Marc Dion: Abandoning Houston (Creators Syndicate)
We ought to just let the grass take Houston, the grass and the bayous. Same thing with New Orleans, a city that was born on life support. It's a big country. Those people can find somewhere else to live. Maybe they can refugee up to Canada. We could give every Houstonian $100,000 to make a new start. The poor and the meth addicts will take it, and the rich people have money in stocks. The middle class would be badly hurt, but it's $100,000, and there are office jobs everywhere.
Marc Dion: Dreaming of Straight Talk (Creators Syndicate)
Donald Trump, United States president and international punchline, wants to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, sometimes called the "DREAM Act." Well, he wants someone else to repeal it for him, since he can't change laws all by himself, not until he becomes president for life.
Mark Shields: Happy New Year (Creators Syndicate)
I will not forget that "close" only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and slow dancing and, after watching this year's intramural blood spilling among the Republican congressional majority, will remember that the difference between cannibals and conservatives is that cannibals do not eat their own.
Eureka is an interjection used to celebrate a discovery or invention. It is a transliteration of an exclamation attributed to Ancient Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes.
The expression is also the state motto of California, referring to the momentous discovery of gold near Sutter's Mill in 1848. The California State Seal has included the word "eureka" since its original design by Robert S. Garnett in 1850; the official text from that time describing the seal states that this word's meaning applies "either to the principle involved in the admission of the State or the success of the miner at work". In 1957 the state legislature attempted to make "In God We Trust" the state motto as part of the same post WWII anti-Communist movement that successfully added the term "under God" to the American Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, but this attempt did not succeed and "Eureka" was made the official motto in 1963.
The city of Eureka, California, founded in 1850, uses the California State Seal as its official seal. Eureka is a considerable distance from Sutter's Mill, but was the jumping off point of a smaller gold rush in nearby Trinity County, California in 1850. It is the largest of at least eleven remaining US cities and towns named for the exclamation, "eureka!". As a result of the extensive use of the exclamation dating from 1849, there were nearly 40 locales so named by the 1880s in a nation that had none in the 1840s.
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
Eureka is the state motto of California.
Alan J said:
Since its popularity
Was based on a discovery, it's only fitting that "Eureka" is the motto
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.
Was surprised and delighted to find a 'late bloomer' butterfly in the backyard.
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Big Brother', then a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN'Hawaii Five-0'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Sunday Night Football', 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 RERUN'Celebrity Family Feud', then the FRESH, but atavistic 'The 2018 Miss America'.
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'NFL Football', 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'.
A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars'.
AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Fear The Walking Dead'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR AMERICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Outside The Box
[7:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1
[8:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2
[9:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3
[10:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4
[11:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5
[12:00PM] BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001)
[3:00PM] BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001)
[6:00PM] THE TRANSPORTER (2002)
[8:00PM] TOP GEAR AMERICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-The Best
[9:00PM] CLIFFHANGER (1993)
[11:00PM] CLIFFHANGER (1993)
[1:00AM] TOP GEAR AMERICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-The Best
[2:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - EPISODE 3
[3:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - EPISODE 4
[4:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - EPISODE 5
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - EPISODE 6 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Below Deck', 'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by 'South Park: Imaginationland: The Trilogy'.
FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by a FRESH'The Strain'.
History has 'Road To 9/11', another 'Road To 9/11', and still another 'Road To 9/11'.
[6:00AM] BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-CatShaPurr
[8:45AM] ROBOCOP 2
[11:15AM] ROBOCOP 3
[1:30PM] THE DEPARTED
[4:45PM] THE DEPARTED
[8:00PM] RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
[10:00PM] RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
[12:00AM] SHUTTER ISLAND
[3:00AM] SHUTTER ISLAND (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:30AM] Dolores Claiborne
[12:00PM] The Village
[2:30PM] The Da Vinci Code
[6:00PM] The Shawshank Redemption
[9:00PM] Top of the Lake: China Girl-Episode 1
[11:39PM] Top of the Lake: China Girl-Episode 1
[2:18AM] The Da Vinci Code
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Street Eats (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Race To Witch Mountain', followed by the movie 'Tomorrowland'.
No, we're not talking about the 2017 Primetime Emmys broadcast - you'll have to wait until next Sunday, Sept. 17 (8/7c, CBS) - but rather, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which are being handed out Saturday and Sunday evening at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Night 1 of the two-night creative arts ceremony is geared towards honoring the best in animation, variety, reality and documentary programming. Among the notable winners:
Outstanding Animated Program
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy
Outstanding Variety Special
Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner
Outstanding Informational Series or Special
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Outstanding Interactive Program
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Director Guillermo Del Toro holds the Golden Lion award for the best movie "The shape of water" during the awards ceremony at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 9, 2017.
Photo by Alessandro Bianchi
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill on Thursday evening that includes $10 million to help fund the United Nations' climate change body that oversees the Paris Climate Agreement, despite President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Buffoon) decision to stop funding it.
The 30-member Senate panel, which allocates federal funds to various government agencies and organizations, approved a $51 billion spending bill for the State Department and foreign operations, which included an amendment to continue funding the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as the scientific body the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The amendment passed even though the 2018 budget proposal that Trump, a Republican, introduced earlier this year eliminated support of any mechanism to finance climate change projects in developing countries and organizations.
The United States is still a party to the 1992 UNFCCC, which oversees the Paris agreement, although Trump announced in June that he would withdraw the nation from the global climate pact and cease funding the Green Climate Fund, which supports clean energy and climate adaptation projects in vulnerable countries.
The United States has usually contributed to around 20 percent of the UNFCCC budget.
