ROGER ROSENBLATT: To a Writer, a Body of Work Is a Taunt (NY Times)
Sometimes, when you are in the act of writing, you feel part of a preordained plan, someone else's design. That someone else might as well be God. And then one day you rear back and survey everything you have done, and think, Is this all God had in mind? But it's all you got.
How to boost your immune system (Harvard)
Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these: Don't smoke. Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight. Control your blood pressure. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. Get adequate sleep. Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly. Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.
María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza (born March 13, 1951-US legal date of birth; March 13, 1941-Spain documented date of birth; see Date of Birth controversy below), professionally known by her mononymous stage name Charo, is a Spanish-American actress, comedian, and flamenco guitarist. She is known for her flamboyant stage presence, her provocative outfits, and her trademark phrase, "cuchi-cuchi".
Charo's year of birth has been the subject of dispute for many years. Official documents in Charo's birthplace of Murcia, her original Spanish passport, and her naturalization papers state that her birth date is March 13, 1941. After emigrating to the United States, Charo claimed that she was born in 1947, then changed it to 1949. She asserted in a 1977 court hearing that her passport and naturalization papers were wrong and that her true year of birth was 1951.
Randall was first and correct with:
Xavier's favorite squeeze
Alan J said:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
The incomparable and inimitable Charo.
Oh, that has to be Charo….I don't know of any other Hispanic moniker for an actress, singer, entertainer.
Another cool morning. Think I'll go for a bike ride.
Oh, that's the Spanish in-your-face sex-kitten...
Tell me that photo is not in-your-face. Go ahead, tell me... I will laugh in yours.
But, those that have heard of her usually do NOT visualize her like that... No... They surely do not (see top photo - again)... However, that's her doing. She obviously decided long ago that her 'Cuchi-Cuchi' persona is far more marketable - and memorable... I think she's right.
I would, though, be interested in hearing her play live... and, maybe, see some examples of her in-your-face persona, too, so much the better. I can properly appreciate raw, uber-overt female sexuality, dontcha know. Yep, you betcha...
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 RERUN'Mom', followed by a RERUN'2 Broke Girls', then a RERUN'Mom', followed by a RERUN'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a RERUN'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Viola Davis, Simon Helberg, and Declan McKenna.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Matt Damon abd Keegan-Michael Key.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'American Ninja Warrior', followed by a FRESH'Running Wild With Bear Grylls'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jared Leto, John Turturro, Bishop Briggs, and Leslie Odom Jr.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Brendan Eyre, and Mary Timony.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/17/16) are Moby, GoldLink, and Shane Black.
ABC fills the night with a FRESH'The Bachelorette'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Chris Pine, JoJo Fletcher & the winner of "The Bachelorette", and Kelsea Ballerini.
The CW offers a RERUN'Supergirl', followed by another RERUN'Supergirl'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'So You Think You Can Dance'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by the movie 'Murder In Enchanted Hills'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Fugitive', followed by the movie 'Walking Tall', then a FRESH'The Making Of The Mob: Chicago'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Rivers - Friend and Foe
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-New Earth
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Tooth and Claw
[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] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-The Big Goodbye
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Datalore
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Angel One
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-11001001
[6:00PM] AIR FORCE ONE (1997)
[9:00PM] CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS - SEASON 1 - Episode 4
[9:30PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 4
[11:00PM] AIR FORCE ONE (1997)
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-A Matter of Time
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-New Ground
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Hero Worship
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Violations (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'Odd Mom Out', another 'Odd Mom Out', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ty Burrell
[6:15AM] THE BAD NEWS BEARS IN BREAKING TRAINING
[8:30AM] THE BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN
[10:45AM] BAD NEWS BEARS
[1:15PM] THE BAD NEWS BEARS
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Street Fighting Man
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-It's All Over Now
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-On With the Show
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Down the Road Apiece
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who's Been Sleeping Here
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Gimme Shelter
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-2120 So. Michigan Avenue
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-2000 Light Years From Home
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Take It or Leave It
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Street Fighting Man
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-It's All Over Now
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-On With the Show
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Down the Road Apiece
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who's Been Sleeping Here
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Gimme Shelter
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-2120 So. Michigan Avenue
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-2000 Light Years From Home
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Maya Rudolph (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Sex Symbols
[6:15AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Showrunners
[7:15AM] Cape Fear
[1:15PM] The Warriors
[8:00PM] Rocky II
[10:30PM] Rocky III
[10:30PM] Rocky III
[3:15AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Comedy Showrunners
[4:15AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Heels
[4:30AM] Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse', followed by the movie 'Freddy Vs. Jason'.
