Potluck–Days Of The Week

Tubey Tuesday & Potluck 2013-08-20

mcg-2013-08-20-01-by-ljw• we gathered at the gardens for watering, weeding, and a potluck. then we gathered round the electronic hearth to watch docs about modern information and renaissance india.

Wednesday Panorama 2013-08-21

By USAID Africa Bureau [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMidwives and mothers in Nigeria

By Capt Holly Hess [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMidwives in training in Belize

By Pumpkingood (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsA midwife

This photograph was produced by Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency. Their website states: "Todo o conteúdo deste site está publicado sob a Licença Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Brasil " (The content of this website is published under the Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0 Brazil)Another midwife

Thursday 2013-08-22

This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.In the Middle Ages in Europe, midwives were persecuted as witches as ‘midwifery became a target of persecution and repression by public authorities.’ In the U.S. ‘in the early 20th century, a conflict between surgeons and midwives arose, as medical men began to assert that their modern scientific techniques were better for mothers and infants than the folk medicine practiced by midwives. By KellyPhD (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsAs doctors and medical associations pushed for a legal monopoly on obstetrical care, midwifery became outlawed or heavily regulated throughout the United States and Canada.’ However, history shows that for normal births, midwifery is safer and more cost-effective. Furthermore, should complications arise, the midwife acts as an advocate for the mother. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.In Canada, ‘prior to legislative changes, very few Canadian women had access to midwifery care, in part because it was not funded by the health care system. Legalizing midwifery has made midwifery services available to a wide and diverse population of women and in many communities the number of available midwives does not meet the growing demand for services. Midwifery services are free to women living in provinces with regulated midwifery.’ [more stuff…]

generation-jobless-from-cbc• we watched a doc on the cbc called ‘generation jobless‘, about canadian kids with post-secondary degrees, loads of debt, and little to no relevant experience.

Friday 2013-08-23

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 only as published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled GNU Free Documentation License.‘It’s been 30 years since the GNU manifesto was penned. What began as frustration over a printer driver has grown into a massive social movement. The GNU system itself has exploded; not only is it a fully free operating system, but it has expanded to include an entire universe of software.’

By Free Software Foundation [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsWe celebrate, but meanwhile the work continues: ‘Millions of Internet users came together to defeat SOPA/PIPA, but now Big Media moguls are going through non-governmental channels to try to sneak digital restrictions into every interaction we have online. Giants like Netflix, Google, Microsoft, and the BBC are all rallying behind this disastrous proposal’, reports DefectiveByDesign. ‘Moving forward, we need your signature as much as ever. We’re hoping to have a deepening conversation with the W3C [World Wide Web Consortium] and the more concerned Web users supporting our position, the better.’

This file is published under the following Creative Commons license: Attribution NonCommercial Unported 3.0 • we ate local, organic beans (raw and cooked) and more in penetanguishene as we celebrated the end of summer and the start of new adventures.

Saturday Serious Stuff 2013-08-24

Joshua Sherurcij [Attribution], via Wikimedia CommonsDavid Suzuki explains geoengineering’s two main options: solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal, but warns that ‘many schemes are controversial and have shown mixed results in tests, and the danger of unintended consequences is real, including further catastrophic, irreversible damage to the climate system.’

By ProhibitOnions; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk) 01:40, 15 February 2012 (UTC) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia CommonsIt’s the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech.

griefwalker-from-nfb• we watched ‘griefwalker‘, an nfb film about how most of us are terrified of our own death because our culture, unlike many others, doesn’t teach us the skill of how to walk through life with grief.

Sunday Doodles and Docs 2013-08-25

rosalind-franklin-doodleGoogle Doodles! Such as Rosalind Franklin (pictured), or Wilbur Norman Christiansen, or Erwin Schrödinger, or ?

from ddgDuck Duck Go Doodles! Such as Copernicus (pictured)

from the nyt“The Business of Being Born” is a passionate ground-level examination of home childbirth’, Stephen Holden writes. ‘Practiced widely in Europe and Japan, home birth has largely disappeared in the United States, the documentary states, because of a [false] image as a primitive, unsanitary ritual.’

Monday Music 2013-08-26

Little-RoyNirvana a la reggae (Pictured is Little Roythanks to pm, who curates cbc’s reggae stream)

Tanglefoot-from-wpMidwife’s Dance by Tanglefoot (l-r: Terry Young, Bryan Weirmier, Sandra Swannell, Steve Ritchie, Al Parrish–thanks to cm)

Miriam_Makeba_2011-from-wpRebels with a cause: Miriam Makeba sings Pata Pata (1980)

• lotsa rain and coffee. but no beans for the beandog!

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