BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 20 June, 2017


20 June, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[137 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Zombies, Vampires and Republicans (NY Times Column)
When Trump is just an ignorant bystander.

Josh Marshall: The Constitution Looks Like Trump's Only Hope (TPM)
What makes this discussion so weird is that not only does the President appear to be the subject of an investigation but as a factual matter there's almost no question that he's guilty. As far as I can see, the real question isn't factual but rather constitutional.

Mary Papenfuss: Muslim Teen Killed After Leaving Virginia Mosque; Suspect Arrested (Huffington Post)
A Virginia man was arrested after a Muslim teenager he allegedly confronted near a mosque in Sterling was later found dead in a pond. The victim, identified by relatives to The Washington Post as Nabra Hassanen , 17, was walking with friends near the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center about 4 a.m. Sunday after Ramadan prayers when they got into some kind of dispute with a man who drove past in a car.

Nick Vissser: Vehicle Plows Into Crowd Near London Mosque (Huffington Post)
The incident occurred near a Muslim community center following evening prayers for Ramadan.

Andrew Tobias: The Russians Are Here, The Russians Are Here
It's not the 1966 comedy, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!, it's the 2017 reality: the Russians are here. According to all 17 of our intelligence agencies, they have deployed thousands of cyber-agents to disrupt our democracy and weaken the United States. Our commander-in-chief doesn't believe it and is doing nothing about it.

Pamela Stephenson Connolly: I'm 21 and still a virgin - it's starting to get me down (The Guardian)
I have had difficulties with eating disorders and struggled with friendships in the past. Now I'm at university and in a better place, but the idea of not having had sex is troubling me.

Dean Ornish: Can Healthy Eating Reverse Some Cancers? (TED Radio Hour)
Dr. Dean Ornish studied how lifestyle changes could help people with chronic heart disease; he wanted to figure out if there was a way to do the same with patients with some types of cancer.

Danuta Kean: "Misprint the legends: famous typos from James Joyce to JK Rowling" (The Guardian)
A proof of the first Harry Potter novel, which got the author's name wrong, is only the latest example of an ungainly tradition stretching back centuries.

Laura Snapes: "Katy v Taylor, Nicki v Remy: why pop star bust-ups diminish all women" (The Guardian)
Recent battles between female pop and rap stars have been ruthlessly stoked by the media and characterised as catfights, but they are built on levels of complicity.

Barbara Ellen: Gwyneth Paltrow is making us feel worse, not better (The Guardian)
The tyranny of the smug well would drive any sane person into the arms of Monster Munches and Pop-Tarts.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This American actress, singer, and songwriter was born Lucille Wood Smith, but when she was an infant, her name was changed to Frances Octavia Smith. Later, after a divorce, she changed her name to promote her singing career. By what name is better known?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as what bird?

       Hummingbird                                                      Source

The Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as a hummingbird (right). It was also believed that fallen warriors would return to earth as hummingbirds and butterflies. The Nahuatl word huitzil (hummingbird) is an onomatopoeic word derived from the sounds of the hummingbird's wing-beats and zooming flight.        Source

Daniel in The City was first and correct with:
   I thought it would be the eagle, because of the Mexican flag, but it's the hummingbird.

Alan J answered:

Mark. said:
   I have a problem. This reference claims two birds represent Huitzilopochtli, the Hummingbird and the Eagle.

zorch wrote:

Billy in Cypress replied:

Michelle responded:

Ed K wrote:
   The Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as what bird?

Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Hummingbird. Thunderstorms this morning followed by 100 degree heat. Life in the steaming fucking foothills! Not as hot as Sac, though!

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:

BttbBob   responded:
   I did not know this so I had to look it up... it's a Hummingbird...


  ... which I initially thought, as a concept, was very odd... Until it hit me...

  Sure... why not? That concept exists, in the here and now.


  So, it's begun, you know... How long will it be, do you think, until 'AI' is added to those evil looking devices? Then... The Rise of the Machines, huh? That's right... You've been warned.


  June 20 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 20 | Famous Birthdays

Randall replied:
   a hummingbird?

Deborah answered:
   Going with a WAG here: A Phoenix bird
  Missed your page during my morning coffee - hope everything's good.
  105° yesterday, 108° today, and more triple digits to come. Whoo, summer, you're kicking spring to the curb with a vengeance.

