Paul Krugman: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (NY Times Blog)
I constantly get mail - and sometimes other peoples' columns - condemning me, not for being wrong, but for being dismissive of the arguments of those I criticize. After all, these are important people, so they deserve to be treated with respect. Right? Wrong.
Stian Hansen: 5 Famous Bible Stories With Logical Scientific Explanations (Cracked)
If you pause faith for a moment and look at the Bible through the cold, unfeeling monocle of science, it doesn't hold up. Right? Well, let's not be so hasty. It turns out that there are fairly plausible scientific explanations behind some of the most famous stories you learned in Sunday School. We're not saying that miracles don't exist or anything. We're just saying that, in the last few thousand years, science got crazy good at explaining miracles.
David Bruce: Wise Up! Friends (Athens News)
Composer Johannes Brahms had a big ego. While walking with his friend George Henschel, he saw a building bearing a commemorative plaque. Mr. Brahms said to Mr. Henschel, "The day after I die they'll put up a sign on my house, too." Mr. Henschel joked, "Of course they will. It'll say, 'House to Rent.'"
Mary Mallon (September 23, 1869 - November 11, 1938), better known as Typhoid Mary, was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected 51 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook. She was twice forcibly isolated by public health authorities and died after a total of nearly three decades in isolation.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Alan J said:
She worked as a cook
And supplied more than nourishing meals. She was known in the popular
press (and to history) as Typhoid Mary.
Mary Mallon was better known as Typhoid Mary.
Still triple-digit hot, still smoky, which triggered my exercise-induced asthma on yesterday's bike ride. I took a Dammitol pill and pedaled on.
Vacation can't come soon enough.
Lois Of Oregon answered:
Typhoid Mary only killed FIVE? What a slacker! Just think what she could have accomplished if they'd had McDonald's back then! I had a rough weekend of the lost variety, myself. Here are some snake memes I forgot to use for the board game trivia Saturday. Sick and tired of snakes getting such a bad rep. Snakes are our friends!
DJ Useo responded:
Unless it's some actress I don't know, it's Typhoid Mary.
Da Dale in the land of Norcali, Hot Diamonds replied:
Wah, Wah, Wah, it's over 101°F today!!! And a nice little hot breeze!
Oh fucking poor Mary Mallon, Typhoid Mary, spread the fever by cooking and shitting and not washing her hands (her employment kept her in the dank, dark kitchens of the upper crust), or bathing per say. She refused surgery to remove her infected gall bladder, snuck out of quarantine and dosed more personage. What a dumb shit!
Typhoid Mary 1869 - 1938, first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever.
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 FRESH'Zoo', then a RERUN'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Stephen Colbert's hour with reruns of 'CSI: One Too Many'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Patrick Stewart, Anthony Davis, and Morrissey.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH'Hollywood Game Night'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Taraji P. Henson, Edward Burns, and Sam Hunt.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Zac Efron, Joe Piscopo, Chris Stapleton, and Jimmy Chamberlin.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/31/15) are Britt Robertson, Hidden Ritual, and Mimicking Birds.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by another RERUN'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH'Extreme Fat Shaming'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Johnny Knoxville, Steph Curry, and Kelly Clarkson.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'iZombie'.
Faux has a FRESH'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?', followed by a RERUN'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN'Last Man On Earth'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars', then a FRESH'Storage Wars: Behind The Locker'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Green Mile', followed by the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption'.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 29 - J. Morris
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 30 - Hughes
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Lanterna
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Handlebar
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 8 - Human Nature
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 9 - The Family Of Blood
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Redemption (Part 2)
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Darmok
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Glass House
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 4 - Black Pearl
[4:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
[5:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Cafe Tavolini
[6:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 5 - DownCity
[7:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
[8:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
[9:00PM] My Fake Baby
[10:00PM] Love Me, Love My Doll NEW
[11:00PM] Should I Smoke Dope?
[12:00AM] My Fake Baby
[1:00AM] Love Me, Love My Doll
[2:00AM] Should I Smoke Dope?
[3:00AM] Top Gear: Cars of the People-Episode 1
[4:00AM] Top Gear: Cars of the People-Episode 2
[5:00AM] Top Gear: Cars of the People-Episode 3 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'NYC Social', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NYC', and another 'Real Housewives Of NYC'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', 'Inside Amy Schumer', followed by a FRESH'Another Period'.
On a RERUNJon Stewart is Paul Rudd.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Beth Stelling and Sam Morril.
