spotlight on community-ization. by- adventureclubviral

hula hoop sunset

Headline: Community Out of Print and Globalization.  by- adventureclubviral

bored with the headlines, i took a sunset walk after work. by chance, i took a seat in perfect view of a new friend of mine at the beach. only the night before i shared sushi rolls with her and mutual friends of ours. she regaled us about her afternoon learning how to hula hoop- to my astonishment- it was something she had never tried before. i liked that she randomly stumbled upon a group of people, borrowed a hula hoop and tried something new. i liked that i saw her the next day doing it again.

so i have come to figure. the current events of a community are not always what you read about today or what is written for tomorrow. neither are they necessarily the events you buy tickets for, nor plan your week around. communities are about sharing events with other people. the adventure is in learning new things and meeting new people. and i suppose the more things you know and the people you connect with, the smaller the world becomes.

after the sunset, i approached that silhouette of hips, hair and hula hoop that was my new friend. i picked up a hula hoop myself. she said to me, “after i master the hula hoop, i will learn to sing the blues.”

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current events: spotlight on globalization

I.S.4-do you feel a mixture or an absence-SE saturday headlines- GLOBALIZATION

no longer just a theory in power politics. no longer a term reserved for think tanks to consider. globalization is about access to information. modern technology and communication make information- economic, cultural or political- available instantaneously. virtual travel makes the physical borders between nations seem irrelevant. headlines are read by the billions. this is what the current events assignment is about: considering the interconnectedness of all things- events, people, places. what you read and what you write has exponential potential. the consequences are global.

current events: spotlight on daylight savings (& general disdain for news) -by theStephALA

i don’t like reading the newspaper. i don’t like how it feels on my fingers, i don’t like the oversized pages and i don’t like having to search for the remainder of an article.

for this assignment, i did try “reading” though a local paper-2 in fact-and came up with a reaffirmation of a fact i already knew: i don’t like the “news” in general. it is too depressing and upsetting…death, destruction, corruption, money woes…these seem to be the current topics.

i tried to read but instead i found myself skimming and skipping and completely avoiding the currents events printed before me. i flipped the oversized dirty pages back and forth searching for something worth reading but after a sentence or two i moved on, afraid to commit to a futile story. my goal changed from finding and responding to specific news topics each day this week to successfully reading one newspaper article, start to finish. i finally found a story i could relate to that didn’t make me want to cry: daylight savings time.

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seeing as though daylight savings time begins tomorrow, the above article caught my eye, and i must admit i learned a thing or two! did you know that congress started officially regulating time in 1966? that sounds quite presumptuous and unnecessary to me. i have never been a fan of daylight savings and i’m even less of a fan now after reading Jennifer Napier-Pearce’s article in the Salt Lake Tribune. daylight savings time does interfere with our biological rhythms, not only effecting our sleep patterns and creating some grumpy mornings while adjusting, but also contributing to a rise in auto accidents and hearts attacks in the days following the time change.

why do we continue to participate and how did those lucky bastards in arizona and hawaii get out of this daylight savings time tyrannical conspiracy? how indeed…

spotlight on opinion. by- adventureclubviral

spotlight on opinion

Headline: $15.5 million dollar settlement has been reached to compensate a New Mexico man for his treatment behind bars. by- adventureclubviral

on the channel 6 news- stephen slevin was arrested for drunk driving but never convicted in 2005. he was placed in solitary confinement and basically ignored for two years. above are his before and after pictures. so the channel 6 news asks- what do you think?

i think that imprisonment of the innocent is the ultimate tragedy in a society for the people by the people. it is the ultimate opposition to everything the justice system is based upon. time and money are of different currencies. there is no such thing as being repaid or rewarded fairly for such mistakes. no lessons learned. this epitomizes a total failure of the system.

 

book club book + current events

eva lunamarch book club excerpt: they were, in fact, suspicious of the paper money that today was worth something and tomorrow might be withdrawn from circulation… printed paper that could vanish if you turned your back. they preferred coins, which at least weighed in the pocket, rang on the counter, and shone as real money should.

regarding current events: will we really get rid of the penny? it costs two and a half cents in raw materials to make a penny. based on average wages, it takes an american worker two seconds to earn a penny. but really, do you think we will get rid of the penny?

march book club excerpt: in many places people did not learn of the overthrow of the dictatorship, because, among other things, they had not known that the general was in power all those years. they lived on the periphery of current events. all ages of history co-exist in this immoderate geography. while in the capital entrepreneurs conduct business affairs by telephone with associates in other cities on the globe, there are regions in the Andes where standards of human behavior are those introduced five centuries earlier… and in some jungle villages men roam naked…like their ancestors in the stone age…

writing about current events: i bookmarked this page of eva luna and returned to it several times. the writing has a melody to me. only the great authors can write in melodies, especially in a work of fiction. although written about a time and place, decades ago, only the great authors can use the “timeless tense” as i like to think this excerpt was written in. she writes of events in the past, as current events in her fictional present and what is written is the truth of things- still relevant to (us) readers of the future.

