Paul Krugman: Carter, Reagan, and Machiavelli (NY Times Blog)
The chart shows real median family income, which rose a lot through 1979, and was still far from having returned to that peak by the end of Reagan's first term. Nonetheless, Carter was booted from office amid derision - "are you better off now than you were four years ago?" (actually yes), while Reagan won a landslide as a triumphant economic savior.
Joe Nocera: Jeff Bezos and the Amazon Way (NY Times)
Amazon - and, to be sure, any number of other companies as well - has taken this idea to its logical extreme: Bring people in, shape them in the Amazon style of confrontation and workaholism, and cast them aside when they have outlived their usefulness.
LENORE SKENAZY: Mom-Shaming Gone Viral (Creators Syndicate)
As for the odds of this child being in true danger, here's the math: If there are 40 million children under age 10 in America (and there are), and if they take an average of, let's say, 10 car rides a week, we are talking about 20.8 billion kid car rides a year. And 1 in every 2,080,000,000 of those trips could possibly prove fatal because a parent left a child in the car during an errand. Should we really be regulating parental choice based on 1-in-2-billion odds?
The Ishihara test is a color perception test for red-green color deficiencies. It was named after its designer, Dr. Shinobu Ishihara, a professor at the University of Tokyo, who first published his tests in 1917.
The test consists of a number of colored plates, called Ishihara plates, each of which contains a circle of dots appearing randomized in color and size. Within the pattern are dots which form a number or shape clearly visible to those with normal color vision, and invisible, or difficult to see, to those with a red-green color vision defect, or the other way around. The full test consists of 38 plates, but the existence of a deficiency is usually clear after a few plates. There is also the smaller test consisting only 24 plates
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Monochromatic Lois Of Oregon replied:
At first, I thought it was something to do with hara kiri (by the way, do NOT google image search this, there is some WEIRD shit there) but cheated and learned it was Shinobu Ishihara's 1917 test for color blindness, as if trying to navigate traffic lights wouldn't be a tip off, but I guess they didn't HAVE traffic lights then, so, what did it matter if you were color blind, but no, never mind. Try as I might, cannot come up with anything funny to say about this subject, so once again must resort to other people's memes. Did however find a funny BLIND joke: What do they teach a blind gynecologist in med school? How to read lips!!!
Daltonism (color blindness of basic colors: red, blue and green) ~ Developed by Dr. SHINOBU ISHIHARA. Professor Emeritus of the University of 'iïilszjfo. Member of the Japan Academy.
Ishihara test for red-green color blindness. A) Actual test. B) Simulation of how a deuteranope would see A.
Raccoons at the Chaos Household ~ These guys want to know:
Can We Come Over ???
Randall took the day off.
Dale of Smokey Springs, Norfireycali 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.
Around 1am, tried to watch the movie "Lenny" on ThisTV.
A movie about censorship that was so censored it was mostly clumps of minutes with moving lips and no audio in smokey rooms.
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 opens the night with a RERUN'Hollywood Game Night', followed by another RERUN'Hollywood Game Night', then a RERUN'American Ninja Warrior'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Bachelor In Paradise', then the FRESH'Katrina: 10 Years After The Storm With Robin Roberts'.
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'NFL Preseason Football', then pads the left coast with coast with some RERUN'Bob's Burgers.
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', followed by a FRESH'Intervention: Then & Now', then a FRESH'Intervention', followed by another FRESH'Intervention'.
AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Fear The Walking Dead', and 'Fear The Walking Dead', again.
[6:00AM] Planet Earth: Africa-Ep 1 - Kalahari
[7:00AM] Planet Earth: Africa-Ep 2 - Savannah
[8:00AM] Planet Earth: Africa-Ep 3 - Congo
[9:00AM] Planet Earth: Africa-Ep 4 - Cape
[10:00AM] Planet Earth: Africa-Ep 5 - Sahara
[11:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Pantaleone's
[12:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 3 - Old Neighborhood
[1:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 7 - Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 8 - Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 2
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 9 - Bella Luna
[4:00PM] National Lampoon's European Vacation
[6:00PM] Shaun of the Dead
[8:00PM] National Lampoon's European Vacation
[10:00PM] Shaun of the Dead (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', another 'Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH'Bravo First Looks', then a FRESH'Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH'Don't Be Tardy ... ', then a FRESH'Manzo'd With Children'.
