Kali Holloway: The Truth About Poor People's Eating Habits Will Surprise You (Alternet)
In a country where it is a national pastime to find new ways to blame poor people for the crime of being poor, even food choice becomes a site of class warfare. Consider the popularized image of the low-income family who subsists on a steady diet of fast food; each burger, fry and milkshake they consume regarded as yet more evidence of bad decision-making. It's one of those ideas now deeply embedded in our poverty-pathologizing culture, the kind of untested "fact" politicians reference to ensure we remain "them" and "us," even at the dinner table. The trouble is, it simply isn't true.
The Moon's a Balloon is a memoir by British actor David Niven (1910-1983), published in 1972. It details his early life. There have been several editions and many translations of the book over the years. Niven followed it with a sequel Bring on the Empty Horses in 1975.
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Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
My parents had this on their bookshelf when I was a little kid. The title always amused me, though I knew the subject matter didn't live up to the title.
Had the author been Roald Dahl, I'm sure I'm sure I would have enjoyed tje title and the subject matter more.
Sara in upstate New York replied:
That would be David Niven!!! I read all of his books. He knew EVERYBODY.
I'm sure he didn't spill even a thumbnail's worth of all he witnessed.
His books on Hollywood, Lauren Bacall's first book and Shelly Winter's
two books are the best reads about celebrity off-camera escapades.
David Niven I read them both; very funny!
I really had no idea so I consulted the great Wiki and was surprised that the author was David Niven. I thoroughly enjoyed his acting
Doug, that Schrödinger's emoticon was the best thing I've seen all day, as of 1:22 pm PDT. Thanks!
DJ Useo replied:
It be David Niven. A fine author & a superb actor.
I was watching the Marx Bros' "The Cocoanuts" & he wasn't in it. ;)
Lois Of The Lumber responded:
Next degree of deviation, from the mahogany of Peru to David Niven, who was famous for his ability to transmit wood indiscriminately! (Yeah I know, I connected to Diana Ross, who looked like the ghost of M.J., and who starred in the movie "Mahogany", but it works because Niven banged her at the after party of the 1974 Oscar show). The man was a Sex Machine! Everywhere he went, orgies broke out and nobody went home hungry! Even at Denny's! When he wasn't filming, he had to be contained in a constant cold shower for the safety of the cast and crew, and all humanity in general. The world is an emptier place with him not in it. And slightly less sticky.
P.S. Deborah; Many thanks for the mention. You remind me that, unlike poor dead Casper, I am not alone in this world.
David Niven ~'The Moon's a Balloon' is an autobiography of the Actor David Niven, published in 1971. 'Bring on the Empty Horses' is true tales from the golden age of the silver screen. Niven was James Bond in "Casino Royale' (1967).
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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 a 2-hour '60 Minutes', followed by the 2-hour SEASON FINALE'CSI: The Original One'.
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 FRESH'Once Upon A Time', followed by another FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then the SERIES PREMIERE'Blood & Oil', followed by the SERIES PREMIERE'Quantico'.
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'Bob's Burgers', followed by the SEASON PREMIERE'Bob's Burgers', then the SEASON PREMIERE'The Simpsons', followed by the SEASON PREMIERE'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then the SEASON PREMIERE'Family Guy', followed by the SEASON PREMIERE'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'.
AMC offers 'Fear The Walking Dead', another 'Fear The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'Fear The Walking Dead', and another 'Fear The Walking Dead'.
[12:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 2 - The Witch's Familiar
[1:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Evolution
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 2 - The Ensigns of Command
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 3 - The Survivors
[4:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 1 - The Magician's Apprentice
[5:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 9 - Ep 2 - The Witch's Familiar
[6:00AM] Jungle: Underworld
[7:00AM] Planet Earth-Ep 3 - Fresh Water
[8:00AM] Doctor Who: City of Death NEW
[10:00AM] Doctor Who: The Keeper of Traken NEW
[12:00PM] Psycho (1960)
[2:30PM] The Birds
[5:30PM] Psycho (1960)
[8:00PM] Casino Royale (2006)
[11:00PM] Casino Royale (2006)
[2:00AM] The Birds
[5:00AM] Planet Earth-Ep 3 - Fresh Water (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', another 'Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH'Married To Medicine', then a FRESH'Don't Be Tardy ... ', followed by a FRESH'Manzo'd With Children', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Dumb & Dumber', followed by the movie 'Dumb & Dumber', again, and 'Jeff Dunham: All Over The Map'.
