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3 November, 2017

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Paul Krugman: Paul Ryan Is Choking On His Own Mystery Meat (NY Times Blog)
Now, a cynic might have expected Republicans to go for full-on cynicism: "What, you took it seriously when we talked about fiscal responsibility? The joke's one you! Ha ha ha!" And to a certain extent that is what they've done: after all the deficit-hawk posturing, they're openly admitting that their intention is to increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion.

Josh Marshall: "Manafort's Strategy: A Pardon" (TPM)
A former federal prosecutor with highly relevant experience weighs in on what we learned from yesterday. Upshot: Manafort's strategy is a pardon.

Tierney Sneed: The Message Mueller Sent With The Manafort-Papadopoulos Double Punch (TPM)
To those who were anticipating the indictment against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort that became public Monday, the unexpected unsealing of a guilty plea from another Trump campaign aide a little more than an hour later was a major shock.

Ed Mazza: Donald Trump Jr.'s Bizarre Halloween 'Lesson' Backfires Spectacularly (Huffington Post)
That didn't go over well.

Mark Hill: 6 Ghosts Who Solved Their Own Murder (Cracked)
6. Multiple People Have Confessed To Murders After Being Haunted By Their Victims

David Christopher Bell: The Reason Harvey Weinstein Is Just The Beginning (Cracked)
I'll go ahead and warn you now: It has to do with Trump.

Rory Carroll: Child abuse documentary Hollywood 'didn't want you to see' goes viral (The Guardian)
The film An Open Secret died upon release in 2015, but is seeing a renewed interest online amid a cascade of allegations against Hollywood's elite.

Benjamin Lee: An Open Secret review - damning documentary takes aim at sexual abuse in Hollywood (The Guardian)
Amy Berg's revealing look at child molestation in the film industry is plainly told but undeniably shocking.

Andrew Tobias: Oh, Boy! Tax Cuts
The way to juice the economy and create good jobs isn't yet more tax breaks for the wealthy. It's massive tax-payer-funded infrastructure renewal.

Judith Mackrell: Dance legend Twyla Tharp on truculent men, selling hot dogs and her idol Agatha Christie (The Guardian)
She shook up the male world of modern dance in the 1970s and never slowed down. The US choreographer talks about fending off flak, videoing her entire career - and why you should never ask her to 'dance a sunrise.'

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Superman Abandons Earth

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Trivia Question of the Day

Fictional comic book supervillain Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is better known by what name?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this Gilda Radner character?

       Roseanne Roseannadanna                                                      Source

Roseanne Roseannadanna is one of several recurring characters created by Gilda Radner, who appeared on Weekend Update in the early seasons of Saturday Night Live(SNL), which aired on the NBC network. She was the segment's consumer affairs reporter who, like an earlier Radner character Emily Litella, editorialized on current issues, only to go off-topic before interrupted by the anchor. Unlike Litella's meek and apologetic character, Roseannadanna was brash and tactless. The character was based on Rose Ann Scamardella, a former anchorwoman on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News in New York City. The character also appeared later in Radner's live one-woman shows.

Roseannadanna's Saturday Night Live commentary followed a strict formula. She usually read a letter from Richard Feder of Fort Lee, New Jersey, although she once read a letter from his wife, "Mrs." Richard Feder. (The Feders later re-located to Mount St. Helens, Washington.) The letter would include a series of questions, usually about a current social issue, to which Roseannadanna made derogatory comments about New Jersey before moving on to respond to the question. An in-joke, Richard Feder (pronounced as "Fay-der") was the name of an actual resident of Fort Lee who also happened to be the brother-in-law of SNL writer and segment co-creator Alan Zweibel.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   That is consumer advocate Roseanne Roseannadanna.

Alan J answered:
   Roseanne Roseannadanna.

Randall wrote:
   Roseanne Roseannadanna

mj said:
   That striking creature
  Is Roseanne Rosanadana.

