Paul Krugman: The Big Meh (NY Times)
A growing number of economists, looking at the data on productivity and incomes, are wondering if the technological revolution has been greatly overhyped.
Ernest Sosa: Getting It Right (NY Times)
What is it to truly know something? In our daily lives, we might not give this much thought - most of us rely on what we consider to be fair judgment and common sense in establishing knowledge. But the task of clearly defining true knowledge is trickier than it may first seem, and it is a problem philosophers have been wrestling with since Socrates.
TAMARA SHOPSIN and JASON FULFORD: "Gravehopping: Jean Genet" (NY Times)
We are on a hunt for the grave of the French poet and playwright Jean Genet, who was born in 1910 and died in 1986. It wasn't his poems and plays that first captivated us, but a quote by Simone de Beauvoir that called him a "thug of genius." He was an orphan, abandoned by his mother when he was 7 months old. By the time he was 10, he had a reputation as a thief.
A baseball is a ball used in the sport of the same name, baseball. The ball features a rubber or cork center, wrapped in yarn and covered, in the words of the Official Baseball Rules "with two strips of white horsehide or cowhide, tightly stitched together." It is 9.00-9.25 inches in circumference (2.86-2.94 inches in diameter) and masses from 5.00 to 5.25 ouncesThe yarn or string used to wrap the baseball can be up to one mile in length. Some are wrapped in a plastic-like covering.
STEPHEN F was first, and correct, with:
I think I remember this
I think it's cork.
Diamond Dale of the Springs in Norcali said:
Cork or rubber, today's baseballs use a cushion core of both items. Oooo, Oooo & Oooo, look who's playing in Oakland tonight thru Thursday…The A's and the Tigers. We might win one game. We lead the majors in errors! Youz guys wound up with our former best player, Yeonis Cespedes.
Alan J answered:
MAM , wrote:
Cork (left) Rubber (right)
My almost 8 y/o grand-daughter, Madeleine (the former 'Maddie Muffin') is playing her first year of baseball. (Machine pitch, not T-ball) She's the only girl on the team and is as big as any of the other boys... Bet she goes almost 6' someday...
Note the steely-eyed look of determination she has - she gets that from me...
... but, there's always time for goofin' off... part of the game, dontcha know.
She gets that from me, too...
Lois Of Oregon replied:
The center of a baseball is similar to the center of a
tootsie pop, but hurts more when it hits you in the balls.
Joe S said:
Gum, chewing gum, preferably Spearmint. You see all those pro ball players chewing big wads of gum during the game? When it gets chewed real good then they place the wad on a collection platform in the dugout. The gum is then gathered up at the end of the game and shipped off to the baseball manufacturing facility where it is conditioned and formed into cores for the center of the ball. Then it goes through the rest of the process to make a baseball, as illustrated here. Wrapping stuff around it and covering it with real leather, and sewing it up tight and voila, a baseball.
Ah baseball, I love the game. I truly love it, I do. I love my Tigers the most but I have a place in my heart for the Orioles, you know, because of cousin Buck.
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(L) Introducing Leland the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar (Joe S said he looked like a 'Leland' - who am I to argue). (Center) A 2-fer - Gary, bottom left/center, Leland, top center/right. (R) Gary the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar.
CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS', followed by a RERUN'NCIS: The 3rd One', then '48 Hours'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'The Mentalist'.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE (from 4/20/15) are Sharon Osbourne, Rosario Dawson, and Tony Hale.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'America's Got Talent', followed by 'I Can Do That'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 4/2/15) are Michelle Obama, Matthew Morrison, and Smashing Pumpkins.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 4/29/15) are Chelsea Handler, John Slattery, and Shakey Graves.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/30/15) are Becki Newton, Hundred Waters, and Jay Larson.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'500 Questions', followed by a FRESH'Extreme Fat Shaming'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 5/13/15) are Elizabeth Banks, Marc Maron, and Earl Sweatshirt featuring BadBadNotGood.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'iZombie'.
Faux has a FRESH'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?', followed by a FRESH'Hell's Kitchen'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.
