Marc Dion: Boo! (Creators Syndicate)
I'm going to a Halloween party tomorrow night. My wife, Deborah, says we will dress as silent movie stars. I am supposed to shave my beard and wax my mustache into points. She will put a thick layer of white makeup on my face, like the old movie stars used to do. I will wear a black suit.
Lenore Skenazy: Children of the Shrinks (Creators Syndicate)
"Great Psychologists as Parents," by David Cohen, looks at 10 towering shrinks and child development experts, from Sigmund Freud to Dr. Spock, and finds that their track record is ... mixed. In fact, the British Cohen told me in a phone interview, the shrinks' odds of raising happy, well-adjusted offspring were "not very different" from the rest of ours.
Figaro is a fictional character who first appeared in Disney's Pinocchio.
Figaro is probably best known as the pet cat of Mister Geppetto and Pinocchio. He has also starred independently in a number of Disney shorts, as the pet cat of Minnie Mouse, which was a common theme for Disney characters to be juxtaposed from movies to cartoon shorts. Three of the cartoons he appeared in were his own cartoons; "Figaro and Cleo" (1943), "Bath Day" (1946) and "Figaro and Frankie" (1947). Similar to Pluto, Figaro is one of the few Disney characters who is not anthropomorphized, but just a normal cat.
Alan J was first and correct with:
I think Geppetto's cat was called Figaro, but it's been a long time
since I've seen Pinocchio.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
That would be Figaro. Or, to paraphrase Trump: "Grab 'em by the Figaro".
Ah, an easy one: Figaro. My mother had a tuxedo cat she named Figaro. He never cared.
And really, Felix and not Mickey? My memory isn't as sharp as I'd like it to be.
At least it's Saturday.
It always surprised me that a mouse would have a pet cat.
DJ Useo answered:
The answer is "Figaro", an Italian name said to mean, "fig free". A good enough reason to name anything without figs "figaro". Lol.
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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 '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The Expendable One', then a FRESH'Madam Secretary', followed by a FRESH'Elementary'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'Secrets & Lies', followed by 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 Game 5 of the 'World Series', 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 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
A&E has all old 'Beyond Scared Straight' all night.
AMC offers the movie 'Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Meyers', 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S NATURAL CURIOSITIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-Strange Parents
[6:30AM] DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S NATURAL CURIOSITIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Magical Appearances
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
[8:00AM] REAR WINDOW (1954)
[10:30AM] VERTIGO (1958)
[1:30PM] PSYCHO (1960)
[4:00PM] THE BIRDS (1963)
[7:00PM] PSYCHO (1960)
[9:30PM] THE BIRDS (1963)
[12:30AM] REAR WINDOW (1954)
[3:00AM] VERTIGO (1958) (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 'A Haunted House', followed by the movie 'A Haunted House 2'.
FX has the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1', followed by the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2', then a FRESH'The Strain'.
[6:00AM] THE BRAIN EATERS
[7:15AM] BLOOD OF DRACULA
[11:00AM] THE LANGOLIERS
[1:00PM] THE LANGOLIERS
[3:15PM] THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2
[12:00AM] STEPHEN KING'S THE STAND-The Plague
[2:00AM] STEPHEN KING'S THE STAND-The Dreams
[4:00AM] STEPHEN KING'S THE STAND-The Betrayal (ALL TIMES EDT)
[7:00AM] Rain Man
[9:28AM] Rectify-A House Divided
[10:32AM] Stand by Me
[12:30PM] Good Will Hunting
[3:30PM] Days of Thunder
[6:00PM] Air Force One
[9:00PM] The Shawshank Redemption
[12:00AM] Air Force One
[3:00AM] Apollo 13 (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Jeepers Creepers II', followed by the movie 'The Strangers'.
First lady Michelle Obama is escorted by USS Illinois Chief of the Boat, Master Chief David DiPietro during a commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy attack submarine USS Illinois, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Groton, Conn. The submarine is named for Obama's home state of Illinois.
Photo by Jessica Hill
Winners for the Miss Earth 2016 pose for photographers following the grand coronation night, Oct. 29, 2016, at the Mall of Asia Arena in suburban Pasay city southeast of Manila, Philippines. Katherine Espin, second from left, from Ecuador was proclaimed Miss Earth 2016, followed by Miss Earth Air Michelle Alejandra Gomez, second from right, of Colombia, Miss Earth Water Stephanie Ysabel De Zorzi Landaeta, right, of Venezuela, and Miss Earth Fire Bruna Custodio Zanardo, left, of Brazil.
Photo by Bullit Marquez
Bob Dylan has accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature, the Swedish Academy said, adding that getting the prestigious award left him "speechless."
The academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said Dylan himself contacted them and said "of course" he would accept the prize. Danius told Sweden's TT news agency that Dylan called her Tuesday evening and they spoke for about 15 minutes.
"The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless," Dylan told Danius, according to a statement posted Friday on the academy's website. "I appreciate the honor so much."
It has not yet been decided whether Dylan will attend any Nobel events in Stockholm in December, Danius said.
In an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph posted Friday, Dylan was quoted as saying he "absolutely" wants to attend the Dec. 10 prize ceremony, "if it's at all possible."
Alaska's first marijuana retail outlet opened to a throng of customers Saturday, two years after voters approved allowing people 21 and older to recreationally use pot.
More than 250 people lined up outside Herbal Outfitters in Valdez, store owner Richard Ballow said. Customers came from as far away as Anchorage and Fairbanks, more than 350 miles to the north.
The opening Saturday at "high noon" marks the first time it's legal to buy pot under a voter initiative approved in November 2014. Voter approval made it legal under state law to possess up to an ounce of marijuana outside of a home.
The state's first testing lab, CannTest, opened in Anchorage Monday after clearing regulatory hurdles. It will test cannabis flowers, edibles and concentrates.
In Fairbanks, two marijuana retail stores are planning to open next week after final inspections are completed, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. A third Fairbanks store plans to open in about one month.
A woman passes by a giant pumpkin created by Master Carver Hugh McMahon with the faces of 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, at Chelsea Market in New York, Oct. 29, 2016.
Photo by Eduardo Munoz
No writer is more renowned for his ability to foresee the future than HG Wells. His writing can be seen to have predicted the airplane, the tank, space travel, the atomic bomb, satellite television, and the World Wide Web. His fantastic fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, flights to the moon, and human beings with the powers of gods.
This is what he is generally remembered for today, 150 years after his birth. Yet for all these successes, the futuristic prophecy on which Wells's heart was most set-the establishment of a world state-remains unfulfilled. He envisioned a utopian government which would ensure that every individual would be as well educated as possible (especially in science), have work which would satisfy them, and the freedom to enjoy his or her private life.
His interests in society and technology were closely entwined. Wells's political vision was closely associated with the fantastic transport technologies that Wells is famous for: from the time machine and Martian tripods to the moving walkways and aircrafts in When the Sleeper Wakes. In Anticipations (1900), Wells prophesied the "abolition of distance" by real-life technologies such as the railway. He stressed that since the inhabitants of different nations could now travel toward each other more quickly and easily, it was all the more important for them to do so peacefully rather than belligerently.
Wells's social thinking had its origins in his training as a scientist: Having won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science (now Imperial College, London), he was taught biology by "Darwin's bulldog," TH Huxley. His scientific education first stimulated what are now his most famous books, his early scientific romances. From The Time Machine (1895) on, his work was always political, but this dimension was given extra urgency by the catastrophe of World War I. Frustrated by such a spectacle of the failure of human planning, Wells proposed to re-teach the world.
The world's whaling watchdog concluded a typically discordant meeting Friday with defeats for both the pro- and anti-whaling camps, and the organisation's very purpose called into question.
After a week marked by a classic standoff between whaling nations Japan, Norway and Iceland on the one hand and mainly Western and South American countries on the other, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) agreed on the need for introspection.
The commission, which turns 70 this year, "has been in a stalemate due to the fundamentally conflicting views on whales and whaling," reads a Japanese request for a working group to find ways of addressing the body's "dysfunction."
Just one example of the sometimes paralysing deadlock was a proposal by whale-watching nations to create a South Atlantic sanctuary, which was voted down on Tuesday by the pro-whaling bloc, as it has been every other time since it was first brought to the commission in 2001.
Anti-whaling nations, in turn, voted for the creation of a body to better scrutinise Japan's annual hunt, conducted under scientific licence but blasted by critics as a commercial meat haul.
Sri Lankan Hindu devotees light traditional oil lamps as they perform religious rites on Deepavali day or festival of lights at a temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Oct. 29, 2016. Deepavali is celebrated by Hindus worldwide and it is considered the day when darkness was destroyed by light as said in the Hindu scriptures, describing the war between the sura and the asuras.
Photo by M. A. Pushpa Kumara
A former library director said naming a theater at the revamped Richard Nixon Presidential Library museum for a staffer who counted Jewish government workers at Nixon's request sends the wrong message to visitors.
Placing Fred Malek's name on the theater that shows an introductory film about Nixon is "outrageous," Timothy Naftali, a history professor at New York University and former library director, said on Twitter last week. The new theater is named for Malek and his wife.
