Sunday, May 28, 2017

Setting up for another big road race today

Manila Ave between Bay St. and 6th St. will be hosting the 3rd Annual Santacruzan Fil-Am 5K and Manila Avenue Mile. They have their finish line set up and several food vendors are setting up as well as a stage. On such a beautiful day maybe a walk through later might just bring some fun and fill you up right on food!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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We're keeping a bare-bones staff around the City Desk offices this weekend so coverage may be spottier than Pine Barrens cell service.

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If your birthday is today, you share it with the late actor Christopher Lee and that ain't too shabby.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN!

Did you guys know Bruce is from New Jersey? No, it's true. It's Bon Jovi that's from Delaware.

Long a favorite song of Johnny's, 'Human Touch'
Seriously though, New Jersey.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with ADAM ANT!

Nobody in the history of rock and roll as we know it has ever made easier money than the person playing drums and or laying down a drum track on this song.

Just saying.

Adam Ant and the beat that is 'Goody Two Shoes'

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE PET SHOP BOYS!

Sending this one out to all the 'West End Girls' here in Jersey City making the west siiiiiide great. The 80's come a-knocking on your way out into this good night.

See Spot Rescued just got some money

That's right, after the Jersey City Council's gutless and inexcusable to allow puppy mills continued access to Jersey City pet stores Johnny decided something positive needed to come from their dimwittedness. This morning, Johnny made a donation in EVERY City Council member's name to See Spot Rescued, the not puppy mill place (Of course you could use Liberty Humane Society as well, they're super good).

Maybe it has to come to that here in JC, other people making donations for your officials' poor decisions. Get ready to dig deep citizens.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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We were going to cover other things tonight...

...that was until, for reasons unknown, the entire, and by entire we mean all 9 city council members, decided to vote against an ordinance introduced by Councilman Michael Yun that would have banned puppy mill puppies from being sold in Jersey City pet stores. Slam dunk in basketball, tap-in in golf, it's the easiest thing in the world to do the right thing and protect animals.

Nope.

All nine council members, all nine thought puppy mills were A-Ok (don't bother with technicalities about boutique breeds, such a minuscule number vs thousands of dogs and cats who can't get adopted, you're gonna lose that moral argument), or at least OK enough the sale of them is fine in Jersey City. It's beyond shameful. It's the most ashamed Johnny has ever been since he moved to Jersey City. The Humane Society has presented this same ordinance in hundreds of other places and it's been adopted in every single one, until now. It's beyond the pale.

It doesn't really matter if it gets reintroduced, it's not going to wipe the shame away of voting against the best interests of animals. Here are their names, if they're all in on their awful votes they won't mind this list, if it bothers any of them in the least, yeah, they know they fucked this up:

Council President-Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr.
Councilwoman at Large-Joyce Watterman
Councilman at Large-Daniel Rivera
Ward A (Greenville) Councilman-Frank Gajewski
Ward B (West Side) Councilman-Chris L. Gadsden
Ward C (Journal Square) Councilman-Richard Boggiano
Ward D (The Heights) Councilman-Michael Yun
Ward E (Downtown) Councilwoman-Candice Osborne
Ward F (Bergen/Lafayette) Councilman-Jermaine Robinson

As long as you serve you will never be free of this vote. By the way, Johnny's going to unleash hell upon you on the Twitter, gonna invite some animal rights groups to tell you why your vote sucked.

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Get down to the river this morning kids!

It's Fleet Week kickoff today and the ships are coming into NY Harbor and up the Hudson right past great viewing slots in Jersey City.

Get down early this morning and see 'em all!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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“Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.”
-- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Time to play New Jersey's favorite commuter game, NJ Transit Wheel of Torture

C'mon, give it a spin and see what your next commute will bring.

Monday, May 22, 2017

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Classic PSA night

A public service announcement, those age old scoldy commercials mostly trying to mold you, bunky, into a better citizen. You probably remember the famous Indian ad where he had trash thrown at him and he cried. PSA, advising us to stop this nonsense before it kills us all.

Well friends, here's a PSA about not just tossing your trash on the sidewalk when you're done with it, lest it draw RATS! A classic from David Lynch from 1991.

