Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

  • Most of my evening was spent watching “David Letterman: The Mark Twain” prize on PBS. Eddie Vedder’s cover (along with Paul Schaffer on piano) of Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me In Your Heart” was superb.
    • If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less
      Keep me in your heart for a while
    • Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lo
      Keep me in your heat for a while
  • Sometimes TIME magazine will name a common group of people as their Person of the Year. 2014 was the Ebola Fighters. 2011 The Protestors. 2002 The Whistle Blowers. This year I have a feeling it will be women or something related to women such as those who report sexual harassment.
  • Marilyn Manson Mourned On Twitter, Confusing Him For Dead Mass Murderer Charles
  • Donald Trump won Florida by 119,760 votes in 2016
    • More than 168,000 people have flown or sailed out of Puerto Rico to Florida since the hurricane, landing at airports in Orlando, Miami and Tampa, and the port in Fort Lauderdale. – NY Times
  • @NewDay – Trump voter panelist: “If Jesus Christ gets down off the cross and told me Trump is with Russia, I would tell him, ‘Hold on a second. I need to check with the President if it’s true.'”
    • Offhand, you’d probably imagine some old white male saying this, but it actually was said by a middle age black man.
  • I Ran 31 Marathons in 31 Days With Prosthetic LegsOn November 11, six years after losing both of his legs to an IED in Afghanistan, Rob Jones completed his latest mission: Run 31 marathons in 31 days.
  • Vice.com – The Man Behind Rock Music’s Most Iconic Photos Discusses His Process
  • Vice.com – ‘We Are Heavily Armed’ Florida Church Warns No One in ParticularSigns papering the building warn that any attempt to wreak havoc within its walls will be met “with deadly force.”

  • GQ – The Bizarre True Story of the Neighborhood Scuffle That Left Rand Paul with Six Broken Ribs
    • To separate rumor from reality, Ben Schreckinger slipped inside Rand Paul’s gated Kentucky community, where the neighbors tried to help him solve one of the weirder political mysteries in years.
  • The Amazon Echo now comes in red to benefit (RED) and fight against AIDS
  • The Last of the Iron Lungs
    • In 2013, the Post-Polio Health International (PPHI) organizations estimated that there were six to eight iron lung users in the United States. Now, PPHI executive director Brian Tiburzi says he doesn’t know anyone alive still using the negative-pressure ventilators. This fall, I met three polio survivors who depend on iron lungs. They are among the last few, possibly the last three.
    • One of them is an attorney in Dallas, this picture is of him writing his memoir. You’ll notice he has an Amazon Alexa device on his desk which I bet he finds invaluable.
    • One of the subjects of the article let the author try her iron lung.
      • I climbed into the bed tray, slipped my head through the hole, tightened the collar, then flipped the switch that controls the pulley that closes the tray into the main canister. As the system locked me in, I had a quick wave of claustrophobic panic and my instinct was to take deep breaths, but a motor was controlling that. I tried to describe the feeling to Lillard, but the machine was inhaling for me, so no sound came out. I had to wait a moment for the release.
    • Infant unit nurses when the earthquake hits the hospital
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

  1. Ben W. says:

    Nothing says "Come to Jesus" like a big sign that says "Right of Admission Reserved." These folks realize they're literally there to worship a guy who was killed for his beliefs, right?

    • David Bryant says:

      This is pure speculation since I am not familiar with Florida Law, but I suspect this probably has something to do with protecting themselves against suit if they ever have to have someone removed from the property. Think non-custodial parent coming in trying to remove their child from childcare. If the church calls the police to have the person removed they might be able to sue saying they had a right to be there since it was a 'public place'. This sign gives them the right to remove anyone for any reason.

      I see this as the same logic behind requiring tickets to a free event. The tickets are required so that there can be a 'contract' with the attendee that would not be in place without a ticket. Once the user uses the ticket to get in the venue can begin enforcing whatever rules they print on the 'free ticket'.

      • Ben W. says:

        It might grant some protections, but a church is private property and an individual can be trespassed as the owner(s) desire. And, in the context of its placement and the language of the rest of the sign, it's clearly not a boilerplate legal notice – it's intent is clearly "if we don't like you, we'll boot you out." Which is fine, they have the right to do that, but it's not what one would call a "Christian" welcome, which was what I was getting at.

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