BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 20 February, 2017


20 February, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[17 days in a row]


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from Bruce

David Smith and Ben Jacobs: "Chaos in the White House: 'There's never been anything like this'" (The Guardian)
After the fastest, most furious week yet for the Trump administration, America's elder statesmen say they have never seen such turmoil or ineptitude.

Henry Rollins: Ask Yourself What Side of History You Want to Be on (LA Weekend)
It must be fun being in comrade Trump's inner circle. They make governing look easy! You form a list of all the things you want to do, bust some executive orders, turn the rhetoric up to 11 and stomp on the distortion pedal. If anyone gets in your way - media, so-called judges, SNL cast members - you just remind everyone once more that Secretary Clinton lost, call them "cupcake" and keep on smiling.

Paul Krugman: Trump's Rosy Scenario (NY Times Blog)
The WSJ reports that the Trump administration's budget planning assumes very high economic growth over the next decade - between 3 and 3.5 percent annually. How was this number arrived at? Basically, they worked backwards, assuming the growth they needed to make their budget numbers add up. Credibility!

Michael McAuliff: A Mild-Mannered Woman From Washington Is The Democrats' Deadliest Weapon (Huffington Post)
President Trump's nominees have not fared well going through Sen. Patty Murray's HELP Committee. Andrew Puzder never made it.

Sam Levine: Constituents Flood Another GOP Congressman's Town Halls And Angrily Confront Him (Huffington Post)
One woman shouted that Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) was spreading "misinformation."

Jonathan Cohn: This Is What Obamacare's Critics Won't Admit Or Simply Don't Understand (Huffington Post)
Real people with serious medical issues are finally getting the help they need.

Hadley Freeman: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was honest about her wealth. Today's It girls? Not so much (The Guardian)
TP-T was all too willing to show the unInstagrammable jagged seams required to stitch together this patchwork picture of glamour.

Clive James: 'I've done a mental survey of TV arts presenters and can't find any I hate' (The Guardian)
It was a miracle on the scale of Lucy Worsley not dressing up as Queen Elizabeth I.

Oliver Burkeman: Angry? Don't let it get to you and you'll make a bigger difference (The Guardian)
Being outraged all the time won't help you fight back.

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Trivia Question of the Day

American inventor Earle Dickson is best known for creating what common object?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Where did the apple tree originate?

       Central Asia                                                      Source

The apple tree (Malus pumila, commonly and erroneously called Malus domestica) is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple. It is cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Central Asia.

Randall wrote:
   According to Wiki, apples originated in Turkey

Adam answered:
   Central Asia

Deborah said:
   The apple tree came from central Asia.
  I thought I blew yesterday's TQ but apparently I'm in good company.
  Rain overnight and more moving in today. We're going to enjoy The Chieftains at the Mondavi Center in Davis (about 18 miles east) this evening, when the rain and wind will be peaking. Whee.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The tree originated in Central Asia.

Barbara (my old Peppie Tech roomie) replied:
   My answer to the trivia question: the apple tree originated in Central Asia.
  I saw a video on Facebook that I hope you can use on your website. I said "hope" because the link goes to Facebook and I don't know if it will work for people that don't have a Facebook account. IMO, this video is the best response I've seen so far to Trump's statement that "this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine."
  Here's the link.
   Stay safe during the storms!

Thanks, Barb!

DJ Useo said:
   They was from Asia ; central Asia more than likely. Volcanic soil was mighty fine to grow them, ( & pears, too. )
  Settlers arriving in America brought lots of seeds, so it worked out well for everyone, especially the Motts. ;)
  Make sure to eat an apple a day. Share one if the cost is prohibitive. Believe me, you're worth it.
  I see my old stomping grounds in Southern Michigan is having unprecedented warm temps. I reckon they don't mind at all.
  Normally, the snows invite massive cabin fever. Board games quickly became bored games.

mj took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

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

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   wrote:

  February 20 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 20 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Catholic church claims 'seismic shift' after child sexual abuse scandals | Australia news | The Guardian

Disturbing deficiencies seen in California's dam safety efforts - San Francisco Chronicle

Ona Judge Staines: The black woman who escaped from and outwitted George and Martha Washington

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: your virtual morning protest rally

Prager "University": How Billionaires Proselytize Rightwing Ignorance to Children

Trump administration exempts three CA oil fields from water protection rule at Jerry Brown's request

GOP Wants NASA To Stop Worrying About Earth And Focus On Space | The Huffington Post

Republicans Are Using An Arcane Tool To Handcuff Federal Agencies | The Huffington Post

The Emperor Has No Vocabulary | The Huffington Post

We need to reality-check ourselves on immigration raids (opinion) -

Somalis finding their place in Minnesota -

Chasing Ice | The Award-Winning Documentary on Climate Change
     now on Netflix; stunning.

