Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Three Observations

There's three things that I came to note this morning which lead me to pondering:

1.  The Today Show finally announced Matt Lauer's replacement (since he had to leave in a hurry)....some gal by the name of Hoda Kotb.  Around the studio, they seemed all excited.  Now they can continue on.

I paused at this point and kinda wondered....what exactly will Hoda bring to the table to make this all exciting?  Course, I asked that with Matt as well.  It amazed me that they were always willing to pay Matt more than 2-million dollars a month for what he did.

I look at most of the morning shows on TV at 7 AM and grade the majority to be 'coffee-journalism'....rather light and geared for mostly housewife mentality folks.

2.  This button-talk with Mr Kim of North Korea.  Kim says he has finally acquired a nuke button. My immediate take on this.....where do you buy nuke-buttons or did he have some Kim-technician manufacture the button?

I'm guessing out there in the real world, there are engineers working hard each day to develop a 'cool' and professional nuke-button that would be eagerly bought by Trump, Kim, Macron, Putin, etc.

At some point in the Kim-talk....he noted his nuke-button was in the office.  I'd be a bit worried on that issue because the cleaning lady could come through in the after-hours, and dust up around the button....then accidentally hit it.  The 3,000 nuke-support folks would see this red-light come on and assume the real Mister Kim hit the button, and then run to launch their one-and-only nuke missile.  Things go downhill at that point.

3.  I kinda noticed in the news that this Joshua Boyle character....the guy held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for a couple of years with his wife.....had gotten himself arrested yesterday.

Boyle was all worried and stressed out in early statements after getting out of Taliban-control that the US would arrest him.  The thing is.....he could never explain why.

The cops arresting him now?'s Canadian cops.  Yeah.  The charges?  Two charges of assault (no one says who he assaulted), one charge involving a death-threat (usually something taken serious), and some charge over giving the drug Trazodone to someone.  Trazodone is usually for anxiety or stress issues, or to get you into a sleep rhyme. In simple terms....a downer. It's a prescription drug and I'm only guessing here that he had some pills and simply gave one to a friend.  It's not a charge that would usually get you into big jail-time.  But the assault charges?  Well...that's a different story.

The thing about Boyle is that he and his wife were held as prisoners for five years.  It's a miserable five years and I think he was extremely affected by the episode.  As much as he was worried over getting arrested in the's an odd aspect that the statement did come true but in Canada instead, and mostly through his own actions.

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