Paul Krugman: Return of the Undeserving Poor (NY Times Blog)
When I was growing up, income inequality wasn't yet a big issue, because the middle class was strong and the plutocracy fairly marginal. But there was a great deal of alarm over the troubles of the African-American community, where social disorder was on the rise even as explicit legal discrimination (although not de facto discrimination) was coming to an end. What was going on?
Mark Morford: Why does Starbucks hate you? (SF Gate)
The Cherry Blossom Frappucino, naturally, is flavored with strawberry, crammed with industrial whipped cream, injected with "matcha drizzle" (?), slathered in white chocolate sauce, sprinkled with hate and shot through with 19 kinds of diabetes medication, all served in a clear plastic cup that will choke two dozen sea turtles by Easter and won't disintegrate until the sun explodes. Oh well.
The female superhero is finally here (BBC)
We have come a long way from the skin-baring excess of Halle Berry's Catwoman. Jessica Jones and Wonder Woman represent a bold new superheroine, writes Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.
Among this actor's memorable characterizations are Johnny LaRue, Doctor Tongue, smut merchant Harry, "the Guy With the Snake on His Face", and Melonville's corrupt Mayor Tommy Shanks. What is his name?
John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 - March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian, mainly in American films such as Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989).
Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of the Second City and its related Second City Television series, and through his appearances in such comedy films as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs and Uncle Buck, as well as more dramatic roles in Only the Lonely and JFK.
Among Candy's memorable characterizations for SCTV were unscrupulous street-beat TV personality Johnny LaRue, 3-D horror auteur Doctor Tongue, sycophantic and easily amused talk-show sidekick William B. Williams, and Melonville's corrupt Mayor Tommy Shanks. Other characters included the cheerful Leutonian clarinetist Yosh Shmenge, who was half of the Happy Wanderers and the subject of the mockumentary The Last Polka, folksy fishin' musician Gil Fisher, handsome if accent-challenged TV actor Steve Roman, Pippy Long Socks, hapless children's entertainer Mr. Messenger, corrupt soap opera doctor William Wainwright, smut merchant Harry, "the Guy With the Snake on His Face", and Giorgy, everyone's favourite Cossack.
mj was first and correct with:
Somewhere, out there
He has an extra large cabbage leaf. John Candy.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
John Candy, another big ole funny fat guy that bit the dust too soon. He sure had an impressive body of work.
Laughing Lois Of Oregon answered:
Sad to say, I had to look this one up, and I used to watch SCTV every week! Must be getting senile...don't remember John Candy as all THAT funny, either. But then, my maiden name was Bartholomew... And by the way, it is MUCH funnier when you say "Barfalloveryou" instead. So there.
You know what - Eugene Levy - jumped to mind, but when I went to find a photo, I stumbled across the fact that Johnny LaRue was actually John Candy
John Candy ~ Canadian actor and comedian, mainly in American films.
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'2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament' (March Madness), then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are William H. Macy, Melissa Rauch, and Isaac Mizrahi.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 2/7/16) are Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine, and Elton John.
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 Clive Owen, Nia Vardalos, and Jimmy Carr.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Jennifer Garner, Thomas Middleditch, Melissa George, and Matt Cameron.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/1/16) are Lucy Fry, Quilt, and Thomas Morton.
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 Henry Cavill, Gabourey Sidibe, and Flogging Molly.
The CW offers a RERUN'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a RERUN'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', followed by a FRESH'The First 48: The Detective Speaks', then a FRESH"The First 48', followed by a FRESH'60 Days In'.
AMC offers the movie 'Rocky II', followed by the movie 'Rocky III', then the movie 'Rocky IV'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Hero Worship
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Violations
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Nino's Italian Restaurant
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-La Galleria 33, Part 2
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-The Greek at the Harbor
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Face of the Enemy
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tapestry
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 16-Birthright (Part 1)
[2:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15 - Episode 1
[3:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15 - Episode 2
[4:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15 - Episode 3
[5:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15 - Episode 4
[6:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15 - Episode 5
[7:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 18 - Episode 2
[10:00PM] PREY - SEASON 2 - Episode 1
[2:00AM] PREY - SEASON 2 - Episode 1
[3:00AM] PREY - SEASON 2 - Episode 2
[4:00AM] PREY - SEASON 2 - Episode 3
[5:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 15 - Episode 5 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Top Chef', another 'Top Chef', followed by a FRESH'Top Chef', then a FRESH'Recipe For Deception', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Gravity', followed by the movie 'The Heat', then a FRESH'Baskets', and another 'Baskets'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Pawn Stars', 'Vikings', followed by a FRESH'Vikings', then a FRESH'Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson'then a FRESH'Night Class'.
