BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 25 November, 2014


25 November, 2014

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Rock Bottom Economics (NY Times)
The Inflation and Rising Interest Rates That Never Showed Up.

Robert Evans, Anonymous: 6 Hidden Sides of Disneyland Only Employees Get to See (Cracked)
We recently sat down with a Disneyland employee working on the less glamorous side of the Magic Kingdom, and we learned that working at the Happiest Place on Earth is a lot like being in high school, that there is such a thing as Disney Jail, and that geese are freaking assholes.

Dave Gardetta: Pirate's Booty (LA Mag)
An ex-Jack Sparrow spills on life at the Magic Kingdom.

Robert Evans, Julianna, Andy H.: 6 Weird Ways the World Looks Different When You're Asexual (Cracked)
For the majority of people, sex is the most compelling thing in the world, for obvious "perpetuation of the species" reasons. Sex sells. Sex rules. Sex draws the eyes to this paragraph like a tractor beam, because the word "sex" is in it like a million times. But there are people out there with no interest in sex at all. They aren't sick, or drugged, or suffering from any sort of disorder; they're asexual. Cracked sat down with two of these people to learn a little bit more about what life is like when your anaconda don't want none, period.

SASHA FRERE-JONES: The Sound of Sweden (New Yorker)
Who rules the pop charts? Swedes.

David Hockney interview: 'The avant-garde have lost their authority' (The Spectator)
A new film on Hockney opens next week. At Pace Gallery New York his latest paintings are on show. Martin Gayford talks to the celebrated Yorkshire artist about 60 years of ignoring art fashion.

Brendan James: Cleveland Police Kill 12-Year-Old Boy Playing With Toy Gun (Talking Points Memo)
Cleveland [Ohio] police on Saturday shot down a 12-year-old boy playing with a BB gun, reportedly mistaking the child's toy firearm for a real weapon. Police received a call complaining about a boy, later identified as Tamir Rice, pointing a gun at people on a playground outside a local recreation center, the Plain Dealer reported.

TERRENCE PETTY AND JONATHAN J. COOPER: Why Voter Turnout In Oregon Is Incredibly High (AP)
It's nearly as certain as Oregon's rainy season. When there's an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm that's rare in most other places in America.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This traditional game was once called "Going to Jerusalem". By what name is it more commonly known today?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

At the 46th Academy Awards in 1974, what actor was introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present the award for Best Picture when a streaker ran out from backstage?

      David Niven                                                      Source

The 46th Academy Awards were presented April 2, 1974, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by John Huston, Diana Ross, Burt Reynolds, David Niven.

While David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present the award for Best Picture, a streaker named Robert Opel ran out from backstage, a moment which showed David Niven's natural aplomb as he quickly quipped about the man's "shortcomings".        Source

Charlie was first, and correct, with:
   I wasn't watching, but I remember the incident from second-hand.
  David Niven

Alan J wrote:
   David Niven

mj said:
   He noted that
  The young man obviously wasn't embarrassed by his shortcomings. David
  Niven was cool that way, and he was the second best Bond.

Randall replied:
   I seem to recall that silly episode and I think it was David Niven

  ...he was the presenter, not the streaker...
  David Niven was a pretty cool British guy
  that starred in lots of great old movies.
  For example, he was the thief,
  Sir Charles Lytton a.k.a. "The Phantom"
  that stole the diamond that was called
  The Pink Panther

  and he was Phileas Fogg in
  Around the World in 80 Days

  He even played a debonair Count Dracula in
  the very crappy old 70's movie,
  Old Drac

  He even played James Bond, old 007
  himself, in the whacky 1965 version of
  Casino Royale

  But a lot of folks remember him as
  "that guy at the academy awards
  that got streaked"

  Hey, that guy wasn't the only streaker in the 70's...
  It was kind of a popular fad at the time - lots of people were doing it.

  Ray Stevens even wrote a Billboard #1 song called "The Streak"
  Here he comes, there he goes
  And he ain't wearin' no clothes
  He's just as proud as he can be
  Of his anatomy
  He's gonna give us a peek
  Oh yes, they call him the streak
  He likes to show off his physique
  If there's an audience to be found
  He'll be streakin' around
  Invitin' public critique...
  "Don't look, Ethel! ...too late: free shot
  "Grandstanded... Right there in front of the home team"

TedM responded:
   That would be David Nevin who said:
  "Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen. But isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"

Adam answered:
   Hmmm...Shot in the dark?
  David Niven.

