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  1. My mistake … wrong Doomsday Clock. What the 'Doomsday Clock' means and why it's bad when we're close to midnight … Pessimists. Supreme Court weighs in on religious education funding, school choice Coronavirus outbreak How Germany helped make renewable energy cheap for the rest of the world -- One man, some very old solar panels, and a law that looks a lot like part of the proposed US Green New Deal helped transform the way Germany gets its power. Harvey Weinstein trial How healthy is your neighborhood for your child? Take a look Asian American racism is the unfunny joke the comedy world needs to reckon with -- Grappling with a culture that’s still okay with making fun of people like me. Muslim millennial's site dispels stereotypes for millions The war on Muslims San Francisco Pride members voted to ban Google and YouTube from their parade -- Supporters of the ban say the company isn’t doing enough to stop hate speech on its platforms. California has been passing tough animal welfare laws. A court just handed the state a big victory. -- The courts keep backing states’ rights to pass animal welfare laws. Abused circus animals arrive at South African sanctuary -- Twelve tigers and five lions have been relocated to South Africa after being rescued from circuses in Guatemala following years of abuse and confinement Mr. Peanut’s death, explained -- Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe is dead at 104.
  2. Lola changed her tune quick enough when Abby decided to finance a restaurant that featured her Cuban food (with no financial investment of her own), and Kyle proposed, paid for the engagement/wedding/honeymoon/looking for a house to buy. If there's a personal perceived benefit, Lola doesn't mind if Kyle makes it rain. The aye's have it. Thank your lucky stars.
  3. ‘Naughty boy’: Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77 What a Billionaire Thinks Every Kid Should Know -- What has made Ray Dalio, the billionaire who founded the biggest hedge fund in the world, so financially successful? Dalio himself has offered an explanation: In 2017, he summed up his accumulated wisdom in a book called Principles: Life & Work, which was purchased by more than 2 million people worldwide and received testimonials from a phalanx of other billionaires, including Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, and Michael Bloomberg. Now, so that an even broader audience may access his insights, Dalio has condensed the nearly 600 pages of Principles down to 157, in the form of a picture book released late last year called Principles for Success. This simpler version—a mostly abstract blueprint for accomplishing one’s goals—is intended, Dalio told me, for readers ages 6 to 60, and beyond. -- Oh joy. Why Luxury Units in Manhattan Skyscrapers are Empty The lost neighborhood under New York’s Central Park -- A historically black village’s destruction made way for Central Park’s creation. Grammys CEO says she was ousted after reporting harassment Is America Ready for the Next Pandemic? A SARS-like virus is spreading quickly. Here’s what you need to know. -- Hundreds of people have been sickened by a new coronavirus in at least six countries, including the US. 1917 took the plot from Gallipoli (a superior war film), plus the told-in-real-time gimmick of High Noon, the cut-hiding chicanery of Rope, with a Whack-A-Mole number of celebrity cameos reminiscent of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Newfoundland asks for military help after record blizzard No Regrets -- Ex-CIA contractor defends brutal post-9/11 interrogations Associated Press Photos: Aushwitz Survivors Still Bear Witness Survivor stories spotlight Auschwitz liberation anniversary Lip Sync Battle - Iggy Azalea's "Teenage Dirtbag" vs. Nick Young's "Sugar"