Canada's biggest licensed producer of medical marijuana has bought land next to its greenhouse production site that will allow it to more than double the total volume of cannabis it can grow, its chief executive said on Thursday.
Canopy Growth Corp's Tweed Farms Inc subsidiary expects to spend at least C$25 million ($21 million) to upgrade the property, a flower farm it purchased for about C$9 million in cash and equity, with work including the installation of security cameras and fences due to start in October.
With Canada less than a year away from the planned legalization of marijuana for recreational use, licensed producers are rushing to try to fill an expected shortfall in supply.
Canopy Growth is currently licensed to produce 31,000 kilograms of marijuana and related products, and aims to triple that by July next year, the deadline the federal government has given provinces to make pot legal for all.
The deal gives Canopy 450,000 square feet of greenhouses that can be immediately added to its existing 350,000 square foot facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. It is also building an additional 200,000 square feet of greenhouse capacity on its existing property.
Strange, unexplained flashes have been seen amid a massive earthquake in Mexico.
The flashes - which resemble lightning - lit up the sky after the tremor hit Mexico City and elsewhere. The earthquake was the strongest to hit the country in 100 years, triggered a tsunami warning, and has already led to more than 30 deaths.
And the intense shakes also led to strange blue and green flashes lighting up the night sky as people fled into the streets to avoid the danger.
The mystery of the flashes has even led people to think of them as supernatural. "In the past, people often interpreted [earthquake lights] in religious terms, and in modern times they thought of UFOs, although there is a completely rational physical explanation that we are working on," Friedemann Freud, who co-authored a study about the lights, told National Geographic.
Professor Freud's study claimed that the lights came about because the electrical properties of rocks on the ground. The energy from the tremors release electrical charges from the rocks, which can then show bright blue and green lights across the sky in the wake of a tremor.
Donald Trump (R-Crooked) appeared to enjoy his recent visit with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, calling him a "good partner" and a "very special person". But afterwards, sources say, he had one complaint: The emir's plane was bigger than his.
Mr Trump griped to a group of New York and New Jersey politicians after his press conference with the Kuwaiti Emir, sources present told Politico. The President-for-now reportedly complained that the Emir's plane was longer than his - maybe even by 100 feet.
During his press conference with the Emir, Mr Trump claimed the relationship between the US and Kuwait "has never been stronger - never, ever".
"The Emir of Kuwait is a very special person who I've gotten to know over the, actually over the years," Mr Trump told reporters.
Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) said on Friday that churches in Texas should be able to receive money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Trump tweeted: "Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others)".
In the complaint filed on Monday in federal court in Houston, the Texas churches said they would like to apply for aid but it would be "futile" because FEMA's public assistance program "categorically" excluded their claims, violating their constitutional right to freely exercise their religion.
They said FEMA's ban on providing relief where at least half a building's space is used for religious purposes, a policy also enforced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, contradicted a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision making it easier for religious groups to get public aid.
The Texas churches that sued are the Rockport First Assembly of God in Rockport, which lost its roof and steeple and suffered other structural damage, and the Harvest Family Church in Cypress and Hi-Way Tabernacle in Cleveland, which were flooded.
Federal officials have decided not to punish United Airlines over a violent incident in April when passenger David Dao was dragged off of a plane in Chicago to make room for airline employees.
The incident left Dao with a concussion, broken nose and two missing teeth, according to his attorney.
A letter dated May 12 and addressed to United said that the Department of Transportation found no evidence that the airline discriminated against any of the passengers ? including Dao, an Asian-American physician from Kentucky ? based on race or nationality. The letter also said that the conduct of the Chicago airport police was not part of the investigation.
According to the letter, a federal investigation did find that United had violated some rules on bumping passengers. The investigation also found that United violated federal rules by not providing Dao and his wife a copy of overbooking procedures, though it noted that United was unable to because Dao sought medical attention after being removed from the flight. Those violations didn't warrant a fine, the letter concluded.
Flamingos at Zoo Miami, are shown in a temporary enclosure in a hurricane resistant structure within the zoo, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in Miami. Though most animals will reman in their secure structures, the cheetahs and some birds will ride out the storm in temporary housing.
Photo by Wilfredo Lee
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived more than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewelry in the latest major find near the Nile city of Luxor.
Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt's 18th dynasty New Kingdom era -- around 15th century B.C.
The site includes a courtyard and niche where a statue of the goldsmith Amenemhat and his wife and one of his sons, as well as two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement.
Earlier this year, authorities announced they had discovered another New Kingdom tomb in Luxor belonging to a judge, and Swedish archaeologists discovered 12 ancient cemeteries near the southern city of Aswan that date back almost 3,500 years.
Egypt's tourism revenues jumped by 170 percent in the first seven months of 2017, reaching $3.5 billion, authorities said, in welcome news for an economy heavily reliant on the sector for foreign currency and jobs.
A secret world of animals and plants -- including unknown species -- may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday.
The caves, hollowed out by steam from active volcanoes, are light and could reach temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), researchers said, raising the possibility of a whole ecosystem of flora and fauna deep beneath the frozen surface.
Lead researcher Ceridwen Fraser said forensic analyses of soil samples from the caves had revealed intriguing traces of DNA from algae, mosses and small animals.
While most of the DNA was similar to mosses, algae and invertebrates found elsewhere in Antarctica, not all sequences could be fully identified.
Despite the continent's freezing temperatures, Fraser said heat emanating from the volcanoes could make the caves quite hospitable, warm enough "to wear a t-shirt and be comfortable", with light filtering deep down where the overlying ice was thin.
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