LEON WIESELTIER: "My Friend Leonard Cohen: Darkness and Praise" (NY Times)
"Dear Uncle Leonard," the email from the boy began. "Did anything inspire you to create 'Hallelujah'"? Later that same winter day the reply arrived: "I wanted to stand with those who clearly see G-d's holy broken world for what it is, and still find the courage or the heart to praise it. You don't always get what you want. You're not always up for the challenge. But in this case - it was given to me. For which I am deeply grateful."
Leonard Cohen, Vital to the End (NY Times)
News of the death of Leonard Cohen, musical poet and great Canadian, hit on Thursday like a punch to the gut, an early blast of winter. We can do the Leonard Cohen thing and brood. Or we can heed this spontaneous eulogy from another of our most admired songwriters, Rosanne Cash. "Rolling through Iowa," she said on Twitter on Friday afternoon, "in wonder and awe that we had such a man.
Roz Warren: My Night With Leonard Cohen (NY Times)
I give Mr. Cohen credit. Given a choice between a night of groupie debauchery and a snuggle with two feminists, he'd gone with us. Of course, the man was a Buddhist. He was probably just taking what the universe had to offer. Had we turned into a pair of depraved trollops the moment we had him in that room alone, he might have gone with that, too.
BEN SISARIO: Johnny Cash, the Poet in Black (NY Times)
In some ways the poems mirror Cash's songwriting, with terse ballads of outsiders in love, and parables drawn from the Bible; Cash's version of Job is a wealthy cattleman who "cried out in agony/When he lost his children and his property." And for Cash, who in his last years drew a new audience with a set of stark and fragile recordings, the poems present yet another look at a legend of American music.
W?adziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 - February 4, 1987), mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist, singer, and actor. A child prodigy and the son of working-class immigrants, Liberace enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, with established residencies in Las Vegas, and an international touring schedule. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the sobriquet "Mr. Showmanship".
The Depression was financially hard on the Liberace family. In childhood, Liberace suffered from a speech impediment and as a teen from the taunts of neighborhood children who mocked him for his effeminate personality and his avoidance of sports and his fondness for cooking and the piano.
He gained experience playing popular music in theaters, on local radio, for dancing classes, for clubs, and for weddings. In 1934, he played jazz piano with a school group called "The Mixers" and later with other groups. Liberace also performed in cabarets and strip clubs. For a while, Liberace adopted the stage name "Walter Busterkeys".
Randall was first and correct with:
Alan J said:
Mac Mac responded:
Total guess, Liberace
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
The fabulous and incomparable- Liberace.
Kevin K. said:
Walter Busterkeys? No, not Buster Poindexter; it's Liberace.
75° the last few days. That's way too hot for November.
Daniel in The City replied:
Joe S answered:
Just a snap judgment from looking at the name, Buster Keaton. If that's not the right answer, it should be. Well, I could be wrong but I don't think so.
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 Anna Kendrick, Mahershala Ali, and Chris Gethard.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Matthew Broderick, America Ferrera, and Local Natives.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by a FRESH'This Is Us', then a FRESH'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Warren Beatty, Naomie Harris, Robbie Robertson, and Amine.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Billy Bob Thornton, Lily Collins, Sanjay Gupta, and Atom Willard.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Ali Wentworth, the Appleseed Cast, and Ben Younger.
ABC opens the night with FRESH'The Middle', followed by a FRESH'American Housewife', then a FRESH'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH'The Real O'Neal', then a FRESH'David Blaine: Beyond Magic'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Casey Affleck and Garth Brooks.
The CW opens the night with a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'No Tomorrow'.
Faux has a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH'New Girl', then a FRESH'Scream Queens'.
MY has 'TZM (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH'Harry'.
A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Intervention', then a FRESH'Intervention: Codependent'.
