BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 22 September, 2017


22 September, 2017

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from Bruce

Sara R. Collins: What Are the Potential Effects of the Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill? Past Estimates Provide Some Clues (
The Graham-Cassidy bill, like the earlier Senate and House bills, reaches well beyond the ACA and makes the deepest cuts in the Medicaid program since its inception in 1965. Like those prior bills, it places a per-enrollee cap on what the federal government provides to states for their programs. This cap would threaten the health care of an additional 65 million people who depend on the program, including the elderly, disabled, children, pregnant women, and very poor adults.

Matt Fuller: John McCain Can Stop This Health Care Bill (Huffington Post)
But will he?

Researchers Say Most Alzheimer's Disease Cases Are Preventable-Find Out How (Blue Zones)
What we know from the research is that when one spouse is affected, the other spouse has 600% the risk of developing the disease. That shows that it's not genetics-it's lifestyle and environment. This includes food, lack of physical activity, stress, and sleeping patterns.

Christine: 10+ Animals That Look Like They're About To Drop The Hottest Albums Of The Year (Goodfullness)
Animals come in a number of shapes and sizes and these majestic creatures can inspire some amazing photography. Let's take a closer look at the following animals and the potential album art that they have inspired, shall we?

This newspaper has written a headline that deserves some kind of award (The Poke)
"Vandal paints self-p on car bonnet [American hood]."

Angels in Heaven - Chris Rodrigues & the Spoon Lady (YouTube)
"Anyone can play spoons, but it takes a lot of practice and dedication to play them this well. But Abby the Spoon Lady is more than just a spoon player." - Neatorama

Gabriella Paiella: The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time (The Cut)
"This has been my go-to brownie recipe for 30 years. In the '80s, an acquaintance in Germany to whom I brought some of the brownies, and who considered herself a great cook, asked for the recipe but was never able to get it to work. She kept asking me what she was doing wrong and I was never able to solve her problem. Eventually, she moved to the U.S. and stole my husband!"

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Michael Egan

Michael took the day off.


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons



Trivia Question of the Day

On what date is Hobbit Day celebrated?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this TV series?

       "The Courtship Of Eddie's Father"                                                      Source

The Courtship of Eddie's Father is an American television sitcom based on the 1963 movie of the same name, which was based on a novel by Mark Toby (edited by Dorothy Wilson).

The series is about a widower, Tom Corbett (played by Bill Bixby), who is a magazine publisher, and his young son, Eddie (played by Brandon Cruz). Eddie believes his father should marry, and manipulates situations surrounding the women his father is interested in. (Eddie's matchmaking efforts were the theme of the movie, but gradually became less central to the storylines in the series.)

The television show's theme song, "Best Friend", was written and performed by Harry Nilsson, and was played over opening credits showing Bixby and Cruz in various happy moments. The song has often been used since that time as an iconic indication of father-son bonding.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

Stephen F said:
   Courtship of Eddie's father

Randall wrote:
   Courtship of Eddie's Father

Alan J replied:
   The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

mj responded:
   People, let me tell you
  That's the core cast of The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

Adam answered:
   The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Gene said:
   The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Nice theme song by Harry Nilsson.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Courtship of Eddie's Father

David of Moon Valley replied:
   Courtship of Eddie's Father?
  Hope you had a swell Birthday!...Apparently i have the End of the World coming up on mine...oh boy! i can't wait!

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "The Courtship of Eddie's Father."

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   "The Courtship Of Eddie's Father". I remember a very young Jodie Foster appearing as Eddie's little friend in some episodes.

Dave in Tucson answered:
   The TV show is The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

Deborah wrote:
   "The Courtship of Eddy's Father." Bill Bixby was dreamy.

Billy in Cypress said:
   The Courtship of Eddie's Father which included two actresses named "Martha" in the series: Martha Salcido and Martha Scott.

Daniel in The City replied:
   Courtship of Eddie's Father. Watched it every week.

DJ Useo responded:
   Courtship of Eddies' Father. Good cast. Not quite my thing. I've been watching the "Mighty Boosh".
  I would probably give the movie a chance, though.

Joe S     answered:
   Instantly The Courtship Of Eddie's Father comes to mind. I'm not even sure that was even a show. I seem to remember it, but to be truthful, I can't remember what I had for breakfast. Oh well, that's my final answer.

zorch took the day off.

