David Bruce: Wise Up! Mothers (Athens News)
The parents of comedian Chris Rock greatly encouraged him and their other children. One day, Andre, his brother, had an assignment that required him to complete this sentence "My Mom says I'm…." The other schoolchildren wrote sentences such as "My Mom says I'm a slob" or "My Mom says I'm late to dinner." Andre, however, wrote, "My Mom says I'm the best thing that ever happened." His and Chris's mother, Rose, is especially proud of that and has never forgotten it.
Mark Morford: Big Mac with kale in a doomsday reduction (SF Gate)
Did you hear? Taco Bell is going to start selling burritos wrapped in shells made entirely of purified air! Amazing. Also, Pizza Hut is reportedly testing a more "relaxing" pie made with something called "Mindfulness Meditation Mozzarella." Whoa! And Hot Pockets microwaveable cancer bombs will now donate 95% of all proceeds to whatever the hell happened to your colon after you ate one.
Andrew Tobias: Why My Republican Friends Aren't Democrats
During the 12 Bush years, net private-sector job creation totaled 747,000. That's it: just 747,000 - versus 19.6 million during the Clinton 8 years and 8 million more, so far, under Obama (or 12.3 million if you don't count the first few months of horrific job losses one might argue were inherited from his predecessor). This despite Bush 43's massive deficit spending. So to be clear, that's 747,000 under the 12 most recent years of Republican leadership, as deficits ballooned; 28 million under the 14 most recent years of Democratic leadership, as deficits were brought back under control.
A common year is a common type of calendar year. In the Gregorian calendar, a common year has exactly 365 days and so is not a leap year. More generally, it is a calendar year without intercalation.
A common year of 365 days has exactly 52 weeks and one day, so consequently the next new year is one day of the week later. Stated differently, a common year always begins and ends on the same day of the week.
In a common year, February has exactly 4 weeks, so February and March always consecutively start on the same day of the week.
There are 365 days in a common year.
Wait, that was too easy. Is this a trick question?
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Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
June Cleaver of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
Exactly 365 days. Exactly 52 weeks and one day without intercalation! Get it! Hail to the anal retentive! Maybe I'll stop being so friggin anal obsessive soon.
Liturgical Lois Of Oregoon answered:
TRICK QUESTION! A Common Year is 365 and 1/4 days!
Leap Years are required to take a tuck in time every four
years because god's math skills were just a little bit off
when he designed the universe, or watches, or something.
Personally, I don't understand any of it, as I was an Art
Major in Junior College and dreamed of making a living
MAM , wrote:
365 days (not a leap year) has exactly 52 weeks and one day, hence a common year always begins and ends on the same day of the week.
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CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by FRESH'The Truly Awful Odd Couple', then a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by another RERUN'Big Bang Theory', then a FRESH'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESHDave are George Clooney and Tom Waits.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE is One Direction.
NBC begins the night with a RERUN'L&O: SVU', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Bill O'Reilly and Snoop Dogg.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Anna Kendrick, Thomas Middleditch, and Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Matthew Weiner, Young Rising Sons, and Marcella Arguello.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'Scandal', then a FRESH'American Crime'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Amy Schumer, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Jose Gonzalez.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH'Reign'.
Faux has a FRESH'Bones', followed by a FRESH'Wayward Pines'.
MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', and another 'The First 48'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Momma Cherri's
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Mixing Bowl
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 10 - Dillon's
[9:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 8 - Cold War
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 9 - Hide
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 10 - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 5 - The Bonding
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 6 - Booby Trap
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Clubway 41
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 9 - Fiesta Sunrise
[4:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Trobiano's
[5:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Oceana
[6:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 15 - Zocalo
[7:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 6 - Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
[8:00PM] Ghost Rider
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[1:00AM] Top Gear - Season 19 - Episode 4
[2:00AM] Top Gear - Season 19 - Episode 5
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 4
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 5
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 6 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Melbourne', and 'Real Housewives Of NYC'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Office Space', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and yet another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is Rebel Wilson.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Mamrie Hart, Rove McManus, and Flula Borg.
