Paul Krugman: The Banality of Trumpism (NY Times Blog)
… there's nothing too surprising about an election in which the establishment candidates continue to serve plutocracy while the base turns to candidates who drop the euphemisms while going straight to the racism and xenophobia.
Rupert Myers: It's true - being handsome is a living hell (The Guardian)
From now until the end of time, you can cling to this study as sufficient proof that every unfortunate work or social incident that befalls you is actually evidence of your handsomeness. Sure, you'll be kidding yourself, but most people get away with a bit of self-delusion. Just ask those UCL researchers who think they've contributed to the greater sum of human understanding with this piece of work.
Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har are a pair of anthropomorphic Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters, a lion in a tattered top hat and vest and a hyena in a porkpie hat and bow tie, respectively. The latter's name is ironic, as it suggests laughter (see onomatopoeia) and Hardy is an eternal pessimist.
Lippy the Lion (voiced by Daws Butler) and Hardy Har Har the Hyena (voiced by Mel Blanc) first appeared in The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series in 1962, along with Wally Gator and Touché Turtle and Dum Dum. Mel Blanc used the same voice, personality and expressions for Hardy Har-Har that he used playing the postman on the Burns and Allen radio show.
Their cartoons revolved around ever-hopeful Lippy's attempts to get rich quick, with reluctant Hardy serving as a foil. Whatever the consequences were to Lippy's schemes, Hardy would end up getting the worst of it - a fact he always seemed to realize ahead of time, with his moans of, "Oh me, oh my, oh dear." Although the intro shows them in a jungle setting proper for such beasts, most of the cartoons' stories took place in an urban setting.
Randall was first and correct with:
Funny true story... I know it sounds like a joke, but...
You know how, in the service, sometimes one is required to shout out one's LAST NAME, FIRST INITIAL, SECOND INITIAL?
Well I know a guy, that in that instance, used to have to hollar "Hardy, R. R."
Alan J wrote:
Hardy Har Har.
Laughing Lois Of Oregon said:
That is Hardy Har Har, the world's only clinically depressed Laughing Hyena. It's funny, like a bird with acrophobia, or a mole with claustrophobia, or a republican with a sense of basic human decency.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Hardy Har Har
I can still hear the song in my head. In an ear worm kind of way, now, dammit.
Windy and rainy in my corner of NorCal, thanks to an Alaskan cold front. Good day for burying myself in Christmas cards.
David in Moon Valley said:
...and Hardy Har Har....ah childhood.........
Kevin K in Washington, DC replied:
The answer is: Hardy Har Har! He was a pessimistic Hyena.
Dale of Steady Rain Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
Hardy Har Har the Hyena.
Snow Boobies Mañana
DJ Useo answered:
That face belongs to Hardy Har Har, & it always hits my funny bone just right.
My wife Patricia introduced me to Hanna-Barbera cartoons, & I really like them much because I laugh at, & with them a lot.
My fave H-B toon is Pixie, & Dixie, or maybe Yogi Bear, or Blue Dog. ( As I call Huckleberry Hound )
Hardy Har Har ~ A hyena in a porkpie hat and bow tie, first Appeared: 1962.
Joe S Stony Lonesome said:
Lippy the Lion? His side kick? First of all let me say, I've never heard of either one of them. Cartoon characters you say? Hmmm. Well I looked it up because I hate a mystery unsolved. So his name, the side kick, is Hardy Har Har. Learn something new every day. Today I also learned that turtles are a chocolate, caramel and pecan candy. Who knew?
mj took the day off.
Charlie took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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.
TV Weatherman said there'd be no rain, so of course, it rained. Not much, but enough to make the roads slick.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ike Barinholtz, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 10/8/15) are Nathan Lane, Rachel Bloom, and the Maccabees.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Undateable', followed by a FRESH'Truth Be Told', then a FRESH'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Will Smith, Kirsten Dunst, and Calvin Harris.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 11/23/15) are Sarah Palin (R-Obsolete), David Tennant, Holly Holm, a performance by the Broadway cast of "Spring Awakening", and Brian Chase.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/15/15) are Jeff Daniels, Handsome Ghost, and Colin Hanks.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 11/30/15) are Adam Sandler, Taylor Lautner, Luke Wilson, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Rob Schneider, and Fall Out Boyz II Men.
