Timothy Egan: Seattle on the Mediterranean (NY Times)
Seattle is farther north than Maine and Montreal, and yet, over the last month or so, it's been hotter here than Athens, Rome or Los Angeles on many a day. We had eight days at 85 degrees or higher in June. On Sunday, east of the Cascade Mountains, it hit 113 degrees in Walla Walla.
Sonja Lyubomirsky: Pursue Happiness, But in Moderation (NY Times)
Avoiding extremes - both surfeit and deficiency - is a wisdom preached by Aristotle, Confucius, Aquinas and many other thinkers and writers. The prescription applies to working too hard versus too little, parenting by decree versus neglect and pursuing happiness too earnestly versus not at all.
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" is a patriotic American march widely considered to be the magnum opus of composer John Philip Sousa. By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National March of the United States of America
In show business, particularly theater and the circus, this piece is called "the Disaster March". It is a traditional code signaling a life-threatening emergency. This helps theater personnel to handle events and organize the audience's exit without panic. Circus bands never play it under any other circumstances. One memorable example of its use was at the Hartford Circus Fire in July 1944.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
The Stars and Stripes Forever, Sousa's greatest hit.
I love me some John Phillips Sousa marching music, especially on a patriotic holiday and in a parade. The "Disaster March" is also known as "The Stars and Stripes Forever."
I sure didn't know that
Happy Birthday, America!
Stars And Stripes Forever.
I think this is an antiquated use- in my time I have never heard this.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Hmmm... I don't know.
I'm going to guess
"The Ballad of Sarah Palin?"
but on further research, I guess it's the good ol'
Stars and Stripes Forever!
The Lawrence Arms
In today's illustrated soundbite, America's comment to the guy with a ferret on his head ~
Trump already knows he would never win, but he's been contracted out
to play "spoiler," while remaining as voter-diverting neutral as
Now, the people who contracted him out don't really want the
brain-dead of Repug-land to "waste" their votes on him, so they've
instructed the Donald to be so vile that even the Whitest and
cluelessly vicious won't flush a vote on him.
But what America Ferrera has revealed is that the self-righteously
stupid of America's Hispanically non-legal population (come on, idiocy
is not just political, it's mostly cultural) -- in their
self-embarrassing anger towards grossly incorrect political "free"
speech -- will come out in the thousands in order to strike back at
T-rump by ever-so-cleverly (with some covert assistance from T-rump
himself) casting an illegal ballot. AND THAT'S WHEN THEY (Trumps
ballot-box spying troup) WILL BE WAITING with digitally
super-empowered voter-lists, facial recognition devices, and a whole
sewer-line of "Stars-n-Bars" pride poll-watching infrastructure (He's
rich, you know) to as severely as possible strike back at the U.S.'s
20-million plus population of criminal migrants who wetbacked it from
South of the Border, but still don't have the street-smarts to know
when they're being played..
Politics is going to Militaristically get REAL NASTY in 2016.
Dale of Diamond Stormy Morning Springs, Norcali answered:
When "The Stars and Stripes Forever" is played in show business, particularly theater and the circus, this piece is called "the Disaster March". It is a traditional code signaling a life-threatening emergency. This helps theater personnel to handle events and get the fucking audience's exit without panic, chaos or bedlam. Circus bands never play it under any other circumstances. Aaahhh! Disorder in the house!
Careful with fireworks fired out of your ass!
Lois Waiting For Disaster In Oregon replied:
Wow, so The Stars And Stripes Forever is a code song played when shit goes wrong? That kind of fits. Maybe it should replace "Hail To The Chief"! As children we knew it as a cautionary song of compassion to our fellow earth beings...
Be kind to your web-footed friends
For a duck may be somebody's mother,
Be kind to your friends in the swamp
Where the weather is always damp.
You may think that this is the end,
Well it is, but to prove we're all liars,
We're going to sing it again,
Only this time we'll sing a little higher.
Everything is better when you're higher, eh?
Had two cords of oak firewood delivered yesterday. Apparently it was harvested in an area rich with POISON OAK!! OH MY ARM!!!
