BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 20 March, 2017


20 March, 2017

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[45 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Christina H.: "I Was A Hardcore Conservative: What Changed My Mind" (Cracked)
I know a lot of liberal-leaning types think that backwards conservatives (especially Trump voters) can never change, because they've never seen such a change. They've never seen someone go from saying "ALL LIVES MATTER BETA CUCK SNOWFLAKE" to suddenly saying, "Oh no, racism is systemic." And no public, visible conversions mean it must not happen, or it must be super rare.

Josh Marshall: Step Back for the Bigger Picture (TPM)
While most have dismissed the President's claims, it is still the case that he has been allowed to drive public debate for two weeks over an obvious lie. Members of his party will not denounce it as a lie or even obviously false. That's a big problem. Without being overly dramatic, this is a warning case of people in power deciding what's true and false which is a harbinger of free government dying.

Mathew Yglesias: "Paul Ryan says he's been 'dreaming' of Medicaid cuts since he was 'drinking out of kegs'" (Vox)
At last, a chance to take people's health insurance away.

Ryan Avent: The productivity paradox (Medium)
So there you are: continued high levels of employment with weak growth in wages and productivity is not evidence of disappointing technological progress; it is what you'd expect to see if technological progress were occurring rapidly in a world where thin safety nets mean that dropping out of the labour force leads to a life of poverty.

Paul Krugman: "Capital-biased Technological Progress: An Example (Wonkish)" (NTY Times Blog)
Ever since I posted about robots and the distribution of income, I've had queries from readers about what capital-biased technological change - the kind of change that could make society richer but workers poorer -really means. And it occurred to me that it might be useful to offer a simple conceptual example - the kind of thing easily turned into a numerical example as well - to clarify the possibility. So here goes.

Cole Delbyck: All-Female 'Juno' Cast Will Reunite For Live Read To Benefit Planned Parenthood (Huffington Post)
"Juno had a choice, and that was the most important part," the director said.

Rosanna Greenstreet: "Martin Sheen: 'Which living person do I most despise? Yellow Hair'" (The Guardian)
The actor on Donald Trump, Apocalypse Now and saying sorry to his son.

Henry Rollins: Iggy Pop Won Over 62,000 Mexican Metallica Fans (LA Weekly)
Iggy Pop was made to be seen. In the tradition of all great frontmen, he does everything possible to make you forget there is anyone else in the world you should be thinking about. He's real damn good at it, too. It was a Metallica crowd and, as with any band with such devoted fans, they are not always hospitable to the openers. But Iggy had 'em immediately.

Anonymous, Ryan Menezes: Made Obscene Money Forging 'Magic: The Gathering' Cards (Cracked)
If you found yourself in a prison cell with a hardened criminal asking what you're in for, what's the most embarrassing possible answer? We're going to go with "Magic: The Gathering card counterfeiter." The laughter would abruptly end, however, when they found out just how much these collectible cards sell for. Games like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, and -- the granddaddy of them all -- Magic: The Gathering remain a $4.3 billion industry. Get good enough at making your own cards and it's more lucrative -- and safer -- than printing your own cash.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist Douglas Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In 1994, he chose the name for a Pink Floyd album. Which album is it?

       The Division Bell                                                      Source

Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 - 11 May 2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist.

Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film.

Adams chose the name for Pink Floyd's 1994 album, The Division Bell, by picking the words from the lyrics to one of its tracks, "High Hopes". Gilmour also performed at Adams's memorial service in 2001, and what would have been Adams's 60th birthday party in 2012.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   The Division Bell

Alan J wrote:
   The Division Bell.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   Well, Pink Floyd's 1994 album was "Division Bell", but I didn't know Doug Adams hitched his thumb into it.

Deborah responded:
   I didn't know that factoid, and I know I don't know the answer…stumped! Good job, Marty.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   The Division Bell

Adam answered:
   The Division Bell

DanD wrote:
   Well, "Animals" actually came after "Wish You Were Here" during the time-frame mentioned, and "The Wall" came out just after I rotated back from Kadina AB in Okinawa. Since WYWH was a quasi-biography of Sid, the PF member who lost his mind, I'll pick Animals. Trying to work it out just from memory.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   The Division Bell
  Here comes the precipitation again…my son-in-law just poured concrete yesterday…it magically makes rain appear.

