Paul Krugman: Trade and Manufacturing Employment: No Real Disagreement (Wonkish PDF)
So I've been sitting down with recent work, and realized that there's actually very little disagreement about either the facts or the counterfactuals - that is, what might have happened with different trade policies. What looks like disagreement is actually a difference in the questions being asked; once you take that into account, there's more or less a consensus about the historical record.
Steven Johnson: Why Blue States Are the Real 'Tea Party' (NY Times)
If a Trump administration that urban states voted overwhelmingly against starts curtailing voting rights and rolling back drug-law reform, reneging on the Paris climate accord, deporting immigrants and appointing justices that favor overturning Roe v. Wade, states like California and Massachusetts are sure to start asking hard questions about why they are subsidizing a government that doesn't give them an equal vote.
The Hundred Years' War is the modern term for a series of conflicts waged from 1337 to 1453 by the House of Plantagenet, rulers of the Kingdom of England, against the House of Valois, rulers of the Kingdom of France, for control of the Kingdom of France. Each side drew many allies into the war. It was one of the most notable conflicts of the Middle Ages, in which five generations of kings from two rival dynasties fought for the throne of the largest kingdom in Western Europe. The war marked both the height of chivalry and its subsequent decline, and the development of strong national identities in both countries.
The House of Plantagenet of the Kingdom of England fought the House of Valoise of the Kingdom of France from 1337 to 1453
It seems too obvious - if it didn't last 100 years, then why is it called the Hundred Year War? So I looked it up, and it actually lasted 116 years. Wow.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
1337 to 1453, so 116 years
DJ Useo responded:
Because it seems such a completely preposterous answer, the number 116 remains stuck in my memory.
War is a remainder of our primitive behavior. No advanced being would go there.
Joe S wrote:
As a kilobyte has a total of 1024 bytes a hundred years war, similarly has a total of 116 years. It's just the nature of things. Speaking of the nature of things, I've been watching Twin Peaks on Netflix. It's great, just great. I haven't seen it for 25 years, and I'm not disappointed watching it again. I've forgotten a lot of it so it's almost like watching a new show. It's great.
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 Vice President Joe Biden and DJ Khaled.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Billy Crystal, Taron Egerton, and CRX.
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 Chris Pratt, Katie Holmes, and John Mayer.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Shaquille O'Neal, Abbi Jacobson, Miranda Lambert, and Abe Cunningham.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Anna Camp, Banks & Steelz, and Josh McDermitt.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'The Middle', followed by a FRESH'American Housewife', then a FRESH'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH'The Real O'Neals', followed by a FRESH'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Ryan Seacrest, Zoey Deutch, and James Vincent McMorrow.
The CW offers 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 an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.
A&E has 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Intervention', then another FRESH'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath'.
AMC offers the movie 'Enchanted', followed by the movie 'Home Alone 2: Lost In NY', then the movie 'Home Alone 2: Lost In NY', again.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 21-The Perfect Mate
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 22-Imaginary Friend
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 23-I, Borg
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Partners in Crime
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-The Fires of Pompeii
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 25-The Inner Light
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Time's Arrow (Part 1)
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Time's Arrow (Part 2)
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Realm of Fear
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Man of the People
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Relics
[6:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 14-Stoned Cold
[7:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 15-Blood Lust
[8:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 16-Hunting Ground
[9:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 17-Special Delivery
[10:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 18-About Face
[11:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 19-Caged
[12:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 14-Stoned Cold
[1:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 15-Blood Lust
[2:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 16-Hunting Ground
[3:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 17-Special Delivery
[4:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 18-About Face
[5:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 19-Caged (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'Ladies Of London', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is John Legend.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Mike Lawrence, Sam Morril, and Janelle James.
FX has the movie 'Oblivion', followed by the movie '2012'.
History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH'Hunting Hitler'.
[7:30AM] LETHAL WEAPON 4
[10:15AM] GET CARTER
[12:30PM] LETHAL WEAPON 3
[3:15PM] LETHAL WEAPON 4
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Acid Queen
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
[3:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Eddie George
[3:45AM] LETHAL WEAPON 3 (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] M*A*S*H-Adam's Ribs
[6:30AM] All in the Family-Oh Say Can You See?
[7:05AM] All in the Family-Archie Goes Too Far
[7:40AM] All in the Family-Class Reunion
[8:15AM] All in the Family-The Hot Watch
[8:50AM] All in the Family-Everybody Tells the Truth
[9:25AM] All in the Family-Archie Learns His Lesson
[10:00AM] All in the Family-Gloria, the Victim
[10:35AM] All in the Family-The Battle of the Month
[11:10AM] All in the Family-We're Having a Heat Wave
[11:45AM] The Breakfast Club
[4:30PM] The Goonies
[7:00PM] Uncle Buck
[9:15PM] Planes, Trains and Automobiles
[1:45AM] Uncle Buck
[4:00AM] Planes, Trains and Automobiles (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest', followed by a FRESH'Aftermath'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Molly Shannon, Joe Buck, and Dinosaur Jr.
