Paul Krugman: Religions are What People Make Them (NY Times Blog)
The current crop of Republican presidential candidates is accomplishing something I would have considered impossible: making George W. Bush look like a statesman. Say what you like about his actions after 9/11 - and I did not like, at all - at least he made a point of not feeding anti-Muslim hysteria. But that was then.
Mark Coker: Oyster and the KDP Select Party Train (Smashwords Blog)
Kindle Unlimited devalues books by making even 99 cent single-copy purchases look expensive when the same book can be read for free under Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Kindle Unlimited strips authors of pricing power and royalty, and will eventually gut the market for single-copy sales at Amazon. In other words, Kindle Unlimited is slowly killing the market for single-copy ebook sales, not just for indies but for all publishers.
Alexandra Alter: "The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead" (NY Times)
E-book subscription services, modeled on companies like Netflix and Pandora, have struggled to convert book lovers into digital binge readers, and some have shut down. Sales of dedicated e-reading devices have plunged as consumers migrated to tablets and smartphones. And according to some surveys, young readers who are digital natives still prefer reading on paper.
Mark Morford: "Meditation jumps the shark: Headspace sells you nothingness" (SF Gate)
WTF? No goal? No quantifiable "reason" to meditate? Makes no sense. Why do anything at all, if you don't get some sort of reward or payoff? Why sit still, breathe deeply and repose into the center of my being, if I don't get happier, like, immediately? Why else even try? What's the point? To which meditation quietly replies: Ah, now you're starting to get it.
Ryan Menezes: 5 Creepy Things Casino Security Guards See (Cracked)
From watching movies, you'd swear that casinos are arenas in which savants win big, then battle security thugs before running off with the nearest call girl. Go to a casino yourself for an evening, and you'll find it to be pretty harmless -- the money that people lose to the slots is a fee they paid for the momentary thrill, right? Ultimately, the product casinos are selling is hope, even if it's false hope.
Nancy Walker (May 10, 1922 - March 25, 1992) was an American actress and comedienne of stage, screen, and television. She was also a film and television director (most notably of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, on which she also made several guest appearances). During her five-decade long career, she may be best remembered for her long-running roles as Mildred on McMillan & Wife and Ida Morgenstern, who first appeared on several episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and later became a prominent recurring character on the spinoff series Rhoda.
Walker was born in 1922 as Anna Myrtle Swoyer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the elder of two daughters of vaudevillian Dewey Barto (né Stewart Steven Swoyer; 1896-1973) and Myrtle (née Lawler; born January 6, 1898, died January 2, 1931). Walker and her father both stood 4'11" (1.50 m). Anna's younger sister, Betty Lou (born August 17, 1930), also had a musical career. The sisters were raised "in a trunk" by their father, a vaudeville entertainer with George Mann in the comedic and acrobatic dance act, Barto and Mann.
One of Walker's last major film roles was in the 1976 all-star comedy spoof Murder by Death. She continued to remain active in show business until her death, playing Rosie, a New Jersey diner waitress in a series of commercials for Bounty paper towels from 1970-90. She helped make the product's slogan, "the quicker picker upper", a common catchphrase. She credited the towel commercials with landing her the role of Ida Morgenstern.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Alan J wrote:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
STEPHEN F replied:
Nancy Walker sold Bounty paper towels
Nancy Walker, or her character Rosie.
As soon as I saw her picture I recognized her - Nancy Walker.
Temps 30° below Monday's - nice!
Super Absorbent Lois Of Oregon replied:
Nancy Walker is the answer again! Nancy Walker is always the answer you seek, my child! Legend has it, not only did she inspire a generation to become emotionally dependent on paper towels, but her film images were used to excite pandas into mating! It's true! Look it up! I dare you!
P.S. Sorry to worry you Dale! My son Bart came home to visit this weekend. This is a very RARE occurrence. He hates it at my house, which is understandable since Tyler Durden is my decorator, oh, and there is currently a hen raising a brood of chicks in his old bedroom, oh, and I live here, but there were some books he needed that only he could identify, so we had several days to enjoy each other's company, and remember why children eventually move out and never call.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
Nancy Walker once dated Industrialist Wendell Willkie… and Gracie Allen! First error all year!
Nancy Walker ~ An American actress and comedienne of stage, screen, and television, playing Ida Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rosie in the Bounty paper towel commercials.
Joe S answered::
Why, that would be Nancy Walker I believe. I always liked Nancy Walker.
