Tuesday, September 30, 2008

but brighter news.... 
i got a new phone today. one that actually works. stopped by verizon on my way to school and have been busy since so i have not had a chance to see what it can do. it was such a quick stop, i'm not even sure what kind of phone it is. pretty sure he mentioned envy2.

on top of everything else 
1. my internet is down* [i'm at school]. boy is the child going to be pissed when she gets home.


2. the bailout was rejected! i am so glad i do not own anything or have any money invested. i know, terrible way to look at it, and i know i will end up paying in the end. this is a very scary thing.

*i have no idea why. the cable company says my modem is not receiving and they are sending someone out tomorrow. let's see if they are really there between 1 and 3, and more importantly, how much this will end up costing me.

Friday, September 26, 2008

violence at ODU 
on tuesday night, there was a shooting, a group who were robbed at gunpoint, and an attempted sexual assault. this comes after friday's two incidents where students were robbed at gunpoint.

at first, i was thinking that all of these events were the result of the same group of people, but apparently not. that makes it worse.

ODU and norfolk police say they are stepping up patrol.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

why can't palin step up 
i mean, won't that be her job? mccain suspends his campaign? this sounds crazy.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

child soldiers 

this article points to the use of child soldiers in somalia [one of many places].

the article itself is dated, but other reports say this is still ongoing. this issue has struck a cord with me this week, even though these children don't want to stop fighting [uh, mental capacity, brainwashing...].


Friday, September 19, 2008

who's their contractor? 
these pictures are pretty cool. in the middle of terrible devastation from Ike, there is one house standing.

[thanks for the link]

Thursday, September 18, 2008

PSA: cellphones and pizza do not mix 
i dropped my phone last week in sour cream and it has not worked properly since. i do not recommend trying this at home.

Monday, September 15, 2008

bullet points is all i have time for 
but here are some things that have concerned or interested me as of late:

  • the economy is going under.
  • stupidity for today: if Sarah Palin were my mother, I would be named Scat Dubya Palin [via]
  • the FBI now has greater freedom to scrutinize you.
  • this guy hacked into his university's network and wrote a 16-page paper to tell about it. [he's being prosecuted.]
  • i think i am going to focus my efforts on Chile for the state crime paper. I have no idea why.

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    state crime woes 
    i have to do a case study of an incidence of state crime (violation by the state of international law).* i am having difficulties coming up with anything that i think will work. the first problem is that it must not have been done before and focus outside the US. this is problematic in a way that if i have heard of it, then it has been studied before. the second problem is related, i feel that i am not very knowledgeable about the events of the world. i sincerely want to be interested in this, as i am generally interested in these kinds of macrolevel political crimes, but i can't get a grip on it. i am thinking something regarding female genital mutilation or AIDS... but i think the prof wants us to focus not on crimes a state commits onto it's own people, but onto others. maybe i should just have her assign me something.

    * this is a short, simple definition that i KNOW is not quite correct. our assignment this week is to formulate our own definition.

    free association #38 
    as if i don't have anything better to do:

    House :: boat
    Think :: tank
    Clot :: blood
    Believe me :: politicians lie
    Fumigation :: bug bomb
    Bore :: i'm not mentioning names...
    Luck :: be a lady
    Patient :: i am not
    Tremors :: the movie
    Pickles :: in a jar

    Sunday, September 07, 2008

    i'm changing my name to trente-quatre 
    what a great day - because football's back. my team looked good out there today.

    Thursday, September 04, 2008

    i agree 
    with Gloria Steinem: she's the wrong woman for the job.
    She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality. She believes that creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming; she opposes gun control but supports government control of women's wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves "abstinence-only" programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions; she tried to use taxpayers' millions for a state program to shoot wolves from the air but didn't spend enough money to fix a state school system with the lowest high-school graduation rate in the nation; she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Pay Act but supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska; she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, though even McCain has opted for the lesser evil of offshore drilling.
    that about sums it up. oh, but she's not a fan of equal pay, either.

    Wednesday, September 03, 2008

    a timely BJS report 
    timely because i have been working on this issue for a while now. the report: Parents in Prison and Their Minor Children

  • The nation’s prisons held approximately 744,200 fathers and 65,600 mothers at midyear 2007.
  • Parents held in the nation’s prisons—52% of state inmates and 63% of federal inmates—reported having an estimated 1,706,600 minor children, accounting for 2.3% of the U.S. resident population under age 18.
  • Growth in the number of parents held in state and federal prisons was outpaced by the growth in the nation’s prison population between 1991 and midyear 2007.
  • if only i had time to read it.

    Tuesday, September 02, 2008

    random points 
  • i've met some people recently that i'm not too fond of.
  • the reading!
  • politics keep getting crazier and crazier.
  • i'm fried from the sun.
  • the kid's first day was problematic, too.

    the first week of school has kicked our butts. i'm hoping tomorrow, and future weeks, are better.

  • you made it down here?

    what? you want a reward?