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22 July, 2015

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M Is FOR MASHUP - July 22nd, 2015

Rillen Rudi Loves Hip Hop Volume 2

By DJ Useo

A really fine mashup project holds up for sequels. Popular & gifted bootlegger Rillen Rudi proves the truth of that adage by way of his superb new collection " Rillen Rudi - I Love Hip Hop 2" ( ) ( ) . The free album is composed of ten fantastic singles, each pre-released & warmly greeted. You might recall I wrote about the first volume here - ( Link removed by all search engines ). The first, excellent collection is still available here ( )

On this fine new assortment of mashups, the total theme is Hip Hop combinations. For instance, the first track is The Fugees singing over Jurassic 5, the second is Mos Def singing over House of Pain, the third is Black Eyed Peas singing over Naughty By Nature, & so forth & so on… A long stated & completely incorrect thought among the bootleggers is that Hip Hop over Hip Hop is not good, because it's so easy. However, as before, Rillen Rudi delivers tracks so great they often surpass the original sources. All are mixes worth the effort from the mixer to the audience.

Here's the full track playlist

01 - concrete fugeela
      instrumental: jurassic 5 - concrete schoolyard
      acapella: fugees - fu-gee-la

02 - house of mathematics
      instrumental: house of pain - pass the jin
      acapella: mos def - mathematics

03 - hip hop weekend
      instrumental: naughty by nature - hip hop horray
      acapella: black eyed peas - weekend

04 - i know the reimemonster
      instrumental: cro - i know
      acapella: afrob & ferris mc - reimemonster

05 - de la blahzay
      instrumental: de la soul - fallin
      acapella: blahzay blahzay - danger

06 - just another coolie high
      instrumental: camp lo - coolie high
      acapella: queen latifa - just antoher day

07 - release rosi
      instrumental: blumentopf - rosi
      acapella: method man - relase yo delf

08 - i will make you vibe
      instrumental: da youngstas - i ll make you famous
      acapella: busta rhymes feat. q-tip - ill vibe

09 - swing the brain
      instrumental: cypress hill - insaine in the brain
      acapella: da bush babees - swing it

10 - shimmy books
      instrumental: the beatnuts - off the books
      acapella: ol dirty bastard - shimmy shimmy ya

Rillen Rudi gives us the accustomed high end production with the resultingly heightened satisfaction. I think he should have a tip jar on his site, so we can show proper appreciation. ( Hmm, note to self - "tip jar on site" ) You can easily find plenty more great Rillen Rudi mashups here ( ) If you've been actually reading this column, you'll be aware he has 13 & counting previous albums available ( ) . You can't go wrong with a Rillen Rudi song, I always say!

Bonus mashup from DJ Useo

"The Power Of Ghostbusters"
( Ray Parker Jr vs Huey Lewis and the News )

As requested by Gab Trucker. Mashup for demonstration purposes only.

Yitt made the reverse version first, but I didn't know. Yitt's initial mix is great! Sadly, soundcloud removed it.

Stream, or d/l my track from here
( )
or here
( )



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Andrew Tobias: Citizen Ellen
And then, finally, came last week's game-changing decision from the Florida Supreme Court that basically said, enough. And which is likely to result in fairly redrawn maps. Which in turn is likely to result, over time, in a Florida Congressional delegation, and a Florida legislature, roughly half Democrat, half Republican, as are the voters of the state. What a concept. Ellen Freidin is my hero.

Tamar Hiram Arisohn: My Reddit Utopia (Slate)
Everything you think you know about "the front page of the Internet" is wrong.

Dwight Garner: "Review: Max Beerbohm, 'The Prince of Minor Writers' and a Gentle Contrarian" (NY Times)
Beerbohm reminds us: "Nothing is easier than to be an incendiary. All you want is a box of matches and a sense of beauty."

Sue Grafton: By the Book (NY Times)
The author of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries, including, most recently, "X," has trouble passing up books about Anne Boleyn: "I keep hoping for a different ending. So far, no luck."

John Sutherland: If this is a real picture of the Brontės, then I'm Heathcliff! (Guardian)
A collector is convinced that the £15 photograph he snapped up on eBay is of the Brontė sisters. It's highly unlikely, but the story is a mark of our enduring fascination with the literary family. Plus, a Brontė Society expert gives her verdict.

Hadley Freeman: Help! My wardrobe is a complete state (Guardian)
I love clothes and shoes, so I keep buying them. Nothing in the Alien films frightens me as much as the back of my closet.

