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21 August, 2019

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M Is FOR MASHUP - August 21st, 2019

Justincredible - Songs That Shouldn't EDM Volume 1

By DJ Useo

These past hot Summer days have really slowed the release of mashup albums. Luckily, Justincredible ( ) has stepped up with a unique winner of a concept. "Songs That Shouldn't EDM Volume 1" may raise questions as far as appeal goes, but the fun factor is fulfilled.

Throughout this well-mixed album, the concept of genre clash is explored to fine effect. As there's no complete playlist, I'd like to offer that now. I collected these myself & made this text -


01 - Wave On Wave vs Drowning ( Pat Green vs Just a Gent & Yvng Jalapeño )

02 - Barbie Girl vs Kendall ( Aqua vs G-Buck )

03 - Family Tradition vs We Takin Over ( Hank Williams, Jr. vs XLAB )

04 - Country Roads vs Swingin ( John Denver vs Peekaboo )

05 - Wagon Wheel vs Here With Me ( Old Crow Medicine Show vs Delta Heavy & Modestep )

06 - Fishin' In The Dark vs Louder ( Nitty Gritty Dirt Band vs Tascione )

07 - Escape (The Pina Colada Song) vs Machete ( Rupert Holmes vs Mastadon )

08 - Once Bitten, Twice Shy vs Stronger ( Great White vs Quix )

09 - She Got It All vs Holograms ( Kenny Chesney vs Extra Terra )

10 - Pony vs Blow Up ( Ginuwine vs Trampa )

11 - Why Does It Have To Be vs White Lies vs The Beginning ( Restless Heart vs ODESZA vs Louis Futon )

12 - Sin Wagon vs Monxxed ( Dixie Chicks vs Code: Pandorum )

13 - We're Not Gonna Take It vs Out of Transmission vs Put The Soul ( Twisted Sister vs XLAB )

14 - Elvira vs 785 ( Oak Ridge Boys vs TYNAN )

15 - Achy Breaky Heart vs Woah ( Billy Ray Cyrus vs JPhelpz )

Note the stark contrast of paired styles. After my traditional 3 plays, I find this to be one satisfying collection. First, I was amused, then intrigued, & now, it's a fave. I really like how Justin forged his own way. That's the part I found challenging, & ultimately rewarding about this set.

All the single tracks are available for streaming, or downloading here
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Big thanks to JI. More mashups next Wednesday.

DJ Konrad Useo



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Trivia Question of the Day

Composed by Bobby Troup, and first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946, the lyrics read as a mini-travelogue of the highlights between Chicago and LA. What is the title of this rhythm & blues standard?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

On its primary page for this movie, IMDb displays the user rating for the film out of 11 stars instead of the standard scale of one to ten. What is the title of this mockumentary?

       This Is Spinal Tap                                                      Source

"Up to eleven", also phrased as "these go to eleven", is an idiom from popular culture, coined in the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap, where guitarist Nigel Tufnel proudly demonstrates an amplifier whose volume knob is marked from zero to eleven, instead of the usual zero to ten. The primary implication of the reference is one in which things that are essentially the same are seen as different, due to mislabeling or the user's misunderstanding of the underlying operating principles. A secondary reference may be anything being exploited to its utmost limits, or apparently exceeding them. Similarly, the expression "turning it up to eleven" refers to the act of taking something to an extreme. In 2002 the phrase entered the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary with the definition "up to maximum volume".

On its primary page for This Is Spinal Tap, the IMDb displays the user rating for the film out of 11 stars (e.g. 8.0/11) instead of the standard scale of one to ten. Other IMDb pages display the rating out of 10.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   Spinal Tap

Mark. said:
   This is Spinal Tap.

mj wrote:
   Without looking
  It has to be "This is Spinal Tap."

Alan J answered:
   This is Spinal Tap.

