BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 22 November, 2015


22 November, 2015

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Marc Dion: America Isn't Great (Creators Syndicate)
Donald Trump's recent slipping in the polls is good news because it means there are fewer white trash people in the country than we thought. A lot of people still care about the Kardashians, though, so there's hope for Trump.

Lenore Skenazy: Feeling Unsafe at Yale (Creators Syndicate)
A Halloween message signed by 13 college administrators asked Yale University students to be sensitive about the costumes they chose so as not to demean, alienate or "impact" any groups or individuals.

Lenore Skenazy: Up With Germs! (Creators Syndicate)
It's time for a microbes' rights movement. Too long have we reviled the misunderstood microbe as an evil to be sprayed, slathered or scrubbed away. It is time to say, "Germs, we're sorry."

Becky Gardiner: "The kindness of strangers: should surrogates get paid?" (The Guardian)
Jenny, 28, has had six babies - two of them for Natalie. She doesn't get paid, because commercial surrogacy is illegal in the UK. So what motivates British surrogates - and what happens when an agreement goes wrong?

Paula Cocozza: "Diana Athill: 'I expected to be shattered at the loss of my baby, and I wasn't'" (The Guardian)
At nearly 98, the literary editor and novelist has written a final memoir. She talks about miscarrying in her 40s, her great loves - and life as a constant observer.

Snooping in a dead man's house: my uneasy inheritance (The Guardian)
Erica Buist was close to her boyfriend's father: they shared a house, holidays, a love of wine. But when he died suddenly, her life changed in unexpected ways.

Oliver Burkeman: Why you only need five things on your to-do list (The Guardian)
'Any system that lets you wallow in the fantasy that one day you'll get everything done isn't just useless but dangerous.'

Clive James: 'Poets in the free countries don't get famous' (The Guardian)
All real poets start off by being fascinated by the sound of words. Do they all write something but mean something else?

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Trivia Question of the Day

What is the official motto of the United States?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

"Liberty Enlightening the World" is the official name of what neoclassical sculpture?

       The Statue of Liberty                                                      Source

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France.        Source

The Statue of Liberty is officially known as, "Liberty Enlightening the World." But to many she is "Lady Liberty," "The Lady" or even just "the Statue."    Liberty Enlightening the World Wide Web - Statue Of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

Alan J was first and correct with:
   The Statue of Liberty.

mj wrote:
   Our Lady of the Harbor
  The bronze French Tart, the Statue of Liberty.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Statue of Liberty

Deborah responded:
   Is it the Statue of Liberty?
  Great story about your blind date - and props to your mom - I'd love to have seen Victor Borge live at the Hollywood Bowl.
  It was unseasonably warm here yesterday with strong winds from the NE - what you'd call Santa Ana winds in SoCal.
  Happy weekend!

Adam answered:
   Yes, I thought so...The Statue of Liberty.

Marian replied:
   Statue of Liberty

Randall said:
   the Statue of Liberty

DJ Useo responded:
   I have a strong acquaintance with the art world, so I immediately recalled you are referring to the Statue of Liberty.
  In my mind, it stands as a reminder of how fallen our leadership has become.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norfallcali answered:
   Someday I'll tell you about my blind date from hell!
  The Statue of Liberty…hmmm!

  Eric Burdon & the Animals in Folsom tonight (Sunday) with Lady Anne and 88 year old rocking Mom!

MAM   wrote:
   Statue of Liberty ~ A gift from France, given to America in 1886, designed by sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi in collaboration with engineer Gustave Eiffel. On Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States.

Joe S     replied:
   Statue of Liberty. Almost forgot the quiz. I'm tired.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  November 22 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 22 | Famous Birthdays



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Michelle in AZ

FYI, ISIS Once Freaked Out About Women Buying Cucumbers.

The 'Terror Gap' Has Fierce Gun Rights Defenders in a Bind

Korematsu Lives | Pavan V. Parikh

Holocaust documents trove unearthed in Budapest apartment | World news | The Guardian

Ian McKellen: 'X-Men was a gay man's delight, because it was full of the most amazing divas' | Film | The Guardian

Treasure trove: 4,000 Roman Coins Found in Swiss Orchard -

A Right Winger, Me, and My Muslim Refugee Friend

The Censors Were Right: Harry Potter HAS Destroyed Christianity As We Know It. That's A Good Thing.

