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17 February, 2016

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M Is FOR MASHUP - February 17th, 2016

A Dictionary Of Concise Mashups

By DJ Useo

In the mashup world, there's some big names that are fairly well known around the world. They're mixers who consistently gift us very popular, & impressive tracks. Let's take a look at what a group of those talents are posting this week. -

You may recall last month when I put out a Frank Zappa Mashup Tribute Album ( ) Well, I delayed the release of a new variety style DJ Useo album to post the Zappa one first. Now, I can wait no longer, so I offer you the free album " A Dictionary Of Concise Mashups".
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Rather than explain as I have so many times before, here's the full playlist for both discs -

disc 1

01 - Let Me Go Modern Love

       ( David Bowie vs Heaven 17 )

02 - Maps Crush

       ( The Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs Paramore )

03 - Spanish Bear Cage Bombs

       ( The Clash vs The Stranglers )

04 - De-Luxe Man In The Box

       ( Alice In Chains vs Lush )

05 - Lady Stardust Dream Police

       ( David Bowie vs Cheap Trick )

06 - Rockin' To The Jesus

       ( Black Box vs Kid Rock )

07 - Cool For Suffragettes

       ( Squeeze vs David Bowie vs the Beatles )

08 - The Climatic Way It Is

       ( Bruce Hornsby & The Range vs Franco Rossi )

09 - Shake The Engine Repair Disease

       ( Depeche Mode vs Lilith vs Oliver Klein )

10 - New Era Dancerama

       ( Sigue Sigue Sputnik vs Spellrise )

11 - Two Hands Up Minimal Dub

       ( O.A.R. vs Maxdal )

12 - They Might Be Extreme Giants

       ( They Might Be Giants vs Dema & Paride Saraceni )

13 - Mind Of A Killer Toy

       ( Visage vs X )

14 - Chips On My Slapstick

       ( Soft Cell vs F I 69 )

15 - 96 Bluray Tears

       ( The Specials vs Mario Piu vs Francesco Bertelli vs Giulio Lnt )

16 - Behind the Wood

       ( Depeche Mode vs Alex Jaramillo )

17 - Cute Goodbye

       ( The Wonderstuff vs Deadwish )

18 - Rondo Cage

       ( The Stranglers vs Dario Cantarella )

----- disc 2

01 - AtoZeo=AtoZ + DJ Useo - Swing Like An Eagle

       ( The Steve Miller Band & Beatle Paul vs Yello )

02 - Time Out To Love Her Madly

       ( The Doors vs Devo vs Alex Sounds )

03 - Sympathy Partys

       ( The Rolling Stones vs Siouxsie & The Banshees )

04 - Let There Be Panic Station

       ( Muse vs AC/DC )

05 - Foxey Lady Is Tight

       ( Jimi Hendrix vs Booker T & the MGs )

06 - Dock Of The Blade

       ( Otis Redding vs MiniCoolBoyz & NHB )

07 - Automatic Cry

       ( Godley & Creme vs Ultra Nate )

08 - Professional Cannibal Griefers

       ( Korn vs Deadmau5 ft Gerard Way vs John Trubee )

09 - This Is The Delivery Day

       ( The The vs Raul Mezcolanza )

10 - Giving Up The Need

       ( INXS vs DJ Shadow )

11 - Some Fun Beyond Time

       ( The Raindogs vs The Nuke )

12 - Bust a O.C.D.

       ( Young MC vs Timo Maas vs Basement Jaxx )

13 - Baby Black Pearl

       ( Raze vs Lee Marrow vs Pills )

14 - Angel Adagio

       ( Sparks vs William Orbit )

15 - Glowing Embers, Quiet Steam

       ( Peter Gabriel vs Axel Karakasis )

16 - Plug In Grey Matter

       ( Muse vs Oingo Boingo )

17 - The Scary Mercy Beat

       ( The The vs Noizekik & R3ckzet )


Here's the preview track

'Let Me Go Modern Love' ( David Bowie vs Heaven 17 )
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More DJ Useo Albums here
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I hope you enjoy & share.


DJ Useo.



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Fraser Nelson: "The rules for avoiding poverty: stay in school, keep your job, and find love"(Telegraph)
… the fourth and final rule is rather different: to find love. Or, more specifically, end up in a long-term relationship. Getting married proved a relatively weak predictor of who ends up in poverty - perhaps because marriage and a long-term relationships are not always the same thing and a wedding ring is no guarantee of longevity. What matters is the ability to stick together. And when it comes to fighting poverty, this matters even more than finishing school.

