1909: "Princess Nicotine; or the Smoke Fairy" is the first instance of tobacco product placement (for Sweet Caporal cigarettes and cigars) in the movies. The special effects are so remakable they are noted in a contemporary issue of "Scientific American."
The book is not, as the subtitle maternally suggests, about “Protecting the Heart of Christmas.” As with pretty much everything the former governor does, this is all about Venting the Spleen of Sarah. And that’s what makes it so gosh darn refreshing…Palin at her toxic best: snippy, snarky, snide, and thoroughly pissed off.
Forbes’s list of the top earning dead celebrities for 2013 placed Page at No. 8 with a take of $10 million—right after Albert Einstein and several spots ahead of Bruce Lee.
I was thinking I might have time for one more career but now, hey, maybe two!
Corporate America has long opposed the three-decades old FCPA -- the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act -- claiming that prohibiting US companies from bribing officials puts them at an international competitive disadvantage.…
To harken back to the English satirist Jonathan Swift ("Gulliver's Travels), in a world of fools and knaves, the Chamber would argue, let the knaves be free to be unfettered knaves!
Using sweeping language, the paper also outlined some of the agency’s other ambitions. They included defeating the cybersecurity practices of adversaries in order to acquire the data the agency needs from “anyone, anytime, anywhere.”…
WASHINGTON — In its delicate negotiations with Iran over freezing its nuclear program, the Obama administration is gambling that the gradual relaxation of punishing sanctions will whet Tehran’s appetite for greater economic relief, inducing the country’s leaders to negotiate a further deal to roll back its nuclear progress.
Kelley is suing the government in a defamation lawsuit after she was revealed as the woman who sparked the FBI investigation that uncovered former CIA Director David Petraeus’s affair and led to his resignation.
The car, described as “like a cross-between a sports car and a heavily armored tank” by the LA Times, is huge, at nearly 8 feet wide and over 20 feet long, sitting on outsize wheels 44 inches tall and 21 inches wide.
Personal oil well optional.
Musing on the current nostalgia for JFK and the 50th anniversary of his assasination:
"While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Airline passengers have already been stripped of their legroom, hot meals and personal space. Now, they might also lose their silence.
I wonder what airline these guys fly on. Granted, I haven't flown anywhere for quite a while but somehow I can't imagine the experienc getting better in the intervening years.
*You know, it was the apple that got Adam and Eve in all that trouble, right? And so, it is with some trepidation that I’m switching to the dark side in my choice of phones (soon). But, at least I didn't have to do it with AT&T. That would have really been sinful.
(Good about the iPhone, though.)
As Americans have begun shopping for health plans on the insurance exchanges, they are discovering that insurers are restricting their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low, and that many of the plans exclude top-rated hospitals.
Following a historic rules change in the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul says that what the higher chamber needs now is an anti-bullying policy.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats, with controversies involving the unlikely pairing of rocker Joan Jett and Shamu the killer whale.
This might actually be worth watching, but what are the odds the PETA protest will be on the teevee?
LONDON (AP) -- He's been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home - and his family says it's because he has been deemed too fat to travel.…
Chenais, who weighs 500 pounds (230 kilograms), says he has been repeatedly refused transport over the past two weeks as he sought to get home to France from the United States.
DALLAS (AP) -- Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease - in fact, were less likely to die of any cause - during a 30-year Harvard study.
[Immortal italics my own.]
Me, I'm waiting for the study that says ketchup is the magic elixir. That's when I quit reading food stuff and just pig out.
The National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation sponsored the study, but the nut group had no role in designing it or reporting the results.
Right. Is there a ketchup foundation? I hope there is.)
I watched Thor last night. It ends with an enormous smooch. This is just not right. Eeeww. Granted, it's a smooch with Natalie Portman, but still.
And don't even get me started on whatzisname and Lois Lane.
What are these guys doing running around kissing people? Why can't they just fight crime? Or whatever.
The idea is to gather stories of people affected by the health care law — through social media, letters from constituents, or meetings during visits back home — and use them to open a line of attack, keep it going until it enters the public discourse and forces a response, then quickly pivot to the next topic.
