Mark Morford: Colorado's free birth control experiment could change the world (SF Gate)
It's all kinds of thrilling, albeit slightly heartbreaking, to extrapolate, to freely wonder at the staggering ramifications across all cultures and all populations of the world - all patriarchies, social structures and religions of man - if the entire world could just somehow replicate what Colorado just accomplished, only multiplied by about, oh, three billion.
Mark Morford: Doom to your door! Taco Bell delivers (SF Gate)
If you are reading these words, you are not, it is safe to say, Taco Bell's target demographic. By [Taco Bell's target demographic] I mean: You do not much care for, you know, words. Reading. Any sort of informed enquiry, really. Complex thought, simple thought, the general figuring out of any sort of… stuff? Just causes trouble.
Dawn M. Gross: "The Error in 'There's Nothing More We Can Do'" (NY Times)
"If I had a magic wand, what is it you would wish for today?" This is a question I ask of my patients receiving hospice and palliative care. No one has ever asked that I rid them of their disease. Rather, I have been met with immediate replies of "make my anxiety go away" or "let me travel to see my family" and "let me go home and sit in my garden."
Johann Peter Schickele (born July 17, 1935) is an American composer, musical educator, and parodist, best known for comedy albums featuring music written by Schickele, but which he presents as being composed by the fictional P. D. Q. Bach.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
(I had to look it up)
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
P. D. Q. Bach
That would be PDQ Bach.
PDQ Bach- 'the most dangerous musician since Nero'
P D Q Bach
Peter Schickele's musical alter ego is PD.Q. Bach!
Lois So Small In Oregon replied:
P.D.Q Bach inspired me to take up the Dill Piccolo in High School! Unfortunately, could never master it. I just blew.
Congratulations to Pluto on being a planet again! Our mnemonic devices are restored at last, ie: Many Very Energetic Monkeys Jumped Swiftly Upon Nearby PALMS! Where the hell could the poor monkeys go without Pluto!?! No, no, don't go THERE. This also has personal meaning, as I was forced to craft my own for a class assignment in Jr. College: Murky Vapors Envelope Minds Judiciously Studying Under Nefarious Professors. Without Pluto it was a total waste of THREE DAYS of painful thinking that I'll never get back! LOVE YOU PLUTO!
DJ Useo answered:
It's P.D.Q. Bach! Great music. Lmao.
I've performed his works live with professional orchestra.
He also did a fantastic radio show about aspects of music.
I really appreciate him.
Deeply Dale of Diamond Hot Springs, Norcali responded:
P.D.Q. Bach…Never liked it…Tried listening to it…Gave me spaceaches,,,I miss Bill Hicks…brilliance!
P. D. Q. Bach ~ Fictitious 18th Century alter ego.
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 RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN'Mom', then a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH'Under The Dome'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'NCIS: The Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Ian McKellen, James Wolk, and Adam Lambert.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Food Fighters', followed by a FRESH'Aquarius', then a FRESH'Hannibal'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Bill Hader, Method Man, and Years & Years.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Amy Schumer and Pablo Schreiber.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/11/15) are Taron Egerton, the Acid, and Crisis Hotline.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'The Astronauts Wives Club', followed by a FRESH'Mistresses', then a FRESH'Rookie Blue'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 6/16/15) are Viola Davis, Adam Scott, and Wale.
The CW offers a FRESH'Beauty & The Beast', followed by a FRESH'Dates', then another FRESH'Dates'.
Faux has a FRESH'BOOM!', followed by a FRESH'Wayward Pines'.
MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.
A&E has 'Beyond Scared Straight', followed by a FRESH'Beyond Scared Straight: Back Talk', then a FRESH'Beyond Scared Straight', followed by a FRESH'American Takedown'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Day The Earth Stood Still', followed by the movie 'Lethal Weapon', then the movie 'Lethal Weapon 2'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 23 - Godfrey
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 24 - Leyland
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Burger Kitchen, Part 1
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Burger Kitchen, Part 2
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 8 - The Hungry Earth
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 9 - Cold Blood
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 7 - The Enemy
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 8 - The Price
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 4 - La Riviera
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Chappy's
[4:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's
[5:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 8 - La Frite
[6:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Capri
[7:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 10 - Sante La Brea
[8:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 6 - Mangia Mangia, Part 2
[9:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 7 - Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
[10:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 8 - Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 2
[11:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 6 - Mangia Mangia, Part 2
[12:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 7 - Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
[1:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 7 - Ep 8 - Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 2
[2:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 4 - La Riviera
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 5 - Episode 7
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 5 - Episode 8
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 5 - Episode 9 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlantic City: Kandi's Ski Trip', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Kandi's Ski Trip', followed by a FRESH'Atlanta Social', then a FRESH'Bravo's First Looks'.
Comedy Central has 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', 'The Jim Gaffigan Show', 'Inside Amy Schumer', 'Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff', 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', and another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly'.
Jon Stewart is pre-empted.
@Midnight is pre-empted.
FX has the movie 'Identity Thief', followed by the movie 'This Is The End', then a FRESH'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll', followed by a FRESH'Married'.
