BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 2 January, 2017

Monday

2 January, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[1922 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Scott Burns: Let's Enlarge the Cup of Life (AssetBuilder)
What would we do if we truly loved and cared for others? I'm not talking about kisses and hugs. I'm talking about concrete action. I'm talking about turning toward the welfare of others. What would be the most transforming--- but doable--- actions? I have two suggestions. If we could get these done, we'd be living in an amazing, caring country. I hope you'll think about them.


Scott Burns: "Social Security Reform: If You're Under 50, Watch Out" (AssetBuilder)
You're eager to buy your favorite candy bar. You go in the store. You pay the usual amount. But when you open the familiar wrapping you get a terrible surprise. It's smaller, way smaller, than you expected. Millions of Americans may have an experience like this in the future. Only it will be with something far more important. The shrunken candy bar will be their Social Security check. Benefits will be far smaller than expected if Social Security is "reformed." The change would come through a bill submitted by Rep. Sam Johnson, R:Texas.


Andrew Hallam: Research Says Money Can Buy You Happiness (AssetBuilder)
I ran along the sand wearing nothing but shorts and a pair of shoes. Each morning for a month, I saw the same fishermen during my 5-mile run along the Portuguese shore. I called out, "Bom dia!" They smiled and waved. After each run, I came back to the hotel. I ate breakfast, did a bit of reading and wandered back to the beach.


Andrew Hallam: How To Boost The Odds That Your Children Will Succeed (AssetBuilder)
Every parent wants their children to succeed. But there might be an easier way to do it. In fact, it might be easier today than at any time before. There's a long lost art that helps kids to kick butt. Household chores.


Henry Rollins: I Never Like Being in a Band All That Much (LA Weekly)
Whenever I'm in London without a show breathing down my neck, I walk the streets trying to wrap my head around all the shows that happened here, from Jimi Hendrix playing club shows to The Ruts tearing it up a decade later. This is where I lose most of my perspective (which I am happy to part with) and become one of the more in-need-of-a-life fan types there ever was.


Jamelle Bouie: Donald Trump Is Unpopular, and So Is the GOP's Agenda (Slate)
How can Democrats capitalize?


Jordan Weissmann: The Tragedy of Obamacare Is That We Will Never Know if It Would Have Worked (Slate)
Obamacare has been a fascinating policy experiment. It's too bad we'll probably never get to see the final result.


Jordan Weissmann: Here's Another Nice Thing Obamacare Did That Trump Will Probably Ruin (Slate)
Given that Obamacare has driven the country's uninsured rate to record lows, you might have assumed that more Americans are now able to see the doctor when the need arises. You'd be right.


Elliot Hannon: Buffalo School Board Takes Steps to Oust Trump Ally Board Member After Racist Remarks About the Obamas (Slate)
Paladino has so far refused to step down despite the uproar over his comments in a local weekly where he said, among other things, he wished Michelle Obama would "return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla."



David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

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David Bruce's Blog

David Bruce's Lulu Storefront

David Bruce's Apple iBookstore

David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on Amazon.com.


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Trivia Question of the Day


There is only one instance of a guest star appearing as himself on any Star Trek series. Who was that guest star?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


Where was the Beatles last paid live concert held?


       Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA                                                      Source


The Beatles staged their third concert tour of America in August 1966, and it was the last commercial tour they would ever undertake. Lasting a total of 19 performances, with 17 shows in American venues and two in Canada (Toronto), it was plagued with backlash regarding the controversy of John Lennon's remarks about Christianity, death threats, and the band's own dissatisfaction with the noise levels and their ability to perform live. Although it was a commercial success, ticket sales had noticeably declined in number. After the tour, they would become a studio band and focused exclusively on record production.

