Do whatever you can to avoid the “death ray” at all costs! Of course, there are actual physical death rays, as well as figurative death rays. As the name implies, overexposure–and sometimes any exposure–to the death ray will do you in. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri tell you about an actual death ray bouncing off of a Las Vegas hotel that will fry you alive. They also discuss the more subtle versions of the death ray in the form of social, cultural, and political trappings.

Topics discussed include the completion of the spire on One World Trade Center, the hotel in Vegas that cooks people alive due to the glare of the sun off of the building, it costing $900K per “detainee” per year at Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, an 83-year-old nun who broke into a federal depleted uranium storage facility as a protest, the NRA’s new president who plans to help them fight anti-gun laws in court, a comparison between the effectiveness of the ACLU versus the NAACP, a theater that paid an actor to dress up as a gunman and enter theaters playing Iron Man 3 as a promotional stunt, John McCain pushing legislation for a la carte cable channels, people who watch and believe Fox News, Heit buying a New Edition cassette tape for $0.49 and then telling his Facebook friend Ron DeVoe (of New Edition) that he got the tape at a deep discount, basic cable not including CNN and other news channels, Hulu and Netflix, TV series with terrible endings, and more!

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  • Discussion about the completion of the spire on One World Trade Center, making it the tallest building in the Northern Hemisphere–1776 feet tall. Symbolism!

    Workers cheered and whistled as they completed the spire on New York’s One World Trade Center on Friday, raising the building to its full height of 1,776 feet and helping fill a void in the skyline left by the September 11, 2001 attacks.

    The spire makes the building the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, 47 feet taller than Chicago’s Willis Tower, though it is substantially shorter than towers in the Middle East and Asia.
    Source: Reuters

  • Discussion about other tall buildings in Asia and the Middle East.
  • Discussion about a building that gave people sun burns and caused accidents due to the glare. Here’s a discussion about a similar building receiving complaints in Dallas.

    The mirrored siding on the new museum tower in downtown Dallas is racking up more complaints, this time from residents down the street at One Arts Plaza.

    They said the city’s newest skyscraper gives off a blinding glare.

    If the sun’s out, the problem is clear.

    “You really cannot look outside,” said Petey Parker, a resident at One Arts Plaza.
    Parker has a stunning view from her home on the 19th floor. But every morning, she said she is confronted by the sun’s blinding glare reflected off the Museum Tower.

    “This will last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes,” Parker said. “It just depends. That’s too long.”
    No one disputes the new skyscraper is an attractive addition to Dallas’ skyline. But the Nasher Sculpture Center was the first to express concern and request that the building’s mirrored siding be muted.

    The museum worries that the sharp glare from the 42-story Museum Tower is damaging its priceless art.

    The city asked attorney Tom Luce to mediate between both sides, but so far, no fix has been found.

    Parker says it’s not just the Nasher facing this glaring problem. “We’re worried about our property value,” she said.
    And she’s not alone.

    At least one other resident in One Arts Plaza has also expressed concern about the Museum Tower’s mirrored siding.
    “You cannot destroy somebody else’s property,” Parker said.

    Residents here want in on Luce’s negotiations. They’re happy to have neighbors, but demand the Museum Tower finds a fix.
    Source: WFAA

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  • Discussion about the Vdara Hotel in Vegas that cooks people alive due to the glare of the sun off of the building. The temperatures were estimated at 210 degrees Farenheit!

    Holidaymakers at a new hotel in Las Vegas have been left with severe sunburn after the building’s windows reflected ‘death rays’ onto certain areas around the pool.

    The Vdara hotel has a concave shape which reflects the blistering Nevada sun from its all-glass front and directly onto sections of the swimming pool area below

    The result has left some guests with burns from the powerful rays and even plastic bags have been recorded as melting in the heat.
    Source: Daily Mail

  • Discussion about the buildings that will replace the twin towers.
  • Discussion about it costing $900K per “detainee” per year at Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.

    It’s been dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth and President Barack Obama cited the cost this week as one of many reasons to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, which burns through some $900,000 per prisoner annually.
    The Pentagon estimates it spends about $150 million each year to operate the prison and military court system at the U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, which was set up 11 years ago to house foreign terrorism suspects. With 166 inmates currently in custody, that amounts to an annual cost of $903,614 per prisoner.

    By comparison, super-maximum security prisons in the United States spend about $60,000 to $70,000 at most to house their inmates, analysts say. And the average cost across all federal prisons is about $30,000, they say.

