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26 October, 2016

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M Is FOR MASHUP - October 26th, 2016

Astro Mashups From The Institute of Bootleggers

By DJ Useo

Here you go with more nifty blends. This time it's a smart disc of 19 newly posted audio gems from 19 popular mashup producers. There's all kinds of styles contained, & all display the bootlegger in a finest kind light. Everyone dips into the sounds they love, & the results are most telling.

Currently, I think I'm the most familiar with this set of tunes, after compiling, & mastering them, I've enjoyed them all many times. This places me in a strong position of confidence in stating that this lives up to the promise of earlier IOB comps.

In my mind, the source artists used are important choices, but the mixer is of paramount importance. Featured on this discs worth of delights are folk like DJ's From Mars, MightyMike, SkiBiLiBoP, XaM, & many more. Everybody is refined in their approach with many years of honed skills on display.

On top of who mixed, there's also the lure of who they mixed, artists like Bruno Mars, Ke$ha, The Weeknd, all pared with stars like Chicago, The Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, James Brown, & Die Antwoord. It's like putting all your faves in a blender that makes the world's greatest beverage.

In the flood of the modern mashup scene, this collection allows a swell overview of whats occurring right now, & those who are doing it. The collection comes with animated gif cover, single covers of each cut, full text & mastering from me, which I think is pretty good. I thought I was doing a fine job of mastering already, but recent advances in production software affords me an even better chance of giving you only the best listening experience. Personally, I saved the uncompressed files for my personal listening, but I think you'll find these among the best mp3's available.

Obtain your copy of "Institute Of Bootleggers - Astro Mashups" through mirror links found here at the Institute Of Bootleggers blog ( )

There's also many other mashup collections still available on the blog, if you want to stock up for winter. Current plans call for the next IOB comp to appear in December. As always, they come gratis to all. Tips are welcome.


Do us bootleggers a fave, & share the comp if you like it. Catch you all next week.

Bonus Show - "DJ Useo - Halloween 2016 Live Set" is an all Halloween mashups by me show. It was recorded live over MIXLR, & also contains some new Halloween comedy skits I wrote & performed with aid from DJ Petrushka. The entire one hour broadcast can be streamed, or downloaded here.
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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Jordan Crucchiola: The Best Place for Women in Action Movies Is Next to Tom Cruise (Slate)
In none of these movies do Cruise's characters suffer from having a female equal. And the films themselves are often better as a result, as the strength of his female leads move them further away from the genre's reliable formulas. You get the sense that, as he approaches 60 Cruise is more than happy to share the responsibility of anchoring a blockbuster action movie.

Bilge Ebiri: It's Time to Start Liking Tom Cruise Again (Vulture)
Watch Edge of Tomorrow, and it's amazing how effectively Cruise goes from slick PR shark to desperate coward to bewildered foot soldier to tormented action hero. The film looks like a mindless sci-fi flick, and it's certainly loads of fun, but the range it asks of Tom Cruise the actor is actually kind of staggering.

Roger Ebert: Review of Cat People (1942), a Great Movie
Cat People is constructed almost entirely out of fear. There wasn't a budget for much of anything else. It exists on eight or nine sets, the running time is only 73 minutes, it has few special effects, there are no major stars, the violence is implied or dreaded but not much seen. Yet the film, made as a B picture for only $135,000, became RKO's top grosser for 1942, bringing in $4 million, compared to the studio's "Citizen Kane" at $500,000 in 1941.

Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE: "9 Ways to Increase Your 'Good' HDL Cholesterol" (Nutrition Authority)
Having high HDL levels helps carry cholesterol from your arteries to your liver, where it can be used or excreted. Having high levels of HDL also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.

Paul Mason: Gett off! Why Prince's archive is an act of defiance against pop industry capitalism (The Guardian)
The singer took control over his recordings like no other star, leaving behind a vault which could trickle out over a century - beginning with a reissue of Purple Rain. So, why didn't he put anyone in charge of it?

