Faces (Five by 8 -10/13/10)

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?

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The images remind me of 1981, when American hostages returned from Iran.

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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?

TODAY’S QUESTION

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

  • Noelle
  • Christin

    In regard to #2 -My sister and I have been discussing this all day. She interned at Project Homeless Connect in Minneapolis a number of years ago and now lives in North Carolina. She emailed me this:

    “I would have thought that after a certain amount of time with no legal convictions people would be able to get housing. I completely understand wanting to keep criminals from living in public housing after what I went through in my neighborhood [public housing filled with prostitution and drug dealing with very little intervention or advocacy to protect children, elderly, and disabled people also living in the housing], but shouldn’t there be a forgiveness period or something so that after a specified period of time with no legal problems they can be eligible for housing again? Or maybe they have had recent legal convictions; who knows. Either way, the lack of shelter beds is terrifying with winter quickly approaching.

    Ending homelessness by 2010 was a federal mandate from the Bush administration during the beginning of his first term that I suppose Pawlenty thought would make him look good, too. That is why all cities, metro areas, counties, states, etc. in the US (depending on the area/local & state government/population size) have their own 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Unfortunately, like every other federal mandate, it has not been funded properly causing it to be completely unrealistic to ever eradicate chronic homelessness, much less in 10 years.”

  • Jeanne

    The thing I have been most impressed with in the Chilean miners rescue is the respect paid to the miners and their loved ones. Everything from bringing the loved ones out just a couple of minutes before the capsule surfaces to giving the miners and their family members to spend a couple of minutes together before taking them in for medical evaluation. If this were happening in the United States some media hack would be shoving a microphone in their faces right away. I am especially moved by the sincerity of the welcome by the Chilean President and the First Lady– the embraces, the consoling of loved ones, and the considerate attention given to each miner is a beautiful thing to watch. If it happened here, would we find some way to make it all ‘political’? Let’s just say what I’m witnessing with the rescues is very refreshing and uplifting; it just shows how wonderful the human spirit is when not giving in to splashy displays of ego.

  • Momkat

    Thanks for the live feed, Bob. I didn’t even need to know Spanish to understand them. Last guy out had a lot to say!