Garrison Keillor: Thoughts while waiting in line for coffee
Compared to ordinary life - immigrants supporting their ambitious children, the loss of a friend - our national life is flooded with trivia. The Times reports that in his term thus far, the Chief Twit has issued 11,000 tweets, each one faithfully reported by all of the fake journalists. To a person my age, the verb "tweet" seems inconsistent with the Office of the Presidency, a cartoon word, coming from the beak of a canary in a cage. Winston Churchill barked and growled but he never chirped. But times change.
Alexandra Petri: Please don't force me to vote for a generic Democrat! (Washington Post Satire)
So please do not nominate this man! Think very carefully before you choose someone so extreme and polarizing as Donald Trump, who espouses an ideology not shared by the majority of this country, a fact for which I give thanks each day. If you have such a blinkered notion of what is right as to choose him, I will be forced, kicking and screaming, to vote for a generic Democrat - or even Elizabeth Warren. Don't you want my vote?
Antioxidant-rich diets appear to protect against stroke and may also help decrease artery stiffness, prevent blood clots from forming, and lower blood pressure and inflammation. High-antioxidant fruits and vegetables, such as berries and greens, have been found to douse systemic inflammation significantly better than the same number of servings of more common low-antioxidant fruits and veggies, such as bananas and lettuce.
"The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" is a song written in 1937 by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin and published by Harms Inc., New York. It is best known as the theme tune for the Looney Tunes cartoon series and Merrie Melodies reissued cartoon series produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons, used from 1937 to 1969.
Starting with the Looney Tunes cartoon short Rover's Rival released October 9, 1937, an adapted instrumental version of the song's main tune became the staple opening and closing credits theme for the Looney Tunes series, most memorably featuring Porky Pig stuttering "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!" over the tune at each cartoon's end.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Alan J answered:
Looney Tunes. That had me stumped even after listening to it on YouTube, although it was familiar. Looney Tunes featured such cartoons as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Speedy Gonzalez and Road Runner. Looney Tunes was produced by Warner Bros from 1930-1969 as animated shorts to precede feature films, and proved so popular that reruns were shown on syndicated and network TV starting in the 1950's. Tex Avery and Chuck Jones were the primary directors and many of the iconic voices were by Mel Blanc. Warner Bros shut down their animation studio in the '60s and from '64-'69 Looney Tunes was farmed out and those cheapo cartoons were of noticeably lesser quality than from the "Golden Age" from '44-'64.
Photos: My favorite Looney Tunes character is the wise cracking Bugs Bunny
Mac Mac responded:
Looney Tunes. I first became aware of it in the mid 50's when Daffy Duck sang it
Still the best cartoons around
The animation and characterization and genius of Chuck Jones made Looney
Toons pure gems. There must be a special place in hell for the
abomination wrought by the minimalist animation started by Hanna and
That's all folks.
The Looney Tunes Series. Daffy Duck sings the words on some occasions.
I didn't know the name of the song but I'm pretty sure that's the theme song to the Looney Toons cartoons.
My cell phone is nearly blowing up with calls coming from all over the U.S. Almost all of them are announcements that Open Enrollment has begun. Since I"m now on Medicare I don't care. I don't answer them, block the caller, and edit them off my Recent Calls list. What irks me is that I have been on the Do Not Call list since its inception, with one re-sign-up a few years ago. I'm here to tell you it Does Not Work.
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• Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock in Star Trek, is also a renowned photographer. He spent the first decade of the 21st century creating three books of concept photography as well as working on other projects. In 2005, he published Shekhina, a book of portraits of women that explored both their bodies and their soulfulness in his attempt to study "the feminine aspect of God." In 2007, he published The Full Body Project: Photographs by Leonard Nimoy, which featured plus-size women. Mr. Nimoy says that the book looks at the "distance between reality and the fantasy of fashion photography where clothes are worn by women who, on average, weigh 25 percent less than average women." In 2008, he photographed strangers in Northhampton, Massachusetts, inviting them "to reveal their secret selves, the self they wish to be or the self they hide from the world. There was a measure of bravery in this by everyone involved. I had no idea what to expect. Some of the people walked in with these amazing stories, stories you couldn't anticipate or make up." One portrait shows a man dressed as a forest spirit. His public self is a painter who creates portraits of war veterans, and his secret self reflects his wishes to avoid "war, strife, and violence of all kind[s], and be part of nature," says Mr. Nimoy. A rabbi wore a leather vest over his bare torso and announced that he was taking this opportunity to reveal to the world that he is gay. A middle-aged psychologist carried a chainsaw that made a powerful contrast to her conservative clothing, explaining that the chainsaw represented her "inner masculine power," a power that most people do not recognize. A heavyset woman revealed her tattoo-covered backside and said that she was "a shy whore."
