BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 31 December, 2015


31 December, 2015

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[1554 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Mandate Memories (NY Times Blog)
Fortunately, once in office [Obama] was a stronger advocate for health reform than I feared - including for necessary pieces he opposed in the primary; what we actually ended up with was, strictly speaking, Hillarycare.

Paul Krugman: Policy Effectiveness Since 2008 (NY Times Blog)
If fiscal policy is as effective as ever, if not more so, then austerity policies did immense damage, and we really need to be ready to do stimulus in the next downturn. But that has no chance of taking place if even economists who should be well-informed just make up a policy history that never happened.

Mark Morford: New poll! Hillary infuriates, but Trump nauseates (SF Gate)
But even most Republicans can't deny [Hillary] Clinton's remarkable intelligence and powerful political savvy. She is a consummate pro. She will make an outstanding, if deeply compromised, president - just not in any of the ways the white male Republican guard would prefer.

Mark Morford: 15 essential New Years resolutions you still have time to make (SF Gate)
3. (Choose any three): Marry up, ride hard, live free, eat less, exercise more, open wide, die young, dance naked, run wild, spring forward, fall apart, come together, go green, keep calm, dream/rock/carry on, power up, shut down, kiss off, be well, smile often, phone home, tune in, drop dead, stay classy.

The Clinton Foundation: About Us
Because of our work, more than 30,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 85,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; more than 33,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced annually across the United States; over […]

Stuart Heritage: NWA, Breaking Bad and Bake Off: was there any pop culture the Tories didn't ruin in 2015? (The Guardian)
Whether it was the acclaimed Pennsylvania rock of the War on Drugs or Strictly Come Dancing, not many beloved items of pop culture were safe from the Conservatives' cultural kiss of death.

Associated Press: 'Affluenza' Teen Who Got Probation For Killing 4 Captured In Mexico After Weeks On Run (TPM)
A Texas sheriff said Tuesday an arrest warrant will be issued for a Texas woman who was found with her son in Mexico, a teenager on probation after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck and invoking an "affluenza" defense.

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

At their peak in 1967, what band outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones?

       The Monkees                                                      Source

The Monkees are an American rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Torkand Englishman Davy Jones. The band's music was initially supervised by producer Don Kirshner.

The Monkees have sold more than 75 million records worldwide and had international hits, including "Last Train to Clarksville", "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "Daydream Believer" and "I'm A Believer". At their peak in 1967, the band outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   The Monkees.

Sandra said:
   the doors

Robert wrote:
   I told you to stop monkeying around!

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Monkees

Suzette replied:
   Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
  Greatest guitarist ever

Adam answered:
   The Monkees.

Deborah wrote:
   I blew Tuesday's TQ; completely forgot about that sappy jet plane song.
  Pretty sure I'm right that today's answer is the Monkees. I was a fan. I was also a fan of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and Thunderclap Newman and Steel-Eye Span. I'm a fan of most music.
  Two more days and we get to start anew. Oboy.

Stephen F said:

Kevin the K. in Washington, DC replied:
   I am gonna guess: The Monkees.
  People forget how popular they were, and how integrated they were into the pop landscape at the time. Pete Townshend revealed in his auto-biography that he saw them as competition due to their hit-making ability, and Michael Nesmith was hanging out with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at the Beatles recording sessions for "A Day In The Life".

Marian answered:
   the Monkees

Roy responded:

Lois Of The Primate House said:
   I get it! 2016 is the Year Of The Monkey! So many monkeys! I myself am eagerly awaiting their uprising and pledge my allegiance to our benevolent monkey masters! Their rule could only improve things at this point. Hope everyone has a safe and sane New Year's Eve, rocking out with Zombie Dick Clark who, despite being dead, rocks on .

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   Fuck the NBC created jovial assholes, The Monkees. What a waste of time and airplay they were. I see that "Circus Boy" Mickey Dolenz is bringing some kind of show to Folsom after the first of the year. Wowie Zowie! Something for the Teeny-Boppers of that era to salivate over. Yes, we even had Cretans of that ilk in the hip, slick and cool Bay Area of the Sixties.

MAM   wrote:
   "The Monkees" ~ Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork and Englishman Davy Jones.

