Andrew Tobias: "'It's War' - And We're Losing"
The Wall Street Journal adds this footnote: "Russian-backed messages in the 2016 election cycle had outsize reach, ad buyers say, because of the way Facebook rewards content that gets a reaction." As known so far, Russia's Facebook ads reached only a few million people - a small piece of their overall effort. Will Facebook find more to reveal? (For months, they knew of none.)
How-To: Packing Tape Ghost Sculptures (makezine.com)
There is something about Halloween decorating that brings out the creative energy in people. It's not quite the same as Thanksgiving and Christmas. At Halloween you get to really let your imagination run wild with all the fantastic and spooky things you can do to creep out the neighborhood kids. I am loving these packing tape ghost sculptures, especially when lit up! These suckers are even able to withstand the damp October weather- perfect for an outdoor installation.
People are Awesome - Girls Edition 2017! (YouTube)
This week on People are Awesome we're celebrating all the women in our lives for their incredible strength and skill!. Awesome athletes from gymnasts to wakesurfers, circus arts and yoga, skydivers, rock climbers, skaters and weightlifters!
During their nine-year run on the charts from 1963 to 1972, this American vocal group charted over twenty-six hit singles on Motown's Gordy label, including "Heat Wave", "Jimmy Mack", and "Dancing in the Street". What is the name of this 'girl' group?
Martha and the Vandellas (known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a string of hit singles on Motown's Gordy label.
The group's string of hits included "Come and Get These Memories", "Heat Wave", "Quicksand", "Nowhere to Run", "Jimmy Mack", "Bless You" and "Dancing in the Street", the latter song becoming their signature single. During their nine-year run on the charts from 1963 to 1972, Martha and the Vandellas charted over twenty-six hits and recorded in the styles of doo-wop, R&B, pop, blues, rock and roll and soul. Ten Vandellas songs reached the top ten of the BillboardR&B singles chart, including two R&B number ones, and six Top Ten Pop Hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
They won a Grammy in 1999, (they were nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave", in 1964), Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. In 1993, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were awarded the Pioneer Award by the Rhythm & Blues Foundation.
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
One of my favorites -- Martha and the Vandellas.
Alan J answered:
Martha and the Vandellas.
Martha and the Vandellas.
Stephen F wrote:
Martha and the Vandellas
My Dog, we're almost in Brady Bunch territory
Martha and the Vandellas. It's been Martha, Martha, Martha for a while now.
Oh Martha, what would be do without you? It's Martha and the Vandellas.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
That famous girl group would be Jagger and Bowie. No, I kid. It's Martha and
Harry M. said:
Martha and the Vandellas
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
John I from Hawai`i says,
"Martha and the Vandellas."
Daniel in The City answered:
Martha and the Vandellas
Billy in Cypress replied:
Martha and the Vandellas, still on the trail of "Marthas" it seems.
George M. said:
Marty, it was Martha Reeves and the Vandellas!
Dave in Tucson wrote:
I'm going to guess that American vocal group is Martha and the
Vandellas. Is "Martha" this week's theme?
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, answered:
Happiest of birthdays to you!
Martha and the Vandellas…
Martha and the Vandellas, I'm pretty sure.
Too much partying over the weekend…rough getting started today.
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'Bull', then a RERUN'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Hillary Clinton and Emma Stone.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Alicia Vikander, Luke Wilson, Zach Woods, and Sir Sly.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'America's Got Talent', followed by the FRESH'Will & Grace: A Paley Center Special'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Kevin James, Ilana Glazer, and Rudimental featuring James Arthur.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Mariska Hargitay, Gilbert Gottfried, and Celeste Ng.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Alexandra Breckenridge, Bad Suns, and JC Currais.
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 Kirsten Dunst, Nathan Fielder, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.
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 has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an 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 a FRESH'The Murder Of Laci Peterson'.
AMC offers the movie 'From Dusk Till Dawn', followed by the movie 'Con Air', then the movie 'Predator'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Doomsday
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE RUNAWAY BRIDE
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Smith and Jones
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Shakespeare Code
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-Gridlock
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Daleks In Manhattan-Part 1.
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Ensign Ro
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-New Ground
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Hero Worship
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Conundrum
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Power Play
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Ethics
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Outcast
[8:00PM] THE DA VINCI CODE (2006)
[11:30PM] THE DA VINCI CODE (2006)
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Ensign Ro
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-New Ground
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Hero Worship (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', then a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'A Night With My Ex', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0, followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Olivia Munn.
