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Mental health TV - Sat 14/3/2015 - Fri 20/3/2015

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Saturday

11am, In the Best Interest of the Children, True Movies 1. A manic depressive woman is released from an institution and tries to regain custody of her five children. However, their foster parents wish to officially adopt them, and her eldest daughter believes that would be for the best. As a bitter legal battle ensues, the mother's mental health begins to deteriorate once more.

Fact-based drama, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Sally Struthers




3pm, Prairie Fever, True Drama. A drunken former sheriff is hired to escort three mail-order brides, who have all snapped under the strain of frontier life, back to civilisation. Along the way, he encounters a conwoman on the run and enlists her help in protecting the women - but his new friend's abusive husband is on their trail.

Western, starring Kevin Sorbo, Dominique Swain and Lance Henriksen



7pm, Hoarding: Buried Alive, TLC



9pm, I Dated a Psycho, Crime and Investigation. Documentary series examining once-loving relationships that soured in terrifying fashion.





10:40pm, Mercury Rising, ITV. A maverick FBI agent pulls out all the stops to protect the autistic child responsible for decoding a top-secret government cypher. But the duo's lives are jeopardised by a ruthless official who wants the information to remain a secret.

Thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride and Kim Dickens.


And so another abstract Mathematical concept to see if YOU understand;

An ENEMY of the Nato alliance would be advised to DELIBERATELY seek to launch major attacks when the combinations of Tory/Democrat or Labour/Republican rule the US and UK - and to AVOID doing anything major when Tory/Republican or Labour/Democrat exists.

(The reason is obvious : one Right-wing Party works better when working in unison with another Right-wing one, and ditto 2 Left-wing parties working together. But when Right-wing has to work with Left-wing the trouble starts over creating a cohesive joint Foreign Policy, especially as each will have the motive to actually sabotage the other in order to assist it's factional counterpart against that trans-Atlantic rival).

e.g. Currently the Tories will always at some point try to thwart (Democrat) Barack Obama simply to attempt to assist The Republicans against him.


So - I know that above fact about a fundamental NATO weakness, and you now know it too - but clearly Bin Laden NEVER knew it (and the rest of Al Qaeda still DON'T) - and that IS worth knowing.

Explained - Bin Laden launched 9/11 (his "Trump Card") when the combination of Labour/Republican ruled.

(i.e. EXACTLY when it is said that he'd then face a shambles of a retaliation in response explained above - and so it proved of course).

So, DID Bin Laden/Al Qaeda KNOW to do that? Or did he just get lucky over the timing?

We can hardly ask Al Qaeda for that answer of course, but we CAN still work it out;


A. Some of the Psephological factors which led to The Labour Party (still) ruling The United Kingdom by September 2001 - Black Wednesday, the Back To Basics shambles, general Tory sleaze etc, Gareth Southgate's missed Penalty at Euro `96, John Prescott's punch and Foot And Mouth and Sharon Storer (and the Police Federation rubbishing Labour during the 2001 Election) in the end all proving irrelevant when initially they seemed decisive, John Smith dying and being replaced by the more electable Tony Blair, Rupert Murdoch's continuing endorsement of Labour, William Hague failing to solve the decisive nuisance of UKIP to The Tory Party, etc etc etc etc etc.

(Note how the dopey police miss a factor stated above which actually INVOLVES them directly).

B. Some of the Psephological factors which led to The Republican Party ruling The United States by September 2001 - hanging chads in Florida, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Al Gore being less charismatic than Bill Clinton (in US politics the president and a ruling party leader can at times be 2 different people - heightening any contrasts regarding how a Party is viewed), the Elian Gonzales Scandal ostracising Cuban expats in Florida who normally voted Democrat, etc etc etc.


i.e. If you were Bin Laden deliberately waiting for the Labour/Republican combination to "cue itself up" in order to deliberately attack THEN, you'd have to have been monitoring all of those Political events, knowing that deviations risked throwing up a ruling combination which would scupper the master plan.

(Psephology says that Tory/Republican and Labour/Democrat would've retaliated cohesively to 9/11 when it was launched. The actual ruling Labour/Republican combination made a decisive hash of the retaliation - which AGAIN Psephology predicts).


