BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 4 July, 2016


4 July, 2016

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[1740 days in a row]


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from Bruce

John Cheese: How Sex-Obsessed Culture Can Ruin Men's Idea Of Sex (Cracked)
One thing that's always bothered me is the weird-ass way that modern society sets up sex as its biggest selling point, while at the same time making its audience feel completely inadequate. I'm not just talking about marketing. Our entire culture is built upon that foundation, and it's like watching a cannibal eating himself from the feet up. "You are woefully repulsive. But you don't have to be! Buy our product, adopt our philosophy, join our cause."

Neil McGlone: James Agee's Criterion (Criterion)
Inspired by Kent Jones recent Manny Farber list, these comments are drawn from the book "Agee on Film" by the author, journalist, poet and screenwriter, James Agee.

Henry Rollins: Why I Refuse to Shut Up and Play the Hits (LA Weekly)
This is about Miles Davis. It is early evening in Zagreb, Croatia. I have been on the festival circuit since last week, living on a tour bus where every bunk is occupied. It's crowded and we all know each other quite well now.

Rosanna Greenstreet: "Cerys Matthews: 'What did I want to be when I was growing up? Bob Dylan'"(The Guardian)
The singer and radio presenter on curry, education and defending the BBC.

Oliver Burkeman: How to stay happy when the sky is falling in (The Guardian)
Brexit, Zika, gun violence, the England football team: there's been no shortage of bad news lately. Here's how to look on the bright side.

Dana Schwartz: Iwan Rheon on Whether Ramsay Bolton Is Worse Than Hitler (Observer)
An interview with the 'Game of Thrones' star.

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Trivia Question of the Day

What American rock band recorded Muskrat Love, reaching number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 3 years before the Captain & Tennille?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Hudson Seal fur coats were popular in the 1920s. What animal did the fur actually come from?

       Muskrat                                                      Source

The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), the only species in genus Ondatra and tribe Ondatrini, is a medium-sized semiaquatic rodent native to North America, and is an introduced species in parts of Europe, Asia, and South America. The muskrat is found in wetlands over a wide range of climatesand habitats. It has important effects on the ecology of wetlands and is a resource of food and furfor humans.

Muskrat fur is warm, becoming prime at the beginning of December in northern North America. In the early 20th century, the trapping of the animal for its fur became an important industry there. During that era, the fur was specially trimmed and dyed to be sold widely in the US as "Hudson seal" fur.        Source

Muskrat: One of the most versatile furs. It can be used many ways, including being dyed to resemble mink and plucked and sheared to resemble beaver. Hudson seal, which is no longer made but was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, was actually plucked and sheared muskrat dyed to look like Alaska, or northern, fur seal.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Rabbit hair

Adam answered:
   Racoon? I thought it was raccoon coats that were popular.

Marian replied:

DJ Useo responded
   Mind you, this is only a stab in the dark, but I guess muskrat.
  Happy 4th of July, all. May the holiday represent more to you than the loss of our true democracy.

MAM   wrote:
   Muskrat ~ Large rodents that always live near water. They have thick brown fur and a long, furless, scaly tail. They can grow up to two feet long (with tail). Hudson Seal fur coats,

Joe S     said:
   Well. I was going to write this very humorous post about Hudson Seal fur coats being made from Hudson Muskrat fur. Sonovabitch! They really are Muskrat fur.
  There goes that story. I got nuthin.

Randall took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcalio took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

mj took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  July 4 Birthdays - Celebrities Born July 4 | 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

Michael Cimino, director of The Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate, dies aged 77 | Film | The Guardian

The Daily Bucket: A Sad End to this Entertaining Caterpillar

Teams Excavating Toilets Flush Out Thousands Of 18th Century Artifacts

Russia's Latest Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Extends Arctic Dominance - NBC News

If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This?

The People Vs. Coloring Books: The Verdict Is In : NPR Ed : NPR

Why Christian Right leader James Dobson blocked me on Twitter -

CSGOPOTD: Kelli Ward

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Suggestion

10 odd things you need to know about Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin…

Here is a link to a story that appeared in the "Lost Ogle," a humor blog out of Oklahoma City. It's about the values challenged Oklahoma governor, Mary Felon. I brought it to your attention as Da Donald has trumpeted her as a potential VP candidate.

