BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 25 September, 2017


25 September, 2017

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from Bruce

The following statement was jointly released on September 23, 2017 by the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, America's Health Insurance Plans, and the BlueCross BlueShield Association regarding the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation.
We agree that the bill will cause patients and consumers to lose important protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing conditions. Without these guaranteed protections, people with significant medical conditions can be charged much higher premiums and some may not be able to buy coverage at all.

Paul Krugman: Twitter
It takes a truly terrible bill to get the whole US health sector to write a letter in the style of Zola's j'accuse.

Henry Rollins: I Miss Having a President (LA Weekly)
One thing that Trump has forced me to realize is that anything that could be called "presidential" is only what presidents before him did. Anything that is now considered precedent at one point had to be unprecedented. Could all these embarrassing and potentially deadly blowouts Trump commits on an almost daily basis be setting new precedents?

KATIE BUENNEKE: Harry Styles Is a Talented Musician, But Is He Having Any Fun? (LA Weekly)
Anytime a singer from a boy band goes solo, an inescapable question follows him: Can he survive outside the system that built him? Can he hack it on his own? In the case of Harry Styles, formerly of One Direction, the answer is yes, he can. But the better question is, does he want to?

Lucy Mangan: Sex and sleep are nice, but money still makes the world go round (Sydney Morning Herald)
Not for the first time, I find myself looking at the results of a poll and thinking: who are these people? The latest source of bafflement is the 8250 men and women quizzed by Oxford Economics and the UK's National Centre for Social Research about their levels of wellbeing and happiness. According to their survey, having a satisfactory sex life and getting a good night's sleep stand you in better stead than earning more money.

Lucy Mangan: Shared cafe tables are my idea of hell (Sydney Morning Herald)
Another day, another laminated page to add to my groaning file entitled "WTF Is Wrong With People?" I was sitting in an empty cafe. It was just me and my laptop at one table and the barista behind the counter. Another person enters, surveys the plenitude of vacant seats spread invitingly across 700 square feet of retail space - and sits in the one right next to me.

Lucy Mangan: Would you mind please just shutting up (Sydney Morning Herald)
"You've gone monosyllabic again," my husband complains. I sigh. I wish I could explain that I haven't gone monosyllabic, I am monosyllabic. I've just made an exception for him - and a few other people - over the years. But the older I get, the more my natural inclinations reassert themselves and the less I can bring myself to speak.

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Stephen Hawking's Bond Villain Spurs Imitators


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

What is the only Japanese song to reach number one on the Billboard pop charts in the United States, a position it maintained for three weeks in 1963?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Born Vera Jayne Palmer, this American actress was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. By what name is she better known?

       Jayne Mansfield                                                      Source

Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 - June 29, 1967) was an American actress in film, theater, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. she was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and one of 20th Century Fox's main sex symbol actresses.She was also known for her well publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions.

Although Mansfield's film career was short-lived, she had several box-office successes and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. She enjoyed success in the role of fictional actress Rita Marlowe, both in the 1955-1956 Broadway version and the 1957 Hollywood film version of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?. Her other major movie performances were for The Girl Can't Help It (1956), The Wayward Bus (1957), and Too Hot to Handle (1960). In the sexploitation film Promises! Promises! (1963), she became the first major American actress to have a nude starring role in a Hollywood motion picture. Mansfield took her professional name from her first husband, public relations professional Paul Mansfield. Mansfield's career came to an end when she was killed in a 1967 car accident at the age of 34.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Jayne Mansfield. It's got to be Jayne Mansfield.

Randall wrote:
   Jayne Mansfield

mj replied:
   Mariska Hargitay's mom
  Jayne Mansfield.

Alan J said:
   Jayne Mansfield.

Stephen F responded:
   Jayne Mansfield

Adam answered:
   Jayne Mansfield

Deborah said:
   Her middle name gave away the answer: Jayne Mansfield.
  Stupid hot north wind, blowing so hard and relentlessly. Ugh.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Jayne Mansfield

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Jane Mansfield."

zorch replied:
   Jayne Mansfield

David of Moon Valley wrote:
   i came up with Jayne Mansfield...
  and a special Thanks to BTtBBob for the wonderful info on the Great Lakes yesterday...i've really enjoyed reading his stories of life on and around the water with a unique Coast Guard flavor, an, indispensable, yet woefully under-appreciated, branch of the service...Thanks for your service Bob!
  and Thanks Marty for the site!

