Mark Piggott: Netflix was wrong to fire Kevin Spacey (Spectator)
Being, as ever, years late to the party, my wife and I were only midway through season one of House of Cards when news emerged that star Kevin Spacey might or might not have drunkenly groped then-14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp in 1986. This presented us with a dilemma: continue to watch and marvel at Spacey's bravura to-the-house performance, and possibly legitimise what he might have done (he now claims to be too drunk to remember) or consign the show to the e-recycle bin and watch Strictly instead?
This Canadian-born American comedian pioneered a style of social satire which pokes fun at political and current event topics using improvised monologues and only a newspaper as a prop. He made his professional stage debut at San Francisco's hungry i nightclub in 1953, and in 1960 he became the first comedian to have a cover story in Time magazine. What is his name?
This American audio engineer and clandestine chemist played a pivotal role in the counterculture of the 1960s. He designed the Grateful Dead's trademark skull logo and was the first private individual to manufacture mass quantities of LSD. What is his name?
Owsley Stanley (born Augustus Owsley Stanley III, January 19, 1935 - March 12, 2011) was an American audio engineer and clandestine chemist. He was a key figure in the San Francisco Bay Area hippie movement during the 1960s and played a pivotal role in the counterculture of the 1960s. Under the professional name Bear, he was the soundman for the rock band the Grateful Dead, whom he met when Ken Kesey invited them to an Acid Test party. As their sound engineer, Stanley frequently recorded live tapes behind his mixing board and developed their Wall of Sound sound system, one of the largest mobile public address systems ever constructed. Stanley also designed the band's trademark skull logo.
Stanley was the first private individual to manufacture mass quantities of LSD. By his own account, between 1965 and 1967, Stanley produced no less than 500 grams of LSD, amounting to a little more than five million doses at the time.
He died in a car accident in Australia (where he had taken citizenship in 1996) on March 12, 2011.
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
Owsley Stanley, known as Bear among the Deadheads, is the chemist who
also designed the Dead's Wall of Sound.
Alan J answered:
...an amazing life
Stephen F said:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
I think I read this a long time ago - was it Owsley Stanley? I swear Owsley was also a Kesey character, but that might be my not-quite-steel-trap-memory wanting that to be true.
Another beautiful autumn day yesterday and today as well. So happy it's wine cardigan season again.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
That was Owsley Stanley, man.
Daniel in The City replied:
This old Deadhead didn't have to look that one up!
Billy in Cypress responded:
Dale of Diamondy Sprungs, Norcaliful wrote:
Owsley Stanley, the maker of uncontaminated Groovemaker. I had it twice in 66, whilst it was still legal…amusing Stuff…
DJ Useo said:
That would be the chap known as "Owsley".
Rosemary in Columbus replied:
Owsley Stanley III
... did the logo along with Bob Thomas ... and I remember Owsley's product.
Sorry I missed answering yesterday's question as I knew the answer instantly. I've had a great interest in Russia since my days as a young Army medic; it's history, from the boyars to the present and it's many peoples, when I first read this:
Hedrick Smith The Russians in 1975... Though dated now, I will maintain that Smith's work is still a definitive description of who, what and why, Russians are the way they are. My opinion is that they are the result of a slow motion, sometimes violent, collision between west and east over the past thousand years, or so...
If Predator is going to order the flag flown at half staff after each mass shooting, might as well permanently fix it there. The gun nuts assure us of continued carnage in sacrifice to their holy right to tote weapons of mass death.
We are all only temporarily able bodied.
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 Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Jason Segel, Jeff Fager, Lesley Stahl, and Mavis Staples.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Rainn Wilson, Jack Whitehall, Novak Djokovic, and Ty Dolla $ign.
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 Murders'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 10/24/17) are Ricky Gervais, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Sabrina Carpenter.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are John Lithgow, Jonathan Groff, Michael Lewis, and Nathan Davilmar.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Richard Linklater, Pup, and Sarah Gadon.
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 FRESHThe Mayor', then a FRESH'Kevin (Probably) Saves The World'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Carey Mulligan, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Darius Rucker.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.
Faux has a FRESH'Lethal Weapon', followed by a FRESH'The Mick', then a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'.
MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'The X-Files'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath'.
AMC offers the movie 'Invincible', followed by the movie 'Moneyball'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Darmok
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Ensign Ro
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Silicon Avatar
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Daleks In Manhattan-Part 1.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-Evolution Of The Daleks-Part 2.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-The Lazarus Experiment
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Darmok
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Ensign Ro
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Silicon Avatar
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Disaster
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Counterpoint
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Latent Image
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Bride of Chaotica
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Gravity
[8:00PM] TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)
[11:00PM] TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)
[2:00AM] V FOR VENDETTA (2006)
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Darmok (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 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 Jeff Ross.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Opposition is David Daley.