Dave responded:
   Has to be "This is Spinal Tap." A hilarious film from 1984.
  Photos: Album cover rejected by the record label as being sexist. | Derek Smalls removes the foil wrapped cucumber he had inserted into his trousers in order to get past an airport metal detector. | The documentary's director, Marty Di Birgi, (played by Rob Reiner) interviews Nigel Tufnel about the amplifier volume settings | from L to R: Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, unknown, Michael McKean (as David St. Hubbins), unknown.

zorch replied:
   This Is Spinal Tap

Kevin K. in Washington, DC, wrote:
   Gotta be "This Is Spinal Tap".

Mac Mac said:
   This is Spinal Tap

Adam answered:
   Must be 'This is Spinal Tap'.

Deborah responded:
   Pretty sure that's from "This is Spinal Tap." Nice obscure question, Marty.
  Enjoying another cool morning; heating up later this week.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   this is spinal tap

David of Moon Valley wrote:
   just for the heck of it i'm gonna say This Is Spinal Tap because i have no better answer this morning, sorry....

Daniel in The City said:
   This is Spinal Tap

Barbara, of Peppy Tech fame answered:
   The answer is "This Is Spinal Tap." Great movie!

Rosemary in Columbus replied:
   This is Spinal Tap

DJ Useo wrote:
   I expect the answer is "Spinal Tap". I lol with that film.

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from Bruce



• Very early in his career, John McCormack made a record titled "Killarney" for The Gramophone Company. Later, when he was a very famous opera singer, Mr. McCormack would play the record for distinguished visitors, saying that the recording was of a singer who wanted his advice about whether he ought to pursue singing professionally. Mr. McCormack said, "Without exception, everyone of them, including such an excellent critic as my friend Dr. Walter Starke, said, 'Oh, Lord, John, don't advise that poor boy to study singing. It is too pathetic for words.'" Then Mr. McCormack would show the listeners his name on the record and laugh and laugh. By the way, one of Mr. McCormack's funniest reviews appeared in the Melbourne Australian after he gave his first-ever concert at Exhibition Hall: "If this Irish boy is not known in a very few years as one of the greatest tenors in the world, it will probably be because a careless builder dropped a warehouse or a terrace on him as he was passing."

• While recording an album, all involved must be very careful not to record extraneous noises such as squeaks. While recording the album Diva!, soprano Leslie Garrett and the musicians ran into a problem because of a squeak that would not go away. Thinking the squeak might come from a wobbly music stand, the musicians moved the music stands a few inches and tried again. The squeak remained. Thinking the squeak might come from a wobbly chair, the musicians moved the chairs a few inches and tried again. The squeak remained. Then Ms. Garrett took thought, held the music engineer's head to her chest, and asked, "Is that what you heard?" It was - the squeak came from the underwiring of her bra. Ms. Garrett removed her bra in the ladies room, then made a squeak-free recording. Afterward, whenever they recorded a new album together, the music engineer asked her, "Have you got the right bra on?"

• Tenor Hugues Cuenod sang a very long piece on a recording of works by Francois Couperin. Igor Stravinsky heard and enjoyed the recording, so he asked Mr. Cuenod to sing his Cantate. However, Mr. Cuenod knew that the tenor would have to sing a 13-minute aria with no pauses, so he declined. Mr. Stravinsky complained, "But you sing 22 minutes without stopping in your Couperin recording; then why can't you sing 13 minutes of my music?" However, Mr. Cuenod says, "He had forgotten that it is possible to stop, start, and splice in making a recording, or even to do it in several takes; but that's obviously what I couldn't do in a live performance."


• In the early 1900s, the Metropolitan Opera's production of Parsifal was considered scandalous - clergymen felt it was improper for a theater to stage religious drama. However, very quickly the scandal was forgotten and many theater-goers looked forward to seeing Parsifal annually on Good Friday.

• In the late 19th century in Milan, a reporter heard someone playing the piano at 7 a.m., so he asked a member of the hotel staff if piano playing was allowed at such an early hour. The hotel staffer replied, "Not as a rule, but we make an exception for Verdi."


