BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 28 May, 2017


28 May, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[114 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Marc Dion: Biggie Smalls' America (Creators Syndicate)
The soldiers who died in America's wars? They were Jews, slum-dwellers, blacks, zoot suiters and white farm boys. Some of them said their last words in Spanish or in Polish, because they were calling for a mother who didn't speak English, back home in Chicago or Los Angeles.

Reuters: Man shouting 'anti-Muslim slurs' fatally stabs two men in US
Two men die in Portland, Oregon, after trying to stop attacker from harassing two women because they appeared to be Muslim, police say.

The investigations swirling around Donald Trump - a short guide (The Guardian)
A special prosecutor, the FBI and various congressional committees are all involved in inquiries associated with the US president.

Rory Carroll: Jared Kushner discussed creating secret communications channel with Moscow - reports (The Guardian)
Russia's ambassador told his superiors that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield White House transition team discussions from monitoring, sources said.

Dr. Matthew Thorpe, MD, PhD: "How to Fight Sarcopenia (Muscle Loss Due to Aging)" (Authority Nutrition)
Although some of the causes of sarcopenia are a natural consequence of aging, others are preventable. In fact, a healthy diet and regular exercise can reverse sarcopenia, increasing lifespan and quality of life. This article explains what causes sarcopenia, and lists many ways you can fight it.

Clive James: 'My new wheelchair is a thing of beauty and precision' (The Guardian)
The same people who conspired to buy it are now competing to get first push.

Hunter Felt: The Boston Celtics won respect, but will they ever win against LeBron? (The Guardian)
[The Celtics] were supposed to be better this year, but only the most delusional optimists could have expected them to seize the No1 seed in the Eastern Conference without making a significant move before the deadline (thanks to an assist from the Cavaliers' mounting indifference towards the regular season). After not getting past the first round in their last two postseason appearances, these Celtics made it to within one round of the NBA finals.

Guy Sucks At Photoshop, So He Spends 10 Years Illustrating His Book With MS Paint (Design You Trust)
Turns out, sometimes our resistance to learn something new and master a new skill can lead to something pretty amazing. Pat Hines, who couldn't be bothered to learn Photoshop and illustrated his ebook using good old Microsoft Paint, is the proof.

CaptainRedBlood: Illustrated my first novel with MS Paint (Imgur)

Angry pedestrian gets instant karma (YouTube)

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Michael Egan

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

Worldwide, what country is the leading producer of blackberries?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In what country did the bagel originate?

       Poland                                                      Source

A bagel, also spelled beigel, is a bread product originating in the Jewish communities of Poland. It is traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeastedwheat dough, roughly hand-sized, that is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior. Bagels are often topped with seeds baked on the outer crust, with the traditional ones being poppy, sunflower or sesame seeds. Some may have salt sprinkled on their surface, and there are different dough types, such as whole-grain or rye.

Though the origins of bagels are somewhat obscure, it is known that they were widely consumed in eastern European Jewish communities from the 17th century. The first known mention of the bagel, in 1610, was in Jewish community ordinances in Kraków, Poland.        Source

Billy in Cypress was first and correct with:

Mark. wrote:
   Bagels originated in Poland.

mj said:
   Wild guess here
  It seems, with it's imaginative treatment of a gluten based product, that Italy would be the natural place. Also, Rome, at the time of the Empire, had a substantial Jewish population.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   A bagel is a bread product originating in the Jewish communities of Poland.

Deborah replied:
   I'm pretty sure it's of European Jewish origin, maybe even Polish, or Lithuanian, or Russian. I don't know for sure without looking it up.
  What I do know is that east coast bagels, especially those in New York, are so much different than west coast bagels. It must be the water. NYC bagels are the best.

Adam answered:

zorch said:
   In Poland among the Jews. Not to be confused with the beagle a skilled hunter and pilot.

DJ Useo
   DJ Pawsher from Poland tells me they're from his homeland. I would'a thought some mid-east country, but I believe him.

