Paul Krugman: Europe the Unready (NY Times Column)
Thanksgiving as we know it dates not to colonial days but to the middle of the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln made it a federal holiday. It is, in other words, a celebration of national unity. And our national unity is indeed something to be thankful for. To see why, consider the slow-motion disaster now overtaking the European project on multiple fronts.
Ted Knight (December 7, 1923 - August 26, 1986) was an American actor and voice artist perhaps best known for playing the comedic role of Ted Baxter in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Henry Rush in Too Close for Comfort, and Judge Elihu Smails in Caddyshack.
Born Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka to a Polish-American family in the Terryville section of Plymouth in Litchfield County, Connecticut, Knight dropped out of high school to enlist in the United States Army in World War II.
His role as the vain and untalented WJM newscaster Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show brought Knight widespread recognition and his greatest success. He received six Emmy Award nominations for the role, winning the Emmy for "Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy" in 1973 and 1976.
Randall was first and correct with:
Alan J wrote:
John I from Hawai'i says,
Love his work, but I thought his name sounded more made up than most stage names.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norfallcali replied:
Good Ole Ted Knight. Befour MTM, he was bountiful in guest starring appearances on 50's and 60's TV.
Great Turkey Day! Great to see Fucking Dallas get crushed again! NFL Babes on Boobalicious Friday.
Tryptophania effect on my Son-in-law Jamie.
Ted Knight. I think I'd change my name too; his birth name is quite a mouthful.
TGIF! Love a 4-day weekend!
DJ Useo answered:
You played your hand well. I don't know the answer.
Now, I will sulk for a while. ( ...why couldn't it have been something about tv? ;) )
Ted Knight ~ Actor best known for playing the comedic role of the vain and untalented WJM newscaster Ted Baxter on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'.
Little Old Lois Of Oregon answered:
Ted Knight, another bad ass actor who fought in WWII. What a great voice he had!
Joe S said:
Ted Knight. Who knew? I didn't, had no idea but you know what? The first name that came to mind was Judy Tenuda. Remember the Goddess Judy Tenuta and her religion "Judyism?" I don't know what made me think of her. Life is strange.
It's only 12:37 and I'm going to bed early. I'm whipped.
mj took the day off.
Charlie took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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.
AMC offers the movie 'Home Alone', followed by the movie 'Home Alone', again.
[6:00AM] Top Gear: Best of All - Jeremy, James and Richard-Ep 2 - More Best of All
[7:00AM] Top Gear: Best of Jeremy-Ep 1 - Best of Jeremy
[8:00AM] Top Gear: Best of Jeremy-Ep 2 - More Best of Jeremy
[9:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Morocco
[10:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Bear's Top Man Moments
[11:00AM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Georgia Eastern Europe
[12:00PM] Man vs. Wild - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Western Pacific
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 5 - Remember Me
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Legacy
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Reunion
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Final Mission
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Data's Day
[8:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 10 - Face The Raven
[9:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 11 - Heaven Sent
[10:00PM] The Last Kingdom - Season 1 - Episode 8
[11:15PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 3
[12:15AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 11 - Heaven Sent
[1:15AM] The Last Kingdom - Season 1 - Episode 8
[2:30AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 11 - Heaven Sent
[3:30AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
[4:30AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Final Mission
[5:30AM] Hidden Habitats - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Great Barrier Reef (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'Burlesque', then the movie 'Burlesque', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'The World's End', followed by the movie 'I Love You, Man', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.
FX has the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil: Afterlife', then the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers'.
History has 3 hours of old 'Pawn Stars' and 'Christmas Through The Decades'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Good Company
[6:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who Needs You
[7:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sweet Lady
[7:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
[8:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Killer Queen
[8:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Spread Your Wings
[9:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Son & Daughter
[9:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
[10:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
[10:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
[11:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
[11:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sheer Heart Attack
[12:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Leaving Home Ain't Easy
[12:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
[1:00PM] RESIDENT EVIL
[3:15PM] RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE
[5:15PM] RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION
[7:15PM] RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE
[9:30PM] RESIDENT EVIL
[11:45PM] RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE
[1:45AM] RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION
[3:45AM] RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:15AM] Close Encounters of the Third Kind
[9:15AM] Apollo 13
[12:15PM] American Psycho
[2:30PM] The Shining
[6:00PM] The Green Mile
[10:00PM] The Returned-Madame Costa
[11:10PM] The Green Mile
[3:08AM] The Returned-Madame Costa
[4:17AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Little Black Dress
[4:32AM] The Shining (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Bourne Ultimatum', followed by the movie 'Live Free Or Die Hard'.
