Frank Bruni: Hillary Clinton's Democratic Debate Magic (NY Times)
I never doubted that Hillary Clinton had many talents. I just didn't know that seamstress was among them. There were moments in the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night when she threaded the needle as delicately and perfectly as a politician could.
The Bemaraha woolly lemur (Avahi cleesei), also known as Cleese's woolly lemur, is a speciesof woolly lemur native to western Madagascar, named after John Cleese. The scientist who discovered the species named it after Cleese, star of Monty Python, mainly because of Cleese's fondness for lemurs, as shown in Operation Lemur With John Cleese and Fierce Creatures, and his efforts at protecting and preserving them. The species was first discovered in 1990 by a team of scientists from Zurich University led by Urs Thalmann, but wasn't formally described as a species until November 11, 2005.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
Bemaraha woolly lemur
The Avahi cleesei is also known as the Bemaraha wooly lemur, native to Madagascar. I had no idea John Cleese had a fondness for lemurs. The things I learn reading your page, Marty.
In other news, we hit 100* unofficially yesterday, a record for our corner of NorCal. And because our city has been so successful in conserving water, the city is raising water rates to make up an income shortfall. How ironic that when we answer the call to action to use less water we are made to pay for that. Sheesh.
Woolly Lemur ~ Native to western Madagascar, first spotted in 1990. Comedian John Cleese had this species of lemur named after him in tribute to his promotion of the plight of the primate in the film Fierce Creatures and a documentary.
Joe S responded:
The Bemaraha woolly lemur (Avahi cleesei), also known as Cleese's woolly lemur. I was sure it would be a butterfly. It sounds like it should be a butterfly. But it's not.
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.
Had to replace my keyboad today, and picked up one by GE. GE sure makes shitty keyboards.
Brand new, out of the box - gotta hit the keys like I'm using an old manual Remington typewriter, and most of the keys stick, too.
Worst keyboard I've ever used. Ever.
CBS fills the night with LIVE'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Oprah Winfrey, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, and Judith Hill.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Cindy Crawford, Matt Bomer, and Raury.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Heroes Reborn', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then a FRESH'The Player'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Tom Hanks, Jessica Chastain, and Pentatonix.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Zooey Deschanel, Dominic West, and Nathan Fielder.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Jeff Daniels, Handsome Ghost, and Colin Hanks.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'Scandal', then a FRESH'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Justin Theroux, Scott Foley, and Duran Duran.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH'The Originals'.
Faux has a FRESH'Bones', followed by a FRESH'Sleepy Hollow'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
AMC offers the movie 'I, Robot', followed by the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds', then the movie 'Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines'.
[6:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Chain of Command (Part 1)
[7:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Chain of Command (Part 2)
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 13 - Cafe Hon
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Oceana
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 11 - Dark Water
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 12 - Death in Heaven
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 25 - All Good Things... (Part 1)
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 26 - All Good Things... (Part 2)
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 1
[3:00PM] Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 2
[4:00PM] Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 3
[5:00PM] Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 4
[6:00PM] Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 5
[7:00PM] Top Gear - Season 11 - Episode 6
[8:00PM] The Silence of the Lambs
[10:30PM] The Silence of the Lambs
[1:00AM] Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons
[3:00AM] Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars
[5:00AM] Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by a FRESH'Don't Be Tardy ...', and another 'Don't Be Tardy ...'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Superbad', then a FRESH'Nathan For You', and 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Jack Black.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Morgan Murphy, Dan Soder, and Big Jay Oakerson.
FX has the movie 'Elysium', followed by the movie 'Jack Reacher'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
[8:30AM] STAR TREK GENERATIONS
[11:15AM] STAR TREK: INSURRECTION
[1:30PM] STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
[4:30PM] SILENT HILL
[7:15PM] RED DRAGON
[10:00PM] BENDERS-PRODIGAL SON
[10:30PM] GIGI DOES IT-WART-A-COLORS
[11:00PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JUDY GREER WEARS A NAVY BLOUSE AND STRAPPY SANDALS
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-DRIVE-IN
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-THANKSGIVING
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY
[1:00AM] BENDERS-PRODIGAL SON
[1:30AM] GIGI DOES IT-WART-A-COLORS
[2:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JUDY GREER WEARS A NAVY BLOUSE AND STRAPPY SANDALS
[2:30AM] RED DRAGON
[5:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-TY BURRELL
[5:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-DRIVE-IN (ALL TIMES EST)
[10:00AM] The Professional
[12:30PM] Training Day
[3:00PM] Donnie Brasco
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Everybody's Favorite Bagman
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Torrents of Greed
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Torrents of Greed
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Old Friends
[10:00PM] Law & Order-House Counsel
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Faccia a Faccia
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Ambitious
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Refuge
[2:00AM] Law & Order-Refuge
[3:00AM] The Natural (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Hostel: Part II', followed by a FRESH'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH'Haven'.
