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8 November, 2017

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M Is FOR MASHUP - November 8th, 2017

Best of MatzeMix

By DJ Useo

One of the very current home producers that rock our world is MatzeMix. I hear his new works quite often, including on various bootleg radio programs. We often hang out in similar circles, & I've found that in addition to his advanced mixing skills, he's a friendly, & intelligent person. All of that adds up to increased pleasure with his newly released album " Best of MatzeMix" ( ) . MatzeMix's single tracks leave a swath of searing satisfaction, but when you get a big batch all at once, the achievement becomes percievably apparent.

In an advertising coup, the new album was premiered on the world's most successful mashup radio show, "Kopimi Radio w/ Mazanga Von Badman". I was fortunate to be in the group chat during the live broadcast, & got to interact with one happy bunch of listeners. Often, the success of a new release is largely due to listeners sharing the links around with each other. The album can be wonderful, but still fail if people don't tell each other about it. "Best of MatzeMix" doesn't seem to be suffering in that respect.

Bastard pop albums tend to be slightly more challenging than some people can handle, what with the general contrast of styles within one track. Matze's album addresses this by displaying an overwhelmingly appealing manner throughout. Sure, there's plenty of genre clash, except MatzeMix blends them for maximum satisfaction. The flavor he achieves is one that would seem to compell the larger audience.

On this album you'll find cuts like "Sirius Kryptonite" ( Alan Parsons Project vs 3 Doors Down ), "Just The Crazy Way You Are" ( Madonna vs Bruno Mars ), & "Aventura" ( Marcela Gandara vs Mr. Big vs Kings Of Leon vs Fall Out Boy vs Black Eyed Peas vs Boston ). In addition to the 15 tracks, there's an incredibly-fine bonus track called "MatzeMix 13 Sources Mashup" that's worth the allocation of this collection all on it's own.

You can stream or download the Kopimi Radio show here ( ) & the zip file of MatzeMix's album has mirror links here ( )

I just love a new mashup album, how about you?



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Trump, Gillespie and the Same Old Party (NY Times Column)
Trumpism has taken over the G.O.P. because the party was mostly already there.

Garrison Keillor: Donald Trump is done (Chicago Tribune)
When his old campaign manager was indicted Monday, Mr. Trump called me on the phone, crying like a baby, and begged me to endorse him. I said, "You're already president, Mr. President. You were elected." He said, "I'd still like your endorsement." I have a recording of the phone call. It's so sad. Donald Trump is done. He couldn't get elected dogcatcher in New York, his hometown. I was very very nice about it. Very nice. But New Yorkers love dogs and he does not. There are 14 recorded instances of him kicking small dogs, and I have documentary proof of all but two of them.

Josh Marshall: Trump and the Authoritarianism of Fails (TPM)
Over the last four days President Trump has made a series of statements demanding his Justice Department 'investigate' Hillary Clinton and other Democratic enemies. These demands aren't entirely new. But by their specificity, repetition and speed they represent a new departure in demands for extra-legal action and rule. We should note that Trump is increasingly acting like a dictator or would be strong man.

Lucy Mangan: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe review - surveillance and survival in dystopian London (The Guardian)
Although I'm an almost lifelong fan of dystopian fiction, ever since accidentally picking up Nineteen Eighty-Four at the age of 10, I find it harder to read now that the gap between it and reality is closing by the day. Dystopias these days read like terrifying premonitions with just enough notice of doom to give your loved ones a kiss goodbye before the apocalypse hits.

Alison Flood: 'We're told to be grateful we even have readers': pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series (The Guardian)
With 4m or 17% of all online ebooks being pirated, novelists including Maggie Stiefvater and Samantha Shannon say theft by fans puts their books at risk.

Lucy Mangan: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor review - mental health advice that felt like good old-fashioned common sense (The Guardian)
Stressed? Depressed? The medical magazine show urged us to get out in the fresh air and eat our greens. Plus: culinary delights on the Italian coast.

