BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 27 May, 2017


27 May, 2017

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[113 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: It's All About Trump's Contempt (NY Times Column)
His budget and health plan show he despises his voters. Will they notice?

Zack Ford: GOP lawmaker chokes back tears after finding out the impact of the health care bill he helped write (ThinkProgress)
That's what happens when you believe your party's own lies.

Caitlin McNeal: GOPer Gianforte Wins Montana House Race, Apologizes For Alleged Assault (TPM)
Gianforte pulled off a victory despite his alleged assault of a reporter Wednesday night as his campaign headquarters. Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, said that Gianforte bodyslammed him after he attempted to asked the candidate a question about the House Republican health care bill. A Fox News reporter who was in the room supported Jacobs' account of the incident, saying that Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck, pushed him to the ground, and punched him.

Emma Brockes: So what if the poor buy avocados - everybody deserves a little luxury (The Guardian)
I have ordered avocado toast a few times in my life, and its mark-up has never particularly appalled me. It is bad value in the same way Starbucks coffee is bad value, or a $20 lipstick, or any of the other extravagances that fly beneath the radar even of those who are trying to save money.

Andrew Tobias: "The Trump Budget: Laff(er)able"
Think of it from the billionaires' point of view. Yes, it transfers $900 billion over a decade from those in need to the affluent few, but what a burden that lifts from their overtaxed shoulders! How it will uplift their souls! Isn't this what Trump was elected to do?

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett: Stop spending money on avocados? Good idea, I'll have a house deposit by 2117 (The Guardian)
… the theory posited by Australian millionaire and property mogul Tim Gurner is that if young people weren't spending so much money on brunch, they might be able to afford to buy a house (which has nothing to do with luxury property developers such as Gurner, naturellement). He is not the first wealthy man to say this. Anyone my age and younger has become used to it by now.

Catherine Porter: At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death (NY Times)
Tormented by an incurable disease, John Shields knew that dying openly and without fear could be his legacy, if his doctor, friends and family helped him.

All Hail the Emperor of San Francisco (Neatorama)
Few monarchs have ruled as kindly or been as revered by their subjects as Joshua Abraham Norton-aka his Imperial Majesty Norton I. Calling himself the "Emperor of these United States" (he later added "Protector of Mexico"), Norton "ruled" from 1859 to 1880 from his home in San Francisco. True, Norton was out of his mind at the time, and by "ruled," we mean "made a lot of laws that no one ever followed." But in San Francisco he was so popular that he's still celebrated to this day.

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Trivia Question of the Day

In what country did the bagel originate?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What country produces about 43% of the world's cocoa?

       Ivory Coast                                                      Source

Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods. Cacao has been cultivated by many cultures for at least three millennia in Mesoamerica. The earliest evidence of use traces to the Mokaya (Mexico and Guatemala), with evidence of chocolate beverages dating back to 1900 BCE. In fact, the majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Maya and Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolatl, a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water". The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Roughly two-thirds of the entire world's cocoa is produced in West Africa, with 43% sourced from Ivory Coast, where child labor is a common practice to obtain the product. According to the World Cocoa Foundation, some 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood. In the UK, most chocolatiers purchase their chocolate from them, to melt, mold and package to their own design. According to the WCF's 2012 report, the Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa in the world.        Source

zorch was first and correct with:
   Ivory Coast.

Alan J said:
   Ivory Coast.

Mark. wrote:
   The Ivory Coast produces the most cocoa beans in the world.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Ivory Coast

Adam answered:
   The Ivory Coast

Billy in Cypress replied:
   It seems that the top cocoa producer is The Ivory Coast with its new name, Côte d'Ivoire. It was not on CpPDJT-ID's foreign tour, so it does not get much publicity.

Daniel in The City said:
   Cote d'Ivoire, fka Ivory Coast

Randall took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

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

DJ Useo took the day off.

