BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 17 November, 2016

Thursday

17 November, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1876 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Mark Morford: America, humiliated (SF Gate)
Old message: Fight for the rights of women and children for your entire career, advocate for multiple worthy causes, help millions through foundations, charities, nonprofits, champion all manner of progressive ideas and projects for more than 30 years, and you can become president.
New message: Openly mock and demean women, blacks, Islam, immigrants, Jews, integrity, kindness. Scam and con everyone, do not pay your workers, grope females in the crotch and call them fat pigs, and you can become president.


Mark Morford: Five things you can do right now to combat foul Trumpism (SF Gate)
1) Mourn thorough, and mourn deep
2) Support, and pay for, real journalism
3) Move to a swing state.
3) Advise and support the Democratic party
4) Galvanize. Like a warrior
5) Reconnect with, and fully recharge, your immediate community


Mark Morford: "Dear Trump voter: Your new president despises you" (SF Gate)
Oh, he very much does. You are the same "loser" working-class invisibles he's exploited and subjugated his entire business career. You are the same disposable cogs he's mocked and derided since his racist dad gave him "a small loan" of $14 million and said go forth and molest the world.


David Roberts and Brad Plumer: Most people are wildly underestimating what Trump's win will mean for the environment (Vox)
Unified Republican control of the federal government over the next two years augurs a sea change in US environmental policy like nothing since the late 1960s and '70s, when America's landmark environmental laws were first passed.


David Bruce, et al.: Cupcakes Are Not a Diet Food (Amazon)
Humor. Free Kindle Download.


David Bruce, et al.: Cupcakes Are Not a Diet Food (Barnes and Noble)
Humor. Free Nookbook Download.



David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

David Bruce's Smashwords Page

David Bruce's Blog

David Bruce's Lulu Storefront

David Bruce's Apple iBookstore

David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on Amazon.com.


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day


On what TV series would you have seen the man who carried this badge?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


What item does a digitabulist collect?


       Thimbles                                                      Source


A thimble is a small hard pitted cup worn for protection on the finger that pushes the needle in sewing. Usually, thimbles with a closed top are used by dressmakers but special thimbles with an opening at the end are used by tailors as this allows them to manipulate the cloth more easily. Finger guards differ from tailors' thimbles in that they often have a top but are open on one side. Some finger guards are little more than a finger shield attached to a ring to maintain the guard in place. The Old English word ?mel, the ancestor of thimble, is derived from Old English ?ma, the ancestor of our word thumb.

During the First World War, silver thimbles were collected from "those who had nothing to give" by the British government and melted down to buy hospital equipment. In the 1930s and 1940s glass-topped thimbles were used for advertising. Leaving a sandalwood thimble in a fabric store was a common practice for keeping moths away.[11]Thimbles have also been used as love-tokens and to commemorate important events. People who collect thimbles are known as digitabulists.        Source







Randall was first and correct with:
   thimbles





Alan J wrote:
   Thimbles.



mj said:
   Guessing wildly
  Adding machines/calculators.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Thimble



Adam answered:
   Fingers? well, thimbles then.



DJ Useo responded:
   I know the answer, but to shake things up, I'm claiming I don't know.
  Thank you very much.





MAM     wrote:
   Thimbles ~ Small hard pitted cup worn for protection on the finger that pushes the needle in ;





Deborah took the day off.
  



Joe S     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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  November 17 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 17 | 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


Mystery as wrecks of three Dutch WWII ships vanish from Java seabed | World news | The Guardian



We must rethink globalization, or Trumpism will prevail | Thomas Piketty | Opinion | The Guardian



Bursting the Facebook bubble: we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds | US news | The Guardian



Bannon's unveiling as Trump's chief strategist is a layer cake of horrors | Lindy West | Opinion | The Guardian



Big oil v orcas: Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink | World news | The Guardian



Garrison Keillor: Life after the election - SFGate



A Week After Trump, Leftist San Francisco Bookstore Modern Times Closes Doors MissionLocal



CNN Just Reported Fake News on Justin Trudeau as Fact UPDATED With Transcript



Ignore Bannon. It is a Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare bait & switch



Keith Olbermann volunteers to lead The Resistance



NPR cheerleads for Mike Pence and forgets to mention homophobia, white supremacy, Bannon ...