Trump Always Calls Out Chicago, but City Closest to Mar-a-Lago Had Comparable Crime Rate in 2015 - NBC News

Suisun Bay's Famous Ghost Fleet About to Vanish | NBC Bay Area

Breaking: Survivors of Bowling Green Massacre to go to Sweden in Show of Support

'I wouldn't sit on her toilet ' Screen revival of Davis and Crawford feud sparks sexism debate | Television & radio | The Guardian

Images of new bleaching on Great Barrier Reef heighten fears of coral death | Environment | The Guardian

Farming Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-Americans Remember WWII Incarceration : The Salt : NPR

Rural Garden City, Kansas, Immigrant Population Faces Threats Under Trump Administration : NPR

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Linda's Arlen Specter Strategy

Nothing has incensed me more than watching the Anita Hill beat down by old, white, male Congressmen during the Clarence Thomas hearings. (Thomas, the gift that keeps giving thanks to those old, white, male Congressmen.) I vowed revenge on those asses, but I particularly despised Arlen Specter's conduct.

Therefore, I've named my strategy for the biggest ass of the asses. It may be ineffective, but it gives me great satisfaction. It's my little way of saying Fuck You.

I find who is running against a particularly offensive politician. And I send a contribution. (In the primary, I've even sent contributions to Republicans trying to keep someone like Specter or Chaffetz, from being on the ballot.) Then, of course, during the actual election period, I send a contribution to the Democrat trying to knock the asswipe out of office.

And each time I contribute to his opponent of either party, I contact asswipe to say, "I just want you to know that I've made a contribution to X in hopes that he/she can defeat you because I find you reprehensible. This voter says Fuck You to you."

And I smile. I smile when I make out the check, I smile when I mail the check. I smile when the check is cashed. I smile when I send the Fuck You message to asswipe. Whether my money helps defeat asswipe or not, I've tried. And it does wonders for my blood pressure.

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

Thanks, Linda!



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These 4 Koch-Funded Congressmen Are Behind the Bill to Abolish the EPA -

Kushner family wants to buy the Florida Marlins, current owner coincidentally up for ambassadorship -

Trump Is Not Doing Well In the Polls | Mother Jones

List of Mar-a-Lago members reveals 500 wealthy individuals who can dictate policy directly to Trump -

Priebus refuses to say that there was no contact between Trump campaign and Russian intelligence -

Robert Reich: Donald Trump's 'America First' Economics is Pure Demagoguery | Alternet

Swedes Disliked Donald Trump Even Before His 'Last Night In Sweden' Remarks | The Huffington Post

Goldwater rule in Trumpland: Psychiatrists debate weighing in on the president's mental health -

Trump's Flailing Foreign Policy Bewilders the World - The New Yorker

While Hardly Anyone Notices, the GOP Is Gutting Regulations to Help Big Business - VICE

The Trump Administration's Lies About Voter Fraud Will Lead to Massive Voter Suppression -

Trump's invention of a Swedish terrorist attack was funny. But it likely comes from a dark place. - Vox

Leaked tape reveals Trump invited club guests to 'come along' during cabinet interviews | TheHill



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

More rain.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH 'Man With A Plan', then a FRESH 'Superior Donut's', followed by a FRESH '2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Uma Thurman, Jason Jones, and Alison Krauss.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 1/11/17) are Khloe Kardashian, Pharrell Williams, and Cameron Dallas.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by a FRESH 'Timeless'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 1/11/17) are Michelle Obama and Stevie Wonder.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Anna Kendrick, Jordan Peele, Old 97's, and Andres Forero.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Michael Ware, Getter, and Rachel Keller.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH 'Quantico'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 3/7/10) are Robert Downey Jr., Keith Urban, and Matthew McConaughey.

