BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 1 May, 2017


1 May, 2017

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[87 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Josh Marshall: Thinking About Trump's 100 Day Fail (TPM)
When we consider the 100 day marker, it is not so much that Trump has accomplished virtually nothing of substance. It is that nothing of substance is really underway either. That's the key thing.

Mom Leaves Hilariously Wrong Note For Babysitter (Neatorama)
"Don't answer the house phone unless you feel like paying bills."

Anna Gragert: Artist Finds Photos of Random People, Transforms Them into Illustrated Characters (My Modern Met)
Rather than using a friend or a relative as his muse, artist Julio Cesar has an alternative source of inspiration-the illustrator randomly selects people who've posted pictures online and recreates them as fun, illustrated characters.

JULIE SEDIVY: Why Doesn't Ancient Fiction Talk About Feelings? (Nautilus)
Literature's evolution has reflected and spurred the growing complexity of society.

JM McNab: "8 Hilariously Insane Acts Of Cosplay (In The Real World)" (Cracked)
Cosplay -- we're used to seeing it on Halloween, at comic conventions, and of course in the filthiest recesses of the internet. But while most cosplayers are content to just chill at conventions as Stormtrooper #8, some eccentric pioneers are trying to discover new ways to play their cos'es. They're no heroes -- they just dress like them.

Ted Rall: Sheryl Sandberg Is The World's Most Annoying Person (Creators Syndicate)
"Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience" is the bestselling sequel to her bestselling 2013 tome "Lean In," which is a bestseller because every media outlet is pushing it and advises women in the workplace to get ahead the same way she did: be born the child of a well-off medical specialist in a rich enclave, go to Harvard without having to take out a student loan, suck up to a future U.S. Treasury Secretary while you're there, snag an MBA, and become best friends with Facebook mega billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Born William Lyle Richardson, this American actor is best known for portraying a grumpy but loving father in a movie, a title role in a TV horror series, and Murphy Brown's father. By what name s he better known?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Born Otto Elmo Linkenhelt, this American actor was the first to portray Tarzan in film. By what name is he more famously known?

       Elmo Lincoln                                                      Source

Elmo Lincoln (born Otto Elmo Linkenhelt) (February 6, 1889 - June 27, 1952) was an American film actor.

Lincoln is best known in his silent movie role as the first Tarzan in 1918's Tarzan of the Apes as an adult (Gordon Griffith played him as a child in the same movie). He portrayed the character twice more-in The Romance of Tarzan (also 1918) and in the 1921 serial The Adventures of Tarzan.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Elmo Lincoln was the first person to play Tarzan on film.

Leo in Boise said:
   Otto Elmo Linkenhelt was known as Elmo Lincoln.

Randall wrote:
   Elmo Lincoln

Alan J replied:
   Elmo Lincoln.

mj responded:
   The original swinger
  Elmo Lincoln.

Adam answered:
   Elmo Lincoln.

Deborah wrote:
   Boy, I don't know. But the mighty Wiki tells me it's Elmo Lincoln.
  Crazy north winds Friday & Saturday, and temps in the low 80s. We're creeping into summer already.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Elmo Lincoln

zorch responded:
   Elmo Lincoln.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Elmo Lincoln."

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali on a gorgeous day replied:
   Good old Elmo Lincoln. I haven't the slightest idea why that answer is stored in my cranium. Must be a Tarzan thing. Probably haven't thought about him in 40 years

Joe S     answered:
   That would be Elmo Lincoln. I used to love Tarzan movies and Tarzan comic books, but I lost interest after Lex Barker. After Lex it didn't seem like Tarzan anymore. Johnny Weissmuller was pretty good too.

Gene took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

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

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  May 1 Birthdays - Celebrities Born May 1 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

European Union ends relocation subsidies

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

The Godfather director and cast reunite to discuss struggle of making the film | Film | The Guardian

100 daze of Trump: euphoria and nausea on the White House rollercoaster | US news | The Guardian

Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner: full frontal on Trump and media | Television & radio | The Guardian

How 'Thelma' still drives Geena Davis -

Antarctica's troublesome 'hairdryer winds' - BBC News

Neo-Nazis and anti-fascist protesters hold competing rallies in Kentucky | US news | The Guardian

Priebus says Trump administration has 'looked at' First Amendment changes to protect Trump

National monuments are public lands, not profit centers

The Apollo 13 Mission and Rescue: How much plutonium was added to the Earth's environment?

Trump, on television, yet again displays ignorance and incoherence. And no, that's not normal.

Won't Somebody PLEASE Think Of The Childr … er … White People!?!

Donald Trump Rally: Whining About the Media and Other Red Meat for His Base

When Hollywood Surprises

Thanks, Michelle!



Readaer Comment

Current Events

Can't wait for the corruption convictions. I long to see the whole crooked bunch of them in jail.

