Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, at least when it comes to the British monarchy: In addition to being the reigning queen of 16 Commonwealth realms and the Paramount Chief of Fiji, engaging in regular consultation with whichever Prime Minister is in power at the time, and dealing with the odd scandal stirred up by an errant royal relative, the Queen is also the owner and caretaker of Britain's swans.
Even though she doesn't exactly have to take care of them herself, swans, those ill-tempered behemoths of the bird world, largely take care of themselves, subsisting on tossed bread and plastic bags, and plus, she's got people who do that sort of thing, the Queen does own the swans. Queen Elizabeth II became the first known monarch to take part in what's called the Swan Upping, the annual counting of her royal brood of swans and a tradition that goes back more than nine centuries.
zorch was first and correct with:
the Monarch, currently, the Queen
The swans belong to the queen. These were on loan to the Kensington
Alan J said:
The Queen (or current monarch) of England
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Interesting link to the "My Three Sons" trivia.
As for ownership of all the swans in Britain, I didn't know at first, but having given it some thought I decided that it must be the Queen.
Cold front moving in, whoo-hoo!
DJ Useo wrote:
They all belong to "her majesty", & you can't have any.
Personally, I much prefer the band to the person.
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[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - Ep 1- Spock's Brain
[7:15AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Enterprise Incident
[8:30AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Paradise Syndrome
[9:45AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-And the Children Shall Lead
[11:00AM] GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
[1:30PM] GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989)
[4:00PM] GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
[6:30PM] GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989)
[9:00PM] GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
[11:30PM] GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989)
[2:00AM] HOOK (1991)
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Caretaker, Pt. 1 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'My Cousin Vinny', followed by the movie 'My Cousin Vinny', again.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Hot Club Time Machine', followed by the movie '50 First Dates'.
FX has the movie 'The Hangover Part III', followed by the movie 'Neighbors', then the movie '22 Jump Street'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars: Supercharged', and 2 more hours of old 'Counting Cars'.
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[8:00AM] PORTLANDIA-The Story of Toni and Candace
[8:30AM] PORTLANDIA-The Fiancee
[9:30AM] PORTLANDIA-Sea World
[10:00AM] PORTLANDIA-4th of July
[11:00AM] PORTLANDIA-Doug Becomes a Feminist
[11:30AM] PORTLANDIA-House for Sale
[12:00PM] PORTLANDIA-You Can Call Me Al
[12:30PM] PORTLANDIA-Dead Pets
[1:30PM] PORTLANDIA-Going Gray
[2:30PM] PORTLANDIA-Weirdo Beach
[3:00PM] PORTLANDIA-Breaking Up
[4:00PM] PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
[4:30PM] PORTLANDIA-First Feminist City
[5:00PM] PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
[5:30PM] PORTLANDIA-Noodle Monster
[6:03PM] THE THREE STOOGES-A Bird in the Head
[6:25PM] THE THREE STOOGES-A-Ducking They Did Go
[6:50PM] THE THREE STOOGES-All Gummed Up
[7:15PM] THE THREE STOOGES-All the World's a Stooge
[7:40PM] THE THREE STOOGES-An Ache in Every Stake
[8:05PM] THE THREE STOOGES-A-Plumbing We Will Go
[8:30PM] THE THREE STOOGES-Beer Barrel Polecats
[8:55PM] THE THREE STOOGES-Boobs in Arms
[9:20PM] THE THREE STOOGES-Booby Dupes
[9:45PM] THE THREE STOOGES-Busy Buddies
[10:10PM] THE THREE STOOGES-Cactus Makes Perfect
[10:35PM] THE THREE STOOGES-Calling All Curs
[11:00PM] THE THREE STOOGES-Cash and Carry
[11:25PM] THE THREE STOOGES-Cookoo Cavaliers
[11:50PM] THE THREE STOOGES-Crash Goes the Hash
[12:15AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Flat Foot Stooges
[12:40AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Dizzy Pilots
[1:05AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Dizzy Doctors
[1:30AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Dutiful but Dumb
[1:55AM] THE THREE STOOGES-False Alarms
[2:20AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Dizzy Detectives
[2:45AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Fright Night
[3:10AM] THE THREE STOOGES-From Nurse to Worse
[3:35AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Gem of a Jam
[4:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Gents Without Cents
[4:30AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Grips, Grunts and Groans
[5:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-A Pain in the Pullman
[5:30AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Woman Haters (ALL TIMES EST)
[8:30AM] The Jerk
[10:30AM] Honey I Shrunk the Kids
[12:30PM] The Goonies
[3:00PM] Turner & Hooch
[5:30PM] Liar Liar
[7:30PM] Yes Man
[10:00PM] The Three Stooges-Back to the Woods
[10:30PM] The Three Stooges-Cash and Carry
[11:00PM] The Three Stooges-Dizzy Detectives
[11:30PM] The Three Stooges-Half-Shot Shooters
[12:00AM] The Three Stooges-Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise
[12:30AM] The Three Stooges-Pardon My Scotch
[1:00AM] The Three Stooges-Uncivil Warriors
[1:30AM] The Three Stooges-Gents Without Cents
[2:00AM] The Three Stooges-Grips, Grunts and Groans
[2:30AM] The Three Stooges-A Pain in the Pullman
[3:00AM] The Three Stooges-Three Little Pigskins
[3:30AM] The Three Stooges-Woman Haters
[4:00AM] The Three Stooges-Three Dark Horses
[4:23AM] The Three Stooges-Three Hams on Rye
[4:45AM] The Three Stooges-Pals and Gals
[5:08AM] The Three Stooges-Musty Musketeers
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Ninety-three journalists and media staff were killed around the world in the course of their work in 2016, with Iraq and Afghanistan the deadliest countries, the International Federation of Journalists said Friday.
