Paul Krugman: Bonds on the Run (NY Times Blog)
While we obsess over domestic politics - not that there's anything wrong with that, since a lot depends on whether the next leader of the world's most powerful nation is a racist xenophobe, a sinister theocrat, an empty suit, or all of the above - something scary is going on in financial markets, where bond prices in particular are indicating near-panic.
The duckwalk is a stage element of guitar showmanship popularized by Chuck Berry. The duckwalk is performed by going in the squatting position and moving forward, letting one lower leg swing back and forth in the air while playing the guitar.
While the origins of the duckwalk have been traced as far back as T-Bone Walker who already during the 1930s performed dance moves while playing his guitar, it was Chuck Berry who made the duckwalk popular and who is often credited as the inventor. In his autobiography Berry states that he used to perform the duckwalk as a child to entertain his family.
The duckwalk was introduced to a new audience when the character Marty McFly did the duckwalk on stage while playing Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" in the movie Back to the Future.
Randall was first and correct with:
That would be ol' Johnny B. Goode himself:
Alan J answered:
I recall reading that Chuck Berry started duck walking to distract from
an ill-fitting suit he wore for a gig.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Stephen F said:
That would be Chuck Berry. The duckwalk is a bit of guitar showmanship. It has nothing to do with ducks - just like duck sauce. No duck in there.
Kevin K in Washington, DC wrote:
That would be Chuck Berry.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
Chuck Berry, and we all his chilluns!
Lois Of Oregon said:
Chuck Berry, when not in prison for grand theft auto, transporting minors across state lines, or installing video cameras in women's bathrooms, was the king of rock and roll and a true music legend, although it's my opinion that he stole his duck walk from Groucho Marx.
DJ Useo answered:
Cool! Chuck Berry. I saw him do "ding-a-ling" live, & the audience acted like it was the best song EVER! Lol!
I thought maybe it was Rick Dees, but just for a second! Rofl.
It might also have been a reference to the Tennessee Bird Walk. ( But, I knew it wasn't haha )
Chuck Berry ~ Berry states that he used to perform the duckwalk as a child to entertain his family. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine he also claimed that it was in a 1956 show in New York City that he performed it for the first time in order to hide pleats in his silk suit.
A long time ago (the fall of 1972), in another place (Germany), Chuck Berry and Billy Haley & the Comets were on tour.
Three of us Peppy Techers (Vic, Stephen & I), dressed as 'typical' 50's American teens while everyone else was dressed as the German hipsters they were, and we sorta stuck out.
We were probably into our second liter of wine by the time Chuck Berry opened the show and when he started duckwalking, we started dancing in the aisle. We continued to dance (and drink) through Bill Haley's set.
After the show was over, Vic needed to visit the rest facility, but the women's room was locked, but the men's wasn't.
So I stood guard outside the can and Stephen escorted her in. When they came out, they had a guy with them. Turned out he was a taxi driver from Heidelberg, who was also a member of German bike club that was providing some security for the tour.
He took us to Bill Haley's dressing room and introduced us as his new American friends.
We got to meet the band, and 4 out of 5 of them were from the Pittsburgh area. Old-home week ensued, we swapped stories, polished off our last liter of wine, and got a few autographs.
The German biker then drove us back to Heidelberg in his Mercedes Benz taxi, and stopped at a private disco that was set up like a rabbit warren, with dozens of rooms and all manner of activities.
Finally got back to Peppy Tech after sunrise - just in time for classes.
So, in one night, we got to see Chuck Berry duckwalk, meet Bill Haley & the Comets, ride in a tricked out Mercedes, and visit a genuine den of iniquity.
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.
Seems like we skipped winter, by-passed spring, and slammed into the middle of summer. A very hot summer.
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 Fred Armisen, Sarah McDaniel, and Ty Segall and the Muggers.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Grace Helbig, Jake Lacy, and Albert Hammond Jr.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'You, Me & The Apocalypse', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then a FRESH'Shades Of Blue'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Kristen Wiig, Bob Odenkirk, and Elle King.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Susan Sarandon, Alison Brie, Katie Nolan, and Jaleel Bunton.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Mark McKinney, Houndmouth, and Rob Kazinsky.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'Scandal', then a FRESH'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Owen Wilson, Khloe Kardashian, and Alessia Cara.
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: The Detective Speaks', then a FRESH'Nightwatch'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Family
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Brothers
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED US - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Revisited
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-J Willy's
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-The Sontaran Stratagem
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-The Poison Sky-Part 2.
