BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 16 October, 2017


16 October, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[255 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Michael Moore: Use This Moment To Create A World Without Harveys (Huffington Post)
Four suggestions that Hollywood (and our greater society) should act on immediately.

Paul Krugman: Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies (NY Times Blog)
Modern conservatives have been lying about taxes pretty much from the beginning of their movement. Made-up sob stories about family farms broken up to pay inheritance taxes, magical claims about self-financing tax cuts, and so on go all the way back to the 1970s.

Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta : Henry Rollins Wants To Build Your Record Collection (Relix)
For his next venture, Rollins is teaming up with Sound of Vinyl, a new music curation service that sends you personalized vinyl recommendations via text message, and allows you to purchase them right on your smartphone. Rollins' role within the company is that of a music expert and content developer, recommending his favorite albums, sharing stories from his life on the road, and conducting interviews with industry professionals. "You should check out every record that I recommend," he says. "I'm not telling you, I'm begging you."

Henry Rollins: What Happened in Vegas Will Not Stay in Vegas (LA Weekly)
While comrade Trump tossed rolls of paper towels to people in Puerto Rico ("I was having fun, they were having fun") and said to the fake news reporters gathered, "You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm," he has actually been getting things done. Things that could have devastating impact on millions of Americans. Trump has nominated a reported 17 circuit judges and 39 district court judges. He has a lot more seats to fill and it looks as if he's moving on it. Apparently the Republicans' refusal to confirm President Obama's nominations created the large number of vacancies. Well played.

Average Guy Photoshops Himself Into Celebrities' Lives, Result Is Hilarious (Sad and Useless)
He calls himself Average Rob and he definitely deserves more Instagram followers.

Lucy Mangan on why it's OK to feel vulnerable in these dark times (Stylist)
These days, if I'm really honest, I try and walk on the side of the road with railings in case a car driven by someone intent on hitting pedestrians - and the headlines - mounts the pavement. And where once I was all about the loos and nearest croissant dispensary, I'm now more likely to subtly note the nearest escalator and exits in any new building I'm in. I have friends who quietly gave away concert tickets in the wake of the terrible Manchester Arena deaths, others who can't always deal with the Tube and one or two who have started wearing trainers to work so that they can run if their commute takes a sudden turn for the worse.

Lucy Mangan is exhausted by the "age of extremes" (Stylist)
I offered my six-year-old a choice between half an hour of telly and half an hour of being read to the other day. "Can I have a bit of both?" he said. "I like things to be medium." 'God, mate,' I thought. 'So do I. So do I.'

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Michael Egan

Michael took the day off.


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons



Trivia Question of the Day

Shakespeare identifies the character of Puck in his A Midsummer Night's Dream as what kind of mythical creature?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the term for a large mating swarm of male gnats?

       Ghosts                                                      Source

A gnat is any of many species of tiny flying insects in the Dipterid suborder Nematocera, especially those in the families Mycetophilidae, Anisopodidae and Sciaridae. They can be both biting and non-biting. Most often they fly in large numbers called clouds. "Gnat" is a loose descriptive category rather than a phylogenetic or other technical term, so there is no scientific consensus on what constitutes a gnat.

Male gnats often assemble in large mating swarms or ghosts, particularly at dusk.        Source

The mere sight of gnats can be frustrating, to say nothing of when the little nuisances fly into your eyes or linger inside your home for hours. The wee flies often appear in groups of countless specimens. These masses of flying insects are frequently labeled either "ghosts" or "gnat clouds." Gnat sightings are especially abundant during the summer months.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   It's news to me, but a large mating swarm of male gnats is called a "ghost."

Randall wrote:
   Sounds like it's called a GHOST of gnats

Alan J said:
   A Ball.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Male gnats often assemble in large mating swarms or ghosts, particularly at dusk.

Adam answered:
   [Insert tasteless Harvey Weinstein joke here]. No...A Ghost.

Maynard's much younger, and more handsome brother, Ed replied:
   Steve Bannon

zorch said:
   Ghost. tho' I always just called them a swarm.

