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LANSDALE, Pa. (CBS) — The feds say a Lansdale man has been using a dead person’s identity for more than 21 years. Authorities got involved after a relative of the deceased used Ancestry.com to put her family tree together. A woman was getting information on Ancestry last year and her nephew Nathan Laskoski popped up.…

via Woman Using Ancestry.com Discovers Man Has Been Using Dead Baby’s Identity For Over 20 Years — CBS Philly

SAME HERE IN KENYA

Posted: April 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

By Joe America Let us suppose that the Philippines is engaged in a to-the-death battle between two very different value systems. One is the old ‘me-first’, tribal system of favor and power. The other is democracy with its attempt to engage everyone equally and fairly. Tribal values have the edge in the Philippines today because […]

via The Rainbow Rebellion, a crowd-sourced opposition — The Society of Honor: the Philippines

This True

Posted: April 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Should being an insensitive asshole in public cost you $42,000 plus countless thousands more in legal fees? A decision rendered by the provincial Human Rights Tribunal here in the Province of Quebec earlier this week said ‘Yes’, when it decided that a segment from Mike Ward’s 2009 to 2012 French stand-up comedy touring show ‘Mike Ward s’Expose’ (Mike […]

via Free Speech Versus Political Correctness – When Hurting Someone’s Feelings Is Not a Laughing Matter — Norm 2.0

STUDENTS

Posted: April 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A couple of local rabbinical students have taken a fresh approach to the Passover story by re-writing the traditional “Haggadah” in the theme of the musical Hamilton. Jake Adler and his classmate Emily Cohen at first started writing their Hamilton Haggadah in a Google Document just for fun. Eventually, they did it…

via Local Rabbinical Students Create The ‘Hamilton Haggadah’ — CBS Philly

Life Fears again

Posted: August 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Life fears again just around the corner in Kenya or simply elections in Kenya. Politician dividing themselves from tribes while other merging the tribes, Not bad but i think THE DIFFERENT IS THE SAME. Kenyan youth are divided again and who knows how politician are preparing for in the grass roots. Are we the youth, or simply the others youths from different tribe being prepared to be sacrificed for the better of their selfish power in form of supporting our tribesmen? Directly from my own surrounding what i hear is “Kitaumana raundi hii, hakuna raisi” meaning it will be tough this time round and who knows what the statement means? Life fears again to the youths and our kids who will be growing up knowing the Kenyan Election trend is the hard way.

Its time the youths stand up and never stop till i see our fellow youths stand up and say, ” this time round show me the development you have made as a politician for you to get my vote……..” That time is now and in this coming election, i stand first. My vote my say and i will maintain peace, not to be used by the politician to cause violence.

 

“GOD BLESS KENYA”

Dear World

Posted: February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

Thank You UN

 

The Kikuyu traditionally were superstitious and today they retain some practices of traditions held over from the old times.  For instance, some Kikuyu still honor some traditional superstitions such as a taboo against whistling.  The traditional belief was that this would call malicious spirits.

The Kikuyu believe the number 10 was unlucky, so even though their legend says Gikuyu had 10 daughters, they always say nine.  When counting they used to say “full nine” instead of the word for ten.  Nowadays this term is still used sometimes by old people or in a joking manner.  The real word is still retained, ikumi.

God Bless Kenya and lets fight Tribalism.

Among all the tribes we have in our beloved country Kenya, today we focused on one of the tribes that make Kenya what it is now and this is our first part of series 43 in Kenya. Its just a brief history and what we feel is to be having this tribes in Kenya. Not forgetting recognizing them and appreciating their existence in our beautiful Kenya.

A long time ago, the Luhya used to live in small communities. For administrative purposes the smallest unit was the village (litala) and several villages formed olukongo which had about 500 people in it with some more populated than others.
           
A village (litala) was often surrounded by a fence of euphorbia trees. In some parts of Luhyaland where enemy raids were common, the villages were surrounded by a wall of clay and a ditch (olukoba) running all round.

This made it difficult for the enemies to attack a village, and easy for the inmates to defend themselves. Naturally, walled villages were very large because building the wall and digging the ditch was difficult work and needed many men to work together on it. All the men who cooperated in the work got a space inside the wall to build a hut or huts for their families. Those who did not help were not allowed in.

litala or village
A traditional Luhya homestead (litala) consisted of several huts.

