BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 4 December, 2014

Thursday

4 December, 2014

(Updated Daily)

[1164 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Mark Morford: Scared white guys spur Black Friday gun sales to record high (SF Gate)
Upwards of 175,000 requests for background checks over Black Friday, the FBI says, which is about three requests per second, which is triple the norm but still just behind December 21, 2012, right after the Sandy Hook massacre, when gun sales freakishly skyrocketed. Because nothing says "We need to come together to stop all the gun deaths" than stocking up on bullets in case the scary black president comes to take away your Glock.


Gary Giddins: "La dolce vita: Tuxedos at Dawn" (Criterion)
Tuxedos at dawn.


S Peter Davis: 5 Seemingly Sane Celebrities With Bizarre Paranormal Beliefs (Cracked)
We expect our famous people to be a little bit crazy, because money and fame mess with your head in ways science can barely comprehend. Still, there's a difference between those who, say, think the government staged the 9/11 attacks and those who live their lives in fear of being raped by witches. Which brings us to ...


Richard Allen Smith: Inside the charity industrial complex, where corporations profit off your love of the military (Guardian)
People trust war veterans, but companies just see money to be made. Non-profits need to be more careful of 'camo-washing.'


Jess Zimmerman: "Face it: Girl Scout cookies aren't good. That you can order them online is great" (Guardian)
Nostalgic TV shows you barely remember. Snacks you had to buy from humans. How can you not love life when everything's just a Google search away?


Oliver Burkeman: Keep complaining! It's good for you! (Guardian)
Terrible train delays. Absurdly high prices. Monday. If you think about it, a little moaning goes a long way.



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Trivia Question of the Day


This product, Nebraska's official soft drink, was invented by Edwin Perkins of Hastings, in his mother's kitchen. What is it?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


Introduced in The Lion King, Timon and Pumbaa are based on what characters from Hamlet?


      Rosencrantz and Guildenstern                                                      Source


Timon and Pumbaa are an animated meerkat and warthog duo introduced in Disney's popular 1994 animated film The Lion King.

Timon is a wise-cracking and self-absorbed meerkat who is known for claiming Pumbaa's ideas as his own, while Pumbaa has flatulence issues. However, Pumbaa is also a fierce warrior, charging into battle like a battering ram, and taking great offense if anyone who's not his friend calls him a pig, at which point he exclaims "They call me Mister pig!"-a reference to Sidney Poitier's line "They call me Mister Tibbs!" from the 1967 film In the Heat of the Night.

Based on the characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from Hamlet, Timon and Pumbaa are played by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella.        Source







Charlie was first, and correct, with:
   Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
  Last I heard, they were dead.




Alan J wrote:
   Rosencrantz and Guildenstern



mj said:
   Among the most famous of non-characters
  Rosenkranz and Gildenstern, who, in their own play, were dead.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Rosencrantz and Guildenstern



Adam answered:
   Rosenkrantz and Gildenstern.



Marian, who is under voluntary evacuation orders thanks to the fire that burned the flora that held the dirt the rains are converting to mud and depositing in her backyard, responded:
   Moses and Joseph



Randall wrote:
   I'm guessing Timon and Pumbaa are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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Deborah said:
   I haven't seen the movie - I don't know how, since my kids know it well - so not only do I not know the plot, I also had no idea that it was based on Hamlet.
  Guess I'll have to check it out.
  And I don't know the answer, so I live in suspense until Thursday.




Kevin K. in Washington DC replied:
   Well, any male duo must be based on: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
  But we don't want to hear "Timon and Pumbaa are dead".




Dialectical Daleo of Stormy Springs, Norfuckincali responded:
   Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, scoundrels that be! Hamlet discovers their duplicity and leaveth thems to croak.




DJ Useo answered:
   Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, of course. Ahh, Hamlet. Now that's good drama!
  See it live in person by professionals for a great performance. I know I did.
  ( btw- Disney added the farting, & bug-eating, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern didn't do those things, lol )




MAM   wrote:
   Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ~ Both pairs of characters in both works are provided as relief from the main focus of the stories. Timon and Pumbaa provide a welcome resort from his responisbilities and hauntings of his past by introducing him to the carefree life of "Hakuna Matata", while Rosencrantz and Guildenstern allow the audience to know that Prince Hamlet does enjoy a life outside of the royal house, mingling with fellow scholars-to-be and friends.