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Vengeance Factor
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-The Defector
[2:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 20 - Episode 6
[3:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 1
[4:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 2
[5:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 3
[6:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 21 - Episode 4
[7:00PM] BLACK HAWK DOWN
[10:00PM] LONDON SPY - SEASON 1 - Episode 4
[11:15PM] BLACK HAWK DOWN
[2:15AM] LONDON SPY - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Episode 4
[3:30AM] TOP GEAR: SEASON 15 SPECIAL
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 20 - Episode 6 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'Inside The Actors Studio' (The Walking Dead cast), then a FRESH'Top Chef', followed by a FRESH'Recipe For Deception', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
[6:00AM] PORTLANDIA -Pickathon
[6:30AM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN
[9:00AM] THE SPIRIT
[11:15AM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN
[5:15PM] PITCH BLACK
[7:30PM] THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
[10:00PM] PORTLANDIA -Weirdo Beach
[10:30PM] PORTLANDIA -Dead Pets
[11:00PM] THE HAPPENING
[1:00AM] PORTLANDIA -Weirdo Beach
[1:30AM] THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
[4:00AM] THE HAPPENING (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:45AM] The Game
[12:15PM] The Exorcist
[3:00PM] Rosemary's Baby
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Wages of Love
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Star Struck
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Forgiveness
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Promises to Keep
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Benevolence
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Family Values
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Act of God
[1:00AM] Rosemary's Baby
[4:00AM] The Writers' Room-Dexter
[4:30AM] Little Children (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil', followed by the movie 'Blade: Trinity'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Carl Reiner, Jacob Tremblay, and Emily King.
The Jury of the International Berlin Film Festival, from left: Alba Rohrwacher, Nick James, Lars Eidinger, jury president Meryl Streep, Clive Owen, Brigitte Lacombe and Malgorzata Szumowska, pose for a group photo on the eve of the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.
Photo by Markus Schreiber
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense to him to bring a convention meshing technology with pop culture to Silicon Valley.
The convergence will occur March 18-20 in San Jose, California, with the debut of Silicon Valley Comic Con. It's a new twist on an idea that has brought together fans of science fiction, fantasy and superheroes at packed shows held around the world for years.
Throwing technology into the mix should ratchet up the nerd vibe that ripples through all Comic Cons. A sold-out crowd of about 30,000 engineers, entrepreneurs and pop-culture connoisseurs is expected to swarm into the Silicon Valley event.
The agenda includes a panel devoted to the quantum realm and an "app alley" featuring products from technology startups. The marquee attractions on the entertainment side include William Shatner from the original "Star Trek" and "Back To The Future" stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.
Actress America Ferrera, left, addresses the crowd as Mana drummer Alex Gonzalez looks on during a ceremony to give the Mexican rock band a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello
Two state health researchers in Texas are under fire for co-authoring a study suggesting what Republican leaders have long disputed: cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women's health care.
Texas Health Commissioner Chris Traylor has not said whether the researchers, one a high-level director with more than 20 years in state government, will be disciplined. But a spokesman made it clear that the agency agrees with outraged Republicans over the researchers' contributions to a study that the GOP sees as flawed and biased.
The study was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most prominent medical journals in the nation. It found that fewer women in Texas have obtained long-acting birth control, such as intrauterine devices, after the GOP-controlled Legislature booted the nation's largest abortion provider from a state women's health program in 2013. Births paid for under Medicaid also increased among some women.
Powerful Republican state Sen. Jane Nelson dismissed the findings as invalid, in part because the research was funded by the nonprofit Susan T. Buffet Foundation, which is a major supporter of Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups.
Planned Parenthood officials said the study showed the impact of "politically motivated" decisions.
Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" - and its now-somewhat sullied hero Atticus Finch - are heading to Broadway in a new adaptation written by Aaron Sorkin.
Producer Scott Rudin said Wednesday the play will land during the 2017-2018 season under the direction of Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, who is represented on Broadway now with the brilliant revivals of "The King and I" and "Fiddler on the Roof." No casting was revealed.
Sorkin's plays include "A Few Good Men" and "The Farnsworth Invention." He won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his screenplay for "The Social Network," which Rudin produced, along with Sorkin's other films "Steve Jobs" and "Moneyball."
The book has been made the leap to the stage before, including a 1991 adaptation by Christopher Sergel which premiered at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. There also was a production in 2013 that had a run at London's Barbican Theatre with Robert Sean Leonard in the role of Finch, the noble widower and lawyer called upon to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman in Depression-era Alabama. This new version will mark the story's Broadway debut.
Actors Owen Wilson, from left, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller walk the runway in character at the world premiere of "Zoolander 2" at Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini
Sea Shepherd's hunting of poaching vessels in the remote Southern Ocean is not as well known as its efforts to stop Japanese whale hunters, but for one species it's a lifesaver.
The deep-sea-dwelling Patagonian toothfish that inhabits the region has been a lucrative target for illegal fishing. Six vessels, which Sea Shepherd has dubbed the Bandit 6, have been raking in big bucks skirting international fishing regulations. The ships are capable of catching more than $1 million worth of toothfish-popularly known as Chilean sea bass before returning to port.
