Marc Dion: How to Enjoy a Mass Shooting (Creators Syndicate)
There is no truth to the rumor that Donald Trump will fly to San Bernardino and mock the corpses of dead disabled people, although I'm sure he thinks they died funny. So, right away, there's one thing you won't be getting out of this mass shooting.
Mark Shields: In a World of Mercenaries, He Was a Missionary (Creators Syndicate)
An oxymoron, as Miss White, my high-school English teacher taught us, is a combination of words that is self-contradictory, such as "fresh frozen," "found missing" or "guest host." But David Cohen, my treasured friend who died this week at 79, was indeed a noble Washington lobbyist who, through a lifetime of dedicated political advocacy, managed to leave our country a more just and more humane place than he had found it.
Ted Rall: Do Not Be Impressed By Mark Zuckerberg's Phony Generosity (Creators Syndicate)
CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises to give 99 percent of his Facebook shares to charity - eventually. Exact phrasing: the stock, currently worth $45 billion, will be donated "during [he and his wife's] lives." He's 31 and she's 30, so actuarial tables being what they are, by approximately the year 2065. If Facebook or the Internet or the earth still exist. Whoop de doo.
Lester Joseph Gillis (December 6, 1908 - November 27, 1934), known under the pseudonym George Nelson, was an American bank robber in the 1930s. Gillis was better known as Baby Face Nelson, a name given to him due to his youthful appearance and small stature. Usually referred to by criminal associates as "Jimmy", Nelson entered into a partnership with John Dillinger, helping him escape from prison in the famed Crown Point, Indiana Jail escape, and was later labeled along with the remaining gang members as public enemy number one.
Gillis was responsible for the murder of several people, and killed more FBI agents in the line of duty than any other person - three. Nelson was shot by FBI agents and died after a shootout often termed The Battle of Barrington.
Randall was first and correct with:
Baby Face Nelson
Alan J wrote:
Baby Face Nelson.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Baby Face Nelson
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.
Fairly warm day, but cool enough night to turn on the oven and back a chocolate cake.
CBS starts the night with a 2-hour '60 Minutes' followed by the FRESH'Sinatra 100: An All-Star GRAMMY Concert'.
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'Blood & Oil', followed by a FRESH'Quantico'.
The CW offers an old 'Persons 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'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 'Into The Badlands', another 'Into The Badlands', still another 'Into The Badlands', followed by a FRESH'Into The Badlands'.
[6:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 1 (01-001)
[7:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 2 (01-002)
[8:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 3 (02-001)
[9:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 4 (02-002)
[10:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 5 (02-003)
[11:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 6 (03-001)
[12:00PM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 7 (03-002)
[1:00PM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 8 (03-003)
[2:00PM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 4 - Episode 1
[3:00PM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 4 - Episode 2
[4:00PM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 4 - Episode 3
[5:00PM] The World Is Not Enough
[8:00PM] Casino Royale (2006)
[11:00PM] Casino Royale (2006)
[2:00AM] The World Is Not Enough
[5:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 4 - Episode 1
[6:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 4 - Episode 2 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has a FRESH'Atlanta Social', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Work Out New York', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0' and 'Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts'.
FX has the movie 'Prisoners', followed by the movie 'White House Down'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars', then a FRESH'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ellie Kemper
[6:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
[7:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sunday Bloody Sunday
[7:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
[8:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Best Christmas Ever
[8:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ski Trip
[9:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Stolen Car
[9:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
[10:15AM] STAR TREK: INSURRECTION
[12:30PM] THE RUNNING MAN
[2:45PM] DARK CITY
[5:00PM] THE MATRIX
[8:00PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[11:00PM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Fantastic Mr. Fox
[8:00AM] The Wedding Date
[10:00AM] Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Jane the Virgin
[11:00AM] The Interpreter
[2:00PM] The Perfect Storm
[5:00PM] Stand by Me
[7:00PM] Miracle on 34th Street
[9:15PM] Miracle on 34th Street
[11:30PM] White Christmas
[2:15AM] White Christmas
[5:00AM] Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Jane the Virgin (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'Zombieland'.
American actor Sean Penn founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization gesturers as he speaks during the"Action Day"at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget north of Paris, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. President Francois Hollande is encouraging mayors of the world to get involved in fighting climate change and praising those that are already setting an example with low-emission buildings and public transport policies.
