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14 December, 2016

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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN -November 26th, 2014

Cold Wave Mashups Album

From DJ Useo

Months ago, me & French mashup bootlegger Chocomang ( ) decided to work on a new mashup album project together. He suggested making all the tracks using Coldwave music ( ), a form of late 70's ; early 80's New Wave music. The style largely developed in France during the late 70s, with many European artists adopting the 'style'. The two of us had been the driving force behind three 1980's mashup collections ( ) employing many home producers, & we were still feeling the drive to mix more.

We worked independently for many months, ultimately resulting in over thirty tracks. After reviewing what we'd mixed up, we adjusted, & replaced many of them, until we were certain we had the best compilation possible. Feedback has been scarce in the short time the album has been available, yet those who I chatted with are very impressed with what they heard. I'm still listening, & assessing, as it takes me quite a while to begin hearing my own mixes with an unbiased ear. Working with Chocomang really provided me a great source of perspective concerning which artists to pair. I had a swell mix going with Siouxsie & The Banshees vs T. Rex, but with Chocomang's assistance, I realized that The Grateful Dead would sound way better as the vocals, & the track changed drastically, yet for the better.

If I may, I'd like to share the actual playlist with you now, so you can see the many fine source artists we selected.

COLD WAVE Playlist

    09  01  Alabama Spellbound (Siouxsie and the Banshees vs Grateful Dead) - DJ Useo

    09  02  Lucretia Beats (Sisters Of Mercy vs The Go-Gos) - Chocomang

    09  03  The Frozen Force - Part I (The Droids vs Madonna) - DJ Useo

    09  04  A Forest Away (The Cure vs Lenny Kravitz) - Chocomang

    09  05  Perfect Roman Photo (Ruth vs Pink) - DJ Useo

    09  06  September Fall (The Chameleons vs Earth, Wind and Fire) - Chocomang

    09  07  Unicorn Silk Skin Paws (Wire vs Basement Jaxx) DJ Useo

    09  08  Close to the Story (30 seconds to Mars vs The Cure) - Chocomang

    09  Lullaby Game (The Cure vs Queen) - DJ Useo

   10  Lady Darkness (Anne Clark vs Beattraax vs Boney M vs Sunstroke Project) - Chocomang

   11  Paranoid Home Computer (Kraftwerk vs Garbage) - DJ Useo

   12  Fascination Figure (The Cure vs Nickelback) - Chocomang

   13  Quiet Boom Life (Japan vs P.O.D.) - DJ Useo

   14  I melt with pretty noose (Soundgarden vs Modern English) - Chocomang

   15  Alex Chilton Ceremony (New Order vs Replacements) - DJ Useo

   16  Monkey Skin (The Chameleons vs Pixies) - Chocomang

   17  Never Stop Buddy Holly (Echo & The Bunnymen vs Weezer) - DJ Useo

   18  Shock The Mussolini (D.A.F vs Peter Gabriel) - Chocomang

   19  Perfekt Person To Person (Hypothetical Prophets vs Matt Minimal) - DJ Useo

   20  Never Give Your Heart A Break Again (Depeche Mode vs Demi Lovato) - Chocomang

   21  Dr Mabuse Time (Propaganda vs Owl City & CRJ) - DJ Useo & Chocomang

Stream, or download the complete zip file, "COLDWAVE, The Coldwave, Darkwave and Post-punk mashup album" from mirror links here ( ) -

Or enjoy the single tracks for streaming, or downloading here ( )

Many thanks to Chocomang for his excellent & extensive work on this satisfying project. I think many will love what resulted. I know I'll be playing it often, for many years to come.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Hannah Jane Parkinson: Who will take on Donald Trump? Teen Vogue (The Guardian)
The teen magazine has published an excoriating op-ed on Trump. In coming years the challenge to the presidency could come from unexpected quarters.

Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America (Teen Vogue)
In this scorched-earth op-ed, Lauren Duca takes on Trump's systematic attempts to destabilize the truth and weaken the foundation of American freedom.

Andrew Tobias: President Romney
There are so many reasons Trump should not be president, including that he is - per Laurence Tribe on MSNBC, via Salon - "a walking, talking violation of the Constitution."

Paul Mason: Our problem isn't robots, it's the low-wage car-wash economy (The Guardian)
Mark Carney is right that we must stop creating badly paid low-productivity jobs and redistribute wealth - and that will involve unleashing the machines.

Lucy Vincent: More fruit and veg for prisoners might just alleviate the crisis in our jails (The Guardian)
Poor diet is contributing to bad behaviour and reoffending. Liz Truss could should intervene and do for prisons what Jamie Oliver did for schools.

One less woman in politics: Wonder Woman loses job as UN ambassador (The Guardian)
"Although the original creators may have intended Wonder Woman to represent a strong and independent 'warrior' woman with a feminist message, the reality is that the character's current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit," the petition read.

David Ferguson: What makes celebrity meltdowns entertainment instead of tragedy? (The Guardian)
When I was in my 20s, I remember my therapist patiently listening to me complain about how out-of-my-depth I often felt around other gay men. I was asking her why they always seemed so effortlessly aloof and cool, whereas I was - and to some extent, still am - a slobbering golden retriever of a person, quivering with eagerness to be your new best friend. "You'll waste a lot of time and spoil a lot of happiness comparing your insides to other people's outsides," she told me.

Michael Gregor, MD: Plants with Aspirin Aspirations (Nutrition Facts)
Subscribe to Dr. Greger's free nutrition newsletter at and get a free excerpt from his latest NYT Bestseller HOW NOT TO DIE. (All proceeds Dr. Greger receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking go to charity).

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Trivia Question of the Day

What American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer named his guitar "Lucille"?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

The land within the Arctic Circle is divided among how many countries?

