BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 8 April, 2017


8 April, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[64 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly (NY Times)
What makes Trump different from the rest of his party?

Pagan Kennedy: To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old (NY Times)
In 1946, a 23-year-old Army veteran named John Goodenough headed to the University of Chicago with a dream of studying physics. When he arrived, a professor warned him that he was already too old to succeed in the field.

Ezekiel Kweku: Steve Bannon Isn't a Genius (NY Times)
In a way, to believe in Mr. Bannon's genius is to adopt the president's belief in a sort of vulgar technocracy - the belief that the "best people" can solve any problem put in front of them, whether they have expertise in that field or not. […] A life as a real estate mogul and celebrity businessman is adequate preparation for the presidency. But the ability to grab power does not grant the wisdom to wield it, and ungrounded grandiosity is just pretension.

BRENDON HONG: "All Mapped Out: How China's Charting Its Course as a Superpower" (Daily Beasty)
However, even before Trump took the oath of office-before he and his advisers were given the platform to implement embarrassingly inefficient policies-a senior Chinese official had already summed up the CCP's view of the new president. The official couldn't suppress a grin. "We can handle Trump," he said. The official didn't have to draw anyone a map.

Andrew Tobias: China: Moving Away From Coal, Filling The Void We're Creating
When Trump pulled out of the Transpacific Partnership (that would have lowered tariffs for American exports and - importantly - solidified our leadership in the Pacific region), he handed China a tremendous strategic gift.

Marina Hyde: Why Michael Caine blew the doors off in the Brexit ballot (The Guardian)
The actor says his Leave vote was a cry for freedom.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The tomato is the edible fruit of Solanum lycopersicum, which belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae. What is the translation of lycopersicum?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Who is the only American to be elected governor of two different states?

       Sam Houston                                                      Source

Samuel "Sam" Houston (March 2, 1793 - July 26, 1863) was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history. The only American to be elected governor of two states (as opposed to territories or indirect selection), Houston was also the only governor within a future Confederate state to oppose secession (which led to the outbreak of the American Civil War) and to refuse an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, a decision that led to his removal from office by the Texas secession convention.

Houston was born at Timber Ridge Plantation in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was of Scots-Irish descent. After moving to Tennessee, he spent time with the Cherokee Nation (into which he later was adopted as a citizen and into which he married), performed military service during the War of 1812, and successfully participated in Tennessee politics. In 1827, Houston was elected Governor of Tennessee as a Jacksonian. In 1829, he resigned as governor and relocated to the Arkansas Territory. In 1832, Houston was involved in an altercation with a U.S. Congressman, followed by a high-profile trial.

Shortly afterwards, he moved west to Coahuila y Tejas, then a Mexican state, and became a leader of the Texas Revolution.[5] After the war, Houston became a key figure in Texas and was elected as the first and third President of the Republic of Texas. He supported annexation by the United States and upon achieving it in 1845, he became a U.S. Senator and finally a governor of the State of Texas in 1859, whereby Houston became the only person to have become the governor of two different U.S. states through popular election, as well as the only state governor to have been a foreign head of state.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Sam Houston was governor of Tennessee and governor of Texas.

Randall wrote:
   As far as I can tell, it's Sam Houston

  He was once governor of Tennessee and then later became governor of Texas

Alan J said:
   Sam Houston, governor of Tennessee and Texas.

zorch responded:
   Sam Houston governor of Tennessee and Texas

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Sam Houston

Adam answered:
   Sam Houston

Deborah said:
   Sam Houston was governor of Tennessee and Texas.
  Rain and wind, and more to come. Bring it.
  Dj Useo, I remember Dr. Demento and miss his show (does he still broadcast it?). One song stands out: We had just moved to California, in 1986, and I found the Dr. Demento show by accident. A barbershop-quartet group was singing "Autumn in Oxnard" - it was just strange enough to pique my interest.
  BTTBB, thanks for that picture. I've seen and boated on Lake Michigan during calm weather; hard to believe it can build to such heights.
  TGIF, people!

Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   It was Sam Houston, who was elected governor of Tennessee, then Texas.