• Moravian soprano Maria Jeritza made enemies of many of the tenors with whom she sang. One such tenor, the Englishman Alfred Piccaver, decided to get even during a May 19, 1925, performance of Cavalleria Rusticana at the State Opera in Vienna, Austria. At the moment in which the Turiddu was supposed to push her character down the stairs, Mr. Piccaver simply stood with his arms crossed, and Ms. Jeritza had to throw herself down the stairs. Afterward, Ms. Jeritza refused to take a bow with Mr. Piccaver, and she became furious when he received more applause than she when they took their bows separately. For several months, she refused to sing with him, but within a year they stood on stage together as Tosca and Cavaradossi.

• Early in soprano Joan Hammond's career in Australia, she was a member of the chorus in I Pagliacci, where she quickly discovered that some of the extras wanted to be front and center so their friends could see them. These "Footlight Fannies," and Ms. Hammond and her chorus-member friends called them, were unpopular, and Joan and her friends figured out a novel way to get revenge on these people. In one scene, the extras and chorus members sat on benches, and the Footlight Fannies, of course, ran and sat on the ends of the benches closest to the audience. Joan and her friends were also sitting on the benches, and at a prearranged signal, they suddenly stood up, letting the Footlight Fannies crash to the floor.

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Gas is down to $3.25/gal at the local no-name-brand station.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN 'SEAL Team', then a RERUN 'SWAT'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 7/19/19) are John Oliver and Joe Namath.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 6/19/19) are Ian McKellen, Louis Tomlinson, and Simon Pegg.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'Songland', then a FRESH 'Hollywood Game Night'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 6/11/19) are Selena Gomez, Elaine Welteroth, and Goldlink featuring Maleek Berry.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 7/22/19) are Cory Booker, Fred Savage, and Kane Brown.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/17/18) are Rhys Darby, Rupert Grint, Drab Majesty, and Rhett & Link.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by a RERUN 'Schooled', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'Single Parents', then a RERUN 'Celebrity Family Feud'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 7/09/19) are Donald Glover, D'Arcy Carden, and Beth Stelling.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Bulletproof', followed by a FRESH 'Hypnotize Me'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef', followed by a FRESH 'BH90210'.

MY recycles an old 'Dateline', followed by another old 'Dateline'.

A&E has 'Ghost Hunters', followed by a FRESH 'Ghost Hunters', then another FRESH 'Ghost Hunters', followed by a FRESH 'Psychic Kids'.

AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon 4', followed by the movie 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective', then the movie 'Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls'.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
 [9:00AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)
 [2:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society
 [4:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Dark Frontier, Pt. 1
 [5:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Dark Frontier, Pt. 2
 [6:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Disease
 [7:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Course: Oblivion
 [8:00PM]   HOME ALONE (1990)
 [10:30PM]   HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK (1992)
 [1:00AM]   HOME ALONE (1990)

Bravo has 'Southern Charm', another 'Southern Charm', followed by a FRESH 'Southern Charm', and another 'Southern Charm'.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show it's Your Moment of Them: The Best of Jaboukie Young-White.
Scheduled on a FRESH Lights Out with David Spade are Tom Segura, Bert Kreischer, and Nikki Glaser.

FX has the movie 'The Fate Of The Furious', followed by a FRESH 'Snowfall'.