Michele Hanson: Solder on: we need men to keep getting vasectomies (The Guardian)
More of a soldering than a 'snip', vasectomies are a breeze compared to the terrible things women have to undergo.

Robin Warder, Janel Comeau, Tara Marie: 11 Legitimately Haunting Unsolved Murders (Part 1) (Cracked)
Lots of you are too old and jaded to be kept awake at night by ghost stories and implausible urban legends. No, this time of year, you need the real shit. So, as a Halloween treat, we've collected a shitload of cases that ran cold because they were too weird, too convoluted, or too obviously haunted to be solved.

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Trivia Question of the Day

What color cat is considered good luck in Britain and Japan?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

The Maneki-neko is a common Japanese figurine which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. What kind of animal is the Maneki-neko?

       Cat                                                      Source

The maneki-neko (Japanese, literally "beckoning cat") is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed in-often at the entrance of-shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. The maneki-neko is sometimes also called the welcoming cat, lucky cat, money cat, happy cat, beckoning cat, or fortune cat in English.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   A Cat.

mj replied:
   They creep me out
  And I like kitties. It's those weird cats.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Adam answered:
   Is it that waving cat?'s that waving cat.

John I from Hawai`i says,

Deborah responded:
   Money cat? Hello Kitty? It's raining and I don't know.
  Befuddled by weather...only in California.

Joe S     wrote:
   Hello Kitty

Randall replied:
   In Japan, the Maneki Neko is the most popular decoration at the entrances of homes and in store windows. The people of Japan use them as mascots, to bring good fortune, invite happiness, and bring prosperity to businesses.
  White Lucky Cat: invites happiness.
  Golden Lucky Cat: brings intense wealth.
  Black Lucky Cat: gets rid of bad lucks.
  Cat raising its left hand: invites customers to business.
  Cat raising right hand: invites prosperity.
  Calico Cat: Traditionaly considered to be the luckiest cat
  Bandana cat collar and bell: Symbol of abundance

DJ Useo took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

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

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 26 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 26 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Click here: Technology is a malevolent tool for dehumanization in 'Black Mirror'

Benson: What Trump really said in Gettysburg

Trump TV launches on Facebook: live from New York, it's the far right | US news | The Guardian

Watch Donald Trump whip his crowd into an angry mob and turn them on the media at his rally

Trump Surges Ahead of Clinton in Poll Conducted by His Brain - The New Yorker

Report: Donald Trump "total f*cking beast" at coke-fueled sex parties

Deepak Chopra Breaks Down Everything That's Spiritually Wrong With Donald Trump | Huffington Post

Glenn Beck Says Trump Is A 'Frightening' Sociopath | Huffington Post

Donald Trump Never Paid For Ryan White's HIV Treatment, His Mom Says | Huffington Post

Lots Of Christians Support Trump. Why Are Mormons Skeptical? : NPR

Not Fit To Print? When Politicians Talk Dirty, Media Scramble To Sanitize : NPR

How Lipton Built An Empire By Selling 'Farm To Table' Tea : The Salt : NPR

October Surprises: Trump's Child Sex Trafficking is Finally Becoming a Major Story

The Fleeing Nones - Real Time with Bill Maher Blog

Inspired by nature: the thrilling new science that could transform medicine | Laura Parker | Science | The Guardian

John Candy Remembered: His Children Share New Stories About Their Late Father On Eve of Birthday | Hollywood Reporter

Thanks, Michelle!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Temp

A Taco Bell PAC Maxed Out Its Giving to the Trump Campaign | FWx

Donald Trump Never Paid For Ryan White's HIV Treatment, His Mom Says | Huffington Post

Felon who tried to blackmail David Letterman now working for pro-Trump filmmaker James O'Keefe

Trump acted like 'total f*cking beast' at coke-fueled parties with teen girls: report

