BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 20 July, 2017

Thursday

20 July, 2017

(Updated Daily)

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Jessika Bohun: I grew up on food stamps. I'll never forget the sneering looks (The Guardian)
A cashier berated my mom for buying cake mix for my brother's fourth birthday. But people eager to judge ignored the reasons for our plight.


Caetlin Benson-Allott: The Defining Feature of George Romero's Movies Wasn't Their Zombies. It Was Their Brains. (Slate)
George A. Romero was a politically committed filmmaker who just happened to have a knack for monsters. He didn't invent the zombie movie, although a lot of people think he did. Rather he made horror movies a culturally relevant, political force that could change the way you thought about yourself, your neighbors, and your world.


Garrison Keillor: Extinction is All Around Us (Washington Post)
Giraffes are dying out because they are a joke, an ungainly mythological-looking amalgamation of a horse and a stepladder.


Dutch championship walking bikes: To finish first ... or ... (YouTube)
"Or maybe not. Don't celebrate until the finish line is crossed. Considering how much the average two-year-old cares about winning, he's probably avoiding the finish line because he doesn't want the event to be over. A good time was had by all." - Neatorama


Danny Heitman: "Tru Life: How Truman Capote Became a Cautionary Tale of Celebrity Culture" (NEA)
The ups and down of a big-time writer.


Jim Farber: "'Buried history': unearthing the influence of Native Americans on rock'n'roll" (The Guardian)
Link Wray, who introduced the world to the 'power chord', was a Shawnee Indian from North Carolina.


ROBERT POZEN: Millennials don't save for enough retirement - but Congress can help (The Hill)
To boost participation in their retirement plans, many firms in the private sector have moved away from an application process to automatic enrollment. Under automatic enrollment, employees start making regular contributions to a 401(k) plan unless they opt out - which they generally do not do. Therefore, policymakers have suggested that Congress extend automatic enrollment to firms without retirement plans by enacting the Automatic IRA Act.



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Presenting

Michael Egan






Garden of Eden Serpent Denies Tempting Adam and Eve, Thus Causing Fall of Man
Michael Egan, Humor Times




Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day


On what TV series would you find these two residents of North Fork, NM?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


Born Jerome Silberman, this American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author's big screen debut was in Bonnie and Clyde. By what name is he known professionally?


       Gene Wilder                                                      Source


Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 - August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author.

Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in an episode of the TV series The Play of the Week in 1961. Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder's first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This was the first in a series of collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974's Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, which Wilder co-wrote, garnering the pair an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilder is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and for his four films with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991). Wilder directed and wrote several of his own films, including The Woman in Red (1984).        Source







Mark. was first and correct with:
   Jerome Silberman is known professionally as Gene Wilder.



Randall wrote:
   A very funny fellow... Gene Wilder





Alan J answered:
   Gene Wilder.



David of Moon Valley said:
   Just reading about him in one of your articles above your question...Cracked listed Willy Wonka with Gene Wilder as a movie that didn't 'make money' when it was released..well i went to see it at the Circle Theater in Annapolis, MD when it was first released and i loved it, and still watch when i can....





Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Gene Wilder



Gene replied:
   Gene Wilder





Deborah wrote:
   Is that Gene Wilder? I'm too lazy to look it up but that's the name that comes to mind.
  Your butterflies are beautiful. Good job propagating them.




John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Gene Wilder."



Daniel in The City answered:
   Gene Wilder



Dave in Tucson said:
   Jerome Silberman would be Gene Wilder.
  Not Deadbeat Donny in the cab of a semi.



  Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex....



  And his two best roles:





Dale of still cooler Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   Gene Wilder



Billy in Cypress responded:
   Gene Wilder



zorch wrote:
   The Great Gene Wilder



DJ Useo said:
   It's Gene Wilder, a hugely favorite actor I like.





Adam took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



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



mj took the day off.
  



Stephen F took the day off.
  



Michele W took the day off.
  



Sally has retired.
  



BttbBob   replied:
  
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  July 20 Birthdays - Celebrities Born July 20 | Famous Birthdays




MAM     In memory.



  





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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


Rupert Murdoch's papers criticize Trump; is the mogul sending a message? - Jul. 18, 2017



A despot in disguise: one man's mission to rip up democracy | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian



Save Kermit! Why the Muppets debacle is so devastating | Television & radio | The Guardian



Jeff Flake stands against religious bigots in AZ. defends his Muslim Democratic challenger
     he will be severely punished for this..



