Thursday, April 23, 2015

News and Reviews

Last night I got sucked down the internet rabbit hole, particularly scrolling through this website: 
Nature of a Man positions critter cams in Central California and his photographs are spectacular (and funny). The ones of mountain lions just south of San Fran are especially fascinating.  Or the bears!

Speaking of those same lions, check out one youngster’s journey in an attempt to find himself a new territory in downtown Mountain View. I wish I could say he was successful but five months later he was hit by a car while trying to cross a highway.

Whoa. William Shatner, keep your dirty paws of our precious Seattle water.   Get rid of all those SoCal golf courses, lawns, and swimming pools, and then we’ll talk. Maybe.  Or probably not.

Excellent post about relationship tips from weddings. 

My mom wants to be turned into a coral reef when she dies. I might spring for tree food. What do you think? Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, fertilizer to fertilizer...

Holy batman, peeps! This is taking it to a whole ‘nuther level. Mom sends most demanding birthday invite ever. 

CEO of the century: One Company’s new minimum wage: $70k/year

Outdoor preschools are coming to Seattle!!

For the bicycle set: cute toddler shirt. 

 I loved this speech by Amy Schumer. Read the entire thing here. 
"I want to throw my hands in the air, after reading a mean Twitter comment, and say, 'All right! You got it. You figured me out. I'm not pretty. I'm not thin. I do not deserve to use my voice'...But then I think, F*** that...I am a woman with thoughts and questions and sh*t to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and f*** and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you, and I thank you.”

The Tallest Trophy: The Movie Star and the Missing Totem Pole (a great read!)

Pacific Northwest Peeps: Are You Ready for Mushrooms?

Ben just participated in a similar study by the same author: Game played in sync increases children’s perceived similarity, closeness.

There is no such thing as ‘women’s rights’. 

Speaking of women, my mom dug out that newspaper article (pictured above) from the year I was born (1981) about the Equal Rights Amendment. Here is your depressing history lesson of the day:
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women. The ERA was originally written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman. In 1923, it was introduced in the Congress for the first time. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress and went to the state legislatures for ratification. 
The resolution in Congress that proposed the amendment set a ratification deadline of March 22, 1979. Through 1977, the amendment received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. Five states later rescinded their ratifications before the 1979 deadline, though the validity of these rescissions is disputed. In 1978, a joint resolution of Congress extended the ratification deadline to June 30, 1982, but no further states ratified the amendment before the passing of the second deadline, leaving it three short of the required threshold. 
Consequently, our Constitution is missing this little piece of wording: Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Not cool, country. FLOTUS, get on it!

Again, for the biology fanatics: The mystery of the red bellied newt. 

Hope you’re gearing up for a great weekend, Peeps.