Paul Krugman: Trump in a Box (NY Times Blog)
Of course, Trumpism is a really bad name for this, partly because the man himself isn't actually coherent, partly because it's still likely that he's a case of hair today, gone tomorrow. And maybe nobody else will make a play for that box. But it's also possible that we'll see the rise of a movement that needs a better name. Hmm. How about National Social Democracy? Any problems with that?
Andrew Tobias: Hillary in Private
I am enthusiastically neutral among all our fine Democratic candidates - knowing that whichever one gets the nomination will be miles ahead (in my view) of the Republican. As noted a couple of weeks ago, that's not blind partisanship; it's recognition that their nominee would appoint Supreme Court justices like Bush 41 / 43 appointees Thomas, Roberts, and Alito; where ours would appoint justices like Clinton / Obama appointees Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor. And that their nominee would favor the powerful and wealthy at a time when the pendulum has already swung too far their way.
Cubic zirconia (CZ) is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide (ZrO2). The synthesized material is hard, optically flawless and usually colorless, but may be made in a variety of different colors. It should not be confused with zircon, which is azirconium silicate (ZrSiO4). It is sometimes erroneously called "cubic zirconium".
Because of its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most gemologically and economically important competitor for diamonds since commercial production began in 1976. Its main competitor as a synthetic gemstone is a more recently cultivated material, synthetic moissanite.
Dale of Smokey Zirconium Springs, Norfireycali replied:
The Soviet Commies using the skull crucible process began commercial production in 1976. Figures. But unlike a diamond, cubic zirconia can be a perfectly colorless "D" on the diamonds color grading scale. Diamonds are one of the best thermal conductors, while CZ ain't! You know them Bolsheviks were hoping for something to scam the world with!
Girls flashing piercings! And who says it doesn't fuckin hurt?
1976 ~ CZ, cubic zirconia, discovered in 1892, but commercial production did not begin until the late 1970's.
I see Little Ricky made the e-page agaim via . Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali . . . 'One Man, One Woman'~ Creampie.
DJ Useo answered:
I dunno. My random guess is 1943.It just "feels" right.
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I really have a keen appreciation for the posts & such you send in.
Let's all twitter & such about how fine the page is. Mebbe bring in some more readers.
We re-share our tweets & build some momentum.
I went for a walk today out at the state park on Saginaw Bay and saw this Monarch, one of the very few I see anymore, and followed it to this patch of daisies... It was decent enough to allow me to get close and take a bunch of shots with my phone camera...
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 fills the night with LIVE'NFL Preseason Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe '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, hosted by Michael Keaton, music by Carly Rae Jepsen.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a RERUN'Beyond The Tank', then a FRESH'Boston EMS'.
The CW fills the night with LIVE'NFL Preseason Football', then pads the left coast with old '2½ Men', and 'Family Guy'.
Faux has a RERUN'Bullseye', followed by a RERUN'Home Free'.
MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.
A&E has 'The First 48', followed by hours of old 'Storage Wars'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Quick & The Dead', followed by a FRESH'Hell On Wheels', and another 'Hell On Wheels'.
[6:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 08-09 - Episode 3
[7:00AM] Top Gear: Uncovered
[8:30AM] Clash of the Titans (1981)
[11:00AM] The Matrix Revolutions
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 8 - A Matter of Honor
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Contagion
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 12 - The Royale
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Time Squared
[8:00PM] Doctor Who: The End of Time
[11:30PM] Doctor Who: The End of Time
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Unnatural Selection
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 8 - A Matter of Honor
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Manzo'd With Children', 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by the movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'.
Comedy Central has the movie '50 First Dates', followed by the 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber'.
FX has the movie 'This Is 40', followed by the movie 'Ted', then the movie 'This Is The End'.
[5:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HOUSEBOAT
[6:00AM] CLERKS II
[8:15AM] TITAN A.E.
[10:15AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES GET OUT MORE DIRT
[10:50AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES IN MANHATTAN
[11:25AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES IN THE MOVIES
[12:00PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-KEN MARINO WEARS A SLIM GRAY SUIT AND SALMON TIE
[12:30PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!
[1:00PM] BAD NEWS BEARS
[3:30PM] EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
[5:45PM] EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
[10:15PM] ME, MYSELF & IRENE
[3:15AM] ME, MYSELF & IRENE (ALL TIMES EST)
[7:15AM] First Blood
[9:15AM] Rambo: First Blood Part II
[11:15AM] Rambo III
[1:45PM] Proof of Life
[4:45PM] The Professional
[7:00PM] Blood Work
[9:30PM] Absolute Power
[12:00AM] True Crime
[2:30AM] The Bridges of Madison County
[5:30AM] Rambo III (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Blade: Trinity', followed by the movie 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'.
