Filling your year-old friend with shot is one thing. Doing it without a license, though? Come on Dick!
In a creative experiment that relied on rubber masks of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other distinctive mugs, researchers have shown that American crows have an uncanny ability to pick a familiar human face out of a crowd. The study confirms some long-standing folklore about the acuity of one of North America's most familiar birds—and offers new insight into how some wild animals may cope with living alongside people. The study "really points the finger-or the wing, if you will—at the idea that there's a benefit to being able to identify your human neighbors, especially the ones that might pose a threat," says Douglas Levey, a biologist at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Dick Cheney—48th vice president of the United States, champion of torture, enemy of the Constitution and a man whose approval rating was 13 percent by the time his ostensible boss, George W. Bush, left office—occupies a singular place in history: He was a war profiteer who could start his own wars. As such, he seems less than the ideal subject for a holiday season movie.
During a mid-day ceremony, Cheney was introduced by his former boss, President George W. President Bush said that when he told his father, President George H. Cheney and his wife Lynne then unveiled the marble likeness, the work of sculptor William Behrends of Tryon, North Carolina.
By Jonah Weiner. A dam McKay strode through his backyard one recent afternoon to show me the exact spot where, last January, a heart attack nearly killed him. An enormous pizza floatie drifted along the edge of his swimming pool, yellow cheese aglow in the Los Angeles sun, as McKay pointed to some exercise equipment.
Bush is visibly relieved that the burden will be lifted from his back. As in his film about the financial meltdown, The Big ShortMcKay wraps complicated history into a plausible, entertaining yarn with a snappy sense of timing. A half century of Cheney is amply covered in slightly over two hours with nary a dull moment or a beat missed.
After losing his scholarship to Yale, he has returned to his hometown to work as a lineman for the local power company and the prospects of his future are anything but promising. But then, we flash forward to September 11,and see Cheney, now well on his way to becoming the most powerful vice president in the history of the United States, as he is being rushed by Secret Service personnel into a bunker under the White House. In short, Vice is asking: How did this guy become the secretive, smirking face of Machiavellian politics in America? Bale, who portrays Cheney from his 20s to his 70s with the help of about 45 extra pounds and some genuinely impressive make-up, plays him as another one of his ciphers—a man who never had the flair or magnetism we expect from even the most craven politicians, but played his cards right by attaching himself to obnoxious chumps who had no problem with delegating responsibility.
Updated August 23, Christian Bale is perhaps best known for his portraits of two questionable men in power: wealthy bachelor Bruce Wayne and American psycho Patrick Bateman. In Vice he brings his chilly method-acting style to bear on what may be his most unpleasant creation to date: former US vice-president Dick Cheney.