Paul Krugman: Selective Voodoo (NY Times Column)
The point is that we're not just looking at a possible mandate for using voodoo in budget estimates, we're talking about selective voodoo, which incorporates some supposed dynamic effects while ignoring others for which there is if anything stronger evidence. Tax cuts for the rich: good! Spending that makes ordinary workers more productive? Bad!
Nebraska is a state that lies in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. The state is bordered by South Dakota to the north, Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast, both across the Missouri River, Kansas to the south, Colorado to the southwest and Wyoming to the west. Its area is just over 77,220 sq mi (200,000 km2) with almost 1.9 million people. Its state capital is Lincoln. Its largest city is Omaha, which is on the Missouri River.
Indigenous peoples including Omaha, Missouria, Ponca, Pawnee, Otoe, and various branches of the Lakota (Sioux) tribes lived in the region of present-day Nebraska for thousands of years before European exploration. The state is crossed by many historic trails and was explored by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Nebraska was admitted as the 37th state of the United States in 1867. It is the only state in the United States whose legislature is unicameral and officially nonpartisan.
Mark. was first and correct with:
Nebraska has a unicameral legislature.
Billy in Cypress said:
I had no problem remembering that the only unicameral legislature in the great USA is Nebraska, the Cornhuster State. I also have no problem thinking of the greatest Huckster in the great USA, CpPDJT-ID, as fat as a grain fed steer and expelling Bull Shit from all orifices.
I know this because I lived there: Nebraska. In the days before disco, the Internet, and Wikipedia, I went to the library in Beatrice, NE, to check out a book on NE politics, because I didn't know what "unicameral" meant.
We took possession of our new Calfee hand-built tandem bicycle yesterday, and rode it in the Napa Cycle for Sight & Rotary Ride for Veterans fundraiser and food, beer and wine fest. We rode the 50 mile version with a friend and had a blast. We got a tech-T shirt and a wine glass. We had some great local craft beer (I favored the IPA), delicious Lebanese food, some crappy wine, and a couple really good wines. What a fun way to spend half of Saturday. Even the weather was decent. Oh, and the bike rides like a dream. What a day!
mj took the day off.
Dale of Springtime in Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
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.
The kid & I attended the LA Times Festival of Books at USC today.
The spirit of Kurt Vonnegut was there.
Thought this was one of the most brilliant marketing ploys ever for 'The Handmaid's Tale'. The women marched
two by two and then would form a prayer huddle. Must have been some casting call to find so many women the same height and build.
And this was the only empty tent - somehow it seemed appropriate for the once great city of Los Angeles.
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The Expendable One', then a FRESH'Madam Secretary', followed by a FRESH'Elementary'.
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 a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'Match Game', followed by a FRESH'American Crime'.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Arrow', followed by a RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then another RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers', then another FRESH'Bob's Burgers', followed by a FRESH'Making History', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'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 anohter old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
AMC offers the movie 'Gladiator', 'Into The Badlands', another 'Into The Badlands', followed by a FRESH'Into The Badlands'. then a FRESH'Talking With Chris Hardwicke', followed by a FRESH'Comic Book Men'.
[6:00AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Australia's Red Centre
[6:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[7:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Savannah
[8:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Congo
[9:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Cape
[10:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Sahara
[11:30AM] CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000)
[2:00PM] CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000)
[4:30PM] THE PATRIOT (2000)
[8:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 7
[9:30PM] EXTRA GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 7
[10:00PM] THE PATRIOT (2000)
[1:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[2:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Savannah
[3:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Congo
[4:30AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - EPISODE 7-Episode 7 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has has a FRESH'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 2½ hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine'.
FX has the movie 'The Heat', followed by the movie 'Lucy', then a FRESH'FEUD: Bette & Joan'.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', 'The LA Riots: 25 Years Later'.
[6:00AM] LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE
[8:30AM] PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
[10:45AM] LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE
[3:45PM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[12:15AM] THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
[4:15AM] RAPTURE-PALOOZA (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:45AM] The Professional
[9:15AM] The Searchers
[12:00PM] Mississippi Burning
[3:00PM] A Few Good Men
[6:00PM] Erin Brockovich
[9:00PM] 12 Years a Slave
[12:00AM] 12 Years a Slave
[3:00AM] The Horse Whisperer (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Armageddon', followed by the movie 'Pompeii', then the movie 'Angels & Demons'.
Ten years ago, most vinyl records sold for a few dollars -- dusty old albums with dog-eared covers that had been thrown out as useless relics of an earlier age.
However, faced with twin onslaughts from digital music and big-box stores, independent record stores in the United States banded together in 2007 to create an annual day of special sales -- and much to their surprise, vinyl has been king.
Metallica played the first Record Store Day at a branch of Rasputin Music in the San Francisco area. While the metal legends' presence ensured a crowd, all 10,000 vinyl reissues at the store sold out that day.
"That made me realize we were onto something. We tapped into something that nobody could have imagined," Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz said.
Kurtz quickly expanded Record Store Day to continental Europe and Britain, where the first British edition was championed by Billy Bragg, the folk rocker known for his left-wing activism.
Mary Devine of Levittown, Long Island looks on during the Earth Day 'March For Science NYC' demonstration to coincide with similar marches globally in Manhattan, New York, April 22, 2017.
Photo by Andrew Kell
Climate change is not an abstract debate for the villagers of Kivalina, an island off of Alaska's northwest coast - it's a matter of survival.
As Yahoo News reported previously, the indigenous whaling community's remote home island vanishes into the surrounding Chukchi Sea little by little each year, as Arctic sea ice melts due to global warming.
