Marc Dion: The Crusades (Creators Syndicate)
At the United Nations, where nothing ever really gets done, Russia is calling for a worldwide coalition to crush terrorist groups wherever they may be found. The timing of this ringing call to crusade is particularly odd when you consider that Pope Francis just left the United States, where his parade took him close to the United Nations building. Used to be, popes issued the call to crusade, instead of spreading a "universal message of love." It didn't always work out, either.
Chuck Norris: Healthy Diets Saving Lives (Creators Syndicate)
In this part of Gambia, when a child is conceived makes a huge difference in relation to the child's chances of dying prematurely. […] During the dry season, people have plenty of couscous and rice. During the rainy season, a time known as "the hungry months," there are fewer calories around, but because of all the rain, there are a lot of leafy green vegetables to eat. […] Armed with this knowledge, it stands to reason that if you are thinking of having a baby, then eating lots of leafy green vegetables - which are rich in folate, a water-soluble B vitamin - is a good idea.
Carroll Spinney has been honored with four Daytime Emmy Awards and two Grammys. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the Library of Congress' Living Legend award in 2000. On what TV series has he performed since 1969?
A punt, also known as a kick-up, refers to the dimple at the bottom of a wine bottle.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Not to be confused with the act of kicking a football
After failing to advance it 10 yards in three plays, or the flat
bottomed bottomed boats that Oxbrdidge undergrads pole about while
trying to get shagged. The bump in the bottom of the bottle is a punt.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
A punt, also known as a kick-up, refers to the dimple at the bottom of a wine bottle
Two Liter Lois Of Oregon responded:
Had no idea bottling wine was such a complicated science! I always thought it was a flaw in the manufacturing process, but the bottle's bottoms are dented on purpose with "punts" which are there to catch simi-decomposed assorted insect bits, dissolved toe-jam, and fungus debris, to prevent it all from sloshing into the first glass poured, so that by the time you get all that slime in your glass you'll be too drunk to care. Boxed wines solved this problem through sheer volume of product, and if you finish one of those in a single sitting, ALL your worries are pretty much over, unless you survive to experience the hangover.
DJ Useo said:
They call him MR. Punt! ;)
Many thanks to Michelle in Az for the extra links yesterday.
I like to enjoy this page a lot during the day, so the extra links do not go wasted with me.
Also, thanks to BTTBBob for the swell Mammoth story link. Who'd thunk'it?
Randall, back from his vacation in the big city, replied:
Punt or Kick-up
A Punt, also known as a kick-up. It is a historical remnant from the era when wine bottles were free blown using a blowpipe and pontil.
The dimple in a wine bottle is called a punt.
I thought I'd answered Friday' TQ; I guess that thinking stuff gets me in trouble. Evidently I hallucinated the reading and answering, and I knew the answer, too. Rats!
Watching "Snatch" which is even more brilliant the 5th time as the 1at. Guy Ritchie is a treasure.
Happy weekend, people!
Joe S replied:
It's late and I ain't gonna look it up. The word "punt" comes to mind. I don't know if that's the answer or not. It just came to mind.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
John I from Hawai'i took the day off.
STEPHEN F took the day off.
Charlie took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob , has returned to semi-retired status.
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'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH'CSI: One Too Many'.
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'The Muppets', followed by another RERUN'The Muppets', then a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', followed by a FRESH'Blood & Oil', then a FRESH'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 an old 'Modern Family', followed by another old 'Modern Family', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'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'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 1
[7:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 2
[8:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 3
[9:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 4
[10:00AM] Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
[12:00PM] Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius
[2:00PM] Doctor Who: The Robots of Death
[7:00PM] The Princess Bride
[9:00PM] The Princess Bride
[2:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 1
[3:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 2
[4:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 3
[5:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 4 (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 'Billy Madison', followed by the movie 'The Campaign', then the movie 'The Campaign', again.
FX has the movie 'Battleship', followed by the movie 'Elysium', then a FRESH'The Strain'.