DJ Useo responded:
It's the "Stars & Stripes Forever". I know, because, I was in a marching band.
I mostly felt that marches were dire tunes, but I liked the social part of it.
One time my particular marching band marched in the Michigan Day Parade.
We went over so well that the parade organizers bribed us into marching the parade "one more time"!
We agreed for a cash sum, & dinner for all of us at a steak & buffet all-you-can-eat restaurant.
Hooray for Souza! Lol! ( ~BURP!~ )
Happy Independence Day, all'a youse mugs!
Keep the true spirit of 1776 alive! ( I mean the freedom part )
MAM , wrote:
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" ~ It is a traditional code signaling a life-threatening emergency. This helps theater personnel to handle events and organize the audience's exit without panic. Circus bands never play it under any other circumstances.
Joe S answered:
Stars and Stripes Forever. Who knew?
I was a drummer in high school. Every parade, every concert started with Stars and Stripes Forever. I still know it by heart. When I drilled my squad in Air Force Tech School we marched to Stars and Strips Forever playing in my head. My dad played soprano saxophone in a mass band under the direction of John Philip Sousa. Just in case anyone is interested in that bit of trivia.
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 dumpathon of canceled shows - a FRESH'The Millers', followed by another FRESH'The Millers', then a FRESH'The McCarthys', followed by another FRESH'The McCarthys', then '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with the FRESH'Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN with Amy Adams hosting, music by One Direction.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'The Astronaut Wives Club', followed by 'Cook It Out', then '20/20'.
The CW offers 'America's Veterans: A Special Tribute', followed by 'Big Bay Boom Pre-Show', and 'Big Bay Boom Spectacular'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'MLB Baseball', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.
AMC offers the movie 'Independence Day', followed by the movie 'Independence Day', again.
[6:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 25 - Transfigurations
[7:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 26 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
[8:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 1 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
[9:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Family
[10:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Brothers
[11:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Suddenly Human
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 5 - Remember Me
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Legacy
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Reunion
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Final Mission
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 15 - First Contact
[9:00PM] Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 8 - The Madness of Hercules NEW
[10:00PM] Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell-Season 1 - Ep 4 - All the Mirrors of the World NEW
[11:15PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 17 - Episode 12
[12:15AM] Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 8 - The Madness of Hercules
[1:15AM] Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Season 1 - Ep 4 - All the Mirrors of the World
[2:30AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 21 - The Drumhead
[3:30AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 22 - Half a Life
[4:30AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 23 - The Host
[5:30AM] The Captains Close-Up: William Shatner (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by the movie 'Cheaper By The Dozen 2'.
Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'Drunk History', followed by the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine'.
FX has the movie 'Battleship', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', then the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', again.
History has 'Sons Of Liberty', another 'Sons Of Liberty', and still another 'Sons Of Liberty'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-PLAYING THE PONIES
[6:25AM] BATMAN-THE OGG AND I
[6:58AM] BATMAN-HOW TO HATCH A DINOSAUR
[7:31AM] BATMAN-SURF'S UP! JOKER'S UNDER!
