Finally, I can end my Target boycott! Target has partnered with Lady Gaga to exclusively release her new single, Born this Way, and has agreed to stop funding anti-gay groups or initiatives, according to Pink News. Also, it has committed to giving half a million dollars to LGBT activist groups. They already give partnership benefits to gay employees, by the way. Go them!
My brother, his girlfriend, the kids and I just saw Gnomeo and Juliet (pictured on right). Ari was bored, but the rest of us thought it was cute. I was surprised that this was the only kids’ movie in the theater though. With so many parents looking for things to do with their kids, especially in the dead of winter, I would think that producers would jump all over this genre. Huh.
In health news: researchers from the National Institutes of Health have found that less than an hour of cellphone use can speed up brain activity in the area closest to the phone antenna, according to the New York Times. I believe it. I know I feel wired after a cell phone conversation, but I am not sure if it’s the technology, the conversation or both. But I will concede to the good doctors on this one.
In other health news: there is a proposal to give the best kidneys to children as opposed to those first on the transplant list, according to the Washington Post. Also, kids who play video games are not insensitive to violence anymore than non-gamers, according to research cited by HealthDay News.
Can I just say that I fear for our students? All 2,000 of Providence, Rhode Island’s teachers were fired due to massive budget cuts, according to CBS News. Yikes. Also, Daily Kos’s “teacherken” wrote a compelling column for CNN.com about unions, including teachers unions.
In other education news: Does this young man have a future in politics or what?
In Facebook news: Facebook just banned that creepy relationship status tracking app that informed followers when their friends changed their relationship statuses, according to MSNBC.com.
Last but not least, let me share the latest project I worked on with Anita Jackson over at MomsRising.org. Today is the last day of Black History Month and we put together a blog carnival of stories by African-American moms — and one dad. I especially liked this quote by my friend Carrie Smith, who is an outstanding woman and the most fabulous grandmother I know: “This month is not about the color of your skin, but the struggles we go through in life and virtues we learn along the way: LOVE, RESPECT, HARD WORK, and DEDICATION. This should be instilled in us all.”
Amen! With that, what else is in the news? What’s up with you?