Stand Your Ground’s Fatal Flaw, DNA Meets Dog Poop, Arizona’s Bigotry, Adidas’s Sex Tourism: The Live Wire
FlaglerLive | February 26, 2014
Today’s Live Wire: Quick Links
- Stand Your Ground’s Fatal Flaw
- DNA Meets Dog Poop
- Child Obesity Falls
- Devaluing Honors Classes
- It’s Not Just Arizona: Other States Copy Gay-Bigotry Bill
- Adidas’s Sexual Tourism
- In Case You Thought January Was Cold
- Raymond Chandler’s Ten Commandments of Writing a Detective Novel
- The Netanyahu Merkel Hitler Photo
- Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 (Riccardo Muti)
- Russian Roulette: Gun Owners and Their Temperament
- Stand Your Ground: Florida is Not My Castle. And It’s Not Yours, Either.
- Judge J. Michael Traynor’s Alarming Equivalence Between an Attempted Murderer and His Victim
- As a Cat Lay Dying, He Drove Drunk to a Vet, But Court Finds Him Guilty of DUI Anyway
- CSI Flagler: Sheriff Launches Crime Lab and Inks $75,000 Deal With Private DNA Lab
A big part of a child’s obesity risk is already established by age 5, according to a study published in January. The study findings were announced the same day as first lady Michelle Obama proposed new rules to limit the types of foods and beverages that can be advertised in schools and marked the fourth anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative to combat child obesity. Under the suggested federal regulations, companies would no longer be permitted to use logos of high-calorie products such as regular sodas on cups, vending machines or posters. […] In January 2012, the USDA issued its new rules for school meals, which are being phased in over a three-year period. Cafeterias must offer fruits and vegetables at every meal, reduce sodium and some types of fat and keep to calorie minimums and maximums. The government agency followed up six months later with new rules for snack foods. The regulations set limits for fat, salt and sugar sold in school vending machines and snack bars.
The USDA has faced opposition over the new rules — from student athletes who say they’re not getting enough calories to administrators who say kids just aren’t buying the healthier options.” The full story.
- Child Obesity: CDC Facts
- Fighting Obesity Like Cigarettes
- Coke’s Obesity Campaign: Get Real
- Flagler Health Department Launches “Gospel” to Combat Twin Killers: Tobacco and Obesity
From the Tampa Bay Times: In Pinellas County schools, “Students will earn a half-point less toward their grade-point average for earning an “A” in an honors class than for the same grade earned in more challenging Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and dual-enrollment courses. Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego brought the idea up a year ago after meeting with a group of high school students. The juniors and seniors suggested that honors classes be weighted less than more difficult courses. […] The state already requires that AP, IB and dual-enrollment be weighted the same, Grego said. School districts have discretion with honors classes. The School Board approved the change Tuesday with no discussion. It will apply to students who enter ninth grade in the 2014/15 school year. Current high school students won’t be affected.” The full story.
From Politico: “A Missouri state senator on Monday introduced legislation that could provide cover for businesses to deny service to same-sex couples. In Georgia, two versions of a similar bill in the state House and Senate are moving quickly through the Legislature. In Kansas, a similar bill already passed Republican-led House earlier this month. While those bills aren’t drawing the national attention of Arizona’s, they all aim to accomplish similar goals — giving businesses the ability to refuse service to customers based on religious beliefs. […] Legislation ensuring businesses can’t be sued for denying service to gay customers grew in popularity following well-reported cases like Hobby Lobby’s Obamacare exemption lawsuit, and a Colorado lawsuit in which a judge ordered a baker to provide a wedding cake for a gay couple or face fines. […] Arizona’s Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are among those who have encouraged Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the bill, SB 1062. The measure also threatens the state’s designation as host for the Super Bowl next year, and McCain has suggested it will hurt the state’s economy. Brewer has until Saturday to sign or veto the bill. She hasn’t indicated her intentions, except to say she will “do the right thing” for her state.” The full story.
- Meyerson: Arizona uses religion as a shield for bigotry
- Six Gay Couples and Equality Florida File Lawsuit in State Court Seeking Freedom to Marry
- ACLU to School Board: Sending 8th Grade Boy Home for Wearing Make-Up Is Not Lawful
- Provisions Of Arizona’s Proposed Anti-Gay Law (The Onion)
From the Guardian: “Adidas agreed on Tuesday to stop selling two raunchy T-shirts months ahead of the World Cup in Brazil after the government complained that they associated the country with sexual tourism. One shirt shows a bikini-clad woman with open arms on a sunny Rio de Janeiro beach under the words “Looking to Score”. The other has an “I love Brazil” heart resembling the upside-down buttocks of a woman wearing a thong bikini bottom. […] The shirt designs touched a nerve in Brazil, where people often complain about foreign stereotypes of Brazilian sensuality. Brazil’s government is campaigning aggressively to shed the country’s reputation as a destination for sex tourism. […] The shirts went on sale in Adidas shops in the US while Brazil is preparing to host the World Cup soccer tournament, which kicks off on 12 June. Adidas is one of the main sponsors of the event organised by soccer’s governing body, Fifa, and the maker of its official ball. Dilma Rousseff – Brazil’s first female president – said her government would crack down on sex tourism and the exploitation of children and adolescents during the ccompetition, which is expected to draw 600,000 foreign fans. […] The ministry of women’s affairs said the shirts were not just offensive to Brazilian women but exposed them to the “barbarism” of sexual predators. “This is all the more shocking in a country that just elected a women as its highest authority, which brought greater respect for women and zero tolerance for any form of violence against them,” a ministry statement said.” The full story.
