BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 18 August, 2016

Thursday

18 August, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1785 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Mark Morford: No sex please, we're Millennials (SF Gate)
Sure, Millennial sex might be terrible. Their skills might be embarrassing, inept, all kinds of clumsy due to so many years slumped behind various screens instead of kneeling at the altar of a partner's orgasmic rapture, their gropings and comminglings of an overall quality that would humiliate a hyena in heat. But hey, at least they're trying. Most of them, anyway. The dears.


Mark Morford: Your Dunkin Donuts will kill you now (SF Gate)
Here is the titanic secret you probably already know, but which nearly everyone waiting in line in every Dunkin Donuts in America right now tacitly refuses to believe: Losing weight, staying healthy, eating well, feeling good? It's actually easy.


Andrew Tobias: ARE You Registered?
The markets hit record highs yesterday, triple their post-Bush low. Trump tells us Obama's been a disaster, our future is bleak - and only he can fix it. Investors around the world, expecting Hillary to win, seem not to agree.


Mark O'Connell: The Three Robbers and the Moral-Free Children's Books of Tomi Ungerer (Slate)
Like all the best artists, Ungerer has no interest in imparting moral lessons; he has no interest in giving children-or, more accurately, their parents-a comforting view of life. He's interested in illustrating how things are with people, how things are with the world. I don't know how comfortable I am with this as a parent, but my son seems perfectly delighted with it.


Rose George: My gold medal goes to Fu Yuanhui - for talking openly about her period (The Guardian)
The swimmer's admission of what affected her Rio Olympics performance shouldn't be a big deal, but it is. It's one more step towards stamping out a pathetic taboo.


Tara Marie: 6 Horrifying Ways The Universe Has Repaid Good Deeds (Cracked)
The universe is ruled by a blind, mad god who feasts on pain and chaos. Even if you're practically a saint, the only reward you'll get for all of your good deeds is a horrible death followed by a swift kick in the genitals as you plummet to hell. Do we sound a bit cynical? You would be too if you knew about



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day


The devil made me do it! What is the name of this Flip Wilson character?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


This writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, and actor was born Stanley Martin Lieber. By what name is he better known?


       Stan Lee                                                      Source


Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber, December 28, 1922) is a comic-book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he headed the first major successful challenge to the industry's censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, and forced it to reform its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimediacorporation.

He was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. Lee received a National Medal of Arts in 2008.        Source







Alan J was first and correct with:
   Stan Lee.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Stan Lee



Randall wrote:
   Stan Lee





Adam answered:
   Steve Allen? No..Stan Lee.



Marian replied:
   Stan Lee



Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   That would be comic book mogul and leader of the Merry Marvel Marching Society, Stan Lee.



Deborah said:
   That's none other than Stan Lee.
  Funny, I was right about Japan. Should've stuck with that.
  Still enjoying the Olympic Games. Peeved that NBCSN promised women's track cycling and didn't deliver. #firstworldproblems




Gene answered:
   Excelsior!
  It's Stan Lee, King of Comic Books and father of the Marvel Universe!




Daniel in The City replied:
   Stan Lee of Marvel Comics.



DJ Useo responded:
   After getting yesterday's answer wrong, I'm glad to know for sure that today's answer is Stan Lee of Marvel comics.
  I've read much of his output, & even met him 2wice at comic conventions.
  They sell "phone book" -like collections of his 60's writing that run about 500 pages.
  I was reading the first Iron Man one & it sure is a hoot & a hollar.
  I'm also enjoying his newest tv property "Lucky Man", about a police detective who gains luck powers. Soon to begin a second season.





