Thursday, June 30, 2011

ABC Nightline Prime: "Twin-Tuition": to twins share common souls or have special telepathy? Can non-twins?

ABC has combined Nighline and Primetime Live to produce a “Nightline Prime” series on unexplained phenomena. June 29, the special was “Twin-Tuition”, examining whether identical twins have a telepathic bond, or even share a common entangled  “soul”.

There were at least two cases of transmitted stigmata or medical telepathy. When one twin got a black eye from a playground injury, another showed signs of a black eye.  In another case of twins in Spain, who were separated at birth and didn’t know they had twins, one developed leukemia at 16, but the other developed bruising but no cancer at the same time.

The show presented male twins who were champion tennis players and who actually had shared financed, even though one finally married.

The show did not present the Winklevoss twins (Tyler and Cameron) in “The Social Network”.  They rowed crew at Harvard as a team. At 6’ 5’, the bragged “there are two of us.”  The have been involved in litigation against Facebook, and Piers Morgan on CNN has called them the “Winlkevi”.

The show presented Linda and Terry Jamison, who grew up in Pennsylvania, and predicted the 9/11 attacks, and a number of other 00 decade catastrophes and attack attempts. The question is presented as to whether twins have other psychic abilities.

I have a personal take on this. My mother, now passed away recently at 97, was very close to a sister 11 years younger and would share the master bed when the sister came to visit before they were both very ill.  I also think I’ve had examples of telepathy among unrelated individuals who happen to be similar cognitively or psychologically.   Recently, a friend tweeted something almost identical to a line I had written only half an hour before and that is not public.

The show presents the idea that apparent “telepathy” could be explained by the likelihood that brains built from identical DNA will process things identically, like computers.  But even unrelated people can process similar things the same way and seem to communicate. In fact, marriage is often based on the idea that in some basic way, two genetically distinct individuals are so compatible mentally and in basic outlook (as, for example, whether they care about the opinions of others) that they seem in total synch. (Scientists call it “convergent evolution.)  This can happen between members of the opposite or same sex.   Is that true of William and Catherine?

 Picture: Family album, mother in Ohio, 1940s (not twins).  

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Obama talks about debt crisis, remains oblique on gay marriage, a major press conference today

President Obama gave an extended news conference during the noon hour today, carried on CNN and other networks.

Obama said that his two tween daughters do their homework a day ahead of time without all-nighters (not allowed), and that Congress can follow the example set by his and their kids. He suggested they give up their 4th of July recess.  “If you have to do something, you get it done”.

He said that default could mean many protective services (such as agricultural inspections) could go undone (I wonder if the president saw the film “Farmageddon” – movies blog June 23).  He did not get very specific about entitlements. 

Although Senate Republicans are coming around to closing some tax loopholes to raise revenue, Boehner says that tax increases cannot get through the House – even closing loopholes.

The president was ambiguous on the word “marriage” in talking about equality for same-sex couples, while agreeing that DOMA was constitutionally suspect. He said you would hear a change from him when you hear it. News analysts seem to feel that Obama and mainstream Democrats (and some progressive GOP legislators in liberal states) are struggling now with the issue of recognizing gay marriage as such rather than by putting in “separate but equal” civil unions.

“Let me start by saying that this administration, under my direction, has consistently said we cannot discriminate as a country against people on the basis of sexual orientation. And we have done more in the two-and-a-half years that I’ve been in here than the previous 43 presidents.”

Referring to a question from Chuck Todd, “I  think what you’re saying is the profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers — and they have to be treated like every other American, and I think that principle will win out.” But on gay marriage, I’m not going to make news on that today. Good try, though”.   Mitt Romney likes to say “nice try” instead.