- The Super Bowl and Sex Trafficking
- Predatory Human Traffickers Luring Teens and the Homeless as Cops Warn of Backyard Crisis
No, January, despite the cold spells in the eastern part of the United States, was the fourth-hottest on record globally. From NOAA: According to NOAA scientists, the globally-averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January 2014 was the highest since 2007 and the fourth highest for January since reliable record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 38th consecutive January and 347th consecutive month (almost 29 years) with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average January global temperature was January 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985. Most areas of the world experienced warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, with the most notable warmth across Alaska, western Canada, southern Greenland, south-central Russia, Mongolia, and northern China. Parts of southeastern Brazil and central and southern Africa experienced record warmth, contributing to the warmest January Southern Hemisphere land temperature departure on record at 2.03°F (1.13°C) above the 20th century average. Temperature departures were below the long-term average across the eastern half of the contiguous U.S, Mexico, and much of Russia. However, no regions of the globe were record cold.” Have a look:
- Temperatures Fall Less Than Feared, to 28 in Palm Coast; Freeze Warning Renewed Tonight
- Eulogy For a Tornado: Palm Coast Memorializes December Twister in Numbers and Kudos
From the Thrilling Detective Website:
It must be credibly motivated, both as to the original situation and the dénouement.
It must be technically sound as to the methods of murder and detection.
It must be realistic in character, setting and atmosphere. It must be about real people in a real world.
It must have a sound story value apart from the mystery element: i.e., the investigation itself must be an adventure worth reading.
It must have enough essential simplicity to be explained easily when the time comes.
It must baffle a reasonably intelligent reader.
The solution must seem inevitable once revealed.
It must not try to do everything at once. If it is a puzzle story operating in a rather cool, reasonable atmosphere, it cannot also be a violent adventure or a passionate romance.
It must punish the criminal in one way or another, not necessarily by operation of the law….If the detective fails to resolve the consequences of the crime, the story is an unresolved chord and leaves irritation behind it.
It must be honest with the reader.
From Bag News Notes: “Yes, sometimes the connection between one visual and another is so blatant, it commandeers our mental hard drive in connecting the dots. The pieces in play around that “mustache” are just too rich here – given the behavior of a shadow in combination with the presence of the Israeli Prime Minister, the German Chancellor and the infamy of that lip ornament. Of course, what raises the photo to “epic” is everything ironic that gets baked in also: the fact Bibi is projecting a Hitler vibe on a comparatively low alpha German chancellor, and a female one to boot. The fact Merkel’s gaze and profile is in the ballpark too. And the fact that Bibi, being his usual imposing self with that digit, is continuously evoking the Holocaust … and stands for nothing if not the triumph of the will.” See more. The image:
Wikipedia does an excellent play-by-play of the concerto: “The opening movement begins quietly with a march figure, but quickly moves to a more lyrical melody interspersed with a fanfare in the winds. The music grows abruptly in volume, with the violins taking up the principal melody over the march theme, which is now played by the brass. This uplifting theme transitions to a brief, quieter interlude distinguished by a sighing motif in the brass. The march returns, eventually transitioning to the entrance of the soloist. The soloist plays a brief Eingang (a type of abbreviated Cadenza) before resolving to a trill on the dominant G while the strings play the march in C major. The piano then introduces new material in C major and begins transitioning to the dominant key of G major. Immediately after an orchestral cadence finally announces the arrival of the dominant, the music abruptly shifts to G minor in a passage that is reminiscent of the main theme of the Symphony No. 40 in that key. A series of rising and falling chromatic scales then transition the music to the true second theme of the piece, an ebullient G major theme which Mozart had previously used in his Third Horn Concerto. The usual development and recapitulation follow. There is a cadenza at the end of the movement, although Mozart’s original has been lost.
The famous Andante is in three parts. The opening section is for orchestra only and features muted strings. The first violins play with a dreamlike melody over an accompaniment consisting of second violins and violas playing repeated-note triplets and the cellos and bass playing pizzicato arpeggios. All of the major melodic material of the movement is contained in this orchestral introduction, in either F major or F minor. The second section introduces the solo piano and starts off in F major. It is not a literal repeat, though, as after the first few phrases, new material is interjected which ventures off into different keys. When familiar material returns, the music is now in the dominant keys of C minor and C major. More new material in distant keys is added, which transitions to the third section of the movement. The third section begins with the dreamlike melody again, but this time in A-flat major. Over the course of this final section, the music makes it way back to the tonic keys of F minor and then F major and a short coda concludes the movement.
The final rondo movement begins with the full orchestra espousing a joyous “jumping” theme. After a short cadenza, the piano joins in and further elaborates. A “call and response” style is apparent, with the piano and ensemble exchanging parts fluidly. The soloist gets scale and arpeggio figurations that enhance the themes, as well as a short cadenza that leads right back to the main theme. The main theme appears one final time, leading to an upward rush of scales that ends on a triumphant note.