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  • 'It's hard because of the racism': Misty Copeland opens up about being black in ballet as ....

    09/15/2014 4:10:39 PM PDT · by Cecily · 77 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 15, 2014 | Olivia Fleming
    Misty Copeland has opened up about the systematic 'racism' in ballet that makes it nearly impossible for African American women to become professional dancers. The 31-year-old, who overcame tremendous odds to be the first black woman in 20 years to land a position as a female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, told NPR that her success was 'a huge step for the African-American community.' 'I think that the reason [it's hard for black women to break in] is the racism and not wanting to change this very traditional art form that has been successful in the way it is...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "5 Fingers"(1952)

    09/14/2014 11:21:08 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1952 | Joseph L Mankiewicz
  • Lord of the Rings voted 'best movie soundtrack'

    09/13/2014 5:13:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    BBC ^ | 08.26.14
    The soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy has been deemed the best of all time, beating John Williams' 1977 Star Wars score into second place.Composer Howard Shore's accompaniment won the Classic FM listeners' accolade for the fifth consecutive year.Hans Zimmer's music to Gladiator, Schindler's List by John Williams and John Barry's soaring Out of Africa score made the top five.
  • Jennifer Lawrence Deserves Justice not Sympathy

    09/13/2014 11:13:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/13/2014 | John Nantz
    Storing indiscreet photos in the “Cloud”is stupid. Jennifer Lawrence and a long list of other Hollywood starlets, models, and personalities must certainly now agree. The dust has settled somewhat surrounding the criminal hacking of Apple’s iCloud and the subsequent theft of nude photos stored there by a naive group of female celebrities. It’s easy to see that a crime has been committed and any rational person must agree that the perpetrator ought to be brought to justice, on this point there really is no debate. However, this incident is pregnant with irony. In monotonous unity and with the tempo of...
  • Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me [official movie trailer - due out in Oct.)

    09/12/2014 7:21:30 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 8-13-14 | Glen Campbell
    link to youtube video here
  • Professors are feeling hopeless. Good.

    09/12/2014 2:13:42 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 40 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Lauren Squires, a sociolinguistic professor at OSU, is distressed by the success of the "Word Crimes" parody from Weird Al Yankovic. Professor Squires tut-tutted, “Many linguists are shaking their heads and feeling a little hopeless about what the public enthusiasm about it represents: a society where largely trivial, largely arbitrary standards of linguistic correctness are heavily privileged, and people feel justified in attacking those who don’t do things the ‘correct’ way.” In his highly entertaining video, Weird Al does not hesitate to insult people who use bad grammar. The professor thinks that Weird Al’s attitude “raises deep and long-standing questions...
  • Ozzie and Harriet's haunted house remodeled, spirit gone (with before-and-after photos)

    09/11/2014 1:25:24 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 10, 2014 | Jennifer Karmon
    Before the Pritchetts and Dunphys, or the Cosbys, or the Bradys -- before the Cleavers, even -- there were Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and their sons, David and Ricky. For 14 years and 435 episodes, the Nelsons starred in a TV show about themselves, filmed on sets that replicated their own Los Angeles home. They invited America into their living room from 1952 to 1966, and hundreds of thousands of American families returned the favor. Even now, the phrase "Ozzie and Harriet" is practically synonymous with clean-scrubbed 1950s America.
  • James Bond Villain Richard Kiel Dies at 74

    09/11/2014 12:48:09 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 52 replies
    hollywoodreporter ^ | 09/10/2014 | Mike Barnes
    He played Jaws, the towering bad guy with the steel teeth, in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker' Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor who played Jaws, the James Bond villain with the teeth of steel, died Wednesday. He was 74. Kiel broke his leg last week and died in St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., according to several media reports. Kiel's signature character appeared in the Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
  • Find the Cost of Freedom

    09/11/2014 12:25:44 PM PDT · by chajin · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 05/01/1970 | CSN&Y
    Find the Cost of Freedom
  • Randy Newman - Political Science (Let's Drop the Big One Now)

    09/11/2014 12:14:14 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | Uploaded on Oct 21, 2008 | Joe Ramen
    They all hate us anyhow.... let's drop the big one now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqBrw3rQvKo
  • Ten Great Land Yachts

    09/11/2014 8:12:13 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 89 replies
    Remember when roads were as smooth as a calm sea, cars were long as boats, and you felt like the captain of your land yacht? We do. Here's ten great land yachts. Ten Great Land Yachts EXPAND 9.) 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 Suggested by LuckyChuck takes the racing line when he walks Why It's So Smooth: Who says land yachts are limited to the U.S.? This 18-foot long , 5700 pound German cruiser was driven by Jeremy Clarkson and he promptly proved the car was designed to cruise in a straight line. So, sit back, grab a glass of champagne, and...
  • How to Live Forever: The (Mad?) Science Hollywood Is Using to "Cure" Death [-220°F?]

