BoingBoing
8 days
Brian from the Recommend if You Like podcast sez, "For episode 200 ( MP3 ), we sat down for a 90 minute interview with Mad Magazine's Al Jaffee, who, at the age of 95 holds the title of 'the longest working cartoonist in history.'" (more)
BoingBoing
22 days
The end-of-year episode of Jesse Thorn's Bullseye podcast ( MP3 ) highlights the funniest bits from 2016's best standup comedy albums, an hour and a half of seriously funny stuff that I've enjoyed more than any other podcast I've listened to this week. It's been a bleak 2016, and this is a tonic.
NPR News
2 months
WhoWhatWhy
2 months
So this aspect has been missed by the polls. And this is why they were wrong. They were wrong because they assumed that people are telling the truth. There was a very nice experiment conducted several years ago here in Israel one day after a national election, where statisticians actually conducted a huge poll, following all the statistical requirements for an absolutely high-quality poll, but asked only one question. And this question was, “Did you turn out to vote or not?” About 90% of the people answered, “Yes, of course.” When you looked at the actual turnout, it turned out that it was about 60%. So this shows you that about 30% were cheating. And of course they were cheating because it was not nice to say that you didn't turn out. You're supposed to turn out. People expect you to turn out. Likewise, many people felt that it was not nice to say that I’m a true supporter of Trump.
NPR News
2 months
npr.org/player/embed/501854717/501929941" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Faherty tells NPR's Rachel Martin: "It's actually not a science term; it's a term that was coined by an astrologist over 30 years ago, and it didn't have much science behind it, except that he coined a term for when the moon was full, when it was 90 percent of the closest distance it could be to Earth. And a couple of years ago, it just caught on... I think it's just because someone took the word 'super' and put it in front of the word 'moon.' " That astrologer was Richard Noelle, who created the supermoon label in 1979. How To Photograph It First of all, don't frame the moon alone in the sky, Bill Ingalls, NASA's senior photographer, says : "Don't make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything.
Techradar
3 months
But assuming the canvas is big enough it's a brilliant drawing tool, with 15 preset brushes, pressure sensitivity, multiple image layers and the ability to add text to your creations. Surprisingly it's also free and uses the same paint engine as SketchBook Pro, so while it doesn't have as many features, what's there works well. If you manage to sketch something you're proud of you can also share it to deviantART straight from the app, so friends and strangers can check it out. Free If you don't have the time to learn a new language, then Google Translate will prove very useful. It can translate 90 different languages and can use your voice, keyboard and handwriting to translate. You can avoid expensive data charges while travelling by downloading language packs in advance. The app can also speak translations aloud and you can save translations for future use.
Open Culture
3 months
The Huffington Post
4 months
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green The first debate not a knockdown but a wipeout, Bob Shrum & Ron Christie agree. On tax returns, birther-ism. interruptions & Machado, says Shrum, "Hillary killed him and Trump committed suicide." Can Trump now prepare better and stop obsessing about the weight of a beauty queen? Fat chance. Economics in Debate. According to Bob Shrum, who's coached numerous Democratic nominees for presidential debates, "that was the worst presidential debate performance in my lifetime. She baited him at the beginning and end [on a $14 million loan from father and on Miss Universe winner] and he took it each time." Although Trump did well enough during the 20 minutes on trade, "overall she won the economic exchange because he offered a disjointed defense of how tax cuts create jobs and had no feel for a narrative that moves voters." #NeverTrump Ron Christie scoffs at Donald's mockery of Hillary's stamina since "he couldn't stand there for 90 minutes without running out of intellectual and physical steam.
The Event Chronicle
5 months
LynnDid it have anything to do in the mid ’90’s with the Archon invasion? COBRANo. No. LynnDoes this portal give off energy or suck energy or what are its characteristics? COBRAIt’s a natural energy vortex. It was actually part of the original paradise structure before the arrival of human beings to this planet. LynnRecently, light workers have visited the Congo to try to heal its negativity. Can you give us any update on this portal and what is going on there? COBRAThis portal is starting its transformation process. There is a lot of things that need to be done but it’s at least started. There was no access of the light to that portal before but now there is a certain healing taking place in the area. (good). But it will take some time. (I understand) LynnRegarding the large and unusual animals in Africa, such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, lions and zebras….
The Huffington Post
6 months
"It gives Hillary alot of room on her own VP choice," adds Gara, "which everyone seems to think keeps moving to Senator Tim Kaine -- former governor, former DNC chair, now Senator -- who easily meets her 'ability to be president' test." More significant is how Clinton comes out after the extraordinary Comey rebuke and Sanders endorsement. Lowry thinks that "the media missed the importance of an FBI director attacking a party's nominee" because they thought that a stupid tweet with a star of david was as important. Indeed, national polls did show her slipping some 4-5 points after Comey's denunciation-- which Gara thought was an outrageous violation of prosecutorial discretion since his job is to indict or not...but not editorialize. Host: but won't Sander's endorsement move as many points in her direction by coaxing the 90%+ unity a nominee needs to win? Lowry agrees that with the Reagans, Bushes, Romneys, Scowcroft, Armitage, Kirk/Graham/Sasse, Will/Erickson/Gerson/Lowry etc opposing the GOP nominee, it will be hard for Trump break 90% of his smaller party.
