World thinkers 2015: the results (Prospect)
With nearly 3,000 votes cast, the results of Prospect's world thinkers 2015 poll are now in. Voters came to the Prospect website in large numbers through Twitter and Facebook, and from many countries around the world.
Andrew Tobias: Daily Column
You couldn't have had any less liberal guys in the White House than George W. Bush and Dick Cheney - willing, even, to torture. Yet they first failed - badly - to prevent the attack . . . and then, after 15 Saudis leveled the World Trade Center and wounded the Pentagon, they invaded . . . Iraq - and failed to kill Bin Laden.
Fiddler's Green is a legendary supposed afterlife, where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops playing, and dancers who never tire. Its origins are obscure, although some point to the Greek myth of the Elysian Fields as a potential inspiration.
One sailor's tale published in 1832 speaks of Fiddler's Green as being "nine miles beyond the dwelling of his Satanic majesty". In maritime folklore it is a kind of afterlife for sailors who have served at least 50 years at sea.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Alan J wrote:
But the question reminds one naturally of that odd-man out among '60s Stones studio albums Their Satanic Majesties Request.
I think I still have it on vinyl with the lenticular cover. I know I bought the CD in 1999 because at that point I didn't have a functioning turntable, and I wanted to revisit the song "2000 Man".
But no look into Stones psychedelia is complete without this.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
That would be Fiddler's Green.
And that's all I have to say about that.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Fiddler's Green. Nine miles past Hell!
DJ Useo responded:
Fiddler's Green, of course.
Right next to a dry cleaners, if I recall correctly. ;)
MAM , wrote:
Fiddler's Green ~ A legendary supposed afterlife, where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops playing, and dancers who never tire.
Joe S answered:
One sailor's tale published in 1832 speaks of Fiddler's Green as being "nine miles beyond the dwelling of his Satanic majesty". In maritime folklore it is a kind of afterlife for sailors who have served at least 50 years at sea. The nine could well refer to Slavic literary archetypes that associate nine and ten with fantastic places, e.g., the thrice ninth castle in the thrice tenth kingdom where there is rum and tobacco.
I never would have answered that question without researching it.. I've never come across the phrase, or the place, in all my travels. Thanks for the help Barney.
PS. Sparty wins again!
Lois Lane Of Oregon said:
Visit lovely Fiddler's Green, conveniently located near
schools and shopping, and only six blocks fro Davey Jones'
Locker. Bring the kids...and your horse!
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CBS begins the night with a RERUN'CSI: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN'Criminal Minds', then '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with FRESH"Figure Skating', followed by an hourlong RERUN'SNL' (from 10/11/86), with Sigourney Weaver hosting, music by Buster Poindexter.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (R-Exhibitionist), music by George Ezra.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'Secrets & Lies', followed by a FRESH'In An Instant', then another FRESH'In An Instant'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.
Faux has a RERUN'Backstrom', followed by a RERUN'Sleepy Hollow'.
MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.
A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', and 'Surviving Marriage'.
AMC offers the movie 'Body Of Lies', 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', and even more 'The Walking Dead'.
[6:00AM] James May's Man Lab - Season 3 - Episode 5
[7:00AM] James May's Toy Stories - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Lego
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Trobiano's
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 9 - Fiesta Sunrise
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 13 - Cafe Hon
[11:00AM] Top Gear: Cars of the People-Episode 1
[12:00PM] Top Gear: Cars of the People-Episode 2
[1:00PM] Top Gear: Cars of the People-Episode 3
[2:00PM] Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip: Italy-Episode 2
[3:00PM] Mud, Sweat and Gears - Season 1 - Ep 9 - Carcade
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 12 - Violations
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 13 - The Masterpiece Society
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Conundrum
[7:00PM] A Knight's Tale
[10:00PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 18 NEW
[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 12 - Violations
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 13 - The Masterpiece Society
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Conundrum
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 15 - Power Play
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 16 - Ethics (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'There's Something About Mary', followed by a movie 'TBA'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Billy Madison', followed by the movie 'Step Brothers'.
FX has the movie 'Men In Black III', followed by the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl'.
