Why Diet and Exercise Don't Work - 9 Questions for Dan Buettner (Blue Zones)
What I looked at are populations that have lived a long time without the chronic diseases that are killing us or foreshortening our lives. In these populations, people don't exercise in the way we think of exercise. Unfortunately, I think exercise and fitness have us trying to solve the right problem but in the wrong way.
Tom Danehy: Tom weighs in on the electione: National, Local and loco (Tucson Weekly)
It's the middle of August, which means that, here in Tucson, it's the sweaty armpit of the entire year's calendar. I pretty much hate it. I once jokingly wrote that "August is the cruelest month" and all the guys with Master's degrees in English who were working at Bentley's sent me these really well-written hate letters. (Their syntax was like music.)
Cheating Death (Economist)
Science is getting to grips with ways to slow ageing. Rejoice, as long as the side-effects can be managed.
Geraldine Jones was a fictional African American character, the most famous recurring persona of comedian Flip Wilson. Geraldine was played as a sassy liberated Southern woman who was coarsely flirty yet faithful to her (unseen) boyfriend "Killer". Poorly educated, she was nevertheless confident; she did not change her behavior to suit anyone. Several of Geraldine's sayings entered U.S. popular culture as catchphrases, especially "When you're hot, you're hot; when you're not, you're not," "The Devil made me do it," and "What you see is what you get!"
Wilson portrayed Geraldine many times in the early 1970s on his variety series The Flip Wilson Show, though not on every episode. He made comedy albums featuring Geraldine, notably The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress, and he appeared as Geraldine on other programs such as Saturday Night Live. He sang and danced as Geraldine at the Kennedy Center in 1983 for Bob Hope's 80th birthday celebration. Wilson tired of the Geraldine character late in his career; he responded to most requests by saying: "She's retired."
"What you see is what you get!" ~ Geraldine Jones
Shooting from the hip - is it Geraldine? I remember watching the Flip Wilson Show and not getting all of the jokes. (I was young & naive.)
Kevin in Washington, DC responded:
That's Geraldine, Flip Wilson's female character.
John I from Hawai`i says,
Billy in Cypress said:
The smart, brassy and lovable "Geraldine".
Daniel in The City replied:
Geraldine Jones ~ Fictional African American character, the most famous recurring persona of comedian Flip Wilson. Geraldine was played as a sassy liberated Southern woman who was coarsely flirty yet faithful to her boyfriend "Killer".
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'Big Brothers', followed by a RERUN'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 7/18/16) are Zoe Saldana and Jon Stewart.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 6/13/16) are Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Anthony Anderson, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 8/3/16) are Hugh Grant, Nikki Glaser, and Miranda Lambert.
The CW offers a RERUN'Masters Of Illusion', followed by another RERUN'Masters Of Illusion', then a FRESH'My Last Days'.
Faux has a RERUN'MasterChef', followed by another RERUN'MasterChef'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'60 Days In: Time Out', and 'The First 48'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Breakfast Club', followed by the movie 'The Breakfast Club', again.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Contagion
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Time Squared
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-The Icarus Factor
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Pen Pals
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 22-Suspicions
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 23-Rightful Heir
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Second Chances
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Inheritance
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Parallels
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-The Pegasus
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-Homeward
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Sub Rosa
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 15-Lower Decks
[8:00PM] THE MATRIX (1999)
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Second Chances
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Inheritance
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Parallels
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-The Pegasus
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-Homeward
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Sub Rosa
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 15-Lower Decks (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'Dirty Dancing', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Melbourne', and the movie 'Dirty Dancing'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 2½ hours of old 'South Park', and the movie 'Just Friends'.
FX has the movie 'Pompeii', followed by the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Tony Hale Wears a Blue Flannel Shirt and Fuchsia Sneakers
[6:30AM] THE BAD NEWS BEARS
[9:00AM] BAD NEWS BEARS
[11:30AM] HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS
[1:30PM] WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
[6:00PM] AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY
[8:00PM] AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
[12:30AM] AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
[5:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Part 1
[5:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Part 2 (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Pitch Black', followed by a FRESH'Killjoys', then the movie 'Dark Matter'.
[12:30PM] The Iron Lady
[3:00PM] Law & Order-God Bless the Child
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Misconception
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Cradle to Grave
[6:00PM] Law & Order-The Fertile Fields
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Intolerance
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Homesick
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Causa Mortis
[9:59PM] Law & Order-Survivor
[10:58PM] Law & Order-Corruption
[11:57PM] Law & Order-Double Blind
[12:56AM] Law & Order-Family Business
[1:55AM] The A Word-Lost
[3:15AM] The Approval Matrix-Golden Age of TV
[4:00AM] The FugitiveConan
From left actor Zachary Quinto, actress Zoe Saldana, director Justin Lin, lead actor Chris Pine and British actor Simon Pegg hold up a hand gesture from the movie during a press conference for Star Trek Beyond, the latest in the popular sci-fi franchise held in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
Photo by Ng Han Guan)
Bill Clinton is preparing to be "first dude," and that includes the quadrennial tradition of presidential candidate spouses submitting cookie recipes.
