An Inclusive Litany
After the show was finally canceled, executive producer Tim Doyle commented, "Episode by episode, scene by scene, 'Ellen' was the smartest, funniest show on network television, and anybody who says otherwise is a bigot reaching for an excuse to condemn her. Period. Case closed."
[Ed.: Ms. Heche later became engaged to marry Coleman Laffoon, a cameraman she met while filming a documentary on Ms. DeGeneres. No more details on when the coming-in party is scheduled.]
Nathan Zohner, a grand prize winner at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair Saturday, has at least 43 people urging the ban of dihydrogen monoxide.
And for plenty of good reasons: it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting, it is a major component in acid rain, accidental inhalation of it can kill you, it can cause severe burns when in gaseous form, it contributes to erosion of the natural landscape, it decreases the effectiveness of automobile brakes and it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients.
Zohner, a freshman at Eagle Rock Junior High, asked 50 people attending the science fair if they supported a ban of the chemical. Forty-three said yes, six didn't know and only one knew what the chemical is: water.
The title of Zohner's prize-winning project was, "How Gullible Are We?" His conclusion is obvious when he considers 43 of 50 respondents elected to ban water.
"I'd say they're extremely gullible. They need to pay more attention," said Zohner, 14, who wants to be a nuclear engineer or physicist.
[Ed.: Tainting Zohner's data is the fact that most of his respondents were also children, but the European Science and Environment Forum successfully repeated the experiment by presenting the same scary scenario to 167 Londoners. Of the 123 who responded, three quarters said dihydrogen monoxide should be "strictly regulated or even banned," and only five percent realized the chemical was water.]
- Allen, you still advocate some pretty radical ideas.
- NAMBLA, the
North American Man-Boy Love Association.
words, you say it's OK for adult men to have sex with kids.
- You said that.
- All right, you tell me how to say it.
- NAMBLA is a discussion group, not an assignation group. It
was attacked by the
and they're constantly trying to set them up
after the sleazy Meese Commission decided that pornography increased
rather than decreased crime. Actually, people masturbate over
pornography. They don't go out and rape people. So they got this guy
who organized Citizens for Decency Law. He was the main homophobe on
the Meese Commission, which set up a series of police state units
which go around to places like Boulder and try to entrap and bust
people. And NAMBLA is partly a legal defense and social defense
- OK, but let's get this straight. Are you advocating sex between
adults and children?
- Well, how do you define children, sir?
- You tell me how to define children.
- I would say anyone above puberty is OK. As long as it's consensual and nobody complains. But usually it's the cops who rape the kids by brainwashing them and intimidating them so they'll turn against their older friends.
- Larry [Ferlinghetti], you've got kids. Do you agree with Allen on
- I agree with him.
- At what age do kids start getting laid on their own?
- But they can be influenced by an adult in a way they might not be
by one of their own.
- Sure, yes, and so could a citizen be influenced by Rush Limbaugh. That mind rape is worse.
The book is "Focus on Algebra: An Integrated Approach" ... In an effort to make formulas and numbers more accessible, the publishers have filled the 843-page text with color graphics, reproductions of paintings, biographical sketches and problems that supposedly represent real-life situations—a lot dealing with food and a lot with the environment....
One problem, dealing with a chili cookoff, asks students to describe ways that organizers could raise money. Students are asked to say what is the hottest kind of pepper they have eaten, and how they would set up a hotness scale.
In another, a zoo sponsors a creative-writing contest on endangered species. Students are asked what criteria would be used to judge the essay. In another problem, students are asked "what other kinds of pollution besides air pollution might threaten our planet?"
The market way to fairness is to impose a hefty tax on political TV advertising. Paul Taylor, an energetic reformer, urges a tax of 50 percent. He would use the proceeds to underwrite vouchers, to be distributed among political parties and candidates for the purchase of TV time in any market. That's a halfway measure. Better yet, in my view, would be a 100 percent surcharge on every political TV and radio commercial to pay for an opponent's immediate response in the same market, to the same audience. A stiff tax would assure that the more a candidate spent on TV, the greater the subsidy for his or her rivals.
