BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 9 September, 2017


9 September, 2017

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Paul Krugman: Dreamers, Liars and Bad Economics (NY Times)
Trump and Sessions falsely justify a cruel action that hurts everyone except racists.

Josh Marshall: Why Did Trump Shiv the GOP? (TPM)
Why did President Trump shock Republicans and official Washington by abandoning his own Congressional leadership and cutting a debt-ceiling deal with Congressional Democrats? To review, Trump abruptly agreed to a Democratic proposal for a three month debt ceiling extension tied to Harvey relief aid. Democrats were so stunned they tried to go as lo-fi as they could with their victory lap, fearful that any overt celebration would prompt Trump to reconsider.

Jessica Pressler: The Thankless Task of Being Michael Moore (Vulture)
He's been right about everything before, and he really thinks you are living in a bubble.

Scott Shane: The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election (NY Times)
Mr. Redick turned out to be a remarkably elusive character. No Melvin Redick appears in Pennsylvania records, and his photos seem to be borrowed from an unsuspecting Brazilian. But this fictional concoction has earned a small spot in history: The Redick posts that morning were among the first public signs of an unprecedented foreign intervention in American democracy.

Charlotte Richardson Andrews: "Tori Amos: 'Menopause is the hardest teacher I've met. Harder than fame'" (The Guardian)
A walk in the Smoky Mountains in the footsteps of her late Cherokee grandfather helped the musician rediscover her muse - and write an album that confronts the US's rapacious violence.

Dorian Lynskey: "Randy Newman: 'I would never not play You've Got a Friend in Me'" (The Guardian)
The singer is back with his first album in nine years, complete with songs about Putin and medical research. But he still plays the Toy Story tear-jerkers too.

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Michael Egan

Michael took the day off.


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


"Doug's Most Shared Facebook Post" Today


Trivia Question of the Day

Eureka is an interjection used to celebrate a discovery or invention, as well as the official motto of what US state?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

During her 60-year career, this American film & TV star, born Ruby Catherine Stevens, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress four times, and won three Emmy Awards. By what name is she better known?

       Barbara Stanwyck                                                      Source

Barbara Stanwyck (born Ruby Catherine Stevens; July 16, 1907 - January 20, 1990) was an American actress, model and dancer. She was a film and television star, known during her 60-year career as a consummate and versatile professional with a strong, realistic screen presence, and a favorite of directors including Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang, and Frank Capra. After a short but notable career as a stage actress in the late 1920s, she made 85 films in 38 years in Hollywood, before turning to television.

Orphaned at the age of four and partially raised in foster homes, by 1944 Stanwyck had become the highest-paid woman in the United States. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress four times, for Stella Dallas (1937), Ball of Fire (1941), Double Indemnity (1944) and Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). For her television work, she won three Emmy Awards, for The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1961), The Big Valley (1966) and The Thorn Birds (1983). Her performance in The Thorn Birds also won her a Golden Globe. She received an Honorary Oscar at the 1982 Academy Award ceremony and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1986. She was also the recipient of honorary lifetime awards from the American Film Institute (1987), the Film Society of Lincoln Center (1986), the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (1981) and the Screen Actors Guild (1967). Stanwyck received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, and was ranked as the 11th greatest female star of classic American cinema by the American Film Institute.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Ruby Catherine Stevens is an actress whose work I've really come to enjoy in recent years, better known as Barbara Stanwyck.

Randall wrote:
   Barbara Stanwyck

Alan J said:
   Barbara Stanwyck.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Barbara Stanwyck

Adam answered:
   Barbara Stanwyck

Deborah replied:
   Ruby Catherine Stevens is better known as Barbara Stanwyck. I don't know much more than that about her.
  We never hit 80 * yesterday, it was quite lovely, and reminded me of autumn.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Barbara Stanwyck."

Daniel in The City wrote:
   Barbara Stanwyck

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, said:
   Barbara Stanwyck is her name…

Billy in Cypress said:
   Barbara Stanwyck

zorch answered:
   Barbara Stanwyck

Stephen F took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

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

David of Moon Valley took the day off.   

Harry M. took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  September 9 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 9 | Famous Birthdays

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

BBC - Travel - The new 'gold' of the Yukon

Sea salt around the world is contaminated by plastic, studies show | Environment | The Guardian

Nato chief: world is at its most dangerous point in a generation | World news | The Guardian

Equifax just broke the US consumer finance industry AND the internet. Here's what YOU need to do now

Why India is falling in love with a movie about toilets - CNN

Dad's 'Rules' For Dating His Daughters Have A Refreshing Twist | HuffPost

Here's Why Florida Is so Much More Vulnerable to a Hurricane Like Irma Right Now - Mother Jones

It took the Washington Post one hour to debunk Kris Kobach's ridiculous voter fraud claims in NH

Irma's Devastation Will Be Worse Thanks To Subsidies to Florida's Wealthy

Maddow's breakdown on Facebook revelations and their ramifications for Jared Kushner are a must-see

Thanks, Michelle!



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Made in Florida

14 Great Movies all Made in Florida |


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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Is Donald Trump Jr. Trying to Con Congress on the Russia Scandal? - Mother Jones

Rush Limbaugh Is Now Running From Irma, Days After Mocking Storm as Liberal Conspiracy - Mother Jones

Here's the Latest From Don Jr. - Mother Jones

The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus - Album on Imgur

Without Fox News, Republicans Would Be In a World of Hurt - Mother Jones

This Sinclair-Tribune Merger Is a Rotten Deal for America | By Michael Winship | Common Dreams

Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Revealed - Bloomberg

Ann Coulter Gets Walloped Again By Lesbian Ex-Mayor Of Houston | HuffPost

GOP bristles at Mnuchin's debt plea: Do it for me | TheHill

Paul Ryan says he doesn't know if the Trump Organization is an LLC - ThinkProgress

DeMint calls Trump deal with Democrats a 'betrayal' | TheHill

1 in 4 Dreamers Are Parents of US Citizens - Mother Jones

Science Has No Words for a Storm Like Irma - Mother Jones

The Shocking Ways Poor Kids Have Long Been Singled Out in American Schools - Mother Jones

On Fox News, Tucker Carlson promotes white nationalist social media site - ThinkProgress

Bolling leaves Fox 'amicably' amid sexual harassment probe - POLITICO

Pence's spokesman pushes lie about voter fraud in New Hampshire - ThinkProgress

Blasts from the GOP past: Right-wingers dream of replacing Paul Ryan with Gingrich or Santorum -

My computer can't work without talking to 21 different countries - The Verge



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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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

If it's Friday I must be running late.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The Third One', followed by '48 Hours'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN, with Kristen Stewart hosting, music by Alessia Cara.

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

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a RERUN 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', 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', and 'Live PD'.

AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH 'Halt & Catch Fire', and another 'Halt & Catch Fire'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 16-Workforce, Pt. 1
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 17-Workforce, Pt. 2
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Human Error
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 20-Author, Author
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 21-Friendship One
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
 [1:10PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
 [2:20PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
 [5:50PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
 [7:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Hunters and Hunted
 [8:10PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Creatures of the Deep
 [10:30PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Primates
 [11:40PM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
 [12:50AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals

Bravo has the movie 'Sex & The City 2', followed by the movie 'Sex & The City 2', again.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.

FX has the movie 'White House Down', followed by the movie 'Lucy'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
  [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kathryn Hahn
  [6:15AM]    AMERICAN PIE 2
  [10:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Stay for a Drink
  [11:30AM]    AMERICAN PIE 2
  [3:45PM]    BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2
  [10:00PM]    RUSH HOUR
  [12:15AM]    RUSH HOUR
  [2:15AM]    BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2
  [4:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-We've Lost Communication
  [5:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-If the Killer is Watching
  [5:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Stay for a Drink    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
  [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Runaway Kid
  [6:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy the Matchmaker
  [7:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Charity
  [7:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Feud Is a Feud
  [8:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Ellie for Council
  [8:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-If I Had a Quarter-Million
  [9:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-TV or Not TV
  [9:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Guest in the House
  [10:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Case of the Punch in the Nose
  [10:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Newspaper
  [11:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau
  [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Kim
  [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-L.I.P. (Local Indigenous Personnel)
  [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Trial of Henry Blake
  [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Dad ... Three
  [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Sniper
  [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Carry On, Hawkeye
  [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Incubator
  [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Deal Me Out
  [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Hotlips and Empty Arms
  [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Officers Only
  [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Henry in Love
  [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-For Want of a Boot
  [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Operation Noselift
  [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Chosen People
  [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-As You Were
  [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Crisis
  [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-George
  [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Mail Call
  [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-A Smattering of Intelligence
  [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The General Flipped at Dawn
  [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Rainbow Bridge
  [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Officer of the Day
  [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Iron Guts Kelly
  [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-O.R.
  [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Springtime
  [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Check-Up
  [1:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Life With Father
  [1:30AM]    The Village
  [4:00AM]    Firestarter    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Skyfall', followed by the movie 'Serenity', and 3 hours of FRESH 'Con Man'.

 [6:00 AM]      Santa Fe Trail (1940)
 [8:00 AM]      3 Godfathers (1949)
 [10:30 AM]      Boston Blackie and the Law (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      Rear Window (1954)
 [2:15 PM]      The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
 [4:00 PM]      Summer of '42 (1971)
 [6:00 PM]      Rooster Cogburn (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      Bullitt (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      For Pete's Sake (1974)
 [11:45 PM]      The Dresser (1983)
 [2:00 AM]      Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
 [3:30 AM]      Fantastic Planet (1973)
 [5:00 AM]      The Distant Drummer: Flowers of Darkness (1972)
 [5:00 AM]      The Distant Drummer: A Movable Scene (1970)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  09/10/17

 [6:00 AM]      Vengeance Valley (1951)
 [8:00 AM]      Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
 [10:00 AM]      711 Ocean Drive (1950)
 [12:00 PM]      My Forbidden Past (1951)
 [1:15 PM]      It Should Happen to You (1953)
 [3:00 PM]      Auntie Mame (1958)
 [5:45 PM]      Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      Blood and Sand (1941)
 [10:15 PM]      Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)
 [12:15 AM]      The Three Musketeers (1921)     SILENT 
 [2:30 AM]      Charulata (1965)
 [4:45 AM]      The Coward (1965)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Edward Pastrana installs wood shutters at the Miami City Ballet in Miami Beach, Fla., Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for the Florida Keys and parts of South Florida. Mandatory evacuations were issued for the Florida Keys and coastal areas in South Florida.
Photo by Marta Lavandier


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


NASA's Future of Space Travel Posters In A Gorgeous Retro Style


Chocolate Maker Mars

Climate Change

When Donald Trump (R-Crooked) announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, American confectionary giant Mars Incorporated was one of several major U.S. companies urging him to reconsider.

Now, the chocolate maker has taken an even bigger step in the fight against global warming, vowing on Wednesday to commit nearly $1 billion over the next few years to tackle what it described as one of "the most urgent threats facing the planet and its people."

"The only way that will happen is if we do things differently to ensure that the planet is healthy and all people in our extended supply chains have the opportunity to thrive," the statement read. "We must work together, because the engine of global business - its supply chain - is broken, and requires transformational, cross-industry collaboration to fix it."

As part of its new sustainability plan, Mars Inc. - maker of candy brands like Mars bars, M&M's, Snickers, Skittles, Starburst and Twix - said it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 70 percent across its value chain by 2050. The company promised increased investment in renewable energy, sustainable farming practices, as well as sustainable food sourcing.

The firm said it was also committed to improving "the working lives" of 1 million people in its value chain by "focusing on increasing income, respecting human rights and unlocking opportunities for women."

Climate Change


A worker covers the windows of a restaurant with plywood in preparation for Hurricane Irma in Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 7, 2017.
Photo by Bryan Woolston


Inside a Secret World War II Officers' Club


Was A Woman

Viking Warrior

Swedish scientists have revealed that the body of a Viking warrior long presumed to be male is, in fact, female.

A team of researchers from Stockholm University conducted a DNA analysis of the skeleton and confirmed that it belonged to a woman. The 10th-century skeleton, the researchers concluded, is the first confirmed female high-ranking Viking warrior.

Scientists had long assumed that the skeleton was male - despite early indications that she may have been female - largely because of the status symbols buried alongside her.

Early archaeologists uncovered a sword, an axe, a spear, armour-piercing arrows, a battle knife, two shields, and two horses in the grave, signifying the buried individual's status of as a "professional warrior". A set of gaming pieces found in the grave indicates the individual's "knowledge of tactics and strategy" and role as a high-ranking officer, the scientists said.

Because of this - and because no such high-ranking female Viking has been discovered before - most researchers assumed the body was male. When early analyses indicated the body was female, some suggested that the objects buried alongside her belonged to someone else.

Viking Warrior


Newhead News


Rescue Mission Underway

Rare Wine Collections

Swooping in ahead of Hurricane Irma's feared weekend arrival, an emergency response team is rescuing rare treasures - some of them survivors of world wars and all of them liquid - from harm's way in Florida and Louisiana.

Wine collections worth millions of dollars are being stashed out of reach of the Category 5 hurricane, moved from homes to local bunker-like storage units or shuttled to temperature-controlled warehouses as far away as New Jersey.

Many are owned by philanthropists aging the wine to perfection before donating it to a charity auction, often to raise disaster relief funds, said Adam Gungle, chief executive officer of Xpeditr, a high-end wine transporter based in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Toronto.

Hurricanes destroy wines by cutting power to carefully controlled 55-degree Fahrenheit (12.7-Celsius) storage units required by the finest vintages, whose corks pop or bottles explode if temperatures spike too quickly. Storm-fueled ocean surges are equally damaging when they flood wine cellars, peeling off signature labels and seeping into corks.

Wine fortunes ruined by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 were the impetus behind the Xpeditr Emergency Response Team, which has been contacting clients in Irma's potential path to warn that preventive steps should be taken to protect wine investments.

Rare Wine Collections


Signs warning of road closures are seen above the road in Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 8, 2017.
Photo by Bryan Woolston


France in XXI Century: Here's What People Predicted Today's World Would Look Like From One-Hundred Years Ago ~ vintage everyday


Scientists Discover Cosmic Dust

White Cliffs Of Dover

Scientists have discovered fossilised space dust embedded in the white cliffs of Dover that could provide a new source of information about the early solar system.

While the cliffs are a source of fossilised creatures that help us understand the changes that took place on Earth millions of years ago, researchers say that this new discovery sheds light on what was happening much further from home.

According to them, this cosmic dust could be used to trace the location of water-rich asteroids, which could potentially serve as pit-stops for deep-space travellers in the future.

Despite the fact that an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 tonnes of cosmic dust falls to Earth every year, given its size, it's tough to locate. However researchers say they were able to spot it this time based on the distinct Christmas tree-like shape of their crystal content.

White Cliffs Of Dover


Digby's Hullabaloo


Baker's Rights


The Department of Justice told the Supreme Court on Thursday that a baker who is religiously opposed to gay marriage should not be forced to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

DOJ said that requiring Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, to create a wedding cake for a gay couple under public accommodations laws would violate his constitutional rights.

Businesses and other places that are considered "public accommodations" are barred by law from discriminating against people on the basis of factors like race and religion. The DOJ brief suggests that such laws should not be able to compel artists to create "inherently communicative" goods, like wedding cakes.

DOJ's filing raises the possibility that if the Masterpiece Cakeshop can't refuse to bake a cake for the marriage of a same-sex couple, then a freelance graphic designer who designs flyers for Jewish affinity groups might also be forced to do so "for a neo-Nazi group or the Westboro Baptist Church."

"A custom wedding cake can be sufficiently artistic to qualify as pure speech, akin to a sculptural centerpiece," the Justice Department wrote. "In short, a custom wedding cake is not an ordinary baked good; its function is more communicative and artistic than utilitarian."



Ryan Kaye loads sandbags into his truck at a makeshift filling station provided by the county as protection ahead of Hurricane Irma, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Palm Coast, Fla.
Photo by David Goldman


Angular Geometry: Colorful Daily GIFs from the Mind of Tyler Haywood | Colossal


'Trump Slump'

US Gun Makers

For one of America's largest gun manufacturers, the "Trump slump" in sales has meant a nearly $100m fall in firearms revenue compared with the same quarter last year.

American Outdoor Brands, the rebranded name of historic gun company Smith & Wesson, reported a 48.5% decrease in firearms revenue compared with the same quarter last year, when many Americans believed Hillary Clinton, a supporter of gun control, would be elected president.

Shipments of long guns were down 57% in the latest quarter, president and chief executive James Debney said in an earnings call on Thursday. The long gun category includes the military-style rifles often targeted by gun control campaigners in the wake of mass shootings. Shipments of handguns were down nearly 35%. Overall, the company's revenue dropped nearly 40% compared with the same quarter last year, according to chief financial officer Jeff Buchanan.

In the perverse dynamics of the firearms market, politicians who threaten to ban guns are very good for the industry while politicians who oppose gun control, like Donald Trump (R-Fraudster), provide no boost. Barack Obama, who reacted with grief and outrage to a 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead, was dubbed the "best gun salesman on the planet".

US Gun Makers


The Closes of Edinburgh | Amusing Planet


Refuses To Disclose Political Ads


Facebook, which acknowledged this week that it sold $100,000 worth of political ads in the last two years to accounts linked to a Russian troll factory, came under stinging criticism Thursday over its refusal to release copies of the ads to the public - or to congressional investigators.

After denying for months that any Russian entities purchased ads on Facebook during last year's election, the social media giant has admitted that it belatedly discovered that some 470 phony accounts linked to a shadowy St. Petersburg media firm with ties to the Kremlin. The firm allegedly placed ads on highly charged issues in American politics, such as LGBT and gun rights - ads that in some cases explicitly mentioned Donald Trump (R-Buffoon), Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election.

Facebook officials acknowledged the existence of the ads in a closed-door briefing for investigators for the House and Senate intelligence committees. The company showed what it described as some samples of the ads, but didn't turn them over to investigators or release them to the media. Facebook said making the ads public would violate its strict privacy rules - even thought it acknowledges that most, if not all, of the accounts in question were registered under fake names and nonexistent entities and have since been removed from Facebook's platform.

"We're trying to be as transparent as possible, but there are certain restrictions on what we can disclose under our data policies," a Facebook spokesman said in a response to a request from Yahoo News for copies of the ads.

That response brought a sharp retort Wednesday from campaign finance specialists and some congressional investigators, who noted that the exact wording of the questionable ads was critical. If the ads explicitly advocated or boosted one candidate or another, they would fall squarely under a federal law that bars foreign nationals from spending money to influence a U.S. election, making the individuals who paid for the ads - and any U.S. persons who might have assisted them - subject to criminal prosecution by the Justice Department and to heavy fines by the Federal Election Commission.



Winds brought by Hurricane Irma blow palm trees lining the seawall in Caibarien, Cuba, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Photo by Desmond Boylan


Frontiers | Distracted While Reading? Changing to a Hard-to-Read Font Shields against the Effects of Environmental Noise and Speech Test Memory


Has Gone Wrong

The Sun

If you still have your solar viewing glasses from the eclipse, now is a good time to slap them on and look up at the sun. You'll see two big dark areas visible on our star. These massive sunspots are regions of intense and complicated magnetic fields that can produce solar flares-bursts of high-energy radiation. You can just make them out with solar viewing glasses, but they're better viewed through a solar telescope.

The sun goes through 11-year cycles of solar activity. What scientists call a solar maximum is the time in the cycle when the sun is putting out the most energy. That's when we tend to see the most sunspots, solar flares and associated solar storms. Some solar maxima are larger or more active than others-such as the 1990-1991 solar max. But this last cycle, which peaked in 2014, was quite small, and there were few large geomagnetic storms.

We're heading into the bottom of solar minimum, when the sun tends to have fewer sunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections-large expulsions of plasma, electrons and ions, and magnetic fields. But despite where we are in the sun's cycle, activity on the sun has dramatically picked up over the past few days. On and off, these two sunspots have been flaring and shooting out coronal mass ejections, directed toward Earth.

So what's going on with the sun? And should we be concerned about this somewhat out-of-character solar behavior?

On September 4, the sun started sputtering. A moderately large flare (classified as an M5.5) erupted at approximately 18:30 UTC. It produced a coronal mass ejection aimed at Earth.

The Sun


Alien Architecture: Modern Buildings Recast as Extraterrestrial Ships | Urbanist


Now A Minority

White Christians

Christian Americans proved to be a massive voting force in the 2016 presidential election, making up at least 75 percent of voters. Majorities of Protestants, Catholics and Mormons threw their support behind President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) ? and none so enthusiastically as white evangelicals.

But deep shifts in the racial and religious makeup of the United States led some commentators to call the election a "last hurrah" and a "death rattle" for white Christian America. Findings from a major new study by Public Religion Research Institute lend added weight to that analysis.

White Christians make up less than half of the U.S. population, according to PRRI's 2016 poll of more than 101,000 Americans across all 50 states. The survey found that just 43 percent of Americans identify as white and Christian, and only 30 percent identify as white and Protestant.

In 40 years, the population of white Christians has dropped nearly in half. A 1976 General Social Survey found that 81 percent of Americans identified as white and Christian, and a majority ? 55 percent ? were white Protestants.

PRRI also found that some of the biggest and swiftest declines in the white Christian population have occurred in recent years. In 1996, for instance, white Christians still made up almost two-thirds of the public. By 2006, that number was already down to 54 percent.

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