Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Harvard removes law professor as dean for representing Harvey Weinstein (Reason TV)

Harvard recently fired a residence hall dean, law professor Ronald Sullivan and his wife, because the professor took on Harvey Weinstein as a client.  The mob called itself “Harvard Can Do Better”.
John Stossel interviews Alan Dershowitz.  John Stossel interviews law professor Alan Dershowitz ib respect for due process. 

Dershowitz argues that we have allowed the radical Left to turn society into the “oppression Olympics”. You have to belong to an oppressed group or tribe to get anywhere.

If I had to call myself a victim to succeed in life, I would just be a loser.

I wonder if Harvard undergrad John Fish, who just finished his sophomore year and who has an impressive video channel himself at 19 and is learning how to start and run little businesses already and make real money on his own, will take this one up.  It’s a hot potato.  Fish rarely talks about partisan politics (he is Canadian) but he has talked about polarization and about the problems of the Internet’s “attention currency”. 

Tim Pool (Subverse) will surely pick up this story and say it is more evidence “we are living in hell”.
Every day I learn something more outrageous that the regressive Left has gotten away with.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Doctor's YouTube series really does tell you when you should pay attention to chest pain

When should an adult be concerned about chest pain or upper body discomfort from referred pain?

Dr. Ken D Berry used to work as an emergency room doctor, and tells you which sorts of pains you probably don’t have to worry about, and the more subtle signs that really could be a warning of a coming infarction.  He also discusses angina.
This is one of the best heart disease videos I have ever seen.

The end of male body sanctity, Wiki

Monday, May 27, 2019

"United Shades" visits Washington DC, as if it were Parts Unknown

W. Kamau Bell filmed an episode of “United Shades of America” in Washington DC, for Memorial Day weekend.

Bell summarized his own episode on CNN here

He calls his episode of “Tale of Two Cities”, not exactly London and Paris in Charles Dickens’s novel (and a family book when I was growing up).

It was more about the fibbies (Congress, SCOTUS and the White House, and government departments), vs. the people who live here.

Indeed, many retrocession proposals (to Maryland) would keep a very small federal enclave.
Kamau interviewed someone who remembered the 1968 riots, and he interviewed a female Trump supporter who lived here.

He talked about the lack of adequate home rule (the “no taxation without representation” license plate) on areas like legalization of pot, and gun control.

It is also now one of the nations gayest cities, despite the fact that bars like Town get closed to make way for more gentrified apartments and condos.

Northeast is slowly improving with gentrification, and SE will eventually follow.  RFK Stadium area could be developed.

But Washington suffered with racism in the years I grew up in Arlington VA.  The Washington Senators baseball team, both versions, were bad because ownership didn’t care, in a racially sensitive city where white people led outside the city limits.

You could put Arlington and Alexandria back together (re-retorcession) with the District and have a real representation to the city (about 1.2 million then).  You could increase height limits for buildings as a way to make housing more affordable.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sharyl Attkisson "Full Measure" show connects trafficking to drug cartels and gangs in the border areas

Sharyl Attkisson covered sex-trafficking on her Full Measure program on Sinclair stations Sunday morning, especially the volunteer work of “Saved in America” and “#childsavednotsold” on the Texas border and in San Diego.

The program emphasized that this problem occurs in conjunction with drug cartels, but maintained that underage women are recruited by trolling Facebook, which would get Facebook in trouble over the FOSTA law, as if it weren’t in enough trouble already.
Here is here article on the story. The show has also maintained that Wikipedia is beholden to special interests, and that Americans agree with bringing Roe v Wade to the Supreme Court with strict abortion laws.  I question this.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

"One Night in Central Park" on ABC 20-20 revisits "The Central Park Five"

On Friday, May 24, 2019, ABC 2020 aired the documentary “One Night in Central Park”, link here
The film is a retelling of Sony’s “The Central Park Five” with Ken Burns.  This film has the narrative style of an HBO documentary.

The narrative presents the continuous viewpoint of the victim, Trisha Meili, who has raped and beaten close to death and left in a ravine on April 19, 1989.  She had a broken eye socket and almost lost the eye.  She had been working on Wall Street.

Police arrested five young black men quickly and later it turned out their confessions were coerced. The incident occurred in a time of hidden racial tensions in the City. Mayor Giuiliani would lower the crime rate in the 1990s with vigorous law enforcement.

Later, a convicted serial rapist in prison for life in upstate New York would admit to the crime, and the City would have to make wrongful conviction settlements.

Trump has drawn criticism for his ill-informed praise of the way the City handled the original case.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

O'Rourke's Iowa town hall fails in the television ratings, despite his sturdy performance and good looks

Deadline is reporting that Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke’s Town Hall on CNN, late, from Des Moines, Iowa, failed to attract good ratings, story. 

