BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 13 October, 2016

Thursday

13 October, 2016

(Updated Daily)

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Michael Moore: Trump Is Not The Only Grabber Who Must Go (Huffington Post)
The rats are quickly jumping from the sinking ship of Trump. But not so fast, dear Republican senators and congressmen. Trump may have verbalized his misogyny, sexism and abuse of women into an open microphone, but over the past decades you ? YOU ? have LEGALIZED it.


Mark Morford: Google just became shamelessly terrifying (SF Gate)
But now it's downright undeniable: Larry, Sergey & Co. chucked the cutesy "Don't Be Evil" motto years back - well before they created parent company Alphabet - in favor of vast and irresistible repositories of global power, data-driven influence and simply volcanic amounts of money.


Andrew Tobias: It's Not Rocket Science
If you want to put millions to work revitalizing our crumbling infrastructure, just vote Democrat up and down the ticket next month.


David Wong: 6 Reasons For Trump's Rise That No One Talks About (Cracked)
#6. It's Not About Red And Blue States -- It's About The Country Vs. The City


Simon Usborne: We smuggled Michael Jackson out in a room-service trolley' - celebrity bodyguards tell their stories (The Guardian)
Even before Kim Kardashian's Paris robbery, the security industry was booming. What are the trade secrets of the men who offer 'close protection' - and sometimes friendship - to celebrities, billionaires and pop stars?


Xan Brooks: Christopher Guest on life as a baron and how wife Jamie Lee Curtis picked him out of a magazine (The Guardian)
As his new film, Mascots, arrives, the genius behind Spinal Tap talks about sitting in the House of Lords - and dying for five minutes.



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day


What is the name of this animated character?

                                  



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Trivia Question from Yesterday


This American singer, songwriter, musician and artist was born Don Glen Vliet, used the name Don Van Vliet, but is better known by his stage name. What is his stage name?


       Captain Beefheart                                                      Source


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 - December 17, 2010) was an American singer, songwriter, musician and artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called the Magic Band (1965-1982), with whom he recorded 13 studio albums.        Source






Randall was first and correct with:
   Captain Beefheart





Alan J wrote:
   Captain Beefheart.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Captain Beefheart



Gene M said:
   This American singer, songwriter, musician and artist was born Don Glen Vliet, used the name Don Van Vliet, but is better known by his stage name. What is his stage name?
  Captain Beefheart. He was a high school classmate of Frank Zappa.




Adam answered:
   Captain Beefheart



Deborah replied:
   Back from vacation to typical fall weather with a threat of an "atmospheric river" arriving this weekend. Rain, anyone?
  So Don Glen Vliet is better known as Captain Beefheart. He and Frank Zappa made some really far-out music.




John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Captain Beefheart."



Dave in Tucson responded:
   I believe Don Vliet had the non-de-plume of Captain Beefheart



  With Frank Zappa. And contrary to legend the two never had a "gross out" contest.




DJ Useo answered:
   In fact, I'm currently reading "Beefheart : Through The Eyes Of Magic", so I know well the answer is Captain Beefheart.
  I urge you to enjoy his collaboration with Frank Zappa called "Bongo Fury".





MAM     wrote:
   Captain Beefheart





Joe S     replied:
   Captain Beefheart. Well I'll be dipped.





mj took the day off.
  



Marian took the day off.
  



Dale of Spectacular 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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  October 13 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 13 | 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


Google just became shamelessly terrifying - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford



Backstage with 'creepy' Donald Trump and naked teenagers



Why didn't NBC News break the Trump tape?



BBC - Culture - Why are Canadians so funny?



Disney Clarifies 'Mulan' Film Casting Rumors After Reports of White Male Lead - NBC News



Review Finds San Francisco Police Disproportionately Targeted Minorities : The Two-Way : NPR



Kratom Spared DEA Schedule I Status - For Now : Shots - Health News : NPR



Oregon Community Becomes Unwilling Symbol For Anti-Government Movement : NPR



Killing 250,000 Reindeer In Siberia To Halt Anthrax Could Kill Nomadic Culture : Goats and Soda : NPR



Trump Supporters Tweet #RepealThe19th After Poll Shows He'd Win If Only Men Voted | Huffington Post



Republican Texas Judge Officiates Gay Wedding, Comes Out As A Democrat | Huffington Post



Former DEA Agents Rally In Support Of Marijuana Legalization In Arizona | Huffington Post



'Law & Order: SVU' is making an episode inspired by a Donald Trump child-rape case - AOL Entertainment



Breaking-Duke Energy Cooling Pond Dam Collapses in Wake of Hurricane Matthew Flooding



Clinton-Trump tied in Utah?! Redstate is in a panic.



