The Big Game
I talked quite a bit about my impressions of Superbowl 50. Mainly, I was happy that Payton Manning won his second ring and can now retire with as many Superbowl wins as his brother Eli. Eli’s reaction during the game was excellent! Payton had fun with Eli’s lack of enthusiasm on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Pretty funny. Check it out.
There were a couple things that annoyed me. (Of course.) One was Phil Simms’ constantly calling Carolina quarterback Cam Newton by his full name. Never just Cam or Newton. Every time, “Cam Newton. Cam Newton. Cam Newton.”
To be fair, Simms called every player, every time, by their first and last names. It’s just that Cam Newton stood out.
Then there was that one fan. The one who had to “Woooooo” over and over whenever Denver had the ball. It was so annoying to us at home, I can only imagine how awful it was for people sitting near him at the game.
Oh, and Lady Gaga sang the National Anthem awesomely… in the recording studio. She was lip-syncing. I don’t think anyone sings live at any of these events anymore.
Gov. Sam Brownback Wants To Cut Kansas State Spending On Education
I saw a few concerned reactions to the cuts in education spending by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. Brownback is a Republican, so not surprisingly my mostly liberal Facebook friends had near fainting spells over those Draconian cuts.
The article that was being shared stated that Brownback wanted to cut $28 million from elementary and secondary education. Sure that’s a lot of money, but it only amounts to 1.5% of that budget. $28 million is 1.5% of $1,866,666,666.67. And I believe that’s the annual budget.
If that is $1.86 (yes, I know, I should have rounded up to 1.87) billion a year and the number of persons under 18 in Kansas is approximately 200,100, that comes to $9345 per student, per year. Yes, I understand not every one of those 200K plus is going to public school, so the number of actual students is likely less and the per student spending is likely more, but that’s the number I’m working with.
So, what is 1.5% of $9345? It’s $140. That means instead of spending $9345 per student, per year; Gov. Brownback is proposing spending $9205.
What a monster!
Live Devo During Dark Times
There’s an excellent YouTube video of Devo in concert from 1980. The video quality isn’t great, but it’s good enough to see that Devo would have been a good show to see. I regret never having seen them live.
The beginning of the video has a Star Wars-like crawl explaining how when the concert was performed in was a “dark time” in America. It states that the presiding President on August 17, 1980 was Ronald Reagan. The crawl goes on to stay how Devo was right that humans are de-evolving, because as evil, bad, awful, and mean Reagan was George W Bush was worse. Obviously, the crawl was written during W’s administration.
But hang on! August 17, 1980?
The presiding President of the United States of America wasn’t Ronald Reagan. It was Jimmy Carter. I guess Reagan’s evilness was so evil it went back in time to create the “dark times” during the Carter years.
The comments for the video were disabled. The YouTuber was probably tired of people pointing out the error.
34 Year Old Former Playboy Model Dies From Stroke
Dr. Harriet Hall, the SkepDoc, noted that stroke victims under 45 years of age are five times as likely as controls to have been adjusted by a chiropractor days before their stroke. This is a bit of the correlation/causation thing, but it is serious stuff. So, when the world learned that Katie May, self-proclaimed Snapchat Queen age 34, died from stroke, many of us wondered if it was chiropractic stroke.
She was doing a photoshoot when she took a hard fall and injured her neck. She had been tweeting about seeing a chiropractor and the day she had her stroke she tweeted her neck still hurt, but she was going to the chiropractor.
Her tweets fell silent later that day. She’d had a stroke and later died.
We don’t know whether it was the fall or the chiropractic care that lead to the stroke. Science-blogger Orac is cautious as to making that call. He has written a lengthy blog on the subject.
Dimland Radio’s position is to discourage people from seeking chiropractic care. Go to an actual doctor. But, if you go to a chiropractor, don’t let them manipulate your neck.
Torture Porn Comics Crossed Are NOT For Me
I blogged about this at Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone, last week. I hadn’t heard of the multiple series under the title Crossed published by Avatar Press. I kinda wish I still hadn’t heard of it. It’s the comic book version of “torture porn”.
Check that blog here to find out why.
Movie Recommendation: History Of The Eagles (2013)
This two part documentary film about one of America’s most successful bands runs just over three hours. The length isn’t a problem. It’s fascinating watching the formation, success, break-up, and reformation of this iconic alt country/rock band.
It’s streaming on Netflix. Not for free.
Music heard on the show…
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle
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