Andrew Tobias: "Something Else Upbeat: U.S. Digital Highlights"
One of the many things nearly eight years of a Democratic Administration has given us - besides an end to the housing depression, 77 consecutive months of private sector job growth, a tripled stock market and a zeroing out of the weekly U.S. military body count - is the U.S. Digital Service, of which I 've written before.
Anonymous, Evan V. Symon: I Get Paid To Write Fake Reviews For Amazon (Cracked)
Whether you need to find a motel in Winnipeg that doesn't reek of despair (good luck!) or track down the cheapest possible Chinese food in El Paso, internet reviewers have got your back. But some businesses have become so desperate for that elusive fifth star that they're paying for positive reviews online, a crime filthier than the rats running around that El Paso Chinese place. We spoke with Jessica Carson, a paid online reviewer, and she told us …
Arthur Stanton Eric "Arte" Johnson (born January 20, 1929) is an American comic actor who was a regular on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. His best-remembered character was that of a German soldier with the catchphrase "Verrrry interesting", sometimes followed by, "but stupid" or "but not very funny."
Johnson indicated later that the phrase came from Desperate Journey, a 1942 World War II film with Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan playing Royal Air Force pilots shot down in Nazi Germany. They manage to cross much of the country without speaking German, or knowing the territory, but, when captured, their Nazi interrogator doubts their story by saying "very interesting".
Randall was first and correct with:
Alan J answered:
This little guy
(Arte Johnson) would inject himself into the action somewhat randomly on
Stephen F said:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.....very interesting
I know this one - Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. One of my favorite shows of all time. I think that was Arte Johnson in that role - he'd say "Verrry Eenterresting…but shtupid" in a German accent. He also played a character who'd ride a tricycle and fall over. So much talent and sophisticated humor on that show.
Joe S answered:
My old favorite, Laugh In. I didn't answer yesterday's question about who wrote the Tonight Show's theme because I didn't know and didn't want to look it up. Verry Interresting, but lazy.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
America first? Who the hell ever says America second? What an asinine sound bite thing to say. That's as meaningless and stupid as those flag lapel pins politicians wear.
And Day One, the First Hour of his supposed administration ALL the illegals are rounded up and deported? How does His Orangeness propose accomplishing that? Wave a magic wand? Nuke the entire U. S.?! Nothing in reality would do that. WTF is he smoking?
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
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.
The Johnny Carson rerun had Bill Maher's first appearance, from way back in 1982.
Bill didn't get invited over to the couch.
CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Anna Gunn, John Dickerson, and Simone Giertz.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 7/27/16) are Dave Franco, Cara Delevingne, and Leon.
NBC starts the night with a RERUN'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Meg Ryan, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, and Dan White.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 8/24/16) are Robert De Niro, Jerome Bettis, Anthrax, and Jon Wurster.
Carson 'The Scab' Daly is pre-empted.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 8/24/16) are Bob Odenkirk, Kendall Jenner, Kiefer Sutherland, and Robert Randolph.
The CW fills the night with LIVE'NFL Preseason Football'.
Faux fills the night with a RERUN'MasterChef'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', '60 Days In', followed by a FRESH'60 Days In: Time Out', then a FRESH'Behind Bars: Overtime'.
AMC offers the movie 'Rocky II', followed by the movie 'Rocky III', then the movie 'Rocky IV'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-The Bonding
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Booby Trap
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Emergence
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Preemptive Strike
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-All Good Things... (Part 1)
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 26-All Good Things... (Part 2)
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 21-Firstborn
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 22-Bloodlines
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Emergence
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Preemptive Strike
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-All Good Things... (Part 1)
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 26-All Good Things... (Part 2)
[8:00PM] DIE HARD (1988)
[11:00PM] DIE HARD (1988)
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Emergence
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Preemptive Strike
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-All Good Things... (Part 1)
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 26-All Good Things... (Part 2) (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants', followed by the movie 'The Game Plan'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', followed by the movie 'Just Friends', then the movie 'Shallow Hal'.
FX has the movie 'Iron Man 3', followed by the movie 'Man Of Steel'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.
