BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 8 February, 2016

Monday

8 February, 2016

(Updated Daily)

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Electability (NY Times Blog)
If you are still on the fence in the Democratic primary, or still persuadable, you should know that Vox interviewed a number of political scientists about the electability of Bernie Sanders, and got responses ranging from warnings about a steep uphill climb to predictions of a McGovern-Nixon style blowout defeat. And all of them dismiss current polls as meaningless.


Jeff Stein: We asked 6 political scientists if Bernie Sanders would have a shot in a general election (Vox)
Bernie Sanders has gone from long-shot candidate to a real contender for the Democratic nomination for president. Were Democrats to make the "democratic socialist" from Vermont their nominee, would he have a chance of winning a general election? We posed that question to six of the country's top political scientists, and their answers were broadly consistent: Under some unlikely circumstances, Sanders could win a general election. But nominating him would make it significantly more difficult for Democrats to keep the White House.


HENRY ROLLINS: IN WARSAW, I WANTED TO SEE HOW COLD I COULD GET AND STILL FUNCTION (LA Weekly)
I ate quickly, got back to my room, put on all the layers I had and went back out to the street. Unless the weather or the threat condition is too extreme, I always try to walk at night in any city I can. I have been doing this all over the world for many years. I am always interested in how a city lights up - or, in the case of a lot of places, goes dark - after the sun sets. I always have a charged headlamp (the Atlas by Magnus Innovation) with me wherever I go. I never know when I'm going to need it.


Dave Schilling: "David Duchovny: 'I can't play Mulder the way I did. That would be obscene'"(The Guardian)
As The X-Files returns, David Duchovny talks about feeling vulnerable, those Gillian Anderson rumours - and why he and his co-star should be paid the same.


C. Coville: 5 Celebrities Who Lost Their Money For Insane Reasons (Cracked)
#5. Nicolas Cage Spent $150 Million, Lost $276,000 On A Dinosaur Skull


Evan V. Symon, Anonymous: 6 Insane Realities Of Being Homeless In Hawaii (Cracked)
We'll go out on a limb here and say homelessness sucks. But what about the homeless in someplace beautiful, like Hawaii?


Oliver Burkeman: Can you make your own happiness? (The Guardian)
The basic premise is that the human mind is a crappy computer - full of bugs, but capable of reprogramming.



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Trivia Question of the Day


On what TV series would you find puppets named White Fang, Black Tooth, and Pookie the Lion?

                                  



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Trivia Question from Yesterday


What toys "wobble, but they don't fall down"?


       Weebles                                                      Source


Weebles is a trademark for several lines of children's roly-poly toys originating in Hasbro's Playskooldivision on July 23, 1971. Tipping an egg-shaped Weeble causes a weight located at the bottom-center to be lifted off the ground. Once released, gravitational force brings the Weeble back into an upright position. Weebles have been designed to have a variety of shapes, including some designed to look like people and animals, among others.

The popular catchphrase, "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down", was used in advertising during their rise in popularity in the 1970s and during the relaunch in the 2000s. It also appeared in the 2010s relaunch.        Source







Alan J was first and correct with:
   Weebbles.



mj wrote:
   Rolly polly little people and animals
  Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down.




Randall said:
  



Adam answered:
   Weebbles.



Deborah responded:
   Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.
  I wonder if they were the inspiration for BB8, the little rolling, wobbling droid in the latest "Star Wars" movie?
  It's supposed to hit 72* here today. Shorts and T-shirt weather in early February? Whoa.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Weebles



Marian said:
   Weebles



DJ Useo answered:
   Weebles. Haven't thought of those in years. A favorite of kids everywhere who value a toy that really hurts when you bean it off your Parents' head. lol.



  Flooding update. -
  Some wonderful folks from Church came by today & completed all the cleaning. We can hardly believe it. All that's left to do now is the suing. That proceeds at an even slower pace. I will remind y'all that the state agencies did absolutely nothing that helped, & actually made it harder for us to get through. Typical of Texas, sadly.




MAM   wrote:
   Weebles ~ Roly-poly toys originating in Hasbro's Playskool division 1971.


