Josh Marshall: What's Apple Up To? (TPM)
Apple is in the process of introducing a series of features (or perhaps better to say, restrictions) to its Safari browser, along with the new version of its operating system OSX High Sierra, which promise to put serious obstacles in the way of advertisers tracking you across the web.
Andrew Tobias: Are You Smart Money?
One reason the market is high, some believe, is its expectation of a "massive" tax cut on corporate profits and wealthy investors - both of which make stock ownership more appealing. That this is exactly the wrong time for a tax cut - 4.2 unemployment; National Debt that needs to shrink relative to the economy as a whole; infrastructure in woeful need of revitalization - is the stuff of another post.
All The Good Dogs At The 2017 Tompkins Square Halloween Parade (Neatorama)
The Tompkins Square Halloween Parade is where New Yorkers take their dressed-up dogs to show off their Halloween costumes! The annual event was more crowded than ever yesterday, with people being turned away at the park gates. Still, there were thousands of dogs, and Scott Lynch was there to capture portraits. See 69 of his best pictures of some really good dogs dressed as spooks, politicians, clergy, food, wild animals, and pop culture characters. Or even plants, like the Corgi here dressed as a chia pet!
The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy team active from 1922 until 1970, best known for their 190 Columbia short-subject films that have been airing on television regularly since 1958. Their hallmark was physical farce and slapstick. In films, the Stooges were commonly known by their actual first names. There were a total of six stooges over the act's run, with only three active at any given time, but Moe Howard and Larry Fine were mainstays throughout the ensemble's run of more than forty years.
In most other languages, the Three Stooges are known by some corresponding variant of their English name. In Chinese, however, the trio is known idiomatically as Sange Chòu Píjiàng or Huóbao Sanrénzu. Sange Chòu Píjiàng, literally "Three Smelly Shoemakers", which derives from a saying in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms: "Three smelly shoemakers (are enough to) overcome one Zhuge Liang [a hero of the story]", i.e. three inferior people can overpower a superior person when they combine their strength. Huóbao Sanrénzu translates as "Trio of Buffoons". Likewise in Japanese they are known as San Baka Taisho meaning "Three Idiot Generals" or "Three Baka Generals".
In Spanish they are known as Los tres chiflados or, roughly, "The Three Crackpots". In French and German usage, the name of the trio is partially translated as Les Trois Stooges (though the French version of the movie adaptation used a fully translated name, "Les Trois Corniauds") and Die drei Stooges respectively.
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
I believe you're asking about the Three Stooges.
Alan J said:
The Three Stooges.
the Three Stooges
nyuk nyuk nyuk
The bain of parents in my youth
No one wanted their children to behave like the Three Stooges (portrayed
by, I think, 6 different actors, Moe and Larry being constant with two
Curlies, a Joe, and a Shemp at various times to round out the trio.)
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
The Three Stooges
David of Moon Valley wrote:
'at's my boys!...
Moe Larry and Curly (no shemp, no curly joe, sorry)...
The Three Stooges
Rosemary in Columbus replied:
The Three Stooges
Maynard's much younger and more handsome brother, Ed said:
Trump, Pence, and Hannity
The Three Stooges
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
The Three Stooges.
Billy in Cypress answered:
The Three Stooges
The Three Stooges.
Over the years, there were 6 different Stooges, the core who were always there being Moe Howard and Larry Fine. The other four who filled the 3rd spot over the years were Shemp Howard, Curly Howard, Joe Besser and Curly Joe DeRita. (Mr DeRita once said in an interview he didn't think the Stooges were that funny. Did you ever hear of a comedian who pegged himself as not funny?)
Shown is the classic trio.
Dave in Tucson said:
Guessing that trio is known here as The Three Stooges.
Among their honors is making Hollywood's first anti-Nazi film.
Daniel in The City replied:
The Three Stooges
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
My early life role models, The Three Stooges.
DJ Useo responded:
Sure'n that would be the 3 Stooges. I have the dvd's & recently started viewing them in order once more.
They really keep me laughing, personally. If you haven't seen them uncut, give them a try.
