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TEACHERS ROCK!!! - Moses Brown School Is Closed!!!

RI Teacher’s ‘School Is Closed Due To Snow’ Message Using ‘Frozen’ Parody Goes Viral (VIDEO)

Matt Glendinning, head teacher at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, began planning for the first winter storm several weeks ago, not suspecting that #snowmaggeddon2015, aka the Juno snowstorm, was going to be the ‘Big One’ and was just a few weeks away.

His plan was to take the song, ‘Let it Go’ from “Frozen,” the movie, and sing along with his own words letting the school’s students know that the school would be closed for a snow day. Not only is ‘Frozen’ the highest grossing animated film of all time, but it was also the most downloaded movie from Apple last year. It seems every child knows the song and just about every adult has heard it, at least once, but probably multiple times. So, for Mr. Glendinning, it was a simple choice for a snow message.

The students wrapped up filming last Friday and over the weekend heard that a snowstorm might be moving in during the early part of this week. Timing is everything.

Mr. Glendinning had to admit that prior to filming the parody, he had not seen the movie and had not heard the song. (He must live in a cave when he isn’t at school).


Move over, Tom Brady: Boston 'Yeti' is a heartwarming hero for the snowed-in

Fear not, despite the serious blizzard damage, because this costumed creature means no harm

But there was, apparently, a Yeti on the loose Monday night in the town of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Live Blizzard 2015: Massachusetts grapples with Nantucket floods and power outages – live
Snowfall fails to come close to record-breaking levels as cities awaken to suspended public transport and travel bans
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Have no fear, wondering Bostonians: this Yeti is friendly – social, even – because it appears this is not the Abominable Snowman so much as some guy in a Yeti suit.

As the winter storm known as Juno pummeled the region​, the “Boston Yeti roamed” freely along the deserted streets, documenting his adventures on Twitter using the handle @BostonYeti2015.





Star-Shaped Snowflakes That Fell All Over The East Coast This Week



as you can see, I love snow
disclosure: I live in SoCal


Krugzilla is a rabble rousing Dirty Hippie Economic Terrorist

Paul Krugman: Syriza should ignore calls to be responsible
The troika was peddling an economic fantasy: Greeks have paid the price

.....here’s the thing: if the troika had been truly realistic, it would have acknowledged it was demanding the impossible. Two years after the programme began, the IMF looked for historical examples where Greek-type programmes, attempts to pay down debt through austerity without major debt relief or inflation, had been successful. It didn’t find any.

Unable to lecture

So now that Tsipras has won, European officials would be well advised to skip the lectures calling on him to act responsibly and to go along with their programme. The fact is they have no credibility; the programme they imposed on Greece never made sense. It had no chance of working.

If anything, the problem with Syriza’s plans may be that they’re not radical enough. But it’s not clear what more any Greek government can do unless it’s prepared to abandon the euro, and the Greek public isn’t ready for that.

Still, in calling for a major change, Tsipras is being far more realistic than officials who want the beatings to continue until morale improves. The rest of Europe should give him a chance to end his country’s nightmare. – (New York Times)

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Morning Joe Hosts Receive Special Invite To Closed Koch Event, Lavish Koch Brothers With Praise

Sunday night, a conservative political organization that has been called “the Koch Brothers’ secret bank,” hosted a forum for three potential Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls. The “American Recovery Policy Forum,” moderated by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, was advertised as closed to the public and closed to the press — though networks did have some access to an Internet video stream.

But while other reporters were not invited, MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were in attendance at the Palm Springs event and fawned over their “awesome” weekend — and about the billionaire oil magnates.


'Maybe our mayor should've endorsed Chris Christie.'


Rashida Jones Corrects Reporter's Comment On Her 'Very Tan' Look: 'I'm Ethnic'

This year’s annual Screen Actors Guild Awards prompted many touching moments including two empowering acceptance speeches from “Orange Is The New Black” star Uzo Aduba, as she took home the award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy series and “How To Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis, who won the award for Best Actress In A Drama Series.

However another highlight, aside from Aduba and Davis’ captivating speeches, took place earlier on Sunday evening during the event’s live red carpet coverage, where TNT correspondent, Danielle Demski questioned actress, Rashida Jones' “very tan” appearance.

"You look like you've just come off an island or something. You're very tan. Very tropical," Demski said to the biracial “Parks and Recreation” star whose father is music legend Quincy Jones.

It was an awkward comment to which Jones quickly responded, “I mean, you know, I'm ethnic."


Photo-Bombing Obama’s Iran Talks



Monday’s guilty verdict in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling on espionage charges — for talking to a newspaper reporter — is the latest milepost on the dark and dismal path Barack Obama has traveled since his inaugural promises to usher in a “new era of openness.”

Far from rejecting the authoritarian bent of his presidential predecessor, Obama has simply adjusted it, adding his own personal touches, most notably an enthusiasm for criminally prosecuting the kinds of leaks that are essential to a free press.

The Sterling case – especially in light of Obama’s complicity in the cover-up of torture during the Bush administration – sends a clear message to people in government service: You won’t get in trouble as long as you do what you’re told (even torture people). But if you talk to a reporter and tell him something we want kept secret, we will spare no effort to destroy you.

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Penn & Teller call Bullsh*t! on anti-vaxxers — using a little thing called science

A short segment from magicians Penn & Teller’s old show Bullsh*t! still holds up as an effective counter against anti-vaccination arguments.

“You may have heard vaccination causes autism in 1 out of 110 children,” Penn Jillette explains early on. “F*ck that. Total bullsh*t.”

But indulging the argument for a second, Jillette sets up a plexiglass “vaccination” barrier in front of plastic bowling pins to represent a group of vaccinated children. Another group, placed closest to Teller, represents children who did not get vaccines.

Gilette notes that, while positioning the barrier, he knocks one of the pins out — representing the one hypothetical children who develops autism.

But the key to the experiment is the moment when the two men start throwing balls representing various illnesses at the pins. While Jillette’s barrier holds up, more pins in Teller’s group are taken down by diseases like the flu, mumps, whooping cough, and others.

“We have vaccinations against all of them,” Jillette says. “Which side do you want your child to stand on?”


Why serious people discount Fox News

Pitts: Why serious people discount Fox News
By Leonard Pitts Jr. The Miami Herald


Last week, Fox did something Fox almost never does. It apologized. Indeed, it apologized profusely, multiple times, on air.


It's amazing, the things you can get used to, that can come to seem normal. In America, it has come to seem normal that a major news organization functions as the propaganda arm of an extremist political ideology, that it spews a constant stream of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, paranoia and manufactured outrage, and that it does so with brazen disregard for what is factual, what is right, what is fair, what is balanced — virtues that are supposed to be the sine qua non of anything calling itself a newsroom.

If you live with aberrance long enough, you can forget it's aberrance. You can forget that facts matter, that logic is important, that science is critical, that he who speaks claptrap loudly still speaks claptrap — and that claptrap has no place in reasoned and informed debate. Sometimes, it takes someone from outside to hold up a mirror and allow you to see more clearly what you have grown accustomed to.

This is what the French and the British did for America last week.

For that, Fox owed them an apology. But serious people owe them thanks.

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