  WEEBLES WORLD COMMERCIAL




Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
  



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  February 8 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 8 | Famous Birthdays



  





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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


Radioactive water leaks into groundwater at Indian Point - NY Daily News



The courage of Autherine Lucy



Mexico Catholic church accused of bending marriage rules for president | World news | The Guardian



Despair, addiction, financial struggles and the rise of suicide in white America | US news | The Guardian



10 film plot holes that need some explaining... | Film | The Guardian



Paul Dano: a resolutely hexagonal peg in the square hole of showbusiness | Film | The Guardian



Swaziland to relocate 18 elephants to American zoos - CNN.com



SafiChoo toilet could save lives in developing world communities - Jan. 22, 2016



Startup founder: The U.S. is terrible at caring for elderly - Jan. 20, 2016



Professor Who Said Christians, Muslims Share A God Is Leaving Christian College : The Two-Way : NPR



Appetite for destruction: Biology, psychology, socialization, and the Republican mind



It's almost over for Hillary: This election is a mass insurrection against a rigged system - Salon.com



Incrementalism has outlived its usefulness



Essential reading: Jane Mayer's 'Dark Money'




Thanks, Michelle!


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Gare Says...

New Hampshire Primary Astro Predictions

AT LONG LAST: THE PRIMARY PRIMARY OF 2016 Catprez.com

Hello! We are now back in the political frey where we started four years ago. You might find some giggles here as well. Or some sardonic smiles.

Click it, read it and share it with someone it will irritate.

Thank you,


Gare G


Thanks, Gare!



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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


"VAN IN SMILE SHOCK."

"CREEPY."

THE ATTACK OF THE "VULTURE"!

"EDUCATE, DON'T DISCRIMINATE."

ZIKA DIKA DOO!

"CRAWL BACK INTO YOUR CAVE CREEP."

"LIKE A CRUZ MISSILE"

WILL WE EVER BE AT PEACE AGAIN?






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and 15° warmer than seasonal.



Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH 'Scorpion', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Bill O'Reilly (R-Fabulist), Eddie George, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, is Charlie Puth.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'Telenovela', then a FRESH 'The Bigget Loser'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ben Stiller, Morena Baccarin, and Dan White.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Rebel Wilson, Fred Savage, Parson James, and Jaleel Bunton.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Chris Carter, Wavves, and Alden Ehrenreich.



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH 'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Brie Larson and Mash-up Monday with Neon Squeeze (Neon Trees and Squeeze).



The CW offers a FRESH 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', followed by a FRESH 'Jane The Virgin'.



Faux has a FRESH 'X-Files', followed by a FRESH 'Lucifer'.



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



A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.



AMC offers the movie 'Jumanji', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Lonely Among Us
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Justice
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Black Pearl
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-The Sound Of Drums-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Last of the Time Lords-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Evolution
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Ensigns of Command
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Survivors
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4
 [4:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Morocco
 [5:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Georgia Eastern Europe
 [6:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Western Pacific
 [7:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Namibia (Part 1)
 [8:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Zambia (Part 2)
 [9:00PM]    TOP GEAR: RACES - SEASON 1 - Episode 4
 [10:00PM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 18-Sir Elton John, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Jack Black
 [11:00PM]    ALMOST ROYAL - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Work
 [11:30PM]    ALMOST ROYAL - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-Holidays
 [12:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 17 - Episode 7
 [1:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 17 - Episode 8
 [2:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 17 - Episode 4
 [3:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 17 - Episode 9
 [4:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 16 - Episode 5
 [5:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 17 - Episode 3    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules Social', then a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live', then a FRESH 'Tour Group'.



Comedy Central has 'Archer', another 'Archer', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Gillian Jacobs.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is KeKe Palmer.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Nikki Glaser, Jim Jefferies, and Kevin Nealon.



FX has the movie 'Admission', followed by the movie 'Sweet Home Alabama'.



History has 'Swamp People', another 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Swamp People', then a FRESH 'Billion Dollar Wreck'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [7:00AM]    INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
 [9:15AM]    SWINGERS
 [11:30AM]    INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
 [1:45PM]    STUCK ON YOU
 [4:15PM]    BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misty Mountain Hop
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
 [10:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Shville
 [10:30PM]    PORTLANDIA-Mixologist
 [11:00PM]    BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA
 [12:45AM]    BEVERLY HILLS COP
 [3:15AM]    THE JERK
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Shville    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Approval Matrix-America's Hall Monitors
 [6:45AM]    Scent of a Woman
 [10:15AM]    Body Double
 [12:45PM]    Sea of Love
 [3:15PM]    Unfaithful
 [6:00PM]    Erin Brockovich
 [9:00PM]    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
 [12:30AM]    Erin Brockovich
 [3:30AM]    Scent of a Woman    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Oz The Great & Powerful', followed by a FRESH 'The Magicians', then a FRESH 'Lost Girl'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Ray Romano, PewDiePie, and Dulce Sloan.



