Paul Krugman: Bubblewashing (NY Times Blog)
Why would a reporter credit the Fed's critics with warnings they didn't give, and fail to mention what they actually said? The answer, pretty obviously, is that if you were to say "Ron Paul has been predicting runaway inflation ever since the Fed began its expansionary policies", that would make it clear that he has been completely wrong. And conveying that truth - even as a matter of simple factual reporting - is apparently viewed as taking sides.
Julia Baird: Was It Cancer? Getting the Diagnosis (NY Times)
My doctor asked me a few days ago how I became so calm before the surgery. I told her: I prayed, I locked out negativity and drama and drew my family and tribe - all big-hearted, pragmatic people - near. I tried to live deliberately. "Can I just say," she said, "you should do that for the rest of your life."
Tom Danehy: Tom wonders when politicians will get serious about curtailing gun violence (Tucson Weekly)
The time it took most Americans to get over the shock of the news crew being gunned down on national TV last week could probably have been measured in pico seconds. As in, "Wow, that's horrible. (Pause) How's the traffic on the Interstate?" Statistically speaking, it really wasn't that big a deal. On the average, nearly 300 people get shot every damn day in America. Eighty-six will die, including 32 who are murdered. So, if it was an average day, another 30 people were murdered by guns on August 26. Just another day in Gunville.
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: "Tyler, the Creator on being banned from the UK: 'I'm being treated like a terrorist'" (The Guardian)
This is only gonna open a door for other people to get banned. And then they're gonna go after video games, and then they're gonna go after movies, and we're gonna live in such a sensitive world. It's like the world is scared of everything. I feel like everyone is so sensitive to everything, and if they don't like something it's like: "Oh my God, I don't like the colour yellow - let's get yellow banned from every country, let's sign a petition - let's start a hashtag to make sure this colour is never seen, because I don't like it and I don't understand it."
Kemal Amen "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 - June 15, 2014) was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, voice actor, and actor, known for being the host of several music radio countdown programs, most notably American Top 40, from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of "Shaggy" Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.
Kasem was active in politics for years, supporting Lebanese-American and Arab-American causes, an interest which was triggered by the1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. He wrote a brochure published by the Arab American Institute entitled "Arab-Americans: Making a Difference". He turned down a position in season three of Transformers because of the show's plot portraying "evil Arabs". He also called for a fairer depiction of heroes and villains, on behalf of all cultures, in Disney's 1994 sequel to Aladdin called The Return of Jafar. In 1996, he was honored as "Man of the Year" by the American Druze Society. Kasem campaigned against the Gulf War, advocating non-military means of pressuring Saddam Hussein into withdrawing from Kuwait, was an advocate of Palestinian independence and arranged conflict resolution workshops for Arab Americans and Jewish Americans.
A political liberal, he narrated a campaign ad for George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, hosted fundraisers for Jesse Jackson's presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988, supported Ralph Nader for U.S. President in 2000, and supported progressive Democrat Dennis Kucinich in his 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns. Kasem supported a number of other progressive causes, including affordable housing and the rights of the homeless.
mj was first, and correct, with:
The same man
Taught us about the "Super group, Abba." Casey Kasem. Husband of
statuesque, chirpy voiced Jean.
Alan J wrote:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
STEPHEN F responded:
or is it Casem?
I looked at the picture and the name Casey Kasem popped into my head. If I'm wrong, I don't wanna be right.
Yesterday and today were cool enough in the morning to feel downright fall-ish. Damn. I'm so not ready for that.
Dave in Tucson replied:
The man who taught the world to count to 40 backwards was Mr. Bubble.
Oh wait, Casey Kasem?
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali on a dazzle day responded:
You can have your Kemal Amen "Casey" Kasem and his pop music.
I'll take my blues music instead. A little Freddie King
His wife Jean turned into a psycho bitch!
Speaking of psychos….anyone see Narcos on Netflix. Cocaine running around their brains and country. Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel at one time was selling 80 million dollars' worth of nose candy a day!
Marty, the man who "Taught Us To Count to 40 - Backwards" was the late, great Casey Kasem, host of American Top 40, which I used to listen to every Sunday morning to afternoon.
To quote Casey, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars".
Casey Kasem ~ An internationally syndicated, independent song countdown radio program, counting down the top 40 songs on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. He provided the voice of "Shaggy" on Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and Robin on Batman.
Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars."
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 Stephen Colbert's hour with reruns of 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 7/30/15) are Christina Applegate, Christian Slater, and Elle King.
NBC starts the night with a RERUN'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Steve Harvey, Alison Brie, and Florida Georgia Line.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 8/19/15) are Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, MS MR, and Jimmy Chamberlin.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/6/15) are Pete Holmes, Rob Bell, Tennis, and "100 Miles From Nowhere".
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Shark Tank', followed by another RERUN'Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 8/26/15) are Miley Cyrus, Ali Wentworth, and Andy Grammer.
