Marc Dion: A Beautiful Death (Creators Syndicate)
Men who believe in some version of Islam cut the throat of Fr. Jacques Hamel the way you'd cut the throat of a hog. He was 85, a priest celebrating Mass in a small French town called Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray. "Etienne" is the French version of the English name Stephen. St. Stephen, stoned to death A.D. 36, is the first Christian martyr.
Lenore Skenazy: Fed-Ex Fiances (Creators Syndicate)
"I'm not suggesting that this is the marital path for everybody," Zug said in a phone call. But in her new book, "Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches," she argues that mail-order matrimony "can actually be a very good choice for certain people in certain situations." Yes, even for the women.
Daniel Dockery: How Suicide Squad Made Hot Topic Cool Again (Cracked)
I can't say how the cosplay community would feel about the Harley Quinn be-all and end-all solution that Hot Topic is offering, but I feel like, from what I've seen of the community and the general atmosphere of it, that it'll probably be pretty welcoming. One of the coolest things about cosplay is that everyone that I've met who does it enjoys it so unabashedly. Whether it took them five minutes or five months to assemble their costume, they take so much pride in it, and I don't think it gets the recognition that it deserves.
Monotremes are mammals that lay eggs (Prototheria) instead of giving birth to live young like marsupials (Metatheria) and placental mammals (Eutheria). The only surviving examples of monotremes are all indigenous to Australia and New Guinea, although there is evidence that they were once more widespread. The existing monotreme species are the platypus and four species of echidnas. There is currently some debate regarding monotreme taxonomy.
The word monotreme comes from the Greek, monos ("single") and, trema ("hole"), referring to the cloaca.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Monotremes lay eggs.
monotremes lay eggs
Stephen of Oz (by way of Oklahoma & Heidelberg) said:
Why shit fire, honey. Around here they grow on trees. They are of course egg-laying mammals; platypus, echidnas and queries. Just to mess with shopkeepers minds', when they ask "May I help you?" I reply, "Why, yes, I have a query. You know a small Australian marsupial midway in size between a Quokka and a Quoll". It always elicits a look of "Where the fuck did you come from?"
While they aren't what's usually for breakfast
They lay eggs.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Monotremes differ from other mammals in that they have a singoe opening for their urinary, digestive and reproductive tracts
Monotremes are mammals that lay eggs, like the platypus and echidna.
For the first time in a week it was cool enough at 5:30 (because our dogs don't know what a day off is) to run the whole house fan. It's quite nice.
mammels that lay eggs
They lay eggs.
DJ Useo responded:
In what must be a bother of a process, they lays eggs, or "aigs", as they say around these parts. ;)
I say "Monotreme" sounds like a new drink flavor at Starbucks. Lol.
Mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young like marsupials. There are only five living species: the duck-billed platypus and four species of echidna (spiny anteaters). All of them are found only in Australia and New Guinea.
Joe S took the day off.
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Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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'Madam Secretary', followed by a FRESH'BrainDead'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN'Hollywood Game Night', then a RERUN'American Ninja Warrior'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Family Feud', followed by a FRESH'Celebrity Family Feud', then a FRESH'The $100,000 Pyramid', followed by a FRESH'Match Game'.
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'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Bob's Burgers', then the FRESH'Teen Choice 2016'.
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', followed by a FRESH'Intervention: Then & Now', then a FRESH'Intervention', and 'Escaping Polygamy'.
AMC offers 'Preacher', another 'Preacher', followed by a FRESH'Preacher', then a FRESH'Talking Preacher'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Jungles - People of the Trees
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
[9:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power
[10:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Rivers - Friend and Foe
[11:00AM] PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
[12:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
[1:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[3:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[4:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
[5:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Hunters and Hunted
[6:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Creatures of the Deep
[7:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Plants
[8:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Primates
[9:00PM] THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
[10:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
[11:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
[12:00AM] THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
[1:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Hunters and Hunted (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has a FRESH'NJ Social', followed by FRESH'Real Housewives Of NJ', then a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', and 'Real Housewives Of NJ'.
Comedy Central has 'Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle' (day 1), 'Jeff Ross Roast Battle' (day 2), 'Jeff Ross Roast Battle' (day 3), followed by 'Jeff Ross Roast Battle' (live finals).
FX has the movie 'Jack Reacher: Shadow Recruit', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Legacy'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers', then a FRESH'Ozzy & Jack's World Detour'.
