BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 30 October, 2015


30 October, 2015

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[1492 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Andrew Tobias: How Republicans Could Win In 2016
By the time you read this, the Republicans will have again showcased their leaders in the race to run the country and the world. Here are five ways Republicans win: …

Tom Danehy: Tom is a public school man all the way, so it's no surprise that charter schools and their lack of support services doesn't earn love from this columnist (Tucson Weekly)
I said, "Hello," in a way that made it clear that I hate being at things like this but I don't want to be the sourest one in the place. After a noticeable pause, she said "Are you the one who makes his living writing those terrible things about charter schools (in the Tucson Weekly)?"

Tom Danehy: Tom reminds us that charter schools may not be the best investment our state can make in supporting public education (Tucson Weekly)
If a real public school tried to deny certain services that are mandated by the state or the federal government, people would lose their jobs and the lawsuits would start flying. However, if a charter school denies these same services, the claim is made that it is being done so in the interest of streamlining the operation. Thus, the discrepancy between spending on Student Support Services and the resultant misplaced reliance on the "money in the classroom" stat.

Lucy Mangan: I doubt even the House of Lords could save my local library now (The Guardian)
Cuts and the loss of trained staff mean that the notion of libraries as being special has been lost.

Jules Montague: This is what it feels like to die (The Guardian)
The American Chemical Society has released a video explaining how death feels - just in time for Halloween. But what if you're not attacked by an axe murderer?

Lucy Mangan: "Cable girl: Mythbusters" (The Guardian)
Boom! If it's explosions you're after, Mythbusters can't be beaten.

Bill Bailey: 'Who nicked my bus?' (The Guardian)
The comedian's tour bus was taken from outside his Liverpool gig. He explains how he and his crew were targeted by 'scrofulous nerks.'

Kathy Benjamin: 5 Destructive Sides Of Celebrity Culture No One Talks About (Cracked)
Fame, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Without famous actors we'd miss out on some great art. Famous scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson introduce us to new information. And famous people from all walks of life can use their celebrity to draw attention to charitable causes that need our help. (I personally use what little notoriety I have to petition Michael Fassbender to go bottomless in all of his movies.)

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Trivia Question of the Day

As a result of the Salem Witch Trials, how many people were executed?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this little witch?

       Wendy, the Good Little Witch                                                      Source

Wendy the Good Little Witch is a fictional comic book character from Harvey Comics. Like Casper the Friendly Ghost and Hot Stuff the Little Devil, Wendy is an opposite-type character, a girl witch who does good deeds.

Wendy was introduced as a back-up feature as well as a companion for Casper in Casper the Friendly Ghost #20, May 1954. Soon, she was trialed in Harvey Hits, starting with #7. After a total of six appearances, she received her own title, Wendy the Good Little Witch, in 1960. Other ancillary titles featuring the pleasant young witch include Wendy Witch World (October 1961 to September 1974), and Casper and Wendy (September 1972 to November 1973).        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:

mj wrote:
  Wendy. I think she lived with her three Aunts.

Stephen F said:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Wendy the Good Little Witch

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   Her name is Wendy. But she was always titled as "Wendy the Good Little Witch".

Adam answered:
   Wendy, I think.

DanD wrote:
   Later on in the program, you comment that it was a "Windy" night last night.
  Oh yeah, and that Little-Red-Riding-Witch you show pictures of in the
  TQotD is ... Wendy!

Marian said:

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norhallocali replied:

Lucifer Loving Lois Of Oregon responded:
   Oh, it's Casper's hoebag, Wendy. Not many know this, but they had a little hell spawn named "Hot Stuff". The comics have always been a hotbed of filth and depravity.

DJ Useo answered:
   Arr. That be "Wendy, The Good Little Witch".
  She cast a spell on me back in issue 156,
  & I've been a DJ ever since.

Deborah said:
   Oh, that's Casper the Friendly Ghost's friend Wendy.
  Vacation is over, dammit! I want more time off!

Cory Strode, Best Dressed Man IN Comics replied:
   Why, that's Wendy, the good little witch!

