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Photoshop of the Day
Apr. 18, 2014
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Paul Krugman's Income Inequality Windfall
Apr. 17, 2014
The irony alarm went thermonuclear this week when it came to light that liberal economist Paul Krugman — who has spilled barrels of ink railing against the evils of income inequality — will earn a cool $25,000 per month at CUNY’s Luxembourg Income Study Center, which studies… income inequality.
Reactions on Twitter were predictable, swift, and brutal: “Paul Krugman is so outraged about income inequality that he’s getting paid $25,000 a month to fight it.” (@hale_razor)
“Getting rich talking about the poor. FTW!” (@Matthops82)
“Is there some sort of income inequality credit Krugman can buy to offset his impact to income inequality?” (@chrisanddale)
“Is it too late for the Koch Brothers to buy the naming rights for Krugman’s endowed chair? Because *that* might make this even funnier.” (@GabrielRossman)
Other Twitter users rose to the challenge with some suggestions for what Prof. Krugman might do with all that money. Here’s a look some of the cruel wit at the federal budget-deficit sized hashtag #stuffPaulKrugmancanbuywithisextra25kpermonth (with illustrations by NRO).
“A Scrooge McDuck style swimming pool vault, complete with diving board.” (@_donaldson)
“A penthouse NYC condo for his Nobel medal to shine beacon-like above the little people” (@PruPaine)
“Diamond tiaras for all his cats” (@iowahawkblog)
“Pay Michael Douglas to come to his house and do that speech from Wall Street.” (@Shanghaibeast)
“A secret volcano lair with henchmen.” (@_donaldson)
“Mike Bloomberg's armed security detail” (@NoahWehrman)
“Authentic Soviet propaganda posters for his kitchen, and a Portuguese water dog.” (@bitingtea)
“A never-ending supply of straw men.” (@OH_Robb)
“The right to graze in Nevada” (@TheMorningSpew)
“A monkey butler to iron his tiny pants” (@_wintergirl93)
“His own private Catcopter” (@TheMorningSpew)
“A Bronze Plan" (@NoahWehrman)
“More Enron stock” (@teeocee)
“Cigs from the prison canteen for other Enron bigwigs.” (@OhioCoastie)
“Hire someone to pick the crumbs out of his beard” (@_wintergirl93)
Unrest in Ukraine
Apr. 17, 2014
Tensions continue to rise in eastern Ukraine as government forces contend with armed pro-Russian militants. Clashes have already occurred in some cities, and the situation is threatening to spiral into an all-out civil war. Here’s a look at images of both sides of the emerging conflict. Pictured, Ukrainian troops prepare for an operation near Izyum.
Across eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian residents have confronted Ukrainian soldiers attempting to maintain order. Pictured, pro-Russian residents of Kramatorsk impede a convoy of Ukrainian soldiers.
A Ukrainian soldier scuffles with a pro-Russia protester near Kramatorsk.
Ukrainian soldiers confront pro-Russian protesters near an airbase in Kramatorsk.
Ukrainian soldiers confront pro-Russian protesters near an airbase in Kramatorsk.
Ukrainian activists rallying in Kiev hold placards portraying Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and slogans reading 'Avakov, on which side are you? You must to get rid of separatists or get out yourself!’”
Ukrainians sing their national anthem at a rally in Lugansk.
UKRAINIAN FORCES: A Ukrainian fighter jet flies low over a Ukrainian Army convoy in Kramatorsk.
Ukrainian soldiers march near Kramatorsk.
A Ukrainian armored personnel carrier on the move near Kramatorsk.
Ukrainian troops moved towards the centre of Kramatorsk.
Ukrainian Army troops await delivery of ammunition near one of four helicopters that had landed outside Izyum. The white stripes on the helicopter’s tail are to differentiate it from Russian forces should the conflict escalate.
Ukrainian army troops stand next to an armored vehicle on the outskirts of Izyum.
Ukrainian soldiers leave their staging area in Slovyansk.
Ukrainian soldiers ride military vehicles near Slavyansk.
Ukrainian soldiers in position near Slovyansk.
A Ukrainian fighter jet circles over Slovyansk as a show of force.
PRO-RUSSIAN FORCES: Armored vehicles flying Russian flags on the move in Kramatorsk.
An armored personnel carrier flying a Russian flag drives toward Kramatorsk.
An armored personnel carriers with pro-Russian markings enter Slovyansk.
Pro-Russian militants stand guard in Slovyansk. The black and orange St. George ribbons he wears are a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests there.
