BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 26 June, 2017


26 June, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[143 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Henry Rollins: I'm Well Into My Fourth Decade of Totally Winging It (LA Weekly)
This is how my life ended up. It's too late to evaluate what I got right or wrong. Pushing 60 years old, everything is what it is.

Froma Harrop: "Morality Tale at Uber: Reputation Still Counts" (Creators Syndicate)
Bashers of corporate America take note: Big business may be one of the few gatekeepers for public decency left.

Froma Harrop: "Trump as Caesar: Irresponsible, Nasty, Fun" (Creators Syndicate)
"Julius Caesar" does not simplistically celebrate the violent removal of would-be dictators. There are opposing arguments here, both voiced by noble Romans. And the assassins also end up dead. That's why few went crazy five years ago when a "Julius Caesar" production at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis chose an actor resembling Barack Obama for the title role. In 2015, Providence's Trinity Repertory Company cast a woman, suggesting Hillary Clinton as Caesar - without incident. More on that later.

Lenore Skenazy: A Nation Obsessed With Ticketing Moms (Creators Syndicate)
A Nebraska woman taking her niece out of the SUV recently was shocked when the wind blew the door shut, locking her keys and the child inside. The aunt, the girl's mom and two other relatives frantically tried to get the door open using a hanger and screwdriver, and when they couldn't, they called 911. The cops arrived, broke the window and got the child out, safe and sound. Then they ticketed the mom on suspicion of child abuse by neglect.

Lenore Skenazy: As You Commence Middle Age… (Creators Syndicate)
As we enter this exciting lull between group sex and Grape-Nuts, let us remember how lucky we are to be here. And how we can't leave anyhow, until we remember where we parked the car.

Connie Schultz: Poor Eric Trump (Creators Syndicate)
In 2012, I was sitting in the front row of a televised debate between my husband, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, and his opponent. At one point, his opponent called my husband a liar. Ever so slightly, I started to rise from my seat. Immediately, I felt the firm clasp of John Glenn's hands pressing down on my shoulders. Already a beloved friend, the astronaut and former U.S. senator became my guiding light in that moment when he leaned forward and whispered into my ear. "I know," he said. "But not now."

Connie Schultz: Run, Woman, Run (Creators Syndicate)
After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race, there were a few days there when it looked as if a lot of women would be done with politics. If we couldn't elect the most qualified person ever to run for president, what was the point, right?

Marilynn Preston: "The 'Body as Battery' Theory Lives! Tick-tock, Tick-tock" (Creators Syndicate)
If you want to see your body as a battery, know that it is miraculously rechargeable. When you eat real food, you recharge it. When you breathe clean air and take in nature, you recharge it. When you cultivate a vital and close network of loving friends and family in your life, you recharge it. All of these things - and especially physical activity - promote longevity.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years was born Eleanora Fagan. By what name is she known professionally?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Which US state's official nickname is "The Natural State"?

       Arkansas                                                      Source

Arkansas is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2017. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.

Tourism is also very important to the Arkansas economy; the official state nickname "The Natural State" was created for state tourism advertising in the 1970s, and is still used to this day. The state maintains 52 state parks and the National Park Service maintains seven properties in Arkansas.        Source

Gene was first and correct with:
   Arkansas-they used to call themselves The Land of Opportunity. It was on their license plates. Glenn Campbell did a song about Arkansa with that slogan as a lyric line.

Alan J said:

Randall wrote:

Mark. replied:
   Arkansas is nicknamed the Natural State.

Adam answered:

Deborah responded:
   The great Wikipedia tells me that Arkansas is nicknamed The Natural State. I would not have guessed that.
  Another cool, sweet morning. A long bike ride is in order.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

zorch wrote:

Dale of Hot Diamond Springs replied:
   Arkansas…Natural state…Come on now, really?

DJ Useo responded:
   I didn't know the answer, but my wife ( Who has been to nearly every state ) says it's Arkansas.
  Personally, I'd be a bit intimidated to go to Arkansas, unless it started raining for days on end.

Daniel in The City answered:
   Arkansas. Thanks, Sporcle!

BttbBob   said:
   Arkansas... A place that I transited three times by car, the Memphis to Texarkana connection, I-30/I-40, nonstop (but for gas)... I saw a lot of trees... That's my only experience with 'The Natural State'... Driving over the Mississippi River was pretty cool, though.


