Marc Dion: Beheading the Prisoners (Creators Syndicate)
In 1565, a Turkish army laid siege to Malta, then an outpost of Christianity in the Mediterranean. Muslims and Christians had been battling all over the Mediterranean for hundreds of years. The Christians were on the defensive at the time.
JEFFREY M. ZACKS: Why Movie 'Facts' Prevail (NY Times)
THIS year's Oscar nominees for best picture include four films based on true stories: "American Sniper" (about the sharpshooter Chris Kyle), "The Imitation Game" (about the British mathematician Alan Turing), "Selma" (about the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965) and "The Theory of Everything" (about the physicist Stephen Hawking).
A bolt is a unit of measurement used as an industry standard for a variety of materials from wood to canvas, typically materials stored in a roll. The length is usually either 40 or 100 yards, but varies depending on the fabric being referred to, for example, a bolt of canvas is traditionally 39 yards.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Bob, thanks for the lesson on the Hundred Years' War, but don't forget that the French got the last laugh in 1453 at the Battle of Castillon, where they used cannons, for which the longbow was no match.
Uh...looks like 20 yrds. No idea really.
A bolt of canvas traditionally contains 39 yards of fabric.
When I was a sewing fool most bolts of fabric I used contained 20 yards of fabric.
75° in NorCal yesterday. Unbelievable.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
There are typically between 30 and 100 yards of fabric in a bolt of fabric while the width of the fabric is often between 45 and 60 inches.
DJ Useo said:
You got me. I am stumped.
I don't know yards well, or numbers.
Allow me to guess 25. Lol.
Traditionally 39 yards ~ A bolt is typically materials stored in a roll.
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CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Undercover Boss', then a FRESH'CSI: The Original One', followed by a FRESH'CSI: The Original One'.
NBC fills the night with the FRESH'SNL 40th Anniversary Special'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'The Bachelor'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', followed by another RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', then an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a FRESH'Mulaney', followed by a RERUN'The Simpsons', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
AMC offers the movie 'Shaun Of The Dead', 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 5 - Mountains - Life in Thin Air
[7:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 6 - Grasslands - Roots of Power
[8:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 7 - Rivers - Friend and Foe
[9:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 8 - Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 7 - The Greek at the Harbor
[11:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Mayfair
[12:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Le Deck
[1:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 3 - La Granada Divino
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Quelcuttis
[3:00PM] Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
[6:00PM] Kingdom of Heaven
[9:00PM] King Arthur
[11:30PM] King Arthur
[2:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 5 - Mountains - Life in Thin Air
[3:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 6 - Grasslands - Roots of Power
[4:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 7 - Rivers - Friend and Foe
[5:00AM] Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 8 - Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Thicker Than Water', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', yet another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'The Hangover'.
FX has the movie 'Thor', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', then the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'Legend Of The Superstition Mountains'.
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[9:45AM] PORTLANDIA-THE STORY OF TONI AND CANDACE
[10:15AM] PORTLANDIA-THE FIANCEE
[11:15AM] PORTLANDIA-SEA WORLD
[11:45AM] PORTLANDIA-4TH OF JULY
[12:15PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION
[2:30PM] VEGAS VACATION
[4:30PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION
[6:30PM] CLERKS II
[8:45PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
[11:30PM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-HAIR SWAP
[12:00AM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
[2:15AM] CLERKS II
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-MARK DUPLASS WEARS A STRIPED SWEATER AND JEANS
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-COBIE SMULDERS WEARS A STRAPLESS BLACK & WHITE DRESS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & the Little Black Dress
[7:00AM] Boyhood: 12 Years on Film
[7:30AM] The War of the Roses
[10:00AM] Girl With a Pearl Earring
[12:00PM] Great Expectations
[2:30PM] The King's Speech
[5:00PM] The Happening
[7:00PM] The Natural
[10:00PM] The Natural
[1:00AM] Sling Blade
[4:00AM] Beasts of the Southern Wild (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'I, Robot', followed by the movie 'District 9'.
Tom Courteney, left, and Charlotte Rampling hold their Silver Bears as best actor/actress for their roles in '45 years' during the award ceremony at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.
Photo by Tim Brakemeier
For most Oscar nominees, the weeks before the February 22 ceremony are a whirlpool of stress.
But Laura Poitras, up for best documentary for "Citizenfour," insists it is like going for a healthy walk -- compared to what she went through to get here.
