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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Kevin Spacey.. your N.A.M.B.L.A. card is ready for pickup...

At issue was the timing of his announcement — just hours after Buzzfeed had published a report in which actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made a sexual advance toward him at a party in 1986, when Rapp, then a rising star in the theater world, was just 14 years old. (Some also objected to Spacey seeming to characterize being gay as a choice.

The impression that Spacey, who for years has evaded questions about his sexual orientation, would finally publicly embrace his gay identity only in response to a story alleging predatory behavior toward a minor left many outraged -- not only by the apparent attempt at deflection, but also the inadvertent conflation of homosexuality and pedophilia.

“Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out,” observed actor and comedian Billy Eichner on Twitter.

“There's no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away assaulting a 14-year-old child,” columnist Dan Savage said on Twitter.

A representative for Spacey did not respond to requests for further comment from The Times.

In addition to bringing attention to decades-long allegations of sexual abuse of young men and boys in the industry — an incendiary topic also raised by actor Corey Feldman in an appearance Monday on “Today” — the incident also highlighted another contentious issue: how and when high-profile celebrities choose to publicly acknowledge their sexuality.

North Korea on verge of 'catastrophe' at nuclear site - China warns Kim to STOP tests

Scientists from Beijing believe the Punggye-ri nuclear facility is unstable and that just one more explosion could blow the top off of Mount Mantap, beneath which all six of North Korea's nuclear tests thave been conducted.

That could lead to the mountain collapsing, causing radioactive waste to escape and blow aross the border into China just 50 miles away. 

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Geology and Geophysics warned Pyongyang delegates of the risk during a briefing in Beijing soon after North Korea's last nuclear test on September 3, according ot the South China Morning Post. 

Tellingly, the meeting occured two  two days before North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters at the United Nations Assembly in New York Pyongyang was considering conducting a hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean.

Where the corn grows as high as a munchkin cat's EYEEEEEE...

1815 eruption of Mount Tambora led to "The Year Without a Summer"...

The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora was one of the most powerful eruptions in recorded history, with a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 7. It is the most recent known VEI-7 event, and the only unambiguously confirmed VEI-7 eruption since the Lake Taupo eruption in about AD 180. (The 946 eruption of Paektu Mountain might also have been VEI-7.)

Impact: Reduced global temperatures, leading the following year, 1816, to be called the Year Without a Summer.

The eruption of the volcano, on the island of Sumbawa in the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia), reached a climax on 10 April 1815 and was followed by between six months and three years of increased steaming and small phreatic eruptions. The ash from the eruption column dispersed around the world and lowered global temperatures, leading to worldwide harvest failures in an event sometimes known as the Year Without a Summer in 1816. The eruption resulted in a brief period of significant climate change that led to various cases of extreme weather. Several climate forcings coincided and interacted in a systematic manner that has not been observed since, despite other large eruptions that have occurred since the early Stone Age. Although the link between the post-eruption climate changes and the Tambora event has been established by various scientists, the understanding of the processes involved is incomplete.

You don't hear much about this one, only two centuries ago, which devastated the lives of millions of people. Today, with today's populations, a like event would have a like effect on tens-of-millions...

LIBERAL media goes into screaming overdrive to try to disinfect the DNC and Hillary from their...

... payments for the bogus dossier.

Journos Downplay Trump Dossier Revelations

Journalists are now redirecting the conversation away from who paid for its contents and spreading mistruths in the process.

Dan Gillmor, a journalism professor, tweeted that “GOP started” the funding for the dossier, which is inaccurate. An anonymous GOP donor paid Fusion GPS for standard opposition research, but bowed out before Fusion ever hired Steele to create the dossier alleging Trump ties to Russia.

Brian Fallon, a CNN contributor and former Clinton spokesman, also conflated the payment for opposition research with the funding of the dossier. In further tweets, Fallon insisted the contents of the dossier were the important part of the story despite the fact that most of it remains unconfirmed.

An executive producer for MSNBC’s Velshi & Ruhle was desperate to pedal as far from the DNC and Clinton funding as possible in a tweet she sent to the president. She also incorrectly claimed the dossier was first funded by Republicans, and pointed out that Donald Trump Jr. once met with a Russian lawyer in the hopes of getting “dirt on Clinton.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also made the false claim that a GOP donor was funding Steele’s dossier project even though Fusion did not contract with Steele until after that donor stopped paying them. Maddow also pointed to the fact that the salacious parts of the dossier have not been “publicly disproven,” seemingly taking the burden of proof off of the people making wild accusations.

