Earlier today, as I was walking to work, I saw something strange happen downtown. The group of people you see here emerged from the First Baptist HQ carrying a piece of furniture. They proceeded to plop it down in the middle of the street, at the intersection of Ervay and San Jacinto, and arrange themselves for a photograph. The photographer was nearly run over by a DART bus (only slight exaggeration).
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it: explain to me what the heck was going on here.
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UPDATE, 2:33 pm: It’s raining in Detroit. Â We could be in for another delay.
Texas Rangers’ radio play-by-play announcer Eric Nadel is at Comerica Park in Detroit where the Rangers are getting ready to embarrass the Detroit Tigers. He sent a few pictures he took as he walked into the park. I urge you to turn off the sound on your TV and tune in to 103.3 ESPN Radio and listen to Nadel and (Tim’s buddy) Steve Busby call the game. First pitch at 3:19 PM CST. GO RANGERS!
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Luckily, you can celebrate the lunar phase safely among friends at the Dallas Arboretum. The Japan-American Society of Dallas-Fort Worth hosts a local Otsukimi, the Japanese festival honoring the harvest moon in which everyone is encouraged to go hog wild and steal some priceless rocks.Â Kidding. It’s actually a wholesome cultural tradition, and tonight features a picnic dinner (bring your own bento box, because no food will be sold there), seasonal music, and storytelling. Plus, check out demonstrations and instruction in haiku poetry, calligraphy, and ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging. Whew. This rainy phase we’re currently experiencing should have cleared up by the time things get started, but just in case, there’s an indoor option.
Over at the Rosewood Crescent, Joel Brenner, the former inspector general of the National Security Administration and former head of counterintelligence for the director of national intelligence, discusses his recent book at the behest of the World Affairs Counsel. In America the Vulnerable, Brenner sifts through recent cyberattacks to point out weaknesses in public and private security. What with Wikileaks and China’s sophisticated swan dive into Google last year, this is all extremely relevant. It might make for a bit of a serious evening, but Brenner’s a guy worth listening to.
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With a standoff over insurance issues threatening their ability to stay in Pioneer Park, members of the Occupy Dallas protest committee knew they would have to act fast. So around 8 this morning, as light rain fell, the leader of the group’s so-called Committee of Public Safety–he wore a Guy Fawkes mask and wouldn’t give his name–was directing a Ryder truck as it backed into a handicapped space, not far from the park’s famous cattle statuary. Over in one corner of the “main committee” tent, meantime, a woman who identified herself only as “Mrs. LaFarge” was knitting intently.
Not far away, six or seven other committee members were poring over street maps of North Dallas and Highland Park, marking red “X’s” over the home addresses of the area’s most prominent rich people. Soon, it all became clear: Another group of four or five protesters began unloading two, 6-feet-tall guillotines out of the Ryder truck. Then they proceeded to roll the “1792 Machines” on dollies across the park, toward a little wooden stage that had been set up near the cattle. Reading to reporters off a sheet of paper, the guy in the Fawkes mask said the afternoon of guillotining to follow–while “really, really regretful”–nevertheless would be necessary to “send a signal” and to “advance the cause of the 99%,” who “have been kept down for too long, in chains.” Tomorrow, he added, they would worry about the insurance.
NOTE: THE PRECEDING HAS BEEN A SATIRICAL ARTICLE. NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
No, I’m not going to recap it. Sarah Hodge already did right here. But I will say I had a really good time listening to all of the talks, even the ones that didn’t completely work. Narrowing it down to one winner would have been impossible, so fortunately they opened it up to three: Jasmin Brand, Belinda Baldwin, and Will Clarke. As always, Sharon Lyle and the TEDxSMU team put on a great event, and the Kessler Theater was a good host.
Side note: Like Liz mentioned before, I was a judge. There were two others. Grace Gilker, a sophomore at Hockaday who has already done a TEDxKids talk, and Omar Jahwar, who spoke at TEDxSMU last year, and negotiated a truce between the Bloods and Crips, no big deal. And then me. Shaky choice.
Now it’s your turn. Have fun in the comments!
Rangers Lost. And now there’s talk of what went wrong and what needs to go right. But, I’m not worried. I have faith. Bandwagoners always have faith. (By the time we get to the action, most of the doubtful moments have already passed.) You know who else has faith? Ben Doskocil, the lifelong Rangers fan who caught the Nelson Cruz grand slam ball. (And, just in cause you’re wondering, he’s not selling.)
Pet Cemetery Could Be Destroyed. Listen. I know how these people feel about the possibility of their pets’ cemeteries being auctioned off. I recently said goodbye to my childhood home where Rusty, Flower, Rosy, Ringo, and Butch were all buried. It made me sad. The difference, though, is that my burial plots were free. These people paid hundreds of dollars to have their pets buried. And there’s the history. One tombstone dates back to 1945. So I see why they’d be saddened by this, and I hope something can be done.
Terror Plot Foiled. Manssor Arbabsiar offered a Drug Enforcement Administration informant $1.5 million to kill Adel al-Jubeir, a UNT graduate and Saudi ambassador to the U.S. The plan was for a bomb to kill al-Jubeir at a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Arbabsiar once lived in North Texas, but most recently lived in Corpus Christi. He was arrested two weeks ago. Obviously, he did not know that his hired murderer worked for the government.