Diane Ravitch: Education in Crisis and the Threat of Privatization (Huffington Post)
"Do you think American education is in crisis? What is the cause of the crisis?" And I answer, "Yes, there is a crisis, but it is not the one you have read about. The crisis in education today is an existential threat to the survival of public education. The threat comes from those who unfairly blame the school for social conditions, and then create a false narrative of failure. The real threat is privatization and the loss of a fundamental democratic institution."
Paul Krugman: The Pathos of Republican Reformers (NY Times Blog)
What we call the Republican establishment is really a network of organizations that represent donor interests because they're supported by donor money. These organizations impose ideological purity with a combination of carrots and sticks: assured support for politicians and pundits who toe the line, sanctions against anyone who veers from orthodoxy - excommunication if you're an independent thinking pundit, a primary challenge from the Club for Growth if you're an imperfectly reliable politician.
Snagglepuss is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character created in 1959, a pink anthropomorphic mountain lion sporting an upturned collar, shirt cuffs and a string tie with a great desire to be a stage actor. He is voiced by Daws Butler, and is best known for his catchphrase, "Heavens to Murgatroyd!", along with phrases such as "Exit, stage left!" and "Heavens to Betsy!". Snagglepuss was originally known as "Snaggletooth" (a pink lion precursor).
Randall was first and correct with:
That pink kitty
Sounds like Snagglepuss, one of the many minimalist animations of
Alan J answered:
Stephen F said:
Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
Heavens to Murgatroyd, that's Snagglepuss!
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Is that Snagglepuss? Wasn't he known for saying "Heavens to Murgatroyd"?
The day Patty Duke died I found myself singing the theme song from her eponymously-named show that I so enjoyed as a kid. I don't know if it was good or vapid & insipid; I was a kid and fascinated by it.
Dale of Sleazy Springs, Norcali replied:
Snagglepuss…I'm off to get my body whipped and straightened…eat some snagglekitty for refreshment today
Leonine Lois Of Oregon answered:
That is Snagglepuss, my favorite pink cartoon lion in the whole world, a cultured gentleman, a snappy dresser, and a fine example to us all. Oh, he's a MOUNTAIN lion...I thought he was a metrosexual african lion. Live and learn.
DJ Useo said:
It's "Snagglepuss"! I think he's really funny. I'd buy those on dvd.I use to have some in VCR format.
I can almost picture him now, running in place past an endless background loop, as was the fashion in those old H-B toons.
Snagglepuss ~ Cartoon character created in 1959, a pink anthropomorphic mountain lion ... along with phrases such as "Exit, stage left!" and "Heavens to Murgatroyd! ".
Joe S replied:
That would be Snagglepuss. In high school everyone had nick-names (there were only 30 kids in my class). One guy was Snagglepuss, only because he would always say "Exit, stage left" when leaving a room. He was a pretty good basketball player as I recall.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
It opened a whole new world of personal interviews with intelligent, gifted people, I could have spent my entire day and more just absorbing the myriad of wonderful links that emanated from that single inclusion of light: Temple Grandin, Richard Feynman, Buckminster Fuller, et al.
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'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Steve Buscemi, Benjamin Walker, and a performance by the Broadway cast of "American Psycho".
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 2/25/16) are Casey Affleck, and Lucy Hale.
NBC starts the night with a RERUN'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by a FRESH'Grimm', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Aaron Paul, Gov. Chris Christie (R-Feckless), Nate Bargatze, and Wendy Melvoin.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 3/17/16) are Jennifer Garner, Thomas Middleditch, Melissa George, and Matt Cameron.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/29/16) are Drea De Matteo, Griz, and Allie X.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Last Man Standing', followed by a RERUN'Dr. Ken', then a RERUN'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 3/21/16) are Harrison Ford, Elizabeth Olsen, and Cam.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH'The Originals'.
Faux has a FRESH'Sleepy Hollow', followed by a FRESH'Hell's Kitchen'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 3 hours of old '60 Days In', followed by a FRESH'60 Days In'.