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Johnny's oldest and dearest friend was in town tonight. Late night at South House, and on a school night too.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A well written editorial from a local business owner on the "ban no ban" on chain stores downtown

Aaron Morrill, owner of Two Boots Pizza (mea culpa, Johnny loves their food), took on the recent flip flop by the Fulop Administration over so-called chain stores and the 2015 ban placed on them downtown. Morrill rightly points out the evidence was there this plan would not work and why.

Also, thanks to Terrence T. McDonald who looked this up as Johnny couldn't find it in his notes; Rich Boggiano was the only council member to see this ban was the wrong idea. A good read on why facts and research must win the day over things that may sound great in theory, but just don't pass critical muster.

Good brunch reading.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Some people around town need more original writers.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

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Once they start coming for you Jared, they don't ever stop.

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Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with PETE TOWNSHEND!

Yes kids, today is pete Townshend's 72nd birthday and probably no artist living or dead has had more of a musical impact on Johnny than Mr. Townshend. Yeah, tonight is pretty much a love letter.

Johnny can be moody, certainly you've never noticed that before. Mr. Townshend's music seemed to always be the right remedy, up and ready to fight, deep and reflective, or a few songs for someone really down. They say Townshend spoke for a whole generation of awkward, angry, and mistrusting kids. Johnny was front row center. Johnny could go on and on and you'd get bored. 'I'm One' is a song that perfectly encompasses what Johnny's droning on about.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with PETE TOWNSHEND!

To say this album had an impact on Johnny would be an understatement. In a land before CD's he bought it three times. Yes, he wore them down, diamond needle and all, three times. He can sing it front to back and back to front. You better believe a track from Empty Glass is gonna make our Pete Townshend birthday card.

The brilliance of 'Gonna Get Ya' (Last song side 2). That's right, you swing that arm.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with PETE TOWNSHEND!

Sure, OK Johnny, Pete Townshend is truly one of the elite songwriters and guitar players of his generation. Some will say a good test of an artist is how they sound outside their own music. Give them someone else's music and see how well they represent.

Gladly, a cover from The English Beat, 'Save it for Later' that'll smash your expectations up all over the stage like a guitar.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Alien vs Predator: The Beginning


















Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Here's the kind of important story that gets lost in the big news wash

The New Jersey State Troopers are suing the makers of their service weapons as they say their very lives are in danger after far too many misfires:

The New Jersey State Police has sued a major firearms manufacturer, claiming the company gave state troopers defective guns and failed to fix the problem.

The state filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Sig Sauer alleging the 3,000 guns it purchased from the company frequently jammed, making them "life-threatening" for troopers and virtually "inoperable."

A very disturbing story as nobody wants our cops out there with defective firearms, besides, we pay for this, we need to demand better.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Loew's Jersey City

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Do you love autographs? Johnny loves autographs

He does of course ask for them in appropriate places, ie after shows or at a move/book/show event. Not while they're eating or just out enjoying life. That's their time but Johnny digresses...

If you'd like to get your favorite FBI agent's autograph, start hanging around Journal Squared or Trump Bay St. and simply look for those dullard cars with lights in the back to start pulling up. As we learned some of those shady B-5 visas Jared Kushner's sister was pretty much selling in China (That were used on Trump Bay St and the ask was on in China for J2) may have directly led to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Word is once Jared found out the FBI was looking into dodgy financing deals, and not just stupid shit Flynn and Manafort were up to, it sounds like he made wee wee:

Yep, once trouble is coming at you, make those solidly formed decisions and put them into motion, it's a family trait.

Be polite when you ask for your autographs, be prepared they could be too busy handcuffing someone or investigating the fountains of fuzzy math they could come across. Sometimes they do say no but sooner or later of you stand right outside J2 or Trump Bay St., you'll get your man...or woman.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
 -- Gerald R. Ford

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Mayor Fulop running away from a real reporter with real questions

First off, what a fantastic article in the long form by Terrence T. McDonald. He digs deep and tells the entire story of how Mayor Fulop was once great pals with Jared Kushner and now how that relationship must either be broken or put in a back drawer somewhere with the White House acting as they do and Fulop running for reelection. Drink that good writing up.

Note too at the end the mayor simply can't handle real questions, unfiltered being asked of him. All your reporter questions must go through my spokesperson now.