  Does 'The Look' seem familiar?

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  Anybody else seen 'People of Earth' on TBS? I think it's a hoot... Season 2 premier July 24th at 10:30pm EDT. Be there or be beamed up to the Mother Ship....


  June 26 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 26 | Famous Birthdays

Billy in Cypress wrote:
   Arkansas, Soooo-eeee

mj took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

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

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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'They're sentencing me to death': Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan | US news | The Guardian

As Trump moves to privatize America's national parks, visitor costs may rise | Environment | The Guardian

Liberal Berlin mosque to stay open despite fatwa from Egypt | World news | The Guardian

TrumpCare Will Force Elderly Out Of Nursing Homes--In Many Cases, Into The Streets

Koch Brothers Ramping Up to Buy the 2018 Mid-Terms: Thanks, SCOTUS.

No blaspheming God-Emperor Trump ... ever!

Whaling's 'uncomfortable' scientific legacy - BBC News

'Dear Mom'-woman RIPS into Republicans/Trumpcare with brilliant letter

Trump just ended a long tradition of celebrating Ramadan at the White House - SFGate

On the 141st anniversary of Custer's well-remembered demise, why is California genocide forgotten?

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

The Real Reason The Elites Keep Killing Single-Payer -

Republicans' Senate Health-Care Bill Would Devastate Those With Preexisting Conditions - The Atlantic

TSA considers forcing airline passengers to remove books from carry-ons | TheHill

New TSA Policy May Lead to Increased Scrutiny of Reading Material | American Civil Liberties Union

Palestinians disappointed after 'tense' meeting with Kushner: report | TheHill

Today's weather report: Rick Perry likely to get burned -

McConnell blames Democrats for not contributing to health care process he entirely shut them out of -

'Modern-day slavery': Many southern states have prison inmates working in governor's mansions -

Kellyanne Conway Defends Medicaid Cuts, Says Adults Can Always Find Jobs | HuffPost

Schwarzenegger And Macron Troll Trump Over Climate Change | HuffPost

Trump thinks he's signed a "Nice!" amount of legislation. Here's what he's really done. - Vox

The Senate GOP Isn't Fixing Health Care. It's Waging Class War. | The Nation

Ivanka Trump Ordered Deposed In Suit Accusing Her Of Ripping Off Shoe Designs | HuffPost

Senate Health Bill Would Wreck the Individual Insurance Market - Mother Jones

Trump joins A-list crowd at Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's wedding - POLITICO

Palestinians disappointed after 'tense' meeting with Kushner: report | TheHill

The Trump Administration Is Pulling a Grant From a Group That Combats Neo-Nazis - Mother Jones

5 Ways The Senate Health Care Bill Is Cruel To Women | HuffPost

(List) Reporter Releases List Of Elected Officials Attending Koch Summit In Colorado Springs | The Intellectualist

James McGill Buchanan's terrifying vision of society is the intellectual basis of the far-right. -

President Trump's Lies, the Definitive List - The New York Times



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

Early firecrackers are giving the kitties a bad case of the vapors.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a RERUN 'Man With A Plan', then a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', then a RERUN 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Michael Keaton, Zoe Kazan, and Tom Shillue.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/3/17) are Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Taylor Schilling, and Ryan Adams.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by a FRESH 'Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Pharrell Williams, Chris Colfer, and Vince Staples.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Dave Franco, Ruth Negga, James Blunt, and Sam Fogarino.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/15/17) are Charlamagne Tha God, the Frights, and AJ Mendez Brooks.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelorette', followed by a FRESH 'Still Star-Crossed'.
Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/30/17) are Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, and Casey Crawford.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'So You Think You Can Dance?', followed by a FRESH 'Superhuman'.

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

A&E has 'The First 48', another The First 48', 'OJ: Made In America'.

AMC offers the movie 'Jurassic Park', 'Preacher', followed by a FRESH 'Preacher', then a FRESH 'Talking Preacher'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-Evolution Of The Daleks-Part 2.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-The Lazarus Experiment
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-42
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Blink
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-Unity
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Darkling
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Favorite Son
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Before and After
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-Real Life
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Distant Origin
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Displaced
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 25-Worst Case Scenario
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-Scorpion, Pt. 1
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Scorpion, Pt. 2
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Favorite Son
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Before and After
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-Real Life
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Distant Origin
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Displaced
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 25-Worst Case Scenario    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 6/1/17) is Sen. Al Franken.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 6/12/17) are Ray Romano, Kumail Nanjiani, and Kurt Braunohler.