Most of us saw the edited versions that hurt the flow of the comedy.
I'm on the east coast for a few days so I'm getting to this late. I used the G search and it gave me the same answer it gave me when you posed this question in January, 2015: The Three Stooges. In fact, the first 3 references were to BartCop E. Well done.
Joe S said:
The Three Stooges. I watched them as a kid, they were everywhere, but they didn't hold a candle to the Marx Brothers.
See, not so great.
Stephen F took the day off.
Harry M. took the day off.
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George M. took the day off.
Gary K. 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 Jake Tapper, Shemar Moore, and Khalid.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Cedric the Entertainer, Usain Bolt, and Jesus Trejo
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'This Is Us', then a FRESH'L&O True Crime: The Menendez Brothers'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Ricky Gervais, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Sabrina Carpenter.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Anna Faris, Cole Sprouse, Robert Kirkman, and Sonny Emory.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Nicolle Wallace, Mura Masa, and Richard Blais.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'The Middle', followed by a FRESH'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH'black-ish', followed by a FRESH'The Mayor', then a FRESH'Kevin (Probably) Saves The World'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Ted Danson, Giancarlo Stanton, and Chris Young.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'2017 World Series - Game One', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'The X-Files'.
A&E 3 hours of old 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath'.
AMC the movie 'Child's Play', followed by the movie 'Curse Of Chucky', then the movie 'Cult Of Chucky'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-Scientific Method
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Year of Hell, Pt. 1
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-Year of Hell, Pt. 2
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 2-Smile
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 3-Thin Ice
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 4-Knock Knock
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-The Big Goodbye
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Datalore
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Angel One
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-11001001
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 17-When The Bough Breaks
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 18-Home Soil
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 19-Coming of Age
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 20-Heart of Glory
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 21-The Arsenal of Freedom
[9:00PM] THE GREY (2012)
[11:30PM] THE GREY (2012)
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-The Big Goodbye
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Datalore
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Angel One
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-11001001 (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 Live'.
FX has the movie 'Battleship', followed by the movie 'World War Z', then a FRESH'American Horror Story'.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars', then another FRESH'Counting Cars'.
[6:00AM] THE EAGLE
[10:45AM] A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
[4:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Going Mobile
[4:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Seeker
[5:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Time Is on My Side
[5:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Let's Spend the Night Together
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Beast of Burden
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Rip This Joint
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Angie
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Going Mobile
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Seeker
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Time Is on My Side
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Let's Spend the Night Together
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Beast of Burden
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Rip This Joint
[1:00AM] BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It's a Garment of Liberty
[1:30AM] A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
[3:45AM] DRIVE (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Barney Miller
[6:30AM] Barney Miller
[7:00AM] Barney Miller
[7:30AM] Barney Miller
[8:00AM] Barney Miller
[8:30AM] Barney Miller
[9:00AM] Barney Miller
[9:30AM] Barney Miller
[10:00AM] The Warriors
[2:30PM] St. Elmo's Fire
[7:00PM] The Princess Bride
[9:00PM] The Da Vinci Code
[12:30AM] October Sky
[3:00AM] Real Genius
[5:30AM] All in the Family (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans', followed by the movie 'I, Frankenstein'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Adam Sandler, Evan Peters, and Jimmy Dunn.
David Letterman was never known as a particularly political comedian, preferring a detached irony-drenched tone that favored the surreal and silly over topical humor. But there was an unmistakable political tint to much of Sunday night's ceremony to present Letterman with the Mark Twain award for American humor.
Several of the comedians honoring Letterman took shots at President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked) and the general state of the country. More than one comedian quipped that the Kennedy Center's funding was about to be cut off mid-show. Meanwhile, the center announced that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was a Kennedy Center benefactor.
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly blamed Letterman for helping to bring Trump to power.
"It's like you went out for cigarettes one day and left us in the hands of our abusive, orange stepfather," Kimmel quipped.
