Source: Feted in China, Xi’s U.S. profile dims in shadow of pope
Francis flew out of Washington, heading to a rapturous reception in New York and a star turn at the United Nations General Assembly, just as Xi was arriving.
Under Xi, U.S.-Chinese relations are at a low, hurt by tensions over cyber theft and China’s assertive moves in Asian maritime disputes.
“To be contrasted with someone who has no military, no economic might and be completely eclipsed, I think it’s astounding. I don’t think the Chinese are noticing the contrast in messages”.
Xi slid further down the U.S. news agenda on Friday morning, when Republican House of Representative Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation. The big networks quickly cut off Xi speaking at a news conference with Obama to follow a briefing by Boehner.
Xi: jerkity jerk jerk JERK
His remarks this week expose the GOP’s flawed approach to a neglected electorate.
Source: Jeb Bush Doesn’t Care About Black Voters
John Ellis Bush, known to us by his initials and the accompanying exclamation point, has proven in this presidential race that he is an awful politician. Even with two candidates now out of the running, the former Florida governor has been the chief underperformer, polling well behind a reality-show provocateur, a failed CEO, and a born-again surgeon new to politics. To put it kindly, his campaign has been uninspiring to a vitriolic Republican voter base seeking to hold on to a cultural status quo they see slipping away from them.
Game of Thrones: Emmy voters really, really like you. The HBO drama just smashed a 15-year-old record set by The West Wing in 2000 to earn more Emmys in a single year than any other TV show in history. Game of Thrones’ roster of wins includes three at tonight’s ceremony, including writing, directing, and a Best Supporting Actor trophy for Peter Dinklage. Game of Thrones’ 11 wins already dwarfs The West Wing’s nine, but the number might get even bigger: the series is also nominated for Best Drama, which has yet to be awarded. Scott Meslow
Source: Game of Thrones just smashed a 15-year-old record for most Emmy wins in a single year
Ms. Collins, sister of the actress Joan Collins, had been battling breast cancer, her family said in a statement.
Source: Jackie Collins, Novelist Who Wrote of Hollywood’s Glamorous Side, Dies at 77
Barry Gewen said of Ms. Collins’s “American Star: A Love Story” that it might more appropriately be titled “Coming Up for Air.”
- I think that backhanded compliment is the the best obit for Jackie!
The tag #IStandWithAnn began spreading a day after she posted, “How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?” toward the end of a GOP presidential candidate debate on Wednesday.
Source: ‘The only one to call out Zionists’: Ann Coulter’s ‘f—ing Jews’ rant sparks ugly Twitter defense
“The event is taking place in California at the Ronald Reagan library,” Taibbi writes, so there is no rule stating that you drink each time Reagan is invoked, as “we’d have Guyana-level mass deaths.” However, there are 28 other rules. We’ve pulled out a few of our favorites:
- “Drink THE FIRST TIME and the FIRST TIME only … a candidate mentions Hillary’s emails.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME Trump—or any of the other candidates—insults or threatens one of the moderators. Beer chaser if it’s [Jake] Tapper or [Dana] Bash, and the candidate rips liberal-ass CNN in the process.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME a candidate pledges to stand with Israel.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME Carly Fiorina makes a joke about her own face.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME a candidate mentions the founders. Double shot if it’s Rand Paul.”
- “Drink EVERY TIME a candidate says, ‘I’m the only person on this stage who…’ Double shot if it’s Carson saying something like, ‘I’m the only candidate who’s had his hands inside a human thorax.'”
- “Take a shot of JAGERMEISTER if anyone compares Kim Davis to Rosa Parks.”
Get your liver ready: the second GOP debate is upon us
Source: The Official GOP Debate Drinking Game Rules, Pt. 2
Source: People are not being pointlessly mean to that Victorian couple
They say they’ve been bullied, but others are rebutting the authenticity of their old-time existence.
So! Byssus is made from “pen clams”. Which are in serious decline and endangered. Sad
how to spin a byssus thread
Source: how to spin a byssus thread
I don’t know if I believe this.
Silk is usually made from the cocoons spun by silkworms – but there is another, much rarer, cloth known as sea silk, or byssus, which comes from a clam.
Source: Chiara Vigo: The last woman who makes sea silk – BBC News