Friday Open Thread
Tomorrow is Director Carr's last community meeting as a board member - it's at the Hearthstone at Greenlake from 8:30-10:00 am.
A couple of strong women speaking out - Reece Witherspoon honored as Glamor's 2015 Women of the Year Awards and Meryl Streep getting turned down for King Kong. Witherspoon's speech is a good one to read to your daughters.
See, I just kind of started wondering lately why female ambition is a trait that people are so afraid of. Why do people have prejudiced opinions about women who accomplish things? Why is that perceived as a negative? In a study by Georgetown University in 2005, a group of professors asked candidates to evaluate male efficient versus female efficient in politicians. Respondents were less likely to vote for power-seeking women than power-seeking men. They also perceived ambitious women as looking out for themselves. They even reported ambitious women as provoking feelings of disgust.
I am terribly sad about the news that KUOW is buying KPLU and changing it to an all-jazz station. KPLU has two of the best reporters - Kyle Stokes and Gabriel Spitzer - and I would consider it a loss of their dedication, professionalism and smarts on the reporting scene here in Seattle. Those of you who have talked to or been interviewed by either guy know what I mean.
If you are looking for something to do this rainy weekend, SIIF is having their mini-Italian film festival. I recommend the documentary on the Palio, a horse race run in a piazza in Sienna. It should be a great and exciting story. Sienna is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own animal to represent it. The race is made up of riders from nearly every neighborhood. The other film I really recommend is a re-release of the classic, the Night of the Shooting Stars.
Your Friday funny - the Onion's " 'Seek Funding' Step Added to Scientific Method." I say "seek funding" also almost seems to be the basis for most public education research.