Andrew Tobias: Of Alligators and World Peace
In a 1996 L.A. Times interview, Elaine May asked her one-time comedy partner Mike Nichols: "How would you go about achieving world peace if you had the time?" To which the late, great film director replied: "I would institute a huge tax break for interracial marriages as well as marriages among warring factions. Eventually we would have one very good-looking group of people who get along fine. I admit this would take time but I am patient."
Alexandra Petri: A guide to the stages of Trump denial (Washington Post Satire)
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Andrew Tobias: Long-Term Disaster Is Now The Best-Case Scenario
Trump works against efforts to confront the climate crisis that could lead to the end of human civilization. Is that not, at he very least, a misdemeanor? The cockroaches, who will be here long after humans are gone, are laughing their little heads off.
Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod (née Zelle; 7 August 1876 - 15 October 1917), better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed by firing squad in France.
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
Alan J answered:
In the words of James Bond (David Niven in original Casino Royale)
Great dancer, terrible spy, but her daughter Mata Hari "Bond" was a
terrible dancer who might just make a good spy. The fact that the time
lines didn't work out didn't bother the film makers in using Mata Hari
as a back story.
Mata Hari is who she was.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Mata Hari. During WWI, the Dutch national (Holland was neutral in that war) could, and did, legally travel back and forth to countries engaged in hostilities. When questioned by French military intelligence she revealed, before the war, she had met and performed for the German Crown Prince, who was nominally in command of an important Army Group on the Western Front. The French recruited her as a spy, instructing her to seduce the Crown Prince. But when Mata Hari travelled to Germany, German intelligence had much the same idea and recruited her to spy for them, which she seemed to agree to do. Neither side was satisfied by her efforts at obtaining secrets, so the Germans figured out a way to betray her to the French, and the French obliged by putting Mata Hari in front of a firing squad, after convicting her in an unjust trial (as was the custom). Today it is believed she took some German money to deceive them, but never did any spying for them.
A quick Wiki search reveals that the Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan is better known as Mata Hari. The stuff I learn reading your page.
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Dave in Tucson answered:
She's the original Mata Hari who was executed by the French in WWI for being a German spy.
DJ Useo replied:
Such a distinctive name stands out in my memory as "Mata Hari". A very memorable person, & not a fictional one at all.
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Cal in Vermont wrote:
Mata Hari. She lived big and died big.
Joe S answered:
Mata Hari. I know this because I grow a beard and know things. Oh, and I'm a history major.
This is my T-shirt. Told ya.
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• During the Holocaust, many works of art were looted from Jewish art dealers, and some of those works of art have recently been returned to their true owners. However, not every case of unethical transfer of possession of works of art is as clear-cut as looting. For example, in 1935 the Nazis ordered Dusseldorf art gallerist Max Stern to get rid of his business. He fought the order for two years, but eventually he sold his works of art at cheap - very cheap - prices in order to get money to get himself and his mother out of Nazi Germany. Given that he was forced to sell his works of art against his will and at cheap - very cheap - prices, should a fair price for these works of art be given to his descendants as restitution? A 2007 exhibition at the Ben Uri Gallery in London made a forceful comment on this question. The Ben Uri Gallery gave an exhibition of the works of art the Nazis forced Mr. Stern to sell; the exhibition is titled Auktion 392, which was the title given to the forced sale. Well, the works of art were sort of exhibited. Instead of the original works of art, which are missing, the gallery exhibited black-and-white illustrations of the works of art from the original auction catalog.
• British graffiti artist Banksy is quite the social satirist. When Paris Hilton came out with her debut CD of music, Banksy created his own version of the cover of her album. Banksy's version featured a topless photo of Paris and the slogans "What Am I For?" and "Why Am I Famous?" He made 500 copies of the satiric work of art, and then he sneaked them into United Kingdom record stores and left them. Other targets of his satire are less deserving. One of his works of art is a large portrait of an elderly and very wrinkled Mother Teresa along with the words, "I learnt a valuable lesson from this woman. Moisturise everyday." Perhaps Banksy's fans are also social satirists. While in Los Angeles to set up an art exhibit, Banksy ordered and ate a pizza, and then he threw the pizza box in a Dumpster. The empty pizza box ended up on eBay, earning the seller $102. What are the goals of such a social satirist as Banksy? Banksy says, "I originally set out to try and save the world, but now I'm not sure I like it enough."
• Activism can be an art form. The Radical Cheerleaders are a group - or groups - of activists who have as their goals "to eliminate patriarchy, capitalism, inequality and poverty and to live happily ever after." As their name implies, they perform cheers in support of their agenda. For example: "Throw those arms up in the air / Let me see that armpit hair / We don't shave or use that Nair / Sleek and chic, we do not care."
• Francisco Goya etched a series of works of art titled Disasters of War, which depicted atrocities committed during warfare. One of the series shows a Spaniard tied by his neck to a tree as some French soldiers torture him. Goya's caption reads simply, "Why?" One of his servants once asked him, "Why do you paint these barbarities that men commit?" Goya replied, "To tell men forever that they should not be barbarians."
