Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…
There was ‘Mad Men’, of course, but now, the Walking Dead are on Castle too. Zombies are cool
Castle to Meet The Walking Dead: First Look!: Before we look ahead to the Castle season finale (which will feature a surprising return) or to Castle Season 5 (which will focus on some fun between our favorite investigative duo), this ABC hit will make like the biggest show on cable. That’s right, the April 30 installment of Castle (titled “Undead Again”) will bring out The Walking Dead, or so it’s believed by the only witness to the crime of a dead man found with bite marks on his body. Was he really the victim of a zombie attack?!? Click through the following episode photos to get a look at Castle and Beckett looking into New York’s undead subculture in an attempt to find the culprit [tvfanatic/Matt Richenthal/10 Apr 2012]
‘The Walking Dead’ Promotes Lauren Cohan To Regular: TVLine is reporting that Lauren Cohan has been bumped up to the main cast of “The Walking Dead” season 3; which should mean an increased role for Cohan’s Maggie Green next season as well as Cohan’s name in the opening credits. [craveonline/Blair Marnell/10 Apr 2012]
It’s an older story, but it’s nice to see it in the news again. There are of course more recent heroic efforts, like bringing in relief supplies to Haiti via the Dominican Republic: Hollywood Heroes – Kate Winslet, Mark Harmon, Vin Diesel, Ryan Gosling and More Celebrities to the Rescue: Vin Diesel was riding down the Hollywood Freeway on a motorcycle in 2002 when a car in front of him got into an accident in which it rolled over and burst into flames. The “Fast and the Furious” and “XXX” star screeched to a halt behind it, as the incident was widely reported at the time, ran to the car and pulled the family’s children out of the back seat. After everyone was out, the automobile became completely engulfed in flames. [nationalledger/Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith/10 Apr 2012]
The War on Immigrant Women: Part of the Sweeping Crusade Against the Fundamental Rights of All Women: Araceli doesn’t go out alone anymore. She is frightened of ongoing harassment by local police, whom she used to trust to protect her. Trini drops her two children off at school every morning unsure if she will be there at pickup time. Other mothers in her communities have, after all, been “disappeared,” taken from their homes, and families, without warning or trace.
Think this is happening in Kabul? Juarez?
Actually, it’s happening in Alabama.
Today, the escalating “war on women” has — rightly — sparked widespread outrage and urgent action to protect women’s human rights in the United States. But the also-ongoing “war on immigrants” is not merely a coincidental crisis. Both are elements of a sweeping crusade against the fundamental rights of women living in the United States, documented and otherwise. [RHRealityCheck/Mallika Dutt/10 Apr 2012]
Teen Pregnancies Highest In States With Abstinence-Only Policies: Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle found that teenagers who received some type of comprehensive sex education were 60 percent less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant. And in 2007, a federal report showed that abstinence-only programs had “no impacts on rates of sexual abstinence.”
But 37 states require sex education that includes abstinence, 26 of which require that abstinence be stressed as the best method. Additionally, research shows that abstinence-only strategies could deter contraceptive use among teenagers, thus increasing their risk of unintended pregnancy.
For example, take the states with the highest and lowest teen pregnancy rates. Mississippi does not require sex education in schools, but when it is taught, abstinence-only education is the state standard. New Mexico, which has the second highest teen birth rate, does not require sex ed and has no requirements on what should be included when it is taught. New Hampshire, on the other hand, requires comprehensive sex education in schools that includes abstinence and information about condoms and contraception. [thinkprogress/Amanda Peterson Beadle/10 Apr 2012]