Paul Krugman: the Time-Loop Party (NY Times Column)
Mr. Rubio's inability to do anything besides repeat canned talking points was startling. Worse, it was funny, which means that it has gone viral. And it reinforced the narrative that he is nothing but an empty suit. But really, isn't everyone in his party doing pretty much the same thing, if not so conspicuously?
Paul Krugman: Structural Humbug Revisited (NY Times Blog)
… when the Great Recession struck - a demand-side shock if ever there was one - it took no time at all for a strange consensus to develop in elite opinion, to the effect that a large part of the rise in unemployment was "structural," and could not be reversed simply by a recovery in demand. Workers just didn't have the right skills, you see. Many of us argued at length that this was foolish. If skills were the problem, where were the occupations with rapidly rising wages?
Andrew Tobias: Can You Spot the Flaw in Cruz's Argument?
Jennifer Horn, chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party, [said] on TV Thursday night: "Americans are justifiably angry and frustrated after seven years living under, in my opinion, the most failed administration of my lifetime." […] Can she really believe this with gas at $2 and unemployment at 4.9%? Has she noticed how much more dead Bin Laden is under Obama than he was under Bush? How many fewer trillions - and lives - it cost us to get rid of Iran's weapons-grade uranium than to get rid of the weapons of mass destruction a single-source code-named "Curveball" told us Iraq had?
Anonymous, Amanda Mannen: "We Let Homes Burn Sometimes: 6 Realities As A Firefighter"(Cracked)
When I was 20 years old, I decided that I wanted a career that utilized my skills learned from a lifetime of watching muscular men in burnt T-shirts save the world. But since I couldn't get a job throwing Hans Gruber off a roof, I decided to join the fire department. It turns out that there are some very surprising things which all the firefighting movies in the world (basically Backdraft and that's it, right?) hadn't prepared me for ...
Soupy Sales (January 8, 1926 - October 22, 2009) was an American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark.
Appearing on the show were both puppets and live performers.
The puppets were:
White Fang, "The Biggest and Meanest Dog in the USA", who appeared only as a giant white shaggy paw with black triangular felt "claws", jutting out from the corner of the screen. Fang spoke with unintelligible short grunts and growls, which Soupy repeated back in English, for comic effect. White Fang was often the pie thrower when Soupy's jokes bombed.
Black Tooth, "The Biggest and Sweetest Dog in the USA", also seen only as a giant black paw with white triangular felt claws, and with more feminine, but similarly unintelligible, dialogue. Black Tooth's trademark was pulling Soupy off-camera to give loud and noisy kisses.
Pookie the Lion, a lion puppet appearing in a large window behind Soupy (1950s), was a hipster with a rapier wit. For example: Soupy: "Do you know why my life is so miserable?" Pookie: "You got me!" Soupy: "That's why!" One of Pookie's favorite lines when greeting Soupy was, "Hey bubby... want a kiss?". In the Detroit shows, Pookie never spoke but communicated in whistles. That puppet also was used to mouth the words while pantomiming novelty records on the show.
Randall was first and correct with:
Alan J wrote:
Were companions of the irrepressible Soupy Sales, known for pushing the
edge of what was acceptable for TV in his Saturday morning eponymous
show, one of two TV shows my parents didn't let me watch (the other
being the Ernie Kovacs Show - for drug references.) One stunt the
Soupster pulled involved asking kids to go into their parents' wallets,
get pieces of paper, and send them to him "Not the ones with the lady
with the white hair, the ones with the guy with the beard."
I'll not get into his scatology and double entendrs.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Soupy Sales...now it is time to do the mouse!!!!!
Soupy Sales - as a child I confused him with Jerry Lewis. Both were pretty silly.
Looks like a rain-free week ahead, just excellent for shorts and bike rides.
Lois Of Oregon replied:
Finally got to go see my baby boy in Corvallis, and now I get to think about Soupy Sales! What a good weekend this has been. Soupy was another hero/sex symbol of my impressionable wonder years, then AND now. Nothing sexier than a man who can make you laugh, talk to puppets, and take a savage pie to the face all while promoting bestiality. I still want you, Soupy...now, and in the worst way.
Dale of Tepid Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
Soupy Sales was not as funny as he thought he was. "Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you." Ha fucking ha…Pie in Face…A stripper did pop up on his show
DJ Useo answered:
I am sure I've never heard those names before. A surprising event since I'm usually at least familiar with tv trivia.
