BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 20 October, 2017


20 October, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[259 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Tom McCarthy: How Russia used social media to divide Americans (Observer)
Russian trolls and bots focused on controversial topics in an effort to stoke political division on an enormous scale - and it hasn't stopped, experts say.

Michael Hann: "Remembering Sean Hughes: 'The sadness is he didn't get to be old, just lonely'"(Guardian)
Since his death, a complicated picture of the comedian has emerged. We were friends at the height of his fame and I saw his cruelty first hand. Others say that he later changed, before his drinking spiralled out of control

Cheryl Eddy: 10 Times 'Serious' Actors Made Seriously Great Horror Movies (io9)
There are good actors who thrive in horror films, like Bruce Campbell and Jamie Lee Curtis. Then there are great actors who aren't at all associated with the genre-but who have at least one great (and/or ghoulishly entertaining) horror-movie appearance on their resumes. Here are our favorites.

Kinderfänger | Short Horror Film | Crypt TV (YouTube)
Following the music leads to death…

Comedy Pet Photography Awards 2017 Finalists (Sad and Useless)
Each year Comedy Pet Photography contest gives out awards to funniest pet pictures. Featured below are this year's finalists.

McFaydens Super Wing Carrier (YouTube)
See how McFadyens from Scotland makes a 90 degrees right turn with a 60 metres blade with railings on both sides on the bridge. Great to see the possibilities of the SWC Super Wing Carrier. Without, it is almost impossible to do such a transport.

Gary Baldie (Twitter)
Rest Home Halloween Decorations

Buddhist Monks Who Know Nirvana (Imgur)

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Michael Egan

Betsy de Vos to Lead Christian Educators and Children on 40-Day, 40-Night Hike


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

What is the densest naturally occurring element?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

Plop plop. Fizz fizz. What is the name of this advertising mascot?

       Speedy                                                      Source

Alka-Seltzer is an effervescent antacid and pain reliever first marketed by the Dr. Miles Medicine Company of Elkhart, Indiana, United States. It was developed by head chemist Maurice Treneer. Alka-Seltzer is marketed for relief of minor aches, pains, inflammation, fever, headache, heartburn, stomachache, indigestion, acid reflux and hangovers, while neutralizing excess stomach acid. It was launched in 1931.

In 1951 the "Speedy" character was introduced. The character was created by ad writer Chuck Tenant and designed by commercial artist Bob Watkins, both of the Wade Advertising agency. Originally named Sparky, the name was changed to Speedy by sales manager Perry L. Shupert to align with that year's promotional theme, "Speedy Relief." Speedy appeared in over 200 TV commercials between 1954 and 1964. His body was one Alka-Seltzer tablet, while he wore another as a hat. In his original spots he sang "Relief is just a swallow away"; in his 1978 revival he proclaimed Alka-Seltzer's virtues and sang the "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is" song in his high, squeaky voice (provided by veteran juvenile voice actor Dick Beals). In the early 1960s a commercial showing two tablets dropping into a glass of water instead of the usual one caused sales to double. In December 2010 Alka-Seltzer began a series of new commercials featuring Speedy, using CGI effects to recreate the stop-motion puppetry of the 1950s and 1960s, with Speedy voiced by Debi Derryberry.

Speedy was revived for one of the "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz" song spots in 1978.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   That mascot is none other than Speedy Alka-Seltzer.

Alan J said:

mj wrote:
   Is it Thursday already?
  That little cutie is Speedy Alkaseltzer.

Stephen F replied:
   Speedy Alka Seltzer

Adam answered:
   Alka Selzer antacid

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   His name was Speedy. So Madison Ave was prepping the US for the Meth epidemic through advertising, since the 1950's!

John I from Hawai`i says,

Gene wrote:
   He's Speedy Alka-Seltzerr

Billy in Cypress said:
   Speedy Alka Seltzer is the name of the cute little character.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Speedy of Alka Seltzer

Dave in Tucson replied:
   That's Speedy the Alka Selzer pusher! How did that jingle go again?
  Plop Plop Whiz Whiz, oh what a relief it is!

DJ Useo answered:
   Drink all you want! "Speedy" will make it better. Lol.
  You gotta say yes to another excess. ;)

zorch said:

Joe S     wrote:
   That's Speedy Alka Seltzer, my old friend of years ago. Does anyone remember a soft drink tablet called Fizzies? Drop it in a glass and it fizzed up and tasted like grape Alka Seltzer.

