Paul Krugman: John Galt Hates Ben Bernanke (NY Times)
After all, what is Atlas Shrugged really about? Leave aside the endless speeches and bad sex scenes. What you're left with is the tale of how a group of plutocrats overthrow a democratically elected government with a campaign of economic sabotage.
Dr. David Lipschitz: A Dignified Death Means a Better Life (Creators Syndicate)
Death is as natural as birth, a continuation of the circle of life. No one wants to spend the final days in a hospital and hooked up to machines. Whenever possible, a dignified and comfortable death means a much better life for everyone. My patient has gone in peace, always remembered by the many who deeply loved and respected her.
Betty White Ludden (born Betty Marion White; January 17, 1922), known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, author, producer, radio host and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records awarded White with having the longest television career for a female entertainer. To contemporary audiences, White is best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973-77) and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985-92). Since the death of co-star Rue McClanahan in 2010, she is the only surviving Golden Girl. Since 2010 she has starred as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, for which she has won two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards, presented the practical-joke show Betty White's Off Their Rockers, which resulted in three consecutive Emmy nominations and became the oldest person to guest-host Saturday Night Live, a performance which was a major ratings success and earned her a Primetime Emmy award.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
I'm not going to look this one up...
I'm just going to guess:
Alan J said:
I was going to say Lucille Ball, but surely it's got to be Betty White.
My first thought was Lucille Ball, but after mulling it over, I think it's Betty White.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
The only one…Betty White…and not the same old nude photo from the 40's! Not redundant, says I!
Taking a day off
DJ Useo replied:
Company was here, so I brought up your trivia question .
Everyone knew it was Betty White, & we all enjoyed that with a group chuckle.
Thanks for the fun.
MAM , wrote:
Betty White spanning 74 years.
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Lois In The Loop Of Oregon responded:
Gonna give in to this feeling of Deja Vu and say Betty White
without consulting the Great Google 'cause who the hell else
is still alive and besides my poor old laptop is making
these funny GRINDING noises but god help me I just don't
want to give up my XP!!! I HATE CHANGE!!! And as I was
gleaning Naked Pictures of Betty, me come across this
delightful article by none other than Tyler Durden, giving a valuable life lesson for us all. Enjoy.
Joe S answered:
Who else but Betty White?
PS Some Easter baskets might be a bit skimpy this year.
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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 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH'AD: The Bible Continues', then a FRESH'American Odyssey'.
ABC fills the night with the movie 'The Bible'.
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 RERUN'The Last Man On Earth', followed by another RERUN'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'.
AMC offers 'Mad Men', another 'Mad Men', still another 'Mad Men', followed by a FRESH'Mad Men'.
[6:00AM] It's A Mad, Mad Maddie World
[7:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 1 - Challenges of Life
[8:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 2 - Reptiles and Amphibians
[9:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 4 - Autumn
[10:00AM] Die Another Day
[12:30PM] The Untold Story of 007
[5:30PM] Die Another Day
[8:00PM] Casino Royale (2006)
[11:00PM] Casino Royale (2006)
[2:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Mingling Its Own Nature With It
[3:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 4 - Governed As It Were By Chance
[4:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est
[5:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 6 - To Hound Nature In Her Wanderings (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Blod, Sweat & Heels', followed by a FRESH'Fashion Queens', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Tommy Boy', followed by the movie 'The Hangover', and 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber'.
FX has the movie 'Taken 2', followed by the movie 'The Call'.
History has 'American Pickers', 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'Appalachian Outlaws'.
