Mark Morford: An All-American Ass-Whoopin' (Huffington Post; from 2014)
You know what? Life is full of violence and pain. And do you know why? Because we make it that way. And we make it that way, in part, by beating our kids, by normalizing violence at the earliest developmental stages, and then calling it "love." What lost, distorted creatures we are.
Ailurophobia is a type of specific phobia: the persistent, irrational fear of cats. The name comes from the Greek (ailouros), "cat" (phóbos), "fear". Other names include felinophobia, elurophobia, and cat phobia.
The phobia manifests itself in different ways. For most people it is less about fear than about loathing, similar to the reaction many people have to snakes or rats. Some people experience it almost all the time, others just in response to direct stimuli. Some possible situations that can trigger the loathing of cats are: hearing purring, seeing a cat in real life, imagining the possibility of a cat touching or rubbing against one, the thought of meeting a cat in the dark, seeing the staring eyes of a cat (cats have the tendency to stare at passers-by) cats in pictures and on television, and cat-like toys and cat-like fur. Big cats such as lions or tigers can also trigger the stimuli associated with a phobia.
Mark. was first and correct with:
Ailurophobia is the fear of cats.
Let's just say
The ailurophobe is not a fan of cute kitten videos. They fear cats.
Alan J replied:
Cats-didn't we do this one in the last month or so?
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'Kevin Can Wait', then a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH'Zoo'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Millie Bobby Brown, Jim Jefferies, and Zeshan B.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Aubrey Plaza, Jeremy Renner, Chris O'Dowd, and Russ.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Wall', followed by a FRESH'SNL Weekend Update Summer Edition', then a RERUN'Superstore', followed by a FRESH'The Night Shift'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Anthony Anderson, Terry Gross, and Kesha.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Howie Mandel, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Aaron Schatz, and Venzella Joy.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/18/17) are Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Tennis System, and Londale Theus Jr.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Boy Band', followed by a FRESH'The Story Of Diana'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are John Lithgow, Jay Baruchel, and Diana Krall.
The CW offers a FRESH'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a FRESH'Whose Line is It Anyway?', then a RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.
Faux has a FRESH'Beat Shazam', followed by a FRESH'Love Connection'.
MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.
AMC offers the movie 'GoodFellas', followed by the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 9-Flatline
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-In the Forest of the Night
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 11-Dark Water
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 12-Death in Heaven
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 1-The Magician's Apprentice-Part 1.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 2-The Witch's Familiar-Part 2.
[12:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Zambia (Part 2)
[1:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Mojave
[2:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Borneo Jungle
[3:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Arizona
[4:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Belize
[5:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Vietnam
[6:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Sahara (Part 1)
[7:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Desert Survivor (Part 2)
[8:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Baja Desert
[9:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Guatemala
[10:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Namibia (Part 1)
[11:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Zambia (Part 2)
[12:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Mojave
[1:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Borneo Jungle
[2:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Arizona
[3:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Belize
[4:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Vietnam
[5:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Baja Desert (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
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 Trevor analyzes the state of news media.
FX has the movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', followed by the movie 'The Wolverine', then the movie 'The Wolverine', again.
History has 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men: Fully Loaded', then a FRESH'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Alone'.
[6:00AM] HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
[10:15AM] RED DRAGON
[1:00PM] HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
[3:00PM] RED DRAGON
[5:15AM] BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Last Year You Weren't 40
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-A$AP Rocky (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:27AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and the Woman Speeder
[7:02AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Mayberry Goes Bankrupt
[7:32AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Barney on the Rebound
[8:02AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Hobo Friend
[8:32AM] The Water Diviner
[11:01AM] Dances With Wolves
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Kids
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Big Bang
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Mayhem
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Wager
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Sanctuary
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Flight
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Agony
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Scrambled
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Venom
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Punk
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Hate
[5:00AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Co-Producers
[5:35AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Best of Enemies (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Joy Ride', followed by the movie 'Annabelle'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Bryan Cranston, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Aimee Mann.
Bruce Springsteen is headed to Broadway for an eight-week solo theater run that he says will feature "just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music."