TCM:
 [7:00 AM]      A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
 [9:30 AM]      Mister Roberts (1955)
 [11:45 AM]      I Dream Too Much (1935)
 [1:30 PM]      That Girl From Paris (1936)
 [3:30 PM]      Flying Down To Rio (1933)
 [5:15 PM]      Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      Baby Doll (1956)
 [10:00 PM]      Patton (1970)
 [1:00 AM]      The Hustler (1961)
 [3:30 AM]      The Graduate (1967)
 [5:30 AM]      The Singing Nun (1966)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Tuesday   -  02/09/16

TCM:
 [7:15 AM]      All The Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
 [9:00 AM]      Meet John Doe (1941)
 [11:15 AM]      The Hanging Tree (1959)
 [1:15 PM]      Mark (1961)
 [3:30 PM]      Billy Budd (1962)
 [5:45 PM]      Logan's Run (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      Cabaret (1972)
 [10:15 PM]      Barry Lyndon (1975)
 [1:30 AM]      A Clockwork Orange (1971)
 [4:00 AM]      The Entertainer (1960)
 [5:45 AM]      That Hamilton Woman (1941)     (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from 08/01/86) - Charles Grodin, Dom Irrera, and Tommy Walton.

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


Al Jazeera






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Joe Pytka (R) accepts the Lifetime Achievement in Television award from Kathy Griffin during the 68th annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles February 6, 2016.
Photo by Phil McCarten

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Big Data Visualization: Review of the 20 Best Tools


Thanks, Edoardo!

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Inarritu Wins Top Prize

DGA

An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu's Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic "The Revenant." With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the race is still as wide open as ever.

Even the guilds are divided in their top awards. "Spotlight," the drama detailing the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sex abuses in the Catholic Church, won the Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble, while the financial crisis dramedy "The Big Short" picked up the Producers Guild Award.

The DGA win for "The Revenant" is not insignificant. Inarritu won last year for the showbiz sendup "Birdman," which went on to win the best picture and best director Oscar. In fact, only seven times in the history of the DGAs has a director who won the guild's top award not gone on to win the Academy Award.

Saturday's ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel also offered a telling look at who's working behind the camera in Hollywood amid the industry's ongoing discussion about diversity. The guild dispenses awards to directors in TV and movie categories, and this year many eyes were on the representation of both women and directors of color.

While more women were nominated this year than ever before - 14 of the 47 nominees - only one took home an award. Dee Rees accepted the DGA prize in the television movie or miniseries category for HBO's "Bessie."

DGA

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U.S. director Terry Gilliam poses for photographers at the Evening Standard British Film Awards in London, Britain February 7, 2016.
Photo by Neil Hall

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Astronomical Clocks Are the Most Beautiful Way to Track Hours, Years, and the Moon | Atlas Obscura

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Low Pay For Teachers

South Dakota

Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. In the back room, beyond the dapper mannequins and vest swatches of pink, yellow and blue, a tote filled with review packets for 24 of her Hayward Elementary School students awaits her attention if she gets any down time.

Ries dismissed her fourth-graders at 2:45 p.m. and, after an hour-long teachers' meeting, hurried to the strip mall shop to fill a three-hour evening shift. There's no time to head home or step out for dinner; a chicken breast reheated in the microwave will have to suffice.

Second and even third jobs are the norm for many school teachers in South Dakota, where teacher pay ranks lowest in the nation, according to a state education task force. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed a half-cent sales tax increase to help raise teacher pay, but his plan needs two-thirds approval in both the House and the Senate - a tough proposition in a legislature with an anti-tax lean.

South Dakota's average teacher salary of $40,023 in 2013-14 lagged an average of six states that border it by $11,888 a year and was $8,643 behind the next lowest neighbor, North Dakota, the group found. In some of South Dakota's more remote areas, that average salary drops quickly.

South Dakota

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Head Injuries May Explain Erratic Behavior

Henry VIII

Henry VIII's reign was a tumultuous one, and new research suggests the monarch's erratic behavior may have been linked to brain injuries similar to those affecting some pro football players today.

Scientists at Yale University believe that repeated head injuries during jousting matches might have transformed an intelligent, even-tempered young man into an impulsive, forgetful king known for his rage and impulsive decisions.

