Paul Krugman: Send in the Clowns (NY Times Blog)
… [Larry] Kudlow is to economics what William Kristol is to political strategy: if he says something, you know it's wrong. When he ridiculed "bubbleheads" who thought overvalued real estate could bring down the economy, you should have rushed for the bomb shelters; when he proclaimed Bush a huge success, because a rising stock market is the ultimate verdict on a presidency (unless the president is a Democrat), you should have known that the Bush era would end with epochal collapse.
Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 - April 8, 2013) was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles "O Dio Mio," "Tall Paul" and "Pineapple Princess", as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful "Beach Party" genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.
In 1992, Funicello announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She died of complications from the disease on April 8, 2013.
Annette took dancing and music lessons as a child in order to overcome shyness. In 1955, the 12-year-old was discovered by Walt Disney when she performed as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at a dance recital at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, California. Disney cast her as one of the original "Mouseketeers". She was the last to be selected, and one of the few cast-members to be personally selected by Walt Disney himself. She proved to be very popular and by the end of the first season of The Mickey Mouse Club, she was receiving 6,000 letters a month, according to her Disney Legends biography.
Randall was first and correct with:
The first Mousketeer to get boobs!
I think all of us little boys were at one time or another, in love with Annette...
John I from Hawai`i says,
Alan J wrote:
Stephen F said:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
What is the name of this Mouseketeer?
It's Annette Funicello. People who thought they were funny would sometimes call her A Net Full of Jello or similar wordplays.
Oh, Annette Funicello! I was an avid fan of the Mickey Mouse club, and wanted to be on it, but lived on the wrong coast. And Annette was one of my favorites.
It's state-wide Ride Your Bike to Work Day. There are "recharging" stations set up in various places to serve cyclists doughnuts, Clif Bars, coffee and water. I'm tempted to hit up a few just for the doughnuts.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
That Mousketeer is Annette Funicello. She was a Mousketeer, wholesome Beach
Blanket Babe (often with Frankie Avalon), Skippy Peanut Butter Mom, a real
mom, and spokesperson for Multiple Sclerosis, from which she suffered in her
Dancing Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Annette Funicello was an American Sweetheart…even though she was hatched out of the Mouse Club…Horrible beach movies…Pineapple Princess…Died of MS…Worked hard as a spokeswoman for finding a cure…I really don't have anything bad to say about her…The snark shark will return soon as he will inevitably get pissed off about an apparent slip or slight of or by some Mediatastic fucking idiot!!! Come on now, get up and Dance!!!
Lois Of Oregon answered:
Before there was whoever the current "poster girl" that replaced whoever replaced Farrah Fawcett's replacement, there was Annette Funicello to provide what young boys needed alone in the bathroom, and you can bet I had something painfully funny to say about it, but Make a Meme.Org when down AGAIN before I could get on a roll. Man, that site goes down more than a two dollar whore.
DJ Useo answered:
I say "Annette Funicello", & if I'm correct, this time I want a prize! Lol!
Maybe some Corningware, a few gallons of blue paint, & a bunch of Baskin-Robbins ice cream! ( not rly )
( Match Game consolation prizes, actually )
Annette Funicello ~ The original Disney girl
Billy in Cypress said:
Annette and "yes" to Dale's question Leigh French was hot and enchanting.
Joe S 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'The Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0', then another FRESH'Hawaii Five-0'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Matt Bomer, Zach Woods, and Nick Griffin.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 4/4/16) are Aaron Paul, Jennifer Hudson, and Hozier.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by a FRESH'Grimm', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Kit Harington, Rose Byrne, and Blake Shelton.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 5/5/16) are Dana Carvey, Cyndi Lauper, and Mark Guiliana.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/6/16) are Thomas Lennon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Scot Armstrong.
ABC open the night with a FRESH'Beyond The Tank', followed by a FRESH'Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 5/2/16) are Dr. Mehmet Oz, Emily Deschanel, and Mash-up Monday with Of Monsters & Men At Work.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH'The Originals'.
