An Inclusive Litany
When previously denied his grant, Fleck appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," where he said he "was made to feel like a disgusting pervert leeching on the taxpayers' money. After that, I flew home in a fetal position."
During the early 1990s, several newspapers and magazines reported that domestic violence against pregnant women was now responsible for more birth defects than all other causes combined, according to a March of Dimes report. What the March of Dimes actually concluded was that more women are screened for birth defects than are ever screened for domestic battery.
At a news conference prior to the 1993 Super Bowl organized by a coalition of women's groups, reporters were informed that Super Bowl Sunday is "the biggest day of the year for violence against women," on which forty percent more women would be battered. A large media mailing by Dobisky Associates warned at-risk women, "Don't remain at home with him during the game." Lenore Walker, a Denver psychologist and author of The Battered Woman, appeared on "Good Morning America" claiming to have compiled a ten-year record showing a sharp increase in violent incidents against women on Super Bowl Sundays. The Boston Globe repeated the claim, and Robert Lipsyte of the New York Times even referred to the "Abuse Bowl." But when sociology and criminal justice professor Janet Katz, one of the principal authors of the underlying study, was contacted directly, she said, "That's not what we found at all." Instead, they had found that an increase in emergency-room admissions "was not associated with the occurrence of football games in general." Later, when other reporters pressed Lenore Walker to detail her findings, she said they were not available. "We don't use them for public consumption," she explained, "we use them to guide us in advocacy projects." After being thoroughly exposed and retracted in several periodicals, the factoid still appears in such books as How to Make the World a Better Place for Women in Five Minutes a Day.
[Ed.: Naomi Wolf, a purported Rhodes scholar, also cited statistics claiming that 44 percent of San Francisco women have "suffered rape or attempted rape," that "date rape" is "more common than left-handedness, alcoholism and heart attacks," and that "100 million young girls worldwide are being raped by adult men—usually their fathers—often day after day, week after week, year in, year out." Studies also conclusively show that 85 percent of all statistics are made up.]
Several Islamic countries have already banned the film due to its nudity.
Citing deep philosophical differences with fellow scholars, Glen Proechel, a language instructor at the University of Minnesota, has resigned from a group that has been developing a literal translation. "It's not going to make any sense," Proechel said of the literal approach, "It will be describing things that don't exist in their culture." Dr. Lawrence Schoen, a linguist overseeing the literal translation, disagrees. "You don't mess around with the Bible."
The following line from Mark exemplifies the differing approaches to translation: "We have five loaves and two fishes." Since Klingon has no words for loaves or fish, literalists use generalized words for "grain food" and "water animal." The paraphrased version, however, uses concepts that Klingons would be familiar with: "We have only five blood pies and two serpent worms." Also, since there are plenty of lambs in the Bible but reportedly none on the Klingon world, Proechel substitutes the word "targh"—a vicious, ugly, piglike animal.
The translation itself appears much like the following passage from John 3:16, which no doubt loses some of the beauty of the language:
"toH qo' muSHa'qu'mo joH'a', wa' puqloDDaj nobpu' ghaH 'wj ghaH Harchugh vay', vaj not Hegh ghaH, 'ach yIn jub ghajbej ghaH."
Rio de Janeiro, Jan. 3—Joao Alves would like you to believe that he is the world's luckiest man. To explain how he came to deposit $51 million in his bank accounts since 1989, the Congressman, whose annual salary is $84,000, told investigators recently that the answer was simple. He had won 24,000 lotteries.
"In a City of Graffiti, Gangs Turn to Violence to Protect Their Art" (news article, March 13) captures the exuberance young men experience as graffiti writers, or taggers, as those you describe in Los Angeles call themselves. Rather than identify and guide this energy, adults see graffiti only as a vandalism issue.
I have been a teen-age counselor for six years, mainly in New York City. I discovered that graffiti writers around the world are highly organized: they hold conventions, publish magazines and establish international reputations. For many, family, school and work are irrelevant, if not downright miserable, and don't come close to the brotherhood of graffiti in providing, believe it or not, a sense of respect and accomplishment.
Furthermore, writing graffiti is a better choice of activities than pure violence. Los Angeles has had a violent gang subculture for years; it's no surprise that graffiti writers carry weapons. By contrast, New York's graffiti subculture began from an urge to compete through art.
One eighth grader described Einstein the scientist as "smart, hopful [sic], commonsents [sic], and easy going," and Einstein the person as "sad, lonely, happy, postive [sic], loving." Another student who described Einstein as "smart" next to a picture of a light bulb was awarded five out of a possible six points. Another student drew pictures to illustrate Einstein the scientist as "trapped" and "blind." Another picture, intended to represent a sheet of music, illustrated "a masterpiece such as a syphony [sic]." The student also described the scientist as "determined." Einstein the person was depicted as "peaceful," along with a hand-drawn peace sign; "open-minded," illustrated by open windows; "beautiful inside," pictured as a butterfly; "conscious-alive," along with a picture of an electrocardiogram; and "a grain of sand," pictured as a dot.
