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5 June, 2016

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Hadley Freeman: whether you're pro-choice or pro-life, the abortion debate is not about you (The Guardian)
It is one thing to talk about your abortion in order to fight the stigma; it is quite another to think your experience should have any bearing on its legality.

Marc Dion: The Long Weekend (Creators Syndicate)
You don't hear much about it anymore, but I keep thinking about Donald Trump's wall on the border with Mexico. I guess that's still something we might do here in the land of the free.

Froma Harrop: Suckers for Trump Need to Believe (Creators Syndicate)
Here is how Donald Trump suckers the little people. What follows is a telling of his methods, not commentary on his lack of scruples. The Question: Why didn't the trail of wreckage left by Trump's failed businesses deter students from forking over as much as $35,000 for a class at Trump University? The Answer: They wanted to believe in a plot that favored them.

Alison Flood: "From paying the bills, to £2,000 a day: making a killing from self-publishing" (Amazon)
"Could you murder your wife to save your daughter?" That's the hook for a novel that has enabled self-published author Adam Croft, writing from his back bedroom, to pay off his mortgage in just 20 weeks, selling 150,000 copies and winning a book deal with Amazon.

Clive James: 'This carcinoma was starting to look like the alien that erupts from John Hurt's chest' (The Guardian)
When we were kids in quest of a tan, we would lie around forever being cooked by ultra-violet rays, and the results show up around now in the form of skin cancers.

Clive James: 'It is not yet against the law to be frivolous…' (The Guardian)
…In the US, it's a reason to hand names to the FBI.

Evan V. Symon: "'Swole Culture': The Perils Of My Bodybuilding Addiction" (Cracked)
Bodybuilding addiction: When you become stronger and weaker at the same time.

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What country is the largest producer of carnations?

       Colombia                                                      Source

Dianthus caryophyllus, carnation or clove pink, is a species of Dianthus. It is probably native to the Mediterranean region but its exact range is unknown due to extensive cultivation for the last 2,000 years.

Colombia is the largest carnation producer in the world.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:

Deborah said:
   Colombia produces the most carnations. Ecuador and Colombia have taken away much of the U.S.'s flower growing business. I used to tissue-culture flowers for production for Ball Seed Co. in Lompoc, CA, and much of their business (and my job) went south.
  I'd talk about the heat again but maybe Dale has already done so.

Dale of sweltering Diamond Springs, 96°F of Norhotcali replied:
  RIP to the Greatest, Muhammed Ali, one of my heroes.

  Congrats to Lois!

DJ Useo responded:

MAM   wrote:

Lois Of The Lilacs answered:
   Beautiful Republic of Colombia! Gem of the Ocean, horticulturist's dream land, and sufferer from an asymmetric low-intensity armed conflict since the 1960's! Recently (2012), in an endeavor to neutralize competition (we didn't invade Afghanistan for our health, you know), the U.S. has adjusted trade tariffs to encourage Colombia's farmers to substitute pretty flowers for their traditional crops of coca trees. And it worked! Now the flowers used on the blanket draped over the winner of Belmont's "run for the carnations" are grown in Colombia, which may, or may not, inspire the horses to race that much faster.

  Dale...OH, I get it. Here then, to further inspire and entertain, is the evolution of Frank Zappa's "Bird To Nose" gesture. Enjoy!

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Hadley Freeman: whether you're pro-choice or pro-life, the abortion debate is not about you | Global | The Guardian

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What Steven Spielberg's science fiction tells us about America | Film | The Guardian

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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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Last Night

Still toasty.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a RERUN 'Madame Secretary', then another RERUN 'Madame Secretary', followed by a RERUN 'Elementary'.

NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN 'American Ninja Warrior', then a FRESH 'Game Of Silence'.

ABC fills the night with LIVE '2016 NBA FInals', followed by a FRESH 'Jimmy Kimmel', then pads the left coast with local crap.

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 the FRESH 'The 2016 Miss USA Meat Parade'.

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 all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows', followed by a RERUN 'Preacher', then a FRESH 'Preacher', followed by a FRESH 'Feed The Beast'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Serengeti
 [6:30AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
 [7:30AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians
 [8:30AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Mammals
 [11:30AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Insects
 [12:30PM]    HIGHLANDER (1986)
 [5:00PM]    THE ROCK (1996)
 [8:00PM]    THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990)
 [11:00PM]    THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (1990)
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Challenges of Life
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Reptiles and Amphibians    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH 'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH 'Thicker Than Water', and 'Shahs Of Sunset'.

Comedy Central has 4 hours of old 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'That's My Boy', followed by the movie 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues', then the movie 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Beast of Burden
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
 [7:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lil John
 [5:00PM]    BLOW
 [8:00PM]    CRANK
 [12:00AM]    MAX PAYNE
 [4:30AM]    MARON-Step 1
 [5:00AM]    MARON-Marc's Roommate
 [5:30AM]    MARON-The Field Trip    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Leaving Las Vegas
 [8:30AM]    Monster's Ball
 [11:00AM]    Cinderella Man
 [2:00PM]    The Outlaw Josey Wales
 [5:00PM]    Unforgiven
 [8:00PM]    Dirty Harry
 [10:15PM]    Magnum Force
 [12:45AM]    Cinderella Man
 [3:45AM]    The Virgin Suicides
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Sex Symbols    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Incredible Hulk', followed by the movie 'John Carter'.

