Stanley Fish: Why Frank and Not Bing? (Huffington Post)
… we hear little or nothing about Bing Crosby. Why? Statistics won't give the answer: Crosby had 43 number-one hits -- more than the Beatles and Elvis put together. His career total of record sales tops one billion albums sold, making him the most popular singer ever. "White Christmas" alone has sold more than one-hundred million copies and is the all-time best-selling single.
D. M. Hurtak, M.S.Sc.: The Quest to Terraform Mars (The Academy for Future Science)
As space exploration continues to bring us closer to even the more distant planets of our solar system, and as the spirit of expansion that informs western civilization remains central to so many of our terrestrial philosophies, it is easily understandable that there should emerge in the scientific community the concept of "terraforming"-the attempt to transform an alien environment into one that more closely resembles the earth's environment, particularly in its ability to support human life.
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual civil awareness day internationally observed on October 11 to recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community. The process of coming outinvolves self-disclosure of one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
NCOD was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
Sunday, October 11
National Coming Out Day will be on Sunday, October 11. Another reason to love October, my birth month.
Thanks, Lois, I'm desperate for sweater weather and rain. I'll make the snacks if it comes to that.
Meanwhile, we continue with summer junior, temps into the 90's, sleevelessness FTW.
Dale of Hot Diamondy Springs, Norcali replied:
October 11, is an annual civil awareness day to celebrate and recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Titties falling out Friday
Not-A-Lesbian Lois Of Oregon! said:
Although I AM a gay man trapped in a woman's body! But nevermind. OK, this one took a LOT of research. Had to fire up the old Phone Booth! The date of October 11 has had BUTLOADS of shit associated with it and all of a highly sexual nature! Here is a brief summary of highlights:
On This Date, October 11
1492 Columbus first sights new land...TO RAPE!
1521 Pope Leo X titles Henry VIII "Defender Of The Faith", in other words, a license to...RAPE!
1689 Peter The Great becomes Tsar of Russia. Peter The Great. 'Nuff said.
1726 Ben Franklin returns to Philadelphia with a screaming case of "The French Disease" which spreads like the legs of a discount
1868 Thomas Edison patents his first invention: The battery operated boyfriend.
1983 The last "Hand Cranked" telephones went out of service.
1991 Jimmy Swaggart seen soliciting a prostitute, Anita Hill testifies Clarence Hill sexually harassed her, no one cares, and business goes
on as usual.
1995 John Bobbit has surgery to have his penis enlarged three inches, yet is still a little dick.
2015 People everywhere around the world wake up and realize they are FUCKED.
Sorry. That didn't come out as funny as I'd hoped...haven't had enough beer! Oh well, Happy Columbus Day on the 12th, anyway.
Oct. 11, 2015 ~ Will mark the 27th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. Civil awareness day internationally observed to recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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.
[6:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12-Episode 3
[7:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 11-12-Episode 4
[8:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 12-13-Episode 1
[9:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 12-13-Episode 2
[10:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 4 - South Dakota
[11:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 5 - Yukon
[12:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 6 - Romania
[1:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Turkey
[2:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 8 - Belize
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 9 - The Vengeance Factor
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 10 - The Defector
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 11 - The Hunted
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 12 - The High Ground
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 13 - Deja Q
[8:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 3 - Under The Lake
[9:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 4 - Before The Flood
[10:00PM] The Last Kingdom - Season 1 - Episode 1
[11:15PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 18 - Episode 2
[12:15AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 4 - Before The Flood
[1:15AM] The Last Kingdom - Season 1 - Episode 1
[2:30AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 3 - Under The Lake
[3:30AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 4 - Before The Flood
[4:30AM] Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'Big Momma's House 2', followed by the movie 'Big Momma's House'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Pineapple Express', followed by the movie 'Grandma's Boy', 'Nick Swadson: Taste It', followed by the FRESH'Paul F. Tompkins: Crying And Driving'.
