Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 15, 2015
July 15, 2015
The Reel Deal:
How would you like to get a walk-on role in the new "Star Trek" film?
The cast of the movie --including CHRIS PINE, ZOE SALDANA, JOHN CHO, IDRIS ELBA, SIMON PEGG and ZACHARY QUINTO-- are raising money for their various charities on Omaze.com. And, if you donate $10 to one of the group's charities, you're eligible to win a visit to the set, to get made-up as an alien and a cameo appearance in the December 18 release, "Star Trek Beyond." Six other donors will win a visit to the Vancouver set and a meet and greet with members of the Enterprise.
Included in the nine different charities is St Jude's Children's Hospital, a favorite of SUSAN NIMOY on behalf of her late husband and "Star Trek" legend LEONARD NIMOY. The contest began yesterday and ends at 11:59 pm on Sep 01. See the video filmed on the set of the film HERE.
Looking for love in all the wrong places:
Warning! Note disgusting and sexual content!
DONALD TRUMP is taking it from all sides. And giving it in the backside. FERNANDO SOSA, a Mexican artist, thought it was a good idea to fabricate a butt plug with the likeness of Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP.
Sosa said, "I usually make Butt plugs to insult dictators, homophobes and politicians. However, when I heard [his] remarks about Mexicans and Latinos from South America I was extremely angry. You see, I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to United States when I was 11 years old. When [Trump] decided to announce he is running for president he decided to use Latinos as a scapegoat and blame us for everything that is ailing America." See the butt plug here. (Myers)
Today's police blotter:
Los Angeles police are on the hunt for a backwards driver.
A cellphone video emerged showing a male driver cruising in reverse for over two miles. In the clip, the Audi sedan is seen weaving in and out of traffic --backwards-- on Mulholland Drive. A witness can be heard saying, "This guy's going backwards on oncoming traffic! Amazing!"
Police say if the Audi driver is caught, he'll probably face multiple charges, including "reckless driving, unsafe speed, crossing double-yellow lines, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway." (Still)
Health and Medical Briefs:
Just hearing your cell phone ring or vibrate is enough to significantly distract you. New research says the level of distraction is similar to actually talking or sending text messages on your device. The research by Florida State University says cell phone notifications often "prompt task-irrelevant thoughts, or mind-wandering, which has been shown to damage task performance." U.S. News and World Report says people make about three times as many mistakes when a phone notification came through. The study did not involve driving, but the researchers said the results are relevant to the issue of distracted driving because, "Even a slight distraction can have severe, potentially life-threatening effects if that distraction occurs at the wrong time." (Bartha)
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