BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 5 June, 2018


5 June, 2018

(Updated Daily)

[487 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: A Trade War Primer (NY Times Blog)
At the moment, the Trumpian trade war appears to be on. And I've been getting some questions from readers about how this is possible. Congress, after all, hasn't voted to back out of our trade agreements, and one suspects that it wouldn't even if Trump asked for such legislation: to all appearances, a lot of Republicans are pretty much OK with the near-certainty that he colluded with a hostile foreign power and is currently obstructing justice, but policy actions that might strand and devalue a lot of corporate assets are something else entirely.

Matthew Yglesias: "The raging controversy over whether to call Trump's lies 'lies,' explained" (Vox)
Yet the troubling thing about media coverage of Trump isn't that the press has failed to label lies as lies once they are proven to be lies. It's that these kinds of statements continue to be taken at face value when they are made, as if they were offered by a normal, reasonably honest person. But Trump is not a reasonably honest person. He is someone who flings around unconfirmed accusations and demonstrable falsehoods with abandon - and who does so, by his own admission, for calculated strategic purposes. Nobody can stop him from acting this way if he wants to, but we don't need to act naive about it. When a hardcore serial liar says something new, treat his claim with the extreme skepticism it deserves.

Matthew Yglesias: Trump's legal memo to Robert Mueller is a recipe for tyranny (Vox)
A clear and present danger to the rule of law

Joe Bob Briggs: "Hey, Look, I'm Driving a Giant iPhone!" (Taki's Magazine)
Question: How can you tell the difference between Elon Musk and an ordinary Tesla owner? Answer: Elon Musk will eventually stop talking about his Tesla.

Joe Bob Briggs: Stop Fiddling With Your Goddamn Phone (Taki's Magazine)
Stop fiddling with your phone. This is my theme today. I want you to consider some cause-and-effect scenarios.

Joe Bon Briggs: Vegas Knows What to Do With a High Roller (Taki's Magazine)
Hunter S. Thompson used to mail me giant photos of objects being blown to smithereens with dynamite or flung from some kind of skeet contraption so they could be exploded midair, and in most cases he was both the photographer and the destroyer. He would scrawl the precise date and time of the explosion on the bottom of the photo and copy it to the sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, who had repeatedly warned Thompson that he was in possession of illegal military ordnance, that he was in violation of pyrotechnic laws, and that he was in imminent danger of jail. As a Second Amendment radical, Thompson wanted to document exactly when, where, and how he had violated the law, then dare the law to do something about it.

Laura Lomas: 5 Latino authors you should be reading now (The Conversation)
You likely recognize that the depiction of Latin American immigrants in politics today - as a menacing mass of recalcitrant Spanish-speaking invaders - is overwhelmingly negative. What you may not know is that stereotypes suggesting that Latin Americans represent a threat to United States culture are not just morally repugnant - they're also historically inaccurate. Spanish-language literature actually predates the Puritans' writing in English by nearly a century.

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The Tragedy of King Richard II Part One: Ascribed to William Shakespeare (The Tragedy of Richard II, Part One): Michael Egan

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Trivia Question of the Day

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

One of the most successful actresses of the 1990s and early 2000s, particularly in romantic comedys, she was born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra. By what name is she more famously known?

       Meg Ryan                                                      Source

Meg Ryan (born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra; November 19, 1961) is an American actress, director, and producer. Ryan began her acting career in 1981 in minor roles, before joining the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in 1982. Subsequently, she began to appear in supporting roles in films during the mid-1980s, achieving recognition in independent films such as Promised Land (1988) before her performance in the Rob Reiner-directed romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... (1989) brought her widespread attention and her first Golden Globe nomination.

