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today’s news … Saturday, March 24

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2012 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today… “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.” – from The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, author.

  • Police in Columbia are investigating a stabbing that took place Friday night. According to Columbia police happened in the first block of South Fourth Street around 9:50 p.m. Smith said the incident “involved a large fight that ended up with a stabbing.” – Lancaster OnLine [NOTE: Columbia news, views & reviews is unsure who “Smith” is; the LancasterOnLine article does not identify the individual further.]
  • Mini-review – Good time at the movies: Went to see The Hunger Games last night. As expected, the audience was overwhelmingly one of teenagers or young teenagers with parents and with a smattering of adults. As billed, this is a pretty good movie to watch. The audience reaction after the movies was animated … it was an enjoyable night at the movies. Yeah, there is violence; after all, it is the core of the storyline.  “In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch.” The Washington Times review.

The Path to Prosperity

In Government, Opinions on March 24, 2012 at 5:19 am

A few days ago, U.S. Representative Joe Pitts’ newsletter arrived via email. It contained a link (click on the image) to “The Path to Prosperity.”

In the newsletter Representative Pitts stated:

“This morning, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (D-WI) unveiled the budget for fiscal year 2013. There will be a lot said about this budget in the coming days, and I wanted to make sure that you had a chance to read about it before the spin starts.

“This budget puts us back on the path to paying down our debt. It reduces spending by $5 trillion over President Obama’s budget. This budget calls for tax reform that simplifies rates and eliminates loopholes. Importantly, it contains a bipartisan plan to preserve Medicare. Chairman Ryan includes a plan he has authored with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) that makes no changes for those on Medicare or near retirement. This plan includes an option for younger workers to either stay in traditional Medicare or move to a new premium support plan.

“In the coming days, you may hear some say that Republicans want to “destroy Medicare.” Nothing could be further from the truth. According to the Medicare Trustees, the program will go bankrupt by 2024. Doing nothing is a certain way to destroy Medicare. Please visit the House Budget Committee website to read the facts about our plan.”

We have just read Representative Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity.” Our feeling is that it is filled with “glittering generalities” while protective of the onerous practices no real changes in the ways of doing business in Washington; of lobbyist control of elected “public servants”; pork-barrel politics of Washington and unclear political, foreign policy and military objectives.

The “Path” – we feel – is partisan and political.

The “Path” – we feel – offers rhetoric, but nothing new.

The “Path” – we feel – is general in scope; we looked for more specifics.

“‘Men react more aggressively to stress’ … sure, but you’re missing the point” – The Conversation

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities on March 24, 2012 at 4:52 am

“There’s this gene that about half of all people carry. It’s a pretty nasty gene – it massively increases the risk of the carrier being a murderer or a murder victim, going to jail or dying in an accident. And a new paper in Bioessays – by Prince Henry’s Institute researchers Joohyung Lee and Vincent R. Harley – suggests this gene might be responsible for an aggressive response to sudden stresses.


“That could explain the bit about murder, accidents and jail.

“Despite all the bad press this gene gets, it isn’t all bad. Carriers have the same number of children as non-carriers. And the biggest winners in our evolutionary history – the people who have left the most descendants – have all been carriers.

“The gene is called SRY – short for “sex-determining region on the Y chromosome”. It’s the crucial genetic instruction that triggers an embryo to develop into a male. Without SRY, the embryo becomes a girl.

“New findings about the way SRY works might explain the differences in how men and women respond to stress. These findings might also explain why men are more susceptible than women to Parkinson’s Disease, schizophrenia and autism.

“Running on adrenaline

“The hormone epinephrine achieved fame and brand-name recognition as adrenaline. Everyone from weekend warriors to elite BASE jumpers (is there any other kind?) professes its near-magical capacity to elicit superhuman feats of strength and speed. When the chips are down and the boys need to give 110%, that old adrenaline rush kicks in.

“Not only does that adrenaline rush cause many of us to speak in seamless cliché, it prepares us to fight or to flee from whatever threatens us. And that rush actually comes by way not only of adrenaline, but two other hormones in the catecholamine group: norepinephrine and dopamine.

To read this report from The Conversation in its entirety, click here.