Sandra from Bangor said:
   david niven

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   David Niven interrupted by streaker

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "David Niven."

Marian replied:
   David Niven

Michelle answered:
   I knew that w/o google: David Niven

Kevin K in Washington, DC responded:
   It was David Niven, who quipped with a question: "why was that fellow so
  eager to display his shortcomings?" or something like that.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norfallcali said:
   David Niven said pokerfaced after a streaker sprinted across stage during that Academy Award telecast: "Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen. But isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings? Quite a handsome and stoic actor. I used to go to the Red, White and Blue beaches at Pacifica and Davenport, but I don't ever remember any pubic displays on the run.

MAM   wrote:
   David Niven

The True Story of the Oscar Streaker, Robert Opel

DJ Useo replied:
   David Niven be the answer.
  I quite like his work.
  Not sure if the streaker did him a dis-service, or
  helped him become even more unforgettable.

BttbBob   answered:
   Um... Ray Stevens - The Streak (Original) - YouTube?
  (AH-H-H-HAHAHAHAHAHAHA-A-A-A... Good one, eh?
  Hoo ha, an' I'm-a thinkin' so... I mean, it was, like, so-o-o-o obvious...)

  Memo to JoeS: Hercules and Xena, huh? Yeah, me too... 'The Bomb'...
  But, I gotta ask ya now; Why did Kevin's sidekick seem such a dweeb, yet Lucy's was a hottie? What was up with that?

  All right... I'm sorry for the Ray Stevens thing, okay? Sometimes absurdities like that jus' come-a blurtin' outta me an' it can't be helped. Seriously... It's like Atë is makin' me her special project, or some such thing.

  Jus' kidding! I'm not sorry! Not one dagnab teensie-weensie micro-iota bit!... (An' the blurtin' out absurdities thing, well, it's part of my charm an' dagnab intentional, I'm tellin' ya... Right, Boss? Har!)

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Joe S     responded:
   David Niven. I had to look it up because, quite frankly, I never watch award shows. Never. Total meh. Even this.

  Ray Stevens - The Streak - YouTubes

Deborah took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally is on hiatus.



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Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit - YouTube

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"The Problem With Young People Today"

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from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Marc Perkel




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny, windy and dry.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Person Of Interest'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Emily Blunt, Adam Resnick, and Wu-Tang Clan.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Kristin Chenoweth and Michael Ealy.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Marry Me', then a FRESH 'About A Boy', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Bill O'Really (R-Propagandist) and Lorde.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jason Sudeikis and Aubrey Plaza.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/14/14) are William H. Macy, Lemaitre, and Tearist.

ABC fills the night with FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Chris Pine, Evangeline Lilly, and Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'Supernatural'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'The Mindy Project'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', yet another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Shipping Wars', then another FRESH 'Shipping Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice', followed by the movie 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Victory of the Daleks
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 4 - The Time of Angels
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Flesh and Stone
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Schisms
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 6 - True Q
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Oscars
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Suddenly Human
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 5 - Remember Me
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Schizoid Man
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Unnatural Selection
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 8 - A Matter of Honor NEW
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man NEW
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin NEW
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 8 - A Matter of Honor
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Schizoid Man
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Unnatural Selection
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 8 - A Matter of Honor
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'The People's Couch'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', yet another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Sneak Peek'.
On a RERUN Jon Stewart (from 11/5/14) is John Cleese.
On a RERUN Colbert Report (from 11/5/14) is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

FX has the movie 'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa', followed by the movie 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', another 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', then a FRESH 'Search For The Lost Giants'.

