BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 3 November, 2016


3 November, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1862 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Jonathan Jones: Give me Van Gogh's ear over Damien Hirst's luxury basement any day. (The Guardian)
Once a symbol of soulful suffering, the painter's brutal act of self-mutilation is still a reminder that art should be more than the pursuit of money and success.

Mark Morford: Bikram Choudhury is not the Donald Trump of yoga. He's worse. (SF Gate)
Donald Trump, meet Bikram Choudhury. Bikram, meet the Donald. Are you two the same person? Are the same acidic demons burning away your respective souls? So it would appear. If nothing else, you two should start dating, like, immediately.

Arwa Mahdawi: This US election is a Netflix drama. No wonder we're binge-watching it (The Guardian)
It's impossible to take your eyes off the Clinton/Trump battle - the storyline has everything from the evil British villain to the ever-present threat of apocalypse.

Susan Elkin: How to get your boy reading (The Guardian)
Boys are generally less enthusiastic than girls to spend their time reading - but all they need are a few bookworm male role models.

Neil Clark: The Greatest of Ghost Stories (American Conservative)
In defense of literature that scares the living daylights out of us.

David Christopher Bell: 5 Lessons The 2016 Election Teaches Us About Sexual Assault (Cracked)
5. The Idea That Men Are Powerless Around Women Is Used To Excuse Terrible Behavior

4 Sixth-Sense-Style Twists You Didn't Even Realize Happened (Cracked)
4. 300 Is Ridiculously Over The Top Because It's Being Told By A Spartan

Stephen Roget: 5 Insane Celebrity Reactions To Totally Justified Criticism (Cracked)
When you accept a life in the public eye -- whether that's in entertainment, politics, or just being a woman on the internet -- you open yourself up to critics. You can either take that criticism in stride, attempting to learn from it on the extremely rare occasions when it could be considered constructive, or -- like the folks on this list -- you can fly straight off the rails and burn down everything you see in a righteous fury.

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

On what TV series would you find this receptionist?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

One of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, she was born in Tokyo, Japan, and is the oldest living winner of a Best Actress Oscar. What is her name?

       Olivia de Havilland                                                      Source

Olivia Mary de Havilland (born July 1, 1916) is a British-American actress whose career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

De Havilland was born on July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to English parents. Her father, Walter Augustus de Havilland (August 31, 1872 - May 23, 1968), served as an English professor at the Imperial University in Tokyo before becoming a patent attorney. Her mother, Lilian Augusta de Havilland Fontaine (née Ruse; June 11, 1886 - February 20, 1975), was educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a stage actress. Olivia's paternal cousin was Sir Geoffrey de Havilland (1882-1965), an aircraft designer and founder of the de Havilland aircraft company.

During her film career, de Havilland won two Academy Awards (To Each His Own and The Heiress) , two Golden Globe Awards, two New York Film Critics CircleAwards, the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Olivia de Havilland.

Randall wrote:
   Dang picture attachment thingy ain't workin
  ...but I think the answer is Jessica Tandy

mj said:
   Although she didn't win the Oscar
  For her portrayal of Melanie Wilkes, Olivia De Haviland was a hell of an actress.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Olivia de Havilland

Deborah replied:
   She was in the news recently for this reason, I think: Olivia de Havilland. There's a connection between her and that airplane, right? I'm going to look it up.
  Those caterpillars are growing fast.

Adam answered:
   Olivia de Havilland.

MAM     wrote:
   Olivia de Havilland

Joe S     said:
   Do the name Ruby Begonia mean anythin' to ya?

DJ Useo 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.

  November 3 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 3 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Sod it: Californians turn back to grass lawns as drought shaming ebbs | US news | The Guardian

Many evangelicals support Donald Trump. It could be their downfall | Anthea Butler | Opinion | The Guardian

A-Z of Trump: 26 illustrators imagine a 'ghastly' future - in pictures | US news | The Guardian

Planet Earth II and the bloodthirsty evolution of the nature documentary | Television & radio | The Guardian

Ranch dressing is what's wrong with America - SFGate

FBI investigation fails to find evidence, but relies on alt-right propaganda

Florida Bombshell Poll Is More Than Meets The Eye

The "Field Act" Long Beach, CA earthquake of 1933? Possibly caused by people!