Joe S     answered:
   I got this one, it's The Monkees. I've never been able to figure out why The Monkees are so well liked and Milli Vanilli was vilified. Both were made-up musical groups, What's the difference. And then there was Boney M, but no one says much about them either way. I never cared much for the Monkees bubblegum music, but that's just me. I really like Michael Nesmith. For that manner I like Milli Vanilli and Boney M too. I mean, it's all entertainment, right? Why get up tight about it. These made-up musical groups are probably more real than the "reality" shows on TV.

mj took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

DJ Useo 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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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

15 essential New Years resolutions you still have time to make - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Woman sues over Catholic hospital's denial of tubal ligation - SFGate

This Is The Earliest Known Reference To The 'Demon Star'

Long-duration Mississippi River Flood event underway

NBC Promotes Desert Destruction

Texas Christian claims she diverted tornado to another neighborhood: 'God had given us authority over the winds'

Middle East still rocking from first world war pacts made 100 years ago | World news | The Guardian

Obama cries as Aretha Franklin proves why she's the queen of soul | Music | The Guardian

Rakhigarhi: Indian town could unlock mystery of Indus civilisation | World news | The Guardian

BBC - Culture - Ten films to watch in 2016

Should we solar panel the Sahara desert? - BBC News

A Nigerian Actress Had An Unlikely Dream: Make A Movie About Fistula : Goats and Soda : NPR

Happiness Is a Warm Gun (1968) - Purple Clover - Purple Clover

Hugh Glass: How accurate is The Revenant? A history of a folk tale.

2 California judges hand the misleading 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers' their asses-again

Farmers Try Political Force to Twist Open California's Taps - The New York Times

The Daily Bucket: Aravaipa Canyon
    I've been to this lovely place in search of Fire Agate. We camped overnight next to Deer Creek and spotted cougar tracks in mud the next morning. Very wild.

Thanks, Michelle!



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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Last Night

ME TV has epidsodes of 'Bonanza' on in the afternoon, and they all start with the old NBC 'in living color' peacock.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', then a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a RERUN '2 Broke Girls', then a RERUN 'Elementary'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 11/18/15) are Sharon Stone, Justin Theroux, and James Taylor.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 10/7/15) are Jamie Lee Curtis, Sharon Osbourne, and Elyes Gabel.

NBC begins the night with the FRESH 'A Toast To 2016', followed by the FRESH 'NBCs New Year's Eve Game Night With Andy Cohen'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 10/28/15) are Sandra Bullock and Rod Stewart.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/17/15) are Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch, Paula Pell.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/9/15) are Mat Franco, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Margaret Qualley.

ABC fills the night with the FRESH 'Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2016'.
Jimmy Kimmel is pre-empted.

The CW offers a RERUN 'iHeartRadio (formerly Clear Channel) Music Festival'.

Faux has the FRESH 'Pitbull's New Year's Revolution'.

MY here fills the night with LIVE 'NHL Hockey'.

A&E has all 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers all 'Walking Dead' all night.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 3 - School Reunion
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 4 - The Girl In The Fireplace
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 5 - Rise Of The Cybermen
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 6 - The Age Of Steel
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 7 - The Idiot's Lantern
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 8 - The Impossible Planet
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 9 - The Satan Pit
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 10 - Love & Monsters
 [2:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 11 - Fear Her
 [3:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 12 - Army of Ghosts
 [4:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 13 - Doomsday
 [6:30PM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE NEXT DOCTOR: The Waters of Mars
 [12:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE SNOWMEN: The Time Of The Doctor
 [1:20AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE NEXT DOCTOR: The Waters of Mars
 [2:40AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE NEXT DOCTOR: The Waters of Mars
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 4 - Daleks In Manhattan
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 5 - Evolution Of The Daleks    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by the movie 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

Comedy Central has all old 'Drunk History' all night.
The Daily Show is pre-empted.
@Midnight is pre-empted.

FX has the movie 'The Hangover Part II', followed by the movie 'Horrible Bosses', then the movie 'Ted'.

