Marc Dion: So, Just Cream, Right? (Creators Syndicate)
For the last few years, coffee shop employees have had trouble with my order. How do I order my coffee? "Small, black, no sugar," I say. Sometimes the coffee arrives with sugar in it but the most common response is for the counter person to listen to my order and then say, "So just cream, right?
Paul Krugman: Roots of Reaganolatry (NY Times Blog)
In terms of the economy, [Reagan's] record is trumped by Bill Clinton's on every front: GDP growth, job creation, family incomes. For that matter, as Bill McBride points out, the average monthly rate of private-sector job creation under Jimmy Carter was faster than the average rate under Reagan. Carter just had the bad luck to preside over a recession at the end of his term, while Reagan's was at the beginning.
Joe Nocera: When Jon Stewart Took Down CNBC's Jim Cramer (NY Times)
"I'm a guy trying to do an entertaining show about business for people to watch," Cramer finally said. "So maybe we could remove the 'financial expert' and [the slogan] `In Cramer We Trust,'" replied Stewart. "And start getting back to fundamentals on the reporting." In all the criticism of the role of the press in the financial crisis, nobody has ever put it better. Nobody ever will.
Released in 1957 and invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse (The Red Balloon), this board game was originally titled La Conquête du Monde ("The Conquest of the World"). By what name is it known today?
Anthropodermic bibliopegy is the practice of binding books in human skin. Though extremely uncommon in modern times, the technique dates back to at least the 17th century. The practice is inextricably connected with the practice of tanning human skin, often done in certain circumstances after a corpse has been dissected.
The trend for anthropodermic bibliopegy likely began in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, although the first reputed example, a French Bible, dates back to the 13th century.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Binding books in human skin
Don't remember if I heard this term
But I think it means human skin was used in the binding. On Mysteries at
the Museum, they discussed a memoir penned by a thief whose last request
was that it be bound in his own skin and presented to the man whose
robbery resulted in ending his career.
Going with a WAG on this one: human skin was used to bind books.
Looking forward to the real answer. And finishing planting our front-yard do-over. Vacation's coming up and we need to finish this or bust.
Leathery Lois Of Oregon responded:
Binding books in human skin is not just for the necronomicon anymore! Imagine the delight of a new bride on receiving an Emeril Lagasse Cookbook bound with his very own hide! He's a big boy, probably good for a couple of editions. Or a complete set of Dr. Seuss. Or...this is pretty dark actually. I'm gonna get a beer.
DJ Useo answered:
human skin, innit? not cool, in my estimation.
I reckon theres still plenty of people out there still doing this practice in secret. akk!
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BttbBob , replied:
Human skin… Here's an idea: How's 'bout a collection of books covering every aspect of the now infamous 'Great Middle East Debacle of 2003' using the skin of those who were responsible for that occurrence. Those books would then be put on permanent display at the Library of Congress for all to see.
I'm off to the north woods to fish the deep, lake trout containing, holes of Higgins Lake. MI
for this coming week. Camping out and using my new, small, special equipped Alumacraft boat. I have sonar and the beasties can't hide from me. Ha!
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 RERUN'CSI: One Too Many'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'NFL Preseason Football', then pads the left coast with local crap, and maybe a RERUN or two of 'Mr. Robinson'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Bachelor In Paradise', then 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 has a RERUN'Bob's Burgers', followed by another RERUN'Bob's Burgers', then a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN'Last Man On Earth'.
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'.
A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Intervention', then another FRESH'Intervention'.
AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'HUMANS', and another 'HUMANS'.
[6:00AM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 12 - Ep 2 - Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Of Monsters and Men
[6:30AM] Dr. No
[9:00AM] From Russia With Love
[2:00PM] For Your Eyes Only
[10:30PM] From Russia With Love
[1:00AM] For Your Eyes Only
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 2 - Episode 1
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 2 - Episode 2 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', another 'Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH'Married To Medicine', then a FRESH'Mother Funders'.
Comedy Central has 'Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos', 'Jeff Dunham: All Over The Map', 'Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live At The Brazos County Jail', and 'Louis CK: Hilarious'.
FX has the movie 'X-Men: First Class', followed by a FRESH'The Strain'.