    09/11/2014 7:52:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 10:00 AM PST 09/10/2014 | by Seth Abramovitch
    It's not just about anti-aging. "Longevity" is the new buzzword as Hollywood embraces all sorts of technology, from an altitude machine favored by tennis star Novak Djokovic to L.A.'s hot new treatment: the very deep freeze. This story first appeared in the Sept. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. "I have no intention of dying," Sumner Redstone told THR in January. Redstone, now 91, has made no secret of his longevity regime. It begins with a breakfast of goji berries, "Green Machine" smoothies and tomato juice — followed by a fish dinner and a shot of vodka for its...
  • Joan Rivers had surprise throat biopsy that cut off her air supply, source claims

    09/10/2014 3:49:35 AM PDT · by iowamark · 55 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/9/2014 | Don Kaplan
    EXCLUSIVE: The late comedian went to Yorkville Endoscopy for a routine endoscopy on Aug. 28, but a doctor — who arrived with Rivers' entourage — offered to perform a biopsy after another doctor noticed 'something' on the entertainer's vocal chords, a medical source told the Daily News. The routine surgical procedure Joan Rivers was supposed to undergo turned deadly when a doctor who arrived at the clinic with the legendary comic’s entourage performed an unplanned biopsy on her vocal cords, a medical source who was briefed on the case told The News. Such a procedure is not supposed to be...
  • The greatest electronic albums of the 1950s and 1960s

    09/09/2014 6:47:47 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 48 replies
    The Vinyl Factory ^ | May 30, 2014 | Joseph Morpurgo
    The great electronic albums of the 1970s get plenty of kudos – but what of their predecessors? Casual accounts of the history of electronic music tend to point back to familiar sources: Suicide’s babble’n’hum; Cluster, Klaus Schulze and the rest of the Krautrock squad; the stygian mulch-music of early Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle; and of course Kraftwerk’s meticulous robot pop. Further back? Well, that’s when things tend to get a little foggy. Experiments with recorded electronic music actually date back to the 1940s (hell, depending on how you define “electronic music”, they date back to the 1880s). As early...
  • From charred death to deep filthstep: the 1,264 genres that make modern music

    09/09/2014 8:35:29 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 4 September 2014 12.30 EDT | Rob Fitzpatrick
    A ‘data alchemist’ has split music into over 1,000 bewildering microgenres. But what lies out there beyond witch house, and what on Earth does skweee sound like? (article excerpted, here's the list; descriptions at the link) ...Well, here are 10 genres (we could have nominated about 50) that even mouth-breathing indie record-shop blowhards (full disclosure: I used to be a mouth-breathing indie-record shop blowhard) would be hardpressed to help you find … 1. Vaporwave Check: Food Pyramidhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhBg9vAsDGk 2. Blackgaze Check: Alcesthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADIEAW65H5o 3. Duranguense Check: Reencuentro Musicalhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lmdVmmk-yk 4. Deep filthstep Check: Denis Mashhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hSQYhkLbYU 5. Skweee Check: Baba Stiltzhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq6KeQLCQpM 6. Fallen angel...
  • Toronto: Denzel Washington Recalls N-Word Insults at 'Equalizer' Press Conference

    09/08/2014 11:50:51 AM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 53 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/8/2014 | Borys Kit
    Denzel Washington’s experience shooting his new movie The Equalizer in Boston revived memories of racial discrimination he encountered more than 30 years ago. Washington was at the Toronto Film Festival press conference Sunday for Equalizer, which premieres at Roy Thomson Hall. For most of the time, he, director Antoine Fuqua and actors Chloe Grace Moretz and Marton Scokas talked about acting methods and the uneasiness of the first day of shooting. But a question about filming the movie in Boston and a comment Washington made about his wife’s upcoming one-woman show led to unexpected revelations Washington recalled how about three...
  • A question for Mississippi FReepers: is the Delta safe for a tourist?

