BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

Wednesday

31 May, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[117 days in a row]



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M Is FOR MASHUP - May 31st, 2016

What Its Like To Be Mashed & Admired 2016

By DJ Useo







Are you ready for some solid gold mashups chosen by Satis5d? He's assembled a collection he calls "Mashed & Admired 2016 satis5d's absolute favorite mashups of the year".




















In Satis5d's own words -

"It's May, 2017, so I figure it's safe to to put the finishing touches on 2016. This is the first of my annual 'favorites" mashup-only compilations. These aren't necessarily the best of the best, but they are the mashups that I absolutely love to listen to over and over again. When I say, "I'm adding this mashup to my playlist." This is where it's going. This edition has 83 songs (though I started with well over 100 contenders.) But I only keep as many as I can fit on one CD-R. 5-1/2 hours of pure listening pleasure (for me anyway. :1grin: )












Thank you to all who made this compilation possible. While it's Mashstix-heavy
( mashstix.com ) ( hey, I spend a lot of time listening to music there... and the music is good ) there are lots of mashups from outside of Mashstix as well. A special shout-out to Happy Cat Disco, SMASH, and Star Man whose work features prominently on this album."















The enlightening complete playlist is located here ( satis5d.weebly.com/mashed--admired.html ) along with the stream, & download links. This one is perfect for fans of bootleg music, & also for the unitiated. There's 83 Satis5d-selected tracks from tons of established, & skilled bootleggers. It's a long set, but oh so rewarding. Mention my article to Satis5d, for sheer kicks. Probably all mine.


















EXTRA BONUS - Kopimi Radio with Mazanga Von Badman plays "Mash Of The Titans 6", a 2 hour show with massively cool mashups throughout, as featured on the brand spanking new "Mash Of The Titans" album. Hosted by the dream deejay Mazanga, this is a guaranteed pleasure. Stream, or download here
( hearthis.at/kopimi/mott6/ )









More mashups next week. Be strong, & keep holding on.









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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Andrew Tobias: Medicare for All
I understand (sort of) why Putin would want to weaken the bonds between America and Europe, weaken NATO, and destabilize Europe. But why would we? This was a good week for the KGB.


Lucy Mangan: John Noakes was your beloved, daredevil uncle - we mourn the loss (The Guardian)
There used to be just three television channels. There used to be a universally recognised teatime - five o'clock. And there used to be John Noakes. Now the last of these three poles around which childhood was slung has gone. John Noakes has died, aged 83.


Lucy Mangan: "Why I regret losing my religion" (Stylist)
I'm a lapsed Catholic. For those of you who don't know what this means, it means I feel namelessly guilty all the time but have no way of offloading it onto a handy divinity. The best I ever feel is bad that I don't feel worse.


Suzanne Moore: Angela Merkel shows how the leader of the free world should act (The Guardian)
Angela Merkel - or "leader of the free world" as she is now to be known - did not wait long to see the back of Donald Trump before she made it clear that things have changed. She told a rally of 2,500 people in Munich where she kicked off her campaign to be re-elected that the EU must now be prepared to look after itself, that it could no longer depend on the UK or America. "The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over I've experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans have to take fate into our own hands."


Suzanne Moore: Sorry Morrissey, but love and resistance are our best weapons against terror (The Guardian)
But there is a parallel politics of living in which we fight for the very things these murderers cannot stand by being them: girls having fun while their dads wait for them. Young women taking full possession of themselves. Gay people high on life. Mothers watching their daughters go wild. Our ability to do this now is because others have fought for these "freedoms". So now we continue, all while grieving and full of anger. And as we have in the past, we keep on dancing.


Michele Hanson: My pet tortoise is wrecking my career (The Guardian)
He is wrecking my career. I cannot work a) if he's struggling to get out and battering windows or b) if he's out taking risks and disappearing. Imagine the terror. Is he upside-down? Drowned? Been snatched by a fox? I'm up and down like a yo-yo: 10 minutes at my desk, 10 minutes checking where he is - searching undergrowth, elbow deep in pond mud searching for his lifeless little body.



