Thursday, February 26, 2015

Interesting Videos: The Power of Herd Immunity; Protecting Women from Honor Killings

From TED

Video 1
How do vaccines prevent disease — even among people too young to get vaccinated? It's a concept called "herd immunity," and it relies on a critical mass of people getting their shots to break the chain of infection. Health researcher Romina Libster shows how herd immunity contained a deadly outbreak of H1N1 in her hometown. (In Spanish with subtitles.)

Video 2
Nearly 1000 "honor" killings are reported in Pakistan each year, murders by a family member for behavior deemed "shameful," such as a relationship outside of marriage. When Khalida Brohi lost a close friend to the practice, she resolved to campaign against it. Yet she met resistance from an unlikely source: the very community she hoped to protect. In this powerful, honest talk, Brohi shares how she took a hard look at her own process, and offers sharp insights for other passionate activists.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jennifer Lopez- Ain't it Funny

From 2011, love how she is performing for the troops.

Here she is today singing the same song. I like the flamenco beat.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lady Gaga Wows at Oscars 2015 with Sound of Music Tribute

For anyone who thought that Lady Gaga was simply a flash in the pan with no talent, listen to her tribute to The Sound of Music. This lady has some mean pipes.

Friday, February 20, 2015

100 Years of Beauty

A provocative You Tube series by

In one minute they go through 100 years of beauty for Caucasian women, then African-American women in western society. They also have an interesting comparison video.

The latest video is of Iranian women. The reality there is watching how the rights of Iranian women have actually gone backwards due to the Islamic revolution.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

RIP- Lesley Gore, original feminist

Lesley Gore, nee Goldstein, died yesterday. She is best remembered as a 60s pop icon. But what people forget is that her songs brought about a new kind of freedom of thought for women. She was all about female empowerment and independence before anyone actually used those words to describe women's rights. She is one of the original feminist icons with songs like "You Don't Own Me."  Here are some of her famous tunes:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Trusting Your First Impressions: Not what you might think

From TED ed

It's not about first impressions per se, its about what kind of first impression.

Interestingly humans actually remember negative interactions simply because we expect others to be good and moral. The positive human traits are the majority. It is the negative human traits that go against the grain. In other words, we remember the rare occurrence not what is usual.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Importance of Left-Handedness

From TEDed

This is for all the south-paws in our lives. And yes, left-handedness actually runs in my family.

Today, about one-tenth of the world’s population are southpaws. Why are such a small proportion of people left-handed -- and why does the trait exist in the first place? Daniel M. Abrams investigates how the uneven ratio of lefties and righties gives insight into a balance between competitive and cooperative pressures on human evolution.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sports illustrated Swimsuit 2015... sexy or rude?

Brouhaha about this picture...

But as noted by Yahoo Health there was a similar cover in 2009...

Is this new cover too low or is it simply the angle?

After all it's the SI swimsuit cover, which is not about sports, but about beautiful women in what amounts to less than a loin cloth of cover.

And on another note, apparently the editors of SI have finally figured that not all beautiful women are a size 0. About time....