Bob Dylan: Nobel Lecture (The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016)
When I first received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature. I wanted to reflect on it and see where the connection was. I'm going to try to articulate that to you. And most likely it will go in a roundabout way, but I hope what I say will be worthwhile and purposeful.
Andrew Tobias: Terrified by a Hammer
And what about innumeracy? Or a sense of proportion? More than 100 Americans committed suicide yesterday, sadly, and nearly as many died in car crashes. At least another 100 overdosed. Thirty or forty were murdered. In all: a couple of commercial jet crashes. Yet that's not what led the Nightly News. Rather, both NBC and ABC led with a gendarme outside the Cathedral of Notre Dame who had been hit with a hammer by an Algerian who screamed "this is for Syria."
David Wiegand: Flawed film pursues the enigma of Cary Grant (SF Gate)
Cary Grant was one of the best-known celebrities of the 20th century - to everyone, it seems, but himself. The former Archie Leach invented a persona from the raw materials of charm, talent, ambition and good looks, but spent much of his life searching for peace of mind, he wrote in an unpublished memoir.
Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 - October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, actor, and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was firmly established as America's best selling performer, and AllMusic has described Denver as "among the most beloved entertainers of his era". After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed, with total record sales of over 33 million.
Mark. was first and correct with:
Far out! Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. is better known as John Denver.
Alan J answered:
Stephen F said:
Now that the e-mail is back
The man who fell to earth in an ultra-light. John Denver.
He's better known as John Denver, who was forever saying "Far out!" (He certainly had a real name even more unpromising than Mellenkamp!)
David of Moon Valley wrote:
if i lived in Colorado
it would almost be time
for a Rocky Mountain High
Thanks (?) John Denver...
Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
He took us home by country roads and jet planes to his Rocky Mountain high
with sunshine on his shoulders, John Denver.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
I feel like we are due for a rediscovery of his music. Maybe just a little one for the summer, and an off-broadway jukebox musical.
John I from Hawai`i says,
John I from Hawai`i says, "John Denver."
I know this: John Denver.
The regional airport nearby has a plane built from a kit, the same make as the one John Denver was flying when he died. The owner flies it a couple times a month. I wonder, when I see it, if he's haunted by John Denver's death. Obviously that's all I think of when I see that plane.
Rain is in the forecast for Thursday. I wouldn't mind that; it's been dry since mid-April.
Billy in Cypress said:
Dave in Tucson replied:
Another S.W.A.G., Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. was John Denver?
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
The totally useless piece of white bread, John Denver.
John Denver... I saw him (with 'Fat City') autumn '72 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC... a very good concert. I particularly liked this song by him...
John Denver - Prisoners (1972) - YouTube (a Johnny Carson Tonight Show appearance) which he had released as a single just before I saw him...
Joe S answered:
Oh boy! I know this one too because I almost met John Denver at a party. Well, it's a long story but I'll try to keep it short. I was working on my car at a friends house, well in his garage actually when Carla called the house and got me on the phone. She said I should come to a party, the Chad Mitchell Trio was had just played in town (Rapid City) and were partying with us again. Well not us really, because I wasn't there but Carla was. The Trio had been in town the year before and we had a hell of a party, and now they were back. Sans Chad. I wanted to go but I wasn't finished with my car, and I was covered with dirt and grease, and oil. Carla said someone could come get me, but I declined. I had to get my car fixed and out of my friends garage that night.
Carla told me the next day what a great party I missed but the new guy, John Denver was a bit of a dud. He didn't quite fit with the other two guys who were really quite radical and let people know it. I mean these guys came into Rapid City, probably the most racist and right wing cities I've ever lived it, and sang the John Birch Song. The John Birch Society was big there, some barber shops had the Blue Book for reading material along with Argosy and True Detective. I don't know if Rapid City is still that bad, but I suspect it is.
Anyway..... that's how I almost met John Denver.
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.
Couple of hours of sun in the early afternoon before the marine layer cruised back in.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN'Superior Donuts', then a RERUN'Mom', followed by a RERUN'Life In Pieces', then a RERUN'Bull'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are John Mulaney, Richard Branson, and Halsey.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are David Beckham, Emily Blunt, and Harry Styles.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'2017 Stanley Cup Final', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Will Arnett, Courtney B. Vance, Laurie Metcalf, and Buckingham McVie.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Joel Edgerton, Zoe Lister-Jones, Royal Blood, and Jared Champion.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/25/17) are Sofia Boutella, Potty Mouth, Emily V. Gordon, and Arielle Kebbel.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'Celebrity Family Feud', followed by anoher RERUN'Celebrity Family Feud', then a RERUN'The $100,000 Pyramid'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 5/24/17) are Zac Efron, Connie Nielsen, and Zac Brown Band.