Alan J took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

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

Dutiful Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  May 28 Birthdays - Celebrities Born May 28 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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Michelle in AZ

Donald Trump's Europe tour leaves leaders strangely shaken | US news | The Guardian

Mike Pence Is Toast: Anonymous Letter To WaPo Shows The Role Of Eric Prince In Trump-Russia

Trump budget devastates science and research spending

It was 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play

Open thread for night owls: Iraq and Afghanistan: $6 trillion for longest U.S. war remains unpaid

Morning Joe Unleashes Epic Rant on GOP Liars: My Party is Going STRAIGHT TO HELL'

2 Men Killed On Portland Train After Trying To Stop Anti-Muslim Rant, Police Say | HuffPost

Report: Russian Billionaire Linked To Manafort Seeks Immunity To Testify | HuffPost

What's Known About Manafort Is Huge, It Is The Definition Of Aiding An Enemy

Top 10 Non-Treason Reasons Kushner May Have Wanted a Channel to Moscow

Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust : The Salt : NPR

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review - Cap'n Jack's panto's back | Film | The Guardian

Trump is a drug - and the media is addicted -

Washington Post didn't disclose that writer who penned positive piece about Trump's Saudi trip is paid by Saudi government partner

Rust Belt losing steam in next census - AOL News

Donald Trump's Moral Holiday - The Atlantic

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

'We Have an Obligation to Speak About Donald Trump's Mental Health Issues... Our Survival as a Species May Be at Stake' | Alternet

Rush Limbaugh's file | PunditFact

Greg Gianforte is what toxic Christianity looks like

Former Bush Speechwriter Lashes Fellow Conservatives For Pushing Seth Rich Conspiracy | HuffPost

Suit against Hillary Clinton over Benghazi deaths and emails is dismissed - POLITICO

As Trump's Problems Mount, Breitbart's Numbers Are Cratering | Vanity Fair

G7 leaders took a stroll in Sicily - and Trump followed in a golf cart - Business Insider

Wake up, liberals: There will be no 2018 "blue wave," no Democratic majority and no impeachment -

Maddow: Ailes offered to hire me 'so no one else could put me on' | TheHill

Paul Ryan Keeps It All in the Family - The New Yorker

The Death Rattle Of The Trump Presidency Has Begun | HuffPost

How Worried Should Jared Kushner Be? - The New Yorker

Rocker Todd Rundgren Has A Trigger Warning For Trump Supporters | HuffPost



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





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still can't see T-rump on TV without muttering 'Fuck you'.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One', then a RERUN 'Madam Secretary', followed by a RERUN 'Elementary'.

NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN 'American Ninja Warrior', then another RERUN 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by yet another RERUN 'American Ninja Warrior'.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by another RERUN 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', then a RERUN 'The Bachelorette'.

The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series', then pads the left coast with local crap.

MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', 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'.

A&E has the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', followed by the movie 'Taken'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Godfather Part II', followed by the movie 'The Godfather'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Svalbard
 [7:00AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Scottish Highlands
 [7:30AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Okavango
 [8:00AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Them & Us
 [8:30AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Making Worlds
 [9:00AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-The Secret To Their Success
 [9:30AM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
 [12:00PM]    HANNIBAL (2001)
 [3:00PM]    RED DRAGON (2002)
 [5:30PM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
 [8:00PM]    ANNABELLE (2014)
 [10:15PM]    ANNABELLE (2014)
 [12:30AM]    HANNIBAL (2001)
 [3:30AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Scottish Highlands
 [4:00AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Okavango
 [4:30AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Them & Us
 [5:00AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Making Worlds
 [5:30AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-The Secret To Their Success    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Potomac', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Potomac', then a FRESH 'Invite Only Cabo', another 'Housewives Of Potomac', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

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

FX has the movie 'Despicable Me 2', followed by the movie 'Home'.

