BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 11 July, 2017

Tuesday

11 July, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[158 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Three Legs Good, No Legs Bad (NY Times Blog)
Obamacare versus the party of no ideas.


Paul Krugman: When Was The Golden Age Of Conservative Intellectuals? (NY Times Blog)
So when was the golden age of conservative intellectuals? Actually, there never was one. Certainly, the supposed era in which only conservatives had all the interesting ideas while liberals rehashed tired dogma never happened in any field I know well. That said, there was a period when conservatives contributed some useful stuff to the discourse. But that era ended a long, long time ago.


Alice Ollstein: 9 Damning Charts That Explain The Senate GOP Health Care Bill's Impact (TPM)
Deep ideological, policy and political divides still remain among the Republican majority, exacerbated by a growing body of evidence that the bill would cause tens of millions of people to lose their health insurance over the next decade, raise out-of-pocket costs for millions more, and restrict access to crucial services.


Alison Chandra: I shared my toddler's hospital bill on Twitter. First came supporters - then death threats (Vox)
I was offered a .22 bullet, although I'm still not sure whom he meant it for, me or my child.


Clare McGlynn: "Call 'revenge porn' what it is: image-based sexual abuse" (Vox)
Survivors of "revenge porn" told me how much they hate the term. So I came up with a new one.


Andrew Tobias: He's Back
And what country looks to us for leadership now? Here is the view of Trump from Australia - an "uneasy, lonely, awkward figure" who was left "isolated and friendless" with "no desire and no capacity to lead the world."


Arwa Mahdawi: Ivanka Trump's qualification for sitting in at the G20? She's part of the 1% (The Guardian)
The amount of wealth concentrated in the Trump administration means that they seem to have carte blanche to do as they please.


Naaman Zhou: "Australian journalist demolishes Trump at G20: 'biggest threat to the west'" (The Guardian)
Reporter Chris Uhlmann's commentary tearing into American president - a man with 'no desire and no capacity to lead the world' - reverberates to Washington.


ABC News (Australia Broadcasting Corporation): Donald Trump 'has no desire and no capacity to lead the world', Chris Uhlmann says (YouTube)
At G20, Donald Trump underlined he has neither the desire nor the capacity to lead the world and you got the strong sense some leaders were trying to find the best way to work around him, says Chris Uhlmann.



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Presenting

Michael Egan





Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Trivia Question of the Day


Born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko, this American film and TV actress received three Academy Award nominations before she was 25 years old. By what name is she more famously known?

                                  



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Trivia Question from Yesterday


On The Roy Rogers Show, Roy had a palomino horse named Trigger, and a German Shepherd. What was the name of Roy's dog?


       Bullet, the Wonder Dog                                                      Source


The Roy Rogers Show is an American Western television series that broadcast 100 episodes on NBC for six seasons between December 30, 1951 and June 9, 1957. The show starred Roy Rogers as a ranch owner, Dale Evans as the proprietress of the Eureka Cafe in fictional Mineral City, and Pat Brady as Roy's sidekick and Dale's cook. Brady's jeep Nellybelle had a mind of her own and often sped away driverless with Brady in frantic pursuit on foot. The Jeep was first called LuLubelle in the 1952 series. Animal stars were Roy's Palomino horse, Trigger, and his German Shepherd wonder dog, Bullet.        Source






Mark. was first and correct with:
   Roy Rogers' dog was named Bullet.



Randall wrote:
   Roy's dog's name was Bullet





Alan J answered:
   Bullet.



Stephen F said:
   Bullet



Sandra in Maine replied:
   bullet



mj responded:
   The dog
  Was Bullet.




Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   Roy Rogers' dog was Bullet, the Wonder Dog.



Gene replied:
   Bullet-who ended up in the Roy Rogers museum with Trigger and Buttermilk.





zorch responded:
   Bullet the Wonder Dog. No, Dale Evans was not the name of his dog.



Daniel in The City answered:
   Bullet the Wonder Dog



Deborah said:
   Pretty sure the dog's name was Bullet. I used to watch that show as a wee child and was fascinated with the "Western" life.
  Blistering temps over the weekend. I bought an aluminum roasting pan, put a couple inches of water in it, and the puppy uses it as a swimming pool. I'm not getting much work done but I'm sure laughing more.




Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Believe Roy Rogers' (Leonard Slye) dog was named Bullet. No word on what Bullet's real name was.



  Leonard in Dark Command (1940) with Claire Trevor, Walter Pidgeon, & John Wayne.





Billy in Cypress responded:
   Bullet!



Not Dale Evans of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   That dog's name is Bullet. Nellybelle was the jeep.
  Muddy also said "The Blues had a son, and they called it rock and roll." He said that way before Allen Freed.




DJ Useo answered:
   I am taking a wag that his dog's name was "Hot".





Joe S     wrote:
   The dog's name was Steve McQueen, or something.



David of Moon Valley took the day off.
  



John I from Hawai`i took the day off.
  



Adam took the day off.
  



Jim from CA, retired to ID, is escaping the heat.
  



Michele W took the day off.
  



Sally has retired.
  



BttbBob   replied:
  
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  July 11 Birthdays - Celebrities Born July 11 | Famous Birthdays




MAM     In memory.



  





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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


Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian



Abramson connects the dots: collusion is certain, and Trump knew.



Trump may be cornered by the multinational Five Eyes spy system that Snowden warned about



UNESCO Designates New World Heritage Sites | HuffPost



Republican Lawmakers Take A Raise Away From St. Louis Workers | HuffPost



Nepali 'menstruation hut' ritual claims life of teenage girl - CNN.com



Amazon launches service to set up smart gadgets in your home - Jul. 10, 2017



ACLU Files Suit Against White House Election Fraud Commission : The Two-Way : NPR



Earth's sixth mass extinction event already under way, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian



Connelly: Big Republican majority says colleges negatively influence country - SFGate



Morford: Amazon Prime Day is the purest - and most terrifying - American holiday of all - SFGate



Olbermann ties Trump to Jr's meeting with Russian agent



Republicans are finding themselves on Trump's enemies list, and it's their own damn fault



Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Comment

Current Events


Tee shirts for Congress!

I like the idea of sending the SOBs t-shirts to acknowledge their complicity:

The crooked/complicit Republican congress hasn't done squat to prevent Russia from hacking our elections again in the future.

Nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada.

We should start making "I'm a Russian intelligence officer" tee shirts and send them to congressional Republicans.


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


Thanks, Linda!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Taking Stock of the Times Blockbuster - Talking Points Memo



Pew Research: Majority Of Republicans Think Higher-Education Is Bad For America | The Intellectualist



Poll: Most Republicans say colleges have negative impact on US | TheHill



Marc Kasowitz is reportedly no longer planning to file a complaint against James Comey for leaking. - slate.com



NRA Spokeswoman Was Forced To Discuss Philando Castile During Heated Debate | HuffPost



How Trump took a misleading story on James Comey and turned it into a total fabrication



Team Trump's disingenuous 'Russian adoption' talking point, debunked - think progress.org



Reince Priebus Accuses Democratic Operatives Of Setting Up Russia Meeting With Trump Jr. | HuffPost



The only way for Senate Republicans to repeal Obamacare? Ignore everything they've said - Vox



Kellyanne Conway Crumbled Like Bleu Cheese in Epic Chris Cuomo Interview





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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


HANGING OUT WITH THE COMMIES.

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

THE HYPOCRITE!

THIS LITTLE PIGGIE...

FOLLOW THE LAW.

IT'S AN OILY WORLD.

NOT FASCIST ENOUGH.


THE POWER BEHIND THE THRONE!






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

The fine eyetalian whine continues - still too hot, still too humid, extra cranky.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'Bull', then a RERUN 'NCIS: The Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Andy Serkis, and Scarborough.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 4/17/17) are Kumail Nanjiani, Riz Ahmed, and Sabrina Carpenter.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'World Of Dance'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 6/14/17) is Miley Cyrus.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 6/14/17) are Taylor Schilling, Jim O'Heir, Lizzy Goodman, and Eric Moore.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/21/17) are Jacob Soboroff, No Parents, and Ashleigh Murray.



ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'The Middle', followed by a RERUN 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a RERUN 'black-ish', followed by another RERUN 'black-ish', then a RERUN 'American Housewife', followed by a RERUN 'The Middle'.
Jimmy Kimmel are Peyton Manning, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Perfume Genius.