Trump Tower Site Tour

Trump's incredible shrinking map - POLITICO

16 Donald Trump GIFs you cannot unsee | Fusion

This is why they have such hate: Coulter, Trump, Carson and the real history behind right-wing intolerance -

Donald Trump's $100 Million Money Bomb Is a Dud - The Daily Beast

Donald Trump Recalled Hitting On Kelly Preston In A Note About Her Son's Death | Huffington Post

Wayne Allyn Root: Trump Never Groped Women Because He's 'One Of The Handsomest Billionaires That's Ever Lived' | Right Wing Watch

Where will Donald Trump's violent and dangerous rhetoric lead after Nov. 8? -

Donald Trump Insult Generator

AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit - The Daily Beast



Halloween Costumes

The Monkey Buddha

Hi Marty,

For a Halloween party last weekend, my fiancée had the idea for me to dress up as Trump, with her being a "cat" for him to to grab. ;)

I thought you might get a kick out of it.

"The Monkey Buddha"

Thanks, Paul!
I like the way your fiancée thinks!



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

Last week, the kid & I wandered up the alley out back and found some passion plants passing as weeds, so we took some cuttings and brought them home.

Today we saw a couple of baby Gulf Fritillary caterpillars on the new cuttings.

Woo hoo! Back in the butterfly business!

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Joel McHale, Abbi Jacobson, and Jon Glaser.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Ewan McGregor, Isla Fisher, and Niall Horan.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Blindspot', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Justin Timberlake, Tracey Ullman, and Stanaj.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Kate Beckinsale and Colin Hanks.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Tricia Helfer, Temples, and Trevante Rhodes.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'Speechless', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Designated Survivor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Andrew Garfield, Mario Batali, and Conor Oberst.

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

Faux fills the night with Game 2 of the 'World Series', then pads the left coast with local crap.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.

A&E has the movie 'Child's Play 2', followed by the movie 'Child's Play 3', then the movie 'Bride Of Chucky'.

AMC offers

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 7
 [7:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 8
 [8:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 1
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 1-The Magician's Apprentice-Part 1
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 2-The Witch's Familiar-Part 2
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Time's Arrow (Part 1)
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Too Short a Season
 [8:00PM]    TROY (2004)
 [11:30PM]    THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', 2½ hours of old 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by a FRESH 'Don't Be Tardy ...', another 'Don't Be Tardy ...', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'South Park', then a FRESH 'Legends Of Chamberlain Heights'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show are John Della Volpe and Phil Collins.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, and Nico Santos.

FX has the movie 'The Purge', followed by the movie 'The Purge: Anarchy', then a FRESH 'American Horror Story'.

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

IFC  -   
 [7:30AM]    THE MIST
 [2:30PM]    THE MIST
 [5:15PM]    HOSTEL
 [7:15PM]    ORPHAN
 [10:00PM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid
 [1:00AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid
 [2:01AM]    ORPHAN
 [4:45AM]    CAT GIRL    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Hoorah
 [7:04AM]    Rectify-Thrill Ride
 [8:08AM]    Rectify-Sown With Salt
 [9:12AM]    Rectify-Girl Jesus
 [10:16AM]    Rectify-The Future
 [11:20AM]    Rectify-The Source
 [12:30PM]    G.I. Jane
 [3:30PM]    2012
 [7:00PM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [10:00PM]    Rectify-A House Divided
 [11:04PM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [2:02AM]    Rectify-A House Divided
 [3:06AM]    The Last of the Mohicans
 [5:36AM]    Rectify-A House Divided    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has 'Ghost Hunters', another 'Ghost Hunters', followed by a FRESH 'Ghost Hunters', then a FRESH 'Paranormal Witness'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Elijah Wood, Joy Bryant, and Tove Lo.