Trump-Russia: Agalarovs are Selling their U.S. Properties



Dear Mr. Hannity, If Trump was a Dem you'd demand death for what he's done. And for what you've done



Immortality of Trump base loyalty has been greatly exaggerated



Republicans & Trump So Bad at Governing, RightWing Media Turning on Them: Wednesday's Good News



Trump's Plan To 'Let Obamacare Fail' Is Morally Appalling | HuffPost



Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic' - BBC News



BBC - Travel - Why Genghis Khan's tomb can't be found



Tight On Wall Space, SFMOMA Will Text Its Art To You Instead : All Tech Considered : NPR



These Plastic Bottles Full Of Bleach Light Up Homes Without Electricity | HuffPost



Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Suggestion

Wines of Abruzzo


My husband and I spent 10 days exploring the province of Abruzzo by bicycle. It's incredibly beautiful, full of history, and everywhere we went we drank local wines. Never had a bad one. We weren't aware of this winery, however, so I suppose a return trip is in order.

Wines of Abruzzo, and Two Women Who Make Them


Deborah


Thanks, Deborah!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Fox host: Senate Republicans against Trumpcare are "maybe not true to their country" - Salon.com



Neoconservatism Is An Omnicidal Death Cult, And It Must Be Stopped - medium.com



Top US general warns against rogue killer robots | TheHill



15 Things Americans Would Know if There Were a 'Liberal Media' | Alternet



How the GOP Became the Party of Putin - POLITICO Magazine



8th Person at Trump Jr. Meeting Shows It Was Always About the Money - esquire.com



As Pruitt Guts Water Rules, EPA Will Allow Fracking Waste Dumping in the Gulf of Mexico | truth-out.org



Trump's Clueless Abdication of Presidential Responsibility | The New Yorker



CBO: ObamaCare repeal without replace would cost 32 million insurance | TheHill



Trump Jr., Manafort slated to testify before Senate panel | TheHill



Colorado's Marijuana Tax Revenue Now Exceeds Half A Billion Dollars | HuffPost



Trump can't make a health care deal because he doesn't understand health care - Vox



Trump warns Mueller against investigating his family's finances beyond Russia probe | TheHill



ALEC Is Talking About Changing the Way Senators Are Elected and Taking Away Your Vote | The Nation



Indiana lost 5,000 manufacturing jobs under Trump - Axios



Russia's Alt-Right Rasputin Says He's Steve Bannon's Ideological Soul Mate



Trump's Rasputin: Steve Bannon doesn't have Russia ties, but encapsulates infamous advisor's spiritualism - Salon.com





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Reader Comment

Current Events





Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.


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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


"GO TO HELL AMERICA!" DJT!

RESIST!

THE TURTLE IS DYING!

SAVING AN ELEPHANT.

TAKE YOUR PIPELINE AND SHOVE IT!

A LEFT RIGHT TO THE JAW!

THE RISE OF FASCISM IN AMERICA.


"HE KNOWS NOTHING AND THINKS HE KNOWS EVERYTHING."






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Running late.



Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH 'Zoo'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jason Bateman, Cara Delevingne, and Muse.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/17/17) are Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, and Harry Styles.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a FRESH 'The Wall', then a FRESH 'The Night Shift'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Charlize Theron, Michael Phelps, Julie Klam, and SZA.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Ricky Gervais, Abby Elliott, X Ambassadors, and Matt Johnson.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/5/17) are are Abigail Spencer, Partybaby, and Asia Kate Dillon.



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Boy Band', followed by a FRESH 'Battle Of The Network Stars', then a FRESH 'The Gong Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are T.J. Miller and Run the Jewels.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a FRESH 'Hooten & The Lady'.



Faux has a FRESH 'Beat Shazam', followed by a FRESH 'Love Connection'.



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



A&E has 3 hours of old 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'Akil The Fugitive Hunter', then another FRESH 'Akil The Fugitive Hunter'.



