Friday, November 30, 2012
NBC Rock Center covers homeless families with children; Muslim pro football players who sacrifice to go to the hajj
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A question on ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" on Nov. 28, 2012 referred to this show as "Doomsday Bunkers".
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
The Texas prison system cannot stop Jeffs from having communications by mail.
YouTube has a featurette, and imdb lists a 2008 film "Damned to Heaven". I don't know if it was completed (it's not on Netflix).. Men are told they can't go to Heaven wtihout at least three wives. That leaves two-thirds of the men stranded.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The film starts with a legally binding deposition of Armstrong, the first ever in public media, where he denies the charges.
Although Armstrong insists he has given thousands of negative drug tests, a French lab confirmed the use of "EPO".
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
"Fringe": Science channel restarts the series with the graphic-looking Pilot: watch your body, and check for mindreaders
The 2008 “Pilot”, essentially an 81-minute feature film directed by Alex Graves and written in part by J. J. Abrams, starts when a distressed passenger on an overseas flight to Boston gives himself an insulin injection on the plane (that’s permitted, and I didn’t want to see his gams). Pretty soon, his body disintegrates, and so does that of everyone else on the plane, which lands at Logan on auto-pilot.
Picture (first): Imagine, if you will, a model railroad running on a Mobius strip. The other "side" below any point on the strip is the same "place" a couple hundred years ago. A vehicle for time travel? Fringe science and mathematics, anyone? This is all "algebraic topology".
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I personally would not want to cause a baby to be brought into the world and then take it from its biological mother intentionally (even in surrogacy). Maybe a three-way "modern family" would work. At my age, it's a theoretical question. On the other hand, given the worldwide need for adoption, and especially special needs ("Wednesday's Child" series on NBC Washington), one can make a case that there is a generative moral adoption for same-sex couples to adopt if able, even singles. (In Minnesota, adoption has been advertised to singles).
Monday, November 12, 2012
Laser epilation, supposedly permanent, has been advertised by clinics since about 2000.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
NBC Dateline: "Obsession" a psychopathic professional female in a love triangle worthy of "Lifetime"
Friday, November 09, 2012
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Monday, November 05, 2012
The link for donations to the American Red Cross is here (story by Lauren Sher).
I did volunteer at a phone bank for the Red Cross in September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, but most calls wound up being forwarded to a FEMA hotline, which took up to 12 hours to answer. A couple calls that I took were for medical emergencies, and there was a nurse on site.
For some people, making charitable contributions could become an escape clause from a sudden jump in the 2012 taxes because of an anomaly with the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) which Congress has yet to repair. See my "Bill Retires" blog today for details.
Some donations are being matched by Samsung.
ABC is also donating $1 for every Facebook "Like" today.
"The View" mentioned that some people were offering housing, from as far away as Michigan, although that won't help anyone who wants to stay near home. It also said that people on higher ground (generally 100 feet in elevation or higher) with power could do laundry for those displaced.
Most media sources are warning about a cold "Noreaster" Wednesday which could cause more coastal damage and bring snow inland, even to Washington DC.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
CNN hosts discussion on how Sandy affects ability of people to vote in election; postponement even possible? (NJ authorizes electronic voting by email, fax)
Lemon is also reporting that NJ Governor Chris Christie is arranging to allow electronic voting, by fax or email, by 8 PM EST Tuesday. This is just in; check CNN's twitter feeds for details Saturday evening; no details available as of 6 PM.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
On "Days", Nick Fallon says that the way Will and Sonny live is "wrong"; Lucas tells Will who is "family"
Nick's analogy seems false because earlier Nick had directly harmed others (his killing of Trent might have been justified by Trent's crimes), but Will and Sonny harm no one. It's a matter of "cultural cohesion".
Update: Nov. 2
On Friday, Lucas taunted Will and suggested that Sonny was a philanderer out to "use" Will. Then Will went back to Sonny's apartment, and although it looked like they would become intimate, Will started taunting Sonny about fidelity, and Sonny pushed him away and told him to leave. "It's over." It's stupid to become jealous like this. I've never done this.
In the meantime, Nick seems to have no idea about Gaby's previous misdeeds. Maybe when she gets pregnant there will be a fight and DNA test over whose baby she has. If Will winds up as a father, he would practically have to marry her, if Sonny has broken up with hom.