Billy in Cypress replied:
   Today's answer is Sam Houston, the man who created Texas after immigrating from Tennessee. He was a man of great intelligence, vision and honor, but also a few flaws. I see that CpPDJT-ID got to brandish his "big stick" and clobber a few sites in Syria, after he tacitly gave them permission to gas their citizens. He must be as proud as a peacock and looking for a bigger fight next time in order to distract everyone from his corruption and incompetence. .

mj took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

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

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  April 8 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 8 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Donald Trump's senseless Syria strikes accomplish nothing | Moustafa Bayoumi | Opinion | The Guardian

Psaki: What is America signing on for in Syria? -

Oil prices leap after U.S. missile strike on Syria - Apr. 6, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro review - astonishing portrait of James Baldwin's civil rights fight | Film | The Guardian

Baseball-sized spider discovered in Baja California mine - SFGate

Old jokes still have charm in pleasantly amusing 'Going in Style' - SFGate

Trump fires missiles w/o Congress-suddenly cares about Syrians? No. He's found the #1 distraction

Ya'll realize that Donnie gutted his Alt-Right base last night, right?

NBC accused of being 'sexist' after replacing Rachel Maddow with Brian Williams to cover Syria missile incident -

Gorsuch: Always remember and never forget, when Republicans lose, they cheat

Trump Brand Tanking Around the World - GottaLuvIt!!!

We are now living in the land of the dumbest of F***s ... the dog is now being wagged - Bigly

Coup, a New Manhattan Bar, Aims to Serve Up an Antidote to Trump -

Donald Trump urges compassion for the Syrian children he's banned from the U.S.

Tomi Lahren Is Suing Glenn Beck And TheBlaze | The Huffington Post

Trump Reportedly Prepping Order To Reverse Arctic Drilling Ban | The Huffington Post

Trump Puts Thousands Of Women In Syria At Risk By Defunding U.N. Group | The Huffington Post

When you wish your baby had never been born -

'Fargo' Season 3: Ewan McGregor on Double Role, Noah Hawley Talks Plot at Premiere | Hollywood Reporter

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Reader Comment

Lumpy Jeopardy

You call him Lumpy. Janet, who shared the attached image with me, calls him dumbass. I've settled on Stain (as in Orange Stain).

Saw someone in the comments of an article I was reading refer to him as Orange Foolius which was amusing as I was in Oahu in March for a mystery conference (Left Coast Crime). While there, I had an Orange Julius--the first Orange Julius I've had since 2009 when I attended Left Coast Crime on the Big Island. Before that I was probably in college when I last had an Orange Julius. Why did all the Orange Julius places (at least on the East Coast) disappear? Why are they still in Hawaii?

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

Thanks, Linda (& Janet)!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Majority Of Republicans Said 'No' When Obama Wanted To Launch A Strike On Syria | The Huffington Post

A moment of great danger: Trump meets Chinese president while on the brink of war in Syria -

Four things to know about Russia's 2016 misinformation campaign | PolitiFact

Do Republicans Have Amnesia Over How They Treated Merrick Garland? | The Huffington Post

The Company Formerly Known As Taser Goes All In On Police Body Cameras | The Huffington Post

Conservative Megadonor Wrote $450,000 Check To Spread Indicted Congressman's Fake News Across Texas, Prosecutors Say | The Huffington Post

O'Reilly, Trump, And Ailes: The Culture Of Predatory Harassment Dominating The Conservative Movement -

Why the alt-right loves single-payer health care - Vox

Bill O'Reilly's Mainstreaming Of Bigotry Deserves Punishment Far Beyond Boycotts | The Huffington Post

Are You A Night Owl? It May Be A Gene Mutation | The Huffington Post

Seven Questions About Trump's Syria Strike - The Atlantic



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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Last Night

Overcast but no rain - yet.

Tonight, Saturday:

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

NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN 'SNL'.
'SNL' is FRESH, with Louis CK hosting, music by The Chainsmokers.

ABC fills the night with LIVE 'NBA Basketball', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '20/20'.

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

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a RERUN 'Prison Break'.

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

A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie '3:10 To Yuma', followed by a FRESH 'The Son', then another FRESH 'The Son'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 6
 [7:30AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 4
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Fair Haven
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Blink of an Eye
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Virtuoso
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Memorial
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tsunkatse
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society
 [7:00PM]    WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
 [9:00PM]    WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
 [11:00PM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 20 - Episode 21
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society

Bravo has the movie 'National Lampoon's Vacation', followed by the movie 'National Lampoon's European Vacation', then the movie 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', and 'Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny'.

FX has the movie 'Kung Fu Panda 2', followed by the movie 'The Smurfs 2', then the movie 'The Croods'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars', another 'Counting Cars', then a FRESH 'Road Hauks'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-The Storytellers
 [6:30AM]    BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap
 [7:02AM]    BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
 [7:32AM]    ALIEN
 [10:00AM]    ALIENS
 [1:00PM]    ALIEN 3
 [11:00PM]    BAD BOYS
 [4:45AM]    ALIENS    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    Mississippi Burning
 [9:30AM]    In the Line of Fire
 [12:15PM]    The Sum of All Fears
 [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-None Like It Hot
 [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-They Call the Wind Korea
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Major Ego
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Baby, It's Cold Outside
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Point of View
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Comrade
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Out of Gas
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Sis
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-B.J. Papa San
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Inga
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Price
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Young and the Restless
 [9:00PM]    The Son-First Son of Texas; The Plum Tree
 [11:00PM]    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
 [3:15AM]    In the Line of Fire    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Freddy Vs. Jason', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil: Retribution'.

