BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 21 March, 2017


21 March, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[46 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: America's Epidemic of Infallibility (NY Times Blog)
No apologies, no regrets, no learning from experience.

Caitlin McNeal: "GOP Rep. Defends O'care Repeal Plan As Town Hall Crowd Shouts 'Vote Him Out'" (TPM)
During the question and answer portion of the town hall, the congressman told the audience, "We are going to make the changes, we are going to pass the bill and we are going to repeal Obamacare." That comment was met with a chant of "Vote him out!"

Andrew Tobias: You're Making It Up Again, Arnold
"I know more about ISIS than the generals do" - he had a secret plan to defeat ISIS "very, very quickly." Except that he didn't, anymore than he released the tax returns he "absolutely" would - the man lies constantly, about everything, from having investigators in Hawaii finding incredible stuff about Obama's phony birth certificate to having had the largest Electoral College victory since Reagan - there are so many lists of Trump lies someone is doubtless compiling a list of those.

Todd VanDerWerff: Raw is the teenage cannibalism drama America needs right now (Vox)
A lonely vegetarian eats rabbit kidney. And then the murders begin.

Decca Aitkenhead: "My vegan experiment: 'Even in my maddest moments I never saw myself doing this'" (The Guardian)
When nutrition isn't a lifestyle choice but a medical necessity, eating food that might kill you is patently idiotic.

Decca Aitkenhead: "How to get through chemotherapy: Decca Aitkenhead on cancer treatment" (The Guardian)
Before it happened to me, I never truly understood how awful chemo could be: no description can do it justice. But there are ways to ease its horrors that feature in none of the official advice, and I want everyone to know about them.

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Trivia Question of the Day

A quisling is a person who collaborates with an enemy occupying force. What country provided this synonym for traitor?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

If someone in Australia (or New Zealand) asks "where's the dunny?", what do they seek?

       An Outhouse                                                      Source

An outhouse, also known by many other names, is a small structure, separate from a main building, which covers one or more toilets. This is typically either a pit latrine (long drop) or a bucket toilet, but other forms of dry (non-flushing) toilets may be encountered. The term may also be used to denote the toilet itself, not just the superstructure.

"Dunny" or "dunny can" are Australian and New Zealand words for a toilet, particularly an outhouse.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:

zorch said:
   a toilet.
  But Dunny is also a Kidrobot toy. The Devil Bunny.

Alan J said:

mj replied:
   It's a necessary
  Or, in modern parlance, a privvy or outhouse.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Adam answered:
   The bathroom, I think.

Helen wrote:
   It's the outhouse as depicted in this Australian curse: "May your chucks turn to emus and knock your dunny down!"

Deborah said:
   No rain over the weekend, and none today - I don't know why I keep believing the forecasters.
  I had to look up the answer to today's TQ, and this is what I found: Top Definition. dunny. Slang for "friend" or "homie". What up dunny? How's it goin ' dunny? ... dunny. Australian term for any toilet. "I need to go to the dunny."
  The learning never stops.

Billy in Cypress replied:
   The dummy is Australian slang for the toilet, the only fitting place for CpPDJT-ID to live, sitting on his golden throne for all to see in his Emperor's new clothes with his small fingers, smaller penis and minuscule brain. Since he loves twitter so much, maybe one day he will take a picture (like Weiner) and tweet it for all to see. Then, everyone can learn the truth hidden in the outhouse of his mind.
  For approximately 60 years, a visit to Australia and New Zealand has been on my bucket list. It is a long distance from the orange turd, but not his stench.

DJ Useo answered:
   Australian dunny is the "toilet", also known as "the Facilities".
  The thing I know as a "Dunny" is a collectible pop art toy platform created by Kidrobot that resembles a rabbit. Both things are pretty shitty, imho lol.

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

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Mark. took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Dave in Tucson 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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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Green energy in a coal state: the struggle to bring solar jobs to West Virginia | Guardian Sustainable Business |

Robert Redford Slams Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts: 'NEA Must Not Only Survive, But Thrive' - SFGate

Sen. Grassley asks Trump via Twitter: "If you don't have time to call, tell Sec. Kelly to call me"

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Twitter Bombs Trump-The Fastest Way To Make America Sick, Stupid & Weak...

