Cheers and Jeers: Rum and 306 EVs FRIDAY!

first_imgLiberty Bell Independence Hall And now . . .— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) November 12, 2020–“While it’ll be nice to see the Secret Service drag Trump out of office, the president is leaving behind a wave of white resentment and disinformation. Plus, out of spite, Trump is probably going to upperdeck all the toilets in the West Wing.”—Samantha Bee- Advertisement – Late Night Snark: We have A Winner EditionThe late-night hosts deserve kudos for stepping up their game as truthtellers and mockers of Trump and his evil band of incompetent control freaks. This week they were as relieved as the rest of us…“Ladies and gentlemen, Joe Biden did it! Finally, after four years, Americans can exhale—unless you’re near other people, then please don’t because of the pandemic. … [It’s] never a good sign when a majority of Americans react to you losing your job the way they did to us getting Bin Laden. It feels like America is—what’s the word?—great again.”—Stephen Colbert“I know it’s hard to believe, but after all this time it seems like reality has finally caught up with Donald Trump. … I bet as we speak he’s ripping out the copper wiring from the White House walls.”—Trevor Noah- Advertisement – Continued…“You can tell things are already getting back to normal. This morning on my way to work I saw two New Yorkers giving each other the finger and it had nothing to do with politics. Isn’t that great?”—Jimmy Fallon“Even Mother Nature got in on the fun. After the announcement there was actually a double rainbow over L.A. The Trump campaign is already trying to overturn at least one of those rainbows in court.”—James Corden“So NOW Trump wants to quarantine in the White House.”—Conan O’Brien These babies 👶😂— CCTV_IDIOTS (@cctv_idiots) November 13, 2020–END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–CHEERS to Mary Had A Little Lamb.  Back in the day, you could play that tune with the buttons on your touch-tone phone, which was invented on this date in 1963. It was almost as awesome as being able to spell out BOOBIES with your calculator by punching in 5318008 and turning it upside down.  Man, we were wild back then.  You kids have no idea.CHEERS to home vegetation. There’s one single leaf still hangin’ on for dear life in the backyard, and I refuse to start raking until it drops.  So until then, it’s weekend boob-tubage. Final round preview of this weekend’s Masters Tournament.As always, MSNBC is the place to go for details of any Friday night news dumps. There’s an interesting-looking episode of Undercover Boss tonight (9pm, CBS), in which Shreveport, Louisiana Mayor Adrian Perkins goes incognito and gets training from city officials in various departments.   The most popular home videos, new and old, are all reviewed here at Rotten Tomatoes. The NFL schedule is here. And if you thought you saw news about the Masters golf tournament this week, do not adjust your set—it’s going on now after being re-scheduled (coverage starts tomorrow at 1on CBS) from its usual April slot.Sunday on 60 Minutes, President Barack Obama gives his first post-election interview and, among other things, reacts to Trump’s bogus voter fraud claims.  Anchorman Kent Brockman questions his career on The Simpsons, and Peter’s arms are replaced with tiny hands on Family Guy. (If there’s not a Trump joke in it somewhere, I’m calling comedy malpractice.)  And, sadly, John Oliver takes off on a long vacation after airing the season finale of HBO’s Last Week Tonight Sunday at 11.Now here’s your Sunday morning lineup:Meet the Press: Joe Biden’s—‘scuse me—President-elect Joe Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain; Michael Osterholm of Biden’s Covid-19 task force; Gov. Asa Hutchison (R-AR).Ron Klain says it plain Sunday morning on NBC.This Week: HHS’s Adm. Brett Giroir; President-elect Biden Covid-19 Advisory Board member Dr. Atul Gawande; John Bolton; U.S. Senate candidate from Georgia Jon Osoff; former Obama Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson.Face the Nation: Preempted by the Masters tournament.CNN’s State of the Union: U.S. Senate candidate from Georgia Rev. Raphael Warnock; Dr. Anthony Fauci; Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH).Fox GOP Talking Points Sunday: Respected legal expert Lawrence Tribe; disgraced legal hack Ken Starr. Happy viewing!–Ten years ago in C&J: November 13, 2010CHEERS to the Traveler-in-Chief.  On day six of his Asian tour, President Obama is stumping in South Korea, seeing the sights and working on a trade deal.  He’s coming off of a mostly nostalgic and successful stop in Indonesia.  