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today’s news … Tuesday, May 29

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2012 at 6:00 am

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

Quote for today… Oh, I got plenty o nuttin, An nuttins plenty for me.” – Porgy, from the movie, Porgy and Bess (1933)

  • Praise for Royer’s Flowers and telephone books in today’s Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era letters to the editors 
  • ‘The (Susquehanna) river is in trouble. Sick fish mean we have a sick river,’ John Arway, head of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, declared.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
  • LEGAL NOTICE published in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. “The regularly scheduled meeting of the West Hempfield Township Zoning Hearing Board will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the West Hempfield Township Municipal Building located at 3401 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, PA to hear the following cases: 1. Case 1149 – Joseph Meyer continued from May 8, 2012 2. Case 1150 – M&G. Realty, Inc., 2295 Susquehanna Trail, Suite C, York, PA for a variance to Section 707.2. (C) for width of access driveway, a variance to Section 708.3. B.2 for height of free standing sign, and a variance to Section 708.9. Table 2. Part A for total number / area of building signs on property owned by Erin Court Partners, LP located at 3849 Hempland Road, zoned C-2.3. Case 1151 – Southern Comfort Fireworks, 2410 B Rosedale Avenue, Muscle Shoals, AL for a Special Exception to Section 101.7 (Uses not Provided For) to allow a temporary tent to sell fireworks in the parking lot of Shoppes At Prospect, 3985 Columbia Avenue, zoned C-2. Daryl S. Peck, Secretary West Hempfield Township Zoning Hearing Board.”

“Dan Bullock was 14 when he signed up with the Marines using doctored documents—and 15 when he died in Vietnam.”

In History and Heritage, People on May 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

Dan Bullock was 14 when he signed up with the Marines using doctored documents—and 15 when he died in Vietnam in 1969. (Bettmann / Corbis)

Yesterday, The Daily Beast posted this story; the story is too good not to post … on the day after Memorial Day, 2012.

“Among those we should remember on Memorial Day is Dan Bullock, who was just 14 on the September day in 1968 when he strode into a Marine Corps recruiting station with an altered birth certificate.

“At a time when the nation was stunned by the Tet offensive in Vietnam and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, this teen from Brooklyn retained a very clear goal.

“‘He wanted to make his mark in life,’ his father, Brother Bullock, later told reporters. ‘He wanted to be something.’

“The surrounding streets offered only trouble. The neighborhood schools seemed to promise little more. And the younger Bullock was so audaciously eager as he set off for boot camp that his family said nothing to the Marines of him really being four years shy of the minimum age of 18.

“‘He was all excited when he was in uniform, talking about getting up in rank,’ his stepmother, Jewel Bullock, would recall to the press. ‘He said, “When I get back, I’ll have my stripes.”’

“Bullock was strong and fast, but he still had no more than a 14-year-old’s stamina. He got his first sense of what resides at the core of the Corps when his fellow recruits at Parris Island had to carry him at the end of the long runs.

“In April 1969, five months after his 15th birthday, Private First Class Dan Bullock arrived in Vietnam. He was assigned as a rifleman to Fox Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment. Nobody in the unit guessed his true age, but there was a general sense that he somehow did not belong. Read the rest of this entry »

“The Terrifying Truth About America’s Obesity Epidemic” – AlterNet

In Education, Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities on May 29, 2012 at 5:21 am

“Americans today take in an average of 600 calories a day more than we did in 1970. That can add up to a weight gain of five or 10 pounds a year.”

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/iQoncept

“Substance abuse? That’s so last century. Our problem now is sustenance abuse. Opiates are optional, but everyone’s gotta eat. And therein lies the path to dietary disaster in America. ‘If you go with the flow, you’ll be fat,’ is how Weight of the Nation, HBO’s epic four-part series on our obesity crisis, sums it up. And once your weight creeps up, it puts you at risk for a whole range of unhealthy, unhappy outcomes.

“It also puts you in the majority; two-thirds of Americans are now either overweight or obese. ‘Weight of the Nation,’ which premiered on May 14, kicked off an ambitious multimedia public health campaign for which HBO teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kaiser Permanente, and several other health-related institutions. Together, these groups are sounding the alarm about the terrible burden we’re needlessly inflicting on ourselves and our children.

“Forget about free will and free markets (which, by the way, aren’t so free, thanks to dubious agricultural policies and industry meddling). As ‘Weight of the Nation’ makes clear, this epidemic of preventable disease won’t be solved by invoking the mantra of personal responsibility and waiting for the food industry to put healthy people before healthy profits. It would take a public/private partnership of unprecedented proportions to get us back on track.

“We’ve tolerated … even cultivated … a food culture that’s literally toxic. And we’ve engineered exercise right out of our lives. This double whammy has dire repercussions; as David Nathan, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Diabetes Center notes, ‘It is simply too easy to consume too many calories, and too difficult to expend those calories.’

“‘Weight of the Nation’ tells the sorry tale of all the forces that compel us to pile on the pounds–and how we could hypothetically shed them, given the right set of circumstances–through interviews with experts, profiles of kids and grown-ups who wrestle with their weight, and some truly appalling statistics and alarming charts. You Read the rest of this entry »