The News, Issue 2
I don’t know why I associate metro pictures with the news but let’s go with it.
You’ve all more than likely heard enough about Ebola so I found some other interesting news items out there swirling in the websphere (possibly on paper too).
From the creators of This American Life comes Serial which follows one true story, piecing it up over several weeks. This particular story revolves around the 1999 disappearance and murder of a Baltimore high school senior. While the police and court arrested, charged, and found her ex-boyfriend to be guilty of the crime, the reporter questions everything that happened and takes you through it from the very beginning. I highly recommend you check it out. You can download the podcasts for free and listen to them anytime. (Start from the beginning.)
The American Prospect reported on an, shall we say “interesting” video the Republicans recently released, attempting to appeal to women. I don’t care where you fall on the political spectrum, this is highly insulting to women. I could go on a rant, but let’s leave that for another day.
I’ve always admired Scandinavian society and politics (I grew up with many of them), most especially their education system. The Finnish seem to have set up something that works. The Guardian briefly delves into this in their article Finland’s Education Ambassador Spreads the Word.
On my way to work yesterday, I heard an interesting story on NPR about how new research in Chicago finds that homicide victims are mainly found in a tiny network. Tracking that network and treating it like a public health concern (think of how public health officials try to quash health issues that arise like disease outbreaks) might help those would-be victims. Nothing is proven yet, but it’s an interesting way to look at it.
And in your fun, white trash news this week, the Palin family will not be charged in a drunken brawl that they were involved in back in September. It’s a shame they won’t. At least they should be fined.
But let’s end on an awesome note this Friday with BBC’s God Only Knows video that helped launch BBC Music and has pretty much gone viral. Totally worth the watch if you haven’t seen it yet.