FX has the movie 'Immortals', followed by the movie 'Thor', then a FRESH'Tyrant'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars', then another FRESH'Counting Cars'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-A BIRD IN THE HEAD
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-A-DUCKING THEY DID GO
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-ALL THE WORLD'S A STOOGE
[7:15AM] GET CARTER
[9:30AM] FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
[12:15PM] MYSTIC RIVER
[3:15PM] GET CARTER
[5:30PM] GREEN ZONE
[8:00PM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[10:45PM] TRAINING DAY
[1:30AM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[4:15AM] OPEN WATER (ALL TIMES EST)
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics
[8:30AM] Slumdog Millionaire
[2:00PM] The Natural
[5:00PM] Enemy at the Gates
[8:00PM] First Blood
[10:00PM] Rambo: First Blood Part II
[12:00AM] Rambo III
[2:30AM] The Natural
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-Breaking Bad (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy', followed by a FRESH'Face Off'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Lisa Kudrow, Uzo Aduba, and Bully.
Musician Stevie Wonder performs during a free pop-up concert on the D.C. Armory Mall, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Washington. The D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development said the concert was part of a news conference promoting Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life Performance" tour.
Photo by Evan Vucci
Tracy Morgan is coming home to "Saturday Night Live" as guest host on Oct. 17.
His appearance also promises to be a coming-out party for the former "SNL" cast member and star of "30 Rock," who has been recuperating from injuries he suffered in a June 2014 crash that also killed a fellow comedian when their limousine was hit by a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.
NBC on Monday also announced that on Oct. 3, Miley Cyrus will return as host for a third time to kick off the 41st "SNL" season.
Then on Oct. 10, Amy Schumer will make her hosting debut. Schumer is coming off her summer box office hit, "Trainwreck," for which she served as both star and writer. She stars in the Comedy Central series, "Inside Amy Schumer," and in an upcoming HBO comedy special "Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo."
Members of the original Mouseketeers group perform songs from the 1950s "Mickey Mouse Club" show while their photos are shown on screen during the D23 Fan Expo, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif.
Photo by Mindy Schauer
Former French screen legend turned animal activist Brigitte Bardot is calling on the head of the United Nations to urgently make a stand against "trophy hunting" following July's killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.
"It's with repugnance and with tears in my eyes that I ask you to take a strong position -- this is urgent!" Bardot wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, according to the letter made public on Monday.
Bardot, who runs an animal protection foundation in her name, called for the "abolition" of the "scandalous sporting and recreational murder" of animals.
She said that "the impact of trophy hunting that spares no species for the pleasure of wealthy hunters who kill for play and vanity should not be minimised," alongside poaching.
In her letter, Bardot railed that "the power of money allows all rules to be broken, it also allows corruption by taking advantage of human misery".
An ancient plant that grew underwater in what is modern day Europe, had no petals and bore one single seed may have been the world's first known flowering plant, a study said Monday.
More than 1,000 fossils of the plant, called Montsechia vidalii, were pored over for the new study, which seems to oust a Chinese plant that has also been considered among the first.
"A 'first flower' is technically a myth, like the 'first human,'" said paleobotanist David Dilcher, lead author of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.
"But based on this new analysis, we know now that Montsechia is contemporaneous, if not more ancient, than Archaefructus (sinensis)," a similar aquatic plant found in China.
Its fossils were first discovered more than a century ago in the limestone deposits of the Iberian Range in central Spain and in the Montsec Range of the Pyrenees.
In this Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, photo, provided by Tamea Agle, Johnny Depp, left, and Gene Simmons perform at Lucky Strike bowling alley in Los Angeles during a charity concert benefiting Mending Kids, a charity that provides free corrective surgeries to children around the world.
Photo by Tamea Agle
An archaeological dig at an 18th-century military site has uncovered large sections of stone walls that are believed to have been constructed within a larger British fortification that was never completed more than 250 years ago.
The excavations at Lake George Battlefield Park wrapped up on Friday after digging numerous pits in an area that was occupied by thousands of British and Colonial American soldiers during the French and Indian War.
Musket balls, gun flints and pottery pieces were among the artifacts found.
David Starbuck, the archaeologist who led the dig, said the most significant find was the intact stone walls buried in a bastion of Fort George, which the British never finished building.
Actor Emile Hirsch began serving 15 days in a Utah jail Monday after pleading guilty to misdemeanour assault for putting a female studio executive in a chokehold and body-slamming her at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival
The "Into the Wild" star told a judge he was sorry and was learning to take responsibility for his actions, saying he has no excuse for what happened Jan. 25 at Tao Nightclub in Park City. But the victim said Hirsch's punishment should have been tougher.
