BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Tuesday

28 February, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[25 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The Uses of Outrage (NY Times Column)


Civil society needs to take a stand.


Malcolm Nance: The story of the week is Trump, Russia and the FBI. The rest is a distraction (The Guardian)
The White House reportedly tried to influence an active counter-intelligence investigation. All else, press ban included, is designed to deflect attention.


Paul Blumenthal: Buoyed By Anti-Trump Activism, Democrat Wins Delaware Special Election (Huffington Post)
The turnout of volunteers made a huge difference as Hansen crushed her Republican opponent with unusually high turnout for a special election.


Igor Bobec: "The First 100 Lies: The Trump Team's Flurry Of Falsehoods" (Huffington Post)
The president and his aides succeeded in reaching the mark in just 36 days.


Jacob Sugarman: How Milo Yiannopoulos Was Brought Down by a 16-Year-Old Canadian Girl (AlterNet)
The Breitbart editor had a six-figure book deal and the adoration of the right. It was all undone with a single tweet.


Joan Walsh: ?49 Years Ago, Harry Belafonte Hosted the Tonight Show-and It Was Amazing (The Nation)
He interviewed RFK and MLK months before their deaths. Fifteen of 25 guests were African American.


Michelle Hanson: Can someone remind me why we need free schools at all? (The Guardian)
It's galling for free-school headteachers in shiny new buildings to tell others how to teach: comprehensive teachers need medals, not more condescension'


Dr. Michael Gregor: What are the Healthiest Foods? (YouTube; 5:17)
Executive Summary: Eat veggies and other whole plants.



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Trivia Question of the Day


What is the more common term for mythomania?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


In 1961, a computer at Bell Labs was programmed to 'sing' a song in the earliest demonstration of computer speech synthesis. What is the title of that song?


       "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)"                                                      Source


"Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" is a popular song, written in 1892 by Harry Dacre, with the well-known chorus, "Daisy, Daisy / Give me your answer, do. / I'm half crazy / all for the love of you", ending with the words, "a bicycle built for two".

The song is said to have been inspired by Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick, one of the many mistresses of King Edward VII.

It is the earliest song sung using computer speech synthesis, as later referenced in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

In 1961, an IBM 704 at Bell Labs was programmed to 'sing' "Daisy Bell" in the earliest demonstration of computer speech synthesis.        Source







Randall was first and correct with:
   Daisy Bell
    Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do
    I'm half crazy



    all for the love of you
    It won't be a stylish marriage
    I can't afford a carriage
    but you'll look sweet
    upon the seat
    of a bicycle built for two




Mark. wrote:
   The computer HAL sang "Bicycle Built for Two" in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. I'm pretty sure Kubrick chose the song in the movie to mirror what happened in real life. Therefore I'll guess that the Bell Labs computer sang "Bicycle Built for Two" in 1961.



Alan J replied:
   Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two).



mj said:
   Would you like to hear a song, Dave?
  Daisy was the tune.




Adam answered:
   Daisy (A Bicycle Built For Two)



Deborah responded:
   The computer "sang" the "Daisy Bell" song, aka "Bicycle Built for Two." I have a bike like that, and it has a bell. Good choice, Bell labs.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Daisy Bell



Billy in Cypress said:
   "Daisy Bell" was the computer's first song. It was a sweet song that sounded like Stephen Hawking.
  Now, the CPDJT-ID cyborgs are only programmed to sing the "Lie of the Day" and praise his turdiness.




Dale of Sunshine Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   Daisy Bell ("A Bicycle Built for Two") was sung by Hal 9000 as he was going to sleep. A bunch of us dropped and went to see "Space Odyssey 2001' back in the time when doing that kind of shit was FUN!



DJ Useo responded:
   I always remember this by word association. I think of the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey, & how
  H.a.L. sings "Daisy" & then I add "belle" for "Daisy Belle".





Joe S     answered:
   I skipped a lot of questions that I knew the answer right off and didn't bother to respond until this one that I had to look up. The answer, Daisy Bell. I guessed Mary Had a Little Lamb, but I think that was the first recorded song. I could be wrong.



Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.
  



MAM     took the day off.
  



Marian took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  February 28 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 28 | 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


'Angry white men': the sociologist who studied Trump's base before Trump | World news | The Guardian



Just who are these 300 'scientists' telling Trump to burn the climate? | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian



"The press is the light that makes the roaches scatter."



