Ted Rall: Are Millennials the Most Ageist Generation Ever? (Creators Syndicate)
Ever notice how those who complain about being victims are themselves at least as likely to be perpetrators of the same offense? Examples that come to mind for me include the United States and Israel, two countries that portray themselves as targets of terrorism while carrying out wars of aggression whose death tolls far exceed their own losses.
Ted Rall: Welcome to the Machine, President Sanders (Creators Syndicate)
Rising in the polls, Bernie Sanders is already posing a credible threat to Hillary in the key primary state of New Hampshire. Having gone in one month from left-wing curiosity to serious contender, his confidence is soaring. He has gone from promoting himself as a mere symbolic tool to push Clinton to the left to predicting that he will win the Democratic nomination for president, and ultimately the presidency itself.
Froma Harrop: Meditate for Success (Creators Syndicate)
We ambitious strivers seeking guidance from fitness pros, decluttering experts and TED talks often find the day divided in two unequal parts. Three-quarters goes to overworking. The remaining quarter is for countering the ill effects of overworking. We do the latter not necessarily to nurture our souls but to boost performance during the working hours.
Experience: I am Dancing Man (Guardian)
'It felt crazy that something so harmful and personal could turn so quickly into something positive. I realised we could take a stance against this kind of bullying.'
In 1999, Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, pioneered the commercial use of aerial fireworks launched with compressed air rather than gunpowder for the Epcot night time spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. The display shell explodes in the air using an electronic timer. The advantages of compressed air launch are a reduction in fumes, and much greater accuracy in height and timing.
The Walt Disney Company is the largest consumer of fireworks in the world.
mj was first, and correct, with:
I'm guessing that
The Kindom of the Mouse (Walt Disney Inc or whatever it's official
corporate person name is) terrifies more dogs and veterans with PTSD
than anyone else.
"Mommy, why can't we go to Disney world?"
"Because your dad doesn't want to be on the news as a mass murderer
after the nightly fireworks."
Alan J wrote:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Walt Disney World is the largest consumer of fire works
Lois Of The Happiest Place In Oregon replied:
The single greatest pyrotechnic polluter in the world is the beautiful and talented Disney Corporation ( AKA Mousewitz or Duckenwald to some of it's employees) providing cheap thrills that create unnecessary toxic air pollution which can cause serious health and environmental risks, not to mention the joy of living in Anaheim and experiencing the noise pollution every FRIGGING NIGHT ALL SUMMER LONG like my poor old sister.
Deborah took the day off.
Dale of Diamond Stormy Morning Springs, Norcali took the day off.
Loon couple at 9:30am today on Grousehaven Lake, Rifle River Recreation Area, MI about 25 yards from my boat. They gave us a loud 'shouting at', Loon-style from time to time, for being in their part of the lake... They did hang around quite awhile, though, giving us quite a show... Awesome...
The Loons departed, but Small Mouth Bass appeared... a nice 17" one that gave me one of their usual pugnacious fights. Quite fun on lightweight tackle...
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'Big Brother', then a RERUN'Zoo', followed by a RERUN'Extant'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'NASCAR Sprint Cup', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Celebrity Family Feud', then a FRESH'BattleBots', followed by a RERUN'Castle'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', followed by an old 'Friends', then another old 'Friends', followed by 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'2015 FIFA Women's World Cup', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', 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 Day The Earth Stood Still', followed by the movie 'Humans', then a FRESH'Halt & Catch Fire'.
[6:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 1 - The Blue Planet
[7:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 2 - The Deep
[8:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 3 - Open Ocean
[9:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 4 - Frozen Seas
[10:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 5 - Seasonal Seas
[11:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 6 - Coral Seas
[12:00PM] Escape From New York
[4:30PM] The Fifth Element
[7:30PM] The Terminator
[10:00PM] The Terminator
[3:00AM] Top Gear: Best of Australia-Episode 1
[4:00AM] Top Gear: Best of Australia-Episode 2
[5:00AM] Top Gear: Best of Australia-Episode 3 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH'Bravo's First Looks', then a FRESH"Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH'Mother Funders'.
[6:00AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW
[6:15AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-A.A.
