HENRY ROLLINS: WHY I'M NOT AN ATHEIST (LA Weekly)
Recently I was on the podcast You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. He's an incredibly nice guy, and it was a good experience overall. At one point, he moved the conversation toward the spiritual. I told him that I had no religious or spiritual beliefs but was too lazy for atheism. I was trying to be funny, but basically it's true.
29 Bizarre True Stories Behind the Most Popular Music Ever (Cracked)
Music nowadays is pretty calculated. Music producers have it down to science, knowing we'll listen to whatever "crap" they're tossing at us. But back in the day? Not so much. A lot of the stuff we consider "classic" really only reached our ears mostly due to plain dumb happenstance. With the help of Phish Head AuntieMeme, here are the craziest coincidences that made musical history.
Ted Rall: The Joy of Hopelessness (Creators Syndicate)
Like other cartoonists, I apply for the Pulitzer Prize, America's most prestigious journalism award, every January. […] Out of the 20-ish times I've entered, spending a full day or two each year printing out and pasting up cartoons and clips into a binder (and in the computer age, formatting and uploading them), not to mention 20-ish $50 application fees, all I have to show for my efforts is one finalistship. Back in 1996.
Lenore Skenazy: Knife to Meet You (Creators Syndicate)
Item: "A security screener at Newark Liberty International Airport failed to spot a butcher knife in a passenger's pocketbook. ... Katrina Bell, 27, had put the knife in her bag 'just in case' before going on a blind date earlier that week."
NARAL: Anti-Choice Violence and Intimidation
A campaign of violence, vandalism, and intimidation is endangering providers and patients and curtailing the availability of abortion services. Since 1993, eight clinic workers - including four doctors, two clinic employees, a clinic escort, and a security guard - have been murdered in the United States.
Patina is a thin layer that variously forms on the surface of stone; on copper, bronze and similar metals (tarnish produced by oxidation or other chemical processes); on wooden furniture (sheen produced by age, wear, and polishing); or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure. Patinas can provide a protective covering to materials that would otherwise be damaged by corrosion or weathering. They may also be aesthetically appealing.
The word "patina" comes from the Latin for "shallow dish". Figuratively, patina can refer to any fading, darkening or other signs of age, which are felt to be natural or unavoidable (or both).
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
patina, from the Latin for "dish, pan"
"Shallow dish," or maybe just "plate."
Not to be confused with Charley Partanna.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Patina is a thin layer that variously forms on the surface of stone; on copper, bronze and similar metals
I had to look this up (although I know what patina is): it comes from Latin for "shallow dish."
Something involving genitals, no doubt.
No...the very reasonable 'shallow dish'.
Plate ~ A surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use, often green layer that forms naturally on the metals copper and bronze when they are exposed to the air for a long time.
Lois Of The Hard Turtle Shell Of Oregon replied:
In my neighborhood, an old, green incrustation is called a
patina, or Kermit the Crab if you've had enough beer, which
I know I have! I think there was something funny I wanted to
say, but can't remember what it might have been since
opening the fourth can of "Fearless Mjolnir Imperial IPA"
which was purchased at the "Grocery Outlet" in Winston,
Oregon...come in and SEE OUR SAVINGS! NOW!!! DAMMIT!!!! Oh,
where was I...yeah, anyway, we are now all covered with a
thin protective coating of callous stupid which shall
protect us from the painful knowledge of what is coming soon
to a neighbourhood near you. Mahalo
Joe S responded:
Shallow dish. That's just silly, but I don't have time for my usual words of wisdom. I'm doing my taxes. So here's this.
As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by
him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years
left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are
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Party across the street got W-A-Y outta hand, resulting in 4 squad cars at 3:08am.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH'Mike & Molly', then a RERUN'Scorpion', followed by a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
On a RERUNDave (from 2/9/15) are Steve Carell, Adam Silver, and Hundred Waters.
Scheduled on a FRESHLate, Late Show, with this week's middle-aged white guy guest host, Drew Carey, are Pauley Perrette, Joshua Malina, and Cathy Ladman.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'The Night Shift'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Ryan Reynolds, Terrence Howard, and Kelly Clarkson.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Kelly Ripa, Nick Frost, Echosmith, and Kate Pierson.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Michael Voltaggio, Mariana Van Zeller, Melvins, and Tony Hinchcliffe.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'The Bachelor', followed by a RERUN'Secrets & Lies'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Cate Blanchett, Ryan Phillippe, and Joywave.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Originals', followed by a RERUN'Jane The Virgin'.
