BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 2 June, 2017

Friday

2 June, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[119 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

David Frum: The Death Knell for America's Global Leadership (Atlantic)
In an op-ed, the Trump administration's "adults in the room" envision America in the image of its leader: selfish, isolated, brutish, domineering, and driven by immediate appetites rather than ideals or even longer-term interests.


Paul Mason: We need a new defence strategy - Donald Trump has hung Europe out to dry (The Guardian)
The Polish army fields three divisions, as does Germany's Bundeswehr. France has two, Romania two, the UK two and the Baltic states could just about scrape together one. As of last week, those are the only forces Vladimir Putin has to consider as he threatens, bullies and cajoles the western diplomatic order into disintegration. Because from the mouth of Donald Trump came only cowardice.


Suzanne Moore: No more 'til death do us part, no more retirement? We must redefine what old age is (The Guardian)
There is no alternative to ageing but dying, but that's not what it says on your pot of serum.


Paula Cocozza: "Silent witness: the outsider art of Susan Te Kahurangi King" (The Guardian)
Susan Te Kahurangi King is 66 and she has been drawing since she was a young child. For decades the marks that streamed out of her pen have been her prime means of expression, because at around the age of four, King stopped speaking. By the age of nine she had stripped her verbal communication down to an occasional word. At 10, her grandparents were discussing a funeral they had been to, and Susan broke her silence to say: "Dead. Dead. Dead." It is the last thing anyone remembers her saying.


Stephen Moss: How Dr Seuss could simplify boring, wordy documents (The Guardian)
Statement from British Airways
    The plane is not leaving
    We're sorry to say.
    And check-in is heaving;
    It will be all day!


Hadley Freeman: Forget age-appropriate clothes - you're never too old for cats and flamingos (The Guardian)
The fashion industry often ignores older women, but cute isn't just for twentysomethings. Plus, Tamara Ecclestone is proof you can have too many handbags.


Jonathan Jones: Tate Britain could be our greatest museum - if it only loved its treasures (The Guardian)
In its 17 years of existence, Tate Britain has practically killed British art history. Drawn from the biggest collection of British art in the world, the gallery's permanent displays - or, more accurately, incredibly impermanent displays - have achieved such a rare cocktail of superficiality, pretension, ugliness and willed ignorance that, after a couple of hours there, it is hard to feel any enthusiasm for the story of British art.



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Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Trivia Question of the Day


Born Carol Joan Klein, this American composer and singer-songwriter is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1999. By what name is she better known?

                                  



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday


This 17-episode British import was initially a summer replacement for The Jackie Gleason Show. What is the name of this TV series?


       The Prisoner                                                      Source


The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in Canada beginning on 6 September 1967 then in the United Kingdom on 29 September 1967 and in the United States on 1 June 1968. It stars and was co-created by Patrick McGoohan, and combines spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory and psychological drama.        Source

The series first aired on American TV in 1968 as a summer replacement for a Jackie Gleason series.        Source







Randall was first and correct with:
   The Prisoner



  Used to watch it all the time - was a fav




Mark. said:
   The Prisoner was one of my favorites.



mj wrote:
   I am not a number
  That would be The Prisoner. There was speculation that it was a follow on to the spy thriller Danger Man (ran under the title Secret Agent in the US). Either way, I've had a horror of quaint PRDs ever since. Visit Seaside, FL to understand.




Alan J answered:
   The Prisoner.



Stephen F responded:
   The Avengers



Gene replied:
   It was The Prisoner. There were a few novelizations of episodes, but not all made to book form





David of Moon Valley wrote:
   that's one of my faves growing up....Patrick McGoohan is/was/will always be Number Six...The Prisoner...



Deborah said:
   I never watched The Jackie Gleason Show, as I was not born/too young during its run. I recognize that picture but can't put my finger on the show's title. It isn't "The Saint," and it almost looks like Napoleon Solo from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Meh. You got me, Marty.



Adam answered:
   The Prisoner



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Prisoner



John I from Hawai`i says,
   "The Prisoner."