Carrot pennies and cashmere twinsets (Guardian)
Melissa Bank's The Wonder Spot may look like chick lit, but it has surprising depth, says Joanna Briscoe.

Alison Flood: Illustrator Sarah McIntyre calls for co-author credits (Guardian)
Top authors back campaign for front covers of children's books to include artist's name.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The most stable physical shape has how many sides?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

How many strings does a ukulele have?

      Four                                                      Source

Four - The number of strings on a violin, a viola, a cello, double bass, a cuatro and a ukulele, and the number of string pairs on a mandolin.        Source

Jake Shimabukuro - "Bohemian Rhapsody" - TED (2010) - ukelele cover - YouTube

mj was first, and correct, with:
   numbers, numbers, numbers
  If you hadn't skipped six, I'd think you were having a count down. A uke has four strings.

Er - technically, six was the number of Henry VIII's wives.

Alan J said:

Randall wrote:

Deborah responded:
   I'm trusting my memory (oooh, risky!) and going with 4 - a ukulele has 4 strings.
  Hurricane remnants make for dramatic sky; I welcome it and wish a stray shower would blow through.

Marian replied:

Adam answered:
   4? Yes...4.

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "Four." My dog has fleas.

Lois Of The Tulips replied:
   The number of the strings shall be four! Like a tiny little bass. I think. Too busy looking at memes to fact check.

  P.S. Dale, what a fine looking family! And you and I could be twins!

Dale of Muggy Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
   My ukulele has four strings; But I have played some with paired strings, giving the uke a total of six or eight strings. My dog has fleas is the proper tuning. When I was in my formative years I drove my peeps crazy with my playing and warbling. Tomorrow I will be back to disturbing the comfortable.

JC answered:
   My dog has fleas (4) - though there are ukes that have 6 & 8 strings. Google Kamaka, their wonderful instruments are made by the deaf!
  Thanks for the wonderful daily info & fun.

DJ Useo said:
   They gots 4 strings.
  I really like the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
  Concert here - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: „Anarchy in the Ukulele" (Germany, 2007)

MAM   wrote:

  World's Best Ukulele Player

Joe S     replied:
   Four. Proof.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, is offline.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  July 22 Birthdays - Celebrities Born July 22 | Famous Birthdays



Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Famed Physicist Shuts Down Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorists In 1 Brilliant Tweet


The Global Backlash To America's Gay Rights Triumph

Sea level study: James Hansen issues dire climate warning.

Washington Post bombshell: How the NRA helped Bernie get elected.

Confederate Madness Then and Now - The Daily Beast

And the Oscar may go to … 40 key movies in contention for 2016 awards | Film | The Guardian

Teen's video of handgun-toting drone prompts federal investigation | US news | The Guardian
     What could possibly go wrong here..

BBC - Culture - The 100 greatest American films

Olbermann Msnbc Return

Armed militia members now staking out military recruiting centers. To 'protect' them.

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment


1 cartoon attached--made me laugh.

Linda   >^..^<
    We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!



From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



Reader Suggestion

New TV Channel

Find Justice - Justice Network

Hi Marty,

Thought I'd suggest you add this station to your lineup of non-cable TV! It is great, they have many shows, and I love it.

I was devastated to learn the Garrison Keillor is retiring! I have followed, "A Prairie Home Companion" from the very start, and love Keillor - even attended a few of his shows! It sure will be a void in my life...

Also, sure wish you'd add a 'like' option to your page (as Facebook does) so we can vote on your offerings, LOL! But seriously, when reviewing you page daily, I often go to 'like' something I read there, only to realize that I'm not on FB anymore...

I'm enjoying your page as usual, and your FB offerings as well!

SP :)

Thanks, Sally!



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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

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

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




Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still hot. Still humid. Getting cranky.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Extant'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'NCIS: The Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Denis Leary, Kristin Chenoweth, and American Authors.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'Last Comic Standing'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Norm Macdonald, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, and Jeremih featuring Flo Rida.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Cara Delevingne, Neon Trees, and David Lovering.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/18/15) are Rob Corddry, Hidden Ritual, and Michael Johnson.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'black-ish', followed by another RERUN 'black-ish', then still another RERUN 'black-ish', followed by yet another RERUN 'black-ish', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by another RERUN 'Modern Family'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Ed Helms, Brie Larson, and Joss Stone.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef', followed by a FRESH 'Home Free'.