Chris Johnson’s report in The Washington Blade is here

Eliot Spitzer, himself a Democrat, was particularly critical of the president’s inability to “draw a line in the sand” and be more specific about the dangers facing the public if a debt ceiling settlement is not reached, although other commentators felt he could not afford to shake up world markets too much, given the Greece situation.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

PBS Frontline examines false convictions for child abuse, and for-profit universities and veterans

PBS Frontline tonight aired “The Child Cases” (35 min),  produced by Catherine Upin, about the tendency for prosecutors to jump to conclusions and go after caregivers or parents in cases where small children die, on faulty or incomplete medical evidence of child abuse. The documentary covered a case in Amarillo, TX where a young Hispanic father was accused of abuse of a female baby who showed bruising, when later medical examination showed a blood disorder that could have explained it. Still, the state is slow to give him a new trial. It covered a case in Georgia where a mother was accused of the death of a small day care child for “shaken baby syndrome” based on wrong evidence. Even though her conviction was overturned, she remains listed in the system as incarcerated.

Here is the PBS website for the episode. 

The remaining segment was “College Inc” about the tendency of “for-profit” universities to try to enroll veterans (with GI benefits) who cannot do college work or when they cannot provide academic course work that would be recognized.  Frontline has produced earlier reports on the "for profit" education world in general. I can remember almost signing up for a programming school to learn COBOL in 1971, but getting a job at the last minute and not needing to. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

ABC 20-20: "We Find Them": Major presentation of recent problems with online reputation, as well as pseudo-phishing of "lonely hearts"; Section 230 examined

ABC 20/20 on Friday June 24 covered Internet abuse, mainly in two areas: online dating fraud, and reputation damage.   The episode was titled “We Find Them”.

Chris Cuomo started with a story of a misadventure from “”.   Women with “lonely hearts” would be approached online by men who would spin tales and then try to trick them out of money with phishing-like scams.   There was mention of a helpful site called “Your Sphere” (social networking site for young people, here).

But the most important part of the show was the second part, about online reputation.

There was a teacher “Sarah” accused of activity with members of a pro football team, with pictures and stories on “”, and these got progressively worse.  Michael Fertik from “Reputation Defender” (link) appears.  The Nik Ritchie, founder of Dirty, appears, as a “Blog Star” of the Internet.  He “compares” himself to the founder of Facebook (not very convincing).  He rationalizes what he does as being like Larry Flynt’s history. It’s hard to explain his “logic”; he would make a good interview for Dr. Phil.

Fertik made a subtle point about the law. On my main blog (“BillBoushka”) I’ve discussed Section 230 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act in detail. There are controversies. But under the law, even if someone wins a libel judgment against someone who posts  false defamatory material about someone, or material that invades privacy (probably by the “false light” doctrine), it’s not possible to force the service provider for the website to take it down. All the “victim” can do is bury it with a lot of other posts. But if you can get copyright ownership of the image, then under the DMCA Safe Harbor provision, the service provider would have to take it down. It’s not clear to me that you could claim ownership of your image, except under “right of publicity” which is hard to claim and which is rather unrelated to copyright. I wonder if this argues for the idea of a law saying one owns one’s “real life” face and body image, but that would be very hard to propose without a lot of obvious problems. (Would tattoos  or any “body art” be protected by copyright? Interesting question.)  Generally, if you take an original photo, you own it

The last part of the broadcast reported the taking of offensive photos of accident victims, even by first responders, and posting them on the Internet.  The site "" is mentioned but when I bring it up, it appears to be the same as Fertik's "Reputation Defender"; I don't recall that in the past.   Also, "Reputation Management" is separate and appears to belong to Dow Jones and deals with corporate public relations.

I'll look further into Fertik's theory on the interplay of DMCA and Section 230 -- they are separate legal instruments.

Picture: That's me at age 4, 1947

Friday, June 24, 2011

ABC News previews a documentary about Marfan's: "In My Hands"

ABC “World News Tonight” on Friday June 24 gave a preview of the 2009 documentary “In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome” by Ann Reinking.

The short report discussed a genetic condition called Marfan’s Syndrome, which sometimes (but no means always or even usually) accompanies unusual height.   Ann was in “All That Jazz” but now teaches dance to teenagers with Marfan’s.   But often there is no obvious outward sign that someone has it.  Her son Chris also has the trait, which is sometimes associated with blood vessel disease or other connective tissue issues later in life. Abraham Lincoln may have had the syndrome.   The son made an interesting comment in the report that, for a teen, being tall makes one “stand out” when one wants to fit in. But many people want to be taller.

The written report is by Michael Murray and James Lang.