The Beatles made an unannounced live appearance on the roof of their London Apple office at Savile Row on 30 January 1969, but their final paid live concert took place on 29 August 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Only 25,000 tickets were sold despite the fact that Candlestick Park has a capacity for 42,500 people. At 9:27 pm, the Beatles finally took the stage and proceeded to play eleven songs: "Rock And Roll Music", "She's A Woman", "If I Needed Someone", "Day Tripper", "Baby's In Black", "I Feel Fine", "Yesterday", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Nowhere Man", "Paperback Writer" and "Long Tall Sally". Knowing that this would be their last concert, members of the band took measures of their own to capture their last moments on stage. Each brought a camera and McCartney asked Beatles' press agent Tony Barrow to successfully make a rough audio tape recording from the field. The recording of this final concert is now widely circulated on bootlegs.        Source







David in Moon Valley was first and correct with:
   what my age-addled brain cells are forcing me to type, for some strangely odd reason, is candlestick park in san francisco...i'm not even going to look it up...fuck it...if it's wrong, oh well....in all probability somebody here will look it up and post the right answer so i'll get to learn something new first thing tomorrow...
  Happy New Year Marty!




Randall wrote:
   August 29, 1966 in Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA, USA





Alan J said:
   Candlestick Park, San Francisco.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Beatles' final live concert took place on 29 August 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.



Kevin in Washington DC replied:
   Candlestick Park, San Francisco



Adam answered:
   San Francisco- Candlestick Park



Deborah wrote:
   The Beatles' last paid live concert was held in 1966, in Candlestick Park. A local talk radio host mentioned it last week, otherwise I wouldn't know.
  Just cold, no rain, but hey, we survived another year so Happy New Year!




John I from Hawai`i says,
   "San Francisco."



DJ Useo replied:
   I think you mean the Candlestick Park concert. My wife is sure, although at first I thought it was an Australian concert. Doh!
  I've been really enjoying the Beatles recent Mono box set. It's perfect if you know the albums like I do, as you knowtice (sic) many differences, chiefly among the vocals. Great stuff.
  A giant Happy New Year to all of you! It's 1984 groundhog day style once again!





Joe S     took the day off.
  



mj took the day off.
  



MAM     took the day off.
  



Marian took the day off.
  



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  January 2 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 2 | Famous Birthdays




Sally has retired.
  


  





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Middle Class Political Economist




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Resolutions for the hopeful, and the Trumped - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford



Bambi artist Tyrus Wong dies aged 106 - BBC News



Religion 101: Good Without God (Book Review)



Planet Earth II 'a disaster for world's wildlife' says rival nature producer | Television & radio | The Guardian



Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest faces fracking threat | Business | The Guardian




Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Comment

Lumpy


Sums up my reaction.




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


Thanks, Linda!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Far-Right Family Research Council Ready For Trump To Carry Its Agenda | Right Wing Watch



Alt-Right Infighting Simmers Around Inaugural 'DeploraBall' : NPR



RESIST - Home



Someone Changed the Hollywood Sign to Say "Hollyweed"-Again | Vanity Fair



How to manipulate Donald Trump. - slate.com



Trump: Don't Blame Russia For Hacking; Blame Computers For Making Life Complicated | The Huffington Post



12 Moments of Right-Wing Horror and Absurdity in 2016 | Alternet



Does Donald Trump's Presidency Signal the End of Journalism or a New Rebirth? | Alternet



Former Press Secretaries Say Donald Trump's Relationship With Journalists Will Be Unprecedented | The Huffington Post



Twitter Melts Down over "Treason" After Trump Praises Putin | Vanity Fair



Wall Street Journal Editor Says His Newspaper Won't Call Donald Trump's Lies 'Lies' | The Huffington Post



The Founders Created the Emoluments Clause to Prevent a Case Like Donald Trump | Esquire



A Resolution for 2017: Keep Reminding Trump That He Has No Mandate | The Nation





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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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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


JD took the day off.






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Overcast and cool.



Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH 'Man With A Plan', then a FRESH '2 Broke Girls', followed by a FRESH 'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH 'Scorpion'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 12/15/16) are James Franco, Michael Stipe, and Gad Elmaleh.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 11/16/16) are Kendall Jenner, Michael Strahan, and Hey Violet.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Celebrity Apprentice', followed by a FRESH 'The Wall'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 12/14/16) are Arnold $chwarzenegger, Elle Fanning, and Childish Gambino.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/6/16) are Shaquille O'Neal, Abbi Jacobson, Miranda Lambert, and Abe Cunningham.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/10/16) are Rebecca Hall, Broncho, and Richard Bacon.



ABC starts the night with a FRESH The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Joel McHale and Nick Viall.



The CW offers 'The 128th Annual Torment Of Roses Parade'.



Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'Masterchef Celebrity Showdown'.



MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.



A&E has 3 hours of old 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', then a FRESH 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH 'Nightwatch'.



AMC offers the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', followed by the movie 'The Departed'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-The Dauphin
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Contagion
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Time Squared
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-The Icarus Factor
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Pen Pals
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-Q Who
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Samaritan Snare
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Up the Long Ladder
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Manhunt
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-The Emissary
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Peak Performance
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 22-Innocence
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 23-The Thaw
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-Tuvix
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Evolution
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Ensigns of Command
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 23-The Thaw
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-Tuvix
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Evolution    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH 'Timber Creek Lodge', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
The Daily Show is pre-empted.
@Midnight is pre-empted.



FX has the movie 'Grown Ups 2', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', again.



History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', followed by another FRESH 'Pawn Stars'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Let Your Love Groan
 [6:30AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Life Orr Death
 [7:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Ouija Bored
 [7:30AM]    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
 [10:15AM]    BREAKDOWN
 [12:15PM]    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
 [3:00PM]    THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sheer Heart Attack
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leaving Home Ain't Easy
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sheer Heart Attack
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leaving Home Ain't Easy
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [3:30AM]    THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Nurses
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Sigmund
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Mulcahy's War
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Korean Surgeon
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Hawkeye Get Your Gun
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Colonel's Horse
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Exorcism
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Hawk's Nightmare
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Most Unforgettable Characters
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-38 Across
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Ping Pong
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-End Run
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Hanky Panky
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Hepatitis
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The General's Practitioner
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Movie Tonight
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Souvenirs
 [3:00PM]    Taxi Driver
 [5:30PM]    Frailty
 [8:00PM]    A Time to Kill
 [11:30PM]    Mississippi Burning
 [2:30AM]    Taxi Driver
 [4:58AM]    Rectify-A House Divided    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has a 'Twilight Zone' marathon.



TBS:
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is a RERUN.
On a RERUN Conan (from 10/31/16) are T.J. Miller and the Sugar Hill Gang.



TCM:
 [6:15 AM]      The Woman in Green (1945)
 [7:30 AM]      Scared to Death (1947)
 [8:45 AM]      Bewitched (1945)
 [10:00 AM]      The Dark Tower (1943)
 [11:45 AM]      Lizzie (1957)
 [1:30 PM]      Svengali (1931)
 [3:00 PM]      Fingers at the Window (1942)
 [4:30 PM]      The Hypnotic Eye (1960)
 [6:00 PM]      Black Magic (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      East of Eden (1955)
 [10:15 PM]      The Moon Is Down (1943)
 [12:00 AM]      Cannery Row (1982)
 [2:15 AM]      The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
 [4:30 AM]      Of Mice and Men (1939)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Tuesday   -  01/03/17

TCM:
 [6:30 AM]      Tortilla Flat (1942)
 [8:30 AM]      A Life Of Her Own (1950)
 [10:30 AM]      Close to My Heart (1951)
 [12:15 PM]      The Lost Weekend (1945)
 [2:00 PM]      The Major and the Minor (1942)
 [3:45 PM]      Irene (1940)
 [5:30 PM]      Dial M for Murder (1954)
 [7:30 PM]      Screen Directors Playhouse: Markheim (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      Cool Hand Luke (1967)
 [10:15 PM]      Brute Force (1947)
 [12:00 AM]      Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
 [1:30 AM]      The Big House (1930)
 [3:15 AM]      The Last Mile (1932)
 [4:30 AM]      Each Dawn I Die (1939)     (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jan. 10, 1992) - David Steinberg, Drew Carey, and Regis Philbin.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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Or reviews?   Marty




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A swimmer dressed as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, takes part in the New Year's Day swim as other swimmers dressed as Mexicans hold up a wall, at Saundersfoot in Wales, Britain, Jan. 1, 2017.
Photo by Rebecca Naden

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Zen Nouveau: New Year's Greetings from Early 20th-Century Japan | Collectors Weekly

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Posthumous UK Charts Comeback

George Michael

Troubled late pop icon George Michael has made a return to Britain's record charts following his death on Christmas Day at the age of 53, the Official Charts Company said on Friday.

