Scott Burns: Let's Enlarge the Cup of Life (AssetBuilder)
What would we do if we truly loved and cared for others? … I'm not talking about kisses and hugs. I'm talking about concrete action. I'm talking about turning toward the welfare of others. What would be the most transforming--- but doable--- actions? I have two suggestions. If we could get these done, we'd be living in an amazing, caring country. I hope you'll think about them.
Scott Burns: "Social Security Reform: If You're Under 50, Watch Out" (AssetBuilder)
You're eager to buy your favorite candy bar. You go in the store. You pay the usual amount. But when you open the familiar wrapping you get a terrible surprise. It's smaller, way smaller, than you expected. Millions of Americans may have an experience like this in the future. Only it will be with something far more important. The shrunken candy bar will be their Social Security check. Benefits will be far smaller than expected if Social Security is "reformed." The change would come through a bill submitted by Rep. Sam Johnson, R:Texas.
Andrew Hallam: Research Says Money Can Buy You Happiness (AssetBuilder)
I ran along the sand wearing nothing but shorts and a pair of shoes. Each morning for a month, I saw the same fishermen during my 5-mile run along the Portuguese shore. I called out, "Bom dia!" They smiled and waved. After each run, I came back to the hotel. I ate breakfast, did a bit of reading and wandered back to the beach.
Henry Rollins: I Never Like Being in a Band All That Much (LA Weekly)
Whenever I'm in London without a show breathing down my neck, I walk the streets trying to wrap my head around all the shows that happened here, from Jimi Hendrix playing club shows to The Ruts tearing it up a decade later. This is where I lose most of my perspective (which I am happy to part with) and become one of the more in-need-of-a-life fan types there ever was.
The Beatles staged their third concert tour of America in August 1966, and it was the last commercial tour they would ever undertake. Lasting a total of 19 performances, with 17 shows in American venues and two in Canada (Toronto), it was plagued with backlash regarding the controversy of John Lennon's remarks about Christianity, death threats, and the band's own dissatisfaction with the noise levels and their ability to perform live. Although it was a commercial success, ticket sales had noticeably declined in number. After the tour, they would become a studio band and focused exclusively on record production.
The Beatles made an unannounced live appearance on the roof of their London Apple office at Savile Row on 30 January 1969, but their final paid live concert took place on 29 August 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Only 25,000 tickets were sold despite the fact that Candlestick Park has a capacity for 42,500 people. At 9:27 pm, the Beatles finally took the stage and proceeded to play eleven songs: "Rock And Roll Music", "She's A Woman", "If I Needed Someone", "Day Tripper", "Baby's In Black", "I Feel Fine", "Yesterday", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Nowhere Man", "Paperback Writer" and "Long Tall Sally". Knowing that this would be their last concert, members of the band took measures of their own to capture their last moments on stage. Each brought a camera and McCartney asked Beatles' press agent Tony Barrow to successfully make a rough audio tape recording from the field. The recording of this final concert is now widely circulated on bootlegs.
David in Moon Valley was first and correct with:
what my age-addled brain cells are forcing me to type, for some strangely odd reason, is candlestick park in san francisco...i'm not even going to look it up...fuck it...if it's wrong, oh well....in all probability somebody here will look it up and post the right answer so i'll get to learn something new first thing tomorrow...
Happy New Year Marty!
August 29, 1966 in Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA, USA
Alan J said:
Candlestick Park, San Francisco.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
The Beatles' final live concert took place on 29 August 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.
Kevin in Washington DC replied:
Candlestick Park, San Francisco
The Beatles' last paid live concert was held in 1966, in Candlestick Park. A local talk radio host mentioned it last week, otherwise I wouldn't know.
Just cold, no rain, but hey, we survived another year so Happy New Year!
John I from Hawai`i says,
DJ Useo replied:
I think you mean the Candlestick Park concert. My wife is sure, although at first I thought it was an Australian concert. Doh!
I've been really enjoying the Beatles recent Mono box set. It's perfect if you know the albums like I do,
as you knowtice (sic) many differences, chiefly among the vocals. Great stuff.
A giant Happy New Year to all of you! It's 1984 groundhog day style once again!
