BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 1 August, 2017


1 August, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[179 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Who Ate Republicans' Brains? (NY Times Column)
Four decades of intellectual and moral deteriation.

Paul Krugman: Heritage On Health, 1989 (NY Times Blog)
Overall, what's striking about the Heritage plan is that it's not notably more conservative than what Obama actually implemented: a bit less regulation, a substantial amount of additional spending. If Obamacare is an extreme leftist measure, as so many Republicans claim, the Heritage Foundation in the 1980s was a leftist institution.

Daniel Handler: Want Teenage Boys to Read? Easy. Give Them Books About Sex. (NY Times)
What interests teenage boys? You're smirking, but this is a question that occupies many of us in the field of young people's literature. It's well-documented that girls are reading more than boys, a statistic of increasing concern.

Joseph P. Carter: "The Universe Doesn't Care About Your 'Purpose'" (NY Times)
But you do. And you should.

George Yancy and Noam Chomsky: "Noam Chomsky: On Trump and the State of the Union" (NY Times)
My suspicion is that those who seem oblivious to suffering, whether it is nearby or in remote corners, are for the most part unaware, perhaps blinded by doctrine and ideology. For them, the answer is to develop a critical attitude toward articles of faith, secular or religious; to encourage their capacity to question, to explore, to view the world from the standpoint of others. And direct exposure is never very far away, wherever we live - perhaps the homeless person huddling in the cold or asking for a few pennies for food, or all too many more.

Andrew Tobias: Opinions from the Left and Right
Executive summary: No one likes Trump

Dr. Luisa Dillner: Can money buy you happiness? (The Guardian)
Research shows that splashing the cash can boost feelings of pleasure - but it depends who you spend it on.

Michele Hanson: My memory loss is under control - for the moment (The Guardian)
In which forgetting things sends my day and my carefully laid plans veering into disaster.

Jonathan Jones: Britain's best-loved artwork is a Banksy. That's proof of our stupidity (The Guardian)
Banksy's Girl with Balloon comes top in a popular vote, despite its oversimplification of human emotion. Real art is ambiguous and difficult.

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Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over five decades was born Vincent Damon Furnier. By what name is he better known?

       Alice Cooper                                                      Source

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over five decades. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock". He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

Originating in Phoenix, Arizona, in the late 1960s after he moved from Detroit, Michigan, "Alice Cooper" was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruceon rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band released its first album in 1969 but broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen" from their third studio album Love It to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single "School's Out" in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Furnier adopted the band's name as his own name in the 1970s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Alice Cooper.

Randall wrote:
   Alice Cooper

Alan J said:
   Alice Cooper.

Gene replied:
   Alice Cooper. (I found the picture I'm sending more disturbing than Alice with the snake!)

Deborah responded:
   I'm pretty sure that's Alice Cooper, but after blowing Jamie Farr last week, I won't be surprised if I"m wrong.
  Picked 5 lbs. of tomatoes off one bush over the weekend. I'll get today's fruits shortly and make tomato sauce to can tonight. Having BLTs (with and without avocado) for breakfast is a seasonal delight.

Adam answered:
   Vic Damone

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Alice Cooper

Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   Vince Furnier is the birth name of Alice Cooper. If I recall my high school mythology correctly, Vince was first the singer in a band called "Alice Cooper", and he became so identified as the front man of the band that he adopted Alice Cooper as his personal stage name.

zorch replied:
   Alice Cooper

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Alice Cooper."

Dale of Hotter Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Vic Damone…no…Alice Cooper

Daniel in The City responded:
   Alice Cooper

Billy in Cypress said:
   Alice Cooper

Joe S     wrote:
   At first I thought it was Vic Damone but no, his real name is Vito Rocco Farinola. It's Alice Cooper. I should have known that but it didn't cross my mind. I once know a girl named Frannie Dimon only she didn't pronounce her name DiMon, she pronounced it Dimon like in Diamond without the "d" at the end. I really liked her, but it was not meant to be. I met her at a swimming pool in Illinois while assigned to Chanute AFB and was sent to Ellsworth AFB a short time later. There I met my soul mate. Just in case you were interested, you know, how I met my soul mate.

mj took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  August 1 Birthdays - Celebrities Born August 1 | Famous Birthdays

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Forget Trump's Boy Scout speech. Let's talk about Girl Scouts and STEM.