Tabulate out recent Nato wars etc - and see the pattern;

Tory/Republican - 1991 Gulf War, Panama etc
Labour/Democrat - Kosovo, Sierra Leone etc

Tory/Democrat - Bosnia, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Egypt, Ukraine, Iraq (2014) etc
Labour/Republican - Afghanistan, Iraq (2003) etc

Which wars and crises etc fared the BEST for us (and therefore the WORST for our enemies) - that first batch of 2 combinations, or the second batch of 2 combinations?

Fairly obvious really.


Also we know that Bin Laden plotted 9/11 for several years - and the other favourable combination for him of Tory/Democrat existed in the 1990's (John Major/Bill Clinton) - so why didn't he launch 9/11 THEN if knowing about such things as which combinations would suit him over a retaliation?

All those videos Bin Laden sent out - he never mentioned ANYTHING about Psephology or those above Political factors which ended up dictating who governed by September 2001 etc.

Conclusion - he just got lucky over the timing of 9/11.

(i.e. There's a "blind spot" in the logic of Al Qaeda - EVEN when they play their "Ace Cards").


Countering with the idea that the concept can therefore merely RE-ENFORCE the idea of The Voter in BOTH countries constantly returning ideologically shared pairings doesn't stand scrutiny;

e.g. any Tory saying that Tory/Republican should CONSTANTLY exist as the trans-Atlantic govt combination simply because Tories won't work as well with Democrats, merely publicly CONFIRMS via their own mouths the stated National Security threat which has actually been CREATED by Tories (and the Democrats) SHOULD the Tory/Democrat combo then be returned by The Voter at some stage anyway.

It also pre-supposes that monumental political events like Black Wednesday/Watergate etc can be made to be ALWAYS irrelevant when push comes to shove with The Voter, MERELY by citing some abstract issue about National Security designed to KEEP in office the Party which actually CAUSED Black Wednesday/Watergate.

Also - WOULD Voters in the US really be prepared to just constantly mirror a govt choice already made by us Limeys and vice-versa? They'd be NO real point in ever having Elections at all in one of the countries, because effectively the other set of Voters would ALWAYS be making the choice for them - and the Voters in NEITHER nation would accept that situation on demand.

And - since Tory/Republican works as well as Labour/Democrat in the concept, WHICH of those two combinations should be permanently picked?

(And lastly you can't ever swap one cohesive combination for the other direct because US and UK elections are at different times).





Sat

10:45pm, Enigma, BBC Two. Intelligent World War Two drama, based on the bestseller by Robert Harris, following the efforts of Britain's Bletchley Park code-breakers as they search for the key to allow them to decipher messages encoded by Germany's Enigma machine.

A troubled mathematician recovering from a nervous breakdown strives to solve the riddle - but he's haunted by the suspicion that the woman he loves may be a traitor to the Allied cause.

Dougray Scott heads the cast, with Saffron Burrows as the object of his affections, and Kate Winslet as a mousey co-worker. Jeremy Northam, Tom Hollander and Matthew Macfadyen also appear.


(It seems that the original tale wasn't considered "box-office" enough and so the Kate Winslet sub-plot was bolted on)


And so the usual;

National Security weaknesses spotted during the Phone Hacking trial

The Phone Hacking court was told about emails sent between Coulson and others where Coulson acknowledged that he knew about Phone Hacking etc.

Here's the flaw - inspired by abstract observations over `Operation Mincemeat' in WW2;

The Allies have routed Rommel's forces in North Africa, and Sicily (in Italy) is the obvious NEXT place to invade - but SO obvious that The Axis must know that too - and so will be ready there with a decisive counter-attack. So how to invade but fool The Axis?

Someone had this bright idea;

Plant FALSE Allied invasion plans amongst The Axis - but the TRUE twist didn't reveal itself until decades later;

Those Allied officers who planted the false invasion plans were merely left HOPING that the plan had worked before then launching the invasion (hoping that the Germans would simply believe the false plans) - but the TRUTH was this;

The German Enigma code had been secretly broken by that stage of the war - and so senior OTHERS amongst The Allies KNEW that the Germans had been FOOLED.

(When senior German officers read the planted false plans they sent coded messages to each other saying how they were genuine).


