Paul Krugman: Hidden Healthcare Horrors (NY Times)
What Republicans want are struggling, salt of the earth regular Americans, preferably older and with expensive medical conditions - not healthy, well-paid guys in their 20s. But the profile of the ideal Obamacare victim matches, pretty much exactly, the profile of the kind of person Obamacare was designed to help. And the inability of the GOP to come up with true horror stories is, in its own way, a demonstration that the law is working as intended.
Marc Dion: Can We Build a Better Ted Cruz? (Creators Syndicate)
After reading about genetic modification of food, I got scared. That's a big thing coming from a guy who had a can of spaghetti for supper and six malted milk balls for dessert. Food's never scared me, and I do not shrink back even when faced with "pasteurized processed cheese food," in a can, which I like to squirt on pork rinds.
Adam Tod Brown: 5 Things You Should Know When Visiting a Psychic (Cracked)
I've dealt with a lot of death in my life -- as far back as kindergarten, when my grandmother on my mom's side of the family died. As it turned out, she was just the first in a long line of close family members I'd lose before I made it out of high school. So when the idea of visiting the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp to chat with a few of the more prominent dead people in my life came up during a recent trip to Florida, I was all for it.
Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 - May 6, 1919), better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work).
Charlie was first, and correct, with:
Thirteen (making fourteen total)
But I think 3. Might be a whole series.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
author L. Frank Baum, wrote fourteen full-length Oz books so thirteen sequels
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
L. Frank Baum wrote thirteen novel sequels to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Enough said.
DJ Useo answered:
I'm so glad you asked. I own all the OZ books,
including the volumes written by all his successors.
Mr Baum wrote from 14-19 OZ books, depending on whether you
include the comic strip ones. ( Also, Ruth Plumly Thompson attributed one of hers to him. )
I always enjoy the OZ properties, & firmly believe the latest official OZ biographer,
Eric Shanower, to be the best of them all. He adapts the classic books into comics,
& also creates new "original" books. Many are graphic novels drawn by him, as well.
Mr Baum would be proud, I think.
Here's some OZ art by W.W. Denslow, John R. Neill, & Eric Shanower.
MAM , wrote:
13 ~ L. Frank Baum's "Oz" Series begins with "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". The sequels are: "The Marvelous Land of Oz", "Ozma of Oz", "Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz", "The Road to Oz", "The Emerald City of Oz", "The Patchwork Girl Of Oz", "Tik-Tok of Oz", "The Scarecrow Of Oz", "Rinkitink In Oz", "The Lost Princess Of Oz", "The Tin Woodman Of Oz", "The Magic of Oz", and "Glinda Of Oz" making a total of 14 books.
I have no idea, and didn't have time to Gxxgle it, so my answer, a real WAG, is 2.
But I know how many women have completed the triple Axel jump in figure skating competition, and I know their names. See, I have priorities. *insert snark here*
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CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH'Battle Creek'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'The Voice', followed by the '2015 iHeartRadio (formerly Clear Channel) Music Awards'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'Secrets & Lies', followed by a FRESH'Revenge'.
The CW offers a FRESH'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', followed by an old 'Friends', then another old 'Friends', followed by 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Bob's Burgers', then a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Family Guy', then a FRESH'The Last Man On Earth'.
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'.
A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Intervention', then a FRESH'Neighbors With Benefits'.
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[6:00AM] Planet Earth: Extreme Survival
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[8:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 3 - Summer
[9:00AM] Wild Alaska-Ep 3 - Winter
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Mixing Bowl
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[12:40PM] QI - Season 11 - Ep 1 - Jack and Jill
[1:20PM] QI - Season 11 - Ep 2 - Journeys
[2:00PM] Top Gear: At the Movies
[3:30PM] A Knight's Tale
[6:30PM] King Arthur
[9:00PM] Last of the Mohicans
[11:30PM] Last of the Mohicans
[12:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 1 - Ep 9 - Unconscious Selection
[3:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 1 - Ep 10 - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
[4:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Nature Under Constraint and Vexed
[5:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Governed By Sound Reason and True Religion (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Blood, Sweat & Heels', followed by a FRESH'Millionaire Matchmaker'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'The Longest Yard', followed by the movie 'Step Brothers', and 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man'.
FX has the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl', followed by the movie 'Snow White & The Huntsman'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', and 'Appalachia Outlaws'.
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SyFy has the movie 'Silent Hill: Revelation', followed by the movie 'Halloween'.
A month after the death of Leonard Nimoy, his son Adam Nimoy has announced plans to produce and direct a documentary about his father titled "For the Love of Spock."
The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek," which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the Spock character in last two "Star Trek" films, will narrate the documentary.
Adam Nimoy said that he and his father began discussing the project several months ago and agreed that it should focus on the enduring nature of Spock and Nimoy's portrayal of the relentlessly logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise. The elder Nimoy had announced last year that he was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but had continued working on the project - even speaking with with his son about it two days before his death.
"He felt as if he had plenty of time, but then he declined precipitously," Adam Nimoy said. "I was struck with the outpouring of affection for him after he died, so this feels like the right thing to do."
British singer Sarah Brightman attends a farewell ceremony of the Expedition 43 crew U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian Cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, and Mikhail Kornienko, from the Russian Cosmonaut Hotel at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, March 27, 2015.
Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky
Jailed Saudi blogger Raef Badawi in his first letter from prison has written of how he "miraculously survived 50 lashes", part of his sentence for "insulting Islam", a German news weekly said Friday.