Daniel in The City answered:
   Jayne Mansfield

Joe S     answered:
   First of all I would like to say my answer yesterday was perfectly correct. I was using alternative facts. Or was I? Anyway..... the answer today is Jayne Mansfield. And that's a fact.

Harry M. took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

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

DJ Useo took the day off.

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

Gene took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  September 25 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 25 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

The day nine young students shattered racial segregation in US schools | World news | The Guardian

Unbelievable review: Katy Tur's Trump tale relives an utterly insane campaign | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump defied at Wembley as Jaguars and Ravens kneel for anthem | Sport | The Guardian

Saudi Arabia allows women into stadium as it steps up reforms | World news | The Guardian

The Caribbean, the U.S., and how their past and present are intertwined

George Clooney lets loose in interview calling Bannon 'a pus#y' and Trump the real 'coastal elite'

New Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy's Future

Actor Michael Rapaport Takes A Knee, Unloads On 'Dumb Motherf--ker' Donald Trump | HuffPost

Goodbye, For Now, To A Vital Source For Native American News : Code Switch : NPR

Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it | Sport | The Guardian

Remembering the Vietnam War

3.5 million Americans face disease & death in Puerto Rico. What the hell is Trump doing?

Football legend Terry Bradshaw RIPS into Trump

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Current Events

Janet shared the link below. Donnie Jr. is almost as stupid and racist as his dad. I love when twitter savages him:

Donald Trump Jr.'s Tweet Burns Roger Goodell, But Twitter Claps Back Harder | HuffPost

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

Thanks, Linda (& Janet)!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump tax plan cuts top rate to 35 percent: report | TheHill

Steven Mnuchin is a window into the most corrupt White House in history | The Week

Mnuchin: NFL players 'can do free speech on their own time' | TheHill

Stephen A. Smith Points Out NFL's Paid Patriotism Problem - VICE Sports

How Donald Trump Destroyed a Football League | Esquire

List of federal government agencies told not to communicate with the public : Sunlight Foundation

How Graham-Cassidy Would Affect Women's Health - The Atlantic

Kushner used private email to conduct White House business - POLITICO

Politics doesn't explain ESPN's subscriber decline -

Bill Moyers: Trump Can't Stop the World From Waking up to the Climate Disaster That We Face | Alternet

Paul Krugman: The GOP Is Really This Diseased | Alternet

Workers Have Finally Caught Up to 1974 - Mother Jones

A Group of Experts Wrote a Book About Donald Trump's Mental Health-and the Controversy Has Just Begun - Mother Jones

The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump | The Nation



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

Starting to get hot again. Sigh.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Young Sheldon', then a FRESH 'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH 'Me, Myself & I', then a FRESH 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Sterling K. Brown and Chance the Rapper.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Jeremy Piven, America Ferrera, and Lior Suchard.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'The Brave'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Madonna and Camila Cabello.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jim Parsons, Chrissy Metz, Ruston Kelly, and Gregg Bissonette.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Keith Morrison, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and Michael Luwoye.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'The Good Doctor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Viola Davis, Freddie Highmore, and Grizzly Bear.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

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

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

A&E has 'Streets Of Compton', another 'Streets Of Compton', and 'Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.'.

AMC offers the movie 'Tombstone', followed by the movie 'Tombstone', again.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Prototype
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Alliances
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Threshold
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Dreadnought
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Death Wish
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Lifesigns
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Investigations
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Deadlock
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Parturition
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-Persistence of Vision
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Cold Fire
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Maneuvers
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Resistance
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Prototype
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Alliances
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Threshold
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Dreadnought
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Death Wish
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Lifesigns
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Investigations

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

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Katy Tur.

FX has the movie 'American Reunion', followed by the movie 'We Bought A Zoo', then the movie 'We Bought A Zoo', again.

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]    RED DRAGON
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who Wants It More?
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Gets the Girl
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Dine and Dash
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Radio Daze
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Panties
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Romantic Weekend
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!)
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Trials of Michael Kelso
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Naughty No-No
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Craps!
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who Wants It More?
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Gets the Girl
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Dine and Dash
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Radio Daze
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Panties
 [11:45PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Romantic Weekend
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty's Birthday (That's Today?!)
 [12:45AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Don't Call Me Ma'am

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-April Fools
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-7:00AMM*A*S*H-Letters
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Cementing Relationships
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Father's Day
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Death Takes a Holiday
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-A War for All Seasons
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Your Retention, Please
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Tell It to the Marines
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Taking the Fifth
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Operation Friendship
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-No Sweat
 [12:00PM]    Charlie Wilson's War
 [2:15PM]    Logan's Run
 [4:45PM]    Escape From New York
 [6:45PM]    The Running Man
 [9:00PM]    The Grey
 [11:30PM]    Volcano
 [2:00AM]    Dances With Wolves    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', followed by the movie 'Race To Witch Mountain'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Diego Luna, Aisha Tyler, and Moses Storm.