History has 'American Pickers', 'Ice Road Truckers', followed by a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers', then a FRESH'Alone: An Inside Look'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-DAVID CROSS
[6:15AM] ARMY OF DARKNESS
[8:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL PLAY
[8:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-BULLY
[9:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-OLD MRS. OLD
[9:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-KRELBOYNE GIRL
[10:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-NEW NEIGHBORS
[10:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HAL QUITS
[11:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-THE GRANDPARENTS
[11:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-TRAFFIC TICKET
[12:00PM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-SURGERY
[12:30PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD WEARS AN A-LINE SKIRT AND POINTY
[1:00PM] ARMY OF DARKNESS
[2:45PM] PREDATOR 2
[5:15PM] THE MIST
[8:00PM] THE MIST
[10:45PM] BLADE II
[1:15AM] PREDATOR 2
[3:45AM] DEAD CALM (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Beasts of the Southern Wild
[8:00AM] Enemy at the Gates
[11:00AM] Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter-Episode 2
[12:00PM] Born on the Fourth of July
[6:30PM] Conan the Barbarian
[9:00PM] Full Metal Jacket
[11:30PM] Born on the Fourth of July
[2:30AM] Full Metal Jacket
[5:00AM] Rectify-Episode 5 (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!', followed by the movie 'Underworld', then the movie 'Underworld: Evolution'.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has rescinded its request for VIP accommodations at the Burning Man festival and granted the permit needed to hold the event in Nevada's Black Rock Desert starting Aug. 30.
The federal agency announced Friday that it scrapped a request for festival organizers to build the so-called Blue Pit Compound at a cost of $1 million. The on-site living quarters for BLM law enforcement and officials from Washington, D.C., would have included flushing toilets, laundry washers and dryers, hot water, air conditioning, vanity mirrors, refrigerators and couches.
The initial requests from BLM officials included 24-hour access to ice cream, including Choco Tacos, according to documents obtained by the newspaper. BLM Director Neil Kornze has called some of the requests "lavish" and "outlandish."
Under the new agreement, BLM staffers will have the same caterer as the rest of the attendees and will stay in the town of Gerlach as they have in the past, although the BLM will still have an on-site command center where officials can coordinate safety, security and environmental efforts.
The permit issued Friday allows Burning Man organizers to immediately start building Black Rock City, the temporary community that springs up in the desert for the annual, weeklong arts and counterculture festival. It also caps the size of this year's nine-day event at 70,000 people.
Before Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" made the fictional lawyer Atticus Finch one of the best-known names in modern American literature, the man who inspired the character - Lee's father - practiced law in an old bank building in her hometown.
Long vacant, the two-story structure no doubt helped inspire a pivotal scene in Lee's recently released "Go Set a Watchman," according to a town historian. And for $125,000 or less, you could own it.
The old brick building that once housed the law office of A.C. Lee on the courthouse square is for sale in Harper Lee's southwest Alabama home of Monroeville.
In Lee's new book "Go Set a Watchman," Atticus' office provides the setting for a climactic dressing-down of Finch, beloved for his sense of justice in Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" but revealed as a racist segregationist in "Watchman." A.C. Lee, who served in the Alabama Legislature, was himself hesitant to embrace integration but became a supporter of civil rights before his death in 1962.
Russian oprano Anna Netrebko (L) and partner, Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov arrive for the premiere of 'Il Trovatore' in Salzburg, Austria, 08 August 2015. The opera production premieres as part of the annual Salzburg Festival that runs from 18 July to 30 August.
Photo by Franz Neumayr
The Hatfield and McCoy descendants came armed - with digging tools. Side by side, they worked together to help archaeologists unearth artifacts from one of the bloodiest sites in America's most famous feud.
The leader of the dig says they have pinpointed the place where Randolph McCoy's home was set ablaze in the woods of eastern Kentucky during a murderous New Year's attack by the Hatfield clan.
Two McCoys were gunned down in the 1888 ambush on Randolph McCoy's homestead. It marked a turning point in their cross-border war waged in Kentucky and West Virginia, led by family patriarchs William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield and Randolph "Ole Ran'l" McCoy.
The 10-day excavation focused on a back corner of the homestead. Archaeologists and volunteers - including descendants from the two families - uncovered charred timber, shell casings, nails, a pulley and fragments of glass and ceramics.
A settlement in a lawsuit over the car used in the 1985 film "Back to the Future" has hit a roadblock.
Last year, the widow of automaker John DeLorean sued a Texas company she said has been illegally using the DeLorean name for years. The DMC-12, known simply as "the DeLorean," was driven by Michael J. Fox in the movie and has since gained a cult following.
The two sides in the lawsuit reached a preliminary settlement in June that would pay an undisclosed amount of money to Sally DeLorean, who lives in New Jersey with her daughter. But her attorney wrote in a letter to the judge this week that the company's lawyers were trying to change the settlement at the last minute.
The company is seeking to have DeLorean's estate say on the record that its case had no merit and also "consent to the use by the Defendant of the name DeLorean for virtually any purpose," attorney R. Scott Thompson wrote.
In a response letter to the judge filed Thursday, an attorney for the Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company denied those claims and said the company just wants language in the settlement that ensures it isn't sued in the future and that "allows them simply to carry on their business as it has been operated in the past 20 plus years."