The opening picture for the story is a classic! (Guest appearance by Sarah Palin)

Mary has a lot of baggage, but then, don't we all? Her best move was getting engaged at the Playboy Mansion! That was on my bucket list too!


Always a fan,


Thanks, Brain!



Reader Comment



Yeah, I know. But you are now BARTCOP, and just present the info as a wacko point-of-view. Bart was always about what's advertised to be, and what is. The people of Palestine really do know -- a lot more -- what really is.


Er, Thanks, Dan!
Can't always agree with you, but you are always interesting.
FWIW, I'm not BARTCOP, nor have I ever tried to claim that title.
He was much smarter and a whole lot funnier than I'll ever be.
OTOH, I'll take that as a compliment.



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

Tilly the kitty has had quite a case of the vapors with all the fire crackers.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a RERUN '2 Broke Girls', then the FRESH 'Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 5/23/16) are Emilia Clarke, Shiri Appleby, and Cynthia Erivo.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 2/2/16) are Josh Radnor, Maggie Grace, Nathan Sykes, and Chris Martin.

NBC begins the night with the FRESH 'Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 5/25/16) are Adam Sandler, Karlie Kloss, Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals featuring T.I.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 6/16/16) are Ed O'Neill, Amber Rose, and Justin Flom.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/29/16) are Erin Richards, Plague Vendor, and Mary Elizabeth Ellis.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelorette', followed by a FRESH 'Mistresses'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/2/16) are Will Arnett and Snoop Dogg.

The CW offers local programming.

Faux has a RERUN 'So You Think You Can Dance', followed by a FRESH 'Houdini & Doyle'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Jaws', followed by the movie 'Jaws 2'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 11 - Episode 5
 [7:00AM]    ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS (1993)
 [9:30AM]    LADYHAWKE (1985)
 [12:00PM]    ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS (1993)
 [5:30PM]    MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981)
 [7:30PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 5
 [9:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 -Episode 6
 [10:30PM]    EXTRA GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 6
 [11:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 4
 [12:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - EPISODE 6Episode 6
 [1:30AM]    EXTRA GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 6
 [2:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 11 - Episode 2
 [3:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 11 - Episode 3
 [4:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 11 - Episode 4
 [5:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 11 - Episode 5    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Watch What Happens (Not So) Live', 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Odd Mom Out', and another 'Real Housewives Of OC'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Coming To America', 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Trip Tank', and another 'South Park'.
The Daily Show is pre-empted.
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is pre-empted.
@Midnight is pre-empted.

FX has 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger'.

History has 'America The Story Of Us', 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', and another 'American Pickers'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-A Bird in the Head
 [6:25AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Back to the Woods
 [6:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-A-Ducking They Did Go
 [6:55AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-All the World's a Stooge
 [7:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Busy Buddies
 [7:25AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Fright Night
 [7:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Cactus Makes Perfect
 [7:55AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-The Ghost Talks
 [8:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-A-Plumbing We Will Go
 [8:25AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Beer Barrel Polecats
 [8:50AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Boobs in Arms
 [9:15AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Calling All Curs
 [9:40AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Half-Wits Holiday
 [10:05AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Hoi Polloi
 [10:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Idiots Deluxe
 [10:55AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Loco Boy Makes Good
 [11:20AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Nutty But Nice
 [11:45AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Sock-a-Bye-Baby
 [12:10PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Three Missing Links
 [12:35PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Wee Wee Monsieur
 [1:00PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Dutiful but Dumb
 [1:25PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-False Alarms
 [1:50PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-From Nurse to Worse
 [2:15PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Gem of a Jam
 [2:40PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Heavenly Daze
 [3:05PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Idle Roomers
 [3:30PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Micro-Phonies
 [3:55PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Phony Express
 [4:20PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Some More of Samoa
 [4:45PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Tassels in the Air
 [5:10PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Three Dumb Clucks
 [5:35PM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Three Little Beers
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-10Red and Stacey
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [4:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [4:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [5:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Leaving Las Vegas
 [8:30AM]    The Ledge
 [10:45AM]    21
 [1:30PM]    Groundhog Day
 [4:00PM]    National Lampoon's Vacation
 [6:00PM]    National Lampoon's European Vacation
 [8:00PM]    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
 [10:15PM]    Vegas Vacation
 [12:15AM]    21
 [3:00AM]    Leaving Las Vegas
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-The Good Wife    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the annual 'Twilight Zone' marathon.