Gateway Mike answered:
   Wendy the good little witch!
  What attracted my attention is the 12 cent price of the comic book.
  When I was a kid, the grocery store in St. Louis County got tired of comic books 'disappearing' from the magazine rack.
  They installed a manual vending machine with the comics visible on a worm screw.
  You had to put one dime on one side and two pennies in the other side of the slot of the comic you wanted.
  There was one for each row of comics, maybe 12 rows in all.
  When you pushed in and pulled out, the worm screw turned once to release that comic book into the tray.
  I was telling some kids about this just recently.
  They didn't believe Comics were only 12 cents.
  I hope I'm not the only one to remember these...

MAM   wrote:
   Wendy ~ Lives in the enchanted forest with her three aunties: Thelma, Velma and Zelma. Wendy is a cute, blond enchantress and bears no resemblance to the other witches in her family who have warts and green skin.

Randall took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Reader Comment

Another Cursed Play

Another cursed play, I think
  Is certainly Doctor Faustus by Marlowe.
  Here's wiki on it, tho' Anthony Burgess talked much th same thing.

       The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the German story Faust.Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least 10 years after the first performance of the play. It is the most controversial Elizabethan play outside of Shakespeare, with few critics coming to any agreement as to the date or the nature of the text.
       The Admiral's Men performed Doctor Faustus twenty-five times in the three years between October 1594 and October 1597. On 22 November 1602, the Diary of Philip Henslowerecorded a £4 payment to Samuel Rowley and William Bird for additions to the play, which suggests a revival soon after that date.
       The powerful effect of the early productions is indicated by the legends that quickly accrued around them. In Histriomastix, his 1632 polemic against the drama, William Prynne records the tale that actual devils once appeared on the stage during a performance of Faustus, "to the great amazement of both the actors and spectators". Some people were allegedly driven mad, "distracted with that fearful sight". John Aubrey recorded a related legend, that Edward Alleyn, lead actor of The Admiral's Men, devoted his later years to charitable endeavours, like the founding of Dulwich College, in direct response to this incident.
  Doctor Faustus

  There's also the long incantation near the beginning which certainly soounds genuinely derived, if you go by The Red Dragon and other grimoires, also too, some written down by Aleister Crowley
     Faustus, begin thine incantations,
       And try if devils will obey thy hest,
       Seeing thou hast pray'd and sacrific'd to them.
       Within this circle is Jehovah's name,
       Forward and backward anagrammatiz'd, 49
       Th' abbreviated 50 names of holy saints,
       Figures of every adjunct to the heavens,
       And characters of signs and erring 51 stars,
       By which the spirits are enforc'd to rise:
       Then fear not, Faustus, but be resolute,
       And try the uttermost magic can perform.-
       Sint mihi dei Acherontis propitii! Valeat numen triplex Jehovoe!
       Ignei, aerii, aquatani spiritus, salvete! Orientis princeps
       Belzebub, inferni ardentis monarcha, et Demogorgon, propitiamus
       vos, ut appareat et surgat Mephistophilis, quod tumeraris: 52
       per Jehovam, Gehennam, et consecratam aquam quam nunc spargo,
       signumque crucis quod nunc facio, et per vota nostra, ipse nunc
       surgat nobis dicatus 53 Mephistophilis!

       I charge thee to return, and change thy shape;
       Thou art too ugly to attend on me:
       Go, and return an old Franciscan friar;
       That holy shape becomes a devil best.

       I see there's virtue in my heavenly words:
       Who would not be proficient in this art?
       How pliant is this Mephistophilis,
       Full of obedience and humility!
       Such is the force of magic and my spells:
       No, Faustus, thou art conjuror laureat,
       That canst command great Mephistophilis:
       Quin regis Mephistophilis fratris imagine.

     Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS like a Franciscan friar.
  The Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe


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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Santa Ana winds are blowing, so it's dry, dusty and sneeze-inducing. Also means it's fire season.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Charlie Rose, Stacy Schiff, Ghost, and the Zombies.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/14/15) are Adam Scott, Wilmer Valderrama, and Marian Hill.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Undateable', followed by a FRESH 'Truth Be Told', then a FRESH 'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Dana Carvey and Demi Lovato.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 10/8/15) are Ted Danson, Kevin Millar & Sean Casey, and Robert Kirkman.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/23/15) are Eli Roth, Waters, and Judith Shekoni.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 10/21/15) are Michael J. Fox, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Big Grams.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', followed by a FRESH 'America's Next Top Model'.

Faux fills the night with FRESH 2015 World Series', then pads the left coast with local crap.

