Paul Krugman: Losing It (NY Times Blog)
One particular flurry of very popular articles, here and elsewhere, has involved dieting/weight loss and the reasons it doesn't work. Now, I have zero professional expertise in this area, nothing but personal experience. But for what it's worth - which is very little - I wonder whether the despair here is overdone. […] So yes, I've lost a lot of weight (which you can see comparing recent photos with a lot of the pictures around on the interwebs.)
Paul Krugman: Where Do Trump's Bad Ideas Come From? (NY Times Blog)
… it's not really surprising that Trump, who doesn't know much about policy, would pick up on all this buzz, and not get the memo that it's all really about finding excuses to slash social programs. And he knows, or thinks he knows, a lot about being overextended on credit; so let's declare bankruptcy and make a deal! The point is that this isn't coming solely from the would-be ignoramus-in-chief; he's channeling nonsense that took over a large part of supposedly serious policy discourse not long ago.
Henry Rollins: Prince Took Us to Places We Never Knew Existed (LA Weekly)
No one lasts forever, but music never dies. With Prince's death, there is reason to mourn, but with all that music, there's far more cause to celebrate. Prince put his entire life into those songs. He didn't "leave them behind." He wrote them for you to play right now. There it is: Miss the man, but get down with the jams.
Lisa Olsen: 7 Moms Who Turned Into Legit Superheroes To Save Their Kids (Cracked)
Your mom rocks. She's always been there for you, she makes a mean macaroni and cheese, she's a tiger in the sack -- truly, she's the whole package. But how far would she go for you, really? Sure, she'll yell at the principal for confiscating your homemade dart gun, but would she enter an inferno? Die Hard some terrorists? Dropkick a tiger? Some mothers would ...
Only about 6% of the salt manufactured in the world is used in food. Of the remainder, 12% is used in water conditioning processes, 8% goes for de-icing highways and 6% is used in agriculture. The rest (68%) is used for manufacturing and other industrial processes, and sodium chloride is one of the largest inorganic raw materials used by volume.
Randall was first and correct with:
Accordion to Wikipedia, "Of the annual production of around two hundred milllion tonnes of salt," only about 6% of salt is used in food
Other uses of salt include "water conditioning processes, de-icing highways and agricultural use."
Going with a WAG: 4% of manufactured salt is used in food.
What's done with the rest of it?
Happy Mother's Day! We've had rain everyday since Thursday and it's just lovely.
Joe S said:
6%, that's all. You probably weren't aware that Manistee has been called Salt City of the Inland Seas. Well it was but not so much anymore. People are more interested in tourism than industry. Morton Salt has a large plant here and Hardy Salt had a plant as well, but went out of business. In the past there were many, many more salt and lumber companies.
With lumber, salt and railroads Manistee had, at one time, more millionaires than any other city in Michigan. It also had more taverns and churches, per capita, than any other city in Michigan. There was a tavern on every corner and a church right behind it.
See that smoke stack? It was huge, could be seen for miles. My father built it. It doesn't exist anymore, it was taken down when the plant modernized.
There you go, today's history lesson.
Lois Of The Salt Cellar answered:
Only SIX percent of all the salt used by humans is for food, and of that 2% is used on the rims of tequila shot glasses. The rest is for brine to be used in dirty martinis, pickle production, and sea monkey habitats.
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'Mike & Molly', followed by another FRESH'Mike & Molly', then a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH'Person Of Interest'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Kaley Cuoco, Dan Savage, and the National.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, and Cyndi Lauper.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'Blindspot'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jodie Foster, Daveed Diggs, and Graham Nash.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Kenan Thompson, Beth Behrs, Thomas Rhett, and Eric Kretz.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Stephen Amell, Empress Of, and Selema Masekela.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Ryan Gosling, Dave Salmoni, and Mash-up Monday with Flo Rida Georgia Line.
The CW offers a FRESH'Reign', followed by a FRESH'Jane The Virgin'.
Faux has a FRESH'Gotham', followed by a FRESH'Houdini & Doyle'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'60 Days In', then a FRESH'Bates Motel', followed by a FRESH'Damien'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Hunt For Red October', followed by a FRESH'TURN: Washington's Spies'.
[6:00AM] JUNGLE: CANOPY - Jungle: Canopy
[7:00AM] JUNGLE: UNDERWORLD - Jungle: Underworld
[8:00AM] JUNGLE: WATERWORLD - Jungle: Waterworld
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Charlie's
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-Old Neighborhood
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-A Matter of Time
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-New Ground
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Hero Worship
[2:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-African Savannah
[3:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Everglades
[4:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-Bear's Ultimate Survival Guide, Part 1
[5:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-Bear's Ultimate Survival Guide, Part 2
[6:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 11-Urban Survivor
[7:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Bear Eats
[8:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Big Sky Country
[9:00PM] APOCALYPTO (2006)
[9:00PM] APOCALYPTO (2006)
[12:00AM] APOCALYPTO (2006)
[3:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-China
[4:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Guatemala
[5:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 12-Canadian Rockies (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Southern Charm', another 'Southern Charm', followed by a FRESH'Southern Charm', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Dallas', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the movie 'Hancock'.
