BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 4 January, 2017


4 January, 2017

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M Is FOR MASHUP - January 4th, 2017

A Message From Hahnstudios

By DJ Useo

Hahnstudios says - "Thought that if a man without any political knowdledges can run for president, I can become a great DJ, too! So I put my latest works together to a new CD.

You can download it from here! ENJOY!!" - Hahnstudios - " Make Mashups Great Again" ( )

Useo says - " I've listened to Hahnstudios great mixes, long & short, for a while now, & they always entertain me in the best way. Needless to say, this collection is an immediate favorite. I've listened to it often, & can assuredly say you will love this comp. I grabbed the wav version. It rules!"

Chocomang says - "Much fun and several gems in this album. I like the reggae touch you added in reggae night. Many 80's tracks. You could have name the album:
Make 80's Great Again. Big Praises!


01 Wonderful reggae night life (5:20)
     Seeed vs. Jimmy Cliff

02 Would you la la la (4:53)
     Touch & Go vs. LMFAO vs. Richie Valens vs. The Isley Brothers vs.Dire Straits vs. Chubby Checker vs. Jackie Wilson

03 Dance Wonderland (4:05)
     Earth, Wind & fire vs. Roxette vs. Lady Gaga vs. Rhianna

04 Should I Gangnam (3:15)
     Psy vs. The Clash

05 Na ne unter Strom (2:51)
     Vaya con Dios vs. Die toten Hosen

06 1984 in the Mix (9:20)
     30 artists in 10 min

07 It's summertime - Hallelujah! (6:05)
     Dr. Alban vs. The B 52's vs. David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi vs. LMFAO vs. Glasperlenspiel

08 War were are you (8:58)
     16 Bit vs. Edwin Starr vs. Iron Maidon vs. Genesis vs. 30 seconds to mars vs. Paul Hardcastle

09 Fade to unity (8:16)
     Visage vs. Scooter

10 Lieblings Boten Anna (3:02)
     Namika vs. Basshunter

Yes, Hahnstudios! A proven source of skilled, memorable bootleg mixes. Check out the good vibes you get from a great mashup album that you legally get for FREE! More mashup collections from established creators coming very soon.

ps. Crumplstock 6 : The 3 Day DJ Weekender is coming soon. More info shortly.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Eric Lipton: With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office (NY Times)
House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.

Pico Iyer: What Do We Know? (NY Times)
The secret to happiness in almost any relationship is knowing what not to say. Ask your new love about her old loves and you'll learn more than you want to know, and hear things you'll never be able to unhear. Start telling your teacher that your dog ate your homework while your grandma was being rushed to the hospital, and he'll have even less patience with you than if you just say, "I blew it."

ANGE MLINKO: Delmore Schwartz vs. Delmore Schwartz (Poetry)
Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966) lay dying of a heart attack in the hallway of a sleazy midtown Manhattan hotel for at least an hour before an ambulance was called around 4:00 a.m.; his body then lay in the morgue unclaimed for two days. The judgment of his contemporaries and students on this early casualty of the confessional ?generation could serve as a snapshot of blighted promise.

Lucy Mangan: I am not going out tonight. Not while 2016 is still on the prowl (The Guardian)
This is the year that the last scintilla of a hint of a vestige of a scrap of a shadow of a hint of guilt is gone. That last stubborn trace of Fomo - fear of missing out - has been expunged from my soul and pure Jos - joy of same - swells my heart.

Hadley Freeman: "Hilarious realist: Carrie Fisher was the person everyone would want to sit next to at a wedding" (The Guardian)
The actor and writer was extraordinary: a woman the same onscreen as off, who could turn addiction and self-loathing into cynical, life-affirming gold.

Bill Maher Just Broke His Silence to Address Donald Trump (YouTube)
Bill Maher talks Trump, Russia and the War on Christmas in an exclusive interview with ATTN: co-founder Matthew Segal.

Jonathan Jones: "Homelessness: no laughing matter for Hogarth - nor for us" (The Guardian)
Centuries after William Hogarth created probably the first image of homelessness in British art in 1736's Four Times of the Day, the image of people sleeping rough is one that is still all too depressingly familiar.

