Decluttering: a load of junk? (The Guardian)
A new book by Marie Kondo is the latest in the self-help trend encouraging us to purge our lives of stuff and it's become a Twitter sensation. Eva Wiseman tries it out on her own flat.
Josh Marshall: What's Changed? (TPM)
I confess: I'm kind of surprised. This situation in Oregon with these militia goofs occupying a federal building and threatening violence against federal law enforcement is usually the kind of story that we have mainly to ourselves here at TPM - maybe a bit of national coverage, a lot of local coverage and us. And we definitely do plan on being all over it. It's exactly the kind of white privilege performance art we love as a news story, right in our bailiwick of the bleed-over between domestic extremism and conventional politics.
Jordan Weissmann: Nobody Wants to Eat Chipotle's Burritos Anymore (Slate)
Chipotle said Wednesday it has also been slapped with a grand jury subpoena related to a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors and the Food and Drug Administration, who are looking into a norovirus outbreak in California. "We intend to fully cooperate," the company said, because, well, it kind of has to. Regarding the whole health scare, it also admitted: "Future sales trends may be significantly influenced by further developments." While obviously legal boilerplate, the line still deserves some sort award for corporate understatement.
Pinky & the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated television series to be presented in Dolby Surround and the fourth collaboration of Steven Spielberg with his production company, Amblin Television, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The characters first appeared in 1993 as a recurring segment on Animaniacs. It was later picked up as a series due to its popularity, with 65 episodes produced.
Pinky and Brain are genetically enhanced laboratory mice who reside in a cage in the Acme Labs research facility. Brain is self-centered and scheming; Pinky is good-natured but feebleminded. In each episode, Brain devises a new plan to take over the world which ultimately ends in failure: usually due to Pinky's idiocy, the impossibility of Brain's plan, Brain's own arrogance, or just circumstances beyond their control.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Pinky and the Brain.
Lois Of Neverland wrote:
I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW! That's Maurice LaMarche (with whom I have been in love with since he was the voice of Egon Spangler in "The Real Ghostbusters") and Rob Paulsen pretending they are the adorably diseased and mutated lab rats Pinky and the Brain...one of them's a genius. The other's insane. Can you guess which is which?
One is a genius, the other's insane
Actually neither one of them is particularly in touch with reality, as
they are about to do (try to do) what they do every night: Conquer the
They're Pinky and the Brain.
Is that Ren and Stimpy? Otherwise I don't know. Maybe my brain is saturated from all the rain and haile (!) we had yesterday.
Incubating the crud my husband had over NYE and is still not quit of - ugh. I hate being sick. That's why I forgot to answer yesterday's TQ. I know a dobro when I see it.
Hope you have just the right amount of precip. Feast or famine, I suppose.
I don't know, but what should we do tonight?
Gene MM wrote:
They're Pinky & the Brain.
George M said:
Marty, I remember them from the nineties - they're Pinky and the Brain, yes, Pinky and the Brain - one is a genius, the other's insane.
Dave in Tucson replied:
Loved that show!
Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?
The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world
They're Pinky and The Brain
Yes, Pinky and The Brain
One is a genius
The other's insane.
They're laboratory mice
Their genes have been spliced
They're Pinky and The Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain
Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain
Before each night is done
Their plan will be unfurled
By the dawning of the sun
They'll take over the world.
They're Pinky and The Brain
Yes, Pinky and The Brain
Their twilight campaign
Is easy to explain.
To prove their mousey worth
They'll overthrow the Earth
They're Pinky and The Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain
Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
Pinky and the Brain. Their assistance is needed in Oregon. Badly.
DJ Useo said:
Why, that's "Pinky & The Brain". I think its a pretty funny series. I was generally in favor
of the Spielberg cartoons, although they appeared a bit uneven sometimes.
After growing up with the Flintstones, I find that I like an animated series that makes me laugh.
I really liked that Looney Tunes Show with Bugs & the rest from a few years ago.
