BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 27 February, 2017


27 February, 2017

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from Bruce

Henry Rollins: I Liked It So Much in Redondo Beach That I Had to Get Out (LA Weekly)
Without movement and challenge, I am prone to bouts of deep depression, with heart-thudding moments that I think might be panic attacks. I fear comfort. I fear falling prey to it. I fear things stopping because I lost the courage to potentially fail trying something new.

STEVE KUHLMANN: "International scholar visiting Texas A&M 'mistakenly detained' by customs officials" (The Eagle)
Henry Rousso was flying in from Paris to participate in the Hagler Institute Symposium when he was "mistakenly detained" Wednesday evening upon his arrival, according to Richard Golsan, director of the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M. "When he called me with this news two nights ago, he was waiting for customs officials to send him back to Paris as an illegal alien on the first flight out," said Golsan during his introduction to the session which Rousso was set to participate in.

Bonnie Malkin: "Australian children's author Mem Fox detained by US border control: 'I sobbed like a baby'" (The Guardian)
Author of Possum Magic was aggressively questioned for two hours over her visa status and later received an apology for her treatment by border guards.

Marina Hyde: Trump is a media troll - so stop feeding him (The Guardian)
The president's supporters don't care if he's mean to journalists. So ignore his insults and focus on his lies.

Matthew Yglesias: The massive wave of town hall protests ruining the GOP's week, explained (Vox)
They're not paid protesters.

Robert Evans, Evan V. Symon, Saundra Sorenseon: 4 Reasons Why Oscar Voting Is Dumb, Explained By A Voter (Cracked)
members of the Academy are also garden-variety human beings, like all of us. They watch (or don't watch) movies based on what looks interesting and feels relevant to them. This poll from 2015 reveals that there were no Best Picture nominees that had actually been seen by every voter.

Michele Hanson: Living to 90 and beyond? No thanks (The Guardian)
I am frightened of death - but perhaps more frightened of living to a very old age in a country where the health and social care systems are already failing.

Michele Hanson: It's not politics of envy to be disgusted by the super-rich (The Guardian)
They can keep their Ferraris and 10,000 watches. I just want them to stop ramming their wealth up everyone's nose.

Jonathan Jones: Andy Warhol should be made a saint - he makes every day sacred (The Guardian)
Andy Warhol died 30 years ago this week, and his Catholic piety, care for the poor and sheer mystical vision mean he remains a transcendent talent.

Henry Rollins: My Old-Man Gripes (LA Weekly)
As a young person, I often considered my earnings as the means to buy records, pay rent and eat - in that order. If it came down to a meal or a record, the decision (the right one) left me hungry, but at least my mild starvation had a good soundtrack. The records I bought in high school still play. Talk about investing in your future!

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Trivia Question of the Day

In 1961, a computer at Bell Labs was programmed to 'sing' a song in the earliest demonstration of computer speech synthesis. What is the title of that song?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Which US state's official nickname is 'The Ocean State'?

       Rhode Island                                                      Source

Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states, following New Jersey. Its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. The state also shares a short maritime border with New York.

Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to the fact that the state has several large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area. Rhode Island covers 1,214 square miles (3,144 km2), of which 1,045 square miles (2,707 km2) are land.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Rhode Island is the Ocean State.

Randall wrote:
   Rhode Island

mj said:
   I'm not sure why
  And I've spent quite a bit of time there. Rhode Island. Malcontents moved south from Plymouth Plantation (Boston) successively smaller groups of malcontents kept moving further south (along Aquidneck Island) until they ran out of land at New Port. Then they figured they were going to have to get along and formed a kind of non-sectarian community.

Alan J replied:
   Rhode Island.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Rhode Island

Adam answered:
   Rhode Island

DJ Useo said:
   Hey Marty, & all you others. I just got back from Dennys, where I spent days in line, & the food was served cold. Akk!
  I didn't know the answer, but my waiter did. :) It's Rhode Island. Personally, I think it should be the Island State, but what do I know.
  The waiter gave us ice cream to make up for the cold food. More cold. lol! The coffee was good, however.

