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31 July, 2015

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Paul Krugman: State Growth Versus National Growth (NY Times Blog)
It still seems kind of incredible that Jeb Bush is running in large part on claims that Florida's growth during his governorship shows that he knows how to bring prosperity. In effect, he's saying "Trust me - I presided over a giant bubble!" I've been pointing this out for a while; Jim Tankersley at the WaPo chimes in with pretty much the same point .

Doug Deason: Ruining Lives With Criminal 'Justice' (NY Times)
I am a Republican businessman, and President Obama and I do not see eye to eye on most issues. But I agree with him on the inequities of the criminal justice system. I learned about it firsthand. Like many 17-year-olds, I did something stupid. It was 1979, and I threw a party at the home of neighbors while they were out of town. (Their son had given me a key.) The party got out of hand, ultimately getting the attention of the police. I was charged with felony burglary.

Beppe Severgnini: What I Learned on Stage (NY Times)
I didn't know that acting was like parachuting. Once you're out there, you can't go back. All you can do is concentrate on landing safely. You can't climb back into the plane and you can't stop a play once the curtain goes up. A speaker at a conference can make a joke and restart a sentence but not an actor. That's what makes it all so exciting when you're up there.

Suzanne Moore: Give our kids rights over their digital world. Let them be stupid and foolish (Guardian)
Our teenagers live their lives on their smartphones. That means we should do all we can to stop them being exploited.

Nathan Williams, Glenn Clayburn: 6 Iconic Moments In History You're Picturing All Wrong (Cracked)
#6. Myth: The Alamo Was A Heroic Last Stand That Turned The Tide Of A War

Mark Le Fanu: "Here Is Your Life: Great Expectations" (Criterion)
Here Is Your Life, which came out in 1966, was Jan Troell's first feature film. It's an adaptation of a suite of four autobiographical novels by the Swedish writer Eyvind Johnson, and the film was not only directed by Troell but also cowritten, photographed, and edited by him-an unusual combination of responsibilities in the industry at the time, and rare enough even today. One other aspect of its first-film status stands out once you have seen it, and that is its epic length: it comes in at 168 minutes.

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What toy 'needed' this product?

       Cap Gun                                                      Source

A cap gun is a toy gun that creates a loud sound simulating a gunshot and a puff of smoke when the trigger is pulled. Cap guns were originally made of cast iron, but after World War II were made of zinc alloy, and most newer models are made of plastic.

Cap guns get their name from the small discs of shock-sensitive explosive compounds (roughly 1.4 to 1.6 millimetres (0.055 to 0.063 in) in diameter) that provide the noise and smoke, effectively the same as the separate percussion cap primers used in real firearms of the mid to late 1800s, although invariably smaller and made from cheap plastic or paper rather than soft metal. Some are arranged in plastic rings of eight or twelve. There are also single caps, roll caps (of 50 to 500), and disk caps, all of which are actually extremely small versions of percussion fireworks. Armstrong's mixture is often used today as the explosive, but previously the tiny powder charge was a simple mixture of potassium perchlorate, sulfur and antimony sulfide sandwiched between two paper layers which hold in the gases long enough to give a sound report when the cap is struck.

The "Golden Age" of cap guns was roughly a 20-year period following World War II when television became popular and such companies as Nichols, Hubley, Kenton, Kilgore, Wyandotte, Classy, Mattel, Actoy, Esquire, George Schmidt, and Stevens made millions of cap guns in various versions.

Types of caps:
    Paper; often sold in five red colored rolls of 50 caps per roll initially costing 5 cents.
    Greenie Stick'em Caps Green colored single circular caps with adhesive backing manufactured by the Mattel company to stick on the back of their "Shootin' Shells"
    Plastic, red circular discs used today. Containing gunpowder and a zinc alloy used to create a smaller explosion than would be previously reached with pure gunpowder components in the 1950's        Source

Vintage Toy Corral - Cap Guns and Western Toys Pg.1

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   a cap gun

Lonestar Lois Of Oregon wrote:
   Boy Howdy, that roll of caps brings back beautiful memories! Way back in 1960 all us five year olds wanted to be cowboys, just like the Cartwrights, or Paladin, Marshal Dillon, Rowdy Yates, or anybody worth a hot damn. Oh, how I miss my wonder horse and my six shooters. Wonder if it's too late to be a cowboy? Home, home on deranged...yeah, I stole that one, but wait...I got another connection...The Man With The Golden Cap Gun! On a roll! Ha ha, get it?

ekimtod said:
   It's caps for a toy cap gun

mj replied:
   The tape with tiny explosive dots
  Was used by cap pistols. Or, one could just unroll the tape on the sidewalk and rub a stone across them.

Alan J responded:
   Cap Gun.

Adam answered:
   A cap gun.

