BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 16 September, 2017


16 September, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[225 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Politicians, Promises, and Getting Real (NY Times)
How much does clarity about policy matter?

Josh Marshall: This Is Terribly Damaging For Trump (TPM)
This may go without saying for some. But I do not think that Democrats are giving Trump some help or throwing him a lifeline at the price of accomplishing something really critical in policy terms - protecting the Dreamers. I think that gets this exactly wrong. I think pressing Trump for this deal is doing immense damage to Trump. Indeed, the more successful it is, the greater the damage.

Josh Marshall: Trump Re-Ups "Many Sides" Talk About Charlottesville (TPM)
On Air Force One a short time ago, President Trump doubled down on his 'many sides' talk about Charlottesville. The exchange was specifically about Trump's meeting yesterday with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only African-American Republican in Senate.

Alison Flood: Martin Amis rounds on Donald Trump and his 'army of neo-Nazis' (The Guardian)
British novelist, now based in the US, uses Guardian interview to compare the president to Mussolini, saying he is 'that crazy, that deluded.'

Mathilda Gregory: "My Immortal: why the famously awful Harry Potter fanfiction isn't bad at all" (The Guardian)
Now that the much ridiculed reworking of the boy wizard's world has had its author revealed, isn't it time to recognise its good points?

My immortal returns!
Seeing as fanfiction has no sense of humour and deleted so many great lulz, this site will be used to host the amazing Tara Gilesbie classic, My immortal. For those of you who do not know what My Immortal is, it is in short and most accurately completely retarded. My Immortal is a very loose Harry Potter fanfiction story about Ebony (or Enoby) Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way, a gothic teenage vampire girl who attends Hogwarts school. To say anymore may spoil the lulz. The story is infamous for its horrible abuse to the english language and extreme gothic attitude.

Mathilda Gregory: Fanfiction can be an eloquent tribute - it deserves more respect (The Guardian)
The maligned trend of retreading another author's footprints can be sublime or ridiculous, but there are some real gems out there.

Geoffrey O'Brien: Five Magnificent Years (NY Review of Books)
Half a century has passed since the shocking disappearance of Otis Redding at age twenty-six, when the twin-engine Beechcraft carrying him and most of his touring band the Bar-Kays to a concert crashed in a Wisconsin lake on December 10, 1967. For many who were around then, the time elapsed has not alleviated the shock.

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Michael Egan

Alabama Judge: "Let Hunters Gun Down Death-Row Inmates"


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

What is the official state song of the US state of Kansas?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Known by the Wampanoag as Noepe, it is the 58th largest island in the United States, and the third largest on the East Coast of the United States. What is the name of this island?

       Martha's Vineyard                                                      Source

Martha's Vineyard (Wampanoag: Noepe, often called just "the Vineyard") is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts that is known for being an affluentsummer colony. It includes the smaller Chappaquiddick Island which is usually connected to the Vineyard, though storms and hurricanes have been known to separate the two.

It is the 58th largest island in the United States, with a land area of 100 square miles (260 km2), and the third largest on the East Coast of the United States, after Long Island and Mount Desert Island.

The Vineyard was home to one of the earliest known deaf communities in the United States; consequently, a special sign language developed on the island called Martha's Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL).        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Noepe is probably Martha's Vineyard.

Alan J answered:
   Martha's Vineyard.

Gene said:
   Martha's Vineyard

Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   What is Martha's Vineyard, Alex?

David of Moon Valley replied:
   of course! (said with snap of finger)... Martha's Vineyard!

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Martha's Vineyard

Deborah wrote:
   That's Martha's Vineyard. I've never been.
  Seasonal weather, very pleasant. I hope it continues.

Adam answered:
   Martha's Vineyard

Daniel in The City said:
   Martha's Vineyard

Billy in Cypress responded:
   Martha's Vineyard

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, replied:
   Martha's Vineyard.

BttbBob   wrote:
   A place where I considered being transferred to whilst a Coastguardsman -


  Sweet Duty Comment - Let's see... Port and Starboard duty sections,,, two days on, two days off, sliding three day weekends... That's two three-day liberty weekends a month... on Martha's Vineyard. I had three years running 44' Motor Lifeboats out of Rockland, Maine, so I could drop right into a Coxswain/OOD billet with only an AOR familiarization to do. I was highly tempted. But, fate's circumstances dictated otherwise and I chose to go back to the northern Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac. Which, trust me, is not like Martha's Vineyard... there be Yoopers, you see...