Despite the misspellings and the absence of any reference to Einstein's pioneering scientific insights or his role in the nuclear age, the latter student was awarded a perfect score of six on this question.
Dr. David Kirshner, who testified on Rifkin's behalf, identified the following symptoms common to sufferers of "adopted child syndrome": "pathological lying, learning problems, running away, sexual promiscuity, an absence of normal guilt and anxiety, and extreme antisocial behavior."
[Ed.: Rifkin is not related to the noted environmentalist and beef critic.]
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Two colleges, Crown and Merrill, share the same dining facilities. Weeks ahead of the incident, Merrill had chosen an Asian theme for the dinner menu, but a Crown assistant Kyoko Freeman, a Japanese-American alumna, noticed that the dinner happened to fall on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. She brought this information to Crown staff members, who, mindful of the memories that day evoked, decided that there would be better times to celebrate Asian-American relations and chose a non-ethnic theme for the night.
Merrill had recently redefined the meal as Filipino, but this failed to materialize because Filipino students failed to supply the food manager with recipes. Some Merrill students started to pass a rumor through the dining hall that the staff at Crown (which has more Asian students than any other UCSC college) had refused to serve Filipino food because they blamed Filipinos and all Asians for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Late that evening Crown's Provost Peggy Musgrave was roused out of bed by a phone call from City-on-a-Hill Press, the student newspaper. The reporter demanded to know why Crown had refused to follow Merrill's choice of menu. Having just heard about the issue for the first time at the dinner itself, Musgrave reiterated the reasons the college staff had given her concerning Pearl Harbor Day, which she thought sensible. The newspaper mangled the Provost's statement beyond recognition: "Musgrave implied that for one day each year, Asians should not express their 'unpatriotic' culture, but instead eat all-American to denounce that shameful aspect of their history." The article also linked the events at Crown to the Japanese internment in U.S. concentration camps during World War II.
Over the next few days, fliers blanketed the campus that denounced the Crown administration as "racist." Crown staff members were besieged by angry student delegations and phone calls, including death threats. One observer later testified that "half the staff was in tears on a regular basis—the place was like a morgue."
A giant flying condom took to the air over Brussels Sunday to celebrate the first Europe-wide campaign against AIDS.
The 100-foot-long kite billowed out over the city's Cinquantenaire park, near the European Union's main offices, as the "Europe against AIDS" drive began. Twenty countries in western and eastern Europe will hand out packs of condoms to tourists and young people this summer.
Sociologist Mary Frances Stuck of the State University of New York at Oswego has found that women "tend to think of computers as productivity tools," to be used only to get the job done.
Women reportedly believe that using networking systems at work may be a waste of valuable time; at home, women often are too tired or too busy with household responsibilities to enjoy the luxury of "playing" with the computer.
Men, on the other hand, "tend to look at computers as things to be explored... as toys," Stuck says. They see computers as a challenge to be conquered.
There's another problem, too. Some women report being sexually harassed on mainstream on-line systems. That's why, I believe, 90 percent of the 700 subscribers to Women's Wire of San Francisco are female—and unharassed.
Overall, despite the fact that twice as many women as men work at desktop computers, men are much more active on-line users.
Stuck doesn't mention another factor that makes women reject computer services: Much of the terminology of computer technology was invented by men to appeal to men.
But women pay a price for being turned off by terms such as "hardware" and "software" or by systems described as being "up" or "down."
- He thought the couple were his parents, because they were sleeping
in the bedroom of the home in which he and his parents used to live.
- A psychologist once told him that he had "patricidal and
- He was in a "drunken stupor."
- He was "temporarily insane" and "really snapped."
- He had to confess to his fellow AA members because he was "obligated" to follow the rules of AA in order to recover.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality expressed concern that Yamhill County Public Works employees may eat contaminated dirt... [Public Works Director Bill] Gille will inform the DEQ that employees have been put on notice that the contaminated dirt is not edible.
In May 1994, Chicago firefighters found 5,670 pieces of flat mail and 364 pounds of bulk mail in the attic of postal carrier Robert K. Beverly. And in October, firefighters in Washington, D.C. discovered four truckloads of mail in the apartment of postal carrier Robert W. Boggs. Local residents say they saw carriers throwing mail into garbage cans or dumpsters.
[Ed.: Christo is famous for "wrapping" large structures such as buildings with fabric, and for constructing gigantic umbrellas in the California desert. A Japanese tourist was killed when one of these umbrellas broke free during a period of high winds, offering yet another reason to stay away from modern art.]