Paul Krugman: Keynesianism Explained (NY Times Blog)
Attacks on Keynesians in general, and on me in particular, rely heavily on an army of straw men - on knocking down claims about what people like me have predicted or asserted that have nothing to do with what we've actually said. But maybe we (or at least I) have been remiss, failing to offer a simple explanation of what it's all about. I don't mean the models; I mean the policy implications.
Mark Morford: SF tech companies! Time to build your OWN worker dorms (SF Gate)
The City could perhaps (legally?) compel the tech companies themselves to pony up, to build subsidized dorm housing for their own young, single employees, maybe right near their own main campuses. Hell, you could even modify City code so companies can convert a few floors of their own buildings into micro-dorms, and get those bodies out of the prime housing market, so the families and schoolteachers can stay.
Mark Morford: "The silence of the birds: When nature gets quiet, be very afraid" (SF Gate)
There is now less birdsong than at any time in human history. Fewer lions' roars, beehive hums, elephant rumbles, frog croakings, simply because we've killed off so many of them, and show no signs of slowing. One by one and species by category, the orchestra's players are exiting the stage. The concert will never be over, but at this rate, it might be a very bleak final movement indeed.
Mark Morford: "The coming flood: 10 ways to prepare for El Niño" (SF Gate)
It's been so long since it rained here in California - I mean really, truly rained, more than a couple days' worth, more than "Hey maybe I should buy an umbrella oh wait never mind" - you probably can't remember what it's like when it rains more or less steadily, more or less torrentially, for days, weeks, even months straight, in true El Niño style.
Andrew Tobias: Bernie at Liberty University
During the 12 Bush years, net private-sector job creation totaled just 747,000 - versus 19.6 million during the Clinton years and 8.5 million so far under Obama - or 12.8 million if you don't count the first few horrific months he inherited. So that's: 747,000 jobs under the 12 most recent years of Republican leadership, as deficits ballooned; 30 million under the 14.5 most recent years of Democratic leadership, as deficits were brought back under control.
U.S. Job Creation by President / Political Party (TruthfulPolitics.com)
The table below lists the amount of private sector jobs created in thousands during each President's tenure. Again, this table displays all private sector jobs; government sector jobs are NOT included (i.e., during the years Harry S. Truman was President (1946 - 1952), approximately 8.78 million private sector jobs were created). To see the raw data on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' website, use Series ID CES0500000001.
Corn Pops is a breakfast cereal made by Kellogg's, described by the company as "crunchy sweetened popped-up corn cereal." Originally called Sugar Pops, it was introduced in 1951 as the sponsor for "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" radio show. The name was changed to Sugar Corn Pops in 1978, and finally to Corn Pops in 1984, a time when many cereals dropped the word "Sugar" from their titles.
From day one, Woody Woodpecker was the mascot of Sugar Pops, from 1959 until 1967, the next mascot for the cereal was "Sugar Pops Pete," a prairie dog dressed as a cowboy with two "six-shooters" with red and white spiral-striped barrels. Pete and the other actors in the commercial sang the following jingle: "Oh, the Pops are sweeter and the taste is new. They're shot with sugar, through and through.… Sugar Pops are tops!" From 1968 to 1977, the mascot was the "Whippersnapper," a live-action, whip-cracking cowboy.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Alan J wrote:
Kellog's Corn Pops.
STEPHEN F said:
I loved Woody Woodpecker cartoons, and have no idea who the Whippersnapper was or what cereal they ripped for.
Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norcali on an Autumn afternoon…enough said:
Sugar or Sugar Corn Pops was the only cereal they both shilled for.
Sugar Frosted Lois Of Oregon responded:
Just had a big bowl of breakfast and forgot what the question was. For some reason have these pictures of cereal boxes, and some advice: DON'T EAT RAISINS YOU FIND IN A BARN FULL OF GOATS!
DJ Useo answered:
I'm surprised I don't know this. But I am stumped. I sure enjoy Woody Woodpecker. I have many on dvd.
Kellogg 's Sugar Corn Pops ~ Woody Woodpecker was the mascot of Sugar Pops, from 1959 until 1967, ...
From 1968 to 1977, the mascot was the "Whippersnapper," a real lifelike whip cracking cowboy.