So - the Phone Hacking case;

When (the prime minister remember) David Cameron asked Andy Coulson to work for him - it means that GCHQ and MI5 etc either couldn't or were NOT asked to secretly read all of Coulson's PAST emails at News International concerning Phone Hacking as part of any vetting procedure (there were WIDESPREAD suspicions that Coulson DID know all along what was going on re Phone Hacking).

If they had (secretly) read them - then Cameron would've known THEN what that Court over Phone Hacking knows NOW - and I reckon that he wouldn't ever have hired Coulson in that case.

So - means that whilst MI5 and GCHQ etc might scan every email live - they CAN'T then retrospectively scan and then read them if letting them slip through the net initially. Nor did they have someone working at News International who had (secretly) read Coulson's emails before Cameron hired him either.

(THINK about it - if YOU were the PRIME MINISTER with routine access to assistance from GCHQ etc - wouldn't you have asked them to secretly read Coulson's past emails re Phone Hacking BEFORE you hired him?)

So either our prime minister Cameron was a total reckless fool - or CGHC weren't capable of reading Coulson's emails and didn't have anyone at News International who could read them either.

(And if that alleged Rebecca Brooks love-letter wasn't emailed to Coulson you could've still secretly accessed it by just standing near her computer with a remote data scanning device? So either that didn't happen by GCHQ, or Brooks wasn't investigated at all by them, or that affair being revealed to PM Cameron didn't alter his opinion about Coulson).


So these days GCHQ etc are spying on the friendly Germans NOW, but are failing to learn National Security lessons from when they spied on them before during the war!





11pm, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin - , Yesterday. Classic Seventies comedy, starring Leonard Rossiter as the executive stuck in a middle-aged crisis rut and eager to change the world

(The next one is on Sunday and then the next weekend etc)




0:20am, Psychoville, GOLD. Comedy thriller series, written by and starring The League of Gentlemen's Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, focusing on the lives of five apparently unconnected characters. A blind recluse, a telekinetic dwarf, a hook-handed clown, a deranged midwife and a man-child obsessed with serial killers each receives a mysterious card bearing an anonymous message.

With Dawn French and Adrian Scarborough




3:30am, Taxi, CBS Drama. US sitcom series set in a taxi firm. The Latkas Gravas character is from a fictional European country where they don't speak English. His dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder) was conceived late in the series as a result of actor Andy Kaufman expressing boredom at portraying Latka. This allowed him to broaden his comedic abilities with alternate personas.

(New York City taxi-drivers are often notoriously foreign - or that is the stereotype which this character plays into)





Sunday

11:30am, Dr Sanjay Gupta, the CNN news channel. General health magazine show, often has mental health items




6pm, Brain Games, National Geographic Channel. Documentary series with interactive experiments, illusions, and mind tricks revealing the inner workings of the human brain.




9pm, Solaris, Sony Entertainment Television. Psychiatrist George Clooney arrives on a space-station to investigate the death of its commanding officer but subsequently starts to experience frightening visions of his late wife which seem all too real - and force him to question his sanity.

This sci-fi drama is Steven Soderbergh's eerie reimagining of Stanislaw Lem's original story, with Clooney on fine form as a man gradually unravelling.

Co-starring Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies and Ulrich Tukur




11:55pm, CSI: NY: Admissions, 5 USA. The team investigates the death of a guidance counsellor at a private school




1am, Circle of Violence, True Movies 1. A divorced woman is left unable to cope after her husband leaves, and finds communicating with her teenage son impossible. She is forced to care for her elderly mother, but ends up dealing with the stress by physically abusing the old woman, and secrets from her childhood are revealed when the violence comes to light.

Drama, starring Tuesday Weld, Geraldine Fitzgerald and River Phoenix





2:40am, The Fan, Sony Movie Channel. Robert De Niro plays an unbalanced baseball fan, an obsessive loser who takes hero worship to extremes while attempting to help San Francisco Giants player Wesley Snipes get over a recent slump - but it's not long before the sports star realises his new friend is seriously disturbed. This thriller looks good on paper, but director Tony Scott ended up churning out a mishmash of stylised film footage and obvious twists.