FX has the movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', followed by a FRESH'American Horror Story'.
History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH'Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island'.
[9:00AM] HALLOWEEN 6: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS
[11:00AM] HALLOWEEN H2O: 20 YEARS LATER
[4:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Gimme Shelter
[4:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-2120 So. Michigan Avenue
[5:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-2000 Light Years From Home
[5:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Take It or Leave It
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Short & Curlies
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-'Til the Next Goodbye
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Bohemian Rhapsody
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Somebody to Love
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-You're My Best Friend
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Stone Cold Crazy
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Gimme Shelter
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-2120 So. Michigan Avenue
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-2000 Light Years From Home
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Take It or Leave It
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Short & Curlies
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-'Til the Next Goodbye
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Bohemian Rhapsody
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Somebody to Love
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-You're My Best Friend
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Stone Cold Crazy
[2:00AM] HALLOWEEN 6: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS
[4:00AM] HALLOWEEN H2O: 20 YEARS LATER (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Barney Miller-The Tunnel
[6:30AM] Barney Miller-Atomic Bomb
[7:00AM] Barney Miller-The Bank
[7:30AM] Barney Miller-The Ghost
[8:00AM] A Beautiful Mind
[11:00AM] Meet Joe Black
[3:00PM] The Dead Zone
[5:30PM] The Shining
[9:00PM] The Sixth Sense
[11:30PM] The Others
[2:00AM] A Nightmare on Elm Street
[4:00AM] You're Next (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road', followed by the movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road', again.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Keegan-Michael Key and Jon Dore.
You may have seen this photo of President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Execrable) motorcade winding down a wooded road last week as a woman on a bicycle pedaled by giving the middle finger to Trump.
The picture, snapped by a White House photographer traveling with the president as he left his golf course in Sterling, Va., went viral almost immediately. News outlets picked up the story when it appeared in a White House pool report. Late-night talk show hosts told jokes about the encounter and people on social media began hailing the unidentified woman as a "she-ro," using the hashtag #Her2020.
The woman's name is Juli Briskman. Her employer, government contractor Akima LLC, wasn't so happy about the photo. They fired her over it.
As the photo circulated online, Briskman decided to tell Akima's HR department what was happening when she went to work on Monday. By Tuesday, her bosses called her into a meeting and said she had violated the company's social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.
"They said, 'We're separating from you,'" said Briskman. "Basically, you cannot have 'lewd' or 'obscene' things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off 'obscene.'"
Fox News will no longer run an ad from billionaire Tom Steyer calling for President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) impeachment.
"Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers, we could not in good conscience take their money," said Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy in a statement obtained by TheWrap on Monday.
According to Steyer, a prominent Democratic donor and Trump critic, the network abruptly and unfairly pulled the ad on October 31.
In a trollish flourish, Steyer not only bought airtime on Fox News but specifically on "Fox & Friends" to ensure that Donald Trump - a regular viewer of the program - would see it.
The strategy worked, with Trump issuing a denunciation less than an hour after watching the commercial on Oct. 27.
Investors are salivating over the possibility that the Walt Disney Co. will snap up parts of 21st Century Fox. Reports that the two media companies had held talks in recent weeks sent Fox shares soaring on Monday. It also signals that in an increasingly fractured media landscape - one in which must-stream entertainment is disrupting traditional ways of monetizing movies and shows - size still matters.
"This is a deal that would dramatically transform the content landscape," said Tuna Amobi, an analyst with CFRA Research. "The play for scale in terms of content may justify why Disneywould want to do this."
Amobi notes that Disney is launching its own streaming entertainment service. If it wants to compete with Netflix and Amazon, both of which have a head start in terms of licensing content and building a user base, it helps to have access to Fox's films, as well as the programming it produces for the likes of the FX Networks and National Geographic TV. The deal would not include the Fox Broadcasting Co. network, the Fox Television Stations unit, and the Fox Sports and Fox News operations, which would help the company avoid anti-trust opposition to a possible sale.
It's also a sign that the world is changing and that Fox, the once-mighty media conglomerate that Rupert Murdoch (R-Evil Incarnate) built with a tireless zeal for acquisitions, may feel it can't compete in a world of Silicon Valley and telecom behemoths. Amazon is making movies and shows, Apple is getting into the content game, and Facebook is also making noise about challenging Hollywood. All have deep pockets.
At the same time, Fox rival Time Warner (which Rupert Murdoch unsuccessfully tried to buy in 2014) is being gobbled up by AT&T. These companies don't have to make money the old fashioned way. They sell telephone and data services (in the case of AT&T) or household goods (in the case of Amazon). They want to use movies and shows to interest people in buying devices or sticking around their e-commerce platform. It's additive. That leaves Fox trying to compete by selling tickets to movies, licensing content, and selling advertising. Given that advertising revenues are shrinking and box office is hitting historic lows, it makes sense that Fox would be feeling the heat.
