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Crime and Law. If the case is reported, the media will undoubtedly echo those words. The defense may argue an absence of motive or opportunity as part of its defense. But are motive and opportunity required to convict?

Blythe J Leszkay

Every crime has what are called elements. The elements of the crime are what must be proven to find the defendant guilty. For example, to convict a defendant of murder, the prosecution must prove the defendant killed the victim, and that he did it with malice aforethought. Malice basically means having an intent to kill.

Neither motive nor opportunity to commit the crime is required to prove the defendant guilty. So why are these words so commonly uttered at trial?

Motive is why the defendant killed. Money and sex are common motives. A recently-purchased life insurance policy, or jealousy over an affair are potentially strong motives, for example.

If the defendant had a motive to kill the victim, such evidence is relevant to prove that he did in fact kill the victim. The defense may point to others who also had possible motives. Or they may argue the defendant’s motive was not sufficient to drive him to kill.

Even though it is not required to prove the defendant guilty, motive is often heavily debated at trial. That’s because people have a strong need to know why. And in our jury system, people are the ones deciding guilt.

Killing is an extreme act, generally seen as outside the norm of human behavior. It is natural for a jury to want to know why someone would commit such an act. It is also natural for jurors to want to hear a good reason before they feel comfortable convicting someone of murder, potentially sentencing him to life in prison, or even death.

Opportunity to commit the crime is a little more obvious. Opportunity is also a basic thing that people want to see prove, even though it is not required.

Was the defendant in the area where the crime occurred? Was he familiar with the area? Did he have transportation, if necessary? Was there no alibi to verify the defendant was elsewhere? Or if the defendant did have an alibi, was it an alibi that could be challenged?

Although these questions are not technically required to be answered to prove a defendant guilty, they are things that any jury would want to know. The prosecution should therefore answer those questions if it wants to secure a conviction. And the defense would benefit from keeping such questions active in the jury’s mind, if possible, raising doubt about whether the defendant could have committed the crime.

The questions of motive and opportunity show that criminal trials are often about something more than strictly determining whether the prosecution has proven the elements of the crime. They are also about answering the very human questions of why people commit crimes.

Blythe is an experienced and successful criminal attorney and expert consultant with Criminal Law Consulting. She consults with and educates writers and filmmakers about criminal law issues in their projects. She provides simple criminal law information at CriminalLawConsulting.com.

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Dave Stamey, western singer, and down-home humorist.

Dave Stamey will appear at the State Theater in Red Bluff, CA on January 21, at  7 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office. You will love the music and he will keep you laughing. The State Theater is located at 333 Oak St. Red Bluff, CA. For more information, call 530-529-2787.

Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charlie Russell of Western Music.” Western Horseman Magazine has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time. True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician four years in a row.

Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been voted seven times Entertainer of the Year, seven times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty-three states and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

In November of 2016, Dave was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame.

 

 

Today was a VERY IMPORTANT day for me. I read every single Babysitter’s Club book when I was a kid. Once when I was 9, I waited in line for 4 hours at my local bookstore to meet Ann M Martin. And today I got this in the mail from her. I feel so lucky that I grew up with books about girls who worked together, supported each other, were entrepreneurs, and who all had very different personalities. I still identify as a Kristy mixed with Stacey and a dash of Dawn. Which babysitter are you?

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This article on The Spinoff certainly made me think of video games in a differently light. While still stuck in Pokémon mode most of this is new to me. Twitch has exposed me new games and the extends companies will go to good or bad, in search of sales. Rosalita

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As it stands only ten games are currently banned from sale in New Zealand but should we be looking at how we censor games with more scrutiny? Oskar Howell writes.

Content warning: Depictions of violence are alluded to in the piece.

One of the first games I seriously played was Grand Theft Auto III. It was one of the better games at the time, and other than Halo: Combat Evolved it was the only game I was serious about beating.

‘Roam the open world, complete the missions and be rewarded for your efforts,’ was the ethos of the game. Grand Theft Auto III was the first of the series to be set in a 3D world, and many consider it to be the first real open-world shooter.