"Springsteen on Broadway" will start Oct. 3 in a 960-seat theater, in stark contrast to the vast stadiums the singer-songwriter plays on his world tours, promoters said on Wednesday.
Springsteen, 67, is expected to perform songs from across his 40-year career, interspersed with readings from his 2016 memoir "Born to Run."
"I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible," Springsteen said in a statement. "Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work."
Tickets for the Broadway show, which runs until Nov. 26, go on sale to pre-registered fans on Aug. 30.
He was the hell-raising, grizzled, frontman of Motorhead who took pride in his excessive harcore lifestyle and once invited fans to 'Love Me Like a Reptile.'
So when paleontologists at the National History Museum were choosing a name for their new ferocious Jurassic sea-crocodile, Lemmy seemed the obvious choice.
'Lemmysuchus' - which translates as Lemmy's Crocodile - was a giant 19ft (5.8m) predator, which was covered in thick armour and was one of the most deadly marine creatures of its day, crunching down sea turtles with a snap of its giant jaws.
Lemmy, who died aged 70, in December 2015, was the founder, singer and bassist of Motorhead for 40 years, a band which took pride in its reputation for playing and living louder, faster and harder than any other group.
Born Ian Kilmister in 1945 in Stoke-in-Trent, it was said Lemmy gained his nickname after constantly pestered people to "lemme a fiver".
The Buffalo, N.Y., PBS affiliate WNED has filed a federal complaint against LeVar Burton, the iconic host of the children's series "Reading Rainbow," for allegedly misusing trademarks to promote his children's library mobile app. The complaint says the show's iconic phrases such as "…but you don't have to take my word for it," are being exploited by the former host.
The Western New York Public Broadcasting Association filed the lawsuit Friday in the Southern District of New York, accusing Burton of copyright infringement, conversion, cybersquatting, breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith among several allegations.
Burton and his company RRKidz are the named defendants in the lawsuit stemming from a 2011 license they allegedly obtained from WNED. The lawsuit centers on allegations he misused several "Reading Rainbow" trademarks for his "Skybrary by Reading Rainbow" app and podcast.
WNED identified itself as a co-creator of "Reading Rainbow," and describes having exclusive rights to the series' associated intellectual property, logo and
The complaint claims exclusive rights over some of the famous catchphrases and recurring segments used in the show and says Burton has repeatedly repurposed and "exploited" intellectual property for his own gain. Included are the iconic "Reading Rainbow" bits such as, "…but you don't have to take my word for it," and the "Field Trips" in which Burton visits locations or themes in a selected children's book.
The York Gospels were assembled more than a thousand years ago. Bound in leather, illustrated, and illuminated, the book contains the four gospels of the Bible as well as land records and oaths taken by clergymen who read, rubbed, and kissed its pages over centuries. The Archbishops of York still swear their oaths on this book.
The York Gospels are also, quite literally, a bunch of old cow and sheep skins. Skin has DNA, and DNA has its own story to tell.
A group of archaeologists and geneticists in the United Kingdom have now analyzed the remarkably rich DNA reservoir of the York Gospels. They found DNA from humans who swore oaths on its pages and from bacteria likely originating on the hands and mouths of those humans. Best of all though, they found 1,000-year-old DNA from the cows and sheep whose skin became the parchment on which the book is written.
Remarkably, the authors say they extracted all this DNA without destroying even a tiny piece of parchment. All they needed were the crumbs from rubbing the book with erasers, which conservationists routinely use to clean manuscripts. The authors report their findings in a preprint that has not yet been peer-reviewed, though they plan to submit it to a scientific journal.
If their technique works, it could revolutionize the use of parchment to study history. Every one of these books is a herd of animals. Using DNA, researchers might track how a disease changed the makeup of a herd or how the skin of sheep from one region moved to another medieval trade routes. It's part of a growing movement to bring together scholars in the sciences and humanities to study medieval manuscripts.
Donald Trump (R-Crooked) has reportedly been given a dossier of positive news coverage about himself twice a day since entering the White House.