Yeah, Semper Fi Marine.

Monday, May 15, 2017

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We owe a lot to Thomas Edison - if it wasn't for him, we'd be watching television by candlelight.
 -- Milton Berle

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Sometimes issues are so large they outweigh Jersey City business...

...sure, like Donald Trump probably getting someone or someones killed by running his mouth over secret intel to the Russians.

OR like General Mills holding a raffle to get the holy grail of cereals, 10,000 boxes of Lucky Charms with JUST marshmallows in it (none of that annoying dog food)! Oh Johnny wouldn't kid you about this. It's quite cool how General Mills is doing this. The boxes won't see store shelves and it's a bit of a Willy Wonka game if you will. You follow that link to find out more.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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For those scoring at home, Jersey City got 1.93 inches of rain yesterday.

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Happy Mother's Day!

To all the moms, both here and those we've lost, the best today and every day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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The Penguins lost game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final tonight vs Ottawa. Know why? The Penguins were lazy sons of bitches. Johnny heard that phrase somewhere and wanted to use it.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Freda Hegstrom, oldest living Lutheran in Minnesota...

...or is she?

Friday, May 12, 2017

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Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS!

That drum slap at the beginning is so choice.

'Nowhere to Run,' is there a better Friday night song? If this comes on at the club or in the car or around the house you still sing, still count the time with the music using side to side whips and probably snapping your fingers. It's just one of those songs that makes you feel things, mostly happy.

Straight outta Motown...

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE VIOLENT FEMMES!

You'll want to turn this song up if you have small children. It's catchy, has easy to remember lyrics and says fuck a lot. 'Add It Up' for your family-listening pleasure.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE BEATLES!

Johnny will readily admit to being a Stones guy in the age-old Rolling Stones vs Beatles wars. That does not mean he doesn't fully appreciate all the greatness from the Liverpool lads. While he doesn't have the full on catalog of Beatles music (The standards thanks) that he does of the Stones he truly enjoys a great Beatles song every now and then. Also, since he didn't burn himself out on them when they inundated the airwaves he really loves hearing them these days. Let's get ready for tomorrow's full on rain and wind show with 'Hello, Goodbye'. This clip looks like it was filmed sometime around Easter, no?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Time for Jersey City, After Dark

More than a political lesson, a lesson in following through

What's the official nickname of New Jersey? If Michigan is the Wolverine State, Ohio is the Buckeye State and New York is the Empire State what is New Jersey? The Garden State? Well, not officially. Even though that has appeared on state license plates since the 50's nobody ever thought to make it the official state slogan...until now.

Follow along as a girl scout troop, who noticed the lack of an OFFICIAL state slogan, work with the legislature to get that done.

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OK, great, print it. That'll be $39.95 for 4 of the 8x10's and 8 of the 4x8's. Pay the cashier on the way out. Thanks for choosing the Sears Photo Studio
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

12 JCPD officers in "stand around construction site jobs" tax scandal now suspended

12 Jersey City police officers have now been suspended (with pay) for their part in not paying taxes on those shameful standing around construction site "jobs". Terrence T. MacDonald not only has this minor update, he has a much bigger one to share as well. First the deck chair shuffling:

The officers have not been charged with a crime, and the city has declined to specify how they are related to the federal investigation into officers who worked private security jobs off duty. They were placed on modified duty and stripped of their guns in January.


Here's where McDonald really moves this story forward:

Law-enforcement sources say federal prosecutors are investigating whether some officers took improper payments directly from private companies for performing off-duty security. The companies are also under investigation, the sources say.

Very interesting. No doubt they're more interested in keeping their names out of the paper than pay penalties because they all have to move money to go to the toilet. If you do find out feel free to pass their names along to Johnny.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Late night open thread

Rangers LOL, weak sisters of the Original Six.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

11 days in Jersey City, 4 homicides

Caitlin Mota with the Jersey Journal in some very good reporting got some troubling quotes from family members of the latest victim. The shooting at Woodlawn Ave between Corcoran and Van Cleef streets happened this afternoon. As helicopter hovered above and the body was covered with a white tent Mota heard some very chilling quotes which make this a much much bigger story.

Any family members and friends would be angry, sad, upset, raging, any number of emotions but those emotions turned out these quotes:

"It's not even summer yet," one resident said while sitting on his porch.

