Andrew Tobias: Weekend Watching
I know we're going to win so much we'll get tired of winning, but so far the winners have been ISIS, whom he's handed a "blessed" recruiting tool; China, to whom by abandoning the TPA he's handed leadership in the Pacific region; and Russia, whose journalist-murdering dictator hopes to see Western liberal democracies thrown into disarray. ("What," says our President. You think we don't kill people?")
In 2005, The Guardian determined using "estimates of earnings accrued in a composer's lifetime" that George Gershwin was the wealthiest composer of all time.
Mark. was first and correct with:
George Gershwin was the wealthiest composer of all time. "Summertime and
the living is easy."
Alan J responded:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
George Gershwin? Phillip Glass? I honestly don't know and am pressed for time. I'll have to look it up later (if I remember).
Meanwhile, spring is going full-tilt boogy and it's just beautiful.
Danny Elfman with his 'The Simpsons' resuduals?
John Williams? Jerry Goldsmith with his 'Star Trek-TNG' residuals (or even Alexander Courage despite splitting hus 'Star Trek-TOS residuals?)?
Experts say George Gershwin, but I'm not so sure.
David of Moon Valley wrote:
jeez, had to do research for this one....me brain 'urts.....
anyway...survey sez! George Gershwin...
although in reading for this there are some other rich mofo musicians out there....holee molee....
Billy in Cypress said:
My guess was George Gershwin, Irving Berlin or one of the modern day rock/pop artists. A quick search found GG.
ANOTHER SAGE AND COLORFUL THOUGHT FOR TODAY by "He-who-lives-in-the- COSMOS": (email@example.com)
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. -Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996) (NOTE: I have never seen a picture of a bamboozle, but I think it may have orange skin and strange yellow hair with a secondary anus connected directly to a tiny brain for constantly spewing verbal feces.)
Joe S answered:
I want to say Chuck Norris, but I can't think of a thing he wrote right now. But I'm fairly certain he knocked the shit out of some music. Probably with a roundhouse kick.
George Gershwin seems to be the winner, but I can't think of a thing he wrote either.
zorch took the day off.
mj took the day off.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.
Dave in Tucson 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 begins the night with a FRESH'Ransom', followed by a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One', then a '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'The Voice', followed by a RERUN'Taken', then a RERUN'SNL'.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Scarlett Johansson hosting, music by Lorde.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'NBA Basketball', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '20/20'.
The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.
Faux has a RERUN'24: Legacy', followed by a RERUN'APB'.
MY recycles an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'Live PD'.
AMC offers the movie 'Escape From Planet Of The Apes', followed by the movie 'Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 1
[7:30AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 2
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Counterpoint
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Latent Image
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Bride of Chaotica
[12:00PM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
[1:00PM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Jungles - People of the Trees
[3:00PM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
[4:00PM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power
[5:00PM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Rivers - Friend and Foe
[6:00PM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
[7:00PM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
[8:00PM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
[9:00PM] PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Deserts
[10:10PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
[11:00PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 20 - Episode 20
[12:00AM] PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Deserts
[1:10AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Jungles - People of the Trees
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'The Ugly Truth', followed by the movie 'Maid In Manhattan', then the movie 'Maid In Manhattan', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine', followed by the movie 'Billy Madison', then the movie '50 First Dates'.
FX has the movie 'Iron Man 2', followed by the movie 'Iron Man 3'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then another FRESH'Counting Cars: Supercharged', followed by a FRESH'Detroit Steel'.
[7:15AM] YOU'RE NEXT
[9:15AM] PORTLANDIA-Friend Replacement
[9:45AM] PORTLANDIA-Portland Secedes
[10:45AM] PORTLANDIA-Passenger Rating
[11:45AM] MEET THE SPARTANS
[3:30PM] 48 HRS.
[5:45PM] ANOTHER 48 HRS.