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[7:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-CLIP SHOW
[8:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-JURY DUTY
[8:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-CLIQUES
[9:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-MONKEY
[9:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-ZOO
[10:00AM] BATMAN-MARSHA, QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
[10:33AM] BATMAN-MARSHA'S SCHEME WITH DIAMONDS
[11:06AM] BATMAN-COME BACK, SHAME
[11:39AM] BATMAN-IT'S THE WAY YOU PLAY THE GAME
[12:12PM] BATMAN-THE PENGUIN'S NEST
[12:45PM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN
[3:30PM] CONAN THE DESTROYER
[11:15PM] THE TRANSPORTER
[3:30AM] JOY RIDE
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT WEARS A HEART T-SHIRT AND BLUE JEANS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Natural
[9:00AM] Sixteen Candles
[12:45PM] Billy Elliot
[5:00PM] The Edge
[7:30PM] The Beach
[10:00PM] Slumdog Millionaire
[12:45AM] Black Rain
[3:30AM] Pan's Labyrinth (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Spawn', followed by the movie 'Constantine'.
In this photo provided by the Doris Day Animal Foundation, legendary actress Doris Day greets fans from the balcony of her home on the afternoon of her 91st birthday Friday, April 3, 2015, in Carmel, Calif. "I'm truly overwhelmed by the love and support from so many dear fans and friends all over the world, who send such touching cards and letters and donate to my Animal Foundation," Day said. "It means the world to me…and to the precious four-leggers." In lieu of gifts, Day asks her fans for donations to the animals, via Dorisdayanimalfoundation.org.
Photo by Lea Price
Is Jimmy McGill the grandson of Ralph Kramden? Are the tightly-plotted storylines of Breaking Bad a nod to the gut-punch twists of The Twilight Zone? Fans will get some serious insight into those questions when Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Battle Creek creator Vince Gilligan shares four hours of his favorite classic TV episodes during Vince Gilligan's Island of MeTV special on MeTV this Sunday, April 5.
Gilligan - who, along with Saul star Bob Odenkirk, will introduce and chat about the episodes throughout the special programming block - tells Yahoo TV the episodes he's chosen represent a "partial peek" at what inspired his own storytelling.
"I was inspired by classic movies and wonderful novels, as well," Gilligan says. "As far as television goes, I watched quite a bit of it growing up, probably too much. I watched a lot of classic TV shows. It's a real treat to be able to revisit them on MeTV."
Here, Gilligan breaks down why he chose each episode of his MeTV special:
A competitor looks on during a break as he attends the 3rd Russian Beard and Moustache Championships in Moscow, April 4, 2015. Participants are judged in seven various categories depending on the length and type of moustache and beard, according to organizers.
Photo by Sergei Karpukhin
Miley Cyrus has been among the most vocal celebrities rallying against Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). After calling Indiana Governor Mike Pence an "asshole" on Instagram, the Bangerz singer has now taken aim at Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton after the Republican made some questionable comments about LGBT rights on television. In response, Cyrus shared Cotton's phone number with her 19.4 million Twitter followers.
"Senator Cotton thinks gay community needs to get 'perspective' cuz 'In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay,'" Cyrus tweeted (via Mediate). "Let's stir some shit up! Senator Cotton (202) 224-2353!!!! Happy Hippies call & express why freedom is important to us & our country!"
In speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Cotton said, "I think it's important we have a sense of perspective about our priorities. In Iran, they hang you for the crime of being gay. They're currently imprisoning an American preacher for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in Iran. We should focus on the most important priorities that our country faces right now."
Cotton was widely criticized for his comments, both for his naïve generalizing of Iran's LGBT stance as well as his belief that an act protecting LGBT rights in America isn't considered a priority. According to the Huffington Post, Cyrus' army accomplished their mission of "stirring shit up" as calls to Cotton's office were greeted by a message saying the voice mailbox was full.
After Indiana passed their RFRA, Cyrus explained that she was opposed to the bill because she had "dedicated my life to being whoever it is that I want to be." "If you don't choose to live that way, you're not going to last in this generation because we are overtaking you," Cyrus said. "They are dinosaurs, and they are dying off. We are the new generation, and with that will come so much."
Folk music legend Joni Mitchell's condition was improving at a Los Angeles hospital, according to the website of one of the symbols of the Woodstock generation.
"We are encouraged by her progress and she continues to improve and get stronger each day," the website said, adding that she remained under observation in the hospital.
A representative for the singer did not immediately respond for comment.
