BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 1 December, 2016

Thursday

1 December, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1890 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: "How Many People Just Voted Themselves Out of Health Care? (Updated) (Updated again) (And again)" (NY Times Blog)
My original update was right! Screwed up dates. So it's back to around 5 1/2 million Trump chumps.


Josh Marshall: Still Missing the Horror of Medicare Phaseout (TPM)
building an exchange and subsidy adjunct for non-seniors onto an existing and fairly robust private health insurance system is one thing. Creating one from scratch for people who are all pretty much by definition bad risks is close to laughable. Laughable if you're not bankrupted or dying because you couldn't get care. Ryan and Trump want to pass a bill to phase out Medicare in just six months.


Paul Krugman: Twitter
"If Trump did a Carrier-style deal every week for the next 4 years, he could bring back 4% of the manufacturing jobs lost since 2000." - Paul Krugman
"Every savvy CEO will now threaten to ship jobs to Mexico, and demand a payment to stay. Great economic policy." - Justin Wolfers


Garrison Keillor: Could President Trump Be Part Of God's Plan? (Hartford Courant)
So many Trumpists have written in since the election, and I am grateful for their interest and also impressed by the sheer variety of their profanity. I never learned to swear that well because by the time my mother died, at 97, it was too late for me to learn.


Lindy West: Disney's Moana strikes at the heart of proto-Trump America (The Guardian)
Millions of Americans are falling in love with a brown-skinned, undeniably feminist heroine, destroying the premise that they rejected diversity in this election.


"Behold the benefits of sticky-back plastic": Lucy Mangan on the mood-lifting perks of crafting (Stylist)
I'm so down at the moment that I can't even read. This is usually my failsafe method of escape. But times change - by which I mean 'get sh*tter than ever and then just when you think they can't get any more sh*t, they do' - and we must change with them.


Ruth Spencer: "Adrienne Truscott takes back rape jokes: 'Artistic commentary feels like it's in peril'" (The Guardian)
Is it ever OK to joke about rape? Adrienne Truscott thinks so. Since 2013, the comedian has been satirizing and skewering rape culture via her award-winning show Asking For It, which has been praised for its sophisticated treatment of a topic that so many comics fail to confront.



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day


On what TV series would you find this lady and her log?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


Crude oil is the most commonly traded commodity. What is the second most traded commodity?


       Coffee                                                      Source


There are many agricultural and industrial commodities now being traded in the commodities market. The list of the most common commodities and the exchanges they are normally dealt through are given below:

Crude Oil and derivatives - The most commonly traded commodity is Crude Oil, and its various derivatives such as heating oil and gasoline.

These commodities are mostly traded in the New York Mercantile Exchange [NYMEX], ICE Futures, the Dubai Mercantile Exchange [DME] and the Central Japan Commodity Exchange [C-COM].

Coffee - The second most traded commodity is Coffee [value wise]. Coffee is mainly traded through the New York Board of Trade [NYBOT], the Kansai Commodities Exchange [in Osaka, Japan], the Singapore Commodities Exchange [SICOM] and Euronext [London].        Source







Alan J was first and correct with:
   Coffee.



Randall wrote:
   coffee





mj answered:
   Guessing again
  Looking at the grocery shelves and the explosion of Asian ethnic food stores, I'm going with rice.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   coffee



Ed K responded:
   Bullshit, apparently.



Deborah replied:
   My first answers were corn and/or pork bellies, then I drank my morning beverage and decided to offer coffee as my WAG.
  Woke up to rain, how relaxing.




MAM     wrote:
   I decided to have a short nap after dinner tonight. My body seemed to think I had gone to bed for the night!
  Coffee





Joe S     said:
   What is it Barney, what's the answer.



  Yeah, guns.




Adam answered:
   Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice?
  No...Coffee?




DJ Useo took the day off.
  



Marian took the day off.
  



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  December 1 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 1 | 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


Saudi prince calls for end to country's 'unjust' ban on women driving | World news | The Guardian



Public schools may not survive Trump's billionaire wrecking crew | Nikhil Goyal | Opinion | The Guardian



Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday



The Internet Can't Get Enough Of That Awkward Trump-Romney Dinner Photo | The Huffington Post



BBC - Culture - The 'outrageous' 40-year-old film that predicted the future



BBC - Autos - The petrol-station guidebook that changed gastronomy



Amazon Deforestation Rate Up 29 Percent From Last Year, Study Finds : The Two-Way : NPR



Oil Companies Like ExxonMobil Have Known About Climate Change For Decades : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR



Breitbart goes to war with Kellogg's over move to pull ads - Nov. 30, 2016



Religion and gambling have the same effect on your brain



The No-BS Inside Guide to the Presidential Vote Recount



The FBI Is About To Get The Power To Hack Millions Of Computers | The Huffington Post



Trump's 7 Techniques To Control The Media | The Huffington Post



Teen becomes seventh 'faithless elector' to protest Trump as president-elect | US news | The Guardian



Libraries promise to destroy user data to avoid threat of government surveillance | Books | The Guardian




Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Suggestion

Animal Farm


required reading prior to trump administration

plot summary:

     The animals of the Manor Farm lived badly because their farmer Mr. Jones, a mean and always drunk man, exploits them. One day Old Major, the old pig who led the animals, called a meeting of all the animals and told them about a dream that he had the previous night. He had dreamed about an old song called, 'Beasts of England' that started a resistance against the human beings. When Old Major sang the song every other animal started to join in. Everyone was very excited about rebelling. Old Major died a few days later and two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, started leading the preparations for the Rebellion. About three months later they revolted against Mr. Jones and they took over the farm. The purpose of the revolution was to create a fair society made only by animals, or animalism and it was based on seven commandments such as "Four legs good, two legs bad" and most importantly: "All animals are equal". They also changed the name of the farm to "Animal Farm" from Manor Farm.

     Snowball, an inventive and vivacious pig and Napoleon, a big and cruel-looking pig, started to fight for leadership. In the meantime Mr. Jones was planning to attack to get the farm back but when he did the animals won the battle called "The Battle of the Cowshed" and Mr. Jones was forced to stay out of the farm. One day, when Snowball announced his plans to build a windmill, Napoleon arrived in the farm with nine big and cruel dogs that made Snowball run away bleeding. From that day Napoleon was the real dictator of the farm; if an animal didn't agree with him, he was eaten up by his dogs. If something went wrong (like when the windmill they'd worked so hard on was wrecked), Napoleon blamed it on Snowball, who, according to him, was sneaking around Animal Farm ruining everything. When Boxer, the strongest horse in the farm, lost his strength because of old age and fell while he was building a windmill, Napoleon sent him to be slaughtered. Now Napoleon had pity on nobody. He and the pigs were like Mr. Jones - they exploited the other animals, they took advantage of the foolishness of some animals and they came into contact with human beings for business although they had said it was forbidden. In the end they became like human beings, they started to walk on their hind legs and they changed the old maxim with a new one: "Four legs good, two legs better". Nothing was changed and their resistance seemed to be useless.


For those of you who think this is a cute kiddie story, it is a parody about the takeover of nations by dictators.

some guy


Thanks, Guy!
Here's a link to Animal Farm / George Orwell



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Donald Trump is a hopeless cable news addict: Here's why that matters - Salon.com



Inside Trump Tower, You Can Hardly Hear the Protesters | The Nation



Why Trump's Nominee for Health Secretary, Tom Price, Is Completely Terrifying | Alternet



The Decorated Marine Who Called Trump a 'Draft-Dodging Bastard' to His Face - The Daily Beast



GOP zeal for congressional oversight has faded when it comes to Donald Trump - and it's a scandal - Salon.com



Google Chrome Extension Replaces 'Alt-Right' With 'White Supremacy' | The Huffington Post



This Is How Steve Bannon Sees The Entire World - BuzzFeed News



Predator In Chief: President Trump And The Glorification Of Sexual Violence | The Huffington Post



Get your birth control and cancer screenings now: Republicans plan to defund Planned Parenthood




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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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http://dareland.blogspot.com



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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


PASTA FAGIOLI!

"DONALD TRUMP IS A DISASTER..."

HOW TO BLOW A DOG WHISTLE.

WHO VOTED FOR THIS MANIAC?

WATCH THE SHIT HIT THE FAN!

STOP THE GRIFTING, FIGHT FOR 15!

LET'S MAKE A DEAL DONALD!






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Our sweet kitty-boy, Spot, died unexpectedly.





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 Lauren Graham and Justin Long.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Queen Latifah, Morris Chestnut, Tracey Ullman, and Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello.



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 Emma Stone, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kacey Musgraves.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 11/17/16) are Casey Affleck, Rebecca Romijn, Michael Che, and Atom Willard.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/11/16) are Anne Heche, Foals, and Tori Anderson.



ABC starts the night with the chestnut 'A Charlie Brown Christmas', followed by a FRESH 'The Great American Baking Show'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 11/1/16) are Jake Gyllenhaal, Hailee Steinfield, and Keith Urban.



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', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Nightwatch', followed by a FRESH 'Gangland Undercover'.