  Wait, there's more...

  Good eats, eh? ... and then there's this...

  No, St. Ignace was not like Martha's Vineyard... but we didn't have to be concerned about these things lurking about in the waters, neither, like those mariners do...

  There's always a trade-off, I'm sayin'...


  September 16 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 16 | Famous Birthdays

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'How do we survive?': fearful Californians prepare for nuclear attack | US news | The Guardian

Republicans think Trump is going soft on immigration. They will devour him | Lloyd Green | Opinion | The Guardian

Half of Canada's monitored wildlife is in decline, major study finds | World news | The Guardian

Attica Locke: 'When Trump was elected, overnight my book changed. I didn't alter a word' | Books | The Guardian

Lawrence under siege in Aronofsky's latest extravaganza - SFGate

As bees die off, coffee production could plummet more than previously thought - SFGate

Turns out that the 'Antifa' group claiming they protested Red Sox game are actually right wingers

In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling - The New York Times

Review: Ken Burns's 'Vietnam War' Will Break Your Heart and Win Your Mind - The New York Times

The Silent Film Returns - on Social Media - The New York Times

Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels May Be Putting Entire Planet On A Junk Food Diet

Stargazers hope for creation of 1st dark sky reserve in U.S. - SFGate

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Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach 'Jew Haters' - ProPublica

Google and Twitter allow advertisers to target anti-Semites and racists | The Verge

It's an Alpha Male Thing: What Dominant Chimpanzees and Donald Trump Have in Common | Alternet

Don Jr. spars with Jon Hamm over who's alpha | TheHill

New Mexico Doesn't Want Your Kids to Know How Old the Earth Is - Mother Jones

Washington Monthly | Maybe Trump's Base Wants Insults, Not Results | Washington Monthly

FCC asks Sinclair for more information on Tribune deal | TheHill

Twitter Condemns Trump's Sympathy For White Supremacy With #NaziBucketChallenge | HuffPost

Hey, Democrats: Remember that this president thrives on white supremacy -

Conservative guest on CNN: the 2 things I believe in are "the First Amendment and boobs" - Vox

Donald Trump's war with ESPN and Jemele Hill, explained - Vox

If Ivanka Can't Influence Trump, Then What Is Her Job? | The Daily Beast



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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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Cooler than seasonal - quite nice.

Tonight, Saturday:

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

NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN, with Tom Hanks hosting, music by Lady Gaga.

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', another 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', followed by a FRESH 'Halt & Catch Fire', and another 'Halt & Catch Fire'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Homestead
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Renaissance Man
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-Endgame, Pt. 1
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 26-Endgame, Pt. 2
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-Flashback
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Chute
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-The Swarm
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-False Profits
 [3:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth
 [11:10PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth

Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by the movie 'The Other Guys'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'We're The Millers', followed by the movie 'Tammy'.

FX has the movie 'Real Steel', followed by the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers'.

History has 'JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald', followed by a FRESH 'JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald', then another FRESH 'JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald', followed by still another FRESH 'JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald', then yet another FRESH 'JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald'.

IFC  -   
 [6:45AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It Satisfies on a Very Basic Level
 [11:30AM]    AMERICAN PIE 2
 [10:30PM]    THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN
 [5:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It Satisfies on a Very Basic Level
 [5:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-We've Lost Communication    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Plaque for Mayberry
 [6:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Inspector
 [7:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Bringing Up Opie
 [7:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Bully
 [8:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Replacement
 [9:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and the Woman Speeder
 [9:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Mayberry Goes Bankrupt
 [10:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney on the Rebound
 [10:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Hobo Friend
 [11:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Crime-Free Mayberry
 [12:00PM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Perfect Female
 [12:35PM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter
 [1:10PM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Clubmen
 [1:45PM]    Charlie Wilson's War
 [4:00PM]    Blazing Saddles
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Alcoholics Unanimous
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-There Is Nothing Like a Nurse
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Adam's Ribs
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-A Full Rich Day
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Mad Dogs and Servicemen
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Private Charles Lamb
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Bombed
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Bulletin Board
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Consultant
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-House Arrest
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Aid Station
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Love and Marriage
 [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Big Mac
 [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Payday
 [1:00AM]    Blazing Saddles
 [3:00AM]    Once Upon a Time in the West    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', followed by the movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road'.

 [6:00 AM]      The Desert Song (1953)
 [8:00 AM]      Youngblood Hawke (1964)
 [10:30 AM]      Trapped by Boston Blackie (1948)
 [12:00 PM]      The Naked Hills (1956)
 [1:15 PM]      Shane (1953)
 [3:30 PM]      Spencer's Mountain (1963)
 [5:45 PM]      Cool Hand Luke (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      The Band Wagon (1953)
 [10:15 PM]      The Boy Friend (1971)
 [12:45 AM]      Dancing Lady (1933)
 [2:30 AM]      The Awakening (1980)
 [4:30 AM]      Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  09/17/17

 [6:15 AM]      Merry Andrew (1958)
 [8:00 AM]      Diane (1956)
 [10:00 AM]      In a Lonely Place (1950)
 [12:00 PM]      The Desert Song (1944)
 [2:00 PM]      Miracle In The Rain (1956)
 [4:00 PM]      55 Days at Peking (1963)
 [6:45 PM]      Return to 'Giant' (2003)
 [8:00 PM]      Giant (1956)
 [11:30 PM]      Return to 'Giant' (2003)
 [12:45 AM]      Bright Eyes (1922)    SILENT 
 [12:45 AM]      Don't Weaken! (1920)    SILENT 
 [1:45 AM]      Wife and Auto Trouble (1916)    SILENT 
 [1:45 AM]      "Curses!" They Remarked (1914)    SILENT 
 [2:30 AM]      Socrates (1971)
 [4:45 AM]      Hollywood Without Make-Up (1966)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Ximena, 26, an indigenous Zapotec transgender woman also know as Muxe, walks in front of a house destroyed after an earthquake that struck on the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, September 10, 2017.
Photo by Edgard Garrido


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


7 Overlooked Memorials to the Heroes Who Fought Nazis - Atlas Obscura


Liquid Cats & Blood-Sucking Bats

Ig Nobel Awards

Can a cat be both liquid and solid at the same time? Have vampire bats developed a taste for human blood? Will holding a crocodile bolster or blunt your gambling drive?

These questions may appear improbable, yet they are important, say the organisers of the annual Ig Nobel awards "for achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think".

Researchers who invested time and money in solving these and other burning questions were honoured Thursday with Ig Nobels in 10 categories ranging from economics, anatomy and biology to fluid dynamics, medicine and cognition.

The awards were presented at Harvard University by bemused laureates of the perhaps better-known Nobel Prize, which the Ig Nobels have spoofed since 1991, tongue firmly in cheek.

"The winners this year have truly earned their prizes," master of ceremonies Mark Abrahams, editor of The Annals of Improbable Research -- a science humour magazine -- told guests as he unveiled this year's statuette: a mannequin head with a red question mark perched on top.

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Ximena, 26, an indigenous Zapotec transgender woman also know as Muxe, walks on her belongings inside her house destroyed after an earthquake that struck on the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, September 10, 2017.
Photo by Edgard Garrido


The Glossary Handed To Audiences of David Lynch's Dune (1984)


Reignites Charlottesville Controversy


President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked) has reopened the wounds of Charlottesville, once again equating the neo-Nazis protesting against the removal of a Confederate statue with the counter-protesters.

Mr Trump had met on Wednesday with Tim Scott, the only Republican African-American senator in the Senate.

On Thursday, on board Air Force One returning from Florida, he was asked about their conversation, at which Mr Scott was intending to make Mr Trump understand why white supremacists and their opponents were not the same thing.

Mr Trump replied: "We had a great talk yesterday." He then went on to reference Antifa, the anti-fascist protesters who use violence to take on fascists.

"I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what's going on there, you know, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also. And essentially that's what I said," he said.



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Harvard University Withdraws Fellowship

Chelsea Manning

Harvard University on Friday withdrew a fellowship invitation to Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who was convicted of leaking classified data, after two top intelligence experts distanced themselves from the school over the invite.

Harvard Kennedy School of government announced on Wednesday that it had invited the controversial figure to be a visiting fellow and speak at a forum.

The invitation to speak at the university still stands, said Douglas Elmendorf, the dean of Harvard Kennedy School, in a statement.

"I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility," Elmendorf said. "I see more clearly now that many people view a visiting fellow title as an honorific, so we should weigh that consideration when offering invitations."

Manning said on Twitter that she was "honored to be 1st disinvited trans woman visiting Harvard fellow. They chill marginalized voices under CIA pressure."