Ellen Barkin and John Leguizamo co-star

Famous comedy sketch by Abbott and Costello - the names given in the routine for the baseball players at each position are:

First Base: Who
Second Base: What
Third Base: I Don't Know
Left field: Why
Center field: Because
Pitcher: Tomorrow
Catcher: Today
Shortstop: I Don't Care/I Don't Give a Darn/I Don't Give a Damn

The routine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg





Monday

12:15pm, The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door, Channel 5. A psychiatrist in Clapham battles a huge renovation next door

Watch it here - Episode 1 | The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door | Channel 5





1pm, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Violations, Syfy. Disturbing episode - Troi, Riker and Dr Crusher fall into mysterious comas while the Enterprise plays host to an alien race of historians, who conduct research by probing their subjects' memories - and several crew members suffer violent hallucinations.

Sci-fi drama, starring Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis




2pm, JAG: Fit for Duty, CBS Drama. A Navy psychiatrist treating a Marine in Afghanistan is accused of malpractice, so Mac and Harm are called on to investigate.



3pm, No Child of Mine, True Movies 1. A woman discovers one of her recently born twins has Down's syndrome. Struggling to cope, she arranges for the baby to be adopted by a family that has taken in several children with the condition, but her own mother objects and fights to gain custody of the infant herself.

Drama, starring Patty Duke and Tracy Nelson




Assumed Killer (aka Assumed Memories), Movie (2013). An amnesiac news reporter begins to suspect that her own husband is the serial-killer whom she was investigating when she lost her memory!

Thriller, starring Barbie Castro and Casper Van Dien

(That is on Channel 5 at 3.15pm - I thought I'd stick that here in case you couldn't guess!)




5:30pm, Two and a Half Men: That Special Tug, Comedy Central Extra. Alan becomes convinced that Jake doesn't want to spend any time with him, so Charlie dates a psychiatrist in the hope that she might help his brother deal with his insecurities.

Starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and Angus T Jones




8pm, Without a Trace: Watch Over Me, Sky Atlantic. The team investigate the disappearance of a demoralised and depressed social worker, and can't rule out the possibility that one disgruntled father might have retaliated against him for forcibly removing a child



9pm, Moone Boy, Sky 1. A boy has an imaginary friend



9pm, Britain's Benefits Crackdown, Channel 4


9pm, Benefits Britain, Channel 5



(Asylum on BBC 4 at 9pm is just a spoof of Julian Assange in that embassy)




10.35pm, Togetherness, Sky Atlantic. From the outside, life appears to be pretty perfect for Brett and Michelle Pierson and their two kids, but the couple are struggling to rekindle the spark in their relationship.

Adding to the stresses of family life are Michelle's sister Tina and Brett's best friend Alex, who both end up moving into the Piersons' already cramped house.

American comedy series, starring Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet and Steve Zissis




10:15pm, Psychobitches, Sky Arts 1. Comedy sketch show starring Rebecca Front as a psychiatrist who conducts therapy sessions with some of history's most famous women.

With Julia Davis, Sharon Horgan and Mark Gatiss




11pm, Wire in the Blood, ITV 3. Thrillers based on the novels by Val McDermid, starring Robson Green as eccentric clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill, who possesses an eerie insight into the minds of murderers.




11.20pm, Precious, BBC 4. Movie (2009). Set in the late 1980's Harlem in New York City, a young girl suffers emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her parents. When "Precious" is selected to attend a new school, she takes the opportunity to better her life for herself and her children.

Moving drama starring Gabourey Sidibe as the lead character, with Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd and Lenny Kravitz supporting.




12am, Junkhearts, BBC One. A traumatised, alcoholic former soldier offers a homeless teenager a place to stay, and begins to pull himself together as he plays the role of surrogate father. However, his kindness is exploited by her manipulative boyfriend, who turns his house into a drug den.

Drama, with Eddie Marsan, Candese Reid, Tom Sturridge and Romola Garai




Tuesday


3:15pm, My Family's Secret, Channel 5. Stalker slot movie. A man attempts suicide (or actually commits suicide - listings are confused). His wife goes back to his home town in search of answers and asks his brother for help. She does not realise however that her brother-in-law has a split-personality!

Thriller, starring Nicholle Tom, Philip Riccio and Dylan Neal




6:50pm, The Incredible Hulk: Wax Museum, Horror Channel. Banner is hired to look after a girl traumatised by her father's death. Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno star

(If you've not seen this super-hero series before - the background is explained in the opening titles).

