April 6, 2008
Do you remember being nine? I do. I was a certifiable bad ass within the context of my class room. We chased the kindergardeners around with whiffle ball bats, cursed when no one was looking, and even had a conspiracy to climb over the fence once at recess. One year during elementary school, I remembers the whole class plotted together to mess the room up during recess so the teacher would be mad when we came back in. We spilled a little glitter, maybe messed up some papers, and I remember we put Vick’s Vapor rub on her desk. I thought we were practically criminals. She yelled, we apologized. Apparently kids to day are in another league.
ATLANTA (Reuters) – Nine-year-olds at a school in the U.S. state of Georgia brought a broken steak knife, handcuffs and electrical tape to school in a plot to injure their teacher, authorities said on Tuesday.
Teachers at Center Elementary School in Waycross, Georgia, uncovered the plot on Friday when a pupil reported that a child in the third grade had brought a weapon into the school.
“The plan was to handcuff the teacher, put tape over her mouth and hit her over the head with the paperweight and possibly cut her,” said Lt. Duane Caswell of Waycross police, adding that some students said the knife was simply there to cut the tape.
“It was a rather elaborate scheme for children of that age,” he said.
The students spent a week planning the attack and planned to carry it out on the day they were caught, Caswell said.
Nine pupils in the grade, most of whom were 9 years old, have been disciplined and some were given long-term suspensions, said Theresa Martin, spokeswoman for the Ware County school district in the southeastern part of the state. Caswell said police were also planning to charge three of the children in the juvenile court system with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and possession of a weapon on a school property.
April 6, 2008
This has to be the weirdest internet mash up ever. The L-word (a popular lesbian soap opera) and lol cats have been combined. I imagine there are very few people in the world who would get this. For me, I watch l word and love it, so I recognize half the joke. But I don’t see the humor in lol cats. I know a lot of people like lol cats, but will have no idea what l word is. So I dedicate this post to ultimate in the obscure. lol-word.
April 6, 2008
Came across this article on CNN today.
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Marine biologists studying wild octopuses have found a kinky and violent society of jealous murders, gender subterfuge and once-in-a-lifetime sex.
Researchers say wild octopuses are far from the shy, unromantic loners their captive brethren appear to be.
The study by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, who journeyed off the coast of Indonesia found that wild octopuses are far from the shy, unromantic loners their captive brethren appear to be.
The scientists watched the Abdopus aculeatus octopus, which are the size of an orange, for several weeks and published their findings recently in the journal Marine Biology.
They witnessed picky, macho males carefully select a mate, then guard their newly domesticated digs so jealously they would occasionally use their 8-to-10-inch tentacles to strangle a romantic rival.
The researchers also observed smaller “sneaker” male octopuses put on feminine airs, such as swimming girlishly near the bottom and keeping their male brown stripes hidden in order to win unsuspecting conquests.
And size does matter — but not how you’d think.
“If you’re going to spend time guarding a female, you want to go for the biggest female you can find because she’s going to produce more eggs,” said UC Berkeley biologist Roy Caldwell, who co-wrote the study. “It’s basically an investment strategy.”
Shortly after the female gives birth, about a month after conception, the mother and father die, researchers said.
“It’s not the sex that leads to death,” said Christine Huffard, the study’s lead author. “It’s just that octopuses produce offspring once during a very short lifespan of a year.”
April 2, 2008
I came across this jarring anti-meth ad and decided to post it. Not that I think any of my readers are users, but a lot of us know people who do or have used meth in the past. People tend to assume it is relatively safe, especially since there are prescription versions available. But its not. It is highly addictive and potentially deadly. But I think the side of meth that is often down played is the aggressive behavior that sometimes accompanies it, that i why i like this commercial.
What do you think?
April 1, 2008
HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced his resignation today. His tenure is marred by a national housing crisis, allegations of political favoritism and a criminal investigation. But I would like you to remember the Bush crony differently. As the Alphonso Jackson I know and love:
Asked about the problems with subprime mortgages last June, Jackson insisted that many such [high-risk, high-cost] borrowers were not unsophisticated, low-income people but what he called “Yuppies, Buppies and Guppies” – well-educated, young, black and gay upwardly mobile achievers – with expensive cars who bought $400,000 homes with little or no money down.
Thats right, Alphonso Jackson, the ambitious upwardly mobile groups are to blame, not the shady loan companies, shaky economy, or present administration.