BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 26 November, 2015


26 November, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1519 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Mark Morford: Black Friday heals America's nonexistent wounds (SF Gate)
Call it the BuzzFeed Effect: It's a state in which you, the lowly reader, can no longer tell what's an actual, unbiased piece of authentic reportage, and what's just more shameless whoring of content in service of making advertisers very happy indeed. (Advertorial = An ad disguised as actual content. AKA about 1/3 of BuzzFeed's posts, like this and this and this).

Mark Morford: Eight ways to know your life has gone off the rails (SF Gate)
Is there a loaded firearm stashed in your vagina right now? Are you unspeakably flustered by the recent sporting news about… curling? Did you just pay $650,000 for a painting you can find in almost any dumpster in any flea market in rural Kentucky on any given Sunday?

Mark Morford: Cultural misappropriation? Don't ban the yoga; ban the inept thinking (SF Gate)
Ultimately and across most traditions, yoga is about one simple thing: freedom. It's about total liberation from the ego, from the incessant, gnarled churnings of the mind, its stories and doubts and fears, so the practitioner can finally repose into the true nature of Reality, without illusion.

J.F. Sargent: 4 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Free Speech and College (Cracked)
If you've been paying attention to the news, then you've probably seen a lot of thinkpieces aboutcollege student protests and free speech. The conflict seems to be between "PC culture," which discourages certain terms and words, and our Constitutionally Protected Freedom of Speech, which is simultaneously our most important right and apparently the most delicate, since three-dozen college kids with some particle board can eradicate it forever in an afternoon.

Parker Molloy: 5 things the media does to manufacture outrage. (Medium)
People are so sensitive these days! People are just offended by every little thing! Millennials, amirite?!

Parker Molloy: Outrage over people being outraged is outrageously annoying. (Medium)
Sometimes people will say to me, "I like your writing, though I don't always agree with it." I tend to respond, "Thanks! And neither do I." Why? Because as I grow as a person (as hopefully we all aim for?-?you know, growth is good), I come to new conclusions about things. No shame in taking a mulligan.

David Smith: "I saw hate in a graveyard - Stephen Fry" (The Guardian)
Actor shaken by anti-semitic outrage as he explored his Jewish past.

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Trivia Question of the Day

50 years ago today, a true incident from Arlo Guthrie's life resulted in a musical monologue commonly known as "Alice's Restaurant". What is the full title of this work?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

By volume, what is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth?

       General Sherman                                                      Source

General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth. The General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to the Hyperion tree, a Coast redwood), nor is it the widest (both the largest cypress and largest baobab have a greater diameter), nor is it the oldest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to a Great Basin bristlecone pine). With a height of 83.8 meters (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 m (25 ft), an estimated bole volume of 1,487 m3 (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300-2,700 years, it is nevertheless among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.

While the General Sherman is the largest currently living tree, it is not the largest tree known to humans. The Crannell Creek Giant, a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) near Trinidad, California, is estimated to have been 15 to 25% larger than the General Sherman tree by volume. The tree was cut down in the mid-1940s. Another larger coast redwood, near 90,000 cubic feet., the Lindsey Creek tree, was reported in a 1905 Humboldt Times Standard article.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   General Sherman

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   General Sherman is a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California.

DJ Useo said:
   I'm not on a first name basis with many trees, so I don't know the answer.Lol.
  I do have a good tree joke. - Q: Why did the tree cross the road? A: It was leafing.
  Ok, I didn't have a good tree joke.

Marian responded:
   General Sherman tree Happy Thanksgivng All....enjoy your turkey or tofu.

Thankless Lois Of Oregon replied:
   The world's biggest tree was named after William Tecumseh Sherman, a man who married his (foster) sister and invented the "scorched earth policy", noted for saying "Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.", no doubt in the shade of a big friggin' tree. Still, they had a dirty job to do, SOMEBODY had to do it, and they got it done. Now, over a hundred and fifty years later, if only we could all just, get along.