Faux has a FRESH'Gotham', followed by a FRESH'The Following'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
AMC offers the movie 'Jurassic Park', 'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH'Better Call Saul''.
[6:00AM] BBC World News
[7:00AM] BBC World News
[8:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
[9:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues
[10:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 15 - First Contact
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 4 - The Power of Three
[12:00PM] Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 2 - A New Dawn (Part 2)
[1:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Bonapartes
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
[4:00PM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 1
[5:00PM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 2
[6:00PM] Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 3
[7:30PM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 5
[8:30PM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 6 NEW
[10:00PM] Mud, Sweat and Gears - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Off-Road NEW
[11:00PM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 5
[12:00AM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 6
[1:30AM] Mud, Sweat and Gears - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Off-Road
[2:30AM] Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 3
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 1
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 2 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', and then it's 'TBA'.
Comedy Central has 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is Robert Smigel.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Doug Benson, Jen Kirkman, and Baratunde Thurston.
FX has the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,: Part 1', followed by a crapper load of 'Mike & Molly'.
History has 'Swamp People', another 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH'Swamp People', then a FRESH'Appalachian Outlaws'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-DAVID CROSS
[6:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-RAINN WILSON WEARS A SHORT SLEEVED PLAID SHIRT & COLORFUL SNEAKERS
[11:00AM] GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS
[5:45PM] COP LAND
[8:00PM] FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
[10:45PM] SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
[1:15AM] FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
[4:00AM] THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Loredana, Esq.-Never Lie to Your Lawyer
[7:00AM] Panic Room
[9:30AM] Cool Hand Luke
[12:15PM] The Ghost Writer
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Virus
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Securitate
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Manhood
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Stalker
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Disappeared
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Burden
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Bad Girl
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Damaged
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Tabloid
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Monster
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Cherished
[2:00AM] Law & Order-DWB
[3:00AM] The Red Violin
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Street Eats (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Predator', followed by the movie 'Predator 2'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Aziz Ansari and Cristela Alonzo.
Steve Carell, left, and Jon Stewart appear onstage at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes
A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat.
Herbicide makers say they're committed to helping the black-and-orange insects, whose numbers have plummeted by more than 90 percent in the past two decades. And environmentalists seeking protection for monarchs under the Endangered Species Act said restoring milkweed habitat would help other pollinating insects, too, such as honey bees, whose numbers of managed colonies have dropped by more than 4 million beehives since 1947.
"My feeling is if the monarch goes, it is like the canary in the coalmine," ecologist Lincoln Brower with Sweet Briar College in Virginia said.
Environmentalists say the butterfly's decline - the overwinter population in Mexico reached a low in 2013 - has coincided with the rise of St. Louis-based agribusiness giant Monsanto's popular weed killer Roundup, blamed for knocking out the milkweed plants. Monsanto then introduced Roundup Ready crops, which resist the herbicide, with a soybean version in 1996 and a corn version in 1998.
The Navy is turning over hundreds of human remains to a California Indian tribe after determining that the band has a historical connection to one of the Channel Islands.
A report this week in the Federal Register said Navy officials have recognized that the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has a connection to the history of the island.
The designation means that the remains of 469 people and 436 burial objects that were removed from San Nicolas Island over the last century will be repatriated to the tribe in Temecula, a suburb 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to the report.
The Ventura County Star reports the decision came after more than two years of talks between Navy officials and tribal officials over the Navy-owned island, which is 65 miles off the coast.
Myanmar's forestry department has captured a rare white elephant in the jungles of the country's western Ayeyarwaddy region, an official said Sunday.
The 7-year-old female was captured Friday, six weeks after it was initially spotted in a reserve in Pathein township, forestry official Tun Tun Oo said. It's the ninth white elephant in captivity in the country.
"We had to be careful," Tun Tun Oo said of the 1.9-meter-tall (6-foot-3) elephant. "It's wild. We didn't want the elephant or the forestry department officials to get hurt."
White elephants, which are actually albinos, have been revered for centuries in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and other Asian nations.
Often pinkish in color, with fair eyelashes and toenails, the animals were normally kept and pampered by monarchs as symbols of royal power and prosperity - and many people still believe they bring good luck to the country.
