Josh Marshall: Back to The Auction House (TPM)
Now, the reports from Capitol Hill are that Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McCarthy warned against the move. And I don't doubt that that's true as far as it goes. As in they said, oh please don't do this. But c'mon! If the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader really don't want something to happen, they can stop it. They didn't. The vote passed 119 to 74.
The Big Dipper (US) or Plough (UK) is an asterism consisting of the seven brightest stars of the constellation Ursa Major; six of them are of second magnitude and one, Megrez, of third magnitude. Four define a "bowl" or "body" and three define a "handle" or "head". It is recognized as a distinct grouping in many cultures.
In both Ireland and the United Kingdom, this pattern is known as the Plough. The symbol of the Starry Plough has been used as a political symbol by Irish Republican and left wing movements. Another former name was the Great Wain (i.e., wagon).
Randall was first and correct with:
the Starry Plough
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
In both Ireland and the United Kingdom, this pattern is known as the Plough.
I have no idea what the Brits call the Big Dipper. I could look it up but that takes the fun out of answering.
My corner of the Universe received almost 2" of rain yesterday. More will arrive today. Morton's Salt's tagline is applicable: When it rains, it pours.
Happy Hump Day!
The Irish and the Brits call it the 'Plough'... I'm going to utilize a little, tiny, piece of 'American Exceptionalism' and laugh at them. Why not? They laugh at us... all the time... particularly now... because of you-know-why... Now I don't feel like laughing anymore.
From the 'Up the Irish!' File...
'The Starry Plough Banner' (Irish: An Camchéachta - don't even try to pronounce that unless you know Gaelic cuz you'll be wrong...)
Used by Irish nationalists in the 1916 'Easter Rising' against the infernal Brits...
(Special thanks to Sheldon Cooper's 'Fun With Flags' - The Lost Episodes)
Heh. I deal with banks all the time, as a Realtor, and generally am not a fan. My money's in a credit union; it has the same protections and many fewer shenanigans.
We have a Pineapple Express in NorCal, which is when an Alaskan cold front meets a Hawaiian warm front, the skies unzip and the rain pours for hours and hours, filling seasonal ponds (we have a small one in our backyard), flooding low-lying orchards and roads, and generally freaking out drivers who don't remember how to drive in the rain. I don't know if this is the end of our 5+ year drought, and parts of the Golden State are predicted to get 12" of rain by next Tuesday. I doubt that we're included in that, but damn! The low clouds and ample rain are welcome.
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 opens the night with a FRESH'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH'The Great Indoors', then a FRESH'Mom', followed by a FRESH'Live In Pieces', then a FRESH'Pure Genius'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Adam Driver, Alexa Davalos, and Whitney.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Jamie Foxx, Kirsten Dunst, and Zoe Saldana.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Superstore', followed by a FRESH'The Good Place', then a FRESH'Chicago Med', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 10/27/16) are Martin Short, Steve Martin, Ruth Negga, and Common featuring BJ the Chicago Kid.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 12/21/16) are Rachel Maddow, Kelly Osbourne, and Craig Finn.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/12/16) are Adria Arjona, Peter Bjorn & John, and Gotham Chopra.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'The Great American Baking Show', followed by the FRESH'Truth & Lies: The Mendendez Brothers - American Sons, American Murderers'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Mel Gibson and Fantastic Negrito.
The CW offers a RERUN'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a RERUN'Supernatural'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'Hell's Kitchen'.
MY recycles an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', then a FRESH'Nightwatch'.
AMC offers the movie 'Ender's Game', followed by the movie 'Predators', then the movie 'Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Time Squared
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-The Icarus Factor
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Pen Pals
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-The Idiot's Lantern
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-The Impossible Planet-Part 1.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Satan Pit-Part 2.
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Contagion
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-Q Who
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Samaritan Snare
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Up the Long Ladder
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Manhunt
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-The Emissary
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Peak Performance
[8:00PM] THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992)
[10:30PM] THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992)
[1:00AM] TOP GEAR: BURMA SPECIAL - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Part 1
[2:00AM] TOP GEAR: BURMA SPECIAL - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Part 2
[3:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 1
[4:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 2
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 3 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Inside The Actors Studio' (Viola Davis', then a FRESH'Top Chef', 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
On a RERUNThe Daily Show it's TBA.
On a RERUN@Midnight are Affion Crockett, Amanda Seales, and Marcella Arguello.