 [6:00 AM]      On An Island With You (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      The Little Princess (1939)
 [10:00 AM]      Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
 [12:15 PM]      The Lady From Shanghai (1948)
 [2:00 PM]      The Tender Trap (1955)
 [4:00 PM]      The Thrill Of It All (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      My Favorite Year (1982)
 [8:00 PM]      Cleopatra (1963)
 [12:30 AM]      The Red Mill (1926)    SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Ordet (1955)
 [4:15 AM]      Gertrud (1964)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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 [6:15 AM]      Hollywood My Hometown (1965)
 [7:15 AM]      On the Waterfront (1954)
 [9:15 AM]      East of Eden (1955)
 [11:15 AM]      Raintree County (1957)
 [2:30 PM]      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
 [4:30 PM]      Key Largo (1948)
 [6:15 PM]      The Maltese Falcon (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      Chasing Rainbows (1929)
 [9:30 PM]      The Divine Lady (1929)
 [11:15 PM]      The Patsy (1928)    SILENT 
 [12:45 AM]      Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)    SILENT 
 [2:15 AM]      The Hollywood Revue (1929)
 [4:15 AM]      The Broadway Melody (1929)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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British film director Sir Alan Parker, in Malta for the second edition of the Valletta Film Festival during which his 1978 film Midnight Express is being screened, visits Fort St Elmo, where most of the film was shot, in Valletta, Malta, June 4, 2016.
Photo by Darrin Zammit Lupi


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Not T-rump Fans

Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks are still not ready to make nice.

The band is in the midst of a global comeback tour, and kicked off the American leg of the DCX World Tour MMXVI Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Among the many set pieces behind the acclaimed country trio was an image of Donald Trump (R-Misogynist), adorned with devil's horns, during Goodbye Earl.

While it turned plenty of heads Stateside, it's a gimmick the band has been deploying since its European shows (the Evening Standard, among others, noted the provocative visual). The band has also made time for stellar covers, paying tribute to Prince and Beyonce.

"These good-for-nothing women are chicken, they're no longer chicks," Trump said oinked, according to the The Adobo Chronicles. "They're doing to me what they did to George W. 13 years ago. They're trying hard to learn new tricks, but they're too old for that and should be ashamed of themselves."

Dixie Chicks


Father John Misty performs on day one of the Governors Ball Music Festival on Friday, June 3, 2016, in New York.
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Plans Nude Demo Against Trump

Spencer Tunick

American photographer Spencer Tunick, famous for his pictures of huge crowds of naked people, is not a fan of Donald Trump (R-Grifter).

In fact, when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee travels to Cleveland next month for the party's convention, Tunick plans to greet him with 100 nude women holding up mirrors in a form of art photography-turned-protest.

"There shouldn't be a rhetoric of hate in a presidential election," Tunick, 49, said of the billionaire tycoon's campaign, which has featured virulent diatribes against Mexicans, Arabs and women journalists, among others.

Speaking in Colombia, where he plans to assemble 4,000 naked people Sunday in what he calls a message of "peace and unity," Tunick said he felt a duty as a husband and father of two daughters to speak out against Trump.

"I can't just vote. I have to do something," he told AFP.

Spencer Tunick


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Extinct Otter Species

Bob Weir

A U.S. National Park Service paleontologist and Grateful Dead fan credited with identifying an extinct species of otter found in south-central Idaho has named it after the band's guitarist.

Self-described Deadhead Kari Prassack says traveling the country to see Bob Weir and the band gave her the sense of adventure and confidence to pursue her career.

So when fellow scientists earlier this year credited her with properly identifying the new species from a mislabeled jawbone found in the late 1980s at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, she named it Lontra weiri. Lontra is the genus and weiri the species.

"It was a really important part of my life," said Prassack on Thursday about the 100-plus Grateful Dead concerts she saw starting in 1990 at age 15, when her mother first gave her permission, to 1995 when the band's run ended with the death of frontman Jerry Garcia.

"I really became an adventurous person, much more so than ever before," she said, noting she visited multiple fossil sites during her travels following the band. "I decided if I wanted to do something, I could go and do it."

Bob Weir


Amber Tamblyn, left, and Russ Tamblyn arrive at the premiere of "Paint It Black" during the Los Angeles Film Festival at the LACMA Bing Theater on Friday, June 3, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


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Crowdfunded Beer Pipeline


The idea may have seemed mad, but after all, the beer is called the Madman of Bruges - or Brugse Zot in Dutch.

With the help of crowdfunding efforts among some 400 Madman fans, the dream of building a beer pipeline through the Belgian city of Bruges is becoming real.