Stephen F replied:
   Roseanne Rosannadanna

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Roseanne Roseannadanna

Harry M. said:
   Roseanne Roseannadanna

Gary E.K. wrote:
   roseann roseannadanna

Deborah responded:
   I want to say that's Gilda playing Baba Wawa, a parody of Barbara Walters.
  Too bad about the Dodgers.

Adam answered:
   Rosanna Rosannadana

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Rosanne Roseannadanna."

Gene replied:
   Roseanne Roseannadanna

Daniel in The City wrote:
   Roseanne Roseannadanna

Billy in Cypress said:
   Roseanne Roseannadanna
  And what 'bout those Dodgers? Never mind, WAY TO GO ASTROS!

Dave in Tucson replied:
   That's Rosanne Roseannadanna, portrayed by the incomparable Gilda Radner. One of her first film roles was a bit part as a Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism member in The Last Detail which starred Jack Nicholson.

  There she is on the lower left. Behind the beads is Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and Otis Young.

Dale of Diamond Springs, It's Gonna Rain Norcali answered:
   Roseanne Roseannadanna

zorch responded:
   Emily Litella

Joe S     said:
   Roseanne Rosannadanna
  If it's not one thing, it's another

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

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

Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

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  November 3 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 3 | Famous Birthdays

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MAM     In memory.




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A Void in the Great Pyramid May Help Fill Gaps in Our Knowledge - The New York Times

Bernie Sanders Went to Canada and Learned a Few Things - The New York Times

Why the far right believes a US civil war will start on Saturday | World news | The Guardian

Have psychologists found a better way to persuade people to save the planet? | Inequality | The Guardian

You KNOW the News Cycle is Gonzo When the Possible Collapse of NK's Nuclear Threat Is Hardly Noted

Cruella DeVos... Not For Long, According To Insiders

Why they can't replace Trump with Pence

The scariest thing about Halloween was the Jack O' Lantern in the Oval Office or maybe it was the White Sheets. #DumpTrump | Margaret and Helen

Trump's USDA Pick With Ties To Russia Investigation Reportedly Withdraws Nomination | HuffPost

EPA Replaced Its Top Science Advisers Without Telling Them | HuffPost

BBC - Travel - The surprising origin of Argentina's brazen pastry names

BBC - Culture - Could this revolutionary project help save the environment?

Russia's Social Media Propaganda Was Hiding in Plain Sight

MACH: The best and latest in Tech & Innovation | NBC News

Stream These Old Hollywood Dramas With a Strong Female Lead

MSNBC's host absolutely eviscerates Trump/Pence surrogate: 'Do you trust Bob Mueller?'

Trump administration recommends lifting ban on uranium mining in Grand Canyon

GOP tax plan delivers double dose of pain to blue states

Bannon booster Robert Mercer-the 'blow-it-all-up' billionaire-suddenly shrinks from the public eye

A life in music: Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin, Alison Krauss and his endless wanderlust | Music | The Guardian

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Bannon worried Trump wouldn't survive impeachment vote: Vanity Fair | TheHill

House Democrats Release Russian Troll Facebook Election Ads | NY Mag

Here Are the Social Media Ads That Russia Used to Influence the Election - Mother Jones

Hackers Compromised the Trump Organization 4 Years Ago-and the Company Never Noticed - Mother Jones

GOP tax bill would allow churches to endorse political candidates | TheHill

With investors under fire for financing white nationalism, Robert Mercer resigns from hedge fund - ThinkProgress

Republicans' 'middle class tax cut' overwhelmingly benefits the richest - ThinkProgress

Rick Perry tells protesters that fossil fuels are good because they prevent sexual assault - ThinkProgress

How Did This Right-Wing Radio Host End Up in the Middle of the Russia Scandal? | Alternet

Poll: Most say this is lowest point they can remember for US | TheHill

Is Trump trapped? He's hemmed in by bad advice, with no way out -

US backs out of global oil anti-corruption effort | TheHill

Former Mexican ambassador says State Department is telling world leaders to stay at Trump hotels - ThinkProgress

Robert Mercer's Horseh*t Mea Culpa Is Too Little, Too Late | The Daily Beast



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Mila Kunis Donated To Planned Parenthood In Vice President Mike Pence's Name

Mila peacefully protested the Vice President's views by setting up a monthly donation to Planned Parenthood in his name.

