Paul Krugman: Health Reform Realities (NY Times)
… progressives must set some priorities. And it's really hard to see, given this picture, why it makes any sense to spend political capital on a quixotic attempt at a do-over, not of a political failure, but of health reform - their biggest victory in many years.
Wiping Out Guinea Worm (The [Jimmy, etc.] Carter Center)
Using data-driven measurements and monitoring - and working closely with federal ministries of health and affected communities - the Carter Center-led Guinea worm eradication campaign has driven the global incidence of Guinea worm disease down to only 22 cases reported in 4 endemic countries in 2015, a reduction of more than 99.99 percent since 1986.
Brandon Larrabee: "Senate won't appeal redistricting ruling" (News Service of Florida)
"In 2010, Florida voters sent a strong message to the Legislature: stop drawing districts to favor yourselves and your parties. Just over five years later, we are thrilled to be able to say that the voters' wishes have been granted," lawyer David King said. "With the Legislature's decision not to appeal Judge Reynolds' final judgment, in 2016 Floridians will for the first time have the opportunity to vote in legally drawn Senate districts that fully comply with the Fair Districts Amendments."
Julie Burchill: Why are hipsters obsessed with programmes about dead women? (Spectator)
I've recently spotted another septic sister-under-the-skin, though I imagine this one will be better-dressed and better-read. She is the consumer of the recent glut of 'Death of a Woman as Hipster Diversion' programmes: Serial, Undisclosed, Making A Murderer, The Jinx. This is true crime for those who know how to pronounce quinoa, but it is no less nasty a habit. Those who indulge in this particular 'guilty pleasure' should, indeed, feel guilty about it.
An oast, oast house or hop kiln is a building designed for kilning (drying) hops as part of the brewing process. They can be found in most hop-growing (and former hop-growing) areas and are often good examples of vernacular architecture. Many redundant oasts have been converted into houses.
They consist of two or three storeys on which the hops were spread out to be dried by hot air from a wood or charcoal-fired kiln at the bottom. The drying floors were thin and perforated to permit the heat to pass through and escape through a cowl in the roof which turned with the wind. The freshly picked hops from the fields were raked in to dry and then raked out to cool before being bagged up and sent to the brewery. The Kentish dialect word kell was sometimes used for kilns ("The oast has three kells.") and sometimes to mean the oast itself ("Take this lunchbox to your father, he's working in the kell."). The word oast itself also means "kiln".
mj was first and correct with:
Everyone needs to believe in something
I believe I'll have another beer, starting with drying out the hops in
an oast house.
Lois The Lush Of Oregon wrote:
Ahhh, the oast house is where they prepare the hops! The hops is the life! Please accept my humble poem in the praise of hops...
Ode to hops
Oh hops, the finest flower that can grow upon the earth!
Dear hops, the only thing that makes me not regret my birth!
Sweet hops you make my water turn into an IPA!
Yes Hops, you are my light when everything is dark and gray.
drink enough beer and go to the oast house?
Alan J responded:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
I don't want too many of them in my beer.
An oast house is where hops are dried.
The learning never stops.
Apparently, neither does the rain. If it's raining frequently and the sun shows up about once a week it must be January.
Dale in Rainy Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
DJ Useo answered:
It be hops! Funny, as I'm at Crumplstock right now
& we were discussing beer in the chat. Lol.
Hop plant ~ Oast houses were designed to dry hops, the climbing plants whose dried female flowers became a vital ingredient in the brewing of beer.
Joe S said:
Hops. Get it? Hops.
Randall took the day off.
Charlie took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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 begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with FRESH'US Figure Skating Championships'.
'SNL' is FRESH. hosted by Ronda Rousey, music by Selena Gomez.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'NBA Basketball', then pads the left coast with local crap.
The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by a RERUN'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'Premier Boxing Champions', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48: Killer On The Run', then the FRESH'The First 48: Killer On The Run'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Matrix', followed by the movie 'The Matrix Reloaded'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR: BEST OF 09-10 - SEASON 1, EPISODE 1-Part 1
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 8, Episode 7
[8:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 8, Episode 8
[9:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6, Ep 4 - Global Survival Guide
[10:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3, Ep 7 - Turkey
[11:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3, Ep 8 - Belize
[12:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3, Ep 9 - Dominican Republic
[1:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3, Ep 10 - Oregon
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 15 - Power Play
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 16 - Ethics
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 17 - The Outcast
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 18 - Cause and Effect
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 19 - The First Duty
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 20 - Cost of Living
[8:00PM] ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 15 - Power Play
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 16 - Ethics
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 17 - The Outcast
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 18 - Cause and Effect
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 19 - The First Duty
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 20 - Cost of Living
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5, Ep 21 - The Perfect Mate (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Potomac', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'Big Momma's House'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Mr. Deeds', followed by the movie '50 First Dates'.