 

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The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Dave Bautista, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Evangeline Lilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hayley Atwell, Jeremy Renner, Jon Favreau, Josh Brolin, Karen Gillan, Katherine Langford, Letitia Wright, Linda Cardellini, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, Pom Klementieff, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Terry Notary, Tessa Thompson, Tilda Swinton, Tom Holland, Winston Duke

Sometimes the reviewers are better than the movie, sometimes they are worse and sometimes they break even, here are the ones I like the best.

Avengers: Endgame review — Marvel’s ultimate love letter to fans tops Infinity War

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The Russos’ wholly satisfying superhero epic, a sequel to every MCU movie ever, doesn’t waste a second.
Avengers: Endgame begins and ends with quiet, intimate moments. And it’s that sense of intimacy that makes this galaxy-spanning MCU blockbuster such a triumph.
Avengers: Infinity War’s cliff-hanger ending left me fuming. The highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now, picks up the pieces of that story with a completely satisfying conclusion that winds down over a decade of movies. Read more here.

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Avengers: Endgame is like Samuel Beckett with superheroes.

“The end is in the beginning, and yet you go on,” observes one of the four characters in Samuel Beckett’s play Endgame, a starkly minimalist meditation on the inevitability of death and the necessity of maintaining human connections, however imperfect and infuriating the humans we’re stuck with may be. The Avengers installment of the same title, the conclusion of an 11-year, 22-movie cycle of Marvel Cinematic Universe adventures—is the precise opposite of minimalist: It’s three hours long, stuffed with dozens of characters, and takes place not in a bare room with a chair and two windows but across multiple galaxies, time spans, and alternate universes. Read more

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 “Avengers: Endgame”: Sloppy plot holes distract from an otherwise cathartic epic

“Avengers: Endgame” is clearly a labor of love, and a great deal of fun to watch. Despite its serious flaws, the film is carefully crafted to offer a wealth of emotionally satisfying moments for fans of the 21 previous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — in particular, the older franchises of “Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “Thor” and “The Incredible Hulk” (with quite a bit of a newer franchise, “Ant-Man,” referenced for good measure). As someone who counts four MCU movies as among his personal all-time favorites (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther”), I appreciated the sincerity that directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely brought to the table. Far too many Hollywood blockbusters are made with cynicism, which cannot be said of “Avengers: Endgame.”

But the problem with “Avengers: Endgame” is the plot holes. Lots and lots and lots of plot holes — so many that they’re distracting. Read More

  Avengers 4 Endgame

Globally, the Marvel Comics superhero film broke the record for the highest opening weekend of all time. The three-hour “Avengers: Endgame” had a wider release than previous record holders. 

The fourth and final installment of the Avengers movie series shattered records at the box office just a day after its release, according to figures provided by producer Walt Disney Company on Saturday.

“Avengers: Endgame” broke the global record by taking $644 million (€576 million) at the box office by the end of Friday. The previous record holder was “Avengers: Infinity War” with $641 million. 

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Ash is Purest White

In Ash is Purest White, the imperious Qiao ( played by Tao Zhao) and her edgy lover Bin (Liao Fan) are a Bonnie and Clyde couple, inextricably tied together despite fallings-out and prison spells.

Jia Zhangke’s marvellous work is set in China in a period of transition beginning in the 1970s and leadingup to its conclusion in 2006. The movie will reveal to the alert viewer telling details in the Chinese landscape, from the sclerotic days of the late Communist era to the beginnings of the capitalist epoch.

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Check out the first reactions below. Detective Pikachu opens May 10th and stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Suki Waterhouse, Ken Watanabe, Kathryn Newton, and Rita Ora.

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Blaming acts of real-world violence on video games is nothing but an unscientific distraction from what we already know can cause them.

Video games are a convenient scapegoat; something people easily draw as an obvious link. The simplistic idea that players become desensitised to in-game violence and are therefore more likely to carry out violence in the real world, as a result, is a simple one to accept at face value.

On the ABC yesterday, in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton called for further discussion of a link between video games and violence. But the impacts of games on real-life behaviour has been discussed and analysed for more than 20 years, especially following mass shootings.

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Gamers are a dedicated bunch, and they’ll do anything to advance in the virtual world. But Singaporean gamers are taking it up a notch, with a sizeable number forgoing sleep and skipping meals just to keep playing.

