Sunday reading around the Internet
Here are some topics and tidbits from around our readership area that are being featured on other websites this lovely Sunday, April 17.
The Southern Illinoisan: Featuring "Avenue Q" http://thesouthern.com/news/local/article_79dc56c6-68a6-11e0-9a91-001cc4c002e0.html Now don't get us wrong. We're not the kind of folk who think 'Sesame Street' was the end-all and be-all of "educational children's programming" (there's a reason why it's called "programming"). We're the kind of folk who think that 'Sesame Street' was developed right in line with the globalists' agenda to ensure little kids growing up in the 60s were fully prepared for the Big Brother takeover, should it ever happen, with "I'm okay, you're okay, no matter what" idealism. But we also don't think that a children's show should be turned into a smut-laden Broadway musical, either, which is what 'Avenue Q' is. Of course, this article doesn't tell you that; it only hints that it's a "mature comedy" that has "adult lessons." It doesn't bother to tell you that the characters parodying Bert & Ernie are gay; the Cookie Monster character sings "The Internet is for Porn," and one of the puppets is a prostitute-ish ho who becomes 'born again' toward the end. It's not that these "problems" facing society are new and different; it's that a musical that addresses them does so in a cutesy and acceptable way...you know, along the lines of "I'm okay, you're okay, no matter what" kind of idealism. And THAT'S the wrong message being sent. Please don't take youngsters or anyone even remotely impressionable (governmentally-dependent 20-somethings come to mind) to this 'event' in Carbondale. Or, just do as we do (despite the fact that we really like shows and musicals; we're going to one here in St. Louis pretty soon) and avoid it altogether.
The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut: http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/index.html This is being promo'd on a number of websites, so we gave a link to the direct site. This is what the staff column in the current print version is about. This "event" is, on the face of it, a good idea in theory....but when it gets down to it, in practice, it's ridiculous. You can't duplicate the motion or damage of even a 7.0-mag EQ, let alone something as devastating as the 8.0s we had off the New Madrid 200 years ago. Yet that is what the organizers of this thing want you to "pretend" is happening on April 28, so you can practice "surviving" such a thing. It simply can't be done. You can HOPE that you're in the vicinity of something sturdy that you can roll under (if you can roll....which is to say, if the ground isn't rolling, as Rayleigh and Love waves make it do), but chances are, you won't be. Chances are, you'll be asleep...or at work....or in your vehicle traveling to or from work...so to 'practice' such a thing is going to give people a false sense of security that they know EXACTLY what 'being in an earthquake' is like. Which is exactly what FEMA, who is partially responsible for this debacle, WANTS! That way, when they come to offer their 'tent cities,' their bad food (or food they confiscated from people who really were prepared), and oh, by the way, you need to turn over your weapons before they can help, everybody will comply. Don't. Just use common sense about EQs as you would in any other disaster....and be responsible for yourself and your family. Everything else will just follow.
Princeton Daily Clarion: http://www.tristate-media.com/pdclarion/article_0ebf82ba-6710-11e0-bab7-001cc4c002e0.html
Kudos to Indiana State police, who, in Gibson County on April 13 affected the arrest of apparent illegals allegedly trafficking a substantial amount of pot across Indiana State Highway 64, headed into Warrick County.
ISP first arrested Gregorio Chavez, age 32 (so he says) from an indeterminate address, who was stopped shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, by trooper Doug Francis. Before Francis was able to get the Pontiac stopped, however, he also clocked a 2006 Ford F250 pickup at 86 mph following the Pontiac. Francis got the car to stop, and another trooper, Kevin Waters, was able to stop the truck a few miles up the highway.
With Chavez in the Pontiac was another person with an hispanic name, at least: Anayanci Lopez (no age or addy were able to be determined; we note that no media is saying these people were without identification, just that they had "age and address unknown").
The driver of the pickup was reportedly Armando Ramirez Cruiz (age also 'unknown', although he claimed, apparently, to be from Tucson, Arizona.)
A K9 unit was brought to the scene and hit on 10 reported bundles of marijuana in the trunk of the Pontiac, which weighed out to be 215 pounds. After Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were called to the scene, the three alleged traffickers were jailed in Gibson County, proving that if you're running dope across the Midwest, at least obey local traffic signs regarding posted speed limits.
And in something you just KNOW we need to be concerned about, because it's right up there with the importance of which person got booted from American Idol and/or what Cody Brown's next wife is gonna look like, The Columbus Dispatch is telling us all about Ohio State University's corpse flower: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/04/16/giant-rare-bloom-about-ready-to-stink-up-the-place-at-osu-greenhouse.html
Every year at about this time, greenhouses or botanical gardens compete, it seems, to see who has the biggest Amorphophallus titanum (corpse flower, and yes, that is reference to a phallus in the title) the world over. This year apparently OSU has a nice biggun. Wiki says Stuttgart, Germany, had the biggest a couple years back. Whatever.
The notable feature of this "flower" is that when it blooms, for a few days it smells like a rotting carcass. We're going to guess this is the draw of the thing, along with the size, of course. However, that's not exactly what would make US go to the nearest botanical gardens in late April/early May ("Hey, hon....let's get the kids together and go smell the rotting body scent of the corpse flower blooming today!!!! Yay!!!!"). We're more the iris and rare roses types.
But, the Associated Press believes this is a big deal, as evidenced by all the coverage in even local downstate publications (we first saw it on the Belleville News-Democrat this morning), so here it is, in all its repulsive-smelling glory. Good thing your computer doesn't have smellavision, eh?
Comment freely; as that's what it's all about, and have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!
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