History has all 'Hangar 1: The UFO FIles' all night.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-AZIZ ANSARI
[6:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HOUSEBOAT
[6:45AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-EMANCIPATION
[7:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-BOOK CLUB
[7:45AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-MALCOLM'S GIRLFRIEND
[8:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-CHARITY
[8:45AM] BATMAN-TUT'S CASE IS SHUT
[9:18AM] BATMAN-THE GREATEST MOTHER OF THEM ALL
[9:51AM] BATMAN-MA PARKER
[10:24AM] BATMAN-THE CLOCK KING'S CRAZY CRIMES
[10:57AM] BATMAN-CLOCK KING GETS CROWNED
[11:30AM] KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST
[3:30PM] FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
[12:00AM] FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
[2:30AM] MY BLOODY VALENTINE
[4:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-LIZZY CAPLAN WEARS ALL BLACK AND POWDER BLUE ESPADRILLES
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-TONY HAWK WEARS A PLAID SHIRT AND SILVER WATCH
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JOSH GROBAN WEARS A SUIT AND STRIPED SOCKS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Writers' Room-Parks and Recreation
[6:30AM] Loredana, Esq.-Never Lie to Your Lawyer
[7:30AM] Beyond the Sea
[10:00AM] Everything Must Go
[12:00PM] Cool Hand Luke
[2:45PM] Scent of a Woman
[9:00PM] The Shawshank Redemption
[12:00AM] Lucky Number Slevin
[2:15AM] The Beach
[4:45AM] Loredana, Esq.-Naked and Afraid
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Age Of Tomorrow', followed by the movie 'Apocalypse Pompeii'.
Actor Christopher Plummer, center, poses with actors Shirley MacLaine, left, and William Shatner, following a hand and footprint ceremony for Plummer outside the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers behind the last three Academy Awards telecasts, will not be returning for next year's Oscars, the ceremony organizers said on Thursday.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hosts Hollywood's biggest night each year, declined to say why Zadan and Meron were not invited back.
Their departure comes after the television audience for the 2015 show dropped 16 percent from the previous year and first-time host Neil Patrick Harris received lukewarm reviews.
But Zadan and Meron also produced seminal Oscar moments, such as the 2014 show hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres which produced the highest telecast ratings in 14 years for Walt Disney Co's ABC network and the star-studded selfie that brought Twitter down.
For their first year, they invited "Family Guy" creator and comedian Seth MacFarlane to host and came under heavy fire for his provocative humor. But they defended the choice because it brought in the most fickle audience, young males.
In this Thursday, March 26, 2015 photo, actress June Lockhart stands in front of her Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award which is a painting done by artist Robert Byrne at the Universal Hilton Hotel, in Universal City, Calif. Lockhart who has been in show business for 80-plus years is remembered best for her portrayal as the mother on two television series, "Lassie" and "Lost in Space." She was honored with the award at the Chamber's 94th Annual Installation & Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon.
Photo by Bob Freeman
Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed to stop singling out women for screening based solely on their "sisterlocks."
Malaika Singleton, a neuroscientist based in Sacramento, said she was on her way to London last year for an academic conference on dementia when a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport began pulling and squeezing her hair.
The same thing happened when she passed through the Minneapolis airport on her way back home, Singleton said.
She contacted the American Civil Liberties Union, and it turned out that one of the lawyers there, a black woman who also wears the tiny, stylized form of dreadlocks known as sisterlocks had the same experience - twice.
A hundred wood bison that will be the foundation for the first wild herd on U.S. soil in more than a century have been safely delivered to a rural Alaska village, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
"They are acclimating very rapidly," said department biologist Cathie Harms. "They are doing very well so far."
They likely will be released from Shageluk into the Innoko Flats in one or two weeks, she said.
Wood bison are native to Alaska, but disappeared from the state more than a century ago.
Heather Menzies-Urich, from left, Kym Karath and Debbie Turner arrive at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala "The Sound Of Music" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Rich Fury
A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade and made partner at her small firm before her fraud was discovered, according to charges announced Friday.
Kimberly Kitchen was charged Thursday with forgery, unauthorized practice of law and felony records tampering.
State prosecutors contend Kitchen fooled BMZ Law by forging a law license, bar exam results, an email showing she attended Duquesne University law school and a check for a state attorney registration fee. The firm is based in Huntingdon, about 110 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Kitchen, of nearby James Creek, handled estate planning for more than 30 clients "despite never having attended law school," the attorney general's office said. She even served as president of her county bar, her lawyer said.
