Interesting note from a theater program: Why do ships and aircraft use MAYDAY as a call for help?
Answer: It comes from the French word M‘AIDEZ – meaning “help me.”
Useful FBI acronym: a fictitious name/memory device to measure individualsseeking positions of public trust. The name is CARLA F. BAD. It stands for –CharacterAssociatesReputationLoyaltyAbilityFinancesBiasAlcoholDrugs# # #Writing in the Washington Post, retired Col. Sheri Swokowski reveals atransgender officer. The colonel “had to suppress my authentic self” while servingin the Army, including the Infantry for almost 35 years. Swokowski deployedtwice to the war zone and retired to an important manpower/personnel division inthe Wisconsin Guard. The colonel speaks of other transgenders who serve thecountry, get the job done, and hopefully are judged “based on a person’s characterand ability.”# # #Does being rich damage the soul? A professor and PhD candidate in religiousstudies at the University of Virginia think so. They report that formerly, having vastsums of money supposedly harmed one’s character, warped behavior, andcorrupted the soul. From the Reformation until the 1970s, the extremely richremained morally suspect. Then, executive salaries skyrocketed wildly– withoutmuch questioning of character.Behavioral studies supposedly reveal that the rich are “morally malformed,” –more likely to be shoplifters or sex offenders. They proportionally give less tocharity and are more likely to experiment with adultery.# # #Professor of medicine Elaine Schatner salutes Sen. John McCain. However, shecautions that applying battle language to the experience of having cancer iserroneous. There is no empirical proof that cancer can be “beaten” by a strongwill, she maintains.# # #Paul Butler is the author of CHOKEHOLD, an intriguing book voicing the fears ofblack man in America today. His title attempts to capture racial oppression, JimCrow, and racial profiling. Mr. Butler suggests what to do if caught “driving whileblack.” Do not wear clothes that stand out, “let the cops win,” show deference, andnever, never raise your voice…# # #A Washington Post thought piece analyzes the prudent litigation strategy of the gaymovement:> Carefully identify “friendly” states where litigation might stand a solidchance> Bring lawsuits under the state constitution, never directly challenging theFederal government> Persuade individual “rogue plaintiffs” to avoid suing in states where theywould almost surely loseAnother review – focusing on the battle for gay marriage equality – cites othereffective strategies:> Assess whether a given judge is “persuadable”> Build familiarity with the non-gay mainstream> Work out strategy and tactics via moot court testing> Choose the “right words” – marriage equality, not gay marriage