Conan Reveals The Full #ConanNYC Guest Lineup

President Bill Clinton, Stephen Colbert, the cast of "Daddy's Home 2" and more are joining Conan at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater 11/6 - 11/9.

Vir Das Presents News From The Rest Of The World

Our news is so dominated by Trump that it's easy to forget there's an entire world with plenty of news that we're probably missing. India's own Vir Das is here to help.



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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Bit of rain, more coming.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Ronan Farrow, Walter Isaacson, and Kelsea Ballerini.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/21/17) are Judi Dench, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kasabian.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Blindspot', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Saoirse Ronan, Julian Edelman, Clive Davis, and Wiz Khalifa featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 10/23/17) are Mariska Hargitay, John Cho, ZZ Ward featuring Fantastic Negrito, and Sonny Emory.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/26/17) are Eddie Izzard, (Sandy) Alex G, and Dawn-Lyen Gardner.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Once Upon A Time', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Inhumans', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 11/1/17) are Ellen DeGeneres and Pink, with guest host Channing Tatum.

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 the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', followed by the movie 'Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-One Small Step
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Voyager Conspiracy
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Pathfinder
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Fear Her
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Army of Ghosts
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Doomsday
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Who Mourns for Adonais?
 [2:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Journey to Babel
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-The Doomsday Machine
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Who Mourns for Adonais?
 [1:10AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Journey to Babel

Bravo has 'Don't Be Tardy ...', another 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by a FRESH 'Don't Be Tardy ...', another 'Don't Be Tardy ...', then the movie 'Maid In Manhattan'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Superbad', and 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain'.

FX has the movie 'Thor', followed by the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', then the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', again.

History has all old 'Ancient Aliens' all night.

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 [12:54AM]    Law & Order-Terminal
 [1:53AM]    Liar-The Marshes
 [2:52AM]    Rosehaven-Episode 2
 [3:30AM]    Waitress     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Need For Speed', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation, then a FRESH 'Superstition'.

 [7:15 AM]      Human Voice (2014)
 [7:45 AM]      The Babe Ruth Story (1948)
 [9:45 AM]      The Winning Team (1952)
 [11:45 AM]      The Joe Louis Story (1953)
 [1:30 PM]      The Iron Major (1943)
 [3:00 PM]      The Bob Mathias Story (1954)
 [4:30 PM]      Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
 [6:30 PM]      The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      The China Syndrome (1979)
 [10:15 PM]      The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
 [12:15 AM]      The Mackintosh Man (1973)
 [2:00 AM]      Coma (1978)
 [4:00 AM]      Frenzy (1972)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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 [6:00 AM]      A Man to Remember (1938)
 [7:30 AM]      The Good Earth (1937)
 [10:00 AM]      Captains Of The Clouds (1942)
 [12:00 PM]      Trooper Hook (1957)
 [1:30 PM]      Forbidden Planet (1956)
 [3:15 PM]      2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
 [6:00 PM]      Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      The Big Sleep (1946)
 [10:15 PM]      The Little Foxes (1941)
 [12:30 AM]      The Woman On Pier 13 (1950)
 [2:00 AM]      Deadly Friend (1986)
 [3:45 AM]      Swamp Thing (1982)
 [5:30 AM]      Duck and Cover (1951)
 [5:30 AM]      Match Your Mood (1968)
 [5:30 AM]      When You Grow Up (1973)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Marni Halasa brandishes a sword in front of a man in a Donald Trump costume with a sword at the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City on Oct. 31, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


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Jeremy Piven Dumped

'The Late Show'

"The Late Show" has pulled a segment featuring Jeremy Piven amid an investigation into an allegation that he groped reality star Ariane Bellamar.

A spokesperson for the late night series told ABC News, "Jeremy Piven's interview for Friday's broadcast was pre-taped earlier this week on Monday, October 30. Since we were unable to address recent developments in that interview, we are replacing that segment with a new guest."