Comedian-turned-Senator Al Franken thanked Letterman for a post-retirement series of videos that he and Letterman recorded together designed to raise awareness on climate change. Comedians Martin Short and Steve Martin, a previous Mark Twain honoree, needled Letterman about his bushy white retirement beard with a line touching on the country's current divisive political atmosphere.
"Dave has always had excellent instincts. What better time than now to choose to look like a Confederate war general," Steve Martin said.
Legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte used his final public appearance to issue a warning about the future of the nation.
According to The Guardian, Belafonte, 90, said "the country made a mistake" when it elected Donald Trump as president.
"I think the next mistake might very well be the gas chamber and what happened to Jews [under] Hitler is not too far from our door," he was quoted as saying.
Belafonte gave a wide-ranging talk at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh on Friday about his life, his music and his decades-long fight for social justice.
"We have achieved a lot in my lifetime," Belafonte said, per The Guardian. "Dr. King was not about nothing. Eleanor Roosevelt was not about nothing. I think in the final analysis that we shall overcome because what we did is … we left a harvest that generations to come [will] reap. That they have not yet plowed. That they have not yet harvested."
Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis is proving so popular that it has broken the internet, sort of.
Or rather, it has broken the part of the internet that Cambridge University used to put it online. So many people are trying to access the important essay that the website has completely broken.
The university expected the essay to prove popular, since it gives an insight into the mind of the 24-year-old who would go on to be one of the most recognise and important scientists in the world. But it surely can't have expected it to be quite so popular, and bring down the Apollo system on which it is held.
Cambridge said when it posted the article online that even the library catalogue page was easily its most popular, and that it was viewed hundreds of times per month.
It hopes that popularity can encourage other students and alumni to put their PhD thesis on the university's open access site. Essays uploaded there can be read by anyone, and Professor Hawking supported the hope that his thesis could not only help others read and understand his ideas but also inspire them to share their own.
A newly discovered sketch more than a century old reveals a rare solar phenomenon - a white solar flare.
The sketch looks a little like a doodle with various shapes and shadings. Drawn in the journal of amateur astronomer Juan Valderrama y Aguilar when he was only 17 in 1886, it was published that same year in the French journal L'Astronomie. But a new look at Valderrama's private journals reveals more detail than ever before about the observation, which was only the third recorded white solar flare in history.
In his journal, Valderrama describes the magnetically weaker part of a sunspot called the penumbra.
"A huge, beautiful sunspot was formed from yesterday to today," Valderrama wrote on Sept. 10, 1886. He went on: "By looking at it carefully I noticed an extraordinary phenomenon on her, on the penumbra to the west of the nucleus, and almost in contact with it, a very bright object was distinguishable producing a shadow clearly visible on the sunspot penumbra. This object had an almost circular shape, and a light beam came out from its eastern part that crossed the sunspot to the south of the nucleus, producing a shadow on the penumbra that was lost in the large mass of faculae surrounding the eastern extreme of the sunspot."
What Valderrama had observed was a high-energy solar flare, strong enough to create a flash in not just ultraviolet or X-ray ranges, but also in visible light. Recent observations have shown that most solar flares release some white, or visible, light, Spanish researchers wrote in a new paper accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the journal Solar Physics. But highly sensitive equipment is usually needed to detect that light. Valderrama made his observations with a simple 2.5-inch-diameter (6 centimeters) telescope.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly paid $32 million in January to settle a sexual harassment case - a sum legal experts say is "unprecedented" and "highly unusual."
O'Reilly was ousted from the network in April after it was revealed he had settled several other harassment cases. But as the Times reports, 21st Century Fox renewed his contract even though executives were aware of the large settlement paid out following complaints by former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl.
The $32 million payout was unusually high for such a case, according to Debra Katz, a D.C.-based attorney who specializes in sexual harassment and other workplace litigation.
"This is unprecedented," she said. "It's a shocking figure."
"There was obviously strong and compelling evidence that had to be of a very embarrassing nature that he did not want to become public, and that's why he's paying this extraordinary sum," she said. "You don't pay a $32 million settlement if you've engaged in no wrongdoing."
