BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 17 July, 2017


17 July, 2017

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Paul Krugman: Ted Cruz's Giant Leap Into the Known (NY Times Blog)
When it comes to health care, there are lies, damned lies, and CBO-bashing. Republicans are deploying all three strategies, with Mike Pence's vile lie about the disabled - the utterly false claim that Medicaid expansion has actually hurt those most in need of help - drawing lots of justified outrage. But the really big push over the next couple of days will be the attempt to trash CBO estimates that are almost sure to show massive losses, even if the CBO is somehow prevented from considering the Cruz amendment.

Ashley Alman: Ohio Pushes Back Against Mike Pence's 'False' Health Care Claims (Huffington Post)
"That's what we call #fakenews," [Ohio] Gov. John Kasich's spokesman said.

Yashar Ali: Trump Campaign Paid $50,000 To Trump Jr.'s Lawyer Days Before Bombshell NYT Report (Huffington Post)
The use of campaign funds to pay for Trump Jr.'s personal legal bills is also eyebrow raising. President Trump claims he is worth $10 billion dollars (Bloomberg News says he is worth $2.86 billion and Forbes says he is worth $3.5 billion). A majority of Trump's campaign donations come from low-dollar donors, the type that give less than $100. That a family worth billions is using campaign committee funds to pay personal legal bills is not something that is likely to go over well with Trump's base in the long-run.

Matthew Yglesias: I don't believe Donald Trump Jr., and neither should you (Vox)
Trump's Jr.'s story has shifted a lot. My colleague Dara Lind has a detailed rundown of Trump Jr.'s shifting stories about this meeting, but here's an express version: …

Henry Rollins: It's Amazing How Quickly We Got Used to the Trump Dumpster Fire (LA Weekly)
Almost any situation, when endured for long enough, goes from how it is now, to just how it is. What came before becomes harder and harder to remember.

Daniel Politi: Almost 3,500 Coloradans Cancel Voter Registrations Over Fraud Commission Fears (Slate)
County election officials say in general voters give two reasons for canceling their registrations. Some outright say they don't trust the president's voter-fraud commission while others said they're only realizing now how much of their personal information was already public under state law.

Robert Evans: Why You Can Sometimes Get Fired For Being A Freaking Hero (Cracked)
1. Doing The Right Thing Can Be Against Company Policy.

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Trivia Question of the Day

At age two, this American actor and activist, born Bert John Gervis, Jr., was listed in the magazine Strange as It Seems as the world's youngest professional ice skater. By what name is he better known?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Best known for his children's TV show, this American comedian, actor, and radio/television personality was born Milton Supman. By what name is he known professionally?

       Soupy Sales                                                      Source

Milton Supman (January 8, 1926 - October 22, 2009) - known professionally as Soupy Sales - was an American comedian, actor, radio/television personality, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales (1953-1966), a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark.

From 1968-75, he was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival of What's My Line? and appeared on several other TV game shows. During the 1980s, Sales hosted his own show on WNBC-AM in New York City.        Source

Soupy Sales' 'Green Pieces of Paper' Scandal

Soupy Sales - TV Party

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Milton Supman is the one and only Soupy Sales.

Randall wrote:
   Soupy Sales

mj said:
   He lived on the edge
  With his side kick White Fang. Soupy Sales. Who was tossed at least three (?) times for inappropriate content.

Deborah replied:
   My WAG is Captain Kangaroo. To be honest, I never knew his real name. He was out go-to when I was a kid, much like my kids' go-to shows were "Sesame Street" and Mr. Rogers.
  I hope Dale is ready for some heat…Cowtown is predicted to hit 109° today.

Gene responded:
   Soupy Sales. I always enjoyed his enthusiasm for entertaining, but never found him that funny. Unending silliness is not terribly funny.

Adam answered:
   Soupy Sales

David of Moon Valley wrote:
   that'd be the Soup man..Soupy Sales..
  Love the caterpillar/cocoon/butterfly're a patient observant person....Good Job!

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Soupy Sales."

Alan J answered:
   Soupy Sales.

Dave in Tucson said:
   Milton Supman has got to be Soupy Sales?

Billy in Cypress responded:
   Soupy Sales

zorch replied:
   Soupy Sales, the most sophisticated comedian ever.

DJ Useo said:
   Milton became Soupy Sales after an incident at the corner diner. Lol.
  I wish I could get some of his past shows. I don't remember seeing any of them.