[6:00AM] FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII -- THE NEW BLOOD
[8:00AM] FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
[10:00AM] BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
[12:00PM] DIE HARD
[5:30PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
[7:45PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION
[9:45PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
[12:00AM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION
[2:00AM] FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART VI: JASON LIVES
[4:00AM] FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII -- THE NEW BLOOD (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Meet Joe Black
[10:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Comedy Showrunners
[11:00AM] Cape Fear
[10:30PM] Rocky II
[3:30AM] Rocky II (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!', followed by the movie 'Sharknado: The 4th Awakens', then a FRESH'Van Helsing'.
Cast member Sir Anthony Hopkins participates in a panel for the series "Westworld" at the HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., July 30, 2016.
Photo by Danny Moloshok
George Takei is speaking out against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (Pinche Pendejo), and he's doing it in Spanish.
In an English-subtitled video that's drawn more than 12 million views in less than two weeks online, the "Star Trek" actor compares Trump's proposed deportation of undocumented Latino immigrants to the World War II internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans, including Takei and his family.
"I'm addressing this to my Spanish-speaking fans and their friends," he says in the four-minute video. "I want to give some personal, historical context on how Donald Trump's words and plans can have very real and terrible consequences."
It's painful history for Takei, who was 5 years old when he and his family were removed from their Los Angeles home and eventually sent to a camp in Arkansas. The West Coast relocation was part of the federal government's response after Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
"It was my parents who heard the sounds we are hearing today from Donald Trump, the sweeping statements he makes characterizing and stereotyping a whole group of people," Takei said in an interview. "My father lost his business and we lost our home and our freedom. With no charges, to be locked up, imprisoned."
Executive Producer and cast member Sarah Jessica Parker (L) and cast member Thomas Haden Church participate in a panel for the series "Divorce" at the HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. July 30, 2016.
Photo by Danny Moloshok
A Connecticut artist's dream to honor American workers with a 5-stories-high mural that ties in contributions from thousands of children across the country is moving closer to reality.
Ellen Griesedieck and her American Mural Project were awarded a $1 million matching state grant to help transform two old mill buildings in Winsted, one of Connecticut's first mill towns, into a visitors center and gallery space to house a 3-D mural 120-feet-long and 10-feet-wide. Bids are due in August and construction could take about a year.
Once completed, it's expected to be the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world.
Since Griesedieck envisioned the project 15 years ago, she has held workshops with 10,000 students across the country and gotten support from both little- and well-known names, including personal friend and actor Paul Newman, Mohammad Ali and tennis pro Andre Agassi.
Multiple images and symbols of the American workforce - from auto plant workers to NASA scientists - will cover the mural. Artwork from the student workshops will be incorporated into the giant painting.
Chinese researchers claim to have found the world's deepest underwater sinkhole, known locally as Dragon Hole in the South China Sea.
After a year of exploring the blue hole, researchers at the Sansha Ship Course Research Institute for Coral Protection concluded that the "eye" of the sea measures a staggering 300 meters in depth or (984 feet), reports state-owned news agency Xinhua.
For context, the Eiffel Tower is 324 meters (1,063 feet) tall.
The hole is located in the Paracel Islands near coral reefs and is home to more than 20 species of marine life along the upper levels of the sinkhole.
Blue holes are large marine caverns characterized by dark blue waters in the center of the circle, ringed by light blue waters.
The ocean has gotten noisier for decades, with man-made racket from oil drilling, shipping and construction linked to signs of stress in marine life that include beached whales and baby crabs with scrambled navigational signals.
The United States aims to change that as a federal agency prepares a plan that could force reductions in noise-making activities, including oil exploration, dredging and shipping off the nation's coast.
"We've been worried about ocean noise for decades, since the 1970s," said Richard Merrick, chief science adviser to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fisheries agency and a key author of the agency's more detailed 10-year plan to be released publicly later this year. "The question is, what should we do now?"
The draft plan calls for developing noise limits and setting up a standardized listening system. It would also call for the creation of an online archive of noise data that could hold thousands of hours of recordings, which scientists could then cross-reference against data on where marine life congregates.
The plan urges more research on the effects of noise on sea creatures and more coordination with environmental and industry groups, the military and government.
Several wireless, cable and broadband trade associations on Friday urged the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reverse a ruling upholding the Obama administration's landmark rules barring internet service providers from obstructing or slowing consumer access to web content.