Michael Moore Warns Men: Your '10,000-Year Reign Is Over' If Hillary Clinton Wins | Huffington Post

Emma Watson Is Hiding Feminist Books On The Train | Huffington Post

Swangin' through Houston's slab scene -

Wole Soyinka says he will tear up his green card if Trump wins | Books | The Guardian

In one morning, Phoenix prosecutor sees five sentences reversed by Supreme Court

Will Patriarchy Survive Smart, Strong Women?

A #NoDAPL Map | Huffington Post

Italy's Recent Earthquakes Weaken Rome's Colosseum Amid News That a Nearby Volcano May Be Reawakening | The Weather Channel

Thanks, Michelle!



Team Coco


CONAN: Comedian Rory Scovel's set on the presidential election

Rory's crowd work is unparalleled but at The Apollo he takes it to the next level.



Reader Contribution


Hey Marty:

I don't know if you, or any of your fine readers, are followers of the art of astrology, but I definitely am. So, in the name of Entertainment, I'd like to share my thoughts on what I think will be Trump's coming (I hope!) downfall. Some of the terms may mean nothing to some folks, but they should get the big picture. I haven't really delved into Hillary's chart yet...

I recently looked up Trump's chart and first I found that he has a natal Sun/Moon opposition at 22 degrees Gemini to 21 degrees Sagittarius, indicating a very volatile, unstable personality (I can vouch for that, as I once had a 'significant other' with the exact same Sun/Moon configuration). That is one major reason why Americans absolutely do NOT want him as our prez! However, that's not why I'm writing, believe it or not.

I recently was looking through my emphemeris (a book of listings of where all the planets are on any given date), and found that starting this coming December, around the 27th or 28th (depending on the accuracy of Trump's chart, which I'd found on the web), going through about the 15th of Jan/2017, the transiting planet Saturn will be in an exact conjunction with Trump's natal Moon and in an exact opposition to his natal Sun! As an avid astrologer, I know very well that is a horrible configuration to have to suffer through and, while I normally don't derive pleasure at the misfortune of others, I almost LMAO!

This is something Trump will experience every 28-29 years of his life (as will anyone born on that same date or w/ that same natal config.), so he's been through this at least once before. However, when it's happened before the other planets were in different places, making the circumstances different. I haven't gone far enough to check the ephemeris and see where the other planets were before in relation to Trump's natal chart. My main concern is the here and now, looking for any sign that he won't get elected.

I would like to share some thoughts concerning these transits from a couple of other, professional, astrologers. One of the greatest astrologers of our time, Robert Hand, says in regard to just the Saturn-opposite-Sun transit, "This may be a very discouraging time. Your vital energies are at a 29-year low, and you may feel quite incapable of dealing with the adversities that often accompany this transit...This is not usually a good time for successfully attaining your goals. You may if the burdens of life are too much for you."

In speaking of Saturn's conjunction to the natal Moon, Hand says, "...Quite possibly you will feel lonely and depressed...If you do not live up to the demands of your ideals, your confidence will suffer and you will feel a sense of weakness, defeat and inferiority. During this transit you may withdraw from others, have difficulty in relationships - especially with women - experience depression and feel quite inferior to life's demands."

Hands write-ups are longer, of course, and more complete, but I don't want to infringe on any copyrights or anything. These are from Hand's book, "Planets In Transit".

I looked up another of my favorite sources for astrological info, an awesome website called "Café Astrology", and it basically said the same thing, albeit much longer and more complete. If anyone's interested, here's the link that will take you to that site's 'Saturn transits' page.

Remember that in writing up these sorts of things, astrologers are inclined to sugar-coat reality a little bit, so that they don't scare the Hell out of their clients, the same way doctors try to make stage-3 or 4 cancer seem 'not-so-bad'.

I know that the polls are showing Trump catching up w/ Hillary, even surpassing her by one point in ABC's poll (really????). However, it really did ease my heart to see these transits in Trump's chart, simply as an indicator that he will NOT be celebrating being elected, much less being sworn-in, as America's new president. Either that or, if he is elected, he'll begin to regret the Hell out of it, LOL! I can only hope that it's the first option.

