Charlyn Fargo: Nutrient Shortfalls (Creators Syndicate)
Face it, most of us don't get all the nutrients we need on a daily basis. In fact, there are four essential nutrients - potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium - that are likely to be insufficient in most of our diets, based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Alison Flood: Libraries show empty displays in protest against copyright law (Guardian)
Visitors to the Imperial War Museum in London, to the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh and to the University of Leeds have been brought up short by cases containing nothing but a note: "We would have liked to show you a letter from a first world war soldier here. But due to current copyright laws we are unable to display the original. Those laws mean that some of the most powerful diaries and letters in our collections cannot be displayed."
Oliver Burkeman: Want to succeed? You need systems not goals (Guardian)
A system, […], is "something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run", regardless of immediate outcome. Drawing one cartoon a day is a system; so is resolving to take some kind of exercise daily - rather than setting a goal, like being able to run a marathon in four hours.
Anonymous: A letter to … the girl who accused me of rape when I was 15 (Guardian)
I was 15 and you were 13. Exactly one year and four months apart. But they will say two years because apparently, in months, we are supposed to round up. I had never met you before, even though we went to the same school. After the usual Friday night routine of underage binge drinking and smoking to look cool, we ended up staying over at a mutual friend's house. His not-so-traditional parents made it an ideal hangout.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Xanthophobia - fear of the color yellow
Xanthophobia is the fear of the color yellow.
In other news, rain!
The color Yellow.
fear of the color yellow
DJ Useo answered:
I'm afraid the answer is "Yellow".
I bet Green Lantern has that condition.
Joe S replied:
One would first deduce that a Xanthophobic has a fear of the musical instrument, the Xantha, or a fear of trying to play it. It is very difficult to play.
But no, that is not the case. Xanthophobia is the fear of the color yellow, as illustrated here.
This is a concept totally foreign to my grandson Wallace as yellow is his absolute favorite color. He is also wild about electric fans and has produced his own Fan Collection Video. If you are a fan of fans, or simply curious visit
Wallace's 1st Fan Collection Video.
Daleo of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
I can't disagree with your friend's son.
Still get angry when I remember when my mom died, and the very most important thing, the one thing that had to be dealt with even before the respirator was turned off -
the individually wrapped, paid-for, drug patches had to be opened, cut up and flushed, with at least 2 witnesses. Hundreds of dollars flushed away, while poor old, and now dead mom, was still being made to 'breathe'.
Corporate rule-following and legal hoop-jumping superceded any form of compassion, let alone dignity.
The whole experience taught me that there are many things worse than death.
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CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH'The Mentalist', followed by FRESH'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'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'Resurrection', followed by a FRESH'Revenge'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', followed by another RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', then an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has an informercial passing as holiday fare, 'Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas', followed by a FRESH'Mulaney', then a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', 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', another 'the Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities-Ep 7 - Armoured Animals NEW
[6:30AM] David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities-Ep 8 - Life in the Dark NEW
[7:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 8 - Coasts
[8:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 1 - Oceans - Into the Blue
[9:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 2 - Deserts - Life in the Furnace
[10:00AM] Top Gear: Top Fails-Volume 1
[11:00AM] Top Gear: Top Fails-Volume 2
[12:00PM] Top Gear: Apocalypse
[4:00PM] You Only Live Twice
[6:30PM] From Russia With Love
[11:30PM] From Russia With Love
[2:00AM] You Only Live Twice
[4:30AM] Top Gear: Apocalypse (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and still another 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has 'Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious', 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man', and 'Comedy Central's All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special'.
FX has the movie 'Horrible Bosses', followed by the movie '21 Jump Street', then the movie 'The Watch'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'Alaska Off-Road Warriors'.
