BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 6 February, 2014


6 February, 2015

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Robert Evans, Andrew Hass: 5 Things Breaking Bad Left Out About Having a Drug Lord Dad (Cracked)
Smoking weed has become so mainstream that we don't even laugh when somebody does it in a Seth Rogen movie, but people are absolutely still going to jail for growing the stuff. We talked to Andrew Hass, whose life was derailed when his dad was caught growing thousands of plants worth of pot back in 1998, when Hass was still a teenager. He told us ...

Tom Danehy: Listen up voters, Tom explains how our good governor is just following the official right wing playbook (Tucson Weekly)
It should come as a shock to absolutely no one that the guy y'all elected governor is following the Right Wing Playbook to the letter. Actually, it's the updated Seventh Edition of the Right Wing Playbook, with a forward on Vindictive Action and Teacher Humiliation written specifically for Gov. Ducey by his friends and masters at the Goldwater Institute.

Andrew Tobias: The New Limits
You or I might have trouble finding $5.6 million or $11.2 million this cycle but to the Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson it's chump change, leaving them lots of room to give much more: to thousands of state legislative candidates, to candidates for governor and secretary of state, to the national governors' committees (the DGA and RGA), to the non-federal accounts of state parties, to so-called "dark money" committees for "independent expenditures" - and more.

Cornelius Heyer: 9 Foreign Terms More Awful Than Any English Profanity (Cracked)
… some languages have words for concepts so weird or off-putting that we can thank the stars we don't have any use for them in everyday English. For example ...

Hannah Devlin: "Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?" (Guardian)
Google's Ray Kurzweil predicts robots will reach human levels of intelligence by 2029 - if they overcome current limitations.

David Shariatmadari: Why Wikipedia's grammar vigilante is wrong (Guardian)
Bryan Henderson has removed around 47,000 instances of 'comprised of' from the online encyclopedia. But his super-pedantry is a waste of time.

Bad Dog! (YouTube)
"Somebody got into the Kleenex and left a mess behind. This guy has two dogs, Gnarly and Kacy. Which one is to blame for the tissues in the floor? If you watch carefully, you will find that one dog looks more guilty than the other." - Neatorama

Michael Bond: How to survive a disaster (BBC)
The chances are you will never find yourself in a disaster situation. But it's a good idea to imagine that you will: to be aware that there are threats out there, and that you can prepare for them, without sliding into paranoia. "All you have to do is ask yourself one simple question," says Leach. "If something happens, what is my first response? Once you can answer that, everything else will fall into place. It's that simple."

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What product is being sold in this ad?

      Maidenform Bra                                                      

Lois Of The "C" Cups was first, and correct, with:
   Oh the horror: I dreamed I was audited by the IRS in my Maidenform Bra! Does anyone remember the Mad Magazine ad that featured two brazier clad ladies running on an athletic track with the caption "I dreamed I was way out in front in my Maidenform Bra"? It left me totally baffled as a child.

Alan J said:
   A Bra

Randall wrote:
   Don't hafta look it up cause
  I remember those crazy commercials:

mj replied:
   What an uplifting advertisement
  It's selling Maidenform bras.

Charlie responded:
   Looking at the "I dreamed" + the girls state of dress gave it away.
  Maidenform bras.

  Dirac bra-ket notation describing Schrödinger's cat

Adam answered:
   A bra. I don't know what kind.

Deborah replied:
   I really don't know the correct answer, so I'm guessing whiskey, or whatever the St. Bernard dogs carried in the little casks on their necks.
  Appendages crossed that the rain the prognosticators are predicting is really a thing. No rain since Christmas Eve = a bad, bad thing.

Marian responded:
   Maidenform bra

Dave in Tucson answered:
   Just a S.W.A.G., a Maidenform Bra?

Dirty Dale of Diamondy Sprungs, Norgonnarainabunchcali said:
   Maidenform Brassieres. Aha! Bullet Tits strike again! At only a buck fifty-nine!