The former president of the United States, along with Melania Trump, Donald Trump's wife, submitted cookie recipes for Family Circle magazine's Presidential Cookie Poll, where readers pick between the two cookie recipes.
The poll, which has been held during the fall of every general election year since 1992, is the latest sign in Clinton's historic candidacy, where the traditional responsibilities of the first lady could fall to a man for the first time.
Clinton submitted the family's chocolate chip cookies made with old-fashioned oats, which won during the 1992 and 1996 polls.
Trump, a first time entrant, submitted star cookies made with egg yolks and sour cream.
The National Telecommunications Information Admistration (NTIA) announced via blog post on Tuesday that it will hand over the internet domain naming system, or DNS, to a non-U.S. entity: the multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Essentially, the DNS, which links web addresses to a site's servers via an IP address, will become privatized. The system will remain the same; it's just changing hands. The average Internet user will likely be unaffected.
The NTIA said that the decision will "maintain the security, stability, and resiliency" of the DNS, meet the demands of a global market, and maintain the "openness" of the Internet. They also emphasize the importance of the "multi-stakeholder" model, which combines a variety of voices - from business, from tech, from government, and so on - to collaborate on Internet governance.
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling, who authored the post, explained that the deal had been 18 years in the making, and that the federal government's position in regulating the DNS was always intended to be temporary.
T.S. Eliot's youthful marriage to Vivienne Haigh-Wood is the stuff of legend-married in their 20s, their union was so bleak it was thought to have heavily influenced Eliot's depressing masterpiece, The Waste Land. But his marriage late in life to the much-younger Valerie Fletcher was the complete opposite: calm and sustaining to the aging poet.
Valerie Eliot met her future husband in 1949, two years after Eliot's long-estranged first wife died in a sanatorium. She had come to work as a secretary at his publishing house, Faber and Faber, but her interest was more than professional. She had loved Eliot's work since first hearing a recording of "Journey of the Magi" at age 14, and by the time she met him, she said years later, "I felt I knew him." (A recording of Eliot reading the poem can be heard here.)
When she heard he was seeking a secretary, she eagerly sought out the job.
Still, their love affair was slow to bloom. Eliot was an intensely private man, and Valerie was happy to keep their courtship and eventual engagement a secret from friends and colleagues. When she came to the office one day with a "socking great emerald" engagement ring, as one colleague later put it, she declined to say who had given it to her. The couple finally married in 1957 in a quiet ceremony kept secret from the press and even their friends. "I have so much to tell you on Monday so prepare to do no work!" Valerie wrote to her colleagues afterwards. "A lovely honeymoon apart from TSE catching flu, and cracking a tooth."
Valerie was 30; Thomas was 68. They settled into a quiet union, both content to spend most of their days as homebodies. "We used to stay at home and drink Drambuie and eat cheese and play Scrabble," Valerie would later say in an interview. "He loved to win at cards, and I always made a point of losing by the time we went to bed." They would sometimes venture to theater outings and occasional trips to warmer climes for Thomas's health.
About 5,300 years ago, a man now known as Ötzi had a very bad day. Nobody knows exactly how things unfolded but it all ended with an arrow to the shoulder, a blow to the head and a cut-perhaps a defensive wound-to one hand. Either way, Ötzi wound up dead and was soon buried and preserved in a glacier in the Ötzal region of the Alps at the border of Austria and Italy. There he lay until two hikers found him in ice melt in 1991-a much warmer year in a much warmer era than the one in which he lived.
Ötzi-also known simply as the Ice Man-has been an object of both fascination and study since, and well he might be. Everything from his clothes to his quiver to the tattoo markings on his freeze-dried skin to the contents of his stomach (red deer and Alpine ibex appear to have been his final meal) have been preserved and offer a rare look into how Ice Age humans lived.
His leggings were goat, his loincloth was sheep and his coat was made of the skins of both species. "[T]he materials derived from both sheep and goats came from multiple individuals," the researchers wrote. "[T]here were at least four sheep and two goats used in the manufacture."
Ötzi's shoelaces, meantime, came from cattle-similar to the leather laces in modern-day hiking boots-and the quiver was roe deer. The hat was the garment the Ice Man likely had to work hardest for: it came from a brown bear, suggesting Ötzi and his friends weren't afraid to tangle with large carnivores if they had to.
The genomes of the cattle, sheep and goats are consistent with present day animals across most of Europe. The roe deer and brown bear, similarly, have contemporary kin in the Alpine region.
