BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 22 December, 2015

Tuesday

22 December, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1545 days in a row]



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M Is FOR MASHUP - December 22nd, 2015

A Package For You From Me.

From DJ Useo


This is written before I know how our move back into our formerly flooded home has gone. Right now, we're a few hours behind schedule. Much more to do.








I wanted to leave you all a Christmas package now, as our new phone & net may not be on till the new year. Here's my twitter post with links for both of my "Christmas Packages" intended for any of my online pals. -
( twitter.com/DJUseo/status/678750449659346945 )
























Located inside are no mashups at all, just remasters of beloved tracks I've heard through the years. Most are from 1980's & 1990's, but there's one from the 1940's. I hope you like some of them. They'll be a great respite from the barrage of Christmas tunes. I hit my limit last week, when I heard Sheldon Cooper's version of Good King Wenceslas. ( ! )
( www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7DagmBUOpc )



















Have fun, all. I'll be back soon.









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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The Donald and the Decider (NY Times)
Almost six months have passed since Donald Trump overtook Jeb Bush in polls of Republican voters. At the time, most pundits dismissed the Trump phenomenon as a blip, predicting that voters would soon return to more conventional candidates. Instead, however, his lead just kept widening. Even more striking, the triumvirate of trash-talk - Mr. Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz - now commands the support of roughly 60 percent of the primary electorate.


Andrew Tobias: Evenwel v. Abbott
In its battle to shift ever more wealth and power to the top tenth of one percent,* the right now has a new case pending before the Supreme Court: Evenwel v. Abbott, as explained here in the New York Times . Way more important, even, than Citizens United.


Michele Hanson: Come on supermarkets - wonky is the shape of fruit and veg to come (The Guardian)
Efforts to stock 'imperfect' and 'misshapen' vegetables are picking up, but too slowly. Why are we still fuss-potting about aesthetics while thousands of people trudge to local food banks?


I haven't had sex for over 10 years (The Guardian)
I'm a 46-year-old woman who hasn't had sex for over 10 years. This was never the plan, but I'm stuck in a perpetual circle: I worry so much about how I could explain this to a potential partner and the longer it goes on, the worse it gets. I don't want to live the rest of my life without sex and affection.


Jon Ronson: how the online hate mob set its sights on me (The Guardian)
When Ronson wrote about the injustice of Justine Sacco's trial by Twitter, he found that he too became a target of an internet witch hunt. How did we become unpaid shaming interns for companies that don't care about us?


Anna Dakota, Anonymous: 5 Realities Of Running A Homeless Shelter On Christmas (Cracked)
Most people dream of a white Christmas, with a thick, shimmering layer of fresh snow blanketing the world, wrapping everything you know in a cozy embrace. It's a beautiful, quiet scene -- a scene that's best enjoyed from indoors, with a warm cup of coffee (Irish or otherwise), and a warm fire roaring in the fireplace. If you're homeless, however, a white Christmas can fucking murder you.


Ray McBride: 5 Shadowy Forces That Secretly Screwed With Big TV & Movies (Cracked)
#5. The Government Made Networks Add Anti-Drug Messages To Their Shows



David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

David Bruce's Smashwords Page

David Bruce's Blog

David Bruce's Lulu Storefront

David Bruce's Apple iBookstore

David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on Amazon.com.


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Trivia Question of the Day


Who said: "The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead."

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


In 1986 Enid Strict debuted on Saturday Night Live. By what name is she more commonly known?


       The Church Lady                                                      Source


The Church Lady was a recurring character in a series of sketches on the American television show Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1990, with later appearances in 1996, 2000, and 2011. "She" also appeared on The Dana Carvey Show in March 1996, reading a Top Ten List, "New Titles for Princess Diana."

Created and played by Dana Carvey, The Church Lady is a mature woman named "Enid Strict," who is the uptight, smug and pious host of her own talk show, Church Chat. Enid is a spoof of "holier-than-thou" Christian churchgoers.

The Church Lady is known for always wearing a matching blue and purple sweater/dress set, visible knee-high stockings, and a pair of cat's eye horn-rimmed glasses. She was known for the catchphrases, "Well, isn't that SPE-CIAL?!", "How con-VEEN-ient!", and "Could it be...SATAN?" (in later years, the latter would always end with a haunting echo). When sufficiently satisfied with herself, she would mug for the camera, while twitching the corners of her mouth from one side to the other for an indefinite length of time.        Source







Randall was first and correct with:
   The Church Lady
  Isn't that special?





mj wrote:
   I could go into another long rant,
  But, never mind, that's the Church Lady, alter ego of Dana Carvey's beer guzzling hoser.




