What Would You Do if Technology Failed?

One of the things I found most intriguing about Ally Condie's Matched is how technology is approached in this new society. At one point Cassie says that the Society is in part a reaction to the overabundance of technology faced by earlier generations. They had access to technology all the time and rather than controlling it, technology controlled them. And when it failed, they were doomed. ...more
Considering we have reached the peak of our global oil supply and oil powers all technology, we ... more

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Scam Month

The people who are not aware of breast cancer are our most vulnerable populations: poor, uneducated women who don't speak English. Who is pouring money into getting out into underserved neighborhoods with culturally, linguistically, and reading-level appropriate materials to let ignored populations of women know about their risk? I can barely summon the strength to get into the stupidity of raising awareness for breast cancer, getting women free mammograms because they have no health insurance, and then not having any comprehensive program in place to help them when these same women find out they have breast cancer. Raising awareness is not useful if we aren't also going to do actual, concrete things that save women's lives when they discover that they have it. ...more
I'm sending this to my mom who I couldn't quite articulate myself why buying "save the tatas" ... more