BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 6 April, 201/

Thursday

6 April, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[62 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Mike Moffat: Lawmaker: Miscarrying women must carry dead fetuses to term (SF Gate)
Iowa state representative Shannon Lundgren is under fire after saying women who miscarry after 20 weeks of pregnancy should be forced to carry their dead fetuses to term. Watched part of her controversial comments here.


Katie Forster: Junior doctor whose Facebook post on NHS pressures went viral found dead at home (Independent)
Police say Rebecca Ovenden's death is not being treated as suspicious.


The viral Facebook post written by young doctor who was found dead at her Plymouth home (Plymouth Herald)
"I heard a patient's relative comment the other night at work 'we waited four hours for that.' I wish I could have turned to them and said 'YES! - BLESS THE NHS! It is because of the NHS you can walk into an ED at 1.35 in the morning and no matter your complaint be seen by a doctor."


Garrison Keillor: The Beauty of Adversity (Washington Post)
This is one reason I am a Democrat: because it's an uphill route.


Mark Morford: Trump's epic downfall coming soon? Watch your phone (SF Gate)
what's getting less attention is the compelling re-ignition of editors, reporters, activists, protesters and even the multitude of "rogue" government insiders, all not merely speaking, but actually beginning to shout truth to power, to idiots, to Sean Spicer, to fake news, to What's Really Happening. The cowardly GOP is fighting hard to deflect, to distract, to block it all from happening, but as the epic fail of Trumpcare so perfectly proved, they have about as much unity and moral decency as an Adam Sandler movie about rape.


Mark Morford: The week in Trump: Can you survive another one? (SF Gate)
Did you know Trump has left hundreds, nay thousands of positions empty across the entire federal government, with no signs of moving to fill them? Scroll down WaPo's mega-list, and be severely disillusioned. Do you understand how destabilizing and dangerous it is to have nearly every department in the federal government - Transportation, State, Health, Defense, Housing, Energy, Justice, on and on - hobbled and gutted to the point of near shutdown?


Andrew Tobias: Simon Schama Saw It Coming
"Greensboro County, North Carolina, [] has reduced the number of stations available for early voting from 16 to one, and thus has seen a steep drop in pre-election day polling. At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a city clerk made sure only one early voting location was available, a 15-minute drive from the campus because, it was revealed, he assumed most of the student body leaned Democratic." - Simon Schama


Lindy West: I'm not going to answer the same question about being fat any more (The Guardian)
If the people who asked me 'caring' questions about my size were really bothered, they would pour that energy into battling for better healthcare or food.



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day


This 1966 novelty record had instant success, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title on the B-side was "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT". What was the title on the A-side?

                                  



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Trivia Question from Yesterday


Nine Donald Duck cartoons have been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film, but only one won. What was the title of the one that won?


       Der Fuehrer's Face (originally titled Donald Duck in Nutzi Land)                                                      Source


Der Fuehrer's Face (originally titled Donald Duck in Nutzi Land) is a 1943 American animated anti-Nazi propaganda short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in 1943 by RKO Radio Pictures. The cartoon, which features Donald Duck in a nightmare setting working at a factory in Nazi Germany, was made in an effort to sell war bonds and is an example of American propaganda during World War II. The film was directed by Jack Kinney and written by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer from the original music by Oliver Wallace. The film is well known for Wallace's original song "Der Fuehrer's Face", which was actually released earlier by Spike Jones.

Der Fuehrer's Face won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 15th Academy Awards. It was the only Donald Duck film to receive the honor, although eight other films were also nominated. In 1994, it was voted Number 22 of "the 50 Greatest Cartoons" of all time by members of the animation field. However, because of the propagandistic nature of the short, and the depiction of Donald Duck as a Nazi (albeit a reluctant one), Disney kept the film out of general circulation after its original release. Its first home video release came in 2004 with the release of the third wave of the Walt Disney Treasures DVD sets.        Source


Der Fuehrer's Face : Disney, Walt : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive


Der Fuehrer's Face (1943) on Vimeo


Spike jones - der fuehrer's face - YouTube








Randall was first and correct with:
   Der Fuehrer's Face





Alan J said:
   Der Fuehrer's Face.



Gene wrote:
   Der Fuehrer's Face. Hitler was something of a Disney fan, but he hated, hated, hated this particular cartoon. The song Der Fuehrer's Face was covered by Spike Jones.



Deborah replied:
   I looked this up, because I had no clue: The animated short that won the Oscar was titled: Der Fuehrer's Face. My spelling may be off.
  Another lovely spring day Tuesday, and probably today as well. Allegedly there's a big storm coming in tomorrow - we'll see about that. It might be a squall that blows over us, wets the streets, and moves on in a hurry.