On a RERUNConan (from 7/20/16) are Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Woods.
U.S. musician Bruce Springsteen (C) performs with guitarists Stevie Van Zandt (R) and Nils Lofgren on his "The River Tour 2016" at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland July 31, 2016.
Photo by Arnd Wiegmann
A dragon from "Game of Thrones" has come to life - sort of.
A new ant species' dragon-like appearance inspired scientists to name it for the fire-breathing star of the popular fantasy series. The Pheidole drogon's large and distinctive spine reminded researchers of Drogon, one of the dragons on the "Game of Thrones" TV show, adapted from the novels written by George R. R. Martin.
The ant's spiny characteristics were captured in detail using 3D-imaging technology, which the researchers employed to help identify and document several new ant species. Their findings were published in two different papers published online today (July 27) in the journal PLOS ONE.
"This is one of the first studies in ant taxonomy to use micro-CT," study co-author Evan Economo, head of the Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), said in a statement. "While this method is gaining popularity in different scientific fields, it is rare to use it in this way."
Now, scientists around the world can study Pheidole drogon without traveling to the tropical rainforests of Papua New Guinea, where it was found, or a museum to see it in a collection.
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard and father Ron Howard pose for photographers upon arrival at the UK gala screening of Pete's Dragon, at the Ham Yard Hotel in central London, Sunday, July 31, 2016.
Photo by Joel Ryan
A tiny island village on Alaska's storm-battered western coast is entering a new chapter in its decades-long pursuit to move the entire community from its badly eroding shores to safer ground.
The Inupiat Eskimo community of Shishmaref will hold a special election next month asking residents if they should develop a new community at a nearby location on the mainland or stay put with added protections, such expanding a seawall that has never been completed.
Either scenario selected in the Aug. 16 vote would cost millions - money the community of nearly 600 doesn't have. Regardless of the vote, the impoverished village ultimately will have to search for funding to make the choice a reality.
"Doing nothing is not an option," Shishmaref Mayor Howard Weyiouanna Sr. said.
But even as government funding becomes increasingly difficult to obtain, erosion continues to eat away at the shoreline, toppling at least two houses as it comes ever closer to other homes. Erosion there and other coastal communities is an escalating problem blamed on climate change that has affected storm patterns in the region. Shishmaref, built on a narrow island just north of the Bering Strait, has been identified as one of Alaska's most eroded communities and among those that expect to ultimately require relocation.
Tim Matheson, left, and Cynthia Nixon participate in the "Killing Reagan" panel during the National Geographic Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell
The sexual assault scandal that took down Baylor University's president and revered football coach also found a problem with a bedrock of the school's faith-based education: a student conduct code banning alcohol, drugs and premarital sex that may have driven some victims into silence.
Investigators with the Pepper Hamilton law firm who dug into Baylor's response to sexual assault claims determined the school's rigid approach to drugs, alcohol and sex and "perceived judgmental responses" to victims who reported being raped "created barriers" to reporting assaults. Some women faced the prospect of their family being notified.
"A number of victims were told that if they made a report of rape, their parents would be informed of the details of where they were and what they were doing," said Chad Dunn, a Houston attorney who represents six women who have sued Baylor under the anonymous identification of Jane Doe.
The nation's largest Baptist university is a notably conservative place in one of the most conservative states in the country. Dancing on campus was banned until 1996. Fornication, adultery and homosexual acts were included in an official list of misconduct until May 2015, and the current policy stresses that "physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity."
ABC host George "Judas" Stephanopoulos corrected Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) after the Republican presidential nominee claimed that Russia was "not going to go into Ukraine."
In an interview on ABC's "This Week" that aired Sunday, Trump asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not going to invade Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels - and some Russian special forces - have been operating for several years despite Putin's reluctance to acknowledge any role .
"He's not going into Ukraine, just so you understand. He's not going to go to Ukraine," Trump said.
"Well, he's there in a certain way, but I'm not there. You have Obama there," Trump said. "And frankly that part of the world is mess, under Obama. With all the strength that you're talking about, and with all the power of NATO, and all of this, in the mean time, [Putin] takes Crimea."
Nia Vardalos, from left, Ernie Hudson, Sela Ward, Joshua Michael Stern, Nick Nolte, Callie Hernandez, Chris Lowell and Helene Yorke participate in the "Graves" panel during the EPIX Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell
Pope Francis said on Sunday that he will wait until Australian justice takes its course before taking a position on Cardinal George Pell, who is under investigation in his homeland over sexual abuse allegations.