 [6:00 AM]      Whistling In The Dark (1941)
 [7:30 AM]      The Black Cat (1934)
 [9:00 AM]      Gypsy Colt (1954)
 [10:30 AM]      Ringside Maisie (1941)
 [12:15 PM]      Springfield Rifle (1952)
 [2:00 PM]      Firecreek (1968)
 [4:00 PM]      Winchester '73 (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      The Train Robbers (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
 [10:45 PM]      Black Widow (1954)
 [12:45 AM]      The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
 [2:30 AM]      The Zodiac Killer (1971)
 [4:15 AM]      Psycho (1960)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  04/09/17

 [6:15 AM]      Love Crazy (1941)
 [8:15 AM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [10:00 AM]      Scarlet Street (1945)
 [12:00 PM]      The Miracle Worker (1962)
 [2:00 PM]      Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
 [4:00 PM]      The Best Man (1964)
 [6:00 PM]      The Three Musketeers (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      Fine Feathers (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      What on Earth! (1966)
 [8:00 PM]      Mail Early (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      A Chairy Tale (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      Very Nice, Very Nice (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      Boogie-Doodle (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      Lines Vertical (1960)     [AKA: 'Lines: Vertical']
 [8:00 PM]      Walking (1968)     [AKA: 'En marchant']
 [9:00 PM]      Hot Stuff (1971)
 [9:00 PM]      The Owl Who Married a Goose (1975)
 [9:00 PM]      The Street (1976)
 [9:00 PM]      An Old Box (1975)
 [9:00 PM]      The Family That Dwelt Apart (1973)
 [9:00 PM]      Monsieur Pointu (1975)
 [9:00 PM]      Mindscape (1976)     [AKA: 'Le Paysagiste']
 [10:15 PM]      E (1981)
 [10:15 PM]      Every Child (1979)
 [10:15 PM]      Why Me (1978)
 [10:15 PM]      Zea (1981)
 [10:15 PM]      Log Driver's Waltz (1979)     [AKA: 'Canada Vignettes: Log Driver's Waltz']
 [10:15 PM]      La Plage (1978)     [AKA: 'Holiday Hotel']
 [10:15 PM]      The Big Snit (1985)
 [10:15 PM]      The Sweater (1980)
 [10:15 PM]      Sea Dream (1979)
 [11:30 PM]      Blackfly (1991)
 [11:30 PM]      Les Iris (1991)     [AKA: 'The Irises']
 [11:30 PM]      Bob's Birthday (1994)
 [11:30 PM]      When the Day Breaks (2000)
 [11:30 PM]      My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts (1999)
 [11:30 PM]      The Cat Came Back (1988)
 [12:30 AM]      Leap Year (1921)     SILENT 
 [12:30 AM]      The Knockout (1914)     SILENT 
 [2:15 AM]      Late Spring (1949)     [AKA: 'Banshun']
 [4:15 AM]      Sound of the Mountain (1954)     [AKA: 'Yama no oto']    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Smoke rises while a man herds sheep after an airstrike on rebel-held Daraa Al-Balad, Syria April 7, 2017.
Photo by Alaa Al-Faqir


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


When Rock 'n' Roll Loomed Large Over the Sunset Strip | Collectors Weekly


Hollywood Honors

Carl and Rob Reiner

Father and son filmmakers Carl and Rob Reiner were honored Friday for a combined 130 years in show business when they sunk their hands and feet into wet cement on Hollywood Boulevard.

The celebration marked the first time in the 90-year history of the imprint ceremonies at the TCL Chinese Theatre -- originally Grauman's Chinese Theatre -- that a father and son had been honored together. The event was part of the TCM Classic Film Festival.

Carl Reiner, 95, started out as a Broadway performer, getting his television break when he joined Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on the live variety series "Your Show of Shows."

Rob Reiner, 70, rose to fame portraying Archie Bunker's notoriously liberal son-in-law Michael "Meathead" Stivic on CBS sitcom "All in the Family," created by veteran producer Norman Lear, who attended Friday's ceremony.

Among the Reiners' well-wishers at the Chinese Theatre were Hollywood star Billy Crystal and Emmy Award-winning television host Tom Bergeron.

