Josh Marshall: Trump and The Problem of Militant Ignorance (TPM)
His ignorance is not endearing. We don't need to lie to him to make him feel good about himself. Still it is good to understand his condition. Ignorance is just lack of information. But there's something wrong with Trump's brain - maybe cognitive, perhaps simple entitlement or just broad spectrum derp - which appears to make it genuinely impossible not to project his own ignorance onto everybody else.
Krista Burton: I Want My Lesbian Bars Back (NY Times)
CHICAGO - "Where is everyone?" … Aside from having their basic human and civil rights taken away, nothing makes homos more nervous than an empty dance floor at a gay bar. It goes against the natural order of things, like RuPaul without big hair or Sean Spicer giving a calm and informed news conference.
T. R. Reid: Filing Taxes in Japan Is a Breeze. Why Not Here? (NY Times)
Ah, the blithe joys of springtime in the United States. Azaleas in bloom at the Masters, breezy picnics on balmy afternoons, Easter egg hunts - and the annual ordeal of tax forms, with helpful I.R.S. instructions like this: "Go to Part IV of Schedule I to figure line 52 if the estate or trust has qualified dividends or has a gain on lines 18a and 19 of column (2) of Schedule D (Form 1041) (as refigured for the AMT, if necessary)."
Virginia (officially the Commonwealth of Virginia) is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, as well as in the historic Southeast. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first colonial possession established in mainland British America,[ and "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2014 is over 8.3 million.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC (U.Va, '80*) wrote:
Trick question, kind of. Ohio claims to be "Mother of Presidents" with 8, but they stole one from Virginia to get there.
Seven United States Presidents were born in Ohio. They are Ulysses Simpson Grant (Point Pleasant), Rutherford Bichard Hayes (Delaware, OH), James Abram Garfield (near Orange), Benjamin Harrison (North Bend), William McKinley (Niles), William Howard Taft (Cincinnati), and Warren Gamaliel Harding (Corsica, now Blooming Grove). William Henry Harrison, born in Virginia but settled in Ohio, is also claimed as one of Ohio's own. (source: funtrivia.com )
Virginia claims the following, all born there: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson. (source: encyclopediavirginia.org )
*(UVA was built by Jefferson and Woodrow Wilson studied there)
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
Dave in Tucson replied:
Just a guess, but the Mother of Presidents would be Virginia?
Billy in Cypress responded:
The "Mother Of Presidents" is the state of Virginia. I was pretty sure, but I verified it anyway. Whereas, the "Mother of All Bastards" must be in the CpPDJT-ID family tree somewhere, but I am not sure how many generations back it was.. Who knows what the bastard will do next now that he has started bombing everything to provide a distraction from Russiagate, corruption, etc..
Joe S wrote:
As an History Major this is quite easy, the answer is Ohio. Some may think it's Virginia, but some would be wrong. It's Ohio. I'm not fond of Ohio, now more than ever. That's all I have to say about that.
Since North Korea is posturing about Nuclear war, I though I would send this picture of the famous "kiss your ass goodbye" drill that kept us safe in the 50's and 60's! Perhaps it would come in handy in 2017?
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.
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees', then a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'Little Big Shots', followed by a FRESH'Little Big Shots', then a FRESH'Chicago Justice', followed by a FRESH'Shades Of Blue'.
ABC begins the night with the infomercial 'Inside Disneynature: Wild Lives', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'Match Game', followed by a FRESH'American Crime'.
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 'Ice Age: The Great Eggs-capade', followed by a RERUN'Bob's Burgers', then a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Making History', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN'The Last Man On Earth'.
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'.
AMC offers the movie 'Avatar', 'Into The Badlands', another 'Into The Badlands', followed by a FRESH'Into The Badlands'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 -Episode 5
[7:30AM] DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Girl In The Fireplace
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Doomsday
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Vincent and The Doctor
[12:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
[1:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Let's Kill Hitler
[2:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Night Terrors
[3:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited
[4:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
[5:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-The Angels Take Manhattan
[6:00PM] WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
[8:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 6
[9:30PM] EXTRA GEAR - SEASON 24 - EPISODE 6-Episode 6
[10:00PM] WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
[12:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
[1:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ocean Deep
[4:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 6
[5:30AM] EXTRA GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 6 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has has a (F) 'Atlanta Social', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Potomac', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'We're The Millers', followed by the movie 'Big Daddy', then the movie 'We're The Millers'.
FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by a FRESH'FEUD: Bette & Joan'.
History has 'The Face Of Jesus Uncovered?', followed by the FRESH'The Jesus Strand: A Search For DNA'.
