Since our baker baker is in on the secret, I will go ahead and remind you all that we are collecting funds for a communal MotherTalkers baby gift. MTer Rachel is collecting money via paypal at mtrachel at gmail dot com. To snail-mail money or a check, e-mail Sara at capasb at gmail dot com. The deadline is Sunday (tomorrow). You women rawk. Thank you!!
This is sickening. Haiti’s death toll following the earthquake is at 230,000, according to the BBC. I tried so hard to just donate and stay away from the coverage, but my jaw still dropped upon reading the headline. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti.
In other effed up news: An Iraq War vet waterboarded his 4-year-old daughter because she refused to recite the alphabet, according to CBS News.
In case you missed it, our fierce first lady Michelle Obama unveiled her initiative to combat childhood obesity, according to the Washington Post. Also in the Washington Post: Education Secretary Arne Duncan is urging the Senate to overhaul student lending practices. So far, the Democrats in the House have passed a bill cutting out the middlemen — like Sallie Mae — and letting the government lend money to students directly. The move would not only save taxpayers money, but also lower interest rates for students needing money for college.
There has been a lot of news on the autism front. As our Katy over at Non-Toxic Kids pointed out, the controversial study linking autism with the MMR vaccine has been pulled. Also, at least this Washington Post columnist cast uncertainty over celebrity claims that their children’s autism was cured by diet alone.
On the diet front, have you noticed the explosion of gluten-free products and friends who can’t eat this protein? Can you tell I live in Berkeley? I have tasted gluten-free pasta before, and I am sorry, just. can’t. do. it. I love food too much to restrict myself this way. But I am glad to read it is not all in my head that it is becoming a common allergen and new products are lining up store shelves. Check out this article in the Daily Spark about it.
My friend Peggy wrote an article for the Berkeley Examiner about an issue dear to my heart: the achievement gap. Despite the number of African-American and Latino students educated in Berkeley’s public elementary schools, only 12 percent of African Americans and 6 percent of Latinos take AP courses at Berkeley High School. The grand majority of AP students are white kids, many educated in private schools.
The west topped a list of the “drunkest U.S. cities,” while east coasters were the least likely to indulge, according to USA Today. Fresno, California, was the drunkest city while Boston was the most sober.
Mamapedia ran an essay on being a stage mom. Have you gone on auditions with your children?
Finally, in case you missed it, Costa Rica elected its first woman president, according to CNN. Go them.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?