Discussion Concerning Hurricane Sandy and the Environment

It’s odd that we get taken aback by things already predicted by scientists. As global warming progresses, the storms will also become progressively stronger and more frequent. As we pray for our brothers and sisters well-being, we should also think about the choices we make today and their effects on our children.

I’m surprised that Tracy Chapman says, “You know the sun shines hotter than ever before.”
People skeptical of human-caused climate change have argued that solar activity is the main cause (or one of the main, non-human, causes) of warming. I don’t think that many atmospheric scientists believe that, though: http://www.livescience.com/1349-sun-blamed-warming-earth-worlds.html.
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Professor Doyle Burke

If anybody is voting for the Maricopa County Community College District 1 Governing Board, I encourage you to vote for Doyle Burke. I took two film classes with this guy. One of the classes was on Japanese film and I was the only student. The guy loves film and was willing to share that with just one interested student. Pretty cool. I have no idea where he stands politically and don’t really care. I don’t have any such data to share about his rival. Hope everybody has a nice vote.

Arizona Judicial Branch Case Summaries

With news such as this:

At around 2:00 a.m. on March 17, 2006, Isiah Patterson chased his girlfriend, Consquelo, from his apartment. He caught her in the sand volleyball pit of the apartment complex, kneeled over her and stabbed her with a butcher knife thirteen times. He stopped attacking her when a neighbor, who had been awoken by Consquelo’s screams, yelled for him to stop. Patterson returned to his apartment, telling bystanders, “That’s what you get when you try to turn a whore into a housewife.” Consquelo stumbled out of the volleyball pit and asked for help before collapsing under a bush, where she died.


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Desperate Housewives Debate

From an article in Ms. Magazine:

Dear Jessica,

It’s no wonder right-wing culture warriors such as Carlson and Fields love a show whose worldview harks back to a time when two-parent, middle-class families could comfortably thrive on single incomes, women’s identities were primarily determined by the men they married and the children they raised, and husbands were not expected to trouble themselves with such pesky matters as child care and housework.

Dear Desperately Hating,

Its stealth feminism has not been lost on the “values” crowd, including Rev. Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association (AFA), which predictably denounced the show as immoral. Not surprisingly, Wildmon’s group condemned its adulterous antics but not the murderous ones, singling out Gabrielle’s affair with a hunky teenaged gardener. Disgusting, isn’t it? Adult women finally get to ogle hottie jailbait without feeling like Mrs. Robinson — a visual droit du seigneur long enjoyed by men.

Richard Speck

Thank you, Mad Men, for this:

From Wikipedia:

Richard Franklin Speck (December 6, 1941 – December 5, 1991) was a mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped, and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on July 14, 1966.

And, this:

In May 1996, Chicago television news anchor Bill Kurtis received video tapes made at Stateville Prison in 1988 from an anonymous attorney. Showing them publicly for the first time before a shocked and deeply angry Illinois state legislature, Kurtis pointed out the explicit scenes of sex, drug use, and money being passed around by prisoners, who seemingly had no fear of being caught; in the center of it all was Speck, performing oral sex on another inmate, sharing a huge pile of cocaine with an inmate, parading in silk panties, sporting female-like breasts (allegedly grown using smuggled hormone treatments), and boasting, “If they only knew how much fun I was having, they’d turn me loose.” The Illinois legislature packed the auditorium to view the two-hour video, but stopped the screening when the film showed Speck performing oral sex on another man.

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