What joy looks like, tracking your kid, the robot in your den, why we can’t solve homelessness, and the mystery of the gyrating man in Duluth.
1) ON JOY
There’s a big, beautiful — and corny — lesson from the fact the world is watching a hole in the ground in Chile today. But why bother making it when you can just stare at this when you’re not staring at the video… preferably without the pollution of TV anchors?
The images remind me of 1981, when American hostages returned from Iran.
Here. Enjoy. It’s talking-head free:
For play-by-play and analysis, the New York Times is providing background on each miner. One of the miners has been working underground since he was 12.
2) FAILED MISSION
2010 was supposed to be the year that homelessness was ended in Minnesota, under a plan announced by Gov. Tim Pawlenty a few years ago. Fail. As MPR’s Dan Olson makes abundantly clear, it hasn’t worked. In a compelling story this morning, he details what families have to do to get a roof over their heads for the night.
The head of one shelter says most of the people she sees are intact families, the adults work, and are usually from the Twin Cities. But Dan’s piece also contains this nugget, which cuts to the core of opposition to some state human services efforts:
“Most families, like eighty percent or more, are local families,” Liegl said.
That is not the case for Stephanie Kirk, Antonio Walsh and their daughter — they are from the Chicago area.
The family came to Minnesota about a year ago after hearing they’d have a better chance of getting help here.
Will a sitting governor ever again set a measurable yardstick for his/her anti-homeless efforts? Here are where the current candidates for governor stand on the issue.
3)MYSTERY OF THE GYRATING MAN
Who was the gyrating man in Duluth’s Canal Park in 1996?
Paul Lundgren, writing on Perfect Duluth Day, solves the mystery. But where is he now?
4) TRACKING YOUR KID
Ninety-two percent of kids have an online record by age 2.
5) THE ROBOT IN YOUR DEN
There’s a fairly good chance your PC has been hijacked, according to a new report from Microsoft. About two million home computers have been hijacked by “botnets,” which use them to send out spam and phishing e-mails, the report says.
Yesterday, Microsoft issued its largest-ever list of patches that open the computers to vulnerabilities.
Bonus: How’s your day going?
A federal judge in San Diego ruled the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy unconstitutional on Tuesday. Today’s Question: Do you agree with the judge’s ruling on “don’t ask, don’t tell”?
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) – First hour: Why has Minnesota emerged as a hub of national security activity.
Second hour: Where does “trust” come from?
Midday (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – First hour: Roy Grow discusses China and North Korea.
Second hour: Replay of Monday’s gubernatorial debate on children’s’ issues.
Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) – First hour: Ken Rudin, NPR’s political editor.
Second hour: A look at income inequality. Plus, the food truck trend parks in Columbus Ohio
All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) – White Earth officials say some counties are reluctant or actually refuse to prosecute Indian-on-Indian crime. Mahnomen County officials say they get little help from victims pursuing charges and the tribe only wants some people prosecuted. These issues are why tribal officials say they need more control over justice on the reservation. MPR’s Dan Gunderson will have the story.
Euan Kerr looks at the local production company behind new film telling of the “Howl” story, which has reignited interst in Allen Ginsberg and the Beats