Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News in-house physician and frequent medical expert for the gab fest called Fox News, thinks that Walking Dead, the AMC hit series, is actually bad for you. Yup, those deteriorated, puss-festering, voracious flesh eating walkers are hurting culture right now. Hey, if some undead creature was coming to eat me, I'd be alarmed too. But doctor, doctor...
Oh, please. For years, Zombies and undead have been part of literature, films and folklore. It goes back hundreds of years, and I think it's safe to say, the number of sightings of real undead creatures is limited. And the number of attacks on humans is even less. Maybe even zero.
So why the alarm? Well, the good -- or sell-out Dr. Manny Alvarez -- wrote in a Fox News column that with American society's obsession with "The Walking Dead" and the inevitable zombie apocalypse, our focus is being pulled away from "music, education, science or the classics."
I see. Music, education, science and the classics are imperiled. That's a worthy alarm bell to ring. But where's the nexus between Zombies and the imminent harm our American society is facing?
Music: The Zombies are an English rock band, formed in 1962. The group scored British and American hits in 1964 with "She's Not There." Hmm. 1962 is only 50 years ago. We didn't seem to be harmed by them or their song. And just two years ago, Creepshow gave us this music classic:
Education: Dr. Mayim Biyali, (yes Blossom on TV but now a real life PhD in neuroscience) works with a group called STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. They teach middle school and high school students. WIRED reports:
The program uses models of zombie outbreaks loaded onto TI graphing calculators, computers, or iPads to demonstrate everything from brain damage (natch) to the patterns in which disease spreads. It’s brilliant, really. Students, inundated by walkers from World War Z to The Walking Dead, already understand the basics of zombie behavior, which provides a gruesome yet entertaining mnemonic device for understanding much more complex ideas.
Science: "Zombie science is a reality. Huffpo reported on it back in February of this year:
Researchers in New Mexico say they've created zombie cells -- near-perfect replicas of mammalian cells that can perform many of the same functions despite the fact that they're not actually alive. But instead of pursuing and eating people as sci-fi zombies often do, these experimental cells may someday do our bidding -- finding use in commercial applications ranging from sensors to catalysts to fuel cells.
The Classics: Well, we have so many to chose from. Authors through the years including Mary Shelly, H.P. Lovecraft, S.D. Perry, Stephen King. Where would we be without film classics like Dawn of the Dead or the shining jewel, Night of the Living Dead.
Bottom line, Dr. Outoftouch Alvarez, the undead have been with us for centuries and they will be for many more to come. Their "existance" whether real or imagined is not hurting society. If anything, it's giving us and our imaginations ways to imagine how we can make a better life for those of us who are still living. Care to join us?
As it gets closer to Halloween, we all think about costumes -- what are we going to dress up as this year, or how are we going to costume our children for the annual candy round-up? A soldier. A zombie. A ghost. A skeleton. That's pretty much common fare. Toss in a cowboy, a princess or a clown (truly the most frightening, especially if you suffer from coulrophobia) and you've got 90% of who you're going to see knocking on your door October 31st.
But if you want to be different, stand out from the crowd, you need inspiration. And where do you find that? Role models are a good place to look.
One mom and talented photographer, Jaime Moore, searched high and low for creative ideas to photograph her 5-year-old daughter Emma for the holidays. Neither were particularly inspired by the ethereal, fanciful world of Disney characters so it was onto plan B.
But who is worthy of honor?
Courtesy of an UPWORTHY post by Rossalyn Warren here are the 5 "Kick-ass" role models Jaime and her daughter Emma Moore came up with... then for future's sake, there's a final, sixth picture which demonstrates the hope and aspirations for so many young girls today.
Susan B. Anthony
And for all those little girls out there, so they can fantasize, here's Emma with tomorrow's dream today.
No, this isn't a story about a zombie attack. It's a bit warmer than that.
Just ask Charles Lutzow. Forty-five years ago he became estranged from his wife, Stella. When they later reunited, she told him that the child they conceived together died during childbirth.
When Stella died ten years back she took a secret to her grave -- their daughter hadn't died, but had actually been given up for adoption. And if it weren't for the internet and an adoption registry, the truth might not ever have been known.
But, as secrets are wont to do, they sometimes resurface when you least expect them. In this case, the surprise was a good one and happened just this week.
Here's the story in a nutshell, and a lot of folks in Rockford Illinois are beaming today:
Science keeps us going. And here's what may be happening next. A heartless society. And that may be the key to living forever -- or at least as long as we wish. Tomorrow is nearly here -- thanks to science today. Don't let the Republican led fight for education and scientific cuts go through. You want good health? You need good research and well-educated minds. It costs money. But aren't we all worth it?
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