MY has an old 'The Walking Dead', followed by another old 'The Walking Dead'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH 'Donnie Loves The Anti-Vaxxer', then a FRESH 'Lachey's Bar'.

AMC offers the movie '300', followed by the movie 'I Am Legend'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 31 - Ferriman-Grobel
 [7:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 32 - Ahir
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Le Deck
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Prohibition Grille
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Day of the Moon
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 3 - The Curse of the Black Spot
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 15 - Yesterday's Enterprise
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 16 - The Offspring
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 8 - A Matter of Honor
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Contagion
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 12 - The Royale
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Time Squared
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 14 - The Icarcus Factor
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 15 - Pen Pals
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 16 - Q Who
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Contagion
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 12 - The Royale
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Time Squared
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 14 - The Icarcus Factor
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 15 - Pen Pals
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 16 - Q Who    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Flipping Out', then a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing SF'.

Comedy Central has 'Why? With Hannibal Buress', 'Key & Peele', 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Key & Peele', then a FRESH 'Why? With Hannibal Buress'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Jake Gyllenhaal.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jade Catta-Preta, Adam Goldberg, Ashley Williams.

FX has the movie 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon', followed by the movie 'This Is The End'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'The Woodsmen'.

IFC  -   
 [8:45AM]    THE SPIRIT
 [3:00PM]    THE SPIRIT
 [10:45PM]    PULP FICTION

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Good Thief
 [8:15AM]    The Ice Storm
 [10:45AM]    The Lucky Ones
 [1:00PM]    Deception
 [3:15PM]    In the Line of Fire
 [6:00PM]    Two for the Money
 [8:30PM]    Conan the Barbarian
 [11:00PM]    Deutschland 83-Brandy Station
 [12:00AM]    Deutschland 83-Brandy Station
 [1:00AM]    Conan the Barbarian
 [3:30AM]    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Heels    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Sharknado 2: The Second One', followed by the movie 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 3/19/15) are Mindy Kaling, Brent Morin, and Purity Ring.

 [6:15 AM]      20,000 Years In Sing Sing (1932)
 [7:45 AM]      The Show-Off (1934)
 [9:15 AM]      Whipsaw (1935)
 [10:45 AM]      Riffraff (1936)
 [12:30 PM]      They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
 [2:15 PM]      Mannequin (1938)
 [4:00 PM]      Men Of Boys Town (1941)
 [6:00 PM]      Keeper Of The Flame (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Gilda (1946)
 [10:15 PM]      Boom Town (1940)
 [12:30 AM]      The Women (1939)
 [3:00 AM]      The Opposite Sex (1956)
 [5:00 AM]      The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1950)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  07/23/15

TCM features films with Gracie Allen and/or George Burns all night.
 [6:00 AM]      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
 [8:15 AM]      It's a Wonderful World (1939)
 [9:45 AM]      The Secret Heart (1946)
 [11:30 AM]      Without Reservations (1946)
 [1:30 PM]      Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
 [3:30 PM]      Three Came Home (1950)
 [5:30 PM]      Parrish (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      The Big Broadcast Of 1936 (1935)
 [9:45 PM]      Lambchops (1929)
 [10:00 PM]      The Big Broadcast Of 1937 (1936)
 [12:00 AM]      A Damsel In Distress (1937)
 [1:45 AM]      Honolulu (1939)
 [3:15 AM]      Oh, God! (1977)
 [5:00 AM]      Going In Style (1979)

USA has a FRESH 'Suits', followed by a FRESH 'Mr. Robot'.

Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV

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Saturday Night Live head writer and screenwriter Colin Jost, center, celebrates the premiere of his movie Staten Island Summer with SNL's Cecily Strong, left, and actress Gina Gershon at Sunshine Cinema, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in New York. The new comedy debuts on Netflix on July 30, 2015 and is available for Digital download.
Photo by Diane Bondareff


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Vermont Food Label Law

Neil Young

Rocker Neil Young is lending his support to the state's efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

Young, who performed in concert Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and donated $100,000 to a fund devoted to defending Vermont's genetically modified organism, or GMO, labeling law from legal challenges.

Vermont last year passed a law under which it's scheduled to become the first state to require foods with altered DNA to be labeled as such. Connecticut and Maine previously had passed laws that would take effect only if neighboring states joined in.

The Grocery Manufacturers of America and other industry groups are suing to block the law before its scheduled implementation date, July 1, 2016.