Actor Taylor Kinney, second left, and his fiancée, pop star Lady Gaga, center, along with "Chicago Fire" cast take part in the Chicago Polar Plunge at North Avenue Beach on Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Chicago.
Photo by Barry Brecheisen
About 15 rare pieces of art were stolen on Sunday morning in the Chinese Museum of the Chateau de Fontainebleau, southeast of Paris, the French culture ministry said.
These included a crown of the King of Siam, given to Emperor Napoleon III during the king's official visit to France in 1861 and a Chinese chimera in cloisonné enamel from the reign of Quianlong (1736-1795), it said in a statement.
The stolen artifacts came from China and Siam, known as Thailand today, and were collected by Empress Eugenie, Napoleon's wife. She had them placed in her museum, which was created in 1863.
The ministry said the burglary, which happened in one of the most secure parts of the castle, took only seven minutes and that an investigation had been launched.
A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease.
Nina Pham told The Dallas Morning News in the interview that she is preparing to file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources. She said she continues to suffer from body aches and insomnia after contracting the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
Pham alleged the hospital's lack of training and proper equipment and violations of her privacy made her "a symbol of corporate neglect - a casualty of a hospital system's failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis."
She also told the newspaper that Texas Health Resources was negligent because it failed to develop policies and train its staff for treating Ebola patients. She also told the paper that the company did not have proper protective gear for those who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who died after becoming the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the disease stemming from an outbreak in West Africa. Duncan, who contracted the disease on a visit to his native Liberia, died last fall only days before Pham tested positive for the disease.
"I was the last person beside Mr. Duncan to find out he was positive," she told the Morning News. "You'd think the primary nurse would be the first to know."
The ritual has become increasingly commonplace on many American college campuses: A student government body takes up Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and decides whether to demand their school divest from companies that work with the Jewish state.
In the United States, Israel's closest ally, the decade-old boycott-divestment-sanctions movement, or BDS, is making its strongest inroads on college campuses. No U.S. school has sold off stock and none is expected to do so anytime soon. Still, the current academic year is seeing an increasing number of divestment drives on campus. Since January, student governments at four universities have taken divestment votes.
While the campaigns unfold around resolutions largely proposed by chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine, outside groups have become increasingly involved. They include American Muslims for Palestine and the Quakers' American Friends Service Committee, on one side, to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, on the other.
Nowhere is the impact more evident than the University of California system. Student governments at five of the 10 UC campuses have voted for divestment. Since December, divestment also won the backing of the labor union representing thousands of teaching assistants and other workers for the entire UC system and the University of California Students Association, which represents student government bodies statewide.
Medea Benjamin leads activists with the organization Code Pink hold a rally at the Washington D.C. Convention Center during the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), in Washington, DC, USA 01 March 2015. CODEPINK claims the protest is in response to Israel's policies towards Palestinians and what they say is AIPAC's collusion in implementing those policies. Hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC is said to be the largest gathering of America's pro-Israel community.
Photo by Pete Marovich
Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" dethroned "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.
According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.' "Focus" easily topped all competitors on a weekend with little competition at North American multiplexes. In second place was the Colin Firth spy thriller "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which made $11.8 million in its third week of release.
After two weeks atop the box office, "Fifty Shades of Grey" continued its steep slide, landing in fourth with an estimated $10.9 million for Universal Pictures. "Fifty Shades," which has made $486.2 million globally, fell just behind Paramount's "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," which earned $11.2 million in its fourth week.
The weekend's only other new wide release, Relativity's horror film "The Lazarus Effect," opened in fifth place with $10.6 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Focus," $19.1 million.
2. "Kingsman: The Secret Service," $11.8 million.
3. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," $11.2 million.
4. "Fifty Shades of Grey," $10.9 million.
5. "The Lazarus Effect," $10.6 million.
6. "McFarland, USA," $7.8 million.
7. "American Sniper," $7.7 million.
8. "The DUFF," $7.2 million.
9. "Still Alice," $2.7 million.
10. "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," $2.4 million.
Dark and threatening storm clouds loom over downtown Los Angeles from a distant hilltop along the Santa Monica Mountains in the Encino area of Los Angeles, Sunday, March 1, 2015. A storm system over Southern California is expected to bring more snow, rain and possible thunderstorms to the region Sunday. The National Weather Service said the threat of showers will linger until Monday morning when the cold low-pressure system moves out.
Photo by Richard Vogel
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