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10 June, 2016

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Dan Kois: Here Is How Game of Thrones Should End (but Won't) (Slate)
I want to see the best characters team up and face insurmountable odds. Give me a superteam: Jon, Arya, Sansa, Daenerys, Tyrion, Grey Worm, Bronn, Yara, Dolorous Edd, the Hound. Sam? Sure. Jaime? Maybe. Brienne and Tormund, giggly and postcoital, faithful Pod at their heels. Two of the three dragons. (Not the jerk dragon who ate that poor shepherd's kid.) They all gather in Mole's Town, grab an ale, laugh together about the horrible thing that happened to Ramsay Bolton. Then they strap on their swords, hike a mile or so north, and meet the armies of the dead. High fives all around. Tyrion gets the last word. Cut to black.

Suzanne Moore: Voters will stick two fingers up to those lecturing about Brexit's dangers (The Guardian)
Much of England is ready to roll the dice. To simply label these people as racist is a zero-sum game.

Simon Usborne: Why do you leave things until the last minute? (The Guardian)
The number of people trying to register to vote in the EU referendum, moments before the deadline, caused the site to crash. Why do some of us procrastinate - and can it ever be helpful?

Ashley Clark: "Brian de Palma: 'Film lies all the time … 24 times a second'" (The Guardian)
The Carrie and Scarface director is the subject of a new film and retrospective. Here he talks about how he invented reality TV and what it feels like to be reviled.

Gold Moldavsky and Patrick Sproull: "Goldy Moldavsky: my mission was to write a dark comedy"(The Guardian)
Ex fangirl and author of Kill The Boy Band opens up to teen reader Patrick Sproull about her bestselling book about a group of girls who abduct a boy band member.

Janel Comeau, Rachel Loomis: 5 Famous Artists Who Nearly Trashed Their Iconic Works (Cracked)
Creating a work of art is an arduous process: the conceptualization, the drafting, the endless tweaking and editing, and, finally, the intense hatred and the rampant destruction. Yes, sometimes there's a fine line between "artistic process" and "hulking the fuck out." Here are a few works of art we nearly lost to the blood-rage that lives within all creative types ...

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Born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, this notorious actor and filmmaker is best known by his stage name. What is his stage name?


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       My Favorite Martian                                                      Source

My Favorite Martian is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1963, to May 1, 1966, for 107 episodes (75 in black and white: 1963-65, 32 color: 1965-66). The show starred Ray Walston as Uncle Martin (the Martian) and Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara.

A human-looking extraterrestrial in a one-man spaceship crash-lands near Los Angeles. The ship's pilot is, in fact, an anthropologist from Mars and is now stranded on Earth. Tim O'Hara, a young newspaper reporter for The Los Angeles Sun, is on his way home from Edwards Air Force Base (where he had gone to report on the flight of the X-15) back to Los Angeles when he spots the spaceship coming down.

Tim takes the Martian in as his roommate and passes him off as his "Uncle Martin." Uncle Martin refuses to reveal any of his Martian traits to people other than Tim, to avoid publicity (or panic), and Tim agrees to keep Martin's identity a secret while the Martian attempts to repair his ship. Uncle Martin has various unusual powers: he can raise two retractable antennae from his head and become invisible; he is telepathic and can read and influence minds; he can levitate objects with the motion of his finger; he can communicate with animals; he can freeze people or objects; and he can speed himself (and other people) up to do work.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   My Favorite Martian.

mj wrote:
   That's Uncle Martin
  Of My Favorite Martian.

Stephen F said:
   My Favorite Martian

Randall replied:
   used to be a fav when I was a kid...

Adam answered:
   My Favorite Martian.

Deborah responded:
   That's "My Favorite Martian." My parents didn't watch that show, so I've only seen a few as reruns.
  Cool enough that we didn't need a/c yesterday, and probably not today, either. It's the little things…

Marian said:
   My Favorite Martian

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "My Favorite Martian."

