Paul Krugman: When China Stumbles (NY Times)
So, will China's problems cause a global crisis? The good news is that the numbers, as I read them, don't seem big enough. The bad news is that I could be wrong, because global contagion often seems to end up being worse than hard numbers say it should. And the worse news is that if China does deliver a bad shock to the rest of the world, we are remarkably unready to deal with the consequences.
Marc Dion: I Hate 'Downton Abbey' (Creators Syndicate)
It is his lordship's tweed that drew me in, I suppose. I am a great wearer of tweed and, when my wife decided we would watch the British series "Downton Abbey," I was first struck, and then enraptured by the clothing of the men in the series, which is set among the English aristocracy in the years before and after World War I. "Look at that tweed," I would say admiringly to my wife as his lordship strode off across the fields or lounged in a huge armchair, reading The London Times.
2. A morbid fear of running out of reading material.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Fear of running out of things to read.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
the fear of running out of reading material
From Thursday: Obviously I don't know my 90's cartoons. My kids would be disappointed.
I'm taking a WAG on today's TQ and going with "fear of libraries." Or is it "fear of people who love books"? Too sick to quibble about it.
More rain and cold here. Glad to have a fireplace to curl up in front of while the showers pass through; the upside of having the crud.
running out of things to read
A fear of running out of things to read.
I don't know, I think I have a book with that answer. It's buried underneath a stack of them.
Lois Of The Loo replied:
Abibliophobia causes a persistent feeling of panic in the absence of reading material and is closely related to Acharminphobia, the fear of being trapped in a bathroom with no toilet paper, which is why many people keep several years worth of National Enquirers by the toilet.
Running out of something to read.
Joe S answered:
Runing out of things to read. A very real fear in our family.
mj took the day off.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norwintercali took the day off.
central pa mountains TOTAL snow accumulation for season 1 inch
pics of same area 1958-1960
tell me climate change does not exist
(by the way my dad loved mercurys)
gary in pa
That's the kinda snow I remember in NW PA growing up.
Dear old dad insured the local Pontiac dealership, so we always had a Bonneville or a Catalina.
Although once he bought a used DeSoto.
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.
FWIW, I quite like Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes. Hollywood, an open bar, and a snarky Brit = great potential for fabulously cringe worthy TV.
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH'CSI: One Too Many'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'The 73rd Annual Golden Globes Awards'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Galavant', then another FRESH'Galavant', followed by a RERUN'Quantico', then another RERUN'Quantico'.
The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Cooper Barrett's Guide To Surviving Life', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Bordertown'.
MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
A&E has 'Hoarders', another 'Hoarders', followed by a FRESH'Hoarders', then another FRESH'Hoarders'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Karate Kid, Part II', followed by the movie 'The Karate Kid', then the movie 'The Karate Kid, Part II'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET, Ep 5 - Seasonal Seas
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET, Ep 6 - Coral Seas
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET, Ep 7 - Tidal Seas
[9:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET, Ep 8 - Coasts
[10:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 2 - Bear's Top Man Moments
[11:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 8 - Behind the Wild
[12:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 1 - Morocco
[1:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 3 - Georgia Eastern Europe
[2:00PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[4:30PM] THE TRANSPORTER 2
[6:30PM] THE TRANSPORTER 3
[9:00PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[11:30PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 2 - Bear's Top Man Moments
[12:30AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 8 - Behind the Wild
[1:30AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 1 - Morocco
[2:30AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5, Ep 3 - Georgia Eastern Europe
[3:30AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET, Ep 7 - Tidal Seas
[4:30AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET, Ep 8 - Coasts
[5:30AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1, Ep 10 - Svalbard (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has a FRESH'Atlanta Social', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Work Out NY', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Wanderlust', followed by the movie 'Step Brothers', 'Futurama', and another 'Futurama'.
FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
History has 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men: Logged & Loaded', then a FRESH'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Live To Tell'.
[6:00AM] GET SMART
[8:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Bags Hyde
[9:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
[9:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ice Shack
[10:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ice Shack
[10:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Who Wants It More?
