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  • Dana Carvey Remembers George Bush, From Muse to Friend

    12/09/2018 5:52:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 7, 2018 | Dana Carvey
    Late on Nov. 8, 1988, the phone rang. I answered, and a familiar voice said: “Well, congratulations. You won.” “I won? What do you mean I won?” “Bush won, so you won,” he answered. “Jon?” “YES, it’s me! JON LOVITZ! And NOW YOU are going to be the president on ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the next four years. HAPPY NOW?” On “Saturday Night Live,” your friend’s defeat can be your victory. Comedians can be insanely competitive — the reason “class clown” is singular is because if there were two class clowns, one clown would ultimately kill the other clown.
  • Queen Victoria’s black silk bodices with 36-inch waists are set to fetch Ł9,000 at auction [tr]

    12/09/2018 5:28:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 9, 2018 | Unity Blott
    Black mourning clothes worn by Queen Victoria following the death of her husband have been discovered 150 years later - by the family of one of her servants who 'took them as mementos'. The three black bodices, which formed the top half of her famous two-piece mourning dresses, were worn by the 4ft 8in monarch in the 1860s and '70s after Prince Albert's untimely death in 1861. The auctioneers say it is uncommon to find items from earlier in the monarch's life, with most of it coming from her last decade in the 1890s. They are much smaller than outfits...
  • Professor of French History at Cambridge University Robert Tombs on how the French protests [tr]

    12/09/2018 5:23:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 8, 2018 | Robert Tombs
    I thought Emmanuel Macron was asking for trouble when just after his 2017 election victory he staged a victory celebration in which he walked, alone and floodlit, across the courtyard of the Louvre, the old royal palace. Who does he think he is, I thought, the King of France? Since the Bastille fortress was stormed by the people of Paris on July 14, 1789, the country has got rid of three kings, two emperors and several presidents, and has worked its way, often violently, through 15 constitutions. Every time there has been a major uprising, it has taken everyone by...
  • Macron is to give 'I'm Sorry' TV address as he unveils more tax cuts after 'Day of Rage' [tr]

    12/09/2018 5:17:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 105 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Decemer 9, 2019 | Peter Gallagher, Iam Gallagher, and Ian Birrell
    President Emmanuel Macron is to deliver an apologetic address on television and announce further tax cuts following a day of violent protests across the country on Saturday. Cities including Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux exploded into violence on Saturday, during the fourth weekend of demonstrations in a row by Yellow Vest protesters. Burned-out cars dotted the streets in several neighbourhoods in Paris on Sunday morning as cleaners swept up the broken glass from smashed shop windows and bus stops. Throughout Saturday, Macron skulked behind the majestic walls of his presidential palace in Paris while outside, his city – and his country...
  • Avengers: Endgame trailer breaks records with an amazing 289 million views in just 24 hours [tr]

    12/09/2018 5:08:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 8, 2018 | Staff
    The first Avengers: Endgame trailer hit the Internet on Friday morning, swiftly becoming the most-viewed movie trailer ever in just 24 hours. According to The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, the preview garnered a stunning 289 million views the first day. It beat the previous record holder — Avengers: Infinity War — by more than 50 million views.
  • How Emmanuel Macron hid behind the majestic walls of his presidential palace while [tr]

    12/09/2018 4:58:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 8, 2018 | Ian Gallagher and Ian Birrell
    All day long Emmanuel Macron skulked behind the majestic walls of his presidential palace while outside, his city – and his country – once again erupted in fury. Not only was the Elysee Palace guarded by hundreds of riot police but also armoured cars bearing machine guns and grenade launchers. Excessive perhaps, but few who spent any time in Paris yesterday would doubt that but for this formidable ring of steel, the mob would have surely tried to storm inside. It was a day of reckoning, a day of insurrection. And this time the revolutionary spirit was catching. There were...
  • Prince Harry went 'mental' and 'accused William of trying to wreck his relationship with [tr]

    12/09/2018 4:52:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 90 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 8, 2018 | Connor Boyd
    The real reason Harry and Meghan are moving to Windsor is because of tensions between the two brothers, it's claimed. Initially it was thought that a frosty relationship between Meghan and Kate was to blame for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's move from Kensington Palace. But the driving force behind the divide is actually friction between Harry and William, according to The Sun.
  • NYU student gov passes anti-Israel resolution by secret ballot

    12/07/2018 11:16:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 7, 2018 | Andrew Lawrence
    New York University student senators passed a resolution Thursday in support of the university divesting from three companies associated with the Israeli government and instituting a “socially responsible” investment policy. Israeli-affiliated companies named in the resolution included Caterpillar, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin. Only NYU students were allowed to attend the senate meeting, each senator's vote remained anonymous, and those who wished to address the room were limited to two minutes when speaking. The meeting, which was expected to last for about two hours, was ultimately extended until it spanned nearly three-and-a-half hours.
  • To Make America Richer, Help Poor Children [Immigration Households]

    12/07/2018 6:57:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 6, 2018 | David L. Kirp
    Recent Republican attempts to weaken the social safety net have one big thing in common: The pain they would inflict on poor children could last a lifetime. This is not only miserly but also shortsighted. Research shows that safety net programs keep children in school and out of trouble, and increase their chances of being healthier and living longer. All of this has a positive effect on our economy. In August, the Trump administration said it was considering a rule that would penalize green card applicants if anyone in their family had ever relied on a safety net program, such...
  • Golden Globes praised for breaking the diversity record - but critics say there aren't enough [tr]