Adam answered:
   Der Fuehrer's Face



Mark. responded:
   Der Fuerhrer's Face won an Academy Award.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Der Fuehrer's Face



Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   It was 1942, "Der Fuehr's Face". With Donald fighting Hitler. Interesting, since Walt Disney was a bit of a Nazi sympathizer. Just sayin'...



Dave in Tucson replied:
   I'm guessing the Donald Duck cartoon that won an Academy Award was "Der Fuehrer's Face".





Billy in Cypress responded:
   Der Fuehrer's Face won the Academy Award in 1943. Where is Donald Duck now? He could be fighting the latest Nazi menace who has invaded our nation, CpPDJT-ID.



Joe S     answered:
   Der Fuehrer's Face. I've seen the cartoon, but not recently.
  I'm with you DJ Useo, I only drink NA beer. Have you tried Clausthaler? It's a German import and it is excellent! I recommend it.





David of Moon Valley took the day off.
  



zorch took the day off.
  



DJ Useo took the day off.
  



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



mj took the day off.
  



MAM     took the day off.
  



Marian took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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Sally has retired.
  


  





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Middle Class Political Economist




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Rape victims should marry their rapists, Malaysian MP tells parliament | World news | The Guardian



Spring breakers in Mexico chanting 'build the wall'? Mind the fake news | World news | The Guardian



Federal judge blocks Indiana law that Pence signed mandating ultrasounds 18 hours before an abortion



Trump's War on Journalism - Los Angeles Times



This is how the next World War starts - The Huffington Post



An Honest Look At 20 Common Ingredients Found In Processed Foods | The Huffington Post



BBC - Future - Miami's fight against rising seas



California Landlords Threaten Immigrant Tenants With Deportations - CityLab



Bullish on Renewable Energy: Investors Argue Trump Can't Stop the Revolution | InsideClimate News



Read the vengeful note Trump sent the CNN chief after they released the p*ssy grabbing tape



Read what Bill O'Reilly's sponsors are saying about 'disturbing allegations' of harassment - Apr. 4, 2017



Some VAs Are Dropping Veteran Caregivers From Their Rolls : NPR



How School Administrators Are Dealing With Incidents Of Hate : NPR Ed : NPR



Is Neuroscience Rediscovering The Soul? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR



Fixing A Hole: 'Sgt. Pepper' Remixed And Reissued For 50th Anniversary : The Record : NPR



The Race To Fish Slows Down. Why That's Good For Fish, Fishermen And Diners : The Salt : NPR




Thanks, Michelle!


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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Trump's War on Journalism - Los Angeles Times



Betsy DeVos thinks schools could not get much worse. - slate.com



Inventor Of The Web Skewers Donald Trump's 'Disgusting' Internet Privacy Rollback | The Huffington Post



'O'Reilly Factor' Loses About 15 Advertisers. Here Are The Ones That Stayed. | The Huffington Post



The Susan Rice Unmasking Story Is A Perfect Case Study Of The New Pro-Trump Propaganda Ecosystem - mediamatters.org



Jeff Sessions to police: Just be you! Civil rights are overrated anyway - Salon.com



Rubio: No coincidence that chemical attack followed Tillerson comments on Assad | TheHill



Trump removes Bannon from National Security Council | TheHill



Rep. Jan Schakowsky Calls for Investigation Into Trump's Ties to Blackwater Founder Erik Prince - theintercept.com



Trump to CNN chief: 'I always find a way to get even' | TheHill



Gorsuch copied from other writers in book, academic article: report | TheHill



Gallup: ObamaCare has majority support for first time | TheHill



Steve Bannon Removed From The National Security Council | The Huffington Post



We knew Trump wanted to gut the EPA. A leaked plan shows how it would be done. - Vox



Boss up, Donald Trump! You wanted the job of president - now do it - Salon.com



The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World's Face - fusion.net





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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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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


THE TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY?

BLAME IT ON THE BOOMERS.

NEPOTISM.

ABOUT FACE.

BULLSHIT!

JONESING!

CONSERVATIVES ARE SICK.






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Had 3 power failures this afternoon and my poor old computer didn't like it very much.

Ended up doing some stuff more than a couple of times. Sigh.



Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'The Great Indoors', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a FRESH 'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH 'The Amazing Race'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jessica Lange, Bassem Youssef, and Judy Gold.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 1/30/17) are Drew Carey, Keke Palmer, and Local Natives.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'Powerless', then a FRESH 'Chicago Med', folllowed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist: Redemption'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jay Leno, Kate Upton, and Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Chris Evans, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Branch, and Jonathan Mover.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Werner Herzog, Veronica Ferres, Reid Scott, and Potty Mouth.



