Paul Krugman: The Silence of the Hacks (NY Times Blog)
This has nothing to do with Trump, who is, as I've been saying, an ignorant bystander - yes, he's betraying every promise he made, but what else is new? It's about Congressional Republicans. Which Congressional Republicans? All of them. Remember, three senators who cared even a bit about substance, legislative process, and just plain honesty with the public, could stop this. So far, it doesn't look as if there are those three senators.
Paul Krugman: Jobs and Skills and Zombies (NY Times Blog)
Unfortunately, the skills myth - like the myth of a looming debt crisis - is having dire effects on real-world policy. Instead of focusing on the way disastrously wrongheaded fiscal policy and inadequate action by the Federal Reserve have crippled the economy and demanding action, important people piously wring their hands about the failings of American workers.
Pennsylvania officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The Appalachian Mountains run through its middle. The commonwealth borders Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to the northwest, New York to the north, and New Jersey to the east.
Pennsylvania has been known as the Keystone State since 1802, based in part upon its central location among the original Thirteen Colonies forming the United States, and also in part because of the number of important American documents signed in the state (such as the Declaration of Independence). It was also a keystone state economically, having both the industry common to the North (making such wares as Conestoga wagons and rifles) and the agriculture common to the South (producing feed, fiber, food, and tobacco).
Mark. was first and correct with:
Pennsylvania is the Keystone State.
Alan J answered:
Stephen F responded:
My home state
Pennsylvania was designated the Keystone State, allegedly, because it
supported the arch of the colonies, bridging the New England/North East
mercantile and the agrarian south. They don't call it Pennsytucky for
nothing. It's Pittsburgh at one end, Philadelphia at the other, and
Alabama in the middle.
I grew up in the Garden State, which is adjacent to the Keystone State, better known as Pennsylvania (Penn's Wood).
Hot, hot, hot - 102 yesterday, hotter today, even hotter tomorrow.
Researching young adult cancer - so much information! So much support! For the first time in a week I feel hopeful for my son.
Ed K said:
That would be Pennsylvania. Born there. The best thing I ever did was
to move out of there. Cali baby!
Pennsylvania, where the pennsyls come from.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Billy in Cypress said:
DJ Useo wrote:
It's Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's nickname is apparently "The Keystone State" because "the snob state" was already taken. ;)
Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
94 today, 99 tomorrow, and 101 on Monday. Ack! Back to 90's maybe by Friday. Sac Valley might see 109 during this heater. Oh Fucking well!
The 'Keystone State' is the home and namesake of the famed Army 28th Infantry 'Keystone Division' of WWII... comprised mainly of Pennsylvania Army National Guard units it earned the nickname, the 'Bloody Bucket' division, by the Germans it fought in the horrific Battle of H?rgten Forest (the longest continuous battle fought by the US in WWII), the Battle of the Bulge, and then piercing the Siegfried Line into Germany... the 'Keystone Division' was on the front line for 196 days of continuous combat.
This amateur military historian notes that the 'Keystone Division' is the only one that he is aware of that had their division patch painted on the front of their helmets. Some, like Audie Murphy's 3rd Infantry Division, wore it on the sides, but only the 28th had theirs facing the enemy... hence the German epithet, I believe. Those Pennsylvania boys fought long, hard, and very well and were respected and feared by the Germans they faced...
The photo comes from the 1998 HBO movie, 'When Trumpets Fade', When Trumpets Fade (TV Movie 1998) - IMDb depicting a soldier from the 28th during that awful battle in the dark, thick, H?rgten Forest that drove men into slaughter and madness...
TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A submarine will be used by University of Michigan researchers to look for prehistoric civilization under Lake Huron. The decades-old yellow submersible, PC1201, will take explorers to the Alpena-Amberley Ridge, where researchers believe there is a 9,000-year-old caribou hunting structure... the area used to be dry land at one point that connected northeast Michigan to southern Ontario, but is now covered with 120 feet of water.
Zounds! That's 1,000 years after the glaciers that covered the area to 6.000 feet finally receded into Canada and its melt started creating the lakes from the deep gouges in the earth that they created... and the 'First Peoples' lived there and hunted caribou and mastodon along the ridges in the land eventually water covered... I'm familiar with that ridge from the charts I used as a Coast Guard Great Lakes mariner in those waters... I'm eager to know what they discover down there...
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 RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One', then a RERUN'Madam Secretary', followed by a RERUN'Code Black'.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly', followed by a RERUN'American Ninja Warrior', then a RERUN'Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge'.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'The Bachelorette', followed by a FRESH'Still Star-Crossed'.
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 fills the night with LIVE'US Open Championships', followed by a FRESH'American Girl', then pads the left coast with local crap.
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'.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then the FRESH'America's War On Drugs'.