Badawi, 31, recalled that he was "surrounded by a cheering crowd who cried incessantly 'Allahu Akbar' (God is greatest)" during the whipping, according to a pre-released article from Der Spiegel's edition published Saturday.
Badawi received the first 50 of the 1,000 lashes he was sentenced to outside a mosque in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on January 9. Subsequent rounds of punishment were postponed on medical grounds.
"All this cruel suffering happened to me because I expressed my opinion," Badawi is quoted as writing in what Der Spiegel said was his first letter from prison since he was jailed in 2012.
A young Hindu girl sits for a ceremony where she and other girls are worshipped as "Kumari," or living goddess, during Ram Navami festival, at a temple in Kolkata, India, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Ram Navami marks the birth of Hindu God Rama.
Photo by Bikas Das
The stone tomb covering the grave of Richard III was unveiled Friday, the last act in the reburial of the 15th-century king found beneath a car park.
The 2.3-tonne slab of Swaledale fossil stone went on public display the day after he was reinterred in Leicester Cathedral, central England, in the presence of royalty.
The light-coloured stone was quarried from land that Richard once owned in Yorkshire, his northern English stronghold.
The oblong tombstone, facing east, is slightly tilted upwards and has a Christian cross deeply carved into its surface.
The tombstone over the grave rests on a black Kilkenny marble plinth, which bears Richard's name, coat of arms, the dates of his life (1452-1485) and his motto, "Loyaulte me lie", meaning "loyalty binds me".
Japanese whaling ships returned home from the Antarctic on Saturday for the first time in nearly 30 years with no catch onboard, after a UN court ordered an end to their annual hunt, local media reported.
The two ships -- the 724-ton Yushinmaru and the 747-ton Daini (No 2) Yushinmaru -- arrived at a port in western Shimonoseki city, a major whaling base.
It was the first return by Japanese whalers without catching any whales since 1987 when the country began the annual "research" hunt in the Antarctic, the Asahi Shimbun said.
The two ships did not face any attacks by anti-whaling activists during their three-months voyage, the daily added.
A child is pictured thorugh an apple tree decorated with about 10,000 painted Easter eggs in the garden of retired couple Christa and Volker Kraft in Saalfeld, central Germany, Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Kraft family has decorated their tree for Easter for more than forty years. This is the last year they have done this, as climbing the ladder has become too arduous.
Photo by Jens Meyer
Pope Francis's decision to appoint a Chilean bishop suspected of protecting a paedophile priest has alarmed the Vatican's own child protection watchdog, its members told AFP.
Several members of the new commission set up by the pope to stamp out child abuse in the Catholic Church expressed their shock at the decision, with pressure building up for the decision to be overturned.
Juan Barros, who took up his post as Bishop of Osorno last Saturday, has denied that he knew about the abuse committed by Fernando Karadima, once an influential figure within the Chilean church.
Commission member French child psychiatrist Catherine Bonnet told AFP Friday that speaking personally she was "worried" by the appointment.
Another source said that the pope may have been badly advised.
An unusually high number of students at Stanford University are suspected of cheating during the most recent term, putting faculty members and administrators of the prestigious institution on alert.
University Provost John Etchemendy sent a letter to faculty members highlighting what he called "troubling allegations" that stem from "a smattering of concerns from a number of winter courses," the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday. Etchemendy said the students are cheating themselves and risk severe consequences.
University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin declined to discuss details with the newspaper, such as the course or grade level of the students, but she said such concerns are routine. She says that in the 2013-2014 academic year, 83 students violated the honor code.
In the most recent term, the newspaper reported that one instructor believes that 20 percent of students in a large introductory course may have cheated. Lapin said that Etchemendy's note underscored the need for faculty members to be clear with their students about expectations at Stanford, which prides itself as being one of the world's leading teaching and research universities.
The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.
Experts are divided on whether this change will be good or bad for students. Some call it an inevitable result of health care reform and a money-saver for students since insurance in the marketplace is usually cheaper than the college plans. Others worry that more students will go without health insurance since their premiums won't be folded into the lump sum they pay for school, and they say college health plans offer more coverage for the money than other options.
The main driver of colleges getting out of the insurance business is a provision in the Affordable Care Act that prevents students from using premium tax subsidies to purchase insurance from their college or university, according to Steven M. Bloom, director of federal relations for the American Council on Education, a Washington, D.C., group representing the presidents of U.S. colleges and universities.
Add to that the provision that allows young people to stay on their parent's health insurance plans until age 26, plus the expansion of Medicaid in some states and the rising cost of student insurance. The result is cheaper health insurance available for students off campus.
The company behind the Angie's List business-rating website on Saturday put on hold a planned expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters over a new Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people.
The decision by Angie's List Inc comes amid criticism of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was passed overwhelmingly by both champers of the Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday by Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R-Tool).
"We are putting the 'Ford Building Project' on hold until we fully understand the implications of the Freedom Restoration Act on our employees, both current and future," Angie's List Chief Executive Bill Oesterle said in a statement.
"Angie's List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents," Oesterle said.
The project, which Oesterle said was due to break ground within days, would have expanded the company's campus on the east side of Indianapolis by converting a 100-year-old Ford assembly plant into offices.
A composite picture of the Eiffel Tower with its lights switched on (L) and off (R) for the Earth Hour 2015 in Paris, France, 28 March 2015. 170 countries and 1200 monuments' lights are to be switched off at exactly 8.30pm local hours, taking part in the operation Earth Hour for its 2015 edition. Launched by the World Wide Foundation, the event is meant to highlight the importance to fight global warming.
Photo by Etienne Laurent
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