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'The Catch'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Adam Sandler, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Starley.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH 'Riverdale'.



Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'Kicking & Screaming'.



MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.



A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: Revenge Kills', then a FRESH '60 Days In', followed by a FRESH 'Nightwatch'.



AMC offers the movie 'Forrest Gump'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-The God Complex
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Closing Time
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-The Wedding of River Song
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Part 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-On Thin Ice
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Winter
 [2:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Last Frontier
 [3:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-An Epic Journey
 [4:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth
 [5:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Spring
 [6:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Summer
 [7:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Autumn
 [8:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Winter
 [9:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Last Frontier
 [10:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-An Epic Journey
 [11:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Ends of the Earth
 [12:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Spring
 [1:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Summer
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Autumn
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Last Frontier
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-On Thin Ice
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: FROZEN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-An Epic Journey    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives of Potomac', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', 1½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', and another 'South Park'.
The Daily Show it's Your Moment of Them: The Best of Jordan Klepper.
@Midnight is pre-empted.



FX has the movie 'We Bought A Zoo', followed by the movie 'Despicable Me 2'.



History has 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Swamp People: Blood & Guts', then a FRESH 'Swamp People', and another 'Swamp People'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Level Boss
 [6:30AM]    RUSH
 [9:15AM]    THE GREY
 [11:45AM]    RUSH
 [2:30PM]    ALEX CROSS
 [4:45PM]    THE DEPARTED
 [8:00PM]    INCEPTION
 [11:15PM]    THE DEPARTED
 [2:30AM]    INCEPTION
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Eddie George    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Rumor
 [6:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt
 [7:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Back to Nature
 [7:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Bloodhound
 [8:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt
 [8:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Back to Nature
 [9:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Family Visit
 [10:05AM]    Twins
 [12:33PM]    The Break-Up
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Animal Instinct
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Jurisdiction
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Virus
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Securitate
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Manhood
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Survivor
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Corruption
 [9:59PM]    Law & Order-Double Blind
 [10:58PM]    Law & Order-Family Business
 [11:57PM]    Law & Order-Legacy
 [12:56AM]    Law & Order-Barter
 [1:55AM]    Rectify-Running With the Bull
 [2:58AM]    Rectify-Sleeping Giants
 [3:58AM]    Rectify-Charlie Darwin
 [4:58AM]    Rectify-Donald the Normal    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'The Legend Of Hercules', followed by the movie 'The Goonies'.



TBS:
On a RERUN Conan (from 12/15/16) are Diego Luna, Billy Eichner, and Pretenders.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Always In My Heart (1942)
 [7:45 AM]      Gabriel Over The White House (1933)
 [9:30 AM]      Kongo (1932)
 [11:15 AM]      Night Court (1932)
 [1:00 PM]      The Great Sinner (1949)
 [3:00 PM]      Report From the Aleutians (1943)
 [4:00 PM]      And Then There Were None (1945)
 [5:45 PM]      The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      One Man's Journey (1933)
 [9:45 PM]      Sing and Like It (1934)
 [11:15 PM]      David Copperfield (1935)
 [1:45 AM]      The Bride Walks Out (1936)
 [3:30 AM]      You Belong to Me (1941)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #28 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Friday   -  04/07/17

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)
 [7:15 AM]      One For The Book (1948)     [AKA: 'The Voice of the Turtle']
 [9:00 AM]      Kings Row (1942)   [WARNING: stars Ronald Reagan] 
 [11:15 AM]      East Side, West Side (1949)
 [1:15 PM]      Some Came Running (1958)
 [3:45 PM]      The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
 [6:00 PM]      The Goddess (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      Love Letters (1945)
 [10:15 PM]      The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
 [1:30 AM]      The End of the Affair (1955)
 [3:45 AM]      From Here to Eternity (1953)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



USA has a FRESH 'Colony'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from May 19, 1988) - Jonathan Winters and Kristin Banerjee.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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An Easter egg created by German designer and dramatist Katharina Benkert (1923-2008) is on dipslay in the exibition 'Easter at Jaegerhof' at the Museum of Saxon Folk Art and Puppet Theatre Collection in Dresden, Germany, April 5, 2017.
Photo by Photo by Filip Singer

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Valid Opinion

Louis C.K.

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" has seen an upward spike in TV ratings and they seem to be going further up after comedian Louis C.K. appeared on the show late Tuesday to call President Donald Trump (R-Grifter) a "lying sack of s---."