Joe S     wrote:
   I know this one, the most famous kids show host I've never seen, Soupy Sales. As far as I know his show was never broadcast anywhere on the sunset side of Michigan. So why do I know so much about Soupy Sales? Because New York. I don't think I would have liked his type of show.

  I don't like this kind of stuff, not funny.

Stephen F took the day off.

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

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

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, is escaping the heat.

Michele W took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   replied:

  July 17 Birthdays - Celebrities Born July 17 | Famous Birthdays

MAM     In memory.




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Trump campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr's lawyer before emails released | US news | The Guardian

Hong Kong vigil for Liu Xiaobo sends powerful message to Beijing | World news | The Guardian

Debate over use of jumbo bomber as wildfires rage in West - SFGate

'More valuable than gold': Yellowstone businesses prepare to fight mining | Environment | The Guardian

The Big Sick's Kumail Najiani and Emily Gordon: 'In America, the idea of a cross-cultural relationship is still controversial

Taboo-busting sex guide offers advice to Muslim women seeking fulfilling love lives | Life and style | The Guardian

Jennifer Rubin, of all people, shreds the GOP

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch - BBC News

Govs: Session with Trump officials 'atrocious' -

'Sullivison': Doc Examines Impact of 'The Ed Sullivan Show' on Black Entertainers - NBC News

In Chile, Many Regard Climate Change As The Greatest External Threat : Parallels : NPR

Could Alfa Bank Servers Be the Link Between Trump Campaign and Kremlin?

Massive Protests In Poland As Government Takes Aim At Courts | HuffPost

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Trump administration suddenly pulls plug on teen pregnancy programs | Reveal

Pope's Confidantes Pen Blistering Critique Of Steve Bannon's View of Christianity | HuffPost

Ohio Pushes Back Against Mike Pence's 'False' Health Care Claims | HuffPost

Jeff Sessions Delivered A Speech To A Hate Group But Won't Release It | HuffPost

Ann Coulter Is Enraged With Delta For Allegedly Giving Away Her Seat | HuffPost

Is Team Trump Imploding? | Alternet

All the damning Trumpworld excuses for the Don Jr. meeting. -

House Democrat thanks Fox's Shep Smith 'for telling the truth' on Trump | TheHill

Fate of Kushner's security clearance could ultimately lie with Trump - POLITICO

Conway: Criticism of me is 'gender-based' | TheHill

5 things Trump did while you weren't looking: Week 6 -

Health care bill on brink of collapse as third Republican senator lashes out at McConnell - think

Trump Disapproval Rooted in Character Concerns | Gallup

The John Birch Society Is Back - POLITICO Magazine

In Interview, Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Misrepresents Role of Secret Service | HuffPost

Maxine Waters: GOP needs to speak out more about Trump, Russia | TheHill

Republican governor fact-checks Pence's lie about Medicaid - think

Fox News host defends Trump Jr.: I'd meet with the Devil for opposition research | TheHill

Sad! Trump's Six-Month Approval Rating Lowest of Any President in 70 Years | Common Dreams



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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Last Night

Five new butterflies!

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 Al Gore, Issa Rae, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, and Bryce Dessner & James McAlister.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/4/17) are Jennifer Lopez, Terry Crews, Justin Theroux, and Green Day.

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 Queen Latifah, Kyle Mooney, and Portugal. The Man.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Maya Rudolph and Matt Johnson.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/29/17) are Dominic Purcell, Night Beats, and Baron Vaughn.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Bachelorette', followed by a RERUN 'Battle Of The Network Stars'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Billy Crystal, Chris Bianco, and Casey James Salengo.

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 '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 'OJ: Made In America', another 'OJ: Made In America', and another 'OJ: Made In America'.

AMC offers the movie 'Pulp Fiction', followed by a FRESH 'Preacher', then a FRESH 'Loaded'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 9-Flatline
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-In the Forest of the Night
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 11-Dark Water
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 12-Death in Heaven
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 1-The Magician's Apprentice-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 2-The Witch's Familiar-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 24-Demon
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Hope and Fear
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Extreme Risk
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-In the Flesh
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Once Upon a Time
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Timeless
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Infinite Regress
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Nothing Human
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 24-Demon
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Hope and Fear
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Extreme Risk
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-In the Flesh    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has a FRESH 'OC Social', followed by a FRESH 'Southern Charm', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Sweet Home Oklahoma', then another FRESH 'Sweet Home Oklahoma', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Regina Hall.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Hal Rudnick, Andy Signore, and Jenny Nicholson.