The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then another RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.



Faux fills the night with LIVE '2017 MLB All-Star Game', then pads the left coast with local crap.



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



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



AMC offers the movie 'Rambo', followed by the movie 'Clash Of The Titans', then the movie 'Avatar'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-The Wedding of River Song
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-A Town Called Mercy
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-The Power of Three
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 19-Lessons
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 20-The Chase
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 21-Frame of Mind
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 22-Suspicions
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 23-Rightful Heir
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Second Chances
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 25-Timescape
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Descent (Part 1)
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Descent (Part 2)
 [9:00PM]    LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003)
 [11:30PM]    LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE (2003)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 23-Rightful Heir
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Second Chances
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 25-Timescape
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Descent (Part 1)    (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', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is David O. Brown.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Howie Mandel, David Koechner, and Mamrie Hart.



FX has the movie 'This Is 40', followed by the movie 'Just Go With It', then the movie 'Just Go With It', again.



History has 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', another 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire', then a FRESH 'American Ripper'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE COMEBACKS
 [8:00AM]    BILLY MADISON
 [10:00AM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [12:00PM]    THE COMEBACKS
 [2:00PM]    BILLY MADISON
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Won't Get Fooled Again
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A Man With Money
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-15:15
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sweet Lady
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Won't Get Fooled Again
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A Man With Money
 [11:45PM]    THAT '70S SHOW
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
 [12:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
 [1:15AM]    CARRIE
 [3:30AM]    JENNIFER'S BODY    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    Barney Miller-Agent Orange
 [6:45AM]    Barney Miller-Call Girl
 [7:15AM]    Barney Miller-Resignation
 [7:45AM]    Barney Miller-Field Associate
 [8:15AM]    Barney Miller-Movie I
 [8:45AM]    Barney Miller-Movie II
 [9:15AM]    Crocodile Dundee
 [11:15AM]    Smokey and the Bandit
 [1:30PM]    Smokey and the Bandit II
 [4:00PM]    The Quick and the Dead
 [6:30PM]    Sahara
 [9:00PM]    Thunderheart
 [11:45PM]    Above the Law
 [1:45AM]    The Legend of Drunken Master
 [4:15AM]    The Toy    (ALL TIMES EDT)



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



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Aidy Bryant, Dr. Jennifer Berman and Earth, Wind & Fire.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
 [8:00 AM]      Starlift (1951)
 [10:00 AM]      On Moonlight Bay (1951)
 [11:45 AM]      The West Point Story (1950)
 [1:45 PM]      Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
 [4:15 PM]      Tea for Two (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      My Dream Is Yours (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      West Side Story (1961)
 [10:45 PM]      Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
 [1:00 AM]      Throne of Blood (1957)
 [3:15 AM]      Chimes at Midnight (1965)
 [5:30 AM]      The Taming of the Shrew (1967)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Wednesday   -  07/12/17

TCM spends the night featuring films directed by Alfred Hitchcock
 [7:45 AM]      Hamlet (1948)
 [10:30 AM]      Way Back Home (1932)
 [12:00 PM]      Night into Morning (1951)
 [1:30 PM]      Too Much, Too Soon (1958)
 [3:45 PM]      Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
 [6:00 PM]      Two Weeks In Another Town (1962)
 [8:00 PM]      Rebecca (1940)
 [10:30 PM]      Foreign Correspondent (1940)
 [12:45 AM]      Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
 [2:30 AM]      Suspicion (1941)
 [4:15 AM]      Saboteur (1942)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)



TNT has a FRESH 'Animal Kingdom'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jan. 31, 1990) - Bonnie Hunt, Cathy Ladman, and Martin Short.

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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Director of the Bolshoi Theater Vladimir Urin gestures while speaking to the media as the ballet director Makhar Vaziev stands next at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 10, 2017. The Bolshoi Theater reschedules first night of the Nureyev ballet staged by Kirill Serebrennikov due on July 11, the theater's press service told TASS.
Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Season 9 Now Has Official Release Date

'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

Ever since the season 8 finale of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm aired back in 2011, fans of the Larry David driven show have been enthusiastically clamoring for more. David, though, was unsure whether or not he wanted to return to the award-winning show. As the story goes, David articulated that he enjoys doing the show for fun and simply isn't interested in putting up more seasons on an arbitrary timetable if he's not 100% mentally invested.