Steve Rose: Justice League: why the only thing dying in blockbusters is our sense of excitement (The Guardian)
How the lucrative superhero franchise has killed off the concept of killing off

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Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

Michael Jackson's first number-one single, domestically and internationally, was an ode to a rodent. What is the title of this love song?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This Canadian-born American comedian pioneered a style of social satire which pokes fun at political and current event topics using improvised monologues and only a newspaper as a prop. He made his professional stage debut at San Francisco's hungry i nightclub in 1953, and in 1960 he became the first comedian to have a cover story in Time magazine. What is his name?

       Mort Sahl                                                      Source

Morton Lyon "Mort" Sahl (born May 11, 1927) is a Canadian-born American comedian and social satirist, considered by filmmaker Robert B. Weide to be the first modern stand-up comedian since Will Rogers, a humorist in the early 20th century. Sahl pioneered a style of social satire which pokes fun at political and current event topics using improvised monologues and only a newspaper as a prop.

Sahl spent his early years in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he made his professional stage debut at the hungry i nightclub in 1953. His popularity grew quickly, and after a year at the club he traveled the country doing shows at established nightclubs, theaters and college campuses. In 1960 he became the first comedian to have a cover story written about him by Time magazine. He appeared on various television shows, played a number of film roles, and performed a one-man show on Broadway.

Television host Steve Allen claimed that Sahl was "the only real political philosopher we have in modern comedy." His social satire performances broke new ground in live entertainment, as a stand-up comic talking about the real world of politics at that time was considered "revolutionary." It inspired many later comics to become stage comedians, including Lenny Bruce, Jonathan Winters, George Carlin and Woody Allen. Allen credits Sahl's new style of humor with "opening up vistas for people like me.":

Numerous politicians became his fans, with John F. Kennedy asking him to write his jokes for campaign speeches. After Kennedy's assassination in 1963, however, Sahl became obsessed with what he saw as the Warren Report's inaccuracy and conclusions, and spoke about it often during his shows. This alienated much of his audience and led to a decline in his popularity for the remainder of the 1960s. By the 1970s, however, his shows and popularity staged a partial comeback which continues to the present. A biography of Sahl, Last Man Standing, by James Curtis, was released in 2017.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   This is a hard one. Mort Sahl would be about the right age, and I seem to remember his using a newspaper as a prop, so I'll go with him.

Randall wrote:
   At first I thought "Lenny Bruce" but I'm pretty sure Bruce was born here in America...
  Then it hit me: gotta be Mort Sahl

Alan J answered:
   Mort Sahl.

mj said:
   Without looking
  Mort Sahl.

JS replied:
   That's be Mort Sahl
  "A group of veterans set out to rob a bank... which is a reversal of the Social Order as we have come to know it..."
  "... once, again, illustrating the dichotomy of guilt in society..."
  Poor Mort got bogged down trying to unravel the killing of JFK, though...

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Mort Sahl

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Mort Sahl."

Adam answered:
   Umm...prob Lenny Bruce.

Gene wrote:
   It's Mort Sahl.

Daniel in The City said:
   Mort Sahl

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   I think it's Mort Saul, who I didn't know was Canadian. When I was a kid, he would be on TV, always pointing out the absurdity of politics and other current events.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
   Mort Sahl…Mom and Dad saw him a few times in the City…always liked his irreverence

zorch wrote:
   Mort Sahl, the least funny comedian of all time.

Billy in Cypress said:
   Morton Lyon "Mort" Sahl

Joe S     answered:
   This quiz had me stumped, all my guesses turned out wrong. So I looked it up, and when I discovered it was Mort Sahl, I said, "Of course. I knew it all along."

