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M Is FOR MASHUP - August 17th, 2016

New August Mashups

From DJ Useo

I hope you're in the mood for some fine new mashups, becuase I have some for you. These are new tracks by various home producers, & use a lot of variety styles. Let's begin -

01 - oki - Sesamy Generation ( the Who vs Sesame Street theme )
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02 - DJ Spider - Get Down By The Ocean ( DNCE vs Kool & the Gang )
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03 - DiscoSid - Can't Stop the Shades of Grey ( Tommy MC vs Justin Timberlake )
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04 - Boots Leg Pharm - Film Rover ( Alien Nature vs Vaperror )
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05 - MashupKal - Thunderboom ( Black Eyed Peas vs AC/DC )
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06 - FXWLL - Launchpad Mashup Performance Video ( Jack Eye Jones vs Apster vs Galantis )
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07 - Chocomang - Non Blonde Businessman ( Starmania vs 4 Non Blondes )
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08 - Dj Gaya - True Storm ( The Black Seeds vs Mobb Deep )
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Mashups are a quirky area of music. The labels don't like us promoting their artists. So, mashups get heard by a significantly smaller audience. If you hear a mashup you like, you're immediately in an elite group. Most people I meet have never even heard of the concept.

I hope you find one here you really like, & then share it with a few good friends. It's much more fun than trolling political sites.

Catch you next week with a round up of new mashup albums.



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Paul Krugman: Lies, Lying Liars, and Donald Trump (NY Times)
So, there's a new conservative take on who's to blame for Donald Trump - and the answer, it turns out, is liberal commentators, and me in particular. Yep, by denouncing the dishonesty of people like Mitt Romney, I was crying wolf, so that voters paid no attention to warnings about Trump.

L.V. Anderson: French Kids Might Learn More About the Clitoris in Sex Ed Than I've Learned in 29 Years (Slate)
Most sex-ed classes don't devote much time to the clitoris, and, if they do, they only mention the external nub that sits above the labia minora. A French researcher named Odile Fillod is aiming to teach French students that there is much more to the clitoris than meets the eye.

Andrew Kahn: How Sappy Are the Olympics? (Slate)
The schmaltz of NBC's coverage, measured scientifically.

Comedians on meeting their hecklers: 'I ran upstairs and hid in a cupboard' (The Guardian)
Sarah Kendall, Mark Watson, Alexei Sayle and other standups recall what happened when they came face to face with their toughest critics after a show.

Michele Hanson: "As a reasonable socialist, I'm tired of arguing about Labour's leadership"(The Guardian)
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Noah Chaney: Does technological analysis destroy the romance of art history? (Aeon)
An Italian engineer might have located a long-lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci after shooting gamma rays through a fresco by Giorgio Vasari to reveal a hidden painting on a false wall behind it. By similar means, a copy of the Mona Lisa was found to contain identical alterations to the under-drawing as the original, demonstrating that it had been painted alongside it.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What country imports the most sesame seeds?

       Japan                                                      Source

Sesame (Sesamum indicum) is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum, also called benne. Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalized in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods or "buns". The world harvested 4.2 million metric tonnes of sesame seeds in 2013, with India and China as the largest producers.

Japan is the world's largest sesame importer. Sesame oil, particularly from roasted seed, is an important component of Japanese cooking and traditionally the principal use of the seed. China is the second-largest importer of sesame, mostly oil-grade. China exports lower-priced food-grade sesame seeds, particularly to southeast Asia. Other major importers are the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Turkey, and France.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Adam answered:

DJ Useo responded:
   I think I know the answer is China, from watching "Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives" the tv show.
  I'm assuming that as a people they enjoy tiny seeds stuck in their teeth. ;)
  When they eat, the operative phrase is "Open Sesame!".

Deborah replied:
   Well, I was going to guess Japan, then decided it's Isreal, because of all the halva made there.
  Pretty sure I'm off on both, but what the heck. A WAG is a WAG.
  I sure wouldn't mind some monsoonal moisture and a freak rain shower to wet things down a bit. Hot and dry, as usual.