AMC offers the movie 'Avatar', followed by the movie 'Clash Of The Titans', then the movie '300'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-The Idiot's Lantern
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-The Impossible Planet-Part 1.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Satan Pit-Part 2.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Love & Monsters
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Fear Her
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Army of Ghosts
 [12:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Sahara (Part 1)
 [1:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Desert Survivor (Part 2)
 [2:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Red Rock Country
 [3:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Moab Desert
 [4:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Baja Desert
 [5:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Mexico
 [6:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Oregon
 [7:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Northern Australia
 [8:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Morocco
 [9:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Mojave
 [10:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-Texas
 [11:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Arizona
 [12:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Sahara (Part 1)
 [1:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Desert Survivor (Part 2)
 [2:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Red Rock Country
 [3:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Moab Desert
 [4:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Baja Desert
 [5:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Mexico    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing NY', 'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Issa Rae.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Kate Micucci, Justin Martindale, and Matt Braunger.



FX has the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', followed by the movie 'Lone Survivor', then the movie 'Lone Survivor', again.



History has 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH 'Mountain Men: Fully Loaded', then a FRESH 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH 'Alone'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY CRIB: THE SHOW
 [6:15AM]    SUPER
 [8:30AM]    MACHETE KILLS
 [11:00AM]    KICK-ASS
 [1:30PM]    SUPER
 [3:45PM]    PATHFINDER
 [6:00PM]    THE TOURNAMENT
 [8:00PM]    ELEKTRA
 [10:00PM]    THE TRANSPORTER
 [12:00AM]    ELEKTRA
 [2:00AM]    THE TOURNAMENT
 [4:00AM]    BORAT    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Manhunt
 [6:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Guitar Player
 [7:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee
 [7:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Gomer the House Guest
 [8:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Black Day for Mayberry
 [8:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain
 [9:30AM]    Annie
 [12:30PM]    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Working Stiff
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Conspiracy
 [4:59PM]    Law & Order-The Corporate Veil
 [5:58PM]    Law & Order-Wedded Bliss
 [6:57PM]    Law & Order-Self-Defense
 [7:56PM]    Law & Order-D-Girl
 [8:55PM]    Law & Order-Turnaround
 [9:54PM]    Law & Order-Showtime
 [10:53PM]    Law & Order-Mad Dog
 [11:52PM]    Law & Order-Double Down
 [12:51AM]    Law & Order-We Like Mike
 [1:50AM]    Cleverman-Muya
 [2:55AM]    Annie
 [5:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Murray Faces Life    (ALL TIMES EDT)



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



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan it's from Comic-Con 2017.



TCM starts the day celebrating Natalie Wood, who was born on this day in 1938, then spends the night with Ronald Colman
 [6:00 AM]      The Searchers (1956)
 [8:15 AM]      Splendor in the Grass (1961)
 [10:30 AM]      Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
 [12:30 PM]      The Great Race (1965)
 [3:30 PM]      Inside Daisy Clover (1966)
 [6:00 PM]      Brainstorm (1983)

 [8:00 PM]      A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)
 [10:30 PM]      The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
 [12:30 AM]      Kismet (1944)
 [2:30 AM]      Lucky Partners (1940)
 [4:30 AM]      My Life with Caroline (1941)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Friday   -  07/21/17

TCM spends most of the night featuring films directed by Alfred Hitchcock
 [6:00 AM]      Little Women (1933)
 [8:00 AM]      Little Men (1940)
 [9:30 AM]      Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
 [11:30 AM]      Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
 [1:30 PM]      Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
 [3:30 PM]      The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)
 [5:45 PM]      Captains Courageous (1937)
 [8:00 PM]      Rear Window (1954)
 [10:15 PM]      The Trouble with Harry (1955)
 [12:15 AM]      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
 [2:30 AM]      The Wrong Man (1956)

 [4:30 AM]      Fonda on Fonda (1992)
 [5:30 AM]      Private Screenings: Robert Osborne (2014)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



USA has a FRESH 'Queen Of The South'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from July 20, 1990) - Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold, and Maggie Gill.

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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Jacqueline Simoneau of Canada competes in the synchronized Solo Technical Women Preliminary at the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships in, Budapest, Hungary, July 14, 2017.
Photo by Michael Dalder

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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More Americans

Impeachment

More Americans would like to see Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) impeached than wanted Richard Nixon impeached amid the Watergate scandal that led to that that president's resignation.