Retired Teacher Ed in Mission Viejo, CA replied:
   The trivia question is about "The Prisoner" with Patrick McGoohan. In the series he drove a Lotus 7, which he chose because Emma Peel of The Avengers already drove a Lotus Elan. That car has become a classic, with a red interior and a yellow nose. Most people never dive deep into the trivia that the yellow nose was chosen because that was the only spare part they had at the time the series was filmed. It has since been copied on all reproductions of the car, but it started by chance.
  I spend a lot of my time driving a modern version of the same car that looks like this:



  Always enjoy the E page. Keeps me going, especially in dark times like these.





Daniel in The City wrote:
   The Prisoner



Dave in Tucson said:
   Jackie Gleason's summer replacement was The Prisoner.





Billy in Cypress replied:
   "The Prisoner" is one of the greats in the wasteland, a thriller of intrigue, politics, propaganda, SciFi and human determination.



Paul of Seattle replied:
   That would be the "Prisoner" which my brothers and I watched religiously when it first aired.



zorch answered:
   The Prisoner.



Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



DJ Useo took the day off.
  



Dutiful Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  




BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  June 2 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 2 | Famous Birthdays




Sally has retired.
  



MAM     In memory.



  





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Middle Class Political Economist




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


The Republicans who urged Trump to pull out of Paris deal are big oil darlings | US news | The Guardian



Portland's dark history of white supremacy | US news | The Guardian



Mysterious shark die-offs spread in San Francisco Bay as scientists narrow down cause - SFGate



BBC - Travel - The ugly story behind a breakfast meat



5 Changes That Could Come From The U.S. Leaving The Paris Climate Deal : NPR



'Sgt. Pepper's' At 50: Why The Beatles' Masterpiece Can't Be Replicated : NPR



The Weather Channel trolls Trump after he pulls out of the Paris Climate Agreement - SFGate



Here are the countries not in the Paris Climate Accord - SFGate



For Second Day In A Row, Hannity Offers A Platform To Another Anti-American Criminal



Three Major States Already "joining" Paris Accord



Trump speaks to a horrified WH audience receives weak applause muted by their overwhelming shame



The Weather Channel Is Not Holding Back When It Comes To Climate Change | HuffPost



When Loved Ones Die At Home, Family Caregivers Pay The Price | HuffPost



Thanks, Michelle!


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David E Suggests

Sci-Fi


The Great Sci-Fi Movie & Game Timeline



David


Thanks, Dave!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Funny How Trump Was Cool With Ted Nugent Joking About Killing The President | HuffPost



California GOP Mayor Says Attracting Asians And 'The Gays' Helps Reduce Crime | HuffPost



As Trump's Aides Touted His Alliance-Building, European Leaders Mocked And Disparaged Him | HuffPost



While You Obsessed Over Trump's Scandals, He's Fundamentally Changed The Country | HuffPost



Lemony Snicket on Trump, Netflix and terrible ideas - rawstory.com



In bizarre statement, Hope Hicks says Trump has a "magnetic personality" and "treats everyone with respect" - Salon.com



Hacker, Banker, Soldier, Spy: A Guide to the Key Players in the Trump-Russia Scandal | Mother Jones



Trump: I was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. Pittsburgh: Uh, we're with Paris. - Vox



An incredibly telling thing Trump said at today's Paris event wasn't about climate at all - Vox



The White Terror Crisis In Portland | HuffPost



Tom Price Bought Drug Stocks. Then He Pushed Pharma's Agenda in Australia. - ProPublica



The Bullshitter-in-Chief - Vox



Really bad '80s nostalgia: Donald Trump's misguided war on crime and immigration may undo years of bipartisan progress - Salon.com



Mueller could obtain Trump's tax returns -- without telling Trump - dailykos.com



U.S. Has 'Resigned' As Leader Of Free World, Says Fareed Zakaria | HuffPost



Fact-checking Donald Trump's statement withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement | PolitiFact