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

A&E has all 'My Haunted House' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers', followed by the movie 'Halloween: Resurrection', then the movie 'Halloween'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Top Gear: Best of All - Jeremy, James and Richard-Ep 1 - Best of All
 [7:00AM]    Top Gear: Best of All - Jeremy, James and Richard-Ep 2 - More Best of All
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 1 - La Galleria 33, Part 1
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 2 - La Galleria 33, Part 2
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 4 - Daleks In Manhattan
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 5 - Evolution Of The Daleks
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 21 - The Arsenal of Freedom
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 22 - Symbiosis
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 23 - Skin of Evil
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 24 - We'll Always Have Paris
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 25 - Conspiracy
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 26 - The Neutral Zone
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 1 - The Child
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Where Silence Has Lease
 [8:00PM]    The Silence of the Lambs
 [10:30PM]    The Exorcist
 [1:00AM]    Quarantine
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 24 - We'll Always Have Paris
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 25 - Conspiracy
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 26 - The Neutral Zone    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie 'Big Momma's House 2', followed by the movie 'Big Momma's House'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse', followed by the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1', then the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', 'True Monsters', followed by a FRESH 'True Monsters', then another FRESH 'True Monsters'.

IFC  -   
 [6:30AM]    SAW
 [8:30AM]    SAW II
 [10:30AM]    SAW III
 [1:00PM]    SAW IV
 [3:00PM]    SAW V
 [5:00PM]    SAW VI
 [4:00AM]    SAW II    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [7:45AM]    A Few Good Men
 [10:45AM]    The Breakfast Club
 [1:00PM]    Sixteen Candles
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Possession
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Myth of Fingerprints
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-The Fire This Time
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-3 Dawg Night
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Prejudice
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Undercovered
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-DR 1-102
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Missing
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Access Nation
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Girl Most Likely
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Equal Rights
 [2:00AM]    Cujo
 [4:00AM]    Silver Bullet    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie '1408', followed by the movie 'Blade II', then a FRESH 'Z Nation'.

TCM spends the night featuring films produced by Val Lewton
 [6:00 AM]      I Am Sam (2001)
 [8:15 AM]      The Mummy (1959)
 [9:45 AM]      Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)
 [11:30 AM]      Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
 [1:15 PM]      Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
 [3:00 PM]      Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1969)
 [4:45 PM]      Crescendo (1972)
 [6:15 PM]      Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
 [8:00 PM]      Cat People (1942)
 [9:30 PM]      Martin Scorsese Presents, Val Lewton: The Man In The Shadows (2007)
 [11:00 PM]      The Seventh Victim (1943)
 [12:15 AM]      The Leopard Man (1943)
 [1:30 AM]      The Ghost Ship (1943)
 [2:45 AM]      The Body Snatcher (1945)
 [4:15 AM]      Isle Of The Dead (1945)
 [5:30 AM]      Bedlam (1946)

Saturday   -  10/31/15

 [7:00 AM]      Doctor X (1932)
 [8:30 AM]      White Zombie (1932)
 [9:45 AM]      Dementia 13 (1963)
 [11:15 AM]      The Fearless Vampire Killers (1966)
 [1:15 PM]      Homicidal (1961)
 [3:00 PM]      The Tingler (1959)
 [4:30 PM]      House Of Wax (1953)
 [6:15 PM]      The Devil's Bride (1968)    [AKA: 'The Devil Rides Out']
 [8:00 PM]      The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
 [10:00 PM]      Curse of the Demon (1958)
 [11:30 PM]      Dead of Night (1945)
 [1:30 AM]      Mark Of The Vampire (1935)
 [2:45 AM]      Six Men Getting Sick (1966)
 [2:45 AM]      The Alphabet (1968)
 [2:45 AM]      The Premonition Following an Evil Deed (1995)
 [2:45 AM]      The Amputee, Version 2 (1974)
 [2:45 AM]      The Grandmother (1970)
 [2:45 AM]      The Amputee, Version 1 (1974)
 [3:45 AM]      DumbLand: Uncle BOB (2002)
 [3:45 AM]      DumbLand: The Treadmill (2002)
 [3:45 AM]      DumbLand: The Neighbor (2002)
 [3:45 AM]      DumbLand: A Friend Visits (2002)
 [3:45 AM]      DumbLand: My Teeth Are Bleeding (2002)
 [3:45 AM]      DumbLand: Get the Stick! (2002)
 [3:45 AM]      DumbLand: Ants (2002)
 [3:45 AM]      DumbLand: The Doctor (2002)
 [4:30 AM]      Twice Upon A Time (1983)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Rezendes, left, stands for a photograph with actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays Rezendes in the film "Spotlight," as they attend the Boston area premiere of the film, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in Brookline, Mass. The film tells the story of how The Boston Globe reported on the clergy sex abuse scandal.
Photo by Steven Senne


