Paul Krugman: Work, Life, and Everything (NY Times Blog)
At a certain point you realize that it's not about winning another prize, literally or figuratively, getting a promotion, whatever. (And yes, it's easier to reach that state of mind if you have been lucky enough to get all the prizes you wanted.) Instead, it becomes about the craft, the service, just doing well what you hope you do well.
Quentin Crisp (born Denis Charles Pratt, 25 December 1908 - 21 November 1999) was an English writer and raconteur.
Crisp had published three short books by the time he came to write The Naked Civil Servant at the urging of agent Donald Carroll. Crisp wanted to call it I Reign In Hell, referencing Paradise Lost ("Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven").
In 1975 the television version of The Naked Civil Servant was broadcast on British and US television and made both actor John Hurt and Crisp himself into stars.
Author, actor, social wit, gay icon. The British author was born Denis Charles Pratt on Christmas Day in Sutton, Surrey, England, the son of Charles and Frances Phillips Pratt. Crisp was an intelligent, scholarly boy who at the age of fourteen won a scholarship to Denstone College and went on to study journalism at King‚s College London. He left journalism school mid-way through his program to study art. Crisp claimed that because he was overtly effeminate even as a boy, his childhood was marred by a great deal of ridicule, bullying and physical attacks. In 1930, at the age of twenty-two, the young Denis left home for good and moved to London. In London, he changed his name to Quentin Crisp and became known for the effeminate appearance he cultivated.
Lois Of Oregon replied:
So MANY fabulous quotes from Quentin Crisp:
When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?
Mass-murderers are simply people who have had ENOUGH.
I now know that if you describe things as better as they are, you are considered to be romantic; if you describe things as worse than they are, you are called a realist; and if you describe things exactly as they are, you are called a satirist.
Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbours.
Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.
I acquiesced in this on the grounds that the most anyone can expect from a holiday is a change of agony.
To my disappointment I now realized that to know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.
And my favorite, which I have found to be all too true:
There was no need to do any housework at all. After four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.
I had no idea, so of course I looked it up.
Quentin Crisp - don't believe I've heard of him or read any of his works. Hmmm.
Dale of Diamond Springs in Spring, Norcali answered:
Quentin Crisp, raconteur, waggish wit and role model for odd fellows and strumpets.
Quentin Crisp ~ English writer, artist's model, actor and raconteur who was known for his memorable and insightful witticisms. He became a gay icon in the 1970s after publication of his memoir, 'The Naked Civil Servant'.
Joe S replied:
Well, it's Quentin Crisp, and I must say I've never heard of him. But then again I don't pay much attention to anything British, in general. I am rather fond of Helen Mirren and Judi Dench though.
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 Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Arianna Huffington, "Property Brothers" Jonathan & Drew Scott, and Baby Metal.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, and Ray Romano.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'Chicago Med', then a FRESH'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Greg Kinnear, Padma Lakshmi, and Andrew Dice Clay.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Cecily Strong, Chuck Todd, and Brann Dailor.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Ilana Glazer, Paul W. Downs, Sahtyre, and Rick Famuyiwa.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a (F) 'The Real O'Neals', then a FRESH'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by a FRESH'Beyond The Tank'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 3/24/16) are Hillary Clinton, Peter Krause, and Fifth Harmony.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'iZombie'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'American Idol'.
MY here fills the night with LIVE'NHL Hockey'.
A&E has 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars', then another FRESH'Storage Wars', followed by still another FRESH'Storage Wars', then yet another FRESH'Storage Wars'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park'.
[6:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Costa Rican Rainforest
[7:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Moab Desert
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Sam's Mediterranean Kabob Room
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-El Greco
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Prohibition Grille
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-The Battle
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Hide and Q
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Haven
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Autumn
[3:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Winter
[4:00PM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Last Frontier
[5:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Sahara
[6:00PM] PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Future
[7:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
[8:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
[9:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
[10:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[11:00PM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[12:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
[1:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Autumn (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of BH', and 'Real Housewives Of BH'.
FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the SERIES FINALE'The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story'.