Joe S     answered:
   The term is ghosts. Some gnats are biting gnats and so their "ghosts" are pure hell. We lived in the woods when we were kids and hot Summers were miserable due to gnats, that we called "noseeums." Screens were useless because the noseeums were small enough to go right through.

  That's what I'm talkin' about.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

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

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

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

mj took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 16 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 16 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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First Nations seek to raise Canada's rent after 150 years of $4 payments | World news | The Guardian

In the shadow of Disney, living life on the margins | US news | The Guardian

After Weinstein, let's stop asking women to answer for their sex predator's crimes | Laura Bates | Opinion | The Guardian

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh trampled to death by wild elephants | World news | The Guardian

The Rich, the Powerful and the Manhattan D.A. - The New York Times

New York Times Recipe Commenters (Politely) Spill Their Guts - The New York Times

Tallyho! A Suburban Fox Hunt Endures - The New York Times

How Facebook May Have Destroyed Our Democracy-For Good

"Who funded this ad?"

Our top 10 best ever vegan bakes | BBC Good Food

On 'SNL,' Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Can't Stay On Message Either | HuffPost

When The Air In Your Home Is More Polluted Than Outside | HuffPost

First on CNN: Acting EPA science adviser retiring - CNNPolitics

Trump's Cheap "Merry Christmas" Christianity Continues to Sway Evangelicals

Thanks, Michelle!



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The Fragile State of the Midwest's Public Universities - The Atlantic

Tillerson: Diplomatic efforts in North Korea will 'continue until the first bomb drops' | TheHill

Bannon: Trump Ended Insurer Subsidies To 'Blow Up' Obamacare - Talking Points Memo

States that voted for Trump most impacted by ObamaCare move: report | TheHill

Trump campaign's legal spending tops $1 million during third quarter - POLITICO

Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton on Duty to Warn: Trump's 'Relation to Reality' Is Dangerous to Us All | Alternet

Trump Given A Subpoena For All Documents Relating To Assault Allegations | Buzzfeed

Trump Goes After NYT Reporter By Name In Latest Round Of Morning Tweets - Talking Points Memo

Bannon Maybe Doesn't Mind Helping Trump-but That's Not His Real Goal | The Daily Beast

9 tweets that prove that there really is a Trump tweet for everything - Business Insider

House: Roger Stone 'complied' with House investigators on identity of Wikileaks contact | TheHill

Russian internet trolls were required to watch 'House of Cards': report | TheHill



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

Way too toasty.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH '9JKL', then a FRESH 'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH 'Me, Myself & I', then a FRESH 'Scorpion'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 9/19/17) are Hillary Rodham Clinton and Emma Stone.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/6/17) are Jim Gaffigan, James Van Der Beek, and Liam Payne.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'The Brave'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 9/18/17) are Demi Lovato and John Cleese.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 9/13/17) are Jeffrey Tambor, Walton Goggins, Action Bronson, and Elaine Bradley.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/18/17) are Danny Pudi, Pup, and Anjelah Johnson.

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 Amy Schumer, DJ Khaled, LCD Soundsystem, and Paul Shaffer.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH 'Valor'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Lucifer', followed by a FRESH 'The Gifted'.

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

A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48'.

AMC offers all old 'The Walking Dead' all night.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-The Rings of Akhaten
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Cold War
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Hide
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-The Crimson Horror
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-Blood Fever
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Darkling
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Favorite Son
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Before and After
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-Real Life
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Distant Origin
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Displaced
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 25-Worst Case Scenario
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-Alter Ego
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-Blood Fever
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Darkling

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 it's The Daily Show Undesked: Chicago 2017.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is David Litt.

FX has the movie 'The Internship', followed by the movie 'Pixels'.

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  -   
 [6:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
 [9:15AM]    TITAN A.E.
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bring It on Home
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bring It on Home
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [11:45PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
 [12:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
 [1:15AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Don't Make Me Send a Lawyer Up There
 [1:45AM]    TITAN A.E.

