Froma Harrop: Higher Ed Needs Major Disruption (Creators Syndicate)
Where is the money going? It's going to multimillion-dollar pay packages for college presidents, country-club campus amenities and, increasingly, an expanding army of administrators tasked with micromanaging the drinking habits, sex lives and sensitivities of people who in any other American context would be considered adults.
14 Simple Charts For Teaching Children That Life Is Hard (Cracked)
There's a lot of harsh realities of life that people just don't want to face. But people also love to look at pictures, especially if they think they'll be smarter for doing so after. So that's why we're combining the two. In an effort to adequately prepare you for life, and also to fulfill some of our court-mandated community service, here are some charts that'll make you a better person. Or a more cynical one, depending on how you view the glass.
Tightrope walking, also called funambulism, is the art of walking along a thin wire or rope. It has a long tradition in various countries and is commonly associated with the circus. Other skills similar to tightrope walking include slack rope walking and slacklining.
Lois Hanging By A Thread was first and correct with:
I cheated and looked it up! Cannot imagine what would be so fun about walking on a tightrope, but different strokes for different folks.
Alan J wrote:
A Tightrope Walker.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
a tightrope walker
Person who performs on a tightrope
DJ Useo replied:
I've always had a keen interest in circus related matters, so I actually knew the answer is tight rope walking.
Funambulist ~ Tight-rope walker or rope dancer.
Joe S answered:
These questions seem to be getting harder to answer. The first thing that pops into mind is a fun walker, but that makes no sense. Walking for fun doesn't seem to be a profession, unless of course you are walking on a TIGHTROPE! Now that's fun. unless you're walking on a tightrope over a canyon or something. Then it's scary.
Dale of Diamondy Springs in the Rain, Norcali took the day off.
mj took the day off.
Deborah is engaged in 'Mother of the Bride' festivities.
Randall is visiting Sin City.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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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'Elementary'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN'Little Big Shots', then a FRESH'The Carmichael Show', followed by a FRESH'Crowded', then 'Dateline'.
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'The Family', followed by a FRESH'Quantico'.
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 a FRESH'Bordertown', followed by a RERUN'The Simpsons', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers', 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 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 & Now', then a FRESH'Interention'.
AMC offers the movie 'Twister', 'Fear the Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'Fear The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
[9:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
[10:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
[11:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[12:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[1:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Hunters and Hunted
[3:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Creatures of the Deep
[4:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Plants
[5:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Primates
[6:00PM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Blue Planet
[7:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
[8:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
[9:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[10:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-An Epic Journey
[11:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
[12:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
[1:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH'Thicker Than Water', and 'Shahs Of Sunset'.
Comedy Central has 'Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos', 'Jeff Dunham: All Over The Map', 'Jeff Dunham: Unhinged In Hollywood', and 'Jeff Dunham: All Over The Map'.
FX has the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2', followed by the movie 'Snow White & The Huntsman'.
Eric Bana, left, and Ricky Gervais, attend Tribeca Talks After the Movie: "Special Correspondents" during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 22, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa
First Lady Michelle Obama will appear in an NCIS episode in conjunction with "Joining Forces," a nationwide initiative supporting service members, veterans, and their families, on Tuesday, May 3 at 8/7c on the CBS Television Network.
"Filming inside the White House was a dream come true for the NCIS cast and crew," Executive Producer Gary Glasberg said. "It was such a pleasure working with First Lady Michelle Obama, and it's our honor to support the 'Joining Forces' initiative and the military families that benefit from it."
In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch "Joining Forces," a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities.
In the NCIS episode, "Homefront," First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the wife of a Marine to the White House for a "Joining Forces" roundtable with military spouses. The extras cast in the roundtable scene were actual military spouses.
America Ferrera attends Tribeca Talks After the Movie: "Special Correspondents" during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 22, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa
Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has made clear to foreign diplomats: It doesn't matter if they call her country Myanmar, or its old name, Burma.
Suu Kyi gave her position Friday in a speech to the foreign diplomatic corps. She is the government's de facto leader in the specially created post of state counsellor, and also is foreign minister. Her National League for Democracy party took power from an army-backed government at the end of March.
Democracy supporters in Burma balked when the then-ruling military renamed the country Myanmar in 1989. The military in turn was irritated when activists and their supporters abroad - including many Western governments - insisted on sticking with the old name.
As she explained her policy of friendship and mutual benefit to the diplomats, Suu Kyi interrupted herself to say she should clear up the matter of what name to use for her country "because there are some members of the diplomatic corps who don't know quite which term to use."
"So it is up to you, because there is nothing in the constitution of our country that says that you must use any term in particular," she said. "I use Burma very often because I am used to using it. But it does not mean that I require other people to do that as well.
The pilot of a solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey said Saturday that stopping in California's Silicon Valley will help link the daring project to the pioneering spirit of the area.
Pilot Bertrand Piccard, who left Hawaii three days ago, said he hopes to fly over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge before landing in Mountain View on Saturday night.
"Can you imagine crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on a solar-powered plane just like ships did in past centuries? But the plane doesn't make noise and doesn't pollute," Piccard said a live video feed on the website documenting the journey.
The aircraft started its around-the-world journey in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan. It's on the ninth leg of its circumnavigation.
A huge 9,300 sq km coral reef system has been found below the muddy waters off the mouth of the river Amazon , astonishing scientists, governments and oil companies who have started to explore on top of it.
The existence of the 965km long reef, which ranges from about 30-120m deep and stretches from French Guiana to Brazil's Maranhao state, was not suspected because many of the world's great rivers produce major gaps in reef systems where no corals grow.
