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Because No Dad Anywhere Should Ever Say, 'Well, Crap' When He Hears, 'It's A Girl'

Remember in "The Graduate" (1967) when Walter Brooke tells Dustin Hoffman about the great investment opportunity of the future? Well, if they made that movie in 2014, here's what he'd say instead: "I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Girls. There's a great future in girls. Think about it. Will you think about it?"

How does investing in girls help improve the world economy? Educated girls make more money over their lifetime. They pull themselves out of poverty, and they bring their children (who are likely to be fewer and healthier) and their communities with them. Plan Canada's Because I Am a Girl project works to give girls around the world equal access to health care, education, protection, independence, and an opportunity to participate in society. As a planet, we're wasting a huge amount of potential. By failing to educate and empower girls, we're losing the brilliance they could bring to our global future. Have a look at these girls and try to tell me they don't give you hope. It's time to invest in a sure thing — girls.

As face masks have become mandatory in many places to limit the spread of coronavirus, it's also become an increasingly politicized thing. As we know, anything that involves political polarization also involves vast amounts of misinformation and disinformation. Whose idea was the internet again?

No one I know loves wearing a mask. We all wish we didn't have to. But there are an awful lot of people saying they can't wear one, or they refuse to wear one because they've been led to believe that masks are somehow more dangerous than not wearing one. I've seen and read "information" on everything from masks depriving people of oxygen to masks causing CO2 build up to masks creating fungus problems.

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