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

Faux has a FRESH '24: Legacy', followed by a FRESH 'APB'.

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

A&E has the movie 'Bad Boys', followed by the movie 'Taken', then a FRESH 'Bates Motel'.

AMC offers the movie 'Forrest Gump', followed by a (F) 'HUMANS'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Warlord
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-Macrocosm
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Fair Trade
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-Alter Ego
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-The 37's
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Initiations
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Projections
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Killing Game, Pt. 2
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 20-Vis a Vis
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Omega Directive
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 22-Unforgettable
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-Living Witness
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Killing Game, Pt. 2
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 20-Vis a Vis
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Omega Directive
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 22-Unforgettable
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-Living Witness

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

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', 'Archer', another 'Archer', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show - Trevor looks back at President Obama's eight years inside the White House.
@Midnight is pre-empted.

FX has the movie 'The Equalizer', followed by the movie 'The Equalizer', again.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers: Bonus Buys', then a FRESH 'Pawn Stars: Pumped Up', and 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-I'm Gleaning My Coven
 [6:30AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Spider Walk With Me
 [7:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Level Boss
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Acid Queen
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Too Many Cooks
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Are You Now, Margaret?
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Guerrilla My Dreams
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Goodbye Radar
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Goodbye Radar
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Period of Adjustment
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Nurse Doctor
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Private Finance
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Mr. & Mrs. Who
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Yalu Brick Road
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Life Time
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Uncle Abdul
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Captains Outrageous
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Stars and Stripes
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Yessir, That's My Baby
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Bottle Fatigue
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Heal Thyself
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Old Soldiers
 [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Morale Victory
 [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Lend a Hand
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Goodbye, Cruel World
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dreams
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-War Co-Respondent
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Back Pay
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-April Fools
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Best of Enemies
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Letters
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Cementing Relationships
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Father's Day
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Death Takes a Holiday
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-A War for All Seasons
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Your Retention, Please
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Tell It to the Marines
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Taking the Fifth
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Operation Friendship
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-No Sweat
 [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Depressing News
 [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H-No Laughing Matter
 [1:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Oh, How We Danced
 [1:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Bottoms Up
 [2:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Red/White Blues
 [2:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Bless You, Hawkeye
 [3:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Blood Brothers
 [3:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Foresight Saga
 [4:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Life You Save
 [4:30AM]    M*A*S*H-That's Show Biz
 [5:00AM]    M*A*S*H-That's Show Biz
 [5:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Identity Crisis    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'GI Joe: Rise Of The Cobra', followed by the movie 'Ghost Rider'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 10/5/16) are Norm Macdonald, Keke Palmer, and ZZ Top.

 [7:45 AM]      Penny Serenade (1941)
 [10:00 AM]      The Perils Of Pauline (1947)
 [12:00 PM]      Period of Adjustment (1962)
 [2:00 PM]      The Philadelphia Story (1940)
 [4:00 PM]      The Pink Panther (1964)
 [6:00 PM]      The Pirate (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      A Place in the Sun (1951)
 [10:15 PM]      Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
 [12:45 AM]      Poltergeist (1982)
 [2:45 AM]      Possessed (1947)
 [4:45 AM]      Pride and Prejudice (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Tuesday   -  02/21/17

 [6:45 AM]      Pride of the Marines (1945)
 [8:45 AM]      Primrose Path (1940)
 [10:30 AM]      Princess O'Rourke (1943)
 [12:30 PM]      The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
 [2:15 PM]      The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
 [4:00 PM]      The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
 [6:00 PM]      The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)
 [8:00 PM]      The Quiet Man (1952)
 [10:15 PM]      The Razor's Edge (1946)
 [12:45 AM]      Rear Window (1954)
 [2:45 AM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [4:45 AM]      The Red Danube (1949)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Members of the scientific community, environmental advocates, and supporters demonstrate Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Boston, to call attention to what they say are the increasing threats to science and scientific research under the administration of President Donald Trump.
Photo by Steven Senne


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


The Russian Gangster Cemetery in Yekaterinburg | Amusing Planet


PR Offensive


One month into the unusual presidency of Donald Trump (R-Grifter), his most senior cabinet members were deployed to Brussels, Bonn and Munich this week to reassure nervous Europeans that everything would be okay.