History has 2½ hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars', then a FRESH'Forged In Fire'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie Moves Out
[6:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Stash
[7:00AM] THE LADYKILLERS
[9:15AM] HISTORY OF THE WORLD: PART I
[11:15AM] STUCK ON YOU
[1:45PM] THE LADYKILLERS
[4:00PM] HISTORY OF THE WORLD: PART I
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hunting
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Gets a Job
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Burning Down the House
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The First Time
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Afterglow
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty and Eric's Night Out
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Parents Find Out
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Kiss of Death
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Serenade
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Moves On
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hunting
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Gets a Job
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Burning Down the House
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The First Time
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Afterglow
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty and Eric's Night Out
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Parents Find Out
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Kiss of Death
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Serenade
[3:30AM] STUCK ON YOU (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:30AM] Monster's Ball
[11:30AM] The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
[2:00PM] The Mechanic
[4:30PM] The Professional
[7:00PM] Lethal Weapon 3
[9:30PM] Lethal Weapon 3
[12:00AM] Snake Eyes
[2:15AM] Killer Elite
[4:45AM] Boys Don't Cry (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Superman', followed by the movie 'Superman II'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Wanda Sykes, Sharon Horgan, and Aurora.
Dolly Parton poses in the press room with the Tex Ritter award at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Photo by Jordan Strauss
British actor Daniel Craig on Monday called for more funding for the U.N. agency that defuses mines and other unexploded ordnance, saying the work it does increases the chances of survival for people and aid workers in conflict zones around the world.
Craig, who has played agent 007 in four James Bond movies including "Spectre" and "Casino Royale," was appointed Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards last year by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Speaking at the U.N. as part of International Day for Mine Awareness, Craig said that turmoil around the world created by fighting in countries including Syria, Iraq, Libya and Somalia, underscores the need for nations and individuals to continue funding the work of the United Nations Mine Action Service.
According to UNMAS, which released its annual report on Monday, nearly 3,680 people were killed or injured by mines, cluster munitions and other explosive devices including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in 2014, the most recent year for which data was available, a 12 percent increase from 2013.
However, international funding for mine action in 2014 was about $417 million, a $23 million decrease from 2013, the agency reported.
Musician Burton Cummings poses with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as he arrives on the red carpet for the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April 3, 2016.
Photo by Chris Bolin
A bulldozer operator at a sand pit in northwestern Oklahoma got quite a surprise this month when he spotted a huge skull that belonged to a Columbian mammoth.
These giants were plentiful across the plains of Oklahoma during the Pleistocene epoch, which lasted from about 1.8 million to 11,700 years ago, said Leland Bement of the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey.
The discovery was not unheard of, as the Survey typically receives about three "mammoth-sighting" calls a year, Bement said. That made it now less exciting, though. "Archaeological fieldwork is always exciting. You never know what you are going to find," Bement told Live Science in an email.
He added, "When it comes to mammoth finds, we are always on the lookout for the next one that has projectile points or stone tools associated with it to indicate that the animal was killed and butchered. We have so few of these sites across North America and only one so far in Oklahoma."
Though the scientists have not pinpointed an exact age for the skull, they know it's more than 11,000 years old - the period when mammoths and other megafauna went extinct at the end of the Pleistocene.
The 350-year-old mystery of why pendulum clocks hanging from the same wall can influence each other and synchronize over time may hold even more secrets than previously thought, researchers say.
Solving this mystery could shed light on puzzling aspects of a variety of synchronized behaviors, such as how brain cells work together, the scientists added.
In 1665, the inventor of the pendulum clock, Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens, was lying in bed sick, watching two of his clocks, when he noticed something odd: No matter how the pendulums on these clocks started, they ended up swinging in exactly the opposite direction from each other within about a half-hour.
To explain these findings, the researchers developed a mathematical model of the clocks, taking into account the flexible nature of the wooden support that both machines rested on. The model suggested that the clocks could make the wooden board vibrate.
The researchers found that the support connecting the clocks (in this case, the wooden table) could serve as a kind of communication channel between the clocks, which they could use to exchange energy. The rigidity, thickness and mass of this support can influence the way in which the clocks synchronize and how inaccurate they become, the researchers said.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a level of support similar to that seen in countries like Nigeria where militant attacks are common.
The poll reflects a U.S. public on edge after the massacre of 14 people in San Bernardino in December and large-scale attacks in Europe in recent months, including a bombing claimed by the militant group Islamic State last week that killed at least 32 people in Belgium.
