Paul Krugman: Democrats Being Democrats (NY Times Column)
Of course, changes in ideology matter only to the extent that they can influence policy. And while the electoral odds probably favor Mrs. Clinton, and Democrats could retake the Senate, they have very little chance of retaking the House. So changes in the Democratic Party may take a while to change America as a whole. But something important is happening, and in the long run it will matter a great deal.
Paul Krugman: The Third Surprise (NY Times Blog)
This has been a weekend for political surprises. First, of course, was the shocking rejection of TPP by House Democrats. Second was Hillary Clinton's unexpectedly liberal/populist campaign-launching speech on Roosevelt Island. What was the third? The pundit reaction to HRC's speech, which so far, as I read it, has been mostly … positive.
"Goober Peas" is a traditional folk song probably originating in the Southern United States. It was popular with Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War, and is still sung frequently in the South to this day. It has been recorded and sung by scores of artists, including Burl Ives, Tennessee Ernie Ford and The Kingston Trio.
The lyrics of "Goober Peas" are a description of daily life during the last few years of the Civil War for Southerners. After being cut off from the rail lines and their farm land, they had little to eat aside from boiled peanuts (or "goober peas") which often served as an emergency ration. Peanuts were also known as pindars and goobers.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
as I recall from singing "goober peas" as a child,
"goober peas" are
...or when this guy takes a leak:
My dad had a record with a song about this
I think this song has lasted
Almost long enough.
The subject's interestin' but
The rhymes are mighty rough.
I wish this war was over,
When free from rags and fleas,
We'd kiss our wives and sweethearts
And gobble goober peas.
Goober peas are peanuts. Probably, but not necessarily boiled.
Alan J said:
I grew up in the South - South Jersey, that is - and in grade school we sang a song about goober peas. I can still sing the chorus.
Goober peas are peanuts, which are not nuts at all, but are a legume, related to the soybean and snap pea and mesquite tree.
And here we are, another Monday.
Dale of Cooler Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Goober peas ain't nutin' but boiled peanuts. Dat's it today, Goobers.
DJ Useo responded:
Peanuts! & I don't mean the Charlie Brown kind. ;)
I know that song from playing Kingston Trio records.
I also think they might have made us sing that in 1st grade school.
Goofy eats goobers & they change him into Super Goof!
Lois Of Oregon answered:
As you know, I am a full-time cultural anthropologist and a
part-time etymologist (but NOT a cunning linguist!), and
have made a study of the evolution (or in this case
devolution) of language in decomposing civilizations.
Earlier in American history, "goober" referred to the humble
legume known as a peanut. Currently, however, is seems to be
used to describe another type of "nut".
MAM , wrote:
Peanuts ~ Popular with Southern soldiers, this song celebrates a staple of the Confederate Army's diet, the goober pea or peanut.
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 Kathy Griffin, Derek Luke, and the Lone Bellow.
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 Jeb Bush (R-Sloppy Seconds), Billy Crystal, and Courtney Barnett.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Amanda Seyfried, Judd Apatow, Katie Lee, and Chad Smith.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/28/15) are Paul F. Tompkins, Misterwives, and Billy Corben.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'2015 NBA Finals', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Viola Davis, Adam Scott, and Wale.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'iZombie'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'Women's World Cup', 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 a FRESH'Married At First Sight: Love Unlocked', followed by another 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 Shawshank Redemption', followed by the movie 'Apollo 13'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 23 - Godfrey NEW
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 24 - Leyland NEW
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Cafe 36
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 12 - Casa Roma
[10:00AM] Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 2
[11:00AM] Top Gear - Season 17 - Episode 3
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 24 - Second Chances
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 25 - Timescape
[2:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 5 - Birds
[3:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 6 - Insects
[4:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 7 - Hunters and Hunted
[5:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 8 - Creatures of the Deep
[6:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 9 - Plants
[7:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 10 - Primates
[8:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 1 - Challenges of Life
[9:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 2 - Reptiles and Amphibians
[10:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 3 - Mammals
[11:00PM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 4 - Fish
[12:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 5 - Birds
[1:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 6 - Insects
[2:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 7 - Hunters and Hunted
[3:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 8 - Creatures of the Deep
[4:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 9 - Plants
[5:00AM] Planet Earth: Life-Ep 10 - Primates (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 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0' and 'Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is Aziz Ansari.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Paul F. Tompkins, Ron Funches, and April Richardson.
FX has 'Mike & Molly', another 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'A Good Day To Die Hard', then a FRESH'Tyrant'.