Faux fills the night with the movie 'Jumping The Broom'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', and '60 Days In'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe', followed by the movie 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Descent (Part 1)
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Descent (Part 2)
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Liaisons
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 21-The Perfect Mate
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 22-Imaginary Friend
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 23-I, Borg
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 24-The Next Phase
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 25-The Inner Light
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Remember Me
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-Legacy
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-Reunion
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Future Imperfect
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-Final Mission
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-The Loss
[8:00PM] LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003)
[10:30PM] LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003)
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 11-Data's Day
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-Legacy
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-Reunion
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Future Imperfect
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-Final Mission (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC", followed by a FRESH'The People's Couch', then the movie 'The School Of Rock'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Ghostbusters', followed by the movie 'A Haunted House', then the movie 'A Haunted House 2'.
FX has has the movie 'Turbo', followed by the movie 'Despicable Me 2', then the movie 'Despicable Me 2', again.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-The Ghost Talks
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-G.I. Wanna Home
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Goofs and Saddles
[10:00AM] KILLER ELITE
[10:00PM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[2:00AM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[4:00AM] BREAKDOWN (ALL TIMES EDT)
[7:15AM] American History X
[12:30PM] The River Wild
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Trade This
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Black, White and Blue
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Mega
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Surrender Dorothy
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Untitled
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Narcosis
[9:00PM] Law & Order-High & Low
[9:59PM] Law & Order-Stiff
[10:58PM] Law & Order-Vaya con Dios
[11:57PM] Law & Order-Endurance
[12:56AM] Law & Order-Turnstile Justice
[1:55AM] The Last Panthers-Angel of Death
[3:00AM] American History X
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Street Eats (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child', followed by the movie 'A Nightmare On Elm Street', then a FRESH'Wynonna Earp'.
Actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Money Monster at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 12, 2016.
Photo by Thibault Camus
When people ask Kelly Carlin what she thinks her father, George Carlin, would say if he were around for this election, she quotes him: "When you're bored, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're bored in America, you get a front-row seat."
Carlin spoke last night at the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan at an event hosted by the National Comedy Center. NCC will open the National Museum of Comedy, a $50 million-plus project in Jamestown, N.Y., (where Lucille Ball was born) in 2017. Jamestown hopes to brand itself as the comedy capital a la Cooperstown with the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The nonprofit interactive museum will also function as a venue for stand-up and other programming. "The museum doesn't want to be called a hall of fame or even a center, but whatever they are, I think they're going to be successful," Jerry Foley, the Emmy Award-winning director of the Late Show With David Letterman, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Jack Rouse Associates is largely behind the project. The exhibit builders are responsible for such varied experiences as Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and the Crayola Experience in Easton, Penn. and Local Projects (which recently won a Cannes International Creativity award for its work on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum). The company will resurrect George Carlin as a hologram act in an adults-only Blue Room in the museum's basement.
Kelly Carlin, who last year published a memoir about life with her father, passed up the Smithsonian and donated his archives to the National Comedy Center. It amounts to a hoarder's trove of eight steamer trunks, including drafts of scripts, 8-track tapes, videos of appearances, clippings, photographs, memorabilia and that arrest report from Milwaukee in 1972. "He kept everything. There are these folders where he lists every single appearance on a late-night show - who was hosting, what bit he did - and sometimes he paper-clipped a set list to it."
Actor and UN Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas, speaks about Nuclear Disarmament at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Photo by Martial Trezzini
The study, which was conducted between 1990 and 2014, looked at areas around the world where abortion was criminalized or only permitted to save a woman's life. In these countries, abortion rates (37 per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44) were slightly higher than in countries were abortion was legally available (34 per 1,000 women).
A local population's access to birth control and family planning was directly correlated with falling regional abortion rates throughout the decade. "High abortion rates are directly correlated to high levels of unmet contraceptive need," co-author Dr. Gilda Sedgh wrote in a report on the Guttmacher Institute website.