FX has the movie 'Hancock', followed by the movie 'Men In Black III', then a FRESH'The Comedians', followed by a FRESH'Louie'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another old 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars', then a FRESH'Lost In Transmission'.
[6:00AM] MARON-RADIO COWBOY
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[7:00AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW
[7:15AM] THE SPIRIT
[9:30AM] DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION
[11:15AM] THE SPIRIT
[1:30PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[4:30PM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[7:30PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE
[10:00PM] MARON-STROKE OF LUCK
[10:31PM] PORTLANDIA-THE STORY OF TONI AND CANDACE
[11:00PM] SHOOT 'EM UP
[1:00AM] MARON-STROKE OF LUCK
[1:30AM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE
[4:00AM] OPEN WATER
[5:45AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-FIRST LOOK (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Barney's Version
[9:00AM] Once Upon a Time in Mexico
[4:00PM] Brokeback Mountain
[5:00AM] The Staircase-Prosecution Trickery (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Fallen', followed by a FRESH'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction'.
On a RERUNConan (from 1/20/15) are Olivia Munn, Dean Norris, and Sleater-Kinney.
Twenty-dollar bills could soon be known as "Tubmans" if a grassroots campaign succeeds in persuading President Barack Obama to remove Andrew Jackson's portrait from circulation on U.S. paper currency in favor of a famous woman in U.S. history.
Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave, abolitionist and "conductor" on the so-called Underground Railroad that helped slaves escape to freedom during the 1850s, was the overwhelming choice to replace Old Hickory on the $20 note, an online poll showed on Tuesday.
More than 118,000 of the 609,000 people surveyed for the "Women on 20s" petition picked Tubman to be the face of the popular U.S. currency denomination, followed by former first lady and U.N. ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights hero Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.
"Our work won't be done until we're holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women's suffrage in 2020," Susan Ades Stone, executive director of the group Women on 20s, said in a statement.
Director Costa Gavras (L) and French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "La tete haute" out of competition during the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 13, 2015. The 68th edition of the film festival will run from May 13 to May 24.
Photo by Regis Duvignau
Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki on Wednesday threw his weight behind a fund aimed at blocking a controversial plan to move a US military base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.
Miyazaki, whose intricately-drawn stories have captured imaginations around the world, became a key figure in the Henoko Fund, which was launched in the Okinawan capital of Naha, local assemblyman Yonekichi Shinzato told AFP.
"The fund is aimed at supporting -- both mentally and physically -- anti-US base activists with the goal of blocking the construction of a new base in Henoko... and removing the Futenma base and relocating outside Okinawa," Shinzato said.
The celebrity endorsement is the latest move in a bitter, decades-old dispute involving the Japanese and American governments, and a vocal group of protesters in Okinawa, over the re-siting of the busy Futenma air base.
A company helping British soprano Sarah Brightman prepare a flight to the International Space Station says she has put off the mission.
Space Adventures said in a statement Wednesday that the 54-year-old singer announced that "for personal family reasons her intentions have had to change and she is postponing her cosmonaut training and flight plans at this time."
Brightman, who was to blast off to the station in a Russian Soyuz rocket on Sept. 1, said in March that she is working with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, her ex-husband, to create a song she will sing in space.
Brightman's decision followed last month's launch failure of an unmanned Russian cargo spaceship, which was caused by a leak of propellant tanks in the Soyuz rocket carrying it into orbit.
A rare Burmese ruby in a platinum ring with diamonds sold for $30.3 million at auction, setting a world auction record for any ruby and for any stone by Cartier, according to Sotheby's.
The buyer and history of the piece, with the ruby weighing in at 25.59 carats, was not disclosed. It was auctioned Tuesday as part of the annual Magnificent and Noble Jewels sale by Sotheby's Geneva.