Village leadership: The leader of each olukongo, the Omwami, was usually a man of influence. He was expected to make sure that there was sufficient rain to nourish the crops grown on that olukongo each year. Very often such a leader was either a rainmaker (omukimba) or someone who had influence over another rainmaker.

Great Community Spirit: Community spirit was great in each olukongo. All the families knew one another, so that a stranger was always noticeable. The people helped each other in most things for example if someone had a hut or a granary to build, all the other men came to help; if he could, he made some food and possibly some beer for them. If someone’s son or daughter was going to be married, all members of olukongo brought fitting presents – usually food – to his or her parents to be used in the celebration. Each death was mourned by all villagers.

People helped each other in sickness and suffering and celebrated happy occasions like marriage together. This communal feeling is still prevalent to some extent although urbanization is slowly clipping away what was orthodoxy traditional.

Activities of each season were started officially, and with a little ceremony, by the chief landowner of the olukongo. This was a man recognized by everyone as the heir to the original owners of that part of the land. He started the cultivation, the sowing, the weeding and the harvesting.

This just a brief story about the lugha and their strength. AS Kenya all we need now is to incorporate this lugha strength with other this we were given to ensure that we continue building our nation because as long as we work together. We will be able to leave in peace and attract more investors and tourist who want to know more about our tribes and how rich of history we are. This just part of it in lugha culture, can we fight tribalism and help each other in celebrating our culture. Yes we can and we will only if we fight those promoting tribalism instead of cultural golds we have in our hands.

” GOD BLESS KENYA”

KENYA — Tribal lines are being drawn over who won Kenya’s presidential election. But unlike the bloody violence that scarred the country eight years ago, this time the tribal line is in the social media.

The violence, wars and discriminating other tribes in public are being replaced by bitter Tweets and angry status on facebook.

The exchange of barbs between supporters of the current his Excellency Mr. President and the Former Prime Minister of Kenya have now created groups in the social Medias that they use to fight online by posting status that either directly or indirectly attack or discriminate the other leader they don’t like him.

The Ministry of Information and Communications once said after the elections was complete that it has been unable to contain “the ugly messages of hate and negative ethnicity” online. He said many of the messages qualify as hate speech. They are not only the status to express how one feel but it used to express the hate one feels toward his supporter’s opponent. Which triggers the other supporter’s opinion that will probably not be polite? I gauze so.

The outrage is becoming wider and the tension is palpable. It’s going to erode all our efforts of building national cohesion.

After Kenya’s disputed presidential vote in late 2007, ODM supporters took to the streets. Tribal violence erupted, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,000 people. Specific regions in the our beloved country was left to certain tribal that thought it belonged to them and few who were found around were killed. This was against the freedom of movement that is well defined in our Constitution.  We don’t want this to happen again especially now that we have a common enemy with us, The Al Shabaab!!

No major violence has been reported, but the interactions are ugly online. Ethnic allegiances are exposed and ridiculed. The president’s tribe, the Kikuyus and opposition leader’s tribe the Luos clashed violently five years ago, now they insult each other via the internet. The social media in Kenya as lost meaning or Kenyan have just being too wise to change the meaning of that word “social Media” without realising that. If only all this creativeness can be transferred to trying to bring Kenya together am sure Kenya would be coolest place to be on earth.

Some of the posts that trigger tribal in Kenya are like “We may be thieves but we are also enterprising. No wonder we employ u to use (your) brains in our jobs coz u don’t use (yours) to better (your) lives n that’s the way it is. We run u not vice versa so swallow it.” While other like “Hiyo kiti si ya familia, meaning that seat is not for your family” are the kind of the message we should try to avoid to make our country the safest place on earth.

A Facebook group called” Stop Raila Odinga” Now has more than 20,000 members while another one like “Nyanza Si Kenya” has also more than 20,000 follower who are engaged in online hate messages. How many followers do “Ke1Tribe” which is a page on facebook that tries to kick tribalism out of Kenya has? Less than 60. If only members of this two tribalism pages were trying to kick tribalism outside, we would not only be a loving nation but also a nation that can easy protect our borders from common enemies.

Most of the people have now stopped following me on twitter and facebook simply because I am from a certain tribe, they are not willing to get my opinion on best things about kicking tribalism in Kenya that I post. The social media has simply upgraded the Tribal clashes.

“GOD BLESS KENYA”