A study has found that Singaporeans are the most frequent gamers in Asia, and the third most frequent in the world, spending a total of 7.44 hours each week playing video games.

The country which spends the most time gaming each week is Germany, at 7.98 hours, followed by the US at 7.61 hours.

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‘Sonic Racing will be one of the many exclusive video games coming to the Apple Arcade later this year. Photo: Apple Arcade

Apple’s video game offerings are about to get a lot more interesting with the launch of Apple Arcade later this year.

The American technology company has invested in independent developers to help bring dozens of exclusive games to the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

When the programme launches in the autumn, Apple Arcade will offer access to more than 100 games for a monthly fee.

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Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir is determined to stop a new heavy-industry development by any means necessary in "Woman at War."

Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir is determined to stop a new heavy-industry development by any means necessary in “Woman at War.” (Photo: Magnolia Pictures)

“Woman at War” opens with a scene preparing us for the film to come: A woman, alone in the desolate, green highlands of Iceland, expertly (and cleverly, with bow and arrow) takes out a major electrical line running to a bleak, corrosive industrial facility. A game of cat and mouse with a helicopter ensues and our archer escapes in a surprising and delightful way, one with a clear suggestion: The past may still be of help.

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What: “Woman at War” presented by the Tallahassee Film Society

When: 6 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday

Where:  All Saints Cinema, 918-1/2 Railroad Ave. 

Tickets: $10, $7 for students and TFS members

Visit:www.tallahasseefilms.com

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The center of the IDAddict universe.

#HomicideHunter

Estimated Reach

124,782 accounts reached

Exposure

271,387impressions < 100< 1k< 10k< 100k100k+36372340

Bars show number of tweets sent by users with that many followers

Activity

13 tweets80 retweets7 replies 100tweets 90contributors 3days Aug 15Aug 16Aug 17020406080

Top Contributors

180.8k impressions

RosalitaMoog

@RosalitaMoog

 

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68 – The Real Kenda account

LtJoeKenda

Joe Kenda @LtJoeKenda 1 day ago We’re just two weeks away. Will you be joining? #HomicideHunterhttps://t.co/7LC0i6bTTD

 

Hashtag Activity For Reasonable Doubt

#ReasonableDoubt

The challenge was to have EVERYONE put #ReasonableDoubt in EVERY tweet or retweet on Wednesday August 9th, 10th and 11th, that referred to Reasonable Doubt.   Any post or anyone that did not use the hashtag was not counted.

Some of you did not use #ReasonableDoubt. Yes. I am looking at you. You know better.

Using a hashtag makes it easy to see how the show is engaging people on twitter. 

Estimated Reach For #ReasonableDoubt

The estimated overall reach of tweets in this report.
106,488 accounts reached

Exposure

Exposure is the number of overall impressions generated by tweets in this report – the total number of times tweets were delivered to timelines (including repeats).

1,445,813 impressions

Activity

Activity provides details about the tweets in this report, including the total number of tweets and unique contributors, the time period covered by the report, a graphical timeline showing tweet volume during the report period, and tweet type breakdown.
 
100 tweets
52 contributors
days
 

Top Contributors

In order to be included in this section, a person must have tweeted #ReasonableDoubt at least once in this report. The top three contributors in this report are:

  1. Highest Exposure – The contributor who generated the highest exposure from direct impressions.
  2. Most Retweeted – The contributor who received the most retweets.
  3. Most Mentioned – The contributor who was mentioned the most times.

1.3M impressions

RosalitaMoog

Most Retweeted Tweets

The top three most retweeted tweets in this report, including retweet counts for each tweet. This includes both new-style automatic retweets and old-style manual retweets that start with “RT @username.”
 
6

Det_CAnderson

Detective Chris Anderson @Det_CAnderson 
Rewatching last nights episode of #ReasonableDoubt just realized how soon after my cancer surgery we recorded this episode.
 
