Paul Krugman: Questions of Character (NY Times Blog)
Like a lot of people, I was shocked by the statement Bernie Sanders put out about Nevada. No hint of apology for his supporters' behavior, lots of accusations about a "rigged" process when the issue in Nevada was whether Clinton should get more delegates in a state where she won the vote. And the general implication that the nomination is somehow being stolen when the reality is that Clinton won because a large majority of voters chose to support her.
Paul Krugman: Democratic Groundhog Day (NY Times Blog)
Ugh. More primaries today. Do they matter? Not for the nomination. Clinton has won - her big victories in the mid-Atlantic states ended any chance that Sanders can catch up on pledged delegates or popular vote, and he's not going to convince superdelegates to overturn the will of the voters. Again, the math: Clinton leads by 280 pledged delegates, with 897 left. To overtake, Sanders would need to win the remaining contests by a 280/897 margin, or 31 percent. This is not going to happen.
NV Dems Letter
To the Co-Chairs and Members of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee: By this letter, the Nevada State Democratic Party ("NSDP") hereby lodges a formal complaint regarding the conduct of supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders at the recent State Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, May 14, 2016, as well as the conduct of representatives of Senator Sanders' presidential campaign (the "Sanders Campaign").
Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 - August 3, 1966), better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and screenwriter. He was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in New York State history, by then-GovernorGeorge Pataki in 2003. He paved the way for future outspoken counterculture-era comedians, and his trial for obscenity is seen as a landmark for freedom of speech in the United States.
Randall was first and correct with:
The first name that pops into my head is
Man, his is a weird, sad story
Alan J wrote:
Of Bradly Denton's Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians, Lenny Bruce.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Another hothothot day ahead. Still haven't turned on the A/C because the whole house fan helps when I run it in the early morning & evening, after it begins to cool off outside. Sleeping sweaty sucks.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful said:
cocksucker!!!cocksucker!!! Thank you, Lenny Bruce…Never saw him but had the Bezerkeley Community Theater album…Too bad the smack got him…He spoke the truth about the state of America in the 1960's…called out all the hypocrites and phonies…Cornpone and the Vietnam War…Who was Cornpone?
Lois Of The Cheap Laughs answered:
I know not of this Lenny Bruce you speak of. I was too young at the time and my parent's taste in comedy albums centered mostly around Bill Cosby, but I get the impression he was something of a mix of George Carlin and Martin Luther King Jr. on heroin. However, now my interest has been piqued, and must do a YouTube search on him...
Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
Well, if it's a stand-up, social critic, satirist named Leonard, I'm gonna
have to go out on a limb and guess Lenny Bruce.
Leonard Alfred Schneider wrote his autobiography How to Talk Dirty and Influence People under his stage name, Lenny Bruce. I read that book in high school. Very influential.
Lenny Bruce 1925 - 1966 ~ He paved the way for future outspoken counterculture-era comedians, and his trial for obscenity is seen as a landmark for freedom of speech in the United States.
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 another FRESH'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH'Rush Hour'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Rose Byrne, Bobby Flay, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Anthony Hopkins, Kristen Bell, Jerrod Carmichael, and Ziggy Marley.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Strong', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then a FRESH'Game Of Silence'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen, and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Zac Efron, Wendy Williams, and Eric Ripert, Allison Miller.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Dominic Cooper, Radical Face, and Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'The Catch', then another FRESH'The Catch'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Magic Johnson, Ludacris, Ciara, and Ariana Grande.
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 Grit'.
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 'The Hunt For Red October', followed by the movie 'The Italian Job', then the movie 'The Monument Men'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 17 - Episode 5
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 17 - Episode 6
[8:00AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 19 - Episode 1
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Mike & Nellie's
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Return to Amy's Baking Company
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Aquiel
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Liaisons
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-Interface
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Gambit (Part 1)
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Gambit (Part 2)
[6:00PM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Human Raw Material
[7:00PM] AFTER THE BLACK - SEASON 4 - Episode 5
[7:30PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003)
[10:00PM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-The Scandal of Altruism
[11:00PM] AFTER THE BLACK - SEASON 4 - Episode 6
[11:30PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 19 - Episode 8
[12:30AM] APOCALYPTO (2006)
[3:30AM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Human Raw Material
[4:30AM] ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-The Scandal of Altruism
[5:30AM] AFTER THE BLACK - SEASON 4 - Episode 6 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH'Million Dollar Listing NY', then a FRESH'The People's Couch', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie '300: Rise Of An Empire', followed by the movie 'The Internship', then a FRESH'Archer', and another 'Archer'.