Deborah wrote:
   The Ocean State is a nickname for Rhode Island, coined to encourage tourism to the state. I don't know how effective it is. I've only driven through it on my way to Boston or back to Jersey.
  Looks like we're on a roll for a week of NO RAIN. Sun every day - what a novel idea.

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

Dale of temporarily dry Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  February 27 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 27 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Michelle in AZ

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media | Politics | The Guardian

Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit | Politics | The Guardian

Trump crowds evoke our ugly legacy of racial terrorism and lynching

This Ping Pong-Playing Robot Makes Forrest Gump Look Lazy - NBC News

Prison Camps & The Trail of Tears (Part 1)

White House Refuses To Guarantee People Won't Lose Health Insurance From Repeal | The Huffington Post

Arizona home to largest 'dark-sky city' cluster |

Thanks, Michelle!



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Just read it & thought it relevant.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ivanka? - POLITICO Magazine


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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Here Are All The Favors Donald Trump Has Performed For Wall Street | The Huffington Post

Alum Nausea | The Huffington Post

Rereading The Handmaid's Tale, One Month Into the Trump Era -

'I want an investigation': Father of slain SEAL blames Trump's carelessness and ego for son's death -

Sean Spicer targets own staff in leak crackdown - POLITICO

How to Topple a Dictator | The Nation

Jake Tapper Nails White House Barring Of Media With 1 Perfect Word | The Huffington Post

Constitutional collapse: Why we could be on the verge of a democratic apocalypse -

Chris Wallace grills Corey Lewandowski: 'How many jobs' has Trump created by attacking the media? -

The Father Of The SEAL Slain In Yemen Demands An Investigation | The Huffington Post

White House Refuses To Guarantee People Won't Lose Health Insurance From Repeal | The Huffington Post

The First 100 Lies: The Trump Team's Flurry Of Falsehoods | The Huffington Post

Michael Moore launches website devoted to stopping President Trump -

Call to replace Donald Trump with Alec Baldwin at White House dinner - Business Insider

Misleading NY Times Oscars ad mashes up real and fake news with climate denial -

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump-A Historian's View of What's Next |

State Dept. Memo Warning Employees Against Leaking Is Immediately Leaked | Common Dreams

Right-wing pundit Laura Ingraham bounced $42K check to AP trying to save her floundering website -



Reader Comment


Astounding. Kimmel's hosting will never be forgotten. But how senile are Faye and Warren not to realize they had the wrong envelope & get it corrected before announcing the wrong winner?

I didn't love Moonlight--though it was well-done & liked parts of it--but I'm happy to see something other than a second-rate musical get Best Picture.

Kimmel referencing Steve Harvey was the best possible reaction.

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

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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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Last Night

Bet there's at least one job opening at Price-Waterhouse today.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Man With A Plan', then a FRESH 'Superior Donuts', followed by a FRESH '2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Connie Britton, Zoey Deutch, and Lori McKenna.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Dr. Phil McGraw, Sara Bareilles, and Linkin Park featuring Kiiara.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Taken'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Aaron Paul, Keri Russell, and 2 Chainz featuring Gucci Mane.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Matthew Broderick, David Boreanaz, Regina Spektor, and Vinnie Colaiuta.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Caspian, and Jenny Zigrino.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH 'When We Rise'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Mike Birbiglia and Lady AnteBell Biv DeVoe (a mash-up of Lady Antebellum and Bell Biv DeVoe).

The CW offers the night with a FRESH 'Super Girl', 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 First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Cold Case Files', followed by a FRESH 'Bates Motel'.