Ryan subsequently established herself, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most successful actresses in the 1990s and early 2000s, particularly in romantic comedy films such as Sleepless in Seattle (1993), French Kiss (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), and Kate & Leopold (2001). Her other films include The Doors (1991), When a Man Loves a Woman(1994), Courage Under Fire (1996), Addicted to Love (1997), City of Angels (1998), Proof of Life (2000), and The Women (2008). In 2015, she made her directorial debut with Ithaca, a film in which she also acted.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   Meg Ryan

Mark. wrote:
   Meg Ryan.

Alan J answered:
   Meg Ryan.

Dave said:
   Meg Ryan. After her start in a TV soap opera, Meg moved to films where she was known as "America's Sweetheart" and starred in many financially successful films, such as "When Harry Met Sally ('89)," "You've Got Mail ('98)," and "Sleepless In Seattle ('93)." But the natural aging process, combined with some very unwise cosmetic surgery choices, has pretty much derailed her acting career.

mj replied:
   Although not my favorite
  A perfectly serviceable actress, Meg Ryan.

zorch responded:
   Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra. is Meg Ryan

Roy, Still Blue in Texas, wrote:
   Sorry to have taken the weekend off. But I'm back to doin' trivia stuff. After seeing "Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra," I can understand why she shortened it to Meg Ryan.
  I've seen and enjoyed pretty much everything she's done, but I hear she's dropped off the radar of late... something about rotten plastic surgery or something like that?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Meg Ryan

Deborah responded:
   I'm guessing Meg Ryan, although I don't really know. Just a WAG.
  In other news. hot.

Adam answered:
   Meg Ryan.

Kevin K. of Washington, DC replied:
   That's Meg Ryan. I was disappointed when I learned that one, because one of me great-grandmithers that was born in Ireland was named Johanna Ryan, so I though Meg and I might be related. No such luck.

Daniel in The City said:
   Meg Ryan

Gene wrote:
   Meg Ryan

Michelle in AZ answered:
   WAG Meg Ryan

Billy in Cypress replied:
   Meg Ryan

Rosemary in Columbus responded:
   Meg Ryan. I had to cheat & look it up.

DJ Useo said:
   As a complete wag, I guess Lady Lumpy. Lol.

Joe S     wrote:
   Meg Ryan. I had no idea, no idea. Couldn't even guess. Betsy.

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Project Blitz: The legislative assault by Christian nationalists to reshape America | World news | The Guardian

Trump Is Not A King, Just A Con Man Trying To Evade The Law.

Buffalo to be flown to Siberia's 'Pleistocene Park' in effort to slow deadly permafrost feedback

Sen. Merkley refused entry into facility holding hundreds of children separated from parents.

Artificial intelligence spells doom for RW radio. Found 3 ads for 2 universities on the Limbo show.

Send Them a Postcard, Drop Them a Line, Stating Point of View

How about we require the NRA to build their headquarters with no entrances or exits? #NeverAgain | Margaret and Helen

Road to Change - March For Our Lives

Carbon 'bubble' could cost global economy trillions - BBC News

Coal Miners' Fund Set For Deep Cuts As Black Lung Epidemic Grows : NPR

Monsanto No More: Agri-Chemical Giant's Name Dropped In Bayer Acquisition : The Two-Way : NPR

California's GOP is collapsing. Is that a sign for Republicans nationwide?

Republicans plot a farm-bill giveaway to billionaires and a blow to hungry families

The Ideal Subjects for a Salt Study? Maybe Prisoners. - The New York Times

The likely next speaker of the House is a mindless sycophant - The Washington Post

Review of Cohen's records finds a fraction fall under attorney-client privilege - POLITICO

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Current Events

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Bonus Links

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The Constitutional Crisis Is Already Underway | NY Mag

Sunday News Shows Ignore Puerto Rico Amid New Study That Nearly 5,000 People Died as a Result of Hurricane Maria | Alternet

A Second Civil War? Robert Reich Explains What Happens When a President Claims our System is No Longer Trustworthy | Alternet

Kentucky Valedictorian Gets Classmates to Applaud Quote by Donald Trump - Before Stunning Them with Its Actual Source | Alternet

