Josh Marshall: Why Repeal and Replace Is Going So Badly (TPM)
The outlook for the GOP leaderships' 'repeal and replace' bill looks bleak. That said, I would not underestimate the ability of GOP leaders to get their members to vote for basically anything in the crunch. Also remember that House Republicans have a 20+ vote cushion. But it's worth reviewing what I believe are three key reasons why the current legislation looks to be on life support just a day after it was released.
Mark Hill: 5 Reasons Why The Middle Class Doesn't Understand Poverty (Cracked)
Unlike John [Cheese] and others, I grew up one year's worth of acoustic guitar lessons away from being the most stereotypical middle-class white kid ever. I didn't take yearly vacations to private islands to hunt men for sport, but I also never wanted for clothes and video games. And while us suburban kids were taught that it's good to help the poor, we were also accidentally taught to treat them with disdain. Here's how.
Andy Orin: The Gentle Respite of Instagram (LifeHacker)
There is only one place on the internet that is nice. There is only one place that does not add to my anxiety and actually alleviates the low level dread that comes with the ubiquitous awareness of being online all of the time. That place is Instagram.
"Dead Skunk" is a 1972 novelty song by Loudon Wainwright III.
The song is musically a simple folk song based on acoustic guitar, but accompanied by drums and strings. The lyrics describe a dead skunk in the middle of a busy road and the smell it produces for pedestrians. Wainwright said the song was an accident, written in 15 minutes.
Although the single was released in November 1972, it was not until well into 1973 that it caught on with radio stations, and its number 16 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was not reached until the week ending 31 March 1973. It peaked at number 12 on the Cashbox charts on April 14. It was the only record to chart for Wainwright. "Dead Skunk" also reached number eight in Canada and number 12 in Australia.
One knows, without seeing
That there's a Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road.
Stephen F said:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
a dead skunk in the middle of the road
Kevin K. in Washington, DC answered:
It was a dead skunk in the middle of the road, and it was stinkin' to high
(I love when the trivia question can be answered by just remembering a song
that was in heavy rotation on AM radio when I was a kid. I have a good
memory for those!)
"Dead skunk in the middle of the road/And it's stinkin' to high heaven."
The Wainwrights are a musically talented family. Rufus and Loudon (among other artists) made a record with the McGarrigal sisters and enjoy it 20+ yrs. later.
So if Congress is going to futz with the ACA, why don't they give us the same health care plan they have?
70 degrees yesterday - spring is right around the corner!
Dave in Tucson wrote:
Loudon Wainwright's dead animal in the middle of the road was a skunk.
Billy in Cypress said:
The title tells is all except the smell which seems to haunt forever: "Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)". It reminds me of CpPDJT-ID and his mob of repugs whose stench is so distracting, nauseating, endless and widespread that it is impossible to escape now and possibly in the future.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Good old stinky fucking dead skunk. We have more than a few of those awful, rabid critters in my parts. Almost like springtime in the foothills of the Sierras. We'll see.
DJ Useo answered:
That would be a skunk. Something to dread in real life. I lived in a woods for years, & when those suckers came around, I knew it long before they arrived. Even indoors, I had total cover from the smell. Glad the song doesn't do that.
Joe S took the day off.
MAM took the day off.
Marian took the day off.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Felicity Huffman, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Anthony DeVito.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 1/17/17) are Kate Hudson, Anders Holm, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Jim James.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 2/3/17) are Gordon Ramsay, Alessia Cara, and experts from "Ask This Old House".
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 3/1/17) are Amy Schumer, RuPaul, Panic! At the Disco, and Vinnie Colaiuta.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/27/17) are Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Caspian, and Jenny Zigrino.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH'Dr. Ken', then a RERUN'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 3/2/17) are George W. Bush and Adam Pally.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by another FRESH'The Vampire Diaries'.
Faux has a RERUN'Rosewood', followed by a FRESH'Sleepy Hollow'.
MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.
A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48: Revenge Kills', then a FRESH'Live PD'.