Comedy Central has the movie '50 First Dates', 'Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious', 'Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts', and 'Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious', again.
FX has the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1', followed by the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2', then a FRESH'The Strain'.
History has 'Ice Road Truckers', another 'Ice Road Truckers', followed by a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers', and 'Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels'.
[6:00AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-FIRST LOOK
[6:15AM] THE OMEGA MAN
[8:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-EMANCIPATION
[9:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-BOOK CLUB
[9:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-MALCOLM'S GIRLFRIEND
[10:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-CHARITY
[10:30AM] MYSTIC RIVER
[1:30PM] THE JACKAL
[4:15PM] JEEPERS CREEPERS
[6:15PM] PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
[8:30PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[10:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!
[11:30PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[2:00AM] JEEPERS CREEPERS
[4:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD WEARS AN A-LINE SKIRT AND POINTY BLACK BOOTS
[4:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-TOM LENNON WEARS BLACK SLACKS AND A BLACK SKINNY TIE
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-KEN MARINO WEARS A SLIM GRAY SUIT AND SALMON TIE
[5:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW! (ALL TIMES EST)
[8:00AM] Rambo III
[11:00AM] Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter-Episode 4
[12:00PM] True Crime
[2:30PM] Blood Work
[5:00PM] Absolute Power
[11:00PM] Million Dollar Baby
[1:45AM] Letters From Iwo Jima
[4:45AM] Rectify-Episode 6
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse'.
Actress Rita Moreno, left, and singer-songwriter Paula Abdul attend the 30th Annual Imagen Awards press room held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Richard Shotwell
The spacesuits worn by the first man to walk on the moon and the first American to fly in space will now be "conserved, digitized and displayed" thanks to the nearly 9,500 people who donated to the Smithsonian's first-ever Kickstarter campaign.
"Thanks to all of you, we did it!" exclaimed the spacesuits' curators and conservators at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. "We hope you are as proud as we are to be a part of this mission."
The museum's "Reboot the Suit" crowd-funding campaign successfully raised a total of $719,779 - almost $220,000 more than its goal of $500,000 to research and display the spacesuit that moonwalker Neil Armstrong wore during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.
By exceeding the Smithsonian's stretch goal of $700,000, the campaign also funded the conservation and exhibit of the silver pressure suit worn by original Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard on NASA's first crewed spaceflight in 1961.
Russel Mael (L) and Alex Kapranos from the Scottish/American rock band FFS - Franz Ferdinand Sparks performs during the 23th Lowlands Music Festival in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands, 22 August 2015. The music festival runs from 20 until 23 August.
Photo by Ferdy Damman
California is sinking even faster than scientists had thought, new NASA satellite imagery shows.
Some areas of the Golden State are sinking more than 2 inches (5.1 centimeters) per month, the imagery reveals. Though the sinking, called subsidence, has long been a problem in California, the rate is accelerating because the state's extreme drought is fueling voracious groundwater pumping.
"Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows - up to 100 feet (30 meters) lower than previous records," Mark Cowin, director of California's Department of Water Resources, said in a statement. "As extensive groundwater pumping continues, the land is sinking more rapidly, and this puts nearby infrastructure at greater risk of costly damage."
What's more, this furious groundwater pumping could have long-term consequences. If the land shrinks too much, and for too long, it can permanently lose its ability to store groundwater, the researchers said.
A few hundred people around the world caught a rare and fatal brain disease from contaminated growth hormone treatments they received during the 1950s through 1980s. Now, although use of the contaminated hormone stopped decades ago, scientists say they continue to see new cases of the brain disease today, up to 40 years after the patients were exposed, according to a new study.