[6:00AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-FIRST LOOK
[6:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ELLIE KEMPER WEARS A PURPLE RUFFLED SLEEVELESS TOP & LAVENDER FLATS
[6:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-AMBER TAMBLYN WEARS A LEATHER JACKET & BLACK BOOTIES
[7:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-KEVIN SMITH WEARS A HOCKEY JERSEY & JEAN SHORTS
[7:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JESSICA ALBA WEARS A JACKET WITH PATENT LEATHER PUMPS
[8:15AM] BATMAN-FLOP GOES THE JOKER
[8:48AM] BATMAN-ICE SPY
[9:21AM] BATMAN-THE DUO DEFY
[9:54AM] BATMAN-ENTER BATGIRL, EXIT PENGUIN
[10:27AM] BATMAN-RING AROUND THE RIDDLER!
[11:30AM] PORTLANDIA-OFF THE GRID
[12:00PM] PORTLANDIA-SOFT OPENING
[12:30PM] PORTLANDIA-GETTING AWAY
[1:00PM] RESERVOIR DOGS
[8:00PM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[10:15PM] SNAKES ON A PLANE
[3:00AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-ROAD WARRIORS
[3:30AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-HAIR SWAP
[4:00AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-THIRD MEMBER
[4:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-AMBER TAMBLYN WEARS A LEATHER JACKET & BLACK BOOTIES
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-KEVIN SMITH WEARS A HOCKEY JERSEY & JEAN SHORTS
[5:30AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-PLIGHT OF THE WORKING CLASS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Last Action Hero
[8:45AM] We Are Marshall
[11:45AM] Melinda and Melinda
[2:00PM] Out of Sight
[4:45PM] The Ghost Writer
[10:00PM] The King's Speech
[12:30AM] We Own the Night
[3:00AM] The Ninth Gate (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Blade: Trinity', followed by the movie 'The Happening'.
Actor Omar Sharif (R) and actress Jacqueline Bisset attend a charity auction held by the Federation Fund at the Barvikha Luxury Village Concert Hall outside Moscow, November 28, 2014. Picture taken November 28, 2014.
Photo by Ivan Burnyashev
There's a mouse in the house - along with a long-lost 20th-century masterpiece.
An art historian was watching the movie "Stuart Little" with his daughter - and spotted in the background a painting long believed lost, it was reported Friday.
"I could not believe my eyes when I saw Bereny's long-lost masterpiece on the wall behind Hugh Laurie," said Gergely Barki, a researcher at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest who made the discovery on Christmas in 2009.
"Sleeping Lady with Black Vase," an avant-garde work by Hungarian painter Robert Bereny, was last seen in public in 1928 - and wound up as a prop in the 1999 children's movie, starring Michael J. Fox (as the voice of the titular mouse), Geena Davis, Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki.
He eventually tracked down a set-designer assistant, who, unaware of the piece's significance, bought it as a prop for $500 at an antique shop in Pasadena, Calif.
British musician, producer and multi-media artist Brian Eno gestures during an interview at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, 29 November 2014. Eno receives the Giga-Hertz Prize at the 'IMATRONIC 2014 - Festival of electronic Music' later the same day.
Photo by Uli Deck
Civil rights activists embarked Saturday on a seven-day march to demand sweeping police reforms and denounce a US grand jury's decision not to indict a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is organizing the 120-mile (192-kilometer) "Journey for Justice" from the St Louis suburb of Ferguson where Michael Brown was killed to Jefferson City, the Missouri state capital.
A core group of around 100 marchers, who hope to be joined by thousands more by the end, are demanding the sacking of the Ferguson police chief, nationwide police reforms and an end to racial profiling.
It is the latest in a series of protests that erupted across the United States after a grand jury on Monday decided not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for killing Brown in Ferguson on August 9.
Had he stayed in Russia, Andrew Mironov would be settling in to a stable job with an oil company, likely with a newly awarded doctoral degree in electrical engineering.
Instead, he faces an uncertain future in New York City as one of scores of Russian gays seeking asylum in the United States because of hostility and harassment in their homeland.
"In Russia, I would have gotten my Ph.D. this fall, had a job and health insurance," said Mironov, 25. "Now, here, I'm nobody."
Yet the sacrifices have been worth it, Mironov says, given the fears that lingered after he was severely beaten by several assailants in the lobby of a gay bar in his home city of Samara.