There are some differences between this and the Marvel comic-book version;

The Hulk only roars in this (but talks in the comics)

Becomes the Hulk only briefly twice an episode (but is nearly always the Hulk in comics)

The Hulk just rampages about in this, any good done is often mere coincidence (in the comics The Hulk fully understands his actions)

Dr David Bruce Banner in this is called Dr Bruce Banner in the comics (in the TV version David Banner also adopts a false last name in each episode - I don't know about the comics as he is rarely human in those anyway)

The Hulk isn't bullet-proof in this (but is in the comics)

No-one knows that David Banner is secretly The Hulk in this, I don't know about in the comics though

(Created by US artist Stan Lee - possibily alluding to bullies at his school when young and a way to deal with them - or from wishful thinking about how to deal with muggers etc)




9pm, Battle Scarred, Forces TV. Each year up to 20,000 people leave the armed forces. While for most the return to civilian life is a straightforward one, others find it completely overwhelming and for those stressed by combat it can be especially traumatic.

Emmy-winning journalist Chris Terrill investigates what happens to people who struggle to cope with life after leaving the armed forces




9pm, David Wilson's Psychopaths, Channel 5.




10pm, Law & Order: UK: Safe from Harm, ITV 3. While investigating the fatal stabbing of a psychiatrist with a caseload of violent adolescent patients, Ronnie and Joe's first instinct is to question those he was treating. However, the case takes a disturbing turn when the detectives discover a hidden sleeping compartment in the victim's office which has clearly been used recently by one of his underage visitors - and evidence comes to light suggesting he may have been having an affair with one of them.

Drama, starring Bradley Walsh and Ben Bailey Smith, with Ramon Tikaram and Hattie Morahan




10.45pm, Life After Suicide, BBC 1




1:15am, You the Living, Film 4. A series of short stories exploring the lives of a diverse range of seemingly unconnected characters, from a psychiatrist who feels his efforts to help others are pointless, to a girl fantasising about marriage to a rock star.

Comedy drama, starring Jessika Lundberg, Elisabeth Helander, Björn Englund, Leif Larsson and Olle Olson.

In Swedish with subtitles





Wednesday

5:30pm, Leading Women, CNN. Profiling current influential women who have made it to the top in their fields. Leading Women connects you to extraordinary women of our time. Each month, we meet two women at the top of their field, exploring their careers, lives and ideas.

Watch online - Leading Women - CNN.com




8pm, GPs: Behind Closed Doors, Channel 5. The observational documentary returns, this time giving an insight into the work of doctors at Putneymead Group Medical Practice in Putney, south-west London.




9pm, Painful Secrets, True Entertainment. Capable drama chronicling the emotion-filled struggle of a teenage girl who reacts to stressful times by harming herself, and the misjudged reactions of friends and family to her problem.

Kimberlee Peterson, Sean Young and Robert Wisden star




9pm, Dark Night of the Scarecrow, Horror Channel. A lynch mob pursues a mentally handicapped man whom they believe to have brutally attacked a girl, only to find out after they have killed him that he was trying to protect her from a vicious dog. A mysterious scarecrow later appears out of nowhere in the town and comes to life to punish those responsible for the crime!

Horror, starring Charles Durning and Robert F Lyons




9pm, My Violent Child, Channel 5.



9pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Harm, Universal Channel. A student counsellor is murdered in New York, and Benson and Stabler investigate a possible connection to her volunteer work at a refugee centre. They discover she had been helping a taxi driver who claimed to have been tortured after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The trail soon leads the detectives to suspect the involvement of a doctor with links to a company that benefited financially from the Iraq war




10pm, Mind Games, Sky 2. Drama series about two brothers who run a problem-solving firm that employs solutions based on psychological manipulation.




11pm, My Self-Harm Nightmare, Channel 4. The stories of three women who have been drawn into an online world where blogs and websites encourage weight loss and glorify self-harm




11pm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Blinded, Universal Channel. The team's investigation into the abduction of two girls leads to an artist from Louisiana who is in New York on business. The suspect is arrested, but launches a violent attack on Fin, and the revelation that he has schizophrenia forces Novak to confront her own past.

Starring Diane Neal, Ice-T and Ayre Gross






1am, Joan of Arc, True Entertainment. The first of a two-part drama. A young French girl experiences religious visions, convincing her she has been sent by God to unite her countrymen under the rule of King Charles. In the heat of battle however, she is captured and sold to the English enemy.

