Paul Krugman: Musings on Inequality and Growth (NY Times Blog)
It's important to realize that the absence of any clear relationship is a big win for progressives: right-wingers always claim that any attempt to reduce inequality will hurt the feelings of job creators and kill growth, but there's not a hint of that problem in the data. But not much evidence that failure to reduce inequality kills growth, either.
Adam Sternbergh: Why Did This Movie Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Go Straight to VOD? (Slate)
The stars may be the ones with their names plastered over the title, but if you're Jennifer Lawrence, trapped in Serena like Rapunzel in her tower dungeon, your powers of self-salvation are limited. You can't reedit the film or rescore its music or rescout its locations. In the end, the lesson of Serena isn't how remarkable it is when a movie like this goes badly, but how improbable it is that any movie at all turns out to be good.
Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King Jr.; July 14, 1913 - December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974 under President Richard Nixon. He was the first person appointed to the Vice Presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, after Spiro Agnew resigned. When he became president upon Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974, he became the first and to date only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the United States without being elected by the Electoral College. Before ascending to the Vice Presidency, Ford served nearly 25 years as the Representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district, eight of them as the Republican Minority Leader.
John I from Hawai'i was first, and correct, with:
Alan J answered:
A man much maligned and far too naive for his own good
Gerald Ford. But his wife was quite a lady.
My answer is "Gerald Ford."
Not necessarily a great intellect but he calmed some troubled waters after Watergate.
STEPHEN F responded:
Just going by memory...
I seem to recall that Spiro Agnew (R-Arrogant Bastard) had to resign (in disgrace) as VP
THEN, the President, Richard Nixon (R-Crook) resigned rather than being impeached for high crimes...
and good old Gerald Ford became President of the United States
Gerald Ford was kind of a klutz - always falling down and whatnot
And oh my, did Chevy Chase have fun with that...
Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
Our only Electoral College Dropout and famous English Muffin toaster, that
hero of the Constitution and accidental president, Jerry Ford.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Marty, if my memory serves me correctly, the only person to serve as Vice President and President of the United States with being elected by the Electoral College was Gerald Rudolph Ford - yeah, the man who gave one Cornelius Crane Chase a comedy career.
Cornelius Crane Chase, alias "Chevy" Chase.
Lois Of Oregon answered:
There's an old joke, "Ben Franklin was the only president of
the united states who was never president of the united
states". Then we got Gerald Ford rammed down our collective
alimentary canal so he could get Nixon off the hook, and it
just wasn't funny anymore. But if you wait long enough,
everything gets a nice coat of white-wash, and life is
beautiful every day! Pictured: Ford blowing smoke.
Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Gerald Ford. How could he not be a fucking Dick if he hung with these two cocksuckers? The only thing interesting about him was that he was on "The Warren
Commission" and had the goods on the CIA, but never disclosed them. No more nattering nabobs of negativism! Ahhhhh! We're in the 90's today!
DJ Useo said:
The answer is Gerald Ford, one of the major banes of our existence, along with all the other "presidents" since JFK.
Marty - I feel personally griped about your caterpillars, so I reckon you must be ready to kick major ass!
All my condolences to you, & the absent buggies.
MAM , wrote:
Gerald Ford ~ US Vice President (1973-74) and US President (1974-77) Appointed to the Vice Presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, after Spiro Agnew resigned. Watergate cover-up led to Nixon's resignation. Ford was sworn in as President on 9 August 1974.
Joe S answered:
Us Michiganders knows this answer. Gerald Ford.
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 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 'CSI: The Original One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE are Betty White and Kyle MacLachlan.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH'I Can Do That'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Denis Leary, Molly Shannon, and Kacey Musgraves.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Jerry Seinfeld, David Remnick, and Jon Theodore.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/21/15) are Charlie Cox, Years & Years, and Ryan O'Flanagan.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'2015 NBA Finals', followed by a FRESH'Jimmy Kimmel', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Chris Pratt, Abby Elliott, and Fetty Wap.
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', followed by another FRESH'Married At First Sight'.
AMC offers the movie 'Saving Private Ryan', followed by the movie 'We Were Soldiers'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 13 - J. Smith NEW
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 14 - Mynott NEW
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 8 - La Frite
[10:00AM] Top Gear - Season 15 - Episode 4
[11:00AM] Top Gear - Season 15 - Episode 5
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Face of the Enemy
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Tapestry
[2:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 1 - The Blue Planet
[3:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 2 - The Deep
[4:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 3 - Open Ocean
[5:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 4 - Frozen Seas
[6:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 5 - Seasonal Seas
[7:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 6 - Coral Seas
[8:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 7 - Tidal Seas
[9:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 8 - Coasts
[10:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 1 - The Blue Planet
[11:00PM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 2 - The Deep
[12:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 3 - Open Ocean
[1:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 4 - Frozen Seas
[2:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 5 - Seasonal Seas
[3:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 6 - Coral Seas
[4:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 7 - Tidal Seas
[5:00AM] Planet Earth: The Blue Planet-Ep 8 - Coasts (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'NYC Social', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'Secrets & Wives'.
