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Weezer did what, are they Toto approved?

No, no, no I do not care about who put a hyphen in their name on their latest album. So I won’t be talking about Pusha-T, yeah, probably ever.

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a link which hella surprised me.

Are any of you psyched for the upcoming Weezer tour? 

Also, what’s going on with all the covers? R.E.M., Oasis, Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins. And then the whole Africa craziness?

Yes, Weezer has covered Toto’s “Africa” song. This is after covering the song Rosanna, which they did as kind of a snarky way of responding to a Twitter “ask” for them to cover Africa. Well now we have TWO Toto covers from Weezer, so thank you to the Twittersphere for making that happen. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Toto and the original will always be best, but this is Weezer, they really did this, they gave into the fandom and blew up social media. The Africa video is now trending on YouTube in the top 25 spots, and in just three days, (as of this moment 11:18 a.m.) it has 2,757,893 views. Holy mackenzie!

By the way, for those interested, they’ll be in the Philly/Jersey area on Saturday, July 21, 2018 with the Pixies and Sleigh Bells.

So, how did it all happen, who is this Twitter fan?

Well, months ago a Twitter account—@WeezerAfrica, who, according to Noisey, is actually a 14-year-old teen named Mary—began trolling the band, begging them to cover Toto’s balmy ‘80s single “Africa.” I suppose this person figured Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo had been covering other artists while playing solo this Spring,  but I wonder why they went for one song in particular.

And then, to top it all off, Toto responded with approval!

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

World Water Day: Water is essential for life

If water is a resource we depend on then it’s important to pay attention to how we use it, right? Do you ever think about how much water is used to produce food? Think about the water used to help fields of corn grow and that corn is used to feed cattle. The water footprint of beef is particularly shocking, consuming anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 gallons of water per pound.

The United Nations’ (UN) World Water Day is held on March 22 each year. Each year has a theme and this year its theme is —water and food security. Water is key to food security. Crops and livestock need water to grow.

There are over 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. This means that 70% more food will be needed, up to 100% in developing countries. In rural Sub-Saharan Africa millions of people share their domestic water sources with animals or rely on unprotected wells that are breeding grounds for pathogens.

Drought ranks as the single most common cause of severe food shortages in developing countries. Drought caused more deaths during the last century than any other natural disaster, and Asia and Africa rank first among continents in the number of people directly affected.

How can we protect this our water resource?

Well, first people need to be more aware of the urgency in protecting water resources. Then people overall need to be more willing to reuse/recycle water, especially when it comes to agriculture.
Conservation agriculture is a farming practice that makes best use of available water, increases the resistance of plants to droughts and at the same time contributes to improving both the quantity and quality of groundwater and rivers.

Paying closer attention to our community watersheds is also an important and yet feasible way to protect water resources. Everyone lives within a watershed, unless you live on the top of a mountain or exactly on the edge of a ridge, that is. A watershed can be defined as an area of land that drains down slope until it reaches a common point.

So I did some research to find the watershed I live in here in Delaware. Delaware had multiple watersheds, but one is much larger than the others and it cuts diagonally down the state from North to South. I found that in Delaware there are many stream flows calculated regularly and the majority of them are showing water levels below normal range. A percentile less than 25 is considered below normal and is characterized by an orange dot. It’s not surprising the levels are lower since we did not get much snow this winter. Hopefully now that is is Spring we will get some much needed rain.

I grew up having well water, my parents and grandparents still live in homes with wells. But now my family and I pay Artesian for their water services. With the well water sometimes you could see minerals in the water, so we used a water filter for drinking purposes. With the Artesian what I notice is the smell of chlorine. Chloride may adversely affect the taste, odor or color of drinking water, but does not pose any known health risk. Paying attention to the water you are drinking is important and can help save lives. The EPA has an “Adopt Your Watershed” program to help communities get more involved the maintenance of their watersheds.

And I was able to find Delaware specific information on drinking water public supply or well. It’s so interesting all that is a your fingertips and yet I was so unaware.

So just in hearing that today is World Water Day I was inspired to find out more information about the water I drink and the watersheds nearby. Being educated and aware can make a huge difference on how you act.

Here is some interesting trivia from the Sierra Club:

Question: How much water does it take to produce one glass of orange juice?

A) About 120 gallons.

B) About 45 gallons.

C) I’m chewing on so much pulp that I’m pretty sure there’s no liquid in my OJ.

Answer: The correct answer is B, 45 gallons. A glass of orange juice not only uses a lot of water, but it also has a carbon footprint larger than bottled water.

To get your morning juice fix while taking it easy on the environment, try juicing the vegetables in your own garden. Compost the pulp or add it to muffins or breads.

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Be in the (RED) | The Lazarus Effect

I don’t want to have to hurt you, but if you don’t read this post (thoughtfully) then I will virtually track you down, ask you for a high five and then smack your own hand into your face once I see your palm.

33 million people in the world have HIV, 22 million live in Africa. 67% of people with HIV live in Africa yet the continent is home to just 10% of the world’s population. The disease is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa with approximately 3,800 people dying every day from AIDS. It costs around 40 cents a day for the 2 antiretroviral pills needed to help keep someone living with HIV alive and healthy. Yet more than 70% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $2 a day.

AT least 1,300 people in Zimbabwe die of HIV and Aids-related illnesses every week with new infections estimated at 66 000, a slight drop from last year’s 66,156, a United Nations Programme on Aids (UNAIDS) official has said.

Just two antiretroviral pills a day, that cost about 40 cents each, can keep someone living with HIV alive and healthy.

The estimated number of new HIV infections in adults (15-49) peaked in 1992 to 234,999, but declined to 62,883 in 2008.
Last year, the new adult infections increased to 66,156.

The medical aid group – Doctors Without Borders – is warning of “dire consequences” due to a flatlining of international AIDS funding.

The group – also known as MSF – has released a new report called No Time to Quit: AIDS treatment gap widening in Africa. It’s based on an analysis of HIV/AIDS related programs in seven countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda and DRC.

The report says donor countries are “backing away” from their commitments to HIV/AIDS.

We’re asking everyone to get involved to help raise awareness about The Lazarus Effect film which shows the power of 2 life-saving pills that cost around 40¢/day. Watch, share, tweet, grab, post, like, promote.

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