Paul Krugman: Debt and Demographic Debt Spirals (NY Times Blog)
Indeed, it's easy conceptually to see how a country could enter a demographic death spiral. Start with a high level of debt, explicit and implicit. If the work force falls through emigration, servicing this debt will require higher taxes on those who remain, which could lead to more emigration, and so on.
HENRY ROLLINS: AFTER 12 HOURS FLYING IN ECONOMY, I HAVE DECIDED WE'RE ALL DOOMED (LA Weekly)
Sleep deprivation breaks down resistance, which is why it's a primary interrogation technique. By the second leg of your journey, having been on the move for well over 12 hours, the mind can take you to some strange places. As you sit in a stress position, the child behind you stomping on your seat, you fall into the sunless depths of introspection. Failed relationships play out in agonizing, second-by-second clarity. Every regret, mistake and humiliation comes back to visit. You are a failure and all is futile.
In 1986 David McCallum reunited with Robert Vaughn again on an episode of The A-Team entitled The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair, complete with "chapter titles", the word "affair" in the title, the phrase "Open Channel D", and similar scene transitions.
Alan J was first and correct with:
The A Team.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
The A Team.
That would not have been my first guess...
Was it some spy show with an attractive woman and a handsome man with a quirky sense of humor? The one with Stephanie Zimbalist? The name escapes me and I'm too lazy to look it up.
In 1986 I was wrangling a toddler, a newborn, and a puppy, as well as packing and moving from TX to CA. Watching tv was a rarity - as soon as I sat down for more than 5 minutes I fell asleep.
Rainy and windy today; loving a dark & stormy day. Hope some of this makes it to SoCal.
DJ Useo replied:
My memory says it was the A-Team. Deffo not the B-Team. Lol.
So, it's been around 5 weeks since we got flooded out.
Last night huge t-storms rattled us again, here in motel. Only mild flooding made it indoors,
but we are clearly still in shock, as we all were completely freaked from the 60 mph winds & severe rainfall.
Thanks to all who care.
Lois Of Oregon responded:
The A-Team? Ohhhhh. God knows I love "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", but this was just sad. I hope Mr. T pitied them adequately.
The A-Team ~ David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin and Robert Vaughn as General Hunt Stockwell. Stockwell is kidnapped after ordering the team to confiscate a Russian jet.
Joe S answered:
It was "The A-Team." I had completely forgotten that until I looked it up. Probably because I never actually I never saw the episode, but now I remember the hype surrounding it. I really liked "The A-Team," it was very comic book. Jeeps getting blown up, bodies flying through the air, nobody getting killed or even badly injured. Bunch of good natured losers and con men bungling operations but accomplishing objectives by accident. "I just love it when a plan comes together." Good stuff.
THE A-TEAM intro
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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'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH'Scorpion', then a FRESH'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Jennifer Lawrence, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Sleater-Kinney.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Josh Groban, Justin Long, and Daya.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by the FRESH'Adele Live IN NYC'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Tina Fey, Dane DeHaan, and Kenny Rogers.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Bradley Cooper, Jemaine Clement, the Struts, and Ilan Rubin.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Michelle Beadle, Melanie Martinez, and Courtney Scheuerman.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'The Great Christmas Light Fight', followed by another FRESH'The Great Christmas Light Fight', then a FRESH'The Great Holiday Baking Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Oscar Isaac, Misty Copeland, and Jeff Lynne's ELO.
The CW offers 'The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show', followed by a FRESH'Jane The Virgin'.
Faux has a RERUN'Gotham', followed by a RERUN'Bones'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
AMC offers the movie 'Smokey & The Bandit', followed by the movie 'Jingle All The Way'.
[6:00AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1, Ep 7 - Hunters and Hunted
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - Ep 10 - Primates
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7, Ep 5 - Mangia Mangia, Part 1
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7, Ep 6 - Mangia Mangia, Part 2
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7.1, Ep 4 - The Power of Three
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7.1, Ep 5 - The Angels Take Manhattan
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4,Ep 9 - Final Mission
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 10 - The Loss
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6, Ep 20 - The Chase
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6, Ep 21 - Frame of Mind
[4:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 7 - Bear Eats
[5:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 1 - Sahara (Part 1)
[6:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2,Ep 2 - Desert Survivor (Part 2)
[7:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 3 - Panama (Part 1)
[8:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 4 - Jungle (Part 2)
[9:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 20, EPISODE 5
[10:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 20, EPISODE 6
[11:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 18 , EPISODE 5
[11:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 18, EPISODE 5
[12:00AM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)
[2:30AM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 20, Episode 4 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH'Apres Ski'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Andy Cohen.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Jesse Joyce, Esther Ku, and Al Jackson.
FX has the movie 'Star Trek: Into Darkness', followed by a FRESH'Fargo'.