A three-judge panel in June, in a 2-1 decision, backed the Federal Communications Commission's so-called net neutrality rules put in place last year to make internet service providers treat all internet traffic equally.
The wireless trade association CTIA said in a court filing on Friday seeking a rehearing that "few final rules of any federal administrative agency have ever had so much potential to affect the lives of so many Americans."
In a separate petition, US Telecom and CenturyLink Inc asked the court to reconsider the ruling, as did the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and American Cable Association.
The cable groups said the court should correct "serious errors" in an FCC decision "that radically reshapes federal law governing a massive sector of the economy, which flourished due to hundreds of billions of dollars of investment made in reliance on the policy the order throws overboard."
A group of at least six wealthy Republican donors is urging the billionaire Koch brothers to step off the sidelines of the U.S. presidential election to back Donald Trump (R-Flimflam), arguing they will want influence with the New York businessman they have harshly criticized if he wins the White House in November.
The financiers, prominent members of the sprawling 700-member Koch donor network, have been making their case in emails and phone calls to Charles and David Koch ahead of their bi-annual donor seminar, which begins Saturday in Colorado, according to four donors involved in the loosely-coordinated effort and advisers representing two others.
An endorsement from the Kochs would be a radical departure: The industrialist brothers have railed against Trump's "monstrous" rhetoric and protectionist policies on immigration and trade. They have said they will not get involved in the presidential election and will instead focus on Senate races.
All the while, Trump has blasted the donor class and vowed not to become a "puppet" of outside interests as he campaigns to win the Nov. 8 election.
Actor Will Ferrell, right, co-owner of the Los Angeles Football Club, and Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki play during a soccer clinic and practice at the Central Park at Playa Vista in Los Angeles on Friday, July 29, 2016. Leicester City is scheduled to face Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday in an International Champions Cup soccer match.
Photo by Nick Ut
The average surface temperature of Lake Tahoe has risen faster over the last four years than any time on record - 15 times faster than the long-term warming rate over the past half century, scientists say.
Continued warm and dry conditions contributed to several record-breaking measurements at Lake Tahoe in 2015, raising concerns about the ecological impacts of climate change on the second deepest lake in the United States, according to an annual report issued Thursday by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.
"Lake Tahoe experienced a year like no other," according to the research center, which started keeping water temperature records in 1970 when it averaged 50.3 degrees.
The temperature in 2015 warmed nearly one-half of a degree from the previous year to a record 53.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the new study says.
Tahoe's surface temperature slowly was increasing until it declined between 1997 and 2011, but since then it "has warmed at an alarming rate of over 0.3 F per year" - 15 times faster than the long-term average rate of .018 per year, the researchers said.
Federal scientists say a massive die-off is taking place on a coral reef of a national marine sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.
Steve Gittings, chief scientist with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, reported this week that federal scientists are studying a large-scale mortality event of unknown cause taking place at the East Flower Garden Bank in Gulf of Mexico.
The reef is part of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, about 100 miles off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.
Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are reporting unprecedented numbers of dying corals, sponges, sea urchins, brittle stars, clams and other invertebrates, Gittings said.
He said sport divers discovered dead animals Monday, along with hazy water and patches of white mats coating corals and sponges. The divers alerted nearby federal scientists who were doing annual monitoring work on the same reef.
James Alan McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story collection "Elbow Room" and a longtime faculty member at the University of Iowa's prestigious Writers' Workshop, has died.
McPherson died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City from complications of pneumonia, according to Iowa program secretary Deborah L. West. He was 72 and retired from Iowa in 2014.
A native of Savannah, Georgia and graduate of Harvard Law School who chose instead to become a writer, McPherson was best known for "Elbow Room," candid and compassionate takes on race and the misunderstandings between black and white. Published in 1977, "Elbow Room" was praised by The New York Times for the "fine control of language and story," ''depth in his characters" and "humane values" and made McPherson the first African-American to win the fiction Pulitzer.
His other works included the story collection "Hue and Cry" and the memoir "Crabcakes." In 1981, McPherson was named a MacArthur fellow.
He taught at several schools, notably at Iowa, home to one of the country's oldest and most elite creative writing programs. One of his former students, fiction writer Nathan Englander, tweeted Thursday that McPherson was a "great writer, a great thinker, & a generous teacher.
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