Neil Young


British rock musician and former guitarist for Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page holds his finger to his mouth after a paper cut during a book "stamping" event in Toronto July 21, 2015. Page was in town promoting his autobiography and the preview to the final three Zeppelin re-issued album releases.
Photo by Hans Deryk


James O'Keefe School Of Journalism Target

Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion activists on Tuesday released a second undercover video aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood's procedures for providing fetal tissue to researchers.

The video shows Dr. Mary Gatter, a Planned Parenthood medical director in Southern California, meeting with people posing as potential buyers of intact fetal specimens. Much of the conversation on the video deals with how much money the buyers should pay.

Federal law prohibits the commercial sale of fetal tissue, but allows not-for-profit donation of tissue if the women who underwent abortions give their consent. Planned Parenthood contends that the payments discussed in the new video, and a similar one released last week, pertain to reimbursement for the costs of procuring the tissue - which is legal.

Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero said the source of the videos "is a group of extremists who have intimidated women and doctors for years in their agenda to ban abortion completely."

Planned Parenthood


Newhead News


Circus Bears Offered Sanctuary


Circus bear Mura wound up in the world's biggest brown bear sanctuary in the heart of Romania's Carpathian mountains after refusing to perform any longer, following five years of unbearable abuse.

Caged, beaten and starved by their owners, 80 bears rescued from captivity have been taken in to be healed of trauma at the "Libearty" sanctuary, but the process can be slow.

Mura for instance instinctively begins to dance at mealtimes. "She's still afraid she won't be fed if she doesn't dance," Libearty guide Paula Ciotlos told AFP.

After doing tricks for the Globus circus in Bucharest for five years, Mura one day obstinately refused to keep performing and was finally handed over to the sanctuary by her owner.

Set up in 2005, the 69-hectare (170 acre) complex was itself the result of a storm of outrage caused by the plight of a self-mutilating bear named Maia, who hurt herself in protest against the cruel conditions she was kept in, and who eventually died of her wounds.



Seth Meyers, second left, and Andy Samberg, center, join producer Lorne Michaels and screenwriter Colin Jost, right, and actor Bobby Moynihan to celebrate the movie Staten Island Summer at an after party at The Standard, East Village, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in New York. The new comedy debuts on Netflix on July 30, 2015 and is available for Digital download.
Photo by Diane Bondareff


Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

Spruce Goose

Legendary mogul Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, a gigantic historic wooden airplane whose fate was mired in a financial dispute, will permanently stay in Oregon.

The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum has reached an agreement with the Aero Club of Southern California to take full ownership of the plane in the coming weeks, said California attorney Robert E. Lyon, who represents the Aero Club. Lyon said the agreement was reached in early July.

The McMinnville, Oregon-based nonprofit has been home to the Spruce Goose for more than two decades, but it still owed a payment to the California club from which it bought the plane.

The details of the agreement were not disclosed. But the dispute centered on the original purchase terms, which in addition to the $500,000 price tag also included a percentage of the museum's earnings from displaying the Spruce Goose.

Spruce Goose


Wake-up Call


Reason To Thank Snowden


Germany's domestic intelligence chief said Tuesday that the revelations by Edward Snowden have had at least one positive effect, by raising awareness about the importance of counter-espionage.

Hans-Georg Maassen told a gathering of business leaders in the southwestern city of Stuttgart that after the Cold War ended, the issue of counter-espionage was seen as unimportant, German news agency dpa reported.

Germany's government reacted angrily two years ago to reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone had been monitored by the U.S. National Security Agency. Although the reports didn't explicitly cite documents leaked to the media by Snowden, they came amid a flurry of similar claims about alleged U.S. surveillance in Germany that were linked to the former NSA contractor.

Separately, German diplomats said Tuesday that they are asking the U.S. government to clarify reports that the country's foreign minister was a target of eavesdropping.



Actress Sophia Loren (R) and her son Edoardo Ponti (L) arrive for the Los Angeles premiere of A24 and DirectTV's "Dark Places" in Los Angeles, California July 21, 2015.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


Scott's Walkers


Three groups supporting Scott Walker's run for president have raised $32 million, which is less than what two of his Republican rivals have collected but on target with the Wisconsin governor's goal for this point in the campaign, his top adviser said Tuesday.

The largest portion, $20 million, came from a super PAC. A tax-exempt group Walker created in advance of announcing his presidential run raised another $6.2 million, while his state campaign committee added an additional $5.9 million through June.

Walker's fundraising pales in comparison to the $114 million former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush collected through the end of June from his super PAC and campaign committee. Walker's $32 million also falls behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio whose campaign and two outside groups raised $44.7 million through June.

