10 Things You Must Pack


by Rick Seaney


If you think packing for a trip is a chore, this is for you: A list of essentials – the things you must pack – plus fun destinations where you can use this stuff. See the how-to packing video at the end.

10 Things to Pack

Electronic accessories: We know you won’t forget your phone because it’s attached to your hand but do NOT forget: Charger cords, ear buds and headphones, maybe a portable charger, whatever you need to stay in touch. Keep this stuff in a carry-on bag or on your person so you can get to it when you need it! Use it on a trip New York City.

International electronic stuff: Be sure you have the right power adapter plugs so you can use your charger cord (here’s a country guide to adapters). And don’t forget to contact your provider well ahead of your trip so you don’t get slammed by a big bill for international charges. Use all this on a trip to Buenos Aires.

Entertainment: We love books but they take up a lot of space and weight so download ebooks (and movies and TV) to your favorite device and maybe some games. That’ll keep you sharp on a trip to Las Vegas.

Cash and cards: If you want to buy a snack or meal on a plane, you’ll need a card. You won’t need much cash, but bring some. Tip: If you’ll be heading to another country, go to the bank and get a couple of hundred dollars’ worth of local currency so you can hit the ground running. Use it on a trip to Sydney.

Documents and photos: Again, print your boarding pass and save it along with any luggage tags just in case there’s a problem with your flight or bags. If traveling internationally, photocopy your passport, carry a couple of extra passport photos and keep them separate from the original; it will be useful if you have to go to an embassy or consulate for an emergency replacement. Use it on a trip to London.

Snacks: You may not get hungry on that hour-and-a-half long flight from but short hops have been known to drag on for hours due to weather or mechanical problems so always carry a few granola or power bars or a similar portable snack. Feeling powerful enough to leap tall mountains? Take a trip to Denver.

Clothes you’ll really wear: The key word is comfort. Only pack clothes you love, that fit, and look good on you; if one of those three ingredients is lacking, you’ll just be wasting space. Follow a similar color scheme so the top from one outfit goes with the pants from another, etc. As for shoes, try to limit yourself to two pairs you know are comfortable; pack one, wear the other. Now that you’re stylish and cozy, head to elegant Boston.

Bathing suit: Even if you’re not heading to the beach, toss a suit in your bag; there may be a pool at the hotel (or a trip to a lake). A suit takes up almost no room and weighs next to nothing. Put it to good use on a trip to Cancun.

Eye wear: Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory; bring them. If you wear regular glasses, pack an extra pair. Contacts? Don’t forget the solution. Use this on a trip to Phoenix (and those glasses will come in handy if you make the three hour drive to the Grand Canyon).

Health essentials: Pack vitamins, daily medications, maybe some aspirin and upset stomach remedies plus a few Band-Aids. Complete the mini-first aid kit with hand-sanitizer wipes and use them on seatback tray tables (the most germ-ridden part of a plane). Now that you’re feeling good, try a trip to a scintillating city like Bangkok.

A Few Other Things You Might Want to Pack

Gadgets and selfie sticks: If these videos on the GoPro site are any indication, one of these stick-’em-anywhere cameras might make a good trip even more memorable. Ditto for selfie sticks (maybe – remember, they’re not welcome everywhere including some major theme parks).

Noise-canceling headphones: I don’t get on a plane without mine and not just for the music; it shuts out screaming babies so I can sleep.

Rain gear: A very small collapsible umbrella and/or a plastic poncho-in-a-pouch won’t take up much room. You can usually find these items at big box drugstores for less than $20 (and we’ve seen the ponchos for less than $5).

Above all, pack a little patience. You never know when a flight can be delayed or cancelled. But at least you’ll have a charged-up phone to view videos on.
Packing Video

VIDEO: Packing with the Sit & Zip method.
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And here’s a do-NOT-pack list



SOURCE | http://www.farecompare.com/travel-advice/10-things-you-absolutely-must-pack-plus-a-maybe-list/#/

Terrorism

"You know what I am sick of seeing? People attempting to half-heartedly explain terrorism with a simple "Oh well, the #US bombed a lone terrorist and so they snuck over the border into Europe and decided to attack civilians in #London."

Not only is that insulting to me but I'm sure it is insulting to your average worker in the Middle East. People don't just become terrorists overnight, they learn #Wahhabism from its biggest exporter and our biggest ally in the Middle East - #SaudiArabia and then they receive weapons and funding to go off and murder people and the minorities.

They have #NATO turn a blind eye as #Daesh fighters are trained in #Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The terrorists biggest friend is the US and its Western allies (UK / Australia) dollar or pound and the literal arms shipments we give them.

And your average terrorist is not some Muslim angry at the West - your average terrorist is someone who was created by and arguably benefited from the West."

~ Elizabeth Tonn  - 23 March 2017

Islamist Terrorism with a Human Face

[First posted Aug 6, 2014 by the source given at the end of the article]





The British media is continuing to publish puff pieces about Islamist extremists working for British charities in Syria.

In December 2013, the BBC aired a programme documenting the struggle of aid convoys travelling to Syria, but failed to mention the convoy volunteers’ support for Al Qaeda operatives and extremist preachers. In April 2014, Britain’s Channel 4 aired an interview with two “charity workers” in Syria – Tauqir Sharif and his wife, Racquell Hayden-Best. Channel 4 neglected to mention that the husband and wife team were supporters of ISIS, the leading terror group in Syria, now wreaking havoc in Iraq.