Monday, June 20, 2011

CNN Presents "WikiWars"

On Saturday June 18, CNN aired “WikiW@rs” (aka “WikiWars”) with a handsome journalist Kaj Larsen narrating, a one-hour documentary on the history of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Even more than PBS Frontline, CNN focused on Assange himself, but it also gave some details on why Lamo turned in Bradley Manning, who had put an enormous trove of classified documents on a CD marked “Lady Gaga”.

In an earlier time, Assange had been associated with a group called “international subversives”.

The enormous leaks in the summer of 2010 originally named many Afghan civilians, and Assange at first, like a left-wing purist, just insisted they would get what they deserved. But after pressure, and when working with the NY Times, Guardian and Der Speigel, he did redact a lot of material.

An earlier part of the documentary discussed the leaked video “Collateral Murder”, with a military person explaining that what the public was misinterpreting.  Some of the civilian victims were where they didn’t belong and they knew it, he said.

The effect of Assange on Iceland, getting it to change its laws after Assange exposed the banking scandals, is explored.

But so are Assange’s legal problems in Sweden, Britain, and probably the U.S. today.  Assange is also presented as a self-absorbed person, with little personal empathy.

Picture: Accidental "redaction" while taking a picture in Brooklyn recently. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

"Falling Skies" doesn't have the suspense of "Event" and "Flash Forward"

Falling Skies”, a new sci-fi series produced in part by Steven Spielberg, premiered June 19 on TNT. Although lavish and complicated and in the tradition of other major series reviewed here, the premise seems much less compelling.

The 2 hour premiere starts with a child narrating from her drawings, about an alien attack six months ago. Yes, that’s right, there would be an EMP effect and maybe all electronics would be out.  (“They didn’t want to be friends.”) But the drama starts six months later as a father in in Boston suburb tries to keep his family together, as families seek to survive. The huge alien space ship has constructed a harness over the city; robots patrol the streets, and alien “arthropods” roam. Humans get turned into zombies when aliens parasitize them. It’s all pretty silly stuff than turns into internal bickering.

The trouble is, a sci-fi series is a lot more interesting when there is real mystery as to what has happened. That’s what makes “Flash Forward” and, to a lesser extent, “The Event” work.  This series is more in the vein of "V" without an Anna, or even the 1984 film "Red Dawn". 

The official site is here.

CNN: Sanjay Gupta reports on Bruce Feiler's "The Council of Dads"

On Sunday June 19, CNN broadcast a documentary “Dads for my Daughters”. Bruce Feiler, author of religious books and rather of twin girls, finds out from a sequence of medical tests (around 2008) that he has a bone sarcoma, so he enlists other male friends who can serve as role models for his two girls if in fact he doesn’t live long.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted.  This kind of osteosarcoma strikes only 900 Americans a year, even more unusual for someone in his 40s.

I wondered, would I ever be game for something like this myself, not having had my own children. This always seemed like someone else’s emotional world, until more recent events.
The full link is hereThe news story is authored by Melissa Dunst Lipman and Jennifer Hyde.

Feiler would author a book “The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and The Men Who Could Be Me” (publisher, William Morrow), link on Amazon.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

CNN: Spitzer probes reports that Bush tried to use CIA to discredit a professor critical of Iraq war

Former NY State Attorney General’s CNN program “In the Arena” covered an allegation last night that the Bush administration had tried to use the CIA to get reputation-damaging information about a professor, Juan Cole, at the University of Michigan, who had authored an influential blog, Informed Comment, (link) critical of the war in Iraq.

James Risen had reported on the matter in the New York Times on June 15, here.  Glenn Carle, a former CIA official, told the Times that at least twice the Bush administration tried to dig up personal stuff, in a manner reminiscent of Nixon and Watergate.

Spitzer, of course, had left office after his own behavior was "exposed", as a predecessor of Weiner. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

PBS Frontline: "WikiSecrets": Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and the largest breach in US history

Martin Smith and Marcela Gavaria (with Gavaria directing) have produced the 54-minute Frontline documentary for PBS, which aired May 24, 2011, “WikiSecrets:  The Inside Story of Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and the Largest Intelligence Breach in U.S. History”.

