Josh Marshall: Leslie Nielsen and the Meaning of Life (TPM)
While there's life, there's hope, as the aphorism has it. And humor, which Nielsen gave us so much of, is one of the things that makes life both joy (at the high moments) and endurable (at the low). You will never know till your life is over entirely what it meant or fully who you were. And sometimes not even then. There is always possibility.
Josh Marshall: Taking Stock Of Trumpcare's Epic Collapse (TPM)
The ego wound suffered […] by President Trump will make him hunger for people to hurt and things to destroy. His clearest domestic outlet for vengeance is sabotaging the Obamacare marketplaces. All of this is still to come. With all this, however, if you called, if you showed up at a town hall, if you chose to act, tens of millions of your fellow Americans have you to thank for what happened last night. You may even have saved yourself.
Henry Rollins: Has Trump Used "Magnitsky Act" in a Sentence Yet? (LA Weekly)
The White House is increasingly less and less forthcoming, busy lawyering up. There's a lot going on, and while I acknowledge my relative powerlessness in affecting the outcome, I think part of the reason the bad guys operate so brazenly is because they've factored in a certain level of apathy from the electorate.
A Conversation with Henry Rollins (Bookslut, October 2011)
Q: Are you still not reading fiction these days?
A: Yeah, mainly staying with the nonfiction. Janeane Garofalo begged me to read some fiction. She said, "Don't stop reading fiction, you'll die," and gave me Turn, Magic Wheel. She said, "I'm giving you this because [Dawn Powell] was Hemingway's favorite female writer."
Q: DAWN POWELL!!! I spend chunks of my life telling people to read her books!
A: I loved it, too. Janeane was right. Now I want to read it all.
Maynard G. Krebs is the "beatnik" sidekick of the title character in the U.S. television sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which aired on CBS from 1959 to 1963.
The Krebs character, portrayed by actor Bob Denver, begins the series as a stereotypical beatnik, with a goatee, "hip" (slang) language, and a generally unkempt, bohemian appearance. His abhorrence of conventional social forms is signified by comical reactions to three words: "work", "marriage", and "police". For example, whenever the word "work" is mentioned, even in passing, he yelps "Work?!" and jumps with fear or even faints.
Ergophobia or ergasiophobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of work (manual labor, non-manual labour, etc.) or finding employment. Ergophobia may also be a subset of either social phobia or performance anxiety. Sufferers of ergophobia experience undue anxiety about the workplace environment even though they realize their fear is irrational. Their fear may actually be a combination of fears, such as fear of failing at assigned tasks, speaking before groups at work (both of which are types of performance anxiety), socializing with co-workers (a type of social phobia), and other fears of emotional, psychological and/or physiological injuries.
The term ergophobia comes from the Greek "ergon" (work) and "phobos" (fear).
Mark. was first and correct with:
Maynard G. Krebs, along with all right-thinking people, avoid that four
letter word starting with "W" and ending with "O-R-K."
fear of WORK
...I wouldn't say I suffer from it...
Larry E said:
Alan J replied:
His voice went up an octave
And he spoke with a tone of fear whenever he enunciated his fear of
WORK, usually accidentally.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Ergophobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of work (manual labor, non-manual labour, etc.) or finding employment.
Ed Krebs answered:
My cousin Maynard had a fear of work. I inherited the same gene.
Ergophobia is the fear of work.
I was too young to appreciate Dobie Gillis at the time. My parents didn't watch it so I know very little about it.
Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Maynard Krebs, a Hollywood Beatnik, was allergic to work! We in the Bay Area in the 50's and 60's had the real thing…even in our neighborhood, some roamed.
Joe S answered:
Maynard and I suffer from the same phobia, the fear of work. WORK! Don't send me disparaging e-mails, I'm retired. I'm entitled to my phobia. But regardless, I loved the show and I learned a lot of new words like propinquity.
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.
Saw some TV commercials for Henry Repeating Fire Arms on Bonanza (ME-TV) - have never seen guns advertised before.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a RERUN'Superior Donuts', then a RERUN'Mom', followed by a RERUN'Life In Pieces', then 'CBS: On Assignment'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Matthew McConaughey and Vanessa Bayer.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Chris Bosh, Mark Duplass, and Jay Duplass.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'American Ninja Warrior', followed by a FRESH'Midnight, Texas'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Idris Elba, Ali Wentworth, and Tame Impala.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Molly Shannon, Matthew Rhys, and Bleachers.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/2/17) are Carrie Coon, Deap Vally, and Bassem Youssef.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'The Bachelorette', followed by a FRESH'To Tell The Truth'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Channing Tatum, Elisabeth Moss, and the Killers.
The CW offers a RERUN'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH'Hooten & The Lady'.
Faux has a FRESH'So You Think You Can Dance', followed by a FRESH'Superhuman'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Intervention', then a FRESH'Dope Man'.
AMC offers the movie 'Focus', followed by a FRESH'Preacher', then a FRESH'Loaded'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Victory of the Daleks
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-The Time of Angels-Part 1.
