BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 23 January, 2017


23 January, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[1943 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Josh Marshall: A Few Thoughts on Entering the Trump Era (TPM)
Let me share a few thoughts on this moment and what it portends in the days and years ahead. Optimism is not primarily a prediction but an ethic, a philosophy, a way of confronting the world.

Brian Stelter: White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds (CNN)
"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer said, contradicting all available data. Aerial photos have indicated that former president Barack Obama's first inauguration attracted a much larger crowd. Nielsen ratings show that Obama also had a bigger television audience.

Elle Hunt: "Trump's inauguration crowd: Sean Spicer's claims versus the evidence" (The Guardian)
White House press secretary's angry declaration that the media faked low attendance does not stack up against photos, videos and public transport figures.

Paul Krugman: The Opposite of Carnage (NY Times Blog)
Trump's inaugural speech was, of course, full of lies - pretty much the same lies that marked the campaign. Above all, there was the portrayal of a dystopia of social and economic collapse that bears little relationship to American reality.

Arielle Bernstein: "Reassessing Daria: The legacy of MTV's deadpan 'misery chick' is not one of cynicism, but hope" (Salon)
15 years after the show's end, Daria is known as a misanthrope. But there's a beating heart behind that stare.

Vivienne Decker: Kelsey Montague's Street Art Went Viral When Taylor Swift Posed In Front Of Her Angel Wing Mural (Forbes)
"I had an awesome opportunity to paint my first large-scale street art piece on a rotating art wall in Nolita," Kelsey Montague said. "I wanted to create a piece that meant a lot to me, but that also allowed other people to become living pieces of art.

John Cheese: "How (Not) To Respond To Regretful Trump Voters: A Guide" (Cracked)
"What did you expect to happen, you fucking idiot?!"

Henry Rollins: Obama Gave Us Eight Years of Chess. Get Ready for Four Years of Checkers (LA Weekly)
The more I think about our present situation, the more interesting it gets. The USA has entered into an era that is post-political and seemingly, post-truth.

Clive James: 'I am allowed to drink only elderflower cordial plus water, the diet of a playboy sparrow' (The Guardian)
If all this restraint is worth it, you will see my name in this space next week. […] The best I can say for myself is that I have had the wish, if not the ability, to do my best with the extra time that medical science has already given me. A slim volume of my recent poems is almost ready for the press. It does not contain, however, a poem about the day I had a huge piece of farm machinery medically inserted into my fundament. Such a poem, I hope, will need to be written. If it doesn't, nice knowing you.

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"Doug's Most Shared Facebook Post" Today


Trivia Question of the Day

What was the first independent credit card company in the world?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is Earth's largest ocean?

       Pacific Ocean                                                      Source

The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean (or, depending on definition, to Antarctica) in the south and is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east.

At 165.25 million square kilometers (63.8 million square miles) in area, this largest division of the World Ocean-and, in turn, the hydrosphere-covers about 46% of the Earth's water surface and about one-third of its total surface area, making it larger than all of the Earth's land area combined.        Source

mj was first and correct with:
   Looking at my globe
  The Pacific Ocean takes up a big chunk of it.

Alan J replied:
   The Pacific.

Adam answered:
   The Pacific.

Deborah wrote:
   I'm taking a WAG - it's the Pacific Ocean.
  The rain and wind were fierce last night. Now it's clear, blue skies and sun, but so much standing water that we're passing on our Sunday bike ride. After breakfast we'll try to find a place to shoot our guns.
  Yesterday's march in Sacramento was powerful, peaceful, and therapeutic - over 20,000 people joined for the same causes - I haven't experienced that since the early 70s. Very cool.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Dave in Tucson said:
   The Earth's largest ocean is the Pacific.

DJ Useo replied:
   For a long time now, & for at least 70 years more, the correct answer is the Pacific Ocean.
  Coincidentally, the Pacific ocean is my favorite ocean.

Joe S     took the day off.