Naftali posted the comments shortly after the Southern California museum reopened following a $15 million makeover.
Malek has come under fire for counting Jewish staffers at Nixon's request in 1971. He has since said he regretted doing so.
Malek, a former hotel and airline executive, is on the board of the Nixon Foundation, which raised the money for the museum overhaul.
An aerial photo taken with a drone shows the lake pyramid in autumnal Fuerst Pueckler Park Bad Muskau near Cottbus, Germany, Oct. 29, 2016. The landscape park, composed by Prince Hermann von Pueckler-Muskau in Branitz, has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2004.
Photo by Patrick Pleul
Over the decades, the stone house and grounds that served as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's headquarters at Gettysburg sprouted a motel, restaurant and other modern structures that dismayed preservationists and Civil War buffs keen on historic authenticity.
Now, after a $6 million restoration that erased decades of development at the 4-acre site in Pennsylvania, the property looks much as it did in July 1863, when Lee suffered defeat in a bloody three-day battle that turned the tide of the war.
Civil War Trust bought the house and grounds from private owners and completed the restoration of what Lighthizer has called "one of the most important unprotected historic buildings in America." The nonprofit plans to turn the site over to the National Park Service.
The area around the circa-1830s house was the scene of heavy fighting on the battle's first day, and its strategic location atop Seminary Ridge made it an ideal spot for Lee's battlefield headquarters.
The home was left out of Gettysburg National Military Park, then gutted by fire in the late 1890s. By 1921, it had become General Lee's Headquarters Museum, a commercial venture that transformed the surrounding property.
U.S. fisheries managers have unveiled a plan seeking to restore dwindling runs of salmon and trout that migrate 900 miles up the Snake River from the Pacific to spawning grounds in Idaho while leaving intact their greatest barrier - four hydropower dams.
The recovery plan, proposed on Thursday, calls for a myriad of measures to ease the increasingly treacherous passage of spring-summer Chinook salmon and steelhead trout through the Snake, a major tributary of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
The proposal hinges on a combination of efforts that include improving stream habitat, enhancing water quality and installing structural dam modifications along the Snake River system.
Such measures are designed to give newly hatched fish a better chance at making the journey downstream to the ocean and enabling greater number of adult fish returning from the sea to fight their way 7,000 vertical feet back upstream to spawn.
The plan represents the latest effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to stem the decline of the salmon and steelhead runs, ultimately paving the way for their removal from Endangered Species Act protections.
Demonstrators talk behind a banner with a skull at an anti-nuclear demonstration in Lingen, Germany, Oct. 29, 2016. Around 100 organizations called for the event. There is a nuclear power plant and fuel element manufacturing in Lingen.
Photo by Friso Gentsch
A work by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch will highlight Sotheby's fall auction of impressionist and modern art.
The auction house expects the painting, "Girls on the Bridge," to sell for more than $50 million on Nov. 14.
The seminal work from 1902 depicts a cluster of girls huddled on the bridge of a country village. It sold in 1996 for $7.7 million and again in 2008 for $30.8 million, each time setting a record for the artist.
In 2012, Munch's work "The Scream," one of the most iconic images in art history, sold for $119.9 million at Sotheby's. It became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, a record that has been broken four times since.
Pablo Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" now holds that distinction. It sold last year for $179.4 million.
Norman R. Brokaw, a trailblazing talent agent who represented Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood and other top Hollywood stars, has died at age 89.
Brokaw ascended from the mailroom of the William Morris Agency to become its CEO in 1989. Along the way he helped steer actors to work in the fledgling television industry in the 1950s and later signed politicians such as Gerald Ford and Alexander Haig so they could chart careers after they left public service.
His television plan involved teaming up under-utilized film stars with directors who were skilled at delivering low budget movies within a few days, his family said in a news release. The formula led to the creation of early television series such as "Racket Squad" and "Public Defender."
He later represented the producers behind hit shows such as "The Andy Griffith Show," ''Gomer Pyle," and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
He also served as Bill Cosby's agent, helping get him cast on "I Spy," which broke television's color barrier. Brokaw went on to craft deals that led to the creation of "The Cosby Show" and the comedian's lucrative work as a pitchman.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2010 bestowed its Governor's Award on Brokaw, the only agent to receive the honor.
Part of Brokaw's work with Monroe involved driving the actress to auditions and appearances, his family said. After one appearance, Brokaw and Monroe stopped at the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles for dinner where the actress would first meet her future husband, Joe DiMaggio.
His is survived by his wife, Marguerite Longley, three sons and three daughters.
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