Tom Danehy: DEAR GOVERNOR DUCEY (Tucson Weekly)
We're now nearly two weeks into what I fear will be your Reign of Error, but so far, so good. The sky hasn't fallen; you haven't eliminated all taxes and given the money to your rich friends; and you haven't once used the word "wetback." Well done, Sir, especially considering the threatening tone of the dark money-fueled campaign that got you elected.
Daniel Rivero: ROBOTS ARE STARTING TO BREAK THE LAW AND NOBODY KNOWS WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT (Fusion)
The Random Darknet Shopper, an automated online shopping bot with a budget of $100 a week in Bitcoin, is programmed to do a very specific task: go to one particular marketplace on the Deep Web and make one random purchase a week with the provided allowance. The purchases have all been compiled for an art show in Zurich, Switzerland titled The Darknet: From Memes to Onionland, which runs through January 11.
Ryan Bell: Why you don't need God (CNN)
Ryan Bell is a writer and speaker on the topic of religion and irreligion in America. In January 2014, Ryan began a yearlong journey to explore the limits of theism and the atheist landscape in the United States. He blogs about his experience on www.YearWithoutGod.com. "
The Boondocks originally referred to a remote rural area, but now is often applied to an out of the way city or town that is considered backwards and unsophisticated. What language gave us the word 'Boondock'?
Heckle and Jeckle are postwar animated cartoon characters created by Paul Terry, originally produced at his own Terrytoons animation studio and released through 20th Century Fox. The characters are a pair of identical anthropomorphic magpies who calmly outwit their foes in the manner of Bugs Bunny, while maintaining an aggressively mischievous streak reminiscent of the early Woody Woodpecker or Screwy Squirrel. Unlike Bugs Bunny, who retaliates against a foe only after repeated provocation, their comic aggression is often unprovoked, and in a number of Heckle and Jeckle cartoons (Moose on the Loose, Free Enterprise, The Power of Thought, Hula Hula Land) their foes win in the end.
According to Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons (1980) and Don Markstein's Toonopedia, Paul Terry considered the Heckle and Jeckle series the best cartoons his studio ever made.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Oh yeah, I remember THOSE guys...
Heckle and Jeckle
two wisecracking animated magpies
were from Paul Terry's stable of "Terry-Toons"
They either had their own TV show or were part of Mighty Mouse's show,
I don't remember for sure,
but I DO remember watching them on the old black and white TV
They had their own eponymous comic books, too
But regardless of whether it was the TV cartoons or the comic books,
I remember, even as a little kid, really getting a kick out of their wise-ass and
take-it-as-it-comes approach to the world
always getting in
and out of trouble
somehow managing to usually come out on top
Heckle and Jeckle, probably the most famous of Paul Terry's
cartoons - right behind Mighty Mouse, that is...
The maniacal magpies
Are Heckle and Jeckle. They had a cameo in the final scene of Kill
Heckle and Jeckle
I certainly knew this one without looking!
Alan J replied:
Heckle & Jeckle
That would be Heckle and Jeckle, did they sing "can elephants fly"
Talk about "Throwback Thursday" - those cartoon magpies are Heckle and Jeckle, whose hijinks I watched with delight as a child.
sandra in bangor replied:
heckle and jeckle
Jim from CA, retired to ID, answered:
Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle
Lois Of Oregon wrote:
Dat be Heckle & Jeckle, the very broad shouldered, totally
GAY black birds that contributed to all the things that
helped to disturb my deeply disturbed childhood. Shown here,
how they met in prison, and their dilemma...how to tell the
wives! Nancy and Sluggo Little Lulu and Tubby also swung with them. Amazing what
they got away with back then.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, said:
My friends, Heckle & Jeckle! They were on Mighty Mouse. That was a long time ago.
DJ Useo responded:
By Jove, those two scamps are none other than Heckle & Jeckle, The Talking Magpies.
They spun off of a Farmer Alfalfa cartoon. I'd rather have to face off with Woody Woodpecker
than those two any day. Lol.
Joe S replied:
Those tricky little Magpie boys are Heckle and Jeckle. As a young fellow I would make my own Heckle and Jeckle cartoons, mostly because I really liked them and they were easy to draw.
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CBS begins the night with a FRESH'Undercover Boss', followed by a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHDave are Urban Meyer, Johnny Beehner, Ella Henderson.
Scheduled on a FRESHLate, Late Show, with a clump o'women who apparently aren't capable of hosting individually (after all, they are women, and it is late night), are George Lopez, Gavin DeGraw, and Linda Perry.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Constantine', followed by a FRESH'Grimm', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Brian Williams, Victoria Justice, and Joshua Topolsky.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 1/5/15) are Anna Kendrick, Timothy Spall, and Martha Stewart.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/14/14) are William H. Macy, Lemaitre, and Tearist.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH'Cristela', then a FRESH'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 12/18/14) are Mel Brooks, Christine Baranski, and Jenny Lewis.