 [6:00 AM]      The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (1965)    [AKA: 'The Aztec Mummy Against the Humanoid Robot']
 [7:15 AM]      The Time Machine (1960)
 [9:00 AM]      Time After Time (1979)
 [11:00 AM]      Time Bandits (1981)
 [1:00 PM]      The Ice Pirates (1984)
 [2:45 PM]      Satellite in the Sky (1956)
 [4:15 PM]      Logan's Run (1975)
 [6:15 PM]      Soylent Green (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      The Last Hurrah (1958)
 [10:15 PM]      All the President's Men (1976)
 [12:45 AM]      The Best Man (1964)
 [2:45 AM]      The Candidate (1972)
 [4:45 AM]      Hollywood Without Make-Up (1966)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Thursday   -  10/27/16

 [6:00 AM]      Three Comrades (1938)
 [7:45 AM]      3 Godfathers (1949)
 [9:45 AM]      Three on a Match (1932)
 [11:00 AM]      Design For Living (1933)
 [12:45 PM]      Some Like It Hot (1959)
 [3:00 PM]      Sabrina (1954)
 [5:30 PM]      Georgy Girl (1966)
 [7:15 PM]      MGM is on the Move! (1964)    [AKA: 'MGM 40th Anniversary']
 [8:00 PM]      The China Syndrome (1979)
 [10:15 PM]      The Way We Were (1973)
 [12:30 AM]      The Thin Man (1934)
 [2:15 AM]      Joe (1970)
 [4:15 AM]      Sounder (1972)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Hugh Laurie during his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony on October 25, 2016 in Hollywood, California, where Laurie was the recipient of the 2,593rd Walk of Fame Star in the category of Television
Photo by Frederic J. Brown


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Paisley Park Museum Can Open Permanently


Prince's Paisley Park recording studio and home will begin operating as a permanent museum this week, following a Minnesota city council rezoning vote.

The Chanhassen City Council signed off on the rezoning request Monday, but also will require a traffic study to address concerns from council members and residents about pedestrian safety, traffic and parking, the Star Tribune reported.

Earlier this month, the council tabled the request by the trust company overseeing the late superstar's estate, a move that nearly delayed the museum's Oct. 6 opening before a temporary operating permit was granted.

The museum's website said tours will begin again Friday.



Hugh Laurie listens as Stephen Fry speaks at Laurie's Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony on October 25, 2016 in Hollywood, California
Photo by Frederic J. Brown


U.S. Geological Survey


The third-largest earthquake in Oklahoma was likely triggered by underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production, the U.S. Geological Survey found in a report issued Monday.

The magnitude 5.1 quake that struck northwest of Fairview in February was likely induced by distant disposal wells, the agency said. The USGS report indicated that in the area around where the Fairview quake occurred, the volume of fluid injected had increased sevenfold over three years.

The Fairview temblor had been the largest in the central and eastern U.S. since a magnitude 5.7 quake hit near Prague in 2011. In September, the largest earthquake in the state struck near Pawnee with a magnitude 5.8. The relationship between that quake and wastewater injection is still being studied.

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey last year suggested that the sharp rise in earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past 100 years had likely been the result of industrial activities in the energy-rich state, such as oil and natural gas production.

In response to research suggesting a wastewater disposal-earthquake link, state regulators have ordered the shutdown of some disposal wells and asked producers to reduce disposal volumes in earthquake-prone regions of the state.



Newhead News


Asked To Withhold Weedkiller Documents


The World Health Organization's cancer agency - which is facing criticism over how it classifies carcinogens - advised academic experts on one of its review panels not to disclose documents they were asked to release under United States freedom of information laws.

In a letter and an email seen by Reuters, officials from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cautioned scientists who worked on a review in 2015 of Monsanto's weedkiller glyphosate against releasing requested material.

The review, published in March 2015, concluded glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic", putting IARC at odds with regulators around the world. Critics say they want the documents to find out more about how IARC reached its conclusion. "IARC is the sole owner of such materials," IARC told the experts. "IARC requests you and your institute not to release any (such) documents".

