Andrew Tobias: It's Trump! Unless …
The leaders of the Republican Party clearly don't want him; but he has successfully tapped into the frustration that tens of millions feel at the increasing difficulty of their lives . . . which (and herein the irony) has resulted from the strategy of those very same Republican leaders. To wit: Refusing to create millions of good jobs revitalizing the nation's crumbling infrastructure; holding down the minimum wage; busting unions; preventing federal-student-loan refinancing at today's low rates; refusing Medicaid expansion; killing the immigration bill passed 68-32 in the Senate that economists widely agree would have boosted the economy for everyone … all the while slashing taxes on wealth and shifting political power to the wealthy.
Adam Tod Brown: 5 Infuriating Netflix Documentaries You Should Watch Tonight (Cracked)
I'm a big fan of documentaries. They are far and away my favorite thing to watch. Why? Because I love information. I'll take all of it I can get. However, the best documentaries go beyond just teaching you something you didn't know before; they also make you feel something. Among all the available emotions, my favorite is anger, so it's only natural that my preferred brand of documentary is the kind that makes you mad.
Marvin the Martian (Commander of Flying Saucer X-2)
Marvin the Martian is a character from Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
After Bugs Bunny had begun to outwit Yosemite Sam - the creation of the senior director, Friz Freleng - director Chuck Jones decided to create the opposite type of character, one who was quiet and soft-spoken, but whose actions were incredibly destructive and legitimately dangerous. Marvin the Martian was the result, and made his debut in 1948's Haredevil Hare. Unlike the other Warner Bros. cartoon villains, Marvin can be actually evil at most points, and not just daft; although, like the others, he is also funny. Marvin is the quietest of the Warner Bros villains, and the most soft-spoken, and unlike most of the other villains, he is very clever and competent in general.
Marvin was never named in the original shorts - he was called the Commander of Flying Saucer X-2 in The Hasty Hare in 1952 - but decades later, when the character attracted merchandising interest, the current name was selected.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Marvin the Martian.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Marvin the Martian
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
That would be Marvin the Martian.
Martin the Martian
'Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom.'
Is that Atom Ant?
Otherwise I don't know.
Perfect spring weather Wed. and today. Rain is predicted for later but it neither looks nor feels like it, so when we take our BIL into San Francisco later, I"m throwing caution to the wind and leaving my raincoat home. That's me, living large (LOL).
Lois Of The Cosmos said:
Dear little Marvin, all he wanted was to make the universe a better place by eradicating the noxious virus that is humanity, before it could contaminate the rest of space.
DJ Useo responded:
Marvin The Martian is a hoot & a holler. I reckon he was Salvador Dali's favorite cartoon character.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Marvin the Martian! Of Looney Tunes fame…Speaking of Looney Tunes…who he gonna pick for his Veep…some ideas
Marvin the Martian ~ An Alien character from the Loony Tunes cartoons. He appears to wear what looks like a Roman soldiers helmet with part of a broom on top. He often uses a ray gun as a weapon.
Joe S answered:
View from the Rover. Proof of life on Mars, Marvin the Martian.
Marian took the day off.
mj 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'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Lily Tomlin, Kumail Nanjiani, and Ryan Hamilton.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 4/5/16) are Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, and Ray Romano.
NBC starts the night with the FRESH'Adele Live In NYC', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jane Fonda, Andrew Rannells, and Keith Urban.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 4/26/16) are Ricky Gervais, Tituss Burgess, Tony Tulathimutte, and Will Calhoun.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/31/16) are Maggie Siff, White Mystery, and Jeff Nichols.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Beyond The Tank', followed by a FRESH'Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 4/25/16) are John Stamos, Mercedes Mason, and Iggy Pop.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH'The Originals'.
Faux fills the night with the movie 'Think Like A Man'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
AMC offers the movie 'Uncle Buck', followed by the movie 'The Ghost & Mr. Chicken', then the movie 'The Reluctant Astronaut'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Conundrum
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Power Play
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Ethics
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-The Game
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Family
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Brothers
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-Suddenly Human
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Remember Me
[8:00PM] MAD MAX (1979)
[10:00PM] MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981)
[12:00AM] MAD MAX (1979)
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Family
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Brothers (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'The People's Couch', followed by a FRESH'The People's Couch', followed by the movie 'Coyote Ugly'.
Comedy Central has 'Gabriel Iglesias: Hot & Fluffy', 'Gabriel Iglesias: Ahoha Fluffy', 'Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat ... I'm Fluffy', followed by the movie 'The Longest Yard'.
