BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 24 June, 2017


24 June, 2017

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[141 days in a row]


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Jamelle Bouie: A GOP Without Fear (Slate)
Why Republicans are so intent to pass a bill that in a normal world should spell their doom.

Jim Avery: 5 Absurd Things American Schools Do To Completely Ruin Lunch (Cracked)
With the exception of those of us raised by wolves, everyone's familiar with the human rights violations known as school lunches (wolf school lunches are great). American school cafeterias are the stuff of nightmares, with the quality of their food lying somewhere in the range of "underfunded prison sponsored by McDonald's."

Jordan Breeding: 4 Awful Things That Should Not Still Be Happening In America (Cracked)
4. Many American Towns Still Don't Have Proper Utilities

Paul Krugman: Pure Class Warfare, With Extra Contempt (NY Times Blog)
The Senate version of Trumpcare - the Better Care Reconciliation Act - is out. The substance is terrible: tens of millions of people will experience financial distress if this passes, and tens if not hundreds of thousands will die premature deaths, all for the sake of tax cuts for a handful of wealthy people.

Barack Obama: Facebook
I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what's really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.

Andrew Tobias: Georgia
… So my bottom lines are: hats off to everyone for trying, but going forward we need to be: 1) as STRATEGIC as possible (just $15 million of those $25 million would have allowed the DNC to quadruple the $7,500/month it sends to strengthen each of the 50 state parties, allowing each to approach the kind of operation Nevada ran last cycle - where we won the Senate seat, 3 of the 4 House seats, and flipped both chambers of the state legislature blue); 2) PUMPED, not discouraged - we can ABSOLUTELY win back the House in 2018 (and the Senate and state chambers) even if we don't prevail in deep red districts. …

Robert Cooper: Shakespeare's Politics (The American Interest)
We know little of his political opinions, but there's much we can learn of them from the recurrent themes of his works.

Charles McGrath: How A. E. Housman Invented Englishness (New Yorker)
The poet's longing for a lost golden age is now a national identity.

Peter Robinson: "Halsey: 'I used to be a social queen - now I'm terrified of people'" (The Guardian)
From homelessness to troubled relationships, New Jersey pop force Halsey hasn't had a smooth ride to the top of the charts. Ahead of her Glastonbury debut, she explains how she channeled her troubles into a strange, striking new record.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This Grammy-winning English singer, songwriter, DJ, fashion designer and photographer was born George Alan O'Dowd. By what name is he known professionally?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This Oscar-nominated American actor, producer and voice artist was born James Scott Bumgarner. By what name is he better known?

       James Garner                                                      Source

James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 - July 19, 2014) was an American actor, producer, and voice artist. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files, and played leading roles in more than 50 theatrical films, including The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen, Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor/Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood, and The Notebook (2004).

On August 28, 1963, Garner was one of several celebrities to join Martin Luther King, Jr. in the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." In his autobiography, Garner recalled sitting in the third row listening to King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

For his role in the 1985 CBS miniseries Space, the character's party affiliation was changed from Republican as in the book to reflect Garner's personal views. Garner said, "My wife would leave me if I played a Republican."        Source

'The Rockford Files' airs Saturdays (10pm) & Sundays (9pm) on Cozi TV

'Maverick' airs Saturdays at 10am on Me-TV

Mark. was first and correct with:
   James Scott Bumgarner is more famous as James Garner.

Randall wrote:
   The younger folks will remember his as Rockford
  but he'll always be Maverick to me

mj said:
   The only Bret Maverick
  James Garner.

Alan J replied:
   James Garner.

Gene responded:
   James Garner. On TV, probably best known for playing Brett Maverick and Jim Rockford. He was also in numerous movies. My favorite was Murphy's Romance.

Adam answered:
   James Garner

Deborah wrote:
   Taking a WAG: James Garner.
  I'm old enough to remember him in the TV show "Maverick." I don't remember if the show was any good, I just remember that he was in it.
  We may get to just 100 today. Cooling trend!

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   James Garner

Michelle replied:
   James Garner

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "James Garner."

Billy in Cypress answered:
   James Garner

zorch said:
   James Garner, he dropped his bum.

Dale of Toasty Diamond Springs, Norcali wrote:
   James Garner
  Cooler today…98…better than 102…Ah Nincompoops!

BttbBob   replied:
   The man... the legend...

  Jim Rockford...


