The Peterson case sheds light on a very real problem

A few days ago Oprah did a show on the Peterson case (here and here are a couple relevant snippets). The ostensible purpose of the show was “why did Scott do it?” and the answer, best I can tell, is that “he’s a sociopath.” Glad we could clear that up. However, the show inadvertently raised a deeper question for me. First, I hadn’t realized that the leading cause of death among pregnant women in the US is murder by their husbands or partners. Among all murders of women across the country in 2000—the most recent yearly statistics available from the … Continue reading The Peterson case sheds light on a very real problem

You learn the funnest things on network news shows

Today, on Sunday Morning, CBS News Correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin informed us that Barnard College is in the Ivy League. This no doubt comes as something of a shock to the folks at Barnard, to say nothing of those at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale, who for all these decades have been operating under the delusion that the Ivy League consisted of just them. Coming up next week: UCLA is in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Mexico is in Belgium. Hey, I wonder if CBS can get St. Bonaventure into the Ivy League…. Continue reading You learn the funnest things on network news shows