More armed militants in Slovyansk.
Pro-Russian protesters man a barricade at police headquarters in Slovyansk.
A pro-Russian man guards the mayor's office in Slovyansk.
An armed pro-Russian activist stands in front of the seized Ukrainian regional administration building in Slovyansk.
Pro-Russian militants manhandle a photojournalist in Slovyansk as local residents present the men with flowers.
Members of the Oplot group, who supported ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych, take control of the mayor's office in Donetsk.
Pro-Russia militants a seized government building in Donetsk.
A pro-Russian protester shouts at a barricade in Donetsk.
An Orthodox priest stands with pro-Russian supporters during a protest rally in Lugansk.
Ford Mustang Turns 50
Apr. 17, 2014
The Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary on April 17. Here’s a look back at the iconic roadster through the years. Pictured, a 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang.
Through five decades and numerous redesigns, the Ford Mustang has been a quintessential American sports car, embracing the lure of the open road and offering high performance to a mass consumer market. Pictured, a 1968 Mustang Shelby GT500.
The compact, sporty design of the Mustang gave rise to the concept of the “pony car,” borrowing the phrase from the Mustang’s horse symbol. Pictured, the 1970 Mustang Boss 302.
Ford is celebrating the car’s birthday with a 50 Year Limited Edition model, which it will introduce at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The car features design touches the harken back to earlier models in its storied history.
Ford will build exactly 1,964 of the Limited Edition, in honor of the year of its introduction.
In a special marketing stunt, Ford disassembled a 2015 Mustang and reassembled it on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City.
The company performed a similar marketing stunt five decades earlier.
STAR OF THE SHOW: The Mustang’s popularity has been reflected in movies and television. In the 1968 action film Bullitt, Steve McQueen drove a Mustang GT Fastback through the hilly streets of San Francisco in one of the most famous car chases in cinema history.
Better known for driving Aston Martins, James Bond (Sean Connery) was happy to get behind the wheel of a red 1971 Mustang Mach I to escape from bad guys in Diamonds are Forever.
The 1974 cult car-heist flick Gone in 60 Seconds featured a 1971 Mustang Sportsroof dubbed “Eleanor.” A Mustang Shelby GT500 appeared in the 2000 remake.
Farrah Fawcett’s flowing locks gave the 1976 Mustang Cobra II some high-profile exposure on the 1970s crime series Charlie’s Angels.
Karen Allen ferries a visiting alien (Jeff Bridges) who looks unnervingly like her dead husband in a 1977 Mustang Cobra II in the 1984 science-fiction film Starman.
In the British sitcom Saxondale, a former rock roadie (Steve Coogan) drives an imported 1973 Mustang Mach 1.
In the 2007 post-apocalypse film I Am Legend, star Will Smith tears through the streets of an abandoned Manhattan in a 2007 Shelby GT500.
A Mustang Saleen Extreme S281 played the part of the evil Decepticon “Barricade” in the Transformers films.
Showing Tom Cruise driving a 1966 Shelby GT350H was a quick way to establish his character’s gear-head bona fides in the 2005 alien invasion movie War of the Worlds.
In 2006’s The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, a rebuilt 1967 Mustang Fastback holds its own alongside more modern cars.
HISTORIC RIDE: Ford debuted the Mustang on April 17, 1964, at the New York World’s Fair. The car would go through many different looks in the ensuing five decades.
1965: The Mustang debuts the popular “fastback” option.
1966: Mustang GT350H
1967: Mustang convertible
1969: Mustang Mach 1 Fastback
1971: Mustang Boss 351 Fastack
1972: Mustang Sprint Edition Fastback
1973: Mustang convertible
1974: Mustang II
1975: Mustang II Ghia
1976: The Mustang II Cobra II
1977: Mustang II Cobra II
1978: Mustang II King Cobra
1979: Mustang Coupe
1980: Mustang LX Coupe
1982: Mustang GT
1983: Mustang convertible
1984: The 20th anniversary convertible edition, seen here with an original 1965 model (top).
1985: Mustang SVO
1986: Mustang GT convertible
1987: Mustang G
1988: Mustang LX Fastback
1989: Mustang LX Coupe
1990: Mustang convertible
1991: Mustang LX
1992: Mustang 5.0
1993: SVT Mustang Cobra
1994: Mustang convertible
1995: Mustang GT
1996: Mustang Cobra Coupe
1997: Mustang convertible
1998: Mustang GT convertible
1999: SVT Mustang Cobra
2000: SVT Mustang Cobra R
2001: A Mustang Bullitt GT with the famous movie car that inspired its design and the dark green color.
