Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday Debrief

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The Justice Department will release about 6,000 inmates from federal prisons in less than a month, many of whom are nonviolent drug dealers who would not have been sent to jail today based on changing laws. It's part of a bipartisan effort to reduce prison overcrowding in the U.S. which has a quarter of the world's prison population. It's the craziness of it all.

Experts see mass shootings less as isolated expressions of rage and more as acts that build on previous rampages. The most recent, in Oregon, has renewed worries for U.S. colleges and schools. It's all about mental illness.

Today is the 14th anniversary of the U.S-led invasion of Afghanistan, which sought, among other things, to topple the Taliban and thus began the war on Terrorist after 9/11. So much has happened since then with many new players in the game from various factions. It has cost Americans billions of dollars and much more in human suffering. Sadly the Taliban's recent gains and the U.S. airstrike on a hospital appear to have restarted a debate in the Obama administration about whether to move forward with plans to cut by about half the current American force of 10,000 soldiers. This is a no-win situation for everyone - with lots of collateral damage.

Love my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Samsung Electronics ended its two-year streak of shrinking profits, saying today in a preliminary report that its operating profit had increased nearly 80 percent in the most recent quarter.

Flower Power?
Across China, grown-ups are wearing plastic decorations on their heads in the shapes of vegetables, fruit and flowers, a fad that has no single explanation. It began with a humble bean sprout clipped to the hair, erect like a flagpole. Now heads are sporting clovers, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, lavender, mushrooms, chiles, cherries, gourds and pine trees.

The Pope's Itinerinary
Pope Francis will visit Mexico next year, the Vatican announced, including a stop at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

The N.H.L. season opens tonight with new rules for overtime. The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks host the New York Rangers (8 p.m., NBCSN) and the San Jose Sharks are at the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 p.m., NBCSN).

Not a great night for the NY Yankees. It started with a medical emergency - a fan suffering a heart attack - which caused a lengthy backup that delayed ticket holders getting into Yankee Stadium for an hour or more to watch the American League wild-card game ... Then they lost 3-0 to the Houston Astros in the winner-take-all AL wild-card game.

If you like Lady Gaga and Horror Stories tonight is your night. "American Horror Story: Hotel" returns for a fifth season, with murders, a musty Los Angeles setting and Lady Gaga. Not my thing. Haven't considered "Scream Queens". I'll stick with Nashville and Empire - Cookie is scary enough!

My grandson Noah got a drone as a birthday gift from a friend. Whoops ... he got it stuck in a tree his first adventure out. Dad Ryan had to throw baseballs at it to finally set it free. Mischievous kids can use toy drones to spy on people they know. Over in California a new law intends to block paparazzi from using drones by adding the airspace above someone's land to the definition of invasion of property.

The Sci-Fi Factor

Today is Not Doomsday. There will never be a doomsday ... just continuing dramas until the illusion Fades to Black.

Doomsday Revised: New Prediction Claims World Will End on Oct. 7   Live Science - October 6, 2015

Now we're talking ... Just when the presidential race started to get boring ... What would Trump say about aliens?
Space Aliens Be Warned: George Noory Is Eyeing The Presidency   Huffington Post - October 7, 2015

When Donald Trump speaks out about the threat of undocumented aliens, he's usually ranting about Mexicans. When George Noory speaks out on aliens, he's talking about extraterrestrials and government conspiracies over UFOs. Noory -- the host of 'Coast to Coast AM', the biggest overnight radio program in North America - hasn't formally announced his candidacy, but he's declared that he's willing to accept a draft to run for the Oval Office in 2016.

FBI Top Secret Alien Memo Uncovered!   Coast to Coast - October 5, 2015
Investigators in Japan have reportedly uncovered a hush-hush FBI memo documenting the existence of extraterrestrial beings. At the Hakui Centre for UFO Research in Tokyo, Japan investigators claim they have a FBI memo about flying saucers and their pilots - three feet tall aliens.

Conspiracy Update   Coast to Coast - October 6, 2015
Former Independent governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura is also a former professional wrestler, a movie actor, and a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In the first half, he detailed corporate and government conspiracies which he believes are undermining the fabric of the country, as well as opined about the 2016 presidential election. The campaigning for president starts way too early, he asserted. "We need to pass a law that says you cannot even form a campaign committee until the year of the election," he said, noting that multiple senators and governors are missing votes, and not doing their jobs by focusing on their campaigns.

If you enjoy a good time travel adventure - Friday night Continuum airs its series finale. Will Kiera Cameron return to 2077? Last week'e episode trigger memories for me. Actor William B. Davis co-starred on Continuum in the future ... then traveled back to this timeline to play The Smoking Man on the new X-Files. I remember him being blown up by a rocket when last we saw him on X-Files. Good example of how a character gets a new insert and reboot.

Meet David Duchovny ... Saturday 1:15 PM at New York Comic Con and see Episode 1.

Mars Moments ... first the admission of water on Mars now more scrying ...