Randall is in Vegas.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   said:

  January 23 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 23 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



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Michelle in AZ

Mudbound review - a masterly, meaningful tale from America's divided past | Film | The Guardian

Saturday Night Live: Putin dictates to his 'puppet' Trump in a bumper SNL | Television & radio | The Guardian

The Teutonic cadence was chilling to the Trump opposers in the crowd. Then that chill deepened… | Michael Goldfarb | The Guardian

Sean Spicer lies blatantly, gets trolled hilariously

What. The. Hell. A sentence not deserving to be buried in trump's CIA speech

This week in the war on workers: Protests against Betsy DeVos in 200 school districts

There Were Some Seriously Amazing Signs At The Women's Marches | The Huffington Post

Hope Permeates Sundance As Celebrities Join Thousands For Women's March | The Huffington Post

Why legitimacy is what Donald Trump needs most -

Hollywood in the Trump era - Jan. 20, 2017

Trump's people can't stop lying about crowd size. Or, as they call it, offering 'alternative facts.'

Gregg Popovich Torches Trump Again

Bill introduced to remove US from United Nations |

Trump makes it official: He will renegotiate NAFTA |

Sean Spicer is a Groucho Marxist, asking us not to believe our own eyes | Opinion | The Guardian

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council Urges Shutdown of All Protest Camps Near the Cannonball District

Why EVERYONE Should be Worried About the End of Obamacare, Even if You Don't Have Obamacare

British Tanks Roll on Channel Tunnel Test Run Amid Trump, Russia Fears - NBC News

To Republicans offended by signs at the Women's March, as Madonna so eloquently put it ...

British Political Satirist Jonathan Pie's Epic Takedown of Trump, Cabinet, and his Inaugural Speech

Paul Ryan Is Conducting A Call-In Phone Poll On The ACA. Call And Vote Today!

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Suggestion/Comment

Current Events

Janet found this video. It's fabulous! I may well have to create a transcript of this rant:

The Inauguration of Trump: Pie Reacts. - YouTube

Julie Jackson runs a business called Subversive Cross Stitch. Her patterns and kits, as you can imagine, run from sarcastically fun designs to rude sayings. Tonight she offered the attached complete with little stitched pussy hat.

Dang, I hate not being able to hold a needle any longer. I miss cross stitching!

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

Thanks, Linda (& Janet)!
Yeah, it can be quite cathartic stabbing something about 30,000 times.   ; )



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump's real war isn't with the media. It's with facts. - Vox

Trump's Presidency Is Shaping Up to Be an American Tragedy - Rolling Stone

Welcome to Donald Trump's Ignorant America - Rolling Stone

Trump White House Takes Down Native Americans Web Page from Website - Native News Online

'Alternative Facts': The Needless Lies of the Trump Administration - The Atlantic

Women's March on Washington yields zero arrests: report | TheHill

Trump takes to Twitter to weigh in on Women's March, TV ratings for inauguration - The Washington Post

White House Pushes 'Alternative Facts.' Here Are the Real Ones. - The New York Times

Conway: Trump is 'not going to release his tax returns' - POLITICO

The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump The Election Is In Plain Sight | The Huffington Post

Trump And His Press Secretary Flagrantly Lied On Their First Full Day In Office. That Matters. | The Huffington Post

'They'll pull the trigger': Robert Reich explains how the GOP is playing Trump until they can dump him -

The Worst of the Trump Cabinet's Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week | Vanity Fair

Pictures From Women's Marches on Every Continent - The New York Times

Gloria Steinem Declares: 'No More Asking Daddy' | The Huffington Post

Trump is using the Soviet Playbook, and that should scare the hell out of you -

Paul Ryan Is Conducting A Call-In Phone Poll On The ACA. Call And Vote Today! -



Reader Comment

Re: Doug's Most Shared Facebook Post" Today

Hi Marty

That was great but it may be:

"It wasn't the e-males but four white males and one Tiny fingered, Cheeto-faced, ferret wearing Shitgibbon"


Thanks, Paul!
You make a good point.



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

4" of rain in 3 hours this afternoon, and more on the way. Yikes!

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 RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', then a FRESH 'Scorpion'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 1/6/17) are Charlie Rose, Hayden Panettiere, and Jack Maxwell.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/27/16) are Usain Bolt, Allison Janney, and Owen Wilson.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Celebrity Apprentice', followed by a FRESH 'Timeless'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Cate Blanchett, Hugh Dancy, and Cobi.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Idina Menzel, Melissa Benoist, Kane Brown, and Darren King.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/12/16) are William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Wolf Parade, and Bruce Kalman.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH 'Quantico'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Dennis Quaid, Bill Burr, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH 'Jane The Virgin'.

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 old 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Inside Man', followed by the movie 'Pearl Harbor'.