There are no firm statistics on the number of gay Russian asylum seekers; U.S. government agencies that handle applications do not report such details. However, the Department of Homeland Security's latest figures show that overall applications for asylum by Russians totaled 969 in the 2014 fiscal year, up 34 percent from 2012.
A group of football fans called the 'Booze Brothers' perform a dance during the 102nd Grey Cup parade in Vancouver, British Columbia November 29, 2014. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will face the Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup at B.C. Place on Sunday in Vancouver.
Photo by Ben Nelms
There have been signs of revival in the vinyl record scene for quite some time. Back in early 2013, one of the most high-profile Kickstarter projects was the modern, minimalistic Orbit turntable with a cool USB connection twist. Orbit raced to $230,000 in fundraising, eclipsing its original target of $60,000 handily. Lately, mass market U.S. retailers like Best Buy have started stocking a surprisingly deep range of turntables, including offbeat, faux-'40s curios like Paprika and Victoria.
Of course, HiFi enthusiasts have been buying expensive turntables for decades, paying no mind to the mass market extinction of vinyl records. But now we are seeing a new wave of hip, cheap $100 turntables catering to a wider range of consumers.
The latest British music industry statistics highlight a remarkable surge in vinyl record sales over the past two years. Vinyl records are now expected to hit the 1.2 million unit mark in the U.K. market this year, which would be the highest total U.K. vinyl sales since 1997. This is up from fewer than 400,000 units in 2012 and is a notably abrupt and strong reversal of a long-term trend. Vinyl sales actually bottomed out in 2007 and then started a long, slow rebound that has turned into a boomlet in 2014.
American retailers have clearly noticed the trend and are responding to it - in addition to electronics chains, even Sears and Walmart have expanded their turntable ranges. Walmart is actually breaking new ground with super affordable models retailing as low as $40. The best-selling Walmart model is a sensible, stripped down Jensen. But even Walmart is courting the hipster crowd with models like the portable '50s throwback Crosby Cruiser.
In life, Venezuela's exuberant leader Hugo Chavez often captivated supporters by bursting into song, even the occasional dance. Now that he's gone, supporters are turning to the musical arts to help immortalize him.
A state-sponsored biographical ballet premieres on Saturday, with dozens of performers recounting Chavez's life, from humble roots, to failed coup, to international fame as leader of Venezuela's socialist revolution.
The hour-long show, presented by Venezuela's National Dance Company, blends classic and contemporary choreography, and draws on a range of music including Venezuelan folk melodies, African rhythms and symphonic scores.
The ballet, entitled "From Spider-Seller to Liberator," shows him shelving his dream of being a major league baseball pitcher to join the army at age 17. Then audience sees a disillusioned Chavez dancing against the background of the country's 1989 riots, in which several hundred people died in the streets.
A picture made available on 29 November 2014 shows Indian artist Ratan Parab from Sai Leela Dashavatar Natya Mandal (SLDNM) a theatrical group, prepares backstage to play the role of Lord Krishna during the Dashavatar Play, a traditional performance of the Vishnu epic stories, in Mumbai, India, 28 November 2014. SLDNM is a small group of people who enacting the Dashavtar or Ten Avatars of Hindu Lord Vishnu.
Photo by Divyakant Solanki
21st Century Fox CEO and media mogul Rupert Murdoch is defending the Anglo-led cast of the upcoming Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings."
Murdoch, whose 21st Century Fox owns 20th Century Fox, the studio producing "Exodus," took to Twitter to shed some light about the race of the ancient Egyptians.
"Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are." "Everybody-attacks last tweet. Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black. They treated blacks as slaves." "Okay, there are many shades of color. Nothing racist about that, so calm down!"
Small Pacific island states and powerful foreign fishing nations are heading for a showdown next week over management of the world's largest tuna fishery.
The islands want the annual meeting of the influential Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Samoa to limit fishing for bigeye, a tuna prized by sashimi markets in Asia, America and Europe.
They also want limits placed on catches of other tunas to maintain stocks.
Nearly 60 percent of global tuna supplies comes from the central and western Pacific which has been "fished unsustainably, in contradiction to strong scientific and management advice", said Amanda Nickson, director of Global Tuna Conservation at the Washington-based Pew Charitable Trusts.
