BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 7 February, 2017


7 February, 2017

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Springtime for Scammers (NY Times Column)
Making financial predators great again.

Thomas Black, Jeremy Scott Diamond and Dave Merrill: One Tiny Widget's Dizzying Journey Shows Just How Critical Nafta Has Become (Bloomberg)
Global trade involves a complex web of cross-border journeys, seamless and often invisible to American consumers. As President Donald Trump seeks to rewrite Nafta and other trade accords in an effort to bring jobs back to America, he would do well to follow the meandering path of a single lowly capacitor, a pinkie tip-sized component that stores electrical energy.

Benjamin Zhang: Trump's 'America First' policies are catapulting Boeing into dangerous territory (Business Insider)
For a company like Boeing, President Donald Trump's "America First" policies, which represent a sharp departure for the US, threaten the way the corporation does business.

Victoria Colliver: Republicans face anger over Obamacare repeal during town halls (Politico)
Obamacare supporters showed up in huge numbers to voice concerns over repeal.

Ashifa Kassam: "'You scare the heck out of me': Twitter feed collects Trump voters' regrets" (The Guardian)
Since November, Erica Baguma has been compiling and retweeting a collection of remorseful tweets from Trump voters - and they're split into two camps.

Trump Regrets (Twitter)
Voters regret voting for Trump.

Josh Chafetz: Tweetstorm (Twitter)
Some thoughts on the current state of the separation of powers with respect to Trump: …

Scott Burns: "Social Security: A Tale of Two Menus" (AssetBuilder)
I didn't like the bill for a reason: It would "save" Social Security by making deep cuts in future benefits. Only cuts were on the menu. The younger you are, the deeper the cuts. That's not my understanding of fixing something. It's like saying, "We made the operation a success, but the patients died."

Alanna Vagianos: "21 Women Respond To Trump Telling Female Staff To 'Dress Like Women'" (Huffington Post)
Reminder: There's no one way to dress like a woman.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz ranks first in ketchup in the US with a market share in excess of 50%. What was the first product Henry J. Heinz sold?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In Norse mythology, who rides in a cart or chariot pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr?

       Thor                                                      Source

Thor has two servants, Ţjálfi and Röskva, rides in a cart or chariot pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr (that he eats and resurrects),        Source

zorch was first and correct with:

Alan J said:

Randall wrote:
   THOR the god of thunder

mj replied:
   The Norse Gods
  Seem enamored of alternate transport. The goat boy is Thor.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   Thor. And to get the goats moving, he slaps 'em on the ass with Mjolnir, his hammer.

Adam answered:
   Odin, I believe. No...Thor.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Deborah replied:
   That would be the god Thor. I know very little about Norse mythology; my high school focused on Greek and Roman mythologies.
  My husband is sick and spent yesterday and today laying around reading. The rain yesterday held off long enough for me to get in a fun bike ride. By the end of the Super (snooze) Bowl the rain was pounding. Now it's relented but steady. They're predicting rain every day this week (!!!). Wow.

Joe S     wrote:
   That, of course, would be Thor.

  But did you know Thor also had a horse? Little known fact.

     The Thunder God went for a ride upon his favorite filly,
     "I'm Thor he cried," and the horse replied,
     "You forgot your thaddle, Thilly."

  I remember that from junior high.

DJ Useo took the day off.

MAM     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.

  February 7 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 7 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Fake news for liberals: misinformation starts to lean left under Trump | Media | The Guardian

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft file brief opposing travel ban - SFGate

TRUE BLUE REPORT: These protest signs with Bible cites will confuse and befuddle RWNJs

Dangerous incompetence: Trump did not know the EO he signed put Bannon on National Security Council

While Trump vacations at Mar-a-Lago, 3,000 protesters march to his gates

World's Saddest Trump Rally Draws Just 8 Supporters | The Huffington Post

Michael Moore Rips 'So-Called President' | The Huffington Post

From Holocaust Denial To Hitler Admiration, Google's Algorithm Is Dangerous | The Huffington Post

Trump Attacks 'Out Of Control' California In Sanctuary Fight | The Huffington Post

BBC - Culture - When political comedy is a case of life or death

Child abuse: 7% of Australian Catholic priests alleged to be involved - BBC News

Film site IMDB to shut down message boards - BBC News

The Influencers: 50 people who changed American comedy
     What, no Shelley Berman or Tom Lehrer?

