BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 27 March, 2017

Monday

27 March, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[52 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Matthew Yglesias: "Democrats should write their own 'terrific' Obamacare replacement" (Vox)
Progressive ideas are lying on the table; it's time to repackage them.


Jamelle Bouie: A Way Forward (Slate)
What Democrats should do to capitalize on the defeat of Trumpcare.


Deborah Orr: Fighting 'unfairness' is no justification for this school funding disgrace (The Guardian)
The Conservatives' ill-considered plans for changing the school funding formula gloss over the fact that all schools face a funding crisis.


Olivia Solon: "Google's bad week: YouTube loses millions as advertising row reaches US" (The Guardian)
Major brands including Verizon and Walmart pulled their ads after they were found to be appearing next to videos promoting extremist views or hate speech.


Sam Thielman: "Daniel Clowes: Trump's America is like the cynical comics I drew back in the 90s" (The Guardian)
As the comic writer's fantastically misanthropic work Wilson hits cinema screens, he talks about grief, Ghost World and surviving in Trumpland.


Henry Rollins: America Is Not Designed to Be a Nation of Healthy People (LA Weekly)
I don't enjoy America. I survive it as best I can. I get my health care at the grocery store and in the gym. It is as much what I do as what I don't. Freedom is a tricky motherfucker. In a game that has been rigged from the very beginning, to not factor in the inherent risk of living in a coast-to-coast, for-profit environment is just plain bad planning.



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Trivia Question of the Day


What is the easternmost state capital in the US?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


An alibi is a form of defense used in criminal procedures. The word 'alibi' comes from Latin - what does 'alibi' mean in Latin?


       Somewhere else                                                      Source


An alibi is a form of defense used in criminal procedure wherein the accused attempts to prove that he or she was in some other place at the time the alleged offense was committed. The Criminal Law Deskbook of Criminal Procedure states: "Alibi is different from all of the other defenses; it is based upon the premise that the defendant is truly innocent." In the Latin language alibi means "somewhere else."        Source






Alan J was first and correct with:
   Somewhere else.



zorch said:
   Elsewhere



Adam answered:
   Elsewhere.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Elsewhere



DanD responded:
   As translated into American colloquial English, the Latin-derivative word "alibi" means "I(he, she, them ... were with me, and I) weren't there(wherever the event -- not always a circumstance of crime -- had occurred)!" Alibis are always vastly more effective when expressed as community assertions ("But honey, I was not at the titty-bar, I was next door with Doug at the bait-and-tackle shop!" Just make sure the fish you bring in on the line-rope are of a local species and all thawed out ~).



Billy in Cypress replied:
   I looked for it everywhere, but it must be "somewhere else" in ancient Rome. Of course that is no excuse, but just another lie like "It's the Democrat's fault that so many Republican congress critters did not support the American Health Catastrophe Act that Paul Ryan and I worked so hard to cram down the throats of Americans like so much poison. CpPDJT-ID"



Deborah said:
   I'm late again, dagnabbit. Taxes, bike ride for lunch, dog-walking, more taxes (we do our own; I know, it's crazy). Finally got around to this: Alibi
  Overcast today, with some drizzly rain this evening. It seems as if the rainy season is fizzling out, although I don't mind if it sticks around for a few more weeks.




Joe S     wrote:
   A major in history is no help in understanding ancient, dead languages. I took Latin my Freshman year in high school, which was a mistake as I barely understood English. The Latin teacher was an old man with a grudge against people with dark complexions. I got no help from him and he treated me quite badly in class. I only passed the class because he became frightened of my mother, much like my math teacher in my Senior year in Trigonometry. I still got no help from the Latin teacher, but he stopped insulting me in class. He had to make do with dirty looks. Well anyway...alibi means "other" or something like that.



Randall took the day off.
  



Dave in Tucson took the day off.
  



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful took the day off.
  



DJ Useo took the day off.
  



mj took the day off.
  



David of Moon Valley took the day off.
  



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



Gene took the day off.
  



Mark. took the day off.
  



MAM     took the day off.
  



Marian took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  March 27 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 27 | Famous Birthdays




Sally has retired.
  