FX has the movie 'Let's Be Cops', followed by the movie 'The Internship', then the movie 'The Internship', again.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [7:00AM]    KINGPIN
 [2:00PM]    LIAR LIAR
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Relapse
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Uncomfortable Ball Stuff
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Story
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Relapse
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Uncomfortable Ball Stuff
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Story
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [11:45PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [12:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [1:15AM]    LIAR LIAR
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Zach Galifianakis Wears Rolled Khakis and Shoes With Brown Laces    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Depressing News
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-No Laughing Matter
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Oh, How We Danced
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Bottoms Up
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Red/White Blues
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Bless You, Hawkeye
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Blood Brothers
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Foresight Saga
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Life You Save
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-That's Show Biz
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-That's Show Biz
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Identity Crisis
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Rumor at the Top
 [12:30PM]    The Quick and the Dead
 [3:00PM]    Young Guns
 [5:30PM]    Young Guns II
 [8:00PM]    Space Cowboys
 [11:00PM]    The Fugitive
 [2:00AM]    The Water Diviner
 [4:30AM]    Barney Miller-Toys
 [5:00AM]    Barney Miller-The Indian
 [5:30AM]    Barney Miller-Voice Analyzer    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory', followed by the movie 'Alice In Wonderland'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 2/15/17) are Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, and Katherine Ryan.

TCM spends the night with Audrey Hepburn
 [6:00 AM]      They Died With Their Boots On (1941)
 [8:30 AM]      Pride of the Marines (1945)
 [10:45 AM]      Scaramouche (1952)
 [12:45 PM]      Of Human Bondage (1946)
 [2:45 PM]      Caged (1950)
 [4:30 PM]      Escape Me Never (1947)
 [6:30 PM]      Lizzie (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
 [10:00 PM]      Funny Face (1957)
 [12:00 AM]      Always (1989)
 [2:15 AM]      War and Peace (1956)

Tuesday   -  06/27/17

TCM spends the night with James Caan
 [6:00 AM]      Robin and Marian (1976)
 [8:00 AM]      What Price Hollywood? (1932)
 [9:45 AM]      The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
 [11:15 AM]      Night Waitress (1936)
 [12:30 PM]      The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
 [2:30 PM]      The Judge Steps Out (1949)
 [4:15 PM]      The Harvey Girls (1946)
 [6:00 PM]      Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
 [8:00 PM]      Rollerball (1975)
 [10:15 PM]      Countdown (1968)
 [12:15 AM]      Hide in Plain Sight (1980)
 [2:15 AM]      Rabbit, Run (1970)
 [4:00 AM]      Freebie and the Bean (1974)

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Members of the ACLU and NYCLU march in the N.Y.C. Pride Parade in New York on June 25, 2017.
Phot by Gordon Donovan


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


George Orwell Explains Why He Had To Write 1984 In This 1944 Letter


A Trump "Infomercial"

'Fox & Friends'

Two days after Fox & Friends' Ainsley Earhardt complimented Donald Trump (R-Fabulist) over his public bluff about non-existent secret tape-recordings, CNN's Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter is calling the Fox morning show "an informercial" for the president.

In a critical if light-hearted piece on this morning's Reliable Sources, Stelter called Fox & Friends a "celebration of the Administration each and every single day." After first making a Barney the Dinosaur analogy, the CNN host gets to his point.

"You might look at this," Stelter said and F&F, "and see propaganda from Fox. I prefer to think of it as an informercial. Fox & Friends is selling a product, of course it's in the guise of a news talk show, just like something on QVC or HSN or all those channels.

"Hey, it's a free country but viewers should recognize what product Fox is selling."

'Fox & Friends'


A marcher carrying an umbrella and dressed as a rainbow gestures for the camera during the N.Y.C. Pride Parade in New York on June 25, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


Behind the Scenes With Janis Joplin and Big Brother, Rehearsing for the Summer of Love | Collectors Weekly


Handmaids Protest


Protesters outfitted in red robes and white bonnets -- the signature look of "handmaids" in the Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale" -- greeted Vice President Mike Pence (R-Religiously Insane) Friday outside a speaking engagement in Colorado at the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family.