Stephen F took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Gary E.K. took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   wrote:

  November 8 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 8 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Saudi Money Fuels the Tech Industry. It's Time to Ask Why. - The New York Times

Offshore cash helped fund Steve Bannon's attacks on Hillary Clinton | News | The Guardian

The heartbreaking stupidity of America's gun laws | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

My travels in white America - a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain | US news | The Guardian

US polygamist detained in Mexico as police investigate deaths of three teens | World news | The Guardian

Disney ends blackout of LA Times after boycott from media outlets | Film | The Guardian releases sweeping 600-story timeline of Trump-Russia ties going back to 1979

UPDATE: 4 major critics groups join together to protest Disney's attacks on the freedom of the press

House Republican on tax cuts bill: 'Who cares' about voters, this is all about the donors

The Texas Shooter Was Called A Liberal, Antifa Communist Working With ISIS - Before Anyone Knew Anything | HuffPost

The seven Republican super-donors who keep money in tax havens | News | The Guardian

Big Meat and Big Dairy's climate emissions put Exxon Mobil to shame | Juliette Majot and Devlin Kuyek | Opinion | The Guardian

New '60 Minutes' shows shocking footage of the cracks in the Millennium Tower basement - SFGate

What an enormous night! Democrats rack up massive victories in Virginia's House of Delegates
     .. as the arc of history bends toward justice..

RWNJ gets smacked down on Twitter for asking "how do we prepare the children" for Danica Roem's win!

Ushering in the "Trump Effect" (formerly known as the Kiss of Death)

Thanks, Michelle!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Republican House Members Think a $450K Salary is Middle Class

Bannon Protégée Gets a New Job in the White House-and It's Not Going Well

British regulator: Fox News broke UK bias rules | TheHill

He Was a Professional Climate Denier. Then He Switched Sides. - Mother Jones

Explore The Influencers: US president Donald Trump's allies in the Paradise Papers

Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump

Report: Trump Told Tribal Leaders To 'Just Do It' And Ignore Drilling Laws - Talking Points Memo

How Twitter Secretly Benefits From Bots and Fake Accounts

Did Don Jr. Just Sink His Dad's Russia Defense? | Vanity Fair

Here's why the Texas church shooting is getting a different reaction from the attack in New York - ThinkProgress

America doesn't have more crime than other rich countries. It just has more guns. - Vox

Clowns and Imbeciles and Spies and Paul Manafort - Talking Points Memo

Paul Krugman: The GOP Has Been the Party of White Nationalism for Decades | Alternet

The guy Trump picked to run NASA pals around with hate groups - VICE News

Daily Caller fires opinion editor over Milo controversy | TheHill

Here's How A False Conspiracy Theory About The Texas Shooter Being Antifa Went Viral

Seth Meyers Tries to Get a Message to Trump Through the President's Favorite Accessory | Alternet

The DNC "cancer" is Donna Brazile.

The Curious Timing of Kushner's visit to KSA and the U.S.' EITI Exit - emptywheel

The Saudi Royal Purge-with Trump's Consent | The New Yorker

Pandering to Racists Won't Get Democrats Anywhere | The Nation

"They're in a World of Shit": Inside Ivanka and Jared's First Year in Washington

Systematic voter suppression - not 'voter fraud' - is the real cause for concern | Southern Poverty Law Center

Prince Alwaleed, Donald Trump, and the Era of Regression and Dictatorship | Vanity Fair

Trump's global ignorance on display: "This isn't a guns situation" -



Team Coco


Jon Stewart Gives Conan The NYC Citizenship Test

#ConanNYC Highlight: Jon Stewart stops by to quiz Conan on his Big Apple bonafides and announce Conan's new Omaze experience in conjunction with Night of Too Many Stars.



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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

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

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





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Think that if Bart was around he'd offer up shots of Chinaco for the elections in VA & NJ.

I'm not much of a drinker - definitely prefer god's flowers. Wish I had some - it's been a long time.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'SEAL Team', then a FRESH 'Criminal Minds'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Norman Reedus, Sean Astin, and Pat McGann.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Saoirse Ronan, and Billy Corgan.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Blacklist', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 10/25/17) are Jessica Alba, JB Smoove, and Kevin Delaney.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Hillary Rodham Clinton, Will Ferrell, and Nathan Davilmar.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Michael McKean, Filthy Friends, and Mythbusters.

ABC fills the night with the FRESH 'The 51st Annual CMA Awards'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Jesse Williams and Luke Combs.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Riverdale', followed by a FRESH 'Dynasty'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Empire', followed by a FRESH 'Star'.