  So relieved when I saw today's page is up! The problem with publishing daily is, if you're late, we all freak out with worry for you, Marty! Must honestly say, this Thanksgiving day, I am VERY thankful for the e-page!

Adam answered:
   The giant sequoia, General Sherman.

Deborah said:
   I know this one: It's the General Sherman tree, a Sequoiadendron giganteum, which lives in Sequoia National Park here in CA. Been there, seen it. Very impressive. I mean, it's hueueueueueueueeueuege (thanks, Terry!).
  Trivia: Every redwood is a Sequoia but not every Sequoia is a redwood. Sequoia sempervirens is commonly known as the coast redwood; they differ genetically from the Giant Sequoia. They also like living on the coast vs. inland and at altitude and dry conditions. The coast redwoods need the fog to provide them with water over the dry season. The giant Sequoia trees have adapted to the hotter, drier conditions. Sadly, many trees in King's Canyon & Sequoia National Parks are showing signs of damage from the drought. If that El Niño materializes many trees across the state may recover.
  Happy Thanksgiving, all!

MAM   wrote:
   Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree, The General Sherman Tree, located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California.

  PS Glad your electric is back on!

Randall took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norgobblecali took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Joe S (AKA: Stony Lonesome "I am a rock.")     took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Thanks for the nice notes from Joyce, Dale & Linda   >^..^<
13 hours without electricity, a computer & the internets was quite unpleasant.
OTOH, since this is earthquake country, there are plenty of portable light sources so I didn't have to sit in the dark.


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Donald Trump Drops a Bombshell: "The Leader of ISIS Is Here in America!"

Anti-Islam group publishes addresses of Muslims and 'Muslim sympathisers' | US news | The Guardian

Documents reveal extent of sex abuse allegations against Minnesota priests | US news | The Guardian

Chi-Raq review: Spike Lee's urgent, angry - and very sexy - midlife masterpiece | Film | The Guardian

Gloria Estefan: how her rhythm got America … and the world | Music | The Guardian

BBC - Culture - Eight films to watch in December

How Ireland built a cheese movement - BBC News

Busted: EPA Discovers Dow Weedkiller Claim, Wants It Off The Market : The Salt : NPR

A Lively 'Victor Frankenstein' Gives Igor The Spotlight : NPR

'Reckless eyeballing' really is a thing for Megyn Kelly

Hey Republicans, did you know that the Statue of Liberty was originally a Muslim woman?

Reporter Who Forced Release of Laquan McDonald Video Is Barred From News Event - The New York Times

How 2 Independent Journalists And A Lawyer Held Chicago Police Accountable For Teen's Death

Islamophobia and Donald Trump Are No Laughing Matter. This Is Real Life | Linda Sarsour

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The Flooded Apartment

DJ Useo

Hi Marty,

We are still homeless in the motel.

We now have another ap'pt with a lawyer to discuss our flooding situation.

It's next Tuesday. More costly waiting in the Motel. Prayers welcome.

Thank you

The Useo's

Click here to support Flooded apt fund

Holy crap!
All to happy to post your gofundme request.
Hope some good things come your way!
Please keep us updated.



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

Sunny but brisk (for these parts).

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a FRESH '2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH 'Elementary'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 10/14/15) are Jack Black, Nick Woodman, and Michelle Dorrance.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 10/12/15) are Aaron Sorkin and Bradley Whitford.

NBC fills the night with the FRESH 'NFL On Thanksgiving', then pads the left coast with some local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Queen Latifah, Rashida Jones, Daniel Humm, and Kool Keith.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are the Meyers family and Brian Chase.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/17/15) are Rachel Bloom, Houndmouth, and Lena Waithe.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'The Muppets', followed by a RERUN 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a RERUN 'The Middle', followed by a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', then a RERUN 'Last Man Standing', followed by a RERUN 'Dr. Ken'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 11/9/15) are Ty Burrell, Lake Bell, and Mash-Up Monday with Joss Stone Temple Pilots.