I'm still loving your site...still stopping by each and every day! It's one of my favorite forms of Entertainment! :D

Keep it up!

Tiera H.

Thanks, Tiera!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Temp

Married Donald Trump Kept 'Proposing' to Celebrity Apprentice and Playboy Model Brande Roderick - The Daily Beast

Trump Cites Police, Military, ICE Endorsements That Didn't Happen - NBC News

Nobody's like Hitler, but Trump is getting closer.

How to Support NoDAPL Protestors

What The World Finds Scariest About Donald Trump | Huffington Post

The Girl From The Haunting 'Daisy' Ad Is Back, This Time To Warn Against Donald Trump | Huffington Post

How Donald Trump Destroyed a Football League

Republicans Tried Trump's 'Ballot Security' Strategy 35 Years Ago. Here's What Happened. | Huffington Post

Stonekettle Station: Pragmatism

Trump Doesn't Understand Really Basic Math

Racist Social Media Users Have A New Code To Avoid Censorship - BuzzFeed News

Mexico City's First Day of the Dead Parade Inspired by James Bond Film 'Spectre' | Pret-a-Reporter

The Cult of Trump | GQ

Jon Stewart Shows How To Win A Twitter War With Donald Trump | Huffington Post

Louis C.K. Says Hillary Clinton Is A Tough Mom Who 'Takes Care Of S**t' | Huffington Post

Televangelist Jim Bakker: Donald Trump Has to Win or God Will Punish America for Allowing Abortions

Trump Pleaded The Fifth 97 Times To Avoid Admitting To Adultery | Huffington Post

Video Shows Donald Trump With Alleged Mobster He Denied Knowing | Huffington Post

Journalist Erin Schrode shot at Standing Rock (with rubber bullet)

The Insane Things You've Forgotten About Trump's Campaign



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

The very hungry caterpillar(s).

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 'Pure Genius'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Aaron Eckhart, Tig Notaro, and Ron Suskind.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Aaron Paul, Piper Perabo, and Jack Hanna.

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 Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Maddow, and Jim James.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Vince Vaughn, George Stephanopoulos, Liza Treyger, and Hannah Welton.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Matt Lanter, DIIV, and Paul Schrader.

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 Jamie Dornan, Khloe Kardashian, and Kings of Leon.

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 'The Matrix Revolutions', followed by the movie 'Ender's Game', then the movie 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 8-The Zygon Inversion-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
 [8:00PM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
 [10:30PM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing LA', another 'Million Dollar Listing LA', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing LA', 'Yours, Mine Or Ours', another 'Yours, Mine Or Ours', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Common.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Tiffany Haddish, Jim Jefferies, and Brian Huskey.

FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by a FRESH 'Better Things', and another 'Better Things'.

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

IFC  -   
 [7:30AM]    ACCEPTED
 [9:30AM]    SCARY MOVIE 2
 [1:30PM]    ACCEPTED
 [10:15PM]    THE WORLD'S END
 [3:00AM]    THE WORLD'S END
 [5:30AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Juan Likes Rice & Chicken    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Firm
 [9:00AM]    Saturday Night Fever
 [11:30AM]    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
 [3:00PM]    Jerry Maguire
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Prescription for Death
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Subterranean Homeboy Blues
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Bitter Fruit
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Rebels
 [9:59PM]    Law & Order-Savages
 [10:58PM]    Law & Order-Jeopardy
 [11:57PM]    Law & Order-Humiliation
 [12:56AM]    Cujo
 [2:56AM]    The Fly
 [4:56AM]    RectifyYolk    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Insidious', followed by the movie 'Insidious: Chapter 2'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan is Tracy Morgan.