Peter Bradshaw: From Groundhog Day to … Raging Bull? - films to inspire and uplift (The Guardian)
Supposedly 'inspirational' films tend to leave our critic reaching for the sick bag. He finds defeated boxers, desperate weathermen and boozy, cantankerous widowers far more uplifting.

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Trivia Question of the Day

We call it The Big Dipper. By what name is it known in Ireland and the UK?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In Chinese, he is most often known as Kongzi (literally "Master Kong"). He is also known by the honorific Kong Fuzi (literally "Grand Master Kong"). By what name do we know this teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher?

       Confucius                                                      Source

Confucius (September 28, 551 - 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

In Chinese, he is most often known as Kongzi (literally "Master Kong"). He is also known by the honorific Kong Fuzi (literally "Grand Master Kong").        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   That class in Philosophy of Eastern Religions I took in 1972 finally pays off. In the US Kongzi is known as Confucius.

Randall wrote:

Alan J said:

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Deborah replied:
   That must be Confucious. I'm guessing and I'm guessing I'm right.
  Rain all night and into the morning. Predictions are for 12" of rain this week. !!! It wasn't long ago we got 12" in an entire rain season. Wow.

Billy in Cypress said:
   WAG off the top of my bald spot: Confucius

Daniel in The City answered:

MAM     wrote:
   "Grand Master Kong") which was Latinized as "Confucius" by 16th-century Jesuit missionaries to China .

DJ Useo replied:
   Unless it's Confucius, I just don't know. ;)

Joe S     took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 4 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 4 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Magnitude 5.0 quake strikes near Cushing, Oklahoma - AOL Weather

Outcry after Republicans vote to dismantle independent ethics body | US news | The Guardian

"Trump is disgusting" skywriting - source? A Republican.

Mysterious Marijuana-Related Illness Popping Up In Emergency Rooms | The Huffington Post

BBC - Culture - Tolkien's grandson on how WW1 inspired The Lord of the Rings

BBC - Earth - How frankincense could reshape Africa

Atheists, Agnostics, Nonreligious Remain Far Underrepresented In Congress : NPR

WATCH: Time-Lapse Video Shows Wall Of Smog In Beijing : The Two-Way : NPR

Relics Of The Space Race, School Planetariums Are An Endangered Species : NPR Ed : NPR

The simplest resistance tactic is right at your fingertips and it only takes a minute

Action: National Medicare Call-in tomorrow

Three Lessons From GOP Backing Down On Gutting Ethics Oversight

Why This Welcoming Sign Is Popping Up In Yards Across The Country | The Huffington Post

Reprint Of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' Takes Germany By Storm | The Huffington Post

Thanks, Michelle!



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Don't worry, it'll get worse and may never go away. There are enough gullible people that scammers will keep coming up with ways to get their money.


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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump Won't Stop Terrifying the World over Twitter Any Time Soon | Vanity Fair

'Santa just is white': Here are Megyn Kelly's 7 most ridiculous moments on Fox News -

A Resolution for 2017: Keep Reminding Trump That He Has No Mandate | The Nation

Dan Rather Scolds WSJ For Refusing To Call Trump On Lies | The Huffington Post

House Republicans Drop Efforts To Gut Ethics Watchdog After Onslaught Of Criticism | The Huffington Post

Get Ready for Trump's Vindictive Side: Golf Course Tiff With Biographer Is Just the Start - The Daily Beast

House GOP reverses course on gutting ethics panel - POLITICO

In The Age Of The Trump Monster | The Huffington Post

Jeff Sessions Omits Decades Of Records For His AG Confirmation Hearing | The Huffington Post

Senate Republicans just introduced an Obamacare repeal plan Democrats can't stop - Vox

He's Making a List | New Republic

Worst of the worst: 12 moments of right-wing horror and absurdity from 2016 -


Here are 14 of the most punchable faces of 2016 -

"Billionaire" Trump Can't Pay His Transition Team's Salaries -



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





Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD

JD took the day off.