[6:45AM] BATMAN-LOUIE'S LETHAL LILAC TIME
[7:18AM] BATMAN-NORA CLAVICLE & THE LADIES' CRIME CLUB
[7:51AM] BATMAN-PENGUIN'S CLEAN SWEEP
[8:24AM] BATMAN-THE GREAT ESCAPE
[8:57AM] BATMAN-THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
[9:30AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES RACE AGAIN
[10:05AM] THE MONKEES-MONKEES IN PARIS
[10:40AM] THE MONKEES-THE MONKEES MIND THEIR MANOR
[11:15AM] MARON-PROFESSOR OF DESIRE
[11:45AM] THE SPOILS OF BABYLON-THE FOUNDLING
[12:15PM] THE SPOILS OF BABYLON-THE WAR WITHIN
[12:45PM] THE SPOILS OF BABYLON-KICKING THE HABIT
[1:15PM] THE SPOILS OF BABYLON-THE RISE OF THE EMPIRE
[1:45PM] THE SPOILS OF BABYLON-THE AGE OF THE BASTARD
[2:15PM] THE SPOILS OF BABYLON-SO SWEET THE BELLS
[2:45PM] THE MIST
[5:30PM] PREDATOR 2
[8:00PM] ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM
[10:00PM] MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
[12:15AM] THE MIST
[3:00AM] PREDATOR 2
[5:30AM] MARON-PROFESSOR OF DESIRE (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Approval Matrix-Golden Age of TV
[6:45AM] Born on the Fourth of July
[9:45AM] Peggy Sue Got Married
[12:00PM] Before Sunrise
[2:15PM] Before Sunset
[4:00PM] Talk to Me
[6:30PM] The Aviator
[1:15AM] The Aviator
[4:45AM] Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Orange Is the New Black
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park III'.
Wanda Sykes speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The event marks the 50th anniversary of a protest outside Independence Hall that would be a milestone in the fight for gay rights.
Photo by Matt Rourke
As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sails away to Pluto, one bunch of musicians is particularly intrigued by its journey: Styx, the rock band that shares a name with Pluto's smallest moon.
Members of the iconic rock group recently met with the space probe's NASA team at the mission's headquarters at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland. There, the rockers glimpsed the newest photos of Pluto and its five known moons.
All of Pluto's moons rock, of course, but perhaps the most hardcore is Styx, which was spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2012. Styx is about 6 to 15 miles (10 to 24 kilometers) wide, according to one NASA estimate. Recent scientific studies have shown that Pluto's four smaller moons are quite the group of renegades: They tumble chaotically as they orbit Pluto and Charon. [Pluto Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Dwarf Planet? ]
Styx ambassadors Tommy Shaw (vocals and guitar), Lawrence Gowan (vocals and keyboard) and Todd Sucherman (drums) toured APL and New Horizons' mission control center during their visit. The band members also posed for photos with the mission team, according to a statement from NASA.
Researchers at Yellowstone National Park have lost their license for a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk.
Yellowstone biologist Doug Smith said new licensee NorthWestern Energy is letting researchers share the frequencies, meaning the park can avoid more than $450,000 in estimated costs to restart the program.
Restarting the program would have required researchers to capture the wolves and elk already wearing collars and replace the devices with ones that operate on a different frequency.
The frequency license used by the park expired several years ago. It had been under the name of Ed Bangs, who led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service effort to reintroduce wolves to the park in the 1990s. When Bangs retired in 2011, the license was never renewed, park officials said.
Park service emails obtained by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) show officials were concerned the loss of monitoring data would jeopardize years of science on wolves and the elk herds they hunt.
A television comedy veteran who lives in Minnesota is giving aspiring writers a chance to break into the business.
Bo Kaprall is sponsoring the 2015 National Sitcom Writing Contest. The competition features two categories - scripts for an original pilot and scripts for existing shows.
There is a $250 cash prize for the best script in each category, plus a $500 award for best overall script.
Kaprall, who lives in Wayzata, has written for "Saturday Night Live," ''Laverne & Shirley" and "Welcome Back, Kotter." He also is creator and executive producer of "Outlaw Country," a new TV series that debuted on WGN America in February.
Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead perform during the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well show at Soldier Field on Friday, July 3, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead
Thirty years ago, Gustavo Negrete took his wooden cross and joined other indigenous Ecuadorans to greet Pope John Paul II. But he has no interest in seeing Pope Francis on Sunday.
Like a growing number of indigenous people in Latin America, Negrete has turned his back on the Roman Catholic faith that was violently forced upon their ancestors by Spanish conquistadors.
Ecuador will be the first stop in the first Latin American pope's eight-day trip to the region, which will include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay.
When John Paul visited Ecuador in 1985, 94 percent of the population identified as Catholic. Today, 80 percent of the country's 16 million people are Catholic. Seven percent of Ecuadorans are indigenous people.
British musician Paul McCartney (C) performs with band at the annual Roskilde Festival, in Roskilde, Denmark, 04 July 2015. The music festival will take place from 27 June to 04 July.
Photo by Jens Noergaard Larsen
Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.
Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold, according to public sector and financial industry experts - not just gold futures or investment positions, but approximately 5,600 gold bars worth around $650 million. The holdings, stored at a New York bank, for some harken back to century-old fears about the security of currency not backed by shiny bullion.