STEPHEN F wrote:
   cap gun

Dave said:
   Those are caps for "cap gun" (toy). Contain little explosive charge that goes off when struck by hammer for realistic effect. Shoot 'em up, Cowboy. (Is it true that I'm no longer young?) -dave

Deborah replied:
   Is that "ammo" for a cap pistol?
  Can you still get them?
  My brother and I each had one as kids; we'd have pretend wild west shootouts. Good times!

Marian responded:
   cap gun

Harry answered:
   Cap gun

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Those are caps for cap guns. They were loud and gave off an awesome smell.

KJK said:
   We called them "cap guns" and the little 'splosive dots on the paper rolls were called "caps".
  'Cause before everybody was getting' shot for real, we thought it was fun to have a little fake gun that made "bang" noises when you pulled the trigger.

Michelle answered:
   Those wld be caps for a cap-gun

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norhotcali responded:
   99 F. and rising @12:39 PM. Eleven fires burning right now in Norcali. Smokey and hazy outside!
  Them's bullets for my Fanner 50's, or just whack the whole roll with my hammer…bang! Yeah, I own firearms and believe in gun control. No one needs assault weapons. We just need to be reasonable…what's that….kinda like diplomacy….ahhahaaha… fire them nukes….kiss your ass fucking goodbye!

BttbBob   replied:
  ... AKA a 'cap gun'... I had several, 'Cowboy' pistols mostly. But, I also had a replica Thompson sub-machine gun that used them in a rapid fire mode. Pull the side cocking lever all the way back and then pull the trigger would let off about twenty caps or so... Boy, the burnt caps sure stank.


  No, they did not turn me into a 'Gun Nut'...


  Anybody who thinks that our generation was perverted by playing 'Army' or 'Cowboys and Indians' with these toy guns should stop and think about all the realistic war, crime and other violent video games that are available today that our society has accepted as 'normal' for today's young people... and how kids get addicted to such games as 'World of Warcraft'... and nobody much says a damn'd thing about that... WTF, eh?


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DJ Useo answered:
   Cap guns. A regular staple of my play toys when I was a wee lad.
  Born in 1959 in Sturgis, Michigan, as I was, it was either the cap gun, or a bow & arrows.
  I had both toys, plus accompanying costumes. I remember always being stocked for "ammunition".
  I'm sure my mom has pictures. :)

  I never saw the episode of Star Trek where they were all cats. Lol.

  For those of us who still have a touch of the playful child in us - Forums
  There's even an online store section with cool figures for sale.

gmbullas said:
   That is ammunition for a cap gun!

MAM   wrote:
   Cap gun

Joe S     replied:
   See this?

  Real Hopalong Cassidy gunbelt with duel cap guns. I got this for Christmas when I was 8 years old. And that was needed for the product pictured, namely caps.

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Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Elementary', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'Hawaii Five-0'.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 6/18/15) are Carla Gugino and Chris Hardwick.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kevin Bacon, Mel B, and Russell Howard.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 7/16/15) are Amy Schumer, Pablo Schreiber, and Anderson East.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/3/15) are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gorgon City, and Jonny Two Bags.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 7/22/15) are Ed Helms, Brie Larson, and Joss Stone.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN 'Gotham'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'National Lampoon's European Vacation', followed by the movie 'National Lampoon's Vacation', then the movie 'National Lampoon's European Vacation'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 5 - Skan
 [7:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 6 - Humby
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Revisited: Cafe Hon, Chiarella's, Leone's
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 12 - Charlie's
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 3 - A Town Called Mercy
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Brothers
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Suddenly Human
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 9 - The Quality of Life
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Chain of Command (Part 1)
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Chain of Command (Part 2)
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Ship in a Bottle
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Aquiel
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Face of the Enemy
 [8:00PM]    The Fifth Element
 [11:00PM]    The Fifth Element
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Chain of Command (Part 2)
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Ship in a Bottle
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Aquiel
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Face of the Enemy    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Real Housewives of OC', followed by the movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Grandma's Boy', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'Ted', followed by the movie 'That's My Boy'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', then a FRESH 'Missing In Alaska'.

IFC  -   
 [11:45AM]    SAW
 [2:00PM]    SAW II
 [4:00PM]    ATM
 [8:00PM]    NOTORIOUS
 [10:45PM]    FIGHT CLUB

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Once
 [8:00AM]    Sling Blade
 [11:00AM]    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
 [1:00PM]    The Outlaw Josey Wales
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Act of God
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Privileged
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Sideshow
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Disciple
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Harm
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Shield
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Juvenile
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Tabula Rasa
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Empire
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Ambitious
 [2:00AM]    Sling Blade
 [5:00AM]    Rectify-Episode 4    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Unbreakable', followed by a FRESH 'Defiance', then a FRESH 'Killjoys', followed by a FRESH 'Dark Matter'.

