Marc Dion: Are My Socks Gay? (Creators Syndicate)
A few months ago, I bought a pair of brown socks online, brown with red and gold leaves printed on the fabric. They're over-the-calf socks. Colorful socks are a thing in men's fashion right now, and I was an early adopter.
Froma Harrop: Trump Makes Mess of Trade, US Economy Beware (Creators Syndicate)
America's closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada, rank high on Donald Trump's to-do list of allies to offend. The North American Free Trade Agreement, the president insists, is "the worst deal ever." Actually, it's been a mostly good deal for all three partners. But even if the U.S. stays in it, Trump's crazy-man act has already done the dirty deed, damaging America's ability to compete globally.
Julia Belluz: The truth about red wine's health benefits (Vox)
Today, many experts will agree that drinking moderate amounts of any type of alcohol - up to one glass a day for women and up to two daily glasses for men - may have benefits for heart health specifically (though there are important caveats discussed further down). Red wine, however, isn't any more beneficial than beer or spirits in this regard.
A werewolf (Old English: werwulf, "man-wolf") or occasionally lycanthrope (Greek: lukánthropos, "wolf-person") is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf (or, especially in modern film, a therianthropic hybrid wolflike creature), either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction (often a bite or scratch from another werewolf). Early sources for belief in this ability or affliction, called lycanthropy, are Petronius (27-66) and Gervase of Tilbury (1150-1228).
The werewolf is a widespread concept in European folklore, existing in many variants, which are related by a common development of a Christian interpretation of underlying European folklore developed during the medieval period. From the early modern period, werewolf beliefs also spread to the New World with colonialism. Belief in werewolves developed in parallel to the belief in witches, in the course of the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. Like the witchcraft trials as a whole, the trial of supposed werewolves emerged in what is now Switzerland(especially the Valais and Vaud) in the early 15th century and spread throughout Europe in the 16th, peaking in the 17th and subsiding by the 18th century.
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
Alan J answered:
Even if he does carry a supply of chocolate
It's still best to avoid charming lycanthrope, Professor Lupin, around
the full moon. Being a werewolf can be a bit of a nuisance to all involved.
Werewolf. Lycanthrope is Greek for "Werewolf?" The answer is "There! There wolf!"
Billy in Cypress replied:
Dale of Seasonal Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
Werewolf…The other rumor going around the area is that the DEA set the fires to eradicate pot farms…typical doper conspiracy?
Rosemary in Columbus wrote:
A Lycanthrope is a werewolf. Aroooo! Werewolves of London. Arooo! Miss you, Warren Zevon.
As a true cyclepath I rode my age in miles today, with a little extra, and it was a glorious, beautiful autumn day. I didn't have a cake, and I'm okay with that. We drank dessert in the form of an '08 Cabernet Sauvignon from our favorite Napa winery. Yum, yum.
Some good techniques and ideas here. And I thought of friend Kathy and her niece participating in the Women's March here and Kathy going soon to the Women's conference and friend Janet finding the pussy hats pattern & sharing that idea & memes and friends Cynthia and Stuart sharing articles & humor links--happy for all of us, proud of all of us, participating vicariously through all of them.
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'Wisdom Of The Crowd', then a FRESH'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a FRESH'Madam Secretary'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'NFL Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'The Toy Box', followed by a FRESH'America's So-Called Home Videos', then a FRESH'Shark Tank', followed by a FRESH'Ten Days In The Valley'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another '2½ Men', then an old 'The Goldbergs', followed by another old 'The Goldbergs', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a (R) 'The Mick', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers', then a FRESH'The Simpsons' (Treehouse Of Horror XXVIII), followed by a FRESH'Ghosted', 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 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then another FRESH'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Svalbard
[6:30AM] PLANET EARTH: THE MAKING OF AFRICA
[7:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[8:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Savannah
[9:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Congo
[10:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Cape
[11:30AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Sahara
[12:30PM] POMPEII (2014)
[3:00PM] CRIMSON TIDE
[5:30PM] CRIMSON TIDE
[8:00PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III (2006)
[11:00PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III (2006)
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Savannah
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Congo
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Cape (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', another 'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Real Housewives Of NH', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Tommy Boy', followed by the movie 'Happy Gilmore', then the movie 'Billy Madison'.
