Paraguay is a landlocked country in central South America, bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica ("Heart of South America"). Paraguay is one of the two landlocked countries (the other is Bolivia) that lie outside Afro-Eurasia. Paraguay is the smallest landlocked country in the Americas.
Mark. was first and correct with:
Bolivia is landlocked, and so is its next door neighbor Paraguay.
I hope the rest of you are doin alright... it's 1°F here in the Dakotas
..that's one Frikkin degree above zero
and there's a brass monkey warning out
so stay warm, people
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
I think this was recently on
A rerun of No Reservations: Paraguay.
Oh, I know this: Paraguay.
Crazy-heavy rain yesterday and today. It's not too cold, either, just wet. Our backyard seasonal pond is creeping up toward the house, but I'm not concerned with water intrusion. Our French drains, while overloaded now, will kick in once the rain slows down.
DJ Useo wrote:
I say it's Paraguay. After John Oliver fooling us so many times on his show, regarding which South American country is which,
I recently took the time to study the map a bit, & it seems to have paid off in this instance.
You know, I was certain for months that trump was deliberately trying to lose the race. I sure don't think he legitimately won. Sorry to say.
Joe S took the day off.
MAM took the day off.
Marian took the day off.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
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.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN'Kevin Can Wait', then a RERUN'Man With A Plan', followed by a FRESH'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a RERUN'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Billy Joel and Josh Holloway.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Neil Patrick Harris, Sienna Miller, and Tom Ford.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Celebrity Apprentice', followed by a RERUN'The Wall'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 12/1/16) are Emma Stone, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kacey Musgraves.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Jason Sudeikis, Michelle Monaghan, and Van Jones.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/17/16) are Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Explosions in the Sky, and Matty Matheson.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH'Big Fan', then another FRESH'Big Fan', followed by a RERUN'Conviction'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Ben Affleck, Ruth Negga, and Foy Vance.
The CW offers a RERUN'Supergirl', followed by a RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux fills the night with a RERUN'Showtime At The Apollo'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 3 hours of 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH'Intervention', then a FRESH'Hoarders'.
AMC offers the movie 'True Grit', followed by the movie 'Saving Private Ryan'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Winter
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Last Frontier
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-On Thin Ice
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Love & Monsters
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Fear Her
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Army of Ghosts
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Caretaker, Pt. 1
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Caretaker, Pt. 2
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Parallax
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Time and Again
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Chute
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Who Watches the Watchers
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-The Bonding
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Booby Trap
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-Sacred Ground
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Future's End, Pt.1
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Vengeance Factor
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Chute
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-The Swarm
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-False Profits
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Remember
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-Sacred Ground
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Future's End, Pt.1
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Vengeance Factor (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'Timber Creek Lodge', then a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', followed by another FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Susan Goldberg.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski, and Dan Bakkedahl.
FX has the movie 'Ride Along', followed by the movie 'The Heat', then the movie 'The Heat', again.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers: Bonus Buys', then a FRESH'Pawn Stars: Pumped Up', and 'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Spider Walk With Me
[6:30AM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Level Boss
[7:00AM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Dig Me Up, Dig Me Down
[7:30AM] MACHETE KILLS
[1:30PM] MACHETE KILLS
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ski Trip
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Stolen Car
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Pill
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Career Day
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Prom Night
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Punk Chick
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ski Trip
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Stolen Car
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Pill
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Career Day
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Prom Night
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
[3:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Punk Chick
[4:00AM] ZOMBIELAND (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] M*A*S*H-Margaret's Marriage
[6:30AM] M*A*S*H-Fade Out, Fade In
[7:00AM] M*A*S*H-Fade Out, Fade In
[7:30AM] M*A*S*H-Fallen Idol
[8:00AM] M*A*S*H-Last Laugh
[8:30AM] M*A*S*H-War of Nerves
[9:00AM] M*A*S*H-The Winchester Tapes
[9:30AM] M*A*S*H-The Light That Failed
[10:00AM] M*A*S*H-In Love and War
[10:30AM] M*A*S*H-Change Day
[11:30AM] M*A*S*H-The M*A*S*H Olympics
[12:00PM] M*A*S*H-The Grim Reaper
[12:30PM] M*A*S*H-Comrades in Arms
[1:00PM] M*A*S*H-Comrades in Arms
[1:30PM] M*A*S*H-The Merchant of Korea
[2:00PM] Animal House
[7:00PM] The Warriors
[9:00PM] The Fighter
[11:30PM] The Warriors
[11:30PM] The Warriors
[1:30AM] Animal House
[4:00AM] The Full Monty (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Faculty', followed by the movie 'Blade'.
Though not the first political joke of the night, the claps from the audience indicate Hugh Laurie's poke at the Republican party was a hit.
In thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his win, the British actor noted it was made even sweeter due to winning it at the "last ever" Golden Globes. Laurie won for the Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in "The Night Manager.
"I don't mean to be gloomy. It's just it has the words 'Hollywood,' 'foreign' and 'press' in the title," Laurie said, the audience breaking out into laughter and cheers.
"I also think to some Republicans even the word 'association' is slightly sketchy," he added.
Laurie is of course alluding to the strained relationship that's erupted between Donald Trump (R-Grifter) and the Republican and the entertainment industry.
Passengers wait for the subway as they take part in the No Pants Subway Ride in New York City on Jan. 8. The No Pants Subway Ride began in 2002 in New York as a stunt and has taken place in cities around the world since then.
Photo by Gordon Donovan
Actress Meryl Streep earned a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes Sunday and in accepting, turned the spotlight away from herself.
She defended Hollywood and journalists, honored the late Carrie Fisher and took shots at President-elect Donald Trump (R-Mountebank), without mentioning his name.
Streep said a performance from the past year that stunned her came from the campaign trail, noting the incident where "the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country" imitated a disabled reporter from The New York Times, an incident replayed frequently in campaign advertising.
"It kind of broke my heart when I saw it," she said. "I still can't get it out of my head, because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life."
Streep said that "when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges was described as "royalty" by his peers on Friday as he sunk his hands and feet into the cement at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre.
The 67-year-old actor, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe this year for "Hell or High Water," was surrounded by fellow actors and industry heavyweights, including Sharon Stone and Chris Pine, during the ceremony.
Bridges, dressed in a suit and tie, recalled coming to the iconic theater as a kid and joked that his brother Beau had told him to "bliss out" and enjoy the imprint ceremony.
The actor has been a Hollywood leading man since the 1970s and is notably known for playing Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski in the 1998 Coen Brothers cult comedy classic "The Big Lebowski."
When Galina Balashova designed her first space habitation module for Soviet cosmonauts, she drew a landscape on its interior wall, something that could remind them of home.
An architect by training and an artist at heart, Balashova went on to spend three decades designing the interior of the Soyuz and other Soviet spaceships, making sure the crafts were not just metal carcasses stuffed with equipment, but also living spaces.
Beginning in 1963 over just one weekend, she sketched the interior of the Soyuz craft at home after Sergei Korolyov, the father of the Soviet space programme, asked that the ship be made habitable.
After Korolyov approved her sketch, which included the landscape drawing on the wall, she also had to provide the actual watercolour painting that would go up into space.
Despite that, Balashova says she was not allowed to put her name under her work, complaining that her bosses took the credit.
Former Sen. Dan Coats, in line to be national intelligence director, has swung back and forth between government service and lobbying, the type of Washington career that President-elect Donald Trump has mocked.
The Indiana Republican, 73, has made four spins through the capital's revolving door and become wealthy. Since the early 1980s, Coats either has served in government or earned money as a lobbyist and board director. His most recently available Senate financial disclosure, from 2014, shows he had a net worth of more than $12 million.
In and out of government, Coats dealt with intelligence, which he would oversee for the Trump administration if confirmed by the Senate. Announcing his selection on Saturday, Trump cited Coats' "deep subject matter expertise and sound judgment" and government service but did not mention his lobbying.
When Coats first left the Senate in 1999, he abided by the legally required yearlong cooling off period before joining a firm that lobbied his former colleagues on behalf of foreign clients.
He resumed government service in 2001 as ambassador to Germany under resident George W. Bush. In 2005, Coats returned to the United States, and to the influence industry, as a lobbyist on behalf of some of the country's biggest companies, including defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. Five years later, he successfully ran for his old Senate seat.
Building World's Highest Gravitational Wave Telescopes
They were proposed almost exactly 100 years ago by Albert Einstein, based on his theory of general relativity, but it was only in February 2016 that scientists proved the existence of gravitational waves. And now, China is starting work on the world's highest altitude telescope that can detect them.
According to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, whose scientists furnished the proof for the existence of the phenomenon: "Gravitational waves are 'ripples' in the fabric of space-time caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe. … The strongest gravitational waves are produced by catastrophic events such as colliding black holes, the collapse of stellar cores (supernovae), coalescing neutron stars or white dwarf stars, the slightly wobbly rotation of neutron stars that are not perfect spheres, and the remnants of gravitational radiation created by the birth of the universe itself."
Gravitational waves are completely different from electromagnetic radiation that is commonplace in the universe, and they also interact very weakly with matter even as they travel through space at the speed of light. Studying them is a completely new way, unhindered by cosmic noise, to study the nature of space and time.
Located 5,250 meters (over 17,200 feet) above sea level in Tibet, the Chinese telescope will be very well-placed to study the primordial phenomenon. The region has clear skies and minimal human activity, making it ideal for observing faint echoes from the earliest days of the universe, soon after the Big Bang.