Diane Rehm introducing her replacement - Joshua Johnson, a young black man



I told conservatives to work for Trump. One talk with his team changed my mind. - The Washington Post



Here Are The Three Reasons Why Medicare Is Doomed | The Huffington Post



BBC - Capital - The weird world of the Western workplace



BBC - Future - 'We are loving the oceans to death'



Officer charged with manslaughter in Philando Castile killing - CNN.com



Heartburn medications linked to higher risk of stroke - CNN.com



This Shopping Spreadsheet Is A One-Stop Way To Boycott The Trumps | The Huffington Post



Donald Trump now parroting Paul Ryan, which could mean the end of Medicare-and Trump's popularity



Did Steve Bannon make Trump an offer he couldn't refuse?



Five Keys to Taking Down Trump



A conspiracy-addled Trump team plans its first acts against American Muslims



It is (Terrifyingly) Constitutional to Put Muslims in Concentration Camps



China to Trump: There is no climate change hoax and Ronald Reagan and George Bush are the proof



Today's Story of Courage: SF Teachers Offer Lesson Plan That Acknowledges Trump as Racist and Sexist



Trump Transition Chaos and the 25th Amendment -- Could We Be Saying President Paul Ryan?



Donald Trump's election to office may have saved private prisons as their crashing stocks now soar



Stephen Bannon's idea of 'civic society' is not okay



How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour



Liberal groups see surge of support after Trump win



"It was kind of fun to play Darwin": Tracing TV's evolution in "The Platinum Age of Television" - Salon.com



Clint Eastwood, still a jerk: His new Michael Moore threat, and the GOP's Fox News derangement problem - Salon.com



Tom Hanks is a national treasure, and will finally get the Presidential Medal of Freedom he deserves - Salon.com



Trump Supporter Cites Japanese Internment As 'Precedent' For Muslim Registry | The Huffington Post




Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Comment

Lumpy

Listening to MSNBC. Alternating Trump blowhards and Democrats lying between their teeth. Such a powerful reminder of why I despise politics; why I couldn't wait to retire and put more distance between myself and all the liars jockeying for power and position.

Firmly convinced the Orange Idiot will do well and prosper (personally & business-wise)--prosper being, of course, the most important concept for him. As we've proved before (Moron), you can put a CHIMP in the chair & all the sycophants around him will do enough that the job gets done--perhaps not well, but good enough for the idiot voters in this country.

Just call me Pontius from now on. I wash my hands of all of them AND their disgusting process. Totally depressed and despondent.




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


Thanks, Linda!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


President Trump's Cabinet Will Be Filled With Deplorables - Rolling Stone



Donald Trump: Will Republican Party Fall in Love With Debt Again?



NSA Chief: WikiLeaks Hacks of Democrats' Emails Were a "Conscious Effort by a Nation-State" | Mother Jones



Stephen Colbert Rips Trump's Enemies List: 'They Went from Zero to Nixon in No Time Flat' - The Daily Beast



Was Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's Attack Dog, Paid Illegally? - The Daily Beast



Steve Bannon And His History Of Attacks Against Women



Giuliani Corruption/Sex Scandal Metastasizing | Mother Jones (2007)



4 Signs President Trump Is Headed For A Hitler-Like Reign



A Man Who Justified Torture Is Worried About Trump



The Mike Pence (Donald Trump) Assault On LGBTQ Equality Is Already Underway | The Huffington Post



3 NBA Teams Reportedly Stop Staying At Donald Trump Hotels | The Huffington Post



Trump's Transition Team Is Straight From the Swamp | TIME



Worst potential Trump pick of all? It might be anti-immigration guru Jeff Sessions as attorney general - Salon.com



