Paul Krugman: Vote as if It Matters (NY Times Column)
Does it make sense to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president? Sure, as long as you believe two things. […] Second, you have to believe that America will be better off in the long run if we eliminate environmental regulation, abolish the income tax, do away with public schools, and dismantle Social Security and Medicare - which is what the Libertarian platform calls for.
The Onyx River is an Antarctic meltwater stream which flows westward through the Wright Valley from Wright Lower Glacier and Lake Brownworth at the foot of the glacier to Lake Vanda, during the few months of the Antarctic summer. Despite being only 32 kilometres (20 mi) in length it is the longest river in Antarctica.
The Onyx river flows away from the ocean, an example of endorheic drainage, as the Wright Glacier blocks the entrance to the valley. It has several tributaries, and there are multiple meteorological stations along the length of the river. Flow levels are highly variable, both during the day and between summers, with the river failing to reach the lake some years. In contrast, it can cause significant erosion in flood years, and was rafted in 1984 by New Zealand researchers. At one time, the river's discharge reached 700 cubic feet per second (20 m3/s).
Of course this question stumped me, as I know very little about Antartica, so I looked it up: The Onyx River is the longest river in Antartica. I know so little about the continent that I didn't even know it had rivers. I thought it was all frozen.
The Winnie the Pooh & Piglet cartoon is especially on point today. Dear friends arrived from KC, MO, on Saturday for a fancy event - actually, it was the entire weekend - and are leaving today. They barely arrive and they leave again. And reality rears its head and laughs at my attempts to avoid it. Damn.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
DJ Useo said:
Antartica, huh? Sounds like a trick question to me. lol. Wouldn't an Antarctic "river" be frozen? So, I guess the Ant River. ( taking the piss )
Onyx River ~ 20 miles in length it is the longest river in Antarctica.
Joe S answered:
Who knew there were rivers in Antarctica? It's the Onyx.
mj took the day off.
Dale of Spectacular Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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 FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'Bull', then a FRESH'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Michelle Obama, and America Ferrera.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Alan Cumming, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Nick Jonas.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'This Is Us'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Mark Wahlberg, Sofia Vergara, and Mo.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are James Spader, Jordana Brewster, the Cadillac Three, and Elaine Bradley.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Sullivan Stapleton, Black Lips, and Colman Domingo.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Denzel Washington, Minnie Driver, and Usher.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'MADtv'.
Faux has a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH'New Girl', then a FRESH'Scream Queens'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH'Harry'.
A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH'Born This Way'.
AMC offers the movie 'Erin Brockovich', followed by the movie 'Stand By Me', then a FRESH'Halt & Catch Fire'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Up the Long Ladder
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Manhunt
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-The Emissary
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-The Pandorica Opens-Part 1.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Big Bang-Part 2.
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-The Child
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Where Silence Has Lease
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
[2:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
[3:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
[4:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
[5:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
[6:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
[7:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
[8:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
[9:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
[10:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
[11:00PM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
[12:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
[1:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Now'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Jeffrey Tambor.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney, and Aya Cash.
FX has the movie 'Hangover Part III', followed by the movie 'Neighbors', then a FRESH'Atlanta', and another 'Atlanta'.
History has 'Counting Cars', another 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Milwaukee Blacksmith', then another FRESH'Milwaukee Blacksmith'.
[6:00AM] THE MONKEES-One Man Shy
[6:35AM] THE MONKEES-Dance, Monkee, Dance
[7:10AM] THE MONKEES-Too Many Girls
[7:45AM] BEVERLY HILLS COP III
[10:00AM] THE BLUES BROTHERS
[1:00PM] BLUES BROTHERS 2000
[3:45PM] BEVERLY HILLS COP III
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Crunge
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Misty Mountain Hop
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Bring It on Home
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Crunge
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Misty Mountain Hop
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
[3:30AM] THREE KINGS (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up
[6:15AM] Fast Times at Ridgemont High
[8:15AM] Walking Tall
[10:00AM] Silver Bullet
[12:00PM] The Fog
[2:00PM] The Shining
[5:30PM] The Omen
[8:00PM] Alien 3
[10:30PM] Alien Resurrection
[1:00AM] Alien Resurrection
[3:30AM] The Fog
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Legion', followed by the movie 'Blade'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Marshawn Lynch, Brian Posehn, and Nick Cody.
Members of a student band dressed as storm troopers hold their instruments after playing the "Star Wars" theme song, "The Imperial March," in downtown La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. The band is from the indigenous Aymara town of Caracollo.
Photo by Juan Karita
Islamic State militants who have enslaved, murdered and raped Yazidi women and children must be brought to justice, no matter the price, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said on Monday.