"The Handmaid's Tale" is set in a dystopian future, where fertile women are forced into sexual servitude and identifiable by their distinct wardrobe.

The robe-wearing protesters -- who were part of a larger group of about 100, according to Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO -- carried signs that read "Abort Mike Pence," "Stop Targeting Women's Healthcare" and "Stop Teaching Hate."

"This organization believes being gay is a sin and that it's possible to convert people from being gay to straight -- it's ridiculous," robe-and-bonnet-wearing protester Nancy Stilwagen told KRDO of Focus on the Family. "So many people say we don't want Sharia Law in this country. People are pushing it. It's just not Islamic law. It's Christian law."

Pence told the audience of 1,650 that the organization should rekindle its interest in politics, especially in light of the Trump administration's proposal to slash funding to Planned Parenthood.



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Teams Up With Arnold Schwarzeneggar

Emmanuel Macron

Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzeneggar (R-Philanderer) has teamed up French President Emmanuel Macron in a new video pledging to make "the planet great again" in a swipe at Donald Trump (R-Corrupt).

Both Mr Macron and Mr Schwarzeneggar are known for their outspoken criticism of Mr Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement.

Mr Macron - who along with a number of other European leaders has decried the decision to have America withdraw from the deal - has called on US scientists to emigrate to France. He has needled Mr Trump by using the phrase "Make our planet great again" - a riff on the US President's campaign slogan of "Make America great again".

As for Mr Schwarzeneggar, he is a noted supporter of climate-friendly policies and in a video posted earlier this month he said that "one man cannot destroy our progress".

Emmanuel Macron


A flag-bearing man holds up a sign during the N.Y.C. Pride Parade in New York on June 25, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


Dark Roasted Blend: Medieval Suits of Armor


Giant Sequoia


A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location.

David Cox of tree-moving company Environmental Design said Saturday the 10-story sequoia is doing well, and everything is in place for the 800,000-pound (362,877-kilogram) landmark to start moving on inflatable rollers shortly after midnight.

St. Luke's Health System in Boise is paying $300,000 to relocate the tree to make room for an expansion.

The tree is believed to be Idaho's largest sequoia, a type of tree that isn't native to the state.

The sequoia was sent to Boise as a seedling by naturalist John Muir, who played a key role in establishing California's Sequoia National Park.



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Goes To Trial

Martin Shkreli

Martin Shkreli is set to stand trial in a New York federal court Monday for security fraud. The notorious former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

In addition to security fraud, the 34-year-old is accused of wire fraud, conspiracy, and mismanaging money at his investment funds Elea Capital, MSMB Capital, MSMB Healthcare, as well as while CEO of Retrophin (RTRX), the pharmaceutical company he founded in 2011.

The prosecution alleges that he cheated investors out of more than $11 million between 2009 and 2014.

Part of the drama that surrounds the case is that Shkreli has taken on an internet persona that leads some to call him the "most hated" person on the internet. The persona includes him regularly live-streaming parts of his life and vilified on social media as a "pharma bro."

Shkreli's infamy rocket shot after increasing the price of Daraprim, a drug used by AIDS patients, by over 5,000 percent in 2015 while he was the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, sparking widespread outrage. The increase raised the price of a single pill of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750. He resigned from Turing after being arrested in December 2015 for the alleged security fraud.

Martin Shkreli


A woman holds a sign during the N.Y.C. Pride Parade in New York on June 25, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


Download More than 2,500 Images of Vibrant Japanese Woodblock Prints and Drawings From the Library of Congress | Colossal


Wants Tax Break


There's a tired old trick for internet service providers that want a tax break to continue gouging customers. The ISP will make some vague promise of future broadband investment, in return for immediate tax breaks or approval of an industry deal. On the surface, it sounds good: delivering broadband to rural areas is often uneconomic, so government often wants to cut a deal with private industry to deliver it.

But the problem is that internet providers seem to have a really tricky time keeping to their promises, and unexpected roadblocks just happen to always spring up right around the time the investment is meant to happen lie.

That's why AT&T's promise to Donald Trump (R-Crooked) that it ill invest $22 billion in new infrastructure - in return for immediate tax cuts - is so terribly worrying.