After examining volumes of letters and other historical documents describing Henry's medical history and events that may have affected his health and behavior, the researchers concluded that the most plausible explanation for the English monarch's headaches, insomnia, memory loss, poor impulse control and short temper were jousting injuries.

In 1524, Henry was dazed when a lance penetrated his helmet during a jousting tournament. The following year, he fell head first into a brook while trying to vault across the water. The incident rendered him unconscious. And, in 1536, he lost consciousness for two hours after a horse fell on him.

"Historians agree his behavior changed after 1536," said Salardini.

Henry VIII

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Actor Bryan Cranston and his wife Robin Dearden pose together at the 68th Directors Guild of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello

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American Radio History: Documenting the History of Radio TV and FM broadcasting

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Most NFL Players Likely Have CTE

Bill Romanowski

Bill Romanowski sustained 20 documented concussions, and certainly more he doesn't know about, during his 16-year NFL career as a linebacker. He was hardly surprised to learn this week that late Raiders quarterback and Hall of Fame finalist Ken Stabler had been diagnosed with the brain disease CTE.

"I pretty much assumed that was the case. More and more I realize that pretty much all of us football players who have had a lot of collisions probably have CTE," Romanowski told The Associated Press on Friday. "That's a reality. And now, it's what do we do with that? We can be like some players and maybe be in denial or we can take the bull by the horns and go after it. That's what I do."

Boston University researchers said Wednesday that Stabler had Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy and the disease was widespread throughout his brain. Stabler died of colon cancer in July at age 69.

Romanowski, now 49, has taken numerous proactive steps he hopes will help him combat any potential issues. That included two stints of 40 treatments in a hyperbaric chamber. The Mayo Clinic says hyperbaric oxygen therapy - the breathing of pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube - is a therapy used for "serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won't heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury."

Romanowski attended a private screening of the "Concussion" movie in mid-December in nearby Redwood City and said it was difficult to watch.

Bill Romanowski

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Critic Refuses To Step Down

Frankie's Sex Abuse Commission

A prominent and outspoken British member of a papal advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy on Saturday refused to step down despite a no-confidence vote, and said only Pope Francis could dismiss him.

A Vatican statement issued earlier said that "it was decided" at a commission meeting that Peter Saunders would take a leave of absence. Saunders, head of Britain's National Association for People Abused in Childhood, would now "consider how he might best support the commission's work", it said.

But Saunders, who as a child was abused by two priests, told a hastily called news conference: "I have not left and I am not leaving my position ... the only person who can remove me is the person who appointed me, the pope."

Saunders had been publicly critical of the commission, which was set up in 2014. Made up of clerics and lay people from around the world, its task is to help Pope Francis establish "best practices" in dioceses around the world to root out sex abuse in the Church. Eight of its 17 members are women and two are themselves victims of abuse by clerics.

"For me, as a survivor, the commission is a disgrace," Saunders said. "They believe that child abuse is behind us, but it is in no way behind us ...

Frankie's Sex Abuse Commission

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Lily Tomlin poses at the 68th Directors Guild of America Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello

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The Mysterious Marree Man of South Australia | Amusing Planet

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Professor To Leave

Wheaton College

A professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble after saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave the school, according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College on Saturday night.

Larycia Hawkins, a tenured political science professor, had been scheduled for a disciplinary hearing in five days to determine whether she would be allowed to remain at Wheaton.

The controversy began on Dec. 10, when Hawkins wrote on Facebook that she would don the hijab head scarf during the period of advent before Christmas as a sign of solidarity with Muslims.

"We worship the same God," she said in her post.

The school previously said Hawkins was disciplined not because she chose to wear a hijab but because her "theological statements seem inconsistent with Wheaton's doctrinal convictions".

Wheaton College

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A group of participants called ''Txatxus'' pose for a photo, during the ancient rural carnival in the small Pyrenees village of Lantz, northern Spain, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. A long-standing rural tradition in which the forces of good and evil confront each other in a symbolic battle, during which the thirst for justice stirs up public rage. From Sunday to Tuesday, during carnival week, in the little village of Lantz, the legendarily evil bandit Miel Otxin is imprisoned and sentenced to death by fire.
Photo by Alvaro Barrientos

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Wearable Skylines: Architectural Rings Wrap Up Global Cities | Urbanist

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Embraces Fringe

Cruz

Some politicians run from polarizing endorsements. Ted Cruz (R-Pendejo) seeks them out.

