Monthly Archives: April, 2014

NYC THE PLAYGROUND OF THE RICH & FAMOUS – INCOME INEQUALITY

Kiersten Marek:

Tough time to live in New York City!

Originally posted on bonjukianpatten:

BROOKLYN is now too expensive for people to live unless you live in section 8 apartment or are rich you are out of luck in any borough but the Bronx or Staten Island – who wants to live there! Yuk!

NYC is untouchable and no one is hiring and it’s been almost 5 months now. Not a peep.

We moved in 2006 and never looked back but we miss the old NYC – this one just sucks.

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NYC Is Even More Unaffordable Than You Think, In 6 Charts

Posted: 04/25/2014 11:42 am EDT Updated: 04/25/2014 2:59 pm EDT
 We knew it was bad, but not this bad.

Rents in New York City have skyrocketed over the past decade while New Yorkers’ incomes have fallen, creating a dearth of affordable housing for the people that need it most. That’s the takeaway from a disheartening report released by city Comptroller Scott…

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How to Stop Hospitals from Killing Us – WSJ.com

There are so many things we could be doing better in hospitals.  This is a great article that explores 5 ways to make hospitals safer.

How to Stop Hospitals from Killing Us – WSJ.com.

Justice for Lena

Originally posted on Bluestockings Magazine :

Trigger Warning: This article and Lena’s testimony include graphic depictions of sexual assault, violence and trauma.
Photo by Cynthia Fong

Photo by Cynthia Fong

Earlier today, Brown University student, Lena Sclove, returned to campus to discuss the University’s unacceptable response to her sexual assault that occurred during the fall semester of 2013.

Lena was accompanied by her parents, Marcie and Richard Sclove, and the President of Road to Recovery, Inc., Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., who oversees a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual violence and their families. Friends, Brown students, and community members all gathered outside the Van Wickle Gates to hear her story.

On August 2, 2013, Lena was strangled twice and raped by a former friend, who is also a Brown University student. During the assault, she said “no” over seven times – she never once said “yes”. She had no doubt of the seriousness of the crime that…

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Celebrating Earth Day, Pawtuxet Market Opening Soon

From Steve Stycos:

The Friends of the Pawtuxet River and the West Bay Land Trust will be holding a trail and riverbank clean-up at the former DEM depot at 230 Warwick Ave, (on the Cranston side of the river across from Stop and Shop). The date is this Saturday 4/26 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Bring clippers, rakes, gloves or just yourself, for an hour or as long as you can spare. Help keep our riverbank and trail clear and trash-free.

We will also be planting 3 trees (2 sugar maples and a red maple) in the area now abandoned as vehicle storage by DEM. These trees will contribute to the re-naturalization of this portion of the trail and riverbank.

These are family-friendly activities open to folks of all ages and abilities. The trail is maintained by the Friends of the Pawtuxet River, an all-volunteer organization that has advocated for passive recreational use and restoration of the riparian habitat of the river for over 20 years. Maintaining and protecting this valuable natural area in our own backyard is the only way to preserve it for our own enjoyment and that of future generations.

The Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market opens our 12th season on Saturday May 10, the day before Mother’s Day. Come welcome back our farmers and vendors and get some good food and plants.

See you at the market, and the clean-up.

California: Record Numbers of 50 to 64 Year Olds Shacking Up with Parents.

Originally posted on THOMÉ REVIEW:

A recent study conducted by researchers at UCLA have found that the number of 50-64 year olds in California moving back into the homes of their even older parents has ballooned by 67% over the past 7 years. The study attempted to count only those who moved back in due to economic necessity, as opposed to other reasons such as caring for an aging parent.

As the LA Times reports:

For seven years through 2012, the number of Californians aged 50 to 64 who live in their parents’ homes swelled 67.6% to about 194,000, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

The jump is almost exclusively the result of financial hardship caused by the recession rather than for other reasons, such as the need to care for aging parents, said Steven P. Wallace, a UCLA professor of public health…

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Google inks a 407 MW wind energy deal with MidAmerican Energy for its Iowa data center

Kiersten Marek:

More good news…

Originally posted on 9to5Google:

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If it feels like a lot of major corporations are going green, it could have something to do with today being Earth Day and of course Google is joining in on the eco-friendly festivities. Sure, the company is fighting poachers and helping nonprofit organizations, but what about its own backyard? Earlier today, the folks in Mountain View announced a new deal with MidAmerican Energy that will supply its Iowa data center with up to 407 megawatts of 100 percent renewable wind energy.