That includes higher rates among both Republican and Democratic voters. For Republicans, 12 per cent support Mr Trump's impeachment, compared to 7 per cent who supported the same for Nixon six months into his second term. Just 34 per cent of Democrats wanted to impeach Nixon, compared to a whopping 70 per cent who want to see Mr Trump impeached, according to a poll from the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Among all voters, just 24 per cent of voters wanted to see Nixon out, compared to 41 per cent who say they'd like impeachment proceedings against Mr Trump, as seen in the chart below, by Statista.

The two have similar approval ratings at this point in their presidential terms, however. Mr Trump's approval rating has remained relatively steady, even as a series of seemingly-damaging stories have trickled out via the media, and sits at 39 per cent approving compared to 53 per cent who disapprove.

Impeachment

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SpongeBob SquareCat and a pineapple, why not? Snoopy and Doby love nothing more than being dressed up by their owner, Shirley Cheung, 28.
Photo by DailySnoopy

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Emergency Court Order

Madonna

An impending auction of pop star Madonna's personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of previously worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair, was halted by a judge on Tuesday.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to pull 22 items from its rock-and-roll-themed auction scheduled for Wednesday.

The Material Girl had earlier sought an emergency court order saying she was "shocked to learn" of the planned online auction of the Tupac letter and had no idea it was no longer in her possession.

Court papers said the Tupac letter was expected to fetch up to $400,000. Tupac, one of the best-selling rappers of all time, dated Madonna in the early 1990s and died of injuries suffered in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting in 1996.

Madonna

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Wife's Tomb Likely Discovered

King Tutankhamun

History buffs may have a reason to rejoice after a team of archeologists found evidence of a tomb, which they believe to be that of King Tutankhamun's wife Ankhesenamun.

A group, led by renowned archeologist Zahi Hawass, is sure there is a tomb located near the tomb of pharaoh Ay (1327-1323 B.C.) - Ankhesenamun's second husband - in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, but they are still not fully sure whether it belongs to King Tut's wife or not.

"We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know for sure to whom it belongs," Hawass told Live Science in an email.

The article regarding the tomb's discovery by Hawass' team was first published July 7 by National Geographic Italia. The archeologist later confirmed the discovery to Live Science as well. He also said his team plans to excavate the new tomb.

Regarding the presence of the tomb in the area, Hawass, former head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said he found four foundation deposits, adding they are "caches or holes in the ground that were filled with votive objects such as pottery vessels, food remains and other tools as a sign that a tomb construction is being initiated."

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Michelle Zimmer of Germany competes in the synchronized Solo Technical Women Preliminary at the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships in, Budapest, Hungary, July 14, 2017.
Photo by Michael Dalder

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New Mexico

Stegomastodon

A nine-year-old boy from New Mexico physically stumbled upon a rare fossil last November while out for a walk with his parents and brothers. When Jude Sparks (now 10) initially looked at what had tripped him up he and his family didn't quite know what to make of it, according to the New York Times. The family decided to take some photos of their finding and did some research when they got home.

Jude Sparks literally stumbled upon this Stegomastodon fossil while playing in New Mexico in November, 2016. Photo: New Mexico State University

They ended up contacting Professor Peter Houde at New Mexico State University about the unique find after they saw a video of him on YouTube talking about a similar fossil. The fossil he was discussing in the video resembled an elephant, with large tusks and a massive skull, just like what Jude had tripped over. They later discovered that Jude had actually fallen right at the jaw of a million-year-old Stegomastodon fossil.

When Houde got the email from the Sparks family he recognized the fossil quickly, reported the Times. The finding is unusual, probably only the second complete skull ever found in the state of New Mexico, reported NMSU. The Stegomastodon is likely 1.2 million years old, Houde estimates. While its name sounds like that of a dinosaur, it's actually a relative of elephants. The dinosaurs walked the Earth millions of years before this elephant-like creature did, the most recent dinos died out 65 million years ago.

But Jude's discovery is still a rare fossil, even if it doesn't belong to a T-Rex or a Stegosaurus. Jude and his family were able to join Professor Houde in May to help uncover the skull. Part of the reason it was delayed for months was that the skull originally sat on private property and it took some time to get the chemicals needed to preserve the bones, reported NMSU. The exact location where the fossil was discovered will be kept under wraps, at the landowner's request.

