie was promoted to Special Envoy to the High Commissioner where she can facilitate lasting solutions for refugees.

Acceptance Speech:

The second speech I’d like to highlight was Jolie’s Humanitarian of the Year acceptance speech at the Governors Awards hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She came across as a relatable and human public servant, making connections at three very emotional levels:

As a mom: Jolie humanized herself as a mom when she addressed her son Maddox “”Mad, I’m not going to cry, I promise. I’m not going to embarrass you. You and your brothers and sisters are my happiness. There is no greater honor than being your mother.” One of the most beautiful women in the world embarrasses her kids, too. That was comforting to me.

As a fortunate person: She had the audience reflect on their fortune (Most news outlets skipped this part). In doing so, she humbly pulled me into the context of the suffering in a way that made me feel grateful. “I have never understood why some people are lucky enough to be born with the chance that I had, to have this path in life, and why, across the world, there is a woman just like me, with the same abilities and the same desires, same work ethic and love for her family, who would most likely make better films and better speeches. Only she sits in a refugee camp, and she has no voice. She worries about what her children will eat, how to keep them safe, and if they’ll ever be allowed to return home. I don’t know why this is my life and that’s hers.”

As a daughter: She made the loss of her mother painfully evident when she said: “Above all, she was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others. And I didn’t know what that meant for a long time. … It was only when I began to travel and look and live beyond my home that I understand my responsibility to others. … And to stand here today means that I did as she asked. And if she were alive, she would be very proud.” Just like Jolie, I longed to hear these words from my mother.

Usually people refer to Jolie as one of the most beautiful women in the world. I feel that way, too. But not because of her skin-deep beauty. I feel that way because of her heart-felt devotion to those without a voice of their own.

(Photo Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Nancy Duarte is CEO of Duarte, Inc. and the author of Resonate, Slide:ology, and theHBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. She has a passion for teaching others about the power of persuasive presentations that drive change in the world.

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131227232245-172811-2013-communicator-of-the-year-angelina-jolie

@Deadbeat daddy pitty: he is annoyed that the Paps are taking pics he isn’t a deadbeat dad get your facts straight!!

Children are beautiful

Possibly these two articles have been posted already BUT I just want to repost these again because they are very positive and the writer is very credible in giving her analysis why she chose Angelina Jolie as 2013 Communicator of the Year as well as 2013 Great Persuasive Speech. She explained her reasons very well. So here are the said two articles:

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(source: linkedin.com)

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Nancy Duarte
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2013 Communicator of the Year: Angelina Jolie
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December 27, 2013
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Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence.
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I know she’s an unexpected choice, but Angelina Jolie is under-celebrated as a communicator and an advocate. As I’ve been sharing my choice for Communicator of the Year with others, I’ve received bizarre responses like: “She’s an actress, so you should honor her speech writer instead.” Wow. In a world with very few powerful women, those catty responses are shameful — especially considering how much positive change Jolie’s platform has yielded. Sadly, even a Google search reveals how her advocacy for the oppressed is masked by sensational headlines.
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Spoken communication is my area of expertise, so I primarily focused on how Jolie used speeches to persuade this year. She delivered two astounding, yet little-known formal addresses:
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Persuasive speech:
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Jolie delivered a graphic speech to the UN Security Council asking them to adopt a resolution making crimes of sexual violence prosecutable. As a Special Envoy to the UN, she travels around the world to advocate for refugees. She even made a trip to the Congo to help prepare for this speech only weeks after her double mastectomy. She could use descriptive language to convey the horrors because she’d seen the victims and held them in her own arms. Her speech follows a persuasive story pattern perfectly.
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Here is an excerpt from her speech:
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“Hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of women, children, and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes. The numbers are so vast and the subject so painful that we have to stop to remember that behind each number is someone with a name, a personality, a story, and dreams no different from ours and those of our children.
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Let us be clear what we are speaking of:
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• Young girls raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child, causing fistula.
• Boys held at gunpoint and forced to sexually assault their mothers and sisters.
• Women raped with bottles, wood branches, and knives to cause as much damage as possible.
• Toddlers and even babies dragged from their homes and violated.
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I will never forget the survivors that I have met or what they told me:
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The mother in Goma whose five-year-old daughter had been raped right outside a police station — in plain view.
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Rape is a tool of war. It is an act of aggression and a crime against humanity. Addressing warzone sexual violence is therefore your responsibility, as well as the duty of governments in countries afflicted by it. But the starting point must be you, the UN Security Council, shouldering your responsibilities and showing leadership.
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That five-year-old child in the Congo must count, because you represent her.
And in her eyes, if her attacker gets away with his crimes, it is because you have allowed it.
You set the bar.”