Comedy Central has 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', 'Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts', and 'Inside Amy Schumer'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is Nick Offerman.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.
FX has 'Mike & Molly', another 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Flight', then the movie 'Flight', again.
[6:00AM] KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST
[7:45AM] I SPY
[10:00AM] FANTASTIC MR. FOX
[12:00PM] THE BLUES BROTHERS
[3:00PM] BLUES BROTHERS 2000
[5:45PM] STARSKY & HUTCH
[8:00PM] FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
[10:00PM] FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
[12:00AM] STARSKY & HUTCH
[2:15AM] BLUES BROTHERS 2000
[5:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-TUTORING REESE
[5:30AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-BOWLING (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Fabulous Baker Boys
[8:30AM] City of Angels
[10:45AM] Less Than Zero
[1:00PM] Black Rain
[3:45PM] The Game
[11:30PM] The Natural (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'Lost World: Jurassic Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Larry King, Anna Chlumsky, and Yelawolf.
A modern-style Oregon house once owned by Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House was designed by architect Winifred Scott Wellington, a faculty member at University of California, Berkeley.
Architectural historian Diana Painter of the state Historic Preservation Office says the house built in 1951 just outside Williams is one of the finest examples of post-World War II modern-style architectural design in southern Oregon and a rare example in Josephine County.
Miller owned the house from 1976 to 1986. It is now owned by a non-profit foundation that operates the 400-acre property as a nature centre, botanical garden, school and community centre.
A man made a huge mistake over the weekend when he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman outside of a California nightclub.
The incident then led to a physical altercation with the woman's friends, both of whom are professional mixed martial arts fighters in the UFC and certainly not the ladies you want to be messing with.
Leslie Smith, a bantamweight fighter and Heather Clark, who fights in the UFC straw weight division, were standing outside of a nightclub with some friends when a man grabbed Clark's behind.
Smith objected and confronted the man, who then allegedly spat in her face saying "F*** you. I can do whatever I want."
Smith responded by telling the man that he, in fact, could not do whatever he wanted. The man then allegedly threw a punch in Smith's direction - which of course, she dodged, forcing him up against a wall.
A hip-shakin' lawyer from Brazil will represent Elvis Presley's birthplace in an annual contest of Elvis impersonators at Graceland.
Diogo "Di Light" Leichtweis, of Porto Alegre, Brazil, won Saturday's tribute competition in Tupelo, where thousands of visitors attended the annual Elvis Festival.
"Elvis is huge in Brazil. People love his movies, especially 'Blue Hawaii,'" Leichtweis said. "Since I was a kid, my father has been a huge fan."
Leichtweis' victory marks the second year for an international contestant to represent Tupelo in the Memphis competition. This year's Tupelo Elvis Festival featured artists from six states and three foreign countries.
Snoop Dogg sued Pabst Brewing Co. on Monday, claiming the beer-maker owes him a portion of its proceeds from the company's sale last year.
The breach-of-contract lawsuit seeks 10 percent of the net sales price paid to Pabst for its Colt 45 malt beer line, which was included in last year's sale to beer entrepreneur Eugene Kashper and an investment firm.
Snoop Dogg signed a three-year agreement in 2011 to endorse Colt 45's fruit-flavored beer called Blast by Colt 45. The lawsuit states his contract called for him to receive a portion of the sale price if Pabst sold its Colt 45 operations before January 2016.
His contract also called on the rapper to consult with Colt 45's marketing team at least once a year on how he could integrate Blast by Colt 45 into his concerts, interviews and social media posts. Snoop Dogg received an upfront payment of $250,000 and an additional $20,000 for every 10th mention of the beer on social media, TV or during a concert.
The contract also called for the rapper to receive a royalty on each case of Blast by Colt 45 that was sold.
Since retiring from the U.S. Army in 2000, Dr. John Henry Hagmann has helped train thousands of soldiers and medical personnel in how to treat battlefield wounds. His company, Deployment Medicine International, has received more than $10.5 million in business from the federal government.
The taxpayer-funded training has long troubled animal rights activists, who contend that Hagmann's use of live, wounded pigs to simulate combat injuries is unnecessarily cruel. But an investigation by Virginia medical authorities alleges that pigs weren't the doctor's only training subjects.
During instructional sessions in 2012 and 2013 for military personnel, Hagmann gave trainees drugs and liquor, and directed them to perform macabre medical procedures on one another, according to a report issued by the Virginia Board of Medicine, the state agency that oversees the conduct of doctors.