Seemed to me, it was the funniest cartoon series out there, yet it was canceled.
The new "Rabbit" version of Bugs is mildly amusing, but I never laugh out loud. Too bad.
I checked out the new cartoon "Bordertown" from the producers of Family Guy,
& I was disgusted with how awful it looked, & how unfunny it was.
Couldn't someone have said "This sucks, do it better!". Lol.
Google translated Russia to 'Mordor' in 'automated' error
Google has fixed a bug in an online tool after it began translating "Russian Federation" to "Mordor".... In addition, "Russians" was translated to "occupiers" and the surname of Sergey Lavrov, the country's Foreign Minister, to "sad little horse".
(Sad little horse? Sure why not? Look at his face! Hahaha! But, do ya know what's really sad, though? That the bug has been fixed, more's the pity)
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'Undercover Boss', followed by a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Matthew Broderick, Sarah Parcak, and Kacey Musgraves.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 12/10/15) are Chris Hardwick, Lewis Hamilton, and Cage the Elephant.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH Undateable', then a RERUN'Superstore', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Tyler Perry, Wagner Moura, and Iliza Shlesinger.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 11/17/15) are Viola Davis, Allison Tolman, the Scottos, and Emily Armstrong.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/17/15) are Rachel Bloom, Houndmouth, and Lena Waithe.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Jennifer Lopez, The Bachelor Ben Higgins, and Tori Kelly.
The CW offers a FRESH'Reign', followed by a RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux has a FRESH'MasterChef Junior', followed by another FRESH'Masterchef Junior'.
MY'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'Criminal Minds', followed by a FRESH'Unforgettable'.
AMC offers the movie 'Fugitive', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Identity', then the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR: BEST OF 13-14 - SEASON 1, Episode 2
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR: BEST OF 13-14 - SEASON 1, Episode 3
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 15 - Zocalo
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 6 - Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8, Ep 12 - Death in Heaven
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9, Ep 1 - The Magician's Apprentice
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 9 - The Battle
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 10 - Hide and Q
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 19 - Captain's Holiday
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 20 - Tin Man
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 21 - Hollow Pursuits
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 22 - The Most Toys
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 23 - Sarek
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 24 - Menage a Troi
[8:00PM] ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES
[11:00PM] ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 19 - Captain's Holiday
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 20 - Tin Man
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 21 - Hollow Pursuits
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 22 - The Most Toys (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'Stepmom'.
Comedy Central has 2 hours of 'Archer', 'South Park', another South Park', followed by the movie 'Pineapple Express'.
FX has the movie 'R.I.P.D.', followed by the movie 'X-Men: First Class'.
History has 'Counting Cars', 'American Restoration', followed by a FRESH'American Restoration', then a FRESH'Smartest Guy In The Room', followed by another FRESH'Smartest Guy In The Room'.
[6:00AM] THE EYE
[8:00AM] THE PLEDGE
[10:45AM] THE EYE
[12:45PM] HANNIBAL RISING
[3:30PM] JEEPERS CREEPERS
[5:30PM] SLEEPY HOLLOW
[8:00PM] FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
[1:00AM] THE AMITYVILLE HORROR
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kathryn Hahn Wears Ripped Jeans and Black Heels (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & The Social Network
[6:15AM] Little Children
[9:15AM] Mystic River
[12:15PM] The Exorcist
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Haven
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Sideshow
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Disciple
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Harm
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Shield
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Juvenile
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Tabula Rasa
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Empire
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Ambitious
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Admissions
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Refuge
[2:00AM] The Exorcist
[4:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Sex Symbols
[5:00AM] The Natural (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Jaws', followed by the movie 'Jaws 2'.
Sandra Bullock accepts the award for favorite movie actress for "Our Brand Is Crisis" at the People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" soared past "Avatar" on Wednesday to become the top-grossing movie of all time in North America, riding on hype, nostalgia and an inventive script.