Black protester chants "Black Lives Matter" at Trump rally & is violently assaulted by white mob

Who Turned My Blue State Red? - The New York Times

Catholic hospital system says it can deny women emergency care on religious grounds | Eclectablog

Powerful, sobering message from Israel: French Jews Stay Home

Thanks, Michelle!



The Flooded Apartment

DJ Useo

Hi Marty,

We are still homeless in the motel.

No sign of any progress with the apt complex, so we are pursuing legal paths.

We don't have many options, so we've created a gofundme account.

Would you post the link on your page?

Thank you

The Useo's

Click here to support Flooded apt fund

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When a refugee is not a 'real' refugee... and how that decision is made...

Chaos on Greek islands as refugee registration system favours Syrians | World news | The Guardian

"The EU's refugee registration system on the Greek islands has created a three tier structure that favours certain nationalities over others, encourages some ethnic groups to lie about their backgrounds to secure preferential treatment, and has led to a situation Human Rights Watch calls absolute chaos..."

What madness and absolute sadness to see people suffer as they are on these Greek islands as they desperately seek safety and normality, somewhere - anywhere in Europe, or perhaps beyond... I think back when I became a single parent of two little girls, 5 and 6, and wonder how I would have reacted if we were suddenly thrust into a similar situation because of the chaos that surrounded us...

This is how it is for them - mental anguish at not knowing what fate is to befall them. Sometimes not having any shelter and, perhaps, only one meal a day. A life without any control over one's situation - totally at the whim of the decisions of unknown people. Perhaps being told that your status isn't as bad as others, though you know damn well that it is. The constant dread being sent back...

I do not know all the answers as to how this humanitarian tragedy can be adequately handled, but I do know that I often think of all the families, particularly the children, and it saddens me immensely... as it does knowing that the world, i.e. the concept of the UN, can't come together enough to help these people and others, too, in different areas of the world but existing under similar situations.

I despair for us all...


Thanks, B2tbBob!



Gare Says...

An Astro Thanksgiving Guide


Since all of us, believers and heathens, have probably a good deal to be grateful for, Sneaky Pie and I thought it would be gratitude inducing to give you a guide to that all-American holiday: Thanksgiving.

Use this to make'em happy or drive them crazy!

Thank you for reading and share it with abandon!

Gare G

Thanks, Gare!



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





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Hot - over 90° and dry.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH 'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH 'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH 'CSI: One Too Many'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap, and maybe an old 'Dateline'.

ABC begins the night with the FRESH 'On The Red Carpet At the AMA's', followed by the FRESH '2015 Amerian Music Awards'.

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 has a FRESH 'The Simpsons', then a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH 'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH 'The Last Man On Earth'.

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 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH 'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH 'Into The Badlands', followed by a FRESH 'Talking Dead'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 3 - Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
 [7:00AM]    Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 4 - Jungles - People of the Trees
 [8:00AM]    Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 5 - Mountains - Life in Thin Air
 [9:00AM]    Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 6 - Grasslands - Roots of Power
 [10:00AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Global Survival Guide
 [11:00AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 5 - New Zealand South Island
 [12:00PM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 6 - Land of the Maori
 [1:00PM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Iceland Fire and Ice2:00PMDune
 [5:00PM]    The Terminator
 [7:30PM]    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 [10:00PM]    The Terminator
 [12:30AM]    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 [3:00AM]    Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 3 - Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
 [4:00AM]    Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 4 - Jungles - People of the Trees
 [5:00AM]    Planet Earth: Human Planet-Ep 5 - Mountains - Life in Thin Air    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has FRESH 'Atlanta Social', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'The Campaign', 'Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny', followed by the FRESH 'Trevor Noah: Lost In Translation'.

FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by the movie '2 Guns'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Ax Men', then the dreaded 'TBA'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You're My Best Friend
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
 [7:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Stone Cold Crazy
 [7:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Long Away
 [8:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Fun It
 [11:00AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2
 [1:30PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [4:15PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 4
 [9:00PM]    TRANSPORTER 2
 [1:30AM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2
 [4:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
 [4:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Stone Cold Crazy
 [5:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Long Away
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Jake Johnson Wears a Light Blue Button-Up Shirt and Brown Shoes    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    JFK
 [10:00AM]    Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
 [11:00AM]    The Exorcism of Emily Rose
 [1:30PM]    Eagle Eye
 [4:00PM]    Training Day
 [6:30PM]    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
 [9:00PM]    The Matrix
 [12:00AM]    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
 [2:30AM]    The New World
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-House of Cards    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Zombieland', followed by the movie 'Blade: Trinity'.

 [6:00 AM]      By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
 [8:00 AM]      Lady in the Lake (1947)
 [10:00 AM]      Designing Woman (1957)
 [12:00 PM]      The Moon Is Blue (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      The Pirate (1948)
 [4:00 PM]      The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
 [6:00 PM]      Plymouth Adventure (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
 [10:15 PM]      Duel in the Sun (1947)
 [12:45 AM]      Laila (1929)    SILENT 
 [3:30 AM]      Juliet of the Spirits (1965)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Monday   -  11/23/15

TCM spends the night with Shirley MacLaine
 [6:00 AM]      The Mask Of Fu Manchu (1932)
 [7:15 AM]      The Walking Dead (1936)
 [8:30 AM]      West Of Shanghai (1937)
 [9:45 AM]      The Invisible Menace (1938)
 [10:45 AM]      Devil's Island (1940)
 [12:00 PM]      The Body Snatcher (1945)
 [1:30 PM]      Bedlam (1946)
 [3:00 PM]      Lured (1947)
 [4:45 PM]      Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
 [6:15 PM]      The Venetian Affair (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      Being There (1979)
 [10:15 PM]      Some Came Running (1958)
 [1:00 AM]      What a Way to Go! (1964)
 [3:00 AM]      The Sheepman (1958)
 [4:45 AM]      The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964)

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Patrick Stewart seen at Focus Features Los Angeles premiere of 'The Danish Girl' at Regency Village Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA.
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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


The Long and Glorious History of Cat Ladies


Has A Message

George RR Martin

Governors don't want the Syrian refugees. The House of Representatives has voted against welcoming the refugees through U.S. borders. But alongside the 18 U.S. mayors who have committed to keeping their cities open to those in need, the Syrian refugees just scored a big endorsement: Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin.

On Friday, Martin posted a defense of Syrian refugees to his LiveJournal. He opened the post with Emma Lazarus' poem "The New Colossus," which appears underneath the Statue of Liberty.

Martin pointed out the irony that the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France, one of our longest and dearest allies.

"One has to wonder if all the governors (including our own governor here in New Mexico, I am ashamed to say) and congressmen voting to keep out the Syrian refugees have ever visited the Statue, or read the words on her base," Martin wrote. "If so, they surely failed to understand them."

George RR Martin


Actor Jack Black, left, uses a camera while sitting next to producer Jeffrey "Sparky" Katzenberg during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Mark J. Terrill


You've Got Mail Bombs: Tracking Down the Most Dangerous Letters in the World | Collectors Weekly


'Dorothy' Dress To Auction

"The Wizard of Oz"

A screen-worn "Dorothy" dress from "The Wizard of Oz" film is up for grabs at an upcoming movie memorabilia auction, and is expected to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million.

Bonhams auction house and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) have assembled 400 lots for an annual sale that includes costumes, scripts, awards, movie posters and props.

Also on offer are costumes worn by Marilyn Monroe and Steve McQueen's racing suit at the Nov. 23 auction.

"The Wizard of Oz"


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World's Second-Largest Unearthed


A mining company operating in Botswana recently announced that it has "recovered" the second-largest diamond in the world. And, no, you wouldn't want to wear it on your ring finger.

At 1,111 carats, the rock weighs nearly half a pound (227 grams) and measures 2.6 by 2.2 by 1.6 inches (65 by 56 by 40 millimeters). The high-quality gemstone is a Type IIa diamond, which means that it contains no measurable nitrogen impurities, rendering it almost completely transparent. (Mineral impurities and structural defects are what give certain diamonds their distinct colors.)