The Europeans heard from Defense Secretary James Mattis that the NATO military alliance was not "obsolete" after all, despite Trump's repeated suggestions to the contrary.

And they were told by Vice President Mike Pence that Russia would be "held accountable" for its actions in Ukraine, despite Trump's friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But if the aim of the visits was to reassure Europe that the pillars of U.S. foreign policy are fully intact, they fell short of the mark, European diplomats, politicians and analysts gathered in Munich said.

"What we heard here is not reassuring," Ruprecht Polenz, former head of the foreign affairs committee in the German parliament, told Reuters after Pence's speech to the Munich Security Conference. "There is absolutely no vision for how we are going to work together, going forward."



Performers take part in the opening ceremony at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, Feb. 19, 2017.
Photo by Issei Kato


Caminito del Rey: The Most Dangerous Pathway in the World? ~ Kuriositas


Scratch Heads


Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's (R-Fabulist) remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country.

During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump said "look what's happening last night in Sweden" as he alluded to past terror attacks in Europe. It wasn't clear what he was referring to and there were no high-profile situations reported in Sweden on Friday night.

The comment prompted a barrage of social media reaction on Sunday, with hundreds of tweets, and a local newspaper published a list of events that happened on Friday that appeared to have no connections to any terror-like activity.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said that the government wasn't aware of any "terror-linked major incidents." Sweden's Security Police said it had no reason to change the terror threat level.

Former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted , "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound."



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Abundant Fish Draw 1 Million Penguins


More than a million penguins have traveled to Argentina's Punta Tombo peninsula during this year's breeding season, drawn by an unusual abundance of small fish.

Local officials say that's a record number in recent years for the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins, offering an especially stunning spectacle for the tens of thousands of people who visit the reserve annually.

The peninsula's tiny islets are well-suited to nesting and have sardines and anchovies close to the shoreline. The flightless birds come on shore in September and October and stay while the males and females take turns caring for their eggs and hunting for food.

The warm-weather birds breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile and migrate north as far as southwestern Brazil between March and September.



Johanna Klein, of Brookline, Mass., an internal medical doctor, center, holds a placard and chants during a demonstration by members of the scientific community, environmental advocates and supporters, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Boston. The scientists at the event said they want President Donald Trump's administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues.
Photo by Steven Senne


Build & Unbuild in 1 Day: Deconstructable Prefab House Moves with its Residents | Urbanist


Sponsored Conference


Speakers at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Northern California - including an archbishop - denounced President Donald Trump's (R-Pendejo) orders on immigration and travel and vowed to fight them at a meeting Friday.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said President Barack Obama deported a high number of people, but the harsh tone and cruelty coming out of the new administration was prompting mass fear and panic.

"They're playing with people's emotions and toying with their lives and futures, and that is not right," said Gomez, who noted his city has an estimated 1 million people who are living in the country illegally.

Talk at the four-day conference on economic inequality in Modesto, California, was bound to collide with the new president because the agenda involved housing, migration and worker dignity.

Modesto lies in California's agricultural heartland where Latino immigrants represent a significant part of the labor force for the area's farmers. The meeting was being held in the United States for the first time after Pope Francis nearly three years ago launched global meetings to explore the "economy of exclusion."



Digby's Hullabaloo


Sex Trafficking


A yearlong academic study of sex trafficking in Las Vegas is providing a glimpse into a shadowy world beneath the neon glow where underage girls, threatened by pimps, solicit for business in casinos, on streets and online.

Of 190 identified sex-trafficking victims in 2014, Arizona State University researchers found two-thirds were under 18 years old, one in five was brought to southern Nevada from somewhere else and more than half were never reported as missing.

A victim advocate in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Elynne Greene, called them "throwaway kids." She said many are products of the foster care system.

The average underage victim in the study was 16. The youngest was 12.

About one in three victims was recruited by a boyfriend-turned-"violent, fear-based" abuser, with more than half reporting being forced through physical assault involving a gun, knife, razor or cord.