Jane Shilling: "Baftas: Those goodie bags stuffed with nonsense are an insult to celebs" (Telegraph)
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On 19 September 1783, the Montgolfier brothers' balloon Aerostat Réveillon was flown with the first (non-human) living creatures in a basket attached to the balloon: a rooster, a duck and a ____?____.


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This American singer has earned 11 Grammy Awards, and was the first female in music history to score three consecutive platinum albums and ultimately racked up a total of eight consecutive platinum albums. What is her name?

       Linda Ronstadt                                                      Source

Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award. Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014. On July 28, 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

In total, she has released over 30 studio albums and 15 compilation or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt charted 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, with 21 reaching the top 40, 10 in the top 10, three at number 2, and "You're No Good" at number 1. In addition, she has charted 36 albums, 10 top-10 albums and three number 1 albums on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was released in September 2013. It debuted in the Top 10 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.

She was the first female in music history to score three consecutive platinum albums and ultimately racked up a total of eight consecutive platinum albums        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Linda Ronstadt.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Linda Ronstadt

Adam answered:
   Linda Ronstadt

Deborah said:
   It hit 82° here yesterday, and may do so again today. Tomorrow we're forecast to be rainy with highs in the mid-50s. Quite surreal.
  I didn't watch the Grammys and wish I did. I'm also too lazy to look up the answer so I'm guessing Taylor Swift, because she's such a thing right now. Wait, no, she's not old enough. Linda Ronstadt? Whitney Houston? Honestly, I don't know.

Marian responded:
   Linda Ronstadt

Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norcali replied:
   I've been in love with Linda Ronstadt since 1968 and "Different Drum" days. She hatched Eagles. Moonbeam. Saw her numerous times. That voice…So sad that Parkinson's is taking its toll.

Lois Of Oregon answered:
   I remember when Linda Ronstadt was Governor Moonbeam's main squeeze, which may or may not explain this picture of her dressed like a cub scout, but nevermind, that was a long time ago and we are not here to judge. Such a long time ago, and time has not been kind, and DAMN IT, make a meme is offline! And I had SUCH PITHY comments to attach, too!

  P.S. Dale, buddy. Why so depressed? We're worried about you!

MAM   wrote:
   Linda Ronstadt ~ Was the most successful female singer of the 1970s and stands as one of the most successful female recording artists in U.S. history.

  Somewhere Out There By Linda Ronstadt & James Igram

Joe S     said:
   Who else? Linda Ronstadt. Here's a side of her that most people don't know about.
  And The Linda we all know about. Fell in love with her back in the day. That's ok, Carla loved her too.

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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.

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Last Night

Broke a record - close to 90° - again.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', then a FRESH 'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Kate Hudson, Richard Dreyfuss, Gov. John Kasich (R-Gynotician), and Courtney Barnett.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Judd Apatow, and Lianne La Havas.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Mysteries Of Laura', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg, and ZAYN.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Will Ferrell, Hannibal Buress, and Dustin Lynch.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Shaun White, Gateway Drugs, and Colin Gibson.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'American Crime'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Megan Fox, Ben McKenzie, and Chris Stapleton.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'American Idol', followed by a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen'.

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

A&E has 2½ hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Jep & Jessica: Growing The Dynasty', and another 'Duck Dynasty'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Rock', followed by the movie 'Live Free Or Die Hard'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Return to Amy's Baking Company
 [7:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-La Galleria 33, Part 2
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Mangia Mangia, Part 1
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Mangia Mangia, Part 2
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Silence in the Library-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-Forest of the Dead-Part 2
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-A Matter of Perspective

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Potomac', 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Real Housewives of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Newlyweds: The First Year', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Broad City', and 'South Park'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 2/11/16) is Ben Stiller.
On a RERUN The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (from 1/27/16) are Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brandon Marshall.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 1/28/16) are April Richardson, Kyle Kinane, and Richard Jeter.

FX has the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness', followed by the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', then the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', again.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', and 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
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 [3:15PM]    MACHETE
 [5:45PM]    PITCH BLACK
 [10:30PM]    PITCH BLACK

Sundance  -   
 [7:30AM]    Rudy
 [10:00AM]    Stripes
 [12:30PM]    Cobra
 [2:30PM]    Cliffhanger
 [4:30PM]    Rocky V
 [7:00PM]    Rocky IV
 [9:00PM]    Breaking Bad-Kafkaesque
 [10:04PM]    Breaking Bad-Fly
 [11:08PM]    Breaking Bad-Abiquiu
 [12:12AM]    Breaking Bad-Half Measures
 [1:16AM]    The Big Lebowski
 [3:45AM]    Lost in Translation
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Heels    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', and 'The Magicians'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 11/19/15) are Jennifer Lawrence, Ron Funches, and Ian Karmel.

