BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 16 January, 2017


16 January, 2017

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[1936 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Henry Rollins: "Donald Trump's Secret Service Code Name Should Be 'Flounder'" (LA Weekly)
Now […] we're only days from the Comrade Trump administration, Washington, D.C., and all its governmental machinery is no doubt grinding overtime, preparing for a man who is trying to privatize a public office.

Gavin Haynes: The B Street Band and other tribute acts who have come out of the shadows (The Guardian)
Trump can't get the real deal, so he's had to make do with a Springsteen tribute act playing at one of his inauguration balls. Which other cover artists have stepped into the limelight.

Hermione Hoby: "Laurie Anderson: 'I see Lou all the time. He's a continued, powerful presence'" (The Guardian)
Over seitan and tofu in New York, the avant-garde performance artist talks about her Buddhism and loss and love - for her mother and her late husband Lou Reed.

Tom Lamont: The brave new world of the xx, pop's brooding perfectionists (The Guardian)
Solo success, confronting grief, sobering up… the feted London trio talk frankly about how the events of the past four years informed their new album, I See You.

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Trivia Question of the Day

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The ruler of what country is known as the "Thunder Dragon King"?

       Bhutan                                                      Source

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country and the second largest Himalayan state in Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by China in the north and India in the south. Bhutan is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim and from Bangladesh by the Indian states of West Bengal and Assam. With over 700,000 inhabitants, its population is the seventh largest in South Asia. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial and commercial center.

The King of Bhutan is known as the "Thunder Dragon King". The country's landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north, where there are peaks in excess of 7,000 metres (23,000 ft).        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Adam answered:

Ed K wrote:
   Please, please - don't give comrade Trump any ideas.

Deborah said:
  My last minute search says so. Otherwise, I have no idea. Tough question and I hate to look it up; I prefer the WAG.

Joe S     replied:
   The Land Of Dragons, Bhutan. There are lots of dragons in Bhutan, lots of fire breathing dragons. One of the important exports of the country is Butane. In fact there is so much butane that the country was named after it. The changed the spelling and pronunciation so as not to be confusing, but there you go. Butane is the reason there are so many dragons in the country, butane is the main fuel of fire breathing dragons. So there you go.

Randall took the day off.

DJ Useo 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.

  January 16 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 16 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

SNL Donald Trump Press Conference Video - WATCH Saturday Night Live
     I was scarfing warmed-over day-old pizza, and just about snorted thru every orifice. Truly wondrous stick in the eye.

Ringling Bros. circus folding its tent after nearly 150 years - AOL News
     Sarasota real estate got too expensive?

Dev Patel: 'I'm just this guy from Rayners Lane - how the hell did this happen?' | Film | The Guardian

Call of the wild: can America's national parks survive? | Lucy Rock | Environment | The Guardian

On the Mexican border, it takes more than a wall to make sense of this tangle | US news | The Guardian

Trump cancels MLK Day visit to National African American Museum because he's too busy

Why Religious Freedom Day is a Nightmare for the Christian Right

Trump, Putin and the Hidden History of How Russia Interfered in the U.S. Presidential Election

Five ACA questions to ask Every Republican

Exxon ordered to turn over 40 years of climate change research - Jan. 12, 2017

Trump unleashes a golden stream of laughter on SNL.

How the Democrats can play hardball with Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Republicans, in lather over question of Trump's legitimacy, want-wait for it-Obama to 'step up'

Democrats Lead Nationwide Day Of Rallies In Defense Of Obamacare | The Huffington Post

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore And More Celebrities To Lead Anti-Trump Rally In New York | The Huffington Post

370 'Sister Marches' Planned For Day After Trump's Inauguration | The Huffington Post

John Lewis Is A Brave Man, A Hero, and This Weekend, A $500 Billion Dollar Distraction.

The Observer view on president-elect Donald Trump | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump cancels MLK weekend visit to national African-American Museum - AOL News

Thanks, Michelle!



