WEDNESDAY 7-11-18

1.      The State of Nevada is scheduled to execute convicted double murderer Scott Dozier tonight using fentanyl. The first execution in any state that will use fentanyl.  If it works without any problems, do you think more states will follow suit?

 

2.      Stockton, California will give a $500 monthly stipend to 100 residents in a program called Universal Basic Income.  Under UBI, the selected residents will receive the money for 18 months, no strings attached, with the goal of creating an income floor no one will fall beneath.  What do you think of Universal Basic Income?

 

3.       The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the league against the new policy that players must stand for the national anthem and face being fined or having the option to stay in the locker room.  The union claims the NFL’s governing body did not consult with the union, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.  Is the league violating players rights with the new policy?

 

4.      The price of one bitcoin is now sitting at about $6,400, which translates to a more than 50% drop this year alone. That's also a 66% dive from the all-time high of just under $20,000 that bitcoin hit in late December.  Investors like Warren Buffett have warned people to stay away from cryptocurrencies.  However, some say bitcoin may eventually bounce back, does block chain technology still have the potential to transform how people pay for things in the future? Is it worth the gamble to invest in bitcoin?

 

5.      Tens of thousands fill arenas and stadiums across America to hear from Joel and Victoria Osteen and Quicken Loans Arena announced they will be in Cleveland on Friday, October 12th to hold a “A Night of Hope”.   Osteen’s televised sermons are now seen by more than 7 million people weekly.  Have you followed Joel Osteen’s career?  Can you compare him to Billy Graham?

 

6.      Tesla has announced plans to build a plant in China and they expect to build 500,000 vehicles a year there.  A Tesla spokesperson, they expect construction to begin in the near future after the company gets all the necessary approvals and permits.  Could China become Tesla's biggest and most lucrative market?

 

7.      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?

 

8.      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?

 

9.      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?

 

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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