Cheers and Jeers: Monday

BBC - Capital - The international companies using only English

Scientists trace South Georgia's giant ice history - BBC News

DHS Publishes List of Jurisdictions That Rejected Immigrant Detainer Requests : The Two-Way : NPR

Flat-Earth And Other Fake News Can Be Stopped With Digital Literacy : NPR Ed : NPR

Let Them Eat Bread: The Theft That Helped Inspire 'Les Miserables' : The Salt : NPR

British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money | World news | The Guardian

NOAA reports on an unprecedented Carbon Dioxide rise that is shocking the atmosphere

Republicans at Comey hearing show why we need a special prosecutor now

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Donald Trump Exposed As A Hopeless Conspiracy Theorist By Basically Everyone Who Matters | The Huffington Post

Rep. Adam Schiff: 'Circumstantial Evidence' Indicates Trump Camp, Russia Collusion | The Huffington Post

2 Months In, Trump May Already Own A First: Most Corrupt POTUS. Ever. | The Huffington Post

Twitter Piles On Trump After 'Klusterfu**en' Angela Merkel Visit | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump's Approval Rating Is In The Toilet | The Huffington Post

A Comprehensive Guide To Trump Ally Roger Stone, A Racist, Sexist Conspiracy Theorist -

Stephen Bannon Is a Fan of a French Philosopher...Who Was an Anti-Semite and a Nazi Supporter | Mother Jones

Elizabeth Warren finally busts out of her media bubble - POLITICO

Trump's sons run the business - and keep tweeting about their dad - POLITICO

NY attorney general hires prosecutor likely to target Trump administration: report | TheHill

The smug style in American liberalism: It's not helping, folks - but there's a better way -

Trump Is Waging War On Diplomacy Itself -

Report Confirms Fox News' Napolitano Repeated Russian Media For His British Intelligence Conspiracy Theory | Alternet

Trump's budget would cut funding for Appalachia - and his allies in coal country are livid - Vox

The president's official Twitter account is spreading falsehoods about the Comey hearing - Vox

Time, People cancel White House correspondents' party | TheHill

Women Wore 'Handmaid's Tale' Robes To The Texas Senate Floor | The Huffington Post

FINALLY: CNN Calls Out Trump For 'A Presidency Shaped By Fox News' -

The Trump Kids' Spring Break Is Turning Aspen Into a Nightmare | Vanity Fair

Steve Bannon's dangerous domination of national security -

For Donald Trump, a Terror Attack Will Be an Opportunity Not a Curse -





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



Read Hal Ashby's Long-Lost Final Script, Written for Marlon Brando | Vanity Fair



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FBI Director Comey confirms probe of possible coordination between Kremlin and Trump campaign - The Washington Post




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Supposed to start raining, again.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'Bull', then a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Ryan Reynolds, Josh Lucas, Andy Daly, and Green Day.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Allison Williams, Darren Criss, and the Band Perry.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Trial & Error', then another FRESH 'Trial & Error', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jessica Chastain, Joe Manganiello, Gary Clark Jr., and Prodigy.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Dax Shepard, Hannah Simone, Hey Violet, and Charlie Benante.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Jacob Soboroff, No Parents, and Ashleigh Murray.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'The Middle', followed by a RERUN 'American Housewife', then a RERUN 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a RERUN 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'People Icons'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Dave Chappelle, Naomi Scott, and Weezer.

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 all old 'Intervention' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon 3', followed by the movie 'Lethal Weapon 4'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Love & Monsters
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Fear Her
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Army of Ghosts
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Doomsday
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Smith and Jones
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Resurrection
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Won't Get Fueled Again
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-And How Does That Make You Kill?
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Raging Cannibal
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Bombshell
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Wrecking Crew
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Cheating Death
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Gone Baby Gone
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Power Trip
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Resurrection
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Won't Get Fueled Again
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-And How Does That Make You Kill?
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Raging Cannibal
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Bombshell
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Wrecking Crew
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Cheating Death
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Gone Baby Gone
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Power Trip    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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 2 hours of old 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Detroiters'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Dahlia Lithwick.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jay Chandrasekhar, Joel Kim Booster, and Emily Heller.