• Can part of a dilapidated house be a work of art? Yes. In North Kensington, London, author Germaine Greer once bought a dilapidated house in part because one of its walls had a graffito that she calls "magnificent." In foot-high block letters, the graffito read, "Boredom is counter-revolutionary." In addition to its being magnificent, Ms. Greer says that the graffito also states "an undeniable truth."
Plants himself behind the dancers being interviewed before they get their scores and nods & does crap to draw attention to HIM instead of the dancers! Others are arrayed behind them, but the others all stay still, applaud politely, or smile nicely and let the focus stay on the ones getting the scores.
Fucking attention whore. That's playing dirty! And he knows what he's doing. Fucker!
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
The Chinese hits were halved over the weekend - about 400 each day, but today they were back up to speed.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'FBI', then a FRESH'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Will Smith and Andrew Scott.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Bradley Whitford and King Calaway.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'This Is Us', then a FRESH'New Amsterdam'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Clive Owen, Elsie Fisher, and Lewis Capaldi.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Kenan Thompson, David Remnick, and Steve Gorman.
Scheduled on a FRESHLilly Singh is Natalie Portman.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'The Conners', followed by a FRESH'Bless This Mess', then a FRESH'mixed-ish', followed by a FRESH'black-ish', then a FRESH'Emergence'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Tyler Perry, Sunny Hostin, and Gina Brillon.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'Batwoman'.
Faux has a FRESH'The Resident', followed by a FRESH'Empire'.
MY recycles an old 'Chicago PD', followed by another old 'Chicago PD'.
AMC offers the movie 'National Lampoon's Vacation', followed by the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Night
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Drone
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Extreme Risk
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-In the Flesh
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Once Upon a Time
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Timeless
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Infinite Regress
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Nothing Human
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Thirty Days
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Counterpoint
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Latent Image
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Bride of Chaotica
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Gravity
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Bliss
[8:00PM] THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
[10:00PM] THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)
[12:00AM] THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (2005)
[2:30AM] THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (2005)
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Angel One (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH'In A Man's World', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'The Office', an hour of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Susan Rice.
Scheduled on a FRESHLights Out with David Spade are Brett Gelman, Chris Jericho, and Megan Gailey.
FX has the movie 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', followed by a FRESH'Mayans MC'.
History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Drilling Down', followed by a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island', then another FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island'.
[6:00A] The Three Stooges - Booby Dupes
[6:15A] The Three Stooges - Booby Dupes
[6:40A] The Three Stooges - Busy Buddies
[7:05A] The Three Stooges - Cactus Makes Perfect
[10:00A] King Kong
[1:00P] Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia
[3:00P] We Were Soldiers
[6:00P] The Bourne Identity
[8:30P] The Bourne Supremacy
[11:00P] The Bourne Ultimatum
[1:30A] We Were Soldiers
[4:30A] The Three Stooges - Booby Dupes
[4:55A] The Three Stooges - Busy Buddies
[5:20A] The Three Stooges - Cactus Makes Perfect
[5:45A] The Three Stooges - Booby Dupes (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00am] The Andy Griffith Show
[6:30am] The Andy Griffith Show
[7:00am] The Andy Griffith Show
[7:30am] Last Action Hero
[10:30am] Pulp Fiction
[1:30pm] Sin City
[4:00pm] Law & Order
[5:00pm] Law & Order
[6:00pm] Law & Order
[7:00pm] Law & Order
[8:00pm] Law & Order
[9:00pm] Law & Order
[10:00pm] Law & Order
[11:00pm] Law & Order
[12:00am] Law & Order
[1:00am] Night of the Living Dead
[3:00am] The Andy Griffith Show
[3:35am] The Andy Griffith Show
[4:10am] The Andy Griffith Show
[4:45am] The Andy Griffith Show
[5:20am] The Andy Griffith Show
[5:55am] The Andy Griffith Show (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Rings', followed by the movie 'The Ring', then the movie 'Blair Witch'.
On a RERUNConan (from 8/27/19) is Natasha Lyonne.
At her show in Berkeley, California, on Sunday night, Lana Del Rey welcomed Greenwich Village folk icon Joan Baez to the stage. Together they performed one of Baez's signature songs, "Diamonds & Rust." The two dueted over Baez's guitar, singing about Baez's memories with the one and only Bob Dylan.
Baez immediately followed up "Diamonds & Rust" by playing a solo cover of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," which is included in the video above. Del Rey mentioned onstage that she had performed the song with Baez several times that day, but that she decided to give the stage over completely to the folk artist.
Lana Del Rey has been bringing on a rotating cast of folk-rock guests on her Norman Fucking Rockwell! tour, first at her opening show at Jones Beach and continuing on down the West Coast.
Del Rey heads to Sacramento this week, followed by Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, where she's said she hopes to bring Don Henley onstage.
The most recent episode of the Comedy Central animated series "South Park" has been scrubbed from the internet in China because of its critique of the relationship between Hollywood and the Chinese government. The episode, "Band in China," aired October 2 in the U.S and was the second episode of the show's 23rd season. "South Park" is not officially released in China, but pirated versions of new episodes have long circulated online.
