Christopher Snowdon: The myth of the 'middle class drink epidemic' (Spectator)
Imagine if the results had been different. Imagine that the people who were most likely to be 'harmful drinkers' were found to be in the worst health. In those circumstances, it would surely have been reported as proof that exceeding the drinking guidelines is very bad for you. Instead, the study showed the opposite but the band played on regardless.
"One" is a song written by Harry Nilsson and made famous by Three Dog Night whose cover in 1969 reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is known for its opening line "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do". Nilsson wrote the song after calling someone and getting a busy signal. He stayed on the line listening to the "beep, beep, beep, beep..." tone, writing the song. The busy signal became the opening notes of the song.
mj was first, and correct, with:
The Aussies and the snark master agreed that
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever know. Two can be as bad as
one, but the loneliest number is the number one.
Alan J wrote:
Sounds like a tie to me. "Two can be as sad as one, it's the loneliest number since the number one".
STEPHEN F responded:
One...or Two can be just as lonely.
One. One is the loneliest number.
Yeah, I'm that old. Nilsson Schmilsson.
Mama told me not to come.
Happy weekend, people!
Kevin K. in Washington, DC answered:
"One" is the loneliest number. However, two can be as bad as one; it's the
loneliest number since the number one.
Now, ask me: How should one respond to one who is breakin' your heart,
tearing it apart?
Indivisible Lois Of Oregon replied:
What did the buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? Make me ONE with everything! Don't worry sweeties, it's all an illusion! But just in case it isn't, thank god there's beer.
P.S. Thank you kindly for the shout out Deborah! It's lovely to be appreciated!
Dale of Diamond Springs, Burning Norcali responded:
One is today's answer. Fuck Three Dog Night! Typical LA plastic band! Bay Area bands are superior! Past tripping Friday for me.
DJ Useo said:
My answer is 'one'. Funny, I never cared for that Three Dog Night song,
until i heard it by Nilsson. I did check out some Three Dog Night albums
recently, & found the earlier stuff pretty good.
Now, I'm trying out Blood, Sweat, & Tears, another group I never cared for.
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.
The Google-car was scoping out the neighborhood this afternoon.
CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN'Scorpion', then '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'Running Wild With Bear Grylls', followed by a FRESH'Aquarius', then a FRESH'Hannibal'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN, with Chris Hemsworth hosting, music by Zac Brown Band.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'BattleBots', followed by a RERUN of the 'Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony'.
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 fills the night with a FRESH'UFC On Fox', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Cowboys', followed by a FRESH'Hell On Wheels', and another 'Hell On Wheels'.
[6:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 06-07 - Episode 2
[7:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 06-07 - Episode 3
[8:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 14-15 - Episode 1
[9:00AM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 8
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 11 - Haven
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 12 - The Big Goodbye
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 13 - Datalore
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 14 - Angel One
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 15 - 11001001
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 16 - Too Short a Season
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 17 - When The Bough Breaks
[9:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 18 - Home Soil
[10:00PM] Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell-Season 1 - Ep 7
[11:15PM] Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Kin
[12:15AM] The Silence of the Lambs
[2:45AM] Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel-Season 1 - Ep 7
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 7 - Lonely Among Us
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Justice (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'Bee Movie', followed by the movie 'Cheaper By The Dozen 2'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Elf', followed by 2 hours of old 'South Park'.
FX has the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down: Part 1', followed by the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down: Part 2', then the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down: Part 2', again.
[6:00AM] BATMAN-INSTANT FREEZE
[6:33AM] BATMAN-RATS LIKE CHEESE
[7:06AM] BATMAN-ZELDA THE GREAT
[7:39AM] BATMAN-A DEATH WORSE THAN FATE
[8:12AM] BATMAN-A RIDDLE A DAY KEEPS THE RIDDLER AWAY
[8:45AM] THE MONKEES-DON'T LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH
[9:20AM] THE MONKEES-THE CHAPERONE
[9:55AM] THE MONKEES-THE MONKEES
[10:25AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES A LA CARTE
[11:00AM] THE MONKEES-I'VE GOT A LITTLE SONG HERE
[11:35AM] THE MONKEES-ONE MAN SHY
[12:10PM] THE MONKEES-DANCE, MONKEE, DANCE
[12:45PM] PORTLANDIA-THE STORY OF TONI AND CANDACE
[1:15PM] PORTLANDIA-THE FIANCEE
[2:15PM] PORTLANDIA-SEA WORLD
[2:45PM] BAD NEWS BEARS
[5:15PM] ME, MYSELF & IRENE
[8:00PM] SHAUN OF THE DEAD
[10:15PM] ME, MYSELF & IRENE
[1:00AM] SHAUN OF THE DEAD
[3:15AM] RUN FAT BOY RUN
[5:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-CLIQUES (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
[8:00AM] Wag the Dog
[10:00AM] The Aviator
[1:30PM] Sixteen Candles
[3:30PM] The Company Men
[8:00PM] The Next Three Days
[10:45PM] In the Line of Fire
[1:30AM] The Next Three Days
[4:15AM] Permanent Midnight (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Sharkando 3: Oh Hell No!', followed by the movie 'Lavalantula'.
