David Ignatius: Obama is a rationalist president in the age of anxiety (Washington Post)
As Obama prepares to begin the last year of his presidency, he stands in an unusual position on the national stage: He is the rationalist, a creature of intellect rather than emotion. Dry as a bone, often disdainful of politics, averse to selling his policies (and also not very good at it) […]. But compared with our other recent two-term presidents who stumbled as they neared the finish line, Obama seems to be gaining strength.
Everett True: The 10 myths of Riot Grrrl (The Guardian)
1. That it existed as a moment in time
No. It was always fluid, always changing. The name wasn't supposed to stick. The musical style wasn't supposed to gel. It wasn't intended to be particularly about music: more, a way of seeing, a means to empowerment. It was as much about walks on the beach in the early morning as it was eschewing pen and paper for sloganeering. It became codified far too rapidly into a handy tag - but hell, what a great tag.
Located inside are no mashups at all, just
remasters of beloved tracks I've heard through the years. Most are from 1980's & 1990's, but there's one from the 1940's. I hope you like some of them. They'll be a great respite from the barrage of Christmas tunes. I hit my limit last week, when I heard Sheldon Cooper's version of Good King Wenceslas. ( ! )
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7DagmBUOpc )
Who said: "The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead."
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 - April 11, 2007) was an American author. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).
Regarding political parties, Vonnegut said, "The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead."
Alan J was first and correct with:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norwetcali responded:
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. wrote that quote. Read a lot of him back in my collegiate days. "Slaughterhouse Five" featuring Billy Pilgrim, rocked! Great free-thinking human he was. For certain he wasn't a schlong!
My trip back from Tahoe yesterday was unbelievable. It took six and ½ hours to get home due to idiotic fucking moronic Flatlanders making a simple drive home in simple snowy conditions a nightmare. These cocksuckers that have now idea how to navigate wintery conditions are just amazing to me! But with the Bay area keeping on growing like it is (8% vs. 4% growth in the rest of the state), they all head up the hill to go get stupid in the snow. And I'm proud of myself for not going off on certain ethnic types of drivers. But on the good side of all of this is the Sierras are getting a much needed system of storms. We're almost at 100% of "normal for the year.
Glad that I live below the snowline now.
Lois Of The Time Loop answered:
There is nothing sadder than a warning unheeded. Kurt Vonnegut, among others, cried out as a voice in the wilderness, but like the song says, the powers keep us doped with religion and sex and TV, and we think we're so clever and classless and free, but yeah, we are still peasants, and getting dumber, and the water is getting hotter, and pretty soon little froggie is gonna boil.
PS I see Little Ricky Santorum peering out at us on Tue's e-page.
Joe S said:
That would be my second favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut.
My first favorite author is John Steinbeck. My third favorite author is Michael Chabon. There is a 53 way tie for fourth place.
I really didn't take the day off yesterday, either I was too late to make the deadline (that could happen) or crappy Charter mail screwed me over again (that could happen too).
Joe's answer got here late, but it's been added to the archived page. ~m
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 starts the night with the FRESH'I Love Lucy Christmas Special', followed by a RERUN'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN'Criminal Minds'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 12/10/15) are Bruce Willis, Michael Lewis, Andrew Delbanco, and Lizzo.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 11/3/15) are Josh Duhamel, Kelly Osbourne, and Richard Barker.
NBC opens the night with 'Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas', followed by 'How Murray Saved Christmas', then a RERUN'Adele (Not So) Live In NYC', followed by a RERUN'Michael Bublé's Christmas In Hollywood'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 10/15/15) are Tom Hanks, Jessica Chastain, and Pentatonix.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 11/26/15) are Larry, Hilary & Josh Meyers, and Brian Chase.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/29/15) are Niecy Nash, Drenge, and Neil Strauss.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'The Middle', followed by a RERUN'The Goldbergs', then a RERUN'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN'black-ish', then a RERUN'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a RERUN'black-ish'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 12/7/15) are Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Rick Ross.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Arrow', followed by a RERUN'Supernatural'.