Gene took the day off.

mj took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Adam took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

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

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

High Science

How to Save the Jaguars? Turn the Locals From Foe to Friend

Antarctica Is Melting, and Giant Ice Cracks Are Just the Start

What is the future of the Texas cowboy? | US news | The Guardian

Bannon "Crapping Diamonds" As House Calls Campaign Digital Director To Testify In Russia Probe

Supreme Court Strikes Down Sex Offender Social Media Ban | HuffPost

How Obama Won The French Election | HuffPost

BBC - Travel - The sheikh who saved my family

Must See Movies Before You Grow Up - Into Film

Trump defiant as pressure grows -

The reconquista of the American plate - Explore Parts Unknown

Trump supporters' jaw-dropping hypocrisy (opinion) -

This 'tree' has the environmental benefits of a forest -

A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change | Environment | The Guardian

The great American fallout: how small towns came to resent cities | Cities | The Guardian

Republican contractor leaked data on nearly 200 million American voters

Trump-Russia: Mueller Hires Expert Witness-Flipper

Joy-Ann Reid takes heat from Alt-Right for telling truth about Rep. Steve Scalise

Michael Flynn Worked With Foreign Cyberweapons Group That Sold Spyware Used Against Political Dissidents | HuffPost

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Why These Religious Leaders Are Standing With Planned Parenthood | HuffPost

Bill Cosby Isn't The Exception, He's The Rule | HuffPost

Robert Reich: The Lickspittles Who Serve Trump, Not America -

THE MEMO: For Trump, danger signs in the polls | TheHill

A Billionaire-Backed 'Movement' Is Dangerously Close to Calling a Constitutional Convention | Alternet

Exposed: Tucker Carlson, His 'Charity' and the Trump Campaign Cash He Didn't Tell Fox Viewers About | Alternet

Data on 198M voters exposed by GOP contractor | TheHill

How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the U.S. - The Atlantic

Jay Sekulow's bizarre debut: Donald Trump picked a lawyer he saw on Fox News and it isn't going well -

The Secrets Of Jay Sekulow - The Sequel | Right Wing Watch

Adviser: Trump hates the job, but 'doesn't want to go down in history' for resigning -

Bill O'Reilly To Launch His Own Newscast, Warns Fox News To Watch Out | HuffPost

Energy Chief Rick Perry Denies Carbon Dioxide Is Driving Climate Change | HuffPost

Spicer searching for candidates to take over White House briefing - POLITICO

Power Causes Brain Damage - The Atlantic

Did Trump Revive Failed Cold War Cuba Policy to Buy Rubio's Loyalty? | By Miles Mogulescu | Common Dreams

Senate Republicans Hope You Won't Notice They're About to Repeal Obamacare -

Journalists Barred From Recording White House Press Briefing - The Daily Beast



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

Way to effing hot, and supposed to get hotter. Yikes!

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 Ice Cube, Marc Maron, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Chelsea Handler, Dean Norris, and Khalid.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'World Of Dance'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Amy Poehler, Zendaya, Imagine Dragons, and Dweezil Zappa.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Will Ferrell, Laverne Cox, Jeff Tweedy, and Daru Jones.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/9/17) are Morena Baccarin, Agnes Obel, and Logan Browning.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Downward Dog', followed by a RERUN 'the Middle', then a RERUN 'black-ish', followed by a RERUN 'black-ish', then a RERUN 'American Housewife', followed by a RERUN 'Fresh Off The Boat'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Casey Affleck, Allison Tolman, Chris Charpentier, and Lindsey Ell.

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

Faux has a RERUN 'Lethal Weapon', followed by a RERUN 'The Mick', then a RERUN 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'.

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

A&E has 'Hoarders', another 'Hoarders', followed by a FRESH 'Hoarders Overload', then a FRESH 'Born This Way'.

