Josh Marshall: He's Poison (TPM)
But now we are. And that's the thing: Donald Trump poisons everything. It's like an abuser with a captive family; he poisons everything, inflames everything, destroys and degrades anything in his path for his own ends. No one gets out in one piece. He's poison. He's just poison. There's no other way to put it. He hurts the country every moment he's in office.
A ghoul is a monster or evil spirit in Arabic mythology, associated with graveyards and consuming human flesh. The term was first used in English literature in 1786, in William Beckford's Orientalist novel Vathek, which describes the ghul of Arabic folklore. In modern fiction, the term has often been used for a certain kind of undead monster. By extension, the word ghoul is also used in a derogatory sense to refer to a person who delights in the macabre, or whose profession is linked directly to death, such as a gravedigger or graverobber.
Ghoul is from the Arabic ghul, from ghala, "to seize". The word is etymologically related to the word galla, the name of a class of Underworld demons from Sumerian and Akkadian mythology.
In ancient Arabian folklore, the ghul dwells in burial grounds and other uninhabited places. The ghul is a fiendish type of jinn believed to be sired by Iblis.
A ghoul is also a desert-dwelling, shapeshifting demon that can assume the guise of an animal, especially a hyena. It lures unwary people into the desert wastes or abandoned places to slay and devour them. The creature also preys on young children, drinks blood, steals coins, and eats the dead, then taking the form of the person most recently eaten.
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
"Ghoul" comes from the Arabic "ghul."
Alan J answered:
Wild guess time
Going with something from the Middle to Eastern Middle East, maybe the
Indus Valley. I think, at this point I might go back and move in with
some of the iguanas or llamas I met last week.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
A ghoul is a monster or evil spirit in Arabic mythology, associated with graveyards and consuming human fles
Rosemary in Columbus wrote:
The word ghoul has an Arabic origin.
Billy in Cypress responded:
Arabic, which I am sure would lead the GOP to have it banned from use in the CHRISTIAN USA.
DJ Useo said:
I'm pretty sure it originated from Arabic. I don't speak it myself.
My brain is so fried from helping comfort my in-laws as we inurned by MIL yesterday, with my FIL (who died 3 years ago) next to their 2nd child, my SIL, who dies 2 years ago, in the same niche. Arrived in S. TX late Sunday afternoon and left early this morning. So I looked up the answer: Ghoul is from the Arabic word that means demon.
We've owned Schipperkes since 1996. Right now numbers 4 and 5 live with us. According to legend, they're known as demon dogs. I've not seen that because we obedience train all our dogs, but I've heard anecdotes from neighbors and friends whose experiences with this breed of dog certainly bears out that reputation.
When I read #45's comments to the grieving widow I imagined what I'd say if he said that to me. I might be grieving but I can sure get angry when met with inappropriate remarks/behavior. Grrrrr.
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Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
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CBS fills the night with LIVE'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 9/20/17) are Jeff Bridges, Sen. Jeff Flake, and Miguel.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 9/13/17) are Michael Keaton, Dylan O'Brien, and Superfruit.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Superstore', followed by a FRESH'The Good Place', then a FRESH'Will & Grace', followed by a FRESH'Great News', then a FRESH'Chicago Fire'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 9/7/17) are Reese Witherspoon and U2.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 9/25/17) are Jim Parsons, Chrissy Metz, Ruston Kelly, and Gregg Bissonette.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/21/17) are Amy Landecker, Tobacco, and Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris.
ABC starts the night with the chestnut 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown', followed by 'Toy Story Of TERROR', then a FRESH'Scandal', followed by a FRESH'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Billy Joel, Tracy Morgan, and Paul Shaffer.
The CW offers a FRESH'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH'Arrow'.
Faux has a FRESH'Gotham', followed by a FRESH'The Orville'.
MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'L&O: CI'.
A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', then a FRESH'The Eleven', followed by another FRESH'The Eleven'.
[6:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 2
[7:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 3
[8:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 3-Under The Lake-Part 1.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 4-Before The Flood-Part 2.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
[12:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
[1:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1.
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Bliss
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Dark Frontier, Pt. 1
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Dark Frontier, Pt. 2
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Disease
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Course: Oblivion
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 19-The Fight
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 20-Think Tank
[9:00PM] LEGION (2010)
[11:00PM] LEGION (2010)
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Bliss
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Dark Frontier, Pt. 1
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Dark Frontier, Pt. 2
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Disease
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Course: Oblivion (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has a FRESH'Top Chef Junior', 'Flipping Out', followed by a FRESH'Flipping Out', then a FRESH'Real Estate Wars', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Nathan For You', then a FRESH'The President Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Vic Mensa.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Opposition is Carol Anderson.