Well played, Marty. & thanks once more for this very entertaining page. It's always my first stop of the day when I browse on the net.
Soupy Sales Show 1959-1962. Pookie the Lion, White Fang, and Black Tooth.
Joe S took the day off.
Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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 begins the night with a FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH'Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Olivia Wilde and Christiane Amanpour.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Von Miller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Joe Manganiello, and Glen Hansard.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a FRESH'Chicago Med', then a FRESH'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, and Thomas Rhett.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are John Oliver, Aidy Bryant, April Bloomfield, and Jaleel Bunton.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Jillian Bell & Charlotte Newhouse, Sylvan Esso, and Jack Cutmore-Scott.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH'The Muppets', then a FRESH'Marvel's Agent Carter', then a 'What Would You Do?'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Bill Maher, Alicia Vikander, and Nothing But Thieves.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'iZombie'.
Faux has a FRESH'New Girl', followed by a FRESH'Grandfathered', then a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH'The Grinder'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'Fit To Fat To Fit', 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH'Fit To Fat To Fit'.
AMC offers the movie 'Air Force One', followed by the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park'.
[6:00AM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - EPISODE 18-Episode 18
[7:00AM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 17 - Episode 13
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Prohibition Grille
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Partners in Crime
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-The Bonding
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Booby Trap
[2:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-Fiesta Sunrise
[3:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Zeke's
[4:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 11-Oceana
[5:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Lela's
[6:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Trobiano's
[7:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
[8:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Cafe Hon
[9:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Bella Luna
[10:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Zocalo
[11:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-Fiesta Sunrise
[12:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Zeke's
[1:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 11-Oceana
[2:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Lela's
[3:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Trobiano's
[4:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
[5:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Cafe Hon (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH'Girlfriends Guide To Divorce'.
FX has the movie 'Prometheus', followed by the movie 'World War Z', then a FRESH'The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story'.
History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island: Drilling Down', and 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG! -Eddie George
[6:15AM] THE HUNGOVER GAMES
[8:00AM] STUCK ON YOU
[10:30AM] SLAP SHOT
[1:15PM] BEVERLY HILLS COP
[3:45PM] DAZED AND CONFUSED
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Bring It on Home
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -No Quarter
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Trampled Under Foot
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -You Shook Me
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Nobody's Fault but Mine
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Immigrant Song
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Celebration Day
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -The Kids Are Alright
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Join Together
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW -Magic Bus
[11:00PM] DAZED AND CONFUSED
[1:15AM] KISS KISS, BANG BANG
[3:45AM] BANGKOK DANGEROUS (ALL TIMES EST)
[7:00AM] Body Double
[9:30AM] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
[6:30PM] Red Dawn
[12:30AM] Red Dawn
[3:00AM] The Aviator (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Conjuring', followed by the movie 'The Box'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Bob Costas and Adam Cayton-Holland.
Don't feel bad for the losers at this year's Academy Awards ceremony - they won't be leaving empty-handed.
According to The Daily Beast, this year's Oscars gift bag will contain a record $200,000 worth of swag.
The bag reportedly includes high-end items such as a 10-day, first-class trip to Israel valued at $55,000 and a year of unlimited Audi car rentals from Silvercar, said to be worth $45,000.
There are also a few less expensive items, including three private training sessions with "celebrity wellness expert" and star of ABC's "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" Jay Cardiello, valued at $1,400, and a Haze Dual V3 Vaporizer, which retails for $249.99.
But the most interesting item might be the voucher for the "Vampire Breast Lift," which is described as "the new secret 'must have' in Hollywood" and is said to use "blood-derived growth factors to revive rounder cleavage without implants."
Last month, a flock of trumpeter swans alighted on the wetlands of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, repeating an annual ritual that dates back centuries. But for the first time in 80 years, biologists were not there to count them.
The annual winter bird count, which dates back to 1935, provides key data on multiple species for a national migratory bird monitoring program. Biologists and volunteers count ibis, sandhill cranes, horned larks and other birds that stop at the refuge - an oasis in the high desert of the Great Basin.