AMC offers the movie 'Planet Of The Apes', followed by the movie 'Beneath The Planet Of The Apes'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Haven
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-The Big Goodbye
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Datalore
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Angel One
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-11001001
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Too Short a Season
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 17-When The Bough Breaks
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 18-Home Soil
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 19-Coming of Age
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 20-Heart of Glory
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Deadly Years
[5:10PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Obsession
[6:20PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Wolf in the Fold
[7:30PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-The Trouble with Tribbles
[8:40PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-The Gamesters of Triskelion
[9:50PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-A Piece of the Action
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Deadly Years
[12:10AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Obsession
[1:20AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Wolf in the Fold
[2:30AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-The Trouble with Tribbles
[3:40AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-The Gamesters of Triskelion
[4:50AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-A Piece of the Action (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', another 'Married To Medicine', followed by the movie 'Why Did I Get Married?'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine'.
FX has the movie 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted', followed by the movie 'Penguins Of Madagascar'.
[6:30AM] PORTLANDIA-Passenger Rating
[7:00AM] 30 NIGHTS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY WITH THE DEVIL INSIDE THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
[8:45AM] JENNIFER'S BODY
[11:15AM] 30 NIGHTS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY WITH THE DEVIL INSIDE THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
[1:00PM] THE WORLD'S END
[5:45PM] 28 WEEKS LATER
[8:00PM] ALEX CROSS
[10:15PM] TRAINING DAY
[1:00AM] ALEX CROSS
[3:15AM] SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D
[5:15AM] FRIDAY THE 13TH (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:30AM] The Bob Newhart Show
[7:00AM] The Bob Newhart Show
[7:30AM] The Bob Newhart Show
[8:00AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show
[8:30AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show
[9:00AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show
[9:30AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show
[10:00AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show
[10:15AM] The Kids Are Alright
[12:45PM] What About Bob?
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Switch
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Baby, It's You
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Monster
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Bait
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Sideshow
[8:00PM] Law & Order-DNR
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Swept Away: A Very Special Episode
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Whiplash
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Judge Dread
[12:00AM] Law & Order-The Fire This Time
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Prejudice
[1:59AM] Hap and Leonard-The Bottoms
[3:00AM] Foxcatcher (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Ghost Rider', followed by the movie 'Underworld'.
In preparation for a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline, Native Americans have erected several teepees on the National Mall near the White House in Washington, DC, USA, March 9, 2017.
Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo
Turner and Warner Bros. have announced that they will be launching a streaming service in the U.S. that will feature all of the studios' classic animated shows. Called Boomerang, the service will launch this spring and will cost $4.99 a month.
Boomerang will offer over 5,000 animated titles from the library of Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM. This includes beloved cartoons such as "Scooby-Doo," "Tom & Jerry," "The Jetsons," "The Flinstones" and "Bugs Bunny."
Although the highlight of the announcement was the inclusion of those classic titles, Boomerang will also include shows from the '90s to the early '00s like "Courage the Cowardly Dog" and "My Gym Partner's a Monkey," according to Slash Gear.
The upcoming streaming service isn't only just for old-school cartoons either as Turner and Warner Bros. will also be bringing new and exclusive original series on a weekly basis. Upcoming new shows that have been confirmed so far are "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz" and the remake of "Wacky Races."
Boomerang will be available to watch on the web and on iOS/Android devices. The streaming service will have features like family profiles, recommendations, Spanish audio option, downloading for offline viewing and some "interactive features."
A freakishly balmy February broke more than 11,700 local daily records for warmth in the United States, but it didn't quite beat 1954 for the warmest February on record, climate scientists said.
The average temperature last month was 41.2 degrees - 7.3 degrees warmer than normal but three-tenths a degree behind the record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday.
It was unseasonably toasty for most of the country east of the Rockies, but a cool Pacific Northwest kept the national record from falling, said NOAA climate scientist Jake Crouch.
Chicago had no snow. Oklahoma hit 99 degrees. Texas and Louisiana had their hottest February. NOAA said local weather stations broke or tied warm temperature records 11,743 times but set cold records only 418 times.
