Martha C. Nussbaum: "Hilary Putnam (1926-2016)" (Huffington Post)
Philosophy is pretty unpopular in America today. Marco Rubio says, with typical inelegance: "We need more welders and less philosophers." Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina also singles out philosophy as a discipline offering "worthless courses" that offer "no chances of getting people jobs." Across the nation there's unbounded adulation for the STEM disciplines, which seem so profitable. Although all the humanities suffer disdain, philosophy keeps on attracting special negative attention - perhaps because in addition to appearing worthless, it also appears vaguely subversive, a threat to sound traditional values.
Trigger is a Martin N-20 nylon-string classical acoustic guitar used by country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson. Early in his career, Nelson tested several guitars by different companies. After one of his guitars was destroyed in 1969, he purchased the Martin guitar.
Nelson based his desired style on Django Reinhardt's playing and guitar sound. He opted to amplify the acoustic guitar, resulting in his signature sound.
Over time, a large hole was worn above the bridge, nearly reaching the sound hole. While the Martin was meant to be played with finger-style picking, the use of a flatpick by Nelson and constant strumming caused the damage. Its soundboard has been signed by over a hundred of Nelson's friends and associates, ranging from fellow musicians to lawyers and football coaches. The first signature on the guitar was Leon Russell's, who asked Nelson initially to sign his guitar. When Nelson was about to sign it with a marker, Russell requested him to scratch it instead, explaining that the guitar would be more valuable in the future. Interested in the concept, Nelson requested that Russell also sign his guitar.
Randall was first and correct with:
Didn't even have to look this one up...
Willie and Trigger
Alan J said:
Doug ( "What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." - John Ruskin - ) wrote:
Authentic model of Martin N-20 Slothead "Trigger" right down to the tiny autographs.
I didn't know Willie Nelson's guitar had a name. Then my husband tells me it's Trigger. Wait, that's Roy Rogers's horse's name, too.
The things I learn reading BCE. Thanks, Marty!
Billy in Cypress said:
Willie Nelson's guitar is named Trigger.
Dale of Diamond Springtopia, Norcali answered:
Only Willie would have a guitar named Trigger. Topless cowgirls not named Trigger.
Lonesome Lois Of Oregon replied:
Today's trivia question is based on a love story about a boy and his faithful guitar, Trigger! For 45 years, Willie has been beating the shit out of his classical acoustic, wearing the wood of the body down paper thin, and leaving the sound hole looking like a sex crime victim. Yet, still she plays, and plays well, despite the premature death of her beloved Willie back in 2015. And although he is dead, their love stays strong, and still, and forever, together they play on! I LOVE YOU WILLIE!
DJ Useo responded:
He named the geetar "Trigger", after a horse. ;) Why not? I guess...
I met Willie at a fund raiser where Marcia Ball was performing. He's one fantastic person, as you probably suspected.
Not the kind of individual who'd be up to voting suppression like in Arizona, for instance. Ha!
Trigger ~ Since 1969, Willie Nelson has played one guitar, and one guitar only - a Martin N-20 he named
'Trigger' after Roy Rogers' horse. "I figured," Nelson says in a feature about the guitar in Dallas Monthly, "this is my horse."
Notice how we always manage to kill "#2" men in terrorist organizations and seldom #1? I think accepting the #2 job is much like donning a red shirt in Star Trek.
"Ahmed was just killed and you want to promote me from #3 man to being your second in command?" "You want me to go down to that unknown planet?" "Thanks, but no thanks boss! I'll just stay with the status quo."
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
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.
Target was nearly out of Easter candy - nothing chocolate left, just jelly beans - the spiced kind.
CBS fills the night with more LIVE'March Madness', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe a (R) 'Blue Bloods'.
NBC opens the night with a 2-hour 'Dateline', folllowed by an hourlong RERUN'SNL'.
'SNL' is a RERUN, with Melissa McCarthy and Kanye Kardashian.
ABC fills the night with the movie 'The Ten Commandments'.
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 has a RERUN'Rosewood', followed by a RERUN'Lucifer'.
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 another FRESH'The First 48: Killer On The Run'.
AMC offers the movie 'Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 3
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 4
[8:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 5
[9:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 7
[10:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-Ireland
[11:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-South Dakota
[12:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-Yukon
[1:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Romania
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Dark Page
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Attached
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Force of Nature
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Inheritance
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Parallels
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-The Pegasus
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-Homeward
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Sub Rosa
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Force of Nature
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Inheritance
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Parallels
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-The Pegasus
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-Homeward
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Sub Rosa (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family', then the movie 'Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Tommy Boy', followed by the movie 'I Am Chris Farley'.
FX has the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', followed by the movie 'Gravity'.