The IFJ said the figure, 19 less than in 2015, was for journalists killed in targeted attacks, bomb blasts or caught in the cross-fire. A further 29 died in plane crashes in Colombia and Russia.
"Any decrease in violence against journalist and media personnel is always welcome but these figures... leave little room for comfort and reinforce hopes for the end of the security crisis in the media sector," IFJ president Philippe Leruth said in a statement.
The IFJ said among those killed were 15 journalists in Iraq, 13 in Afghanistan, 11 in Mexico, eight in Yemen, six in both Guatemala and in Syria, and five in both India and Pakistan.
Regionally the Middle East was deadliest with 30 killings, followed by Asia-Pacific with 28, Latin America with 24, Africa with eight and Europe with three, the watchdog said.
An adorned Gurung girl wearing a traditional costume and ornaments is seen during Tamu Lhosar or Losar (New Year) parade in Kathmandu, Nepal on Dec. 30, 2016. Members of the community in Nepal celebrate Tamu Lhosar or Losar with a feast and various cultural programs to usher in the Gurung community's year of the bird.
Photo by Navesh Chitrakar
Everyone knows that Facebook makes its money through targeted ads. By tracking what you look at and click on while using its website, Facebook assembles a detailed profile of you that it uses to figure out what you're interested in, and tailors its advertising to match. But a recent investigation by ProPublica has revealed that the social media company tracks much more than your online activities.
At the heart of the issue is the fact that Facebook buys data from offline sources like retailers, and bundles that data with its own to create more detailed profiles of its users. However, unlike Facebook's native data collection, users cannot see what information these third-party sources have on them. This third-party information can include things like your income level, the stores you shop in, and even the number of credit cards you own.
Unlike Facebook's own data collection, the company provides no way to opt out of this service. According to Facebook, the only way to remove this personal information from their databases is to go through the third-party providers individually, which is a time-consuming and often impossible task. Facebook also regularly changes providers, which means you'll have to repeat process much more than once.
Immigrants have to shell out more cash to become U.S. citizens after the Department of Homeland Security imposed a price hike across a range of administrative services. Petitions filed to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not be accepted unless they include the revised fees, which came into effect last week.
Prices have been raised, by a "weighted average" of 21 percent, for the first time since 2010. With the fees for some key services having been doubled, the changes could pose a considerable burden for immigrants who are short on cash.
However, the USCIS defended the price hike saying the agency is almost exclusively funded only by petitioners' fees and needed the extra funds to help handle administrative costs. The USCIS was "mindful of the effect fee increases have on many of the customers we serve" and hence waited this long to increase the prices, USCIS Director Leon Rodríguez reportedly said.
"USCIS will also offer a reduced filing fee for certain naturalization applicants with limited means," Peter Boogaard, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, told CNBC, adding that the hike was "necessary to ensure USCIS can continue to serve its customers effectively."
Of the nearly 650,000 immigrants in New York eligible to become U.S. citizens, about 110,500 are eligible for the reduced fee plan. However, critics said even with the reduced filing fees, the changes would be a big problem for immigrants seeking U.S. naturalization.
Dancers wearing costumes made of bearskins dance in the town of Comanesti, Romania on Dec. 30, 2016. People from this region follow a pre-Christian rural tradition where they sing and dance to ward off evil.
Photo by Stoyan Nenov
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been hit with yet another wave of backlash as one if its performers resigned following the announcement that the group would sing at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.
"Since the 'announcement,' I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony," Jan Chamberlin wrote in a lengthy Facebook post Thursday. "I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul."
"But it's no use. I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events," she wrote in the post, which has since been shared more than a thousand times. "I could never look myself in the mirror again with self-respect."
Chamberlin said she felt "betrayed" by the choir and that its image and networking would be damaged by the performance. She went on to equate Trump with Hitler.
"I only know I could never 'throw roses to Hitler,'" she wrote. "And I certainly could never sing for him."
A longtime Republican congressman says that Russia's leak of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign during the U.S. presidential election was a public service.
