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Petition Facebook to put a woman on it's all male Board of Directors

Facebook hasn’t even gone public yet, but the scrutiny that comes with being a publicly traded company has already started rolling in, with the second-largest U.S. pension fund, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, saying the social network’s board of directors is too “homogenous.”

From CalSTRS Director of Corporate Governance Anne Sheehan:

We are disappointed that the Facebook board will not have any women members. This is particularly glaring in view of the fact that Facebook is going public at a time when there is clear evidence that companies with diverse boards perform far better than the companies with more homogenous boards.

We realize that Facebook will be a controlled company in which the public stockholders will have little influence, but when the company’s mission and subscriber base are considered, a diverse board makes good business sense. We strongly encourage you to increase the diversity of your board prior to the IPO.

via All Facebook

With a majority of women in Facebook this should be an easy movement to get started. I’ve created a page for everyone to like called:

Petition to put a woman on the Board of Directors

They wouldn’t let me put Facebook anywhere in the name, but I think this works.

Let’s see if we can get organized and push Facebook to do the right thing. Join in and like the page!

Petition Facebook to put a woman on it’s all male Board of Directors

Facebook hasn’t even gone public yet, but the scrutiny that comes with being a publicly traded company has already started rolling in, with the second-largest U.S. pension fund, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, saying the social network’s board of directors is too “homogenous.”

From CalSTRS Director of Corporate Governance Anne Sheehan:

We are disappointed that the Facebook board will not have any women members. This is particularly glaring in view of the fact that Facebook is going public at a time when there is clear evidence that companies with diverse boards perform far better than the companies with more homogenous boards.

We realize that Facebook will be a controlled company in which the public stockholders will have little influence, but when the company’s mission and subscriber base are considered, a diverse board makes good business sense. We strongly encourage you to increase the diversity of your board prior to the IPO.

via All Facebook

With a majority of women in Facebook this should be an easy movement to get started. I’ve created a page for everyone to like called:

Petition to put a woman on the Board of Directors

They wouldn’t let me put Facebook anywhere in the name, but I think this works.

Let’s see if we can get organized and push Facebook to do the right thing. Join in and like the page!

Unemployment rate normal for college grads – so why Occupy Wall Street?

For some reason I thought that not having a chance to get ahead was a big part of Occupy Wall Street. That the top 1% is running away with money from the bottom 99%.

Unfortunately, the unemployment data below confuses that story. It shows a serious education issue and major problems in the African-American community, but not a widespread problem among the 99%.

In fact, if you take those groups out of the equation then the problems are nearly wiped away. Our college grads have an employment rate of 4.2%. The white and asian communities over-all have an unemployment rate around 6.5%.

An unemployment rate of 4-6% is considered normal for a healthy economy, taking into account those between jobs, career changes, etc.

Perhaps, the message for Occupy Wall Street should have been to get more kids through college and help out the African-American community?

November 2011,  Unemployment Statistics - Bureau of Labor Statistics

By Education

  • High school dropouts – 12.7%
  • High school, no college – 8.4%
  • Some college or Associates Degree – 7.4%
  • Bachelor’s and higher – 4.2%

 

By Race, Sex

White, unemployment rate, 7.2 %

  • Men – 6.8%
  • Women – 6.5%
  • Teens – 21%

Black, unemployment rate, 14.9%

  • Men – 15.5 %
  • Women – 12.7%
  • Teens – 39%

Asian, unemployment rate, 6.5%

 

By Industry

Highest unemployment rate:

  • Agriculture – 14.9%
  • Construction – 13.1%
  • Leisure and Hospitality – 11.1%

Lowest unemployment rate:

  • Self-employed – 5.2%
  • Education and Health – 5.2%
  • Government workers – 4.5%

Industry most likely for college grads:

  • Professional and business services – 9%
  • Information – 7.4%
  • Financial activities – 6.1%

I want to encourage you to come to your own conclusions about these numbers. What did you come up with?

One I came up with is that it certainly pays to be a college grad (4.2%) and be self-employed (5.2%). Both have the lowest unemployment rates.

Tea Time: white tea, chamomile, and harvesting garden mint

As the weather gets colder and I wrap myself up in warm sweaters and soft blankets, my tea obsession comes out. It starts with simple drinks of steaming hot water. Then I crave something more and from there I quickly amass jars of herbs, spices, and teas.

My three favorites are chamomile, white tea, and mint.

It’s always a little hard to procure these items “loose-leaf” and fresh. Every store sells them in large teabags of super low quality, which is lot like bringing a hammer to a knitting party.

I prefer to control my flavor with just a few leaves and this means I often go herb hunting. This year I’ve been to three stores and none match the apothecary quality I’m looking for.

It’s sad that these stores are absent from our commercial scene. Their new residence is the dusty upper shelf of crappy supermarkets.

I hope to eventually acquire some decent white tea and chamomile, but the mint will be coming from the garden. Since this is my first time harvesting mint I looked up some mint-harvesting guidelines:

  • The better tasting leaves are the younger ones, near the growing tips. The bigger, and much darker leaves near the middle or bottom of the stalk are bitter and tasteless.
  • I always remove all the stem and just use the leaves in my teas.
  • I wait until my mint is 8-10 inches tall and cut it back to 2-3 inches tall to help it branch and regrow shrubbier.

The biggest question here is: what variety of mint are you growing?

When herb gardening really took off back in the ’70′s, everybody & his brother started growing & hybridizing them. One of the easiest was the mint family. Thus, there are so many “mutt” mints out there today that it’s hard to throw a stick without hitting one. In fact, for the past 11 years I’ve been marginally successfully rooting out some sort of “mutt” mint that the original homeowner planted around the house. What a nightmare!!

Although I harvest and dry small amounts of mint throughout the summer, I do my main harvest when the first blossom bud appears. At that point, I cut the whole bed, leaving an inch or two on most stalks. It grows back quickly, and I get a second crop by the end of summer.

 

Chamomile Flowers

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Artificial insemination and too-fat-to-fly – the real Thanksgiving turkey

Something scary is happening in the turkey world. Our scientists and farmers have created a Frankenstein-like beast called the broad breasted white. This creature is created in a lab, through artificial insemination, and then grows fat so fast that it often cannot walk. It usually needs antibiotics to survive to be butchered.

Needless to say, it cannot fly. It can also barely walk, but it does create the biggest turkey breast you could ever imagine.

If that wasn’t enough these creatures are shoved into tight pens with thousands of other birds. All of them too fat to walk around, struggling to survive, and sometimes even injected with butter and salt.

“These birds are grown in large grow-out barns that are fully automated and may house as many as 10,000 birds.” (Wikipedia)

Why is this happening?

Profit, pure and simple. Americans want $5 turkeys and don’t care how they get it. When there is a will there is a way, and this way has been found.

The only thing I can think to say…is it worth it?

Photo credit: INSADCO Photography/Alamy

Snow White: the reboot

Of all the strange things we saw at the 2011 Comic Con, the one I was not prepared for was Snow White — in armor.

From Disney cartoon to dark war story?

It’s true, and there are two Snow White movies coming out. The first, starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight fame) involves the damsel in distress turning into an armed warrior (movie site).

The second involves Lily Collins (daughter of Phil Collins) in a Brothers Grimm dark twist, possibly to tell the story in its original grim form.

It’s still a bit early for more details but both are slated for a mid-2012 release. Probably somewhere around the release of the Batman and Spider-Man movies.

The story at Comic Con was one of competition between the Snow Whites, which one will win?