MAM   wrote:
   Stan Lee ~ Well known icon for MARVEL comics.





mj took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  August 18 Birthdays - Celebrities Born August 18 | Famous Birthdays




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


The coral die-off crisis is a climate crime and Exxon fired the gun | Bill McKibben | Environment | The Guardian



Lost cities #8: mystery of Cahokia - why did North America's largest city vanish? | Cities | The Guardian



Why has Hollywood put Ben-Hur back in the closet? | Film | The Guardian



Your pool-peeing habits are pissing off the American Chemical Society | Life and style | The Guardian



HOLY SMOKES. Jonathan Cohn & Jeff Young have one hell of an Aetna scoop.



It's Karma-Not a Blessing-Tony Perkins' Holy Home Flooded by GOD !



In Search Of An Opioid That Offers Help Without The Risks : Shots - Health News : NPR
     Can't happen soon enough for me.



Great Big Story



Democratic Senate Campaign Catches Conservative Infiltrator | TIME



Donald Trump's pivotal childhood experiences in 'The Art of the Deal' include punching his second-grade teacher in the face



Ted Koppel tells Bill O'Reilly he's ruined journalism - YouTube




Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Comment

Lumpy


How many does it take?

At first I heard his military guy was going with Lumpy to his first classified briefing. Then this AM I heard it was the military guy and Christie. This afternoon I heard it was the military guy and Christie AND Jeff Sessions (and others??)

How many people does it take to hold his tiny hands and ask the questions he's too stupid to ask?!




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


Thanks, Linda!



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Help Ted Rall Fight the LA Times by Ted Rall - GoFundMe


Success!


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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


FROM WORSE TO WORSER!

FEEL THE WARM!

SUCCESS!

In 70 Years, The Earth Could Be Too Hot For The Summer Olympics - ThinkProgress

SUSYA.

COMING TO A COUNTRY NEAR YOU?

DONALD TRUMPS NEW DEITY!

THE SUMMER OF TRUMP!

STILL BONNIE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.

HOT DAMN!


"ODE TO SEAN HANNITY"

by John Cleese

Aping urbanity
Oozing with vanity
Plump as a manatee
Faking humanity
Journalistic calamity
Intellectual inanity
Fox Noise insanity
You're a profanity
Hannity





Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

The raccoons are really at it again.



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 RERUN 'Code Black'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 7/19/16) are Keegan-Michael Key, Kathryn Hahn, Laura Benanti, and NAF.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 8/2/16) are Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Kent Jones.



NBC fills the night with FRESH '2016 Summer Olympics'.
Jimmy Fallon is pre-empted.
Seth Meyers is pre-empted.
Carson 'The Scab' Daly is pre-empted.



ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'BattleBots', followed by a RERUN 'The $100,000 Pyramid', then a RERUN 'Match Game'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 7/25/16) are Danny McBride, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Prophets of Rage.



The CW offers a RERUN 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH 'My Last Days'.



Faux has a RERUN 'Rosewood', followed by a RERUN 'Bones'.



MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.



A&E has 2 hours of old 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH '60 Days In'.



AMC offers the movie 'Bruce Almighty', followed by the movie 'Pretty Woman', then the movie 'Pretty Woman', again.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 6
 [7:00AM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 7
 [8:00AM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 8
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Blink
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-Utopia
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 19-Lessons
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 20-The Chase
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 21-Frame of Mind
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Contagion
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-The Royale
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Time Squared
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-The Icarus Factor
 [6:00PM]    RIPPER STREET - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-A White World Made Red
 [7:15PM]    THE ROCK (1996)
 [10:15PM]    THE ROCK (1996)
 [1:15AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 19-Lessons
 [2:15AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 20-The Chase
 [3:15AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 21-Frame of Mind
 [4:15AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-The Dauphin
 [5:15AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 20-Season 18 Compilation     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Flipping Out', 'Real Housewives Of NJ', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'Futurama', followed by the movie 'Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Emily King.
Scheduled on the last FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Alison Stewart.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight is @midnight Olympic Finalists.



FX has the movie 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit', followed by the movie 'The Other Guys', then a FRESH 'sex&drugs&rock&roll', and another 'sex&drugs&rock&roll'.