On a RERUN Conan (from 3/3/16) are Conor McGregor, Dave Attell, and BJ the Chicago Kid.

 [6:00 AM]      Judge Hardy And Son (1939)
 [7:30 AM]      The Howards of Virginia (1940)
 [9:30 AM]      John Paul Jones (1959)
 [11:45 AM]      The Scarlet Coat (1955)
 [1:30 PM]      The Devil's Disciple (1959)
 [3:00 PM]      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
 [5:15 PM]      West Side Story (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      The Music Man (1962)
 [10:45 PM]      Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
 [1:00 AM]      1776 (1972)
 [4:00 AM]      Thousands Cheer (1943)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  07/05/16

 [6:15 AM]      The Great Train Robbery (1903)    SILENT 
 [6:30 AM]      The Squaw Man (1914)    SILENT 
 [8:00 AM]      The Vanishing American (1925)    SILENT 
 [10:00 AM]      Cimarron (1930)
 [12:15 PM]      The Squaw Man (1931)
 [2:15 PM]      Annie Oakley (1935)
 [4:00 PM]      Three Godfathers (1936)
 [6:00 PM]      The Plainsman (1936)
 [8:00 PM]      Tension at Table Rock (1956)
 [9:45 PM]      The Searchers (1956)
 [12:00 AM]      Fort Apache (1948)
 [2:15 AM]      She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
 [4:15 AM]      3 Godfathers (1949)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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US actor Matt Damon (L) and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander arrive for the Australian premiere of Jason Bourne in Sydney, Australia, 03 July 2016.


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Some of History's Most Beautiful Combs Were Made for Lice Removal | Atlas Obscura


Turns T-rump Into a Supervillain


Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) has now officially become a villain! Not literally but as a comic-book character in a Spider-Man spin-off story by Marvel Comics which depicts an "amorphous, villainous" avatar of the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.

Marvel debuted the villainous version of Trump in Spider-Gwen Annual 1.

The Marvel villain MODOK or 'Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing' - a giant head with arms, legs and a thirst for destruction - was reimagined in the Spider-Man universe as the real estate tycoon, the Washington Examiner reported.

In his inaugural panel, MODOK also known as MODAAK or 'Mental Organism Designed as America's King', the "amorphous, villainous" Trump-faced antagonist says - "If America will not act, M.O.D.A.A.K must!" the report said.

This is not the first time the comic book industry has appropriated 70-year-old Trump's image. At New York Comic Con in October, artists in attendance were asked to name their favorite supervillain and then draw him or her as Trump.



Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, July 3, 2016, in London.
Photo by Daniela Vesco


World going to hell? Here are the Solar System's five most livable places | Ars Technica


Floating Orange Walkway Closes


Artist Christo's orange floating walkway on a northern Italian lake closed Sunday after attracting over 1.2 million visitors, twice as many as expected.

The three-kilometre (1.9-mile) undulating path made of 200,000 floating cubes has proved a major hit with the public since it opened on Lake Iseo in June.

Covered in bright orange fabric, the pier stands in stark contrast to the dark water as it links the small islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo to the shore.

Local officials said Christo's creation attracted a daily average of 72,000 people and a total of 1.2 million visitors over the 16 days it was open.

Police estimates were even higher, at a round 100,000 per day.



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Trees Dying By The 'Millions'

California Drought

The devastation the California drought has caused to conifer trees in the Sierra Nevadas over the last couple of years "is far greater than previously observed," NASA scientists said in announcement of the publication of new map of the region.

David Schimel, a senior research scientist who worked on the study, told ABC News that the map represented NASA's "first close look" at the extent of the damage caused by drought on Sierra trees.

Schimel referred to the findings as "millions of trees dying at once."

The map was created with measurements from NASA's Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer instrument, which was developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The image was created by scientists at the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Region Remote Sensing Lab, in McClellan, California, by performing a time series analysis of AVIRIS images taken from NASA's ER-2 aircraft.

Schimel said the death of the trees was caused by a number of factors, related to climate change.