    09/08/2014 7:44:52 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 38 replies
    Self | 9/8/'14 | Zionist Conspirator
    Because of my heritage as a descendant of Southern Unionist Republicans, I used to really admire Black Americans and their culture, going all the way back to the works of Joel Chandler Harris and B.A. Botkin. Because of this I've long been a fan of traditional acoustic country blues, especially from the Mississippi Delta (Charlie Patton!). I've been longing for years to visit the Dockery Plantation between Ruleville and Cleveland, which is where the blues was allegedly born and where so many of the great Delta bluesmen played and/or worked as farm hands. Several years ago I actually took a...
  • Taj Mahal song for libertarians

    09/07/2014 2:47:53 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 12 replies
    One of my favorite blues singers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBGbrFlWwsE "Cake walk into town" This one is good too.
  • Gene Simmons Says Rock Isn't Just Dead, ‘It Was Murdered’ by File Sharing

    09/07/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by BBell · 80 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Greg Gilman
    Gene Simmons not only thinks rock music is dead, it was “murdered” by the internet and the “entitled” Americans using it to steal music.The KISS bassist, who is arguably one of the most successful living rock stars in the history of music, blames file sharing for the death of one of America's most beloved musical genres during a recent Esquire interview conducted by his son, Nick.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Leave Her To Heaven"(1945)

    09/07/2014 12:37:24 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1945 | John M. Stahl
  • 5 Ways Movies Get Gunfights Wrong (Based on Experience)

    09/07/2014 12:25:41 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 117 replies
    Cracked.com ^ | September 07, 2014 | Robert Evans, Greg Spyridis
    Everybody knows action movies are fake, but that doesn't change the fact that they're responsible for approximately 100 percent of our education on the subject of guns and combat. That's why the average person's knowledge of those things is hilariously, sometimes fatally, wrong.To sort out fact from fiction, we interviewed two decorated combat veterans who also have experience working in Hollywood. Matt Wagner is a former Army Ranger who saw combat all over the world, including Africa, South America, and Afghanistan, then was a technical consultant for a number of Hollywood productions, including Stargate SG-1 and The Colt. Jerry McFakename...
  • Car Crash Kills 2 in Korean Girl Band

    09/07/2014 9:29:17 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 26 replies
    Newser ^ | Sept 7, 2014 | Newser Editors
    A second member of the South Korean band Ladies' Code died from injuries sustained from a motor accident, her management said today. Kwon Ri-sae, 23, better known as Rise, died this morning at a hospital in Suwon, just south of Seoul. She had been unconscious after undergoing hours of emergency brain surgery following Wednesday's accident. Fellow band member Go Eun-bi, 22, died shortly after a van carrying the group crashed into a guard rail on a rain-drenched highway near Seoul.
  • Word Crimes Weird Al" Yankovic video

    09/06/2014 9:50:07 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | Jul 15, 2014 | WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
    WEIRD AL YANKOVIC LYRICS "Word Crimes" [Intro:] Everybody shut up, WOO! Everyone listen up! Hey, hey, hey, uh Hey, hey, hey Hey, hey, hey [Verse 1:] If you can't write in the proper way If you don't know how to conjugate Maybe you flunked that class And maybe now you find That people mock you online [Bridge:] Okay, now here's the deal I'll try to educate ya Gonna familiarize You with the nomenclature You'll learn the definitions Of nouns and prepositions Literacy's your mission And that's why I think it's a [Chorus:] Good time To learn some grammar Now, did...
  • "Country Songs Don't Have Happy Endings" - my new song [vanity, vanity, all is vanity]

    09/05/2014 1:12:34 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 142 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 9/5/14 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    OK folks, I've got a new song out. This is also a country song, but not a humorous one. (Not intentionally, anyway.) Once again, I'd appreciate it if you'd give it a listen and an honest opinion, preferably in that order. The waaaaahmbulance is standing by. A few quick notes: 1) I did indeed record the song as "Hopalong Ginsberg." No, that is not an autocorrected spelling of "Slings and Arrows." 2) Yes, I know what my voice sounds like, so let's get this out of the way: 3) If you like the song, or even if you just want...
  • Johnny Carson's Practical Joke on Joan Rivers - Margaret Thatcher Impressionist (You Tube)