Faux has a RERUN'Empire', followed by a RERUN'Rosewood'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
AMC offers the movie 'Scrooged', followed by the movie 'Christmas With The Kranks'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 1 - Partners in Crime
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 2 - The Fires of Pompeii
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 3 - Planet of the Ood
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 4 - The Sontaran Stratagem-Part 1.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 5 - The Poison Sky-Part 2.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 6 - The Doctor's Daughter
[12:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 7 - The Unicorn and The Wasp
[1:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 8 - Silence in the Library-Part 1.
[2:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 9 - Forest of the Dead-Part 2 .
[3:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 10 - Midnight
[4:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 11 - Turn Left
[5:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 12 - The Stolen Earth-Part 1.
[6:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 13 - Journey's End-Part 2.
[7:00PM] DOCTOR WHO: THE CHRISTMAS INVASION: The Runaway Bride
[8:00PM] DOCTOR WHO: THE CHRISTMAS INVASION: The Runaway Bride
[9:00PM] DOCTOR WHO: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
[10:20PM] DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - SEASON 6, Ep 1 - The Impossible Astronaut-Part 1.
[11:40PM] DOCTOR WHO: THE NEXT DOCTOR: The Waters of Mars
[1:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8, Ep 1 - Deep Breath
[2:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8, Ep 2 - Into the Dalek
[3:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8, Ep 3 - Robot of Sherwood
[4:30AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8, Ep 4 - Listen
[5:30AM] DOCTOR WHO: EARTH CONQUEST (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by another 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH'Then & Now with Andy Cohen'.
FX has the movie 'Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Sqeakquel!', followed by the movie 'Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', still another 'American Pickers', then 'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lil John
[6:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Judy Greer Wears a Navy Blouse and Strappy Sandals
[6:45AM] A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE
[8:45AM] A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS
[11:00AM] A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER
[1:00PM] A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD
[3:00PM] A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
[5:00PM] THE MATRIX
[8:00PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[11:00PM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[2:00AM] THE MATRIX
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Stephen Merchant Wears a Checkered Shirt and Rolled Up Jeans
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Robert Kirkman Wears a Tan Blazer and Red Suit Pants (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Natural
[9:00AM] Donnie Brasco
[12:00PM] Mystic River
[3:00PM] Space Cowboys
[6:00PM] The Fugitive
[9:00PM] U.S. Marshals
[12:00AM] U.S. Marshals
[5:30AM] Stand by Me (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Labyrinth' (part 1), followed by the movie 'The Labyrinth', (part 2).
On a RERUNConan (from 10/8/15) are Aaron Sorkin, Artie Lange, and Beirut.
Robert Ray, right, of Granite Falls, Wash., puts up a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights as his family looks on, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
Photo by Ted S. Warren
Film awards season is upon us, but this year, Johnny Depp has received a less-than-thrilling distinction. The actor has earned the top spot on Forbes magazine's list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors of 2015.
While the list isn't a coveted honor, it's not all bad news for the actor. He's joined on the list by other big names, including Denzel Washington, Liam Neeson, and Brad Pitt. If you have to find yourself with this dubious honor, you might as well be in good company.
Forbes puts together the list annually, looking each actors' last three films prior to June 2015. Anything animated, however, is excluded, and the actor must actually have a starring role. On top of that, only films that were released on least 2,000 screens are considered. To rank the actors, the difference between their films' global box offices and estimated production costs are compared to their compensation for the projects.
For Depp, the picture was bleak. Forbes found that he returned just $1.20 for ever $1 that he is paid. His return was much lower than any of the others on the list; in second place, for example, Washington, reportedly returned $6.50 for every $1 paid. Following behind in the top ten (in order) were Will Ferrell, Neeson, Will Smith, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, Pitt, Ben Affleck, and Tom Cruise.