The CW offers a FRESH'Hart Of Dixie', followed by a RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH'Masters Of Illusion'.
Faux has the FRESH'World's Funniest Fails', followed by a FRESH'Glee'.
MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy', followed by the movie 'Gladiator'.
[6:00AM] BBC World News
[7:00AM] BBC World News
[8:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Elementary, Dear Data
[9:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Outrageous Okona
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 4 - Daleks In Manhattan
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 5 - Evolution Of The Daleks
[12:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Momma Cherri's
[1:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Anna Vincenzo's
[2:00PM] MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 19
[3:00PM] MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 20
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Where No One Has Gone Before
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 7 - Lonely Among Us
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Justice
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 9 - The Battle
[8:00PM] A Knight's Tale
[11:00PM] From Hell
[1:30AM] The Captains Close-Up: William Shatner
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Where No One Has Gone Before
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 7 - Lonely Among Us
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Bravo has the movie 'The Sweetest Thing', then it's all 'TBA'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', 'Kroll Show', 'Broad City', 'Workaholics', 'Tosh.0', and another 'Tosh.0'.
FX has the movie 'Hancock', followed by the movie 'Star Trek'.
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[1:00PM] DANCE OF THE DEAD
[2:45PM] KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST
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[11:30PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CRAIG ROBINSON WEARS A BORDEAUX BUTTON DOWN AND DARK JEANS
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[2:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CRAIG ROBINSON WEARS A BORDEAUX BUTTON DOWN AND DARK JEANS
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[5:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-MAYA RUDOLPH WEARS A BLACK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS
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[11:00PM] Law & Order-Deep Vote
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SyFy has the movie 'I, Robot', followed by the movie '12 Monkeys', then a FRESH'Helix'.
The Fox News and Fox Business channels returned on Thursday to satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp's lineup after both sides agreed to a multiyear deal.
The channels owned by Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc had been blacked out for Dish's 14 million customers since Dec. 21 when the companies failed to agree on a new contract.
A source close to the negotiations said Dish agreed to pay an average monthly fee of $1.50 per subscriber for Fox News, the most-watched cable news network. The fee is "significantly higher" than what Dish paid previously, the source said.
Patricia Arquette accepts the best supporting actress award for "Boyhood" at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by John Shearer
After only four months on "The View," Rosie Perez is leaving the ABC morning show, Variety has learned.
Perez had taken off the month of January to appear in the Broadway play "Fish in the Dark," but it's understood that she won't be coming back to the Hot Topics table once she's done. It's unclear when ABC will announce her departure, but for now "View" producers have been trying other younger co-hosts in her seat.
A rep for "View" denied that Perez would be leaving the show. "Her status with the show has not changed," ABC said.
The choice of Perez was a surprise given the other contenders that were in the mix last year. But Perez never got a hang of the show's mixture of hard and soft news, and she had trouble reading from a TelePrompTer, insiders say.
Archaeologists conducting a survey in Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada have stumbled upon a 132-year-old Winchester rifle propped against a tree, possibly having been left there more than a century ago.
The rifle, which records show was manufactured and shipped by the gun maker in 1882, had been leaning against the Juniper tree for so long that the wood of its stock was cracked and deteriorated from the desert sun, its barrel rusted.
"It really is a mystery," said Nichole Andler, a public information officer for Great Basin National Park. "We know it has been out there awhile because the stock was buried in dirt. But we do not know for how exactly how long."
It was first spotted in November by a member of a park archaeology team surveying the area and Andler said it might have been overlooked in the past because the gray stock of the wood blended in with the tree.
Actor Michael Keaton accepts the award for best actor in a comedy for his role in "Birdman" during the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California January 15, 2015.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni
A more than half-million-acre ranch that straddles the New Mexico-Colorado border and is owned by media mogul Ted Turner has asked for permission to import endangered black-footed ferrets.
The carnivores have struggled across the Great Plains, and the Vermejo Park Ranch wants to bolster their numbers as part of a recovery program spanning 12 Western states.
It will be up to the New Mexico Game Commission to clear the way for a permit for the ranch. The panel is scheduled to consider the matter Thursday.
Biologists at the ranch have been working for years to recover the species, but this marks the first time they have to jump through an extra hoop of review because of a regulatory change involving the importation and release of carnivores on private land in New Mexico.
Black-footed ferrets were once found across a range that stretched from New Mexico and Texas to the Canadian border. Widespread poisoning of prairie dogs - the majority of a ferret's diet - and the conversion of land for grazing wiped out most of the animals.
