Is Sunscreen Causing Skin Cancer?

Did you see the headlines linking sunscreen to skin cancer? Are you feeling confused about how to protect yourself and family from the dangers of sun exposure? These stories stem from a report by the EWG (Environmental Working Group). Many of these "fear driven" headlines would lead you to believe that it might be more dangerous to use sunscreen than not. Let me assure you, it is still best to use sunscreen, but you should use it wisely. A statement from The American Academy of Dermatology says, "scientific evidence supports the beneficial effects of sunscreen" and sunscreen is "an important tool in the fight against skin cancer."...more

I've been a subscribed member of EWG for *years.* I still have the 2008 sunscreen message from ... more

Is Sunscreen Causing Skin Cancer?

Did you see the headlines linking sunscreen to skin cancer? Are you feeling confused about how to protect yourself and family from the dangers of sun exposure? These stories stem from a report by the EWG (Environmental Working Group). Many of these "fear driven" headlines would lead you to believe that it might be more dangerous to use sunscreen than not. Let me assure you, it is still best to use sunscreen, but you should use it wisely. A statement from The American Academy of Dermatology says, "scientific evidence supports the beneficial effects of sunscreen" and sunscreen is "an important tool in the fight against skin cancer."...more

The comment below illustrates my exact issue with this line of discussion and framing of the ... more

Daddy's in the Strip Club, Baby's in the Car and Someone's on the Telephone Calling the Police

A 42-year-old father in New Zealand is facing criminal charges he left his one-year-old baby alone in a car while he visited a strip club. The incident was reported to the authorities by a passer-by, who noticed the baby in the vehicle around 3 a.m. in the parking lot of the club. Authorities arrived within seven minutes, removed the child from the car and brought the baby to a hospital for observation. The child appears to be physically unharmed and is now being taken care of at another hospital while family members make arrangements for his care.  The predictable route would be to rehash that a dad left his baby in a car while he went into a strip club, call out his lousy parenting, and then write it up with the requisite smug remark dooming the child's future. ...more

The law in Texas expressly allows showing porn to a minor *if you are the parent/guardian and ... more

Daddy's in the Strip Club, Baby's in the Car and Someone's on the Telephone Calling the Police

A 42-year-old father in New Zealand is facing criminal charges he left his one-year-old baby alone in a car while he visited a strip club. The incident was reported to the authorities by a passer-by, who noticed the baby in the vehicle around 3 a.m. in the parking lot of the club. Authorities arrived within seven minutes, removed the child from the car and brought the baby to a hospital for observation. The child appears to be physically unharmed and is now being taken care of at another hospital while family members make arrangements for his care.  The predictable route would be to rehash that a dad left his baby in a car while he went into a strip club, call out his lousy parenting, and then write it up with the requisite smug remark dooming the child's future. ...more

Just today I wrote about the case here in TX where a father use live Internet porn, in which he ... more

Are Democrats Losing Their Hold Over Women?

Politico had a great article today on women in the Tea Party movement. ...more

...I'm not talking about you. I'm talking about me. And the part of the article where the author ... more

Are Democrats Losing Their Hold Over Women?

Politico had a great article today on women in the Tea Party movement. ...more

The problem, though, is with the enormous leap in logic that simply because women are using ... more

Race To the Top: Ask the White House About YOUR Child's Education

I'm the mom that pulled her kid out of a traditional public school and put him into a project-based, public, charter school. My now six-year-old's former school was one of the "good" ones. Blue Ribbon. Accreditation. Excellent neighborhood. All that jazz. But their "teach to the test" approach was sucking the life out of my then kindergartner. He was buried in worksheets and stuck in his chair, told not to fidget and subject to the ramifications of the creativity-squashing results of No Child Left Behind. My bright, bright boy ... was getting left behind. ...more

My mother is a great teacher with many years behind her. She has worked hard to teach her 7th ... more

Race To the Top: Ask the White House About YOUR Child's Education

I'm the mom that pulled her kid out of a traditional public school and put him into a project-based, public, charter school. My now six-year-old's former school was one of the "good" ones. Blue Ribbon. Accreditation. Excellent neighborhood. All that jazz. But their "teach to the test" approach was sucking the life out of my then kindergartner. He was buried in worksheets and stuck in his chair, told not to fidget and subject to the ramifications of the creativity-squashing results of No Child Left Behind. My bright, bright boy ... was getting left behind. ...more

Erin, I am that mom in Texas who yanked her children out of a blue ribbon exceptional school ... more

Ask Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about the future of health care: Thursday, Oct. 15 @BlogHer

You're invited to join Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) in a telephone conference call about health care reform legislation at 8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Oct. 15. The first 20 BlogHers who sign up in the comments below will be sent call-in information. More details below.It's a big week for this controversial legislation. Five health care reform bills are moving through Congress and today the Senate Finance Committee meets to take a final vote on their version, the most conservative of the bunch according to OpenCongress.org.Speaker Pelosi herself sent three versions of H.R. 3200 to the Congressional Budget Office for analysis last week, stating as she did that "it's very clear from our conversations with the members that the votes are there for a public option." (Source: Capitol Briefing.)The public option has been the speaker's rallying cry since July, when she said,"The glory days are coming to an end for the health insurance industry in our country. I have said that their profits are obscene, they have increased enormously over the past few years at the expense of America's consumers. And that's why what's in it for the consumers in our bill is that no longer will an insurance company be able to withhold insurance because you have a pre-existing medical condition. No longer can they pull back or rescind your insurance if you get more ill. No longer will you lose your health ins if you lose your job, change jobs, start a business, be self-employed. You will still have health insurance and think of what that means for the vitality of our economy, so we can encourage entrepreneurship while people have the confidence that they will have health insurance and can take more risks."This quote begins at one minute, twenty-nine seconds (01:29) into this YouTube video:You're invited to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis to join us when BlogHer moderates a telephone conference call with Speaker Pelosi at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 8:30 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, Oct. 15. Please add your name below and any blog URL if you have one (that's not required :). We'll be back in touch with the phone number and logistics. We have room for a group of 20 bloggers, who will join BlogHer's contributing editors from both sides of the aisle. If you're unable to attend, no worries -- please leave your question in the comments below and we will try to ask for you. This call is the fourth of BlogHer's bi-partisan series of telephone conference discussions to connect women bloggers directly with legislators, in partnership with the Sunlight Foundation and OpenCongress.org. You can hear audio and read transcripts of our discussions at the links below: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash)Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) Rep. George Miller (D-Ca)We hope you join us! Best, Lisa for Elisa, Jory and Lisa BlogHer Co-founders ...more

Also, FTR, I am glad she's right in her place. ;)

Julie more

Sign up to ask Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers about the future of health care: Wednesday, Sept. 30 @BlogHer

Meet Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. "We need health care reform," says Rep. Rodgers on her Web site, but she is not convinced current proposals provide the answer: You're invited to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis to join us when BlogHer moderates a telephone conference call with Rep. Rodgers at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, 9:30 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Please add your name below and any blog URL if you have one (that's not required :). We'll be back in touch with the phone number and logistics. We have room for a group of 15-20 bloggers, who will join BlogHer's contributing editors from both sides of the aisle. If you're unable to attend, no worries -- please leave your question in the comments below and we will try to ask for you. This call is the second of BlogHer's bi-partisan series of telephone conference discussions to connect women bloggers directly with legislators. We hope you join us! Best, Lisa for Elisa, Jory and Lisa BlogHer Co-founders ...more

I keep hearing from Republicans that they believe in health care reform, but the "solution" ... more