A person wearing a unicorn head joins others as people gather to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge in England Tuesday Dec. 22, 2015. The winter solstice is celebrated by many people around the world as the beginning of the return of the sun.
Photo by Ben Birchall
A copy of the new Quentin Tarantino movie The Hateful Eight that leaked online earlier this week has been linked to a top Hollywood film executive, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Andrew Kosove, co-CEO of production-finance company Alcon Entertainment, was sent the "screener" copy of Hateful Eight for year-end awards consideration. That copy was signed for by an office assistant and later shared online, where it is now circulating on multiple file-sharing sites. Sources say officials with the FBI, working in conjunction with distributor The Weinstein Co., have been able to pinpoint Kosove's copy of the film as the source of the leak from a watermark on the DVD sent to him. FBI agents are visiting Alcon's Century City headquarters Tuesday to determine the chain of custody of the DVD and who is responsible for its uploading. Alcon is cooperating fully in the investigation.
"I've never seen this DVD," Kosove tells THR in an interview. "It's never touched my hands. We're going to do more than cooperate with the FBI. We're going to conduct our own investigation to find out what happened."
Indeed, it is likely that Kosove is a victim in this leak rather than the perpetrator. Another employee at Alcon could have obtained and uploaded the DVD, or someone who either was given the screener or stole it could be responsible. Regardless, between 200,000 and 600,000 downloads of the film, depending on various reports, occurred the first day it was available online. Physical copies of Hateful Eight have been seen for sale on street corners in China and other markets.
Virginia will no longer recognize concealed-carry handgun permits from 25 states that have reciprocity agreements with the state, effective Feb. 1, Attorney General Mark Herring said on Tuesday.
Virginia took the step because laws in those states are less restrictive, Herring's office said in a statement.
The change prevents people convicted of a felony, domestic abusers, those adjudicated mentally ill or incompetent, recently convicted drunk drivers and dishonorably discharged military personnel from using a permit from those states in Virginia.
The change came after a review by Herring's office and the Virginia State Police of the 30 states whose concealed handgun permits are valid in Virginia under a reciprocity policy.
Virginia will continue to recognize concealed-carry permits from Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
The Moscow GUM State Department store decorated with New Year and Christmas illumination reflected in a wall of a skating rink at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. It's usually the cold that's bitter in Moscow in December, but this year it's the humor that bites during an unusual warm spell and temperatures climbed as high as 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). In the Russian capital in recent days, a joke began circulating on the Internet: This was nature's compensation for Russians being unable to take vacations in Egypt and Turkey this year â two top destinations for Russian winter holidays.
Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko
It's not just a junkyard - or even a really big junkyard - but a living, breathing monument to Los Angeles pop culture. And now it's headed for the dustbin of history itself.
For 54 years, Aadlen Brothers Auto Wrecking, in a moonscaped, god-forsaken-looking section of the San Fernando Valley, has collected far more than thousands of burned-out, smashed-up, rusted automobiles on its sprawling dirt and asphalt lot.
It's also taken in just about every type of movie and TV prop imaginable while serving as the site of more than 200 Hollywood film shoots.
Now everything must go, says Nathan Adlen, owner of this hybrid junkyard-Hollywood backlot that's been in his family since 1961, when this part of the valley was mainly a warren of sand-and-gravel quarries and garbage dumps.
By New Year's Eve, he promises, it will be 26 acres of bare land surrounded largely by warehouses and car-repair places as he contemplates what to do next with the property.
The former security chief for a national group that operates state lotteries personally bought two prize-winning tickets in Kansas worth $44,000, investigators said Monday, bringing to five the number of states where he may have fixed games to enrich himself and associates.
Investigators recently linked the winning 2010 Kansas tickets to Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Iowa assistant attorney general Rob Sand disclosed in court documents. The evidence will show that Tipton associates who claimed the prizes returned half of the money in cash directly to him in early 2011, he wrote.