AMC offers the movie 'Unstoppable', followed by the movie 'Con Air', then a FRESH 'HUMANS'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-The Eleventh Hour
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-The Beast Below
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Victory of the Daleks
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-The Time of Angels-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Flesh and Stone-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Vampires in Venice
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Lifesigns
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Investigations
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Deadlock
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 22-Innocence
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Hope and Fear
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Extreme Risk
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-In the Flesh
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Once Upon a Time
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Timeless
 [11:02PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Hope and Fear
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Extreme Risk
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-In the Flesh
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Once Upon a Time

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 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Archer', another 'Archer', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is John Oliver.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Doug Benson, Jessimae Peluso, and Slink Johnson.

FX has the movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man', followed by the movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'.

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]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ty Burrell
 [6:15AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Ouija Bored
 [6:45AM]    GET SMART
 [9:15AM]    HALF BAKED
 [1:30PM]    GET SMART
 [4:00PM]    HALF BAKED
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who Are You?
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A Man With Money
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Happy Jack
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Do You Think It's Alright?
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Substitute
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Squeeze Box
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-5:15
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sparks
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-My Wife
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going Mobile
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who Are You?
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A Man With Money
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Happy Jack
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Do You Think It's Alright?
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Substitute
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Squeeze Box
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-15:15
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sparks
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-My Wife
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going Mobile

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Rumor at the Top
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Give 'Em Hell, Hawkeye
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Wheelers and Dealers
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Communication Breakdown
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Snap Judgement
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Snappier Judgement
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-'Twas the Day After Christmas
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Follies of the Living, Concerns of the Dead
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Birthday Girls
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Blood and Guts
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-A Holy Mess
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Tooth Shall Set You Free
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Pressure Points
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Where There's a Will, There's a War
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Promotion Commotion
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Heroes
 [2:00PM]    Jeremiah Johnson
 [4:30PM]    Pale Rider
 [7:00PM]    Planet of the Apes
 [9:30PM]    Beneath the Planet of the Apes
 [11:30PM]    Escape from the Planet of the Apes
 [2:00AM]    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
 [4:00AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Documentary Filmmakers
 [5:00AM]    All in the Family-End in Sight
 [5:35AM]    All in the Family-What'll We Do With Stephanie?    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'John Wick', followed by the movie 'Mission: Impossible III', then the movie 'Jeepers Creepers II'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Adam Scott and Genesis Rodriguez.

 [6:45 AM]      Three Comrades (1938)
 [8:30 AM]      Three Little Words (1950)
 [10:15 AM]      The Three Musketeers (1948)
 [12:30 PM]      Through A Glass Darkly (1961)
 [2:15 PM]      The Time Machine (1960)
 [4:15 PM]      The Time, The Place And The Girl (1946)
 [6:15 PM]      T-Men (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      To Be or Not to Be (1942)
 [10:00 PM]      To Each His Own (1946)
 [12:15 AM]      Tom Jones (1963)
 [2:30 AM]      Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
 [4:00 AM]      Too Young to Kiss (1951)
 [5:30 AM]      Top Hat (1935)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Tuesday   -  02/28/17

 [7:30 AM]      Topper Returns (1941)
 [9:15 AM]      Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
 [11:45 AM]      Torch Song (1953)
 [1:30 PM]      Torpedo Run (1958)
 [3:30 PM]      Tortilla Flat (1942)
 [5:30 PM]      Trader Horn (1931)
 [8:00 PM]      The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
 [10:30 PM]      A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
 [1:00 AM]      Tristana (1970)
 [3:00 AM]      Tulsa (1949)
 [4:30 AM]      12 Angry Men (1957)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Members of the 501st Legion Florida Garrison, the Star Wars inspired group, were popular posing for photos in their kilted uniforms at the 19th Annual Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival, Saturday Feb. 25, 2017 at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs, Fla.
Photo by Bob Mack


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Six Stories of Stunning Passports From Countries That No Longer Exist | Atlas Obscura


Demands Lagerfeld Apology

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is demanding an apology from couture legend Karl Lagerfeld, in a spat over the gown she's planning to wear to the Oscars ceremony, entertainment media reported on Sunday.