FX has the movie 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes', followed by the movie 'Taken 3', then the movie 'Taken 3', again.

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

IFC  -   
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prom Night
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Velvet Rope
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Gets the Girl
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Radio Daze
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!)
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Backstage Pass
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Drive-In
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prom Night
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Velvet Rope
 [11:45PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Gets the Girl
 [12:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Radio Daze
 [1:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Pilot
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-To Market, to Market
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Requiem for a Lightweight
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Chief Surgeon Who?
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Moose
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Yankee Doodle Doctor
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Bananas, Crackers and Nuts
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Cowboy
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Henry, Please Come Home
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-I Hate a Mystery
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Germ Warfare
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Dad
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Edwina
 [12:30PM]    Field of Dreams
 [3:00PM]    My Girl
 [5:30PM]    Edward Scissorhands
 [8:00PM]    The Blue Lagoon
 [10:30PM]    Splash
 [1:00AM]    Adventures in Babysitting
 [3:30AM]    My Girl    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Need For Speed', followed by the movie 'Blade', then the movie 'Devil'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 4/18/17) are Christina Applegate, Sherri Shepherd, and Car Seat Headrest.

TCM spends the night with Geraldine Chaplin
 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #31 (1956)
 [6:30 AM]      Way Out West (1930)
 [8:00 AM]      Renegades of the West (1933)
 [9:00 AM]      Westward Bound (1944)
 [10:00 AM]      Blazing the Western Trail (1945)
 [11:15 AM]      Flame of the West (1945)
 [12:45 PM]      The Dude Goes West (1948)
 [2:30 PM]      Western Heritage (1948)
 [3:45 PM]      Stampede (1949)
 [5:15 PM]      Southwest Passage (1954)
 [6:45 PM]      The Gun That Won the West (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Doctor Zhivago (1965)
 [11:30 PM]      The Three Musketeers (1973)
 [1:30 AM]      Remember My Name (1978)
 [3:30 AM]      Cria Cuervos (1976)
 [5:30 AM]      Chaplin Today: Limelight (2003)

Tuesday   -  07/18/17

 [6:00 AM]      Vampyr (1932)
 [7:15 AM]      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)    SILENT 
 [8:30 AM]      The Wasp Woman (1960)
 [9:45 AM]      The Wolf Man (1941)
 [11:00 AM]      The Reptile (1966)
 [12:45 PM]      The Green Slime (1969)
 [2:30 PM]      The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
 [4:30 PM]      From Beyond the Grave (1973)
 [6:15 PM]      Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985)
 [8:00 PM]      The Drowning Pool (1975)
 [10:00 PM]      Ode to Billy Joe (1976)
 [12:00 AM]      Deliverance (1972)
 [2:00 AM]      The Great Santini (1979)
 [4:15 AM]      Wise Blood (1979)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has a FRESH 'Will'.

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The Vincent Thomas Bridge is a 1,500-foot (460 m)-long suspension bridge, crossing the Los Angeles Harbor.
Photo by Jassen Todorov


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


From Corsets to Culottes: The Women who Dared to Change Wimbledon


BBC Television

'Doctor Who'

British actress Jodie Whittaker was unveiled Sunday as the first woman to play "Doctor Who", telling fans of the cult BBC science fiction series they should "not be scared by my gender".

The 35-year-old, who starred in the British award-winning drama "Broadchurch", will take over from Scottish actor Peter Capaldi later this year as 13th incarnation of the Time Lord.

Fans were treated to a brief glimpse of Whittaker, walking towards the Tardis in a forest, in a clip shown after the Wimbledon tennis final on BBC television.

The adventures of the doctor -- a time travelling, humanoid alien who traverses the universe -- have maintained a loyal following since they were first aired in 1963.

Whittaker anticipated some controversy over the choice of a woman as the new doctor despite such a move being well trailed, but said viewers didn't need to worry.

'Doctor Who'


San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge: The bridge has two sections of roughly equal length; the older western section, officially known as the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge connects downtown San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island and the newer unnamed eastern section connects the island to Oakland. It carries about 240,000 vehicles a day and the total length is 4.46 miles (7.18 km).
Photo by Jassen Todorov


The Mystery of The Longyou Caves | Amusing Planet


Touts Revived River


Portland is well-known as a tree-hugging, outdoorsy city, but the river that powers through its downtown has never been part of that green reputation.