Disney said the seventh film in the "Star Wars" saga had grossed $758.2 million through Tuesday, when it took in $8 million, and surpassed on Wednesday the $760.5 million earned by James Cameron's Oscar-winning sci-fi epic "Avatar."
"This afternoon, with early box office results in, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' became the highest-grossing film of all time in the domestic market," Disney said in a statement, without providing figures.
At $1.56 billion in global earnings, "The Force Awakens" still has some work ahead on that scale to overtake "Avatar" ($2.79 billion) or another Cameron blockbuster, "Titanic" ($2.19 billion).
We're living through one of the most extraordinary events in Earth's history - the start of a new geological epoch, an international group of scientists says.
Welcome to the Anthropocene, everyone.
Geological epochs are long periods of time - typically lasting around two million years - separated by major, global changes to the planet, such as the massive exploding meteor that ended the Late Cretaceous and wiped out the dinosaurs.
Modern humans arose during the Pleistocene epoch, and since the sudden warming that ended the last ice age about 12,000 years ago, we had been living in the Holocene epoch.
But modern human technology has had such a profound effect on our planet that we're now in a new epoch that started during the mid-20th century - the Anthropocene, argues an international group of researchers in a new paper published today in the journal Science.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, faces a lawsuit in Pennsylvania claiming store employees negligently allowed an underage, intoxicated customer to buy a box of bullets later used to commit three murders.
The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia by families of the victims, seeks compensatory and punitive damages from Wal-Mart and several employees at its Easton, Pennsylvania, store, where the bullets were purchased by Robert Jourdain on July 5 at 2:56 a.m. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company operates stores under the Walmart name.
"At no time did the Walmart defendants ... require that Robert Jourdain present appropriate and valid identification," the lawsuit says. "Nor did the defendants take any precautions to determine whether Mr. Jourdain was intoxicated."
Jourdain, then 20, walked out of the store with the bullets and handed them to Todd West, then 22, who loaded them into his .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, the suit says.
About 15 minutes later, West randomly shot and killed a stranger, Kory Ketrow, 22, in Easton. Twenty minutes after that, he murdered Francine Ramos, 32, and Trevor Gray, 21, in Allentown. Both of them were strangers to him.
A former beauty queen who hosted an adventure TV show has pleaded guilty to killing an Alaska grizzly bear without a state hunting tag.
Theresa Vail was sentenced in state court Wednesday to one year of probation and a $750 fine. The sentence also included $1,300 restitution that could be split with the other defendants if they're convicted.
A second charge against her was dismissed.
Vail held a single, nonresident bear tag, according to a charging document. On a guided hunt last May, two bears_a male and a female- came into view. Investigators said she shot the male and attempted to kill it with a second shot, but instead killed the second bear. Both bears died.
Vail, from Kansas, hosted the Outdoor Channel series "Limitless with Theresa Vail," which was listed as part of the channel's summer programming last year. She remains listed as a personality for the channel.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) has threatened to cancel over 700 million pounds ($1 billion) of planned investments in golf courses in Scotland if Britain slaps him with a travel ban.
The threat from Trump, owner of two golf courses in his mother's homeland of Scotland, comes as British lawmakers prepare to hold a debate on a petition signed by over half a million people calling for him to be barred from the country after his proposal to stop Muslims entering the United States.
The debate will be held on Jan. 18 but will not be followed by a vote. Only interior minister Theresa May can issue an order banning entry into Britain and Prime Minister David Cameron has said he does not favor barring Trump.
The Trump Organization said in a statement that a ban would result in him pulling developments worth 500 million pounds at a golf complex in northeastern Scotland, and a 200 million pound revamp at a resort in the country's southwest.
Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Harumafuji (L) performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at the annual celebration for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, January 7, 2016.
Photo by Yuya Shino
The Vatican is loaning a deeply symbolic religious relic to a meeting in Britain discussing the future of the 80 million-strong Anglican Communion that has been badly divided over issues of female bishops and same-sex marriage.
