BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 29 May, 2017


29 May, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[115 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Lee Moran, Andy Campbell: 2 Heroes Stabbed To Death Standing Up To Muslim Hate In Portland (Huffington Post)
Police arrested a 35-year-old man with white supremacist ties after the attack.

Christopher Hooten: "Roger Moore dead: This anecdote about the James Bond actor just keeps getting better as you read" (Independent)
'What a man. What a tremendous man.'

Daniel Dockery: A Celebrity You Don't Like Has Died, Try Not To Be A Dick (Cracked)
On May 17, we lost Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. A few days later, director Zack Snyder announced that he'd be stepping back from the reins of the Justice League movie in order to properly cope with the death of his daughter. And a few days after that, Roger Moore, best known for his role as James Bond in films like The Man With The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me, passed away at 89. And the internet handled this ... mostly well.

Auntie Meme: 12 Pieces Of Good News The Media Just Skipped (Cracked)
It's easy to believe the whole planet has gone tits up. Just turn on the news, hop on social media, or even talk to friends and family, and you'll hear mostly about doom and gloom. But, as it turns out, when you leave the echo chamber of pessimism, you discover that there's a lot of really great things going on out there.

Henry Rollins: My Parents Gave Me Existence, but Punk Rock Gave Me Life (LA Weekly)
Kat was more of a record stall than a store. There were perhaps 200 records in a narrow row of bins. Also, it was closed. The great part was that there were two guys waiting patiently for the owner to return. I asked them when they thought the store would reopen and neither of them knew, but that didn't seem to matter. I think they knew that the wait was worth it, because there was a chance something they could soon internalize and make their own might be waiting for them in the bins. That kind of discovery is as important as air. It's one of the ways you find yourself.

ThorC1138: 100 Movies 100 Numbers 100 Seconds (YouTube)
I've always wanted to do one of these. Meant as a companion to two other specific videos I'll link below, I deliberately avoided any specific duplicates to those 2 videos, and followed the same basic rules: 100 unique films, and no years (e.g., back in '43), only numbers used. I also wanted it quick and dirty, so only used the numbers.

Alien Recut as a Comedy | Trailer Mix (YouTube)
The spacecraft Nostromo has an unwanted guest wreaking havoc on the crew. No, it's not a bloodthirsty Alien... but an adorable kitten? Watch what happens in this re-imagined trailer.

Michael Gregor, MD: How Not to Die from Cancer (Nutrition Facts)
What happens when you put cancer on a plant-based diet?

Soldatov Vladimir, aka Kifir (Flickr)
Photographer and Cosplay Photographer.

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Michael Egan

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

Inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2011, and the winner of 6 Grammy Awards, this musician was born Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack. What is his stage name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Worldwide, what country is the leading producer of blackberries?

       Mexico                                                      Source

The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family, hybrids among these species within the Rubus subgenus, and hybrids between the Rubus and Idaeobatus subgenera. The taxonomy of the blackberries has historically been confused because of hybridization and apomixis, so that species have often been grouped together and called species aggregates. For example, the entire subgenus Rubus has been called the Rubus fruticosus aggregate, although the species R. fruticosus is considered a synonym of R. plicatus.

Worldwide, Mexico is the leading producer of blackberries, with nearly the entire crop being produced for export into the off-season fresh markets in North America and Europe. The Mexican market is almost entirely from the cultivar 'Tupy' (often spelled 'Tupi', but the EMBRAPA program in Brazil from which it was released prefers the 'Tupy' spelling). In the US, Oregon is the leading commercial blackberry producer, producing 42.6 million pounds on 6,180 acres (25.0 km2), in 1995 and 56.1 million pounds on 7,000 acres (28 km2) in 2009.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Mexico is the leading producer of blackberries.

Randall wrote:
   Mexico is #1 and guess what? The state of California is #2

Alan J said:

zorch replied:

Deborah responded:
   I really don't know, so I'm going with a WAG: China.