FX has the movie 'Marvel's the Avengers', followed by a FRESH'The Strain'.
History has 'Mountain Men', 'Ice Road Truckers', followed by a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers', and 'Mountain Men'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ANNA KENDRICK
[6:15AM] THE HUNGOVER GAMES
[8:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-CHAD'S SLEEPOVER
[8:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-NO MOTORCYCLES
[9:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-BUTTERFLIES
[9:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-IDA'S DANCE
[10:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
[10:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-STILTS
[11:00AM] GET CARTER
[1:15PM] GREEN ZONE
[8:15PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
[10:30PM] GIGI DOES IT-FIRST LOOK
[11:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-GENTLE AND SOFT: THE STORY OF THE BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE, PART 1
[11:30PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-GENTLE AND SOFT: THE STORY OF THE BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE, PART 2
[2:45AM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
[5:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-SANDY PASSAGE
[5:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-DRONEZ: THE HUNT FOR EL CHINGON (ALL TIMES EST)
[7:30AM] Field of Dreams
[10:00AM] Weird Science
[5:00PM] Uncle Buck
[7:15PM] Weird Science
[9:15PM] Uncle Buck
[11:30PM] Stripes (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction'.
Stephen Colbert sits on the shoulders of Hugh Jackman as they introduce each other as the hosts of the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York on on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The annual event is aimed at ending poverty around the world.
Photo by Adam Hunger
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" bested "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" in the ratings for the first time on Thursday night, in addition to almost tying "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
Kimmel scored a 0.9 rating/5 share in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic, while Colbert got a 0.7/5. Fallon's show got a 1.0/5.
Kimmel enjoyed a strong lead in thanks the return of Shondaland shows on ABC, in addition to welcoming Shonda Rhimes herself as a guest.
Kimmel also hosted Dave Salmoni and Jill Scott, as well wrapping up his week of Mean Tweets with celebrities like George Clooney and Halle Berry reading the worst things internet trolls could throw at them.
The anticipation among television viewers about new fall shows was foreshadowed by Google.
The online information company said Friday the most-searched query about fall premieres over the past week was about when Fox's "Empire" would return. The new season debuted to 16.2 million viewers on Wednesday night, the Nielsen company said.
The two top returning shows so far this week have been CBS' "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory," both with 18.2 million viewers, Nielsen said.
Both shows were also featured among the top 10 questions Google received on premieres, the company said. Google didn't release numbers on how many people made these searches, but the company said there are roughly 3 billion Google searches on various topics made worldwide each day.
The second most searched-for premiere date on Google was for CBS' "Criminal Minds," which hasn't debuted yet, with "The Big Bang Theory" being third, the company said.
A Florida judge has rejected motions for a group of media outlets asking to make records in the Hulk Hogan sex video case public.
The judge responded to motions Friday. They had been filed a day earlier.
Hogan, a former WWE wrestler whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing the news website Gawker for posting a video of him having sex with a woman who at the time was married to Hogan's friend.
The tape was leaked to Gawker, and the FBI investigated. Gawker filed a public records request in federal court for more information about the investigation, and the judge ordered it released. But when it was put into public record in the civil lawsuit, the judge sealed the records.
An Egyptian mummy belonging to the Cinquantenaire Museum (Royal Museums of Art and History) before it is scanned by the Medical Imaging Department of the 'Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc' in Brussels, Belgium, 26 September 2015. The Mummies will be part of the exhibition 'Sarcophagi, Under the stars of Nut', running at the Cinquantenaire Museum from 15 October 2015 to 20 April 2016.
Photo by Julien Warnand
A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.
Sunday night's "blood moon" and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency-preparedness retailers. Apocalyptic statements by a Mormon author have only heightened fears among a small number of Mormon followers about the looming end of time. The eclipse will give the moon a red tint and make it look larger than usual. It won't happen again for 18 years.
It's unclear how many Latter-day Saints buy the theory, but Mormon leaders were worried enough that they took the rare step this week of issuing a public statement cautioning the faithful not to get carried away with visions of the apocalypse.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told its 15 million worldwide members that they should be "spiritually and physically prepared for life's ups and downs," but they urged them not to take speculation from individual church members as doctrine and "avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events."