The documentary first refers to the 40 minute leaked film “Collateral Murder” of a friendly fire mishap by the US Army in Iraq (see my “Threats to freedom films” blog April 7, 2010).

It then traces some of the personal history of  PFC Bradley Manning, who joined the Army after a somewhat troubled boyhood, and became an intelligence analyst.  Manning was quite open about his homosexuality, especially on Facebook (where he once displayed anger over the loss of a relationship), and did not run into charges under “don’t ask don’t tell” the way soldiers in other commands have ( the Army generally was more “liberal” with the policy than the other services, but still Bradley’s open behavior may seem surprising; fortunately this matter has been downplayed in the repeal legislation of DADT).  Bradley did have some run-ins with authority however, even as he was deployed to Iraq with full clearance. There was little effort to track who accessed SCI information, as the services had moved into open sharing since 9/11.  Partly out of personal issues, Manning decided to “share” some of the intelligence info after visiting a hacker’s conference in Massachusetts. 

The film then focuses on Julian Assange (the “white- haired Aussie”), who had supposedly set up his empire in such a way that he did not know where leaks came from.  He is just the distributor (or publisher), not the spy or "traitor".  (That seems to be important legally.) But this whole mechanism seemed to break down with Manning’s material as it was leaked to Wired.  There is a philosophical question about releasing leaked information when it will implicate the journalistic source.  Assange says about this, ““The best way to keep a secret is to never have it.”  (Look for a review of “Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty” reviewed Marc h 3, 2009 on the same aforementioned “cf” blog.)

There was a battle between Assange and the New York Times, and Assange gave more materials to the Guardian, but in November 2010 the two papers cooperated in a release of documents, with a lot of restraint and redaction. The film indicates that the release may have stimulated the revolt in Tunisia and later Egypt and contributed to the Arab Spring.

The film ends with a discussion of Manning’s current status, having been transferred to a military prison at Leavenworth. He has a preliminary hearing in July.  Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, appears and compares himself to Manning. (See my movies blog, Feb. 28, 2010, for review of a documentary about Ellsberg, “The Most Dangerous Man in America”.)  The link to the “Free Bradley Manning” site is this. But others think Manning is guilty of treason.

Watch the full episode. See more FRONTLINE.

Frontline has a statement on its being hacked in anticipation of this documentary, here

Frontline also has a ten minute supplementary documentary, “The Private Life of Bradley Manning”, from WGBH, here His father Brian is interviewed, and Bradley’s trouble with his stepmother is discussed.  He is small (5 feet 2, about the height of Matthew Shepard), and learned computer skills early. 

I guess WikiSecrets are a bit more of a serious matter than One Republic's "Secrets".  

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GOP's seven dwarfs debate on CNN; not too encouraging for Log Cabin

So, Monday evening June 13, CNN aired the two hour debate among “the seven dwarfs”: Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Timo Pawlenty, and Herman Cain. The set (at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH) was all garish red and blue. John King moderated. CNN says that the polls say that Mitt Romney "won" the debate. Romney, at least, has promised to keep his religious views away from his policies in office. 

The analysis of the debates carried on into AC360.

Most of the candidates promised to end Obamacare, and seemed unconcerned about abuses or misincentives for denials among health insurance companies.

Most of them wanted a constitutional amendment limiting the federal definition of marriage, especially since DOMA may fall. But Ron Paul said that the definition of marriage should be left up to churches or to private contracts, and the government should be out of it altogether. That’s the raw libertarian position. Back in 2004, Santorum had pushed such a constitutional amendment that went nowhere. Bachmann said that she supported such an amendment (there is such a state initiative in Minnesota) but would not interfere with what states wanted to do.

Most of them questioned Obama’s conditional repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”, and thought that service cheifs’ arms had been twisted.  But Paul said that military service should evaluate individual conduct only, not membership in a group or “propensity”.  And, curiously, Santorum, supposedly the most anti-gay candidate up there, agreed.
There were questions about loyalty oaths and federal appointees, and whether the candidates would be comfortable appointing Muslims.  Gingrich and Pawlenty talked about the idea of understanding that we do have enemies who will "lie" to get into the country and do what they want. 

