Marc Dion: I Wrote a Book in a Difficult Time (Creators Syndicate)
I love my own people more than I've ever loved them, because they've set up a terrible whiplash that's going to come back on them like a striking snake. It sounded so tough, and it's going to end so weak. The country is rocketing back to 1905, crushing workers' rights, encouraging pollution, asking blacks, "Just who the hell do you think you are, boy?" and giving women the old kitchen/whorehouse choice.
Jamelle Bouie: Cruel Old Party (Slate)
Here is what the AHCA, deemed "Trumpcare," would do if signed into law: Allow states to waive coverage for "essential health benefits" like hospitalization, maternity care, and mental health coverage; allow discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, cancer, and other ailments without a safety net for Americans priced out of the individual market; allow employers to hollow out health benefits for their employees, threatening health insurance for the millions of Americans who receive it through their jobs; …
David Christopher Bell: Reminder: No One Gets A Plaque For Taking Away Civil Rights (Cracked)
History has a funny way of looking back at controversial moments with hindsight that's far more objective. And so far, literally every case in which a person was proudly attempting to limit the civil rights of a group of people or desperately clinging to old racist traditions has been seen as hilariously wrong. And because of the terrifyingly immortal nature of social media, these people (with entire lives beyond these beliefs) are going to be forever immortalized as wrong-headed chucklecocks.
A planetarium (plural planetaria or planetariums) is a theatre built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and the night sky, or for training in celestial navigation.
Gene was first and correct with:
A planetarium. There are some YouTube videos which the vlog author poses some pretty extreme and random circumstances of things which might happen in the universe, and uses planetarium software to display and describe these things. Pretty cool all in all. (Sorry, can't remember the name of the channel.)
A theater for presenting educational and entertaining shows about
astronomy? Sounds like a planetarium to me.
Sounds to me
Like a planetarium. First one I saw was the Buhl Planetarium in
Pittsburgh. The small facility (it also had a science museum that housed
a really nice model train exhibit at Christmas) has been moved entirely
to the Carnegie Science Center.
John I from Hawai`i says,
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Billy in Cypress responded:
A planetarium is the answer today. What do you call a group of them? The answer is planetaria or planetariums. What do you call a group of repug politicians? That answer is nothing, because they will throw you in jail for speaking the truth or citing facts. .
Dave in Tucson answered:
Believe the theatre for astronomy is called a planetarium. The Flandrau
at the University of Arizona has been doing a laser light show to Dark
Side of the Moon every Friday since the beginning of time.
Oh, that's easy: a planetarium.
Cooler and windy. I appreciate spring's return.
Joe S answered:
Dale of 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.
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 the FRESH'The Last 100 Days Of Diana'.
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 RERUN'Bob's Burgers', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Making History', then a FRESH'The Last Man On Earth'.
MY recycles 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 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment', then a FRESH'Into The Badlands'.
[6:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 2
[7:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 3
[8:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Episode 4
[9:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 5
[10:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 6
[11:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 7
[12:00PM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 8
[1:00PM] KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
[4:00PM] GLADIATOR (2000)
[7:30PM] GLADIATOR (2000)
[11:00PM] APOCALYPTO (2006)
[2:00AM] APOCALYPTO (2006)
[5:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Part 2. (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', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by '2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards', and 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain'.
FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', then the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', again.
History has 'Bigfoot Captured', followed by the FRESH'Roanoke: Search For The Lost Colony: Extended Version'.
[8:30AM] TOTAL RECALL
[11:00AM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
[2:00PM] THE DEPARTED
[5:15PM] BAD BOYS
[10:15PM] THE DEPARTED
[3:45AM] PATHFINDER (ALL TIMES EDT)
[9:30AM] The Quick and the Dead
[12:00PM] Jet Li's Fearless
[4:30PM] Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
[9:00PM] RoboCop 2
[11:30PM] RoboCop 3
[3:30AM] RoboCop 2 (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Red 2', followed by the movie '300'.
An email has been sent to staff at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing that all their agency's televisions will show Fox News, apparently by order of the Trump administration.