[6:00AM] BROCKMIRE-Kangaroo Court
[12:00PM] ALIEN 3
[2:30PM] ALIEN RESURRECTION
[5:00PM] ALIEN VS. PREDATOR
[7:00PM] EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
[10:30PM] EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
[2:00AM] ALIEN RESURRECTION
[4:30AM] BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap
[5:00AM] BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
[5:30AM] BROCKMIRE-Kangaroo Court (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Turner & Hooch
[8:30AM] The Sandlot
[2:00PM] Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
[4:30PM] Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
[7:00PM] Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
[9:30PM] Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
[3:00AM] Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Holy Mojo
[4:00AM] Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo
[5:00AM] Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Pie a la Mojo (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Goonies', followed by the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'.
Donald Trump (R-Crooked), before he became the official resident of the White House, was openly critical of former President Barack Obama's love for golf. But according to a new report, the Secret Service has paid over $35,000 for golf cart rentals alone while guarding Trump since his inauguration.
According to purchase orders reviewed by CBS News, $35,185 was spent on renting golf carts during the president's repeated visits to Palm Beach, Florida, which houses his Mar-a-Lago resort.
After saying Obama concentrated more on golf than on making the right decisions for the country, Trump said last year he would dedicate himself to working hard on the right "deals" for the country.
In his 13 weekends as president, Trump has spent seven at Mar-a-Lago (including this one) and the cost of these trips, paid for by taxpayers, has reached $25 million, according to a new website, IsTrumpatMaraLago.org, launched Friday. That amounts to an average of about $3.5 million per trip, and given that rate of spending, Trump overtook Obama's annual travel spending average of $12.12 million during his presidency on March 4-5, when he made the fourth weekend trip to his Florida estate.
The president seems well on his way to spend more on travel in one year than his predecessor spent during his eight years in office.
Entertainers wearing rabbit costumes speak at a fair in Bucharest, Romania. Easter celebrated by both Orthodox and Catholic believers on April 16 a more commercial flavored celebrations like an Easter fair outside the giant palace built by late Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu where entertainers strutted around wearing giant rabbit heads.
Photo by Vadim Ghirda
Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found.
The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the 2016 and 2017 bleaching events is unprecedented for the reef, and will give damaged coral little chance to recover.
Scientists with the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies last week completed aerial surveys of the world's largest living structure, scoring bleaching at 800 individual coral reefs across 8,000km.
The results show the two consecutive mass bleaching events have affected a 1,500km stretch, leaving only the reef's southern third unscathed.
Where last year's bleaching was concentrated in the reef's northern third, the 2017 event spread further south, and was most intense in the middle section of the Great Barrier Reef. This year's mass bleaching, second in severity only to 2016, has occurred even in the absence of an El Niño event.
As Republican lawmakers continue to defend their decision to vote to roll back a set of broadband privacy rules that would have required internet service providers to ask for permission before collecting user data, the Federal Communications Commission is readying more drastic changes to the regulatory oversight of the internet.
In a town hall appearance held on Thursday, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. defended his decision to vote to repeal the Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules passed by the FCC last October by arguing that "nobody's got to use the internet."
When a constituent attending the event in Wisconsin's fifth district raised the issue that she has only one ISP available in her neighborhood and now has little recourse to protect her personal information from her internet provider, Sensenbrenner responded:
"You know, nobody's got to use the internet….I don't think it's my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising through your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it and then you take it upon yourself to make the choice."
The congressman's press office doubled down on this, responding to a tweet claiming Sensenbrenner said "not to use the internet" by stating, "Actually, he said that nobody has to use the internet. They have a choice."
A rare condition called elephantiasis, which tends to strike people in tropical parts of the world, was long thought to occur due to a parasitic infection. But a new study shows that the condition can have another cause: sharp crystals found in certain soils.
In elephantiasis, a person's limbs become discolored and swollen with fluid. They may swell to enormous sizes, resembling the limbs of an elephant. The most common cause of the condition is a mosquito-borne parasitic infection called lymphatic filariasis, in which microscopic worms invade the body's lymph nodes and vessels, causing the swelling.
But in 2014 and 2015, there were reports of two intense outbreaks of elephantiasis in western Uganda, an area that is not known to harbor these worms.
Indeed, when the Uganda Ministry of Health investigated the outbreak, the agency identified another cause of elephantiasis: a disease called podoconiosis. And what was thought to be an outbreak of a parasitic disease was far from it; rather, the symptoms of podoconiosis slowly build up over decades, gradually developing into elephantiasis, the study said.
