Lucy Mangan: I'm going nowhere (The Guardian)
Forget llama-kayaking on the Limpopo, stuff carving pogo-sticks in Patagonia - and as for Greek ferries, don't even start. Lucy Mangan doesn't do holidays abroad. Why travel at all when home is all you need?
Scott Burns: Letter from Growth Land (AssetBuilder)
Beyond price, much of the move here is about worldview. That's why you'll see lots of cars with bumper stickers that read "Just West of Weird," a reference to the more conservative point of view here and to Austinites who hope, with their T-shirts, to "Keep Austin Weird."
Leigh French was born in Ashland, Kentucky. In her early career as a regular on the Smothers Brothers variety show of the late-1960s, French portrayed a somewhat spaced-out or ditzy hippie named Goldie O'Keefe. The character was originally introduced, in an ostensible studio-audience interview segment, as Goldie Keif; both "Goldie" and "Keif" were slang terms for marijuana at the time. Reportedly, the slight name change to O'Keefe when she became a semi-regular was at the television network's insistence. Her segment of the show was called "Share a Little Tea with Goldie." At the time, "sharing tea" was a popular euphemism for getting high on marijuana. Following suit, her segment consisted largely of "helpful" household advice loaded with sex and drug-related double-entendres.
Alan J was first and correct with:
There was the hippie chick, Goldie.
Stephen F said:
Leigh French played Goldie O'Keefe on the Smothers Brothers Show. I enjoyed watching that show; I was a teenager and pretty naive and still got the humor.
Cooler, finally. Yesterday I harvested 7 Berkeley Tie-Dye tomatoes. They're yellow with lovely red striping, and very mild flavor - not acidic at all. First time growing & eating this variety, and I think we'll grow them again next year. There are at least another dozen on the vine ripening up the next couple of days. Thinking of making a sauce with them. Or just pigging out on eating them.
Kevin O'K in Washington, DC said:
On the Smothers Brothers, the hippy chick was Goldie O'Keefe.
I think she was Goldie.
DJ Useo responded:
Ooh, I think you've come up with a tough one this time.
After letting my mind percolate on the question for several hours, all that came up was "Goldie".
I might be cornfused (sic) by memories of Goldie Hawn from Laugh-In.
Goldie O'Keefe ~ Actress Leigh French had a recurring segment called, "Share a Little Tea with Goldie" [tea being a jazz-age slag for marijuana].
Joe S answered:
I believe her name was Goldie O'Keefe, or something like that. It's been a while. But that's not why I invited you here tonight.
I want to bring attention to the English Mysteries I've been watching on my new Internet TV. I love 'em, I might even be obsessed with 'em. But the English are so strange aren't they? They are forever hopping in the passenger seat of a car and driving off on the wrong side of the road. And the roads, my god! The roads are one lane, full of curves and bordered by huge hedges making it virtually impossible to see what's ahead. And they travel the roads at high speeds, hoping not to meet another car traveling in the opposite direction. But that sometimes doesn't happen and both cars are forced off the road. Other times they meet a herd of sheep in the road and they can't get around them because of all the vegetation along the roadside. It's crazy.
But I love English Mysteries. More later.
Randall took the day off.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
Lois Of Oregon 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.
Gas is down to $2.37/gal. That's cheap in these parts.
CBS starts the night with a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH'American Gothic'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are John Cena, Scott Eastwood, and Aaron Neville.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Denis Leary, Salma Hayek, and Lukas Graham.
NBC opens the night with a FRESH'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH'The Night Shift', and another FRESH'The Night Shift'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Aziz Ansari, Carla Gugino, Jeff Dye, and Chad Smith.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Jonah Hill, Jonathan Franzen, Gallant, and Mary Timony.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/19/16) are Dominic Cooper, Radical Face, and Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg.
ABC fills the night with the FRESH'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Hugh Grant, Nikki Glaser, and Miranda Lambert.
The CW offers a FRESH'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a FRESH'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', and a RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'MasterChef'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH'Duck Dynasty', then another FRESH'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH'Wahlburgers', then a FRESH'Black & White'.
