Paul Krugman: The Long Haul (NY Times Blog)
As I said in [Friday's] column, nobody who thought Trump would be a disaster should change his or her mind because he won the election. He will, in fact, be a disaster on every front. And I think he will eventually drag the Republican Party into the abyss along with his own reputation; the question is whether he drags the rest of the country, and the world, down with him.
Paul Krugman: Hillary Clinton Gets Gored (NY Times Column)
Americans of a certain age who follow politics and policy closely still have vivid memories of the 2000 election - bad memories, and not just because the man who lost the popular vote somehow ended up in office. For the campaign leading up to that end game was nightmarish too.
Lucy Mangan: Ah the sweet relief of losing - now Hillary knows it too (Telegraph)
I'm not saying I don't wish that I had spent less money on shoes over the past few years and more on constructing a lead-lined bunker in the Welsh valleys full of ready meals and books about how to scratch a living from the scorched earth, but - now that the first grief of Trump's victory has receded, I find myself oddly at peace.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
a love of postage stamps, stamp collecting
Stamps... I helped maintain this lighthouse while a Coastguardsman '85-'88. First lit in 1874, it took 4 years to build due its remoteness and was considered to be an engineering marvel for the time. It is now described as the best specimen of monolithic stone masonry in the US.
A person who is passionate about stamp-collecting
I forgot to post before our weekly local bike shop ride: Postage stamps.
75° and so sunny today; missing our usual chill this time of year. Damn you, climate change, and damn our PE vowing to pull $$$ away from the UN's Climate Change Committee and I want to cry. It's already awful.
I'd rather have another Bush clown than what we have now. He's already reneged on his Chief of Staff (suck it, Tea Party! Bwahahaha!), and now the Breitbart guy is part of the cabinet. Holy crap. We knew it would be bad, but "I didi't mind Karl Rove *that* much" bad -oy to the vey. FML.
I'd be all over those caterpillars and hope the one is still thriving.
Joe S responded:
A Timbromaniac is a person very fond of wood prepared for building or carpentry. The Olde English spelling, Timbr, is rarely used these days and the modern spelling of Timber is most often used. This much like the popular website Tumblr uses the old spelling instead of the modern Tumbler.
Most Timbromaniacs are able to keep their fetish for wood under control and you will only find modest stacks of prepared wood on their property. Others are quite incapable of keeping their fondness of wood to a moderate degree of control and will spend a large amount of time stacking and fondling wood. It can become problematic.
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'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH'Man With A Plan', then a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', followed by a FRESH'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Eddie Redmayne, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Alton Brown, and Chris Thile.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Gina Rodriguez and Idina Menzel.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'Timeless'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Billy Bob Thornton, Andy Cohen, and Little Big Town.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Dockery, Margo Price, and Atom Willard.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Thandie Newton, Caspian, and Eliza Bennett.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH'Conviction'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Dwayne Johnson, Billy Eichner, and Dawes.
The CW offers a FRESH'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH'Jane The Virgin'.
Faux has a FRESH'Gotham', followed by a FRESH'Lucifer'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH'Harry'.
A&E has 'The First 48', 'The First 48: Shocking Shootouts', followed by the FRESH'The First 48: Extreme Kills', then a FRESH'The First 48: Bad Company', followed by a FRESH'Live PD: Rap Sheet'.
AMC offers the movie 'Into The Storm', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.
[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 4-The Girl In The Fireplace
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Rise Of The Cybermen-Part 1.
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Force of Nature
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Inheritance
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Parallels
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Aquiel
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Face of the Enemy
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tapestry
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 18-Starship Mine
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life
[11:04PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
[12:03AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
[1:02AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
[2:01AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Aquiel
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Face of the Enemy
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tapestry
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 18-Starship Mine (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has a FRESH'OC Social', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama' and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show are Nate Silver and Adrien Grenier.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Doug Benson, Arden Myrin, and Samm Levine.
FX has the movie 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2', followed by the movie 'Despicable Me 2'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers', then a FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by another FRESH'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Joel McHale
[8:30AM] PITCH BLACK
[1:00PM] PITCH BLACK
[3:15PM] THE PUNISHER
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Father
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Roller Disco
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Panties
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Fever
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Bags Hyde
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ice Shack
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who Wants It More?
