David Leonhardt: The Original Lie About Obamacare (NY Times)
You hear it from Republicans, pundits and even some Democrats. It's often said in a tone of regret: I wish Obama had done health reform in a bipartisan way, rather than jamming through a partisan bill. The lament seems to have the ring of truth, given that not a single Republican in Congress voted for Obamacare. Yet it is false -demonstrably so.
Paul Krugman: Populism and the Politics of Health (NY Times Blog)
Obamacare helped a large number of people at the expense of a small, affluent minority: basically, taxes on 2% of the population to cover a lot of people and assure coverage to many more. Trumpcare would reverse that, hurting a lot of people (many of whom voted Trump) so as to cut taxes for a handful of wealthy people. That's a difference that goes beyond political strategy.
Paul Krugman: Smart Republicans? (NY Times Blog)
I claim no special expertise in the legislative process. But reading a couple of pieces about what looks like a health care debacle from the good folks at Vox, I have some thoughts about what's going on - namely, don't presume that Ryan and company have any idea what they're doing.
Mark Morford: "Eating 'somebody else's babies': How racist will Trump's GOP get?" (SF Gate)
Do you think there's some sort of competition? Among Republicans? Right now? To see how far they can go, how insufferable and cruel and sort of ruthlessly, face-stabbingly insulting to as many intelligent humans as possible in a single blurt, tweet, senate confirmation hearing? Are they all testing just how much they can get away with before the devil himself says "Hey, you know what? I think that's just about enough from you."
"You can take your heels and…" Lucy Mangan on the high heels debate (Stylist)
I honestly thought more than 10 MPs would turn up to the Westminster Hall debate about high heels in the workplace last week, even if they only went for curiosity's sake or to kill some of the otherwise dead hours of doing their parliamentary duty. In the event, the turn-out was p*sspoor. Still, what we lose in rigorous discussion and forward legislative motion we gain in hope.
This song about an abandoned son with an "odd" name, and written by Shel Silverstein, was Johnny Cash's biggest hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his only top ten single there, spending three weeks at No. 2 in 1969. What is the title of this song?
Neil Percival Young, OC OM (born November 12, 1945), is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, director and screenwriter. Young began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960. In 1966, after a brief stint with the Rick James-fronted Mynah Birds, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and others. Young had released two albums by the time he joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. From his early solo albums and those with his backing band Crazy Horse, Young has recorded a steady stream of studio and live albums, sometimes warring with his recording company along the way.
Young directed (or co-directed) films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He also contributed to the soundtracks of the films Philadelphia (1993) and Dead Man (1995).
He has lived in California since the 1960s but retains Canadian citizenship. He was awarded the Order of Manitoba on July 14, 2006, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on December 30, 2009.
Randall was first and correct with:
One of my favorite singer-songwriters, Neil Young
Alan J wrote:
It's Neil Young, on my shortlist of favorite musicians.
David of Moon Valley responded:
this one i umember...it be Neil Young...i'm sure of it....
I was surprised to discover that Bernard Shakey is actually Neil Young.
Have I complained enough about the time change? I wish they'd just pick one and leave it alone. I'm 3 days into sleep deprivation and it's awful.
Meanwhile, it's Wednesday, so yay.
John I from Hawai`i says,
Dale of Springy Diamond, Norcali replied:
That could only be Neil Young…Sure would be nice to see the "meat" of the Potentate's tax return…wishful thinking!
... Neil Young
Query: What's your favorite Neil Young tune? (given that you are a fan, o' course) Mine is "Mr. Soul" from his 'Buffalo Springfield' days...
There, give it a listen - a flashback for some - or, perhaps, a new experience for others... Either way, enjoy...
"Is it strange I should change? I don't know... why don't you ask her..."