Randall took the day off.

Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.

Dale of New Norcali took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 20 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 20 | 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

Mystery over Christ's orb in $100m Leonardo da Vinci painting | Art and design | The Guardian

With 'La Belle Sauvage,' Philip Pullman Begins a New Trilogy - The New York Times

BBC - Culture - The artworks that caused a scandal

In attempt to sow fear, Russian trolls paid for self-defense classes for African Americans - Oct. 18, 2017

The F.B.I.'s Black Phantom Menace - The New York Times

Trump Isn't Hitler. But the Lying … - The New York Times

Forget Marx and Mao. Chinese City Honors Once-Banned Confucian. - The New York Times

Moonshine Makes A Comeback in Virginia. And This Time, It's Legal : The Salt : NPR

How to Make an Unstable President Go Crazy on National Television

White Supremacy tour at University of Florida begins with a whimper

Moguls and starlets: 100 years of Hollywood's corrosive, systemic sexism | Film | The Guardian

World's deepest lake crippled by putrid algae, poaching and pollution | World news | The Guardian

A Remnant from Caligula's Ship, Once a Coffee Table, Heads Home - The New York Times

Lupita Nyong'o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein - The New York Times

Hundreds of Mysterious Stone 'Gates' Found in Saudi Arabia's Desert - The New York Times

Native American Secrets Lie Buried in Huge Shell Mounds - The New York Times

Trump used the phrase 'my generals,' and the military community isn't happy - SFGate

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Current Events

Joy Reid essay

Janet shared the link. Excellent essay on the whole Predator/Kelly/Congresswoman/grieving widow mess:

Frederica Wilson vs. Trump and Now John Kelly? Easy-Go With Wilson

Roy Moore

Cynthia recommends a barf bag while reading the article linked below. I think a change of undies would be better:

What Alabama Roy Moore Means for Donald Trump's Republicans |


You didn't think there could be anything more demeaning or humiliating than the infamous Cabinet meeting where everyone had to praise Predator. You didn't think anyone could look so lovingly at Predator than Pence. You didn't think anyone could look more like a hostage than Mitch the Bitch standing next to Predator blinking "help me!"

Watching the photo op with the governor of PR is all of that and more--fawning on the fat fuck in hopes of getting help for PR, pretending to look on with admiration as Predator congratulates himself with superlatives (I have the worst storms; we do the best job; we get a 10, etc.) and informs us! (Army guys don't know how to drive trucks. They can't be expected to do things like drive trucks.)

Excuse me--I need to go throw up a little. I can't take any more.

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

Thanks, Linda (& Janet & Cynthia)!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

All False statements involving Donald Trump | PolitiFact

Truth and Lies in the Trump Era | The Nation

President Trump's Lies, the Definitive List - The New York Times

A Mississippi School Named for Jefferson Davis Is Being Renamed After Obama - Mother Jones

George W. Bush slams Trumpism, without mentioning president by name - POLITICO

Why the departure of OC Weekly's 'Ask a Mexican' columnist highlights the endangered status of Latinos in media - LA Times
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly, not just a columnist

On a Scale of 1 to 10, Trump Says His Puerto Rico Response Is a 10 - Mother Jones

What Right-Wing Militants Are Hoping for After a Government Collapse - VICE

What Steve Bannon Got Wrong About Mike Pence | Vanity Fair

Study: Sean Hannity and the five forces he says are trying to destroy Trump | Media Matters

Trump Can't Resist Unforced Errors - The Atlantic

Trump's FTC pick, Joseph Simons, is not an antitrust hipster. | Slate

Racist, violent, unpunished: A white hate group's… - ProPublica

Pearson issues apology for publishing racist theories about treating pain in nursing textbook |

Poll: 46 percent think media make up stories about Trump - POLITICO

The Big Lie pays off: Trump voters believe fake news (about the news being fake) -

Pro-Trump 'War Hero' Featured on Fox News Never Actually Served - The Daily Beast

Cub Scout Expelled After Daring to Question a GOP State Senator - The Daily Beast

Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump - Mother Jones

"The most faith-centric, pro-life president" made these offensive jokes about prayer, religion -

Is It Weird the Trump Campaign Staff Shared Russian Propaganda Before the Election? | GQ

Ryan's friends flee as frustration with Trump grows - POLITICO

20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They're scared. - Vox



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

The city must have raided a homeless encampment and provided no place for them to go, except front yards in our neighborhood.