FX has the movie 'Gone Girl', followed by a FRESH 'The Americans'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper'.

IFC  -   
 [8:15AM]    YOU'RE NEXT
 [12:30PM]    ESCAPE FROM L.A.
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ski Trip
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Stolen Car
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pill
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Career Day
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prom Night
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Punk Chick
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ski Trip
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Stolen Car
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That Wrestling Show
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pill
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Career Day
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prom Night
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Punk Chick
 [4:00AM]    MARON-The Field Trip
 [4:30AM]    MARON-The 13th Step

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    All in the Family-Too Good Edith
 [6:35AM]    All in the Family-Meet the Bunkers
 [7:10AM]    All in the Family-Writing the President
 [7:45AM]    All in the Family-Oh, My Aching Back
 [8:20AM]    All in the Family-Judging Books by Covers
 [8:55AM]    All in the Family-Archie Gives Blood
 [9:30AM]    All in the Family-Gloria's Pregnancy
 [10:05AM]    The Break-Up
 [12:30PM]    The Karate Kid Part III
 [3:00PM]    Red Dragon
 [6:00PM]    The Matrix
 [9:00PM]    The Matrix Reloaded
 [12:00AM]    The Matrix Revolutions
 [3:00AM]    The Matrix Revolutions    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then a FRESH 'Cosplay Melee'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Reese Witherspoon and Nick Swardson.

 [8:00 AM]      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
 [9:45 AM]      The Invisible Man (1933)
 [11:00 AM]      M (1931)
 [1:00 PM]      Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982)
 [3:30 PM]      All About Eve (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      The Little Foxes (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      Double Indemnity (1944)
 [10:00 PM]      Detour (1945)
 [11:30 PM]      Cape Fear (1962)
 [1:30 AM]      Point Blank (1967)
 [3:30 AM]      White Heat (1949)
 [5:30 AM]      Little Caesar (1930)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  03/22/17

 [7:00 AM]      The Bad Seed (1956)
 [9:30 AM]      Mildred Pierce (1945)
 [11:30 AM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [1:45 PM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [4:15 PM]      Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
 [5:45 PM]      The Birds (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
 [10:15 PM]      Hombre (1966)
 [12:15 AM]      Touch of Evil (1958)
 [2:15 AM]      Kansas City Confidential (1952)
 [4:15 AM]      The Honeymoon Killers (1969)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from March 18, 1987) - Alan Thicke, Rebeca Arthur, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

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A figure depicting U.S. President Donald Trump stands next to lit fireworks during the finale of the Fallas festival, which welcomes spring and commemorates Saint Joseph's Day, in Valencia early March 20, 2017.
Photo by Heino Kalis


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Rupert Pulls From Air


Fox News Channel has pulled legal analyst Andrew Napolitano from the air after disavowing his on-air claim that British intelligence officials had helped former President Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump (R-Grifter).

A person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a personnel matter said Napolitano has been benched and won't be appearing on the air in the near future. Fox had no immediate comment Monday.

Napolitano's report last week on "Fox & Friends," saying he had three intelligence sources who said Obama went "outside the chain of command" to watch Trump, provoked an international incident. Britain dismissed the report as "nonsense" after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (R-Spokesliar) quoted it in a briefing, part of the administration's continued defense of Trump's unproven contention that Obama had wiretapped him at Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Fox's Shepard Smith, on the air Friday afternoon, quickly stepped the network away from Napolitano's claim.

Napolitano is a senior judicial analyst who has worked at Fox News Channel since 1998, and frequently comments on the Fox Business Network. He was a New Jersey Superior Court judge from 1987 to 1995.



A woman carries flowers at a wholesale flower market in Kolkata, India March 20, 2017.
Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri


"I Don't Feel Welcome in Donald Trump's America"

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, one of the world's leading scientists, has said he no longer feels welcome in the United States under Donald Trump's (R-Fabulist) administration.