FX has the movie 'Jurassic World', followed by the movie 'Pitch Perfect 2', then the movie 'Pitch Perfect 2', again.
[6:00AM] HOT ROD
[8:00AM] JONAH HEX
[9:45AM] CLASH OF THE TITANS
[2:00PM] JONAH HEX
[3:45PM] CLASH OF THE TITANS
[6:00PM] JONAH HEX
[8:00PM] SHERLOCK HOLMES
[11:00PM] SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS
[4:00AM] ROGUE (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Warriors
[8:00AM] Blazing Saddles
[10:00AM] Tomorrow Never Dies
[12:30PM] The Living Daylights
[3:30PM] The Spy Who Loved Me
[6:30PM] You Only Live Twice
[9:00PM] Die Another Day
[12:00AM] Tomorrow Never Dies
[2:30AM] The Spy Who Loved Me
[5:30AM] M*A*S*H-The Moose (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors', followed by the movie 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge', then the movie 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'.
'The Sooner He's Impeached or Arrested the Better'
Robert De Niro
Actor and Democratic fundraiser Robert De Niro called for President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked) to be "impeached" or sent to jail quickly so that America can once again serve as a global leader on climate change.
"In my country we have an administration that totally is not being helpful," the 74-year-old actor told a crowd at the Global Citizen Forum in Montenegro on Friday.
De Niro said that the United States had lost its position as a global ambassador in the fight against global warming because "we have a leader who's not leading, that doesn't know what he's doing."
"The sooner he can be either impeached or just not, you know-I can't imagine him going for another three years, but whatever, or maybe he'll be arrested and put in jail, but whatever," added De Niro.
De Niro said that it was "shameful" for the United States to "put a crimp" in international efforts to deal with climate change and urged citizens to continue to push back against the administration.
Signed O'Really Knowing Of New Harassment Settlement
Bill O'Reilly (R-Horn Dog), the Fox News commentator propagandist forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32 million sexual harassment settlement in January, and the network's parent knew about the deal when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
The previously undisclosed agreement, at least the sixth involving O'Reilly or the company related to harassment charges against him, was "extraordinarily large" for such cases, according to the newspaper, which cited two people "briefed on the matter" as its sources.
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc acknowledged that it had been aware of O'Reilly's settlement with Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst, when it signed a contract extension with "The O'Reilly Factor" host in February.
The company "was informed by Mr. O'Reilly that he had settled the matter personally, on financial terms that he and Ms. Wiehl had agreed were confidential and not disclosed to the company," 21st Century Fox said in a statement emailed by spokesman Nathaniel Brown.
Twenty-First Century Fox said on Saturday it had added language to the new contract related to harassment, stipulating that O'Reilly faced dismissal if fresh allegations emerged or new information about existing allegations came to light.
The last human to step off the moon is the latest astronaut to be memorialized with the naming of a space station-bound cargo ship.
Gene Cernan, who commanded NASA's final Apollo moon landing mission in 1972, died at the age of 82 in January. Orbital ATK's next Cygnus commercial resupply spacecraft to launch honors Cernan's commitment to exploration and discovery.
"Today we announced that we're naming the OA-8 vehicle after Gene Cernan. It is the 'S.S. Gene Cernan,'" said Rick Mastracchio, Orbital ATK senior director of operations for the Commercial Resupply Services program and a former NASA astronaut, on Wednesday (Oct. 18).
The S.S. Gene Cernan is targeted to lift off Nov. 11 aboard an Orbital ATK Antares 230 booster from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. After arriving and being berthed to the station, the orbiting lab's crew will unpack the Cygnus of its cargo and, for the first time, use it to extend their science work areas.