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Tracey Greer @tgreer1970 
#1 There was 50 pcs of evidence?? #2 It all disappeared?? #ReasonableDoubt https://t.co/WXFjz1EqG1
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ToniWanKanobi @tbird765
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RosalitaMoog 22 18   1.3M
Det_CAnderson 15 11   52.6k
IDAddictUSA 1 0   18.1k
solomonjones1 1 0   9.1k
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In 1999, Danish toy company Lego made a huge announcement: it had signed a license with Lucasfilm Ltd. to produce a series of toys based on the Star Wars films, the first time in the company’s history that it made such a deal. The move wasn’t without major qualms within the company; for decades, it had eschewed such deals, but competition from other toy brands loomed, and company officials worried about being overtaken. The decision would ultimately propel Lego to become one of the largest toy companies in the world.

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Rod Demery and John Nicholson

Rod Demery and John Nicholson Homicide detective, Rod Demery, races against the clock to catch criminals in Shreveport, Louisiana. IMDB.com

 

This article has a spoiler for Damsel In Distress which is available on IDGo.

Rod Demery and re-creation actor John Nicholson are very attractive men. If I met one of them I would probably say something inappropriate that I could relive at 3 am. However, I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that the stories deal with murder. We should never forget the victim has loved ones.

With that said, this episode has John Nicholson. In bed! Shirtless! 

I will just leave that. Right There.

I will just leave that. Right There.

I am a faithful Homicide Hunter fan. Lt Joe Kenda saved Investigation Discovery from being good in an ordinary way.

Investigation Discovery shows have allowed us to have a look behind the scenes at the inner workings of a homicide detective. We eat it up with a spoon!!

Murder Chose Me

  • Murder Chose Me is such a good show that I have to admit it feels a little like I am cheating on The Homicide Hunter Lt. Joe Kenda.
  • Murder Chose Me came along and Rod Demery gave us another Kenda. We trust Kenda with our very hearts. Demery is sincere and to the point. Like Joe Kenda, he is never condescending and we need people we can believe in.
  • Murder Chose Me is the life and solved crimes of Detective Rod Demery.  Thanks to Investigation Discovery, we are ID Addicts.

John Nicholson as Detective Rod Demery in Murder Chose Me

This season sees the return of re-creation lead actor John Nicholson, writer Curtis (Curt) Paine and director Jeffery (Jeff) Woods

Some of ID’s reenactment actors are not very good. The actors need more experience and some are painful to watch. Jupiter Entertainment, is the television production company that brings Homicide Hunter, Murder Chose Me and some of our other favorites to Investigation Discovery. They manage to bring us talented re-creation actors.

Nicholson is an excellent actor. As a “Method” actor he is trained to let us know “that there is more going on within the actor than just what the lines say.” He takes on the roll like a suit. When Nicholson walks into a room, as Demery it is taken for granted that he is in charge. Of course, his muscular build adds to the way he moves into that room. He is handsome and always looks so crisp you can practically smell his aftershave lotion. The re-creations are stories are about the worst possible thing that could happen to a family and he doesn’t take his responsibility lightly. We appreciate his hard work, he gives us a calm yet commanding performance that leaves us feeling he truly understands the sensitive nature of this role. His performance as Demery is with an effort that appears effortless, the epitome of genuine feeling.

Murder Chose Me airs Wednesday night on Investigation Discovery.

In January, the popular media streaming app Plex announced a new VR app that allowed users to watch movies and TV shows on their own or together with friends in VR. It was a cool idea, though compatibility was restricted to just the Google Daydream. Now, there’s good news for Plex users with different VR headsets who want to lounge around with their friends but not actually be with them: Plex has brought its VR movie app to the Gear VR courtesy of the Oculus store.

There are three environments you can watch movies in, including a luxury apartment, a deep space scene known as “the void,” and a drive-in theatre — the first two are free but the drive-in requires a Plex Pass subscription. Once you start a movie or show, the content takes up a…

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Rod Demery and John Nicholson

Rod Demery and John Nicholson Murder Chose Me

Retired Shreveport homicide detective Rod Demery reflects on the career he was destined for since the age of 3, when his own mother was murdered. Vowing to ensure that no family would be denied justice the way his family was, Demery served 14 years as a detective in the violent crimes unit, with an unprecedented 100% confession and solve rate as lead investigator. Intimate first-person storytelling meets a gritty Southern backdrop in Shreveport, La. Source

Rod Demery is played by John Nicholson an excellent actor that is able to capture Demery! Nicholson’s confidence as an actor makes the transition from Real Demery to Actor Demery so smooth it is easy to forget where one ends and the other begins.