George W. Bush Throws Shade At Donald Trump | The Huffington Post



BBC - Earth - The disaster that helped end the US whaling industry



BBC - Travel - The island of lost explorers



Opinion: My Sister Is Battling a Brain Tumor, Why Doesn't ICE Let Her Go? - NBC News



Guess How Much Of Uncle Sam's Money Goes To Foreign Aid. Guess Again! : Goats and Soda : NPR



Justice Department Reverses Position On Texas Voter ID Law Case : NPR



How The Media Are Using Encryption Tools To Collect Anonymous Tips : All Tech Considered : NPR



Photographer Builds A 'Photo Ark' For 6,500 Animal Species And Counting : NPR



Eight rangers killed in grim week for wildlife protectors | Environment | The Guardian



Climate Change Is Shrinking the Colorado River and It Will Only Get Worse, Scientists Say | The Weather Channel



Across the heartland, Trump voters are a bit confused as to what the hell they voted for



Check out these 'massive' pro-Trump rallies around the country today. Sad!



A Tale of Two Texases



Vandalism and bomb threats are what happen when an anti-Semite is allowed in the White House



Arizona House speaker won't hear controversial bill about rioting - ABC15 Arizona




Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Comment

Oscars


Just heard a snippet of Les Moonves, head of the network that did NOT carry the Oscars, with great tact & empathy for the poor people at PW who will be taking the heat for the envelope mess, say he wouldn't hesitate to fire the entire company. "They only had one job to do..."

It's true that someone, or several people, should be held accountable for the mistake, but I HATE bosses who are so willing to boil things down like that--there were lots of people at PW involved in collecting votes, tabulating votes, preparing envelopes, etc--and call for firing everyone from the comfort of his executive perch. Moonves just moved, in my estimation, to the "ass" column in the book of life.


Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.


Thanks, Linda!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


George W. Bush Throws Shade At Donald Trump | The Huffington Post



I Gave Donald Trump A Chance, And Then He... | The Huffington Post



Trump seeks bragging rights with budget that bloats military, slashes everything else - dailykos.com



Can Republicans Be Trusted to Investigate Trump's Russia Scandal? | Mother Jones



Trump: 'Nobody Knew That Health Care Could Be So Complicated' - TPM



REVEALED: Sean Spicer enlisted CIA director and GOP watchdogs to push back on Russia reports - rawstory.com



Trump takes the "shackles" off: Mass deportations begin as the world looks on in outrage - Salon.com



WATCH: George W. Bush criticizes Donald Trump's attitudes toward free press, Russia - Salon.com



Sanders: 'Entire world is watching' Trump and Bannon's reaction to anti-Semitism - POLITICO



Monday pro-Trump rallies a massive flop as event photos show tiny crowds - rawstory.com



Retired generals urge Congress not to cut funds for diplomacy | TheHill



Trump: 'Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated' - POLITICO



Trump Approval Rating at Historic Low - The Daily Beast



Trump: Oscar Mix-Up Happened Because The Focus Was On Attacking Me | The Huffington Post





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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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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


"DON'T HIDE BEHIND MY SON'S DEATH"

A SO SO OSCARS WITH AN UNBELIEVABLE FINAL ACT!

TO TRUMP OR NOT TO TRUMP?

A BIG DOG ROLLS OVER AND PLAYS DEAD!






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Rain, again.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS on the east coast begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by 'Live Lumpy Lying', then a RERUN 'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a RERUN 'Man With A Plan'.
CBS on the left coast, the night starts early with 'Live Lumpy Lying', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS', then a RERUN 'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a RERUN 'Man With A Plan', then pad with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Lisa Kudrow, Josh Earnest, and Tony Rock.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Michelle Monaghan, Bradley Whitford, and London Grammar.



NBC on the east coast starts the night with FRESH 'The Voice', followed by 'Live Lumpy Lying', then a RERUN 'The Wall'.
NBC on the left coast, starts the night early with 'Live Lumpy Lying', followed by some local crap, then a FRESH 'The Voice', and a RERUN 'The Wall'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Michael Shannon, Alicia Keys, and John Mellencamp featuring Martina McBride.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Aubrey Plaza, Whoopi Goldberg, Dustin Lance Black, Reza Aslan, and Vinnie Colaiuta.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Kurt Braunohler, the Appleseed Cast, and Desus & Mero.