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Supporters Condemn Boycott

Quentin Tarantino

Protesters against police killings of black civilians rallied around movie director Quentin Tarantino on Thursday in the face of mounting calls by U.S. police unions to boycott his movies.

Public outrage over the deaths of black men at the hands of police in New York, Missouri, Baltimore, South Carolina and elsewhere has spurred protests and prosecutions of police nationwide for more than a year.

Carl Dix, one of the organizers of Saturday's rally, said the attacks on Tarantino were aimed at sending a message to "anyone whose voice carries great weight in society: if you speak out, we will come after you, threaten your livelihood and attempt to scare you back into silence."

Tarantino has not commented on the police backlash and the boycott calls are not expected to have a significant impact on the box office for his films, which are admired in Hollywood but not always big commercial draws.

Jazz musician Arturo O'Farrill, in a statement supporting Tarantino, said the United States is "a free nation in which an artist, or any citizen, (is) allowed to speak their mind without fear of retribution."

Quentin Tarantino


Houston Mayor Annise Parker, left, speaks with actress Sally Field, right, and Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, center, at a fund raiser in Houston Wednesday Oct. 28, 2015, to raise money for Houston Unites, the campaign for Prop 1, Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance.
Photo by Michael Stravato


Batman Painting Sells For $173,000 At Auction

Mel Ramos

A painting depicting Batman that pop artist Mel Ramos traded for a stack of comic books more than a half-century ago has sold for $173,000 at auction.

The 1962 painting titled "A Sinister Figure Lurks in the Dark" was sold by Heritage Auctions Wednesday in New York City.

It was bought by a Dallas collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

Dallas-based Heritage says Bill Steinfelt of California offered the painting, which he's had ever since his 1962 trade with the then-undiscovered artist.

Mel Ramos


Newhead News


American Applies For Asylum


An American citizen has applied for asylum in Canada because he says he fears police in the United States will kill him because he is black, the refugee board said Thursday.

Kyle Lydell Canty, 30, filed a refugee claim soon after arriving in Vancouver in September.

According to public broadcaster CBC, he told an Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) hearing on October 23: "I'm in fear of my life because I'm black.

An IRB spokeswoman said Canty submitted a significant amount of evidence to the board including media reports, and videos of his interactions with police in six US states where he lived before coming to Canada, including one where he was arrested for trespass in Salem, Oregon after he spent two hours talking on the phone and using free Wi-Fi at a bus station.

Canty represented himself at the IRB hearing. Although he was reportedly commended by the board for presenting a strong case, Canty faces an uphill battle to stay in Canada as only a handful of US citizens are granted asylum in this country each year.



Todd Rundgren performs in concert with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band at the Modell Performing Arts Center At The Lyric on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Baltimore.
Photo by Owen Sweeney


Gets Wider

Ozone Hole

The U.N.'s weather and climate agency said on Thursday there was no cause for alarm about a record-size hole this month in the ozone layer, that shields life on earth from the sun, as it should shrink again.

The ozone hole that appears over Antarctica fluctuates in size, normally reaching its widest in the polar spring as extreme cold temperatures in the stratosphere and the return of sunlight unleash chlorine radicals that destroy ozone.

Last year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said it detected the first sign of ozone recovery, largely thanks to a 1987 ban on gases that cause ozone depletion, but said it could be a decade before the hole begins shrinking.

This year, a colder than usual stratosphere widened the hole to a peak of 28.2 million square km (10.9 million square miles) on Oct. 2, bigger than Canada and Russia put together.

It was a record for a hole recorded on Oct. 2 of any year, and the hole has remained at daily record levels on every day since then, the WMO said, citing data from NASA. Over the 30 days around the peak, the hole averaged 26.9 million square km, making it the third largest, after 2000 and 2006.

