Julia Turner: Better Call Saul Is Better Than Breaking Bad (Slate)
It may be early to declare Better Call Saul an all-time great TV show, but the necessary ingredients are there. The Season 2 finale airing Monday may reveal just how far astray Jimmy's pinwheeling moral compass can lead him; events foreshadowed last week may push him more decisively toward Sauldom and the end of his relationship with Kim. Or perhaps that journey will take a few more laps. No matter how Saul gets where he's going, though, you'd be a fool not to join him on the road.
Mark Morford: Time to live outside the box, SF bros (SF Gate)
Then again, what is money for if not to make life slightly more enjoyable, more beautiful, more comfortable and vibrant and interesting? Saving it for some future time means you miss its abject pleasures now. Hell, I need 32 square feet just for my leather jackets and bourbon. Life is gorgeous and dangerous teeming with possibility, and could end any second. We're gonna need a bigger pod.
The crwth, also called a crowd or rote, is an archaic stringed instrument, associated particularly with Welsh music, once widely played in Europe. Four examples have survived and are to be found in St Fagans National History Museum Cardiff, National Museum Wales Aberystwyth, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norspringcaliful replied:
A crwth is an archaic stringed musical Instrument….a Welsh version of a fiddle, it looks like that to me…getting centered once again…
Lois Of The Lutes responded:
The answer is" D", for it is none other than the Welsh (the spelling was a tip off) two dimensional fiddle so popular in the middle ages, before the Stratocaster was invented and everything got better. Here, for your pleasure, are some Welsh related memes from the internets!
Crwth ~ Welsh name for an ancient Celtic instrument that is similar to a violin.
mj took the day off.
Deborah is engaged in 'Mother of the Bride' festivities.
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 Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH'Mom', followed by a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH'Rush Hour'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Tom Hanks, Leslie Odom Jr., the Strumbellas, and Roy Haynes.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Strong', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then a FRESH'Game Of Silence'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 3/24/16) are Ben Affleck, Zoe Lister-Jones, and ZAYN.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 4/4/16) are Claire Danes, Jerrod Carmichael, Samantha Power, and Brann Dailor.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/30/16) are Michelle Monaghan, Murs & 9th Wonder, and Ray Garcia.
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 Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele, Glen Powell, and M83.
The CW offers a FRESH'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH'The 100'.
Faux has a FRESH'Bones', followed by a FRESH'American Girl'.
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'60 Days In'.
AMC offers the movie 'Back To The Future', followed by the movie 'Back To The Future Part II'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Second Chances
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 25-Timescape
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Luigi's D'Italia
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Mangia Mangia, Part 1
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Mangia Mangia, Part 2
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Evolution
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Ensigns of Command
[1:00PM] KING ARTHUR (2004)
[3:30PM] KING ARTHUR (2004)
[6:00PM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Collapse of Nature
[7:00PM] CASINO ROYALE (2006)
[10:00PM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Transgressive Border Crossing
[11:00PM] AFTER THE BLACK - SEASON 4 - Episode 2
[11:30PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 19 - Episode 4
[12:30AM] CASINO ROYALE (2006)
[3:30AM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Collapse of Nature
[4:30AM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Transgressive Border Crossing
[5:30AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-The Secret To Their Success (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing', another 'Million Dollar Listing', followed by a FRESH'Million Dollar Listing', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', followed by the movie 'Step Brothers', then a FRESH'Inside Amy Schumer', followed by a FRESH'Time Traveling Bong'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Gov. Howard Dean.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Russell Simmons.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Alice Wetterlund, Eliot Glazer, and Adam Conover.
FX has the movie 'X-Men: The Last Stand', followed by the movie 'The Wolverine', then a FRESH'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
History has 'Alone', another 'Alone', followed by a FRESH'Alone', then a FRESH'Vikings', followed by a FRESH'Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson', then a FRESH'Night Class'.
[7:30AM] The Professional
[12:00PM] Die Hard
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Homesick
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Aftershock
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Causa Mortis
[6:00PM] Law & Order-I.D.
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Good Girl
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Survivor
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Corruption
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Double Blind
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Deadbeat
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Family Business
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Entrapment
[2:00AM] The Horse Whisperer
[5:00AM] The Ice Storm (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Final Destination', followed by the movie 'Starship Troopers'.
On a RERUNConan (from 1/26/16) are Zach Galifianakis, Jillian Bell, and Josh Ritter.
Actress Annette Bening smiles as she listens to public testimony in support of legislation to create single-subject teaching credentials for theatre and dance, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Bening testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of the bill, SB916, by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica. The measure was approved on a 9-0 vote.
Photo by Rich Pedroncelli
World press freedom deteriorated in 2015, especially in the Americas, advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday as it released its annual rankings, warning of "a new era of propaganda".
The World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries on indicators such as media independence, self-censorship, the rule of law, transparency and abuses.
This year's report warned of a climate of fear that has seen world leaders "developing a form of paranoia about legitimate journalism."
Christophe Deloire, secretary general of the Paris-based group told AFP there had been a decline in all parts of the world, with Latin America of particular concern.
"We are entering a new era of propaganda where new technologies allow the low-cost dissemination of their own communication, their information, as dictated. On the other side, journalists are the ones who get in the way."
A son of wealthy industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr. has agreed to buy The Salt Lake Tribune, ending uncertainty about the future of Utah's largest independent newspaper.