The Event Chronicle
7 months
And this conflict is quite intense. The final outcome will be positive but before we get to the final outcome there may be a lot of tension and a lot of conflict and many situations that will appear not to be good. (I understand, thank you). Lynn – A reader in Turkey wrote: On four nights when looking out the window I saw a red cloud, then blue lightening and no rain. Do you have any information on this phenomena? COBRANo. RichardCobra, it has widely been reported that the Cabal plans to reduce the Earth’s population by 90%. With the world’s current population estimated to be 7.4 billion, using that 90% figure gives us a total of 6,660,000,000 (six billion, six hundred and sixty million) murdered. Can you offer any comment on this figure? COBRAThis is just a calculation for this particular current situation but those plans will not be successful anyway, so those numbers are not indicating anything.
The Huffington Post
7 months
" Indeed, right now, the only metric where The-Businessman-Trump is leading Clinton, 51% to 43%. *Guns After the Murphy Filibuster & Lewis Sit-in. Until Brexit commanded everyone's attention, the Democrats' push-back on guns seemed to shift the standard, tired debate from, in Katrina's ;phrase, "a moment of silence to moments of action." Murphy did force the Senate to at least vote on various bills for universal background checks and NoFly/NoBuy (though none got more than 52 votes) and the mass House sit-in overheated social media and forced Ryan to abruptly adjourn his chamber. Is Murphy right that when 90% want certain legislation in a Democracy, they get it? Not this year, concludes vanden Heuvel, but yes within the next 5-10 years. It took 60 years and 100 years from Teddy Roosevelt's proposal for universal health care to largely become law with Medicare and Obamacare.
The Huffington Post
7 months
"If you want to be happy, be." -- Leo Tolstoy Having spent more than a half-century pursuing my own happiness, I decided to conduct a Happiness Survey to learn what other people truly desired in life, too. For several years, I queried hundreds of individuals on the topic of happiness. What began as a "Maura4u Happiness Survey" for women 50 and older quickly expanded when I realized that others were anxious to express their perspectives on the subject. The results of my survey produced a grand patchwork of nearly 1,000 respondents, 65% female and 35% male. They weighed in as young as 18 and tipped the age spectrum at age 90+. These reflective individuals hailed from 28 states across the U.S. and 23 countries around the world. Their personal backgrounds proved just as diverse. They were single, married, widowed, divorced or engaged in a personal relationship.
SiteProNews
8 months
Google is trying its hand at composing music. Yes, you read that right. Google’s latest machine learning project is tackling song writing. As part of Project Magenta, the tech titan today unveiled its neural network’s first composing effort. To say the piece is unimaginative is an understatement. The 90-second piano piece ( take a listen to it here ), is repetitive and lacking in melody — but so are a lot of pop songs being released today, so maybe Google’s AI actually has a shot of composing a hit song. Google scientist Douglas Eck said the main goal of Project Magenta is to design algorithms that learn how to generate art and music. But Project Magenta is not just about creating music and art with computers, it is also a bid to build a society of artists, coders and machine learning researchers. Another goal is to open-source the infrastructure, Eck said in a blog post .
Futurity
8 months
They found an incredible amount of dysfunction, Kim says, adding that he has seen similar defects in numerous other patients not included in the current study. [Drug lets eczema sufferers be comfortable in their own skin'] The four patients in the study were ages 75 to 90. In blood samples, three of those four had high levels of the protein IgE—an immunoglobulin that is a marker of inflammation. Immunoglobulins are antibodies deployed by the immune system to fight infections. Elevated levels of IgE often are seen in patients with allergies. The patients also had very low levels of an immunoglobulin known as IgG; abnormally low counts of a type of immune cell called a CD8 T-cell; and an elevated number of immune cells called eosinophils, which are markers of allergic inflammation. Curiously, none of these patients had any history of allergic disorders, Kim says.
NPR News
9 months
Not just any sauropod, but a baby that hatched and died within weeks — an extremely rare find. He learned, and published in the journal Science, that this guy grew quickly. "It grew right out of the gate, roaring out of the gate," D'Emic says, "extremely fast." A unique ring in the interior of a bone marked the time the animal hatched, and how big it was: about 7 pounds. Growth marks after that recorded how fast it grew. "And by the time it died just several weeks later," D'Emic says, "it was weighing upwards of 80 or 90 pounds — a Chihuahua to a Great Dane in six or seven weeks." D'Emic says growing fast would have been a good strategy when size is your best defense against predators. He says the discovery is part of a renaissance in sauropod research latelylots of new fossils are turning up. The most spectacular is arguably the most complete sauropod skull ever found, uncovered in Argentina.