[8:00PM] DUE DATE
[12:00AM] DUE DATE
[5:00AM] IDIOCRACY (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Hap and Leonard-Savage Season
[7:01AM] Hap and Leonard-The Bottoms
[8:02AM] Hap and Leonard-The Dive
[9:02AM] Hap and Leonard-Trudy
[10:02AM] Hap and Leonard-War
[11:02AM] Hap and Leonard-Eskimos
[12:02PM] Donnie Brasco
[3:00PM] Inside Man
[6:00PM] M*A*S*H-Carry On, Hawkeye
[6:30PM] M*A*S*H-Hotlips and Empty Arms
[7:00PM] M*A*S*H-Iron Guts Kelly
[8:00PM] M*A*S*H-Margaret's Engagement
[8:30PM] M*A*S*H-The Nurses
[9:30PM] M*A*S*H-Comrades in Arms
[10:00PM] M*A*S*H-Comrades in Arms
[10:30PM] M*A*S*H-Temporary Duty
[11:00PM] M*A*S*H-Hot Lips Is Back in Town
[11:30PM] M*A*S*H-Are You Now, Margaret?
[12:00AM] M*A*S*H-Stars and Stripes
[12:30AM] M*A*S*H-Father's Day
[1:00AM] Donnie Brasco
[5:00AM] Hap and Leonard-The Dive (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Underworld', followed by the movie 'Skyfall'.
America Indians and their supporters march toward the White House in Washington, Friday, March 10, 2017, to rally against continued construction of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline.
Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta
Organizers of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade reversed course on Friday and said they would allow a group of gay veterans to march in this year's parade.
The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced on the parade's Twitter account that it had signed an "acceptance letter" that would clear the way for OutVets to participate.
OutVets did not immediately say whether it would accept the invitation to march.
An earlier vote by the council to bar OutVets from marching drew immediate condemnation from high-profile politicians, some of whom said they would not march if the gay veterans were excluded. It caused some sponsors to back out and stirred up a furor on social media.
Another veterans group, Veterans for Peace, said it also had been denied permission to participate. That group has been trying unsuccessfully for several years to march.
Little Thunder, a traditional dancer and indigenous activist from the Lakota tribe, dances as he demonstrates in front of the White House during a protest march and rally in opposition to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines in Washington, U.S., March 10, 2017.
Photo by Kevin Lamarque
Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained and questioned at a Washington airport before being allowed to board a flight to Fort Lauderdale after meeting with lawmakers to discuss a separate airport detention incident last month, a lawyer for the late heavyweight champion's son said Friday.
Ali and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali, were stopped at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after returning from Jamaica on Feb. 7. They traveled to Washington on Wednesday without incident to speak to members of a congressional subcommittee on border security about that experience.
But attorney Chris Mancini said that when Ali attempted to board a JetBlue Airways flight home to Florida on Friday he was detained for 20 minutes. Mancini said Ali spoke to Department of Homeland Security officials by telephone and showed his driver's license and passport before he was allowed to board.
A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged the agency confirmed Ali's identity before he boarded his plane.
Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was on the same flight, tweeted a photo with Ali after he was allowed to board and wrote: "On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN ... Religiously profiling son of 'The Greatest' will not make us safe."
Ray St. Clair of the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota carries an eagle head staff as indigenous activists dance and participate in traditional ceremonies during a protest march and rally in opposition to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 10, 2017.
Photo by Kevin Lamarque
It's official: Americans are now drinking more bottled water than soda.
After decades-long streak of strong growth, bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States in 2016, according to research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp.
The shift comes amid widespread concerns about the health effects of sugary beverages.
Bottled-water consumption in the United States reached 39.3 gallons per capita last year, while carbonated soft drinks slipped to 38.5 gallons, Beverage Marketing Corp said.
In contrast, per capita soda consumption regularly exceeded 50 gallons in the late 1990s and early 2000s, according to the report.
The scandal that prompted an investigation into hundreds of Marines who are accused of sharing naked photographs of their colleagues in a private Facebook group is much larger than has been reported, Business Insider has learned.
The practice of sharing such photos goes beyond the Marine Corps and one Facebook group. Hundreds of nude photos of female service members from every military branch have been posted to an image-sharing message board that dates back to at least May. A source informed Business Insider of the site's existence on Tuesday.
