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Is Facebook and other social media becoming a necessity for the homeless?
An Ohio researcher thinks so. Art Jipson, an associated sociology professor at the University of Dayton, says the homeless may not have a place to live, but the one possession that's becoming somewhat indispensable is a phone to connect on social networks.
"Our posts become the commercial property of corporations that will do everything possible to generate revenue in the form of value for the company and stockholders rather than for the users," Jipson said. "But, for homeless users of social media - which is a growing population - the value is for the online community itself, which is very egalitarian."
Jipson's inspiration for the project came by happenstance. Also a researcher of the sociology of music, Jipson has a weekly radio show on the campus radio station, WUDR. When Jipson asked for one caller's name and location, he was surprised to find the caller was homeless but has a cell phone. Jipson later contacted the caller and found he used the phone for social media - checking and writing messages on Facebook and Twitter.
He also found Facebook was necessary to solve practical problems -- the next meal or a warm place to sleep.
He also found homeless people who are tired of defending the fact they've got a cellphone.
"Why can't I be on Facebook?," asked one subject in the study. "I have as much right to that as anyone else. Just because I am homeless does not mean that I don't care about this stuff, you know? My family is on Facebook. My friends are on Facebook. People who care about me are on Facebook."(5 Comments)
The "I'm not saying, I'm just saying" style of commentary does not lend itself well to Twitter. Just ask Sen. Dan Hall who tweeted this last night...
The insinuation is pretty clear although in the aftermath of some reaction -- even within his own party -- the senator went literal with the explanation.
His defense is that he didn't actually say people who are against the same-sex marriage ban aren't patriotic.
— Dan Hall (@SenatorDanHall) August 21, 2012
@johnkriesel Everyone seems touchy when I give them my observation. U read into it what U want, but no one is calling anyone unpatriotic.
The National Transportation Safety Board today released its docket of last September's P-51 crash at the Reno Air Races that killed the pilot and 10 spectators.
Today's information release does not contain any conclusions, although most of the evidence released continues to point to a structural problem with the modified airplane.
Still, this assessment from the autopsy of the 74-year-old pilot, Jimmy Leeward, may provide an indication of one of the area's the NTSB will look at when it holds a final hearing on the investigation.
There was a large amount of ethanol in the pilot's body, the toxicology report said, and it's unclear how it got there...
Ethanol, 58 mg/dL, and methanol, 234 mg/dL (or 2.34 mg/ml), were detected in muscle. No other drugs or chemicals were detected in muscle. Carbon monoxide and cyanide were not assayed as blood was not submitted for analysis.
Additional detail regarding the above detected drugs from FAA/CAMI Forensic Toxicology's WebDrugs (http://jag.cami.jccbi.gov/toxicology/):Ethanol is produced postmortem in the putrefaction process. Ethanol is also a social drug. It is a central nervous system depressant and after ingestion and absorption is distributed throughout all body tissues and fluids. FAR Section 91.17 (a) prohibits any person from acting or attempting to act as a crewmember of a civil aircraft while having 0.040 g/dL (40.0 mg/dL) or more alcohol in the blood.
Methanol is produced postmortem, along with ethanol and other alcohols, in the putrefaction process. Methanol, commonly known as wood alcohol, is metabolized to formaldehyde. If ingested, the toxic and lethal levels of methanol are 10 mg/ml and 150 mg/ml, respectively.
Additional information provided by the NTSB IIC:The fuel used by the accident aircraft did not contain ethanol or methanol. The accident aircraft had a modified "boil‐off" cooling system that contained methanol. There were alcohol (i.e., ethanol) containing beverages in the box seat area of the viewing stands where the accident aircraft impacted the ground. The accident aircraft accelerometer saturated at greater than 9 +Gz in less than one second during the initial part of the accident sequence.SUMMARY: This 74 year old male accident pilot died of multiple blunt force injuries on September 16, 2011, after the aircraft he was racing crashed into the box seating area killing 10 spectators. During the initial part of the accident sequence, the accident aircraft accelerometer saturated at greater than 9 +Gz in less than one second. His Class 2 medical certificate had been issued 18 months previously with no limitations. No disqualifying medical, psychiatric, drug or alcohol conditions, or medication use were admitted to by the accident pilot or identified by the AME at the time of the examination with the exception of alprostadil (Caverject) used rarely for erectile dysfunction. The AME further noted that the accident pilot seemed to be in good health. The accident pilot did however have hyperlipidemia and an elevated homocysteine level for which he had been prescribed atorvastatin, ezetimibe, aspirin, and Metanx. None of these medications were identified in the postmortem toxicological analysis. Ethanol and methanol were however identified in muscle on postmortem toxicology.
You can find the entire docket here.
Where on earth did Rep. Todd Akin get the idea that rape victims rarely get pregnant? Right here on earth, probably -- Minnesota.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch says Akin may have gotten the information from a 1972 paper authored by Dr. Fred Mecklenburg, a former professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
In Mecklenburg's original article, he wrote that pregnancy resulting from rape "is extremely rare," and cited as an example the city of Buffalo, N.Y., which had not seen "a pregnancy from confirmed rape in over 30 years." Other cities -- Chicago, Washington, St. Paul -- also had experienced lengthy spells without a rape-caused pregnancy, Mecklenburg wrote.
The reasons were numerous: Not all rapes result in "a completed act of intercourse," Mecklenburg wrote, adding that it was "improbable" that a rape would occur "on the 1-2 days of the month in which the woman would be fertile."
Mecklenburg's third reason seems to have been picked up by Akin.
A woman exposed to the trauma of rape, Mecklenburg wrote, "will not ovulate even if she is 'scheduled' to."
(h/t: Matt Sepic)