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24 May, 2017

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M Is FOR MASHUP - May 24th, 2016

Mashups With Attitude

By DJ Useo

"The Institute Of Bootleggers Presents Mashup With Attitude" ( ) is the 12th in a continuing series featuring an array of home producers posting currently. Following in the steps of such popular releases as "Special Blend", "Mashups Du Jour", & "Classic Sixties Mashups Vol 17", this new volume contains sixteen fine new bootleg mixes from 16 practiced mixers.

Listen to this album for tracks using artists like Ed Sheeran, Pink, The Rolling Stones, & Depeche Mode, among tons more. The production talent on this assortment contains many of the world's best, names like DJ Schmolli, ToToM, DJ Dumpz, & Shahar Varshal, plus a dozen more. Xouth provides the preview mix with his opening track "Diamonds Like Paris" ( Rihanna vs Chainsmokers & Coldplay ) found here
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The full playlist is easily viewed from this link
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There's sure to be tracks you'll enjoy. I hope you lend an ear to my mix "Riders On The Groovy Train" ( The Doors vs Talking Heads vs The Farm ). If you like what you hear, share the link about, if you please. Unless you feel the net is already crowded. Lol.

The previous eleven Institute Of Bootleggers volumes can be found here
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or down the page here
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The next IOB mashup collection is scheduled for July.

I hope this holds you until then.


Mashup Showcase w/ DJ Useo continues on it' s fortnightly schedule with the latest half hour show featuring CORPORATION. Corp has been producing great mashups for like, 14 years, I think. Hear his practiced hand at mashups from this link

65-Mashup Showcase w DJ Useo-Corporation
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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Laurie Penny: In Donald Trump's America, the crackdown on protesters is the real free speech issue (New Statesman)
A nation has decided that preaching hatred is non-violent protected speech, but standing outside shouting, holding a sign and wearing black is an act of violence punishable by years in jail.

Denise Minger: "How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger: A Critical Review" (Nutrition Authority)
As a child, Michael Greger watched his heart-diseased grandmother return from the brink

Denise Minger: "4 Reasons Why Some People Do Well as Vegans (While Others Fail Miserably)" (Nutrition Authority)
So, what can we conclude from all this? When the right genetic (and microbial) elements are in place, vegan diets - supplemented with the requisite vitamin B12 -have a greater chance of meeting a person's nutritional needs. But when issues with vitamin A conversion, gut microbiome makeup, amylase levels or choline requirements enter the picture, the odds of thriving as a vegan start to plummet.

Josh Whedon: Wonder Woman Script (Indiegroundfilms)
Unproduced Movie Script.

Matt Taibbi: Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever (Rolling Stone)
Fox News founder made this the hate-filled, moronic country it is today.

Michele Hanson: It's bananas to chuck out perfectly good fruit (The Guardian)
Ridiculous news. Britons throw away 1.4m edible bananas every day, apparently because they have small black, brown or green marks on the skin.

Deborah Orr: "The left should just admit it: victims aren't always good people" (The Guardian)
Victims are not always good. Messed-up people are not always good. Sometimes they're blissfully unaware that they're messed-up people. Do people ever think they're clever because they've got a nice wee skunk-dealing business going but they still get food from the do-gooder suckers at the food bank? Of course. Privileged or socially excluded, some people are gits. The left just looks naive and childish when it asserts otherwise.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The official motto of what US state is "The Mountain State"?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In the most commonly used setup in Backgammon, each player begins with how many checkers?

       15                                                      Source

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games known. It is a two player game where playing pieces are moved according to the roll of dice, and a player wins by removing all of their pieces from the board before their opponent. Backgammon is a member of the tables family, one of the oldest classes of board games in the world.

Backgammon playing pieces are known variously as checkers, draughts, stones, men, counters, pawns, discs, pips, chips, or nips.

Each side of the board has a track of 12 long triangles, called points. The points form a continuous track in the shape of a horseshoe, and are numbered from 1 to 24. In the most commonly used setup, each player begins with fifteen checkers.         Source

Randall was first and correct with:

Alan J wrote:

Mark. said:
   Usually each player has 15 checkers in Backgammon.

Gene replied:
   Decades since I've played backgammon-I think it's 15 checkers each.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   each player begins with fifteen checkers

Adam answered:

Deborah said:
   Backgammon begins with 15 checkers. I played it frequently in the 70's and became quite good (I won $$$ more often than not), then met the man to whom I've been married 36 years, who hates dice games. So I learned how to play Pente and we're pretty much evenly matched.
  I forgot to come back and answer yesterday's TQ; my Jr. High English teacher made us write poetry. Sonnets were some of the easiest, since you had so many lines available. Writing Haiku was perhaps a precursor for Twitter. Who knew?