Donald Trump's Transition Team, Or Lack Thereof, Is Causing Real Panic | The Huffington Post



Andrew Sullivan: President Trump and the End of the Republic



This Is How Facebook Is Radicalizing You - BuzzFeed News



Why Did Trump Win? A Roundup of the Most Popular Theories. | Mother Jones



The rise of American authoritarianism - Vox



Hillary Clinton's Popular-Vote Victory Is Unprecedented-and Still Growing | The Nation



Part of Fifth Avenue May Be Closed Whenever Trump Is in NYC



Steve Bannon Suggests There Are Too Many Asian CEOs In Silicon Valley | The Huffington Post



Hate Like This Is Spreading Across the Country



Donald Trump's Conflicts Of Interest Are A Swamp Unto Themselves | The Huffington Post



UPDATED: The Complete History Of Donald Trump's Relationship With The White Nationalist Movement



Remarks by the President in Conference Call with Grassroots Supporters and OFA Alumni | whitehouse.gov




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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


NEXT UP, TED NUGENT!

WHITE POWER.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR. WHAT THE HELL ARE WE FIGHTING FOR?

RIGGED!

LOCK HIM UP! THROW HIM IN THE CLINK!

LOCK HIM UP!

THE RACIST!

ANY REASON FOR HOPE?






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Almost seasonal.



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 Amy Adams, Simone Biles, and Jeff "The Bear Man" Watson.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain, and Iliza Shlesinger.



NBC fills the night with LIVE 'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Nicole Kidman, Michael Shannon, and Miranda Lambert.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Rebecca Romijn, Michael Che, and Atom Willard.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Explosions in the Sky, and Matty Matheson.



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 Billy Crystal and Jeezy featuring French Montana.



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', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH '60 Days In', and 'The First 48'.



AMC offers the movie 'Batman Begins', followed by the movie 'The Matrix'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 15-Lower Decks
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 16-Thine Own Self
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 17-Masks
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Love & Monsters
 [10:00AM]    RED DRAGON (2002)
 [12:30PM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
 [3:00PM]    RED DRAGON (2002)
 [5:30PM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
 [8:00PM]    UNDERCOVER - SEASON 1 - Episode 4
 [9:00PM]    UNDERCOVER - SEASON 1 - Episode 5
 [10:00PM]    UNDERCOVER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Episode 6
 [11:00PM]    THE PROFESSIONAL (1994)
 [1:30AM]    THE PROFESSIONAL (1994)
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Ensign Ro
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Silicon Avatar    (ALL TIMES EST)



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



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is George Packer.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Bridget Everett, Justin Martindale, and Willam Belli.



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



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



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Pardon My Clutch
 [6:25AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Punch Drunks
 [6:50AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Rhythm & Weep
 [7:15AM]    FIRST BLOOD
 [9:15AM]    MYSTIC RIVER
 [12:15PM]    FIRST BLOOD
 [2:15PM]    DIE HARD
 [5:15PM]    DIE HARD 2
 [8:00PM]    DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE
 [10:45PM]    TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
 [1:45AM]    TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
 [4:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ben Folds Wears a Black Button Down and Jeans
 [5:15AM]    DIE HARD    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:05AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-He's All Yours
 [6:40AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid
 [7:15AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Howard's Girl
 [7:50AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Party Is Such Sweet Sorrow
 [8:25AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Just a Lunch
 [9:00AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Second Story Story
 [9:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-We Closed in Minneapolis
 [10:10AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Hi!
 [10:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Boss Isn't Coming to Dinner
 [11:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-A Friend in Deed
 [11:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Smokey the Bear Wants You
 [12:30PM]    The Pursuit of Happyness
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Confession
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Wages of Love
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Aria
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Asylum
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Black Tie
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-D-Girl
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Turnaround
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Showtime
 [10:59PM]    Law & Order-Past Imperfect
 [11:58PM]    Law & Order
 [12:57AM]    Law & Order-Thrill
 [1:56AM]    Rectify-Go Ask Roger
 [2:58AM]    Dreamcatcher
 [5:57AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Horse Trader    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Oculus', followed by the movie 'Annabelle'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Adam Sandler, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Norm Macdonald, Rob Schneider, and clipping.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Sea Devils (1953)
 [8:00 AM]      A Fine Pair (1969)
 [9:45 AM]      Ice Station Zebra (1968)
 [12:30 PM]      The Man Who Makes the Difference (1968)
 [12:45 PM]      Something Of Value (1957)
 [2:45 PM]      Giant (1956)
 [6:15 PM]      Send Me No Flowers (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      The Lady Eve (1941)
 [9:45 PM]      Blonde Crazy (1931)
 [11:15 PM]      Trouble in Paradise (1932)
 [12:45 AM]      The Young In Heart (1938)
 [2:45 AM]      Tarnished Angel (1938)
 [4:00 AM]      Beg, Borrow Or Steal (1937)
 [5:30 AM]      Cinderella Jones (1946)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Friday   -  11/18/16