A few months later, on July 2, the BBC published a sympathetic piece about Kasim Jameel, another British “aid worker”, whom they portrayed as the victim of an over-zealous British police. Jameel, in fact, has expressed praise for Syrian jihadi “martyrs” and paraphrases a notorious quote by Osama Bin Laden: “Our men love death like your men love life.”

Most recently, on July 12, The Times published a profile of Mohammed Shakiel Shabir, another British “aid worker” working in Syria and Gaza. The article touches on Shabir’s difficult adolescence: his “multiple spells in prison, an ill-fated marriage and the birth of two sons when he was barely out of his teens.”

Although the piece notes some of Shabir’s associations, including the fact that he carries around with him DVDs of sermons by Anwar Al-Awlaki, the late Al Qaeda leader, Shabir’s turn to radical Islam and his purported charitable work, however, is painted as “a classic redemption story” made harder by others’ attempts to label him an extremist. The journalist, Laura Pitel, writes that, “the fears of a Syria terror threat have muddied the narrative. [Shabir] embodies the difficulties of protecting national security without alienating British Muslims who are determined to help.”

In truth, Shabir, and the profile painted of him by The Times, actually embodies the continued and distinct failure of the British media to recognize the signs of radical Islamism and to grasp that a number of nefarious groups have understood the importance of placing a human face on an iniquitous ideology.

Mohammed Shakiel Shabir, as The Times article notes, is a “point man for a string of British Islamic charities.” In particular, Shabir works for Children in Deen and Lifecare UK, two extremist British Islamist charities funding projects in Syria and Gaza.

Lifecare UK is also part of a coalition of charities named the “UK Convoy to Syria,” whose members include Shabir’s other charity, Children in Deen.Lifecare UK is a British charity that claims to fund humanitarian projects implemented in Gaza by another charity, Families Relief. Families Relief has been identified as a member of the Hamas-funding Union of Good, a designated terrorist entity under US law. Trustees of Families Relief include an official in the Islamic Society of Britain, a Muslim Brotherhood group; as well as a founder of the Tunisian Islamist Ennahda Party.

Children in Deen works closely with the Gaza-based Al-Falah Benevolent Society, which is described by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre as one of “Hamas’s charitable societies,” and is known to be run by Ramadan Tanbura, “a well-known Hamas figure.” One of Al-Falah’s Directors, Jamal Hamdi al-Haddad, also manages one of Hamas’ Hebrew-language education programmes, entitled “Know Your Enemy”. Shabir has promoted the partnership between Children in Deen and this Hamas charitable front.

In March 2014, it emerged that an aid convoy organised by Children in Deen was used by British suicide bomber Abdul Waheed Majeed to get to war-torn Syria in July last year — the same convoy with which Mohammed Shakiel Shabir travelled.

Events partly organized by Shabir’s charities have included fundraising evenings with speakers such as Khalid Fikri, a sectarian cleric who describes Shia Muslims as “the worst and greatest enemies against our Ummah [Islamic nation]” and a vocal supporter of a convicted terrorist, Omar Abdul Rahman, whom Fikri claims was the victim of “a false accusation and a political court” presided over by a “Jew Judge”. Fikri was joined on stage by Yusha Evans, another Islamist preacher, who has said that he feels “sicken[ed]” by “Muslims [who] have love and affection for … disbelievers.” He has also described “moderate Muslims” as “one of the biggest threats to the success of this Ummah [the Muslim community.]” Evans has expressed admiration for Tarek Mehanna, who, in 2011, was convicted of “conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda, providing material support to terrorists (and conspiracy to do so), [and] conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country.”

Shabir’s social media postings include expressed praise for leaders of Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization; support for the hate preacher Zahir Mahmood, who has claimed that, “Hamas are not terrorists. They’re freedom fighters”; and calls for Moazzam Begg, the pro-jihadist leader of Cageprisoners, who was recently arrested on terrorism charges, to be freed.

Shabir dismisses the use of “protests and demonstrations” and calls upon Muslims “to rise and defend and fight” against the “kufaar”

Most importantly, however, is that Shabir has acted as the middleman between the British charities listed above and the IHH, a Turkish charity that The Times has reported is involved in gun-running missions to Syria. German media has revealed that similar convoys of ambulances from Germany, supposedly containing medical supplies, are being used to bring weapons into Syria. It is noteworthy that when Shabir’s charities travel to Syria through Turkey, they liaise with IHH aid convoys.

The IHH operates in 120 countries with an annual budget of around $100 million, but its various offshoots are among banned terror groups under Dutch, German and Israeli law. The IHH’s claim to be humanitarian organization is a thin façade – its own website includes a tribute to Shamil Basayev, the Chechen terrorist who murdered 350 people, including 186 children, during the Beslan school siege.

Shabir, in fact, first entered radical Islam through the IHH, when he took part in the infamous 2010 boat convoy to Gaza, which was raided by Israeli forces. Today, Shabir remains an important “coordinator” between British Islamist charities and the IHH. Shabir has even described IHH leader Bulent Yildrim as his “dear big brother” for whom he has a “lot of love and respect.” Yildrim, known for his intense anti-Semitism, recently tweeted a warning that “All Jews living in Turkey will pay a price.”

“Aid workers” like Shabir use philanthropic endeavour to put a human face on extreme Islamism. These various puff pieces paint violent Islamism as nothing more than welfare provision. Although the misuse of charitable aspirations is by no means a new phenomenon, the media is, at present, particularly guilty of affording legitimacy to such barefaced exploitation.

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iERA linked to ISIS recruits

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Source: http://standforpeace.org.uk/islamism-with-a-human-face/


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