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Cynthia in Alabama shared this link. I love the people who call Lumpy on his outrages:

John Lewis' Diverse District Bashes Donald Trump For 'Crime Infested' Slam | The Huffington Post

Heard the story on 2 different local network new programs (2 different networks) today about the mystery of the covered Don's Johns' logos being solved. Figured it was a lie. Regulations against advertising on the Mall--ha!

Cynthia in Alabama found the attached picture--no covered Don's Johns logos before the Obama Inauguration. Sad that Trump's corruption already has local news programs reporting his lies as if they've done a real investigation instead of swallowing and spewing Trump toadie lies.

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

Thanks, Linda (& Cynthia)!
Thought you might like this - Don's Johns a name not quite right for this Inauguration Day



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump team considers evicting press from White House: report | TheHill

Conspirator in chief: 14 fake news stories created or publicized by Donald Trump -

Russia Allegations Lead to Donald Trump's Dumbest Tweet Ever | Mother Jones

How Betsy DeVos Used God and Amway to Take Over Michigan Politics - POLITICO Magazine

Who's the Illegitimate President Now, Mr. Birtherism? | New Republic

Trump's inauguration: One week before the American Republic inaugurates its destroyer - Israel News |

Photos of the US Air Force boneyard - Business Insider



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





Selected Readings

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Last Night

Sunny and breezy.

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'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll, and Nick Grant with Watch the Duck.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 11/10/16) are Chris Tucker, Hailee Steinfeld, and Shura.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Celebrity Apprentice', followed by a FRESH 'Timeless'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Michael Strahan, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Bebe Rexha.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jake Tapper, B.J. Novak, Steve Jones, and Leah Shapiro.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/13/16) are Simone Biles, !!!, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH 'Big Fan', then another FRESH 'Big Fan'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 1/10/17) are Amy Adams, Naomie Harris, and Blink 182.

The CW fills the night with the FRESH 'Howie Mandel's All Star Comedy Gala'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Gotham', followed by a FRESH 'Lucifer'.

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

A&E has all 'Leah Rimini: Scientolody & The Aftermath' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Predators', followed by the movie 'The Dark Knight'.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Blink
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Ex Post Facto
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Emanations
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Prime Factors
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-State of Flux
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Warlord
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-Macrocosm
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Fair Trade
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-Alter Ego
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-Blood Fever
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Warlord
 [12:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
 [1:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-Macrocosm
 [2:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Fair Trade
 [3:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-Alter Ego

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

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show are David Fahrenthold and Bryshere Gray.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are John Hodgman, Eugene Mirman, and Josie Long.

FX has the movie 'The Karate Kid', followed by the movie 'When The Game Stands Tall', then the movie 'When The Game Stands Tall', 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]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Gillian Jacobs Wears a Gray Checkered Suit and a Red Bow Tie
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Scott Aukerman Wears a Tailored Black Suit
 [7:00AM]    48 HRS.
 [9:15AM]    ANOTHER 48 HRS.
 [1:30PM]    48 HRS.
 [3:45PM]    ANOTHER 48 HRS.
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sleepover
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric Gets Suspended
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Birthday
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie Moves Out
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Stash
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hunting
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Gets a Job
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Burning Down the House
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Time
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Afterglow
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sleepover
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric Gets Suspended
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Birthday
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie Moves Out
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Stash
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hunting
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Gets a Job
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Burning Down the House
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Time
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Afterglow

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Mail Call Three
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Temporary Duty
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Potter's Retirement
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dr. Winchester and Mr. Hyde
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Major Topper
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Commander Pierce
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Peace on Us
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Lil
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Our Finest Hour
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Our Finest Hour
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Billfold Syndrome
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-None Like It Hot
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-They Call the Wind Korea
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Major Ego
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Baby, It's Cold Outside
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Point of View
 [2:00PM]    The Warriors
 [4:00PM]    A Few Good Men
 [7:00PM]    Cliffhanger
 [9:00PM]    Troy
 [11:35PM]    Mississippi Burning
 [2:35AM]    Cliffhanger
 [4:35AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Episode 8
 [5:35AM]    M*A*S*H-Change of Command    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction', followed by the movie 'Tracers'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Fred Armisen, Van Jones, and Drive-By Truckers.

