Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Last night’s ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ had Dorothy Hammill as a guest start. On Friday the two episode bicycle shop child molester aired and thankfully we missed that one.
  • Shortly before the inauguration, the president-elect said, “Sure it’s a big job, but I don’t think anybody who can do it any better than I can.” Some bravado, eh? But it wasn’t said by our current president but rather John F. Kennedy to a reporter from TIME. He followed it up with, “It isn’t going to be so bad, you’ve got time to think, and besides, the pay is pretty good.”
  • Alabama May Allow Church to Form Own Police Force
    • An Alabama megachurch is seeking to establish its own police department — and a bill that would green light the force is already moving through the state senate. The 4,100-member strong Briarwood Presbyterian Church, located in suburban Birmingham, contends it needs its own police force to counter any potential threats because it is also home to a K-12 school and a theological seminary with 2,000 students and teachers.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson did the math –  David Rockefeller’s (1915-2017) $900M in lifetime philanthropy is equivalent to donating $24,000 for every day of his life.
  • Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to the Charles Manson murder house
    • The caretaker who lived in the guest house moved in three weeks after the murders and resided there for 20 years.
      • During an interview on ABC’s show 20/20, he said that while living there, he felt “safe, secure, loved and beauty.” He sold the property for $1.6 million in 1989.
    • Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails started renting the house in 1992 and set up a recording studio “dubbed “Pig” (sometimes called “Le Pig”) in a reference to murderer Susan Atkins’ writing “Pig” in Tate’s blood on the front door of the house.” 
      • One day he randomly ran into Tate’s sister who confronted him about exploiting her death and moved out.
        • Reznor took the front door of the house with him when he moved out, installing it at Nothing Studios, his new recording studio/record label headquarters in New Orleans.
    • In 1994, the owner demolished the house and built a replacement home called Villa Bella, with a new street address.
  • Here’s What the Original, Far Less Tragic Ending of Rogue One Would Have Been
  • Mission: Impossible 6’ Producer Says Tom Cruise Has Been Training for ‘Mind-Blowing’ Stunt for a Year
  • Sweet 16 by shoe and apparel deals – Nike 12, 2 Addidas, 2 Under Armor
  • It’s not as cool as you’d hope, but a guy put his GoPro in a nuclear reactor.
  • Losing weight won’t make you happier—but eating a balanced diet will
    • Despite the message that the happiest you is just 10 pounds away, new research suggests that improving the quality of your diet may be the recipe to protecting and even improving your mental health, not losing weight.
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  1. Ben W. says:

    Then Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, whose law officers shall go forth in my name, wielding their batons and handguns against the wicked, dispensing my wrath on those who are deemed by my 'church' to be evildoers."

    Seriously, though – why would this church even want this, as opposed to just hiring private security through a firm or in the form of off-duty police officers? Notwithstanding the constitutional issues that will almost certainly doom this project, has the church not even considered the liability that they are opening themselves to? What happens when they have a "police officer" who puts his/her hands on a congregant? Will they write parking tickets? Does this become a source of revenue for the church? There are so many horrible potential outcomes from this. And where exactly does Jesus command his people to establish a kingdom on earth? Isn't that exactly what establishing a law-enforcement arm of the church would do?

  2. Michael Willoughby says:

    You have a little bit of an editing error with the bullet points regarding the Charles Manson murder house.

    The caretaker of the house was William Garretson and he lived in the guest house, behind the main house. The property was owned by Rudolph Altobelli. It was Altobelli, and not Garretson, who moved into the main house three weeks after the murder.

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