The S.S. Gene Cernan will remain connected to the station for two weeks and then will depart to deploy 14 cubesats (small satellites), more than any prior mission. The Cygnus module will then perform a destructive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
A personal letter found on the body of a man killed in the sinking of the Titanic sold at auction on Saturday for 126,000 pounds ($166,000), a record price for correspondence from the doomed liner.
The letter is one of the last known to have survived the sinking and still carries stains from its time in the Atlantic.
Written by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on embossed Titanic "on-board" stationary, the letter to his mother describes his impressions of the palatial ship, praising the food and music.
Holverson was a Minnesota-born salesman, who was travelling on the ship with his wife, Mary Alice, who survived the sinking.
The letter was sold by the Holverson family at an auction held by Henry Aldridge & Son in the southern English town of Devizes. Iron keys from the Titanic also sold for 76,000 pounds.
Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash.
Relatives of people who died in military service have recounted varied interactions with President Donald Trump in the difficult days and weeks after the deaths of their loved ones. Despite Trump's boast that he reaches out personally to all families of the fallen, interviews with families members did not support his claim. Some never heard from him at all, and a few who did came away more upset.
The Associated Press tried to reach the families of all 43 people who have died in military service since Trump became president and made contact with about 20 families. More than half said they had not heard from Trump.
In Maine, the brother of a Marine who was killed in the crash of an Osprey aircraft said the family got no call or letter from Trump.
After Army Sgt. Jonathon M. Hunter died in a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan in August, his family was told to expect a call from Trump. But it didn't happen. Hunter, 23, from Columbus, Indiana, died 32 days into his first deployment since joining the Army in 2014.
"I think I've called every family of someone who's died," Trump said, then adding, "virtually everybody." He said it's his practice both to make phone calls and send letters.
Cynthia Calderon walks past some furniture and other belongings she could salvage, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria in September, in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, Oct. 19, 2017.
Photo by Alvin Baez
Former White House adviser Steve Bannon (R-Satan's Catamite) depicted former resident George W. Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a "destructive" presidency during his time in the White House.
Bannon's scathing remarks on Friday night amounted to a retort to a Bush speech in New York earlier this week, in which the 43rd president denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics and warned that the rise of "nativism," isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation's true identity.
But Bannon, speaking to a capacity crowd at a California Republican Party convention, said Bush had embarrassed himself and didn't know what he was talking about.
"There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush's," Bannon added, as boos could be heard in the crowd at the mention of Bush's name.
The remarks came during a speech thick with attacks on the Washington status quo, echoing his call for an "open revolt" against establishment Republicans. He called the "permanent political class" one of the great dangers faced by the country.
President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Draft Dodger) has signed an executive order allowing the Air Force to bring up to 1,000 pilots back to active duty as it grapples with an aviator shortage, the Pentagon said Friday.
The Air Force has complained for years that it is struggling to retain pilots, who are often lured away by better-paying commercial airlines.
Additionally, pilots often choose to leave the military due to the strains of extended deployments overseas.
"We anticipate that the secretary of defense will delegate the authority to the secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.
The Air Force welcomed the new rule, but said it could not provide details until it received guidance.
Former porn star Jenna Jameson has stripped away any doubts about how she feels about Playboy featuring its first openly transgender Playmate after publicly slamming the magazine's decision as "ridiculous" and liking a series of transphobic tweets.
Followings news of French model Ines Rau's upcoming spread in Playboy's November-December issue, Jameson, a former Playboy cover model who has since turned to webcam porn, railed against transgender people both on Twitter and to Fox News.
"I have a problem with it just like I have a problem with a transgender competing against biological women in sports," she tweeted Thursday. "I think it's setting fire to an iconic brand and pandering to this ridiculous PC world we live in."
So @playboy just announced it will be featuring its first transgender playmate.
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