  





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Middle Class Political Economist




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Click here: Rise of Hindu 'extremist' spooks 40 million Muslim minority in India's heartland | World news | The Guardian
     ruh-roh



Trump Budget Horrifies Majority of Voters, Poll Finds | Common Dreams



Sunday Talk: Masterpiece Theater



Why was Rep. Nunes with Michael Flynn while Flynn Discussed KIDNAPPING A Political Opponent?



Sputnik to join White House Press Corps ... In Russia, Middle-man eliminates you! #TrumpRussia



Screw the framing. Do NOT use the phrase 'tax reform'



Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained by police during Moscow protest - AOL News



My life with Oliver Sacks: 'He was the most unusual person I had ever known' | Books | The Guardian



Donald Trump printed out made-up 300bn Nato invoice and handed it to Angela Merkel | The Independent



Legit, This Should Scare The Bejesus Out Of You.



Trumpcare: Here's the most pressing Worst Case Scenario for ACA sabotage



For Growing Number Of Trump Voters, Case Of Premature Adulation



Haunted By 'Get Out' -- But Not Because It's A Horror Film | The Huffington Post



Duncan Hines: The Original Road Warrior Who Shaped Restaurant History : The Salt : NPR



The Real Reason Why Obamacare Now Has a 54% Approval Rating




Thanks, Michelle!


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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Mr. President, The Disgrace Is All Yours | By Eugene Robinson | Common Dreams



Survey Finds Foreign Students Aren't Applying to American Colleges - NBC News



The Senate Just Sold Out Your Privacy Online to Corporations Like Comcast | American Civil Liberties Union



Bannon 'wants Trump to compile "sh** list" of Republicans | Daily Mail Online



Trump Worked A Few Weeks On Health Care. White House Claims He Gave It 'His All.' | The Huffington Post



One of Trump's Biggest Donors Thinks Cats Have More Value Than Welfare Recipients | The Nation



'You think I'm bad for America': Sean Hannity pouts after Ted Koppel schools him on the importance of facts - rawstory.com



'You truly are an evil man': Rep. Ted Lieu scorches Trump for hoping Obamacare 'explodes' - rawstory.com



Meet The (Alt-Right) Mormons: Inside The Church's Vocal White Nationalist Wing - buzzfeed.com



Eight is enough for now: Unpacking the Supreme Court - Salon.com



REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON REPORT OF TRUMP ASSOCIATES' POSSIBLE COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA | Congressman Ted Lieu





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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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

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

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




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


PROTECTING YOUR RIGHT TO BE STUPID.

THEY SEE HIM HERE, THEY SEE HIM THERE. THEY SEE NUNERS EVERYWHERE.

RATS IN THE HOUSE.

ANOTHER REPUBLICAN FASCIST.

TRUMP DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ANYONE BUT HIMSELF.

LET THE KIDS RUN THE COUNTRY.

"WHO THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?"

"I'M COMING TO GET YOU!"

DON'T VOTE FOR ANY REPUBLICAN EVER!


"THE ZOMBIE-EYED GRANNY STARVER."






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and seasonal.



Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Kevin Can Wait', then a FRESH 'Superior Donuts', followed by a FRESH 'The Great Indoors', then a RERUN 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Aimee Mann.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are J.J. Redick, Scott Bakula, Pete Holmes, and MisterWives.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Taken'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Scarlett Johansson, Richard Dreyfuss, and Dan White.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Craig Ferguson, Rachel Dratch, and George Saunders.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Jenna Elfman, JJUUJJUU, and Steven Boyer.



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Quantico'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 2/28/17) are Chris Pratt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, James Harden, and John Mayer as Hank "The Hawk" Knutley.



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', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: Killer Confessions', then a FRESH 'Bates Motel'.



AMC offers all old 'Breaking Bad' all night.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Partners in Crime
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-The Fires of Pompeii
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Planet of the Ood
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-The Sontaran Stratagem-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-The Poison Sky-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-Future's End, Pt. 2
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Warlord
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-Macrocosm
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Survival Instinct
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Barge of the Dead
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-Alice
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Riddles
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Dragon's Teeth
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-One Small Step
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Survival Instinct
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Barge of the Dead
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-Alice
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Riddles
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Dragon's Teeth
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-One Small Step    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH 'Sweet Home Oklahoma', another 'Sweet Home Oklahoma', followed by 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 is John Singleton.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Ron Funches, Moshe Kasher, and Mamrie Hart.