Austrian singer Conchita Wurst, right, and Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera pose during a press meeting in Stockholm, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Ms. Nabagesera visits Stockholm as recipient of the 2015 Right Livelihood Award, often called the "Alternative Nobel Prize".
Photo by Henrik Montgomery
If you listen to the folks upset about coffee cups, you may get the feeling that Starbucks hates Christmas because the company's holiday cups were just red -- no Christmas ornaments like Starbucks cups in the past.
Now, one of Southern California's most famous holiday events -- the Hollywood Christmas Parade -- has picked Penn and Teller for its grand marshals.
But Penn Jillette, the tall blustery part of the team, is a well-known atheist and the author of "Every Day is an Atheist Holiday" and "God, No! Signs You May Already Be An Atheist and Other Magical Tale."
Jillette has tweeted about the irony of his selection as grand marshal, and in another tweet, he says that Christmas is "just a secular holiday."
French singer Juliette Greco performs on stage of the Alte Oper (Old Opera) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 27 November 2015. The 88-year-old singer wrapped up her final tour after a more than six-decade career.
Photo by Boris Roessler
Poland will not extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. in an almost 40-year-old case after prosecutors declined to challenge a court ruling against the extradition request.
Prosecutors in Krakow, who had sought the extradition on behalf of the U.S., said Friday they found the court's refusal of extradition to be "right" and said they found no grounds to appeal it.
A lawyer for Polanski, Jan Olszewski, told The Associated Press that Polanski's reaction was of "great relief" and "satisfaction" that the irregularities in the U.S. procedure have been exposed. Polanski spoke to his lawyer over the phone from Paris, where he lives with his family.
The decision by the prosecutors closes the case in Poland and means Polanski, 82, is free to reside and work in Poland, where he grew up and studied filmmaking, and where he is preparing to make a new movie. Preparations for the movie were stalled by the arrest and extradition requests that the U.S. made last year. In 2011, Switzerland rejected a U.S. request to extradite Polanski.
Late one night at the University of Mississippi power plant, William Faulkner turned over a wheelbarrow, used it as a makeshift table and began writing the classic novel "As I Lay Dying" - but where in the building did he do it?
Was it where facility managers answered building maintenance calls until 2013? In one of the rooms used as a biology lab? Or in the basement where the steam tunnels branch off?
No one knows, and there won't be much more time to tread the floors of the Old Power Plant and speculate. Ole Miss plans to demolish the now-vacant 1908 building in coming months, as it builds a mammoth $135 million science building just north of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
University Architect Ian Banner said Ole Miss officials considered saving the building, which isn't actually in the footprint of the new science building, but decided against it. Instead, Banner said the university will build a commemorative space.
But with the building gone, one more physical link to a time when Faulkner was just making his reputation will be severed.
An 1831 first edition of Alexander Pushkin's 'Boris Godunov' is displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The book is expected to realise £40,000-£60,000 (60,200-90,300 US Dollars) when it is auctioned on Dec. 1 in the Valuable Books and Manuscripts sale.
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth
Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up.
That day never came. The Ak-Chin Indian Community doesn't recognize same-sex marriages and has a law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together. So Pablo voluntarily gave up her tribal home and now is suing the tribe in tribal court to have her marriage validated.
Pablo's situation reflects an overlooked story line following the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision this year that legalized gay marriages nationwide: American Indian reservations are not bound by the decision and many continue to forbid gay marriages and deny insurance and other benefits.
The reasons vary and to some extent depend on cultural recognition of gender identification and roles, and the influence of outside religions, legal experts say. Other issues like high unemployment, alcoholism and suicides on reservations also could be higher on the priority list, said Ann Tweedy, an associate professor at the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, who has studied tribes' marriage laws.
The Navajo Nation is one of a few of the country's 567 federally recognized tribes that have outright bans on gay marriage. Some tribes expressly allow it, while others tie marriage laws to those of states or have gender-neutral laws that typically create confusion for gay couples on whether they can marry.
U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump's support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, marking the real estate mogul's biggest decline since he vaulted to the top of the field in July, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Trump was the favorite of 31 percent of Republicans in a rolling poll in the five days ended on Nov. 27. That was down from a peak of 43 percent registered on Nov. 22.