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Overcast and cooler than seasonal.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Undercover Boss', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Kate Beckinsale, Chris Messina, and Jen Kirkman.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Jim Parsons, America Ferrera, and Glass Animals.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Blindspot', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 12/5/16) are Annette Bening, Steve Harvey, and "The Hamilton Mixtape".
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/20/16) are Michael Fassbender, David Remnick, and Craig Finn.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/14/16) are Thandie Newton, Caspian, and Eliza Bennett.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'Speechless', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'March Game'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kevin Costner, Andy Richter, and K. Trevor Wilson.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'Frequency'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Lethal Weapon', followed by a FRESH 'Star'.

MY recycles an old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by another old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Going Sy-ral', followed by another FRESH 'Going Sy-ral', and 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & the Aftermath'.

AMC offers the movie 'Gladiator', followed by the movie 'Ender's Game', then the movie 'John Carter'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Outrageous Okona
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Loud as a Whisper
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Girl In The Fireplace
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Rise Of The Cybermen-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-The Age Of Steel-Part 2.
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Measure of a Man
 [8:00PM]    WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
 [10:00PM]    WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Outrageous Okona
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Loud as a Whisper
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Measure of a Man

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Vanderpump Rules', and a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Omar Saif Ghobash.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Ron Funches, Kyle Kinane, and Nikki Glaser.

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

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

IFC  -   
 [6:30AM]    ANACONDA
 [1:15PM]    ANACONDA
 [5:30PM]    THE WORLD'S END
 [12:30AM]    THE WORLD'S END

Sundance  -   
 [6:45AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Peeper Two
 [7:20AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Enter Mrs. Peeper
 [7:55AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Caged Fury
 [8:30AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Some of My Best Friends Are ...
 [9:05AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Still Crazy After All These Years
 [9:40AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Great Rent Strike
 [10:15AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Et Tu, Carol?
 [10:50AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Send This Boy to Camp
 [11:25AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-A Crime Most Foul
 [12:00PM]    Ruthless People
 [2:00PM]    Basic Instinct
 [5:00PM]    Blow
 [8:00PM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [11:00PM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [2:00AM]    Crazy Heart
 [4:28AM]    Rectify-Yolk
 [5:30AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-You Sometimes Hurt the One You Hate    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Lost In Space', followed by the movie 'Source Code', then a FRESH 'Incorporated'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 11/2/16) are Ryan Reynolds and Rory Scovel.

 [6:30 AM]      San Quentin (1937)
 [7:45 AM]      The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
 [10:00 AM]      The Three Musketeers (1935)
 [11:45 AM]      The Toast of New York (1937)
 [1:45 PM]      Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)
 [3:15 PM]      The Son Of Monte Cristo (1941)
 [5:00 PM]      Powder Town (1942)
 [6:30 PM]      Captain Kidd (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      Heaven Can Wait (1978)
 [10:00 PM]      Reds (1981)
 [1:30 AM]      Citizen Kane (1941)
 [3:45 AM]      The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
 [5:15 AM]      Othello (1952)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  01/05/17

TCM spends the night with Jane Wyman
 [7:00 AM]      The Dirty Dozen (1967)
 [9:30 AM]      Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
 [11:45 AM]      The Battle of Midway (1942)
 [12:15 PM]      Sergeant York (1941)
 [2:30 PM]      The Longest Day (1962)
 [5:30 PM]      Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
 [8:00 PM]      Public Wedding (1937)
 [9:15 PM]      Torchy Plays with Dynamite (1939)    [AKA: 'Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite']
 [10:30 PM]      Brother Rat (1938)  [WARNING: stars Ronald Reagan] 
 [12:15 AM]      Brother Rat And A Baby (1940)  [WARNING: stars Ronald Reagan] 
 [2:00 AM]      An Angel From Texas (1940)
 [3:15 AM]      Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940)
 [4:45 AM]      Gambling on the High Seas (1940)
 [5:45 AM]      He Couldn't Say No (1938)

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Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, plunges the survey tube into the snowpack as he conducts the first snow survey of the season at Phillips Station Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, near Echo Summit, Calif. The survey showed the snowpack at 53 percent of normal for this site at this time of year.
Photo by Rich Pedroncelli


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Awards Season Starts

Palm Springs

Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Nicole Kidman were among the actors honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Monday night as the 2017 awards season began.