Schirra Gray of Indian Head, Md., a member of the Piscataway Indian Tribe, dances during the 49th anniversary of The American Indian Society and Native American Festival in Kernstown, Va., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.
Photo by Jeff Taylor
The Panama Canal will temporarily limit the cargo size of ships using the waterway due to a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, authorities said Friday.
The Panama Canal Authority said the maximum ship draft will be cut to 11.89 meters (39 feet) from September 8, affecting 18.5 percent of vessels that normally transit the link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
A ship's draft is its depth in the water, and changes as the vessel becomes heavier or lighter.
The canal authority said further restrictions could be imposed on September 16 if weather conditions do not change. The maximum draft of vessels would be cut to 11.73 meters.
Canal administrator Jorge Quijano said the month of June and the first half of July were the driest period in 102 years.
A view of the Russian tall ship 'Kruzenshtern' underway during the traditional fleet outing of the Hanse Sail meet, on the Baltic Sea at Rostock-Warnemuende, Germany, 08 August 2015. This year's event has broken participation records, with 240 ships from 16 countries attending.
Photo by Bernd Wuestnec
A young Ukrainian artist has captured global media attention by creating a striking portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin out of 5,000 bullet shells collected in the separatist east.
Daria Marchenko's "The Face of War" -- a remarkably realistic and politically tinged depiction of Putin in a dark suit and red tie -- stands more than two metres (nearly seven feet) tall and dominates the artist's studio apartment.
"Sleeping in the same room with him was a bit scary at first," says the 33-year-old artist and graphics designer. "But I got used to it."
She draws the window curtains and picks up a hand-held lamp to reveal how the 62-year-old Russian leader's face changes expression under different light.
Kites of all shapes and sizes fly over a windy beach in St. Peter-Ording, Germany, August 8, 2015. Kite fliers from around the world provided colourful family entertainment over the weekend.
Photo by Axel Heimken
Venezuelans are facing the prospect of a heat wave without their favorite beer, the latest indignity in a country that has seen shortages of everything from disposable diapers to light bulbs.
Cerveceria Polar, which distributes 80 percent of the beer in the socialist South American country, began shutting down breweries this week because of a lack of barley, hops and other raw materials, and has halted deliveries to Caracas liquor stores.
"This is never-never land," said Yefferson Ramirez, who navigated a rush of disgruntled customers Thursday behind the counter at a corner store in posh eastern Caracas. The shop has been out of milk and bottled water for months, but the beer shortfall is provoking a new level of irritation.
Some of the customers walking away empty-handed headed a few blocks down to El Tigre, a prime showcase of the country's beer culture, where people while away balmy nights with a steady stream of light beer that comes in undersized bottles to ensure it never gets warm. Waiters ran around the bar's outdoor plaza plopping down fresh drinks on plastic tables covered with dozens of empty bottles.
El Tigre has kept going during a heat wave that has seen temperatures soar as high as 30 C (86 F) in a month that averages 23 C (about 73 F) by buying up all the Polar beer its waiters can find at supermarkets and selling the bottles for 200 bolivars rather than the normal 150, in violation of government price controls.
A bust of Edward Snowden, by Anthony Tider and Jeff Greenspan, on August 7, 2015 in New York next to the painting "Pink Temper Tot" by artist Ron English, part of the Lo Man art festival.
Photo by Don Emmert
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. The Rolling Stones ; $7,836,716; $174.50.
2. U2; $6,030,279; $111.53.
3. Taylor Swift; $4,848,729; $109.85.
4. Take That; $4,461,359; $108.93.
5. Fleetwood Mac; $2,979,569; $122.77.
6. Kenny Chesney; $2,120,110; $84.86.
7. Shania Twain; $1,327,234; $97.83.
8. Bette Midler; $1,265,913; $127.55.
9. Luke Bryan; $1,264,112; $63.26.
10. Neil Diamond; $1,233,631; $101.21.
11. Maná; $1,187,936; $101.54.
12. Rush; $1,120,184; $85.71.
13. André Rieu; $1,100,450; $79.10.
14. Herbert Grönemeyer; $958,492; $57.49.
15. Dave Matthews Band; $879,008; $59.11.
16. Backstreet Boys; $865,891; $63.32.
17. Maroon 5; $783,712; $57.73.
18. Ed Sheeran; $742,302; $59.84.
19. Romeo Santos; $717,996; $87.91.
20. New Kids On The Block; $683,598; $59.65.
A flamingo and flamingo chicks are seen in a corral before being fitted with identity rings at dawn at a lagoon in the Fuente de Piedra natural reserve, in Fuente de Piedra, near Malaga, southern Spain, August 8, 2015. Around 600 flamingo chicks were tagged and measured before being placed in the lagoon, one of the largest colonies of flamingos in Europe, according to authorities of the natural reserve.
Photo by Jon Nazca
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