Other interesting things happened on daytime TV Monday.  Nate Berkus invited Carson Kressley, who is starting his “Carson Nation” van tour of redesign projects in random cities.  Nate made an interesting comment (in front of Carson) about the tendency of many people (in the gay male community?) to judge others by external looks and that this "was no way to live."  That calls to mind a sermon one time by Minneapolis AGCMCC pastor Paul Tucker about "measuring people".   (Tuesday, Nate started his show in black and white, deliberately, in order to show how to use "gray" in design.)  And Ellen hosted Glee star Chord Overstreet, perhaps the only media star with a first name based on an element of music.  Ellen may not have heard Nate's advice, as she surely likes to bring "pretty" men onto her show and have them lose their shirts, almost as if the Town DC's drag queens were in charge. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

NBC Dateline re-airs report on teen bullying in schools

On Sunday June 12, NBC Dateline reaired a March episode about countering bullying in schools, with details from a middle school in Austin, TX.  The episode is titled "My Kid Would Never Bully."  That says something in itself. 

The episode focused particularly on girls who tend to use social ostracism against those who are different, with use of social media.

The speakers took the position that bystanders must intervene when they see bullying in schools. Neutrality is not possible; you are either with the victim or with the perpetrator. Life is often like that, isn’t it! – benign neutrality becomes indirect aggression. In one situation, a more mature teen said, “Let’s talk about this” and pretty soon the other girls did not want to join in on teasing a child who just dressed differently.

Picture: low income Baltimore neighborhood from Amtrak

Friday, June 10, 2011

Access Hollywood reports on Tracy Morgan's anti-gay "comedy" slurs

On June 10, Access Hollywood (on many affiliated stations, like NBC Washington) reported on the “apology” by stand-up comedian Tracy Morgan for obviously homophobic remarks made at the Ryman auditorium in Nashville on June 3.  The link is here.  They were pretty bad.  The incident spread after a Facebook posting by Kevin Rogers (not sure which Kevin, but the post appears on this Wall thread link). That shows again how social media, as well as more conventional self-publishing, can expose major gaffes very quickly and spread to everyone. 

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

AC360 airs report on 1970s-era "therapy" aimed at "effeminate" boys; led to tragedy, and to FRC today

Anderson Cooper’s AC360 program tonight (June 7) finally, after two weeks delay, started his 3-day report (20 minutes or so each day) on the “’The Sissy Boy Experiment’ – Uncovering the Truth”.

Back around 1970, in Los Angeles, a 5 year old boy named Kirk Andrew Murphy was taken to an “experimental” program at UCLA worked up by George Rekers, subsequently “notorious” with the Family Research Council.  The program was supposed to condition out “effeminate” behavior in boys. Only two years before Wyden’s book “Growing Up Straight” had come out (pun intended), which talked about the idea of a "pre-homosexual child", insisted that growing up "normal" was a moral duty, and pandered to every stereotype (almost all false today) about what gay men even look like.  I recall that book, and I discuss a similar one by James Nicolosi (who had created a stink on a Dr. Phil show about three years ago) on my Books blog on Jan. 21, 2009.

The therapy involved presenting the boy with “choices” of toys and rewarding the “right” choices and ignoring the wrong ones; it also involved a point system for behaviors involving blue and red chips.

The experiment would lead to tragic outcomes. Murphy, unable to show emotion and have relationships,  would actually serve eight years in the Air Force, to run away from his sexual orientation (ironic to report today when the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” hopefully advances) and then worked as a financial officer in India, where he would commit suicide at 38.

AC’ report included interviews with Kirk’s brother, quite emotional, and elderly mother, less emotional; she admitted being taken in by a television spot from UCLA on the program in 1970 and said she thought she could “nip it in the bud” (as said in a particularly silly flu medicine ad).

My “therapy” at NIH in the latter part of 1962 was deceptively disguised as adjustment-related, but in fact the NIH psychiatrists were very concerned about my reliance on fantasy with homosexual attachment, and particularly my hostility to the social and emotional norms of the heterosexual world where men desired women in order to have families and were expected to become protective of women and children.

The report this evening also mentioned the kidnapping of a lesbian blogger in Syria.