California Drought


US jazz pianist Herbie Hancock performs on the stage of the Auditorium Stravinski during the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 03 July, 2016


20 Heroes, Villains, Aliens, and Monsters Who Ran for President


U.A.E Warning


At a time when foreigners in Western garb are being singled out for deadly attacks by Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and other militants, the United Arab Emirates has warned its citizens against wearing traditional Muslim clothing while travelling in the West.

Officials in the UAE, responding to an incident in which an Emirati tourist was arrested in Ohio, cautioned Sunday that travellers from the Arab country should "refrain from wearing the national dress" in public places while visiting the West "to ensure their safety" and said that women should abide by bans on face veils in European countries, according to news reports from Dubai.

The tourist, Ahmed al-Menhali, was detained at gunpoint last week in Avon, Ohio, after a suspicious hotel clerk alerted relatives, who called 911. Meghali, a 41-year-old businessman, was in the United States for medical treatment and tried to book a hotel in the Cleveland suburb. He was wearing a flowing white head scarf and a full-length white robe at the time. Police accosted and handcuffed him outside the hotel entrance while he was speaking on his phone in Arabic. He later told the broadcaster Al Jazeera that the clerk said he was "pledging my allegiance to ISIS," referring to Daesh.

A police video posted by a Cleveland TV channel showed an officer loading his rifle and running toward Menhali, while others shouted at him and held him down, according to Al Jazeera. He collapsed at one point, apparently feeling ill, and emergency workers took him to a hospital. He had previously suffered a stroke and was not armed.

Police and town officials later apologized for the incident, calling it "very regrettable." But such an incident is hardly surprising amid growing alarm in the wake of the recent mass terrorist attacks in Orlando and San Bernardino, Calif., in which the Muslim attackers pledged loyalty to Daesh.



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'Bank of KDOT'


Kansas has had trouble paying for much of anything since 2012, when conservative Republican legislators decided to implement a bevy of right-wing economic policies-and lead their state into a fiscal crisis.

In order to keep funding its government despite dramatically decreased tax revenue, the Legislature has flipped all its piggy banks. One of them is the Kansas Department of Transportation-or what sarcastic Kansans now call "the Bank of KDOT," for the stupendous quantity of money that has been diverted from its coffers to the Kansas general fund and state agencies.

Kneecapping the agency that builds roads isn't just a great metaphor for Gov. Sam Brownback's tenure. Like the cut to the state's university funding, this damage will be most keenly felt years from now, when deferred maintenance and high debt loads take their toll. An ex-head of the Kansas Turnpike Authority said in December that the practice had created a "long-term disaster for our state highways."

On Wednesday, Brownback announced that Mike King, the secretary of KDOT, would be resigning this month. King, who was appointed in 2012, has presided over a rather unusual period in Topeka finance.

Since 2011, according to the Kansas City Star , the state has diverted more than $1 billion in "extraordinary" transfers from KDOT. If you include "routine" transfers, from 2011 through the 2017 budget year the total diversion from the Bank of KDOT will amount to more than $2 billion.



People hold banners during a 'March for Europe' demonstration against Britain's decision to leave the European Union, in central London, Britain July 2, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union in the EU Brexit referendum.
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Woman Busted in Plot to Kill

Stephen Hawking

An American woman was arrested Wednesday in Spain for sending dozens of death threats to Stephen Hawking then trailing him to an astronomy festival in the Canary Islands, Gizmodo reports.

According to El Pais, the unnamed 37-year-old woman lives in Norway and has no previous criminal record. Authorities were tipped off by one of her children, who found more than 100 tweets and emails she had sent to Hawking, threatening to kill him. When Hawking gave his first lecture this week at the Starmus Festival, he was flanked by two police officers. The woman was arrested nearby.

The woman was staying at a hotel near where Hawking was staying. Authorities found evidence of religious extremism, including items contradicting Hawking's claim that God doesn't exist, in her room. They also found details of Hawking's home and office and plans for how to approach him.

The BBC reports the woman was also in possession of a map of Hawking's festival itinerary. After her arrest, the woman told police she loves Hawking and would never try to hurt him. Authorities believe the woman has psychological issues. She was given a four-month suspended prison sentence for harassment and threats. In addition, she is not to come within 1,600 feet of Hawking or communicate with him on social media for eight months. Sources say Hawking never felt he was in danger.