IFC  -   
 [8:45AM]    OPEN WATER
 [2:45PM]    OPEN WATER
 [4:30PM]    ALIEN 3
 [3:30AM]    ALIEN 3    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Sleeping Giants
 [7:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Sex Symbols
 [7:15AM]    Tootsie
 [9:45AM]    Melinda and Melinda
 [12:00PM]    Glory
 [2:30PM]    Runaway Train
 [5:00PM]    The Dead Zone
 [7:15PM]    Dolores Claiborne
 [10:00PM]    Little Children
 [1:00AM]    Bull Durham
 [3:15AM]    Dolores Claiborne    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Fifth Element', followed by the movie 'Shutter Island'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 9/22/14) are Zooey Deschanel, Breckin Meyer, and Beck.

 [6:00 AM]      Brigadoon (1954)
 [8:00 AM]      My Fair Lady (1964)
 [11:00 AM]      That's Dancing! (1985)
 [1:00 PM]      That's Entertainment! (1974)
 [3:30 PM]      That's Entertainment! II (1976)
 [5:45 PM]      That's Entertainment! III (1994)
 [8:00 PM]      TCM's A Night at the Movies: Fantasy (2014)
 [9:15 PM]      The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)
 [11:15 PM]      TCM's A Night at the Movies: Fantasy (2014)
 [12:30 AM]      The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
 [2:30 AM]      A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
 [5:00 AM]      Wings of Desire (1987)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  11/26/14

 [7:30 AM]      7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
 [9:15 AM]      Tom Thumb (1958)
 [11:00 AM]      The Glass Slipper (1955)
 [12:45 PM]      The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad (1958)
 [2:30 PM]      Angels In The Outfield (1951)
 [4:30 PM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [6:30 PM]      Portrait of Jennie (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      Arsene Lupin (1932)
 [9:30 PM]      Gambit (1966)
 [11:30 PM]      The Fake (1953)
 [1:00 AM]      The Happy Thieves (1962)
 [2:45 AM]      The Light Touch (1952)
 [4:30 AM]      Crack-Up (1946)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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

Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network


RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV

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Meryl Streep, left, and Marlo Thomas, right, sit together on stage before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others.
Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Long-Lost Letter Delights Poet

Gerd Stern

When a letter credited with inspiring Jack Kerouac to create a new literary genre suddenly surfaced, no one was happier than an 86-year-old poet and playwright from New Jersey.

For more than 50 years, Gerd Stern had been wrongly accused of tossing what Kerouac called "the greatest piece of writing I ever saw" over the side of a houseboat.

"Yes, I'm the guy who dropped the letter off the boat, but of course I didn't," Stern, laughing heartily, said after The Associated Press reported Sunday that the 16,000-word screed to Kerouac from his friend and literary muse Neal Cassady was found intact last week in a house in Oakland.

"At least 12 literary publications through the years have accused me," Stern said. "People have written to me and damned me for this. After 50 years, it's a blessing to be vindicated."

If Stern hadn't dropped the letter off that boat, Kerouac told The Paris Review in 1968, the writing would have transformed his car-stealing, marijuana-dealing, con-man friend Cassady into a literary giant.

Gerd Stern


U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to singer Stevie Wonder (R) during a White House ceremony in Washington, November 24, 2014. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Photo by Kevin Lamarque


Poster Sells For $478K

'London After Midnight'

A poster for the 1927 film "London After Midnight," starring Lon Chaney, has sold for $478,000, making it the most valuable movie poster ever sold at public auction.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas announced Monday that it is the only poster known to exist for the film in which Chaney, a star of early cinema, appeared as a vampire.

The film for "London After Midnight" was lost years ago and the movie was reconstructed about 10 years ago using more than 200 still photos.

1932's "The Mummy" held the previous record for a poster's sale at public auction - more than $453,000 in 1997.

'London After Midnight'


Newhead News


The New Norm

Extreme Weather

After record snowfalls, Buffalo, New York is now bracing for a massive melt.

Some areas of the region received seven feet of the white stuff - a whole year's worth in just a few short days. And now officials are worried that with the temperatures rising dramatically, things may get even worse with massive flooding.

Once-in-a-century type of events like these may become the new climate normal, and it may be at point where they are unavoidable, warns a new World Bank Report on climate change out this week.

Scientists are saying that if the climate warming trend continues, Buffalo, for instance, may experience a higher frequency of intense snowfall events like this past week's. Rising temperature are beginning to keep parts of the Great Lakes ice-free for extended periods of time from autumn through spring. This is expected to add even more moisture to the air above the lakes, and will just fuel and intensify what are known as lake effect snow events.