Military veterans huddle together to hold a United States flag against strong winds during a march to a closed bridge outside the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.
Photo by David Goldman
A participant representing Mongolia competes at the 2016 FIDE World School Chess Championships (WSCC) for school chess champions in categories U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, U17, at the Zhemchuzhina Hotel i Sochi, Russia on Dec. 5, 2016.
Photo by Lebedev Artur
Al Pacino, The Eagles, James Taylor, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich were celebrated Sunday for their lifetime achievements at the last major arts gala attended by President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
It was a bittersweet moment, with Obama making one of his final goodbyes to celebrated artists as president.
Sean Penn, Garth Brooks, Aretha Franklin, Kevin Spacey and Ringo Starr were some of the A-listers who serenaded and hailed the legacy of the award recipients during the star-studded performance hosted for the third consecutive year by late night talk show host Stephen Colbert.
As he kicked off the evening, Colbert said America was lucky to have a "passionate, intelligent and dignified" president. That brought loud cheers and applause from the crowd. Colbert then joked: "Sir, I don't know why you stood up, I was talking about Michelle."
Obama jokingly asked Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, a notorious troublemaker, not to trash the White House because he is leaving soon and wants his "security deposit" back.
Original manuscripts of classic songs by Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton will go on auction as part of a collection of rock memorabilia, Sotheby's said Monday.
The auction house estimated that the two manuscripts would fetch $50,000 to $70,000 each when they go on sale Saturday in New York.
The collection includes the manuscript of "Layla," one of rock's best-known songs of unrequited love, which Clapton wrote in 1970 about Pattie Harrison -- then the wife of his friend, Beatle George Harrison. She would later marry Clapton before they eventually divorced after nine years.
Sotheby's will also auction the original typescript of "This Wheel's on Fire," one of the best-known songs from Dylan's 1967 sessions with Canadian folk rockers The Band around Woodstock, New York.
Among other items up for auction is a set of seven portraits that Dylan and fellow folk rocker Joan Baez sketched of themselves and each other.
A street performer dressed as a bear is seen at a Christmas and New Year market, with the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower seen in the background, at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia on Dec. 5, 2016.
Photo by Maxim Shemetov
When Egyptologists broke open the tomb of Queen Nefertari in 1904, they found a once-lavish burial place that had been looted in antiquity. Among the broken objects left behind were three portions of mummified legs.
The legs were assumed to belong to Queen Nefertari, who was one of the royal wives of Ramesses II, or Ramesses the Great. Ramesses II ruled Egypt from around 1279 to 1213 B.C., during Egypt's 19th Dynasty.
But no one had ever scientifically analyzed the mummified legs. Now, new research finds that they belonged to a middle-aged or older woman who stood around 5 feet 5 inches (165 centimeters) tall and may have had a touch of arthritis. The findings suggest that the legs were indeed Nefertari's, researchers reported Nov. 30 in the journal PLOS ONE.
Nefertari is one of ancient Egypt's most famous queens, in part because her tomb was among the most elaborate in the Valley of the Queens near the capital Luxor. The plaster walls were decorated with colorful paintings, and even the ceilings were painted with a likeness of the starry night sky. Nefertari's statue is also found at a rock temple in Abu Simbel in southern Egypt. Her likeness stands side-by-side with her husband's and is the same size, indicating her elevated status.
Nefertari's tomb had been looted in antiquity, however, and the pink granite sarcophagus that once held Nefertari's remains was smashed into pieces. A pair of well-made sandals had been left behind, along with 34 wooden "shabtis," or figurines meant to provide the deceased with manual labor in the afterlife, engraved with the queen's name, according to researchers led by Frank Rühli, the director of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich.
The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post.
Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results.
The report, issued in January 2015, identified "a clear path" for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. The plan would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel. Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.
The study was produced last year by the Defense Business Board, a federal advisory panel of corporate executives, and consultants from McKinsey and Company. Based on reams of personnel and cost data, their report revealed for the first time that the Pentagon was spending almost a quarter of its $580 billion budget on overhead and core business operations such as accounting, human resources, logistics and property management.
The data showed that the Defense Department was paying a staggering number of people - 1,014,000 contractors, civilians and uniformed personnel - to fill back-office jobs far from the front lines. That workforce supports 1.3 million troops on active duty, the fewest since 1940.