The US Department of Justice on Thursday announced it was ending the use of private prisons to detain federal inmates, severing itself from a practice that had become increasingly controversial.
The decision will affect only a small share of the detainee population within the United States, which represents one in four prisoners held around the world.
In an internal memo released by the department, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said her agency would begin the gradual process of reversing the privatization of some US prisons, a practice which had proved more problematic but no less costly than the use of government-managed correctional facilities.
Yates also cited a recent report by the department's internal watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, which found that private prisons were more dangerous than those in public hands.
The prisons are run by three companies: Corrections Corporation of America, GEO Goup and Management and Training Corporation.
An Indonesian student wearing a colorful costume attends a parade held to celebrate Indonesia's 71th Independence Day anniversary in Banda Aceh, Aceh, Indonesia, Aug. 18, 2016. Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands in 1945.
Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak
For years, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has faced questions about whether he has unduly rewarded energy and investment industry donors with state government favors. Now the spotlight has turned to another major donor who appears to have been treated well by Christie's administration: Donald Trump.
According to a report Wednesday in the New York Times, Trump casinos saw their tax bill reduced by roughly $25 million, when the Christie administration agreed to settle a longstanding lawsuit over back taxes for pennies on the dollar. Christie's predecessors had taken Trump's empire to court, alleging it owed nearly $30 million in unpaid taxes and interest - but after Christie came into office, state officials agreed to drop the case in exchange for just $5 million, according to the newspaper.
The 2011 settlement followed Trump pumping $170,000 into the Republican Governors Association - which backed Christie's election campaign - in 2009 and 2010, according to data compiled by PoliticalMoneyLine.com. That was part of the total $620,000 he would end up giving to the group, which was ultimately chaired by Christie in 2014.
The disclosure that Christie's administration settled a lawsuit against a major RGA donor come a little more than a year after the Christie administration similarly settled a landmark state lawsuit against ExxonMobil for pennies on the dollar. That case, which was initiated in 2004 by Democrat and then-Gov. James McGreevey, initially sought $8.9 billion for environmental damage to 1,500 acres of waterfront acres and meadows. Christie's administration settled the suit for just $250 million - a sum that International Business Times calculated could be raised by the company in about five hours, based on the company's 2014 revenues.
Lawsuit settlements are only one public policy area where donors to Christie-linked political groups have benefited from Christie administration decisions.
An Indian devotee plays a traditional instrument during the Deodhani festival at the Kamakhya Hindu temple in Gauhati, India, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. The festival is held to worship the serpent Goddess where goats and pigeons are commonly offered as sacrifice in belief that participants receive supernatural power from goddess Kamakhya.
Photo by Anupam Nath
Residents of a tiny island village in Alaska that has been ravaged by erosion blamed on climate change have voted to move to the mainland, but there likely isn't enough money for the impoverished community of just 600 people to follow through on the decision.
The Inupiat Eskimo village of Shishmaref, which sits just north of the Bering Strait, has been identified as one of Alaska's most eroded communities.
Officials held a special election Tuesday asking residents if they should develop a new community at a nearby mainland location or stay put with added environmental protections. Unofficial ballot returns show 89 voted for the move, while 78 opted to stay. A city clerk said the count does not include absentee or special needs ballots.
Either option comes with a daunting price tag. A 2004 Army Corps of Engineers study put the cost of relocating to the mainland at $180 million. Staying in place would cost $110 million.
The village has been exploring relocation since the mid-1970s. It also voted to move in 2002, but money also was an issue then.
Cambodian dancers perform during a Buddhist ceremony to pray before they search for missing Buddha statues in the Tonle Sap river at the Kean Kleang village in Kampong Chhnang province, northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Some five hundred Cambodians lead by several Buddhist monks on Thursday held a rare ceremony to appease the spirits of water and land to help them recover missing Buddha statues that had disappeared from their community and are believed to be hidden under the Tonle Sap River over 500 years ago.
Photo by Heng Sinith
A congressional review panel says there is "substantial reason to believe" that North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows may have broken House rules when he continued to pay an employee accused of sexual harassment for months after he was fired.
The probe into the Republican congressman involves allegations that Meadows approved severance payments to his former chief of staff - whom several female members of Meadows' staff said made them feel uncomfortable - in violation of the rules.
The staffer, Kenny West, was fired in the spring of 2015 but was paid his full salary through mid-August.
The controversy first surfaced in the fall of 2014. After complaints by several women in the office about his behavior, West was not allowed to be present in either Meadows' Washington or home-district offices dating to October, 2014. He appeared to do a limited amount of work while keeping his full-time salary.
The House Ethics Committee's top lawmakers said in a joint statement Wednesday that the panel is reviewing a referral from the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, an outside panel that reviews ethics complaints against House members.
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