Trump has granted more lobbyist waivers in 4 months than Obama did in 8 years - Vox



Franken: Dem colleague rejected Cruz during Secret Santa drawing | TheHill



Military, Intelligence Leaders Appalled By Trump's Violations Of Secrecy - national memo.com



GOP rep: If climate change is real, God will 'take care of it' | TheHill



Trump Wants To Roll Back Birth Control Access. Women Aren't Having It. | HuffPost



EPA halts Obama-era rule on methane pollution | TheHill



Jim Carrey Defends Kathy Griffin: It's Her Job To Cross The Line | HuffPost





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Reader Comment

Current Events


Fulfill his "solemn commitment" my ass--he's a soulless void. NOTHING he does represents me. He needs to eat excrement and die. And then I hope that void of a shell of humanity rots overnight, turns to dust, and disappears. (Not that I dislike him or wish him ill.)



I'm so sad today to see that MAM is gone. Marianne was a kind, uplifting presence on your page. We are all diminished when a good person leaves us.


Linda   >^..^<
    We are all only temporarily able bodied.


Thanks, Linda!



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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


STAY AWAY!

KILL THE OMBUD!

BIRDS DO IT!

CONSERVATIVES WILL DESTROY THE WORLD.

WHERE THE SUN DOESN'T SHINE AND THE WIND DOESN'T BLOW.






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Good-bye May Gray, Hello June Gloom.



Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'MacGyver', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 5/8/17) are Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/30/17) are Adam Scott, Michael Pena, and Bea Miller.



NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 4/21/17) are Salma Hayek, Mike Birbiglia, Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 5/15/17) are Tracy Morgan, Michael McKean, Sen. and Ben Sasse.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/23/17) are Ne-Yo, Bonobo, and Ari Graynor.



ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by another RERUN Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/23/17) is U2.



The CW offers a FRESH 'The Originals', followed by a FRESH 'Reign'.



Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN 'The F Word'.



MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.



A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.



AMC offers the movie 'The Fugitive', followed by the movie 'Sherlock Holmes'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Everything Changes
 [7:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Day One
 [8:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Ghost Machine
 [9:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Cyberwoman
 [10:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Small Worlds
 [11:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Countrycide
 [12:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Greeks Bearing Gifts
 [1:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-They Keep Killing Suzie
 [2:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Random Shoes
 [3:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Out Of Time
 [4:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Combat
 [5:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Captain Jack Harkness
 [6:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-End Of Days
 [7:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
 [8:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Sleeper
 [9:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-To The Last Man
 [10:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Meat
 [11:00PM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Adam
 [12:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-Reset
 [1:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Dead Man Walking
 [2:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-A Day in the Death
 [3:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-Something Borrowed
 [4:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-From Out of the Rain
 [5:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Adrift    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by the movie 'Crazy, Stupid, Love', then the movie 'Crazy, Stupid, Love', again.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Billy Madison'.



FX has the movie 'Kung Fu Panda 2', followed by the movie 'Home'.



History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Carrie Dates a Hunk
 [6:30AM]    JEEPERS CREEPERS 2
 [9:00AM]    BREAKDOWN
 [11:00AM]    JENNIFER'S BODY
 [1:30PM]    JEEPERS CREEPERS 2
 [4:00PM]    HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
 [6:00PM]    SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D
 [8:00PM]    HOUSE OF WAX
 [10:30PM]    THE MIST
 [1:15AM]    HOUSE OF WAX
 [3:45AM]    CARRIE    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Barney Miller-Quo Vadis?
 [6:30AM]    Barney Miller-Hostage
 [7:00AM]    Barney Miller-Evaluation
 [7:30AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Cover Boy
 [8:05AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Didn't You Used to Be ... Wait ... Don't Tell Me
 [8:40AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Thoroughly Unmilitant Mary
 [9:15AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-And Now, Sitting In for Ted Baxter
 [9:50AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Don't Break the Chain
 [10:25AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Six-and-a-Half-Year Itch
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Colonel's Horse
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Exorcism
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Hawk's Nightmare
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Most Unforgettable Characters
 [1:00PM]    Foxcatcher
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Manhood
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Benevolence
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Volunteers
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Discord
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Bronx Cheer
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Ego
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-White Lie
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Whiplash
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Brother's Keeper
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-School Daze
 [2:00AM]    Gomorrah-Cemetery
 [3:00AM]    Gomorrah-Seven Years
 [4:00AM]    United 93    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Seventh Son', followed by the movie 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory'.