 [6:00 AM]      Princess Tam Tam (1935)    [AKA: 'Princesse Tam-Tam']
 [7:30 AM]      Sounder (1972)
 [9:30 AM]      Bright Road (1953)
 [11:00 AM]      The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
 [12:30 PM]      The Learning Tree (1969)
 [2:30 PM]      A Patch Of Blue (1965)
 [4:30 PM]      Cabin in the Sky (1943)
 [6:30 PM]      Stormy Weather (1943)
 [8:00 PM]      You Got to Move - Stories of Change in the South (1985)
 [10:00 PM]      Freedom on My Mind (1994)
 [12:00 AM]      Crisis (1963)
 [1:15 AM]      One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
 [3:00 AM]      Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
 [5:00 AM]      An American in Sophiatown (2007)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Tuesday   -  01/17/17

 [6:00 AM]      Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      Captain Blood (1935)
 [10:00 AM]      Kim (1951)
 [12:00 PM]      Northern Pursuit (1943)
 [1:45 PM]      The Prince And The Pauper (1937)
 [3:45 PM]      The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
 [5:30 PM]      The Sea Hawk (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Jailhouse Rock (1957)
 [9:45 PM]      Weary River (1929)
 [11:30 PM]      Two-Way Stretch (1960)
 [1:15 AM]      Doin' Time (1984)
 [2:45 AM]      Jail Busters (1955)
 [4:00 AM]      Pardon Us (1931)
 [5:00 AM]      Hold 'Em Jail (1932)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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A row of portable restrooms, with the name "Don's Johns" covered up, is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Virginia-based Don's Johns calls itself the Washington area's top provider of portable toilet rentals, but the name apparently strikes too close to home for inaugural organizers. Workers have placed blue tape over the brand name on dozens of portable restrooms installed near the Capitol for the inauguration.
Photo by Matthew Daly


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Breaking Vlad: Street Art Takes On Vladimir Putin | Urbanist


'Things Have To Change'

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon, fed up with Hollywood gender bias, is calling for an end to the practice of handing excellent actresses only "thankless roles."

"I've just had enough. Things have to change," Witherspoon said Saturday during a press event in Pasadena, California.

"We have to start seeing women as they really are on film. We have to. And not just in movie theaters on a tiny budget."

Hollywood is regularly faulted for failing to give substantial roles to women, especially those older than 35.

In a 2016 report, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) warned that women's place in the American film industry was slipping.

Reese Witherspoon


A Filipino in colorful performs during the 'Sinulog' Grand Parade marking the feast of Child Jesus in Cebu City, Philippines, Jan. 15, 2017.
Photo by Jay Rommel Labra


Stair Art Is a Stunningly Unexpected Canvas for Public Murals


Newspaper Bills Inauguration

'The Twilight Zone'

Wouldn't it be nice if the election results themselves were fake news?

The Sunday Herald's TV listings offer a review of Donald Trump's impending inauguration as if it were an episode of The Twilight Zone and not our chilling reality.

"After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history," the Scottish paper's actual TV listing reads.

"Sci-fi writers have dabbled often with alternative history stories - among the most common is the 'What If The Nazis Had Won The Second World War' setting - but this huge interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years, sets out to build an ongoing alternative present."

"The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president. It sounds far-fetched, and it is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible."

'The Twilight Zone'


Newhead News


Shrinking Snows


Vast icy rock peaks tower above Argentina's Carlini research base in Antarctica. But scientists who have worked there for decades say the glaciers are less icy than they once were.

