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Where the bee sucks. there suck I:
In a cowslip's bell I lie;
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Ex-Votos Santa Lucia
An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or divinity. It is given in fulfillment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for ex voto suscepto, “from the vow made”) or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel where the worshipper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks. The destinations of pilgrimages often include shrines decorated with ex-votos.
Ex-votos can take a wide variety of forms. They are not only intended  for the helping figure, but also as a testimony to later visitors of  the received help. As such they may include texts explaining a miracle  attributed to the helper, or symbols such as a painted or modelled  reproduction of a miraculously healed body part, or a directly related  item such as a crutch given by a person formerly lame. There are places where a very old  tradition of depositing ex-votos existed, such as Abydos in ancient  Egypt.
(Definition from Wikipedia)

Ex-Votos Santa Lucia

An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or divinity. It is given in fulfillment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for ex voto suscepto, “from the vow made”) or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel where the worshipper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks. The destinations of pilgrimages often include shrines decorated with ex-votos.

Ex-votos can take a wide variety of forms. They are not only intended for the helping figure, but also as a testimony to later visitors of the received help. As such they may include texts explaining a miracle attributed to the helper, or symbols such as a painted or modelled reproduction of a miraculously healed body part, or a directly related item such as a crutch given by a person formerly lame. There are places where a very old tradition of depositing ex-votos existed, such as Abydos in ancient Egypt.

(Definition from Wikipedia)

Another example of Ex-Votos

"This is a little chapel in a cemetery in New Orleans.  People pray to St. Lucy to heal them."
Photo and caption by  Liza Golter 
Location: New Orleans, LA
(via Nation Geographic Photo Contest 2011)

Another example of Ex-Votos

"This is a little chapel in a cemetery in New Orleans. People pray to St. Lucy to heal them."

Photo and caption by Liza Golter

Location: New Orleans, LA

(via Nation Geographic Photo Contest 2011)

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Top 5 FOX myths to debunk this Thanksgiving

MYTH #1: The congressional Super Committee failed because both sides refuse to compromise.
REALITY: The Super Committee failed because Republicans’ number one, non-negotiable priority is to protect millionaires and billionaires from paying even one more penny in taxes.1 Democrats repeatedly offered to make deep spending cuts—far deeper than most progressives would like—in exchange for raising taxes on the wealthy and closing corporate loopholes, only to be refused again and again.2 So even though the vast majority of Americans say they want to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits, and raise taxes on the rich and corporations,3 that won’t happen until Republicans put aside their extremist stance.
MYTH #2: Nobody knows what Occupy Wall Street is about.
REALITY: Occupy Wall Street may not have a formal list of demands, but anyone who’s been paying attention understands the core problems that occupiers are protesting—that corporations have far too much power in our political system, that Wall Street banks crashed our economy but were never held accountable, and that the richest 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans—156 million people—combined.4
MYTH #3: Occupiers should stop protesting and just get a job.
REALITY: As anybody who’s looked for a job in the last few years knows, there just aren’t jobs out there. That’s a big part of why occupiers are protesting. In September, there were four times as many unemployed people as job openings.5 And for those who are lucky enough to find a job, median wages today are lower than they were a decade ago.6
MYTH #4: Occupy Wall Street is intent on provoking violence, especially against banks and the police.
REALITY: Occupations across the country have committed themselves to nonviolent protest, in the greatest traditions of protest movements. Some of their protests have been met with acts of police violence—tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets7—but in many cases, protesters have reminded police that the police officers are part of the 99%, too.8 And in the few cases when people have shown up at Occupy demonstrations and committed acts of vandalism, other protesters have even repaired their acts of vandalism.9
MYTH #5: The biggest crisis facing our country is out of control government spending.
REALITY: The two biggest drivers of our deficit—by far—are the economic crash and the Bush tax cuts.10 We have millions of people out of work, corporations hoarding cash, and factories sitting idle. If we put all those people back to work—rebuilding infrastructure, educating our children, and researching new technologies—it’ll shrink the deficit and make our economy stronger for the long haul. And we can easily afford it if we make sure the rich—who are taking home a larger percentage of income than any time since 191711—pay their fair share.
Sources:
1. “No, ‘both sides’ aren’t equally to blame for supercommittee failure,” The Washington Post, November 21, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268071&id=33178-19183336-eHAeV4x&t=4
2. “Wonkbook: In supercommittee, Dems moved right and Republicans moved righter,” The Washington Post, November 22, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268072&id=33178-19183336-eHAeV4x&t=5
3. “CNN Poll: What The Super Committee Produced Is…Exactly What We Don’t Want,” Talking Points Memo, November 21, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268073&id=33178-19183336-eHAeV4x&t=6
"Medicare, Social Security & The Deficit," National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, September 2011
4. “Michael Moore says 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined,” Politifact Wisconsin, March 10, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268074&id=33178-19183336-eHAeV4x&t=7
5. “Fact: 4 job seekers per opening in U.S.,” CNN, September 12, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268075&id=33178-19183336-eHAeV4x&t=8
6. “Median household income,” Wikipedia, Accessed November 22, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268076&id=33178-19183336-eHAeV4x&t=9
7. “Occupy movement: police reaction in pictures,” The Guardian, November 21, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268077&id=33178-19183336-eHAeV4x&t=10
8. “Occupy Demonstrators Mark Two Months of Protests,” NPR, November 17, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268078&id=33178-19183336-eHAeV4x&t=11
9. ”Occupy Oakland protesters assist in cleanup efforts,” News 10 ABC, November 3, 2011
10. “Economic Downturn and Bush Policies Continue to Drive Large Projected Deficits,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 10, 2011 
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3490
11. ”Income Inequality Is At An All-Time High: STUDY,” The Huffington Post, September 14, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268079&id=33178-19183336-eHAeV4x&t=12
                                                                                     via MoveOn.org