History has 'Alone', followed by a FRESH'Alone: A Deeper Cut', then a FRESH'Alone', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Steven Yeun
[8:30AM] IRON MONKEY
[12:30PM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN
[3:00PM] PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
[5:15PM] THE PUNISHER
[8:00PM] BABYLON A.D.
[10:00PM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN
[12:45AM] CONAN THE DESTROYER
[3:00AM] CONAN THE BARBARIAN
[5:30AM] MARON-The 13th Step (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Last Panthers-The Last Panthers
[7:10AM] Boys Don't Cry
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Subterranean Homeboy Blues
[6:59PM] Law & Order-Remand
[7:58PM] Law & Order-Charm City
[8:57PM] Law & Order-Matrimony
[9:56PM] Law & Order-Denial
[10:55PM] Law & Order-Baby, It's You
[11:54PM] Law & Order-Disappeared
[12:53AM] The Birds
[3:50AM] The Last Panthers-The Last Panthers
[5:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Street Eats
[5:15AM] Brothers (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'John Carter', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil'.
On a RERUNConan (from 2/3/16) are Josh Brolin, Tom Segura, and Cage the Elephant.
The death of Prince has set off a feud in a very different realm of the music world with members of metal giants Motley Crue and Kiss taking each other to task.
The rift began when Gene Simmons, bassist of makeup-clad glam rockers Kiss, called Prince's April 21 death "pathetic" and described it as a choice because of the pop icon's reported use of painkillers.
Simmons, who is known for right-leaning views and earlier this year disparaged rap as an art form, apologized for his remarks about Prince but was hit by a stinging rebuke from Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.
Sixx, who was also the main songwriter of the heavy metal greats who disbanded last year, said that Simmons was heartless and "not my hero anymore."
"I think that he's an overrated, lucky guy that dresses like a clown, wrote some good songs, hasn't in a long time and loves to brag about himself," Sixx said of Simmons, also faulting him for favorable statements about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians.
Several vets - along with a spokescat named Rubio - came to the state Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for the ban. They say the declawing procedure, which involves cutting through bone, tendon and nerves to amputate the first segment of a cat's toes, is unnecessary and cruel. Australia, Britain and several European countries already ban the practice. It's also illegal in Los Angeles and some other California cities.
"It's a disfiguring, inhumane and misguided procedure," said Eileen Jefferson, an Ulster County veterinarian who does not perform the procedure. She said about 25 percent of cats will be declawed.
The state's Veterinary Medical Society opposes the legislation, saying the surgical procedure can often save cats with destructive scratching behavior from being euthanized. In a memo of opposition, the society argues that declawing is a decision best left to cat owners and veterinarians and not lawmakers.
Actress Helen Mirren poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "La fille inconnue" (The Unknown Girl) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 18, 2016.
Photo by Jean-Paul Pelissier
The "Oppenheimer Blue", a large and rare diamond, sold for 56.837 million Swiss francs ($57.6 million) at auction on Wednesday, setting a world record for any gem after a dramatic see-saw bidding process, Christie's in Geneva said.
The previous record was held by the "Blue Moon Diamond", sold at rival Sotheby's for $48.6 million last November. The new Hong Kong owner renamed that stone the "Blue Moon Josephine".
The Oppenheimer, the largest fancy vivid blue diamond ever offered at auction, is a rectangular diamond weighing 14.62 carats that previously belonged to Sir Philip Oppenheimer, who controlled the Diamond Syndicate in London. It had a pre-sale estimate of $38 million-$45 million.
The packed Geneva saleroom broke into applause as Rahul Kadakia, Christie's International Head of Jewellery, brought down the hammer after two phone bidders ended a 20-minute battle. The buyer's identity was not immediately known.