"If Russia succeeded in giving the American people information that was accurate," Arizona Rep. Trent Franks said Thursday afternoon on MSNBC, "then they merely did what the media should have done."
Franks' comments came shortly before the Obama administration announced sanctions against Moscow for interfering with the U.S. election.
"I'm all for doing what's necessary to protect the election here," Franks said. "But there's no suggestion that Russia hacked into our voting systems or anything like that."
In October, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russian hacking of American "political organizations" like the Democratic National Committee was an attempt to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system. In a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill earlier this month, the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that it was "quite clear" that electing Donald Trump (R-Grifter) was Russia's goal.
Children can be heard screaming "just stop daddy" on a 911 call made from the home of a South Carolina legislator accused of beating his wife and pointing a gun at her, local media reported Friday.
Republican Rep. Chris Corley, of Graniteville, is charged with first-degree criminal domestic violence and pointing a firearm at a person. If convicted, the felonies could send him to prison for up to 15 years.
Corley's wife told deputies he stopped hitting her late Monday only after noticing she was bleeding and hearing the screams of two of their three children, ages 2 and 8.
In the first 911 call to Aiken city police, no one talks to the operator but "please stop" can be heard repeatedly.
"Just stop daddy. Just stop. ... Daddy, why are you doing this?"
Mohammad Ramzan can neither hear nor speak, and he has a childlike mind. But he knew his wife, Saima, was too young when she was given to him as a bride.
The 36-year-old Ramzan smiles, eager to please, as he uses his fingers to count out her age when they married. One, two, three . . . until 13, and then he stops and looks at her, points and nods several times.
The girl's father, Wazir Ahmed, says she was 14, not 13, but her age was beside the point. It mattered only that she had reached puberty when he arranged her marriage as an exchange: his daughter for Ramzan's sister, whom he wanted to take as a second wife.
His first wife, Saima's mother, had given him only daughters, and he hoped his second wife would give him a son. But Sabeel wouldn't marry him until her brother had a wife to care for him.
A sculpture of a rooster that local media say bears resemblance to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) is seen outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China on Dec. 30, 2016.
Photo by Jon Woo
Asli Erdogan, one of Turkey's most celebrated novelists, was released from jail Thursday, looking exhausted after 132 days of pre-trial detention, declaring that she could barely believe she was free.
The writer has been in prison on charges of terror propaganda on account of her links to a pro-Kurdish newspaper, in a case that has caused an international outcry over freedom of expression.
An Istanbul court ordered that Erdogan and Necmiye Alpay, an internationally prominent linguist, be released.
The pair were taken into custody in August as part of a probe into the now shut-down newspaper Ozgur Gundem, which Turkish authorities say is a mouthpiece for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
But the fate of Erdogan and Alpay, author of widely praised translations of Western novels into Turkish who had been in custody for 120 days, is still unclear.
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. Guns N' Roses; $5,258,305; $104.11.
2. Adele; $3,649,630; $109.07.
3. Justin Bieber; $2,376,511; $81.71.
4. Drake; $2,328,301; $112.64.
5. Kanye West; $1,836,417; $87.63.
6. Luke Bryan; $1,822,045; $70.03.
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers; $1,682,643; $82.10.
8. Marc Anthony; $1,670,772; $131.93.
9. Black Sabbath; $1,279,314; $66.52.
10. Maroon 5; $1,261,453; $93.98.
11. Jason Aldean; $1,072,244; $51.31.
12. Andre Rieu; $996,479; $105.69.
13. The Cure; $925,867; $62.24.
14. "Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour" / Puff Daddy; $920,868; $83.91.
15. Stevie Nicks; $840,751; $96.00.
16. Sia; $821,290; $78.98.
17. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $816,436; $60.22.
18. Dixie Chicks; $796,811; $71.71.
19. Nickelback; $773,372; $87.22.
20. Carrie Underwood; $703,262; $70.68.
Sutter Brown, the gubernatorial pooch who softened Gov. Jerry Brown's image and brightened the California Capitol with his love for belly rubs and treats, has died.
The 13-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi underwent emergency surgery in October, but a particularly aggressive form of cancer could not be entirely removed. News of his illness dismayed fans around California, who filled social media with expressions of support.
Sutter returned home, and to the Governor's Office. He was outside the Governor's Mansion to greet trick-or-treaters on Halloween, and accompanied the governor to vote on Election Day.
But his health had deteriorated rapidly in recent days, and Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, "made the decision that it was time to say goodbye," Westrup said.
Images of the dog lounging in the office or at home went out to the thousands who followed Sutter on Twitter. In the days after Sutter fell ill, Gust Brown shared some aching images of the stricken animal, including a picture of Brown tenderly cradling the canine.
A dog waits for the start of the "Sanperrestre" walk to raise awareness about the need to adopt dogs and cats instead of purchasing them, in central Madrid, Spain, December 30, 2016.
Photo by Susana Vera
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