The CW fills the night with old 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.

Faux fills the night with the FRESH 'The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration'.

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

A&E has 3 hours of old 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'Nightwatch: After House', then another FRESH 'Nightwatch: After Hours'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Godfather', followed by the movie 'The Godfather: Part II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
 [7:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 3 - The Naked Now
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Code of Honor
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Last Outpost
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Where No One Has Gone Before
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 7 - Lonely Among Us
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Justice
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 9 - The Battle
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 10 - Hide and Q
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 11 - Haven
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 12 - The Big Goodbye
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 13 - Datalore
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 14 - Angel One
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 15 - 11001001
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 16 - Too Short a Season
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 17 - When The Bough Breaks
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 18 - Home Soil
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 3 - The Naked Now
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Code of Honor
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Last Outpost
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Where No One Has Gone Before    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie 'In Her Shoes', followed by the movie 'Cheaper By The Dozen 2', then the movie 'Cheaper By The Dozen 2', again.

Comedy Central has 'Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special', 'South Park', followed by the movie 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin'.
The Daily Show is pre-empted.
@Midnight is pre-empted.

FX has the movie 'Despicable Me 2', followed by the movie 'Despicable Movie 2', again.

History has 4 hours of old 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thank You
 [7:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Can't Always Get What You Want
 [7:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Garage Sale
 [8:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Last Day
 [8:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Velvet Rope
 [9:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie and the Professor
 [9:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Halloween
 [10:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Van Stock
 [10:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Love Cake
 [11:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sleepover
 [11:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric Gets Suspended
 [12:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Birthday
 [12:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Laurie Moves Out
 [1:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Stash
 [1:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hunting
 [2:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Gets a Job
 [2:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Burning Down the House
 [3:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Time
 [3:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Afterglow
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty and Eric's Night Out
 [4:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Parents Find Out
 [5:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kiss of Death
 [5:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Serenade
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-1Jackie Moves On
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Crap!
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Fired Up
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Cat Fight Club
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Moon Over Point Place
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thanksgiving
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thank You
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Can't Always Get What You Want
 [10:00PM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Claims Are Made and a Journey Ensues
 [10:30PM]    TODD MARGARET- Plan Is Hatched and a Date Is Not a Date
 [11:00PM]    TODD MARGARET-The Snooker Player, the Black Canadian, the Turkish Terrorist, and the Peanut
 [12:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-Where Todd and Brent Misjudge the Mood of a Solemn Day
 [12:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-What Can Only Be Considered a Dreadful Day for Todd
 [1:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-Todd's Terrible Day Ends and His Next Terrible Day Begins
 [1:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-Todd and His Valet Arrive in Leeds and What They Saw There
 [2:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-How the Liver and the Salad Conspired to Ruin Todd's Good Deed
 [2:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Todd Accidentally Learns a Secret and Brent and Doug Get Closer to Further From the Truth
 [3:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Crime Scene, The Storyteller and the Sanctimonious Tower of Morality
 [3:30AM]    TODD MARGARET-Conclusion
 [4:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Love Cake
 [4:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sleepover
 [5:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric Gets Suspended
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Birthday    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Fantastic Mr. Fox
 [7:45AM]    History of the World: Part I
 [9:45AM]    Billy Elliot
 [12:00PM]    As Good as It Gets
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Burned
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Expert
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Castoff
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Faccia a Faccia
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Divorce
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Carrier
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Disappeared
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Burden
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Bad Girl
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Damaged
 [1:00AM]    Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
 [2:00AM]    Law & Order-Tabloid
 [3:00AM]    History of the World: Part I
 [5:00AM]    Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Die Another Day', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown!', then a FRESH 'Haven'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 8/27/15) is "Scrapisode 2: A Rehearsal Highlight Show".