BttbBob   returns to say:
   I'm not a fan of Ol' Billy's stuff, so's I don't care. There, I said it... Excoriate me as you will cuz I don't care a whit 'bout that neither... Yeah... nary a whit...
  Take that!... No!... Take this rejection! monty python's the holy grail The French Castle - YouTube (starting about 2:00) and I will finish with...
  "Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time"
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  Har! I'm-a beginnin' to like emerging, from time to time, from being semi-retired, an' all, jus' so's I can be outrageous... I think it's turning into a 'Calling', dontcha know... or, maybe, it's merely 'pre-curmudgeon syndrome'... Yeah, that's it. Har! (again)
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  Goodbye, Ian... Small Faces - Itchycoo Park (1967) 0815007 - YouTube
  You were a memorable part of my teen youth... Thanks ~~~~~

  December 4 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 4 | Famous Birthdays




Joe S     took the day off.
  



Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
  



Sally is on hiatus.
  


  


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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


Scared white guys spur Black Friday gun sales to record high - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford



Arizona Silver Belt The Legend of how Apache Leap got its name: Part I



Arizona energy company trying to tax the sun



Keystone XL opponent Bill McKibben steps down as head of 350.org | Environment | The Guardian



To the Far Right Christian Hater...You Can Be a Good Speller or a Hater, But You Can't Be Both: Official Hate Mail



Storytime with Megan Fox: Field Museum's Fake Science Exposed | Mokena, IL Patch



Iran Uranium Partner Could Get Gift From Lame-Duck Congress
     I can see the site from my place; just 30 or so miles East of here.




Thanks, Michelle!


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BadtotheboneBob

'I could see John Belushi doin' this' File


From the 'I could see John Belushi doin' this' File...

Man accused in topless bar run arraigned

"A homeless man has been arraigned on charges after allegedly stealing an ambulance Sunday so he could "see some pole dancing" at a topless bar in Detroit..."


While the guy's mug-shot bears no resemblance to John (RIP), it is still hilarious... Seriously... Click the link... You'll laugh... I promise. He looks to be what Ol' Steve claimed to be - "A Wild and Crazy Guy!"...

Attention script writers: You gotta put this event in somewhere...

(BCE! readers: If this scene shows up in a film or TV program, ya can tell yer friends ya know who suggested it, eh? - Har!)


BadtotheboneBob



Thanks, B2tbBob!



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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



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Reader Comment

Re: Bobby Keyes

Well I recall the solo from "Can't ya hear me knockin'" on the same album (Sticky Fingers) as Brown Sugar, but after that song. I read the same blurb in my local rag and knew it was a mistake. There's only a slight riff in the coda for Brown Sugar, but an extended solo in 'Can't ya hear me...' There's also a good but small solo on 'Casino Boogie' from "Exile on Main Street".

secondharmonic


Thanks, 2nu!


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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to active@bartcop.com.

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )


Marc Perkel


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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


SANITY CREEPS BACK INTO THE SYSTEM.

"BLACK LIVES MATTER"

"...THE AMERICAN DREAM IS DEAD."

DON'T VOTE FOR THE "HOMUNCULUS".

DON'T INFRINGE ON OUR RIGHT TO KILL PEOPLE!

THE HYPOCRITES!

THE HYPOCRITES! PART TWO.

BLAME BARBRA STREISAND!






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music



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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Rained off & on all day.



Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Mom', then a FRESH '2½ Men', followed by a FRESH 'The McCarthys', then a FRESH 'Elementary'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 10/15/14) are Bill Murray and Foo Fighters with Tony Joe White.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Steve Carell and Max Greenfield.



NBC fills the night with the (LIVE on the east coast, tape-delayed and edited for the left coast) 'Peter Pan Live!'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Chris Rock, Ruth Wilson, and Foo Fighters.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 11/21/14) are Jack McBrayer, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Ex Hex.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/3/14) are Gillian Anderson, Alt-J, and "Thug Kitchen".



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Taste', followed by a RERUN 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Ryan Seacrest and Rebecca Romijn.



The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'Reign'.



Faux has a FRESH 'Bones', followed by a FRESH 'Gracepoint'.



MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.



A&E has 'Beyond Scared Straight', another 'Beyond Scared Straight', still another 'Beyond Scared Straight', followed by a FRESH 'Beyond Scared Straight'.