But this year, the only people inside the refuge at the start of bird-counting season were a small group of armed militants. Instead of counting birds, refuge scientists are counting days. Monday marks the 38th day of the occupation, orchestrated by ranchers and others seditionists angered by a five-year prison sentence handed to local cattlemen Steven and Dwight Hammond for arson - and, more broadly, federal oversight of cattle grazing on public lands. Last week, 11 of the occupiers were arrested while traveling to a meeting, including the movement's ringleader, Ammon Bundy. Another man, Arizona rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, was killed by local law enforcement. But four holdouts remain at the refuge, and the site remains closed.
The takeover has quashed or delayed several important research and ecological restoration projects. In addition to the bird count, refuge staff say they've also had to scrap a 4,000-acre controlled burn planned for January and February to help maintain marsh habitat and a multi-year project to control non-native carp that have decimated the refuge's ponds and lakes. A grazing monitoring program, designed to figure out the best way to balance grazing with resource protection, is also on hold.
About 300 guitars, including instruments associated with Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and Eddie Van Halen, are heading to a New York City auction.
Also on tap at Guernsey's sale Feb. 27 are acoustic guitars from the late 1800s and one played by actor Robert Blake in the film "In Cold Blood."
Among the top highlights is a 1952 Gibson Super 400 CES 7-String made for late studio guitarist Tony Mottola that could bring as much as $100,000. Mottola worked with such music greats as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis and Rosemary Clooney.
Also in the auction catalog are four guitars associated with Eric Clapton, two of them signed; several Elvis Presley items, including a signed guitar; and Jimi Hendrix's guitar strap from Woodstock.
The sale also includes vintage guitars and mandolins made by string instrument maker Joseph Bohmann and more than 40 guitars from the late arranger and jazz musician Robert Yelin. About two dozen instruments owned by guitarist and singer-songwriter George Benson also are being offered.
Scientists are set to make a major announcement Thursday on efforts to pinpoint the existence of gravitational waves, or ripples of space and time that transport energy across the universe.
The waves themselves have never before been directly measured, though Albert Einstein said a century ago they were out there, according to his theory of general relativity.
They are believed to form around massive objects like black holes and neutron stars, warping space and time.
If gravitational waves have been spotted, it would mark one of the biggest scientific discoveries of our time, filling in a major gap in our understanding of how the universe was born.
Rumors began circulating last month that scientists at the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, or LIGO, were writing up a paper on gravitational waves they had discovered using US-based detectors.
The entertainer Flavor Flav pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor driving under the influence in Las Vegas, marking the second plea in two weeks involving similar charges in Nevada.
The 56-year-old rapper and reality television star acknowledged that he had marijuana residue in his system when police stopped his vehicle last May. Flavor Flav, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., lives in Las Vegas.
He also pleaded no contest Jan. 25 in suburban Henderson to having marijuana metabolite in his system when he was found asleep in the front seat of a vehicle on the side of a street in August, defense attorney Dayvid Figler said.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum fined Drayton $685 - the same amount he had been fined in Henderson - and ordered him to attend a victim impact panel and drunken driving school to satisfy plea requirements in both cases.
The Las Vegas case stemmed from the Nevada Highway Patrol stopping him for speeding May 21 not far from McCarran International Airport. Misdemeanor speeding and open container charges were dropped Monday as part of the plea.
Giant figures showing Charles de Gaulle, top and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi , left, during preparations for the 132th Nice carnival parade , Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 in Nice, southeastern France. The Carnival, running from Feb.13 until Feb. 28, 2016, celebrates the "King of Media". Charles de Gaulle was 18th President of France, and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi,was a Libyan revolutionary and politician who governed Libya.
Photo by Lionel Cironneau
Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission stressed Monday that its sole purpose is to propose initiatives to protect children from pedophiles, after it effectively suspended a member who advocated a more activist role.
On Saturday, the commission told Peter Saunders, a British survivor of abuse, to take a leave of absence after he criticized the slow pace of progress and pressed to have the commission intervene immediately in individual cases, rather than just craft long-term policies to fight abuse.
In a statement Monday, the commission cited from its founding documentation that its "specific task" is to provide the pope with proposals to protect children and help local churches take responsibility for the problem.
It didn't mention Saunders in the statement concluding its weeklong plenary meeting. Instead, it reported on progress to date, including finalizing a request for Francis to issue a reminder to church authorities that they must actually listen to victims when they come forward. And it said it was planning workshops this year on bringing greater transparency to church trials for priests accused of raping and molesting children.
