Paul Krugman: A Small Silent Majority (NY Times)
The point is that this primary doesn't look like an aberration, in which the GOP majority is losing its way; it looks like an outbreak of honesty, with the GOP majority finally going for candidates saying what it always believed.
JM McNab: 7 TV Finales That Went Out Of Their Way To Anger Fans (Cracked)
When a beloved television show ends, it's not unlike the death of a close friend (the kind who tries to sell you bullshit you don't need every ten minutes or so). It's hard to say goodbye after spending years laughing along with the lovable Friends, or solving mysteries with Columbo, or letting the Cheers gang enable your crippling drinking problem.
Raoni Lacerda: 6 Hilarious Insults Developers Snuck Into Video Game (Cracked)
Working environments are stressful places filled with activities you don't like, people you can't stand, and drama you can't escape. A normal employee might remedy this by leaving a passive-aggressive note on the microwave or peeing on the manager's keyboard. But, if you work at a software company, your clever revenge against your coworkers might just get immortalized in a video game instead ...
Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1970) is an American writer and journalist. He is best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket, having published children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions under this pseudonym. He has also published adult novels under his real name; his first book The Basic Eight was rejected by many publishers for its dark subject matter. His most recent book is We Are Pirates. Handler has also played the accordion in several bands.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, was first and correct with:
Daniel Handler is better known as Lemony Snicket.
Poured so long and hard yesterday that my "seasonal pond" (aka, low spot in my back yard) filled up and started up the patio. Today, sun. We need a little drying out.
I actually answered yesterday's TQ but the moody Gmail evidently didn't deliver my answer. I'm so ready to dump that account.
In other news, it's Wednesday. Yay.
Lois Of The Unfortunate Events replied:
Oh I KNEW this one! I own a copy of "Lemony Snicket's Unauthorized Autobiography". What I didn't know was how freakin' much he looked like Chris Christie! And not in a good way, because there isn't one. See for yourself, let's play Spot The Christie! HINT: There will be a FLAG.
DJ Useo said:
I have just enough presence of mind to recall it's that "lemony snicket" guy.
or lemony snicker as the spell check insists. Lol.
Dale of Dry for today Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
Lemony Snicket. Not in my wheelhouse. Seemed like just another stupid Fucking Jim Carrey movie made from some book….Yea, fucking yea…Sarah Palin is back on the scene getting all the angry old, dry-balled motherfuckers something to leer and fantasize at…
Lemony Snicket ~ Published children's series 'A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "All the Wrong Questions' under this pseudonym.
Joe S replied:
Lemony Snicket. Read all his books, well not all of them but all of "A Series Of Unfortunate Events," and several others. The latest was Book one of All The Wrong Questions, "Who Could That Be At This Hour."
If you read the books, these pictures need no explanation, you know. If you haven't read the books, you don't want to know.
mj took the day off.
Randall took the day off.
Charlie took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
Love the Yogi Bear meme on your page yesterday. All I could think was "took the snacks, but he left them with the sex toys people have been sending those thuggish lawbreakers!"
I saw a commercial tonight for Viagra in single dose pouches! Couldn't help wondering if K cups could get in on the deal--a little blue pill brewed with your morning cup of coffee. One cup and he's good to go for 8 hours! (Seriously, isn't this one of the signs of the collapse of our society? This and Slutty Palin teaming up with Trump.)
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
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'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH'Mom', followed by a FRESH'Angel From Hell', then a FRESH'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Christian Slater, Josh Radnor, and Iggy Pop.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Rashida Jones, Lily James, Sean Hayes, and Borns.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Heroes Reborn', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then a FRESH'Shades Of Blue'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Thirsty), Sarah Silverman, and Wet.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Paul Giamatti, Aubrey Plaza, Frank Bruni, and Josh Freese.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/30/15) are Priyanka Chopra, Wavves, and Aja Naomi King.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Beyond The Tank', followed by a FRESH'My Diet Is Better Than Yours'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Zac Efron, Malin Akerman, and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.
The CW offers a FRESH'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH'The 100'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'American Idol'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
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 'The Patriot', followed by the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds', then the movie 'Top Gun'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 7 - The Enemy
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 8 - The Price
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2, Ep 5 - J Willy's
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1, Ep 4 - Finn McCool's
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 4 - The Girl In The Fireplace
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 5 - Rise Of The Cybermen-Part 1.
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 25 - Conspiracy
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 26 - The Neutral Zone
[2:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15, Episode 4
[3:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15, Episode 5
[4:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15, Episode 6
[5:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 16, Episode 2
[6:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 12, Episode 8
[10:00PM] LONDON SPY - SEASON 1, Episode 1
[1:45AM] LONDON SPY - SEASON 1, Episode 1
[3:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15, Episode 4
[4:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15, Episode 5
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15, Episode 6 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Top Chef', another 'Top Chef', followed by a FRESH'Top Chef', then a FRESH'Recipe For Deception'.