I love you Gabby...But please rescind your group's endorsement of Far Right Wing PA Sen. Pat Toomey



Let's give President Obama the best parting gift ever: 17 days in January with a Democratic Senate



16 Years Ago, William F. Buckley Wrote This About Donald Trump And It's Eerily Accurate | RedState




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David E Suggests

Christmas Traditions


12 Christmas Traditions From Around The World (Infographic)






Thanks, Dave!



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Bonus Links


All of Donald Trump's Accusers: A Timeline of Every Alleged Grope and Assault - The Daily Beast



These celebrities endorsed Trump - but now they are fleeing his candidacy too



Right-wing pastor gives up the game: It's better for a president to grab a vagina than to have one



BUSTED: Rudy Giuliani says he never saw Hillary Clinton in NYC on 9/11 - but pictures prove he's lying



Major GOP Donors Have Asked Trump for a Refund - The Daily Beast



Why Does Donald Trump Lie So Much?



Timeline of Trump's Creepiness While He Owned Miss Universe - Rolling Stone



Steve Bannon: This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America



It's 'Total Bulls**t' That Trump's 'Apprentice' Tapes Can't Be Released, Says Media Mogul | Huffington Post



Trump Says He'll Imprison Clinton's Lawyers, Too | Mother Jones



John Lennon's "Imagine" If It Were Rewritten by Donald Trump



Trump bragged that he walked in on naked beauty pageant contestants



Seth Meyers Warns How Trump Will Cause 'Lasting Damage' to America - The Daily Beast



Donald Trump -- 'I'll Be Dating Her in 10 Years' ... Quips About Little Girl On '92 Tape



This Trump Lie from Sunday's Debate Is Stunning - Esquire



A Republican intellectual explains why the Republican Party is going to die - Vox



Republicans tell Trump to can it on the rigged elections talk-he's ruining their 'voter fraud' lie



Former Miss Arizona: Trump 'just came strolling right in' on naked contestants - The Washington Post



Teen Beauty Queens Say Trump Walked In On Them Changing - BuzzFeed News



Robert Crumb and friends flush Donald Trump down the toilet, 1989 | Dangerous Minds




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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


A HERD OF GOLDEN RETRIEVERS!

GO TO HELL COLUMBUS!

"WHO LOVES YA BABY?"

"BUT THAT WAS (RATHER) NOT ENOUGH."

"NOT ENOUGH"

"ISN'T POLITICS FUN?"


WATCH YOUR STEP BUDDY!





WHAT IS IT WITH REPUBLICANS???






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Marine layer rolling in.



Tonight, Thursday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 9/23/16) is Bruce Springsteen.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 8/24/16) are John Krasinski, Adam Pally, Jimmy Butler, and Penn & Teller.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'The Good Place', then a FRESH 'Chicago Med', followed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Vin Diesel, Norman Reedus, and Christine and the Queens.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Kevin Hart, Sen. Al Franken, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Thaddeus Dixon, and Corey Glover & Vernon Reid.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Tricia Helfer, Bear Hands, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Notorious', then a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Colin Farrell, Laverne Cox, and Vin Scully.



The CW offers a FRESH 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH 'Supernatural'.



Faux has a FRESH 'Rosewood', followed by a FRESH 'Pitch'.



MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.



A&E has 'The First 48', '60 Days In', followed by a FRESH '60 Days In', then a FRESH 'Behind Bars: Rookie Year'.



AMC offers the movie 'Halloween' (2007), followed by the movie 'Halloween' (1978).



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Creatures of the Deep
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Plants
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Primates
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-The Crimson Horror
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-Nightmare in Silver
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-The Host
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 24-The Mind's Eye
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 25-In Theory
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Family
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Brothers
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-Suddenly Human
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Remember Me
 [8:00PM]    PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)
 [10:00PM]    PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Family
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Brothers
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-Suddenly Human
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Remember Me    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', 'Million Dollar Listing LA', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing LA', then a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Hot Tub Time Machine'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Jidenna.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Randy Liedtke, Marcella Arguello, and Ramon Rivas II.