[6:00AM] THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
[10:15AM] BANGKOK DANGEROUS
[3:00PM] BANGKOK DANGEROUS
[5:15PM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[10:00PM] PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
[10:30PM] PORTLANDIA-Pull-Out King
[11:00PM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[1:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
[4:15AM] THE TORTURED (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:30AM] Donnie Brasco
[9:30AM] Hap and Leonard-The Dive
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Hate
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Ramparts
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Hunters
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Haven
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Harm
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Shield
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Juvenile
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Tabula Rasa
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Ambitious
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Gunshow
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Killerz
[2:00AM] Hap and Leonard-Savage Season
[3:01AM] Hap and Leonard-The Bottoms
[4:02AM] Hap and Leonard-The Dive
[5:02AM] The Writers' Room-Dexter
[5:31AM] Whip It (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Legion', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil'.
On a RERUNConan (from 1/7/16) are Ricky Gervais, Marsai Martin, and Rory Scovel.
It was a problem that had baffled mathematicians for centuries - until British professor Andrew Wiles set his mind to it.
"There are no whole number solutions to the equation xn + yn = zn when n is greater than 2."
Otherwise known as "Fermat's Last Theorem," this equation was first posed by French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1637, and had stumped the world's brightest minds for over 300 years.
In the 1990s, Oxford professor Andrew Wiles finally solved the problem, and this week was awarded the hugely prestigious 2016 Abel Prize - including a $700,000 windfall.
The prize, often described as the Nobel of mathematics, was awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, with an official ceremony featuring Crown Prince Haakon of Norway to take place in May.
Anonymous, the group of anti-cyber-surveillance vigilantes donning Guy Fawkes masks, is declaring "total war" on presidential hopeful Donald Trump (R-Wichser).
The brief, yet poignant, YouTube vlog post calls out Trump for his "deeply disturbing" actions.
"Dear Donald Trump," the Anonymous spokesperson continued, addressing Trump directly, "We have been watching you for a long time, and what we see is deeply disturbing."
At this point in the video, clips of Trump's "deeply disturbing" behavior flashed the screen, accompanied by sound bites of Republican forerunner mocking a reporter with a disability, calling Mexicans "rapists" and women he doesn't like "fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals," among other notoriously offensive moments.
The video elaborated, "Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America, you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas."
Senate Republican efforts to stop mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods have stalled.
The Senate, on a 48-49 vote Wednesday, fell short of the necessary numbers to move ahead on legislation that would have barred states from requiring the labeling. Vermont is set to require such labels this summer, and other states are considering similar laws.
The procedural vote is a setback for the food industry, which has lobbied to block Vermont's law.
The industry argues that genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are safe and the labels could be costly for agriculture, food companies and consumers. Congressional Republicans have opposed a patchwork of state laws and worked to find a solution on the issue before Vermont's law kicks in.
Genetically modified seeds are engineered in laboratories to have certain traits, such as resistance to herbicides. The majority of the country's corn and soybean crop is now genetically modified, with much of that going to animal feed. Corn and soybeans also are made into popular processed food ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soybean oil. The food industry says about 75 percent to 80 percent of foods contain genetically modified ingredients.
The files of French actor Marino Livi, known as Yves Montand is displayed as part of documents, stored for years in the archive rooms of the medieval castle of Vincennes, east of Paris, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. A team of French historians unveiled Wednesday some secret services' archives from WWII, letters, reports, cables and photos from the rival intelligence agencies of the French Resistance, the collaborationist Vichy regime and the Nazi German authorities.
Photo by Francois Mori
Denmark has reclaimed the title of world's happiest country, bumping Switzerland to second place in this year's edition of the UN's World Happiness Report.
Released to coincide with World Happiness Day on March 20, the UN released the fourth edition of the index which ranks 156 countries by their "happiness levels."
Dominating the top 10 list are Nordic and Scandinavian countries, with Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden taking up half the spots.
To compile the ranking, editors considered the GDP per capita; the healthy years of life expectancy; social support; trust (measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business); freedom to make life decisions; generosity (measured by donations); and new this year, happiness inequality.
Denmark has repeatedly taken the top spot in happiness and life satisfaction rankings be it the UN or the OECD, thanks in part to generous parental leave policies, gender equality, work-life balance, and safety.
The U.S. Republican presidential debate scheduled for next week in Utah has been canceled, host Fox News said on Wednesday, after party front-runner Donald Trump (R-Pinche Pendejo) told the network he would not participate.
Trump, who has clashed with Fox News throughout his campaign, told Fox in an interview on Wednesday he would not appear at the event, scheduled for Monday, because he thought the Republicans had "had enough debates."
Rival John Kasich (R-Gynotician) said following Trump's decision that he would also skip the debate unless the front-runner changed his mind and decided to come.
Ted Cruz (R-Canada), the third remaining Republican candidate vying for the party's nomination for the November presidential election, criticized Trump on Twitter, calling him #DuckingDonald and urging his own supporters to tell Trump to attend.
