Maria Konnikova: How to Beat Writer's Block (New Yorker)
In 1920, a sixteen-year-old Graham Greene decided that, after "104 weeks of monotony, humiliation, and mental pain," he could no longer remain at Berkhamsted, the prep school where he was enrolled. He fled, leaving behind a note of resignation for his parents-his father was the school's headmaster-, and was discovered on the heath soon after.
In May 2010, a controversial commercial of Cocoa Pebbles led to a lawsuit by Hulk Hogan. In spring of 2010, a commercial where Barney and Fred face off against a wrestler named Hulk Boulder aired on TV. The commercial ended with Hulk Boulder getting smashed to pieces after losing the wrestling match. Hulk Hogan sued Post, saying they stole his image to promote the pebbles, he used the name Hulk Boulder early in his career until his name was changed to sound more Irish, and that his image had been damaged by the commercials. The suit was settled in June of 2010 with a condition of not airing the commercial again.
Lois Of Oregon was first and correct with:
Aw, poor widdle Hulk Hogan was made to look SILLY in a Cocoa Pebbles breakfast cereal commercial! He has been HARMED by "the unauthorized and degrading depictions in the Cocoa Smashdown advertisements." Good god, how can you expect a man to LIVE when he has been stripped of his DIGNITY like that? THE SHAME!$!
Alan J said:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
Cocoa Pebbles cereal was sued by Hulk Hogan, the bald headed roided ranger of Rasslin. Fuck him! He needs to go way far away. He needed to exit the stage a long time ago. Rasslin Babes
DJ Useo replied:
He actually sued Cocoa Pebbles cereal over that cartoon character. Personally, I would'a let it slide.
Post's Cocoa Pebbles...
Who ate that kinda crap? Not me! Oh, no... I was a 'Fortified Oat Flakes' kinda kid (with a little brown sugar on 'em... an' berries, too, in season - Mmmm!)
But, Post made 'Fortified Oat Flakes', too... Well, no matter...
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.
Seems to have skipped spring and lurched headlong into summer.
CBS fills the night with LIVE'March Madness', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by an hourlong RERUN'SNL' from 03/13/99, with John Goodman hosting, music by Jewel.
'SNL' is a RERUN with Chris Hemsworth hosting, and Chance the Rapper.
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 FRESH'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.
Faux has a RERUN'Rosewood', followed by a RERUN'Lucifer'.
MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48: Miraculous Survivors'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy', followed by the movie 'Monuments Men', then the movie 'Monuments Men', again.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 13 - Episode 6
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 13 - Episode 7
[8:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 1
[9:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 2
[10:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-New Zealand South Island
[11:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Land of the Maori
[12:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Iceland Fire and Ice
[1:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Red Rock Country
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Liaisons
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-Interface
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Gambit (Part 1)
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Gambit (Part 2)
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Phantasms
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Dark Page
[8:00PM] DEEP IMPACT
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Liaisons
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-Interface
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Gambit (Part 1)
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Gambit (Part 2)
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Phantasms
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Dark Page
[5:00AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Making Worlds
[5:30AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-The Secret To Their Success (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'There's Something About Mary', followed by the movie 'The Change-Up', then the movie 'Employee Of The Month'.
FX has the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness', followed by the movie 'Avatar'.
[6:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
[10:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
[10:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
[11:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
[11:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
[12:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
[12:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
[1:00PM] CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
[3:30PM] DAZED AND CONFUSED
[5:45PM] JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK
[8:00PM] FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
[10:00PM] CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
[2:30AM] JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK
[4:45AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Booby Dupes
[5:10AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Busy Buddies
[5:35AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Cactus Makes Perfect (ALL TIMES EDT)
[2:00PM] Rosemary's Baby
[5:00PM] Erin Brockovich
[8:00PM] The Others
[10:30PM] The Last House on the Left
[1:00AM] The Others
[3:30AM] The Last House on the Left (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Silent Hill', followed by the movie 'We Are Still Here'.
British comedian Eddie Izzard at the foot of Table mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, March. 18, 2016. Eddie Izzard is attempting to complete 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa by Sunday, as part of his charity drive.
Photo by Schalk van Zuydam
Following days of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (R-Pinche Pendejo) disparaging Fox "News" host Megyn Kelly, the network fired back on Friday.