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-That Darn Kid
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Hey, Look Me Over
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Trick or Treatment
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Foreign Affairs
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Joker Is Wild
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Who Knew?
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Bombshells
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Settling Debts
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Moon Is Not Blue
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Run for the Money
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-U.N. the Night and the Music
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Strange Bedfellows
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Say No More
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Friends and Enemies
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Give and Take
 [1:30PM]    Predator
 [4:00PM]    First Blood
 [6:00PM]    Real Genius
 [8:30PM]    The Lost Boys
 [10:30PM]    Beetlejuice
 [12:30AM]    Back to School
 [2:30AM]    Real Genius
 [5:00AM]    Barney Miller-Power Failure
 [5:30AM]    Barney Miller-Christmas Story    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'From Dusk Till Dawn', followed by the movie 'Truth Or Dare', then the movie 'House Of The Witch'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Bryan Cranston, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Aimee Mann.

 [6:15 AM]      The Snow Devils (1965)
 [8:00 AM]      The (ce Pirates (1984)
 [9:45 AM]      Brainstorm (1983)
 [11:45 AM]      The Power (1968)
 [1:45 PM]      Satellite in the Sky (1956)
 [3:15 PM]      Battle Beneath the Earth (1967)
 [5:00 PM]      Indestructible Man (1956)
 [6:15 PM]      The Ultimate Warrior (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      Madame Satan (1930)
 [10:15 PM]      Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
 [12:15 AM]      Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
 [2:45 AM]      What's Up, Doc? (1972)
 [4:30 AM]      Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  10/17/17

 [6:30 AM]      Joe Smith, American (1942)
 [7:45 AM]      Lost Angel (1943)
 [9:30 AM]      Carnegie Hall (1947)
 [12:00 PM]      Kid Glove Killer (1942)
 [1:30 PM]      The Affairs of Martha (1942)
 [3:00 PM]      I'll Wait for You (1941)
 [4:30 PM]      Seven Sweethearts (1942)
 [6:15 PM]      A Letter for Evie (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      The Devil's Bride (1968)
 [9:45 PM]      The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
 [11:15 PM]      The Mummy (1959)
 [1:00 AM]      The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
 [2:45 AM]      The Plague of the Zombies (1966)
 [4:30 AM]      The Reptile (1966)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Ad Prices Soar

'Saturday Night Live'

Colin Jost, Michael Che, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson try each week to make people laugh during various sketches on "Saturday Night Live." They may have reason to smile on their own.

Ad prices for the venerable late-night NBC mainstay have soared over the past season, making the show as expensive a buy for Madison Avenue as some of TV's top-rated primetime programs, according to estimates from media buyers as well as data from Standard Media Index, a tracker of ad spending.

A 30-second spot in the current season of "Saturday Night Live," its 43rd, has sold in recent weeks for between $100,000 and $300,000, according to data from SMI. A person familiar with the matter says NBC has been seeking $230,000 for a 30-second ad in TV's scatter market, when advertisers buy commercial time closer to air date. Meanwhile, the average cost of a 30-second ad in "SNL" during TV's recent upfront sales season was $183,730, according to estimates from ad buyers.

To put those numbers in perspective, a package of ads in AMC's "The Walking Dead" goes for more than $400,000 while a 30-second spot in ABC's "Modern Family" costs more than $200,000. NBC declined to make executives available for comment.

These have not been the normal prices for the decades-old comedy showcase. The average cost of a 30-second ad in the show's 2016-2017 season was $147,000, according to Standard Media Index. In the prior season, the average cost of a 30-second spot was $89,500, and the average cost of a half-minute commercial in the 2014-2015 season came to $92,500.

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Amazon Cuts Ties

Weinstein Company

Amazon Studios has reportedly cut ties with The Weinstein Company following allegations of sexual assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

At least 30 women have made allegations against Weinstein that range from harassment to sexual assault and rape, also prompting the company he co-founded to dismiss him.

