David L. Kirp: What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them (NY Times)
FOR decades, policy makers have treated poverty as a sign of helplessness and ineptitude. The worse off the neighborhood - the higher the rate of poverty, crime, and juvenile delinquency - the less influence it would have over its future. Social service agencies conducted "needs assessments" rather than asking residents what would strengthen their community.
Released in 1957 and invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse (The Red Balloon), this board game was originally titled La Conquête du Monde ("The Conquest of the World"). By what name is it known today?
Risk is a strategy board game produced by Parker Brothers (now a division of Hasbro).Winning Moves also makes a classic 1959 version. It was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse and originally released in 1957 as La Conquête du Monde ("The Conquest of the World") in France. It was later bought by Parker Brothers and released in 1959 with some modifications to the rules as Risk: The Continental Game, then as Risk: The Game of Global Domination.
mj was first, and correct, with:
When one of the players was taking too long to decide on his moves . . .
While on extended assignment, some of my co workers would play this
during the evenings. Alcohol consumption accompanied the play. One guy
would take forever to make his plays, working through each possibility.
After one particularly long decision process, the next guy in the
sequence flippped over the game board, loudly proclaiming "Thermonuclear
War!'' No one took any more risks in that game of Risk.
Alan J wrote:
The board game equivalent of Purgatory- endless stalemate.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
DJ Useo replied:
I love to play the game of RISK.
Haven't since I got a computer back in 2002.
I'd need to refresh myself on all the rules.
@Marty - I hope the ants have moved on.
Joe S said:
Oh boy, I almost think I would rather have those math questions. I don't play games any more, and I only played a few in the past. I played Chess for a while with my father and an uncle, and I played Cribbage and Pinochle. I was pretty good at the card games. Pretty damned good, if I do say so myself. I never got into computer games, although I did play Duke Nukem when it first came out in the '80s. It didn't take long to realize that computer games are a really big time waster, even more than Facebook.
Aaaaanyway. The answer to the question is Risk. Never heard of it. I looked it up.
You know why Europe is a continent? Because Europeans say it is.
I'm coasting on my spot-on reply to Saturday's TQ, which I guessed based on my English classes learning.
I had a fast and humbling (I got dropped in a corner with a wee bit of wind, and never latched onto the group again, dammit!) bike ride and a trip to Napa and thus was my Sunday.
I can't wait to retire and play all day, every day.
Lois Of Oregon answered:
Risk was invented as a game to teach children geography and submitting to geopolitical subjugation. As in life, there is much weeping involved.
Randall took the day off.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
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'2 Broke Girls', followed by a RERUN'The Truly Awful Odd Couple', then a RERUN'Scorpion', followed by a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Stephen Colbert's hour with reruns of 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Kevin Bacon, Alison Pill, and Wolf Alice.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'American Ninja Warriors', followed by FRESH'Running Wild With Bear Grylls'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Chris Meloni, Luke Bryan, and Boney James.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Winona Ryder, Colin Quinn, and Beirut.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/19/15) are Rachel Brosnahan, Misterwives, and Jordan Rubin.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Bachelor In Paradise', followed by a FRESH'Bachelor In Paradise: After Paradise', then a FRESH'The Whispers'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 7/1/15) are Liev Schreiber, Ronda Rousey, and Vince Staples.
The CW offers a FRESH'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a FRESH'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH'Significant Mother'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'So You Think You Can Dance'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', then a FRESH'The First 48: Revenge Kills'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Fugitive', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 17 - Bridges
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 18 - Ruskin
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 5 - The Curry Lounge
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Oceana
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 10 - Love & Monsters
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Fear Her
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 15 - First Contact
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 16 - Galaxy's Child
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 6
[3:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 1
[4:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 2
[5:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 3
[6:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 4
[7:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 5
[8:00PM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 6
[9:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 14-15 NEW-Episode 4
[10:00PM] Top Gear: Africa Special-Season 19 - Part 1
[11:00PM] Top Gear: Africa Special-Season 19 - Part 2
[12:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 14-15-Episode 4
[1:00AM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 3
[2:00AM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 4
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 5
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 6
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 18 - Episode 7 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'OC Social', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', and another 'Real Housewives Of OC'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
On a RERUNJon Stewart (from 8/3/15) is Amy Schumer.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Brett Gelman, Nat Faxon, and Sarah Burns.