AMC offers the movie 'Back To The Future', followed by the movie 'Back To The Future Part II'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Haven
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-The Big Goodbye
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Datalore
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Blink
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 25-In Theory
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Redemption (Part 1)
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Redemption (Part 2)
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Darmok
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Ensign Ro
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Silicon Avatar
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Disaster
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-The Game
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-A Matter of Time
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-New Ground
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Hero Worship
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Violations
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 25-In Theory
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Redemption (Part 1)
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Redemption (Part 2)
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Darmok    (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 'Top Chef', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', followed by the 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Rob Lowe', 'Drunk History', and 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Chelsea Handler.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Kristen Schaal, Rich Fulcher, and Noel Fielding.



FX has the movie 'Neighbors', followed by the movie 'Sex Tape'.



History has all old 'Pawn Stars' all night.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Scott Aukerman Wears a Tailored Black Suit
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Krysten Ritter Wears a Turtleneck and Black Boots
 [7:00AM]    WEIRD SCIENCE
 [9:00AM]    BEVERLY HILLS COP III
 [11:15AM]    SHAUN OF THE DEAD
 [1:30PM]    BEVERLY HILLS COP III
 [3:45PM]    WEIRD SCIENCE
 [5:45PM]    NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
 [8:00PM]    HALF BAKED
 [10:00PM]    ZOMBIELAND
 [12:00AM]    THE DUKES OF HAZZARD
 [2:15AM]    HALF BAKED
 [4:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Allison Janney Wears a Chambray Western Shirt and Suede Fringe Boots
 [4:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ben Folds Wears a Black Button Down and Jeans
 [5:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Malin Akerman Wears a Black Blouse and Cropped Jeans
 [5:45AM]    SHAUN OF THE DEAD    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-A Friend in Deed
 [6:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Square Shaped Room
 [7:10AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Ted Over Heels
 [7:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Five-Minute Dress
 [8:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Feeb
 [8:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Slaughter Affair
 [9:30AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Baby-Sit-Com
 [10:05AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-More Than Neighbors
 [10:40AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Care and Feeding of Parents
 [11:15AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Where There's Smoke, There's Rhoda
 [11:50AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-You Certainly Are a Big Boy
 [12:25PM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Some of My Best Friends Are Rhoda
 [1:00PM]    Lost in Translation
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Precious
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Rage
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Privileged
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Cruel and Unusual
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Purple Heart
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Switch
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Faccia a Faccia
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Admissions
 [10:59PM]    Law & Order-DNR
 [11:58PM]    Law & Order-Merger
 [12:57AM]    Law & Order-Justice
 [1:56AM]    Lost in Translation
 [3:56AM]    Adam
 [5:56AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Hobo Friend    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Jurassic Park III', followed by the movie 'Galaxy Quest', then the movie 'Final Destination 3'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Simon Helberg, Jai Courtney, and Sebastian Maniscalco.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Damon And Pythias (1962)
 [7:45 AM]      Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963)
 [9:15 AM]      The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
 [11:30 AM]      Captain Sindbad (1963)
 [1:00 PM]      Atlas (1961)
 [2:30 PM]      Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1960)
 [4:15 PM]      She (1965)
 [6:15 PM]      The Vengeance of She (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
 [10:00 PM]      It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
 [12:00 AM]      O. Henry's Full House (1952)
 [2:15 AM]      Meet John Doe (1941)
 [4:30 AM]      Fitzwilly (1967)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Friday   -  12/02/16

TCM spends most of the night with Myrna Loy
 [6:15 AM]      The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
 [7:45 AM]      Massacre (1934)
 [9:15 AM]      When a Man Loves (1927)     SILENT 
 [11:15 AM]      The Desert Song (1929)
 [1:30 PM]      The Great Divide (1929)
 [3:00 PM]      Noah's Ark (1929)
 [4:45 PM]      Show of Shows (1929)
 [7:00 PM]      Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (1991)
 [8:00 PM]      The Devil To Pay (1930)
 [9:30 PM]      Arrowsmith (1931)
 [11:30 PM]      Consolation Marriage (1931)
 [1:00 AM]      The Truth About Youth (1930)
 [2:15 AM]      The Squall (1929)

 [4:15 AM]      Trade Winds (1938)     (ALL TIMES EST)



USA has a FRESH 'Falling Water'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Dec. 11, 1980) - James Stewart and Hodding Carter.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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Or reviews?   Marty




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Sergey Karjakin, left, of Russia, and defending champion Magnus Carlsen, of Norway, concentrate on the board during the tie breaker round of the World Chess Championship, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Mary Altaffer

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Punish Drunk Drivers With Nickelback

Canada

A Canadian police department is taking proactive steps to keep this holiday season safe by threatening to punish drunk drivers with its Nickelback cassette tape.