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Presenting

Michael Egan





Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Trivia Question of the Day


Who is the only actor to have appeared in all of the major films in the Star Wars film series?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


Born Margarita Carmen Cansino, the press coined the term "love goddess" to describe this American actress and dancer. By what name is she better known?


       Rita Hayworth                                                      Source


Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 - May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in a total of 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term "love goddess" to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.        Source






Mark. was first and correct with:
   Margarita Carmen Cansino is the given name of Rita Hayworth.



Randall wrote:
   Rita Hayworth





Alan J said:
   Rita Hayworth.



mj replied:
   She helped redeem a guy in Shawshank Prison
  Rita Heyworth, who started out as a dancer. Her dad, I believe, was her partner.




Deborah responded:
   I didn't know the answer, so I looked it up: Rita Hayworth.
  Heading back to reality is tougher after a really fun 3-day weekend. I'd retire tomorrow if I could.




Adam answered:
   Rita Hayworth



Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Rita Hayworth



zorch wrote:
   Rita Hayworth



Billy in Cypress replied:
   Rita Hayworth.



DJ Useo answered:
   That would be Rita Hayworth, the star of great films like "Gilda", & "Pal Joey".





David of Moon Valley took the day off.
  



John I from Hawai`i took the day off.
  



Daniel in The City took the day off.
  



Stephen F took the day off.
  



Gene took the day off.
  



Dave in Tucson took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.
  



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



MAM     took the day off.
  



Marian took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  May 31 Birthdays - Celebrities Born May 31 | Famous Birthdays




Sally has retired.
  


  





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Middle Class Political Economist




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack | US news | The Guardian



Climate change could make cities 8C hotter - scientists | Environment | The Guardian



'My brain was on fire': David Thewlis on Naked, Fargo and creeping out the Coens | Television & radio | The Guardian



N.Y. Times addresses the question, "Can the President be indicted?"



Looks Like Trump Was Ordered by Kremlin to Attend Saudi Meetings as "Putin-Empowered-Messenger"



Fascism is not just stuff the Other Side does that you don't like...



Aerospace Executive 'Absolutely Convinced' There Are Aliens On Earth | HuffPost
     Haha, etc.



11-year-old Florida girl forced to marry rapist after he got her pregnant - AOL News



'We have been poisoning ourselves': has ice analysis revealed the truth about lead? | Environment | The Guardian



Is it time for Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow to walk the plank? | Film | The Guardian



Hannity is back on the Seth Rich warpath and now targeting Rachel Maddow advertisers



The Greatest Scam Ever! God & The Prosperity Gospel! And It's Still Going On!



Thanks, Michelle!


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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


The Terrible Cost of Trump's Disclosures to the Russians - The Atlantic



People Think Ivanka Trump's Memorial Day Popsicles Are Insensitive | HuffPost



Trump Had Over 20 Chances To Address The Portland Attack On Twitter Before He Did So | HuffPost



Trump's Trip Was a Catastrophe for U.S.-Europe Relations - The Atlantic



Mulvaney: We must lower the debt for unborn children by taking food from existing children - think progress.org



Trump will reportedly exit Paris climate deal, making us a rogue nation - think progress.org



No, the "grown-ups" won't save us: A favorite Beltway fantasy bites the dust again - Salon.com



Todd Rundgren - Tin Foil Hat (feat. Donald Fagen) [Official Video] - YouTube



Meet the people telling Trump to ditch our last, best hope at avoiding climate catastrophe - think progress.org



Men investigating Ivanka Trump brand in China arrested, missing: report | TheHill



16 maps that Americans don't like to talk about - Vox



New Intercepted Intelligence Shows the Russians Have Damaging Information on Donald Trump | GQ



Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump | Literary Hub



Hannity is back on the Seth Rich warpath and now targeting Rachel Maddow advertisers - dailykos.com



Why Trump's Lawyer Was Sued Over $350,000 He Says He Doesn't Remember Cashing



Trump Is Telling Foreign Leaders to Call His Cellphone - The Daily Beast



Pink Floyd's Roger Waters begins tour in Kansas City with an all-out attack on Donald Trump - dailykos.com





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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE.