• When famed Canadian portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh took a photograph of playwright George Bernard Shaw, Mr. Shaw said that he would give him only five minutes to take the shot. Mr. Karsh pleaded for 10 minutes, to which Mr. Shaw replied, "When I said five, I meant 10. When you say 10, you probably mean half an hour. This is likely to end up with you taking all the time you want." Mr. Shaw spoke truly. The photo shoot ended up taking much, much longer than five - or 10 - minutes. During the photo shoot, the two men discussed caricatures - drawings that exaggerate (sometimes cruelly) the features of one's face and body. Mr. Shaw spoke about the best caricature of himself that he had ever seen. At a dinner party, he conversed with his hostess, then admired a caricature of himself hanging on a wall. He felt that the caricature was cruel, but still the best he had ever seen done of himself. However, when he went to take a closer look at the caricature, he discovered that he had been looking at his reflection in a mirror.
• Yousuf Karsh was a master portrait photographer. When Mr. Karsh photographed the artist Joan Miró, Mr. Miró showed up wearing a Savile Row suit and with his hair slicked back. Mr. Karsh asked, "Is this the way you work?" Mr. Miró replied, "Of course not." Mr. Karsh then said, "I want to photograph the artist, not just someone on a Sunday afternoon." The finished portrait shows the artist in work clothes, with spots of paint on his hands. Mr. Karsh photographed Tennessee Williams in 1956, a time when the playwright was creating masterpieces. Later, Mr. Williams underwent treatment for alcoholism, and he asked Mr. Karsh for a copy of that portrait, saying, "I want to look at it and remember, and become that person again." In 1948, Mr. Karsh photographed Albert Einstein, whom he asked, "To whom should we look for the hope of the future of the world?" Mr. Einstein replied, "To ourselves."
• Photographer Jim Marshall had a terrible temper, but he was capable of kindness. The day after Mimi Fariña, the younger sister of Joan Baez, died, Mr. Marshall, grieving, and wearing for once a coat and tie, distributed photographs that he had taken of her to other mourners at her house. In addition, of course, he was a wonderful photographer, both of the famous and the not famous. He once photographed a group of Italian garbage collectors in San Francisco who sang opera as they worked. A famous photograph of Janice Joplin showed her unhappy and tired backstage with a bottle of Southern Comfort. Looking at the photograph, Ms. Joplin told Mr. Marshall, "Honey, some nights, that's how it is." To get a photo of the Allman Brothers laughing, he told them, "I want a laughing shot - or nobody gets any coke."
Had a lovely chat with the always interesting Michael Dare - he's visiting in LA and was dining at Pink's.
CBS opens the night with a FRESH'Young Sheldon', followed by a FRESH'The Unicorn', then a FRESH'Mom', followed by a FRESH'Carol's Second Act', then a FRESH'Evil'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Dr. Phil McGraw, Chris Parnell, and Cold War Kids.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Jane Krakowski, Paul Feig, and Chvrches.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Superstore', followed by a FRESH'Perfect Harmony', then a FRESH'The Good Place', followed by a FRESH'Will & Grace', then a FRESH'L&O: SVU'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Matthew McConaughey, Chip & Joanna Gaines, and Gucci Mane.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are John Cena, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Brendan Buckley.
Scheduled on a FRESHLilly Singh are Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, and Gabriel Luna.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'A Million Little Things', then a FRESH'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, and Teskey Brothers.
The CW offers a FRESH'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH'Legacies'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.
A&E has 2 hours of old 'Live PD Presents: PD Cam', followed by a FRESH'Live PD Presents: PD Cam', then another FRESH'Live PD Presents: PD Cam', followed by a FRESH'Live PD: Wanted'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Bourne Identity', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy'.