Consisting of about 20-25 pages, the packet is filled with screenshots of positive cable news headlines, admiring tweets, transcripts of positive TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of the president on TV looking powerful, Vice News reported, citing White House sources.
The folder is said to be compiled from the clippings that are sent to the White House from the Republican National Committee's "war room," which monitors local and national news, cable television, social media, digital media, and print media.
Vice reported that the idea came from Reince Priebus, who was chief of staff until his recent ousting, and Sean Spicer, who resigned as White House press secretary last month.
Both were reportedly eager to deliver the package, which became known by some in the White House as "the propaganda document", the news website quoted an official as saying.
Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) is dismissing new polls that show his base of support dwindling, his approval rating at a record low and rampant distrust in the information coming out of the White House.
"After 200 days, rarely has any Administration achieved what we have achieved," Trump tweeted on Tuesday. "Not even close! Don't believe the Fake News Suppression Polls!"
According to a CNN poll released Tuesday, nearly three-quarters of Americans (73 percent) say they can't trust all or most of what they hear in official communications from the White House, while less than a quarter (24 percent) say they can. Among Republicans, 50 percent say they can trust most of what the White House says, while 47 percent say they cannot.
When asked whether they are proud to have Trump as their president, 34 percent of Americans said they were, the survey found; 64 percent said they were not.
Overall, 38 percent say they approve of Trump's handling of the presidency, according the CNN poll, while 56 percent disapprove. Recent polls by Quinnipiac University and Gallup show Trump with a similar overall disapproval rating.
As the U.S. growing season entered its peak this summer, farmers began posting startling pictures on social media: fields of beans, peach orchards and vegetable gardens withering away.
The photographs served as early warnings of a crisis that has damaged millions of acres of farmland. New versions of the herbicide dicamba developed by Monsanto and BASF, according to farmers, have drifted across fields to crops unable to withstand it, a charge authorities are investigating.
As the crisis intensifies, new details provided to Reuters by independent researchers and regulators, and previously unreported testimony by a company employee, demonstrate the unusual way Monsanto introduced its product. The approach, in which Monsanto prevented key independent testing of its product, went unchallenged by the Environmental Protection Agency and nearly every state regulator.
Typically, when a company develops a new agricultural product, it commissions its own tests and shares the results and data with regulators. It also provides product samples to universities for additional scrutiny. Regulators and university researchers then work together to determine the safety of the product.
In this case, Monsanto denied requests by university researchers to study its XtendiMax with VaporGrip for volatility - a measure of its tendency to vaporize and drift across fields.
A gym owner in Atlanta who banned police officers and military members defended his policy on Wednesday after receiving scores of death threats prompted by the rule posted on his business's door.
Jim Chambers said the rule had been in place since early 2016 when he opened the East Atlanta Barbell Club in Georgia's capital. The club advertises itself as "a radically aligned, left-friendly gym and community."
Chambers said he has many members who are gay, lesbian and transgender, or belong to racial minority groups, some of whom said they had been harassed by police officers.
"We know statistically that those people are at risk around police in America," Chambers said in a telephone interview. "I had members who joined because of the policy: they saw it on the door and thought, 'Oh, that's cool,' and joined."
Chambers, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and describes himself politically as "somewhere between an eco-anarchist and a Marxist-Leninist," said he would not call the police in any circumstances. He also disapproved of U.S. military interventions abroad.
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (R-Profiteer) has defended a claim made on his show that the so-called 'Deep State' is plotting to remove Donald Trump (R-Buffoon) from office and has threatened to kill him.
A Newsweek article posted last week quoted the controversial presenter as claiming the 'Deep State', which refers to a group of unelected security officials who supposedly have influence over policy and politicians, are preparing to attack the President.
"They're saying, 'A month or two we're going to kill the President, month or two we're going to remove him," Mr Jones is quoted as saying. "This is so sinister."
Mike Cernovich, a right-wing conspiracy theorist who often appears on Mr Jones' Infowars show, added: "If they ban us from YouTube, that's when Trump will be killed, there's no question about it.
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