Walker's fundraising is impressive considering he didn't formally enter the race until last week, said Keith Gilkes, Walker's former gubernatorial campaign manager and chief of staff. He runs the super PAC along with Stephan Thompson, a former state Republican Party executive director who was Walker's campaign manager last year.



'Abusive Arrests'

Palestinian Children

Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Israel of "abusive arrests" of Palestinian children as young as 11 and of using threats to force them to sign confessions.

Israeli authorities failed to inform parents of their children's arrest or whereabouts, the New York-based watchdog added, drawing on accounts of several children detained during intense unrest in east Jerusalem and the West Bank late last year.

HRW's Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson urged the United States to pressure its Israeli ally to end what it said were long-standing "abusive practices".

"Israeli security forces have used unnecessary force to arrest or detain Palestinian children," it said in a report giving details of the "abusive arrests" of six children.

"Forces have choked children, thrown stun grenades at them, beaten them in custody, threatened and interrogated them without the presence of parents or lawyers, and failed to let their parents know their whereabouts."

Palestinian Children


Supporters from "Save the Illinois State Museum" rally outside the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Springfield Ill. The protesters are in opposition to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's threat to shutter the museum in Springfield and its five satellite locations statewide.
Photo by Seth Perlman


Three Admirals

U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy censured three admirals in connection with a bribery scandal involving a Singapore company that held more than $200 million in contracts to clean and supply ships from the Seventh Fleet, Navy officials confirmed on Monday.

Admirals Michael Miller and Terry Kraft were allowed to retire as admirals, while Admiral David Pimpo retired on July 1 at the demoted rank of captain, according to a Navy document dated July 17.

The censures were issued in January, but were revealed last week in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper. They are the latest developments in the investigation of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) and its owner, Leonard Glenn Francis.

Seven people, including Francis, have pleaded guilty so far in the scandal. Francis and two GDMA employees have pleaded guilty, as well as four U.S. Navy officers, ranging from a Navy Criminal Investigative Services agent to a logistics manager, a captain and a ship commander.

In May, federal prosecutors said they are looking at as many as 200 people as potential defendants and witnesses in the prosecution of Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, who has pleaded innocent to charges of conspiracy and bribery.

U.S. Navy


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "Major League Baseball All-Star Game," Fox, 10.91 million.
    2. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.82 million.
    3. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 8.81 million.
    4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.09 million.
    5. "ESPY Awards," ABC, 7.75 million.
    6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.21 million.
    7. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 6.96 million.
    8. "NCIS," CBS, 6.93 million.
    9. "Zoo," CBS, 6.56 million.
   10. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.068 million.
   11. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 6.065 million.
   12. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.02 million.
   13. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 5.847 million.
   14. "Mom," CBS, 5.846 million.
   15. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 5.839 million.
   16. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 5.76 million.
   17. "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10 p.m.), CBS, 5.65 million.
   18. "Dateline Mystery," NBC, 5.47 million.
   19. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 5.31 million.
   20. "Scorpion," CBS, 5.08 million.




In Memory

Theodore Bikel

Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor Theodore Bikel, who defined the stage role of Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway, died in Los Angeles aged 91 Tuesday, his publicist said.

Bikel, who also originated the role of Captain Georg von Trapp in the stage production of "The Sound of Music," died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said Harlan Boll.

The cause of death was not given. Born in Vienna in 1924, Bikel fled the 1938 invasion of Austria by Nazi Germany, heading for the Middle East, where his acting career began a few years later at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv.

He co-founded the Israeli Chamber Theater before leaving in 1946 for London, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and took early West End roles, including "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Vivian Leigh.

Bikel received Tony nominations in 1958 for "The Rope Dancers" and in 1960 for "The Sound of Music."

On the big screen, his first cinema credit was in the 1951 classic "The African Queen," while he scored a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for the 1958 drama "The Defiant Ones."

Other roles included dialect coach Zoltan Karpathy in the 1964 film version of "My Fair Lady."

He is survived by his fourth wife, Aimee Ginsburg-Bikel, two sons and three grandchildren.

Theodore Bikel


In Memory

Tom Moore

Tom Moore, the "Archie" cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of the freckled-face, red-haired character, has died in Texas. He was 86.

Moore, who began drawing cartoons while in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, died early Monday morning while in hospice care in his hometown of El Paso, his son Lito Bujanda-Moore told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He said his father was diagnosed with throat cancer within the past week and chose not to undergo treatment.