For international experts stationed at the base, the frozen southern continent is a good gauge of climate change.

"When I used to come to Antarctica in the 1990s, it never used to rain," said Rodolfo Sanchez, director of the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA).

"Now it rains regularly -- instead of snowing," he told AFP during an Argentine government visit to King George Island, off the tip of the western Antarctic peninsula.

Scientists monitoring conditions at the base say the average temperature here has increased by 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past century.



Bangladeshi Muslim devotees head to their homes in an over-crowded train after attending the final day of a three-day Islamic congregation on the banks of the River Turag in Tongi, about 13 miles north of the capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 15, 2017.


The Red Menace: Anti-Communist Propaganda of the Cold War ~ Kuriositas


Resurgence Comes At A Price


The eagle has landed - on chickens and rare birds, with talons at the ready.

The resurgence of the bald eagle is one of America's greatest conservation success stories. They have come back so strong that in some areas, they are interfering with efforts to preserve more jeopardized species, such as loons and cormorants, wildlife biologists say. And their proliferation is leading to encounters at livestock farms that sometimes end badly - and illegally - for the eagles.

Federal protections mean farmers can do little to keep them away, said Ken Klippen, a poultry scientist and former farmer who heads the National Association of Egg Farmers.

Bald eagles were chosen as an American symbol in 1782 and underwent a steep decline in the early and middle 20th century, pushed to the brink of extinction by pesticides, habitat loss and indiscriminate hunting.

Today, Audubon Society bird counts show their numbers are climbing, and scientists with the society say they will probably continue to do so. Counters found about 30,000 of them in 2015, more than double the 1995 count. They live in every state but Hawaii.



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Lumpy Says ...

NATO 'Obsolete'

President-elect Donald Trump (R-Charlatan), in remarks published on Sunday, described NATO as "obsolete" and suggested a deal with Russia that would reduce nuclear arsenals and ease sanctions on Moscow.

He also hailed Britain's exit from the EU and backed a speedy trade deal with the UK, but condemned as "catastrophic" Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open Germany's doors to a flood of refugees.

On the campaign trail, Trump said he would think twice about helping NATO allies if the United States were not "reasonably reimbursed" for the costs of defending them.

His comments caused consternation among eastern European NATO countries nervous about Moscow following Russia's annexation of Crimea and involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.

After Trump's victory, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance had been a bedrock of transatlantic security for "almost 70 years" and was especially needed at a time of new challenges.

NATO 'Obsolete'


Hikone Castle is seen in the snow in Hikone, in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo Jan. 14, 2017.


The Story Behind Gay Bob, the World's First Out-And-Proud Doll | Atlas Obscura


Set Up Task-Force In 2016


A US counterintelligence task force was established by the CIA in 2016 to investigate possible Russian funding of President-elect Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the BBC reported on Friday.

The task force included the FBI, the Treasury and Justice Departments, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Security Agency (NSA).

It was set up after the director of the CIA, John Brennan, received a recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into Trump's campaign coffers, the BBC's Paul Wood reported. The recording was apparently passed to the CIA by the intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States.

On October 15, the task force was granted a warrant by a judge in the FISA court - named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - to intercept the electronic records from two Russian banks that may have been implicated in the money transfer, a senior intelligence official told the BBC. Trump was not named in the warrant, but three of his associates were the subject of the inquiry.

All three associates contacted, but not named, by the BBC, denied the allegations. The current status of the investigation is unclear.



The Frankincense Trees of Wadi Dawkah | Amusing Planet


Own Half The World's Wealth

Eight Men

Eight men own the same wealth as half the world's population, a level of inequality which "threatens to pull our societies apart", Oxfam said on Monday ahead of the World Economic Forum opening in Davos.

The wealth of the world's poorest 3.6 billion people is the equivalent to the combined net worth of six American businessmen, one from Spain and another from Mexico.

Picked from Forbes' billionaires list, they include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg who co-founded Facebook, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.