Alan J said:
   The Church Lady.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Church Lady



Adam answered:
   The Church Lady



Marian replied:
   The Church Lady



Robert said:
   would I see her in church?



Lois Of The Yuletide Cheer answered:
   The church lady has always been an inspiration to me. I love men in drag. Off work for the next two weeks. My "check liver" light is gonna burn out for sure.





MAM   wrote:
   The Church Lady ~ Played by the male Dana Carvey, an elderly woman named Enid Strict, who is the uptight, smug, and pious host of her own talk show, "Church Chat". Enid is a spoof of "holier-than-thou" Christian televangelists.





Joe S     replied:
   The Church Lady.


  Oh, wait. Wrong picture. Here's the Church Lady.

  I get 'em mixed up.




Deborah took the day off.
  



DJ Useo took the day off.
  



Dale of Wet Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



Charlie took the day off.
  



Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  December 21 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 21 | Famous Birthdays



  





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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


Say Good-Bye to 'COOL': Congress Repeals Country-of-Origin Meat Labeling Rule | TakePart



Spielberg on his films - a personal favorite, the hardest to make, the one he'd change - SFGate



Carl Sagan's Timeless Baloney Detection Kit



Sport Praying



The question is not whether Trump is a serious candidate. The question is whether the GOP is a serious party?



Was Orson Welles Mad At William Randolph Hearst?



Daffodils in bloom, the warmest ever December: how worrying is the world's strange weather? | Global development | The Guardian



'It is fantastic, better than travelling to the moon' - David Attenborough returns to the Great Barrier Reef | Travel | The Guardian



Bacteria that resist 'last antibiotic' found in UK - BBC News



Norway wants to move its border 20 metres left - so it can give Finland a mountain | Europe | News | The Independent



In search of Pookie, Peanut and Peaches - CNN.com



'It's a Wonderful Life" has a wonderful lesson - CNN.com



Vietnam, heroin and the lesson of disrupting addiction - CNN.com



Why You've Never Heard of These 'Full of Guts' Christmas Carols - NBC News



The Cecil effect: US just added lions to its endangered list to protect them from trophy hunters




Thanks, Michelle!


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David E Suggests


The logistics of Santa Claus (Infographic)



David


Thanks, Dave!


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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


WTF?!!!

"PATHOLOGICAL LIAR"

IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY FASCIST CHRISTMAS!

"KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE" AND OTHER IMPORTANT REASONS.

THE CHARLES DICKENS SOLUTION.

"SAY A PRAYER FOR THE PRETENDER"






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Started raining on the way home from work - added an extra hour to the drive. Ack.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a RERUN 'Limitless'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 11/23/15) are Sylvester Stallone, Ted Koppel, Kyle Busch, and My Morning Jacket.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 11/10/15) are Anna Faris, Joshua Jackson, and Gavin James.



NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a RERUN 'Chicago Med', then a RERUN 'Chicago Fire'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 11/18/15) are Jennifer Lawrence, Michael B. Jordan, and Jeff Lynne's ELO.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/7/15) are Shaquille O'Neal, Judith Light, and Mike O'Brien.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/28/15) are Sarah Dumont, Shlohmo, and Impractical Jokers.



ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a RERUN 'The Muppets', then the FRESH 'The Year 2015'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 12/16/15) are Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) and Gary Clark Jr.



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



Faux has a RERUN 'The Simpsons', followed by 'Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas', then a RERUN 'Taraji & Terrence's White Hot Holidays'.



MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.



A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH 'Born This Way'.