    The high cost was just one reason Obama cited when he returned this week to an unfulfilled promise to close the prison and said he would try again. Obama also said that the prison, set up under his Republican predecessor George W. Bush and long the target of criticism by rights groups and foreign governments, is a stain on the reputation of the United States.
    Source: Reuters

  • For that kind of money, the detainees should be living in a lap of luxury. It’s iornic that Obama was the one talking about the expense of the prison.
  • It is misleading that the $900K per year per inmate is the amount they say goes for each inmate. Actually, they probably took the total cost to operate the prison and divided it by the number of prisoners.
  • Close the prison already!
  • How will the government know how to operate the prison efficiently?
  • Discussion about an 83 year-old nun who broke into a federal depleted uranium storage facility as a protest.

    An 83-year-old nun who broke into a Tennessee depleted uranium storage facility in 2012 and splashed human blood on several surfaces, exposing a massive security hole at the nation’s only facility used to store radioactive conventional munitions, was convicted Wednesday and faces a term of up to 20 years in prison.

    The only regret Sister Megan Rice shared with members of her jury on Wednesday was that she wished 70 years hadn’t passed before she took direct action, according to the BBC. She and two other peace activists, 64-year-old Michael Walli and 56-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed, were convicted of “invasion of a nuclear facility” in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, even though investigators admitted they did not get close to any actual nuclear material.

    The three activists are part of a group called “Transform Now Plowshares,” a reference to the book of Isaiah, which says, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares. They shall learn war no more.” All three face individual sentences of up to 20 years, along with a litany of fines.

    As they invaded the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, a perimeter fence was cut, several surfaces were spray-painted, banners were hung and activists read from the Bible. They also spread human blood on several surfaces, saying its use was symbolic, meant to remind people “of the horrific spilling of blood by nuclear weapons.”

    “The shortcomings in security at one of the most dangerous places on the planet have embarrassed a lot of people,” the activists’ attorney, Francis Lloyd, told members of the jury according to the BBC. “You’re looking at three scapegoats behind me.”

    Sister Rice has been arrested between 40 or 50 times committing acts of civil disobedience, according to The New York Times, including once in Nevada after she physically blocked a truck at a nuclear test site.
    Source: Raw Story

  • They let three senior citizens break into the nuclear facility… Think about that for a minute.
  • Maybe we need more senior citizen activists, because they seem to have less fear–they’ve already raised their children and have fewer career concerns.
  • Discussion about the NRA’s new president who plans to help them fight anti-gun laws in court.

    Alabama lawyer Jim Porter, in line to become the next president of the National Rifle Association, is expected to spearhead the group’s court challenges of gun-control laws enacted in several states since the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting massacre.

    Porter, 64, the son of another Alabama lawyer who served as NRA president from 1959 to 1961, is likely to succeed David Keene on Monday in the two-year post at the nation’s leading gun-rights organization.

    The longtime member is chairman of the legal affairs committee for the NRA, which has headed off federal attempts to approve new gun ownership restrictions, including a U.S. Senate proposal last month for expanded background checks.

    Porter told NRA members at their annual convention in Houston on Saturday that President Barack Obama was “AWOL” on border security, the deficit and national security, but “scheming and plotting” to take away Americans’ gun rights.
    Source: Reuters

  • every time folks talk about gun rights, the conversation always turns to the NRA. Nevertheless, individuals can benefit from their efforts to maintain gun rights, even if they disagree on their overall ideology.
  • Discussion about Texas enacting laws to prevent the federal government from instituting gun control. They have even written in the right to arrest federal officers attempting to enforce gun control in the state.

    The Texas House approved a bushel of bills Saturday to further soften gun laws that were already among the country’s most firearms-friendly, allowing college students to carry handguns in class, putting potentially armed marshals in public schools and exempting the state from any future federal bans on assault rifles, high-capacity magazines or universal background checks.

    Dubbed “gun day” by supporters and opponents alike, the parade of votes came as tens of thousands of members of the National Rifle Association attended the group’s annual convention in Houston. Gov. Rick Perry welcomed convention attendees Friday with a video of him taking target practice using a semi-automatic rifle.

    The 12 approved gun bills must all clear final, procedural votes before heading to the state Senate. Still, they advanced with only minimal delay, cruising past Democrat-led efforts to block or stall them. Nearly all were approved by simple voice votes.
    Source: Fox News

  • Discussion on a comparison between the ACLU and the NAACP. The ACLU is actually fighting a lot of pertinent issues.
  • Discussion about the NAACP being on the wrong side of history with a lot of the B.S. that they push–things like co-signing the jailing of people who sag their pants.
  • We cannot forget that the ACLU has lots more money than the NAACP.
  • Discussion about a theater that paid an actor to dress up as a gunman and enter theaters playing Iron Man 3 as a promotional stunt.