'They Make It All Up!': Nicolle Wallace Tears Up Her Notes As She Exposes Trump Jr.'s Blatant Lies | Alternet

"The President Is Acting Like a Mob Boss": As Trump Plays with His Pardon Power, the Signal to Allies and Adversaries Is Clear | Vanity Fair

The DOJ ruled 44 years ago that the president cannot pardon himself | The Week

The disturbing shamelessness of Trump's 'self-pardon' claims | The Week

Blowback over border separations amps up tensions inside Trump administration - POLITICO

Asked about #MeToo, Bill Clinton says he doesn't owe Monica Lewinsky an apology |

What comes next in Trump's big power-grab: How close is he to staging a coup? |

Menendez says he was also turned away from migrant processing facility | TheHill

Study: More than 100 Confederate monuments removed since 2015 | TheHill

The Law Is Not Up to Donald Trump. It May Be Up to Merrick Garland. | The Daily Beast

Last Week Tonight enlists America's most beloved senior citizens to protect against scammers, hippos | AV Club

White House 'looking into' news Pruitt had aide hunt for Trump hotel mattress - POLITICO

WATCH: Sarah Sanders repeatedly refuses to explain her own false statements - ThinkProgress

Trump disinvites Eagles from White House, plans 'different type of ceremony' for fans | TheHill

Right-Wing Pundits Say Media Are Lying About A 'Narrow' Supreme Court Decision | Right Wing Watch

Inside the Mysterious Intelligence Firm Now in Mueller's Sights | The Daily Beast



from Marc Perkel

Marc's Guide to Curing Cancer

So far so good on beating cancer for now. I'm doing fine. At the end of the month I'll be 16 months into an 8 month mean lifespan. And yesterday I went on a 7 mile hike and managed to keep up with the hiking group I was with. So, doing something right.

Still waiting for future test results and should see things headed in the right direction. I can say that it's not likely that anything dire happens in the short term so that means that I should have time to make several more attempts at this. So even if it doesn't work the first time there are a lot of variations to try. So if there's bad news it will help me pick the next radiation target.

I have written a "how to" guide for oncologists to perform the treatment that I got. I'm convinced that I'm definitely onto something and whether it works for me or not isn't the definitive test. I know if other people tried this that it would work for some of them, and if they improve it that it will work for a lot of them.

The guide is quite detailed and any doctor reading this can understand the procedure at every level. I also go into detail as to how it works, how I figured it out, and variations and improvements that could be tried to enhance it. I also introduce new ways to look at the problem. There is a lot of room for improvement and I think that doctors reading it will see what I'm talking about and want to build on it. And it's written so that if you're not a doctor you can still follow it. It also has a personal story revealing that I'm the class clown of cancer support group. I give great interviews and I look pretty hot in a lab coat.

So, feel free to read this and see what I'm talking about. But if any of you want to help then pass this around to both doctors and cancer patients. I need some media coverage. I'm looking for as many eyeballs as possible to read these ideas. Even if this isn't the solution, it's definitely on the right track. After all, I did hike 7 miles yesterday. And this hiking group wasn't moving slow. So if this isn't working then, why am I still here?

I also see curing cancer as more of an engineering problem that a medical problem. So if you are good at solving problems and most of what you know about medicine was watching the Dr. House MD TV show, then you're at the level I was at when I started. So anyone can jump in and be part of the solution.

Here is a link to my guide: Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect

Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still sunny, still hot.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'Bull', then '48 Hours: NCIS'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Bill Clinton, James Patterson, and Tig Notaro.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Lucy Liu, Mandy Patinkin, and Shawn Mendes.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'World Of Dance'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 5/1/18) is Ariana Grande.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 5/2/18) are Priyanka Chopra, Mike O'Brien, Lord Huron, and Carter McLean.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/9/18) are Tom Arnold, Absofacto, and Ella Purnell.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'The Middle', followed by another RERUN 'The Middle', then a RERUN 'black-ish', followed by another RERUN 'black-ish', then locally, coverage of the CA primary.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/31/18) are Claire Danes, Jason Mitchell, Pusha T.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Beat Shazam', followed by a FRESH 'Love Connection'.