Why Donald Trump Won The Presidency And Why Obamacare Is Getting More Popular : NPR

Are We Eating Our Fleece Jackets? Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food : The Salt : NPR

Yes Asshole, I'm Liberal and I'm Proud of It

Yes Asshole, I'm Liberal and I'm Proud of It

The Republicans' big plan to kill Medicaid is getting more attention and, with it, more opposition

Trump is lonely and crazy in his bunker

Thanks, Michelle!



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Bizarre Flags

15 Bizarre Flags From Around the World (with Pics)


Thanks, Dave!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

The White House Won't Say Whether Donald Trump Played Golf. Here's Why. | The Huffington Post

Report: Trump Not Briefed on Order That Gave Bannon NatSec Seat - The Daily Beast

Super Bowl LI Ads Trolled Donald Trump All Night | The Huffington Post

Heroic Hombres Do Their Duty as American President Talks Smack - The Daily Beast

Building the realm of alternative facts: Trump's lies are enabled by years of right-wing media -

Why Nobody Cares the President Is Lying - The New York Times

Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles -

Pentagon Reportedly Failed To Disclose Up To Thousands Of Air Strikes | The Huffington Post

WATCH: President Trump Falsely Tells US Military 'Dishonest Media' Refusing to Report Terror Attacks - The New Civil Rights Movement

Radiation In Fukushima Is Now At 'Unimaginable' Levels | The Huffington Post

Trump's Radical Anti-Americanism - The New Yorker

Trump's Hiring Freeze Could Imperil Breakthrough Discovery On Bees | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump Is Signing Executive Orders That He Doesn't Read or Understand | GQ

Living in the Trump bubble-anything he doesn't like, isn't real -

White House rattled by McCarthy's spoof of Spicer - POLITICO

Third instance of Conway discussing Bowling Green attack surfaces | TheHill

'America First': From Charles Lindbergh To President Trump : Parallels : NPR

Dr. Seuss Satirized "America First" Decades before Donald Trump Made It Policy



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

Yep, even more rain.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Bull', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are John Oliver, Isabelle Huppert, and the Avett Brothers.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 1/5/17) are Jamie Foxx, Kirsten Dunst, and Zoe Saldana.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Wall', followed by a FRESH 'This Is Us', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ice Cube, Rosamund Pike, and the Band Perry.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Anderson Cooper, Reba McEntire, and dogs from the Westminster Dog Show.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are The Sklar Brothers, Band of Skulls, and Ryan Hurst.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'American Housewife', then a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Will Arnett, Gabrielle Union, Charli XCX, and Dweezil Zappa.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

Faux has a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'The Mick', then a FRESH 'Bones'.

MY recycles an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.

A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH 'Intervention: Codependent', then a FRESH 'Escaping Polygamy'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', followed by the movie 'Man On Fire'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 5-Time Heist
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 6-The Caretaker
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 7-Kill the Moon
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Mummy on the Orient Express
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 9-Flatline
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-In the Forest of the Night
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 21-Meltdown
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 22-Mommie Dearest
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 23-Time Bomb
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 24-All Fall Down
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Resurrection
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Won't Get Fueled Again
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-And How Does That Make You Kill?
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Raging Cannibal
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Bombshell
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 21-Meltdown
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 22-Mommie Dearest
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 23-Time Bomb
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 24-All Fall Down
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Resurrection
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Won't Get Fueled Again
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-And How Does That Make You Kill?
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Raging Cannibal
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Bombshell    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has a FRESH 'BH Social', followed by a FRESH 'Ladies Of London', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Imposters', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Detroiters'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Josh McDermitt, Katie Aselton, and Seth Morris.

FX has the movie 'The Wolverine', followed by a FRESH 'Taboo'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [6:45AM]    AIR FORCE ONE
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Can't Quit You Baby
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-What Is and What Never Should Be
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Heartbreaker
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ramble On
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Over the Hills and Far Away
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hot Dog
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thank You
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Black Dog
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Can't Quit You Baby
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-What Is and What Never Should Be
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Heartbreaker
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ramble On
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Over the Hills and Far Away
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hot Dog
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thank You
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Black Dog
 [4:00AM]    COMEDY CRIB: THE SHOW-Episode 108
 [4:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Maya Rudolph