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Father
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Roller Disco
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Panties
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Fever
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Bags Hyde
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ice Shack
[3:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who Wants It More?
[4:00AM] THE PUNISHER (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:30AM] M*A*S*H-To Market, to Market
[7:00AM] M*A*S*H-Requiem for a Lightweight
[7:30AM] M*A*S*H-Chief Surgeon Who?
[8:00AM] M*A*S*H-The Moose
[8:30AM] M*A*S*H-Yankee Doodle Doctor
[9:00AM] M*A*S*H-Bananas, Crackers and Nuts
[10:00AM] M*A*S*H-Henry, Please Come Home
[10:30AM] M*A*S*H-I Hate a Mystery
[11:00AM] M*A*S*H-Germ Warfare
[11:30AM] M*A*S*H-Dear Dad
[12:30PM] M*A*S*H-Love Story
[1:30PM] M*A*S*H-The Ringbanger
[2:00PM] Rectify-A House Divided
[3:02PM] A History of Violence
[5:02PM] The Matrix
[8:00PM] The Matrix Reloaded
[11:00PM] The Matrix Revolutions
[2:00AM] The Matrix Revolutions
[4:58AM] Rectify-Bob & Carol & Ted Jr & Alice (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Insidious: Chapter 2', followed by the movie 'Jeepers Creepers II'.
Astronaut Jim Lovell, center, speaks, accompanied by fellow astronaut Tom Stafford, right, during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Heroes and Legends exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. At left is the master of ceremonies, John Zarrella, formerly of CNN.
Photo by Kevin O'Connell
Katy Perry just revealed that she has donated $10,000 to Planned Parenthood.
The group, which endorsed Hillary Clinton back in January, said earlier this week that it will "fight to make sure" its health center doors "stay open" even after the election of Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) as president.
Trump said on the campaign trail that he wants to defund Planned Parenthood as long as it performs abortions. He later clarified his position saying, "The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should absolutely not be funded."
Perry, 32, explained her decision to donate to the organization in a lengthy caption on Instagram.
Perry said the organization gave her the ability to "focus on my dreams and us[e] my voice until I knew the timing was right for me to make a plan to have a family. Since then, I have been able to focus wholeheartedly on bringing messages of strength and becoming a voice for others. Without this education, I may have had a different life path."
View of the church of Our Lady of Conception, with the moon during the brighter full moon phenomenon, when the moon will be closest to the earth since the past 70 years, in Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Northern of Portugal, Nov. 13, 2016.
Photo by Pedro Sarmento Costa
That's how many frustrated, shocked, upset, disappointed and confused people are starting letters to the Democratic candidate after her loss to Donald Trump on Election Day.
The #DearHillary Tumblr launched Thursday to collect written submissions to create a "living, breathing document" and a collective love letter to Hillary.
Some of the heartwarming letters are long, others short. Some are from longtime supporters and others from skeptics and even Republicans.
The idea of a letter to the would-be first female president is cropping up elsewhere, including Twitter, where the #DearHillary hashtag is an opportunity to pen a 140-character letter to the former secretary of state.
The silent graves and mausoleums of Brooklyn's Green-Wood cemetery are the final resting place of luminaries who created a buzz when they were alive, like composer Leonard Bernstein, newspaperman Horace Greeley and maverick artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
It's also home to some 600,000 honeybees and a beekeeping operation that churns out honey sold under the brand name "The Sweet Hereafter."
Brooklyn beekeeper Davin Larson, 30, who worked with bees as a youngster growing up in the Midwest, got the idea for the hives while listening to a classical music concert at Green-Wood's central chapel two years ago.
Founded in 1839, Green-Wood sprawls over 478 acres of rolling hills, winding roads and pretty paths and ponds, making it one of the larger green areas in the city.
Today, the bees help pollinate the cemetery's tons of flowering plants and trees, said John Connolly, Green-Wood's General Manager Public Engagement and Involvement.
Indian School children's in a traditional attire of a characters of Indian epic Ramayan, on the eve of children's day celebration at cubbon park, in Bangalore, India, Nov. 13, 2016.
Photo by Jagadeesh NV
The frontman of the US rock group on stage in Paris when jihadists massacred 90 people a year ago Sunday denied claims he was barred entry to the show marking the first anniversary of the killings.
Management of the Bataclan venue said they prevented two members of the Eagles of Death Metal including lead singer Jesse Hughes from entering the Sting gig on Saturday night.