The CW fills the night with the FRESH, but pre-taped and edited 'The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade'.
Faux has a FRESH'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH'World's Funniest'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'Unforgettable', followed by a FRESH'Unforgettable', 'What Would You Do?', and another 'What Would You Do?'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Muppet Movie', followed by the movie 'A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa', then the movie 'Muppet Treasure Island'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 10, Episode 5
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 10, Episode 6
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1, Ep 8 - Peter's
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 15 - Amy's Baking Company
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7.1, Ep 2 - Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7.1, Ep 3 - A Town Called Mercy
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 7 - Reunion
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 1 - Evolution
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 2 - The Ensigns of Command
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 3 - The Survivors
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 4 - Who Watches the Watchers
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 5 - The Bonding
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 6 - Booby Trap
[8:00PM] THE PRINCESS BRIDE
[10:00PM] THE PRINCESS BRIDE
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 1 - Evolution
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 2 - The Ensigns of Command
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 3 - The Survivors
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 4 - Who Watches the Watchers
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 5 - The Bonding
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 6 - Booby Trap (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', 'Vanderpump Rules After Show', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Utlimatum'.
Comedy Central has 2½ hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Trading Places'.
FX has the movie '2 Guns', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious 6'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Velvet Rope
[7:00AM] BENDERS-Wake 'Em Up
[7:30AM] MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
[10:30AM] ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
[1:00PM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[3:00PM] ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
[5:30PM] KILLER ELITE
[8:00PM] THE RAID: REDEMPTION
[10:15PM] KILLER ELITE
[12:45AM] THE RAID: REDEMPTION
[3:00AM] MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] A Mighty Wind
[8:00AM] Billy Elliot
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Amends
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Thin Ice
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Hubris
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Whose Monkey Is It Anyway
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Sunday in the Park With Jorge
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Phobia
[10:00PM] Law & Order-A Losing Season
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Swept Away: A Very Special Episode
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Bronx Cheer
[1:00AM] The Returned
[2:09AM] Galaxy Quest
[4:21AM] Stripes (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Crazies', followed by the movie 'Zombieland', then a FRESH'Z Nation'.
Actor Kirk Douglas and his wife have donated $15 million toward a Motion Picture Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills, California, to help build a care center for Hollywood industry members suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the center will be named after Douglas and is expected to cost $35 million in total.
Officials announced Wednesday - Douglas's 99th birthday - that his gift will kick the design and planning of the new facility into high gear.
Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch in 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. He changed his name to Kirk Douglas as he started his acting career.
Scientists in Germany said Thursday they had reached a milestone in a quest to derive energy from nuclear fusion, billed as a potentially limitless, safe and cheap source.
Nuclear fusion entails fusing atoms together to generate energy -- a process similar to that in the Sun -- as opposed to nuclear fission, where atoms are split, which entails worries over safety and long-term waste.
After spending a billion euros ($1.1 billion) and nine years' construction work, physicists working on a German project called the "stellarator" said they had briefly generated a super-heated helium plasma inside a vessel -- a key point in the experimental process.
"We're very satisfied," said Hans-Stephan Bosch at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald.
Composer Ennio Morricone (L) and wife Maria Travia pose as they arrive for the European premiere of "The Hateful Eight" at Leicester Square in London, Britain, December 10, 2015.
Photo by Luke MacGregor
U2 guitarist The Edge won approval on Thursday to build five hilltop homes in the California celebrity enclave of Malibu despite opposition from environmentalists who fear it will endanger crucial wildlife corridors for such animals as mountain lions and bobcats, officials said.
The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, and his team bought the property in 2005 and since then he has pursued regulatory approval from the California Coastal Commission to be able to eventually build on the site and live there.