Mitchell says she suffers from an ailment called Morgellon's disease, which is described as a crawling, biting or stinging sensation all over the body. The medical diagnosis of the disease is disputed by some doctors who call it a form of psychosis.
Visitors draw cat paintings during the opening of the '100,000 Cats Project' art show at the 798 art district in Beijing, China, 04 April 2015. The art show is a public art experiment sponsored by the Life-Fun Studio that aims to observe the diversity created by individuals under the circumstance of mobile internet, and discovers a different way of communication between people. The project has collected more than 300,000 cat paintings from mobile internet by now.
Photo by Wu Hong
You'd think Dylan Miller would have looked forward to spring, considering he spent his senior year of college living off-campus - WAY off campus - in a sturdy but rudimentary shelter he built in the woods.
"It's a lot like jumping into a cold lake, and after a minute you're used to it and you're swimming around happily," said Miller, a student at central Pennsylvania's Juniata College. "I just wore shorts all winter because my body was so well acclimated."
It's not the only change that took place within the philosophy and English major, who decided to live like Thoreau - not just read his work - for his senior research project on simple living.
Last summer, Miller built a 17-by-17 hut from fallen timber, using leaves as insulation and a tarp for a roof, and lugged essentials up a steep trail as classmates settled into their dorm rooms and apartments.
Happily trading climate control, indoor plumbing and electricity for the solitude of the woods, Miller, 22, of Meadville, spent months studying by candlelight, drinking tea and keeping a wary eye on the occasional bear as he tested the notion that one can live with less and still find contentment.
Apple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported on its website.
The U.S. tech giant cannot use the image of an apple nor the word "apple" to launch its watch within Switzerland, the home of luxury watches, because of a patent from 1985, RTS reported, citing a document from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.
The document, reprinted on the RTS website, was published by trade magazine Business Montres & Joaillerie, RTS said.
The patent is set to finish on Dec. 5 of this year. It currently belongs to William Longe, who owns watch brand Leonard that first filed the patent.
Penitents put on their traditional Judea masks and colorful hats after a break at the Calvario procession by the "Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno and Nuestra Señora de la Piedad" or "Our Father Jesus of Nazareth and Our Lady of Mercy" brotherhoods in Iznajar, Spain, Friday, April 3, 2015.
Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza
When Richard Nixon formally resigned the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974, he left the White House on Army One for the last time, flashing his trademark V-for-victory sign as he boarded the helicopter.
He was headed home to the California coast: an estate in San Clemente, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, that's now owned by one of his close friends and on the market for $75 million.
Nixon called this place La Casa Pacifica. "House of Peace," he translated for Leonid Brezhnev.
The Nixons hosted celebrities at the estate - Frank Sinatra, John Wayne - as well as world leaders. Nixon supposedly asked Henry Kissinger to be his secretary of state during a swim in the pool. Kissinger later moved in next door, and Nixon aides Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman moved in nearby. So much happened here that the estate was nicknamed the Western White House by aides, the press and even Nixon himself.
They sold it to their good friend Gavin Herbert and his partners, who carved the acreage into a 15-home gated subdivision with La Casa Pacifica at its core. (Even decades later, Herbert won't disclose the price of that private sale, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the current listing.)
Young ethnic Shan boys dubbed as Sang Long dressed in colorful costumes are carried during a procession parade as part of the Poi Sang Long festival, a rite celebration of Buddhist novice ordination at Wat Pa Pao, Shan temple in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand, 04 April 2015. Poi Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony among the Shan people also called Tai Yai tribal in Myanmar and northern part of Thailand. Young boys aged between seven and 14, known as the 'Crystal Sons' will be ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines to gain merit for their parents and families.
Photo by Pongmanat Tasiri
Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Studies that surveyed personnel found "major misconceptions" within special operations about whether women should be brought into the male-only jobs. They also revealed concerns that department leaders would "capitulate to political pressure, allowing erosion of training standards," according to one document.
Some of those concerns were not limited to men, researchers found, but also were found among women in special operations jobs.