On the eve of the Academy Awards show, the star actress lashed out at Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director of the illustrious Chanel fashion house, who had accused her of reneging on plans to wear one of its designs on Hollywood's biggest night.

Fashion bible WWD reported last week that Lagerfeld had accused Streep of canceling an order for a couture gown after another fashion house offered to pay her to wear its dress.

Since then, both Chanel and Lagerfeld have backed off the claim, but Streep is demanding an apology.

WWD said it received a statement from the German-born designer's representatives calling the entire incident an unfortunate misunderstanding.

Meryl Streep


Revellers parade for the Mancha Verde samba school during the carnival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 25, 2017.
Photo by Paulo Whitaker


Self-Righteous Devils: What Ozark Vigilantes of the 1880s Reveal About Modern America | Collectors Weekly


Milan Fashion Week


Italian designer Angela Missoni brought the political fight to Milan fashion week by ending her autumn-winter 2017 show with models clad in Pussyhats, the pink protest symbols of women's rights.

Supermodels including Gigi Hadid and Romee Strijd strutted down the runway in the Italian fashion capital on Saturday wearing Missoni's variation on the pointy-eared hats which featured her signature bold stripes around the brims.

The knitted pink hats with cat ears first appeared on January 21 at the Women's March in Washington, where protesters wore them as a sign of feminine solidarity the day after US President Donald Trump (R-Grifter) was sworn into office.

As Missoni came out to take her bow, the designer told fashionistas gathered from the world over that "there is a bond between us that will keep us strong and safe; the bond that unites all those who respect human rights".

"Let's show the world that the fashion community is united and fearless," she said as she urged the audience to don the hats left for each guest on every seat.



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Carnival Begins


Revelers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink beer and spirits, and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.

The world's most famous Carnival bash in Rio opened in a strange way. After a day in silence, the city's evangelical Mayor Marcelo Crivella delayed the traditionally opulent starting ceremony until 8:30 p.m. only to skip it with the excuse that his wife was sick. Eventually, Rio city hall put out an email saying that Carnival was "officially open."

But several so-called block parties in Rio were underway by the afternoon. Thousands of revelers danced amid 90-degree (32 Celsius) heat with high humidity, standard during the Southern Hemisphere summer.

But it was the odd opening to the iconic festival, which brings in more than $ 1 billion to Rio each year, that was the talk of the day.



Gold medalist Choi Da-bin of South Korea, winner of the Figure Skating Women's event performs during the closing ceremony of the Asian Winter Games at Makomanai Indoor Skating Rink in Sapporo, northern Japan, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Photo by Eugene Hoshiko


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Photographed In Unprecedented Detail

Sistine Chapel

The famous frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, can now be examined in minute detail thanks to an unprecedented photographic venture, the Vatican Museums have said.

By combining innovative digital technology and special LED lamps which aimed to reproduce daylight, photographers were able to make images measuring 43 centimetres (17 inches) tall by 1.2 metres (four feet) wide.

The work includes 220 life-sized images from the chapel, including elements of The Last Judgement as well as frescoes painted on the walls by Perugino and Botticelli.

The three works, of which 1,999 copies have been made and will be sent to the world's most important libraries, all give a perfect rendition of the colours used by the Renaissance masters, said Italian art publisher Scripta Maneant.

Sistine Chapel


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Protesters ReGrou

Dakota Access

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well.

The Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, was cleared by law enforcement on Thursday and almost 50 people, many of them Native Americans and environmental activists, were arrested.

The number of demonstrators had dwindled from the thousands who poured into the camp starting in August to oppose the pipeline that critics say threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The tribe has said it intends to fight the pipeline in court.

The 1,170-mile (1,885 km) line, built by Energy Transfer Partners LP, will move crude from the shale oilfields of North Dakota to Illinois en route to the Gulf of Mexico, where many U.S. refineries are located.

Tom Goldtooth, a protest leader and executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, said the demonstrators' hearts were not defeated.