History has a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Face The Beast'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00A]   The Three Stooges - The Three Troubledoers
 [6:25A]   The Three Stooges - Violent Is the Word for Curly
 [6:50A]   The Three Stooges - Wee Wee Monsieur
 [7:15A]   Butter
 [9:15A]   Drillbit Taylor
 [11:45A]   Hall Pass
 [2:15P]   Knocked Up
 [5:15P]   Baby Mama
 [7:30P]   Trading Places
 [10:00P]   Sherman's Showcase - The Ladies of The Showcase
 [10:30P]   48 HRS.
 [12:45A]   Trading Places
 [3:15A]   Miss March
 [5:15A]   Sherman's Showcase - The Ladies of The Showcase
 [5:45A]   Night Flight - The Heartbreakers    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00am]   All in the Family
 [6:35am]   All in the Family
 [7:10am]   All in the Family featured image
 [7:45am]   All in the Family featured image
 [8:20am]   All in the Family featured image
 [8:55am]   All in the Family featured image
 [9:30am]   Contagion
 [12:00pm]   Outbreak
 [3:00pm]   Criminal Minds
 [4:00pm]   Criminal Minds
 [5:00pm]   Criminal Minds
 [6:00pm]   Criminal Minds
 [7:00pm]   Criminal Minds
 [8:00pm]   Criminal Minds
 [9:00pm]   Criminal Minds
 [10:00pm]   Criminal Minds
 [11:00pm]   Criminal Minds
 [12:00am]   Criminal Minds
 [1:00am]   Criminal Minds
 [2:00am]   Criminal Minds
 [3:00am]   No One Saw a Thing - Don't Mess With Skidmore
 [4:00am]   Hap and Leonard: The Two-Bear Mambo - Mambo No. 5
 [5:00am]   Hap and Leonard: The Two-Bear Mambo - Monsoon Mambo    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire', followed by the movie 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1', then the movie 'Wanted'.

RERUN 'Samantha Bee'
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan is Jane Lynch.

TCM spends 24 hours with Joel McCrea
 [ [6:00 AM]      The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
 [7:15 AM]      Bed of Roses (1933)
 [8:45 AM]      Gambling Lady (1934)
 [10:00 AM]      The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
 [11:30 AM]      Dead End (1937)
 [1:15 PM]      Primrose Path (1940)
 [3:00 PM]      Wichita (1955)
 [4:30 PM]      Colorado Territory (1949)
 [6:30 PM]      The Palm Beach Story (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Sullivan's Travels (1942)
 [9:45 PM]      The More the Merrier (1943)
 [11:45 PM]      Union Pacific (1939)
 [2:15 AM]      Ride the High Country (1962)
 [4:15 AM]      Stars in My Crown (1950)

Thursday   -  08/22/19

TCM spends 24 hours with Leila Hyams
 [6:00 AM]      The Idle Rich (1929) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [7:30 AM]      The Bishop Murder Case (1930) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [9:00 AM]      The Girl Said No (1930) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [10:45 AM]      Sins of the Children (1930) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [12:15 PM]      Way For A Sailor (1930) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [1:45 PM]      Gentleman's Fate (1931) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [3:30 PM]      Men Call It Love (1931) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [5:00 PM]      Stepping Out (1931) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [6:30 PM]      Red-Headed Woman (1932) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [8:00 PM]      Freaks (1932) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [9:15 PM]      The Thirteenth Chair (1929) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [10:45 PM]      Way Out West (1930) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [12:15 AM]      The Big House (1930) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [2:00 AM]      Island of Lost Souls (1932) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [3:30 AM]      The Phantom of Paris (1931) [ *Pre-Hayes Code*]
 [4:45 AM]      Yellow Dust (1936)

USA FRESH 'Suits', followed by a FRESH 'Pearson'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from 05/10/90) - John Larroquette, Mark Schiff, and Kurt Thomas.

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


First Film


"They refer to us as the foreigners," says a downbeat employee at the Ohio car glass factory where hundreds of Chinese laborers have come to work, far from their wives, children and homeland.

But the worker in question is American, not Chinese, and is finding life very different under new management after billionaire "Chairman Cao" swept into town to reopen the shuttered, iconic former General Motors factory in 2014.

This is "reverse globalization," say Oscar-nominated directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, who filmed the GM plant's closure in 2008 and returned to chronicle its reopening by Fuyao corporation for the documentary "American Factory."

The film charts a Midwestern rust belt community's journey from optimism at the giant plant's reopening -- bringing back vital jobs -- toward creeping anger and disillusionment as the Chinese management imposes its strict, exhausting demands on workers and sacks those who don't comply.

The all-access look at how both American and Chinese workers, from blue-collar to management, had their lives transformed by powerful global economic forces caught the eyes of none other than Barack and Michelle Obama. The former first couple acquired "American Factory" at January's Sundance Festival, and will release it on Netflix and in select theaters from August 21 as the first offering from their Higher Ground Productions company.




