Saturday, October 21, 2017

Real life cold case clown killer case solved when Stephen King's remake of "IT" shows

ABC 20-20 aired a documentary ("American Horror Story") Friday Oct. 21 about Florida’s 1990 “killer clown” case that had gone cold for 27 years. The best link is a Miami Herald story on the episode here. 
Shelia Keen Warren was arrested in late September 2017 and extradited to Florida where she could face the death penalty for killing her former husband’s wife in the face after dressing as a clown and ringing a doorbell. She faces the death penalty now in Florida. 

The case drew some interest because of the Stephen King horror film (actually a remake) “IT” in 2017.

ABC produced a store owner who remembers a woman buying a clown suit. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cruz bests Sanders on CNN debate

CNN featured a 90-minute debate between Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday night. Ed Rogers of the Washington Post says that Cruz “outclassed” Sanders. Odd for a liberal paper. 


Cruz made a salient point about the death tax.  Family offspring often have to sell businesses, which would have employed people, to pay taxes.  Cruz seemed to imply that people who inherit estates have a moral obligation to try to employ people with profitable businesses.  People who are good at running restaurants or especially franchise stores generally learned these skills from families. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This is Life: for teens the punishment way exceeds the crime on sexting

Teens indeed have trouble seeing around corners as to how adults apply the law.
Lisa Lang's "This is Life" presented two cases of teenage boys being tried as potential sex offenders.

In one case, in Minnesota, a fourteen year old had texted indecent pictures of himself to a 13-year old girl.  He was charged with producing and distributing child pornography -- of himself. His entire family lost Internet access, and his probationary therapy required passing inadmissible lie detector tests.

In Milwaukee, a 17 year old senior and athlete was prosecuted for "consensual" sex with a seductive 14 year old girl.  The parents called police.  He wound up with two years probation and ten years sex offender registration, and having to report himself a felon for ten years. There was a similar case in Michigan where the defendant said the girl had lied about her age. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Anthony Bourdain visits Lagos, Nigeria

Anthony Bourdain visited Lagos, Nigeria on Parts Unknown Sunday night, Oct. 15 (link )

The rich people live on Victoria Island, but the poor people live on canals in shantytowns.
Yet the people turn to entrpreneurlialism in  city with poor government services.  People scrape with little businesses, like cell phone repair.  They are good with their hands.  They are not afraid of high pressure selling.
Nigeria, however, is known for its anti-gay laws.  Why is this the case in a relatively “libertarian” economy?  Bourdain didn't go near this question.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

"The Good Doctor": Shaun operates on a liver in transit; does Shaun talk to animals?

In Episode 3  “Oliver”of “The Good Doctor”, Shaun gets detailed to pick up a transplant donor liver. In route, with police escort, Shaun, using his savant abilities, detects a blood clot within the liver and performs roadside surgery on the organ.  He also keeps it cool in an emergency incident in a convenience store ice machine.

He also interacts with a neighbor in his Bay Area apartment. There is the barest hint of interest in future female companionship. 

A big cat who resembles mama cat back in Wyoming appears on his patio, and later Shaun puts out canned tuna to attract her back.  Did Shaun’s boyhood cat travel 1000 miles by magnetic sense to find him?  Does Shaun have an unusual ability to communicate with animals?  Maybe a future scene with dolphins and their sonar?

Shaun seems like an angel from another planet.  He speaks in non-idiomatic English, putting everything into logical consistency.  Yet he can take care of everything.  He remains physically fit.  Maybe there will be a scene showing him coding like Mark Zuckerberg. 

Episode 4 (Oct 16), "Pipes", impressed less. While the hospital struggles with a touch issue terminating a pregnancy, Shaun annoys his landlord with ridiculous demands.  This time his probing became irritating. 

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Lisa Ling shows Chinese capitalism, and birth tourism in the US

Lisa Ling’s “This Is Life” on CNN tonight offered a look at the progress of capitalism in her home China (link  )

She showed the glitz of Shanghai, and said that a lot of formerly inconspicuous people had become able to get rich by making and selling consumer items. This is true despite the authoritarian view of speech and dissent and one-party rule.

One reasonably privileged young man wanted to develop a virtual reality business to allow poorer people to enjoy things without having to possess them.

The broadcast covered birth tourism.  Chinese mothers come to the US and get put up in homes for about $30000 to give birth to citizens.  But the parents have to struggle to get green cards, especially now.  And the kids may not learn Chinese well if the parents take them back.
Lisa Ling wants her own daughter to learn Chinese because she will need to be able to function in the Chinese economy, even given its authoritarianism.
By JesseW900 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Saturday, October 07, 2017

AC360 on CNN: Portrait of the victims in Las Vegas

On Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, Anderson Cooper AC360 aired a tribute to the 58 victims, fatalities in the Las Vegas shootings Sunday night Oct. 1. 

Cooper calls it “stories of the fallen”.  He also says he does not name perpetrators on programs like this.

Here is the portrait of the victims and a narrative of each one in the Los Angeles Times. 

The photo is from my own visit to Las Vegas in May 2012.