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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Doctor Who has officially regenerated into their 13th incarnation during the Christmas Special. Peter Capaldi bowed out in style today by joining forces with the first ever Doctor to save the life of an Army Captain -- and the world in general once again. The festive episode, titled Twice Upon a Time, saw the Doctors collide at the South Pole and heading off on one final adventure. (Warning: Story and videos contain spoilers for Whovians.) read more

Monday, December 25, 2017

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin got an unwanted present for Christmas: a gift-wrapped box of horse manure. Psychologist Robert Strong said he "borrowed" the manure from a friend and sent it to Mnuchin as a political statement. "In the long run, if we don't do stuff like this, what are we going to have left?" Strong's card on the gift read, "Dear Misters Trump and Mnuchin, we are returning your Christmas gift of the Republican tax plan because it's complete horse ---. Sincerely, the American people." read more

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The people of Los Angeles can be forgiven if they were a little quick to jump to extraterrestrial conclusions. The government did, after all, just admit that it had spent $22 million to investigate unidentified flying objects. And after 70 years of keeping the government installation known as Area 51 under wraps, Uncle Sam conceded that, yes, it did exist, and yes, some super-secret stuff went on there. So, it's perfectly logical that Angelenos gazing into a darkening sky around 5:30 p.m. Friday would assume their city was in the midst of an alien invasion as they saw this: read more

President Trump was in a celebratory mood on Friday night and told a group of his wealthy friends, "You all just got a lot richer" after he signed the tax cuts into law. Trump reportedly uttered the words to a group of friends who were having dinner nearby at Mar-a-Lago, including two friends who spoke to CBS News about the remark. Anyone spending time at what has come to be known as the "Winter White House" is not exactly suffering economically, considering the initiation fee is $200,000 and annual dues are $14,000. Trump's words to his rich pals mark a stark contrast to what he has been saying for weeks now as he has insisted that the massive tax cut would benefit the middle class above all. "The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. We are looking for the middle class and we are looking for jobs -- jobs being the economy," Trump had said in September, for example. read more


- just a fulfillment

Everybody's a psychologist.... and a perpetual critic.

"By keeping the narrative arcs to a concentrated minimum, Steven Moffat – for his final Doctor Who script – can flesh these characters and their stories out (and he really does), free from the need to gallop through exposition to get to a resolution. The advantage here is we all know where "Twice Upon a Time" was heading, but it was about how it was going to get there."


"It's an almost impossible task to cram all of that into 60 minutes and that's before Steven Moffat decided to bring back the first incarnation of The Doctor!

This evening the 2017 Christmas special Twice Upon A Time finally aired and for the most part... it worked!

It's an emotional rollercoaster to watch and the minutes whizz by so fast, too fast. I felt the ticking clock in my living room was ticking a little louder, counting down to the moment we had to say goodbye to Capaldi's Doctor."


As a Christmas Special, a send-off to Capaldi, and an brief introduction to a female #13, it was always going to be more busy fun than a seeker of critical acclaim. And misogynists definitely won't like the whole idea. Present company excepted, hopefully.

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