Beyond the Bubble: Nov. 18, 2011


By Hana Skoblow

–The effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker has begun as protestors launch a 60-day blitz to collect more than 540,000 signatures to force an election. The recall was planned since Walker announced his push to end almost all collective bargaining rights from public workers. Protestors assembled on Tues., Nov. 15 in front of Walker’s private home in Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee suburb. Walker called these protests “crossing the line” and said that they showed “a total disregard for people’s families and others here,” but regardless, the efforts appear successful so far. With Walker’s disapproval rate at 58 percent, Wisconsin may likely see an election this summer.

–Beliebers can heave a sigh of relief. Justin Bieber’s alleged baby mama dropped her paternity suit against the 17-year-old pop star on Wed., Nov. 16. When Bieber defended his innocence and agreed to take a paternity test, 20-year-old Mariah Yeater’s lawyers seemed nervous and refused to respond to media questions. When it was discovered that Yeater had tried this same suit with an ex-boyfriend, her case’s legitimacy waned and Bieber’s lawyers threatened to produce a countersuit. Seemingly in fear, Yeater’s lawyers withdrew their suit and quit Yeater’s case.

–The NYPD raided Occupy Wall Street protestors on Tues., Nov. 15. Because the police did not allow media helicopters to film the scene from above and arrested at least six journalists on the ground, there is little journalistic evidence of the events that took place, but many are reporting brutality. New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez was arrested and jailed while blood ran from his head and 84-year-old activist Dorli Rainey was hit with pepper spray. “New York Post” reporter Brian Stelter said that the violence was “completely deliberate.” Occupy Wall Street protestors are no longer allowed to return to Zuccotti Park, their home base where many protestors have been living. Some expect this latest raid to invigorate the movement that the NYPD tried to crush.

–There may be a link between childhood IQ level and illicit drug use later in life, says a study from the “Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.” According to the study, a boy from five to ten years of age with a high IQ is 50 percent more likely to have later experimented with amphetamines and ecstasy as those with lower childhood IQ scores. Women who were tested as children are twice as likely to have used marijuana or cocaine than those with lower IQs. Researchers do not yet know what causes this correlation.

Sources: Nerve, TMZ, Huffington Post, NYTimes, Seattle Pi



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