A&E has 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH'Married At First Sight: Love Unlocked', then a FRESH'Married At First Sight', and another 'Married At First Sight'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Green Mile', followed by the movie 'Wild Hogs'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 3 - La Granada Divino
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's
[9:00AM] Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 1
[10:00AM] Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 2
[11:00AM] Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 3
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 19 - Captain's Holiday
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 20 - Tin Man
[2:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 1 - The Ends of the Earth
[3:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 2 - Spring
[4:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 3 - Summer
[5:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 4 - Autumn
[6:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 5 - Winter
[7:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 6 - The Last Frontier
[8:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 7 - On Thin Ice
[9:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 8 - An Epic Journey
[10:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 1 - The Ends of the Earth
[11:00PM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 2 - Spring
[12:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 3 - Summer
[1:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 4 - Autumn
[2:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 5 - Winter
[3:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 6 - The Last Frontier
[4:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 7 - On Thin Ice
[5:00AM] Planet Earth: Frozen Planet-Ep 8 - An Epic Journey (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NYC', and another 'Real Housewives Of NYC'.
Comedy Central has 'Inside Amy Schumer', 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'Inside Amy Schumer'.
On a RERUNJon Stewart is Adam Horovitz.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Marc Maron, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Dave Anthony.
FX has 'Mike & Molly', another 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'The Life Of Pi', then the movie 'The Life Of Pi'.
History has 'Texass Rising', followed by a FRESH'Texass Rising' (runs 2hr 8min).
[6:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-JESSICA STAYS OVER
[6:30AM] INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
[8:45AM] BURN AFTER READING
[11:00AM] LOVE, WEDDING, MARRIAGE
[1:00PM] INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
[3:15PM] BURN AFTER READING
[2:30AM] BANGKOK DANGEROUS
[4:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-BILL HADER WEARS A GREY BUTTON DOWN SHIRT AND SNEAKERS
[5:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CASEY WILSON WEARS A WHITE LACE DRESS AND A BLACK BLAZER
[5:45AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] We Don't Live Here Anymore
[8:15AM] Dr. T & the Women
[1:30PM] The Fabulous Baker Boys
[4:00PM] The Sentinel
[6:15PM] Starship Troopers
[9:00PM] Any Given Sunday
[12:30AM] Sling Blade
[3:30AM] Monster's Ball (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Doom', followed by the movie '28 Weeks Later', then a FRESH'Troy: Street Magic'.
On a RERUNConan (from 2/11/15) are Anna Kendrick, Gabrielle Union, and Lee Ann Womack.
Time Warner Cable Inc is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
A deal would create a major rival to Comcast Corp, the biggest operator in the U.S. cable and broadband market, and marks a triumph for Charter, which was rejected by Time Warner Cable just last year.
The cash-and-stock deal values Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, according to sources, and comes just one month after Comcast dropped its $45.2 billion merger agreement with Time Warner Cable, clinched in February 2014, over antitrust concerns.
Charter will also acquire Bright House Networks, the sixth-largest U.S. cable operator, for $10.4 billion, the sources added. The combined companies could have as many as 23 million total customers, just behind Comcast's 27.2 million customers.
British veteran rockers The Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger (2nd R) sings next to band members Keith Richards (L), Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts as they open their North American "Zip Code" tour in San Diego, California May 24, 2015.
Photo by Mike Blake
California's longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent.
The struggle to survive with little water is a constant thread in the history of Australia, whose people now view drought as an inevitable feature of the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country."
Four years into a drought forcing mandatory 25 percent water cutbacks this year, Californians have taken a keen interest in how Australia coped with its "Big Dry," a torturous drought that stretched across the millennium, from the late 1990s through 2012. Australia's city dwellers had to accept tough water restrictions as cattle collapsed and died in barren fields, monstrous wildfires killed 173 people, and scores of farms went under.
But by the time the rains returned, Australia had fundamentally changed how it handles water, following landmark reforms to more carefully mete out allocations and cutbacks. Today, Australia treats water as a commodity to be conserved and traded. The system also better measures what water is available, and efficiency programs have cut average daily water use to 55 gallons, compared with 105 gallons per day for each Californian.
A volcano perched atop one of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands erupted in the early hours of Monday, the local authorities said, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas.
The roughly 1.7-kilometer (1.1-mile) high Wolf volcano is located on Isabela Island, home to a rich variety of flora and fauna typical of the archipelago that helped inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution following his 1835 visit.
"The Wolf volcano is not located near a populated area. There is not risk for the human population. This is the only population of pink iguanas in the world," Galapagos National Park said in a posting on Twitter.
The park posted pictures showing lava pouring down the sides of the Wolf volcano, the Galapagos' highest point, while a dark plume estimated to be 10 km (6.4 miles) high, billowed overhead. Wolf had been inactive 33 years, according to the park.
A boy floats in the air, supported by a rig of hidden metal rods, during a parade on the outlying Cheung Chau island in Hong Kong Monday, May 25, 2015 to celebrate the Bun Festival. The festival is held every year to placate the spirits of people killed by pirates.