In a series of tweets, the former Playboy Playmate claimed Piven "forcefully" groped her on the set of HBO series "Entourage" and at the Playboy Mansion. She also accused Piven of sending "sexual" and "threatening" text messages.

"'Member grabbing my boobies on the [sofa] without asking?? 'Member when I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the a--, looked at yourself in the mirror, & said what a 'beautiful couple' we made?" she tweeted Monday.

CBS, the network responsible for broadcasting Piven's drama "Wisdom of the Crowd" and "The Late Show," said in a statement Tuesday that they are investigating Bellamar's accusations.

'The Late Show'


A man dressed as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a thumbs-up to specators while marching in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City on Oct. 31, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


More Spacey Allegations

Roberto Cavazos

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos accused Kevin Spacey on Tuesday of sexual harassment, echoing claims made by actor Anthony Rapp and predicting a "whole lot more" accusations against the two-time Oscar winner will emerge.

Cavazos, who acted in several plays at London's Old Vic theater when Spacey was artistic director there, said the Hollywood star routinely preyed on young male actors.

"It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us," he wrote in a Facebook post.

He said Rapp -- the American actor who accuses Spacey of making a "sexual advance" when he was 14 and Spacey was 26 -- was far from alone.

"It wouldn't surprise me if there were similar numbers to Weinstein's," he added, referring to the dozens of women who have accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment, unleashing a torrent of similar accusations against a growing list of rich and powerful men.

Roberto Cavazos


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Newly Discovered Species

'Tapanuli Orangutan'

A new species of orangutan has been discovered in the remote jungles of Indonesia, immediately becoming the world's most endangered great ape, researchers said Thursday.

"It's the first declaration of a new great ape species in about 100 years," Ian Singleton, co-author of the study and director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, told AFP.

The species, called 'Tapanuli orangutan', lives in the Batang Toru forest on Sumatra island, and numbers only about 800 in total, making it the most endangered great ape in the world, Singleton added.

Until recently, scientists thought there were only two genetically distinct types of orangutan, Bornean and Sumatran.

Outwardly the Tapanuli orangutan bears a closer resemblance to its Bornean counterpart, with cinnamon-coloured fur that is frizzier than its Sumatran relative. It also has a "prominent moustache", according to the findings published in the journal Current Biology.

'Tapanuli Orangutan'


A man wears a Donald Trump mask and a Santa suit at the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City on Oct. 31, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


AI Warning

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is concerned that artificial intelligence could replace humans.

The world-renowned physicist fears that somebody will create AI that will keep improving itself until it's eventually superior to people.

He says the result of this will be a "new form" of life.

"I fear that AI may replace humans altogether," he said in an interview with Wired magazine, seen by Cambridge News.

"If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans."

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New NASA Maps Have Very Bad News


Nestled between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans is Greenland, a slab of ice and rock that has caused more controversy than one might expect from the least densely populated country in thew world. For a long time, the Mercator map misrepresented Greenland as a giant land mass almost as big as Africa, but a 1970s reassessment cut it down to size, showing that it's actually only about one-fourteenth of the continent's area.

Now, in a cruel coincidence, new NASA maps show that Greenland is actually - physically - shrinking, and it's happening at a much quicker pace than scientists once thought.

On Wednesday, in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a team of NASA scientists together with collaborators from over 30 institutions published the most accurate high-resolution maps of Greenland's bedrock and coastal seafloor, using data from NASA's OMG campaign - short for Ocean Melting Greenland, but apt for describing its scary findings. The maps revealed some terrible news for the country's 54,100 inhabitants: While scientists had long known that some of the glaciers comprising the icy landmass were melting because of climate change, it now appears that up to four times the original number of glaciers are under threat.

"These results suggest that Greenland's ice is more threatened by changing climate than we had anticipated," said Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Josh Willis, who wasn't involved in making the maps, in a statement from NASA.

The new maps suggest that the effects of climate change on Greenland will be seen much sooner than expected. It's hard to estimate the rate of glacier melt without knowledge of how they move and how deep the glaciers extend underwater, but the OMG data revealed what was going on beneath the water's surface. It showed that two to four times as many glaciers actually extend deeper than 600 feet below sea level than scientists previously thought.