Tipton allegedly purchased two winning tickets to the "2by2" game at separate locations while traveling through Kansas on business in December 2010, the Kansas Lottery said. Each was worth $22,000, the prize for any player with the day's winning numbers, and were allegedly passed on from Tipton to individuals from Iowa and Texas who claimed them, the lottery's statement said.
In his job at the association managing lotteries for 37 states and territories, Tipton managed random number generators that pick winning numbers for some national games such as Hot Lotto and games played in individual lotteries.
A Christmas tree stands backdropped by the landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dec. 22, 2015. Christmas is celebrated by Christians on Dec. 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.
Photo by Fazry Ismail
The Arctic is seeing more precipitation as sea ice diminishes from climate warming, according to a research paper by U.S. and Canada scientists.
The study by three Dartmouth College researchers and one from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, concludes the effects from a changed hydrologic cycle is a potential major component of climate change that could create uncertainty in climate predictions. They also say it's too soon to tell whether more precipitation will slow warming or add to it.
Scientists have generally assumed that less sea ice would mean more evaporation and more precipitation, said Ben Kopec, a Dartmouth earth sciences doctoral student and lead author of the paper published Monday in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The scientists studied precipitation data collected between 1990 and 2012 at three sites in the Canadian Arctic and three in the Greenland Sea, looking for changes in the source of precipitation as sea ice has diminished. Moisture from a warm source can be distinguished from a cold source through measurements of isotope compositions, Kopec said.
As sea ice diminished over two decades, precipitation at the Arctic sites increased and the percentage from local sources grew. The researchers concluded that when sea ice decreases by 100,000 square kilometres, or 38,610 square miles, the percentage of local-sourced moisture increased by 18.2 per cent in the Canadian Arctic and 10.8 per cent in the Greenland Sea.
A motor boat sails along the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Dec. 22, 2015.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin
A Connecticut gun manufacturer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to violating U.S. firearms laws and its founder agreed to resign and sell the company in a move to prevent its shutdown.
Stag Arms LLC President Mark Malkowski pleaded guilty on the company's behalf in U.S. District Court in Hartford to possessing an unregistered machine gun after a search of the New Britain-based manufacturer found 62 machine guns and machine gun components that were either unregistered or improperly registered.
Federal inspectors have been probing Stag since 2007, when ATF inspectors first cited it for violating firearms regulations. A search showed some 3,000 weapon components lacking proper serial numbers and 62 machine guns and machine gun components that were unregistered or registered to another entity, prosecutors said.
"It is critically important for those who are responsible for manufacturing firearms, especially high-powered semiautomatic rifles, to diligently comply with federal firearms laws throughout the production and distribution process,"
"Stag's misconduct has resulted in hundreds of these weapons being lost or untraceable," said U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre Daly.
Thousands of Buddhists from all over Britain packed into the Aldershot football stadium southwest of London on June 29, quietly waiting under a hot sun to see the Dalai Lama.
Just outside the turnstiles, another group of Buddhists awaited the Tibetan spiritual leader.
"False Dalai Lama, stop lying, false Dalai Lama, stop lying!" they chanted over and over through megaphones, drummers pounding out a rhythmic tempo. When he spoke, only snippets of his remarks could be heard above the cacophony.
The Aldershot demonstration was part of a pattern: Noisy protesters are following the globetrotting Dalai Lama almost everywhere he goes, denouncing him in terms that echo the invective heaped upon the Nobel Peace laureate by China's ruling Communist Party.
On the surface, the commotion appears to stem from an arcane, centuries-old schism in Tibetan Buddhism. But a Reuters investigation has found that the religious sect behind the protests has the backing of the Communist Party. The group has emerged as an instrument in Beijing's long campaign to undermine support for the Dalai Lama, a political exile who commands the loyalty of millions of Chinese citizens and whom Beijing accuses of plotting secession for Tibet.
Mabel, a 2-month-old pygmy hippopotamus calf, dives with her mother, Chomel, at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Pygmy hippos are native to western Africa swamps and rain forests. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as endangered.
Photo by Nati Harnik
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