  4. At first I thought Phyllis had taken up bartending at The Phoenix ...
  5. Pretend what? That Theo works on his own schedule, follows no Jabot business standards or corporate parameters, doesn't complete assignments, disrespectful and overly personal to any authority figure not named Jack Abbott? Kyle is right about Theo. Theo's jibes and insults are personal, and Kyle is responding in kind. As Co-CEO, Kyle should direct Dumber to change Theo's responsibilities (being he's not able to do the job assigned to him) and bury him in cold call grunt work, with daily written reports due the start of the next business day. Theo should spend all his time in the cubicle farm, isolated from management meetings, until Theo proves his ability to complete assignments and follow direction, and be restored to his original position. Theo will either flounder in parsimonious resentment or prove his worth. To be honest, two grown men sniping and chewing the scenery over one of them moving on from their Bro-mance is a couple of white tigers short of an act in Las Vegas. Theo is written as a self-pitying, jealous scuzball, and justifies all his behavior accordingly. I expect Theo to continue simmering with resentment (real or imagined) against Kyle and come up with another infantile plan, like inviting NYCDrunk Chick to the engagement party, to try to blow up Kyle's life a few more times. Hitting on Lola is entirely in Theo's wheelhouse (though he has some genuine feelz for her, being she's somewhat more substantive than the slappers he generally pursues); she's enough of a dope to be convinced by his flattery that Theo's sincere. Her argument that Theo is overwhelmed by the Abbott social position and money is crap; Theo spent his time in oleaginous NYC socializing with wealthy people, because that's where the easy money was. The Abbott's don't hamper or inhibit Theo; they are sheep to be fleeced. I had a manager that told our department to go back to work after a company party to complete an arbitrary project not due for a month. We went back to the office, after a stop at a liquor store, and had a parking lot party. <shakes head> It's an episode straight out of SoapWorks Teen Scene SLs For Mean Girls, except the only teen Y&R has is Faith and she's busy attending to Sharon's Cancer SL. The Look at my labia/vagina/cooter/landing strip seduction moves on Chance are laughable considering how desperate Phyllis is behaving, but regressing Phyllis to teenage juvenilia hijinks is pathetic. Strapless dresses really need good foundation garments to keep gravity from taking over. I thought Abby's dress could have used a hitch up and statement necklace to fill in the expanse of bare chest. The pink was pretty and she had a matching coat I would have liked to see.
  6. “King-Lee Day” and other ways states bend MLK’s legacy -- How can some places use the federal holiday to honor “human rights” and Confederate generals — and not the civil rights leader? Navy to name new aircraft carrier for African American WWII hero TikTok is full of Sephora and Chipotle employees spilling secrets. That can get complicated. -- Employees and former employees are the best brand ambassadors money can’t buy, but companies aren’t partnering with them. How Lunar New Year became a shopping holiday for Western brands -- Gucci, Nike, and Sephora have released new merchandise for the Year of the Rat. -- I'm an Adidas fan and got a Customer Sale coupon for 50% off on everything online, plus an additional 30% off at check out … I won't tell you what Sephora is trying to do to my Visa card; It's criminal. How Skin Care Became an At-Home Science Experiment I read about this fellow organizing a Christmas party for strangers in December, but forgot to follow up -- Apologies for the timing, but the story has many merits. Inspired by his holiday solitude in a new place last year, Brad Lancaster decided to host a Vancouver Christmas dinner for people who were going to be alone that day. Word got out, donations poured in, and he ended up hosting 50 people for a baller holiday dinner. Lovely. Letter from California: Gimme Shelter -- The cost of living in the Bay Area The Amish Keep to Themselves. -- A year of reporting by Cosmo and Type Investigations reveals a culture of incest, rape, and abuse. 10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis Suspected 'Pillowcase Rapist' who terrorized South Florida women in early 1980s arrested What Captivates Children About The Snowy Day? -- Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book is the most checked-out volume of all time at the New York Public Library. A professor of children’s literature examines why the book has connected with so many kids. Another actor brought low by drugs and alcohol. Whatever happened to _____? A Menu of Invasive Species -- One approach to dealing with unwanted plants and animals: Eat them. -- My father and brother join a hunting party that hunts invasive wild boar for local Texas food shelves and their own tables. Malaysia sends back trash, says won’t be world’s waste bin The Cancer Chair -- Is suffering meaningless? Prince wrongful death case dismissed; estate case continues
  7. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- I Have a Dream Speech delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. **We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only."** We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream." I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, From every mountainside, let freedom ring! And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
  8. Singer-songwriter David Olney dies on stage at age 71 -- Died as he lived. Godspeed, David. 22 men own more wealth than Africa's 326 million women, Oxfam says -- Duh. “Flood the zone with shit”: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy Yes, the UK media’s coverage of Meghan Markle really is racist -- The UK press’s continued denial of racism just shows how entrenched these attitudes are. Fast Furniture Is an Environmental Fiasco -- Furniture waste has grown appallingly in recent decades. So have shipping emissions. This Small Kitchen Tweak Might Save You a Few Hundred Dollars This Year -- How to stop using paper towels. -- I use cloth diapers; durable, bleachable, lint-free, one-time purchase, cleans up a multitude of sins and spills. The Silicon Valley Economy Is Here. And It’s a Nightmare. -- Low pay, soaring rents, and cities littered with e-scooters. Welcome to the future. AP visits immigration courts across US, finds nonstop chaos The Story: Second Place, Macro. "Pygmy lemon gobies inhabit a discarded beer bottle." Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. © Wu Yung-Sen / Ocean Art -- Winners of the 2019 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Why Michelin chefs are handing back their stars Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: What we know and don’t know -- Three US airports will begin screening for passengers with the virus.