Chelsea Manning


Natashia, 19, an indigenous Zapotec transgender woman also know as Muxe, moves a furniture inside her house destroyed after an earthquake that struck on the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, September 10, 2017.
Photo by Edgard Garrido


Woman Develops Bond With Over 200 Hummingbirds, Now They Complain If She's Late To Feed Them | Bored Panda


Fox "News" Host Has A Meltdown


A Fox News radio host and columnist doesn't like the idea of Superman protecting immigrants from being massacred.

Todd Starnes slammed the Man of Steel for being an "illegal alien" and called him a "propaganda tool for the defenders of illegal aliens" in an opinion piece for the Fox News website.

In the scene in the latest edition of "Action Comics," an armed man decked out in an American flag bandana lines up a group of immigrants he blames for taking his job. As he opens fire, Superman steps in, deflects the bullets, rescues the immigrants and captures the would-be mass shooter.

Their legal status isn't mentioned, but Starnes assumes they are "illegal aliens," using variations of the derogatory term six times in the 13-sentence column.

"Remember when Superman stood for truth, justice and the American way?" he writes. "Then again, Clark Kent is technically an illegal alien - a native of Krypton."



Digby's Hullabaloo


Child Porn Probe


The Vatican has recalled a priest serving as an envoy in Washington and opened a child pornography investigation after US officials asked the church to lift his diplomatic immunity.

The Vatican said Friday that US officials complained in August "of a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See."

In Washington, a State Department official confirmed to AFP that the diplomat in question had been allowed to leave the United States because he enjoys immunity from criminal prosecution.

"The United States formally requested that the Nunciature waive diplomatic immunity for the individual, but the Nunciature declined to do so," the official said, on condition of anonymity.

Neither the church nor US officials named the priest -- one of four assigned to the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican embassy in Washington -- but the Vatican said an investigation is underway.



Natashia, 19, an indigenous Zapotec transgender woman also know as Muxe, speaks with her relatives outside her house destroyed after an earthquake that struck on the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, September 10, 2017.
Photo by Edgard Garrido


Old Sarum of Salisbury | Amusing Planet


Air Force Chaplain Says

U.S. Military

A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces "serve Satan" and are "grossly in error" if they support service members' right to practice other faiths.

In an article posted on three days ago, Captain Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, criticized Christian service members who rely on the Constitution "and not Christ."

Hernandez continued: "Christian service members who openly profess and support the rights of Muslims, Buddhists, and all other anti-Christian worldviews to practice their religions-because the language in the Constitution permits-are grossly in error, and deceived."

All members of the U.S. military, including military chaplains, take an oath when they sign up for the Armed Servcies: "I , _____ , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.''

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has filed multiple requests that Hernandez be investigated by the Department of Defense's (DoD) inspector general. In a statement, the MRFF said it has received "many complaints" about Hernandez from service members over the last few years. It filed an official request with the DoD for an investigation in April, and filed a new complaint related to the essay this week. The MRFF said the article "blatantly and indisputably advocates the subordinating of the U.S. Constitution to his personal Christian ideology and violated his Oath of Office as a commissioned officer, as well as Title 18, U.S. Code § 2387's criminal prohibitions against counseling or urging insubordination, disloyalty, or 'refusal of duty' to other military members."

MRFF founder Michael Weinstein, a retired Air Force officer, says the article is evidence of the trickle-down effect of President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) relationship with the far fringes of the Christian right.

U.S. Military


The Brothel Boss Lady who Helped Build Seattle


Mulls Changing Corporate Prosecution Policy

Justice Department

The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing its policies over how it prosecutes corporate white collar crimes and may be making some changes "in the near future," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said on Thursday.

"It is under review, and I anticipate that there may be some changes to the policy on corporate prosecutions," Rosenstein said.

The memo's emphasis on individual accountability is likely to be preserved, given prior comments from Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the importance of punishing individuals for corporate crimes.

The Yates Memo is widely seen as a response to criticism of the Justice Department following the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when few of the top bankers were prosecuted for their roles in the collapse of the housing market.

Under the memo, prosecutors were instructed not to provide cooperation credit to a company during an investigation unless it disclosed all of the facts about the individuals who were involved in suspected wrongdoing.