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

Harry M. took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  September 22 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 22 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Far away from any witnesses, my small town is being poisoned by fracking waste | US news | The Guardian

Ken Burns' Vietnam War

BREAKING: 32 MILLION to lose coverage under Graham-Cassidy

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Livid Kimmel Turns Up The Heat On Sen. Cassidy For A 2nd Night | HuffPost

These Technologies Are Giving New Life to the Ancient World | NBC News

How Gender Norms Affect Health And Success For Boys And Girls Around The World : Goats and Soda : NPR

In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions : NPR

'Victoria And Abdul': Part Satire, Part Love Story, All Charming : NPR

National Review Complains about Kimmel's Lack of Cred- Gets Eaten for Lunch By Random Twitter User

Why is the GOP desperate to pass this terrible healthcare bill? The Koch brothers threatened
     smoking gun, in a nutshell
     Hey Linda: LOVED your Bartleby reference!

Queen! Bow Down to Tattoo-Flashing Octogenarian Dame Dench - The New York Times

The Remarkable Patience of the Staten Island Bat Watchers - The New York Times

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Foreign Agents May Have Orchestrated 17 Pro-Trump Rallies in Florida | Vanity Fair

Last-Ditch Effort By Republicans to Replace ACA: What You Need to Know -

Trump hires campaign workers instead of farm experts at USDA - POLITICO

Manafort used Trump campaign account to email Ukrainian operative - POLITICO

Another potential Mueller honey pot: Spicer's notebooks - Axios

Stephen Colbert: "Every Single Part" of Trump's Emmys Dig Was Wrong | Vanity Fair

Spicer: Trump 'thought I did a great job' during Emmys cameo | TheHill

New Climate Study Doesn't Contradict Global Warming, No Matter What Breitbart Says | Gizmodo

Captain odious: Stephen Miller, White House "alt-right" survivor -

Jimmy Kimmel becomes thorn in the GOP's side | TheHill

Trump supporters dig up personal information on thousands of Trump opponents | TheHill

AARP: Older Americans to pay $16K more under GOP ObamaCare repeal | TheHill

House GOP pushes to loosen gun rules - POLITICO

Jane Goodall: Trump Is Just Like an Aggressive Chimp | Alternet

Seth Meyers Calls Out 'Putin's Favorite Congressman,' Republican Dana Rohrabacher | Alternet

Pence uses fake Jefferson quote to dodge critical question about Trumpcare - ThinkProgress

Science-denier Trump surprised by super-hurricanes predicted by science - ThinkProgress (Joe Romm)

Lindsey Graham Is the Biggest Fraud in the Senate | New Republic

"He took the job and made it smaller": how Rex Tillerson failed the State Department - Vox

Trump's U.N. Speech -



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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

I've finally figured out a work-around for the computer problem.
But it involves putting the page together on an old computer with no internet connection.
Everything has to be imported on a flash drive.
The computer is so old there are only 2 portals on the back that'll accept the flash drive - one of the portals is where the mouse goes, and the other is for the keyboard.
That means I have to climb (literally) on top of the piano to access the back of the computer to swap the keyboard's cable with the flash drive, transfer the info, then climb back up on the piano and re-connect the keyboard.
If anyone sends me anything after I've already gone to the old computer, I have to repeat the climb, swap the cables, and repeat.
So, for now, please don't send anything after 9pm PDT, 10pm MDT, 11pm CDT, or midnight on the east coast.
Odds are it'll be left for the following day.
Feel free to insert one of my fine eyetalian whines here.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'MacGyver', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Bobby Moynihan and Tatiana Maslany.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 8/17/17) are Julia Louis Dreyfus, Ray Romano, and Billy Idol.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are the cast of "Will & Grace", Colin Jost, Bruce Bozzi Jr., and Billie Joe Armstrong.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Edie Falco, Jordan Klepper, and Grace Coddington.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/5/17) are Lake Bell, Royal Blood, and Andrea Savage.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 9/13/17) are Sean Spicer, Sloane and Stephens.

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

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN 'Beat Shazam'.

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'American Ninja Warrior'.

A&E has 'Live PD', and hours of 'Live PD: Police Patrol'.

AMC offers the movie 'Independence Day', followed by the movie 'Independence Day'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Planet of the Ood
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-The Sontaran Stratagem-Part 1.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-The Poison Sky-Part 2.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-The Doctor's Daughter
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-The Unicorn and The Wasp
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Silence in the Library-Part 1.
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-The Wedding of River Song
 [2:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
 [3:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
 [4:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-A Town Called Mercy
 [5:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-The Power of Three
 [6:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-The Angels Take Manhattan
 [8:00PM]    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
 [12:00AM]    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-The Angels Take Manhattan

Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by the FRESH 'The Real Housewives Awards Nomination Special', then the movie 'Legally Blonde'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'Futurama', an hour of old 'South Park', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.