"Where the (expletive) were you when this happened?" one woman yelled to the authorities. "You're always out here busting for the wrong (expletive)."

Boy howdy you hope that doesn't become some kind of premonition about a long hot summer with residents mad at the JCPD for, in their opinion, concentrating on the wrong priorities. We'll all know soon enough but this is an article you put a star next to and refer back to.

Monday, May 8, 2017

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Sally Yates, American patriot.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Fulop forced to admit the Kushner/Journal Square abatements tainted

On both Twitter and Facebook this past weekend, Mayor Steve Fulop was forced (in part by yours truly who was first out of the box in criticisms over the burgeoning EB-5 scandal in JSQ last week, of course along with other watchdog groups) to openly admit the city would not be backing the Kushner abatement after video and still images came out of China of Jared Kushner relatives dropping his name to get funding for Journal Square properties (and according to CBS News the Trump buildings on Bay St. as well) where a large buy in gets an EB-5 visa to get a green card. Yeah, the Trump Administration is all about keeping people out, unless they can give him money.

So, good for Mayor Fulop for announcing this but it's too bad it took an outcry to get his announcement made public.

Ever vigilant Jersey City, we must always all be ever vigilant with our money.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Thanks Wonder Bagels, you were the hero on a do-nothing Sunday.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, May 6, 2017

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Some video from today's Newport 10K.

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Hot off the press! Images of today's Newport 10K

Jersey City Desk reporters were crawling over an entire one block area of First St to cover today's Newport 10K through the streets of our fair city. Whether you ran at the front of the pack, the middle or back where Johnny would have finished, take a good look at the copious amount of images below, you might just see yourself. While the bigger news agencies about town might just concentrate on the men's and women's leaders and winners, the race itself is about everyone in Jersey City and the surround who enjoy a good run, a great view, and and big-ass breakfast afterwards!

By the way friends, if you do see yourself in an image on this post of you that you like, it's yours, print it and have it framed. Happy to oblige.





























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Getting to be camping season again...

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with THE J.B.'S!

Let's get right to this, this is fabulous. James Brown's over the moon talented band featuring some of the best in the business, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Bootsy and Catfish Collins, Bobby Byrd et al with a sound that just defines funk. Here we go with The J.B.'s and 'Doing It to Death (Part 1)' on the Music Series tonight.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with FATBOY SLIM!

This hot number is like the food pyramid; all the instrument groups are represented. You have your drum group, your rhythm guitar, your lead guitar and your keyboard/special effects. Most on loops but somehow it does all meld together into a fun little number. Five minutes fifteen of air-instrument practice coming up!

'Going Out of My Mind' batting second tonight.

Friday night MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA with LORETTA LYNN!

By now you should well know of Johnny's love of country music, and when he heard the bad news out of Nashville tonight, that Loretta Lynn had a stroke and was admitted to a local hospital he wanted to play a song by this incredible American treasure and female trailblazer. The one and only Loretta Lynn discussing yet another double-standard with 'Rated X' sending us out into the fog tonight.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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The King of Surf Guitar, Dick Dale turns 80 today. Johnny has long said if he had theme music that played while he walked around and did stuff, it's be Dick Dale's 'Tidal Wave'
Time for Jersey City, After Dark

The JCPD is a D+ force in a B+ city

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop likes to say he's trying to build his city into the best mid-sized city in America. Well, he's got the hard-working and creative residents to do it. He's certainly got the restaurants and food scene to make that happen. He's got the locale to be sure. Know what he lacks (and it's on him as well)? A top flight, or even mid-flight police department.

It's a wreck and right now if it were to get a grade it'd get a D+ and the + is generous. It's a crooked disgrace. A few years ago you'll recall this is the same department that was neck-deep in a steroid scandal. You've got a department right now that recently though it fully appropriate to pull police on actual patrol, ie really looking for bad guys, and made them stand around construction jobs utterly pointlessly FOR the developers. As for he stand around jobs, you'll also recall, at least 12 JCPD officers are in serious Dutch for lying or not reporting their wages from these gravy stand around "jobs."

It's a disgrace and friends, when you read this you'll get the idea just how bad the professional cancer has spread at the JCPD.