"Donald Trump's vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land," the statement read in part. "Megyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America - we're extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump's endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults."
The response follows days of comments the billionaire businessman has made over social media, the final straw for the network apparently being Trump's Friday afternoon tweet in which he called for a boycott of Kelly's show, as well as referring to her as "sick."
Everybody should boycott the @megynkelly show. Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump! She is sick, & the most overrated person on tv.-Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2016
Our species, Homo sapiens, has a more adventurous sexual history than previously realized, and all that bed-hopping long ago has left an indelible mark on the human genome.
Scientists said on Friday an analysis of genetic information on about 1,500 people from locations around the world indicated at least four interbreeding episodes tens of thousands of years ago, three with our close cousins the Neanderthals and one with the mysterious extinct human species known as Denisovans.
People living on the remote equatorial islands of Melanesia represented the only population found to possess an appreciable level of Denisovan genetic ancestry. These Melanesians, like most human populations, also had Neanderthal genetic ancestry.
The fact that the only known Denisovan remains come from northern Siberia but that their genetic contribution is seen in people living far away in Melanesia suggests Denisovans had a broad geographic range extending across Asia, Akey said.
Tens of thousands of exiled Tibetans across India and overseas will vote on Sunday to elect a political leader, hoping the democratic exercise will help sustain their struggle to secure complete autonomy for Chinese-ruled Tibet.
The second election of its kind follows a decision by the Dalai Lama, the 80-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate, to relinquish his political authority and vest it in a democratic system that could outlive him.
Concern about the globetrotting spiritual leader's health, after his admission to a U.S. hospital this year for treatment, has reinforced the importance of the vote to keeping the issue of Tibet alive.
The "Sikyong", or elected leader, will be solely responsible for political and diplomatic decisions, as the charismatic monk steps back from the limelight amid uncertainty over how his successor will be chosen.
"Even if China tries to select the next Dalai Lama, the Tibetans will continue to have an elected leader who is outside the Communist Party's grip," said P.D. Mukherji, professor of Chinese studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
This undated photo provided by Sothebys shows the 9.54 carat blue diamond ring worn for decades by child star-turned-ambassador Shirley Temple, which is going up for auction on April 19, 2016 by Sotheby's in New York. The ring, purchased in 1940 by her father for Temple's 12th birthday for $7,210, now has a pre-sale estimate of between $25 million and $35 million.
A San Diego man who inherited from his father a 1974 aluminum penny valued at $2 million has surrendered it to the U.S. Mint to settle a lawsuit over ownership of the rare coin, a federal prosecutor said on Thursday.
Randall Lawrence, the son of a former Mint official, and Michael McConnell, the owner of a San Diego-area coin shop, sued the federal government in 2014 after it demanded the return of the penny.
Lawrence and McConnell had planned to display the coin at shows across the country and then sell it through an auction house, which estimated it would bring up to $2 million.
The settlement "vindicates the government's position that items made at U.S. Mint facilities but not lawfully issued ... remain government property and are not souvenirs that government employees can merely remove and pass down to their heirs," Duffy said. She did not disclose further terms of the settlement.
The Mint made about 1.6 million of the aluminum coins and distributed them to Congress in anticipation of approval. When lawmakers rejected it, the Mint reclaimed the aluminum cents and destroyed almost all of them, leaving one to the Smithsonian in Washington, where it remains.
A Florida jury sided with ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan on Friday and awarded him $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media.
The jurors reached the decision Friday evening, less than six hours after they began deliberations. The trial lasted two weeks, and Hogan wept as the verdict was read.
The jury isn't finished; they will return to court Monday to award punitive damages. Just moments after the verdict, Gawker founder Nick Denton said he will appeal, based on evidence that wasn't introduced in court.
Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, sued Gawker for $100 million for posting a video of him having sex with his former best friend's wife. Hogan contended the 2012 post violated his privacy.
The verdict and the unsealing of hundreds of pages of documents late in the day capped a three week judicial circus in the sleepy St. Petersburg courtroom. Jurors, media and thousands who followed the case on Twitter and livestream video were treated to days of details about Hogan's sex life, body part size, and images of him in thong underwear. There was wrestling history, videos of Hogan yukking it up with Howard Stern and, most notably, how Gawker - a 12-year-old news and gossip website in New York City- does journalism differently from legacy media.
