Alida Black writes at New Deal 2.0 about The Unfinished Business of Making the World’s Women Citizens. Part of that, she says, is enforcement of U.N. Resolution 1325, which urged “Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict.” Countries all over the world, including the United States, still have difficulty treating women as equal citizens. The whole thing is worth reading; it’s fairly brief and manages to work in a quote from Albus Dumbledore.
Then, from Linda Hallman comes Strength in our Histories, where she gives brief bios of Mae Jemison, Lilly Ledbetter, Betty Dukes, Connie Chung and María Otero. I’m sorry to say I’d never heard of Otero or Jemison:
Mae Jemison, the first black woman to enter space, was introduced to science at an early age by her uncle. (Evidence that programs like Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day are important today.) A variety of interests, including astronomy, led her to enroll at Stanford University at the age of 16. She graduated with dual degrees in chemical engineering and African American studies and later went on to earn her doctorate in medicine from Cornell University. After adding the Peace Corps to her resume, Jemison was selected by NASA for astronaut training, and participated in her history-making mission in September 1992. Last year Jemison traveled to New York City and worked alongside AAUW and Bayer to shine a light on the challenges women and minorities face when entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
She sounds pretty amazing.
Finally, from the UK’s Guardian comes “Why feminists are less religious.” It makes sense to me people who identify as feminists are less religious than the general population. Individual synagogues, mosques and churches may see women as the equals of men, but speaking very broadly, most mainstream religions allow women to participate in worship services but not lead them. It would be difficult for me personally to feel safe or comfortable in an institution that regarded me as “less than” simply for being a woman.
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In the community where I live, the primary local waste hauler offers residents who utilize their weekly curbside garbage pick-up service free curbside recycling every other week. This is a very nice and convenient option that includes items such as newspapers, boxboard, cardboard, #1 and #2 plastic, magazines, metal, and office paper/mail. The items do not have to be sorted which makes it even easier.
The free recycling option has been offered for more than three years now. After rapid growth early on, the participation rate leveled off around 55 percent. The rate has not budged to any extent for more than two years.The participation data leaves me perplexed and a tad frustrated. Why in world when you are offered free recycling would you not bother taking advantage of it? I have a few theories and then a suggested solution.
Theory 1: Some people just don’t care. Might as well face the fact that there is a certain segment of the population who has no interest (for whatever reason) in participating in recycling efforts. Either they find it to be a pain in the butt to save items for two weeks, they feel they do not have the storage space, or they are just plain old stubborn sticks in the mud.
Theory 2: Lack of awareness. No matter how much you blitz the public with advertisements and announcements, there is always a proportion of the population that either does not hear about the program, does not read the fliers, or are new to the area. Spreading the news through realtors is one way to notify newcomers. Short of employing Vulcan mind-meld techniques, I am not sure how to address the someone’s general obliviousness to announcements.
Theory 3: Trust. Some people just cannot believe that there is a service being offered for free. They think there has to be some kind of catch or gotcha in the fine print and they are not going to get hooked into a perceived ruse. Hey folks, it is not a joke or a ruse. Trust me, I drink Dr. Pepper.
Short of the community mandating participation in recycling, my suggestion for increasing participation in the free curbside recycling service is to charge those who do not participate a higher monthly fee for regular garbage pick-up than those who do participate in the curbside recycling program. Since those people who are not participating are adding more to the waste stream and using up valuable landfill space at a quicker pace, they should have to pay extra for doing so.
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by Anabole c/o worth100.com
The following is a list of my five favorite Canadian rock musicians. It is followed by a list of other musical performers from Canada that I enjoy or have enjoyed listening to over the years.
My Top 5
1. Metric (Toronto)
2. The Stills (Montreal)
3. Arcade Fire (Montreal)
4. Tokyo Police Club (Newmarket – Toronto)
5. RUSH (Toronto)
April Wine (Halifax)
Bachman-Turner Overdrive or BTO (Winnipeg)
Billy Talent (Streetsville-Toronto)
Blue Rodeo (Toronto)
Broken Social Scene (Toronto)
Eagle and Hawk (Winnipeg)
Land of Talk (Montreal)
Neil Young (born in Toronto)
Our Lady Peace or OLP (Toronto)
Rural Alberta Advantage (Toronto)
Said the Whale (Vancouver)
Sam Roberts Band (Pointe Claire-Montreal)
Strippers Union (Kingston/Vancouver)
Tegan and Sara (Calgary)
The Tragically Hip (Kingston)
The Weakerthans (Winnipeg)
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