On a RERUNConan (from 7/2/15) are Jane Lynch, Conor McGregor, and John Roy.
Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding, from left, Grammy award-winning blues musician Keb' Mo', and trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, La., Trombone Shorty, during an interactive student workshop with 60 middle school students from the Washington area, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Concert at the White House marks 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.
Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta
In what may turn out to be the bargain of a lifetime, a coin dealer named Randy Guijarro in 2010 paid $2 for a miscellaneous lot from a California junk shop. Come to find out years later, the lot contained an extremely rare photograph of Billy the Kid, the famous outlaw who lived in the American Old West during the mid-1800s.
The photo, which depicts Billy the Kid (real name Henry McCarty) playing croquet, is likely to generate millions of dollars once it's put up for sale via Kagin, a company which specializes in collecting and selling coins and collectibles. Note that in the photo, McCarty is positioned on the left.
What makes the photo especially valuable is that it's only the second verified photo of McCarty to ever be found. That being the case, Kagin naturally pulled out all the stops in order to determine if the photo was, in fact, authentic.
"We had to be sure we could answer and verify where, when, how and why this photograph was taken," Kagin's David McCarthy explained. "Simple resemblance is not enough in a case like this - a team of experts had to be assembled to address each and every detail in the photo to insure that nothing was out of place. After more than a year of methodical study including my own inspection of the site, there is now overwhelming evidence of the image's authenticity."
A man with a soft white beard who prides himself on being an advocate for young children has been elected as a city councilman in North Pole, Alaska.
The rosy-cheeked 68-year-old candidate, who happens to be named Santa Claus, won a three-year term in the community of about 2,200 residents southeast of Fairbanks, according to election results released on Tuesday.
Claus, who legally changed his name from Thomas Patrick O'Connor about a decade ago while living in Nevada, said he has been an advocate for legislation and services that benefit at-risk children.
Claus was one of two write-in candidates for two vacant seats in the Oct. 6 election. He will take office on Oct. 26, North Pole City Clerk Kathy Weber said.
An Australian zoo Wednesday unveiled a baby chimp adopted by a pregnant female in an "unheard of" act after his mother died during birth.
The baby, whose name Boon means blessing, was orphaned when mum Soona died shortly after he was born at Monarto Zoo, southeast of Adelaide, late last week.
But in a heartwarming twist, the "strong" and "healthy" infant was immediately adopted by fellow chimp Zombi, who had remained by Soona's side as she died.
The zoo's senior primate keeper Laura Hanley said she did not know of anywhere else in the world where a pregnant chimpanzee had taken on the role of surrogate to another infant, so close to a birth of her own.
A member of a Chinese opera troupe looks on as she applies make-up before performing at a shrine during the annual vegetarian festival in Bangkok late October 14, 2015. Chinese opera is often associated with heavily painted make-up and dramatic eyes, transforming the performers into characters that are bold and prominent. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.
Photo by Athit Perawongmetha
Three months ago when an earthquake rattled Mickey Hart's office, the Crescent, Oklahoma public school superintendent didn't know what to do.
"I froze," said Hart, who leads the school district of 650 students in the small community north of Oklahoma City. Several of the district's buildings were damaged in the July quake as ceiling tiles shattered and walls cracked.
School district officials are now planning their first earthquake drills, Hart said. They are not alone.
On Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government agencies are organizing the "Great ShakeOut" earthquake drill, a series of events across the United States aimed at preparing people to survive damaging seismic activity.
While common in California and other states where quakes are frequent, such drills are still relatively new in the central United States. But they are gaining in popularity as earthquake activity surges in both frequency and intensity.
