Paul Krugman: Style, Substance, and The Donald (NY Times)
So now the conventional wisdom is that we're witnessing a temporary triumph of style over substance; Republican voters like Trump's bluster, and haven't (yet) realized that he isn't making sense. But if you ask me, the people who are really mistaking style for substance are the pundits. It's true that Trump isn't making sense - but neither are the mainstream contenders for the GOP nomination.
NICHOLAS BAKALAR: Eating Spicy Food Linked to a Longer Life (NY Times)
After controlling for family medical history, age, education, diabetes, smoking and many other variables, the researchers found that compared with eating hot food, mainly chili peppers, less than once a week, having it once or twice a week resulted in a 10 percent reduced overall risk for death. Consuming spicy food six to seven times a week reduced the risk by 14 percent.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
My first computer, way back when, was a Trash-80
Man... it had TWO 5-1/4 floppy drives and probably about 4k of RAM
Doesn't seem like much now - but back then it was pretty good.
Alan J wrote:
STEPHEN F said:
John I from Hawai'i says,
I consulted the mighty Wiki and learned much about Mr. Asimov, but nothing about which company used him to sell their computers. So I'm going with a WAG and guessing Apple.
Cooler but surrounded by smoke - that huge Rocky Fire is NW of here but the light and variable north winds blew some smoke our way. That thing is a monster.
Illogical Lois Of Oregon responded:
The answer is Radio Shack, which for good or ill, and much like giant sideburns, is mostly extinct these days, but computers march on! Literally. Yes, once the computer was HUGE, then was scaled down to fit in your pocket (is that a computer in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me) and now all grown up into (just wait for it) KILLER ROBOTS! Yes, EVERYTHING SNL has EVER made fun of (razors with three blades, placenta helper, AND NOW robot insurance) HAS COME TO BE! Get yours TODAY before it's too late!
P.S. Dale, got a great laugh from the Antchrist! But you know the only thing worse than Giant Ants in your pants? Giant Crabs!
Doughnut Dale of Diamanod Springy, Nocal said:
My Dad had one to take care of his parts and chemical inventory. He would go in and make an inventory adjustment, go outside and have a smoke, and that old T-80 might have it done.
Work Dale is dealing with an insanely spastic centipede of a client the last few days. It happens every now and then. Wowie Zowie!
Fuck the Repuke Debates…dealing with the loss of Jon
Radio Shack ~ American electronics retail chain, founded in 1921. The Isaac Asimov ad is circa 1982. My husband worked for Radio Shack in the 1980s. He called the TR-80 the 'Trash-80'. He said that is what it was . . . trash!
Blood transfusion all done. Was a long process but I feel like a new person!
Joe S answered:
Tandy. I don't remember the ads at all, but during that time of our lives we were living in the woods and off the grid. I didn't start using a computer until about 1985 or '86. Somewhere in there. Up until that time I thought a computer was a very expensive method of balancing your checkbook. My first computer was an IBM clone, had a 100 mb hard drive, a whole megabyte of memory and a color monitor. Very state of the art.
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 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 'Scorpion'.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 6/17/15) are Jessica Szohr, Aasif Mandvi, and Nick Thune.
NBC starts the night with a RERUN'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Steve Buscemi, Taylor Kitsch, and Jon Rineman.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 7/21/15) are Adam Sandler, Margaret Cho, Modest Mouse, and David Lovering.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/18/15) are Regina King, Sweat Lodge, Andrew J. West, and Anna Mastro.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 7/30/15) are Jason Bateman, Nicole Richie, and Stephen Marley.
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'.
AMC offers the movie 'Jaws', followed by the movie 'Jaws 2'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 15 - Millen
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 16 - Phillips
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Yanni's
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 8 - The Impossible Planet
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Satan Pit
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Tapestry
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 16 - Birthright (Part 1)
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 17 - Birthright (Part 2)
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 18 - Starship Mine
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 19 - Lessons
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 20 - The Chase
[8:00PM] Shaun of the Dead
[10:00PM] Shaun of the Dead
[12:00AM] 28 Weeks Later
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Tapestry
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 16 - Birthright (Part 1)
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 17 - Birthright (Part 2)
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 18 - Starship Mine (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'Ghostbusters', followed by the movie 'Ghostbusters'.
Comedy Central has 'The Jim Galligan Show''Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', still another 'Key & Peele'< 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.
FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the movie 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens', then a FRESH'Missing In Alaska'.