AMC offers the movie 'Armageddon', followed by the movie 'Ender's Game', then a FRESH'Predators'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Force of Nature
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Inheritance
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Parallels
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-The Age Of Steel-Part 2.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-The Idiot's Lantern
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Fear Her
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-Homeward
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Sub Rosa
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-Final Mission
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-The Loss
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 11-Data's Day
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 12-The Wounded
[6:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 15-No Good Deed
[7:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 16-Rest in Pieces
[8:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 17-At Risk
[9:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 18-Law and Disorder
[10:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 19-Habeas Corpse
[11:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 1-Fallen
[12:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 15-No Good Deed
[1:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 16-Rest in Pieces
[2:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 17-At Risk
[3:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 18-Law and Disorder
[4:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 19-Habeas Corpse
[5:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 1-Fallen (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show are Desus Nice & The Kid Mero.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Flula Borg, Sara Schaefer, and Randy Liedtke.
FX has the movie 'The Vow', followed by the movie 'The Fault In Our Stars'.
History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island: Drilling Down', then a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH'Hunting Hitler'.
[6:45AM] THE FUGITIVE
[9:45AM] V FOR VENDETTA
[3:00PM] V FOR VENDETTA
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Gets the Girl
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Dine and Dash
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Radio Daze
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Panties
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Romantic Weekend
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!)
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Trials of Michael Kelso
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Naughty No-No
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Craps!
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Dates Donna
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Gets the Girl
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Dine and Dash
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Radio Daze
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Panties
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Romantic Weekend
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!)
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Trials of Michael Kelso
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Naughty No-No
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Craps!
[3:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Dates Donna
[4:00AM] STAN AGAINST EVIL-Let Your Love Groan
[4:30AM] THE EXORCIST (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] All in the Family-The Saga of Cousin Oscar
[6:35AM] All in the Family-Flashback: Mike Meets Archie
[7:10AM] All in the Family-Archie in the Lock-Up
[7:45AM] All in the Family-The Election Story
[8:20AM] All in the Family-Edith's Accident
[8:55AM] All in the Family-The Blockbuster
[9:30AM] All in the Family-The Insurance Is Canceled
[10:05AM] All in the Family-Christmas Day at the Bunkers'
[10:40AM] All in the Family-The Man in the Street
[11:15AM] All in the Family-Cousin Maude's Visit
[11:50AM] All in the Family-Edith's Problem
[12:25PM] All in the Family-The Elevator Story
[1:00PM] The Man in the Iron Mask
[4:00PM] The Bounty Hunter
[6:30PM] Runaway Bride
[9:00PM] Jerry Maguire
[12:00AM] Jerry Maguire
[2:59AM] Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives
[4:59AM] Rectify-Bob & Carol & Ted Jr & Alice (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Jeepers Creepers II', followed by a FRESH'Channel Zero: Candle Cove', then a FRESH'Aftermath'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Matt LeBlanc, Anthony Bourdain, and Dana Gould.
It appears The Simpsons is not pleased the show did in fact predict the future. In Sunday's (Nov. 14) show, the cartoon included a new chalkboard gag in its opening credits that addressed a 2000 episode in which it was predicted Donald Trump would one day be president.
"Being right sucks," Bart writes on the board in the opening. The show confirmed on Twitter the gag was a response to the now-infamous "Bart to the Future" episode, which aired more than 16 years ago, on March 19, 2000.
Episode writer Dan Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter in March that the prediction was "a warning to America."
"It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane," he told THR.
In the episode, Bart is shown a vision of his life. As an adult, he is pretty much a loser. Lisa, on the other hand, becomes the first "straight female" president of the United States. Then, the prediction: "As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump," Lisa says to her staff, who inform her the country is broke due to her predecessor.
An unpublished sketchbook of Vincent Van Gogh's will be presented in Paris on Tuesday, ahead of the release in several countries of a new book displaying the works.
The sketchbook is owned by a private collector and hardly any details have emerged of what is depicted on its pages.