TCM spends the night with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
 [7:15 AM]      The Boy With Green Hair (1948)
 [8:45 AM]      The Yearling (1946)
 [11:00 AM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [12:45 PM]      Kim (1951)
 [2:45 PM]      National Velvet (1944)
 [5:00 PM]      Lassie Come Home (1943)
 [6:30 PM]      The Phantom Tollbooth (1969)
 [8:00 PM]      Desk Set (1957)
 [10:00 PM]      Woman of the Year (1942)
 [12:00 AM]      State of the Union (1948)
 [2:15 AM]      Pat And Mike (1952)
 [4:00 AM]      Adam's Rib (1949)

Friday   -  11/27/15

TCM spends the daylight hours with Cary Grant
 [6:00 AM]      Topper (1937)
 [8:00 AM]      Bringing Up Baby (1938)
 [10:00 AM]      My Favorite Wife (1940)
 [11:30 AM]      Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
 [1:30 PM]      Room for One More (1952)
 [3:30 PM]      Charade (1963)
 [5:30 PM]      North By Northwest (1959)

 [8:00 PM]      Jason And The Argonauts (1963)
 [10:00 PM]      The Land That Time Forgot (1974)
 [11:45 PM]      Lost Horizon (1937)
 [2:15 AM]      The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
 [4:15 AM]      The Boy and the Pirates (1960)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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United States President Barack Obama (L) performs the 68th annual pardoning of Thanksgiving turkey "Abe" in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 25, 2015. President Obama's daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (2R) watch the pardoning along with Foster Farms turkey growout manager Joe Hedden, (2L).
Photo by Gary Cameron


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Settles Into New Job At MSNBC

Brian Williams

Coming out of a commercial break shortly before 11:20 a.m., Brian Williams had slipped into the anchor chair on MSNBC Tuesday as President Barack Obama met with French President Francois Hollande.

"We have an eye on the East Room of the White House," Williams said, where reporters waited to question the two leaders. Williams set the scene and talked about the day's news for 40 minutes before the two men emerged, and he was off the air after the news conference and analysis.

The appearance was consistent with how Williams has been used on the news network since he started the new assignment two months ago. He had been off the air since February and lost his job as NBC's "Nightly News" anchor for misleading viewers about his role in news stories.

With viewership statistics being malleable, settling on a concrete measurement of how Williams is being accepted by the audience is difficult. From his first day at MSNBC through last week, the network's viewership during daytime, weekday hours is up 41 percent from the same period last year, the Nielsen company said. More than Williams is new; MSNBC has completely revamped its daytime personnel and mission.

Brian Williams


Arlo Guthrie performs "Alice's Restaurant" at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Mass., during a performance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
Photo by Gillian Jones

Alice's Restaurant - Original 1967 Recording - YouTube


Dueling Portraits Of Health

Sumner Redstone

A legal battle that began Wednesday over medical care for ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone has produced dueling portraits of the billionaire's health and mental state.

Redstone's former companion Manuela Herzer claims in a probate filing seeking to regain control of his care that Redstone can no longer make informed decisions and requires around-the-clock medical care.

Her claims, however, were disputed by lawyers for the 92-year-old Redstone, who say he was evaluated by a doctor on Monday and found to be in good spirits and able to make decisions.

Herzer and Redstone dated between 1999 and 2001 and have maintained a close relationship since then. She has been designated in estate planning documents as the person Redstone wants to make medical decisions for him, her filings state.

Redstone controls CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. through National Amusements Inc., which holds nearly 80 per cent of the voting stock in both media companies. Redstone hasn't joined an investor conference call since November 2014.

Sumner Redstone


Newhead News


Can't Get Out Of Surrogacy Contract

Sherri Shepherd

Television personality and actress Sherri Shepherd has been found legally responsible for a child born to a surrogate she and her ex-husband hired before they divorced, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled this week in upholding the surrogacy contract.

Shepherd had fought to have the contract voided. The ruling means she must continue paying $4,100 a month in child support, according to a lawyer for ex-husband Lamar Sally, who is raising the 1-year-old boy in Los Angeles.