The Kensington Police Service in the Prince Edward Island province posted a message on Facebook last weekend encouraging holiday revelers to divvy up driving duties, jot down the number to a cab company or plan to sleep at a friend's house.

But "for those dumb enough" to drink and drive, the department has a plan.

"[W]hen we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a years driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the offices copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail," the post reads.

"Now, now, no need to thank us, we figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger and the boys is the perfect gift for you."

Canada

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French designer Pierre Cardin, member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts, appears with models at the end of his fashion show which retraces his career, at the Institut de France in Paris, France on Nov. 30, 2016.
Photo by Jacky Naegelen

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Ukraine Moves New Safety Dome

Chernobyl

Ukraine on Tuesday unveiled the world's largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations.

The gigantic arch soars 108 metres (355 feet) into the sky -- making it taller than New York's Statue of Liberty -- while its weight of 36,000 tons is three times heavier than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The 2.1-billion-euro ($2.2-billion) structure sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been edged into place over an existing crumbling dome that the Soviets built in haste when disaster struck three decades ago.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was visibly proud at his impoverished and war-torn country's ability to deal with one of the worst vestiges of its Soviet past.

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Thousands Displaced For Telescope

China

Humanity's best bet at detecting aliens is a giant silver Chinese dish the size of 30 football fields -- one that simultaneously showcases Beijing's abilities to deploy cutting-edge technologies and ignore objectors' rights as it seeks global prominence.

The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in the country's southwest, which began operations in September and cost 1.2 billion yuan ($180 million) to build, is the world's largest radio telescope.

Once fully operational, FAST will be able to peer deeper into space than ever before, examining pulsars, dark matter and gravitational waves -- and searching for signs of life.

Authorities also hope it will bring tourist dollars to the province of Guizhou, one of China's poorest regions.

But it comes at the cost of forcibly displacing about 9,000 villagers who called the site in Pingtang county their home.

China

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A model wears a creation during a show to mark 70 years of creation by French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.
Photo by Christophe Ena

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Non-Vegan Money

Britain

Thousands of people have signed an online petition urging the Bank of England to ditch its new 5 pound notes following revelations the fivers are made of polymers that contain rendered animal fat. The bills entered circulation in September.

BOE confirmed the notes contain tallow, the same substance found in candles and soap.

The notes are the bank's first effort at printing on plastic, with 10-pound and 20-pound bills to follow by 2020. The notes are expected to last longer and are more secure than their paper counterparts, Bloomberg reported.

The polymer is produced by Innovia Films. A spokeswoman told CNN Money the touch of tallow helps control static. She said scientists are working to eliminate the tallow "but obviously that will take time."

Innovia supplies polymer for currency to 23 other countries, including Australia, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand, but it was unclear of they contain animal fats as well.

Britain

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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Stocking The Swamp With Millionaires And Billionaires

T-rump

President-elect Donald Trump (R-Grifter), who rallied populist voters by vowing to "drain the swamp" of the Washington elite, is filling his Cabinet with people who share a familiar trait: They're very rich.

On Wednesday, Trump announced Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive who served as his campaign finance chairman, as his choice for treasury secretary and Wilbur Ross, a private equity investor, as his pick for secretary of commerce.

According to Forbes, Ross has a personal fortune estimated to be worth $2.9 billion, making him the country's 232nd richest person. Mnuchin, who spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs before founding a Hollywood film investment firm, is said to be worth $40 million, though some consider that estimate too low.

Elaine Chao, Trump's choice for transportation secretary, was labor secretary under former resident George W. Bush and is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Chao's net worth: about $22 million.

That's chump change in comparison to Trump's choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a major GOP donor whose family's net worth is estimated by Forbes to be $5.1 billion, making them the 88th richest in America - and richer than her would-be boss. According to Forbes, Trump's net worth fell $800 million last year to $3.7 billion, making putting him at No. 156 on the magazine's list of wealthiest people in the U.S. (Trump, who claims to be worth far more than $10 billion, railed against the "bankrupt magazine" last year, when Forbes assigned him a $4.5 million net worth.)

T-rump

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Christmas trees being transported at the Ostseetanne GbR plantation in Alt Steinhorst, Germany.
Photo by Bernd Wuestneck

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Biggest Ever Coral Die-Off

Great Barrier Reef

Warm seas around Australia's Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday.

Their finding of the die-off in the reef's north is a major blow for tourism at reef which, according to a 2013 Deloitte Access Economics report, attracts about A$5.2 billion ($3.9 billion) in spending each year.

