Adam Bradley: Why is pop music the people's poetry? That's what they like (LA Times)
Sometimes artists make their poetic intentions known outright. The country singer Sam Hunt does so on "Body Like a Back Road" (No. 12), written with several veteran Nashville songwriters. The two lovers "go way back like Cadillac seats." He's "drivin' with his eyes closed," because he knows her every curve "like the back of his hand." Like someone "doin' 15 in a 30," he's going to "take it slow just as fast as he can."
the bucket (YouTube)
A man put out a bucket of water with a GoPro at the bottom to record what came to drink. He writes, "Everybody loves water in the desert. I was pleasantly surprised during the edit to see that George made an appearance. I know him from all the other rabbits because of the tiny notch in his ear. A burro just happened to come by in time to be included. Ben went against the script and decided to just nudge the bucket. You can lead a steer to water but you can't make him drink. Note: The swimming bees were rescued."
Tiddlywinks is an indoor game played on a flat felt mat with sets of small discs called "winks", a pot, which is the target, and a collection of squidgers, which are also discs. Players use a "squidger" (nowadays made of plastic) to shoot a wink into flight by flicking the squidger across the top of a wink and then over its edge, thereby propelling it into the air. The offensive objective of the game is to score points by sending your own winks into the pot. The defensive objective of the game is to prevent your opponents from potting their winks by "squopping" them: shooting your own winks to land on top of your opponents' winks. As part of strategic gameplay, players often attempt to squop their opponents' winks and develop, maintain and break up large piles of winks.
Mark. was first and correct with:
A squidger is the disk used to flick winks into the pot in the game of
Alan J said:
David of Moon Valley replied:
tiddlywinks...how long has it been since that was played?! is there an app for that now?
Ah, another game from my childhood: A squidger is used in Tiddlywinks. I played it frequently. I was better at jacks, however.
Rip-roaring wind out there. Ugh.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Billy in Cypress wrote:
A squidger is the round disk used to play winks in the game of tiddlywinks per 'Your Dictionary". I thought it was called a tiddler, but you learn a few new things everyday, unless you are CpPDJT-ID, in which case he knows less each day because his head keeps filling with fresh bullshit and his mouth cannot keep up with the overload even though he tries mightily everyday and all night. I sometimes pity Melania for having to kiss that asshole, but she signed the contract.
Joe S answered:
It's an obscure English game called Poplollies and Bellibones. This is a photo of a squidger.
The game is played with four people, usually two women and two men, but it could be any combination. The players each hold on to one of the handles and try to squidge another player into a small opening on the playing field. As per the illustration.
The players can start out as teams and try to squidge an individual or not. All that matters is the last person standing is the winner. The pillars are used to smash players into to soften them up. It can be quite violent, but that's the English for you. All in good fun.
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Nearly a half inch of rain and cold enough to turn on the heater.
In 40-some years, have never had the heater on in May.
CBS opens with a FRESH'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH'Man With A Plan', then a FRESH'Superior Donuts', followed by a FRESH'The Great Indoors', then a FRESH'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Rami Malek, Bill Nye, and Roger Waters.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Cobie Smulders, Chris Meloni, Maggie Rogers, and Thaddeus Dixon.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'The Wall'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Kevin Bacon, David Feherty, and Chris Stapleton.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Caitlyn Jenner, Michael Weatherly, and LP.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Jeff Garlin, Galantis, and Mary Mack.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH'Quantico'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Zach Galifianakis, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Logic.
The CW offers a FRESH'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH'Jane The Virgin'.
Faux has a FRESH'Gotham', followed by a FRESH'Lucifer'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 4-hour 'The First 48: Deadly Misfortune'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', 'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH'Better Call Saul'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-The God Complex
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Closing Time
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-The Wedding of River Song
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Part 2.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Random Thoughts
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - Ep 11- Concerning Flight
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Human Error
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 19-Q2
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 20-Author, Author
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 21-Friendship One
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 22-Natural Law
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Homestead
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Renaissance Man
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-Endgame, Pt. 1
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 26-Endgame, Pt. 2
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Human Error
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 19-Q2
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 20-Author, Author
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 21-Friendship One
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 22-Natural Law
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Homestead
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Renaissance Man (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Southern Charm', another 'Southern Charm', followed by a FRESH'Southern Charm', then a FRESH'Southern Charm Savannah', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park' and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Wanda Sykes.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Dweezil Zappa, Mark Normand, and April Richardson.
FX has the movie 'The Heat', followed by the movie 'The Other Woman', then the movie 'The Other Woman', 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'.
[8:15AM] RAPTURE -PALOOZA
[2:15PM] RAPTURE -PALOOZA
[4:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Who Are You?
[4:31PM] THAT '70S SHOW -A Man With Money
[5:02PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Happy Jack
[5:33PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Do You Think It's Alright?
[6:04PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Substitute
[6:35PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Squeeze Box
[7:06PM] THAT '70S SHOW -15:15
[7:37PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Sparks
[8:08PM] THAT '70S SHOW -My Wife
[8:39PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Going Mobile
[9:10PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Who Are You?
