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Words of the Week: 3.5

“To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.”

Actor Jared Leto acknowledging international conflict while accepting the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting role. Both nations are in the midst of civil struggles, as Ukrainians remain divided over Russian influence and opposition Venezuelans conflict with the leftist policies inherited by President Nicolas Maduro from Hugo Chavez.

“This is the best feeling of my life. I didn’t think I was going to get there, and God gave me some burst of speed and I made it and it was unbelievable.”

Yale baseball centerfielder Green Campbell describes his miraculous eighth-inning catch in the Bulldogs’ 8-7 win over LSU on Sunday. Campbell, a Shreveport native, robbed LSU shortstop Alex Bregman of a game-tying base hit and preserved a victory Baseball America called ‘the shocker of the weekend.

“I’m just figuring out all the legalities and how to set up a super PAC, and then I’m going…I’m the only hope the Democrats have here…They need people there who know how to get things done.”

Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, 86, announcing to Bloomberg his intention to run for Louisiana’s vacant 6th District Congressional seat. Edwards is fresh out of prison after serving eight years for a conviction on racketeering. He was elected governor four times and has secured in his political career more votes than any Democrat in state history.

“We see the problems we have with funding our government today. It’s public policy to give away 55 percent of our corporate taxes.”

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera speaking on his report last week that the state gave away $3 billion in corporate tax credits over the last five years. Included in those credits are the popular motion picture tax credits, which bring Hollywood film production to the states. Added Purpera: “Yes it’s creating jobs but the state is funding $25,000 for each of those jobs.”

“We found that when wind turbines are present, they slow down the outer rotation winds of a hurricane. This feeds back to decrease wave height, which reduces movement of air toward the center of the hurricane, increasing the central pressure, which in turn slows the winds of the entire hurricane and dissipates it faster.”

Stanford researcher Marc Jacobson discusses his findings regarding the potential for offshore wind turbines to reduce hurricane strengths. Dr. Jacobson estimates that the net cost of the turbines would be free, as they would be capable of producing electricity and preventing billions in damage caused by storms like Hurricane Katrina.



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