The first telescope, code-named, Ngari No. 1, is already under construction, according to Xinhua, which cited Yao Yongqiang, chief researcher with the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who added it will be operational by 2021.
Young people with no pants wait for the subway train during the event 'No Pants Subway Ride' in Berlin, Germany, Sunday Jan. 8, 2017. What started in New York City in 2002 with a just a handful of people has blossomed into a worldwide movement involving thousands. No Pants rides are scheduled Sunday in about 50 cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia.
Photo by Maurizio Gambarini
While both college debt and the "boomerang" phenomenon are growing, a new study casts doubt on the notion that staggering student loans are driving young adults back to their parents' doorsteps.
In the past decade, student debt has doubled, with the average 2015 college graduate owing $30,000. The rate at which young adults "boomerang" also is increasing - recent studies report that between 20 and 50 percent are returning home. Many assume the former causes the latter, but Jason Houle and Cody Warner - assistant sociology professors at Dartmouth College and Montana State University, respectively - found the opposite.
Their study, published Thursday in Sociology of Education and based on annual surveys of more than 5,000 people born between 1980 and 1984, found that so-called boomerangers had less student loan debt than young adults who didn't return home.
While many in policy and academic circles subscribe to what Houle called the Chicken Little idea that "The sky is falling, student debt is destroying the dreams of a generation," others believe there is not so much a college debt crisis as there is a college completion crisis. The study backs up the latter idea, he said. The authors found a strong association between college completion and the boomerang effect: Young adults who did not finish their degrees had at least a 40 percent higher risk of returning home than those who graduated, likely due to limited options to finding a job.
Houle's study used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth 1997 Cohort, a sample of 8,984 respondents across the country who were born between 1980 and 1984, and aside from two years, have been interviewed by the U.S. Department of Labor every year since 1997. For this study, the sample was restricted to the 5,025 who had attended college and had lived apart from their parents at some point. The authors acknowledge several limitations, including that there may be other differences between respondents with different debt amounts that may affect boomeranging.
For the first time in 25 years, record player manufacturer Crosley has decided to go retro and bring back the classic vinyl jukebox player, but with a modern twist. Its CR1209A full-sized Rocket Vinyl Jukebox will be the only jukebox in production.
Its stylish yet classic-looking jukebox is decked out in shimmering gold and chrome with a clear glass top over the record changer and player, so that users can see the rotating wheel of vinyl records after making their selection. The machine will hold 70 7-inch records for a total of 140 separate tunes.
Users can make their selection using classic numbered red buttons, or via remote control. The jukebox can also be placed in shuffle mode, and will cycle through records until told otherwise.
If you don't have a enough 7-inch records to fill up the machine or want to hear a specific song, the jukebox can also connect to your device via Bluetooth and auxiliary input allows you to tap into the jukebox's speakers.
The front panel features two mid speakers, two tweeters and one 12-inch twin cone bass speaker. The jukebox Crosely showed off at CES was decked out with hits, and it delivered the warm and powerful sound you'd expect from a vinyl record through a nice amp and speakers.
But, it's going to cost you. The jukebox has a suggested retail price of $11,995. And it also won't be easy getting one. Crosley plans to have 16 units ready to ship by April or May of this year, so step in line, rich vinyl lovers.
"Star Wars" is still dominating the movie universe, with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" leading the box office for a fourth straight week.
The intergalactic adventure edged out the NASA drama "Hidden Figures" for the top spot this weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Rogue One" brought in $21.97 million. "Hidden Figures" - which expanded by more than 2,000 theaters Friday after opening in limited release - collected $21.8 million.
The animated animal musical "Sing" was in third place this weekend, taking in another $19.5 million for a three-week haul of $213.3 million. "Underworld: Blood Wars" debuted in fourth place with $13.1 million, followed by the celebrated musical "La La Land" with $10 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," $21.97 million ($56.6 million international).
2. "Hidden Figures," $21.8 million.
3. "Sing," 19.5 million ($26.4 million international).
4. "Underworld: Blood Wars," $13.1 million.
5. "La La Land," $10 million. ($3.8 million international)
6. "Passengers," $8.8 million ($32.7 million international).
7. "Why Him?" $6.5 million ($6.1 million international).
8. "Moana," $6.4 million ($20 million international).
9. "Fences," $4.7 million.
10. "Assassin's Creed," $3.8 million ($45 million international).
Seagulls stand on a thin layer of ice on the Maschsee lake in Hanover, northern Germany, Jan. 8, 2017. With temperatures slightly over zero degrees Celsius, most parts of the German state of Lower Saxony see a rainy and overcast day.
Photo by Focke Strangmann
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