2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thelma Adams [Podcast]

“Lincoln” is rising, and “Les Miserables” is wobbling in the best picture competition according to Gold Derby Founder Tom O’Neil in his regular podcast with our Thelma Adams. O’Neil noted that on his site, “Lincoln” rose while “Les Miserables” fell – but Adams counseled that we’ve yet to see the box office boost for the beloved musical that bound to be the big winner at theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.

O’Neil and Adams, an advocate for “Zero Dark Thirty,” wondered whether the real battle is “Lincoln” versus “Argo.” O’Neil stated that while buzz for “Lincoln” has apparently burst, “Argo” has had the most sustained attention over two and a half months. Not only that, but its box office has surpassed the $100 million mark and it registered critical approval. Also, “Argo” has a great backstory: the rise of Ben Affleck from actor to acclaimed director, and his comeback from the “Gigli” era with J. Lo.

Other topics discussed were:

- The rise of “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jessica Chastain, going head-to-head for best actress honors against previous frontrunner Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook.”

- The rise of “Lincoln” star Tommy Lee Jones in the best supporting actor category, in what could be a one-two punch for the biopic alongside Daniel Day Lewis in the title role.

- The wacky possibility that Golden Globe supporting actress nominee Nicole Kidman could find herself in the unusual position of being nominated for both an Academy Award and a Razzie for her over-the-top Southern floozy in “The Paperboy.” O’Neil said it would be only the third time in movie history, with Amy Irving managing the feat for “Yentl” and James Coco for “Only When I Laugh.”

Adams and O’Neil signed off for 2012 and will return in 2013 with more coverage of the season leading up to the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24th.

Condom Dispensers in Philly Schools

Condom Dispensers in Philly Schools (ABC News)

 

Philadelphia is installing condom dispensers in 22 city high schools where students as young as 14 will be able to receive condoms for free in an effort to combat an “epidemic” of sexually transmitted disease among the city’s teenagers.

Students returning to school from Christmas break will find clear plastic dispensers filled with condoms in the offices of nurses whose schools have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

“We believe distributing condoms is part of our obligation to keep students healthy and to remain healthy,” said school district spokesman Fernando Gallard. “The health department has described this as a continued epidemic of STDs among teenagers in Philadelphia.”

Condoms have in the past been provided to students in Philadelphia as part of wider program in which the teenagers are provided “free, voluntary and confidential” testing for sexual diseases in their schools, Gallard said.

It was the results of those tests that led officials to launch the current program to distribute condoms regularly in schools instead of once a year when the tests are administered.

Of the 130,000 student who have received testing in the last five years, some 6,500 or 5 percent of them have tested positive for diseases including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Parents were made aware of the distribution program in October and were given the chance to opt their children out of receiving the prophylactics.

Gallard said the school district has not received “specific calls” from parents objecting to the program. The total number of parents who chose to disallow their children from receiving condoms, however, is unknown.

According to Advocates for Youth, a nonprofit organization that advocates for sexual health among young people, there are at least 418 schools nationwide providing condoms.

In August, despite outrage from some parents, the school board in Springfield, Mass., approved a plan to distribute condoms in public high schools, as well as middle schools, providing free contraception to students as young as 11.

 

Until next blog, wrap it up it your not married or engaged like I am :)