    09/05/2014 9:56:59 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 31 replies
    Johnny Carson's Practical Joke on Joan Rivers - Margaret Thatcher Impressionist
  • 10 Reasons Why I Will Forever Love Joan Rivers

    09/05/2014 7:34:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/05/2014 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    I pushed off the idea of writing this article when I first heard that Joan Rivers, one of my comic icons, was rushed to the hospital after a botched outpatient procedure last week. I didn’t want to think about having to say goodbye to Joan, to bid farewell to yet another icon of an age gone by, a powerhouse who managed to be a cultural force until her last breath. The only solace we can muster is in knowing that, for these ten reasons at least, Joan’s memory will be a blessing.10. Joan never grew old or gave up....
  • The Tao of Gordon Lightfoot: Still Going Strong at 75 (and For Good Reason)

    09/04/2014 5:17:30 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 99 replies
    HuffPost Canada ^ | September 4, 2014 | Joel Brokaw
    At age 75, the legendary songwriter and beloved recording artist Gordon Lightfoot is still working hard and enjoying it more than ever. The creator of such standards as If You Could Read My Mind, Early Morning Rain, Carefree Highway and Sundown still performs upwards of eighty concerts a year in North America. "We love the work" is the joyful mantra his associates hear him say all the time. Even after waking up from a six-week coma following a burst abdominal artery in 2002, Gordon worked from his hospital bed and polished the final tracks for his twentieth album. It would...
  • A jargon-free guide to the celebrity nude-photo scandal and the shadowy Web sites behind it

    09/02/2014 11:46:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/02/2014 | By Caitlin Dewey
    It’s a late entry, and a sad one, but the trove of stolen celebrity nudes that hit Reddit like a bomb over the weekend may just qualify as the Internet story of the summer. After all, it’s the perfect Internet scandal: sex, Bitcoin, shadowy hackers and long-reigning Internet darling Jennifer Lawrence. And yet, the ongoing incident — which the FBI has said it’s investigating — is far more than a tawdry tabloid story. It also raises a lot of profoundly important issues about technology, security, privacy and power in the digital age. There are practical implications, as well: The leak...
  • Video of Iranian Woman Removing Hijab While Dancing Goes Viral

    09/02/2014 10:20:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Monday, 1 September 2014
    The video of an Iranian woman dancing and removing her hijab (Islamic head scarf) on top of a car has gone viral on the Internet. The lady was dancing on a traditional Iranian song in front of people who were cheering and applauding.
  • Justin Bieber Charged With Assault And Dangerous Driving In Canada

    09/02/2014 9:56:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    MTV ^ | 09/02/2014 | Brenna Ehrlich
    Justin Bieber had a run-in with the law near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Friday when he was charged with dangerous driving and assault after an altercation on the road. MTV News reached out to the Ontario Provincial Police headquarters Tuesday (September 2), who directed us to news articles that relay scant details about the incident. CTV News London reports that Perth County OPP responded to a collision in which a minivan and ATV were involved Friday afternoon. Bieber, reportedly, got into a fight with the driver of the minivan. He was released and scheduled to appear in court on...
  • Dickinson jokes he’s only a part-time singer

    09/01/2014 6:35:46 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 38 replies
    classicrock.com ^ | 9/1/2014 | Martin Kielty
    Maiden frontman wishes he’d been born in 19th century - as he confirms another outing in WWI fighter plane
  • Album Sales In America Just Hit An All-Time Low

    08/31/2014 8:01:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/30/2014 | Rob Wile
    U.S. album sales hit 3.97-million last week, the smallest weekly total for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan first began tracking data in 1991, Billboard's Ed Christman and Glenn Peoples report. It's also the first time during that period that weekly sales have fallen below 4 million, they write.Sales for the week ending August 25 fell 18.6%. The best seller was rapper Whiz Khalifa's "Blacc Hollywood" which debuted with 90,000 units, Billboard says. For the first time in more than a year,  sales for the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" fell below 100,000 units.CD sales have practically vanished, down 19.2% year-over-year, with sales at...
  • Joe Bonamassa at Red Rocks

