Paul Krugman: Zoning: Both Sides Get It Wrong (NY Times Blog)
Having no zoning, no control, can be disastrous - which is what we're seeing in Houston now. But all too many blue states end up, in practice, letting zoning be a tool, not of good land use, but of NIMBYism, preventing the construction of new housing.
Arthur C. Brooks: Charlie Parker and the Meaning of Freedom (NY Times)
"They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But man, there's no boundary line to art." Those are the words of Charlie Parker, the jazz saxophonist also known as Bird, who was born on Aug. 29, 1920. Parker was arguably the greatest genius of the bebop era and indeed, one of the finest American musicians of the 20th century.
What is the name of this Tony-award winning American actor, comedian, director, and drama teacher, known for his comedic roles on stage and in films, children's television and cartoons, and as a game show panelist?
Mr. T (born Lawrence Tureaud; May 21, 1952) is an American actor and retired professional wrestler known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team and as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III. Mr. T is known for his distinctive African Mandinka warrior hairstyle, his gold jewelry, and his tough-guy image. In 2006, he starred in I Pity the Fool, a reality show shown on TV Land. The title of the show comes from the famous catchphrase used by his character, Clubber Lang.
Mark. was first and correct with:
I pity the fool that doesn't recognize Mr. T.
Alan J answered:
I pity the fool
Who doesn't know Mr. T.
The unmistakable Mr. T!
Harry M. responded:
Oh, let me guess - that's Mr. T.
A very cool morning and a day predicted to be one of 10 (or more; I've lost count) in double digits. Pass me a sweater.
Maynard's much younger brother, Ed responded:
Um, Donald Trump?
Daniel in The City replied:
Mr. T from the A-Team.
Dave in Tucson said:
Lawrence Tureaud is none other than former bouncer & actor Mr. T.
Mr. T ... For some inexplicable reason, I've always liked the guy. Probably because he does a great job of being such a caricature of himself. Dude's always been larger than life... always... Ya know what I mean?
The video O 'Donnell had on tonight of Predator in Missouri was great--the camera was just far enough back that you could see the teleprompters, SEE him carefully & cautiously reading off them, AND see him become a human ping pong ball as he turned left to read and then right to read and then back to the left.
Incapable of speaking anything human on his own; reduced to having to read the human words someone else had written for him. Are we sure he isn't a pod person?!
Janet shared the link. I LOVE this in light of the money-grubbing turd wearing that "for sale on his web site" hate on his trip to Texas to let disaster victims see him and Disaster Barbie (the great graphic you featured today):
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'Kevin Can Wait', followed by another RERUN'Kevin Can Wait', then a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH'Zoo'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 7/20/17) are Jason Bateman and Muse.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 8/8/17) are John Boyega, Jeffrey Tambor, and Rag'n'Bone Man.
NBC begins the night with a RERUN'The Wall', followed by another RERUN'The Wall', then a FRESH'The Nightshift'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 8/8/17) are Billy Crystal, Derek Hough, Les Twins, and Jessie Reyez.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 5/15/17) are Tracy Morgan, Michael McKean, Sen. Ben Sasse, and Mark Guiliana.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/8/17) are Jeff Garlin, Galantis, and Mary Mack.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'Preseason NFL Football'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 8/14/17) are Ray Romano, Paula Patton, and Bryson Tiller.
The CW fills the night with LIVE'Preseason NFL Football'.
Faux has a RERUN'Beat Shazam', followed by a RERUN'Love Connection'.
MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.
A&E has 'The First 48', 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', 'The Murder Of Laci Peterson', and another 'The Murder Of Laci Peterson'.
AMC offers the movie 'Armageddon', followed by the movie 'Tombstone'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Let's Kill Hitler
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Night Terrors
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-The God Complex
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Closing Time
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Remember
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-The Enemy
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Future's End, Pt.1
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-Future's End, Pt. 2
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Warlord
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-Macrocosm
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Fair Trade
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-Alter Ego
[9:00PM] LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003)
[11:30PM] LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003)
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Remember
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-The Enemy
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Future's End, Pt.1
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-Future's End, Pt. 2 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Flipping Out', another 'Flipping Out', followed by a FRESH'Flipping Out', then a FRESH'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.
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 Reid Hoffman.
FX has the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', followed by the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
History has 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men: Fully Loaded', then a FRESH'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers'.