Extreme Weather


Musician Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead (2nd R) with Shala Weir, Chloe Weir and Natascha Weir arrives for the 2014 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA, 23 November 2014.
Photo by Paul Buck


Launch Online Gambling In NJ


California's Pala Indians have launched their Internet gambling site in New Jersey following a test period last week, becoming the first tribe to do so in the state.

The Pala Band of Mission Indians received permission late Friday from New Jersey gambling regulators for a full launch of the website in a partnership with Atlantic City's Borgata. started taking bets Saturday morning, said Jim Ryan, CEO of Pala Interactive, the tribe's Internet gambling arm.

The tribe's entry into New Jersey's online market comes at the anniversary of Internet gambling, which has not produced nearly the amount of revenue state officials had hoped. When it began on Nov. 25, 2013, New Jersey officials were projecting a $1 billion a year industry in its first year; to date, only about a tenth of that, or $111 million, has been won online by the casinos.

The tribe, which runs the Pala Casino and Spa in San Diego County, California, is using one of the Borgata's online gambling licenses. Like other New Jersey Internet gambling providers, it can only take bets from customers within New Jersey's borders.



Wake-up Call


Plea Deal


A woman accused of firing a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons in what she said was self-defense took a plea deal in a case that first got attention because her attorneys used Florida's "stand your ground" law in its defense, arguing that she feared for her life before discharging the weapon.

Marissa Alexander is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the 2010 shooting. Under the deal with prosecutors, she would receive credit for the 1,030 days she has already served. Alexander's chief attorney, Bruce Zimet, said it was his client who agreed to the deal after it was offered.

Had the 34-year-old Alexander, of Jacksonville, been convicted of all counts at her second trial in the case - set to begin Dec. 1 - she would have had to serve 60 years because of Florida's minimum-mandatory sentencing rules when a firearm is involved.

During her first trial, the jury deliberated just 12 minutes before delivering a guilty verdict. Under Florida law, anyone who fires a gun during the commission of a felony is subject to a minimum of 20 years in prison, which was her original sentence. After serving 21 months, Alexander's conviction was overturned by an appeals court judge, who said the previous ruling had incorrectly placed the burden on Alexander to prove that she was abused by Gray.

At the first trial, her attorneys said the "stand your ground" law, best known in George Zimmerman's fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, was applicable in Alexander's case. The law says individuals have no duty to retreat from a place where they have a right to be and may use any level of force, including lethal, if they reasonably believe they face an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death.



Ethnic Dong women wearing traditional costumes make their way to sing at an inauguration ceremony of a Dong culture Museum in Tongguan village, Liping county, Guizhou province, November 22, 2014. As part of a Tongguan tradition, people hold a feast and sing folk songs for wedding and inauguration ceremonies in the village.
Photo by Sheng Li


Denies Counterfeiting Casino Chips

Gambling Nuke Commander

An admiral linked by Navy investigators to counterfeit casino chips has denied he played any role in making them.

Investigation records say his DNA was found on the underside of an adhesive sticker used to alter one of the phony chips, but previously undisclosed emails indicate that the presence of his DNA is not conclusive evidence that he was involved in the fakery.

Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina, who was fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces at an early stage of a Navy criminal investigation into the counterfeit chips, acknowledged to The Associated Press that he played the fake chips at a poker table in the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in June 2013.

But on Sunday he denied any involvement in the counterfeiting or even knowing the chips were fakes at the time he used them.

The three chips in question were altered with paint and stickers to make genuine $1 casino chips look like $500 chips.

Gambling Nuke Commander


Malware With US, British Origins


A sophisticated cybersespionage tool has been stealing information from governments and businesses since 2008, researchers said Monday, and one report linked it to US and British intelligence.

The security firm Symantec identified the malware, known as Regin, and said it was used "in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets," including governments, businesses, researchers and private individuals.

The news website The Intercept reported later Monday that the malware appeared to be linked to US and British intelligence, and that it was used in attacks on EU government networks and Belgium's telecom network.