FX has the movie 'Pitch Perfect 2', followed by the movie 'Furious 7'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens: Declassified'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Fred's Cell Phone Company
 [6:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Separation Anxiety
 [7:00AM]    GHOST RIDER
 [12:45PM]    DRIVE
 [3:00PM]    GHOST RIDER
 [5:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It Satisfies on a Very Basic Level
 [5:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-We've Lost Communication    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Guest of Honor
 [6:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Merchant of Mayberry
 [7:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee the Warden
 [7:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The County Nurse
 [8:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Barney in the Big City
 [8:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee
 [9:30AM]    Thelma & Louise
 [12:30PM]    Overboard
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Sweeps
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Volunteers
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Profile
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Black Tie
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Pride and Joy
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Access Nation
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Born Again
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Girl Most Likely
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Equal Rights
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Slaughter
 [12:59AM]    Law & Order-Dazzled
 [1:58AM]    Transparent-Man on the Land
 [2:36AM]    Transparent-Grey Green Brown & Copper
 [3:20AM]    Overboard
 [5:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Three's a Crowd    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'John Wick', 'Battlestar Galactica' (part 1), another 'Battlestar Galactica' (part 2).

 [7:30 AM]      Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
 [9:30 AM]      Angels in the Outfield (1951)
 [11:30 AM]      The Heavenly Body (1943)
 [1:15 PM]      Blithe Spirit (1945)
 [3:00 PM]      Topper (1937)
 [4:45 PM]      Topper Returns (1941)
 [6:30 PM]      I Married A Witch (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Some Like It Hot (1959)
 [10:15 PM]      A Night at the Opera (1935)
 [12:00 AM]      This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
 [1:45 AM]      Modern Times (1936)
 [3:30 AM]      To Be or Not to Be (1942)
 [5:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #1 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  09/23/17

 [6:00 AM]      Zombies on Broadway (1945)
 [7:30 AM]      The Mysterious Doctor (1943)
 [8:30 AM]      The Unsuspected (1947)
 [10:30 AM]      Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1948)
 [11:45 AM]      Billy Budd (1962)
 [2:00 PM]      The Nanny (1965)
 [3:45 PM]      The Omega Man (1971)
 [5:30 PM]      Bound for Glory (1976)
 [8:00 PM]      The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
 [10:30 PM]      The War Wagon (1967)
 [12:30 AM]      The Last Posse (1953)
 [2:00 AM]      Of Unknown Origin (1983)
 [3:45 AM]      Rattlers (1976)
 [5:15 AM]      Duck and Cover (1951)
 [5:15 AM]      The Corvair In Action! (1960)
 [5:15 AM]      The Golden Years (1960)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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A member of the Mexican Navy stands next to a rescue dog after an earthquake struck on the southern coast of Mexico.
Photo by Edgard Garrido


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Unlikely Leader In Fight To Save Obamacare

Jimmy Kimmel

For a second night in a row, the late-night talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel dedicated his opening monologue to excoriating a US senator who represents one half of a renewed push to tear up the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

After Kimmel accused Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, of having "lied to my face" about his position on healthcare, Cassidy, a former doctor, went public to say Kimmel did not understand the bill.

But Kimmel, joking that he did not want this to turn into a "Kanye-and-Taylor-Swift-type situation", refused to back down.

"Which part don't I understand?" Kimmel countered, in a 10-minute rebuttal. "The part where you cut $243bn dollars from federal healthcare assistance? Am I not understanding the part where states would let insurance companies price you out of coverage for having pre-existing conditions?

"Could it be, Senator Cassidy, that the problem is that I do understand and you got caught with your G-O-Penis out? Is that possible?"

Jimmy Kimmel


Rescue dog Frida is equipped with a harness, visor and special footwear as she searches for victims after an earthquake struck on the southern coast of Mexico.
Photo by Edgard Garrido


Says Supreme Court Term 'Will Be Momentous'

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hailed herself as "a flaming feminist litigator" as she vowed to take on the majority-conservative Supreme Court as it returns next month to tackle controversial issues such as gay civil rights, President Donald Trump's travel ban and partisan gerrymandering.

"There is only one prediction that is entirely safe about the upcoming term, and that is it will be momentous," the 84-year-old said at Georgetown Law on Wednesday. She pointedly dubbed herself the "flaming feminist" in response to a question about her background fighting for liberal causes.