AMC offers the movie 'Young Guns II', followed by the movie 'Fury'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 1-The Pilot
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 2-Smile
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 3-Thin Ice
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 4-Knock Knock
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 5-Oxygen
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 6-Extremis
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 3-Bolt Action
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-In Plane Sight
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 5-Bad Seed
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 6-Dude, Where's My Groom?
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 7-Bone Voyage
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Point of Impact
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 9-Kill Clause
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-Count Me Out
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 11-Delko for the Defense
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 3-Bolt Action
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-In Plane Sight
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 5-Bad Seed
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 6-Dude, Where's My Groom?
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 7-Bone Voyage
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Point of Impact
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 9-Kill Clause
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-Count Me Out    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', an old 'Tosh.0', another old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is 2 Chainz.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Eddie Izzard, Tim Minchin, and Kristen Schaal.

FX has the movie 'Iron Man 3', followed by the movie 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'.

History has 'America's War On Drugs', followed by a FRESH 'America's War On Drugs'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
 [6:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Three Little Beers
 [6:40AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-I'm a Monkey's Uncle
 [6:45AM]    KINGPIN
 [11:15AM]    KINGPIN
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Dates Donna
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Drunken Tattoo
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Canadian Road Trip
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Backstage Pass
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Promise Ring
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's a Wonderful Life
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Depression
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Pinciotti vs. Forman
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde Gets the Girl
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bye-Bye Basement
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Fez Dates Donna
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Drunken Tattoo
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Canadian Road Trip
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Backstage Pass
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Promise Ring
 [11:45PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's a Wonderful Life
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Depression
 [12:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Pinciotti vs. Forman
 [1:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde Gets the Girl
 [2:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bye-Bye Basement

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Barney Miller-The Baby Broker
 [6:30AM]    Barney Miller-The Accusation
 [7:00AM]    Barney Miller-The Prisoner
 [7:30AM]    Barney Miller-Loan Shark
 [8:00AM]    Barney Miller-The Vandal
 [8:30AM]    Barney Miller-The Harris Incident
 [9:00AM]    Barney Miller-The Radical
 [9:30AM]    Casino
 [1:30PM]    The Departed
 [5:00PM]    Blood Diamond
 [8:00PM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [11:00PM]    The Silence of the Lambs
 [1:30AM]    Fargo
 [3:30AM]    The Professional    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Ghost Rider', 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then the movie 'John Wick'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Elle Fanning, Ally Maki, and James Acaster.

TCM spends the night with Louis Wolheim
 [6:00 AM]      The Heiress (1949)
 [8:00 AM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [10:00 AM]      The Front Page (1931)
 [11:45 AM]      Dial M for Murder (1954)
 [1:45 PM]      The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
 [3:45 PM]      Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
 [6:00 PM]      Harvey (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      Gentleman's Fate (1931)
 [9:45 PM]      The Racket (1928)     SILENT 
 [11:30 PM]      Danger Lights (1931)
 [1:00 AM]      The Sin Ship (1931)
 [2:30 AM]      Two Arabian Knights (1927)     SILENT 
 [4:15 AM]      The Silver Horde (1930)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  06/21/17

 [6:00 AM]      An American in Paris (1951)
 [8:00 AM]      The Band Wagon (1953)
 [10:00 AM]      Brigadoon (1954)
 [12:00 PM]      Tea And Sympathy (1956)
 [2:15 PM]      Some Came Running (1958)
 [4:45 PM]      Dementia 13 (1963)
 [6:15 PM]      The Rain People (1969)
 [8:00 PM]      Harold and Maude (1971)
 [10:00 PM]      This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
 [11:45 PM]      Freaks (1932)
 [1:00 AM]      Eating Raoul (1982)
 [2:45 AM]      Withnail & I (1987)
 [4:45 AM]      Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has a FRESH 'Animal Kingdom'.

USA has a FRESH 'Team Ninja Warrior'.

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Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017.
Photo by Damir Sagolj


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Air Date Finally Revealed

'Star Trek: Discovery'

After many delays, CBS has finally announced that "Star Trek: Discovery" is ready to launch. The network has given the series a fall air date.

"Star Trek: Discovery" will premiere on CBS at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 24. Subsequent episodes, however, will be released on the network's streaming platform, CBS All Access. Those who are subscribed on premiere night will be able to watch the first and second episodes online Sept. 24.

CBS released "The Good Fight" in the same way earlier this year. The show premiered on TV, allowing viewers to get a taste of what CBS All Access offers before they sign up for a subscription. New users are also given a free week-long trial of the streaming service. Subscription plans start at $5.99 a month.