FX has the movie 'Iron Man', followed by the movie 'Iron Man 2'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-PRANK DAY
[6:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-ERIC'S CORVETTE CAPER
[7:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-HYDE'S BIRTHDAY
[7:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-THAT '70S MUSICAL
[8:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-ERIC'S FALSE ALARM
[8:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-EVERYBODY LOVES CASEY
[9:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-LOVE, WISCONSIN STYLE
[9:30AM] LETHAL WEAPON
[12:00PM] LETHAL WEAPON 2
[2:30PM] LETHAL WEAPON 3
[5:15PM] LETHAL WEAPON 4
[4:00AM] FROM WITHIN (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] All Good Things
[8:15AM] The Ledge
[10:30AM] The Devil's Advocate
[4:30PM] Saturday Night Fever
[7:00PM] As Good as It Gets
[10:00PM] About Schmidt
[12:45AM] As Good as It Gets
[3:45AM] Apollo 13 (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Insidious: Chapter 2', followed by the movie 'Ominous'.
Director of the movie Danny Boyle (L) poses with writer Aaron Sorkin at an industry screening of "Steve Jobs" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California October 8, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on October 23.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni
Spanish singing legend Julio Iglesias says he will no longer perform in casinos belonging to US presidential hopeful Donald Trump because of his anti-immigrant comments, in an interview published Wednesday.
"I have sung many times in his casinos, but I won't do it again," he told Barcelona-based daily newspaper La Vanguardia.
"He thinks he can fix the world forgetting what immigrants have done for his country. He is a clown! And my apologies to clowns."
Trump's inflammatory rhetoric has alienated Latino voters. He is viewed unfavourably by 82 percent of Hispanics, with just 15 percent viewing him favourably, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released last month.
Actor Randy Quaid is escorted into his Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Montreal, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Quaid said in an interview that he could be deported from Canada next week and that he would like to resolve his legal issues in California and "move on with my life." The actor and his Canadian wife fled the U.S. in 2010, saying they were victims of persecution.
Photo by Peter McCabe
California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law the state's first comprehensive regulations of medical marijuana, two decades after legalization fueled a wild west of disparate local rules, a gray market in cultivation and concerns about the ease of obtaining the drug.
The package of three laws, viewed by some as a possible framework for the eventual legalization of recreational marijuana in the most populous U.S. state, would establish a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation and regulate such activities as cultivation and dispensary licensing.
The bills, which take effect in 2018, "establish a long-overdue comprehensive regulatory framework for the production, transportation and sale of medical marijuana," Brown, a Democrat, said in a signing statement on Friday. "This new structure will make sure patients have access to medical marijuana, while ensuring a robust tracking system."
The bills regulate the cultivation of marijuana, which now frequently takes place on hidden gray market farms that strip water from the state's forests. They also require state tax and agriculture officials to develop a way to track the sale and development of marijuana products.
For-profit college operator Apollo Education Group Inc said the U.S. Department of Defense has placed its University of Phoenix on probation, barring the unit from recruiting students on military bases or using federal money to fund tuition.
Apollo's shares fell as much as 12 percent to $10.91 on the Nasdaq on Friday.
Apollo said the university's participation in the department's tuition-assistance program was placed on probation partly due to the ongoing U.S. Federal Trade Commission and California investigations.
In July, the FTC demanded information about the university's marketing and advertising techniques, which may possibly have been deceptive.
The university was also issued a subpoena by California Attorney General's office in August, seeking information on recruiting of U.S. military and California National Guard personnel, and the use of U.S. military logos and emblems in marketing.
Indians wearing traditional attire practice Garba, the traditional dance of Gujarat state ahead of Hindu festival Navratri in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Navaratri, the festival of nights, lasts for nine days, with three days each devoted to the worship of Durga, the goddess of valor, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. Feasting and fasting takes over normal life for millions of Hindus, and many people join in religious dances in the evenings. The festival will begin from Oct. 13.
Photo by Ajit Solanki
SeaWorld says denying orcas' their ability to breed is cruel, but it was unclear Friday whether the corporation will fight such a ban at its California park and risk further hurting attendance.
Company officials said they were reviewing their options a day after the California Coastal Commission approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego - but banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them. The panel's decision raised an array of questions, including whether the company would proceed with the project or raise a legal challenge, possibly on whether the commission overstepped its authority.
Deciding the next step could be tricky for SeaWorld. The company has been struggling with falling stock prices and park attendance numbers since the release of the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which suggests SeaWorld's treatment of captive orcas provokes violent behaviour.