TCM spends the night with Herbert Lom
 [6:00 AM]      Wagon Train (1940)
 [7:15 AM]      Murder in the Private Car (1934)
 [8:30 AM]      The Tall Target (1951)
 [10:00 AM]      The Narrow Margin (1952)
 [11:30 AM]      The Great Train Robbery (1903)    SILENT 
 [11:45 AM]      The General (1927)    SILENT 
 [1:15 PM]      Danger Lights (1931)
 [2:45 PM]      La Bete Humaine (1938)
 [4:30 PM]      Strangers on a Train (1951)
 [6:30 PM]      Murder She Said (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      The Dark Tower (1943)
 [9:45 PM]      The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
 [11:30 PM]      The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952)    [AKA: 'The Paris Express']
 [1:15 AM]      The Ladykillers (1956)
 [3:00 AM]      Twist of Fate (1954)
 [4:45 AM]      A Shot in the Dark (1964)

Tuesday   -  09/26/17

TCM spends most of the night with Jennifer Jones
 [6:45 AM]      From The Earth To The Moon (1958)
 [8:30 AM]      World Without End (1955)
 [10:00 AM]      The Cosmic Monster (1958)    [AKA: 'The Strange World of Planet X ']
 [11:15 AM]      The Green Slime (1969)
 [1:00 PM]      Five Million Years To Earth (1968)
 [2:45 PM]      Forbidden Planet (1956)
 [4:30 PM]      Queen of Outer Space (1958)
 [6:00 PM]      2010 (1984)
 [8:00 PM]      The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957)
 [10:00 PM]      A Farewell to Arms (1957)
 [12:45 AM]      Tender Is the Night (1962)

 [3:30 AM]      The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #1 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Visitors to the London Tattoo Convention show off their body tattoos, in London, Britain, Sept. 23, 2017.
Photo by Peter Nicholls


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Teacher Spends 70 Hours Turning Boring Classroom Into Hogwarts, Makes Us Believe Magic Truly Exists | Bored Panda


Harry Potter and the Censors' Wrath

Banned Books Week

The American Library Association (ALA)'s yearly Banned Books Week, held this year between Sunday September 24 and Saturday September 30, is both a celebration of freedom and a warning against censorship.

Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, the event spotlights the risk of censorship still present across the U.S.

The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) also compiles a yearly ranking of the Top Ten Challenged Books to inform the public about censorship efforts in schools and libraries across the country. The body considers books challenged when someone requests that access to the book be restricted, for instance that a library remove it. In 2016, the first five books on the list contained LGBT characters and all five were removed from libraries where they were challenged-the 50 percent removal rate that year marked a significant uptick, James LaRue, director of the OIF, told Publishers Weekly.

One of the most challenged books on record is the Harry Potter series, which topped the aggregated 2000-2009 ranking of the decade. J.K. Rowling's book series about the school years of a young magician fighting against the forces of dark magic, extremism and racism in the wizardry world has faced numerous calls for censorship from some Christian religious leaders who disapprove of the magical world and condemned the books as satanic.

J.K. Rowling recently faced calls to burn her books by supporters of President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Dark Lord) angered at the author's criticism of the U.S. leader on Twitter-though it wouldn't have been the first time the novels had been set alight.

Banned Books Week


A hand-tapping tattoo artist's own body art is seen on his head at the London Tattoo Convention, in London, Britain, Sept. 23, 2017.
Photo by Peter Nicholls


Home '65: A Groovy Look at Mid-Sixties Interior Décor - Flashbak


Takes A Knee

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder knelt before a packed New York festival Saturday in a protest for peace as he led stars and politicians in pressing for sustained aid to eliminate the world's worst poverty.

On a balmy late summer night, thousands converged on Central Park for the live-broadcast Global Citizen Festival which hands out tickets for free to fans who take actions such as petitioning their governments to support development assistance.

With President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked) proposing sweeping aid cuts, the concert had set a goal of building political momentum in the world's largest donor nation. But in a deeply divided United States, another Trump controversy came to the forefront.

Wonder took the stage and knelt, emulating a gesture popularized by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to denounce racial injustice. Trump on Friday angrily denounced such protests, using profanity to demand that teams fire the athletes.

"Tonight, I'm taking a knee for America," the blind soul legend said as took to the ground, his son Kwame Morris clutching his arm.

