|Chula Vista's Raquel Pomplun|
WHERE TO START?--What to do when the whole world is your microcosm? Do we start today’s blog off with a Nobel Prize writer?; Mind-altering view of global warming?; The great American novel revisited?; and/or Chula Vista’s new Playmate of the Year? Let’s stick to the economics of politics for the lede and run the Playmate’s picture. You got it, Chief!
THE PARTY’S OVER.
Thank you to the San Diego Free Press for pointing out a link to Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman, who in his May 5, 2013 column “The Chutzpah Caucus” in the International Herald Tribune said: “At this point the economic case for austerity—for slashing government spending even in the face of a weak economy—has collapsed...Predictions of fiscal crisis keep not coming true; predictions of disaster from harsh austerity policies have proved all too accurate.”
Krugman, a Nobel Prize winner for his economic views, is a worthy read for independent voters/thinkers. Of course, whether you agree or not is your call. The point here is simply pro or con this is how opinion pieces should be structured journalistically. (that’s my opinion). Check it out:
SPEAKING OF PARTIES, WHO LIFTED MY INVITATION?
I’m taking names. Had to stay home and miss the gala ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here’s what we missed. If you haven’t checked the web images of this event, take a look at event co-host Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue. All be it she didn’t punk it up per the night’s theme she looks absolutely terrific.
SPOTLIGHTED MEDIA: The Chronicle of Higher Education
DISCUSSION POINT: The Great American Novel
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ON CLIMATE CHANGE.
By Time Magazine’s Jeffrey Kluger“...For a long time now, Earth has been running a fever. Never mind the few remaining climate-change deniers — really, never mind them; the world has at last moved on — it’s getting awfully toasty down here. The numbers tell the story: 2012 was the hottest year on record in the continental U.S., the 15th driest and the second most volatile, with 11 natural weather disasters, including Superstorm Sandy. Of the 10 hottest years on record worldwide, nine have occurred in the 21st century; the exception was 1998. Average temperatures around the world are up 1.4ºF (0.8ºC) since 1880. On a planet whose water-based chemistry tips one way or the other on tiny thermal fulcrums, that’s a lot...”
For the rest of the story (thanks, Paul) go to: http://world.time.com/timelapse/?xid=newsletter-daily
CLIMATE CHANGE LOCAL ANGLE.
The late Charles David Keeling at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) pioneered documentation of the world’s rise in carbon dioxide concentration.
The Scripps CO2 program was initiated in 1956 by Charles David Keeling and operated under his direction until his passing in 2005. It is currently being continued by Ralph F. Keeling, who also runs a parallel program at SIO to measure changes in atmospheric O2 and Ar abundances (Scripps O2 Program). A plaque adorns the SIO building dedicated to Charles David Keeling, who started measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide at the site in 1958.
Below is a NY Times article on why the Keeling’s work is critical:
J.D IS THAT YOU, AGAIN?
J.D. Salinger documentary alert:
PLAYBOY’S PLAYMATE OF YEAR IS A LOCAL.
Raquel Pomplun has been named the 54th Playmate of the Year. The June issue of Playboy magazine featuring the Chula Vista model hits the newsstands this Friday. A photo of Raquel in a vintage Playboy bunny came along with the press release.
San Diego’s Pacific Magazine had Raquel on the cover of its February 2013 issue and featured her in a fashion spread inside:
A video of Raquel showing off her personality is on YouTube. No, we’re not going to add to the T&A already out there on the web, but this short video clip is fun. It’s from her TV work for Santa Monica’s Blackbelt TV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cC8Wax-cjQ