[6:00AM] TODD MARGARET-The Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Part 1
[6:30AM] TODD MARGARET-The Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Part 2
[7:00AM] TODD MARGARET-The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
[7:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Fred Armisen
[7:45AM] PORTLANDIA-The Story of Toni and Candace
[8:15AM] PORTLANDIA-The Fiancee
[9:15AM] PORTLANDIA-Sea World
[9:45AM] PORTLANDIA-4th of July
[10:15AM] THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
[1:15PM] DEEP IMPACT
[4:00PM] JURASSIC PARK
[7:00PM] JURASSIC PARK
[10:30PM] PORTLANDIA-You Can Call Me Al
[11:00PM] JURASSIC PARK
[1:30AM] DEEP IMPACT
[4:15AM] OPEN WATER (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] American Psycho
[8:15AM] Body Double
[10:45AM] Perfect Sense
[12:45PM] Say Anything
[3:00PM] Law & Order-High & Low
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Stiff
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Vaya con Dios
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Endurance
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Turnstile Justice
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Dissonance
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Standoff
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Return
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Burn Baby Burn
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Amends
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Thin Ice
[2:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Actors
[3:00AM] Body Double
[5:30AM] The Approval Matrix-Who Died and Made You Cool? (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Faculty', followed by the movie 'The Order'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Eva Longoria, Jose Andres, and Marques Ray.
Mark Ruffalo, right and Spotlight reporter Mike Rezendes pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Spotlight' at a central London venue, London, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.
Photo by Jonathan Short
Oregon's governor expressed anger Wednesday over federal authorities' handling of the occupation of a national wildlife refuge by an armed group and said she intends to bill the U.S. government for what the occupation is costing state taxpayers.
Gov. Kate Brown said federal officials "must move quickly to end the occupation and hold all of the wrongdoers accountable."
Exasperated by a tense situation that has caused fear among local residents since it began Jan. 2, Brown said, "This spectacle of lawlessness must end, and until Harney County is free of it, I will not stop insisting that federal officials enforce the law."
Brown had originally called the news conference to discuss her agenda for the upcoming legislative session, but she focused on the occupation by Ammon Bundy and his armed group of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote southeastern Oregon.
People living in the area strongly voiced their views at a community meeting Tuesday night in Burns, 30 miles north of the refuge. It was the most pointed demonstration yet of local residents' desire that Bundy and his group go home.
John Legend, left, and Colombian rock star Juanes arrive to perform in front of a detention center in Eloy, Arizona, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. The artists performed in front of some 250 people in protest against massive migrant deportations as part of the Legends' campaign #FREEAMERICA.
Photo by Ricardo Arduengo
Former Spotlight editor Walter 'Robby' Robinson, left poses for photographers with actor Michael Keaton upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Spotlight' at a central London venue, London, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.
Photo by Jonathan Short
"Star Wars" toys generated sales of more than $700 million in the United States in 2015, making them the No.1 property in the toy industry during the year, a retail research group said.
Sales of toys such as Kylo Ren light sabers, BB-8 droids and models of the Millennium Falcon spacecraft totaled more than those related to movie franchises "Jurassic World," "Minions" and "Avengers" combined, NPD Group said on Wednesday.
Led by "Star Wars" merchandise, toy sales in the United States rose 6.7 percent to $19.4 billion in 2015, making it one of the strongest performances for toy sales in years, NPD Group said.
Sales took off on Sept. 4, or "Force Friday", when retailers launched merchandise in anticipation of the opening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the first Star Wars film produced by Walt Disney Co.
Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change.
Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880, it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"During 2015, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62 Fahrenheit (0.90 Celsius) above the 20th century average," said the NOAA report.
Compared to 2014, last year was 0.29 Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius) warmer, the "largest margin by which the annual global temperature record has been broken."
NASA said that the temperature changes are largely driven by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.
A paper published today suggests chronic exposure to an environmental toxin may increase the risk of neurodegenerative illness.
For the first time, researchers have shown that feeding vervet monkeys a toxin produced by blue-green algae resulted in protein deposits in the brain, consistent with those seen in human Alzheimer's.
Neurodegenerative disease is an umbrella term which includes Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and motor neurone disease (MND). The causes remain largely unknown, and the role of environmental factors is poorly understood.
Owing to its role in an unusual illness suffered by Chamorro villagers on the Pacific island of Guam, researchers have been investigating an algal toxin called BMAA for more than 40 years.
This is the first time researchers have been able to produce Alzheimer's-like protein deposits in an animal model with an environmental toxin.
Former Abba member Anni-Frid Lyngstad and partner Henry Smith arrive for the premiere of "Mamma Mia The Party " at the Tyrol restaurant, in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. The four former members of iconic Swedish pop group ABBA have made a rare joint appearance for the opening of a Stockholm restaurant inspired by the "Mamma Mia!" musical.