The gem is the largest of its kind to ever be found in Botswana and the largest diamond to be discovered anywhere in the world in more than 100 years, according to officials from the Lucara Diamond Corp., which discovered the massive gemstone. But, it's not the biggest diamond of them all.

That title goes to the gigantic "Cullinan" diamond, a 3,106-carat shiny rock discovered in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1905. The 1.33-lb. (603 g) gem was cut into about 100 pieces in 1908, and the largest of these is about 530 carats (about half the size of the newly unearthed Botswana diamond). That stone is mounted in the British Sovereign's Royal Scepter, which is on display at the Tower of London.



Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at the premiere of "The Danish Girl" at Regency Village Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


The Sword in the Stone at Montesiepi Chapel | Atlas Obscura


Fossilized Tropical Forest Found


A tropical forest densely packed with 12-foot-tall trees with flared trunks and curved branches of needle leaves - Dr. Seuss would have felt right at home - covered an area near the equator some 380 million years ago. Scientists spotted the fossilized stumps a long way from this location - in Arctic Norway.

Not only did the researchers date the forest as one of Earth's oldest, but they also suggest it may have contributed to a dramatic drop in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels traced to that time in our planet's distant past.

The recent discovery of an ancient forest in Svalbard, a cluster of Norwegian islands in the Arctic Ocean, caught the attention of Chris Berry of Cardiff University, co-author of the study. When Berry heard about the forest from a German colleague who had worked there, he told Live Science in an email, he was eager to investigate the site, where many of the forest's tree stumps are still evident.

Berry's colleague, John Marshall of Southampton University, calculated the forest's age by extracting spores from rocks, and comparing them with other spores from similar sites. They found that the fossil forest was actually 20 million years older than previously estimated. Marshall and Berry realized that they were dealing with something "right from the beginnings of forest ecosystems," Berry said.

They suspected that the trees originally grew in a basin, covering an area about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) in width and 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) in length, though only a few square meters of fossil remains are currently visible at the surface. The scientists investigated three small areas in Svalbard where fossil material was visible on the ground. And there was even more to be seen in cliffs found nearby. "In the cliffs there are many layers of fossil trees, one on top of the other. You just can't get a view from on top to map them out," Berry told Live Science.



Wake-up Call


Kids' Lawsuit Over Climate Change

Our Children's Trust

A lawsuit over climate change filed by 21 young Americans has gained the attention of the fossil fuel industry, which is joining the US government to oppose the kids' demands for sharper pollution cuts.

The plaintiffs, aged eight to 19, include the granddaughter of renowned climate scientist James Hansen, formerly of NASA and a well-known advocate of reducing the greenhouse gases that are causing the planet to heat up.

The plaintiffs want the government to commit to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and implement "a science-based climate recovery plan" that protects the Earth for future generations, according to the Oregon-based group, Our Children's Trust.

They are calling on the US District Court of Oregon -- the state where most of the plaintiffs live -- to order the government to "swiftly phase down carbon dioxide emissions" so that atmospheric CO2 concentrations "are no more than 350 parts per million by 2100."

Atmospheric CO2 concentration is currently around 400 ppm, a level unprecedented in modern history and one that has raised alarm among many climate scientists.

Our Children's Trust


Hong Kong actor and singer Eason Chan poses on the red carpet at the 52nd Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei November 21, 2015.
Photo by Billy Dai


Ships Made of Concrete | Amusing Planet


'Brotherhood of Crime'

Vatican Leaks

The Vatican said Saturday it has charged five people over a leaks scandal at the heart of the Catholic Church, accusing the alleged ringleaders of forming a "brotherhood of crime".

Magistrates on Friday "notified the accused and their lawyers of the charges filed... for the unlawful disclosure of information and confidential documents," it said in a statement, adding that the trial will begin on Tuesday.

Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Italian PR expert Francesca Chaouqui were arrested early this month on suspicion of stealing and leaking classified papers to the media.

Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi were questioned following the publication of books containing leaked information which depicted corruption, theft and uncontrolled spending in the Holy See.

