BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 18 September, 2017


18 September, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[227 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Henry Rollins: I'm in Trump Country and My Driver Won't Stop Talking (LA Weekly)
For now, the weather is the news. The "it is what it is" starkness of the headlines, the images and stories, seem to obscure anything else happening in America or elsewhere. These storms brought not only pain and misery but a lot of useful information. I hope that as we rebuild, something's being learned.

Hadley Freeman: Let's drop the gender stereotypes - we are all non-binary (Guardian)
No one's a wholly pink butterfly or a blue car. We are all, to varying degrees, purple spaceship onesies.

What I'm really thinking: the other woman (Guardian)
I don't think he's 'having his cake and eating it'. And I don't feel guilty.

Aaron Hicklin: "Steve Buscemi: 'In some ways I feel I haven't fulfilled my true potential'" (Guardian)
From firefighter and bar fly to Hollywood superstar, Steve Buscemi has populated his films with lovable oddballs and cold-blooded killers. But, as Aaron Hicklin finds, it's all been driven by his need to fit in.

I Anonymous: Seattle is becoming a big city. But please don't be an *ssh*le (Stranger)
C'mon, people! So many urban environments have gone the way of total narcissism, especially when they get a massive influx of money, but Seattle has always been different. So let's grow, share the prosperity, and, most importantly, retain our humanity.

I, Anonymous: Does Anybody Even Read the Recycling Guidelines? (Stranger)
I'm more and more appalled at the recycling habits of my apartment neighbors.

CRISTINA CABRERA: Juggalos Flock To DC To Protest FBI Gang Label (TPM)
Fans of the "horrorcore" hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse, also known as Juggalos, marched into the nation's capital on Saturday to protest being labeled as a gang by the FBI.

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Michael Egan

"President Jesus Trump is Christ our Savior Come Again, at Last!" -- Pat Robertson


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

During their nine-year run on the charts from 1963 to 1972, this American vocal group charted over twenty-six hit singles on Motown's Gordy label, including "Heat Wave", "Jimmy Mack", and "Dancing in the Street". What is the name of this 'girl' group?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Born Martha Dandridge, she had 4 children with her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, and was widowed at 25. Who was her second husband?

       George Washington                                                      Source

Martha Washington (née Dandridge; June 13 [O.S. June 2] 1731- May 22, 1802) was the wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Although the title was not coined until after her death, Martha Washington is considered to be the first First Lady of the United States. During her lifetime she was often referred to as "Lady Washington".

Widowed at 25, she had four children with her first husband Daniel Parke Custis. Two of her children by Custis survived to young adulthood. She brought great wealth to her marriage to Washington, which enabled him to buy land and many slaves to add to his personal estate. She also brought nearly 100 dower slaves for her use during her lifetime; they and their descendants reverted to her first husband's estate at her death and were inherited by his heirs. She and Washington did not have children together but they did rear her two children by Daniel Parke Custis, including son John "Jacky" Parke Custis, as well as helped both of their extended families.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Martha Dandridge's second husband was the first president of the United States George Washington.

Alan J wrote:
   George Washington.

mj said:
   Another reason to get rid of kings
  The leader of the country was free to marry a woman who wasn't a virgin. Marriage to George made her Martha Dandridge Custis Washington.

Adam answered:
   George Washington

zorch replied:
   George Washington

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "George Washington."

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   George Washington

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Martha Dandridge's second husband was some guy named George.

Billy in Cypress said:
   George Washington and I see we are back on the track of the "Martha's".

DJ Useo answered:
   I say George Washington. Martha was into men with wooden choppers.

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

Gene took the day off.

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

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

Randall is offline.

Joe S     is experiencing computer difficulties.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  September 18 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 18 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.


In the mail:
One of my favorite pals, Doug, sent this piece of trivia:

Two State Songs don't mention the state they honor. Kansas' Home On The Range is one. Florida's Old Folks At Home is the other.

Doug G
     "What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do."
- John Ruskin -

Thanks, Doug!



