Froma Harrop: Men Working With Their Hands (Creators Syndicate)
A best-selling sports book, "The Boys in the Boat," describes the unlikely path of working-class blokes to gold-medal glory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. There's lots about rowing, but what struck this reader most was author Daniel James Brown's account of the tough lot of laborers in the Northwest during the Great Depression.
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Ok, I admit I know the answer because I enjoy reading Donald Duck comics.
When I get bummed from all the seriousness in my regular reading, they make me smile.
Many of my adult friends like those Disney comics.
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Donald D. Duck
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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 RERUN'Bull', then a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN'MacGyver'.
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 another FRESH'Secrets & Lies'.
The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', followed by 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Son Of Zorn', 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 another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
A&E has 'Gangland Undercover', followed by the movie 'Shooter'.
AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE MAKING OF THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-The Making of The Hunt
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Hardest Challenge
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-In The Grip of Seasons - Arctic
[9:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Hide And Seek - Jungles
[10:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
[11:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
[12:00PM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Race Against Time - Coasts
[1:00PM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Hardest Challenge
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-In The Grip of Seasons - Arctic
[3:00PM] THE BOURNE IDENTITY
[5:30PM] THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
[8:00PM] THE BOURNE IDENTITY
[10:30PM] THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
[1:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Hide And Seek - Jungles
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Race Against Time - Coasts
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Living With Predators - Conservation (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has a FRESH'Atlanta Social', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Mariah's World', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Meet The Parents', followed by the movie 'Meet The Fockers'.
FX has the movie 'Christmas With The Kranks', followed by the movie 'The Santa Clause 2'.
History has 'WWII In HD', 'Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later', followed by the FRESH'Pearl Harbor: The Truth'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ty Burrell
[6:15AM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[9:15AM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[12:15PM] THE MATRIX
[3:15PM] BLADE: TRINITY
[12:15AM] THE PUNISHER
[3:00AM] BLADE: TRINITY
[5:30AM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Dig Me Up, Dig Me Down (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Rectify-Running With the Bull
[7:08AM] Rectify-Sleeping Giants
[8:09AM] Rectify-Charlie Darwin
[9:10AM] Rectify-Donald the Normal
[10:12AM] Rectify-Act as If
[11:13AM] Rectify-Mazel Tov
[12:15PM] Rectify-Weird As You
[1:17PM] Rectify-The Great Destroyer
[2:19PM] Rectify-Until You're Blue
[7:00PM] The Outsiders
[9:00PM] The Lost Boys
[11:00PM] Real Genius
[1:30AM] The Running Man
[3:45AM] The Fly
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Little Black Dress (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park'.
France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime on Saturday, a first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants.
French President Francois Hollande announced the contribution during a conference jointly organized by France and the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. Backers of the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage conference hope to attract an initial $100 million for the fund.
In coordination with UNESCO, it aims to prevent or stop destruction of historical sites, fight trafficking of stolen artifacts and pay for the restoration of sites damaged by war.
They also seek to create a network of sites around the world where artifacts endangered by fighting or terrorism could be temporarily stored for safekeeping.
A former German soldier has left his life's savings to a small Scottish village where he was held as a prisoner of war during World War II.
Heinrich Steinmeyer, a Waffen SS soldier, was 19 when he was captured was brought to the POW camp at Cultybraggan near the village of Comrie in Perthshire. After the war, he regularly visited.
He died in 2014, leaving 384,000 pounds ($485,000) to the village in his will. His wish was to help the elderly in the community.
It was unclear why nearly two years elapsed between his death and the announcement of the legacy, but the Comrie Development Trust said that there had been a lengthy process to settle the estate, which was gained from the sale of his house and all his possessions.
"This is his thanks for the kindness shown to him at the point of his life where he was at his lowest ebb and he just wants to say thank you to everybody," George Carson, whose parents were long-time friends of Steinmeyer, told the BBC.
A Viking toolbox found in Denmark has been opened for the first time in 1,000 years, revealing an extraordinary set of iron hand tools that may have been used to make Viking ships and houses, according to archaeologists.
The tools were found this summer at a mysterious, ring-shaped fortress at Borgring, on the island of Zealand. The famed 10th-century Danish king Harald Bluetooth is thought to have ordered the construction of the fortress.
So far, archaeologists have found at least 14 iron tools inside a single deposit of earth excavated from a gatehouse building of the fortress. The researchers said only traces remain of the wooden chest that once held the tools.
Iron was valuable in Viking-age Denmark, and the researchers think the tools once belonged to a craftsman who occupied a workroom in the gatehouse until it collapsed in the late 10th century.
The archaeologists are still studying the heavily rusted objects, but they've already identified several sophisticated hand tools and other metal items, including a set of "spoon drills" that were used to make holes in timber; what looks like a pair of tweezers or small pliers; a "clink nail" used to fasten wooden planks together; four carefully crafted chain links attached to an iron ring; and a drawplate to make metal wires that may have been used in jewelry.
On paper, the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation's northernmost town is now official. But not so fast. The reality is not so simple.
The town was known as Barrow until Thursday, when the new name, Utqiagvik (oot-GHAR'-vik), became effective, less than two months after the town approved the change at the polls, by a margin of a mere six votes.