TCM spends the night with Natalie Wood
 [7:00 AM]      Gambling Lady (1934)
 [8:15 AM]      Chance at Heaven (1934)
 [9:45 AM]      Higher and Higher (1943)
 [11:30 AM]      Pop Always Pays (1940)
 [12:45 PM]      The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
 [2:30 PM]      The Girl From Missouri (1934)
 [3:45 PM]      She's Got Everything (1938)
 [5:00 PM]      Invitation (1952)
 [6:30 PM]      Always Together (1947)
 [8:00 PM]      Splendor in the Grass (1961)
 [10:15 PM]      West Side Story (1961)
 [1:00 AM]      Love With The Proper Stranger (1963)
 [3:00 AM]      Gypsy (1962)
 [5:30 AM]      Cash McCall (1960)
    (ALL TIMES EST)



USA has a FRESH 'Falling Water'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from May 21, 1982) - Steve Martin and Sylvester Stallone.

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





Any opinions?   Marty

Or reviews?   Marty




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Art historian and Van Gogh specialist Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov poses with the book " Vincent Van Gogh The lost Arles Sketchbook", during a press conference held in Paris, France, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Art experts are disagreeing as to whether a book of previously unpublished drawings reported to be by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh is authentic or fake.
Photo by Christophe Ena

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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'Full Frontal' Renewed Through 2017

Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee will be on hand to needle the nascent presidency of Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) throughout 2017. Time Warner's TBS said Wednesday that it picked up her scathing comedy program, "Full Frontal," for a second season, which will start next year. The show will move to Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m., moving from its present roost on Mondays at the same time.

"Of course we're picking up the show," said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS, in a prepared statement. "In less than a year, Sam has become one of the most talked-about personalities in all of television and 'Full Frontal's' audience continues to grow."

The decision speaks to the rise of comedy programs that have a serious purpose at their core: Analyzing and investigating the news. Bee, John Oliver and Bill Maher have all thrived with programs that dig deep into hot political and cultural topics. Seth Meyers, host of NBC's "Late Night," has seen attention to his program grow after adopting a newsier bent for his opening segments. And Comedy Central is continuing to burnish Trevor Noah on "The Daily Show" as a voice for millennials who want to poke at politics and national issues with comedy.

"Full Frontal' currently reaches an average of 3.3 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms, according to TBS, which noted the show's reach among adults between 18 and 49, the demographic coveted most by advertisers, had risen 37% for the quarter to date.

Samantha Bee

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A man walks past the artwork "Infinity Head" by U.S. street artist Mark Jenkins at the Cologne Fine Art fair, in Cologne, Germany, Nov. 16, 2016.
Photo by Wolfgang Rattay

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21 Named

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Music legend Bruce Springsteen, basketball star Michael Jordan and actor Robert De Niro are among 21 people who will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House said Wednesday.