Fox News, part of the Twenty-First Century Fox Inc broadcast media and entertainment company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, had announced the debate, to be held in Salt Lake City, earlier this week, its latest in the primary season.
A cigarette case that belonged to William Wyler, the director of the 1944 documentary 'The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress', and that bears the engraved signatures of General Dwight Eisenhower and the crew of Memphis Belle, is displayed for photographs next to an image of Wyler during a media event to mark the reopening of the American Air Museum after it underwent a major redevelopment, at the Imperial War Museum of aviation in Duxford, England, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The transformed American Air Museum opens to the public from Saturday March 19 and tells the story of Anglo-American collaboration in 20th and 21st century conflict as seen through the eyes of the people linked with the aircraft and objects on display.
Photo by Matt Dunham
Argentina's navy announced Tuesday that it used gunfire to sink a boat Chinese-flagged boat that was fishing illegally in national waters.
The navy statement said the boat was intercepted Monday off the coast of Puerto Madryn, about 907 miles (1,460 kilometers) south of Buenos Aires.
The statement said the boat did not heed warning calls and instead tried to ram an Argentine naval vessel. Sailors then shot holes in different parts of the fishing boat, causing it to sink, the navy said.
Four people on board were rescued and arrested. They remained in custody and were to go before a federal judge in southern Chubut province, the statement said.
In Beijing, Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, posted a statement on the ministry's website saying the boat had been fishing in Argentine waters and was chased for several hours before Argentine naval fire holed the vessel. It said four Chinese were picked up by the Argentines and 28 more were rescued by a nearby Chinese vessel.
Balinese teenagers wear body paint as they take part in the sacred Ngerebeg ritual at a village in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, March 16, 2016. The sacred Ngerebeg ritual is staged every six months and is mainly aimed at driving all evil spirits out of the villages. During the ritual, participants decorate their body with colourful paint and march across the village.
Photo by Made Nagi
On March 16, 2016, Dr. Ben Carson (R-Malpractice) spoke to Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga on "Yahoo News Live" about his endorsement of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump (R-Pinche Pendejo) and Trump's big wins in the March 15 primaries.
Golodryga pressed Carson on his support for Donald Trump even though Trump had compared him to a child molester. Carson said he accepted Trump's explanation for the remark, and that it was, in fact, effective. "He said that it was political. He was concerned about the fact that he couldn't shake me. I understand politics and, in particular, the politics of personal destruction, and you have to admit, to some degree, that it did work." He continued, "A lot of people believed him."
Carson said he is supporting Trump for the good of the country despite the previous personal attacks. He told Golodryga: "It's not really about me. If it were about me, yes, I would be outraged. I would say in no way can I support this, but it's not about me. It's about America." Carson continued, "Unfortunately we live in a society where that kind of thing works, and people use things that work."
A fake skull and syringes decorate a finished outfit atop a dressmaker's dummy during a student competition to craft fashions inspired by the effects of the drug trade on Mexican culture, at the IberoAmerican University in Mexico City, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. About 200 fashion design and textile students participated in the two-hour competition, building outfits featuring skulls, fake blood and syringes.
Photo by Rebecca Blackwell
Horton, who also starred as the title character in another TV Western, A Man Called Shenandoah, died March 9 in Los Angeles. His niece, Joan Evans, told The New York Times that her uncle had been injured in a fall in November.
The handsome actor starred on Wagon Train from the start of the series in September 1957 through the end of its fifth season in June 1962, when he quit the show. The very popular Wagon Train - about a trek from Missouri to California - aired on NBC while he was there, then shifted to ABC for its final three seasons.
Soon after he departed, Horton starred on Broadway as the charismatic con man Bill Starbuck in 110 in the Shade, a musical adaptation of the 1956 film The Rainmaker (his part was made famous by Burt Lancaster in the movie). The production ran for more than 300 performances through summer 1964.
On ABC's A Man Called Shenandoah, which lasted just a season (1965-66), Horton played a cowboy in the 1870s who develops amnesia after he's shot and left for dead. He also performed the theme song.
Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career, has died. He was 72.
The Sinatra family said in a statement to The Associated Press that Sinatra died unexpectedly Wednesday of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The statement said the family mourns the untimely passing of their son, brother, father and uncle. No other details were provided.
Kidnapped and held for ransom when he was 19, Sinatra Jr. had already followed his dad into the music business by then. He eventually worked for his father as his musical director and conductor. He performed the National Anthem at a New York Yankees game last year.
This Tuesday, March 15, 2016 photo, shows a bald eagle with one of it's chicks in their nest, captured by a robotic camera in Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island, Calif. Two bald eagle chicks have hatched in a nest high in a tree in California's Channel Islands National Park. Park officials say the first egg hatched Saturday and the second bird poked its head out of its shell Monday in Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island. Officials say it's the first successful hatch after three years of attempts for the parents.
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