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Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'American Gothic'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 6/24/16) are Kevin Hart, Taylor Schilling, and RuPaul.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 6/23/16) are Luke Wilson, Liev Schreiber, Rob Gronkowski, and Birdy.

NBC fills the night with FRESH '2016 Summer Olympics'.
Jimmy Fallon is pre-empted.
Seth Meyers is pre-empted.
Carson 'The Scab' Daly is pre-empted.

ABC begins the night with 2 hours of RERUN 'Real O'Neals', followed by a RERUN 'Modern Family', then a RERUN 'black-ish'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 7/18/16) are Christina Applegate, Mike Piazza, and the Last Bandoleros featuring Sting.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a FRESH 'My Last Days'.

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by another RERUN 'MasterChef'.

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

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Jep & Jessica: Growing The Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', then a FRESH 'Black & White'.

AMC offers the movie 'Monsters Vs. Aliens', followed by the movie 'Men In Black'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 16-Birthright (Part 1)
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 17-Birthright (Part 2)
 [2:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 6
 [3:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 7
 [4:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 8
 [5:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 9
 [6:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 11
 [7:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 12
 [8:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 11 - Episode 1
 [9:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 13 - Episode 3
 [10:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 11 - Episode 2
 [11:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 11 - Episode 3
 [12:00AM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 11
 [1:00AM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 12 - Episode 12
 [2:00AM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 11 - Episode 1
 [3:00AM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 13 - EPISODE 3-Episode 3
 [4:00AM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 11 - Episode 2
 [5:00AM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 11 - Episode 3    (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 'Real Housewives Of Melbourne', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Another Period', and another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is LeBron James.
Scheduled on the next-to-the-last FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jimmy O. Yang, Milana Vayntrub, and Francisco Ramos.

FX has the movie 'Riddick', followed by the movie 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit', then a FRESH 'Tyrant'.

History has 3 hours of old 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
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 [8:00PM]    SPEED
 [1:15AM]    CRANK
 [5:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kristen Schaal Wears Strawberry Colored Pants and a Multicolored Shirt
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Fred Armisen    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Matador
 [8:00AM]    The Blues Brothers
 [11:00AM]    The General's Daughter
 [1:30PM]    The Firm
 [4:30PM]    Love Actually
 [7:30PM]    Pretty Woman
 [10:00PM]    The A Word-Lost
 [11:20PM]    Pretty Woman
 [1:50AM]    The A Word-Lost
 [3:10AM]    I Love You, Beth Cooper
 [5:40AM]    The Approval Matrix-Fame Monster    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Knowing', followed by a FRESH 'Ghost Hunters', then a FRESH 'Paranormal Witness'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 5/11/16) are Jodie Foster, Gad Elmaleh, and Mike Posner.

TCM spends 24 hours with James Edwards
 [6:00 AM]      Tarzan's Fight For Life (1958)
 [7:45 AM]      The Caine Mutiny (1954)
 [10:00 AM]      The Phenix City Story (1955)
 [12:00 PM]      The Sandpiper (1965)
 [2:15 PM]      Seven Angry Men (1955)
 [4:15 PM]      Men In War (1957)
 [6:15 PM]      The Steel Helmet (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      Home Of The Brave (1949)
 [9:45 PM]      The Set-Up (1949)
 [11:15 PM]      Bright Victory (1951)
 [1:00 AM]      The Joe Louis Story (1953)
 [2:45 AM]      Pork Chop Hill (1959)
 [4:30 AM]      The Member of the Wedding (1952)