History has 'Vietnam In HD', 'Navy SEALS: America's Secret Warriors'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    8 MILE
 [8:30AM]    BAD BOYS
 [11:15AM]    THREE KINGS
 [3:45PM]    BAD BOYS
 [6:30PM]    8 MILE
 [5:00AM]    BROCKMIRE-Old Timers Day
 [5:30AM]    BROCKMIRE-It All Comes Down to This    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Pilot
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-To Market, to Market
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Requiem for a Lightweight
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Chief Surgeon Who?
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Moose
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Yankee Doodle Doctor
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Bananas, Crackers and Nuts
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Cowboy
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Henry, Please Come Home
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-I Hate a Mystery
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Germ Warfare
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Dad
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Edwina
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Love Story
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Tuttle
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Ringbanger
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Sometimes You Hear the Bullet
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Dad ... Again
 [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Longjohn Flap
 [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Army-Navy Game
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Sticky Wicket
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Major Fred C. Dobbs
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Ceasefire
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Showtime
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Divided We Stand
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-5 O'Clock Charlie
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Radar's Report
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-For the Good of the Outfit
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Kim
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-L.I.P. (Local Indigenous Personnel)
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Trial of Henry Blake
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Dad ... Three
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Sniper
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Carry On, Hawkeye
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Incubator
 [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Deal Me Out
 [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Hotlips and Empty Arms
 [1:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Officers Only
 [1:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Henry in Love
 [2:00AM]    M*A*S*H-For Want of a Boot
 [2:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Operation Noselift
 [3:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Chosen People
 [3:30AM]    M*A*S*H-As You Were
 [4:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Crisis
 [4:30AM]    M*A*S*H-George
 [5:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Mail Call
 [5:30AM]    M*A*S*H-A Smattering of Intelligence    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie '300', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.

 [6:00 AM]      Suzy (1936)
 [8:00 AM]      36 Hours (1964)
 [10:00 AM]      Journey Into Fear (1942)
 [11:30 AM]      Action in Arabia (1944)
 [1:00 PM]      Nazi Agent (1942)
 [2:30 PM]      Hotel Berlin (1945)
 [4:15 PM]      Saboteur (1942)
 [6:15 PM]      Across The Pacific (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
 [10:30 PM]      Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
 [1:45 AM]      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
 [4:15 AM]      Ace of Aces (1933)
 [5:45 AM]      Fighter Squadron (1948)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Monday   -  05/29/17

 [7:30 AM]      Never So Few (1959)
 [9:45 AM]      Operation Crossbow (1965)
 [12:00 PM]      Kelly's Heroes (1970)
 [2:30 PM]      Where Eagles Dare (1968)
 [5:15 PM]      The Dirty Dozen (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      Destination Tokyo (1943)
 [10:30 PM]      Operation Pacific (1951)
 [12:30 AM]      The Enemy Below (1957)
 [2:30 AM]      Up Periscope (1959)
 [4:30 AM]      Torpedo Run (1958)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Cast members Emmanuelle Seigner and Eva Green kiss as they pose during a photocall for the film "Based on a True Story" (D'apres une histoire vraie) during the 70th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 27, 2017.
Photo by Stephane Mahe


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


vintage everyday: 57 Beautiful Photos of Native American Teen Girls from between the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries




A galaxy of stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Will Smith turned out for an AIDS benefit that is the social highlight of the Cannes film festival.

The annual amfAR Foundation for AIDs Research gala dinner late Thursday at the luxury Eden Roc hotel just along the French Riviera at Cap d'Antibes saw celebrities and benefactors paying up to half a million dollars (466,000 euros) for a table.

Actresses Jessica Chastain, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, footballer David Beckham and directors David Lynch and jury president Pedro Almodovar were also among the A-listers present for the auction to help the charity founded by the late Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor.

They were aiming to beat the 22 million euros raised at last year's dinner when DiCaprio -- who acted as auctioneer -- sold a sculpture by British artist Damien Hirst for 3.1 million euros and a day with Hollywood star Kevin Spacey for half a million.

Since the galas began at the Cannes festival in 1993, the "Cinema Against AIDS" dinners have raised more than 174 million euros for the charity.



Masks are displayed during a protest by non-governmental organization (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) against political corruption scandals on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 27, 2017.
Photo by Ricardo Moraes


39 Places That Will Warp Your Perspective of Time - Atlas Obscura Lists


Excludes Gay First Spouse of Luxembourg

White House

The White House Facebook page failed to acknowledge First Gentleman of Luxembourg Gauthier Destenay, married to Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, in a post featuring the spouses of world leaders attending this week's G7 summit in Sicily. The photo caption included the names of every other spouse, all of them wives, beginning with: "First Lady Melania Trump poses with Belgium's Queen Mathilde, center, and other spouses of NATO leaders."

The omission of Destenay's name in the official White House post remained for at least six hours on Saturday before Daily Beast editor Scott Bixby shared a screenshot on Twitter, writing: "Is there a reason the White House didn't include the First Gentleman of Luxembourg in this photo caption? Like, a non-homophobic one?"