  I loved the answering machine messages to lead off the show... (all of 'em, Season 1)


  June 24 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 24 | Famous Birthdays

Joe S     answered:
   Well, I know who that is it's James Garner, or as we all know him Brett Maverick. I have a friend who named her twins Brett and Bart. True story, everybody loved Maverick.

Stephen F took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

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

DJ Useo took the day off.

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

First Step Toward Atlantic Drilling Could Decimate Key Species In Ocean Food Chain | HuffPost

DNA discovery reveals relatives of ancient Egyptians -

A huge part of Antarctica is melting and scientists say that's bad news -

If you shop at Target, we've got bad news for you - AOL Finance

Asian Carp Caught Beyond Barriers Near Great Lakes, In 'Cause For Serious Concern' : The Two-Way : NPR

A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled' : NPR

Is It Really So Offal? 'Ugly Food' Boot Camp Entices Chefs And Diners : The Salt : NPR

Inspector gadget: how smart devices are outsmarting criminals | Technology | The Guardian

Darrell Issa is Bad for Your Health

GMO giant ordered to pay farmers $218 million after corn they engineered became unmarketable

The Head Of Trump's Voter Integrity Probe Just Got Sanctioned For A Lack Of Integrity | HuffPost

Protester: Mitch McConnell Thinks Disabled Americans Are 'Better Off Dead' | HuffPost

Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says | World news | The Guardian
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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Prominent Democratic Fundraisers Realign to Lobby for Trump's Agenda - the

Who Is Getting Rich Off the Secret Health-Care Overhaul? | The Nation

Fired cartoonist Ted Rall claims the LA Times has a corrupt relationship with the LAPD -

Seth Meyers Tears Apart Senate's 'Breathtakingly Cruel' Health Care Bill - the daily

Trumpcare tax cuts to nation's 400 wealthiest families is Medicaid blood money -

The GOP's plan to slash Medicaid will shift a costly burden onto women who care for aging parents. -

EPA completes purge of scientists from its scientific advisory board -

In North Carolina, Women Can't Withdraw Consent After Sex Begins | HuffPost

There are real paid protesters - but they're all right wingers -

McConnell blames Democrats for not contributing to health care process he entirely shut them out of -

Most Of America's Terrorists Are White, And Not Muslim | HuffPost

Home is where the hate is | Reveal

The Republican Healthcare Bill Is a Message to Trump Voters -

Republicans blocked President Obama from telling the public about Russian actions to help Trump -

Trumpcare vocab lesson: 'Death spiral' - ThinkProgress

Trump admits to "Fox & Friends" that he may have tried to intimidate James Comey -

Another phony Trump reveal: President's hints on Comey tapes were just more reality-TV tricks -

5 times Trump tweeted that he would never cut Medicaid - Vox

Trump's Presidency Is Losing Its Legitimacy - The Atlantic

Trump Adviser Who Called For Killing Hillary Clinton Gets Front-Row Seat At White House | HuffPost



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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

Bit more marine layer.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', followed by '48 Hours'.

NBC fills the night with FRESH 'Nitro Circus'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN, with Melissa McCarthy hosting, music by HAIM.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'The Gong Show', followed by '20/20: In An Instant'.

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', then pads the left coast with local crap.

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 'Saving Private Ryan', followed by a FRESH 'TURN: Washington's Spies', and another 'TURN: Washington's Spies'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-End Of Days
 [7:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
 [8:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Sleeper
 [9:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-To The Last Man
 [10:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Meat
 [11:00AM]    TORCHWOOD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Adam
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 17-Retrospect
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-The Killing Game, Pt. 1
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Killing Game, Pt. 2
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 20-Vis a Vis
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Omega Directive
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 22-Unforgettable
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-Living Witness
 [8:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 10-The Eaters of Light
 [9:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 11-World Enough and Time
 [10:00PM]    ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Beneath Her Heart
 [11:00PM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 21 - EPISODE 11-Episode 11
 [12:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 11-World Enough and Time
 [3:00AM]    ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Beneath Her Heart
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 10-The Eaters of Light
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has the movie 'Legally Blonde', followed by the movie 'Legally Blonde', again.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Billy Madison', followed by the movie 'Wedding Crashers'.