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

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  May 27 Birthdays - Celebrities Born May 27 | Famous Birthdays

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Michelle in AZ

Greg Gianforte's victory in Montana hands Republican party a fresh liability | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump offers shoves and strange handshakes on the world stage | Ross Barkan | Opinion | The Guardian

Negativity bias: why conservatives are more swayed by threats than liberals | Science | The Guardian

Trump's behavior at NATO is a national embarrassment - SFGate

Der Spiegel: "It's Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump"

"The Conservative Mind Has Become Diseased" - Michael Gerson

Britain's great explorations now online - BBC News

In Europe, World Leaders Try To Change Trump's Mind On Climate Change : The Two-Way : NPR

States Attempt To Rein In Nursing Home Evictions : Shots - Health News : NPR

Robert Mercer Is A Force To Be Reckoned With In Finance And Conservative Politics : NPR

Defectors Reflect On Life In North Korea : Parallels : NPR

Breaking: Russian Ambassador Told Moscow that Kushner Wanted Secret Communications With Kremlin

Trump Budget: Cuts Impact Appalachian Regional Commission |

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Paul Krugman: Republicans are stripping our freedoms one by one -

GOP strategist admits he colluded with Russian hackers to hurt Hillary Clinton, Democrats -

LISTEN: "They probably are going to find impeachable offenses," predicts professor on Donald Trump -

Donald Trump Is a Menace to the World: Opinion - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The national Republican Party tolerates violence and explicit racism. -

A Republican strategist is now confirmed to have colluded with Russian hackers -

The Republicans Broke American Politics, and Media Elites Are Blind to It | New Republic

Franklin Graham Continues To Be The Worst Thing To Happen To God In A While | HuffPost

What if it happened here? - Vox

Kick Donald Trump's Circus Out of Town -

Inside Hillary Clinton's Surreal Post-Election Life -

Clinton on election loss: 'I won't lie, Chardonnay helped' | TheHill

Manafort advised Trump team on Russia scandal - POLITICO

State Dept. lifts limit on refugee admissions | TheHill

A Dana Rohrabacher Reader: 21 Years of Articles on OC's Grossest, Whiniest Congress-Loser | OC Weekly



Team Coco


The "VEEP" Cast On Their Least Favorite Nicknames

The "VEEP" writers have insulted the cast with character nicknames like "beefy blonde" and "gay Irish fireman" - and those are just the ones we're allowed to spell out.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Tony Hale On Selina & Gary's Abusive Relationship

Selina Meyer's relationship with her bag man is at once symbiotic and abusive. Just like any healthy relationship...

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Accessing Rage On "VEEP" Is Very Easy

Accessing her rage to play the often-unhinged Selina Meyer comes naturally to Julia when she's in Selina's claustrophobic Spanx.

Tony Hale On Playing A "Bitchy Mime"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is impressed by Tony's ability to steal focus in scenes where he doesn't have actual lines.

Matt Walsh's Mom Doesn't Approve Of The Profanity On "VEEP"

Like the show itself, Anna Chlumsky's character Amy has gotten filthier and filthier over the years. Matt's mom has some thoughts on the subject.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: We Don't Say "P****" On "VEEP" Because Of Trump

A certain leader of the free world stole "VEEP"'s thunder in terms of one expletive in particular.

Sam Richardson: Black Guys Wearing Glasses Always Recognize Me

And not just any black guys wearing glasses, specifically those found wandering around Apple Stores.

Gary Cole Doesn't Have A Problem Keeping A Straight Face

Gary is too nervous about stumbling over Kent's sophisticated vocabulary to break. Plus, he's just not that cheerful.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Has Physically Abused A Lot Of Her Co-Stars

Many members of the "VEEP" cast have been on the receiving end of Selina's violent outbursts

Matt Walsh: People Think Sean Spicer Is Worse Than Mike McClintock

Matt can say with absolute confidence that Mike is better at the podium than Sean Spicer.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Our Goal On "VEEP" Is To Not Respond To Current Events

"VEEP" prides itself on not referencing current events. Mainly because they can't compete with reality.