"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller has been charged with hiding $775,000 worth of income from the Lifetime network reality show and spinoff projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The investigation began when a channel-surfing bankruptcy judge saw Miller on TV in December 2012 and figured she had to be making more than the $8,899 in monthly income she was claiming, according to the 20-count bankruptcy fraud indictment announced Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh.
In reality, Miller had signed deals to earn up to $15,000 per episode of "Dance Moms" and up to $25,000 for each episode of her spinoff series, "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" - not to mention income from dance sessions, public events, merchandise and apparel, the indictment said.
Miller, 50, formerly of Penn Hills, wasn't arrested. She'll be mailed a court summons to appear Nov. 5 before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh.
Miller is charged with two counts of bankruptcy fraud, five counts of concealing bankruptcy assets and 13 counts of making false bankruptcy declarations. Each of the 20 counts carries up to five years in prison.
Visitors walk past "Inflatable Felix" by Mark Leckey at the Frieze Art Fair in London, Britain October 14, 2015. The Frieze Art Fair, which is one of the world's leading contemporary art fairs, opens today and runs through October 17.
Photo by Suzanne Plunkett
A top African cardinal has described the threat posed by Islamic extremism and western liberal culture as the twin "Beasts of the Apocalypse" comparable to Nazism and communism.
In an intervention at an ongoing synod of bishops on the future of Catholic teaching on the family, Guinean cardinal Robert Sarah reportedly described Islamist militants and western thinking on abortion and homosexuality as sharing "the same demonic origin".
"What Nazism-fascism and communism were to the 20th century, western ideologies on homosexuality and abortion and Islamic fanaticism are to today," the cardinal said in comments made last week in the closed-doors synod and published Tuesday by several Italian media outlets.
Sarah reportedly said the secular western world's way of thinking threatened to destroy the family through "quickie divorces, abortion, homosexual unions: look at gender theory, Femen (a feminist group known for topless protests), the LBGT lobby.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday accused a Catholic hospital in Michigan of failing to provide appropriate care by refusing on religious grounds to allow a pregnant woman with a brain tumor to be sterilized.
The ACLU of Michigan filed a complaint with the state department that handles health regulations against Genesys Regional Medical Center in the Detroit suburb of Grand Blanc, which is part of Ascension Health, the country's largest for-profit Catholic health organization.
Jessica Mann's doctor had recommended that she not get pregnant again due to the strain the pregnancy would pose on her health, and recommended that she undergo tubal ligation at the time of her C-section, according to the ACLU complaint.
Genesys has refused to allow the procedure to be performed, citing religious directives that prohibit almost all tubal sterilizations, the complaint said.
Genesys has a record of granting exceptions to other women seeking the same procedure, the ACLU complaint said. Now a week before her due date, Mann, 33, is seeking a new doctor and hospital for the procedure.
The 28000 years old skull of an Homo Sapiens called "Cro Magnon, The Old Man", found in Dordogne, France, is displayed during a press visit at the Museum of Mankind (Musee de l'Homme) in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Among the thousands of objects and artifacts include the skull of Neanderthal man and of a French philosopher Rene Descartes, the museum, dedicated to anthropology, ethnology and prehistory of human evolution, will open to the public this weekend after six years of renovation.
Photo by Francois Mori
A woman who sued her 12-year-old nephew for $127,000 over injuries she received when he exuberantly greeted her at his birthday party four years ago was forced to go to court over her medical bills, her lawyers said Wednesday as backlash against her on social media sites poured in.
A jury on Tuesday rejected Jennifer Connell's lawsuit, finding the boy was not liable for her injuries. She had said she broke her wrist when the Westport boy jumped into her arms at his 8th-birthday party, causing her to fall.
Jainchill & Beckert, Connell's law firm, said her nephew's parents' insurance company offered her $1 over the fall, which occurred at their home. She had no choice but to sue to pay medical bills, they said, adding that she has had two surgeries and could face a third, her lawyers said.
"From the start, this was a case ... about one thing: Getting medical bills paid by homeowner's insurance," the law firm said Wednesday in an emailed statement. "Our client was never looking for money from her nephew or his family."
Peter Kochenburger, an insurance law specialist at the University of Connecticut School of Law, said state law typically requires those claiming injury to sue the individual responsible.
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