AMC offers the movie 'The Muppet Movie', followed by 'A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa', then the movie 'The Muppet Movie', again.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 10 - Love & Monsters
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 11 - Fear Her
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 12 - Army of Ghosts
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 13 - Doomsday
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 1 - Smith and Jones
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 2 - The Shakespeare Code
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 3 - Gridlock
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 4 - Daleks In Manhattan-Part 1.
 [2:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 5 - Evolution Of The Daleks-Part 2.
 [3:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 6 - The Lazarus Experiment
 [4:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 7 - 42
 [5:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 8 - Human Nature-Part 1.
 [6:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 9 - The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [7:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 10 - Blink
 [8:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 11 - Utopia
 [9:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 12 - The Sound Of Drums-Part 1.
 [10:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3, Ep 13 - Last of the Time Lords-Part 2.
 [11:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 10 - Midnight
 [12:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 11 - Turn Left
 [1:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 12 - The Stolen Earth-Part 1.
 [2:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4, Ep 13 - Journey's End-Part 2.
 [3:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 1 - New Earth
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 2 - Tooth and Claw
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 3 - School Reunion    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.



Comedy Central has at least 6 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
The Daily Show is pre-empted.
@Midnight is pre-empted.



FX has the movie 'Pacific Rim', followed by the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.



History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'Hunting Hitler'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
 [8:30AM]    STAR TREK GENERATIONS
 [11:15AM]    STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT
 [1:45PM]    MARS ATTACKS!
 [4:00PM]    ATTACK THE BLOCK
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sweet Lady
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Killer Queen
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Spread Your Wings
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Son & Daughter
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sheer Heart Attack
 [11:00PM]    COMMANDO
 [1:00AM]    THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
 [3:30AM]    THE RAID: REDEMPTION
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Thomas Middleditch    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Writers' Room-Sons of Anarchy
 [7:45AM]    Backdraft
 [10:45AM]    Doomsday
 [1:15PM]    Fight Club
 [4:15PM]    Sniper
 [6:30PM]    The Italian Job
 [9:00PM]    The Fugitive
 [12:00AM]    Space Cowboys
 [3:00AM]    Donnie Brasco    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull', followed by a FRESH 'The Expanse'.



TBS:
On a RERUN Conan (from 9/30/15) are Kunal Nayyar, Ed Burns, and El Vy.



TCM spends the daylight hours with director Alfred Hitchcock.
 [6:00 AM]      Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
 [7:45 AM]      Under Capricorn (1949)
 [9:45 AM]      Stage Fright (1950)
 [11:45 AM]      Strangers on a Train (1951)
 [1:30 PM]      Dial M for Murder (1954)
 [3:30 PM]      The Wrong Man (1956)
 [5:30 PM]      By Northwest (1959)

 [8:00 PM]      Desk Set (1957)
 [10:00 PM]      My Favorite Wife (1940)
 [11:45 PM]      The Goodbye Girl (1977)
 [1:45 AM]      That's Entertainment! (1974)
 [4:15 AM]      That's Entertainment! II (1976)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Wednesday   -  12/23/15

TCM spends the night with Frank Sinatra
 [6:30 AM]      Ben-Hur (1959)
 [10:30 AM]      The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
 [1:30 PM]      The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
 [5:00 PM]      King of Kings (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank (1957)
 [8:45 PM]      The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
 [11:00 PM]      High Society (1956)
 [1:00 AM]      Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964)
 [3:15 AM]      The Tender Trap (1955)

 [5:15 AM]      Bush Christmas (1947)     (ALL TIMES EST)



USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best'.




Antenna TV

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


Al Jazeera






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Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (R) and actress Pam Grier pose on Tarantino's star after he was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California, December 21, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Returns Stolen Dinosaur

Nicolas Cage

Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage has agreed to turn over a rare stolen dinosaur skull he bought for $276,000 to U.S. authorities so it can be returned to the Mongolian government.

The office of Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, filed a civil forfeiture complaint last week to take possession of the Tyrannosaurus bataar skull, which will be repatriated to Mongolia.

The lawsuit did not specifically name Cage as the owner, but Cage's publicist confirmed that the actor bought the skull in March 2007 from a Beverly Hills gallery, I.M. Chait.

The "National Treasure" actor is not accused of wrongdoing, and authorities said he voluntarily agreed to turn over the skull after learning of the circumstances.

Following a determination by investigators that the skull in fact had been taken illegally from Mongolia, Cage agreed to hand it over, Schack said.

Nicolas Cage

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Director Quentin Tarantino, left, and actor Samuel L. Jackson attend a ceremony honoring Tarantino with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Richard Shotwell

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Christmas Bird Count Begins

Audubon Society

Last week marked the start of the National Audubon Society's 116th annual Christmas Bird Count, which means it's the perfect time to unleash your inner birder and take a gander at migratory bird species as they fly south for the winter.