Stephen Hawking


Francesca Tariciotti (R) from Italy paints her model during the annual 'World Bodypainting Festival' in Poertschach am Woethersee, Austria, 03 July 2016.


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China Defends Use Of Wild Animals

Traditional Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine risks extinction if there is a push by the government to completely replace the wild animal parts now used with substitutes, a senior Chinese lawmaker said on Saturday.

China, where an animal-loving middle class has been trying to change old ways, has promoted substitutes for tiger bones, rhino horns and certain other wild animal products, but doubts persist about their usefulness even among some officials.

Beijing in 1993 banned trade in tiger bones and rhino horns, both prized in traditional medicine, as part of global efforts to halt declining animal stocks. But illegal poaching continues, driven by illegal demand in an increasingly affluent country.

Speaking after China amended its wildlife protection law, Zhai Yong, head of parliament's environment and resources protection committee legislation department, admitted using wild animals for medicine was highly controversial. But substitutes reduce the effectiveness of traditional medicine, he said.

Substitutes exist for tiger bones and many other products from wild animals such as bear bile, the extraction of which from live animals rights groups condemn as barbaric.

Traditional Medicine


France's Jeremy Flores in action during the quarterfinal of the Ballito Pro surfing event in Ballito, South Africa, as part of the World Surf League on July 3, 2016.
Photo by Kelly Cestari


Historical Dandies: British Cigarette Cards (1932)


New Gas Well

Noble Energy

A consortium led by US firm Noble Energy has approved a $265-million project to sink a new well in a major natural gas field off Israel, officials said Sunday.

Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration, Israeli firms that are part of the partnership led by Noble, announced the financing for the Tamar field in the Mediterranean.

"The Tamar partners decided to approve a budget of about $265 million for drilling 'Tamar 8' and connecting to existing infrastructure in the Tamar field," Delek and Avner said in a joint statement.

It said the latest well would allow "maximum supply from Tamar field during times of peak demand, in light of the volume of production from Tamar and the existing and expected demand for natural gas from the field".

Tamar 8, the field's sixth production well, is located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) offshore and would reach a depth of around 3.5 kilometres below the sea bed, it said.

Noble Energy


People wearing Star Wars costumes are seen during the parade in Metropoli (Media Culture and Entertainment Festival) in Gijon, northern Spain, July 3, 2016.
Photo by Eloy Alonso


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Weekend Box Office

"Finding Dory"

The Pixar sequel "Finding Dory" led the box office for the third straight weekend, dwarfing "The Legend of Tarzan" and Steven Spielberg's Roald Dahl adaption "The BFG," both big-budget debuts that had hoped to dominate the July 4th holiday.

But modest enthusiasm for the high-profile new releases left the weekend to "Dory" again, which came in No. 1 with $41.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Disney expects the film to make about $50 million over the four-day holiday weekend. It's grossed $538.2 million globally in three weeks.

"Tarzan" came the closest to dethroning "Dory" with $38.1 million. While that total was better than expected, it's far from chest-thumping for a movie that cost Warner Bros. $180 million to make. Critics largely panned the David Yates-directed film, staring Alexander Skarsgard as the King of the Jungle and Margot Robbie as Jane. But audiences gave it a respectable A-minus CinemaScore.

The horror sequel "The Purge: Election Year" opened solidly with $30.9 million, in line with previous "Purge" installments where crime in America is legal for 12 hours every year. Given that the Universal release, produced by Blumhouse Productions, cost a mere $10 million to make, it was the most lucrative opening of the week.

The continued success of "Dory," however, bit into the similarly family-friendly "The BFG," which debuted weakly with $19.6 million. The Spielberg film, starring Mark Rylance as the titular giant, cost about $140 million to make. Reviews were largely good but not glowing. Despite a red-carpet premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Spielberg's first film for Disney didn't click with audiences.

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 four-day domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

    1. "Finding Dory," $41.9 million ($34.4 million international).
    2. "The Legend of Tarzan," $38.1 million ($18.8 million international).
    3. "The Purge: Election Year," $30.9 million ($130,000 international).
    4. "The BFG," $19.6 million ($3.9 million international).
    5. "Independence Day: Resurgence," $16.5 million ($40.2 million international).
    6. "Central Intelligence," $12.3 million ($13.8 million international).
    7. "The Shallows," $9 million.
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