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Flesh and Stone-Part 2.
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Vampires in Venice
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Amy's Choice
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-The Hungry Earth-Part 1.
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 20-Think Tank
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 21-Juggernaut
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 22-Someone to Watch Over Me
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 23-11:59
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 24-Relativity
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 25-Warhead
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Equinox, Pt. 1
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Equinox, Pt. 2
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Survival Instinct
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Barge of the Dead
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 20-Think Tank
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 21-Juggernaut
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 22-Someone to Watch Over Me
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 23-11:59
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 24-Relativity
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 25-Warhead
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Equinox, Pt. 1 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'OC Social', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Sweet Home Oklahoma', 'A Night With My Ex', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Kathryn Bigelow.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Chris D'Elia, Brian Posehn, and Yassir Lester.
FX has the movie 'The Gambler', followed by the movie 'World War Z', then the movie 'World War Z', again.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers: Bonus Buys', then a FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by another FRESH'Pawn Stars'.
[6:04PM] THAT '70S SHOW-What Is and What Never Should Be
[6:35PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Heartbreaker
[7:06PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ramble On
[7:37PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Over the Hills and Far Away
[8:08PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hot Dog
[8:39PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Thank You
[9:10PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
[9:41PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
[10:12PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
[10:43PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I Can't Quit You Baby
[11:14PM] THAT '70S SHOW-What Is and What Never Should Be
[11:45PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Heartbreaker
[12:15AM] COMEDY CRIB: THE SHOW
[2:30AM] EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] M*A*S*H-For the Good of the Outfit
[6:30AM] M*A*S*H-Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde
[7:30AM] M*A*S*H-L.I.P. (Local Indigenous Personnel)
[8:00AM] M*A*S*H-The Trial of Henry Blake
[8:30AM] M*A*S*H-Dear Dad ... Three
[9:00AM] M*A*S*H-The Sniper
[9:30AM] M*A*S*H-Carry On, Hawkeye
[10:00AM] M*A*S*H-The Incubator
[10:30AM] M*A*S*H-Deal Me Out
[11:00AM] M*A*S*H-Hotlips and Empty Arms
[11:30AM] Friday Night Lights
[2:00PM] Gridiron Gang
[5:00PM] Man on Fire
[10:30PM] The Town
[3:45AM] The Ledge (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Swamp Shark', followed by the movie 'Mississippi River Sharks', then the movie 'Sharknado'.
On a RERUNConan (from 6/12/17) are Will Arnett, Rory Scovel, and Luis Fonsi.
The chief executive for PBS is sounding the alarm about public broadcasting's future if federal funding is axed as called for by Donald Trump (R-Corrupt).
"PBS will not go away, but a number of our stations will," CEO Paula Kerger said Saturday. "There is no Plan B for that."
PBS' share of the roughly $450 million in federal funds allocated for public TV and radio goes largely to support public TV stations nationwide, a number of which rely on it for up to 50 percent of their budgets and can't survive without it, Kerger told a TV critics' meeting.
Many of those stations are in rural and underserved areas, she said, with residents who either don't have access to cable or satellite or can't afford it and who rely on over-the-air broadcasting.
There's an irony that this potential existential crisis for some public TV stations comes as the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act approaches in November, Kerger said. The 1967 act created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides grants to about 1,500 locally owned-and-operated public TV and radio stations nationwide.
Conservative talking head Tomi Lahren appeared in conversation with liberal comedian Chelsea Handler at Politicon on Saturday, and during the sometimes heated exchange, she dropped a surprising tidbit of information.
The Daily Beast reports that in the middle of the conversation, Tomi, who often blasts ObamaCare, aka the Affordable Care Act, let it slide that she is actually benefits from one of the health care plan's key features - the ability for kids to stay on their parents' coverage until they reach 26 years of age.
"Luckily, I am 24, so I am still on my parents' plan," she said. The crowd immediately booed her hypocritical stance, but Chelsea asked them to stop making noise because at least Tomi was "being honest."
After admitting to benefiting from a key component of the Affordable Care Act, Tomi still said it was in a "death spiral."
A Massachusetts museum's decision to part with 40 artworks, including two by illustrator Norman Rockwell, has touched off a debate over whether it's ever ethical to sell pieces of the collection to pay the bills.
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield has come under intense national and local pressure after announcing it's auctioning the art.
Critics say it's violating a cardinal rule of museums: Don't sell stuff to pay the bills.
The money raised will help establish a $40 million endowment and pay for $20 million in renovations as the museum refocuses its mission to become a more interdisciplinary and interactive institution more dedicated to history and science.
The art being auctioned includes works by Albert Bierstadt, Alexander Calder and Charles Wilson Peale, but it's the Rockwell oil paintings that have stirred the deepest emotions.
A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield that reads "Miraflores on fire," poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 24, 2017. She said: "I'm protesting because Venezuela is beautiful and it's sad that everyone has to go. I fight because I don't want to leave Venezuela, I want to grow here."
Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins
'Journalists at the Financial Times are reportedly preparing to go on strike over the newsroom's gender pay gap following the huge row at the BBC.