"Last Christmas", one of his best-selling singles from his time in the pop duo Wham!, has climbed to number seven in the charts -- its first time in the top 10 sales since it was released 31 years ago.

The song has also become the second most streamed track of the week, with 3.6 million streams.

Michael's greatest hits collection "Ladies & Gentlemen" has seen a stagging 5,625 percent surge in combined sales and streams over the past week.

"The Final", Michael's last album with Wham!, came in at 40 followed by "Twenty Five" at 47, "Faith" at 62, "Symphonica" at 73 and "Older" at 84.

George Michael

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The Hollywood sign is seen vandalized, Jan. 1, 2017. Los Angeles residents awoke New Year's Day to find a prankster had altered the famed Hollywood sign to read "HOLLYWeeD." Police have also notified the city's Department of General Services, whose officers patrol Griffith Park and the area of the rugged Hollywood Hills near the sign.
Photo by Photo/Damian Dovarganes

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17 Messy Nessy Adventures to Bucket List for 2017

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Vandalized Sign

'HOLLYWeeD'

No, Los Angeles residents, it wasn't your hangovers playing tricks on you. The Hollywood sign really did read "HOLLYWeeD" for a few hours on New Year's Day.

Police were investigating Sunday after a prankster used giant tarps to turn two of the iconic sign's white Os into Es sometime overnight.

The vandal, dressed in all black, was recorded by security cameras and could face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, said Sgt. Robert Payan.

The person scaled a protective fence surrounding the sign above Griffith Park and then clambered up each giant letter to drape the coverings, Payan said.

While attention-grabbing, the prank was not exactly original. Forty-one years ago to the day - Jan. 1, 1976 - a college student similarly altered the sign, using curtains to make it read "HOLLYWEED."

'HOLLYWeeD'

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Young Maestro Dazzles Vienna

Gustavo Dudamel

The Vienna Philharmonic rung in 2017 with its famed New Year's Concert on Sunday under the baton of the orchestra's youngest-ever conductor, charismatic Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel.

The 35-year-old, who currently leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic, follows in the footsteps of giants such as Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and Zubin Mehta.

The annual "Neujahrskonzert" held inside the Great Hall of the exalted Musikverein in Vienna is largely dedicated to the 19th-century Strauss composer family.

The 2017 programme twirled through waltzes, polkas and marches before ending with the legendary Radetzky March by the elder Johann Strauss.

At the end of the two-and-a-half-hour show, a visibly elated Dudamel received a standing ovation, including from Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz who was among the many personalities in attendance.

Gustavo Dudamel

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Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
Photo by Frank Augstein

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The Murder of Rasputin: The 100th Anniversary of a Mystery That Won't Die | Mental Floss

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Kicks Off Celebrations

Finland

A children's event on Saturday at the National Opera kicked off a year of festivities in Finland to celebrate 100 years of independence from Russia.

Celebrations will culminate Dec. 6, the day Finnish Parliament declared independence in 1917.

Saturday's events included a concert paired with New Year's Eve fireworks over Helsinki, the capital. Finland's Foreign Ministry lit up in the winter darkness by illuminating its facade in the Finnish flag's blue and white colors.

Throughout 2017 there will be hundreds of events in this Nordic nation of 5.5 million - from films, dance parties and environment-related events to concerts and activities linked to Finland's renowned sauna tradition.

The government has earmarked 19 million euros (USD20 million) for the celebrations, including a new national park - the nation's 40th - that will be opened in June, highlighting Finns' affinity to nature. Finland also claims it will become the first country in the world to have an official flag day for its environment on Aug. 26 - also as part of the centennial festivities.

Finland

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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Thrust Into Debate Over Dams

Native American Sites

A little-known federal program that avoids publicizing its accomplishments to protect from looters the thousands of Native American sites it's tasked with managing has been caught up in a big net.

The Federal Columbia River System Cultural Resources Program tracks some 4,000 historical sites that also include homesteads and missions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Now it's contributing information as authorities prepare a court-ordered environmental impact statement concerning struggling salmon and the operation of 14 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin.

Fish survival, hydropower, irrigation and navigation get the most attention and will be components in the environmental review due out in 2021. But at more than a dozen public meetings in the four states to collect feedback, the cultural resources program has equal billing. Comments are being accepted through Jan. 17.