Joe S replied:
I don't know. The only cold cereal we had as kids was Wheaties, shredded wheat, corn flakes and Rice Krispies, and we were only allowed to sprinkle sugar on the shredded wheat. In Winter we had Cream of Wheat and oatmeal. So, I don't know about all that fancy stuff with mascots. Although, I guess Snap, Crackle and Pop were mascots. Well whatever.
Mmmm-mm good eatin'.
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 fills the night with LIVE'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Trevor Noah, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Chris Stapleton.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Terry Crews, Meagan Good, and Big Sean.
NBC begins the night with the FRESH'Jeff Dunham: Unhinged In Hollywood', followed by the FRESH'Mat Franco's Got Magic'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Kaley Cuoco, Wesley Snipes, and Chris Cornell.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Carol Burnett, Colin Hanks, Baio, and Abe Laboriel Jr.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Julian McCullough & Annie Lederman, Broncho, and Rob Cohen.
ABC starts the night with a RERUN'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a RERUN'Scandal', then a RERUN'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are David Spade, Russell Westbrook, and A$AP Rocky.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'Arrow'.
Faux fills the night with the movie 'Scream 3'.
MY has 'TMZ Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', then the dreaded 'TBA', followed by a FRESH'Behind Bars: Rookie Year'.
AMC offers the movie 'Sixteen Candles', followed by the movie 'The Breakfast Club', then the movie 'Sixteen Candles'.
[6:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 1 - The Eleventh Hour
[7:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 2 - The Beast Below
[8:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 8 - The Hungry Earth
[9:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 9 - Cold Blood
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Vincent and The Doctor
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 11 - The Lodger
[12:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 12 - The Pandorica Opens
[1:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 13 - The Big Bang
[2:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 1 - The Impossible Astronaut
[3:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Day of the Moon
[4:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 3 - The Curse of the Black Spot
[5:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 4 - The Doctor's Wife
[6:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 5 - The Rebel Flesh
[7:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 6 - The Almost People
[8:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 7 - A Good Man Goes to War
[9:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Let's Kill Hitler
[10:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
[11:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 11 - The God Complex
[12:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Closing Time
[1:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 13 - The Wedding of River Song
[2:00AM] Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe
[3:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Asylum of the Daleks
[4:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
[5:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 3 - A Town Called Mercy (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NYC', and another 'Real Housewives Of NYC'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'The Jim Gaffigan Show', 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Donald T-rump', followed by a FRESH'Review', and 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Jim Jefferies, David Koechner, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
FX has the movie 'Iron Man 3', followed by a FRESH'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll', then a FRESH'Married'.
History has 'Mountain Men', another 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-AZIZ ANSARI
[6:15AM] GREEN ZONE
[10:45AM] THE OTHERS
[1:00PM] JOY RIDE
[8:00PM] HALF BAKED
[10:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-A TOWN, A GANGSTER, A FESTIVAL
[10:30PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-THE EYE DOESN'T LIE
[11:00PM] HALF BAKED
[1:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-A TOWN, A GANGSTER, A FESTIVAL
[3:45AM] JOY RIDE
[5:45AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES (ALL TIMES EST)
[9:00AM] The Devil's Advocate
[12:00PM] Two for the Money
[2:30PM] American Gangster
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Wages of Love
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Conspiracy
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Point of View
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Manhood
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Sanctuary
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Hot Pursuit
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Mad Dog
[1:00AM] A Few Good Men
[4:00AM] The Manchurian Candidate (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Fifth Element', followed by a FRESH'WWE SmackDown', then a FRESH'Dominion', followed by a FRESH'Geeks Who Drink'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Thomas Middleditch, Emily Mortimer, and Andrew Sleighter.
Comedian Jon Stewart stands with New York City first responders and speaks during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, September 16, 2015, calling for the extension of the the Zadroga Heath & Compensation Act that provides health care and compensation to 9/11 first responders and victims will come to an end if not renewed by Congress.
Photo by Lauren Victoria Burke
A Texas teenager who was taken away in handcuffs this week for bringing to his Dallas-area school a homemade clock that staff mistook for a bomb won a personal invitation from President Barack Obama on Wednesday to attend an astronomy night at the White House.