HOW TO MAKE ENEMIES AND PISS EVERYBODY OFF.

WE'RE KILLING THE WORLD!

THE REPUBLICAN 'GRANNY STARVERS'.

HELP WAS NOT ON THE WAY

WRAP MY HIJAB!

WAPO'S LAZIEST COLUMNIST.

WE SHALL RETURN.






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

The city is changing the street lights - the old ones had a warm orange glow, but weren't very bright.

The new ones produce a cold, blue-white light, and are very, very bright.



Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then another RERUN 'Criminal Minds'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 5/2/17) are Amy Schumer and Gabourey Sidibe.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/20/17) are Abigail Spencer, Ben Platt, Tim Minchin, and Take That.



NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Little Big Shots', followed by a FRESH 'The Carmichael Show', then another FRESH 'The Carmichael Show', followed by a RERUN 'This Is Us'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 4/26/17) are Dr. Phil McGraw, Leslie Jones, and Rick Ross featuring Young Thug and Wale.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 5/22/17) are Kyle Chandler, Michaela Watkins, a performance by the Broadway cast of "Come From Away", and Matt Frazier.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/26/17) are Tyrese Gibson, Strand of Oaks, and Jodie Comer.



ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Goldergs', followed by a RERUN 'Speechless', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'black-ish', then a RERUN 'Still Star-Crossed'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/22/17) are Jim Carrey, Rachel Lindsay, and Bush.



The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a RERUN 'DCs Legends Of Tomorrow'.



Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef', followed by a FRESH 'The F Word'.



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 'Troy', followed by the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', then the movie 'The Taking Of Pelham 123'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Silence in the Library-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-Forest of the Dead-Part 2 .
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Midnight
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 11-Turn Left
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 12-The Stolen Earth-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 13-Journey's End-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Voyager Conspiracy
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Pathfinder
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Fair Haven
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Blink of an Eye
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Virtuoso
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Memorial
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tsunkatse
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 16-Collective
 [8:00PM]    GLADIATOR (2000)
 [11:30PM]    GLADIATOR (2000)
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Voyager Conspiracy
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Pathfinder
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Fair Haven    (ALL TIMES EDT)



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



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', and 3½ hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Logan Browning.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Paul F. Tompkins, Tim Baltz, and Tawny Newsome.



FX has the movie 'Iron Man 3', followed by a FRESH 'Fargo'.



History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers: Bonus Buys', and another 'American Pickers'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A New Hope
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
 [7:00AM]    ALIEN
 [9:30AM]    ALIENS
 [12:30PM]    ALIEN 3
 [3:00PM]    ALIEN
 [5:30PM]    8 MILE
 [8:00PM]    THE TOWN
 [11:00PM]    INCEPTION
 [2:15AM]    THE TOWN
 [5:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Jack Black
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Carrie Dates a Hunk    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Barney Miller-The Ghost
 [6:30AM]    Barney Miller-Appendicitis
 [7:00AM]    Barney Miller-Rape
 [7:30AM]    All in the Family-Et Tu, Archie?
 [8:05AM]    All in the Family-Gloria's Boyfriend
 [8:40AM]    All in the Family-Lionel's Engagement
 [9:15AM]    All in the Family-Archie Eats and Runs
 [9:50AM]    All in the Family-Gloria Sings the Blues
 [10:25AM]    All in the Family-Pay the Twenty Dollars
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Out of Sight, Out of Mind
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Lt. Radar O'Reilly
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Nurses
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan
 [1:00PM]    Dances With Wolves
 [5:00PM]    U.S. Marshals
 [8:00PM]    Jurassic Park III
 [10:00PM]    Gomorrah-Seven Years
 [11:00PM]    Jurassic Park III
 [1:00AM]    Gomorrah-Seven Years
 [2:00AM]    The Samaritan
 [4:00AM]    Sexy Beast    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Skyfall', followed by the movie 'Ghost Rider', then the movie 'Drive Angry'.