 [6:00 AM]      The Rack (1956)
 [7:45 AM]      The Iron Petticoat (1956)
 [9:30 AM]      Conspirator (1949)
 [11:00 AM]      Brass Target (1978)
 [1:00 PM]      Jamaica Inn (1939)
 [2:45 PM]      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
 [4:15 PM]      Executive Action (1973)
 [6:00 PM]      Night Moves (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      Kisses for My President (1964)
 [10:00 PM]      The Great Mcginty (1940)
 [11:30 PM]      The Dark Horse (1932)
 [1:00 AM]      I Married A Witch (1942)
 [2:30 AM]      The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)
 [4:15 AM]      You Can't Beat Love (1937)
 [5:30 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Laurence Fishburne (2008)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  11/04/16

 [6:00 AM]      Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
 [8:15 AM]      Citizen Kane (1941)
 [10:15 AM]      Seven Days in May (1964)
 [12:15 PM]      A Face in the Crowd (1957)
 [2:30 PM]      Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
 [4:15 PM]      Born Yesterday (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      The Candidate (1972)
 [8:00 PM]      Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
 [10:00 PM]      Chicken Every Sunday (1948)
 [12:00 AM]      The Green Promise (1949)
 [1:30 AM]      The Silver Chalice (1954)
 [4:00 AM]      The Star (1952)
 [5:45 AM]      No Sad Songs For Me (1950)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Falling Water'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jan. 7, 1988) - Bette Davis and Martin Short.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

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Lady Gaga poses for photographers during an event to promote her new album "Joanne" in Tokyo, Nov. 2, 2016.
Photo by Shuji Kajiyama


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Recalls Twitter Feud

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart told a packed New York audience tonight that, no, he didn't miss his nightly perch even "on the eve of the last American election" ever, but his enthusiastic comic demolition of Donald Trump told a different story.

"We were a beautiful, great country," Stewart said, kicking off an all-star comic lineup that included Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. and Jim Gaffigan at the 10th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Bruce Springsteen capped the evening with a four-song acoustic set - and told a few jokes himself - to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation for veterans.

The meat of Stewart's dish, though, was his reading of actual tweets Trump directed his way in 2013, when the pre-candidate called Stewart "overrated" and repeatedly referred to him by his birth name Jon Leibowitz. "Oh, I think this guy is trying to let people know I'm a Jew," Stewart laughed. "Doesn't my face already do that? I could be on the poster for Yentl!"

Stewart, calling Trump's tweets "crude and horrible," then recounted his own response, when he started calling Trump "F*ckface Von Clownstick," which quickly became a meme and prompted one last, late-night tweet from the "man who might be our next President."

"At 1:30 in the morning, he tweeted 'Little Jon Stewart is a pussy, he would be hopeless in a debate with me!"

Stewart ended his routine: "Vote wisely this November 8."

Jon Stewart


A Lebanese man runs as waves crash on the Corniche, or waterfront promenade, in Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 2, 2016.
Photo by Hassan Ammar


Sues to Reclaim Rights to Film Scores

Ennio Morricone

Friday the 13th, This Is Spinal Tap and now, film scores created by the legendary Italian film composer Ennio Morricone: It may be time to realize that an event that many lawyers foretold - authors terminating copyright grants - is at hand in the film industry.

On Monday, Morricone's company filed suit in New York federal court with the aim of recapturing the copyrights to three of his film scores. According to a complaint against Bixio Music Group, Morricone has sent termination notices on film scores for Cosi Come Sei (Stay As You Are), Il Giocattolo (A Dangerous Toy) and Un Sacco Bello (Fun Is Beautiful).

The 1976 Copyright Act allows authors or their heirs to cancel a grant 35 years after initial publication. Those who do the math will figure out why works created in the late 1970s and early 1980s are suddenly subject to recapture by their creators. In the past couple months, lawsuits involving termination have been filed with regard to Friday the 13th and This Is Spinal Tap, making the topic quite hot.

The complaint (read here in full) states Morricone made written agreements from 1978 to 1980 with Edizioni Musicali to compose the scores for these three films. Subsequently, Edizioni Musicali assigned the United States copyrights to Bixio, which registered a claim with ASCAP to collect royalties from the public performance of the films.

The termination notices were served in 2012, and according to the lawsuit, recorded by the U.S. Copyright Office the following year. In the past couple of years, Morricone assigned rights to his own company.

Ennio Morricone


Newhead News


Settles With Hulk Hogan


Shuttered online news website Gawker Media LLC has reached a $31 million cash settlement with Hulk Hogan, the former professional wrestler who obtained a $140 million judgment against the site over a leaked sex tape.