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 [6:00 AM]      Tension at Table Rock (1956)
 [8:00 AM]      Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)
 [9:30 AM]      Some Kind Of A Nut (1969)
 [11:15 AM]      Rome Adventure (1962)
 [1:30 PM]      Jessica (1961)
 [3:30 PM]      A Fever in the Blood (1961)
 [5:45 PM]      The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      Point Blank (1967)
 [10:00 PM]      Rio Bravo (1959)
 [12:30 AM]      The Last Challenge (1967)
 [2:15 AM]      Pretty Maids All In A Row (1971)
 [4:00 AM]      Cry Terror (1958)

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

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Lead actor Matt Damon and actress Alicia Vikander attend a media event to promote the fifth movie in the Bourne franchise, "Jason Bourne," ahead of its release in China in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. It is nine years since Damon's last Bourne movie and 14 years since he first played the spy. Damon said he is "in a very different time of my life" now, no longer the young guy he once was and "to be on the set and have my four children with me and my wife."
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Newscast Anchor For MSNBC

Brian Williams

Brian Williams will anchor a nightly newscast at 11 p.m. ET on MSNBC primarily focused on the election.

The news network generally airs repeats of its prime-time lineup starting at that hour, but with the busy time this fall wanted to stay with live programming. It has experimented with live news hours at 11 p.m. this past week.

MSNBC said Tuesday that Williams' show will be a half hour and last through the election.

Williams will continue as a fill-in anchor during breaking news stories at other hours. Since joining the network last fall, he has anchored some 245 hours of coverage for MSNBC, 86 of them in July alone.

MSNBC has made ratings strides in an election year with a hard-news focus in daytime. Its daytime audience in July was larger than at any point since the 2012 election.

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Univision To Buy

Gawker Media

Univision won the bidding for embattled Gawker Media, which recently filed for bankruptcy after being ordered to pay $140 million to Hulk Hogan for releasing his sex tape.

Gawker confirmed to AFP that a deal was made to sell the company to the Spanish-language media giant, but did not disclose the price.

US media reports pegged the purchase at $135 million.

While Gawker has come under fire for its no-holds-barred approach to celebrity coverage, the case also raised questions about whether powerful interests can use their resources to silence media for unfavorable coverage.

The case drew heightened attention when Thiel, a Silicon Valley titan, acknowledged that he had helped fund the litigation and others against Gawker, a company Thiel has feuded with for years since it "outed" him as gay.

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Medical Marijuana

The Department of Justice cannot spend money to prosecute people who violate federal drug laws but are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws, a federal court ruled on Tuesday. The ruling prevents federal law enforcement from funding prosecution of anyone who obeys a state's medical marijuana laws.

The ruling comes after a 2014 Congressional law that prohibited the DOJ from interfering in state implementation of marijuana laws. That law led people being prosecuted by the federal government to seek the dismissal of their charges, arguing they were in compliance with state law. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, sending their cases back to lower courts to determine if they were in compliance with state laws. Some of the defendants ran Los Angeles based marijuana stores and faced charges for distributing 100 marijuana plants.

Reuters reports the ruling comes as nine more states will decide whether to allow recreational marijuana use in November. Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska currently allow recreational marijuana use. Twenty-five states allow marijuana for medical use.

Tuesday's decision by a three-judge panel was unanimous. But in its opinion, the court warned Congress could change its mind and again allow federal funding for prosecution of state-sanctioned marijuana use. "DOJ is currently prohibited from spending funds from specific appropriations acts for prosecutions of those who complied with state law," the Court wrote. "But Congress could appropriate funds for such prosecutions tomorrow."

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In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 photo, Paul Stanley, center, Tommy Thayer, right, and Gene Simmons, of the rock band Kiss perform at The Dow event center in Saginaw, Mich.
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Sells For $100 Million

Playboy Mansion

The famed Los Angeles Playboy mansion belonging to Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy empire, has been sold for $100 million, and Hefner, 90, will live in the mansion for the rest of his life, a representative for the buyer said in a news release on Tuesday.

The property was bought by Daren Metropoulos, a principal at private equity firm Metropoulos & Co, for half of the $200 million it was initially listed for earlier this year.

