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As I'm sure you've already heard, it's official that Zarqawi was killed in an air-raid.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings, has been killed in an air strike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday, adding that his identity was confirmed by fingerprints and a look at his face. It was a major victory in the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the broader war on terror.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday evening in a remote area 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba, al-Maliki said.

Loud applause broke out among the reporters and soldiers as al-Maliki, flanked by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.S. Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, told a news conference that "al-Zarqawi was eliminated."

But any hopes the Jordanian-born terror leader's death would help stem the violence in Iraq were dimmed hours later when a car bomb exploded in a Baghdad market, killing 12 and wounding 65.

Yet Another Reason "It's Not My Fault"

According to an AP article by Lindsey Tanner,

To you, that angry, horn-blasting tailgater is suffering from road rage. But doctors have another name for it - intermittent explosive disorder - and a new study suggests it is far more common than they realized, affecting up to 16 million Americans.

"People think it's bad behavior and that you just need an attitude adjustment, but what they don't know . is that there's a biology and cognitive science to this," said Dr. Emil Coccaro, chairman of psychiatry at the University of Chicago's medical school.

Road rage, temper outbursts that involve throwing or breaking objects and even spousal abuse can sometimes be attributed to the disorder, though not everyone who does those things is afflicted.

By definition, intermittent explosive disorder involves multiple outbursts that are way out of proportion to the situation. These angry outbursts often include threats or aggressive actions and property damage. The disorder typically first appears in adolescence; in the study, the average age of onset was 14.

The study was based on a national face-to-face survey of 9,282 U.S. adults who answered diagnostic questionnaires in 2001-03. It was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

About 5 percent to 7 percent of the nationally representative sample had had the disorder, which would equal up to 16 million Americans. That is higher than better-known mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Coccaro said.

The average number of lifetime attacks per person was 43, resulting in $1,359 in property damage per person. About 4 percent had suffered recent attacks.

The findings were released Monday in the June issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Look, I'm sure that some people are more prone to "rage" than others-we all have unique personalities, that's what makes life interesting-I happen to be a laid-back person by nature. Perhaps the study will help us learn new ways to prevent outbursts of rage, but I think it's more likely that further knowledge of this "disorder" will not lead to a "cure" but will become just one more reason that no bad thing is ever anyone's fault (except maybe George W. Bush and the evil republicans) in this society.

Nebraska Man Receives "Short" Sentence

A judge's decision to sentence a 5-foot-1 man to probation instead of prison for sexually assaulting a child has angered crime victim advocates who say the punishment sends the wrong message.

But supporters of short people say it's about time someone recognizes the unique challenges they face.

Cheyenne County District Judge Kristine Cecava issued the sentence Tuesday. She told Richard W. Thompson that his crimes deserved a long prison sentence but that he was too small to survive in a state prison.

Though he could have been sentenced to 10 years behind bars, he ended up with 10 years of probation instead. On Thursday, the state's attorney general, Jon Bruning, promised to appeal within two weeks, calling the sentence far too lenient.

Whatever happened to holding people accountable for their actions.just 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a child because the poor guy is too short? Unbelievable.

 

101 Ways To Experience Diversity-Amusing

Yesterday Campus Report Online posted a list of "101 Ways to Experience Diversity" that the faculty at Elizabethtown College received. It's unclear where the list came from - no one is taking credit for it - so, it's a mystery list of sorts.

A few of these might not be bad ideas for personal growth; but, for the most part, they're just amusing. I found "have children" to be the most interesting-lets advocate people bringing children into the world, not because they want to raise children, but because they want to experience diversity. Anyway, that's just one of many that made me laugh. Enjoy!

101 Ways to Experience Diversity
. Take risks
. Visit a place that scares you for some reason
. Hold hands with someone of your same gender in public
. Understand the importance of language - words hurt
. Eat Vegetarian for a week
. Demand a diverse faculty
. Work in the fields with migrant workers
. Confront inappropriate jokes
. Be a part of the solution
. Volunteer to read for the blind
. Read poetry by authors from diverse backgrounds
. Dream
. Visit a Native American reservation
. Learn to meditate
. Join a discussion group on the Internet
. Go to an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
. Go to a meeting of a club or organization with members whose race or ethnicity is different from your own
. Go to a religious service from a tradition other than your own
. Go to a "Gay Bar" or similar establishment
. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
. Go to a group meeting for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered and their allies
. Move to an area that is poor
. See a gospel choir
. Explore the issue of violence related to all aspects of diversity
. Research the economics related to people of diverse backgrounds
. Enroll in a historically black college or university
. Take a race and ethnicity course
. Take a Women Studies course
. Study abroad
. Shop in a predominately Spanish speaking area
. Learn another language
. Adopt a grandparent
. Travel to another country
. Volunteer at a Children's Center
. Watch a Spike Lee movie
. Volunteer at a Women's Shelter
. Let down your defenses
. Tell someone about your own cultural heritage
. Ask someone about their cultural heritage
. Demand a multicultural curriculum
. Write a letter to the editor on a volatile topic
. Use reverse pronouns
. Walk around campus without using any stairs for a day
. Use non gender specific language when referring to dating
. Adopt an elderly person
. Take a martial arts class
. Vote
. Learn sign language
. Volunteer at an AIDS hospice
. Tell someone you are homosexual
. Read a book about another culture
. Go to a dance club in a wheelchair
. Hang out in the International Student Center
. Talk to a homeless person
. Go to a meeting of an International Club
. Listen to music other than your typical favorites
. Attend a rodeo
. Take a stand on an issue and then study the opposing view
. Get dressed without using your eyesight
. Listen to another group's struggles and experiences
. Be open minded
. Read from the alternative press
. Visit the United States Holocaust Museum
. Celebrate the Asian New Year
. Visit the LGBT Center
. Fast on the Jewish Holidays
. Join the military
. Wear t-shirts or buttons that express your views
. Write to your elected representatives
. Join the Peace Corps
. Go to a Take Back The Night March
. See a step show
. See a drag show
. Learn to Merengue or Tango
. Ask someone who is different how to be their Ally
. Study the political struggles of Native people
. Visit Alaska or Hawaii
. Read magazines like Ebony, The Advocate or Ms
. Visit Harlem
. Have children
. Study the objectification of women in the media
. Join a good co-op or commune
. Confront oppression
. Wear different clothes and see who stares at you
. Learn about the "model minority" myth
. Visit the Women's Center
. List five ways the dominant group benefits from oppression
. List five ways the dominant group is hurt by oppression
. Get a job
. Plan a National Coming Out Day rally
. Celebrate MLK Day
. Challenge ethnic stereotypes in film and on TV
. Get in touch with your feelings
. Know your family's history
. Eat at an ethnic restaurant
. Join a Diversity Theatre Troupe
. See a film featuring Gay or Lesbian relationships
. Listen to NPR
. Make a new friend
. Ask tough questions
. Believe that you can make a difference

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