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'Dateline'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Ozzie & Jack's World Detour'.

AMC offers the movie 'Moneyball', followed by the movie 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring'.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-42
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Counterpoint
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Latent Image
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Bride of Chaotica
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Gravity
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Dark Frontier, Pt. 1
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Dark Frontier, Pt. 2
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Disease
 [8:00PM]    CASINO ROYALE (2006)
 [11:00PM]    CASINO ROYALE (2006)
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Dark Frontier, Pt. 1
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Dark Frontier, Pt. 2
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Disease     (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NJ', another 'Real Housewives Of NJ', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NJ', 'Real Housewives Of NJ', 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 'Broad City'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Kenneth Branagh.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is Jon Lovett.

FX has the movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', followed by the movie 'Taken 3', then the movie 'Taken 3', again.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ty Burrell
 [6:15AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-I'm Gleaning My Coven
 [6:45AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Black Hat Society Part 1
 [7:15AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Black Hat Society Part 2
 [3:45PM]    HOT ROD
 [10:00PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Curse of the Werepony
 [10:30PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Girls' Night
 [11:00PM]    HOT ROD
 [1:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Curse of the Werepony
 [1:30AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Girls' Night
 [2:00AM]    SAW IV
 [4:00AM]    SAW V     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    All in the Family-Archie and the Editorial
 [6:35AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Fraud
 [7:10AM]    All in the Family-Gloria and the Riddle
 [7:45AM]    The Ledge
 [10:00AM]    The Amityville Horror
 [12:30PM]    The Others
 [3:00PM]    The Sixth Sense
 [5:30PM]    Titanic
 [10:00PM]    The A Word
 [11:20PM]    Rosehaven-Episode 3
 [11:55PM]    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
 [1:55AM]    The A Word
 [3:15AM]    Rosehaven-Episode 3
 [3:50AM]    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
 [5:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy Discovers America     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Skyfall', followed by the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End'.

FRESH 'Samantha Bee'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Bill Clinton and Jack Whitehall.

TCM spends 24 hours with the pride of Indiana, PA, James Stewart
 [6:30 AM]      Navy Blue and Gold (1937)
 [8:15 AM]      Born to Dance (1936)
 [10:15 AM]      Small Town Girl (1936)
 [12:15 PM]      It's a Wonderful World (1939)
 [1:45 PM]      The Shopworn Angel (1938)
 [3:30 PM]      Of Human Hearts (1938)
 [5:30 PM]      You Can't Take It With You (1938)
 [8:00 PM]      The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
 [10:00 PM]      The Mortal Storm (1940)
 [12:00 AM]      The Philadelphia Story (1940)
 [2:00 AM]      Call Northside 777 (1948)
 [4:00 AM]      The Stratton Story (1949)

Thursday   -  11/09/17

 [6:00 AM]      The Big Parade (1925)    SILENT 
 [8:45 AM]      Chimes at Midnight (1965)
 [10:45 AM]      The Dirty Dozen (1967)
 [2:00 PM]      The Steel Helmet (1951)
 [3:30 PM]      The Burmese Harp (1956)
 [5:30 PM]      They Were Expendable (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
 [10:30 PM]      Kismet (1944)
 [12:30 AM]      Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
 [2:00 AM]      Auntie Mame (1958)
 [4:45 AM]      Gigi (1948)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Mr. Robot'.

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Visits Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda

'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda visited Puerto Rico, the island where his family is from and where he spent summers, and announced that several organizations will be receiving much needed economic help.

The Hispanic Federation, a New York based Latino non-profit founded by Miranda's father, Luis Miranda, has awarded seven organizations $100,000 each from a fund that totals $2.5 million, created in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which ravaged the island in September.

The recipients include non-profits that provide social services, sustainable agriculture and help protect the environment, among others.

The plan is for other organizations working on innovative projects on the island to continue receiving money from the fund, called "Amanece/Road to Recovery."

During a press conference in Puerto Rico, the Broadway playwright and actor said in Spanish, "I'm going to continue speaking up and helping Puerto Rico. I want you to know we are here en las buenas y en las malas, during the good and the bad," he said. "There are so many people around the world thinking about this island."

