Lucy Mangan: "Fashion's Skinny, White, Able-Bodied Centre Cannot Hold" (Collectively)
I was standing in the middle of Topshop looking at the new season's range, hoping that this time it would be my turn - that this would be the batch that catered for short people. The non-leggy people. The fond-of-chips people. I honestly thought that everyone's time came. That the fashion industry - or "clothes makers" as I thought of them then, as you do when you are 11, the internet doesn't exist and you haven't yet ventured outside Catford - worked fairly, down a list of body types and eventually The Year of the Roughly Potato-Shaped would come.
Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky; February 14, 1894 - December 26, 1974) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his character as a miser, playing his violin badly. In character, he would claim to be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age.
Benny donated a Stradivarius violin purchased in 1957 to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Benny had commented, "If it isn't a $30,000 Strad, I'm out $120.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Los Angeles Symphony.
The Los Angeles Symphony.
Had no clue about yesterdays question- Baby Huey came immediately to mind, but I thought he was a giant human baby.
It's all before my time...
Blooming Lois Of Oregon replied:
Los Angeles Philharmonic got the fiddle presumably because the city of Rancho Cucamonga has no orchestra. But it does have a statue of Jack Benny, so there. Read the whole wiki page about Mr. Benny, and had forgotten how friggin' funny all those guys were, not to mention Jack made a better looking woman than Milton Berle. Wish I had a time machine.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In honor of Jack's Stradivarius:
See you Monday…time to lay low!
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra ~ "It is really a real Stradivarius. Worth $30,000. Made in 1729." A Stradivarius (or "Strad") is a stringed instrument built by members of the Stradivari family, especially by Antonio Stradivari.
Joe S said:
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
I saw Jack Benny in a hotel lobby in Indianapolis sometime in the late 60s, probably 1968. I was sitting waiting for a friend when Benny and two other people walked by and went to the elevators. I was a little excited as I was, and still am,a great fan of Jack Benny. I suppose I could have gone over and asked for an autograph, but I was way to shy, so I just sat there smiling. Benny glanced over at me a few times before his elevator arrived. The doors opened and all three of them entered, Jack Benny turned and smiled at me and gave me a little wave as the doors closed. That was my brush with greatness.
I really liked Jack Benny, listened to him on the radio the watched his TV show. They don't come any better.
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 RERUN'NCIS', followed by a RERUN'Code Black', then '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
'SNL' is FRESH with Tracy Morgan hosting, music by Demi Lovato.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Castle'.
The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by a FRESH'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.
Faux has a FRESH'Grandfathered', followed by a FRESH'The Grinder', then a FRESH'Scream Queens'.
MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', followed by the movie 'Ocean's Eleven', then 'OJ Speaks: The Hidden Tapes'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Dark Knight', followed by the movie 'Constantine'.
[6:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 13-14-Episode 1
[7:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 13-14-Episode 2
[8:00AM] Top Gear: Best Of 13-14-Episode 3
[9:00AM] Top Gear: Best of All - Jeremy, James and Richard-Ep 2 - More Best of All
[10:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 9 - Dominican Republic
[11:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Oregon
[12:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Bear's Ultimate Survival Guide, Part 1
[1:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 3 - Ep 12 - Bear's Ultimate Survival Guide, Part 2
[2:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Alabama
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 12 - The High Ground
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 13 - Deja Q
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 14 - A Matter of Perspective
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 15 - Yesterday's Enterprise
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 16 - The Offspring
[8:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 4 - Before The Flood
[9:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 5 - The Girl Who Died
[10:00PM] The Last Kingdom - Season 1 - Episode 2
[11:15PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 8
[12:00AM] The Rocky Horror Show
[2:30AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 4 - Before The Flood
[3:30AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 5 - The Girl Who Died
[4:30AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 9 - Flatline
[5:30AM] Hidden Habitats - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Namib Desert (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days', followed by the movie 'In Her Shoes'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Tommy Boy, then the movie '50 First Dates'.
FX has the movie 'The Croods', followed by the movie 'Epic'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ALISON BRIE
[6:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JUDY GREER WEARS A NAVY BLOUSE AND STRAPPY SANDALS
[6:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-BLACK DOG
[7:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-THE CRUNGE
[7:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-THE GIRL I LOVE
[8:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-MISTY MOUNTAIN HOP
[8:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-YOUR TIME IS GONNA COME
[9:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-BABE, I'M GONNA LEAVE YOU
[9:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS
[10:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
[10:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-BATTLE OF EVERMORE
[11:15AM] BENDERS-PRODIGAL SON
[11:45AM] GIGI DOES IT-WART-A-COLORS
[12:15PM] THE HILLS HAVE EYES
[2:45PM] THE MIST
[10:30PM] HALF BAKED
[12:30AM] HALF BAKED
[2:30AM] WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
[4:45AM] GIGI DOES IT-WART-A-COLORS
[5:15AM] BENDERS-PRODIGAL SON
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-MAYA RUDOLPH (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up
[9:30AM] The Aviator
[4:00PM] A League of Their Own
[7:00PM] Erin Brockovich
[10:00PM] The Brave One
[12:30AM] Erin Brockovich
[3:30AM] The Brave One (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Blade: Trinity', followed by the movie 'They Found Hell', then the movie 'Soul Plane'.
CBS has refused to run advertising for "Truth," the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network's past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former resident George W. Bush's military service record.
CBS has denounced the movie, which opens Friday, as a disservice to the public and journalists corporate profitablity.
Redford plays Dan Rather in "Truth," with Blanchett as producer Mary Mapes. Together, they were behind a "60 Minutes II" story that questioned Bush's Vietnam War-era commitment to service in the Texas Air National Guard. But CBS apologized for the story after documents used were called into question and could not be verified. Mapes and three news executives were fired.
In the movie, the independent panel charged with examining CBS' reporting was depicted as hostile and eager to probe into whether Mapes was politically motivated to go after Bush, at the time in the midst of a tough re-election campaign. The panel's report said the facts did not conclude CBS was motivated by an anti-Bush attitude. But producers were criticized for a "myopic zeal" in rushing the story to air.
A Hispanic coalition is condemning NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for inviting Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) to host the show.
In a letter sent Thursday to the show's producer and the CEO of NBC Universal, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda said the network was enabling Trump's "hateful speech" in exchange for ratings.
The group asked NBC to rescind the invitation to the GOP presidential contender, who is to host "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 7.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, which includes 40 civil rights and public policy groups, released the letter to NBC Universal CEO Stephen Burke (R-Tool) and "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels (R-Flaccid).
Paleontologists have discovered a cliff-side in Utah brimming with fossils that offers a rare glimpse of desert life in western North America early in the age of dinosaurs.
Among the discoveries in what used to be a lake shoreline between giant sand dunes is a new pterosaur that would have been the largest flying reptile of the time. It wielded its ferocious teeth and powerful skull to gobble up small crocodile type creatures as it soared over a desert some 210 million years ago.
The site was discovered paleontologists Dan Chure of Dinosaur National Monument and George Englemann of the University of Nebraska. Chure said the duo realized right away they had stumbled upon the discovery of their lives.
So far, they've found 11,500 bones - and they may be only halfway through getting them all out, he said. The new pterosaur, yet to be named, was found last year by a college student carefully extracting fossils from a 300-pound block of sandstone from the site.
The site has been named "Saints and Sinners," a playful nod to the collaboration between Britt, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and non-Mormons Chure and Englemann.
A U.S. jury on Friday ordered Apple Inc to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm more than $234 million in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some of the company's iPhones and iPads without permission.
The amount was less than the $400 million the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was claiming in damages after the jury on Tuesday said Apple infringed its patent for improving the performance of computer processors.
WARF praised the verdict and said it was important to protect the university's inventions from unauthorised use. "This decision is great news," said WARF Managing Director Carl Gulbrandsen in a statement.
Jurors deliberated for about 3-1/2 hours before returning the verdict in the closely watched case in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin. It was the second phase of a trial that began on Oct. 5.
Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing millions of books so it can provide small portions of them to the public, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decadelong dispute by authors worried that the project would spoil the market for their work.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a judge who concluded that the snippets Google showed customers from its database was a transformative use of the information and thus did not violate copyright laws.
Judge Denny Chin ruled in November 2013 that Google's digitization of over 20 million books, mostly out-of-print titles, did not violate copyrights because the Mountain View, California-based company only showed short sections of the books in its database. Chin had said it would be difficult for anyone to read any of the works in their entirety by repeatedly entering different search requests.
In an opinion written by Judge Pierre N. Leval, the appeals court agreed, saying the snippet feature "substantially protects against its serving as an effectively competing substitute for plaintiffs' books."
It added: "Snippet view, at best and after a large commitment of manpower, produces discontinuous, tiny fragments, amounting in the aggregate to no more than 16% of a book. This does not threaten the rights holders with any significant harm to the value of their copyrights or diminish their harvest of copyright revenue."
A German tourist has killed one of the biggest elephants seen for years in Zimbabwe, wildlife groups said Friday, reviving the fierce debate over trophy hunting after the shooting of Cecil the lion.
The unnamed hunter was reported to have paid $60,000 to shoot the male elephant, which was at least 50 years old, on private land near the border with South Africa, sparking condemnation by tour operators and conservation groups.
"This elephant which was more than 50 years old was shot and killed outside Gonarezhou National Park last Thursday," Emmanuel Fundira, chairman of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ), told AFP.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya said she was not aware of the hunt, which was legal if the correct permits were issued.
A man dressed as a devil poses next to a grafitti of late rebel hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara in the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, Nicaragua, October 16, 2015. People prepare to participate in the popular annual festival called "The Aguizotes" held on the last Friday of October, where residents dress up as characters from legends and folklore mythology of Nicaragua.
Photo by Owaldo Rivas
International Business Machines Corp said on Friday it allows certain countries to review, under strict control, portions of the U.S. technology company's product source code to detect any security flaws in its software.
China is among those countries, a person familiar with the company's policy there said. The reviews must be done using an IBM security application and the company "does not let people take the code out of the room," the source said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.
The Wall Street Journal, citing two people briefed on the practice, reported earlier Friday that IBM was allowing officials from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to examine code.
The reviews would make IBM the first major U.S. tech company to comply with Beijing's recent demands for a stronger hand in foreign technology there, the Journal said.
IBM said in Friday's statement that programs to review product source code are not unique to the company, citing Microsoft Corp as an example. Microsoft signed an agreement in 2003 allowing China controlled access to Windows source code, and has struck similar deals with Russia and the United Kingdom.
DraftKings and FanDuel took a cue from another prominent tech company spurned by Nevada that was eventually welcomed back: get an angry public to petition lawmakers and make it legal.
Like the ride-hailing app Uber before it, the two titans of the daily fantasy sports industry sent links to an online petition to Nevada customers Friday.
The move comes a day after state regulators ordered them out of the state unless they get a gambling license - a decision being watched by other states and lawmakers weighing whether the sites constitute gambling or not based on their own laws.
In less than two weeks, the two high-profile companies in the ever-growing industry had gone from being a seemingly unstoppable, untouchable force to facing intense scrutiny of their business practices and legality from investigators, lawmakers, regulators and even their own players after it was revealed employees often played on competing sites, raising questions about possible insider information being used to win.
Neither DraftKings or FanDuel have said if they'll pursue a license in Nevada, a process that costs $500 up front as well as hourly costs and travel expenses to cover the intense background investigation by state agents into the companies and their leaders. DraftKings said in its email to customers it would work to ensure Nevada residents could play on the site again soon without saying how they would do so.
Young stag deer clash antlers during the annual rut in Richmond Park in west London, Britain, October 16, 2015. The Royal Park has had Red and Fallow deer present since 1529, and early autumn sees the rutting or breeding season begin amongst the herd of over six hundred animals.
Photo by Toby Melville
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