David of Moon Valley answered:
   had to look it up dangit...but survey said....The Division Bell....

mj took the day off.

zorch took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Mark. took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  March 20 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 20 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

US wealth equality worst among rich nations, and it's not even close

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

'That's not how it works': Trump's grasp of Nato questioned after Merkel tweets | World news | The Guardian

'Greatest rock'n'roll writer who ever lived': tributes pour in for Chuck Berry | Music | The Guardian

The story of Johnny B Goode | Music | The Guardian

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua's brutal sugarcane fields | World news | The Guardian

London anti-racism march draws tens of thousands of protesters | World news | The Guardian

Chile's new 'route of parks' aims to save the wild beauty of Patagonia | World news | The Guardian

It's in the Enquirer so it must be true

After Trump tweets embarrassingly inaccurate info, former NATO ambassador publicly educates Trump

Previously Undiscovered Manuscript Reveals Things Jesus Didn't Say | The Huffington Post

Chuck Berry: Seven of the king of rock 'n' roll's best songs - BBC News

The Crazy Theory About Smog That's Gaining Ground in the White House | Mother Jones

Behind the Western land war: How the fringe ideology of anti-government cranks is becoming the GOP mainstream -

When Disney Dabbled in Sex Ed | Flashback | OZY

Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion | Education | The Guardian

Google braces for questions as more big-name firms pull adverts | Technology | The Guardian

BREAKING: Speaker Scrotum suddenly remembers that old white people vote in midterms...

Former Arizona governor Jan Brewer slams Paul Ryan's Obamacare repeal: It will 'devastate' lives

The Anti-Life President: How Trump's Moves May Kill Ambulance Service As You Know It In America

The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal | The Huffington Post

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings must focus on his views on religious freedom. -

Paul Ryan Fundraised With Health Insurance Lobbying Firm Just Before His PowerPoint -

Previously Undiscovered Manuscript Reveals Things Jesus Didn't Say | The Huffington Post

The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal | The Huffington Post

Republicans Are Determined to Destroy Health Safety Nets, Whether or Not Their Latest Effort Passes | Alternet

Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump give lenders the go-ahead to soak students for thousands in late fees -

Scientists Brace for a Lost Generation in American Research - The Atlantic

Rick Santorum: Donald Trump Is 'Hurting Himself' With His Wiretap Obsession | The Huffington Post

How the System Got Broken, and Why It Can't Be Fixed -

Kellyanne Conway's Husband To Be Nominated To Head DOJ Civil Division |

Nazi-Themed Trump Billboard To Stay Up As Long As He's President, Owner Says | The Huffington Post

How Much Does Trump Actually Work At Mar-A-Lago? Maybe Not So Much | The Huffington Post

Ryan announces major changes to Trumpcare, wants vote before Congress learns its impact on… -



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



Read Hal Ashby's Long-Lost Final Script, Written for Marlon Brando | Vanity Fair



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Last Night

Sunny spring day.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Kevin Can Wait', 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 Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, and Greer Barnes.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Kaitlin Olson, Ben Platt, Tim Minchin, and Bea Miller.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Taken'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jake Gyllenhaal, Paris Jackson, and Julia Michaels.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Will Forte, Jay Bilas, Chris Hayes, and Charlie Benante.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Jay Chandrasekhar, the Frights, and Randy Liedtke.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Quantico'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Adam Carolla, Yara Shahidi, and Ice-T.I. (mashup of Ice-T and T.I.).

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 First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: Deadly Misfortune', then a FRESH 'Cold Case Files', followed by a FRESH 'Bates Motel'.

AMC offers the movie 'Titanic', followed by a FRESH 'HUMANS'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Girl In The Fireplace
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Rise Of The Cybermen-Part 1.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-The Age Of Steel-Part 2.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-The Idiot's Lantern
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-The Impossible Planet-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Satan Pit-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-False Profits
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Remember
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-Sacred Ground
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Future's End, Pt.1
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 21-Juggernaut
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 22-Someone to Watch Over Me
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 23-11:59
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 24-Relativity
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 25-Warhead
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Equinox, Pt. 1
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Equinox, Pt. 2
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 21-Juggernaut
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 22-Someone to Watch Over Me
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 23-11:59
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 24-Relativity
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 25-Warhead
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Equinox, Pt. 1
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Equinox, Pt. 2    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH 'Sweet Home Oklahoma', followed by another FRESH 'Sweet Home Oklahoma', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show are Bassem Youssef and Omarosa Manigault.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Gina Yashere, Dominic Monaghan, and Matteo Lane.