2002: Mustang GT Premium convertible
2003: Mustang Mach 1 Coupe
2004: SVT Mustang Coupe
2005: Mustang GT
2006: Mustang V-6 Deluxe
2007: Shelby GT500
2008: Mustang Shelby GT500
2009: Mustang convertible
2010: Mustang GT
2012: Mustang Boss 302
2014: Mustang convertible
Today in History: April 17
Apr. 16, 2014
APRIL 17, 1970: The Apollo 13 mission returns safely to Earth after a harrowing four-day journey around the moon following a catastrophic onboard malfunction. Astronauts (from left) Fred Haise, Jack Swigert, and commander Jim Lovell were forced to shut down the command module and take shelter in the tiny lunar module to preserve air and power on the way home.
1964:The Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Mustang at the World’s Fair. The two-seat sports car, named after a WWII airplane, far exceeds sales estimates as drivers flock to its affordable, powerful, and stylish design, making it an enduring favorite. Steve McQueen’s epic car chase driving a Mustang 390 GT in the 1968 film “Bullitt” cements the car’s cool credentials.
1961: A group of Cuban refugees trained and funded by the CIA stages a clandestine mission to topple the Communist government of Fidel Castro (pictured), who had seized power two years earlier. But the “Bay of Pigs” invasion collapses under unexpected resistance and becomes a high-profile debacle for the new Kennedy administration and a rallying cry for Castro.
APRIL 16, 1943: Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman ingests a new synthetic drug during clinical trials and quickly experiences disturbing hallucinations. Hoffman’s drug — lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD — would linger in obscurity until the 1960s when it was embraced as a recreational mind-enhancement by the counterculture movement.
1917: After a decade in exile, Bolshevik Party revolutionary Vladimir Illich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, returns to the Russian capital of Petrograd to take the reins of the Russian Revolution. Lenin became the virtual dictator of the world’s first Marxist state, and after defeating czarist forces in a bloody civil war, established the U.S.S.R. in 1922.
1889: Charles Spencer Chaplin is born in London. Hitting the stage at age five, Chaplin dances on the streets and performs in an orphanage’s dance troupe, and at age 17 begins to develop his trademark bowler-hat wearing “Tramp” character. Chaplin became a silent-movie icon and one of early Hollywood’s most successful and respected artists in front of and behind the camera.
APRIL 15, 1947: Jackie Robinson steps onto Ebbets Field to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American player to complete in Major League Baseball. Robinson would face discrimination from fans and fellow players throughout his pro career, but was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 in his first year of eligibility.
1920: Two men are murdered in an armed robbery that would lead to the arrest of anarchists Nicola Sacco (right) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, whose high-profile trial becomes a landmark in the use of the new science of forensic analysis in court. The prosecution successfully establishes that the gun Sacco possessed was the one used in the murders, and the two men are found guilty.
1452: The archetypal Renaissance Man, Leonoardo da Vinci, is born. Best known for such works of art as Last Supper and Mona Lisa, da Vinci indulged in a breathtaking range of pursuits combing both art and science, from painting and sculpture to engineering.
1865: Just five days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, ending the Civil War, Confederate sympathizer and actor John Wilkes Booth shoots and mortally wounds President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Lincoln dies the next day, the first American president to be assassinated. After a two-week manhunt, Wilkes is cornered and killed in Virginia.
1912: The RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg just before midnight on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The collision rips across multiple watertight compartments, causing a cascading flood that dooms the ship. Less then three hours later, Titanic sinks, taking more than 1,500 souls with it. The disaster prompts reforms in safety regulations and iceberg tracking.
1986: President Ronald Reagan orders airstrikes against Libya in retaliation for Mohammar Qaddafi’s support of terrorist attacks against American citizens. More than 100 Air Force and Navy aircraft strike targets in Tripoli and Benghazi in a five-hour assault. Reagan addresses the nation, saying: “Today we have done what we had to do. If necessary, we will do it again.
1939: John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath is published by Viking Press. The bleak tale of the Joad family as they flee the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma for a better life in California, the book is considered the quintessential fictional look at the Great Depression and the travails of migrant laborers. It wins the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.
1935: Loretta Webb (later Lynn) is born in Butcher’s Hollow, Ky. A coal miner’s daughter raised in poverty, Loretta was married at age 14 to Mooney Lynn, who recognized her talent for singing and pushed her to perform. Lynn’s first hit single “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl” was released in 1960, and by mid-decade she was one of the most successful female performers in the country-music industry.
