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Centrelink Satisfaction Survey

Posted by Lloyd on October 27, 2011
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Centrelink is conducting a Satisfaction Survey to get the views of the disability service sector about their working relationship with local Centrelink office/offices. Centrelink wants to ensure that, before the implementation of the Welfare To Work changes in July, local Centrelink offices have in place good working relationships with their local providers who work with customers with disabilities. Continue reading…

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Outrage of the Week. The Title IX Fight Rages On

Posted by Lloyd on February 08, 2010
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The sexual segregation of vocational schools across the country has prompted the National Women’s Law Center to “file legal petitions in all 12 regions of the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, requesting investigations into whether vocational and technical high schools and classes violate Title IX and demanding that action be taken to remedy all conduct that does not comply with federal law.” The National Women’s Law Center assumes that these types of schools are practicing sexual discrimination because they tend to be almost completely male or female. Continue reading…

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Business Plan Success

Posted by Lloyd on January 19, 2010
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I’ve seen many businesses come. And I’ve seen many business go. Actually, I’ve seen more go that I have stay around. Funny isn’t it. No, not really, it’s sad. Very sad.
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Feeding Frenzy

Posted by Lloyd on December 28, 2009
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A zesty poem about growing old with women friends.
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Grandparents: A Rare Gem

Posted by Lloyd on December 14, 2009
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The fact that my grandmother died on my birthday has always made me feel closer to her. I know that sounds like a morbid observation, but it is so true. It is just one more way that my grandma made me feel special, as she did all of her life. She was there moments after I was born, and I was there when she died, which completed our journey together on this earth. Continue reading…

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Heartbreak of a Book

Posted by Lloyd on August 27, 2009
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To devotees of current academic feminism, there must be something faintly embarrassing about Andrea Dworkin. Whereas women’s studies trailblazers—and many of their followers—favor a torturous prose style laden with postmodern jargon, Dworkin’s own writing is as unadorned and unfashionable as it is wrathful. Dworkin, an arch-feminist and anti-pornography crusader famous for claiming that all heterosexual intercourse is tantamount to rape, has been on the scene for some time, and thus her ideological comrades would be loath to ostracize her because of her earlier contributions to the cause of radical feminism. Yet one gets the distinct impression that Dworkin—much like Mary Daly, another old-school provocateur—has outstayed her welcome: to the postmodern crowd Dworkin must seem so vulgar, so retardataire. Continue reading…

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Freely Made Choices

Posted by Lloyd on July 10, 2009
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For months I debated what to do. From seventh grade on, everyone told me there were too few women in math and science. I went to “Hypatia Day” workshops that celebrated the first known woman mathematician. I wrote papers on women’s scientific and mathematical accomplishments. So I thought I should chalk one up for the sisterhood by continuing in those subjects. But it made me miserable to sit in labs when I wanted to write novels.

Ultimately, I went with the “selfish” choice: Do what makes you happy. Other women I know have reached the same conclusion. My roommate is a former chemistry major who decided she wanted to go into public interest law. I recently met a college woman who won thousands of dollars in scholarships for her genetic research. She decided after a while that she’d rather work with people than microscopes.

Freely made choices

Women, labor market researchers note, look for different things in careers than men. Women want flexibility, for instance, the opportunity to balance work with other parts of life and the chance to make a positive difference. Ninety percent of the queries about non-profit jobs on my college’s career-networking email list come from women. Many bright and talented women work in tech jobs, but if more women prefer fixing sick children’s bodies or fixing problems in society to fixing computers, so be it.

This choice—more than the fear that math and science are too tough for girls—creates the gender gap in tech jobs. After all, women aren’t wimps when it comes to difficult careers. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, women make up about half of all incoming medical school classes. The American Bar Association reports that law schools have just about reached parity. Women earn two-thirds of all new psychology PhDs, over 40% of all new PhDs, and even just under 37% of science and engineering PhDs, according to the National Science Foundation. There’s nothing women can’t do—there are just some careers most women choose to avoid. If the Girl Scouts see those careers as more valuable than others, that’s their perspective alone.