Carl and Rob Reiner


A Member of the Samaritan community carries a case containing Torah scrolls during a pray atop Mount Gerizim, above the city of Nablus, West Bank, April 7, 2017. The Samaritan followers prepare to celebrate the Passover holiday on April 10. The Samaritan religion is descended from the ancient Israelite tribes of Menashe and Efraim, and the community numbers today less than 800 people, half of who live on Mount Grizim in the West Bank and the other half in Holon, next to Tel Aviv. Samaritans recite prayers in ancient Hebrew using a Torah scoll.
Photo by Alaa Badarneh


Bikinis on Record: 35 Album Cover Beach Girls of the 1960s-1980s


Men Hold Hands In Solidarity


In a simple act of solidarity, same-sex couples and many others across the Netherlands have held hands this week to protest the beating of two gay men - an attack that shook a nation that has long prided itself on its tolerance.

The beating in the eastern city of Arnhem was far from isolated in the Netherlands, long seen as one of the world's most welcoming to same-sex couples. The city's mayor conducted the world's first gay marriages in 2001.

But it has touched a raw nerve in this nation whose tolerance on other fronts has eroded in recent years with the rise of anti-Islam and anti-immigrant populism and a crackdown on the country's famed liberal drug policies.

On Wednesday evening hundreds of people walked hand-in-hand through the streets of Amsterdam to express solidarity with the victims of the beating in the early hours of Sunday.

That sparked the viral hashtag "allemannenhandinhand" (all men hand-in-hand,) with everybody from the Dutch deputy prime minister and finance minister to sports stars and TV personalities posting pictures of themselves holding hands.



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Governor Declares End To Drought


Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to California's historic drought Friday, lifting emergency orders that had forced residents to stop running sprinklers as often and encouraged them to rip out thirsty lawns during the state's driest four-year period on record.

The governor's order that keeps in place conservation measures came as a springtime storm bears down on the waterlogged state.

The drought strained native fish that migrate up rivers, killed millions of trees, and forced farmers in the nation's leading agricultural state to rely heavily on groundwater, with some tearing out orchards. It also dried up wells, forcing hundreds of families in rural areas to drink bottled water and bathe from buckets.

Brown declared the drought emergency in 2014, and officials later ordered mandatory conservation for the first time in state history. Regulators last year relaxed the rules after a rainfall was close to normal.

But monster storms this winter erased nearly all signs of drought, blanketing the Sierra Nevada with deep snow, California's key water source, and boosting reservoirs.



A trainer looks at a German Shepherd jumping over a fence in front of the Orthodox Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia April 7, 2017.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin


Why We Think Outhouses All Had Crescent Moons in Their Doors | Atlas Obscura


Consecrates Monastery In India

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama consecrated a Buddhist monastery on Thursday in India's remote northeast, amid Chinese warnings that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to a disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India.

Nearly 10,000 people, some of them from neighboring Bhutan, greeted the Dalai Lama at the Thupsung Dhargyeling Monastery in Tawang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Indian official Jemba Tshering said.

The visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which China also claims as its territory, has raised tensions between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbors. China's Foreign Ministry has said the visit "severely harms China's interests and the China-India relationship," while India has cautioned Beijing to stay out of its internal affairs.

China considers the 81-year-old monk, who fled to India in 1959 amid an uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet, a separatist seeking Tibet's independence. The Dalai Lama says he merely advocates substantial autonomy and protection of the region's native Buddhist culture.

The visit is the Dalai Lama's seventh to Arunachal Pradesh and his first since 2009. China has criticized previous visits, but they did not spark any major rift between the two countries.

Dalai Lama


Digby's Hullabaloo


Abortion Rights Activists Rally


Hundreds of abortion rights activists rallied at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, saying a raft of proposed legislation placing restrictions on the procedure in the most populous Republican-controlled state would endanger millions of women.

Lawmakers in Texas, which vaulted to the forefront of the national abortion debate when the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 struck down a previous set of the state's restrictions, are looking in the current session to pass bills that include a ban on a common form of second-trimester abortions.

Last month, the Texas Senate also approved a so-called wrongful birth bill. The measure shields doctors from lawsuits if they withhold information about potential fetal abnormalities if they believe the information may prompt the parents to seek an abortion. Supporters say the measure protects the sanctity of life.

Former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat who gained fame for her 2013 filibuster against the state's abortion restrictions, told the rally that social conservatives have been emboldened by the election of Republican Donald Trump as president and "hell-bent" on holding women back.

"Now, we are facing the worst political attacks on women's health in a generation," she said on the Capitol steps in front of supporters holding pink signs reading "Don't take away our care."