That being the case, we went a good few years without any indication that we might see another season. Last summer, though, word surfaced that David was warming to the idea of filming a few more episodes. During an interview with Rich Eisen last June, J.B. Smoove said that David told him during a phone call that he was thinking about coming back to shoot a 9th season of the show.

"I called Larry," Smoove said, "like two weeks ago and I said, 'Hey, Larry man.' I just talk about regular stuff with him. It's not always Curb stuff. But this time - aha! This time, he brings up Curb Your Enthusiasm. I don't ever bring it up. He brought it up this time."

Now, 13 months later, we can put that speculation to rest as we have official word that season 9 is in the works. The confirmation came via an official teaser video from HBO which relayed that a brand new season will hit the airwaves on October 1.

'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

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A firefighter sprays water as flames from a wildfire consume a residence near Oroville, Calif., on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Evening winds drove the fire through several neighborhoods leveling homes in its path.
Photo by Noah Berger

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Reprising James Bond?

Daniel Craig

Even though in 2015 he said he would "rather slash (his) wrists" than be James Bond again and "If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money," it appears as if Daniel Craig will reprise the role of James Bond once again, according to the Sunday's Mirror.

If he does sign up for the role, this will be the 49-year-old actor's fifth Bond movie.

Rumors had other British actors in consideration for the role such as Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, James Norton and Aidan Turner. Even Sean P. Diddy Combs has expressed his desire to play James Bond.

The Mirror reported that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, daughter of longtime producer Albert R. Broccoli, is said to have secured Craig and is "determined" to sign Adele onto the project to record the title track. Adele did the theme song to 2012's "Skyfall," which was the most profitable Bond film ever pulling in over $1.1 billion. Her track also won her a Grammy and Golden Globe.

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'Prelude' Happening Right Now

Sixth Mass Extinction

When plant and animal species go extinct, it's usually a clear sign that humans have messed up. We've over-hunted, destroyed habitats, polluted waterways, and altered the climate by burning fossil fuels, wiping species off the planet for good.

We tend to study extinctions to understand just how much we have disrupted the planet's ecosystems. But in a new scientific study published on Monday, scientists said we're not paying nearly enough attention to the "prelude" to global extinction - as in, the dwindling population sizes and ranges of existing species that can be a warning sign of a bigger extinction event to come.

"This is the case of a biological annihilation occurring globally, even if the species these populations belong to are still present somewhere on Earth," Rodolfo Dirzo, the study's co-author and a biology professor at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, said in a press release.

For their analysis, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dirzo and his colleagues mapped the ranges of 27,600 species of birds, amphibians, mammals, and reptiles worldwide. The sample represents nearly half of all known land-based vertebrate species.

Scientists estimated that, of these species, nearly one-third of the vertebrates are declining in population size and range. Shrinking ranges mean animals - especially migratory species - have less room to hunt, breed, and hunker down.

Sixth Mass Extinction

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A 'Banderillo' assistant bullfighter is gored by a bull from the Puerto de San Lorenzo ranch during a bullfight at the San Fermin Fiestas in Pamplona, Spain, July 9, 2017.
Photo by Alvaro Barrientos

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Liberty Hall Museum

Kean University

Museum workers in New Jersey broke through a Prohibition-era wall and a locked wooden cage to discover over 50 bottles and 42 demijohns of rare Madeira wine dating back as early as 1769.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, says the discovery yields the oldest known collection of Madeira in the United States.

Historians and museum workers have been renovating Liberty Hall Museum, originally just called Liberty Hall, which was home to New Jersey's first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston.

The house was built in 1772, just prior to the American Revolution, and originally had 14 rooms. The estate changed ownership in 1811 to the Kean family and eventually became the 50-house mansion that stands today.

Its wine cellar was chosen to undergo examination and repair, but it was hidden behind a plywood and plaster wall built during the Prohibition.

Kean University

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Another Day, Another Gaffe

'Republic of China'

China said Monday the United States apologised after Beijing officially protested a White House statement that mistakenly described Xi Jinping as the president of the "Republic of China".