It is my policy to watch a few episodes berfore I write a review. At some point this stopped being about a review and became a personal journey.

Murder Chose Me Hit Close To My Heart and Changed Me

WARNING! THIS IS ABOUT A PERIOD OF TIME. I WILL USE THE WORDS THAT WERE USED THEN. I AM NOT GOING TO SANITIZE THE LANGUAGE! IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENDED STOP READING.

Rod Demery and John Nicholson

My boys! They are both so handsome! Don’t get me wrong, my husband won’t let me date, but it is depressing to be old enough to be their mama!

 

Murder Chose Me

Rod Demery’s mother, Barbara Sue Demery was murdered on May 8th, 1969. He was three years old. That means he was born about 1966 and I am old enough to be his mama. But! My older sisters and his mother were closer in terms of how the world was back then.

I was an accidental birth, born in Tampa with just that little a bit of difference in time and place that made a huge difference in my life.

(After I wrote this I found out Barbara Sue was born September 8th 1947. I was born September 10th 1948.)

Murder Chose Me Part one: Demery and Me Location, Location, Location

Demery returned to Shreveport after his mother’s death. Shreveport is a stone’s throw from where ALL of my relatives live/lived. Things would been unimaginable for his mother, Barbara Sue. My grandparents lived in a Sundown Town. They were called Sundown Towns because non-whites were not allowed in town after the stores closed and they closed at 5:00 or 5:30. If Barbara Sue had thrown that stone it would have hit a sign that said, “Niggers found in town at sundown will be arrested.” The towns had variations of the signs, some said, “colored folks” other signs said, “Negroes” all said the person would be arrested or shot. A few included “Indians”.

Barbara Sue and my sisters would never have gone to the same school, hung out together or ever come in contact with each other. Yet, they were the same person in many ways. 

The Equal Rights Ammendment ended separate bathrooms and water fountains but was otherwise igrnored by the north and the south. There were “theaters” and “black theaters” the same with schools and jobs. I never met a black person until I was an adult and went to college in Buffalo, NY.

Thank you to John Nicholson for contacting me. I had mistakenly put Demery in New Orleans instead of Shreveport. That put them deeper into Lousiana.

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Murder Chose Me Part Two: Demery and Me: His mother and the sister that raised me.

Like Barbara Sue, my sister’s second husband  (#2) didn’t get along with her kids from her first marriage. Like Barbara Sue, she left her two young children and traveled with #2. Like Barbara Sue, #2 was 20 years older. Like Barbara Sue, it was a volatile relationship.  Like Barbara Sue, he accused her of cheating.  He didn’t beat my sister up, but he was physical and would kick her out. Shortly before she died we had started a website to have a dialogue about women finding themselves pregnant, broke and on the street. I make jewelry and when I go to a craft show I take along angel earrings and necklaces. The proceeds go to purchasing basic supplies for women in any shelter.

Unlike Barbara Sue, my sister was fortunate and was eventually able to leave for good.

My sister’s son is a police officer.

In 1980 I was a volunteer at a women’s shelter, I saw things that made me want to shoot someone. A woman was made to stand on a hot plate. Her feet were a burned mess. Her husband kept her there by holding their son over a pot of boiling water. You are thinking prison, right?  Nope. He pleaded down to simple assault paid a $35 fine and spent a total of 30 days in the county jail. It wasn’t against the law to injure your wife or child. If the couple wasn’t married punishment was basically non-existent a woman living in sin had even less value. There were no black women in that shelter. That was the 1980’s!

How is my 1980 relevant to Barbara Sue’s murder in 1969? If a woman could be raped and beaten by her husband with little or no consequence in 1980, think what it was like in 1969. The laws said that a man couldn’t rape his wife he was entitled to have sex with her. A few landmark cases finally got that changed.

It has only been in the recent past that it has been against the law to kill women and children.