[6:00AM] WILD SINGAPORE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Islands
[7:00AM] WILD SINGAPORE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Forest Life
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
[9:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
[10:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
[11:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[12:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[1:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Hunters and Hunted
[3:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Creatures of the Deep
[4:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Plants
[5:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Primates
[6:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
[7:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
[8:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
[9:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[10:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[11:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
[12:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Hunters and Hunted
[1:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Creatures of the Deep
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Plants
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Primates
[4:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1
[5:00AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle', followed by a FRESH'Mr Inbetween', and another 'Mr Inbetween'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers', and another 'American Pickers'.
[12:00A] Baroness von Sketch Show - It's a Peachy Abomination
[12:30A] Baroness von Sketch Show - No One Wants To Be That Lady
[1:35A] Drillbit Taylor
[4:00A] Baroness von Sketch Show - It's a Peachy Abomination
[4:30A] Baroness von Sketch Show - No One Wants To Be That Lady
[5:00A] Pee-wee's Playhouse - Ants in Your Pants
[5:30A] Pee-wee's Playhouse
[6:00A] Pee-wee's Playhouse - The Cowboy and the Cowntess
[6:30A] Revenge of the Nerds
[8:30A] Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
[10:30A] The Karate Kid Part II
[1:00P] The Karate Kid
[4:00P] I Love You, Man
[6:30P] The Longest Yard
[1:00A] The Cabin in the Woods
[3:00A] The Mist
[5:45A] Night Flight - Pop Poetry (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:30am] The Andy Griffith Show
[7:05am] The Andy Griffith Show
[7:40am] The Andy Griffith Show
[8:15am] The Andy Griffith Show
[8:50am] The Andy Griffith Show
[9:25am] The Andy Griffith Show
[10:00am] The Birdcage
[12:30pm] Troop Beverly Hills
[3:00pm] Law & Order
[4:00pm] Law & Order
[5:00pm] Law & Order
[6:00pm] Law & Order
[7:00pm] Law & Order
[8:00pm] Law & Order
[9:00pm] Law & Order
[10:00pm] Law & Order
[11:00pm] Law & Order
[12:00am] Law & Order
[1:00am] Law & Order
[2:00am] The Exorcism of Emily Rose
[4:30am] The Cry
[5:52am] The Andy Griffith Show (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has fills the night with the movie 'The Green Mile'.
Sandra Bullock and Ellen DeGeneres have jointly filed a lawsuit against 100 anonymous individuals and entities. According to a complaint submitted Wednesday to Los Angeles Superior Court, the two stars are "joining forces in this action to expose the Celebrity Endorsement Theft Industry."
More specifically, the two are going after fakers in the affiliate marketing industry who earn commissions by directing traffic to e-commerce sites.The affiliate marketing business is huge. The lawsuit estimates it is a multi-billion industry with major names like Amazon and Hulu depending on affiliates for sales. One study estimates that 16 percent of online orders originate from affiliate marketing. Bullock and DeGeneres say much of it is legitimate, but not all - pointing to certain affiliate marketers attempting to sell products ranging from face cream to anti-aging serum to a dietary supplement to miraculous weight loss potions. Here, Bullock and DeGeneres say their names, images, likenesses and personas are being used without authorization.
The complaint uses "actual examples taken from the Internet" where the anonymous defendants hosted websites "designed to look like legitimate and independent news reports or magazine articles about various Beauty products."
Represented by attorneys from Kinsella Weitzman and Lavely & Singer, the two stars are asserting violations of their rights of publicity plus false advertising and unfair competition. The lawsuit demands an injunction and compensatory damages. First, though, the suit seems designed to kick off an investigation into responsibility for the marketing. Bullock has sued over misuse of her name before.
Along with Marlon Brando, Hollywood icon James Dean is credited with changing big-screen acting as we know it. His raw, naturalistic performances in movies only three films - East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant - made him a seismic star in the 1950s, and influenced an entire generation of actors who came afterwards. Unlike Brando, we never got to see where Dean's career would have gone after his initial burst of celebrity: the actor was only 24 years old when he died in a car accident in 1955.