#FactsFirst? CNNs Don Lemon Reads Letter To Trump Then Weeps On Air

Just hours after CNN self-importantly and sanctimoniously claimed they’d be the network of “Facts First” one of the 3rd place news outlet’s anchors took to the air and read a letter he’d written to President Donald Trump and Gold Star Widow Myeshia Johnson. He then broke down in tears overcome by the emotional power of his own words.

Anguished Liberals Plan to 'Scream Helplessly at the Sky' on Anniversary of Trump Election

Progressives have taken their Trump derangement syndrome to a whole new level...

Thousands of anguished libs in Boston and Philadelphia will be taking part in scream fests on Nov. 8 to commemorate the anniversary of Donald Trump's election. Liberals in other cities around the country are likely to step up to the crazy plate as well as the big day draws near.

Over 4,000 Facebook users in the Boston area have RSVP'd to attend the event they're calling "Scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election." Another 33,000 have expressed interest in attending the event at the 383-year-old Boston Common.

Trump supporters are invited to attend if they promise not to scream with laughter...

Lawmakers ask Jeff Sessions about prosecuting climate activists for damaging pipelines

Dozens of members of Congress sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday asking whether the Justice Department can prosecute and punish climate change activists who seek to sabotage the nation's oil and natural gas pipelines.

"While we are strong advocates for the First Amendment, violence toward individuals and destruction of property are both illegal and potentially fatal," states the letter, led by Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo. "Recent incidents of individuals attempting to shut down lines by turning valves at pump stations illustrate the danger."

The letter raises security concerns based on an incident last year in which a group of environmental activists attempted to disable pipelines that crossed the border between the U.S. and Canada in multiple states. The trial for one of the activists began last month.

"Even though some activists commit these acts of sabotage to raise awareness about climate change, they only create the serious risk of harm to the environment they claim to care about," the letter reads. The letter points out that some attackers have attempted to use blow torches on pipes, which can cause oil spills and explosions.

The letter follows reports that the number of death threats directed at Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has increased. The threats have resulted in the EPA hiring a dozen new agents to beef up Pruitt's unprecedented around-the-clock security detail.

Obama inadvertently explains a major factor in Democratic Party losses...

“If you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you’re not going to be able to govern them. You won’t be able to unite them later if that’s how you start.”

Democrats Yelp as Trump Upholds Constitution

Donald Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the lawless behavior of his most recent predecessor. The question now is whether the author of "The Art of the Deal" -- and congressional Republicans and Democrats -- can maneuver and compromise on these issues in ways that produce sensible public policy.

The first action in question was Trump's Sept. 5 announcement that he would withdraw Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gave immigrants brought to the United States illegally when they were children protection from deportation. Obama acted despite his initial explanation that the president only has the authority to faithfully execute laws, not to make them. So DACA was dressed up with a fig leaf argument that he was only exercising the kind of discretion prosecutors employ when they choose to bring one case and not another.

A nearly identical argument was rejected by federal courts considering the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program -- which extended protection to undocumented immigrants with kids who are U.S. citizens -- decisions left in place by the Supreme Court last year. So both DAPA and DACA looked like dead ducks legally anyway.

The second of Trump's actions was his Oct. 12 statement that he would suspend cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies. The Obama administration had been making CSR payments since 2014 even though Obamacare's Section 1401 does not appropriate the money for the payments authorized in Section 1402. This was blatantly unconstitutional. "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law," states Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution. The House of Representatives sued, and in May 2016, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that the billions paid in subsidies were illegal.

Administration lawyers made complex, sophisticated arguments that Obama's clearly illegal actions were actually legal. I'm a graduate of Yale Law School; I know how this is done. Many Americans suspect that condescending elite law school graduates are contemptuous of them and their naive belief that words mean what they say. My experience is that those suspicions are well-founded.

Obama "...was only exercising the kind of discretion prosecutors employ when they choose to bring one case and not another."

Except that he was "only" choosing which laws he would decide to execute and which he wouldn't. NOT his Constitutional choice to make...

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