‘Long Shot’ on Netflix is riveting, but stops short of full story

Editor’s note: The 2017 documentary has been written about by many, but if you haven’t seen it, there are spoilers in this column.

The documentary ‘Long Shot’ on Netflix is riveting. The production is extremely well-directed and holds your attention from the first words uttered by the subject Juan Catalan. By the time the credits roll, it’s impossible to not be infuriated by justice temporarily gone horribly astray. The work, however, stops short of the full story. Catalan, an innocent man who came far too close to the death penalty, is the central subject, but his brother Mario’s story warranted more attention than it got. Continue reading “‘Long Shot’ on Netflix is riveting, but stops short of full story”

Alert to supporters: Please do NOT follow IAS PayPal links on these pages

This is an alert to those of you who support my writing here with tips. Please do NOT follow any PayPal links on these pages. By the first of 2021, I will find a new way for people to tip. There are two reasons for this.

The first reason is a compromised link I discovered quite by accident. I clicked on the link I pasted into a column I was writing. The link does not really take you to my PayPal account as best I can tell. It goes to an account I cannot verify. The only difference is a missing period in the faulty link.

I don’t know how this happened. I always copy and paste code; I never input it myself.

The other reason is that PayPal charged me $15 for an error made by an unverified user. That user donated to my account, then immediately asked for a refund. I agreed to a refund once the charge posted, but the donor was in a hurry and went to PayPal. The donor claimed she never received a product she did NOT order in the first place.

For my honesty, PayPal charged me $15.

I’m not wasting any more time trying to communicate with PayPal. I spent hours back and forth with that suspect donor who claimed to want to donate to a fund for a girl’s braces. The young girl the donor claimed to care about had passed away and her death was widely reported in US papers.

So please do NOT follow any PayPal links on articles here. I hope to purge every link as quickly as I can. I am closing my PayPal account today.

Tech titans do not heart indie bloggers who think outside the statist box. That is an absolute.

(Kay B. Day/Dec. 15, 2020)

True crime: In the pods, on the Web, and in the stream

Maybe it’s lockdown syndrome, but I know a lot of people right now whose top pick for entertainment viewing is true crime. If you enjoy this genre, here are some picks I find entertaining and informative, starting with a site that recounted a terrible crime I knew about but didn’t know the full story on. When it comes to true crime, you’ll never run out of podcasts, Websites, or streams. Continue reading “True crime: In the pods, on the Web, and in the stream”

Gangster cop case suggests ‘Killer Joe’ film not far from reality

Every profession has its bad actors, and law enforcement is no exception. The US Department of Justice recently announced the conviction and sentencing of a former DeKalb County (GA) policeman “ for racketeering conspiracy involving murder.” Vancito Gumbs, 28, of Stone Mountain worked as a law enforcement officer, and by his own admission, as a hitman for the Gangster Disciples. The film ‘Killer Joe’ seemed a bit preposterous to me until I read the DOJ news release. Continue reading “Gangster cop case suggests ‘Killer Joe’ film not far from reality”