I say “mostly” because some conspiracy theorists there were skeptical, accusing him of being a secret Christian capitalist who was born in the United States.  Man, sometimes ya just can’t win.–And just one more…CHEERS to Gandalf the Grey of Blogger Land. Happy anniversary to one of the longest-running blogs on the internet: Josh Marshall’s Polk Award-winning Talking Points Memo, which turns 20 today.Happy #20 blogiversary, Josh & crew!You can re-live the birth of this progressive supernova in his early posts during the Florida 2000 recount, although it might cause your blood pressure to spike, especially given how Republicans are still trying to steal elections.  Josh provided the blueprint for how to do political blogging. His now-supersized crew and expanded site continue providing no-frills original reporting with just enough analysis and snark to help us make sense of politics, and nothing the righty blogs offer comes close to TPM’s objectivity, accuracy and speed. During election seasons TPM is a daily must-click destination, and it’s been great seeing the site buck the “blogging is just a fad” naysayers for 20 trips around the sun.  Of course, they’re no Great Orange Satan…but then again, no one’s perfect.Have a great weekend. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?– –Cheers and Jeers for Friday, November 13, 2020Note: Today is Friday the 13th.  If you suddenly get the sense this evening that your life is in danger, just press the cloaking device on the latest version of the Apple Watch, which will be available for download next Wednesday. —Mgt.–By the Numbers:4 days!!!Days ’til Volume 1 of Barack Obama’s memoir A Promised Land comes out: 4Percent, so far, of eligible voting-age Americans who cast a ballot in the 2020 elections, an increase of 0.4% over 2008: 62%Percent of Americans polled by Gallup who say they understand that the coronavirus pandemic is getting worse: 61%Minimum number of environmental protections the Trump administration worked to get rid of so the wall could be built, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center: 100Number of the 16 Medals of Freedom President Trump has awarded during his presidency that went to men: 15Amount that the one female recipient, along with her husband, donated to Trump’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns with money they made off of gambling addicts: $100 millionAge of the hole-puncher as of today: 134–Puppy Pic of the Day: Coming soon to an executive mansion near you…–CHEERS to cool science. Back in April, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first astronauts since 2011 to launch their hineys into space from American soil. That flight was technically a test run. Six months later, the gravity-defiance professionals at NASA and SpaceX will send four more—Americans Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, along with Japan’s Soichi Noguchi—up yonder on an official NASA-certified regular trip to deliver freshly-baked cookies and good cheer to the International Space Station. Thankfully Hurricane Eta is long gone and the green light is lit, though a bit later than originally planned:A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule were slated to launch the astronauts to the International Space Station on Saturday (Nov. 14) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. That mission, called Crew 1, will no launch no earlier than Sunday at 7:27 p.m. EST due to unacceptable weather for rocket recovery operations, despite a 70% chance of good launch weather.The Crew-1 Dragon capsule comes with DVD player and cup holders standard. “For the next 15 months, we will fly seven crew and cargo Dragon missions for NASA. That means that, starting with Crew-1, there will be a continuous presence of SpaceX Dragons on orbit,” Benji Reed, senior director of human spaceflight at SpaceX, said in the post-FRR news conference. “We are honored to be the nation’s launch provider for crew missions and take seriously the responsibility that NASA has entrusted to us to carry American astronauts to and from the space station.”You can check out some of the experiments they’ll be conducting during their six-month stay here. If you need me Sunday evening you’ll find me in my usual pre-launch spot: under the covers in my customized Space Shuttle bed clutching my lucky John Glenn bobblehead and holding my breath.JEERS to the nattering nabobs of Nazism. Speaking of weekend events: tomorrow a gaggle of brainwashed cultists—aka “Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Infowars fanatics, Groypers, Proud Boys, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the people who would simply call themselves die-hard MAGA”—are planning to camo-up and take their wacky cosplay antics to Washington D.C. for a