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Billy in Cypress wrote:
   According to Wikipedia, Mexico is the largest producer of blackberries.

mj took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

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

Dutiful Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  May 29 Birthdays - Celebrities Born May 29 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Fox News Contributor Calls for Hiring Operatives that 'Have Killed People' to 'Destroy Liberals'

Intel community may be about to detonate more land mines under Trump
     second hint article since one on Redstate

John Cleese tweets about American Christian conservatives, hilarity ensues.

The Epic Battle Between Big Oil and the People of California

H.G. Wells - the Short Version

Australian convict pirates in Japan: evidence of 1830 voyage unearthed | Australia news | The Guardian

Right-wing provocateurs say they are being silenced. Cry me a river | Christian Christensen | Opinion | The Guardian

Wild Amazon faces destruction as Brazil's farmers and loggers target national park | World news | The Guardian

Blue whale found beached in Bolinas died from collision with ship - SFGate

The Collusion is Between Trump and CONGRESS. It's all About Money and Obliterating the Middle Class.

Painful Chinese Foot-Binding Was More Than An Erotic Practice, Study Finds | HuffPost

BBC - Travel - Thailand's nefarious island paradise

The evil empire of Saudi Arabia is the West's real enemy | The Independent

Google Translate

Donald Trump's boorishness on the world stage has a lot to do with his failing agenda at home | The Independent

The Golden Gate Bridge turns 80: Rare images from the archives - SFGate

Is intelligence linked to a disbelief in God?

Study finds link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

'I don't want to be associated with him': 100 eighth graders refuse to pose with Paul Ryan during DC trip -

Meet the Real Jared Kushner - POLITICO Magazine

The "License to Kill" Bill Is As Terrifying As It Sounds | Mother Jones

James Comey Needs To Get His Clinton Investigation Story Straight...Again | HuffPost

Obama Photographer Pete Souza's Art of the Trump Shade -

Trump: Montana race 'big deal' to Dems, fake news until Republican won | TheHill

Trump Lashes Out At Media Upon Return To US: 'Fake News Is The Enemy!' - Talking Points Memo

Trump administration unable to fill Justice Department jobs because lawyers are avoiding him 'like the plague' -

The Madness And Science Behind The Donald Trump Handshake | HuffPost

GOP Congressman Declines To Say Whether Every American Is Entitled To Eat | HuffPost

Right-wing provocateurs say they are being silenced. Cry me a river | Christian Christensen

Trump: Fake news media doesn't 'want America to hear the real story!' | TheHill

How Congress Could Cripple Robert Mueller - POLITICO Magazine

Minnesota Lawmaker Turns Offshore Banking Discussion into Sermon on Jesus -

Jared Kushner's life as a predatory capitalist. -



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

The rambling skunk paid another visit.

Initially, I was cursing the kids who smoke dope (& don't share) in the alley, but then looked out back, and it was the skunk.


Tonight, Monday:

On a RERUN CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a RERUN 'Man With A Plan', then a RERUN 'Superior Donuts', followed by a RERUN '2 Broke Girls', then a RERUN 'Scorpion'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 5/11/17) are Mayim Bialik, Andy Karl, and Ramy Youssef.
James Corden, OBE, (from 3/23/17) are Terrence Howard, Jenna Elfman, and Nicole Scherzinger.

NBC fills the night with LIVE '2017 Stanley Cup Final', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 4/25/17) are John Oliver, Patton Oswalt, and James Arthur.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 5/1/17) are America Ferrera, Ike Barinholtz, and Josh Dion.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/13/17) are R.J. Cyler, Deap Vally, and Trevor Jackson.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Bachelorette', followed by a FRESH 'Still Star-Crossed'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/17/17) are Bryan Cranston, Kelly Rohrbach, Paramore, and Hunter Hayes.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.

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 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', another 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', then another FRESH 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath'.