History has 'Roanoke: Search For The Lost Colony', 'The Curse Of Oak Island', and another 'The Curse Of Oak Island'.
[6:00AM] MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
[9:00AM] SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
[11:15AM] THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
[1:45PM] SLEEPWALK WITH ME
[3:30PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Young Man Blues
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Don't You Do It
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Substitute
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-On With the Show
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Short & Curlies
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Don't You Do It
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-19Substitute
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Short & Curlies
[11:00PM] FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
[1:00AM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE
[3:30AM] FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
[5:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-On With the Show (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Episode 8
[7:00AM] The Abyss
[1:30PM] The Shining
[5:00PM] Stand by Me
[7:00PM] The Outsiders
[9:00PM] The Warriors
[11:00PM] The Outsiders
[1:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Episode 8
[2:00AM] Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Modern Family
[3:00AM] Domino (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'GI Joe Retaliation', followed by the movie 'Childhood's End', then a FRESH'The Expanse'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Andy Serkis, Krysten Ritter, Drennon Davis, and Karen Kilgariff.
"Star Wars" super fans snapped up some of the space film saga's rarest merchandise on the planet for more than $500,000 at auction on Friday, Sotheby's announced in New York.
More than 600 items found new homes in the sale organized by Sotheby's and eBay -- just days before the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the seventh movie in arguably the world's biggest movie franchise.
The space epics have grossed billions of dollars at the box office worldwide since the first film came out in 1977 and spawned a pop culture phenomenon, drawing legions of hardcore fans.
All items in the auction came from the private collection of Japanese designer and creative entrepreneur Nigo, who started collecting toys and figures decades ago at just six years old.
The most expensive lot was a pristine, unopened packet of seven action figures from "The Empire Strikes Back" which fetched $32,500 -- three times the estimate.
Ecuador and Sweden have signed a pact that would allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be questioned by Swedish authorities at Ecuador's embassy in London where he has been holed up for more than three years since facing sexual assault charges, the Quito government said.
The legal agreement was signed in the Ecuadorean capital after half a year of negotiations.
Assange, 44, took refuge in the embassy building in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault and rape against two women in 2010. The Australian denies the accusations.
Assange says he fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States where he could be put on trial over WikiLeaks' publication of classified military and diplomatic documents five years ago, one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.
Britain, which has accused Ecuador of preventing the course of justice by allowing Assange to remain in its embassy in the upmarket central London area of Knightsbridge, welcomed the agreement.
Guns on one side of the street, counter-protesters making bathroom noises on the other.
About a dozen gun rights activists staged an open carry march and mock mass shooting Saturday near the University of Texas, only to be outnumbered by counter-demonstrators who waived sex toys and tried to drown them out with chants.
The groups Come and Take It Texas and Don'tcomply.com initially wanted to hold their event on campus, but were told by school officials they would be charged with criminal trespassing. The group instead held their march, with several members openly carrying real assault-style rifles, in an area of shops and restaurants next to campus known as "The Drag."
"Mock shootings mock victims," one group chanted while others waived sex toys and sounded off with the noise makers.
From afar, the Rhone glacier looks pristine, but on closer inspection the surface is covered with white blankets to slow the melting of the rapidly retreating ice.
The dusty, white fleece covers stretch out over a huge area near the glacier's edge, some in rumpled piles alongside sand, rocks, a few wooden planks and a ladder on its side.
With a red and white Swiss flag providing the only dash of colour, they look like tents in a vast deserted refugee camp, out of place in the Alpine setting.
But hiding underneath the blankets is a Swiss tourist attraction: a long and winding ice grotto with glistening blue walls and a leaky ceiling that has been carved into the ice here each year since 1870.
But while the blankets help slow the melting and allow the ice grotto to remain open through the hot summer, they are a very temporary fix.
Organizers of the Burning Man counter-culture celebration are challenging the enforcement of a Nevada state tax that they say could cost them nearly $3 million.
Burning Man officials said in a letter to the state Department of Taxation on Friday that the festival should be exempt from the recently amended tax on live entertainment, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Saturday (http://tinyurl.com/nrfm3hq).
The 25-year-old annual arts festival attracted about 80,000 participants this year to the Black Rock Desert 100 miles north of Reno.
Burning Man attorney Ray Allen said the 9 percent tax would translate into a tax bill of about $2.8 million. He said the tax is known by some as the "Burning Man tax."
Burning Man officials said they will not set 2016 ticket prices until they hear back from the taxation department because they could be forced to bump up the cost of entry to the temporary village dubbed "Black Rock City." They urged the department to respond by Jan. 15.
Historical activists are refusing to surrender in their efforts to prevent the development of a privately owned portion of a Revolutionary War battlefield in New Jersey.