Hogan's judgment forced Gawker, known for its irreverent tone and gossipy posts, into bankruptcy in June. Its sister websites, including sports site Deadspin and women's site Jezebel, were acquired for $135 million by media company Univision Holdings Inc in a bankruptcy auction this summer.

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel (R-Shitheel) revealed that he helped fund the invasion of privacy lawsuit filed by Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea. The news site published an article in 2007 about Thiel's homosexuality.

Gawker founder Nick Denton, who filed for personal bankruptcy to protect himself from Hogan's judgment, has accused Thiel of using his wealth to carry out a vendetta against him and his site.



A man with a dog walks during the first snowfall in Minsk, Belarus Nov. 2, 2016.
Photo by Vasily Fedosenko


Press Regulation


The British government was accused Tuesday of capitulating to "media barons" after indicating it may abandon a measure to punish newspapers that refuse to join a government-approved press regulator.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced consultation into whether to implement 2013 legislation that would force news organisations to pay all the costs of libel and privacy suits against them, even if they won.

The so-called Section 40 measure would only apply to groups that refuse to join a new press regulator, IMPRESS, that was introduced after the 2011 phone hacking scandal.

It was intended as an incentive to make sure newspapers signed up to the new system, but has been condemned as a threat to press freedom -- and failed to achieve its purpose.

Only around 50 organisations are members of IMPRESS, while around 2,500 have joined the unofficial IPSO regulator -- presenting the government with what Bradley admitted was "a dilemma".



Digby's Hullabaloo


Promises More Obstructionism


The Supreme Court has existed with its full complement of nine justices for close to 150 years, no matter who occupied the White House. Now some Republican lawmakers suggest they would be fine with just eight for four years more rather than have Hillary Clinton fill the vacancy.

The court has operated with eight justices for the past eight months as Republicans controlling the Senate have blocked confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Turtlehead), and his GOP colleagues have insisted that American voters should have a say, choosing the next president in Tuesday's election. The 45th president - either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump (R-Pinche Güerito) - would fill the current vacancy created when Justice Antonin Scalia (R-Corrupt) died in February.

But several Republicans have said if the voters elect Clinton, they'll block her nominees, effectively abandoning their advice and consent role for her entire term.

"If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court," North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr (R-The 'C' Word) said in an audio recording of his meeting with GOP volunteers on Saturday. CNN obtained a copy of the audio.

GOP Sens. John McCain (R-Obsolete) of Arizona and Ted Cruz (R-Sell Out) of Texas have also suggested blocking any Clinton nominees. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Unemployable), said in a debate Monday night that he "can't imagine" voting for any Clinton nominee though he stopped short of vowing to block a pick from a Democratic president.



An H-2A rocket carrying the Japan Meteorological Agency's new Himawari-9 weather satellite is launched at Tanegashima Space Center on the Japanese southwestern island of Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan on Nov. 2, 2016.


Patriarchy Is Forever


Pope Francis said on Tuesday he believes the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women becoming priests is forever and will never be changed, in some of his most definitive remarks on the issue.

He was speaking aboard a plane taking him back to Rome from Sweden, in the freewheeling news conference with reporters that has become a tradition of his return flights from trips abroad.

A Swedish female reporter noted that the head of the Lutheran Church who welcomed him in Sweden was a woman, and then asked if he thought the Catholic Church could allow women to be ordained as ministers in coming decades.

"St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands," Francis said.

Francis was referring to a 1994 document by Pope John Paul that closed the door on a female priesthood. The Vatican says this teaching is an infallible part of Catholic tradition.



Trainees Face Tiny Enemy

Naval Special Warfare

Despite being young and healthy, several U.S. military trainees have developed a rare bacterial infection that usually does not affect healthy people, a new study shows.

The cases highlight the unique stresses this group of trainees, called Naval Special Warfare trainees, face that may put them at risk for infection with this bacterium, called Shewanella algae.

Naval Special Warfare trainees include Navy SEALS, Navy divers and other specialists. The bacterium is common in seawater, but most healthy people don't get sick from it even if they come into contact with the microbe. Rather, people with compromised immune systems are more likely to get sick from this bacterium. [7 Devastating Infectious Diseases ]

But during training, these trainees are placed in an uncommon situation, particularly during the five-day stretch called "Hell Week," and this increases their vulnerability to infection, said Dr. Kristi Stone-Garza, a staff physician at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and the lead author of the study.