The Miracles of Jesus Under Trumpcare - YouTube

Advanced activist tactics: Desensitization and trust

'Young white guys are hopping mad': confidence grows at far-right gathering | US news | The Guardian

Read the Full Text of Bill Browder's Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee - The Atlantic

McCain and the Magnitsky Act

Great News from RightWing Media, Schiff, Schumer, Collins, Courts, & Science: Monday's Good News

McCain family thrilled to find handmade 'Thank you, senator' signs along their favorite hiking trail

Morning Open Thread: A Salute to Wacky, Weird and Wonderful Musical Instruments

Actor And Playwright Sam Shepard Dead At 73 | HuffPost

BBC - Culture - The 'greatest film-maker who ever lived'

Earth to warm 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, studies say -

Judge rules ex-Arizona sheriff Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt - AOL News

Israeli Authorities Arrest Antiquities Dealers In Connection With Hobby Lobby Scandal : Parallels : NPR

To Help Keep Sturgeon Sustainable, Farm And Fishery Work Together : The Salt : NPR

4 Ways Far-Right Groups Are Winning The Social Media Battle : NPR

Sen. Jeff Flake: 'As Conservatives, Our First Obligation Is To Be Honest' : NPR

Saving the world's wildlife is not just 'a white person thing' | Environment | The Guardian

Twitter erupts after Anthony Scaramucci's ouster as White House communications director - SFGate

Why Trump's new chief of staff will fail, too - SFGate

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

The Past 5 GOP Presidents Have Used Fraud and Treason to Steer Themselves to Electoral Victory | Alternet

Dem campaign chief vows no litmus test on abortion | TheHill

Bill Browder's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Could Explain Anthony Scaramucci's Bizarre Behaviour | HuffPost UK

Donald Trump Can't Close Deal, Failing Salesman | National Review

Jeff Sessions' Assault On Gay Workers Revealed Yet Another Lie He Told At Confirmation Hearings | HuffPost

'Classic Propaganda': Sinclair Broadcasting Pushes Aside Fox News to Become 'Trump TV' | Common Dreams

The Final Humiliation of Reince Priebus - The Atlantic

Flake: Some things Trump has done are 'profoundly unconservative' - POLITICO

How Donald Trump's kleptocracy is undermining American democracy - Vox

Ivanka and Jared find their limits in Trump's White House - POLITICO

McConnell wages war down South - POLITICO

White House Says Trump Was 'Making A Joke' When He Endorsed Police Brutality | HuffPost

A GOP Senator Just Eviscerated Trump and the Republicans Who Make Excuses For Him - Mother Jones

'This is Trump territory': California lawmakers under racist attacks demanding they 'hurry up and die' - raw

Nearly all Cabinet officials attend Bible lessons with right-wing pastor who compares Trump to biblical heroes - raw

Trump is an authoritarian by instinct, not ideology. -

Desperate Trump returns to his favorite themes: Torture, blood and violence -

The Downsides of John Kelly's Ascension - The Atlantic

Depravity Is Downstream of Donald Trump - The Atlantic

Scaramucci's short, wild ride through Trump's White House - POLITICO

Donald Trump's War on Scientists Has Had One Big Side Effect - Mother Jones

Donald Trump Is Still Holding Campaign Rallies Because No One Else Will Validate Him | GQ

Trump Dictated His Son's Account Of Meeting With Russian Lawyer, Post Reports | HuffPost

The Treasury Secretary Just Lied Under Oath | The Nation



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

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 Sen. Al Franken, Adam Conover, and Randy Newman.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Gordon Ramsay, Brendan Gleeson, and Maggie Rogers.

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 Jeremy Renner, Bridget Everett, and French Montana featuring Swae Lee.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Idris Elba, Alexis Bledel, and Michael Voltaggio.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/3/17) are Elisabeth Moss, Tiger Army, and Lauren Ash.