But the name is being challenged. A local Alaska Native corporation filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday that claims city officials rushed the process with insufficient outreach to the public. Plaintiffs also maintain the new name isn't even the area's traditional place name, and they also note the name change would come at a steep cost to the city in public expenditures to change signs, contracts and other documents to reflect the new name.
And on Tuesday, Mayor Fannie Suvlu introduced an ordinance to consider asking voters if the new name should be repealed. The City Council will address the proposal in January. She said Friday the ordinance was prompted by several factors, including the tight vote and claims by "more than a handful of community members" in the town of 5,000 that there was no due process before the October vote.
The 381-375 vote happened before Suvlu came into office.
Yellowstone National Park plans to reduce its famed bison herd by at least 900 head this winter, culling stray animals outside the park in Montana by hunting and a program to round up and deliver wayward stock to Native American tribes for slaughter.
The annual culling, if it goes as planned, would mark one of the largest thinnings of the Yellowstone herd during the past decade.
The park's bison numbers have swelled to some 5,500 animals, well above the target population of roughly 3,000.
Animals that roam out of the park into adjacent state lands in Montana will be subject to harvest by licensed sportsmen and Native American tribes exercising historic hunting rights. But the majority will be captured live, then turned over to tribes to be slaughtered for meat.
Montana's chief veterinarian, Dr. Marty Zaluski, said park officials agreed on the goal of at least 900 at a meeting on Thursday.
Visitors attend an exhibition entitled 'Matilda: The costumes for the film by Alexey Uchitel' in the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Dec. 3, 2016.
Photo by Anatoly Maltsev
The Obama administration declared its support Thursday for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military's evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels.
President Barack Obama has been considering whether to adopt the position since last December, when Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the military to open all jobs to women, including the most arduous combat posts. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House's National Security Council, said Obama believes women have "proven their mettle," including in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"As old barriers for military service are being removed, the administration supports - as a logical next step - women registering for the Selective Service," Price said, using the formal name for the military draft.
The White House emphasized that the administration remains committed to an all-volunteer military - meaning women, like men, wouldn't be forced to serve unless there were a national emergency like a major world war. Changing the policy would require an act of Congress, and there are no signs that lawmakers plan to move swiftly to alter the law.
Obama, who will leave office in less than two months, has less leverage over Congress and the broader Washington agenda than he did earlier in his presidency. Like his embrace of gay marriage in 2012, Obama's announcement appeared aimed more at influencing the public debate about women in the military in the coming years than at forcing an immediate policy change.
One of the most controversial rape scenes in Hollywood history was filmed without the consent of its lead actress.
Maria Schneider received critical praise for her performance in 1973's Last Tango in Paris - lauded for her gut-wrenching performance by Roger Ebert as an actress who "doesn't seem to act her role so much as to exude it."
But if Schneider's acting felt realistic in the controversial scene in which Marlon Brando's character rapes her 20-year-old character with the aid of a stick of butter, it's because Schneider didn't know what was happening at the time.
Director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted in an interview at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris in 2013 that he and Brando came up with the idea for using butter as a lubricant for the rape scene that day - but chose not to tell Schneider about that element before shooting it.
"I'd been in a way horrible to Maria because I didn't tell her what was going on," Bertulocci said in the recently surfaced clip. "Because I wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress."
History enthusiasts, dressed as soldiers, fight during the re-enactment of Napoleon's famous battle of Austerlitz near the southern Moravian town of Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic Dec. 3, 2016.
Photo by David W Cerny
Former pro wrestling star Jimmy ''Superfly'' Snuka is in hospice care in Florida and has six months to live, his lawyer said Friday.
The disclosure was made during a hearing to re-evaluate the 73-year-old Snuka's mental fitness six months after a judge ruled him incompetent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend.
Snuka's wife, Carole Snuka, told the judge via live video that the family struggles to keep him from leaving home during bouts of psychosis in which he thinks he's late for a WWE wrestling match, according to The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown. Prosecutors have said the wrestler might be faking.
Jimmy Snuka also testified Friday via live video feed, answering questions about the recent presidential election and Thanksgiving. His attorney, Robert Kirwan, told the judge that doctors last week declared the wrestler too sick to travel.
Snuka was unable to say who won the election, but he told Judge Kelly Banach that he had Thanksgiving dinner with all of his children. His wife, who was at his side in Florida, later said the Thanksgiving dinner was in his imagination.
Scientists using sophisticated scanning technology on the fossil bones of the ancient human ancestor from Ethiopia dubbed "Lucy" have determined that she was adept at climbing trees as well as walking, an ability that in her case may have proven fatal.
Researchers on Wednesday announced the results of an intensive analysis of the 3.18 million-year-old fossils of Lucy, a member of a species early in the human evolutionary lineage known as Australopithecus afarensis.
The scans of Lucy's arm bones showed they were heavily built, like chimpanzees, indicating that members of this species spent significant time climbing in trees and used their arms to pull themselves up in the branches.
Australopithecus afarensis possessed a combination of ape-like and human-like traits. Scientists already knew its feet were adapted for walking upright on two legs, rather than grasping trees, but had wondered about whether it still spent time in trees like its ancestors.
The researchers performed high-resolution X-ray CT scans on Lucy's fossils at the University of Texas and compared the findings to data on the bones of modern humans and chimpanzees.
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