For decades, residents have been repulsed by the idea of swimming in the Willamette River because of weekly sewage overflows that created a bacterial stew.

Now, the recent completion of a $1.4 billion sewage pipe has flushed those worries - and the river once shunned by swimmers is enjoying a rapid renaissance.

The city has partnered with a civic group called the Human Access Project to entice residents into the Willamette this summer with a roster of public swimming events and a flood of announcements that the river, finally, is safe for human use. The campaign is aimed at reversing the impact of decades of public health warnings in an eco-savvy city with a hard-earned green reputation.

The river is the city's largest public space, but less than 5 percent of the city's footprint has access to the waterfront, said Willie Levenson, who heads the Human Access Project and is working closely with Portland to expand swimming options.



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Invokes Damnation

Chechen Leader

Chechnya's strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that his southern Russian republic has tortured and even killed gay men, denying that there even are any homosexual men in his region.

Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has faced wide international criticism since a Russian newspaper reported this spring that his security forces had detained some 100 gay men, torturing or killing some of them.

"This is nonsense. We don't have those kinds of people here. We don't have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada," Kadyrov says in an interview with HBO Real Sports cable television show. HBO released excerpts of the June 30 interview on Friday.

Kadyrov also called those making the allegations "devils."

"God damn them for what they are accusing us of," he said.

Chechen Leader


Glen Canyon Bridge and Dam, Arizona. The bridge has an overall length of 1,271 feet (387 m) with a deck 700 feet (210 m) above the Colorado river, making it one of the highest bridges in the US. It was completed in 1959. The dam was completed just a few years later, in 1966.
Photo by Jassen Todorov


Lewis Carroll's Original Illustrations For Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (1864)


Lodged In One Eye

27 Contact Lenses

A woman was found with 27 contact lenses lodged in her eye.

However she was unaware they were there until the lenses were discovered by a trainee ophthalmologist.

Seventeen lenses were found by Rupal Morjaria, who noticed what he described as a "blueish mass", the Mirror reported.

She then found another 10 lenses on a second inspection,

The woman had been due to have cataract surgery, but it was postponed after the discovery.

27 Contact Lenses


Digby's Hullabaloo


Approval Rating At 70-Year Low


Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) approval rating has plunged in a national poll, published on Sunday, that charts Americans' perceptions of a stalling domestic policy agenda and declining leadership on the world stage.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll, which put Trump's six-month approval rating at a historic 70-year low, came amid mounting controversy over Russian interference in the 2016 election.

It emerged on Saturday that Trump's campaign committee made a payment to the legal firm representing the president's eldest son almost two weeks before a meeting between Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer promising compromising information on Hillary Clinton was made public.

Trump now has a 36% approval rating, down six points from his first 100 days' rating. The poll found that 48% believed America's leadership in the world is weaker than before the billionaire took office, while support for Republican plans to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act was at just 24% compared with 50% who support the former president's signature healthcare policy.

Trump, who has spent the weekend at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, attempted to downplay the poll's findings. On Sunday morning he used Twitter to claim, incorrectly, that "almost 40% [approval] is not bad at this time" and that the poll in question had been "just about the most inaccurate around election time!".



Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco - the most photographed, bridge in the world. It opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,280 m).
Photo by Jassen Todorov


vintage everyday: Rare and Stunning Black and White Photoshoot of Anna Mae Bullock in the Early 1960s, Just Before She Became Tina Turner


Campaign Paid Lawyer


Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) campaign paid $50,000 to the law office now representing Donald Trump Jr. a little more than a week before news surfaced of an unreported meeting with a Russian attorney that has prompted new accusations of collusion.

The payment to the Law Offices of Alan S. Futerfas, dated June 27, was disclosed in a filing with the Federal Election Commission on Saturday. It was described as covering "legal consulting" fees.

Trump Jr. admitted to meeting with a Russian lawyer in New York City during the 2016 presidential campaign after he was told she might have damaging information about his father's rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The payment was made to Futerfas' firm days before the story about the meeting broke, which caused a scramble inside the White House and Trump Tower to contain it.

The disclosures do not say who Futerfas was hired to represent. Spokesmen for Trump's re-election campaign and Futerfas did not respond to requests for comment.