She had paid more than $100,000 and Sally another $5,000 for a suburban Philadelphia surrogate to carry the child conceived through a procedure that used his sperm and a donor egg.

The couple, then living in New Jersey, attended the surrogate's medical appointments until Shepherd had a change of heart in the second trimester, as her marriage faltered, the court ruling said.

"(Shepherd) does not dispute that she freely entered into the gestational carrier contract," the Superior Court ruling said. "Baby S. would not have been born but for (her) actions and express agreement to be the child's legal mother."

Sherri Shepherd


This photo provided by DC Entertainment shows the cover of Vertigo's "The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition," written by Neil Gaiman with art by J.H. Williams III. "The idea of celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sandman with a comic was just too good to miss," Gaiman said in an interview with The Associated Press.


Oldest Known Seabird


Federal wildlife officials say the world's oldest known seabird has returned to Midway Atoll.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday the Laysan Albatross named Wisdom was spotted at the remote island on Nov. 19.

An ornithologist first put an identification band on Wisdom in 1956. She's estimated to be at least 64 years old, but she could be older.

Laysan albatrosses typically mate for life, but Wisdom has likely had more than one mate. She has raised as many as 36 chicks.

Breeding albatrosses and their mates will often spend about six months rearing and feeding their young. They forage hundreds of miles out at sea for squid or flying fish eggs.



Wake-up Call


Widow Sued For Wrongful Death

Casey Kasem

Three of the radio personality Casey Kasem's children and his brother sued his widow on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Jean Kasem of elder abuse and inflicting emotional distress on Kasem's children from a previous marriage by restricting access to their father before his death.

Kerri, Julie and Michael Kasem are joined in the lawsuit by their uncle, Mouner. The lawsuit seeks more than $250,000, although a jury would have to decide any damage award.

Prosecutors earlier this year declined to charge Jean Kasem with elder abuse, a decision that Kerri Kasem said Wednesday led to her family filing the civil case.

Casey Kasem


People pass the Snoopy with Woodstock balloon as preparations continue for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Frank Franklin II


EPA Reverses Course

Monarch Butterflies

One year after approving a powerful and highly toxic weed killer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed course, announcing on Wednesday it will revoke its approval of the product, called Enlist Duo.

Enlist Duo's chemical combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D-intended for use as a weed killer on genetically modified corn and soybean crops-is probably more toxic to other plants than the agency thought when they approved the substance in October 2014.

Dow AgroSciences created the herbicide cocktail. It is similar to Monsanto's Roundup, one of the most widely used herbicides on genetically modified seeds, but designed to kill weeds that have developed a resistance to it.

Despite Enlist Duo's potential for further decimating milkweed-the only plant that the world's declining population of monarch butterflies lay eggs on-the EPA gave Dow AgroSciences the green light in 2014.

Monarch Butterflies


House Of Cards


The theft of millions of dollars from investors in a Macau junket operator has sparked months of protests and hastened the demise of a business model that greased the wheels of the $44 billion global gambling hub for over a decade.

Brandishing banners and loudspeakers, dozens of investors have protested outside Wynn Macau Ltd's casino for two months, demanding the return of money stolen by an employee of junket operator Dore Entertainment Co Ltd and accusing Dore's head of dodging responsibility.

The crime has left the junket industry's reputation in tatters and sped up the Chinese territory's shift away from VIP gamblers - who used to account for more than 80 percent of its gaming revenues - to the mass-market segment of less wealthy Chinese tourists.

Revenues have dried up due to China's economic slowdown and an anti-corruption campaign that has targeted the flight of illicit capital from the mainland. Analysts estimate the number of junket tables has fallen by a third since the start of 2015, and about 100 junket operators have gone out of business.



A winter storm clears at sunset over the Interstate 80 near Baxter, California, November 24, 2015. A winter storm has hit Northern California dropping rain and snow.
Photo by Max Whittaker


Move To Dump Trump


Many say the populist crazy talk is typical of the White House primaries, but Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's increasingly incendiary remarks are leading some conservatives to brand him a "fascist" and party rivals to ramp up attacks against him.