Reid Scott Met The Real Dan

Reid's IRL counterpart was the worst human being on the planet. So he was definitely a Dan.



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

Mostly overcast and lovely.

Tonight, Saturday:

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

NBC fills the night with the movie 'Fast & Furious 6'.
'SNL' is a RERUN with Louis CK hosting, music by The Chainsmokers.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'To Tell The Truth', followed by another RERUN 'To Tell The Truth', then '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 fills the night with LIVE 'MLB Baseball'.

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

A&E has 'Live PD', 'Live PD: Rewind', and 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'Avatar', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park'.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Redemption (Part 1)
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Redemption (Part 2)
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-Alter Ego
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-Blood Fever
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-Unity
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Darkling
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Favorite Son
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Before and After
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-Real Life
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Distant Origin
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Displaced
 [8:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 6-Extremis
 [9:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 7-The Pyramid at the End of the World
 [10:05PM]    CLASS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did
 [12:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 7-The Pyramid at the End of the World
 [1:05AM]    CLASS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did
 [2:04AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 6-Extremis
 [3:03AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-Darkling
 [5:01AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 20-Favorite Son    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

Comedy Central has the movie 'Knocked Up', followed by the movie 'Due Date', then the movie 'Office Space'.

FX has the movie 'Battleship', followed by the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', then the movie 'Thor: The Dark World'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [8:30AM]    ALIEN 3
 [3:30PM]    ALIEN
 [6:00PM]    THE ROCK
 [9:00PM]    INCEPTION
 [1:00AM]    THE ROCK

Sundance  -   
 [8:00AM]    Flying Leathernecks
 [10:30AM]    Apocalypse Now
 [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Picture This
 [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-That Darn Kid
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Hey, Look Me Over
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Trick or Treatment
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Foreign Affairs
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Joker Is Wild
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Who Knew?
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Bombshells
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Settling Debts
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Moon Is Not Blue
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Run for the Money
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-U.N. the Night and the Music
 [9:00PM]    The Dirty Dozen
 [12:30AM]    The Dirty Dozen
 [4:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-War
 [5:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-Eskimos    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Pompeii', followed by the movie '300'.

 [7:00 AM]      Target Zero (1955)
 [8:45 AM]      The Hoo (1963)
 [10:30 AM]      One Minute to Zero (1952)
 [12:30 PM]      The Rack (1956)
 [2:30 PM]      Men In War (1957)
 [4:30 PM]      The Steel Helmet (1951)
 [6:00 PM]      Battle Hymn (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      No Time For Sergeants (1958)
 [10:30 PM]      Mister Roberts (1955)
 [12:45 AM]      Ensign Pulver (1964)
 [2:45 AM]      Here, Private Hargrove (1944)
 [4:45 AM]      General Spanky (1936)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  05/28/17

 [6:00 AM]      Suzy (1936)
 [8:00 AM]      36 Hours (1964)
 [10:00 AM]      Journey Into Fear (1942)
 [11:30 AM]      Action in Arabia (1944)
 [1:00 PM]      Nazi Agent (1942)
 [2:30 PM]      Hotel Berlin (1945)
 [4:15 PM]      Saboteur (1942)
 [6:15 PM]      Across The Pacific (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
 [10:30 PM]      Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
 [1:45 AM]      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
 [4:15 AM]      Ace of Aces (1933)
 [5:45 AM]      Fighter Squadron (1948)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Protestors wear masks depicting the leaders of the G7 countries during a demonstration organized by Oxfam in Giardini Naxos near Taormina, where leaders from the world's major Western powers will hold their annual summit, in Giardini Naxos, Italy, May 26, 2017.
Photo by Yara Nardi


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


The Stolen African Slave who became Queen Victoria's God-daughter


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If we can take our eyes off of Trump's horrifying shove for one second, we can see that something really amazing happened at the NATO conference yesterday.