[8:30AM] DIE HARD
[11:30AM] DIE HARD 2
[2:15PM] DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE
[5:00PM] DIE HARD
[8:00PM] DIE HARD 2
[10:45PM] DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE
[4:00AM] AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: EXTENDED EDITION (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Rifleman-The Anvil Chorus
[6:30AM] The Rifleman-The Conflict
[7:00AM] The Rifleman-Incident at Line Shack Six
[7:30AM] The Rifleman-Suspicion
[8:00AM] The Rifleman-Sidewinder
[8:30AM] The Rifleman-The Sixteenth Cousin
[9:00AM] The Rifleman-Hostages to Fortune
[9:30AM] The Rifleman-And the Devil Makes Five
[10:00AM] The Rifleman-End of the Hunt
[10:30AM] The Rifleman-The Bullet
[11:00AM] The Rifleman-Requiem at Mission Springs
[11:30AM] The Rifleman-The Guest
[12:00PM] The Train Robbers
[2:00PM] Cahill U.S. Marshall
[4:30PM] The Cowboys
[10:00PM] The Cowboys
[3:30AM] Cahill U.S. Marshall (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra', followed by the movie 'GI Joe: Retaliation'.
A woman protests in support of Philando Castile during a rally on the capitol steps after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Castile, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. June 16, 2017.
Photo by Eric Miller
A scientific survey ship sent to study the effects of climate change on Arctic coastal ecosystems has been delayed, thanks to Arctic sea ice drifting too far southward.
The much-anticipated Hudson Bay System Study (BaySys) has been in the works for years, and is a joint project between five Canadian universities. The study would have provided scientists with a clearer understanding of how climate change is impacting ecosystems on Canada's northern coast, along with the many communities that live there.
However, the survey ship, the CCGS Amundsen, needed to arrive at the site at a specific time to meet the study's research goals. A sudden influx of Arctic ice, caused by higher temperatures in the North Pole, would have delayed the ship for too long.
In a press release, Expedition Chief Scientist David Barber said "Considering the severe ice conditions and the increasing demand for Search And Rescue operations (SAR) and ice escort, we decided to cancel the BaySys mission. A second week of delay meant our research objectives just could not be safely achieved - the challenge for us all was that the marine ice hazards were exceedingly difficult for the maritime industry, the [Coast Guard], and science."
This means that scientists will have to wait another year for an opportunity to study the Canadian Arctic, one of the areas hardest hit by climate change. No doubt the scientists will plan ahead next year for even more climate change-related delays interfering with their mission, but with global temperatures rising each year more planning may not be enough.
Supporters of Philando Castile hold their fists up in solidarity during a gathering Friday, June 16, 2017, outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. The vigil was held after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Castile last year.
Photo by Anthony Souffle
Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio confirmed Friday that he has turned over an Oscar won by Marlon Brando, along with other gifts, amid an inquiry into a multibillion-dollar money-laundering scheme involving a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.
US authorities are seeking to recover billions in money and assets allegedly embezzled by businessmen with political connections in Malaysia. The scandal has rocked the Malaysian governing class, exposing Prime Minister Najib Razak to allegations of corruption, which he has denied.
A spokesman for DiCaprio said in a statement that the 42-year-old actor had contacted the US Justice Department last July after learning of a civil action against "certain parties involved in the making of 'The Wolf of Wall Street,'" a movie in which DiCaprio starred.
US authorities announced Thursday that they intended to seize more than a half-billion dollars in additional assets acquired with money embezzled from the 1MDB Malaysian sovereign fund, at the heart of a vast international scandal.
Those assets include a $261 million yacht purchased by Malaysian businessman Jho Low, as well as paintings by Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat; and the royalties of "Dumb and Dummer To" and "Daddy's Home."
Shania Twain, the crossover country star whose huge success in the 1990s was followed by troubled years in which she lost her voice and husband, is ready with a comeback album.
Twain, the top-selling woman in country music history, announced that she will put out a fifth album, "Now," on September 29 -- her first studio release since 2002.
Faced with both emotional turmoil and dysphonia, a vocal ailment, Twain said she lost her voice and required extensive therapy and treatment to sing again.
Twain, who has already returned to live performances, said she had to overcome fear to work on "Now."
Twain has sold more than 75 million albums as she found success beyond the confines of country music with songs such as "That Don't Impress Me Much," "You're Still the One" and "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!"
Kate Khaled, of St. Paul, Minn., and her two sons, Jibreel, 8, left, and Esa, 7, sit Friday, June 16, 2017, at the memorial near the site where Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez last July. The two boys went to J.J. Hill Montessori and knew "Mr. Phil." Yanez was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook.
Photo by Aaron Lavinsky
Chinese scientists have pulled off a major feat with one of the sub-atomic world's weirdest phenomena: photons that behave like twins and experience the same things simultaneously, even over great distances.
The space-based technique developed by the researchers and reported in the journal Science holds potential for revolutionizing telecommunications and perhaps someday developing a hack-proof internet.