History has 'Mountain Men', followed by another 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men', then a FRESH'Alone'.
[6:00AM] THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
[7:45AM] DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION
[9:30AM] SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
[11:45AM] PULP FICTION
[3:15PM] DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION
[5:00PM] MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
[7:15PM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[10:00PM] MARON-PATENT TROLL
[10:30PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JAMES MARSDEN WEARS GRAY PANTS AND BLACK HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS
[11:00PM] MARON-PATENT TROLL
[11:30PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JAMES MARSDEN WEARS GRAY PANTS AND BLACK HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS
[12:00AM] PORTLANDIA-4TH OF JULY
[1:00AM] MARON-PATENT TROLL
[1:30AM] SAW IV
[3:30AM] FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Great Expectations
[8:30AM] The Next Three Days
[11:15AM] The Ledge
[1:30PM] In the Line of Fire
[4:15PM] The Outlaw Josey Wales
[7:15PM] U.S. Marshals
[10:00PM] Rectify-Episode 2
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Denial
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Navy Blues
[1:00AM] Rectify-Episode 2
[2:00AM] U.S. Marshals
[4:45AM] Rectify-Episode 2
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Deep Blue Sea', followed by a FRESH'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH'Alone'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Paul Rudd, Wyatt Cenac, and James Smith.
Brazilian musicians Caetano Veloso (L) and Gilberto Gil perform their "Two Friends, a Century of Music" show during the 49th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, July 15, 2015.
Photo by Denis Balibouse
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ... it would be difficult to imagine a lineup of artists quite like this.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, groundbreaking actresses Rita Moreno and Cicely Tyson, singer Carole King, rock band the Eagles and acclaimed music director Seiji Ozawa will receive this year's Kenned Center Honors.
The diverse group announced Wednesday includes six honorees this year. In the past, the Kennedy Center has honored five each year. Organizers said they didn't want to pass up the chance to honor any of these artists with the national award for influencing American culture through the arts.
The Kennedy Center Honors culminates in a gala performance Dec. 6 in Washington, featuring top entertainers. The show will be broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS.
Actor John O'Hurley ponders his pick at the SiriusXM Celebrity Fantasy Football Draft 2015 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe in Stateline, NV on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
Photo by Steve Yeater
It only took 92 years for the U.S. publisher of Kahil Gibran's inspirational classic "The Prophet" to release the book in paperback.
The Penguin Random House imprint Vintage Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the new edition would be available July 21, two weeks before the opening of an animated film adaptation that features the voices of Liam Neeson and Salma Hayek.
"The Prophet" has sold more than 9 million copies in the U.S. alone since it was first published in 1923. It offers reflections on everything from marriage to clothing.
Thousands of critically endangered turtles have been saved from possible extinction after being rescued from terrible conditions in the Philippines, conservationists said Wednesday.
More than 4,000 live freshwater turtles and 90 dead ones were found in a dry concrete pond in a remote warehouse on the western island of Palawan four weeks ago in one of the country's biggest wildlife rescues.
They included 3,831 Palawan forest turtles, a critically endangered species found only in the north of the large island, as well as 160 Asian leaf turtles and 25 Southeast Asian box turtles.
Veterinarians worked round the clock over the next few weeks to save the animals and prevent a potential species die-off.
"This number equalled the estimated remaining population of Palawan forest turtle in the wild, hence bringing the species to the brink of extinction," the statement said.
Firetrucks line up outside the USS Midway Museum after putting out a fire that was located in an area two decks bellow the flight deck early Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in San Diego. Cinder from a welding operation fell through a grate and ignited debris, which sent up a lot of smoke, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson said. No injuries were reported.
Photo by Misael Virgen
UNESCO on Tuesday threw cold water over an American explorer's claims that he had discovered the sunken treasure of infamous 17th-century pirate William Kidd off the coast of Madagascar.
Marine archaeologist Barry Clifford declared in May that he had solved an enduring mystery of the high seas by locating the wreck of Kidd's "Adventure Galley" ship and a 50-kilogramme (110-pound) silver ingot.
But a team from UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural body, visited the site to verify Clifford's claims and brusquely dismissed his highly-publicised announcement.
The UNESCO report said the "silver" ingot was just a lead weight, and that the supposed shipwreck was old rubble in a bay of Sainte Marie, a small island east of Madagascar.
"What had been identified as the Adventure Galley of the pirate Captain Kidd has been found... to be a broken part of the Sainte-Marie port constructions. No ship remains have been found," the report said.
A Southern California water district voted Wednesday night to accept Tom Selleck's offer of more than $21,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the "Magnum, P.I." star of taking water he wasn't entitled to for his 60-acre ranch.
The district, which provides water to Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and several other Ventura County cities, sued Selleck and his wife earlier this month after officials said a private investigator discovered a tanker truck bound for their ranch was regularly filling up at a Calleguas fire hydrant.
Selleck has agreed to pay the district $21,685.55, which covers the cost of hiring the private investigator.
The public works director for the city of Thousand Oaks recently said the water was paid for.