  Lois, does anyone else besides you and me remember reading Paul Erlich' s book "The Population Bomb?" It's happened and is one of the manmade causes of
  Fuckin Global Warming! Just think of the size of a whole in the ozone (Dale likes the ozone) of 7 Billion people shitting in the same spot one day and we set the turds, dysentery and diarrhea flambé. Sorry, no I 'm not sorry for having anus on the brain.
  Speaking of anal, What did Brian Williams (now just a media whore prevaricator) think of his daughter Allison getting analingus on the first episode of "Girls."

  Then she kissed him!

MAM   wrote:
   Maidenform bra circa 1955: "I dreamed I climbed the highest mountain in my Maidenform bra."

DJ Useo responded:
   I guess a brassiere of some sort.
  All the women I know don't like wearing them, but do.
  Is there a lot of social pressure to wear them? I imagine so.

Joe S     wrote:
   Don't even have to look it up. "I dreamed I was riding the ski lift with a St. Bernard in my Maidenform Bra.
  I dreamed I went to lunch in my Maidenform.....Wait! No I didn't.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, took the day off.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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In the mail:

Randall replied:
   Sorry for the last couple of days - my email has its head up its ass again...
  I live out here on the great plains and my innernet is basically two tin cans and a string...
  anyway... today's answer is (hope you get this)

  I had to look it up, though...
  I knew what Alan Brady's brother-in-law looked like

  and I remembered his name was Mel Cooley,
  but I had totally forgotten the actor's name.
  And I totally didn't remember that he was
  ever on Leave it to Beaver. .
  For a rather plain-looking, bald guy,
  Richard Deacon was pretty damned successful in life, I'd say

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Last Night

Another foggy night.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Undercover Boss', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Sienna Miller, Andy Kindler, and Bob Mould.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with tonight's middle-aged white guy guest host, John Mayer, are Ed Sheeran, Stephen Merchant, and Jillian Bell.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Constantine', followed by a FRESH 'Grimm', then 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 1/19/15) are Jennifer Lopez, Anthony Mackie, and Iliza Shlesinger.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 2/2/15) are John Oliver, Mike Greenberg, and Kid Ink.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/4/14) are Megan Amram, the Melvins, and Dataclysm.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Cristela', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 1/26/15) are Channing Tatum, J.J. Watt, and ZZ Top.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Hart Of Dixie', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion'.

Faux has a FRESH 'World's Funniest Fails', followed by a FRESH 'Glee'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Resident Evil: Afterlife', followed by a night of 'The Walking Dead'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 9 - The Vengeance Factor
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 10 - The Defector
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 2 - The Beast Below
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Victory of the Daleks
 [12:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 4 - The Fish and Anchor
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
 [2:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 5 - Episode 23
 [3:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 5 - Episode 24
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 16 - Too Short a Season
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 17 - When The Bough Breaks
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 18 - Home Soil
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 19 - Coming of Age
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 20 - Heart of Glory
 [9:00PM]    Hot Fuzz
 [11:30PM]    Hot Fuzz
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 16 - Too Short a Season
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 17 - When The Bough Breaks
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 18 - Home Soil
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 19 - Coming of Age    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo's First Looks', then the movie 'The Bourne Identity'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', followed by the movie 'Big Daddy'.

FX has the movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man', followed by the movie 'Iron Man 2'.

History has "American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by the movie 'Tombstone'.

IFC  -   
 [6:15AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [11:00AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [1:45PM]    CLERKS II
 [8:15PM]    THE RUM DIARY
 [3:00AM]    THE RUM DIARY

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Smashed
 [7:45AM]    The Natural
 [10:45AM]    Cool Hand Luke
 [1:30PM]    The Edge
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-The Corporate Veil
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Wedded Bliss
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Atonement
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Slave
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Girlfriends
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Pro Se
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Homesick
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Aftershock
 [12:00AM]    The Final Cut
 [2:00AM]    Five Fingers
 [3:45AM]    We Don't Live Here Anymore    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Wolfman', '12 Monkeys', followed by a FRESH '12 Monkeys', then a FRESH 'Helix'.