AMC offers the movie 'GoodFellas', followed by the movie 'The Italian Job', then the movie 'Die Hard: With A Vengeance'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Park's Edge
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-El Greco
[11:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Michon's
[12:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Kati Allo
[1:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Pantaleone's
[2:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Burger Kitchen, Part 1
[3:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Burger Kitchen, Part 2
[4:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Luigi's D'Italia
[5:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-Old Neighborhood
[6:00PM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 1
[7:00PM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 2
[8:00PM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 3
[9:00PM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 13 - Episode 1
[10:00PM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 4
[11:00PM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 5
[12:00AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 1
[1:00AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 2
[2:00AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 3
[3:00AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 13 - Episode 1
[4:00AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 4
[5:00AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 5 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NYC', then a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by a FRESH'Tyrant'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers', then a FRESH'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Scotched in Scotland
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Shot in the Frontier
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Spooks
[12:15PM] ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13
[5:15PM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[8:00PM] THE PATRIOT
[11:45PM] TRUE LIES
[3:00AM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lil John (ALL TIMES EDT)
[7:30AM] Little Miss Sunshine
[9:45AM] Down and Out in Beverly Hills
[11:45AM] Groundhog Day
[2:15PM] Good Will Hunting
[5:15PM] The Breakfast Club
[10:00PM] The A Word-Sleepover
[11:20PM] Law & Order-Competence
[12:20AM] Law & Order-Precious
[1:20AM] Law & Order-Virtue
[2:20AM] The A Word-Sleepover
[3:40AM] Groundhog Day (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Oculus', followed by a FRESH'Ghost Hunters', then a FRESH'Paranormal Witness'.
On a RERUNConan (from 7/23/16) are Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, and Adam Beach.
Harvey Fierstein, a cast member in the television special "Hairspray Live!," arrives at the NBCUniversal Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Rich Fury
Comedian Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," was chosen on Tuesday to host the 2017 Golden Globe Awards for film and television, and quickly gave fans a hint of what to expect.
Fallon, 41, will be hosting the January ceremony for the first time. He follows acerbic British comedian Ricky Gervais, who took the reins for the fourth time earlier this year, and comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who did the honors from 2013-2015.
The 2017 ceremony takes place on Jan. 8 in Beverly Hills and will be broadcast live on NBC television, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the awards, said in a statement.
Fallon said on Twitter he was excited to be hosting the event, one of the biggest stops in Hollywood's long awards season.
"And I'm really looking forward to spending time with the Hollywood Foreign Press before Donald Trump has them all deported," he quipped, in a dig at the Republican presidential contender's pledges to crack down on immigration if elected in November.
More than two years after a Walmart truck driver plowed into a limousine van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and others on the New Jersey Turnpike, the fight continues in court over who is responsible for picking up the costs of legal settlements.
In the aftermath of the July 7, 2014, crash, Walmart was hit with a lawsuit by Morgan, comedian Ardie Fuqua, as well as Morgan's assistant Jeffrey Millea and his wife, Krista Millea, claiming that the retail giant was careless and negligent by letting a sleep-deprived driver operate its motor vehicle. In May 2015, that lawsuit was settled a couple months after Walmart came to a separate $10 million deal to resolve claims from the children of late comedian James McNair.
Although the terms of Morgan's confidential settlement have never been revealed, it appears he got a huge pay-out. According to court papers filed by a couple of the insurers involved in the dispute, "more than 90% of the settlements entered into by Wal-Mart were for the Morgan and Fuqua claims," which given the other $10 million deal would seem to suggest that Walmart paid at least $90 million to Morgan and Fuqua to put the controversy to bed.
But the dispute lingers on and now focuses on whether Ohio Casualty Insurance Company and Liberty Insurance Underwriters have an obligation to fund what they consider to be an "exorbitant settlement."
In an amended complaint that's been filed, Walmart is charged with not having properly investigated and evaluated the claims and not providing the insurers with written reports summarizing settlement negotiations. What's more, the insurers point to "post-settlement events" as factoring.
The Endangered Species Act has been a boon for birds.
That's the message from two new reports that find the majority of birds have benefited from the act's protection. The first report, issued by the Center for Biological Diversity, looked at birds that have been protected for at least 10 years and found that 85 percent of bird species in the continental U.S. have either stabilized or seen population increases since they were first listed. The second report, released by the American Bird Conservancy, examined species that had been protected at least five years and concluded that 78 percent experienced population growth.
The reports come at a time when the Endangered Species Act is under legislative attack. Just this month the United States House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill that would, if also passed by the Senate, force the removal of the gray wolf and other species from the endangered species list. More than 100 such attempts to weaken the act have been made by the 114th Congress since 2015, according to a recent tally by Defenders of Wildlife.
