HENRY ROLLINS: I LIKE RECORDS MORE THAN PEOPLE (LA Weekly)
People are a strange bunch. If you stare at them for a prolonged period, they sometimes get angry. If you look at them with a magnifying glass and start taking notes, they get offended. "What the hell are you doing?!" they bellow. They want answers. Don't we all. This is why I prefer records to members of our species.
This American icon's legal name at birth was Michael King, and his father was also born Michael King, but the elder King changed his and his son's names following a 1934 trip to Germany. By what name is this man better known?
The Friedman Unit, or simply Friedman, is a tongue-in-cheek neologism. One Friedman Unit is equal to six months, specifically the "next six months", a period repeatedly declared by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to be the most critical of the then-ongoing Iraq War even though such pronouncements extended back over two and a half years.
In tribute to Friedman's recurring prognostications, blogger Duncan Black (Atrios) coined the eponymous unit.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
It refers to the amount of time for the Iraq War to reach some sort of conclusion, accordion to writer and occasional pundit, Thomas Friedman
It seems that every time - EVERY time - Mr. Friedman was on one of those Sunday talking-head "hard news" shows on the TV machine, he would predict that within "the next six months" would determine the outcome of the War in Iraq. (the grammar and syntax of that sentence needs revising)
They still let him appear on those same shows, too!
And those shows (that were SO wrong SO often) are still on!!
God Bless America - our "news" programs don't need to be accurate - they only need to be entertaining.
Alan J said:
Little Tommy always promises that
The sun'll come out in 6 months.
The FU, named for the egregious NYT pundit Thomas Friedman = 6 months.
I once tried to watch a video of Friedman, in which he tried to explain a "free trade" agreement as the "operating system for the golden straitjacket of the electronic herd" or some such. Nauseating.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
One Friedman Unit is equal to six months, specifically the "next six months", a period repeatedly declared by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to be the most critical of the then-ongoing Iraq War
6 months- named for Thomas Friedman, known idiot.
Straight from the all-knowing Wikipedia: The Friedman Unit, or simply Friedman, is a tongue-in-cheek neologism. One Friedman Unit is equal to six months, specifically the "next six months", a period repeatedly declared by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to be the most critical of the then-ongoing Iraq War even though such pronouncements extended back over two and a half years.
Languid Lois Of Oregon answered:
Friedman Unit, not to be confused with a "Mexican Minute"!
An endlessly repeating six month STALLING technique used by
bullshit artists to force their private agenda down the
collective gullets of the gullible. How perfect is it that
the shill's name start with an "F", and so the "FU" is
displayed right out in plain sight for all to see and savor.
Yet another IQ test the world has failed?
MAM , wrote:
Six months. It is most commonly used when discussing the war in Iraq.
Joe S , took time from his birthday celebrations to answer:
"The Friedman Unit, or simply Friedman, is a tongue-in-cheek neologism. One Friedman Unit is equal to six months, specifically the "next six months", a period repeatedly declared by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to be the most critical of the then-ongoing Iraq War even though such pronouncements extended back over two and a half years."
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CBS fills the night with LIVE'2016 NCAA Basketball Tourney - The Big Dance', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUNDave (from 2/20/15) are Kid Scientists, Sean Hayes, and Judah & the Lion.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE are Jordana Brewster, Dave Grohl, Rainn Wilson, and Saint Motel.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'The Night Shift'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Michael Douglas, Kat Dennings, and St. Vincent.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Kit Harrington, Adam Horovitz, and the Mountain Goats.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/17/15) are Thomas Lennon, the Wolf, and Dreaming Bull.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a RERUN'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Rodriguez, and Spoon.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Originals', followed by a FRESH'Jane The Virgin'.
Faux has a RERUN'Gotham', followed by a FRESH'The Following'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 'Bates Motel', another 'Bates Motel', followed by a FRESH'Bates Motel', then a FRESH'The Returned'.
AMC offers 'Better Call Saul', another 'Better Call Saul', still another '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 7 - Ep 10 - Inheritance
[9:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 11 - Parallels
[10:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 12 - The Pegasus
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Let's Kill Hitler
[12:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Night Terrors
[1:00PM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Nature Under Constraint and Vexed
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 3 - Ep 2 - Revisited: The Fenwick Arms
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Hannah & Mason's
[4:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 1
[5:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 2
[6:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 3
[7:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 4
[8:00PM] Top Gear: Burma Special-Part 1
[9:30PM] Top Gear: Burma Special-Part 21
[1:00PM] Top Gear: Burma Special-Part 1
[12:30AM] Top Gear: Burma Special-Part 2
[2:00AM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 1
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 2
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 3
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 4 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH'Southern Charm'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park, 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is Gene Baur.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Justin Willman, Doug Benson, and Jade Catta-Preta.
FX has 'Mike & Molly', another 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'We Bought A Zoo', then the movie 'We Bought A Zoo', again.
History has 'Swamp People', another 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH'Swamp People', then a FRESH'Appalachian Outlaws'.