History has all 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture
 [7:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prank Day
 [7:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Corvette Caper
 [8:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Birthday
 [8:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
 [9:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
 [9:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
 [10:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
 [10:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
 [11:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Can't Quit You Baby
 [11:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-What Is and What Never Should Be
 [12:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Heartbreaker
 [12:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ramble On
 [1:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Over the Hills and Far Away
 [3:45PM]    PAUL
 [6:00PM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Claims Are Made and a Journey Ensues
 [6:30PM]    TODD MARGARET-A Plan Is Hatched and a Date Is Not a Date
 [7:00PM]    TODD MARGARET-The Snooker Player, the Black Canadian, the Turkish Terrorist, and the Peanut
 [7:30PM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Brent Wilts Arrives and Things Take a Turn for the Worse
 [8:00PM]    TODD MARGARET-Where Todd and Brent Misjudge the Mood of a Solemn Day
 [8:30PM]    TODD MARGARET-What Can Only Be Considered a Dreadful Day for Todd
 [9:00PM]    TODD MARGARET-Todd's Terrible Day Ends and His Next Terrible Day Begins
 [9:30PM]    TODD MARGARET-Todd and His Valet Arrive in Leeds and What They Saw There
 [10:00PM]    TODD MARGARET-How the Liver and the Salad Conspired to Ruin Todd's Good Deed
 [10:30PM]    TODD MARGARET-In Which Todd Accidentally Learns a Secret and Brent and Doug Get Closer to Further From the Truth
 [11:00PM]    TODD MARGARET-The Crime Scene, The Storyteller and the Sanctimonious Tower of Morality
 [11:30PM]    TODD MARGARET-Conclusion
 [12:00AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Increasingly Soon Return of Todd Margaret
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
 [12:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
 [1:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Garage Sale
 [1:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Moon Over Point Place
 [2:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Reefer Madness
 [2:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [3:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misty Mountain Hop
 [3:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
 [4:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Down the Road Apiece
 [4:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Take It or Leave It
 [5:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bohemian Rhapsody
 [5:45AM]    TODD MARGARET-The Increasingly Soon Return of Todd Margaret    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    The Writers' Room-Breaking Bad
 [7:00AM]    Donnie Brasco
 [10:00AM]    The Perfect Storm
 [1:00PM]    Stand by Me
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Family Business
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Menace
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Turnaround
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Double Down
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-We Like Mike
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Passion
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Past Imperfect
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Terminal
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Harvest
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Nullification
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Baby, It's You
 [2:00AM]    Law & Order-Expert
 [3:00AM]    Domino    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Twilight Zone', another 'Twilight Zone', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then back to the 'Twilight Zone'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 12/17/15) are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver,Lupita Nyong'o, and Gwendoline Christie.

 [6:15 AM]      4 For Texas (1963)
 [8:15 AM]      The Cocoanuts (1929)
 [10:00 AM]      A Day At The Races (1937)
 [12:00 PM]      A Night at the Opera (1935)
 [2:00 PM]      Animal Crackers (1930)
 [4:00 PM]      Monkey Business (1931)
 [5:30 PM]      Horse Feathers (1932)
 [6:45 PM]      Duck Soup (1933)
 [8:00 PM]      The Thin Man (1934)
 [9:45 PM]      After the Thin Man (1936)
 [11:45 PM]      Another Thin Man (1939)
 [1:45 AM]      Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
 [3:30 AM]      The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
 [5:15 AM]      Song of the Thin Man (1947)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday   -  01/01/16

 [6:45 AM]      Things To Come (1936)
 [8:30 AM]      Soylent Green (1973)
 [10:15 AM]      The Fly (1958)
 [12:00 PM]      Them! (1954)
 [1:45 PM]      Time After Time (1979)
 [3:45 PM]      The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
 [5:30 PM]      Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
 [8:00 PM]      The Magnificent Seven (1960)
 [10:15 PM]      M (1951)
 [12:00 AM]      Victor Victoria (1982)
 [2:30 AM]      The Long Night (1947)
 [4:15 AM]      The Outrage (1964)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Nepalese Gurung community men and women wear traditional attire as they dance at a parade to mark their New Year known as "Tamu Loshar" in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. The indigenous Gurungs, also known as Tamu, are celebrating the advent of the year of the monkey.
Photo by Niranjan Shrestha


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Man With An Opinion

George Lucas

While Disney has to be pleased with the way its $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm is turning out, thanks to the galactic success of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the man who created the "Star Wars" universe doesn't feel the same way.

In an interview with Charlie Rose, George Lucas spoke about everything from his and Disney's branching vision to the deal itself. Lucas, who has always been protective of his series and even refers to them as his "kids," hasn't been looking back well on the deal with Disney (via Collider).

"I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…," Lucas said before laughing and deciding it better not to finish. (See the interview below. Lucas mentions the "white slavers" around the 50-minute mark)

The father of "Star Wars" also opened up about why he and Disney were split on their decisions for the franchise's future.

"They looked at the stories, and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans,'" Lucas said. "They decided they didn't want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. … They weren't that keen to have me involved anyway - but if I get in there, I'm just going to cause trouble, because they're not going to do what I want them to do. And I don't have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up," he said. "And so I said, 'OK, I will go my way, and I'll let them go their way.'"