Oxfam pointed to a link between the vast gap between rich and poor and growing discontent with mainstream politics around the world.

The charity said new data on wealth distribution from countries such as India and China had prompted it to revise its own calculation, having said a year ago the wealth of half the world's population was in the hands of 62 people.

Eight Men


People fish for trout through holes in a frozen river in Hwacheon, south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, Jan. 14, 2017.
Photo by Kim Hong-Ji


Don't Trust that Giant Abandoned Listening Device in Chernobyl


Frequent Contact


President-elect Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) national security adviser and Russia's ambassador to the U.S. have been in frequent contact in recent weeks, including on the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

After initially denying that Michael Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak spoke Dec. 29, a Trump official said late Friday that the transition team was aware of one call on the day President Barack Obama imposed sanctions.

It's not unusual for incoming administrations to have discussions with foreign governments before taking office. But repeated contacts just as Obama imposed sanctions would raise questions about whether Trump's team discussed - or even helped shape - Russia's response.

More broadly, Flynn's contact with the Russian ambassador suggests the incoming administration has already begun to lay the groundwork for its promised closer relationship with Moscow. That effort appears to be moving ahead, even as many in Washington, including Republicans, have expressed outrage over intelligence officials' assessment that Putin launched a hacking operation aimed at meddling in the U.S. election to benefit Trump.



The Lost American Museum that Had It All


Weekend Box Office

'Hidden Figures'

Labors of love, one from Martin Scorsese, the other from Ben Affleck, proved costly at a casualty strewn weekend box office where the uplifting NASA drama "Hidden Figures" stayed on top for the second straight week.

"Hidden Figures," about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, sold a leading $20.5 million in tickets in North American theaters over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, according to estimates Sunday. Fox anticipates the film, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, will make $25.3 million when Monday is included, bringing its cumulative total to about $60 million.

The weekend was more remarkable for what didn't work than what did. Both Affleck's period gangster thriller "Live by Night" and Scorsese's Christian epic "Silence" bombed in their wide-release debuts. Warner Bros.' "Live by Night," adapted from Dennis Lehane's novel, earned a mere $5.4 million in 2,471 theaters. Paramount's "Silence," from Susaku Endo's novel of 17th century Jesuit priests in Japan, took in $1.9 million in 747 theaters.

The most costly flop may have been Paramount's family film "Monster Trucks." It earned $10.5 million over the three-day weekend. Viacom took a $115 million write-down late last year on the movie, which cost $125 million to make. It was a rare admission, well before its release, that "Monster Trucks" would bomb.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final four-day domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

    1. "Hidden Figures," $20.5 million.
    2. "La La Land," $14.5 million ($17.8 million international).
    3. "Sing," $13.8 million ($13.2 million international).
    4. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," $13.8 million ($21.9 million international).
    5. "The Bye Bye Man," $13.4 million ($1.3 million international).
    6. "Patriots Day," $12 million ($1.3 million international).
    7. "Monster Trucks," $10.5 million ($4 million international).
    8. "Sleepless," $8.5 million.
    9. "Underworld: Blood Wars," $5.8 million ($1.4 million international).
   10. "Passengers," $5.6 million ($32.5 million international).

'Hidden Figures'


10 Recently Discovered Secret Caches - Listverse



In Memory

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka

Former pro wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, has died at his son-in-law's home in Florida. He was 73.

Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach on Jan. 3 dismissed the murder case against the retired WWE star after the defense said he had dementia, was in hospice care in Florida and had six months to live.

At a hearing last month to re-evaluate Snuka's mental fitness, Snuka's wife told the judge that the family struggles to keep him from leaving home during bouts of psychosis in which he thinks he's late for a wrestling match. Banach then took time to review Snuka's medical records before ruling.

Snuka, a native of Fiji who previously lived in Camden County, New Jersey, was known on the wrestling circuit for diving from the ropes and even the top of steel cages in a career that spanned decades. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.

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