FX has the movie 'The Bourne Legacy', followed by the movie 'White House Down'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-A$AP Rocky
 [6:15AM]    WATCHMEN
 [9:45AM]    SAFE
 [11:45AM]    RUSH
 [2:30PM]    WATCHMEN
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Streaking
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Keg
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sunday Bloody Sunday
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Best Christmas Ever
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Streaking
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Keg
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sunday Bloody Sunday
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Best Christmas Ever
 [4:00AM]    MARON-Step 1
 [4:30AM]    MARON-Marc's Roommate

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Germ Warfare
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Dad
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Edwina
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Tuttle
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Ringbanger
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Sometimes You Hear the Bullet
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Dad ... Again
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Longjohn Flap
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Army-Navy Game
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Sticky Wicket
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Major Fred C. Dobbs
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Ceasefire
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Showtime
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Divided We Stand
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-5 O'Clock Charlie
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Radar's Report
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-For the Good of the Outfit
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde
 [3:00PM]    The Karate Kid
 [6:00PM]    Red Dragon
 [9:00PM]    The Matrix
 [12:00AM]    The Matrix Reloaded
 [3:00AM]    A History of Violence
 [5:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Episode 1    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Retribution', followed by the movie 'Piranha'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jeff Garlin and Adam Pally.

 [6:00 AM]      Aventure Malgache (1944)
 [6:45 AM]      Big Business (1924)
 [7:15 AM]      The Seventh Victim (1943)
 [8:30 AM]      Badlands (1973)
 [10:15 AM]      They Live by Night (1949)
 [12:00 PM]      Modern Times (1936)     SILENT 
 [1:30 PM]      Bon Voyage (1944)
 [2:00 PM]      The Searchers (1956)
 [4:00 PM]      The Letter (1940)
 [5:45 PM]      Othello (1952)
 [7:30 PM]      The Immigrant (1917)     SILENT 
 [8:00 PM]      Psycho (1960)
 [10:00 PM]      Peeping Tom (1960)
 [12:00 AM]      The Night of the Hunter (1955)
 [1:45 AM]      A Face in the Crowd (1957)
 [4:00 AM]      Westworld (1973)
 [5:30 AM]      2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  03/21/17

 [8:00 AM]      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
 [9:45 AM]      The Invisible Man (1933)
 [11:00 AM]      M (1931)
 [1:00 PM]      Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982)
 [3:30 PM]      All About Eve (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      The Little Foxes (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      Double Indemnity (1944)
 [10:00 PM]      Detour (1945)
 [11:30 PM]      Cape Fear (1962)
 [1:30 AM]      Point Blank (1967)
 [3:30 AM]      White Heat (1949)
 [5:30 AM]      Little Caesar (1930)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell receives the Global Teacher Prize from Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 19, 2017. MacDonnell whose teaching philosophy underscores hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize in what has become one of the most-coveted and high-profile awards for teaching excellence. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world.
Photo by Martin Dokoupi


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Agloe: A Fake Town That Became Real | Amusing Planet


Most See T-rump As Illegitimate President

Young Americans

Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump (R-Grifter), then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers.

"You can't be saying that (if) you're the president," says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida.

That Trump is undeniably the nation's 45th president doesn't sit easily with young Americans like Anderson who are the nation's increasingly diverse electorate of the future, according to a new poll. A majority of young adults - 57 percent - see Trump's presidency as illegitimate, including about three-quarters of blacks and large majorities of Latinos and Asians, the GenForward poll found.

GenForward is a poll of adults age 18 to 30 conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

A slim majority of young whites in the poll, 53 percent, consider Trump a legitimate president, but even among that group 55 percent disapprove of the job he's doing, according to the survey.

Young Americans


A 'Scottish Fold' cat presented during a cat exhibition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, March 19, 2017.
Photo by Igor Kovalenko


The Fire Whirl - Nature's Fiery Funnel ~ Kuriositas


Declassified And Publicized

US Nuclear Test Films

From the deserts of southern New Mexico and Nevada to islands in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. government conducted dozens of nuclear weapons tests from the 1940s until the early 1960s.

Vintage rolls of film collected from high-security vaults across the country show some of the blasts sending incredible mushroom clouds into the sky and massive fireballs across the landscape. Others start with blinding flashes of light followed by rising columns of smoke in the distance.

A team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory this week published more than five dozen films salvaged from government installations where they had sat idle for years.

Lab physicist Greg Spriggs said the decades-old films were in danger of decomposing and being lost to history. He called them a big part of the nation's history and an important tool for providing better data to modern scientists who now use computer codes to help certify that the U.S. nuclear stockpile remains safe and effective.

By scanning the film and reviewing it along with data sheets from the original tests, the team discovered that much of the data initially published were wrong. Some of the answers were off by 20 percent.

US Nuclear Test Films

LLNL Atmospheric Nuclear Tests - YouTube


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More Alternative Facts


Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) spokesman has denied that the US president refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they sat side-by-side in the White House last week.