AMC offers all old 'Better Call Saul' all night.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-The 37's
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Initiations
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Projections
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Elogium
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Non Sequitur
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-Twisted
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Parturition
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-Persistence of Vision
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Cold Fire
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Maneuvers
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Resistance
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Prototype
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Alliances
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Threshold
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Dreadnought
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Elogium
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Non Sequitur
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-Twisted
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Parturition
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-Persistence of Vision

Bravo has 'Southern Charm', another 'Southern Charm', followed by a FRESH 'Southern Charm', then a FRESH 'Southern Charm Savannah', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'Scrubs' all night.
The Daily Show is pre-empted.
@Midnight is pre-empted.

FX has the movie 'Just Go With It', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2'.

History has 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'America: Promised Land'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
 [7:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Keg
 [7:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
 [8:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
 [8:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
 [9:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sunday Bloody Sunday
 [9:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
 [10:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
 [10:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
 [11:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Keg
 [11:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
 [4:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
 [5:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sunday Bloody Sunday    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The General Flipped at Dawn
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Rainbow Bridge
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Officer of the Day
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Iron Guts Kelly
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-O.R.
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Springtime
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Check-Up
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Life With Father
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Alcoholics Unanimous
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-There Is Nothing Like a Nurse
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Adam's Ribs
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-A Full Rich Day
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Mad Dogs and Servicemen
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Private Charles Lamb
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Bombed
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Bulletin Board
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Consultant
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-House Arrest
 [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Aid Station
 [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Love and Marriage
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Big Mac
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Payday
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-White Gold
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Abyssinia, Henry
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Welcome to Korea
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Welcome to Korea
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Change of Command
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-It Happened One Night
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Late Captain Pierce
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Hey, Doc
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Bus
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Mildred
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Kids
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Peggy
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Of Moose and Men
 [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Soldier of the Month
 [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Gun
 [1:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Mail Call Again
 [1:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Price of Tomato Juice
 [2:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Ma
 [2:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Der Tag
 [3:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Hawkeye
 [3:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Some 38th Parallels
 [4:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Novocaine Mutiny
 [4:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Smilin' Jack
 [5:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The More I See You
 [5:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Deluge    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Armageddon', followed by the movie 'Independence Day'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 1/30/17) are Bill Burr, Lea DeLaria, and Melissa Etheridge.

 [7:30 AM]      Never So Few (1959)
 [9:45 AM]      Operation Crossbow (1965)
 [12:00 PM]      Kelly's Heroes (1970)
 [2:30 PM]      Where Eagles Dare (1968)
 [5:15 PM]      The Dirty Dozen (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      Destination Tokyo (1943)
 [10:30 PM]      Operation Pacific (1951)
 [12:30 AM]      The Enemy Below (1957)
 [2:30 AM]      Up Periscope (1959)
 [4:30 AM]      Torpedo Run (1958)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  05/30/17

TCM spends the night with Clark Gable
 [6:15 AM]      Tiger Shark (1932)
 [7:45 AM]      Bringing Up Baby (1938)
 [9:45 AM]      To Have And Have Not (1944)
 [11:30 AM]      The Big Sleep (1946)
 [1:30 PM]      The Thing From Another World (1951)
 [3:00 PM]      The Big Sky (1952)
 [5:30 PM]      Rio Bravo (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      It Started in Naples (1960)
 [10:00 PM]      Mogambo (1953)
 [12:15 AM]      The Misfits (1961)
 [2:30 AM]      Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
 [4:15 AM]      Key to the City (1950)

USA has a FRESH 'Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country'.

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Actress Diane Kruger, with her Best Actress award for her role in the film "In The Fade," poses for photographers during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Photo by Arthur Mola


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


vintage everyday: Go West, Young Woman! A Short History of Mail-Order Brides of the Wild West


Construction Begins In Chilean Desert

Extremely Large Telescope

Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today.

The size of the ELT has the potential to transform our understanding of the universe, say its backers, with its main mirror that will measure some 39 meters (43 yards) across.

Located on a 3,000 meter-high mountain in the middle of the Atacama desert, it is due to begin operating in 2024.

Among other capabilities, it will add to and refine astronomers' burgeoning discoveries of planets orbiting other stars, with the ability to find more smaller planets, image larger ones, and possibly characterize their atmospheres, a key step in understanding if life is present.

