MONDAY 7-9-18

1.       It’s a race against time in Thailand as 13 international divers and 5 Thai Navy Seals attempt a daring  rescue mission to save 12 boys and their coach who have been trapped in a cave for more than two weeks.  What are your thoughts on the latest news?

 

2.       A fourth former college wrestler is claiming Rep. Jim Jordan knew about the sexual abuse of the team he coached at Ohio State University two decades ago.  Shawn Dailey joins 3 of his former alumni in saying that Rep. Jordan knew about Dr. Richard Strauss’s alleged sexual abuse of young athletes and did nothing about it. The wrestlers have described Strauss’s behavior, which included inappropriate touching and sexual assault, as an open secret. Rep. Jordan was OSU’s assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994 and claims he was not aware of any abuse until recently. Do you believe the former wrestlers or Rep. Jordan? 

 

3.       There was a peaceful anti-violence protest in Chicago over the weekend that partially shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway. One of the organizers, Father Michael Pfleger said the demonstration was designed to focus a spotlight on crime, joblessness and poverty in city neighborhoods. One large protest sign said, “Stop shooting”.  Pfleger added, “Today was the attention getter, but now comes the action.”  What should that action be?

 

4.       A  Federal Judge ruled that the U.S. Postal Service has to pay a $3.5 million fine to sculptor Robert Davidson after his replica of the Statue of Liberty in Las Vegas was depicted on a  stamp instead of the original monument. The Postal Service began selling the stamp featuring the statue in December 2010, realized they screwed up in 2011 but continued to sell it through January 2014. Sales from the stamp generated more than $2.1 billion dollars. What are your thoughts on the ruling?

 

5.       A Dallas mom shot a carjacker in the head after he tried to steal her car with her kids inside. The mom, Michelle Booker-Hicks, was out of the car paying for gas while her 2 and 4-year-old sons sat in the vehicle's back seats. Booker-Hicks saw a man enter her vehicle and attempt to flee but she was a able to pull a gun from her glove compartment and shot the  carjacker in the head as just as he drove away in her SUV with her and her two toddlers inside. “I’m not a killer, but I do believe in defending what’s mine,” The carjacker is in stable but serious condition.  Should she get the mother of the year award or be chastised for leaving two young kids in the car alone?

 

6.       Microsoft has placed a massive computer data center on the bottom of the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.  The deployment is the second phase of Project Natick, which Microsoft says could herald a new wave of data centers that can be deployed rapidly and inexpensively. One of the biggest advantages of placing the data center underwater is the lower energy cost to cool the servers.  Tidal turbines and wave energy converters will generate the electricity for the data center.  How would you feel having your data at the bottom of the sea? Who’s going to service it if something goes wrong?

 

7.       A Texas mother was arrested after police say she sold her seven-year old son to two men and was in the process of selling his younger sisters. Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi was arrested and has remained in jail on a charge of sale or purchase of a child.  Police found the child while executing a drug search warrant and discovered that the two girls, ages 2 and 3, were in the process of being sold.  If convicted, what would be a just sentence?

 

8.       A UCLA professor died during a bondage session in a Los Angeles area home. Doran George, 48, was found dead inside the home of Skip Chasey, an executive for Hollywood’s William Morris Endeavor agency and known in the Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism community also known as BDSM.  The professor had been wrapped “head to toe in plastic wrap and gaffer’s tape, with small breathing holes at the nose and mouth,” during a mummification ritual. When paramedics arrived, they were unable to revive him.  No charges have been filed.  Should the person or people who bound him up be charged in George’s death?

 

9.       The Center for Disease Control says that about a quarter of all adults in the U.S. get the recommended amount of exercise. According to new stats, 22.9% of people get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week plus some muscle-strengthening activities.  Do you do any cardio?

 

10.    A group of retired law enforcement and military officers along with a TV producer Thomas Colbert have been investigating the infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper who parachuted from a Northwest Orient flight in 1971 with $200,000 in cash.  They have concluded that Cooper was really a paratrooper and Vietnam Vet named Robert Rackstraw.  The investigators believe they broke a code in a letter to The Oregonian newspaper in 1972.  Do you think D.B. Cooper was a fictitious character?  Does it make sense that a former Vietnam paratrooper could have been Cooper?

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