It remained unclear as of Saturday night why the post failed to include the first gentleman of Luxembourg, the only homosexual spouse included in the photo. The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The photo, taken by White House photographer Andrea Hanks, shows Melania Trump front and center with Queen Mathilde, surrounded by First Gentleman Gauthier Destnary of Luxembourg, First Lady Emine Erdo?an of Turkey, Iceland's Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir, First Lady of France Brigitte Macron, Slovenia's Mojca Stropnik, Bulgaria's Desislava Radeva, Belgium's Amélie Derbaudrenghien and Norway's Ingrid Schulerud.

The photo caption's omission was immediately noticed by countless users from around the world, who denounced the glaring absence as a sign of either incompetency or anti-LGBT attitudes.

White House


Newhead News


Judge Dismisses Lawsuit


A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling the former secretary of state didn't defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied.

The lawsuit also alleged the former Democratic presidential candidate's use of a private email server caused the death of their sons, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, because it exposed terrorists to sensitive information. They claimed Clinton lied when she allegedly told them it was a YouTube video that prompted the consulate attack.

"The untimely death of plaintiffs' sons is tragic, and the Court does not mean to minimize the unspeakable loss that plaintiffs have suffered in any way," U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington wrote in a 29-page opinion released Friday. But Berman said legal standards required the case to be dismissed.

Berman ruled the parents didn't sufficiently challenge that Clinton wasn't acting in her official capacity when she used the private server, and that the families didn't put forward appropriate claims that Clinton defamed them or put them in a false light.



Students perform a prayer on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, May 27, 2017. During Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk.
Photo by Binsar Bakkara


Black Glamour Power: The Stars Who Blazed a Trail for Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong'o | Collectors Weekly


European Southern Observatory

Extremely Large Telescope

Casting of the secondary mirror for the European Southern Observatory's Extremely Large Telescope has been completed in Mainz, Germany.

Weighing 3.5 tons and measuring 14 feet in diameter, the finished piece is the largest convex mirror ever produced.

The giant convex mirror was created using a ceramic-glass material called Zerodur. It was made by Schott, a German glass-making company which also made the mirrors for the ESO's previous Very Large Telescope.

As you might imagine, creating a convex mirror weighing several tons isn't exactly easy. "Convex mirrors like this are much harder to shape and test than concave ones," Cayrel continued. "The ELT secondary is also significantly different from a spherical surface, which again makes it harder to make. Up to now the largest convex mirrors did not exceed 1.4 metres (read: 4.5 feet) in diameter."

Don't think that the hard work is over yet, either. Now that the mirror's been cast, the team must wait more than year for it to cool down from its casting temperature of 2,552 degree Fahrenheit, to the point where it can be safely used.

Extremely Large Telescope


Digby's Hullabaloo


Reels From Harsh Reality Show


Donald Trump's (R-Buffoon) performance at a "shocking" NATO summit has dealt a major blow to the alliance and may hand a win to Vladimir Putin, analysts say.

Whether shoving aside Montenegro's PM or having handshake wars with France's new leader, Trump created chaos at what was meant to be a diplomatic showpiece.

But optics aside, Trump failed to publicly endorse NATO's founding mutual defence guarantee and instead castigated the allies for failing to pay their way.

The contrast with an upbeat Mideast visit, including a trip to Saudi Arabia in which he did big deals with no mention of human rights concerns, was striking.



The Michigan women's varsity eight team compete during a semifinal race at the NCAA women's college rowing championships, Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J.
Photo by Julio Corte


Linesville Spillway: Where Ducks Walk on Fishes | Amusing Planet


Hit New Low

Approval Ratings

Donald Trump (R-Grifter) has hit a new low job approval rating of just 40 per cent.

Most of the voters that approve of the job Mr Trump is doing are white men. Of that bloc, only 28 per cent "strongly approve" of his performance in the White House.

This is down from 45 per cent in the same poll conducted in April.

The poll - commissioned by Fox News - was conducted by two research companies who called a random nationwide sample of 1,011 registered voters between 21 to 23 May.

Fox News, owned by Mr Trump's longtime friend Rupert Murdoch (R-Evil Incarnate), has repeatedly aired news reports and brought experts on air who are in favour of the president.