Though "Star Trek: Discovery" is being released on an online platform, CBS All Access doesn't follow the Netflix model of dropping all episodes at once. New episodes will be released weekly on Sundays through Nov. 5. Then the show will take a hiatus. The "Second Chapter" of "Star Trek: Discovery" will premiere in January.

'Star Trek: Discovery'


Vegetation grows over parts of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017.
Photo by Damir Sagolj


Shootings Kill Or Injure At Least

19 Children Each Day

Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence.

The analysis of 2002-14 U.S. data is billed as the most comprehensive study on the topic. While it mostly confirms previously released information, it underscores why researchers view gun violence as a public health crisis.

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention involves children and teens through age 17. It was compiled by analyzing death certificates and emergency room reports. Among the findings published Monday in the journal Pediatrics:

The yearly toll is nearly 1,300 deaths and almost 6,000 nonfatal gunshot wounds - most of them intentional.

Congress has prohibited the CDC from using federal money to advocate or promote gun control. CDC spokeswoman Courtney Lenard said the congressional directive "does not prohibit CDC from conducting public health research into gun violence" and the agency continues to do so.

19 Children Each Day


Newhead News


Authors Take On Israeli Occupation

"Kingdom of Olives and Ash"

A group of award-winning authors on Sunday launched a book highlighting Israel's 50-year occupation of the Palestinian territories, raising money for an NGO hated by the Israeli government.

Featuring chapters penned by more than two dozen writers including Dave Eggers, Colm Toibin and Geraldine Brooks, "Kingdom of Olives and Ash" was edited by American Jewish husband and wife duo Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.

Chabon, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay", said the aim was to start a conversation about the impact of the occupation on both Israelis and Palestinians.

By using famous authors, including the winners of three Pulitzers and a Nobel, they were aiming to "sort of trick" people "into paying attention to the occupation by baiting the trap, in a way, with the work of a really amazing writer".

Proceeds from the book will go to Breaking the Silence, an NGO that documents alleged abuses by Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territories and publishes testimonies of soldiers, much to the chagrin of Israeli officials.

"Kingdom of Olives and Ash"


Cheng Yongmao, the engineer in charge of the reconstruction project on the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, looks as the sun rises over the wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017.
Photo by Damir Sagolj


Strikes Down Rule Against Disparaging Trademarks

Supreme Court

Those of fiendish or mischievous mind will have an easier time registering trademarks after the Supreme Court on Monday decided to reject as unconstitutional a rule against disparaging ones. The high court's decision, authored by justice Samuel Alito, holds that a Lanham Act provision against such offensive trademarks is facially invalid under the First Amendment.

"It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle," writes Alito in the opinion. "Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend."

The free speech victory goes to Simon Tam, the Asian-American frontman for The Slants who attempted to register his rock band's name. He says he picked his band's moniker in an effort to reclaim a stereotype. After trademark examiners refused Tam's application, Tam brought a lawsuit, and in December 2015, he prevailed at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The Supreme Court has now affirmed the lower appeals court's opinion, which is also potentially welcome news for the NFL's Washington Redskins, whose own marks were canceled for being disparaging to Native Americans. Thanks to the development at the high court, entertainment companies can feel more comfortable picking scandalous titles with knowledge they'll be able to register trademarks to protect associated merchandise.

Today's decision also has the potential of alleviating a great amount of confusion as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's response to offensive marks hasn't been particularly consistent over the years. For example, N.W.A - the rap group also known as Niggaz Wit Attitudes - was able to register while actor Damon Wayans couldn't obtain "Nigga" for clothing. Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Channel Four's Queer as Folk were fine, but not the registration from a group of lesbians who wished to sell videos of a "Dykes on Bikes" parade. Alito notes in his opinion that the "vagueness of the disparagement test and the huge volume of applications has produced a haphazard record of enforcement."

Supreme Court


Digby's Hullabaloo


Killer Heat Worsens


Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows.

Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive study of fatal heat conditions. Still, those stretches may be less lethal in the future, as people become accustomed to them.

A team of researchers examined 1,949 deadly heat waves from around the world since 1980 to look for trends, define when heat is so severe it kills and forecast the future. They found that nearly one in three people now experience 20 days a year when the heat reaches deadly levels. But the study predicts that up to three in four people worldwide will endure that kind of heat by the end of the century, if global warming continues unabated.