""I would like to visit again and to talk to other scientists, but I fear that I may not be welcome," Hawking said Monday in an interview on U.K. TV show Good Morning Britain.

Trump was elected by people who felt disenfranchised by the governing elite in a revolt against globalization," he added.

"His priority will be to satisfy his electorate, who are neither liberal nor that well informed."

In particular, Hawking criticized Trump's approach to environmental policy. "Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it's one we can prevent. It affects America badly, so tackling it should win votes for his second term. God forbid," he said.

Stephen Hawking


Newhead News


Scores a Huge Renewal

'The Big Bang Theory'

The Big Bang Theory scored a big renewal on Monday, with CBS and Warner Bros. Television agreeing on a new two-year deal that will keep the blockbuster comedy series on TV through 2019.

With the agreement, Big Bang's run will extend through at least a 12th season and comes on the heels of CBS greenlighting the franchise's first spinoff series, Young Sheldon.

It has been reported that Big Bang stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar would take pay cuts so co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch could receive raises.

The future of TV's top-rated broadcast comedy had been in limbo, as the actors' current contracts only ran through the end of the current 10th season. Back in August, CBS President Glenn Geller addressed the show's future , saying the network was bullish on continuing Big Bang for the foreseeable future.

'The Big Bang Theory'


Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain, as they celebrate Newroz Day, a festival marking their spring and new year, in the town of Akra, Iraq March 20, 2017.
Photo by Ari Jalal


Restoration Of Burial Shrine Completed


The tomb of Jesus has been resurrected to its former glory.

Just in time for Easter, a Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven.

Gone is the unsightly iron cage built around the shrine by British authorities in 1947 to shore up the walls. Gone is the black soot on the shrine's stone façade from decades of pilgrims lighting candles. And gone are fears about the stability of the old shrine, which hadn't been restored in more than 200 years.

The fund provided an initial $1.4 million for the $4 million restoration, thanks to a donation by the widow of the founder of Atlantic Records. Jordan's King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also chipped in about 150,000 euros each, along with other private and church donations, Burnham said.

The limestone and marble structure stands at the center of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, one of the world's oldest churches - a 12th-century building standing on 4th-century remains. The shrine needed urgent attention after years of exposure to environmental factors like water, humidity and candle smoke.



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Pipeline On Track

Dakota Access

The company building the Dakota Access pipeline said Monday that the project remains on track to start moving oil this week despite recent "coordinated physical attacks" along the line.

The brief court filing late Monday from Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn't detail the attacks, but said they "pose threats to life, physical safety and the environment."

The filing cited those threats for redacting much of the rest of the 2½-page report, but ended: "These coordinated attacks will not stop line-fill operations. With that in mind, the company now believes that oil may flow sometime this week."

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes have battled the $3.8 billion pipeline in court for months, arguing it's a threat to water and their right to practice their religion.

An appeals court on Saturday refused a request from the tribes for an emergency order to prevent oil from flowing through the pipeline.

Dakota Access


A Papuan activist donning a traditional headwear with a stuffed bird of paradise attends a protest against U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, March 20, 2017. A group of activists staged the protest demanding the New Orleans-based mining company close its mine in Papua province saying that it siphons off the region's wealth and gives it little in return.
Photo by Achmad Ibrahim


Net Worth Dwindled


While Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) political fortunes were rising, his net worth was dropping to a mere $3.5 billion, or roughly a third of what he claimed during his successful campaign for the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Forbes list of the world's billionaires.

Trump tumbled more than 100 spots to No. 544 on the magazine's 31st annual list, largely because of the impact of the slumping New York real estate market on his holdings.

"Midtown Manhattan real estate is down; therefore, so is Donald Trump's fortune," the business magazine said in a statement.

The developer-turned-politician, who ranked No. 205 last year, fell further behind to Bill Gates, the list's perennial leader.

Gates, the philanthropic co-founder of Microsoft Corp, was followed this year by Berkshire Hathaway Inc Chairman Warren Buffett at No. 2 and Inc founder Jeff Bezos at No. 3.