FX has the movie 'The Internship', followed by the movie '22 Jump Street', then the movie '22 Jump Street', again.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Alone', followed by a FRESH'Alone', then a FRESH'The Selection: Special Operations Experiment'.
[8:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Weirdo Beach
[8:30AM] PORTLANDIA-Breaking Up
[9:30AM] PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
[10:00AM] PORTLANDIA-First Feminist City
[10:30AM] PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
[11:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Noodle Monster
[11:30AM] MEET THE SPARTANS
[1:15PM] THE 41-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN WHO KNOCKED UP SARAH MARSHALL AND FELT SUPERBAD ABOUT IT
[3:15PM] 30 NIGHTS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY WITH THE DEVIL INSIDE THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
[5:00PM] THE BIG YEAR
[7:15PM] WEDDING CRASHERS
[10:30PM] JENNIFER'S BODY
[1:30AM] WEDDING CRASHERS
[4:45AM] THE BIG YEAR (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:05AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Lou and That Woman
[6:40AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Outsider
[7:15AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-I Love a Piano
[7:50AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-A New Sue Ann
[8:25AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Menage-a-Phyllis
[9:00AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Not a Christmas Story
[9:35AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-What Are Friends For?
[10:10AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-A Boy's Best Friend
[10:45AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-A Son for Murray
[11:20AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Neighbors
[11:55AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-A Girl Like Mary
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Confession
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Wages of Love
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Aria
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Asylum
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Misconception
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Armed Forces
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Soldier of Fortune
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Possession
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Prejudice
[12:00AM] Law & Order-The Collar
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Undercovered
[4:30AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee
[5:05AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Gomer the House Guest
[5:40AM] The Andy Griffith Show-A Black Day for Mayberry (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Source Code', followed by the movie 'Oz The Great & Powerful'.
On a RERUNConan (from 11/3/16) is Tracy Morgan.
French cyclist Robert Marchand, aged 105, reacts after he rode 22.528 km (14.08 miles) in one hour to set a new record at the indoor Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris, France, Jan. 4, 2017.
Photo by Jacky Naegelen
A reported pause in global warming between 1998 and 2014 was false, according to US-British research published Wednesday that confirmed the findings of a controversial US study on ocean warming.
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of York, England, corroborated the results of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) research paper in 2015.
The NOAA paper had shown ocean buoys now used to measure water temperatures tend to report slightly cooler temperatures than older ship-based systems.
The switch to buoy measurements had hidden some of the real-world warming during the 1998-2014 period, the NOAA scientists concluded.
The NOAA paper had drawn outrage from some scientists who insisted there had been a "global warming hiatus" and from critics who consider global warming a hoax.
A woman looks at books in a decommissioned red telephone box in London, Britain, Jan. 4, 2017. Sebastian Handley, bought the disused red K2 model for just 1GBP from British Telecom on behalf of the Brockley Society, to becomes London's smallest library. More and more telephone kiosks are being put to inventive uses from members of the public, from miniature art galleries to coffee shops to pint-sized pubs.
Photo by Acundo Arrizabalaga
In December, while conducting a "vibration test" on the James Webb Space Telescope - Hubble's bigger and better successor that is to be launched late next year - engineers at NASA detected some anomalous readings. This prompted NASA to put further tests on hold until the cause of the unexpected response had been determined.
On Tuesday, NASA announced that it had since carried out three low-level vibration tests of the telescope - currently housed in a clean room at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland - and was now close to determining the cause of the anomaly.
Vibration tests - one of the many tests space-bound instruments are subjected to - are performed to ensure that spacecraft fit enough to tolerate the often hostile conditions they would have to face in space. These tests, along with acoustic tests, are also needed to ensure that hardware functionality is not impaired during severe launch and landing events.
During one such routine test on Dec. 3, accelerometers attached to the James Webb telescope detected unexpected responses, and the test shut itself down to protect the hardware.
The James Webb Space Telescope, whose construction was completed in November - 20 years after work on the project began - is the most powerful space telescope ever built by humans. Once in orbit, the telescope, whose primary mirror has a diameter of 6.5 meters, will replace the hardy Hubble, which has been in service since 1990.
Maine Governor Paul LePage on Tuesday said he had signed a measure legalizing the recreational usage of marijuana in his state after voters approved the move in a November ballot initiative.
With the signature, the country's northeastern-most state becomes the ninth to legalize recreational use of the drug.
LePage, a Republican who had opposed the idea, expressed reservations about how legalization would be implemented in a regular weekly interview with WMOV radio, in which he confirmed signing the legalization proclamation.