FX has the movie 'Noah', followed by the movie 'Sex Tape', then a FRESH 'Better Things', and another 'Better Things'.



History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then another FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', 'Counting Cars', and another 'Counting Cars'.



IFC  -   
 [7:30AM]    MYSTIC RIVER
 [10:30AM]    CHAOS
 [1:00PM]    MAX PAYNE
 [3:15PM]    KILLING THEM SOFTLY
 [5:30PM]    SMOKIN' ACES
 [8:00PM]    TERMINATOR SALVATION
 [10:30PM]    SMOKIN' ACES
 [1:00AM]    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
 [3:30AM]    KILLING THEM SOFTLY
 [5:45AM]    KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [7:45AM]    The Ledge
 [10:00AM]    Up in the Air
 [12:30PM]    Stir Crazy
 [2:30PM]    The Bounty Hunter
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Out of the Half-Light
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Silence
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-White Rabbit
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Virtue
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-I.D.
 [9:59PM]    Law & Order-True North
 [10:58PM]    Law & Order-Endurance
 [11:57PM]    Law & Order-Standoff
 [12:56AM]    Rectify-Weird As You
 [2:00AM]    Rectify-The Great Destroyer
 [3:04AM]    The Breakfast Club
 [5:17AM]    Up in the Air    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Beginning', followed by the movie 'The Texas Chain Massacre'.



TBS:
On a RERUN Conan (from 6/30/16) are Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Tavis Smiley, and Rhea Butcher.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #3 (1955)
 [6:45 AM]      Unholy Partners (1941)
 [8:30 AM]      Journey For Margaret (1942)
 [10:00 AM]      Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)
 [12:00 PM]      The Locket (1946)
 [1:30 PM]      Mr. Lucky (1943)
 [3:15 PM]      Z (1969)
 [5:30 PM]      The Confession (1970)
 [8:00 PM]      The Letter (1940)
 [10:00 PM]      Shampoo (1975)
 [12:00 AM]      Raw Deal (1948)
 [1:30 AM]      Citizen Kane (1941)
 [3:45 AM]      Salt Of The Earth (1954)
 [5:30 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Joan Allen(2008)    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Friday   -  10/14/16

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Speedway (1929)
 [7:30 AM]      Indianapolis Speedway (1939)
 [9:00 AM]      Red Hot Tires (1935)
 [10:15 AM]      Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939)
 [11:30 AM]      Women in the Wind (1939)
 [12:45 PM]      The Pace That Thrills (1952)
 [2:00 PM]      Speed (1936)
 [3:15 PM]      Daredevil Drivers (1938)
 [4:30 PM]      The Big Wheel (1949)
 [6:15 PM]      Speedway (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      The Cat and the Canary (1939)
 [9:30 PM]      The Fearless Vampire Killers (1966)
 [11:30 PM]      Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
 [1:00 AM]      Young Frankenstein (1974)
 [3:00 AM]      Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)
 [4:30 AM]      Spooks Run Wild (1941)
 [5:45 AM]      Ghosts on the Loose (1943)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



USA has a FRESH 'Falling Water'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jan. 11, 1991) - Bob Hope, Richard Harris, and Helen Thomas.

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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Or reviews?   Marty




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Construction Resumes On Pipeline

Standing Rock

The Native American tribe at the center of protests against an oil pipeline in North Dakota reacted angrily Wednesday to the resumption of construction on lands the tribe considers sacred.

The US government has twice asked the operators of the Dakota Access Pipeline to voluntarily pause construction near the tribe's reservation, while authorities reconsider the pipeline's route.

The latest request came Monday, after a weekend appellate court decision refusing to compel Energy Transfer Partners to halt construction within 20 miles (32 kilometers) of the disputed area.

The company resumed construction Tuesday, on what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says is land that contains ancient and sacred sites. The tribe also contends that the project threatens its drinking water supply.

"They have bulldozed over the burials of our Lakota and Dakota ancestors and have no regard for the sanctity of these places," Dave Archambault, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman, said Wednesday.

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A street performer wearing a dress depicting 'Yoda' stands in front of a giant poster, a detail of a painting by Italian artist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: 'The Taking of Christ', 1602 outside the National Gallery in London, Britain, Oct. 12, 2016.
Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga

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Top-Earning Dead Celebrity

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson topped an annual list of the top-earning dead celebrities on Wednesday for the fourth straight year, far outstripping fellow musical icons Prince and David Bowie who passed away earlier this year.

