Michael Wolff’s controversial tell-all about the Trump Administration’s first year, Fire and Fury, has been a bestseller since the news cycle first got a taste of the book a couple of week ago. Jimmy Fallon has a history of performing parody songs in the style of iconic singer-songwriters like Neil Young and Bob Dylan. So, really, it was only a matter of time before Fallon and his team of writers noticed the resemblance between the title of Wolff’s book and James Taylor’s 1970 classic “Fire and Rain”.The whole thing came together when Fallon took the stage under low light on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show. Sporting a James Taylor-approved sweater and some very 1970s facial hair, the comedian plucked his acoustic guitar and muttered out lines like, “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen fury/ I’ve seen so many tweets that my eyes are blurry”. It’s yet another hilarious addition to Fallon’s parody canon, which includes gems like a shot-by-shot remake of a Styx music video, Fallon-as-Neil-Young performing with the real Neil Young, and a Christmas-themed Trump taunt called “Robert Mueller Is Coming Town” (performed by Fallon-as-Bruce-Springsteen, of course).“Fire and Fury”[Photo: Screengrab of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon]
Researchers in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are teaming up with IBM to work with farmers in Georgia’s Lower Flint River Basin to enhance water efficiency by up to 20 percent.The college and IBM are collaborating with the Flint River Partnership — which includes the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Nature Conservancy — to help farmers make the best irrigation scheduling decisions in order to conserve water, improve crop yields and mitigate the impact of future droughts.The Lower Flint River Basin is one of the most diverse and ecologically rich river systems in the Southeast. The area is also the epicenter of agriculture in Georgia: Its 27 counties contribute more than $2 billion in farm-based revenue annually to the region’s economy. Irrigation is central to production, and because of the area’s unique hydrogeology, maximizing water conservation helps support sensitive habitat systems.UGA faculty members George Vellidis, Wes Porter, Ian Flitcroft, Calvin Perry, Craig Kvien and John Snider have worked to develop the irrigation models and recruit farmers to test the new system. “The UGA-CAES faculty have been working with the Flint River Partnership for a number of years to develop tools, techniques and technologies to help growers improve the efficiency of agricultural water use,” said Perry, who is superintendent of UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Ga. Stripling Irrigation Research Park has been the proving ground for many of these tools, he continued, and serves as a focal point for many of these research, Extension and outreach activities.“Our job is to help farmers conserve water. Irrigation scheduling based on highly accurate weather forecasts and real-time field data will optimize decision making and consequently reduce resource use,” said Marty McLendon, chairman of the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District. “Having access to such forecasts and field data on a mobile platform makes the data relevant, so that we can make proactive irrigation scheduling decisions on the fly.”The Flint River Partnership is using IBM’s Deep Thunder precision weather forecasting service to refine farmers’ already successful irrigation models and water conservation practices. The added weather information will help farmers conserve more water and improve crop yields. Because the forecasts will be available on mobile devices, farmers will have 24-hour access to critical weather information in conjunction with other relevant field data. The partnership also is offering farmers the use of IBM Softlayer to manage their field and weather data and automate irrigation recommendations. UGA faculty have worked with the Flint River Partnership for many years on projects such as using variable-rate irrigation for precision water placement, the UGA Smart Sensor Array for monitoring soil moisture conditions and field mapping with Real Time Kinematic GPS, among others, Perry said. They also are “bringing in the UGA-led Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network to provide historic weather data for use in training the IBM Deep Thunder weather forecast system for localized, southwest Georgia conditions.”The integration of complex data streams generated by GPS-enabled farm equipment and in-field sensors with IBM’s Deep Thunder weather forecasting technology delivered to mobile devices will provide 72-hours advance notice of weather in the Flint region, allowing farmers to be more prepared to make decisions on when to irrigate, plant, fertilize and deploy labor resources.“Farming operations are highly sensitive to weather. In the U.S., that sensitivity is about $15 billion per year,” said Lloyd Treinish, distinguished engineer and chief scientist of IBM Research. “For example, the USDA estimates that 90 percent of crop losses are due to weather. In addition, improving efficiency in irrigation will reduce the impact in areas with limited water supplies. By better understanding and then predicting these weather effects, we can help mitigate these impacts.“Innovators like the Flint River Partnership are showing how they can leverage IBM’s advanced modeling and analytics to increase crop yields. When we consider the need to increase food availability to a growing population, their leadership is helping to create a more sustainable approach to agriculture.”For more information on the C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park, see striplingpark.org. For more information on the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, see caes.uga.edu.