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After she spoke, they unanimously voted in favor of the resolution. Who wouldn’t? The full transcript is here. In early 2012, after serving for over a decade as a Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie was promoted to Special Envoy to the High Commissioner where she can facilitate lasting solutions for refugees.
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Acceptance Speech:
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The second speech I’d like to highlight was Jolie’s Humanitarian of the Year acceptance speech at the Governors Awards hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She came across as a relatable and human public servant, making connections at three very emotional levels:
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As a mom: Jolie humanized herself as a mom when she addressed her son Maddox “”Mad, I’m not going to cry, I promise. I’m not going to embarrass you. You and your brothers and sisters are my happiness. There is no greater honor than being your mother.” One of the most beautiful women in the world embarrasses her kids, too. That was comforting to me.
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As a fortunate person: She had the audience reflect on their fortune (Most news outlets skipped this part). In doing so, she humbly pulled me into the context of the suffering in a way that made me feel grateful. “I have never understood why some people are lucky enough to be born with the chance that I had, to have this path in life, and why, across the world, there is a woman just like me, with the same abilities and the same desires, same work ethic and love for her family, who would most likely make better films and better speeches. Only she sits in a refugee camp, and she has no voice. She worries about what her children will eat, how to keep them safe, and if they’ll ever be allowed to return home. I don’t know why this is my life and that’s hers.”
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As a daughter: She made the loss of her mother painfully evident when she said: “Above all, she was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others. And I didn’t know what that meant for a long time. … It was only when I began to travel and look and live beyond my home that I understand my responsibility to others. … And to stand here today means that I did as she asked. And if she were alive, she would be very proud.” Just like Jolie, I longed to hear these words from my mother.
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Usually people refer to Jolie as one of the most beautiful women in the world. I feel that way, too. But not because of her skin-deep beauty. I feel that way because of her heart-felt devotion to those without a voice of their own.
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(Nancy Duarte is CEO of Duarte, Inc. and the author of Resonate, Slide:ology, and the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. She has a passion for teaching others about the power of persuasive presentations that drive change in the world.
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Nancy recently released a free multimedia version of her best-selling book Resonate. Enjoy a significantly enriched, interactive experience on any device and browser!)

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(source: duarte.com)
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LinkedIn Influencer / Message / Speech Analysis
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Great Persuasive Speech, 2013: Angelina Jolie
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I get asked all the time, “Who are the most powerful female communicators?” Sadly, it’s a short list. Not many women have a broad platform (let’s change that, ladies!). Sheryl Sandberg is rocking it in the business space, and I think Angelina Jolie has it nailed in the humanitarian space. She gets little visibility for her work. In fact, when I mentioned to a few people that I felt she should be awarded Communicator of the Year for 2013, their disbelief shocked me.
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Jolie has spent over a decade advocating for refugees and victims of war. It’s not a gratuitous PR stunt for her, it’s her passion and meaningful hard work.
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I wanted to share the full transcript of the speech she gave to the UN Security Council requesting that they make rape an international crime. After this speech, the Council unanimously passed the resolution.
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Warning: The following transcript contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence.
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“Mr. President, Secretary General, Foreign Ministers; it is an honour to address this Council; and I thank Foreign Secretary Hague for the United Kingdom’s leadership.
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The Security Council was established 67 years ago, and has witnessed 67 years of wars and conflict.
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But the Security Council has yet to take up warzone rape as a serious priority.
.Hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of women, children and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes.
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The numbers are so vast, and the subject so painful that we have to stop to remember that…
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…behind each number is someone with a name, a personality, a story, and dreams no different from ours and those of our children.
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Let us be clear what we are speaking of:
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Young girls raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child, causing fistula.
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Boys held at gunpoint and forced to sexually assault their mothers and sisters.
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Women raped with bottles, wood branches and knives to cause as much damage as possible.
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Toddlers and even babies dragged from their homes, and violated.