 [7:00 AM]      The Sheepman (1958)
 [8:30 AM]      Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
 [10:30 AM]      The Blue Dahlia (1946)
 [12:30 PM]      I Married A Witch (1942)
 [2:00 PM]      Frenchman's Creek (1944)
 [4:00 PM]      A Damsel In Distress (1937)
 [6:00 PM]      The Sunshine Boys (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      The Odd Couple (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      The Way We Were (1973)
 [12:15 AM]      A Star Is Born (1976)
 [2:45 AM]      Blackboard Jungle (1955)
 [4:30 AM]      Trial (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  02/18/16

 [6:30 AM]      Dillinger (1945)
 [8:00 AM]      Sing Your Way Home (1945)
 [9:15 AM]      Higher and Higher (1943)
 [11:00 AM]      On the Town (1949)
 [1:00 PM]      Kismet (1944)
 [3:00 PM]      The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
 [4:30 PM]      Too Young to Kiss (1951)
 [6:00 PM]      Executive Suite (1954)
 [8:00 PM]      An American in Paris (1951)
 [10:00 PM]      The Band Wagon (1953)
 [12:00 AM]      Strangers on a Train (1951)
 [2:00 AM]      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
 [4:30 AM]      Crossfire (1947)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Suits'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from 05/07/86) - Buddy Hackett, Ally Sheedy, and Ed Kennedy.

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Composer Ennio Morricone of Italy acknowledges the crowd on stage at the 02 Arena in London, February 16, 2016.
Photo by Dylan Martinez


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


New Tarantula Species

Johnny Cash

A tarantula named after singer Johnny Cash is among 14 new species identified by scientists who spent a decade collecting the hairy spiders and studying nearly 3,000 of them.

The spider doesn't sing, but it's black and can be found near the California prison that was the setting of Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."

The researchers also collapsed the number of U.S. species from 55 to 29, including Aphonopelma johnnycashi and Aphonopelma atomicum - named, with a wink to "Tarantula" and other sci-fi B movies, because it was collected near the atom bomb test site in Nevada.

"This is unequivocally the most important work on tarantulas ever done. It sets an incredibly high standard for taxonomy which few will be able to attain," Robert Raven of Australia's Queensland Museum wrote in an email after reading the paper.

The 340-page study by biologists Chris Hamilton and Jason Bond of Auburn University and Brent Hendrixson of Millsaps College "will be referenced for many many years," Raven said.

Johnny Cash


Mick Jagger (C), Keith Richards and Ron Wood (L) of the Rolling Stones perform during their concert in Montevideo, February 16, 2016.
Photo by Andres Stapff


Harvard's Nieman Fellows

Yang Jisheng

A former journalist with China's official news agency says he has been blocked from traveling to the United States to accept a Harvard University prize for a 2008 book uncovering the devastating toll of the Great Chinese Famine of 1958-1961.

Harvard's Nieman Fellows in December awarded Yang Jisheng for "Tombstone," a 1,200-page account of the famine - which he estimated claimed at least 36 million Chinese lives - and a decades-long government effort to whitewash one of the worst man-made disasters.

Although more recent leaders have permitted, sometimes encouraged, re-evaluation of Mao-era policies, any substantial discussion of national traumas like the Great Famine can be highly sensitive. "Tombstone," for which Yang gained unprecedented access to restricted government archives, has been banned in Mainland China.

Yang said by phone Tuesday that Xinhua had forbidden him to travel. He did not specify how Xinhua would prevent him from traveling or whether his passport had been confiscated, but Chinese retirees often depend substantially on their former employers for benefits and pensions.

Yang Jisheng


Newhead News


'Valentine's Joke'?

John Paul II

The director of Poland's national library Tuesday dismissed a BBC report alleging that pope John Paul II had a close relationship with a married woman lasting 30 years as a "Valentine's Day joke."

"It's a rather bad joke," said Tomasz Makowski of the BBC documentary aired on Monday that was based on more than 350 letters written by Karol Wojtyla both as a cardinal and pope.

The documentary sourced the letters from the library's archives in Warsaw, the first dated in 1973 and the last a few months before his death in 2005.

The documentary "says the pope did not break his vows of celibacy, but at the same time it suggests exactly the opposite," said Makowski, adding that he has read all the letters in their original Polish.

The BBC journalist who compiled the documentary said the Polish-born Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka and the future pope were "more than friends but less than lovers."