But the pope, speaking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome form Poland, said Pell, now the Vatican's powerful economy minister, should not undergo a trial by the media or by rumor.
He said Pell had a right to the benefit of the doubt like all those accused.
Victims groups have called on the pope to sack Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to be accused of sexual abuse, or for him to resign.
Pell is seen as a test case for the pope because he has vowed zero tolerance for sexual abuse in the Church has said he would sack bishops found guilty of committing abuse or covering it up.
With the battle lines drawn for both major parties in the United States for the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election and both sides having picked their candidates, election season is starting to really heat up. The ever-outspoken Republican candidate, Donald Trump (R-Grifter), has already made his presence felt after the Democratic National Convention, having exchanges in the press with the father of a fallen soldier, while another target of his ire has been the debate schedule.
The presidential debate schedule has been set for some time now, set by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates back in September of 2015, with the first presidential debate set for Monday, September 26th and the second for Sunday, October 9th. And according to Gawker, they believe that Trump is already looking for a way to back out of said debates, thanks to his tweet complaining about the schedule and his rich history with debates.
The first debate goes up against a Monday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons, while the second debate is up against the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants. While Trump is correct that NFL games do draw big ratings on television in the United States, it isn't unprecedented for debates to be up against stiff competition in the entertainment department. Trump took the story further, though, reports BuzzFeed, claiming that the NFL sent him a letter about their own confusion in the matter. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy released a statement refuting Trump's claims.
Once again Trump has found himself in a situation where he makes a bold claim to the public, only for the other party involved to quickly respond and refute his claims.
Costumes from "Game of Thrones" seen at the 10th Annual Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition opening at the FIDM Museum & Galleries on the Park on Saturday, July 30, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Vince Bucci
In a small town just south of New Hampshire's capital, General Electric runs two plants filled with workers building jet engines for the world's leading airlines.
With 800 workers, GE Aviation is the largest employer in town. But in the next five to 10 years, about a third of those workers are expected to retire. The company is scrambling to not only fill those jobs, but to find workers with the needed skills to take on jobs that are becoming ever more technologically advanced.
It's a problem expected to play out across the region and the country over the next decade, driven in part by the growth of the economy and a rash of retirements among baby boomers.
Nearly 60 percent of New Hampshire's manufacturing workers are over the age of 45, compared to 49 percent nationally, state and federal data shows. And from 2004 to 2014, the number of manufacturing workers in the state between the age of 35 and 44 dropped by nearly half. State projections show about 80 percent of open production jobs in the next decade will be to replace outgoing workers.
Nationally, a 2015 report from The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte found that the skills gap "is real, and it is substantial," noting that over the next decade, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will have to be filled and that the skills gap means that 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled.
Women wearing traditional folk dresses carry a portable shrine of a saint as they participate in a procession during a Paloc festival honouring St. Anna, the patron saint of the Paloc, a group of Hungarian ethnicity with their own traditions, folk art and dialect living in a region in northern Hungary, in Balassagyarmat, 80 kms north of Budapest, Sunday, July 31, 2016.
Photo by Peter Komka
Between the return of Matt Damon as super spy "Jason Bourne," the promise of laughing along with a few fed-up ladies in the raunchy comedy "Bad Moms" and the dark internet thriller "Nerve," all of which had strong debuts, there was something new for everyone in theaters this weekend.
Even after a nearly 10-year hiatus, Matt Damon as Jason Bourne still draws a significant audience. The Paul Greengrass-directed sequel raked in a healthy $60 million in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
"Bad Moms," which debuted at No. 3, just barely missed second place to "Star Trek Beyond," which fell 59 percent in its second weekend in theaters with $24 million. The Paramount sequel has earned $105.7 million to date.
"The Secret Life of Pets" continues to perform extremely well, taking fourth place with $18.2 million even after four weekends in theaters. The Illumination Entertainment and Universal film has earned a total of $296.2 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. "Jason Bourne," $60 million ($50.1 million international).
2. "Star Trek Beyond," $24 million ($13 million international).
3. "Bad Moms," $23.4 million.
4. "The Secret Life of Pets," $18.2 million ($29.5 million international).
5. "Lights Out," $10.8 million ($8.1 million international).
6. "Ice Age: Collision Course," $10.5 million ($19.5 million international).
7. "Ghostbusters," $9.8 million ($10.7 million international).
8. "Nerve," $9 million.
9. "Finding Dory," $4.2 million ($23.6 million international).
10. "The Legend of Tarzan," $2.4 million ($22.4 million international).
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