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 fills the night with LIVE'2017 NCAA Basketball', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 2/21/17) are Joe Scarborough, Kate Upton, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Vanessa Hudgens and Thomas Sadoski.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Superstore', followed by a FRESH'Powerless', then a FRESH'Chicago Med', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist: Redemption'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Elizabeth Banks, J.J. Abrams, and Kate Tempest.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Mike Myers, Erin Gibson, Bryan Safi, and Nicko McBrain.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/2/17) are James Gunn, Tiger Army, and Halston Sage.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'Scandal', then a FRESH'The Catch'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Tim Allen and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Vampire Diaries', followed by another RERUN'The Vampire Diaries'.
Faux has a FRESH'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH'Kicking & Screaming'.
MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'60 Days In', then a FRESH'Cold Case Files'.
AMC offers the movie 'Avatar', followed by the movie 'Escape Plan'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 9-Sleep No More
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 10-Face The Raven
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE RUNAWAY BRIDE
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-New Earth
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Tooth and Claw
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-School Reunion
[12:00PM] PLANET EARTH: THE MAKING OF AFRICA
[1:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Savannah
[3:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Congo
[4:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Cape
[5:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Sahara
[6:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Future
[7:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[8:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Savannah
[9:00PM] PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Deserts
[10:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Congo
[11:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Cape
[12:00AM] PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Deserts
[1:00AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Sahara
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Future
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Savannah
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Congo (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'Miss Congeniality', followed by the movie 'Miss Congeniality', again, then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Review', and 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Donna Brazile.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Jessica Kirson, Sam Rubin, and Brian Monarch.
FX has the movie 'The Maze Runner', followed by the movie 'Let's Be Cops', then a FRESH'Baskets', and another 'Baskets'.
History has 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH'Swamp People: Blood & Guts', then a FRESH'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH'Gangland Undercover'.
[6:30AM] THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
[8:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Brie Larson
[8:45AM] THE PRESTIGE
[2:30PM] THE PRESTIGE
[5:30PM] EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
[12:30AM] EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
[4:00AM] WATCHMEN (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:03AM] The Andy Griffith Show-One Punch Opie
[6:38AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Barney and the Governor
[7:13AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Man in a Hurry
[7:48AM] The Andy Griffith Show-High Noon in Mayberry
[8:23AM] The Andy Griffith Show-The Loaded Goat
[8:58AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Class Reunion
[9:33AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Rafe Hollister Sings
[10:08AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Spoiled Kid
[10:43AM] The Andy Griffith Show-The Great Filling Station Robbery
[11:18AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Andy Discovers America
[11:53AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Medicine Man
[3:00PM] Law & Order-The Blue Wall
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Confession
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Aria
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Asylum
[7:00PM] Law & Order-God Bless the Child
[8:00PM] Law & Order-The Collar
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Undercovered
[10:00PM] Law & Order-DR 1-102
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Missing
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Girl Most Likely
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Equal Rights
[2:00AM] Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Episode 1
[3:00AM] The Full Monty
[5:00AM] The Bob Newhart Show-Tennis, Emily?
[5:35AM] The Bob Newhart Show-Mom, I L-L-Love You (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Drive Angry', followed by the movie 'Independence Day'.
On a RERUNConan (from 11/9/16) are Bill Burr, Ben Zobrist, and Fidlar.
Paul McCartney, who has waited decades to reclaim ownership of hundreds of the Beatles' songs, should wait a little longer rather than continue his U.S. lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, the defendant said.
In a filing on Monday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, a lawyer for Sony/ATV said the publisher has never challenged the validity of McCartney's notices to terminate its copyrights in the songs, starting in October 2018.
As a result, McCartney's Jan. 18 lawsuit "impermissibly seeks an advisory opinion on a hypothetical claim" and should be dismissed for the time being, the lawyer, Donald Zakarin, wrote.
The rock legend, 74, was outbid by Michael Jackson in 1985 for the rights to songs credited to McCartney and John Lennon such as "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude."
These rights were rolled a decade later into Sony/ATV, a joint venture with Sony Corp. Jackson's estate sold its stake in that venture to Sony for $750 million last year.