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

Thanks, Linda!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Conservatives Angry Media Reports Who Gets Trump Tax Cuts -

Homeland Security set to hire ombudsman who worked at anti-immigrant hate group |

Margaret Atwood explains how to know if you're living in a totalitarian state - Vox

A federal judge is letting an Alabama school district return to segregation -

Reaganomics killed America's middle class -

Donald Trump's tax plan would turn the whole U.S. into Kansas. -

Journalist Tweets Photos Of Empty Seats From Trump's 'All-Time' Record-Breaking Rally | The Huffington Post

Trump: My first 100 days 'just about the most successful' ever | TheHill

Priebus: Trump Considering Amending or Abolishing 1st Amendment - Talking Points Memo

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 100-days interview with CBS | PolitiFact



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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

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

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





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

A quiet and peaceful Walpurgisnacht.

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 'The Great Indoors', then a FRESH 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Chris Pratt, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ryan Adams.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Joel McHale and Jake Johnson.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Taken'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Goldie Hawn, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brian Reed, and Mary J. Blige.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are America Ferrera, Ike Barinholtz, and Josh Dion.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Hank Azaria, Jeff Rosenstock, and Al Madrigal.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Quantico'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Dr. Mehmet Oz and Kings of Leon.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Gotham', followed by a FRESH 'Lucifer'.

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

A&E has 'The First 48', 'LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later'.

AMC offers the movie 'Twister', 'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH 'Better Call Saul'.

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 4 - EPISODE 6-The Raven
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-Scientific Method
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Year of Hell, Pt. 1
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-Year of Hell, Pt. 2
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Shattered
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-Lineage
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-Repentance
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Prophecy
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 15-The Void
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 16-Workforce, Pt. 1
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 17-Workforce, Pt. 2
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Shattered
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-Lineage
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-Repentance
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Prophecy
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 15-The Void
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 16-Workforce, Pt. 1
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 17-Workforce, Pt. 2    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Southern Charm', another 'Southern Charm', followed by a FRESH 'Southern Charm', 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', an hour and a half of of old 'Tosh.0', and another old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show are Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Gina Yashere, Pardis Parker, and Ana Marie Cox.

FX has the movie 'The Wolverine', followed by the movie 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'.

History has 'Superheroes Decoded', followed by a FRESH 'Superheroes Decoded'.

IFC  -   
 [8:15AM]    8 MILE
 [10:45AM]    THREE KINGS
 [3:30PM]    8 MILE
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Acid Queen
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -You Shook Me
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Immigrant Song
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Celebration Day
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -The Kids Are Alright
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Join Together
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Magic Bus

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H -The Most Unforgettable Characters
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H -38 Across
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Ping Pong
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H -End Run
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Hanky Panky
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Hepatitis
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H -The General's Practitioner
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Movie Tonight
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Souvenirs
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Post Op
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Margaret's Marriage
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Fade Out, Fade In
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H -Fade Out, Fade In
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H -Fallen Idol
 [1:00PM]    Gone Baby Gone
 [3:30PM]    In the Line of Fire
 [6:15PM]    The Searchers
 [9:00PM]    3:10 to Yuma
 [11:30PM]    A Few Good Men
 [2:29AM]    Mississippi Burning
 [5:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show -The New Doctor    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Skyfall', followed by the movie 'Troy'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Kevin Nealon, Chuck Todd, and the Zombies.

TCM spends the night with actress Danielle Darrieux , who celebrates her 100th birthday today.
 [6:15 AM]      The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
 [8:00 AM]      Young Man with Ideas (1952)
 [9:30 AM]      Gilda (1946)
 [11:30 AM]      The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
 [2:00 PM]      Dear Heart (1964)
 [4:00 PM]      The Courtship Of Eddie's Father (1963)
 [6:15 PM]      Blackboard Jungle (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      The Rage of Paris (1938)
 [9:30 PM]      La ronde (1950)
 [11:15 PM]      The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
 [1:15 AM]      Loss of Innocence (1961)
 [3:15 AM]      Une Chambre en Ville (1982)
 [5:00 AM]      Rich, Young And Pretty (1951)

Tuesday   -  05/02/17

TCM spends the night with Clark Gable
 [6:45 AM]      Gambling on the High Seas (1940)
 [7:45 AM]      The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942)
 [9:30 AM]      The Sin Ship (1931)
 [10:45 AM]      Miracle In The Rain (1956)
 [12:45 PM]      High Barbaree (1947)
 [2:30 PM]      Romance on the High Seas (1948)
 [4:15 PM]      The Long Voyage Home (1940)
 [6:15 PM]      Key Largo (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      It Happened One Night (1934)
 [10:00 PM]      No Man of Her Own (1933)
 [11:30 PM]      Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
 [2:00 AM]      Clark Gable: Tall, Dark And Handsome (1996)
 [3:00 AM]      A Free Soul (1931)
 [5:00 AM]      Night Nurse (1931)

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A police officer, left, watches as a protest marshal stops traffic during "100 Days of Failure" protest and march, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in New York.
Photo by Mary Altaffer


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Gone in a Split Second ~ Kuriositas


Cast Members Reunite

'The Godfather'

Cast members of "The Godfather" movies were reunited in Manhattan, nearly half a century after the first of the legendary mafia films hit theaters.