Researchers estimated that in 2012 alone, more than 6.9 million women in developing areas, which generally had more legal restrictions against abortion and less affordable access to contraception, sought medical help for complications from unsafe abortions. Even in the U.S., women denied legal access to safe abortion often try to find other ways to terminate the pregnancy, such as experimenting with herbal remedies or abortion pills like misoprostol, which can be bought in Mexican pharmacies and is also used to treat stomach ulcers. Google searches for "how to cause a miscarriage" and similar phrases have risen in states with more legal restrictions on reproductive rights.
Complete Guide to What's New, Renewed and Canceled
Broadcast TV Scorecard
As the five broadcast networks prep their annual crop of 60-100 pilots ahead of May's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue buyers, executives must weigh whether or not to bring back perennial favorites and decide the fate of the numerous bubble shows that currently line their respective schedules.
Here's The Hollywood Reporter's handy guide to help keep track of what's coming back, what's canceled and all the new additions to the 2016-17 schedule for Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and The CW. Keep checking back through upfronts as we continue to update this accordingly.
This year, we've updated the scorecard to reflect the growing push for ownership with an asterisk reflecting if the the show is produced in-house - and listing the studio if it isn't.
Ozzy Osbourne (C) and his wife Sharon pose with Geezer Butler (2nd L) of Black Sabbath, Zakk Wylde (L) and Slipknot member Corey Taylor (R) at a news conference to announce the "Ozzfest Meets Knotfest" music festival at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, U.S., May 12, 2016.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni
The family of comedian Joan Rivers, who died days after undergoing a routine endoscopy at a New York City clinic, has settled a medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility, the family's attorneys said Thursday.
The 81-year-old comedian and star of the show "Fashion Police" on E! died Sept. 4, 2014, days after she went in for a routine procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy on Manhattan's Upper West Side and stopped breathing. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in 2015 in state Supreme Court in Manhattan that alleged doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated.
In announcing the settlement Thursday, Rivers' attorneys said they were pleased that the case had been resolved, but declined to specify the amount of the settlement. They wanted to "make certain that the focus of this horrific incident remains on improved patient care and the legacy of Joan Rivers," attorneys Ben Rubinowitz and Jeff Bloom said in a statement.
Melissa Rivers said the settlement allows her to "put the legal aspects of my mother's death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation."
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Serial Child Molester) will not appeal his conviction or 15-month prison sentence in a hush-money case that centered on his sexual abuse of students when he was a high school wrestling coach in Illinois decades ago, his lead attorney said Thursday.
That means the next step for the Illinois Republican is to report to prison.
As part of a plea deal, Hastert pleaded guilty last October not to sex abuse but to one count of violating banking law as he sought to pay $3.5 million to one victim referred to in court papers only as "Individual A" to keep him quiet about the sex abuse. In exchange, the government dropped one count of lying to the FBI.
After prison, Hastert must also undergo sex-offender treatment, which would likely include a lie-detector test to determine how many times he sexually abused kids and over what time period.
Director Jim Ivory and actress Vanessa Redgrave pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Money Monster" out of competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 12, 2016.
Photo by Regis Duvignau
The U.S. delegation to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration walked out of Thursday's ceremony in protest against his disparaging comments about an international war crimes tribunal and the presence of Sudan's leader, whom the court has indicted, the State Department said.
Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac and a visiting Washington-based official, along with several European and Canadian diplomats, abruptly left the inauguration after Museveni made negative remarks about the International Criminal Court in his inaugural address. She added that the U.S. also objected to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's participation in the inauguration. Al-Bashir has been charged by the court for atrocities in Sudan's western Darfur region.
Trudeau did not identify the European or Canadian diplomats involved. She said Museveni's comments were "insulting" to both the court and to victims of war crimes and genocide.
In his address, Museveni called the court "a bunch of useless people" and said he no longer supports it. Uganda is a member of The Hague-based International Criminal Court and as such is obligated to detain and turn over suspects wanted by the tribunal. The United States is not a member of the court, but supports it and has called on other countries to live up to their commitments under the treaty that created it.
French director Claude Lelouch and partner Valerie Perrin pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film "Money Monster" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 12, 2016.