[6:00AM] BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Stay for a Drink
[6:30AM] GHOST RIDER
[9:00AM] THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
[11:30AM] EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
[3:00PM] GHOST RIDER
[5:30PM] DARK SHADOWS
[8:00PM] JEEPERS CREEPERS 2
[10:30PM] HOUSE OF WAX
[1:00AM] DARK SHADOWS
[3:30AM] THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:30AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Rafe Hollister Sings
[7:05AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Spoiled Kid
[7:40AM] The Andy Griffith Show-The Great Filling Station Robbery
[8:15AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Andy Discovers America
[8:50AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Medicine Man
[9:25AM] The Andy Griffith Show-The Darlings Are Coming
[10:00AM] My Girl
[12:30PM] Dante's Peak
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Confession
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Wages of Love
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Aria
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Asylum
[7:00PM] Law & Order-God Bless the Child
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Mega
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Surrender Dorothy
[9:59PM] Law & Order-Untitled
[10:58PM] Law & Order-Narcosis
[11:57PM] Law & Order-High & Low
[12:56AM] Law & Order-Stiff
[2:00AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-I Was Single for WJM
[2:35AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?
[3:05AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Not Just Another Pretty Face
[3:40AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate
[4:15AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Lou and That Woman
[4:50AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Outsider
[5:25AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-I Love a Piano (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Lake Placid', followed by the movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road'.
On a RERUNConan (from 7/12/17) are Marisa Tomei, Gabrielle Union, and Jackie Kashian.
Revelers enjoy as they throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "Tomatina", tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.
Photo by Alberto Saiz
Though Sir Terry Pratchett may have passed, his wry sense of humour lives on.
Just before the bank holiday weekend (Friday, 25 August), a hard drive containing the fantasy novelist's unfinished work was destroyed by a John Fowler & Co steamroller.
Rob Wilkins - manager of the Pratchett estate - posted an image of the hard drive to Twitter from the Great Dorset Steam Fair, the vintage steamroller, named Lord Jericho, pictured in the background.
Just over half an hour later, another photograph was uploaded, the device having been smashed and the caption reading: "There goes the browsing history…"
Pratchett's close friend Neil Gaiman had previously told The Times the author wanted "whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all".
Kathy Griffin retracted her apology for the controversial photo shoot in May where she posed with a mask that resembled Donald Trump's (R-Bamboozler) severed head.
Griffin faced immediate backlash after a photo from the shoot went viral, and repercussions from the stunt included several venues on her stand-up tour canceling, and losing a hosting gig at CNN . At the time, she issued a video and held a press conference to apologize and admit she had crossed the line.
Now, in an interview with Australia's Seven Network, Griffin told the co-hosts she's no longer sorry.
"The whole outrage was B.S." Griffin said. "The whole thing got so blown out of proportion and I lost everybody. Like, I had Chelsea Clinton tweeting against me. I had friends - Debra Messing from 'Will & Grace,' tweeting against me. I mean, I lost everybody. So, I have been through the mill."
After Griffin called Trump fans "hardcore," one of the anchors pointed out that Clinton, Messing, and others who said Griffin was out of line were not Trump supporters.
Still, Griffin asserted that the picture wasn't criminal. "No, you're full of crap, stop this. You know this," Griffin said to the anchor. "Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the president of the United States is committing."
U2 on Wednesday rocked out on a guitar-charging first track of its upcoming album, which the Irish rock legends had largely finished last year but revisited following Donald Trump's (R-Buffoon) shock election victory.
In the first taste of its upcoming album "Songs of Experience," the band released "The Blackout," a rock number with echoes of early-1990s "Achtung Baby" era U2 with a dominant bass line pushing The Edge's heavily distorted guitar.
U2 released the song through a "video" of a live performance -- which, true to the song's title, is a black screen. U2 earlier hinted at the song by sending fan club members anonymous letters in the mail of silhouetted figures, which arrived when the United States was experiencing a historic solar eclipse on August 21.
In a more recent interview with Apple's Beats 1 radio, Bono voiced dismay at Trump's push to build a wall on the border with Mexico, noting that even fellow Republican president Ronald Reagan embraced immigration.
Bono said that the new album had a number of songs conceived as letters -- including one, "American Soul," addressed to the United States and pointing to the country's historic welcome of foreigners.
A reveler poses as others enjoy throwing tomatoes at each other, during the annual "Tomatina", tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.
Photo by Alberto Saiz
In a strange victory for trans rights, an L.A. Superior Court judge indicated Wednesday that he would dismiss Richard Simmons' defamation suit against the National Enquirer and Radar Online.
Simmons sued the publications in May over a story alleging that he was in the process of becoming a woman. While affirming his support for trans people, Simmons has vehemently rejected the claim.