Every winter, citizen scientists participate in bird-counting events across North America, from mid-December until early January, to collect data on bird migrations for the National Audubon Society. This year, there will be bird counts in countries all over the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and several others listed on Audubon's website.

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running wildlife census in the United States. Data from the counts give scientists insight into birds' migratory movements that researchers would never otherwise have, such as how bird ranges have been shifting over time.

There are also two ways to participate in the bird counts: as a field observer, someone who actually walks around and counts birds; or as a feeder watcher, someone who makes observations about the different bird species visiting their home bird feeder, LeBaron told Live Science. Both types of volunteers offer valuable but different data for scientists to use.

Audubon Society

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Court Won't Order Immediate Evaluation

Sumner Redstone

A judge Monday declined to order a medical examination of Sumner Redstone but ruled that lawyers for his former companion can take the sworn testimony of two of the ailing media mogul's doctors.

Judge David J. Cowan also stated that Redstone's longtime attorney, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, may need to be deposed about his recent interactions with Redstone, but if he gives testimony it should be restricted to details about medical issues.

The rulings were made in a case pursued by Manuela Herzer, Redstone's former girlfriend who until recently had control over his medical care. She was kicked out of his home in October and contends that the 92-year-old can no longer carry on conversations or make informed decisions.

Redstone's attorney, Gabrielle Vidal, has objected to an independent evaluation of the doctor, citing recent evaluations by his doctors including a brain scan that didn't find any signs of impairment.

Sumner Redstone

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Cast members from the film "The Hateful 8" from left to right, Zoe Bell, Walton Goggins, James Parks, Tim Roth, filmmaker and Hollywood Walk of Fame star recipient Quentin Tarantino, Craig Stark, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bichir and Samuel L. Jackson pose on Tarantino's star after a Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in Hollywood, California December 21, 2015.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian

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Decriminalizes An Ounce

Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh City Council on Monday voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, falling in line with a growing number of municipalities that have taken similar actions in recent years, city officials said.

Under the ordinance passed with a 7 to 2 vote, police in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's second-largest city, will begin to issue fines of $25 for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana and $100 for smoking it in a public space instead of citing for misdemeanors, the city clerk's office said.

The ordinance is subject to approval by Mayor Bill Peduto, who has voiced support.

"The mayor agrees with council members, the district attorney and many others that this is a common sense change that will help protect the futures of young people in our communities," Peduto's spokesman Tim McNulty said.

Supporters of the measure have said it would keep a large number of young people from being imprisoned for a minor offense and having a criminal record that could harm their future employment and school scholarship opportunities

Pittsburgh

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Wake-up Call


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Protection From Big-Game Trophy Hunters

Lions

The U.S. will protect lions in Africa under the Endangered Species Act, the Obama administration announced Monday, a move that would make it harder for American big-game hunters to bring a lion head or hide into the country.

The effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service comes five months after the killing of "Cecil," a lion in Zimbabwe, by a Minnesota dentist caused an international uproar and shed a spotlight on trophy hunting. The agency had been working on the new rules long before the incident, and officials said that classifying the two breeds of African lions as threatened or endangered will encourage African countries to improve conversation efforts.

Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said the approval of any imports will be conditioned on proof that hunting is part of a science-based conservation strategy that enhances the species in the wild. Currently, sport hunters don't need a permit from the U.S. to bring in a trophy lion.

The Humane Society of the United States projects that American trophy hunters imported 5,647 lions in the past decade. The group was among those that petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Service to list the lion as endangered.

Lions

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Robert Nowicki performs at the annual Tuba Christmas concert at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. About 200 tuba and euphonium players from around Central Texas gave an hour-long concert of Christmas music to a crowd of hundreds.
Photo by Jay Janner

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Politics Poisonous Religious Divide

Tibet

The doctrinal schism that the Chinese Communist Party is using to hound the Dalai Lama arose long ago in the internecine politics of his own school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dalai Lamas are drawn from the dominant Gelugpa School, one of the four major Buddhist traditions in Tibet. When the 5th Dalai Lama united Tibet in the 17th Century, he made an effort to embrace the other schools to enhance political unity, according to the French Tibetologist Thierry Dodin.

