Marc Dion: What's for Breakfast? (Creators Syndicate)
Because I'm on vacation from my newspaper reporter job this week, I've been eating breakfast at my favorite diner every morning. Eggs. Pancakes. Hash browns. Bacon. Ham. Steak. Toast. Coffee. Not all at once, of course. And because my father liked diner breakfasts, I've been thinking of him. Though he's been dead for 27 years, he is much with me.
A.C. Grimes: 5 Real Trials With Mind-F#@%s Too Shocking for Fiction (Cracked)
Despite the gripping drama of shows like Law & Order and Matlock, there's a reason most people dread jury duty: real-life court proceedings are as boring as watching mushrooms fight. Usually, anyway -- every now and then, our normally mundane courtrooms will explode with Hollywood spectacle, resulting in real-world cases that seem more like the plot of a John Grisham movie: …
Susan Estrich: Word Games (Creators Syndicate)
The brilliant actor Benedict Cumberbatch is in hot water for getting his words wrong. Appearing on Tavis Smiley's show, the Oscar-nominated star of "The Imitation Game" took a strong stand in favor of greater diversity in Hollywood.
Froma Harrop: What Killed the 'American Sniper'? (Creators Syndicate)
The second-most jarring scene in "American Sniper" takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle's home in Texas. Disoriented after his fourth tour in the cauldron of Iraq, the heralded Navy SEAL is shown stalking his wife from room to room with a pistol. For a moment, we worry that he has flipped out and is going to shoot her. Turns out this was his playful way of initiating sex.
William Giraldi: Creative Destruction (Creators Syndicate)
The vestal and very simple concept of supply and demand will not be debauched out of its simplicity: When everyone's an artist and no one spends money on art, art is stripped of any economic traction and serious artists can't earn a living. Couple that with a population that overwhelmingly doesn't mind if art and artists go extinct and you have, ladies and gentlemen, what can be fairly called a crisis.
Most so-called, and all "true", species of cobras belong to the family Elapidae. Many other notoriously venomous snake species, including mambas, sea snakes, and coral snakes, also belong to Elapidae. The genus Naja contains over twenty species of cobras and is the most widespread and widely recognized genus of cobras, sometimes called the "true" cobras. Members of the genus inhabit a range from Africa through the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia to Indonesia.
Although the king cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, the world's longest venomous snake, is a member of the Elapidae and can raise a rather narrow hood if disturbed, it is not in the genus Naja, and, accordingly, is not a true cobra.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
The King Cobra.
Not sure of the technical name
But I'm pretty sure it's one of the sea going varieties found in the
waters off Australia or there abouts. Sea krait?
Hmmm... that's got to be either a boa constrictor
or a python
I looked it up and it turns out that the reticulated python is the world's longest snake...
so it IS the PYTHON
oh no, wait...
the question was about the world's longest VENOMOUS snake...
well everybody knows that's the KING COBRA
Easy - king cobra. Not the sort of think you want to find in the yard.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
The world's longest venomous snake is the King cobra.
Lois The Lush Of Oregon answered:
The snake you seek is the King Cobra!
I myself have had
commerce with the mighty King Cobra, and woke up the wiser
for it, albeit with a hangover. Whatever. I have made an
amazing discovery in my house and subsequently discovered
the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Details
Taking a WAG here - the world's longest venomous snake is the King Cobra.
Wild, wet, windy weather yesterday, with more on tap. Nice to have a break between storms to get outside and assess the damage.
Happy weekend, all!
Dampened Dale of Diamond Springs, Nordraughtcali responded:
King Cobra and assbite! I hope the snake got him! You've got usually 15 Minutes to get venomous anti-venom or this or a painful, suffering death will follow. My late friend Beav and her snake "Kunipenda."
Yes, we are under a Winter storm warning with flash flooding for the next two days. The power was out for eight hours at my daughter's house in Pollock Pines (4000 Ft) last night. We need the rain!
DJ Useo answered:
The consensus among the people in my household at this moment
is that the answer is the black mamba snake.
It just beats out Mitt Romney. Lmao.
King Cobra. They can grow up to 18 ½ feet!
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CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by the FRESH'57th Annual Grammy Awards'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN'American Ninja Warrior'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by the movie 'The Hunger Games'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', followed by another RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', then an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a FRESH'Mulaney', followed by a RERUN'The Simpsons', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', 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'.
AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then the SERIES PREMIERE'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 1 - Oceans - Into the Blue
[7:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 2 - Deserts - Life in the Furnace
[8:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 3 - Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
[9:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 4 - Jungles - People of the Trees
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
[11:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 15 - Zocalo
[12:00PM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 1
[1:00PM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 2
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 3
[3:00PM] Kill Bill: Volume 1
[5:30PM] The Silence of the Lambs
[8:00PM] The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015
[11:00PM] The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015
[2:00AM] The Silence of the Lambs
[4:30AM] Top Gear: Season 15 Special (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Thicker Than Water', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Tower Heat', then the movie 'Superbad'.
FX has the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', followed by the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers'.
History has 'Ax Men', another 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'Legend Of The Superstition Mountains'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-PATTON OSWALT WEARS A BLACK BLAZER AND DRESS SHOES
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CRAIG ROBINSON WEARS A BORDEAUX BUTTON DOWN AND DARK JEANS
[9:00AM] BATMAN-THE OGG AND I
[9:33AM] BATMAN-HOW TO HATCH A DINOSAUR
[10:06AM] BATMAN-SURF'S UP! JOKER'S UNDER!
[10:39AM] BATMAN-THE LONDINIUM LARCENIES
[11:12AM] BATMAN-THE FOGGIEST NOTION
[3:15PM] A GOOD OLD FASHIONED...
[5:30PM] BOOGIE NIGHTS
[9:00PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION
[11:00PM] PORTLANDIA-4TH OF JULY
[11:30PM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-ROAD WARRIORS
[12:00AM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION
[2:00AM] A GOOD OLD FASHIONED...
[4:15AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-DUMB PUBLIC
[4:45AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-FIRST LOOK AT SEASON TWO
[5:00AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-SNOBS AND SLOBS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Dream School-Music With Swizz Beatz
[7:00AM] The Terminator
[9:15AM] The Fugitive
[2:30PM] Midnight Run
[5:15PM] Donnie Brasco
[8:00PM] The Lost Boys
[10:00PM] The Fly
[12:00AM] Donnie Brasco
[2:45AM] Drugstore Cowboy
[5:00AM] Dream School-History With Oliver Stone (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Fantastic Four', followed by the movie 'The Fifth Element'.
Canadian actor, director, producer, musician, and author Keanu Reeves poses in front of the artwork "D'ou venons-nous? Que sommes-nous? Ou allons-nous?" (Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?, 1897/98) by French painter Paul Gauguin in the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland, on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.
Photo by Georgios Kefalas
Law enforcement cannot indefinitely forbid Yahoo Inc from revealing a grand jury subpoena that seeks subscriber account information, a U.S. judge ruled, because doing so would violate the company's free speech rights.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, California on Thursday wrote that the government's request would prohibit Yahoo from disclosing the subpoena, even years after the grand jury concluded its probe. The court order does not disclose the target of the federal investigation.
"In an era of increasing public demand for transparency about the extent of government demands for data from providers like Yahoo!, this cannot stand," Grewal wrote.
Internet companies such as Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook have sought to clarify their relationship with U.S. security agencies and law enforcement, and to challenge secret orders to turn over information, as they seek to re-assure users that they will safeguard their personal information.
US singers Lady Gaga (L) and Tony Bennett (R) arrive for the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala in Los Angeles, California, USA 06 February 2015. The MusiCares Foundation honored singer Bob Dylan for his extraordinary creative accomplishments.
Photo by Paul Buck
Brian Williams is stepping away from NBC Nightly News for several days.
The anchor sent a note to the show's staff, announcing that Lester Holt is replacing him this week. The news comes as the anchor is embroiled in a scandal surrounding his story about being a passenger in a helicopter that took fire in the Iraq War.
"In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.
"As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us."
US musician Bonnie Raitt arrives for the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala in Los Angeles, California, USA 06 February 2015. The MusiCares Foundation honored singer Bob Dylan for his extraordinary creative accomplishments.
Photo by Paul Buck
A painting by French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin has reportedly sold for a record-breaking sum, but its erstwhile owner won't reveal the price or buyer.
The oil painting, called "Nafea faa ipoipo?" - Tahitian for "When will you marry?" - and showing two Tahitian women, had belonged to the Swiss family Staehelin for almost 100 years. Earlier this week, Swiss media citing unidentified art world insiders reported that the 1892 painting was bought by Qatari royalty for $300 million, making it the most expensive painting ever.
Rüdi Staehelin, who speaks for the Staehelin Family Trust, would only confirm the sale.