Daniel in The City wrote:
   Back from vacation… 15

Billy in Cypress responded:
   In the most commonly used backgammon setup, each player begins with fifteen checkers; however, when CpPDJT-ID plays, he starts with 1 and his opponent has 29 so that it a fair to both..

DJ Useo answered:
   You almost got me to say '14' again, but it's 15! I hated backgammon as a kid, but only because I had to play against my family members, & they cheated. Actually, it's a fun game, for a few minutes. Like mumblypeg. Haha.

Joe S     answered:
   Is it fourteen? No, I looked it up it's fifteen but that really means nothing to me because I know nothing about the game. Well I do know it's played on a funny looking board. Carla and I used to go to this wonderful little Italian restaurant when we would go visit our sons at school. The had the best calzones and they had Backgammon boards laying around all over the place. People would come in and eat and play Backgammon and I had no idea what they were doing. I think Carla learned how to play online but I was never interested, I don't much care for most games, especially board games. I still have no idea what it's all about. I like Trivial pursuit, but that's not really a board game is it? And I like Cribbage, kind of a board game.

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Gorsuch dissents as Supreme Court upholds ban on big-money gifts to parties - LA Times

A dying mother's plan: Buy a gun. Rent a hotel room. Kill her son - LA Times

Line up S.F.'s Transamerica Pyramid and Sentinel Building from Columbus Avenue in North Beach - LA Times

Rising sea levels could mean twice as much flood risk in Los Angeles and other coastal cities - LA Times

Roger Moore - Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond - dies aged 89 | Film | The Guardian

Trump's budget cuts Social Security. His budget director is pretending it doesn't.

Dejected Saudi King Salman apologizes Riyadh accommodations were not quite up to Trump standards.

Fox News removes false story on Seth Rich's murder -- six days after it was debunked - May. 23, 2017

Dina Merrill, Heiress and Actress, Dead at 93 - NBC News

3.3 Million Year Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved : The Two-Way : NPR

'Like A God,' Google A.I. Beats Human Champ Of Notoriously Complex Go Game : The Two-Way : NPR

How The GOP Health Bill Could Affect Employer-Based Health Care : Shots - Health News : NPR

Hannity Continues Pushing Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory After Fox News Retracts Story | HuffPost

The Beleaguered Tenants of 'Kushnerville' - ProPublica

Thanks, Michelle!



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Telephone History

Telephone History and Trivia | NIX Communications


Thanks, Dave!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

The Trump Presidency Falls Apart - The Atlantic

Paul Krugman: Republicans Are Stripping Our Freedoms One by One | Alternet

The Beleaguered Tenants of 'Kushnerville' - ProPublica

Experts say Trump's speech deterioration could be a sign of early dementia -

Ex-CIA head: Intel showed contacts between Russians and Trump team | TheHill

Our Embarrassment in Chief's International Trip Is No Laughing Matter | The Nation

What Orwell Saw-and What He Missed-About Today's World - POLITICO Magazine

Donald Trump's Budget Betrays His Pledge Not To Cut Social Security | HuffPost

Ivanka's Maternity Leave Plan Is A Cruel Joke | HuffPost

Saudi Arabia pushes Donald Trump to rescind 9/11 lawsuit law | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Eminent domain a political battle as pipeline construction surges | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Democrats Don't Need Trump's Voters To Retake The House | FiveThirtyEight

"Financial Crimes" And Why Trump is Right to Worry - Talking Points Memo

Is Donald Trump's casino empire linked to money laundering? Past financial crimes may be the president's biggest problem - Salon

Hannity Continues Pushing Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory After Fox News Retracts Story | HuffPost

Al Franken: 'Very decent chance' Trump will still be president at end of month | TheHill

FCC won't take action against Colbert over Trump joke | TheHill

First Lady Melania Trump Swats President Donald Trump's Hand-Again -



Team Coco


Don Lemon Almost Broke His Coccyx Skateboarding

A few years back, Don wiped out in front of some condescending youngsters. He got back at them when he peeled out in his Porsche.

Don Lemon On Being The Target Of Trump Tweets

The President insists that he doesn't watch CNN, but he somehow has a lot to say about Don Lemon..