BBC  -   
 [12:00AM]   JUDGE DREDD (1995)
 [6:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 12-The Stolen Earth-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 13-Journey's End-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Doctor Who: The End of Time-Part 1 & 2.
 [9:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Doctor Who: The End of Time-Part 1 & 2.
 [10:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Doctor Who: The End of Time-Part 1 & 2.
 [11:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-The Eleventh Hour
 [12:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
 [1:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Basics, Pt. 2
 [2:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-Flashback
 [5:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Darkling
 [7:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Favorite Son
 [8:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Before and After
 [9:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-Real Life
 [10:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Distant Origin
 [12:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Darkling
 [2:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Favorite Son
 [3:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Before and After
 [4:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-Real Life
 [5:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Distant Origin    (ALL TIMES EST)

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 is Matt Taibbi.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Kevin Nealon, Rich Eisen, and Jade Catta-Preta.

FX has the movie 'Men In Black III', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', then the movie 'Men In Black III'.

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!-Ben Folds Wears a Black Button Down and Jeans
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Malin Akerman Wears a Black Blouse and Cropped Jeans
 [7:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Mike Colter Wears a Pink Button Up and Black Boots
 [7:30AM]    SPEED
 [12:45PM]    SPEED
 [3:15PM]    RUSH
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Father
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Roller Disco
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Panties
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Fever
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Bags Hyde
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ice Shack
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who Wants It More?
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Father
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Roller Disco
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Panties
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Fever
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Bags Hyde
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Christmas Rager
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ice Shack
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who Wants It More?
 [4:00AM]    RUSH    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Comrade
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Out of Gas
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-An Eye for a Tooth
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Sis
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-B.J. Papa San
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Inga
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Price
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Young and the Restless
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Hot Lips Is Back in Town
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-C*A*V*E
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Rally Round the Flagg, Boys
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Preventative Medicine
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-A Night at Rosie's
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Ain't Love Grand
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Party
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Too Many Cooks
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Are You Now, Margaret?
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Guerrilla My Dreams
 [3:00PM]    The Pelican Brief
 [6:00PM]    Erin Brockovich
 [9:00PM]    Stepmom
 [12:00AM]    Stepmom
 [3:00AM]    The Interpreter    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Volcano', followed by the movie 'Se7en'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Howie Mandel, Britt Lower, and Daniel Sloss.

TCM spends the night with James Mason
 [6:00 AM]      Love Begins at Twenty (1936)
 [7:00 AM]      Curtain Call (1940)
 [8:15 AM]      Five Came Back (1939)
 [9:45 AM]      Road Gang (1936)
 [11:00 AM]      Kitty Foyle (1940)
 [1:00 PM]      A Man to Remember (1938)
 [2:30 PM]      Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
 [4:30 PM]      We Who Are Young (1940)
 [6:00 PM]      The Sandpiper (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      The Seventh Veil (1945)
 [10:00 PM]      They Were Sisters (1945)
 [12:00 AM]      Odd Man Out (1947)
 [2:15 AM]      The Wicked Lady (1945)
 [4:15 AM]      They Met in the Dark (1943)

Tuesday   -  01/24/17

 [6:00 AM]      MGM is on the Move! (1964)    [AKA: 'MGM 40th Anniversary']
 [6:45 AM]      Inside Straight (1951)
 [8:15 AM]      Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
 [10:00 AM]      The Scarf (1951)
 [11:30 AM]      Giant (1956)
 [3:00 PM]      Cimarron (1960)
 [5:30 PM]      Angel Baby (1961)
 [7:15 PM]      MGM 40th Anniversary (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      Caged (1950)
 [9:45 PM]      House of Women (1962)
 [11:30 PM]      Ladies They Talk About (1933)
 [12:45 AM]      Condemned Women (1938)
 [2:15 AM]      So Young, So Bad (1950)
 [4:00 AM]      Riot In Juvenile Prison (1959)
 [5:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #26 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Men soar through the air on their wooden sledge during a traditional Bavarian horn sledge race, known as 'Schnablerrennen' in Gaissach near Bad Toelz, Germany, Jan. 22, 2017.
Photo by Matthias Schrader


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Blueprint for the Occupy Movement? Read the Protest Manifestos of the 1960s | Collectors Weekly


Oldest Technology Popular With Cordcutters


We've all heard the term "cord cutting" more times than we can stand, but it often seems like, despite the fact that many cable and satellite customers talk about it, very few people are actually axing their pay-TV services in favor of something else. A new study suggests that while it might not seem like many people are actually going back to over-the-air TV, the movement is actually gaining some serious traction. According to the report, a full 15% of households with broadband connections have gone back to TV via antenna exclusively.