Lin-Manuel Miranda



Charges Dropped

Desiree Fairooz

All charges have been dropped against an activist who audibly scoffed during now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' (R-Evil Elf) Senate confirmation hearing in January.

On Monday afternoon, District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu filed a notice of nolle prosequi - a formal notice of abandonment by a prosecutor or plaintiff - in the case against Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz.

Fairooz was arrested in January during the hearing's opening statements and faced misdemeanor charges, including disrupting Congress and parading/demonstrating.

In May, a jury found Fairooz guilty of the criminal misdemeanor charges. She faced being sentenced to up to six months in jail.

When sentencing rolled around in July, however, the judge took issue with the conviction based on laughter alone, threw it out and scheduled a new trial for September, which was then delayed until November.

Desiree Fairooz


Newhead News


Disney Ends Ban

LA Times

Following a growing backlash, the Walt Disney Co. has ended its ban on the Los Angeles Times from press screenings of its movies.

Five critics groups had blasted the studio's media blackout of the newspaper and pledged to disqualify Disney's films from awards consideration until the blackout was lifted.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics jointly issued the statement Tuesday morning. The Toronto Film Critics Association joined the boycott on Tuesday as well. The New York Times and filmmaker Ava Duvernay also issued statements of support on Tuesday.

The controversy emerged on Nov. 3 when newspaper explained that the studio's films such as "Thor: Ragnarok" were not included in its holiday movie preview because of Disney's refusal to offer advance screenings in response to a Sept. 24 story the Times published that examined the business relationship between the company's flagship California theme park, Disneyland, and the city of Anaheim.

Disney responded the same day by alleging that the Times "showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards" in its coverage of Anaheim and Disneyland.

LA Times



Kevin Spacey Cut

'Carol Burnett Show' Anniversary Special

CBS is the latest to sidestep any involvement with Kevin Spacey, expunging the embattled actor from its upcoming 50th anniversary special for The Carol Burnett Show. He had recorded a song-and-dance number with Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Kristin Chenoweth last month.

"Kevin Spacey will not be included in the Carol Burnett special," CBS said in a terse statement.

The move comes as fallout continues after allegations brought by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp that Spacey made sexual advances on him in 1986, when Rapp was 14. Spacey soon apologized for the incident and came out as gay, but his remarks have been blasted by GLAAD and other groups.

Since then, Netflix said that next year's Season 6 of House of Cards would be the last for the Emmy-nominated D.C. drama that stars Spacey and Robin Wright, and the series' former showrunner Beau Willimon called the allegations "deeply troubling." Three more men came forward with sexual abuse allegations against Spacey over the weekend, and AFI Fest said Monday that All the Money in the World - which stars the two-time Oscar winner as billionaire oilman J. Paul Getty - has been pulled from its closing-night slot at the event.

'Carol Burnett Show' Anniversary Special


Digby's Hullabaloo


Elects Its First Openly Transgender State Lawmaker


Democrat Danica Roem defeated Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R) on Tuesday, becoming the first openly transgender state lawmaker in Virginia.

Roem is now delegate-elect for Virginia's 13th House of Delegates district, which includes outer suburbs of Washington.

The voters of Virginia's 13th District chose Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump by 14 percentage points in the 2016 election, giving Roem favorable odds going into the election.

Roem's historic victory, which was called about an hour after polls closed, elated LGBTQ advocates. The outcome was that much sweeter because Marshall co-sponsored a 2006 Virginia constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage that prompted LGBTQ activists to dub him "Bigot Bob." Marshall, who once referred to himself as Virginia's "chief homophobe," also introduced the bill that would have banned transgender public school students from using the bathrooms of their choice.

Roem ran on a platform of improving the state's infrastructure, including State Route 28, raising teacher salaries, and championing LGBTQ and immigrant rights.




Approval Rating Tanking


President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Pendejo) base appeared to be anything but intact this week, as his approval ratings continued their decline to lows that no other president in modern American history has suffered during a first year in office.