Don Lemon: Trump Will Find A Way Out Of The Presidency

Don thinks the stark differences between the freedom of civilian life vs. the accountability of the Presidency are proving too much for Trump.

Don Lemon On Melania Trump's Hand Swat

Don predicts that Trump will respond to the hand swat controversy by blaming the fake media.



Reader Comment

Current Events

Too funny! Maybe not a slap this time, but she wants nothing to do with his tiny hands:

Watch: Did Melania Dodge Trump's Hand Again? | NBC4 Washington

I'm sure the terrorists are mortally wounded and will start a twitter exchange momentarily with Lumpy! How dare he call them evil losers! So eloquent! So wounding! So third grade!

Linda >^..^<
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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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Last Night

Overcast morning, sunny afternoon.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS fills the night with FRESH 'Survivor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Robin Wright, Hannibal Buress, Paul Simon, and Bill Frisell.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Ed Helms, Priyanka Chopra, and Paramore.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'L&O: SVU', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then another FRESH 'L&O: SVU'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Orlando Bloom, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Mike Vecchione.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Kevin Spacey, Ellie Kemper, Tom Perez, and Matt Frazier.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Topher Grace, Galantis, and Tyler Henry.

ABC fills the night with the FRESH 'Dirty Dancing'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Zac Efron, Connie Nielsen, and Zac Brown Band.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Shots Fired', followed by a FRESH 'Empire'.

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 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars: Northern Treasures', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars: Northern Treasures'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', followed by the movie 'Tombstone'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Army of Ghosts
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Doomsday
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Smith and Jones
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Shakespeare Code
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-Gridlock
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Equinox, Pt. 1
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Equinox, Pt. 2
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Survival Instinct
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Barge of the Dead
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Riddles
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Dragon's Teeth
 [8:00PM]    KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005)
 [11:00PM]    KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Equinox, Pt. 1
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Equinox, Pt. 2
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Survival Instinct
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Barge of the Dead    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', then a FRESH 'Then & Now With Andy Cohen', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', and 3½ hours of old 'South Park'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 5/16/17) is Gabourey Sidibe.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 5/15/17) are Ken Jennings, Andree Vermeulen, and Steve Agee.

FX has the movie 'Jack Reacher', followed by a FRESH 'Fargo'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Project Impossible'.

IFC  -   
 [7:45AM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [9:45AM]    CONEHEADS
 [2:00PM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [4:00PM]    CONEHEADS
 [6:00PM]    LIAR LIAR
 [10:45PM]    BORAT
 [3:30AM]    BORAT
 [5:30AM]    BROCKMIRE-It All Comes Down to This    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:20AM]    All in the Family-Second Honeymoon
 [6:55AM]    All in the Family-The Taxi Caper
 [7:30AM]    All in the Family-Archie Is Cursed
 [8:05AM]    All in the Family-Edith's Christmas Story
 [8:40AM]    All in the Family-Mike and Gloria Mix It Up
 [9:15AM]    All in the Family-Archie Feels Left Out
 [9:50AM]    Sniper
 [12:02PM]    The Quick and the Dead
 [2:30PM]    Escape From Alcatraz
 [5:00PM]    Hang 'Em High
 [7:30PM]    The Taking of Pelham 123
 [10:00PM]    Gomorrah-Cemetery
 [11:00PM]    The Taking of Pelham 123
 [1:30AM]    Gomorrah-Cemetery
 [2:30AM]    The Legend of Zorro
 [5:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Bailey's Bad Boy    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'X-Men: The Last Stand', followed by the movie 'Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans'.

RERUN 'Samantha Bee'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are T.J. Miller, Lennon Parham and Missio.

 [6:45 AM]      The Painted Desert (1931)
 [8:15 AM]      Honky Tonk (1941)
 [10:15 AM]      Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
 [11:45 AM]      Lone Star (1952)
 [1:30 PM]      Adventure (1945)
 [3:45 PM]      Homecoming (1948)
 [5:45 PM]      Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Pal Joey (1957)
 [10:15 PM]      The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
 [12:30 AM]      Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
 [2:45 AM]      Camelot (1967)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Thursday   -  05/25/17