FX has the movie 'Lucy', followed by the movie 'Jack Reacher'.



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



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Life Orr Death
 [6:30AM]    DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY
 [9:15AM]    MARKED FOR DEATH
 [11:15AM]    POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP
 [1:15PM]    DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY
 [4:00PM]    MARKED FOR DEATH
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Grandma's Dead
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde Moves In
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Good Son
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Garage Sale
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Last Day
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Velvet Rope
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie and the Professor
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Halloween
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Van Stock
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Love Cake
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Grandma's Dead
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde Moves In
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -The Good Son
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Garage Sale
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Red's Last Day
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -The Velvet Rope
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Laurie and the Professor
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Halloween
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Van Stock
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -I Love Cake
 [4:00AM]    TOP SECRET!     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Kim
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-L.I.P. (Local Indigenous Personnel)
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Trial of Henry Blake
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Dad ... Three
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Carry On, Hawkeye
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Incubator
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Deal Me Out
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Hotlips and Empty Arms
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Officers Only
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Henry in Love
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-For Want of a Boot
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Operation Noselift
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Chosen People
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-As You Were
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Crisis
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-George
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Mail Call
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-A Smattering of Intelligence
 [3:00PM]    Unforgiven
 [6:00PM]    The Outlaw Josey Wales
 [9:00PM]    First Blood
 [11:00PM]    Rambo: First Blood Part II
 [1:00AM]    The Warriors
 [3:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo
 [4:00AM]    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure     (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Red', followed by the movie 'Red 2', then the movie 'I, Frankenstein'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Kaitlin Olson, and Gary Clark Jr.



TCM spends the night with Kathryn Grayson
 [6:00 AM]      6 Day Bike Rider (1934)
 [7:15 AM]      The Freshman (1925)     SILENT 
 [8:45 AM]      Knute Rockne All American (1940)
 [10:30 AM]      Angels in the Outfield (1951)
 [12:15 PM]      Gentleman Jim (1942)
 [2:15 PM]      The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
 [3:45 PM]      Jim Thorpe--All American (1951)
 [5:45 PM]      National Velvet (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Kiss Me Kate (1953)
 [10:00 PM]      Anchors Aweigh (1945)
 [12:30 AM]      Show Boat (1951)
 [2:30 AM]      That Midnight Kiss (1949)
 [4:15 AM]      Two Sisters From Boston (1946)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Tuesday   -  03/28/17

TCM:
 [6:15 AM]      Julius Caesar (1953)
 [8:30 AM]      Cleopatra (1963)
 [12:45 PM]      Rome Adventure (1962)
 [2:45 PM]      Roman Holiday (1953)
 [4:45 PM]      The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
 [6:30 PM]      When In Rome (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
 [9:45 PM]      Wilson (1944)
 [12:30 AM]      Lizzie (1957)
 [2:00 AM]      Edward, My Son (1949)
 [4:00 AM]      King Solomon's Mines (1950)     (ALL TIMES EDT)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from May 17, 1989) - Patrick Swayze and Garry Shandling.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

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Balinese people carry giant effigies in the form of the devil, whose local name is 'Ogoh-ogoh' during a parade before Nyepi Day, the Balinese Day of Silence, that marks the Balinese Hindu New Year in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, March 26, 2017.
Photo by Made Nagi

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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34 Primative Survival Skills All Survivalists (not Survivalist) Should Know.

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Hannity Bad For America

Ted Koppel

On "CBS Sunday Morning," the veteran newsman told Hannity that the audience he attracts is unable to distinguish between the divisive political rhetoric that marked the 2016 presidential campaign and the truth.

"You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts," Koppel told Hannity.

Hannity, who emerged as an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump (R-Prevaricator) during the campaign and a combative conservative voice since Trump's election, said Koppel isn't giving the audience enough credit. The Fox News host has repeatedly insisted he isn't part of the news media business - and sees himself as a pundit.