Oscar winner Hanks received the "Icon Award" for his portrayal in drama "Sully" of pilot Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who in 2009 carried out a successful emergency plane landing in the Hudson River.

Kidman took the "International Star Award" for "Lion", in which she plays an Australian woman who adopts an Indian child.

Also honored at the festival's Film Awards Gala were Andrew Garfield with the "Spotlight Award" for his role in Mel Gibson's war drama "Hacksaw Ridge" and Natalie Portman who received the "Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress" for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie".

"Manchester by the Sea" actor Casey Affleck took the "Desert Palm Achievement Award".

Palm Springs


Markus Eisenbichler of Germany soars through the air during his trial jump at the third stage of the 65th four hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.
Photo by Matthias Schrader


Joining NBC

Megyn Kelly

Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly, a star of the U.S. cable network's highly rated prime-time lineup, has decided to leave to join NBC News in a broad role that includes hosting a one-hour daytime news show, NBC announced on Tuesday.

Kelly also will anchor a Sunday night news show and take part in the network's special political programing and other big-event coverage, NBC News said in a statement.

The departure is a potential blow to Fox News, the top-rated cable news network, owned by Rupert Murdoch (R-Evil Incarnate)'s 21st Century Fox . Just months ago, its founding chairman, Roger Ailes, left following sexual harassment allegations by several women.

Kelly was one of the accusers and detailed Ailes' behavior in her best-selling book, "Settle for More." Ailes has denied the allegations.

Fox News, which is known for conservative commentators right-wing propagndists such as Bill O'Reilly, remained at the top of cable news ratings amid the Ailes turmoil. The network delivered its highest annual viewership in its 20-year history in 2016.

Megyn Kelly


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Baby News

Eissa Al Mana

Pop star Janet Jackson gave birth on Tuesday to her first child, a boy, at the age of 50, her publicist said.

"Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana are thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world," the singer's representative said in a statement to People magazine.

Jackson and Qatari businessman Al Mana married in 2012, and the singer in April postponed her "Unbreakable" world tour so they could focus on starting a family.

Jackson, the fiercely private youngest child of the famed Jackson singing family, has not given any details of the pregnancy or where the baby was born.

She had two previous marriages: a year-long union with soul singer James DeBarge in the mid 1980s, and to dancer Rene Elizondo Jr from 1991-2000.

Eissa Al Mana


A preying mantis hanging on a stick is silhouetted as he is inspected by keeper Jamie Mitchell during a photo call for the annual stock take at London Zoo in London, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Caring for more than 750 different species, ZSL London Zoo's keepers face the challenging task of tallying up every mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate at the Zoo.
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth




Pop queen Beyonce, rapper Kendrick Lamar and British rock group Radiohead will headline this year's edition of the Coachella music festival in April, organizers said Tuesday.

The indie camp-out, which has been getting an increasingly eclectic line-up, will also feature performances from British indie pop band the xx, US folktronica outfit Bon Iver and French house music duo Justice.

Other notables include US folk rock guitarist-vocalist Father John Misty and New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, who shared on Facebook in November that she was working on a follow-up album to 2013 Global hit "Pure Heroine."

Radiohead, who have been nominated for two Grammys for 2016's "A Moon Shaped Pool," have headlined the festival twice before, while Lamar showed up during Ice Cube's set last year.

Passes -- starting at $399 for three-day general admission -- will go on sale Wednesday at 11:00 am Pacific time (1900 GMT) on the Coachella official website.



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Murder Case Dismissed

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday dismissed the murder case against former pro wrestler Jimmy ''Superfly'' Snuka, saying he is not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend.

The decision by Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach comes a month after Snuka's lawyer told the court that his 73-year-old client has dementia, is in hospice care in Florida and has six months to live.

The retired WWE star was charged in 2015 with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Nancy Argentino, whose body was found more than three decades earlier in their Whitehall Township hotel room.

