Stealth Bananas!!!

Nov 25

pieratt:

This might be the best educational diagram/gif I’ve seen.

pieratt:

This might be the best educational diagram/gif I’ve seen.

(Source: peterfromtexas)

Oct 30

Doctors' Group Tells High Schools To Make Condoms More Accessible To Teens | ThinkProgress -

…teens will only use condoms if isn’t too difficult to get them.

“For teens to use them, they have to have them available, and they’re not going to come in necessarily asking for them,” O’Brien pointed out. “Having them available not just in healthcare settings is really important. Have them in the mall. They should be everywhere.”

AAP researchers pointed out that there’s still some resistance to making condoms available to teens, largely because people assume that will encourage a greater number of adolescents to become sexually active. That’s not actually the case, though. Research has found that providing youth with contraceptive resources makes it more likely that they will practice safe sex, but doesn’t increase their sexual activity.

The pediatrician group also found a strong correlation between comprehensive sex ed and condom use. Compared to the teens who take sex ed classes in school, the adolescents who don’t receive any formal sex ed instruction are half as likely to use a condom when they first become sexually active. And that discrepancy continues: the kids who don’t receive formal sex ed are also less likely to use condoms consistently in the future. In its policy recommendation, the AAP recommends that programs to expand access to condoms in schools should be accompanied by comprehensive sex ed curricula.

Some schools in areas with particularly high STD rates are already trying out creative methods of distributing contraception. About a third of Philadelphia’s public high schools installed vending machines full of free condoms at the beginning of the year, hoping to reach the teens who may have felt too embarrassed to walk into the nurse’s office to ask for condoms. But that’s an anomaly. The majority of public schools still don’t make condoms available to students without requiring them to go through an intermediary, like a school nurse or guidance counselor.

Oct 28

thingstosharewithjenny-deactiva said: This isn't a question, he said, stating the obvious. I just wanted to tell you that I think you post a lot of really important information, that I'm glad you're doing it, and that I hope you keep doing it. Thanks.

Thanks for saying. I get all my kicks from preachin’ to the choir, so it’s good to hear the callback … . :D

Oct 16

Research finds that giving money to the poor reduces poverty | ScienceBlog.com -

…a four-year study of a government-run program in northern Uganda that gave cash to groups of young people so they could learn a trade and start their own businesses. The results surprised him and convinced him that outright grants are the best way to give aid.

“I was very skeptical. I thought the money was bound to be wasted,” Blattman recalled in a recent interview on campus. “But most people used the money responsibly and there were huge economic effects.”

The data showed that after four years, most of those who received a cash grant were practicing a skilled trade, their income was up nearly 40 percent on average, and business assets increased 57 percent….

Jun 24

Click Here to Kick Glenn Beck Off the Air: Web Activism's Big Wins—and What to Do Next -

…“There were people in smaller communities who, in many cases, were the only person they knew who opposed the war,” says Noah T. Winer, who previously served as a campaign director at MoveOn and now consults with social change groups about online activism. “The only way they found people they could organize with was that they signed a petition online and then were invited to attend an event that someone in their town was actually organizing. They would find someone who might live two blocks from them and who felt the same way about the war, and they’d say, ‘I had no idea you were here.’”

“It’s funny when people characterize online organizing as armchair activism for couch potatoes,” Winer adds. “Because there are so many people who would have just been sitting in their living rooms yelling at their TVs about the war. Instead, they found places to go and take action.”…

Jun 09

“Raising a child is like taking care of someone who’s on way too many shrooms, while you yourself are on a moderate amount of shrooms. I am not confident in my decisions, but I know you should not be eating a mousepad.” —

Ron Funches (via lazybookreviews)

This describes my experience in childcare quite well.

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May 16

BBC News - UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger -

…Wasps, beetles and other insects are currently “underutilised” as food for people and livestock, the report says. Insect farming is “one of the many ways to address food and feed security”.

"Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint," according to the report.

The authors point out that insects are nutritious, with high protein, fat and mineral content.

They are “particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children”.