  9. <snerk> You've got a lot of votes for that. NotBilly is all about shortcuts and quickly shaking off any responsibility for antisocial/illegal/immoral behavior. The expectation of a real therapist would be to acknowledge and redirect unseemly behavior, where Hillary 2.0 celebrates his selfishness and laissez-faire attitude toward self-regulation. NotBilly doesn't have an excuse Hillary 2.0 can't embrace. The idea that NotBilly thinks he's only lied to Victoria once to escape her in favor of his "therapy sessions" with Hillary 2.0 is amusing. NotBilly has lied dozens of times to Victoria in order to cover meeting with Hillary 2.0. When Victoria stormed out of the living room she should have gone to their bedroom, opened a window and started pitching his crap into the yard. Once finished, go downstairs grab a box of garbage bags, throw them at NotBilly, and tell him he has 10 minutes to get his junk out of her yard or she'll call the cops, then start the clock. NotBilly won't believe her and try to talk his way out of this latest offense. Timer goes off. Call GCPD. Call Victor's Keystone Kops, and watch NotBilly end up with his head in a snowdrift after he takes a swing at someone who outweighs him by 80 pounds of no neck.
  10. AALs doing a fine job, and it's nice to see nearly all Sharon's children supporting her -- Noah should return to GC, if only to make Team Sharon complete. AAL's hitting all the emotional marks TIIC wants her to stress. The raspy catch in her voice is odd. Join a post-apocalyptic banana seat biker gang, or enter military school, become a carny to fleece the rubes the way he manipulates his parents, join a sci-fi religious cult waiting for the Mothership to arrive, go to school and have his little schoolmates swirly the whine out of him, let CAN torture him for an afternoon with Shoots and Ladders … Real shoots and ladders. TIIC are having SC is underplay the cancer SL, with short crisis scenes of genuine fear -- It's working. Rey Rey remains calm and stalwart, because that's what Sharon needs. Nick was his usual How Does This Affect Me? self, and then reigned it in -- For how long? Who can say? I expect he'll be the one to spill the beans and out Sharon's diagnosis to Phyllis, because he'll be moping around and she'll wring him like a bar rag for Why So Sadz? information. Yeah, Y&R has a terrible history with disease SLs. Michael's prostate cancer, anyone? Lola and Kyle are both idiots letting Theo (who no one should trust) screw with them. Like the NotBilly/Hillary 2.0 bullshit, Theo is Lola's cheerleader and is 3/4 of the way into her pants, because flattery by her husband's nemesis will drop Lola's thong. It's hard to understand why Chance engages with Phyllis at all. She insinuates knowledge she doesn't have about AA/Vegas, sniffs and circles him with sexual innuendo, does everything short of tackling him, threatens to out him to Abby, and is constantly rude and offensive. Any attention is better than no attention at all, Chance? And get a fucking haircut. Back in the day, when I used to watch TV competition dance shows (So You Think You Can Dance? and the like) my forum cohorts on TVWoP described Phyllis' lobby move on Chance as Look at my labia/vagina/cooter/landing strip, and would proceed to describe in detail what waxing stencil each contestant employed to match their personality. My guess is that Phyllis' stencil reads Abandon hope all ye who enter here. ; )