permit-less event called “The Million MAGA March,” aka “Stop the Steal,” aka “March for Trump.”Have fun, MAGA marchers. Don’t forget to hydrate.In their minds a million patriots will show up and change history by making Joe Biden quake in his boots so hard that he flees the country after agreeing to give Trump his second term.The reality will be slightly different: a thousand bedraggled goofballs will show up, mill around and be harmlessly obnoxious, and then go home. If you’re interested, you can watch live coverage on the Watching Paint Dry Channel.JEERS to stupid damn wars. On this date in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—a vee shape which points at the State Department—was dedicated.  Our suggestion for the shape of the future Iraq War Memorial: a “W” on a spindle that points accusingly in the direction of wherever George W. Bush is at any given moment.–BRIEF SANITY BREAKDedicated tonight to 306-232 loser Donald Trump – “Defense Secretary Mark Esper was fired yesterday by President Trump, which is 75-million fewer people than Trump was fired by.”—Seth Meyers“Trump’s run for president began on a golden escalator and ended in an alley next to a dildo store. … Please don’t hang [Trump’s] portrait in the White House. Just smash a mango on the wall instead and put his name under it.”—Jimmy KimmelAnd now, our feature presentation…- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Fortnite’ Week 2 challenges: How to find apples, furthest North, South, East, West points

first_img (Epic Games / SN) (Fortnite / SN) The second week of “Fortnite” challenges from Season 8 is now available, and the tasks are easier than they were a week ago when you had to find Pirate Camps and Giant Faces hidden throughout the map.Week 2 challenges are much easier to complete, but we’re here if you need help, or just a quick guide to look at while you’re on the map. There are seven challenges overall, and some of them can be completed at the same time. If you don’t feel like getting shot at to lose damage to complete these tasks, you can always purposefully take a little amount of fall damage.Stage 1: Land at The BlockThere are five stages to this challenge and they are:Stage 1: Land at The BlockStage 2: Land at Dusty DivotStage 3: Land at Polar PeakStage 4: Land at Snobby ShoresStage 5: Land at Paradise PalmsObviously the easy way to complete this challenge would be to land, exit out and join another match. But in order for this challenge to count, you need to finish the match (by either winning the game, or getting eliminated). Eliminations at Salty Springs or Haunted HillsThis one is also self-explanatory. You need to eliminate three enemies in either Salty Springs or Haunted Hills. The good news is you don’t need three eliminations in each, so you could technically just get all three in one location if you want.Search a chest in different named locations in a single matchThis is a challenge you’d probably accomplish without even needing to try. Just drop in a named location, search a chest and then head off to a different location to find and open a chest there. There are 20 different named locations, which can all be viewed on the maps above.Stage 1: Gain health from applesThere are two parts to this challenge, and both are easy.The first is to find apples (usually found other trees) and consume them for health. The second part is to heal using med kits, which you’ll probably need to do in most matches anyway. Med kits are common items that you can find in chests or as floor loot. MORE: What is Fortnite’s new treasure map item?Fortnite Week 2 challengesVisit the furthest North, South, East, and West points of the islandDeal damage to descending Supply DropsDeal damage to opponents with a Pirate CannonEliminations at Salty Springs or Haunted HillsSearch a chest in different named locations in a single matchStage 1: Gain health from applesStage 1: Land at The BlockVisit the furthest North, South, East, and West points of the island Deal damage to descending Supply DropsThis one is mostly self-explanatory. When you see a Supply Drop falling from the sky, shoot at it as it drops down.As you continue to fire, you’ll see a health bar that will lower as you deal more damage.Deal damage to opponents with a Pirate CannonPirate Cannons are a new addition to Season 8 and if you’ve played with them already, you know they deal damage to opponents. The best way to accomplish this task is to drop in a Pirate Camp where the cannons are located. There are seven Pirate Camps in total (which be located on the map below). The best landing spot would be at the pirate ship in Lazy Lagoon.last_img read more

Heisler: Will we ever see the real Team LeBron vs. real Team Steph again?

