Paul Krugman: Empowering the Ugliness (NY Times Column)
We live in an era of political news that is, all too often, shocking but not surprising. The rise of Donald Trump definitely falls into that category. And so does the electoral earthquake that struck France in Sunday's regional elections, with the right-wing National Front winning more votes than either of the major mainstream parties.
E. Reid Ross: 5 People Who Will Make You Regret The Idea Of Free Speech (Cracked)
Freedom of speech sucks! Well, no, of course it doesn't. It's absolutely essential to a functioning democracy. But sometimes it's like that uncle you see only at family functions -- the one who starts off quiet, proceeds to empty out the beer cooler, and then reveals to you that he once fucked a Bigfoot. And that the Bigfoot was your mother.
Joseph Fernando: 5 Massive Problems We'd Face Living On Another Planet (Cracked)
Movies like The Martian and shows like The Expanse are proof that our collective space euphoria is being revitalized. Why, even possible supervillain Elon Musk has announced his intention to colonize Mars -- almost certainly to build some kind of enormous bowel disruptor. But there are problems with interplanetary colonization that sci-fi doesn't warn you about.
Petticoat Junction is an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from September 1963 to April 1970. The series takes place at the Shady Rest Hotel, which is run by Kate Bradley, her Uncle Joe Carson, and her three daughters Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Betty Jo Bradley.
Alan J was first and correct with:
mj (the j does not stand for jo) said:
I'm not sure if it was short for something else
But I think it was Jo as in Billi Jo, Bobby Jo, and Betty Jo.
Betty-Joe, Bobby-Joe, Billie-Joe...
named in reference to Uncle Joe,
referred to in the title song:
"...and that's Uncle Joe
he's a movin' kinda slow
we think he's retarded."
I never watched that show, even in reruns, so I have no idea, and am too lazy to look it up.
Yesterday's storms, predicted to be epic, fizzled big-time. SF had hail, we had wind and sun. Drought continues.
What do you buy your adult children who provide no ideas as to what they want for Christmas? Anything you damn well please. Watch out, kids! You didn't ask for it.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali…finally a good start…let's keep it up Weather Godz responded:
Jo. Marty Jo…Deborah Jo…Laughing Lois Jo…Mam Jo…Marian Jo…Useo Joe and Daley Jo. And yes folks, it's been snowing just nine miles East up at 4000 ft. in Pollock Pines. Sure am glad that I don't live up there anymore. Twenty years of living in it was enough. Still fun to play in though. See the pretty girlies playing in the fucking snow!
Joe S Stony Lonesome said:
Off the top of my head, the name Jo comes to mind. And I have to agree the article from Bruce, being handsome is a living hell. Sometimes I wish I had been born rich instead of handsome. I may have mentioned that before, but you know, it is a burden.
Lois Of Oregon replied:
You KNOW why they all had the middle name "Joe".
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 the chestnut 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer', followed by 'The Flight Before Christmas', then '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with a FRESH'Premier Boxing Champions', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Chris Hemsworth hosting, music by Chance the Rapper.
ABC fills the night with the movie 'Mary Poppins'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by a RERUN'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', then another old '2½ Men', followed by still another old '2½ Men'.
Faux has a RERUN'Gotham', followed by a RERUN'Rosewood'.
MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
AMC offers the movie 'Conan The Barbarian', followed by the movie 'Conan The Destroyer'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR: BEST OF 11-12 - SEASON 1, Episode 4
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR: BEST OF 11-12 - SEASON 1, Episode 1
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 14 - Clues
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 15 - First Contact
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 16 - Galaxy's Child
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 17 - Night Terrors
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 18 - Identity Crisis
[1:00PM] STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
[3:30PM] STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK
[6:00PM] STAR TREK V: THE FINAL FRONTIER
[8:30PM] STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
[11:00PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - EPISODE 12
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 14 - Clues
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 15 - First Contact,
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 16 - Galaxy's Child
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 17 - Night Terrors
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 18 - Identity Crisis
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 19 - The Nth Degree (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by the movie 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'You Don't Mess With The Zohan', followed by the movie '50 First Dates'.
FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups', then the movie 'Grown Ups 2'.
[6:00AM] BENDERS-Wake 'Em Up
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Josh Groban Wears a Blue Blazer and Shiny Black Shoes
[7:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
[7:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Pill
[8:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Career Day
[8:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Prom Night
[9:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope
[9:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
[10:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Punk Chick
[10:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Grandma's Dead
[11:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Sandy Passage
[11:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-DRONEZ: The Hunt for El Chingon
[12:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Kunuk Uncovered
[12:30PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-The Eye Doesn't Lie
[1:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-A Town, a Gangster, a Festival
[4:00PM] HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION
[6:00PM] ATTACK THE BLOCK
[8:00PM] THE GREEN MILE
[12:00AM] END OF WATCH
[2:30AM] END OF WATCH
[5:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Punk Chick
[5:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Grandma's Dead (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:48AM] Spies Like Us
[9:00AM] Galaxy Quest
[1:45PM] Spies Like Us
[4:00PM] The Shining
[10:00PM] The Returned
[1:45AM] The Returned
[3:00AM] Close Encounters of the Third Kind (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Zombieland', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious', then the movie 'Drive Angry'.
Billboard "Woman of the Year" honoree Lady Gaga poses with singer Tony Bennett at the 2015 Billboard Women in Music honors at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini
The nation's highest-profile congressional lobbyist snuck up behind Stephen Colbert on the CBS "Late Show," willing even to wear a Donald Trump wig to get his point across.
Thursday's appearance was the second time this week Jon Stewart returned to late-night television to push Congress to approve more funding to treat people sickened by working in the rubble of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 attacks.
"If they don't pass this, I'll glue Congress together, dip them in gold and wear them around my friggin' neck," said Stewart, channeling Trump.
Stewart's access to Colbert's show and his former home at "The Daily Show" gave a unique advantage to supporters of the Zadroga Act, which became law in 2010 but has seen funding expire this fall. Earlier in the week, he went on "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah, Stewart's first time back on the program since leaving as host during the summer.
Besides his late-night appearance, Stewart travelled to Washington to seek meetings with legislators who had not publicly come out in support of the funding.
In this image released by CBS, host Stephen Colbert, right, rubs orange powder from a bag of Cheetos on the cheek of Jon Stewart, during an appearance of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 in New York. Stewart dressed as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to lobby Congress to approve more funding to treat people sickened by working in the rubble of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 attacks.
Photo by Kris Long
Salman Rushdie is this year's recipient of the Mailer Prize for lifetime achievement.
The author of "Midnight's Children," ''The Satanic Verses" and other novels was presented his award by Laurie Anderson at a ceremony Thursday night at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, the New York City borough where Norman Mailer was raised and lived off and on until his death in 2007.
Rushdie, like Mailer, is a former president of the American chapter of PEN, the literary and human rights organization. He said Mailer had inspired him to help found the PEN World Voices Festival, an annual gathering of writers from around the world.
The 68-year-old Rushdie first encountered Mailer in the mid-1980s, when Mailer organized a famously contentious PEN congress. Rushdie said he remembered "how badly everybody behaved" and "how wonderful it was to see writers in the raw."
"To my great disappointment," he added, "writers have changed now and everybody behaves really well."
The famous psychedelic Porsche convertible driven by late rock legend Janis Joplin smashed estimates to sell for nearly $1.8 million in New York on Thursday in a frenetic five-minute bidding war, RM Sotheby's said.
It was a world-record price at auction for a Porsche 356, a spokesman for the firm said.
The custom-painted 356C 1600 Cabriolet model, dating back to 1964 and which had never left the Joplin family, tripled its highest pre-sale estimate of $600,000 in a five-minute sale peppered with applause.
Joplin -- who sang "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz" -- forked out for the Porsche but decided its original white finish was too dull.