I will never forget the survivors that I have met, or what they told me:
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The mother in Goma whose five year old daughter had been raped right outside a police station; in plain view.

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Or the woman who I met Syria last week, who asked I hide her name and face; because she knew if she spoke out about the crimes committed against her, she would be attacked again – and possibly killed.
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Rape is a tool of war. It is an act of aggression, and a crime against humanity.
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It is inflicted intentionally to destroy the woman, the family and the community.
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It ruins lives and fuels conflict.
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The United Nations Charter is clear:You, the Security Council, have “primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security”.
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Rape as a weapon of war is an assault on security.And the world in which these crimes happens is one in which there is not and never will be peace.
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Addressing warzone sexual violence is therefore your responsibility, as well as the duty of governments in countries afflicted by it.
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The fact is that in many conflict situations there is no government to take responsibility. So there is no protection and no accountability.
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When governments cannot act, the UN Security Council must step in to provide leadership and assistance.
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For these crimes happen not because they are inherent to war, but because the global climate allows it.That five year old girl was raped because her attacker knew he would get away with it.
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And because the world has not treated this as a priority, there have only been a handful of prosecutions for hundreds of thousands of survivors.
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They suffer most at the hands of their rapists, but they are also victims of this culture of impunity.
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That is the sad, upsetting and indeed shameful reality.
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I understand that there are many things that are difficult for the UN Security Council to agree on.But sexual violence in conflict should not be one of them.
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That it is a crime to rape young children is not something I imagine anyone in this room would not be able to agree on.
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The rights and wrongs of this issue are straightforward; and the actions that need to be taken have been identified.
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What is needed is political will, and that is what is being asked of your countries today:
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To act on the knowledge of what is right and what is unjust; and to show the determination to do something about it.
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Every country in the world is affected by sexual violence in one form or another, from domestic abuse to female genital mutilation.
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So all countries have a responsibility to step forward.But the starting point must be you, the UN Security Council, shouldering your responsibilities and showing leadership.
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To women in refugee camps, or those struggling to survive in war-torn communities, there is no greater power in the world that can stand by them.
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That young Syrian rape victim is here, because you represent her.
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That five year old child in the Congo must count, because you represent her.
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And in her eyes, if her attacker gets away with his crimes, it is because you have allowed it.
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You set the bar. If the United Nations Security Council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority it will become one and progress will be made.
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If you do not, this horror will continue.
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I thank and encourage those countries that are already setting a powerful example.My plea to all of you is to adopt and implement the Resolution before you; So that perpetrators are finally held to account, and survivors can at last feel safer on the ground.
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And please, do not let this issue fall when you leave this chamber: Meet your commitments, debate this issue in your parliaments, mobilise people in your countries, and build it into all your foreign policy efforts; so that together you can turn the tide of global opinion, shatter impunity and finally put an end this abhorrence.
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Thank you.”

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I am so impressed with Jolie’s ability to persuade. She uses contrast perfectly. She articulated not only What Is (the graphic nature of the crimes) but contrast that with her plea for placing the burden of What Could Be on the council to change the future of millions of victims.
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nok thailand @ 12/31/2013 at 12:00 pm

Enjoy the family. So cute all the pics. :)

Happy New Year 2014.

Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which has built 100 energy-efficient new homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward, is considering legal action against the manufacturer of an innovative glass-infused wood that was used in some of the homes’ outdoor steps and front porches. The wood has begun rotting, despite being guaranteed for 40 years, a Make It Right spokeswoman said.