Pay-TV subscriptions have dropped each year since 2014, falling to 81% of U.S. broadband households in Q3 2016," Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research with Parks Associates, said of the data. "Several factors have played a part in this decline, including growth in the OTT video market, increasing costs for pay-TV services, and consumer awareness of available online alternatives."

It's important to note that many of the cord cutters are likely not relying solely on their local broadcasters for content, but are instead embracing streaming services in place of their traditional cable or satellite options. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and even Twitch are starting to seriously make a case for themselves as primary video services, rather than supplementary add-ons alongside a monthly cable bill.

Still, it's an impressive figure that seems to be growing rather steadily, and with dissatisfaction in many cable providers at an all-time high, it's hard to imagine this trend doing anything but growing for the foreseeable future.



A shrine of discarded signs from the Women's March in New York City on Jan. 21, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


Never Again would there be a Costume Party quite like the 1903 Winter Ball


Swarm Streets Across U.S.


Hundreds of thousands of women, many with husbands, boyfriends and children in tow, filled the streets of several major U.S. cities on Saturday in an unprecedented wave of mass protests against President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration.

Women activists, galvanized by Trump campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be especially misogynistic, spearheaded scores of U.S. marches and sympathy rallies around the world that organizers said drew nearly 5 million protesters in all.

The demonstrations, far surpassing crowd expectations, highlighted strong discontent over Trump's comments and policy positions toward a wide range of groups, including Mexican immigrants, Muslims, the disabled and environmentalists.

The planned centerpiece of the protests, a Women's March on Washington, appeared to draw larger crowds than turned out a day earlier to witness Trump's swearing-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

No official estimates of the turnout were available, but it clearly exceeded the 200,000 marchers projected in advance by organizers, filling long stretches of downtown Washington around the White House and the National Mall.



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Pot-Friendly RV Park


An Oregon company wants to build a pot-friendly RV park.

A company that supplies warehouse space for marijuana growers is eyeing property near Lake Selmac in Josephine County.

The park will be called Smoke on the Water, Grow Condos Chief Executive Officer Wayne Zallen said.

If the project moves forward, the company hopes to expand with campgrounds in other marijuana-friendly states. The RV parks would include tent camping and a pot dispensary, he said.

The company already has a 15,000-square-foot facility in Eagle Point, Oregon, where it offers for lease or sale indoor grow spaces, which are all occupied. The company is also working toward building a 48,000-square-foot commercial marijuana processing facility in Eugene.



A sculpture on display at the Exhibition 'Chinese Army. Works By Contemporary Chinese Artists' at St. Peterburg's Manege Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jan. 22, 2017.
Photo by Anatoly Maltsev


11 Cat memes from feudal Japan


Museum of Islamic Art


Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art, home to one of the world's most important collections of Islamic artifacts, is welcoming visitors for the first time since it was damaged in a car bombing three years ago.

First opened in 1903, the museum was closed in January 2014 after a bomb attack on the Cairo police directorate across the street severely damaged its facade and dozens of exhibits.

It reopened last week after a two-year restoration program funded by the United Arab Emirates and UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nation, as well Switzerland, the United States and Italy.

Restoration experts were able to salvage all but 19 of the 179 damaged pieces and more than 4,400 exhibits are on display, including about 400 that are being shown for the first time, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said.



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White House Vows To Fight Media

T-rump Coverage

he White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media "tooth and nail" over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented "alternative facts" to counter low inauguration crowd estimates.

On his first full day as president, Trump said he had a "running war" with the media and accused journalists of underestimating the number of people who turned out Friday for his swearing-in.

White House officials made clear no truce was on the horizon on Sunday in television interviews that set a much harsher tone in the traditionally adversarial relationship between the White House and the press corps.

"The point is not the crowd size. The point is the attacks and the attempt to delegitimize this president in one day. And we're not going to sit around and take it," Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday."

The sparring with the media has dominated Trump's first weekend in office, eclipsing debate over policy and Cabinet appointments.

T-rump Coverage


A child pulls a fellow comrade on a sledge next to a pattern that resembles a smiley on the frozen lake Lac de Joux during a period of cold weather but sunny weather, in Le Pont, western Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2017.
Photo by Laurent Gillieron


This 19th-Century Book Chronicles Victorians' Strange Cat Fears And Fascinations | Atlas Obscura


Seven Held In 2005 Diamond Heist


Seven people have been arrested over the robbery of $72 million (67 million euros) in jewellery, one the world's biggest ever heists, from Amsterdam's airport nearly 12 years ago, authorities said Saturday.