Calleguas' general manager, Susan Mulligan, said Wednesday night that didn't matter because it is illegal to take water outside the district, paid for or otherwise.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.
"There's no precedent for revoking a medal," Obama said. "We don't have that mechanism."
The president, who was asked about Cosby's medal at a news conference, declined to address specific allegations against the entertainer because there are pending legal matters. But Obama left no question about his thinking on the larger issue of drugs, consent and rape.
"If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape," he said. "And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."
Hindu devotees gather to take a holy dip in the waters of the river Godavari during the Maha Pushkaralu, a Hindu festival, at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, India, July 15, 2015. The religious festival is held once every 144 years.
Photo by R Narendra
An animal rights group said SeaWorld Entertainment Inc, known for its dolphin and killer whale performances, sent an employee on secret missions to infiltrate events organized by the group in an attempt to undermine its work.
For years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has campaigned against SeaWorld over its treatment of killer whales. In 2011, the group sued the company for violating the civil rights of a captive orca. The suit was dismissed. Since then, PETA has repeatedly called on SeaWorld to send its captive orcas to seaside sanctuaries.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Norfolk, Virginia-based animal rights group said SeaWorld had become "so upset" that it deployed one of its human relations employees to masquerade as an activist, sending him on undercover missions at protests and organizational meetings in California.
"But, most insidiously, he has repeatedly tried to incite people who object to SeaWorld to act illegally, stating that it's time to 'get a little aggressive,'" PETA said.
In 2013, the company's stock fell 50 percent after the release of the movie "Blackfish," a documentary about a SeaWorld orca and the trainer it killed. SeaWorld was subsequently sued by shareholders and its CEO resigned.
Activists stand near an inflatable model of a "Trojan horse" during a protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Brussels, Belgium, July 15, 2015.
Photo by Francois Lenoir
Roman Catholic school officials who fired a married gay teacher are not seeking controversy but showed "character and common sense" by following church teachings, Philadelphia's archbishop said Monday.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, in a statement, thanked Waldron Mercy Academy leaders "for taking the steps to ensure that the Catholic faith is presented ... in accord with the teaching of the church. They've shown character and common sense at a moment when both seem to be uncommon."
Teacher Margie Winters recently told a newspaper that she lost her job last month as religious instruction director even though she had told the school about her same-sex marriage when she was hired in 2007. She was told she could be open about her marriage with faculty but not with parents at the school, Winters told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Many parents are upset by the dismissal, and Philadelphia's Democratic nominee for mayor, Jim Kenney, a Catholic-school graduate, has criticized the firing.
As archbishop of Denver in 2010, Chaput supported a diocesan Catholic school in Boulder that refused to let two young children of lesbians re-enroll. Chaput, in his weekly column, called it "a painful situation and said the church "never looks for reasons to turn anyone away from a Catholic education."
This Monday, July 13, 2015 photo shows a visitor to the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, N.M. examines a replica of "the gadget". The gadget was the atomic bomb tested at the Trinity Test Site on July 16, 1945. Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the Trinity Test in southern New Mexico and comes amid renewed interest in the Manhattan Project thanks to new books, video oral histories and a WGN America television drama series.
Photo by Russell Contreras
The geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically, according to a new government study published Wednesday
U.S. cases remain concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest. But now more areas in those regions are considered high risk.
There are now 260 counties where the risk of catching Lyme disease is at least twice the national average, up from 130 a decade earlier, the report shows.
Overall, 17 states have high-risk counties. The entire state of Connecticut, where the illness was first identified in 1975, has been high-risk for decades. Now, high-risk zones encompass nearly all of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and more than half of Maine and Vermont.
Other states that saw expansion of high-risk areas include Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York along the Eastern seaboard, and Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota in the Midwest.
Marlene Sanders, a veteran television journalist for ABC and CBS News at a time that relatively few women did that job, has died of cancer. She was 84.
Sanders was also the mother of CNN and New Yorker journalist Jeffrey Toobin, who announced that she died Tuesday on his Facebook page.
Sanders was a producer for the late Mike Wallace in the early stages of his career. She wrote, reported and produced news and documentaries for WNEW-TV in New York before joining ABC News in 1964. She worked there for 14 years.
She was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast in 1964 when she filled in for Ron Cochran. She reported from Vietnam in 1966 and later became the first woman to be a vice-president at ABC News, where she was head of the network's documentary unit.
She moved to CBS News in 1978, where she also wrote and produced documentaries. She often reported and wrote on the women's movement, and closely followed the status of women in her own industry, said James Goldston, ABC News president.
Sanders co-authored a book, "Waiting for Prime Time: The Women of Television News" and taught at both New York University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
A receptionist dinosaur robot performs at the new robot hotel, aptly called Henn na Hotel or Weird Hotel, in Sasebo, southwestern Japan, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that's a stand-on-wheels taking luggage up to the room, the hotel, that is run as part of Huis Ten Bosch amusement park, is "manned" almost totally by robots to save labor costs.
Photo by Shizuo Kambayashi
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