History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH 'Mountain Men', then a FRESH 'Ice Road Truckers'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ellie Kemper
 [6:15AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-RONEZ: The Hunt for El Chingon
 [6:45AM]    ALIEN 3
 [9:15AM]    THE MIST
 [12:00PM]    MISERY
 [2:30PM]    MURDER BY NUMBERS
 [5:15PM]    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
 [8:00PM]    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
 [10:45PM]    AMERICAN HISTORY X
 [1:30AM]    AMERICAN HISTORY X
 [4:15AM]    SLEEPWALK WITH ME    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Approval Matrix-Who Died and Made You Cool?
 [6:26AM]    I'm Not There
 [9:28AM]    I Love You, Beth Cooper
 [11:58AM]    Love Actually
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-The Blue Wall
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Confession
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Wages of Love
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Aria
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Asylum
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Savior
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Deceit
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Atonement
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Slave
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Girlfriends
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Pro Se
 [2:00AM]    The Iron Lady
 [4:30AM]    Traffic    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Jeepers Creepers II', followed by the movie 'Freddy Vs. Jason'.



TBS:
On a RERUN Conan (from 5/12/16) are Ewan McGregor, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Matt Donaher.



TCM spends 24 hours with Angie Dickinson
 [6:00 AM]      Tension at Table Rock (1956)
 [8:00 AM]      Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)
 [9:30 AM]      Some Kind Of A Nut (1969)
 [11:15 AM]      Rome Adventure (1962)
 [1:30 PM]      Jessica (1961)
 [3:30 PM]      A Fever in the Blood (1961)
 [5:45 PM]      The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      Point Blank (1967)
 [10:00 PM]      Rio Bravo (1959)
 [12:30 AM]      The Last Challenge (1967)
 [2:15 AM]      Pretty Maids All In A Row (1971)
 [4:00 AM]      Cry Terror (1958)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Friday   -  08/19/16

TCM spends 24 hours with Ruby Keeler
 [6:00 AM]      Hollywood Handicap (1938)
 [6:30 AM]      Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)
 [8:00 AM]      Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)
 [9:45 AM]      And She Learned About Dames (1934)
 [10:00 AM]      Ready, Willing And Able (1937)
 [12:00 PM]      Colleen (1936)
 [1:45 PM]      Six Hits and a Miss (1945)
 [2:00 PM]      Shipmates Forever (1935)
 [4:00 PM]      Flirtation Walk (1934)
 [5:45 PM]      Studio Highlights (1934)
 [6:00 PM]      Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
 [8:00 PM]      42nd Street (1933)
 [9:45 PM]      Go Into Your Dance (1935)
 [11:30 PM]      Dames (1934)
 [1:30 AM]      Footlight Parade (1933)
 [3:30 AM]      Calling All Girls (1942)
 [4:00 AM]      The Phynx (1970)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)



USA has a FRESH 'Queen Of The South'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Sep. 7, 1982) - Steve Landesberg, Cindy Morgan, Barbara and Elden Hathaway.

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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Singer Madonna (R) walks along a street in Havana, where she is celebrating her 58th birthday, on August 16, 2016.

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Cancellation Must Mean 'Racism Is Solved'

Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore says Comedy Central's cancellation of The Nightly Show must mean one thing: racism is no longer a problem in the U.S.

In an opening monologue that kicked off the final week of his show, Wilmore addressed the news by thanking Comedy Central and the show's viewers, but he also offered a more tongue-in-cheek response.

"On the plus side, I must say, our show going off the air has to only mean one thing: Racism is solved," Wilmore quipped. "We did it."

Wilmore said that his only regret was that the late-night show would not be around "to cover this truly insane election season."

The final episode of The Nightly Show will air Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Chris Hardwick's @midnight will air in the time slot for the time being.

Larry Wilmore

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Eliana Jimenez (C) leads a protest march before Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee Mike Pence speaks at a town hall at the Henderson Convention Center in Henderson, Nevada on August 17, 2016.
Photo by David Becker

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Original Score Goes To Auction

Gustav Mahler

A rare musical score written by classical great Gustav Mahler went on show in Hong Kong Wednesday ahead of a landmark auction by Sotheby's.