first_img Paul George just the latest homegrown star to feel Lakers’ love in free agency Now to see if there’s one installment left in that Warriors-Cavaliers act you’ve known for all these years.The NBA’s roll continued with a competitive All-Star Game – or at least one with some defense, if that can be said of Team LeBron’s 148-145 victory over Team Stephen – with TV ratings that didn’t drop too much.Given the fact that all-star games compete in an increasingly bored climate, sending this event to cable, it qualified as a triumph, winning the night for TNT with a 2.8 rating. No. 2 was the tip-off lead-in show at 1.4. Of course, the main competition was only Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” which was No. 3 at 0.9.Fittingly – and hardly coincidentally – the captains were LeBron James and Steph Curry, the faces of the marquee rivalry that has taken the NBA Finals to its three best TV ratings since 2004. Heisler: Lakers don’t trust the process, they live to short-cut it Oram: LeBron James steps up to win MVP and spares us another indefensibly sterile All-Star Game If narratives drive ratings, like baseball’s invaluable “curses,” the NBA’s new age rivalry has been a gift, matching the wildly popular Steph and his free-wheeling Warriors against LeBron, the league’s grand old man and leading spokesman at 33 in his 15th season.Once rivalries needed glamour markets like the Lakers-Celtics, the granddaddy of them all. In the internet era, with personality transcending locale, this matches ugly duckling markets now known affectionately as “The Land” – Cleveland, once known for its flaming Cuyahoga River – and “The Town” – Oakland, of which novelist Gertrude Stein noted, “There is no there there.”It’s plain which team has been best: Playing in the deeper conference, the Warriors won 67, 73 and 67 regular-season games to the Cavaliers’ 53, 57 and 51, a 46-game gap in the aggregate standings.The Cavs won the East only once in the past three seasons, but, happily for the NBA, more than held up their end at the end.In the 2015 Finals, the Cavs took a 2-1 lead before the Warriors won the last three to close them out.In 2016, the Cavs lost Games 1 and 2 by 38 points combined but ultimately became the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA Finals.Unfortunately for the Cavs, the Warriors then reloaded last season, signing Kevin Durant and running them over, 4-1.Little good has happened for the Cavaliers since. Kyrie Irving demanded the trade that sent him to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, who was then dealt to the Lakers. The Cavs also got the Nets’ No. 1 pick to help rebuild when their halcyon LeBron Era ends, which looks like it’ll be soon.Not that anyone can be sure what LeBron will do. He has always waited until the end to assess his options – then shocked everyone, leaving Cleveland for Miami in 2010 and Miami for Cleveland in 2014.On the other hand, James and his Cleveland-based people look like they’re up to something … or have millions to throw around on real estate whims, or both.LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, just bought a $3 million home in Beverly Hills. Marketing point man Maverick Carter bought one in the Hollywood Hills for $3.5 million. Befitting his status as “The King,” LeBron bought one in Brentwood in December for $23 million.Once LeBron acted and the world reacted. This time the world is making its own plans ahead of time.It seemed puzzling that Irving, who hit the title winning-shot in Game 7 in 2016, would want to leave … unless you factor in the likelihood of LeBron leaving this summer, abandoning Kyrie to rebuild if he had stayed.Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert no longer panders to LeBron, looking similarly intent on not being left high and dry when/if LeBron leaves. Despite their supposedly go-for-it moves at the trade deadline, they turned down all offers for that Nets’ No. 1 pick, holding back an invaluable piece for the future.Golden State has no problems but is feeling the toll of going all-out while the Cavs coasted, highlighted by its 2016 stretch run to finish 73-9 with Curry missing three games all season, Klay Thompson two and Draymond Green one.This season, Curry has already missed 14, KD eight. Even the gung-ho Draymond has missed eight.So what if they don’t get home-court advantage? Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich, mentors to Coach Steve Kerr, led the who-cares movement, opting to bring rested teams into the playoffs and take their chances on winning a road game.Related Articles Kerr, the former Chicago Bull, compares this to the 1997-98 season when they won their sixth title in eight seasons, looking not only worn down but disinterested.Scottie Pippen delayed off-season surgery until August, saying he didn’t want to ruin his vacation, and he wasn’t back until January. Dennis Rodman left the bench in a playoff game after Jackson took him out of the starting lineup, obliging Phil to send someone to find him.