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August 9, 2013

Episode 268: Sad State Of Affairs

The Axiom Amnesia Theory with Heit & Cheri

We needn’t look very far to realize that the circumstances under which many people are forced to live are truly a sad state of affairs. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss a variety of current and historical events that will make you shake your head in disbelief.

Topics discussed include Sequestration’s effect on government employees, burglars who returned their loot after finding our they robbed a do-good organization, the man who killed his wife and posted the photos on Facebook, Facebook allowed pages that posted Trayvon Martin’s dead body to remain on the site, peoples’ hypocrisy about showing some images and not others, whether all requests of Trayvon Martin’s family should be honored no matter what, how people don’t want to see pictures that make them have “negative” feelings, George Zimmerman’s activities wile awaiting trial, whether Trayvon’s family will file suit, the government pushing the al Qaeda threat, the government spying on people, the Hillary Clinton series on NBC, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta taking back everything he ever said about marijuana, and more!


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  • Discussion about sequestration causing government employees st set the work thermostat at 80 degrees.

    Beyond the table-thumping, the congressional hearings and the big political speeches, government employees are quietly dealing with the reality of sequestration and working to adjust their agencies to the drastic budget cuts. For some, it has meant forgoing maintenance or training the next generation of leaders, while others are cutting corners in whatever way possible — including turning up the workplace thermostat to an uncomfortable 80 degrees.

    But no matter how they’re coping, many of the government’s top employees feel they’ve been put in an impossible situation, according to remarks from an April 24 meeting of senior government employees released Wednesday.

    “[W]e’ll be damned if we do and damned if we don’t. If we avoid any big problems, then it looks like, ‘oh, five percent cut, no big deal,’ but if the problems do occur, there will be the casting of blame,” said one senior executive, according to the account of the conversation, first published by GovExec.
    Source: Huffington Post

  • Discussion about fat in the budget.
  • Discussion about the masses of government workers being mostly affected by the cutbacks–not the decision-makers.
  • Discussion about burglars who returned their loot after finding our they robbed a do-good organization.

    The thieves broke into the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services office on the night of July 31, according to a press release from Cal Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES). Candy Stallings, the nonprofit’s executive director, said the burglars had shimmied between floor boards and walls to get past the building’s high security system.

    They also clipped multiple alarm wires, CBS Los Angeles reported. Within minutes, six computers with hard drives, a laptop and a bag of valuables were taken.

    Police called Stallings the next morning around 4:30, according to NBC Los Angeles. They told her more suspicious activity was taking place at her office.

    But when Stallings arrived, she found a surprise.

    “All my stuff was in front of the door,” she told the station. “There was a shopping cart, and there were the PCs that were taken, there was the laptop. Everything was there.”

    In that laptop, an investigator discovered the note. It read:

    We had no idea what we were takeing [sic]. Here your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples [sic] live. God bless.
    “We were all pretty shocked,” Stallings added. “You’ve got to be kidding me. I was in disbelief. I got chills. I got very emotional.”

    “This is the first time in my career I have seen the return of stolen items,” San Bernardino Police Lt. Paul Williams told NBC. “It appears the guilt of taking the property caused the return of the items.”
    Source: Huffington Post

  • Should the burglars be prosecuted? Heit & Cheri agree that they shouldn’t be prosecuted.
  • Discussion about the man who killed his wife and posted the photos on Facebook. Facebook disabled his page.

    A South Florida man who authorities say fatally shot his wife — and apparently then posted a photo of her body on Facebook — has turned himself in to police.

    Miami-Dade police report that 31-year-old Derek Medina turned himself in Thursday, telling them he had shot 26-year-old Jennifer Alfonso. Detectives didn’t immediately give a motive. Charges were pending.

    A post on a Facebook page identified as Medina’s says, “I’m going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife.”

    The post claims that his wife was punching him and that he wasn’t going to stand any more abuse.

    The next post was a photograph showing a woman in black leotards, slumped on the floor with blood on her left arm and left cheek. The photo was up for more than five hours before the page became unavailable late Thursday afternoon.
    Source: Associated Press

  • Discussion about how Facebook allowed pages that posted Trayvon Martin’s dead body to remain on the site.
  • Discussion about whether it is
  • Discussion about the fake Devon Walker picture.
  • At what point does a picture become offensive.
  • Discussion about peoples’ hypocrisy about showing some images and not others.
  • Discussion about whether all requests of Trayvon Martin’s family should be honored no matter what? Heit & Cheri agree that the answer is no.
  • Discussion about the role of emotions with tragic cases like Trayvon’s. Seeing the dead body of a child should stir something within people that
  • Discussion about how people don’t want to see pictures that make them have “negative” feelings. They avoid it.
  • Discussion about an article about George Zimmerman’s activities wile awaiting trial.

    Where did George Zimmerman go while being tracked by a satellite as he awaited trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin?

    To Target to buy flowers for his wife, to a giant sporting-goods store in Lake Mary that has a huge selection of firearms — although he did not go into that department — and to his lawyer’s office more than 100 times.

    Zimmerman spent 372 days shackled to a satellite tracking device. It was one of the terms of his $1 million bail.

    Records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show that during that time the 29-year-old former murder defendant and Neighborhood Watch volunteer moved three times, hired an assistant to help with transportation and errands and, in general, did exactly what he was supposed to.
    Source: Orlando Sentinel

  • Discussion about whether Trayvon’s family will file suit.
  • Cheri talks about being disgusted about the outcome of the Trayvon case. Everything went exactly like Heit & Cheri called it from the beginning.
  • Discussion about how the conversation about race is going nowhere and the conversation about Trayvon has mostly died out.
  • Discussion about the government still pushing the al Qaeda threat.
  • Discussion about the government spying on people.
  • Discussion about how history is rewritten after the fact.
  • Discussion about the events of 9-11/2001.
  • Discussion about how the historical record will paint Zimmerman as the victim.
  • In order for things to change, we must change our state of mind.
  • Discussion about the importance of knowing and understanding history.
  • Discussion about the Hillary Clinton series on NBC.
  • Discussion about CNN’s Sanjay Gupta taking back everything he ever said about marijuana. He blames the FDA for misleading people. The question is why wasn’t he using his own good sense to decipher the BS instead of advancing it.
  • Discussion about Hannity and O’Reilley on Fox News.


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