The CW offers a RERUN'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN'Whose Line Is That 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 'Bones'.
AMC offers the movie '300', followed by the movie 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life'.
[12:00AM] Shaun of the Dead
[2:00AM] Shaun of the Dead
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 6
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 7
[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 UK - Season 5 - Ep 2 - The Dovecote
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Flesh and Stone
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Vampires in Venice
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Time's Arrow (Part 2)
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Realm of Fear
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 12 - The Pegasus
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 13 - Homeward
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 14 - Sub Rosa
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 15 - Lower Decks
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 16 - Thine Own Self
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 17 - Masks
[8:00PM] Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
[11:00PM] Psycho (1960)
[1:30AM] The Birds
[4:30AM] Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'Rocky II', followed by the movie 'Rocky III'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.
FX has the movie 'Iron Man 2', followed by the movie 'Avatar'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.
[6:30AM] HARD RUN
[8:45AM] THE OTHERS
[11:00AM] EVENT HORIZON
[1:15PM] HARD RAIN
[3:30PM] THE OTHERS
[5:45PM] THE FUNHOUSE
[8:00PM] HANNIBAL RISING
[10:45PM] LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III
[12:30AM] HANNIBAL RISING
[3:15AM] LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III
[5:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-KUNUK UNCOVERED
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-A$AP ROCKY WEARS A BLACK BUTTON UP JACKET AND BLACK SNEAKERS (ALL TIMES EST)
[8:45AM] Enemy at the Gates
[11:30AM] The Manchurian Candidate
[2:30PM] Field of Dreams
[5:00PM] A Few Good Men
[8:00PM] Apollo 13
[11:00PM] Apollo 13
[2:00AM] Sling Blade
[5:00AM] The Ice Storm (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'AVPR: Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem', followed by the movie 'The Fifth Element'.
Sunrise Coigney and Mark Ruffalo pose for photographers on the red carpet of the film Spotlight during the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The 72nd edition of the festival runs until Sept. 12.
Photo by Joel Ryan
Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks film studio plans to part ways with Disney when their distribution tie-up ends in a year's time, an industry source told AFP on Wednesday.
Trade reports suggest Spielberg is looking to negotiate a new partnership with more favorable terms, boosted by the runaway success of "Jurassic World," on which he was executive producer.
Universal -- the Hollywood studio behind the blockbuster dinosaur series -- is being tipped as Spielberg's likely new home by both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
According to an industry insider who did not wish to be named, it is too soon to say who will be distributing DreamWorks' production after the Disney deal ends on August 16, 2016.
But the source told AFP that DreamWorks, which Spielberg helped found in 1994, feels out of step with the Disney model and its focus on big, tentpole films such as new "Star Wars" installments or Pixar's animated mega-hit "Inside Out."
Dylan Jagger Lee, from left, Pamela Anderson and Brandon Thomas Lee arrive at Mercy For Animals' Hidden Heroes Gala held at Unici Casa on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Culver City, Calif.
Photo by Rob Latour
A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.
The settlement of a class-action lawsuit will pay more than 64,000 technology workers about $5,800 apiece. The complaint, filed in 2011, originally sought $3 billion in damages that could have been tripled under U.S. antitrust law. Based on that figure, the workers could have received more than $100,000 apiece if they prevailed at trial.
Nearly $41 million of the settlement will be paid to lawyers representing the technology workers. That's less than half of the roughly $85 million in fees that the attorneys had sought.
The lawsuit accused Apple, Google and the other companies of forming a "no-poaching" cartel that secretly agreed not to recruit each other's workers. Lawyers for the employees argued the pact illegally suppressed the wages of the affected workers.
The alleged collusion stopped after the U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation that culminated with an antitrust complaint being filed against Apple, Google and the other participating companies in 2010. The Justice Department's case was settled without the companies acknowledging any guilt or paying any fines.
Armed with evidence captured by surveillance cameras, California regulators have ordered a business to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water that is later bottled and sold in stores, officials said Wednesday.
Sugar Pine Spring Water in the foothills of Tuolumne County also faces fines of nearly $225,000 for collecting and trucking the water to commercial bottling companies for two years despite notices to stop, according to the proposed sanctions by the state Water Resources Control Board.
Sugar Pine was launched in the early 1990s and holds junior water rights, which have been curtailed in 2014 and 2015 because of the drought.
Scott Fahey, the owner of the company, continued to divert a total of 22 acre feet of water over 170 days in the past two years after being notified no water was available under his rights, the complaint says.
One acre-foot is the volume of water sufficient to cover an acre of land to a depth of one foot, enough water to sustain a typical California household of four for one year.
Director Jonathan Demme poses for photographers with the "Visionary Talent Award" trophy during the red carpet for the movie "Spotlight" at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in northern Italy, September 3, 2015.
