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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” is the much-anticipated sequel to last summer’s SyFy channel phenomenon, “Sharknado.”  “Sharknado 2” premiered tonight on the SyFy channel.  Tara Reid returns as the character she played in the original movie and she said that a sharknado is possible.  She said that pigs can’t fly, but sharks could be stuck in a tornado and distributed on land.  Is she right?

As unbelievable as it seems – it has happened again!  A Florida mother has been arrested and faces felony charges after leaving her 2-month-old baby in a hot minivan.  She took her 9-year-old son to the doctor’s office, but left the 2-month-old in the hot van in Orlando.  She realized that she left the baby in the van and rushed out to get the baby and brought the baby into the doctor’s office where doctors stabilized her.  She was taken to Children’s Hospital, where she is recovering.

America’s hysterical response to marijuana dates back to the 1930s and a movie titled “Reefer Madness” revealed the horrific effects of smoking a marijuana cigarette.  Here is the actual trailer from the movie!

A second NOPD officer has been arrested and suspended this week!  Officer Willie A. Gant, Sr. has been put on emergency suspension without pay after being arrested for 2 counts of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles and 2 counts of Sexual Battery on a Juvenile.  Police officers are humans - but is it worse when they break the law?

Does a southern accent make someone sound dumb?  A national lab in Tennessee was planning a class designed to help employees get rid of their Southern accents – but the class was cancelled following complaints.  What do you assume about someone with a Southern accent?  Are there any other things that make Southerners seem dumb?

ESPN panelist Stephen A. Smith is off the air for a week following a comment he made about women being aware of the things they do to provoke men into abusing them.  Smith apologized for the remark.  Is punishment of Smith justified?

We all have cravings but some are better at controlling their cravings.  A new study looked into the relationship between the region of the brain associated with pleasure and reward and the region associated with self-control.  The study showed that some individuals have more activity in the region of the brain that deals with self-control when faced with a craving.  What do you sometimes absolutely crave?  Do you have any tips to share on using self-control to resist cravings?

Tonight was the NOPD 7th District’s Crime Walk.  Is this just symbolic – or does it actually work toward reducing crime?  What would make your neighborhood safer?



SCOOT'S Podcasts
Scoot: One sure way to never forget your kid in a hot car
With all the national publicity about parents leaving their children in hot cars lately, you would hope that it just wouldn’t happen anymore, but it did!  And like many of the stories about parents leaving children in hot cars – this...
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Scoot: A "Straight Pride" festival in Ohio?
(WARNING:  The fliers in Ohio are real, but the rest is satire and should not be taken personally by anyone!)   Fliers have appeared promoting the “Straight White Guy Festival” in Columbus, Ohio, but authorities have not been able...
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Scoot: Why we celebrate Mick Jagger's 71st birthday
Mick Jagger has been a symbol for rock music for over 50 years and Saturday, Mick turned 71!  This should be reason to rejoice – not be depressed!   Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were one of the bands that created the music and the...
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Scoot: NFL is wrong to treat pot more harshly than violence?
Which do you think is a more serious offense: smoking pot or hitting a woman?    The NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games after he was arrested for allegedly knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious...
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Scoot: Have we become desensitized to real violence?
I often hear the argument that our society has become desensitized to violence because of prevalent graphic violence in movies, on TV and in video games. It is our human nature that instinctively seeks to determine what is responsible for violence in our...
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Scoot: Anti-gay rhetoric and freedom of religion
The new justification for expressing extreme anti-gay views is freedom of religion.  Bob Eschliman, a news editor for the Newton Daily News in Iowa, was fired for writing what his employers considered a homophobic blog.   Bob Eschliman is a...
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Scoot: Do you suffer from "political identity disorder?"
Like many Americans, I suffer from P.I.D. - “political identity disorder!”   While it’s easy for some Americans to define themselves as conservative or liberal – there are many Americans who no longer fit into either...
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Scoot: Are people happier living in a smaller city?
The top 5 happiest cities in America are in Louisiana, according to data from a paper by a Harvard professor, a Harvard student and a professor at the Vancouver School of Economics.  Seven Louisiana cites are in the top 20 – New Orleans ranks...
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Scoot: "Secondhand stress" can be harmful to your health?
According to new research, stress can be contagious!  When in the presence of someone who is stressing – you can become stressed.  That means we can all be negatively affected by “secondhand stress!”   Michele Many,...
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Scoot: Conservatives react to "Archie" shooting
Right wing radio talk show host Bill Frady says that conservatives are criticizing the shooting of comic book star Archie, who took a bullet saving the life of his gay political friend who supports gun control.   Frady hosts the syndicated radio...
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