ABC on the east coast opens the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', then 'Live Lumpy Lying', followed by a RERUN 'American Housewife', and '20/20'.
ABC on the left coast, the night opens early with 'Live Lumpy Lying', followed by a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', followed by a RERUN 'American Housewife', some local crap and '20/20'
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Catherine Zeta-Jones, James Harden, and Hank "The Knife" Knutley.



The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a RERUN 'Riverdale'.



Faux has a FRESH 'The New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'The Mick', and some local crap.



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



A&E has all old 'Intervention' all night.



AMC offers the movie 'Escape Plan', followed by the movie 'The Italian Job'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Amy's Choice
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-The Hungry Earth-Part 1.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Cold Blood-Part 2.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Vincent and The Doctor
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-The Lodger
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-The Pandorica Opens-Part 1.
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Dissolved
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-Seeing Red
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 1-Out of Time
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 2-Hostile Takeover
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 3-Bolt Action
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-In Plane Sight
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 5-Bad Seed
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 6-Dude, Where's My Groom?
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 7-Bone Voyage
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Dissolved
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-Seeing Red
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 1-Out of Time
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 2-Hostile Takeover
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 3-Bolt Action
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-In Plane Sight
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 5-Bad Seed
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 6-Dude, Where's My Groom?
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 7-Bone Voyage    (ALL TIMES EST)



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



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Detroiters'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Run the Jewels.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Henry Phillips, Brendon Walsh, and Angela Trimbur.



FX has the movie 'X-Men: First Class', 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: Drilling Down'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    SHAUN OF THE DEAD
 [8:15AM]    PUSH
 [10:45AM]    THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
 [1:15PM]    ALEX CROSS
 [3:30PM]    PUSH
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Seeker
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Time Is on My Side
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Let's Spend the Night Together
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Beast of Burden
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Rip This Joint
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Angie
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Can't Always Get What You Want
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Seeker
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Time Is on My Side
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Let's Spend the Night Together
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Beast of Burden
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Rip This Joint
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Angie
 [3:30AM]    ALEX CROSS
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Thomas Middleditch    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    All in the Family-Edith's Final Respects
 [6:45AM]    All in the Family-Weekend in the Country
 [7:20AM]    All in the Family-Edith vs. the Bank
 [7:55AM]    All in the Family-The Return of the Waitress
 [8:30AM]    All in the Family-Bogus Bills
 [9:05AM]    All in the Family-The Bunkers Go West
 [9:40AM]    Smokey and the Bandit
 [11:56AM]    Planet of the Apes
 [2:27PM]    Beneath the Planet of the Apes
 [4:28PM]    Escape from the Planet of the Apes
 [6:59PM]    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
 [9:00PM]    Inside Man
 [12:00AM]    King Arthur
 [2:30AM]    Blow
 [5:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Pickle Story    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then another FRESH 'Face Off', followed by the movie 'Jumanji'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Martin Short, Natalie Zea, and the Pretty Reckless.



TCM:
 [7:30 AM]      Topper Returns (1941)
 [9:15 AM]      Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
 [11:45 AM]      Torch Song (1953)
 [1:30 PM]      Torpedo Run (1958)
 [3:30 PM]      Tortilla Flat (1942)
 [5:30 PM]      Trader Horn (1931)
 [8:00 PM]      The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
 [10:30 PM]      A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
 [1:00 AM]      Tristana (1970)
 [3:00 AM]      Tulsa (1949)
 [4:30 AM]      12 Angry Men (1957)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Wednesday   -  03/01/17

TCM:
 [6:30 AM]      Twilight of Honor (1963)
 [8:30 AM]      Two Arabian Knights (1927)    SILENT 
 [10:15 AM]      Two Girls And A Sailor (1944)
 [12:30 PM]      Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
 [2:30 PM]      Two Women (1961)
 [4:30 PM]      Ugetsu (1953)
 [6:15 PM]      Umberto D. (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      Vacation From Marriage (1945)
 [10:00 PM]      Vertigo (1958)
 [12:15 AM]      Victor Victoria (1982)
 [2:45 AM]      The Virgin Queen (1955)
 [4:30 AM]      Vivacious Lady (1938)     (ALL TIMES EST)



USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Oct. 15, 1987) - Tim Conway, Kevin Rooney, Jester Hairston, and Donald O. Cram.

