Andrew Tobias: What REALLY Causes Climate Change
We have a black President and Attorney General, women are accorded far more respect (20 in the Senate, up from zero; 3 on the Court, up from zero and zero), life is immeasurably better for LGBT Americans, most of the country is at least somewhat environmentally aware, our cars are safer and get triple the mileage, our air and water is cleaner, defense spending is down from 10% to 4% of GDP, we're not being drafted to fight a pointless war, far fewer people smoke, life expectancy is up from 70 to 79, hips are easily replaced, our entertainment and communication choices are vastly greater, "boredom" is not possible for anyone with an Internet connection, and - perhaps most astonishing - watermelon is seedless.
Carolyn Burke: 7 Times Being Totally Cheap Resulted In Movie Magic (Cracked)
Usually, when we hear about movie budget cuts, it's because something went terribly wrong, and the end product is such a steaming pile of offal that everyone, from the average audience member to average theater projector operator, is demanding answers. Once in a blue moon, however, it's the budget limitations themselves that elevate a movie from a permanent spot in a drug store clearance bin to a cultural landmark that we're still talking about decades later.
Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929 - July 2, 2007) was an American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 1950s and 1970s.
Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in live opera and recordings.
After retiring from singing in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City Opera. In 1994, she became the Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera, stepping down in 2005. Sills lent her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects.
Sills was born Belle Miriam Silverman in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Odessa, Ukraine, (then part of Russia) and Bucharest, Romania. She was raised in Brooklyn, where she was known, among friends, as "Bubbles" Silverman.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Bob in Greenville, SC said:
I almost blanked on this one but then it came to me: Beverly Sills, Colaratura Soprano Suprema!
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Sara in upstate NY replied:
My mom was a big opera buff. Bubbles was Beverly Sills!!
Belle Miriam Silverman is better known as Beverly Sills.
Dale: I don't pander to any of them. I find it a sad state of affairs that the media is so caught up in the wanna-be's ridiculously early campaigns that the real news falls by the wayside.
Hotter yet today. Oy.
Lilting Lois Of Oregon answered:
Beverly "Bubbles" Sills of the grand ole Opry, famous for her performance of "'A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You" from the opera Aida" .
Get me outta here Dale on another 95°F Day in Heldorado County responded:
Beverly Sills, a fixture of the Ed Sullivan Show, warbling in her god-awful soprano! Boobs and bubbles.
Remember: Men cry and women do fart!
One for Farterriffic Lois
DJ Useo replied:
I feel like I should know this answer, but it eludes me. Nicely played!
Would this be Barbra Streisand?
Beverly Sills ~ A gifted operatic sopranoa, one of America's most famous opera performers.
2015 Policies of the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation Just got a gander at Arizona's Farm Bureau policies. WOW! What a bunch of right-wing anti LBGT, creationist, anti green corporate whores! Had I known this, I'dve never bought my insurance thru them. Will rectify Monday.
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.
Record-setting heat kind of day (with 97% humidity). Ack.
CBS fills the night with LIVE'NFL Preseason Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe a RERUN'The Good Wife'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'American Ninja Warrior', followed by a FRESH'Hannibal'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN, with Taraji P. Henson hosting, music by Mumford & Sons.
ABC starts the night with the movie 'Cars', followed by a RERUN'Last Man Standing'.
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'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', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESHBehind Bars: Overtime', then another FRESH'Behind Bars: Overtime'.
AMC offers the movie 'Tombstone', followed by a FRESH'Hell On Wheels', and another 'Hell On Wheels'.
[6:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12-Episode 1
[7:00AM] Top Gear - Season 21 - Episode 1
[8:30AM] The Edge
[11:00AM] Kingdom of Heaven
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 12 - The Royale
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Time Squared
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 14 - The Icarcus Factor
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 15 - Pen Pals
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 16 - Q Who
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 17 - Samaritan Snare
[8:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Vincent and The Doctor
[9:15PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 4 - The Doctor's Wife
[10:30PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
[11:30PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Vincent and The Doctor
[12:45AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 4 - The Doctor's Wife
[2:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Contagion
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 12 - The Royale (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Don't Be Tardy ... ', another 'Don't Be Tardy ... ', still another 'Don't Be Tardy ... ', followed by a FRESH'Bravo First Looks', then the movie 'I Love You, Man'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Superbad', followed by the movie 'Superbad'.