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War Crimes And Genocide

State Department

Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) administration is closing the US State Department office tasked with investigating war crimes and trying to prevent genocides, reports suggest.

The Office of Global Criminal Justice, which holds war criminals to account, is being shut and its leader, Todd Buchwald, moved to a job in the department's legal affairs unit, it has been claimed.

Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, is said to be re-organising his department to focus more on America's economic and military interests and less on issues such as human rights.

David Scheffer, a professor of law at Northwestern University, who was previously the first US ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, said: "This is a very harsh signal to the rest of the world that the United States is essentially downgrading the importance of accountability for the commission of atrocity crimes.

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Snoopy, a male, looks less than thrilled to be wearing an Elsa outfit from the Disney movie, Frozen."People seem to love seeing the cats pose for the camera, and they leave heart-warming comments, which is great."
Photo by DailySnoopy

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Pocket-Lining

T-rump Tower

The White House Military Office is reportedly shelling out $130,000 a month to rent some space at Trump Tower in New York City, which should raise a few eyebrows since that property belongs to a company the president used to control and has not divested from.

Though The Wall Street Journal reports that the military is renting the space from a private owner likely to be the president's NYC neighbor, the fee is more than double what such a space should rent for.

White House Military Office does legally need to be close to the president, since they are the arbiters of information such as the nuclear codes, but the president no longer spends much time at his NYC headquarters, so $130,000 seems a bit steep. Right now, the military has a lease for the spot through September of 2018, to the tune of $2.39 million.

The office first started renting in Trump Tower in the middle of April, during which they paid $180,000. Added on to the $130,000 they'd pay to rent space in Trump Tower each month through 2020, the price tag would come to just under $6 million.

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Barbs Exchanged

Untelevised Briefings

With the cameras still turned off for daily White House press briefings, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has exchanged barbs with a Fox reporter over the Trump administration's decision to take the briefings off air.

Fox news reporter John Roberts left Tuesday's briefing early, his decision to do so not going unnoticed by Huckabee Sanders, who commented: "John Roberts is bored today, he's stepping out." 

Her joke was matched by Roberts, who quipped back: "If it was on camera, I might not be," The Hill reported.

The reporter later took to Twitter to clarify he would have remained in the meeting had it been on camera, but he had a live appearance for Fox instead.

The last on-camera briefing at the White House was on Thursday, June 29, with many journalists and media outlets concerned the off-camera briefings are becoming too frequent.

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The Jubilee Parkway is a pair of parallel concrete viaduct bridges that carry Interstate 10 in Alabama. Each of the two bridges is two lanes wide, for a total of four lanes, and 7.5 miles (12.1 km).
Photo by Jassen Todorov

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Casts T-rump As Guardian Of The Environment

Callista

Callista Gingrich (R-Adultress), Donald Trump's (R-Philanderer) nominee to be ambassador to the Vatican, told skeptical Democrats on Tuesday that the president wants the United States to be an environmental leader even after pulling the country out of the landmark accord aimed at combatting global warming.

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Gingrich said Trump is committed to sustaining "our clean air and our clean water." She said "we aren't backing off of that" despite Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

"We're all called to be stewards of the land," said Gingrich, the wife of Newt Gingrich (R-Oink), the former Republican House speaker and a close ally of Trump's.

Gingrich said she believes that climate change exists and that "some of it is due to human behavior."

She was a congressional aide when she began a six-year affair with Newt Gingrich, then a married Republican congressman.

Callista

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Martian Civilization

Rohrabacher

A Republican lawmaker asked a panel of NASA scientists Tuesday for opinions on whether Mars could have had civilized life "thousands of years ago." He did it, his spokesman later clarified, with a "wink."

"You have indicated that Mars had - was totally different thousands of years ago," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Putin Fan), asked during a hearing of the space subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. "Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago?"

The congressman's question followed earlier testimony by NASA scientist Kenneth Farley about plans for the Mars 2020 mission, which involves looking for evidence of life on the red planet from the first billion years of the solar system.

"Prior to about 3.6 billion years ago, Mars had rivers, lakes and possibly a vast northern ocean," Farley said earlier in the hearing. "Sophisticated analyses have richly documented ancient environments with all conditions believed necessary to sustain life [on Mars]."

Farley corrected Rohrabacher's question, stating, "So, the evidence is that Mars was different billions of years ago, not thousands of years ago."

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