[6:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Noodle Monster
[10:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Bring It on Home
[10:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
[11:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
[11:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
[12:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
[12:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
[1:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
[1:30PM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[4:00AM] THE HAPPENING (ALL TIMES EDT)
[10:15AM] Erin Brockovich
[1:15PM] Groundhog Day
[3:45PM] The Breakfast Club
[6:00PM] Sixteen Candles
[8:00PM] The Lost Boys
[10:00PM] The Goonies
[12:30AM] Sixteen Candles
[2:30AM] Groundhog Day
[5:00AM] What About Bob? (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Scorpion King 4: Quest For Power', followed by the movie 'The Scorpion King'.
Shakespeare's skull is likely missing from his grave, an archaeologist has concluded, confirming rumours which have swirled for years about grave-robbers and adding to the mystery surrounding the Bard's remains.
Four hundred years after his death and burial at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon, central England, researchers were allowed to scan the grave of England's greatest playwright with ground-penetrating radar.
But in the area under the church floor where the Bard's skull was expected to be, they found signs of interference.
"We have Shakespeare's burial with an odd disturbance at the head end and we have a story that suggests that at some point in history someone's come in and taken the skull of Shakespeare," said archaeologist Kevin Colls from Staffordshire University.
The grave does not bear his name, merely this warning rhyme: "Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear, to dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones."
France has launched its first international Samuel Beckett festival celebrating the literary works of the Nobel Laureate.
The three-week Paris biennial features 16 performances of the Irish-born writer's works - including "Waiting for Godot" in Yiddish with Klezmer music.
It's aimed to bring fresh acclaim to the writer who wrote in French and English- and is beloved on both sides of the English Channel.
The Paris event is supported by the British Embassy and the Irish Cultural Center - testament to the three cultural claims on the writer who was born in Dublin, studied in Northern Ireland and lived in Paris where he died in 1989.
Jumping on the renewal bandwagon, CBS' 2016-17 schedule is starting to take shape. The network announced 11 series renewals on Friday morning, though none of them are among the freshman class.
Those making the cut for the first round of renewals, and joining the previous orders for respective comedy and drama flagships The Big Bang Theory and NCIS, are Blue Bloods, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion and 2 Broke Girls. On the reality front, both Survivor and The Amazing Race will also make expected returns.
The network appears to be holding off on renewing any first year shows for the time being, though not all of them have aired yet (see: Rush Hour) - and CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves recently commented that he anticipated most of the class would make it to next season. "We have five new shows on this year," Moonves said, referring to Life In Pieces, Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Supergirl and Limitless. "Of those five, I believe all five of them will be renewed, and we own four of them."
Still missing on the returning series front are Criminal Minds and CSI: Cyber. The Good Wife, Mike & Molly and Person of Interest were all previously announced as ending with this current season. The only other returning series, comedy The Odd Couple, has yet to even make its midseason return.
The world's largest aircraft, some 65 feet (20 meters) longer than the world's biggest passenger airliner, is just about ready to leave its hangar near London and take to the skies.
At 302 feet (92 meters) long, the hybrid Airlander 10 - which mixes tech from airplanes, helicopters and airships - even dwarfs the largest passenger airliner, the Airbus A380 (also called the Superjumbo), and boasts a weight of 44,100 lbs. (20,000 kilograms), according to its maker, Hybrid Air Vehicles in Cardington, England.
In addition to its gargantuan size, the prototype hybrid vehicle (which looks like a massive blimp) has endurance on its side: The Airlander 10 is designed to reach altitudes of up to 20,000 feet (6,100 m) and stay aloft for five days when manned and up to two weeks when unmanned.
The aerodynamic shape of the helium-filled hull provides 40 percent of the hefty vehicle's lift, according to company officials. Air-filled bags called ballonets in the hull can be inflated or deflated to change the craft's altitude. In addition to remaining buoyant, the Airlander will be able to cruise through the air at up to 91 mph (148 km/h), propelled by its four 350-horsepower, V8 diesel engines, said Hybrid Air Vehicles.
Spying on the US is a service to China, state-run media said Wednesday, singing the praises of a man who confessed to hacking American defence contractors on Beijing's behalf.
Chinese national Su Bin, 50, pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from the companies, including plans for transport planes and fighter jets.
In a plea agreement filed Wednesday, he admitted to conspiring with two unnamed persons in China to try to acquire plans for F-22 and F-35 fighter jets and C-17 transport aircraft.
Boeing, the American airplane manufacturer, was among the companies hacked.
If he had done so, "we are willing to show our gratitude and respect for his service to our country", said an editorial in the Global Times, a nationalistic newspaper with close ties to the ruling Communist Party.
Donald Trump's (R-Pinche Pendejo) latest rude comments about Ted Cruz's (R-Gabacho) wife are raising new alarms among Republicans about the party front-runner's ability to win over women, especially in a potential fall presidential match-up with Hillary Clinton.