When a person is in an extremely stressful situation like that, it's possible to induce an "immunocompromised state" in an otherwise healthy person, Stone-Garza told Live Science.

Naval Special Warfare


A McLaren sports car in pieces after 2-vehicle crash in Woodland Hills, CA.


Deforestation For Avocados


Deforestation caused by the expansion of Mexican avocado orchards is much higher than previously thought, authorities said Monday.

Talia Coria, an official in the attorney general's office for environmental protection, said almost 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares) of forest land are converted to agricultural uses each year in the western state of Michoacan, the world's top producer of avocados.

Experts say a mature avocado orchard uses almost twice as much water as fairly dense forest, meaning less water reaches Michoacan's legendary crystalline mountain streams on which trees and animals in the forests depend. Species like the monarch butterfly also rely on Michoacan forest as habitat, though Coria said there does not appear to have been damage to the monarch wintering grounds from avocado expansion yet.

Guillermo Haro, the attorney general for environmental protection, said Michoacan grows about eight out of 10 avocados exported worldwide, but added that the state's forests "are a wealth greater than any export of avocados."

Mexico's National Institute for Forestry, Farming and Fisheries Research had previously estimated the loss of forest land to avocado planting at about 1,700 acres (690 hectares) a year from 2000 through 2010. However, the rising popularity of the fruit and higher prices have apparently lured growers to expand orchards faster in recent years.



Rare Meadow Jumping Mouse Populations Discovered

New Mexico

Biologists who spent weeks in three New Mexico national forests searching for signs of an elusive, endangered mouse that looks somewhat like a tiny kangaroo have found what they call irrefutable evidence that it still lives in the state for which it is named.

The biologists trapped New Mexico meadow jumping mice and collected fur and fecal samples during summertime surveys in the southern Lincoln National Forest, the northern Santa Fe National Forest and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests along the New Mexico-Arizona border, Beth Humphrey, a district ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, said Tuesday. They had not been seen for years in those places.

With a tail that makes up for most of its length, the rodent is called a jumping mouse because it can leap more than 2 feet into the air when frightened. Super-long tails help the mice keep their balance, especially when they scale plant stems to reach ripening seeds, one their main food sources.

The New Mexico meadow jumping mouse was listed as an endangered species in 2014, prompting the U.S. Forest Service to fence off streams and watering holes in the Lincoln and Santa Fe forests to protect habitat thought to be ideal. That spurred criticism from ranchers and others that the federal government was trampling private access to public lands in New Mexico.

The mice live near streams and depend on tall grass to hide from predators. They hibernate for about nine months, emerging in the late spring to gorge themselves before mating, giving birth and going back into hibernation. They normally live three years.

New Mexico



In Memory

Don Marshall

Don Marshall, who appeared on TV shows including "Star Trek," "Land of the Giants" and "Julia," died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 80.

Fellow "Star Trek" cast member BarBara Luna reported his death on Facebook and said that he died peacefully with his daughter, son and twin brother Doug Marshall at his side.

On "Star Trek," he played Lt. Boma in "The Galileo Seven" episode in 1967. On the late 1960s sci-fi drama "Land of the Giants," he had a recurring role as Dan Erickson.

Among his other TV guest roles were as one of Diahann Carroll's boyfriends on groundbreaking series "Julia" and on series including "Bewitched," "The Bionic Woman," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Little House on the Prairie."

Marshall said he was grateful to get the role at a time when there were so few opportunities for African-American actors. "There weren't that many jobs, guest starring jobs, for African-Americans or any minorities, really. I was very grateful to get the opportunities I got, and it made me work very hard on each part, to make sure that whatever I was doing was right and that the characters I played were very strong people. I tried to bring out the best in the person I played," he told

Born in San Diego, he started out as an engineering student. Marshall also appeared in films including "The Thing With Two Heads" and "Uptown Saturday Night." He often mentioned in interviews that he was working on a remake of "Land of the Giants."

Don Marshall



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