[9:41PM] THAT '70S SHOW -A Man With Money
[10:12PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Happy Jack
[10:43PMTHAT '70S SHOW -Do You Think It's Alright?
[11:14PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Substitute
[11:45PMT] HAT '70S SHOW -Squeeze Box
[12:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW -15:15
[2:45AM] BROCKMIRE -Breakout Year
[3:15AM] BROCKMIRE -Road Trip
[3:45AM] BIO-DOME (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] M*A*S*H -Last Laugh
[6:30AM] M*A*S*H -War of Nerves
[7:00AM] M*A*S*H -The Winchester Tapes
[7:30AM] M*A*S*H -The Light That Failed
[8:00AM] M*A*S*H -In Love and War
[8:30AM] M*A*S*H -Change Day
[9:00AM] M*A*S*H -Images
[9:30AM] M*A*S*H -The M*A*S*H Olympics
[10:00AM] M*A*S*H -The Grim Reaper
[10:30AM] M*A*S*H -Comrades in Arms
[11:00AM] M*A*S*H -Comrades in Arms
[11:30AM] M*A*S*H -The Merchant of Korea
[12:00PM] M*A*S*H -The Smell of Music
[12:30PM] M*A*S*H -Patent 4077
[1:00PM] M*A*S*H -Tea and Empathy
[1:30PM] The Reluctant Astronaut
[4:00PM] The Train Robbers
[6:00PM] The Outlaw Josey Wales
[9:00PM] Escape From Alcatraz
[11:30PM] The Outlaw Josey Wales
[2:30AM] The Searchers
[5:15AM] Barney Miller -The Arsonist
[5:45AM] Barney Miller -Grand Hotel (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie '300', followed by the movie 'Need For Speed'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Amanda Peet, Todd Barry, and Incubus.
Supporters of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron celebrate near the Louvre museum after results were announced in the second round vote of the 2017 French presidential elections, in Paris, May 7, 2017.
Photo by Benoit Tessier
ABC is close to finalizing a deal to reboot "American Idol."
Earlier this week, it was reported that ABC has joined in the bidding to revive the hit singing reality TV competition that used to air on FOX. On Friday, Variety reported that ABC already has a deal in place with Fremantle Media and co-owner Core Media Group. The network has also outbid FOX and is eyeing a possible March 2018 premiere for "American Idol."
In February, NBC and FOX both considered reviving "American Idol." However, their plans didn't push through. Last month, it was revealed that there was internal battle between Fremantle Media and Core Media Group. The former proposed the idea to reboot the show to NBC.
However, Core Media Group didn't think NBC was the right network for "American Idol." After all, NBC is already the home of "The Voice" and "America's Got Talent." If they will still be in charge of releasing "American Idol," the number of seasons per year for "The Voice" will be cut. Additionally, "American Idol" will be released after "America's Got Talent," and there could be a conflict of interest between the two shows.
As of late, it is still unclear whether or not "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will be returning for the reboot. After all, he was just recently tapped to co-host "Live" with Kelly Ripa. The talk show films in New York, and the home of "American Idol" has always been Los Angeles.
A Femen activist is led away by French police in Henin-beaumont, northern France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Voters across France are choosing a new president in an unusually tense and important election that could decide Europe's future, making a stark choice between pro-business progressive candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen.
Photo by Francois Mori
U.S. Democrats on Sunday criticized the lack of women on a working group in the Republican-led Senate that will craft a plan to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
As the Senate begins to wrestle with a Republican healthcare bill narrowly approved by the House of Representatives last week, senators questioned why the 13-member working group put together by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Turtlehead) does not include any of the chamber's five Republican women.
"Women's health is a big part of this and women are a majority of the population, and their health interests deserve to be contemplated in any reform," Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington wrote on Twitter: "It matters to have women at the table - and it matters when they aren't."
Democratic organizers said the House vote unleashed a backlash on a scale they had not seen before, and several Republicans could lose their jobs over it
As House Republicans reached the vote count needed to pass an unpopular rewrite of a new healthcare law, Democrats chanted derisively. "Na na na na, na na na na," they sang, confident Republicans would soon regret their support for the bill. "Hey hey hey, goodbye!"
"If we weren't able to repeal and replace Obamacare, it would have been a bad midterm for us," said the New York congressman Chris Collins, who voted for the measure, after walking off the floor on Thursday. "I think we will at least hold our own if not pick up seats in the midterm."
But soon after House Republicans passed their bill, political winds began to shift. Liberals sprang into action, organizing weekend protests outside Republican offices. Groups raising money to unseat House Republicans reported record-breaking hauls. By Friday morning, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report (CPR) had shifted 20 House races to categories more favorable to Democrats.
Republicans must be reaching for their blood pressure tablets each time Donald Trump (R-Mountebank) utters some new blasphemy against the bedrock philosophies of their party, routinely insisting that his words matter less than the deeds that follow. If it's a Monday, he is going to pull out of Nafta, the free-trade treaty with Canada and Mexico. If it's a Tuesday, he is not. Right now, it seems that he will not.