The Princeton Battlefield Society is hoping to halt the plans of the Institute of Advanced Study, which is starting work to construct faculty housing. They want to preserve the site where George Washington's troops defeated the British at the Battle of Princeton in January 1777, and remain hopeful the institute will agree to a standstill until the legal battle which has played out over the past few years comes to a conclusion.
"The reason for our interest in the property is its extraordinary historic significance," said Jim Campi, communications director for The Civil War Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America's battlegrounds. "This is not your run-of-the-mill historic site, but where the charge that decided the battle was both launched and struck the British lines. This property is - without exaggeration - where the battle that arguably saved the Revolution was decided."
The activists, though, have suffered some legal setbacks recently against the plan for eight townhouses and seven single-family homes, including the state Supreme Court's decision to not delay the institute from starting work on the project to be built on land adjacent to Princeton Battlefield State Park. In a related decision issued in October, a state judge upheld the approval that the Princeton Planning Board gave the project in 2014. An appeal is planned.
Man known as AK47, the leader of an underground group of arto-political humourists called 'Art Kieda' returns artist Banksy's sculpture 'The Drinker' more than ten years after stealing it in London, Friday, Dec. 12, 2015.
Photo by Vianney Le Caer
The Jehovah's Witnesses, the door-knocking religious group that's been based in Brooklyn for a century, is selling its headquarters and other properties for an expected price tag of $1 billion or more.
The Witnesses' move to a town about an hour north of New York City will likely mean the end of the complex's most well-known feature, the neon "Watchtower" sign advertising the church's flagship publication. But it will free up hundreds of thousands of square feet for businesses and apartments in a now-trendy neighborhood at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.
"It's going to be incredibly transformative," said Alexandria Sica, executive director of the DUMBO Improvement District, a business group.
Jehovah's Witnesses spokesman Richard Devine said the move will allow the organization to operate more efficiently. The church had owned 36 separate Brooklyn properties before it began selling them off in preparation for the move upstate to Warwick. The printing plant where the Witnesses produce Bibles and religious tracts moved from Brooklyn to the town of Wallkill in 2004.
The Witnesses bought their 733,000-square-foot headquarters from Squibb Pharmaceuticals for $3 million in 1969. It was placed on the market this month along with a nearby apartment building and a 135,000-square-foot lot. Despite the prominent "Watchtower" sign, the building has no historical designations that would place restrictions on the buyer.
Spanish police said Friday they have seized 40 pallets made out of 1.4 tonnes of compressed cocaine that was made to look like wood that arrived on a shipping container from Colombia.
The authorities arrested 12 people in Spain, Dubai and Britain as part of the operation, including two Colombian experts in using chemicals to process cocaine into different formats, police said in a statement.
The shipping container laden with what appeared to be sacks of charcoal on wooden pallets arrived in the Mediterranean port of Valencia, Spain's second-busiest port, on November 30.
But a forensic examination found that the pallets were made of compressed cocaine powder made to look like wood, and some of the sacks contained cocaine disguised as charcoal.
The authorities suspect the group used a charcoal company in Spain as a front to import the cocaine and hide a lab where the drug was extracted from pallets and charcoal, processed and repackaged for distribution across Europe.
Men dressed as 'Krampuss' prepare to parade at Munich's Christmas market, December 13, 2015. Young single men will wear the traditional attires known as 'Krampusse', consisting of animal skins and masks, with large cow-bells to make loud and frightening noises and parade through the city. They follow 'Saint Nicholas' from house to house in December each year to bring luck to the good and punish the idle.
Photo by Michael Dalder
The movie industry braced for the coming storm of "The Force Awakens" over a quiet weekend where "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" notched its fourth-straight week atop the box office and Ron Howard's whaling tale "In the Heart of the Sea" capsized.
"In the Heart of the Sea," starring Chris Hemsworth, was the only major new wide release to test the pre-"Star Wars" waters. But hopes for the Warner Bros. film sank with an estimated $11 million despite a production budget around $100 million.
In limited release, Adam McKay's comic rending of the economic collapse, "The Big Short," opened strongly with $720,000 in eight theaters. The Paramount Pictures release came into the weekend riding good reviews and a wave of nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes, where it landed four nods including best picture, comedy, as well as nominations for stars Steve Carell and Christian Bale.
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. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," $11.3 million ($15.4 million international).
2. "In the Heart of the Sea," $11 million ($12.6 million international).
3. "The Good Dinosaur," $10.5 million ($14.3 million international).
4. "Creed," $10.1 million.
5. "Krampus," $8 million ($3.6 million international).
6. "Spectre," $4 million ($12.9 million international).
7. "The Night Before," $3.9 million.
8. "The Peanuts Movie," $2.7 million ($2.7 million international).
9. "Spotlight," $2.5 million.
10. "Brooklyn," $2 million.
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