The promise came during a meeting yesterday at the White House. Executives from the telecoms industry made the pilgrimage to kiss the ring, and just like Trump's cabinet, they all had good things to say. Verizon president john Stratton lauded Trump's "focus on U.S. job creation and U.S. leadership in these industries," while AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that "It's been dizzying the pace that the regulatory playing field has been cleared and been made more clear for companies that invest like ours."

Coincidentally, Charter has just been fined $13 million for failing to meet the terms laid out by New York State to approve a merger. Those terms - surprise surprise! - included deploying broadband to 35,000 new homes and upgrading internet speeds to 100Mbps. Neither of those things have been completed.



Operation Tracer: The Secret Plan To Bury Soldiers Alive Inside The Rock Of Gibraltar | Amusing Planet


Israel Freezes Plan

Western Wall

Israel's government formally suspended plans on Sunday for a mixed-gender prayer space at Jerusalem's Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism's holiest sites.

The decision will put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at odds with the Conservative and Reform movements of Judaism that have large followings outside Israel but will smooth his relations with ultra-Orthodox parties in his ruling coalition.

The government has faced calls by more progressive Jewish movements in Israel and abroad to add an egalitarian section along the wall and in 2016 voted 15-5 to do so, over the objections of ultra-Orthodox cabinet members.

But in the face of opposition from the two ultra-Orthodox parties in Netanyahu's coalition, the plan never got off the ground. Last week, the two parties proposed rescinding the 2016 decision.

Western Wall


Hundreds of devotees walked to a muddy field at dawn and covered themselves from head to toe with mud and dried banana leaves, with some residents saying their appearance was meant to evoke the attire of John the Baptist in Biblical times
Photo by Noel Celis


Inside this Unassuming Log Cabin is the Craziest Cat House You Will Ever See «TwistedSifter


Nuke-Proof 'Doomsday' Planes Damaged By Tornado


Two of the Pentagon's specially reinforced "Doomsday" planes, designed to withstand the heat from a nuclear blast, were grounded after being damaged by a tornado, the Air Force said Friday.

The E4-B Boeing 747s, built in the 1970s during the Cold War, are essentially flying command centers that can refuel in the sky and are designed to remain airborne for days on end in times of crisis.

The Air Force has four E4-Bs, which also shuttle the secretary of defense around the world.

Two were damaged June 16 at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska when a tornado whipped through the area with little advance warning.

Additionally, seven RC-135 reconnaissance planes suffered minor damage and another needed an inspection.



Two Girls that Tricked the World: The Case of the Cottingley Fairies


Weekend Box Office

'Transformers: The Last Knight'

The hulking machines of "Transformers" are no longer box-office behemoths in North America. But they're still big in China.

Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight," the fifth installment in the Hasbro series, scored a franchise-low domestic debut with an estimated $43.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend and a five-day total of $69.1 million since opening Wednesday. All previous "Transformers" sequels opened with $97 million-plus.

"Wonder Woman" and "Cars 3" tied for second place, both with $25.2 million. Nearly a month after opening, Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" continues to be a major draw. In four weeks, it has surpassed $300 million domestically. And at $652.9 million globally, it's the highest grossing film directed by a woman, not accounting for inflation.

In limited release Kumail Nanjiani's acclaimed romantic comedy "The Big Sick" landed the best per-screen average of the year. It opened in five theaters, grossing an average of $87,000 from each. Amazon plunked down $12 million for the Judd Apatow-produced Sundance Film Festival hit. Lionsgate is handling the theatrical release.

Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled" wasn't far behind. In four theaters, it earned a per-screen average of $60,136. The Focus Features release, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell, is a remake of Don Siegel's 1972 Civil War-era gothic thriller about a wounded Union soldier taken in by a Southern all-girls school. At the Cannes Film Festival last month, Coppola won best director, becoming only the second woman to do so.

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. "Transformers: The Last Knight," $ 45.3 million ($196.2 million international).
    2. (Tie) "Wonder Woman," $25.2 million ($20.5 million international).
    2. (Tie) "Cars 3," $25.2 million ($11.9 million international).
    4. "47 Meters Down," $7.4 million.
    5. "All Eyez On Me," $5.9 million ($1.1 million international).
    6. "The Mummy," $5.8 million ($16.5 million international).
    7. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," $5.2 million ($8.3 million international).
    8. "Rough Night," $4.7 million ($2 million international).
    9. "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," $4.3 million ($1 million international).
   10. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," $3 million.

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