[11:00AM] TODD MARGARET-Todd Margaret Part 1
[11:30AM] TODD MARGARET-Todd Margaret Part 2
[12:00PM] TODD MARGARET-The Decisions of Todd Margaret
[12:30PM] GET SMART
[5:00PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[10:45PM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[4:30AM] TODD MARGARET-Todd Margaret Part 1
[5:00AM] TODD MARGARET-Todd Margaret Part 2
[5:30AM] TODD MARGARET-The Decisions of Todd Margaret (ALL TIMES EST)
[8:30AM] The Last Boy Scout
[11:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Actresses
[12:00PM] Scent of a Woman
[3:30PM] Animal House
[6:00PM] National Lampoon's Vacation
[8:00PM] Dirty Dancing
[10:30PM] Sleepless in Seattle
[1:00AM] Dirty Dancing
[3:30AM] Sleepless in Seattle (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Land Of The Lost', followed by the movie 'Twister', then the movie 'Twister', again.
Comedian Jon Stewart pretends to place a key to the city in his jacket, moments before it was given to retired FDNY firefighter and Sept. 11 first responder Ray Pfeifer, left, at New York's City Hall on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Stewart joined New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to honor a cancer-stricken Sept. 11 first responder who helped win a fight for health care.
Photo by Craig Ruttle
A blustery bad boy is set to crash Hollywood's red carpets this awards season and he's already taking the town by storm. Shows like the Golden Globes are putting proper protection in place, while celebs, of course, will be stressing about how they look.
They call this hombre El Niño - a rare wet-weather phenomenon up from southern climes - and he blew in amid a flood of publicity this past week, with no plans to leave before making a likely splash at the Oscars on Feb. 28.
If Los Angeles has a hard time with rain, Hollywood pageants have it even worse: The world's most beautiful people in their fanciest designer attire do NOT want to get wet before their close-ups. Nor do the masses of media folks, with their expensive equipment, who beam these gilded images around the globe.
"It is a big deal," veteran Golden Globes producer Barry Adelman said of rain on show day - a slight possibility for Sunday's 73rd annual Globes, say forecasters.
This year, plastic tents already stand over the Globes' arrival areas, and Adelman said they would stay up through Sunday. "We're not taking the tent down yet," he said.
The Playboy Mansion, reputedly host to some of America's most raucous parties and other shenanigans too graphic for print, is up for sale for $200 million, US media said Saturday.
Home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, 89, the notorious building will be listed within the next month, celebrity website TMZ reported.
Playboy Enterprises is seeking upwards of $200 million, but TMZ, citing real-estate sources in the area of Holmby Hills -- close to Beverly Hills -- said the mansion is more likely to go for between $80 million and $90 million.
Prospective buyers can tour the sprawling property, but one area is off-limits -- Hefner's bedroom, TMZ said.
It also said that any sale comes with a major catch -- whoever buys it must give Hefner a life estate, meaning he can continue to live in the mansion until he dies.
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's negotiations to make a biopic about his life ultimately led to his latest capture, according to authorities.
Mexico's Attorney General Arely Gomez told reporters at a Friday news conference that pre-production meetings between Guzman's attorneys and producers became "a new line of investigation" in determining the whereabouts of the elusive "El Chapo," who busted out of a maximum-security prison last year.
Gomez did not reveal the producers names. (Sean Penn, cough, cough)
Actress and screenwriter Lena Dunham campaigns for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Eight Seven Central screen printers in Des Moines, Iowa, January 9, 2016.
Photo by Brian C. Frank
A 1969 Custom Gibson Ebony Dove guitar played by Elvis Presley at his Aloha From Hawaii concert in 1973 was auctioned for $270,000 (£184,670) on 7 January at the late singer's Graceland home in Memphis. The guitar was expected to fetch between $300,000-500,000, according to organisers.
Elvis played the guitar at dozens of concerts from 1971 to 1975, including the documentary concert film Elvis on Tour. The auction was held at the Graceland Archives Studio on the grounds of the mansion where the man dubbed the king of rock 'n' roll died. Bidders also participated in the auction online at GracelandAuctions.com.