[6:00AM] NIGHT SHIFT
[8:30AM] BAD NEWS BEARS
[11:00AM] LET'S GO TO PRISON
[1:00PM] INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
[3:15PM] BAD NEWS BEARS
[8:00PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[10:30PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[1:00AM] MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
[3:15AM] DEAD RINGERS
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CRAIG ROBINSON (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Black Rain
[8:45AM] The Game
[11:30AM] The Wrestler
[1:45PM] Once Upon a Time in Mexico
[4:00PM] The Natural
[7:00PM] The Warriors
[9:00PM] First Blood
[11:00PM] American Psycho
[1:15AM] The Warriors
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-Dexter (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia', followed by the movie 'Sinister'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Noah Wyle, Lea DeLaria, and Wolf Alice.
Cast members Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana pose at the premiere of "Infinitely Polar Bear" part of the Los Angeles Film Festival at Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on June 19.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni
A journalist who published the first reports from Edward Snowden's leaked documents offered a detailed rebuttal Monday to allegations that Russian and Chinese spies accessed the former intelligence contractor's files.
Glenn Greenwald, writing on online news website The Intercept, said the reports by the Sunday Times and BBC were based on the false premise that Snowden kept possession of the files he took from the US National Security Agency.
Greenwald, part of a team of journalists who met Snowden in Hong Kong before publishing the explosive articles about vast surveillance programs, said Snowden had kept no files with him when he travelled to Moscow.
"Snowden has said unequivocally that when he left Hong Kong, he took no files with him, having given them to the journalists with whom he worked, and then destroying his copy precisely so that it wouldn't be vulnerable," Greenwald said.
"How, then, could Russia have obtained Snowden's files as the story claims... if he did not even have physical possession of them? The only way this smear works is if they claim Snowden lied, and that he did in fact have files with him after he left Hong Kong."
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army to stop barring a Sikh college student from participating in reserve officer training because of his beard and turban, a decision welcomed on Monday as a step toward more religious Sikhs serving in the military.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a summary judgment on Friday barring the Army from using Iknoor Singh's religious dress - his beard, long hair and turban - as a basis for blocking him entering the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Hofstra University.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Army Secretary John McHugh last year after Singh was denied a religious accommodation that would have allowed him to participate in the ROTC program without cutting his hair or beard.
People who want to dress according to their religion while serving in the U.S. military must first obtain a religious accommodation from senior officers.
In a world where gadget updates and upgrades are a regular occurrence, a computer older than five years is an anomaly.
But in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a 30-year-old Commodore Amiga is still plugging away, controlling the heat and air conditioning for 19 different public schools.
"The system controls the start/stop of boilers, the start/stop of fans, pumps, [it] monitors space temperatures, and so on," said Grand Rapids Public Schools Maintenance Supervisor Tim Hopkins to WOODTV .
Purchased with money from an energy bond, the computer was new in the 1980s, replacing one that Hopkins said was "about the size of a refrigerator."
The computer is never turned off and runs on a 1200-bit modem. There have been a few updates in the past 30 years, despite the difficulty in sourcing parts.
Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen's lawsuit over the 2013 film "Gravity" is flawed and must be amended if she wants to continue seeking millions in profits from the blockbuster film, a federal judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow ruled late Friday that Gerritsen's lawsuit fails to show how Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., could be held liable for a 1999 agreement she signed with another production company and studio to make a film out of her book titled "Gravity."
Both the film and book focus on a female astronaut trapped in space after calamities strike, but Warner Bros. has noted that the author downplayed the similarities in public comments before filing her suit.
Gerritsen sued Warner Bros. in April 2014, and she amended it earlier this year after Morrow cited problems with the complaint. Her books include a series that is basis for the TNT show "Rizzoli & Isles."
The author wrote a script based on her book and received a $1 million option from Katja Motion Picture Corp. and New Line Cinema, both of which were later absorbed by Warner Bros. Gerritsen's attorneys claimed Warner Bros. should honor the contract, which provided the author would receive screen credit and a share of the film's profits if her story was developed.
U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (R) and Akie Abe, wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, dressed in traditional work clothes, prepare to plant rice seedlings at a paddy field in Shimonoseki, western Japan, June 14, 2015. Kennedy transplanted rice seedlings with Akie Abe on Sunday during a visit to Shimonoseki, the hometown of Shinzo Abe.
Photo by Kyodo
If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published last week by the journal Health Affairs.
Of the 50 U.S. hospitals that mark up prices the most, 49 of them are part of for-profit hospital chains, according to the study's authors, Ge Bai of Washington & Lee University and Gerard Anderson of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Using 2012 data provided by 4,483 hospitals to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Bai and Anderson found that those 50 had an average markup of 1,013 percent over what Medicare pays for the thousands of items on hospitals' "chargemasters." (Chargemasters are lists of all the items and services hospitals bill for. Hospitals set their own charges. Few states set any limits on what hospitals can charge.) That's almost three times the average markup at the other 4,433 hospitals. The average markup for all those other hospitals-most of them nonprofits-was 340 percent.
