Saturday Night Entertainment: Billie Piper–Something Deep Inside


Some people have uploaded tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, but not enough for a good quality bit torrent download. As it might take until tomorrow until the episode can be downloaded, here is something for Saturday night entertainment–a music video from Billie Piper, who was a top British pop star prior to playing Rose Tyler. Come back in the morning for breakfast with Freema Agyeman.

Manchester United Beats Watford 4-1

With Manchester United winning without going into overtime, presumably this means that Doctor Who aired as scheduled. (As noted in SciFi Friday, there was a question as to whether tonight’s episode would need to be postponed.)

Scheduled for tonight, “Gridlock: The Doctor takes Martha to New Earth, in the far future, only to find that an entire city has become a deadly trap.” Torrents most likely will be availble for download tonight.

Next week we get to see Dalek’s at the Empire State Building in 1930’s Manhattan. It might be even more fun to have them come to late 1990’s Manhattan and see how Rudy Giuliani handles the crisis.

Abstinence-Based Education Fails Test

While previous studies already called into question the value of abstinence-based sex education, a major study released verifies these findings. The Washington Post reports:

A long-awaited national study has concluded that abstinence-only sex education, a cornerstone of the Bush administration’s social agenda, does not keep teenagers from having sex. Neither does it increase or decrease the likelihood that if they do have sex, they will use a condom.

Authorized by Congress in 1997, the study followed 2000 children from elementary or middle school into high school. The children lived in four communities — two urban, two rural. All of the children received the family life services available in their community, in addition, slightly more than half of them also received abstinence-only education.

By the end of the study, when the average child was just shy of 17, half of both groups had remained abstinent. The sexually active teenagers had sex the first time at about age 15. Less than a quarter of them, in both groups, reported using a condom every time they had sex. More than a third of both groups had two or more partners.

“There’s not a lot of good news here for people who pin their hopes on abstinence-only education,” said Sarah Brown, executive director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a privately funded organization that monitors sex education programs. “This is the first study with a solid, experimental design, the first with adequate numbers and long-term follow-up, the first to measure behavior and not just intent. On every measure, the effectiveness of the programs was flat.”