Last month was the hottest April in modern history, marking the 12th consecutive month that global heat records have been shattered, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.
The report, issued each month by NOAA, also pointed to a concerning spike in temperature last month, compared to the 20th century average.
The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for April was 1.98 Fahrenheit (1.10 Celsius) above the 20th century average of 56.7 F (13.7 C).
This marked "the highest temperature departure for April since global records began in 1880."
Overall, 13 of 15 of these record spikes, or monthly temperature departures, have occurred since February 2015, signaling that global warming is accelerating.
Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump (R-Pinche Pendejo) is helping dig former rival Chris Christie (R-Feckless) and the New Jersey Republican Party out of big debt they incurred from the George Washington Bridge scandal and the governor's presidential campaign.
Trump on Thursday will attend a $25,000-per-person fundraiser for the state GOP to help it pay off about $500,000 incurred in legal fees responding to legislative subpoenas in the bridge scandal. Trump and Christie will headline the event as well as a separate, $200 per-person fundraiser to pay down Christie's roughly $250,000 presidential campaign debt.
The hand-in-hand fund raising help is a sharp turnabout from five months ago, when Trump said Christie "totally knew" that some of his allies had shut down access lanes to bridge to retaliate against a Democratic mayor who wouldn't support Christie's re-election, as prosecutors allege. Two former Christie allies have pleaded not guilty to federal wire fraud and civil rights charges. Christie has not been charged and denies involvement.
Christie has since folded his presidential campaign and taken the big political risk of endorsing Trump, and the billionaire has tapped the governor to head his White House transition team.
Now Trump, eager to show support for the Republican Party, is making what some members of the GOP see as a helpful gesture.
The melodic chorus of diminutive migratory birds that fills the Canadian Prairies every spring is quieting as feathered characters such as the Sprague's pipit become increasingly rare on the northern Plains.
But a group of international scientists calling for international action still hope we can turn back the clock and "bring all of that biodiversity with us into the future."
"These birds link us, they unite us, and we have a joint and shared reasonability towards them and toward the environments they are intimately tied in with, so it requires an [international] collaboration," said Christian Artuso, a biologist with Bird Studies Canada and director of the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas.
The shrinking native grasslands that Sprague's pipits shack up in every summer belong to a group of threatened ecosystems flagged in a massive new report released Wednesday on the state of North America's imperilled bird populations. The report says one-third of the roughly 350 migratory bird species across the continent are approaching extinction at an unsettling pace.
Actresses Chiara Mastroianni (R) and Sandrine Kiberlain pose on the red carpet as they arrives for the screening of the film "La fille inconnue" (The Unknown Girl) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 18, 2016.
Photo by Eric Gaillard
A rapidly melting glacier atop East Antarctica is on track to lift oceans at least two metres, and could soon pass a "tipping point" of no return, researchers said Wednesday.
To date, scientists have mostly worried about the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets as dangerous drivers of sea level rise.
But the new study, following up on earlier work by the same team, has identified a third major threat to hundreds of millions of people living in coastal areas around the world.
"I predict that before the end of the century the great global cities of our planet near the sea will have two- or three-metre (6.5 - 10 feet) high sea defences all around them," said Martin Siegert, co-director of the Grantham Institute and Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, and the study's senior author.
From the air, the contours of Totten Glacier -- roughly the size of France -- are invisible because the entire Antarctic continent is covered by a seamless, kilometres-thick blanket of snow and ice.
A novice fossil collector's lucky find in a remote Montana badlands more than a decade ago has turned out to be a new kind of spectacularly-horned dinosaur, researchers announced Wednesday.
The bones unearthed near Winifred, Montana represent a previously-unknown species of dinosaur that lived 76 million years ago.
It's scientific name is Spiclypeus shipporum but it's been nicknamed "Judith," after the Judith River rock formation where it was found in 2005 by retired nuclear physicist Bill Shipp.
Canadian Museum of Nature paleontologist Jordan Mallon says Judith is closely-related to the well-known Triceratops. Both had horned faces and elaborate head frills, although Judith's horns stick out sideway instead of over the eyes.
Like Triceratops, Judith was a plant-eater, approximately 15-feet long and weighing up to four tons, Mallon said.
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