Jackson, who died in 2009, raked in a bumper $825 million in earnings for the 12 months ending Oct. 1, according to estimates from Forbes. That came mostly from the Jackson estate's $750 million sale of the late singer's remaining stake in the Sony/ATV music publishing catalog - which includes the rights to many Beatles songs - to Sony Corp.

Sales of Prince albums soared after the musician died of an accidental drug overdose in April. Forbes ranked him in fifth place overall with estimated earnings of $25 million, just below Elvis Presley with $27 million.

Bowie, whose surprise death of cancer in January came days after a new album release, outsold both Presley and Jackson in albums and singles in 2016, but the British singer's overall estimated earnings were a comparatively small $10.5 million, Forbes said.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer, who died in September at age 87, claimed the No. 3 spot with earnings of $40 million, mostly from licensing and endorsements of his signature Arnold Palmer iced tea and lemonade drink, leisure wear label, and golf course designs.

Michael Jackson

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Rod Stewart Gets A Knighthood

Sir Roderick

Pop singer Rod Stewart can now call himself Sir Roderick.

The London-born singer, whose career includes such hits as "Maggie May," "You Wear It Well" and "Tonight's the Night," was knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for his services to music and charity after more than 50 years in show business.

"It feels wonderful, it really, really does. It's mind-blowing," Stewart, 71, told reporters afterward.

The three-times-married Stewart was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife, Penny Lancaster, and his two youngest children, Aiden and Alastair.

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A woman makes bubbles in the main shopping street in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
Photo by Michael Probst

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How Canines Evolved

'Beardog'

For decades a fossilized carnivore jawbone sat largely unnoticed in a drawer at Chicago's Field Museum.

Now the scientist who grew curious when he opened that drawer has established with a colleague that the fossil belonged to an early, long-extinct relative of dogs, foxes and weasels known as a beardog. The Field Museum fossil and another at the University of Texas each represent a new genus, the taxonomic rank above species.

The researchers believe these beardogs, which lived up to 40 million years ago, may eventually tell the world more about the evolution of dogs and other carnivores and how animals adapt to changes in climate.

According to a paper to be published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the jawbones belonged to two closely related types of Chihuahua-sized beardogs, new genera now named Gustafsonia and Angelarctocyon.

The fossil was discovered in Texas in 1946 and 30 years ago was loosely classified as some type of carnivore. But no one knew where it fit into the carnivore family, said Tomiya, who authored the paper with Jack Tseng of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Born In Wild

Condor Chick

A California condor chick has hatched in the wild, survived and flown out of its nest at Pinnacles National Park for the first time since the 1890s, officials said Wednesday.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports the female bird, born in April, is not the first chick to be born in the park. But it is the first to survive long enough to leave the nest and begin its flight to adulthood.

"She is staying near the nest, doing lot of practice flights," said Rachel Wolstenholme, condor program manager at Pinnacles. "Her parents will help her learn how to fly and where to feed and how to interact with the other wild birds out there."

Scientists say it's a success story for North America's largest bird as it continues a slow but steady path from near extinction.

As of Dec. 31, there were 435 California condors living in zoos and in the wild, an increase of nearly twentyfold over the past 30 years, the newspaper reported.

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Afghan Shiite Muslims are silhouetted as they flagellate themselves with chains during a mourning procession commemorating Ashura, in Herat, Afghanistan, Oct. 12, 2016. Shiite Muslims are observing Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, the climax of which is the Ashura festival on its tenth day commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed in the Iraqi city of Karbala in the seventh century.
Photo by Jalil Rezaye

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Religious Rites Trump

Animal Rights

Just as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur began, a federal judge lifted a temporary restraining order against a California synagogue performing a ritual where chickens are twirled in the air before they're slaughtered.

Judge Andre Birotte Jr. lifted the order Tuesday night. He had granted it last week at the request of an animal rights group called United Poultry Concerns and scheduled a hearing for Thursday. But that would have meant Yom Kippur would be over by the time he ruled, so Birotte moved up the ceremony.

The ritual is typically performed before Yom Kippur, which began Tuesday evening and ends Wednesday evening. It's not clear whether Chabad Irvine would perform it this year at all in spite of the decision.