"Someones people lie - 'That guy lied, they found out he lied.' Then there's somebody who lies because they can't quite stay inside the boundaries of truth," the comedian said. "Then you have a liar, somebody who it's almost like a problem, they lie a lot."

"Then you have a lying sack of s---," C.K. said, referring to Trump. His comment was met with a loud applause from the audience.

"That's somebody who just they just lie, they like it - he likes it. He goes, 'Heh heh, it wasn't even true. Wasn't even true. Then I said 'they were liars,'" C.K. explained. "It's just an insane. It's just gross. He's just a gross, crook, dirty, rotten, lying sack of s---."

Louis C.K.

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People gather at Trocadero plaza as the lights of the Eiffel tower falls dark at midnight in Paris, France, April 5, 2017. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo says the Eiffel Tower will fall dark overnight to honor the victims of the St. Petersburg subway bombing.
Photo by Michel Euler

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World's Most Expensive Jewel

Pink Star Diamond

The most expensive jewel ever sold was auctioned off Tuesday, fetching $71.2 million at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong. The plum-sized Pink Star, a whopping 59.6 carat pink diamond, was snagged by Hong Kong-based jewelry retailer Chow Tai Fook after a five-minute bidding war.

The Pink Star diamond was the largest internally flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America, according to Sotheby's. It received the highest color and clarity grades possible for a pink diamond.

The gem was previously auctioned off in 2014 when Isaac Wolf, a diamond cutter, purchased the stone for $93 million at a Sotheby's auction in Geneva. The diamond was reclaimed by the auction house after Wolf failed to pay for it. Tuesday's winning bidder Chow Tai Fook renamed it the CTF Pink Star after it purchased the diamond in honor of the late father of the jeweler retailer's current chairman."I know there was a lot of talk about the economy in China not being as positive as it was a few years ago," said Patti Wong, the chairman of Sotheby's Asia, according to Reuters. "I think today's results, whether throughout the sale in white diamonds and gemstones and in color diamonds in particular, were very strong."

The Pink Star diamond was mined in Botswana, Africa, by De Beers in 1999 as a 132.5 carat rough diamond. Two years of work cutting and polishing the gem transformed it into the one seen at the auction Tuesday. The diamond was determined to be part of an extremely rare group known as IIa, diamonds that are chemically the purest with the best transparency, comprising less than two percent of all gems.

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Conspiracy Fan

Donald Jr.

Trump administration officials and allies were out in force this week promoting the story that Susan Rice, national security adviser in the Obama administration, requested the names of Americans who were caught up in surveillance of Russian officials during last year's presidential campaign and transition. The most recent, and enthusiastic, endorsement came from Donald Trump, Jr., who proposes the writer who broke the story for a Pulitzer Prize.

Trump. Jr was praising a story published over the weekend by Mike Cernovich, a self-described "free speech activist" and writer, claiming that Rice was behind the request to "unmask" incoming Trump officials whose communications were picked up by intelligence agencies. The names of Americans that appear in transcripts of intercepted communications are routinely disguised, or "masked," but officials can request to see them for law enforcement or national security reasons. There is no implication that Rice broke the law by her request, but leaking the information to the media, or using it for political purposes, could be ethically (or legally) problematic.

Before the Rice story broke, Cernovich was best known as a leading promoter of the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, which claimed that a Washington, D.C., pizza establishment was the front for a pedophilia ring involving former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. The hysteria over Pizzagate led to a North Carolina man named Edgar M. Welch driving to Comet Ping Pong in Washington and firing shots from an AR-15 inside the restaurant. Welch told the New York Times that he "just wanted to do some good and went about it the wrong way."

"I use trolling tactics to build my brand," Cernovich told the New Yorker.

Cernovich's "trolling" has manifested itself in a variety of ways. He was an early figure in Gamergate, which targeted feminists in the video-game industry. He has likened diversity to "white genocide," stated that date rape isn't a real thing and said the Black Lives Matter movement "regularly slaughters the innocent."

Donald Jr.

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An artiste is reflected in a mirror as he applies make-up backstage before taking part in a celebration to mark Hindu festival of Ramnavami inside the premises of a temple in Bengaluru, India April 5, 2017.
Photo by Abhishek N. Chinnappa

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Nepotism 'Factor Of Life'

Eric

Brother-in-law Jared Kushner is a White House adviser, so is his sister Ivanka and he helps run the family business: Eric Trump believes nepotism is a "factor of life."