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



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Michelle in AZ

Belzoni: The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate: Ivor Noël Hume: 9780813931401: Books

Trump's 'election integrity' group is waging war on the right to vote | US news | The Guardian

South Dakota: wild beasts and Badlands make the silver screen come to life | Travel | The Guardian

Nebraska man raises organic bison | Farm And Ranch |

RIP Kossack Baron Dave

Sachs: Big Oil will have to pay up, like Big Tobacco (opinion) - CNN

'The Taking Of K-129': How The CIA Stole A Sunken Soviet Sub Off The Ocean Floor : NPR

House Bill Will Make Churches Dark Money Super PACs

How a Private Prison Company Used Detained Immigrants for Free Labor - Mother Jones

Amber Tamblyn: I'm Done With Not Being Believed - The New York Times

Rolling Stone, Once a Counterculture Bible, Will Be Put Up for Sale - The New York Times

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Observation


thought it was unusual to see a weinermobile on the road.

gary in pa (maryland trip)

Thanks, Gary!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump's Favorite Sheriffs and Growing Anti-Government Extremism - Rolling Stone

Why Mueller is drilling into Trump's role in drafting Don Jr.'s false Russia statement - Vox

Hillary Clinton's "coal gaffe" is a microcosm of her twisted treatment by the media - Vox

President Trump retweeted a GIF of him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball - Vox

Verizon Is Booting 8,500 Rural Customers Over Data Use, Including Some on 'Unlimited' Plans | Gizmodo

Normalizing Trump: An incredibly brief explainer - PressThink

Meet the racist birther Donald Trump just retweeted - ThinkProgress

Stephen King: Trump's Hillary tweet illustrates 'f---ed up mind' | TheHill

Trumpcare's back, and now it will let insurers jack up premiums as soon as you get sick - ThinkProgress

How Rex Tillerson alienated every ally he needs - Axios

Stonekettle Station: Ship of Fools

Emmys 2017 winners list in full - from Big Little Lies to The Handmaid's Tale



Reader Comment

Current Events

Have you seen the tweet that SOB sent out of him hitting Hillary with a golf ball? Wish I could cut what's left of his tiny, shriveled, orange balls off. Pathetic M'Fer.

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

Thanks, Linda!



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

Guess I have to bake a cake. Sigh.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Kevin Can Wait', then a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', then a RERUN 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert it's the Second Anniversary Special.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Lonzo Ball, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Prof. Robert Winston.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by a FRESH 'Midnight, Texas'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Demi Lovato and John Cleese.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 6/21/17) are Amy Poehler, Nicolle Wallace, and Daru Jones.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Danny Pudi, Pup, and Anjelah Johnson.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'To Tell The Truth'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Julie Bowen, Kumail Nanjiani, and Fall Out Boy.

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

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'So You Think You Dance'.

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'L&O: SVU'.

A&E has all old 'Intervention' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Fool's Gold', followed by the movie 'Sweet Home Alabama', then the movie 'Sweet Home Alabama', again.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-The Idiot's Lantern
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-The Impossible Planet-Part 1.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Satan Pit-Part 2.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Love & Monsters
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Fear Her
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Army of Ghosts
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Heroes and Demons
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Cathexis
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Jetrel
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Learning Curve
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-The 37's
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Initiations
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Projections
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Elogium
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Non Sequitur
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-Twisted
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Heroes and Demons
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Cathexis
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Jetrel
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Learning Curve
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-The 37's
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Initiations    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'OC Social', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Dallas', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 4 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Gucci Mane.

FX has the movie 'Spy', followed by the movie 'The Hangover Part II'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ben Folds Wears a Black Button Down and Jeans
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Malin Akerman Wears a Black Blouse and Cropped Jeans
 [9:30AM]    RAMBO III
 [11:45AM]    SAFE
 [1:45PM]    HOMEFRONT
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Afterglow
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty and Eric's Night Out
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Parents Find Out
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kiss of Death
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Crap!
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Fired Up
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Cat Fight Club
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Moon Over Point Place
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Afterglow
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty and Eric's Night Out
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Parents Find Out
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kiss of Death
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
 [11:45PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Buddy
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Crap!
 [12:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Fired Up
 [1:15AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It Satisfies on a Very Basic Level
 [1:45AM]    HOMEFRONT
 [4:00AM]    SAFE    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Heal Thyself
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Old Soldiers
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Morale Victory
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Lend a Hand
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Goodbye, Cruel World
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dreams
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-War Co-Respondent
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Back Pay
 [10:00AM]    The Usual Suspects
 [12:30PM]    Windtalkers
 [3:30PM]    The Grey
 [6:00PM]    Black Hawk Down
 [9:00PM]    Hatfields & McCoys-Episode 2
 [11:30PM]    The Town
 [2:00AM]    The Warriors
 [4:00AM]    Transparent-Bulnerable
 [4:40AM]    Transparent-The Book of Life
 [5:23AM]    Transparent-Oscillate    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Maleficient', followed by the movie 'The Green Hornet'.