Construction crews used the wood product, called TimberSIL, to build decks and stairs for about 30 homes from 2008 to 2010, said Taylor Royle, the Make It Right spokeswoman.

TimberSIL is described in promotional materials provided by its South Carolina-based manufacturer as offering “an effective barrier in lumber to rot, decay and common wood problems without using toxic ingredients.”

Make It Right, known for its homes’ eye-catching designs and “green” building features such as solar panels and rainwater collectors, was interested in an alternative to conventional treated lumber, which “usually uses chemicals,” Royle said. “In trying to be sustainable and green, we didn’t want to use decking lumber that had chemicals in it,” she said.

The absence of chemicals in the TimberSIL wood meant it could be “mulched and composted at the end of its life cycle,” she said.

But now, decks and steps that were built as recently as three years ago are showing signs of rot, with the wood taking on a dark gray tinge. “It was unable to withstand moisture, which obviously is a big problem in New Orleans,” Royle said.

It’s unclear whether the material has gained widespread use in Louisiana or elsewhere across the country. Several local home builders and other local nonprofit executives said they hadn’t heard of it.

A top TimberSIL executive said the company will look into the complaints.

The situation is a cautionary tale for nonprofit home builders and others interested in using cutting-edge, sustainable construction techniques, several home building and environmental experts said. The risks inherent in using innovative products must be balanced against considerations such as energy costs, the experts said.

Although far less widespread and serious, the situation is reminiscent of what happened when groups like Habitat for Humanity installed toxic Chinese drywall in hundreds of buildings in the New Orleans area after Katrina and were later forced to gut and rebuild them.

Earlier this year, renovations at a 19th-century inn in western Massachusetts stalled after contractors who had used TimberSIL to build deck rails said they realized the product would not hold a coat of paint or withstand the region’s climate. Replacing the material was expected to add $100,000 to the project’s originally contracted price tag of $760,000, according to local news reports.

Royle said Make It Right officials vetted the wood product, putting their trust in the manufacturer’s 40-year guarantee. Since 2010, Make It Right has used traditional yellow pine wood instead.

“This usually doesn’t happen,” she said of the new product’s allegedly poor performance. “Most of them work, and they’re great, and we’re always testing new products to see if they can help make the homes more sustainable, more affordable or both.”

Billy Ward, president of the Louisiana Home Builders Association, said he hadn’t heard of the glass-infused wood product, but he noted that he’s seen “many products come and go” during his three decades in the industry.

“It’s incumbent upon us as professional builders to vet any new product, to research it, and we have the opportunity to do that,” he said.

Using new products carries an inherent risk of failure, said Loyola University professor Robert Thomas, director of the school’s Center for Environmental Communication.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that they will run into some blind alleys like this, where they have to go in and regroup,” Thomas said. “It’s to be expected, but I applaud them for looking at products that don’t have chemicals that may be dangerous.”

Pitt, Make It Right’s star backer, said as much in a statement provided by the foundation.

“Make It Right is ambitious and tries new things all the time in order to make our homes better,” he said. “Where we find innovative products that didn’t perform, we move quickly to correct these things for our homeowners.”

Still, sometimes the best option is just sticking with traditional products that have known results, one local nonprofit executive said.

“You’re building homes in a subtropical climate with lots of rain and termites, and you know, sometimes you have to make exceptions,” said Tom Pepper, executive director of Common Ground Relief, which gutted thousands of storm-damaged homes and businesses after Katrina. “You have to build for your climate, and especially when you’re building wooden homes in a very damp climate, you have to go with what you know works, is my

They are so nice , they do so many things all together . It is real family!

It is so amazing. Most women, even Hollywood women, stop working after they have just one child or cut their work load way way way down. But Angie has six kids and neither her or Brad have stopped working for one second. Yet Angie somehow, is the greatest mother in the universe. All she has to do is take her kids to the zoo or somewhere every once in a while, get their photos taken for the tabloids and she is christ incarnate. The women with only one child who have barely left the house in two years should be ashamed of themselves for being such lousy moms. They will just never measure up to Angie.

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