The hand-written complete version of Mahler's lauded "Resurrection Symphony" will go on sale in London later in the year with a 3.5 million ($4.5 million) price tag -- the highest ever estimate for a musical manuscript, according to the auction house.

The 19th century Austrian composer and conductor wrote 10 symphonies, but Sotheby's said none had ever gone under the hammer in its entirety.

"No complete symphony by Mahler, written in the composer's own hand, has ever been offered at auction, and probably none will be offered again," said Simon Maguire, senior specialist in books and manuscripts at the auction house.

Sotheby's said the manuscript was being offered by the estate of the American economist and businessman Gilbert Kaplan, who became "infatuated" by the work, also known as Mahler's Symphony No. 2.

Gustav Mahler

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2nd-Oldest In Great Lakes

Shipwreck

The second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes, an American-built, Canadian-owned sloop that sank in Lake Ontario more than 200 years ago, has been found, a team of underwater explorers said Wednesday.

The three-member western New York-based team said it discovered the shipwreck this summer in deep water off Oswego, in central New York. Images captured by a remotely operated vehicle confirmed it is the Washington, which sank during a storm in 1803, team member Jim Kennard said.

The sloop Washington was built on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania in 1798 and was used to transport people and goods between western New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario. It was placed on skids and hauled by oxen teams across the Niagara Isthmus to Lake Ontario in 1802 after being sold to Canadian merchants.

The 53-foot-long ship was carrying at least five people and a cargo of merchandise, including goods from India, when it set sail from Kingston, Ontario, for its homeport of Niagara, Ontario, on Nov. 6, 1803. The vessel was caught in a fierce storm and sank.

The Washington is the oldest commercial sailing vessel found in the Great Lakes and the only sloop known to have sailed on lakes Erie and Ontario, Kennard said. Single-masted sloops were replaced in the early 19th century by two- and three-masted schooners, which were much easier to sail, according to Carrie Sowden, archaeological director at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, which sponsors the New York team's explorations.

Shipwreck

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Morane Montavon, pilot of the Swiss Acro League, performs an infinity tumbling maneuver while paragliding above Lake Leman during a training session before the Acroshow competition in Villeneuve, Switzerland, August 17, 2016.
Photo by Denis Balibouse

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Cooler Than Glass

See-Through Wood

Wood is a strong and versatile building material, but it rots, gets eaten by bugs, and blocks light.

Plain sheets of glass aren't much better. They shatter easily and let a lot of energy leak into or out of a building.

But engineers have recently figured out how to find the best of both worlds by making see-through wood.

The team, led by materials scientist Liangbing Hu at the University of Maryland, developed a patented process to turn wood translucent, make it more durable, and lend it incredible strength.

How strong is it? The engineers write in the study that it has "high impact energy absorption that eliminates the safety issues often presented by glass."

See-Through Wood

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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Quid Pro Quo?

Chris Christie

Trump's Atlantic City casinos reportedly owed $30 million in taxes - and settled for $5 million after Christie took office

For six years, New Jersey state auditors and lawyers battled in court for $30 million that the state said Donald Trump's Atlantic City casinos owed in back taxes.

The state eventually agreed to accept $5 million from the casinos.

The settlement came just a year after Gov. Chris Christie took office, according to an investigation by The New York Times that reviewed the casinos' bankruptcy filings.

The casinos made Trump millions, a previous Times investigation found, but were largely failed businesses with huge amounts of debt. Trump has since sold his shares in the casinos, but the casinos still bear his name.