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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 opens the night with a FRESH'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH'Man With A Plan', then a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', followed by a FRESH'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH'Scorpion'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 12/15/16) are James Franco, Michael Stipe, and Gad Elmaleh.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 11/16/16) are Kendall Jenner, Michael Strahan, and Hey Violet.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Celebrity Apprentice', followed by a FRESH'The Wall'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 12/14/16) are Arnold $chwarzenegger, Elle Fanning, and Childish Gambino.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 12/6/16) are Shaquille O'Neal, Abbi Jacobson, Miranda Lambert, and Abe Cunningham.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/10/16) are Rebecca Hall, Broncho, and Richard Bacon.
ABC starts the night with a FRESHThe Bachelor', followed by a FRESH'Jimmy Kimmel Live'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Joel McHale and Nick Viall.
The CW offers 'The 128th Annual Torment Of Roses Parade'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'Masterchef Celebrity Showdown'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', then a FRESH'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Nightwatch'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', followed by the movie 'The Departed'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-The Dauphin
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Contagion
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Time Squared
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-The Icarus Factor
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Pen Pals
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-Q Who
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Samaritan Snare
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Up the Long Ladder
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Manhunt
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-The Emissary
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Peak Performance
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 22-Innocence
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 23-The Thaw
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-Tuvix
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Evolution
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Ensigns of Command
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 23-The Thaw
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-Tuvix
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Evolution (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH'Timber Creek Lodge', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Grown Ups 2', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', again.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers', then a FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by another FRESH'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Let Your Love Groan
[6:30AM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Life Orr Death
[7:00AM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Ouija Bored
[7:30AM] NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
[12:15PM] NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
[3:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sheer Heart Attack
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Leaving Home Ain't Easy
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sheer Heart Attack
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Leaving Home Ain't Easy
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
[3:30AM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] M*A*S*H-The Nurses
[6:30AM] M*A*S*H-The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan
[7:00AM] M*A*S*H-Dear Sigmund
[7:30AM] M*A*S*H-Mulcahy's War
[8:00AM] M*A*S*H-The Korean Surgeon
[8:30AM] M*A*S*H-Hawkeye Get Your Gun
[9:00AM] M*A*S*H-The Colonel's Horse
[10:00AM] M*A*S*H-Hawk's Nightmare
[10:30AM] M*A*S*H-The Most Unforgettable Characters
[11:00AM] M*A*S*H-38 Across
[11:30AM] M*A*S*H-Ping Pong
[12:00PM] M*A*S*H-End Run
[12:30PM] M*A*S*H-Hanky Panky
[1:30PM] M*A*S*H-The General's Practitioner
[2:00PM] M*A*S*H-Movie Tonight
[3:00PM] Taxi Driver
[8:00PM] A Time to Kill
[11:30PM] Mississippi Burning
[2:30AM] Taxi Driver
[4:58AM] Rectify-A House Divided (ALL TIMES EST)
A swimmer dressed as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, takes part in the New Year's Day swim as other swimmers dressed as Mexicans hold up a wall, at Saundersfoot in Wales, Britain, Jan. 1, 2017.
Photo by Rebecca Naden
Troubled late pop icon George Michael has made a return to Britain's record charts following his death on Christmas Day at the age of 53, the Official Charts Company said on Friday.
"Last Christmas", one of his best-selling singles from his time in the pop duo Wham!, has climbed to number seven in the charts -- its first time in the top 10 sales since it was released 31 years ago.
The song has also become the second most streamed track of the week, with 3.6 million streams.
Michael's greatest hits collection "Ladies & Gentlemen" has seen a stagging 5,625 percent surge in combined sales and streams over the past week.
"The Final", Michael's last album with Wham!, came in at 40 followed by "Twenty Five" at 47, "Faith" at 62, "Symphonica" at 73 and "Older" at 84.
The Hollywood sign is seen vandalized, Jan. 1, 2017. Los Angeles residents awoke New Year's Day to find a prankster had altered the famed Hollywood sign to read "HOLLYWeeD." Police have also notified the city's Department of General Services, whose officers patrol Griffith Park and the area of the rugged Hollywood Hills near the sign.
Photo by Photo/Damian Dovarganes
A children's event on Saturday at the National Opera kicked off a year of festivities in Finland to celebrate 100 years of independence from Russia.
Celebrations will culminate Dec. 6, the day Finnish Parliament declared independence in 1917.
Saturday's events included a concert paired with New Year's Eve fireworks over Helsinki, the capital. Finland's Foreign Ministry lit up in the winter darkness by illuminating its facade in the Finnish flag's blue and white colors.
Throughout 2017 there will be hundreds of events in this Nordic nation of 5.5 million - from films, dance parties and environment-related events to concerts and activities linked to Finland's renowned sauna tradition.