The Texas senator's strength in the 2016 Republican presidential primary is drawn, at least in part, from the backing of high-profile figures from his party's far-right fringe. They are people, like his national co-chairman Iowa Rep. Steve King, who may be popular among the passionate conservatives who usually decide primary contests, but could turn off the swing voters and independents who typically decide general elections.

King is a leading voice on immigration, having compared those who cross the border illegally to drug mules and livestock. Cruz has also embraced endorsements from an evangelical leader who described Hitler as a hunter of Jews sent by God, and B-list entertainers like Phil Robertson, the anti-gay patriarch of the Louisiana duck hunting family featured on the popular cable show "Duck Dynasty."

Cruz also has the backing of Troy Newman, president of the Kansas-based anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, who serves as a board member of the Center for Medical Progress. The organization was widely praised by conservatives for producing videos that triggered investigations by Congress and Republican efforts to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. Two members of the group were also indicted in Texas last month after a grand jury investigated the Planned Parenthood videos.

And the Cruz campaign recently issued a press release promoting the endorsement of Mike Bickle, founder of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Bickle believes acceptance of gay marriage is a sign of the end times and has described Hitler as a hunter of Jews and called Oprah Winfrey's tolerance and popularity a precursor to the apocalypse.

Cruz

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Muslim brides wait for the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad, India, February 7, 2016. A total of 84 Muslim couples from various parts of Ahmedabad on Sunday took wedding vows during the mass marriage ceremony organised by a Muslim voluntary organisation, organisers said.
Photo by Amit Dave

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10 Couples Who Mysteriously Vanished - Listverse

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Right-Wing Darling In Japan

'Texas Daddy'

Somewhere in the Dallas area, a retired man sitting in a home office is making social media videos backing Japanese right-wing views that have made him a celebrity among hawks in the Asian country.

Hardly known in the United States, Tony Marano, 66, is called the "Texas Daddy" in Japan, where he has spawned a small industry that includes books, speaking tours, T-shirts emblazoned with his cartoon likeness and scores of videos, some of which have been viewed more than 300,000 times.

To his critics, however, he is a mouthpiece for Japanese nationalists.

He is one of a small group of Westerners embraced by Japan's right wing, but stands out with his jocular demeanor and sharp tongue.

Marano, who often wears T-shirts in videos and suits for speeches, unexpectedly grabbed attention in Japan about seven years ago when he began criticizing Sea Shepherd, a U.S.-based marine conservation group, in its aggressive campaigns to halt Japanese whaling.

'Texas Daddy'

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The famous Belgian statue Manneken Pis is dressed with traditional Chinese clothes celebrating the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year of the Monkey in Brussels, Belgium, February 6, 2016.
Photo by Eric Vidal

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The Malware Museum : Free Software : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

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Weekend Box Office

'Kung Fu Panda 3'

The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind "Kung Fu Panda 3," which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend.

DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Joel and Ethan Coen's '50s Hollywood satire "Hail, Caesar!" opened in second place with an estimated $11.4 million in North American theaters for Universal Pictures.

The Nicholas Sparks' romance "The Choice" debuted with $6.1 million for Lionsgate. Despite expectations of a No. 2 opening, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," bankrolled by Cross Creek Picture and released by Sony's Screen Gems, eked out a meager $5.2 million.

Though the majority of weekend grosses are made on Fridays and Saturdays, Hollywood generally seeks to avoid competing with the football broadcast and instead sticks largely to counterprogramming. The best Super Bowl weekend remains the 2008 concert film "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus" ($31.1 million) followed by an earlier Sparks adaption, 2010's "Dear John" ($30.5 million).

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

    1. "Kung Fu Panda 3," $21 million ($23 million international).
    2. "Hail, Caesar!" $11.4 million.
    3. "The Revenant," $7.1 million ($24 million international).
    4. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," $6.9 million ($7 million international).
    5. "The Choice," $6.1 million ($750,000 international).
    6. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," $5.2 million.
    7. "The Finest Hours," $4.7 million ($2.8 million international).
    8. "Ride Along 2," $4.5 million ($2.9 million international).
    9. "The Boy," $4.1 million ($2.7 million international).
   10. "Dirty Grandpa," $4.1 million ($4.5 million international).

'Kung Fu Panda 3'

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