Hirsch's deal with prosecutors also calls for a $4,750 fine and 50 hours of community service. In exchange, a more serious felony assault charge was dropped and the misdemeanour will be dismissed if he completes his sentence.
Daniele Bernfeld, an executive for the Paramount Pictures subsidiary Insurge Pictures, said in a statement read in court that the violent and unprovoked attack has caused long-lasting effects beyond physical injuries.
"It took two people to pull him off me, and if not for their intervention, the attack would have continued," she said. "I thought I was going to die."
Llama herders watch a fashion show featuring creations made with wool from alpaca and llama at the annual Camelid Expo fair in El Alto, Bolivia, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. The herding of cameloids like alpacas, llamas and vicunas has been a major highland activity since 4000 B.C., providing indigenous civilizations with a reliable and sustainable supply of wool, meat, fertilizer and heat.
Photo by Juan Karita
The federal government on Monday gave Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced that it approved the permit to drill below the ocean floor after the oil giant brought in a required piece of equipment to stop a possible well blowout.
The agency previously allowed Shell to begin drilling only the top sections of two wells in the Chukchi Sea because the key equipment, called a capping stack, was stuck on a vessel that needed repair in Portland, Oregon.
Because the vessel arrived last week, Shell is free to drill into oil-bearing rock, estimated at 8,000 feet below the ocean floor, for the first time since its last exploratory well was drilled in 1991.
A misconduct complaint has been filed against an East Texas judge for giving a man who pleaded guilty to assault a choice of going to jail or getting married and ordering him to write Bible verses, officials said on Monday.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed the complaint with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Friday, seeking to disbar Smith County Court-at-Law Judge Randall Rogers.
The judge last month gave Josten Bundy, 21, a choice of marrying his girlfriend Elizabeth Jaynes, 19, and being released on probation or spending 15 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. Bundy, who had gotten into a fight with Jaynes's former boyfriend, chose to get married.
The judge also ordered Bundy to write Bible verses and attend counseling, according to a transcript of the proceedings obtained by broadcaster KLTV in Tyler, Texas.
Bobby Burgess, right, one of the original Mouseketeers from the 1950s "Mickey Mouse Club," presents film critic Leonard Malton with a pair of ears during the D23 Fan Expo, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif.
Photo by Mindy Schauer
Edma Duran uses a machete to salvage what leaves she can from the family's coca plot, which government workers have just destroyed in a record-breaking U.S.-backed eradication campaign that has affected roughly a half million Peruvians.
"This is what we live off," says Duran, who lives with her husband and six children in a village of 110 people that lacks electricity, phones and running water and is five hours from the nearest doctor.
Duran is among thousands of Peruvians who have lost their livelihoods to the government's campaign to destroy the plant used to make cocaine. They say officials have offered only paltry compensation, or none at all.
A record 55,000 hectares (just over 210 square miles) of coca were destroyed in 2013-14 - dropping the Andean nation to No. 2 behind Colombia in land area under coca cultivation.
According to Peru's government, 42,000 families got financial support or help with alternative crops last year after their coca fields were destroyed. But many of the 95,000 families affected by eradication get no assistance or, like Duran, have rejected what was offered.
Scientists say they have found rare evidence of a prehistoric massacre in Europe after discovering a 7,000-year-old mass grave with skeletal remains from some of the continent's first farmers bearing terrible wounds.
Archaeologists who painstakingly examined the bones of some 26 men, women and children buried in the Stone Age grave site at Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten, near Frankfurt, say they found blunt force marks to the head, arrow wounds and deliberate efforts to smash at least half of the victims' shins - either to stop them from running away or as a grim message to survivors.
"It was either torture or mutilation. We can't say for sure whether the victims were still alive," said Christian Meyer, one of the authors of the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Meyer said the findings from Schoeneck-Kilianstaedten bolster theories put forward after the earlier discovery of two other grave sites in Germany and Austria. At all three sites, the victims and the perpetrators appeared to have been from the Linearbandkeramik - or LBK - culture, a farming people who arrived in central Europe about 5,500 B.C. Their name derives from the German phrase for "linear band ceramics," a reference to the style of their pottery.
Intriguingly, the sites have all been dated toward the end of the LBK's 600-year presence, suggesting that members of this culture - which is thought to have developed in what is now Hungary and spread along the Danube River - may have turned on each other.
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