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

A&E has 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH 'Intervention', then a FRESH 'Cults & Extreme Beliefs'.

AMC offers the movie 'Hancock', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Ultimatum', then a FRESH 'HUMANS'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 25-Warhead
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Equinox, Pt. 1
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Equinox, Pt. 2
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Survival Instinct
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Barge of the Dead
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Riddles
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Dragon's Teeth
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-One Small Step
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Voyager Conspiracy
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Pathfinder
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Fair Haven
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Blink of an Eye
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Riddles
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Dragon's Teeth
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-One Small Step
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Voyager Conspiracy     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', and 'Sell It Like Serhant'.

Comedy Central has 'The Office', another 'The Office', and 3 hours of old 'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Brian Tyree Henry.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is Sheri Fink.

FX has the movie 'R.I.P.D', followed by the movie 'Deadpool', then a FRESH 'Legion'.

History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Hunting ISIS'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Brunch Village
 [6:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Blackout
 [2:00AM]    INCEPTION
 [5:15AM]    PORTLANDIA-Weirdo Beach
 [5:45AM]    NIGHT FLIGHT-Iconic Horror and D.C. Punk     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00am]    barney miller
 [6:30am]    barney miller
 [7:00am]    m*a*s*h
 [7:30am]    m*a*s*h
 [8:00am]    m*a*s*h
 [8:30am]    m*a*s*h
 [9:00am]    m*a*s*h
 [9:30am]    my stepmother is an alien
 [12:00pm]    mystic pizza
 [2:30pm]    dirty dancing: havana nights
 [4:30pm]    the lake house
 [6:30pm]    the blue lagoon
 [9:00pm]    raising helen
 [11:30pm]    juno    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then hours & hours of old 'Futurama'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Chris Hardwick and Leslie Bibb.

 [6:00 AM]      Going Hollywood (1933)
 [7:30 AM]      Footlight Parade (1933)
 [9:30 AM]      Dames (1934)
 [11:30 AM]      The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
 [2:30 PM]      Strike Me Pink (1936)
 [4:15 PM]      Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1936)
 [6:00 PM]      Born to Dance (1936)
 [8:00 PM]      The Broadway Melody (1929) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [9:44 PM]      The 42nd. Street Special (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [10:00 PM]      42nd Street (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [11:45 PM]      Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [1:26 AM]      Opening Night (1931) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [1:45 AM]      The Love Parade (1929) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [3:45 AM]      Hallelujah (1929)  [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  06/06/18

 [6:00 AM]      Way Out West (1937)
 [7:15 AM]      Henry Goes Arizona (1939)
 [8:30 AM]      Boom Town (1940)
 [10:45 AM]      Bad Bascomb (1946)
 [12:45 PM]      Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
 [2:15 PM]      McLintock! (1963)
 [4:30 PM]      Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
 [6:15 PM]      The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)
 [8:00 PM]      A Trip Through the Walt Disney Studios (1937)
 [8:15 PM]      The Best of Walt Disney's True-Life Adventures (1975)
 [10:00 PM]      The Legend of Lobo (1962)
 [11:15 PM]      Greyfriars Bobby (1961)
 [11:15 PM]      Society Dog Show (1939)
 [1:15 AM]      Pluto's Purchase (1948)
 [1:15 AM]      Big Red (1962)
 [3:00 AM]      Moose Hunters (1937)
 [3:00 AM]      Benji the Hunted (1987)
 [4:45 AM]      The Biscuit Eater (1972)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has a FRESH 'Animal Kingdom'.

USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best', followed by a FRESH 'The Cromarties'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jun. 11, 1982) - Dyan Cannon and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Does Not Buy Criticism

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart has weighed in on the controversy that erupted after Samantha Bee made a lewd comment about Ivanka Trump on a recent episode of Full Frontal.