“We hit a wall in ’98,” Kerr said. “You could feel it, exactly what I’m talking about (now), you could feel us losing focus, losing momentum. …“(This All-Star Weekend was) by far the most-needed break for any team I’ve ever been a part of – GM, coach, player. … I’ve never felt a situation like this where it felt so necessary to get away for a little bit.”Now to see if recent NBA history repeats itself one last time. If not, it was fun while it lasted. Heisler: Lakers get their newest, littlest franchise player AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s hardly a given they’ll be back, with the Warriors trailing the Rockets, who own the 2-1 season series tie-breaker and Cleveland six games out of the top seed in the Eastern Conference, scary even for the notoriously late-arriving Cavs.Not that it would be a surprise to see the Warriors pull away and the Cavaliers come out of the East – as the Cavs did last spring after tying for No. 2, sweeping the Raptors, 4-0, and running over the Celtics, 4-1.The races are such an afterthought, Nate Silver’s took a look at the contenders – except the Cavaliers and Warriors.The Cavs, it said, had made too many changes to assess.The Warriors rated six words: “Out to lunch. Come back in June.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Rescuers revealed how experienced Alpinist Armin Gazic died

first_imgYesterday, the successful Bosnian alpinist Armin Gazic died in an accident downstream from the Buna canals in the Neretva River, and his body was pulled out from the river in an action led by Goran Mitric. It was established that Gazic was sailing in a kayak on an extremely dangerous part, and after the kayak hit the rock, he remained trapped in a siphon with a strainer under the place where the kayak overturned, news portal reports.A siphon is a hole in a rock that slowly “sucks” objects, while a strainer is a place with the debris of trees that in combination almost never gives a chance of survival if a person gets stuck in it. The two people who were with Armin managed to reach the shore. Mountain rescuers have once again warned swimmers and kayakers of the deadly danger of siphons and strainers in the Neretva riverbed, which can be fatal even for experienced swimmers and athletes.last_img read more

Amara Konneh Calls for More Resources for Ebola

first_imgLiberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara M. Konneh and delegation have concluded  constructive country-level discussions with the officials of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other development partners, aimed at mobilizing support for the government’s fight against the  Ebola epidemic.In conversations with the World Bank, Konneh requested that the institution and other development partners use their convening powers to assist Liberia in raising additional resources to fight Ebola and also to support the country’s economic recovery plan.For more than a week, Minister Konneh and his  delegation, including Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, the president of the Liberia Bank for Investment and Development (LBDI, John B. S. Davies III, Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood, amongst others, have been in Washington DC working to make Liberia’s case for more support to be provided expeditiously to stop the killer virus and its destructive impacts on the nation.The delegation articulated clearly that Liberia was looking for new avenues of support to fight Ebola and deal with probable associated economic and social issues. The Liberian Team requested bilateral and multilateral partners to not re-program existing commitments but rather provide injection of new funds.Minister Konneh said the discussions were fruitful and Liberia was able to make a strong case for the World Bank to provide additional assistance following the provision of US$52 million of crisis funds last month.“We are aiming to raise around $50 million dollars as direct support and we hope our key projects will be accelerated, including work on the Redlight to Gbarnga road, and feasibility studies on the Ganta to Tappita road.”Minister Konneh also met with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Raj Shah, who assured him that every support will be provided to help stop the transmission of Ebola.Discussions were also held with the Millennium Challenge Corporation over a possible funding window that could be harnessed to accelerate Liberia’s economic stabilization and recovery.Discussions with the IMF focused on additional support beyond the recent US$48 million dollars under the Extended Credit Facility program to be channeled through the Central Bank of Liberia.Representations were also made for additional commitments under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF).The Managing Director of the IMF, Madam Christine Lagarde, suggested to her colleagues that there is a need for more budgetary support for Liberia as short-term spending is critical during these difficult times.In the United States, Minister Konneh consummated a deal worth US$27 million dollars with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the rehabilitation of the Roberts International Airport runway. EIB also expressed willingness to work together on future pipeline projects.In meeting with the Swedish International Development Office, Minister Konneh pleaded with the Swedes to increase their support to Liberia, beyond the US $10 million dollars committed through International Non-Governmental Organizations.In a related development, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has agreed to provide an immediate injection of roughly US$15 million to the banking sector for trade financing.The IFC is also actively exploring ways to provide financing to small businesses, particularly in the Agriculture sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more