 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #29 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      Summer Stock (1950)
 [8:30 AM]      Corvette Summer (1978)
 [10:30 AM]      Suddenly, Last Summer (1960)
 [12:30 PM]      A Summer Place (1959)
 [2:45 PM]      Summer Holiday (1948)
 [4:30 PM]      Summer Of '42 (1971)
 [6:15 PM]      In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      Tarantula (1955)
 [9:30 PM]      Return of the Fly (1959)
 [11:15 PM]      The Cosmic Monster (1958)    [AKA: 'The Strange World of Planet X']
 [12:45 AM]      The Wasp Woman (1960)
 [2:00 AM]      Swamp Thing (1982)
 [4:00 AM]      The Killer Shrews (1959)
 [5:15 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Bill Murray(2008)
 [5:45 AM]      Baby Face Harrington (1935)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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A man paints masks during a protest by non-governmental organization (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) against political corruption scandals, in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil May 23, 2017.
Photo by Paulo Whitaker


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


"An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power"

Al Gore

Not even Donald Trump (R-Buffoon) can stop the campaign to roll back climate change, Al Gore said Monday as the former US vice president's sequel to Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" screened at the Cannes film festival.

"An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" received a special screening at Cannes after premiering at the Sundance film festival in January, a decade after Gore's first documentary warned of environmental catastrophe.

Today, the White House is occupied by a man who has called global warming a "hoax" perpetrated by China, wants to encourage US coal production and vowed to reverse fossil-fuel curbs imposed by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

But Gore said there were few reasons for pessimism, arguing that hard economic reality now weighed heavily in favour of climate activism.

"We now know after four months of the Trump administration that no one person, not even a president, can stop the climate movement," Gore told reporters in Cannes.

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Visitors to the 798 art district walk past art installations outside a gallery in Beijing, May 23, 2017. Started as a artist commune, the area quickly became popular with tourists and locals seeking a break from the more traditional sights in the Chinese capital.
Photo by Ng Han Guan


Massive Slide


A major new rockslide has buried a stretch of California's iconic Highway 1 in up to 40 feet of stone and dirt, the latest hit in a soggy winter of slides, floods and road closings along the winding Central California coast road, state transportation officials said Monday.

A swath of the hillside gave way in an area called Mud Creek on Saturday night, covering about one-third of a mile of road and changing the Big Sur coastline immediately below, a spokesman with the California Department of Transportation said.

"We've never seen anything like that," said Colin Jones, the transportation agency's spokesman for the area.

The state already had closed that part of Highway 1 to repair buckled pavement and other, earlier damage from one of California's rainiest winters in decades. Authorities removed work crews from the area last week after realizing that saturated soil in that area was increasingly unstable, Jones said. "Now it's covering 10 times as much," he said. State road officials plan to wait for the immediate slide danger to pass before going back to start figuring out how to strengthen the hillside and rebuild and reopen that part of the road, he said.

Narrow, windy Highway 1 through Big Sur is a major tourist draw, attracting visitors to serene groves of redwoods, beaches, and the highway's dramatic oceanside scenery.



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Cast Doubt On Human Lineage


Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa.

Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only from a lower jawbone and an isolated tooth, may be the oldest-known member of the human lineage that began after an evolutionary split from the line that led to chimpanzees, our closest cousins.

The jawbone, which included teeth, was unearthed in 1944 in Athens. The premolar was found in south-central Bulgaria in 2009. The researchers examined them using sophisticated new techniques including CT scans and established their age by dating the sedimentary rock in which they were found.

They found dental root development that possessed telltale human characteristics not seen in chimps and their ancestors, placing Graecopithecus within the human lineage, known as hominins. Until now, the oldest-known hominin was Sahelanthropus, which lived 6-7 million years ago in Chad.

The scientific consensus long has been that hominins originated in Africa. Considering the Graecopithecus fossils hail from the Balkans, the eastern Mediterranean may have given rise to the human lineage, the researchers said.



An old apartment block is seen in front of a business centre under construction in Kiev, Ukraine, May 23, 2017.
Photo by Gleb Garanich


Seen from Space


Shiprock thrusts up from the surrounding New Mexico desert without warning. It's no wonder this abrupt landform is the center of a Navajo legend involving a giant bird that turned to stone - it's impossible to look at the sheer cliffs without wondering what created them.

A new view of Shiprock from space offers a few hints. Leading toward the rugged rock formation in San Juan County is a dark dike, a part of the volcano that created the 1,969-foot-tall (600 meters) cliff formation.

The formation is on Navajo Nation land and is known as Tse Bit'a'i, or "winged rock" in Navajo, according to the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR). Legend holds that the rock was Earth that became a bird and carried the Navajo people to the desert on its back, settling down and turning to stone again after the journey, according to Atlas Obscura. Navajo tradition holds that people should not climb or disturb the rocks, so they have been closed to recreation since the 1970s.

