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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 6, 2012 Stir00 00y00ro, Nostra 00wee00,00co of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Fucus is the name that was given to the cosmetic which the Greek and Roman ladies used to paint their cheeks and eyebrows. The use of cosmetics became very general among the Greek ladies and probably came into fashion because of their sedentary life style, which removed much of the natu- ral color from their complex- ions. We are told that the practice of using cosmetics is one of great antiquity and probably started with the ancient Ionians, where it prevailed from the earliest times. They didn't paint their faces when at home, but reserved it for times when they traveled, or wished to appear more captivating. The cosmetic that was used to provide a fair com- plexion was made from white lead, while the rouge was made from vegetable reds. Red lead and mineral alkali were also used. The eyebrows and eyelids were stained FUCUS black, with a kind of burnt solution that is still being used by some ladies from other countries. A soot prep- aration was also used but this could never hold up against tears or perspiration and at times generated some very humorous situations. Among the Roman ladies, the art of painting the com- plexion was carried to a greater extent than with the Greeks. The Romans even used a blue color to paint the veins on their temples and their favorite rouge was made from a variety of moss. All of the above is mere child's play compared to the following preparations or remedies which are taken from authentic sources, so help me Hannah (or henna). Ass's milk was used to remove wrinkles from the face and make the skin white and soft. Poppaea, the wife of Nero, always kept enough she-asses around for her bath supply. White lead and butter was used for skin eruptions and ulcers on the face were treated with the afterbirth of a calf (yeck). Another good remedy to give whiteness to the skin and smooth away wrinkles was to boil the hoof of a white bull-calf for 40 days, then apply to the face with a linen cloth. Bull's dung was used to bring a rosy color to the cheeks, as did an extract made from crocodile's intes- tines. Red spots and discol- crations of the skin were removed by using calls dung lneaded by hand with oil and gum. Any kind of skin fungus vas cured by the applica- ton of the gooey substance made from the genitals d calves, dissolved in vin- ar and native sulphur. The vhole mess was stirred with a fig branch before applica- ton ... and folks, that's my tp for the day. NEXT ISSUE: Spit On It It Pays to Shop for Health Insurance During Open Enrollment Last Sunday was the first day of the 45-day open en- rollment period for those who purchase health insurance on their own. In most cases, July 1 through August 15 is the only time during the year when people can purchase a plan or make changes to their current coverage for any reason. "It is critical that people take advantage of this oppor- tunity to shop for a plan that satisfies their needs and meets their budget," said Commonwealth Health In- surance Connector Author- ity Executive Director Glen Shor. "Even those who al- ready have coverage should take the opportunity to shop and see if they can find a better deal." A 2010 state law limits when many individuals and families buying health nearly one-half of them re- ceive their coverage through the Health Connector. "We've taken a lot of the confusion out of shopping for health insurance by creat- ing a unique website that allows people to go online and generate real-time quotes in an easy-to-understand format from all of the lead- ing health insurance carri- ers in the state," Shor noted. "People can save by shopping and there isn't an easier place to shop than the Health Connector." The major carriers whose plans are offered through the Health Connector are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, BMC Health- Net, CeltiCare, Fallon Com- munity Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health New England, Neighborhood Health Plan and Tufts Health "Shoppers can narrow tleir choices down to plans tlat include specific doctors, rurse practitioners, hospi- tfls and health centers," sid Director of Program iIanagement Stephanie (hrobak. "Having this type d information is priceless vhen trying to determine tae best Commonwealth Choice plan for you and your flmily." Members may also take tart at no charge in the ealth Connector's wellness Kogram, My Wellness Track. I provides resources to pro- note healthy living, per- snalized tools to view, log and track wellness goals, iteractive campaigns to engage them along their vellness journey, and e-newsletters with sound vellness tips. Massachusetts residents Res Publica by David Trumbull American Freedom and Equality Continued The drama of liberty, which we celebrated on the Fourth of July, continues. Four years after the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, in the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts framed this Declara- tion of the Rights of the Inhabitants: All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights: among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting prop- erty; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness. Those words were invoked three years later by Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice William Cushing, stating: [the words of the Constitution] declare that all men are born free and equal; and that every subject is entitled to liberty ... In short slavery is in my judgment as effectively abolished as it can be by the granting of rights and privileges wholly incompatible and repugnart to its existence. It would take decades and America's bloodiest war, to bring freedom to all Americans. Abraham Lincoln's words in 1863 at Gettysburg mark another scene in the drama: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal" Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. However, in the political and civic realm the genius for enlargement of liberties has, in recent decades, severely atrophied. On November 2, 1976, the voters of the Com- monwealth adopted Amendment 106 to the Massachusetts Constitution, which added to the phrase, All people are born free and equal, the following enumeration: Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of sex, race, color, creed or national origin. It is a catalog of protected classes, which, far from expanding freedom, suggests that while "all people are born free and equal" the law need only concern itself with persons so far as they are representa- tives of their sex, race, etc. In sum it is a denial of indi- vidual freedom in favor of group identity. Under this political theory, which now enjoys support among the elite in our Commonwealth, persons are not equal before the law based on nothing more than shared humanity. Rather, they assert that rights arise out of mem- bership is some particular class. There is no end to the new protected classes than politicians can pander to, to the detriment of the common good and equality of persons. And no end to the spurious new rights, which are no rights at all but merely political patronage directed at preferred classes who vote for these politicians. Greater Boston's Affordabte Private Cemetery Traditional Burial Plot (for 2) Starting at $1500 T, MIC00L CEME00RY 500 Canterbury St. 617.524.1036 Boston, MA 02131 Serving the Italian community for over 100 years! insurance outside of an employer's plan or a govern- ment-subsidized program may purchase or change plans. There are approxi- mately 71,000 individual purchasers in the state and Plan. All of their plans of- fered through the Health Connector have received the state's seal of approval. People can shop by price, insurance carrier and even health care providers. 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