Trump is under fire for jabs at Heidi Cruz, as the rivals engage in an increasingly bitter, personal battle for the GOP presidential nomination. Hostilities reached a new high Friday when Cruz accused Trump and "his henchmen" of stoking false rumors that he'd cheated on his wife.
Trump's history of sexist comments, from his "Apprentice" television program to racy interviews with radio host Howard Stern, have long been seen by Republicans as a potential vulnerability, especially in a general election match-up with Clinton, who would be the country's first female president.
The issue took off in the first GOP debate when Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked Trump about calling women "fat pig," ''dog" and other names. Her question sparked a continuing quarrel between Trump and the network.
Trump also faced a backlash after he was quoted in a "Rolling Stone" profile insulting businesswoman Carly Fiorina, who endorsed Cruz after she dropped out of the 2016 Republican race.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, takes a selfie with his wax figure by Madame Tussauds after its unveiling Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The figure of the NBA MVP will go on display at Madame Tussauds wax museum at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
Photo by Eric Risberg
Backlash against a plan to remove prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans has been tinged by death threats, intimidation and even what may have been the torching of a contractor's Lamborghini.
For now, at least, things have gotten so nasty the city hasn't found a contractor willing to bear the risk of tearing down the monuments. The city doesn't have its own equipment to move them and is now in talks to find a company, even discussing doing the work at night to avoid further tumult. Further complicating the issue was a court ruling Friday that effectively put the removal on hold.
Initially, it appeared the monuments would be removed quickly after the majority black City Council on Dec. 17 voted 6-1 to approve the mayor's plan to take them down. The monuments, including towering figures of Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, have long been viewed by many here as symbols of racism and white supremacy.
The backlash is not surprising to Bill Quigley, a Loyola University law professor and longtime civil rights activist in New Orleans who's worked on behalf of a group demanding the monuments come down.
"Fighting in the courts, fighting in the legislature, anonymous intimidation," Quigley said. "These are from the same deck of cards that are used to stop all social change."
A model presents a creation for the Hempel Award, part of the 24th China International Young Fashion Designers Contest at China Fashion Week in Beijing, Friday, March 25, 2016.
Photo by Mark Schiefelbein
A Florida woman is abandoning her lawsuit against the federal government over leaks in the investigation that led to the resignation of former CIA director David Petraeus.
The move comes one week after lawyers for Jill Kelley had asked to withdraw from the case, citing irreconcilable differences.
A one-page filing in U.S. District Court on Thursday night says both parties have agreed to a dismissal of the case, though it does not elaborate. After Kelley's attorneys revealed their plans to leave the case, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave Kelley until Thursday to hire new lawyers, object to hers quitting or advise the judge that she planned to represent herself going forward.
Kelley and her husband, Scott, sued the federal government in 2013. They alleged that federal officials violated the U.S. Privacy Act by disclosing information about them during the FBI's investigation of Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director in November 2012.
Jill Kelley had complained to the FBI when an unknown person sent her harassing emails. Her complaint triggered a criminal investigation that led agents to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer. Broadwell had been having an affair with him.
A sign that reads in Spanish "Colombia in peace" next to Ernesto "Che" Guevara with the traditional Rolling Stones tongue hangs on the fence surrounding the venue where the Rolling Stones will play their concert in Havana, Cuba, Friday, March 25, 2016. The Stones are performing in a free concert in Havana Friday, becoming the most famous act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution.
Photo by Desmond Boylan
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; $2,547,505; $127.34.
2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $2,162,969; $127.78.
3. Muse; $1,241,338; $58.06.
4. Kevin Hart; $932,517; $72.25.
5. Andre Rieu; $806,673; $102.51.
6. "The Illusionists"; $800,659; $91.57.
7. Simply Red; $782,531; $69.37.
8. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $755,931; $55.94.
9. Jason Aldean; $510,937; $54.80.
10. Jerry Seinfeld; $501,605; $98.65.
11. The Prodigy; $490,035; $59.30.
12. Scorpions; $450,733; $61.51.
13. Brad Paisley; $392,777; $50.17.
14. Jeff Dunham; $365,343; $48.36.
15. Nightwish; $250,998; $45.65.
16. Widespread Panic; $246,237; $56.00.
17. "Dancing With The Stars"; $189,038; $57.51.
18. "Winter Jam" / For King & Country; $179,123; $14.72.
19. Michael Flatley's "Lord Of The Dance"; $177,207; $68.77.
20. Odesza; $157,297; $29.95.
A close up view of a blue and gold macaw at the Pet Expo 2016 held at the Singapore Expo convention hall in Singapore, March 25, 2016. The third edition of the Singapore Expo will showcase a range of workshops and vendors selling pet care products and is expected to draw in more than 30,000 visitors and 10,000 pets.
Photo by Wallace Woon
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