History has the dreaded 'TBA', followed by 'Ice Road Truckers', followed by a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-AN ERIC FORMAN CHRISTMAS
[6:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-JACKIE SAYS CHEESE
[7:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-ERIC'S HOT COUSIN
[7:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-TORNADO PROM
[8:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-DONNA DATES A KELSO
[8:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-KELSO'S CAREER
[9:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-LEO LOVES KITTY
[9:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-JACKIE'S CHEESE SQUEEZE
[10:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-CLASS PICTURE
[10:30AM] STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
[1:00PM] STAR TREK GENERATIONS
[3:45PM] STAR TREK: INSURRECTION
[11:30PM] GIGI DOES IT-GLOCK SCHLOCK
[12:00AM] STAR TREK GENERATIONS
[2:45AM] STAR TREK: INSURRECTION
[5:30AM] GIGI DOES IT-GLOCK SCHLOCK (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:45AM] The Killer Inside Me
[9:15AM] Conan the Barbarian
[11:45AM] Fight Club
[2:45PM] Training Day
[5:15PM] Point Break
[8:00PM] The Outsiders
[3:00AM] The New World (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Sinister', followed by the movie 'Orphan', then the movie 'Fright Night'.
Actress Uma Thurman attends a cocktail party hosted by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and The Cinema Society, to celebrate the British talent showcased in the 53rd New York Film Festival, at PH-D Terrace on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini
Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign.
Campaigning in South Carolina on Friday, Fiorina said she "absolutely" stands by her criticism of Planned Parenthood. She accused the women's health organization - it's also the nation's largest abortion provider - of pushing "propaganda" against her while being "aided and abetted by the media."
Fiorina has brushed off the facts surrounding her claim as a "technicality." Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, survived this week the latest attempt of conservatives in Congress to cut off its federal funding and accused her of lying.
Fiorina has pushed back in multiple interviews. Often, the crux of her argument, beyond sticking to her incorrect description of the anti-Planned Parenthood videos, is that she has not misrepresented the group's actions and that the larger issue is about the character of the nation.
A serendipitous deal between a history museum and a smuggler has provided new insight into one of the most famous stories ever told: "The Epic of Gilgamesh."
The new finding, a clay tablet, reveals a previously unknown "chapter" of the epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. This new section brings both noise and color to a forest for the gods that was thought to be a quiet place in the work of literature. The newfound verse also reveals details about the inner conflict the poem's heroes endured.
In 2011, the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Slemani, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, purchased a set of 80 to 90 clay tablets from a known smuggler. The museum has been engaging in these backroom dealings as a way to regain valuable artifacts that disappeared from Iraqi historical sites and museums since the start of the American-led invasion of that country, according to the online nonprofit publication Ancient History Et Cetera.
Among the various tablets purchased, one stood out to Farouk Al-Rawi, a professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. The large block of clay, etched with cuneiform writing, was still caked in mud when Al-Rawi advised the Sulaymaniyah Museum to purchase artifact for the agreed upon $800.
The new tablet adds 20 previously unknown lines to the epic story, filling in some of the details about how the forest looked and sounded.
Robin Williams' widow and his three children from previous marriages reached a settlement in their legal fight over the late actor's estate, ending a public dispute following the beloved comedian's suicide last year.
Terms of the out-of-court settlement were not disclosed. But James Wagstaffe, who is representing Susan Williams, said his client will remain in the San Francisco Bay Area home she shared with Williams and receive living expenses to maintain the home for the rest of her life.
Wagstaffe said she also will receive a watch Robin Williams often wore, a bike bought on their honeymoon, and their wedding gifts.
Both sides expressed satisfaction over the settlement, which remains subject to court approval. Wagstaffe and Meredith Bushnell, who represents three adult children from previous marriages - Zachary, Zelda and Cody- said they expect the judge's approval.
British designer Vivienne Westwood (R) appears next to her husband Andreas Kronthaler at the end of her Spring/Summer 2016 women's ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, France, October 3, 2015.
Photo by Benoit Tessier
Former teen idol David Cassidy has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired tag after a crash in Florida last month.
The Sun Sentinel quotes police as saying that the 65-year-old Cassidy sideswiped a truck and then tried to cover his license plate before driving away with a flat tire. The charges were filed Wednesday. Authorities said witnesses identified Cassidy as the driver in a photo lineup.