[8:04AM] BATMAN-THE LONDINIUM LARCENIES
[8:37AM] BATMAN-THE FOGGIEST NOTION
[9:10AM] BATMAN-THE BLOODY TOWER
[9:43AM] BATMAN-CATWOMAN'S DRESSED TO KILL
[10:15AM] BATMAN-THE OGG COUPLE
[10:49AM] BATMAN-THE FUNNY FELINE FELONIES
[11:22AM] BATMAN-THE JOKE'S ON CATWOMAN
[11:55AM] THE MONKEES-THE MONKEES
[12:25PM] THE MONKEES-FIND THE MONKEES
[12:55PM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES IN TEXAS
[1:30PM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES ON THE WHEEL
[2:05PM] THE MONKEES-THE CHRISTMAS SHOW
[2:35PM] THE MONKEES-FAIRY TALE
[3:10PM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES WATCH THEIR FEET
[3:45PM] THE MONKEES-THE MONSTROUS MONKEE MASH
[4:20PM] THE MONKEES-THE MONKEES PAW
[4:55PM] THE MONKEES-THE DEVIL AND PETER TORK
[8:00PM] TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
[11:00PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[1:30AM] TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
[4:30AM] THE THREE STOOGES-THEY STOOGE TO CONGA
[4:55AM] THE THREE STOOGES-THREE DUMB CLUCKS
[5:20AM] THE THREE STOOGES-THREE LITTLE BEERS
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-AZIZ ANSARI (ALL TIMES EST)
[8:45AM] The Graduate
[11:00AM] Born on the Fourth of July
[2:00PM] Rectify-Always There
[3:00PM] Rectify-Sexual Peeling
[4:00PM] Rectify-Modern Times
[5:00PM] Rectify-Plato's Cave
[6:00PM] Rectify-Drip, Drip
[7:00PM] Rectify-Jacob's Ladder
[8:00PM] Rectify-Running With the Bull
[9:00PM] Rectify-Sleeping Giants
[10:00PM] Rectify-Charlie Darwin
[11:00PM] Rectify-Donald the Normal
[12:00AM] Rectify-Act as If
[1:00AM] Rectify-Mazel Tov
[2:00AM] Rectify-Weird As You
[3:00AM] Rectify-The Great Destroyer
[4:00AM] Rectify-Until You're Blue
[5:00AM] Rectify-Unhinged (ALL TIMES EST)
Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity.
The blunder surfaced in a smartphone screen shot posted online Sunday by a New York man on his Twitter account, @jackyalcine. The images showed the recently released Google Photos app had sorted a picture of two black people into a category labeled as "gorillas."
The accountholder used a profanity while expressing his dismay about the app likening his friend to an ape, a comparison widely regarded as a racial slur when applied to a black person.
Despite Google's apology, the gaffe threatens to cast the Internet company in an unflattering light at a time when it and its Silicon Valley peers have already been fending off accusations of discriminatory hiring practices. Those perceptions have been fed by the composition of most technology companies' workforces, which mostly consist of whites and Asians with a paltry few blacks and Hispanics sprinkled in.
Harry Ettlinger attends a ceremony to honor World War II veterans Friday, July 3, 2015, in New York. Ettlinger's life story has been turned into a film decades after helping his fellow Monuments Men rescue priceless art stolen by the Nazis.
Photo by Frank Franklin II
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has failed in a bid to win asylum in France.
Assange wrote a letter to French President Francois Hollande published in Le Monde on Friday, appealing to France's history as a beacon for the repressed. He noted that WikiLeaks recently revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on Hollande and his two predecessors and leading French companies.
Hollande quickly said "no." In a statement, his office noted that Assange is under a European arrest warrant and his life is not in imminent danger.
The exchange came after prominent French voices, including soccer legend Eric Cantona and economist Thomas Piketty, appealed for France to grant haven to Assange and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Adam Nimoy has found a way to spend countless hours with his late father Leonard Nimoy: He's creating a documentary for the actor who played Spock on "Star Trek."
Nimoy said the "Spockumentary" funded through a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $600,000 will focus on the pop icon and his legacy. The TV director and film professor said it would explore his father's life onscreen and off-screen.
"For the Love of Spock" began as a project for the father and son duo before Leonard's Nimoy's death in February at age 83. Nimoy said his father wanted to keep it Spock-centric, but once he passed he knew he had to include more about his father.
Nimoy turned to crowdfunding because he wasn't getting the financial support he expected from studios. The documentary will include clips from the "Star Trek" films and TV shows, Nimoy's other works and interviews from fans and family as well as William Shatner who played Capt. James T. Kirk; J.J. Abrams who directed the 2009 film reboot, and celebrity fans like Seth McFarlane. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the new movie franchise, will narrate the film.
The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the 89-year-old actor took to Twitter this week to call attention to the Danville home he and brother Jerry lived in during high school after relocating from Missouri.
Van Dyke told the (Danville) Commercial-News he'd like to know if the home is fixable.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the city didn't know the Van Dyke connection when it condemned the house in December. The property's last owner died in 2011.
As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is "virtually certain" that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe.