History has 3 hours of old 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'Iron & Fire', then another FRESH'Iron & Fire'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lil John
[6:15AM] WHY STOP NOW?
[8:15AM] ORANGE COUNTY
[10:00AM] DEALIN' WITH IDIOTS
[12:00PM] WHY STOP NOW?
[2:00PM] ORANGE COUNTY
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Acid Queen
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm Free
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-We're Not Gonna Take It
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Christmas
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm a Boy
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Young Man Blues
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Acid Queen
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm Free
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-We're Not Gonna Take It
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Christmas
[3:00AM] THE BLUES BROTHERS
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ty Burrell (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Snake Eyes
[8:15AM] The Conspirator
[10:45AM] Cinderella Man
[1:45PM] Snake Eyes
[4:00PM] The Mechanic
[6:30PM] Three Kings
[11:30PM] The Mechanic
[4:00AM] Platoon (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'John Carter', followed by a FRESH'12 Monkeys', then a FRESH'Hunters'.
A new museum honoring daredevil Evel Knievel will allow visitors to take virtual reality jumps and to understand the physics behind some of his stunts.
Mike Patterson owns a Topeka Harley-Davidson dealership that is being expanded to include a 16,000-square-foot area to house the Evel Knievel Museum, which he expects to open this year. Patterson estimates it'll draw 100,000 people a year, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
Patterson said he talked with museum leaders across the country and decided to create a separate museum after hearing enthusiasm for the project. He said a two-month Knievel exhibit in Milwaukee drew 50,000 people from around the world.
Several planned exhibits will incorporate lessons in science, technology, engineering and math, he said. One exhibit will detail the physics of planning a jump, such as determining the angle, speed, wind resistance and other factors. Museum visitors will input data into an interactive exhibit to see if their jump would be successful. Visitors also will be able to sit on a bike and experience a virtual reality jump.
Hundreds of items, including six of Knievel's bikes, more than a dozen costumes, helmets, photos, pinball and slot machines, are ready for display. Patterson also will display Knievel's custom-built 1975 Mack Truck, which he used to haul his bikes around the country.
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said on Sunday new technology is needed to determine whether Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden chambers which a British archaeologist believes may hide queen Nefertiti's remains.
Anani spoke to archaeologists and reporters at a conference in Cairo dedicated to King Tutankhamun and his world-famous golden funerary mask.
The mood at Sunday's conference was sceptical months after former minister Mamduh Damati said the secret chambers probably existed, raising expectations of another historical find.
Damati inspected the tomb last September with the theory's proponent, British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves.
However, experts disagreed on Sunday over how the search for the chambers was handled.
Researchers are working on a plan to study wolverines in four Rocky Mountain states to see if the animals that look like small bears with big claws can be reintroduced to some regions to boost their numbers and see how they might travel between mountain ranges.
Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington state are working together because there are so few wolverines and they are spread across a wide area, a researcher with Montana's wildlife agency said.
"It doesn't occur that often that four states start to think about managing a species together," said Bob Inman, carnivore and fur bearer coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
The study is expected to begin next winter, using trail cameras to capture images and copper brushes to collect DNA when the animals pass by.
Wolverines are rarely seen by humans and roam in deep snow and steep terrain. There are now up to 300 in the four states.
In the country that's home to both Ferrari and Lamborghini, even the police cars need to be fast. Italy's Carabinieri has employed everything from SUVs to Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars over the years, but the force's latest acquisition seems like the perfect choice for an Italian police car.
Two Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio sedans are slated to enter service in Rome and Milan. They'll be used for "special operations," including transporting organs and blood, and serving as police escorts at public events. Alfa Romeo parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will also supply 800 admittedly less sporty Alfa Giulietta and Jeep Renegade police cars to the Carabinieri this year.
Like the civilian version, the Quadrifoglio police car packs a Ferrari-designed 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Police cars even have the six-speed manual transmission that's standard in the stock version. Alfa says the Quadrifoglio will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 191 mph. That's not quite fast enough to catch most Ferraris, but definitely fast enough to catch everything else.
The cars appear fairly lightly modified for police duty. Both cars have radios and tablets mounted to the dashboard on the passenger's side. Each also comes equipped with a defibrillator, portable cooling units, LED flashlights, and a storage compartment for weapons. Outside, Alfa added light bars and other extra lighting, and decked the cars out in the Carabinieri's dark blue livery.
Former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R-Quitter) vowed on Sunday to help unseat Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, because of the his refusal to endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump (R-Serial Philanderer).