Kevin K. in Washington DC answered:
   Long before becoming Spicoli's nemesis, Ray Walston was "My Favorite Martian" , co-starring future Mr. Eddie's Father and TV Hulk, Bill Bixby.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliwonderful replied:
   "My Favorite Martian " was an entertainingly banal Sunday night TV show on CBS, airing before "Ed Sullivan"…Women from Mars

DJ Useo responded:
   Howdy Y'all - Why, that's my Uncle Martin, ( lol, why not? ) & he starred in "MY FAVORITE MARTIAN".
  It began in 1963, so I didn't see them till reruns, but they were mostly good fun.
  My favorite that I remember right now is where Martin was struck by lightning & became a skeleton.
  I saw that when I really young, & often wanted to see it again. When I finally did it was the hi-larious worst skeleton ever.
  Not what I remembered. Hahahaha.

MAM   wrote:
   "My Favorite Martian" from 1963 to 1966 ~ Uncle Martin played by Ray Walston, alongside co-star Bill Bixby.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   home safe and sound.....My Favorite Martian

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Last Night

Borrego Springs is about 147 miles from here. They had a couple of earthquakes (5.1 & 5.2) a little after 1am. Yep, felt them in Long Beach.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are David Duchovny, Aaron Tveit, and Alexander Koblikov.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/24/16) are Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

NBC stars the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ryan Seacrest, Cedric the Entertainer, and Chris Young featuring Vince Gill.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 5/25/16) are David Spade, Marcia Clark, Noah Hawley, and Tim Alexander.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/10/16) are Tituss Burgess, Plague Vendor, and Ali Wong.

ABC fills the night with LIVE '2016 NBA Playoffs', followed by a FRESH 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', and on the left coast, a bunch of local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Anthony Anderson, Bill Simmons, and Train.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Faux has the FRESH 'Copa America Centenario', then pads the left coast with local crap.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 3 hours of old 'The First 48', and 'Streets Of Compton'.

AMC offers the movie 'Christine', followed by the movie 'I Am Legend', then the movie 'Terminator Salvation'.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 19-Captain's Holiday
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Where No One Has Gone Before
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Redemption (Part 1)
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Redemption (Part 2)
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Redemption (Part 1)
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Redemption (Part 2)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by the movie 'The Holiday', then the movie 'The Holiday', again.

Comedy Central has 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', followed by the movie 'Rush Hour', then the movie 'Life'.

FX has the movie '2 Guns', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious 6'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', then a FRESH 'Time Beings: Extreme Time Travel Conspiracies'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-The Lonely Island Wear Dark Pants and Eyeglasses
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lil John
 [7:15AM]    THE MARINE
 [9:15AM]    FIGHT CLUB
 [12:30PM]    THE MARINE
 [2:30PM]    MAX PAYNE
 [11:00PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Tony Hale Wears a Blue Flannel Shirt and Fuchsia Sneakers
 [11:30PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Tegan and Sara Wear Leather Jackets and Skinny Jeans

Sundance  -   
 [7:30AM]    The Ledge
 [9:45AM]    21
 [12:30PM]    Indecent Proposal
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-God Bless the Child
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Mother Love
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Precious
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Scoundrels
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Progeny
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Custody
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Family Business
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Divorce
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Cherished
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Merger
 [2:00AM]    Cleverman-Episode 2
 [3:05AM]    The Matador
 [5:05AM]    The Ledge    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Child's Play 3', followed by 'WWE Raw', then a FRESH 'Wynonna Earp'.

