Sorry everyone. This is finals week for me. I may be even more absent this week than I was last week.
Let me tell you about law school finals...At least at Cooley, our finals are 100% of our grades. I remember when we started, they told my class that we basically have 3 hours each term to prove why we still deserve to be there. Welp. They are usually at least half essay. Anyway, this week I'll be spending every free moment that I am not at work with my studies.
I had a final today, one tomorrow, one Saturday and one on Sunday. I'm glad they are spread out, not so glad I have weekend finals for weekday classes, but oh well.
KMo and MStine sent me these current events on Friday, and I am just now posting them. Sorry about that. Enjoy!
The wait is over....time for your weekly Current Events re-cap!! But first I have to give a shout out to my home state UConn Huskies on their 3rd NCAA National Championship in 13 years!! (If you’re reading this Kemba Walker, I’m single.) Let’s also give a congrats to
for making it to the championship game for the 2nd year in a row…no easy task! And while you may be 0-2 in titles games, you’re winning in the “Hottest Coach in All of College Basketball” category, so let’s turn those frowns upside down! Butler
1.) More debris from 2009 Air
crash found France
about plane crashes is a (morbid) fascination of mine, so this is right up my alley. I really just love all things having to do with flight/space exploration/etc. Who went to Space Camp & played a role in the failure of her group’s shuttle mission? You’re looking at her. Now obviously I don’t want any type of disaster to happen, but unfortunately they do & how investigators are able to piece together what caused them has always interested me. Did you know, it was 1 little piece of rubber that caused the Challenger explosion?…insanity! Finding remains of the Air France crash 2 years later was miraculous, but unless investigators are able to find the ‘black box’ (which are actually bright orange); we may never know what caused the crash. Reading
K. Mo: I never knew that Melissa went to space camp. I’m actually pretty jealous. I always wanted to go, but instead I spent my summers attempting to swim and snorkel in the little Jacuzzi we had on the back patio. It seems pretty crazy that something as small as a piece of rubber or one little crack in a plane can cause mass destruction. It’s like a fun little reminder that humans will never be as smart as they think they are! I hope they find the black box because nothing annoys me more than an unsolved mystery!
2.) Government Shutdown
M.Stine: My hatred of politics just grows by the second. This whole budget fiasco is not actually about the dollars and cents (ha!); it’s about ideological differences…despite what Mr. Too Tan Boehner & the GOP want you to believe. The main reason this has not been solved is because Republicans have attached riders to the budget bill repealing federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which annually gets around $330 million dollars. Cutting the funding for PP would eliminate a grand .0087%, so this move was not to ‘trim the budget’; it is because PP provides abortion services. And let’s just remember that PP cannot use any federal dollars towards abortion services. By eliminating their funding, you’re cutting their ability to provide other basic health care services for women, as PP is the primary health care provider for many women across the country. So how about we save this culture war for another day, and get a budget passed to avoid a shutdown.
K.Mo: I’m loving the news sites coverage of this possible shutdown. I think many would agree that a government shutdown is a pretty serious event (I qualify serious as anything that will cost the tax payers $$), and yet the news sites are marking the occasion with countdown clocks on their websites. You know, like the ones Dick Clark uses while hosting his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Party.” I only started following politics within the last few years. Up until then, I lived in a blissfully ignorant world where I didn’t even bother to look at my pay stubs to look at how much money was being taken out for taxes; what I didn’t know couldn’t hurt me. I sort of wish I could go back to that life. But sadly, there’s no turning back now. Here’s a quick summary about what I have learned: Politicians are in it for their own good, no matter what other nonsense they may spew about being “for the people.” Do they really care about a balanced budget? I’m going to go with no. They care about arguing, nitpicking, and making the other side look bad. Well, congratulations Republicans and Democrats, you have both succeeded in making yourselves look like whiney children that would be picked last for dodge ball. Your mother’s would be proud!
3.) Beer fast for Lent
Erin is loving going vegan for Lent, but this plan sounds so much better! Bud Light for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a bonus weight-loss? Count me in! I love that J. Wilson’s boss is so supportive & lets him drink at work, it would never happen in my office (though it really should.) But let’s say I decide to attempt this for Lent next year (because I’m so good at restricting myself from food), would I be able to have extra beers when I went out on the weekend? Or am I only allowed my “dinner” beer? I should write J-Wil to see what the rules/regulations are for a beer fast, because obviously I would want to be authentic like the German monks.
As “Justalilbite.com” devotees (Hi, Caitlin & Alicia) may have noticed, many of the stories we pick are just awful & destroy our faith in humanity and this one is no different. Honestly, how do school kids even get on the bus in the morning anymore? School is supposed to be for learning & goofing off! It’s obvious that this Wellington Oliveira had psychological issues his entire life, but did not receive the treatment he should have. Sadly, this is not the first time someone with mental health problems turned murderous, and (not to be the pessimist!) it won’t be the last.