A total of 126 items were set to be auctioned, including the reel-to-reel original tape recording of Elvis' performance at the Louisiana Hayride show, estimated between $10,000-$15,000 (£6,800-£10,200). Several of the singer's rings also went under the hammer, along with a gold necklace with the letters "TCB" - meaning "taking care of business" - which was gifted to bodyguard Sam Thompson and was estimated to reach $12,000-$15,000 (£8,200-£10,200).
All the auction items are authenticated, and are from third-party collectors and not from Graceland archives, the organisers said. The mansion and all the items inside the home are owned by Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and are not for sale.
For several weeks, Sam Mongeau's three-year-old daughter Bella has had a lingering cough, while other members of his family have experienced nose bleeds, headaches and fatigue.
Mongeau, 40, blames it all on a massive gas leak near his home in Porter Ranch, a sleepy middle-class community northwest of Los Angeles, where a state of emergency was declared by California's governor earlier this week.
"Everyone's been getting sick," Mongeau, a sales manager at an area auto dealership, told AFP.
"It's almost like you wake up every day from anesthesia, feeling groggy, tired."
The leak was detected admitted to on October 23 (after nearly 2 months of complaints) in an underground natural gas well at the Southern California Gas Company's (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon site -- one of the largest gas facilities in the United States.
United Airlines drew a $2.7 million fine from the government on Thursday for violating rules aimed at protecting disabled passengers and preventing long tarmac delays.
The Transportation Department said there was a significant increase in 2014 in disability-related complaints regarding United. A department review found that United had failed to give passengers with disabilities prompt service getting on and off planes, and in many instances damaged or delayed the return of wheelchairs and other mobility devices.
The department cited United operations at Houston International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Denver International Airport, Newark International Airport and Washington's Dulles International Airport.
United also was fined for five lengthy delays in which passengers were kept waiting in planes on the tarmac at O'Hare airport during severe winter weather on Dec. 8, 2013, and for another delay at Houston Hobby Airport on May 20, 2015.
People attend protest in support of free Polish media in central Prague, Czech Republic 09 January 2016. The protest was organised by the nonpartisan Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD) to support demonstrations were held in Poland. The new Polish conservative government, which took power in November 2015, has enraged portions of the population with the new measures, which give newly installed conservative judges a greater say on the nation's highest court and lets the government install a political appointee to head public broadcasters. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party compared the demonstrators to Russian President Vladimir Putin, a leader who has done much to put state controls on his nation's media. But the government has said the media law is necessary, since state media became too biased during the eight years before the new administration took over. However, opponents say PiS officials routinely boycotted media programmes and did not respond to invitations.
Photo by Filip Singer
Seven employees of an Oregon zoo contracted tuberculosis from three elephants in their care in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.
The staff members at the Oregon Zoo in Portland were infected with a latent form of the respiratory illness and therefore displayed no symptoms and were not contagious, a report published by the CDC said.
The report was issued two days after a U.S. judge ordered the CDC to release documents on tuberculosis in elephants to animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Oregon health officials said the timing of the report was unrelated to the lawsuit.
The CDC report on the outbreak pointed to a lack of research about tuberculosis in elephants. It also called for improved screening to detect the disease because the present method of detection - taking cultures - may miss some cases or result in false positives.
About 5 percent of captive Asian elephants in North America, like the ones in Portland, are believed to have tuberculosis, the CDC said. Human-to-elephant transmission was first identified in 1996 and there have been a handful of cases in recent years in Tennessee and elsewhere.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde dances with some of the orphan children from the La Main Dans La Main charity in Douala, Cameroon January 9, 2016.
Photo by Stephen Jaffe
New copies of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" hit bookstores in Germany Friday for the first time since World War II, unsettling some Jewish community leaders, as the copyright of the anti-Semitic manifesto expires.
Bavaria was handed the copyright of the book in 1945, when the Allies gave it control of the main Nazi publishing house following Hitler's defeat.
For 70 years, it refused to allow the inflammatory tract to be republished out of respect for victims of the Nazis and to prevent incitement of hatred.
But "Mein Kampf" -- which means "My Struggle" -- fell into the public domain on January 1.
Copies of an annotated version running to 2,000 pages prepared by German researchers went on sale on Friday, with the authors arguing that their version would serve to demystify the notorious rant, which in any case can be found easily on the Internet.
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