    12/07/2018 6:45:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 6, 2018 | Marlene Lenthang
    The Golden Globes has revealed one of its most diverse nominations lists yet, but some critics say the award show has snubbed female actors and directors. In the two Best Picture categories at this year's award show four out of the 10 nominated directors are people of color, a history-making record. However, critics have pointed out that all the directors are male. In the Best Picture-Drama category, four out of the five nominations tell the story of people of color. Three of those directors are also people of color including Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street...
  • ABC News anchors under fire for 'disgusting' giggling and jeering over the idea of Trump state [tr]

    12/07/2018 6:35:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 7, 2018 | Miranda Aldersley
    President Trump was himself the subject rather than the instigator of an inappropriate joke this week. ABC news correspondents Terry Moran and Devin Dwyer came under fire for their remarks about how Trump's funeral might compare to that of former President George H.W Bush. Chief foreign correspondent Moran and contributing correspondent Dwyer were covering the live stream of the 41st President's funeral on Wednesday when they began to imagine how differently Trump would want his own service. Moran mused that there would 'Probably a different tone in that funeral… first he's going to choreograph it, so there might be more...
  • Marvel Studios' Avengers [End Game] - Official Trailer [ed]

    12/07/2018 6:31:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Marvel Entertainment ^ | December 7, 2018 | Staff
    Part of the journey is the end.
  • 21 jet flyover for Bush The Elder Funeral (My Title)

    12/06/2018 5:38:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 6, 2018 | Steve Shoemake
    Jets fly over for the George Bush funeral
  • 5 Republicans who could challenge Trump in 2020

    12/06/2018 5:15:33 PM PST · by C19fan · 139 replies
    The Week ^ | December 6, 2019 | Matthew Walther
    Remember when half of American white males over the age of 40 declared themselves for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016? There were so many candidates that they couldn't fit them all on two packed debate stages. One guy stayed in after receiving a grand total of 12 votes in the Iowa caucuses; in New Hampshire, Jim Gilmore's showing improved to 133, an unprecedented 1,000 percent increase. Reader: He didn't withdraw for another six days.
  • SF crime epidemic: ‘Porch pirates’ swiping packages from doorsteps

    12/06/2018 4:48:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | December 6, 2018 | Heather Knight
    Everybody knows San Francisco is the city with glittering streets — well, glittering because of all the puddles of shattered glass from car break-ins. But there’s another pervasive property crime here that doesn’t get as much attention because there’s no evidence left behind. It’s called “porch piracy,” and it’s the swiping of packages off people’s front steps. All that’s left is an empty doorstep and the resident’s frustration.
  • John Dingell: to fix Congress, abolish the Senate

    12/06/2018 1:16:25 PM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    VOX ^ | December 4, 2018 | Dylan Matthews
    John Dingell knows a thing or two about how Congress works. First elected to the US House of Representatives at age 29 in a 1955 special election, Dingell left office in January 2015, nearly 60 years later. The last president he served with, Barack Obama, was born six years after Dingell entered office. His tenure was the longest in the history of the House or Senate, outlasting stalwarts like Strom Thurmond and Ted Kennedy by more than a decade. So his call to abolish the Senate, announced in an Atlantic excerpt from his new memoir, is pretty notable. He pairs...
  • Satellite map reveals that animal waste pollution is much worse than thought as it [tr]

    12/06/2018 12:59:11 PM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 6, 2018 | Peter Lloyd
    A map of animal waste hotspots created from data captured from space has revealed the world's worst areas for ammonia pollution. Satellite images have provided previously-unseen information about the atmospheric chemical, which is released when animals defecate and urinate. The naturally-occurring gas can be toxic for people, livestock and crops when high quantities mix with other compounds. This can result in lung disease and even death, but its colourless appearance previously made it difficult to track and regulate emission levels. Now, researchers at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, have done exactly that by identifying the world's top 242...
  • No way! You won’t believe where America’s highest-income households are located

    12/06/2018 10:46:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 6, 2018 | Sarah D.
    Brace yourselves Â… the U.S. Census Bureau just shared some information about the counties with the highest household income in the nation, and youÂ’re in for a major shock: U.S. Census Bureau âś” @uscensusbureau Highest counties by median household income (2013-2017): -Loudoun County, Va. -Fairfax County, Va. -Howard County, Md. -Falls Church City, Va. -Arlington County, Va. #ACSdata
  • Kamala Harris staffer resigns over harassment allegations

    12/06/2018 8:22:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | December 5, 2018 | Marianne Levine
    Larry Wallace, a top aide to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), resigned Wednesday, amid allegations of harassment during his tenure at the California Department of Justice. “We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously,” Lily Adams, a spokesperson for Harris, said in a statement. “This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator and she accepted it.”
  • The original cat memes! American photographer pioneered the phenomenon a century ago [tr]

    12/06/2018 7:20:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 6, 2018 | Khaleda Rahman
    Cat memes may be incredibly popular online today – but perhaps they've been around longer than you thought. These amusing photographs – dating back to the early 1900s – could be seen as the original LOLcats. They were taken by Harry Whitter Frees, an American photographer known for taking pictures of posed cats and dogs. The Pennsylvania native became famous for his cutesy shots of kittens, puppies and even rabbits and chickens dressed as people after he started making them from 1905. Their incredible popularity led him to create novelty postcards, magazine spreads and children's books using them. He would...