AMC offers the movie 'Friday Night Lights', followed by the movie 'Home Alone 2: Lost In New York', then the movie 'The Santa Clause 2'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 1 - The Impossible Astronaut
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Day of the Moon
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Tapestry
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 16 - Birthright (Part 1)
 [12:00PM]    Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Bastille Day
 [1:00PM]    Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Act of Contrition
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Prohibition Grille
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 7 - The Greek at the Harbor
 [4:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Sushi Ko
 [5:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Blackberry's
 [6:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Sebastian's
 [7:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Giuseppi's
 [8:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Prohibition Grille
 [9:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Chappy's
 [10:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Amy's Baking Company
 [11:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Prohibition Grille
 [12:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Chappy's
 [1:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Amy's Baking Company
 [2:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Sushi Ko
 [3:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Blackberry's
 [4:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Sebastian's
 [5:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Giuseppi's    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', still another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', and 'Comedy Central's All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Angelina Jolie.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Dr. Paul Farmer.



FX has 3 hours of old 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Zombieland'.



History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawnography', then another FRESH 'Pawnography'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-LOVE DATE HUMP
 [6:30AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-GETTING PREACHY
 [7:00AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-PLIGHT OF THE WORKING CLASS
 [7:30AM]    CLERKS II
 [9:45AM]    THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE
 [11:30AM]    CADDYSHACK
 [1:45PM]    SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
 [4:15PM]    PAYBACK
 [6:30PM]    THREE KINGS
 [9:00PM]    THREE KINGS
 [11:30PM]    PAYBACK
 [1:45AM]    DARK BLUE
 [4:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-DANE COOK WEARS A BLACK BLAZER & TAILORED PANTS
 [5:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CHRIS HARDWICK WEARS A BLACK POLO & WEATHERED BOOTS
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-AMBER TAMBLYN WEARS A LEATHER JACKET & BLACK BOOTIES    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Until You're Blue
 [7:00AM]    The Mission
 [9:45AM]    Unforgiven
 [12:45PM]    Cliffhanger
 [3:15PM]    Tootsie
 [5:45PM]    Spies Like Us
 [8:00PM]    Revenge of the Nerds
 [10:00PM]    Lars and the Real Girl
 [11:45PM]    Revenge of the Nerds
 [1:45AM]    Last Action Hero
 [4:30AM]    Law & Order-Sonata for Solo Organ
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-House of Cards    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'The Wolfman', followed by the movie 'Drive Angry'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jennifer Aniston and Bill Burr.



TCM:
 [6:30 AM]      Now Playing December (2014)
 [7:00 AM]      Bedtime Story (1942)
 [8:30 AM]      The Lady Takes A Sailor (1949)
 [10:15 AM]      I Love Melvin (1953)
 [11:45 AM]      Half A Hero (1953)
 [1:00 PM]      Looking For Love (1964)
 [2:30 PM]      Billie (1965)
 [4:00 PM]      Flipper (1963)
 [5:45 PM]      Ring Of Bright Water (1969)
 [8:00 PM]      Remember the Night (1940)
 [10:00 PM]      Meet John Doe (1941)
 [12:15 AM]      In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
 [2:15 AM]      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
 [4:15 AM]      All Mine to Give (1957)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Friday   -  12/05/14

TCM spends the daylight hours with director Otto Preminger, who was born on this day in 1905, then spends the night with director Charles Walters
 [6:15 AM]      The Human Factor (1980)
 [8:15 AM]      Advise & Consent (1962)
 [10:45 AM]      Saint Joan (1957)
 [12:45 PM]      Man With The Golden Arm (1955)
 [3:00 PM]      The Moon Is Blue (1953)
 [4:45 PM]      Angel Face (1953)
 [6:30 PM]      Laura (1944)

 [8:00 PM]      Good News (1947)
 [9:45 PM]      Easter Parade (1948)
 [11:45 PM]      The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
 [1:45 AM]      The Belle Of New York (1952)
 [3:15 AM]      Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
 [5:00 AM]      Du Barry Was A Lady (1943)
    (ALL TIMES EST)



USA FRESH 'White Collar', followed by a FRESH 'Covert Affairs'.




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network

Me-TV

RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Actress Salma Hayek poses for photographers as she arrive for the film world premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" at the Odeon Leicester Square in central London, December 3, 2014.
Photo by Suzanne Plunkett

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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The Most And Least

Corrupt Countries

Berlin-based watchdog Transparency International published its Corruption Perceptions Index for 2014 on Wednesday.