Historical drama, starring Leelee Sobieski, Jacqueline Bissett, Powers Boothe, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine and Peter O'Toole

(She gets trapped by the Burgundians - I blame that presumably uncomfortable flat breast-plate which she wears in this myself - hasn't she seen the curvy one which Xena has? At one point she gets hit by an arrow - so spot the archer played by Nigel Farage)

Part 2 is the next day





12.55am, Control, Channel 4. Movie (2007). Biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, charting how his rise to fame coincided with personal traumas. Curtis became known for his quiet and awkward demeanour, as well as a unique dancing style reminiscent of the epileptic seizures he experienced, sometimes even on stage. There were several incidents when he collapsed and had to be helped off stage.

Starring Sam Riley and Samantha Morton

(Curtis's last live performance was on 2 May 1980 in the High Hall at Birmingham University - several people from there are on this mailing-list so maybe they can enlighten us about any plaques etc?)

In the summer of 1980, Top Of The Pops went on strike for many weeks (I always think allowing Noel Edmonds to get the theme from Mash to Number 1 by forever playing it on his Radio 1 show knowing of the weakened competition. The musical Xanadu was a colossal flop though so I can't explain how the theme to that reached Number 1 too at that time - the movie was conceived in a nightmare apparently - it certainly ended up being for Universal)

Anyway, with no other way to know what was in the charts at all, I used to sit through the ENTIRE 2 hour run-down on Sunday nights on Radio 1. And this one seemed always to be there;

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuuObGsB0No

(Kitchen At Parties by Jona Lewie was another one - in fact though neither song got that high in the charts)





Thursday

8:30am, Dr Sanjay Gupta, the CNN news channel. General health magazine show, often has mental health items



5pm, In Plain Sight - In My Humboldt Opinion, Universal Channel. Mary is interviewed by a psychiatrist, and tries to twist the arm of a witness refusing to testify without the cannabis he was legally prescribed in California for social anxiety. Brandi registers for classes and Jinx lands the lead role in a show, but her joy is short-lived.

Drama, starring Mary McCormack, Nichole Hiltz and Lesley Ann Warren




10:15pm, Psychobitches, Sky Arts 1. Comedy sketch show starring Rebecca Front as a psychiatrist who conducts therapy sessions with some of history's most famous women.

With Julia Davis, Sharon Horgan and Mark Gatiss




Friday


1pm, Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene, Sky Arts 1. Documentary exploring how author Graham Greene's life drove him to attempt suicide, while inspiring him to produce classic novels including The Quiet American, Brighton Rock and The Third Man. The film weaves his novels into the story of his life, revealing his time as a British spy, the doubts he had about his Catholicism and the bouts of manic depression he suffered






7:05pm, Proof, Sony Movie Channel. The death of a brilliant but disturbed mathematician (Anthony Hopkins) leaves his daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow) concerned she is doomed to inherit his mental illness. As she delves into her own frustrated ambitions, one of the late academic's students turns up to search through his papers and a recently discovered document has serious repercussions.

Adaptation of David Auburn's stage play, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hope Davis


And as ever of course, whenever Maths geniuses are mentioned in this list, so is another one of my abstract Political concepts;

An alleged Computer Hacker was arrested near me last week - for allegedly trying to hack into Pentagon computers etc.


So the abstract concept;

The Daily Mail has unwittingly created a "Hacker's Charter"?

(Noticed from the opportunist but decisive partisan interventions of the Daily Mail on matters such as Garry McKinnon etc)


"The Nailer" would advise any UK Hacker re Pentagon computers;

A. When Tory Party/Republican Party rules as a joint combination - Don't Hack (you'll be punished hard if caught - The Daily Mail will NOT intervene due to NOT wanting to humiliate either Party)

B. When Labour/Democrat rules - Hack (you WON'T be punished hard if caught - The Daily Mail will intervene due to wanting to humiliate both Parties)

C. When Tory/Democrat rules - Don't Hack (you'll be punished hard if caught - The Daily Mail will NOT intervene due to not wanting to humiliate the Tories)

D. When Labour/Republican rules - Don't Hack (you'll be punished hard if caught - The Daily Mail will NOT intervene due to not wanting to humiliate the Republicans)

Check and you'll see that the pattern fits (e.g. someone arrested during Labour/Republican will have their extradition etc BLOCKED by a decisive Daily Mail intervention if Labour/Democrat then arrives in time - and obviously getting caught during Labour/Democrat itself will lead to a blocked extradition if that combination then lasts long enough).