George Lucas


A man with his body painted gold is seen during the annual Calabar cultural festival in Calabar, Nigeria, December 28, 2015. Picture taken December 28, 2015.


Tries To Build Brands

Pot Industry

Snoop Dogg has his own line of marijuana. So does Willie Nelson. Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine.

As the fast-growing marijuana industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream industry, there's a scramble to brand and trademark pot products.

The celebrity endorsements are just the latest attempt to add cachet to a line of weed. Snoop Dogg calls his eight strains of weed "Dank From the Doggfather Himself." Nelson's yet-to-be-released line says the pot is "born of the awed memories of musicians who visited Willie's bus after a show."

The pot industry's makeshift branding efforts, from celebrity names on boxes of weed to the many weed-themed T-shirts and stickers common in towns with a legal marijuana market, show the industry taking halting steps toward the mainstream.

Problem is, those weed brands aren't much more substantial than the labels they're printed on. Patents and trademarks are largely regulated by the federal government, which considers marijuana an illegal drug and therefore ineligible for any sort of legal protection.

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Farmers Try A New Crop


The colourful butterflies fluttering through Zanzibar's Jozani forest are beautiful to look at, but for farmers and charcoal producers in the region, they mean something more: a paycheck.

In an effort to protect the island's threatened forest, local people are being trained to rear butterflies, under a scheme that tries to prevent deforestation by giving people a financial stake in keeping the forest intact.

Jozani forest, which lies between the mangrove-filled bays of Chwaka and Uzi on Unguja Island, is a large mature woodlands that is home to an array of endangered species, including the colourful Red colobus monkey.

But for all its beauty, the forest is under huge pressure from rapid deforestation due to charcoal production and unsustainable farming.

A community-run initiative, the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, aims to change that by retraining charcoal producers in villages surrounding the forest as butterfly farmers.



Isabel Olaechea sits still as shamans perform a ritual at the "Mercado de Deseos" in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Olaechea is hoping the ceremony will help her earn enough money to buy a home in 2016. She paid about 20 US dollars for the rite at the Market of Wishes, which sets up for about a week at the end of the year.
Photo by Martin Mejia


Archangel Ancient Tree Archive


An experiment in regrowing forests of the world's oldest trees led environmentalists this week to climb a nine-story tall, 2,000-year-old cypress in central Florida known as Lady Liberty.

After plucking cuttings from her crown, climbers packed them on ice and shipped the specimens overnight to the nonprofit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive's nursery in northern Michigan.

Organizers hope to root the clippings to grow genetically identical trees that will be replanted elsewhere in Florida in an effort to grow a new forest of giant cypresses.

The organization is engaged in similar projects in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Ireland and England to preserve the offspring of the best surviving specimens of ancient trees.

"If you ask any of us why we're doing it, it's for our grandchildren," said David Milarch, co-founder of the group, which aims to build new forests of 200 clones and younger trees to promote cross-pollination and help combat global warming.



Wake-up Call


Crowdfunded Movie Draws Lawsuit

'Star Trek'

For decades, Paramount and CBS have tolerated and even encouraged fans of the Star Trek franchise to use their imagination at will, but on Tuesday the entertainment companies went to their battle stations and launched a legal missile at a production company touting the first independent Star Trek film.

Axanar, the subject of a lawsuit filed on Friday in California federal court, is no ordinary Star Trek film. The forthcoming feature film (preceded by a short film) is the source of more than $1 million in crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The producers, led by Alec Peters, aim to make a studio-quality film. As the pitch to investors put it, "While some may call it a 'fan film' as we are not licensed by CBS, Axanar has professionals working in front and behind the camera, with a fully-professional crew - many of whom have worked on Star Trek itself - who ensure Axanar will be the quality of Star Trek that all fans want to see."

Paramount and CBS see a violation of their intellectual property.

Axanar has become one of the biggest film projects in Kickstarter history and has been nearing warp speed with the reported help of Star Trek actor George Takei. The film mines subject area referenced in the late 1960s Gene Roddenberry television series and appears to be a prequel.

'Star Trek'


People wearing bear furs perform during a festival of New Year ritual dances attended by hundreds in Comanesti, northern Romania, Wednesday, Dec. 30 2015. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, toured from house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil, in the present the tradition has moved to Romania's cities too, where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money.
Photo by Vadim Ghirda


Pacts Of Silence Unraveling


One former Chilean soldier said he shot 10 people in the head and then blew up their bodies with dynamite. Another said his platoon drenched two teens with gasoline and set them on fire.