Twice in the last 3 days, we've had to ask them to move on from our yard.

It's obvious there are mental health issues involved.

One poor bastard tried to respond, but he must have been speaking in tongues, because what came from his mouth wasn't English or Spanish or Tagalog or German or Polish or French or anything discernable.

Our health care system is broken but I'm sure it has nothing to do with (better than) 60% of our tax dollars lining the pockets of the military-industrial complex or a congress with legalized bribery - er, I mean lobby money.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 9/28/17) are Steve Martin, Mark Feuerstein, and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 7/27/17) are Matt Bomer, Niecy Nash, and Julia Michaels.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'L&O True Crime: The Menendez Murders', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 10/4/17) are Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Miley Cyrus.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 9/27/17) are Sofia Vergara, Craig Robinson, Julie Klausner, and Gregg Bissonette.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/5/17) are Taran Killam, the Dirty Nil, and Reginald Hudlin.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Once Upon A Time', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Inhumans', then '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Woody Harrelson, Tony Bennett, and Paul Shaffer.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', followed by a FRESH 'Jane The Virgin'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'The Exorcist'.

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

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

AMC offers all old 'The Walking Dead' all night.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Episode 5
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 8-The Zygon Inversion-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 9-Sleep No More
 [2:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Where No Man Has Gone Before
 [7:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-What Are Little Girls Made Of?
 [9:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Dagger of the Mind
 [10:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-The Corbomite Maneuver
 [2:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Where No Man Has Gone Before

Bravo has 'Don't Be Tardy ...', another 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by a FRESH 'Don't Be Tardy ...', another 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by the movie 'Sweet Home Alabama'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'Futurama' and 2 hours of old 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'Grown Ups 2', followed by the movie 'This Is The End', then the movie 'This Is The End', again.

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

IFC  -   
 [8:45AM]    HOMEFRONT
 [5:45PM]    AMERICAN PIE 2
 [3:00AM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [5:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Fred's Cell Phone Company
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Separation Anxiety     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Charity
 [6:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Feud Is a Feud
 [7:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Ellie for Council
 [8:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Christmas Story
 [8:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Stranger in Town
 [9:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Mayberry Goes Hollywood
 [9:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Horse Trader
 [10:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Those Gossipin' Men
 [10:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Beauty Contest
 [11:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Alcohol and Old Lace
 [12:00PM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy, the Marriage Counselor
 [12:30PM]    Rudy
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Misconception
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-In Memory Of
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Out of Control
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Renunciation
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Heaven
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Deceit
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Atonement
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Slave
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Girlfriends
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Pro Se
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Homesick
 [2:00AM]    Liar-Catherine
 [3:00AM]    The Killer Inside Me
 [5:30AM]    The Andy Griffith ShowMayberry on Record     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Texas Chainsaw 3D', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation', then a FRESH 'Superstition'.

TCM spends most of the night with Anthony Perkins
 [6:00 AM]      Little Nellie Kelly (1940)
 [7:45 AM]      Young Tom Edison (1940)
 [9:15 AM]      Design For Scandal (1941)
 [10:45 AM]      A Yank at Eton (1942)
 [12:30 PM]      Girl Crazy (1943)
 [2:15 PM]      Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
 [4:15 PM]      The Beginning Or The End (1947)
 [6:15 PM]      Tickle Me (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      Mahogany (1975)
 [10:15 PM]      Winter Kills (1979)
 [12:15 AM]      The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
 [2:30 AM]      Remember My Name (1978)

 [4:15 AM]      Death Rides a Horse (1967)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  10/21/17

 [6:15 AM]      Lady For A Day (1933)
 [8:00 AM]      Long Lost Father (1934)
 [9:15 AM]      Joy of Living (1938)
 [11:00 AM]      The Painted Hills (1951)
 [12:15 PM]      Kiss Me Kate (1953)
 [2:15 PM]      The Ladykillers (1956)
 [4:00 PM]      Jim Thorpe--All American (1951)
 [6:00 PM]      Trapeze (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      Brief Encounter (1945)
 [9:45 PM]      The Astonished Heart (1949)
 [11:30 PM]      In Which We Serve (1942)
 [2:00 AM]      Willard (1971)
 [3:45 AM]      Ben (1972)
 [5:30 AM]      One Got Fat (1963)
 [5:30 AM]      Holiday From Rules? (1959)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Demonstrators rally before the speech by Richard Spencer, an avowed white nationalist and spokesperson for the so-called alt-right movement, on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Oct.19, 2017.
Photo by Shannon Stapleton


Some Parting Words

Joan Baez

Joan Baez was one of several singer-songwriter luminaries to appear Tuesday night(Oct. 11) at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles for a benefit concert supporting the JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service). The folk icon and recently inducted Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer was joined by Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, and Brandi Carlisle, and revealed to Variety shortly before taking the stage, that she's winding down live performances in the near future.