The new 288-page book reproducing the drawings -- entitled "Vincent Van Gogh, the fog of Arles: the rediscovered sketchbook" will be published Thursday in France, the US, Japan, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands.
It contains more than ten drawings, according to French publisher Le Seuil, adding that they form "a very impressive ensemble" and that "their authenticity is well established".
Alphabet Inc's Google said on Monday it is working on a policy change to prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network, a move aimed at halting the spread of "fake news" and other types of misinformation on the internet.
The shift comes as Google, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc face a backlash over the role they played in the U.S. presidential election by allowing the spread of false and often malicious information that might have swayed voters toward Republican candidate Donald Trump (R-Grifter).
The issue has provoked a fierce debate within Facebook especially, with Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg insisting twice in recent days that the site had no role in influencing the election.
Google's move does not address the issue of fake news or hoaxes appearing in Google search results. That happened in the last few days, when a search for 'final election count' for a time took users to a fake news story saying Trump won the popular vote. Votes are still being counted, with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton showing a slight lead.
Nor does it suggest that the company has moved to a mechanism for rating the accuracy of particular articles.
Spanish archaeologists have unearthed an ancient Egyptian mummy in "very good condition" near Luxor, Egypt's antiquities ministry has announced.
Resting inside a brightly colored wooden sarcophagus, the mummy had been bound with linen stuck together with plaster.
"The tomb was uncovered at the southern enclosure wall of the Temple of Millions of Years," Mahmoud Afifi, head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities department of the ministry, said in a statement.
The temple was built on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor by Pharaoh Thutmosis III (1490-1436 BC), one of Egypt's greatest warrior kings. Also known as the "Napoleon of Egypt," he was the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty, the best known of all the dynasties of ancient Egypt as it boasted pharaohs such as Hatshepsut, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun.
The mummy is believed to be the body of a man named Amenrenef, who held the title of "Servant of the King's House." Amenrenef, however, did not live under Thutmosis III. His tomb likely dates from the Third Intermediate period around 1,000 BC, probably to the 21st Dynasty.
Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) was apparently surprised at the scope of the president's job when Barack Obama walked him through the role during their White House meeting last week. The president and president-elect met in the Oval Office on Thursday (10 November) the day after the election results were announced.
People familiar with the details of the meeting told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Trump was surprised by the scope of the president's duties when Obama laid them out.
Obama now intends to spend more time with Trump and give him guidance to ensure a smooth transition, sources told the WSJ. Trump is the first president without government or military experience.
Trump's aides were said to be unaware, according to the sources, that the entire staff of the White House needed to be replaced as one administration ended and another began.
Dust created by a strong aftershock hangs above the Clarence River which was blocked following an earthquake north of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.
Photo by Mark Mitchell
North Dakota authorities are investigating a weekend incident in which pipeline protesters said a woman was struck by a man driving a truck who drove over her feet and fired shots into the air.
The Morton County Sheriff's Department is looking into what occurred, spokesman Rob Keller said in an email on Sunday, declining to comment further because the investigation is ongoing.
Early on Saturday, protesters against the oil pipeline near sacred tribal lands briefly blocked two entrances to a work yard near the rural town of Mandan, causing workers to leave the area.
Videos and pictures posted online show a man in a white vehicle holding a handgun and yelling obscenities while driving forward through a crowd of protesters. One video shows the man later raising his gun into the air and firing several shots, although it is not clear from the video whether any protesters were nearby at the time. The man was not identified.
A protester was injured in the incident and an ambulance was called, but she refused treatment, Keller said.
Donald Trump's election as U.S. president raises concern that Washington may increase the intrusiveness of domestic intelligence gathering, former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said on Monday, warning that democratic checks and balances were losing ground to authoritarianism.
Snowden lives in Moscow under an asylum deal after he leaked classified information in 2013 that triggered an international furore over the reach of U.S. spy operations. He spoke at a teleconference hosted by Buenos Aires University's law school.
