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Violence against women

Saturday, November 28th, 2009   9:26 am | Author: Isabelle | Education, Life | Add Comment
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The U.N.’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean released a report this week that finds that up to 40% of women in Latin America were victims of physical violence. The number for emotional abuse is even higher.


The report states that “a close relationship exists between inequality, discrimination and violence against women.”


“Further, violence against women gains strength from and is promoted by the persistence of the balance of power that takes [from women] possibilities to exercise economic, political and physical autonomy.”


Laura Carrera, Mexico’s national commissioner for the prevention of violence against women said  ”Trafficked, sold, exploited for sexual reasons; excluded from employment and school because they are pregnant; discriminated or attacked for not hewing to masculine criteria…. Violence against women does not distinguish among social class, origin, generation, color of skin nor creed”.


As is the case with children in many parts of the world, women are treated as second class ..continue reading

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A problem looking for a solution

Friday, November 27th, 2009   1:56 pm | Author: Isabelle | Environment, Food, Life | Add Comment
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I read this article in the New York Times and I can’t figure out why someone has not come up with a solution.


The problem is that the carp in Lake Utah has flourished and is threatening to throw off the ecological balance. The Utah Department of Natural Resources is trying to remove 50 million pounds of carp over the next 6 years.


So far they have not figured out how to dispose of 10 to 20 tons of carp each day.


“The common carp, introduced in the United States from Europe over a century ago, has done uncommonly well in Utah Lake — so well that it has out competed the June sucker, a native fish on the federal endangered species list.”  


It seems to me that there should be a way to cook and freeze the fish and ship it to homeless shelters and soup kitchens across the country.


There must be ..continue reading

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The abuse of children

Thursday, November 26th, 2009   12:15 pm | Author: Isabelle | Life, Religion | Add Comment
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A sad story on Thanksgiving day. A report released in May of 2009 details 70 years of child abuse allegations by the Church in Ireland.


A New York Times article today explains that “The Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic Church authorities covered up clerical child abuse until the mid-1990s”.


“The Dublin Archdiocese’s pre-occupations in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the Church, and the preservation of its assets,” the report said.


“The welfare of children, which should have been the first priority, was not even a factor to be considered in the early stages,” it said.


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin apologized Thursday in a news conference. “No words of apology can be sufficient,” he said.


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Do you really know who you are sleeping with?

Friday, November 20th, 2009   10:02 am | Author: Isabelle | Health/Medical, Life | Add Comment
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A man and his wife were on vacation in South Wales in 2008.


One night the man, Brian Thomas, awoke and thought an intruder had entered their camping van and fought vigorous to fend off the intruder.


In the morning Thomas found that he had strangled his wife, Christine, in what was a sleep disorder related incident.


The man was taken into custody and tried for murder was was released today when all charges were dropped. 


The courts found that after numerous sleep studies that the man who was described by the judge as ”decent man and devoted husband” had suffered a form of sleep disorder that may have been caused by withdrawal from anti-depressants.


The prosecutor in the case stated that there were fewer than 50 such cases worldwide.


Thomas should consider suing the drug manufacturer of the medication he was taking. There have been many incidents of suicides because of anti-depressants. 


Is the testing done before release of these medications sufficient? Probably not. 


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Mammograms: why can’t we get a straight story

Thursday, November 19th, 2009   8:10 am | Author: Isabelle | Health/Medical, Services/Products | Add Comment
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I can’t understand why we are being jerked around about the usefulness of mammograms.


Every year or so you get a completely conflicting report about some issue that you have come to believe in. Mercury in tuna, the detrimental affects of eating chocolate or drinking coffee, etc.


This week the United States Preventive Services Task Force, described as the ”leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care”, released a statement that women should not begin routine mammograms until age 50, contradicting the long established advice that women 40 and older should be screened.


Two members of this task force are affiliated with non-profit insurance organizations.


Maybe it is me but I have to question why this statement was released now on the verge of health care reform.


Several reports have circulated that insurance companies look to statements from this task force when determining what coverage will be offered. This would lead one to conclude that insurance companies may not ..continue reading

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