Sundance  -   
 [6:20AM]    All in the Family-Edith's Fiftieth Birthday
 [6:55AM]    All in the Family-Edith's Fiftieth Birthday
 [7:30AM]    All in the Family-Unequal Partners
 [8:05AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Grand Opening
 [8:40AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Road Back
 [9:15AM]    All in the Family-Archie and the Ku Klun
 [9:50AM]    All in the Family-Mike and Gloria Meet
 [10:25AM]    All in the Family-Edith's Crisis of Faith
 [11:00AM]    Missing in Action
 [1:15PM]    Missing in Action 2: The Beginning
 [3:15PM]    Planet of the Apes
 [5:45PM]    Beneath the Planet of the Apes
 [8:00PM]    Escape from the Planet of the Apes
 [10:15PM]    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
 [12:15AM]    The Warriors
 [2:15AM]    The Reluctant Fundamentalist
 [5:15AM]    M*A*S*H-Cementing Relationships
 [5:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Foster Lady    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then the movie 'Jeepers Creepers 2'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are JB Smooveand Sean Giambrone.

 [7:45 AM]      Destination Tokyo (1943)
 [10:15 AM]      The Dirty Dozen (1967)
 [1:00 PM]      The Divorcee (1930)
 [2:30 PM]      Doctor Zhivago (1965)
 [6:00 PM]      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
 [8:00 PM]      Dreamgirls (2006)
 [10:30 PM]      Fame (1980)
 [1:00 AM]      Fanny (1961)
 [3:30 AM]      Far From The Madding Crowd (1967)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  02/08/17

 [6:30 AM]      Father Of The Bride (1950)
 [8:15 AM]      The Fighting Sullivans (1944)    [AKA: 'The Sullivans']
 [10:15 AM]      Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
 [12:00 PM]      Flight Command (1940)
 [2:00 PM]      For Me And My Gal (1942)
 [4:00 PM]      Forbidden Planet (1956)
 [6:00 PM]      A Foreign Affair (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      Foreign Correspondent (1940)
 [10:15 PM]      42nd Street (1933)
 [12:00 AM]      The French Connection (1971)
 [2:00 AM]      Friendly Persuasion (1956)
 [4:30 AM]      Fury (1936)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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A woman touches Toyota's vehicle decorated as shape of dog at its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 6, 2017.
Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Calls T-rump 'Fraud,' Hypocrite


Sen. Bernie Sander, I-Vt., Sunday described President Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) as a "fraud" and a hypocrite for appealing to the little guy and then packing his Cabinet with billionaires, moving to undo some banking regulations and appointing advisers inclined to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

"This guy ran for president of the United States saying 'I, Donald Trump, I'm going to take on Wall Street. These guys are getting away with murder.' Then suddenly he appoints all these billionaires," said Sanders, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination. He singled out the appointment Treasury Secretary-designate Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive who also ran a mortgage bank that foreclosed on tens of thousands of borrowers during the financial crisis.

"Man, this guy [Trump], he's a good showman, I'll give him that. He's a good TV guy," Sanders said, noting that during the campaign, Trump pledged not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid and railed against Wall Street.

"I think he is going to sell out the middle class and the working class of this country," said Sanders, a strong advocate of Wall Street reform. "He told us, in fact, it's in the Republican platform, he's going to bring back Glass-Steagall, we're going to be dividing up commercial banks from investment banks to insurance companies. Then he has all of the big Wall Street guys on his side, and now he is working for Wall Street."

"You have a president who, I think, in a totally fraudulent campaign said, 'I'm going to stand up for the working people.' Look at his Cabinet, we never had more billionaires in a Cabinet in the history of this country. Look at his appointees. These are people who are going to go after the needs of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor. That is called hypocrisy."



Tate representatives pose for photographs next to British artist David Hockney's "Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy" during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Feb. 6, 2017.
Photo by Matt Dunham


Pre-Super Bowl Interview Ratings Low


President Donald Trump (R-Philanderer) sat down on Sunday afternoon with Fox News for the president's now-customary pre-Super Bowl interview. The segment with "O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly (R-Sexual Predator), which aired during Fox Broadcasting's pre-game coverage around 4 p.m., drew an average audience of 12.2 million viewers.

Here at last we have a true apples-to-apples comparison for a television event with Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama - or at least as close to one as we're going to get for a while - and it's not very flattering for the current Commander-in-Chief.