"I am cynical," Koppel, the former host of ABC's "Nightline," replied.

"Do you think we're bad for America?" Hannity asked. "You think I'm bad for America?"

"Yeah," Koppel replied.

Ted Koppel

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A law enforcement officer climbs on a lamp pole to detain opposition supporters during a rally in Moscow, Russia, March 26, 2017.
Photo by Sergei Karpukhin

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African Animals Camera - live video from Africa | Explore.org

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Appears As Hologram In Hong Kong

Stephen Hawking

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business.

The British scientist appeared Friday before an audience of hundreds who cheered and snapped pictures with their phones as he discussed his career and answered questions about the possibility of life on other planets, the use of technology in education and the impact of Brexit on Britain.

The 75-year-old said the election of US President Donald Trump (R-Fabulist) was one in a string of "right-wing successes" that would have grave implications for the future of scientific innovation and discovery.

The swing to the right has come at a time when the world is facing multiple environmental crises, from global warming to deforestation, he added.

"The answers to these problems will come from science and technology," he said.

Stephen Hawking

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Newhead News


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Captured World's Glacier Melt Over Decade

James Balog

For the last decade, American photographer James Balog has been on a mission to document climate change through his camera lens.

His effort has taken him to the farthest reaches of the world, from Antarctica to the northern ends of Greenland, where he has captured the movements and melts of immense glaciers.

The results of his work were on display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, which on Thursday opened the exhibit "Extreme Ice."

That change, often imperceptibly slow, is invisible to the eye. But, through time lapse photography, Balog reveals how 24 glaciers around the world are evolving -- showing giant bodies of ice moving in currents, and crystal blue or green water pooling as melting accelerates.

A scientist by training, Balog's work has already garnered attention and been the subject of two documentaries.

James Balog

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Officials and civilians take oath for a clean Ganges river on the banks of the river in Allahabad, India, March 26, 2017. A court in northern India had on Monday given the status of living entities to the Ganges and the Yamuna river to save them from further harm caused by widespread pollution.
Photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh

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20 Mildly Amusing Door-mats ~ Kuriositas

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New Kind Of Cloud

Asperitas

How many different kinds of clouds can you name? Zero? Great, that means we're on the same page. Sure you might rattle off some science-sounding words while pointing to a white blob in the sky in a feeble effort to appear intelligent every now and again, but you don't really know what they are, right? That is, unless you're a meteorologist or hobbyist skywatcher, in which case you can probably rattle off quite a few. If that sounds like you, it's time to get studying, because there's a whole new type of cloud to add to your knowledge base.

Today, for the first time since 1987, the World Meteorological Organization is releasing an updated version of its International Cloud Atlas, which it calls "the single most authoritative and comprehensive reference for identifying clouds." That's some pretty serious stuff, and the ICA is used by everyone from pilots to weather reporters as the end-all, be-all guide to those big fluffy balls of water vapor we call clouds.

Of particular interest in the newly updated atlas is an all new classification of cloud called "asperitas." Asperitas clouds are those eye-catching, lumpy blanket type clouds that appear both ominous and interesting at the same time. The World Meteorological Organization describes them thusly:

Asperitas is characterized by localized waves in the cloud base, either smooth or dappled with smaller features, sometimes descending into sharp points, as if viewing a roughened sea surface from below. Varying levels of illumination and thickness of the cloud can lead to dramatic visual effects.

Asperitas

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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To Undo Obama's Global Warming Plan

EPA

President Donald Trump (R-Grifter) in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor's sweeping plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt said the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The 2015 rule has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals court considers a challenge by coal-friendly Republican-led states and more than 100 companies.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Pruitt said Trump's intention is to bring back coal-mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity.

Pruitt on Sunday called the Paris climate accord a "bad deal" because he said it went too easy on China and India, who like the U.S. are among the world's leading producers of carbon dioxide.

"So we've penalized ourselves through lost jobs while China and India didn't take steps to address the issue internationally. So Paris was just a bad deal, in my estimation," he said.