Clooney, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London, is on a mission to prosecute the Islamist group through the International Criminal Court for their crimes against the Yazidi community.
She announced in June she would represent Yazidi women in Iraq who have been victims of sexual slavery, rape and genocide by Islamic State militants, also known as ISIS.
Islamic State militants have killed, raped and enslaved thousands of Yazidis since 2014, accusing them of being devil worshippers and forcing over 400,000 of the religious minority to flee their homes in northern Iraq.
According to the United Nations, the Sunni militants enslaved about 7,000 women and girls in 2014, mainly Yazidis whose faith blends elements of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Islam, and is still holding 3,500, some as sex slaves.
Elderly and middle-aged people practice physical activity with wooden dumbbells during an event marking the 'Respect-for-the-Aged' Day in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 19, 2016. According to government data released on Sept. 13, the number of Japanese people who are 100 or older reached a record of 65,692 in September, with nearly 88 percent of the centenarians being women.
Photo by Franck Tobichon
She sang the anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl, and now Lady Gaga is returning to the biggest stage in sports as the headlining act. As US Weekly reports, Gaga is officially confirmed to be the halftime act for Super Bowl LI (which will be played in Houston, not on Long Island - no I will not get sick of making Roman Numerals jokes between now and February). The pop star and recent Tony Bennett collaborator has a new album coming out in late October, so it makes sense that she would want to support her first solo album in a few years with a big show like this one.
Before her Star-Spangled Banner performance, Gaga said,
"This is one of the highest honors of my career. I get a chance to sing for all the athletes - who have been working so hard their whole lives for this moment - the coaches, as well as the fans in the stands who are waiting for this moment. I think it marks what being an American is all about."
Now she gets to sing in front of all of those people all over again, except this time she will get to add her signature flourish to the appearance.
While Gaga is known for being crazy in her performances (and on the red carpet) she's calmed down a bit from her meat-wearing days so it will be interesting to see how she goes about an opportunity like the Super Bowl Halftime show. Sparkly Gucci suit and strong makeup aside, her national anthem performance was all about her voice and her stage presence, so maybe she will err on the side of normalcy and focus on hit songs like "Born This Way" and "Poker Face" rather than any out-of-this-world aspects or costuming. Or, as is probably the case, she could take advantage of a show that almost requires her to go all out and be outlandishly creative since it is a one-time thing and needs to be memorable.
It's a good time to be a Cubs fan. Chicago's Senior Circuit ball club nabbed the NL Central title, appear poised to slaughter in the playoffs and spectators continue to make breakthroughs in the field of butt-related excitement. If it weren't for the crippling dread that something horrible is destined to happen, we'd say it's been a great year to be a Cubs fan. Heck, they even have a popular late night dealing out hot dogs at Wrigley these days.
Late Show host and future glasses model Stephen Colbert went undercover at Wrigley Field as hot dog vendor "Donnie Franks." As you can see from the pic of Colbert and Cubs manager Joe Maddon, Colbert's disguise might remind of a certain someone. The Washington Post nailed it when they described the look as: "like a disheveled Robert Downey Jr." To be fair, dealing out franks every summer puts some years on a guy. Or a costume.
Going "undercover" isn't always the most discreet operation when you're being followed around by a TV crew, but aside from his Undercover Boss approach to facial hair styling, Colbert did have his disguise in order. If there was one hiccup with Colbert's not-so-secret gig at Wrigley, it was that the Cubs gave up 11 unanswered runs in that afternoon's 11-3 throttling at the hands of the lowly Milwaukee Brewers. Let the paranoia over an inexplicable curse brought on by noted Cubs fan Stephen Colbert begin!
If there was ever any doubt that the return of beloved Broadway star Bette Midler in a canonical American musical long overdue for revival was going to be a hit, the first day of ticket sales for Hello, Dolly! erased it.
Box office for the spring production at the Shubert Theatre opened Saturday, chalking up a record first-day haul for Broadway of $9,082,497.
Produced by Scott Rudin and directed by Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly! begins previews March 15 at the Shubert, with the official opening set for April 20. Midler will star alongside David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Will Burton, Melanie Moore and Jennifer Simard.
The show is one of three starry productions being shepherded to Broadway by Rudin this season, along with John Slattery, Nathan Lane and John Goodman in The Front Page and Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie.
Rudin and fellow lead producer Barry Diller on Monday announced that their Broadway transfer of the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Humans, the 2016 Tony Award winner for best play, has recouped its $3.8 million capitalization. That includes the $600,000 cost of moving from the Helen Hayes Theatre to the Gerald Schoenfeld after the original house became unavailable.
Simon Tam has openly criticized the Washington Redskins football team name as a racist slur that demeans Native Americans.