"People can be suffering from podoconiosis, a noninfectious disease, for decades before it becomes obvious that they are developing elephantiasis," lead study author Dr. Christine Kihembo, a senior field epidemiologist at the Uganda Ministry of Health, said in a statement. "Many of the people affected in western Uganda probably had been suffering silently without help for more than 30 years."
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are claiming success with the first in a new series of test flights involving an upgraded version of a nuclear bomb that has been part of the U.S. arsenal for decades.
Work on the B61-12 has been ongoing for years, and government officials say the latest tests using mock versions of the bomb will be vital to the refurbishing effort.
An F-16 from Nellis Air Force Base dropped an inert version of the weapon over the Nevada desert last month to test its non-nuclear functions as well as the plane's ability to carry the bomb.
With a mere puff of dust, the mock bomb landed in a dry lake bed at the Tonopah Test Range.
Tracking telescopes, remote cameras and other instruments at the test range recorded information on the reliability, accuracy and performance of the weapon under conditions that were meant to replicate real-world operations.
Demonstrators participate in a march and rally to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns on April 15, 2017, in New York. Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide Saturday to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, saying Americans deserve to know about his business ties and potential conflicts of interest.
Photo by Mary Altaffer
The United States is deploying "a few dozen" troops to Somalia to assist the national army and conduct unspecified security operations, a US military spokeswoman said Saturday.
The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, a light infantry unit trained for air assaults, will mainly train and equip Somalia's army "to better fight Al-Shabab," an Al-Qaeda linked extremist group, the spokeswoman for the US Africa Command based in Germany, Samantha Reho, told AFP.
They will also conduct "security force assistance," she said, confirming a report by Voice of America.
"For operational security issues, we will not discuss specifics of military efforts nor speculate on potential future activities or operations," she said, declining to say precisely how many troops were being sent.
The United States' most notorious military operation in Somalia was in 1993, when an ill-fated attempt to snatch militia leaders led to two Black Hawk helicopters being shot down in Mogadishu. A chaotic rescue was mounted, resulting in hundreds of deaths, including those of 18 US soldiers. The incident was made famous in the book and the movie "Black Hawk Down."
A woman says she is shocked by a Utah judge's comments in which he called a man convicted of sexually assaulting her a "good man" during his sentencing hearing.
Julia Kirby said Friday that Judge Thomas Low appeared to care more about the person he was convicting than he did about the victims. She plans to file an official complaint against him in the hopes of getting him removed as a judge.
"The court has no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man," Low said during the sentencing. "But great men sometimes do bad things."
A jury found Vallejo guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape.
The incidents happened in Provo, a heavily Mormon area of Utah that is home to Brigham Young University.
Spectators stand in front of a traditional Easter Fire in Embsen near Bremen, northern Germany, April 15, 2017. On Saturday before Easter and on Easter Sunday, locals gather around hundreds of fires in the North of Germany to celebrate Easter and the end of wintertime with a grilled sausage and a drink.
Photo by Focke Strangmann
British spy agencies alerted their U.S. counterparts in 2015 about contacts between Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) election campaign and Russian intelligence authorities, the Guardian reported Thursday, citing sources. The response from Washington over the alleged contacts was, however, slow, sources told the British daily.
Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) passed on the information about contacts between Trump's team and known or suspected Russian agents as part of routine exchange of intelligence, the Guardian reported. Until 2016, spy agencies from Germany, Estonia, France, the Netherlands and Poland also alerted the U.S. about the links between the two sides, sources told the newspaper.
However, the FBI and the CIA responded slowly to the intelligence they were given ahead of the presidential election last November. This was partly because of the U.S. law that prohibits American intelligence agencies to keep a check on the private communications of U.S. citizens without warrants, people familiar with the matter told the Guardian.
"It looks like the [U.S.] agencies were asleep. They [the European agencies] were saying 'There are contacts going on between people close to Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this,'" a source told the Guardian
"The message was: 'Watch out. There's something not right here,'" the source reportedly added.
Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person who is also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s, died Saturday at her home in northern Italy, her physician said.
Morano, born on Nov. 29, 1899, had been living in a tidy, one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her caregiver and two elderly nieces.
Morano left her husband in 1938 because he would beat her. She "abandoned the husband in the Fascist era, when women were supposed to be very submissive," Bava said in a 2015 interview. "She was always very decisive."
Morano began working in a factory making jute bags when she was 16. Then she worked at a hotel, working way beyond the usual retirement age.
Beside work, she enjoyed herself. She was considered a good dancer with a beautiful singing voice in her youth.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School visited her in 2014 as part of a study into immunity to diseases, the Italian news agency ANSA said.
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