The principle is called quantum entanglement, in which photons or neutrons are created in such a way that they are linked and behave as if they were one entity, even if they are physically separated.
In a groundbreaking experiment led by Professor Jian-Wei Pan of Hefei University in China, a laser on a satellite orbiting 300 miles above the earth produced entangled photons.
They were then transmitted to two different ground-based stations 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) apart, without breaking the link between the photons, the researchers said.
Bill Cosby, the comedian and actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, avoided a conviction on Father's Day weekend as a jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago.
Prosecutors found themselves back to square one Saturday after the judge declared a mistrial following more than 52 hours of deliberations over six days.
Excoriated by the defense for charging Cosby in the first place, District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to put him on trial a second time, saying accuser Andrea Constand supported the decision.
By sowing doubt among one or more jurors, Cosby's lawyers managed to overcome two years of unrelenting bad publicity for their client after the public release of his damaging testimony about drugs and sex, as well as a barrage of accusations from 60 women who came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.
Protesters hold signs in support of Philando Castile during a rally on the capitol steps after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Castile, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. June 16, 2017.
Photo by Eric Miller
A U.S. official has apologized for the World War II internment of Alaska's Unangan people.
Jim Kurth, acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, traveled this week to remote St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea to speak with survivors of the internment and their descendants, Alaska's Energy Desk reported.
Fish and Wildlife agents oversaw the internment of the people of Alaska's Pribilof Islands after the Japanese in 1942 bombed Dutch Harbor on the Aleutian island of Unalaska in 1942, where the U.S. had established World War II military bases.
About 900 Alaska Natives were taken from the Aleutian and Pribilof islands for internment. Many died of illness or starvation.
St. Paul Island, population about 480, is one of the four Pribilof islands and lies about 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of Unalaska.
Patent Could Prevent In-Store Comparison Price Shopping
When you're at the store, it's long been easy to pull Amazon out and compare product prices. But with a patent filed by Amazon could make that harder to do.
In Amazon's patent filing, which is titled "Physical Store Online Shopping Control," the online retailer details a method for preventing shoppers from searching for alternative prices when connected to a store's own Wi-Fi network, Engadget reported.
If you attempt to browse for a product while on store Wi-Fi, the system can choose to either redirect you to another site, block access to the competing product listing or send an employee to assist you. The patent text says the technology would use the communications between your phone and the store's Wi-Fi to "triangulate a location or position of the consumer device within the retailer location." The system could check to see if Amazon's own price for a specific product was lower by comparison.
The patent has been in the backlog at Amazon for a while. The online retailer originally submitted it in 2012, and it finally was approved in late May. And at the same time, patent filings are rarely a concrete indicator of a company's future plans. As potentially obnoxious as the feature might be, it'd also be easy to circumvent by simply using mobile data within the store.
Bob Edwards, of St. Anthony, uses a mallet Friday, June 16, 2017, in Falcon Heights, Minn., to install a sign he made near the site where Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez last year. Yanez was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook.
Photo by Aaron Lavinsky
Parkinson's disease, which involves the malfunction and death of nerve cells in the brain, may originate in the gut, new research suggests, adding to a growing body of evidence supporting the idea.
The new study shows that a protein in nerve cells that becomes corrupted and then forms clumps in the brains of people with Parkinson's can also be found in cells that line the small intestine. The research was done in both mice and human cells.
The finding supports the idea that this protein first becomes altered in the gut and then travels to the brain, where it causes the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive movement disorder, affecting as many as 1 million people in the United States and 7 million to 10 million people worldwide, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
The protein, called alpha-synuclein, is abundant in the brain. And in healthy nerve cells, it dissolves in the fluid within the cell. But in Parkinson's patients, alpha-synuclein folds abnormally. The misfolded protein can then spread through the nervous system to the brain as a prion, or infectious protein. In the brain, the misfolded protein molecules stick to each other and clump up, damaging neurons.
Food is no longer an option for married "breatharian" couple Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castillo. The duo said they practice a diet of consuming only the "universe's energy."
The couple, who have a 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, haven't eaten more than their thrice weekly piece of fruit or vegetable broth for nine years straight.
"Humans can easily be without food - as long as they are connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing," Castillo told The Sun Friday.
Breatharianism is a practice where an individual frees themselves from food. Instead, breatharian's will utilize aspects within the universe - including light, energy, and air - to survive.
In previous years, famous breatharians have been caught sneaking food. Most recently, Hira Ratan Manek - a well-known breatharian - was caught eating in a restaurant during the filming of the documentary "Eat the Sun," a movie that looks into the spiritual and physical benefits of sungazing.
Avildsen's son Anthony told US media that the filmmaker had died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Rocky, one of Avildsen's most successful films, starred Slyvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa and became one of the highest-grossing films of 1976, also winning two Oscars: for Best Picture and Best Director.
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