"We are starting to substitute open government for sheer authoritarianism, a government based not upon the principle of informed consent granted by people who understand its activities but rather a trust in personalities, a trust in claims, a trust in the hope that they will do the right thing," Snowden said.
Washington pledged not to engage in indiscriminate espionage following Snowden's 2013 disclosures. But Snowden questioned if that policy could be modified by new officials "who have a very different set of values and can govern in the dark."
"If government does actually win our trust, because they go for some years and they do operate in a way that we should support, what happens when it changes?" he asked.
Service towers lift towards Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-03 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Start of the new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on early Friday, Nov. 18 local time. The Russian rocket will carry French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and U.S. astronaut Peggy Annette Whitson.
Photo by Dmitri Lovetsk
Chelsea Manning, who is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the WikiLeaks website, is asking President Barack Obama to commute her sentence to time served.
In a commutation application released by her attorneys, the transgender soldier said there was no historical precedent for such an extreme sentence for the leak of secret documents.
Manning was arrested in 2010 and convicted in 2013 in military court of six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offenses for leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents, plus some battlefield video to WikiLeaks. At that point she was known as Bradley Manning.
Retired Air Force Col. Morris D. Davis, a 25-year-veteran who was chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay for two years, said much of the information Manning leaked had little value and could be found through open sources on the internet.
Davis, who now serves as an administrative law judge for the U.S. Labor Department, wrote a letter attached to Manning's application that called the 35-year sentence far too harsh for releasing documents whose impact six years later "could fairly be described as inconvenience and embarrassment."
Florida saw a significant spike in murders after enacting a "Stand Your Ground" law allowing people to use lethal force in self-defense in public or on private property, international researchers said Monday.
The southern state's 24 percent rise in homicide from 2005 to 2014 stood in sharp contrast to nationwide homicide rates, which have been declining since the 1990s, according to research published in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine.
"This study highlights how Stand Your Ground is likely to be a cause of the rise in Florida murders, and provides crucial information which may influence future decision-making that affects wellbeing in the US and abroad," said co-author Antonio Gasparrini of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Florida in 2005 became the first US state to broaden protections for those who use firearms for self-defense. A number of other states have since followed suit.
Homicides linked to firearms rose 31 percent from 2005 to 2014, researchers found, compared to the previous sampling period from 1999-2004.
Gwen Ifill, co-anchor of PBS' "NewsHour" with Judy Woodruff and a veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates, died Monday of cancer, the network said. She was 61.
A former reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Ifill switched to television in the 1990s and covered politics and Congress for NBC News. She moved to PBS in 1999 as host of "Washington Week" and also worked for the nightly "NewsHour" program. She and Woodruff were named co-anchors in 2013.
She moderated vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008 and authored the book, "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama."
Ifill took a leave from "NewsHour" for a month this spring for health reasons, keeping details of her illness private. Her health failing, she left "NewsHour" again shortly before an election night that she and Woodruff would have covered together.
Shortly before moderating the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin in 2008, Ifill brushed aside concerns that she might not be fair because she was writing a book about Obama.
"I've got a pretty long track record covering politics and news, so I'm not particularly worried that one-day blog chatter is going to destroy my reputation," she told The Associated Press then.
Ifill, who was black, also questioned why people would assume her book would be favorable toward Obama. "Do you think they made the same assumptions about Lou Cannon (who is white) when he wrote his book about Reagan?" she said.
In a 2007 opinion piece published in The New York Times, Ifill condemned radio host Don Imus' "nappy-headed hos" reference to Rutgers University female basketball players.
"To his credit, Mr. Imus told the Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday he realizes that, this time, he went way too far," Ifill wrote.
"Yes, he did. Every time a young black girl shyly approaches me for an autograph or writes or calls or stops me on the street to ask how she can become a journalist, I feel an enormous responsibility," she said. "It's more than simply being a role model. I know I have to be a voice for them as well."
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