Geologically, Shiprock originated from a volcanic eruption about 30 million years ago, according to the Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. At the time, the rocks were up to 3,280 feet (1,000 m) below the ground and formed the "neck" of a region of volcanic rocks that has otherwise eroded away. The formation is made from a potassium-rich magma called "minette," according to the bureau, and is heavily fractured into a type of angular fragmented rock called breccia. While the surrounding rock has eroded away, Shiprock and some of its accompanying lava dikes remain.

The new image of Shiprock was taken by the Operational Land Imager on NASA's Landsat 8 satellite on April 12, 2017.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Fox "News" - No Longer Number One


Fox News Channel has found itself somewhere it has rarely been the past decade - out of first place.

The network's weekday prime-time lineup, long the king of cable news, finished behind MSNBC in viewers last week, the Nielsen company said. Among the 25-to-54-year-old audience that advertisers pay a premium for, Fox finished third to MSNBC and CNN for the first time in 17 years.

It was uniquely bad timing for Fox, a week filled with late-breaking news unflattering to Donald Trump (R-Corrupt), who much of the network's audience supports. But it also comes shortly after the firing of star anchor Bill "Loofah" O'Reilly, as Fox is trying to establish a new prime-time lineup.

Led by the red-hot Rachel Maddow show, MSNBC averaged 2.44 million viewers last week to Fox's 2.41 million, Nielsen said. CNN had 1.65 million. It was only the second time in MSNBC's history that it beat both of its news rivals in a week; the only other time was during the 2012 Democratic national convention.

Among the youthful viewers, MSNBC had 611,000 last week, CNN had 589,000 and Fox had 497,000.



Russian Orthodox believers line up to kiss the relics of Saint Nicholas, center, in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, May 23, 2017. Relics of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, arrived in Moscow on Sunday from an Italian church where they have lain for 930 years. An icon of of Saint Nicholas in in the center.
Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko


Wasn't Always So Linguistically Challenged


It was the kind of utterance that makes professional transcribers question their career choice:

" … there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians, zero."

When Donald Trump (R-Crooked) offered that response to a question at a press conference last week, it was the latest example of his tortured syntax, mid-thought changes of subject, and apparent trouble formulating complete sentences, let alone a coherent paragraph, in unscripted speech.

He was not always so linguistically challenged.

STAT reviewed decades of Trump's on-air interviews and compared them to Q&A sessions since his inauguration. The differences are striking and unmistakable.



KKK Robe Image Projected


Stunning visuals depicting Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Racist) in a Ku Klux Klan robe have been projected onto iconic Washington buildings including the Department of Justice building.

The projections, created by activist and artist Robin Bell, showed Mr Sessions with the infamous white hood alongside some of his past statements that have been pointed to as insensitive to racist struggles.

"I thought the KKK was OK until I learned that they smoked pot," one of the projections reads, a close approximation to a comment Mr Sessions made while investigating a case against Klansmen as a US attorney in Alabama in the 1980s. Mr Sessions later characterised the comment as a joke, which the other attorneys present at the time agree with.

Other projections criticised Mr Sessions for his perceived role in the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey. Mr Sessions had recused himself from investigations into the potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, and Mr Comey had refused to stop those investigations. Though he recused himself, Mr Sessions later wrote a memo supporting Mr Comey's ouster.

Mr Bell also projected images onto FBI headquarters with images of Rex Tillerson, Nikki Haley, and Scott Pruit. The projections suggested that Mr Trump be impeached and said that the public needs to see the memo - likely referring to a reported note written by Mr Comey describing interactions he had with the President before he was fired.



The message written by Donald Trump (R-Con Man) and his wife Melania, is seen in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum guestbook in Jerusalem May 23, 2017.
Photo by Debbie Hill


World's Third


Doctors in South Africa have performed the world's third successful penile transplant, after a nearly 10-hour-long surgical procedure.

The team, led by Prof André van der Merwe, Head of the Division of Urology at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, had already performed a successful transplant in 2014, on a 21-year-old who had been amputated at the age of 18 - the first successful penis transplant ever. A second successful penis transplant was performed last year in the US, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

This third patient was a 40-year-old man who has lost is penis 17 years ago due to complications after a traditional circumcision.

According to his doctors, the patient is doing well, a month on after receiving the transplant. He is in a good state of mind.