Comedian Bill Cosby has lost a bid to keep Pennsylvania prosecutors from using his own words against him at his criminal sexual assault trial, currently scheduled to begin no later than June.
Judge Steven O'Neill of the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, ruled on Monday that prosecutors can introduce potentially damaging sworn testimony the 79-year-old entertainer gave about his sexual history during a civil case in 2005.
The testimony, in which Cosby acknowledged giving young women Quaaludes before engaging in what he described as consensual sexual acts with them, helped persuade the Montgomery County district attorney to file charges after it was unsealed in 2015 by a federal judge.
Cosby's lawyers had argued that the district attorney at the time, Bruce Castor, had promised Cosby he would not prosecute if Cosby agreed to testify under oath in Constand's civil lawsuit.
But O'Neill ruled that Castor's account was inconsistent and said no written evidence of a non-prosecution deal exists.
Two ships have left Australia bound for the freezing Southern Ocean to confront the Japanese whaling fleet in an annual high-seas battle, environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Monday.
The organisation's flagship Steve Irwin departed for Antarctic waters along with fast new patrol vessel Ocean Warrior, built with financial support from the Dutch, British and Swedish lotteries.
It has a powerful water cannon and is capable of outrunning the whalers, which an official at Japan's Fisheries Agency said would be protected by a fleet of patrol boats.
Sea Shepherd is embarking on its 11th campaign to disrupt the hunt, with the Japanese fleet setting sail on November 18 in defiance of a worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling and international opposition.
"It's time that Japan respected the International Court of Justice... and the global moratorium on commercial whaling and ended their so-called scientific lethal hunting of whales off the Antarctic coast," said Sea Shepherd Australia chief Jeff Hansen.
An Anglo-Saxon ship buried on the banks of an English river in honor of a seventh-century king carried a rare, tar-like substance from the Middle East on board.
The ship burial and other burial mounds, located at a site called Sutton Hoo, were found nearly 80 years ago along the River Deben in modern-day England. The ship was carrying a type of bitumen, a naturally occurring petroleum-based asphalt, that is found only in the Middle East.
"The discovery provides further evidence of prestigious goods travelling over long distances in the early Medieval world before being brought together in this burial," study author Rebecca Stacey, a scientist at the British Museum, wrote in an email to Live Science.
This Middle Eastern petroleum product, however, wasn't Sutton Hoo's only evidence of contact with regions far and wide: An Egyptian bowl, a Middle Eastern textile and silverware from the Eastern Mediterranean were also found on the ship.
Sutton Hoo, which was first unearthed in 1939, was one of the most magnificent burial settings ever uncovered in Britain . The 90-foot long (27.3-meters) ship was part of a huge complex of 18 separate burial mounds near modern-day Suffolk, and the ship itself was laden with opulent treasures, including gold and garnet jewelry, silverware, coins and armor. Many scholars believe the ship was buried to honor King Raedwald of East Anglia, who died in A.D. 624 or 625, according to the study researchers. If the king's body was buried on the ship, archaeologists think it must've been completely eaten away by the acidic soil over the centuries, the researchers wrote in the study.
A now-submerged Stone Age settlement has been mapped in the Baltic Sea, revealing how its ancient inhabitants lived along what was once a lagoon on the coast of Sweden some 9,000 years ago.
The exceptionally well-preserved site was discovered about seven years ago, after divers came upon what are now considered to be the oldest stationary fish traps in northern Europe. It turns out that those fishing traps were a part of the Haväng site, which archaeologists now believe was once a lagoon environment where Mesolithic humans lived during parts of the year.
Lead researcher Anton Hansson, a doctoral student in Quaternary geology at Lund University, and his colleagues reconstructed what the lagoon settlement would have looked like during the Mesolithic using a type of sonar system called multibeam echo-sounder technology. They mapped the surface of sites located about 65 feet (20 meters) below sea level, nearly 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the current shoreline. Along with the sonar mapping, the researchers also dug into the seabed to determine what the topography of the region would have looked like before it was submerged.
The researchers uncovered a total of eight ancient fishing traps - made of rods of braided hazel wood - and a 9,000-year-old pick axe that was made out of elk antlers, which bore inscriptions that have yet to be deciphered.
The discoveries indicate the existence of mass fishing by these early humans , and therefore a semipermanent settlement, Hansson added.
A street actor dressed as a devil frightens children in downtown Prague in the Czech Republic, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. On the eve of St. Nicholas, Czechs traditionally celebrate by dressing up as Devils, Angels and St. Nicholas, and visiting children in their homes handing out small presents, coal, potatoes or other gifts.
Photo by Petr David Josek
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