The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Monday, October 11th 2021

The Download, Top 10 Links, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day


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As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

— Carl Jung

The Download

Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny. Becoming windy late. High 74F. S winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Today is Monday, October 11th, the 284th day of 2021. There are 81 days left in the year. It is It is General Pulaski Memorial Day, National Online Banking Day, National Sausage Pizza Day, and Southern Food Heritage Day.

This Day in History

In 1767, surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon finished their work marking the boundary separating Maryland from Pennsylvania. The Mason-Dixon line came to be seen as demarcating the North from the South.

In 1811, the Juliana began operation as the first steam-powered ferry in New York harbor.

In 1862, Confederate troops raided Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

In 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded.

In 1899, the Second Boer War erupted in South Africa between the British-ruled Cape Colony, and the Boer-ruled Transvaal and Orange Free State.

In 1906, San Francisco sparked a diplomatic crisis between the United States and Japan by ordering segregated schools for Japanese students.

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt became the first president to fly in an airplane.

In 1958, NASA launched Pioneer 1, its first space probe, although it failed to achieve a stable orbit.

In 1984, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a spacewalk.

In 1991, during the Supreme Court confirmation process for Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill delivered testimony accusing the nominee of sexual harassment.

In 2001, the Polaroid Corporation filed for federal bankruptcy protection.

In 2018, Soyuz MS-10, launching an intended crew for the International Space Station, suffered an in-flight abort. Both crew members, cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and astronaut Nick Hague, were recovered uninjured.

This Day in Music History

In 1973, the divorce between Elvis and Priscilla Presley was finalized.

In 1986, “When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson went to No. 1, making her and Michael the first siblings to land top singles.

In 1998, the first Smoke Out Festival sparked up in San Bernardino, California. Organized by Cypress Hill, about 40,000 fans converged in the celebration of music and marijuana.

In 2004, the Vote for Change tour wrapped up in Washington, D.C. with a concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., The Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks, and James Taylor. The purpose of the tour was to get George W. Bush voted out of office in the November presidential election. The effort failed.

In 2018, Kanye West, an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, visited the White House, where he delivered a rambling, 10-minute monologue as the president looked on.

Today’s Birthdays

Singer-songwriter and musician Daryl Hall is 75. Comedian and writer Michael J. Nelson is 57. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 56. Comedian Artie Lange is 54. Actress and singer Jane Krakowski is 53. Actor Stephen Moyer is 52. Actress Emily Deschanel is 45.

Top 10 Links: News, Commentary, Audio, and Video

  1. Better Call Saul star attends NM United game

  2. A year later, Santa Fe obelisk fallout remains

  3. Rep. Crenshaw Warns ‘Huge Exodus’ Could Gut Military as Vaccine Deadline Approaches

  4. Gottlieb says it’s ‘certainly reasonable’ to see kids 5-11 fully vaxxed around Thanksgiving

  5. As Covid trends down, Fauci warns not to ‘declare victory’

  6. Vaccine Effectiveness Drops Again, Now as Low as Minus-86% in Over-40s, Latest PHE Data Shows

  7. One of Biden’s favorite financial outlets reveals the real cost of inflation to average American families as food and energy prices soar

  8. California requires large retail stores to have gender neutral toy sections

  9. California to Require Free Period Products in Schools for ‘Menstrual Equity’

  10. Maryland Nuclear Engineer and Spouse Arrested on Espionage-Related Charges

Mainstream U.S. News Briefing

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Police: Louisiana trooper, woman killed in shooting rampage

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana police say a trooper was killed by a man who authorities believe also fatally shot another person and wounded three others across multiple parishes. Louisiana State Police say Master Trooper Adam Gaubert was ambushed in his patrol vehicle Saturday near Prairieville. Suspect Matthew Mire was taken into custody after a daylong manhunt. Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre says Mire fatally shot Pamela Adair and wounded a man at a home early Saturday. Authorities say he also shot two people in Livingston Parish, who are both expected to survive. Mire will be booked after he’s released from the hospital for a dog bite and suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg.

Man charged with murder in killing of officer on 1st shift

ALAMO, Ga. — Authorities say a man accused of gunning down a Georgia police officer during his first shift with the department ambushed him in retaliation for the officer’s arrest of an associate hours earlier. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 43-year-old Damien Anthony Ferguson has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Officer Dylan Harrison outside the Alamo Police Department early Saturday. Harrison arrested a man associated with Ferguson on Friday afternoon. Authorities say they believe Ferguson shot Harrison in retaliation in what they called an “ambush-style attack.” Ferguson was arrested Sunday at his home after a large manhunt. It is not known if he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Toymaker Hasbro’s CEO Brian Goldner will take medical leave

