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20,000 sites on Drupal Gardens

on September 13th, 2010 at 10:16:12 AM

In a little over 7 months, people have built over 20,000 sites on Drupal Gardens. I've been talking and emailing with dozens of them to find out what they think and to hear what new features they need. The range of people using Gardens is huge and includes people building sites for universities and hospitals, to global nonprofits, to Belgian pony breeders, to artist portfolio sites. It's great to see the variety.

Cancer-fighting foods

on August 11th, 2010 at 8:57:41 AM

If you're a nutrition information junkie like me, you know that there is an ocean of research and articles about what foods will do your body the most good. I thought this article about the best foods to help beat back cancer was particularly interesting. The article summarizes the recommendations from a book written by Dr. John Farquhar, the founder of Stanford University's Prevention Research Center. He's keeps it simple - eat more of these five foods:

Berries - one cup per day for antioxidants to help ward off cell damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases.
Broccoli - 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli or other cruciferous veggies a day to aid in prevention of colorectal cancer.
Onions - 1/4 cup of onions, garlic, leeks or shallots for several anti-cancer agents.
Tomatoes - 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw tomatoes three times a week to help prevent prostate cancer. Adding three daily servings of "rainbow vegetables" (red, orange, yellow, white, green or purple) provides even more disease-preventing micronutrients.
Soy - 8-10 grams tofu, soy nuts, soy milk or edamame a day to help prevent breast and prostate cancer.

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Spending in Afghanistan - 1 soldier or 20 schools?

on July 31st, 2010 at 6:54:58 AM

I like what Nicholas Kristof has to say in a recent article about the spending on the war in Afghanistan compared to what we could be spending to help rebuild the education system.

What’s more, an unbalanced focus on weapons alone is often counterproductive, creating a nationalist backlash against foreign “invaders.” Over all, education has a rather better record than military power in neutralizing foreign extremism. And the trade-offs are staggering: For the cost of just one soldier in Afghanistan for one year, we could start about 20 schools there. Hawks retort that it’s impossible to run schools in Afghanistan unless there are American troops to protect them. But that’s incorrect.

CARE, a humanitarian organization, operates 300 schools in Afghanistan, and not one has been burned by the Taliban. Greg Mortenson, of “Three Cups of Tea” fame, has overseen the building of 145 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and operates dozens more in tents or rented buildings — and he says that not one has been destroyed by the Taliban either.

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Mr. Mortenson lamented to me that for the cost of just 246 soldiers posted for one year, America could pay for a higher education plan for all Afghanistan. That would help build an Afghan economy, civil society and future — all for one-quarter of 1 percent of our military spending in Afghanistan this year.

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