Women at the FT are said to be furious after discovering they are paid on average 13 per cent less than their male colleagues.
The newspaper's union called a meeting this week after deciding the issue was being brushed under the carpet by senior management, according to Sky News.
The gender pay gap in FT editorial is nearly 13 per cent - the biggest shortfall in a decade - and the company's 'ambition' to reach equality by 2022 is worse than the BBC's present target of 2020," said Steve Bird, father of the FT's National Union of Journalists chapel, in an email to 600 staff at the organisation.
Security flaws in U.S. voting systems were apparent when Russian hackers managed to breach it in 21 states in the presidential election in 2016.
Now some participants were able to successfully hack the software used in U.S. voting machines Friday at DEF CON, a 25-year-old hacking conference in Las Vegas, with one doing it within 90 minutes, the Register reported.
Hackers got a crack at 30 computer-powered ballot boxes kept at the conference. In less than 90 minutes, one of the hackers was able to breach the software of the machines. One of the machine was later hacked wirelessly, reports said .
The machines that were used for the hacking were either brought at government auctions or from eBay. An analysis of the machines revealed that while some of them were running on old software, others had open ports that could be used to instal other softwares and tamper with the voting.
Carsten Schurmann, who broke into the machines in minutes, said that he could turn the machine on and off, read the data stored in it and felt that he could even change the votes, Forbes reported.
Anthony Scaramucci's (R-Stronzo) wife filed for divorce while she was nine months pregnant and, when their son arrived on Monday, he congratulated her by text message, according to reports in the United States.
The new White House communications director, who in the space of a week has gone from being a little-known financier to a household name - thanks largely to his expletive-laced rant about his new colleagues - is yet to confirm the divorce.
The New York Post reported that Deidre Scaramucci, 38, filed divorce papers on July 6 in Nassau County Supreme Court, in New York.
Married for three years, she gave birth to their first son, Nicholas, in early 2014.
Their second son, James, arrived on Monday in New York City, while Mr Scaramucci was at a Boy Scout jamboree with Donald Trump (R-Crooked) in West Virginia.
Plans to drill for oil near the newly discovered Amazon Reef - one of the largest in the world - have been attacked by leading scientists, conservationists and explorers.
The reef extends for about 600 miles off the north coast of Brazil, near the mouth of the mighty Amazon river, and covers an area about half the size of Wales.
Oil companies BP and Total plan to drill for oil in the area and there is concern that any spills would damage the "precious and unique ecosystem".
Now a group of scientists and others have signed a statement calling the reef, the existence of which was only revealed last year, to be protected.
The signatories include Sylvia Earle, the former head of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as other scientists from the US, Brazil, Colombia, the UK, Spain, Australia and the Philippines.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday declared Sudan the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, six years after the predominantly Christian south gained independence from the north.
The Anglican church in Sudan, a majority Muslim country, has been administered from South Sudan since the 2011 split which followed a civil war that left more than two million people dead.
Sunday's ceremony in Khartoum added Sudan to the 85 million-strong worldwide Anglican communion's 38 member churches -- known as provinces -- and six other branches known as extra provincials.
Welby said that creating a 39th Anglican province with its own Khartoum-based archbishop was a "new beginning" for Christians in Sudan.
He installed Ezekiel Kondo Kumir Kuku as the country's first archbishop and primate at a ceremony in the capital's All Saints Cathedral attended by American, European and African diplomats and hundreds of worshippers.
"The Emoji Movie" survived negative reviews but couldn't conquer "Dunkirk," which had enough fight left to conquer the box office for a second weekend in a row.
Down only 44 percent from its first weekend, director Christopher Nolan's World War II film earned $28.1 million to take first place, according to studio estimates on Sunday. "Dunkirk" has grossed $102.8 million domestically to date.
Sony Pictures Animation's "The Emoji Movie" finished second with $25.7 million. The film featuring the voices of T.J. Miller and Anna Faris as anthropomorphized emojis got pummeled by critics. It's currently resting at a dismal 8 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences still turned out.
Also holding on quite well is Universal Pictures R-rated comedy "Girls Trip," which fell a miniscule 36 percent from its debut weekend to take third place with $20.1 million.
Even in weekend two, "Girls Trip" beat out the splashy new Charlize Theron actioner "Atomic Blonde," distributed by Universal's boutique label Focus Features. "Atomic Blonde" opened in fourth with $18.6 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."Dunkirk," $28.1 million ($45.6 million international).
2."The Emoji Movie," $25.7 million.
3."Girls Trip," $20.1 million ($2 million international).
4."Atomic Blonde," $18.6 million ($3 million international).
5."Spider-Man: Homecoming: $13.5 million ($19.7 million international).
6."War for the Planet of the Apes," $10.4 million ($20.5 million international).
7."Despicable Me 3," $7.7 million ($36.1 million international).
8."Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," $6.8 million ($13.7 million international).
9."Baby Driver," $4.1 million ($8.4 million international).
10."Wonder Woman," $3.5 million.
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