Sunday, February 02, 2014


Obituary: Since I usually don't follow more recent films apart from documentaries, I had never even heard of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar win notwithstanding, which should tell you how absolutely colorless and interchangeable today's actors are, no matter how talented they might be.

He died of an apparent heroin overdose in his New York apartment.

Abortion rates continue to decline in the United States:

The 1.1 million abortions reported in 2011 represented a rate of 16.9 per thousand women of childbearing age, down from 2008, when a similar study estimated that 1.21 million abortions were performed at a rate of 19.4 per thousand women.

Resuming a long-term downward trend that stalled in the middle of the last decade, the 2011 rate was far below the peak, in 1981, of 29.3 per thousand, according to the report from the Guttmacher Institute, a private research group that supports abortion rights.

The decline in abortions from 2008 to 2011 was mirrored by a decline in pregnancy rates. The report did not include a detailed analysis of the reasons for these trends, which pose complicated research issues.

The economy and technological advances in contraception are no doubt responsible.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in today's Super Bowl. The score was 43-8.

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