The index is based on expert opinions of public sector corruption and ranks countries on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

The following table lists the ten most corrupt countries in the world, according to the anti-graft group.
     Somalia 8
     North Korea 8
     Sudan 11
     Afghanistan 12

The following table lists the ten least corrupt countries in the world, according to the index.
     Denmark 92
     New Zealand 91
     Finland 89
     Sweden 87

Corrupt Countries

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Singer-songwriter James Taylor performs in concert at the Royal Farms Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Baltimore.
Photo by Owen Sweeney

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'The Wonder Years' To Smithsonian

Fred Savage

Kevin Arnold's green New York Jets jacket that he always wore in "The Wonder Years" is becoming a piece of history along with other items from the popular TV show.

Fred Savage, who played Arnold, his mother and other cast members from the show donated costumes, studio tapes, scripts and Polaroid photos from the show Tuesday to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Savage says his mom likes to keep everything and had kept the jacket since the show ended in 1993. She would jokingly say the Smithsonian might want it one day. So he was surprised when the museum actually did want it.

Savage now directs TV shows including the hit, "Modern Family." He says "The Wonder Years" was special because it celebrated the achievements of everyday life.

Fred Savage

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Parts Ways With KABC

Larry Elder

KABC, one of the largest AM radio stations in Los Angeles, has parted ways with Larry Elder, one of the channel's most popular talk-show hosts.

The station, owned by Cumulus Media, declined to comment on Elder's departure, though insiders said advertising sales executives were blindsided by the decision and voiced their displeasure to a defensive Drew Hayes, KABC's operations director.

Elder, a sometimes controversial, always passionate and eloquent Libertarian, had been with KABC for about 20 years, though separated into multiple stints.

Beginning today, Elder said he will broadcast his show over the Internet at ElderStatement.com during his former KABC time slot, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Larry Elder

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Joan Chen attends the season premiere of the new Netflix series "Marco Polo" at AMC Lincoln Square on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa

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College Students Live In Retirement Community

Judson Manor

A few of the residents at Judson Manor retirement community in Cleveland, Ohio, aren't quite retirement age yet.

Among the nearly 100 senior residents are a handful of young students from the Cleveland Institute of Music who live there rent-free in exchange for monthly musical performances.

The residents at Judson Manor told CBS News that, despite initial concerns about college students' lifestyles, the pairing of students and seniors has been a great one.

Outside of monthly concerts and daily meals, the students and seniors frequently have coffee together, sharing books, movies, music - and advice.

Judson Manor

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Must Face Lawsuit

GlennBeck

The conservative commentator Glenn Beck failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by a Saudi Arabian student who Beck repeatedly accused of involvement in and being the "money man" behind the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

U.S. District Judge Patti Saris in Boston on Tuesday said Abdulrahman Alharbi's allegations "easily permit an inference" that Beck, his company The Blaze Inc, and a distributor of his radio show were negligent toward him over Beck's comments.

Alharbi, 21, had been a spectator near the marathon's finish line on April 15, 2013, suffering minor injuries when two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd. He was later mentioned in news reports as federal authorities briefly investigated him, and quickly concluded he had no involvement.

The lawsuit claimed that Beck made repeated false statements about Alharbi on his radio show, including that he helped fund the bombing, even after the probe was dropped.

The case is Alharbi v. Beck et al, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, No. 14-11550.

GlennBeck

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Members of an honor guard from the Arapaho and Cheyenne Native American tribes participate in a sunrise gathering marking the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre, at Riverside Cemetery, in Denver, Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014. Denver's oldest cemetery is the resting place for U.S. Army Capt. Silas Soule, a hero to many Native Americans, who was one of two U.S. Army officers who refused to fire on the Native American families killed at the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864.
Photo by Brennan Linsley

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Whining Warmongers

Defense Bill

Quick passage of a sweeping defense policy bill hit a snag on Wednesday over public lands, dividing Senate Republicans.

The $585 billion measure authorizing funds for the military includes several unrelated bills to expand wilderness areas in the West and expand the program streamlining oil and gas permits, a popular step with western state lawmakers.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Jesus Twin), objected to their inclusion and promised to block any attempt to quickly finish the bill next week in the final days of the lame-duck session.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Pissquik), Coburn's Oklahoma colleague and the top Republican on the Armed Service Committee, said he expected senators to work out their differences and pass the bill, which authorizes funds for ships, aircraft and military personnel while expanding U.S. military operations to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Defense Bill

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More than 200 booths offer traditional Thuringian handicrafts and sweets and a Ferris wheel stand on the Christmas Market in front of the Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) and St. Severi's Church in Erfurt, central Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The Erfurt Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
Photo by Jens Meyer

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Canada's High Arctic No Longer Safe Haven

Polar Bears

As climate change has accelerated, scientists have long believed that Canada's far north would serve as polar bears' last sanctuary.