    08/31/2014 6:56:36 PM PDT · by 43north · 24 replies
    43*North
    JB at Red Rock, CO tonight with a tribute to blues legends Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters!
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande Among Celebrities Exposed in Massive Nude Photo Leak

    08/31/2014 5:32:58 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    Nude photos of “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande and Kirsten Dunst, among others, leaked online Sunday morning in one of the biggest celebrity hacking scandals in recent memory
  • Lana Del Rey Eyed to Perform New James Bond Theme Song

    08/31/2014 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 45 replies
    softpedia ^ | 08.28.14
    Lana Del Rey's unique vocals mean that she's being considered for a lot of movie soundtracks these days. We all remember that she sang on the soundtrack of “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers"(1946)

    08/31/2014 12:27:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    Archive.org ^ | 1946 | Lewis Milestone
  • My Podcast Roster

    08/30/2014 6:09:37 PM PDT · by crusher · 19 replies
    self | 8/30/2014 | crusher
    Now that we are essentially outside the range of all but the local radio station (singular) which plays both country and western music, my podcast listening has increased even more than it was in the past. I still listen to some broadcast shows as podcasts, which for the most part is an excellent option. Others are strictly webcast, but either way I keep my ancient mp3 player chock full of good stuff to listen to while I am working around the homestead or in the shop or on the road. Here are my favorites, in no particular order. “The Shrugging...
  • Keys to staying young: Bucks woman, 91, plays piano on Saturday nights

    08/30/2014 4:22:22 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | August 30, 2014 | Jennifer Sheehan
    ta Bieber doesn't need sheet music. She just sits at a lovingly restored piano at McCoole's at the Historic Red Lion Inn in downtown Quakertown and lets her fingers fly. "I have about 120 songs in my head," the Kintnersville resident says. Bieber has fans that come to see nearly every one of her Saturday night performances. She very rarely misses a week at McCoole's piano. Little will stop her, not illness, surgeries or unrelenting snow. Pretty amazing when you consider she's 91 years old.
  • Glenn Cornick, Original Jethro Tull Bassist, Dead at 67

    08/30/2014 11:23:12 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 127 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | August 30, 2014 | Daniel Kreps
    Glenn Cornick, the original bassist for Jethro Tull, passed away August 29 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 67. Billboard reports that Cornick died of congestive heart failure and had been receiving hospice care recently. Cornick was a founding member of Jethro Tull, appearing on their first three albums before departing the group in 1970.
  • Who owns the Blues, today ?

    08/29/2014 8:45:47 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 59 replies
    me ^ | today | me
    I think there was a time in which the left owned the blues but things have come full circle to a point in which we own the blues. The Blues will never go away and conservatives need to push this into our culture. IMHO The "Blues" cuts to the core of virtually everything that matters. I will put forth my modern and somewhat obscure samples, as I hope to see yours.
  • Scarlett Johansson Joins Up With Planned Parenthood (video)

    08/29/2014 5:27:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 29, 2014
    Scarlett Johansson Joins Up With Planned Parenthood (video) Aug. 28, 2014 - 2:40 - Actress designs a t-shirt for Planned Parenthood mocking the GOP over women's rights
  • Mystery of 9-foot Hot Dog on Edge of Alaska Wilderness Leaves Trekkers Perplexed

    08/28/2014 8:58:42 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 31 replies
    Alaska Dispatch | August 28, 2014 | Craig Medred
    What do you do with a huge hot dog that is washed up on a Cook Inlet beach in Alaska? Light it on fire! That's what trekkers Graham Kraft, Andy Fischer, Eben Sargent, and Luc Mehl attempted. The giant foam hot dog in a bun that Luc Mehl and friends stumbled across this spring on the edge of Alaska nowhere left him haunted.
  • The 10 Biggest Classic Rock Douchebags

    08/28/2014 3:33:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 94 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | July 15, 2014 | Jonny Whiteside
    While rock 'n' roll is necessarily classified as a form of pop music, it is actually an idiom whose radical, destructive primitivism established a new type of socio-cultural disorder. It's about rejection of the status quo and celebration of the dis-imprisonment it instills. Always exploited for profit, rock's unmanageable aspects have been steadily diluted by a sinister, commercially driven course of revisionist myth-making. There is no acceptable role in the marketplace for radicals like Charlie Feathers, Poly Styrene, Lux Interior or Roky Erickson, but there's always room for the homogeneous, money-hungry, play-it-safe phonies on this list. These douchebags all have...
  • No One Needs 2 Know! Dabbling in Disney & Cartoon Network.