Oscar Thief Will Not Face Charges

Frances McDormand

The man who lifted Frances McDormand's Oscar after the 2018 Academy Awards had his charges dismissed on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office confirmed to TheWrap.

48-year-old Terry Bryant was accused of grabbing the Oscar during the post-ceremony Governors Ball after McDormand set the award down on a table. Bryant picked up the Oscar and posted a since-deleted video of himself with it, only to be charged with felony theft later on.

"The District Attorney's Office today told the court that we are unable to proceed at this time. The defense moved to dismiss the case, and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta dismissed it," read a statement from the D.A.'s office. The exact reasons for why prosecutors did not proceed were not given.

McDormand received the Oscar for her work on the Martin McDonagh film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," giving a speech encouraging actors to demand inclusion riders in their contracts. Inclusion riders are a clause that can be added to an actor or filmmaker's contract requiring a certain level of racial, gender, or LGBT diversity on a project.

Frances McDormand


Newhead News


''Waiting All Day for Sunday Night''

'Sunday Night Football'

Fred Gaudelli knew NBC would have to come up with something grand for this season's ''Sunday Night Football'' opener given this is the NFL's 100th anniversary.

It didn't take long for the show's executive producer to arrive at something as Carrie Underwood came up with the perfect idea.

This season, the show will open with the original ''Waiting All Day for Sunday Night'' song, but this time Underwood will be joined by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett. Jett's band, the Blackhearts, also performs.

A preview of the new opener will air during Sunday's preseason game between Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

''Waiting All Day for Sunday Night'' was adapted from Jett's 1988 hit ''I Hate Myself for Loving You.'' Pink performed it first in 2006, followed by a country version sung by Faith Hill for six seasons and then Underwood, who did her own version from 2013 to 2015.

'Sunday Night Football'



Antitrust Law

Writers Guild

The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who represent them.

The filings are a response to lawsuits filed by three agencies in recent months alleging the Writers Guild has itself violated antitrust law with organized actions in the dispute, including the mass firing of agents by thousands of writers in April.

At issue are so-called packaging fees, where talent agencies combine elements including writers, scripts or actors - most often on television series - and sell them directly to studios as a unit.

Writers have long held that the practice, common for decades in Hollywood, takes money that should rightfully be theirs and puts it in agents' pockets. They are now saying that it violates federal law, in part by agents taking money directly from studios before the writers see it.

"The way this should be working is there should be payment to the employees, and the employee pays commission to their representative," Tony Segall, general counsel for the Writers Guild of America West, told The Associated Press on Monday. "That's not the way it works, which we think is a big problem."

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Hole has been removed from a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMG) over artists' master tapes that were allegedly lost during a 2008 fire, Variety reports. On Friday, the suit was amended "based upon UMG's representations that none of Hole's masters were destroyed (subject to confirmation)."

Soundgarden, Steve Earle and the estates of Tom Petty and Tupac Shakur remain plaintiffs in the amended lawsuit, which accuses UMG of failing to disclose the extent of the damages in the fire and failing to "take reasonable measures to preserve and maintain" the masters. The suit followed a damning New York Times Magazine report in June, which revealed that allegedly more than 500,000 recordings spanning decades were destroyed and that UMG downplayed the extent of the loss to the press in the wake of the fire.

UMG responded to the amended complaint on Monday, in which they also claimed that the original masters for "many of the artists named in the lawsuit were not lost in the 2008 fire." The label also re-stated that its "dedicated global team is actively working directly with our artists and their representatives to provide accurate information concerning the assets we have and what might have been lost in the fire… We will not be distracted from our focus on providing our artists with full transparency even as the plaintiff's attorneys continue to pursue these baseless claims."

Following UMG's response, one of the attorney's involved in the suit, Ed McPherson released a statement to Variety, saying, "Well, isn't it great! After 11 years of assuring artists that basically nothing was lost in the fire, UMG is actually conducting an investigation to what was lost in the fire."

