On top of pending investigations into snake oil (literal oil) huckster Scott Pruitt’s myriad ethical breaches, Republican Congressperson and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC) added further reasons to investigate the EPA administrator on Friday. The offenses are not like destroying the climate so hard that I probably won’t have babies–more like wasting exorbitant sums of taxpayer money on first class flights, but whatever! Whatever it takes to get rid of this man. Jaywalking, unpaid parking tickets, pee tape, I don’t care! Advertisement Gowdy has called for interviews with several high-level shady functionaries and requested travel documents from security chief Nino Perrotta who “egged on” the lavish expenditures, Politico reports. Gowdy also requested the itinerary and travel documents for Pruitt’s now-infamous Morocco trip during which he reportedly went to sell Morocco on American gas. On Wednesday, Gowdy had claimed that … [Read more...] about How Many Reasons to Love the Scott Pruitt Investigation? Let Me Count the Ever-Growing Ways
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The prevalence of streaming video encourages television fans to re-watch their favorite episodes, poring over them for subtleties and Easter eggs they missed the first time through. But that isn’t always an option with episodes too emotionally bruising, too gory, or too awkward to watch a second time. These episodes often represent shows at the height of their storytelling power, but having a huge impact on the audience can be a blessing and a curse. The more indelible the episode, the less pressing the urge to revisit it. 1.Six Feet Under, “That’s My Dog” (2004) Although it surveyed a wide swath of the human experience over the course of its five-year run, the structure of a Six Feet Under episode changed little from week to week: In each hour, we bounce between the members of the extended Fisher family as they love, live, and plan funerals. One of the rare digressions from this formula was “That’s My Dog,” a pivotal episode from the … [Read more...] about Stream once and destroy: 20 great TV episodes too painful to watch twice
Hello, you joyous nipplewarmers, and welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove, the only dating advice column to help you make a love connection while you’re trying to survive the Black Friday Riots. This week, we’re dealing with our exes and soon-to-be exes. Why was it so easy for him to let go of his relationship while his ex still has feelings? Is he just THAT cold and cruel? What do you do when you’ve got an entire other country between you and your girlfriend while you’re getting feelings for someone else who’s in the same room with you? Is the metaphorical bird in the hand really better than the two in the bush? Advertisement Keep your eyes on the prize, let go of the sub-standard gewgaws the stores marked as loss-leaders and see if you can feel the love and a new Roku box. Let’s do this. Hi Doc, I love reading your column on Kotaku—it’s always a refreshing look at a variety of dating situations I’ve either had or have seen in … [Read more...] about Ask Dr. NerdLove: Why Was It So Easy To Get Over My Ex?
Probably not, but a very important person isn't quite denying it. J.J. Abrams keeps talking up Benedict Cumberbatch's Star Trek villain, whoever he might be. John Barrowman discusses his Arrow villainy. Plus go deep inside The Hobbit's visual effects! Spoilers from here on out! Top image from The Dark Knight Rises. Star Trek Into Darkness Our eloquent protestations notwithstanding, director J.J. Abrams still isn't saying a damn thing about who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing. But he's happy to talk about how the Sherlock star is playing whoever his character is: "Rather than answer anything that would give away the fun of the movie, I would say that the character that Benedict plays, he brings such an incredible power to it. His voice alone, I actually as a joke should have had him read the lunch menu. He makes anything sound great and brings such a force to it that hopefully when you see the movie, this character, all speculation aside, will be really compelling, not because of … [Read more...] about Could Joseph Gordon-Levitt make a cameo appearance in
Time contracts, expands, swallows and spits you out into this instant, which feels—depending on your perspective—either impossibly remote from where you were two years ago or barely removed from it at all. Flight delays, breakups, bouts of serious illness—all can bring you back to the high school classroom where it’s somehow slo-mo clock. You feel every tick. Meanwhile, an uneventful year can spool out in what feels like six days. Or maybe the reverse is true for you. The perception of time is intensely personal, not to mention effectively unmeasurable. But few if any internal clocks are synced to UTC—no one experiences time at an even, unvarying rate. For this week’s Giz Asks, we’ve reached out to a number of experts to find out why. Aaron Sackett Associate Professor, Marketing, University of St. Thomas, who research focuses on judgement and decision-making, among other things One of the main reasons our perception of time fluctuates … [Read more...] about Why Does Time Slow Down and Speed Up?