A Little More About Amelia Earhart
Last week I mentioned a Ric Gillespie being connected to the whole Earhart survived her last flight theorizing. He is. However, he’s not pushing the idea that she and her navigator were taken prisoner by the Japanese military. His idea is more romantic.
For more skeptical takes on that bad photograph that doesn’t show Earhart check out the Skeptoid Podcast and Ben Radford’s analysis written for CSI.
A Little Talk About Psychic Predictions
I wondered what good the predictions of psychics do. The predictions are only realized to have been correct after the event – it’s called retrofitting or retrodicting. Nostradamus predicted Hitler, it is said. He didn’t, but people retrofit his predictions after Hitler pulled his shenanigans. Even if he had predicted Hitler, which he didn’t, what good did it do? It didn’t prevent Hitler, the Nazis, or World War II.
Two More Police Shootings That Have Us Scratching Our Heads
In Minneapolis, two police involved shooting have gotten plenty of attention. In one incident two dogs were shot. The dogs were not killed, but it appears that they didn’t deserve to be shot. It’s hard to say for certain. The videos from the homeowners security camera and the officer body cam don’t appear to show the dogs acting aggressively. So, shooting them seemed unjustified.
It’s even harder to figure out what was going on in the mind of another Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape. Justine Damond, an Australian woman living with her fiance in Minneapolis, heard what she thought was a rape occurring near their house, so she called 911.
The officers who arrived were said to have been startled by a loud noise just prior to Damond approaching the driver’s side of the patrol car. The officer seated in the passenger seat, reached across with his weapon in hand. He shot and killed her.
How does that happen? As a Facebook friend pointed out, they were responding to a report of a woman being raped and a woman approaches the car, um, might she not be the victim of the rape? What the hell?
There are plenty of people wanting to know how this could have happened, including the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Follow the links to learn more: here and here.
Top Three Cool Things Of The Week
Here are the Top Three Cool Things that I spotted this week.
3) The Minnesota Twins are in a rough stretch of 12 games coming out of the All Star break. They face the Houston Astros, the Hated Yankees, the Detroit Tigers, and the LA Dodgers. Detroit shouldn’t be as challenging. As of this writing their record through eight game of the rough stretch is 8-8. I’ll take a .500 record.
2) Look at the picture Gene Simmons, founding member of the rock band Kiss, recently getting some exercise. He’s 67. My Facebook friend Julie Lynn summed up the image brilliantly, thus:
“I wanna rock and roll all night… and get a moderate amount of exercise in sturdy shoes and stay hydrated as befits a man of my advanced years every day.”
Movie Recommendation: Creepshow (1982)
As a tribute to George Romero, who the world lost very recently, I thought I’d recommend his anthology film of macabre tales. It’s an homage to EC Comics, the publisher of horror, suspense, sci-fi, and crime comic books in the 1950s. I think the film captures the look, feel, and attitude of those comic books.