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 FRESH 'Somewhere Between'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kate Beckinsale, Alexis Ohanian, and Justin Moore.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a RERUN 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

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 all old 'Wahlburgers' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'The Goonies', followed by the movie 'Men In Black', then the movie 'Avatar'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Cold Blood-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-The Lodger
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-The Pandorica Opens-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Big Bang-Part 2.
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Eye of the Beholder
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-All Good Things... (Part 1)
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 26-All Good Things... (Part 2)
 [8:00PM]    KING KONG (2005)
 [12:00AM]    KING KONG (2005)

Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', then a FRESH 'A Night With My Ex', 'Sweet Home Oklahoma', followed by 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 'Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Al Gore.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Dan Harmon, Brandon Johnson, and Tom Kenny.

FX has the movie 'Project Almanac', followed by the movie 'Real Steel', then the movie 'Real Steel', again.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kaley Cuoco Wears a Black Blazer and Slip on Sneakers
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Gillian Jacobs Wears a Gray Checkered Suit and a Red Bow Tie
 [7:00AM]    ROGUE
 [11:30AM]    ROGUE
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Black Dog
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Crunge
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misty Mountain Hop
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Black Dog
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Crunge
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misty Mountain Hop
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
 [11:45PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
 [12:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
 [1:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
 [1:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
 [2:15AM]    BORAT

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Barney Miller-Paternity
 [6:30AM]    Barney Miller-Advancement
 [7:00AM]    Barney Miller-The Car
 [7:30AM]    Barney Miller-Possession
 [8:00AM]    Barney Miller-Stress Analyzer
 [8:30AM]    Barney Miller-Games
 [9:00AM]    Barney Miller-Homeless
 [9:30AM]    Iron Eagle
 [12:15PM]    Thunderheart
 [3:00PM]    The Town
 [5:30PM]    Lawless
 [8:00PM]    Escape From New York
 [10:00PM]    The Warriors
 [12:00AM]    Escape From New York
 [2:00AM]    Iron Eagle
 [4:45AM]    Barney Miller-Paternity
 [5:15AM]    All in the Family-Mr. Edith Bunker
 [5:50AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Secret Passion    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Sharktopus Vs. Whalewolf', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then the movie 'Sharknado 2: The 2nd One'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 6/13/17) are Holly Hunter, Natasha Lyonne, and Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm.

TCM spends 24 hours with Marilyn Monroe
 [6:00 AM]      Ladies of the Chorus (1949)
 [7:30 AM]      Clash by Night (1952)
 [9:30 AM]      The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
 [11:30 AM]      Some Like It Hot (1959)
 [2:00 PM]      Love Nest (1951)
 [3:45 PM]      There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
 [6:00 PM]      Bus Stop (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      The Seven Year Itch (1955)
 [10:00 PM]      Niagara (1953)
 [12:00 AM]      River of No Return (1954)
 [2:00 AM]      How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
 [4:00 AM]      The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)

Wednesday   -  08/02/17

TCM spends 24 hours with Ray Milland
 [6:00 AM]      Wise Girl (1937)
 [7:15 AM]      Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)
 [8:30 AM]      Irene (1940)
 [10:15 AM]      Night into Morning (1951)
 [12:00 PM]      Panic in Year Zero (1962)
 [2:00 PM]      Let's Do It Again (1953)
 [4:00 PM]      A Life Of Her Own (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      The Major and the Minor (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      The Big Clock (1948)
 [10:00 PM]      Dial M for Murder (1954)
 [12:00 AM]      Alias Nick Beal (1949)
 [2:00 AM]      The Lost Weekend (1945)
 [4:00 AM]      Hostile Witness (1969)

TNT has a FRESH 'Animal Kingdom'.

USA has a FRESH 'Shooter'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Aug. 1, 1991) - Martin Mull, Jonathan Katz, and Cathy Guisewite.

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Flames erupt as clashes break out while the Constituent Assembly election is being carried out in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Script Leaked Online

'Game of Thrones'

Script for episode 4 leaks online following HBO hack A number of unreleased episodes from popular HBO shows like Ballers recently surfaced online after hackers breached the company's ostensibly secure computer systems, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly. What's more, the hackers are believed to have also leaked a script for next week's episode of Game of Thrones, HBO's most popular show and arguably its largest cash cow. All told, the hackers involved in this attack reportedly managed to abscond with 1.5 terabytes of data. In a statement provided to EW, HBO confirmed the breach and expressed the following: HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.

