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Dead Reckoning Radio - Recorded January 14, 2016

This week Hadley, Brian, and Jay talk about the Powerball lottery, the State of the Union address, the criminal scandal in Cologne, the Academy Award nominees and more! You can stream the episode using the player below or listen to us on iTunes. The show notes are included below for you to follow along or check our sources.

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DR Radio Show Notes – 1/14/2016

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Quick Takes

Powerball! It reached insane levels—$1.6 Billion! There was a winning ticket sold in Chino Hills, California. There’s a place that really needed an injection of money! (Not!) What do you guys think about playing the lottery? Some people think it’s no different than buying and selling stocks, because those seem like a crapshoot, too.

[Stats: The Consumerist suggested those earning $13,000 or less spend  9 percent of their income on lottery tickets and in another study, 21% of people surveyed thought the lottery was a practical way to accumulate wealth but according to the numbers from The Consumerist, if the $500 a year American households, on average, spend on the lottery were invested in an index fund each year for 20 years, each family would have $24,000.]

• Is a state-run lottery good public policy?
• Isn’t gambling sinful?

Segment 1: Politics
State of the Union
President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address the other night. I didn’t even know it happened so didn’t watch it, but it does seem to be a notable event. Any thoughts?

[Speech transcript: https://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/president-obama-s-2016-state-of-the-union-address-7c06300f9726]

Nikki Haley Response
It’s also remarkable that for once the Republicans had a response that wasn’t an embarrassment! South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stole the show. In fact, more people talked about Haley than Obama. So, guys: is she the next GOP rising star? Will she join the ranks of Ryan, Rubio, and others and be part of an era of level-headed, diverse, strong, conservative voices and shatter the image of old, white guy that has been holding the party back from wider appeal?  (Ryan himself said: “If you want to hear an inclusive leader who’s visionary, who’s got a path for the future, who’s brought people together, who’s unified, it’s Nikki Haley.”)

NPR profile of Haley: http://www.npr.org/2016/01/11/462702582/state-of-the-union-response-5-things-to-know-about-s-c-gov-nikki-haley]

[Games of Wit] NTON:
Fake: Woman surprised pizza had ham on it after ordering Canadian bacon, sues.
True: Woman ‘mortified’ after buying meal for ‘homeless man’ - only to discover he was an ordinary customer

[Segment Two: World News]

Cologne, Germany
It was a cold, rainy New Year’s evening at Cologne, Germany’s central trainstation. Normally, only those traveling at the station would likely be going from the annual fireworks display to a nightclub. This night, New Year’s Eve 2015, a group of more than 1000 men began gathering.
Under the shadow of the famous Cologne Cathedral the men of Arab or North African appearance surround the women at the station, groped them, violated them and stole their belongings.

Cologne police are currently investigating 379 criminal complaints, about 40 percent involving allegations of sexual abuse, the Associated Press reports. The wire service earlier noted two allegations of rape.The controversy around this raises a lot of questions that likely aren’t going away any time soon:

  • First, did the mayor and police chief intentionally cover up information about the attackers to minimize the backlash against refugees/immigrants and Germany’s open-door policy?
  • Is it okay to issue a code of conduct to minimize the risk of assault or should the gov’t be more concerned with assimilating people from these cultures to the western mindset?

More alarming, This isn’t the only report of sexual-in-nature crimes in Europe by men of similar description (remember Rotherham, England!?), So what does this say about the huge wave of support for refugees in Europe? Just 3 months ago, asking that the gov’t vet them more brought public charges of racism. What do people do now when it seems like being skeptical might have helped?

Sources: New York Times, Associated Press, Cologne Police, Eyewitnesses.

Iran Detains 10 U.S. Sailors
Elsewhere in the world, on the day of President Obama’s final State of the Union address, Iranian forces boarded and detained ten American sailors, in the Persian Gulf. Reports have wildly conflicted: One of the boats was disabled—This was an “assistance” operation—the sailors would be released immediately, then not quite immediately. The Administration insisted that the sailors were being treated well—Iran then released pictures of them on their knees with their hands behind their heads, and video of the sailors “apologizing” to their captors. Iran even made the female sailor wear a hijab for the video.

And then finally, yesterday, the ten sailors were released and the Administration “Thanked” Iran.

We knew the New York Times would put a positive spin on all this, but their headline still shocks the conscience: “Iran’s Swift Release of U.S. Sailors Hailed as a Sign of Warmer Relations.”

Guys, what in the !#& is going on here!?

Segment Three: Culture
Just this morning the great Alan Rickman died of cancer at age 69. In my world, known as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and of course, Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.

Oscar Nominations are also out! Last year, hardly anyone had even seen any of the nominees. There are some recognizable ones this year: Best Picture nominations go to:

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant