BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 19 August, 2017


19 August, 2017

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Paul Krugman: Trump Makes Caligula Look Pretty Good (NY Times Column)
Unlike the senators of ancient Rome, the Republican Congress won't [get rid] with a rogue leader.

Tom Danehy: Maybe President Trump can fend off the impending collision with Planet X with his modernized nuclear arsenal. (Tucson Weekly)
In case you haven't heard, immediately following the eclipse, the mysterious Planet X-also known to a select few as Nibiru-will make an appearance and it will be found to be on a collision course with Earth. According to David Meade, who is a conspiracy theorist and (probably) Science Editor for Fox News, Nibiru will strike Earth on Sept. 23, wiping out all life on our planet.

Josh Marshall: The Bomb Bursts. It Will Keep Happening (TPM)
When I say I'm not surprised, I don't say this pretending to any great insight. Lots of people aren't surprised. Millions of people aren't surprised. The best analogy I can think of is if you build the bomb and attach the fuse and light the fuse, the bomb will go off. The concussion is still loud and jarring. But the bomb was going to go off. That was inevitable when the bomb was built and the fuse lit.

Kieran Yates: 'Most stations wouldn't play half our playlist': 15 years of 1Xtra (The Guardian)
Back in 2002, the cover line of black-music magazine RWD announced to a new generation of radio listeners: "1Xtra: Femme Fatale fronts for the UK's first national black-music radio station from the BBC". On the cover was the UK garage DJ in a branded boob tube - it was the early 00s - and inside was jubilation about the conceit: a load of pirate DJs, some with zero radio experience but great music taste, thrown in with broadcast experts.

Tim Jonze: "Grizzly Bear return: 'America has become toxic - it's palpable everywhere'" (The Guardian)
In the last five years, members of Grizzly Bear have - among other things -campaigned to defeat Trump, retreated to the wilderness and interned at the world's best restaurant. Somehow they've found time to make a new album.

Tim Jonze: The gothic horror of Donald Trump's election (The Guardian)
Right before the 2016 US election, Cornelia Parker made a series of videos of ghoulish Halloween revellers in New York. Are the leering partygoers of American Gothic aware of the real horror lurking just around the corner?

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Trivia Question of the Day

Dirigo (Latin "I direct" or "I lead") is the state motto of which US state?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin, this American actor, producer, and director has won two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. By what name is he better known?

       James Brolin                                                      Source

James Brolin (born July 18, 1940) is an American actor, producer, and director, best known for his roles in film and television, including sitcoms and soap operas. He is the father of actor Josh Brolin and husband of singer/actress Barbra Streisand.

Among other awards, Brolin has won two Golden Globes and an Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 27, 1998.

Brolin was born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. The eldest of two brothers and two sisters, he was the son of Helen Sue, a housewife, and Henry Hurst Bruderlin, a building contractor.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Craig Kenneth Bruderlin is better known as James Brolin.

Randall wrote:
   James Brolin

Adam answered:
   Barbra Streisand's squeeze, James Brolin

Deborah replied:
   The great Wikipedia tells me that's James Brolin. Does anyone else remember him from "Marcus Welby, M.D."? Just knowing that I watched that show makes me feel old.
  Warming up some, but still quite pleasant.

Alan J responded:
   James Brolin.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   James Brolin

Billy in Cypress said:
   James Brolin

Daniel in The City answered:
   James Brolin

zorch responded:
   James Brolin

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   James Brolin…Bannon gone…Gore is right…he needs to resign…fucking wishful thinking?

Joe S     said:
   Hmmm. James Brolin, I guessed it was Bryan Cranston. Don't know why, just sounded right, but whadda I know? By the way, Bryan Cranston's real name is Bryan Cranston. It's true, I looked it up. No relation to Lamont Cranston. (Or is he?)

mj took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

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

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  August 19 Birthdays - Celebrities Born August 19 | Famous Birthdays

MAM     In memory.




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Michelle in AZ

Trump's evangelical panel remains intact as others disband. Who are his religious cheerleaders? | US news | The Guardian

Tina Fey to white supremacists: 'It's not our country, we stole it from the Native Americans' | Culture | The Guardian

Liberal hero Noam Chomsky joins University of Arizona staff - SFGate

Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins in thoughtful sci-fi 'Marjorie Prime' - SFGate

Breaking: First White NFL Player Joins Black Players in Protesting the National Anthem

Trump Announces Support for Arsonists: "FireFighters Share Some of the Blame"

Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks : The Salt : NPR

Waste Of Thyme: Why Do We Have To Buy More Herbs Than Recipes Call For? : The Salt : NPR

California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power : NPR

Statues of Washington, Jefferson Aren't 'Next,' But It's Complicated, Historians Say - NBC News

Camp During the Eclipse to See Some Really Wild Animal Behavior : The National Wildlife Federation Blog

Former Trump Partner Reemerges To Deliver Ominous Message

The Internet Hilariously Said 'Bye, Bye' To Steve Bannon | HuffPost

See the stinging masterpiece of a resignation letter the President's Arts Committee sent to Trump

Bannon's departure intended to pave way for Pence, if Mercers have their way. That's not good.

Female broadcasters speak out about how they are forced to dress sexy for attention and ratings

Demonstrations of white supremacy are shocking for some but not for blacks in Charlottesville

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Resistance FRIDAY!

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Current Events


From the comments in an article--On a side note, what kind of egomaniacal monster brags about his winery when asked if he's going to Charlottesville in the wake of this tragedy?

Linda asks WHY does Predator have a winery? He famously says he doesn't drink. And even if he sees it as a money-making opportunity, who drinks wine from the vineyard of an asshole who doesn't drink wine?!

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Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump's "Pigs Blood" Response to Barcelona Terror Attack Is Fake News

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GOP Sen. Bob Corker: Trump Hasn't Demonstrated 'Stability,' 'Competence' - The Daily Beast

Poll: 67% of Republicans agree with how Trump handled Charlottesville - Vox

The Cartoonists Who Made Trump a KKK Cover Star | The Daily Beast

Weeping Nazi started off as a "men's rights activist," which is no huge surprise -

Why you absolutely cannot stare at the sun without eclipse glasses, explained - Vox

California's big pushback: Golden State sets the standard for resistance to Trump agenda -

Welcome to the Breitbart era: Steve Bannon's former site is the new monarch of right-wing media -

Trump's Longtime Business Partner Told Family He and POTUS Are 'Going to Prison': Report | Alternet

Upheaval remakes Trump's inner circle | TheHill

One Tweet Perfectly Captures Why America Doesn't Need Confederate Statues | HuffPost

ACLU Won't Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms - Talking Points Memo

Sources: Pence, McMaster team up to push more troops in Afghanistan - POLITICO

Why can't white supremacists confront the fact that the source of their economic problems are white economic elites? -



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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

Still sunny and cooler than seasonal.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'NFL Preseason Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN with Jimmy Fallon hosting, music by Harry Styles.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a RERUN 'The $100,000 Pyramid', then '20/20: In An Instant'.

The CW fills the night with LIVE 'NFL Preseason Football'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Lucifer', followed by a RERUN 'Love Connection'.

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 'Independence Day', followed by a FRESH 'Halt & Catch Fire'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Living With Predators - Conservation
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Hardest Challenge
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-In The Grip of Seasons - Arctic
 [9:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Hide And Seek - Jungles
 [10:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
 [11:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Race Against Time - Coasts
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Islands
 [2:20PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [3:40PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Jungles
 [5:00PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Deserts
 [6:20PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Grasslands
 [7:40PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-Cities
 [9:00PM]    WILD WEST - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Desert Heartlands
 [10:00PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Islands
 [11:20PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [12:40AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Jungles
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Deserts
 [3:20AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Grasslands

Bravo has the movie 'The Social Network', followed by the movie 'The Social Network', again.

Comedy Central has 3½ hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Superbad'.

FX has the movie 'Furious 7', followed by the movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'.

History has a FRESH 'The Cars That Made America Great', another 'The Cars That Made America Great', and still another 'The Cars That Made America Great'.

IFC  -   
  6:00AM]    HORSEMEN
 [10:30AM]    ROBOCOP
 [5:45PM]    DRIVE
 [12:00AM]    DREDD
 [4:00AM]    DREDD    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The County Nurse
 [6:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Barney in the Big City
 [7:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee
 [7:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Three's a Crowd
 [8:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Bookie Barber
 [8:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy on Trial
 [9:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Cousin Virgil
 [10:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Deputy Otis
 [10:30AM]    Planet of the Apes
 [1:00PM]    Escape From New York
 [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-War Co-Respondent
 [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Back Pay
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-April Fools
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Best of Enemies
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Letters
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Cementing Relationships
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Father's Day
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Death Takes a Holiday
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-A War for All Seasons
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Your Retention, Please
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Tell It to the Marines
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Taking the Fifth
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Operation Friendship
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-No Sweat
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Depressing News
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-No Laughing Matter
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Oh, How We Danced
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Bottoms Up
 [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Red/White Blues
 [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Bless You, Hawkeye
 [1:00AM]    Escape From New York
 [3:00AM]    The China Syndrome    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Salt', followed by the movie 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'.

TCM spends 24 hours with Angela Lansbury
 [6:00 AM]      If Winter Comes (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
 [10:00 AM]      All Fall Down (1962)
 [12:00 PM]      The World of Henry Orient (1964)
 [2:00 PM]      Kind Lady (1951)
 [3:45 PM]      State of the Union (1948)
 [6:00 PM]      The Harvey Girls (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
 [10:30 PM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [12:30 AM]      The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)
 [2:30 AM]      Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982)
 [5:00 AM]      Screen Directors Playhouse: Claire (1956)

Sunday   -  08/20/17

TCM spends 24 hours with Cary Grant
 [6:00 AM]      Penny Serenade (1941)
 [8:15 AM]      In Name Only (1939)
 [10:00 AM]      None but the Lonely Heart (1944)
 [12:00 PM]      Mr. Lucky (1943)
 [2:00 PM]      Suspicion (1941)
 [4:00 PM]      I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
 [6:00 PM]      The Philadelphia Story (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Holiday (1938)
 [9:45 PM]      An Affair to Remember (1957)
 [12:00 AM]      The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
 [2:00 AM]      People Will Talk (1951)
 [4:00 AM]      Walk, Don't Run (1966)

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Protesters listen during a "Peace and Sanity" rally Sunday Aug. 13, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, during a rally about white supremacy violence in Charlottesville, Va.,
Photo by Bebeto Matthews


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Preserved Moments of Historical Sass (Vol. 9)


Quits In Protest

Arts Council

Every member of Donald Trump's (R-Pendejo) Committee on the Arts and the Humanities has resigned in protest at his comments on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions," the letter read. It was posted by actor and former Obama White House administration adviser Kal Penn on Twitter.

The strongly worded letter said Mr Trump's values "are not American".

When taken together, the first letters of each of the paragraphs in the letter also read "RESIST"

"Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values...We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too," the letter reads.

Arts Council


Members of the Take Em Down Jax organization hold a banner with the list of offending confederate monuments as well as buildings and locations they want renamed during a rally in Jacksonville's Confederate Park in Jacksonville, Fl., Aug 15, 2017. Several organizations wanting the removal of confederate monuments and have the names changed on schools and bridges met at the base of the Woman of the Southland statue in Confederate Park North of downtown Jacksonville. Roughly 30 demonstrators against the monuments and around 10 who wanted them left alone were kept in check with the presence of around a dozen members of the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office.
Photo by Bob Self


This Acapella of 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' by the Beach Boys is a Master Class in Harmony «TwistedSifter


Women Support Impeachment Far More Than Men


A fair number of Americans seem ready for Donald Trump (R-Pussy Grabber) to be pushed out of office.

Forty percent of Americans think Trump deserves to be impeached, according to the most recent data from the Public Religion Research Institute's (PRRI) August poll. That represented a 10-point rise from the group's February survey.

It might not help the president that he has a long history of making offensive comments about women (like the infamous video that showed him bragging about what seemed like sexual harassment and assault), a practice he hasn't particularly curtailed in office (as when he bullied MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski on Twitter with personal insults).

Still, 53 percent of Americans overall don't believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office, according to the survey. It's a very minor victory for the president that a majority of Americans thought he should not be impeached, and the figure represents a decline of 12 percentage points from February.

Perhaps predictably, there was a stark divide along party lines. Seventy-two percent of Democrats believed Trump deserved to be impeached-a 14-point rise from February-while just 7 percent of Republicans felt the same. But independents appeared to be migrating away from Trump, with nearly 4 in 10 (38 percent) supporting his impeachment, up from 27 percent in February, according to PRRI.



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More Charities Bail


Multiple charities have pulled their fundraising events from Donald Trump's (R-Buffoon) Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, in the wake of his response to a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Cleveland Clinic, the American Cancer Society, and the American Friends of Magen David Adom all said on Thursday that they wouldn't hold their 2018 galas at the resort. The organizations have held their annual events at Mar-a-Lago for several years.

On Friday, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army said they would not host their events at Mar-a-Lago either. The Red Cross said in a statement that "it has increasingly become a source of controversy and pain for many of our volunteers, employees, and supporters."

The organizations join a growing group of organizations and business leaders who have distanced themselves from the president after the events in Charlottesville. On Wednesday, the president said he would disband his two business councils, after a number of members of his manufacturing council started to drop out and his strategy and policy council had plans to dissolve the group.



A man prays at Sulejmanija Mosque in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 20, 2017. Sulejmanija Mosque dates to 1757. "Sulejmanija Mosque in Travnik is famous because it has many different colors inside. You can compare that with different religions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia is beautiful and colourful precisely because of its multiculturalism. That is the true value of this country, which we should preserve and nurture," Effendi Ibranovic Dzemail said.
Photo by Dado Ruvic


A Bamboo Recreation Facility Inspired by the Lotus Blooms in Thailand | Colossal


Aztec Floating Gardens


Roberto Altamirano has the lake to himself as he casts his glistening net onto the still water in a perfect circle, lets it sink, then slowly pulls it in.

It comes back bearing a large haul of tilapia and carp -- and that is exactly the problem.

At 42, he has watched the number of fishermen here plunge over the years, leading to booming populations of tilapia and carp -- invasive species that are threatening the already strained ecosystem of Xochimilco, a green lung vital to the health of smog-choked Mexico City.

First settled by the Aztecs, who created the original artificial islands, Xochimilco is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by millions of tourists each year, who ply its maze of canals in colorful tour boats.

Chinese carp and African tilapia were first introduced here in the 1970s in what turned out to be a misguided plan to supply a new food source for local residents.



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Approval Rating Sinks To New Low


'Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) approval rating has hit a new low and most Americans have an unfavourable view of him, according to a new poll.

Around 55 per cent of those surveyed said they disapproved of the manner in which Mr Trump is leading the country with just 35 expressing positivity about his performance, the poll by analysts Marist found.

Meanwhile around 79 per cent of people who identified as strong Republicans said they had a positive view of the president's performance, down from 91 per cent in June.

More than six in ten Americans, including a notable proportion of Republicans, thought Mr Trump had fallen short on the global stage.

A separate poll, published by Gallup this week, found that Mr Trump's approval rating had sunk to 34 per cent in recent weeks, with 61 per cent of adults expressing disapproval.



A plaque, one of two honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, lies on the ground after workers removed it from the property of St. John's Episcopal Church, Aug. 16, 2017, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York. The removal comes in the wake of last weekend's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists protested plans to remove a Lee statue from a public park.
Photo by Bebeto Matthews


Charles Dellschau: The Visionary Artist Found In A Dumpster


Sticking With T-rump

Evangelical Advisers

One of Donald Trump's (R-Pinocchio) most steadfast constituencies has been standing by him amid his defense of a white nationalist rally in Virginia, even as business leaders, artists and Republicans turn away.

Only one of Trump's evangelical advisers has quit the role, while presidential boards in other fields saw multiple defections before being dismantled. The Rev. A.R. Bernard, pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn and one of the most influential clergymen in New York, announced his decision Friday night, saying "there was a deepening conflict in values between myself and the administration."

Like other presidents before him, Trump has turned to religious leaders for counsel and support. His faith advisers include pastors who had worked with his campaign, and now pray with him and consult with his staff on issues ranging from religious liberty in the U.S. to the persecution of Christian minority populations in the Middle East.

Jerry Falwell Jr. (R-Charlatan), president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and an early backer of Trump, said the president had made a "bold truthful statement" about the demonstration. Falwell said the president's remarks were a clear repudiation of white supremacists, Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

Johnnie Moore, a public relations executive, faith adviser to the president and a spokesman for several other such evangelicals advisers, said, "The president is certainly guilty of being insensitive," but that the media and critics of the president have ignored his other comments rejecting white supremacy and anti-Semitism.

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19 Haunting Photographs Capture the Devastation After the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940 ~ vintage everyday


Poll: Most Back T=rump's Protest Responses


Republicans have remained supportive of Donald Trump (R-Corrupt), their party leader, throughout his many trials and tribulations during his first seven months in office. Be it his attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, the immigration ban or tough stance toward North Korea, to name just a few.

And a new CBS poll released Thursday morning showed a large majority of GOP members even back the president's response to and handling of the Charlottesville, Virginia, protest, which resulted in the death of one woman and reignited racial tensions throughout the country.

The poll showed 67 percent of Republicans approved of Trump's response, compared with 82 percent of Democrats disapproving and 55 percent of respondents overall claiming disapproval. Thirty-four percent overall approved, but 53 percent of those who identified as independent disapproved.

Going further, 68 percent of Republicans believed Trump's blame of "many sides" being responsible for the violence that engulfed the college town over the planned teardown of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Fifty-five percent overall claimed Trump was inaccurate.

And more than half of Republicans polled, 56 percent, thought Trump was having no effect on race relations around the country, while 70 percent of Democrats said Trump's actions were creating more division. Overall, Americans were somewhat split with 44 percent saying Trump was causing division and 39 percent in the no-effect category.



The empty pedestal of the former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney sits before dawn Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, after workers took several Confederate monuments down overnight in the city.
Photo by Jerry Jackson


The Otherworldly Colors of Morocco's Deserts | Amusing Planet


Forests On Fire


Forests in Canada are ablaze, with 2.2 million acres going up in flames so far this year in British Columbia alone. These fires, and others in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, have been belching smoke into the air, in some cases up to 8 miles high.

Once in the atmosphere, weather patterns are causing the wildfire smoke to converge into a blanket so thick it's blotting out the sun across northern Canada. This smoke is working its way to the high Arctic, where it could speed up the melting of sea and land ice.

Never mind the upcoming total solar eclipse - in some places, the smoke is so thick it could turn day into night, according to Mike Fromm of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

"There's that much aerosol in the air," Fromm said, according to NASA's Earth Observatory. Aerosols are small particles, such as soot or volcanic ash, that reflect incoming sunlight.

According to Colin Seftor, an atmospheric researcher for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, on August 15, the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) on the Suomi NPP satellite recorded aerosol index values as high as 49.7. This was more than 15 points higher than the previous record, which was set in 2006 by fires in Australia.



The Pont du Gard Aqueduct Bridge - Masterpiece of Ancient Building ~ Kuriositas


Top 20

Global Concert Tours

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. U2; $8,295,222; $115.99.
    2. Coldplay; $8,070,880; $87.86.
    3. Guns N' Roses; $6,229,677; $101.95.
    4. Metallica; $4,529,263; $109.00.
    5. Celine Dion; $3,799,468; $146.79.
    6. Justin Bieber; $2,972,507; $93.08.
    7. Depeche Mode; $2,933,439; $74.82.
    8. Dead & Company; $1,934,271; $73.49.
    9. Roger Waters; $1,706,432; $125.80.
   10. Ed Sheeran; $1,595,189; $82.53.
   11. Bruno Mars; $1,503,181; $76.69.
   12. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,393,492; $88.16.
   13. The Weeknd; $1,380,811; $90.42.
   14. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull ; $1,174,827; $90.94.
   15. Neil Diamond; $1,167,620; $95.38.
   16. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,158,187; $87.65.
   17. Tool; $1,077,322; $77.19.
   18. Red Hot Chili Peppers; $1,052,694; $83.57.
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