In a corresponding email to employees, HBO said that its technology team is already "working round the clock" with "outside exports" in order to get a handle on what went wrong and to prevent future security breaches.

At this point, it's not apparent what type of data the hackers pilfered, save for the aforementioned Game of Thrones script and episodes of Ballers and Room 104. Notably, a message from the group behind the attack sent out an email last night implying that unreleased Game of Thrones episodes might surface online soon, but it remains to be seen if this is indeed the case.

'Game of Thrones'


In this July 30, 2017, image made available by the Apsara Authority of the Cambodian Government, archaeologists examine a 1.9-meter (6-foot, 3-inch) tall, 58-centimeter (23-inch) wide statue at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Working with experts from Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, the Apsara Authority said the 12th or 13th century statue is one of the largest to be unearthed in recent years.


Author From The 1800s

Ingersoll Lockwood

Ingersoll Lockwood, an American political writer, lawyer and novelist, combined a unique mixture of science fiction and fantasy into his novels from the late 1800s. Two of his most popular works of literature were illustrated children's stories, focusing on a peculiar fictional character whose name rings a bell in 2017: Baron Trump.

Trump, an aristocratically wealthy young man living in Castle Trump, is the protagonist of Lockwood's first two fictional novels, The Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and His Wonderful Dog Bulgar and Baron Trump's Marvelous Underground Journey. The little boy, who has an unending imagination and "a very active brain," is bored of the luxurious lifestyle he has grown so accustomed to. In a twist of fate, Trump visits Russia to embark on an extraordinary adventure that will shape the rest of his life.

Lockwood's final novel arrived in 1896, titled The Last President.

There are some incredible connections to be made to the first family of the United States and Lockwood's novels from the turn of the 19th century. For starters, the main character's name is the same as Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) son, albeit spelt differently. Trump's adventures begin in Russia, and are guided thanks to directions provided by "the master of all masters," a man named "Don."

Lockwood's creations have resurfaced online in recent weeks on forums and Reddit, thanks to a number of 4chan users who shared images and conspiracy theories about the fantasy stories. Some claimed the Trump family possesses a time machine that has allowed them to remain powerful to this day.

Ingersoll Lockwood


Newhead News


Discovery Communications Acquiring

Scripps Network

Discovery Communications Inc is acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive Inc for $11.9 billion in a deal expected to boost the company's negotiating leverage as it seeks new audiences.

The acquisition, announced on Monday, brings together Scripps' largely female-focused lifestyle channels such as HGTV, Travel Channel and Food Network with Discovery's Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, whose viewers are primarily male.

Despite expectations of $350 million in total cost synergies, many analysts questioned how the combined company would compete long term as viewers cut cords to cable providers and as advertising and ratings decline.

Discovery is paying 70 percent cash and 30 percent stock for Scripps. The total price of the deal is $14.6 billion including debt.

Scripps Network


Opposition supporters stand behind a barricade as the Constituent Assembly election was being carried out in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30, 2017.
Photo by Christian Veron


3,500-Year-Old 'Lunch Box' Found

Swiss Alps

About 3,500 years ago, an intrepid traveler in the Swiss Alps lost their lunch box.

Archaeologists recently discovered the wooden vessel as the ice where it was buried melted near the top of a mountain. They even uncovered clues about the box's final contents; a chemical analysis revealed faint traces of cereals like wheat and rye, perhaps from a hearty whole- grain porridge.

Baskets, barrels and boxes made from organic materials like wood or leather rarely survive in the archaeological record, but some examples have been found in the Alps before. In fact, Europe's oldest mummy, Ötzi the Iceman, was found with two birch-bark containers. These lightweight vessels were probably preferred over ceramic containers for long journeys over snowy mountain passes. (Hikers today are careful about every ounce of equipment they pack. It probably wasn't much different during the Bronze Age.) Just this month, the mummified remains of a couple buried in the Alps 75 years ago turned up.

Archaeologists have identified some ice patches in the Alps where artifacts that were once frozen in time are being newly exposed as the climate warms. One such place is an ice patch near the summit of the Lötschenpass at an altitude of 8,700 feet (2,650 meters). The wooden box was discovered there in 2012. It has a round base made of Swiss pine and a rim made of willow, and it is sewn together with splint twigs of European larch. It also had a mysterious residue on its surface.