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[10:30PM] SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
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[3:15AM] INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE: THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Iconoclasts-Jane Goodall and Charlize Theron
[6:45AM] The New World
[9:45AM] Slumdog Millionaire
[12:30PM] The Edge
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Old Friends
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[11:00PM] Law & Order-DR 1-102
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Missing
[1:00AM] The Red Road-Gifts
[2:00AM] Law & Order-Access Nation
[3:00AM] Brokeback Mountain (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Zathura', followed by the movie 'Jumanji'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Billy Gardell, Erin & Sara Foster, and Tinashe.
KISS will receive the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Founders Award at the org's annual Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles on April 29.
The invitation-only event will also honor the Doobie Brothers with the Voice of Music Award, and indie darling St. Vincent with the Vanguard Award.
The rock band KISS, formed in the early '70s, has sold over 100 million albums with hits like "Strutter," "Shout It Out Loud," "Detroit Rock City," "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Christine Sixteen," "I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "Beth." Over its 40-year career, the band has released 28 gold albums - the most of any American rock band - and in 2014 KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KISS joins past Founders Award recipients including Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.
A headlamp cuts through the darkness of a rough-hewn passage 100 feet underground to reveal an inscription: "James Cockburn 8th Durham L.I."
It's cut so clean it could have been left yesterday. Only the date next to it - April 1, 1917 - roots it in the horrors of World War I.
The piece of graffiti by a soldier in a British infantry unit is just one of nearly 2,000 century-old inscriptions that have recently come to light in Naours, a two-hour drive north of Paris. Many marked a note for posterity in the face of the doom that trench warfare a few dozen miles away would bring to many.
Naours' underground city is a 3-kilometer (2-mile) -long complex of tunnels with hundreds of chambers dug out over centuries in the chalky Picardy plateau. During the Middle Ages villagers took shelter there from marauding armies crisscrossing northern France. By the 18th century the quarry's entrance was blocked off and forgotten.
In 1887 a local priest rediscovered the site and it eventually became a tourist attraction. That's what likely drew the soldiers to it during the war, said Gilles Prilaux, an archaeologist for France's national archaeology institute. He began a three-year study of the tunnels last July, intending to focus on the site's medieval past - only to stumble upon this more recent slice of history.
Indiana tourism agencies are rolling out campaigns emphasizing that everyone is welcome, but it might not be enough to quickly restore the state's battered image after a backlash over its religious objections law.
An uproar sparked by fears that the law would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians led a few convention organizers and performers to cancel events and some state and local governments to ban travel to the state last week. Revisions to the law's language have eased some of the criticism, but experts say the state could be dealing with a damaged reputation for years to come.
Chris Gahl, vice president of Visit Indy, the lead promoter for Indianapolis, said he has been in "full crisis mode" since the furor erupted after Gov. Mike Pence signed the law late last month.
Gahl said Visit Indy received more than 800 emails from people saying they were canceling trips for events such as the Indianapolis 500 or choosing a different vacation destination. The agency has been scrambling to prevent groups and businesses from either pulling out of negotiations for future conventions or canceling upcoming events altogether.
Two groups, including the public employee union AFSCME, have canceled conventions, and Gahl said two others were on the fence. He put the economic impact of those events at a "healthy eight figures."
A graffiti featuring women with arabic words reading "A woman is the life" is pictured on a wall during the "Women on Walls" public art project in downtown Cairo, April 5, 2015. Organisers say the "Women on Walls" project, or "Sit El Heta" in Arabic, encourgaes the empowerment of women through street art.
Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh
The world's biggest particle accelerator is back in action after a two-year shutdown and upgrade, embarking on a new mission that scientists hope could give them a look into the unseen dark universe.
Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, on Sunday shot two particle beams through the Large Hadron Collider's 27-kilometer (16.8-mile) tunnel, beneath the Swiss-French border near Geneva.
CERN said the restart went smoothly and faster than expected. Still, it will be a while yet before the accelerator is working at full speed and particle crashes start.
"It will take us about six weeks to two months to establish the first stable collisions for the experiments, because we have to commission all the instruments, all the systems one by one," said Joerg Wenninger, the accelerator's coordinator of operations.
The studio has settled its long-running lawsuit filed by the daughter of a screenwriter who claims MGM's 1980 boxing classic Raging Bull was based on his work. No details about the deal were revealed (read the document here).
Summary judgment had been set for April 27 in the case, which Paula Petrella took all the way to the Supreme Court last year. The justices ruled in May that she could pursue the suit claiming Raging Bull, which earned eight Oscar noms including Best Picture and won Robert De Niro his only Best Actor trophy, infringed the copyright of her father Frank Petrella's 1963 screenplay upon which she says the movie was based. The younger Petrella first launched her $1 million suit in 2009 after the release of the latest DVD of the Martin Scorsese film about the life of boxer Jake LaMotta.
Picture taken on March 26, 2015 shows a bottle of a beer brewed on site in the Beer Theater, a restaurant in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin holding Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev on his lap on the label
Photo by Yuriy Dyachyshyn
A hospital operator denied allegations of poor training and improper preparation in seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first U.S. patient to succumb to the deadly disease.
