Published on Aug 17, 2014
” In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, John Oliver explores the racial inequality in treatment by police as well as the increasing militarization of America’s local police forces.”
” Don Pardo, the TV and radio announcer whose exuberant baritone heralded the opening ofSaturday Night Live for all but one of its 38 seasons, has died, NBC confirmed to Mashableon Monday night. He was 96.
Pardo has been an NBC announcer since 1944, and semi-retired in 2004 while maintaining his SNL duties from his Arizona home. During his 60 years with the network, Pardo did TV, radio and just about anything else that required his unique voice talent, including wartime reporting during World War II.
His break in mainstream TV came in 1956, when Pardo was the first voice of The Price is Right, where he remained until the show went to ABC in 1963. From there he went to Jeopardy! and other NBC game shows including Winning Streak and Jackpot!
As the live announcer on duty at NBC on Nov. 22, 1963, Pardo was first to announce to viewers watching the network that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.”
” Most American men will tell you they are either a boob guy or a butt guy. But in Brazil, it’s apparently all about the butt.
According to Huffington Post, the “Miss Bumbum” competition kicks off today in Sao Paulo with 27 lovely ladies representing Brazil’s 26 states and one federal district hoping to win the country’s annual competition for having the best ass.
Brazilians have until November to vote online and narrow the field down to 15 for the finals, where the winner will take home roughly $22,000 in endorsement deals and “instant celebrity.”
For the first time in the competition’s history, twins will be duking it out for the honor of best caboose, as Rafaella and Graziella Fornazieri have both entered the contest.
Last year’s champion, Dai Macedo , told a French newspaper that to win the title of “Miss Bumbum,” it takes a lot of devotion.
” No nightclubs. No sweets,” Macedo said. “I went to the gym Saturdays and Sundays.”
Macedo won the title of “Miss Bumbum 2013″ after sporting a moneymaker that measured in at 42 inches, proving once again that size does matter.”
The finale from 2012 …
And the candidates from 2013 …
” Yellowfin tuna are normally a deep-water, roaming fish found far offshore. The last time Alex Hare, a 22-year-old angler from Destin, Florida, caught a yellowfin tuna it was on rod and reel in the Gulf of Mexico near oil rigs — in 6,000 feet of water. His most recent yellowfin catch happened Sunday, August 3, when he free-gaffed an estimated 100-pound yellowfin tuna in the 8-foot deep boat basin of a Florida Keys resort.
Hare, who was staying with friends at Angler’s Reef, located near mile marker 84.5, spotted the fish swimming in the resort’s small harbor for about 20 minutes.
” At first, we saw a wake, and thought it was a tarpon,” Hare says. “We couldn’t believe that it was a yellowfin.”
” The Clintons are ‘downsizing’ their summer home to a simple, $18million house in the pretty Hampton’s hamlet of Amagansett.
Former President Bill Clinton, 67, and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 66, are expected this week at the sprawling five-bedroom property, owned by Andre and Lois Nasser, which they have rented for the remainder of the month.
Their summer jaunt comes just weeks after Mrs Clinton controversially declared the power couple were ‘dead broke’ after leaving the White House in 2000.
Sources tell MailOnline they are paying $100,000 for their three-week stay – saving $100,000 from last year’s luxury rental in Sagaponack.
Mr Nasser, 67, a collector of primitive art, owned a gallery in New York, and is believed to have made his money with a number of clothing manufacturing plants. He is now said to be ‘semi retired’.
Public records show that he is a Republican donor- handing over $2,500 to Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign in 2012.
His wife, Lois, is a Senior Global Real Estate Advisor with Sothebys, and her clients are said to include ‘celebrities and business leaders’.
The property – address 44 Broadview Road – is next door to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is a noted Democrat supporter and longtime close friend of the Clintons.
It is situated on the top of a bluff, 200 feet up, overlooking Gardiner’s Bay and Gardiner’s Island in what’s known as the Bell Estate.”
” Eleanor Roosevelt? Harriet Tubman? Beyoncé? Cast your vote in the poll below.
Is it time to put a woman on our paper currency? President Obama went on record today saying it’s a “pretty good idea.” During a speech in Kansas City, Obama said he received a letter from a young girl asking why there aren’t any women on American paper money. (Dollar coins with Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea are still in circulation, but they are no longer being minted, and Martha Washington appeared on a paper note in the 19th century.)
Well, if Congress is taking suggestions… who do you think should get the honor? Take our poll: “
Two things strike us about this poll … firstly that Ayn Rand Is the runaway leader but even more-so the fact that Time Inc included her in the first place . Ayn Rand rocks … Go cast your ballot . We don’t imagine that these are the results that either Obama or Time had in mind .