The ivory top of the pastoral staff of St. Gregory the Great - the 6th-century pope who dispatched missionaries to England to spread Christianity - will be displayed in England's Canterbury Cathedral before and after the Jan. 11-16 meeting of Anglican primates.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has summoned the 37 primates to discuss how the Communion can keep working together after it has been splintering for years over issues such as the ordination of female and gay bishops and the blessings of same-sex marriage.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican's culture minister, authorized the loan of Gregory's pastoral staff last month, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. He wrote that it was a "highly symbolic" relic and a "mark of the bond that spiritually unites the Catholic and the Anglican churches."
Gregory, who was pope from 540-604, sent a mission to England in 597 to bring Christianity to the region. The mission leader, Augustine, became the first archbishop of Canterbury, and both Augustine and Gregory remain important figures to the Anglican Church.
Children dressed in traditional costumes sing Christmas carols as they gather to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas at a compound of the National Architecture museum in Kiev, Ukraine, January 7, 2016. Most Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar on January 7, two weeks after most western Christian churches that abide by the Gregorian calendar.
Photo by Valentyn Ogirenko
He was brutally murdered over 5,300 years ago, but analysis of microbes from the gut of the "Iceman," a famous European glacial mummy, is now offering insights into historical human geography.
The Iceman, also known as Otzi, is a mummified corpse that was discovered in 1991 by two German hikers in the Italian Alps, near the border of Austria. Otzi lived in the so-called Copper Age and died when he was around 40 to 50 years old. Scientists believe that he was exhumed by glaciers melting.
Scientists started to examine the Iceman's stomach several years ago and were able to detect what he ate for his last meal. Then they started to examine his guts for the presence of different pathogens and microorganisms.
That's when they discovered that he was infected with a bacterium found only in humans called the Helicobacter pylori, which causes ulcers.
The analysis of the Iceman's stomach showed the presence of Helicobacter pylori that's somewhat different from the strain found in modern Europeans.
The owner of the world's largest blue sapphire holds it for photographs during an interview with Reuters in Colombo Jan. 6, 2016. The owner of the world's largest blue sapphire, which he says is worth more than $100 million, said on Thursday he is deciding whether to auction the Sri Lankan gem or display it as an international attraction.
Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte
The artist who removed a halo from an image of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno on a mural after he was caught up in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal has put it back on, saying: "It was the right thing to do."
Michael Pilato said he worked with helpers on New Year's Eve to restore halos to images of Paterno and other late community and Pennsylvania State University notables depicted in the mural near the campus in the town of State College.
The mural, painted on the side of a building, is 100 feet (30 meters) long by 24 feet high (7 metres) and contains nearly 400 portraits.
Pilato said the halos were meant to convey the short number of years people have to do great things, not that they were saints who walked the Earth.
"I am not doing this because I believe all who had them were saints," he said in an e-mailed statement. "I am doing this because it is the right thing to do."
In their apartment building, they encountered superintendent Dwayne Schneider, a comically self-styled ladies' man who boasted a trim mustache, a tool belt and a gut pressed against his white T-shirt (enabled by a large intake of water by Harrington before each episode taping to give himself the necessary paunch, he once disclosed).
With his strong support, the series, from prolific producer Norman Lear, was a hit, airing on CBS from 1975 to 1984. The role brought him an Emmy award in 1984.
Harrington was born in 1929 in New York, the son of Pat Harrington, Sr., a song-and-dance man in vaudeville and on Broadway.
The son displayed a show-biz bent of his own, but more comedy-inclined. In the 1950s, he landed various roles in TV comedy, including a recurring part on the Danny Thomas sitcom, "Make Room for Daddy," and as a sketch comic on "The Steve Allen Plymouth Show."
But his decade on "One Day at a Time," which blended family comedy with themes of emerging women's rights and youth rebellion, sealed his legacy. He managed to make Schneider foolishly macho yet lovable - a traditional man constantly challenged in the feminist age. (Harrington's leading lady, Bonnie Franklin, died in 2013.)
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