John Paul II


Actors Colin Firth, Laura Linney and Jude Law arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the movie 'Genius', during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival, in Berlin, Germany February 16, 2016.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke


Contains 'Lovely' Palindrome

Ancient Roman Brooch

A person with a metal detector has discovered a 1,800-year-old copper brooch, engraved with the letters "RMA," on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. It contains wordplay that is, quite literally, "lovely," scientists have found.

The letters on the brooch, which dates to a time when the Roman Empire controlled Britain, contain different meanings depending on how they are read. When read left to right, the letters form a monogram for "Roma," the name of Rome and its deity. "Roma may be identified as Dea Roma, the deity personifying the city of Rome," researchers wrote in a paper set to be published in the journal Lucerna.

However, when read from right to left, the same letters form the monogram for "Amor," the Latin name for Cupid, the god of love. "The palindrome Roma-Amor was widely recognised and played on in antiquity," the researchers noted, referring to the fact that the word can be read backward or forward to spell the same phrase.

There's yet another possible meaning. If the person who wore this brooch also wore a second brooch containing the monogram for Mars, the god of war, the full meaning of the two brooches combined could be "Rome, (city) of Mars" or "Rome, beloved of Mars," the researchers wrote.

The different meanings could serve to "perplex the viewer and thus deflect the risk of ill-fortune directed by a malign gaze," the researchers wrote.

Ancient Roman Brooch


Wake-up Call


Short Shrift In U.S. Classrooms

Climate Change

Middle- and high-school students spend very little time learning about climate change in the classroom, and many students hear misinformation about the cause of rising global temperatures, new research finds.

In the first nationally representative survey of public middle- and high-school teachers in the United States, only 30 percent of teachers said they emphasize that humans are causing climate change by burning fossil fuels. Another 12 percent said they don't mention human causes, and 31 percent said they "teach the controversy" by telling students that some scientists think climate change is human-caused, while others disagree.

But scientists' views on the topic don't vary nearly as much. In fact, a survey of climate scientists published in 2009 found that 97.4 percent agree that human fossil-fuel use is the cause of global warming. However, U.S. teachers were also unaware of this consensus, researchers from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), Pennsylvania State University and Wright State University reported in the journal Science on Feb. 12. In the new nationally representative survey, only 30 percent of middle-school science teachers and 45 percent of high-school teachers knew that more than 80 percent of climate scientists agree on the roots of climate change.

Political pressure did not appear to be the reason for the limited and oft-contradictory instruction. Only 4.4 percent of teachers reported pressure not to teach about global warming. And a majority (68 percent) of teachers said that they personally believed climate change to be human-caused. Nevertheless, a combination of unawareness of the scientific consensus and unfamiliarity with current research might explain the lack of quality in climate education, the researchers wrote in Science.

Climate Change


Musician Micky Dolenz arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


Bill To Name Road For Jailed Nobel Laureate

Liu Xiaobo Plaza

China on Tuesday slammed the US Senate for moving to rename a stretch of road after a jailed dissident and Nobel laureate -- potentially changing its Washington embassy's address to 1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza.

Liu was a co-author of Charter 08, a bold petition calling for political reform in the Communist-ruled country, and was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for subversion. His Nobel award the following year outraged Beijing.

The Senate passed the measure -- introduced by Republican senator Ted Cruz (R-Pendejo), currently vying to be his party's presidential nominee -- on Friday.

The move "violated the basic norms of international relations", China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

Liu Xiaobo Plaza


Revellers wearing lanterns parade through the streets during the carnival procession of Basel, Switzerland, 15 February 2016. The traditional Morgestraich starting Monday morning after Ash Wednesday at 4 a.m. marks the kick-off of the Carnival of Basel.
Photo by Georgios Kefalas


Judge Blocks Hotel


A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama from using early oil spill restoration funds to build a 350-room beachfront hotel and conference center.

U.S. District Judge Charles Butler ruled that state and federal trustees failed to comply with legal requirements to examine alternative uses for the money meant to address damage to natural resources. Butler blocked the state from using the money for the hotel development until the analysis is completed.

Gulf Restoration Network sued state and federal trustees over Alabama's plans to use $58.5 million in early restoration funds - a $1 billion pot of money set up by BP to begin addressing injuries to natural resources - to build a hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park. The environmental group argued that a hotel development isn't proper use of money meant to restore coastal damage after the largest oil spill in U.S history.

Cynthia Sarthou, executive director of Gulf Restoration Network, said in a statement that the ruling shows that the Natural Resources Damages Assessment trustees "cannot merely give lip service to compliance with environmental law."