Hagmann, 59, is accused of inappropriately providing at least 10 students with the hypnotic drug ketamine. The report alleges Hagmann told students to insert catheters into the genitals of other trainees and that two intoxicated student were subjected to penile nerve block procedures. Hagmann also is accused of conducting "shock labs," a process in which he withdrew blood from the students, monitored them for shock, and then transfused the blood back into their systems.
The report alleges that Hagmann also "exploited, for personal gain and sexual gratification" two participants who attended a July 2013 course at his Virginia farm.
The director of a nonprofit being sued for offering so-called gay conversion therapy acknowledged on the witness stand Monday that the group claims a "success" rate of 65 to 75 percent to turn gay men to straight even though it doesn't keep its own statistics and relies on anecdotal evidence from counselors.
Arthur Goldberg also testified that he believes homosexuality is a spiritual disorder and a condition caused by emotional wounds occurring in childhood and adolescence that can be cured through a "gender-affirming" process such as that offered by his organization.
On the stand Monday, the 75-year-old Goldberg acknowledged that while in emails and writings on the group's website JONAH claims that roughly two-thirds of men who go through the program are "successfully healed," he relies on anecdotal evidence from counselors affiliated with JONAH to reach those numbers.
Goldberg also acknowledged that the American Psychotherapy Association revoked two certifications it granted him because on his applications he failed to mention that he had been convicted of fraud and conspiracy years ago and spent time in prison. Pressed by Bensman, he also said he has never been a licensed counselor but has referred to himself as one in writings and emails and has had input on some of JONAH's programs.
Actresses Anna Chlumsky (L) and Debra Messing present an award during the American Theatre Wing's 69th Annual Tony Awards at the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York June 7, 2015.
Photo by Lucas Jackson
Following a winter marked by little snow and warmer temperatures, fire crews on Monday were tackling two large wildfires burning on mostly treeless tundra in the southwest part of the state.
Weekend rain helped tamp down the lightning-caused fires that through Monday have burned 63 square miles in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, about 50 miles northeast of the commercial hub town of Bethel.
Alaska gets fewer fires in tundra than in forests, and tundra fires tend to be smaller, but they are not unheard of, according to Fish and Wildlife Service fire ecologist Lisa Saperstein.
Tundra fires are more common in southwest Alaska, but rare in the far north, she said. In 2007, a lightning-caused fire burned 400 square miles in the Brooks Range in the North Slope in an area where lightning is an anomaly.
Belarusian women drink and eat as they take part in the Rusalle festival (the holiday of mermaids) in the village of Nezhin, Belarus, June 7, 2015. The festival is an ancient tradition originating from pagan times, in which women sing and dance around a campfire and choose a leader of the mermaids, in a belief that the leader will protect the harvest.
Photo by Vasily Fedosenko
In a worrying development which could threaten food production, South Africa's traditionally tough honey bees -- which had been resistant to disease -- are now getting "sick of humans", with the population of the crucial pollinators collapsing, experts say.
In South Africa, an outbreak of the lethal bacterial disease foulbrood is spreading rapidly for the first time in recent history, says Mike Allsopp, honey bee specialist at the Agricultural Research Council in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province.
"It's exactly the same as around the world, the bees are sick of humans and the pressures and the stresses humans are putting on them," said Allsopp.
The foulbrood hitting South Africa is the American strain of the disease, he said. The country's bees have previously coped with the European version.
"It is a ticking time bomb. Every colony that I've looked at that has clinical foulbrood has died, and we're not seeing colonies recover."
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed on Monday that Trainor, a longtime friend, passed away at home in Montecito, California, on May 20. She was 62.
Trainor got her start in the film business as a producer's assistant on a number of movies including the 1979 Steven Spielberg film "1941," which her eventual husband, director Robert Zemeckis, wrote. After the couple married in 1980, Zemeckis cast Trainor in her first film, "Romancing the Stone," as the kidnapped sister of Kathleen Turner's character.
On the small screen, Trainor was a cast member on the short-lived series "Relativity" and had a recurring role on "Roswell."
"Mare and I have been close since our days together as college roommates, and she even provided the introduction to Steven Spielberg that jumpstarted my career," Kennedy said in a statement. "She was a great actress, warm friend and generous spirit."
Zemeckis and Trainor, who divorced in 2000, had one child, Alex Zemeckis.
In this May 27, 2015 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a southern pudu fawn walks in its enclosure at the Queens Zoo in New York. The male southern pudu fawn, the world's smallest deer species, was born May 12 at the Queens Zoo. Southern pudus tend to be around a foot tall at the shoulder. When they're born, they're only 6 inches high, and weigh less than a pound.
Photo by Julie Larsen Maher
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