A group of people carry a "Rise and Resist" banner at the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City on Oct. 31, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


Mark Your Calendars


If you are inside the "alt-right" information bubble, you might be preparing yourself for a civil war to commence this Saturday.

Since late September, the idea has been circulating on Facebook groups, subreddit message boards, Twitter, and leading conspiracy media outlets that on 4 November, anti-fascist groups will begin a violent insurrection.

Some websites are telling their readers that antifa groups are "planning to kill every single Trump voter, Conservative and gun owner" this weekend. Hundreds of Facebook posts show how seriously consumers of such media are taking the news, and comments like "One more threat against white people and I swear to God I'm going to take a goddamn car and run over every fucking one of them" are not unrepresentative of the response.

But antifa groups have no plans to protest that day, and the small leftist groups who are planning protests have only dubious connections to the antifa movement. So what gives?

The whole thing rests on some very slender reeds, according to Spencer Sunshine, who recently wrote a report on the theories for the far right-monitoring group Political Research Associates. In the conspiracy underground on YouTube, he explains, there has been talk that "there was going to be a civil war" starting in November for some months.



Confirms (Another) Bigot


The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Joan Larsen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ? a nominee opposed by 27 LGBTQ rights groups with concerns about her views on civil rights.

Larsen was confirmed to the lifetime post on a 60-38 vote. All Republicans and eight Democrats voted for her, including Sens. Tom Carper (Del.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Gary Peters (Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Mark Warner (Va.).

Groups including Lambda Legal and the National LGBT Bar Association had been urging senators to reject Larsen's nomination. They were among more than two dozen LGBTQ rights groups that sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee warning that Larsen's "views on civil rights issues are fundamentally at odds with the notion that LGBT people are entitled to equality, liberty, justice and dignity under the law."

Larsen is the second of four conservative judicial nominees the Senate is confirming to U.S. circuit court seats this week.

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime post on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Barrett has said Roe v. Wade was an "erroneous decision" and took a speaking fee from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a rabidly anti-LGBTQ group that's defended forced sterilization for transgender people.



People wear political costumes and carry anti-Trump placards in the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City on Oct. 31, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


Move To End Ban On New Uranium Mining

Grand Canyon

U.S. officials said Wednesday they have proposed ending the Obama administration's ban on new uranium mining leases on public land outside Grand Canyon National Park.

The Forest Service proposed the change in response to President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Fat Fingered Vulgarian) executive order for federal agencies to eliminate restrictions on energy production.

"Adoption of this recommendation could reopen lands to mineral entry pursuant to the United States mining laws facilitating exploration for, and possibly development of, uranium resources," according to a report last week by the Forest Service's parent agency, the Department of Agriculture.

Conservationists are decrying the Forest Service's move, saying past uranium mining in the region has polluted soils, washes, aquifers and drinking water.

"The Forest Service should be advocating for a permanent mining ban, not for advancing private mining interests that threaten one of the natural wonders of the world," said Amber Reimondo, energy program director of the Grand Canyon Trust based in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Grand Canyon


Hidden Chamber Discovered

Great Pyramid of Giza

Scientists have found a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs.

In an article published in the journal Nature on Thursday, an international team said the 30-metre void deep within the pyramid is situated above the structure's Grand Gallery, and has a similar cross-section.

The purpose of the chamber is unclear, and it's not yet known whether it was built with a function in mind.

The scientists made the discovery using cosmic-ray imaging, recording the behavior of subatomic particles called muons that penetrate the rock similar to X-rays, only much deeper. Their paper was peer-reviewed before appearing in Nature, an international science journal.

The pyramid is also known as Khufu's Pyramid for its builder, a 4th Dynasty pharaoh who reigned from 2509-2483BC.

Great Pyramid of Giza



A cat named Teetoo participates in the GCCF Supreme Cat Show at National Exhibition Centre on October 28, 2017 in Birmingham, England.
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