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Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Morning News: Stopping Storms, New Pope, Stealing Son

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What Money? A man in Bellingham is accused of stealing $110,000 from his mother, an Alzheimer's patient. When he was granted power of attorney to pay his ill mother's bills, he bought a Porsche.

Creepy Coach: A Franklin High School football coach was arrested after allegedly sending sexy texts to a 13-year-old girl. The girl's mother found out and began texting the coach under the guise of her daughter. She arranged a meeting with the coach in Renton where police arrested him.

Pay Up: Oregon National Guardsmen were awarded an $85 million settlement when a jury found a military contracting firm guilty of negligence in rebuilding a damaged water plant in Iraq. Contractors from the former Halliburton subsidiary ripped open bags of sodium dichromate, a toxic chemical which the soldiers unknowingly inhaled.

Stopping Storms: There is such a thing as hurricane suppression technology. It would cool the ocean surface temperature to dampen the fury of storms. It may even stop the next Sandy.

New Pope! It turns out there are a few popes. But the newest one will preside over the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church's 10 million members. The Financial Times reports that the new pope's selection was decided when his "name was pulled out of a crystal chalice by a young, blindfolded boy."

No Cobain Musical: Courtney Love says there will be no musical about her late husband. She's against commercializing Cobain's legacy, but she's in discussion with director Brett Morgan about making a film about her life since Cobain's death and has given up rights to his likeness. So, just a tad of commercialization.

Baking Kindness: A new study finds that the smell of fresh bread makes you less of an asshole. The smell is known to trigger positive feelings, which make you more bearable to be around. Just don't go behind the bakery counter when you huff bread. Employees only.

Red Dye: If you see red water flowing around Tacoma or Blaine, don't panic. It's not the end of the world, it's an experiment by Health Department scientists to see what treated wastewater does to shellfish.

Listen to this guy whistle:

 

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1
My brother-in-law, who is Finnish, can whistle like that. I didn't know it was a Finnish thing.
Posted by tacomagirl on November 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
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Why bother making a movie about the life and death of Kurt Cobain when there is already a pretty good movie about the life and death of Jim Morrison?
Posted by Ken Mehlman on November 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Fnarf 3
So she's against "commercializing Cobain's legacy", eh? I assume she's returning all those royalties to the record company, then, right? Cobain, like all pop stars, was a commercial proposition.

@2, no there isn't. The only one I am aware of is Oliver Stone's "The Doors", which is not a good movie. It's pretty appropriate for Morrison, though -- as the Guardian puts it, it's a "bloated, pompous, unbalanced film" in which "Morrison is shown to be a talentless, spoiled egomaniac" with "swaggering, dimwitted, pretentious arrogance". Sounds about right to me. Have you ever read his "poetry"? Suzanne Somers's is better.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 4, 2012 at 10:01 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 4
I think today's news is spelling error free. Great job Al. Don't forget, late enrollment period is October 16 through December 14, 2012. You can do it big guy!

http://www.spellingbee.com/enrollment
Posted by dnt trust me on November 4, 2012 at 10:04 AM · Report this
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@4: You missed "legac" for "legacy."
Posted by LMcGuff http://holyoutlaw.livejournal.com/ on November 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 6
I'm still waiting for a Frank Sinatra movie to come out, much less Kurt Cobain. The Sinatra family has been in negotiations on that for decades it seems.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on November 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
bedipped 7
"to see how treated wastewater does to shellfish." ?
Almost prefect and you blew it w/ the last sentence. The Health Dept link is broken, too.

And every time you link to a Seattle Times story Lisa Dank steals another puppy.
Posted by bedipped on November 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 8
@5
Good catch, but you may want to remember, anything beyond the first sentence of a news item synopsis, is needless Schoolboy paragraph vomit.
Posted by dnt trust me on November 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM · Report this
JensR 9
I take your whistler and raise you a brilliant version of Säkkijärven Polkka the song made famous during the war when they played it 24/7 live via shortwave to block out the enemies communication