"Band in China" featured two storylines that were highly critical of China. One narrative followed a Hollywood producer trying to make a biopic about Stan's metal band. The group members are told not to mention the Dalai Lama, homosexuality, or Winnie the Pooh so that the movie can make more money by appealing to Chinese audiences and not being censored or banned by the Chinese government. "We live in a time when the only movies that us American kids go see are the ones that are approved by China," Stan says during the episode.
The other storyline follows Stan's dad Randy as he travels to China to make money off his weed business. While boarding a plane to China, Randy sees NBA players, Marvel superheroes, Google executives, and Disney princesses all flying with him. The episode's sharpest critique of China takes place when Randy is caught with weed and sent to a Chinese labor camp. "South Park" depicts the miserable working conditions of the camp, and in one moment Winnie the Pooh is spotted as a prisoner. China has often censored "Winnie the Pooh" in the past because some people compare Chinese president Xi Jinping to the character.
A report from InkStone News mentions that by October 7 all reviews for "South Park's" 23 seasons have been scrapped from popular Chinese movie review website Douban. Searching for "South Park" in both English and Chinese on the popular social media website Weibo yielded no results, while online community forum Baidu Tieba suspended the "South Park" page. The website page now reads: "According to the relevant law and regulation, this section is temporarily not open." Links to "South Park" clips, episodes, and some full seasons have been removed from the streaming service Youku. Lastly, a WeChat page that specialized in "South Park" wrote in an October 5 post that it would stop posting links to the show's new episodes.
Nickelback may have taken issue with President Trump's unauthorized use of its song last week - but the band might be getting the last laugh.
After the president tweeted a doctored clip of Nickelback's "Photograph" music video, which was taken down Thursday on a copyright claim, downloads for the track surged 569%, according to Billboard, citing data from Nielsen Music.
The president's tweet, which racked up more than 400,000 likes, no longer features the music video clip that was edited to show Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger holding a photo of former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and two other men, one of whom was labeled, "Ukraine gas exec." The same video was also uploaded to the White House's YouTube page before also being taken down on a similar copyright complaint.
While the complaint from Warner Music Group resulted in the removal of both videos, the surge in publicity for Nickelback's 2005 "Photograph" nonetheless resulted in a noticeable tick higher for downloads and streams of the 2005 classic.
During the two days following the president's tweet, on-demand streams of "Photograph" on platforms, like YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify, jumped 38% to hit 772,000 streams, according to Nielsen Music. While digital downloads also spiked 569% over the same two-day period, the total for the week still only amounted to about 1,000 song downloads.
Some movie-goers are pretty horrified at Todd Phillips's new movie Joker, and not least because of Joaquin Phoenix's unsettling performance.
The movie features Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll Part 2 in a key scene, during which Phoenix's failed comedian, Arthur Fleck, makes his transformation into his psychotic alter ego. The song plays for around two minutes as Phoenix walks down a long flight of stairs.
Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 for downloading thousands of images of child pornography, and was deported from Cambodia in 2002 on suspicion of child sexual abuse. He was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting two girls, and on his return to the U.K. was placed on the sex offenders' register for life.
Then in 2015, Gadd was found guilty of attempted rape, several counts of indecent assault and another count of having intercourse with a girl under the age of 13, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. In the wake of his criminal charges, several sports teams that heavily used the instantly recognizable 1972 song during contests, removed "Rock and Roll Part" from their playlists.
Now movie-goers are concerned that the singer will receive royalties for the song's inclusion in the movie. However, a music industry expert says that is unlikely to be the case.
Saturn has broken a new solar system record with the discovery of 20 new moons circling it.
The ringed planet is now has 82 known moons, smashing the previous record held by Jupiter, which has 79, reported the Carnegie Institution for Science Monday.
In fact, Jupiter has held the "moon king" title for decades, and got a dozen new moons added to its tally just last year, says Scott Sheppard, the Carnegie astronomer who led the new discoveries.
In fact, astronomers believe that Saturn's smaller moons are the "last remnants" of the objects that originally came together to form the giant planets.
The new moons are all about five kilometres in diameter. They were first spotted in 2004 using the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano in Hawaii that's home to many large telescopes. But it took 10 years of improvements to computer power and algorithms to derive their orbits from the data and link their positions from year to year.
The two young, white University of Virginia students had a secret. It was September 1826, and the men, both scions of wealthy southern slaveholding families, were suffering from the same sexually transmitted disease.
Conferring, they identified a possible culprit - an enslaved black woman whom both had raped. They also thought of a solution.
Joined by several classmates, Turner Dixon and George Hoffman attacked the woman, "[accused] her of giving them a venereal disease ... stripped her naked and beat her" bloody, as University of Virginia professor Alan Taylor recounts in his new book, Thomas Jefferson's Education.
Because Dixon and Hoffman "appeared sorry" and voluntarily paid the tavern keeper $10, professors declared the punishment sufficient, according to Mr Taylor.
Records show a student who mishandled a library book earned harsher discipline, Mr Taylor wrote.
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