Paul Krugman: Is The Fever Finally Breaking? (NY Times Blog)
The last month has been a disgraceful time for the news media, with headline after headline, news report after news report on supposed Clinton scandals that were obvious nothingburgers - as the Washington Post, I'm happy to say, has now acknowledged. All of this created an "aura of scandal" around Clinton, even though, as Greg Sargent notes, voters couldn't come up with specifics when pressed.
Marc Dion: A Peer into the Past (Creators Syndicate)
Sometimes, I can't avoid it, but I try not to be nostalgic.
Sure, I miss places and people I used to know, but I fight mightily against "things were better were when I was a kid," because when a 50-plus man says that what he means is he misses being young and strong. That's why so many guys my age own so many guns, because we know we can't win fistfights anymore.
Susan Estrich: Sitting on the Other Side of the Table (Creators Syndicate)
What do you do when a close friend needs your help? What do you do when initial newspaper accounts sound more like a smear campaign than anything else? What happened to the presumption of innocence? What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? Is that not the bedrock of our system? The burden of proof always falls on the one making the charge.
The glabella, in humans, is the skin between the eyebrows and above the nose. It also refers to the underlying bone which is slightly depressed, and joins the two superciliary ridges. It is acephalometric landmark that is just superior to the nasion.
Randall was first and correct with:
The glabella, in humans, is the skin between the eyebrows and above the nose. It also refers to the underlying bone which is slightly depressed, and joins the two superciliary ridges. It is a cephalometric landmark that is just superior to the nasion.
Alan J wrote:
The smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrows.
smooth part of the forehead between the eyebrows.
Obviously Lumpy's "great" America involves lots of shooting in the streets of the cities with no consequences. First he said he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and he wouldn't lose any voters (presumably people on 5th Avenue are Hil supporters). Now he says Hil could shoot and kill someone without being prosecuted.
I'm betting Freud would have a lot to say about his fixation on the phallic symbols of guns. And Linda adds--bet he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if you gave him a gun and stood him a foot away.
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
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 FRESH'BrainDead', followed by another FRESH'BrainDead'.
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 (R) 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Celebrity Family Feud', then the FRESH, but atavistic, '2017 Miss America Competition'.
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 FRESH'Son Of Zorn', followed by a RERUN'The Simpsons', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN'The Last Man On Earth'.
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 'Hoarders', followed by a FRESH'Hoarders: Then & Now', then another FRESH'Hoarders: Then & Now', and 'Escaping Polygamy'.
AMC offers the movie 'Pearl Harbor', 'Fear The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'Fear The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-The Gamesters of Triskelion
[7:10AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-A Piece of the Action
[8:20AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-The Immunity Syndrome
[9:30AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-A Private Little War
[10:40AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Return to Tomorrow
[11:50AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Patterns of Force
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 22-By Any Other Name
[2:10PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 23-The Omega Glory
[3:20PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-The Ultimate Computer
[4:30PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Bread and Circuses
[5:40PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Assignment: Earth
[6:50PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Balance of Terror
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 28-The City on the Edge of Forever
[9:10PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Amok Time
[10:20PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Mirror, Mirror
[11:30PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-The Trouble with Tribbles
[12:40AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 22-Space Seed
[1:50AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 18-Arena
[3:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Episode 5
[4:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 1
[5:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 2 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has a FRESH'NJ Social', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NJ', then a FRESH'Manzo'd With Children', followed by another FRESH'Manzo'd With Children', 'Real Housewives Of NJ', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser', and 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Rob Lowe (with special attention paid to Ann Coulter)'.
FX has the movie 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', followed by a FRESH'The Strain'.
History has '15 Septembers Later', followed by the FRESH'102 Minutes That Changed America: 15th Anniversary', then the FRESH'America's 9/11 Flag: Rise From The Ashes'.
[6:00AM] THE MONKEES-Royal Flush
[6:35AM] THE MONKEES-Monkee See, Monkee Die
[7:10AM] THE MONKEES-Monkee vs. Machine
[7:45AM] KILLER ELITE
[3:00PM] THE FUGITIVE
[6:00PM] FIRST BLOOD
[8:00PM] TRAINING DAY
[10:45PM] TRAINING DAY
[1:30AM] FIRST BLOOD
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Randall Park (ALL TIMES EDT)
[7:00AM] Turner & Hooch
[12:00PM] U.S. Marshals
[3:00PM] Days of Thunder
[8:00PM] Conan the Barbarian
[11:00PM] Conan the Destroyer
[3:30AM] Gomorrah-The Roar of the Lioness
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Little Black Dress (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade'.