Photo by Regis Duvignau
New Zealand has warned hikers and climbers to steer clear of a volcano in a national park whose jagged volcanic rock formations and eerie barren landscapes featured in "The Lord of The Rings" movies.
Quake and volcano monitoring service GNS Science raised the alert for Mount Ruapehu, in the North Island's Tongariro National Park, which last erupted in 2007.
"There are more signs of life at the volcano," said Volcanologist Brad Scott.
The Department of Conservation warned trekkers to stay out of the Summit Hazard Zone, within two km of the center of Crater Lake.
The temperature of the lake has risen from 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) to 46 degrees Celsius (115 F) since mid-April. The volcanic alert level has been lifted to "heightened unrest" from "moderate".
Demonstrators, including CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin, right, protest against presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump at the entrance of the Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, as Donald Trump meets with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite
An odd phenomenon may explain why the Southeastern United States has experienced recent earthquakes, even though the region sits snugly in the middle of a tectonic plate and not at the edges, where all the ground-shaking action usually happens.
This seismicity - or relatively frequent earthquakes - may be the result of areas along the bottom of the North American tectonic plate peeling off, the researchers said. And this peeling motion is likely to continue, leading to more earthquakes in the future, likethe 2011 magnitude-5.8 temblor that shook the nation's capital.
To figure out the cause of these earthquakes, Berk Biryol, a seismologist at UNC Chapel Hill, and colleagues created 3D images of the uppermost part of Earth's mantle, which is just below the crust and comprises the bottom of a tectonic plate. These tectonic plates scoot around atop a layer of warm, viscous fluid called the asthenosphere.
The resulting X-ray images revealed that the plate's thickness in the southeast United States was uneven, with thick regions of dense, old rock combined with thinner areas composed of younger rocks that were also less dense.
Here's what the researchers think caused the wonkiness: Over time, as new material was added to the plate and parts of the plate were pulled apart, areas of higher density formed. Gravity would have pulled down the denser areas into the mantle, and at some point chunks would have broken off to sink into the gooey asthenosphere below, the researchers speculated.
Radar scans conducted by a National Geographic team have found that there are no hidden chambers in Tutankhamun's tomb, disproving a claim that the secret grave of Queen Nefertiti lurks behind the walls.
"If we had a void, we should have a strong reflection," Dean Goodman, a geophysicist at GPR-Slice software told National Geographic News, which published a feature on the research. "But it just doesn't exist."
Live Science contacted Goodman about the research. Goodman said that though he prepared a response, a nondisclosure agreement with the National Geographic Society meant that he needed the society's permission to release that statement.
The society refused this permission, sending a statement to Live Science this morning (May 10), explaining that the society's agreement with Egypt's antiquities ministry prevents it from granting media access.
Sources contacted by Live Science, however, have confirmed that the scans did not find evidence for a hidden chamber or any sign of Queen Nefertiti's tomb. (Those sources asked to remain anonymous.)
A painting by Frida Kahlo set a new auction record for the Mexican painter when it sold for $8 million at Christie's sale of impressionist and modern art Thursday night.
Kahlo's "Two Nudes in the Forest (The Land Itself)," depicts two nudes in a dreamlike setting. It had been estimated to bring $8 million to $12 million and was shown in an exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden last year. The previous auction record for Kahlo was $5.6 million.
The small 1939 canvas was a gift for Kahlo's friend, film star Dolores del Rio. It last appeared at auction in 1989.
The top lot of the sale was an iconic painting by Monet depicting his beloved water lily pond, which sold for $27 million. It's one of a sequence of 14 paintings the French impressionist artist created in 1918-1919. "Pond with Water Lilies" has been in the same collection for 20 years and was estimated to bring $25 million to $35 million. The auction record for a Monet work is $80.4 million for another water lily picture.
Horses performing during the equestrian show 'Cavalia' in Beijing, China, May 12, 2016. Originating from Canada, 'Cavalia', known in Chinese as 'Wu Ma' (dancing horse), is an equestrian performance mixed with acrobatics, dance and music. A total of 40 horses performing with artists, acrobats and dancers from Spain, France and North America.
Photo by How Hwee Young
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