"That's why I think it's so important that people understand that as an investment, we're getting the results we'd hoped for from the Endangered Species Act," said Steve Holmer, senior policy advisor for the American Bird Conservancy and the author of the group's report.
Among the successes cited in the reports are the wood stork, which has increased from 5,000 birds in 1978 to about 10,000 nesting pairs today; the Kirtland's warbler, which saw the number of males of the species grow from 167 in 1974 to more than 2,300 last year; and the peregrine falcon, which was delisted in 1999.
William Shatner, a cast member in the television series "Better Late Than Never," arrives at the NBCUniversal Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Rich Fury
Deep in the heart of a medieval monastery in Nepal's remote Upper Mustang region, the battle to restore sacred murals and preserve traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture is in full swing.
Tsewang Jigme is among the artists toiling to safeguard the unique cultural heritage of this former Buddhist kingdom high on the Tibetan plateau, which escaped the ravages of the Cultural Revolution in neighbouring China.
Upper Mustang only opened to outsiders in 1992 and its murals, scriptures and cave paintings provide a rare window into early Buddhism.
The region's Lo Gekar monastery was established by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism and predates the oldest temple complex built in Tibet, which was severely damaged in the 1960s during the Cultural Revolution.
But wind and rain eroded the mud walls of monuments and rotted wooden ceiling beams, while smoke from ceremonial butter lamps turned luminous frescos black.
Global heat, greenhouse gases and sea levels all climbed to record highs last year, making 2015 the worst in modern times across a range of key environmental indicators, international scientists said Tuesday.
A dire picture of the Earth's health is painted in the State of the Climate report, a peer-reviewed 300-page tome that comes out once a year and is compiled by 450 scientists from around the world.
The record heat that the planet experienced last year was driven partially by global warming, and was exacerbated by the ocean heating trend known as El Nino, it said.
El Nino, which just ended in July, was one of the strongest the Earth has seen "since at least 1950," said the report, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information.
Thomas Karl, director of the NOAA division, described the report as an "annual physical" of the Earth's health.
Cast member Ted Danson answers questions during the panel for "The Good Place" at the NBC Universal Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. August 2, 2016.
Photo by Phil McCarten
A federal judge who has been a target of Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) repeated scorn on Tuesday denied a media request to release of videos of the Republican presidential candidate testifying in a lawsuit about the now-defunct Trump University - images that Trump's attorneys had argued would have been used to tarnish the campaign.
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in his written ruling said that "while there is a degree of legitimate public interest in the demeanor of the defendant in the deposition videos," it did not outweigh the potential harm the ongoing media scrutiny of the footage could do to the case.
Trumps attorneys had argued the video testimony would have been used in campaign attack ads and tainted the jury pool.
Curiel agreed, saying "there is every reason to believe that release of the deposition videos would contribute to an on-going 'media frenzy' that would increase the difficulty of seating an impartial jury."
News organizations argued that the public has a right to the complete record, given how Trump has touted his business acumen and questions that the lawsuits alleging fraud have raised.
Extracts from Heinrich Himmler's newly-discovered diaries have revealed the grisly everyday routine of the mastermind of the Holocaust in the depths of World War 2.
The diaries were thought to have been lost after they were seized by the Red Army, The London Times reports. They document the horrific activities of the Nazi head of the SS, responsible for the systematic murder of millions of Jews in the Holocaust, as he went about his daily business.
The documents include details such as Himmler ordering the murder of thousands following a massage from his doctor and nearly fainting when he was splattered with the brains of a Jewish victim killed in a mass shooting near Minsk, are documented, MailOnline reports.
Himmler's diaries were discovered in the archive of the Russian ministry of defence in Podolsk near Moscow earlier this year, where they had remained for seven decades. Extracts from the service diaries - which were written in 1938, 1943 and 1943 and contain more than one thousand pages - have been published for the first time in the German newspaper Bild as part of a serialization.
The discovery of the diaries come two years after photographs, love letters and even a recipe book belonging to Himmler were found in Israel.
An Indian artist dressed as Hindu goddess Mahakali performs during a procession marking "Bonalu" festival in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Aug.1, 2016. Bonalu is a month long Hindu folk festival of India's Telangana region dedicated to Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction.
Photo by Mahesh Kumar A.
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