Mischa Barton is allegedly the victim of "revenge pornography," and she's fighting back.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that a sex tape involving Barton was being shopped around to porn outlets. On Wednesday, Barton responded to those reports with the help of attorney Lisa Bloom during a press conference, saying that they plan legal action against the alleged tape peddler.
In a statement at the press conference, the former "O.C." actress said, "I've been put through an incredibly hard and trying time. This is a painful situation, and my absolute worst fear was realized when I learned that someone I thought I loved and trusted was filming my most intimate and private moments, without my consent with hidden cameras. Then I learned something even worse: that someone is trying to sell these videos and make them public. I came forward to fight this not only for myself but for all the women out there."misc
While she did not reveal the name of the person allegedly shopping the sexually explicit images, Bloom said that Barton has been granted an immediate domestic violence restraining order against the person. Bloom clarified that, because Barton previously dated this person, that they consider it to be "a form of domestic abuse."
Ahead of Wednesday's press conference, Bloom also released a statement on Tuesday in response to reports about the sex tape. In it, the lawyer vowed to "come after" anyone who tried to sell the images.
Ethnic Hungarians wearing Hussar uniforms take part in a parade in Targu Secuiesc, Romania, March 15, 2017. Thousands of ethnic Hungarians paraded in Romania to celebrate the Hungarian national holiday, marking the anniversary of the 1848 revolution against the Habsburg empire.
Photo by Vadim Ghirda
If you're wondering why it's been a few days since you've seen a TV ratings story, it's because a power outage at a Nielsen facility in Florida over the weekend crippled the company's ability to process data all the way through Wednesday morning, so no one had access to numbers of any kind. It was bliss for network PR, agita-inducing for network researchers, and a very unpleasant four days for Nielsen, already a favorite punching bag for network heads.
The cause of the power outage at Nielsen's facility in Oldsmar, Fla., remains mysterious as weather in that area early Sunday morning was clear. The outage didn't affect the collection of data from the 40,000 Nielsen TV households across the country, merely the processing of the data, and Nielsen says the quality of the data wasn't affected either.
Nielsen released a statement: "A power outage at our Oldsmar Data Center impacted the availability of some Nielsen applications and the planned delivery of some Nielsen data for Sunday, March 12th and Monday March 13th. We are actively working to resolve the issue and will continue to provide clients with updates as more information becomes available."
It's true: For all the pearl-clutching about not being able to discuss the ratings for the "This Is Us" finale, the world managed to spin on for four days, even with the promise of a delay in the ratings for Rachel Maddow's big reveal of two pages of President Trump's 2005 tax returns and Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead." Ad agency research sources shrugged off the delay as well - the vast majority of their deals with networks are based on C3 and C7 data, which measure commercial deliveries for episodes within three and seven days and typically take a week or so extra to process (three weeks at the start of the TV season).
Nielsen's power problem was solved Wednesday morning, and preliminary Saturday numbers came out. However, due to the backlog, the ratings for Sunday through Tuesday evening will dribble out at a currently unknown pace. That means we won't know for a while how "This Is Us" fared in its final outing for Season 1, or the average audience for "The Bachelor" finale Monday, or how "American Crime" did in its Season 3 premiere.
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted Wednesday of obstructing an FBI investigation into corrupt and violent guards who took bribes to smuggle contraband into the jails he ran and savagely beat inmates.
The trial, the second Baca faced after a jury last year deadlocked 11-1 in favor of acquittal on obstruction charges, cast a dark shadow over a distinguished 50-year law enforcement career that abruptly ended with his 2014 resignation from the nation's largest sheriff's department as the corruption investigation spread from rank-and-file deputies to his inner circle.
In addition to tarnishing his reputation as a policing innovator and jail reformer, the case threatened to put Baca, 74, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, behind bars for up to 20 years.
The federal probe began in 2011 when Baca's jail guards discovered an inmate with a contraband cellphone was acting as an FBI mole to record jail beatings and report what he witnessed.