Approval Ratings


Postcards from Hobbiton


T-rump Has Been 'Complete Disaster'


Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) time in office has been a "complete disaster" aside from foreign affairs, fellow Republican and former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-More Time With His Family) said at an energy conference.

The former Ohio congressman said he has been friends with Trump for 15 years but never thought he would occupy the White House.

And while he praised Trump's aggressive steps to challenge the Islamic State militant group and other moves in international affairs, he was highly critical of the president's other early efforts.

"Everything else he's done has been a complete disaster," Boehner said at the energy conference in Houston on Wednesday, according to the energy publication Rigzone. "He's still learning how to be president."

The former House speaker, who resigned from Congress in 2015, was also highly critical of efforts by the administration and his former Republican colleagues in Congress to advance sweeping healthcare and tax reform plans.



Donald Trump addresses U.S. military troops and their families at the Sigonella Naval Air Station, in Sigonella, Italy, Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Photo by Luca Bruno


There was a Full Cloud Inversion at the Grand Canyon and this Guy Got an Unreal Timelapse of It «TwistedSifter


'Knew Key Clinton Intelligence Was Fake'


A central piece of intelligence in the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server was fake - and FBI Director James Comey acted on it anyway, CNN reports.

The Washington Post reported last week that the FBI had obtained intelligence alleging then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had conspired with former Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to limit the FBI's investigation into Ms Clinton.

That piece of intelligence helped convince Mr Comey to announce his department's findings independently of the attorney general - an untraditional move that generated outcry on the left and the right.

Now, sources tell CNN that Mr Comey knew the document was likely fake, but acted on it anyway.

The FBI director feared that the document - real or not - would shake the public's confidence in Ms Lynch if it was leaked. Ms Lynch was already under intense scrutiny for speaking with former President Bill Clinton on his private plane before the investigation's conclusion.



The Sky's The Limit: 14 Promising New Advancements in Solar Power | Urbanist


Quake Warning System Defunded

West Coast

Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) budget proposal would cut federal funding for an earthquake early warning system for California, Oregon and Washington state, a development that seismology experts and some local leaders say would be the end of the project.

The system being developed in conjunction with various universities is intended at providing critical seconds of warning when an earthquake has started and potentially dangerous shaking is imminent. The system would allow time for people to take cover and to slow or halt such things as critical industrial processes and transportation systems.

A version of the ShakeAlert system has been undergoing testing but still needs to have more seismic sensors installed in Northern California, Oregon and Washington. The proposed funding cuts for the next fiscal year starting Oct. 1 would come from the budget of the U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the U.S. Interior Department.

Veteran seismologist Lucy Jones, who recently retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after years of providing earthquake information to the public, said she was deeply disappointed.

"Eliminating the $10 million (per) year that the government has been spending would stop the program and waste the $23 million that has already been invested," she said in a statement. "The talented scientists and technicians that are working on the project now will go to other jobs, so their experience and expertise would be lost."

West Coast


The 100+ Year Old Wisteria at Japan's Ashikaga Flower Park is Incredible «TwistedSifter



In Memory

Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman, the powerfully bluesy and hard-jamming singer and songwriter who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band and emerged as a pioneer of Southern rock, has died at the age of 69.

Allman died peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia, according to a statement posted Saturday on his website.

Allman, who played keyboard and guitar and sang with a rich, growling voice, was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010, Billboard reported on its website.

Allman's older brother Duane, a co-founder of the group and legendary guitar player, died in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at the age of 24, just as the band was enjoying its first big taste of success.

The group's music merged blues, jazz, country and rock with a meandering improvisational style that made jamming at concerts one of their trademarks.

Billboard said that since Nielsen Music began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991, the Allman Brothers Band has sold 9.3 million albums in the United States.

The group's best-known hits include "Whipping Post," "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and "Ramblin' Man."

Allman struggled for years with heroin addiction and substance abuse and went into rehab several times before getting clean in the 1990s.

As a member of the band he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. And in 2012, also along with the rest of the band, Allman received a Grammy award for lifetime achievement.

Gregg Allman



A woman walks with her dachshund dressed as a Gypsy woman during a dachshund parade in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Photo by Dmitri Lovetsky



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