Monday, September 24, 2018

"Alternative Influencer: Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube"

Here’s a good broadcast by Tim Pool, Timcast, 30 minutes:

Alternative Influencer: Broadcasting the Reactionary Right on YouTube

The video has a research chart that links “influencers” together.   I wonder if I belong on it.  Milo Yiannopolous is near the bottom.  Tim is in the middle.

Tim says he is not a "conservative" although many of his broadcasts tear apart illogical thinking on the far Left.  He is very liberal on social issues like gay marriage, but more from a libertarian idea of equality before the law. He believes some common sense needs to prevail in health care, climate change. etc.  

Tim was at a "Mythconpanel in Milwaukee Saturday at the Pabst Theater that was canceled because of threats. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

HLN "True Crime" describes Williams Brothers hate crime spree in 1999, 2001

On Tuesday, September 18, 2010, HLN “True Crime” covered the spree in 1999 of the white supremacist Williams brothers (Benjamin Matthew Williams and James Tyler Williams), who killed a gay couple – Gary Matson and Winfried Mowder, near Sacramento, Advocate story

In 2001 they set fire to synagogues and an abortion clinic.  Another story describes their rearing by an ultrafundamentalist sects. 

But in some ways their spree reminds one of Andrew Cunanan in 1987.
Their crimes were also depicted in the “Not in Our Town” series.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Armenia, on Bourdain's final Parts Unknown episodes

Sunday night, CNN aired “Armenia” on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown final episode series.

The former Soviet Republic is known for its own tragic history with the Genocide, and now some strains with Turkey. Most Armenians weren’t born there.

But the most interesting observation is that chess is taught in the schools as an essential “life skill”.  I guess you need to play rook and pawn endings well, or understand the nuances of openings like the Archangelsk Ruy Lopez (a couple thousand miles to the north).
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dayton, Ohio, "Left Behind, America", on PBS Frontline and Pro Publica

PBS Frontline, on Sept 11, aired another episode of “Left Behind America” focusing on Dayton, Ohio, link.

Alec Macgillis from Pro Publica narrates.

The broadcast showed multiple shots of dilapidated homes in the city, compared to the nice downtown, with broad boulevards almost empty.

The computer manufacturer NCR (which at one time was in the mainframe business) has left for Georgia.

The broadcast emphasized that the reason for economic depression is low wages that don’t pay enough to live on and stay out of debt. Yet some companies, especially a box company, say they have trouble finding workers who aren’t opioid or drug addicts.  There are jobs in newer companies that deal with imports.  Trump’s protectionism doesn’t seem to have worked very well.

The slide in wages seems to have gotten much worse after the “bailouts” of banks following the 2008 financial crisis. But globalization and technology have made many jobs less valuable.

The documentary showed a large food pantry, which needed many volunteers to operate and distribute food, with some attention to needs like diabetes. This one of the largest food security charities I’ve ever seen in the media.  In the DC area, Food and Friends does this for HIV and cancer patients. Arlington Food Assistance and Mt Olivet Methodist Church’s community assistance look much smaller by comparison.

Wright-Patterson Air Force base is nearby.

This episode should be appreciated in connection with a long New York Times "booklet" story today by Nelson D. Schwartz: "The Recovery that Threw the Middle-Class Dream Under a Benz". 

Wikipedia attribution link for photo of Mutual Office Building by Greg Hume, under CCSA 3.0 

Sunday, September 09, 2018

"The Mysterious Case of George Padapoulos" on CNN

The Mysterious Case of George Padapopoulos” on CNN Saturday night.

It seems so easy for young adults who helped Donald Trump to get into trouble innocently.  George, who at 31 has no furrows, was stopped at the airport returning from Europe and taken into custody for lying to the FBI about earlier dealings with the Russians for Trump.

He spent two weeks in jail.  He is the first to go to jail over the Mueller probe.
George Stephanopoulos interviewed him with his wife Sunday morning.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Dateline: "The Match": evidence from hypnosis, and a possibly troubling plea bargain

Dateline NBC carried the ratings Friday night with “The Match”, a two hour episode in which victim Brittani Marcell was put under hypnosis to identify her attacked in a shovel attack, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

The prosecutors used DNA evidence from the blood to indict the attacker before his identity was known, so his name could be added later.  ABC News has a detailed story

But what seems disturbing at the end is the plea bargain with Justin Hansen. He plead no contest to reduce his maximum sentence so he could some day see his four children. He got 18 years, the maximum, from the judge. He would not admit guilt. So what seems a little disturbing is the use of forensic hypnosis.  Is this a reliable tool?

I can remember we played around with hypnosis in the dorm at KU in grad school around 1967.  
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Thursday, September 06, 2018

"What Happens at the Edge of the Universe?" PBS

What Happens at the Edge of the Universe? 

PBS Digital Studios explains “proper distance” and cosmic distance.  But essentially the expansion fo space (faster than light) makes it impossible to make any progress toward getting toward any observablr edge.  There will ways be galaxies that we could never get any information from.

Here’s a supplementary piece on the geometry of space from the University of Texas.