Justice Department


Felina, 50, an indigenous Zapotec transgender woman also know as Muxe, walks on the crockery inside her house destroyed after an earthquake that struck on the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, in Juchitan, Mexico, September 10, 2017.
Photo by Edgard Garrido


There are Roads in Australia that are So Boring they Have Trivia Signs to Keep Drivers Alert «TwistedSifter


Staggering Decline In Wildlife


Half of the vertebrate populations in Canada are in staggering decline, despite the country's vast outback, according to a WWF report Thursday that highlighted threats to beluga whales and caribou.

The World Wildlife Fund in its Living Planet Report pointed to 451 shrinking animal populations out of 903 monitored over a 45-year period that ended in 2014.

They included mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Many have declined up to 83 percent, WWF-Canada found.

Habitat loss from forestry, agriculture, urbanization and industrial development remains the greatest threat to wildlife in Canada, according to the report.

But pollution, climate change and invasive species were also factors cited by the conservation group.



30 Funny Vintage French Postcards Show Daily Life Around Box-Beds From 100 Years Ago ~ vintage everyday


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; $7,836,364; $115.53.
    2. Coldplay; $7,780,885; $88.60.
    3. Guns N' Roses; $6,037,026; $102.14.
    4. Metallica; $4,529,263; $109.00.
    5. Celine Dion; $3,571,852; $144.46.
    6. Lady Gaga; $3,455,069; $118.48.
    7. Depeche Mode; $2,921,949; $75.02.
    8. Dead & Company; $1,934,271; $73.49.
    9. Roger Waters; $1,741,453; $122.57.
   10. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,535,137; $91.97.
   11. Ed Sheeran; $1,457,288; $83.32.
   12. Bruno Mars; $1,449,033; $84.84.
   13. André Rieu; $1,379,920; $86.77.
   14. Neil Diamond; $1,338,844; $101.20.
   15. The Weeknd; $1,283,267; $88.04.
   16. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,263,097; $97.44.
   17. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull; $1,259,920; $94.87.
   18. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,190,596; $84.55.
   19. Kendrick Lamar; $1,172,722; $93.65.
   20. Florida Georgia Line; $1,137,107; $52.50.

Global Concert Tours


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In Memory

Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton, whose long career ranged from 1950s Westerns to this year's Twin Peaks and Lucky, died today of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent John S. Kelly told Deadline. He was 91.

Stanton has about 200 film and TV credits but is perhaps best known to younger audiences as Roman Grant, the oily patriarch of a polygamist family in HBO's 2000s series Big Love, and Carl Rudd, owner of the Fat Trout trailer park in David Lynch's Showtime revival of Twin Peaks and the 1992 prequel to the original series.

Born on July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, KY, Stanton served in the Navy in World War II and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. He moved to Los Angeles in the years after the war and did a stint at the Pasadena Playhouse. His first big-screen gig was the 1957 WesternTomahawk Trail and would work steadily after that for the next 60 years.

From the 1950s into the '80s, he guested on such classic TV series as The Rifleman, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Adam-12, The Fugitive and Laverne & Shirley. During that period he also appeared in such memorable films as How the West Was Won, Cool Hand Luke, Kelly's Heroes, The Godfather Part II, Alien, The Rose, Private Benjamin and Escape from New York - appearing opposite such screen legends as Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood and Stanton's lifelong friend Jack Nicholson.

Stanton's film career picked up in the mid-1980s, when he was in his early 60s. Wim Wenders cast him in Paris, Texas in 1984, and Alex Cox used him opposite Emilio Estevez in the cult film Repo Man that same year. In 1986, John Hughes cast Stanton against type as Molly Ringwold's working-class suburban dad in Pretty in Pink. He also appeared in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and played an ill-fated private eye in Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990).

He continued to work on the big and small screens throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium. Perhaps his biggest role was in Big Love, the 2006-10 HBO drama starring Bill Paxton as a Utah man with three wives (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin) who battles societal mores and a polygamist sect that's run by Stanton's Roman Grant and his son Alby (Matt Ross). The series earned back-to-back Golden Globe noms for Best TV Drama, a 2009 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series and made the AFI's list of 10 best TV shows of 2010.

Most recently, Stanton recurred on HBO's Getting On, had a voice role in the toon feature Rango and had a small role in The Avengers. He toplines the upcoming film Lucky. It follows the title character, a 90-year-old atheist, and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. Having outlived and out-smoked all his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading toward that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. It opens September 29 via Magnolia Pictures.

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