[8:30AM] PRIDE AND GLORY
[2:00PM] THE MATRIX
[5:00PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[8:00PM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[11:00PM] THE MATRIX
[2:00AM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[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)
[6:30AM] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[10:00AM] The Impossible
[12:30PM] Monster's Ball
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Promises to Keep
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Conduct Unbecoming
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Animal Instinct
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Jurisdiction
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Virus
[8:00PM] Law & Order-D-Girl
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Turnaround
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Showtime
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Double Down
[12:00AM] Law & Order-We Like Mike
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Passion
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-Breaking Bad (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Anaconda', followed by a FRESH'Killjoys', then a FRESH'Dark Matter'.
A participant climbs the art installation Tangential Dreams as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gather for the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Aug. 31, 2016.
Photo by Jim Urquhart
What's an Apple fanboy or fangirl supposed to do once they've filled their basement with vintage Apple hardware? Start filling up the closets with Steve Jobs' old clothes, of course. As TechCrunch reports, a whole wardrobe of the late Apple founder's shirts, bowties, watches, ID badges and other tossed-off goods are currently up for auction.
Weirdly, the items seem to have ended up in the estate of actress Jane Fonda, but they could soon be in your own very personal Jobs collection thanks to "auction house to the stars" Julien's Live. The NeXT-branded turtleneck pictured above is on the auction block, of course. But true fans of nineties-era Steve might be more interested in this full ensemble of nicely distressed Levi's, Versace button-up and Neiman Marcus bow tie (starting bid $400), this epically pleated pair of Versace slacks with matching necktie (starting bid $300), or the leather jacket Jobs wore while flipping the bird to IBM (starting bid $4,000).
On the other hand, if you really want to live the Steve Jobs way, we might suggest taking a look at his "bathrobe and electric razors" set, so you can lounge around your home feeling as though you just nailed another perfect keynote. Or, for the ultimate in ironic fanboyism, look no further than this set of five certified, Jobs-owned t-shirts commemorating everything from the founding of Standford's Computer Science department in 1965 to the 1989 launch of NeXT computers.
South African surfer Jake Kolnik rides a wave at Dungeons offshore reef in the Atlantic Ocean outside Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 1, 2016. The big wave surfing season is at its peak with winter swells driven by storms in the South Atlantic breaking on the Cape's outer reefs providing good conditions. Big wave surfers are competing in the 2016 Striped Horse Challenge and Rebel Sessions big wave competitons simultaneously throughout the season.
Photo by Nic Bothma
Some 8,000 heads of state, policymakers and environmentalists convene in Hawaii this week for the world's largest gathering aimed at forging a path forward on the planet's toughest conservation problems.
US President Barack Obama is expected to be among the world leaders in Honolulu as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) opens its World Conservation Congress, held every four years in a different location around the globe.
This year, the conference theme of "Planet at the Crossroads" is aimed at exposing the plight of island nations that are at risk of disappearing in the coming decades due to rising seas.
It is the first major environmental meeting of global leaders since the Paris climate talks last year.
The September 1-10 conference also marks the first time the IUCN World Congress has been held in the United States since the meeting was first convened in 1948.
A helper works behind a swimmer sculpture during the preparations of the autumn pumpkins exhibition 'Sports' at the horticultural exhibition 'ega' in Erfurt, central Germany, Sept. 1, 2016. Gardeners create different sports sculptures using thousands of pumpkins. The exhibition starts on Sept. 4, 2016 and lasts until Oct. 31, 2016.
Photo by Jens Meyer
An Egyptian mummy's head and face have been reconstructed with forensic science and 3D printing, offering scientists a tantalizing glimpse of the individual's life and death.
The mummified head was discovered by accident in the collections of the University of Melbourne in Australia. A museum curator happened upon the remains during an audit and, concerned about the state of the specimen, sent it for a computed tomography(CT) scan.
"Turns out, [the skull] is actually quite intact; it has got bandages and looks well on the inside," said Varsha Pilbrow, a biological anthropologist in the University of Melbourne's Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. "Of course, that then allowed us to think what to do next."
With the help of an imaging specialist, Pilbrow and her team used the scans to create a 3D-printed replica of the mummy's skull. Then, the scientists studied the specimen's facial-bone features, such as the size and angle of the jaw and characteristics of the eye sockets, to determine that the head belonged to a female. The researchers are calling the specimen Meritamun. They say she was probably not more than 25 years old at the time of her death and was important enough to be mummified.