The government has earmarked 19 million euros (USD20 million) for the celebrations, including a new national park - the nation's 40th - that will be opened in June, highlighting Finns' affinity to nature. Finland also claims it will become the first country in the world to have an official flag day for its environment on Aug. 26 - also as part of the centennial festivities.
A little-known federal program that avoids publicizing its accomplishments to protect from looters the thousands of Native American sites it's tasked with managing has been caught up in a big net.
The Federal Columbia River System Cultural Resources Program tracks some 4,000 historical sites that also include homesteads and missions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Now it's contributing information as authorities prepare a court-ordered environmental impact statement concerning struggling salmon and the operation of 14 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin.
Fish survival, hydropower, irrigation and navigation get the most attention and will be components in the environmental review due out in 2021. But at more than a dozen public meetings in the four states to collect feedback, the cultural resources program has equal billing. Comments are being accepted through Jan. 17.
The review process is being conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, an umbrella law that covers the well-known Endangered Species Act. Thirteen species of salmon and steelhead on the Columbia and Snake rivers have been listed as federally protected species over the past 25 years.
China will ban all ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017, the government said, in a move hailed by conservationists as a "game changer" for African elephants.
African ivory is highly sought after in China, where it is seen as a status symbol, with prices for a kilo (2.2 pounds) reaching as high as $1,100.
"To better protect elephants and better tackle the illegal trade... China will gradually stop the processing and sale of ivory for commercial purposes" by the end of 2017, the State Council, China's cabinet, said in a statement late Friday.
The move comes after Beijing said in March it would widen a ban on imports of all ivory and ivory products acquired before 1975, after pressure to restrict a trade that sees thousands of elephants slaughtered every year.
Conservationists estimate that more than 20,000 elephants were killed for their ivory last year, with similar tolls in previous years. The WWF campaign group says 415,000 of the animals remain.
The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone.
The city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is in pieces, victim of the Islamic State group's fervor to erase history. The remains of its palaces and temples, once lined in brilliant reliefs of gods and kings, have been blown up. The statues of winged bulls that once guarded the site are hacked to bits. Its towering ziggurat, or step pyramid, has been bulldozed.
The militants' fanaticism devastated one of the Middle East's most important archaeological sites. But more than a month after the militants were driven out, Nimrud is still being ravaged, its treasures disappearing, imperiling any chance of eventually rebuilding it, an Associated Press team found after multiple visits in the past month.
With the government and military still absorbed in fighting the war against the Islamic State group in nearby Mosul, the wreckage of the Assyrian Empire's ancient capital lies unprotected and vulnerable to looters.
The site's palaces and temples were spread over 360 hectares (900 acres) on a dirt plateau on the edge of the Tigris River valley.
A reveler braves packed ice while participating in the annual New Year's polar bear dip in Charlottetown Harbour on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Jan. 1, 2017. High winds pushed the ice against the shore forcing swimmers to improvise.
Photo by Andrew Vaughan
An evangelical mega-church bishop who once branded Catholics demons was sworn in as Rio de Janeiro's mayor on Sunday, putting a staunch conservative in charge of one of Latin America's most liberal cities.
Marcelo Crivella, from the socially conservative Brazilian Republican Party (PRB), won the mayoral race in October municipal elections.
His election was in keeping with a rightward political shift across Latin America, including in Brazil -- the continent's biggest country -- where the socialist president was recently impeached and where her Workers' Party suffered stark losses.
Crivella -- a bishop in the giant Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, founded by his billionaire uncle -- has promised to bring law and order to Rio, a city beset by high crime.
However, Crivella has had to work hard to distance himself from statements he made in a book he wrote in 1999 in which he described Roman Catholics as "demonic" and claimed that Hindus drank their children's blood.
New Yorkers' long wait to take a subway under Manhattan's far Upper East Side ended Sunday when three new stations on the Second Avenue line opened to the public.
The first train left the station at East 96th Street at noon after a speech by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pushed to meet a New Year's Day deadline for the long-delayed project.
The nearly 2-mile segment adds stations along Second Avenue at 96th, 86th and 72nd streets and a new connection to an existing subway line at 63rd Street.
Seen as crucial to alleviating congestion in the nation's biggest subway system, it is on a line expected to carry about 200,000 riders a day. The entire system transports about 5.6 million riders on an average weekday.
The city's transportation board first envisioned a Second Avenue subway in 1929, but the stock market crash and the Great Depression derailed the plan.
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