During an onstage Q&A at Clusterfest comedy festival over the weekend, the former Daily Show host was asked for his opinion on Bee's remark and subsequent apology to the First Daughter.

However, judging by Stewart's commentary on the matter, it seems as though he doesn't think her apology was beneficial.

"Please understand that a lot of what the right does, and it's maybe their greatest genius, is they've created a code of conduct that they police, that they themselves don't have to, in any way, abide," he said, according to The Daily Beast. "Don't get caught in a trap of thinking you can live up to a code of integrity that will be enough for the propagandist right. There isn't. And so, create your own moral code to live by, but don't be fooled into trying to make concessions that you think will mollify them."

"They don't give a s- about the word 'c-,'" he added of the Trump administration. "That is probably-[Trump] says that instead of 'please,' I'm guessing."

Jon Stewart



Man With An Opinion

Seth MacFarlane

After the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds, writer-actor Seth MacFarlane criticized that ruling as nearsighted.

The 7-2 decision, released Monday, faulted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for showing "impermissible hostility" to the baker's religion, thus violating his rights under the First Amendment.

The "Family Guy" creator compared the religious freedom to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, upheld in this case, to the freedom to discriminate on the basis of race.

"It's a shorter walk than we think, particularly today, from 'I won't bake them a cake because they're gay' to 'I won't seat him here because he's black,'" wrote MacFarlane.

MacFarlane went on to say "those who balk at that comparison" should remember that "religion was deployed to justify far worse treatment not so very long ago" - a likely reference to the Holocaust in which Jewish people were persecuted and murdered en masse for their faith.

Seth MacFarlane


Newhead News


Netflix Working On New Series

Dolly Parton

Netflix is working nine to five - on a new Dolly Parton series.

The streaming giant announced on Monday an upcoming eight-part anthology, with each episode based on a song by Parton. In addition to serving as executive producer, Parton will also appear in the still-untitled series.

"As a songwriter, I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music. I am thrilled to be bringing some of my favorite songs to life with Netflix," Parton said in a statement. "We hope our show will inspire and entertain families and folks of all generations, and I want to thank the good folks at Netflix and Warner Bros. TV for their incredible support."

Turning Parton songs into TV entertainment was recently a success for NBC. In 2015, NBC released the TV movie Coat of Many Colors as a holiday special; it told a story from Parton's childhood that inspired her song of the same name, and starred Alyvia Alyn Lind as young Parton. Following the positive reception, NBC brought back Lind and the rest of the cast - which also included Gerald McRaney, Ricky Schroeder, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles - for a sequel, Christmas of Many Colors, in 2016. At one point NBC announced it would also produce a TV movie based on Parton's song "Jolene," but that project never moved forward.

Parton has been busy even outside of TV. In February, as part of her nonprofit literacy organization Imagination Library, Parton donated her 100 millionth book to children around the world.

Dolly Parton



Sells For Two Million Euros

Dinosaur Skeleton

The skeleton of an extremely rare form of dinosaur sold for more than two million euros ($2.3 million) at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday.

The bones of what scientists believe to be "probably a new species" of the carnivorous allosaurus were discovered during a dig in Wyoming in the United States in 2013.

The 150-million-year-old skeleton, which is 70 percent intact, was snapped up by an unnamed French art collector, who promised that the specimen will be lent out to a museum.

The buyer "wants it to be on display in a French museum," auctioneer Claude Aguttes told AFP.

The dinosaur, which is more than nine metres (30 feet) long and 2.6 metres high, lived during the late Jurassic period, said Eric Mickeler who works for the Aguttes auction house.

Dinosaur Skeleton


Digby's Hullabaloo


Study Claims


Women experience disgust more frequently than men due to fundamental evolutionary distinctions, a new study has found.

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine surveyed more than 2,500 people online, asking them to rate their levels of disgust at 75 potential scenarios ranging from 'no disgust' to 'extreme disgust'.