The ethics watchdog for Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund is reviewing allegations that U.S. pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners may breach the fund's investment guidelines.
The Norwegian fund held $248 million of ETP corporate bonds at the end of 2016, according to the latest available data.
Under rules set by Norway's parliament, any firm the fund invests in must meet guidelines related to the environment, human rights, governance and other issues. The fund has in the past divested from firms deemed to have violated the guidelines.
Environmentalists and Native American campaigners have opposed the Dakota Access pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has said it could contaminate the Missouri River and said it threatens their sacred sites.
Based on recommendations from the council, the fund has excluded 69 firms in which the fund previously had a stake, saying they broke its principles. Another 69 firms have been excluded by the fund's management due to their dependence on coal as a source of power.
A centerpiece of a sprawling camp that evolved on disputed land in southern North Dakota to protest the four-state Dakota Access pipeline is going on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
The nearly 12-foot-tall mile-marker post was constructed by protesters to show the distances they had traveled from around the globe. Points of origin on hand-crafted signs nailed to the post ranged from Fort Buffalo 50 yards away to Sápmi in the Arctic, home of the Sami indigenous peoples, 3,900 miles away.
When the camp was forced to disband in February, Hickory Edwards of the Onondaga Nation took the post and donated it to the museum, which is putting it on public display Tuesday as part of an exhibit called "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations."
"When more than 12,000 activists and hundreds of Native Nations assembled in North Dakota during 2016 to protest the Dakota Access pipeline, treaties were at the heart of the issue," museum Director Kevin Gover said.
The post will be the final piece of the exhibit that deals with the issue of treaties by "reaching way back in time and really bringing it to the present," museum spokeswoman Bethany Bentley said. It will remain on display through 2021.
A monkey eats atop a rock off of Cayo Santiago, known as Monkey Island, in Puerto Rico on Oct. 4, 2017. The islandâ€™s history as a research center dates to 1938, when the man known as the father of American primate science brought a population of Indian rhesus macaques to the United States.
Photo by Ramon Espinosa
A British businessman and outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin said his ability to enter the US has been revoked after Russia placed him on an international police wanted list.
Bill Browder, a hedge fund manager and activist, said he was informed his so-called Global Entry status had been suspended and that he was unable to check in for a flight to the US, after Russia had him added to the Interpol arrest list.
Mr Browder, 53, who pushed for the US to enforce a powerful set of sanctions against figures close to the Kremlin, said Russia had tried on four previous occasions to have him placed on the Interpol Red List. Those requests were turned down, he said, but Russia then had his name added via a loophole known as "a diffusion".
The London-based businessman said he believed Russia was inspired to act after Canada last week passed its own version of the Magnitsky Act. The 2012 US law was drawn up to target Russian officials accused of being responsible for the 2009 death in custody of Sergei Magnitsky, Mr Browder's Russian lawyer who helped exposed money laundering said to total $230m.
As with the US's passing of the original act, Canada's adoption of similar sanctions appears to have infuriated Vladimir Putin. He responded to the US's action, by making it more difficult for American couples to adopt Russian babies.
After months of abuse from the president-for-now of the United States, CNN is hitting back with a not-so-subtle dig at Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) relationship with facts.
A 30-second advertisement shows an apple sitting in front of an all white backdrop, with the patient kind of explanation a preschool teacher may give to a child still connecting names with objects:
"This is an apple," the narrator says. "Some people might try to tell you that it's a banana. They might scream, banana, banana, banana over and over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana."
"But it's not. This is an apple," the advertisement finishes.
Mr Trump has sought to brand CNN and other major news outlets in the US as "fake news", an adaptation of a term once used to describe literal fake news propagated during the 2016 campaign by outside groups that sowed uncertainty and misinformation via social media platforms.
The advertisement pokes fun at the way Mr Trump has attempted that rebranding. The President frequently repeats himself during speeches, attempting to drive home the point he's trying to make. On Twitter, he frequently writes in all caps to emphasize the "fake news" he sees - that meaning, of course, critical coverage of him.
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