Hey! Remember the other day, the 22nd? When I posted this picture for Hobbit Day?
I was looking for this picture, but I couldn't find it. I wanted to post it because I'm pretty sure my grandson is a Hobbit. Whaddaya think?
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 Andrew Sullivan, Maria Shriver, Jim Gaffigan, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, and the Choir of St. Jean Baptiste.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Mel Brooks and Jerrod Carmichael.
NBC begins the night with the SERIES PREMIERE'Heroes Reborn', followed by the SERIES PREMIERE'The Player'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Hardwick, Big Grams, and Micky Dolenz.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Anne Hathaway, Ben McKenzie, Francis Garcia & Sal Basille, and Stephen Perkins.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Brit Marling, Julia Hart, San Fermin, and Douglas Tirola.
ABC starts the night with SEASON PREMIERE'Grey's Anatomy', followed by the SEASON PREMIERE'Scandal', then the SEASON PREMIERE'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Shonda Rhimes, Dave Salmoni, and Jill Scott.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'Arrow'.
Faux fills the night with a RERUN'Scream Queens'.
MY has 'TMZ Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'Behind Bars: Overtime', then another FRESH'Behind Bars: Overtime', followed by a FRESH'Behind Bars: Rookie Year'.
AMC offers the movie 'Predator 2', followed by the movie 'Uncle Buck', then the movie 'True Lies'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 35 - Douglas
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 36 - Scott
[8:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Night Terrors
[9:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
[10:00AM] Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius NEW
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 21 - Frame of Mind
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 22 - Suspicions
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 1
[3:00PM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 2
[4:00PM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 3
[5:00PM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 4
[6:00PM] Top Gear: India Special-Season 17
[8:00PM] Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
[11:00PM] Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
[2:00AM] Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks
[5:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Girl In The Fireplace (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Don't Be Tardy ... ', followed by a FRESH'Don't Be Tardy Social', then a FRESH'Bravo First Looks', followed by the dreaded 'TBA'.
Comedy Central has 'Brian Regan: Standing Up', 'The Jim Gaffigan Show', 'Brian Regan: The Epitome Of Hyperbole', 'South Park', followed by a FRESH'Review', and 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Ron Funches, Chris D'Elia, and Yassir Lester.
FX has the movie 'This Is 40', followed by a FRESH'Married', and 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'.
History has 'Mountain Men', another 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-A TOWN, A GANGSTER, A FESTIVAL
[6:30AM] HANNIBAL RISING
[9:15AM] SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
[11:30AM] EVENT HORIZON
[1:45PM] HANNIBAL RISING
[4:30PM] MIDNIGHT RUN
[10:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-GENTLE AND SOFT: THE STORY OF THE BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE, PART 1
[10:30PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-GENTLE AND SOFT: THE STORY OF THE BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE, PART 2
[11:30PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-SANDY PASSAGE
[12:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-KUNUK UNCOVERED
[12:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-THE EYE DOESN'T LIE
[1:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-GENTLE AND SOFT: THE STORY OF THE BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE, PART 1
[1:30AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-GENTLE AND SOFT: THE STORY OF THE BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE, PART 2
[2:30AM] MIDNIGHT RUN
[5:15AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-GENTLE AND SOFT: THE STORY OF THE BLUE JEAN COMMITTEE, PART 1
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CRAIG ROBINSON WEARS A BORDEAUX BUTTON DOWN AND DARK JEANS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:30AM] The Ledge
[10:45AM] Phone Booth
[12:30PM] Saturday Night Fever
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Point of View
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Kids
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Mayhem
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Hot Pursuit
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Aftershock
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Bad Girl
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Damaged
[1:00AM] The Devil's Advocate
[4:00AM] Affliction (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Friday The 13th, Part III', followed by a FRESH'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH'Dominion'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Billy Gardell, Kristen Schaal, and Kurt Vile.
Ringo Starr poses for a portrait at Book Soup on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif. Starr's book "Photograph" features rare and unseen photographs from his archives.
Photo by Ringo Starr
Rapper Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs led Forbes' list of the world's highest paid stars in hip hop music on Tuesday, edging out Jay Z and Drake for the top spot.
Harlem native Combs, 45, made an estimated $60 million between June 2014 and June 2015 according to Forbes' calculations, from investments outside of music, such as his TV network Revolt and Ciroc vodka.