The dip follows criticism of Trump for comments he made in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more.
Trump has also been criticized for flailing his arms and distorting his speech as he mocked a New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, who is disabled.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has seen his poll numbers drift downward and now trails Trump by more than half, with just 15 percent of Republicans polled saying they would vote for him in the same Nov. 27 poll. As recently as late October, Carson trailed Trump by only six points.
Donald Trump said he couldn't have been making fun of a reporter's disability because he doesn't know the man. Not so, says the reporter.
Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times says he has met Trump repeatedly, interviewing him in his office and talking to him at news conferences, when he worked for the New York Daily News in the late 1980s. "Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years," he said in a Times story about the Republican presidential candidate's behavior at a rally in South Carolina last week.
On Thursday, Trump posted a statement on his Twitter account saying "I have no idea" who Kovaleski is and claiming to have "one of the all-time great memories."
Kovaleski challenged that statement in a Times story posted online Thursday night.
"I've interviewed him in his office," he said. "I've talked to him at press conferences. All in all, I would say around a dozen times, I've interacted with him as a reporter" when he worked for the Daily News.
The passport of ballet dancer Anna Pavlova showing the many stamps from 1914 onwards is displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The passport is expected to realise £8,000-£12,000 (12,000-18,000 US Dollars) when it is auctioned on Dec. 1 in the Valuable Books and Manuscripts sale.
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth
The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.
As required by law, the NSA will end its wide-ranging surveillance program by 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday (4:59 a.m. GMT Sunday) and expects to have the new, scaled-back system in place by then, the White House said.
The transition is a long-awaited victory for privacy advocates and tech companies wary of broad government surveillance at a time when national security concerns are heightened in the wake of the Paris attacks earlier this month.
It comes two and a half years after the controversial program was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The move, mandated by a law passed six months ago, represents the greatest reduction of U.S. spying capabilities since they expanded dramatically after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Under the Freedom Act, the NSA and law enforcement agencies can no longer collect telephone calling records in bulk in an effort to sniff out suspicious activity. Such records, known as "metadata," reveal which numbers Americans are calling and what time they place those calls, but not the content of the conversations.
Sculptures made of straw, cement, plaster and burlap that were damaged by incoming tides remain Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at the site of a public art installation in Anchorage, Alaska. Creators of the display plan to rebuild by the original Dec. 5 opening date. Participants say the 100-stone project represents people dealing with emotional vulnerabilities, including trauma and mental illness.
Photo by Rachel D'Oro
Rupert Murdoch, co-chairman of Wall Street Journal publisher News Corp , on Friday said he had "strong word" that the Tribune Publishing Co's newspaper group will be bought by a Wall Street firm, while the Los Angeles Times will be split off and purchased by local investors including philanthropist Eli Broad.
Murdoch, who is also co-chairman of 21st Century Fox , the entertainment and broadcast group, made his comments on Twitter.
Murdoch did not say on his verified Twitter account which firm would acquire the newspaper group or the timing of any deal. Murdoch tweeted that he did not bid and had no interest.
A Los Angeles Times representative referred questions to a Tribune Co spokesman, who could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Tribune Co in September reduced its financial guidance for the year, which it attributed to challenges in Southern California. It replaced the Los Angeles Times publisher around the same time.
Christmas decoration are seen in a shop during the starting day of the traditional Christkindelsmaerik (Christ Child market) in Strasbourg, France, November 27, 2015 as the security measures in public places is reinforced after recent deadly attacks in Paris.
Photo by Vincent Kessler
People who mix alcohol and diet drinks end up with more alcohol on their breath, according to a new study.
People who drank vodka mixed with diet soda had higher alcohol concentrations on their breath than those who drank the same amount of vodka mixed with regular soda, researchers write in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Prevention materials should include this information so people know that by trying to avoid some extra calories in a mixed drink, they risk having higher breath alcohol concentrations, write the researchers, led by Amy Stamates of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights.
Previous research found similar results, but the findings were not generalizable to real-world scenarios, the researchers add.
For a low amount of alcohol, the researchers found breath alcohol concentrations were about 22 percent higher when participants had their beverages mixed with diet soda rather than regular soda.
Blue, white and red brassieres, the colours of the French national flag, hang from a balcony in Marseille, France, November 27, 2015 as the French President called on all French citizens to hang the tricolour national flag from their windows on Friday to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks during a national day of homage.
Photo by Jean-Paul Pelissier
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