The dry atmosphere of the Atacama provides as near perfect observing conditions as it is possible to find on Earth, with some 70 percent of the world's astronomical infrastructure slated to be located in the region by the 2020s.

Extremely Large Telescope


German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel drinks during the Trudering festival in Munich, Germany, May 28, 2017.
Photo by Michaela Rehle


The Curious Tree Engravings by Psychiatric Patients at Perryville | Amusing Planet


Body Language Speaks Volumes


The alpha-male handshake. The deadpan reaction from NATO leaders. The presidential push to the front of the pack.

Even if Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) hasn't done a lot of public speaking during his big trip abroad, the body language of the president and those around him has spoken volumes.

Day after day, with no presidential press conferences on the schedule, Trump watchers have instead parsed the president's movements, and taken away messages that are at times painfully obvious, at times puzzling.

Put it all together, though, and the sense emerges of a president aggressively, if somewhat awkwardly, trying to assert himself on the world stage - with mixed success depending on his audience.

"Throughout the trip he looked uncomfortable and isolated, others looked surprised or distant," presidential historian Julian Zelizer of Princeton wrote in an email. "The looks capture how much of the international community is dealing with the unorthodox president who has done little to show he cares about the role of the U.S. overseas."



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Future Up In The Air After Recent Fire

Los Alamos National Laboratory

A recent fire has put a national laboratory's ability to operate safely into question.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board announced Friday that it will hold a hearing next month to discuss the future of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported ( The board is an independent panel that advises the U.S. Department of Energy and the president.

A fire broke mid-April at the lab's PF-4 plutonium building where the plutonium cores of nuclear weapons are produced. Lab officials said that the fire was put out quickly and only caused minor injuries.

According to the report, the board is unsure if the lab is fit to continue to operate and handle increasing quantities of plutonium in coming years after a series of problems with management in the maintenance and cleanup of the dangerous materials.

The Department of Energy has announced plans to increase manufacturing of the plutonium pits at Los Alamos over the next decades. Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) budget proposal will also increase funding for weapons work in the next fiscal year.

Los Alamos National Laboratory


Director Ruben Ostlund celebrates winning the Palme d'Or award for his film "The Square" at the 70th international film festival in Cannes, southern France, May 28, 2017.
Photo by Stephane Mahe


The Sad History of Hydrox Cookies, Which Were Probably Doomed Because They Were Called Hydrox - Atlas Obscura


Grave Vandalized

Charles de Gaulle

The grave of General Charles de Gaulle, France's World War II hero and post-war president, was vandalised on Saturday, police said.

A man aged in his thirties stepped onto the grave and kicked the base of a 1.5-metre (4.9-feet) -high stone cross at its head, causing the cross to topple over and break, they said.

The gravestone itself was undamaged, they said.

The simple grave, located in the village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in the northern French department of Haute-Marne, draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.

The site is under round-the-clock video surveillance, Frederic Nahon, the public prosecutor in the town of Chaumont, said.

Charles de Gaulle


Digby's Hullabaloo


New Lawsuit

Dennis "Sweaty Wrestler"™ Hastert

An Illinois man accuses Dennis "Sweaty Wrestler"™ Hastert (R-Pedophile) in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him in bathroom stall when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth such allegation against the former House speaker who will soon be released from prison in a hush-money case.

The suit was filed in a suburban Chicago court for a man using the pseudonym Richard Doe. It alleges Hastert abused him after the boy stopped during a bicycle ride to use the restroom in the 1970s in Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was a high school wrestling coach, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The former Republican Illinois congressman, 75, has nearly completed a 15-month sentence for breaking banking law in trying to pay $3.5 million in hush money to one victim, referred to in filings in the criminal case as "Individual A." Previous accusers had been in high school.

The suit says Doe "was traumatized, repressed the sexual assault by Hastert, and was intimidated into silence." He says both Hastert and then-Kendall County State's Attorney Dallas Ingemunson warned the boy not to make the accusations public.

