Of Interest?

It’s tough to choose from among 40 or so but here are a few articles I found interesting. Maybe you will, too.

(1) Sunday, March 4 – The Japan Times. The Justice Ministry has issued a new guideline for handling prisoners with gender identity disorder that allows them to bathe alone and wear the underwear of the gender they identify with, sources said Saturday.

The guideline was issued after some prisoners who were born male but identify themselves as female, filed complaints about their treatment, prompting local bar associations to lobby the ministry and prisons to show more respect in protecting GID prisoners’ human rights. Link here for complete article.

(2) NY Review of Books. Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong
MARCH 22, 2012 William D. Nordhaus http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/mar/22/why-global-warming-skeptics-are-wrong/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nybooks+%28The+New+York+Review+of+Books%29

(3) Expatica (Spain). St. Petersburg’s city parliament passed a controversial new law against “homosexual propaganda” this week. Critics say the legislation violates the European Human Rights Convention. The local parliament in Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, passed a controversial law banning what it called “homosexual propaganda” on Wednesday, making it illegal to publicly distribute material about homo-, bi- and transsexuality. http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,15779643,00.html?maca=en-rss-en-eu-2092-rdf

(4) allAfrica.com . February 28. Geneva — The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John E. Scanlon, has expressed grave concern over recent reports of the poaching of close to 450 elephants in Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon. http://allafrica.com/stories/201202281430.html

(5) Vanguard (Nigeria) March 3. Muslim Clerics in Police Net for Using Snake to Extort Money From Clients. http://allafrica.com/stories/201203040112.html

(6) Christian Science Monitor March 2. [As much of the film review as you need. Hence, no link.] In “Being Flynn,” based on Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir, a dissolute, delusional ex-con father, Jonathan Flynn (Robert De Niro), and his son Nick (Paul Dano), an aspiring writer struggling with drug addiction, meet up accidentally after an 18-year separation in the homeless shelter where Nick is working. After years of appearing in marginal roles in marginal (if sometimes highly commercial) movies, De Niro finally has a role he can sink his teeth into, but all those years of hamming it up have taken their toll. Even though this is the best sustained work he’s done in a long time, he still comes across as more of a Method caricature than a full-fledged flesh-and-blood creation.

(7) NY Times. March 2. James Q. Wilson is dead. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/03/nyregion/james-q-wilson-dies-at-80-originated-broken-windows-policing-strategy.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

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  1. Postscript – Who in his right mind does not think that the life of James Q. Wilson was more significant than Whitney Houston’s?

  2. This is from a woman named Joann C. Jones:

    During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. “Absolutely,” the professor said. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
    If you still insist on measuring the significance of a life, you could do better than to compare tabloid obits or intellectual achievement. For instance, Houston was prolific at supporting charities.

  3. Okay, Smarty Pants, what does the “C” stand for in “Joann C. Jones”?

  4. The cunt wouldn’t tell me.

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