"The United States is going to be an oven," said Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii, lead author of a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change .

The study comes as much of the U.S. swelters through extended triple-digit heat. Temperatures hit records of 106, 105 and 103 in Santa Rosa, Livermore and San Jose, California on Sunday, as a heat wave was forecast to continue through midweek. In late May, temperatures in Turbat, Pakistan, climbed to about 128 degrees (53.5 degrees Celsius); if confirmed, that could be among the five hottest temperatures reliably measured on Earth, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of Weather Underground.

Last year 22 countries or territories set or tied records for their hottest temperatures on record, said Masters, who wasn't part of the study. So far this year, seven have done so.



An engineer points to the line between old (L) and newly built parts of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017.
Photo by Damir Sagolj


Up To 65.6 Million Last Year

Global Displaced

The number of people displaced from their homes across the world due to war and persecution climbed slightly to a record 65.6 million last year, with the escalating conflict in South Sudan largely accounting for the rise, the United Nations refugee agency said Monday.

The figure that includes refugees, asylum seekers and people uprooted inside their own countries was some 300,000 higher at the end of last year than at the end of 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said. That was a smaller increase than in the four previous years, prompting the U.N. agency to warn against complacency.

Of the total, some 10.3 million people were newly displaced in 2016, around two-thirds fleeing within their own countries, according to an annual report by the group. The total refugee population - people who fled their home countries - was about 22.5 million people, and nearly half of those were children. In Germany, which vastly expanded its acceptance of people fleeing war from places like Syria, the number of refugees doubled to over 600,000 last year.

Syria's six-year civil war remained the largest single cause of displacement, with 12 million people - around two-thirds of the population - either uprooted within the country or fleeing abroad, the group said.

They were followed by some 7.7 million Colombians, 4.7 million Afghans, 4.2 million Iraqis and 3.3 million South Sudanese.

Global Displaced


US Ambassador Steps Down


The US ambassador to Qatar has stepped down after posting critical tweets about Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) administration after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

Dana Shell Smith announced the move a week after several Gulf states cut diplomatic ties with the monarchy in Doha, citing concerns over their financial ties to Islamist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ms Smith, a long-standing member of the US foreign service, has not indicated whether the ongoing crisis or the Trump administration played any part in her move, which the US State Department insists is "part of the normal rotation of career diplomats throughout the world".

However when Mr Comey was fired on 9 May she tweeted: "Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions.

"Diplomats explain & defend our political system.Can be tough when partisan acrimony so high, but there is still no greater country. #USA."



Workers carry their tools and belongings as they climb down the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017.
Photo by Damir Sagolj


Religious, Indigenous Leaders Agree


Religious and indigenous leaders on Monday called for an end to deforestation in the first international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change.

Participants from 21 countries gathered at a conference in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, hoping that billions of people of faith worldwide will unite to protect the Earth's rainforests. Those forests are fundamental to human life but are suffering from agricultural and industrial exploitation in South America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Hosting the one-day meeting, Norwegian Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen said that halting deforestation requires "a global, tectonic shift in values."

The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative was launched by the Scandinavian country that has made reducing tropical deforestation one of its top international priorities, with investments of some $3 billion in the past decade.



Found In Trash

NASA Documents

A Florida woman discovered NASA documents, which included photographs of classified aerospace projects, in trash outside her home, according to Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG News 6.

Yvette Quinn, who is a reportedly a Navy veteran, found the pile of documents in a neighbor's trash can a few weeks ago and turned them over to WKMG. The house is apparently up for sale, according to the TV station's footage.

Quinn was concerned about what she had found because the records included a list of scientists that had secret and top secret clearances. The documents also had the social security number of each scientist listed beside the name in plain view, which could've led to identity theft. Quinn said it was "scary" because all the secret information was sitting there in the trash can.

However, she didn't realize at first that the list of names and social security numbers wasn't the only sensitive information she had found. The documents included early test results of aerospace models and drones. Photos and manuals from the NASA space program were also hidden in the piles of documents.

Other records were related to drone tests at the Martin Marietta Corporation. The company was founded in 1961 and focused on chemicals, aerospace, and electronics. Martin Marietta later went on to merge with Lockheed Corporation in March 1995 to form the aerospace company Lockheed Martin.

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