But through the magic of digital technology, we're on the cusp of seeing an all-new James Dean performance in the upcoming movie Finding Jack. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the directors of this planned Vietnam War-era drama have secured the rights to use Dean's likeness from the actor's surviving family. "We feel very honored that his family supports us and will take every precaution to ensure that his legacy as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept firmly intact," remarked Anton Ernst, who will co-direct the film with his collaborator, Tati Golykh. "The family views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make. We do not intend to let his fans down."
Based on a 2011 novel by Gareth Crocker, Finding Jack follows a young soldier named Fletcher, who has only been able to maintain his sanity amid the horrors of war by taking care of an injured dog, Jack. As the U.S. military presence in Vietnam neared its end, the military infamously disposed of military canines through abandonment or euthanization. But Fletcher refuses to surrender Jack, and embarks on a difficult journey to protect his best friend. One of the people who helps him along the way is Lt. Rogan, the character that the directors want Dean to play. "We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extreme complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean," Ernst told The Hollywood Reporter.
On Tuesday's episode of the "Ladies Like Us" podcast, rapper T.I. revealed he goes to the gynecologist with his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris, to make sure her hymen is "still intact" - something many people incorrectly believe indicates virginity.
"We have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen," T.I. told podcast hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham, adding that he began making these appointments for his daughter right after her 16th birthday party.
If this sounds f*cked up to you, it's because it is.
Not only is T.I.'s behavior inappropriate and humiliating (we can't forget the fact that he discussed his daughter's vagina with the entire world!), it reinforces the idea that women only have value if they are virgins. If T.I.'s behavior is meant to show "care and concern" for his daughter, what happens on the day her hymen isn't "intact" anymore? I shudder to imagine what his response might look like.
Contrary to popular (and archaic) belief, you can't even asses whether a person is a virgin or not based on their hymen. For those who don't know, the hymen is thin, fleshy tissue located at the vaginal opening and, like literally every other bodily structure, appears differently for everyone. According to Planned Parenthood, some people are born with so little hymenal tissue that it appears they don't have a hymen at all.
A population of red deer on a Scottish island are providing scientists with the first evidence of wild animals evolving differently due to man-made climate change.
A new study into the deer living on the small Hebridean island of Rum reveals genetic changes believed to be related to a warming climate mean the animals are giving birth slightly earlier each year.
Using data from previous research going back to the 1970s, the team, which includes scientists from the University of Edinburgh, found average birth dates were getting earlier at a rate of about three days per decade, partly due to the effects of warmer temperatures on the deer's behaviour and physiology.
Female red deer - called hinds - give birth to a single calf each year, and those that reproduce earlier in the year have more offspring over their lifetime, researchers say.
Their findings show that this is partly because of an association between the genes that make hinds give birth earlier and higher overall reproductive success. As a result, genes for breeding earlier have become more common in the Rum deer population over time.
Archaeologists said Wednesday they have made the largest-ever discovery of mammoth remains: a trove of 800 bones from at least 14 of the extinct giants found in central Mexico.
Moreover, they believe they have made the first-ever find of a mammoth trap set by humans, who would have used it to capture the huge herbivores more than 14,000 years ago, said Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
The skeletal remains were found in Tultepec, near the site where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government is building a new airport for Mexico City.
Some bore signs that the animals had been hunted, leading experts to conclude that they had found "the world's first mammoth trap," it said.
The remains of an ancient ape found in a Bavarian clay pit suggest that humans' ancestors began standing upright millions of years earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday.
An international team of researchers says the fossilized partial skeleton of a male ape that lived almost 12 million years ago in the humid forests of what is now southern Germany bears a striking resemblance to modern human bones. In a paper published by the journal Nature, they concluded that the previously unknown species - named Danuvius guggenmosi - could walk on two legs but also climb like an ape.
The findings "raise fundamental questions about our previous understanding of the evolution of the great apes and humans," said Madelaine Boehme of the University of Tuebingen, Germany, who led the research.
The question of when apes evolved bipedal motion has fascinated scientists since Charles Darwin first argued that they were the ancestors of humans. Previous fossil records of apes with an upright gait - found in Crete and Kenya - dated only as far back as 6 million years ago.
Boehme, along with researchers from Bulgaria, Germany, Canada and the United States, examined more than 15,000 bones recovered from a trove of archaeological remains known as the Hammerschmiede, or Hammer Smithy, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) west of the Germany city of Munich.
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