But the synagogue's attorneys praised the lifting of the order as a victory that safeguards First Amendment rights.

The attorneys for United Poultry Concerns say they will continue with the long-term lawsuit over the practice despite the temporary setback.

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Classic Social Panic

Creepy Clown 'Madness'

With a wave of hysteria about sightings of "creepy" or "killer" clowns sweeping the United States and far beyond -- forcing McDonald's to limit the appearances of its mascot Ronald McDonald -- AFP asked experts how the phenomenon could have taken such a grip.

"Everybody is acting as if this is unprecedented, that it has never happened before," said sociologist Dr Robert Bartholomew, author of "The Martians Have Landed: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes".

"But exactly the same thing happened in France in 2014 and it was also fuelled by social media, bogus sightings and video hoaxes. Now it's happening in America people are paying attention. But it was quite intense and violent in France" leading to the arrest or jailing of a dozen teenage "killer clowns".

"The clown scare is a classic social panic involving an exaggerated fear about some evil threatening the public," Bartholomew told AFP.

The New Zealand-based academic said while the clown panic may seem like a very modern "outbreak of madness and stupidity", such scares were common long before social media was there to drive them.

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An Afghan boy looks to the shuttered window of Kart-e- Sakhi shrine after a militant attack at a Shiite shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016.
Photo by Rahmat Gul

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Walrus Crowd Emerges

Point Lay

Pacific walruses have started to gather on an Arctic beach in Northwest Alaska, continuing what has become a near-annual ritual for the animals living in a habitat that is losing its summer and fall sea ice.

A crowd of approximately 1,000 walruses had gathered onto a Chukchi Sea beach near the Inupiat village of Point Lay, federal regulators learned Friday.

The big Point Lay gatherings have happened almost every fall since 2007, a year notable for sea-ice retreat. Walruses normally use floating ice as platforms to rest between dives to forage for food, but summer and fall melt in 2007 drove sea ice extent to what was, at the time, a record low.

When there is no floating ice, the animals are forced to go to shore, putting them farther away from the best food sources and at risk of trampling injuries and deaths as they pack tightly onto beaches.

As of Friday, this year's Point Lay gathering was - so far - much smaller than the crowds of tens of thousands of animals that came ashore in past years. The exact crowd size is still unknown and could change, Medeiros said.

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Putting Ronald on the Down-Low

McDonald's

McDonald's and its franchisees are giving Ronald McDonald a lower profile until the current clown sightings outbreak eases.

The burger chain's decision Tuesday comes in the wake of scary clown sightings across the country that have led police to respond in many cases. The sightings started in August in South Carolina after unconfirmed reports of clowns trying to lure children into the woods. Scary clown sightings have now been reported in more than two dozen states.

So while Ronald McDonald is a key marketing tool for McDonald's, he is going on the down-low for an undetermined amount of time.

"McDonald's and franchisees in the local markets are mindful of the current climate around clown sightings in communities and as such are being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events for the time being," a McDonald's spokeswoman told Fortune by email.

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In Memory

Tommy Ford

Actor Tommy Ford, a regular on the Fox comedy "Martin" and UPN sitcom "The Parkers," was taken off life support an Atlanta hospital Wednesday afternoon, TMZ reports. Ford was on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. He was 52.

A Los Angeles native, Ford's other credits included the Fox 1990s drama "New York Undercover," the 1990 CBS sitcom "Uncle Buck," and NBC's short-lived "Singer & Sons" from the same year.

On "Martin," Ford usually played the straight man to star Martin Lawrence in the sitcom about a radio and TV personality. Ford played the lead character's best friend. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 1996 for his work on "Martin," which ran from 1992-97.

In recent years Ford had been a mainstay as an actor and producer of independent films and telepics geared toward African-American audiences, including 2016's "Blues for Life" and "Love Different," 2015's "Every Family Has Problems," and "Conflict of Interest."

From 2006 to 2008 Ford hosted TV One's comedy competition series "Who's Got Jokes."

In the 1990s and early 2000s Ford logged a slew of guest shots and supporting roles in films. His TV resume ranged from "Law & Order" and "MacGyver" to "Judging Amy" and "House." His film credits included 1989's "Harlem Nights," 1992's "Class Act," and 1997's "Against the Law."

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