Posts Tagged: ‘United Nations’

Earlier this summer, Stuff Mom Never Told You listener Pauline wrote in with an intriguing podcast suggestion: Over the past few days I read several times a statement that goes like this: Women form 50% of the world’s population They perform 66% of the world’s paid and unpaid work Produce 50% of its food Earn […]

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Riddle me this: When is a person not a person? Or, more accurately, when is a person not a human being?

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Let’s start with tigers. The World Wildlife Fund (commonly known as the ‘non-wrestling’ WWF) estimates that there may be as few as 3,200 tigers in the wild. Although the WWF has an ambitious plan to double the wild tiger population, things aren’t looking good for the largest member of the cat family. If humanity doesn’t make some drastic changes […]

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Not everyone relishes a freshly-microwaved plate of leftovers — but, if you had to guess, how much food would you say is lost or wasted across the world, each year? Hundreds of millions of tons, surely. Maybe billions? The actual number is 1.3 billion tons. According to a recent report from the UN’s Food and […]

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Got plans for Monday, March 8? No? Well, March 8 is International Women’s Day, and I’m here with a few ways for you to mark the occasion.

First, a little background. In 1909, the Socialist Party of America designated February 28 as National Woman’s Day to honor the women who had protested inadequate working conditions in the garment district of New York City.

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I’ve always felt kind of bad for witches, having been a longstanding scapegoat for society’s ills and all. That and having to customarily suffer the indignity of dying at the hands of superstitious hicks. They’ve found themselves on the wrong end of land grabs and wide swings to new worldviews. Take the emergence of science. The nascent medical community decided it couldn’t stave off the competition from traditional healers for the few centuries until it reached germ theory and bam! Death to witches.

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Delegates from the global shipping industry are tackling some awfully big cargo this week: their greenhouse gas emissions. The talks are being overseen by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London.

The convention is a last-ditch effort for the IMO to suggest its own proposals before the task gets snatched out of its hands. The industry — which according to Reuters, accounts for 3 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions — has felt mounting pressure from Europe and America to clean up its act.

The IMO, a part of the United Nations, is responsible for developing a regulatory framework for shipping safety, security, efficiency and environmental issues. But it’s been lagging on the environmental front, fearing that reducing emissions will increase rates and damage the world’s economy.

However, the European Union isn’t willing to wait much longer; the European Commission (the EU’s executive branch) has already announced it will take steps to regulate shipping if the IMO doesn’t do so itself.

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This week on Stuff You Should Know Josh and I talked about two pretty interesting topics. On Tuesday, we dived into the oceans (see what I did there) to determine who owns them. As it turns out we all own the ocean, in a way. The United Nations passed the Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1994, which leaves the oceans open for all to enjoy. It also established new rules for how far out a country’s boundaries extend into the ocean. It made me feel better knowing that the highs seas are still open for business, but I worry about what might happen to those rights in the future as land oil runs out and we become more dependent on pulling petrol from the seas.

Yesterday’s show was all about aphrodisiacs. We discussed the strange history of aphrodisiacs, including such oddities as Montezuma downing 40 goblets of

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There will be one more appointment on the date book of the psychiatrist held on retainer by the Northhampton County, Penn., District Attorney’s office. After he was caught allegedly driving drunk this week, the AP reports Scott Allan Witmer has been ordered by a judge to receive a once over to see if he’s competent to stand trail. Not because he’s pickled his brain with booze, but because Witmer claimed he’s not under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania courts since he’s his own sovereign nation.

This isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility. There are a few places in the United States that could be legally construed as sovereign nations. Near Dayton, Nev., sits the Republic of Molossia, lead by His Excellency, Kevin Baugh, the President of Molossia. The unrecognized micronation’s economy is backed by chocolate chip cookies, celebrates Jack Day (in honor of the late First Dog)…

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