News That Matters
Good Monday Morning,
The State of Mississippi leads the nation in teenage pregnancies. With a rate of 68 births per thousand, Mississippi has soared ahead of previous winners Texas and New Mexico. Mississippi does not require sex education in schools and according to state law if it is taught then there can be no mention of contraceptives or contraceptive methods. Being a Christian state they believe in teaching abstinence instead. Yeah, that's really working.
The Ballster is back in the news these days. After being virtually silent since the elections in November, Mr. B is making the news again, most likely in preparation for his run for the US Congress against John Hall in 2010. That should keep Susan Spears busy.
He's got a slick new website up with the auspicious name of "gohudblog" that carries the tag line, "No Spin on the Hudson". I've tried to find out who registered that domain but it's a secret.
During the past two weeks there has been an upsurge in attacks against Jews and Jewish property around the world. These attacks are not directly related to the war in Gaza, but can be traced to the radical and progressive groups that have launched such vehement support for Hamas during this time. Some people, enthused and invigorated by recent public actions by these organizations, have taken it upon themselves to extend what would be no more than angry street demonstrations to the level of personal violence.
The sad part is that I've been involved with these groups for the majority of my life and their overall work is good, decent and much needed. But it's this one issue that seems to really get their goats and makes otherwise sane and calm people, well, insane. Why would normally level-headed people support Hamas, an organization sworn to see the death of every Jew in the middle east? I just don't know. But these ad hoc mass movements are dangerous and history is filled with examples. Bad examples. Horrible, monsters of examples.
Last week I wrote:
And now, the News:
All New Yorkers who care about their neighbors' civil rights should be appalled by the "horse-trading" that has gone on to select a new Democratic majority leader for the New York Senate. ("Dems gain majority in state Senate," Wednesday's Journal News.) After many "back room" meetings, three "dissident" Democrat senators have agreed to support Malcolm Smith as majority leader.
Another newspaper has prevailed in a court battle over the identities of people who commented anonymously on its Web site.
Tuesday, 06 January 2009
Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America by Jeff Barrie is the best energy film on the market. No wonder this independent documentary has spawned a nationwide movement to conserve energy. In fact, one of the central thesis of the film is that the best possible energy choice is the conservation of energy. A brilliant, humorous, extremely accessible energy film.
By ANNE RAVER
Logging continues despite conservation efforts
Written by Levi Novey
According to Peruvian news source Andina, the Ministry hopes to complete the project by February 20th of this year. They started working on December 13th of last year. That will mean that an average of 512,820 trees will be planted each day over a three month period– an astounding and inspiring example for other countries to follow around the world.