American liberals will be counting on Ginsburg to hold her ground as the high court takes on major cases this year, including the hot-button case of a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple on the grounds that being forced to legitimize a same-sex union violated his First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and speech.

Ginsburg's apparent concern stems from the court's current balance of power, with four solidly conservative voices-Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch (Trump's pick)-and one mostly right-of-center swing vote, Anthony Kennedy.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Newhead News


Neighbor Caught on Tape

Kathy Griffin

The CEO of homebuilder KB Home this past weekend unleashed a sexist and homophobic rant against comedian Kathy Griffin that was caught on tape.

According to audio obtained by The Huffington Post, KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger confronted his neighbors Griffin and partner Randy Bick on Saturday after the couple reportedly filed a complaint about noise coming from Mezger's Bel Air property.

Mezger's expletive-filled tirade, in which he referred to Griffin as a "fucking bald dyke" and a "fucking cunt," was picked up on security cameras at Griffin and Bick's residence. Bick shared the recording with The Huffington Post. (Griffin had recently shaved her head in solidarity with her sister, who was receiving chemotherapy treatment and who died on Thursday.)

"Let's declare war," Mezger is heard saying, "'cause we got a lot to go for. Let's bring it on." He punctuates the passage with several more expletives.

As the recording made the rounds on Tuesday, it prompted backlash against the chief executive. Personal finance guru Suze Orman, for one, called out Mezger's "disgraceful talk."

Kathy Griffin


Rescue services and volunteers raise their hands to ask for absolute silence during their search for victims under the debris of the school that collapsed in Mexico City, Mexico, Sept. 21, 2017.
Photo by Jose Mendez


Donates $20Million To Battle Climate Change

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio has announced he will be giving $20m to climate change charities and took a swipe at Donald Trump (R-Crooked) in the process.

The philanthropic actor will distribute the money through his foundation to nearly 100 environmental organisations.

The Titanic and Revenant star made the announcement at the Yale Climate Conference in New Haven, Connecticut, part of slew of events during New York Climate Week and the United Nations General Assembly.

In a dig at Mr Trump, DiCaprio commented that though the President appears undeterred on the topic in light of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, he still believes the US has "the potential to lead the world on this issue...We can only hope that the President begins to see it too, before it is too late."

DiCaprio called the Trump administration's stance on the environment "willful ignorance," even with "the independent scientific warnings, and the mounting economic price tag."

Leonardo DiCaprio


Digby's Hullabaloo


For-Profit Prison Company Sued

GEO Group, Inc.

The state of Washington sued a private prison company on Wednesday for allegedly exploiting immigrant detainees by paying them $1 per day for their labor - or sometimes compensating them only with candy or chips instead.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) said the GEO Group, Inc. has profited off of violating state minimum wage laws for more than a decade at the Northwest Detention Center, where it detains as many as 1,575 immigrants at a time on behalf of the federal government. Those detainees do "virtually all" of the non-security work at the Tacoma, Washington, facility, and are barely compensated for it, he said. It is the only immigrant detention center in the state.

The payment scheme is common at detention centers around the country, and immigrants and their allies have sued on similar grounds before. But this time, they have a state attorney general ? and the weight and resources that provides - on their side. If Washington state prevails, it could have massive repercussions for GEO by forcing them to pay an $11 per hour minimum wage and give up past profits - and send a message to the for-profit immigrant detention business as a whole, which is likely to grow under President Donald Trump.

Immigrant detention differs from jails or prisons in that it relates to civil, not criminal, offenses and is not meant to be punitive. Jails and prisons routinely pay below minimum wage, and the practice is permitted even in states with far-reaching minimum wage laws, like Washington state. But Ferguson said there are no such exemptions in the state minimum wage law for facilities like the Northwest Detention Center, which is privately-run, for-profit and holds civil detainees.

The GEO Group denied any wrongdoing and said they will fight the lawsuit. Spokesman Pablo Paez said the Tacoma facility and all other Immigration and Customs Enforcement centers operated by GEO meet requirements "set exclusively by the Federal government under mandated performance-based national detention standards," including for the work program they claim is voluntary.

GEO Group, Inc.


Boards Ship


Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain on Thursday to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilise vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests.

VW admitted cheating diesel emissions tests in 2015, triggering political and consumer pressure that has caused a slump in sales of diesel cars in major markets, with governments announcing plans to ban vehicles powered by conventional combustion engines.