Xi is president of the People's Republic of China, while the Republic of China is the official name for Taiwan, which Beijing claims as a breakaway province awaiting reunification.

The error was made in an official readout of Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) remarks before a bilateral meeting with Xi during last weekend's G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

It recalled Trump's initial wavering on the "One China" policy, which underpins relations between Washington and Beijing by acknowledging there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it.

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A stove stands in front of a structure leveled by a wildfire near Oroville, Calif., on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Residents were ordered to evacuate from several roads in the rural area as flames climbed tall trees.
Photo by Noah Berger

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Declares Nostalgia For Old Oil Life

Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R-Sleazy), the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, expressed nostalgia for his former life as an oilman while picking up an industry award in Istanbul on Sunday.

Tillerson, often criticised for failing to communicate enough with the media and for leaving important State Department posts empty, was attending the opening of the World Petroleum Congress.

He waxed lyrical over his old job while being honoured with the Dewhurst Award for his contribution to the oil and gas industry.

Tillerson said when he was first notified he was going to receive the award -- before being nominated by President Donald Trump as top US diplomat -- he thought he would merely be interrupting a retirement spent fishing in the mountains.

Tillerson, boss of Exxon Mobil from 2006 to 2016, said the energy business required massive long term investment, risk taking and risk management.

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Dying : India's Holy River Succumbs To Pollution

"Mother Ganga"

India's holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees.

Worshipped by a billion Hindus and a water source for 400 million, "Mother Ganga" is dying, despite decades of government efforts to save it.

Thousands of Indians immerse themselves and idols of their gods every day, believing a dip in the Ganges absolves a lifetime of sins. People drink the water and use it for crops.

But the pristine waters soon becomes a distant memory as the 2,525 km-long (1,570 mile) Ganges snakes its way down to the densely populated plains of north India, where too much water is sucked out to maintain a healthy flow.

Less than a quarter of an estimated 4,800 million liters of sewage that flow daily into the river from main towns and cities is treated.

"Mother Ganga"

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"I've seen tons of photos of undulatus asperatus clouds but never anything like what we witnessed with our own eyes."
Photo by Mike Olbinski

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Children Develop Earlier

Low-Income Families

It's not exactly a surprise that children from low-income families are at a disadvantage. The government-funded Head Start program in the United States attempts to reduce some of the inequalities when it comes to education, but how do children in poverty fare physiologically? And what can be done to ensure their health and wellbeing?

Researcher Ying Sun, a visiting academic at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Australia, detailed a study she conducted looking at how income affected puberty rates in children in The Conversation . Using the country's Growing Up in Australia study, the team asked 3,700 parents about signs of puberty observed in their children between the ages of eight and nine and 10 to 11. In girls, signs include developing breasts, pubic and armpit hair, menstruation and acne. Boys typically exhibit cues like increased facial and pubic hair, growth spurt, muscle growth and acne.

Researchers then compared the socioeconomic status, based on families' annual income, education and occupations, of children who started puberty early versus those who didn't. They found that roughly 19 percent of boys and 21 percent of girls started developing early, when they were 10 to 11 years old. The poorest males were four times as likely to hit puberty early as their advantaged counterparts. For females, the likelihood was double.

Sun theorizes several reasons for the difference. One idea is that poverty makes the body anticipate stress frequently, which could change how the brain functions, impacting how reproductive hormones are regulated. Another thought is that fewer resources might actually change your genetics, triggering your reproductive hormones. Or, Sun believes that environmental or economic hardships could signal your body to start the reproductive process to ensure genes are passed on before they have the chance to die out.

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The depleted government coffers of bankrupt Puerto Rico will take in $50 million a month now that a law allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has taken effect, the governor said.

After the bill survived a bumpy ride through the National Assembly in this US territory, Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares signed it on Sunday.

It establishes a legal framework for medicinal marijuana and paves the way for people with cancer and other diseases to avoid prosecution for possessing pot or products derived from it.

The previous governor legalized it by decree because the legislature rejected a law that would also have legalized use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

The governor also expressed hope that a medical marijuana industry will create 50,000 jobs in this island of 3.2 million people with an unemployment rate of 12.3 percent.

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