But in his tentative ruling, Judge Gregory Keosian ruled that being misidentified as transgender does not inherently expose someone to "hatred, contempt, ridicule or obloquy," and therefore does not rise to the level of defamation.
"While, as a practical matter, the characteristic may be held in contempt by a portion of the population, the court will not validate those prejudices by legally recognizing them," Keosian ruled.
The ruling appears to be the first to address the question of whether being labeled as transgender is sufficiently harmful to one's reputation to be libelous. Courts have long ruled that misidentifying someone's race is not defamatory, and Keosian argued that the transgender classification should operate in the same way. He is set to issue a final ruling in the coming days.
Says Climate Scientists Trying To 'Politicize' Texas Storm
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday rejected a contention by scientists that the historic rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey was linked to climate change, calling it "an attempt to politicize an ongoing tragedy."
Several scientists have said that factors related to global warming have contributed to increased rainfall from storms like Harvey, which struck the Texas coast as a major hurricane on Friday and has since triggered catastrophic flooding in Houston, killing at least 12 people and forcing tens of thousands from their homes.
"EPA is focused on the safety of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and providing emergency response support - not engaging in attempts to politicize an ongoing tragedy," said EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman, responding to a question about comments from the climate scientists.
Donald Trump (R-Crooked) has repeatedly expressed doubts about climate change and has announced he will pull out of a global pact to combat it. On Aug. 15, days before the Texas storm, he signed an executive order revoking an Obama-era rule requiring projects built in coastal floodplains that receive federal aid to account for the impacts of sea-level rise.
"There is universal agreement" that global warming will boost rainfall during hurricanes because warmer air holds more moisture, increasing the risk of severe floods, said Kerry Emanuel, atmospheric science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kevin Saunders doesn't believe the state of California should lock up people for offenses related to psychedelic mushrooms, a broad category of fungi that contains the psychoactive compound psilocybin.
Last week, the longtime medical marijuana advocate and dark horse mayoral candidate turned that position into a statewide campaign, submitting a ballot initiative on Friday that would decriminalize the use, possession, sale, transport and cultivation of the mushrooms for adults over 21. He'll need to collect at least 365,880 valid voter signatures within 180 days of filing to qualify for next year's ballot, where it would require a majority vote to pass.
Saunders is running for mayor in Marina, a beachside town about 100 miles south of San Francisco. He says the state's 2016 vote to legalize cannabis is proof that Californians are ready to scale back harsh laws that consider mushrooms to be among the most dangerous drugs.
Recent scientific studies suggest Saunders may be right. Last year, researchers published the results of two separate clinical trials on the effects of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on patients with cancer-related anxiety and depression. All told, between 60 and 80 percent of the subjects showed clinically significant reductions in both conditions after treatment. Patients reported that the benefits of a single dose of psilocybin along with therapy lasted up to seven months, with minimal side effects.
Some seek their distance, delicately taking issue with Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) most controversial remarks. Others decide it's safer to stand by him. Most would rather say nothing at all.
Under intense pressure, members of Trump's Cabinet are struggling to walk the line between rebuking their notoriously thin-skinned boss and defending comments that struck even many loyal Republicans as offensive. Though the friction has been building for months, Trump's polarizing response to white nationalism in Charlottesville was a catalyst, with fallout that has continued to dog his administration more than two weeks later.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the latest administration member forced to take a position on Trump's handling of Charlottesville, in which he described people at a neo-Nazi rally as "very fine people." The unenviable list also includes Trump's treasury secretary, chief of the National Economic Council and defense secretary.
"They're getting pressure from friends, colleagues, Capitol Hill, journalists," said Matt Mackowiak, a Republican political strategist. "I think we're at a point where Republicans are feeling more freedom and perhaps responsibility to speak out when Trump crosses the line. But there's no handbook for this."
Within Trump's team, other top officials have navigated the delicate situation differently, and with varying outcomes.
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.
Photo by Alberto Saiz
Some 70,000 people in Frankfurt will have to leave their homes this weekend in one of the biggest such evacuations in post-war Germany, police said Wednesday, after an unexploded World War-II bomb nicknamed "blockbuster" was uncovered.
The operation on Sunday will allow for the safe defusal of the 1,400-tonne British bomb, which German media said was nicknamed "Wohnblockknacker" (blockbuster) during the war for its ability to wipe out whole streets or buildings.
Police said the bomb in question was a HC 4000, a so-called high capacity bomb used in air raids by British forces.
The Wismarer street where the ordnance was found is close to the city centre and just some 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) north of the main Zeil shopping area.
More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found buried on German land, legacies of the intense bombing campaigns by the Allied forces against Nazi Germany.
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