"They came, I threw them out -- there are things you can't forgive," the venue's co-director Jules Frutos said late Saturday, referring to remarks Hughes made during an interview in March 2016 suggesting Muslim staff at the Bataclan might have cooperated with the attackers.
Eagles of Death Metal initially enjoyed wide sympathy in the wake of the attacks. But Hughes' provocative remarks were strongly rejected by the Bataclan which said the club's security -- far from costing lives -- had likely saved hundreds.
Hughes, a rare right-wing rocker and supporter of US president-elect Donald Trump (R-Grifter), also said without evidence that Muslims had celebrated outside the hall during the siege there.
Advisers Back Deregulation, Privatized Social Security
During his triumphant presidential campaign, Donald Trumprenounced Republican orthodoxy on Social Security reform.
"We're not going to hurt the people who have been paying into Social Security their whole life," Trump declared, calling the payment of promised benefits "honoring a deal."
But the man heading the Trump transition team's Social Security effort? Michael Korbey, a former lobbyist who has spent much of his career advocating for cutting and privatizing the program.
"It's a failed system, broken and bankrupt," Korbey said as a lobbyist in the mid 1990s. Korbey acknowledged that some of the reforms his group backed would hurt retirees, but "our constituents aren't just senior citizens," he told a newspaper in 1996. A decade later, as a senior adviser to the Social Security Administration, Korbey was a public advocate for the George W. Bush administration's failed attempt to privatize Social Security.
Korbey is just one example of apparent discord between Trump's populist economic platform and the people who have been put in charge of planning to carry it out. While there are some true Washington outsiders on the team - such as Dan DiMicco, a former steel industry executive who is Trump's transition head for the office of U.S. Trade Representative - many of the players are familiar from the Republican economic establishment. The mix indicates a strong leaning toward rolling back much of the Obama administration's post-financial collapse reforms, and a general posture toward deregulation.
The private investment arm of Koch Industries, the industrial conglomerate of the billionaire Koch brothers, is nearing a deal to acquire a significant minority stake in Infor Inc that will value the business software company at roughly $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
The deal, if completed, would mark the largest investment for Koch Equity Development LLC, the Koch Industries affiliate that invests excess cash from the parent company. It would also represent Koch's largest push into the technology sector.
The transaction could be announced as early as next week, the people said on Saturday, asking not to be named because the talks are private. As with any deal negotiation, talks could fall apart at the last minute, the people cautioned.
Infor's majority owner, Golden Gate Capital, declined to comment. Infor and Koch Industries did not respond to requests for comment.
Koch Industries, which owns brands such as Brawny paper towels, Dixie Cups and Lycra, is controlled by Charles and David Koch, two of the world's richest men.
Boys play near a Soyuz rocket installed as a monument at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome,, the world's first and largest operational space launch facility, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Nov. 13, 2016.
Photo by Dmitri Lovetsky
A northern Michigan police officer has been suspended with pay after he was seen off-duty driving a pickup truck bearing a Confederate flag around a group protesting Republican Donald Trump's election as president.
Officer Michael Peters' suspension was announced Sunday by Traverse City police Chief Jeff O'Brien, who earlier said an internal investigation will start Monday to see whether Peters broke any departmental rules.
The Confederate battle flag is seen by many people as a symbol of hatred and intimidation of African-Americans following the U.S. Civil War and the freeing of blacks from slavery.
The flag was flown from the rear bed of a pickup near a "Love Trumps Hate" rally in the city. The truck was then parked near the rally where the driver was seen drinking a beer.
O'Brien said the behavior was intimidating and not a reflection of the police department's mission, according to the newspaper.
People stroll along the Tagus riverside in Lisbon as the moon rises, Nov. 13 2016. The so-called Supermoon on Nov. 14, 2016, will be the closest a full moon will have been to Earth since 1948.
Photo by Armando Franca
A national birding organization opposed to a commercial-scale wind turbine planned along western Lake Erie says it will sue to block the project if the Ohio Air National Guard doesn't drop its plans.
The American Bird Conservancy calls the $1.5 million project at Camp Perry "ill-conceived and unlawful," The (Toledo) Blade (http://bit.ly/2dOVdBq ) reported.