The CW offers a RERUN'Supernatural', followed by another RERUN'Supernatural'.
Faux has a FRESH'Beat Shazam', followed by a FRESH'Love Connection'.
MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', then a FRESH'Cold Case Files'.
AMC offers the movie 'Young Guns II', followed by the movie 'Fury'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-The Almost People-Part 2.
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Let's Kill Hitler
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Night Terrors
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-The God Complex
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-The Battle
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Hide and Q
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Haven
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-The Big Goodbye
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Datalore
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Angel One
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-11001001
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Too Short a Season
[8:00PM] 300 (2006)
[10:30PM] 300 (2006)
[1:00AM] ANNABELLE (2014)
[3:15AM] ANNABELLE (2014)
[5:30AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED - THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR (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'Cyrus Vs. Cyrus: Design & Conquer', and another 'Cyrus Vs. Cyrus: Design & Conquer'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Salma Hayek.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil, and Olivia Taylor Dudley.
FX has the movie 'The Internship', followed by the movie 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2'.
History has a FRESH'Mountain Men: Fully Loaded', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men', then another FRESH'Mountain Men', then a FRESH'Alone'.
[6:00AM] BALLS OF FURY
[8:00AM] I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY
[1:15PM] BALLS OF FURY
[3:15PM] I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY
[5:15PM] BRUCE ALMIGHTY
[8:00PM] LIAR LIAR
[12:00AM] LIAR LIAR
[4:00AM] KINGPIN (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Deputy Otis
[6:35AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Mr. McBeevee
[7:10AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Andy's Rich Girlfriend
[7:45AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and the New Mayor
[8:20AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Opie -- Bachelors
[8:55AM] The Andy Griffith Show-The Cow Thief
[9:30AM] Thelma & Louise
[12:30PM] You've Got Mail
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Profile
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Black Tie
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Pride and Joy
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Apocrypha
[7:00PM] Law & Order-American Dream
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Judge Dread
[8:59PM] Law & Order-The Fire This Time
[9:58PM] Law & Order-3 Dawg Night
[10:57PM] Law & Order-Prejudice
[11:56PM] Law & Order-Missing
[12:55AM] Law & Order-Access Nation
[1:54AM] Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo
[2:54AM] Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Pie a la Mojo
[3:54AM] Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-No Mo' Mojo
[4:54AM] Hap and Leonard-Savage Season (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction', followed by the movie 'Maleficient', then the movie 'Robin Hood'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Mike Tyson, Riley Keough, and Laurie Kilmartin.
The skulls and bones could represent the earliest known fossils of Homo sapiens, the human species to which we all belong, scientists said in two new studies published Wednesday.
If true, the findings would mean that our species originated at least 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. The results could also bring more clarity to our still-fuzzy understanding of how, where, and when humans evolved in Africa.
Until now, the earliest fossil attributed to a modern form of H. sapiens was about 195,000 years old and came from Ethiopia. Many anthropologists believe that all living humans descended from a population living in East Africa around that time, and that our modern human biology appeared relatively rapidly.
"Our results challenge this picture in many ways," Jean-Jacques Hublin, a professor at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, who led research at the Moroccan site, said on a press call.
Prosecution of NSA Leaker 'Threat To The Free Press'
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden has called the indictment of an NSA contractor by the Justice Department "a fundamental threat to the free press."
The condemnation by Snowden of the indictment came Tuesday through the Freedom of the Press Foundation. It followed Monday's Justice Department announcement that NSA contractor Reality Winner had been charged with leaking classified information to the press.
The charges against Winner do not mention a specific incident, but it is believed the indictment is related to the publication of an NSA document that details Russian cyberattacks aimed at interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The classified report was provided to the Intercept, a publication founded by Glenn Greenwald, who reported extensively on classified documents disclosed by Snowden primarily dealing with domestic and global surveillance programs.
The Intercept has been accused of being careless in protecting the source that provided it with the leaked document though the publication has rejected those claims, arguing they are "unproven assertions and speculation designed to serve the government's agenda and as such warrant skepticism."
Scientists have confirmed one of Albert Einstein's century-old theories by witnessing with the Hubble Space Telescope a phenomenon he thought would never be possible to see, researchers said Wednesday.
Astronomers have now glimpsed for the first time a distant star's light bending and revealing its mass when an object passes in front of it, known as "gravitational microlensing," said the report in the journal Science.