Barbra Streisand put her feelings about Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) into song Friday night.
At an LGBT fundraiser for Hillary Clinton Friday, the singer performed a parody of the Stephen Sondheim song "Send in the Clowns" with lyrics about the Republican nominee.
"Is he that rich, maybe he's poor, 'til he reveals his returns, who can be sure?" Streisand sang to an applauding crowd of about 1,000. "Something's amiss, I don't approve, if he were running the free world, where would we move?"
Streisand included renditions of "People," ''Pure Imagination" and "Happy Days Are Here Again."
But her Trump parody clearly stood out. It continued: "And if by chance he gets to heaven, even up there, he'll declare chapter 11. This sad, vulgar clown. You're fired, you clown."
The Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s.
But a meticulous new study of the codex has yielded a startling conclusion: The codex is both genuine and likely the most ancient of all surviving manuscripts from ancient America.
Stephen Houston, the Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and co-director of the Program in Early Cultures at Brown University, worked with Michael Coe, professor emeritus of archeology and anthropology at Harvard and leader of the research team, along with Mary Miller of Yale and Karl Taube of the University of California-Riverside. They reviewed "all known research on the manuscript," analyzing it "without regard to the politics, academic and otherwise, that have enveloped the Grolier," the team wrote in its study "The Fourth Maya Codex."
The paper, published in the journal Maya Archaeology, fills a special section of the publication and includes a lavish facsimile of the codex.
The study, Houston said, "is a confirmation that the manuscript, counter to some claims, is quite real. The manuscript was sitting unremarked in a basement of the National Museum in Mexico City, and its history is cloaked in great drama. It was found in a cave in Mexico, and a wealthy Mexican collector, Josué Sáenz, had sent it abroad before its eventual return to the Mexican authorities."
Australia's tourism sector may be receiving an ironic uptick in visitors despite the deterioration of one of the continent's main draws, the Great Barrier Reef.
That's because people are worried that if they don't go now, they may never see the planet's largest living organism and the millions of corals, tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, and sharks it supports.
It's called "last-chance tourism," a phenomenon in which visitors explicitly seek out vanishing lands or seascapes. The fear is being driven largely by the reality of climate change. Warming ocean temperatures, coastal development, and invasive species have laid waste to roughly half the corals along the 1,200-mile-long Great Barrier Reef in the past three decades. This year, the reef experienced the worst coral bleaching ever, with one study estimating that up to 93 percent of corals were affected. Another study suggested coral bleaching episodes will only get worse.
The flurry of international media coverage on the reef's demise got environmental researcher Annah Piggott-McKellar at the University of Queensland wondering what kind of influence those reports are having on the $5.6 billion reef-related tourism industry.
In a survey published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Piggott-McKellar and fellow researchers discovered that nearly 70 percent of visitors to the Great Barrier Reef in 2015 said a desire to see the reef before it's gone was their main reason for journeying to the World Heritage Site.
U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, serving a 35-year prison term for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, said on Friday that she would refuse to eat until given help for her gender dysphoria and "treated with dignity, respect and humanity" by the government.
The 28-year-old Army private, who was born male but revealed after being convicted of espionage that she identifies as a woman, tried to commit suicide in July over what her representatives said was the government's denial of appropriate treatment for those gender issues.
The Army announced later that month that it would investigate Manning for misconduct in connection with the attempt to take her own life, a probe that could lead to indefinite solitary confinement, reclassification into maximum security or additional prison time.
I need help. I needed help earlier this year. I was driven to suicide by the lack of care for my gender dysphoria that I have been desperate for. I didn't get any. I still haven't gotten any," Manning said in a statement released by a spokeswoman.
According to Manning's representatives, doctors have recommended that as part of her treatment for gender dysphoria the solider, who began hormone therapy in 2015, be allowed to follow "female hair grooming standards." The government has refused.
A devotee carries an idol of Hindu God Ganesha for immersion in the Arabian sea during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India, Sept. 10, 2016. The ten-day festival is dedicated to the worship of Ganesha.
Photo by Rajanish Kakade
"Nobody said it was going to be on Russian TV," Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Friday on CNN's "New Day." Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks also told the Associated Press that the King interview was "for his podcast as a favor to Mr. King."