The study describes 22 new cases of the brain disease, called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, that were diagnosed in people in the United Kingdom between 2003 and 2014. All of the patients had a growth hormone deficiency as children, and had been treated with growth hormone taken from cadavers - a practice that was stopped in 1985 when scientists realized some batches of the growth hormone were contaminated with prions, the infectious proteins that cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
"We know that prion diseases can have an enormously long incubation period," said Dr. Peter Rudge, a co-author of the new study and a consultant neurologist at the National Prion Clinic in London. "Ultimately, the disease will die out, but it is impossible to predict when," Rudge told Live Science.
The patients in the new study started to show symptoms of CJD about 20 to 40 years after they were treated with the hormone. Hand tremors and an unsteady gait were common first symptoms of the condition, and some patients experienced limb pain, dizziness or daytime sleepiness, the researchers said.
Once patients showed symptoms of the disease, their condition usually deteriorated quickly - on average, patients lived only about 14 months after first showing symptoms, the researchers said.
Portuguese women wear traditional gold attached costumes with an overall value of several million euros as they take part in an annual parade that opens the Our Lady Of Agony (Agonia) Pilgrimage in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, 22 August 2015. The pilgrimage, which dates back to the 18th century, runs from 20 to 23 August.
Photo by Jose Coelho
A federal appeals court on Friday put on hold its ruling that an order of Roman Catholic nuns must comply with a contraception mandate to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, giving the group time to petition the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver granted a request by the Little Sisters of the Poor for a stay of the court's earlier decision that the requirement did not substantially curb the nun's religious liberty.
The nuns had sued under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act over the birth control provision of the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.
The Sisters argued that the law forces them to provide insurance coverage for its employees to support contraception and sterilization services in violation of their religious beliefs, or face steep fines.
NBA legend Michael Jordan was awarded $8.9 million by a Chicago jury on Friday in a case against a supermarket chain which included his name in a promotion without his permission.
Dominick's in 2009 used Jordan's name in a commemorative ad in Sports Illustrated when the former Chicago Bulls superstar was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Lawyers for the now-closed grocery store chain -- which was taken over by Safeway -- had said Jordan should receive $126,900 for the unauthorized use of his name.
Jordan argued that he wouldn't have accepted such a deal based on his endorsement history and his legal team determined with the help of a sports economist that using his name in the ad was worth $10 million.
The Kentucky Republican Party has agreed to hold a presidential caucus for Rand Paul - but only if he shows them the money.
The party's executive committee approved a proposal on Saturday to hold a presidential caucus on March 5. The plan would let Paul run for president and re-election to his Senate seat at the same time without violating state law that bans candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election.
But the caucus could cost as much as $500,000, and the Republican Party has less than $170,000 in cash on hand according to its latest disclosure report. In a letter to party officials earlier this week, Paul claimed to have transferred $250,000 to the Republican Party to cover the cost of the caucus. But that turned out not to be true, angering some Republicans and jeopardizing Paul's support.
Saturday, after a more than four hour meeting that began with a prayer to God for wisdom and "that your will be done here today," Republicans agreed to approve the caucus on one condition: The state party had to have $250,000 in its bank account by Sept. 18 specifically reserved for caucus expenses. If the money is not there by the deadline, the caucus would be canceled and Kentucky would have its regularly scheduled primary.
The United Nations slapped sanctions on a diamond firm from the Central African Republic and three militia leaders for undermining security in the troubled country.
A UN sanctions committee imposed an assets freeze on the Badica/Kardiam firm for providing support to armed groups in the Central African Republic through illegal trading in diamonds and gold.
The action followed the seizure by Belgian authorities in May 2014 of diamond parcels sent to Badica/Kardiam's representative in Antwerp in violation of a 2013 ban on diamond trading, the committee said.
The Central African Republic descended into bloodshed after a 2013 coup against longtime leader Francois Bozize that unleashed a wave of violence, pitting Christian anti-balaka militias against Muslim Seleka rebels.
The sanctions committee slapped a global travel ban and an assets freeze on anti-balaka militia leader Alfred Yekatom, known as Colonel Rambo, who operated in Bangui and several other towns.
A newborn elephant stands in their enclosure at the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 22 August 2015. According to a spokesperson of the zoo, the baby elephant is male and weighs 80 kilogram. For his 14 year old mother Bangka it's her second calf.
Photo by Remko De Waal
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