The judge's decision does not block the state from proceeding with the project, only from using this particular pot of money for the project.



A woman clad in a Japanese traditional "kimono" pauses during a wedding photo session by a rapeseed oil field at Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.
Photo by Eugene Hoshiko


Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope


China will move nearly 10,000 people to make way for the world's largest radio telescope which promises to help humanity search for alien life, state media reported on Tuesday.

The five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the southwestern province of Guizhou, is due to start operation this year.

Provincial officials have vowed to relocate 9,110 residents living within five kilometres of the listening device by September, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Residents will receive 12,000 yuan ($1,800) in subsidies for their troubles, with some getting extra support for housing, it said.

FAST, built at a cost of 1.2 billion yuan, will dwarf the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico as the world's largest radio telescope, which is some 300 metres in diameter.



A Model poses next to a 19th century bed of a French courtesan during a photo call for the upcoming exhibit Easy Virtue at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. The exhibit, which runs from Feb. 19 till June 19 2016, shows prostitution through the eyes of Vincent van Gogh and many other well-known 19th-century artists, including Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso.
Photo by Peter Dejong


Police Seize Meth-Filled Bras


Australian police discovered millions of dollars worth of drugs hidden inside a shipment of bras, part of what they said on Monday was the country's biggest ever liquid methamphetamine bust.

Officers found more than Aus$1 billion (US$712 million) of the lethally-addictive drug -- also known as ice -- in a series of raids.

More than a quarter of the stash was hidden in gel inserts used as padding for women's underwear.

Australian Federal Police Commander Chris Sheehan said the sting began in December 2015 when the Australian Border Force examined a shipping container in Sydney.




In Memory

George Gaynes

George Gaynes died on Monday at his daughter's home in North Bend, Wash, his daughter Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown confirmed to The New York Times. He was 98.

The character actor is best known for playing Commandant Eric Lassard in all seven Police Academy films, as well as the grouchy foster parent Henry Warnimont on the 1980s sitcom Punky Brewster.

Gaynes also starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 film Tootsie, which received 10 Academy Award nominations, although only Jessica Lange won for best supporting actress.

Gaynes' other film credits include The Way We Were, Altered States and Wag the Dog. He appeared in hundreds of episodes on television shows, including The Defenders, Mission: Impossible, Bonanza, The Six Million Dollar Man and Hawaii Five-0, as well as the daytime soap opera General Hospital.

Born in Helsinki, Finland, on May 16, 1917, Gaynes got his start on Broadway in the '50s, starring in the original production of the musical Wonderful Town.

He retired in 2003 and lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., before moving to Washington to stay with his daughter's family. He is survived by his wife, actress Allyn Ann McLerie; a daughter; one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters. His son, Matthew, died in a 1989 car crash.

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Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a veteran Egyptian diplomat who helped negotiate his country's landmark peace deal with Israel but then clashed with the United States when he served a single term as U.N. secretary-general, died Tuesday. He was 93.

Boutros-Ghali, the scion of a prominent Egyptian Christian political family, was the first U.N. chief from the African continent. He stepped into the post in 1992 at a time of dramatic world changes, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a unipolar era dominated by the United States.

His five years at the helm remain controversial. He worked to establish the U.N.'s independence, particularly from the United States, at a time when the world body was increasingly called on to step into crises with peacekeeping forces, with limited resources. Some blame him for misjudgments in the failures to prevent genocides in Africa and the Balkans and mismanagement of reform in the world body.

After years of frictions with the Clinton administration, the United States blocked his renewal in the post in 1996, making him the only U.N. secretary-general to serve a single term. He was replaced by Ghanaian Kofi Annan.

Noted for his dignified bearing and Old World style, Boutros-Ghali was the son of one of Egypt's most important Coptic Christian families. His grandfather, Boutros Ghali Pasha, was Egypt's prime minister from 1908 to 1910.

Born Nov. 14, 1922, Boutros-Ghali studied in Cairo and Paris and became an academic, specialized in international law.

In 1977, then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat named him minister of state without portfolio, shortly before Sadat's landmark visit to Israel to launch peace negotiations.

Sadat's rapprochement with Israel brought harsh criticism from across Egypt's political spectrum. His foreign minister, Ismail Fahmi, resigned in protest. So Sadat turned to Boutros-Ghali, naming him acting foreign minister and minister of state for foreign affairs.

Boutros-Ghali played a major role in subsequent negotiations that produced the Camp David peace framework agreements in September 1978 and the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty in March 1979, the first such between an Arab state and Israel.

He was married to Lea, an Egyptian Jew. They have no children.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali



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