The site, called AnonIB, has a dedicated board for military personnel that features dozens of threaded conversations among men, many of whom ask for "wins" - naked photographs - of specific female service members, often identifying the women by name or where they are stationed.
An official familiar with the matter told Business Insider that the Marine commandant, Gen. Robert Neller, would brief members of the House Armed Services Committee next week on the scandal.
One user asked in September for photos of women in the Massachusetts National Guard, while another requested some from the Guard in Michigan. Other requests included nude pictures of any women stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, or Naval Medical Center in San Diego, along with many more US military installations around the world.
Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress and supporters gather to mark the 58th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day, while protesting against Chinese rule in Tibet on the eve of the Tibetan Uprising Day, Bangalore, India, March 10, 2017.
Photo by Jagadeesh Nv
Catherine Corless has been haunted all her life by childhood memories of the skinny children from the local Catholic home for unmarried mothers and their babies in the small cathedral town of Tuam in the west of Ireland.
Known locally as the home babies, the children lived in secrecy behind the dark, high walls of the home run by nuns from the Bon Secours order. Some of them attended the same school as Corless, but they were kept apart from the other children.
Once, egged on by classmates, Corless played a trick on one of the home babies, handing over what looked like a sweet but was in fact only an empty wrapper.
"I'm so sorry for that. It's stuck me with, that memory. It was only later I thought 'that poor child never got a sweet, they would have loved a sweet'," Corless told Reuters in an interview at her home in the countryside outside Tuam.
Now a grandmother and amateur local historian, Corless has spent years painstakingly researching records to discover what happened behind those high walls, where unmarried pregnant women were sent to have their babies in secret.
Illinois' record-breaking budget impasse, which has led to sporadic funding for higher education, is increasingly pressuring the finances and competitiveness of state universities, Moody's Investors Service said on Thursday.
The credit rating agency said the lack of complete state funding has forced schools to take "considerable steps," including cutting academic programs and raising tuition, in order to keep operating and preserve financial liquidity.
"Material programing reductions and staffing cuts, while necessary to keep the state's public universities operational in the short-term, will further impair the universities' abilities to sustain their strategic competitiveness and attract students for the upcoming fall 2017 class," Moody's said in a report.
Illinois is limping through a second-straight fiscal year without a budget due to a stalemate between its Republican governor and Democrats who control the legislature. The political battle has resulted in significant underfunding for universities and state grants that subsidize costs for low-income students.
Ratings for seven universities range from an investment grade Aa3 for the University of Illinois to a junk rating of B1 for Eastern Illinois University, according to Moody's, which has a negative outlook on all of the ratings.
Those suing over the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation's northernmost town said Thursday that the Alaska city broke its own laws by failing to publish a public notice before the renaming question was put on the ballot.
The town formerly known as Barrow countered that publishing notices in a newspaper for elections is optional for anything but tax-related ordinances.
Attorneys for the two sides gave their arguments in a court hearing in the town whose voters approved the new name, Utqiagvik, by six votes last October.
The lawsuit was filed by a local Alaska Native corporation, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corp., just before the new name became effective in December.
The corporation says the lack of input from the public led to a flawed law being passed, one that didn't use the correct traditional name for the city. They say the correct word is Ukpeagvik, which means "the place where we hunt snowy owls."
Egyptian and German archaeologists found two massive pharaonic statues in a muddy pit in the Matareya district of Cairo Thursday. One of them most likely depicts the Egyptian ruler Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt over 3,000 years ago, while the other one is a limestone statue of the 12th century B.C. ruler Seti II.
The statues were discovered near the entrance of the temple of Ramses II, which is situated in Heliopolis, an ancient city in the eastern part of modern-day Cairo.
The discovery, made by the country's antiquities ministry, has been hailed as extremely important.
"Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite," Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told Reuters on Thursday at the site where the statues were unveiled. The archeologists said that the statue likely to be of the Ramses II measures eight meters (26.24 feet) and the other one, whose upper part was found, is said to be 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) long.
The archeologists said they will now try to unearth the remaining portions of the statues before they finally restore them. If they are successful, and if the statue is identified as Ramses II's, it will be placed at the entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is expected to open in 2018.
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