Bill Gates declares war on world’s (surprisingly) deadliest creature | Green Prophet

Mosquitoes and I are not on friendly terms but I do like birds and many other living things which were once nearly all killed off by DDT – Today is Rachel Carson’s birthday, so this is all appropriate. One of the biggest facilitators of skeeters breeding out of control is the number two in your infographic – humans! As we cut down forests, stop rivers from flowing, etc., we more often than not create the best breeding grounds for the types of mosquitoes that are vectors for diseases that effect us – see the connection. Mosquitoes are nature’s control mechanism for out of control humans. Do we need a new DDT or do we need to learn how to not create breeding grounds for mosquitoes and in turn not destroy nature or ourselves.

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Palestinian beaten by settlers near Ramallah | Maan News Agency

Dozens of Israeli settlers on Tuesday assaulted a Palestinian man on the road between the villages of Mikhmas and al-Tayba near Ramallah.

Ahmad Abbas, 41, from Beitin village east of Ramallah was brutally beaten after he left his cousins car to urinate because he suffers from diabetes, his sister said.

He was attacked with rods and plastic sticks, and suffered a fracture in his skull and bruises all over his body, the sister added.

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To Age Well, Walk –

You don’t need a weatherman to tell which way the wind is blowing – and a scientific study of benefits from walking is not needed to know it is good for you – duh. When humans left East Africa and populated the globe – what was their principal means of transportation – two feet!

The results, published on Tuesday in the journal JAMA, reinforce the necessity of frequent physical activity for our aging parents, grandparents and, of course, ourselves.

While everyone knows that exercise is a good idea, whatever your age, the hard, scientific evidence about its benefits in the old and infirm has been surprisingly limited.

“For the first time, we have directly shown that exercise can effectively lessen or prevent the development of physical disability in a population of extremely vulnerable elderly people,” said Dr. Marco Pahor, the director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and the lead author of the study.

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{Money and Reputation (money) before Humanity!} Williams Is the Latest College Accused of Mishandling Rape – The Wire

Brackenridge writes that when she was a 17-year-old freshman at Williams, she was raped by a 21-year-old hockey player at the school. He was ultimately found guilty of sexual assault by an administrative panel and suspended for three semesters. Williams will likely allow him to come back to campus this fall. In light of this, Brackenridge questions the advice Williams deans gave her when she first reported the assault to the administration. She says that the deans “explicitly encouraged me not to seek legal action, asserting that it would be a bureaucratic nightmare and that they, as the College, had my best interests in mind.”

In addition to facing her attackers re-admittance, Brackenridge says she suffered severe harassment from other hockey players on campus, which she says the administration ignored: “In one instance, they surrounded me, threw full beer cans at my head and chanted that I should have kept my mouth shut. When I spoke to the deans about the incident, I was told that everyone was ‘exhausted’ from dealing with the case and that perhaps it would be better if we all just ‘took a little break.’ Members of the men’s hockey team and my rapist’s friends continued to harass me for months on campus. I received no ‘break.'”

via Williams Is the Latest College Accused of Mishandling Rape – The Wire.

Prof. Mervyn Morris Officially Invested as Poet Laureate of Jamaica

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Distinguished poet and academic, Professor Mervyn Morris, was officially invested as Poet Laureate of Jamaica at a ceremony at King’s House Wednesday, May 21, 2014, under the patronage of their Excellencies the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General and the Most Hon. Lady Allen, South FLorida Caribbean News reportl.

At the investiture ceremony, Professor Morris received the insignia of the Poet Laureate, becoming the first person to hold this eminent title in over 60 years and the third Poet Laureate to be appointed in Jamaica. The others who held this distinguished position were Thomas MacDermot, commonly known as Tom Redcam (posthumously in 1933), and John Ebenezer Clare McFarlane (in 1953).

The Governor-General, in his remarks, said he was pleased that the history of the King’s House Ballroom, which has been the site of so many significant events, was now being enriched by the momentous investiture ceremony. “My dream is…

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Sums up nicely a place we have all been in – wonderful

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

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I see you sitting there
staring into space
A faraway look
that tells me your wheels
are turning, spinning
at an extraordinarily
fast pace but
You say nothing when I ask
what you’re thinking about
as you drift further away

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Greenwashing at McDonald’s – devolution means less corporate responsibility!

“Innovation often occurs at the market level and bubbles up . . . rather than being corporate-driven.” That surprising comment was made by Jeffrey Hogue, McDonald’s Senior Director of Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, at last week’s US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment conference. With 36,000 franchises organized around a strong operational and brand-defining administration, decentralization may seem an unexpected choice for the fast food company. But putting responsibility on its individual restaurants to achieve sustainability goals is exactly what McDonald’s is talking about by allowing each restaurant to source its own sustainable beef. Eventually, said Hogue, individual restaurants could make their own choices to achieve various targets, from installing energy efficient fryers to byuing LED bulbs. This “downsizing” just might be the healthy business model choice to create a more sustainable fast food company.

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