FX has the movie 'Turbo', followed by the movie 'King Fu Panda 2'.
History has 'Manson', 'Hooked: Illegal Drugs & How They Got That Way', 'The Marijuana Revolution'.
[6:00AM] THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE
[12:15PM] THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
[2:45PM] THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE
[5:30PM] THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
[11:30PM] THE DARKEST HOUR
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Michelle Monaghan Wears a Burnt Orange Dress and White Heels (ALL TIMES EST)
[8:00AM] Sleepless in Seattle
[10:30AM] Dirty Dancing
[1:00PM] Scent of a Woman
[4:30PM] Donnie Brasco
[7:30PM] Any Given Sunday
[1:02AM] Any Given Sunday
[4:30AM] The Writers' Room-American Horror Story
[5:00AM] Donnie Brasco (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Twister', followed by the movie 'Tremors 5: Bloodlines'.
Actor Don Cheadle poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Miles Ahead", at the Toyota Mirai Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Matt Sayles
Did you know Walt Disney World had a no-fly zone? Well, they fought for it. Now, they're finding it's a pain in Mickey's ass.
The designation typically reserved for august locales like the White House and Congress has been in force over the Magic Kingdom since 2003, the year Disney won a special concession from the U.S. government to provide the invisible cloak in a provision of a $397.4 billion spending bill. At the time, and since then, the park touted the measure as a necessary precaution against air terrorism.
But now, the House of Mouse is looking for another special exception. In addition to being the only theme park in the United States with a no-fly zone, Disney is now also petitioning the government for an exception to their exception by allowing the park to fly drones over their airspace. Of course, the drones would only be Disney drones - no others would be permitted and the rest of the no-fly zone for everyone else would remain intact.
According to the Washington Post, the new plan by Disney calls for up to 50 drones that could be flown above the park by Disney during evening firework shows. The park is claiming that the exemption is safe because the drones would be small, and traveling at low altitude and speed.
A dress code imposed by a Kansas Senate committee chairman that prohibits women testifying on bills from wearing low-cut necklines and miniskirts is drawing bipartisan ridicule from female legislators.
Sen. Mitch Holmes' 11-point code of conduct does not include any restrictions on men, who he said needed no instruction on how to look professional, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
Holmes, a 53-year-old Republican from St. John who is chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, said he wrote the instruction because provocatively dressed women are a distraction. The guidelines don't detail a minimum skirt length or a permissible neckline for blouses.
Holmes said he considered requiring men to wear suits and ties during testimony but decided males didn't need any guidance. He expects lobbyists to understand the rules when interacting with his committee, although he acknowledged infrequent visitors to the Statehouse might be unaware.
A judge on Friday ordered a medical examination of Sumner Redstone as part of an ongoing court fight over the media mogul's health and mental capacity.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan said Friday that a doctor hired by the mogul's ex-girlfriend should evaluate Redstone's health and mental health. He based the ruling on the depositions of two doctors who have evaluated Redstone and believe he could undergo a short examination from another doctor.
Redstone's ex-girlfriend and longtime companion Manuela Herzer has raised issues about the 92-year-old's health and decision-making capacity after she was expelled from his house in October.
Herzer's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, praised the ruling. "Sumner asked Manuela, and she promised, to care for and protect him for the rest of his life," O'Donnell wrote in a statement. "Today's victory is a major milestone in honoring her commitment."
Redstone controls CBS and Viacom through National Amusements Inc., which holds nearly 80 percent of the voting stock in both media companies. He hasn't joined an investor conference call since November 2014. His longtime attorney Philippe Dauman, now Viacom's CEO, has authority to make medical decisions if Redstone is deemed incapacitated by his physician, but that has not yet happened.
"Other People" cast member Bradley Whitford talks at an "Indiewire in Conversation" at Chase Sapphire on Main during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Evan Agostini
The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn't talk with him in front of the media.
The short meeting occurred as the standoff over federal land use policies stretches to the three-week mark and as Oregon officials are putting increased pressure on federal authorities to take action against Ammon Bundy's group.
Bundy arrived at the airport in Burns late Friday morning, where the FBI has set up a staging area. On Thursday, Bundy went to the airport and spoke to an FBI negotiator over the phone. They agreed to speak again Friday, but Bundy left shortly after he arrived because the FBI agent he spoke with said federal authorities wanted any conversation to be private.
Bundy wants face-to-face conversations in front of reporters.
Actors Daniel Radcliffe, from left, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Paul Dano pose at the premiere of "Swiss Army Man" during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Danny Moloshok
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Environmental Racist) has hired a national public relations firm as well as another communications expert to help with communications during the Flint water crisis.
