HarleyPig's Scripture Study Journal


Truly Odd and Not So Odd News

31 Jul 2007

I noticed two entries in the Drudge Report. The first involves sound and youth (does anyone remember the report a few years ago that showed that people under 30 heard higher pitched sounds that people over 30 didn't?).

This not so odd news article says that Tacoma, WA officials are going to try scaring off the hoods with classical music. Interesting idea, and possibly ... probably better than the annoying pitch, since they don't want to send all kids packing, just the bad influences. One kid comments at the end of the article "The music isn't going to change the attitude of the kids." Well, no kidding. City officials just want the criminal element gone.

On the other hand, this article about "vegansexuals" is just plain bizarre. A vegansexual is a person who [does] not eat any meat or animal products, and who [chooses] not to be sexually intimate with non-vegan partners whose bodies ... are made up of dead animals.

The following quote just made me sit back and say "Huh?"

I believe we are what we consume, so I really struggle with bodily fluids, especially sexually.

Of course, all of the vegan women I've known haven't exactly been the most exciting to be around ...
I am gallons o' sperm?

Is there some kind of scientific report that shows that gang members don't like classical music? Is this a reasonable assumption, thinking that it will repel them like flies? I think that if they are gonna do their thing, they will do it, no matter what music is playing. I doubt they go to these areas because they liked the music that was played befor.

I remember several years ago when one or two malls in Salt Lake announced exactly the same tactic: playing classical music in order to discourage certain youth from hanging out at the mall. It's nothing new. In response to Julie's comment, I think the idea is that the more comfortable the setting is for somebody, the more likely they are to stick around. And the more likely a criminally-minded youth is to hang out, the more likely they are to carry out criminally-minded actions. Since everybody knows that the bad kids shriek in terror upon hearing the first few notes of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, it seems that playing such a thing would create an uncomfortable environment for them.

While I agree with the necessity to shake things up, Joseph, I would not bank my personal safety on classical music. If it truly works, why not create personal safety devices that are loaded with said music, to use instead of pepper spray?

Also, you didn't mention whether the malls' tactics worked and whether they are still using this method.

And I think I might be a bit frightened myself, of walking through a transit system that was playing a classical piece most associated with Halloween and horror films. :> The article pointed out that they only wanted to get rid of the bad element, not frighten the normal people.

I saw on a travel program that some of Russia's transit systems are decorated like art museums. But the narrator pointed out that it was the government's enforcement that kept the bad element out, not the gorgeous artwork.

You're really hanging out with the wrong vegans, then. Several of my favorite women are vegan. ;)

Yeah, I think you should read this vegan's blog before making the final verdict.