The true origins of the mummified head are still unknown, though. Scientists think it belonged in the collections of Frederic Wood Jones, a professor who conducted archeological work in Egypt before joining as the head of anatomy at the University of Melbourne in 1930. From the distinctive style of the linen bandaging and embalming of the specimen, the researchers think Meritamun was mummified in Egypt and that she may have lived at least 2,000 years ago. They will now use radiocarbon dating to date the specimen more precisely, the scientists said.
Jared Fogle is suing the parents of one of his sex-offense victims.
In court documents filed on Thursday, the former Subway pitchman deflected blame for the girl's emotional distress and personal injuries in the aftermath of his crimes, and argued that the girl's parents - and not him - are the source of her distress.
The victim, known in court papers as Jane Doe, sued Fogle earlier this year for $150,000 in damages related to his crimes.
In his latest court filing, however, Fogle claims that Jane Doe was suffering from depression and that she abused alcohol and drugs, as well as engaged in sex with "multiple partners" long before she knew about Fogle's crimes.
In the filing, he claims that her parents, named in the documents as "J.T. and B.T.," failed to properly supervise her.
Melania Trump, the wife of US Republican presidential candidateDonald Trump, on Thursday sued two media outlets that alleged she was an escort in the 1990s.
The suit -- filed in state circuit court for Montgomery County, Maryland and acquired by AFP -- is against Mail Media, Inc. which publishes the Daily Mail Online, and Webster G. Tarpley, who publishes a blog.
Melania Trump, an ex-model of Slovenian origin, was seeking damages to the tune of $150 million.
Melania Trump is 24 years younger than her billionaire husband. She is Donald Trump's third wife and the mother of their young son Barron.
Her attorney Charles Harder represented former wrestler Hulk Hogan in his successful lawsuit against Gawker Media, which resulted in a $140 million jury award against the entertainment website for releasing a sex tape featuring Hogan and a friend's wife.
A New York state appeals court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit in which the actress Lindsay Lohan accused the maker of the popular "Grand Theft Auto" video games of basing a character on her without her permission.
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc did not use Lohan's "name, portrait or picture" in "Grand Theft Auto V" and therefore did not violate her right to privacy, the five-judge Appellate Division panel in Manhattan said.
The court also dismissed similar claims against Take-Two by Karen Gravano, star of the "Mob Wives" reality television series.
Lohan accused Take-Two and its Rockstar Games unit of modelling "Grand Theft Auto V" actress character Lacey Jonas on her, with a similar look, voice, clothing and hair.
But the appeals court said that even if the character resembled Lohan, "Grand Theft Auto V' was protected as a "work of fiction and satire."
The last US maker of cluster bombs will cease producing the controversial weapons, which are banned by most governments because of their capacity to kill or maim civilians.
In a little-noticed announcement Tuesday, the Rhode Island-based aerospace company Textron said it would no longer be making its "Sensor Fuzed Weapon" -- the trade name for its cluster bomb -- because of falling sales.
The bomb "is a smart, reliable air-to-ground weapon that is in full compliance with the US Defense Department policy and current law," Textron spokesman David Sylvestre said in a statement to AFP on Thursday.
"However, in light of reduced product orders, we have decided to refocus our business to meet the future needs of our customers."
The bombs were banned by an international treaty in 2008, but among the countries notably not part of the agreement were the United States and Russia.
In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, an employee arranges glass display containers of marijuana on shelves at a retail and medical cannabis dispensary in Boulder, Colo. According to survey data published online Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in the scientific journal, The Lancet Psychiatry, marijuana use is becoming more accepted among adults as states have loosened pot laws.
Photo by Brennan Linsley
Tarantulas are out looking for love, and hikers in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains are warned to watch out for the hairy spiders.
Tarantula mating season has begun, and it will last through the end of October, the National Park Service said Thursday.
That means the giant arachnids will spend the next two months weaving webs just above ground, outside the female's burrow, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Because females typically stay inside, if a hiker comes across a tarantula on a footpath, it's probably a male on the lookout for a mate, experts say. Males have been known to search for up to four miles to find a female.
Though they have fangs and carry poison, tarantulas are not considered a serious threat to humans.
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