Photo by Michel Euler
A rare pressing of the Beatles' White Album from Ringo Starr's record collection has sold at auction for $790,000.
Julien's Auctions says an anonymous buyer made the purchase Saturday at a sale in Beverly Hills, California. The mono pressing was the very first in the United Kingdom of the 1968 album.
The auction house said the White Album sale smashed a record set in 2015, when Elvis Presley's first acetate recording sold at auction for $300,000. It followed a sale on Friday of one of Starr's early drum kits for $2.2 million to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
The two-day auction included over 800 items owned by Starr and his wife, actress Barbara Bach. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the couple's Lotus Children Foundation.
Jim Irsay is reuniting the Beatles piece by piece.
The Indianapolis Colts owner made his latest pricey purchase Friday, picking up Ringo Starr's first Ludwig drum set at auction for $1.75 million.
Irsay owns prominent guitars from the group's other three members - Paul McCartney, the late George Harrison and the late John Lennon. Earlier this year, Irsay also purchased a drumhead that will fit the set he just bought.
Irsay is a huge music fan and an avid collector. He owns roughly 30 famous guitars, including instruments used by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia and Eric Clapton.
The annual migration Florida's famous but endangered sea cows toward warmer water has begun.
Despite their rotund shape, manatees are blubber-free, prompting the marine mammals to search for warm refuges when ocean temperatures cool in winter.
They flock to Florida's network of natural freshwater springs-hot spots that the endangered animals congregate around to stay alive through the winter months. The springs also attract throngs of tourists who pay to get up-close-and-personal with the gentle giants. That has set off a fight between tour operators and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The dispute centers on Three Sisters Spring. The roughly one-acre spring in the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge on Florida's west coast stays a toasty 72-degrees Fahrenheit year-round. At the first sign of a cold snap, manatees swim to the spring. Last year, 440 of the animals jammed their way in to the spring at once.
Today, manatees are often met at the spring by lines of snorkelers, paddle boarders, and the tour boats that brought them there, all vying to get an up close view of the animals in their natural habitat.
Sculptor Nikita Gusev corrects his life-sized chocolate statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin prior the opening the Chocolate Festival in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. The life-sized chocolate sculpture was created by Russian artist Nikita Gusev.
Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky
President Juan Manual Santos on Saturday hailed the discovery of a Spanish galleon that went down off the South American nation's coast more than 300 years ago with what may be the world's largest sunken treasure.
At a news conference in this colonial port city, Santos said the exact location of the galleon San Jose, and how it was discovered with the help of an international team of experts, was a state secret that he'd personally safeguard. The ship sank somewhere in the wide area off Colombia's Baru peninsula, south of Cartagena.
While no humans have yet to reach the wreckage site, autonomous underwater vehicles had gone there and brought back photos of dolphin-stamped bronze cannons in a well-preserved state that leave no doubt to the ship's identity, the government said.
The discovery is the latest chapter in a saga that began three centuries ago, on June 8, 1708, when the galleon ship with 600 people aboard sank as it was trying to outrun a fleet of British warships. It is believed to have been carrying 11 million gold coins and jewels from then Spanish-controlled colonies that could be worth billions of dollars if ever recovered.
The ship, which maritime experts consider the holy grail of Spanish colonial shipwrecks, has also been the subject of a legal battle in the U.S., Colombia and Spain over who owns the rights to the sunken treasure.
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged students, staff and faculty at his Christian school to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon on campus to counter any copycat attack like the deadly rampage in California just days ago.
"Let's teach them a lesson if they ever show up here," Falwell told an estimated 10,000 of the campus community at convocation Friday in Lynchburg. While Falwell's call to arms was applauded, his remarks also seemed to target Muslims.
"I've always thought if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in .," Falwell said. The final words of his statement could not be clearly heard on a videotape of the remarks.
Falwell also said he believed the campus needed to be prepared in the face of the increasing frequency of mass killings. He cited, for example, the 2007 massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and less than 100 miles southwest of Liberty.
"What if just one of those students or one of those faculty members had a concealed permit and was carrying a weapon when the shooter walked into Virginia Tech? Countless lives could have been saved," he said.
History enthusiasts dressed in regimental costumes take part in a re-enactment of Napoleon's famous battle of Austerlitz, celebrating its 210th anniversary near Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.