The “Ridiculist” report concerned a woman who was thrown out of a movie theater in Austin, TX called the Alamo Drafthouse for violating its no-talking and no-texting policy.  One time a few months ago in the Shirlington in Arlington, a woman complained to me after the movie because she could see my cell phone light (silenced) when I checked the time.  In September, 1992, at an old AMC complex in Bailey’s Crossroads, on a late Saturday afternoon, a woman came in and announced the no-talking policy. It was annoying, and I don’t recall right now what the movie was.

The Alamo Drafthouse site is here.  I love the idea of movie theaters serving good food (like Rave's Fairfax Corner in VA).  I may be in Austin (and Dallas) later on this year, will check it out. 

First picture: My own father in the pillory stocks in Williamsburg, VA in 1940 (estate picture, mine now). 

Update:  (6/8). On the second night, CNN tried to catch up with Rekers, now separated from the FRC after an escort "scandal".  In Florida, Rekers said that what had happened was "sad" but he claimed unrelated to the therapy after so many decades. 

The mindset for attempting "reparative" therapy seems to involve a desire by many people to see everyone measured by the same "rules".  But that's what totalitarian societies (whether communist or fascist) do. The morality of all this is a bit like some of the uncertainty principles in quantum physics.  To have "equality" we have to accept that a kind of inequality always exists, so you have to have complementarity and a community, too.  Maybe that sounds too much like Rick Warren ("it isn't about you," after all). 

NOTE: (6/8/2011): I'm experimenting with making this one blog work on mobile devices, and only then others.  I am experiencing some difficulties.  I'll let everyone know when it can work "normally" on mobile (and not interfere with regular use). 

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Fareed Zakaria on GPS: Nathan Myhrvold appears; later: "Restoring the American Dream"

Nathan Myhrvold appeard on Fareed Zakaria’s Global Public Square Sunday June 5, and made the bold suggestion of using spent nuclear waste as a supplementary fuel source for generating electricity.
Myhrvold is called a professional “jack of all trade” (and master of many, perhaps).  He was a former chief technology officer of Microsoft and founder of Intellectual Ventures (link).  Here is a profile of him on Ted, link  (no relation to the "Ted Spread" that we learned about in 2008, against our wills). 

He says that the US has lost its ability to play the role of the world’s inventers, because of overreactive public policy.

CNN will air “Restoring the American Dream: How to Innovate” Sunday night at 8 PM.  This will be a “Fareed Zakaria GPS Special”, with his blog posting describing his content here

Zakaria also reported that Japan has asked business executives to dress casually this summer to save electricity. A mild measure!

The latest scuttlebutt is that Anderson Cooper will finally air the “sissy” story Tuesday June 7. Ironically, he has been diverted not only by tornado coverage but by horrific stories about abuse of minors in Syria.
Here is Nathan Mhyrvold on Intellectual Virtues on Charlie Rose on PBS:

Thursday, June 02, 2011

AC360: Anthony Weiner and Twittergate: the practicalities and legalities

Last night (June 1), Anderson Cooper’s AC360 show continued in “opportunistic” mode, changing its itinerary. It focused on the Twitter hack of Rep. Anthony Weiner from New York State. Anderson interviewed a panel, with Wolf Blitzer explaining that in Twitter, it is not too hard with Yfrog to make it appear that a racy picture you posted was posted by someone else’s account. Liability or legal problems?  Jeffrey Toobin tended to discount them, as he says there isn’t much statutory or case law to see that crimes were committed.  I would think it should be a crime to impersonate someone else; I think I’ve covered that before on other blogs; will look some more. Lots of “friends” post “cute” (if PG) pictures on Twitter.

Cooper went into the abuses of the regime in Syria, put upon minors and teenagers. But he still has not covered the “sissy boy experiment” supposedly scheduled for May 24, put off by the Joplin tornado. Those kinds of stories continue, with shocking weather in Springfield, MA late Wednesday.

Update (June 7): Weiner made premature blog posts into toast. He confessed. He sent the tweets and photos. I can only say that the shirtless photo obviously is missing one element; it looks like Weiner visited Clive Barker's Erasure. At 46, his fake "immaturity" is not becoming. He has an odd idea about "what women want". We will soon visit a land of men without chests. You don't need to be abducted and taken to another planet.