FX has the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', followed by the movie 'Iron Man 2', then the movie 'Iron Man 3'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.
[6:00AM] SLEEPY HOLLOW
[8:30AM] HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
[12:45PM] SLEEPY HOLLOW
[3:15PM] HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
[8:00PM] THE PUNISHER
[10:45PM] THE FUGITIVE
[4:30AM] MARON-Steel Johnson
[5:00AM] MARON-Cold Turkey
[5:30AM] MARON-Spiral (ALL TIMES EDT)
[7:00AM] The Virgin Suicides
[9:00AM] Love Actually
[12:00PM] As Good as It Gets
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Ramparts
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Hunters
[4:59PM] Law & Order-Haven
[5:58PM] Law & Order-Harm
[6:57PM] Law & Order-Shield
[7:56PM] Law & Order-Juvenile
[8:55PM] Law & Order-Tabula Rasa
[9:54PM] Law & Order-Empire
[10:53PM] Law & Order-Ambitious
[11:52PM] Law & Order-Admissions
[12:51AM] Law & Order-Merger
[1:50AM] The Last Panthers-Serpent's Kiss
[3:00AM] William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
[5:30AM] Little Miss Sunshine (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Saw: The Final Chapter', followed by a FRESH'Wynonna Earp'.
President Barack Obama watches as first lady Michelle Obama and comedian David Letterman hug during a comedy show presented by the United Service Organizations (USO) and the military at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, May 5, 2016. The event marks the USO's 75th anniversary and the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces.
Photo by Cliff Owen
Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, John Mayall and the Memphis Jug Band have been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, Tennessee.
The five new inductees were honored on Wednesday by the Blues Foundation.
British blues artist Mayall and Eric Clapton formed the Bluesbreakers, which would also include Mick Taylor, Peter Green and John McVie. Bishop was a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and had a hit song in 1976 with "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."
From the Chicago music scene, left-handed guitarist Clearwater earned the nickname "The Chief" for wearing an Indian headdress, while Johnson, a blues singer and guitarist, wrote "Don't Answer the Door," a hit for B.B. King.
The Memphis Jug Band was an African-American pre-war jug band.
In this May 4, 2016 photo, actor George Takei, left, and Mayor David Bowers gesture on stage during a free event, "An Evening with George Takei: On Inclusion and Diversity" at the Jefferson Center.
Photo by Erica Yoon
Ms. Swift handily topped the music publication's list of top earners in music, raking in $73.5 million in the past 12 months, according to Billboard's calculations. The list's second-place musician, country artist Kenny Chesney, gained a bit over half of Swift's haul, with $40 million in income during the same period.
Billy Joel was the only musician to make the top five for two years in a row, earning the fourth slot in 2015 with $32 million. Surprisingly, most of his live revenue, $30 million, came from just 29 performances.
Most musicians who made the list did so because of touring income, with relatively small portions of their income coming from album sales, streaming income, and publishing royalties. Most musicians, that is, except for British songbird Adele, who made the top ten without any tour income at all.
The Rolling Stones took the opposite approach to Adele and Swift, coming in a close third place with $39 million based on a seemingly endless worldwide desire to hear classic Stones music live.
Prince was famous worldwide for his music and extravagant outfits, but he was also a secret philanthropist in war-torn Afghanistan, quietly donating thousands to Scout masters caring for young orphans, a charity told AFP Thursday.
The pop icon, who died suddenly last month at the age of 57, gave tens of thousands of dollars to Physiotherapy and Rehabilitative Support for Afghanistan (PARSA), an NGO supporting vulnerable women and children, according to its executive director.
His donations, facilitated by Seattle philanthropist Betty Tisdale, have funded training for 100 Scout masters now caring for some 2,000 children including orphans, the charity's Marnie Gustavson said.
The musician's secret interest in Afghanistan began after a visit to the country by Tisdale in 2010, Gustavson said.
Then 87, Tisdale, who died last year, was well known for her work with orphans in Vietnam, arranging for 200 to be airlifted out of the country after the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
Comedian Jon Stewart speaks as he helps kick off the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO, during ceremonies at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Thursday, May 5, 2016.
Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais
If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.
Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation's grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by natural gas, which has become cheap and plentiful as a result of hydraulic fracturing.
It was the second straight year U.S. investment in renewable energy projects has outpaced that of fossil fuels. Robust growth is once again predicted for this year.