Support among the noncollege-educated white voters who made up a big portion of the Trump base throughout the 2016 election dropped 13 percent in a CNN poll published Monday afternoon, to 49 percent from 59 percent approval at the 100-day mark. In the poll conducted Thursday through Sunday, the commander in chief's overall approval rating among voters also reached a new low for a CNN survey since Inauguration Day, dipping to 36 percent from 37 percent, as independents and minorities also continued to abandon Trump.

Trump's base in recent weeks has appeared increasingly dissatisfied with his handling of public service duties since taking control of the Oval Office. The majority of working class white and independent voters said they disapproved of the president's efforts on upholding his campaign promises, according to a Fox News poll published October 30, including tax and health care reform.

The latest CNN poll aligned with other red flags for Trump throughout the week, including in Gallup's polling published Monday: The president's approval hit a new low, at 33 percent. It doesn't look like his problems are going away anytime soon, either.

Nearly half of Americans said they believe Trump himself committed a crime in his alleged dealings with the Russians, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll published Thursday. That number was well up from an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll published in July, in which 25 percent of those surveyed said they suspected the president committed illegal acts during the campaign, while 29 percent said they believed that he had been unethical but that his actions did not amount to a crime.



Third Gray Wolf Killed


Another gray wolf has been found dead in Oregon, marking the third such unsolved death of a federally protected wolf in the past year, state and federal wildlife officials said. Another wolf was shot by a hunter who claimed self-defense.

The wolf was found dead Oct. 29 in Klamath County on state forest land. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has offered a $5,000 reward for information on the killing, authorities said Monday.

The wolf was known to biologists as OR-25 and was wearing a tracking collar. It was believed to have killed a calf at a private ranch near Prospect earlier this year, according to state wildlife officials.

OR-33, another collared male, was found shot dead April 23 about 20 miles northwest of Klamath Falls in Fremont-Winema National Forest. OR-28, a collared female, was found dead Oct. 6, 2016, in Fremont-Winema National Forest near Summer Lake.

Killing gray wolves in the western two-thirds of Oregon is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act and of Oregon state game laws. The federal offense is punishable by up to a $100,000 fine, a year in jail or both. The maximum state penalty is a fine of $6,250 and a year in jail.




Oldest Mammal Ancestor

'Durlstotherim newmani'

As ancestors go, it might not look particularly distinguished, but this toothy rat-like creature is the forefather of us all.

Remains of the little nocturnal mammal, which lived 145million years ago, were recently discovered on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, by paleontologists from the University of Portsmouth.

The animal is the earliest in a line that eventually leads to humans, as well as branching off along the way to evolve into creatures as diverse as blue whales and pigmy shrews.

The new species has been named 'Durlstotherim newmani', after keen amateur paleontologist Charlie Newman, 51. The landlord of the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers founded his own fossil museum in the pub, and helped scientists collect the new specimens.

Mr Newman, made headlines in 2015 when he built his own 12ft-high Stonehenge in a field he owns using 35 tonnes of timber, although he was later ordered to tear it down by Purbeck District Council.

'Durlstotherim newmani'


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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 30-Nov. 5. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. World Series Game 7: Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 28.29 million.
    2. World Series Game 6: Houston at L.A. Dodgers, 22.33 million.
    3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 15.09 million.
    4. NFL Football: Oakland at Miami, NBC, 14.36 million.
    5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.16 million.
    6. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 12.83 million.
    7. "NCIS," CBS, 12.11 million.
    8. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 11.43 million.
    9. "The Good Doctor," ABC, 10.58 million.
   10. NFL Football: Denver at Kansas City," ESPN, 10.49 million.
   11. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 9.93 million.
   12. "Bull," CBS, 9.63 million.
   13. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.62 million.
   14. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.27 million.
   15. "Football Night in America, Part 3," NBC, 9.11 million.
   16. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 8.86 million.
   17. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.63 million.
   18. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 8.52 million.
   19. "Mom," CBS, 8.46 million.
   20. "This is Us," NBC, 8.43 million.




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