It's going to be a long winter. Looooong.
This idea of a “new aggressiveness” from the Justice Department on prosecuting big banks is hokum. The giveaways may be sneakier and more well-hidden, but they’re still giveaways. And accountability is still nowhere to be found.
Sebelius was visiting a Miami medical center Tuesday and talking with local residents trying to sign up for health coverage. With a local CBS4 television camera rolling, a navigator helping a husband and wife with coverage attempted to send their application. Seconds later, the site failed — in full view of the crowd and attending media.
“Sorry, our system is down,” explained the screen message, which suggested the couple try again in 30 minutes.
WTF is climate denial? How can you deny climate? Climate is unfreakingdeniable like, for example, sky. You've never heard anybody deny sky, have you? Of course not. See above.
Millennials may be young, but they’re not stupid.
"If we ever reach the point where American doctors have been squeezed so badly that they start fleeing north of the border to get higher pay in Canada, then we've squeezed too hard. Until that happens, forget about it."
…a young woman quipped that she’d “rather cry in the back of a BMW than laugh on the back of a bicycle.”
If a woman is physically active during pregnancy, she may boost the development of her unborn child’s brain…
This is gonna be bigger than kale. Or oat bran.
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.
…But the dirty secret — a phrase used independently, and privately, by people in both parties — is that neither side wants to take the actions it demands of the other to achieve a breakthrough.
That is, many Republicans are no more interested in voting to reduce Medicare and Social Security benefits than Democrats are, lest they threaten their party’s big advantage among the older voters who dominate the electorate in midterm contests like those in 2014.
And Democrats are no more eager than Republicans, with control of both houses of Congress up for grabs, to vote for the large revenue increases that a grand bargain would entail.
Wherever it happens, the destruction of Syria’s weapons will be overseen by experts from the OPCW, which won the Nobel Peace Prize…
That peace prize, Dude, is one bad omen.
Otherwise, this story—ship full of poison gas sailing the high seas for eternity—is starting to sound like a bad folk song (or an even worse movie), no?
Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 18, 2013-TEPCO announced today that they have started the fuel removal from the Unit 4 spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi NPS.
"Vanity might sound a bit stupid to talk about," Alstin says, "but if that is the cause of people not protecting their heads in traffic, it is a real issue that you need to address."
But would it work in the NFL?
Despite grand ambitions, an early start, millions of dollars from the federal government and a tech-savvy population, Oregon's online enrollment system still isn't ready more than a month after it was supposed to go live. The state has resorted to hiring or reassigning 400 people to process insurance applications by hand.
But do the people who process the insurance applications get insurance themselves?
Wyoming, a state with two working escalators, has two senators in Washington due to the infallibility of the Founding Fathers. The official state dinosaur is the triceratops. In February 2012, legislators in Cheyenne briefly considered building an aircraft carrier to prepare for a societal collapse.
…or a computer that runs iTunes, you really oughta take a look at this Old Time Radio Drama podcast, a collecton of, well, old time radio drama that's definitely worth a listen. (A dramatization of John Cheever's The Enormous Radio, for example, is number 2 on the list.) Once upon a very long time ago people would sit around in their living rooms (I'm not making this up) listening to radio shows like this. Nobody writes radio drama any more, at least not like this, nor is likely to again.
CHICAGO -- Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter and even prompting officials at Soldier Field in Chicago to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.
On Tuesday 24 November 1863, the Harrisburg Patriot & Union published a lengthy editorial in which it lamented “the silly remarks of the President”…
An Army officer linked by DNA to the sexual assault of several young girls will be allowed to argue that his identical twin brother could have committed the crimes.
National Football League teams are racing this season to secure the title of loudest outdoor stadium in the world.
The Seattle Seahawks, who boast that their fans caused a small earthquake after a 2011 touchdown, acclaimed their crowd’s record 136.6-decibel noise level this September after an effort orchestrated by the fan group Volume 12.From the Seahawks' web site:
Administration officials acknowledge that until recently, they had no concrete definition for how well HealthCare.gov should work, but they say one would not have made sense before the site went live Oct. 1.