For the first time, the group was joined by a man - husband of Luxembourg's first openly gay Prime Minister Bettel, Gautheir Destenay. "While their significant others attended a gathering as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization conference in Brussels, Belgium, the wives and partners of several NATO leaders gathered for a dinner and group photo opp.

The inclusive moment marked a huge moment for LGBTQ community.

After entering into a civil partnership in 2010, Destenay and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel got married in 2015 following the country's same-sex marriage approval.

Thursday, he proudly took his place beside First Lady of France Brigitte Macron, First Lady of Turkey Emine Gulbaran Erdogan, First Lady of the U.S. Melania Trump, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg's partner Ingrid Schulerud, the partner of Bulgaria's President, Desislava Radeva and the partner of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Amelie Derbaudrenghien. Husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Joachim Sauer, was not present for the dinner.



Front row, L-R) First Lady of France Brigitte Macron, First Lady of Turkey Emine Gulbaran Erdogan, First Lady of the US Melania Trump, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg's partner Ingrid Schulerud, Partner of Bulgaria's President Desislava Radeva, Belgian Prime Minister Michel's partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien, (back row, L-R) First Gentleman of Luxembourg Gauthier Destenay, Slovenia's Prime Minister's partner Mojca Stropnik and First Lady of Iceland Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir.


Max's Kansas City: Photos Of New York's Wildest Bar (1965 - 1981)


Scientists Watch Star Collapse

Black Hole

Scientists expected to see an enormous star explode in a supernova but they may have watched it collapse into a black hole instead.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said astronomers spotted something fishy with the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona and the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes when they trained the equipment in the direction of the star - or rather they didn't spot anything; the star had simply disappeared. The space agency called it a "massive fail," which may be especially true given that it resides in a galaxy that is nicknamed the "fireworks galaxy" because of the number of supernova explosions that occur there.

If the star, which is 22 million light years away, had exploded in a supernova, it would have turned into a black hole anyway. But this one transformed quietly, without a lot of fanfare.

"It went out with a whimper instead of a bang," NASA said.

Black Hole


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Another Round

Guns N' Roses

More than a year after a long-mulled reunion finally materialized, rock greats Guns N' Roses on Thursday extended their tour in North America again.

The group -- which starts a European leg in Ireland on Saturday after hitting the Americas and Asia -- announced an additional 15 shows to already scheduled dates in the United States and Canada this year.

The new concerts include two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York and will close with shows on November 24 and 25 in Los Angeles, the band's home base.

Guns N' Roses, led by Axl Rose's raw, sweeping voice coupled with Slash's intricate guitar, still hold the record for the top-selling debut album in US history, 1987's "Appetite for Destruction."

Guns N' Roses


An official looks through a telescope for the sighting of the new moon for the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a religious boarding school in Jakarta, Indonesia May 26, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.
Photo by Rivan Awal


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School District Changes Rule


A northern Nevada school district has tentatively reversed a long-standing policy that would have prohibited Native American students from wearing eagle feathers on their graduation caps.

Washoe County Deputy School Superintendent Kristen McNeill's office said in a memo this week that the right to wear eagle feathers is guaranteed under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Quecholli Nordwall, an 18-year-old senior at Reed High School in Sparks, started organizing fellow students in a protest after he was told at a pre-graduation assembly earlier this month that wearing a feather would be a violation of district guidelines.

The rules were put in place to prevent students from inappropriately decorating graduation caps with things such as offensive language or gang symbols, school officials said.

"When we are given an eagle feather, it represents something very significant in our lives," Nordwall told the Reno Gazette Journal.



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'Germans Are Very Bad'


Donald Trump (R-Scheisskerl) launched a salvo against Germany and its car sales in the United States at a meeting Thursday with European Union leaders, German weekly Der Spiegel reported.

"The Germans are bad, very bad," he said during a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council head Donald Tusk and other senior officals in Brussels, the news magazine's online edition said.