And while Republican lawmakers in Washington have fought to protect coal-fired power plants, opposing President Barack Obama's efforts to curtail climate-warming carbon emissions, data show their home states are often the ones benefiting most from the nation's accelerating shift to renewable energy.
Leading the way in new wind projects are GOP strongholds Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, home to some of the leading critics of climate science and renewable energy incentives in Congress. Republican-dominated North Carolina trails only California in new solar farms, thanks largely to pro-renewables polices enacted years ago under a Democratic legislature.
Arsenio Hall is suing Sinead O'Connor over a Facebook post in which the singer accused him of furnishing Prince with drugs.
The comedian's libel lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court calls O'Connor's accusations fabricated lies. The lawsuit states O'Connor, who scored a hit in 1990 with her rendition of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," barely knew the superstar and despised him.
O'Connor wrote a Facebook post Monday that stated investigators looking into the supplier of drugs used by Prince should question Hall. She also accused him of drugging her.
The lawsuit seeks more than $5 million in damages but any award would be decided by a jury. The case was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.
The U.S. military received about 6,000 reports of sexual assault in 2015, similar to the number in 2014, the Pentagon said in an annual report on Thursday, but such crimes are still underreported.
The Defense Department's report said there were 6,083 reports of sexual assault against a service member in 2015, compared with 6,131 the year before. Those numbers were a sharp jump from 2012 when 3,604 cases were reported.
Officials have said the figures showed troops were more confident about reporting the crime but sexual assault still is likely underreported, said Nate Galbreath, senior executive adviser for the Pentagon's sexual assault prevention office.
Only about 40 percent of female victims and 10 percent of male victims are reporting instances of assault, he said.
Nineteen percent of sexual assault reports in 2015 were from men. Galbreath said that sexual assault against men was more likely to occur during duty hours.
Republican leaders in North Carolina on Thursday refused to back down from a law regulating which restrooms can be used by transgender people after the federal government told the state the law violated the U.S. Civil Rights Act.
The state's leading Republican lawmaker, House Speaker Tim Moore, told reporters in Raleigh that North Carolina would not be "bullied" into meeting the U.S. Justice Department's Monday deadline to change the law.
North Carolina is the first U.S. state to pass a law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate instead of the gender with which they identify.
Republican legislators in several other states have proposed similar laws, making transgender rights a hot-button social issue in an election year.
The Justice Department's challenge is similarly unprecedented, though the agency has in the past intervened on behalf of transgender individuals who have alleged discrimination.
Former late-night talk show host David Letterman, left, and comedian Jon Stewart, right, shakes hands as they help kick off the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO, during ceremonies at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, May 5, 2016.
Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Warning of global decline of leaopards, new research has found that the elusive but iconic big cat has lost as much as 75 percent of its historic habitat range.
"Leopards' secretive nature, coupled with the occasional, brazen appearance of individual animals within megacities like Mumbai and Johannesburg, perpetuates the misconception that these big cats continue to thrive in the wild -- when actually our study underlies the fact that they are increasingly threatened," said study co-author Luke Dollar, programme director of the National Geographic Society's Big Cats Initiative.
Leopards historically occupied a vast range of approximately 35 million square kilometers throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Today, however, they are restricted to approximately 8.5 million square kilometers, the findings showed.
The results appear to confirm conservationists' suspicions that while the entire species is not yet as threatened as some other big cats, leopards are facing a multitude of growing threats in the wild, and three subspecies have already been almost completely eradicated.
Able seamen wave as they man the yardarm of the 19th century British clipper ship the Cutty Sark in a traditional naval custom to welcome the Viking Sea cruise ship as it arrives to dock.
Photo by Matt Dunham
Scientists reported Wednesday they had grown human embryos in the lab for nearly two weeks, an unprecedented feat that promises advances in assisted reproduction, stem-cell therapies and the basic understanding of how human beings form.
Besides opening a window onto the first steps in the creation of an individual, the findings in parallel studies may help explain early miscarriages and why in vitro fertilisation has such a high failure rate.
The research also showed for the first time that newly-forming human embryos can mature beyond a few days outside a mother's womb, something that was previously thought to be impossible.
But the widely hailed results also set science on a collision course with national laws and ethical guidelines, experts cautioned.
Up to now, a so-called "14-day rule" -- which says that human embryos cannot be cultured in the lab for more than two weeks -- has never been seriously challenged simply because no one had succeeded in keeping them alive that long.
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