FX has the movie '21 Jump Street', followed by the movie '22 Jump Street', then the movie '22 Jump Street', again.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [7:30AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-The Bunker
 [8:00AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Juan Likes Rice & Chicken
 [8:30AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid Part 1
 [9:00AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid Part 2
 [9:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Carrie Dates a Hunk
 [10:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Fred's Cell Phone Company
 [10:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Passenger Rating
 [11:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Misunderstood Miracles
 [11:30AM]    BROCKMIRE-Breakout Year
 [12:00PM]    BROCKMIRE-Road Trip
 [12:30PM]    BROCKMIRE-Old Timers Day
 [1:00PM]    BROCKMIRE-It All Comes Down to This
 [1:30PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Ouija Bored
 [2:00PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-I'm Gleaning My Coven
 [2:30PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Spider Walk With Me
 [3:00PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Level Boss
 [5:30PM]    PREDATOR
 [8:00PM]    DREDD
 [10:00PM]    THE PUNISHER
 [12:45AM]    DREDD
 [2:45AM]    PREDATOR 2
 [5:15AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Heavenly Daze
 [5:25AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Slippery Silks
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Malin Akerman Wears a Black Blouse     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Death Becomes Her
 [8:30AM]    The Toy
 [10:45AM]    1941
 [1:30PM]    Turner & Hooch
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-As You Were
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Crisis
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-George
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Mail Call
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-A Smattering of Intelligence
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The General Flipped at Dawn
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Rainbow Bridge
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Officer of the Day
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Iron Guts Kelly
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-O.R.
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Springtime
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Check-Up
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Life With Father
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Alcoholics Unanimous
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-There Is Nothing Like a Nurse
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Adam's Ribs
 [12:00AM]    Pulp Fiction
 [3:00AM]    Turner & Hooch
 [5:30AM]    Sahara    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters', followed by the movie 'Hellboy'.

 [7:00 AM]      Man of Aran (1934)
 [8:30 AM]      Storm Over Jamaica (1958)
 [10:30 AM]      After Midnight With Boston Blackie (1943)
 [12:00 PM]      It's A Big Country (1952)
 [1:45 PM]      The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
 [3:30 PM]      Fort Apache (1948)
 [6:00 PM]      Hearts of the West (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      Rear Window (1954)
 [10:15 PM]      The Window (1949)
 [11:45 PM]      Witness To Murder (1954)
 [1:30 AM]      The Skull Murder Mystery (1932)
 [2:00 AM]      Zabriskie Point (1970)
 [4:15 AM]      Weekend (1967)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  06/25/17

 [6:00 AM]      Pride and Prejudice (1940)
 [8:15 AM]      Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
 [10:00 AM]      High Wall (1947)
 [12:00 PM]      Stormy Weather (1943)
 [1:45 PM]      Middle of the Night (1959)
 [4:00 PM]      Magnificent Obsession (1954)
 [6:00 PM]      Places in the Heart (1984)
 [8:00 PM]      The Street With No Name (1948)
 [10:00 PM]      The Snake Pit (1948)
 [12:00 AM]      Scaramouche (1923)     SILENT 
 [2:30 AM]      Yoyo (1965)
 [4:30 AM]      The Circus Clown (1934)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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A racegoer at the Royal Ascot horse races on June 23, 2017 in Ascot, Britain.
Photo by Toby Melville


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Hand-Cut Paper Anatomy by Ali Harrison | Colossal


US Police

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah, one of the most prominent comedy hosts in the United States, has spoken out against the wider problem of racial bias among police, saying he has been stopped by American officers "eight to 10 times."

Noah, who is South African and hosts "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, made the remarks after a Minnesota police officer was acquitted of all charges over the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile last July.

Speaking to the audience between taping segments for the show on Tuesday, the 33-year-old said he had been stopped by police "at least eight to 10 times" in the six years he has lived in the US.

"I've been stopped in rental cars, I've been stopped in my car, I've been stopped in a car with tinted windows, a car with rims, a car with no rims. I've been stopped in a Tesla," Noah said.

"You get to a point where you realize it's just part of a black person's life in America," he added. "It's insane that it's such a normal thing."

Trevor Noah


A racegoer during Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot horse races in Ascot, Britain on June 22, 2017.
Photo by Toby Melville


vintage everyday: Incredible 19th Century Portraits of Native Americans Are Brought to Life in a Series of Colorized Pictures


Identity Speculation


An unguarded moment in an interview has renewed speculation over one of contemporary art's great mysteries -- could elusive graffiti activist Banksy be Robert Del Naja of band Massive Attack?