The GOP nominee's appearance on RT, the Moscow-based media organization previously known as Russia Today, drew immediate scrutiny as the station is used to back the Kremlin's messaging efforts. During his interview on RT's "Politicking With Larry King," Trump criticized U.S. foreign policy and cast doubt on the idea that the Kremlin is trying to influence the U.S. presidential race.
For its part, RT doesn't appear to be especially concerned about the flap over its Trump interview: It published a Friday story titled: "US media, Trump's own campaign freak out about his interview on 'Kremlin RT.'"
Violeta Zuniga gets around with a cane because of her knee problems, but nothing can keep the 83-year-old from performing Chile's national dance to protest her partner's disappearance during the country's military dictatorship.
The cueca dance is performed by couples during Chile's national holidays, a source of celebration and pride for many in the South American country. But Zuniga has danced alone for nearly 40 years to mourn and protest the forced disappearance of her partner, Pedro Silva Bustos, during Gen. Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 rule.
Zuniga is among the women British pop singer Sting told of in his 1987 protest song, "They Dance Alone."
Sting invited Zuniga and other women from her group to dance on stage during an Amnesty International concert in Argentina in 1988. They also performed with singers Peter Gabriel and Sinead O'Connor before more than 70,000 people in Chile's National Stadium in 1990.
Zuniga will dance alone to the cueca on Sunday, the 43rd anniversary of the Sept. 11, 1973 bloody coup that brought Pinochet to power. She'll wear a picture of her partner around her neck and wave a white handkerchief embroidered with one word: "Justice."
More than 350 years ago, thousands Scottish soldiers were captured during the English Civil War by the controversial British leader Oliver Cromwell. Many were kept as prisoners and were buried in mass graves when they died of disease and starvation.
Now, some of those soldiers will finally receive a more respectful resting place near Durham University, in northeast England, where the mass graves were found. Once research on the remains is complete, the soldiers will be reburied in a nearby cemetery in Durham, university officials announced in late August.
Archaeologists found the soldiers' remains in 2013, during an excavation at Durham University to clear the area for a library expansion. However, once archaeologists uncovered the skeletons, they halted work immediately.
The mass graves are located on the city's World Heritage Site, as designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Though the recovered remains will no longer be buried at the UNESCO site, a plaque commemorating them will be placed nearby, and a commemorative event will be held later this year, university officials said.
The final burials will take place after archaeologists have finished studying the soldiers' remains in late 2017. However, Durham University plans to keep a few teeth so that researchers can study them down the line, when new techniques and opportunities become available, according to university officials.
Four species of parasitoid wasps have been discovered in northwest China, a new study reports.
The new species belong to the genus Gasteruption. These wasps have slender bodies and inflated, club-shaped hind legs. They also have elongated necks, and keep their abdomens raised and hind legs dangling during their slow, quiet flights. Their heads have a satin-like sheen and long eyes that extend almost to their mouth, the researchers said.
The four new species - G. bicoloratum, G. huangshii, G. pannuceum and G. shengi - have a body covering that resembles black leather with grooves and stitches. The bugs range in size from 0.3 inches (8 millimeters) long to 0.5 inches (13 mm) long, and females are typically larger than males.
The newfound species are parasitoid wasps whose larvae are parasites that kill their hosts. Adults hover outside the nests of solitary bees. While females hover to find an opportunity to sneak their own eggs into solitary bee nests, males typically linger in search of these females. Using a long, tube-like organ, called an ovipositor, the female lays eggs inside bee nests. The emerging larvae feed on bee eggs and larvae, and the food reserves of the nest. The young wasps pupate in their hosts' nests and emerge as adults in spring.
A total of 28 species of Gasteruption were known from China before the new finds. Tan's team discovered four new species in the mountainous region of China's Shaanxi and Ningxia provinces. Tan lives near the Qinling mountains in Shaanxi, and every weekend during spring and summer, she would drive there with her students to sample wasps.
A sheep is on sale at a market ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi, Pakistan, Sept. 10, 2016. Eid al-Adha is the holiest of the two Muslims holidays celebrated each year, it marks the yearly Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) to visit Mecca, the holiest place in Islam. Muslims slaughter a sacrificial animal and split the meat into three parts, one for the family, one for friends and relatives, and one for the poor and needy.
Photo by Shahzaib Akber
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