And thanks, Jac, for the links.
And thanks, Jac, for the links.
Nope. The World Bank has suggested privatizing water.
Can you see where this is leading?
And thanks, DickG., for the link.
If those numbers are correct, I have a few theories as to why that might be. Wanna hear ‘em?
Because of this kind of crap:
Hail, YES, I’m going to Whose Body Is It, Anyway?, an evening of improv comedy, drinks, and food to support Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. I’m on the host committee, for cryin’ out loud, because I whole-heartedly support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own down-yonders.
Join me at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. There will be performances by the fabulous Sea Tea Improv, and awesome people like yourself supporting an organization that gives comprehensive medical care to people throughout southern New England. Remember: You need to register beforehand (for the caterers).
And thanks, Jay, for the link to that video.
They’ve started an Indie-Go-Go account to raise money. Won’t you give?
You can read more about their good work here. I can’t say enough nice about Hands On Hartford. This is an awesome group with their hands all in to help Hartford.
When you fear the research will piss off your constituency, like Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga) (who is running for Senate even while he’s trying to repeal Obamacare, by the way). If the good people at the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention are allowed to research gun violence, they just may find that we’re doing things all wrong. And we can’t have that now, can we, ‘Muricans?
Besides, as Leftover so deftly points out, we already know the answer.
For shame, Rep. Kingston. For. Shame.
In Chicago! Happy Muslims! (And I don’t care. I love Pharrell and I love this song, and was shocked — shocked! — when I played this at the beginning of a recent class and had a student protest loudly.)
(And I would give cash-money to see my fellow Fundamentalist Christians have at this song. Let’s go, chosen! Shake your wild thing!)
Read this wonderful essay by New Haven’s own Antonia Ayres-Brown that includes this:
In a series of 30 visits, we sent boys and girls, ages 7-11, into 15 McDonald’s stores to independently order a Happy Meal at the counter. We found that 92.9 percent of the time, the store, without asking, simply gave each child the toy that McDonald’s had designated for that child’s gender—a Justice fashion toy for girls and a Power Rangers toy for boys. What’s worse was the trouble the children encountered when they immediately returned to the counter and asked to exchange their unopened toy: 42.8 percent of stores refused to exchange for an opposite-sex toy.
In the most egregious instance, a McDonald’s employee asked a girl, “Would you like the girl’s toy?” The girl responded, “No, could I have the boy’s toy?” When the girl opened the container a moment later, she learned that notwithstanding her explicit request, a McDonald’s employee had given her the girl’s toy. This girl went back to the counter with the unopened toy and requested, “May I have a boy’s toy, please?” The same McDonald’s employee replied, “There are only girl’s toys.” We then sent an adult male into the store who immediately was given a boy’s toy.
How do you intend to celebrate?
Here are some creative ideas, from Grist.org. And locally, you can make plans to attend Riverfront Earth Day in Hartford, which starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday and goes through the afternoon with games, activities, a march, speeches, and a whole lotta fun. You can register here.
As you may already know:
By the end of the last decade the suburban poor population exceeded the number of inner city poor people by 2.6 million people, according to the Brookings Institution.