TCM:
 [6:30 AM]      Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)    SILENT 
 [9:00 AM]      Storm At Daybreak (1933)
 [10:30 AM]      Hitler's Madman (1943)
 [12:00 PM]      Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)
 [1:45 PM]      Berlin Express (1948)
 [3:30 PM]      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
 [5:00 PM]      The King's Thief (1955)
 [6:30 PM]      The Tall Target (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      Summer Magic (1963)
 [10:00 PM]      Pollyanna (1960)
 [12:30 AM]      Mickey's Polo Team (1936)
 [12:45 AM]      The Horse with the Flying Tail (1960)
 [1:45 AM]      The Tattooed Police Horse (1964)
 [2:45 AM]      Hacksaw (1971)
 [4:30 AM]      The Horse Without a Head (1963)     [AKA: '"Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" The Horse Without a Head: The 100,000,000 Franc Train Robbery (TV Episode 1963)']    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Saturday   -  06/03/17

TCM:
 [6:15 AM]      Weekend at the Waldorf (1945)
 [8:45 AM]      Village of Daughters (1962)
 [10:30 AM]      Confessions of Boston Blackie (1941)
 [12:00 PM]      The Slipper and the Rose (1976)    [AKA: 'The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella']
 [2:45 PM]      Song of India (1949)
 [4:15 PM]      Frankenstein (1931)
 [5:45 PM]      Clash of the Titans (1981)
 [8:00 PM]      Brief Encounter (1945)
 [9:45 PM]      Indiscretion Of An American Wife (1954)
 [11:00 PM]      Anna Karenina (1948)
 [1:00 AM]      Union Depot (1932)
 [2:30 AM]      The Muthers (1976)
 [4:15 AM]      Cleopatra Jones (1973)     (ALL TIMES EDT)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from June 2, 1978) - Birdcallers, James Coco, Barbara Howard, Kelly Monteith, and Leonard Waxdeck.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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A performer takes part in an event titled "Science in the Square" which is used to highlight science and in particular, climate change in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 31, 2017.
Photo by Carlo Allegri

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50 Years

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Fifty years ago, The Beatles transformed from floppy-haired boy wonders who wanted to hold your hand to abstruse philosophers whose vision spanned civilizations. And the effect is still being felt.

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been called the original concept album and even the greatest album of all time.

Either way, its release half a century ago represented a landmark in music history, with stars once focused on churning out radio-friendly singles newly imagining albums as intricate pieces of art.

The anniversary of the album, which came out on June 2, 1967 in the United States shortly after its British release, has set off a revival of "Sgt. Pepper" which will include weekend commemorations in The Beatles's native Liverpool.

A reissued edition, with a dynamic mix by the son of Beatles producer George Martin, is forecast to top the next weekly chart in Britain, where "Sgt. Pepper" was already the third top-selling album ever.

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

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Greenpeace activists stage a demonstration in Giardini Naxos, near the venue of the G7 summit in the Sicilian town of Taormina, southern Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. Climate change promises to be the most problematic issue for this summit after Trump's decision to review U.S. policies related to the Paris Agreement on fighting global warming.
Photo by Angelo Carconi

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Guitar Raises More Than $3 Million

Jerry Garcia

A guitar of Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia on Wednesday raised more than $3 million at an auction to support a leading civil rights group.

Known as Wolf, the custom-made electric guitar was a constant concert companion of Garcia until the jam rock icon died in 1995.

The original buyer put the guitar back on auction to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alabama-based group which wages legal battles against white supremacists and other hate groups.