Stevie Wonder


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Nasa Research Facility Named In Her Honour

Katherine Johnson

One of Nasa's "human computers", who helped plan the mission that saw an American astronaut orbit the Earth for the first time, has opened a new research centre named in her honour.

The key contribution of Katherine Johnson, 99, and other African-American women to the US space programme was recounted in the film Hidden Figures, which gave overdue recognition to their work. The film was the highest grossing Best Picture nominee at the Oscars.

The maths involved in the orbital mission was highly complex, and the computers of the day were prone to technical hiccups.

So as astronaut John Glenn was going through the preflight checklist - upon which his life depended - he insisted that Ms Johnson double check the calculations.

But, as Ms Johnson was helping the US triumph over its Cold War adversary, racist laws were still widely enforced - the Civil Rights Act ending local and state segregation did not come into force until 1964.

Katherine Johnson


A man is tattooed by Thomas Schehr of Germany at The International Tattoo Convention in London, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth


43 Glamorous Photos of Lucille Ball in the 1930s ~ vintage everyday


A Lot Like Modern Human Children

Neanderthal Kids

Neanderthals were a more primitive relative of human but we have a lot more in commonwith these extinct group than it may appear. Scientists have just discovered that Neanderthal children grew in much the same way modern human kids do.

Scientists analyzed the 49,000-year-old skeleton of a Neanderthal child to determine how kids from this ancient human species developed. The bones, which were found in northern Spain and belong to a child who was between 7 and 8 years old, show "an overall growth rate similar to that of modern human children," according to their study in the journalScience.

The study explains that previous research has indicated faster growth in Neanderthals based on analysis of their teeth. While this new analysis used teeth to determine the age of the child being studied, the researchers also had other portions of the head to work with, as well as other body parts.

But they found small differences in sections of the vertebrae, which were still at a stage of development modern human kids reach a couple of years earlier - some of the bones had not yet fused. A close look at features at the base of the skull also "suggest that brain growth was not yet completed." While a modern human child would have a brain about 95 percent the size of an adult's by that time, this Neanderthal kid's brain was at 87.5 percent capacity.

Neanderthals had larger skulls than modern humans and it's possible their brains were larger as well.

Neanderthal Kids


Digby's Hullabaloo


Private Jet Is Needed To Reach Real Americans

Tom Price

Taxpayers have paid for Tom Price, the head of the Health and Human Services Department, to fly on private planes at least 24 times, a decision the department defended by saying Price wanted to connect with ordinary Americans.

The cost of the trips exceeded $300,000, Politico reported. Charmaine Yoest, an HHS spokeswoman, defended the cost in a statement, saying Price was justified in taking the flights because he wanted to hear from many Americans.

But Politico found that Price could have used a commercial plane for many of the trips on which he used a private jet. For example, the outlet reported that HHS paid $17,760 for a chartered flight from Washington to Nashville, Tennessee, on June 6 when there were commercial flights available for just a few hundred dollars. Price also used a private plane to fly to the swanky Aspen Ideas Festival in June, a trip Politico estimated to have cost more than $7,000.

Price isn't the only Trump Cabinet official to use private air travel for government work. The Associated Press reported that Linda McMahon, the head of the Small Business Administration, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have also traveled by private aircraft. A Department of Education spokesperson told the AP that DeVos pays for all of her own travel, and an SBA spokesman said McMahon paid for the difference between private and commercial services out of pocket. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker and financier, requested a government plane to take him and his wife on their honeymoon, but ultimately did not get one.

Tom Price


A visitor to the London Tattoo Convention has a tattoo drawn on his body, in London, Britain, Sept. 23, 2017.
Photo by Peter Nicholls


Dollhouses of Death that trained America's Detectives


Denounces Ousted Auditor


The Vatican on Sunday revealed the reason behind the hasty departure of its auditor general, accusing him of having illegally hired a firm to spy on the private lives of Vatican personnel.

The Vatican made the revelation after Libero Milone broke three months of silence to declare that he resigned under threat of arrest for what he said were trumped-up charges.

Milone told reporters Saturday that he was told on June 19 that Pope Francis had lost confidence in him. He said he was subsequently subject to an "aggressive" interrogation by Vatican police who seized material from his office and told him to resign or face arrest.

Milone's resignation had raised eyebrows because he was only two years into a five-year term, and had been seen as a key part of Francis' efforts to reform the Vatican's finances. Along with Cardinal George Pell, he was tasked with overseeing the Holy See's budgets and making sense of the finances of the Vatican's various departments.