Conan are Fred Savage, Paula Patton, and Shane Torres.

TCM spends the daylight hours featuring films of Greta Garbo, who was born on this day in 1905.
 [6:00 AM]      The Temptress (1926)    SILENT 
 [8:00 AM]      Grand Hotel (1932)
 [10:00 AM]      The Mysterious Lady (1928)    SILENT 
 [11:45 AM]      Romance (1930)
 [1:15 PM]      The Painted Veil (1934)
 [2:45 PM]      Anna Christie (1931)
 [4:15 PM]      Queen Christina (1933)
 [6:00 PM]      Ninotchka (1939)

 [8:00 PM]      The King of Kings (1927)    SILENT 
 [11:00 PM]      White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)    SILENT 
 [12:45 AM]      The Broadway Melody (1929)
 [2:45 AM]      Sullivan's Travels (1942)
 [4:30 AM]      The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  09/19/17

TCM spends most of the night with Jennifer Jones
 [6:00 AM]      Nazi Agent (1942)
 [7:30 AM]      Dead Men Walk (1943)
 [9:00 AM]      A Stolen Life (1946)
 [11:00 AM]      The Corsican Brothers (1941)
 [1:00 PM]      House of Numbers (1957)
 [2:45 PM]      Smilin' Through (1932)
 [4:30 PM]      The Scapegoat (1959)
 [6:15 PM]      The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955)
 [10:00 PM]      Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
 [2:45 AM]      Indiscretion of an American Wife (1954)

 [4:00 AM]      Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Host Stephen Colbert performs at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Found in an NYC Junk Shop: Forgotten Postcards between Two Haiku Masters


Research Crew Emerges After 8 Months Of Isolation


Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits, vegetables and a fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food during their isolation.

The crew of four men and two women are part of a study designed to better understand the psychological impacts a long-term space mission would have on astronauts.

The data they produced will help NASA select individuals and groups with the right mix of traits to best cope with the stress, isolation and danger of a two-to-three year trip to Mars. The U.S. space agency hopes to send humans to the red planet by the 2030s.

The crew was quarantined for eight months on a vast plain below the summit of the Big Island's Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano. After finishing their stint, they feasted on pineapple, mango and papaya.

All of their communications with the outside world were subjected to a 20-minute delay - the time it takes for signals to get from Mars to Earth. The crew was tasked with conducting geological surveys, mapping studies and maintaining their self-sufficient habitat as if they were actually living on Mars.



This is one win for Donald Trump that Alec Baldwin can get behind. Baldwin on Sunday took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Donald Trump on the most recent season of NBC's Saturday Night Live. "I suppose I should say: 'At long last, Mr. President, here's your Emmy.'


Aubrey Beardsley's Sublime and Sinister Illustrations For Edgar Allan Poe (1894)


Nepal Survey To Remeasure Begins

Mount Everest

Nepal has begun remeasuring Mount Everest to check if the height of the world's tallest peak was altered by a powerful earthquake that struck the nation in 2015, the government said Friday.

The official height of Mount Everest -- which lies in the Himalayan range, straddling the border between Nepal and China -- is 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), first recorded by an Indian survey in 1954.

"Nepal has never measured Everest on its own although the world's highest peak lies in its territory. So we want to prove to our people that Nepal is capable of measuring Everest," Ganesh Prasad Bhatta, head of the government's survey department, told AFP.

A team of Nepali and foreign experts have begun refining the methodology for the new survey, which is expected to take two years, Bhatta said.

A team of Sherpas will take measuring equipment to the summit either in April, the beginning of the spring climbing season, or October, another period of good weather on Everest.

Mount Everest


Newhead News


Pot Shampoo To Cannabis Sommeliers

Marijuana Business

Entrepreneurs looking to cash in on California's new marijuana gold rush flocked to Los Angeles this week for the city's Fourth Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, taking in advice and pitches from venture capitalists to a marijuana "sommelier".

Workshops were conducted, business cards were swapped with more than 200 bustling booths - exhibiting everything from pot paper, to shampoo and even suppositories - at the LA Convention Centre. It was a spirited free-for-all that anticipated one thing: 1 January 2018 - a date that puts dollar signs in many a Californian's eyes.

Oils-free, biodegradeable plastics from hemp were touted as a potential "$400bn global market" in the "Hemp MBA In A Day" seminar - a number which would seem pie-in-the-sky for now at least.

