Paul Krugman: Read Me On Twitter! (NY Times Blog)
It has come to my attention that some long-time blog followers aren't aware that I am now Tweeting directly, and that this has to some extent displaced my blogging - especially when it comes to political commentary.
Kevin Drum: Sigh. Yet Another Non-Scandal at the Clinton Foundation (Mother Jones)
Go ahead and read the whole thing. There's really nothing even remotely blurry or scandalous or shady or anything else. It's just the standard way anyone operates who has multiple interests, multiple funding sources, and staffers who do work for multiple organizations. There's no hint that any of the charges were incorrect, or that any of the purchases were misallocated. As near as I can tell, it was all entirely above board, and the GSA was actively involved in scrutinizing everything.
Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry and owned by CBS and Paramount Pictures
In early 1964, Roddenberry presented a brief treatment for a proposed Star Trek TV series to Desilu Productions comparing it to Wagon Train, "a Wagon Train to the stars." Desilu worked with Roddenberry to develop the treatment into a script, which was then pitched to NBC.
Star Trek: The Original Series or "TOS" debuted in the United States on NBC on September 8, 1966.
Randall was first and correct with:
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess...
Alan J wrote:
A show of firsts
That still lives. Star Trek.
I had to think on this a while before deciding it must be "Star Trek." If I'm wrong, I don't wanna be right.
You have quite a menagerie at Chez Marty. How to get rid of the skunk to appease the kitties & raccoons?
Heating up again; should it triple digits. Fires burning north of us and winds from the north have made our valley so smoky than neighborhood trees are hazy. No outside exercise for me - my exercised-induced asthma would be out of control. Man, a rainstorm would be great right now.
Star Trek ~ Tells the tale of the crew of the starship Enterprise and its five-year mission "to boldly go where no man has gone before."
Joe S answered:
Star Trek, very sure it's Star Trek. As I've said before, I could be wrong, but I don't think so. Not that I'm not occasionally wrong..... Well put it this way, I may not be right, but I'm never wrong. Like yesterday's answer, all I could think of was 77 Sunset strip. I know that wasn't right so I didn't answer so therefore I wasn't wrong.
(Monkees. Was that even real?)
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.
No skunk, no raccoons. But the night is still young.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Jessica Alba, Bradley Whitford, and Travis Scott.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Michael Sheen and Gavin DeGraw.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'NFL Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Ariana Grande and Russell Westbrook.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Molly Shannon, Chris Kelly, Cenk Uygur, and Nate Morton.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Wagner Moura, DIIV, and Cameron Esposito.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'The $100,000 Pyramid', followed by another RERUN'The $100,000 Pyramid', then a RERUN'Match Game'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Tom Hanks and Kaleo.
The CW offers a RERUN'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH'Beauty & The Beast'.
Faux has a RERUN'Rosewood', followed by a RERUN'Bones'.
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'60 Days In', then a FRESH'Behind Bars: Rookie Year'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Mummy', followed by the movie 'The Mummy Returns'.
[6:00AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Great Barrier Reef
[6:30AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 16-Birthright (Part 1)
[7:30AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 17-Birthright (Part 2)
[8:30AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 18-Starship Mine
[9:30AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 19-Lessons
[10:30AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 20-The Chase
[11:30AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 21-Frame of Mind
[12:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 22-Suspicions
[1:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 23-Rightful Heir
[2:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Second Chances
[3:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
[4:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
[5:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Relics
[6:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
[7:30PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)
[8:30PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Man Trap
[9:40PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Charlie X
[10:50PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Where No Man Has Gone Before
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-The Naked Time
[1:10AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-The Enemy Within
[2:20AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Mudd's Women
[3:30AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-What Are Little Girls Made Of?
[4:45AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Miri (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Flipping Out', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Melbourne', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', and 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Rob Lowe (with special attention paid to Ann Coulter)'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Howard Schultz.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Randy Sklar, Jason Sklar, and Esther Povitsky.
FX has the movie 'Ted', followed by the movie 'Neighbors', then a FRESH'Better Things', and 'sex&drugs&rock&roll'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men', then a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Back to the Woods
[6:30AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Pardon My Scotch
[7:00AM] RED DRAGON
[12:00PM] PRIDE AND GLORY
[5:15PM] THE PUNISHER
[4:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Part 1
[5:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee, Part 2
[5:30AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Woman Haters (ALL TIMES EDT)
[9:30AM] Dante's Peak
[12:00PM] U.S. Marshals
[3:00PM] Good Will Hunting
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Benevolence
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Sweeps
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Past Imperfect
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Terminal
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Thrill
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Navy Blues
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Harvest
[1:00AM] Law & Order-DR 1-102
[2:00AM] Up in the Air
[4:30AM] Cocktail (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Star Trek: First Contact', followed by the movie 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home'.
On a RERUNConan (from 5/26/16) are Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Natasha Leggero.
The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Jeff Williams of the U.S., wearing Kazakh national costume, holds a traditional Russian Matryoshka wooden doll depicting him at a news conference in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, September 7, 2016.
Photo by Maxim Shipenkov
Majel Barrett played quite a few roles in the Star Trek franchise before her death in 2008. She was Nurse Chapel on the original series, Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation andDeep Space Nine, and even the second in command in the original Star Trek pilot. But her biggest role in the series was as the voice of the ship's computer in every iteration of the franchise, aka LCARS, the Library Computer Access/Retrieval System. And it turns out Barrett might be coming back with Star Trek: Discovery.
