Proof Positivity: Over The Rainbow

Proof Positivity

Proof Positivity

My husband learned an important lesson last night.  Civil rights aren’t just for African American, they are for all people.    President Obama’s administration intends on dealing with these  issues:

 
*Combat Employment Discrimination: They will  pass the Fair Pay Act, to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

*Expand Hate Crimes Statutes:

*End Deceptive Voting Practices

*End Racial Profiling

*Reduce Crime Recidivism by Providing Ex-Offender Support

We have had a bit of irresponsibility or laziness in the government the past 8 years and the fact that a lot of the government entities are online makes keeping an eye on what’s going on a little easier.  You can follow what Hillary Clinton is doing on Twitter and check out the blog.

The presidency means something more than a new age of responsibility.  It means in America you truly can be anything.  As a woman all I ever hear is first woman to do this or that.  The fact that Hillary CLinton came so close means I can tell my little girl you can do anything you want to do.   So, some where over the rainbow a woman will be president.

   Top Podcasts of 2008                                                                                                                 

  Each year, Podcast.com publishes the Top 10 Podcasts in a number of categories. This year, the categories and top three winners in each are:

 Top Downloads – This list represents the top podcasts on Podcast.com based on the number of downloads from the site

 

  1. CNN News Update
  2. World Soccer Daily Podcast
  3. Discovery News (Video)

 Top Plays – This list represents the top podcasts that were played directly on Podcast.com

 

  1. Discovery News (Video)
  2. World Soccer Daily Podcast
  3. CNN News Update

 Top Podcasts added to Playlists – This list represents the top podcasts that were added Podcast.com member playlists.

 

  1. Stuff You Should Know
  2. CNN News Update
  3. LATINUM

 Top Podcasts Subscribes – This list represents the top podcasts that were subscribed to by members of Podcast.com.

 

  1. The Economist
  2. Discovery News (Video)
  3. Global News

 Top Podcast Page Views – This list represents the top podcast pages that were viewed on Podcast.com.

 

  1. World Soccer Daily Podcast
  2. CNN News Update
  3. The Economist

 Top Viral Podcasts – This list represents the top podcasts that were shared on blogs and social media sites.

 

  1. CNN News Update
  2. Stuff You Should Know
  3. Discovery News (Video)

 Top Business Podcasts – This list represents the top podcasts that were defined as a business podcast via tagging.

 

  1. InvestTalk
  2. Bloomberg On the Economy
  3. NPR: Planet Money Podcast

 Top Podcasts Episodes– This list represents the top podcast episodes that were played on Podcast.com.

 

  1. Discovery News (Video) – Top Technology Finds Piles Of Treasure
  2. I have no clue what this is but the title alone is not child appropriate and I’ve removed it to keep this site child friendly http://podcast.com/episode/32092323/15605/
  3. 60 Minutes Podcast – The Full Broadcast – 60 MINUTES

 

 

Shrek Says The Neon Lights Are Bright On Broadway 

In the new Broadway hit Shrek The Musical, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NYSE: DWA) is relying on Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) 3D character animation technology. A customized system based on Autodesk MotionBuilder

Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical

software is being used to generate a digital face in the Magic Mirror, which speaks to Lord Farquaad in real-time for every show.

 

“We’ve had a great, longstanding engagement with Autodesk; we rely heavily on Autodesk software and custom development for many of our projects,” said Jim Mainard, head of Research and Development, DreamWorks Animation Technology. “For Shrek The Musical, the sophistication, interactivity and believability of the Magic Mirror wouldn’t have been possible without Autodesk technology.”

 

Autodesk is a world leader in design innovation technology. Autodesk 3D software and services enable customers to visualize, simulate and analyze entertainment and design projects. For Shrek The Musical, Autodesk designed a system that captures the facial motion of actor John Tartaglia in real-time and uses it to animate the face in the Magic Mirror. This live-to-stage performance is the first of its kind in a Broadway musical.

 

Shrek The Musical is a new musical based on the story and characters from the book by New Yorker cartoonist William Steig.  The show celebrated Opening Night at The Broadway Theatre in New York City on December 14, 2008.

 

 

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Fight To End Polio

The polio eradication initiative is working to fight against polio.  In America this disease does not exist.  Jonas Salk created a vaccine that works for us.   The wild polio virus runs rampant in Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan, and imported cases from these countries threaten other developing nations. It is in these four countries that the most serious challenges exist, including vaccine effectiveness , low vaccination coverage rates , and access problems due to conflict . Much depends on the countries themselves. Recent progress in key areas has shown that these challenges can be overcome with sufficient national and sub-national commitment.

 

“G-8 countries pledged repeatedly to take all necessary steps to eradicate polio,” said Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. “Germany has contributed significantly to living up to this commitment. We urge other countries to join us in closing the funding gap and ensuring that health workers have the support they need to protect the world’s children from polio.”

 

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fight-polioLaunched in 1988, the GPEI — spearheaded by Rotary, the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF — has reduced the number of polio cases by 99 percent over the past two decades, from more than 350,000 cases in 1988 to an estimated 1,600 in 2008.

 

The GPEI partners will use the new polio eradication funds to support a range of activities, including:

 

 

  • National Immunization Days, when countries aim to immunize every child under five years old with oral polio vaccine
  • Supplemental immunization activities focused on providing extra vaccinations to children in high-risk areas
  • Research into new vaccines and ways to ensure they are available to vulnerable children
  • Surveillance activities to detect cases of polio so that progress can be measured and outbreaks contained

 

 

 Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said: “Together with enhanced commitment by the last four endemic countries at all levels, the new funding commitments are precisely what is needed to help the governments in these countries overcome the remaining barriers to reaching every child with polio vaccine.”

 

“Successfully eradicating polio is crucially important, not just to ensure that no child will ever again be paralyzed by this devastating disease, but also to show that today — in the 21st Century — we can deliver life-saving health interventions to every single child, no matter where they live, and even in the most difficult and challenging environments,” said Dr. Chan, who in 2008 made polio eradication WHO’s top operational priority.

 

This is the second challenge grant for polio eradication the Gates Foundation has given Rotary. The first came in November 2007, when Rotary agreed to match a $100 million grant dollar-for-dollar.

 

Rotary clubs worldwide already are hard at work raising the matching funds for what the organization has named Rotary’s $200 Million Challenge. Since the first Gates Foundation challenge grant was announced, Rotary clubs have raised more than $60 million toward the goal.

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