TBS:
Samantha Bee is FRESH!
On a RERUN Conan (from 2/13/17) are David Oyelowo, Louie Anderson, and Angel Olsen.



TCM spends the night featuring films directed by Delbert Mann
 [6:00 AM]      To Please a Lady (1950)
 [7:45 AM]      Never Let Me Go (1953)
 [9:30 AM]      Betrayed (1954)
 [11:30 AM]      Band of Angels (1957)
 [1:45 PM]      My Pal, Wolf (1944)
 [3:15 PM]      Two Alone (1934)
 [4:45 PM]      Boy Slaves (1939)
 [6:15 PM]      The Young Runaways (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      Middle of the Night (1959)
 [10:15 PM]      Marty (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      Separate Tables (1958)
 [2:00 AM]      Dear Heart (1964)
 [4:00 AM]      Mister Buddwing (1966)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Thursday   -  06/01/17

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Secrets of the French Police (1932)
 [7:15 AM]      Broadway To Hollywood (1933)
 [8:45 AM]      The Half Naked Truth (1933)
 [10:15 AM]      The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
 [12:00 PM]      Trouble for Two (1936)
 [1:30 PM]      The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)
 [3:15 PM]      Paradise For Three (1938)
 [4:45 PM]      Henry Goes Arizona (1939)
 [6:00 PM]      The Vanishing Virginian (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Just a Gigolo (1931)
 [9:30 PM]      Waterloo Bridge (1931)
 [11:15 PM]      The Women (1939)
 [1:45 AM]      No Time For Love (1943)
 [3:30 AM]      Christopher Strong (1933)
 [5:00 AM]      There Goes My Heart (1938)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



USA has a FRESH 'Big Star Little Star'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Apr. 16, 1985) - Amy Irving, Jay Johnson, and Calvin Trillin.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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Or reviews?   Marty




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Out As 'CBS Evening News' Anchor

Scott Pelley

Scott Pelley is out as "CBS Evening News" anchor, and he'll be returning to full-time work at the network's flagship newsmagazine "60 Minutes."

Two people familiar with the situation confirmed reports on Wednesday that CBS is expected to announce Pelley's departure shortly. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

The CBS show is a distant third to ABC and NBC in the evening news rankings, and despite some critical success, has not been able to close the gap.

Reports of Pelley's departure first surfaced in the New York Post, which said Pelley's office at the evening news was being cleaned out on Tuesday. Pelley did not anchor the broadcast Tuesday, as it was announced he was on assignment for "60 Minutes."

Pelley began working at the "CBS Evening News" almost exactly six years ago, succeeding Katie Couric. It was a meat-and-potatoes newscast aligned with the traditions of CBS News, and lately has been produced by a former NBC News president, Steve Capus.

Scott Pelley

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Actress Keri Russell poses on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the star unveiling ceremony, May 30, 2017 in Hollywood, California
Photo by Robyn Beck

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Costumes Are Powerful Meme

'Handmaid's Tale'

Earlier this week, 18 women dressed up in red cloaks and white bonnets, stood in pairs in the rotunda of the Texas state capitol, and began chanting, "Shame!" in unison. They didn't stop shouting for eight minutes.

They call themselves the Texas handmaids. You probably first saw them back in March, when images of their original protest in Austin went viral. That's when they sat silently in the Texas senate gallery, watching as lawmakers debated bills that would make it harder for women to get an abortion.

What you may not know is that their demonstrations, inspired by Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale and Hulu's vivid TV adaptation, are slowly spreading across the country.

Women are holding sewing parties to turn yards of blood-red fabric into capes. They're swapping ideas on private Facebook pages about how to stage protests. They're even planning a coordinated demonstration where dozens of handmaids simultaneously show up at state capitols or in other public places in cities across the country.