President Obama's first pre-Super Bowl interview, with NBC's Matt Lauer in 2009, brought in an average audience of 21.9 million viewers in Nielsen's final accounting. The half-hour of 2011's Super Bowl pre-game coverage - which included O'Reilly's highly anticipated interview with Obama - attracted an average audience of 17.3 million. In 2016, Obama's interview drew 14.9 million; in 2015, 16.4 million; in 2014, 18 million.

The Trump-O'Reilly interview drew a 7.8 household rating in Nielsen's metered market overnight ratings. President Obama's last three sit-downs before the Super Bowl drew overnight household ratings of 9.2, 10.2, and 11.5; his first, a 9.6.



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Deletes All Tweets Defending T-rump


Kanye West deleted all of his tweets defending his meeting with President Donald Trump (R-Grifter) sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

West, who met with Trump at Trump Tower in December, explained his meeting with the then-President-elect in the series of now-deleted tweets amid intense backlash from fans and friends like John Legend.

As criticism mounted, West appeared unfazed a day later when he tweeted a picture a signed copy of TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" issue with Trump on the cover.

"To Kanye You are a great friend Thanks," the front cover reads, followed by Trump's signature.

This tweet has also been deleted.



Pakistani volunteers and army soldiers carry a body of a villager killed in an avalanche in Upper Chitral in Pakistan, Feb. 6, 2017.
Photo by Gul Hamaad Farooqi


Denies Travel Ban Praised By T-rump


Kuwait has denied a media report which said it had imposed a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, a story which U.S. President Donald Trump praised on Facebook.

"Smart!" a post on Trump's official Facebook page said on Thursday, linking to a report on Jordanian news website Al Bawaba which alleged that Kuwait had "mirrored" a decision by the Trump administration to temporarily bar travelers from several countries.

The article alleged that "Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans" would not be allowed to enter the Gulf state "while the blanket ban is in place".

But Kuwait's foreign ministry refuted the report, which was widely picked up by news websites popular with Trump supporters including Breitbart, Infowars and Sputnik.

Kuwait "categorically denies these claims and affirms that these reported nationalities ... have big communities in Kuwait and enjoy full rights," a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying on state news agency KUNA on Friday.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Might Have to Surrender Overseas Servers To FBI


Google will have to comply with FBI search warrants seeking access to customer emails stored on servers located outside the United States, judge Thomas Rueter ruled Friday. The decision diverges from an opposite verdict given in a similar case against Microsoft Corp in July last year.

"Though the retrieval of the electronic data by Google from its multiple data centers abroad has the potential for an invasion of privacy, the actual infringement of privacy occurs at the time of disclosure in the United States," Rueter wrote in his ruling.

In the ruling, the judge also wrote that there was "no meaningful interference" in the account holder's "possessory interest" in the data sought in the warrant, Reuters reported Sunday.

Google, though, does not plan to give up the data or the fight to protect it just yet.



Window cleaners work on the outside of the construction site of a new building in Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 6, 2017.
Photo by Narong Sangnak


More Alt Facts


Prevaricator-in-chief T-rump's first speech to active duty troops since taking office went much the same way his first speech to CIA officers went. He celebrated his political triumph, promised his full support and new resources to wipe out "radical Islamic terrorism" and unleashed one of his trademark tirades against the news media.

Speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Monday, Trump gave an abbreviated history of terrorist attacks, from 9/11 to the Paris nightclub attacks to the truck massacre in Nice.

"It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that," he said. He offered no evidence for the accusation, which flies in the face of round-the-clock news coverage of terrorist violence. But one of his senior advisers has repeatedly referred to a Bowling Green, Ky., terrorist attack that did not happen .

The rhetorical onslaught recalled Trump's rant against the news media at CIA headquarters one day after his inauguration. "I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth," he said in those remarks. Trump and his top aides have rarely let a day go by without making similar remarks, which are red meat for his political base.

Like his remarks at the CIA, Trump's speech in Florida left open some questions of how the new president will interact with major parts of the government's national security machine.



Cited Nonexistent 'Bowling Green Massacre' Before


Kellyanne Conway received significant blowback for referring to the non-existent "Bowling Green Massacre" last week, but it wasn't the first time the White House counselor used the poor choice of words, according to Cosmopolitan.

The magazine on Monday reported that Conway made similar claims during an interview that did not appear in its initial story.