” A recent interactive map identifies the wealthiest person in each of the 50 states. While Oregon’s richest resident comes as no surprise, topping the charts of not only the richest man in the country, but the world as well, others might be lesser known.
Movoto lists the richest person in each state, considering entrepreneurs, heirs and heiresses, and widows, and their outstanding fortunes.”
” The much-admired Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black may be rolling in his grave at the prospect of a merger between 21st Century Fox and Time Warner Inc., which would reduce control of the major Hollywood studios to five owners, from six, and major television producers to four, from five.
“ The widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public,” he wrote in the majority opinion that decided a 1945 antitrust case involving major newspaper publishers and The Associated Press. “The First Amendment affords not the slightest support for the contention that a combination to restrain trade in news and views has any constitutional immunity.”
Fox and Time Warner may no longer publish old-media newspapers or magazines, but they certainly disseminate information and opinions that may be even more vital to the “welfare of the public” today than the newspapers of Justice Black’s era. HBO alone, one of Time Warner’s cable channels, produces “Real Time With Bill Maher,” “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and acclaimed documentaries like “The Case Against 8,” about the struggle for marriage equality, and the “Paradise Lost” series, which examined the murder convictions of the group of white teenagers known as the West Memphis Three.”
” But this ignores the fact that in 1983, 50 companies owned 90 percent of the media consumed by Americans. By 2012, just six companies — including Fox (then part of News Corporation) and Time Warner — controlled that 90 percent, according to testimony before the House Judiciary Committee examining Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal.”
” After a tease from Beyoncé on Sunday, the first real look at the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey premiered on Today on Thursday morning.
The movie follows the relationship between innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and intimidatingly sexy business magnate Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), who meet when she goes to his office to interview him.”
” After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer “Weird Al” Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as “Mandatory Fun” debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994.
” Mandatory Fun” was released July 15 through Way Moby and RCA Records, and sold 104,000 copies in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was promoted by a well-received daily viral video campaign that launched Monday, July 14. Starting with his parody of Pharrell’s “Happy,” Yankovic released eight music videos for the album through the week on various sites, like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, Nerdist, College Humor and YouTube.
” Mandatory” is the first comedy album to top the Billboard 200 since Allan Sherman’s “My Son, the Nut” spent eight weeks at No. 1 beginning on the chart dated Aug. 31, 1963. A couple of comedy sets came close since then, including Steve Martin’s No. 2-peaking “A Wild and Crazy Guy” back in 1978 and a pair of No. 2 Cheech & Chong titles in the early 1970s.”
” Domestic box office is down 20 percent in the U.S. as “Sex Tape” goes limp and, for the first time since 2001, no film crosses $300 million. Laments one studio executive, “I wish I worked at Netflix.””
Less than six weeks before Labor Day, hopes for recovery at the North American summer box office have evaporated. The season is expected to finish down 15 to 20 percent compared with 2013, the worst year-over-year decline in three decades, and revenue will struggle to crack $4 billion, which hasn’t happened in eight years. As a result, analysts predict that the full year is facing a deficit of 4 to 5 percent.
Comparisons in North America are tough, considering revenue hit a record $4.75 billion in summer 2013. It didn’t help that Fast & Furious 7 was pushed from July to April 2015 following the death of Paul Walker or that Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened in early April. But even bullish observers are grim. “Moviegoing begets moviegoing, and we have lost our momentum,” says Rentrak’s Paul Dergarabedian. “People aren’t seeing trailers and marketing materials. They still want to go to the movies — they just want to go to really good movies.” “
” A new Clinton mystery has hit New York City and Washington, D.C. with the surprise display of posters declaring the Clintons as “America’s Most Dangerous Family” and “America’s Lannisters.”
Pulled by advertising bikes over the weekend, the posters use themes from TV’s “Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards” in portraying Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton — and advisor James Carville — as evil, though they don’t indicate exactly what the advertising is for.
One of the ad posters appears similar to the style of the hit Netflix series, “House of Cards.” The poster is in black and white and shows Bill and Hillary under an upside down U.S. flag, the sign of distress. That poster reads, “America’s Most Dangerous Family.” “
” Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86.
He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.
Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.
There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.”
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” I wanted to try cleaning an LP with wood glue. It made for quite an improvement – and I’ve read that multiple cleanings continue to clean up the snaps crackles and pops.
Edit: I know I used way too much glue in this vid. :) But it was my first try so I wanted to get it right. You can use considerably less glue and still get the same effect – but it cuts the dry time way down. Just be sure that you get the whole record covered! “
As someone with hundreds of old LPs destined to never make it onto CD I am extremely interested in this record restoration technique .
His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed today that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, on Wednesday. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.”
Winter idolized Waters — and got a chance to produce some of the blues legend’s more popular albums.”