Baca's subordinates hid the FBI informant from federal agents by moving him between different jails and booking him under fake names. Other department members tried to intimidate his FBI handler by threatening to arrest her.
Ice covers the fire escape of an apartment building that caught fire, March 15, 2017, in Yonkers, N.Y. Authorities say the fire, which may have started on the fifth floor early Wednesday morning, has left one person dead and forced dozens of people into the cold.
Photo by Julie Jacobson
\Reports of sexual assaults increased at two of the three military academies last year and an anonymous survey suggests sexual misconduct rose across the board at the schools, The Associated Press has learned.
The new data underscore the challenge in stemming bad behavior by young people at the military college campuses, despite a slew of programs designed to prevent assaults, help victims and encourage them to come forward. The difficulties in some ways mirror those the larger military is struggling with amid revelations about Marines and other service members sharing nude photos on websites.
Assault reports rose at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, while dropping at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The Air Force decline was sharp, going to 32 last year from 49 in 2015, contributing to an overall decrease in the overall number of reported assaults at the academies. The total reported cases fell to 86 from 91 in 2015, according to details obtained by The Associated Press.
Pentagon and military officials believe more people are reporting sexual assaults, which they see as a positive trend because it suggests students have more confidence in the system and greater willingness to seek help.
But the anonymous survey results suggest more assaults and crime occurring. They showed more than 12 percent of women and nearly 2 percent of men saying they experienced unwanted sexual contact.
Officers in a burgeoning Navy bribery scandal called themselves the Lion King's Harem, the Wolfpack, the Cool Kids and the Brotherhood. They scouted for others who might also accept sex, trips and other lavish perks from a Malaysian defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard" in exchange for classified information.
Allegations outlined in an indictment unsealed in San Diego on Tuesday give more details in the 3-year-old scandal that had appeared to be fading before re-emerging even bigger and more sordid than before.
Nine current and former military officers were charged in the latest indictment, including a recently retired rear admiral who collected foreign intelligence for the Navy's Seventh Fleet.
It gives an extensive list of bribes to the officers from 2006 to 2012 from Leonard Francis in exchange for classified shipping schedules and other information to help his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. In one example, a party with prostitutes at the Manila Hotel's MacArthur Suite during a 2007 port call to the Philippines included sex acts using historic MacArthur memorabilia.
Prosecutors say Francis, who is nicknamed Fat Leonard for his wide girth, bilked the Navy out of nearly $35 million, largely by overcharging for his company's services supplying Navy ships in the Pacific with food, water, fuel and other necessities.
The New York attorney general says that while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of Exxon he used an alias in emails to talk about climate change.
The attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, made the accusation in a letter from his office to a New York court Monday. He is investigating whether the company deceived investors and the public by hiding for decades what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change.
Schneiderman said Exxon failed to disclose that Tillerson used an account named "Wayne Tracker" to send and receive emails about issues including risk management related to climate change. Wayne is Tillerson's middle name. The account was used from at least 2008 through 2015, he says.
Exxon Mobil spokesman Alan Jeffers said Tillerson's regular email address received a large number of emails, including from outside the company, and the Wayne Tracker account was created for secure and quick communication between Tillerson and senior executives over a broad range of topics.
Tillerson resigned as chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. at year end, after then-President-elect Donald Trump (R-Crooked) picked him to become the nation's chief diplomat.
European researchers said Tuesday they had developed a cheaper and more efficient superconducting tape which could one day be used to double the potency of wind turbines.
Eurotapes, a European research project on superconductivity -- the ability of certain materials to channel electricity with zero resistance and very little power loss -- has produced 600 metres (1,968 feet) of the tape, said the coordinator of the project, Xavier Obradors, of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona.
"This material, a copper oxide, is like a thread that conducts 100 times more electricity than copper. With this thread you can for example make cables to transport much more electricity or generate much more intense magnetic fields than today," he told AFP.
Eurotapes is a four-year project involving world leaders in the field of superconductivity from nine European nations -- Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.
The European Union covers the bulk of its budget of 20 million euros ($21 million).
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