EPA

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A couple walk through Dinglinger vineyard on the Elbe river bank in Dresden, Germany, March 26, 2017. Meteorologist predict the sunny weather with temperatures around 17 degrees Celsius in the next days in Saxony.
Photo by Filip Singe

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400 Years of Equator Hazings: Surviving the Stinky Wrath of King Neptune's Court | Collectors Weekly

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More Big Brands Pull Ads

YouTube

An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google's ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos.

PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have also suspended their advertising on YouTube after the Wall Street Journal found Google's automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing racist content. AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen and several other companies pulled ads earlier this week.

The defections are continuing even after Google apologized for tainting brands and outlined steps to ensure ads don't appear alongside unsavory videos.

It's not an easy problem to fix, even for a company with the brainpower that Google has drawn upon to build a search engine that billions trust to find the information they want in a matter of seconds.

The company has pledged to hire more people to review videos and develop even more sophisticated programs to teach its computers to figure out which clips would be considered to be too despicable for advertising.

YouTube

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vintage everyday: The Lost Tribes of Tierra del Fuego: Rare and Haunting Photos of Selk'nam People Posing

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Asylum Request

Amos Yee

A U.S. immigration judge in Chicago on Friday granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Southeast Asian city-state.

Amos Yee, 18, who had been jailed twice in Singapore, qualifies as a political refugee, according to a 13-page opinion by the U.S. immigration judge.

Yee is immediately eligible for release after having been held in U.S. immigration detention since Dec. 16, 2016, according to his attorney, Sandra Grossman, who is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

Judge Samuel Cole ruled Yee's prosecution, detention and maltreatment at the hands of the Singapore authorities "constitute(s) persecution on account of Yee's political opinions," and called him a "young political dissident."

"The evidence presented at the hearing demonstrates Singapore's prosecution of Yee was a pretext to silence his political opinions critical of the Singapore government," Cole wrote.

Amos Yee

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A dust storm sweeps through a makeshift camps in Baidoa, west of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, March 26, 2017.
Photo by Feisal Omar

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Forgotten Glamour at Mermaid City

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Staying On The $20 Bill?

Andrew Jackson

President Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) enthusiasm for his 19th century predecessor Andrew Jackson is stoking fears he may cancel plans to replace that controversial president on the $20 bill with abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

The Treasury Department announced a year ago that by 2020 it would remove slave-owner Jackson's likeness in favor of an image of Tubman, an African-American who escaped from slavery and helped others to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Tubman, who also fought for women to be granted the right to vote, would be the first African-American as well as the first woman to appear on a US banknote.

During the administration of president Barack Obama, the Treasury conducted a survey on who should be the first woman to appear on the currency, and selected Tubman.

But since Trump's election, Andrew Jackson's stock has risen strikingly in the White House, a development that worries Tubman supporters.

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Weekend Box Office

'Beauty and the Beast'

This weekend at the box office, nostalgia-driven fare was everywhere, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "Power Rangers" and "CHIPS," producing both successful and underwhelming results.

On the high end, Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" continued enchanting audiences in its second weekend in theaters, easily topping the charts with $88.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. On the low end, Warner Bros.' raunchy, R-rated "CHIPS" debuted in seventh place with $7.6 million.

In the middle was Lionsgate's "Power Rangers," which earned a solid $40.5 million to grab the No. 2 spot. The PG-13 take on the campy 1990s television show tells the origin story of the Power Rangers with a diverse teenage cast of relative newcomers.

Also this weekend, the sci-fi thriller "Life" failed to connect with audiences, debuting in fourth place with $12.6 million behind holdover "Kong: Skull Island" with $14.4 million.

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

    1."Beauty and the Beast," $88.3 million ($119.2 million international).
    2."Power Rangers," $40.5 million ($18.7 million international).
    3."Kong: Skull Island," $14.4 million ($93 million international).
    4."Life," $12.6 million ($16.1 million international).
    5."Logan," $10.1 million ($12.1 million international).
    6."Get Out," $8.7 million ($2.2 million international).
    7."CHIPS," $7.6 million ($1.9 million international).
    8."The Shack,"$3.8 million.
    9."The Lego Batman Movie," $2 million ($1.2 million international).
   10."The Belko Experiment," $1.8 million.

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