The Huffington Post
9 months
Host: The point is not that "demography is destiny" alone -- although an electorate 90% white when Reagan ran is a different country than the 70 this Fall. But when you multiply these trends by the enormous unpopularity of Trump & Cruz personally as contrasted with a popular Dem program, the Dem Party is getting in a position to win POTUS, SCOTUS, SENATE, the federal judiciary -- and the House by or after the 2020 Census and redistricting. Indeed, if he RNC mishandles this coming Convention, it could either tar it with Trumpism for years or watch it split apart. A democracy knows how to get rid of bad officials -- they can be voted out or prosecuted. But what happens when your party has a base that thinks the American president is not an American, Benghazi was worse than Watergate, "reverse racism" is wore than racism and climate change a hoax? Probably, you wait.
The Huffington Post
10 months
The reference to Christmas and birthdays makes it sound as if Woods thinks when poor people save money on heathcare, they turn around and spend it on nonessentials. GOP Sen. Greg Brophy, who alleged that Medicaid recipients spend their money on air conditioning, cigarettes, and Lotto, made the same allegation, which is not supportable, as far as I can tell, not to mention gross. (Or does everything come back to the War on Christmas?) In any case, Woods incorrectly stated on air that the imperative to chop Medicaid is clear, since it is "this driver of our state budget pushing our budget over a cliff, and it's simply not sustainable." During her radio interview, Woods mistakenly said a family of four "making between $70,000 and $90,000 a year qualify for Medicaid." As you can see here , she is wrong. She may have been thinking of the threshold for a family of four to receive health-insurance tax credits under Obamacare.
Bleacher Report
10 months
That is how we end up with the problems that are so prevalent in athletic commissions around the country and the world. These days, almost every event delivers some bizarre judges' decision or refereeing error that leaves careers irrevocably harmed. And in most cases, there is little accountability or transparency. You don't even have to go back very far in time to find events that simply boggle the mind. Just last month, the Colorado Boxing Commission approved 68-year-old Ann Perez de Tejada to fight a 24-year-old opponent. Not surprisingly, she lost via TKO in less than 90 seconds. Around the same time, down in Texas, the state's Department of Licensing and Regulation that oversees MMA saw fit to sanction a Bellator main event matchup between legends Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock, combined age: 101. And it licensed a featured combatant, Dhafir Dada 5000" Harris, who was 38 years old, had only two pro fights in his career, had not fought in five years and had never before competed in a major promotion.
The Huffington Post
10 months
" Well, is that really much different than, say, Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan? Ron notes that "my father, whatever you thought of his views, would come to a position and then basically stick with it. But since this is all the Republicans really have against Hillary, expect to hear more of it." Stevens agrees, adding that he pulled out a 2007 memo to Obama from his staff arguing that he should present himself as a more principled candidate because of how often Hillary repositions herself. That's what Obama then did and what a Republican nominee can do again given he shifts on DOMA, Trade, etc." Weighing it all, odds that Hillary wins a Clinton-Trump contest? Consensus: she's a 90% favorite...unless, adds Ron, "there's a terrible terrorist attack that changes everything." Which is a scary thought since there are presumably smart terrorists out there who know and could act on this ugly reality.
The Huffington Post
a year
Guantanamo . Charles thinks that an executive order shutting it down and transferring the remaining 90-odd inmates to maximum security prisons is so unpopular with Senators from those states that it won't happen...nor can Obama do it by executive order since legislation is needed to spend money to accomplish the transfers. The panel seems to agree that it would be an acceptable policy result given how the status quo further inflames tensions in the Arab world. But it's unlikely to go anywhere...other than enabling Obama to get through his "bucket" list. Or what he said at the White House Correspondent's Dinner rhymes with "bucket" list. But as Obama more seriously noted last year, "a lot of interesting things happen in the fourth quarter." This cocky, jocky president seems intent on running up the score as his poll numbers rise and those of the opposition fall.
The Huffington Post
a year
" Host: Yes great message, with Pew poll showing 63 percent of all Americans, including majority of Republicans, agreeing that the economy and elections are rigged by special interests, but he questions Christie on Hillary's so-called "coronation." "She might have shown some of that in 2008 but not this round. She's working her tail off. And for those belittling her as a unethical phony, if a martian landed knowing nothing but how she presents herself in town hall meetings, they'd conclude she was a candidate who was smart, poised, versed and ready to be commander-in-chief." Predictions: Each thinks that in a hypothetical Trump-Clinton, there's a 90 percent chance Clinton wins by a margin approaching 10 points. (Unasked was a Rubio-Sanders contest, which Republican leaders to a person hope is the case.) A Supreme Test for Congress and the Court.
NPR News
a year
m. local time. That operation also resulted in the shooting death of a sixth member of Bundy's group, who has not yet been identified. Police arrested a seventh person about 90 minutes later. Authorities listed those arrested as ranging in age from 32 to 59; all are from Western states other than Oregon. "All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats." Bundy and his group have been occupying Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., since early this month as part of a dispute between ranchers and the federal Bureau of Land Management. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR .
NPR News
a year
m. local time and resulted in the shooting death of an unnamed sixth member of the group. A seventh member was arrested about 90 minutes later. Authorities listed the six arrested as ranging in age from 32 to 59; all are from Western states other than Oregon. "All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats." Bundy and his group have been occupying Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., since early this month as part of a dispute between ranchers and the federal Bureau of Land Management. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR .