Andrew Tobias: Saving the Trumps Billions
By eliminating the alternative minimum tax, Trump's tax plan would have saved him 85% of the federal income tax he paid in 2005. By eliminating the estate tax (if his estate is truly worth $10 billion), it will save his heirs $4.5 billion. There are probably other ways Trump would benefit from his plan, but we can't know because - remarkably - his 2015 tax returns were selected for audit within seconds of filing.
Josh Marshall: Keep This in Mind (TPM)
With Republicans trying to do this again and again, Democrats will be able to say: They tried to take away your [health] care, kill pre-existing conditions protections etc. And they're going to keep trying. My moderate GOP opponent here, do you trust him/her?
Prototypes Productions: Minoule (Vimeo)
Minoule is a roguish cat spending the whole day on the edge of his windowsill, under roofs. Far off, the song of a small canary in his cage works him up an appetite. But the way to catch the prey is full of pitfalls.
Dr. Michael Gregor: How Much Should You Exercise (YouTube)
Physical fitness authorities seem to have fallen into the same trap as the nutrition authorities, recommending what they think may be achievable, rather than simply informing us what the science says and letting us make up our own mind.
PAIN IS SKIN DEEP: EXTREME CLOSE-UP PORTRAITS OF PEOPLE ON THE EDGE (Dangerous Minds)
In an article from 2015 on photographer Bruce Gilden's book Face, the word "dehumanize" was used to describe the artist's grim, unflinching portraits of people he encountered across the country who in many cases had fallen on desperate, dire times. With craggy and withered faces beat by the street or the horrific effects of drug and alcohol abuse that manifests itself by destroying skin and teeth, Gilden's subjects are unsettling to look at for so many reasons.
Iron Eyes Cody (born Espera Oscar de Corti April 3, 1904 - January 4, 1999) was a Sicilian-American actor. He portrayed Native Americans in Hollywood films. He also played a Native American shedding a tear about litter in one of the country's most well-known television PSAs, "Keep America Beautiful". In 1996, Cody's half-sister said that he was of Italian ancestry, but he denied it.
Cody was born Espera Oscar de Corti on April 3, 1904, in Kaplan in Vermilion Parish, in southwestern Louisiana, a second son of Antonio de Corti and his wife, Francesca Salpietra, immigrants from Sicily. He had two brothers, Joseph and Frank, and a sister, Victoria. His father left the family and moved to Texas, where he took the name Tony Corti. His mother married Alton Abshire and had five more children with him.
When the three de Corti brothers were teenagers, they joined their father in Texas and shortened their last name to Corti. The brothers moved on to California, where they were acting in movies, and changed their surname to Cody.
Cody began acting in the early 1930s. He worked in film and television until his death. Cody claimed his father was Cherokee (and his mother Cree), also naming several different tribes, and frequently changing his claimed place of birth.
I didn't know this: Iron Eyes Cody was a Sicilian-American who played Native Americans in TV and films. I remember him from "Keep American Beautiful" PSAs. I never suspected that he was not a Native American.
The things I learn from you, Marty. Thanks.
Chilly, relentless north wind today. They're talking temps in the 80s this weekend. Whee!
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Chief Iron Eyes Cody
Iron Eyes Cody. Mr de Corti was Italian, and most of his contemporary actors playing native Americans did not look the part as much as he did. In these days, distant from his fame he's probably best known for being in an anti-littering PSA.
(A year or two ago, the American Pickers guys found a bunch of Mr de Corti's artifacts, and gave some of them to the DeWitt, Iowa museum because in the persona of Cody, he had a connection with the town.)
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
Iron Eyes Cody, of Italian ancestry, but a wanna-be Indian, always acted and played Native Americans.
Billy in Cypress responded:
The answer for today is "Iron Eyes" Cody who was of Italian heritage, but was famous for playing native-American characters.Overall, he did a good job of acting and hiding his heritage. In contrast, CpPDJT-ID continues his poor performance as a leader and human being, while hiding his tax returns, corruption, nepotism and insanity.
DJ Useo said:
I have a strong feeling I actually know the answer, but I'll be danged if'n it isn't eluding me.
Everytime I close my eyes all I see is an orange cheeto. Lol.
Iron Eyes Cody, the Faux Siberian American
Joe S answered:
That would be fake Indian "Iron Eyes Cody." Stolen valor.
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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'Training Day', followed by '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
'SNL' is a RERUN with Aziz Ansari hosting and music by Big Sean.