Four Silicon Valley companies including Apple Inc and Google Inc agreed to pay $415 million to resolve an antitrust class action lawsuit by tech workers who accused the firms of conspiring to avoid poaching each other's employees, according to a court filing on Thursday.
Plaintiffs accused Apple, Google, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems Inc in the 2011 lawsuit of limiting job mobility and, as a result, keeping a lid on salaries. The settlement is $90.5 million more than a previous deal which a U.S. judge rejected last year as too low.
Disputing the conclusions of the CIA's independent watchdog, an independent board has asserted that CIA officers acted reasonably when they secretly searched Senate computers last year after learning that Senate aides had removed certain classified documents related to the torture investigation.
The board, which was led by former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh, found fault with some of the findings by the CIA's inspector general, who said in July that five CIA employees "improperly accessed" a Senate portion of a shared computer network.
The inspector general, David Buckley, resigned in December in what CIA officials insist is an unrelated development. CIA Director John Brennan apologized after the release of the inspector general report and convened the accountability board.
The Bayh-led board said the five CIA employees did not deserve to be punished.
Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind's impact on nature said on Thursday.
An international team of 18 experts, expanding on a 2009 report about "planetary boundaries" for safe human use, also sounded the alarm about clearance of forests and pollution from nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilisers.
"Four boundaries are assessed to have been crossed, placing humanity in a danger zone," a statement said of the study in the journal Science, pointing to climate change, species loss, land-use change and fertilizer pollution.
Of a total of nine boundaries assessed, freshwater use, ocean acidification and ozone depletion were judged to be within safe limits. Others, including levels of airborne pollution, were yet to be properly assessed.
Rising concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, are about 397 parts per million in the atmosphere, above 350 ppm that the study set as the boundary for safe use.
A lifelong Mormon well-known for running a website that provides a forum for church members questioning their faith said Thursday he is set to be kicked out of the religion.
John Dehlin of Logan said a regional church leader informed him Wednesday night that a disciplinary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 25, at which Dehlin is likely to be censured or excommunicated.
Dehlin said he was told last year that his website Mormonstories.org and his public support of same-sex marriage were reasons he is being accused of apostasy, defined by the church as "repeatedly acting in clear, open, and deliberate public opposition to the church or its faithful leaders, or persisting, after receiving counsel, in teaching false doctrine."
Dehlin says he would like to remain a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but won't give up the website or pull back his support for gays and lesbians. He has faced church discipline multiple times over the past decade.
No existing technology can fully replace collecting data in bulk to obtain electronic intelligence, but some methods could be developed to improve how information is gathered and used, the U.S. National Research Council said in a report on Thursday.
The report, sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was in response to President Barack Obama's call last year for a review of potential software-based alternatives to the controversial program.
"There are no technical alternatives that can accomplish the same functions as bulk collection and serve as a complete substitute for it; there is no technological magic," the report said.
The program came to light following explosive revelations in 2013 by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. government was collecting and storing bulk telephone records of calls made to and from U.S. citizens.
A Sadhu or Hindu holy man smokes marijuana at "Sangam", the confluence of holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela.
Photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh
Actor Michael Douglas has been awarded the $1 million Genesis Prize award, popularly dubbed the "Jewish Nobel Prize," for his efforts to promote Jewish culture.
The Genesis Prize Foundation said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present the award at a ceremony in Jerusalem this summer to the "actor, producer and peace activist."
The prize was inaugurated last year in a partnership between the Israeli prime minister's office, the Genesis Philanthropy Group and the chairman's office of the Jewish Agency, a nonprofit group with close ties to the Israeli government.
Douglas' father, actor Kirk Douglas, is Jewish, and Michael Douglas has embraced his Jewish ancestry and supports Jewish causes. He traveled to Israel last year with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, to celebrate the bar mitzvah of their son Dylan. The foundation praised the family's "inclusive approach for Jews of diverse backgrounds."
For academic fields whose members revere a "spark of genius" above all other qualities, there is a disquieting message at U.S. colleges and universities: women need not apply.
The researchers surveyed 1,820 graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members in 30 academic disciplines at public and private institutions around the United States. They were asked to identify the attributes needed to succeed in their academic fields, which spanned natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering and others.
The fields whose members said they most valued sheer intellectual brilliance such as philosophy, physics and math were the most likely to have fewer women in their ranks. The disciplines in which the "spark of genius" was least emphasized such as education, psychology and anthropology had greater numbers of women.
Cimpian said the researchers are not arguing that women are less brilliant than men or that brilliance does not matter.
"The reason for this pattern of results is that our society associates men, but not women, with brilliance," Cimpian added. "We found that women were indeed less likely to obtain Ph.D.s in fields that idolize brilliance and genius."
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