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was accused of making a hoax bomb, police in Irving said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said he is Muslim and the case serves as an example of religious bigotry.
The bespectacled Mohamed is a ninth grader who was led away in handcuffs and a NASA T-shirt from MacArthur High School on Monday for making a project he put together to impress his new high school classmates and teachers.
"Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great," a message on Obama's Twitter feed said.
The White House invited Mohamed to participate in its astronomy night next month with NASA astronauts and other young people, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
Actor Bill Murray walks around the putting green, sporting a pair of Chicago Cubs shorts, during the pro-am round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Lake Forest, Ill.
Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast
A village named Liberty must stand trial for arresting a man who wrote curse words on a speeding ticket and a prosecutor is liable for violating his First Amendment rights, a judge has decided.
U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel in White Plains ruled last week that Willian Barboza's rights were violated when the Fairfield County, Connecticut, resident was arrested on an aggravated-harassment charge three years ago. The New York Civil Liberties Union publicized a transcript of the proceeding Tuesday.
Barboza protested his speeding ticket by writing three curse words on his payment form. He also replaced the village's name, Liberty, with "Tyranny."
The village, 100 miles northwest of New York City, refused to let him pay by mail after one of its clerks, who were all women, told a local judge his profane phrase, which referred to them as "bitches," upset and alarmed them, according to court records. The judge referred Barboza's speeding payment form to a prosecutor and ordered Barboza to appear in court.
When Barboza showed up, the local judge reprimanded him for his comments on the form and told him he would be arrested, Seibel said in her ruling. Barboza was handcuffed and taken away before his release on $200 bail.
The newcomer in a Miami Marlins uniform sure looked a lot like Christian Yelich - except in the batting cage.
Even though they are more than 20 games under .500 as the season winds down, the Marlins had some fun Tuesday evening at Citi Field. They surprised their Gold Glove outfielder by arranging a meeting with "Saturday Night Live" funnyman Pete Davidson, who certainly bears an unusual resemblance to Yelich.
"That was pretty cool, man," Yelich said. "They kind of told me that they were going to set it up a few months ago and I forgot. And I quickly remembered when I saw him jogging out there in my jersey. But it was funny. We kind of do look alike. He had a good time, I had a good time. And it was something different that kind of kept the guys loose."
Davidson dressed in a separate locker room - complete with a No. 21 jersey that had Yelich's name on the back - and joined the team on the field as giggling players stretched for batting practice.
The coelacanth, an elusive deep-sea dweller long thought extinct, had another item added Tuesday to an already-long list of unusual physical traits: an obsolete lung lurking in its abdomen.
Similar to the human appendix, the organ was likely rendered defunct by evolution, researchers noted in the journal Nature Communications.
Like all fish, today's coelacanths -- referred to as "living fossils" -- use gills to extract oxygen from the water they live in.
But millions of years ago, coelacanth ancestors probably breathed using the lung, the team concluded.
"By the Mesozoic Era, adaptation of some coelacanths to deep marine water, an environment with very low variations of oxygen pressure, may have triggered the total loss of pulmonary respiration," co-author Paulo Brito of the Rio de Janeiro State University told AFP.
Comedy Central said Wednesday it is reevaluating what to do about Steve Rannazzisi's planned stand-up special this weekend after the comic apologized for lying about working in New York's World Trade Center when terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.
Rannazzisi said he didn't know why he told the story, which he called "a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough."
The comedian appears in the FXX series "The League." One of his first Hollywood roles was on Ashton Kutcher's MTV show, "Punk'd." Sports fans may know him from a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial. The Comedy Central special titled, "Breaking Dad," and said to feature stories about fatherhood, is scheduled for Saturday at 11 p.m. EDT.
His falsehood was first reported in a story published Wednesday in The New York Times.
Rannazzisi told a detailed story about working for Merrill Lynch on Sept. 11 in a podcast hosted by Marc Maron. The comedian said he felt jostled when the tower next to him was struck and he escaped to the street, despite hearing loudspeaker messages urging people to stay put. He said he walked to his home across the Brooklyn Bridge after rejecting a cab driver's request for $500 to be driven there. He said his then-girlfriend, now his wife, also worked at the World Trade Center and for several hours didn't know where she was until she walked in the door. She had been stuck in the subway and hadn't made it to work, he said.