Last month, UMG filed a motion to have the class action lawsuit dismissed, claiming the company has full ownership over any master tapes that were allegedly lost to the fire and argued that the company has no obligation to split insurance and settlement proceeds with the artists. The artists' suit seeks 50 percent of insurance claims and settlement proceeds valued at $150 million in addition to half of any additional losses.

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More than 20 local governments in Texas are facing a coordinated ransomware attack, authorities said.

The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement Saturday that it believes a single source is behind all 23 of the attacks. It didn't name the affected cities or provide details about the attacker's demands.

Texas and federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, are working with the affected cities to try and restore their access.

The attack in Texas is similar to other ransomware attacks that have crippled digital operations in cities around the country in recent years, Elliott Sprehe, a department spokesman, said Tuesday.



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Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognise same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states where they can marry, research released on Wednesday showed.

Most European countries saw a rise in acceptance of same-sex relationships between 2002 and 2016, according to Hungarian researchers who analysed results from the European Social Survey, carried out every two years.

However, Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine all saw acceptance of gay and lesbian people decrease over the 14-year period.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 16 out of 48 European countries, according to ILGA, a Europe-wide LGBT+ advocacy group, while 21 European countries do not allow same-sex marriage or civil partnerships.




In The Antarctic Snow


The rare isotope iron-60 is created in massive stellar explosions. Only a very small amount of this isotope reaches Earth from distant stars. Now, a research team with significant involvement from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered iron-60 in Antarctic snow for the first time. The scientists suggest that the iron isotope comes from the interstellar neighborhood.

The quantity of cosmic dust that trickles down to Earth each year ranges between several thousand and ten thousand tons. Most of the tiny particles come from asteroids or comets within our solar system. However, a small percentage comes from distant stars. There are no natural terrestrial sources for the iron-60 isotope contained therein; it originates exclusively as a result of supernova explosions or through the reactions of cosmic radiation with cosmic dust.

The first evidence of the occurrence of iron-60 on Earth was discovered in deep-sea deposits by a TUM research team 20 years ago. Among the scientists on the team was Dr. Gunther Korschinek, who hypothesized that traces of stellar explosions could also be found in the pure, untouched Antarctic snow. In order to verify this assumption, Dr. Sepp Kipfstuhl from the Alfred Wegener Institute collected 500 kg of snow at the Kohnen Station, a container settlement in the Antarctic, and had it transported to Munich for analysis. There, a TUM team melted the snow and separated the meltwater from the solid components, which were processed at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) using various chemical methods, so that the iron needed for the subsequent analysis was present in the milligram range, and the samples could be returned to Munich.

The research team was able to make a relatively precise determination as to when the iron-60 has been deposited on Earth: The snow layer that was analyzed was not older than 20 years. Moreover, the iron isotope that was discovered did not seem to come from particularly distant stellar explosions, as the iron-60 dust would have dissipated too much throughout the universe if this had been the case. Based on the half-life of iron-60, any atoms originating from the formation of Earth would have completely decayed by now. Koll therefore assumes that the iron-60 in the Antarctic snow originates from the interstellar neighborhood, for example from an accumulation of gas clouds in which our solar system is currently located.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 12-18. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.1 million.
    2. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 7.9 million.
    3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.11 million.
    4. NFL Exhibition Football: Seattle at Minnesota, Fox, 5.3 million.
    5. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 5.06 million.
    6. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 4.76 million.
    7. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 4.72 million.
    8. "The $100,000 Pyramid," ABC, 4.42 million.
    9. "NCIS," CBS, 4.4 million.
   10. "America's Funniest Home Videos," ABC, 4.37 million.
   11. "Bachelor in Paradise" (Monday), ABC, 4.35 million.
   12. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 4.23 million.
   13. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 4.21 million.
   14. "Bachelor in Paradise" (Tuesday), ABC, 4.09 million.
   15. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 4.04 million.
   16. "Dateline NBC" (Monday), NBC, 4 million.
   17. "FBI," CBS, 3.91 million.
   18. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 3.75 million.
   19. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 3.61 million.
   20. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 3.6 million.







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