Prosecutors allege she was beaten, while Snuka has maintained she died from a fall. Authorities reopened the investigation after The Morning Call newspaper raised questions about the case in 2013.

Banach had ruled last summer that Snuka was not competent to stand trial after his attorney argued the ex-athlete suffers from dementia, partly due to the head trauma sustained over a long career in the ring. Prosecutors countered that Snuka's brain shows normal signs of aging and suggested he might be feigning symptoms.

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka


A Thai nurse cares for babies, born in the year 2017, dressed in chicken suits at the nursery room of Paolo Chockchai 4 Hospital, in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan. 3, 2017. The hospital dressed up newborn babies in chicken suits as a way to celebrate the Year of the Chicken.
Photo by Narong Sangnak


Priests Forecast Prosperity


Priests from Cuba's Afro-Cuban religion forecast a prosperous 2017 in their New Year's prophecy and told Cubans to be hopeful despite the economic and diplomatic headwinds the Caribbean island-nation faces.

The ritual-filled Santeria religion, which fuses ancient African beliefs brought to Cuba by slaves with Catholicism, is practiced by millions of Cubans, many of whom eagerly await for guidance from its annual forecast.

That forecast contrasted with President Raul Castro's gloomy depiction of the economy last week. He told the National Assembly that Cuba entered a recession last year in tandem with the crisis in Venezuela, a key ally, although the economy might eke out growth in 2017.

It also flew in the face of darker prophecies in recent years. The Santeria priests, known as babalawos, had predicted an explosion in migration and social unrest in 2015 and 2016.

Santeria followers have believed their gods were on the side of the Cuban revolution ever since a white dove landed on the shoulder of late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro during a victory speech in Havana.



Overwhelmingly Christian


The U.S. Congress taking office on Tuesday remains almost as overwhelmingly Christian as it was in the 1960s even while the share of American adults who call themselves Christians has dropped, according to Pew Research Center analysis.

A report from the nonpartisan group said that 91 percent of lawmakers in the Republican-dominated 115th Congress described themselves as Christians, down slightly from 95 percent in the 87th Congress in 1961 and 1962, the earliest years for comparable data.

The biggest gap between Congress and other Americans was among those who said they have no religion. Only one lawmaker, Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, called herself religiously unaffiliated. The Pew survey found that 23 percent of Americans described themselves the same way.

Among the 293 Republicans elected to the new Congress, all but two identify as Christians. The two Jewish Republicans - Lee Zeldin of New York and David Kustoff of Tennessee - serve in the House.

The 242 Democrats in Congress are 80 percent Christian, but that side of the aisle includes 28 Jews, three Buddhists, three Hindus, two Muslims and one Unitarian Universalist.



A mountain of bottles await processing at the glass recycling processing plant Van Tuijl, following the Christmas and New Year celebrations, in Gameren, Netherlands on Jan. 3, 2017.
Photo by Remko De Waal


Annotated Version A Hit In Germany

'Mein Kampf'

An annotated edition of "Mein Kampf," Adolf Hitler's notorious manifesto, has become a non-fiction best-seller in Germany. The publisher said Tuesday that a sixth print run will go on sale later this month.

Some 85,000 copies of the book have been sold since it was first published a year ago, according to the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History. The publisher spent years adding comments to Hitler's original text in an effort to highlight his propaganda and mistakes.

The institute said in late 2015 that it planned an initial print run of up to 4,000 copies and wasn't sure whether more would be printed. In April, however, the book topped the weekly Der Spiegel's non-fiction best-seller list.

The bulky two-volume edition, titled "Hitler, Mein Kampf: A Critical Edition," weighs in at 1,948 pages and costs a hefty 59 euros ($62). It was the first version to be published in Germany since the end of World War II.

The Institute for Contemporary History said fears that the new publication might help make Hitler's ideology socially acceptable had proven unfounded.

'Mein Kampf'


Up For Auction

Glass Penny

Faced with a copper shortage at the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Mint authorized experiments to make pennies from other metals, plastic and rubber.