FX has the movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', followed by a FRESH'American Horror Story'.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper'.
[6:00AM] THE COMEBACKS
[8:00AM] BILLY MADISON
[12:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Sandy Passage
[12:30PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-The Bunker
[1:00PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid Part 1
[1:30PM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid Part 2
[2:00PM] BILLY MADISON
[4:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Reefer Madness
[4:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
[5:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Father
[5:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Roller Disco
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Panties
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Fever
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Bags Hyde
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ice Shack
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Reefer Madness
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Father
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Roller Disco
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Panties
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Fever
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Bags Hyde
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ice Shack
[2:00AM] BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It Satisfies on a Very Basic Level
[2:30AM] HANNIBAL RISING
[5:15AM] PORTLANDIA-Passenger Rating
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Jack Black (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:04AM] Barney Miller-The Arsonist
[6:34AM] Barney Miller-Grand Hotel
[7:33AM] Barney Miller-You Dirty Rat
[7:34AM] Barney Miller-Discovery
[8:04AM] The Warriors
[10:04AM] The Hurt Locker
[1:01PM] Black Hawk Down
[4:00PM] The Town
[9:00PM] Hatfields & McCoys-Episode 3
[1:30AM] Friday Night Lights
[4:00AM] The Usual Suspects (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Green Hornet', followed by a FRESH'Face Off: Game Face', then the movie 'xXx'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Sharon Osbourne, Frankie Muniz, and Josh Johnson.
Horror master Stephen King says Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) latest activity on Twitter reveals much about the president's mind.
On Sunday, Trump retweeted a GIF that was doctored to make it seem like he had hit a golf ball at Hillary Clinton and knocked her over. It wasn't lost on King that Trump retweeted a user named "Fuctupmind."
King has been sharply critical of Trump on social media, both during the campaign and since the inauguration. Last year, he compared Trump to Cthulhu, one of the Great Old Ones created by early 20th-century horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Since the election, King hasn't let up. During the spring, he said Trump having access to the nuclear codes was "worse than any horror story I ever wrote."
The president can't seem to take the Firestarter author's heat. Earlier this year, Trump blocked King on Twitter.
But King hasn't let up. Last month, he mockingly "banned" Trump from seeing the film "It," which was based on his best-selling book. The movie has been number one at the box office for two weeks in a row, and is now the highest-grossing September release of all time.
There's yet another doomsday date approaching, with some claiming that the rapture will start on Saturday.
That's when certain Christians will get sucked up (naked) into heaven while the Earth descends into a chaotic "tribulation" period for those who are left.
But don't stock up on Jim Bakker's doomsday food buckets just yet. The entire basis for the prediction is bunk. The September rapture date came from a Christian researcher named David Meade who calculated it would occur 33 days after last month's eclipse, The Washington Post reported.
"Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible]," Meade told the newspaper. "It's a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I'm talking astronomy. I'm talking the Bible … and merging the two."
Meade believes global catastrophes will be caused by a secret planet called Nibiru passing the Earth on Saturday. The world won't end, "but the world as we know it is ending," he told the Post.
International traffickers have tried many ways to smuggle African rhino horns to Asia, concealing them inside wooden Buddha statues, stashing horn pieces in lobster heads kept in a refrigerated container and disguising horn portions as the bases of painted statues.
Now, conservationists say, some criminal groups are processing rhino horns into powder and trinkets in South Africa before export, a trend that could reflect changing consumer tastes and make it harder for law enforcement to intercept the illegal cargo.
The development highlights the difficulty of countering criminal syndicates, some of which include Chinese nationals, which show versatility in the face of periodic anti-poaching successes by security officials, who have reported confiscations of intact rhino horns at the main international airport in Johannesburg in past months. South Africa, which has about 80 percent of the continent's rhinos, has experienced record levels of poaching in the past decade.
Recent investigations by South African police discovered small, home-based workshops where rhino horns were cut into small pieces, beads and bracelets, or packaged as powder, TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, said in an analysis released Monday. The development will test overstretched law enforcement agencies if traffickers expand such operations, and growing evidence that swindlers are making fake rhino horn products out of cow horns adds to the challenge, the report said.