In fact, if the Girl Scouts really want to reach gender parity in a field where more quality workers are urgently needed, they’d team up with the Boy Scouts and the Ad Council to run spots encouraging little boys to become elementary school teachers.

But I’m not betting any Thin Mints on that happening.

Freely Made Choices

Posted by Lloyd on June 23, 2009
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Munching on Girl Scout cookies this time of year? Here’s some food for thought—the Girl Scouts just unveiled a new project that doesn’t involve baked goods. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced on January 6th that they’d teamed up with the Ad Council to produce public service announcements on girls, math, science, and tech jobs. According to GSUSA, women make up only 25% of the tech workforce in the country, and these jobs are the wave of the future. So the new radio and TV spots urge parents to make sure their daughters take lots of math and science classes and learn how fun these subjects can be. “It’s her future. Do the math,” the tagline says.

As a former math and science class junkie myself, I applaud the idea. But the Girl Scouts’ logic isn’t as good as their message. Perhaps women make up only 25% of the tech workforce. But much of that has to do with preference. Women have shown they are no slouches in other fields that involve science and math. So even if women take all the math and science classes in the world, that gender gap in technology may never disappear.

Chalk One up for the Sisterhood

Young women do need to take harder classes. When I attended the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities in the mid-1990s, for instance, the high school shuffled seniors into one of four math tracks: regular calculus, AP Calculus (AB), AP Calculus (BC) or Multivariable Calculus/Linear Algebra. The regular calculus class was mostly female, the next level split, the third level mostly male until we came to the toughest class, which featured one girl—me. Since most students applied to selective colleges where advanced math was the norm, more girls could have benefited from the tougher classes. And too few students—male or female—took the AP Biology, Chemistry and Physics classes offered. At schools that don’t draw students specifically for math and science, the problem is even worse.

I took all the math and science I could, then went to college ready to do the same. I enrolled in math and organic chemistry, but also in writing and politics classes.

That’s when I discovered I liked writing and politics more.

…to be continued

Human Pheromones are Extremely Effective for Lonely People

Posted by Lloyd on June 08, 2009
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It can be hard to attract a man that you really want to be with. You have to recognize that some of the nicest men are frequently awkward around women; but these men are sometimes very desirable, since they’ll often treat you extremely well.

How, then, can you attract these men? If you seem too aggressive you might scare them away. But you could never get started if you sit and wait for them to make a move! What should you do?

Social pheromones are extremely effective for attracting a man such as this and getting him interested in you QUICKLY. Social pheromone perfumes will help both of you relax, making it easier to share yourselves with one another. Just a bit of flirting from you can lead to romance in no time – and he may truly think he is the luckiest man in the world!

If you’re considering attracting a man using pheromones, do your research first. Pheromones can produce great, sometimes even astounding results, but this will only happen if you purchase quality products and know how to use them.

You need to test your pheromone out before meeting with the man you are hoping to attract. Go to places where people hang out after using a little. Look to see what reactions you get. If they don’t behave in a more friendly, open and flirtatious manner, use a bit more until this happens.
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Health Products For Elderly Care

Posted by Lloyd on May 27, 2009
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Several people look forward to retirement as a period to enjoy life and slow down. Sometimes the hard worked to gain that percious time cannot be fully enjoyed. This is where most consider moving into some type of nursing facility. There are other choices, though. Many fail to look into other options, such as at-home care.

When moving into a nursing facility, most senior’s concerns lies in maintaining their dignity and freedom. Residents age from 65-100, although majority age in the low to mid 80′s. A nursing home located in a fine residential area, equipped with quality accommodations and good neighbors is a major benefit. Once the pressure of living alone have been lifted, residents have been known to “come alive” again and they are able to enjoy many activities that the nursing facliity offers.
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