Dakota Access


Migrants from Somalia cross into Canada from the United States by walking down a train track early Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, into the town of Emerson, Manitoba, where they will seek asylum at the Canada Border Services Agency.
Photo by John Woods


Three Letters Written By Former Slaves To Their Masters


Loves Loser Flag

S. Carolina

In the aftermath of the racially motivated Charleston church slayings in 2015, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse during an elaborate nationally televised ceremony.

But in less prominent places, the fight over the flag rages on, with the rebel banner garnering at least two recent victories. That's because a South Carolina law crafted more than 15 years ago requires the Legislature to approve by at least a two-thirds vote any change to a historical monument such as lowering a flag or adding a name. And one of the state's most powerful lawmakers has vowed the law will not change.

Twice in the last month, Confederate flag supporters cited the law as they forced the banner to return to a Confederate monument and a newly renovated courtroom in the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina.

In the Blue Ridge Mountain gateway town of Walhalla, Luther Lyle, a descendent of Confederate soldiers and former caretaker of a Civil War monument there, had lowered the flag following the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

S. Carolina


Modular Origami: The Ancient Art of Kusudama Evolved ~ Kuriositas


Survivors Denounce Vatican


Victims of Latin America's latest charismatic Catholic leader-turned-sexual predator are denouncing the Vatican's handling of the case, saying the six-year delay and final resolution are anything but satisfactory for survivors of his sexual, psychological and physical violence.

"It's really shameful," said Pedro Salinas, who blew the whistle in 2015 on the twisted practices of the Peru-based Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, and was himself a victim of Luis Fernando Figari's psychological abuse.

Figari founded the SCV, or Sodalitium of Christian Life, in 1971 as a lay community to recruit "soldiers for God." It was one of several Catholic societies born as a conservative reaction to the left-leaning liberation theology movement that swept through Latin America starting in the 1960s.

Figari was a charismatic intellectual, but he was also "narcissistic, paranoid, demeaning, vulgar, vindictive, manipulative, racist, sexist, elitist and obsessed with sexual issues and the sexual orientation of SCV members," according to a Feb. 10 investigative report commissioned by the SCV's leadership.

The report, by two Americans and an Irish expert in abuse, found that Figari sodomized his recruits and forced them to fondle him and one another. He liked to watch them "experience pain, discomfort and fear," and humiliated them in front of others to enhance his control over them, the report found.



People react as a sculpture is burning at the Maslenitsa festival at the Nikola-Lenivets art park in Nikola-Lenivets village, Russia, Feb. 25, 2017. As part of the celebrations of the "Butter Week", or Maslenitsa in Russian, a folk holiday which heralds the beginning of spring, contemporary artist and park founder Nikolay Polissky built a giant sculpture made of wood and hay which was burned to ashes in a traditional bonfire.
Photo by Denis Tyrin


Project Habakkuk: Britain's Secret Ship Made of Ice | Amusing Planet



South Sudan

Like thousands of other South Sudanese families caught up in famine, Sara Dit and her 10 children are hiding from marauding gunmen in the swamps and islands of the river Nile.

The refuge has a steep price: families cannot farm crops or earn money to buy food. They eat water lily roots and the occasional fish. Dit's family have not eaten for days.

Last week the United Nations declared that parts of South Sudan are experiencing famine, the first time the world has faced such a catastrophe in six years. Some 5.5 million people, nearly half the population, will not have a reliable source of food by July.

The disaster is largely man-made. Oil-rich South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, plunged into civil war in 2013, after President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar. Since then, fighting has fractured the country along ethnic lines, inflation topped 800 percent last year and war and drought have paralyzed agriculture.

South Sudan


Inhabitable Nomadic Shelters: Designs Address LA's Homelessness Crisis | Urbanist


Weekend Box Office

'Get Out'

Great reviews and buzz propelled comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, the micro-budget thriller "Get Out," to a chart-topping opening weekend with $30.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday.

