Leah kills Jabba at Fox News

This just in:

Roger Ailes, the former GOP political operative who oversaw the creation of the Fox News Channel and turned it into the leading voice of American conservatism, is in final negotiations to leave as CEO of the network amid a budding sexual harassment scandal, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The agreement is expected to be done shortly, the person said.

Although the lawsuit was filed by Gretchen Carlson, it appears that another Fox blonde may have delivered the final blow, according to New York Magazine:

According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, [Megan] Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.

Kelly’s comments to investigators might explain why the Murdochs are moving so quickly to oust Ailes. As New York reported yesterday, Rupert and sons James and Lachlan, the three top executives at 21st Century Fox, have, according to multiple sources, decided that Ailes needs to be removed. Kelly, who has become something of a feminist icon thanks to her tangles with GOP nominee Donald Trump, is seen by many inside Fox as the future of the network. She’s currently in contract negotiations, and given that Bill O’Reilly has said he’s considering retirement, Fox can’t afford to lose her.

This is how Kelly downed the Hutt:


Olivia de Havilland is 100 years old

As she readily admitted to Vogue, people thought she was dead:

“I have the idea that anyone who has ever heard my name has the distinct impression that I was put under the sod years ago just before they buried Lillian Russell. And so, when I wonder if you know that I live in France, I’m sure you don’t, because I am certain that you think me peacefully interred, and in good old native American soil. If that’s the case, you’re in for a surprise.”

Five time Oscar nominee. Two time winner (for “The Heiress in 1950 and “To Each His Own” in 1947. Melanie Hamilton in “Gone With the Wind,” for which she got a supporting actor Oscar nod. . A true movie legend. She has to be the last of the greats. So let’s see her in action:

Sigur Rós: Varúõ

Why is an Asian woman with a gold sparkly wig skipping barefoot in the middle of the streets of New York to an etherial Islandic song whose title means “Warning”?

Even more puzzling, why is she skipping through every place I go when I’m in the city? For me, that’s the scary part, because I expect to see myself bicycling through one of these shots, because that’s how I usually get around Brooklyn and Manhattan.

This is one of those instances where I think I’ve been brain hacked.

Here are the lyrics:


Þrjú lagst út
Og reitum til alls tiðna
Út allt, allt út
Og kveikjum bálkerti
Og vindur undan frá
Sem hverlir orðnar múrar
Allt, allt út um allt
Og nóg beini er kalt
Drepur allt
Útan liður í ísköld
Kveikjum varðeld, þá að komi kvöld
Og orðin bíðum bláköld
Við reisum aftur á sifurskjól
Og vindur undan frá
Sem hverlir orðnar múrar
Allt, allt út um allt
Þarna lá þúsund fall
Og dregur all
And here’s what they mean in English:


Three laid out
And fields of everything melted
Out all, all out.
And let’s light the bonfire-candles
And the winds from far away.
As ?who/might be something else? became brick walls
All, everywhere
And enough bones are cold
Kills everything
Outside, part of the icecold
Let’s light a bonfire, when it’s evening
And words wait bluecold
Let’s build again a silver shelter
And winds from underneath
As ?who? became brick walls
All, everywhere
There laid a thousand falls
And draws everything

Spotlight examines sexual abuse at private schools in New England

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, which won the Pulitzer Prize for its investigation of priest abuse in the Boston archdiocese and was the subject of last year’s Academy Award winning movie has just begun another investigation into sexual abuse. This time at private schools in New England under this headline:

Private schools, painful secrets

More than 200 victims. At least 90 legal claims. At least 67 private schools in New England. This is the story of hundreds of students sexually abused by staffers, and emerging from decades of silence today.

It listed 67 schools. I went to a private school in New England, and fortunately, my school did not make the list. But there was never any indication that anything untoward was going on during my academic years. The school was in the middle of nowhere, and it had its faults, but neither I nor anyone I studied with encountered rumors of sexual abuse.

But Spotlight’s list does include schools we faced in athletic competitions. It’s an interesting investigative piece.