Steubenville.

The whole Steubenville rape case and trial and media coverage does my head in, in so many ways that I don’t even know where to begin.  But this is a good place.  Well written, measured, sensible.  Read it, think about it, live it.

10 Small Changes You Can Make To Help Avoid Another Steubenville.

“In general, I’d say, don’t idle in neutral. There is no neutral. Standing still in this environment is worse than running backward. It takes affirmative time and energy to change culture. It’s exhausting and demoralizing some days. But, there is a growing and passionate community of people, enabled through technology, enthusiastically doing this work. They’re easy to find and growing every day.”

Today’s Bullied Teens Subject To ‘Sticks And Stones’ Online, Too : NPR

Definitely worth a listen:

“When Emily Bazelon was in eighth grade, her friends fired her. Now a senior editor for Slate, Bazelon writes in her new book, Sticks and Stones: “Two and a half decades later, I can say that wryly: it happened to plenty of people, and look at us now, right? We survived. But at the time, in that moment, it was impossible to have that kind of perspective.”

In Sticks and Stones, Bazelon explores teen bullying, what it is and what it isn’t, and how the rise of the Internet and social media make the experience more challenging.

“It really can make bullying feel like it’s 24/7,” Bazelon tells Fresh Air’sTerry Gross. Comparing it with her own experience as a young teenager, she says that “when I got home from school, there was a break. I didn’t have to deal with [my friends] directly, and I could sort of put myself back together in the afternoon and evening. Whereas now when you come home if you’re a victim of bullying, you’re likely to see this continue on a social media site or via texting.”

For parents who grew up without the Internet, understanding the technology that is an integral aspect of today’s kid culture is a struggle, she says. Her question regarding that generational gulf informs the book. A parent herself, Bazelon says that she wanted to think about what limits made sense to set as her children entered the online world.

To complicate matters further, there is the issue of what role schools should play in a teen’s digital life.

“We don’t make schools responsible for all the stuff that kids do at the movies or on the beach or walking down the street,” Bazelon says, “and yet if there’s a cruel thread on Facebook or Twitter or a bunch of mean harassing texts go around, it’s very typical for parents to bring those into the school and ask for help because they naturally feel that since it’s among students, the school should have some role. I think it’s clear that schools can help kids and parents talk through these situations. What I think is much trickier is whether they can really take on the role of punishing, and … are schools really set up to police all this behavior, and do we really want them to play that role?”

LISTEN TO THE FULL PROGRAM HERE:

Today’s Bullied Teens Subject To ‘Sticks And Stones’ Online, Too : NPR.

Animal School – don’t let your child be a kangaroo

A five minute video with soppy music, but food for thought.  It’s ostensibly about education and raising children.  But there’s a lot more here.  It really speaks to me about the human impulse to simplify things (and people) by putting them in boxes.  And that makes progress hard because it means a lot of cool stuff gets missed.

Animal School – YouTube.

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Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect

Kind of fits with Mark Bittman’s advice: patience.  One town, one small law, 3 years. But it’s a start.

“Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles.

According to the Associated Press, the plastic bottle ban resulted from a three-year campaign by local activists. The activists pushed to reduce waste and fossil fuel use.”

via Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect.

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The Greenie Pig’s guide to a cleaner, more sustainable 2013 | Grist

“Lead by example, not by volume. Be encouraging, not a know-it-all.”

via The Greenie Pig’s guide to a cleaner, more sustainable 2013 | Grist.

Here’s the list, although I suggest you read the whole article – great food for thought.icons

1. Keep an open mind.

2. Take it one step at a time.

3. Add — don’t subtract.

4. Don’t ban anything but bans themselves.

5. Don’t be a jerk (or, how to set a good example)

Fixing Our Food Problem – NYTimes.com

From Mark Bittman; he da’ man….

Nothing affects public health in the United States more than food. Gun violence kills tens of thousands of Americans a year. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes kill more than a million people a year — nearly half of all deaths — and diet is a root cause of many of those diseases.

via Fixing Our Food Problem – NYTimes.com.

This seems like a good day to step back a bit and suggest something that’s sometimes difficult to accept.

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Not teal?

Originally posted on Grist:

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Next year, it will finally be easy being green — or, if not easy, at least popular. Because Pantone has declared emerald green, Pantone shade 17-5641, to be the official color of 2013.

OK, so that doesn’t necessarily translate into green actions, green concerns, or green priorities. But there will probably be green shoes and green nail polish, at least according to Pantone’s trained chromatognosticators. Baby steps, right?

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