Aug. 5, 2012
And they’re vegan, yay!
As some of you may have heard, Mike Huckabee has declared today “Chick-fil-A Day” in a misguided effort to support the bigoted restaurant chain. Additionally, a bakery in Colorado recently made headlines by refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, stating that he’d rather close down his business than provide a cake for a gay wedding.
We decided it’s always better to support love rather than hate, so through the weekend we’re offering a special cupcake called Rainbow Pride. It’s a vanilla rainbow cake topped with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles. Best of all, one dollar from every purchase will be donated to Garden State Equality to aid in their fight for marriage equality and gay rights in the great state of New Jersey.
The Rainbow Pride cupcakes are $4.00 each, so come stop by anytime this week and have a delicious cupcake while you support a good cause at the same time!
Jul. 29, 2012
…she was a heroine, especially to many girls. She openly acknowledged that the women’s movement had made her trip to space possible—that it didn’t just happen. She told reporters at the time of her flight, “It’s too bad our society isn’t further along.” Again, that was her work; she had a sense of what it meant to be a role model, to be Sally Ride. Perhaps she thought that parents would not buy the children’s science books that she co-wrote with O’Shaughnessy, who helped run Sally Ride Science and was described on its Web site as her “friend,” if they thought the authors were lesbians. The more troubling question there is not for Ride but for the rest of us: If that was her fear, was she right? Have we, as a nation, not been ready to let a lesbian inspire our daughters to fly, if they want to, to the moon, and back?
Amy Davidson on The Astronaut Bride: Sally Ride and her partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy http://nyr.kr/NJtbAW
(Image courtesy of NASA)
Apr. 4, 2012
Confirmed: The Internet Does Not Solve Global Inequality
If you live in a rich country, the Internet has probably changed the way you consume (and produce) information. But when you look at global-scale knowledge production, things are as they ever were: the Anglophone world dominates with the United States doing the lion’s share of academic and user-generated publishing.
Those are the messages of the Oxford Internet Institute’s new e-book, Geographies of the World’s Knowledge, from which the above graphics were drawn. The book’s authors, Corinne Flick of the Convoco Foundation and the Institute’s Mark Graham and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, reluctantly conclude that the Internet has not delivered on the hopes that it would make knowledge “more accessible.”
“Many commentators speculated that [the Internet] would allow people outside of industrialised nations to gain access to all networked and codified knowledge, thus mitigating the traditionally concentrated nature of information production and consumption,” they write. “These early expectations remain largely unrealised.”
We’re not only talking about publishing in academic journals or Wikipedia. The researchers also sampled user-generated content on Google and found that rich countries, especially the United States, dominate the production of user content.
The fact of the matter is that people without money can’t afford to get the education necessary to publish in academic journals, Internet-enabled or not. The other fact of the matter is that the vast majority of people in very poor countries don’t spend their time producing content for free. Hope as we might, the Internet isn’t a magic wand that makes the world more equal.
Read more. [Image: Oxford Internet Institute]
Sep. 11, 2011
I want this to be me one day.
(Source: beginning-of-happiness, via veganmudblood)
Sep. 9, 2011
(via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)
For the next time you encounter one of those oh-so-funny “Woman, get in the kitchen” jokes on the Internet.
May. 10, 2011
reblogged from motherjones:
Female Writers in Late-Night, by the Numbers
1) The host doubles as a writer on each of these shows but we did not include them in the counts.
2) Although Jimmy Kimmel only has one female writer, she is a co-head writer. None of the other shows hosted by men have female head writers.
3) Craig Ferguson’s only female writer is his sister.