She had it painted red with a mural that included images of butterflies and jellyfish, as well as of Joplin and her band.
A critically endangered elephant species has been photographed by researchers for the first time in South Sudan, significantly expanding the known range of the animal. But even in these remote central African forests, it faces threats from illegal logging and from war.
Smaller than savannah elephants, the forest elephants roam tropical forests and were photographed by cameras tied to trees in Western Equatoria state, a lush area near Congo and the Central African Republic.
"This is by far the most northerly herd of forest elephants that anyone has seen in Africa," Adrian Garside, co-leader of the study by Fauna & Flora International, told Associated Press.
Forest elephant populations declined by 60 percent between 2002 and 2011, while losing 30 percent of their range in West and Central Africa, according to a 2013 study published in scientific journal PLOS ONE.
The forest elephant has straighter tusks than its cousins and more rounded ears and head.
A publisher that sued J.D. Salinger's widow and son, saying they interfered with efforts to sell three stories written by "The Catcher in the Rye" author, said Friday that it wants to drop the lawsuit.
Tennessee-based Devault-Graves Agency LLC, which specializes in reprinting old works, published the short stories in the United States last year in an e-book and in paperback. Written in the 1940s, they first appeared in magazines. Copyright protections had expired for "The Young Folks," ''Go See Eddie," and "Once A Week Won't Kill You."
When Devault-Graves sought to publish them internationally, Colleen and Matthew Salinger objected, saying that would violate foreign copyright laws. Devault-Graves sued in March, accusing the Salingers of hindering its business relationships with foreign literary agents and publishers, some of whom ended their contracts with Devault-Graves.
Devault-Graves said the stories are in the public domain. It sought a ruling affirming that it is entitled to publish the stories in up to 168 countries that have signed an international copyright agreement.
The Salingers wanted the case dismissed, saying a judge would have to evaluate a series of complicated questions of international copyright law on a country-by-country basis. Their lawyers noted a court in Germany stopped an effort to publish a German translation of the stories, saying they still had copyright protection.
Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia perform during the Pairs Free Skating Final of the Grand Prix Final figure skating competition in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.
Photo by Manu Fernadez
This photo provided by environmental group Greenpeace shows the Arc de Triomphe roundabout painted with yellow by activists, Friday, Dec.11, 2015. The protest is one of many activist actions linked to the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
A boy skateboards past a mural by Colombia's artist Lesivo, titled "Paseo Cementerio," or Cemetery Ride, in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Artists from across Latin America, as well as Italy, were invited to paint the public areas of the Santa Fe neighborhood, as part of the city's International Festival of Urban Art Revitalization.
Photo by Fernando Vergara
A 1956 Ferrari sold for $28 million at an auction that also featured top bidding for a 1963 Pontiac owned by Roy Rogers decorated with silver dollars and guns and a kid-sized Ferrari.
The 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626 was built for Formula One racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio. The car was specially designed for the five-time F1 world champion and was one of only four 290 MMs to be built. It has never crashed despite a racing career that lasted until 1964.
The $28 million to $32 million pre-sale estimate made it one of the most valuable cars to come to auction. A Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta that sold for $38.1 million at Bonhams in 2014 holds the record for any car at auction.
A 1963 Pontiac Bonneville designed by Nudie Cohn, owner of Nudie's Rodeo Tailors in Hollywood, and owned by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, sold for $308,000. It had been estimated at $250,000 to $350,000. The unique design features a hand-tooled leather interior decorated in genuine silver dollars, handguns and a saddle mounted between the two bucket seats adorned with silver, rhinestones and silver dollars.
And for the small child who has everything, the auction had a fire-engine red Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. The children's car, built in 1985, sold for $89,000. It seats two small passengers and features a wooden steering wheel, leather upholstery and working lights.
Xing Xing, formerly known as Fu Wa, one of the two giant pandas from China, eats bamboo leaves at the Giant Panda Conservation Center at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. The two giant pandas have been on loan to Malaysia from China for 10 years since May 21, 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
Photo by Joshua Paul
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