Journalist Paul Thacker tweeted a screengrab of the message, but an FDA spokesperson denied there had been any such order.
It reads: "Please excuse me for sending this out to your entire group via your listserv, but I was alerted by a member in your group and I wanted to let everyone know that the reason for the change from CNN to Fox.
"The reason for the change is that a decision from the current administration administrative officials has requested that all monitors, under our control, on the White Oak Campus, display Fox News.
Roma girl Samira Ramic poses for photo as she shows a boiled egg, during St. George's Day celebration with her family members, in the village of Kiseljak, near Tuzla,140 kms north of Sarajevo, May 6, 2017. Members of the Roma minority community in Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated their biggest holiday, St. George's Day, or Djurdjevdan, with traditional rituals such as taking baths and washing hands with water from church wells and cracking eggs, as the holiday marks the advent of spring.
Photo by Amel Emric
Twenty-seven national monuments, mostly in the West, face the curtailing or elimination of protections put in place over the past two decades by presidents from both parties, the Interior Department said.
Donald Trump (R-Crooked) ordered the review last month, saying protections imposed by his three immediate predecessors amounted to "a massive federal land grab" that "should never have happened."
A list released Friday includes 22 monuments on federal land in 11, mostly Western states, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Nevada's Basin and Range and Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine.
The review also targets five marine monuments in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, including a huge reserve in Hawaii established in 2006 by resident George W. Bush and expanded last year by President Barack Obama.
Bush, Obama and Bill Clinton were among a host of presidents who protected hundreds of millions of acres under a 1906 law that authorizes the president to declare federal lands and waters as monuments and restrict their use.
The retirement of Britain's Prince Philip from public life led world headlines on Thursday, but his most devout and remote followers have only just heard the news.
A tribe in Vanuatu was shocked and dismayed to discover on Saturday that the man they pray to as the son of an ancestral local mountain god will likely never return to their Pacific Island home.
The British royal, who said he would no longer take part in public engagements, alone or alongside his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, is part of the fabric of life in the village of Younanen on Tanna Island.
Villagers pray to the 95-year-old prince daily, asking for his blessing on the banana and yam crops that make their primitive and extremely poor community self-sufficient.
"If he comes one day the people will not be poor, there will be no sickness, no debt and the garden will be growing very well," village chief Jack Malia told Reuters through an interpreter at the village's Nakamal, a traditional meeting place where the men gather at night to drink highly intoxicating kava.
A Vatican Swiss Guard recruit swears in during a ceremony at the San Damaso courtyard in Vatican City, May 6, 2017. The ceremony is held each May 6 to commemorate the day in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards died protecting Pope Clement VII during the Sack of Rome.
Photo by Andrew Medichini
Just as you're starting to recover from Crayola's heartbreaking decision to kill off off the beloved Dandelion crayon, the company goes and reveals Dandelion's utterly underwhelming replacement.
Yes, after a full month of mourning a pivotal piece of our childhood and Crayola boxes, the art supply company that broke our creative little hearts revealed the currently nameless stick of wax from the blue family that will be joining the box.
The only problem? It looks a bit like every other blue crayon we've ever known, which is a tremendous letdown.
On Friday, the brand new crayon was revealed at an on-campus event at Oregon State University, the place where the vibrant YInMn Blue pigment that inspired it was first discovered in 2009.
In a press release shared with Mashable, chemist Mas Subramanian - who discovered the pigment with his team -said that it's a true honor to see his work inspire such a "beloved instrument for creativity."
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R-Fink) on Friday enacted a bill that critics say is an underhanded way of denying rights to same-sex couples by insisting on the "natural and ordinary meaning" of words in state statues.
The legislation, which was signed by the Republican governor despite pressure from civil liberty and gay-rights groups, requires words in Tennessee law be interpreted with their "natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language." It did not explain, however, what that means.
Civil rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates warned the law is meant to undermine the rights of same-sex couples in any statutes that include words like "husband," "wife," "mother" or "father."
Neither of the two sponsoring lawmakers, Republican state Senator John Stevens and Republican state Representative Andrew Farmer, could be reached to comment.
However, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported Stevens said he proposed the measure partly to compel courts to side more closely with the dissenting opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized same-sex marriage.
A boy cools off in the water to beat the heat, in Hyderabad, Pakistan, May 6, 2017. Pakistan Meteorological Department PMD predicted hot and dry weather across the country over the next 48 hours.
Photo by Nadeem Khawer
EPA chief Scott Pruitt has recused himself from lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency that he was involved in as Oklahoma's attorney general.
Pruitt's recusal statement, obtained by E&E news and dated May 4, outlines several lawsuits he has agreed not to be involved in until one year after his Senate confirmation on Feb. 18 of this year. He also will not take part in any cases in which the state of Oklahoma is a party.
In his previous role as Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt participated in more than a dozen lawsuits against the EPA, including challenges to the Obama-era's Clean Power Plan and a rule related to the Clean Water Act.
Pruitt said in his statement Thursday that his recusal "addresses all of my ethics obligations."
Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Weasel) flew in to Washington to cast an affirmative vote for a healthcare repeal bill that could allow insurers to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions even though he recently had a surgery for a pre-existing condition himself.
Mr Chaffetz recently underwent an ankle surgery to remove 14 screws and a metal plate from his foot that were put in after a fall in his garage nearly 12 years ago. He had been experiencing pain in his ankle and his doctors advised that he come back to Utah, where he lives, to remove the hardware or risk serious infection.
The healthcare bill that he returned to Washington to vote on included an amendment, added after the first failed attempts to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, that would allow states to opt-out of provisions in the law that bar insurance companies from raising rates for people with preexisting conditions.
Since Mr Chaffetz's foot injury happened over a decade ago, he may have encountered issues with his insurance regarding that surgery since "pending surgeries" was one of the conditions that may have been exempt in the bill.
A picture snapped of Mr Chaffetz rolling through the halls of Congress on a knee scooter with what has been described as a look of joy on his face as her headed to cast his vote has since become a meme online, with people adding captions to the picture describing morbid intentions to leave people uninsured behind his smile.
Nearly 400 migratory birds of brilliant plumage were killed when they smashed into an office tower in Texas while flying in a storm, officials said on Friday.
Office workers arrived at the tallest skyscraper in downtown Galveston on Thursday morning and found the birds with feathers of blue, green, yellow and other hues dead on the ground, said Josh Henderson, animal services supervisor for Galveston police.
The birds were coming from Central and South America and arrived in the coastal city of Galveston, likely fatigued from their flight over the Gulf of Mexico. The birds migrate to several areas across North America during the warmer months of the year.
More than 20 species were represented among the 395 birds that died, Henderson said. The biggest group was Nashville Warblers, followed by Blackburnian Warblers.
Henderson said he did not know if all the birds were flying together or if they struck the office tower at different times.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft continues to delivery some truly jaw-dropping photographs from Saturn, and its most recent "Grand Finale" dive between the planet's rings has produced some of its most striking eye candy yet. But what's most interesting about the newest crop of photos isn't necessarily the images of Saturn and its rings - those are also really, really cool - it's the snapshots that Cassini's lens managed to capture of the planet's moons Rhea and Titan.
The photos, which were captured before, during, and immediately after the second of Cassini's over 20 planned dives, were sent back to NASA from the spacecraft on May 3rd. The collection of new images was just released to the public in a huge media dump by the agency.
Of course, Saturn itself is Cassini's most important photography subject, and the craft spent some time snapping some really fantastic new shots of the planet's complex ring structure as well. The photos, especially the one below, are so incredibly detailed that they honestly look fake. The sharp lines you see are actually made up of all kinds of dust and debris that has been circling Saturn for ages, forming the strikingly beautiful pattern.
Cassini's next Grand Finale dive will take place on May 9th, when it will make its way from the northern end of Saturn to the south, flying through the rings as it goes. Let's hope its next 20 dives produce just as much fancy photography as its first two.
An Indian Royal Bengal tiger cools off in water inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, India, May 3, 2017. According to reports, large parts of Maharashtra is under heatwave, with unusual temperature hovering above 40 degree Celsius.
Photo by Divyakant Solanki
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