Ozone Hole


Wake-up Call


Water Too Warm For Cod

Gulf of Maine

A rapid warming of the Gulf of Maine off the eastern United States has made the water too hot for cod, pushing stocks toward collapse despite deep reductions in the number of fish caught, a U.S. study showed on Thursday.

The Gulf of Maine had warmed faster than 99 percent of the rest of the world's oceans in the past decade, influenced by shifts in the Atlantic Gulf Stream, changes in the Pacific Ocean and a wider trend of climate change, it said.

Scientists said the findings showed a need to take more account of changing water temperatures in managing global fish stocks usually based on historical data of catches.

Traditional calculations "consistently over-estimated the abundance of cod," said Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and lead author of the study in the journal Science.

Fisheries managers cut cod quotas in recent years but cod numbers kept falling because the rapidly warming waters were making the Gulf of Maine inhospitable for the fish.

Gulf of Maine


Lucy Lawless, a cast member in "Ash vs Evil Dead," poses at the premiere of the Starz television series at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Cops Plea

Kim Richards

Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Kim Richards has pleaded no contest to shoplifting from a Los Angeles Target store.

Court records show Richards was sentenced Tuesday to serve three years on probation, attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and perform 300 hours of community labor. She was also ordered to stay away from the Target store in Van Nuys where she was arrested in August.

Attorney Sara Caplan, who entered the plea on Richards' behalf, declined comment Wednesday.

The 51-year-old former child actor received a nearly identical sentence in September after pleading no contest to resisting arrest after she was kicked out of a posh Beverly Hills restaurant in April.

Kim Richards


Ringo Starr performs in concert with his All Starr Band at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Baltimore.
Photo by Owen Sweeney


"Days of Our Lives"

Casey Moss

An actor on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" was arrested in suburban Phoenix after trying to punch a bartender at a hotel bar, authorities said Wednesday.

Casey Moss, 21, is facing charges of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Scottsdale police spokesman Kevin Watts said.

The hotel called police around 12:30 a.m. Monday, reporting an intoxicated Moss tried to hit a bartender for refusing to serve him more alcohol and shoved another person. He then yelled and cursed at employees, police said.

An officer handcuffed Moss and tried to escort him outside. When asked for his name, Moss allegedly yelled "I'm Casey Moss, and I'm an actor on 'Days of Our Lives.' "

The actor was in town with several co-stars for a book signing at a Tempe bookstore celebrating the NBC show's 50th anniversary. Moss plays JJ Deveraux on the long-running soap. His biography on the program's website states he was raised in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler.

Casey Moss


An Indian woman gets henna designs applied on her palms on the eve of Karwa Chauth festival in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Karwa Chauth is a traditional Hindu festival celebrated in northern India where married women fast one whole day and offer prayers to the moon for the welfare, prosperity, and longevity of their husbands.
Photo by Altaf Qadri


Reports Loss After Arctic Exit


Royal Dutch Shell reported a third quarter loss of $7.4 billion Thursday as it re-organized and cancelled projects, including drilling in Alaska, to cope with the plunge in oil prices.

The net loss compares with a profit of $4.5 billion in the same period last year. Shell reported $7.9 billion in charges, including $2.6 billion for Alaska and $2 billion related to the decision to cancel the Carmon Creek project in Alberta, Canada.

Excluding one-time items and fluctuations in the value of inventories, the company said profit dropped to $1.8 billion, from $5.8 billion a year earlier, reflecting the plunge in oil prices.

Shell said it would still pay a dividend of 47 cents a share on third quarter earnings.



A model displays a creation by Fitri Aulia during Jakarta Fashion Week 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.
Photo by Achmad Ibrahim


Republic of Texass


A woman who claims she's a representative of the sovereign nation of Texas was convicted of issuing fraudulent court papers ordering a judge and lawyer to appear before an "international common law court."

A jury northwest of San Antonio found Susan Cammack guilty Wednesday of simulating a legal process, the San Antonio Express-News reports. She was fined and placed on probation. A co-defendant pleaded guilty in August and testified against her.

Cammack and other members of a group called the Republic of Texas believe Texas never legally became part of the U.S. and remains a separate nation.

The papers she issued had ordered a state district judge and a lawyer involved in foreclosure proceedings against her to appear before the group's court, held at a VFW hall in Bryan.

Authorities representing the local sheriff's office, FBI and other agencies interrupted the group's proceedings in February and seized computers, phones and other material from about 20 people participating in the meeting at the VFW.




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