Children wearing hoods as penitents stand after taking part in a procession at a school on the eve of Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain March 18, 2016.
Photo by Marcelo del Pozo
An Iranian seller adjusts colorful eggs displayed for sale as part of the traditions of the New Persian Year, called Nowruz, in Tehran, Iran, March 18, 2016. Buying goldfish and flowers is one of the New Year traditions for Iranians to celebrate Nowruz. The Persian New Year, starting on 20 March, also marks the beginning of spring. The Persian New Year which has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years is the most revered celebration in the greater Persian world, which includes the countries of Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and portions of western China and northern Iraq.
Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh
Rights campaigners Friday lambasted US "punishments" handed to officers involved in a catastrophic bombing raid on an Afghan hospital, saying the failure to criminally investigate them is an injustice and insult to the victims.
The bombing last October of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz -- which came as NATO-backed Afghan forces clashed with the Taliban for control of the northern city -- left 42 people dead, triggering a storm of global criticism.
US officials Thursday said those involved in the strike have been disciplined, with some suspended from duty and others facing "administrative" action such as "negative counselling" or being told not to do something again.
"For good reason, the victims' family members will see this as both an injustice and an insult: the US military investigated itself and decided no crimes had been committed," Human Rights Watch said in a statement.
The medical charity has previously branded the strike as a "war crime", saying the raid by a AC-130 gunship left patients burning in their beds with some victims decapitated and suffering traumatic amputations.
A Buddhist monk uses a traditional needle to tattoo the body of a man at Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, March 18, 2016. Believers from across Thailand travel to the monastery to have their bodies adorned with tattoos and to pay their respects to the temple's master tattooist. They believe the tattoos have mystical powers, ward off bad luck and protect them from harm.
Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom
A model displays a creation by a designer from the Tokyo New Age group of young fashion designers during the 2016 Autumn/Winter Collection at the Tokyo Fashion Week in Tokyo, Friday, March 18, 2016.
Photo by Koji Sasahara
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. Madonna; $2,636,635; $120.97.
2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $2,211,710; $127.57.
3. Muse; $1,271,884; $58.02.
4. Dead & Company; $1,018,234; $82.72.
5. Kevin Hart; $953,747; $75.22.
6. "The Illusionists"; $786,549; $86.44.
7. Andre Rieu; $780,905; $100.58.
8. Simply Red; $765,947; $69.01.
9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $755,931; $55.94.
10. Jerry Seinfeld; $523,599; $97.71.
11. Jason Aldean; $510,884; $54.80.
12. The Prodigy; $446,570; $56.00.
13. Scorpions; $410,115; $60.45.
14. Brad Paisley; $408,326; $49.65.
15. Jeff Dunham; $365,343; $48.36.
16. Nightwish; $269,574; $45.57.
17. Widespread Panic; $246,237; $56.00.
18. The Tenderloins; $231,576; $54.68.
19. Shinedown / Breaking Benjamin; $211,941; $41.96.
20. "Dancing With The Stars"; $189,038; $57.51.
Santos' son son Perry told TMZ that his father suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home Wednesday and was put on life support. He died in a Santa Monica hospital, he said.
The Brooklyn native played Becker, who had a love-hate relationship with Garner's Jim Rockford, on 112 episodes of The Rockford Files, which ran on NBC from 1974-80. He was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series in 1979 and reprised the role for several telefilms.
Before he turned to acting, Santos, who had played football at Fordham University, had "no idea what to do with my life," he recalled in the TV Guide story. "I owned a bar, I worked on the railroad and I chopped down trees. Before Castro took over in Cuba, I used to buy $25 cars and drive them down to Key West. From there, I'd get them into Havana and unload them for $500 apiece."
He became friends with Pacino while playing softball, and that led to famed casting director Marion Doughtery picking him to play Det. DiBono in Needle Park.
This undated image provided by lepidopterist Andrew Warren shows the newly discovered Tanana Arctic butterfly. Research by Warren released on March 15, 2016 suggests that the newly discovered species evolved from the offspring of two related butterfly species, and he thinks all three lived in the Beringia region between Alaska and Russia before the last ice age.
Photo by Andrew Warren
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