The Legislature's decision this summer to bring its gold cache home was hailed by many conservatives, and even some on the far left, who are suspicious of national government.
But for the Texas comptroller's office, which has to implement the policy, the catch is that the new Texas Bullion Depository exists in name but not reality.
The law doesn't say where the depository would be or how it should be built or secured. No funding was provided for those purposes or for leasing space elsewhere. Further complicating matters is a provision allowing ordinary people to check their own gold or silver bullion into the facility.
A legal fight is brewing in Florida between the estate of "Untouchables" Prohibition agent Eliot Ness and an Ohio company over some long-undiscovered stock that apparently belonged to Ness and may be worth more than $1 million.
Ness, the famed Prohibition agent who led the "Untouchables" in their crusade against Chicago gangster Al Capone and his mob accomplices, later was the top executive at bank services company Diebold Inc.
A 50-share Diebold stock certificate, along with Ness' old federal badges and credentials, languished for years in a box in the South Florida apartment of Winnie Higgins Knorr, Ness' longtime personal secretary. When Knorr died several years ago in Fort Lauderdale, her belongings - including the Diebold stock - passed on to an acquaintance, Debra Hole.
Ness was Diebold's chief executive officer from 1944 to 1951, after his crime-fighting successes in Chicago and a later stint as Cleveland's safety director. His 1929-31 service as a Prohibition agent in Chicago was the subject of a popular book and later a television show with Robert Stack as Ness, followed by the 1987 film with Kevin Costner in the agent's role and Robert De Niro as Capone.
Ness, who also unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Cleveland, died of a heart attack in Coudersport, Pennsylvania in 1957 at age 54. He left little in his estate to his third wife, Elisabeth, according to Bradley. No mention was ever made of the Diebold stock certificate and the company never reached out, he said.
Damien Hirst's statue, Charity (2002-2003), is installed opposite the Gherkin in London's Square Mile, Britain, July 4, 2015. The artwork is modelled on The Spastic's Society (now the charity Scope) collection boxes which were commonly found outside local chemists in the 1960s and 1970s, according to the artist's website. "Charity" will be featured in Sculpture in the City, a yearly public art exhibition, which launches on July 9, 2015.
Photo by Peter Nicholls
Animal rights protesters demonstrate for the abolition of bull runs and bullfights, three days before the start of the famous running of the bulls San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 4, 2015.
Photo by Eloy Alonso
Tupou VI was formally crowned King of Tonga on Saturday before thousands of people including heads of state and dignitaries from around the world, capping a week steeped in traditional rites.
Because it is taboo for Tongans to touch their king's head, a retired Australian minister was flown in to perform the televised crowning.
The new king also becomes the 24th Tu'i Kanokupolu, an ancient Tongan title that pre-dates the monarchy by centuries.
Tonga's monarchy can trace its history back 1,000 years and by the 13th century the nation wielded power and influence over surrounding islands, including Samoa, nearly 900 kilometres (560 miles) to the east.
By 1900 the country had become a British protectorate and acquired its independence in 1970. It remains the only monarchy among South Pacific island nations.
Webster met Kirk Douglas when they were both acting students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. They married in 1943 and had Kirk, in 1944, followed by the birth of Joel (now a producer) in 1947.
After a divorce from Kirk in 1951, Webster married actor Bill Darrid in 1956 and then Donald A. Webster upon her second husband's death.
Irish singer Val Doonican, a regular fixture on British television in the 1960s and 70s with hits like "Walk Tall" and "The Special Years" has died peacefully at the age of 88, his publicist said on Thursday.
Doonican, who grew up in Waterford on the southeast coast of Ireland, was the star of his own show on the BBC from 1965 to 1986, featuring his own performances and those of guest artists.
He had started writing music from an early age and had been touring as part of various groups with limited success until in 1963 he appeared on Britain's main variety TV program of the day, "Sunday Night at the London Palladium".
That one eight-minute spot transformed his fortunes, prompting Doonican to say many times that he had become "an overnight success after 17 years."
His jumpers became his trademark along with the rocking chair from which he often performed and his show launched numerous artists' careers including that of Irish comedian Dave Allen.
Doonican stopped performing in 2009 after over 60 years in showbusiness. He was a keen golfer and watercolour painter. In June 2011 he was recognized by the Mayor of Waterford and bestowed the Freedom of the City of his home town.
He leaves behind his wife Lynn, daughters Sarah and Fiona and two grandchildren.
Dancers of the Friedrichstadt-Palast from the show "THE WYLD" pose during a promotional photocall at a former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station at the Teufelsberg (Devil's Mountain) in Berlin, Germany, July 2, 2015. The 10.6 million euro ($13.5 million) show is the largest production budget in the 95-year history of Friedrichstadt-Palast.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke
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