And so they pray, it will turn out with the cosying of Donald Trump with his counterpart from the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Recently, they had a "friendly discussion" by phone which ended with Trump inviting him to Washington. The White House said the two men had discussed how Manila "is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs". That's one way of putting it.
Since taking power, Duterte has unleashed a bloody war on his own citizenry that has given police and vigilante gangs free reign to terrorise whole neighbourhoods and conduct extrajudicial killings. It is a violent strategy that has already claimed the lives of an estimated 7,000 people. His actions have earned him the nickname "Duterte Harry": he is now an international pariah. (By the by, he also once called Trump a "bigot" and Barack Obama "the son of a whore").
It didn't help when Trump mused during an interview with Bloomberg that Duterte, elected last year, can't be all that bad because of his political prowess.
Perhaps even more preposterous was Trump's suggestion last week that he would be "honoured" to meet with Kim Jong-Un, the keeper of the world's last gulag prisons, to discuss his nukes.
Russian army soldiers rehearse before the Victory Day military parade in Moscow. The parade will take place in Moscow's Red Square on May 9 to celebrate 72 years since the end of WWII and the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Photo by Maxim Shemetov
Reporters Barred From ' Visa-For-Investment' Scheme
Organizers barred journalists on Sunday from a publicly advertised event in Shanghai that offered Chinese investors the chance to get U.S. immigrant visas if they put money in a real estate project linked to the family of President Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) son-in-law.
The two-tower luxury apartment complex in New Jersey, One Journal Square, is being developed by KABR Group and the Kushner Companies, which until recently was headed by senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka.
The developers are seeking to raise $150 million, or 15.4 percent of funding for the project, from investors through the EB-5 visa program, according to marketing materials posted by the event's organizer, immigration agency Qiaowai.
The controversial EB-5 program allows wealthy foreigners to, in effect, buy U.S. immigration visas for themselves and families by investing at least $500,000 in certain development projects.
Guests at the event said Kushner's sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, spoke for about 10 minutes, including about her family's humble roots.
It's been a tough few months for opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). First Donald Trump (R-Grifter) officially approved the $3.8 billion project. Then indigenous people were forced to clear out of the Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone protest camps. And with construction done, oil has now begun flowing from North Dakota to Illinois.
But the opposition has not faded away.
In fact, it's entering a new phase by moving from the plains of North Dakota into city councils and corporate boardrooms. And its indigenous leaders are scoring big victories. They've convinced cities to divest billions of dollars in their portfolios from Wells Fargo, which is financing about 5 percent of Dakota Access. Several major European banks have also dropped investments in the project.
The protest camps at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation "planted seeds in thousands upon thousands of people's moral sensibilities," said Jackie Fielder, a 22-year-old indigenous activist.
She's now fighting to get San Francisco to divest: "I don't think [the DAPL opposition] is nearly over. It's multiplying."
Despite there being so many caves in the area, only four are open to visitors: Lapa do Angelica, Lapa do São Mateus II, Lapa da Terra Ronca I and the system Lapa de Terra Ronca II -Malhada atTerra Ronca State Park in São Domingos, Brazil.
Photo by Alexandre Lobo
Donald Trump (R-Crooked) has claimed he is staying at his New Jersey home for the weekend in order to save money.
On Friday, the US president tweeted: "Rather than causing a big disruption in NYC, I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, NJ this weekend. Also saves country money!"
Senior White House spokesperson spokesliar Sarah Huckabee told The Washington Post: "I think he's trying to save the taxpayer money the best way he can by taking his team and focus and being in New Jersey instead of being in New York, where it would have caused a much greater disruption and a much greater cost to taxpayers".
When asked why the President did not conduct his meeting in the White House, where the costs would be significantly lower, Mrs Sanders did not comment.
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" rocketed to an estimated $145 million debut in North America, kicking off Hollywood's summer movie season with something the movie business has been craving: a sequel more successful than the original.
Director James Gunn's second "Guardians" film opened 54 percent higher than the 2014 runaway hit, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Fearing the might of "Guardians," no other major studio releases debuted over the weekend. The gap between first and second at the box office was immense. "The Fate of the Furious" came in at no. 2 with $8.5 million in its fourth weekend. The Universal release, the eighth installment in the franchise, has grossed $1.6 billion worldwide.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $145 million ($124 million international).
2. "The Fate of the Furious," $8.5 million ($30.1 million international).
3. "The Boss Baby," $6.2 million ($11.9 million international).
4. "How to Be a Latin Lover," $5.3 million ($5.6 million international).
5. "Beauty and the Beast," $4.9 million ($11.9 million international).
6. "The Circle," $4 million.
7. "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion," $3.2 million ($43.9 million international).
8. "Gifted," $2.1 million.
9 "Going in Style," $1.9 million ($3.1 million international).
10. "Smurfs: The Lost Village," $1.8 million ($5.6 million international).
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