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Cool as a Cucumber-Dill-Avocado Soup

Kiersten Marek:

Looks good…

Originally posted on Niki Nutrition:

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Spring has sprung-ish! Here in Montreal, Mother Nature is being a real woman and cannot seem to make up her mind. She keeps switching back and forth between winter and spring (mild days alternating with snowstorms, the Montreal usual tee hee…). Hopefully this summer-y recipe will hasten spring’s arrival :) . Spring clean your body with this cleansing and cooling gazpacho-type soup.

What you’ll need:

1 large organic English cucumber

1 large avocado, pitted

1/2 onion

1 tablespoon fresh dill

Juice of 1/2 lime

1 1/2 cups of cold water

1 teaspoon of sea salt

How-to go about making this:

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.

2. Pulse until creamy and smooth.

3. Chill for 45 minutes or more.

4. Place the soup in your temple a.k.a. eat up.

To conclude with a fun fact, cucumbers contain silica which is an essential component of healthy connective tissue (skin, muscles…

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Elizabeth Warren and I

Kiersten Marek:

Please tell me that Elizabeth Warren is not going to be bought by the Corporate Education Reform movement. That would just be too depressing for words.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

I have recently read that Senator Elizabeth Warren is a supporter of school vouchers. This made people who despise public schools, like certain hedge fund managers, tingle with joy. At last, a progressive who is as contemptuous of public education as they are! At last, someone who will support their efforts to dismantle our nation’s precious democratic institution whose doors are open to all.

About a month ago, I visited Senator Warren in her office in Washington, and she said without reservation that this was untrue.

She told me that she was, like me, a graduate of public schools. Without public education, she said, she would not be where she is today.

I gave her a copy of “Reign of Error,” which she promised to read.

Since I am writing this on an iPad from Louisville, I can’t figure out how to add the photo of me and Warren, holding…

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News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market

From Steve Stycos:

There are 2 more weeks of the winter market! Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 PM at the Edgewood Congregational Church on Broad St.

 

Add some local flavor to your Lenten, Easter and Passover favorites: fish, bitter greens, potatoes, honey and, of course, eggs are all available from our vendors.

Plus bread, soup, scones, little pizzas, and more.

 

Blue Skys Farm is featuring “Small State Seeds”, chemical-free and locally grown seeds from Scratch Farm in Cranston. Tried and true veggie varieties for the Rhode Island climate.

Friends of the Pawtuxet River and the West Bay Land Trust will be holding an Earth Day clean up and tree planting on Saturday April 26 from 9 AM to noon at the former DEM depot on Warwick Ave.(just before the bridge, across from the Stop and Shop). Bring clippers, rakes, gloves or just yourself, for an hour or as long as you can spare. Help keep our riverbank and trail clear and trash-free.

 

Our regular market opens on May 10 (the Saturday before Mother’s Day) at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. We welcome back our summer vendors, such as Beltane Farm and LeFavorite Bakery and Rocky Ledge (formerly Moosup River) Farm. Stay tuned for more.

 

See you at the market.

Can Creativity Be Measured?

Kiersten Marek:

An important question and discussion…

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who think that the world can be divided into two kinds of people and those who don’t. No, let me try that again: those who think that everything that matters can be measured, and those who think that what matters most cannot be measured. Count me in the latter group. What matters most is love, friendship, family, imagination, joy….I see no reason to develop measures for those things. And if they were developed, I would doubt their value or accuracy.

But here comes another attempt to measure creativity. This comment was posted by Laura Chapman in response to a discussion of the PISA problem-solving test:

“The PISA examples are math and logic problems. They are not tests of creativity. Look up the tests and informed theoretical work of Joseph W. Getzels and E. Paul Torrance.

“The Torrance tests, available from…

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