 [6:00 AM]      The Big Heat (1953)
 [7:45 AM]      Suddenly (1954)
 [9:30 AM]      I Died A Thousand Times (1955)
 [11:30 AM]      Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956)
 [1:00 PM]      The Harder They Fall (1956)
 [2:45 PM]      While The City Sleeps (1956)
 [4:45 PM]      The Blue Gardenia (1953)
 [6:15 PM]      Party Girl (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      Criss Cross (1949)
 [9:45 PM]      Brute Force (1947)
 [11:30 PM]      Desperate (1947)
 [1:00 AM]      The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
 [3:00 AM]      The Wrong Man (1956)
 [5:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #8 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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 [6:00 AM]      Never Let Me Go (1953)
 [7:45 AM]      Plymouth Adventure (1952)
 [9:45 AM]      The Egyptian (1954)
 [12:15 PM]      Black Widow (1954)
 [2:00 PM]      Whirlpool (1949)
 [3:45 PM]      Laura (1944)
 [5:15 PM]      The Razor's Edge (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
 [10:00 PM]      Heaven Can Wait (1943)
 [12:00 AM]      Advise & Consent (1962)
 [2:30 AM]      Close to My Heart (1951)
 [4:15 AM]      Toys In The Attic (1963)

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British actress Helen Mirren, centre right, poses for photographs with three wax figures of herself in celebration of her recent 70th birthday, at Madame Tussauds in central London, Thursday, July 30, 2015.
Photo by Joel Ryan


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Cancels 3 Shows


MSNBC said Thursday that it is cancelling three of its afternoon programs, part of a network-wide shift to a straight news focus during the daytime hours.

Hour-long programs hosted by Ed Schultz at 5 p.m. Eastern and Alex Wagner at 4 p.m. were both axed, as was "The Cycle," a roundtable that aired at 3 p.m. with hosts Ari Melber, Toure, Abby Huntsman and Krystal Ball.

Schultz had the longest history at MSNBC. He was once a prime-time personality at the network and was relegated to weekends, then was brought back for a daily show. He'll be leaving the network, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said.

MSNBC said last week that "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd (R-Partisan Hack) will get a daily show on the cable network at 5 p.m.



Producer and cast member Salma Hayek-Pinault (C) mother Diana Jimenez Medina (L) and daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault pose during the Los Angeles screening of Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet" at Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Bing Theater in Los Angeles, California, July 29, 2015. The animated feature will open in New York and Los Angeles on August 7.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian


Files For Bankruptcy

Relativity Media

Relativity Media, the struggling "mini major" Hollywood studio behind movies such as "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror," filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday.

The filing will allow the studio led by chairman and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh to continue to operate while restructuring. According to bankruptcy documents, the company owes about $681 million to secured creditors. Of that, nearly $362 million came due June 1, triggering a search for new financing that ultimately failed.

The bankruptcy filing came a day after Relativity announced it was laying off 75 of its approximately 350 employees.

Kavanaugh is to remain CEO and other top executives are to remain in their positions.

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Vegas Attempts To Tame Rowdy Experience

Fremont Street

A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said Wednesday as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere.

Sin City already has banned people from drinking alcohol out of glass bottles and aluminum cans on the downtown street. Now, officials have proposed an ordinance that would set aside specific areas for performers to use between 3 p.m. and 2 a.m., requiring registration with the city.

Fremont Street is the original Vegas gambling hotspot, where casinos got their start before the Strip grew about 2 miles south. It was turned into a pedestrian mall lined with casinos and shops underneath a massive video-screen canopy and zip-line ride, where racy performers sometimes push for tips from passers-by.

Councilman Bob Coffin said Wednesday that visitors certainly expect "the sex and the nudity" that comes with Sin City, but in areas catering to it.

"They don't expect to see women dressed as nuns with their breasts flying everywhere" and just their naughtiest parts covered, or an overweight middle-aged man wearing skimpy underwear on Fremont Street, he said.

Fremont Street


Andrea Martin attends the Hulu Original "Difficult People" premiere at the SVA Theater on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


Water Conservation


Californians reduced their water use by more than 27 percent in June, exceeding the amount ordered by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in the state's first-ever mandatory conservation rules amid an ongoing catastrophic drought, authorities said.

The successful cutback in water use in the first month since Brown's order was particularly notable because June was the hottest on record for the state.

California is in the fourth year of the worst drought the state has experienced in decades. Brown declared the drought an emergency in 2014, and in April issued his order for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, focused mostly on water used to irrigate decorative landscape such as grass lawns.

New conservation rules have been implemented by the state as well as local water utilities, including issuing fines to water wasters. Farms and ranches, many of which already faced severely reduced allocations of water for irrigation, were not covered by the order.



Wake-up Call


Convicted Poacher

Walter Palmer

The wealthy American dentist who killed Zimbabwe's beloved lion Cecil is a trophy-seeking bow hunter with a poaching conviction in the United States.