Though the sky seemed the limit, the Expo's takeaway messages were sometimes contradictory. Caution hung just under the surface of many of the big sells, with California's marijuana business still very much in flux while it prepares for the big day and a future that is difficult to predict.

At the "How To Buy Equity In A Cannabis Business: What To Look For, What To Avoid" workshop, a how-to for both pot newbies and more experienced investors, another speaker warned "The industry has a lot of smoke and mirrors," but only after suggesting that certain investment returns could go as high as 150 per cent.

Marijuana Business


Nicole Kidman, nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series for her role in Big Little Lies, wore red to walk the red carpet. Her tea-length Calvin Klein dress featured a deep V-neck, which highlighted the large diamonds hanging from her neck.


Don't Call Them Bums: The Unsung History of America's Hard-Working Hoboes | Collectors Weekly


Lead Carver Honored

Mount Rushmore

The chief carver of Mount Rushmore who was responsible for refining the expressions on the faces of the monument's four presidents was honored Saturday with a plaque that recognizes his work.

Luigi Del Bianco was an Italian immigrant and stone carver whose job included the challenging tasks of sculpting Jefferson's lips and Lincoln's life-like eyes. With the help of Del Bianco's descendants, the National Park Service unveiled a bronze plaque Saturday in his honor. It will be on display at the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center.

Almost 400 people worked on Mount Rushmore during 14 years of construction. The National Park Service said workers hoisted others up and down the face of the mountain, drilled, hammered, carved and blew up rock to construct the memorial, which draws more than 3 million visitors from around the world each year.

Del Bianco talked about carving Lincoln's eyes in a 1966 interview with the Herald Statesman in Yonkers, New York.

"I could only see from this far what I was doing, but the eye of Lincoln had to look just right from many miles distant," he said. "I know every line and ridge, each small bump and all the details of that head (Lincoln's) so well."

Mount Rushmore


Digby's Hullabaloo


Feds Auctioned Off Days Before Hurricane Harvey Hit

Disaster-Response Trailers

The US federal government auctioned off disaster-response trailers at very low prices in the days before Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas, according to a new investigation.

More than 100 trailers - which are used to house people made homeless in emergencies or disasters - were sold in the two days before the hurricane made landfall.

While one trailer sold on 23 August went for $500, 4,500 newly ordered one-bedroom trailers are expected to cost around $40,000 each.

Around 300 trailers have been sold by the federal government since the start of the year, leaving just 1,700 for use. About 79,000 homes were flooded by Hurricane Harvey, according to Michael Byrne, disaster recovery coordinator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"There's a vast chasm between what they can supply and what is actually needed," said Dr Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, adding that he found the trailer auctions an "unfortunate decision."?

Disaster-Response Trailers


Kate McKinnon arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


The Devil's Corkscrews | Amusing Planet


Expands Hunting, Fishing On Public Lands


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (R-Grandstander) signed an order on Friday to expand hunting and fishing on federal land, saying it would improve wildlife management and conservation.

Environmentalists dismissed it as "a do-nothing order."

The order directs the Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies to produce a plan to expand access. It also calls for changes to management plans for national monuments to ensure the public's right to hunt, fish and target shoot.

Zinke called hunting and fishing "a cornerstone of the American tradition."

But the public already has the right to hunt and fish on federal lands, and states have primary authority to regulate hunting and fishing in those areas, said Matt Lee-Ashley, a former Interior official who is now a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center for American Progress.



Photographer Captures The Hypnotising Beauty Of Owls In 10+ Striking Portraits | Bored Panda


Can Re-Enlist In Military - For Now

Transgender Troops

New guidance released Friday by the Pentagon makes it clear that any transgender troops currently in the military can re-enlist in the next several months, even as the department debates how broadly to enforce a ban on their service ordered by President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Draft Dodger).

In a memo to top military leaders, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said a high-level panel will determine how to implement Trump's ban on transgender individuals in the military. Trump directed the military to indefinitely extend the ban on transgender individuals enlisting in the service, but he left it up to Mattis to decide if those currently serving should be allowed to stay.

Members of Congress have already sent a letter to Trump calling on him to reconsider the ban.

Sen. John McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Friday he backed legislation that would bar the Trump administration from forcing transgender troops out of the armed forces.

"When less than 1 percent of Americans are volunteering to join the military, we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country," McCain said.