When former National Security Agency (NSA) consultant Edward Snowden, who revealed the massive scope of US intelligence surveillance, contacted the filmmaker, she found her life turned into a spy novel.
The most risky time was when she went to meet him in Hong Kong, with journalist Glenn Greenwald, the second person contacted by Snowden.
"I took some extreme precautions," she said, adding that she had a separate computer which she only consulted from public places.
Bolivia's President Evo Morales, right, and British actor Jude Law, center, pose for a pictures with carnival dancers during the carnival celebrations in Oruro, Bolivia, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Law is attending the Carnival of Oruro which is a religious festival dating back more than 2000 years in an ongoing pagan-catholic blend of religious practice in the region, and is one of UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Photo by Juan Karita
It's not often that The Hollywood Reporter misses a chance to review a new television series, but then again, TV networks don't usually premiere a series at 1:30 a.m. That's what happened on Monday when FXX debuted Winter Dragon, based upon the massively popular fantasy book series Wheel of Time. There's a reason why the pilot quietly arrived in the wee hours of the morning on Feb. 9 instead of a later date, and while many WOT fans were taken by surprise, a just-launched lawsuit against Harriet McDougal, widow of WOT author Robert Jordan, contends she knew the deal despite her comments posted online indicating otherwise.
WOT is a 14-volume series with a sprawling list of characters and the sort of fantasy mythology that lends comparison to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien or George R.R. Martin. Given the success of Game of Thrones and the fact that this Hugo Award-nominated adventure has topped the New York Times best-seller list, it's hardly a surprise that rights have suddenly become quite hot, with major Hollywood studios circling the property.
The 1:30 a.m. airing has led to much discussion on forums like Reddit about what's happening, and the prevalent theory holds that it had something to do with the reversion of rights on Feb. 11 in the event that a show was never released. This appears to be true, though the finer details will be fussed over in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in California federal court.
According to the complaint, ManetherenLLC struck a deal in 2004 with Jordan (real name: James O. Rigney) for a film and television rights option to WOT for $35,000, giving the company until Jan. 11, 2013, to release something lest rights revert. Manetheren says it paid an additional $130,000 for extensions to the options term plus gave the author's company another $465,000 thereafter. The reversion date was extended to this past Wednesday.
After the bizarre 1:30 a.m. airing of Winter Dragon, a statement from McDougal, the author's widow, was posted on Facebook.
Former soap opera actress Victoria Rowell has sued CBS and producers, saying they have kept her off the air as retaliation for advocating the casting of more black people.
The 55-year-old Rowell, who's black, is best known as a star of "The Young and the Restless" for 17 years. She played Drucilla Winters, an illiterate thief and prostitute, who, at Rowell's urging, "transformed herself through an adult literacy program into a positive figure," according to the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan.
The lawsuit alleges that though more black characters were added to the show over the years, the producers "treated them, including Ms. Rowell, as second-class citizens."
Rowell says she clashed with the producers in 2005 over their refusal to let her write and direct episodes of the show. Two years later, she decided to leave the show after the producers created a story line in which her character went insane.
A man, right, covered in oil and soot carrying bull horns on his head and cowbells on a belt representing the devil, join the march as people wearing costumes stand watching during a traditional carnival celebration in the small village of Luzon, Spain, Luzon, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Preserved records from the 14th century document Luzon's carnival, but the real origin of the tradition could be much older. Carnival festivals are celebrated in their own way around hundreds of villages in Spain.
Photo by Andres Kudacki
Secular Turks opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday boycotted schools and took to the streets to demand a secular education and denounce a claimed creeping Islamisation of the schools system.
The protests were led by Turkey's largest religious minority the Alevis, who adhere to an offshoot of Shia Islam, as well as leading education union Egitim Sen.
Secular Turks and Alevis in particular have been angered by the compulsory religion lessons used in schools under a system that has been amended by the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Alevis are upset that the compulsory classes prioritise Sunni Islam, the dominant religion of Turkey which is practised by almost all the current ruling elite.
Alevis have traditionally been champions of secularity in Turkey, believing it to be the best way to protect their own rights in the majority Sunni Muslim country.
A former U.S. soldier accused of recruiting an international team of military-trained snipers to carry out contract killings for a drug cartel pleaded guilty in New York federal court on Friday.
Joseph Manuel Hunter, 49, who prosecutors said was known as "Rambo," faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in May for conspiring to murder a law enforcement officer and two other charges.