"When he saw his penis for the first time, he was quite emotional. He is certainly one of the happiest patients we have seen in our ward. He is doing remarkably well. There are no signs of rejection and all the reconnected structures seem to be healing well," Van der Merwe said.



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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "NCIS," CBS, 13.19 million.
    2. "Bull," CBS, 10.85 million.
    3. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.07 million.
    4. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.112 million.
    5. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.11 million.
    6. "Billboard Music Awards," ABC, 8.7 million.
    7. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 8.6 million.
    8. "Survivor," CBS, 8.28 million.
    9. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.25 million.
   10. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.92 million.
   11. "Scorpion," CBS, 7.89 million.
   12. "60 Minutes" (8 p.m.), CBS, 7.47 million.
   13. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.45 million.
   14. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 7.44 million.
   15. NBA Playoffs: Boston vs. Cleveland, Game 3, TNT, 7 million.
   16. NBA Playoffs: Washington vs. Boston, Game 7, TNT, 6.82 million.
   17. "Chicago PD," NBC, 6.48 million.
   18. NBA Playoffs: Cleveland vs. Boston, Game 1, TNT, 6.45 million.
   19. NBA Playoffs: Golden State vs. San Antonio, Game 3, ESPN, 6.33 million.
   20. "Chicago Fire," NBC, 6.25 million.




In Memory

Dina Merrill

Dina Merrill, the rebellious heiress who defied her super-rich parents to become a movie star, often portraying stylish wives or "the other woman," has died at age 93.

Merrill, raised in part on the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida now owned by Donald Trump (R-Fraudster), died Monday, according to family spokeswoman Selena Albanese. Merrill died of heart failure at her home in East Hampton, Albanese told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Starting in the 1950s, Merrill appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, her break coming after Katharine Hepburn recommended her for the 1957 Tracy-Hepburn comedy "The Desk Set." Merrill, who had the poised, aristocratic beauty of fellow blonde Grace Kelly, co-starred with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis in "Operation Petticoat," Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr in "The Sundowners" and Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor in "Butterfield 8." More recently, she was part of Robert Altman's ensemble cast for the Hollywood satire "The Player" and in television programs such as "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Nanny."

But becoming an actress was not considered proper for someone of Merrill's privileged status. Her mother was Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune and one of the nation's richest women. Her father was E.F. Hutton, founder of the stockbroker firm that bore his name. Heiress Barbara Hutton was a cousin.

She made her Broadway debut in 1945 with "The Mermaids Singing" and followed with "George Washington Slept Here" and off-Broadway plays. She quit acting in 1946, partly because of her mother's pressure.

Merrill and Stanley Rumbough Jr., heir to a Colgate fortune, divorced in 1966, the same year she married actor Cliff Robertson. As a result, her name was dropped from the snobbish Social Register, which excluded actors.

Merrill and Robertson had a daughter, Heather, but divorced in 1989. In the same year she married Ted Hartley, a former pilot and actor turned investment banker.

She was born Nedenia Hutton in New York City, and was drawn to the acting life at age 8, when she played an Indian in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta at Greenvale School. She grew up in lavish surroundings, particularly Mar-a-Lago, her parents' 118-room Mediterranean-Moorish estate in Palm Beach, Florida. The property was later purchased by Trump, who as president has made Mar-a-Lago an unofficial weekend White House.

When Hutton began her acting career, she chose to call herself Dina Merrill, a combination of her and a brother-in-law's names.

Dina Merrill


In Memory

Roger Moore

British actor Roger Moore, who played James Bond for more than two decades with a suave wit, died Tuesday aged 89, drawing tributes for his portrayal of the womanising super-spy, and for his charity work.

"It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer," his children said in a statement on Twitter.

"We are all devastated," Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian said. "Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people."

Moore shot to fame as the smooth-talking adventurer Simon Templar in British television show "The Saint" in the 1960s, and also starred alongside Tony Curtis in "The Persuaders" in the 1970s.

But it was not until 1973, at the age of 45, that he won the role that would come to define him, as Ian Fleming's fictional secret agent James Bond.

His debut as 007 in "Live and Let Die" was followed by six more Bond films, bowing out with 1985's "A View to a Kill".

Moore was also one of the last of the old-school movie stars, who counted Frank Sinatra and David Niven among his friends and lived in luxury in Switzerland and the French Riviera.

In later years he became known for his humanitarian work, notably through his activities as an ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund.

Born Roger George Moore, on October 14, 1927 in the south London neighbourhood of Stockwell, he was the only son of a police constable and his wife, and had a happy childhood.

Roger Moore



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