The list loaded with entertainers and celebrities also includes comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, actors Tom Hanks and Robert Redford, stage performer Cicely Tyson and cultural icon Diana Ross, known for her more than half-a-century career in music, film, television, theater and fashion.

Broadcaster Vin Scully, who was the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball teams for 67 years, will receive the top award, along with basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the National Basketball Association's all-time leading scorer and an ardent social justice advocate.

Other honorees include leading architect Frank Gehry and artist Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

Obama will also recognize physicist Richard Garwin and mathematician Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that created on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo missions.

The late Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet Tribal community leader and "advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence," will receive the award posthumously, as will Grace Hopper, known as "the first lady of software" for her coding innovations.

Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Can't Make Nobel Ceremony

Bob Dylan

Music icon Bob Dylan will not attend the Nobel ceremony in December to accept his literature prize because he has "other commitments", the Swedish Academy said on Wednesday.

"The Swedish Academy received a personal letter from Bob Dylan yesterday where he explained that he could not make himself available in December...," it said in a statement.

"He wishes that he could accept the award personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible. He underlined that he feels incredibly honoured by the Nobel prize," it added.

The Swedish Academy said it respected Dylan's decision, but that it was "unusual" for a Nobel laureate not to come to Stockholm to accept the award in person.

Dylan's decision not to attend the ceremony does not come as a surprise. The singer didn't say a word about his prize on the day it was announced on October 13 when he was performing in Las Vegas.

Bob Dylan

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A vendor sits amidst heaps of radishes as he waits for customers at a wholesale vegetable market in Chandigarh, India, Nov. 16, 2016.
Photo by Ajay Verma

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Record Label Sues Jay Z's Company

Prince

The record label for Prince has sued rap star Jay Z's entertainment company for copyright infringement, saying it illegally offered the late musician's songs on its music streaming service, according to court records.

The lawsuit filed in the United States District Court in Minnesota on Tuesday by NPG Records, claims Jay Z's Roc Nation illegally offered such Prince hits as "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and "1999" on its subscription-based streaming service, Tidal.

"Roc Nation, through its Tidal service, is exploiting many copyrighted Prince works," according to the lawsuit.

While Tidal was authorized to offer some Prince songs to its customers, the service expanded the number around the time of the musician's death on June 7 without approval from the Prince estate trust, it claims.

Prince

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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US Cancels Energy Leases

Montana

U.S. officials cancelled 15 oil and gas leases on Wednesday in an area bordering Glacier National Park that's considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.

The cancellation was aimed at preserving the Badger-Two Medicine area, a largely-undeveloped, 130,000-acre wilderness that is the site of the creation story for members of Montana's Blackfeet Nation and the Blackfoot tribes of Canada.

"It should not have been leased to begin with," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in announcing the cancellations at her agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. "This sets the right tone for how business should be done in the future."

The move comes amid sometimes-violent protests over an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Obama administration has been criticized by some American Indians over its handling of the matter, and federal officials have sought to reduce tensions by saying they would consider re-routing the pipeline.

Jewell said the leasing and pipeline disputes bear similarities: In both cases, she said, federal officials made decisions without sufficient input from tribal members who had cultural concerns.

Montana

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A passerby takes photos of the Brandenburg Gate during mist in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 16, 2016.
Photo by Kay Nietfeld

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Lumpy's New Utopia

Guantanamo

President Barack Obama is running out of time to fulfill his longstanding promise to shutter the prison at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sixty inmates remain in the facility and only a third are cleared for release.

If Obama can't close it, his successor likely won't. Donald Trump has not only pledged to keep Guantanamo open, in April he said that "we're gonna load it up with some bad dudes, believe me. We're gonna load it up."

He told The Miami Herald in an interview that month that he would support trying U.S. citizens accused of terrorism at the base, though that would require Congress to change federal law and would likely face constitutional challenges.