Hunter was one of five former soldiers charged in 2013 with agreeing to provide security and surveillance for two purported Colombian cartel leaders.
Those leaders, however, were actually informants for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Prosecutors said Hunter had worked as a killer-for-hire since leaving the Army in 2004 and arranged for several murders, though the details of any killings are not publicly known.
A member of the fool's guild 'Waldkircher Kandelhexen' flies with a broom on a rope fastened over the market square during the traditional witches' sabbat in Waldkirch, Germany, 14 February 2015. The carnival revelers celebrate annually the admission of new members to their guild on the Saturday before Shrove Monday.
Photo by Patrick Seeger
About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach have died, but conservation workers and volunteers are hoping the remaining 60 or so will survive after they managed to get them refloated, an official said Saturday.
The geography of Farewell Spit on the South Island seems to work against whales, which regularly become stranded there. The stranding of 198 whales on Friday was one of the largest in recent years and prompted 80 workers and volunteers to help out.
By late Saturday, 140 of the whales had died, said Department of Conservation area manager Andrew Lamason.
He said the workers and volunteers worked throughout the day to keep the surviving whales watered and covered before refloating them during Saturday night's high tide.
He said the surviving whales had moved to deeper water. But he cautioned that while hopes for their survival were high, whales had been refloated in the past only to return and get stranded again.
Fareid Carvalho portraying "Death Desolation Despair-Keeper Of Souls" performs at the King of Carnival show put on by the National Carnival Commission at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on February 13, 2015. Picture taken February 13, 2015.
Photo by Andrea De Silva
If you thought the film Contagion was frightening, this medical plot twist may scare you even more-because it's real.
Back in November, the island nation of Madagascar confirmed 119 cases of plague, including 40 deaths. But the bad news recently took a disturbing turn: "The fleas that transmit this ancient disease from rats to humans have developed resistance to the first-line insecticide," Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said in a new report.
You probably recognize the infectious disease as the one known as the "Black Death," which during the 14th century became a devastating epidemic that claimed an estimated 50 million lives throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, the disease spreads from rodents to humans via infected fleas. Those infected generally develop bubonic plague-exhibiting swollen lymph nodes and flu-like symptoms-or, if it spreads to the lungs, the deadlier advanced form, pneumonic plague. Caught early, antibiotics can effectively treat the disease; left untreated, however, plague kills 30 to 60 percent of those infected.
A November 2014 study conducted by the health research center Institut Pasteur in Madagascar found conclusive evidence that more than 80 percent of the fleas tested were resistant to Deltamethrin, the insecticide referenced in the WHO report. Out of the 32 flea populations examined, only two demonstrated susceptibility to the insecticide. The report's authors conclude, "In the…re-emergence of plague…in Madagascar, Deltamethrin is ineffective against fleas. Its use in Madagascar should be stopped and the control program for plague diseases needs to change to another insecticide."
The onslaught of high-end condo developments along Nashville's storied Music Row looks to be coming to an end - at least for now.
City planning officials are recommending a moratorium on new projects seeking to raze or significantly alter buildings that helped build up Nashville's reputation as the capital of country music.
The moratorium could run for a year and a half while officials work on a comprehensive plan to balance growth with the history of Music Row, city planning commission spokesman Craig Owensby said Friday.
The panel's decision came Thursday as it took up the latest proposal to turn Music Row structures into a condo complex. Owensby said commissioners decided to recommend a blanket moratorium rather than continue to evaluate individual proposals. The Nashville Metro Council has the ultimate say over planning decisions.
This photo taken Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, and provided by the Grand Teton National Park, shows an unusual cloud formation across the summit of the Grand Teton in this view from the park's headquarters campus at Moose, Wyo.
Photo by Jackie Skaggs
When she sways to the sensual beat of samba, Megumi Kudo also heals the wounds in her mother's heart from a huge earthquake that shattered their home city in Japan 20 years ago.
This year's festive menu for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro has special poignancy for the Kudos, with daughter Megumi set to perform as a "passista" dancer with the famed Salgueiro school this weekend, continuing a tradition that has now spanned two generations.
Megumi's samba-teaching and costume-designing mother Taeko will watch proudly in Rio's packed sambadrome -- after the pair first dance together in a smaller group.
"I remember the day the earthquake struck. At our house, a door was damaged and would not open," Taeko reflected in a soft voice, recalling the January 17, 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake in the southern Japanese city of Kobe.
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