Moore drew Archie Andrews and his friends on and off from 1953 until he retired in the late 1980s. Annual sales of the comic regularly surpassed half a million during the 1960s, according to the El Paso Times.

"I did one comic book a month," Moore told the newspaper in 1996. "I did everything. We always worked six months ahead. I'd be doing Christmas issues in June and beach stories with a foot of snow outside my window."

After the war, Moore used funding available through the GI Bill to attend a school in New York for cartoonists. He studied under "Tarzan" comic strip illustrator Burne Hogarth.

Soon after, Moore signed up with Archie Comics in New York. Bob Montana created "Archie" in 1941, and Moore took over in 1953.

After retiring, Moore kept tabs on Archie - and disagreed when the comic book company decided to kill off the character.

Tom Moore


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E.L. Doctorow

Writer E.L. Doctorow, who wryly reimagined the American experience in such novels as "Ragtime" and "The March" and applied its lessons to the past and the future in fiction and nonfiction, has died. He was 84.

He died Tuesday at a New York hospital from complications of lung cancer, his son, Richard Doctorow, confirmed.

Considered one of the major authors of the 20th century, Doctorow enjoyed critical and popular success over his 50-year career. He won the National Book Award for fiction in 1986 for "World's Fair" and the National Book Critics Circle award in 1989 for "Billy Bathgate" and in 2005 for "The March."

Besides Doctorow's 10 novels, he published two books of short stories, a play called "Drinks Before Dinner" and numerous essays and articles.

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow was born Jan. 6, 1931, in New York. He was named after Edgar Allan Poe, whom he often disparaged as America's "greatest bad writer." His father ran a music store, and his mother was a pianist.

Doctorow graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He attended graduate school at Columbia University but left without completing a doctorate. He also served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany.

In the 1950s Doctorow worked as a script reader for Columbia Pictures, reading novels and summarizing them for possible film treatment. That job led him to his first novel, "Welcome to Hard Times," a Western published in 1960.

He spent a decade as a book editor at New American Library and then as editor in chief at Dial Press, working with such authors as Norman Mailer and James Baldwin.

Doctorow's second novel, a science fiction work called "Big as Life," was published in 1966 and was unsuccessful. But his third, "The Book of Daniel," published in 1971, catapulted him into the top rank of American writers.

"Ragtime" in 1975 served up a Dickensian stew of Gilded Age New York, mixing historical figures such as J.P. Morgan, Harry Houdini and Emma Goldman with invented ones. The central character, Coalhouse Walker Jr., was a black musician victimized by racism.

Historical and made-up characters also peopled 1989's "Billy Bathgate," featuring the real-life gangster Dutch Schultz, and "The March," which he called his "Russian novel" because of its epic scope.

Several of Doctorow's novels including "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate" were made into movies, but Doctorow was generally not pleased with the screen versions. "Ragtime" was made into a Broadway musical in 1998.

Doctorow married Helen Setzer in 1954. They had two daughters and a son.

A lifelong liberal, Doctorow was booed by students when he criticized resident George W. Bush and the Iraq war during a 2004 commencement speech at Hofstra University on Long Island.

E.L. Doctorow


In Memory

Dieter Moebius

Dieter Moebius, a pioneer of electronic music whose art background led him to develop ambient soundscapes, died Monday. He was 71.

Michael Rother, his partner in the band Harmonia, announced Moebius's death on Facebook.

Born in Switzerland, Moebius studied art in Brussels and later in West Berlin, where he became part of the nascent "Krautrock" movement that brought heavy synthesization but minimalist arrangements to the rock era.

Along with Harmonia, which was most active in the 1970s, Moebius formed half of the influential duo Cluster with Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Cluster performed until 2010.

On albums such as 1974's "Zuckerzeit" and 1976's "Sowiesoso," Cluster moved away from the more abrasive elements of the Krautrock electronic scene to pursue smooth, flowing textures that were gentler and often more melodic.

The genre became known as ambient, which went in a different direction than the dance music that now dominates electronica.

Ambient music reached a wider audience through the British artist Brian Eno, who was an active collaborator with Cluster.

Moebius described his artistic sense as coming from the chaos of Berlin in the 1960s, where he was more frequently on the street protesting against the establishment than taking classes.

As a child, he was exposed to classical music but said his mindset changed when he heard the rock 'n' roller Chuck Berry and later arthouse rockers The Velvet Underground.

Dieter Moebius



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