About 68,800 people serve in the command, including 3,000 civilians. The main survey went to about 18,000 people who are in positions closed to women, and the response was about 50 percent. The high response rate, officials said, reflects the wide interest in the subject.
Demonstrators carry rainbow colored 'Peace' flags and banners as they take part in the Easter March rally of several hundreds of people, in Stuttgart, Germany, 04 April 2015. 'Easter Marches' are annual demonstrations of the German Peace and Disarmament movement which are traditionally held on the Easter weekend.
Photo by Marijan Murat
West Coast fisheries managers will likely shut down sardine fishing this year as numbers decline, echoing a previous collapse that decimated a thriving industry and increasing worries that other species might be withheld from the commercial market.
Fishermen are resigned to not being able to get sardines, but they hope the Pacific Fishery Management Council will not be so concerned that it sets the level for incidental catch of sardines at zero, shutting down other fisheries, such as mackerel, anchovies and market squid, which often swim with sardines.
Sardines were a thriving fishery on the West Coast from World War I through World War II, and the cannery-lined waterfront in Monterey, California, became the backdrop for John Steinbeck's 1945 novel, "Cannery Row." The fishery industry crashed in the 1940s, and riding the book's popularity, Cannery Row became a tourist destination, with restaurants and hotels replacing the canneries.
The industry revived in the 1990s, when fisheries developed in Oregon and Washington waters. Today, there are about 100 boats with permits to fish for sardines on the West Coast, about half the number during the heyday. Much of the catch, landed from Mexico to British Columbia, is exported to Asia and Europe, where some is canned, and the rest goes for bait. West Coast landings have risen from a value of $1.4 million in 1991 to a peak of $21 million in 2012, but are again declining.
Spectators watch at the 'I am a Dream' laser show, projected to St. Sophiya Cathedral during days of French culture in Kiev, Ukraine, 04 April 2015. The laser show opened the 12th annual French Spring, a festival of French culture, which will be held in Kiev, Lviv, Odessa and other Ukrainian cities from 04 April until 29 April 2015.
Photo by Roman Pilipey
At some point or another you've probably played one of these claw machines, hoping to score the plush toy of your dreams. But despite your skill at perfectly positioning the claw over the prize and activating it, you've found that the pincers just don't grab tightly enough to pick up a stuffed animal.
It's not your imagination. Those claw machines are rigged. But they're rigged in a surprisingly clever way - and not the way most people suspect.
Some people think the claw machine is so hard to win because the stuffed animals are packed so tightly together. But the bigger reason is more insidious than that: the claw machine is programmed to have a strong grip only part of the time.
This isn't a closely kept secret. It's publicly available information, pulled straight from the instruction guides for the biggest claw games out there. Open the manual for Black Tie Toys' Advanced Crane Machine. Look at page eight, section subheading "Claw Strength":
The machine's owner can fine-tune the strength of the claw beforehand so that it only has a strong grip a fraction of the time that people play.
The former drummer and a founding member of the Southern hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Burns Jr., died late Friday in a single-vehicle crash in Georgia, police and his father said.
Burns' vehicle went off a road just before midnight as it approached a curve near Cartersville, striking a mailbox and a tree, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said. Burns, 64, was killed in the wreck. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
Burns was one of five musicians who founded the band in Jacksonville, Florida. While Burns was with the group, it recorded "Sweet Home Alabama," ''Gimme Three Steps," and "Free Bird." He left the group in 1974.
He continued to play for fun or in guest appearances nationally, said his father, Robert Burns Sr. Early on, the group played in the Burns' family garage.
"He was a product of his mother, so far as manners is concerned," the elder Burns said. "He had the manners that would suit the King of England. Very soft-spoken and extremely well-mannered person to come out of that kind of industry."
Two fourteen-week old lion cubs, a male named Ramzes and a female named Zara, are seen with their mother, Gina, after a Christening ceremony at the Bojnice Zoo April 4, 2015. The two cubs are Barbary (Panthera leo leo) lions, local media reported.
Photo by Radovan Stoklasa
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