A Muppet Dies? Attention Grad Students, Did You Know? Corporate Greed Fueled by Lies, Counterintuitive Dating Experience


A Muppet Dies?

Some people seem to believe anything as long as it appears on the Internet. Www.snopes.com reported that a satiric entertainment site, Waterford Whispers News, posted an obituary of Muppet drummer Animal. This fake news piece generated as many tributes to Animal's alleged death as tributes written for Eagles' guitarist Glen Frey after Frey's actual death on Monday, January 18th.   No one, it seems, questioned how an inanimate hand puppet could die before posting online tributes. For more visit http://www.snopes.com/muppet-animal-death-hoax/. Does anyone want to buy The Brooklyn Bridge real cheap? I am willing to sell it.   Note: The Snopes website is a good source for finding out what constitutes truth and what constitutes satire. Were he alive today, Dean Swift would be very popular on the Internet. Who is Dean Swift, you ask? Look him up under 'A Modest Proposal.'

Attention Grad Students Studying Environmental Engineering, Especially Water Quality

Grad students pursuing academic degrees in environmental engineering or in water quality science may qualify for up to $5000 in scholarship help from the N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship Fund. February 29, 2016 is the closing date for the scholarship application. If interested, click on http://nywea.org/scholarship/NGKaul.cfm   to download the application form.

Did you Know…

That female farm operators totaled nearly one million in 2012? That number constitutes 30% of all U.S. farm operators. For more fun agricultural facts visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/24459862846/in/photostream/.

Corporate Greed Fueled by Lies

Takepart.com posted an article about the efforts Monsanto is taking to keep California from placing the herbicide glyphosate on the state list of carcinogens. California wants to add the weedkiller to its list of carcinogens as a result of the World Health Organization's findings that glyphosate is 'probably carcinogenic to humans.' It seems that Monsanto believes its investors' dividends are more important than the health of Americans. As William Bendix regularly observed in the 1940s and 1950s TV show, 'The Life of Riley,' 'What a revoltin' development this is.' To read more, visit http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/01/22/monsanto-california-lawsuit/.

In a related action, California State Attorney General Kamala Harris joined New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in investigating whether Exxon Mobil lied repeatedly to the public and to its shareholders about the risk to its business presented by global warming and climate change. The Attorneys General investigations will determine whether such actions constitute securities fraud and violation of environmental laws. According to documents already released, Exxon knew in the late 1970s that catastrophic global warming threatened its business. The company since then engaged in releasing disinformation and climate change denial to protect corporate profits. To read more about corporate wrongdoing visit http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/01/20/big-california-taking-exxonmobils-climate-cover. Are these examples of bad corporate behavior or just corporate business as usual?   No wonder corporate attorneys face high demand for their legal services.

Counter Intuitive Dating Experience?

The National Library of Medicine of the National Institute of Health recently released findings that teenage boys are as likely as teenage girls to experience dating violence. The violence includes physical as well as emotional abuse. The study indicates that girls corroborated violence reports by admitting to be perpetrators. While this report appears to be at variance with commonly held views on dating violence, the study makes clear that a significant number of boys suffer violence at the hands of their dating partners. In fact nearly 11 percent of boys reported receiving physical abuse compared to 8 percent of girls who reported violent experiences with date partners whom they dated 3 or more times during a calendar year. About 4 percent of both sexes reported physical injuries. To read more about these surprising research results, visit https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_156981.html. And so it goes.