Smile…You’re on CCTV!

Many novels have been written with plots that center on  dystopian societies.  Brave New World,  1984 and The Hunger Games are well known dystopian titles.  These books are fiction but many citizens all over the globe are wondering if the dystopian restraints found in  books are more fact than fiction.

For example, Google “CCTV and private citizens” or “biometrics and privacy” and you will be amazed at the results. One fascinating website,  Leave no dark corner, is a video report  published on September 18, 2018 by The Australian Broadcasting Company.

How would this system affect you?  This may be a topic that you could use for a research paper or a speech. The MVCC  databases are  great tools to help you with your research.

 

September 11, 2001

Today is the 17th anniversary of 9/11. “The September 11 assault were a series of four coordinated attacks by the terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States”.

The MVCC library is an excellent source of information for research on this subject.

You may also want to view our historical newspapers Chicago Tribune Historical  or The New York Times Historical to get a day by day report of this tragedy.

An American Author…Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, a best selling author and journalist, died today at the age of 88.  Mr. Wolfe authored many famous works.  The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, written in 1968, is a classic read on the 1960s hippie movement. The Right Stuff, a non-fiction book written in 1979, describes the first 15 years of America’s space program.  The Bonfire of the Vanities, a novel written in 1987,  gives a vivid picture of New York City in the 1980s.  Wolfe is credited with numerous colorful phrases that include “The Me Decade” and “Radical Chic”. “His decades of creativity with the written word have undoubtedly left an enduring impact.”

Check out the MVCC catalog or databases for more information on Tom Wolfe.

Help Clean South Suburban Waterways

“Thousands of volunteers throughout the Chicago region will gather from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 12, to help clean up the banks of the Chicago River system. The annual clean-up is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago River. Volunteers are needed for six south suburban locations, including Palos Park, Palos Heights, Oak Lawn and Blue Island.”

“Registration is closed but you’re still welcome to come out. Here’s a map of locations.”

“The event will be held rain or shine.”

Baroque in the Jungle

The New York Times recently reported on a little known musical tradition  that has been in existence since the early 17th century.  Baroque music, a European creation, has survived in the jungles and small towns of Brazil and parts of Paraguay and Bolivia.  The Spanish Jesuits, a Catholic order of priests, were responsible for bringing this music to areas of South America as part of their attempt to evangelize the indigenous people of this region.  Most of the Jesuits left but the music remained. It is fascinating for modern Baroque musicians and historians to see how the music evolved over the centuries.  Read the various links in this blog and be as amazed as I was.

Summer Bites

The warm weather has finally arrived in Chicago.  Baseball, barbecue, beaches, and bugs are part of the hot weather season.

Unfortunately, the downside of this season is the insects and the dangerous diseases they transmit.  The New York Times recently reported that “the number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years.”

The CDC site on this summertime hazard has additional information on how people in the Midwest can protect themselves from these treacherous bites.

World Down Syndrome Day

  • World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), March 21, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome is  defined as “the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.”

    Check out this YouTube video of  “50 Mums/50 Kids/1 Extra Chromosome”.

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this YouTube video of a group of “50 Mums/50 Kids/1 Extra Chromsome”.

Kathrine Switzer and the Boston Marathon

 

  • This year’s Boston Marathon will be on April 16.  This race began in 1897.  It has undergone many historical changes in the course of its history, some tragic and some reflecting the social transformations that have taken place in America over the last 50 years.

    I recently had the opportunity to hear Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, describe her experience in 1967. Her story mirrors the struggle that American women faced in the 1960s and in some cases still face in 2018.  It is important to be familiar with the historical female figures that helped change the lives of American women.

    To learn more about women and sports check out the MVCC catalog or the MVCC library databases.

WHO WILL PAY YOUR STUDENT LOAN?

Can the student loan problem be solved in the United States?  A recent blog post by Marshall Steinbaum, a Research Director and Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, proposed that the U.S government should erase everyone’s student debt.  Can it really be done?
Also, a short analysis of this problem from the  CNN Money webpage.
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