Cassidy's lawyer, Jason Forman, says the police report is riddled with inconsistencies. He says Cassidy gave police his driver's license and registration before leaving the scene. A hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 27.
Cassidy, who starred in "The Partridge Family" television show, lives in Fort Lauderdale. He filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.
The Vatican on Saturday dismissed a Polish priest from his Holy See job after he came out as gay and called for changes in Catholic teachings against homosexual activity on the eve of a major Church meeting on the family.
Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a theologian, had worked at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm, since 2003, and taught theology at pontifical universities in Rome, which have also dismissed him.
Charamsa, 43, told Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper and Polish media that he was gay and had a partner. The Church teaches that homosexuality is not a sin but homosexual activity is, and priests, whether heterosexual or gay, take vows of celibacy.
Charasma followed up his media interviews with a packed news conference with his partner and gay activists at a Rome restaurant. They had planned a demonstration in front of the Vatican but changed the venue several hours before it was due to have started.
At the news conference, Charamsa suggested that a study be made of how many homosexuals work in the Vatican.
Australian supporters dressed as Dame Edna Everage, a character created and performed by Australian comedian Barry Humphries, laugh as they wait for the start of the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
Photo by Alastair Grant
U.S. anti-abortion activist Troy Newman, forced to leave Australia because his visa was canceled, arrived back in the United States on Saturday and vowed to make the trip again within a year.
Newman, arriving at Los Angeles International Airport for a series of connecting flights to Wichita, Kansas, where his anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue is headquartered, said he would not give up on plans for a speaking tour across Australia.
His tour schedule was disrupted when his visa to enter Australia was revoked and, during an attempt to arrive illegally without it, he was detained at Melbourne Airport on Thursday. He was in custody for three days, he said.
He lost an appeal of the visa revocation on Friday and was forced, with his wife, to leave the country.
His visa was revoked before he departed the United States after Australian politicians raised concerns his visit might trigger violence against abortion providers or women seeking the procedure.
Indian girls in traditional attire pose for photographs as they practice the Garba, the traditional dance of Gujarat state, ahead of Navratri festival in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Navratri or nine night festival will begin on Oct. 13.
Photo by Ajit Solanki
Officials with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service say they will work to address bad behavior by long-distance hikers that has caused tensions at Maine's Baxter State Park.
Trail representatives visited Maine Friday to discuss the problems.
The park is home to the 2,190-mile trail's final summit on Mount Katahdin. Officials say a growing number of thru-hikers have been flouting park rules by openly using drugs and drinking alcohol and camping where it's not permitted. An ultramarathoner who set the speed record for completing paid a $500 fine last month over his celebration atop Katahdin, in which he popped a bottle of champagne while surrounded by a group of more than a dozen supporters.
Park director Jensen Bissell then warned that if concerns about the effects long-distance hikers have on the park are not addressed the AT might have to find a different northern ending point. As a result, a task force of Maine and national groups has talked monthly to address the concerns.
More people left Alaska last year than they have in decades, with net migration out of the state at its highest point in in the past quarter-century.
A report released Friday by the Alaska Department of Labor shows that about 7,500 more people moved out of the state than arrived in fiscal year 2014. The last time net departures were higher was in 1988, when 15,710 people left during an in-state recession, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
The departures don't appear to be caused by the state's current financial problems because they came before oil prices dropped, Department of Labor economist Neal Fried said. "When those numbers were put together, we thought $100 oil was normal," Fried said, referring to the per-barrel price.
The migration likely has more to do with improving employment opportunities in the Lower 48, Fried said. People historically come to Alaska when the rest of the U.S. is struggling with unemployment, he said.
Counter-protesters of a Neo Nazi rally hold up a banner that reads 'Nie wieder Krieg, nie wieder Faschismus. Feuer und Flamme dem Nationalismus!' (lit. Never again war, never again facism. [Fight] nationalism with fire and flames!' in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germanz, 03 October 2015. Some 100 people gathered in front of the local railway station to protest against the rally of around 30 Neo Nazis.
Photo by Patrick Pleul
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.
Special shaped hot air balloons fly during the opening day of the 44th International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The nine-day event attracts hundreds of balloonists and thousands of spectators from around the world.
Photo by Andres Leighton
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