 [6:00 AM]      Captains Courageous (1937)
 [8:00 AM]      Little Women (1949)
 [10:15 AM]      My Life As A Dog (1986)
 [12:00 PM]      The 400 Blows (1959)
 [1:45 PM]      Splendor In The Grass (1961)
 [4:00 PM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [6:00 PM]      The Reivers (1969)
 [8:00 PM]      Wuthering Heights (1939)
 [10:00 PM]      Gone With the Wind (1939)
 [2:00 AM]      The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
 [4:00 AM]      Pride And Prejudice (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  02/07/15

 [6:00 AM]      How the West Was Won (1962)
 [9:00 AM]      The Naked Spur (1953)
 [11:00 AM]      And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
 [1:00 PM]      She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)
 [3:00 PM]      Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
 [5:45 PM]      The Professionals (1966)
 [8:00 PM]      The Philadelphia Story (1940)
 [10:00 PM]      Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
 [11:45 PM]      Citizen Kane (1941)
 [2:00 AM]      Mrs. Miniver (1942)
 [4:15 AM]      The Great Dictator (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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$7.3M Award Upheld

Wendy Starland

A Lady Gaga's first producer and former boyfriend owes the Hollywood songwriter who discovered her $7.3 million after he promised to split profits with her, a federal judge has ruled, upholding a jury's verdict.

U.S. District court Judge Jose Linares ruled Wednesday against producer Rob Fusari's argument to reduce the amount the jury awarded last year to Wendy Starland.

Starland testified during the trial that Fusari, based in Parsippany, had asked her to find an "edgy, bold, confident, charismatic" performer and "someone that you can't take your eyes off of."

She brought back Lady Gaga after spotting her during a New York City performance in 2006, when she was simply Stefani Germanotta.

Wendy Starland


Irish actor Gabriel Byrne speaks with French actress Juliette Binoche as they pose for photographers at the photo call for the film Nobody Wants The Night during the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.
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Steps Down At Sony Pictures

Amy Pascal

Amy Pascal will step down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and head of the film studio, nearly three months after a massive hack hit the company and revealed embarrassing emails.

Pascal, one of the most powerful women in Hollywood and the force behind such critical and commercial hits as "The Social Network" and "American Hustle," will launch a major new production venture at the studio focused on movies, television and theater, Sony Pictures said Thursday. Her career with Sony has spanned nearly 20 years.

During the hack, Pascal came under fire for racist remarks about President Obama's presumed choice in movies that surfaced in leaked emails. She apologized for "insensitive and inappropriate" comments in her emails that she called "not an accurate reflection of who I am." Pascal also faced criticism for green-lighting the film that may have inspired the hacking to begin with: "The Interview," which starred Seth Rogen and James Franco as bumbling journalists on a mission to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pascal will shift to the new venture in May. Sony Pictures will finance Pascal under a four-year contract and retain all distribution rights worldwide to films it funds. The venture will be located at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, California.

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Newhead News


Will Continue Making Film, Supplying Hollywood


The Eastman Kodak Co. says it will continue to make motion picture film after reaching supply agreements with the major Hollywood studios.

The Rochester-based photography and film pioneer says it has been in talks with prominent filmmakers, studios, independent artists and production companies to keep movie film alive in the age of digital filmmaking.

The agreements announced late Wednesday call for Kodak to continue to supply motion picture film to 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures. Without the pacts, Kodak was in danger of halting motion picture film production.

Kodak's motion picture film sales have fallen 96 percent since 2006 and all film revenue is now less than 10 percent of annual revenues.



Actress Senta Berger and her husband, director Michael Verhoeven arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the movie 'Nobody Wants the Night', during the opening gala of the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival, in Berlin February 5, 2015.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke


Canal Developers Collect 15,000 Relics


A Chinese company granted a concession to build a transoceanic canal across Nicaragua has handed over more than 15,000 pre-Columbian relics to the government, a consultant said Thursday.

The pieces were collected over six weeks by a team of 29 archaeologists and other specialists along the canal's 173-mile (278-kilometer) route, said Manuel Roman Lacayo of Environmental Resources Management, which was hired by HKND of China to consult on the project.