The skeleton of a pregnant woman, dating back around 3,200 years, has been found near a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Hathor at a place that was once called King Solomon's Mines, archaeologists recently announced.
Located in the Timna Valley in Israel, ancient Egyptians and others in the region used the mines for copper mining. Early archaeologists and explorers believed that King Solomon, an ancient Israeli ruler, controlled the Timna mines. However, many scholars now think the claim is unlikely.
Archaeologists discovered the pregnant woman's skeleton buried in a tumulus (a tomb covered by rocks) near Hathor's temple. The people worshipped Hathor - the goddess of love, pleasure and maternity - at Timna, and considered her to be the protector of the miners.
At the time the pregnant woman lived, Egypt controlled the mines at Timna, suggesting she was Egyptian. In addition, she may have been a singer at the Hathor temple, said Erez Ben-Yosef, the director of the Central Timna Valley Projectand a senior lecturer in archaeology at Tel Aviv University. She was buried with beads whose design is similar to those found at the Hathor temple, Ben-Yosef told Live Science.
An examination of her remains indicates she was in her early 20s and in the first trimester of her pregnancy when she died. The cause of her death is unknown.
Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs: three of the worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history all happened in the past 17 months.
As Denver journalist Kyle Clark grimly observed on Monday, the 1999 Columbine High School massacre that once shocked the world when two gunmen killed 12 students and 1 teacher, has been pushed off the list of the top 10 deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.
Now, three shootings in the past 17 months are on the list, and, as CNN pointed out, two of the five deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history occurred in the last 35 days.
According to Mass Shooting Tracker, there have been 377 mass shootings in 2017.
The richest 1 percent of Americans would reap 48 percent of the benefits of Republican tax reform legislation, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
At the same time, although nearly half the plan's benefits would flow to the wealthiest Americans, the legislation Republicans introduced last week is less plutocratic than a rough outline of the plan from September. A Tax Policy Center analysis of the earlier framework said that 79 percent of its benefits would accrue to the richest 1 percent.
The new legislation includes a top tax rate of 39.6 percent on incomes above $1 million, which the earlier framework had only said might be a possibility. Also, instead of outright repealing a tax on transfers of ultra-wealthy estates, the new bill wouldn't fully repeal the estate tax until 2024.
Still, the new analysis says not everybody would get a tax break under the legislation. "In 2018, slightly more than 12 percent of taxpayers would experience a tax increase relative to current law," the TPC's analysis says. "That share would rise to slightly more than 28 percent in 2027."
The TPC said that a decade from now, 57 percent of taxpayers would get an average cut of $2,400, while 28 percent would face an increase of nearly $2,000.
A business associated with Jared Kushner was used by Russian state entities to invest in Twitter and Facebook.
The information was revealed in the Paradise Papers, a set of millions of leaked documents reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and media outlets.
White House adviser and son-in-law of US President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt), Mr Kushner was also the co-founder of a startup called Cadre, according to the full report by The Guardian.
The investments were made by Russian technology mogul Yuri Milner, who also owns a stake of cadre.
Mr Kushner failed to disclose his association with Cadre when he joined the White House in January, one of several of Mr Kushner's failures to disclose pertinent private sector ties ahead of his government service.
A debate over whether to bury Vladimir Lenin, whose embalmed body remains on display on Red Square, has risen again and even led to a stabbing ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution.
The ruling party has tried to play down Tuesday's centennial as the antithesis of Vladimir Putin's tenets of stability and traditional values.
But in a newspaper interview on Wednesday calling for the anniversary to be observed without "confrontation", Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of parliament, was asked about removing Lenin from his glass sarcophagus in the mausoleum next to the Kremlin.
She suggested a referendum could decide the long-standing issue.
Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman leader of Russia's Chechnya republic and an outspoken Muslim believer, responded on social media that Mr Putin should decide, adding that it was "not right that a coffin with a dead person is standing in the heart of Russia".
Mumps is making a comeback, even with people who have been vaccinated against the disease.
The New York Times reports that mumps outbreaks are on the rise, with more than 6,000 cases of mumps reported in the United States last year. That's the highest number of mumps cases reported in the past 10 years. For some perspective, in 2010 the number of cases was down to the hundreds.
Most of the recent cases have occurred in outbreaks. A large outbreak in Arkansas, for instance, affected primarily 18-22-year-olds. The majority of those that were infected had received the mumps vaccine when they were children.
While two doses has been standard for years, there's now some who think that immunity to the disease fades over time. In the case of recent outbreaks, a third dose has been given to those that have or will be potentially exposed to the disease to some great results.
That said, with the absence of an immediate threat, doctors still think two doses of the vaccine as a child is enough to last most people a lifetime.
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