Friday, July 11, 2014

Show Notes 07/06/2014

Sunday Show 7/6/14

Transformers wins lackluster box office weekend
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” topped a Fourth of July holiday whimper at thewhimper at the box office instead of a bang reports Variety. Overall, this holiday weekend topped out at approximately $122 million total, a roughly 45% drop from last year’s Independence Day, which brought in $230 million overall.

Girl 9 years old walks into police station and turns parents in for growing pot
A nine-year-old girl has walked in to a police station and turned in her parents for growing and selling marijuana. The child calmly entered the station in Barnesville, Minnesota on June 6 and told officers that her parents were growing marijuana plants almost as tall as her in the crawl space beneath their home.

British reporter embarrasses Hillary: During your tenure, America’s approval ratings tanked
Trying to justify her tenure as a successful Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton met stiff opposition in a pointed question by Guardian reporter Phoebe Greenwood. In a TV interview Friday, Clinton was asked to explain why America’s approval ratings overseas plummeted when her mission was to restore U.S. standing.

Federal government sues Wisconsin company The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes “discrimination.”

Audi announces composite springs to save weight
You might not often think about them, but the springs in your car’s suspension are a key piece of technology—and one that has been largely unchanged for decades. The simple steel coil spring has served in effective anonymity—but its days may be numbered. Audi is planning to put a lightweight composite spring into production by fall 2014.

Even Jesus wouln't buy rapture
HBO has just launched a new TV series based on a novel by Tom Perrotta called "The Leftovers," which in turn is based on the fundamentalist Christian idea of the rapture. Apart from the title, which suggests a refrigerator full of stale food, the series looks promising.

State department spends $450K to Teach Afghan Women to Play Cricket
“On an individual level, participating in sports helps women feel empowered and teaches them the value of teamwork. It also gives them increased confidence, strength, and strategic thinking abilities they can use in all aspects of their lives,” it said.

Global warming latest: Amount of antarctic sea ice hits new record high
The levels of Antarctic sea-ice last week hit an all-time high – confounding climate change computer models which say it should be in decline. America’s National Snow And Ice Data Center, which is funded by Nasa, revealed that ice around the southern continent covers about 16million sq km, more than 2.1 million more than is usual for the time of year.

This Is A Unique Way To Deal With Street Violence In Chicago
With their brightly colored mats spread along a sidewalk, Tameka Lawson's yoga students try to follow her instructions: concentrate on their breathing and focus on the beauty of their surroundings.