No longer. New research from the University of Alberta has found that as their ice habitat disappears, polar bear populations in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago might be no better off than their southern counterparts.

The entire region's polar bear population could face starvation and reproductive failure by 2100, crossing the "point of no return," according to the study.

The new study, published in the journal PLOS One and led by University of Alberta professor Stephen Hamilton, looks at bears in the 550,000-square-mile region north of the Canadian mainland. The archipelago's narrow channels and 36,000-plus islands make it hard to obtain accurate readings of bear populations and sea ice levels.

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In a Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Chippewa sewing kit, c. 1860-1870, from the collection of Mike Slasinski, is on display at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, in Saginaw, Mich.. Slasinski donated part of his collection of Indian artifacts in memory of his wife Barbara Slasinski.
Photo by Jeff Schrier

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Fracking Ban Starts

Denton, Texas

The first ban on new hydraulic fracturing in Texas went into effect on Tuesday in the city of Denton, a month after voters deemed the oil and gas extraction method behind the U.S. energy boom a community nuisance.

The Texas Oil & Gas Association, an industry group, and the Texas General Land Office filed a lawsuit shortly after voters in the city of 123,000 approved the ban on Nov. 4. The lawsuit aims to allow the technique known as fracking, widely used in the top crude and natural gas producing state in the country.

Denton, a college town about 30 miles (50 kms) north of Dallas, sits atop the natural gas-rich Barnett shale formation, which stretches across 24 North Texas counties.

Fracking was pioneered in the Barnett and Exxon Mobil's XTO unit has been a significant operator here. Fracking mixes pressurized water, sand and chemicals to release hydrocarbons from rock.

Residents in Fort Worth, Denton and other cities above the Barnett, have been at odds with operators, who say the method is safe. Residents and environmental groups says it is noisy, pollutes underground aquifers and is responsible for a series of recent earthquakes to hit the area.

Denton, Texas

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Michael Blaschke carries a taxidermised wolf prior to an exhibition "The return of wolves to North Rhine-Westphalia" in the federal state parliament in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.
Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd

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Prime-Time Nielsens

Ratings

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 24-30. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: Seattle at San Francisco, NBC, 22.85 million.
    2. NFL Football: Denver at Kansas City, NBC, 21.11 million.
    3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 18.36 million.
    4. "NFL Thursday Post-Game," Fox, 16.26 million.
    5. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 16.06 million.
    6. "NCIS," CBS, 16.01 million.
    7. "Dancing With the Stars" (Tuesday), ABC, 15.98 million.
    8. "Dancing With the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 14.87 million.
    9. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 14.81 million.
   10. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 14.47 million.
   11. College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama, ESPN, 13.53 million.
   12. "NFL Thursday Pre-Kick," NBC, 13.46 million.
   13. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 13.24 million.
   14. "Football Night in America," NBC, 12.06 million.
   15. "Dancing With the Stars: Road to the Finals," ABC, 11.31 million.
   16. "Criminal Minds" (Wednesday), CBS, 11.01 million.
   17. "The Mentalist," CBS, 10.9 million.
   18. NFL Football: Baltimore at New Orleans, ESPN, 10.87 million.
   19. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.6 million.
   20. "NFL Thursday Pre-Game," NBC, 9.56 million.

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In Memory

Ian McLagan

Ian McLagan, the keyboard player for English rock bands "Small Faces" and "Faces," died on Wednesday in Texas at the age of 69 due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day, his official web page said.

As a member of Small Faces, McLagan was known for his distinctive Hammond Organ and Wurlitzer electric piano play in one of the most influential mod bands of the 1960s.

The band later changed its name to Faces and after it split up McLagan went on to tour and record with some of the biggest names in pop music, ranging from The Rolling Stones to country music great Lucinda Williams.

The Faces also included rock greats Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones and singer Rod Stewart. The band scored hits in the United States and Great Britain in the 1970s with songs that included "Stay With Me."

McLagan moved to Austin, Texas about 20 years ago and formed the Bump Band. He was a fixture on local radio and the club circuit in a city dubbed "the live music capital of America."

McLagan was scheduled to start a U.S. tour on Wednesday, opening for his former label mate Nick Lowe, his website said.

Ian McLagan

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Photo by Ken Bohn

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