Metropoulos said Hefner's 1927 Gothic Tudor-style mansion, which has an area of 20,000 square feet (1,858 square meters), had a "rich and storied legacy" and is a "masterpiece in design."

The property, which was purchased by Playboy in 1971 for a reported $1.1 million, sits amid 5 acres (2 hectares) in Holmby Hills, west of Los Angeles, and includes 29 rooms, a tennis court and a free-form swimming pool - and has a zoo license.

The news release said that after Hefner's tenancy concludes, Metropoulos plans to reconnect the Playboy Mansion property with a neighboring estate that he purchased in 2009, combining the two for a 7.3 acre (3-hectare) compound as his own private residence.

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Evidence Of Hawking's Prediction Observed

Black Holes

Jeff Steinhauer, a physicist at Technion University in Israel, has created an acoustic black hole and observed particles slipping out of its grasp, providing the strongest evidence to date of one of Stephen Hawking's most famous predictions.

In 1974, Stephen Hawking predicted that black holes might not be the bottomless pits we imagine them to be. According to Hawking's calculations, some information might escape black holes in the form of energy, or Hawking radiation.

Here's how it works: Throughout the universe, matter-antimatter pairs of particles are constantly flickering in and out of existence (because matter and antimatter quickly annihilate each other).

But if one of these particles is dragged into the event horizon of a black hole - the point where not even light can escape - before the pair annihilates, the other particle might slip away as Hawking radiation.

According to quantum mechanics, information should never be lost. But as a black hole radiates Hawking radiation, it slowly evaporates until it disappears, along with all of the information inside it. If entangled Hawking radiation on the outside carries the information of particles on the inside, it would explain what happens to all of that information.

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Company members of "Opera Periferica," from left, actor Cristian Jensen, soprano Julieta Schena, and actress Candelaria Sesin, perform "La Serva Padrona" at a metro station, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. "La Serva Padrona" is a two-part comic intermezzo created by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi in 1733. The Argentine company is making the comic opera accessible to commuters performing at various stations around the city.
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18-Year Study


For years, there's been suspicion that a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids are bad for bees. The chemicals, which farmers apply to their crops to keep away insects that munch through their harvests, are among the most used bug-killers out there.

There's finally a study that tries to actually parse out the effects neonicotinoids have on bees in the wild. It looks at 62 different wild bee species in the UK.

That's important because while only three species of bees and bumblebees are kept by beekeepers and used commercially, experts believe there are closer to 250 wild species in the UK and 4,000 in the US. And while we don't manage them, we do benefit from their pollination.

The new study, which was published August 16 in the journal Nature Communications, also looks at an 18-year timespan that begins before neonicotinoids were introduced in 2002. That means the researchers could actually establish a baseline for how bees were doing before farmers began widely using the chemicals.



Young women take part in the 5th edition of the 'meringue war' at Zurriola beach in San Sebastian, Spain on August 16, 2016, during the fourth day of the 'Semana Grande' (big week) fiestas.
Photo by Juan Herrero


Treasure Hunters


Polish and German treasure hunters have started digging at a site in southwest Poland where they believe a Nazi-era train rumored to have gone missing is hidden - despite the scepticism of experts.

Andreas Koper and Piotr Richter said last year they had located the train buried underground. According to local legend, it was carrying looted jewels and guns and disappeared into a tunnel ahead of advancing Soviet Red Army forces in 1945, towards the end of World War Two.

They secured the permissions needed to begin digging despite a study by AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow concluding that a train is unlikely to be buried in the location the two amateur explorers have specified.

On Tuesday, the pair led a team of explorers in excavations at three separate sites inside a fenced-off area in the district of Walbrzych.

"We have to find a railway track, probably the entrance to a railway tunnel and, if the tunnel exists, there should be a train there," Andrzej Galik, a spokesman for the treasure hunters, told Polish media.