The Clinton Administration unveiled more details about a package of about 60 measures aimed at simplifying the tax code. Many of the proposals would cost the government money. To make up for the lost revenue, the administration would raise a combined $2.7 billion in new business taxes over the next five years.
The owner of one firm that manufactures a brand of all-natural cigarettes attributes his success in part to advertising in such "higher consciousness" magazines such as Mother Earth News and Mind Body Spirit.
The tables below present, by job group, the number of female and ethnic minority career staff employees expected to be in the work force based on current availability proportions. The numbers of female employees expected and the numbers of minorities, by ethnic category, expected are derived by multiplying the total incumbent work force of each job group (see pages 12 and 13) by current availability proportions applicable to each job group (see page 16), and the resulting totals rounded up to a whole number at .5 or more. The number of total minority employees expected, by job group, is the sum of expected employees by ethnic minority category.[Ed. What follows is a breakdown of targeted numbers (by gender and ethnicity) for various departments and occupations at the university, including executives, senior managers, staff specialists, physicians and allied practitioners, architects, engineers, managers and supervisors (levels 1-2), analysts (levels 1-2), maintenance, health professionals, student services, craftspersons, nurses, entry-level professionals, police officers, health care technicians, scientists, research support staff, facilities maintenance supervisors, clerical supervisors, security and parking services, library assistants, administrative/clerical support (levels 1-4), store clerks, mailroom, and food services.]
The New Hampshire Personnel Appeals Board, will meet in public session under the authority of NH RSA 21-1:58, on Wednesday, January 8, 1997, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 411, State House Annex, 25 Capitol Street, Concord, New Hampshire, to hear the following appeals. The appeals will be made by OFFERS OF PROOF by the representatives of the parties (or the party).
Phyllis Dobe—Docket #97-D-5
Department of Labor
Ms. Dobe, an employee of the Labor Department, is appealing a May 22, 1996, written warning issued to her for sleeping at her desk. Ms. Dobe alleged that she had not been given sufficient time since her first warning to correct her problem of sleeping at work. She also alleges that the Department of Labor had an obligation to be more proactive in assisting her with overcoming her "sleeping problem."
- For the Appellant:
- State Employees' Association, Field Representative
- For the State:
- Diane M. Symonds, Commissioner
Ten women and a 300-pound ball of mud added up to a new contribution to the world of performance art.
The mud ball was crafted by Mills College senior art major Mollie Lounibos. It made its debut Tuesday as 10 women pushed it about 50 yards and up a few steps to the Jane Baerwald Aron Art Center.
"This (event) is about taking control of who you are," the 22-year-old Lounibos said.
Despite the fact that the Volkswagen performed better that most cars in its class in a federal study of seat anchorage systems, the plaintiff's star witness, a self-proclaimed automobile design expert named Byron Bloch, testified that the Volkswagen seat represented "a unique aberration in design ... the weakest, minimalist seat anchorage ever put in a production car ... the worst seat anchorage system ever." And what were Byron Bloch's qualifications to offer an expert opinion? According to court records, Bloch had been dismissed from one college engineering program, was placed on academic probation by the electrical engineering and industrial design departments at a second college, then ended up getting a B.A. from a third school. He was laid off from his first job after three months, fired from his second after six months, fired from his third after less than a year and released from his fourth after two years. When he embarked on a career as a consultant, often testifying against Volkswagen, he hadn't worked on a single job involving automobiles, much less engineering.
Partly on the strength of Bloch's testimony, the family won its lawsuit and was awarded over $2 million in damages.
