Can you take a “body blow”? There are so many questions related to the evolution of the human body that it can be easy to speculation about things like why we have collar bones or hair in certain places. Another kind of body blow is related to the physical mistreatment of humans via the terrorism of authorities aimed at the masses, and the general mistreatment of people on an ongoing basis as an accepted practice. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss a multitude of topics, from the nature of the universe and the human body to terrorism and social issues.
Topics discussed include the scene in “men in Black” where the characters are told that the key to the galaxy is on Orion’s Belt, Brian Greene’s TED Talk about the multiverse and string theory, evolution, why humans have collar bones, why humans have hair in certain places on the body, a man who tried to invert his penis while living with tribal people, gay versus transgender, the scene from Friday After Next when Katt Williams’ character has Damon’s balls in a grip, t NYC’s “Stop and frisk” data showing that whites are more likely to carry drugs and guns than Blacks r Hispanics, a security person in a Chicago high school pushing a student down the stairs and punching her in the face, Morgan Freeman falling asleep during a press junket for the movie “Now You See Me”, Louisiana possibly letting students take classes from private corporations and non-profits at taxpayer expense, an aspiring rapper being held without bond for some rap lyrics he posted on Facebook, the song “Blow Up” by J-Cole as an example of rap lyrics that are along the lines of what the young man posted on Facebook, a terrorism expert saying that we are at the perfect balance between freedom and security in the U.S., and more!
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- Discussion about the scene in “men in Black” where the characters are told that the key to the galaxy is on Orion’s Belt.
- How could the key to the galaxy be on a star to begin with?
- Discussion about the idea that we could be some small part of some other beings’ living.
- Brian Greene gave an awesome TED Talk about the multiverse and string theory.
- What we see right now is a snapshot of the past. You cannot talk about all of this without talking about the nature of space, time, and reality, because it is all connected.
- Discussion about why humans have collar bones.
- Discussion about evolution. The universe doesn’t say, “This is the purpose of this thing…” It is just there and it works.
- Why do we have hair on our heads and under our arms? It is easy to see why it is under the arms or in private areas, but why under the arms?
- Heit theorizes that the reason humans have pubic hair is for reasons of population control. Cheri disagrees…
- Discussion about a man who tried to invert his penis while living with a tribe.
- Discussion about gay verses transgender.
- Further discussion about inverting the penis.
- Discussion about the scene from Friday After Next when Katt Williams’ charater has Damon’s balls in a grip.
- Discussion about NYC’s “Stop and frisk” data showing that whites are more likely to carry drugs and guns than Blacks r Hispanics.
Data compiled by the New York Police Department as a result of the city’s controversial focus on stop-and-frisk measures has shown that those suspects who were white were more often to be found in possession of weapons and drugs.
The analysis of 2012 statistics provided by the Public Advocate’s office shows that the likelihood that an African American detained for search would be found in possession of a weapon was half that of a white person.
Specifically, the New York Police Department uncovered a weapon in one out of every 49 stops of white New Yorkers, while for Latinos a weapon was found for every 71 stops, and for African Americans that number was 93 stops.
Meanwhile, the likelihood that a stop of an African American New Yorker would yield contraband was one-third less than that of white New Yorkers stopped.
The NYPD uncovered contraband in one out every 43 stops of white New Yorkers. By contrast, it took the Department 57 stops of Latinos and 61 stops of African Americans to uncover contraband.
Recent testimony by several New York police officers in connection to a lawsuit allege that the department regularly targets young black men and other minorities, which are judged by an arbitrary notion of “reasonable suspicion.”
Further, the stop-and-frisk practice is allegedly tied to quotas by which superiors measure success rates over the city’s police precincts.
In March, following evidence provided by a leaked recording, Officer Pedro Serrano, an 8-year veteran of the New York Police Department testified that during a meeting with Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormick he was told in no uncertain terms what individuals to focus his duties on.
“I don’t have any trouble telling you this: male blacks 14 to 20, 21,” said McCormick.
Serrano’s testimony was presented as part of Floyd v. City of New York, in which four plaintiffs claim they were racially profiled by the NYPD. Four other police officers presented evidence for the prosecution.
- Discussion about a security person in Chicago high school pushing a student down the stairs and punching her in the face.
A former prosecutor representing a Chicago family said he anticipates criminal charges will be filed against a school security officer who was captured on cell phone video being aggressive with a student.
Chicago Public Schools officials said they removed the employee from duty following the Tuesday incident. Video appeared to show him throwing the female student down the stairs at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and punching her in the face.
“Seeing this video, it boiled my blood,” said attorney Mark Sutter. “[It] made me wish I was a prosecutor again because I would love to prosecute this man for doing what he did to this young child.”