The vast majority of artifacts were apparently shards of pottery or other materials such as obsidian, dating from around 500 B.C. to the 1500s. Such pieces are relatively commonly found in parts of the region.

The pieces were found above ground. Developers have not begun digging the canal itself, though in late December they broke ground on roads related to the broader project.



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Lowest Ratings In A Decade


MSNBC registered its lowest full-day rating in nearly a decade on Tuesday, a devastatingly low benchmark that shows just how severe the network's decline has become.

The "liberal" cable news network drew an average of 55,000 viewers in the all-important 25- to 54-year-old demo on Tuesday, its lowest full-day rating since July 2005, according to Nielsen ratings provided by an industry source. CNN had nearly three times as many viewers in the demo, Fox News nearly five times as many.

That low reflects a more general decline in recent years. In January, MSNBC's daytime ratings for January were down 20 percent in total and 37 percent in the demo when compared to the previous year. In prime time, total viewership was down 23 percent, while the demo dropped by 39 percent.

In October, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said the network was "experimenting" with new ways to regain momentum, spawning widespread speculation that he planned to make significant changes to the lineup. Ronan Farrow's show, which debuted last year and has received dismal ratings ever since, is one program that is widely believed to be up for removal. On Tuesday, it brought in just 11,000 viewers in the demo.



Master chef Wolfgang Puck holds a pan filled with chocolates shaped like Oscar statues during a preview of the food and decor for the 87th Academy Awards' Governors Ball at the Ray Dolby ballroom in Hollywood, California February 4, 2015. The Governors Ball is a gala hosted by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and takes place immediately after the Academy Awards ceremony.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


Sues Kentucky Over Lost Tax Rebates

Ark Encounter

Kentucky officials committed religious discrimination when they pulled tax rebates from a planned Noah's Ark-based theme park attraction, the project's developers charged on Thursday in a federal lawsuit.

State tourism officials in December told the Ark Encounter developers they were pulling the tax incentives from the theme park proposal because the plans had evolved from a tourist attraction into a ministry seeking to advance religion.

The incentives were potentially worth more than $18 million over 10 years and the state warned the park's parent company, Answers in Genesis, it could lose the incentives if it hired only people who believed in the biblical flood. The park could have received a rebate on a portion of sales taxes generated by park revenues.

"What they've done in effect is engage in viewpoint discrimination. They have decided to exclude this organization from a tax rebate program that's offered to all applicants across the state," said attorney Mike Johnson, who represents Ark Encounter and Answers in Genesis in the lawsuit.

Ark Encounter


Director Werner Herzog arrives for the screening of the movie 'Nobody Wants the Night', during the opening gala of the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival, in Berlin February 5, 2015.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke


Oligarchs Unload Sochi Olympics Assets

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The ski jump sits shrouded in mist, its coat of snow undisturbed by any athletes hurtling down the ramp to take off into the air.

A year ago, the jump bustled with activity at the Sochi Olympics as the world's best ski jumpers - including women, for the first time - competed for gold. But it made some unwanted history as well, becoming a stark symbol of how some of the plans for President Vladimir Putin's $51 billion Winter Games went terribly wrong.

The cost of the facility soared during construction from $40 million to nearly $300 million. The overrun embarrassed the Kremlin, which publicly shamed the businessman involved, and he fled the country in the face of a corruption investigation.

Russia had vowed to pay for what became the most expensive Olympics of all time by getting super-rich private investors to take the cost from the state. Instead, as the first anniversary of those games approaches, at least two of those oligarchs are quietly dumping their increasingly toxic assets on the state - forcing Russian taxpayers to pick up the bill.

For the oligarchs, it's a way to recoup billions of dollars as they struggle in an economy battered by plunging oil prices and Western sanctions. For Putin's critics, it's evidence of the crony capitalism that shields Russia's rich and powerful businessmen from economic pain.