Kitchen, 45, previously was employed at Juniata College, where she worked in fundraising but "started holding herself out to be a lawyer," Senior Deputy Attorney General George Zaiser said.
Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the agreement involving the biotechnology company's Soda Springs facilities.
Federal officials say the chemicals released are hazardous and can pose serious health risks. Monsanto in a statement noted there were no allegations that the releases exceeded state of federal standards, or that they contributed to any known health concerns in the Soda Springs area.
Federal officials said the releases occurred between 2006 and 2009, with the plant emitting hydrogen cyanide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury. Companies are required by law to report such releases immediately.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, left, greets devotees on his arrival at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharmsala, India, Friday, March 27, 2015. The Dalai Lama watched the first day of the ten-day "Shoton" festival, or the yogurt festival, during which Tibetans eat yogurt and enjoy traditional opera performances.
Photo by Ashwini Bhatia
Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded several military units a hugely prestigious title that was given to troops for heroism during WWII, sparking new questions about the Kremlin's involvement in Ukraine.
Putin this week bestowed the honorary "guards" title on two air assault brigades and a communications regiment, with the award being seen by some analysts as a tacit acknowledgement that Russian troops have been fighting in east Ukraine.
Under Stalin, the designation "guards" was given to Soviet troops that distinguished themselves through outstanding heroism as the Red Army struggled to halt the advance of Nazi Germany in 1941.
According to Putin's decree, the 11th and 83rd air assault brigades and the 38th communications regiment were honoured for "mass heroism and valour, fortitude and courage" displayed by the units "during armed hostilities to defend the Fatherland and state interests."
Parky Fonda, left, and Peter Fonda arrive at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala "The Sound Of Music" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Rich Fury
A JetBlue Airways pilot who scared passengers by yelling about Jesus and al-Qaida during a 2012 trip from New York to Las Vegas sued the airline for more than $16 million Friday, saying it jeopardized the flight by failing to recognize he was ill.
Clayton Osbon's lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was filed exactly three years after his March 27, 2012, flight, hours before the statute of limitations would have expired.
No one was seriously injured on Osbon's flight, which made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas, after the Richmond Hill, Georgia, resident was restrained after running through the cabin shouting irrationally.
The lawsuit said Osbon, 52, was a flight standards captain who primarily flew Airbus planes and helped JetBlue develop and maintain safety procedures before he suffered a seizure traced to the effects of a childhood traumatic head injury that damaged his brain.
In 2012, three dozen passengers sued the airline, saying it was "grossly negligent" for letting Osbon fly. Originally charged criminally, Osbon was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He remains on unpaid medical leave from a job that once paid him more than $300,000 annually, though the lawsuit said he has not suffered seizures since taking prescribed medication.
Students gather near the Capitol and Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, March 27, 2015, during a demonstration to protest against cuts to student aid in the proposed federal budget. The protest involved a group of students from 16 states organized by the United States Student Association.
Photo by Andrew Harnik
100 Get Food Poisoning; Officials Won't Say From What
A "food source" sickened nearly 100 restaurant patrons in Philadelphia last month, but city and state health officials say Pennsylvania law bars them from disclosing what the food was or how it was contaminated.
Philly.com reported Friday that dozens of lawyers and law students became sick after a Feb. 27 feast at Joy Tsin Lau in the city's Chinatown. Some said they were bedridden and others had to seek medical attention after becoming sick, but the owner said her restaurant didn't cause it.
"It was not a problem with my restaurant," Chi Mabel Chan said. "Maybe they got cold or drank too much."
A "food source" was identified as the cause of the outbreak, but city Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran declined to explain what the food was or how it was contaminated, citing state law that bars them from disclosing findings of investigations.
Jalada Prasad, about six-month-old male Indian one-horned rhino runs around his enclosure on his debut to the public at Alipore Zoological Garden in Kolkata, India, Friday, March 27, 2015. The forest guards rescued Prasad when poachers at Jaldapara forest in north Bengal killed his mother in November 2014. He was brought to the zoo in January 2015 and was kept under strict vigil and nourishment, according to a zoo spokesperson.
Photo by Bikas Das
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