In an earlier interview with, she not only used this same phrase but also went a step further in describing the actions of the two Iraqi men involved in the case to which she was referring," the magazine's Kristen Mascia wrote on Monday before describing what Conway told the publication on Jan. 29, prior to the MSNBC interview.

"Conway used the same phrasing, claiming that President Barack Obama called for a temporary 'ban on Iraqi refugees' after the "Bowling Green massacre," Mascia wrote.

After referencing the nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre" during an interview on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" Thursday on MSNBC, Conway tweeted early Friday morning that she had misspoke.



U.S. Backs Off Bid To Reopen

'Black Site' Prisons

The Trump administration has for now backed off a draft executive order that would have called for a review of whether the United States should reopen overseas "black site" prisons, where interrogation techniques often condemned as torture were used, U.S. officials have told Reuters.

The New York Times, citing unidentified officials, on Saturday said the White House was circulating a revised version that did not have language that contemplated reopening the prisons. It said the revised draft did, however, contain parts of the earlier draft, including expanding the use of the military's Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center.

A senior administration official confirmed the initial draft was no longer under consideration. "It was a transition draft never under serious consideration by the administration," the official said. "We have abandoned that transition draft."

The now-defunct CIA program used so-called enhanced interrogation practices torture, including simulated drowning, known as waterboarding, that were criticized around the world and denounced by former President Barack Obama and other senior U.S. officials as torture.

'Black Site' Prisons


Qatar Airways first flight to New Zealand flies over the city of Auckland on its final approach to the airport, Feb. 6, 2017.
Photo by Qatar Airways


Stewards Feel Threatened

Federal Lands

Many of the people who take care of U.S. federal lands and wildlife refuges say their jobs have become more dangerous, according to a new survey.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a nonprofit that represents government staff, released the results of the survey on Feb. 2. The group gathered responses from 104 out of 302 managers of the Fish and Wildlife Service's federal refuge and 364 employees of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), including scientists, archaeologists and public lands managers.

Of those who responded, 1 in 5 federal refuge managers reported that members of their families or staff "have been threatened or harassed in connection with resource management policies. "Nearly half (48 percent) of BLM staff who responded said they face threats to their safety due to resource management issues, according to PEER.

The report comes ahead of this month's criminal trials for seven of the militants who occupied eastern Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last year. The armed occupation lasted for 41 days in a bid to get the U.S. government to give up control of federal lands. Other militants involved were acquitted of federal conspiracy and weapons charges last year, which many environmentalists and other advocates saw as a setback for the protection of public lands.

Eighty-two percent of refuge managers and 70 percent BLM respondents also expressed that the Malheur acquittals were making their jobs more dangerous.

Federal Lands


One In 14 Catholic Priests


Seven percent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, "shocking and indefensible" data showed Monday during an inquiry into paedophilia in the church.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard that 4,444 alleged incidents of pedophilia were reported to church authorities and in some dioceses, more than 15 percent of priests were perpetrators.

Australia ordered the Royal Commission in 2012 after a decade of growing pressure to investigate allegations of child abuse across the country, with the inquiry now in its final phase after four years of hearings.

"Between 1950 and 2010, overall seven percent of priests were alleged perpetrators," said Gail Furness, the lawyer leading questioning at the inquiry in Sydney.

"The accounts were depressingly similar. Children were ignored or worse, punished. Allegations were not investigated. Priests and religious (figures) were moved," she added.



'Space Junk' Mission Fails


An experimental Japanese mission to clear 'space junk' or rubbish from the Earth's orbit has ended in failure, officials said Monday, in an embarassment for Tokyo.

Over 100 million pieces of garbage are thought to be whizzing around the planet, including cast-off equipment from old satellites and bits of rocket, which experts say could pose risks for future space exploration.

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) were trying to test an electrodynamic 'tether' -- created with the help of a fishing net company -- to slow down the orbiting rubbish and bring it into a lower orbit.

The hope was that the clutter -- built up after more than five decades of human space exploration -- would eventually enter the Earth's atmosphere and burn up harmlessly before it had a chance to crash into the planet.

The disappointment is the latest failure to hit JAXA and comes just weeks after the agency had to abort a mission that sought to use a mini-rocket to send a satellite into orbit.




A detail of designs painted on a buffalo during the Buffalo Painting Festival (Tich Dien) in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam, Feb. 2, 2017.
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