"See the millions of cars they are selling in the US. Terrible. We will stop this," he reportedly said according to "participants at the meeting".

Juncker then intervened, according to the same source, to defend Germany by saying that free trade benefits everyone.

Trump (R-Fiesling) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are scheduled to meet Friday at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.



A child plays while Muslim women perform an evening prayer called Tarawih, the night before the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia, May 26, 2017. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts daily between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the Koran's first verse was revealed during its last 10 nights.
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GOP Senators

Paris Agreement

A group of 22 Republican senators signed a letter urging Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) to make a "clean break" from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The letter, dated May 25, commends Trump for signing 14 executive orders to roll back regulations established under the Obama administration. It singles out the "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" order for beginning the process of dismantling former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan regulations.

But the many high-profile Republican leaders - including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Bought & Sold), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-Dimbulb), Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Evil), Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Weasel), Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Religiously Insane), Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso (R-Pendejo) and Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Buffoon)- argue that remaining in the Paris Agreement would interfere with rolling back the country's "regulatory burdens."

More than 195 countries have signed the landmark international treaty, pledging to reduce their carbon emissions in an effort to keep the average global temperature increase to below 2°C.

The Republican senators argue that environmentalists will try to use the Paris Agreement as a "legal defense" against Trump's efforts to rescind the Clean Power Plan. They say the international accord will only embolden those already citing Section 115 of the Clean Air Act, which is concerned with international air pollution, to advocate for greenhouse gas regulations.

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T-rump's Statement

Ramadan 2017

Donald Trump (R-Crooked) has issued his first statement commemorating Ramadan as president, and fits mentions of terrorism into nearly half of it.

Mr Trump, who started his first foreign trip in a Muslim country, wished "all Muslims a joyful Ramadan," and said that "the spirit of Ramadan strengthens awareness of our shared obligation to reject violence, to pursue peace, and to give to those in need who are suffering from poverty or conflict." He also noted that Ramadan was starting at a time when the world "mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt, acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan."

Trump has been talking about the need for counter-terrorism efforts frequently lately, and this week urged Nato allies in Moscow to commit to fighting against Isis in Syria. The recent bombings in Manchester that left 22 dead and dozens more wounded has only added urgency to Mr Trump's strong anti-terror rhetoric.

But some on the internet were quick to note that Mr Trump's Ramadan statement contrasted significantly with the statement released by former resident George W Bush when Ramadan came just two months after the September 11 terror attacks in the US that killed nearly 3,000 people. Mr Bush at that time wrote of the diversity in Muslim communities, and of the teachings of Islam to be charitable, extend mercy, and search for peace.

Ramadan 2017


Jets of the Italian Air Force's 'Frecce Tricolori' aerobatic perform a formation flight in the sky above Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017.
Photo by Angelo Carconi


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Bitcoin Prices

Bitcoin prices are skyrocketing. Business Insider reported Thursday bitcoin hit a record high, exceeding $2,700 per coin, up from $1,400 on May 1. The world's second most influential cryptocurrency, Ethereum's ether tokens, also broke its record this week. Ether is now evaluated at more than $200 per token, CoinMarketCap reported. For comparison, ether was selling for just $60 on April 27.

There are a variety of factors driving up the market value of cryptocurrencies.

The past few weeks have seen increased corporate investment in Ethereum, alongside a global "blockchain boom," where companies like Ripple and IBM announce partnerships with leading financial institutions around the world. Japan has even kickstarted the process of recognizing bitcoin as legal tender. "I think it's mostly to do with the fact they may have ended the ongoing political stalemate over scaling may be over," Andrew Keys, head of global business development at blockchain software developer ConsenSys, told CNBC. Many experts say economic shifts in China are another key component behind soaring bitcoin prices. ?

