December 27th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Eric Sheptock
The D.C. homeless man is using social media to advocate for other homeless people. He says he got a leak fixed at one homeless shelter and stopped harassement of homeless people at another. Using computers at libraries, Sheptock communicates with nearly 1600 e-mail contacts, 5,000 Facebook friends and hundreds of Twitter followers. He has two blogs and a Facebook fanpage. Sheptock says he's now trying to use his popularity to start a movement that reduces homelessness and improves shelter conditions. Read the Washington Post's story about Sheptock. His story is not without its critics.

Oskar Schindler
A New York judge has allowed a memorabilia collector to sell what the collector is saying is the original "Schindler's list." The Telegraph reports that the list is said to contain the names of more than 1,000 Jews that Oskar Schindler saved during the Holocaust. There had been a ban on sale of the list, according to The Jerusalem Post. The paper reported that an heir to Schindler's widow previously tried to prevent selling the list.

Blizzard stranded blogger
For every stuck traveler, your voice was heard Monday through the clever tweets of one of your brethren, Jason Cochran (@bastable). Cochran was, at least as of this posting, among the hundreds of passengers stranded at JFK Airport in New York which closed due to blizzard conditions. He tweeted that he was there for more than 17 hours including four hours in a plane on the tarmac waiting to fly to London. is reporting that Cochran's tweets began at about 8 p.m. ET Sunday night.

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. phil

    Yomcat, hope tuesday is good to you. Keep us posted too. Yeah, some art dealer wanted to sell the list but this lady, Marta Erika Rosenberg, claimed she was the list's rightful heir, and allowing the art dealer to sell it would endanger her copyright.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil labor is usually construction releated. I would imagine they are slow.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Joe

    @Phil: Uha, you are dr bad!

    December 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    @Jeff Frank...if "the Jew" you mention had been truly targeted, "the Jew" you mentioned would be dead. Thousands of American's are murdered each year by fellow American's. With our open borders, if the "terrorists" wanted to come in and murder "the Jew", "the Jew" would be dead by now. It's been nearly a decade since 9/11. How many Jews here in the US have been targeted and killed? That's right. ZERO.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    tomcat, I will be back later. The sun is setting and I gotta do some stuff before it does set. If you have time check out the adventures of Ahkmed the terror guy on the other boards. Big Joe, it were I who were posting as dr. Bad, I would have told you so long ago. And really, I kinda miss him. Just like I would miss Jim Brieske if he were gone.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    If it were I rather.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fred Bartkowski

    What is your take on the deepwater horizons incident.
    Should the explosions have been prevented in the 9 minutes after the mud started hitting the deck?
    And if the hydrocarbons had been diverted to sea originally instead of sent through a separator the #3 and #6 engines would not have reved out of control right.
    Was there a point at which the blowout preventer could have been effectively closed?

    December 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fred Bartkowski

    And Phil if your are Dr. Mhendi I will find you and force you to travel to Iran with Jim Briskie.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred Bartkowski

    you are

    December 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phil US Navy x-rays of the B.O.P revealed two thiry-foot sections of drillpipe wedged inside. Surface pressure was recorded at 40,000 psi. That equates to roughly 100,000 psi bottom hole pressure, enough to lift 18,000' of drillpipe easily. And I've never heard of the deepwater horizon's engines revving out of control, though this does happen during a blowout. (natural gas taken in by a diesel engine) I will be back later to discuss this further.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big Joe

    I want my army nurse, Christine from New Jersey.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fred Bartkowski

    Yeah story in washington post or somewhere. Said hydrocarbons in engine intakes caused explosions.
    Didn't realize that much pressure involved.
    The report said well had been signed off on as stable.
    Also did not know rig workers make 100k plus. Obviously for good reason.
    16 page article memory has failed which site.

    December 27, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fred Bartkowski

    Curious as to diameter of drill pipe and wall thickness. Is it mild steel like black pipe, stainless or what.
    And holy tapeworm; that would be 9 nautical miles of pipe. Can that be right.
    According to story a muckity muck was touring bridge at same time 30 gas sniff alarms lit up consol on the bridge.
    The operator could have hit a shut everything down now button. Instead chose to acknowledge alarms to silence them.

    December 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fred Bartkowski

    Story also described a powerful hydraulic shear in B.O.P that can be deployed I.C.E but was not.
    A terrible tradgedy all the way around but a fascinating tale nonetheless.

    December 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    @Fred...the idea that it was a faulty blowout-preventer that allowed this disaster to happen is pure nonesense. We simply do not have the ability to control these high pressures. If Halliburton's casing cement would have held, the hydrocarbons escaping into the gulf would have been substantially less. I believe oil is still flowing into the gulf for this very reason Keep in mind though that the deepwater horizon oil "spill" accounts for but a small percentage of the oil flowing from the thousands of other gulf oilwells daily. Even a properly maintained oilwell leaks a small amount. And hardly anyone even talks of this anymore. It's like America's attention span resembles what the Statue of Liberty's would be had France forced her to watch too much TV along with making her take prozac during her construction phase. We have N.A.D.D...National Attention Deficit Disorder.

    December 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
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