Goldie, a well-known DJ who was a friend and competitor of Del Naja as the two sprayed Bristol in southwest England with graffiti in the 1980s, made an apparent slip of the tongue in an interview this week.

Goldie was speaking with dismay at the high prices that can be fetched for works by Banksy, whose signature style is politically provocative graffiti that appears suddenly on walls around the world.

"Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write 'Banksy' on it and we're sorted... We can sell it now," Goldie told the Distraction Pieces podcast.

"No disrespect to Rob. I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over," he said, before pausing and switching the conversation to music.



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Pew Study

Gun Laws

More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, while still preserving the rights of most people in most places to carry most types of guns, a Pew Research Center survey has found.

While half of Americans see gun violence as a very big problem in their country, fewer than 10% of American adults said that "almost no one" should be able to legally own a gun, and only 10% said that "almost no types" of guns should be legally available to buy. Overall, however, 52% want stricter gun laws.

In other countries, last week's mass shooting on members of Congress that left House majority whip Steve Scalise seriously wounded might have started a debate over stricter gun control laws. In America, the response was different: the leading gun rights organization agreed to train members of Congress and their staff on how to use guns in self-defense.

The Pew survey of nearly 4,000 American adults found some areas of agreement. Strong majorities of gun owners and non-gun owners support background checks for private sales and sales at gun shows, as well as barring those on terror watchlists from buying guns - two federal policies Republicans in Congress have rejected.

Even among gun owners, though, the survey found clear differences in firearm usage. Republican gun owners reported shooting or going to a gun range more often than Democratic gun owners did. And 55% of Democrats who reported owning a handgun said they never carry their gun with them. By contrast, the majority of Republican gun owners said they carry their handgun with them at least part of the time.

Gun Laws


A racegoer during Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot horse races in Ascot, Britain on June 22, 2017.
Photo by Toby Melville


Spreewald: Germany's Venice | Amusing Planet


Sends Sketch Artist To Press Briefing


In response to the White House's recent trend of prohibiting cameras at press briefings, CNN on Friday said it sent its in-house Supreme Court sketch artist, Bill Hennessy, to Sean Spicer's latest press briefing.

CNN said it "equated press briefings to a Supreme Court argument -- an on-the-record event at which cameras are banned." The network argued sketches of the briefing had news value in the same way courtroom sketches do.

News organizations and the White House Correspondents' Association have protested the Trump administration's decision to scale back on-camera press briefings to unprecedented levels.

CNN reported that Spicer and deputy press Sarah Huckabee Sanders have held most of the briefings off-camera in June, with only four such occasions permitting cameras to broadcast the event.

The White House Correspondents' Association urged the Trump administration to stop holding off-camera press briefings in a statement released Friday. The association's president, Jeff Mason, said he'd spoken with Spicer and Sanders and that the pair had agreed to consider the WHCA's concerns.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Reckless, Erratic And Incompetent


Donald Trump (R-Crooked) entered the Oval Office with zero political experience, touting his successes as one of New York's most famous business moguls to carry his 2016 presidential campaign to victory. But the president's managerial skills can be described as "antagonistic," "authoritarian" and "confusing," according to some of the most prominent chief financial officers from around the world.

CFOs representing Yahoo, Wells Fargo, UPS, Target, Starbucks and SiriusXM, among others at CNBC's Global CFO Council, were tasked with describing Trump in the group's quarterly survey. Each used a single word to characterize the president's leadership capabilities, with several C-level professionals using the same negative-leaning phrases, CNBC reported Friday.

Four CFOs described Trump as "chaotic." Two said the president was "erratic," with another two stating that he is "reckless." The commander-in-chief also was called "unpredictable" by two of those surveyed.

The vast majority of answers were far from positive, alluding to the president's ego and short temper by calling him "narcissistic," "self-absorbed" and "disjointed." Other responses were less damaging, though arguably unfavorable: One CFO called Trump "unconventional," while another wrote the president is "disruptive."



A racegoer during Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot horse races in Ascot, Britain on June 22, 2017.
Photo by Toby Melville


Every Page A Wonder: A Sublime Victorian Scrapbook


Secret Prisons


Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme - including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. Interrogating detainees who have been abused could violate international law, which prohibits complicity in torture.