The islanders knew they should relocate in the '90s because of overcrowding, but time started to run out quickly in 2004. Sea ice that typically served as a protective barrier from violent storms failed to form. Every year since, the roughly 450 residents have seen torrents wash away more and more of their island.
Joe McCarthy, a content creator for Global Citizen, a social-action platform dedicated to addressing the world's most serious problems, traveled to Kivalina earlier this month for three days. He spoke to the villagers about how climate change is wreaking havoc on their home, the financial hurdles of relocating and their fight to preserve their rich cultural heritage and tight-knit community for his recent feature "Climate Change Refugees: How a Tiny Alaska Town Is Leading the Way on Climate Change."
Children play with a globe made out of plastic as they participate in the 'March of Science' in Vienna, Austria, April 22, 2017. People in more than 400 locations across the globe are taking part in the March for Science to recognise scientific progress, raise awareness of scientific discovery, and defend scientific integrity.
Photo by Lisi Niesner
Last summer, Harvard researcher Emily Sneff and professor Danielle Allen were in a records office in a small town near England's southern shore, perched over a tiny folder.
Pulling out a neatly-folded piece of parchment nearly three feet long, they suddenly found themselves holding an important piece of history: the only parchment manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence besides the version sitting in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Sneff and Allen work at the Declaration Resources Project, which is working to develop a database of every known edition of the Declaration of Independence produced from 1776 through the 1820's. The document, ferreted away in a provincial town across the pond, has taken on the moniker "the Sussex Declaration."
The Sussex Declaration is an American-made copy believed to have been created in the mid-1780's for James Wilson, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention who the researchers believe may have been trying to use the document to influence debate around the convention on behalf of the federal Constitution.
The Sussex Declaration is similar to the Declaration in Washington, though because it is less worn, you can read every single word compared to the faded version sitting in the Archives. There's one really significant difference between the two copies: The signed names at the bottom of the Sussex are scrambled so that they are not listed by state.
Michael Reagan (R-Misogynist), son of late President Ronald Reagan (R-Demented Sock Puppet), defended disgraced Fox News host Bill O'Reilly (R-Loofah), who was ousted this week after advertisers boycotted the show en masse amid a sexual harassment scandal.
The firestorm started after the New York Times revealed that O'Reilly and the network had shelled out $13 million in settlements to various women who had accused him of sexual harassment.
But in two tweets sent late Thursday evening, Michael Reagan first specifically referenced one of the allegations against O'Reilly - that he called a black woman "hot chocolate" and leered at her - and then suggested that women invite attention by how they dress.
The tweets ignited a firestorm of criticism. The latter post had over 2,000 replies as of Friday afternoon.
A picture taken with a slow shutter speed shows Filipino performers wearing traditional costumes during a street dance competition as part of the Aliwan Festival in Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2017.
Photo by Francis R. Malasig
The Trump Administration asked Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to resign, calling his departure a continuation of the transition between the two presidential administrations.
Murthy was replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, a nurse who currently serves in an acting role. The official Twitter and Facebook accounts for the surgeon general have been changed to reflect the replacement.
"Dr. Murthy has been relieved of his duties as Surgeon General and will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps," a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said, according to USA Today. The department said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price "thanks him for his dedicated service to the nation," USA Today reports.
Murthy was appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2014. Murthy confirmed his departure from the role in a Facebook post, in which he outlined his greatest lessons and accomplishments from his tenure and thanked his colleagues and family.
The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a US "priority," Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Liar) said, as media reports indicated his office was preparing charges against the fugitive anti-hero.
"We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks," Sessions, America's top cop, said at a news conference in response to a reporter's question about a US priority to arrest Assange.
Prosecutors in recent weeks have been drafting a memo that looks at charges against Assange and members of WikiLeaks that possibly include conspiracy, theft of government property and violations of the Espionage Act, the Washington Post reported, citing unnamed US officials familiar with the matter.
Several other media outlets also cited unnamed officials as saying US authorities were preparing charges against Assange. The Justice Department declined to comment on the reports.
Donald Trump (R-Crooked) on Friday praised far-right French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen as "the strongest" candidate on immigration and terrorism, in an unusually clear political signal two days before a first round of voting. Trump also predicted that that a deadly shooting Thursday night on the famed Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris would "probably help" her prospects.
Trump, who made those comments in an interview with the Associated Press, denied that he was delivering an endorsement of Le Pen. But he said she was "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France," language he has used before to describe terrorist attacks there.
"Whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism, and whoever is the toughest at the borders, will do well in the election," he said.
Trump also said that he isn't worried about his remarks potentially sending a message to extremists that their attacks can sway democratic elections, the AP reported.
Scientists have discovered a fossilised footprint from about 247 to 248 million years ago in the Pyrenees mountains in Spain which they believe was made by a previously unknown species of reptile.
The footprint was found among a series of tracks made by the ancestors of crocodiles and dinosaurs, a group known as archosauromorphs, the researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology said in a statement.
The scientists dubbed the new species of reptile Prorotodactylus mesaxonichnus in an article published in scientific journal Plos One.
They believe the species looked like a crocodile but with wider legs and was about a metre-and-a-half (five feet) long.
Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the 1970s sitcom "Happy Days," has died. She was 56.
The California-born actress, who also starred in the "Happy Days" spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi," had fallen on hard times in recent years. She was reportedly kicked out of her trailer park home in Indiana because of her hard-partying ways.
Moran was just 14 when she signed on to play Ron Howard's sister in the family comedy, which aired from 1974 to 1984.
"Joanie Loves Chachi" only lasted one season (1982-83) before it was pulled off the air.
Moran's TV credits also included "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."
She most recently appeared on VH1's reality show "Celebrity Fit Club" in 2008 and low-budget film "Not Another B Movie" 2010.
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