“The Voice of Spring.” D.L. Glover, Sc. from The Poetical Works of Felicia Hemans. Complete in One Volume. With a Memoir, By Mrs. L. H. Sigourney. A New Edition, from the Last London Edition, with all the Introductory Notes. Elegantly Illustrated from Original Designs. New York: W. I. Pooley, 1868.
Among the few segments to be recorded and distributed of the so-called “Basement Tapes” made by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold is one that mentions a “Rachel.” It is not entirely clear who is saying what in versions that made their way onto the internet, but the usual attribution seems to be:
Dylan: I don’t like you, Rachel and Jen, you’re stuck up little bitches, you’re fucking little Christian, godly little whores. Eric: Yeah. I love Jesus. I love Jesus. Shut the fuck up. Dylan: What would Jesus do? What the fuck would I do? (He mimics shooting sounds.) Eric: I would shoot you in the motherfucking head. Go Romans. Thank God they crucified that asshole. Eric and Dylan: Go Romans. Go Romans. Yeah.
Both Eric and Dylan were in photography and video class with Rachel Scott, so they certainly did know who she was. Multiple reports after the massacre also pointed out that Dylan and Rachel had been in school together since kindergarten. TIME Magazine, in its seven-page story “Portrait of a Deadly Bond,” by Eric Pooley in the issue of May 10, 1999 included the following about Rachel and Dylan. Introducing Rachel as “a beatific presence at the high school who hoped to become a missionary,” the paragraph continued:
After she had been buried, some of Scott’s classmates recalled a talent show last year in which she did a mime dance portraying Simon of Cryene, who carried Jesus’ cross along part of the Via Dolorosa. Midway through the performance the music cut out, leaving her stranded. The guy in the sound booth, who obviously liked her, scrambled to hook up a reserve tape deck in time to save her performance. The sound guy was Klebold. How does the same boy have fun carrying out the massacre that took her life?
Felicia Dorothea Hemans (25 September 1793 – 16 May 1835)
From our stacks: Illustrations 1. The Harp of Wales 2. The Last Tree of the Forest 3. The Hebrew Mother 4. title page from The Poetical Works of Felicia Hemans. Complete in One Volume. With a Memoir, By Mrs. L. H. Sigourney. A New Edition, from the Last London Edition, with all the Introductory Notes. Elegantly Illustrated from Original Designs. New York: W. I. Pooley, 1868.
*At the rate things are going, these wicked old men might be glad to be in a nice safe white-collar prison instead of a climate-crisis refugee camp.
The following is the text of a letter written by a number of scientists asking for a federal investigation of climate science denial under the RICO statute.
Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren
September 1, 2015
Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren,
As you know, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are convinced about the potentially serious adverse effects of human-induced climate change on human health, agriculture, and biodiversity. We applaud your efforts to regulate emissions and the other steps you are taking. Nonetheless, as climate scientists we are exceedingly concerned that America’s response to climate change – indeed, the world’s response to climate change – is insufficient. The risks posed by climate change, including increasing extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increasing ocean acidity – and potential strategies for addressing them – are detailed in the Third National Climate Assessment (2014), Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The stability of the Earth’s climate over the past ten thousand years contributed to the growth of agriculture and therefore, a thriving human civilization. We are now at high risk of seriously destabilizing the Earth’s climate and irreparably harming people around the world, especially the world’s poorest people.
We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool – recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change. The actions of these organizations have been extensively documented in peerreviewed academic research (Brulle, 2013) and in recent books including: Doubt is their Product (Michaels, 2008), Climate Cover-Up (Hoggan & Littlemore, 2009), Merchants of Doubt (Oreskes & Conway, 2010), The Climate War (Pooley, 2010), and in The Climate Deception Dossiers (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2015). We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call for a RICO investigation.
The methods of these organizations are quite similar to those used earlier by the tobacco industry. A RICO investigation (1999 to 2006) played an important role in stopping the tobacco industry from continuing to deceive the American people about the dangers of smoking. If corporations in the fossil fuel industry and their supporters are guilty of the misdeeds that have been documented in books and journal articles, it is imperative that these misdeeds be stopped as soon as possible so that America and the world can get on with the critically important business of finding effective ways to restabilize the Earth’s climate, before even more lasting damage is done.
Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Edward Maibach, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Paul Dirmeyer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Barry Klinger, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Paul Schopf, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (continued on page 2) Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren David Straus, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Edward Sarachik, University of Washington, Seattle, WA Michael Wallace, University of Washington, Seattle, WA Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland, College Park, MD William Lau, University of Maryland, College Park, MD Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO T.N. Krishnamurti, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Vasu Misra, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Ben Kirtman, University of Miami, Miami, FL Robert Dickinson, University of Texas, Austin, TX Michela Biasutti, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY Mark Cane, Columbia University, New York, NY Lisa Goddard, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY Alan Betts, Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT
October 30, 1938: Orson Well broadcasts his radio play of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, causing mass panic across the United States.
In a study published in book form as The Invasion from Mars (1940), Princeton professor Hadley Cantril calculated that some six million people heard “The War of the Worlds” broadcast. He estimated that 1.7 million listeners believed it to be true, and 1.2 million were sincerely frightened. Media historians Jefferson Pooley and Michael Socolow have since concluded, however, that Cantril’s study has serious flaws. Its estimate of the program’s audience is more than twice as high as any other at the time. Cantril himself conceded this, but argued that unlike Hooper his estimate had attempted to capture the significant portion of the audience that did not have home telephones at that time. Since those respondents were contacted only after the media frenzy, Cantril allowed that their recollections could have been influenced by what they read in the newspapers. Claims that Chase and Sanborn Hour (a show airing at the same time as War of the Worlds) listeners who missed the disclaimer at the beginning when they turned to CBS during a commercial break or musical performance on that show and thus mistook “The War of the Worlds” for a real broadcast inflated the show’s audience and the ensuing alleged panic are impossible to substantiate.
Stuff about ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ It’s just like, actually people live normal lives here and do normal things. That sort of cultural ignorance is a bit cringeworthy. There’s a lyric about 'death in every tear,’ it’s just a bit much. …
Last week’s blue moon, which actually wasn’t blue, was a spectacular and rare view. The last sighting of the blue moon was in 2012. Due to this occurrence, we were able to witness the rare of occurrence or two full moons in a month. If you missed this year’s blue moon, you will have to wait until 2018 to see this astronomical beauty lurk from the shadows once more.
Below are some stunning images of the blue moon from Prague to New York City.
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