And They All Fall Down

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Everyone is wondering what is making thousands of birds fall from the sky that fateful day of December 24, 2011. I was reading an article in "CNN" that was posted on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:41 am EST, and it stated that in Beebe, Arkansas there were between 4,000 or 5,000 birds that fell from the sky that day. This was referred to as the "Hitchcockian" event, because similar red-winged blackbirds were the type of birds who fell that day. Most of us read about this happening, and was not only amazed, confused, and afraid, but was expecting that it had nothing to do with the "Doomsday" prophecy that we were told of at a young age in church.

Now some of the theories that official and scientists have claimed for this happening are that the incident is not that unusual. They go on to say that this is usually caused by;

· High lighting strikes and high altitude hail. (4,000 or 5,000 birds?).

· Local New Year's Eve celebrations may be the blame.

· They were even leaning towards, maybe even a street event, and maybe folks were shooting fireworks while the birds were roosting.

· Poisoning is highly undesirable, because it only happened to one type of bird, and they all fell from the sky.

· Air test quality came back clean.

I have even walked pass numerous birds during that period, that had no head and no blood was spilling from them, and not pooling around the body. Now let's discuss a bit about our wondering why whales and dolphins beach themselves, and do not even try to somehow free themselves from their plight. They seem to swim towards those tight places deliberately as if they either did not know where they were going or were guided there and they then remain there. Few things in nature are so tragic as to hear of or even see the sight of a whale, and or a dolphin … some of the most magnificent and intelligent creatures on Earth, lying helpless and dying on those beaches, and or shallow water .

In an article in "About.com" it was written that; "some scientists have theories that a single whale or dolphin may strand itself due to illness or injury, swimming in close to shore to take refuge in shallow water and getting trapped by the changing tide. whale or dolphin may strand itself due to illness or injury, swimming in close to shore to take refuge in shallow water and getting trapped by the changing tide. healthy whales refuse to abandon a sick or injured pod member and follow them into shallow water. "

I watch a lot of shows on the cable channels like; "Nature", "Ocean", etc. and I saw a mother Sperm Whale watch her very young baby get attacked, ripped apart and ateen by a team of Orca. Now she did not leave her young one, however she did attempt to fight off the Orca from engulfing her baby. They began to team up on both the baby, and its mother until she became confused and they suddenly killed the baby. She did not leave her baby until she was sure that there was no saving it. So, I do not understand where the scientists get their theory from.

I also was reading a piece in; "Ocean Facts", and they, as well as most of humanity, feel that protecting our ocean and coastal economies is paramount to stopping all of the negative events on "Mother Earth". Ocean Facts mentioned that; "healthy oceans are critically important to marine life and coastal communities which economies rely on tourism and fishing. Opening up new offshore areas to drilling, risks permanent damage to our oceans and beaches without reducing our dependence on oil. bringing catastrophic harm to marine life and devastating losses for local businesses. Even routine exploration and drilling activities bring harm to many marine species. "

Remember what happened to the jellyfish after chemical pollutants, and oil were constantly fed into our seas, etc.? There are great jellyfish called "Nomura's Jellyfish (Nemopilema nomurai)". There are numerous articles that can help you understand what polluting our waters is producing and even destroying in our waters, and here is on you can read for sure. You can find the link below this article.

As I was reading an article on "Mail Online" Science & Techs you could see some of the pictures that were available for us to see, and understand better that that big beautiful marble we are privy to when we see Mother Earth, is not really what she looks like from true outer space. I thought I would show you a few pictures from "Mail Online" Science & Techs show the debris circling the Planet Earth from the remnants of what was blasted off of the space ships as they were leaving our orbit, and onto its next phase. They wrote in their article that; "Putting the 'tip' in tipping point: Could giant umbrellas, nets, harpoons and magnets capture the cloud of space junk scientists warn risks trapping us on Earth …

· 'We've lost control of the environment' warns author of new report

· Up to 370,000 objects shrouding Earth, traveling at up to 22,000mp

· Continual collisions pose 'potentially catastrophic risk' to astronauts

I wonder is this very reason is why NASA is stopping their practice of travel? Mail Online went on the say, "The amount of space junk orbiting earth has reached a" tipping point "where continuous collisions are thickening the already dense cloud shrouding the Earth, a NASA report has disclosed.

In practical terms, it means that the amount of junk floating around the planet will make it increasingly difficult for spacecraft to leave the planet, effectively trapping us on Earth. It also poses 'potentially catastrophic risk' to astronauts, satellites and the International Space Station. "OK, why not just read it yourself.

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Source by Josline Massey

Mapping The Gender Gaps for African Women in Technology

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Sustainable Development Goal 5, Target 5.6 (b) is very clear; to enhance the use of enabling technology in particular Information Communication Technology to promote the empowerment of women. From it I derive power to articulate on the possibility of achieving Goal 5 target 5.6(b) by 2030, 14 years from now. But am thinking if this target would be met with the situation at hand? Anyhow, I’ll let you be the judge.

