Did the media forget #BringBackOurGirls?

Another week has passed and we have yet to #BringBackOurGirls.

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Every week I scour the news sites- CNN, NPR, Nytimes to try to see what progress is being made. I used to be able to scan CNN and find a report or two to fuel my thoughts for the day. This week I have had to dig deep.

I have found nothing.

No progress. No reports.

No one apparently giving any consideration to what is going on with this story. No one sending someone to help these people regain their precious daughters.

Sometimes I wonder is it worse to be forgotten in the news of celebrities and soccer and the latest scandals, or is it worse to never have been recognized at all? I have no answers to this question.

Nigeria has not forgotten this I suspect. The terror groups are still there. Still making life unpleasant. Still threatening.

I decided to head to twitter to see how our hashtag is doing.

I found a few articles in some less frequented sites, and they are not promising:

Forgetting Nigeria’s girls



and this story, which is making me cry as I type this. How does this end up in a fashion magazine? I don’t know, but I really feel this one.



The words in this notebook.


From Elle magazine

“Hello (Dorcass) [sic], When I’m away from you I’m still with you. When my eyes are closed, I can still see you. When I’m awake, I still dream of you. When I feel I have everything, I still need you and no matter what, I will always love you. “


I have nothing else I can say today. Keep the hashtag going. Do not lose interest in this story. I have not forgotten. I care.


Big Climate News From the Supreme Court

So there was a pretty big story on climate change today, did anyone even see it? It got buried among the stories about someones booty and whether or not rich people are rich or some such thing.. but here it is-



from the article-“ The Supreme Court on Monday took away some of the government’s power to tighten emission standards, but preserved the majority of its authority under federal law to regulate greenhouse gases.”


So there were some small wins here, but not all bad losses…

The Supreme Court has been hearing about green house gases and whether or not the EPA can regulate them as an air pollutant.

Obviously, one has to believe in climate change before one can agree to regulate that which causes it.. so many government officials are denying it exists. Of course, we know why- if we decide the carbon dioxide is an issue, we have to do something about it. A lot of something.. and a lot often has to do with curbing emissions from power plants and vehicles. Hmmm.

The fight has only begun on this topic though. Coal fired power plants are the target that the EPA is going to be working on next, and they will not go down easy.

What is the issue? The coal plants in this country are basically older plants, and need some upgrading in order to be more efficient and produce less emissions. Reducing emissions in a power plant costs money, and the energy producers are not excited to spend this money unless they have to. In other industries, where pollutants are emitted, there are rules that mandate that they are abated. This industry has not faced these stringent requirements and they are unhappy.

Anti-climate alarmists are telling the public that regulating industry will mean regulating them next… ohhh scary! Imagine- our electricity bills will be 10 million dollars a month, the world will collapse! We all know this is not true, but more fear mongering.

The fact is- a real commitment to energy efficiency would save us millions of dollars a year as consumers, and we wouldn’t have to give up a thing. Of course- the people selling us energy would be giving something up- profits. Thus they are very keen to fight this.

Here at Itzybellababy, we run our business on solar. ( ok, it is our house- but it doubles as the office where I work.)

The solar panels have been a great way for us to save money, emissions, and we have given up nothing in return (except maybe a very poorly performing retirement savings account.)

Solar panels

More to come on that.

But what do you do to save energy? Are you a climate change believer?


Yet again, no progress to #BringBackOurGirls

We are 2 months into the wait to #BringBackOurGirls and there is no progress still. Even CNN has no new news to report on the topic, although the coverage has been light since it all began.
They did post this a few days ago, highlighting the viral aspect of this trial.

All I can say this week is that if this is all we can report- let us ensure that CNN has all the well wishes it can handle from us.

Check out the story, and the way that the Twitter messages have made the news:


Tweet your messages to:    @cnnivideo 

Just because the article has been finished, story has not.


Summer is here- Support Local Produce And Co-ops

Summer is here- Support Local Produce And Co-ops

Summertime features some of the tastiest and freshest fruit around. I love to check out what the local farmers are selling to inspire me to make incredible deserts and snacks.

(I have no green thumb and have had little success gardening here in the desert of Phoenix, so I really depend on the other local folks to grow organic produce for my family.)

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