Cartoon of the Day
Apr. 16, 2014
Reset, by Michael Ramirez (April 18, 2014)
Pulitzer Pies, by Henry Payne (April 17, 2014)
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No Big Deal, by Michael Ramirez (April 15, 2014)
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Full Ship, by Michael Ramirez (April 8, 2014)
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April Fools, by Michael Ramirez (April 4, 2014)
The Contravention, by Michael Ramirez (April 3, 2014)
Any Day Now, by Henry Payne (April 2, 2014)
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The Evil Empire Strikes Back, by Michael Ramirez (March 28, 2014)
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Thank You, by Michael Ramirez (March 26, 2014)
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Armed Droning, by Michael Ramirez (March 20, 2014)
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Blood Moon
Apr. 16, 2014
Skywatchers around the world took in an amazing celestial display late Monday evening as a total lunar eclipse turned our nearest neighbor into the “blood moon” of folklore. Here’s a look at various views of the event. Pictured, the full blood moon in Magdalena, N.M.
In a lunar eclipse, the moon passes into the shadow of the Earth, gradually darkening and then returning to normal. In a total eclipse, the light from the moon takes on a copper hue due to shimmers of sunlight and sunsets seeping through the Earth’s atmosphere.
Monday’s total lunar eclipse and blood moon is the first of four such events — known as a “lunar tetrad” — occurring over the next 18 months. The next event is on October 8, followed in 2015 on April 4 and September 27. After that, you’ll have to wait until 2032. Pictured, the view in Milwuakee, Wisc.
Cloud cover spoiled the view in some cities, but many millions in North and South America and elsewhere around the world had an unobstructed view. Pictured, Shanghai residents watch the eclipse from a suburban rooftop.
Eager crowds await the eclipse a the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif.
Residents of Los Angeles gathered at the Griffith Observatory in the hills below the Hollywood sign to watch the cosmic show.
An amateur astronomy enthusiast preps his equipment in a backyard in Los Angeles.
Some historians note a passage in the Bible’s Book of Acts that seems to foretell the blood moon. The passage reads: “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”
The view through the telescope at the Mount Lemmon Sky Center, part of the University of Arizona outside Tuscon.
The red hue is still consuming the moon in this image taken by the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association.
Shetland Islands of Scotland
Monterrey, Mexico
Monterrey, Mexico
The blood moon framed under the St. Louis Arch.
Over the Goddess of Liberty statue in Austin, Texas
The blood moon appears to rest atop an antenna atop an office building in Tokyo.
A witty moment of framing places the moon inside a public sculpture in Brasilia, Brazil.
Images from the Maidan
Apr. 16, 2014
National Review's Jillian Kay Melchior is traveling in Ukraine, where she visited Independence Square in Kiev, also known as the Maidan, the site of the citizen revolt that led to the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych. Here's a look at the images she's posted on her Instragram account jilliankaym, with her captions. Pictured, Melchior and her father at the Maidan.
"Barricades still stand under the bridge, and photos hang commemorating the "Heavenly 100" killed at #maidan"
"The building in the background was once a headquarters for press and medical volunteers. It was legally rented by the opposition. Riot police lit it on fire, and people struggled to escape."
"I interviewed a journalist named Kristina today. She had interviewed the man in the graffiti, Sergiy, who was shot to death protesting the Yanukovych regime just days after she spoke to him."
"This 19-year-old girl made Molotov cocktails during Maidan for protestors to use against riot police trying to shoot or beat them. She tells me they were for self-defense, and when the protests ended, she was relieved to see many unused."
"Piles of bricks where Maidaners literally disassembled the streets for bricks to throw at Yanukovych's riot police"
The translation isn't exact, but this basically say, "Farwell, Putin, **** off."
"Putin graffiti at Maidan."
At the bottom, it says, roughly, 'The man who will choose to be free alone is the man who is truly free.'"
"A memorial on the spot in Maidan where dozens were shot and perished on Feb. 20."
"A woman shows a little boy a burnt car not far from Independence Square."
"The spot in Kiev where Maidaners toppled the city's last Lenin statue."
"A bullet display at Maidan-- the so-called "non-violent" tools Yanukovych's riot police used, says the sign."
"Posters near Maidan."
"Graffiti near the spot where the first Maidan activists were killed in January."
"Fancy chocolates from a Uranian confectioner based in Lviv."
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