The diamonds and jewellery were taken during the hold up of a KLM armoured car in a high-security portion of Schiphol airport in February 2005, police said in a statement.

Police "carried out, on Friday January 20 and Saturday January 21, 2017, a total of seven arrests in connection with the diamond theft at Schiphol airport in February 2005 and money laundering," the statement said.

The five male and two female suspects, all Dutch nationals, were arrested in Amsterdam and Valencia, in eastern Spain.

While some of the stolen diamonds were found in an escape vehicle immediately after the heist, the rest -- valued at $43 million -- remain unaccounted for.



Jaçana - The Big Foot of the Bird World | The Ark In Space


The Fonzie Defense?


A judge refused on Friday to dismiss four charges against a suspended University of Wisconsin student accused of sexually assaulting and harassing women, rejecting his attorneys' claim that some of his actions were no worse than "Happy Days" television character Arthur Fonzarelli's flirtatious antics.

Alec Cook faces a total of 21 charges that include strangulation, sexual assault, stalking and false imprisonment stemming from cases involving 10 women dating back to March 2015.

The 20-year-old Cook sat silently at the defense table as his attorneys unsuccessfully tried to get two stalking counts, a sexual assault charge and a disorderly conduct charge tossed. The Edina, Minnesota, man was ordered to stand trial and remains free on $100,000 bail.

His attorneys argued that some of the alleged assaults didn't happen and the other sexual encounters were consensual. The alleged victims include women Cook met in a ballroom dancing class, a party and in various classes.

State attorneys said evidence standards aren't based on Hollywood's version of a fictional 1950s Milwaukee.



A kite-surfer kites the brave sea in a beach in Valencia, eastern Spain, Jan. 22, 2017.
Photo by Kai Foersterling


Top 10 Biggest Thefts In The History Of Entertainment - Listverse


Protect Victims Of Harassment

'Active Bystander'

Just a few hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, dozens of concerned D.C.-area residents took their own oath in a local church to become "active bystanders" in the Trump era, intervening to protect victims of harassment.

So there was an oath taken on the Hill today and we don't really want to think about it," said Tameka Bell, a grassroots organizer leading the "nonviolent active bystander" training in an Episcopal church in Silver Spring, Md., Friday afternoon.

Bell then led the group in their own oath, pledging to "uphold honor and respect for others with my words and actions."

The group of about 100 locals split up into groups of four to act out various scenarios where someone is being harassed to practice how to intervene without escalating the confrontation. They learned how to use "combat breath" - breathe in for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds - to lower their heart rate and stay calm during tense exchanges, and how to videotape conflicts on their cellphones. Hundreds of others participated in similar training in more than 20 area churches Friday.

The training was organized by the D.C.-based group Swamp Revolt, which encourages people to do one thing a day to "denounce the politics of division."

'Active Bystander'


The House Made of Newspapers | Amusing Planet


Weekend Box Office


M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller "Split" blew away box-office expectations, earning $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Though many were focused on Friday's presidential inauguration and Saturday's nationwide women's marches, "Split" doubled forecasts to easily lead all films. The Universal Pictures release again brings together Shyamalan, director of "The Sixth Sense," with the low-budget horror experts of Blumhouse Productions.

The Vin Diesel action sequel "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage" opened in second place, with $20 million. It's the third film in the trilogy and first installment in 12 years. Though a modest start for a film designed to recharge a dormant franchise, it is faring better overseas. It took in $50.5 million internationally over the weekend.

Last weekend's top film, the stirring mathematician drama "Hidden Figures," held on well, sliding to third place with an estimated $16.3 million.

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

    1. "Split," $40.2 million ($5.8 million international).
    2. "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," $20 million ($50.5 million international).
    3. "Hidden Figures," $16.3 million ($731,000 international).
    4. "Sing," $9 million ($8.3 million international).
    5. "La La Land," $8.4 million ($16.6 million international).
    6. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," $7 million ($9 million international).
    7. "Monster Trucks," $7 million ($2.4 million international).
    8. "Patriots Day," $6 million.
    9. "The Founder," $3.8 million.
   10. "Sleepless," $3.7 million.



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