Members of military history clubs dressed up as French troops fire a cannon during an re-enactment of the Battle of Austerlitz in Austerlitz (Slavkov) near Brno, Czech Republic, 29 November 2014. 01 December 2014 will see the reenactment of the Battle of Austerlitz, fought on 2 December 1805, in which French emperor Napoleon achieved a crucial defeat over the united armies of Austrian emperor Franz I and Russian tsar Alexander I.
Photo by Filip Singer
Up a tree-lined trail still marked "no blastin on Sundays," swarms of bees now patrol a mountain once partially broken apart for coal.
It's been 15 years since the severed West Virginia mountainside produced any of the fossil fuel. Pritchard Mining Company has filled the adjacent valley with broken-off rocks, re-sloped the mountain and planted new trees and flora.
"Mining for honey" is the new extractive business here, one with no impact on the land. Behind two security gates, seven small hive boxes are surrounded by a short electric wire fence, which helps fend off hungry adversaries of honey producers.
The controversial mining method often involves scraping off sides of mountains or literally blowing off their peaks for coal, and filling nearby valleys and streams with the remnants.
Environmental groups decry the footprint left on the land and polluting and health impact possibilities of what's being dumped. Several also say repurposing the land gives the industry a free pass to divert attention away from the harm being done.
Guy-Olivier Deveau puts the finishing touches on his sand sculpture "Decay/Evolve" at the International Sand Art Competition in Key West, Florida November 29, 2014. Six accomplished sand art experts are competing in the event that is part of Art! Key West!, an island wide cultural celebration that ends Sunday. All contestants created their sculptures out of sand and water only, without using electric tools, molds or glue.
Photo by Rob O'Neal
More than 50 green sea turtles were released into the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast on Friday after recovering from cold-stunning, or hypothermia, brought on by a drastic drop in water temperature.
The release has taken place in phases, with Friday being the last major release for sea turtles rescued after a mid-November cold snap in Texas sent temperatures below freezing in large parts of the state.
As with other reptiles, sea turtles rely on their external environment to regulate body temperature and cold-stunning occurs when water temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), she said.
Over 100 cold-stunned green sea turtles were found floating or washed ashore on the Padre Island National Seashore this month. Rescuers brought turtles swaddled in towels to the rehabilitation facility where they received treatment that included intravenous fluids in the most severe cases.
By looking for ripples in the fabric of space-time, scientists could soon detect "strange stars" - objects made of stuff radically different from the particles that make up ordinary matter, researchers say.
The protons and neutrons that make up the nuclei of atoms are made of more basic particles known as quarks. There are six types, or "flavors," of quarks: up, down, top, bottom, charm and strange. Each proton or neutron is made of three quarks: Each proton is composed of two up quarks and one down quark, and each neutron is made of two down quarks and one up quark.
In theory, matter can be made with other flavors of quarks as well. Since the 1970s, scientists have suggested that particles of "strange matter" known as strangelets - made of equal numbers of up, down and strange quarks - could exist. In principle, strange matter should be heavier and more stable than normal matter, and might even be capable of converting ordinary matter it comes in contact with into strange matter. However, lab experiments have not yet created any strange matter, so its existence remains uncertain.
Now, researchers suggest they could detect strange stars by looking for the stars' gravitational waves - invisible ripples in space-time first proposed by Albert Einstein as part of his theory of general relativity.
In this Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 photo provided by the Los Angeles Zoo, guests view the first night of a lighted adventure, the inaugural "L.A. Zoo Lights" experience. The holiday season show transforms the zoo from its daytime persona to a nighttime environment of a series of animal escapades rendered in led lights, lasers, 3D projections, spectacular sets and interactive displays. Guests take a self-guided 60- to 90-minute tour through select areas of the zoo while the animals themselves are asleep. A troop of animated LED "monkeys" guide visitors to an illuminated "Reggie the alligator," an origami "rhino," singing "elephants," and a party of musical pink "flamingos" and their DJ leader, among others. The show is open nightly through Jan. 4 except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Photo by Jamie Pham
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