At a charity concert in New York, Brian Halligan, the CEO and co-founder of marketing firm HubSpot, bought Wolf for $1.932 million including the premium.

An anonymous charity matched his pre-premium $1.6 million bid, bringing the total donation for the Southern Poverty Law Center to $3.2 million.

Jerry Garcia

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High Times

Damian Marley

An investment group that includes legendary ganga guru Bob Marley's son has bought a controlling interest in High Times, the magazine that for decades has separated the stems and seeds from the leaves when it comes to showing people the best ways to grow, roll and consume the finest blends of marijuana.

Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, whose forthcoming reggae album is appropriately titled "Stony Hill," is one of 20 investors who announced Thursday they have acquired 60 percent interest in Trans-High Corp., owner of High Times, its digital platforms and its popular Cannabis Cup trade shows.

THC (the acronym is the same as that of marijuana's key ingredient) will be renamed High Times Holding Co.

"It's an exciting day," said Adam Levin, the company's new CEO. "We have really the largest brand in cannabis, really the trusted brand, that we've been able to acquire at a time when obviously legalization trends are burgeoning and the industry as a whole is exploding."

The purchase price wasn't revealed but Levin, whose Los Angeles-based investment firm, Oreva Capital, put the deal together, said the company is valued at $70 million.

Damian Marley

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A schoolboy and a woman carrying a child wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Agartala, India, June 1, 2017.
Photo by Jayanta Dey

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'Absolutely Convinced' Aliens Live Among Us

Robert Bigelow

At least one space technology billionaire believes we've already encountered aliens - and they're living among us. Robert Bigelow, the founder of Bigelow Aerospace, said he was "absolutely convinced" that aliens existed.

NASA gave Bigelow Aerospace a $17.8 million contract in 2013 to create an expandable space habitat that would be connected to the International Space Station. Bigelow, 73, appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday to discuss the technology and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Do you believe in aliens?" interviewer Lara Logan asked Bigelow.

"I'm absolutely convinced," he said. "That's all there is to it."

"There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence," Bigelow responded. "And I spent millions and millions and millions - I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject."

Robert Bigelow

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Leaked Rule Would Broaden Religious Exemption

Birth Control

Women's groups are threatening to take the Trump administration to court after a leaked, draft regulation revealed a plan to let employers opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women for religious and moral reasons.

The White House refused comment, calling the 125-page document posted online by the news site Vox an "alleged draft." A government website shows that a rule on preventive services under the Affordable Care Act - which includes birth control - is under final review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The share of women employees paying their own money for birth control pills has plunged to under 4 percent, from 21 percent, since contraception became a covered preventive health benefit under the Obama-era health law, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Research has shown that contraception promotes maternal health by allowing women to space out their pregnancies, among other findings. The birth control requirement also applies to dependent coverage for wives and daughters.

The leaked draft from the Department of Health and Human Services would allow any employer to opt out of providing birth control as preventive care at no cost to women employees for religious or moral reasons.

Birth Control

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A flock of birds flies past wind turbines just before sunrise in the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany on March 28, 2017. A senior EU official says Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the EU and China will reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate change accord this week, regardless of whether President Donald Trump pulls out of the pact. The official told reporters that the EU and China will also "spell out" how they plan to meet their commitments to the accord at talks in Brussels on Friday.
Photo by Michael Probst

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Delaware-Sized Iceberg

Antarctica

A Delaware-sized iceberg is very close to splitting off from one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica, scientists say, after a fast-growing crack stretched to within 8 miles (13 kilometers) of the open ocean this week.

Last month, aerial observations showed that the crack had shifted toward the edge of the ice sheet and the open ocean, leading scientists to estimate that an iceberg more than 300,000 times the size of the one that sunk the Titanic could calve off as soon as summer.

The formation of the iceberg fits within a broader trend of shrinking ice shelves in the region, which scientists believe is linked to global warming.