U.S. Army First Lt. Shaye Haver, center, and Capt. Kristen Griest, right, pose for photos with other female West Point alumni after an Army Ranger school graduation ceremony, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Fort Benning, Ga. Haver and Griest became the first female graduates of the Army's rigorous Ranger School, putting a spotlight on the debate over women in combat.
Photo by John Bazemore
The elusive British graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his latest project - a parody of a seaside theme park called "Dismaland" complete with a derelict castle, a dead Cinderella and a Grim Reaper in a bumper car.
The artist, best known for his subversive, stenciled street art, said it was a "festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism."
While Banksy said it was "not a swipe at Disney," it's difficult to ignore the reminders of Disneyland - from the gray castle and the skewed sculpture of Ariel the mermaid in front of it, to the exhibit of Cinderella in her carriage. Only this princess hangs out of her crashed carriage, apparently dead, as paparazzi look on.
The project, staged in a run-down site in southwestern England's Weston-super-Mare, is Banksy's biggest show to date. It includes new works from Banksy, as well as art galleries featuring some 50 international and British artists including Damien Hirst. Musical performances and arcade games complete the experience.
Among the exhibits: a sculpture of a woman attacked by a cloud of seagulls, a killer whale leaping out of a toilet bowl and a pond where visitors can steer model boats crammed with migrants.
People interact with "Pixel Wave 2015" a projection art installation by France's Miguel Chevalier and local designers Carolyn Kan and Depression that features geometric patterns that react to movements and interactions of people, during the Singapore Night Festival at the Singapore Design Center, August 21, 2015. The Singapore Night Festival which features local and international light installations and performances begins on Friday and will take place on the last two weekends of August.
Photo by Edgar Su
A century-old message in a bottle, possibly the oldest ever found, has finally reached its destination.
Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906, the bottle washed up on the beach on the German island of Amrum, and was found by a couple in April. Inside they found a postcard asking that it be sent to the Marine Biological Association of the U.K. - which they did.
"We were very excited," Guy Baker, a spokesman for the group, said Friday. "We certainly weren't expecting to receive any more of the postcards."
Baker said the bottle was one of some 1,000 released into the North Sea by researcher George Parker Bidder, who later became the association's president. The bottles were weighed down to float just above the sea bed, and used as part of a study into the movement of sea currents.
Inside each bottle was a postcard promising a "one shilling reward" to anyone who returned it to the association, along with information about where and when they found the bottle. Most bottles were trawled up by fishermen and returned decades ago, Baker said.
Greenhouse gases were the driving force behind global glacier retreat at the end of the last Ice Age, echoing current climate change, according to a study published Friday.
More than 11,000 years later, the researchers say, global warming is on track to wipe out 80-90 percent of remaining glaciers within a few hundred years unless carbon dioxide emissions are held in check.
Using new techniques to resolve an old debate, researchers showed that it was a 55 percent increase of CO2 in the atmosphere -- from 180 to 280 parts per million (ppm) -- over some 7,000 years that melted the world's glaciers to a level that remained stable until the start of our industrial era.
Higher levels of green house gasses, such as CO2, trap more of the Sun's heat on Earth causing global temperatures to rise.
Up to now, scientists disagreed on the cause of Ice Age glacier decline, with some attributing it mainly to solar radiation and regional influences such as ice sheets and ocean currents.
People watch fireworks over the Moskva river onboard a boat during the Rostec International fireworks festival in Moscow, Russia, August 21, 2015. Teams specialising in pyrotechnics from Belarus, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Finland, China, Chile and Russia are participating in the fireworks competition which will run until August 22, according to the Rostec official website.
Photo by Maxim Zmeyev
German scientists have found an unusually long trail of footprints from a 30-tonne dinosaur in an abandoned quarry in Lower Saxony, a discovery they think could be around 145 million years old.
"It's very unusual how long the trail is and what great condition it's in," excavation leader Benjamin Englich told Reuters at the site, referring to 90 uninterrupted footprints stretching over 50 meters. Their diameter measured 1.2 meters.
Englich and his team found the impressions in the central German region while excavating at the quarry in the town of Rehburg-Loccum near Hanover on Wednesday.
The prehistoric prints are not only big, said Englich, but also unusually deep. The impressions sink more than 40 centimeters into the ground, suggesting they were made by a creature that weighed up to 30 tonnes.