Most spectacularly, the real estate tycoon recently said he would support registering Muslims in a database, and insisted -- despite lacking any evidence -- he saw Arabs in New Jersey cheer when the Twin Towers fell on 9/11.

His stance has become so belligerent that voices are asking, even inside his party, whether he is committed to democratic values.

Republican experts are warning that Trump could do lasting damage to the GOP, and that his nomination in the party primaries would essentially hand the presidency to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Several campaign teams in the primary race now appear to be coalescing around the need to oppose the celebrity billionaire's candidacy.



Turbines Turning Water From Blue To Green

Danube River

The Wachau, a picture-postcard river valley in Austria, makes a lot of wine. Soon it could be producing its own electricity too, and in a way that will not spoil the stunning views.

"Wind turbines are out of the question and solar panels are strictly regulated," says Andreas Nunzer, mayor of picturesque Spitz on the left bank of the Danube river.

"But we have found a way to contribute to the fight against global warming without harming our quality of life."

The idea is to place in the river what looks on the surface like the top of a submarine but is in fact a six-tonne buoy producing enough electricity for 250 people.

Below the waves is a turbine turned by the fast-flowing waters -- more brown than the blue of Strauss's famous waltz -- of the Danube, one of Europe's main waterways.

Danube River



In Memory

Cynthia Robinson

She was the voice that commanded us to "get up and dance to the music," and the woman who Sly Stone put "on the throne" in the Family Stone hit "Dance to the Music."

But that voice has been quieted with the death of Sly and the Family Stone trumpeter, vocalist and co-founder Cynthia Robinson on Monday (Nov. 23) at the age of 69, according to her Facebook page.

Robinson's cancer diagnosis was announced in October on her Facebook page, along with the establishment of the Cynthia Robinson Cancer Care Fund. Robinson herself posted a message of thanks "to everyone who has donated. Love you all!" at the time, and the fund is remaining active "due to the rising medical costs," with a Facebook page staying active "in her memory."

Robinson was one of the first female black trumpeters to gain notoriety in a major recording act, and saxophonist Jerry Martini tells Billboard that she should never be considered a background figure. "She covered a lot of ground," he says. "She was the first female trumpet player and the first African-American trumpet player in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wasn't in the back. She was out front telling you to get up and dance to the music, and she could blow with the best of 'em, always."

The Sacramento-born Robinson's roots ran deep in blues and R&B. She told Family Stone biographer Joel Selvin, "I used to hear all these guys on 78s at my mother's when I was a teenager...I used to daydream that I was onstage playing the solos; I'm playing with B.B. King and I'm playing with Lowell Fulsom, Jimmy McCracklin. And I literally ended up being in a band that backed them up at different clubs. It was like a dream come true, but that was as big as I could dream."

Robinson joined Stone -- who dubbed her "one of the best trumpeters in the world" -- in his Sly and the Stoners band in 1966 and stayed on board as he crafted the pop/rock/R&B synthesis that became the Family Stone. After the group's dissolution in 1975 she went on to play with bassist Larry Graham's Graham Central Station and also worked with George Clinton, Prince and as part of Sinbad's Aruba Summer Soul Festival. Since 2006 she's been part of the Family Stone with Martini and drummer Gregg Errico. The group also features her daughter with Sly Stone, Sylvette Phunne Stone, a singer and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. (Robinson had one other daughter, Laura Marie).

Robinson also sang lead vocals with her daughter on the Family Stone single "Do Yo Dance," which came out this year.

Cynthia Robinson



This Nov. 23, 2015 photo provided by the Denver Zoo shows, lion cubs Kalu, left, and his sister, Kamara, standing together at the Denver Zoo, the day they made their public debut in Denver. The cubs were born at the zoo on Sept. 10 and have been bonding with their mother and getting accustomed to zoo life. They weigh 20 pounds and are growing by up to four pounds a week.
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