Technology is changing the world faster, although it is masculine and challenging, yet is worth noticing. One thing that is indisputable is that ICT seems snail in changing women world, as businesses that are feminine related take back seat in ICT drives. As less girls and women continue to miss out in ICT value chain and more men continue to into the ICT world, the balance is clear. Clear to the extent that, how many girls are taught how to develop computer applications, how many are computer literates, how many are into repairs of hand phones and computers, what are we doing to entice girls in digital career? It is superstitious to believe that ICT can promote promiscuous in women and is just an empty excuse. Superstition is a big gap and still a comedy, yet is a strong influencing factor that has hold Africa men’ in captivity for so long too long no matter the background. Undoubtedly, information technology communication vis a viz the internet has changed lives and is still changing lives, it has changed how we do things, what we do, when and where things are done. It has made the world more modern than time. Close boundaries and open borders, rendered the world into small space for all. The only thing as I see that internet is yet to do is bridging gender gaps. Gender inclusivity in technology could be reasonable thing to do if we want a better and safer world for all.

Gender inequality remains obstacle to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and Goal 5 in particular. It is unfair to know that Men still find it difficult to comprehend the undertone of SDG Goal 5 – I. e Gender Equality, and then tighten it in to technology. Think, what does gender equality really mean to men? As they used to ask- “do women want equate themselves men? Or what does United Nations mean by – gender equality? That question needs answer and I know you can tell. But you see it has been extremely difficult to explain this in Africa context to men folk. It has been extremely difficulty to explain the meaning of “gender equality” to African men and is the root causes for resistance. If I may ask, why is it difficult for women advocates to really putting to bear what sort of equality they mean- when advocating for equality? Does this equality mean equating selves to men? What are the qualities of these qualities? What about the benefits now and in future, and even to the children and families? I think if some of this is answered, mindsets and perceptions can be shaped. You know, a lot of men pretend they know what gender and equality is, whereas not. They only turn back within their circle and frame it as affront. Do you know that there are so many misconceptions about gender equality in local communities? Up to global world view? Do a little survey and you will be shocked at your result.

The educated men though hand few are worst at it, while the uneducated men don’t even want to hear about it. Girls are viewed as weak that need no voice. Religiously, a gender is tail and man, the head. Africa perception widens the scope more and relegates women to domestic. I am aware that women and girls are less technologically savvy than men. I ask why? Why men are always trained for emerging opportunities and given priority to access same and on virgin times? Why are women left behind to learn about emerging opportunities later and given last chance to accessing same? Then I realized why the world isn’t fairing better. Imagine if internet educates a woman, isn’t it educating the world as they say?

Preparing girls and women with skills in technology can help, especially now that every job have digital component. Whether it is fruit selling, restaurant business etc, the knowledge of internet/technology can help. But the real problem in Africa is, most girls and women especially those in rural poor areas do not have access to internet, those that can access the internet access it at very high cost; internet is slow and breaking in connection. Internet coverage is still more urbanized; many more do not know how to use the internet with business sense or skill. And I am disturbed. Disturbed on what to do?

UNESCO 2013 report indicates that 65 million children globally do not have access to education. 29 million girls are illiterate in Africa, while 17 million girls are out of schools in Africa. It is somewhat irrational when few men feel threatened when women access education? I mean for instance, how traumatic when we postulate that educated women are not marriageable and make them feel unfulfilled in societal setup. I know though marriage is not the end but means of society alienation. However, all these narratives at times make our women vulnerable and less interested in becoming whom they are.

According to World Economic Forum 2016 Gender Gap Report, that we would not have gender equality in workplace for another 118 years, makes me to concur with the report and see how to contribute to turning the wheel. As girls and women empowerment continues to be resisted by majority number of men, it makes me feel like the women led advocacy has not really helped matters, than creating gender enmity. And as I see, men resistance to gender equality is manifested in bullying, assaulting, bombing, kidnapping and murdering of gender activists. It is humble opinion that, women led advocacy should be reviewed. Advocacies of gender should carry men along in their team work and open up dialogue with men at local levels to international. I will recommend that the UN Women should be led by men and let see if we wouldn’t have new result.

From Kampala to Madagascar girls and young women are doing their best to make impact in the international space. In Dakar, for instance Awa Caba is building e-commerce sites; where local fruits is being sold to citizens while improving their wellbeing. In Nigeria, Linda Ikeji of http://www.lindaikejisblog.com is using writing skills to write news stories on her blog and ranking with high income everyday amongst others. Therefore, women whom are best entrepreneurs all over the world should be trained on how to use the internet in expanding their social network, businesses, making new friends and contacts. And when this is done, the benefit will rob us all.

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Source by Dennis Ekwere