"Einstein would be proud. One of his key predictions has passed a very rigorous observational test," wrote Terry Oswalt of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in an accompanying Perspective article in Science.
This gravitational microlensing was seen in 1919, when starlight curved around a total eclipse of the Sun.
At the time, the discovery offered some of the first convincing proof for Einstein's theory of general relativity -- a law of physics that describes gravity as a geometric function of both space and time.
Bill Maher has announced he is keen to have Milo Yiannopoulos (R-Self Loathing Pro-Pedophilia Nazi Xenophobe) back on his programme and plans to invite him back for a slot on the late-night talk show.
Maher stoked massive controversy after he invited the "alt-right" figurehead, who rose to prominence for his inflammatory and xenophobic views, on to Real Time with Bill Maher in February. Critics argued Maher should not give the far-right commentator a platform.
While Yiannopoulos' appearance was seen to signal the controversial columnist's trajectory into the mainstream, it was shortly followed by his dramatic fall from grace. Just days after the show, his controversial remarks about paedophilia resurfaced in an old podcast and he was forced to resign from Breitbart, the far-right site where he was an editor and carved out his fanbase.
On top of this, he also had a lucrative book deal with prestigious publisher Simon & Schuster pulled and his appearance at Conservative Political Action Conference dropped. Since then Yiannopoulos has dropped further and further out of the public eye and away from the headlines.
Despite this, Maher, who has described himself as a libertarian, now appears intent on bringing the long-time Donald Trump supporter back into the limelight.
As the battle over abortion rights continues to spread from Washington to state capitals, Delaware lawmakers have taken the lead in ensuring that abortion remains legal if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.
The state House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill eliminating restrictions on abortion in current Delaware law, which has remained on the books despite being superseded for decades by federal law.
Democratic Gov. John Carney said he will sign the measure, for which Planned Parenthood lobbied.
Passage of the bill comes as similar attempts in other Democratic-leaning states to codify abortion rights have stalled.
In Connecticut, which already has a "legislative declaration" protecting a woman's right to choose abortion, a bill did not get out of committee. A measure in New Mexico to decriminalize abortion by statute also failed to get a floor vote.
White House Press Secretary Spokesliar Sean Spicer has said that Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) tweets should be "considered official statements" by the US President.
Mr Trump's tweets, even deleted ones, are saved as part of the country's official record that goes to the National Archives and Records Administration. Former President Obama's Twitter account has also been archived.
Recently, senior White House aide spokesliar Kellyanne Conway criticised the media for having "this obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what of he does as President."
Mr Spicer said in his news briefing that Mr Trump is his own "most effective representative of his agenda."
Twitter "gives him the opportunity to speak to the American people...the same people critiquing him now," did so during the election, Mr Spicer noted.
Bees fly around a new beehive placed at the vice president's residence, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Washington. It is a triple-deep "Langstroth" beehive and contains almost 20,000 bees and continues to grow.
Photo by Alex Brandon
The sudden end of Kansas' aggressive income tax reductions serves as a cautionary tale for other GOP-dominated states about the pitfalls of moving too far too quickly, some Republicans said Wednesday.
Legislators on Tuesday night overrode Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's (R-Delusional) veto of a bill that largely rolls back the income tax cuts he championed in recent years. They concluded the cash-strapped state needed the extra revenue to fix the budget and raise additional funds for public schools.
The conservative governor refused to take questions Wednesday from reporters after publicly decrying lawmakers' votes the night before as harmful to the state's economy.
Persistent budget woes that followed Kansas' first round of massive income tax cuts in 2012 eroded Brownback's support among voters and prompted near-constant criticism on the left. Even conservatives who still espouse lower income taxes cite problems with Kansas' program.
The bill enacted over Brownback's veto will raise an estimated $1.2 billion over two years. The measure is designed to cover projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019 while providing new dollars for public schools to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling in March that education funding is inadequate.
Visitors to a Chinese zoo got ringside seats to a shocking live feeding after a group of investors tossed a live donkey into a tiger pit.
Apparent videos of the incident, which took place Monday at a wild animal park in the eastern province of Jiangsu, provoked an outraged response on social media, with many questioning how the men could engage in such an inhumane act.
In response, the zoo issued a statement on its official Weibo social media account Monday, saying that the incident resulted from a court case with another company, which had enraged investors.
The investors, it added, have not seen any profit in two years, making them very "dissatisfied."
So dissatisfied that they snatched a "donkey and a sheep" to feed to the tigers.
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