"I don't think he heard the question" posed by Merkel when she suggested they shake hands, in full view of press cameras, spokesman Sean Spicer told German weekly Der Spiegel published Sunday.

The quote was translated into English from Der Spiegel's online German website.

The veteran German chancellor had arrived for her first meeting with Trump at a snowy White House hoping to reverse a chill in relations after Trump's incendiary election rhetoric, in which he called Merkel's acceptance of refugees a "catastrophic mistake" and suggested she was "ruining Germany."

On Sunday, Germany's biggest-selling daily Bild said that throughout the White House meeting, not once did Trump look her in the eye.



Riders take part in the 27 km prolog of the 2017 ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race at Meerendal Wine Estate, Cape Town, South Africa, March 19, 2017.
Photo by Kim Ludbrook


Roller-Disco Jackets & Polyester Slacks: The 1980 Montgomery Ward Catalog


Clues About Jesus?

Israeli Warehouse

In a cavernous warehouse where Israel stores its archaeological treasures, an ancient burial box is inscribed with the name of Jesus.

Not THAT Jesus. Archaeologists in Israel say Jesus was a common name in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago, and that they have found about 30 ancient burial boxes inscribed with it.

Ahead of Easter, Israel's antiquities authority opened up its vast storeroom to reporters on Sunday for a peek at unearthed artifacts from the time of Jesus. Experts say they have yet to find direct archaeological evidence of Jesus Christ, but in recent years have found a wealth of material that helps fill out historians' understanding of how Jesus may have lived and died.

Israel is one of the most excavated places on the planet. Some 300 digs take place each year, including about 50 foreign expeditions from as far away as the United States and Japan, the Antiquities Authority said.

About 40,000 artifacts are dug up in Israel each year. A third of all the antiquities found attest to the ancient Christian presence in the Holy Land, Avni said. Historians now know how long it took to travel between cities and villages where Jesus preached, and what those places looked like at the time.

Israeli Warehouse


Digby's Hullabaloo


Shuts Last Coal Power Plant


The last large coal-fired power plant in Beijing has suspended operations, with the city's electricity now generated by natural gas, the state news agency reported as smog enveloped the Chinese capital this weekend.

The shuttering of the Huaneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant comes on the heels of China's annual legislative sessions, where Premier Li Keqiang promised to "make our skies blue again" in his state-of-the-nation speech.

According to Xinhua, Beijing has become the country's first city to have all its power plants fuelled by natural gas, an objective laid out in 2013 in the capital's five-year clean air action plan.

The Huangneng plant is the fourth to be closed and replaced by gas thermal power centres between 2013 and 2017, cutting nearly 10 million tonnes in coal emissions annually.



A 'British Shorthair' cat presented during a cat exhibition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, March 19, 2017.
Photo by Igor Kovalenko


She Lied About Everything, except Marrying Wyatt Earp


US Invokes Immunity For Embassy Staffer

New Zealand

New Zealand authorities say they're unable to investigate an incident involving a U.S. Embassy staffer based in Wellington after the U.S. government elected to shield him by invoking diplomatic immunity.

Police said Saturday they responded to an incident in Lower Hutt near Wellington early on March 12. They said the American had left the scene before police arrived, and nobody was taken into custody. In their statement, police declined to release further details of the incident but said they're keeping the investigation open.

The day after the incident, police asked New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to seek a waiver of immunity from the U.S. so police could investigate, according to the ministry. But the ministry said the U.S. declined that request on Friday.

The ministry said in a statement that it then asked the U.S. Embassy to remove the man from New Zealand.

A U.S. Embassy official said Saturday the man had left New Zealand but declined to provide the man's name or any details about the investigation. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the situation and asked to remain anonymous.

New Zealand


The Forged 'Ancient' Statues That Fooled the Met's Art Experts for Decades | Atlas Obscura


'Cyanide Bomb'


A "cyanide bomb" planted by U.S. predator-control agents targeting coyotes near homes and hiking trails in Idaho exploded when a boy handled the device, injuring him and killing his dog, authorities and relatives said on Friday.

Canyon Mansfield, 14, was playing with his yellow Labrador retriever, Casey, on Thursday afternoon near his home east of Pocatello when he saw what he thought was a sprinkler head on the ground and touched the device, causing it to detonate.

The explosion sprayed the boy and his 3-year-old, 90-pound (40 kg) pet with toxic cyanide gas, according to the boy's mother, Theresa Mansfield.

The family and first-responders underwent decontamination procedures and the boy, who was sprayed in the face, was tested for cyanide poisoning at a hospital for the second time Friday, officials and family members said.