The commission was created in 2013 after Francis came under criticism from victims' groups who believed he didn't fully grasp the full scope of the problem. It was slow to get off the ground, but has begun meeting with bishops and holding workshops for church personnel around the world. The commission's most significant proposal - to create an in-house tribunal to hear cases of bishops who fail to protect their flock - was accepted by the pope but hasn't been put into practice.
A Chinese dancer dressed in the traditional costume performs a cultural dance on stage during a temple fair for a Lunar New Year celebration in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Millions of Chinese began celebrating the Lunar New Year, which marks the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese zodiac.
Photo by Andy Wong
With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia's federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited.
As many as 110 out of 140 positions at the atmosphere and oceans division at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will be cut, Larry Marshall, the agency's chief executive, told staff Friday. Another 120 positions will be cut from the land and water program. Across the agency, 350 climate staff will be moved into new roles unrelated to their specialty.
Scientists say the cuts would affect Australia's ability to cope with climate change. The nation is already the driest on Earth and experiencing significant shifts in rainfall. It would leave the global research community disabled, since CSIRO ran the Southern Hemisphere's most comprehensive Earth monitoring and modeling programs. And it would leave young climate scientists at CSIRO without direction.
CSIRO's climate programs have been in trouble since at least May 2014, when the then-conservative government cut the agency's budget by $111 million. Almost 1,000 positions were eliminated, including in the climate departments.
When Malcolm Turnbull became Australia's prime minister in September last year, replacing a pro-energy predecessor, environmentalists rejoiced. But Turnbull's government has also emphasized science that can be easily commercialized, according to media reports.
21st Century Fox met profit expectations in its second fiscal quarter on strength at Fox News - courtesy in part to nice ratings at Fox News Channel, host of some GOP primary debates - but revenue fell short in part due to weakness in movies.
The conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch earned 44 cents per share, after certain items, on $7.38 billion in revenue while analysts expected 44 cents on $7.51 billion.
Earnings are down from the same quarter a year ago, partially because foreign currency exchange rates have been negatively impacting the bottom line of every company that does significant business overseas. The company also cited lower revenue for filmed entertainment due to falling home-entertainment sales.
While FX has scored a hit with The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, stocks of the conglomerates heavily invested in television have been beaten down lately amid withering competition from online streaming. Analysts, therefore, are likely to ask CEO James Murdoch about the state of TV - beyond the juggernaut that is Fox News - during a conference call scheduled for later Monday.
James Murdoch was made CEO seven months ago, the same day his brother, Lachlan, was made co-executive chairman with his father Rupert, and the Murdoch brothers have instituted cost-cutting measures that include $250 million in staff reductions.
Contortionist Odka prepares to fire an arrow from a bow as she performs during a photo call for Zippos Cirque Berserk opening at the Peacock Theatre, central London, with an international cast of over 30 acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, drummers, dancers, clowns and stunt-men on Feb. 8, 2016.
Photo by Nick Ansell
Carnival musicians, wearing plastic rain covers over their uniforms, releive themselves in the bushes before taking take part in the "Rosenmontag" (Rose Monday) parade, the highlight of the annual carnival season in Cologne, Germany February 8, 2016. Cologne city authorities decided to go ahead with Monday's parade, despite many other traditional Rose Monday carnival parades being cancellend in the Rhineland due to severe weather warnings.
Photo by Wolfgang Rattay
The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are registered manned aircraft.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a legal forum on Monday that the agency passed the milestone last week when it topped 325,000 registered drone owners. There are 320,000 registered manned aircraft.
Huerta said the number of small unmanned aircraft is even larger because drone operators often own more than one drone.
FAA officials launched a drone registration program just before Christmas, saying it would help them track down operators who violate regulations and also help to create a culture of accountability.
Gerson's family said in a statement that he died at his Los Angeles home on Saturday after battling brain cancer. Gerson was a frequent contributor for Pixar Animation, co-writing both 2001's "Monsters, Inc." and its 2013 sequel, "Monsters University."
The former bedroom of U.S. musician Jimi Hendrix is seen at the central London flat he used to live in at 23 Brook Street, London, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. The flat where Hendrix lived in 1968 and 1969 opens to the public as a permanent exhibition on February 10 with the bedroom containing items sourced or crafted to replicate how it would have looked when he lived there.
Photo by Matt Dunham
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