In addition, there was little previous evidence because corals mostly thrive in clear, sunlit, salt water, and the equatorial waters near the mouth of the Amazon are some of the muddiest in the world, with vast quantities of sediment washed thousands of miles down the river and swept hundreds of miles out to sea.
But the reef appears to be thriving below the freshwater "plume", or outflow, of the Amazon. Compared to many other reefs, the scientists say in a paper in Science Advances on Friday, it is is relatively "impoverished". Nevertheless, they found over 60 species of sponges, 73 species of fish, spiny lobsters, stars and much other reef life.
Its discovery came as a complete surprise, says co-author Patricia Yager, a professor of oceanography and climate change at the University of Georgia. "I was flabbergasted, as were the rest of the 30 oceanographers. Traditionally, our understanding of reefs has focused on tropical shallow coral reefs which harbour biodiversity that rivals tropical rainforests," she told The Atlantic.
A decade ago, GOP leaders developed a strategy to take over North Carolina's state government for the first time since 1870: Aggressively pursue the seats of vulnerable Democratic lawmakers and win House and Senate majorities by 2010; use those majorities to redistrict the state in Republicans' favor; and push a business-friendly, socially conservative agenda in a Southern state where progressive policies once held sway.
The formula worked. With both houses and the governor's office under their control, Republicans can do what they want in Raleigh.
But now, as lawmakers prepare to enter their annual legislative session Monday, the courts, and possibly the court of public opinion, are threatening to imperil the Republicans' right-leaning agenda.
At least seven Republican-backed laws have been partially or fully overturned by state and federal courts since 2011, including three since September alone, even as millions in taxpayer funds have been spent defending them. Other laws are still being challenged in court.
And now the Republicans may face their biggest test with House Bill 2, approved during a one-day special session last month. The law limits LGBT anti-discrimination rules by state and local governments. It also says that in public schools, universities and government buildings, transgender people must use the restrooms and locker rooms of their gender at birth.
Mexican writer Fernando del Paso (L) and his wife Socorro pose after a traditional ceremony where del Paso received the "Premio Cervantes" literary award at the University of Alcala de Henares, near Madrid, April 23, 2016.
Photo by Juan Medina
A German orchestra said on Saturday that Turkey attempted to pressure it and the EU to keep the term "genocide" out of a concert marking the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.
The controversy centres on texts that will be sung or spoken during the April 30 show in the eastern German city of Dresden, as well as the event's programme, which uses the word.
"It's an infringement on freedom of expression," said Markus Rindt, director of the Dresdner Sinfoniker orchestra.
Turkey has long rejected Armenian claims that the killing of up to 1.5 million of their kin as the Ottoman Empire fell apart be classed as a genocide.
The commission ultimately maintained its financial support, but asked the orchestra to not mention genocide and has removed any mention of the event from its website, Rindt said.
Middle-aged white people now account for a third of all suicides in the U.S., a new government report shows.
Suicide is the nation's 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24 percent in 15 years, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Suicides have long been most common among white people - particularly older white males. But most striking in the new report is the growth in whites ages 45 to 64.
There were nearly 43,000 U.S. suicides in 2014. More than 14,000 of them were middle-aged whites - twice the combined total for all blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives.
In other terms - a group that represents 18 percent of the U.S. population accounted for 33 percent of the suicides.
Artist Chin Chih Yang poses after his performance "Kill Me or Change" with 30,000 cans falling and burying the artist underneath a mountain of garbage, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan April 23, 2016.
Photo by Tyrone Siu
An order of cloistered Roman Catholic nuns won approval from a Denver suburb to build a higher fence to prevent people from entering their property to harass them, the Sisters' advocate said on Friday.
The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Colorado asked the city of Littleton to add two feet to a six-foot fence after several incidents in the last two years of people scaling the walls and trespassing on the monastery grounds, said Mike Kisting, who made the request on behalf of the Sisters.
In one instance, a man clambered over the fence onto the 13-acre property, which the order has owned since 1947, and chased one of the nuns who had to flee and seek refuge inside a building, Kisting said.
The Discalced Carmelites are among the Catholic Church's strictest contemplative orders, requiring them to spend their days in prayer and devotion, with little speaking and to live "a life of complete self-sacrifice," according to their website.
The nuns are not allowed to see outsiders, or vice versa, except in rare circumstances, and the ongoing harrying forced the 11 Sisters who live there to sequester themselves in more remote areas of the grounds, Kisting said.
Tourists watch an actor perform at the house where William Shakespeare was born during celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Britain, April 23, 2016.
Photo by Dylan Martinez
A historian in northeastern Poland says the moss-covered ruins of a German World War II bunker may hide Russia's precious Amber Room, a national treasure that went missing during the war.
The 18th-century Amber Room, made of amber panels and gold leaf, was fitted into Russia's Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, where it remained until it was looted by Germany's Nazis in 1941.
Tests in September by earth-penetrating radar in the woods near the Polish village of Mamerki suggest there's a small room at the base of a bunker that was the German army's wartime headquarters, according to the head of Mamerki Museum, Bartlomiej Plebanczyk.
The bunker is located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Russia's Kaliningrad region - which was the German region of Koenigsberg during the war and where the Nazis brought the Amber Room in 1941.
Plebanczyk told TVN24 on Friday that he is "almost certain" that the crumbling concrete bunker hides the Russian treasure. He has informed local Polish authorities in the town of Wegorzewo, who will now decide what to do.
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