Snyder hired the public relations firm Mercury LLC, which has a tie to his new Chief of Staff Jarrod Agen, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press. Agen's wife, Bettina Inclan-Agen, is a senior vice president in Mercury's Florida office in Fort Lauderdale. The company has no offices in Michigan.
Gov. Snyder's Press Secretary Dave Murray said the hiring was done help staff stay on task while trying to help Flint residents. Murray said state funds were not being used to pay for the new hires.
Snyder has several non-public funds, largely supported by corporate donors, that could be used to pay the public relations firm and communications expert, according to the report.
A judge concerned about public safety sentenced a 62-year-old North Texas man to life in prison for his 10th drunken driving conviction since the 1980s.
Ivy Ray Eberhardt, of Weatherford, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday. Eberhardt would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
"Part of my job is to protect the citizens of Parker County, and the only way that I can think of to do that from somebody that has 12 DWI arrests and 10 DWI convictions is to put you in a place that you can't drive for as long as I possibly can," Judge Craig Towson told Eberhardt.
The case involved an April 2014 driving while intoxicated stop in Parker County in which Eberhardt's blood alcohol level was almost four times the 0.08 legal limit for driving in Texas.
While free on bond in that DWI case, Eberhardt cut off an electronic ankle monitor and fled to Colorado, where he was again arrested for drunken driving, prosecutors said.
Folk artists from the western Indian state of Rajasthan pose for a photograph in front of a tableau depicting Jaipurâs famous Hawa Mahal, during a media preview of tableaus participating in the Republic Day parade, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Security has been tightened around the Indian capital as well as across the country ahead of Republic Day celebrations, held each year on Jan. 26.
Photo by Manish Swarup
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Kochsucker) made a national name for himself among conservatives by redefining Wisconsin's labor landscape, eliminating public unions, wiping out closed shops and erasing local prevailing wages. Now, coming off a short-lived presidential bid, he's poised to deal state workers another blow by revamping the state's 110-year-old civil service system.
A handful of states have recently rolled back civil service protections. The rules are designed to keep officials from handing out government jobs as rewards to their political allies. But some officials say they lead to inefficiencies, offer little incentive for hard work and unfairly protect employees who behave badly.
Just days after Walker dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination in September, Republican legislators introduced a bill to revamp Wisconsin's civil service system. Walker is poised to sign the measure any day despite Democrats' complaints that the changes will open the door to cronyism.
The bill marks another in a string of labor policy victories for Walker, who has made rewriting employment law his claim to fame. In 2011 he authored a bill that all but eliminated public workers' union rights, becoming a national GOP star in the process. Last year he signed a bill making Wisconsin a so-called right-to-work state where private workers can't be forced to join a union. This past summer he signed a state budget eliminating requirements that local governments pay workers on government projects the prevailing wage for such work.
"Wisconsin is the place where all things good for labor have gone to die," Paul Secunda, who directs the labor and employment law program at Marquette University. "You want the 30,000-foot view? It looks like a bomb went off in Wisconsin in regards to workers' rights."
This undated image provided by The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., shows a 1955 design for Disneyland castle. The design is explored in a new exhibition at the museum about artist Salvador Dali's friendship with Walt Disney. Museum director Hank Hine says the two men shared a vision of taking art off the canvas and into the real world.
The recent onslaught of El Nino storms only slightly increased the levels of California reservoirs that stand at half of historic depths for this time of year, federal officials said Friday while releasing an initial water outlook for 2016.
Heavy rainfall has soaked into a landscape that has been parched by four years of drought, and the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada has grown but hasn't started to melt off and replenish the critically low reservoirs, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokesman Shane Hunt said.
The bureau's outlook comes as federal water managers prepare to announce how much water will be available for Central Valley farmers this summer. The federally operated reservoirs that supply farms and cities throughout California's Central Valley are now 49 percent full, compared with 47 percent on Oct. 1.
Lake Shasta - located in Northern California and the state's largest reservoir - is at 68 percent, but San Luis Reservoir in Central California is at 20 percent of its historical average, the bureau reports.
Federal authorities typically announced in late February how much water will be available to farmers for the warmer growing months beginning in the spring. San Joaquin Valley farmers have said they hope that the wet winter will provide them with at least some surface water supplies, unlike the last two years.
A houbara bustard is seen at a zoo in Lahore, Pakistan January 22, 2016. Pakistan's Supreme Court lifted a ban on hunting the rare bird on Friday, after the government argued it hurt relations with Gulf states whose wealthy hunters traditionally travel to Pakistan to pursue the endangered species with falcons. The court ruling overturns a ban introduced last year on hunting the houbara bustard, pending new hearings of petitions by both the government and conservationists. Conservationists say the bird is at risk of extinction if hunting continues.
Photo by Mohsin Raza
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