SPOILER for Murder Chose Me

Demery had been told his mother was killed during a robbery attempt. It was an unsolved murder. He decided, as you would expect, to solve his mother’s murder.  He found out his mother had actually been shot to death by her husband. Demery was hit slap in the face with the kind of racism that we can hardly believe today. 

Barbara Sue’s husband gunned her down, emptied a gun in her and no one cared! His trial was a formality. 

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember a comment someone made a long time ago about blacks and justice. “Shoot a nigger? You get into more trouble for shooting your dog.” That was back during the being of the race demonstrations when people like me noticed “separate but equal” was bull.

Barbara Sue was a disposable human being. The woman Demery met at the courthouse told him exactly how it was,

 “…back in those days a man could kill his wife if he thought she was cheating. I don’t really know how to say this, but your mother was black so no one cared. That’s the way things were back then.”

It was exactly what I expected her to say.

A woman black or white was a man’s property.

Then something my oldest sister said popped into my mind. My father was a not a good man and when I asked why my mother stayed with him, she said, “It was different back then. She couldn’t just leave him.” My parents had married in 1936. She died from a brain tumor when I was a child. I didn’t understand why my mother stayed married to him. I thought she could have left after my sisters were born or after my brother was born or after I was born. I was wrong. Knowing what the clerk was going to tell him caused me to reevaluate my anger at my mother. It made me realize no matter how bad things were my mother had no options.

The Final Confrontation

Barbara Sue Demery died May 8th, 1969 at the hand of her husband Jerry.

“It wasn’t that Jerry didn’t want my mother to leave. Jerry didn’t want my mother to live.”, Rod Demery

Demery decided to question the man that killed his mother and got away with it, as a suspect and record the meeting.

In the reenactment, Demery played by Nicholson, walked down that hall and my fingers were clenched around the handle of his RCA video camera. I was ready to watch Demery slap Jerry upside the head with it.

The killer, Jerry, turned out to be a broken down old man. He was crying giving Demery his version of an apology or repentance. Jerry, “You know it wasn’t my intention. Don’t you ever think it was my…intention.”

Back to Real Demery, “I knew he was lying.” 

Then something painful happened. It was so painful for me that I cried. I am crying now. I couldn’t watch the episode all the way to the end when it originally aired. I had to watch it in parts to get to the part that would have made his mother so very proud him.

In the face of everything he should have hated, Demery found kindness.

Forgiveness that somehow made both of us feel better.

It also made me think it was time to forgive my mother.

Demery’s searched for a picture of his mother he didn’t remember her face. Back then photos were a big deal unless you were rich. We weren’t. When my oldest sister passed away I received a box of family pictures. In the box were two pictures of my mother. I really had forgotten her face.

At times I sit and stare at her face trying to see my own. I am sure Demery looks at his mom searching for his face.

Demery healed himself and then inadvertently healed me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie Review: Happy End

 From left, Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden, Toby Jones and Mathieu Kassovitz in “Happy End,” directed by Michael Haneke. Credit Sony Pictures Classics

From left, Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden, Toby Jones and Mathieu Kassovitz in “Happy End,” directed by Michael Haneke. Credit Sony Pictures Classics

A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

Peter Travers on ‘Happy End’: Yes, That Title Is Ironic

Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke has made many a masterpiece – and his latest, Happy End, isn’t one of them. Yet this cinematic poke in the eye about an upper class family imploding still exerts a perverse fascination. From early provocations like The Seventh Continent (1989) through later boundary-pushing works like The Piano Teacher, Cache, The White Ribbon, Funny Games (both the original and it’s English-language remake) and Amour, the fillmaker specializes in the toxic indifference that can kill a family or society as a whole. He offers no easy answers. As the man himself once said: “My films are intended as polemical statements against the American ‘barrel down’ cinema and its dis-empowerment of the spectator. They are an appeal for a cinema of insistent questions instead of false (because too quick) answers, for clarifying distance in place of violating closeness, for provocation and dialogue instead of consumption and consensus.” Read more