Donald Trump (R-Pinche Pendejo), the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has forcefully injected the issue of whether terrorism suspects should be tortured into the election campaign.
The March 22-28 online poll asked respondents if torture can be justified "against suspected terrorists to obtain information about terrorism." About 25 percent said it is "often" justified while another 38 percent it is "sometimes" justified. Only 15 percent said torture should never be used.
Republicans were more accepting of torture to elicit information than Democrats: 82 percent of Republicans said torture is "often" or "sometimes" justified, compared with 53 percent of Democrats.
TransCanada has shut down its Keystone pipeline while it investigates an oil spill in South Dakota, the company said Monday.
Mark Cooper, a spokesman for TransCanada, said a local landowner noticed signs of an oil spill around noon local time Saturday and informed the company.
The pipeline, which carries about 500,000 barrels of oil a day, was shut down in minutes, Cooper said.
He said it was difficult to determine precisely how much oil was spilled, though the company said it covered a "small surface area" with no significant impact to the environment observed. The company continues to investigate the source of the spill, he added.
The spill was found about six kilometres from TransCanada's Freeman pump station, which sits roughly 60 km southwest of Sioux Falls, S.D.
U.S. actress Mamie Gummer (L), Meryl Streep's daughter, and French actress Alix Poisson pose during a photocall at the MIPTV, the International Television Programs Market, in Cannes, France, April 4, 2016.
Photo by Eric Gaillard
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the method all 50 states use in drawing legislative districts by counting every resident and not just eligible voters, rejecting a conservative challenge that could have given more sway to rural white voters.
The eight justices ruled that Texas, in carving out its state Senate districts, did not violate the legal principle of "one person, one vote" endorsed by the court in the 1960s. The decision likely benefits Democrats over Republicans.
The practice of counting all residents and not just those who are eligible voters boosts the electoral clout of locales, typically urban and often heavily Hispanic, with significant populations of people ineligible to vote. Those include legal and illegal immigrants as well as children and certain convicted criminals.
Writing for the court, liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated that elected legislators "serve all residents, not just those eligible or registered to vote." Ginsburg said non-voters, including children, have "an important stake in many policy debates," including education, and sometimes need help navigating government bureaucracy.
A victory for the conservative challengers could have shifted influence in U.S. state legislative races away from urban areas that tend to be racially diverse and favor Democrats to rural ones predominantly with white voters who often back Republicans.
Participants wear traditional costumes at a celebration to worship Yellow Emperor Xuan Yuan, who is considered by many to be the ancestor of the Chinese, during Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Festival, in Hangling county, Shaanxi Province, China, April 4, 2016.
In most cases, poverty is the main reason children and teens worldwide end up homeless or living on the streets, according to a new review of past research.
About 40 percent of youths reported poverty as the main reason they were homeless, according to the report in JAMA Pediatrics. Family conflict and abuse were also among the most commonly reported reasons for living on the streets.
The findings should make policymakers "think hard about what they can do about these issues," said senior author Paula Braitstein, who is affiliated with the University of Toronto and based in Kenya.
The researchers say societies often classify homeless youths as juvenile delinquents, which results in exclusion, criminalization and oppression.
Until now there had been no large reviews of data on why youths end up on the streets, they write.
A Swiss museum is to exhibit works from a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard it inherited two years ago from a German recluse, gallery managers said Monday.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Bern said the exhibit of works from the estate of Cornelius Gurlitt would run through the 2016-2017 winter season, in parallel with a similar exhibition at a museum in Bonn, Germany.
The museums, which are closely coordinating their exhibitions, said in a joint statement they aimed to present the collection "within a historically and scientifically contextualised framework", including details on efforts to determine the origin of some of the pieces.
When Gurlitt died in 2014, more than 1,500 artworks, including valuable paintings and sketches by Picasso, Monet, Chagall and other masters, were discovered at two homes he owned in Germany.
Gurlitt, the son of an art dealer tasked by Adolf Hitler with helping to plunder great works from museums and Jewish collectors -- many of whom perished in the gas chambers -- left his vast collection to the Bern museum.
A Blue Morpho butterfly lands on a plant during a photo call for hundreds of tropical butterflies being released, to launch the Natural History Museum's Sensational Butterflies exhibition in London, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The exhibition opens to the public on March 24 and runs until Sept. 11.
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth
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