BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 25 March, 2017


25 March, 2017

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David Kurtz: So Much Winning (TPM; published 23 March 2017)
The nugget that probably best captures the day came from the Congressional Budget Office. It assessed the most recent version of the bill and concluded that it will still take coverage away from 24 million people, just like the original version of the bill, but will cost an additional $186 billion to do so.

Paul Krugman: The Scammers, the Scammed and America's Fate (NY Times Column)
This false symmetry [by the media] - downplaying the awfulness of some candidates, vastly exaggerating the flaws of their opponents - isn't the only reason America is in the mess it's in. But it's an important part of the story. And now we're all about to pay the price.

James S Gordon: Does the 'Cyrus prophecy' help explain evangelical support for Donald Trump? (The Guardian)
The Persian king might have been a pagan, but he still served God's plans. For some Christians, Donald Trump does just that.

Charles Bramesco: "Invade and conquer: film's grisly return to body horror" (The Guardian)
Get Out, Life and Alien: Covenant are gruesome reminders that being taken over by someone (or something) else is as terrifying as ever. Spoilers ahead.

Alexis Petridis: "The Jesus and Mary Chain: 'Pop is dreadful. Switch on a radio, I guarantee it'll be garbage'" (The Guardian)
Jim and William Reid have been back in the studio for the first time in two decades - and just about survived each other to make new album Damage and Joy. They talk about being trapped in the desert, playing the Haçienda and the horrors of Heart FM.

JF Sargent: How Zootopia Gets Its Own Point Exactly Backwards (Cracked)
There's a great old comic that a lot of you read in college called Maus. It's a personal history of the author's father surviving the Holocaust, told through the metaphor of cats chasing mice. The Nazis are cats, the people they're trying to exterminate are mice, in case you were at all confused about how that situation might shake out.

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming (The Guardian)
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens.

Susan Cooper: libraries are the frontline in the war for the imagination (The Guardian)
"We write the books, but you people, out there, have more influence than anyone over our readers. Without the channel that you keep clear, between the private worlds of the child who became a writer, and the new child out there reading, there would be no point in children's literature at all. Like all authors, I'm grateful to you. Please don't stop."

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Trivia Question of the Day

Who was the first woman executed by the United States federal government?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Destino is an animated short film that originally was a collaboration between Walt Disney and ___________?__________

       Salvador Dali                                                      Source

Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was originally a collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish Surrealist painterSalvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz.

Destino (Spanish for destiny) was storyboarded by Disney studio artist John Hench and artist Salvador Dalí for eight months in late 1945 and 1946; however production ceased not long after. The Walt Disney Company, then Walt Disney Studios, was plagued by financial woes in the World War II era. Hench compiled a short animation test of about 17 seconds in the hopes of rekindling Disney's interest in the project, but the production was no longer deemed financially viable and put on indefinite hiatus.

In 1999, Walt Disney's nephew Roy E. Disney, while working on Fantasia 2000, unearthed the dormant project and decided to bring it back to life. Walt Disney Studios Paris, the company's small Parisian production department, was brought on board to complete the project. The short was produced by Baker Bloodworth and directed by French animator Dominique Monféry in his first directorial role. A team of approximately 25 animators deciphered Dalí and Hench's cryptic storyboards (with a little help from the journals of Dalí's wife Gala Dalí and guidance from Hench himself), and finished Destino's production. The end result is mostly traditional animation, including Hench's original footage, but it also contains some computer animation.        Source

Destino - Walt Disney & Salvador Dalí [1945 - 2003] - YouTube

Randall was first and correct with:
   Salvadore Dali

Alan J wrote:
   Salvador Dali.

mj said:
   Just saw a link to this
  It's actually quite moving and beautiful. Disney paired wit Salvador Dali. It's what happens when mustaches collaborate.

David of Moon Valley replied:
   my answer haiku...
     the one the only
     man of melting watches fame
     Salvador Dali

Deborah responded:
   Salvador Dali. I wrote a term paper on him and his art in high school, and lost points for using "juxtaposition" - never could find a better word.
  Rain has moved back in, along with a wind advisory; 30 mph sustained + gusts. Better batten down the hatches, Dale, lest you blow away.

Adam answered:
   Salvador Dali

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dali

Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   That was a collaboration between Disney and Salvador Dali.
  I've seen it on the tubes of the interweb.

Dave in Tucson replied:
   Believe Destino was a collaboration between Walt Disney & Salvadore Dali.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful answered:
   Salvador Dali…odd, but not surprising pairing…never have seen it…cold and rainy day…So the Refucks gave up on blowing up the ACA for now…the thinking with their asses ruling party have probably retired to their caves to tend to their wounds.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   Today's question was an obscure one, but the answer is more well known, Salvador Dali. Destino is Spanish for destiny which is future tense for karma. I can only wish that CpPDJT-ID's destiny is to get all the karma he deserves, preferably in a small prison cell with all the usual furnishings provided a common convict.