American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola reminisced with actors Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert de Niro at a panel event organized as part of New York's Tribeca Film Festival.

The reunion marked the first film's 45th anniversary, and was accompanied by a double screening of parts one and two of the series centered on a powerful New York crime family.

The award-winning Coppola, who also directed "Apocalypse Now," pointed to the shaky origins of the acclaimed mob movie.

When shooting began rumors swirled that Coppola would be replaced. Paramount Pictures, which produced the film, wanted neither Hollywood legend Marlon Brando -- whose performance as Vito Corleone won him an Oscar for best actor -- nor Pacino.

'The Godfather'


A young boy is seen in silhouette as he walks through a light installation on Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Singapore. This installation is titled "Crystal Universe" and its part of a bigger exhibition titled "Future World" which features a collection of art installations and interactive projects which encourages people to reflect on their position relative to the natural world, other people and the universe. The exhibition is held at the Marina Bay Sands Art Science Museum which is a popular place for tourists and locals alike.
Photo by Wong Maye-E


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Contracts Finalized

'Big Bang Theory'

"Big Bang Theory" stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch recently inked new deals for Seasons 11 and 12 of the CBS series.

After several months of waiting, the co-stars have finalized deals that will allow them to also enjoy hefty pay raises per episode. According to Variety, Bialik and Rauch will be receiving $500,000 per episode. This means that they will both be getting a $300,000 increase from their $200,000 per episode salary for the past couple of seasons. Last month, CBS renewed "Big Bang Theory" for what they envisioned to be its final two seasons.

At the time, the five original cast members were the first to sign their contracts. Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are expected to be given $1 million per episode for the next two seasons or 48 new episodes. However, Bialik and Rauch weren't given the same salary. With this, the five cast members decided to cut their per-episode salary to $900,000, so that Bialik and Rauch could receive their well-deserved raise.

Meanwhile, both Bialik and Rauch were first featured in the hit sitcom in Season 3. But they became regular cast members in Season 4. Since then, Bialik has earned four consecutive supporting comedy actress Emmy nominations for portraying the role of Amy Farrah Fowler in "Big Bang Theory." Amy also happens to be Sheldon Cooper's (Parsons) girlfriend.

Rauch, on the other hand, plays the role of Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz. She recently married Howard (Helberg), and they were blessed with a baby girl named Hallie. Even though Rauch has not been nominated for an Emmy, Bernadette's marriage to Howard, her pregnancy and the arrival of their daughter became major storylines for the TV show.

'Big Bang Theory'


Newhead News


New Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition

What Are Sheeple?

Apple fanboys have always had a reputation for undying loyalty to the brand, but Merriam-Webster is taking that characterization to a new level by using them as an example for new dictionary entry "sheeple."

According to the newly added word, a "sheeple" is an informal term that is used to describe "people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced" and can be likened or compared to sheep.

To show the word in action, Merriam-Webster included two example sentences, including one that takes a shot at the folks who prefer Apple's computers and mobile devices over the alternatives.

In addition to "sheeple," Merriam-Webster also added the term "intersectionality," which it defines as "the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups."

What Are Sheeple?


Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, sprays champagne on Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland on the podium of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the 'Sochi Autodrom' circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, April. 30, 2017. Bottas won the race and Vettel was secod.
Photo by Sergei Grits


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Microsoft Creates Typeface

'Dubai Font'

The Dubai government on Sunday announced the launch of "Dubai Font", the first typeface developed by Microsoft for a city, which will be available in 23 languages.

The font was developed simultaneously in Latin and Arabic script and is available to 100 million Office 365 users around the world.

Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum has urged all government institutions to adopt the font in official correspondence.

"It is the first font to be developed by a city and to carry its name", Executive Council secretary general Abdulla al-Shaiban told a news conference.

'Dubai Font'


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Challenging The NRA

Chris Hurst

The tipping point for Chris Hurst came last fall while reporting on a shooting at a rail car factory. When the camera turned off, he wept.

Just more than a year earlier, the 29-year-old's reporter girlfriend was gunned down while conducting an interview on live TV. Now, Hurst was using the same truck that Alison Parker had used the last day of her life to report live from the scene of another shooting.

Hurst realized he needed a drastic life change.