    08/28/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT · by lee martell · 10 replies
    Aug. 28 2014 | lee martell
    I admit it, I'm hooked on following the news. I look at World News to check on our Israeli friends, I have ongoing concerns about affairs in the Ukraine. I'm concerned about Ebola and it's poor management. I'm frustrated about Common Core being pushed in our schools, but hopeful in can be removed, now that more are paying attention. I did not have fun reading about Ferguson. However, sometimes, I need a break from the hard news. I deliberately step off that broken down carousel of never ending events. Times like these, I may turn to something lighter and totally...
  • Maria Von Trapp, RIP

    08/28/2014 9:17:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/28/2014 | Jerry Newcombe
    Earlier this year, an event happened that did not receive wide notice. The last of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the last of the children---the real ones---died. Her name was Maria---not to be confused with the lady played by Julie Andrews, Maria Augusta Trapp, who died in 1987. Maria Von Trapp’s death in February 2014 marks the end of an era. The Sound of Music deserves its accolades as the Movie of the Year (1965) and one of the finest films ever made. Even my one-year-old granddaughter is mesmerized by the puppet scene. As a film it is an icon....
  • Joan Rivers in critical condition after surgery

    08/28/2014 9:08:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 83 replies
    NY Post -- Page 6 ^ | 8-28-14 | tasha Velez, Derrick Bryson Taylor, Larry Celona and Natalie O'Neill
    Joan Rivers is in critical condition after she stopped breathing during a medical procedure on Thursday, police sources tell The Post. The E! Fashion critic, 81, was a patient at Yorkville Endoscopy on East 93rd street near Third Avenue in New York City, police sources told The Post. After she stopped breathing, a 911 call was placed at around 9:40 a.m. TMZ reports the caller said, “We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest.” She was reportedly rushed to Mount Sinai hospital.
  • Ruminations on the power of the rainbow flag

    08/27/2014 10:13:44 AM PDT · by HogsBreath · 33 replies
    Our grand-kids were watching a 20 year old episode of 'Full House' this morning. Since I think of that show as a family values show, I was paying little attention. I looked at the TV in time to see an effeminate 7 year old boy playing goalie in a soccer game. Oddly (to me) he was wearing a rainbow flag shirt. Was Hollywood propagandizing us with the rainbow flag in family values TV 20+ years ago, and I just didn't remember it? Looking up the episode and actor (Wrong Way Tanner 09/28/93, Blake McIver Ewing) I found he is now...
  • Elephants dance to violin music

    08/27/2014 8:26:35 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 20 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | August 27,2014 | Olivia Rzadkiewicz
    Eleanor Bartsch was performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, during which she played Bach’s Concerto in D Minor. During the performance, she noticed two elephants outside a tent at the back of the Circus World Museum, who seemed to be reacting to the music.
  • The end of an era: Singer Neil Young files for divorce from wife Pegi after 36 years marriage

    08/26/2014 5:25:46 PM PDT · by dennisw · 103 replies
    dailymail ^ | 26 August 2014 | By MailOnline Reporter
    Rolling Stone reports that the 68-year-old filed papers in their hometown of San Mateo, California on July 29, with a hearing set to take place on December 12. Not only were the pair married and the parents of two grown children - son Ben and daughter Amber - but they were also frequent musical collaborators, the 61-year-old the inspiration behind a number of her husband's love songs over the years. The Grammy-winning singer met the then-waitress near his California ranch, documenting their meeting in the 1992 song Unknown Legend. Once An Angel and Such A Woman were also written about...
  • How windowless planes could be the future of cheap air travel

    08/26/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 79 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:03PM BST 26 Aug 2014 | By Alice Philipson
    Windowless planes could be the future of cheaper air travel as a government technology centre develops a proposal to help airlines save on fuel. In place of windows, plastic display screens projecting the sky outside could line the cabin of an aircraft. It is hoped the technology will significantly reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs without worrying nervous passengers. The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which involves the use of conductive inks to carry electric current in cardboard and plastic for just a few pence per unit. The technology could be rolled out in...