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July Premieres and Returning Favorites

"TV, take me away!"

Sharp Objects HBO, July 8, Sunday, 9-8CT

Update: POSTPONED until 2019 The Disappearance WGN

The History of Comedy CNN, July 15, Sunday, 10-9CT "Season" 2 begins

Snowfall FX, July 19, Thursday, 10-9CT Season 2, most excellent show!

Outcast Cinemax, July 20, Friday, 9-8CT Season 2 of summer horror!

Wynona Earp Syfy, July 20, Friday, 9-8CT THIS one Syfy keeps? - OK, serious guilty pleasure!

Be sure and add your favorites!

Three years after Supreme Court ruling, at least 8 Alabama counties won't issue marriage licenses

My wife and I were married by the Pike County probate judge. Simple civil marriage and service.

Today, we would not be married by the judge.


Tim Tebow makes Double-A All-Star Game

File this under "Somebody Up there Likes Me."

Source: Sportsnaut, by Matt Johnson

As baseball fans stuff online ballots to see their favorite players in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, fans are also showing their support for New York Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow.

The 30-year-old outfielder, who is playing for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies this season, was named to the Eastern League All-Star Game on Friday.

Across 22 games, the former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner had an .812 OPS with a .318/.357/.455 slash line. While he only hit one home run in 70 plate appearances, Tebow drove in 11 RBI and scored 11 runs.

Given his performance this month and now an All-Star spot, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Tebow promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas by August. It could then open the door for him to be called up to the Mets’ active roster when rosters expand in September.

June 28, 2018 - American Gun Violence (not counting suicides)

Not to diminish anyone's death or injury - just a reminder...


Recession fears are flaring as Trump's trade war has markets behaving in a way...

not seen since the financial crisis

Remember, fellow D's, "R stands for Recession" - historical fact. Do your due diligence.

Source: Business Insider, by Joe Ciolli

The metric in question is the spread between two- and 10-year Treasury yields, which has fallen to its lowest level since 2007 — the period immediately preceding the most recent financial crisis.

While short-term interest rates are almost always lower than their long-term counterparts, the difference between the two tends to tighten when investors are paying more for near-term protection. That flight to safety would seem to match the spike in investor nervousness seen as trade-war fears have escalated.

This dynamic is reflected in the chart above, which shows the so-called yield curve is not only flattening but nearing negative territory. If the two-year were to start yielding more than the 10-year — a rare occurrence known as inversion — it would signal that a recession is near, according to historical precedent.

More at: http://www.businessinsider.com/trade-war-could-cause-next-recession-fears-not-seen-since-financial-crisis-2018-6

Memorable moments of last R's watch in 2007-2008.

Remember that big tax break the R's gave us? The Dow does.

Tom Steyer and 'Need to Impeach' says:

In 2016, Republicans refused to allow President Obama to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, insisting that the seat be left open until after the election. They held up his pick, Merrick Garland, for eight months. “Give the people a voice,” Senator McConnell said at the time.

The Garland nomination was in March of that year — eight months before the 2016 election. Trump won’t make his nomination until July, just four months before the midterms. There should be no hearings before then.

And that means Senate Democrats must hold the line. Republicans have declared war on our democracy, and the American people need to see Democrats in the fight. We must do all we can to prevent any Trump nominee from getting confirmed. Impeachment is now polling at Watergate levels of support. These are not normal times, and concerns over normal Senate procedure no longer apply.

Republicans and Democrats alike have said the American people should have their voices heard. Make your voice heard now. Demand your Senators do everything they can to block any Trump nominee.

Rep. Maxine Waters cancels Birmingham trip due to security concerns

Source: AL.com, by Jonece Starr Dunigan

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, has cancelled a planned trip to Birmingham due to security concerns. She was scheduled to speak Friday at an annual conference for black female politicians, local officials and community leaders.

Waters was supposed to address an audience of black women for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women's Annual Legislative Conference, which starts today and ends Sunday. But NOBEL President Karen Camper, a state representative from Tennessee, confirmed that Waters was no longer coming because of security reasons. Details about the safety concerns have not been released and it's not known if a specific threat were made.

Waters' cancellation comes during a time when both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are criticizing remarks she made during an immigration rally telling citizens to publicly confront members of President Donald Trump's administration. Her statement was made in response to Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which led to the separation of children from families at the Mexico border.

"Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up," Waters said during the rally. "And if you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere. We've got to get the children connected to their parents."


Read the rest at: https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2018/06/rep_maxine_waters_cancels_birm.html

Comic Alonzo Bodden "joked" that his manager once booked him to play at the University of South Alabama. He thought, "I know the South is bad. I know Alabama is real bad. I never imagined there could be a South Alabama! How bad could THAT be?"

A city in Oman just posted the world's hottest low temperature ever recorded: 109 degrees

Qurayyat, pop. 50,000: "High today 122, low 109"

Source: Washington Post, by Jason Samenow

This sweltering episode marked the second exceptional weather event to affect Oman in as many months. In May, Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Mekunu slammed into its southwest coast, making landfall near Salalah. It was the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall on the Arabian Peninsula on record.

All of these heat records are part and parcel of a planet that is trending hotter as greenhouse gas concentrations increase due to human activity. The past four years have been the hottest four years on record.

"It's a dry heat."

Yes, we lost 'Zoo' - but Season 2 of 'Salvation' starts tonight!

Nothing like a good old summer series!

New model predicts that we're probably the only advanced civilization...

in the observable universe

Source: Universal-Sci, by Matt Williams

The Fermi Paradox remains a stumbling block when it comes to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). Named in honor of the famed physicist Enrico Fermi who first proposed it, this paradox addresses the apparent disparity between the expected probability that intelligent life is plentiful in the Universe, and the apparent lack of evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligence (ETI).

In the decades since Enrico Fermi first posed the question that encapsulates this paradox (“Where is everybody?”), scientists have attempted to explain this disparity one way or another. But in a new study conducted by three famed scholars from the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) at Oxford University, the paradox is reevaluated in such a way that it makes it seem likely that humanity is alone in the observable Universe.

The study, titled “Dissolving the Fermi Paradox“, recently appeared online. The study was jointly-conducted by Anders Sanberg, a Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute and a Martin Senior Fellow at Oxford University; Eric Drexler, the famed engineer who popularized the concept of nanotechnology; and Tod Ord, the famous Australian moral philosopher at Oxford University.

In the end, the team’s conclusions do not mean that humanity is alone in the Universe, or that the odds of finding evidence of extra-terrestrial civilizations (both past and present) is unlikely. Instead, it simply means that we can say with greater confidence – based on what we know – that humanity is most likely the only intelligent species in the Milky Way Galaxy at present.

Read it all at: https://www.universal-sci.com/headlines/2018/6/22/new-model-predicts-that-were-probably-the-only-advanced-civilization-in-the-observable-universe
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