The move from Amazon comes in the wake of its own sexual assault scandal, with the head of its movie studio Roy Price suspended this week over allegations of sexual assault made against him by producer Isa Hackett.

In a memo sent to staff on Friday, Jeff Blackburn, the senior vice president of business development at Amazon said: "Amazon does not tolerate harassment or abuse of our employees or our business partners," The Los Angeles Times reported.

The decision by Amazon to cut ties with The Weinstein Company has also spelled the end of an unnamed big-budget TV project featuring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore and directed by David Russell.

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Ex-Member Claims

Pussycat Dolls

Former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones has broken her silence regarding the sexual harassment she experienced while she was still part of the girl group.

On Friday, Jones took to social media and made a shocking revelation about the band she was part of in a series of tweets. She claimed that she was forced to have sex with powerful people and take illegal drugs in order to be able to remain a singer. "My truth. I wasn't in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring. Oh & we happened to sing & be famous. While everyone who owned us made the $," she wrote on Twitter.

"To be a part of the team you must be a team player. Meaning sleep with whoever they say. If you don't they have nothing on you to leverage…Yes, I said leverage. Meaning after they turn you out or get you hooked on drugs they use it against you. Correct. Victimizing the victim again," she added.

She also called the "den mother" of the group to confess why one of the girls committed suicide, while accusing the unnamed member of mentally breaking them. It has been speculated that Jones was referring to G.R.L. singer Simone Battle, who committed suicide in September 2014, E! News reported.

According to Jones, things got so bad that she "walked away from my dreams, bandmates & a 13 million record deal. We knew we were going to #1." At the time, Jones had been too young to fight back, but now that she is an adult, she expressed her intention of fighting for her rights.

Pussycat Dolls



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German Soccer Team Kneels In Solidarity

Hertha Berlin

German soccer team, Hertha Berlin, shocked fans when they took a knee on the field before their match Saturday.

Players in the National Football League have been widely criticized for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice in the United States. Hertha Berlin players adopted the act as a message of tolerance and a move of solidarity with the protesting NFL players.

"Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility," the team tweeted. "For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore!"

"We are living in the 21st century, not the 18th century, but there are some people who haven't developed their ideologies accordingly," Hertha player Sebastian Langkamp told Sky Sports. "If we can give them a bit of help in doing so, then that's good."

Hertha Berlin


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NFL Kneelers

Most Americans

America gets the movement Colin Kaepernick started even if President-for-now Trump (R-Draft Dodger) doesn't. A new poll released on Saturday by HuffPost/YouGov found 57 percent of Americans knew that players were protesting police violence when they kneeled during the national anthem-up from 48 percent of Americans who knew what kneelers were protesting in September.

Meanwhile, 66 percent of self-described football diehards said they knew NFL protests were in response to police brutality, which was 13 percent more than fans who knew why protesters were kneeling in September. Only 12 percent (down two percent from September's poll) believed, like Trump, that players were protesting the flag; 26 percent (down 20 percent) believed the players were protesting the president.

Although conversations surrounding the protests have been mixed, with viewers split 49 to 36 percent on kneeling during the protests, the majority of Americans (52 percent) disapprove of Trump's rhetoric towards NFL players' decision to protest; only 36 percent agree with him.

Trump launched an attack against the NFL in September when he urged NFL owners and coaches to force players to stand "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!'" the president said during a rally for Republican Senator Luther Strange.

Following those comment, along with a number of tweets condemning players for exercising their First Amendment right, players, coaches and some owners responded by joining protesters and kneeling during the national anthem.

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Dog Whistle For The Haters


Donald Trump (R-Serial Adulterer) has told a conference organised by a hard line Christian group that Americans will be allowed to "say Merry Christmas again".

Mr Trump was the first sitting President to address the Values Voter Summit, hosted by the Family Research Council, who have been classified as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC).

"How times have changed, but you know what, now they are changing back again, just remember that," Mr Trump told the cheering crowd.