TCM spends most of the night with films written and/or directed by Billy Wilder
 [8:00 AM]      The Student Prince (1954)
 [10:00 AM]      Kismet (1955)
 [12:00 PM]      Pal Joey (1957)
 [2:00 PM]      The Black Scorpion (1957)
 [3:45 PM]      The Killer Shrews (1959)
 [5:00 PM]      Beast From Haunted Cave (1959)
 [6:15 PM]      The Reptile (1966)
 [8:00 PM]      Sunset Boulevard (1950)
 [10:00 PM]      Ace in the Hole (1951)
 [12:00 AM]      Stalag 17 (1953)
 [2:15 AM]      The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

 [4:45 AM]      Paris Interlude (1934)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  06/11/16

 [6:45 AM]      The Wasp Woman (1960)
 [8:00 AM]      Queen of Outer Space (1958)
 [9:30 AM]      Ace Drummond: The Doorway of Doom (1936)
 [10:00 AM]      Ace Drummond: The Radio Riddle (1936)
 [10:30 AM]      Hold That Line (1952)
 [11:45 AM]      God's Little Acre (1958)
 [2:00 PM]      Giant (1956)
 [5:30 PM]      Rio Bravo (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
 [10:00 PM]      It Happened At The World's Fair (1963)
 [12:00 AM]      So Long at the Fair (1950)
 [2:00 AM]      Some Call It Loving (1973)
 [3:45 AM]      Lolita (1961)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Couldn't Care Less About Late-Night Television

David Letterman

David Letterman said he "couldn't care less" about late-night television, adding that the field-including the Late Show, which he hosted for 33 years before Stephen Colbert took over-should employ more women.

In an interview with NBC News' Tom Brokaw, which will air at 7 p.m. Sunday, the former CBS host said, "I don't know why they didn't give my show to a woman."

When Brokaw asked if Letterman missed hosting the program, Letterman replied that he "thought for sure" he would.

"And then, the first day of Stephen's show, when he went on the air, an energy left me and I felt like, 'You know, that's not my problem anymore,'" Letterman said. "And I've kind of felt that way ever since. I devoted so much time, to the damage of other aspects of my life. The concentrated, fixated, focusing on that … it's good now to not have that. I couldn't care less about late-night television. I'm happy for the guys-men and women-there should be more women. And I don't know why they didn't give my show to a woman. That would have been fine. You know, I'm happy for their success. And they're doing things I couldn't do. So that's great."

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Albert Brooks arrives at the Premiere of "Finding Dory" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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Decade Of Labor

Antikythera Mechanism

When you're trying to fathom a mangled relic of very old hi-tech, it helps to have the manufacturer's instructions.

For over a century since its discovery in an ancient shipwreck, the exact function of the Antikythera Mechanism - named after the southern Greek island off which it was found - was a tantalizing puzzle.

From a few words deciphered on the twisted, corroded fragments of bronze gears and plates, experts guessed it was an astronomical instrument. But much more remained hidden out of sight.

After more than a decade's efforts using cutting-edge scanning equipment, an international team of scientists has now read about 3,500 characters of explanatory text - a quarter of the original - in the innards of the 2,100-year-old remains.

They say it was a kind of philosopher's guide to the galaxy, and perhaps the world's oldest mechanical computer.

Antikythera Mechanism


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Governor Signs Bill


Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich (R-Finally Useful) on Wednesday signed a bill legalizing marijuana use for medical purposes under certain circumstances, his office said.

Over the last few years, state legislatures and voters in the United States have been much more receptive to making marijuana legal for medical purposes, and to a lesser extent, recreational use.

Kasich, who earlier this year dropped out of the U.S. presidential race, signed the bill but provided no statement on Wednesday.

The Ohio legislation only allows patients with specific medical conditions to use an oil, edible, tincture or vapor form of marijuana prescribed by a physician licensed in the state, starting in 2017.

Medical marijuana users would not be allowed to smoke or grow their own marijuana under the measure, which also would create a commission responsible for regulating and licensing of all operations of the drug.



Inductee Elvis Costello, right, and his wife Diana Krall attend the 47th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June 9, 2016.
Photo by Charles Sykes


Scrutinizes Pay TV


A U.S. Senate panel disclosed Thursday it is investigating pay TV competition and customer service issues and will call executives from top cable and satellite providers to testify.

The investigation comes as the U.S. cable and satellite TV industry ranks among the lowest in consumer surveys over billing and other practices.

