Thursday, May 24, 2018

"Days of our Lives" now has a subplot of gay sexual harassment under false pretenses

Today, gay intrigue continued on “Days or our Lives”.  Leo has set up Freddie for a gay sexual harassment suit. First, Leo slept with him, then quit verbally, but didn’t give a written resignation letter.
Suddenly, Freddie is confronted with a process server with a complaint suing him for the sexual harassment.  Leo is snake just going after Sonny’s money.
Will and Paul are still researching scrapbooks, and Will these days keeps wearing very long-sleeved shirts, in May. 
Sonny, for now, has his chest hair back, but he has a good reason to lose it all now.
I can imagine what it must be like to be a writer working for a soap.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

PBS Frontine: "Weinstein"

On May 22, PBS re-aired its Frontline film “Weinstein”, originally March 2, 2018. 
The film emphasized Weinstein’s adventurousness in the early days of independent film, when he bucked the system and didn’t feel his company had to be numbers driven, even after separating from Miramax.
But gradually the little  scandals accumulated, not to erupt big time until 2017.  Weinstein would look so scruffy. (Just one of the brothers.) 
The film explained now non-disclosure agreements work, and they don’t stop prosecution for real crimes.

It’s a shame for emerging screenwriters to lose an important film company for a reason like this.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"Growing Hope": NBC Datelines presents cannabis-related products that offer treatment for children with disabilities, but the feds resist

On Sunday, May 20, NBC Dateline aired a special documentary on medical marijuana – actually more on medical use of related substances that have no mind-changing uses – called “Growing Hope”.

Three mothers in Virginia presented the success of compounds related to THC on treating children with severe disabilities. 
Much of the material deals with a particular cannibas-related oil grown in Georgia.
The federal government has been recalcitrant on the issue on any substance that comes from THC.  The political firewall seems hard to breach.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dylan makes a visit to Haley in a reprise of "Modern Family"

I haven’t kept up with “Modern Family” in recent years a lot, but episode 21 of this season, “The Escape”, features a return of Reid Ewing as Dylan to visit Haley, about three minutes before the end of the episode, link.

It was said to be the “peniultimate” episode.

But Andy (Adam Devine) visits first.
Reid’s interests in recent years (according to his own Twitter) have included Japanese manga (Danganronpa) and writing a graphic novel (“Apple Core”).  The movie would need investor $$, I would think. The idea, from what I see of it, though, sounds original and novel.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

"United Shades" covers disability, probes whether it is a "group"; best and worst cities in US

W Kamau Bell’s “United Shades of America” covered disability tonight.
The best CNN link seems to be here

56.7 million people are “disabled” in the US.  The program explored the idea of whether disability should be an identity group.  Many people did not want to see it that way.

The worst city in the country for access for disabled people (in wheelchairs) is Boston, and one of the best is Overland Park, KS, suburb of Kansas City (KU is 35 miles away in Lawrence).
The program emphasized that anyone can become disabled, especially through accident or violence perpetrated by another.
The program also noted than in some European countries there are euthanasia procedures for some people with extreme disability. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday morning: Getting up to another Royal wedding; Meghan's message with her volunteerism

Okay, we get up to the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday morning, around 4 AM East Coast time.
Let’s review the royal wedding of 5 years ago of William and Kate (Aprl 2011), typical video
Kate, dressed with a gown that flows far behind her (Alfred Hitchcock had used that image of a glowing gown in “Strangers on a Train”) is led to the altar while Sir Hubert Parry’s triumphant hymn “O Jerusalem” in C Major, about 5 minutes, is sung to a triumphant close.
The Anglican pastor, before joining them, announces a purpose of marriage:  to repopulate the earth, to sanctify sexual intercourse, and to provide mutual assistance and support.  I was not destined to enjoy any of these.
So it is today, with a very similar schedule this morning in the Telegragh and carried live as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry marry. A very similar music program is offered, with music by Boyce and Parry.  The Telegragh has the full schedule for the festivities on Saturday morning.  
On Friday, May 18, ABDC 20-20 aired “Royal Wedding: Legacy and Love”, full video here
The complete music videos from Saturday morning’s service are not yet published, but the music does seem to be very similar to five years ago.  All the media outlets have major prospective commentary on YouTube now. 

What is most remarkable about Meghan is her attitude toward volunteerism, with her experience committed to working on Skid Row in Los Angeles as a teenager.  She saw her own safety as secondary to their needs, and let her faith carry her.  I have not willing to be that generous in more recent years with the personal risks I will take for others, allowing myself to wind up in their shoes by one act of wrongdoing by another.  Such is the problem with unearned inherited wealth.
But marriage, “till death do us part”, is supposed to make this possible.

Later: Video of the ceremony. "Stand By Me" was performed.

CNN has mentioned Meghan's work with World Vision, which has come under a cloud with some groups over supposed connections to anti-gay forces, especially in Uganda. World Vision has sponsored "30 hour fasts" in youth groups in many churches;  some churches have switched charities over the Uganda-homophobia issues and continued the fasts, during which the teens sometimes make films!
Picture (Wiki): 
By Herry Lawford from London, UK - Westminster Abbey, CC BY 2.0, Link  I walked past Buckingham Palace myself on a visit to London in Nov. 1982.  I might get there later this year. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

ABC 20-20: Southwest Flight 1380

Tonight ABC 20-20 covered the engine failure and emergency landing of a Southwest Flight 1380, video
CNN has an account (incident happened April 17, 2018) here
The ABC presentation gave some details as to how the incident unfolded and how the passengers tried to save one passenger’s life when she was struck by debris. There was also a lot of credit for the female pilot. 

The engine brokeup after a titanium blade failed in two places and the pieces of it wrecked the engine. Titanium is extremely strong and the failure is rather shocking.
By National Transportation Safety Board -, Public Domain, Link