The President bemoaned the use of the phrase "Happy Holidays" as a secular seasonal greeting and vowed a return to "Merry Christmas".

Summit organisers also gave out a leaflet on the "health hazards of homosexuality," authored by MassResistance, another group designated as hateful by the SPLC.



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Protest Gender Rights Law

Greek Clerics

Church bells have rung "in mourning" across a western Greek diocese to protest the passing of a law making it easier for people to officially change their gender.

Under the guidance of Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta, a fiery conservative Orthodox bishop, clerics in his diocese decided that starting Sunday church bells are to ring every day, through Saturday, at noon for three minutes. They also called for the repeal of the "anti-Christian and anti-Greek" law.

"It is an outrageous inspiration for someone to change his gender in a few minutes, with a simple declaration, so contrary to what God has gifted people with ... whoever has 'gender dysphoria' is mentally ill," says a statement adopted by the Kalavryta diocese's clerics Saturday.

The statement, which also condemns homosexuality as a "deadly sin" and rails in general against "every kind of bestial deviation," also expressed worries that legislation allowing adoption by same-sex couples will be next.

The law, passed with 171 votes in favor in the 300-member parliament last week, allows Greeks over the age of 15 to change the gender listed on their identity cards and other official documents following a simplified procedure in court. Until now, they had to prove they had undergone sex-change surgery and psychiatric assessment.

Greek Clerics



Not Your Grandma's Cross Stitch


You May Be ...


A female Neanderthal who lived in what is now Croatia 52,000 years ago is revealing that our "caveman" relatives may have passed on genes that play roles in cholesterol levels, eating disorders, arthritis and other diseases today, the researchers who sequenced her genome say.

And some modern humans are carrying around more Neanderthal DNA than scientists had thought: The study found that the genomes of modern human populations that originated outside Africa hold between 1.8 and 2.6 percent Neanderthal DNA. That's much higher than previous estimates of 1.5 to 2.1 percent.

Neanderthals were the closest extinct relatives of modern humans. Research over the past decade has revealed that Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of modern humans who migrated out of Africa, contributing variants of genes that play a wide variety of roles in modern human biology, such as in depression, heart attacks, nicotine addiction and obesity.

By extracting DNA from Neanderthal fossils, researchers sequenced the genomes of five Neanderthals. However, until now, just one of these yielded high-quality data - that of a woman found in Denisova Cave, in the Altai Mountains in Siberia. The fossil of the woman, who lived about 122,000 years ago, is known as the Altai Neanderthal.

Now, scientists have fully sequenced the genome of another female Neanderthal - this one from Vindija Cave, in Croatia - who lived about 52,000 years ago. Prior work suggested that Neanderthals lived in Vindija Cave until relatively late in their history. Scientists estimate that Neanderthals in Europe went extinct around 40,000 years ago.



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Weekend Box Office

'Happy Death Day'

The box office might be struggling this year, but the horror genre is alive and well.

This weekend the "Groundhog Day"-like horror pic "Happy Death Day" scored a first-place finish, surpassing expectations and blowing the much costlier and star-driven "Blade Runner 2049" out of the water.

Studio estimates Sunday show "Happy Death Day" took in $26.5 million from 3,149 North American theaters. With a $5 million production price tag, "Happy Death Day" is already a hit.

Jackie Chan's "The Foreigner" debuted in third place with $12.8 million from 2,515 screens, while "It" landed in fourth place in its sixth weekend in theaters.

The Kate Winslet and Idris Elba disaster pic "The Mountain Between Us" rounded out the top five with $5.7 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1."Happy Death Day," $26.5 million ($5 million international).
    2."Blade Runner 2049," $15.1 million ($29.3 million international).
    3."The Foreigner," $12.8 million ($5.2 million international).
    4."It," $6.1 million ($10.4 million international).
    5."The Mountain Between Us," $5.7 million ($4.1 million international).
    6."American Made," $5.4 million ($3.2 million international).
    7."Kingsman: The Golden Circle," $5.3 million ($15.6 million international).
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