AMC offers the movie 'Live Free Of Die Hard', followed by the movie 'Twister', then the movie 'I Am Legend'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 17 - Episode 3
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 17 - Episode 4
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Quelcuttis
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Pantaleone's
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Zocalo
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-The Naked Now
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Peak Performance
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 22-Shades of Gray
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Evolution
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Ensigns of Command
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Survivors
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Who Watches the Watchers
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-The Bonding
[9:00PM] HELLBOY (2004)
[11:30PM] V FOR VENDETTA (2006)
[2:30AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Who Watches the Watchers
[3:30AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-The Bonding
[4:30AM] TOP GEAR: AT THE MOVIES (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'The School Of Rock', followed by a FRESH'Bravo First Looks', then a FRESH'The People's Couch'.
FX has the movie 'Ride Along', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', then the movie 'Grown Ups 2', again.
History has 3 hours of old 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Restoration'.
[6:00AM] JEEPERS CREEPERS 2
[8:30AM] 28 DAYS LATER
[11:15AM] THE MIST
[2:00PM] JEEPERS CREEPERS
[4:00PM] JEEPERS CREEPERS 2
[11:00PM] TREMORS 2: AFTERSHOCKS
[1:15AM] TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION
[3:45AM] TREMORS 4: THE LEGEND BEGINS (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Lost in Translation
[8:00AM] Whip It
[12:45PM] Little Miss Sunshine
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Missing
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Access Nation
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Born Again
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Girl Most Likely
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Equal Rights
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Slaughter
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Dazzled
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Foul Play
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Attorney Client
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Oxymoron
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Patriot
[2:00AM] Hap and Leonard-War
[3:00AM] The Big Lebowski
[5:30AM] Badlands (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Lone Ranger', followed by the movie 'Dead 7', then a FRESH'Wynonna Earp'.
A sold-out Carnegie Hall audience joined a children's chorus in a singalong to David Bowie's "Space Oddity" Thursday, a sweet end to a tribute concert that turned into a memorial through some bizarre timing.
Jakob Dylan, Michael Stipe, the Flaming Lips and Heart's Ann Wilson were among the artists who joined Bowie's former collaborator Tony Visconti and other musicians who had performed with the late rock star.
Organizers of an annual benefit for music education that focuses on the work of a particular artist had decided last fall that Bowie would be featured for its 13th year. They publicly announced it in January - just hours before Bowie's family said the rock star had died on Jan. 10.
The concert sold out in two hours, demand so fierce that a second show was added for Friday at Radio City Music Hall.
The Broadway smash "Hamilton," which has been cheered for reclaiming the nation's founding story by a multicultural cast, has oddly come under fire for specifically seeking "nonwhite men and women" for upcoming roles in future versions.
That went too far for the Actors' Equity Association union, which said Wednesday that the show's language was not official or in compliance with their rules.
The show responded by saying it regretted the confusion and will amend the notice to add that "we welcome people of all ethnicities to audition."
No such outcry was heard when the show was first being mounted, which called specifically for nonwhite actors to play the likes of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson and Eliza Hamilton. Only King George III was supposed to be filled by a white man.
The US Supreme Court struck a blow on Wednesday against a government practice of seizing the financial assets of people accused of crimes, even if the money has no connection to criminal charges.
Criminal defendants had argued that the process of freezing their assets before they had been convicted harmed their ability to pay for a legal defense.
In a 5-to-3 ruling, the high court ruled that federal prosecutors had violated the constitutional rights of a Miami woman accused of Medicare fraud when they froze more than $40 million in assets, including money that wasn't related to the criminal charges.
Sila Luis had argued that the forfeiture prohibited her from hiring the lawyer of her choice with "untainted" money. As the president of two healthcare companies, she was indicted in 2012 on charges that she and others had defrauded Medicare of $45 million over six years.
Investigators said the scheme involved bribes and kickbacks paid to prospective patients who agreed to sign up for home healthcare they did not need or never received. Some of the funds were later transferred to Mexico, while other money was used to buy properties, expensive cars, and jewelry.
George Mason University plans to name its law school for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin "Fat Tony" Scalia, following an anonymous $20 million donation from a Scalia admirer and a $10 million donation from the foundation of industrialist and philanthropist Charles Koch.
The law school announced Thursday that its anonymous donor approached the school through a friend of Scalia and asked that the law school be named for him.
Mason's law school has developed a reputation as a conservative powerhouse in recent years.
Koch, known for his donations to conservative and libertarian causes, has long been a prominent donor to Mason.
The name change will require approval from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
The Associated Press on Wednesday defended its operations in Germany in the run-up to World War II after a researcher uncovered what was claimed to be evidence of collaboration with the Nazi regime.