The boats have operated mostly unencumbered in the remote expanse of the Southern Ocean, often avoiding capture by flying under "flags of convenience" that hide the vessel's ownership and make prosecution difficult. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources has put the ships on its blacklist.
"What made them stand out was their brazen return to Antarctica, year after year, in spite of being repeatedly spotted by customs vessels and other legal operators," said Sid Chakravarty, captain of the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin. "We realized that the vessels were deliberately exploiting the loopholes in international law and acting with a purpose, fully aware of the immunity they enjoyed."
For the 15th time, officials denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing Wednesday from another person who was shot that night and called for Sirhan's release.
The decision came after Sirhan answered questions from a California parole panel during a hearing that lasted more than three hours in a small, windowless conference room.
Commissioners concluded Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime.
During the hearing, the 71-year-old Sirhan stuck to his previous account that he did not remember the shooting in 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after Kennedy won the Democratic presidential primary in California.
A Texas legal panel voted on Monday to disbar a former prosecutor for sending an innocent man to death row by presenting tainted testimony and making false statements that undermined the defendant's alibi.
The Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Texas Supreme Court upheld a state licensing board's decision to disbar Charles Sebesta for his conduct in convicting Anthony Graves, who spent 18 years in prison on charges of setting a fire that killed six people before being freed.
Graves, who spent 12 of those years on death row, had sought to have Sebesta disbarred.
Sebesta had convicted Robert Carter for the murders and tried to get Carter to say Graves was an accomplice. But the day before he was to testify, Carter told Sebesta he acted alone and Graves was not involved, the board said. Sebesta then presented false testimony implicating Graves, crucial in a conviction since there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, it said.
Before Graves' attorney was to present the alibi witness, Sebesta falsely stated in court that the witness was a suspect in the murders and could be indicted. The witness refused to testify and left the court, it said.
A worker puts the final touch to a replica of a giant woman made with lemons and oranges which shows a scene of the movie "Amarcord" during the Lemon festival in Menton, France, February 10, 2016. Some 140 metric tons of lemons and oranges are used to make displays during the 83rd festival, which is themed "Cinecitta", and runs from February 13 through March 2.
Photo by Eric Gaillard
Dubbed 'super confessors', for one year only they can absolve sins usually only pardoned by the pope himself.
And on Wednesday over 1,000 of these "missionaries of mercy", handpicked by Pope Francis, were sent forth to win back the hearts of those who have left the Catholic Church and open the door to repentant sinners across the world.
Since the 12th century, those guilty of these so-called "reserved sins" had their cases evaluated by a secret tribunal in the tiny Vatican city state before they were sent before the pope, who would determine an appropriate penance.
Now, 1,142 priests and monks men from around the world have be given the power, for the Vatican's Jubilee Year, to forgive sinners in their flocks -- and possibly fellow priests as one of the special sins is breaking the seal of confession.
Sister Mary Benedicte wants to focus on feeding the hungry lined up outside a soup kitchen in a gritty part of San Francisco.
But the city's booming economy means even seedy neighborhoods are demanding higher rents, threatening to force out an order of nuns who serve the homeless.
The sisters of Fraternite Notre Dame's Mary of Nazareth House said Tuesday that they can't afford a monthly rent increase of more than 50 percent, from $3,465 to $5,500, and they have asked their landlord for more time to find a cheaper place to serve the poor.
Since 2008, the modest kitchen has sat on a derelict street in the Tenderloin neighborhood, long associated with homelessness and drug use. But it's also within walking distance of a revitalizing middle Market Street area, led by the relocation of Twitter in 2012.
The still-seedy neighborhood, in other words, is trending up.
Late last year, the world's oldest tagged bird became pregnant and laid an egg. This month, Wisdom, the 65-year-old Laysan albatross, broke her own record for the oldest bird to birth a chick.
The new chick was born at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, host to the world's largest albatross nesting colony. Biologists there named the baby bird Kukini, a Hawaiian word for messenger.
Researchers believe Wisdom has hatched and raised at least 40 chicks in her lifetime -- eight since 2006.
Kukini was first observed making her way out of her shell on February 1. Now entirely free of her shell, and more than a week old, Kukini remains under the close watch of mom and dad. Wildlife officials have seen Wisdom and her mate taking turns flying from their nest to the sea and back, retrieving fish to feed their newborn.
Her longevity has forced Wisdom to find new mates as old ones die, but she hasn't slowed down much.
A pair of snub-nosed monkeys look out of their enclosure at the Beijing Zoo in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Millions of Chinese are celebrating the Lunar New Year, which marks the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese zodiac.
Photo by Mark Schiefelbein
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