Palin, the former half-term Alaska governor and Trump supporter, endorsed conservative businessman Paul Nehlen, who is challenging Ryan, the House speaker, for his congressional seat in the Wisconsin Republican nominating contest on Aug. 9.
Though Ryan is heavily favored to win the primary race against Nehlen, Palin predicted an upset in a race she said would shock Washington's political class.
Palin said she believed Ryan would get "Cantored," comparing him to former Eric Cantor, the former No. 2 Republican in the House who was defeated in a 2014 primary by conservative Dave Brat, now a Virginia congressman.
A carnival reveller walks past papier mache figures during the postponed "Rosenmontag" (Rose Monday) parade in Mainz, Germany, May 8, 2016, after the original parade in February was cancelled due to severe weather. The parade also marks the 200 years of Rheinhessen (a region of Rhineland-Palatinate).
Photo by Ralph Orlowski
Israeli prosecutors charged nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu Sunday with violating the terms of his release, more than a decade after he completed an 18-year jail term, the justice ministry said.
Upon his release in 2004, Vanunu was slapped with a series of restraining orders, some of which he has violated in recent years, the indictment read.
The former nuclear technician was jailed in 1986 for disclosing the inner workings of Israel's Dimona nuclear plant to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper.
He spent more than 10 years of his sentence in solitary confinement.
He has been barred from emigrating on the grounds that he still poses a threat to national security.
Costumed participants attend the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade on the streets of Tokyo, Japan, May 8, 2016. Thousands of sexual minorities of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community and their supporters paraded through the streets of downtown Tokyo to promote a society free of prejudice and discrimination.
Photo by Christopher Jue
Even though the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records has ended, calls and emails are still being swept up by U.S. surveillance work targeting foreigners. Congress is making a renewed push to find out how many.
Six Republicans and eight Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have asked the nation's top intelligence official for the number of Americans' emails and phone calls collected under programs authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The programs target foreigners, but domestic communications sometimes are vacuumed up as well. They were first revealed to the public by Edward Snowden, who leaked files from the National Security Agency.
"Surely the American public is entitled to some idea of how many of our communications are swept up by these programs," the committee members wrote in their April 22 letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
They weren't the first to request the information.
The highly anticipated art auction season arrived Sunday with a specially curated sale that included a sculpture of a kneeling Hitler by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, which fetched a record price for the artist, and a ball suspended in a water tank by Jeff Koons.
Christie's "Bound to Fail" themed sale kicked off the weeklong New York auctions of modern, post-war and contemporary art at Christie's and Sotheby's.
"Him," Cattelan's controversial sculpture of Hitler, appears as a small child kneeling in prayer when approached from the rear. But from the front, the viewer comes face-to-face with the unmistakable likeness of Hitler. It sold for a record $17.2 million. The previous auction record for a work by Cattelan was $7.9 million.
The 2001 work, made with human hair, wax and polyester resin, is the artist's proof from an edition of three. It was included in the artist's retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2011.
"One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank" is a 1985 sculpture by Koons that depicts a basketball suspended inside a vitrine of distilled water. It garnered just under $15.3 million, beating its $12 million estimate.
What superhero fatigue? Disney and Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War," the 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has strong-armed its way to becoming the fifth-highest domestic opening ever according to comScore estimates Sunday.
The film grossed a massive $181.8 million this weekend, bumping "Iron Man 3" out of the top five all time debuts. "Civil War" now ranks right below "Marvel's The Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which hold the third and fourth place spots.
It's nearly double the opening of the previous "Captain America" film, "The Winter Soldier," which opened to $95 million in April 2014, but that is at least partially attributable to the fact that "Civil War" is basically an Avengers movie in disguise.
As is to be expected when there's only one new wide release, the rest of films on the box office charts looked paltry in comparison. The only big change was that "Civil War" effectively ended the three week first-place run of Disney's "The Jungle Book" which came in second with $21.9 million, bringing its domestic total to $285 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Captain America: Civil War," $181.8 million ($220 million international).
2."The Jungle Book," $21.9 million ($24.1 million international).
3."Mother's Day," 9 million ($3 million international).
4."The Huntsman: Winter's War," $3.6 million ($4.2 million international).
5."Keanu," $3.1 million.
6."Barbershop: The Next Cut," $2.7 million.
7."Zootopia," $2.7 million ($5.7 million international).
8."The Boss," $1.7 million ($510,000 international).
9."Ratchet and Clank," $1.5 million ($500,000 international).
10."Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," $1 million.
A pair of bulls wait for their turn to walk the ramp during a bovine beauty pageant in Rohtak, India, May 7, 2016. Hundreds of cows and bulls walked the ramp in the bovine beauty pageant aimed at promoting domestic cattle breeds and raising awareness about animal health.
Photo by Altaf Qadri
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