In a TV arena in which premiums are placed on the fanciful and trendy, screaming housewives and snarling reality-show participants, no one seemed more out of place or less likely to become a popular star than Huell Howser. His platform was traditional and unflashy -- highlighting familiar and off-the-beaten-track spots all around California in public television series with titles such as "California´s Gold," "Visiting," "Road Trip" and "Downtown." But though his shows were focused on points and people of interest, it was Howser who turned into the main attraction, tackling his subjects with an awestruck curiosity and relentless enthusiasm. His upbeat
Comments: This is an especially fine tribute to Huell Howser, who was certainly an example of "California´s Gold". Gone too soon.
A genuine guy. A sincere guy. A nice guy. Made you feel comfortable and able to escape the real world to go on a journey of discovery with him. Truly a loss. May God have mercy on his soul. RIP Huell Howser, you were a good man!
An NSA presentation released by Edward Snowden contains mixed news for Tor users. The anonymizing service itself appears to have foxed US and UK government snoops, but instead they are using a zero-day flaw in the Firefox browser bundled with Tor to track users.(Snip)The PowerPoint slide deck, prepared in June last year and entitled "Tor stinks", details how the NSA and the UK´s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have been stymied by trying to track Tor users, thanks to the strength of the open source system. "We will never be able to de-anonymize all Tor users all the time," the presentation states.
Houston--Thanks to Texas´ new senator, Dale Huls is out of a job, at least for now. Yet Huls has never been prouder that he voted for him. "Without Ted Cruz this doesn´t happen," said Huls, a NASA systems engineer who was among roughly 3,000 federal employees furloughed from Houston´s Johnson Space Center after tea party Republicans triggered the partial government shutdown. "This is something Americans have to get used to," Huls said. "Even if it affects your livelihood, you´ve got to stand up." Perhaps more than anywhere else, Texas embodies the factors behind the shutdown: big government and the rebellion
TEHRAN — Iran’s supreme leader expressed support on Saturday for Iran’s diplomatic outreach at the United Nations but criticized some of President Hassan Rouhani’s moves as “inappropriate.” Analysts had been waiting for the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to take a position on the trip after powerful commanders of the Revolutionary Guards criticized the historic phone call between Mr. Rouhani of Iran and President Obama. Critics said Mr. Rouhani should not have taken the call from Mr. Obama. Speaking to students of an military aeronautical university in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei said he supported the government’s diplomatic efforts during Mr. Rouhani’s
Blocking access to trails and programs at South Dakota’s most popular attraction was one thing, but state officials didn’t expect Congress’ budget stalemate to shut down a view of Mount Rushmore. The National Park Service placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mount Rushmore this week, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument. The cones first went up Oct. 1, said Dusty Johnson, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s chief of staff. The state asked that they be taken down, and federal officials did so with some of them. The state was told the cones were a safety
The mother gunned down yesterday after ramming a White House barrier because she thought President Obama was stalking her was prescribed schizophrenia medication after telling police she was the ´Prophet of Stamford´, it emerged today. Miriam Carey, 34, was taken for a mental health evaluation after an encounter with Connecticut police almost a year ago, in which she claimed to be a prophet and said the President was going to place the city of Stamford under lockdown, according to CBS. She also believed he had been electronically monitoring her Connecticut home in order to broadcast her life on television like
NEW DELHI: Why was Einstein such a brilliant scientist? This question has fascinated the world ever since he published four scientific papers in one ´miracle year´ - 1905 - and forever changed the way humans looked at space, time, energy and mass.(Snip)Now the Chinese have also joined the search. In a new study published this week in the scientific journal Brain, a group of scientists from East China Normal University, Shanghai, analysed Einstein´s brain images which were provided by their colleagues from US. And, they found a significant difference, never noticed before. The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein´s brain
One party controls the White House and the Senate by less than the margin needed to end a filibuster, and the other party controls the House by a wide margin. A fundamental conflict over government spending is at the heart of an impasse that leads to a shutdown of the federal government. The year is not 2013 but 1981 ... and 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1987. That’s right, the Reagan years, when President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill would work things out and avoid having to close the Washington Monument. With all due respect to Chris Matthews and
Alabama expects Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to miss one to three games after the university self-reported that the safety received an impermissible benefit, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com. Alabama proposed a one-to-three-game suspension in the report it submitted to the NCAA, the source said. The NCAA can accept the recommendation, or deny it and issue a longer suspension.(Snip) Clinton-Dix borrowed between $100 and $300 from Alabama assistant strength coach Corey Harris, who, as first reported by the Tuscaloosa News, is on administrative leave. The range of money likely wouldn´t result in more than two games missed in most
A Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after a car chase that began when she tried to breach a barrier at the White House suffered from post-partum depression, her mother said. (Snip) Carey´s mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News on Thursday night that her daughter began suffering from post-partum depression after giving birth to her daughter, Erica, last August. "A few months later, she got sick," she said. "She was depressed. ... She was hospitalized." Idella Carey said her daughter had "no history of violence" and she didn´t know why she was in Washington on Thursday. She said she
NAIROBI: Mannequins were stripped clean, jewellery cases smashed, racks of expensive suits carted off, dozens of cash registers cracked open and at least one member of the Kenyan security services arrested, caught with a bloody wallet. The looting of the Westgate mall, the scene of a siege in which scores of people were killed last month, appeared to have the scope and organisation of a large-scale military operation, and many Kenyans are asking if that is what it was. From the first hours after Islamist militants burst into the mall on September 21, executing men, women and children, until a
The organizer of the wild motorbike rally that terrorized a West Side family runs a website taunting the NYPD — from the safety of his mommy’s home in Queens, The Post has learned. Jamie Lao, 29, has been orchestrating the annual group “crotch rocket” rides through city streets since at least 2007 through his now-suspended websites, HollywoodStuntz.net and Blockstarzent.net, which are registered to his parents’ Ozone Park home. This year’s motorcycle rager led to the beatdown of Alexian Lien in front of his horrified wife and toddler.