In ‘Happy End,’ Another Unhappy Family From Michael Haneke

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If you are even only a little familiar with the work of the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, it will come as no surprise that he does not regard instant messaging and smartphones as positive developments for humanity. His latest picture, “Happy End,” begins with the middle of its wide-screen frame taken up by the perfectly centered image of a phone, its camera eavesdropping on a middle-age woman whose bathroom door is open as she prepares for bed. The unseen voyeur texts snide commentary on the woman’s routine. Read more

Michael Haneke Makes Snapchat Scary in Happy End

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God bless whoever introduced Michael Haneke to Snapchat. In Happy End, the notoriously misanthropic director returns to the familiar territory of media-obsessed teens, this time a smartphone-wielding 13-year-old named Eve (Fantine Harduin). Read more

Happy End review – Michael Haneke’s satanic soap opera of pure sociopathy

It hardly needs saying that the adjective in the title is about as accurate as the one in Haneke’s Funny Games. Happy End is a satirical nightmare of haute-bourgeois European prosperity: as stark, brilliant and unforgiving as a halogen light. It is not a new direction for this film-maker, admittedly, but an existing direction pursued with the same inspiration as ever. It is also as gripping as a satanically inspired soap opera, a dynasty of lost souls. Read more

Happy End review – gallows humour for all the family

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Michael Haneke’s new film gleams with cold gallows humour. There’s blunt, rasping comedy to be found in its thematic grimness (Happy End might also be titled Death Wish), though the Austrian director’s bleak worldview won’t be to everyone’s taste. The plot begins with 13 year-old Eve (Fantine Harduin), who is forced to stay with her father Thomas (Mathieu  Kassovitz), in Calais, with his new wife and their young child after her mother overdoses. Also living in the Laurent family home is Thomas’s sister, severe real estate developer Anne (Isabelle Huppert), and their depressed father Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant of Haneke’s Amour), who at a robust 84 is “too healthy” to qualify for the assisted suicide he seeks, and so must make alternative arrangements. Read more


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Are You A Video Game Addict?

It is clear that I know people who can be in seen as addicted to [amazon_textlink asin=’B00H6VSWTW’ text=’video games’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’cfmmusscean03-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2fd16823-f1ef-11e7-817f-d1835dc80b87′]. Gamers I know fall into three groups, immature, escapism and addicted. If you have missed work a few times because you were exhausted from gaming all night that might mean you are irresponsible and need to grow up. To be an addict, gaming would have to significantly disrupt your life, work and relationships. If most of your relationships are in the gaming world, that is a red flag. It is easy to get caught up in a world that is more rewarding than the real world. I know people who have quit jobs because it cut into their gaming time and he was an adult!

Video game addiction (VGA) is a hypothetical behavioral addiction characterized by excessive or compulsive use of computer games or video games, which interferes with a person’s everyday life.[1] Video game addiction may present itself as compulsive gaming, social isolation, mood swings, diminished imagination, and hyper-focus on in-game achievements, to the exclusion of other events in life. Wikipedia

A list of articles you might use to self diagnosis.

Video or online gaming addiction being recognized as a mental-health disorder

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It’s winter vacation time and too cold to do anything outdoors, so the kids are engrossed in playing the video games they received for Christmas.

You’re just glad your teenagers are safe at home, never mind that you can’t coax them away from their games to do chores or interact with the rest of the family.

Perhaps over the past year or so, you’ve noticed online games have pretty much consumed your child’s life, particularly if he’s a teenage boy. Maybe your husband is the one who walks in the house, retreats to his man cave-video playland and is still at it long after everyone else is in bed. Read More

Can’t Stop Gaming? The WHO May Soon Consider Video Game Addiction a Mental Disorder

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Video game addicts of the world: Your compulsion may be considered an official mental disorder. The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to include it its new global medical coding guidelines.

The WHO is currently whipping up a draft of the latest International Classification of Diseases (ICD), ICD-11. This set of universal medical codes is meant to make it easier to identify specific health disorders on a consistent basis across nations; the current version, ICD-10, is being updated. But ICD-11, which will be rolled out in 2018, will include a new proposed class of mental conditions called “gaming disorder.”

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The Surprising Upside to Video Game Addiction’s Classification as a Mental Health Disorder

We couldn’t treat what couldn’t be diagnosed.