Peele, who most audiences know for his sketch comedy work on the series "Key & Peele," wrote and directed the film about a black man who travels upstate to meet his white girlfriend's family.

Even without Peele in the film, audiences turned out in droves to experience the high concept horror pic. According to exit polls, African Americans comprised an estimated 39 percent of the opening weekend audiences, while Caucasians made up 36 percent, and a whopping 49 percent were under the age of 25.

"Get Out" effectively pushed "The Lego Batman Movie" into second place. The animated family picture added $19 million this weekend and is now up to $133 million after only three weeks in theaters.

"John Wick: Chapter Two" took third place with $9 million, while the Matt Damon-starrer "The Great Wall" took fourth with $8.7 million - down 53 percent from its opening last week.

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. "Get Out," $30.5 million.
    2."The Lego Batman Movie," $19 million ($12.9 million international).
    3."John Wick: Chapter Two," $9 million ($13.1 million international).
    4."The Great Wall," $8.7 million ($14.6 million international).
    5."Fifty Shades Darker," $7.7 million ($19.8 million international).
    6."Fist Fight," $6.4 million ($1.3 million international).
    7."Hidden Figures," $5.9 million ($5.7 million international).
    8."La La Land," $4.6 million ($14.4 million international).
    9."Split," $4.1 million ($17.3 million international).
   10."Lion," $3.8 million ($6.8 million international).

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Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton, the versatile actor who appeared in films including "Aliens" and "Titanic" and played a polygamist on HBO's "Big Love," has died from complications following heart surgery. He was 61.

With a Texas twang and grizzled visage, Paxton often found himself playing military men and cowboys. He was closely associated with James Cameron, playing a punk leader in "The Terminator," as well as an ill-fated technician in "Aliens," a venal car dealer in "True Lies" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic."

Paxton earned an Emmy nomination for the 2012 miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys," and was starring as a morally ambiguous detective in the CBS series "Training Day" at the time of his death.

Paxton anchored a few films, portraying a tornado-chasing scientist in the box office smash "Twister" (1996), and a wildlife refuge director in the flop, "Mighty Joe Young" (1998). In most movies, Paxton cut a morally upright figure, the character actor equivalent of a Kevin Costner or Gary Cooper. But he earned the best reviews of his career for roles that upended his persona. He was gripping as a family man trying to hide stolen money in Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan" (1998), and similarly effective playing against type as an ethically compromised lawman in his first major role, Carl Franklin's "One False Move" (1992).

On the small screen, Paxton played a wife-juggling entrepreneur on "Big Love," who is haunted by his upbringing in a polygamist Mormon family.

Paxton earned critical acclaim for "Frailty," a horror film he made his directorial debut with and starred in as a father beset by demonic visions. In a four-star review, Roger Ebert wrote, "Perhaps only a first-time director, an actor who does not depend on directing for his next job, would have had the nerve to make this movie. It is uncompromised."

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Paxton went to Hollywood when he was 18, and found work as a set dresser for Roger Corman's New World Pictures, working on films like "Big Bad Mama" and "Eat My Dust." His first acting role was a small part in Jonathan Demme's "Crazy Mama" for Corman. Paxton then studied acting in New York under Stella Adler, and made films for "Saturday Night Live" like "Fish Heads," based on the popular novelty song.

Paxton was known as "Wild Bill" for his on-set pranks. He is survived by his two children, James and Lydia Paxton, and his wife Louise Newbury.

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Neil Fingleton

Neil Fingleton, who played the colossal warrior Mag the Mighty on "Game of Thrones," died from heart failure on Saturday. He was 36.

Fingleton was the U.K.'s tallest man at seven feet, seven inches in height. In addition to "Thrones," Fingleton appeared in "Doctor Who," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and "X-Men: First Class."

Before joining the entertainment industry, Fingleton was a professional basketball player having been drafted by the NBA and also played for the University of North Carolina.

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