An artisan makes an idol of Hindu god Ganesh at a workshop ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrations, in Chandigarh, India, August 16, 2016.
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Boosted Earth's Oxygen 400 Million Years Ago


Scientists have long wondered what gave Earth enough oxygen to support the rise of animals and people, and researchers said Monday they believe it all started with moss.

The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said mossy ground cover began to proliferate about 470 million years ago, giving our planet its first stable source of oxygen and allowing intelligent life to thrive.

Using computer simulations as a way of peering into the past, researchers estimated that lichen and moss could have generated about 30 percent of Earth's oxygen by about 445 million years ago.

As moss proliferated, it increased the amount of organic carbon in sedimentary rocks, driving up oxygen levels in the air.

This oxygen boost "allowed large, mobile, intelligent animal life, including humans, to evolve," said the study.



A traditional priest participates in the B'elejeb B'atz, or Day of the Mayan Woman, ceremony at the San Andres archeological site in San Juan Opico, El Salvador August 14, 2016.
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Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 8-14. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. Summer Olympic Games (Tuesday), NBC, 33.4 million.
    2. Summer Olympic Games (Thursday), NBC, 31.2 million.
    3. Summer Olympic Games (Monday), NBC, 28.9 million.
    4. Summer Olympic Games (Sunday), NBC, 26.8 million.
    5. Summer Olympic Games (Wednesday), NBC, 26.5 million.
    6. Summer Olympic Games (Saturday), NBC, 25.5 million.
    7. Summer Olympic Games (Friday), NBC, 24.0 million.
    8. "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.0 million.
    9. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 5.9 million.
   10. "NCIS," CBS, 5.8 million.
   11. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 5.6 million.
   12. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 5.18 million.
   13. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 5.16 million.
   14. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 5.05 million.
   15. "Bachelor in Paradise" (Monday), ABC, 4.5 million.
   16. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 4.1 million.
   17. "The $100,000 Pyramid," ABC, 4.0 million.
   18. "Bachelor in Paradise" (Tuesday), ABC, 3.9 million.
   19. "Mom," CBS, 3.7 million.
   20. "Zoo," CBS, 3.6 million.




In Memory

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin, the conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington politics, has died. He was 89.

McLaughlin died Tuesday morning, according to an announcement on the Facebook page of "The McLaughlin Group" series. No cause of death was mentioned, but an ailing McLaughlin had missed the taping for this past weekend's show for the first time in the series' 34 years.

Since its debut in April 1982, "The McLaughlin Group" upended the soft-spoken and non-confrontational style of shows such as "Firing Line," "Washington Week in Review" and "Agronsky & Co." with a raucous format that largely dispensed with politicians. It instead featured journalists quizzing, talking over and sometimes insulting each other. In recent years, the show billed itself as "The American Original" - a nod to shows that copied the format.

Critics said the show was more about show business and entertainment than journalism and politics. They said it celebrated nasty posturing, abhorred complexity and featured a group of mostly aging conservative white men spouting off on topics they knew little about.

The show began with McLaughlin declaring, "Issue One!" and often featured the journalists pontificating on four or five issues of the day. It would end with the journalists predicting the future - usually with a high degree of certainty, if not accuracy - and McLaughlin declaring, "Buh-Bye!"

The show made stars of its panelists, who could go on to command high-priced speaking engagements and even played themselves in movies such as "Independence Day," "Mission: Impossible" and "Watchmen." McLaughlin also played himself on episodes of "ALF" and "Murphy Brown" and was ridiculed as a speed-talking egomaniac by Dana Carvey on "Saturday Night Live."

Born March 29, 1927, McLaughlin grew up in a middle class neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island, where his father was a furniture salesman. He trained for the priesthood at Shadowbrook, a small Jesuit seminary in western Massachusetts, and earned master's degrees in philosophy and English at Boston College and a doctorate in communications at Columbia University.

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Gerd Roos with two young ostrich birds on his ostrich farm in Reichenberg, Germany on August 16, 2016. The animals will be slaughtered at the end of August, and sold as meat, which is quite popular.
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