But Tam and his Asian-American rock band, The Slants, find themselves on the same side as the NFL franchise in a First Amendment legal battle over trademark protection for names that some consider offensive.
The Supreme Court could decide as early as this month whether to hear the dispute involving the Portland, Oregon-area band. And if the football team has its way, the justices could hear both cases in its new term.
At issue is a constitutional challenge to a law barring the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from registering trademarks that disparage minority groups. The office denied a trademark to the Slants in 2011 after finding the name disparaged people of Asian descent.
The Slants say their goal was not to offend anyone, but to transform a derisive term about the shape of Asian eyes into a statement of ethnic and cultural pride. The band won a major victory last year when a divided federal appeals court in the District of Columbia ruled the law prohibiting offensive trademarks violates free-speech rights. The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to overturn that ruling.
A Vatican administrator has urged Rome to remove the head of the Catholic Church in Guam over child sex allegations, warning the scandal could bankrupt the church in the deeply religious Pacific territory.
Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai was sent to Guam three months ago to investigate the accusations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who denies any wrongdoing.
In a statement read out at church services across the island on Sunday, Hon said he had asked the Holy See to dismiss Apuron after the cleric refused to stand down voluntarily.
The allegations date back to the 1970s, with at least four former alter boys saying they were molested by Apuron, then a parish priest.
Hon's statement did not directly address the veracity of the allegations, instead expressing sorrow over the issue of clerical child abuse.
Elected officials may open public meetings by praying according to their chosen religion as long as they don't pressure observers to join in, a divided federal appeals court ruled Monday.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals split 2-1 in deciding that the Rowan County commission had a constitutional right to open meetings with prayers. The prayers included almost exclusively Christian references and the commission's five members invited audience members to stand and participate.
The court - which decides constitutional disputes involving Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina - said prayers opening meetings of legislative bodies are as old as the country and aren't limited to neutral religious statements or references to a generic God. As long as the board's five members didn't proselytize or disparage religious beliefs, they were constitutionally protected, the court ruled.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that it is appropriate for local clergy to deliver predominantly Christian prayers at town meetings in Greece, New York. Different in the Rowan County case was that the prayers were offered by the commissioners themselves. The court also had to determine whether their invitation for the audience to join in prayer should be seen as coercive.
In a strongly worded dissent, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, said the case captures the reason why the country's Founding Fathers wrote the separation of church and state into the Constitution.
Researchers excavate Sakitari Cave in Okinawa, where fishhooks dating back some 23,000 years have been discovered, in a picture released by Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum on September 19, 2016.
The family of former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower has lifted its longstanding opposition to the design of a memorial to him, the commission overseeing the project said on Monday.
The family's support could remove a hurdle for construction of the memorial to the World War Two Allied commander and 34th president. The backing follows changes to the design by architect Frank Gehry.
The nearly $150 million, 4-acre (1.6-hectare) project near Capitol Hill has been stalled for years amid opposition from the family, Congress and others over its scale and design.
The family's change of heart follows discussions with former Secretary of State James Baker III, a member of the memorial's advisory commission, about a compromise design, the statement said.
Gehry's design for the memorial just off the National Mall included a pair of 80-foot (24-meter) freestanding columns and 447-foot (136-meter) steel mesh tapestries that depict the Kansas plains where the Eisenhower spent his boyhood.
When the world's longest lightning bolt struck over Oklahoma in 2007, it traveled about three-quarters of the length of the state, according to the World Meteorological Organization, which recently announced the electrifying new record.
The lightning bolt traveled 199.5 miles (321 kilometers) on June 20, 2007, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. The organization also confirmed the longest duration for a single flash of lightning: 7.74 seconds, for a flash that occurred over Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France, on Aug. 30, 2012.
The two announcements mark the first time that lightning has been included in the official WMO World Weather & Climate Extremes Archive, whichdocuments records for heat, cold, wind speed, rainfall and other climate events.
The WMO said the advancement of lightning-sensing technologies made it possible to detect new extremes and allowed the organization to now include lightning measurements in the archive. Randall Cerveny, chief rapporteur of climate and weather extremes for WMO, said experts can now study specific lightning flashes in much greater detail.
An Amur leopard or Far Eastern leopard named Kirin, a 7-year-old male born in the Prague Zoo and transported to Krasnoyarsk in August, is seen at its new enclosure after a quarantine, at the Royev Ruchey Zoo near the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, September 19, 2016.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin
You have reached the Home page of BartCop Entertainment.
Do you have something to say?
Anything that increased your blood pressure, or, even better, amused or entertained?
Do you have a great album no one's heard?
How about a favorite TV show, movie, book, play, cartoon, or legal amusement?
A popular artist that just plain pisses you off?
A box set the whole world should own?
Vile, filthy rumors about Republican hypocrites?