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Reader Comment


Nunes is completely incompetent, an idiot, and unfit for his committee chairmanship. He must be replaced.

And Mr. "Art of the Deal" couldn't threaten and intimidate his own people into voting for their crap bill any more than Mitch the Bitch and Eddie Munster Ryan have been able to do hundreds of times before. What a shame they couldn't strip people of health care. LOSERS!

Get used to eating excrement, Stain. Loser is what you are. Crap is what your term of office will be judged. Can't wait for the treasonous wretch to be impeached AND removed from office. Let's find someone who actually wants to govern & lead the country from the White House instead of feathering his own pockets illegally and using our tax dollars for constant vacations/escapes to Florida (and paying to protect his grown-ass kids on business trips to make more money for all of them)!

I vote for erecting a guillotine and dispatching them all--Stain, all the kids, Bannon, Priebus, The Hag, Spicey, that Southern cow spokeswoman, and Miller! You can add Pence, Ryan, and Mitch if you want. Once we start dropping the blade, we might as well purge all the traitors.

Actually, a guillotine may be too merciful as it was invented to be swift and a "clean" cut. Let's go back to the dull axes used by the Brits in the time of Henry VIII--remember Anne Boleyn PAID for a swordsman so her execution would be fast and less awful.

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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.

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Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Ransom', followed by '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night with the movie 'Despicable Me 2', followed by a RERUN 'SNL'.
'SNL' is a RERUN with Kristen Stewart hosting, music by Alessia Cara.

ABC starts the night with the movie 'Over The Hedge', followed by '20/20'.

The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Shots Fired', followed by a RERUN 'Empire'.

MY recycles an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'The Godfather: Part II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - EPISODE 4
 [7:30AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - EPISODE 2
 [9:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [10:00AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Islands
 [11:00AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Jungles
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Deserts
 [2:00PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Grasslands
 [3:10PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Islands
 [4:20PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [5:30PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Jungles
 [6:40PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Deserts
 [7:50PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Grasslands
 [9:00PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-Cities
 [11:11PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [12:00AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-Cities
 [2:10AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water

Bravo has the movie 'Superbad', followed by the movie 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'We're The Millers'.

FX has the movie 'Let's Be Cops', followed by the movie 'The Maze Runner'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', and 3 more 'Counting Cars'.

IFC  -   
 [7:15AM]    FRIDAY THE 13TH
 [9:15AM]    28 WEEKS LATER
 [11:30AM]    YOU'RE NEXT
 [1:30PM]    SAFE
 [11:45PM]    HOMEFRONT

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    A History of Violence
 [8:00AM]    King Arthur
 [10:30AM]    The Devil's Advocate
 [1:30PM]    Rocky III
 [4:00PM]    Rocky IV
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Love Story
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Sniper
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Springtime
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Abyssinia, Henry
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Ma
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Lt. Radar O'Reilly
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Colonel's Horse
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Fallen Idol
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Your Hit Parade
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Party
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Goodbye Radar
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Goodbye Radar
 [12:00AM]    Ocean's Eleven
 [2:30AM]    Rocky IV
 [4:30AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini
 [4:45AM]    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'GI Joe: Retaliation', followed by the movie 'Independence Day'.

 [6:15 AM]      After the Thin Man (1936)
 [8:30 AM]      Suddenly (1954)
 [10:15 AM]      The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
 [12:15 PM]      Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
 [3:45 PM]      Dial M for Murder (1954)
 [5:45 PM]      Wait Until Dark (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      The Pink Panther (1964)
 [10:15 PM]      Arsene Lupin (1932)
 [12:00 AM]      The Haunting (1963)
 [2:00 AM]      House (1977)
 [4:00 AM]      A Story from Chikamatsu (1954)     [AKA: 'The Crucified Lovers']    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  03/26/17

 [6:00 AM]      Of Human Hearts (1938)
 [8:00 AM]      Lifeboat (1944)
 [10:00 AM]      Tension (1950)
 [12:00 PM]      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
 [2:15 PM]      Sullivan's Travels (1942)
 [4:00 PM]      Yours, Mine And Ours (1968)
 [6:00 PM]      How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
 [8:00 PM]      Rachel, Rachel (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
 [12:00 AM]      The Outlaw And His Wife (1917)     SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Torment (1944)
 [4:00 AM]      Hour of the Wolf (1968)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Race official Graham Warren wears a cat mask and 3D sunglasses trackside during the first Formula One practice session at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia on March 24, 2017.
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When Medieval Monks Couldn't Cure the Plague, They Launched a Luxe Skincare Line | Collectors Weekly


Plan To Dig Up President's Body - Again

James K. Polk

President James K. Polk did big things for America, dramatically expanding its borders by annexing Texas and seizing California and the Southwest in a war with Mexico. Achieving undisturbed eternal rest has proved more difficult.