Beto looked slender and young in his suit, and tried to leverage his youth. He also argued for utilitarian pragmatism in dealing with issues like health care, and hinted that some of the European blended models might work better than Obamacare. "We don't have time for Medicare for all" (video). 
But O’Rourke did argue that impeachment proceedings should start against Trump-.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tim Pool's skateboarding video, "Explaining the Secret of My Success"

I must admit, Tim Pool has been in the news the past few days, with his announcement, and I’ll make a pitch shortly, but I honestly thought his little short film about skateboarding belongs here.

Apparently he ordered a miniramp kit from a specialized manufacturing company and assembled it in his back yard with the help of some friends.  I think this is somewhere in southern New Jersey.  Well, my very first job in 1970 had me working at the RCA plant in Cherry Hill, so I remember the area.
The video is called “Explaining the Secret to My Success.”  Call this anti-fragility, as Jonathan Haidt and Nassim Nicholas Taleb (“Skin in the Game”) explain the concepts.  Skateboarding is good for that.  I think that Daniel Gruss, the computer science professor in Austria who broke Intel, skates.
Pool has also explained that guitar playing forces you to develop calluses to protect your fingers.

Shaun White, of course, is the best known – I’ve had him on this blog before – he was born with a tetralogy of fallot and recovered with surgery – same as Jimmy Kimmel’s son. 

As for Haidt’s concept, both David Hogg and Nicholas Sandmann, as teens, demonstrate anti-fragility. Politics has nothing to do with it. But if a political enemy attacks them, they fight back and get stronger.

In 2002, young Minneapolis filmmaker Shane Nelson made “A Film in Three Parts”, about extreme shorts, especially skateboarding on narrow stairway railings.

Pictures:  Lake in Hightstown NJ, 2010; In 1970,  I had my first apartment in nearby New Windsor, at the time called the Princeton Arms, off NJ 571. Second: Minneapolis from an airplane.

There is a video from 2006 by Brett Novak, "Tim Pool": Day at a Chicago Warehouse". 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Vox offers three-part documentary series on the Israeli Settlements on the West Bank (and East Jerusalem)

Ezra Klein explains “Settlements” in a two part video (18 min), “Why the Israeli settlements don’t feel like a conflict zone”, video by Johnny Harris.

That’s a change from the original settling after the 1967 war.  In Part 1, Klein explains the Oslo Accords, and the three Zones (A, B. and C, 60%).

There is a third video that explains settlers taking over East Jerusalem, one house at a time, by buying homes as they become available, and then forcing residents to accept settlement culture.

Libertarians have often criticized the settlements as immoral taking or property, but it gets more complicated, as the videos show.
Wikipedia attribution link for West Bank demonstration picture CCSA 3.0 

Monday, May 13, 2019

AC360 presents non-profit to teach conflict journalists to give first aid, founded by Sebastian Junger

Tonight Anderson Cooper, on AC360, spoke to author and journalist Sebastian Junger on a new non-profit he had founded, RISC, or Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, as in this summary story.

The cause is inspired by the death of journalist Tim Hetherington, who had worked with Sebastian Junger filming Restrepo in Afghanistan (Moves, July 10, 2010). Hetherington was killed in Libya in 2011 filming the fall of Gafaddi during the Arab Spring when a mortar landed near him and exploded. The shrapnel severed his femoral artery and he bled to death, with his colleagues not knowing how to save him, or knowing military first aid.

I will check soon if it is possible to donate on Facebook (or do a fundraiser for it).  I generally do most of my giving privately except for causes that are closer to what I do myself or would do, but this one hits closer home.

The two links are this for the organization, and Sebastian Junger’s.     His book “Tribe” is reviewed by me here. I met him in 1998 at a book signing in Minneapolis for "A Perfect Storm". 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

"United Shades": Kamau Bell interviews the Hmong people in the Twin Cities, MN

W. Kamau Bell, on “United Shades of America”, covered the Hmong community in St. Paul MN. 

The Hmong group fought with the US during some portions of the Vietnam, especially Nixon’s controversial “secret war in Laos”. 

Somalia has also provided a large number of immigrants in the Twin Cities.

I lived in Minneapolis from 1997-2003 and recall that the Libertarian Party of Minnesota candidates did pay attention to the groups.
Much of the show was devoted to food, Bourdain style.  The Hmong run many of the farmer’s market stands in the Twin Cities.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

James Comey lays Trump on the line in a CNN town hall with Anderson

On Thursday night former FBI director James Comey did a townhall at George Washington University with Anderson Cooper and made several points. 

Trump may be in cahoots with the Russians.

The Russians went after the US to discredit democratic capitalism or neo-liberalism as an dexample for the rest of the world, showing that the system creates resentments between intellectuals and working people.

The Russians also wanted to get revenge on Hillary Clinton, although the Russians may have been right in that Hillary grossly mismanaged the security of her communications in the State Department and earlier, even by common standards of IT was it was twenty years ago when I was still working.

The Russians believed Donald Trump would be a populist president whom they could manipulate.
Comey also said he had no choice but to send a letter to Congress on Oct. 28, 2016. But the coincidences that needed to happen for the laptop to be connected to sex offense were indeed amazing.