Asked about its actions, the agency told Reuters on Tuesday it was seeking to protect its work from external interference and defending its panels' freedom to debate evidence openly and critically.

In recent years IARC, a semi-autonomous unit of the WHO based in Lyon, France, has caused controversy over whether such things as coffee, mobile phones, red and processed meat, and chemicals like glyphosate cause cancer.



US author Paul Beatty poses for a photo in London on October 24, 2016. Paul Beatty became the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize -- the world's most prestigious English-language literary award -- for his novel "The Sellout".
Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas


Battle Lines Harden


Pro- and anti-whaling nations clashed at a key meeting Monday where Japan sought to ease a 30-year-old moratorium on commercial hunts while others pushed for an Atlantic whale sanctuary.

Host Slovenia urged compromise the sake of the marine mammals -- some species of which were hunted to near-extinction in the 20th century -- but member states of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) soon split into familiar factions.

Japan, which conducts a yearly whale hunt in the name of science, which its detractors say is for meat, insisted that stocks of some species have recovered sufficiently to make them fair game.

Japan's yearly hunt is a recurring and deeply divisive issue at the 88-member IWC's biennial gatherings.

The organisation's 66th meeting, scheduled to run until Friday, opened in the Adriatic resort of Portoroz on Monday.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Reporter Sues


A reporter suing over Missouri's refusal to allow him to witness an execution isn't constitutionally guaranteed a right to see someone put to death, the state argued in asking a federal judge to throw out the case.

The state, in a court filing last week, also said that it has legal immunity from lawsuits such as Buzzfeed News reporter Christopher McDaniel's case filed in August against George Lombardi, overseer of Missouri's prison system.

McDaniel countered that someone volunteers to witness an execution, and courts have acknowledged it's unconstitutional to deprive someone from volunteering, saying they're exercising their free-speech rights.

McDaniel, a former St. Louis public radio reporter whose stories have been critical of Missouri's death penalty procedures, applied in January 2014 to be a witness "to ensure that executions are carried out in a constitutional manner." But McDaniel never got a response, and 17 executions have been carried out since by the state, where 26 inmates are on death row. The next scheduled execution is Jan. 31.

The state, in response to McDaniel's lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, said that "McDaniel is asking this court to go where no court has gone before: declare that watching an execution is a 'benefit' from the government." There's no authority for that "or that McDaniel has a property interest or a liberty interest in watching Missouri carry out an execution," the dismissal motion read.



Teepees and numerous tents are set up Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, by Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters in southern North Dakota on property owned by the pipeline company. Protesters say they have treaty rights to the land from the 1800s.
Photo by Blake Nicholson


'New Era of Climate Reality'

Carbon Dioxide

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record-high level, ushering in a "new era of climate reality," according to the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The global average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a milestone of 400 parts per million in 2015, the first time since modern record-keeping began in 1960, according to the WMO.

In 2016, the global carbon dioxide concentration rose even higher, breaking a new record, the U.N. group added.

Although carbon dioxide levels have reached 400 parts per million in the past in isolated locations and times, 2015 was the first year that the global average levels for the entire year reached the 400 parts per million mark, according to the report.

The WMO predicts that the carbon dioxide concentrations will stay above this threshold for the entirety of 2016, "and not dip below that level for many generations."

Carbon Dioxide


ESA French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, left, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, center, and U.S. astronaut Peggy Annette Whitson pose for a photo before their final preflight practical examination in a mock-up of a Soyuz space craft at Russian Space Training Center in Star City, outside Moscow, Russia, Oct. 25, 2016. The three are the next crew scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a Russian made Soyuz MS-03 space craft.
Photo by Ivan Sekretarev


'Dirty War' Archive


The Vatican and Argentina's bishops have finished cataloguing their archives from the country's "dirty war" and will soon make them available to victims and their relatives who have long accused church members of complicity with the military dictatorship. The 3,000 files being released, though, are a fraction of the documentation believed to be in the possession of the Argentine church.