A Tennessee company made some from glass and failed so spectacularly that only one known unbroken penny remains - and it is scheduled to be auctioned Thursday. Another broken piece is also known to exist.

The Fort Lauderdale-based Heritage Auctions will conduct in-person and online bidding for the coin that it hopes will exceed $30,000.

After the U.S. entered the war in late 1941, the military needed most of the nation's copper to make ammunition and equipment. The U.S. Mint handed out dies to companies willing to make experimental, uncirculated pennies as it tried to find a suitable replacement.

The Blue Ridge Glass Co., a Kingsport, Tennessee, manufacturer that no longer exists, made an unknown number of pennies from a hardened, yellow-amber glass - Burdette's survivor looks something like a round cough drop.

Glass Penny



In Memory

John Berger

Influential British art critic and prize-winning author John Berger, a self-declared revolutionary who controversially backed the far-left Black Panthers, has died aged 90, his son told AFP Tuesday.

Berger was best known for his art criticism essay "Ways Of Seeing", written to accompany a BBC television series, which is credited with changing the way people viewed art.

He also won the 1972 Booker Prize for Fiction for his experimental novel "G.", set in pre-World War I Europe.

Berger was born in London in 1926. After serving in the British army, he enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art, becoming a painter.

He then taught drawing from 1948 to 1955, becoming a noted art critic from 1952 onwards, according to his French publishers, Les Editions de l'Olivier.

But besides art criticism, Berger also wrote novels, plays and poetry.

A Marxist humanist who called himself a revolutionary, he donated half of his Ł5,000 prize money to the UK branch of the Black Panthers, the far-left black nationalist organisation.

John Berger


In Memory

Jean Vuarnet

Olympic skiing champion Jean Vuarnet, who helped pioneer the aerodynamic tuck position for downhill racers but suffered tragedy with the deaths of his wife and son in a doomsday cult murder-suicide, has died, the French Olympic Committee announced Monday. He was 83.

The Frenchman won Olympic gold in the downhill at the 1960 winter games in Squaw Valley, California. Rejecting wooden skis, he was the first skier to win an Olympic gold on metal skis.

He was also the only competitor in that race to use the speedier low tuck position, squatting down with knees bent.

Vuarnet later lent his name to a successful brand of eyewear and was involved in the development of the Avoriaz ski resort in the French Alps.

Born in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Jan. 18, 1933, Vuarnet grew up in the Alpine Morzine region of France

In 1995, Vuarnet's wife, Edith, and their youngest son, Patrick, were among 16 people who died in a murder-suicide involving the Order of the Solar Temple doomsday group.

French police discovered the charred remains of 14 victims - arranged in a star formation - in a forest clearing near the Alpine city of Grenoble. Two other bodies were found nearby.

Investigators said police officer Jean-Pierre Lardanchet and Swiss architect Andre Friedli fatally shot the others, doused the bodies with gasoline and set them afire before killing themselves. Autopsies showed that most had taken sleep-inducing drugs.

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Fate has finally befallen the world's oldest killer whale, who was thought to be well over one century old.

Granny, who was around 105 years old, was reported missing Tuesday and was determined to be dead, BBC News reported Tuesday. The announcement was first made by The Center for Whale Research's Executive Director and Principal Investigator Kenneth C. Balcomb on the Center's website Saturday. The research center studies the southern killer whale population, which is based in the Pacific Northwest.

Granny, who was typically seen around the Puget Sound coastal region in Washington, was presumed to be dead after she had gone missing from her pod, otherwise labeled the J pod. Granny was last spotted in October, according to the announcement. When she did not turn up by the end of the year, she was pronounced deceased by the center.

The orca whale's "Granny" name was a nickname that was bestowed upon the creature and she is actually known to scientists as "J2." Scientists began to study the creature following her first sighting in the early '70s, according to SF Gate. Orca whales normally live until the age of 60 or even 80 years old.

In August of this year, Granny had been spotted swimming with a couple dozen killer whales at False Bay at the San Juan Island, according to Nature World News. Killer whales normally stick closely to pod groups, which is what led experts to believe that she might have died when she was not seen with her fellows.




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