Currently we have combination C above (David Cameron/Barack Obama of course) but in May we might get B instead (Ed Miliband/Barack Obama)

IF The Daily Mail THEN suddenly and decisively intervenes and BLOCKS (or reduces) any punishment/extradition for that Hacking case mentioned above, it is MORE evidence of the "Hacker's Charter" assertion above too of course.


The Daily Mail can try to counter in point of fact;

Labour/Democrat does NOT jointly rule often (over time most UK general elections are won by The Tories and most US ones are won by the Republicans), so such a hacker doesn't have many opportunities over time. In fact in the last 40 years or so in terms of US presidential executive power;

January 1977 (began Callaghan/Carter) - May 1979 (became Thatcher/Carter)
May 1997 (began Blair/Clinton) - January 2001 (became Blair/W)
January 2009 (began Brown/Obama) - May 2010 (became Cameron/Obama)

And THAT'S been your lot for the Labour/Democrat combination in all that time - so hardly ever.

(Ed Miliband is probably an even-money bet right now - and Democrat Hillary Clinton is the favourite right now to be president after Obama - the Republicans currently seem stuck in the same `hole' which The Tories were for years after Black Wednesday. Only about 9 of the 50 States truly decide the presidency though. So you'd still be brave to bet on Labour/Democrat being the combination by January 2017)


But of course The Daily Mail is a HAWK newspaper - so it creating ANY National Security risk itself at ANY time would very BADLY dent its credibility if proved (e.g. it advocated 90 Days detention without trial), whatever it then tried to point out in response over it being a risk very limited by time.

After all, how long did Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden both need?






9pm, Twelve Monkeys, Syfy. The recent series. A time traveller from 2035 AD journeys back to the 1990's to discover the cause of a deadly disease that ravaged the world, only to be thrown into an asylum. He meets a fellow patient who may hold the key to his mission, but the more time he spends in the past, the more he comes to question whether he really is from the future or simply delusional.




9pm, Psycho Kitty (er - right), DMAX. Cat behaviourist Pam Johnson-Bennett and co-host Chris Duchaine instruct viewers in cat training.




9pm, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries: Laurels Are Poison, Drama channel. Amateur sleuth and professional psychologist Adela Bradley tries to solve the fatal poisoning of a friend's relative - while George is forced to confront dark secrets from his past.

Detective drama, based on the novel by Gladys Mitchell, starring Diana Rigg and Neil Dudgeon, with Phyllida Law and Michele Dotrice





The next week;



Sat

7pm, Chemistry - A Volatile History: Discovering the Elements, BBC Four. It profiles Henry Cavendish.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Cavendish#Personality_and_legacy



7:15pm, Airplane!, Film 4



Mon



7am, Quincy: Mode of Death, Universal Channel. A Christian evangelist's apparent suicide troubles Quincy, prompting him to break with established procedure and attempt a 'psychological autopsy' in a bid to determine the truth.

Drama, starring Jack Klugman and Robert Ito

Quincy's character is loosely based on the 15-year Los Angeles coroner Thomas Noguchi - a Japanese immigrant but Quincy is played by Anglo-American actor Jack Klugman (as a sop his assistant is a Japanese American)

Since Los Angeles covers Hollywood, Noguchi is famous concerning the inquests/autopsies of Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and Rock Hudson etc. His 1983 memoir Coroner was a best-seller.

(Dodgy 1970's opening titles - in a sight gag we are led to believe that Quincy is examining a dead naked woman - but in fact it is then revealed to be his much younger girlfriend in a swimming costume!)

See what I mean here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI3pd-dNN-0





11am, Hit and Run, True Drama. Thought-provoking drama about a guilt-ridden motorist whose self-respect and sanity are gradually eroded as she struggles to cope with the consequences of her rash decision to flee the scene after causing a terrible accident.

Margaret Colin, Lisa Vidal, Drew Pillsbury and Paul Brewster star




11pm, My Naked Secret (double bill), Discovery Home & Health. Documentary series exploring physiological concerns with psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos
 
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