The California Supreme Court declared Monday that hosts who charge a cover fee for entrance into parties can be held liable for underage drinkers who become intoxicated and cause harm to others or themselves, according to the Los Angeles Times.The court ultimately decided in an unanimous ruling that a cover charge for a party was tantamount to a sale of alcohol and that if minors were present, the hosts would be violating state law.Some students worry about the implications the ruling has for college campuses such as USC, where some parties have cover fees.Lauren Egan, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering, disagrees with the ruling and believes that it is an issue of individual responsibility.“I don’t think an organization or a party host should be held responsible,” Egan said. “I think there’s a lot of finger pointing in general. We are legally adults, a lot of us are from 18 to 21 years old and I think that’s old enough to be aware of how much we’re consuming and policing ourselves and to be aware of our actions.”Other students, such as Max Quilici, a sophomore majoring in pop music, found reason in the court’s ruling.“I think that decision makes sense to me,” Quilici said. “If a bar is letting people in and selling alcohol to customers, they’re expected to make sure the customers are of age. If you’re the host of a party, it makes sense that you would be expected to make sure the attendees are of age if you’re furnishing alcohol.”Quilici, however, also believes that cover fees at student parties can be a positive thing for USC students and organizations.“I think it’s awesome and I’ve seen a lot of young bands fund parts of their record from covers and donations at parties,” he said.The USC SoCal Vocals, a student a cappella group, is one organization that has used cover fees at parties as fundraising that goes beyond offsetting the costs of alcohol.“The cover charge our student organization has for parties is not necessarily exclusively used to cover costs of music or drinks and the throwing of the party itself, but for endeavors and goals we are pursuing as a group,” said Myles Nuzzi, business manager for the SoCal Vocals, in an email.Nuzzi mentioned that the SoCal Vocals used money they fundraised from cover charges at parties to enable them to release an album and compete in international competitions.“The cost of recording and mixing tracks is astronomical,” Nuzzi wrote. “If we were not able to host parties, we would have trouble pursuing all of these efforts, as would many student organizations who are constantly fundraising.”In light of the new ruling, Nuzzi encouraged campus organizations to explore alternative methods of fundraising. He mentioned that the SoCal Vocals uses Kickstarter, Indiegogo, album sales and performances already.“Parties are not the end-all,” he wrote.Other student organizations that host parties for fundraising were contacted but did not reply in time for print.
Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville was set for 7 p.m. ET (rather than 8 p.m. ET, the original time for the spring race at Martinsville) in part because teams will need to travel back to their facilities after the race in preparation for Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.The only other night race confirmed on the Cup Series schedule, at Kansas on Thursday, July 23, has a start time of 7:30 p.m. ET.NASCAR starting lineup at MartinsvilleThe draw for Martinsville’s starting lineup took place Monday. Below are the results:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Ryan Blaney12Team Penske2Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing3Joey Logano22Team Penske4Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing5Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing6Brad Keselowski2Team Penske7Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports9Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing10Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing11Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports12Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing13Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing14Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing15William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports16Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing18John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports19Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing20Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing21Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports22Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing23Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports24Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing25Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing26JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing27Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing28Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing29Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports30Ty Dillon13Germain Racing31Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports32Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing33David Starr53Rick Ware Racing34Quin Houff00StarCom Racing35Garrett Smithley77Spire Motorsports36Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Reed Sorenson7Tommy Baldwin Racing NASCAR fans got to enjoy some impressive short-track racing Wednesday night as Martin Truex Jr. took home the victory in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.Truex Jr. took the lead with 130 laps to go and never looked back, pushing his lead out to over four seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ryan Blaney, who overcame some early adversity after starting on the pole and falling to as low as 31st to get back to the front of the race. Joey Logano led more than half the race, taking home the Stage 1 victory. Jimmie Johnson also looked dominant in leading over 70 laps to win Stage 2. But Truex Jr. got hot at the right time and won his second-straight race at Martinsville.Sporting News is tracked live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race at Martinsville on Wednesday. Follow below for complete results for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500.MORE: Watch today’s NASCAR