The former TV anchor is now running for political office, challenging a National Rifle Association-backed candidate for a competitive Virginia state House seat in a firearm friendly part of the state. Hurst sees it as a way to honor the memory of the woman he thought he'd marry and to give back to the community that helped him through his darkest days.

"When we understand that life is fragile, does that mean we give up and say life ain't worth it? No," Hurst said at a local Democratic committee meeting in March. "That's when we say it is worth it, and we do what we can when we're here to try to help another person."

Chris Hurst


A Catholic penitent of the Ujue Virgin kisses a crucifix decorated with flowers during a pilgrimage from Tafalla and other villages to the small town of Ujue, northern Spain, Sunday, April 30, 2017. According to tradition, the pilgrimages to Ujue originated in 1043 when the residents of Tafalla made a pilgrimage to Ujue to thank the Virgin for their victory in a battle.
Photo by Alvaro Barrientos


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The Most Damaging Tweet


March 12 and April 15 were special days in Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) presidency: Of the 100 days that he's been in office, he tweeted on 98 of them. But not those two.

Had he misplaced his phone on those days, or gotten a cramp in his typing finger? It's impossible to know - but fun to speculate.

So let's track the 45th president through the @realDonaldTrump Twitter feed and examine what might have caused his rare social media silences.

On Sunday, March 12, media and public attention was focused on Trump's provocative and unproven claim - in a March 4 tweet - that the Obama administration had surveilled Trump Tower during the election.

"That was the most harmful tweet of his presidency," Matthew Baum, a professor of public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, told International Business Times.



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"We mortals do not understand you." That's the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust.

Figueres was giving one explanation of why scientists are struggling to get their message across to a sceptical public at a major conference in Vienna this week.

Delegates made time for soul-searching at the meeting in the Austrian capital, conceding that they bear part of the blame for alienating some people.

Just days after a historic March for Science in Washington, the experts owned up to failures including remoteness and condescension -- and operating in an "echo chamber of likeminded people".



A couple sits on a rock by the sea during sunset in the southwest coastal city of Paphos, in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Photo by Petros Karadjias


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Look Over There


Donald Trump (R-Crooked) said China may have hacked the emails of Democratic officials to meddle with the 2016 presidential election, countering the view of U.S. intelligence officials who have said Moscow orchestrated the hacks.

In an interview transcript published on Sunday, Trump gave no evidence backing his allegation, first made on the eve of the Nov. 8 presidential election, that China could have hacked the emails of his rivals.

"If you don't catch a hacker, okay, in the act, it's very hard to say who did the hacking," the president said in an interview with CBS "Face the Nation." "(It) could have been China, could have been a lot of different groups."

Trump has been dismissive of the statements by intelligence officials that Moscow hacked the emails to help Trump win the election. During the Sept 26 presidential debate with Clinton, Trump said China was one of many actors that could have been behind the hack, including "somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds."



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Weekend Box Office

"The Fate of the Furious"

A South India sensation, a Hispanic-focused comedy and the highest-grossing film ever directed by an African American made up the top three films in North America on a culturally diverse box office weekend.

As expected, it was another runaway weekend for "The Fate of the Furious," which took No. 1 for the third straight week with $19.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal Pictures release also throttled past $1 billion globally, and passed its predecessor, "Furious 7," to become the highest-grossing imported film in China with $361 million.

The "Fast and the Furious" franchise, the latest of which is helmed by F. Gary Gray, has always been held up as a model of the diverse blockbuster, given its cast led by Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. But the smaller films that trailed it over the weekend also reflected the box-office might of often underserved audiences.

In second domestically with $12 million and drawing an overwhelmingly Hispanic crowd was Eugenio Derbez's comedy, "How to Be a Latin Lover." The film is easily the biggest success yet for Pantelion, the Latino-oriented joint venture of Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa.

In third was "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion," a so-called Tollywood (Telugu language) film from South India, which pulled in a remarkable $10.1 million despite playing on just 420 screens. ("The Fate of the Furious" played on more than 4,000.)

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. "The Fate of the Furious," $19.4 million ($68.4 million international).
    2. "How to Be a Latin Lover," $12 million.
    3. "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion," $10.1 million ($3.7 million international).
    4. "The Circle," $9.3 million.
    5. "The Boss Baby," $9.1 million ($15.5 million international).
    6. "Beauty and the Beast," $6.4 million ($17.2 million international).
    7. "Going in Style," $3.6 million ($3 million international).
    8. "Smurfs: The Lost Village," $3.3 million ($11.7 million international).
    9. "Gifted," $3.3 million.
   10. "Unforgettable," $2.3 million.

"The Fate of the Furious"


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Dairy cows are released into open fields for the lush summer pastures, freed from the stables which have been their homes for the long winter months, in Drottningholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 29, 2017. The annual event, known in Sweden as "koslapp" or cow release, has become a popular family outing for many urban dwellers.
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