Photo by Stefano Rellandini
Growing up, Stephanie Leco often would dig in her backyard and imagine finding fossils of a tyrannosaurus rex. She was fascinated with the idea of holding something in her hand that was millions of years old and would give her insight on how the world evolved.
Safe to say, she hit a paleontology jackpot this summer with the discovery of a jaw bone from a long-snouted fish at Petrified Forest known to exist more than 220 million years ago.
Leco was part of the first dig for citizens held last month at the national park near Holbrook that routinely turns up fossils from the dawning age of dinosaurs and has vast expanses of rainbow-colored desert.
The fossil about the size of a pinky fingernail was unearthed from the site of what was a lake or pond during the Late Triassic period when the fish were thought to be extinct in North America. Scientists knew closely related fish were present around the world in the Early Triassic period, about 10 million years earlier, but the fossils were found only in China in the Late Triassic, said park paleontologist Bill Parker.
Leco was sifting through loose dirt on a barren hillside using her background in art to differentiate the colors, patterns and textures among bones, rocks and charcoal when she zoomed in on an area looking for smaller objects. She already had several small teeth in her collection and was marveling at the tibia of a plant lizard that another participant found before coming across the jaw bone. Not knowing what it was, she handed over the fossil that had broken teeth to Matt Smith, the park's lead fossil preparer, and asked what it was.
Children dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna wait to participate in a fancy dress competition at a temple before the Janmashtami festival in Chandigarh, India, September 3, 2015. The festival, which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, will be celebrated across India on Saturday.
Photo by Ajay Verma
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-Thirsty) said Thursday that the popular "Minecraft" video game is a good example of how to prepare young people for the new economy.
Rubio said children playing "Minecraft" don't even realize they are learning elements of computer skills they may use later in life.
"Minecraft" allows players to explore and create virtual worlds built from blocky 3-D objects. Microsoft acquired its developer, Mojang, for $2.5 billion last year.
"If you play 'Minecraft,' you're basically writing code when you're converting a hammer into a pickax," Rubio said. "Kids might not realize they're coding, but that's going to be almost a basic proficiency just because of the way they grew up."
Gay and civil rights activists gathered in downtown Brooklyn on Thursday to condemn the prosecution of the chief executive officer and six employees of male escort website Rentboy.com for promoting prostitution.
About 50 protesters gathered outside the federal court where charges are pending against Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the employees, who were arrested last week as authorities seized the website, which marketed to gay men.
The case has prompted outrage among some gay rights activists, who questioned why prosecutors are only now targeting the service after it had operated transparently for nearly two decades.
Critics of the arrests include The New York Times, which in an editorial last Friday said prosecutors had not justified shutting down "a company that provided sex workers with a safer alternative to street walking or relying on pimps."
The case was announced a week after Lambda Legal and four other gay and transgender rights groups joined a call by Amnesty International to decriminalize sex work, which they said would help protect participants from harm or exploitation.
A Mutant Vehicle made up like a polar bear drives through the dust during the Burning Man 2015 "Carnival of Mirrors" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, September 2, 2015. Participants from all over the world attend the sold-out festival to spend a week in the remote desert to experience art, music and the unique community that develops.
Photo by Jim Urquhart
More than 3,000 former Corinthian College students will have their college loans erased, the first wave of debt relief tied to the collapse of the for-profit higher education chain. The potential cost to taxpayers if all Corinthian students seek relief: $3.2 billion.
So far, almost 12,000 students have asked the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to a report released Thursday by the Education Department.
While unprecedented, the figures represent just a fraction of the students who might qualify for debt relief.
As of late last month, most of the nearly 12,000 claims that have been filed are Corinthian-related, and they represent an unprecedented spike in what's called a "borrower's defense" claim. With such a claim, students can ask for loan forgiveness if they believe they were victims of fraud.
Before Corinthian, officials say they knew of five or so "borrower's defense" cases in the past 20 years. Following Corinthian's demise, some 4,140 such claims have been filed since the department's June announcement that it would make the debt-relief process easier. An additional 7,815 Corinthian students have filed claims for debt-relief because their school closed, officials said.
A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool - the equivalent of 30 sweaters - and shedding almost half his body weight.
Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the wild, castrated merino ram dubbed Chris, said Thursday she hoped to register the fleece with the Guinness World Records. An official of the London-based organization was not immediately available for comment.
The fleece originally weighed in at 42 kilograms (93 pounds), but that included the weight of the wool bag.
The woolly coat dwarfs that of New Zealand's hermit ram dubbed Shrek, who spent six years hiding in caves to grow his ragged fleece that weighed 27 kilograms (60.5 pounds) when it was clipped in 2004. Shrek was often described as a record.
Chris was found near Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary outside Canberra by bushwalkers who feared he would not survive the approaching southern summer. He was found several kilometers (miles) from the nearest sheep farm. A bushwalker named him Chris after the sheep in the "Father Ted" television comedy series.
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