A joint statement Tuesday by the Vatican and the Argentine bishops' conference said the process of digitizing the archives had been completed and that procedures to access the information would be forthcoming. No date was set, and the opening for now is restricted to victims, detainees, their relatives and the religious superiors of victims who were priests or nuns.

Official estimates say between 7,600-13,000 people were killed or disappeared in a government-sponsored crackdown on leftist dissidents during Argentina's 1976-1983 "dirty war." Human rights activists believe the real number was as high as 30,000.

The statement said the decision to open the church's archives was taken at the express direction of Pope Francis, "in the service of truth, justice and peace."

Francis - then the Rev. Jorge Mario Bergoglio - was the young Jesuit superior in Argentina during the military dictatorship, making his decision to open the archives all the more remarkable. The Argentine bishops' conference, which Bergoglio headed until 2011, began cataloguing the archives soon after his term ended.



An Indian tribal man wearing traditional headgear and dress attends the inauguration of the first National Tribal Carnival in New Delhi, India, Oct. 25, 2016. The Indian prime minister Modi inaugurated event held to promote tribal culture in the country. More than 1,600 tribal artists and around 8,000 tribal delegates from across the country will participate in the five-day-long carnival.
Photo by Harish Tyagi


Glacier Underminded

West Antarctic Ice Sheet

A subversive influx of mild, dense salt water is undermining the vast ice shelves of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and threatening to destabilize the entire region, thereby raising sea levels worldwide by at least four, and possibly as much as 15 feet.

A new study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, found that three glaciers that are part of the Dotson and Crosson ice shelves exhibited significant amounts of ice loss and glacier retreat since 2002, with one of the glaciers losing a staggering 1,607 feet of solid ice during the period.

The role of seawater in Antarctic ice melt may seem counterintuitive at first, since global warming conjures up images of warmer temperatures melting ice from above.

But scientists have learned that both the air and the sea are conspiring against many ice shelves around the Poles, thinning them from above and below, and causing them to retreat inland, destabilizing the land-based glaciers they help keep in check, like a doorstop.

Some Antarctic glaciers that end in floating ice shelves, such as the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica, have retreated to the point where they may already be in the midst of runaway melting that will destabilize larger parts of the ice sheet over the coming decades to centuries.

West Antarctic Ice Sheet


An Indian artist applies color on earthen lamps ahead of Diwali festival in Calcutta, India, Oct. 25, 2016. Diya is a small earthen lamp primarily lit during Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Also known as 'deep', diya is traditionally made of clay. During Diwali, the earthen lamps are used for illuminating the entire home and premises. The diya is filled with ghee or oil.
Photo by Piyal Adhikary


Prime Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 17-23. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: Seattle at Arizona, NBC, 17.71 million.
    2. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 17.03 million.
    3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 15.99 million.
    4. "NCIS," CBS, 14.77 million.
    5. NFL Football: Chicago at Green Bay, CBS, 14.202 million.
    6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.196 million.
    7. "Bull," CBS, 12.29 million.
    8. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 12.01 million.
    9. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 11.4 million.
   10. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.38 million.
   11. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.55 million.
   12. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.54 million.
   13. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.03 million.
   14. Major League Baseball NLCS: Los Angeles at Chicago, Game 6, Fox Sports, 9.706 million.
   15. "This is Us," NBC, 9.705 million.
   16. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.53 million.
   17. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 9.51 million.
   18. "Football Night in America," NBC, 9.15 million.
   19. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 9.04 million.
   20. "Presidential Debate Analysis," Fox News Channel, 8.66 million.




Pelicans are seen at the Delhi Zoological park in New Delhi, India, Oct. 22, 2016. According to reports, several birds were found dead, including migratory birds, since last week in Delhi and some tested positive for H5 Avian Influenza Virus or bird flu at Zoological park in New Delhi.
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