An international science team's computer analysis of causes of extreme weather calculated that man-made global warming tripled the likelihood for the nation's unusually warm February. The mostly private team of researchers, called World Weather Attribution, uses accepted scientific techniques to figure if climate change plays a role in extreme events based on computer simulations of real world conditions and those without heat-trapping gases.
Election officials in Georgia's sparsely populated, overwhelmingly black Hancock County agreed Wednesday to restore voting rights to dozens of African-American registered voters they disenfranchised ahead of a racially divided local election.
About three-quarters of the people they removed from the voting rolls - nearly all of them black - still live in the voting district and will be restored to the county's registered voter list under the settlement.
"We want to make sure that a purge program like the one that played out in the fall of 2015 never happens again," said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, which sued the county in federal court.
Hancock County Board of Elections members maintain that they weren't targeting or trying to intimidate black voters by sending sheriff's deputies to summon people to appear before them and prove they lived in the county.
Nearly 50,000 years before the invention of penicillin, a young Neanderthal tormented by a dental abscess ate greenery containing a natural antibiotic and pain killer, analysis of his teeth revealed Wednesday.
The male, who lived in El Sidron in what is now Spain, ate an antibiotic fungus called Penicillium and chewed on bits of poplar tree containing salicylic acid -- the active ingredient of modern-day aspirin, researchers said.
The youngster's fossilised jawbone reveals the ravages of an abscess, and his dental plaque contained the remnants of an intestinal parasite that causes acute diarrhoea, "so clearly he was quite sick," they wrote in the journal Nature.
"Apparently, Neanderthals possessed a good knowledge of medicinal plants and their various anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, and seem to be self-medicating," said study co-author Alan Cooper of the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD).
The study is the latest to recast our long-extinct cousins, long thought of as thick-skulled and slow-witted, in a more positive light.
Animal rights activists expressed anger on Wednesday after reports emerged that a large majority of whales harpooned each year in Norway are pregnant.
A documentary broadcast on public television network NRK, featuring gory video images of whales being cut open and foetuses removed, claimed that 90 percent of Minke whales killed each year in Norwegian waters were females and that "almost all" of them were pregnant.
Norway -- which does not consider itself bound by a 1986 international moratorium on whaling, to which it formally objected -- and Iceland are the only countries in the world that authorise commercial whaling.
Japan also allows whaling but officially it is for scientific reasons, even though a large share of the whale meat ends up on the market.
Oslo, which argues that it has strong enough whale stocks to sustain the hunt, has authorised the killing of 999 whales this year, up by 199 from the quota allotted in 2016.
A sign that reads in Spanish: "Guatemala is not a safe home," hangs from the front gate of Presidential House above an artists' installation made of charred-stained dolls, in remembrance of the victims of a fire at a youth children, in Guatemala City, March 9, 2017.
Photo by Luis Soto
Scientists have taken a big step toward designing complex forms of life from scratch by constructing five new artificial chromosomes of baker's yeast, representing a third of the micro-organism's genome, or genetic blueprint.
The international team used computers to create laboratory-made versions of the threadlike structures that carry genetic code inside cells.
Synthesizing genomes may alarm some who see biotechnologists "playing God" but scientists view it as a logical extension of existing genetic engineering that is already used routinely to make drugs like insulin, as well as genetically modified crops.
The international group previously took seven years to build the first yeast chromosome in 2014. The addition of another five demonstrates accelerating progress in the field of synthetic biology, which promises a new era of designer life-forms.
Yeast is surprisingly closely related to humans at the genetic level, sharing 26 percent of its genes with our species, although the human genome is around 250 times larger.
Stephen Gutierrez was about to deliver closing remarks in an arson case, contending that his client didn't intentionally set fire to his car, but that it spontaneously combusted. When he began fiddling with his pocket, the Miami Herald reports, smoke began emerging and he ran out of the courtroom.
The jurors were removed from the courtroom and Gutierrez returned with a "singed pocket," but maintained that his own spontaneous combustion was not an act. Witnesses told the Herald that Gutierrez blamed an e-cigarette in his pocket.
A Miami-Dade Circuit Judge could decide to hold Gutierrez in contempt of court, the Herald adds.
Jurors found his client guilty of the arson charges.
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