Of those high-markup 50, more than a fourth of them are owned and operated by Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). But with 14 hospitals on the list, HCA was just in second place. A full half of the top 50 are owned by HCA's biggest rival, Community Health Systems, a Franklin, Tennessee company that operates 199 hospitals in 29 states.
Actress Lynda Carter, wife of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZeniMax Media Robert A. Altman, poses during a media briefing by game publisher Bethesda Softworks before the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California June 14, 2015. ZeniMax Media is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian
A nuclear-powered submarine heavily damaged by a fire set by a shipyard worker three years ago departed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Friday for a final journey to the West Coast, where it'll be cut up for scrap.
Shipyard workers completed the inactivation of the former USS Miami, removing equipment and ship systems, before it was towed away by tugboats with assistance from two Navy ships, shipyard spokeswoman Danna Eddy said.
The May 2012 fire, which occurred while the submarine was undergoing an overhaul at the shipyard, turned into an inferno that took more than 100 firefighters half a day to douse. Seven firefighters were hurt.
The Navy originally intended to return the Los Angeles-class attack submarine to the fleet after extensive repairs. But it decided to scrap the submarine when estimated repair costs grew to upward of $700 million.
A bridge has been closed for a second straight night because of swarms of mayflies so thick they caused accidents, authorities said.
Wrightsville fire officials said the Route 462 bridge over the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightsville closed at about 10 p.m. Sunday.
The bridge was also shut down Saturday night after three motorcycle crashes attributed to the flies. Livelsberger says the department was dispatched to deal with one crash and saw two more crashes while on the scene. All three victims were treated at the scene.
Mayflies are attracted by light and congregate on roads, bridges and other surfaces. When cars hit them, the females' eggs release liquid that makes roads slick.
Lt. Sean Montgomery of the Columbia Borough Fire Department compared driving on the bug-covered surface to driving on ice or snow - but he said the winter scenario doesn't include the horrendous smell, "like dead fish."
Blaze Starr, a burlesque icon and stripper who drew tourists to post-World War II Baltimore, lent glamour to New Orleans and became known far and wide for her affair with a colorful mid-century Louisiana governor, died Monday. She was 83.
She died at her Wilsondale, West Virginia, home after experiencing heart issues during the past few years, said her nephew Earsten Spaulding.
Born Fannie Belle Fleming in Wayne County, West Virginia, Starr long performed at the Two O' Clock Club in Baltimore, earning her the nickname, "The Hottest Blaze in Burlesque."
She's better known for what happened when she landed at the Sho-Bar club in New Orleans.
That's where Starr famously had an affair with Louisiana Gov. Earl K. Long, who served in the 1940s and 1950s.
The flamboyant stripper who grew up in West Virginia's coalfields also laid claim to sleeping with John F. Kennedy before he won the presidency.
Starr later migrated more toward comedy acts when she bought the Two O' Clock Club.
Filmmaker John Waters, a Baltimore native who celebrated the city's weirdness in movies such as "Pink Flamingos" and "Pecker," said he watched Starr's shows as a teenager, though he never met her. He said her wardrobe was a major influence on Divine, the cross-dressing actor who starred in several of Waters' movies.
Waters said Starr was an important figure in the history of postwar Baltimore.
"She was a stripper on The Block, which for a long time was Baltimore's only tourist attraction, really, from the Second World War and after, that was why people went to Baltimore," he said. "I still think she was the best tourist attraction that Baltimore ever had."
He said she was "never tawdry" and was able to build a diverse fan base.
"She had a sense of humour, and she turned what was once thought of as a negative career, being a stripper, into a class act in a weird way," Waters said. "No one looked down on Blaze Starr."
Starr co-authored her autobiography in 1974. The book was adapted 15 years later into the movie "Blaze," starring Paul Newman as Earl Long and Lolita Davidovich as Starr.
She hand-made many of her elaborate burlesque outfits, was a fan of mushroom and ginseng hunting and quickly picked up how to play the banjo, he added.
Paris zoo veterinarian dives next to Herbert, a 6 year-old, 430 kilos (950 pounds) manatee, in his aquarium at Paris Zoological Park in the Bois de Vincennes in the east of Paris, France, June 15, 2015. Herbert was driven by truck from Nuremberg zoo in Germany to Paris zoo.
Photo by Philippe Wojazer
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