They subsequently identified six common categories of disgust and found that women reacted to each of these with greater levels of disgust than men.

These included scenarios related to poor hygiene, such as body odour and un-flushed toilets; animal contamination; out-of-date foods and risky sexual behaviours.

According to lead author Val Curtis, these scenarios provoke disgust due to an ancestral inclination to avoid what we believe might cause infection.




Huge Parade


Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Brazil's largest city Sunday for its 22nd gay pride parade, which is considered one of the world's biggest.

Waving LGBT rainbow flags in a Carnival-like atmosphere, marchers paraded down Sao Paulo's skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista to music blasting from 18 sound trucks.

Revelers of all ages, many wearing bright wigs, heavy makeup and multicolored costumes, filled more than 10 city blocks.

This year's parade focused on Brazil's national elections scheduled for October. The theme was "Power for the LGBT - Our Vote, Our Voice," said Claudia Regina, president of the gay rights group that organized the event.

Regina said on the event's official Facebook page that the objective "is to alert the gay community to the importance of choosing its candidates carefully."



Wants To 'Empower' Europe's Conservatives

U.S. Envoy

Richard Grenell, appointed by President Donald Trump as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, says he wants to "empower" anti-establishment conservative movements and leaders across the European continent ? a highly unusual statement for a diplomat.

"There are a lot of conservatives throughout Europe who have contacted me to say they are feeling there is a resurgence going on," Grenell told the right-wing outlet Breitbart News in an interview published Sunday.

"I absolutely want to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders. I think there is a groundswell of conservative policies that are taking hold because of the failed policies of the left," he added.

Grenell praised Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has been called the new face of European right-wing populism for his stance against immigration and refugee migration, as a "rockstar."

It's unclear if Grenell's statements were approved by the State Department. Diplomats are traditionally expected to maintain their political neutrality and not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations.

U.S. Envoy



End Of An Era?

Tea Party

The Republican newcomers stunned Washington back in 2010 when they seized the House majority with bold promises to cut taxes and spending and to roll back what many viewed as Barack Obama's presidential overreach.

But don't call them tea party Republicans any more.

Eight years later, the House Tea Party Caucus is long gone. So, too, are almost half the 87 new House Republicans elected in the biggest GOP wave since the 1920s.

Some, including current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, joined the executive branch. Others slipped back to private life. Several are senators.

Now, with control of the House again at stake this fall and just three dozen of them seeking re-election, the tea party revolt shows the limits of riding a campaign wave into the reality of governing.

Tea Party


May Have an Electric Charge

Dark Matter

Dark matter, the stuff that's hypothesized to make up about a quarter of the universe yet doesn't seem to interact with light at all, could have a tiny electric charge, according to a new study.

So far, dark matter has made its presence known only through gravity, by tugging on stars and galaxies. But now, astrophysicists Julian Muņoz and Abraham Loeb of Harvard University suggest that a small fraction of dark-matter particles could have a tiny electric charge - meaning dark matter could interact with normal matter through the electromagnetic force.

If true, this idea would not only represent a big step in understanding dark matter but would also explain a recent mystery that's been confounding cosmologists.

In February, astronomers announced the first detection of an elusive signal from hydrogen gas from the cosmic dawn, the period about 180 million years after the Big Bang when the first stars began to shine. At this time, the hydrogen gas floating between the stars was cold - colder than the cosmic microwave background, the leftover radiation from the Big Bang that bathes the universe. [Big Bang to Civilization: 10 Amazing Origin Events]

Because hydrogen is cooler than this afterglow, the gas absorbs the radiation - in particular, radiation with a wavelength of 21 centimeters (8.3 inches). By measuring the absorption of radiation by hydrogen, astronomers can better understand the cosmic dawn, a relatively unknown era of cosmic history. Using a radio antenna in Western Australia called the Experiment to Detect the Global Epoch of Reionization Signature (EDGES), a team of astronomers was able to detect this absorption for the first time.

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