In October, the book "Fragments" will come out. It's a collection of writings and musings by Marilyn Monroe. It spans from her teenage years to just before her suicide/death/whatever.
1) A 31-year old Guatemalan immigrant in NYC tried to stop a man from attacking a woman on the street. He was stabbed several times. Crime cameras caught several people ignoring him and the spreading pool of blood underneath him. No one called for help. Police and EMT's finally arrived after an hour. By then, he was dead.
2) Over in England, Ruby Thomas and Rachel Burke, both 18, beat a gay man to death just because. They are currently standing trial.
Humanity? What's that?
Aw, I feel so loved by huge companies that can't wait to stick it to me but survived thanks to my tax dollars.
First, CitiGroup sent out some love to the taxpayers for bailing them out so they didn't go bankrupt. Annoying, but whatever. They used the funds, paid them back, and they're afloat again. Past is past, moving on.
However, I have lots of ire for GM. GM has taken to the airwaves lately, thanking us for the bailout and bragging that they have repayed their government bailout loans.
It seems that GM paid back the bailout with the money from another bailout. The commercials invite people to look at the new GM. It's still 60% owned by the federal government, 12% owned by the Canadians, still hasn't turned a profit, and is still racking up debt.
I think I like the old GM better.
While everyone is debating
global warming climate change and whether or not it is happening, scientists have found something that may help combat it if it's real.
You know the expression, "deeper than whale shit?" Well, it seems that researchers in Australia found that whale shit actually helps the ocean absorb more carbon dioxide. The iron rich material is loved by undersea plants who gulp CO2 and turn it into oxygen for us. According to scientist Steve Nicol, whale shit is 10 million times richer in iron than equivalent sea water (and probably other stuff we really don't want to get into right now).
According to Nicol, the inspiration to research this idea came about during a pub chat among Antarctic scientists in Australia's island state of Tasmania. Must not have been a sports bar.
I don't really care about the details. I just want to know who gave them the research grant and how do I submit a request.