This move angered other senior members of the Gelugpa School who opposed sharing power and privilege. They united in a clique within their school around the worship of Dorje Shugden, then a little-known "protector deity."

Over the centuries, Shugden devotees came to dominate the Gelugpa School and the religious politics of Tibet. After the Communists came to power in 1949, Shugden practitioners became influential in the exiled Tibetan communities in India and Nepal. At first, they were hostile to Beijing, particularly after Tibetan monasteries and cultural relics were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.

That changed with the current Dalai Lama, 14th in the line. He too had been educated under senior Shugden monks. But from the mid-1970s, he began to shape a more inclusive doctrine. In part, this was a political move aimed at unifying the different traditions in Tibetan Buddhism in the face of pressure from Beijing, according to Dodin and other Tibet scholars.

Tibet

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Missing Species Found

Sea Snakes

Australian scientists Tuesday hailed the discovery of two sea snake species feared to have become extinct years ago off the Western Australia coast.

The short-nose sea snake and the leaf-scaled sea snake had not been seen since disappearing from their only known habitat on Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea more than 15 years ago, James Cook University researchers wrote in the Biological Conservation journal.

But they have since been "spotted alive and healthy" at Ningaloo Reef (short-nose sea snake) and Shark Bay (leaf-scaled sea snake), thousands of kilometres south.

"This discovery is really exciting, we get another chance to protect these two endemic Western Australian sea snake species," the study's lead author Blanche D'Anastasi said in a statement about the two species, listed by Australian authorities as critically endangered.

Sea Snakes

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Ethnic Dong minority residents dance to celebrate the "Sama" Festival, to commemorate Dong people's goddess Sasui, in Rongjiang county, Guizhou province, China, December 20, 2015.

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Populations Dwindle

Wild Bees

Wild bees, crucial pollinators for many crops, are on the decline in some of the main agricultural regions of the United States, according to scientists who produced the first national map of bee populations and identified numerous trouble spots.

The researchers on Monday cited 139 counties as especially worrisome, with wild bee numbers decreasing while farmland for crops dependent on such pollinators is increasing.

The counties included agricultural regions of California such as the Central Valley, the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest and Great Plains, west Texas and the southern Mississippi River valley.

The counties grew crops such as almonds, pumpkins, squashes, blueberries, watermelons, peaches and apples that are highly dependent on pollinators, or had large amounts of less-pollinator-dependent crops including soybeans, canola and cotton.

The study estimated that wild bee numbers diminished in 23 percent of the continental United States between 2008 and 2013 in a trend driven by conversion of their natural habitat into farmland including corn for biofuel production.

Wild Bees

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Catalan Christmas

"Caganers"

"Caganer", or pooper, figurines have long been popular in Catalan Christmas markets. And with this year's Spanish elections, it was "caganer" political figurines that were highly in demand.

The small statuettes of the four main candidates have been selling well, with figurines of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and anti-austerity Podemos party leader, Pablo Iglesias especially popular, according to sellers.

The "caganer" figurines, which also feature celebrities as well as international politicians, are traditionally included in nativity scenes across Catalonia and other areas with Catalan culture. The traditional "caganer" is a figurine of a peasant in a red beret and a white shirt.

"Caganers"

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In Memory

Patricia Elliott

Patricia Elliott, who won a Tony Award on her Broadway musical debut, went on to star opposite David Bowie in "The Elephant Man" and spent 23 years aboard the TV soap opera "One Life to Live," has died. She was 77.

Elliott, who was born in Gunnison, Colorado, made her Broadway debut as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in the original production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" and won the Tony for best featured actress in 1973.

She also was nominated for a Tony in 1977 in the original production of "The Shadow Box." Her other Broadway credits include "A Doll's House," ''A Month of Sundays" and "Hedda Gabler." For "The Elephant Man," she replaced Carole Shelley as Mrs. Kendal and her John Merricks included Philip Anglim and Bowie.

Elliott also played Renee Divine Buchanan on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live" from 1988 to 2011. In addition, she was on the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" series from 1974 through 1982.

She graduated from the University of Colorado in 1960 and worked at the Cleveland Play House, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., among others.

Elliott starred in "Hay Fever" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and played Regina Giddens in "The Little Foxes" at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. She had guest roles on such TV shows as "Kojak," ''St. Elsewhere" and "Hill Street Blues."

Patricia Elliott

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