Sunday, August 31, 2008

this feature has been disabled, but here's a collection of links for when you've nothing else to do: link of the week.

Monday, August 25, 2008

AIDS in black America 
This is the case of another domestic problem that is not receiving the attention it deserves- domestically.

I've been interested in the issue of AIDS in the black community for a couple of years now. I remember an ABC news series on entitled AIDS in Black America. CNN has a section in their report on Black America.

Some things to know:

Black Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but account for over 50 percent of all new cases of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. That infection rate is eight times the rate of whites. Among women, the numbers are even more shocking—- almost 70 percent of all newly diagnosed HIV-positive women in the United States are black women. Black women are 23 times more likely to be diagnosed with AIDS than white women, with heterosexual contact being the overwhelming method of infection in black America. [ABC]
Further, blacks represent one in eight Americans, but one in every two people living with HIV in the United States is black. AIDS is the leading cause of death among black women between ages 25 and 34 and is the second-leading cause of death in black men 35-44. [CNN]

Contributing to the problem are:
a disproportionate number of black men in prison where there are AIDS infection rates five times higher than outside; drugs and the failure of support for needle exchange programs; more sex partners among black men than white men; the stigma of homosexuality, especially among blacks; and the lack of leadership here in America, as opposed to African nations.

I struggled last year to integrate this issue into my areas of interest for dissertation topics, but came up empty.


first day of class 
i have finished the first class of the course i am teaching. i am waiting for the first class of the courses i am taking.

i've got two hours to go... maybe some lunch. it's just nice to sit here in the AC. it's a warmer one today than as of late.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

NASA destroys rocket 
did anyone at home see or find any debris?

Friday, August 22, 2008

an outrage 
i'm sure this guy is a bad guy. he was convicted of murder and served 15 years. but then he's found with drugs... and gets a 19 year sentence.

he's a bad guy, but this is not right. it's "another casualty of the wrong-headed war on drugs."


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

the score doesn't sound like baseball. coming back 10 points to win doesn't sound like baseball. but it is.

Monday, August 11, 2008

oh no 
i just checked my myspace page... and it says that i am 30 years old!

Friday, August 08, 2008

the opposite of a chick flick 
are dude comedies. i'd never heard this phrase before i read it somewhere on the internet the other day. i agree that is a perfect way to describe these movies. now i can put a name to it...


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

i resolve 
to not freak out about the qualifying exams.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

in an election year 
"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." -- Douglas Adams


Saturday, August 02, 2008

spooky mulder 
i haven't seen the movie, though i hear it is not doing well in the box office. no matter to me, the show will always live on in my heart. i guess because of the movie, i have seen some 'talk' on the internet about the x-files. from planetclaire, i found some of these quotes that show the dry, funny moments that i love so much. i heart fox mulder.

Scully: Oh my God, Mulder. It smells like ... I think it's bile.
Mulder: Is there any way I can get it off my fingers quickly without betraying my cool exterior?

Scully: We had this wacky nun in Catholic school—Sister Callahan—we used to call her Sister Spooky because she would tell us scary stories all the time.
Mulder: Twisted sister. My kind of nun.
Scully: Well she would hold up an old piece of wood with a rusty nail in it, and she would say, "This is an actual piece of the cross that Christ's wrist was nailed to." Or she'd show us a vial of red liquid and say that it was John the Baptist's blood or something.
Mulder: She'd be in prison today. You realize that.

Scully: Spontaneous Human Combustion.
Mulder: in disbelief Scully!
Scully: Well isn't that where you're going with this?
Mulder: "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when Agent Scully suggested Spontaneous Human Combustion".


Friday, August 01, 2008

three tv shows i would add to this list 
NewsRadio, Frasier, and Friends.

i found this list: Best Sitcoms Since 1980. [via]

10. Malcolm in the Middle
9. The Cosby Show
8. Curb Your Enthusiasm
7. Scrubs
6. Cheers
5. The Office
4. Sports Night
3. The Simpsons
2. Seinfeld
1. Arrested Development

a postscript: maybe Wings, too.

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