If the visually striking meme takes off, it could become one of the most effective acts of protest from the resistance. The sight of even a dozen women wearing the handmaid costume, while staying silent and keeping their heads down, offers a stark contrast to a group of mostly white men deliberating over what happens to their bodies. The imagery is practically made for the digital era.

'Handmaid's Tale'

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Duel With 'Pissing Pug'

'Fearless Girl'

People Wealthy white men are still deeply unhappy about "Fearless Girl," the sculpture that was installed near Wall Street to promote women in leadership and stare down "Charging Bull."

The New York Post reported on Monday that the sculptor Alex Gardega installed a statue of a small dog called "Pissing Pug" that aims at the left leg of "Fearless Girl."

The sculpture doesn't exactly look like a dog, but Gardega said that was intentional to convey how "Fearless Girl" downgrades "Charging Bull," the fixture that precedes both.

"Fearless Girl" was installed with a temporary permit on International Women's Day, March 8, by the mutual fund State Street Global Advisors as part of a campaign to pressure companies to add more women to their boards.

Arturo Di Modica, the creator of "Charging Bull," called it an advertising trick and appealed to New York City officials to remove the sculpture that stares at his own. He's suing State Street over copyright infringement.

'Fearless Girl'

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Corals At Risk

Hawaii

Of all the visible effects of climate change, one the most emblematic are corals. And while the Great Barrier Reef off Australia's east coast is suffering horribly, having undergone two consecutive years of bleaching, it is hardly the only coral site that is facing negative impacts of warming ocean temperatures.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (HBNP), a popular tourist destination and a protected area in O'ahu, Hawaii, is another place where corals near the shore are at risk of destruction due to the influence of the global trend of rising temperature. And the corals at O'ahu suffered through not two but three consecutive years of bleaching, from 2014 to 2016.

Documentation of the bleaching, carried out by researchers from the Coral Reef Ecology Lab at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, found that 47 percent of reef flat corals at the nature preserve bleached overall, while 9.8 percent of corals died in the 2014 and 2015 bleaching events.

The open-access research, published Tuesday in the journal PeerJ under the title "Patterns of bleaching and mortality following widespread warming events in 2014 and 2015 at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Hawai'i," was undertaken by Paul Jokiel and his team from the marine biology institute. Jokiel's Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program has been keeping a watch on the corals in the area since 1999, and found a significant decrease in the shallow coral cover as early as 2002.

This is despite the fact HBNP is a protected area. There is no direct human fishing and harvesting in this part of O'ahu, leading to a great diversity in the local ecosystem. The variety of fish and marine life is a big draw for tourists.

Hawaii

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A whirling dervish performs as Muslim men wait for the time to break their fast at Istiqlal Grand Mosque during the second day of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Photo by Dita Alangkara

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Can Stay At Embassy

Assange

Ecuador's new President Lenin Moreno criticized Julian Assange as a "hacker" but stressed his country would continue providing asylum to the WikiLeaks founder fleeing international arrest.

Moreno, who took office this month, has struck a more critical tone toward Assange than his predecessor, Rafael Correa, who said earlier his country had "done its duty" by granting Assange asylum in 2012.

"Mr Assange is a hacker. That's something we reject and that I in particular personally reject," said Moreno, who warned Assange during the presidential campaign to "not interfere" in Ecuadoran politics.

"But I respect the situation in which he finds himself," holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London, Moreno said.

Assange

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Blames Ouster On Culture With 'No Rules'

O'Really

Former Fox News personality Bill "Falafel" O'Reilly (R-Propagandist) has lost his nightly show, but he's as busy as ever with his million-selling book career and determined to find new fans online.

In announcing his next book in the best-selling "Killing" historical series on Tuesday, O'Reilly reiterated his denial of the allegations of sexual harassment that led to his April ouster, blaming them on false, ideological attacks and a vicious culture in which there are "no rules."

"Allegations are not facts. Nobody's searching for the truth anymore," O'Reilly, who was fired in April amid allegations of sexual harassment that he has denied, told The Associated Press in one of his first interviews since his dismissal.

"Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence," which focuses on the Revolutionary War era, will be published Sept. 19, Henry Holt and Co. told the AP. The book will be co-written by O'Reilly's longtime collaborator, Martin Dugard. The six previous "Killing" books, which include "Killing Lincoln," ''Killing Reagan" and "Killing Kennedy," have consistently sold more than 1 million copies each in hardcover, a rare achievement in publishing for "nonfiction".

O'Reilly, for years Fox News' most popular and most lucrative anchor, said he wasn't worried that sales would fall off without having his show to promote his books. He hosts his own "No Spin News" podcast on www.billoreilly.com, contributes to Glenn Beck's radio program on TheBlaze and said he would do whatever else was needed to publicize "Killing England." He said he was "forming alliances" with internet organizations, although he said no decisions had been made and did not cite any specific companies.

O'Really

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A Muslim woman reads Quran in a mosque on the third day of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 29, 2017.
Photo by Tatan Syuflana

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New Report

T-rump

Donald Trump (R-Grifter) reportedly likes his intelligence briefings concise and filled with pictures.

According to a report in the US media, Mr Trump is eager to consume nuggets of classified information but often seems "indifferent to subtleties". Along with demanding brevity, the President has also encouraged his briefers to provide as many visual elements as possible.

Mr Trump's request for numerous graphics may be a reflection of his longtime career as a real estate developer, where he evaluated building designs to visualise what the property would ultimately look like.

Before being inaugurated as president, Mr Trump told Fox News in December: "You know, I'm, like, a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years."

Mr Trump is not known for being a voracious reader, but he manages to fill his days with plenty of political TV shows, according to Axios. He receives classified updates on the world's hot spots most mornings at about 10.30am, during which he often interrupts his briefers with questions as well as with random asides, the Post said.

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Italy

Italy on Tuesday backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call for Europe to be a stronger player on the world stage in the era of Donald Trump (R-Crooked) and Brexit.

"We certainly share the idea that the future of Europe has to be in our own hands -- global challenges impose that," Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said after meeting his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Rome.

The centre-left leader added: "That does not take anything away from the importance of transatlantic relations or the alliance with the United States.

"But the importance we give to these ties cannot lead to us renouncing fundamental principles such as our commitments against climate change and for open societies and free international trade."

Gentiloni was speaking after Merkel made waves with weekend remarks in which she suggested that Brexit-bound Britain and a Trump-led United States may no longer be reliable partners for the European Union.

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A boy cleans the religious pictures for sale at a shop during the holy month of Ramadan outside the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer, India, May 29, 2017.
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Mary Kay Letourneau

Mary Kay Letourneau's husband has filed for separation from his former elementary school teacher, who served a prison term for their affair that started when he was 12.

Vili Fualaau, now 33, filed for legal separation earlier this month, according to TMZ and other media outlets.

The Seattle couple jumped into the national spotlight in 1997 after Letourneau was jailed for raping Fualaau, who was her student at Burien's Shorewood Elementary School. She was pregnant with Fualaau's first child at the time. She gave birth to their second daughter while serving time.

But Fualaau told RadarOnline.com that the separation was for business reasons. "Everything is fine between us," he said.

Letourneau pleaded guilty to two charges of child rape and served more than seven years in prison. When she was released in 2005, she and Fualaau petitioned a King County judge to lift an order barring them from seeing each other.

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Travel Ban

Australia

Australia plans to ban convicted pedophiles from traveling overseas in what the government said Tuesday is a world-first move to protect vulnerable children in Southeast Asia from exploitation.

Australian pedophiles are notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby Southeast Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would cancel the passports of around 20,000 pedophiles on the national child sex offender register under legislation that will be introduced to Parliament soon.

"There has been increasing community concern about sexual exploitation of vulnerable children and community concern is justified," she told reporters.

Almost 800 registered child sex offenders travelled overseas from Australia last year and about half went to Southeast Asian destinations, she said.

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