"If someone walks through an airport wearing a necklace made of rhino horn, who's going to stop them?" said Julian Rademeyer, who co-wrote the report and is the author of "Killing for Profit," a book about the illegal rhino horn trade.
The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defense policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military-industrial complex, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea's growing hostility and refuses to allow excess military bases to be closed.
The 1,215-page measure defies a number of White House objections, but President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Tiny Penis) hasn't threatened to veto the measure. The bill helps him honor a pledge to rebuild an American military that he said had become depleted on former President Barack Obama's watch.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and other national security hawks have insisted the military branches are at risk of losing their edge in combat without a dramatic influx of money to repair shortfalls in training and equipment.
Gay rights activists hold up a rainbow flag during gay pride march in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. Holding rainbow flags, balloons and a banner reading 'For change,' participants gather in central Belgrade, capital, before setting off for a march through the city center.
Photo by Darko Vojinovic
Israel on Monday inaugurated with its US ally a joint missile defence base on Israeli soil, the first ever, a senior Israeli air force officer said.
The new facility, at an undisclosed location in southern Israel, was announced as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to meet US President Donald Trump in New York on the fringes of the UN General Assembly.
"We inaugurated, with our partners from the United States Army, an American base, for the first time in Israel," Brigadier General Tzvika Heimowitz, head of Israeli missile defences, told journalists.
"An American flag is flying permanently over a US army base situated inside one of our bases."
Heimowitz said the move was not a direct response to any specific incident or immediate threat, but was a combination of "lessons learned" in the 2014 war in Gaza and intelligence analysis of future dangers.
President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Draft Dodger) announced Monday that he wants to showcase America's military power with an Independence Day parade of martial assets down Pennsylvania Avenue, inspired by the two-hour display he witnessed in Paris on Bastille Day.
"We're actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength," Trump said as he met with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly . Trump said he was discussing such an event with White House chief of staff John Kelly, and added: "We'll see if we can do it this year, but we certainly will be beginning to do that."
In Paris on July 14, Trump had watched raptly for two hours as French and American troops marched past a VIP reviewing stand on the city's fabled Champs-Élysées avenue. Armored personnel carriers, tanks and missile launchers had rumbled past while scores of military jets and helicopters roared through the sky.
"It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen," Trump said Monday. "It was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France, for the spirit of France, and people don't know what great warriors they are in France."
Starts First UN Speech By Promoting One Of His Buildings
Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) has begun his first speech to the United Nation's General Assembly with a plug for one of the many properties with his name on the building, just across the street.
"I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project," Mr Trump said just after thanking those attending the meeting on UN reform.
The tower has also been used for staging during filming for some episodes of Mr Trump's television show The Apprentice, which was first aired during the winter and spring of 2004. Mr Trump hosted that show franchise for 14 years before leaving to run for President.
But, while Mr Trump has boasted that he actually owns the skyscraper, a report by Bloomberg just after his election noted that his interests in the building are residual at this point.
Bloomberg has also noted that construction in the building relied at least in part on condominium sales to individuals with ties to former Soviet republics. That included big buyers from Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, according to the sales agent who filled the tower.
Malaysia has canned an annual craft beer festival in its capital Kuala Lumpur after an Islamist party warned it would turn the city into "the biggest centre of vice in Asia".
Drinking alcohol is common among the large ethnic minorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia but there have been a growing number of protests against activities and events seen as un-Islamic by politicians and hardliners.
But last week the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), which often protests events seen as against Islam, warned the event could lead to criminal acts, free sex and rape.
The organisers Monday announced "with disappointment" that the festival would not go ahead after city officials instructed them to cancel it due to licensing issues and "the political sensitivity surrounding the event".
It was the latest sign of creeping conservatism in Malaysia, where critics say increasingly vocal Islamic hardliners and politicians are eroding a traditionally moderate brand of the religion.
In this Sept. 14, 2017 photo, mute swans swim in the Lullwater, covered by duckweed, in Brooklyn's Propsect Park, in New York. The graceful mute swan is targeted for destruction by wildlife managers in New York and other states. Biologists cite the non-native species' damage to aquatic habitat and native waterfowl. But animal welfare groups and people who love to watch the snow-white birds glide across local waters are fighting plans to reduce the population.
Photo by Kathy Willens
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