All five risk up to eight years behind bars in the case stemming from the scandal, which lifted the lid on allegations that charity money was spent on refurbishing the houses of powerful cardinals and that the Vatican bank continues to shelter suspected criminals.

Vatican Leaks


Joshi Helgesson of Sweden performs during the ladies free skating program at the Rostelecom Cup ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Moscow November 21, 2015.
Photo by Maxim Shemetov


Unknown NYC: 12 Hidden Sights in America's Cultural Hub | Urbanist


Holocaust Documents Trove Unearthed


A vast and historically valuable trove of Holocaust-era documents, long thought destroyed during World War II, has been found hidden in a wall cavity by a couple renovating their Budapest apartment.

The haul of 6,300 documents are from a 1944 census that was a precursor to the intended liquidation of the Hungarian capital's 200,000 Jews in Nazi death camps.

Brigitte Berdefy, co-owner of the apartment overlooking Hungary's parliament, said that in August a worker detected paper after jamming a screwdriver through a crack in the wall.

Carefully removing each brick, the couple eased out some 61 kilogrammes (135 pounds) of dusty papers, many with bits of plaster caked on, but all more or less intact.

With the ink still readable -- thanks to a lack of air in the cavity and nicotine from the heavy-smoking former owner -- the yellowed papers were given to the Budapest City Archives.



A Malaysian in traditional attire poses for a picture while welcoming visitors at the venue of the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 21, 2015.
Photo by Jorge Silva


10 Gorgeous Women (Who Were Born Male) - ODDEE


Oregon and Washington Delay

Crab Season

Oregon and Washington have joined California in delaying the start of their commercial crab seasons after dangerous toxin levels were found in the crabs.

Officials say elevated levels of domoic acid were found in crabs in all three states. The toxin is naturally produced by microscopic algae in the Pacific Ocean, but the massive bloom of algae caused by warming ocean conditions this year has led to more toxins produced and consumed by shellfish.

California had already delayed the Nov. 15 start of its season after finding dangerous levels of the toxin.

Oregon on Friday delayed the Dec. 1 start along its entire coast, after testing in recent weeks showed higher toxin levels in the southern half of the state. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said delay of the season will allow completion of additional testing to make sure toxin levels are safe.

And in Washington, officials on Friday also said they're delaying the season along parts of the coast where it starts on Dec. 1.

Crab Season


A man fishes on an ice-covered part of the Yenisei River, with the air temperature at about minus 20 Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia November 21, 2015.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin


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Water Agency's Land Purchase


The nation's largest distributor of treated drinking water became the largest landowner in a remote California farming region for good reason: The alfalfa-growing area is first in line to get Colorado River water.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's play in Palo Verde Valley, along the Arizona line, tapped a deep distrust between farm and city that pervades the West over a river that's a lifeline for seven states and northern Mexico.

Farmers recall how Los Angeles' modern founders built an aqueduct a century ago to bring water hundreds of miles from rural Owens Valley, a story that was fictionally portrayed in Roman Polanski's 1974 film, "Chinatown."

Metropolitan tried to calm nerves by sending its chairman in September to a public forum in Blythe, 225 miles east of its Los Angeles headquarters. It pledged to honor a 2004 agreement that caps the amount of land it pays farmers to idle at 28 percent of the valley.

That agreement, which expires in 2040, is hailed as a model for farms and cities to cooperate. Metropolitan pays farmers about as much as they would profit to harvest - $771 an acre this year - to bring foregone Colorado River water on its 242-mile aqueduct to 19 million people in the coastal megalopolis it serves.



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In Memory

Jim Perry

Former entertainer and game show host Jim Perry has died, he was 82.

Perry worked on both sides of the border, becoming a game show host in Canada in the early 1970s appearing on a number of shows, perhaps the best known of which was "Definition."

He hosted the show from 1973 until 1990.

Perry was also the long running emcee of the Miss Canada pageant, something he did from 1967 until 1990.

And he hosted a number of game shows on American television including "Card Sharks," commuting across the border to juggle his gigs in both countries.

Jim Perry



Moji, a 2-year-old Persian, is seen at the Thailand Cat Show in Bangkok, Thailand, November 20, 2015. The cat show is held from November19-22, 2015.
Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom



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