The Rising Cost – Part 1

September 30th, 2010
Justin Aaberg was only 15 years old. He had come out to his mother when he was 13, and while on the outside he seemed to have a great life going, on the inside he was a tormented storm. LGBT students at the Anoka-Hennepin School that Justin attended were, like is so frequently the case, easy targets as other students, and even teachers turned a blind eye. It finally got to a point where he just couldn?t handle it any more and feeling he had no where to turn to for help, he hanged himself in his room. Justin was the sixth student from the school to take his own life in the last 2 years and most are believed to have been the result of homophobic bulling.

More on Justin at WCCO including a video.


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Sci Fi Channel

R.I.P. Sci Fi

Well, the network execs over at the Sci Fi channel have finally gone all the way with destroying a once great network. As of yesterday Sci Fi became SyFy, which in Poland is slang for syphilis. It?s been a long slow downward decline and this is the nail in the coffin. There was the addition of wrestling, which I still haven?t figured out how that fits into a Sci Fi genre. Then there is the fake reality shows, like Scare Tactics, and Ghost Hunters. No one should ever take a group of plumbers and try turning them into Blair Witch style ghost busters. Then worst of all is the constant string of monster/horror movies that show up every Saturday. The quality of these movies make the old B movies look like works of artistic genius.

Last night?s defacing brought along with it a new show called Warehouse 13. I watched it this morning on Hulu, I refuse to actually watch the network live any more. The show drags on for much of it, almost as if they really struggled to fill the 2 hours the premiere was slotted for. The show is basically a remake of the 1980?s show Friday the 13th, with an X-Files style wrapping.

It starts off with a long slow dull opening that lays the overextended back story for the Mulder / Scully wanna be duo and sends them off to the pawn shop, I mean government warehouse, in South Dakota where the third wheel is added by way of the Warehouse curator. Once there they pair is sent on their first assignment, which is to investigate a girlfriend beating university student in Iowa. The student apparently attends a made up University of Southern Iowa, which for some odd reason, is located in North Central Iowa, based on the map location the curator circles. I guess it fits well with the made up Seever County and Seever City. 99 counties to choose from in the state of Iowa and they had to make one up? At least in the The Puppet Masters they used real town names. As an Iowa resident I almost find it insulting. Warehouse 13 feels like a ?Been there, Done That, Didn?t care for the T-Shirt,? kind of show. The over used premise, the bad script, misplaced comedy, along with an apparently geographically challenged writing staff has certainly turned me off. Warehouse 13 will not be getting added to my list of regularly watched shows.

Somewhere Asimov is rolling over in his grave, and he is angry.

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