Paul Krugman: Apple and the Self-Surveillance State (NY Times)
… one thing that's very clear if you spend any time around the rich - and one of the very few things that I, who by and large never worry about money, sometimes envy - is that rich people don't wait in line. They have minions who ensure that there's a car waiting at the curb, that the maitre-d escorts them straight to their table, that there's a staff member to hand them their keys and their bags are already in the room.
Nicholas Kristof: Enjoying the Low Life? (NY Times)
The United States is the most powerful colossus in the history of the world: Our nuclear warheads could wipe out the globe, our enemies tweet on iPhones, and kids worldwide bop to Beyoncé. Yet let's get real. All this hasn't benefited all Americans. A newly released global index finds that America falls short, along with other powerful countries, on what matters most: assuring a high quality of life for ordinary citizens.
SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX 2015
To truly advance social progress, we must learn to measure it, comprehensively and rigorously. The Social Progress Index offers a rich framework for measuring the multiple dimensions of social progress, benchmarking success, and catalyzing greater human wellbeing. The 2015 version of the Social Progress Index has improved upon the 2014 version through generous feedback from many observers and covers an expanded number of countries with 52 indicators.
Marcel Marceau (22 March 1923 - 22 September 2007) was a French actor and mime most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown." He referred to mime as the "art of silence," and he performed professionally worldwide for over 60 years. As a youth, he lived in hiding and worked with the French Resistance during most of World War II, giving his first major performance to 3000 troops after the liberation of Paris in August 1944. Following the war, he studied dramatic art and mime in Paris.
He was born Marcel Mangel in Strasbourg, France to a Jewish family. His parents were Ann Werzberg and Charles Mangel, a kosher butcher. When Marcel was four years old, the family moved to Lille, but they later returned to Strasbourg. When France entered World War II, Marcel, 16, fled with his family to Limoges.
Marcel and his younger brother, Alain, joined the French Resistance in Limoges, where they saved numerous children from the race laws and concentration camps, and, after the liberation of Paris, joined the French army. Owing to Marcel's excellent command of the English, French and German languages, he worked as a liaison officer with General George Patton's army.
Charlie was first, and correct, with:
If you have nothing good to say
Act it out from inside an invisible box. Marcel Marceau.
Lubricated Lois Of Oregon said:
I NEVER thought anything would make me respect a mime, but
learning that Marcel Marceau was a member of the French
Resistance makes me hot! Now There was a man who REALLY
understood the phrase "lose lips sink ships"! I feel bad now
that every time I saw him on TV when I was a child he just
totally creeped me out. Thank you Marty. Conducting a Google
Image search of Mime Memes has made this one of the happiest
days of my life.
P.S. to Dale...Thanks for the Dreamy Keanu Kissing Quote!
That's why I loves him so! And you too!
Taking a WAG here - Marcel Marceau.
Basically I'm too lazy & under-caffeinated to look it up.
DJ Useo answered:
I reckon it must be Mime, Marcel Marceau. I've seen him a few times on past tv shows,
& he was amazingly amusing. Is it true he perished when he got trapped in an invisible box?
Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norcali replied:
Old fucking "Bip the Clown," Marcel Marceau. Marty Feldman was quirkier. Let's not forget….Terri
MAM , wrote:
Marcel Marceau ~ A French actor and mime most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown." He referred to mime as the "art of silence," and he performed professionally worldwide for over 60 years.
Memo to Deborah: I saw Steeleye Span open for Jethro Tull in July '73 at the Hemisfair Arena Convention Center in San Antonio, TX and was very impressed with their performance. I remember their music being, in large part, very eerie, outre and like nothing I had ever heard before. I was mesmerized by it...
Joe S said:
Marcel Marceau, when asked why he changed his name from Marcel Mangel replied,and I quote, " ."
I, like the vast majority of human beings, really have no use for mimes. They are so very annoying. I have nothing more to say about this. And no pictures. Because they are annoying.
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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 FRESH'Battle Creek'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN'AD: The Bible Continues', then a FRESH'AD: The Bible Continues', followed by a FRESH'American Odyssey'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'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 FRESH'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 Mothers', 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', still another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Intervention'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Godfather: Part II', followed by the movie 'The Broken Land', then a (F) 'Mad Men'.