Texas Health Resources filed a response Friday to the March 2 lawsuit by nurse Nina Pham, The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.
Pham, who remains employed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas but has not returned to work, seeks unspecified damages in her lawsuit.
Texas Health Resources spokesman Wendell Watson, in a statement Friday, said the company and the hospital acted responsibly to protect their employees, basing their responses on the most up-to-date federal guidelines and with leading experts at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Since Pham contracted the disease while working for the hospital as an intensive care nurse, her remedy should be a worker's compensation claim, not in civil court, the hospital's response said.
The 2011 tsunami that struck Japan released thousands of tons of ozone-destroying chemicals and greenhouse gases into the air, a new study shows.
Thanks to the country's strict building codes, the enormous magnitude-9 Tohoku earthquake left Japan's homes and businesses relatively untouched. But the earthquake triggered a deadly tsunami that roared through coastal cities and villages, destroying almost 300,000 buildings, according to the National Police Agency of Japan.
The damaged insulation, refrigerators, air conditioners and electrical equipment unleashed 7,275 tons (6,600 metric tons) of halocarbons, the study reported. Halocarbon emissions rose by 91 percent over typical levels in the year following the earthquake, said Takuya Saito, lead study author and senior researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, Japan.
The six halocarbons measured in the study are a group of chemicals that attack the Earth's protective ozone layer and can also contribute to global warming. The halocarbons include banned gases such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), as well as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are being phased out of use. The researchers also found significant increases in hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride, both greenhouse gases.
People carry a phallus symbol during the Kanamara Matsuri, or Iron Phallus Festival through a street near the Kanamara shrine in Kawasaki outside of Tokyo April 5, 2015. The festival celebrates fertility and is used to raise awareness and money for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
Photo by Thomas Peter
Canada has closed a border crossing next to a tiny southeastern Alaska town during the overnight hours, but border officials say residents will still have access to emergency medical care.
Canadian officials began closing the road linking Hyder with nearby Stewart, British Columbia, on Wednesday, CoastAlaska News reported. Hyder residents depend on Stewart for health care and mainland road access.
The cost-cutting measure locks the border gate from midnight to 8 a.m.
Hyder, which is about 75 miles northeast of Ketchikan, has fewer than 100 residents. Stewart is a few miles away from Hyder and has a population of about 500.
The high-octane "Furious 7" peeled out of the gates in its opening weekend, picking up a stunning $143.6 million from 4,004 locations to easily top the domestic box office, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
"Furious 7," now the ninth-biggest opening of all time, also unseats previous April record-holder "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which opened to $95 million on the same weekend last year.
Holdovers populated the rest of the top spots with DreamWorks Animation's "Home" earning $27.4 to take a distant second place. "Get Hard" brought in an estimated $12.9 million, while "Cinderella" and "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" rounded out the top five with $10.3 million and $10 million, respectively.
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. "Furious 7," $143.6 million ($240.4 million international).
2. "Home," $27.4 million ($20.7 million international).
3. "Get Hard," $12.9 million ($2.6 million international).
4. "Cinderella," $10.3 million ($24.3 million international).
5. "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," $10 million ($15.5 million international).
6. "It Follows," $2.5 million.
7. "Woman in Gold," $2 million.
8. "Kingsman: The Secret Service," $1.7 million ($20 million international).
9. "Do You Believe," $1.5 million.
10. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $1 million ($3 million international).
Jenny Wallenda, the matriarch of the "Flying Wallenda" family of acrobats known for their breathtaking high-wire stunts, has died, the family said on Sunday. She was 87.
Wallenda died in Sarasota, Florida, on Friday night after a long illness, her nephew Rick Wallenda said.
Wallenda was the grandmother of Nik Wallenda, who completed high-wire walks across the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and two Chicago skyscrapers during the last three years.
Wallenda was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, where she was captured by Russian soldiers during World War II. As she faced a firing squad, Wallenda was saved by allied soldiers, according to her nephew.
In 1947, she came to the United States, where she performed in her family's high-wire act, which included stunts such human high-wire pyramids, and in her own act for the next two decades, Rick Wallenda said.
After retiring from the high wire, Wallenda bought several carnival rides and created a circus parade and festival in Sarasota, he said.
She was part of seven generations of dare-devils that began in 1780 in Europe, where the Wallenda family started a traveling circus troupe, according to Wallenda.com. Her husband Richard Faughnan died in 1962 from a fall and her father, Karl Wallenda, fell to his death from a high wire in Puerto Rico in 1978.
A knotted gun sculpture painted by Mexican artist Paola Delfin is displayed at a park in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday April 2, 2015. Thirteen knotted gun sculptures painted by various artists are on display in this city that for years has been plagued with violence generated by warring drug cartels. The original knotted gun sculpture was designed and created by Carl Fredrik Reutersward as a memorial to John Lennon after he was shot and killed in 1980 and is now displayed outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
Photo by Emilio Vazquez
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