NEW YORK — Toy and entertainment company Hasbro Inc. has announced that Brian D. Goldner is taking a medical leave of absence from his CEO role, effective immediately. The move, announced Sunday, follows Goldner’s disclosure in August 2020 that he was undergoing continued medical treatment for cancer since 2014. Goldner has served as the CEO of Hasbro, Inc. since 2008, and has served as the chairman since May 2015. The lead independent director of Hasbro’s board Rich Stoddart has been appointed interim CEO. Hasbro is headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Jon Gruden again says he’s not a racist after Raiders loss

LAS VEGAS — Jon Gruden again said he is not a racist after his Las Vegas Raiders lost their first game since the revelation of the head coach’s 2011 remark about players’ union leader DeMaurice Smith. Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” when asked about the decade-old emails following the Raiders’ 20-9 loss to the Chicago Bears. A Wall Street Journal story last week noted that Gruden, then working for ESPN, referred in a racist way to Smith’s facial features in an email. Gruden ended his news conference after a series of questions about the emails and his behavior. He said he has not been contacted by the NFL about the remark.

Clooney nixes political career, sees US recovery post-Trump

LONDON — George Clooney has ruled out a second career in politics, saying he would rather have a “nice life” and is looking to reduce his workload. Nevertheless, the 60-year-old actor and director waded into politics during an interview with the BBC. Clooney, a long-time supporter of U.S. President Joe Biden, described America as a country that is still recovering from the damage caused by Donald Trump. Clooney shrugged off concerns about Biden’s sagging poll numbers, saying the president is still struggling with Trump’s legacy. He says he has known Trump for a long time and before being president Trump “was just a guy who was chasing girls.”

Mainstream Global News Briefing

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Iraq’s parliamentary vote marred by boycott, voter apathy

BAGHDAD — Iraqis have voted in parliamentary elections held months ahead of schedule as a concession to a youth-led uprising against corruption and mismanagement. The voting was marked by widespread apathy and a boycott by many of the young activists. Results were expected within a day, but negotiations over choosing a prime minister were expected to drag on for weeks. More than 250,000 security personnel were tasked with protecting the vote. But for the first time in decades, no curfew was imposed. That reflects improved security in the country in recent years. The election is the sixth since the U.S.-led invasion 2003 invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.

Terror & tourism: Xinjiang eases its grip, but fear remains

XINJIANG, China — Four years after Beijing launched a brutal crackdown that swept up to a million or more Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minorities into detention camps and prisons, its control of China’s far west Xinjiang region has entered a new era. Chinese authorities have scaled back many of most visible aspects of the far northwestern region’s high-tech police state, and a sense of normality has crept back in. But there is no doubt about who rules, and evidence of the terror of the last four years is everywhere.

India, China army commanders meet to defuse border tensions

NEW DELHI — Indian and Chinese army commanders have discussed steps to disengage troops from key friction areas to ease a 17-month border standoff that has sometimes led to deadly clashes. An Indian army spokesman says the commanders met at Moldo on the Chinese side in the Ladakh area and a joint statement is likely to be issued on Monday. No details were available and China offered no immediate comment. Since February, both India and China have withdrawn troops from face-off sites on the northern and southern banks of Pangong Tso, Gogra and Galwan Valley, but they continue to maintain extra troops.

Brazil’s unvaccinated president angry at missed soccer game

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s president is claiming that COVID-19 protocols at soccer matches prevented him from attending a game. Jair Bolsonaro said he had wanted to go to a Brazilian championship match in the city of Santos but did not because he is not vaccinated. Santos said Bolsonaro had not asked to attend Sunday’s match which saw Santos beat Gremio 1-0 at the Vila Belmiro Stadium. Bolsonaro is currently under a Senate investigation for his handling of the pandemic. Brazil has surpassed 600,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

UN, Bangladesh sign deal to aid Rohingya relocated to island

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The United Nations and Bangladesh’s government have agreed to work together to help Rohingya refugees who live on an island in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh has moved more than 19,000 people to Bhasan Char island, even though the U.N. and humanitarian groups previously questioned whether the island was too vulnerable to being submerged by the sea. Bangladesh has been sheltering 1.1 million Rohingya from Myanmar in crowded camps. It says sea walls and other improvements have made the island more livable. The U.N. said a key reason it signed the new agreement was to start serving the people who moved to the island. Bangladesh plans to move thousands more Rohingya there in coming months.

Questions of the Day (Please Answer in Comments)

  1. What country do you think Jonathan Toebbe allegedly attempted to sell nuclear secrets to?

  2. Sausage, pepperoni, or extra cheese?

  3. Is Kanye nuts?

  4. Should the Santa Fe Plaza obelisk be rebuilt?

  5. Did you watch Mystery Science Theater 3000?

  6. Is it basically open season on cops in America?

  7. Has time been kind to Anita Hill?

  8. Do you do all your banking online now?

  9. Would Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman vote to spend taxpayer dollars on a stadium for “the United”?

  10. Ever had grits and gravy?

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