The AP documented at least 18 clandestine lockups across southern Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates or by Yemeni forces created and trained by the Gulf nation, drawing on accounts from former detainees, families of prisoners, civil rights lawyers and Yemeni military officials. All are either hidden or off limits to Yemen's government, which has been getting Emirati help in its civil war with rebels over the last two years.

The secret prisons are inside military bases, ports, an airport, private villas and even a nightclub. Some detainees have been flown to an Emirati base across the Red Sea in Eritrea, according to Yemen Interior Minister Hussein Arab and others.

Several U.S. defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the topic, told AP that American forces do participate in interrogations of detainees at locations in Yemen, provide questions for others to ask, and receive transcripts of interrogations from Emirati allies. They said U.S. senior military leaders were aware of allegations of torture at the prisons in Yemen, looked into them, but were satisfied that there had not been any abuse when U.S. forces were present.



BAM! BIFF! POW! Street Art Showcases Adam West's Batman | Urbanist


Lacks 'Fundamental Understanding' Of Climate Science

US Energy Secretary

The American Meteorological Society has told Rick Perry he lacks a 'fundamental understanding' of science after the US Energy Secretary claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change.

The former governor of Texas told CNBC TV that "the most likely the primary control knob [for climate change] is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in", rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity.

Becoming the latest of Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) administration to dispute established science without any attempt at reasoned argument, Mr Perry also said it was "quite all right" to be a sceptic about climate change, suggesting the trait was one held by any "wise, intellectually engaged person".

In a letter, Keith Seitter, executive director of the American Meteorological Society, agreed that scepticism and debate were "critically important to the advancement of science".

"Scepticism that fails to account for evidence is no virtue. As noted above, the role of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as the primary driver for the warming the Earth has experienced over the past several decades is extremely well established."

US Energy Secretary


An Indian Sadhu or Hindu holy man performs Yoga to mark International Yoga Day at Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
Photo by Anupam Nath


C.S. Lewis's Greatest Fiction Was Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight - Atlas Obscura


Rising Temperatures And Acidification Threaten Species

Mediterranean Sea

Water temperatures in the northwestern Mediterranean are increasing much faster than global averages, threatening the survival of several species, French researchers said.

Weekly water temperature readings by researchers at the Villefranche-sur-Mer oceanography laboratory have shown that Mediterranean surface water temperatures have increased by 0.7 degrees between 2007 and 2015.

The researchers, who believe their findings apply to an area that includes Spain, France, and Italy, also said in a note summarizing their study that the water's acidity has increased by nearly seven percent.

"The acidification and warming up of the water are due to carbon dioxide emissions from human activities," French CNRS researcher Jean-Pierre Gattuso told Reuters.

Gattuso said that plankton tends to migrate north in order to maintain an optimum temperature, but that is not possible in the Mediterranean, which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean only via the narrow Strait of Gibraltar.

Mediterranean Sea


Sunnylands: A Garden Like No Other ~ Kuriositas


Stock Hits Record


McDonald's has long been the first job for legions of teenagers, but they soon could be getting competition from a new source: the fast food chain's automated kiosks. McDonald's share price hit a record $154 Thursday, and analysts credited the company's gradual move toward self-serve kiosks, CNBC reported.

Within the past year, McDonald's eateries across the country have installed large kiosks where customers can place their own orders. Through the kiosks, you can construct orders and customize burgers or meals without needing a human cashier. The chain hopes to have the kiosks installed in 2,500 restaurants by the end of the year and also plans to launch mobile ordering in 14,000 locations within the same timeframe.

In a post to clients, CNBC reported, financial analyst Andrew Charles of the Cowen Group said the chain's kiosk initiative will help improve its bottom line. Elsewhere in his note to investors, Charles upgraded his sales growth estimates for McDonald's from 2 percent to 3 percent and raised the price target for the company from $142 to $180.

The endorsement comes amid some struggles for the long-standing fast food chain. In recent years, McDonald's has struggled to remain competitive against consumer trends that have favored artisanal and local food. In response, the chain has explored adding higher-end variations to its standard menu, including burger options that feature boutique toppings like guacamole.

For workers, McDonald's move toward digital cashiers echoes larger retail trends. Akin to supermarkets and stores using self-serve checkout lanes, retailers have frequently looked toward computers and other automated stations to help improve efficiency and minimize labor costs. Among fast food and fast casual chains, Wendy's and Panera Bread also have explored adding similar kiosks to their stores.



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