In second place is rap mogul Jay Z (real name Shawn Carter), the 45-year-old founder of Roc Nation music group, who earned an estimated $56 million from business ventures in music, sports and lifestyle. His 22 shows with his wife, singer Beyonce, helped boost his earnings, Forbes said.
Canadian rapper Drake, 28, came in at No. 3 with $39.5 million, the bulk of which came from touring, as well as high profile endorsements from Sprite and Nike.
Nicki Minaj was the only woman to crack into the top ten of the highest paid hip hop acts, coming in at No. 9 with $21 million from touring and endorsements.
Ronnie Platt, lead singer for the band Kansas, throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Chicago.
Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast
A group of 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners have called on President Barack Obama to make a public call for the release of their fellow laureate, Liu Xiaobo, and his wife Liu Xia during a summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week.
The laureates, led by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, wrote to Obama, who is also a recipient of the Noble Peace Prize, on Sept. 2 to urge him to press the issue with Xi, the U.S. advocacy group Freedom Now said.
"All attempts to resolve their detentions through private diplomacy have failed," the letter released by Freedom Now said.
Freedom Now founder Jared Genser, who acts as the pro-bono counsel for Liu Xiaobo and his wife said in a note accompanying the letter that no one in the White House had ever called publicly for Liu Xia's release from house arrest, or even mentioned her name.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners including three Al Jazeera television journalists, on Wednesday, a day before he plans to head to the annual United Nations summit of world leaders.
The Al Jazeera journalists, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste, were sentenced to three years in prison in a retrial last month for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt. Greste had already been deported in February.
"Our families have suffered so much since the beginning of this trial and we're very happy that President Sisi took this action and released us," Mohamed Fahmy said.
"I will continue fighting for press freedom... I know there are other defendants who are still in prison related to this case," Fahmy said.
Batman won't have to worry about Batmobile knockoffs after a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday the caped crusader's vehicle is entitled to copyright protection.
The Batmobile's bat-like appearance and other distinct attributes, including its high-tech weaponry, make it a character that can't be replicated without permission from DC Comics, the copyright holder, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.
Among the Batmobile's traits she cited in her ruling was its sleekness and power, which allow Batman to manoeuvr quickly while he goes after bad guys.
The ruling came in DC Comics' lawsuit against Mark Towle, who produced replicas of the Batmobile as it appeared in the 1966 television show featuring Adam West as Batman and the 1989 movie with Michael Keaton in the lead role.
The Kremlin says Russia will take countermeasures if the U.S. places new nuclear weapons at a base in Germany.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov's comments, reported Wednesday by Russian news agencies, came in response to a report by Germany's ZDF television. The report said that preparation is underway by the U.S. to station B61-12 nuclear bombs at Buechel Air Base in Germany.
ZDF said its information was based on examination of U.S. federal budget reports. The claim couldn't immediately be confirmed.
The B61-12 is an upgraded version of weapons that have been in the US arsenal for decades, developed under what is called the Life Extension Program.
People attend the Dandenong Festival of Lights in the suburb of Dandenong in Melbourne, Australia, September 23, 2015. The month-long festival, set up by the Chinese Cultural Works Light Spectacular, celebrates Chinese culture through a display of hundreds of beautiful and unique silk light displays, according to the event's website.
Photo by Darrin Zammit Lupi
The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry granted preliminary approval for the use of a non-invasive radar to verify a theory that Queen Nefertiti's crypt may be hidden behind King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old tomb in the famous Valley of the Kings, a ministry official said Tuesday.
A security clearance for the radar's use will probably be obtained within a month, said Mouchira Moussa, media consultant to Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty.
Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves recently published his theory, but it has yet to be peer-reviewed. He believes that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally the tomb of Nefertiti, which has never been found.
In his paper, Reeves claims high-resolution images of King Tut's tomb include lines underneath plastered surfaces of painted walls, showing there could be two unexplored doorways, one of which could potentially lead to Nefertiti's tomb. He also argues that the design of King Tut's tomb suggests it was built for a queen, rather than a king.
The Japanese radar, which will be operated by an expert who will accompany the equipment from Japan for the inspection once the final approval is granted, will look beyond the walls that Reeves says may be leading into the suspected tomb and the other chamber, Moussa said.
Ziggy licks her yet-to-be named son Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Milwaukee. The calf was born Sept. 16 and is the first born at the zoo since 2003.
Photo by Carrie Antlfinger
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