  11. Chinese New Year 2020 -- Year of the Rat -- Try Dim Sum or a Potsticker. You won't be disappointed. ‘Days of God’: A look at Iran’s mounting crises Are Australia’s koalas going extinct? We asked an ecologist. -- Fires have decimated koala populations. But one expert still has hope. Why Australia’s fires are linked to floods in Africa -- Fires are normal in Australia. This year was off the charts. Officials want to clear a mile-long homeless camp on a Sonoma County bike trail. Some don't want to go -- Where are they supposed to go if they're homeless? Coyote Ugly A 'ghost net' in Hawaii is threatening marine life right now How a clunky, retro hair dryer suddenly went viral -- Devices like the Revlon One-Step have been around since the ’70s. What made this one a bestseller? -- Because it works? The Netherlands has universal health insurance and it’s all private -- How the Dutch harnessed the market to cover everybody. Evelyn Yang was assured justice. Here's how the doctor she says assaulted her went free 21 kids sued the government over climate change. A federal court dismissed the case. -- Plaintiffs in the Juliana v. US lawsuit alleged the government violated the rights of young people to a safe climate. National Archives apologizes and removes altered photo of 2017 Women's March: 'We made a mistake' "Construction Worker" (1940) by Marion Greenwood. Marion Greenwood from the Whitney Museum of American Art -- The Mexican muralists who shaped modern American art
  12. The 2020 Women’s March is shrinking. Its influence isn’t. A New Nuclear Era Is Coming Explainer: How close is Iran to producing a nuclear bomb? We’re Just Discovering the Price of Killing Soleimani -- Grieving families around the world are already paying it. How thousands of Iranians went from mourning a general to protesting the regime, in a week -- “The positions are not mutually exclusive.” At the Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland, MS (just outside of Jackson), they perform funerals and cremations for people with HIV/AIDS, some of whom have been abandoned by their families because of their disease or sexual orientation. In almost one-third of the AIDS-related deaths serviced by Sebrell Funeral Home, the family or next-of-kin will either abandon the deceased entirely or refuse to accept the cremains. HIV/AIDS is a growing problem in the American South, due to social stigma, poverty, and decreased access to healthcare. In this short documentary, Trey Sebrell cares for all deceased people, no matter who they were in life, as part of his mission as a funeral director. Better Schools Won’t Fix America -- Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment could heal the country’s ills, but I was wrong. Fighting inequality must come first. Mr.Stunt and I made a return trip from Chicago on the California Zephyr. We sat behind a rotary crew removing snow through the Donner Pass after a snow storm. 'Why Didn't You Believe in Me?' The Family Reckoning After the College Admissions Scandal
  13. Evelyn Yang reveals she was sexually assaulted by her OB-GYN while pregnant Meghan, Kate, and the Architecture of Misogyny -- Policing correct female behavior keeps all women in their place. Unfuck Your Habitat -- Not Marie Kondo … thankfully Life in Balance: Getting girls into STEM creates more than gender equality -- And MSN Program -- Empowering girls with STEM The Atlantic Photos of the Week: Giant Boar, Ice Music, Patagonian Glacier Humane Society International Crisis Response Specialist, Kelly Donithan looks for injured wildlife in a burned forest on Kangaroo Island on January 15, 2020. On an island famed as Australia's "Galapagos" for its unique and abundant wildlife, rescuers are racing to save rare animals in a bushfire-ravaged landscape. The charred forest floor on Kangaroo Island is littered with corpses of animals incinerated by the blazes that swept through two weeks ago. -- Peter Parks / AFP / Getty This is your child's brain on books: Scans show benefit of reading vs. screen time -- Duh. Every Place Is the Same Now -- With a phone, anywhere else is always just a tap away. Decade in Review: What the smartphone has wrought California lawmakers eye back-up power for cellphone towers
  14. Late to the Grandma Party ... Congratulations PatsyandEddie!
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