Filipinos stand together to form a 'Human Blood Drop' to mark World Health Day in Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines, April 7, 2017. A total of 4,817 people joined to create the shape of a drop of blood during an event organized by the Philippine Blood Center and the local government of Marikina. The participants seek to acquire a listing for the 'World's largest blood drop' by Guinness World Records.
Photo by Francis R. Malasig


Galileo's Missing Fingers | Amusing Planet


Threatened To Resign


President Donald Trump (R-Crooked) removed White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon from his role on the National Security Council (NSC) on Wednesday. However, Bannon was not convinced with the plan and had threatened to resign if the change was made, the New York Times reported.

The former chairman of conservative news outlet Breitbart "resisted the move" over changes in his position on the NSC and warned the Trump team he would resign from his current job, an anonymous White House official told the Times. Bannon's team, however, told the daily he never made such a threat and the change did not indicate any "diminution of his outsize influence."

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster was behind Bannon's removal from the NSC, the Times reported. McMaster reportedly insisted ousting Bannon from the White House Situation Room where the latest information on a military or political situation is discussed.

However, CNN's senior White House correspondent tweeted late Wednesday saying Bannon was, in fact, in the Situation Room despite being removed from the NSC.

According to the Times, Trump was also bothered with the recognition Bannon received for his work on the Trump administration's agenda and was not pleased with the media calling his top adviser "President Bannon."



30 Years After This Photographer's Death, A Hidden Box Of Early Gender-Bending Experiments Was Found


High Court May Re-Examine

Civil Rights Act

A ruling by a U.S. appeals court in Chicago reopens the question of whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act's protections apply to LGBT workers in the same way they bar discrimination based on someone's race, religion or national origin.

The immediate impact of the 7th Circuit's decision Tuesday is that employers in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin - the states under the court's jurisdiction - would be breaking federal law by showing bias against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.

But because the ruling conflicts with all the others made by federal appellate courts since the 1970s, the U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately have to decide whether to uphold the Chicago ruling as national precedent or strike it down as judicial overreach.

The Supreme Court typically agrees to take up an issue when it sees judicial discord between the nation's 13 U.S. circuit courts. Now that the 7th Circuit's interpretation of the Civil Rights Act stands alone, the odds improve that the Supreme Court will take it on one day.

A Supreme Court with Gorsuch on the bench would mean five justices appointed by Republican presidents and four by Democrats, though the 7th Circuit's ruling demonstrates that who makes the appointments isn't always a reliable indication of how judges vote. Out of the eight appellate judges who agreed the Civil Rights Act should incorporate bias against LGBT workers, five were Republican.

Civil Rights Act


Canadian soldiers stand in a line in front of a black boot with a red poppy, representing the fallen, at the WWI Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France on,April 7, 2017. Commemoration ceremonies will take place on Sunday at the memorial to honor Canadian soldiers who were killed or wounded during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.
Photo by Virginia Mayo


The Tin Can School 'Buses' of India


Finds Source Of Invasive Weed


An invasive weed likely entered Minnesota through seed planted on land in a U.S. conservation program, state agriculture officials said on Thursday, bringing to a close an official probe of a growing threat to agricultural production.

Infestations of the weed, Palmer amaranth, have affected other states in the U.S. Midwest through seed planted on land in the federal Conservation Reserve Program, weed scientists have said. The program pays farmers to remove land from crop production to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and protect endangered species.

Palmer amaranth, which is native to the Southwest, has spread across conservation land in Iowa, which accounts for nearly a fifth of U.S. corn production and in 2016 exported more than $1 billion of corn and soy.

Infestations of Palmer amaranth, which can grow as much as 2 inches a day, spread over 30 plantings in the federal program in Minnesota, according to the state agriculture department.

All infested Minnesota conservation plantings used seed from Cottonwood, Minnesota-based Green Valley Seed, the department said in a statement. The investigation did not find Palmer amaranth in leftover seed that was not used.



A Visual Guide to Vantablack, the Darkest Substance Ever Made «TwistedSifter


Symptom-Free Virus May Dpark Allergy


A common virus in infancy could trigger a life-long allergy to gluten and lead to celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder which affects one in 133 people in the United States, researchers said Thursday.

Celiac disease is caused when the body has an improper immune response -- much like an allergy -- to the protein gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley.

The disease damages the lining of the small intestine, and has no cure. It can only be treated by adopting a gluten-free diet.

But if Thursday's study in the journal Science -- based on experiments using mice -- is confirmed in larger studies in people, researchers said a vaccine might be able to prevent celiac disease in the future.

The study found that intestinal bugs called reoviruses can make the immune system overreact to gluten, a protein that is already difficult to digest.



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