The painting is currently exhibited at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, near the northwestern Swiss city of Basel. Before the sale is completed next year it is also scheduled to be shown in Madrid and Washington, the Basler Zeitung reported.
The lead guitarist and founder of the iconic San Francisco rock band Journey sued the city Friday over a $240,000 fee to use a city landmark for his lavish wedding to a former reality television star.
Neal Schon married "Real Housewives of D.C." star Michaele Salahi in December 2013 at the Palace of Fine Arts. For the reception, the couple rented an adjacent building that once housed the Exploratorium science museum.
Schon and his wife complain in their federal lawsuit that San Francisco officials unfairly jacked up the fee for the city's permit six days before the wedding after learning the couple planned to broadcast the event as a pay-per-view television show. Schon called the last-minute fee hike "extortion" and unhappily paid for the permit so the wedding could proceed, according to the lawsuit.
Schon said he had initially agreed to pay the city $58,000. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Bob Dylan accepts the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award on stage at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Vince Bucci
US actor/singer Jeff Bridges (R) and wife Susan Geston (L) arrive for the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala in Los Angeles, California, USA 06 February 2015. The MusiCares Foundation honored singer Bob Dylan for his extraordinary creative accomplishments.
Photo by Paul Buck
The federal government has plans to kill nearly 11,000 double crested cormorants on a small Oregon island over four years in an effort to save embattled salmon, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Friday.
The plan, in the form of a final Environmental Impact Statement, is under review. If it gets final approval, state agriculture workers could be shooting birds and oiling nests, a process used to keep chicks from hatching, by spring.
The corps' action came after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a Biological Opinion last year, calling for a decrease of the bird population from about 13,000 breeding pairs now to just under 6,000 or fewer by 2018.
Federal officials say the birds are eating the juvenile salmon and putting the fish population at risk. Many juvenile salmon and steelhead are listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
But the Audubon Society of Portland says the real threat to the salmon population is habitat loss, fish hatcheries and dams.
British musician Dhani Harrison (R) and wife Sola Harrison (L) arrive for the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala in Los Angeles, California, USA 06 February 2015. The MusiCares Foundation honored singer Bob Dylan for his extraordinary creative accomplishments.
Photo by Paul Buck
A popular literary festival is abandoning its venue in Mexico's Veracruz state this year due to protests over the killings and disappearances of more than a dozen journalists in recent years, organizers said Friday.
In a public letter to the state tourism secretary that was also reproduced on its website, the Hay Festival announced that the October event will take place online instead of in the city of Xalapa.
The move came in response to a call for the festival not to be held in Veracruz that was signed by hundreds of writers, intellectuals and journalists from around the world.
Press advocacy groups say at least 11 journalists have been killed and four have gone missing in the southern Gulf Coast state since 2010. Some people hold authorities responsible for the wave of attacks on reporters in Veracruz, one of the states most afflicted by organized crime in Mexico.
The latest victim was Moises Sanchez, an activist and journalist in the town of Medellin de Bravo, who was kidnapped from his home by armed men in early January. His decapitated body was found three weeks later in a ravine. Investigators suspect a former police officer of carrying out the killing allegedly at the behest of the town's mayor.
British actor Stephen Fry (R) and his husband Elliot Spencer arrive for the 2015 British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party, at Kensington Palace in London, Britain, 07 February 2014. The ceremony will be hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on 08 February 2015.
Photo by Andrew Cowie
An Oregon judge has acquitted a 61-year-old man who admitted taking photographs up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl as she shopped at a Target store in suburban Portland, lawyers in the case said Friday.
Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield ruled on Thursday that Patrick Buono did not break the law when he surreptitiously took the pictures of the girl in January 2013, said his defense attorney Mark Lawrence.
The girl did not notice his actions, Lawrence said, but another woman in the store alerted officials and film from surveillance cameras later confirmed Buono's act.
The practice of "upskirting" has caused problems for prosecutors in other court cases where there are no laws on the books preventing people from taking unauthorized pictures up the skirts of clothed women in public places.
Asked in a 2006 interview which one of his characters he most favored, Bonehill replied: "This is an easy one to answer. At the time, my favorite part was that of a Rebel soldier, purely because it was the most comfortable costume to wear. The masked aliens such as Ree-Yees were the most uncomfortable.
Male baby Kangaroo Norman is held by its substitute mother and zookeeper Yvonne Wicht at the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Norman was born in September and was expulsed by it's biological mother so that zoo keeper Wicht jumped into that role. The resettlement into it's family is planned for spring.
Photo by Frank Augstein
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