Judge Mulls Request

Roman Polanski

A judge said Monday he would issue a written ruling on whether fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski can return to the US without fear of being jailed for having sex with a minor.

The Oscar-winning director of "The Pianist" and "Chinatown" was accused of drugging the 13-year-old before raping her at film star Jack Nicholson's house in Los Angeles in 1977.

He admitted statutory rape after a number of more serious charges were dropped, and spent an initial 42 days in prison before getting out on bail.

But in 1978, convinced a judge was going to scrap his plea deal and return him to prison for decades, he fled for France and has been on the run ever since.

His attorney Harland Braun told Los Angeles Superior Court the 83-year-old filmmaker, who lives in Paris, had "already done his time" and wanted to resolve the case with a finding that he has completed his sentence.

Roman Polanski


Visitors use VR (Virtual Reality) glasses at a booth at the world's biggest computer and software fair, CeBit, in Hanover, Germany March 20, 2017.
Photo by Fabian Bimmer


Expels US Diplomat

New Zealand

A US diplomat has been expelled from New Zealand after Washington refused to waive diplomatic immunity so police investigating a serious crime could question him, officials said Monday.

Details of the alleged crime have not been revealed but local media reported the diplomat left the South Pacific nation last week suffering a broken nose and black eye.

Prime Minister Bill English labelled the US knockback on immunity regrettable and said he expected American authorities to carry out their own investigation.

Earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said he was "disappointed" at the US refusal and in response had asked for the man at the centre of the police investigation to be withdrawn from New Zealand.

Local media named the diplomat as Colin White and said he left Wellington with his wife and children.

New Zealand


Protests Sharia Law

San Francisco

South Dakota has landed on San Francisco's list of places where city workers aren't allowed to go on official business because the state passed a law allowing religious-affiliated adoption agencies to not place children with unmarried or same-sex couples.

City employees will be barred from traveling on state or city-subsidized business to South Dakota or from contracting with South Dakota businesses, said Jack Gallagher, a spokesman for the San Francisco city administrator. The prohibition is part of an ordinance blocking travel to states that approve legislation that discriminates against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the Argus Leader reported Monday.

There are four other states on the list - Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Earlier this month, Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill to give legal protections to faith-based organizations that, based on their religious beliefs, refuse to place children in certain households. Supporters say the measure preemptively protects religious adoption and foster care agencies. Civil liberties groups and LGBT advocates say it opens the door to discrimination.

San Francisco



In Memory

David Rockefeller

illionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, a former head of Chase Manhattan bank and a luminary in political circles, died Monday at the age of 101, a spokesman said.

He died in his sleep due to congestive heart failure at his home in Pocantico Hills, just north of New York City, spokesman Fraser Seitel said.

The last living grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller, Forbes magazine ranked David Rockefeller 581st on its annual list of billionaires released Monday, estimating his fortune of $3.3 billion.

He led Chase Manhattan, now part of JPMorgan Chase, in the 1960s and 1970s, and his accomplishments included opening the first Moscow offices of an American bank and the first in mainland China after President Richard Nixon's 1972 visit there. He also oversaw the growth of Chase Manhattan's operations in the Middle East, Latin America and Japan, Seitel said.

Rockefeller also was well known in political circles in the United States and overseas, where he encountered heads of states from close to 100 countries and was known as an outspoken champion of American capitalism.

Rockefeller's grandfather was one of the original American "robber baron" tycoons of the 19th and early 20th centuries, employing brass-knuckles business tactics to build his oil empire before the US Supreme Court ruled in 1911 that his Standard Oil company should be broken up.

Ironically, Rockefeller philanthropic organizations have strongly supported action on climate change policy, putting them at odds with oil companies like ExxonMobil. They also provide financing to research and journalism groups that accused the oil giant of knowingly supporting propaganda questioning the science of climate change.

David Rockefeller



A bee searches for pollen among cherry blossoms on a sunny spring day in Lausanne, Switzerland March 20, 2017.
Photo by Denis Balibouse



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