FX has the movie 'Ride Along ', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', then a FRESH'Better Things', and another 'Better Things'.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH'Ice Road Truckers'.
[8:15AM] VALHALLA RISING
[10:15AM] RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
[12:15PM] HANNIBAL RISING
[6:00PM] RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
[8:00PM] JONAH HEX
[12:00AM] 28 WEEKS LATER
[5:15AM] COMEDY CRIB: THE SHOW
[5:45AM] BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It's a Garment of Liberty (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:05AM] The Andy Griffith Show-The Luck of Newton Monroe
[6:40AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Opie Flunks Arithmetic
[7:15AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Carnival
[7:50AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Banjo-Playing Deputy
[8:25AM] The Andy Griffith Show-The New Housekeeper
[9:00AM] The Andy Griffith Show-The Manhunt
[9:35AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Guitar Player
[10:10AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Ellie Comes to Town
[10:45AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Irresistible Andy
[11:20AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Runaway Kid
[11:55AM] The Andy Griffith Show-Andy the Matchmaker
[12:30PM] Love Happens
[3:00PM] Law & Order-The Blue Wall
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Confession
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Aria
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Asylum
[7:00PM] Law & Order-God Bless the Child
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Corpus Delicti
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Trophy
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Charm City
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Custody
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Encore
[12:59AM] Law & Order-Savior
[1:58AM] Love Happens
[5:40AM] The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Edie Gets Married (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Trick 'r Treat', followed by a FRESH'Van Helsing', then a FRESH'Ghost Wars'.
On a RERUNConan (from 8/17/17) are Carl Reiner, Nikki Glaser, and Pokey LaFarge.
In response to the devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, stars including Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Bill Hader, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow and Adam Scott have teamed up for a video showing how everyday Americans can call on their congressional lawmakers to reject legislation that would roll back gun silencer safety laws and to reject a national concealed carry reciprocity bill.
Emma Stone starts off the clip. "The mass shooting in Las Vegas has left all of us grieving, scared and angry," she says. "Knowing what to do about it can be confusing. Here's one thing that can make a difference right now," Bill Hader adds. A slew of stars then urge viewers to text "REJECT" to 644-33 to connect them to Everytown Gun Safety, which will then connect people with their Congressional representatives. The group also provides a script to use when speaking to lawmakers.
The video is part of a large grassroots effort to #RejectTheNRA. Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown, announced Tuesday that they will send 1 million phone calls to reject the NRA and its policies. Through November 2018, Moms Demand Action volunteers and supporters of Everytown will work to get the word out to demand that legislators stop efforts to roll back gun silencer safety laws and to pass so-called concealed carry reciprocity. They will also back candidates who support gun safety.
"The NRA has spent millions electing the President and Congress it wants - but grassroots momentum is on the side of gun safety," said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, in a statement. "By sending 1 million calls, we'll prove the power - and passion - of Americans hungry for change. The NRA's leadership is deeply out of touch with the American people, and we'll make sure Congress and lawmakers in states hear their constituents loud and clear."
Anita Hill, who championed women's ability to speak out against sexual harassment, didn't mince words about the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
"The details are clearly shocking but the behavior itself is not surprising because I've heard from women, thousands of them over the past 26 years, about behavior of this kind that they've endured," Hill, a law school professor who in 1991 famously accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence "Slappy" Thomas of sexual harassment, told CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday.
Dozens of women have come forward in recent weeks with stories describing Weinstein's predatory conduct. Many have told of being tricked into taking a meeting in Weinstein's hotel rooms or being manipulated into caving to his sexual demands out of fear that he could sabotage their careers.
Hill, now a Brandeis University professor, credited the media with digging deeply into the Weinstein story instead of just asking "the old, pat questions" about sexual harassment and assault.
"But we've also gotten questions about how this type of behavior can be sustained over three decades, and those are going to be important questions moving forward," she added.
Keith Olbermann rose to fame at ESPN before entering the cable news fray at MSNBC, where he was a forceful critic of George W. Bush. Ah, the good old days. Today, the 58-year-old, like many liberals, often feels like he's in an alternate universe - or wishes he were. "It's exactly that feeling you get in a dream where there's a nuclear war or you're back in the fourth grade," he says. He exorcises his anxiety via his GQ video series The Resistance, which is in its second season. Since the September 2016 premiere, he's taped 170 commentaries, culled for his new book, Trump Is F*cking Crazy ($27, Blue Rider Press).
