Andrew Tobias: American Dream Week Raffi Krikorian "was one of the geniuses at Twitter and Uber. When I saw the press release [announcing that was hired to be of the he Democratic National Committee, I pinged Megan Smith, formerly Chief Technology Officer of the United States. "Hey, do you know him? How are you with this choice?" Megan, who's been privately and constructively critical of the DNC in the past, replied: "He is beyond extraordinary. We are so lucky." This buoys my spirits, and I hope yours. Technology underpins everything.
Founded in 1971, what was the first organization for gay Democrats in the United States?
The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (first known as The Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club)
The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (first known as The Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club) is a San Francisco-based association and political action committee for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Democrats.
The club is currently active in its endorsement of Democratic candidates in the San Francisco area.
Founded in 1971 by activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, Beth Elliott, and Jim Foster, it was the first organization for gay Democrats in the United States. It is named after lesbian writer and San Francisco native Alice B. Toklas. The club has been known for its more moderate approach and in 1976, local LGBT activists broke off to form the more progressive Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club.
In 1971, Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club of San Francisco was the first registered LGBT Democratic club in the nation.
In 1975, the Stonewall Democratic Club was established in Los Angeles, California, the first 'Stonewall Democratic Club' in the country established for LGBT individuals and straight allies committed to achieving equality for all and to advancing progressive and feminist values through the Democratic Party.
Mark. was first and correct with:
The Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club of San Francisco was the
first organization for gay Democrats in the US. Let's all have brownies
Alan J said:
The Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club of San Fransisco.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
It was the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, or the Stonewall Democrats. I didn't know such an organization existed until today.
Last night was so cool I opened up the house. A nice change from last week's oppressive heat.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
The Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club of San Francisco was founded in
1971. The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club of DC came along in 1976.
Daniel in The City wrote:
Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club of San Francisco.
I should get that one, since I am, after all, in the City.
Billy in Cypress said:
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
The Stonewall Democrats…long for the days when the Demos had teeth and cajones.
Ah, Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done:
Where the Youth pined away with desire
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.
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CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS', followed by a RERUN'Bull', then a RERUN'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Christoph Waltz, Chris O'Dowd, and Sean Evans.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are John Boyega, Jeffrey Tambor, and Rag'n'Bone Man.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH'World Of Dance'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Billy Crystal, Derek Hough, the winner of "World of Dance", and Jessie Reyez.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Eva Longoria, Max Greenfield, John Singleton, and Venzella Joy.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/16/17) are Madchen Amick, Strand of Oaks, and Maggie Maye.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'The Middle', followed by a RERUN'Fresh Off The Boat', then a RERUN'black-ish', followed by another RERUN'black-ish', then a FRESH'Somewhere Between'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Milo Ventimiglia and Lindsey Stirling.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.
Faux has a RERUN'Lethal Weapon', followed by a RERUN'The Mick', then a RERUN'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'.
MY recycles an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.
A&E has 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', another 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', then another FRESH'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath'.
AMC offers the movie 'Ocean's Eleven', followed by the movie 'Focus', then the movie 'The Departed'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Hide
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-The Crimson Horror
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-Nightmare in Silver
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-The Name of the Doctor
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 2-Into the Dalek
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-The Naked Now
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Code of Honor
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-The Last Outpost
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Where No One Has Gone Before
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Lonely Among Us
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Justice
[8:00PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003)
[10:30PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2003)
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-The Naked Now
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Code of Honor
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-The Last Outpost (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck Mediterranean', then a FRESH'A Night With My Ex', 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Now'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show it's "The Russian Scandal: The Creme de la Kremlin".
FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by the movie 'Furious 7'.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'American Ripper'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
[6:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
[9:15AM] EASTERN PROMISES
[4:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Acid Queen
[4:31PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm Free
[5:02PM] THAT '70S SHOW-We're Not Gonna Take It
[5:33PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Christmas
[6:04PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm a Boy
[6:35PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Young Man Blues
[7:06PM] THAT '70S SHOW-A Legal Matter
[7:37PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I Can See for Miles
[8:08PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sally Simpson
[8:39PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Won't Get Fooled Again
[9:10PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Acid Queen
[9:41PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm Free
[10:12PM] THAT '70S SHOW-We're Not Gonna Take It
[10:43PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Christmas
[11:14PM] THAT '70S SHOW-I'm a Boy
[11:45PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Young Man Blues
[12:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-A Legal Matter
[12:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-I Can See for Miles
[1:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sally Simpson
[1:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Won't Get Fooled Again
[4:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Mike Colter Wears a Pink Button Up and Black Boots
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Reggie Watts Wears a Purple and Yellow Quilted Sweatshirt
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber Wears A Purple Top Hat & Fabrice Fabrice Wears One Pink Fur Leg Warmer (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Barney Miller-The Tontine
[6:30AM] Barney Miller-Examination Day
[7:00AM] Barney Miller-The Clown
[7:30AM] Barney Miller-Chinatown
[8:00AM] Barney Miller-Chinatown
[8:30AM] Barney Miller-Hunger Strike
[9:00AM] For Keeps
[2:30PM] My Girl
[5:00PM] Stand by Me
[7:00PM] The Outsiders
[9:00PM] Alice in Wonderland
[11:30PM] Edward Scissorhands
[5:00AM] All in the Family-Archie's Chair
[5:35AM] All in the Family-Mike Goes Skiing (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Hellboy', followed by a FRESH'Face Off', then the movie 'Zombieland'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Jennifer Jason Leigh, Andrea Savage, and Benjamin Booker.
"Speechless" was one of the several shows honored at last night's 2017 Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards.
According to TVLine, the ABC comedy took home the trophy for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming, beating its fellow nominees Disney Junior's "Doc McStuffins," Disney Channel's "Elena of Avalor," HBO's "Sesame Street" and PBS' "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" and "Odd Squad."
Shortly after the winners were announced, "Speechless" star John Ross Bowie took to Instagram to thank the Television Critics Association for the award and express his gratitude to all the critics who have supported the show since it was launched last September. Bowie, along with his co-stars Mason Cook, Micah Fowler and Cedric Yarbrough, attended the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Filming for Season 2 of the Scott Silveri-created series is set to start next week. According to Cook and Fowler's recent social media posts, shooting for the new season will begin on Monday, Aug. 7.
The Newport Jazz Festival wrapped up Sunday with a closing performance from the legendary hip-hop band "The Roots" as a new artistic director put his stamp on one of the world's most venerable jazz carnivals.
The three-day festival in Rhode Island, which began in 1954, has been headlined over the years by jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane under the stewardship of its founder-promoter George Wein.
Since Wein stepped down last year, new artistic director Christian McBride has introduced a more eclectic line-up, featuring soul, Afro-Cuban and DJs as well as more traditional jazz stars such as Branford Marsalis who appeared on Saturday night.
McBride, who is himself a Grammy Award-winning bassist, said he was proud to feature "The Roots," a band regarded as godfathers of hip-hop and best known in the United States as the house band of late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon.
"The one thing I think all these musicians have in common is that they all strive and achieve excellence," McBride told AFP.
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood revealed he was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.
"There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains - time to say goodbye," the 70-year-old rocker told Mail on Sunday's Event Magazine.. "You never know what is going to happen."
Wood, who gave up smoking one year ago when his twin daughters were born, told Event he was skeptical he could escape 50 years of chain smoking unscathed. When he went to the doctor in May, he asked for a more in-depth check up. The doctor told Wood he had found cancer in the guitarist's lung. After a week of tests, it was determined that the cancer had not spread.
"I made up my mind that if it had spread I wasn't going to go through chemo, I wasn't going to use that bayonet in my body," Wood told Event about his week of waiting to find out if the cancer had metastasized. He also said he was concerned about what would happen to his legendary locks if he had to undergo chemotherapy.
And while he opted out of chemo, he did have part of his lung removed.
Toilet paper featuring old tweets by Donald Trump (R-Crooked) appears to have sold out on Amazon.
The toilet paper - described as "a collection of ten of Donald Trump's tweets that we deemed were most suitable for flushing" - was sold by a company called Toilet Tweets and fulfilled by Amazon. A single roll was being sold for $11.99 as of Friday, according to the Hill. On Monday, the toilet paper was listed as "currently unavailable" for purchase.
"Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?" read one 2013 tweet printed on the roll.
"Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?" read another from 2014.
Toilet Tweets isn't the first company to pursue this kind of business idea. Similar rolls of toilet paper are still available for sale on Amazon, including a roll featuring Trump's face that a company called The Gag is currently selling for $12.95.
Part of a map showing the central Mediterranean is seen in the map room at the Combined Operations Centre, dating back to World War II, in the War Headquarters tunnels beneath Valletta, Malta, March 24, 2017.
Photo by Darrin Zammit Lupi
Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference "weather extremes" instead.
A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a USDA unit that oversees farmers' land conservation, show that the incoming Trump administration has had a stark impact on the language used by some federal employees around climate change.
A missive from Bianca Moebius-Clune, director of soil health, lists terms that should be avoided by staff and those that should replace them. "Climate change" is in the "avoid" category, to be replaced by "weather extremes". Instead of "climate change adaption", staff are asked to use "resilience to weather extremes".
The primary cause of human-driven climate change is also targeted, with the term "reduce greenhouse gases" blacklisted in favor of "build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency". Meanwhile, "sequester carbon" is ruled out and replaced by "build soil organic matter".
In her email to staff, dated 16 February this year, Moebius-Clune said the new language was given to her staff and suggests it be passed on. She writes that "we won't change the modeling, just how we talk about it - there are a lot of benefits to putting carbon back in the sail [sic], climate mitigation is just one of them", and that a colleague from public affairs gave advice to "tamp down on discretionary messaging right now".
Silicon Valley's most high-profile backer of Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) presidential campaign has reportedly begun disparaging the President's erratic administration and even warning it may collapse in "disaster".
Even as many technology industry executives remained wary of Mr Trump's candidacy, PayPal founder Peter Thiel became a vocal supporter. Mr Thiel's vision of limited government aligns with a central plank of Republican orthodoxy, and his libertarian-minded aversion to foreign entanglements mirrors Mr Trump's isolationist stance. His backing of Mr Trump won him a speaking spot at the 2016 Republican National Convention in which Mr Trump officially secured his party's nomination.
When Donald Trump asked us to make America great again, he's not suggesting a return to the past - he's running to lead us back to that bright future," Mr Thiel said of Mr Trump, whom he called the only candidate to be "honest" about the fact that "fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline."
But according to associates of Mr Thiel who spoke anonymously to BuzzFeed, the 49-year-old has soured on Mr Trump as his administration has churned through staffers, been engulfed by an investigation of potential ties between the campaign and Russia, and failed to register any significant legislative wins despite unified Republican control of Washington.
Researchers may have found the home town of Peter and two other apostles of Jesus near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, an archaeologist said Monday.
Israeli and American archaeologists have likely uncovered the lost Roman city of Julias near the banks of the lake, also known as Lake Tiberias, Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archeaology said.
First century Roman historian Flavius Josephus wrote that Julias was built around 30 AD on the ruins of Bethsaid, a fishing village where Peter was born according to the Gospel of John.
Christians recognise Saint Peter, originally a fisherman, as one of the first followers of Jesus and the leader of the early Church following the ascension.
Two other apostles -- Philip and Peter's brother Andrew -- are also believed to have been born or lived in Bethsaida.
When 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya first began working she still used an abacus for maths -- today she is one of the world's oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for the elderly.
Frustrated by the lack of interest from the tech industry in engaging older people, she taught herself to code and set about doing it herself.
The over 60s, she insists, need to actively search out new skills to stay nimble.
She became interested in computers in the 1990s when she retired from her job as a bank clerk. It took her months to set up her first system, beginning with BBS messaging, a precursor to the internet, before building her skills on a Microsoft PC, and then Apple's Mac and iPhones.
Wakamiya learned the basics of coding and developed 'Hinadan' one of Japan's first dedicated app games for the over-60s -- she is now in such demand that this year Apple invited her to participate at their prestigious Worldwide Developers Conference, where she was the oldest app creator to take part.
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