FX has the movie 'X-Men: First Class', followed by a the movies 'Dark Of The Moon'.
History has 2½ hours of old 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars', then a FRESH'Forged In Fire'.
[6:30AM] MARON-PATENT TROLL
[7:00AM] FROM WITHIN
[9:00AM] BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2
[11:00AM] THE OMEGA MAN
[1:15PM] FROM WITHIN
[3:15PM] EVENT HORIZON
[5:30PM] BLADE II
[8:00PM] TRANSPORTER 2
[10:00PM] TRANSPORTER 3
[12:15AM] THE TRANSPORTER
[2:15AM] THE JACKAL
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CARLY RAE JEPSEN WEARS A CHUNKY NECKLACE AND BLACK ANKLE BOOTS
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD WEARS AN A-LINE SKIRT AND POINTY BLACK BOOTS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Anywhere but Here
[8:30AM] Beasts of the Southern Wild
[10:30AM] (500) Days of Summer
[12:30PM] Boys Don't Cry
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Pride
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Bitter Fruit
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Rebels
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Panic
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Entitled
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Fools for Love
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Trade This
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Black, White and Blue
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Mega
[12:00AM] Rectify-The Future
[1:00AM] Deutschland 83-Able Archer
[2:00AM] Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter-Episode 2
[5:15AM] Eden Lake (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Underworld', followed by the movie 'Underworld: Evolution', then the movie 'Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Matt LeBlanc, Jessica St. Clair, and Hot Chip.
Writer/director James L. Brooks accepts the Career Achievement Award at the 31st Annual Television Critics Association Awards Show at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Chris Pizzello
Hip-hop drama Empire earned the top honor at the Television Critics Association's 31st annual TCA Awards Saturday evening.
The Lee Daniels-Danny Strong Fox drama, which led the pack with four TCA Awards nominations, beat out Amazon's Transparent, AMC's Mad Men, HBO's Game of Thrones and FX's Americans for the coveted TV Program of the Year award. The news comes just a month or so after the No. 1 series on television was snubbed by the TV Academy in the all-important best drama category.
But it was Comedy Central breakout Amy Schumer who proved the night's only two-time winner, earning honors for both Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Individual Achievement in Comedy for her sketch series Inside Amy Schumer. FX's beloved spy drama The Americans, which is continually overlooked by Emmy voters, earned the Outstanding Achievement in Drama award; while Mad Men star Jon Hamm won his second Individual Achievement in Drama award for his portrayal of ad man Don Draper. Hamm, whose long-running series bid farewell in May, has yet to win an individual acting Emmy.
Recently retired Late Show host David Letterman was granted the career achievement award for his late-night work on both NBC and, later, CBS. The prestigious nod comes as Stephen Colbert looks to take over his the Late Show franchise in September. Oscar and Emmy-winning writer, producer and director James L. Brooks was honored with a career achievement award for his legendary role in creating some of the most groundbreaking and influential television programs over the course of five decades.
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm, left, poses with Matthew Weiner, center, creator of the television series "Mad Men" and Vince Gilligan, creator of the television series "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," at the 31st Annual Television Critics Association Awards Show at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Chris Pizzello
Scotland's devolved government said on Sunday it intended to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops on its territory to protect its "clean and green brand" and because there was little evidence that Scottish consumers wanted GM products.
Widely grown in the Americas and Asia, GM crops have divided opinion in Europe, with some green groups saying they are worried about their environmental impact. They have also questioned whether they are healthy for humans. Producers say research shows the crops are safe.
Richard Lochhead, the Scottish government's minister for the environment, food and rural affairs, said on Sunday he planned to take advantage of new European Union rules allowing countries to opt out of growing EU-authorized GM crops.
"Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment - and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status," Lochhead said in a statement.
Digging with his bare hands to escape the jungle tomb of his plane shot down by US forces in Guadalcanal in 1942, Japanese fighter pilot Kaname Harada understood the full horror of war.
Pinned beneath the wreckage in the Solomon Islands during some of the most intense fighting of World War II, he fought to dig himself free. "All of my fingernails came off and I could see the bones, but I dug and dug to survive," he said.