Chris Christie

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Eunuchs apply make-up before Raksha Bandhan festival celebrations in a red light area in Mumbai, India, Aug. 17, 2016.
Photo by Danish Siddiqui

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Analysis Of The NSA Hack

Edward Snowden

If anybody would know how the NSA operates, and how leaking its secrets works, it's Edward Snowden. Snowden worked with journalists to reveal the NSA's extensive domestic spying program and has been living in exile ever since. Needless to say, he's been following the enormous hack of the NSA's spying tools very closely, and he not only knows how it happened, he thinks it was a state-sponsored attack.

Snowden took to Twitter and laid out how these tools were used when he was employed there and what he believes the real motivation behind it was. In short, Snowden doesn't buy this is a bunch of cybercriminals. He thinks it's a threat from Russia to keep the U.S. intelligence community from delving too deeply into the DNC email hack. If you're unfamiliar, Russia is widely believed to have been behind a recent leak of private DNC emails, including donor lists and embarrassing personal revelations.

Snowden points out that if the files are publicly released, private companies and friendly governments can use the data to discover if the NSA has been spying on them. Keep in mind, the NSA was busted spying on German chancellor Angela Merkel and may have been spying on the Pope. If those files get out, and countries the U.S. nominally view as allies find out the NSA has been rooting through their private data, it could trigger an international diplomatic crisis.

Does that line up? It's certainly in line with how Russian interests tend to think. The flipside of that is that realistically, Russia may want to trigger an international diplomatic crisis. Russia has been campaigning to increase its sphere of influence, and igniting bridges between America and its allies is the kind of shenanigans it would pull to do that. Why the country would rather make threats than pull the trigger is something foreign policy wonks can only theorize about, but it's unlikely this will end quietly.

Edward Snowden

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Participants climb greased poles to collect prizes during a "Panjat Pinang" event organized in celebration of Indonesia's 71st Independence day in Jakarta, Indonesia Aug. 17, 2016.
Photo by Iqro Rinaldi

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Tied To Undisclosed Foreign Lobbying

Manafort

Donald Trump's campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party's efforts to influence U.S. policy.

The revelation, provided to The Associated Press by people directly knowledgeable about the effort, comes at a time when Trump has faced criticism for his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin. It also casts new light on the business practices of campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Trump shook up his campaign organization Wednesday, putting two new longtime Republican conservative strategists as chief executive officer and campaign manager. It was unclear what impact the shakeup would have on Manafort, but he retains his title as campaign chairman.

Political consultants are generally leery of registering under the foreign agents law, because their reputations can suffer once they are on record as accepting money to advocate the interests of foreign governments - especially if those interests conflict with America's.

Manafort

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The Airlander 10 after taking flight, from Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire, England, Wednesday Aug. 17, 2016. A blimp-shaped airship billed as the world's largest aircraft has taken off for the first time, days after an earlier attempt was scuttled by a last-minute technical hitch. The 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 - nicknamed the "flying bum" because of its bulbous front end - rose slowly into the air Wednesday from an airfield 45 miles (73 kilometers) north of London.
Photo by Yui Mok

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Former Editor Spews

Breitbart

Former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro unloaded on the right-wing website's chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, on Wednesday after news broke that Donald Trump had appointed him as campaign CEO.

"Bannon is a legitimately sinister figure," Shapiro, who left Breitbart earlier this year in a fiery exit, wrote on his website, The Daily Wire.

The conservative pundit added: "He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies. Bannon is a smarter version of Trump: He's an aggressive self-promoter who name-drops to heighten his profile and woo bigger names, and then uses those bigger names as stepping stools to his next destination."

"He will attempt to ruin anyone who impedes his unending ambition, and he will use anyone bigger than he is - for example, Donald Trump - to get where he wants to go. Bannon knows that in the game of thrones, you win or die. And he certainly doesn't intend to die. He'll kill everyone else before he goes," Shapiro wrote.

Shapiro was a friend of Andrew Breitbart, who died in 2012. Shapiro left Breitbart earlier this year over disagreement about how the outlet addressed an incident with one of its former reporters, Michelle Fields, who was grabbed and pulled by Trump's ex-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, at an event. The website failed to stand by her, and Shapiro condemned it for not doing so.