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To Pay $11.2M Over Data Leak

Ashley Madison

The Ashley Madison adultery website will pay $11.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed after the dating site was hacked in July 2015, exposing data of millions of users, its owner said Friday. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of roughly 37 million users, which also included some celebrities.

Ashley Madison is a website dedicated to facilitating affairs between consenting adults, allowing a safe place for those who discretely search for a partner. Its slogan is "Life is short, have an affair." The data theft leaked users' email address, names, home addresses, credit card details and sexual fantasies.

According to the documents, obtained by TMZ, users with valid claims can claim compensation up to $3,500. The amount that will not be claimed would be donated to charity. The proposed preliminary settlement, however, requires the approval of a federal court in the city of St Louis.

Layn Phillips, a former federal judge who mediated the settlement, said in the accord offered "a valuable recovery for the class in the face of many obstacles," including the company's preference that victims independently negotiate their claims. He made it clear the victims have to directly get in touch with the company and ask for the settlement.

Last year, Ruby Corp, formerly known as Avid Life Media Inc, agreed to pay $1.66 million to settle a probe by the Federal Trade Commission and several states into "data security and deceptive practices."? The massive hack resulted in Ruby losing more than a quarter of its revenue. Following the hack, the owner spent millions of dollars on cyber security.

Ashley Madison


San Diego, Coronado Bridge. Opened in 1969, the 11,179-foot-long (3,407 m or 2.1 mi) bridge ascends from Coronado at a 4.67 percent grade before curving 80 degrees toward San Diego.
Photo by Jassen Todorov


Palaces of Self-Discovery: Photos Document the World's Most Beautiful Libraries | Urbanist


Horsemeat Scandal


Europol said on Sunday 66 people had been arrested for trading horsemeat unfit for human consumption and it had seized bank accounts, properties and luxury cars following an investigation into a food scandal that shocked European consumers.

Tests carried out in Ireland in 2013 showed that meat in some products labeled as beef was in fact up to 100 percent horsemeat.

Spanish police began investigating a group which slaughtered Spanish and Portuguese horses too old or in too bad a condition for human consumption, forged their documentation and sent them to Belgium, a large horse meat exporter in the European Union.

The European police agency Europol said 65 people were arrested in Spain, and the main suspect, a Dutch citizen, was arrested in Belgium.

An EU investigation revealed that less than 5 percent of all beef products tested had come back positive for horse DNA.



Copper Chronicles: How a Shipyard Worker Hammered Artillery Shells into Art | Collectors Weekly


Weekend Box Office

'War for the Planet of the Apes'

Monkey business still pays. "War for the Planet of the Apes" took down "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales.

Universal's family sequel "Despicable Me 3" pulled in $18.9 million in its third week, bringing its cumulative total to $188 million domestically. Sony's Edgar Wright action comedy "Baby Driver" followed behind with $8.8 million; its three week gross is $73.2 million.

The weekend's other most notable new entrant was Kumail Nanjiani's acclaimed romantic comedy "The Big Sick," which expanded to about 2,600 theaters after three weeks of limited release. The Lionsgate-Amazon Studios film, produced by Judd Apatow, made $7.6 million - a rare success for a comedy in a summer full of disappointment .

The horror film "Wish Upon," from Broad Green Pictures, was the weekend's only other new release. It opened with $5.5 million and a dismal C CinemaScore from audiences.

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. "War for the Planet of the Apes," $56.5 million ($46 million international).
    2. "Spider-Man: Homecoming," $45.2 million ($72.3 million international).
    3. "Despicable Me 3," $18.9 million ($71 million international).
    4. "Baby Driver," $8.8 million ($6.2 million international).
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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, most closely associated with scene-stealing character turns in such films as "North by Northwest," "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "" as well as the classic TV series "Mission: Impossible," died Saturday in Los Angeles, according to his publicist. He had been hospitalized at UCLA where he experienced complications. He was 89.

The lanky, offbeat-looking veteran of the Actors Studio, for he which he was currently West Coast co-artistic director, had many ups and downs in his career. His greatest successes (three Oscar nominations and one win) came later in life when he returned to character roles like the one that first won him notice, as James Mason's sinister gay henchman in Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest."

He was Emmy-nominated five times, and most of his leading man roles came on television, most notably as Rollin Hand, a master of disguise on "Mission: Impossible." He later spent a couple of years starring in syndicated sci-fi series "Space: 1999," on which, as with "Mission: Impossible," he co-starred with then-wife Barbara Bain.