[6:00AM] THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
[7:45AM] GET CARTER
[10:00AM] THE NINTH GATE
[3:30PM] GET CARTER
[5:45PM] EVENT HORIZON
[8:00PM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[10:15PM] JEEPERS CREEPERS
[12:15AM] GET CARTER
[2:30AM] JEEPERS CREEPERS
[4:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JAMES MARSDEN WEARS GRAY PANTS AND BLACK HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-BRIE LARSON WEARS A BILLOWY LONG-SLEEVE SHIRT AND WHITE SADDLE SHOES
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CARLY RAE JEPSEN WEARS A CHUNKY NECKLACE AND BLACK ANKLE BOOTS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Natural
[11:15AM] Kramer vs. Kramer
[1:30PM] Field of Dreams
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Purple Heart
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Switch
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Pride
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Patsy
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Blood Money
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Sundown
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Loco Parentis
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Collision
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Mother's Milk
[1:00AM] Rectify-Episode 5
[2:00AM] Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter-Episode 1
[3:00AM] Animal Kingdom
[5:30AM] Rectify-Episode 5 (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse', followed by a FRESH'Defiance', then a FRESH'Killjoys', followed by a FRESH'Dark Matter'.
The New York Police Department faced criticism on Thursday after it emerged that video clips it used to show the crazed affects of smoking synthetic marijuana were of men high on other drugs.
The controversy emerged two days after NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton outlined his department's growing concern over synthetic marijuana, which he said is spreading across New York and is sold illegally for as little as $2 a packet in city corner stores.
To illustrate the threat to police officers and civilians, Bratton played two videos that showed delirious, ranting men, naked in public. In one clip, a bloodied man smashes a hole through a wooden fence with his bare fist before being pepper sprayed and dragged to the ground by a group of officers.
The NYPD confirmed on Thursday that the men in the videos, which were previously used in police training, were in fact high on other narcotics.
The clarification came after reports this week that one of the clips was taken from an old episode of the television show COPS and that the man had taken PCP, the chemical also known as Angel Dust, and not synthetic marijuana.
Don Was at the 3rd Annual Capitol Congress - Capitol Music Group's day-long premiere of new music and projects for industry and media at the ArcLight on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Hollywood, CA.
Photo by Eric Charbonneau
Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980. When he returned, it was gone.
Its case was later found in the basement of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he taught. But Totenberg, who died three years ago at age 101, never saw the instrument again.
The trail went cold until this June, when his eldest daughter, Nina Totenberg, got a phone call from an FBI agent.
"I really could hardly believe it at the time," Nina Totenberg, the legal affairs correspondent for NPR, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. "I said, 'I have to call my sisters. I'll tell them not to get their hopes up,' but he said, 'You don't have to do that. This is the violin.'"
The violin, known as the Ames Stradivarius, was made in Italy in 1734 by Antonio Stradivari and is one of roughly 550 Stradivarius instruments known to exist. They can fetch millions of dollars at auction, including a record $15.9 million in 2011.
US actress Jennifer Aniston married her long-time boyfriend, fellow actor Justin Theroux, in a surprise ceremony in front of family and friends at their California home, People magazine reported Thursday.
The wedding took place Wednesday at the couple's home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, before about 70 guests, the celebrity magazine reported, citing unnamed sources.
"Guests were told it was a birthday party for Justin," one source told People. "Jen and Justin wanted to surprise guests and guests were certainly surprised."
Aniston, 46, and Theroux, who will be 44 next week, started dating in 2011, as they were filming the movie "Wanderlust." They were engaged a year later.
Federal investigators in Boston on Thursday released 25-year-old surveillance video showing a security guard admitting a man to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum the night before it was robbed of $500 million worth of art in the largest such heist in U.S. history.
The six-minute, 40-second video shows a young white man with a short jacket being let in by the guard through a rear entrance to the museum shortly after midnight on March 17, 1990, about 24 hours before the heist.
The statute of limitations on the crime has long passed, meaning that if the thieves are found they will not face prosecution. But the FBI, the Boston office of the Justice Department and the museum hope to recover the art.
The theft occurred when two men dressed as police officers were admitted by security guards to the museum in the early morning hours of March 18, 1990. They allegedly went on to overpower the guards who were found duct-taped to chairs in the museum's basement the next morning.
Due to a quirk in Gardner's will, the empty frames from which the paintings were cut still hang on the museum's walls.
