“JAN 23 Overturned “global gag rule,” which will help re-fund international family-planning groups
JAN 29 Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring women’s ability to sue for pay discrimination
FEB 4 Expanded government health insurance to cover 11 million children
FEB 17 Saved and created jobs in traditionally women-heavy fields—health care, child care and education—in $787 billion economic stimulus package; also increased Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment benefits
FEB 27 Moved to rescind the Bush administration’s “conscience” clause—which could have let health-care workers deny patients abortion and contraception
MAR 2 With the choice of Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary, appointed a total of seven women to Cabinet-level positions
MAR 6 Instituted a new ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues
MAR 9 Lifted restrictions on stem cell research
MAR 11 Established the White House Council on Women and Girls
MAR 11 Restarted U.S. contributions to the United Nations Population Fund Reinstated low-cost birth control availability at college health centers and at some 400 clinics serving low-income women
MAR 19 Pledged to sign U.N. declaration to decriminalize homosexuality, which Bush refused to sign
MAR 20 Obama appointee Elena Kagan is confirmed as the first woman Solicitor General
APR 3 Obama calls Afghanistan’s proposed Shia Family Law “abhorrent”
APR 23 To date, Obama’s appointments to posts needing Senate confirmation were 32% women with a substantial portion women of color”—
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Nottingham Forest – many of the successful football teams of the past 50 years have worn red kits, which is no coincidence according to research led by the University of Plymouth.
The research, which was undertaken with Durham University, has been published in the Journal of Sports Sciences. It suggests that simply wearing a red shirt has given football teams an advantage, thanks to our deep-rooted biological response to the colour.
In nature, red is often associated with male aggression and display; it is a testosterone-driven signal of male quality (the red breast of a robin, for example) and its striking effect has even been harnessed by soldiers in the past. More recently, in the sporting arena, research by Durham scientists demonstrated that competitors wearing red had increased success in Olympic combat sports. Armed with this knowledge, the experts set out to discover whether such an effect could be detected in English football: have red-shirted teams been more successful over time than teams wearing other colours?
The Plymouth researchers, Professor Martin Attrill and Dr Karen Gresty, with Professor Robert Barton and Dr Russell Hill at Durham (authors of the Olympic combat study), analysed data on English football league results since the Second World War. They concentrated on how teams have performed at home when they nearly always wear their main signature kit colour. The results were surprising: they discovered a significant difference in success levels between red, white, blue and yellow/orange teams, with red teams across the whole of the top 68 clubs winning more often at home. Teams wearing yellow or orange shirts had the worst record. But is this link between team kit colour and success also apparent when teams play away? Apparently not. The researchers found no difference at all in performance away from home, when teams typically wear a range of colours that often change over the years.
Under my administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over. Our progress as a nation – and our values as a nation – are rooted in free and open inquiry. To undermine scientific integrity is to undermine our democracy.
That is why I have charged the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy with leading a new effort to ensure that federal policies are based on the best and most unbiased scientific information. I want to be sure that facts are driving scientific decisions – and not the other way around.
”—President Obama, in this morning’s address to the National Academy of Sciences.
Good morning, it’s Thursday, April 23, 2009, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
New News Corp. CEO of Digital Media Jonathan Miller is wasting no time in shaking things up at MySpace. He has decided to fire CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe and has retained the services of a headhunting organization to find a replacement, reports TechCrunch. MySpace President Tom Anderson (everyone’s first “friend” on the platform) and CTO Aber Whitcomb may also be on the way out. News Corp. has been under pressure to return some of the luster to MySpace, which has been overtaken by Facebook as the world’s leading social destination. Money could also have something to do with it: Chris and Tom are making an aggregate $30 million through 2009, according to Julia Angwin’s tell-all book Stealing MySpace published in March.
I’ll be participating in this on Saturday for one of our client’s and a great cause. To run in the zoo amongst the animals? That’s heaven. And I’ll check out the Gorillas afterward which is always a treat. I could watch the alpha male for hours. That dude totally has the life. - G
“Since Reagan’s, Bush’s, Clinton’s, and Bush’s serial deregulations of the financial services sector, however, bankers became fabulously rich. They called themselves the “Masters of the Universe.” They came to dominate contributions to politicians, and facilitated the takeover of most major US newspapers, all the while using debt as their mail tool to make money (burdening those newspapers with such debt that many are now going out of business because they can’t repay it). By 2005, fully 40 percent of all corporate profits in the US came from the financial services sector – a group of people who didn’t produce anything at all of value, nothing edible or usable, nothing that would survive into future generations. They invented fancy derivative “products” that they “sold” at high commission rates around the world so others could “make money with money.” In fact, they weren’t making money – they were taking money. Behavior that would have been criminal during the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations became “normal” and was even encouraged: more than half of all the graduates from many of America’s top colleges and universities went into finance so they could get in on the very lucrative scam.”—
And now many of those same “finance” majors have nowhere to go but try to turn to other fields like marketing. I won’t allow it to happen at my agency as long as I have a say on new hirings. Most business or finance majors resumes I collect and burn in the company kiln. People who’s heroes are Gecko and Rand have nothing to contribute to an everlasting society. - G
In one year’s time, Facebook will not be the “it” social network, abandoned for Twitter which in turn will be abandoned for another mobile handheld device superior network as we become a more on the go society. - G