In real-time data analysis released on Friday, a team of international climate scientists from universities, meteorological services and research organizations said the kind of heat waves hitting Europe this week - defined as three-day periods of excessive heat - are becoming much more frequent in the region.
In Mannheim, Germany, a heat wave like that of the last few days would have been a once-in-a-century event in the 1900s, but is now likely to happen about every 15 years, they said.
London also saw its hottest recorded July day on Wednesday, with temperatures at Heathrow Airport hitting 36.7 Celsius, the scientists noted.
As heat waves grow more frequent, "it does resonate with a much wider audience that this is connected to climate change and we're facing a new normal", said Maarten van Aalst, director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.
Australian pilot Matt Hall flies above the River Danube during the Masters free practice session of the Red Bull Air Race World Series Budapest stage in central Budapest, Hungary, July 3, 2015. The race is to be held on July 5.
Photo by Zsolt Szigetvary
Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.
The 24-page measure passed late Thursday night in the state's budget committee on a 12-4 vote with only Republicans voting for it. Democrats on the committee decried the sudden insertion of changes that hadn't been publicly discussed. The full Legislature, and GOP Gov. Scott Walker, still must sign off before they become law.
A day later, a backlash began with civil liberties advocates and lawmakers from both parties expressing opposition to the provisions.
The open records flap emerged just 10 days before Walker is expected to formally announce on July 13 his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Walker had hoped to wrap up dealings with the Wisconsin Legislature by now to turn his attention to the 2016 race but the session has dragged on without a budget approved for the new fiscal year.
The man fatally shot by a former CNN reporter at an Albuquerque motel had fled parole in Tennessee, police said.
Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said late Thursday that Tomorio Walton had absconded from parole out of Memphis and it wasn't clear how long he had been in New Mexico.
Chuck de Caro and his wife, Lynne Russell, were in their room when Walton, 27, allegedly tried to rob them, authorities said.
Russell, a former CNN anchor, said the couple stopped at an Albuquerque Motel 6 on Tuesday night after a long day of traveling and they also had their dog. She said an armed man was at their door when she returned from getting something from their car.
De Caro was an investigative reporter for CNN and is a consultant for the Pentagon. Russell retired from CNN in 2005.
An artist paints a model during the annual World Bodypainting Festival in Poertschach, Austria, July 3, 2015. The event takes place from July 3 to 5 at lake Woerthersee in Austria's southern Carinthia province.
Photo by Heinz-Peter Bader
An efficient solution to a historic drought, or an environmentally risky pact with the devil?
That's the question raised by California farmers who are irrigating their crops with waste water supplied by oil companies, in an arrangement slammed as dangerous by environmental campaigners.
Eighty percent of the state's oil production and 45 percent of the farming industry is concentrated in a single county, Kern County, said Madeline Stano of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment.
After four years of record drought, farmers can no longer pump water from rivers whose levels are dangerously low.
Drawing from the water table is also increasingly difficult: more than 1,000 wells have dried up in the region.
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. The Rolling Stones; $8,566,784; $180.54.
2. U2; $5,390,005; $108.15.
3. Take That; $4,461,359; $108.93.
4. Taylor Swift; $3,288,781; $108.58.
5. Kenny Chesney; $1,617,654; $79.55.
6. Neil Diamond; $1,206,859; $104.05.
7. Bette Midler; $1,173,914; $126.25.
8. Olly Murs; $979,075; $63.67.
9. Maroon 5; $935,706; $65.91.
10. Herbert Groenemeyer; $932,029; $57.52.
11. Andre Rieu; $843,722; $78.58.
12. Ed Sheeran; $840,756; $62.11.
13. Dave Matthews Band; $794,122; $59.43.
14. New Kids On The Block; $685,856; $61.85.
15. Romeo Santos; $671,443; $88.69.
16. Ariana Grande; $624,526; $46.92.
17. Ricky Martin; $600,409; $70.95.
18. Mark Knopfler; $578,732; $69.63.
19. Imagine Dragons; $570,608; $53.29.
20. Eric Church; $552,656; $47.25.
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