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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A float referring to U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the Statue of Liberty prior to the annual Rose Monday parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Feb. 27, 2017. Rose Monday is the traditional highlight of the carnival season in many German cities.
Photo by Friedemann Vogel

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Holocaust Historian Nearly Deported

Henry Rousso

A French scholar said he was detained for 10 hours at a Houston airport and nearly deported last week as he traveled to College Station for a symposium at Texas A&M.

Henry Rousso, an Egypt-born expert on the Holocaust, wrote an article for the Huffington Post that was published Monday, detailing the ordeal.

He was scheduled to speak Friday about "writing on the dark side of the recent past," according to Texas A&M's Hagler Institute.

Rousso, in his Huffington Post article titled "Is the United States still the United States?" wrote that his flight from Paris landed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

After a random check, federal Customs and Border Protection officers interrogated Rousso for hours, he said, telling him he wouldn't be able to give a lecture at Texas A&M because he only had a tourist visa. The officers, according to Rousso, concluded that he returned to the country to work illegally because he was being paid to speak at the Texas A&M symposium.

Henry Rousso

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Drum queen Viviane Araujo from Salgueiro samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 27, 2017.
Photo by Pilar Olivares

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Random Guy Talks About Swedish Security

Fox "News"

A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials.

Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation in the U.S. since President Donald Trump invoked "what's happening last night in Sweden" while alluding to past terror attacks in Europe during a rally Feb. 18. There hadn't been any major incident in Sweden the previous night.

Then, Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly convened an on-air face-off Thursday over Swedish immigration and crime between a Swedish newspaper reporter and a man identified on screen and verbally as a "Swedish defense and national security advisor," Nils Bildt.

But if viewers might have taken the "advisor" for a government insider, the Swedish Defense Ministry and Foreign Office told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter they knew nothing of him. Calls to Swedish officials Saturday weren't immediately returned.

Bildt is a founding member of a corporate geopolitical strategy and security consulting business with offices in Washington, Brussels and Tokyo, according its website. His bio speaks to expertise on defense and national security issues, saying his experience includes serving as a naval officer, working for a Japanese official and writing books on issues ranging from investment and political climates to security issues in working in hostile environments.

Fox "News"

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Japan's Emperor Visits

Vietnam

When Nguyen Thi Xuan said goodbye to her Japanese husband in 1954, she thought he was going off for a year or two on another long assignment. She never imagined it would be more than half a century before she'd see him again.

Like many Vietnamese women married to Japanese soldiers, Xuan's family was split up, victimized by the stormy relationship between the countries.

In a sign of just how far the relationship has come, several surviving widows and families of former Japanese soldiers - including Xuan - will have an opportunity to meet with Japanese Emperor Akihito when he visits Vietnam for the first time this week.

Japanese troops invaded Vietnam in 1940 and remained there until Japan surrendered to the allies in 1945, ending World War II. Xuan's husband, however, was among some 700 Japanese soldiers who remained in Vietnam after revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh declared independence from French colonial rule in 1945.

The Japanese soldiers helped train Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh to fight the French. But after the Viet Minh defeated the colonial forces in 1954, Xuan's husband was one of 71 former Japanese soldiers who had to leave the communist North without being able to bring their families, because Japan was on the other side of the Cold War. He left behind his two children and his pregnant 29-year-old wife.

Vietnam

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A "Federahannes," a jester figure from Rottweil, participates in the "Narrensprung" (jester jump) parade in Rottweil, southern Germany, Feb. 27, 2016. About 4000 jesters paraded through the city among thousands of spectators. The Rottweil Narrensprung is the highlight of the Swabian-Alemannic Fastnacht and one of the traditional pre-Lenten carnival parades in southwestern Germany.
Photo by Michael Probst

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Closes For Facelift

Waldorf Astoria

It's goodbye for now to the grand Art Deco lobby and celebrities crossing paths en route to "The Towers" at the Waldorf Astoria: one of the world's most luxurious hotels is closing for renovation.

The legendary establishment opened at its Park Avenue location in midtown Manhattan in 1931 with more than 1,400 rooms, the largest -- and tallest -- anywhere at the time.

It has hosted a stream of international political leaders, movie stars, tycoons and power players of all kinds for more than 85 years.

The hotel's owner, Anbang Insurance Group, says it will close the hotel indefinitely for major renovations starting Wednesday.

Although it has released no official renovation plan, Anbang is expected to convert a large number of rooms into luxury apartments with boutique stores on the ground floor, leaving only a small part of the building as a hotel.