Photo by Vincent Yu
Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.
No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer's, but the suspects are its two hallmarks - the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or tangles of a protein named tau that clog dying brain cells. New imaging can spot those tangles in living brains, providing a chance to finally better understand what triggers dementia.
Now researchers are adding tau brain scans to an ambitious study that's testing if an experimental drug might help healthy but at-risk people stave off Alzheimer's. Whether that medication works or not, it's the first drug study where scientists can track how both of Alzheimer's signature markers begin building up in older adults before memory ever slips.
The A4 study - it stands for Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's - aims to enroll 1,000 healthy seniors like Judith Chase Gilbert, 77, of Arlington, Virginia. The recently retired government worker is mentally sharp but learned through the study that her brain harbors amyloid buildup that might increase her risk. Last week, researchers slid Gilbert into a doughnut-shaped PET scanner as she became one of the first study participants to also have their brains scanned for tau.
Russian authorities want to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.
The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken from their camps to work at factories, with a focus on driving down the costs of building materials for World Cup projects.
Russian prison labor schemes have faced allegations that prisoners are routinely underpaid or forced to work long hours. In 2013, the then-imprisoned Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike in protest at working conditions in her prison camp.
Workers' rights are a hot-button issue for World Cup organizer FIFA, which is under pressure over the high rate of deaths among migrant workers in 2022 host nation Qatar.
A clown marches while commemorating the Peruvian clown day in Lima Peru, Monday, May 25, 2015. Hundreds of professional clowns dressed in colorful costumes, wigs and face paint marched through the streets of Lima to celebrate Peruvian Clown Day.
Photo by Rodrigo Abd
A Pennsylvania man shot an 11-year-old boy in the chest with a BB gun on a playground because he said the boy had previously shot his own young son with the same kind of weapon, authorities said Monday.
Albert Clark, 31, of McKeesport, approached the boy Sunday outside the former George Washington Elementary School and fired twice, police said. The boy fell to the ground, saying he couldn't breathe, and was later hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
Clark told investigators he then gave the weapon to a child who "was walking up the street," according to a criminal complaint.
"Clark stated that he was upset that the victim had shot his 5-year-old son with a (BB) gun in the buttocks the day before and that he had shot at his son again" on Sunday, investigators allege in the complaint.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the New York Times of meddling in Turkey's affairs with a critical editorial, angrily telling the US daily to "know your place."
In a growing controversy over media rights in Turkey ahead of June 7 legislative polls, Erdogan blasted an "impolite" editorial in the New York Times last week which he said "literally gave orders to the United States."
"As a newspaper, you (the New York Times) should know your place," he said in a televised speech in Istanbul.
"You are meddling in Turkey's affairs by writing something like this. By publishing this editorial, you are overstepping the limits of freedom," he said.
The New York Times had on Friday published a editorial entitled "Dark Clouds Over Turkey" that was deeply critical of Erdogan's rule, and accusing him of a crackdown ahead of the polls.
A samba dancer attends at the annual Carnival of Cultures parade in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Thousands of people attend the festival with costumes from all over the world.
Photo by Markus Schreiber
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound on the coast of Maine where generations of Bushes have spent summers.
The likely Republican presidential contender and his family will stay in the cottage on Walker's Point in Kennebunkport during summer visits, the family said. Bush and his wife also have a home in Coral Gables, Florida.
There are several properties at Walker's Point, including the home of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara.
The Boston Globe first reported on the four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home, which is being built by a limited partnership like the other homes on the Walker's Point property. Under the arrangement, Bush won't own the home, which is situated on 1.3 acres.
The future doesn't look so bright for "Tomorrowland."
Disney's expensive fantasy adventure essentially had Memorial Day weekend to itself, and still only pulled in a modest $41.7 million in its first four days in theaters according to Rentrak estimates on Monday.
It's a disappointing debut for a film that cost a reported $180 million to produce. Disney put their full weight behind the Brad Bird-directed film with an ambitious George Clooney-led promotional campaign.
Last weekend's well-received holdovers "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" helped prop up the holiday weekend totals. Both films experienced modest drops and earned $38.5 million and $32.1 million respectively.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.
A young Victoria crowned pigeon (Goura victoria) with its mother at their enclosure in Wroclaw's Zoo in Wroclaw, Poland, 25 May 2015. The Victoria crowned pigeon is part of a genus of three unique very large, ground-dwelling pigeons native to the New Guinea region. Its name commemorates the British monarch Queen Victoria.
Photo by Maciej Kulczynski
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