The crack has grown an additional 11 miles (17 kilometers) in just the last week, according to observations released on Wednesday by Project MIDAS, a European research group that has been monitoring the region, making the iceberg's separation imminent.

The 1,900-square-mile (5,000-square-kilometer) chunk of ice has nearly completely broken off the Larsen C ice shelf, the fourth largest in Antarctica. When it does, it will shrink Larsen C by about 10 percent and leave it with the smallest area ever recorded.

Antarctica

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T-rump Is Too 'Articulate'

Lewandowski

Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (R-Fabulist) says reported difficulties in the White House media operation are the result of Trump's exceptional communications skills, which make it hard for his staff to keep up with him. Lewandowski's comments followed the announcement that Mike Dubke, Trump's director of communications, was resigning after a few months on the job.

"I think Mike was brought into a job not having a pre-existing relationship with the president," Lewandowski said on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday. "And you know when you have a president who is so active, who is so articulate, who is so good at communicating with the media, sometimes you get staff that have to keep up with him. And it's much easier, I think, if you have people who have a pre-existing relationship with him."

It has been speculated that Lewandowski may be joining his former boss in the Oval Office soon. Last week, Reuters reported that Trump's advisers are "planning to establish a 'war room' to combat mounting questions about communications between Russia and his presidential campaign before and after November's presidential election."

The group will reportedly include Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (R-White Nationalist), chief of staff Reince Priebus (R-Hand Puppet) and Lewandowski, who could join the administration as early as this week.

Lewandowski served as Trump's campaign manager until June 2016, when he was fired by Trump and replaced by campaign chairman Paul Manafort (R-Ruskie). Lewandowski was then tapped by CNN as a political analyst and Trump surrogate - a hire that was criticized by many because Lewandowski was reportedly still being paid by the Trump campaign.

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T-rump Jr

Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) eldest son is spearheading a campaign to overturn restrictions on gun silencers - legislation gun safety activists say has existed for decades for reasons of public security.

The country's largest gun rights manufacturers lobbying group, the National Rifle Association (NRA), is backing legislation that would make it easier for people to buy silencers, or suppressors. Restrictions on their sale were first introduced during the administration of Franklin D Roosevelt, and advocates say the sound of a gun being fired acts as a loud, obvious safety signal for people to take cover, run the way other way or simply be alert.

They say that while there is little evidence that gun crimes are committed with weapons fitted with silencers, they fear that if suppressors were easier to obtain, so might their use in armed crimes. They also say that the bill's sponsor's justification for the measure - that it is to protect people from suffering hearing damage - is countered by the simple use of ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones.

"The NRA wants to get a weapon that has a stealth capability onto the market," Andrew Patrick, a spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told The Independent.

"They're looking to sell more weapons. The NRA and others are latching onto this hearing issue, but there are already safe solutions."

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Parallel Universe

The idea that we might be living in just one of an infinite number of universes has been fodder for scientific debate and sci-fi movie plots for a long time, but coming up with evidence to support the theory has been hard to come by. Now, researchers have discovered something in space that they can't quite account for, and one of the possible explanations is that - are you sitting down? - our universe actually bumped into a neighboring, parallel one.

When gazing into the heavens, scientists spotted what they refer to as a "cold" area of space. It was observed some time ago, and explaining it proved difficult, but a 2015 study suggested it was merely an area of the universe in which the number of galaxies is dramatically lower than the rest. Unfortunately, subsequent investigations couldn't support that finding, and a new study by Durham University suggests the slim possibility that it's actually evidence of parallel universes is still on the table.

The multiverse theory hinges on the idea that all possible outcomes of any given scenario are all playing out at the same time in a layered reality of which we are only experiencing one layer. It's a wild idea that has a foundation in quantum mechanics, but it's also entirely unproven.

As the study states, the researchers believe the mysterious cold spot, while still totally unexplained, could actually be "the remnant of a collision between our universe and another 'bubble' universe during an early inflationary phase." In short, if the idea is correct, our early universe collided with another young universe early on, causing something of a "bruise" which we are able to observe today.

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