The last time video games made so many headlines, Pokemon Go was causing traffic accidents and luring children into sex offenders’ neighborhoods. Here’s some more not-so-great news for those trying to escape life by disappearing into a fantasy world: you may be suffering from a mental health condition. For the first time ever, the World Health Organization has included “gaming disorder” in a draft of the International Classification of Diseases annual list. Read more.

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Video Game Addiction Symptoms, Causes and Effects

Although it is not yet recognized by the American Medical Association as a diagnosable disorder, video game addiction is a very real problem for many people. According to the University of New Mexico, recent studies suggest that 6 to 15 percent of all gamers exhibit signs that could be characterized as addiction. Though this disorder can have significant consequences to those suffering from it, its signs and symptoms can sometimes be very difficult to recognize.

Are There Different Types of Video Game Addictions?

There are two major types of video games and therefore two major types of video game addictions. Read more

Movie Review: Hostiles

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Hostiles is a 2017 American period western film written and directed by Scott Cooper, based on an original story by Donald E. Stewart. It stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Adam Beach, and Q’orianka Kilcher, and follows a U.S. Cavalry officer who must escort a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their home in Montana in 1892.

The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2017, and was released in the United States by Entertainment Studios on December 22, 2017. Wikipedia

Rotten Tomatoes 74%
Empire 4/5
Roger Ebert 3/4

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Peter Travers: ‘Hostiles’ Revitalizes the Brutal, Graceful Western

The continuously astounding Christian Bale is one of our best film actors, and he’s at his peak in Hostiles, a powderkeg of a western, written and directed in a soulful fever by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Black Mass). Working from an unpublished manuscript by the late Donald Stewart, the filmmaker echoes The Searchers – John Ford’s 1956 classic starring John Wayne as a vengeful cowboy – in tackling the way racism and violence seem to be hardwired into the American character.

Hostiles Movie Review & Film Summary (2017) | Roger Ebert

This adds up to a film that’s beautifully shot and acted, but also meandering, overlong and only sporadically focused on its central issues. As for its politics, in making the story primarily about one (white) man’s redemption, “Hostiles” falls back on a well-worn if still potent dramatic trope while saying virtually nothing about the genocide committed against Native Americans.

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A finely crafted Western which doesn’t flinch from portraying the horrors inflicted during that violent era, and which boasts an astounding performance from Christian Bale. Full review

Dan Jolin
Empire
Hostiles is a careful and well-informed exploration of the paradoxes that are as integral to the western genre as horses, whiskey and guns. Full review

A.O. Scott
The NYTimes
This otherwise typically macho, violent Western offers strong performances and occasionally good dialogue; its most interesting aspect is how it depicts PTSD on the frontier. Full review

Michael Ordona
Common Sense Media
Hostiles is a brutal if well-intentioned film that doesn’t help its cause with its lack of development of its Native characters. Full review

Emily Yoshida
Vulture
“Hostiles” ultimately falls back on the same one-dimensional archetypes, depicting Native Americans either as ruthless savages or as stoic sages, with nothing in between. Full review

Peter Debruge
Variety
 

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The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested a 25-year-old man who is suspected of sending a SWAT team to a private residence in Kansas, resulting in the death of a 28-year-old man.

NBC News (via Engadget) reports that the LAPD arrested Tyler Barriss on Friday after allegedly providing Andrew Finch’s address to Witchita authorities. The incident precipitated by an argument between two Call of Duty over a $1.50 wagered game, one of which provided Finch’s address to Barriss, who has a history of making bomb threats and went by the Twitter handle SWAuTistic. In an interview with YouTube channel DramaAlert the person allegedly behind handle admitted to placing the call, saying that “he loves swatting kids who think nothing is going to…

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iFixit, the internet’s most popular repository of guides for repairing Apple devices, has announced that it’s cutting prices for all of its iPhone battery replacement kits down to $29 or less. They usually sell for between $39 to $49, depending on how recent your phone is.

The news comes after Apple announced yesterday that it would be cutting the price of its own battery replacements to $29 for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later, starting in late January and running through December 2018 (a $50 discount off the usual price). The decision came in response to the uproar over Apple slowing down devices with aging batteries to try to preserve performance.

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