The artwork, in the form of posters and fake advertisements, showed up Sunday around the Los Angeles Fox News bureau and Fox studios, timed for Tucker Carlson’s interview of Jenner during his show Monday night — his debut in the time slot previously occupied by Bill O’Reilly.
Thousands of Americans yesterday celebrated the anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Lenin (or, as they've called it since 1970, "Earth Day") by "marching for science". This was especially amusing, given that the power went out in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City the day before the event. Maybe they should do a little less marching and a little more infrastructure work.
Next Saturday should be even funnier, as Trump has announced that he'll be at a big rally in Baltimore - on the night of the big White House Correspondents' gala dinner.
“The only way I would stop is if my health goes, God forbid, or the audience isn’t with me anymore,” he told The Times that year. “Besides, I got to keep going. My manager told me he has to put his kid through college. His kid is 10 years old.”
Usually characterized as a humorless bunch, they showed themselves to be otherwise on Saturday, April 1:
(CNN) - Moscow has been emphatic in its denials of allegations that it interfered the US election process. But that didn't stop the Russian Foreign Ministry poking fun at the claims in an April Fools' Day spoof.
On Saturday it published what it said was a new automated answering message for the switchboards of Russian embassies around the world.
"You have reached the Russian embassy, your call is very important to us," the audio message begins. "To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1."
"To use the services of Russian hackers, press 2," and "to request election interference, press 3."
But a couple of days later, there was little humor in St. Petersburg following a terrorist attack on a subway car that killed at least 14 and wounded many others. The bomber was from one of those "'stan" countries, and personally, I think there should be an immediate ban on all countries calling themselves this or that-istan.
They're nothing but a bunch of troublemakers and killers, who seem to believe that living in the first century is a wonderful thing.
"Do you know the power of a machine made of a trillion moving parts?", he asks.
"We're not just are robots", he says. "We're robots, made of robots, made of robots".
Our brain cells are robots that respond to chemical signals. The motor proteins they create are robots. And so it goes on.
Consciousness is real. Of course it is. We experience it every day. But for Daniel Dennett, consciousness is no more real than the screen on your laptop or your phone.
The geeks who make electronic devices call what we see on our screens the "user illusion". It's a bit patronising, perhaps, but they've got a point.
Pressing icons on our phones makes us feel in control. We feel in charge of the hardware inside. But what we do with our fingers on our phones is a rather pathetic contribution to the sum total of phone activity. And, of course, it tells us absolutely nothing about how they work.
Human consciousness is the same, says Dennett. "It's the brain's 'user illusion' of itself," he says.
Yes, well - my "user illusion" is a hell of a lot more sophisticated than those of the primitive terrorists from the various 'stans. Dammit, Stan, get with reality!
As you know, Trump wants to build a three-story-high wall along our southern border, and the idea has been greeted with derision and initially with anger by the Mexican government. Upon further reflection, however, they're warming to the idea.
The existing wall segments, now being touted as the world's longest climbing wall, is already attracting rock-climbing tourists, and so now they're thinking that adding more height could be a positive economic development.
There are a few details yet to be worked out, but they seem to be warming to the idea.
Well, mebbe if there's a teenager around to make sure she doesn't do anything really stupid. ...hard to believe she's now on the board at Expedia (which just lost, along with its affiliates, my business).
“No, this is the exact hat Lincoln was wearing when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. People forget that.”
Got a tune that just won't get out of your head - known as an "earworm" in professional circles? It's because your short-term memory has been short-circuited. Coming down with Alzheimer's might be one way to cure yourself of the affliction, but there's a much easier path: chew gum. No, this isn't a surreptitious ad for Wrigley.
People actually study this stuff.
A 2016 study found pop songs and some classic rock standards often are big culprits. British researchers found instances of Involuntary Musical Imagery — aka earworms — are produced from songs with easy-to-remember melodies, fast tempos and repetition among other characteristics. The study found three of the most common earworm-inducing songs were by Lady Gaga, but Katy Perry, Queen, KylIe Minogue and yes, Journey, also made the list.
I think that's "Lady Gaga" in the photo, but who knows? I'm not a fan/follower of any of the insipid stuff that passes for entertainment these days. I did like Queen, just because they were so outrageously good when Freddie was alive, and because the surviving guys actually have talent. I think they were the first to consent to letting Weird Al do a parody of one of their hits, so they have a sense of humor as well.
Oh, anyway, back to the gum-chewing: the musical memories - earworms - are related to hijacking short-term memory, and oddly enough, chewing gum employs the same parts of the brain that are involved in short-term memory. Since earworms are involuntary activations of short-term memory, one effective way to block them is by overriding those parts of the brain; hence, gum-chew. Which I always thought was a term for "detective", but it turns out that that's "gum-shoe".
I never get anything right; there was a song many years ago, I think by The Association, which I thought involved Cherries. That, as it happened, was wrong - it was called "Cherish" - which for me changed the whole meaning of the song.