ABC fills the night with the movie 'Dreamgirls'.
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'MasterChef Junior', followed by another RERUN'MasterChef Junior'.
MY recycles an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH'Live PD'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Taking Of Pelham 123', followed by a FRESH'The Son', and another 'The Son'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - EPISODE 2-Episode 2
[7:30AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - EPISODE 7-Episode 7
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Inside Man
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Body and Soul
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Nightingale
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Flesh and Blood, Pt. 1
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Flesh and Blood, Pt. 2
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Ethics
[2:59PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Outcast
[3:58PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Cause and Effect
[4:57PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 19-The First Duty
[5:56PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 20-Cost of Living
[6:55PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 21-The Perfect Mate
[7:55PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 2-Smile
[9:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 3-Thin Ice
[10:00PM] CLASS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Nightvisiting
[11:00PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 21 - Episode 3
[12:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 3-Thin Ice
[1:00AM] CLASS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Nightvisiting
[2:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 2-Smile
[3:03AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 3-Thin Ice
[4:02AM] JURASSIC PARK III (2001) (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'What To Expect When You're Expecting', followed by the movie 'Bridesmaids', then the movie 'Bridesmaids', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'The Wedding Ringer', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
FX has the movie 'The Hangover Part III', followed by the movie 'Dumb & Dumber To', then the movie 'Dumb & Dumber To'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Road Hauks'.
[6:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Misunderstood Miracles
[8:30AM] THE SANDLOT
[11:15AM] BROCKMIRE-Breakout Year
[3:30PM] BAD BOYS
[8:00PM] WEDDING CRASHERS
[10:45PM] WEDDING CRASHERS
[1:30AM] BRUCE ALMIGHTY
[3:45AM] ROAD TRIP: BEER PONG (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:30AM] Children of Men
[9:00AM] The Beach
[11:30AM] The Patriot
[3:00PM] M*A*S*H-Heal Thyself
[3:30PM] M*A*S*H-Old Soldiers
[4:00PM] M*A*S*H-Morale Victory
[4:30PM] M*A*S*H-Lend a Hand
[5:00PM] M*A*S*H-Goodbye, Cruel World
[6:00PM] M*A*S*H-War Co-Respondent
[6:30PM] M*A*S*H-Back Pay
[7:00PM] M*A*S*H-The Best of Enemies
[8:00PM] M*A*S*H-Cementing Relationships
[8:30PM] M*A*S*H-Father's Day
[9:00PM] The Son-No Prisoners
[10:00PM] The Patriot
[1:30AM] Cahill U.S. Marshall
[3:59AM] Hap and Leonard-The Bottoms
[5:00AM] The Beach (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Matrix Revolutions', followed by the movie 'The November Man'.
People dressed as cartoon characters to promote the Eurovision Song Contest, take a break in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 28, 2017. Kiev will host the Eurovision Song Contest with the final taking place on Saturday May 13.
Photo by Efrem Lukatsky
"Roseanne," the hit 1990s television comedy about a working-class American family, could be on its way back, Hollywood trade publications reported on Friday, marking the latest in a trend for revivals of 20-year-old shows.
Variety and Deadline.com reported that a revival with original cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert was being shopped around broadcast networks and streaming services.
The original "Roseanne" was broadcast from 1988-1997 and was the most watched TV show in the United States in 1989 and 1990. It featured a blue-collar family, with overweight parents, who were struggling to get by in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. The show was praised for being a realistic portrayal of a working-class family.
Deadline.com said the intention was to include other principal original actors, such as Laurie Metcalf and Johnny Galecki, in the reboot.
In an appearance in March on daytime talk show "The Talk," which is co-hosted by Gilbert, Goodman was enthusiastic about bringing back the show.
An activists holds a sign 'ugh.. glyphosate #NOBAYSANTO" while protesting against the Bayer Monsanto merger outside the annual shareholders meeting of German chemical giant Bayer AG in Bonn, Germany, Friday, April 28, 2017. The US agrochemical company Monsanto agreed to accept Bayer's offer to purchase the company for US$ 66 billion pending regulatory approval.
Photo by Martin Meissner
It is theoretically possible to travel back and forth in time, according to physicists who claim to have created a mathematical model for a time machine.
Ben Tippett, from the University of British Columbia, and David Tsang, from the University of Maryland, have come up with a theoretical framework for travelling through time in a paper titled Traversable Acausal Retrograde Domains in Spacetime.
"People think of time travel as something as fiction," Tippett said. "And we tend to think it's not possible because we don't actually do it.