Olbermann has authored previous books based on his TV commentaries on MSNBC'sCountdown, but the Trump book "actually manages to produce a narrative of the whole campaign and more importantly, the warnings that were not heeded," he says. "So it became more than the sum of its parts. I'm very pleased with it, actually. It reads like the Titanic is in the water, and you get that sense that, well, maybe they won't hit the iceberg this time. And then on the next page, no, they hit the iceberg all right."
Do you still watch cable news?
Turning on CNN and MSNBC is of no value to me. Number one, I know all the tricks. Number two, I know all the conflicts. Number three, I know all the self-interest. The structures of cable news and other networks are still: "How do we leverage this? How do we position ourselves correctly?" Rather than: "The country is on fire - what do we do?"
Democratic attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia filed suit Tuesday against the U.S. Department of Education over its decision to block an Obama-era rule designed to protect students from being defrauded by for-profit colleges.
The Gainful Employment rule was supposed to take effect this year, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos froze it until a new rule could be crafted. The rule was meant to ensure that students received an education that would help them land a job with a high enough income to pay off their student loan debt.
The lawsuit, filed with the U.S. District Court in the nation's capital, comes as DeVos faces criticism from student advocates and Democratic lawmakers for delaying action on tens of thousands of claims for loan forgiveness from former students at defunct for-profit colleges.
DeVos' move to block the gainful employment rule is part of an ongoing effort to roll back some of the policies of the Obama administration on issues ranging from student loans to the rights of transgender students and the way colleges investigate sexual assault on campus. DeVos says those rules were ineffective, confusing and were an encroachment on state and local rights.
"The Department of Education is again eliminating crucial protections for student borrowers," said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Other states represented in the lawsuit were California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.
Ten days and more than 200,000 scorched acres later, Donald Trump (R-Execrable) has tapped out a Twitter response to California's devastating wildfires.
The president-for-now regularly uses Twitter to communicate with the American people his base, issuing 140-character policy proclamations or messages of support spewage. But in the days since powerful winds ignited voracious wildfires across California's wine country, Mr Trump's hadn't specifically tweeted a word on the catastrophe.
Finally breaking the Twitter silence, Mr Trump wrote that "Our hearts are with all affected by the wildfires in California", praising the first responders who have been battling the blazes.
Topics he addressed before Wednesday morning's message of solidarity included the booming stock market - a subject Mr Trump returned to numerous times - and protests by NFL players. He has repeatedly lashed out at the news media, former Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, congressional Democrats and Republican senator Bob Corker.
Two Confederate monuments in two Virginia cities have been vandalized this week.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the word "racist" was found painted in red on the Jefferson Davis statue in Richmond on Tuesday. The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson says a memorial to the Confederate dead was spray-painted with "#2 BETTER LUCK NEVER" early Monday morning.
Richmond's Davis statue is on Monument Avenue, which also features four other Confederate statues. The nearby J.E.B. Stuart statue was splattered with pine tar in August, and three statues were tagged with spray paint after President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Racist) election victory last year.
The Norfolk statue was previously spray-painted with the word "SHAME" in May.
Both Richmond and Norfolk are considering whether to move or contextualize the monuments following August's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday.
"It's embarrassing and I have apologized," Christopher Sharpley, the acting CIA Inspector General, told the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing as President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) nominee for the position.
Championed by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein when she chaired the Senate panel, the "torture report," as it is known, is the result of a six-year investigation into so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, during the administration of Republican resident George W. Bush (R-Previous WPE).
Feinstein wants the 6,700-page document declassified. But Republican Senator Richard Burr, her successor as committee chairman, has resisted its release and asked for the return of copies distributed to government agencies under Democratic President Barack Obama.
Sharpley said the CIA received the report in December 2014 on a computer disk, which was then uploaded into a classified system. Shortly thereafter, he said, the agency was told to delete it because of ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation.
Researchers in Germany have documented a steep decline in flying insects at dozens of nature reserves in the past three decades, and agricultural pesticides may be to blame, said a study Wednesday.
While it is well documented that butterflies and bees have been disappearing in Europe and North America, the study in PLOS ONE is the first to document that flying insects in general have decreased by more than three-quarters across Germany since 1989.
Researchers are concerned because insects are important pollinators and also a key part of the food chain, serving as meals for birds and other small creatures.
For the study, researchers used sticky traps to collect insects at 63 nature reserves, then measured the biomass, documenting changes over time.
Over the past 27 years, they found an average decline of 76 percent, with the effects appearing worst in summer (82 percent).
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