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eva luna by isabel allende was a masterpiece! it was the best book i have read in quite awhile. i recommend it to adventure seekers everywhere.

current events: spotlight on the community

lifestyle headlines friday headlines- THE COMMUNITY

take a look at the bigger picture through a local lens. for the adventureclubinteractive current events assignment today- focus on the headlines concerning your community. explore the classifieds, the local sports teams statistics, the mayors latest proposals. read the police blotter, the dear abby’s or the entire weather report. peruse the events around town and go to see that local musician or that visiting theatre group. share your reflections.

pay attention to the present. invite your awareness to the wider world. catch up with the current of events. view details about the current events assignment.

spotlight on education. by- adventureclubviral

Headline: Funding Higher Education in Prisons. by- adventureclubviral.

Education is the difference between a life of crime and a productive life?

the state of washington recently proposed a house bill to allow the state department of corrections reallocation of existing education funds to include higher education.

there are many reasons people support proposals like this. education in prison seems to correlate with a reduction in the rate of recidivism- which translates into an overall reduction of crime. former prisoners with a degree have better employment opportunities- which means increased chances for success while trying to integrate back into society. on the inside, directors and teachers note that student prisoners are better behaved, and are made human again by engaging in the structure and cognitive challenges that academia provides.

for both taxpayers and state officials though, the cost of higher education in prison draws deep dividing lines. right now in washington state, federal grants and other private resources are what pay for in-prison degree programs. a lot of voters will look at this bill and immediately oppose that their money go into education for criminals. simply put and hard to argue- especially as public education for our children continues to suffer. further evidence shows the average cost per year per prisoner is in the ballpark of $20,000, whereas the annual cost of a student lucky enough to attend a state college is below $10,000. taking what they will from these sorts of statistics, voters are not overly eager about financial support for the incarcerated. anyway- this particular legislation is not about extracting more money from taxpayers- it is about making available already existing funds to the correctional institutions- empowering those with the jobs to rehabilitate, correct, and prepare prisoners to function in society upon release.

i find it an interesting cycle. many of those that end up in prison are the failures of education in the first place. the uneducated, the poor and the racial minorities dominate the population behind bars in this country. and although they are removed from society to repent for their crimes- they are supposed to be in an environment of correction. notorious is the expression holding cell- and really- are we turning the locks and turning our backs all the same? prison is not a black hole of punishment from which there is no return. if it was- we should just lock them up and throw away the key. rather, prison is an interim. a time and space for criminals to rehabilitate because eventually they will be released. prisons are crowded and dangerous- obstacles enough for those who try to clean themselves up and prepare for another chance at the real world. but 70% of them will end up going out and committing another crime and half of them will end up back in prison within three years. education might be a bright light in a dim place.

also worth mentioning in this cycle is that there are plenty of parents among those incarcerated. when they reunite with them upon release are they able to set any better example to their children? imagine children that are proud of a father for his college level achievements in prison. imagine they are inspired to take their own education more seriously and want to attend college themselves. it might not be such a stretch.

i have always found tragic comedy in the fact that some people might actually consider prison a place of comfort. the state provides a bed, three meals, a television, a library, maybe some protection from a life on the streets and yeah maybe even a shot at college. the disparity is sad and true. anyway…

current events: spotlight on opinion

 opinion headlinethursday headlines- OPINON

listen to somebody voice their opinion on the radio. watch a group of somebodies defend or make an attack of their opinions on television. read between the lines of an opinion article. turn it upside down and inside out. express your opinion of an opinion.

pay attention to the present. invite your awareness to the wider world. catch up with the current of events. view details about the current events assignment.

current events: spotlight on youth and education

education headline wednesday headlines- YOUTH AND EDUCATION

one of the most controversial topics of all time- whether newsworthy and notable, hopeless or progressive, frustrating yet inspiring- is education.  speak to anyone, read anything, research to the ends of the earth, through the annals of history… and you will probably realize that education is a timeless question and its solution is a consistently inconsistent topic of current events. report on something regarding the education of today for the youth that is our future.

pay attention to the present. invite your awareness to the wider world. catch up with the current of events. view details about the current events assignment.

spotlight on religion. by- adventureclubviral

religion headline responseHeadline: U.S. Catholics see a Church out of Touch.  by- adventureclubviral.

how important is the papacy to U.S. Catholics? not as important as it used to be, according to the recent new york times poll. even as the world awaits a new pope it is possible to remain impassive about who he is and what his teachings are. it seems that so many of the “difficult moral questions” at stake aren’t those to which the pope can ultimately answer.

many Catholics reject much of the dogma. the church’s stance- whether on gay marriage, birth control or female priests- doesn’t matter to those Catholics that prefer to pick and choose. according to the poll, sixty three percent of Catholics are in favor of legalizing gay marriage which is interestingly higher than Americans as a whole- only fifty three percent.

there must be something said of the practicing of religion at the convenience of ones own conscience but still considering oneself among the faithful. i have heard the term loyal opposition but to me it just seems to reflect mild indifference. and who can blame them? people adapt to their societies, knee deep in the trenches, so to speak. and they view the pope as an ancient, distant figure on a paternal throne, dictating lives of which they have no experience living.

where exactly do holy Catholic values meet with with american moral rights? where do religious teachings intersect with modern issues? where does the church end and the state begin? and to what model of bridging the gaps can the faithful rely on when love thy neighbor turns into abuse young boys?