A bounty hunter was arrested after gathering a posse and mistakenly trying to raid the home of Phoenix's chief of police, officials said on Wednesday.
Brent Farley, 43, and 10 others surrounded Chief Joseph Yahner's home around 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday, thinking they were cornering an Oklahoma fugitive wanted on a drug charge, the department said in a statement.
Police said the bounty hunters were told they had the wrong address and were asked to leave numerous times.
The department said Farley, who confronted the chief after banging on the door and demanding he come outside, was carrying a handgun at the time, as were several others.
The bondsmen were working on behalf of two bond recovery companies, NorthStar Fugitive Recovery and Delta One Tactical Recovery, police said, and appeared to have acted on an unconfirmed tip on the suspect's location from social media.
Dozens of bills opposed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage have become law because he misinterpreted the Maine Constitution and didn't veto the measures in time, the state's highest court said Thursday.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejected LePage's argument that the Legislature's temporary adjournment in June prevented him from returning 65 vetoes to the House and Senate, siding with top lawmakers in a dispute that overshadowed the end of a contentious legislative session.
LePage said he's thankful that the justices resolved the issue and looks forward to moving on and "continuing to work for the Maine people."
But the court's ruling is a huge setback for LePage, whose increasingly bold actions since winning re-election last fall have alienated some members of his own party.
An Indian student with painted face participates in a Hiroshima Day peace rally in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Thursday marked the anniversary of the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, that killed as many as 140,000 people.
Photo by Rafiq Maqbool
The population of a U.S. oil boomtown that became a symbol of the fracking revolution is dropping fast because of the collapse in crude oil prices, according to an unusual metric: the amount of sewage produced.
Williston, North Dakota, has seen its population drop about 6 percent since last summer, according to wastewater data relied upon heavily by city planning officials.
They turned to measuring effluent because it was a much faster and more accurate way to track population than alternatives such as construction permits, school enrollment, tax receipts or airport boardings.
The recent high-water mark for Williston's population was 33,866 in August of last year, just before the oil price collapse. Crude oil has fallen more than 50 percent in the past year and hurt many companies' finances, leading to massive cost cutting, including the cancellation of projects and lay offs.
By June of this year, the town had shrunk to 31,800 people, according to the sewage data.
A combination photo shows cosplayers posing during the Gamescom fair in Cologne, Germany August 6, 2015. The Gamescom convention, Europe's largest video games trade fair, runs from August 5 to August 9.
Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach
The city of Lincoln must pay more than $259,000 to a woman who was wrongly accused by Crime Stoppers and local authorities of making ATM withdrawals with a stolen credit card, a judge in Nebraska ruled Wednesday.
The decision comes after a jury had already awarded $75,000 to 26-year-old Shayla Funk in her defamation lawsuit against Lincoln-Lancaster County Crime Stoppers Inc. and the city.
Funk sued after her image appeared on the Crime Stoppers website, with incorrect claims that she was a "crook" who made fake ATM deposits and withdrawals using a stolen credit card.
The video showed Funk withdrawing cash from her own account in April 2013, but she was misidentified as a thief because the video's time stamp was incorrect, which led bank officials to give police the wrong footage.
Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns also ordered the city to issue retractions on the Crime Stopper's website, the Lincoln Police Department's Facebook page and on a local television station where her image was shown. The city must Funk give 10 copies of the retraction that she can use at her discretion.
Balloons are illuminated by their burners during a dusk display at the Bristol International balloon fiesta in south west England August 6, 2015. The largest hot air balloon festival in Europe takes place over four days and is in its 37th year.
Photo by Toby Melville
Cole's career spanned more than 70 years from his first stage appearance in 1939 and included more than 40 films, including "Cleopatra," with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. From 1979-1994 he starred as cigar-smoking, Jaguar-driving Arthur Daley on ITV's "Minder."
Set in London's criminal underworld, "Minder" followed the adventures of a small-time crook always on the lookout for his next dodgy deal. Cole's shifty but ambitious character captured the money-conscious spirit of Britain in the 1980s, and he was twice nominated for best actor by the British Academy of Film and Television.
Born in south London, Cole started working when he was 14, appearing in the chorus of "White Horse Inn" in 1939. He starred with Alastair Sim in the 1941 film "Cottage to Let," in which he played a resourceful evacuee from wartime London who unmasks a spy. Sim, an older actor with an established career, took him under his wing and the pair appeared together in several films, including the 1951 version of "A Christmas Carol."
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