"There is nothing I can do until the legislature gives me money to set up the infrastructure," LePage said.
The law will allow adults aged 21 and older to use the drug in private, but not public places, and to possess up to 2.5 ounces (70.9 grams) of marijuana.
Pablo Luis Novara of Argentina rides his Can-Am quad during the 3rd stage of the Dakar Rally 2017, between the San Miguel de Tucuman and San Salvador de Jujuy of Argentina, Jan. 4, 2017.
Photo by Martin Mejia
Lights at the Washington Monument were back on Wednesday after going dark overnight in the latest sign of trouble for the shuttered obelisk, one of the most popular tourist draws in the U.S. capital.
Lights on the 555-foot monument, about a half-mile south of the White House, went out around 7 p.m. on Tuesday. But they were on when electricians arrived on Wednesday morning, National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said in an email.
He said the lighting system's clock was likely out of synchronization, though red aircraft warning lights were unaffected.
The lighting trouble comes about four months after the Washington landmark, which was damaged in a 2011 earthquake, was shut down because of chronic problems with its elevator.
The National Park Service said last month the monument, which draws about 600,000 visitors a year, would reopen in 2019.
Hawaii residents concerned about pesticide use by major agriculture companies on the islands are planning a push to strengthen regulation over chemicals they fear harm their health.
The divisive issue has drawn thousands to the Legislature in recent years following incidents where schoolchildren and agriculture workers fell ill and some suspected their sickness was connected to pesticides sprayed by seed testing companies.
Several major agriculture companies test genetically engineered crops on the islands, taking advantage of Hawaii's year-round warm weather to develop new types of corn and soybeans and testing more generations of crops than they could in other states.
A recent study found there wasn't enough evidence to show the pesticides used by Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer and BASF Plant Science on Kauai caused adverse health or environmental effects on the community. But the study encouraged the state to boost its environmental monitoring and data collection.
A court decision declaring it's up to the state - not counties - to regulate agriculture and a change in committee leadership in the House have added momentum to the effort to enhance state regulation.
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, a Russian dissident now living in exile in the United States, warned today that the world could be what he called "entering a very dark ages" unless President-elect Donald Trump (R-Grifter) reverses course and stands up to Vladimir Putin.
In an interview with Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff, Kasparov said that Putin and his top aides, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, are eagerly anticipating Trump's presidency because they believe he will cut a "grand bargain" with Russia that will expand its sphere of influence.
"They are all waiting for Trump," Kasparov said. "They believe Trump will change everything … and [give] in to all of Putin's demands - recognizing Russian annexation of Crimea," as well as undercutting NATO and "sacrificing the Baltic states."
"I think that's a crime," Kasparov added. "Unless the United States is willing to restore the balance, we are entering a very dark ages."
Kasparov, the author of a new book, "Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped," has been a thorn in Putin's side for years. While he still lived in Moscow, he helped to spearhead the political opposition to the Russian leader, but he moved to New York several years ago, because, he said in the interview, he feared for his life.
Fifteen critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles are warming up at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being rescued from cold waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The juvenile turtles have pneumonia as a result of "cold stunning" but are expected to make a full recovery, officials said Tuesday. "Cold stunning" is a hypothermic reaction that occurs when sea turtles are exposed to cold water for a prolonged time.
"They came in when the water was warm, and they didn't go out with the Gulf Stream," Turtle Hospital manager Bette Zirkelbach said of that warmer ocean current. "The cold weather moved in and the turtles didn't get out in time."
The turtles, which range from two to 10 pounds each, were flown Monday night to the Florida Keys from Norwood, Massachusetts. They were transported in towel-lined boxes en route to the Turtle Hospital.
Kemp's ridley sea turtles are the most endangered of all turtle species, Zirkelbach said.
The eggs of nonavian dinosaurs took three to six months to hatch, a long incubation period that could help explain dinosaurs' mass extinction 65 million years ago, according to new research.
Findings published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences show that nonavian dinosaur incubation mirrored that of reptiles -- a prolonged time before hatching that could have impacted dinosaurs' ability to compete with other animal populations that were breeding faster.
Many researchers previously assumed both nonavian and avian dinosaurs' incubation length was more in line with today's birds, whose eggs hatch in 11 to 85 days.
Scientists conducted the study by using a high-definition microscope to examine the growth lines on the fossilized teeth of two rare, well-preserved nonavian dinosaur embryos.
From their observations of the growth lines they determined how old the two embryos were when they died -- three and six months, respectively.
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