BROPHY NOTES: W COAST AFRICA - ISLAM

Here are some excerpts from my partially completed notes on our west Africa trip, in preparation for my teaching assignment this fall:  course:  discussion of the quadrennial report produced by NIC and CIA on Global Trends 2030 Alternative Worlds; Joe

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BROPHY NOTES: W COAST AFRICA - NATGEO LINDBLAD

Dear Shipmates:  Thanks for the fellowship during our sea/land voyage up the West Coast of Africa. We have to admire Jim Kelley and Marty Klein – brilliantly interesting intellects that make a lot of sense – and also the foto work by Tenacious Tor Lund.

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NFL CRIME - HOW BAD IS THE SITUATION

The arrest of NFL Patriot Mark Hernandez raises the question of NFL crime rates. Is there a problem? a friend who was commenting on this article said:  American has a crime problem;  but we would not have a crime problem if we behaved like the NFL!

Well, under commissioner Goodell the number of NFL crimes have dropped from 68 to 40 during the past 6 years. But is there a problem?

A disinguished economist Stephan Bronars says "no." He asserts the NFL crime rate is only 2.9% vs. 10.8% from the general population.

An actuary gets an entirely different perspective. The analysis must refect the actual to expected crime rates relecting the distribution of cohorts in the population.  Consider that blacks represent about 13.1% of 2012 census population;  and that 32.2% of young blacks are in jail or paroled;  and that 65% of the NFL are blacks. I am not going to work out the math here, but NFL crime (risk adjusted) is hardly a fraction of the crime perpetrated by the general public.

The NFL is a model organization in controlling crime within its ranks!

NFL trivia; 1 of 6 NFL crimes are commited by tight ends;  1 of 7 by corner backs;  but only 1 of 98 by offensive guards. Why?  There's an actuarial answer.



HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) — Does the National Football League have a crime problem?


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MSGR JOHN MCLAUGHLIN PROMOTED AGAIN

Johnny Mac, co-captain with my son Tom, of the BC wrestling team in the late 1970's was promoted again; 6th assignment in 12 years. Congratullations Monsignor McLaughtlin;  the HRCC needs your leadership.  JoeBrophy
 

BU Catholic Center chaplain leaves role to join seminary in Brighton

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  June 25, 2013 06:45 PM

The former chaplain of the Catholic Center at Boston University has left his leading role there to join the faculty at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, officials said.

Msgr. John McLaughlin Jr. made the move this month at the request Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, according to an announcement from the center where McLaughlin served for two years.

“Msgr. John McLaughlin’s love of students, willingness to share his talents and work to improve the Catholic Center will characterize his legacy here,” said a statement from Denis Nakkeeran, president of the Catholic Student Association. “His sacrifice offered us a great example of the Christian life. We remain grateful to him and wish him well at St. John’s.”

McLaughlin will serve as Head of Spiritual Direction at St. John’s Seminary, directing about 25 men and coordinating with other students at the seminary.

“Although this change in personnel brings new challenges, Msgr. McLaughlin will serve the Church’s future well at St. John’s,” said a statement from the Catholic Center at BU. “In this new role, he will contribute to the formation of priests from a number of American Dioceses.”

“During his brief tenure at Boston University, Msgr. McLaughlin transformed the physical and spiritual landscapes through his dedication to students,” the statement said. “Often found at Terrier athletic contests and engaging students in conversation, Msgr. McLaughlin performed a ministry of presence.”

“He instituted the custom of praying the Liturgy of the Hours and centered the Newman House on daily prayer and the sacraments,” the statement added. “He oversaw and contributed to the restoration of the 19th century Newman House, including a complete renovation of the basement. These improvements allowed for a greater number of students to enjoy the center’s coffee room, study spaces and chapel. In addition to spending time with students, he offered daily Mass for the community, administered the sacraments with joy and counseled many.

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KURZWEIL: FUTURES GF2045

During Kurzweil's conference talk, and in his book The Singularity Is Near, he refers to Moore's Law of Computing, pictured.

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Guns and weapons of mass destruction AND POLITICS

The media continues to distort the real facts about guns, and the future dangers of WMD

W was right.

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the EXPECTED GROWTH IN MIDDLE CLASS CONSUMPTION

There is a lot of hidden info in this graph. One needs to stare at it to get the full impact. Consider the amount of middle class consumption today in Europe and the USA. Consider what the consumption will be in 2030 when productivity has reduced prices by 90%. Then look at consumption in India and China in 2030. It will be 10 times that in EU and USA. The amount of change that must occur to make this happen is mind bending to say the least. i will be teaching courses at Dartmouth on the NIC GLOBAL TRENDS 2030 quadrennial report that was recently released. The rate of change will stun big government. Read the report.

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GALLUP: BUSH VS OBAMA

Bush More Popular than Obama

 
 
 
 

 

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SARAH PHELAN MAKES ALL IRELAND BASKETBALL

Sarah Phelan, Laois, is presented with her Under 16 Girl's International Cap by Ger Tarrant, I.A.C, left, and Gerry Kelly, President of Basketball Ireland. Basketball Ireland Annual Awards 2012/2013, National Basketball Arena,
Photo: Sarah Phelan, Laois, is presented with her Under 16 Girl's International Cap by Ger Tarrant, I.A.C, left, and Gerry Kelly, President of Basketball Ireland. Basketball Ireland Annual Awards 2012/2013, National Basketball Arena,

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NYTIMES ON GLOBAL WARMING - HAD TO BACK OFF

What to Make of a Warming Plateau

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50 MOVIE STARS MORPHING

the morphing is so smooth, it suggests that beauty has a common facial foundation

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HIGHEST PAID STATE OFFICIALS

NEW hAMPSHIRE HAS ITS PRIORITIES RIGHT

THANK GOD IT IS NOT A WORTHLESS POLITICIAN

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ALLISON BROPHY - STUDENT ORGN OF YEAR - EMS

Drexel EMS wins Student Organization of the Year

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ALLISON BROPHY SAVES LIVES

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PAYROLL DROPS AS % OF POPULATION AGAIN

P2P OR payroll as a % of population has dropped to 43.9%

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