The unanimous vote by the Coastal Commission at a meeting in Monterey, in central California, to approve the 5.2-acre (2.1-hectare) project in the exclusive beach community just outside Los Angeles marked a reversal from its 2011 decision to reject the project.
The project must next go before officials in Malibu and Los Angeles County to obtain permits.
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was placed in solitary in the federal prison where he's serving time on corruption charges after calling a talk show and repeating his claims of innocence, his son said Thursday.
Siegelman phoned a liberal talk show on Oct. 15 to discuss his allegations that he's a Democratic political prisoner wrongly prosecuted by Republicans. A recording of the segment is available online.
He also talked about U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, who presided at Siegelman's trial but has since resigned after being arrested on a spousal abuse charge, and told listeners inmates are limited to 15 minutes on the phone.
Joseph Siegelman, Siegelman's son and attorney, said the former governor was sent to a higher-security facility and placed solitary confinement afterward, and he's apparently been there ever since. Prison regulations don't bar inmates from speaking with the media, he said.
"All I know is it's been eight weeks and he's still locked in a box," said the younger Siegelman, who practices in Birmingham.
The Citadel military college in South Carolina said on Thursday it was suspending eight cadets after photographs were posted on social media showing many of them wearing pointed white pillowcases that resembled hoods worn by the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan.
Seven cadets wore the hoods and all-white clothing while singing Christmas carols as part of a "Ghosts of Christmas Past" skit, according to initial findings by the college in Charleston.
The costumes resemble the white hoods and garb worn by members of the KKK, a group that has targeted blacks with cross burnings, lynchings and other violent acts.
"These images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect," said college president John Rosa, a retired Air Force lieutenant general.
Oxfam activists wear masks of from left, Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as they stage a protest during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.
Photo by Christophe Ena
Islanders in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay could be among the first "climate change refugees" in the continental United States as rising seas claim their historic fishing village, a report released Thursday concludes.
The research published in the journal Scientific Reports says residents of steadily shrinking Tangier Island will have to abandon their fishing community in approximately 50 years.
As the U.N. climate talks continue an ocean away in Paris, "Tangier is kind of ground zero," said oceanographer David M. Schulte, lead author of the research.
The peer-reviewed research was funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has said millions in new infrastructure such as breakwaters could shield Tangier Island and extend its life.
Tangier's threatened existence is not news to islanders, who have seen their island and others nearby retreat through the decades. Uppards Island was abandoned nearly a century ago, but the skeletal remains of those who once lived there are occasionally coughed up during storms, such as Hurricane Sandy.
Visitors take pictures of an illuminated installation constructed with glass and LED lights as part of the upcoming Christmas celebrations at the "Starlight Garden" in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.
Photo by Kin Cheung
A trove of Viking jewelry and Saxon coins unearthed by an amateur treasure-hunter in a farmer's field may help rescue an English king from obscurity.
The Watlington Hoard, a collection of silver bands, ingots and 186 coins unveiled at the British Museum Thursday, dates from a tumultuous period. The coins were minted during the reign of Alfred the Great, ruler of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, who battled a "great heathen army" of Viking invaders during the 9th century.
Alfred is renowned as the ruler whose victories helped create a unified England, but some of the coins in the hoard also bear the name of the far more obscure King Ceolwulf II of Mercia, a neighboring kingdom to Wessex.
"Poor Ceolwulf gets a very bad press in Anglo Saxon history," said museum coins curator Gareth Williams. What little is known of him was written at Alfred's court and paints Ceolwulf as "a puppet of the Vikings."
Williams said the hoard contains coins that carry images of two Roman emperors side by side - evidence that the kings were allies against the Scandinavians, but that Ceolwulf was "airbrushed out of history" by the increasingly powerful Alfred.
Siberian tigers are seen at the Siberian tiger zoo in Hailin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. The facility, the world's largest Siberian tigers breeding center, is home to over 1,000 Siberian tigers, among the world's most endangered species.
Photo by Qiang Yong
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