Prosecutors say Kim Dotcom and his colleagues sometimes reveled in their role as "modern-day pirates," discussed how to thwart the justice system, and joked that a judge would one day realize how "evil" they were.
The much-delayed extradition hearing for Dotcom and three others who owned or helped run the website Megaupload began in Auckland this week in a case that could have broader implications for Internet copyright rules.
Megaupload was shut down by U.S. authorities in early 2012, but not before prosecutors claim it raked in some $175 million, mainly from people who flocked to the site to illegally download movies.
Federal authorities have charged Dotcom and the others with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. A summary of the U.S. case is being presented by New Zealand lawyers as the U.S. attempts to extradite the men to face trial in Virginia.
That some people used the site for illegally downloading movies is not in dispute. The real question is the extent to which Dotcom and the others knew about this activity, and whether or not they encouraged it. Prosecutors are trying to use the men's own words against them, after some of their online chatter was intercepted by the FBI.
Traditional sailing ships and steamers make their way through the port of Hamburg, Germany, 26 September 2015. Some 45 vessels with a total age of around 3,000 years will be featured in the event held for the fourth time on the Elbe river.
Photo by Axel Heimken
A California man who as a child actor voiced the cartoon character Charlie Brown was charged on Friday with threatening a judge, a witness and the San Diego County sheriff at a court hearing meant to sentence him for other charges.
Peter Robbins, 59, had faced up to three years and two months in state prison for violating his probation after he earlier admitting charges of stalking and making threats.
Instead, he was charged with two counts of criminal threats, against the judge and a witness; one of attempted criminal threat for allegedly offering $50,000 for the murder of Sheriff Bill Gore, and one count of felony vandalism of his jail cell.
Robbins had pleaded guilty to charges of stalking and making threats in May 2013, after harassing and threatening an ex-girlfriend and the plastic surgeon who enhanced her breasts.
He has been held without bail since February. On Friday, the judge set bail on the new charges at $250,000.
A Detroit dog owner whose pit bulls attacked a man so savagely that he lost two limbs and an ear was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, prompting a judge to criticize state law that kept him from ordering a prison term.
Derick Felton, 62, pleaded guilty earlier this month in an agreement with prosecutors to harboring dangerous animals that caused injuries. He's barred from owning any animals and could be jailed for six months at the end of his probation if he doesn't comply with court orders.
"You should not only accept responsibility, but undergo imprisonment," Judge Michael J. Callahan said. "However, that is not possible in this case."
Steve Constantine lost most of his left arm, his left leg below the knee and his left ear last fall. The 51-year-old Constantine was trying to feed Felton's dogs when he was attacked.
In this undated photo provided by Christie's Auction House in New York, a 16.08 carat, a pink diamond the size of a postage stamp is shown in a ring setting. It could set a record for a cushion-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond when it's offered Christie's at its Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva on Nov. 10, where it is estimated to bring as much as $28 million.
A Miami jury convicted a man who faces up to 35 years in prison for growing marijuana in a bedroom of his house in what he says was an act of love to help his wife who is recovering from breast cancer, local media reported.
Ricardo Varona, 43, was arrested in July 2014 and charged with marijuana trafficking after police said they seized 15 live marijuana plants that could have produced more than 30 pounds of usable weed.
In closing arguments on Friday, Varona's lawyer, Jose Aguirre, told jurors in Miami state court that detectives did not find any money ledgers, drug scales or packaging equipment at Varona's house that would show he was selling pot for money.
"They want you to believe he is Pablo Escobar and Walter White," Aguirre said, referring to the deceased Colombian cocaine baron and the drug dealing protagonist of the TV series "Breaking Bad."
Prosecutors said Varona had set up lights to mimic the sun, air filters to mask the pungent odor, and fans to cool the operation, local media reported. The size of it was far more than could ever be consumed by one person, they argued, estimating the plants' value at $90,000.
Young north African ostriches peck red cabbage in their outdoor enclosure at the zoo in Hannover, northern Germany, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Seven chicks of these endangered flightless birds hatched in the zoo in June.
Photo by Holger Hollemann
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