A woman dressed as an "angel" descends on Saint Mark's Square during the Venice Carnival, Italy Feb. 19, 2017.
Photo by Alessandro Bianchi


The True Origins of the Phrase 'Bleeding-Heart Liberal' | Atlas Obscura


Fight Alongside Environmental Left


When Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Bought & Paid For) of Utah introduced legislation last month to transfer about 3 million acres of federally-held public land to state control, he was bombarded by thousands of angry phone calls, letters and social media posts urging him to back off.

The pressure came not only from liberal environmentalists - but also from gun-toting, often conservative outdoors enthusiasts who are central to Chaffetz' political base. Both camps fear that transferring federal lands to state control could open them up to drilling and coal mining rather than recreation and preservation.

"I hear you," Chaffetz wrote in a post on his Instagram account announcing the withdrawal of the bill. "I am a proud gun owner, hunter and love our public lands."

Outdoor sporting groups - long associated with conservatism because of their support for guns rights and small government - are now collaborating with the environmental left to fight U.S. President Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) push to open more public lands to energy development. Such areas include national forests, parks and Native American tribal territories and account for about one fifth of the United States.

Recent funding data from the Foundation Center database, which aggregates information from tax filings, shows groups such as the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and the Outdoor Alliance have accepted grants from big environmental and liberal foundations, including the Turner Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.



Cooking With Glass: How Pyrex Transformed Every Kitchen Into a Home-Ec Lab | Collectors Weekly


Apologises For Female-Free Catalogue

Ikea Israel

The Israeli branch of Swedish furniture giant Ikea has apologised for issuing a catalogue aimed at Jewish ultra-Orthodox customers containing no images of women.

The catalogue was a first such attempt to reach out to the ultra-Orthodox community, which makes up around 10 percent of Israel's population and lives in compliance with a strict interpretation of Jewish laws.

The male-only catalogue, featuring ultra-Orthodox models, was published in addition to the regular brochure.

According to news website Ynet, the male-only catalogue highlights items in demand among ultra-Orthodox families, which tend to be large, such as bunk beds and bookshelves to handle extensive collections on Jewish law.

The cover shows an ultra-Orthodox man gazing into an open book standing next to a bookshelf packed with Jewish scriptures and a large silver menorah candelabrum, with two boys playing on the carpet nearby.

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Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced.

Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler's name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader's Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime's defeat.

The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder's identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and $300,000. The starting bid was set at $100,000.

The Maryland company auctioned off more than a thousand items including the phone and a porcelain sculpture of an Alsatian dog for $24,300.

More than 70 years old, the Siemens rotary telephone is embossed with a swastika and the eagle symbolic of the Third Reich.



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"The Batman Lego Movie"

"The Great Wall" was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud.

The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, "The Great Wall" was intended to prove that the world's no. 2 movie marketplace could produce Hollywood-sized blockbusters of its own. Though it ran up $171 million in ticket sales in China, "The Great Wall" pulled in $18.1 million in its North American debut over Presidents Day weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That was good enough for third place, falling behind last weekend's top two films, "The Lego Batman" and "Fifty Shades Darker." The Warner Bros. animated release easily led the box office again with $34.2 million in its second week, sliding only 35 percent. Universal's "Fifty Shades Darker" sold $21 million in tickets in its second week. The erotic sequel continues to play well overseas, where it led international business with $43.7 million over the weekend.

Two other new releases, both from 20th Century Fox, also failed to catch on. The comedy "Fist Fight," starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day as feuding high-school teachers, opened with $12 million.

And Gore Verbinski's gothic horror "A Cure for Wellness" - his follow-up to the box-office bomb "The Lone Ranger" - made just $4.2 million, a result that won't help the director's standing in the industry. On Friday, Fox apologized for using fake news stories to promote the film.

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 Tuesday.

    1. "The Batman Lego Movie," $34.2 million ($21.5 million international).
    2. "Fifty Shades Darker," $21 million ($43.7 million international).
    3. "The Great Wall," $18.1 million ($19 million international).
    4. "John Wick: Chapter 2," $16.5 million ($15.6 million international).
    5. "Fist Fight," $12 million.
    6. "Hidden Figures," $7.1 million ($7.3 million international).
    7. "Split," $7 million ($8.9 million international).
    8. "A Dog's Purpose," $5.6 million.
    9. "La La Land," $4.5 million ($31.7 million international).
   10. "A Cure for Wellness," $4.2 million ($4.5 million international).

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