Fox news is claiming loudly that Comey is in deep trouble legally.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

John Stossel: "The Rise of Citizen Journalists" presents Tim Pool

John Stossel reports on “The Rise of Citizen Journalists” on Reason TV.

He focuses on Tim Pool, and covers Pool’s trip to Sweden, paid for by a conservative activist, and Pool found little evidence of “no go zones”.

Stossel also credits Pool for helping bust the mainstream media in misreporting on the Covington Kids and Nathan Phillps in January, which has gotten several media outlets sued.
Pool owns a company called (possibly with others).  Ford Fischer has a company called News2Share which emphasizes protests.  My own brand is called “”. 
Maybe there should be some synergy.  

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Culture wars and extremes face off, on "United Shades of America"

W. Kamau Bell, on Sunday night May 5,in the second 2019 episode of “United Shades of America”,  examined protesters on both sides of the political spectrums facing off, in a variety of cities such as Portland OR.
An important part of the broadcast was an interview with co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza. “Being woke isn’t enough” was one of the themes of the broadcast. 

There is also a link to a related Daily Kos story of “red-pilling” of a certain subset of working class white men in the south or Midwest.

Generally, mainstream Americans don’t believe in conspiracy theories or don’t take the taunts and hyperboles from some conservatives very literally.  But a small but dangerous vulnerable minority does, as we saw with Comet Ping Pong in December 2016.

Monday, May 06, 2019

"The Redemption Project" looks at forgiveness after a catastrophic DUI accident in Louisiana

Van Jones’s episode #2 of CNN’s “The Redemption Project” presented a family with a young woman whose life was essentially taken away from her in Louisiana in May 2008 by a female drunk driver who had three times the legal limit of alcohol, link
The young woman was in a wheel chair, had severe speech impediment and reportedly cognitive effects from the severe head injuries in the wreck.

The woman guilty of the crime woke up in a hospital and didn’t know what she had done.  Her mother had to tell her.  She would serve seven years of a ten year prison sentence.

But, through a professional mediator, the families arranged to meet.

The mother of the injured young woman said, “this isn’t her” and that her life had started over with new identity.

This episode goes beyond the usual spiritual idea of forgiveness.  It challenges whether you can retain a relationship with someone who has such a catastrophe imposed by wrong from others, whose original identity is taken from her.

Update: May 12

Van Jones covered a redemption from a gang slaying in Chicago, video

Sunday, May 05, 2019

"Chasing Life": Norway, with Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta narrated an episode of “Chasing Life”, about Norway, much of it filmed in the Arctic town of Tromso.

The broadcast covered seasonal affective disorder for the long polar nights.
It also covered the happiness of the people.

I visited Norway for a week in late July, early Aug. of 1972.  I visited a family in Oslo whom I knew from FBC;  there was a heat wave and no air conditioning.

I then took the train to Bergen, and then another train to Trondheim, where I made a friend of sorts. I took a train to Bodo (crossing the arctic circle) and connected to a bus to Narvik.  The next day I took the train into Sweden and spent a night in Kiruna.  I went to a hotel for dinner and a man tried to pick me up, six months before I would “come out”. I took the train back to Stockholm and met another person who lived in Montreal with whom I would correspond a while.
The last part of the episode showed how kids are raised to be outdoors a lot, and way from too much tech. 

Update: May 12

On May 11, Gupta covered Italy, especially Sardinia, with emphasis on the cooking with ingredients and natural olive oils, and the lack of processed foods, as contributing to long life spans. 

Picture from Oslo-Bergen line.  I had lunch here. 
By ChrisO at English Wikipedia - Own work (Original text: Image by ChrisO), CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

"Economic Invincibility" discusses the non-importance of measures of online popularity

For May Day, I thought I would share one of Dr. Martin Goldberg’s vignettes of wisdom, “Where Are My Subscribers?

“Economic Invincibility” here talks about the preoccupation that many vloggers have concerning subscriber counts, and he also touches on the issue of needing income from your content for a living.  

 He implies he doesn’t and that the channel might not last forever (is he planning to run for office?)
Perhaps his concern is partly motivate by the furor over PewDiePie and Felix’s “apology”.

A YouTube video shows the number of views, likes, and comments. (There is some controversy about Instagram, by comparison now.) A blog post normally does not (except for the comments). Blogger has the concept of "follower" but this has become less important over time as YouTube channels have overtaken them in importance (since about 2013 or so). And YouTube, as we know, is now coming under question by Wall Street as it has had to become much more "woke" in its monitoring of content and ad-friendliness. 

But he says showing subscribers would be a distraction, and he wants viewers to focus on the ideas he expresses, not on his own popularity.  He did mention the click-bait issue, which Tim Pool has often talked about.

Given the sustainability of the whole “user generated content creation” business, I have concerns about both sides of this argument, as I have said before.  There are many "analytics"  measures of customer engagement that tech companies could use to evaluate and possibly weed out some speakers over time.