After a dry spell, his career roared back to life in the late 1980s when Francis Ford Coppola cast him in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream," which brought Landau the first of three supporting noms. It was, he reminded one journalist, the first time this "Jewish kid from Brooklyn" took a role that called for him to play Jewish.

An even more impressive turn as a successful Jewish ophthalmologist haunted by a secret in Woody Allen's drama "Crimes and Misdemeanors" brought him an Oscar nomination for the second year in a row.

In 1994 came the part of a lifetime for a character actor, the dying, once-famous screen ghoul Bela Lugosi, in Tim Burton's whacked-out "Ed Wood." Landau won the supporting actor Oscar.

During the 1960s he had character roles in "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "Nevada Smith" and "The Hallelujah Trail."

Landau had been doing television work since the 1950s but got busy in TV in the mid-'60s, with several guest appearances on sci-fier "The Outer Limits" and spy skein "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." He was producer Gene Roddenberry's first choice for the role of Spock on "Star Trek," but the role wound up going to Leonard Nimoy after Landau opted for "Mission: Impossible." (Nimoy would later take a recurring role on "Mission: Impossible.")

However, roles in "A Town Called Hell," "Operation Snafu" and another villain role in "They Call Me Mister Tibbs" didn't result in major acclaim.

Television came to the rescue again with the two-year run of "Space: 1999" in the mid-'70s. Numerous TV movie turns reached a nadir with "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" in 1981.

He and Bain divorced, and Landau spent the '80s in roles in mostly obscure films. He also worked as an acting teacher.

The Brooklynite started out as a cartoonist, spending four years with the New York Daily News from 1948-51, then turned his attentions to acting. He claimed that he and Steve McQueen were the only two among 2,000 applicants whose auditions gained them admittance to the Actors Studio (of which Landau later became an officer).

His film debut came in a small role in "Pork Chop Hill" in 1959, followed by a larger role in "The Gazebo." Then he drew attention for his role in "North by Northwest."

He is survived by two daughters, writer-producer-casting director Susan Landau Finch and thesp Juliet Landau of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame, a sister and a granddaughter.

Martin Landau


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George A. Romero

George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77.

Romero is credited with reinventing the movie zombie with his directorial debut, the 1968 cult classic, "Night of the Living Dead." The movie set the rules imitators lived by: Zombies move slowly, lust for human flesh and can only be killed when shot in the head. If a zombie bites a human, the person dies and returns as a zombie.

Romero's zombies, however, were always more than mere cannibals. They were metaphors for conformity, racism, mall culture, militarism, class differences and other social ills.

Romero's influence could be seen across decades of American movies, from John Carpenter to Edgar Wright to Jordan Peele, the "Get Out" filmmaker. Many considered "Night of the Living Dead" to be a critique on racism in America. The sole black character survives the zombies, but he is fatally shot by rescuers. Peele on Sunday tweeted a photo of that character, played by Duane Jones, and wrote: "Romero started it."

Ten years after "Night of the Living Dead," Romero made "Dawn of the Dead," where human survivors take refuge from the undead in a mall and then turn on each other as the zombies stumble around the shopping complex.

The third in the Romero's zombie series, 1985's "Day of the Dead," was a critical and commercial failure. There wouldn't be another "Dead" film for two decades.

"Land of the Dead" in 2005 was the most star-packed of the bunch - the cast included Dennis Hooper, John Leguizamo, Asia Argento and Simon Baker. Two years later came "Diary of the Dead," another box-office failure.

There were other movies interspersed with the "Dead" films, including "The Crazies" (1973), "Martin" (1977), "Monkey Shines" (1988) and "The Dark Half" (1993). There also was 1981's "Knightriders," Romero's take on the Arthurian legend featuring motorcycling jousters. Some were moderately successful, others box-office flops.

George Andrew Romero was born on Feb. 4, 1940, in New York City. He grew up in the Bronx, and he was a fan of horror comics and movies in the pre-VCR era.

Romero graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 1960. He learned the movie business working on the sets of movies and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which was shot in Pittsburgh.

The city became Romero's home, and many of his films were set in western Pennsylvania. "Dawn of the Dead" was filmed in suburban Monroeville Mall, which has since become a popular destination for his fans.

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