[6:00AM] Hidden Habitats-Ep 1 - Galapagos
[6:30AM] Hidden Habitats-Ep 2 - Serengeti
[7:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 3 - Mammals
[8:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 4 - Fish
[9:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 5 - Winter
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 7 - A Good Man Goes to War
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Let's Kill Hitler
[12:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
[1:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Aslyum of the Daleks
[2:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 5 - The Angels Take Manhattan
[3:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 13 - The Name of the Doctor
[4:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 2 - Into the Dalek
[5:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 4 - Listen
[6:00PM] Sherlock - Season 1 - Ep 1 - A Study in Pink
[8:00PM] Sherlock - Season 1 - Ep 2 - The Blind Banker
[10:00PM] Sherlock - Season 1 - Ep 3 - The Great Game
[12:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 1 - The Impossible Astronaut
[1:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Day of the Moon
[2:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Knowledge of Causes, And Secret Motion of Things
[3:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 8 - Variable and Full of Perturbation
[4:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 9 - Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done
[5:00AM] Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 10 - By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried. (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESHReal Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Blood, Sweat & Heels', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has the movie , 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Superbad'.
FX has the movie 'This Is 40', followed by the movie 'Ted', then the movie 'Ted', again.
History has 'American Pickers', 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', and 'Appalachian Outlaws'.
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[11:30PM] PULP FICTION
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[6:30AM] Love Actually
[9:30AM] Slumdog Millionaire
[12:15PM] The American President
[2:30PM] 127 Hours
[4:30PM] Million Dollar Baby
[7:15PM] Basic Instinct
[2:00AM] American Psycho
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SyFy has the movie 'Fantastic Four', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'.
Meager precipitation and a premature spring thaw caused by unusually mild temperatures last month have left the U.S. Western mountain snowpack, a key source of fresh surface water for the region, at record low levels, the government reported on Friday.
Melting of winter snows began much earlier than usual this year, from the Sierra Nevada range in California to the lower elevations of Colorado's Rockies, leaving much of the Western snowpack greatly diminished or gone by early April, when it is typically at its peak.
As a consequence, Western states will experience reduced stream-flows from mountain runoff this spring and summer, leaving reservoirs - already well below average capacity in several states - that much more depleted, the report said.
Reservoir storage as of April 1 was below average in at least five western states - Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.
An alligator reportedly spotted in a western Pennsylvania river may never be found - or even confirmed - but police continued to search for it Friday, the local police chief said.
Nobody has seen the reptile since two people reportedly spotted it in the Monongahela River in Belle Vernon on Tuesday, Southwest Regional Police Chief John Hartman said.
The initial report made by two people near a boat launch indicated the alligator was about 7 feet long.
Police have consulted with the U.S. Coast Guard and Pittsburgh Zoo officials and determined that the alligator - if that's what it was - could survive even though the river remains relatively cold, Hartman said.
American actress Gillian Anderson walks on stage to the media and fans during the Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, April 11, 2015. The MEFCC which runs from April 9 to 11, is the only consumer event for fans of cult entertainment & popular culture in the Middle East.
Photo by Kamran Jebreili
Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save lives with soap. It began about seven years ago as a tiny operation with a few friends and family in a single-car garage in Orlando, Florida, where they used meat grinders, potato peelers and cookers to recycle used soap into fresh bars.
The nonprofit initiative, now called Clean the World, has since grown to include industrial recycling facilities in Las Vegas, Orlando and Hong Kong, cities where hotels are plentiful and used bars of soap can be gathered easily by the thousands.
A frequent traveler as a tech company employee, Seipler had a thought one night at a Minneapolis hotel.
"I picked up the phone and called the front desk and asked them what happens to the bar of soap when I'm done using it," he recalled. "They said they just threw it away."
Seipler, now the group's CEO, said some research revealed that millions of used bars of soap from hotels worldwide are sent to landfills every day while many people in developing nations are dying from illnesses that could be prevented with access to simple hygiene products.
Leaders of the National Rifle Association on Saturday cited the new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate as evidence of the group's political clout, but warned of looming gun-control efforts in the final years of Barack Obama's presidency.
Wayne LaPierre (R-Draft Dodger), the NRA's executive vice president and CEO, in his members' meeting speech called on Congress to enact a law allowing people with handgun carry permits to be allowed to be armed anywhere in the country, arguing that nobody "should be forced to face evil with bare hands."
The motto of the NRA's annual convention this weekend is: "If they can ban one, they can ban them all." Organizers expect more than 70,000 people to visit the convention's exhibit space, meetings and musical acts in downtown Nashville.
LaPierre and Chris Cox (R-Pink Panties), the head of the NRA's lobbying arm, painted a bleak picture of the state of the country and the dangers to gun rights presented by the last 650 days of Obama's presidency.
"There's no telling how far President Obama will go to dismantle our freedoms and reshape America into an America that you and I will not even recognize," LaPierre said. "And when he's finished he intends to go out with a coronation of Hillary Rodham Clinton."
An HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana related to intravenous prescription drug abuse has reached 106 confirmed and preliminary cases, state public health officials said on Friday.
As of Thursday there were 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary cases from the outbreak in rural Scott County, some 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, a state joint information center said.
Scott County has been the center of the outbreak, the biggest in the state's history.
A short-term state-authorized needle exchange program began on Saturday in Scott County to combat the outbreak. The program authorized by Governor Mike Pence (R-H8er) expires on April 25, but may be extended if necessary.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's office refused Friday to release any of the Republican governor's emails from his two terms, saying the messages are either protected from disclosure under state law or personal in nature.
The Associated Press filed a public records request seeking the documents from the governor, who is considering a presidential campaign. In a response, Jindal's chief lawyer, Thomas Enright, said he found "no records responsive" to the request since the governor entered office in 2008.
Louisiana law gives the governor broad exemptions from having to disclose records, including exemptions for decision-making discussions, communication with internal staff, security information and his schedule.
Enright cited those exemptions in the refusal to provide emails, saying Jindal doesn't use email for work outside of communicating with internal staff.
Girls look at a robot and a crocodile made from used car components, created by mechanic and welder Sergei Kulagin, at his exhibition in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk April 11, 2015. Kulagin, who is an amateur artist, has created about one hundred sculptures made from used car parts in his free time and his exhibition opens on April 13, according to organisers.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin
The mass beaching of more than 150 melon-headed whales on Japan's shores has fuelled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country -- the devastating 2011 undersea earthquake that killed around 19,000 people.
Despite a lack of scientific evidence linking the two events, a flurry of online commentators have pointed to the appearance of around 50 melon-headed whales -- a species that is a member of the dolphin family -- on Japan's beaches six days prior to the monster quake, which unleashed a towering tsunami and triggered a nuclear disaster.
Scientists were on Saturday dissecting the bodies of the whales, 156 of which were found on two beaches on Japan's Pacific coast a day earlier, but could not say what caused the beachings.
The 2011 Japan earthquake is not the only instance of beached whales closely preceding a massive tremor.
More than 100 pilot whales died in a mass stranding on a remote New Zealand beach on February 20, 2011, two days before a large quake struck the country's second-largest city Christchurch.
Artists apply paint on a man blending himself into the background in front of the wall of an ancient building in Shanghai, April 10, 2015. Several local artists demonstrate in this form on the street to raise awareness of the protection of traditional constructions in the city of Shanghai, local media reported. Picture taken April 10, 2015.
The calcite-encrusted skeleton of an ancient human, still embedded in rock deep inside a cave in Italy, has yielded the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever found.
These molecules, which could be up to 170,000 years old, could one day help yield the most complete picture yet of help paint a more complete picture of Neanderthal life, researchers say.
Although modern humans are the only remaining human lineage, many others once lived on Earth. The closest extinct relatives of modern humans were the Neanderthals, who lived in Europe and Asia until they went extinct about 40,000 years ago. Recent findings revealed that Neanderthals interbred with ancestors of today's Europeans when modern humans began spreading out of Africa - 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone living outside Africa today is Neanderthal in origin.
In 1993, scientists found an extraordinarily intact skeleton of an ancient human amidst the stalactites and stalagmites of the limestone cave of Lamalunga, near Altamura in southern Italy - a discovery they said had the potential to reveal new clues about Neanderthals.
Richard Dysart, the Emmy-winning actor who portrayed the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie in the slick, long-running NBC drama L.A. Law, has died. He was 86.
Dysart, who also played Coach in the original 1972 Broadway production of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning That Championship Season, died Sunday at home in Santa Monica after a long illness, his wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, told The Hollywood Reporter.
The acclaimed L.A. Law - created by Steven Bochco (who eventually handed off the series to David E. Kelley) and Terry Louise Fisher - aired for eight seasons from 1986 to 1994. For playing the founder of the firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, Dysart was nominated for the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for four straight years, finally winning the trophy in 1992.
Dysart's range of authority figure parts ran right to the top. He limned Harry Truman in the CBS telefilm Day One and in the ABC miniseries War and Remembrance, both of which aired in 1989, and he was Henry L. Stimson, the 33rd U.S. president's Secretary of War, in the 1995 HBO telefilm Truman.
Dysart was born March 30, 1929, in Boston and raised in Maine. Following high school, he attended the Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, for a year, served in the U.S. Air Force and attended Emerson College, where he graduated with a master's degree in speech communications.
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