The second son of the US president made the candid remarks in an interview with Forbes, published Tuesday as Kushner was participating in talks in Iraq, visiting the key ally even before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"Nepotism is kind of a factor of life," 33-year-old Eric Trump was quoted as saying by Forbes from Trump Tower in New York, where he and his older brother, Donald Trump Jr., have been running the family company with their father in the White House.

"We might be here because of nepotism, but we're not still here because of nepotism. You know, if we didn't do a good job, if we weren't competent, believe me, we wouldn't be in this spot," he added.

Eric

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Pigs Of A Feather...

O'Really

President Trump (R-Oink) is defending Bill O'Reilly (R-Oink) following a report that the Fox News host and his network reached settlements with five women who had accused him of harassment.

"I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person," Trump said Tuesday in an interview with the New York Times.

"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally, I think he shouldn't have settled," Trump said.

Trump, who declared April National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, was accused by more than a dozen women of inappropriate touching or harassment in separate incidents dating to the early 1970s. The accusers came forward after the second presidential debate, in which Trump said that his bragging about kissing and touching women without their consent - caught on a hot mic in an explosive 2005 video - was "locker-room talk," and that he never actually groped anyone.

O'Really

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Dolls, which were placed by a visitor, lie at beds at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, April 5, 2017.
Photo by Gleb Garanich

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40-50 Years To Clear Weapons

Iraq and Syria

It will take 40 to 50 years to clear the mines, improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnance from Iraq and Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday.

"We are looking at decades of work for these countries to look like post-World War II Europe where we still find some unexploded ordnance here and there," Agnes Marcaillou, director of the United Nations Mine Action Service, told a news conference marking International Mine Awareness Day.

She said her office, which also deals with IEDs and unexploded ordnance, is looking at a "ballpark figure" of between $170 million to $180 million a year to clean up the areas retaken from the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq.

Marcaillou said that figure includes $50 million annually needed just to rid weaponry from Mosul.

Marcaillou said making Iraq and Syria safe will require a complex, sophisticated effort of "huge magnitude," but she said it can be done.

Iraq and Syria

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Firm Settles Probe

Massachusetts

A Massachusetts advertising agency has agreed not to use location technology to target women entering clinics that offer abortion with smartphone ads with messages including "You Have Choices," state officials said on Tuesday.

Maura Healey, the state's Democratic attorney general, said the settlement with Copley Advertising LLC highlighted the potential for "geofencing" technology to be used to harass people and interfere with their privacy.

Healey said Copley used the technology in five cities outside the state, and while it had not carried out such advertising campaigns near Massachusetts clinics, it has the ability to do so.

The Boston-based firm, which will pay no financial penalty, agreed not to use the technology at or near Massachusetts healthcare facilities to infer the health status, medical condition or treatment of any person.

"This settlement will help ensure that consumers in Massachusetts do not have to worry about being targeted by advertisers when they seek medical care," Healey said in a statement.

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A commuter ferry crosses the Hudson River to New York City, April 5, 2017, in this photo from Hoboken, N.J. Many commuters are shifting to the ferry service following Monday's derailment of a NJ Transit train which has lead to reduced train service into New York.
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Pulls 'White Is Purity'

Nivea

Nivea is pulling its "White is Purity" ad after social media users accused the company of being racist.

The ad originally appeared on the company's Middle East Facebook page, CNN reports. Nivea was trying to promote its "Invisible for Black and White" deodorant, and featured a woman with long, dark brown hair in a white robe. But the slogan, "White is purity," triggered backlash on social media.

According to CNN, the ad was also shared by accounts that have previously promoted white supremacist rhetoric.

Nivea's parent company, Beiersdorf Global AG, apologized for the ad in a statement to the Washington Post.

Nivea

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Gene Sleuths Open Line Of Attack

Coral-Killing Starfish

he beast goes by the Latin monicker of Acanthaster planci, but it is known to us as the crown-of-thorns -- a venomous starfish that is ravaging our precious coral reefs.

One of many threats to coral, the large, spine-studded species -- named after the diadem of thorns set on Jesus' head -- is capable of chewing through kilometres (miles) of reefs when large numbers of it gather and spawn.

In desperation, guardians of reefs in the Indian Ocean and Pacific hire divers to remove the starfish physically or inject it with a lethal poison that does not harm other species.

But science has now opened up a new front in the offensive -- a genomic map which one day may lead to bio-compounds designed to lure starfish to their doom.

In a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, an Australian-led team describe how they unravelled the DNA code of the crown-of-thorns.

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A man carries his pet cat as he walk under the cherry blossoms at Tongji University in Shanghai, China April 4, 2017.
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