Dennis "Sweaty Wrestler"™ Hastert


Cultural dancers perform at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where Army honorary discharge papers were awarded to relatives of members of the Alaska Territorial Guard, a largely Native citizen militia that served to protect the U.S. territory from the threat of Japanese invasion during World War II, in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday, May 26, 2017. Relatives of 16 deceased members of the unit attended the ceremony at the Heritage Center to receive the posthumous honor.
Photo by Rachel D'Oro


Home in a Can: When Trailers Offered a Compact Version of the American Dream | Collectors Weekly


Formerly Known As 'Collateral Damage'


Civilian casualties are inevitable in the war against the Islamic State group but the United states is doing "everything humanly possible" to avoid them, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an interview aired Sunday.

A US-led international coalition has been carrying out air strikes against the IS group in Iraq and Syria since 2014, and nongovernmental organizations say the attacks are claiming ever more civilian lives.

Interviewed on CBS's "Face the Nation" program, Mattis said that "civilian casualties are a fact of life in this sort of situation."

But he quickly added that "we do everything humanly possible, consistent with military necessity, taking many chances to avoid civilian casualties -- at all costs."

Some NGOs have blamed the rising civilian death toll on a push by Donald Trump's administration to accelerate the pace of combat in an effort to "annihilate" the jihadists.



Granny's Old China Just got Really Cool


Attacks 'Fake News' Following Kushner Reports


Donald Trump (R-Crooked) attacked the news media and dismissed leaks from the White House as "fake news" on Sunday, following reports his son-in-law tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office.

Shortly after Trump's remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russia justify treason, as "a good thing."

The Republican president returned to the White House after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday to face more questions about alleged communications between Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington.

The White House faces mounting questions about potential ties between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign, which are also the subject of criminal and congressional investigations. Trump officials were preparing to establish a "war room" to address an issue that has begun to dominate his young presidency.

Aides said Trump was expected to meet with lawyers as early as Sunday, the New York Times reported.



Visitors of the Holi Festival of Colors throw colored powders in the air in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Spain, Sunday, May 28, 2017. The festival is fashioned after the Hindu spring festival Holi, which is mainly celebrated in the north and east of India.
Photo by Manu Fernandez


Storseisundet - The Bridge to Nowhere ~ Kuriositas


US Weighs Banning Laptops

International Flights

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday said he was considering banning laptop computers on international flights into and out of the country amid signs of "a real threat."

Kelly made his remarks during the Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel periods in the United States, at a time when the bombing at a concert in Manchester, England has raised concerns that further attacks -- possibly involving explosives packed in electronic devices -- may be planned.

Terrorists are "obsessed" with the idea of "knocking down an airplane in flight -- particularly a US carrier, if it's full of mostly US folks," the homeland security chief said.

But in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" later, Kelly specified that despite ongoing and persistent concerns, "we have no specific threats right now."

International Flights


The Vampire Deer | The Ark In Space


Weekend Box Office

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"

It was smooth sailing to the top spot at the box office for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," but the waters were choppier for the Dwayne Johnson comedy "Baywatch."

Studio estimates on Sunday say the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise commandeered $62.2 million in its first three days in theaters.

The R-rated "Baywatch," meanwhile, is sinking like a rock. The critically derided update of the 1990s TV show earned only $18.1 million over the weekend against a nearly $70 million price tag. Including Thursday earnings, the film is projected to collect $26.6 million by the close of Memorial Day.

Even "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" did better in its fourth weekend. The space opera added $19.9 million to take second place ahead of "Baywatch" at the box office.

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."Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," $62.2 million ($208.4 million international).
    2."Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $19.9 million ($8.6 million international).
    3."Baywatch," $18.1 million.
    4."Alien: Covenant," $10.5 million ($10.8 million international).
    5."Everything, Everything," $6.2 million.
    6."Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," $4.4 million ($2.4 million international).
    7."Snatched," $3.9 million ($1.4 million international).
    8."King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," $3.2 million ($10 million international).
    9."The Boss Baby," $1.7 million ($2.9 million international).
   10."Beauty and the Beast," $1.6 million ($3.8 million international).

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