In a proposal that has riled some folks in Tennessee, including a very distant relative of the nation's 11th president, some state lawmakers want to move Polk's body to what would be its fourth resting place in the nearly 170 years since he died of cholera.

The plan is to exhume Polk's remains and those of his wife, Sarah, from their white-columned tomb on the grounds of the state Capitol in Nashville and take them about 50 miles to his father's home, now known as the James K. Polk Home and Museum, in Columbia. A vote on the resolution could come as early as Monday.

Backers of the resolution, including Sen. Joey Hensley, a Republican whose district includes the museum, have argued that Polk's tomb is in an out-of-the-way spot on the Capitol grounds and that he deserves better.

Polk died in 1849, just three months after leaving the White House, and was originally laid to rest in what is now the Nashville City Cemetery because of an ordinance that said people who died of infectious diseases had to be buried on the outskirts of town within 24 hours. Less than a year later, he was moved to a tomb in the yard of his Nashville mansion, just as he had specified in his will.

James K. Polk


Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama holds the chin of the Australian cricket team captain Steven Smith during an interaction with the team at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, March 24, 2017.
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Beth Fukumoto Leaves Republican Party


Rep. Beth Fukumoto, who served as the Republican leader of Hawaii's House of Representatives until being demoted for calling out President Donald Trump, resigned from her party Wednesday.

Fukumoto, 33, who was the youngest Hawaii lawmaker to be the state's House minority leader, will now try to become a Democrat, NBC News reported Wednesday. Trump's presidential campaign rhetoric in which he frequently marginalized Muslim and Mexican communities caused the Republican Party to become a political group that tolerates "racism and sexism," Fukumoto wrote in a letter announcing her resignation Wednesday.

Republican lawmakers in Hawaii stripped away Fukumoto's position as House Minority leader one day after she addressed participants of Hawaii's Women March in January and said Trump's remarks about women and minorities on his campaign were "unacceptable."

"This party has chosen to be Trump's party. The Hawaii Republican Party is the party of Trump. Especially the things he says about minorities, if the Republican Party doesn't contradict them I do think it's going to hurt," Fukumoto told local reporters Thursday.

Fukumoto, the granddaughter of a Japanese-American grocery store owner, reportedly became convinced that resigning was the clear choice when Trump and his Republican supporters failed to condemn the internment of roughly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II while promoting a Muslim registry. Creating a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries would be legal and "hold constitutional muster," Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told CBS News on Nov. 17, citing the internment of Japanese-Americans and security measures put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks where non-citizen male U.S. residents over the age of 16 from countries considered as military threats had to register with government offices.



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Art Basel In Hong Kong

Dead Dictators

A "breathing" Fidel Castro is among several ex-communist leaders gathered in Hong Kong this week -- one of the world's centres of capitalism -- as part of a cheeky exhibition at Art Basel.

Lifelike replicas of Mao Zedong, Vladimir Lenin, Kim Il-Sung, Ho Chi Minh and the former Cuban leader are lying in state in the city's harbourfront convention centre, drawing curious, smartphone-snapping art enthusiasts.

Made from acrylic and silica gel and dressed in their signature uniforms, all lie in glass coffins, except for Castro, who can be seen "breathing" almost imperceptibly on his deathbed.

The installation, called "Summit", was created by Chinese artist Shen Shaomin who said the work was conceived as a response to the global financial crisis of 2008.

It was originally commissioned for the Sydney Biennale contemporary art festival in 2010 -- when Castro was still alive -- as an imaginary meeting of former dictators to parody the now defunct G8 grouping of wealthy industrialised nations.

Dead Dictators


A model presents a creation by Japanese designers Yusuke Muramatsu and Ayumi Sekiguchi for the label 'MURRAL' during the Tokyo Fashion Week, in Tokyo, Japan, March 24, 2017.
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UN Warns May Be War Crime

Cultural Heritage

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and warning the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and other combatants that such attacks may constitute war crimes.

The resolution approved by the U.N.'s most powerful body expands previous measures which were limited to the illicit trafficking in looted cultural items to fund terrorism, and focused on Iraq and Syria where Islamic State extremists have destroyed ancient sites including Palmyra.

The newly adopted measure targets not only IS, al-Qaida and its affiliates but all parties to conflicts.