Here´s what we know about Miriam Carey, the woman identified in news reports as the suspect in a shooting incident that left Capitol Hill on lockdown for a brief period Thursday afternoon, and has now reportedly been shot dead by police. Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygenist has been identified by the New York Post and the New Haven Register newspaper as the suspect in a shooting incident that took place in the nation´s capital. Here’s what we know about Carey so far. A law enforcement source told the Register that Carey is the suspect who was reportedly shot dead by Capitol Police
Some Catholic priests under contract or GS (general schedule) to the military are not allowed to offer Mass or perform weddings, baptisms, and other religious functions on military property during the government shutdown, and if they do, even on a volunteer basis, they risk being arrested, according to the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. About 25% of the U.S. military is Catholic, some 275,000 service members, but there are only 234-active-duty priests. To fill the gap, contract or GS priests are brought in. But under the rules of the shutdown, many of those priests cannot
Because Barack Obama was elected on a campaign promise of “fundamentally transforming” the United States, and because our nation then proceeded to lose much of its international influence and domestic economic dynamism, it is easy to say “this is intentional. It’s just what he wants.” Yet while Obama might, in his heart of hearts, not bemoan the loss of jobs and economic growth at home, and American power and prestige abroad, ascribing it to an intentional effort gives Obama credit for qualities and skills he does not possess. Neocon David Horowitz entitled a recent fundraising letter for his Freedom Center “Urgent: Is
In case there´s any doubt as to who´s to blame for this outrage, a spokesman for National Park Service said the White House Office of Management and Budget ordered up the blockades.Even Bill Clinton didn´t have the audacity to try such a thing during the 1995 government shutdown.As the AP reported at the time, "tourists were free to wander the halls of the Capitol, touch the walls of the Vietnam Memorial and climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to read the Gettysburg Address — those and other similar sites don´t require supervision of federal employees." This isn´t the first time
The bizarre attack at the White House and Capitol today was reportedly perpetrated by a 34-year-old dental hygienist licensed in Connecticut. Miriam Carey, who was killed by law enforcement after ramming White House barricades and fleeing to the Capitol, had a toddler in the car with her, according to New York Post reporting: Sources said Miriam Carey, who formerly lived in Brooklyn, was licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut and had a permit to work as a hygienist in Connecticut prisons. At least a dozen gunshots were fired when she tried to flee cops, who had trapped her two blocks
National Park Service rangers are being ordered to “make life difficult” during the government shutdown, according to the Washington Times. After the shutdown began, park police have been barring tourists from a number of popular attractions nationwide, including the WWII memorial. Even privately-owned landmarks, such as Mount Vernon, are being told by the National Park Service to close their doors. The Times reported: The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred
Tom Hanks is already declaring his presidential pick for 2016, there’s just one, small problem: a little thing called term limits. The star of “Captain Phillips,” told ITK at the soon-to-be-released film’s Wednesday premiere at the Newseum in Washington, “I’m voting for Barack Obama — 2016.” A laughing Hanks, who supported Obama during his 2008 White House bid, added, “Yes, I am! Four more years.” The Academy Award winner, 57, plays Captain Richard Phillips in the flick, based on the seaman’s book on the real-life 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates. Hanks told ITK it was an
President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to one of the lowest levels in two years. Since the government shutdown Tuesday, Obama’s approval rating has slipped 3 percentage points to 41 percent, while his disapproval went up to 52 percent, according to Gallup’s daily numbers. Reuters also polled a 41 percent approval rating in the same time period. Rasmussen Reports said he had 46 percent approval, and Fox News recorded it at 45 percent. Gallup hasn´t recorded that low an approval rating for Obama since 2011. The pollster´s surveys in September showed 44 percent approved of the president’s job. The federal
On Tuesday morning, seven National Park Service employees were seen erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. One NPS employee was operating a forklift. There usually aren´t any NPS employees working at the World War II memorial. A couple hours later, when an Honor Flight of World War II veterans arrived, accompanied by Democratic and Republican members of Congress, the fences blocking the memorial were easily moved away, allowing the veterans to enter. But the barriers are still at the memorial, and they´ve been reinforced. This morning, I walked by the memorial and noticed
WASHINGTON — Republican efforts to resolve the fiscal standoff that has closed much of the federal government heated up Thursday, the third day of the shutdown, with new talks over a broad budget deal and an effort by more moderate House members to break the logjam. Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, has initiated conversations with senior House Republicans on a broad deficit reduction deal that would allow some increases to federal programs squeezed by the automatic cuts known as sequestration in exchange for long-term changes to programs like Medicare and Social Security. The
American media outlets were finally able to track down a mythical creature — a person who actually signed up for the Obamacare exchanges online. But that person, Chad Henderson, admitted to the Washington Post that the premium for the plan he enrolled in was $175. Ouch! Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to lower premiums? Henderson’s going to pay a $175 premium and he won’t even receive vision or dental insurance. He has contacts, so not having vision insurance is kind of a bum deal. Henderson, as far as we know a healthy, 21-year-old college student at Chattanooga State Community College who lives in
According to Politico: Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it. At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said. The
A woman has been shot dead today after she rammed her car into a White House barricade with a young child inside then led police on a chase toward the Capitol, witnesses said. Up to 15 shots were fired at 2pm (ET) on Thursday with officers swarming the scene with machine guns while hundreds of staffers and tourists fled in terror or took shelter in buildings at the political heart of Washington D.C. The female suspect was shot dead by police officers but is not believed to have returned fire. She is reportedly a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.