Senators Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican who chairs a panel on investigations and Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said in a statement Thursday that they will hold a June 23 hearing that will include testimony from Comcast Corp, Charter Communications, DirectTV, a unit of AT&T Inc and Dish Network Corp.

The senators noted that a recent American Customer Satisfaction Index survey found pay television service ranked near the bottom of the 43 industries surveyed - a year after the pay-TV industry tied for the lowest score among all industries ranked.



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Only Trump-Backed Candidate Loses

Renee Ellmers

A North Carolina congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump (R-Grifter) lost her race for reelection Tuesday. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., is trailing her House colleague George Holding despite Election Day robocalls from the GOP presidential frontrunner. Ellmers is the only congressional candidate to have been endorsed by Trump.

The race in the North Carolina Second Congressional District was made more difficult for Ellmers after a federal judge ordered the state to redraw its congressional districts, as the new map combines her district with that of Holding, the projected winner. A third politician, former U.S. Senate candidate Greg Bannon, is also ahead of Ellmers.

Conservative organizations, including the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity, have thrown their support behind Holding, spending upward of $1 million. Holding will likely face Raleigh lawyer John McNeil in the November general election.

Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, who lost to Ellmers in the 2012 election, celebrated her defeat in a tweet Tuesday night.

Renee Ellmers


Inductee Nile Rodgers attends the 47th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


Navy Admiral To Plead Guilty

"Fat Leonard"

A Navy admiral will plead guilty to lying to federal authorities investigating a Malaysian contractor known as "Fat Leonard," his attorney said, making him the highest-ranking military official to be taken down in the wide-spanning $34 million fraud scheme that has shaken the Navy.

It is extremely rare for an admiral to even face criminal proceedings.

Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau planned to enter his plea at a federal court hearing in San Diego on Thursday to one count of making a false statement, said defense attorney David Benowitz.

Benowitz declined to comment further on what the lie involved. Gilbeau faces anywhere from probation to several months in jail, but Benowitz said he would "fight hard" to ensure his client - a decorated Naval officer - does not spend any time behind bars.

Gilbeau has not been charged like other Navy officials in the case with accepting any bribes from Leonard Glenn Francis, nicknamed "Fat Leonard," because of his wide girth. The contractor has admitted to bribing Navy officials with more than $500,000 in cash, prostitutes, luxury hotel stays and a staggering amount of others gifts in exchange for classified information. His company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, used the information to either beat out the competition in bidding or to pressure commanders to change the routes of ships to send them to ports where it could grossly overcharge the Navy.

"Fat Leonard"


Ed O'Neill, left, and Eugene Levy arrive at the premiere of "Finding Dory" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


No Right To Carry In Public

Concealed Weapons

Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.

In a dispute that could ultimately wind up before the Supreme Court, a divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said local law enforcement officials can place significant restrictions on who is allowed to carry concealed guns.

By a vote of 7-4, the court upheld a California law that says applicants must cite a "good cause" to obtain a concealed-carry permit. Typically, people who are being stalked or threatened, celebrities who fear for their safety, and those who routinely carry large amounts of cash or other valuables are granted permits.

"We hold that the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public," Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher wrote for the majority.

The ruling overturned a 2014 decision by a three-judge panel of the same court that said applicants need only express a desire for personal safety.

Concealed Weapons


The B-52's band members, from left, Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson attend the 47th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes



Global Violence

The world has become increasingly violent with deaths from conflict at a 25-year high, terrorist attacks at an all-time high and more people displaced than at any time since World War Two, the 2016 Global Peace Index showed on Wednesday.

The annual index, which measures 23 indicators including incidents of violent crime, countries' levels of militarization and weapons imports, said intensifying conflicts in the Middle East were mostly to blame.

More than 100,000 were killed in conflict in 2014, up from nearly 20,000 in 2008. Syria, where nearly 67,000 people were killed in 2014, accounted for the bulk of the increase, according to the index.