Insects are also “extremely efficient” in converting feed into edible meat. Crickets, for example, need 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein, according to the report.

Most insects are are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases than other livestock.

The ammonia emissions associated with insect-rearing are far lower than those linked to conventional livestock such as pigs, says the report….

Dec 17

School yoga tries to avoid religious controversy - MontereyHerald.com : -

…Encinitas is believed to be the only public school system that will have yoga instructors teach full-time at its nine schools as part of an overall wellness curriculum that includes nutrition and a school garden program, among other things.

"This is 21st century P.E. for our schools," said Encinitas Superintendent Timothy B. Baird. "It’s physical. It’s strength-building. It increases flexibility but it also deals with stress reduction and focusing, which kickball doesn’t do."…

Dec 08

“…If you are one who has been a part of the pro-life movement because you really do believe in “saving unborn babies,” it’s time to cut your ties with the movement. You may be an honest and kind-hearted person, but you’ve been had. You’ve been taken in. It’s time to let go. It’s time to support Obamacare’s birth control mandate, it’s time to call off opposition to birth control, and it’s time to get behind progressive programs that help provide for poor women and their children. It’s time to make your actions consistent with your motives….” — How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement

Dec 04

“…slowing the oceans’ rise is not as hard as it’s been made out to be—certainly not compared to nearly eradicating slavery worldwide, to making once-routine infant and maternal mortality a rare tragedy in all but the poorest countries, to going from typewriters to iPads in a generation. Just make it expensive to needlessly pump carbon into the atmosphere, and capitalism does much of the rest….” — Public Opinion Has Moved on Climate Change. Will Obama Follow—or Fiddle? | Mother Jones

Dec 01

mslorelei:

A revolutionary idea: even little girls get to own their own bodies.
katelucia:

Jada Pinkett-Smith is aware of the critics that frown up their noses at the way she raises her daughter, Willow. Willow cuts, dyes and styles her hair as she pleases, a fact that bothers many who feel girls shouldn’t have that much control over their appearance at such a young age.
Jada decided to address the criticism in a Facebook post:

“A letter to a friend…This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete. The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be.”

mslorelei:

A revolutionary idea: even little girls get to own their own bodies.

katelucia:

Jada Pinkett-Smith is aware of the critics that frown up their noses at the way she raises her daughter, Willow. Willow cuts, dyes and styles her hair as she pleases, a fact that bothers many who feel girls shouldn’t have that much control over their appearance at such a young age.

Jada decided to address the criticism in a Facebook post:

“A letter to a friend…This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete. The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be.”

Sep 22

Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds -

There are literally millions of ways to have modern living at a lower level of consumption, using less energy, fewer chemicals, & etc. Here’s a way to have more sustainable swimming pools … .  :)

Aug 21

Just that we can see, so far, with the limited ‘scopes we’ve used to date (almost entirely Earth-bound ones), out of the billions & billions of star systems we can see . … . ;)

Just that we can see, so far, with the limited ‘scopes we’ve used to date (almost entirely Earth-bound ones), out of the billions & billions of star systems we can see . … . ;)

Aug 09

The Right's Leading Argument Against Wind Power Is For The Birds | Blog | Media Matters for America -

"…according to the National Research Council, wind turbines account for less than 0.003% of bird deaths caused by human activities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service estimates that wind turbines kill 150,000 - 200,000 birds annually. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of birds are killed every year by collisions with buildings, cars, and power lines. And many more are killed by oilfield production pits and coal mining, which has destroyed numerous bird habitats.

"A 2009 comparison of the impact of six electricity generation types on wildlife in New England found that wind power poses “no population-level risks to birds.” Factoring in the effects of pollution and climate change, it concluded that “non-renewable electricity generation sources, such as coal and oil, pose higher risks to wildlife than renewable electricity generation sources, such as hydro and wind.”…”

Jul 27

Mittens Romneybot's 'Good Will Tour' -

"…the bankers of yore operated by building relationships; Bain made its investors money in large part by breaking relationships, e.g. by walking away from implicit promises to workers. It’s not a style that makes for good diplomacy."