"Next year is my last year of formal touring," said Baez. "There will be four different tours, one month each, and then that's it. I can choose if I want to go sing at a protest, or do something like this. The voice is so difficult to deal with now that having a point where I don't have to do it anymore will be wonderful."

Actions are equally important to Baez, whose long history of activism has made her a historic figure of American protest. Today's charged political climate, she said, "is overwhelming, really," adding that, "those of us who feel we're in the know are just so overwhelmed with the shit."

What's the path forward for the left? Stepping up their rhetoric, for starters. "I think Trump kind of picked the scab off what's been really ill down there for decades," said Baez. "The right wing, conservative movement has spent 40 years in think tanks … planning for this to happen. And the liberals are just not smart enough to know how to talk. For instance, [Nancy] Pelosi, in [referencing] a bill democrats wanted passed, will say, 'All we were asking is…' You can't say that. 'We are demanding' or 'We are calling for.' All we are asking' - it ain't gonna work. Part of it is about the language. And the conservative party, the really smart ones, are changing the language."

Like the global refugee crisis, which Baez has been involved with since the 80s, the question is "whether there's time" for substantive change.

Joan Baez


Demonstrators gather outside the location where Richard Spencer, an avowed white nationalist and spokesperson for the so-called alt-right movement, is delivering a speech on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 19, 2017.
Photo by Shannon Stapleton


Wants To Learn How To Use Twitter

Gold Star Dad

The father of a fallen U.S. serviceman said he wants to learn how to use Twitter just so he can call out President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Draft Dodger).

Trump claims that he contacts the families of all soldiers who are killed in action. But Euvince Brooks, father of Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, told the Washington Post that the White House never called him.

"I said to my daughter, 'Can you teach me to tweet, so I can tweet at the president and tell him he's a liar?'" Brooks told the Post. "You know when you hear people lying and you want to fight? That's the way I feel last night. He's a damn liar."

Sgt. Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, died in Iraq on August 13. He and Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Virginia, were killed in action in what was described as a "mishap" that occurred while engaging with an ISIS mortar site, Army Times reported. They were posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Action Badge.

Brooks also called Trump "a damn disgrace to the White House."

Gold Star Dad


Newhead News


Legally Recognizes Third Gender


California Governor Jerry Brown signed first-of-its kind legislation over the weekend that enables residents of the state to choose a third, non-binary gender category on California state-issued IDs, birth certificates and driver's licenses.

The Gender Recognition Act, or Senate Bill 179, also reportedly makes the process of an individual changing their gender on legal documents easier by no longer requiring a statement from a physican declaring that they've undergone "clinical treatment."

"As the LGBT community - but especially the trans community - is under assault in this country, California needs to go in the opposite direction and embrace the trans community and support the trans community and modernize these laws," State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who co-sponsored the bill alongside Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), said in a statement.

While Oregon and Washington D.C. have undergone steps to make it easier for citizens to legally identify as non-binary, California is the first to enshrine a third gender category into law.

A number of other countries already have or are in the process of passing legislation that allows citizens to legally identify outside of the gender binary, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, U.K, Pakistan and Nepal.



Demonstrators rally before the speech by Richard Spencer, an avowed white nationalist and spokesperson for the so-called alt-right movement, on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Oct.19, 2017.
Photo by Shannon Stapleton


Transgender Playmate


A French model named Ines Rau has become the first openly transgender person to be named a Playboy Playmate in the 64-year history of the publication.

The 26-year-old will receive the title in in the November/December 2017 issue of Playboy where she takes part in a photo-spread and opens up in an interview about her transgender identity.

"I lived a long time without saying I was transgender," the Rau tells Playboy. "I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend and being seen as weird. Then I was like, You know, you should just be who you are. It's a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it's your gender, sexuality, whatever. The people who reject you aren't worth it. It's not about being loved by others; it's about loving yourself."