Digital First Media reached an agreement to sell the newspaper to Paul Huntsman, the company announced in a news release Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Huntsman purchase fits an emerging ownership trend in the newspaper industry of wealthy business figures buying publications because they value their civic propaganda importance, media analyst Ken Doctor said.
In recent years, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has bought the Washington Post; Boston Red Sox owner John Henry has purchased the Boston Globe; and Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has bought the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
A blue diamond ring given to child star Shirley Temple when she was 12 and estimated to be worth $25-35 million failed to find a buyer at auction, Sotheby's said.
The late American movie legend received the 9.54-carat jewel from her father, who bought it in 1940 for $7,210.
It was the standout piece in an auction Tuesday night of 319 jewels that brought in $29.88 million.
"The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond is an exceptional stone in quality, rarity and provenance. It has been an honor to share its story with collectors, connoisseurs and Temple's loyal fans over the past few months," the auction house said.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday, as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country.
After extensive aerial and underwater surveys, researchers at James Cook University said only seven percent of the huge reef had escaped the whitening triggered by warmer water temperatures.
"We've never seen anything like this scale of bleaching before," said Terry Hughes, convenor of the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce.
The damage ranges from minor in the southern areas -- which are expected to recover soon -- to very severe in the northern and most pristine reaches of the 2,300 kilometre (1,430 miles) site off the east coast.
Hughes said of the 911 individual reefs surveyed, only 68 (or seven percent) had escaped the massive bleaching event which has also spread south to Sydney Harbour for the first time and across to the west.
Actress Katerina Lehou as high priestess, holds a torch with the Olympic Flame, during the final dress rehearsal of the lighting of the Olympic flame at Ancient Olympia, in western Greece on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The flame will be transported by torch relay to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, which will host the Aug. 5-21, 2016 Olympics.
Photo by Thanassis Stavrakis
The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to name a street after pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk, the latest display of its position as a blue island in a sea of deep-red, where the prevailing Mormon faith still has a fraught relationship with the LGBT community.
Utah's capital city recently elected its first openly gay mayor and its second sitting gay councilman, creating an increasingly friendly atmosphere for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The conservative religion's tone on gay issues has softened in recent years, but it still opposes same-sex marriage, believes homosexuality is a sin and recently banned baptisms for the children of gay parents. Faith leaders said the highly criticized move would avoid putting children in a tug-of-war between their parents and church teachings.
The Mormon church declined to comment on renaming the street. Sponsor Stan Penford, the city's first openly gay councilman, said that leaders likely would have reached out if they had a strong opposition.
The first four folios of Shakespeare's collected works are displayed at Christie's auction rooms in London, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The four folios will be auctioned on May 25 and are expected to realise in excess of 1.3 million UK pounds (1.87 million US dollars).
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth
If women have to wait 24 hours in South Carolina to get an abortion, men should have to do the same before they can get Viagra or other drugs to help them have sex, according to a tongue-in-cheek proposal discussed Wednesday.
Lawmakers cracked jokes about the bill - which also requires a sworn statement from a partner detailing their man's problems - but sponsor Rep. Mia McLeod said it isn't a laughing matter. The Democrat said South Carolina's male- and Republican-dominated Legislature places restrictions on abortion they don't place on any other medical matter.
McLeod's bill would require a 24-hour waiting period before an erectile dysfunction medicine could be picked up from the pharmacy and require patients to get counseling on celibacy as a valid life choice, which mirror requirements of South Carolina's abortion law.
They would have to get a sworn, notarized statement from their sexual partner saying they needed the medicine, which could bring up medical privacy issues. McLeod said she would alter the bill to assign patients numbers like state health officials do with women who get abortions.
A woman stands besides the painting 'John Frederick I' (1654) by Christian Richter during the press preview at the exhibition 'The Ernestines. A dynasty shapes Europe' in the New Museum in Weimar, central Germany, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The exhibition will take place from April 24 to Aug. 28, 2016, at the former residences of Weimar and Gotha. Members of the Ernestine line are still to be found in several royal dynasties in Europe, for example in Belgium and Great Britain.
Photo by Jens Meyer
China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a state-run newspaper said on Wednesday.
China is increasingly active in the polar region, becoming one of the biggest mining investors in Greenland and agreeing to a free trade deal with Iceland.
Shorter shipping routes across the Arctic Ocean would save Chinese companies time and money. For example, the journey from Shanghai to Hamburg via the Arctic route is 2,800 nautical miles shorter than going by the Suez Canal.
China's Maritime Safety Administration this month released a guide offering detailed route guidance from the northern coast of North America to the northern Pacific, the China Daily said.
Most of the Northwest Passage lies in waters that Canada claims as its own.
A 108-year-old postcard offering a shilling in exchange for its return to an English marine research institute is now officially the world's oldest message in a bottle after being recovered in Germany.
The Plymouth Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association (MBA), which received the card, said this week that the bottle had smashed the old record of 99 years and 43 days in the Guinness World Records.
It was discovered by retired German postal worker Marianne Winkler while on holiday on Germany's North Frisian islands, 108 years and 138 days after it was thrown into the North Sea off the English coast by distinguished marine biologist George Parker Bidder on November 30, 1906.
Winkler followed the message inside reading "break the bottle", and found a postcard inside asking to be returned to the MBA in Plymouth, on England's south coast.
Bidder released a total of 1,020 bottles between 1904 and 1906.
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