Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
San Jose Mercury News (MCT)
At a recent gathering of the San Jose branch of the American Association of University Women, more than 100 people listened raptly to Lisa Maatz's tale of her great grammar-school-bathroom-door revolt in the 1970s. Maatz, AAUW's director of public policy, was 8 years old at the time, and she tells the story as an object lesson about the power of grass-roots activism.
It goes like this: In Maatz's school in her small Ohio town, there were no doors on the stalls in the girls' bathroom. This was quite distressing to her and all her third-grade friends. Maatz approached the school principal, Mr. Ginke, to implore that the girls' room get bathroom doors just as the boys' room had.
Leonardo da Vinci's
drawing of a cecum (m)
and its appendix(n).
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Oct. 23:
Leonardo da Vinci's connections to the Guild of St. Luke the Painter allowed him to conduct autopsies on more than 30 cadavers between 1489 and 1513. He had a fascination with extracting parts of the body to draw them, often working by candlelight in a church.
His work was pioneering. He was credited with being the first to draw accurately the bones of the face and hands. He was also one of the first illustrators to draw a fetus in the intrauterine position. And his illustrations of the heart inspired a cardiothoracic surgeon named Francis Wells to create new methods for repairing poorly working hearts. Wells' methods, in turn, helped developed modern cardiac surgery.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
It's not often that the Supreme Court inadvertently promotes a Hollywood movie with one of its rulings. But the soon-to-open Jake Gyllenhaal thriller "Rendition" just got a big boost from the nation's highest court.
Too bad the unintended promo comes at the expense of America's standing as a voice for justice in the world community.
Chart:The National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Monday, October 15, 2007
For those of us that have experienced a larger portion of life than others, understand one key factor in personal gain: experience. To truly understand something, one understands it through logic, then through the experience of it or sometimes vice versa. When one learns to walk, they have examples from those around one, but they do not have the feeling of doing so. This is the same with most topics in school, excluding some forms of math and science.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Red for Republican incumbent George W. Bush,
blue for Democratic challenger John Kerry and
purple shadings depict the percentage
differences in voting results county-by-county
in the 2004 U.S. presidential elections.
—From the U.S. Dept. of State
When it comes to assembling a circular firing squad, you've got to hand it to the Democratic Party. Nobody does it better. The fiasco over the party's presidential primary has reached such farcical proportions that — get this — two of the state's most prominent Democrats are suing the national party so that party members in Florida can have a say in choosing the party's next candidate for the White House.
This is Florida ...
Think about that for a second. This is Florida, the most hotly contested battleground in national elections. Florida, where Democrats still believe they were robbed in the 2000 election. Florida, where they're still wrangling over 18,000 "undervotes" in a Gulf Coast congressional race in 2006. Instead of wooing Florida's pivotal voters, the Democratic National Committee decided to punish them by refusing to seat delegates selected in the Jan. 29 primary. Ever wonder why the party's symbol is a donkey?
Earlier this year, there were reports that album record sales have gone down by 20 percent and the Recording Industry Association of America, known as the RIAA, is complaining.
That is because a whopping 90 percent of music sold in the U.S. is generated and distributed by the RIAA. Unsurprisingly, the RIAA blames piracy, which is illegally downloading and sharing songs online.
But is piracy to blame? Maybe a little, but not entirely.
Toilet paper goes in the toilet,
not on the floor, kids.
Pepper Moto/ Courier Photo
Yet, you’d think that people so concerned with appearances would care a bit more about what should be the most hygienic room on campus. Yes, I mean the bathroom.
Not to insult the janitorial staff (I don’t believe they’re the ones dirtying things up) but the Logan restrooms are on the verge of becoming entirely disgusting. Toilet paper wads littering the floors and clogging the sinks. Puddles of unidentified liquid at the base of the toilets. Similar, smaller puddles spotting the toilet seats. Graffiti and gang signs on the stalls. Ladies leaving sanitary products on the floor; gentlemen leaving sprinkles around the urinals. And, of course, the dreaded “treat” left behind in an un-flushed toilet.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Arizona's lethal injection death chamber.
Arizona Department of Corrections photo
This term, the nation's highest court has agreed to hear a case challenging lethal execution on the grounds that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Introduced in 1978, lethal injection was supposed to be a better alternative to hanging, the gas chamber, firing squad and electrocution _ a clean, clinical, painless, more humane and therefore more acceptable form of capital punishment. It is used in 37 of the 38 death penalty states. Only Nebraska still prefers the electric chair.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Last week, for example, a dispute over which race gets to sit where threatened to boil over into a more general clash between racial groups here at Logan.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Also, the Freshman Families program was designed to help the freshman relax in an academic scene, allowing them to participate in a familiar atmosphere. Also, the Freshman Families program allows the school to apply for a $1.75 million grant to support and extend it.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
My father tells me “Your husband will respect you more if you keep yourself pure for him.” Hearing that now affects me more than it did in the past, because now it makes sense. Why would your husband want something that’s basically already used? I'm not saying marriage is only based on sex, but that’s one aspect where it should be shared between a husband and a wife.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
The United States must stop relying on mercenaries in Iraq.
The Sept. 16 incident in Baghdad, where Blackwater USA, a private security company, killed at least 11 Iraqi civilians, has created a diplomatic crisis between the United States and Iraqi governments.
Worse, it has made a mockery of U.S. efforts to establish democracy in the country it invaded more than five years ago. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has already called for Blackwater to cease operations, saying the mercenary army amounted to a challenge of his nation's sovereignty.
While initial accounts of the incident said Blackwater was responding to gunfire, subsequent Iraqi reports claimed that there was no attack. Instead, they said Blackwater security guards opened fire at a car that didn't stop when told to by a policeman, and its passengers — a couple and their infant — were killed.
Blackwater, which is the primary provider of security to senior U.S. officials, including Ambassador Ryan Crocker, operates outside the law and governmental supervision. Having received a no-bid contract and operating on billions of dollars in taxpayer funds, Blackwater plays the role of renegade cowboys, flying low in helicopters with guns drawn. It is despised by Iraqis, and even some U.S. military personnel.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)
Not in the gasbag-athon between Columbia University's president and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Not in presidential wannabe John Edwards announcing he'll accept public financing for his campaign. Hardly impressive when he could finance the whole shootin' match with the stroke of a pen.
No, courage showed itself in an unusual place — Myanmar — and wore robes the color of old blood, older bricks. Pluckiness sported a shaved head and bare feet. Defiance was armed only with holy words and photos of Buddha.
Monday, October 01, 2007
This decision was made in part because the administration said they believed that giving more students more time to rest in the morning would decrease tardies and hopefully give the students more time to wake up before coming to class. This has resulted in both negative and positive outcomes.