From left to right, producer Don Mischer, actor and host Andy Samberg, and Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum seen at the 67th Primetime Emmy Red Carpet Rollout and Governors Ball Reveal on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Dan Steinberg
A House committee chairman issued a subpoena Tuesday for an anti-abortion group's unedited videos about Planned Parenthood's provision of fetal tissue for research.
The subpoena by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was the GOP's latest move in its escalating battle against Planned Parenthood. The party has long battled that group, which performs abortions and provides birth control in clinics from coast to coast.
The Center for Medical Research released its 10th, edited video on Tuesday. It claims its videos, which it recorded furtively, show that Planned Parenthood is illegally profiting from fetal tissue sales.
Planned Parenthood says it has done nothing wrong and says the videos were deceptively edited to distort what its officials said.
The amount of fish in the oceans has halved since 1970, in a plunge to the "brink of collapse" caused by over-fishing and other threats, the WWF conservation group said on Wednesday.
Populations of some commercial fish stocks, such as a group including tuna, mackerel and bonito, had fallen by almost 75 percent, according to a study by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
The report said populations of fish, marine mammals, birds and reptiles had fallen 49 percent between 1970 and 2012. For fish alone, the decline was 50 percent.
The analysis said it tracked 5,829 populations of 1,234 species, such as seals, turtles and dolphins and sharks. It said the ZSL data sets were almost twice as large as past studies.
Andreas Steinfatt of the Paulaner brewery unveils a huge beer mug figure in preparation for the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany September 16, 2015. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world are expected to attend the 182nd Oktoberfest beer festival, which opens on September 19, 2015.
Photo by Michael Dalder
A Georgia high school violated local public school district policy by allowing a mass baptism of members of its football team on the school's field in an event criticized by a group advocating for the separation of church and state, officials said.
A pastor dunked 18 Villa Rica High School players and one coach into a tub of water on the school's field in a Christian baptism ceremony before an August football team practice.
"We are pleased that the school district has publicly affirmed its commitment to keep religion out of public school events, and concurs that the bizarre baptisms crossed the line," Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the advocacy group Freedom From Religion Foundation, said in a statement on Tuesday.
The group noted that a coach had invited Pastor Kevin Williams of First Baptist Church of Villa Rica to perform the mass baptism.
Carroll County schools assistant superintendent Terry Jones said in a statement on Monday that the baptisms violated school district policy and that the district did not know the ceremony was scheduled to be held at the high school.
A psychedelically painted 1965 Porsche 365C 1600 Cabriolet once owned by legendary singer Janis Joplin is seen in an undated handout picture courtesy of RM Sotheby's taken outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The car is being offered for sale by the Joplin family and is expected to bring in excess of $400,000 when it goes to auction in New York in December, according to RM Sotheby's.
Photo by Darin Schnabel
An Oregon artist who used menstrual blood to paint an image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Wednesday she would sell posters as well as the original, created in response to remarks by the billionaire about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
The portrait by Portland-based painter and activist Sarah Levy drew worldwide attention as Republican candidates prepared for their second debate, to be aired on CNN on Wednesday. It was after the first debate last month that Trump declared that Kelly, a moderator who had questioned him pointedly about some unflattering comments about women, "had blood coming out of her wherever."
"It was outrageous to me that someone running for president of the United States of America, not just some small-state governor or a random rich guy, but president, could say what he did and still be in the race," Levy said in a statement on the website of the International Socialist Organization, socialistworker.org, where she is a regular contributor.
"To think that he could talk this way about the basic functioning of a woman's reproductive system, not just to avoid tough political questions, but to insult Kelly's intelligence, and effectively all women's, was infuriating and needed to be called out," she said.
Levy said she painted the image of Trump, which portrays him in shades of red with white teeth, using her own menstrual blood, a paintbrush and a tampon.
In this photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, taken Sept. 14, 2015, shows the baby Giant Panda, born Aug. 22, 2015, seen in Washington as keepers weighed the giant panda cub.
Photo by Erika Bauer
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