Opened in 2002 as a makeshift camp to hold men captured in the early fight against al-Qaida, Guantanamo has become a symbol of the strong-handed U.S. response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Its advocates say it keeps dangerous terrorists locked up. Opponents say it violates basic human rights, with prisoners held indefinitely without charges. Obama has said it feeds anti-U.S. sentiment worldwide and that the prisoners could be held for less money at facilities in the United States.

Guantanamo

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A woman is battered by a wave as he walks along the seafront in New Brighton, northern England Nov. 16, 2016.
Photo by Phil Noble

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Now A Crime

Homelessness

Cities across the country are enacting more bans on living in vehicles, camping in public and panhandling, despite federal efforts to discourage such laws amid a shortage of affordable housing, a new report said.

Denver, which ordered about 150 homeless people living on sidewalks to clear out their belongings Tuesday, was among four cities criticized for policies criminalizing homelessness in a report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, an advocacy group aiming to prevent people from losing their homes.

The other cities listed in its "hall of shame" are in Hawaii, Texas and Washington state.

Many cities with increasing home prices have been struggling with homelessness, including Denver and Honolulu, which were reprimanded for an anti-camping law and ban on sitting or lying on sidewalks, respectfully.

The report, which was based on a review of policies enacted by 187 cities over a decade, said bans on living in vehicles increased by 143 percent. Those laws can be particularly devastating because they often lead to vehicle impoundment, and people can lose all of their belongings, disrupting their ability to work or attend school.

Homelessness

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A zoo guide (R) followed by primary school students look at an animatronic display depicting a Tyrannosaurus Rex during a preview of the Zoo-Rassic Park attraction at the Singapore Zoo in Singapore, Nov. 16, 2016.
Photo by Wallace Woon

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Swimmers Complete 7-Hour Crawl Across

Dead Sea

A multinational group of swimmers swam seven hours through the salty, soupy waters of the Dead Sea on Tuesday in a bid to draw attention to the environmental degradation of the fabled lake.

At dawn, the 25 swimmers left on boats from Ein Gedi on the Israeli side of the Dead Sea to Wadi Mujib on the Jordanian side. Then, wearing special protective masks and snorkels, the swimmers paddled through the thick waters in what turned into a 17-kilometer (11-mile) swim from Jordan to Israel.

Swimming in the Dead Sea is unusual.

Tourists typically dip themselves from the beaches and float on the water with the help of the lake's high salt concentration. It also draws people from around the world who believe the water's high mineral content is beneficial for skin conditions.

Organizers say the Dead Sea's water level has fallen more than 25 meters (80 feet) over the last three decades. The lake's southern basin, disconnected from the shrinking northern side, has seen flooding in recent years because of heavy industrialization.

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A model presents the "The Sky Blue Diamond," a fancy, vivid blue diamond ring created by Cartier, during a press preview by Sotheby's Auction House on November 9, 2016 in Geneva.
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'Girls on the Bridge' Fetches $54.5 Million

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch's "Girls on the Bridge" sold for $54.5 million in New York on Monday, the second-highest auction price paid for a work by the Norwegian painter, Sotheby's said.

The 1902 painting depicting women in colorful dresses that contrast with a dark, anguished landscape, fetched a price solidly higher than the auction house's estimate of above $50 million.

The painting has broken records every time it has gone under the hammer. It went for $30.8 million in 2008, compared with $7.7 million in 1997.

The Norwegian artist's most famous work, "The Scream," was his most expensive work of art to sell at auction, at $119.9 million in 2012.

Edvard Munch

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Fiete, the two year-old male polar bear (Ursus Maritimus) in his new enclosure at the Nyiregyhaza Zoo in Nyiregyhaza, 245 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, Nov. 16, 2016. Fiete arrived from Rostock Zoo to serve as a partner of a female bear in Nyiregyhaza within the frame of the European Endangered Species Programs.
Photo by Attila Balazs

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