Photo by Petr David Josek
U.S. and French officials have agreed to form a working group to address the auction of American Indian cultural objects that have been sold legally in France but over the objection of tribes that treat them as living beings and use them in religious ceremonies.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said she met with French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira this week in Paris and the two agreed to look for ways to better protect tribes seeking the return of cultural objects. Details on the working group were vague, but the Interior Department said it will be set up in the near future.
France has become the premier place globally for the sale of sacred objects that resemble masks.
Judges there repeatedly have ruled the sales are legal and rejected attempts to delay auctions so that tribes could investigate the origin of the items. The Hopi Tribe has been at the forefront of the legal fight and refuses to bid on the objects it says are rarely displayed and aren't supposed to leave the northern Arizona reservation. The Navajo Nation secured several items at a Paris auction last year by sending the tribe's vice president to Paris to buy them.
The Drouot auction house in Paris has a sale scheduled Monday that includes some Hopi items as well as others identified as being from tribes in the American Southwest.
Small islands that bear the brunt of rising sea levels also face the greatest risk of diseases linked to a warmer planet, health leaders said on Saturday, as 13 million medical professionals added to the calls for a global climate pact.
Hundreds of thousands more people will die every year from heat stroke and tropical illnesses unless negotiators in Paris can agree a strong global deal to cap global warming, the Global Climate and Health Alliance said.
The alliance, formed at U.N. climate talks in Durban in 2011, met in central Paris on Saturday as U.N. negotiators on the outskirts of the city sought to hammer out a new climate change pact.
The World Health Organization has warned that the effects of extreme weather on the fight against malnutrition, malaria and diarrhea alone will account for an extra 250,000 premature deaths a year by 2030.
A view of a group o men traditionally disguised in straw costumes known as 'Buttnmandl' walk together on a road of the village during a traditional parade in Bischofswiesen (Bayern), Germany, 05 December 2015. The Buttnmandl' are accompanied by a person in Nicholas costume (Front 2-L) and a 'Kramperl', a person in a demon costume (Back-R).
Photo by Diether Endlicher
The Vatican on Saturday announced that accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers will carry out its first external audit, as Pope Francis seeks to make the Holy See's finances more transparent.
PwC will work "in close cooperation" with the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, headed by Australian cardinal George Pell, a statement said.
On Thursday the pope unexpectedly took part in a meeting of his economy council to thank its members and encourage them to continue overseeing the Vatican's administrative and financial workings.
The move to submit the Vatican's finances to an external auditor comes a month after the publication of a book describing the pope's fury over uncontrolled spending and an inadequate accounting system.
This photo provided courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries shows a German map produced in the mid-16th century that is among the historic maps and atlases for sale Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at Swann's Auction Galleries in New York City. Experts say the map is considered the earliest to depict all of America and to name the Pacific Ocean, labeled on the map in its Latin name: "Mare pacificum."
Whether it's shooting down enemy planes, strumming a guitar-shaped controller to hit the right notes or swiping a table-top screen to grab the best set of cards first, the latest slot machines are looking a lot like an arcade. And that's what some in the industry are betting will attract younger players to the casino floor to revive gambling revenues that have sagged in recent years.
Until their September debut at the Global Gaming Expo, or G2E, in Las Vegas, it wasn't entirely clear what "skill-based slots" might look when Nevada lawmakers and gambling regulators opened the door to games requiring little or a lot of skill rather than simply random number generated chance.
For the legacy, big brands, including IGT and Scientific Games, the changes meant adding bonus rounds to their traditional slot machines, such as actually playing "Space Invaders" in between watching spinning reels. For a new "The Simpsons" slot machine, it meant the chance to physically scratch a lottery ticket during a virtual trip to the Kwik-E-Mart or catch handfuls of virtual doughnut sprinkles via a motion sensor capturing your own hands doing the scratching and catching.
It was the younger, smaller upstart companies that went further, offering up arcade-style games and more action per-square-foot, including NanoTech's take on "Pac-Man" and pinball, G2 Game Design's version of "Guitar Hero" or GameCo's 30- to 60-second racing and shooting games.
Some remain skeptical of the spending power of younger gamblers, including the chief of design for slot machine maker Scientific Games who said that his company wasn't ready to invest half of its research and development budget in games appealing to millennials.
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