Waldorf Astoria

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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Rights Council

UN

The United States will on Monday claim its seat at the UN Human Rights Council under the new presidency of Donald Trump, whose election has provoked deep concern over the body's future.

Over its 11-year history, the council has come in for criticism, including allegations that it has, at times, been co-opted by rights abusers who push resolutions attacking their geopolitical rivals, with genuine rights issues marginalised.

But the 47-member panel has had successes -- thanks to support from Barack Obama's administration which held a seat on the council for most of his eight-year term, civil society groups say.

Many of the issues prioritised by Obama's UN envoys -- including violations in North Korea, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and South Sudan -- will remain on the agenda when the council opens its main annual session in Geneva on Monday.

Much of Trump's international agenda remains murky but rights advocates have warned that early signs are not good for either the council or the broader human rights agenda.

UN

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A dancer from the Unidos do Peruche samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Photo by Andre Penner

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Bomb Threats; Graves Vandalized

Jewish Centers

Jewish centers and schools across the nation coped with another wave of bomb threats Monday as officials in Philadelphia made plans to repair and restore hundreds of vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

Jewish Community Centers and day schools in at least a dozen states received threats, according to the JCC Association of North America. No bombs were found. All 21 buildings - 13 community centers and eight schools - were cleared by Monday afternoon and had resumed normal operations, the association said.

It was the fifth round of bomb threats against Jewish institutions since January, prompting outrage and exasperation among Jewish leaders as well as calls for an aggressive federal response to put a stop to it.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the vandalism and bomb threats serious, unacceptable behavior and said the department will "do what it can to assist in pushing back ... and prosecuting anybody that we can prove to be a part of it."

Jewish Centers

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A Carnival float depicting US president Donald Trump and the Statue of Liberty is shown during a traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.
Photo by Wolfgang Rattay

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Executive Quits

Uber

Uber Technologies Inc's senior vice president of engineering, Amit Singhal, has left the company for failing to disclose a sexual harassment allegation, stemming from his tenure at Alphabet Inc's Google , Recode reported, citing sources.

Singhal, who was appointed last month to work closely with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, was asked to resign after Recode informed the company of the allegation this week, the technology news website said.

The revelation comes as the ride-hailing company deals with a fallout of a blog post from a former female engineer a week ago, alleging harassment and sexism that led to a backlash against the company.

Uber confirmed that Singhal had left the company, but did not provide any further details.

Uber

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A reveller takes a picture of a carnival float depicting US president Donald Trump with Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Adolf Hitler, reading 'blonde is the new brown' prior the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rose Monday.
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Word of Faith Fellowship

From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror - waged in the name of the Lord.

Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in a violent form of deliverance meant to "purify" sinners by beating out devils, 43 former members told The Associated Press in separate, exclusive interviews.

Victims of the violence included pre-teens and toddlers - even crying babies, who were vigorously shaken, screamed at and sometimes smacked to banish demons.

"I saw so many people beaten over the years. Little kids punched in the face, called Satanists," said Katherine Fetachu, 27, who spent nearly 17 years in the church.

Word of Faith Fellowship, an evangelical church with hundreds of members in North Carolina and branches in other countries, also subjected members to a practice called "blasting" - an ear-piercing verbal onslaught often conducted in hours-long sessions meant to cast out devils.

Word of Faith Fellowship

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Visitors watch the sunset on the horizon at Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.
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Causes 1,500 Elk Stampede

Drone

Wildlife refuge officials say a man with a drone caused 1,500 elk to stampede half a mile.

The stampede happened Monday at the National Elk Refuge in western Wyoming. Elk and bison often congregate at the refuge to eat feed put out to help them survive the winter.

This winter has been especially harsh. More than 3 feet of snow has piled up, conditions that can be very stressful for all kinds of animals.

Disturbing wildlife is a serious offense punishable by a fine up to $5,000.

Refuge spokeswoman Lori Iverson said Thursday refuge officials gave the man from Washington, D.C., a $280 ticket after he launched the drone from a highway pullout and flew it over the resting elk herd. Refuge officials declined to identify him.

Drone

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Female polar bear cub Nanuq (polar bear in the Inuit language), born on Nov. 7, 2016, is pictured with its mother, Sesi, during her first presentation to the public to mark International Polar Bear Day at the zoo of Mulhouse, France, February 27, 2017.
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