FX has the movie 'White House Down', followed by the movie 'Battleship'.
[6:00AM] THE LADYKILLERS
[8:15AM] UNDERCOVER BROTHER
[10:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-BURNING MAN
[10:45AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HEALTH INSURANCE
[11:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-REESE VS. STEVIE
[11:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-RANDALL PARK WEARS BROWN DRESS SHOES WITH BLUE SOCKS
[12:15PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-DRONEZ: THE HUNT FOR EL CHINGON
[12:45PM] THE LADYKILLERS
[3:00PM] APOLLO 13
[6:00PM] THE GREEN MILE
[10:00PM] THE GREEN MILE
[2:00AM] APOLLO 13
[5:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HALLOWEEN
[5:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-JESSICA STAYS OVER (ALL TIMES EST)
[8:45AM] Absolute Power
[3:00PM] Conan the Barbarian
[9:00PM] Full Metal Jacket
[11:30PM] Enemy at the Gates
[2:30AM] Conan the Barbarian
[5:00AM] Enemy at the Gates (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Mission To Mars', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'.
Edward Snowden will be represented by an empty chair next week when he is honoured with a freedom of expression prize in Norway, as he fears extradition to the US, organisers said Friday.
"It's final: he won't come to Norway on September 5 to receive the prize," Hege Newth Nouri of the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression, which awards the Bjornson Prize, told AFP.
The 32-year-old former intelligence contractor fled the US after leaking documents on vast US surveillance programs to journalists, and has been granted asylum in Russia.
On Thursday, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK revealed documents that showed the US had in 2013 asked Norway to arrest and extradite Snowden if he came to the Scandinavian country.
The Norwegian government said it had not responded to the diplomatic missives. Local immigration authorities had around the same time rejected an asylum request Snowden submitted to Norway, one of several countries where he sought refuge.
Kereel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants of Russia, top, winner of the 2015 Air Guitar World Championships, celebrates after his victory in Oulu, Finland on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. What started off as a joke has turned into an annual fest of crazy mime artists who compete for the title of World Air Guitar champion in the city of Oulu, a high-tech hub on the Baltic Sea surrounded by forests. In 1996, there were eight competitors with one foreign champion, from neighboring Sweden. This year, a record 30 so-called "dark horses" from a dozen countries competed for a place in the final to join seven national champions from as far away as the United States, Japan and Canada.
Photo by Mikko Tormanen
As one of the most iconic images of rock, Algie, the inflatable pig which famously flew over London's Battersea power station for Pink Floyd's "Animals" album cover, was set to be a star lot at an upcoming auction.
But days after British auctioneers Durrants listed it as part of a catalogue of inflatable props its maker was selling, Algie is no longer on offer -- going back to the band instead.
The inflatable, which broke free during the 1976 cover shoot, grounding flights at Heathrow airport, has been withdrawn from sale after props builder Air Artists offered it to Pink Floyd.
"The pig is going back to Pink Floyd. They want it home again," Rob Harries, owner of Air Artists, told Reuters.
Inflatables still in auction include Herman, the pig's head from Roger Walter's 1990 "The Wall" concert in Berlin, and Freddie Mercury and Brian May caricatures for Queen's 1986 "The Magic Tour". Dominic Parravani of Durrants said the auctioneers had "no idea" how much the items would fetch.
Six people are about to shut themselves inside a dome in Hawaii for a year, in the longest US isolation experiment yet aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars.
The crew includes a French astrobiologist, a German physicist and four Americans -- a pilot, an architect, a doctor/journalist and a soil scientist.
They are based on a barren, northern slope of Mauna Loa, living inside a dome that is 36 feet (11 meters) in diameter and 20 feet (six meters) tall.
In a place with no animals and little vegetation around, they will close themselves in at 3:00 pm Hawaii time on Friday (0100 GMT Saturday), marking the official start to the 12-month mission.
The men and women have their own small rooms, with space for a sleeping cot and desk, and will spend their days eating foods like powdered cheese and canned tuna, only going outside if dressed in a spacesuit, and having limited access to the Internet.
The Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, is seen at the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian National Air and Space Annex Museum in Chantilly, Virginia August 28, 2015. The Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb in history over the city of Hiroshima in Japan 70 years ago.
Photo by Gary Cameron
A Native American tribe in Idaho has been assigned the task of drafting a plan for saving a tiny band of wild reindeer from extinction in a far corner of the northern Rockies straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, federal wildlife officials said on Friday.
A population of woodland caribou now numbering just 14 in the remote Selkirk Mountains has been at the center of a protracted fight among conservationists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and groups promoting recreational use and logging in the creatures' alpine habitat.
First listed as an endangered species in 1984, they are the only wild reindeer of their kind left in the Lower 48 states, though they are close cousins of caribou that roam northern Alaska in large herds.
Under a rare agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kootenai Tribe of northern Idaho will receive $35,000 to draft an updated recovery plan for the Selkirk caribou, which rely on old-growth forests in elevations above 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) for a winter diet of lichens.
A US appeals court on Friday overturned a ruling that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records was illegal, saying the plaintiffs failed to show they were victims.
A lower court, in a preliminary 2013 ruling, said the NSA program was probably unconstitutional and "almost Orwellian."
But the appellate panel said the case should not proceed because the plaintiffs -- activist Larry Klayman and the parents of an NSA employee killed in Afghanistan -- failed to show they had been targeted for surveillance as part of the program.
"In order to establish his standing to sue, a plaintiff must show he has suffered a 'concrete and particularized' injury," the Washington appeals panel said.
It added that the plaintiffs "fail to offer any evidence that their communications have been monitored."
Ethnic-Chinese Indonesians carry an effigy of the "king of ghost" during the "hungry ghost" festival in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. During the month-long festival, Chinese people make offerings of food, "Hell money" and paper-made models of items such as televisions, servants and cars to be burnt to appease the wandering spirits as it is believed that the gates of hell are opened during the month and their dead ancestors return to visit their relatives.
Photo by Binsar Bakkara
A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative attracted its first legal challenge Thursday, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.
The American Civil Liberties Union, its Nevada affiliate and Americans United for Separation of Church and State said they filed a lawsuit in Nevada District Court in Clark County.
They're asking the courts to block implementation of the state's sweeping new Education Savings Account program, which allows parents to claim the majority of their child's per-pupil state education funds and use it toward private schooling or other qualifying education expenses.
"Parents have a right to send their children to religious schools, but they are not entitled to do so at taxpayers' expense," ACLU of Nevada Executive Director Tod Story said in a statement. "The voucher program violates the Nevada Constitution's robust protections against the use of public funds for religious education."
A Naga sadhu, or naked Hindu holy man, smokes hashish inside his tent during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher festival, at Trimbakeshwar, India, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Hindus believe taking a dip in the waters of a holy river during the festival will cleanse them of their sins. The festival is held four times every 12 years.
Photo by Rajanish Kakade
Russia has launched a probe after a century-old figure of Mephistopheles was ripped down in Saint Petersburg, with Orthodox activists claiming responsibility amid fears of an increasing intolerance in the country.
Police said on Friday they had found smashed fragments of the figure in rubbish sacks after it disappeared from the facade of a historic building in the centre of the northwestern city on Monday.
"We knocked down this devil," a group calling itself the Cossacks of Saint Petersburg said in a letter peppered with grammatical mistakes.
The figure encouraged "open worship of Satan," said the letter sent to local news website Fontanka.ru, adding the landmark figure was unacceptable because it was opposite a church.
Cossacks once defended the borders of the Russian empire but now often campaign to promote conservative values.
Pacific walrus have come ashore on the northwest coast of Alaska in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change.
"There appears to be several thousand animals up there," said Andrea Medeiros, spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage.
Images of the walrus were captured over the weekend by a photographer not affiliated with the agency near Point Lay, an Inupiat Eskimo village 700 miles northwest of Anchorage and 300 miles southwest of Barrow.
Walrus have been coming to shore on the U.S. side of the Chukchi Sea in large numbers for about eight years. They also come to shore on the Russian side.
Last year, an estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed 5 miles north of Point Lay.
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