The US news organization responded to a paper in the German-language journal Studies in Contemporary History claiming it supplied American newspapers with material selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, and in turn allowed it to use AP images for anti-Semitic propaganda.
"AP rejects the suggestion that it collaborated with the Nazi regime at any time," said a statement from agency spokesman Paul Colford.
"Rather, the AP was subjected to pressure from the Nazi regime from the period of Hitler's coming to power in 1933 until the AP's expulsion from Germany in 1941. AP staff resisted the pressure while doing its best to gather accurate, vital and objective news for the world in a dark and dangerous time."
Colford added however that the AP is now "reviewing documents and other files in and beyond AP corporate archives, in the US and Europe, to further our understanding of the period."
A former Maryland judge who ordered a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom was sentenced Thursday to participate in anger-management classes and pay a $5,000 fine.
Robert C. Nalley of La Plata, Maryland, will also have to spend a year on probation. Nalley, 72, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a civil rights violation for ordering a deputy to activate a "stun-cuff" that a defendant appearing before him was wearing around his ankle. The defendant, who was acting as his own lawyer, was before Nalley in July 2014 for jury selection and had failed to listen to Nalley's orders to stop speaking.
After he was shocked, the defendant fell to the ground screaming. A video of the exchange without sound and separate audio was played in court Thursday. Prosecutor Kristi O'Malley noted that the defendant didn't raise his voice or yell during the exchange and even called the judge "sir."
She said Nalley "very quickly grew impatient" and that his use of the stun-cuff was "highly disproportionate" for "nothing more than verbal interruptions."
"Our constitution does not allow a violation of rights based on annoyance," she said.
The Vatican said on Thursday it is investigating two former officials over claims money meant for a children's hospital was used to refurbish a cardinal's luxury apartment.
Costly work at former Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's flat -- seeming to clash with Pope Francis's recommendations that church officials live as modestly as he -- caused a scandal when allegations emerged that the Bambino Gesu Hospital foundation had helped foot the bill.
Giuseppe Profiti, former manager at the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu, and its ex-treasurer Massimo Spina are being investigated, Vatican press officer Greg Burke said, confirming a report in Italian magazine L'Espresso.
Efforts to track down the two men, who no longer work at the hospital, were not immediately successful.
The Smithsonian now plans to acknowledge the sexual-assault allegations against Bill Cosby at its new African-American history museum on the National Mall, which will display two items related to Cosby's career in television and standup comedy.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens Sept. 24, will include the cover of a Cosby comedy album and a comic book from his pioneering TV drama "I Spy" as part of its exhibit on black entertainers and artists. Initially, the museum planned to include historical facts about the items without mentioning the allegations, drawing criticism from some Cosby accusers.
The museum's founding director, Lonnie Bunch, said in a statement Thursday that the display would address Cosby's alleged behavior, although he did not specify exactly how.
"Like all of history, our interpretation of Bill Cosby is a work in progress, something that will continue to evolve as new evidence and insights come to the fore," Bunch said. "Visitors will leave the exhibition knowing more about Mr. Cosby's impact on American entertainment, while recognizing that his legacy has been severely damaged by the recent accusations."
Zaha Hadid, the world's most famous female architect who attracted plaudits for works of sweeping curves and controversy for huge cost overruns, died on Thursday at the age of 65, her company said.
Iraqi-British Hadid, the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture, was best known for her designs for the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the aquatics centre used in the 2012 London Olympics.
Born in Baghdad in 1950, where her father was a politician, Hadid forged a career in the male-dominated world of architecture bringing her curvaceous, radical designs to life in glass, steel and concrete.
"It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning," her firm said in a statement, adding that she had suffered a heart attack after contracting bronchitis this week.
Hadid's other notable works included the Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati.
Hadid studied maths at the American University of Beirut before going on to study at the prestigious Architecture Association in London, where her professors included leading Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.
She established her own practice in London, Zaha Hadid Associates, in 1979 but it took some time before she got a building constructed. The first was a fire station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany, in 1993.
She was twice awarded Britain's top architecture award, the RIBA Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011.
Queen Elizabeth II honoured her with a damehood in 2012 and only last month she was awarded Britain's Royal Gold Medal, joining Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Frank Lloyd Wright in receiving the architectural honour.
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