Walter Palmer, 55, boasted that he is a bow hunting purist who doesn't carry a gun as backup when pursuing big game. A figure of some renown in hunting circles, he made the claim in a New York Times article on trophy hunting published in 2009.

His kill list of 43 different animals also includes a polar bear, mountain lion, an elephant and an African lion he killed in 2005, according to club records obtained by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Palmer illegally shot a black bear outside a designated hunting zone in the US state of Wisconsin in 2006, court records showed.

He pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities about the location of the kill in 2008, paid a nearly $3,000 fine and was required to forfeit the bear's remains.

Walter Palmer


Frances Fisher attends the LA Special Screening of "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" held at LACMA's Bing Theatre on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by John Salangsang


'Union-Busting' Scottie's Centerpiece


For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there's something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads "Union made in the USA."

Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters.

But there is another side to Harley that the Republican candidate has been less vocal about - it is a leading example of a successful company that has a strong relationship with labor unions.

Walker, by contrast, has made his union-busting credentials the foundation of his White House bid, touting it as the prime example of his leadership success and as evidence of how he can defeat powerful vested interests and even foreign enemies.

Walker may already have some ground to make up among Harley lovers. Ten out of a group of 11 riders approached by Reuters in downtown Milwaukee on Tuesday named front-runner Donald Trump as their early favorite in the race for the Republican nomination.



Actors Barry Bostwick, left, and Bruce Boxleitner mingle at the Crown Media Family Networks Television Critics Association party on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Memorabilia Up For Auction


Sylvester Stallone is parting with memorabilia from the "Rocky" and "Rambo" movies, but he's keeping the two characters alive onscreen.

The 69-year-old entertainer announced Thursday that he'll put hundreds of props and costumes from his 40-year career up for auction in October, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting military charities. Some of the items Stallone has agreed to sell include Rambo's Army jacket and Rocky's gloves, robe and boxing trunks.

Stallone isn't saying goodbye to the characters. Instead, he's set to become Rocky Balboa again onscreen in "Creed" this fall and is working on another "Rambo" installment.

While fans are waiting for the new films, they can bid on pieces of Rocky's and Rambo's past when Heritage Auctions moderates the Stallone sale on Oct. 14 and 15. Other items available include Rambo's knife and Rocky's Harley-Davidson motorcycle.



Actor Danny Trejo speaks onstage during the "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" panel at he El Rey Network 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell


When Is A Jackal Not Jackal?

Golden Jackals

They look alike, act alike and long have been considered to be the same species. But, in the case of the golden jackals found across parts of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, it turns out that appearances can be deceiving.

Scientists said on Thursday a comprehensive genetic analysis found that these populations are made up of two entirely distinct species, with those in Africa different from the others.

The scientific name for the golden jackal is Canis aureus. The researchers proposed renaming those in Africa Canis anthus, or the African golden wolf.

"Our results showed that African and Eurasian golden jackals were distinct across all the genetic markers we tested, including data from whole genomes, suggesting these are independently evolving lineages," said Klaus-Peter Koepfli, a conservation and evolutionary geneticist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington.

Koepfli said the genetic data indicated the two lineages are not even closely related, with the African population more closely related to gray wolves and coyotes.

Golden Jackals


A visitor stands inside the Luminarium, an inflatable sculpture realized by British artist Alan Parkinson, installed on the ground of the Baby Beach during the Geneva Festival "Fetes de Geneve" in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, June 30, 2015.
Photo by Martial Trezzini


Nude Performance Art Street Festival

Biel, Switzerland

Biel, Switzerland is getting ready to welcome the Body and Freedom Festival next month, when for two days nude performers will present public art pieces in the city's streets.

Thomas Zollinger, a Swiss artist who lives and works in Biel and Zurich, is behind the first-time festival, having previously presented nude art events in urban areas including Biel, Zurich and Zagreb.

Zollinger was able to make Biel the site of the Body and Freedom Festival after a five-year dialogue with the city that he describes as "not entirely conflict free" on the festival's website.

Why naked art? Zollinger points out the fairly commonplace nature of the naked body in art galleries and even on stage, while saying that in public spaces, it still remains taboo. The festival will attempt to pave the way toward a change: by exploring the possibilities of the naked body in urban space and everyday life, the event hopes to contribute "to its establishment in this context as an instrument of art expression."

The event will feature 18 projects from various countries, with about half coming from Swiss artists, all performed in the city center on August 21 from 1-7pm and August 22 from 11-5pm.

Biel, Switzerland



A newborn Silvery Gibbon baby is held by its mother Alangalang as it eats a tomato at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic, July 30, 2015. The baby, an endangered species, was born on Tuesday and it is the first one born in captivity in the Czech Republic, according to the zoo.
Photo by David W Cerny



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