It condemns and urges prosecution of those responsible for attacks against historic monuments and sites and buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes as well as those who carry out illegal excavations, loot and traffic in stolen goods.

Cultural Heritage


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Oil Spill 3 Tmes Larger Than First Estimated

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A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.

About 530,000 gallons of oil is now believed to have spilled from the Belle Fourche Pipeline that was likely ruptured by a slumping hillside about 16 miles northwest of Belfield in Billings County, Health Department environmental scientist Bill Seuss said. The earlier estimate was about 176,000 gallons.

No decision has been made on any fines against Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the pipeline. The company says it is committed to cleaning up the spill and that the job is about 80 percent done.

There's no timeline for completion, spokeswoman Wendy Owen said. "We will be there until it is" done.

The pipeline had been leaking since being restarted Dec. 1 following routine maintenance, Seuss said. A landowner discovered the spill on Dec. 5.

North Dakota


Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing ruins his car's underbody during the first practice session at Albert Park GP Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, March 24, 2017.
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Bill Would Bar Discrimination

Climate Change Deniers

Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person's beliefs about climate change to that list.

Rep. Larry Lockman has introduced a bill that would limit the attorney general's ability to investigate or prosecute people based on their political speech, including their views on climate change. It would also prohibit the state from discriminating in buying goods or services or awarding grants or contracts based on a person's "climate change policy preferences."

Lockman, an independent business consultant from Amherst, told The Associated Press that he believes it's an open question whether human activity is the primary cause of climate change.

Peer-reviewed studies, science organizations and climate scientists say that the world is warming from man-made forces.

Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt, a Democrat of South Portland and a marine biologist who sits on the judiciary committee that has the bill, said prospects for passage are poor. She said she expected "the entire Democratic caucus is going to hate it," and some Republicans will, too.

Climate Change Deniers


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Charities Targeted In East Europe


When his government lost a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights last week over its detention and expulsion of two migrants from Bangladesh, Hungary's rightwing prime minister blamed the usual suspect: a billionaire in New York.

"It is a collusion of human traffickers, Brussels bureaucrats and the organizations that work in Hungary financed by foreign money," Viktor Orban told public radio on Friday.

Across former Communist states of east and central Europe, leaders with a hardline bent have turned their wrath in recent months against Soros, a Hungarian-American financier who funds liberal charities and non-governmental organizations worldwide through his Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The campaign against Soros in countries formerly dominated by Moscow appears to follow a template set by Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose own crackdown on foreign-funded charities drove Soros's foundation out of Russia two years ago.

And now, with President Donald Trump in the White House, anti-Soros campaigners in Eastern Europe say they have also drawn inspiration from the United States, particularly from rightwing U.S. media like the website Breitbart, which has long vilified Soros as a liberal hate figure.



Bosphorus strait and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge are pictured through the window of a passenger aircraft over Istanbul, Turkey, Turkey, March 24, 2017.
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Takes Up Broadband Privacy Repeal


The U.S. Senate on Wednesday took up a measure to repeal regulations adopted by the Obama administration requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc .

The Senate began debate on Wednesday evening under a provision that allows Congress to repeal recently approved federal regulations.

Under the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October under then-President Barack Obama, internet providers would need to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children's information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing.

Earlier this month, the FCC temporarily blocked those rules from taking effect, a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc that had strongly opposed the measure.

But Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said that broadband providers build profiles "about our children from birth. This is a gold mine of data - the holy grail so to speak. It is no wonder that broadband providers want to be able to sell this information to the highest bidder without consumers' knowledge or consent. And they want to collect and use this information without providing transparency or being held accountable."



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OKs More Saints

Pope Frankie

Pope Francis is making five more child saints: Two Portuguese shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in Fatima 100 years ago, and three Mexican adolescents who were killed for their Catholic faith in the 16th century.

Francis signed the decrees Thursday, raising the likelihood that he might canonize the Portuguese siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto during his upcoming trip to the Fatima shrine.

In the case of the Mexicans, Francis declared the three Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala worthy of sainthood without having a miracle attributed to their intercession, once again sidestepping the Vatican's typical saint-making process.

The boys, Cristobal, Antonio and Juan, were converted to Catholicism by missionaries in the early 1500s and were killed by their countrymen. St. John Paul II beatified them in 1990 during his second visit to Mexico.

No date was set for either canonization ceremony, but it's possible that Francis will declare the Marto siblings saints during his May 12-13 visit to Fatima, adding another reason for celebration at the shrine as it marks the centennial anniversary of the apparitions.

Pope Frankie


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Giant Panda twin cubs Fu Feng and Fu Ban, which were born on August 7, 2016, are seen in their enclosure at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, March 23, 2017.
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