Armed with new chemical techniques, archaeologists can now analyze residues of food and drink - like animal and dairy fats - left on seemingly empty ancient pots. However, it's rare to find lipids (or fats) from cereals on artifacts, even though grains like wheat, barley and rye were important after the emergence of farming, the researchers wrote in their summary of the findings, published Wednesday (July 26) in the journal Scientific Reports.

Swiss Alps


Digby's Hullabaloo


Small Odds Of Reaching Goal

Climate Change

There is a five-percent chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the target set in the 2015 climate-rescue Paris Agreement, researchers said on Monday.

And chances of meeting the lower, aspirational 1.5 C goal, also listed in the 196-nation pact, were a mere one percent, they wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change.

A US-based expert team used projections for population growth to estimate future production, and related carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels.

Based on these data, "the likely range of global temperature increase is 2 C to 4.9 C, with median 3.2 C and a five percent chance that it will be less than 2 C," they wrote.

Climate Change


In this July 29, 2017 photo provided by Rainbow Air INC., black-colored wastewater treatment discharge is released into water below Niagara Falls, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The water near the base of the falls that border the U.S. and Canada turned an alarming shade of black before tourists' eyes following a foul-smelling discharge from a nearby wastewater treatment plant. The water board for the city says Saturday's discharge was part of routine maintenance of one of its basins, that the discharge was within permitted limits and had dissipated by Sunday.
Photo by Patrick J. Proctor


Dictated Misleading Statement


Donald Trump (R-Crooked) dictated a statement, later shown to be misleading, in which his son Donald Trump Jr. said a meeting he had with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 was not related to his father's presidential campaign, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Trump Jr. released emails earlier in July that showed he eagerly agreed last year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father. The New York Times was first to report the meeting.

The Washington Post said Trump advisers discussed the new disclosure and agreed that Trump Jr. should issue a truthful account of the episode so that it "couldn't be repudiated later if the full details emerged."

The president, who was flying home from Germany on July 8, changed the plan and "personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had 'primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children,'" the Post said, citing unnamed people with knowledge of the deliberations.

It said the statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared to publish the story, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was "not a campaign issue at the time."



Pink Panty Sheriff Convicted

Joe Arpaio

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R-Bad Hombre) was convicted of a criminal charge Monday for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, marking a final rebuke for a politician who once drew strong popularity from such crackdowns but was ultimately booted from office as voters became frustrated over his headline-grabbing tactics and deepening legal troubles.

The federal judge's verdict represents a victory for critics who voiced anger over Arpaio's unusual efforts to get tough on crime, including jailing inmates in tents during triple-digit heat, forcing them to wear pink underwear and making hundreds of arrests in crackdowns that divided immigrant families. Arpaio is vowing to appeal.

Arpaio, who spent 24 years as the sheriff of metro Phoenix, skirted two earlier criminal investigations of his office. But he wasn't able to avoid legal problems when he prolonged his signature immigration patrols for nearly a year and a half after a different judge ordered him to stop. That judge later ruled they racially profiled Latinos.

The lawman who made defiance a hallmark of his tenure was found guilty of misdemeanor contempt-of-court for ignoring the 2011 court order to stop the patrols. The 85-year-old faces up to six months in jail, though attorneys who have followed the case doubt someone his age would be incarcerated. He will be sentenced Oct. 5.

Critics hoped Arpaio's eight-day trial in federal court in Phoenix would bring a long-awaited comeuppance for lawman who had managed to escape accountability through much of his six terms.

Joe Arpaio


Demonstrators burn police uniforms as clashes broke out with security forces while the Constituent Assembly election was being carried out in Caracas, Venezuela, July 30, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins


Enlargement Surgery


A healthy 30-year-old man in Stockholm has died after undergoing penis enlargement surgery.

Aside from a minor case of asthma, the deceased suffered from no other pre-existing medical conditions.

He had requested penile elongation and penile enlargement, often carried out in the same procedure, which is typically done by extracting unwanted fat cells from places such as the belly or the thighs.

The elongation was completed successfully, but when the enlargement began - in which the fat cells are injected into the penis - the patient's heart rate soared, his blood pressure dived and his oxygen levels fell drastically.

