Remains of the Day, 5-25-07

I actually had hoped to do a “jump start your morning” post with the leftovers of yesterday’s Remains. But that didn’t happen. So now I’m clearing out postable material from yesterday and today, material which is seriously slowing down my MacBook (did you know you can’t expand its memory? I should have gone for at least the 1 gig; live and learn).

1. From the It Could Happen To You section, Connecticut is hopefully going to figure out what the proper judgement should be for former substitute teacher Julie Amero, who appears to have been the victim of a school’s crappy understanding of the Internet and over-eager prosecutor. Of course, if the computers were Macs, I might feel differently. But I can remember numerous times toward the end of my Toshiba laptop’s life when I would get hideously self-replicating spyware ads. Like I said, it could happen to anyone – unless they step away from the Windows.

2. A study, to be published in a future issue of International Journal of Aging and Human Development, assesses “the well-being of childless women in their 50s compared to mothers with early, delayed, or normatively timed first births.” According to this news (accompanied by a podcast with the principal inevstigator) from the University of Michigan, Sociologist Amy Pienta discovered that:

“If you just look at women who had kids compared to those who didn’t, childless women reported being somewhat less happy and more depressed,” Pienta said. “But when we factored in socioeconomic characteristics and marital status, there was no difference between the two groups.”

Instead of just comparing childless women and mothers, the researchers examined how the late-life well-being of childless women compared to that of three different groups of mothers who had their first children at different times—women who became mothers early (before age 19), “on-time” (between 19 and 24) or late (age 25 or later).

When they compared each group and controlled for sociodemographic factors as well, a more complex picture emerged that suggests how much the timing of motherhood matters.

Early mothers were the least satisfied and most depressed of all four groups, while delayed or late mothers were the most satisfied with their lives and the happiest.

All other things being equal, the childless women were about as satisfied and happy with their lives as the on-time mothers.

I exchanged emails with Pienta today because UMich’s info confused me as to when the survey data was collected. The answer: 1992. Whether or not women born a full ten years later and now in the 51-61 range would cluster similarly, we don’t know.

Hattip Women and Tech News blog.

3. Kentucky governor’s race (I figure that if their gun owners can make such a ruckus in Ohio, the least we can do is link to some info on their gov race). It’s odd for me to watch KY politics from NEO because my experience in KY was in Red Bird Mission in Beverly, an Eastern KY Methodist Church locale. Odd, but I guess it’s a bit like the difference between how Cleveland looks if you’re on Lake Erie and how it looks if you’re heading North on 77.

4. Speaking of Lake Erie, scary stuff on Science Friday with Ira Flatow re: the diseased fish in the lake. Here’s a Plain Dealer article about it, from yesterday.

5. I’m not really sure what this development with Facebook means, and it might be a lot of hoopla over absolutely nothing. But I can tell you for sure that, since I don’t have a Facebook profile and I don’t think I’ve ever even browsed to its URL, it’s not going to affect me much for a while. Something with members being able to create tools and platforms and networks, oh my.

6. The 4th Annual International Weblogger’s Day is June 14th. It’s also in the not sure what it means category but notable nonetheless.

7. In this post on The Brad Blog by Greg Palast, you can see documents connected to Monica Goodling’s reference to vote caging. Nasty, nasty stuff.

8. Skill or chance? Attorney General Marc Dann is going to test for it. I have to tell you, to me, this feels like one of those intuitive things: the person wagering and most likely losing the money knows far better than any testing system does as to whether the way they’re losing their money is through lack of skill or because skill ain’t got nothing to do with it.

9. Len of Blogesque wrote about the threatened iGasm lawsuit here. I checked with my favorite Intellectual Property lawyer and the best I can tell you is that he agrees, IP is a hot, sexy area of law. Don’t you think that Steve Jobs only wishes he thought of and produced the item first? Frankly, if anyone has a right to sue about anything here, it should be whomever owned the logo for the 1970s beauty products that used a cursive “i” – I can’t find info on that logo anywhere at the moment, and I didn’t wear makeup much then – too young. But all the girls at camp from Long GUYland had them.

10. Joy Padgett is mixing up 911 service with Internet access? Honey, these are very separate and important needs, not either/or. And that 911 thing? Remember, land lines are decreasing, the revenue from them to support 911 are decreasing and the demand and need for wireless 911 capabilities are increasing – and no one’s prepared for that.

11. More newsroom buyouts, this time at the Hartford Courant. Is it me, or does it seem like this kind of news is coming almost every week or at least a couple of times a month now?

12. Chinks in the Bancroft family armor that shielded WSJ from Rupert Murdoch?

13. Good stuff from The Blog Herald: here, about blogging to reflect your age and here about 101 resources for bloggers.

14. Our state legislators really know how to hide their hands. Kind of counter-intuitive, though, when you think about it: if they want to argue that oh so many Ohioans support restrictions on adult entertainment to protect…well…whomever, then you’d think that they’d want the fourth graders in the statehouse to know exactly what it was they were voting on, yes?

15. State legislature in Alabama refuses to recognize Pulitzer winning reporter who detailed fraud and corruption.

16. Two from Plunderbund:

– Education will be the topic on Thursday, 5/31, at the Progress Ohio office, complete with experts.

EXCELLENT post about the logic of SOS Brunner’s high school diploma-voter registration effort. If all that is written there is true, the folks ripping her program as partisan politics should be ashamed.

17. Last but not least, from the “Ya think???” department: campus safety recommendations focus on mental health. Another oh my effing goodness revelation – because the connection is so obvious and we’re in such denial about it. Sigh.

Shabbat shalom.

3 thoughts on “Remains of the Day, 5-25-07

  1. Well, as for my post at Plunderbund about the voter registration pilot program – I don’t know for certain what criteria Brunner’s office used. But it certainly appears like a combination of county size and low registration rate.If county selection was purely political, why not swing for the fences? Like I said, if anything Knox County made the list as a concession to reduce the likelihood of being perceived as partisan. There were bigger counties with lower registration rates, but they were markedly more liberal than Knox County.

  2. Thanks for your choice of #1. It’s good to get the good news first sometimes.It’s still early but if today is like other days lately, I’m going to return to #1 again and again just to have something to smile about.Go, Julie! Go, Jill!How many years is it til you run for office, Jill? 🙂

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