race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)NASCAR at Martinsville results from Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500PositionDriver1Martin Truex Jr.2Ryan Blaney3Brad Keselowski4Joey Logano5Chase Elliott6Alex Bowman7Matt DiBenedetto8William Byron9Kurt Busch10Jimmie Johnson11Bubba Wallace12Ryan Newman13Chris Buescher14Michael McDowell15Kevin Harvick16Tyler Reddick17Clint Bowyer18Corey LaJoie19Kyle Busch20Erik Jones21Ricky Stenhouse Jr.22Ty Dillon23Matt Kenseth24Denny Hamlin25John Hunter Nemechek26Ryan Preece27Daniel Suarez28Christopher Bell29Cole Custer30Brennan Poole31J.J. Yeley32David Starr33Aric Almirola34Quin Houff35Joey Gase36Garrett Smithley37Austin Dillon38Reed Sorenson39Timmy HillNASCAR at Martinsville highlights from Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 50010:50 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr. wins it comfortably, four seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott round out the top five.10:41 p.m. — The lead is over four seconds now for Martin Truex Jr. with 25 laps to go.10:36 p.m. — With 40 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr. still leads. Ryan Blaney up to second, Brad Keselowski in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Chase Elliott in fifth.10:30 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr.’s lead is up to over two seconds with 55 laps remaining. Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski battling for second behind him.10:20 p.m. — Austin Dillon had to be helped out of his car. He is on a stretcher and is receiving oxygen. Had an issue in his car that significantly raised the temperature inside.Austin Dillon car is headed to the garage. Team tells Richard Childress: He’s alert. He’s good. We’re waiting on the ambulance to get here. https://t.co/OaUtRu0ehK— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 11, 202010:15 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr. retains the lead off the restart; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott in the top five with 95 laps to go.10:10 p.m. — Caution out for Quin Houff after he goes into the wall around turn two on lap 397.10:00 p.m. — Now Martin Truex Jr. takes the lead from Brad Keselowski with 130 laps to go. Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.9:58 p.m. — Brad Keselowski takes the lead from teammate Joey Logano with 135 laps to go.9:43 p.m. — Caution is out on lap 327: David Starr spins out after contact from Erik Jones.9:38 p.m. — The entire top three is made up of Penske Fords after 315 laps: Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.9:27 p.m. — Joey Logano takes the lead as he passes teammate Ryan Blaney. Kevin Harvick up to third, Chase Elliott in fourth and Jimmie Johnson in fifth with 212 laps remaining.9:23 p.m. — Ryan Blaney takes the lead off the restart and Joey Logano comes up behind him to pass Jimmie Johnson. We’re through 275 laps, 225 to go.9:13 p.m. — Jimmie Johnson wins Stage 2; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 240 laps remaining.Is tonight the night for the 4️⃣8️⃣? @JimmieJohnson collects his first stage victory of the 2020 season. (📺: FS1) pic.twitter.com/lF3qiMl0av— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 11, 20209:03 p.m. — Jimmie Johnson still holds the lead with 25 laps to go in Stage 2. He’s led more laps tonight than he has all season.8:52 p.m. — Jimmie Johnson beats Joey Logano on the inside and takes the lead on lap 202.NEW LEADER: @JimmieJohnson passes @joeylogano for the top spot during Stage 2 of the #BlueEmu500 ! (📺: FS1) pic.twitter.com/Tbv8ABLB9U— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 11, 20208:50 p.m. — Halfway through Stage 2, Joey Logano still has the lead. Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott round out the top five.8:34 p.m. — Joey Logano continues to dominate this track and leads after 150 laps. Clint Bowyer, Jimmie JOhnson, Matt DiBenedetto and Kevin Harvick round out the top five with 110 laps to go in Stage 2.8:23 p.m. — Joey Logano wins Stage 1; he’s been running really well today. Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Bubba Wallace round out the top five after 130 laps.STAGE WINNER: @joeylogano charges back to the front late at @MartinsvilleSwy and takes the opening stage of the #BlueEmu500 . pic.twitter.com/aGqaDwoFE5— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 11, 20208:15 p.m. — Corey LaJoie doesn’t pit and has the lead on the restart with 11 laps to go in Stage 1. Bubba Wallace wins the race off of pit road and is second, Clint Bowyer in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Jimmie Johnson in fifth.8:11 p.m. — Caution is out with 18 laps to go in Stage 1. Timmy Hill’s car is stalled in pit road.8:05 p.m. — Joey Logano still leads after 90 laps, 40 laps to go in Stage 1.7:50 p.m. — Competition caution out after 60 laps. Joey Logano still leads with 70 laps left in Stage 1, he’s already lapped 21 drivers.7:45 p.m. — No caution, but Garret Smithley has a fire in his right front tire? Casual. 47 laps in, Joey Logano has stretched out his lead to over four seconds ahead of Chase Elliott.7:38 p.m. — Joey Logano has taken the lead now, with Martin Truex Jr. right behind him and Kyle Busch in third, 25 laps in.7:34 p.m. — Green flag is finally back out. Aric Almirola has the lead after 15 laps, Joey Logano in second and Martin Truex Jr. in third.7:27 p.m. — That didn’t take long: caution out for Austin Dillon after four laps. Looks like he lost a tire.7:26 p.m. — Green flag waves and we’re underway.7:18 p.m. — I’m not sure, but I think that might have been the worst command in NASCAR history…What a preview. The first ever command interruption … probably.”DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES!”Thanks, @WWEDanielBryan and @AJStylesOrg ! pic.twitter.com/mogyVc0WTd— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 10, 2020( Race coverage begins at 7 p.m. )What time does the NASCAR race start today?Date : Wednesday, June 10 Start time : 7 p.m. ETTV channel : FS1Live stream : Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)The 7 p.m. ET start time for the mid-week race at Martinsville is the first and only such start time on NASCAR’s modified Cup Series schedule for 2020. The only other 7 p.m. ET start time currently on the schedule is the open for the July 15 All-Star race.