"But, mathematically, it is possible."
The physicists based their mathematical framework on Einstein's theory of relativity.
"Alien" creator Ridley Scott said Thursday that he was convinced that they were aliens out there -- and one day they will come for us.
The veteran director said he believed in higher beings as he prepared to release the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, "Alien: Covenant", next month.
"I believe in superior beings. I think it is certainly likely. An expert I was talking to at NASA said to me, 'Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?' That's ridiculous.
"The experts have now put a number on it having assessed what is out there. They say that there are between 100 and 200 entities that could be having a similar evolution to us right now.
"Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds."
White House press secretary Sean Spicer (R-Spokesliar) attempted Thursday to shift blame to the Obama administration for its role in vetting retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser dismissed by Donald Trump (R-Crooked).
Spicer argued that the Trump transition team didn't vet Flynn's appointment because he already held a security clearance at the time.
"My only point is that when Gen. Flynn came into the White House, he had an active security clearance that was issued during the Obama administration with all the information that's being discussed that occurred in 2015," Spicer said at the daily press briefing.
"I think the president made the right decision at the right time, and he continues to stand by that," Spicer said of Trump's decision to request Flynn's resignation. However, at the time, Trump appeared sympathetic, saying Flynn was the victim of a "witch hunt" and defending his reported request for immunity to testify before Congress.
Asked directly if Flynn was sufficiently vetted by the transition team, Spicer again shifted blame by raising his security clearance under the Obama administration.
A Pakistani Hindu devotee girl plays near a wall adorned with a religious image, before leaving with her family for homage to Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan, outside the Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Karachi, Pakistan April 28, 2017.
Photo by Akhtar Soomro
Hey, humpback whale fans. We've got some really cute news and some really sad news about your favorite 80,000-pound mammal.
Let's start with the grim: A troubling number of humpback whales are dying on the U.S. East Coast.
Fisheries officials this week declared an "unusual mortality event" following the deaths of 41 humpbacks from Maine down to North Carolina.
In that region, 15 whales have died so far in 2017, adding to the 26 humpback deaths last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported. In an average year, only about 14 humpbacks die along that coastal stretch.
NOAA scientists said they don't know why humpbacks are dying in such high numbers, though they're about to take a deeper look.
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Useless) of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open.
Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, surprised the political world last week by announcing he will not seek re-election. He said in an Instagram post Wednesday he needs surgery to remove screws and pins from a foot he shattered 12 years ago. Chaffetz posted X-ray images showing the 14 screws and a metal plate in his foot. He said he injured his foot during a fall from a ladder at his home.
He said he was "sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington ... but medical emergencies are never convenient."
Chaffetz, 50, has not announced his future plans, although he says he's considering private sector jobs. He is a possible candidate for Utah governor in 2020.
Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights - an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.
Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't show up.
The practice of overbooking flights has come under intense scrutiny since April 9, when a passenger was dragged off an overbooked United Express plane after refusing to give up his seat for a crew member.
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said Thursday that the airline had been thinking about ending overbooking for "a long time" because of fewer and fewer no-shows. But the issue gained more urgency after the United incident, he said.
JetBlue is currently the only major U.S. airline with a stated policy that bans overbooking. United said Thursday that it plans to reduce overbooking but not eliminate it entirely.
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. Drake; $1,959,318; $90.37.
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers; $1,647,316; $89.77.
3. Olly Murs; $1,088,455; $60.17.
4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $946,913; $54.27.
5. Ariana Grande; $940,250; $78.17.
6. Stevie Nicks; $900,402; $98.69.
7. Eric Church; $828,765; $58.69.
8. The Weeknd; $814,449; $53.50.
9. Kings Of Leon; $729,803; $64.44.
10. Green Day; $727,466; $57.83.
11. Blake Shelton; $723,045; $62.11.
12. Jerry Seinfeld; $658,037; $91.71.
13. Twenty One Pilots; $541,939; $46.96.
14. Jack Whitehall; $524,720; $39.24.
15. "The Illusionists"; $524,343; $62.40.
16. Panic! At The Disco; $522,278; $49.40.
17. Charlie Wilson; $492,058; $66.22.
18. André Rieu; $435,641; $81.33.
19. The Lumineers; $429,840; $46.57.
20. Sebastian Maniscalco; $416,592; $70.17.
A two-week-old pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) rests in the hippopotamus enclosure in Nyiregyhaza Animal Park in Nyiregyhaza, 227 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Photo by Attila Balazs
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