The second release by hackers of data from infidelity website Ashley Madison is authentic and included the source code for the website, internal emails and a message to the company's founder Noel Biderman, a cyber expert who had downloaded the data said.
Dave Kennedy, chief executive of cyber security company TrustedSec LLC, has seen the second data stash of 13 gigabytes and said it included about 1 gigabyte of Biderman's emails.
In a message, the hackers, who call themselves the Impact Team said: "Hey Noel, you can admit it's real now."
That appears to be a riposte to the company's initial response on Tuesday to the first data dump that the data may not be authentic.
Inmates wearing traditional Andean clothes wait to perform at en event marking Folklore Day inside Sarita Colonia Prison in Callao, Peru, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Inmates participated in the event that prison authorities say is part of a program that aims to help inmates adjust to life outside prison after their release.
Photo by Martin Mejia
A trio of left-leaning advocacy groups sued Gov. Chris Christie on Friday for using taxpayer dollars to pay for his security detail's travel expenses as he campaigns across the country in his quest to win the Republican nomination for the White House.
The New Jersey Working Families Alliance and New Jersey Citizen Action are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in Mercer County, accusing Christie of violating his fiduciary duty to the state by forcing taxpayers to cover the cost of his security details' accommodations and other expenses while he's campaigning,
The suit asks the court to find that actions by Christie and Chris Christie for President Inc. "constitute a wrongful and unprivileged conversion of taxpayer funds" and that they should reimburse the state.
They're also taking issue with any role state employees may have played in his campaign launch.
Islamic State militants have destroyed an ancient monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, according to a monitor and pictures published by the jihadist group.
"The Islamic State group yesterday used bulldozers to destroy the Mar Elian monastery in Al-Qaryatain, in Homs province," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.
He said the militants demolished the Syriac Catholic monastery "on the pretext that it was used for worshipping others than God."
Photographs posted online by IS showed militants bulldozing parts of the monastery, although they did not appear to have completely destroyed the building with explosives as they have done with shrines and other religious buildings elsewhere.
The Mar Elian monastery dates back to the fifth century and is named for a Christian from Homs province who was martyred for refusing to renounce his faith.
A woman interacts with "Pixel Wave 2015" a projection art installation by France's Miguel Chevalier and local designers Carolyn Kan and Depression that features geometric patterns that react to movements and interactions of people, during the Singapore Night Festival at the Singapore Design Center, August 21, 2015. The Singapore Night Festival which features local and international light installations and performances begins on Friday and will take place on the last two weekends of August.
Photo by Edgar Su
There are two things about dementia most people would agree on. One is that the thought of losing all or part of your mind is terrifying. The other is it's a disease of the elderly.
The first is true, and getting truer. Dementia is taking hold in frightening new numbers.
As for the second? New research shows dementia is beginning to take hold of people in their 40s.
Colin Pritchard is a research professor in the faculty of health and social sciences at Bournemouth University in England. He is co-author of a new report - published in Surgical Neurology International - that charts some alarming new trends.
"Canadian males over 75 have had their brain disease deaths go up 79 per cent in 20 years. And your women have gone up 176 per cent. Your southern neighbours, the USA - who are the very epitome of modern living, the modern world, with its multiple pollutions and disruptive chemicals - their brain deaths have gone up nearly threefold for men, and a staggering fivefold for women."
A federal agency announced plans Thursday for a more intense investigation into what caused the deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska since May.
NOAA Fisheries declared the deaths an "unusual mortality event," triggering a new-level investigation that brings with it access to additional resources. The agency said the deaths are about three times the historical average for the region.
Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA Fisheries in Alaska, said a leading hypothesis for the deaths is harmful algal bloom toxins but she noted that there currently is no conclusive evidence linking the two.
Officials have only been able to get samples from one of the 30 whales. Teri Rowles, NOAA Fisheries' marine mammal health and stranding response coordinator, told reporters during a teleconference Thursday that large-scale whale deaths are among the toughest to investigate, partly because the carcasses often are floating, rarely beached and difficult to access for examination. In Alaska, bears feeding on washed-up whale carcasses create safety concerns for researchers who want to collect samples, she said.
Patterson's "F Troop" co-star Larry Storch announced her death via Facebook post, saying, "It's with a heavy heart that we can let you know our beloved Wrangler Jane, Melody Patterson passed away today. Our hearts are sad today. RIP Sweet Melody. We love you."
A small eurasian lynx (Lynx Lynx), the youngest offspring of the Lodz Zoo, born in May 2015, is seen in his enclosure in Lodz Zoo in Lodz, Poland, August 21, 2015. It was his first public appearance since his birth.
Photo by Grzegorz Michalowski
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