    Operators of a Missouri movie theater apologized Friday for a stunt in which an actor dressed in black, wearing body armor and carrying a fake rifle walked in to the movie house.

    The stunt occurred during a promotion for the movie “Iron Man 3” last weekend at the Goodrich Capital 8 Theaters in Jefferson City. Actors appeared at the theater, including some dressed as officers and one as Iron Man. Another actor was wearing what appeared to be assault gear and carrying a rifle.

    Some moviegoers were frightened and called 911, recalling the shooting in July at a Colorado theater during the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises.” That attack killed 12 people and injured dozens others, and authorities said the gunman was dressed in police-style body armor.
    Management of the Jefferson City theater apologized on the theater’s Facebook page, saying it was meant to be part of the entertainment. They noted that similar dress-up promotions have occurred at past movies.

    “We apologize and are sympathetic to those who felt they were in harm’s way with our character promotion for Iron Man 3,” the Friday posting read. “We didn’t clearly tell our customers and some people didn’t realize it was for entertainment purposes only.”
    Source: Fox News

  • Is an apology enough for the experience that the moviegoers endured?
  • It is hard to believe that there was a consensus on sending what appeared to be an armed person entering a theater after the Aurora Colorado shootings.
  • Discussion about Iron Man 3 breaking all sorts of box office records. It was the second-most grossing film of all time.

    Even though “Oz the Great and Powerful” was the number one movie during the quarter, and “Iron Man 3”, which kicks off the 2013 summer movie season, is off to a very strong start there is some concern for the movie box office this year. Part of that is fueled by such a strong year last year with Disney’s “The Avengers”, Time Warner TWX -0.05%’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, Lions Gate Entertainment LGF -0.65%’s “The Hunger Games”, Sony ’s latest James Bond adventure in “Skyfall”, the first movie in “The Hobbit” trilogy and another “Twilight” movie. Those movies and others led to a $10.8 billion movie box office in 2012, the highest on record. Helping the box office was the increasing percentage of movies that came in the 3D and IMAX formats as they bumped up ticket prices. Average ticket prices finished 2012 at $7.96, a new record.
    Source: Forbes

  • Discussion about John McCain pushing legislation for a la carte cable channels.

    Hate having to pay for hundreds of cable TV channels when you watch less than a dozen? How about those blackout rules that make it so you can’t watch your favorite NFL team when a home game isn’t sold out?

    If Sen. John McCain gets his way — and that’s a big “if” — those two annoyances could be a thing of the past.

    Sen. McCain introduced a bill Thursday in Congress, the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013. The act would “encourage the wholesale and retail unbundling of programming by distributors and programmers.”

    That means if you want to subscribe to a single cable channel, such as ESPN, you would be able to do that without subscribing to any others.

    Here’s how the senior Senator from Arizona introduced his bill: “For over 15 years I have supported giving consumers the ability to buy cable channels individually, also known as ‘a la carte’ — to provide consumers more control over viewing options in their home and, as a result, their monthly cable bill.”

    In theory, this bill would make compliance with his a la carte plan voluntary. But program providers would be enticed into complying because of another law he wants to attach to the bill: one that makes dealing with copyright much easier for cable networks.

    If cable and satellite programming purveyors wanted to enjoy the sweet deal they enjoy now — one where broadcast stations are forced to license their content to the cable and satellite providers — they’ll have to play along with McCain’s a la carte plan.
    Source: Mashable

  • Speculation about the cost of a la carte cable channels to the consumers.
  • Discussion about whether expanding market share or bottom line profits are more important to the cable providers.
  • Discussion about basic cable not including CNN and other news channels.
  • Discussion about Fox News being the number two cable station overall and people who believe the foolishness that they push.
  • Discussion about the ways cable companies will nickle and dime consumers.
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  • Discussion about Heit buying a New Edition cassette tape for $0.49 and then telling Ron DeVoe that he got the tape at a deep discount.
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  • Discussion about the logistics of having to rewind a cassette tape.
  • Discussion about Hulu and Netflix.
  • Discussion about Heit & Cheri watching Doogie Howser MD on Hulu Plus. The ending was terrible! The worst ending that we’ve ever seen was Hawthorne though. They just shut that down before they could finish the storyline. It ended on a cliffhanger.
  • Cedric the Entertainer talking about how Black shows end abruptly.
  • Heit & Cheri talk about the one series that they are watching in real time–Grey’s Anatomy.
  • Maybe John McCain should just stick to cable and domestic entertainment issues–not foreign policy…

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