” Rolling Stone magazine named Winter one of the top 100 guitarists of all time and he was famed for his lightening-fast blues guitar riffs and striking long white hair.
His representative’s statement said his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.”
Johnny may have departed this earth but thanks to his music we are “still alive & well” … RIP Mr Winter your absence will be forever felt .
Read more about the legend’s death here and look for an in-depth tribute to one of our favorite guitarists very soon…
” Conservatives have for a generation spent too much time complaining about the liberal dominance of popular culture, and too little making their own.
But — as I argue in National Review this month — there is a growing countercultural revolt against the ingrained (and often unconscious) liberalism of mainstream popular culture, a revolt that has so far escaped widespread notice, though you can find some of it on Liberty Island, a website I founded that is devoted to the best in conservative fiction.
After reading my introduction to this literary revolt, the editors of BuzzFeed asked me to suggest a list of conservative novels that deserve a wider audience. What follows is not the usual exercise of pointing out a handful of successful conservative authors like Tom Clancy, Tom Wolfe, or Brad Thor. Nor is it in any way exhaustive, but a brief, unsystematic survey of an as-yet uncharted territory. As such, it represents the barest hint of what is actually out there.
This an introduction to 21 writers you probably have never heard of — and won’t, if the powers that rule the lit-crit, fanfic, and commercial publishing worlds have anything to say about it.
So consider this a news dispatch from way, way, way outside the Beltway. Out in the lush, teeming jungle beyond the walls of the literary-industrial complex. The conservative countercultural revolt is on its way. Indeed it is already here. I didn’t say you had to like it. But give it a try — you just might! And if you have more ideas, add them in the comments section below.”
1. Robert Zubrin
” The Holy Land is a delightfully un-PC science fictional allegory reflecting satirically on the Middle East conflict, set in the Pacific Northwest. A perfect gift for the BDS supporter in your family.”
2. John J. Miller
” The First Assassin is a fast-paced and impeccably researched debut thriller set in Washington, D.C., by National Review contributor John J. Miller. In 1861, as the nation teeters on the brink of civil war, Col. Charles P. Rook duels with a cunning assassin out to kill the new president before he can save the nation.”
3. David Frum
” In Patriots, the wealthy heir to a mustard fortune receives an eye-opening education in the partisan hypocrisies of life in the nation’s capital.”
4. Harry Stein
” Spare him your pained expressions of empathy and politically correct euphemisms: Dwarf attorney Will Tripp, Pissed Off Attorney at Law, will use them only to defeat you in court — and laugh all the way to the bank. Picture Peter Dinklage in a three-piece suit.”
5. Michael Walsh
” And All the Saints, the fictionalized “autobiography” of Tammany boss Owney Madden, evokes a time (the Roaring ’20s) when the soul of modern America was forged: a time when ethnic slurs and sexist comments flew like bullets, judges were for sale, and you voted the way the Democrats told you — or else.”
6. Bob Zeidman
” In Good Intentions, Winston Jones, who works for the Department of Fairness, is chosen to be the next president because he is America’s most representative person. An entertaining entry in the emerging genre of nanny-state dystopia.”
7. Kurt Schlichter
” Conservative Insurgency is an alt-historical account of a successful struggle against progressive dominance, told in the form of oral history from the perspective of the year 2041.”
8. Kia Heavey
” Written for the YA market but appealing for all ages, Underlake is the story of a pampered cell phone–addicted urban teenager forced to spend the summer in a small town where she ultimately comes to question her assumptions and prejudices. Also check out Night Machines, a spooky psychological thriller about the danger of indulging in fantasies that threaten the things we value most.”
9. Andrew Klavan
” Andrew Klavan’s Empire of Lies attacks liberal media culture and The Identity Man owes an acknowledged debt to Shelby Steele. His four-book YA series The Homelanders is like 24 set in a high school. Another YA book, If We Survive, is set in a Central American country during a Sandinista- (or Chavista-) style revolution. Check out his latest, Mindwar, set to publish this week.
10. Jim Geragthy
” The Weed Agency by National Review’s Jim Geraghty deftly skewers the out-of-control world of the federal government “in which federal budgets balloon every year, where a career can be built upon the skill of rationalizing astronomical expenses, and where the word ‘accountability’ sends roars of laughter through D.C. office buildings.”
“11. Myrna Sokoloff
” Sokoloff is a post-9/11 conservative whose writing career spans politics, finance, and film. Hand of Fatima, a prescient political thriller about a military cover-up, receives uniformly positive reviews on Amazon.”
12. Karina Fabian
” Karina Fabian is the creator of Vern the Dragon Detective, whose mordant wit laces her novels with sharp, politically incorrect social commentary. Check out Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, and Live and Let Fly. You also won’t want to miss her laugh-out-loud zombie novels, Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, and I Left My Brains in San Francisco.’