Ramon Lugo is preparing to sue Jersey City and dear readers, this reporter hopes he wins based on these facts. Follow us on this first part; On March 2nd, 32 year veteran JCPD Lt. Raymond Mahan was driving on Kennedy Blvd. in the wee hours of the morning and collided with Lugo's car at Kennedy and Bartholdi Avenue. In their report the JCPD wrote, and this is of vital importance:

According to an accident report, Mahan, driving south on Kennedy Boulevard at about 4 a.m., struck Lugo's Toyota Rav4 while Lugo was headed west on Bartholdi Avenue. After the collision, Mahan, driving a city-issued Chevrolet Malibu with a passenger inside, struck two cars parked on Kennedy Boulevard, according to the report. When investigating officers arrived at the scene, Mahan's car was found about four blocks away from the site of the initial collision, the report states.

Lugo was issued a summons for not stopping for an emergency vehicle. The accident report says Lugo told police he "noticed a dark color vehicle with emergency lights activated" but added because he had the green light "he thought he had enough time to make it through the intersection" before Mahan's car went through it.

Except that police report is utter bullshit, the cops made it all up to protect Boss Moss Mahan. Lugo, according to his attorney, was never even interviewed about the accident. JCPD just looked at whom Mahan was and the sham was on. No DUI test, no charges, no nothing (those may have to come AFTER the true facts came out, #SAD). Forget the fact he hit Lugo and two other vehicles, right off the hop the bad actors in the JCPD acted. The JCPD decided to make up the police report that put an innocent man on the hook for their boss. That's beyond the pale, it's dishonest, gutless and shameful. Lugo never saw any emergency lights because there were no emergency lights. Speaking of which, WHOM was riding with Mahan that night? A date? A friend? A relative? Hopefully they can get a correct story nailed down from them however doubtful.

When asked about this further malfeasance by this city's PD, Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill just kicked the can on all questions to the Hudson County prosecutor's office after a nothingburger comment back in March. Not at all surprising Morrill would punt, she always does when it comes to the JCPD that her boss is in charge of. More irresponsibility from Mr. Fulop's minions.

Where is Carmine Disbrow? The Police union spokesman is always running for a microphone to tell us just how hard his cops have it and how brilliantly they do their jobs, except of course when they don't. He can't keep his mouth shut except when of course his cops are the bad actors.

So there you go friends, the JCPD are not looking out for you in these cases. They'll close ranks and protect their own at every turn, Jersey City resident and taxpayers be damned. Best advice, stay out of the Jersey City Police Department's way when they are breaking the law.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Late night open thread

As happy as Johnny was to have the farmers market back on Monday he really loved Groove on Grove making it's 2017 debut today. Always great music in a nice, intimate setting AND they were selling beer and wine for the performance.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

The JCPD just make these hidings so easy

On the morrow Johnny's going to take the JCPD to task once again and will pull no punches. You'll read on "alleged" more than likely illegal behavior from the hop of a situation and watch the bad actors act and see how bad those who carry a badge in this city can get.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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Time for Jersey City, After Dark

It's a riddle

Johnny was goddamned busy all day (which is really busy for an Atheist) and just spun by the offices to turn the coffee maker off Kiki left on when she left.

Instead of discussing Jersey City today, let's enjoy a riddle together. Post your answers in comments. We'll point out a correct answer but the quest shall go until Friday's Late Night Open Thread.

Here you go (and it's not taken from the internet, it's in Johnny's brain so no cheating for you):
You are in a room, it is painted white and it unexceptional but for two doors, one on either side of the room across from each other. On the opposite walls from the doors there is one computer on each wall. Four walls, two doors, two computers. Got it? Behind one door is freedom, of course it is. You can't have TWO doors that lead to man eating tigers. That's no fun. So, one door leads to freedom and only one leads to el tigre. Since you don't know which door is which that's why we have computers. The computers are specially programmed. One wants you to get out and one wants to feed the kitteh. One does nothing but lie the other tells nothing but the truth.

You got one question to get out that door. Not one question of each computer, oh hellz no. You get one question of either computer. One. One question doing this correctly WILL indeed get you out the correct door. You've now got until Friday night to figure out which question that is.

Ready.....go!

Monday, May 1, 2017