"The coral is essentially cooked," professor Andrew Baird, a researcher at James Cook University who was part of the reef surveys, told Reuters by telephone from Townsville in Australia's tropical north.

He said the die-off was "almost certainly" the largest ever recorded anywhere because of the size of the Barrier Reef, which at 348,000 sq km (134,400 sq miles) is the biggest coral reef in the world.

Bleaching occurs when the water is too warm, forcing coral to expel living algae and causing it to calcify and turn white. Mildly bleached coral can recover if the temperature drops and the survey found this occurred in southern parts of the reef, where coral mortality was much lower.

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Declining Caribou Herd

Alaska

The size of a large caribou herd in Alaska's Arctic region has dropped by more 50 percent over the last three years, and researchers who have tentatively ruled out hunting and predation as significant factors for the decline are trying to determine why.

The state's Central Arctic herd, which roams an area of north-central Alaska about the size of Ohio, hit a peak of about 70,000 caribou in 2010.

It fell to 50,000 in 2013. That year, spring arrived late, meaning caribou had to trudge through snow later than usual at a time when their bodies are already stressed and not getting the grasses they need for nutrition.

Surveys by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game suggest the herd dwindled to about 22,000 caribou this year. There has been a higher than normal rate of death among adult female caribou tracked with radio collars but the reason for that is unclear, said state wildlife biologist Beth Lenart.

The department does not believe hunting is a factor in the decline, saying caribou killed by hunters account for a small portion of overall deaths. The department doesn't think predation by wolves and bears plays a large role in regulating Arctic caribou herds, and biologists so far have not detected diseases affecting the herd, Lenart said.

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Nepalese women and children from "Maiti Nepal", a rehabilitation center for victims of sex trafficking, light candles on the eve of World AIDS Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year to raise the awareness in the fight against HIV.
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Want to attend a ladies luncheon with Melania Trump? Or a candlelight dinner with President-elect Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence? Want to hobnob with Trump Cabinet nominees and congressional leaders?

Easy: Simply plunk down $1 million to the Trump inaugural committee - a gift that guarantees high-rolling donors and corporate executives special access to the new leadership about to take over in Washington.

A copy of the package deals offered by the Trump inaugural committee was obtained late Tuesday by Yahoo News. It shows the enticements that are being offered to big contributors who are willing to chip in to help cover the $75 million tab the inaugural committee - chaired by private equity investor and longtime Trump friend Thomas Barrett - is hoping to raise for the event.

As is the custom for presidential inaugurations, the package deals progressively increase in cost - with more access, more events, and more tickets the more you give. These packages are, to say the least, not exactly for the blue-collar workers who helped Trump take Michigan or Ohio. And, given the hefty price tags, they could interfere with Trump's efforts to "drain the swamp" of special interests in the nation's capital.

The lowest-priced offering, at $25,000, gets you two tickets to the Inaugural Parade, an "entertainment-filled" Victory Reception, admission to the Inaugural Concert and Fireworks show and a black-tie ball. The next level, for $100,000 donors, will get you four tickets to those events - plus two tickets for "an intimate policy discussion and dinner" with select Cabinet appointees. A $250,000 check will get will get you all that plus admission for two to the Ladies Luncheon where you get to "meet the ladies of the first families." But if you also want to attend the Candlelight Dinner with Trump and Pence, the price tag for admission for four is $500,000.

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Ratings

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 21-27. Listing include the week's ranking and viewship.

    1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, NBC, 20.88 million.
    2. NFL Football: Kansas City at Denver, NBC, 18.44 million.
    3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 17.27 million.
    4. "NCIS," CBS, 14.86 million.
    5. "Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 14.69 million.
    6. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick," NBC, 13.14 million.
    7. "Dancing with the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 12.08 million.
    8. NFL Football: Houston at Oakland, ESPN, 11.79 million.
    9. NFL Thursday Pre-game, NBC, 11.73 million.
   10. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 11.39 million.
   11. "Dancing with the Stars" (Tuesday), ABC, 10.98 million.
   12. "Bull," CBS, 10.89 million.
   13. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.40 million.
   14. "Football Night in America," NBC, 9.86 million.
   15. "The Voice," NBC, 9.64 million.
   16. "The Voice' (Tuesday), NBC, 9.47 million.
   17. "This Is Us," NBC, 9.00 million.
   18. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 8.97 million.
   19. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 8.50 million.
   20. "Survivor" (Special), CBS, 7.74 million.

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Walker, a 7-year-old polar bear, shakes water from his fur as emerges from the icy pond at the RZSS Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Kingussie, Scotland, on Nov. 30 2016.
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