Group representatives are upset that the turbine's foundation was already installed before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produced an opinion about the turbine's potential effects on birds and bats; they allege $200,000 of taxpayer money was spent without authorization.
Birders say the 198-foot-high turbine would be in the middle of important migratory paths. A 325-foot turbine at the adjacent Lake Erie Business Park already sits nearby, and birders are concerned the Camp Perry project could open the door for more large machines on the shoreline.
"It's one of the most sensitive areas in the United States," said Michael Hutchins, the conservancy's bird-smart wind energy campaign director. "Even a single turbine in the wrong place can have destructive impacts."
Biplanes representing Britain, Botswana and South Africa fly during the start of the Vintage Air Rally over the airport of Sitia on the island of Crete, Greece, November 11, 2016.
Photo by Beatrice de Smet
Moviegoers drained by the drama of the presidential election sought refuge at the movies over the weekend, where ticket sales were robust for just about everything.
Marvel's "Doctor Strange" led the North American box office for the second week with $43 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was an especially strong hold for the Benedict Cumberbatch-led superhero blockbuster, which is now nearing $500 million globally. "Trolls," the musical animated release from 20th Century Fox with Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, also held well in its second week with $35.1 million, bringing its cumulative domestic total to $94 million.
Denis Villeneuve's science-fiction thriller "Arrival," starring Amy Adams, scored the weekend's top debut with a better-than-expected $24 million for Paramount Pictures. Opening in fourth was Universal Pictures' "Almost Christmas," the first holiday-themed release to hit theaters. The family gathering comedy, starring Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union, debuted with $15.6 million.
The weekend box office was up about 47 percent from last year, according to comScore. The Friday holiday of Veteran's Day also helped stoke business. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said the wide variety of releases gave moviegoers plenty of choice for escapism over the postelection weekend.
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. "Doctor Strange," $43 million ($60.2 million international).
2. "Trolls," $35.1 million ($18.3 million international).
3. "Arrival," $24 million ($10 million international).
4. "Almost Christmas," $15.6 million.
5. "Hacksaw Ridge," $10.8 million ($3.7 million international).
6. "The Accountant," $4.6 million ($7.6 million international).
7. "Shut In," $3.7 million.
8. "Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween," $3.6 million.
9. "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," $3.3 million ($8.6 million international).
10. "Inferno," $3.3 million ($8.6 million international).
Leon Russell, who achieved rare fame as a session musician by playing with artists from The Rolling Stones to Elton John and pursuing his own eclectic career, has died. He was 74.
Russell, who remained active and had tour dates in front of him, died in his sleep at his home in Nashville, his wife said in a statement Sunday without further details.
Born in Oklahoma, Russell mastered the piano as a child and soaked up a variety of musical influences from country to rhythm and blues to gospel.
By 14, he was singing pop standards in Oklahoma nightclubs and at 17 he took a Greyhound bus to Los Angeles, seeking out music gigs.
He eventually became a leader of the so-called "Wrecking Crew" of top-notch session musicians in Los Angeles who recorded with top artists.
Key collaborations throughout his long career included The Rolling Stones, Beatle George Harrison, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and the Beach Boys.
With his long beard, top hat and lively, blues-infused piano playing, Russell was instantly identifiable at concerts.
One of his most famous performances came at the "The Concert for Bangladesh," the 1971 charity show in New York led by Harrison, in which Russell led the house band and rocked out on an energetic medley that started with the Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
By the late 1960s, Russell also became a successful songwriter, starting with Joe Cocker's "Delta Lady," and co-founded his own label, Shelter Records.
He organized Cocker's 1970s "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour, considered pioneering at the time by bringing together top musicians, but keeping the schedule loose so they did not need to commit full-time.
Russell eventually faded from the spotlight, traveling as a country artist under the name Hank Wilson.
He re-emerged in a major way when he collaborated with Elton John on the 2010 Grammy-nominated double album "The Union."
Russell said that he had been struggling to get bookings when John unexpectedly called his former rock pianist at home, where Russell was watching television, and proposed working together.
"That's why I tell people he came and found me in a ditch by the side of the highway of life," Russell told the magazine of AARP, the US organization for senior citizens.
Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
The weathercock of the church of St.Peter and Paul is seen in front of a moon on the eve of the "supermoon" spectacle in the village of Klein-Auheim near Hanau, Germany, early evening Nov. 13, 2016.
Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach
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