The United Nations has said the number of displaced people is likely to have "far surpassed" a record 60 million last year.

Global Violence


Brian De Palma, left, and Martin Scorsese, right, attend a special screening of "De Palma" at the DGA Theater on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa


UN: Abortion Ban Is Cruel


Ireland's abortion ban subjects women to discriminatory, cruel and degrading treatment and should be ended immediately for cases involving fatal fetal abnormalities, U.N. human rights experts said Thursday.

The 29-page report from the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Committee accepted a complaint filed by Amanda Mellet, a Dublin woman who was denied a 2011 abortion in Ireland after doctors informed her that her fetus had a heart defect and could not survive outside the womb.

Ireland permits abortions only in cases where the woman's own life is endangered by continued pregnancy. Its ban on abortion in all other circumstances requires women to carry a physiologically doomed fetus until birth or its death in the womb. The only other option is to travel abroad for abortions, usually to England, where thousands of Irish citizens have abortions annually.

The Human Rights Committee, composed of experts from 17 nations led by Fabian Salvioli of Argentina, found that Ireland's abortion law violates the U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and called for widespread reform.

The panel wields no power to compel change from Ireland, a predominantly Roman Catholic nation that maintains the strictest laws on abortion in the 28-nation EU.



An aerial performance featuring 100 illuminated drones fly above the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the Vivid Sydney light festival in Sydney, Australia, June 9, 2016.
Photo by Jason Reed


Weird Jet Stream


The vast northern ice sheet of Greenland melts every summer, pooling lakes of meltwater on its surface, and losing fleets of icebergs from its finger-like glaciers. That's not surprising - it's summer - although in a warming climate, there are reasons to think these melt seasons are getting more intense, pouring more and more freshwater into the ocean.

But when a group of scientists looked back at the last summer melt season - 2015 - they found something odd and troubling.

Specifically, they found that Greenland had shown much more unusual melting in its colder northern stretches than in the warmer south, and that this had occurred because of very strange behavior in the atmosphere above it. During the month of July, an atmospheric phenomenon called a "cutoff high" - a region of high pressure that stayed relatively immobile over the ice sheet, bringing with it sustained sunny conditions - lingered for many days and produced unusual warmth at the surface and record melting for northwest Greenland.

The high was accompanied, in this case, by a northward departure of the mid-latitude jet stream - a stream of air in the northern hemisphere that can travel in a more or less wavy route as it progresses from west to east - that set a record for its northward extent, the study found.



Folcart co's Godzilla Solar Mascots are displayed at the International Tokyo Toy Show in Tokyo, Japan June 9, 2016.
Photo by Toru Hanai


Couple Sues After Ban

Front-Yard Garden

For 17 years, a South Florida couple grew vegetables in a front-yard garden until a new town ordinance was passed limiting such gardens to backyards. Now, the couple is asking a judge to uproot the ban they claim violates their constitutional rights.

Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts say they dug up the garden in front of their Miami Shores home in August 2013 when town officials threatened to fine them $50 a day if they didn't. The threatened fine came a few months after the Miami Shores Village Council adopted a new zoning plan for the town of about 10,500 north of Miami.

The couple sued, and at a hearing Wednesday their attorney said the ban violates the Florida Constitution in several ways, including improper limits on their private property rights and violation of the equal protection clause by singling out vegetables over other plants.

Richard Sarafan, attorney for Miami Shores, said the new zoning rule was not irrational and treated all homeowners the same: their front yards should be covered with grass, sod or a "living ground cover" not further defined. It's no problem, he said, to have a vegetable garden in the backyard.

The couple is being represented by lawyers from the Arlington, Virginia-based Institute for Justice, which describes itself as a Libertarian nonprofit organization that focuses on issues such as private property rights, school choice and free speech.

Front-Yard Garden



Musafir, a pet monkey, eats a Jalebi sweet on a pavement in Kolkata, India on June 9, 2016.
Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri



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