In this photo taken Thursday, July 23, 2015, trumpeter Herb Alpert performs in the courtyard of the Castello di Amorosa winery in Calistoga, Calif. The performance was part of the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, a 10-day summer festival of music, theater and dance with the region's wine and cuisine. Alpert, 80, is a nine-time Grammy award winner and National Medal of Arts recipient.
Photo by Eric Risberg
It's a marching tuba, at least that's what Matt Buck would tell you. Mr. Buck joined a group of counter-protestors at a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rally in Columbia, S.C. last weekend, sousaphone in tow. And in a oddly comedic moment, the world was left to watch an encounter between a tuba and the white supremacist group - unlikely opponents.
A video shows him walking along the sidewalk playing tunes like Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," which he said he picked due to its use in the Nazi chase scene from "The Blues Brothers." All while Confederate flag defenders walked down the street, giving him uneasy glances and exchanging a few words. But, all in all, the musical protest was peaceful.
The video had almost four and a half million views as of Thursday morning and over 850 comments. One person said, "The world needs more sousaphone." Another simply wrote, "LEGEND." Some were critical of the KKK, but others were just impressed by Buck's musical ability.
In this photo taken Thursday, July 23, 2015, Lani Hall sings in the courtyard of the Castello di Amorosa winery in Calistoga, Calif. The performance was part of the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, a 10-day summer festival of music, theater and dance with the region's wine and cuisine. Hall is the wife of trumpet legend Herb Alpert who also played in the performance.
Photo by Eric Risberg
The black wool double-breasted suit jacket that Ringo Starr wore in the 1965 Beatles movie "Help!" has sold at auction for more than $46,500.
Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday that the jacket with soft grey vertical pinstripes, six black buttons, and the name "Ringo" sewn inside was part of the online Marvels of Modern Music auction that closed Thursday.
Other items sold in the auction included a Hamer guitar custom-made in Connecticut for Johnny Ramone for almost $50,000; a signed Jimi Hendrix Experience album cover for almost $31,000; a signed Janis Joplin photograph for almost $ 19,000; and a contract signed by Jim Morrison to appear on American Bandstand for nearly $12,000.
Seriously, Mexican law actually states that no liquor can be labeled tequila unless it comes from the western state of Jalisco (or select districts of other Mexican states).
In honor of National Tequila Day (July 24), we teamed with the connoisseurs at FindTheBest to uncover the world's top tequilas. The rankings below are based on reviews from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the International Wine and Spirit Competition, Wine Magazine Enthusiast, the Beverage Testing Institute, and Tequila.net.
3. Chinaco Reposado Tequila ($51)
Unlike most reposados, the Chinaco Reposado Tequila is aged for 11 months in white oak barrels from France and England, some of which were utilized to prepare Scotch and bring a soft, woody trait to the drink. Chinaco welcomes the senses with citrus zest and a strong, spicy finish.
US actress Kristin Chenoweth (C), US comedian Carol Burnett (L) and US producer/director Kenny Ortega (R) pose on Chenoweth's star during a ceremony honoring her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, USA, 24 July 2015. Chenoweth received the 2,555th Live Theatre/Performance star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo by Mike Nelson
A 214-foot steamship called the John V. Moran has been discovered in Lake Michigan, more than a century after it sank.
A team with the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association located the vessel off the coast of Muskegon last month during a sonar search. Because the shipwreck sits under 365 feet of lake water, officials with the association decided to wait for the water to warm up before performing a dive.
With help from the Michigan State Police Underwater Recovery Unit, the team reached the wreck on July 8, just over 116 years after the ship sank.
The John V. Moran was on its way from Milwaukee to Muskegon when it disappeared into the chilly waters of Lake Michigan in February 1899, after ice punched a hole in the hull and the ship began to flood. The vessel was among many steamers owned by Capt. Edward Gifford Crosby, founder of the Crosby Transportation Co. who later died in the sinking of the Titanic.
The American professional wrestling legend known as Hulk Hogan has been dumped by World Wrestling Entertainment, the association said Friday.
News reports said this was because Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, uses a racial slur in a 2008 conversation that was taped and has just now come to light.
"WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide," the association said.
Hogan, who is 61 and known for his perpetual suntan and flamboyant bandana, is no longer viewable in the "Superstar" category on the WWE website's video archive.
US press reports say Hogan, in a sex tape made in 2008, part of which has surfaced online, uses the "N-word" in a conversation about his daughter's dating a black man.
Alfredo Ortega poses for a photo in his bird-feather suit after attending a Mass commemorating the feast day of St. Francis Solano, in Emboscada, Paraguay, Friday, July 24, 2015. Paraguayan Catholics honored the Spanish friar also known as St. Francisco Solanus in a a mix of Indian and Catholic beliefs. The festival begins with a Mass, continues with a procession of the diminutive wooden statue of St. Francis, and ends with pledges covered in feathers from head to toe, dancing with fellow parishioners.
Photo by Jorge Saenz
A New York City jury has found that rapper 50 Cent must pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages to a woman featured in a sex tape posted to the Internet.
The jurors' decision Friday came two weeks after they ordered the multiplatinum-selling artist to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston.
Leviston's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit argues that 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson III, posted online a crudely narrated 13-minute sex-tape she made with a boyfriend in 2008. In the video, he taunts rival rapper Rick Ross, who isn't featured in the video but has a child with Leviston.
After the jury's verdict, Jackson filed for bankruptcy protection in Connecticut.
Grammy winner Chris Brown partied in Macau with a gold-toothed grin, as officials said Saturday he had left his promoter in a Philippine jail facing a legal dispute with a powerful religious sect.
The 26-year-old American hip-hop star left Manila airport on board a Gulf Stream jet late Friday as immigration police arrested his promoter, John Michael Pio Roda for fraud, immigration bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan told AFP.
Brown had been barred from leaving the Philippines for three days after the politically-connected Christian group Iglesia ni Cristo filed the fraud complaint against him and his promoter Roda.
The group said it was owed a million-dollar-plus refund after he failed to show up for a New Year's Eve concert sponsored by them last year.
But Brown secured a emigration clearance certificate on Friday, and immediately flew to Macau to host a party dubbed "Girls Night Out".
This NASA's photo of Pluto was made from four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) combined with color data from the Ralph instrument in this enhanced color global view released on July 24, 2015. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers).
Mitsubishi Motors confirmed Friday that it plans to stop production at its only U.S. factory and sell the plant in central Illinois.
The Japanese automaker reviewed its global supply chain and decided it was necessary to end production at the plant, which has more than 1,200 workers, and find a buyer, said Dan Irvin, the company's North American spokesman. The announcement came after Japanese media reported that the automaker had decided to end production in the U.S. to focus on Asian markets.
Irvin said Mitsubishi's board will soon make a formal decision on what will happen to the plant in Normal, Illinois, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. Company officials hope to find a buyer that will maintain the factory's employment.
Annual production at the plant, which makes the Outlander SUV, has fallen to 64,000 vehicles from more than 200,000 in 2002. The company sold only 82,000 vehicles in the U.S. last year - less than 1 percent of the total market.
Japan's leading business newspaper, the Nikkei, reports that Mitsubishi would be the first major Japanese automaker to end production in both the U.S. and Europe. The company has built a plant in Thailand, bought one from Ford in the Philippines, and is building one in Indonesia.
Hot air balloons shaped as "Star Wars" characters Darth Vader (L) and Yoda (R) are inflated at sunrise on day one of the 2015 New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington, New Jersey, July 24, 2015. More than 100 hot air balloons are taking part in the three-day festival, one of the largest of it's kind in North America, according to organizers.
Photo by Mike Segar
A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time.
Revamped and doubled in size at a cost of 20 million euros ($21.92 million), the museum for the first time displays Wagner's anti-Semitic screeds, which he published in his youth anonymously, then under his own name before he died in 1883.
It also depicts the close ties his widow Cosima, who died in 1930, and his descendants forged with Hitler, who loved Wagner's music and regularly visited Bayreuth to hear operas in the "Festspielhaus" that Wagner designed and built in the 1870s.
None of the famously quarrelsome Wagner descendants, including his great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner, director of the Bayreuth Festival, or her half-sister Eva Pasquier-Wagner, the outgoing co-director, had yet seen the new museum, but the family "have given pieces" for the renovation, Friedrich said.
Nike Wagner, another great-granddaughter who in the 1990s lost out to Katharina in a bid to become the Bayreuth director, will give the dedication speech at the opening, officials said.
A white Bengali tigress carries one of her four cubs in their enclosure in Xantus Janos Zoo in Gyor, 120 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 24, 2015. The cubs were born late May.
Photo by Csaba Krizsan
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