The ban on breeding, including through artificial insemination, would apply only to the California park and not SeaWorld facilities in other states. The commission also prohibited the sale, trade or transfer of captive orcas. The amendment does provide a potential exemption for certain whales caught in the wild.
Crystal Freytes poses as a Great Fairy from Legend of Zelda on day two of New York Comic Con in Manhattan, New York, October 9, 2015. The event draws thousands of costumed fans, panels of pop culture luminaries and features a sprawling floor of vendors in a space equivalent to more than three football fields at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Manhattan's West side.
Photo by Andrew Kelly
When Chris Filardi, director of Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, was finally holding the elusive Guadalcanal moustached kingfisher, he told Slate writer Rachel Gross, it was like finding a unicorn.
Filardi had been searching for the orange, white, and brilliant-blue bird for more than 20 years, when on a field study in the high forests of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, he finally heard the "ko-ko-ko-ko-kiew" sound of what he described as the unmistakable call of a large kingfisher.
After days of tracking, he and his colleagues captured a male moustached kingfisher in a mist net.
The team snapped the first-ever photos of the remarkably photogenic bird and made the first-ever recordings of a male variety of the species (a female was described back in the 1920s). Then the team killed it.
The decision to euthanize the bird so it can be studied as a "scientific specimen" has divided both the scientific community and the public on when and if researchers should kill wildlife in the name of conservation.
Yenny Mamani 'Marta la Altena,' top, grabs Leonor Cordova 'Angela la Simpatica' in a hold during a Bolivian wrestling Cholitas fight in Madrid, Spain, Thursday Oct. 8, 2015. Cholitas are indigenous women who wear traditional pollera skirts and embroidered shawls.
Photo by Paul White
A North Carolina congresswoman thanked fellow Republicans for their support Friday after many received incendiary emails alleging an affair between her and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Foot-In-Mouth), according to two Republicans in the closed-door meeting.
The emails arrived at a time of bitter division within the House GOP and the Republican Party nationally, with hardline conservatives increasingly at odds with more establishment-aligned figures, including McCarthy.
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-Doubling Down) stood up to speak in an open-microphone portion of the meeting being held the morning after McCarthy shocked the House by taking his name out of contention to become the next speaker.
She thanked fellow lawmakers for their support and prayers and said she was sorry they had received the emails. She described the messages as "batshit crazy." She said it was daunting to be a woman in Washington but that she was a "tough cookie" and could handle it.
Male staff members of an amusement park wearing maid costumes throw chinaware into the air to be smashed during an event promoting their stress-release activities to mark World Mental Health Day, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, October 9, 2015. World Mental Health Day will be marked on October 10 and the amusement park has prepared about 100 tonnes of scrapped chinaware for their visitors to smash, local media reported.
The Pentagon on Friday said it would not waive a U.S. law banning the use of Russian rocket engines for military and spy satellite launches, rejecting a request from United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co.
ULA has said it needs the waiver to compete against privately held Space Exploration Technologies Corp, or SpaceX, in a new U.S. Air Force competition for satellite launches.
The U.S. Defense Department said it would continue to monitor the situation, and was looking at a range of options, including possible sole-source contract awards to ensure a healthy and competitive industrial base, and move away from use of Russian RD-180 engines as soon as possible.
People in an illuminated cycle rickshaw look at a light installation at the Old Royal Library during the opening day of the "Festival of Light" show in Berlin, Germany, October 9, 2015.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke
It was one of the worst defeats in one of history's most dramatic conquests: Only a year after Hernan Cortes landed in Mexico, hundreds of people in a Spanish-led convey were captured, sacrificed and apparently eaten.
Excavations at a site just east of Mexico City are yielding dramatic new details about that moment when two cultures clashed - and the native defenders, at least temporarily, were in control.
Faced with strange invaders accompanied by unknown animals, the inhabitants of an Aztec-allied town reacted with apparent amazement when they captured the convoy of about 15 Spaniards, 45 foot soldiers who included Cubans of African and Indian descent, women and 350 Indian allies of the Spaniards, including Mayas and other groups.
Artifacts found at the Zultepec-Tecoaque ruin site, show the inhabitants carved clay figurines of the unfamiliar races with their strange features, or forced the captives to carve them. They then symbolically decapitated the figurines.
Later, those in the convoy were apparently sacrificed and eaten by the townsfolk known as Texcocanos or Acolhuas .
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