The review process is being conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, an umbrella law that covers the well-known Endangered Species Act. Thirteen species of salmon and steelhead on the Columbia and Snake rivers have been listed as federally protected species over the past 25 years.

Native American Sites

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Fireworks and confetti mark the new year in Times Square in New York, U.S. Jan. 1, 2017.
Photo by Stephanie Keith

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10 Of The Most Beautiful Maps Ever Created - Listverse

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China To Ban ivory By End Of 2017

Ivory Trade

China will ban all ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017, the government said, in a move hailed by conservationists as a "game changer" for African elephants.

African ivory is highly sought after in China, where it is seen as a status symbol, with prices for a kilo (2.2 pounds) reaching as high as $1,100.

"To better protect elephants and better tackle the illegal trade... China will gradually stop the processing and sale of ivory for commercial purposes" by the end of 2017, the State Council, China's cabinet, said in a statement late Friday.

The move comes after Beijing said in March it would widen a ban on imports of all ivory and ivory products acquired before 1975, after pressure to restrict a trade that sees thousands of elephants slaughtered every year.

Conservationists estimate that more than 20,000 elephants were killed for their ivory last year, with similar tolls in previous years. The WWF campaign group says 415,000 of the animals remain.

Ivory Trade

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Take a Journey Into One of the World's Most Impressive Map Collections | Atlas Obscura

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Blown To Pieces

Nimrud

The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone.

The city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is in pieces, victim of the Islamic State group's fervor to erase history. The remains of its palaces and temples, once lined in brilliant reliefs of gods and kings, have been blown up. The statues of winged bulls that once guarded the site are hacked to bits. Its towering ziggurat, or step pyramid, has been bulldozed.

The militants' fanaticism devastated one of the Middle East's most important archaeological sites. But more than a month after the militants were driven out, Nimrud is still being ravaged, its treasures disappearing, imperiling any chance of eventually rebuilding it, an Associated Press team found after multiple visits in the past month.

With the government and military still absorbed in fighting the war against the Islamic State group in nearby Mosul, the wreckage of the Assyrian Empire's ancient capital lies unprotected and vulnerable to looters.

The site's palaces and temples were spread over 360 hectares (900 acres) on a dirt plateau on the edge of the Tigris River valley.

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A reveler braves packed ice while participating in the annual New Year's polar bear dip in Charlottetown Harbour on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on Jan. 1, 2017. High winds pushed the ice against the shore forcing swimmers to improvise.
Photo by Andrew Vaughan

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Conservative Mega-Church Bishop New Mayor

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An evangelical mega-church bishop who once branded Catholics demons was sworn in as Rio de Janeiro's mayor on Sunday, putting a staunch conservative in charge of one of Latin America's most liberal cities.

Marcelo Crivella, from the socially conservative Brazilian Republican Party (PRB), won the mayoral race in October municipal elections.

His election was in keeping with a rightward political shift across Latin America, including in Brazil -- the continent's biggest country -- where the socialist president was recently impeached and where her Workers' Party suffered stark losses.

Crivella -- a bishop in the giant Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, founded by his billionaire uncle -- has promised to bring law and order to Rio, a city beset by high crime.

However, Crivella has had to work hard to distance himself from statements he made in a book he wrote in 1999 in which he described Roman Catholics as "demonic" and claimed that Hindus drank their children's blood.

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New Subway Line

New York

New Yorkers' long wait to take a subway under Manhattan's far Upper East Side ended Sunday when three new stations on the Second Avenue line opened to the public.

The first train left the station at East 96th Street at noon after a speech by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pushed to meet a New Year's Day deadline for the long-delayed project.

The nearly 2-mile segment adds stations along Second Avenue at 96th, 86th and 72nd streets and a new connection to an existing subway line at 63rd Street.

Seen as crucial to alleviating congestion in the nation's biggest subway system, it is on a line expected to carry about 200,000 riders a day. The entire system transports about 5.6 million riders on an average weekday.

The city's transportation board first envisioned a Second Avenue subway in 1929, but the stock market crash and the Great Depression derailed the plan.

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Fireworks explode over the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge as part of New Year's Eve celebrations Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in San Francisco.
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