Now just days from his 99th birthday, he and other men who fought Japan's hopeless Pacific War worry that a country in the throes of re-invigorating its military has forgotten the true terror of conflict.
Despite his advanced age, Harada regularly gives talks about his experiences as a pilot during WWII, fearful that generations of Japanese who have grown up in a wealthy, safe country know nothing of the vile hopelessness of war.
After decades of trying to forget, his conscience was pricked during the 1990-1991 Gulf War.
US film director Michael Cimino holds his honorary prize 'Pardo d'onore Award' at the Piazza Grande during the 68th Locarno International Film Festival, in Locarno, Switzerland, 09 August 2015. The festival runs from 05 to 15 August.
Photo by Urs Flueeler
A New Zealand native became the first woman to swim the 30-mile (50-kilometre) stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday and conquer one of the world's most dangerous crossings.
Kim Chambers, 38, dove in the cold water late Friday and passed under the bridge about 17 hours later.
Four men have completed the Farallones to Golden Gate swim. The stretch of water is notorious for great white sharks that are attracted to elephant seals on the cluster of islands off the San Francisco coast.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports Chambers planned her swim at a time when the seasonal shark population at the Farallones is typically away and only year-round ones would be present.
San Francisco Examiner photographer Mike Koozmin was on a routine assignment at the city's Hall of Justice in the middle of the day when he was robbed of his camera equipment.
It was the latest of at least a dozen robberies of television news crews and still photographers that has plagued the San Francisco Bay Area in recent years.
Camera crews from major Bay Area television stations and photographers from two newspapers have been robbed of their pricey gear. Two have been pistol whipped. An Oakland Tribune photographer lost five cameras in two incidents.
Three robberies and two burglaries have been reported this year. And Koozmin's was one of the most brazen. He was robbed across the street from the city's criminal courthouse, where uniformed police were entering and exiting the building.
The 'Giants of Brussels' take part in a parade as part of the 'Meyboom' festivities in the district east of the Rue du Marais in Brussels, Belgium, 09 August 2015. The traditional event is celebrated annually in the city on 09 August by planting a beech tree at the intersection of the Rue des Sables. The folk tradition dates back to 1308 and celebrates the 1213 victory of Brussels over the neighbouring city of Leuven in a battle over a beer tax. The Meyboom tradition was recognized as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Photo by Stephanie LeCocq
Hidden on hillsides in a remote part of western Vermont, a small number of venomous timber rattlesnakes slither among the rocks, but their isolation can't protect them from a mysterious fungus spreading across the eastern half of the country that threatens to wipe them out.
In less than a decade, the fungus has been identified in at least nine Eastern states, and although it affects a number of species, it's especially threatening to rattlesnakes that live in small, isolated populations with little genetic diversity, such as those found in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York.
In Illinois the malady threatens the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, which was a candidate for the federal endangered species list even before the fungus appeared.
Biologists have compared its appearance to the fungus that causes white nose syndrome in bats, which since 2006 has killed millions of the creatures and continues to spread across North America.
It's unclear, though, if snake fungal disease, "ophidiomyces ophiodiicola" was brought to the United States from elsewhere, as was white nose fungus, or if it has always been present in the environment and for some unknown reason is now infecting snakes, biologists say.
Performers wearing illuminated LED suits on the parade square, called the 'Padang', during the National Day Parade in Singapore, August 9, 2015. The parade features a military column, an aerial flypast titled 'Salute to the Nation', dance performances and ends with a firework display over the Marina Bay. Singapore is celebrating its golden jubilee with a yearlong national campaign titled 'SG50' to commemorate its 50th anniversary of independence when the island nation separated from the Federation of Malaysia on 09 August 1965.
Photo by Wallace Woon
Mark Bolzern traveled 3,700 miles to go to the dentist. The 56-year-old Anchorage, Alaska, native left home this spring, made a pit stop in Las Vegas to pick up a friend, and kept heading south, all the way to Los Algodones, Mexico, a small border town teeming with dental offices.
About 60 percent of Americans have dental insurance coverage, the highest it has been in decades. But even so, the nation's older population has been largely left behind. Nearly 70 percent of seniors are not insured, according to a study compiled by Oral Health America. A major reason is because dental care is not covered by Medicare and many employers no longer offer post-retirement health benefits. What's more, the Affordable Care Act allows enrollees to get dental coverage only if they purchase general health coverage first, which many seniors don't need. At the same time, seniors often require the most costly dental work, like crowns, implants and false teeth.