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wVH1kxqT…
Posted by JensR http://ohyran.se on November 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 10
@5 - I wouldn't be surprised if that's what she said. How is Miss Love doing these days?
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on November 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
Banna 11
Roger Whittaker's Mexican Whistler song is better.
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on November 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM · Report this
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Waitaminute - the linked Guardian article reports Abba's take from Mamma Mia! so far has been six billion dollars. SIX BILLION DOLLARS?!?! Holy shit.
Posted by gloomy gus on November 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
Fnarf 13
The king of whistlers was, of course, blind Fred Lowery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUEQlnkH9…
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Fnarf 14
This guy's pretty good, too -- complete with "air flute" gestures: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n3QJ3k7O… (Ron McCroby on the Tonight Show).
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 4, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
Fnarf 15
@12, Wikipedia says that the global box office for the musical -- at least seven performances of which are occurring every day across the globe -- is $2bn. I'll bet it's several times that now. And that doesn't count the movie. Lesson: GET THE PUBLISHING. Or, uh, marry the publishing.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM · Report this
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Yes, let's see how treated wastewater does to shellfish.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on November 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM · Report this
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I thought The Godfather was a good Sinatra film.
Posted by SeMe on November 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Fnarf 18
Ray Liotta's turn as Sinatra in the TV movie "The Rat Pack" was unintentionally hilarious. As I said in the Nina Simone thread, there's no such thing as a good biopic; it's like trying to eat the plastic food models they post outside of sushi restaurants.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
rob! 19
Red dye/shellfish link is buggered. (What is so fucking difficult about testing your links? Click each one in the preview window to open in a new tab or window, and if they don't work as expected, go back and fix them.)

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/11/…

http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Document…

Also, the Financial Times (Coptic Pope story) has a paywall. I don't really care about the story, but maybe someone should ask how many young, blindfolded boys that church keeps around.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on November 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM · Report this
Chefgirl 20
The hospice folks said to play her favorite music for her, so we did. She passed so quietly that no one noticed for a few minutes so we can't pinpoint the exact time. But we know that the last singer she ever heard was either Roger Whittaker or Josh Groban.
Posted by Chefgirl on November 4, 2012 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 21
I would love a first class opera of Cobain's life. The proceeds could go to suicide prevention.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM · Report this
Fnarf 22
@20, who is that, Chefgirl? Sounds like someone important to you. I hope I go out as sweetly as that (might choose different singers, but, you did it right, whoever it was).
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
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"The Last Farewell" still gives me goosebumps decades later. Whittaker lets the beauty of the song shine through without trying to overpower it.
Posted by bigyaz on November 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM · Report this
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ok, the bread smell wore off.

legac. does to. you are in the guise of being the daughter not in the guise of the daughter. and a jury does not award a settlement. I think we're progressing from spelling deficits to general knowledge and diction deficits.
Posted by verdict = say truth on November 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM · Report this
knobtheunicorn 25
@18 What about Sid and Nancy?
Posted by knobtheunicorn on November 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
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News flash for douchebaggers: Patents for weather modification have been around for decades.

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/an-ex…
Posted by Spindles on November 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 27
I still think it's ironic that Courtney Love - a talent-less she-clown - is in charge of Kurt Cobain's legacy. Too bad Cobain didn't have any real family who loved him and would have been more responsible in making these kinds of decisions. Oddly enough, I agree with her decision. I don't see where a biopic would have done much to honor his memory, but I do wonder who'd be interested in Love's story since Cobain's death. It would have to be super-fictionalized - wouldn't it? - to be interesting in the least.
Posted by Bauhaus I on November 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Chefgirl 28
@22 oh, Fnarf. It was my grandmother. She lived to be 90, fairly healthily until the last few years. So her death wasn't terribly sad and having her favorite music playing (we had it on low and set the CD player right over her chest) made it much better for everyone.
Posted by Chefgirl on November 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 29
I used to have to work with someone who could whistle like that. It was unnerving.
Posted by Bauhaus I on November 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 30
I hate whistling. Some believe it is because I cannot. When I hear someone whistling, I automatically go into bash-your-teeth in rage. I can only imagine that someone walking around in public purposely making those horrid, shrill sounds is the rudest jerk in all the land and therefore deserves my fist.
Posted by ScienceNerd http://stanichium.tumblr.com/ on November 5, 2012 at 7:03 AM · Report this

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