The price of the cushion-shaped "Sunrise Ruby" had been estimated prior to the sale at $12 million to $18 million. It is known for its "pigeon blood" red colour and set between heptagon-shaped diamonds weighing 2.47 and 2.70 carats. The piece is signed Cartier.
The auction house called a natural ruby from Burma of this size and colour extremely rare. The ring broke an auction record for any ruby per carat.
Honey bees, critical agents in the pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year, according to a new government report that comes as regulators, environmentalists and agribusinesses try to reverse the decline.
Losses of managed honey bee colonies hit 42.1 percent from April 2014 through April 2015, up from 34.2 percent for 2013-2014, and the second-highest annual loss to date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report issued on Wednesday.
The results are based on survey responses from about 6,100 beekeepers managing about 400,000 colonies, or roughly 15.5 percent of U.S. bee colonies.
The 2014-15 decline was down from the 45 percent fall in 2012-2013 but well above the other three years of annual measurements and well above the 18.7 percent benchmark considered economically unsustainable, the USDA said.
The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.
The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, is both deeply symbolic and makes explicit that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.
The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state and had referred to the Palestine state since. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state, giving the Vatican's former signs of recognition an unambiguous confirmation in a formal, bilateral treaty.
"Yes, it's a recognition that the state exists," said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.
A California congresswoman Tuesday recalled a statement that announced she would launch her campaign for U.S. Senate this week.
The email from Rep. Loretta Sanchez, festooned with U.S. flags and stars-and-stripes imagery, invited supporters to join her Thursday at an Orange County train station to mark the start of her entry into the 2016 contest. "Together we will win," the 10-term Democrat wrote.
But the electronic missive turned out to be a mistake. Sanchez adviser Bill Carrick said the email was a draft that was accidentally distributed and she hasn't made up her mind about the Senate race.
The errant email brought a jolt of drama and confusion to a contest that so far has looked like a runaway for another Democrat, state Attorney General Kamala Harris. The party is strongly favored to hold the seat next year.
Actress Catherine Deneuve, right, and director Emmanuelle Bercot pose for photographers as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
Photo by Lionel Cironneau
The Holy Land's Christians are excitedly preparing for next week's canonization of two Arab nuns, bringing some joy to a tiny community that has had little to celebrate in recent years.
Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, who lived in what was Ottoman-ruled Palestine in the 19th century, will be the first from the region to receive sainthood since the early days of Christianity. They will also be the first Arabic-speaking Catholic saints.
The nuns were born in Jerusalem and a town in what is now Israel, but come from an Arabic-speaking Christian community that has mainly identified itself as Palestinian for many decades. President Mahmoud Abbas, a Muslim, will attend the canonization festivities at the Vatican on May 17, said Ziad al-Bandak, an adviser on Christian affairs to the Palestinian leader.
"This canonization has a meaning for the whole Palestinian nation," al-Bandak said. "It's a very important thing for Palestinians, whether they're Muslim or Christian."
Actress Isabella Rossellini, Jury President of Film selection "Un Certain Regard", poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "La tete haute" out of competition during the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 13, 2015. The 68th edition of the film festival will run from May 13 to May 24.
Photo by Eric Gaillard
Major works by Mark Rothko and Roy Lichtenstein brought in over $88 million at a Sotheby's auction of contemporary art.
Rothko's "Untitled (Yellow and Blue)" sold for $46.4 million Tuesday. The 8-foot-tall abstract painting of large yellow and blue planes hung at the National Gallery in Washington for 10 years while it was owned by the late Rachel "Bunny" Mellon. She acquired it directly from Rothko's estate shortly after his death in 1970.
Lichtenstein's "The Ring (Engagement)," executed in his signature comic book style, shows a ring being placed on a finger. The 1962 work fetched $41.7 million. It was sold by philanthropist Stefan Edlis, who is donating a group of 42 pop and contemporary artworks valued at about $40 million to the Art Institute of Chicago.
Andy Warhol's "Superman" silkscreen garnered $14.3 million. The 1981 work is one of 10 iconic images in his Myths series that included Mickey Mouse and Howdy Doody.
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