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Sex And No Common Sense

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We created a national crisis by not investing in birth control and family planning. We often do things that totally defy common sense, and when it comes to sex we’re often outright stupid. Where does this stupidity come from? The sources are many: our discomfort with the subject of sex, our failure to talk openly with our children, and pediatricians failing to do their jobs. Those are the obvious ones, but underneath the surface lies a callous disregard on the part of politicians and public policy leaders for the chaos and their...

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Managing My Mind: A New Years Resolution

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My mind is usually unmanaged. Within the boundaries of my memory and consciousness, thoughts arise, and memories flow. I worry about what I’m going to say to someone tomorrow, whether I left a document in my hotel room or the plane will arrive on time for me to make my connection. My mind acts as if it were it’s own master.   Other times,  I catch the eye of a passing stranger, setting off an imaginary story. The suitcase of a fellow passenger runs unpleasantly over my toe. The cover of The New York Times causes me to shake my head...

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Let’s Not Talk About Sex

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In a recent New York Times editorial, Paul A. Offit Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explored the reasons behind the incredible slow and limited use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which prevents several types of cancer.     Offit wrote, “Every year in the United States thousands of men and women die from cancers that can be prevented with a simple vaccine. Sadly, uptake of this cancer-preventing vaccine is...

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Depriving pregnant women of liberty and justice

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As we are seeing more states legalizing marijuana and same sex marriage, one may be led to believe our nation has discovered a progressive bent. Yet, gridlock has not prevented a state level war on abortion rights and the advance of the “personhood” rights for fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses.   In an outstanding New York Times Op-Ed story entitled “The Civil Rights of Pregnant Women,” Lynn Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin expose the dangerous and increasing risks to all pregnant women. Unbelievable as it is heartbreaking,...

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Many, many thanks!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The only gift that’s required – is the giving of thanks. We can never have to many opportunities to reflect on how much we have to be thankful for. In a world where environmental destruction, violence, inequality, and fear make daily and now, minute-by-minute headlines, it’s easy to forget how blessed we are to be able to do the work we do.   Yes, the world is in pretty tough shape, but how lucky are we to be able to be so fully engaged in trying to mitigate those problems and...

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And the rich keep getting richer!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s true. A picture is often worth a thousand words.   In Neil Irwin’s New York Times story he cites two charts from Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century that bring home the outrageous nature of our increasing unequal society. In the 1940s, 50s and 60s, most of the income gains accrued to the majority of people and the bottom 90 percent of earners captured at least a majority of the rise in income. By the time we reach the period from 2009 to 2012, 116% of income growth goes to the top 10% with everyone else...

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Birth control pill turns male fish into females and led to near extinction of fish in lake

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Reported by Aly Thomson in The Regina Leader-Post, the study, being published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, found that introducing small amounts of estrogen into a lake led to the near extinction of the fathead minnow because it interfered with the fish’s ability to reproduce.   Lead researcher Karen Kidd of the University of New Brunswick said the study has been ongoing since the late 1990s, when researchers in the United Kingdom discovered that male fish began to develop eggs when estrogen from birth...

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Fairer Trade: Rubber Giant to Hear Villagers’ Complaints

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

More than 15 months after a Global Witness report revealed that Vietnam’s state-owned rubber giant, the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) had illegally cleared land and displaced communities in Cambodia, The Cambodia Daily recently reported that the company has announced that it will accept and respond to complaints from those whose lives it has damaged.   Vietnam Rubber Group, which counts the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a shareholder, has amassed more than 140,000 hectares of land.  The 2013 Global Witness...

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Five Reasons Why I Love Greenpeace

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I finished our annual Board of Directors retreat at the Garrison Center north of New York City. The two days I spent with the staff and other board members reminded me why I love Greenpeace: 1)    We bring corporations to their knees. As they’ve done to hundreds of companies, Greenpeace actions send fear into the hearts of the CEOs’ running the worlds largest corporations. Within days of an action at Proctor & Gamble, the world’s giant personal household and personal care products giant, P&G...

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The Voice of Small Business Is Ringing True

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There is still one thing both sides of the aisle agree on: Small businesses are great for the economy. After all, there are 23 million small businesses in the U.S., accounting for more than half of all American jobs and sales, according to the Small Business Administration. Without them, the economy would be more vulnerable and far less diverse. And both political parties like to trumpet how much they support these job creators.   So how can we make sure we’re doing the right things to support these companies? The answer’s simple: Ask...

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