Transgender Troops


Laura Dern arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


Magnificent Photographs of Japan's Summer Firework Festivals | Colossal


Cancels Talk


Citing a social media backlash, the seminary at the Catholic University of America has canceled a talk by a popular Jesuit priest whose latest book advocates for more compassion for gays within the church. In a rare public rebuke, the university's president said Saturday that he opposed the seminary's decision.

The Rev. James Martin, editor at large at the Jesuit magazine America and author of several books on Catholicism, said he had planned a seminary talk on Jesus, not his recent book on LGBT people, "Building a Bridge," which has been backed by two U.S. cardinals and three bishops.

Far-right Catholic sites such and some conservative Catholic writers have denounced the book, and that had led to online campaigns to pressure Catholic institutions against hosting Martin.

The seminary in the nation's capital, called the Theological College, said it had experienced "increasing negative feedback from various social media sites" about Martin's talk and, as a result, decided to cancel the event.

The Catholic University president, John Garvey, said in a statement that the university administration did not support the cancellation, and noted that that Martin has spoken before at the school, which was founded by the U.S. bishops and is under their supervision.



Dinara Kasko is Pushing the Boundaries of Cake Design (15 Photos) «TwistedSifter


Warm Waters Has Lingering Effects For Salmon

West Coast

The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead.

Federal research surveys this summer caught among the lowest numbers of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon in 20 years, suggesting that many fish did not survive their first months at sea. Scientists warn that salmon fisheries may face hard times in the next few years.

Fisheries managers also worry about below average runs of steelhead returning to the Columbia River now. Returns of adult steelhead that went to sea as juveniles a year ago so far rank among the lowest in 50 years.

Scientists believe poor ocean conditions are likely to blame: Cold-water salmon and steelhead are confronting an ocean ecosystem that has been shaken up in recent years.

Marine creatures found farther south and in warmer waters have turned up in abundance along the coasts of Washington and Oregon, some for the first time.

West Coast


Julia Louis-Dreyfus is joined by the cast and crew of Veep as she holds her Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.
Photo by Lucy Nicholson


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The Stephen King adaption "It" continues to scare up record ticket sales, taking in an estimated $60 million in its second week and leaving a paltry $7.5 million for Darren Aronofsky's audacious genre-bending psychological thriller "mother!"

With $218.7 million to date, "It" is now the highest grossing September release ever, and a much-needed hit to follow a summer box office that slumped to a historically bad August. "It," starring Bill Skarsgard as the evil clown Pennywise, also added $60.3 million internationally.

Paramount Pictures' "mother!" has horror elements, too, so it was risky to schedule it right behind "It." But Aronofsky's film is a more art-house proposition, made for about $30 million. For star Jennifer Lawrence, it's the worst wide-release opening of her career.

The counterterrorism thriller "American Assassin," from Lionsgate and CBS Films, edged out "mother!" for second place with $14.8 million. That was a solid result for the film starring Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton.

In limited release, the Mike White-directed comedy "Brad's Status," starring Ben Stiller, opened in four theaters with a good per-screen average of $25,045. Annapurna will expand the film in coming weeks.

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. "It," $60 million ($60.3 million international).
    2. "American Assassin," $14.8 million ($6.2 million international).
    3. "mother!" $7.5 million ($6 million international).
    4. "Home Again," $5.3 million.
    5. "The Hitman's Bodyguard," $3.6 million ($4.1 million international).
    6. "Annabelle: Creation," $2.6 million ($4.1. million international).
    7. "Wind River," $2.5 million ($1 million international).
    8. "Leap!" $2.1 million.
    9. "Spider-Man: Homecoming," $1.9 million ($15.1 million international).
   10. "Dunkirk," $1.3 million ($5.7 million international).



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Baron Dave in Estonia, 22 Aug., 2017 David E. Romm, AKA Baron Dave, a much-loved and respected writer, science-fiction fan, photographer and world traveler, died in Minneapolis last week of an apparent heart attack.

He became a baron of the micro-country of Ladonia in 2001.

Baron Dave hosted Shockwave Radio Theatre on KFAI-AM and archived the podcasts on his website.

He was active in science fiction conventions, and was at the World Con in Helsinki last month.

Baron Dave also wrote a weekly column for the E! page, for 12 years, starting back in 2002.

He was born 13 April, 1955 and is survived by his mother, Ethel, and brothers Joe and Daniel.

Baron Dave was one of the really good guys - unfailingly perceptive, smart, funny, and kind.

His presence will be greatly missed.

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