Photo by Anders Wiklund
The release of "Star Wars: Episode VIII" has been delayed from May 2017 to Dec. 15, 2017, the Walt Disney Co. announced Wednesday. The date change postpones the next "Star Wars" installment set to follow the box-office hit "The Force Awakens."
Though "Star Wars" was once synonymous with the summer blockbuster, the date change means that the franchise will again look to dominate movie theatres in the holiday season. It has proven a lucrative match for "The Force Awakens," which has made a record $861 million domestically and $1.88 billion globally in five weeks of release.
Disney offered no reason for the delay, but rumours have recently swirled that writer-director Rian Johnson ("Looper"), who is taking over for J.J. Abrams, is rewriting the script. Production is set to begin next month in London.
The new date sets up a potential but unlikely head-to-head between "Star Wars" and "Avatar." James Cameron's "Avatar 2" had been planned for Christmas 2017, though few expect 20th Century Fox to hit that date with the much-delayed "Avatar" sequel. A spokesman for Fox didn't immediately respond to an email Wednesday.
A protester holds up a sign during a rally against the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Ammon Bundy and his armed followers, while joining the rally at the Federal Building in Eugene, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. With the armed takeover of the national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon in its third week, Bundy and his armed group are still trying to muster up broad community support, so far without much luck.
Photo by Andy Nelson
An Arkansas disciplinary panel said Tuesday that more victims have come forward with allegations against a judge accused of carrying on inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants.
The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission filed new civil administrative charges against Cross County District Court Judge Joe Boeckmann after more accusers came forward to say Boeckmann offered them reduced sentences and later took or requested inappropriate photos of them.
Boeckmann is accused of showing preferential treatment and handing out off-the-books sentences that included picking up trash at his home. He allegedly took inappropriate photographs of some defendants during those punishments.
One accuser, whose name was withheld, said Boeckmann offered him $300 to pose nude in the same position as Michelangelo's statue of David.
Other men said they narrowly escaped the requests because they brought female family members with them to the scheduled community service.
A demonstrator carries a mock coffin, representing migrants who have died inside a detention center in Eloy, Arizona, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Colombian musician Juanes and singer John Legend met immigrants at the detention center before performing for a small crowd outside the facility to draw attention to immigration.
Photo by Ricardo Arduengo
Scientists said on Wednesday they had found the oldest evidence of human warfare, fossils of a band of people massacred by a troop of attackers with weapons including arrows, clubs and stone blades on the shores of a lagoon in Kenya about 10,000 years ago.
The remains of 27 people from a Stone Age hunter-gatherer culture were unearthed at a site called Nataruk roughly 20 miles (30 km) west of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya.
One man's skeleton was found with a sharp blade made of a volcanic glass called obsidian still embedded in his skull. Another man had wounds from two blows to the head apparently with a club, crushing his skull. A woman in the last stages of pregnancy appeared to have been bound by her hands and feet.
University of Cambridge paleoanthropologist Marta Mirazón Lahr said evidence indicates these people, who hunted animals, caught fish and gathered edible plants, were slain in a premeditated attack by raiders, perhaps from another region.
There were remains of 21 adults and six children, most under age 6. There were no older teenagers. "Whether they managed to escape, or were taken, we will never know," she said.
Revellers throw turnips at the Jarramplas, a character who wears a devil-like mask and a colourful costume, as he makes his way through the streets while beating his drum during the Jarramplas traditional festival in Piornal, southwestern Spain, January 20, 2016. Even though the exact origins of the festival are not known, various theories exist linking it to the mythological punishment of Caco by Hercules; a relation to ceremonies celebrated by the American Indians that were seen by the first conquerors; or to a cattle thief being ridiculed and expelled by his village neighbours. The Jarramplas festival takes place annually to mark Saint Sebastian's Day.
Photo by Susana Vera
Scientists reported Wednesday they finally have "good evidence" for Planet X, a true ninth planet on the fringes of our solar system.
The gas giant is thought to be almost as big as Neptune and orbiting billions of miles beyond Neptune's path - distant enough to take 10,000 to 20,000 years to circle the sun.
This Planet 9, as the two California Institute of Technology researchers call it, hasn't been spotted yet. They base their findings on mathematical and computer modeling, and anticipate its discovery via telescope within five years or less.
The two reported on their research Wednesday in the Astronomical Journal because they want people to help them look for it.
A Nicole Miller designed football is displayed at the unveiling of the CFDA Footballs Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at the NFL headquarters in New York. In celebration of Super Bowl 50 and in support of the NFL Foundation, the NFL and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have collaborated on 50 Bespoke Designer Footballs created by CFDA Members.
Photo by Frank Franklin II
A vulture stands during an exercise for the "Vultures Detect" programme at Huachipa Zoo in Lima, January 19, 2016. Residents of Lima would be wise to follow the proper guidelines when taking out their trash. Vultures are being equipped with GPS tracking devices and GoPro cameras to help environment officials crack down on illegal waste dumps surrounding the Peruvian capital.
Photo by Mariana Bazo
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