The video was first published to the website WorldStarHipHop.com with the title “Caught On Cell Phone: Chicago School Security Guard Pushes Female Student Down Staircase & Then Decks Her In The Face For Allegedly Putting Hands On Him!” In it, 16-year-old Lauren Goodlow is seen lying on the floor. She was approached by a woman who appears to be a teacher or administrator at the South Side school. Goodlow then stood up and moves toward the guard. The guard appears to punch Goodlow in the face.
“I broke down crying because I couldn’t believe that a staff member at a school would treat a child like that,” said the girl’s mother, Pershaun Goodlow.
A second video showing more of the scuffle was released Friday.
Source: NBC Chicago
- We know that the student would be in jail if she had punched him and threw him down the stairs. Why is he not in jail?
- Discussion about Morgan Freeman falling asleep during a press junket for the movie “Now You See Me.
- Morgan Freeman released a statement about the incident, and said that he wasn’t sleeping, but was updating his Facebook page as a beta tester for Google Eyelids.
- Discussion about how actors have to repeat the same interview over and over.
- Discussion about Louisiana possibly letting students take classes from private corporations and non-profits at taxpayer expense.
Louisiana’s schools chief vowed on Friday to push ahead with a plan to let students take classes from private firms and nonprofits at taxpayers’ expense, despite a legal setback and objections from some educators.
The Course Choice plan, which goes far beyond any other U.S. school program in letting families customize a child’s education, had been thrown into doubt after the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that Louisiana could not divert money meant for public schools to private organizations.
State Superintendent of Education John White said he would fund the program – which was passed by the Republican-dominated legislature in 2012 – from his department’s general budget instead, squeezing out an estimated $2 million by cutting back expenses such as staff travel.
Under the program, kindergarten through 12th grade students can sign up for free classes on scores of topics, ranging from remedial reading to heavy equipment operation. The classes, both online and in person, are offered by an eclectic lineup of unions, nonprofits and for-profit companies. The state picks up the tab, which averages $700 per class.
“The purpose of Course Choice is to provide every family in Louisiana with an education that meets the exact needs and interests of their child,” White said.
Even for online classes, local schools would have to provide classroom space and proctors to monitor the children. Public schools would remain accountable for students’ scores on state tests, even if key subjects like math and reading were taken from private vendors.
Those conditions outraged Janice Williams, superintendent of Claiborne Parish schools, who has directed her principals to try to block children from enrolling. “Course Choice is going to destroy public education as we once knew it,” she said.
Officials in other school districts have also rejected many applications for Course Choice enrollments, saying some appear to be fraudulent or wildly inappropriate – a first grader signing up for high school Latin, for instance.
Two of the most aggressive recruiters, FastPath Learning and SmartStart Education LLC, promise students free tablets that they say are necessary to take the courses.
Those companies also charge among the highest tuition fees. Louisiana has agreed to pay them up to $1,370 for each course, half when the student begins work and half at completion.
Under a pilot “pay for results” program, half of the final payment for FastPath is withheld pending state math and reading tests. The company is paid only if its students perform better on state standardized tests than other children on average in the neighborhood.
- This is a good idea, but there is an issue with the idea that the courses are given by private corporations. The government should be able to do this so that taxpayers are not funding the privatization of schools. At some point these private corps can begin to exclude certain groups of students.
- Discussion about an aspiring rapper being held without bond for some rap lyrics he posted on Facebook.
A judge denied bail on Friday to a Massachusetts teenager who was arrested on terrorism charges after posting lyrics on his Facebook page suggesting he could do worse than the Boston Marathon bombers.
Cameron D’Ambrosio, an 18-year-old aspiring rapper from Methuen, about 30 miles north of Boston, was arrested on May 1 after he posted a note on his Facebook page that included the words “a boston bombinb wait till u see the shit I do.”
D’Ambrosio was charged with “communicating terrorist threats” and faces as many as 20 years in prison if he is convicted.
D’Ambrosio’s lawyer and his family members argued at a bail review hearing this week that the teenager, who has also posted several expletive-laden rap videos online, posed no immediate threat and should be granted bail.
A judge at the Massachusetts Superior Court denied the request.
- Discussion about the idea of alleged terrorists being “self-radicalized”.
- These people who are proponents of keeping this young man locked up have no understanding of rap music whatsoever.
- Discussion of the song “Blow Up” by J-Cole as an example of rap lyrics that are along the lines of what the young man posted on Facebook.
- Discussion about a terrorism expert saying that we are at the perfect balance between freedom and security in the U.S.
- Discussion about coming to an understanding that terrorist attacks will happen no matter how many precautions are taken–something is bound to get through security eventually.
- Killer cops should be sent to Gitmo…
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