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Queen Rania of Jordan is Becoming a Different Kind of Queen
In the wake of the deadly flotilla boarding involving Israeli troops and resulting in multiple deaths, outrage has been expressed around the world. One of the strongest cries of outrage may have come from a woman that past generations would have expected to be seen instead of heard. By taking that active role around the world, Jordan’s Queen Rania just might help change the standing of women in the Arab world.
Queen Rania’s statement regarding the Flotilla boarding came via Twitter, casting a light on arguably the most wired royal on the planet. With a Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook page to go along with her personal web site, Rania has established a level of access that is unprecedented among the world’s royal families. That online presence has contributed greatly to the Jordanian Queen’s incredible international popularity. She may have been included in a recent list of the world’s most-beautiful women, but Queen Rania is quickly establishing herself as more than just a pretty face. Much more.
In a burgeoning women’s movement that some say could see women reshape the Middle East, the profile of Arabic women has already shifted dramatically in other parts of the world. Women of Arabic ethnicity have recently won high-profile beauty pageants in America and France, two countries accused of being xenophobic towards Middle Easterners. Considering how the role of women in the Middle East is continuously satirized and a group of female Al-Jazeera reporters recently resigned over remarks made regarding their appearance, this could be an interesting crossroads for women in the Middle East.
Queen Rania isn’t just contributing to that with her looks. Over the past few years, Jordan’s modern queen has been remarkably active in social and political causes around the world. She has already authored “The Sandwich Swap,” a best-selling children’s book looking to teach the world about diversity. A recent recipient of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, Queen Rania has also spoken in front of formidable audiences to further causes looking to benefit the world’s children, particularly with regard to education, poverty, and finance. She has also been active in encouraging physical activity among her people.
This incredible global profile is causing a dramatic shift in the traditional stereotypes regarding women in the Middle East. Still only 39 years old, Queen Rania could just be getting starting in her contributions to the future of the Middle East and the planet as a whole.
Ever since we've had the technology, we've looked to the stars in search of alien life. It's assumed that we're looking because we want to find other life in the universe, but what if we're looking to make sure there isn't any?
Here's an equation, and a rather distressing one at that: N = R* × fP × ne × f1 × fi × fc × L. It's the Drake equation, and it describes the number of alien civilizations in our galaxy with whom we might be able to communicate. Its terms correspond to values such as the fraction of stars with planets, the fraction of planets on which life could emerge, the fraction of planets that can support intelligent life, and so on. Using conservative estimates, the minimum result of this equation is 20. There ought to be 20 intelligent alien civilizations in the Milky Way that we can contact and who can contact us. But there aren't any.
Frequent shopping for single items adds to our carbon footprint.
- A new study shows e-commerce sites like Amazon leave larger greenhouse gas footprints than retail stores.
- Ordering online from retail stores has an even smaller footprint than going to the store yourself.
- Greening efforts by major e-commerce sites won't curb wasteful consumer habits. Consolidating online orders can make a difference.
A pile of recycled cardboard sits on the ground at Recology's Recycle Central on January 4, 2018 in San Francisco, California.
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images<p>A large part of the reason is speed. In a competitive market, pure players use the equation, <em>speed + convenience</em>, to drive adoption. This is especially relevant to the "last mile" GHG footprint: the distance between the distribution center and the consumer.</p><p>Interestingly, the smallest GHG footprint occurs when you order directly from a physical store—even smaller than going there yourself. Pure players, such as Amazon, are the greatest offenders. Variables like geographic location matter; the team looked at shopping in the UK, the US, China, and the Netherlands. </p><p>Sadegh Shahmohammadi, a PhD student at the Netherlands' Radboud University and corresponding author of the paper, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/26/tech/greenhouse-gas-emissions-retail/index.html" target="_blank">says</a> the above "pattern holds true in countries where people mostly drive. It really depends on the country and consumer behavior there."</p><p>The researchers write that this year-and-a-half long study pushes back on previous research that claims online shopping to be better in terms of GHG footprints.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"They have, however, compared the GHG emissions per shopping event and did not consider the link between the retail channels and the basket size, which leads to a different conclusion than that of the current study."</p><p>Online retail is where convenience trumps environment: people tend to order one item at a time when shopping on pure player sites, whereas they stock up on multiple items when visiting a store. Consumers will sometimes order a number of separate items over the course of a week rather than making one trip to purchase everything they need. </p><p>While greening efforts by online retailers are important, until a shift in consumer attitude changes, the current carbon footprint will be a hard obstacle to overcome. Amazon is trying to have it both ways—carbon-free and convenience addicted—and the math isn't adding up. If you need to order things, do it online, but try to consolidate your purchases as much as possible.</p><p>--</p><p><em>Stay in touch with Derek on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/derekberes" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DerekBeresdotcom" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://derekberes.substack.com/" target="_blank">Substack</a>. His next book is</em> "<em>Hero's Dose: The Case For Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy."</em></p>
Chronic irregular sleep in children was associated with psychotic experiences in adolescence, according to a recent study out of the University of Birmingham's School of Psychology.