"This is the first described case where a seemingly simple and safe procedure of penis enlargement by autologous fat transfer caused sudden death in a healthy young man," a case study by the Journal of Forensic Sciences reports.



Developed Its Own Language

AI Project

Artificial intelligence is a growing field for tech companies, but a recent experiment from Facebook showcased an unintended consequence of the new technology.

As part of a project on machine learning applications, Facebook researchers worked on developing artificial intelligence-powered agents that would be able to negotiate with themselves. In the test, the agents were tasked with automatically figuring out ways to split a group of items. In addition, both agents had specific values assigned to each item, ensuring that they couldn't come to a draw.

But beyond the long-disputed science-fiction fears of AI developing self-awareness and enslaving humanity, Facebook's findings illustrate another interesting aspect of AI and language development.

Consumer-focused products have made human interaction a major part of AI development, but what if AI-powered programs could simply work and talk without needing humans? For a language like English, researchers need to invest time and development making ways for AI to understand areas like syntax and sentence structure. By bypassing these hoops for agents to jump through and allowing AI to work without needing human language, researchers have argued that AI-powered hardware or software could learn at even faster rates.

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Jeanne Moreau

French actress Jeanne Moreau, who lit up the screen in "Jules et Jim" and starred in some of the most critically acclaimed films of the 20th century, has died aged 89, her agent said Monday.

The gravel-voiced actress epitomised the freedoms of the 1960s and brought daring, depth and danger to a string of cinematic masterpieces from Louis Malle's "Lift to the Scaffold" to Jacques Demy's "Bay of Angels".

Once described by US director Orson Welles as "the best actress in the world", she was a feminist icon and trailblazer for liberated women as well as the face of the French New Wave.

Moreau won the best actress award at the 1960 Cannes film festival for "Moderato Cantabile" in which she starred alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Born in Paris 1928 to an English chorus girl from Oldham and a French cafe owner, she took to acting with apparent effortless ease, defying her father by joining the Paris conservatoire at the age of 18, and gaining entry to the elite Comedie Francaise theatre troupe two years later.

Her breakthrough came in 1958 when she starred in two films for Malle that challenged the moral certitudes of the times.

But it was her tomboy playfulness that won her the hearts of a whole generation of filmgoers in "Jules et Jim", playing the woman at the centre of a menage-a-trois with two best friends, one Austrian and one French on the eve of World War I.

Francois Truffaut -- who directed the film -- said "every time I picture her in the distance I see her reading not a newspaper but a book, because Jeanne Moreau doesn't suggest flirtation but love."

Never short of male company, she was also romantically linked with Malle, Truffaut, Welles, Tony Richardson and Marcello Mastroianni and the fashion designer Pierre Cardin among others.

Having racked up over 130 films over six decades, she continued acting till the end.

Jeanne Moreau


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Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard, the preeminent US playwright of his generation celebrated for depicting a darkness to contemporary American life and Oscar-nominated actor, has died. He was 73.

Shepard, who wrote nearly 50 plays, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1979 for his play "Buried Child" and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984 for best actor in a supporting role for "The Right Stuff."

He went on to star in dozens of films with acting credits on the likes of "Steel Magnolias" with Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, 2001 war drama "Black Hawk Down," and 2013 family saga "August: Osage County" with Meryl Streep.

His writing career extended to cinema and he wrote the screenplay for "Paris, Texas," which won the Palme D'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

On television, his most recent work was in the first two seasons of Netflix series "Bloodline" in 2015 and 2016, which marked his final on-camera appearance.

Born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, Illinois in 1943, he was the son of a teacher and of an Army officer who was a bomber pilot during World War II.

His father struggled with alcoholism, and Shepard had a nomadic childhood, moving from base to base around the country before the family relocated to an avocado farm in California and he graduated from high school in Duarte.

Shepard played the drums with bands such as the Holy Modal Rounders and collaborated with Bob Dylan in writing the 11-minute song "Brownsville Girl," which appeared on Dylan's 1986 album "Knocked Out Loaded."

Shepard was in a long-term relationship with the actress Jessica Lange for many years. The couple had two children. Shepard is also survived by a son he shared with actress O-Lan Jones, to whom he was previously married.

In 1986, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1994, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

In 2009, he received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist.

Sam Shepard




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