As a result, many are seeking cheaper care in places like Los Algodones, where Mexican dentists who speak English and sometimes accept U.S. insurance offer rock-bottom prices for everything from a cleaning to implants. Dentists in Los Algodones say a large portion of their clients are seniors.
For Bolzern, seeing a dentist in Los Algodones meant a savings of up to $62,000. He was told the extensive dental work he needed - his teeth needed to be raised and he needed a crown on every molar - would cost $65,000 at a private dentist. He looked for lower rates, finding a dental school where the work was less expensive because it was performed by students. But it still cost $35,000.
He paid $3,000 in Mexico and has been back several times.
A man fires weapons as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, August 8, 2015. Saudis usually party in such excursions as they celebrate wedding or graduation.
Photo by Mohamed Al Hwaity
The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel when it opened in 1825, linking the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and humming with commerce that opened up the West.
Long ago eclipsed by railroads and interstates, the waterway has for many years been a historical curiosity that's seen waning use by recreational and commercial vessels.
Now a renewed court fight has drawn fresh attention to the 360-mile-long ribbon of channels, lifts and locks between Albany and Buffalo, calling into question whether taxpayers will again have to foot the hefty bill to keep it and the other canals in the system operating.
The state Canal Corp. recorded 107,786 vessel passages through locks and lifts in 2014, most of them recreational boaters who pay anywhere from $25 to $100 for an annual pass. And most are on the Erie Canal, the largest of four main canals in a system that includes the Champlain Canal and others branching to lakes in central and western New York. The number of passages has declined for years and compares to a peak of 163,419 in 2002.
Hollywood's summer has had runaway sensations ("Jurassic World") and heartwarming hits ("Inside Out"). It now has its fiasco.
"Fantastic Four," 20th Century Fox's attempt to reboot the superhero team-up franchise, debuted with just $26.2 million at North American theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The result was bad enough that last week's leader, Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," held the top spot with $29.4 million in its second week.
The overwhelming flop for "Fantastic Four" is a rare humbling for a Marvel superhero film, which often gross more than $20 million in just one night. The film has been savaged by critics and was dogged by reports of creative difficulties. Director Josh Trank even distanced himself from it Thursday in a tweet he soon-after deleted in which he alluded to studio interference: "A year ago I had a fantastic version of this," he wrote.
The suspense thriller "The Gift," directed by co-star Joel Edgerton and starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, opened in third with $12 million. Made for just $5 million, it's a strong start for the new STX Productions, which is planning a slate of mid-level budget films.
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. "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," $29.4 million ($65.5 million international).
2. "Fantastic Four," $26.2 million ($34.1 million international).
3. "The Gift," $12 million.
4. "Vacation," $9.1 million.
5. "Ant-Man," $7.8 million ($9.2 million international).
6. "Minions," $7.4 million ($18.2 million international).
7. "Ricki and the Flash," $7 million.
8. "Trainwreck," $6.3 million ($5.2 million international).
9. "Pixels," $5.4 million ($9.2 million international).
10. "Southpaw," $4.8 million.
The tall, lanky actor had roles in both "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager," playing the mute farmhand Baltrim. Also on "Voyager," he later played Proka Migdal, the adoptive father of a Cardassian boy, as well as playing Ambassador Treen. In "Terminator 2," he played the tanker driver killed by the T-1000.
Evans was active in Los Angeles theater at Theatricum Botanicum and Theatre Palisades, where he appeared in productions including "The Seagull," "Bus Stop," "The Crucible," "South Pacific," "Three Penny Opera" and "The Madwoman of Chaillot."
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, he was a longtime member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. He is survived by his wife, Heidi, two children, two stepchildren and one grandson.
A Malay bear eats a frozen fruit treat in its enclosure at the zoo in Lodz, Poland, 08 August 2015. Some of the animals in the zoo due to the high heat waves are fed food drenched in lumps of ice. Weather forecast for the upcoming weekend in many areas of Poland may reach over 39 to 40 degrees Celsius.
Photo by Grzegorz Michalowski
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