Brewer Xavier Vanneste got the idea four years ago to pump beer from his Bruges brewery to a bottling plant outside of town in a pipeline instead of having hundreds of trucks blighting the cobblestoned streets of the UNESCO-protected medieval city.

What at first seemed like an outrageous dream, began to seem possible when Vanneste started talking to local beer enthusiasts.

Sending the pipeline along streets where customers could siphon off their favorite suds was too utopian even for Vanneste, but he came up with the next best thing: IOUs with a lifelong drinking guarantee.



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Trump U Probe Dropped


Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has moved to muzzle a former state regulator who says he was ordered in 2010 to drop a fraud investigation into Trump University for political reasons.

Paxton's office issued a cease and desist letter to former Deputy Chief of Consumer Protection John Owens on Friday after Owens made public copies of a 14-page internal summary of the state's case against Donald Trump for scamming millions from students of his now-defunct real estate seminar.

Owens, now retired, said his team had built a solid case against the now-presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but was told to drop it after Trump's company agreed to cease operations in Texas.

Owens' boss at the time was Greg Abbott, then the attorney general and now the state's GOP governor.

The AP first reported Thursday that Trump gave donations totaling $35,000 to Abbott's gubernatorial campaign three years after his office closed the Trump U case. Several Texas media outlets then reported Owens' accusation that the probe was dropped for political reasons.



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German Festival Suspended

Rock am Ring

A rock festival in western Germany was suspended Saturday after scores of people were injured in a lightning storm and forecasters predicted more severe weather.

Paramedics said more than 70 people were hospitalized after a storm struck the Rock am Ring festival late Friday at a former airfield near Mendig, 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Frankfurt.

Organizers on Saturday urged tens of thousands at the festival to seek shelter in their tents or cars, saying local authorities had ordered them to put the festival on hold.

Rock am Ring is one of the most popular festivals in Germany and has been staged since 1985. Performers this year include Tenacious D, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath.

Rock am Ring


Singer Axl Rose, left and Angus Young of the band AC/DC perform at the Olympic Stadium in London, Saturday, June 4, 2016.
Photo by Mark Allan


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Verbal Attacks Worry Conservative Legal Scholars


The federal judge who's hearing a Trump University lawsuit is "a hater of Donald Trump" and ought to be removed from the case. So says Donald Trump, in just one of the recent comments by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee that have legal experts worrying about his commitment to an independent judiciary and his views on presidential powers.

In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, Trump has expressed unusually personal criticism - focusing on the judge's Mexican heritage - though his lawyers have never actually sought to have the judge removed.

His comments are bringing overwhelming disapproval from politicians and lawyers in his own Republican Party. On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said of the statements about the judge: "It's reasoning I don't relate to, I completely disagree with the thinking behind that."

And conservative legal scholars say Trump's statements reinforce their worries that he seems to think he can do whatever he wants and disregard rules and conventions that constrain other political candidates.

"The concern is that he would act unbounded in the presidency, in a way that doesn't follow the law," said John McGinnis, a Northwestern University law professor.



An enthusiast dressed as a character from the fantasy novel "The Hobbit" by J. R. R. Tolkien prepares for the battle of five armies near the town of Doksy, Czech Republic, June 4, 2016. Several hundred people arrived in the forest to re-enact the famous battle from Tolkien's novel that was published for the first time in 1937.
Photo by Petr David Josek


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Actually Result Of A Gas Leak

'Lost City'

The 'ancient ruins' of a long lost Greek city have turned out to be the result of a prehistoric gas leak, according to new research.

The site was originally discovered by snorkelers after they found what they thought to be circular column bases and paved floors on the sea floor.

It was initially thought that an ancient city had been submerged by tidal waves off the shore of the Greek holiday island Zakynthos.

However, new research published in the journal Marine and Petroleum Geology, shows the site was actually created by a natural geological phenomenon that took place up to 5 million years ago.

Following a detailed search of the underwater site near Alikanas Bay by archaeologists, researchers at the University of East Anglia and the University of Athens, Greece analysed the mineral content and texture of the underwater formations.

'Lost City'


Actors perform during "The Ecumenical Carnival of flames" fire festival in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 4, 2016. Some of the best masters of fire shows and groups from around the world perform at this festival as they pay tribute to ancient secular traditions.
Photo by Pavel Golovkin


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Urges Write-In

San Diego Union-Tribune

The San Diego Union-Tribune is urging its Republican readers to write in late former President Ronald Reagan's name at the polls during Tuesday's California primary to send a message to Donald Trump.

The newspaper explains in an editorial that it can't endorse the presumptive GOP nominee, it can't recommend voters don't vote and it can't suggest voting for another candidate "because it accomplishes nothing."

The editorial praises Reagan for famously urging the Soviet Union to tear down the Berlin Wall. It calls Trump the "Great Excommunicator" and cites his promise to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and his call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.

The board says Trump doesn't deserve the party's mandate.

Reagan died in 2004.

San Diego Union-Tribune


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