The Chinese yuan is suffering from poor performance in local equity markets and rising interest rates. Jeffrey Gundlach?, CEO of DoubleLine Capital, tweeted about the falling Shanghai Composite Index on Tuesday, theorizing the Chinese are now searching for safe investments outside China. Although Chinese markets are far from crisis, Gundlach's tweet? implied waning prices sent a wave of Chinese buyers to bitcoin. Chinese blockchain expert Patrick Dai, founder of the smart contract platform Qtum, told International Business Times he thinks China's bitcoin market is one of the factors driving up bitcoin prices.

Bitcoin Prices


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Ancient Peoples

Hunters And Farmers

Ancient hunter-gatherers and farmers may have had a much closer relationship than previously assumed, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Potsdam in Germany analyzed four ancient human genomes from the area now known as Romania from between 8.8 thousands and 5.4 thousand years ago to determine just how related the two groups might have been.

In a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, researchers said the analysis revealed that the genomes had ancestry relating to Western hunter-gatherers as well as Anatolian farmers.

"We expected some level of mixing between farmers and hunter-gatherers, given the archeological evidence for contact among those communities," said Michael Hofreiter, one of the study's co-authors, according to . "However, we were fascinated by the high levels of integration between the two communities as reconstructed from our ancient DNA data."

The findings shed light on the complex nature of relationships between groups of ancient peoples, contributing to a debate about when people switched from hunting and gathering to farming. Past studies argued that ancient hunter-gatherers and farmers, while they lived alongside each other, interbred very rarely.

A 2013 study that analyzed fossil skeletons taken from the Blatterhohle Cave near Hagen in North Rhine-Westphalia showed that hunter-gatherers lived alongside farmers, but coexisted for 2,000 years without mating. Researchers involved in the study said it was evidence that the hunter-gatherer lifestyle died out later than previously assumed. 

Hunters And Farmers


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In Memory

Jared Martin

Jared Martin, the Dallas actor who portrayed Dusty Farlow, the rodeo cowboy and Sue Ellen Ewing seducer who perished in a plane crash, only to have producers resurrect his character by popular demand, has died. He was 75.

Martin died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Philadelphia, his son, Christian Martin, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Martin roomed with Brian De Palma when they both attended Columbia University in New York and appeared in the first and third features of the director's career: Murder a la Mod (1968) and The Wedding Party (1969).

Martin's career also included starring roles on two sci-fi TV series: 1977's The Fantastic Journey at NBC and a 1988-90 adaptation of War of the Worlds, which aired in syndication.

In 1979, the handsome actor signed a contract to appear as the cowpoke Steven "Dusty" Farlow - the adoptive son of Clayton Farrow (Howard Keel) - on three episodes of the third season of the smash CBS primetime soap Dallas.

"They brought Dusty Farlow on to make goo-goo eyes at Sue Ellen [Linda Gray], become moderately involved with her, tempt her and then she basically remembered who she was and went back to J.R. [Larry Hagman]," Martin said a few years ago in an interview for a Dallas fan site.

Born in Manhattan on Dec. 21, 1941, Jared Christopher Martin was the son of famed New Yorker artist and illustrator Charles E. Martin. He attended The Putney School in Vermont and Columbia, then followed De Palma to Hollywood.

The blue-eyed Martin also appeared in such movies as Westworld (1973), The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974) and Pia Zadora's The Lonely Lady (1983) and on TV's The Partridge Family, Dan August, Night Gallery, The Rookies, The Waltons, How the West Was Won, The Incredible Hulk, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Love Boat, Hunter and L.A. Law.

After retiring from acting, Martin co-founded and served as creative director of the Big Picture Alliance, a nonprofit group that introduces inner-city kids to the art of filmmaking, and worked as a professional painter and photographer.

And just last year, Martin co-directed the feature film The Congressman, starring Treat Williams.

His son Christian is general manager for video at SiriusXM, and his wife is Liz Cole, an executive producer at Dateline NBC.

Martin's survivors also include his wife, Yu Wei, whom he married in 2000, and grandchildren Charlie and Emilia.

Jared Martin



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