Both confessions made publicly this year have shocked Chileans with details of crimes committed during the Andean nation's bloody 1973-1990 dictatorship. Human rights groups and families of victims believe they are a clear sign military pacts of silence that have hushed up many of the atrocities committed during the rule of Gen. Augusto Pinochet may finally be unraveling.

"Criminals can't take the guilt any longer," said Veronica de Negri, whose 19-year-old son, Rodrigo Rojas, was burned to death at a 1986 protest against Pinochet. "They're going to continue coming out. It's a domino effect. More and more will talk."

For nearly three decades, many perpetrators enjoyed impunity. But after a former soldier testified this year about Rojas' killing, in July a judge charged seven ex-soldiers with the attack, which also severely burned another teen, Carmen Quintana.

U.S. documents published this year indicated Pinochet covered up the military's role in the slaying of Rojas, who was a U.S. resident visiting his native Chile. The case drew worldwide condemnation and strained the regime's relationship with Washington.



Man's Opinions


The University of Hawaii didn't violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for a Caltech-educated aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, a panel of federal appeals court judges ruled Tuesday.

Mark Oyama earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a master's degree in physics from the University of Hawaii. In 2010, he enrolled in the secondary education certification program at the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus, which is the state's only nationally accredited institution that recommends students for certification as secondary school teachers.

"Oyama's statements concerning sexual relationships between adults and children were of central concern to the faculty," according to a ruling by the panel of judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a class assignment he wrote: "Personally I think that online child predation should be legal, and find it ridiculous that one could be arrested for comments they make on the Internet." He went on to write that "real life child predation should be legal" as long as it's consensual and that the age of consent should be "either 0, or whatever age a child is when puberty begins."

When a professor discussed the statements with Oyama, he said it would be fine for a 12-year-old student to have a consensual relationship with a teacher, but that he would obey the law and report the relationship, according to the ruling.

Oyama made other comments his professors found concerning, such as disabled students being "fakers."



People on horses make their way over snow covered meadows near Haller, Austria, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. The weather forecast predicts cold weather with rain for the upcoming days.
Photo by Matthias Schrader


Lion To Get Second Vasectomy


A South African lion called Brutus who fathered three "miracle" cubs despite having had a vasectomy in his youth is going back to the vet to have the operation a second time.

Brutus and his partner Nala, who live at the Drakenstein Lion Park near Cape Town, stunned staff at the sanctuary when she gave birth to the cubs just before Christmas.

"We are a non-breeding sanctuary and Brutus before he became sexually mature had a vasectomy which we assumed worked because for the last three years there has been no offspring," the park's owner Paul Hart told Reuters by phone on Tuesday.

"So we were taken completely by surprise by the cubs."

Local media reports jokingly referred to a "Christmas Miracle" or "White Christmas" as the animals are rare white lions - an unusual genetic mutation.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 21-27. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: New York Giants at Minnesota, NBC, 17.87 million.
    2. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 14.22 million.
    3. "The OT," Fox, 13.09 million.
    4. NFL Football: Detroit at New Orleans, ESPN, 10.90 million.
    5. "NCIS," CBS, 10.80 million.
    6. "Football Night in America," NBC, 10.67 million.
    7. "60 Minutes Presents," CBS, 10.54 million.
    8. "The Big Bang Theory" (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 8.52 million.
    9. "The Big Bang Theory" (Monday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 8.42 million.
   10. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 8.20 million.
   11. NFL Football (Saturday): Washington at Philadelphia, NFLN, 8.15 million.
   12. "Undercover Boss," CBS, 7.89 million.
   13. "I Love Lucy Christmas Special," CBS, 7.39 million.
   14. NFL Football (Thursday), San Diego at Oakland, NFLN, 7.08 million.
   15. Thursday Night Football Post-game, NFLN, 6.92 million.
   16. "CSI Finale," CBS, 5.99 million.
   17. "Great Christmas Light Fight," ABC, 5.64 million.
   18. "The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday), CBS, 5.36 million.
   19. "The Andy Griffith Special," CBS, 5.20 million.
   20. "Blue Bloods Special," CBS, 5.09 million.




In this Dec. 22, 2015, photo provided by the Detroit Zoological Society, newly acquired gentoo penguins walk around in a special quarantine area at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich. The flock of 20 have joined three other gentoo penguins that arrived earlier this year and await completion of their new home, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, which is scheduled to open in April with more than 80 penguins.
Photo by Jennie Miller



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