13. Larry Correia
” Larry Correia, who lists his occupations as “gun dealer, firearms instructor, accountant and writer,” is the author of the popular Monster Hunter books. Monster Hunter Nemesis, his latest installment, is out this month. Correia has recently been the target of an Emanuel Goldstein-style hate campaign by intolerant leftists in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Conservatives (and those liberals still concerned about protecting speech they disagree with) should buy his books to show their support.”
14. Kate Paulk
” Kate Paulk’s Knights in Tarnished Armor is a tale of manly knights and lovely ladies struggling (and sometimes failing) to remain true to their vows of chastity. Also check out her entertaining VampireCon series from Naked Reader Press: “There are vampires in the lobby, succubi in the beds, and bodies in the bathroom. It’s ConSensual, where the editors are demons, the writers are crazy and the vampires and werewolves might be the most stable people in the room.” Sounds like a normal day in publishing to me.”
15. Ric Locke
” Ric Locke’s self-published space opera Temporary Duty is a funny and inventive first effort from a talented author who died unexpectedly in 2012.”
16. John Ringo
” The work of the prolific John Ringo is best described in his own words: “I’m a professional author of… Well, I used to say ‘science fiction.’ Then came There Will Be Dragons, which is sci-fi with a distinct fantasy twist. Then came Ghost which is techno-thriller crossed with porn. Then came Princess of Wands, a Christian soccer mom battling demons through the power of God. Who knows what’s next?” Indeed!”
17. Tom Kratman
18. Peter Grant
” More military sci-fi is available from South African transplant Peter Grant, who has been a soldier and prison chaplain and is now a writer and Second Amendment blogger. His first science fiction series, War to the Knife, has drawn considerable critical praise.”
19. Sarah Hoyt
” Literary den mother Sarah Hoyt is a force of nature — writer, critic, blogger, cat fancier, wife and mother, and relentless promoter of other people’s work. A prolific author who has published 23 novels in multiple genres under a variety of pseudonyms, Sarah definitely deserves a bigger audience.”
20. Mike Baron
” Let’s also give a shout-out to Mike Baron, the creator of Badger, two of the longest-lasting independent superhero comics. He also writes horror novels.”
21. Roger L. Simon & Sheryl Longin
” And let me not forget The Party Line, an original play by novelist, screenwriter, and Pajamas Media founder Roger L. Simon and his wife Sheryl Longin. Well worth a read since it is unlikely to be staged on Broadway any time soon.”
” While small “drones” have raised controversy in the US, they’ve made a lasting contribution to the world of photography. A light camera and a quadcopter can capture beautiful aerial shots that might once have been difficult or impossible for most photographers. Last year, Dronestagram launched as a place for both amateurs and professionals to upload their work.”
” This year, it opened a contest to find the very best ones. The winners, picked with the help of users and National Geographic, represent the spectrum of drone photography, from high-flying nature shots to athletic spectacles to people who are just wondering what’s up there looking at them. “Went back to my home town in the Philippines. I was flying in the park one Sunday morning when suddenly people had become really interested,” writes Jericsaniel, who captured the second-place photograph above. “Looking at this picture, I realized how happy my drone makes these people.” And the winning photographer, who deserves every bit of that accolade, has actually managed to make a drone fly with the eagles.”
See all the winners at The Verge
” The Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, has finally started testing with real, live humans. And the first drop in this POV footage is absolutely terrifying.
Located in Kansas City, Schlitterbahn water park has been pushing back the big unveiling of their monster slide (The Verrückt) again and again. But this video with slide’s engineers taking the first human ride gives us hope that it may just be safe enough for the public soon.”
” Here are the facts. The Verrückt is 168 feet and 7 inches tall. The Statue of Liberty (from toes to the tip of the flame) is only 151 feet. It’s also taller than Niagara Falls. You have to climb up 264 steps to get to the top of the 17-story slide. It’s expected to hit speeds of up to 65 miles-per-hour. And when you ride you must be velcro strapped into a very large raft (which is good because you would have no butt if you did this bare bottomed). ‘
More at IO9
” Our society has come a long way in the past few decades but we’ve completely forgotten what it’s like to be classy. Let’s take a lesson from these masters of “old school cool.”
” Elspeth Beard, shortly after becoming first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles.”
Even if you’re not impressed with Ms Beard and her accomplishments there’s no denying that Mr Eastwood was and is a master of “cool” .
” Clint Eastwood with actresses Olive Sturgess and Dani Crayne in San Francisco, 1954″
While this product never caught on , and indeed would no doubt be banned by the “safety nazis” today there is a major “cool factor” to these motorized roller skates .
” A salesman has his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station (1961)”
To see much more about what was “cool” check out the other 47 photos at Distractify .