The report, citing industry sources and a technical analysis of the malware, said Regin appears to be referenced in documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about broad surveillance programs.

Symantec's report said the malware shares some characteristics with the Stuxnet worm-- a tool believed to have been used by the US and Israeli governments to attack computer networks involved in Iran's nuclear program.



Chile's Paulina Bossa performs during the Miss Pole Dance South America 2014 and Pole Dance Argentina 2014 competitions, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.
Photo by Natacha Pisarenko


Rolling Back Atatürk


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.

Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women are created differently, that women cannot be expected to undertake the same work as men, and that mothers enjoy a high position that only they can reach.

"You cannot put women and men on an equal footing," Erdogan said. "It is against nature. They were created differently. Their nature is different. Their constitution is different."

Erdogan, a devout Muslim, often courts controversy with divisive public comments. He has previously angered women's groups by stating that women should bear at least three children and by attempting to outlaw abortion and adultery.



Resumes Razing Homes


Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn't do.

A wrecking crew gutted her family's apartment in Jerusalem last week, tearing down inner walls and leaving behind a thick layer of debris.

The demolition came a month after her oldest son, 21-year-old Abdel Rahman, drove a car into a crowd waiting for a train in Jerusalem, killing a 3-month-old girl and an Ecuadorean tourist before being shot and killed at the scene.

Israel says it needs tougher tools to stop recent "lone wolf" attacks on Jews by Palestinians. But critics say the practice is strikingly at odds with basic notions of justice, fairness and legality in a democracy - and that it is bound to bring on more hatred rather than serve as a deterrent.

In razing the homes of attackers, Israel is reviving a punishment it largely halted in 2005. An army committee found at the time that punitive demolitions don't deter potential attackers.



A topless activist of women's rights group Femen holds a European flag as she demonstrates inside Strasbourg's Cathedral on the eve of Pope Francis' visit to European institutions, in Strasbourg, November 24, 2014. Pope Francis will address the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on Tuesday in Strasbourg. The words read, "anti Secular Europe".
Photo by Vincent Kessler


Existential Dilemma

Shishmaref, Alaska

The Chukchi Sea's unrelenting waves were slowly ripping away the land and homes of the 600 or so residents of this Alaska Native village on a sinking barrier island. U.S. government reports determined that the community was "imminently threatened" with inundation and needed "immediate action" to move to safer ground on the mainland. Villagers voted 161-20 to relocate off the island. Shishmaref, the media proclaimed, would be the United States' first climate refugees. That was in 2002.

More than a decade later, the U.S. government has yet to come up with a new location. Shishmaref has stayed put, protected temporarily by a $19 million rock revetment that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished in 2009.

If Alaska is a test, the U.S. is failing it. The nation lacks any designated agency to help communities relocate even if they are literally falling into the water. Shishmaref is one of three Alaska Native communities on an emergency relocation list put out by the Army Corps and the U.S. General Accounting Office, but none have been able to move.

Alternative sites selected by federal, state and tribal officials rest on thawing permafrost. The land would slump and sink into a muddy mess unless there was sand or gravel added at great expense to stabilize it. Many residents feel safer where they are, behind the row of rocks the agency installed as a stopgap measure.

Ironically, the Iņupiats were forced to consolidate on the barrier island about 90 years ago because of federal rules requiring a centralized school. Alaska Natives spread along 100 miles of shoreline were gathered together on a barrier island.

Shishmaref, Alaska


Traveled More Than 450 Miles

Lone Wolf

A DNA test has confirmed that a lone gray wolf is roaming Arizona, just north of the Grand Canyon, a long way from its home in the northern Rockies.

The animal, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act, is the first known gray wolf to visit Arizona in about 70 years. The species disappeared from the state in the 1940s, which makes this development exciting news for conservationists who want to see wolves spread back into their former habitats.

After repeated sightings of the wolf over the last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) collected a sample of the animal's feces in Kaibab National Forest, near the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

The feces sample was sent to the University of Idaho's Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics, where a DNA test revealed that the animal is a female gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains population. This means the wolf traveled at least 450 miles (725 kilometers) to get to northern Arizona. But such treks are not uncommon for gray wolves, FWS officials said.

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