[Ed.: Preston Lerner of the Washington Monthly reports: "[The] Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys... has 24,000 experts on its rolls, up from 10,000 in 1987. Within the 758 pages of California's The Legal Expert Pages, browsers can find experts on everything from cemeteries and garage doors to theater and termites, not to mention William M. Jones, who bills himself as 'Mr. Truck.' 'There's an expert testifying in every field you can possibly imagine,' says Steven Babitsky, editor of The Expert Witness Journal. 'I remember one case in which a prison inmate who claimed he was no longer using drugs tried to get another prison inmate who was a drug addict qualified as an expert on drug addiction.' "]
Mitch Friedman has spent most of two decades on the front lines protesting logging in national forests. This time, he decided on a new tack: Buy the trees for $15,000 and set them aside in his own little public forest preserve. He never dreamed Forest Service rules wouldn't allow it. Regulations prohibit the sale of the publicly owned timber to anyone who does not intend to cut the trees.[Ed.: The federal government lost $14.7 million on below-market timber sales in 1997.]
Farm owner Bill McLellan said most of the animals, raised in captivity for their fur, were recaptured during a wild, early morning chase, with 200 still unaccounted for. "They don't understand what they've done," McLellan said. "They thought they'd live happily ever after in the wild, but these are very domesticated."
Mink are indigenous to parts of northern Ontario but would likely be in hibernation in late March, he said. McLellan added that this was the second such incident at the farm in two weeks.
Rev. Chris Korda and his bizarre Church of Euthanasia are heartily applauding the mass suicide of the Heaven's Gate cultists. The "church"—which advocates cannibalism, abortion, and suicide to reduce population and restore the earth's ecology—will honor the 39 dead on April 13 on the Boston Common. At the service, the Heaven's Gate victims will be made honorary members of the self-styled church and Korda ... will release 39 earthworms into the grass to commemorate them. The male Heaven's Gaters will receive special honors for having undergone surgical castration to avoid procreation.
The National Park Service has been forced to suspend all hiring of seasonal workers for the summer—not for lack of money or resources, but because the Interior Department is concerned about the workers' diversity.[Ed.: A form distributed to all Interior Department employees adds: "Your furnishing [racial] information is voluntary. Your failure to do so will have no effect on you or your federal employment. If you fail to provide the information, however, then the employing agency will attempt to identify your race and national origin by visual perception."]
A March 4 memo to all Park Service regional directors said the Interior Department asked for a breakdown on prospective summer hires "because concern has been expressed about the diversity composition of our seasonal work force."
"Therefore, effective immediately, no hiring for seasonal positions (including rehires) may be done for the 1997 summer season until the information requested by the department has been received ... and reviewed by the department," the memo said.
"Park officials throughout the country have been ordered to compile data on the "race/national origin and gender composition" of all applicants. In addition, they are required to submit a description of their seasonal recruiting program, "including efforts to achieve diversity in the candidates."
If you have trouble identifying positives about your weight, have a dialogue with your fat. Ask your fat what it does to help you and what positive image it projects. Whatever it says, listen to it nonjudgmentally and empathetically, so that you can really learn more about its role in your life.
If you are doing this in writing, first write out your question, then your fat's answer, your response, its response, and so on, the way a script for a play is written out. Write as fast as you comfortably can, and let whatever comes out come out, even if it doesn't make sense to you or you don't agree with it.
If you're doing this out loud, place two seats facing each other. Start by sitting in one of them, as you, and ask your question. Then shift seats and be your fat and answer. Again, just let it flow, as if you're an actress in character, feeling the part. When you're done, thank your fat for talking to you. Here's a sample dialogue:
FREDA: Fat, what do you do for me?
FREDA: How? And from what?
FAT: I protect you from being sexually harassed by projecting an image that says, "I'm big and you'd better not mess with me."
FREDA: But why do you do that? I'm not so afraid of being harassed.
FAT: Sure you are. Think about it.
FREDA: (thinks about it) You're right. I really do hate and dread the comments, leers, and touching or grabbing that some men do. I've always known that I can't stand it, but I never realized the extent to which it intimidates me. Thanks for helping me.
FAT: No problem.