Pell recently returned to his native Australia to face trial on historic sex abuse allegations, which he denies. His secretariat for the economy, which includes Milone's office, is being run by underlings for now. Milone said he didn't exclude a connection between his removal and Pell's departure, suggesting that the Vatican's "old guard" was trying to stymie their reforms.



Mobile E-Home: Solar-Powered Electric Motorhome Recharges on the Road | Urbanist


New Morning Show

Megyn Kelly

After a rough transition from Fox News to NBC, news anchor Megyn Kelly is looking to turn a new page with her daily talk show that begins this week.

Her morning show, "Megyn Kelly Today," will air weekdays on NBC starting Monday. Kelly is taking over the 9 a.m. hour of the immensely popular "Today" show, potentially giving her a boost from a built-in audience. The new show, taped in front of a live audience, will feature a mix of celebrity interviews, news reports and lifestyle segments - similar to "Today's" current programming.

The new show comes on the heels of the limited summer run of Kelly's prime- time news magazine show, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly," which also aired on NBC. The eight-episode run was marred by controversy, most notably over her interview with notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The program also had fairly disappointing ratings, with viewership declining week by week early in its run before picking up at the end of July.

"No one is expecting me to fly the plane perfectly and at 30,000 feet as soon as they turn the engine on," she told the Los Angeles Times. "That takes some of the pressure off and allows me and my team to focus on content."

Megyn Kelly


A tattooed man poses at the London International Tattoo Convention 2017 at Tobacco Docks in London, Britain on Sept. 23, 2017.
Photo by Lauren Hurley


The Mossy Lava Fields of Iceland | Amusing Planet


Sells For 10,000 Times Estimated Price

Chinese Vase

A Chinese vase valued between 500 and 800 Swiss francs has sold for a record five million Swiss francs, a Geneva auction house said.

According to the catalogue, the vase, which is 60 centimetres (23 inches) tall and depicts three blue dragons on a yellow background, is from the 20th century but it bears an unverified mark from the 18th century Qianlong era.

There was a bidding battle at the auction on Thursday by two people who believed the vase was in fact from the 18th century.

The auctioneer at the Geneve-Encheres auction house said the age of the vase was difficult to evaluate accurately and that they tended to be conservative in their estimates.

The final price was 10,000 times more than the catalogue estimate.

Chinese Vase


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'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'

The R-rated spy comedy "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" displaced the horror sensation "It" as the No. 1 film in North America, while the second "Lego Movie" spinoff of the year didn't assemble the expected audience.

The 20th Century Fox release opened with a weekend-leading $39 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. But "It" still continues to pull in record crowds. With $30 million over the weekend, "It" is now the highest-grossing horror film of all time, not accounting for inflation, with $266.3 million thus far. (1973's "The Exorcist" grossed $232.9 million domestically, or more than $1 billion in 2017 dollars.)

The "Lego Movie" spinoff "The Lego Ninjago Movie," was further off expectations, debuting with $21.2 million. Phil Lord and Chris Miller's "The Lego Movie" - the 2014 hit that made $469 million worldwide - kicked off a bustling franchise. "Ninjago," though, is the second spinoff of the calendar year, following February's "The Lego Batman Movie."

In its second week of release, Darren Aronofsky's already infamous psychological thriller "mother!" failed to turn the tide. The film, made for $30 million, last week became one of the few movies to receive an "F'' CinemaScore on release. The horror parable, starring Jennifer Lawrence, slid to sixth place with $3.3 million, bringing its two-week haul to $13.4 million. Paramount has proudly defended the film as intentionally divisive, daring filmmaking, the kind seldom produced by major studios.

The week also saw the first wave of fall awards contenders in specialty release. The Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs drama "Battle of the Sexes," with Emma Stone and Steve Carell; the Boston Marathon bombing survivor tale "Stronger," with Jake Gyllenhaal; and the Queen Victoria drama "Victoria & Abdul," starring Judi Dench, all debuted in limited release.

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. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," $39 million ($61 million international).
    2. "It," $30 million ($38.3 million international).
    3. "The Lego Ninjago Movie," $21.2 million ($10.5 million international).
    4. "American Assassin," $6.3 million ($2.7 million international).
    5. "Home Again," $3.3 million.
    6. "mother!" $3.3 million ($4.6 million international).
    7. "Friend Request," $2.4 million.
    8. "The Hitman's Bodyguard," $1.9 million ($15.4 million international).
    9. "Stronger," $1.7 million.
   10. "Wind River," $1.3 million.

'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'


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