Later in the interview, the model reflects on society's limited notions of womanhood, saying that "Being a woman doesn't mean being extremely feminine all the time. Being a woman is just being a woman."

Rau previously appeared in Playboy magazine in 2014, though not as a Playmate.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Regret Working For Company

Former Facebook Employees

Less than a month before Facebook executives appear in front of US intelligence officials to explain the role their platform played in Russian meddling at the 2016 US election, former employees have come forward and expressed regret at having worked at the company.

The social network, used by a quarter of all people on the planet, is at the centre of growing outrage at the scale of the Russian disinformation campaign staged on the platform, and is facing claims it has done little to address the issue.

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that in April, Facebook cut out a reference to Russia in a draft report on election influence, without explaining why.

This week, former Facebook employees told Vanity Fair they are concerned by the company's scale and impact in its current form.

"They look at the role Facebook now plays in society, and how Russia used it during the election to elect Trump, and they have this sort of 'Oh my God, what have I done' moment," one early ex-Facebook employee said.

Former Facebook Employees


Demonstrators rally before the speech by Richard Spencer, an avowed white nationalist and spokesperson for the so-called alt-right movement, on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Oct.19, 2017.
Photo by Shannon Stapleton


Watchdog Nominee Scolded For Lack Of Preparation


President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog has told Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11.

Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy inspector general at the CIA since July 2012, told the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday that the classified disc containing the 7,000-page report was lost for a time and later found, but that he never took time to read the full document.

Committee members also quizzed him about his commitment to protecting whistleblowers who report waste, fraud and abuse at the agency and how they need to be shielded from retaliation.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., read from a February document on the official letterhead of the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community that describes flaws in the way that retaliation cases are investigated. The document was disclosed by the Project on Government Oversight, which reported on Monday that Sharpley is named in three open whistleblower retaliation cases.

Sharpley defended his record, saying he has never retaliated against anyone in the inspector general's office or at any other federal agency.



Huge Cave Found

The Moon

Scientists at Japan's space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from dangerous radiation and wild temperature swings, officials said Thursday.

Data taken from Japan's SELENE lunar orbiter has confirmed the existence of the 50 kilometre (31 miles) long and 100 metre wide cavern that is believed to be lava tube created by volcanic activity about 3.5 billion years ago.

The major finding was published this week in US science magazine Geophysical Research Letters.

"We've known about these locations that were thought to be lava tubes...but their existence has not been confirmed until now," Junichi Haruyama, a researcher at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, told AFP on Thursday.

The underground tunnel, located under an area called the Marius Hills, would help protect astronauts from huge swings in temperature and damaging radiation that they would be exposed to on the moon's surface, he added.

The Moon


A list of prohibited items are seen in preparation for the Richard Spencer speech at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 19, 2017.
Photo by Alex Menendez


First Floating Wind Farm


The world's first floating wind farm started operations off the coast of Scotland on Wednesday, opening up the possibility of turbines at sea depths that would avoid spoiling views from the shore.

The 30MW Hywind farm, operated by Norwegian oil group Statoil in partnership with Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company Masdar, is located 25 kilometres (16 miles) off the Aberdeenshire coast.

It will power approximately 20,000 households.

The technical capacity to allow wind farms to float further out to sea opens up the possibility of faster development for the clean technology, which has often been slowed by public opposition to building giant turbines near homes or at picturesque locations.

Aberdeenshire is no stranger to public opposition to offshore wind farm projects, with US President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) trying unsuccessfully to get British courts to block construction of turbines visible from his golf course.



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; $7,406,599; $113.22.
    2. Coldplay; $6,275,320; $97.45.
    3. Guns N' Roses; $4,823,573; $102.22.
    4. Celine Dion; $3,800,791; $141.10.
    5. Lady Gaga; $3,466,727; $118.04.
    6. Depeche Mode; $2,675,543; $77.38.
    7. Bruno Mars; $2,262,621; $115.39.
    8. Roger Waters; $1,857,933; $123.70.
    9. Neil Diamond; $1,499,313; $107.23.
   10. Ed Sheeran; $1,380,144; $86.28.
   11. Ariana Grande; $1,286,562; $78.20.
   12. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,243,344; $97.91.
   13. Kendrick Lamar; $1,220,753; $89.49.
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