Breitbart

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A girl looks for "Rakhis" or sacred threads at a roadside stall on the eve of Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan, in Ahmedabad, India, August 17, 2016.
Photo by Amit Dave

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Giant Pests

Goldfish

You may think dumping goldfish into a river is a harmless act, but in reality the fish can become destructively big.

Researchers from the Centre of Fish and Fisheries at Murdoch University have been trying to control goldfish for 12 years in the Vasse River, located in the southwest of Western Australia.

An invasive species, the goldfish is causing havoc for native fish and its surrounding ecosystem, which is why Stephen Beatty and his fellow researchers spent a year studying the little-known movement patterns of the goldfish in the wild. The results of the study, now concluded, has been published in a paper in the journal, Ecology of Freshwater Fish .

Beatty told Mashable Australia that the study was conducted because of the sharp rise in aquarium species, such as the goldfish, being detected in the Vasse River in the last 15 years. That's all thanks to people letting them go in local waterways.

Goldfish are omnivores in the wild, and they can have destructive feeding habits. They deteriorate the quality of water by stirring up sediment on the bottom of river beds, dig up vegetation and also consume anything edible that comes before them - including native fish eggs.

Goldfish

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In Memory

Arthur Hiller

Arthur Hiller, who received an Oscar nomination for directing the hugely popular romantic tragedy "Love Story" during a career that spanned dozens of popular movies and TV shows, died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 92.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced his death Wednesday. Hiller served as Academy president from 1993-97.

Although since dismissed by some as overly syrupy, "Love Story," with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal as star-crossed Ivy League lovers, was one of the most popular movies of 1970. The film, based on the popular novel of the same name by Erich Segal, reduced thousands of moviegoers to tears and created a national catch phrase: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."

"Love Story" kicked off a busy two decades of work for Hiller, who had gotten his start directing such television shows as "Gunsmoke," ''Perry Mason" and "The Rifleman" in the 1950s.

He directed nearly two dozen feature films between 1970 and 1990 and was equally at ease with comedy or drama. He even helmed a musical, 1972's "Man of La Mancha" with Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren, and a biography, 1976's "W.C. Fields and Me," with Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine.

His more memorable comedies included "The In-Laws" with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, "Plaza Suite" starring Walter Matthau, "The Wheeler Dealers" with James Garner and Lee Remick, "The Out of Towners" with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis, "The Lonely Guy" with Steve Martin and Charles Grodin, and "Author, Author" with Al Pacino and Dyan Cannon. He teamed comics Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor twice, in the 1976 hit "Silver Streak" and with less success in 1989's "See No Evil, Hear No Evil."

Notable dramas were "The Americanization of Emily" with Garner and Julie Andrews, "The Man in the Glass Booth" with Maximilian Schell, "The Hospital" with George C. Scott and Diana Rigg and "Tobruk" with Rock Hudson and George Peppard.

Hiller's versatility, plus his willingness to take on projects unworthy of his talent, may have forestalled recognition of his achievements. Although he earned good reviews for his better films, his lesser ones were savaged by critics. His only Oscar nomination came for "Love Story," for which he won a Golden Globe.

He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, where his parents operated a Yiddish school and theater.

After leaving the University of Alberta to join the Royal Air Force during World War II, he studied psychology at the University of Toronto and law at the University of British Columbia. He eventually decided to go into communications, applying for a job at Canada's CBC network in Toronto.

He was hired by NBC in 1955 to direct a live drama, "Matinee Theater." He would go on to direct "Playhouse 90," ''Naked City," ''Route 66" and many other series before moving on to feature films.

His later films included 1990's "Taking Care of Business," 1992's "The Babe" and 1996's "Carpool."

Hiller married Gwen Pechet in 1948 and the couple had a son, Henryk, and daughter, Erica. They were married for 68 years until her death in June.

Arthur Hiller

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