The device, called an M-44, was among several placed in the area by Wildlife Services, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that targets coyotes, wolves, cougars, foxes and other animals considered nuisances to farms and ranches.



A security guard walks under the floating umbrella decorations at commercial business park in Rawang outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 19, 2017.
Photo by Daniel Chan


Here's What These Classic Horror Movie Characters Look Like Underneath The Makeup


Record Land Gift

Douglas Tompkins

Douglas Tompkins's widow vividly remembers the suspicions the late billionaire raised when he started buying up land in Patagonia, the natural paradise at the bottom of South America.

Some accused him of preparing a storage site for American nuclear waste, she says. Others said he was starting a cult, still others that he wanted to launch a Jewish state -- even though he was raised Episcopalian.

Now, just over one year after his death, she hopes her late husband's final wishes for the land will lay the controversy to rest for good.

Tompkins, the co-founder of The North Face outdoor label and clothing brand Esprit, has donated a tract of land the size of Rhode Island to the Chilean government as a national park -- the largest such donation in history.

This week, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet accepted the 407,000-hectare (one million-acre) donation in a ceremony held in a verdant Patagonian meadow and attended by Tompkins's widow, Kristine McDivitt, a former CEO of the outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia..

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'Beauty and the Beast'

Disney's live-action "Beauty" was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies.

"Beauty and the Beast" blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last year, Disney's "Finding Dory" debuted with a then-PG-best $135 million.

The film, made for about $160 million, is the latest effort by Disney to re-create one of its animated classics with live action and digital effects. The makeover of the 1991 Oscar-winning film follows previous live-action remakes such as "Alice in Wonderland," ''Cinderella," ''Maleficent" and last year's "The Jungle Book." Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo," ''Mulan," ''Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

Other studios stayed clear of the Disney juggernaut. Last week's top film, Warner Bros.' "Kong: Skull Island," slid to second place with $28.9 million in its second week. The King Kong relaunch has thus far earned $110.1 million domestically.

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 domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1. "Beauty and the Beast," $170 million ($180 million international).
    2. "Kong: Skull Island," $28.9 million ($38.5 million international).
    3. "Logan," $17.5 million ($31.5 million international).
    4. "Get Out," $13.3 million ($2.9 million international).
    5. "The Shack," $6.1 million.
    6. "The Lego Batman Movie," $4.7 million ($2.4 million international).
    7. "The Belko Experiment," $4.1 million.
    8. "Hidden Figures," $1.5 million ($3.5 million international).
    9. "John Wick: Chapter Two," $1.2 million ($2.1 million international).
   10. "Before I Fall," $1 million.

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Jimmy Breslin

Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, a self-described "street reporter" who chronicled New York City life for decades and won acclaim for his coverage of the "Son of Sam" serial killings, died on Sunday morning at age 88.

Breslin was believed to be 86 at the time of his death, but the columnist's family and doctor checked his birth certificate after his death and it showed him to be 88, the Daily News reported.

Breslin was a hard-boiled newspaperman born in the New York City borough of Queens. The Irish-American in a rumpled suit with unkempt hair, a drink in his hand and a cigar between his lips held court in many New York City journalists' haunts.

He had a sharp eye for detail, a keen ear for dialogue and was plugged into sources ranging from the criminal underworld to the corner newsstand.

Breslin said his columns were fueled by a fear of missing a deadline and a rage that he said all columnists needed if they were to be advocates for their readers.

When Breslin won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, he was cited for "columns which consistently champion ordinary citizens."

Breslin grew up in working-class Queens with his sister and a mother who supported them as a teacher and welfare department worker after their father, who Breslin described as an alcoholic barroom piano player, abandoned them.

He was 16 when he started as a copy boy at the Long Island Press and soon was reporting on everything from sports to crime to school board meetings.

He would go on to work for several New York City newspapers but he first blossomed in the 1960s at the Herald Tribune, where he and Tom Wolfe were among the pioneers of what became known as "new journalism," a colorful style rich with detail, dialogue and narrative.

Breslin never shied away from a feud with politicians and he was especially disapproving of Governor Hugh Carey and Mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani.

His works also took on organized crime and he upset Mafia boss Joey Gallo so badly that Gallo reportedly planned to kidnap some of Breslin's children. Another mobster beat up Breslin outside a restaurant in 1970 because of something he had written.

Rosemary Breslin, his first wife and mother of Breslin's six children, died of cancer in 1981. The next year he married political operative Ronnie Eldridge, who would later be elected to the New York City Council.

Breslin's working-class hero credentials took a blow in the 1980s when he moved out of Queens to tony Central Park West in Manhattan.

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