Category Archives: Education

Why Are So Many Women Suddenly Becoming Plumbers?

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Plumbing has been a male dominated profession since its inception all the way back in 2500 B.C., but lately, more and more women are eagerly joining this trade.

From an all girls plumbing and construction class in Poway, California to the Middle East, where Jordanian and Syrian women are starting plumbing companies, women plumbers are suddenly everywhere.

This May, Master Plumber Erin Swetland is speaking out about the importance of bringing more women into technical trades. And with a shortage of plumbers here in the United States, it’s an idea that’s gaining traction.
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UK Study Cites Instagram As ‘Most Detrimental’ to Young Folk

*A public health research firm in the UK has done a study on social media platforms; specifically to see how they impact issues that include depression, anxiety, self-identity, loneliness and body image in young people. If this was a contest, you’d already know from the headline who won. But we’ll do a drum roll anyway.

Instagram!

The social media platform where pictures are, as the old saying goes, worth a thousand words.

Not.

The platform is being criticized mainly for making young people feel like sh** when it comes to how they look. These folks just don’t seem to get it into their heads that there are filters installed that allow you to alter the reality of how you look… for real.

Baby, I’m going to step out on a limb here and admit I was personally thrilled to see the latest image of Janet Jackson wheeling her baby carriage through the park. Continue reading

How To Avoid A Hole In Your Face Courtesy Of Your Neighborhood Brown Recluse Spider

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*Imagine waking up from a sound sleep the way country singer Meghan Linsey did recently:  with an “awful” stinging pain in her face.

She’d just been bitten by a brown recluse spider. She’d awakened to the little guy dying in her hand.  

Sadly, Linsey did not develop super strength, agility, nor the ability to swing through the city via webs spun from her wrists.  

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“The swelling was the first thing, and then I ended up just having crazy, crazy symptoms,” Linsey said.  “I had muscle spasms, and I had a body rash all over.”

Just over a week later, she developed an open wound at the site of the bite, which she called “a hole on my face.”

That’s what I’d call it too.  This MF took a chunk outta her CHEEK!   Continue reading

Study Says African Americans Health Improves in ‘Diverse’ Not ‘Segregated’ Communities

*Apparently, the neighborhood where you live can have a huge influence on your health. I’m talking even bigger than it not having stores that sell fresh fruit or organic foods. I mean let’s face it: you’re not going to find a Whole Foods or even a Trader Joe’s in a lot of low income communities. A fact I personally consider shameful!  But a recent study has concluded that African Americans who live in segregated communities are, how shall we say, more likely to have issues with their blood pressure.

Now let me quote them, exactly.

“Blacks are more likely to live in areas with fewer opportunities to engage in healthy behaviors and greater barriers to optimal health.”

In a study directed at the issue of how where you live affects your blood pressure, researchers found that when African Americans moved from segregated to more diverse areas, their blood pressure actually improved. Continue reading

10-Year-Old Black Kid Describes How White Kids Bully Him in Alabama School (Watch)

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*They learn early don’t they? We’d like to think of children as these young, innocent and pure people; and they are, until taught otherwise. Then they can be cruel — even in elementary school — where a white kid stood in front of 10-year-old Taylor Armbrester, a Black kid, and read the following poem.

Actually, Taylor, while speaking to AL.com, said there were three different poems.

“Roses are red, violets are blue, I am white, you should be, too.

The second was…

Roses are red, violets are blue, I am white, why aren’t you?

And the third…

Roses are red, violets are blue, God made me pretty, what happened to you?” 

Hmm…wonder where this elementary aged white kid got this idea from? Not to mention the poems. Continue reading

Factors Linked to Suicide in Youth Cited By New Study

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Researchers say interventions should come earlier in life for disadvantaged children

*(HealthDay News) — Teens and young adults who come from troubled backgrounds have a greater risk of killing themselves, a new study suggests.

Kids exposed to suicide in the family, parental mental health disorders and substantial parental criminal behavior had the highest suicide rates, the study found.

The findings “emphasize the importance of understanding the social mechanisms of suicide and the need for effective interventions early in life aimed at alleviating the suicide risk in disadvantaged children,” according to study author Charlotte Bjorkenstam from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and her colleagues.

The research included almost 550,000 people from Sweden born between 1987 and 1991. The study participants’ health was followed until age 24. During the follow-up period, there were 431 suicides. Continue reading

Teen Beauty Complained of Sexual Harassment at Her School, They Hit Her Up With A ‘Silence Contract’

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*Huh? You obviously read the headline. I’m not offended if you were puzzled. I had the same feelings writing it. Or should I say, rewriting it. You see, when I read about the response Alyssa Wilson’s school administrators had when she was brave enough to complain about the recent sexual harassment she had gone through, I was stopped in my tracks by their response.

Talk about blaming the victim.

Why the hell would they give a contract to Wilson?  No, what the hell is a CONTRACT doing in the mix anyway?

“There is no way a contract is going to help me and keep me safe, or the other girls that attend Las Vegas High School,” Wilson told Yahoo Beauty via Twitter when messaging about the incident. “There needs to be more actions done than just a piece of paper.”

Previous to the Yahoo Beauty followup, Wilson had made her feelings known by posting this photo and comment on her page.

“So you get sexually harassed at school and all you get is a contract????” Continue reading

88-Year-Old Graduates From College, 58 Years After He Started

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*I grew up hearing clichés like “it’s never to late,” mainly from well-meaning people who were good at talking the talk even if they didn’t walk the walk.  But I’ll save all of that for my therapist…

That particular cliché — it’s never too late — I took to heart, and reenrolled in college after having dropped out a handful of years earlier when my eldest daughter was born.  There was almost a decade between my initial enrollment in college straight out of high school and my earning that BA…

Me and my eldest "little one," Janet circa 1993 at that college graduation!
Me and my eldest “little one” Janet circa 1993 at that college graduation!

…and I was pretty damned proud about all of that until I read about THIS gentleman:  Horace Sheffield finished his degree at 88-years-old, 58 years after he started!   Continue reading