The official Gene Roddenberry account reveals that Barrett's posthumous return to the series is easier than we thought - Majel's voice was recorded phonetically.
The phonetic recording is very, very important. Phenomes are, of course, the components of speech, and most virtual assistants and reconstructed dialogue rely on having them on file. Susan Bennett, the voice of Siri, didn't record that voice for Apple; she did it for a separate project and Apple simply used those phenomes to build the voice iPhone fans know so well.
Granted, it will be fairly strange to hear the voice of someone deceased for nearly a decade coming out of the console when Star Trek: Discovery launches in 2017. But if nothing else, it'll be a nice tribute to Barrett's sometimes forgotten legacy on the show.
After flying military planes during World War II, raising a family, visiting all seven continents and bungee-jumping in New Zealand at 83, Elaine Harmon had one final, seemingly simple wish: to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
Harmon got her wish Wednesday, at a funeral with military honors and a flyover, but it took a lobbying campaign by her family and an act of Congress.
In the process, the campaign helped bring to light the long-forgotten exploits of the fearless female pilots known as the WASPs.
Harmon, who died last year at 95, was a member of Women Airforce Service Pilots, who flew military aircraft on support and training missions during World War II so that men were freed up for combat.
The women did not have military status at the time but were retroactively designated veterans in 1977. And for many years, WASPs were eligible to have their ashes placed in urns at Arlington. Last year, though, Army officials concerned about limited space at the cemetery ruled WASPs ineligible for Arlington.
Greta Van Susteren's exit from Fox News came as a bit of a shock, but it seems the most surprised person in the whole situation could be Susteren herself. The long-time Fox News host reportedly expected to leave the network after a few weeks according to CNN Money, but her husband is claiming that the end came a bit more sudden than previously alluded to.
A courier arrived at Van Susteren's Washington, D.C. home at 9 a.m. Tuesday, hand-delivering two letters that said that Van Susteren "was being taken off the air" immediately, according to her husband, John Coale, who is a high-profile Washington lawyer.
Van Susteren was already planning to leave, but she thought she would be hosting her 7 p.m. program "On the Record" for a few more weeks.
Yanking her off the air without a chance to say goodbye was "a bit immature," Coale remarked.
The network announced her departure less than an hour after the courier arrived. Van Susteren was not quoted in the press release.
FBI agents and federal prosecutors disagree over the intent of a foreign lobbying disclosure law, creating confusion within the Justice Department and complicating enforcement, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday.
The report from the department's inspector general found that prosecutors and agents are at odds on how best to enforce the Foreign Agents Registration Act and on what constitutes a prosecutable case. The 1938 law, known as FARA, requires lobbyists to register if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties, and to disclose details about their work, including how much money they spend and receive.
The law is enforced by a unit within the Justice Department's National Security Division, but few criminal prosecutions are brought and the number of registrations has dropped significantly in the last few decades.
Investigators interviewed for the report said Justice Department prosecutors were slow in reviewing possible cases and reluctant to approve charges, while prosecutors said the primary purpose of the law was to ensure proper registration and public disclosure - and not to pursue criminal charges.
The Associated Press reported last month that a firm run by Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine's ruling political party. However, Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed the work under FARA. Manafort and Gates said the registration was not necessary, but Manafort resigned his position with the Trump campaign.
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 7, 2016. Millions of pilgrims have arrived to Mecca ahead of the Hajj annual pilgrimage which begins Sept. 10, 2016.
Photo by Nariman El-Mofty
A Victoria and Albert Museum staff member puts finishing touches on the 'You Say You Want a Revolution' exhibition in London.The exhibition explores the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s upon life today within a fully immersive and dramatic audiovisual experience.
Photo by Dinendra Haria
Some of the world's leading conservation groups are violating the rights of indigenous people by backing projects that oust them from their ancestral homes in the name of environmental preservation, a top UN expert said this week.
UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz's latest report documents killings, evictions and lands being used for resource extraction without native consent -- practices that affect millions of indigenous people across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
"Projects supported by major conservation organizations continue to displace local peoples from their ancestral homes," said Tauli-Corpuz, who gave a series of talks on her findings at the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, the globe's largest gathering of conservation leaders.
While she refrained from naming names in her report, she told AFP the groups include the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Soil of the Var riverbed is broken due to low water level and recent hot temperatures in Carros, France, Sept. 7, 2016. Southern France is experiencing dry weather and drought, reportedly the worst one of the last decade.
Photo by Sebastien Nogier
Some residents of the small Idaho community of Triumph near the resort town of Ketchum say they don't want a camp for kids with cancer in their neighborhood, prompting the group planning to build it to reconsider its plans.
Camp Rainbow Gold has previously held its summer camps at a privately owned campsite in the Sawtooth Mountains and organizers announced last month they were working to buy property in Triumph that would serve as a permanent camp location.
But the Idaho Mountain Express reported that residents strongly opposed the plan during a community meeting last week, citing concerns about increased traffic and water and sewage use.
More children with cancer could attend a permanently based camp, Camp Rainbow Gold Executive Director Elizabeth Lizberg said, so the group had planned to apply for a conditional-use permit for the location that is zoned for rural and residential use.
Camp Rainbow Gold became one of the nation's first pediatric oncology camps when it was founded in 1985 by Dave McClusky, a Twin Falls surgeon who was inspired by an 8-year-old cancer patient who wanted to be "normal" and go to camp.
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