Greenpeace said its volunteers had boarded the ship in the Thames Estuary in an attempt to stop it unloading at the port of Sheerness in the southeast of England.

The ship had moved to an anchorage point off the coast of Margate on Thursday afternoon, VW said.

Two Greenpeace activists were still on board, having unfurled a banner with the words "Ditch Diesel" alongside an image of a young girl suffering from a respiratory illness, a spokesman for the environmental pressure group said.



A Venezuelan Civil Protection member walks with a rescue dog as they wait to depart for Mexico to help with the rescue mission after an earthquake in Mexico City, in Caracas, Venezuela on Sept. 20, 2017.
Photo by Marco Bello


Return To The Skies

California Condors

In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.

The giant vultures flap their wings and circle the sky before perching on branches and observing their observers. Wildlife biologist Amy List uses a handheld antenna to track the birds, which wear radio transmitters and numbered tags.

Three decades after being pushed to the brink of extinction, the California condor is making a comeback in the wild, but constant vigilance is needed to ensure the endangered bird doesn't reverse course.

One of the world's largest birds with a wingspan up to 10 feet, the condor once patrolled the sky from Mexico to British Columbia. But its population plummeted in the 20th century due to lead poisoning, hunting and habitat destruction.

In 1987, wildlife officials captured the last remaining 22 condors and took them to the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos to be protected and bred in captivity.

California Condors


1,000-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Guatemala

Maya King

Archaeologists digging under a Maya palace in Guatemala say they have opened the tomb of a royal and found a jade mask and bones, both painted bright red.

The tomb was unearthed at the site of El Perú-Waka' in the rainforest of northern Guatemala. Though the dense city was filled with hundreds of buildings, including pyramids, palaces, plazas and houses, it was only rediscovered in the 1960s, when petroleum workers stumbled upon the ruins.

The site was occupied during the Classic Maya period (from around A.D. 200 to 800), and it had close ties to the nearby Maya rival capitals Tikal and Calakmul. A wealthy royal family once ruled Waka' and controlled what was a major trade route along the San Pedro River.

A team of American and Guatemalan archaeologists have been excavating Waka' since 2003. They've found several burials of kings and queens (as well as some potential human sacrificial offerings).

In the latest finding from this past summer, the researchers tunneled beneath the city's palace acropolis and found what might be the oldest royal burial at the site. Based on the style of pottery found at the tomb, they think the burial dates to A.D. 300-350.

Maya King


A rescue worker walks with a sniffer dog during a floodlit search for students at Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City, Mexico on Sept. 19, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Jasso


17th-Century Letter Deciphered

'Possessed' Nun

A mysterious letter written more than 300 years ago by a Sicilian nun who claimed to be possessed by Satan has finally been deciphered. Scientists used a deep-web code breaker to read the letter.

The message - indeed devilish - describes God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as "dead weights," the researcher said.

It was penned by Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione, a 31-year-old nun living at the convent of Palma di Montechiaro in Sicily. On Aug. 11, 1676, she was found on the floor of her cell, her face covered in ink, holding a note written in an incomprehensible mix of symbols and letters, according to historical records. Sister Maria apparently said the letter was written by the devil in an attempt to get her to turn away from God and toward evil, historical accounts suggest. [In Photos: 'Demon Burials' Discovered in Poland Cemetery]

The message, just 14 lines of jumbled, archaic letters, has for centuries defied every attempt at understanding its meaning.

Now, scientists at the Ludum science museum in Sicily have used an intelligence-grade code-breaking software to solve the mystery. They also looked at historical records of the nun and her life, to learn more about the woman.

'Possessed' Nun


Top 20

Global Concert Tours

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. U2; $8,024,692; $116.20.
    2. Coldplay; $7,780,885; $88.60.
    3. Guns N' Roses; $6,037,026; $102.14.
    4. Celine Dion; $3,640,420; $143.73.
    5. Lady Gaga; $3,455,069; $118.48.
    6. Depeche Mode; $3,052,902; $75.30.
    7. Dead & Company; $1,934,271; $73.49.
    8. Roger Waters; $1,741,453; $122.57.
    9. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,613,912; $96.74.
   10. André Rieu; $1,527,343; $86.82.
   11. Bruno Mars; $1,436,486; $85.51.
   12. Ed Sheeran; $1,427,243; $84.10.
   13. The Weeknd; $1,339,353; $90.28.
   14. Neil Diamond; $1,338,844; $101.20.
   15. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,263,097; $97.44.
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