Pooti's Pals


Activists from the antiwar group CodePink, including co-founder Medea Benjamin, second from right, hold silent protest at the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the detention center in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A week ago, the same group drew the ire of Armed Services Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., when they interrupted a hearing with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and charged the witness table.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite


Emergency Declared After Ship Grounding


Ecuador activated a state of emergency Wednesday at the famous Galapagos Islands, authorities said, a week after the stranding of a cargo ship loaded with supplies that included hazardous materials.

The alert "will allow authorities to have immediate (financial) means to deal with the situation," a Galapagos National Park spokesman told AFP, amid fears the boat poses an imminent risk to the fragile ecosystem of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On January 28, the ship Floreana, which runs supplies to the Galapagos, ran aground at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It was carrying 1,400 tons of cargo, including food and hazardous substances, as well as some 10,000 gallons of fuel.

It is at least the third such incident in the past year at the islands.



A man puts the final touches on a giant figure showing British musician Mick Jagger, during preparations for the 131st Nice carnival parade , Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in Nice, southeastern France. The Carnival, running from Feb. 13 until March 1, 2015, celebrates the "King of Music".
Photo by Lionel Cironneau


Time To Rename Mount McKinley


Lawmakers have failed in past attempts to rename North America's highest mountain, but a new proposal may have a better chance this year under a Republican Congress, according to an aide to an Alaska lawmaker who is resurrecting the effort.

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have introduced a bill to give Mount McKinley its historical Alaska Native name.

The Alaska Republicans announced a Senate bill Wednesday to formally call the 20,320-foot mountain by its Athabascan name, Denali, KTUU reported.

The mountain's current name honors the 25th U.S. president, William McKinley of Ohio, who served one full term as president before his assassination in 1901.

Murkowski and Sullivan stressed that the mountain has a longer known history with its Athabascan name, which means "the Great One" or "the High One."



A model presents a creation by Ernesto Sillero during the International Flamenco Fashion Show SIMOF in the Andalusian capital of Seville February 5, 2015. The show will run until February 8.
Photo by Marcelo del Pozo


Angry Owl Attacks


It appears the angry owl of Oregon has attacked another jogger.

Brad Hilliard says he was jogging early Monday near Bush's Pasture Park in the state's capital of Salem when he felt a scratch on the back of his neck and something swooped off with his favorite running cap.

It's the fourth likely owl attack in or around the park since last month, the Statesman Journal reported. One jogger said the owl whacked him so hard he thought he was having a stroke.

The bird has been identified as a barred owl, a species that has gained notoriety along the West Coast as a 20th century invader from the Great Plains that's crowding out the smaller, endangered spotted owl.

The federal government is killing thousands of barred owls in an experiment to see if that will help save the spotted owl from extinction.



Visitors take pictures of a snow sculpture of depicting Star Wars displayed at the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival venue at Odori Park in Sapporo, northern Japan, Feb. 5, 2015, the opening day of the mid-winter festival. The snow festival is held through February 11 and 204 snow and ice sculptures are displayed at three venues, mainly at Odori Park. It is expected more than 2.4 millions of visitors enjoy the festival during the week. The amount of snow transported for the festival is equivalent to 6,500 five-ton trucks.
Photo by Kimimasa Mayama


Daily Use Not Associated With Brain Shrinkage


Daily marijuana use is not associated with brain shrinkage when using a like-for-like method to control for the effects of alcohol consumption on those who both drink and toke up, a new study from Colorado has found.

The study, led by neuroscientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder and published Jan. 28 in the Journal of Neuroscience, points to continued uncertainty about how pot use alters the structure of the brain. Even so, other studies have found the drug has short-term effects on learning and memory.

The latest research comes as access to pot is expanding following 2012 ballot measures in Washington state and Colorado that legalized its recreational use, and voter-approved measures last year to do the same in Alaska and Oregon. The drug remains illegal under federal law.

Kent Hutchison, a clinical neuroscientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the senior author of the study, said his team reviewed a number of scientific papers that showed marijuana causes different parts of the brain to shrink, and his team found the studies were not consistent.




Polar Bear Anori enjoys the temperatures around the freezing point while playing at the outdoor enclosure pool at the Wuppertal Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, on Thursday Feb. 5,2015.
Photo by Maja Hitij



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