       Eight                                                      Source

The land within the Arctic Circle is divided among eight countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the United States (Alaska), Canada, Denmark (Greenland), and Iceland (where it passes through the small offshore island of Grímsey).        Source

Jim from CA, retired to ID, was first and correct with:
   The land on the Arctic Circle is divided among eight countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the United States (Alaska), Canada, Denmark (Greenland), and Iceland

Alan J wrote:

mj said:
   Again with an educated guess
  I'm going with four.

Adam answered:
   Eight Countries

Deborah responded:
   I once knew the answer and sadly, have forgotten. Emboldened by caffeine I checked in with the mighty Wikipedia, which provided this: The land within the Arctic Circle is divided among eight countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the United States (Alaska), Canada, Denmark(Greenland), and Iceland (where it passes through the small offshore island of Grímsey).

Daniel in The City replied:
   Eight: US, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, & Russia

DJ Useo
   I don't know, but, I will guess "8", because it's my favorite number.
  While I was answering, the song "Arctic Snow" by the Burning Brides was playing. A neat coincidence.

Randall took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  December 14 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 14 | 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

Breaking on Rachel M.: Newsweek reports Turkey using Trump business to put U.S. over the barrel.

How Donald Trump's Business Ties Are Already Jeopardizing U.S. Interests

Trump supporters and white supremacists demand a boycott of 'Star Wars'

BBC - Culture - Why is 'qwerty' on our keyboards?

BBC - Travel - The lost history of the Freemasons

Have Russian hitmen been killing with impunity in Turkey? - BBC News

US Energy Department balks at Trump request for names on climate change - AOL News

Salon - Trump's campaign is threatening R electors. But hey, they're "steering clear of violence"

Politico Just Published A Devastating Indictment: "How Russia Wins An Election."

Trump-day preppers: Climate scientists scurrying to protect data against repression or alteration

The Big Loser if ACA Is Abolished: Trump's "Beloved" Rural America

Jews are world's best-educated religious group, study reveals | World news | The Guardian

Geophysical Union scientists protest Trump appointments - SFGate

Thanks, Michelle!



David E Suggests

Taxi Driver

Infographic About the Taxi Driver Film


Thanks, Dave!



Reader Comment


Heard an old guy at Longhorn restaurant last night say that he expects to see Russian flags flying all over the Mall for the Inauguration ceremony--does that mean that all old white guys didn't vote for His Orangeness--or are the adoring throngs starting to become uneasy?

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

Thanks, Linda!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Another Fox News loon joins the government - but K.T. McFarland could be the least qualified of all -

Flynn deputy raises more doubts about Trump team - POLITICO

Report: Donald Trump's campaign is threatening "political reprisal" for defecting Republican electors -

Here's How Concerned Republicans Are With Trump's Conflicts Of Interest | The Huffington Post

'The U.S. Has Fallen Into a State of Political Nihilism' - The Atlantic

What It Really Means to Be a 'Friend of Putin' - POLITICO Magazine

Trump, Russia and the U.S. Election -

Time to Fight Like Hell | Mother Jones

CIA Report Of Russian Interference Proves That Right-Wing Media Will Call Anything They Don't Like "Fake News" -

Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead approaches 2,900,000 while electors ask for Russian-hack intel -

A Savvy News Consumer's Guide: How Not To Get Duped -

Less than 24 hrs after saying he was too busy for a press conference, Trump meets with Kanye West -

Russia's American coup -

Donald Trump's War on Science - The New Yorker

A Guide to Donald Trump's Huge Debts-and the Conflicts They Present | Mother Jones



Team Coco


Trump Calls Obama To Discuss His Cabinet Picks

Donald Trump Keeps Calling Barack Obama

EXCLUSIVE Leaked Audio Of Obama & Trump's Phone Calls

Even More Leaked Phone Calls Between Donald Trump & Barack Obama

Still More Leaked Trump & Obama Phone Calls



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

from that Mad Cat, JD







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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Now that oil-men will be in charge of the hen house, again, wonder what the price of gas will be a year from now.


Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS fills the night with a FRESH 'Survivor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Neil Patrick Harris and Megan Mullally.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, and Neil Diamond.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'A Pentatonix Christmas Special', followed by 'SNL: An SNL Christmas'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elle Fanning, and Childish Gambino.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Mindy Kaling, Eric McCormack, Joe Pera, and Dave Lombardo.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Eric McCormack, Holy Ghost!, Morten Tyldum, and Death Valley Girls.

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 David Spade and Metallica.

The CW offers the FRESH 'The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies Of All Time', followed by 'The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'.

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

MY has an old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by another old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Going Sy-ral', followed by a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', and 'Duck Dynasty'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Goonies', followed by the movie 'Home Alone 2: Lost In NY', then the movie 'Home Alone 2: Lost In NY', again.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Eye of the Beholder
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 20The Beast Below
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Victory of the Daleks
 [11:00AM]    UNDERWORLD (2003)
 [5:30PM]    UNDERWORLD (2003)
 [10:00PM]    BBC MUSIC AWARDS 2016
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Eye of the Beholder

Bravo has 2 hours of old 'Don't Be Tardy ...', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Don't Be Tardy ...', another 'Don't Be Tardy ...', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Michael K. Williams.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Nick Thune, Milana Vayntrub, and Aparna Nancherla.

FX has the movie 'Christmas With The Kranks', followed by the movie 'The Santa Clause 2'.

History has 'American Pickers', 'Vikings', followed by a FRESH 'Vikings', then a FRESH 'Real Vikings'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    SMOKIN' ACES
 [8:30AM]    GET CARTER
 [12:45PM]    THE LOSERS
 [3:00PM]    PAYBACK
 [5:15PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [8:00PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 4
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Jack Black    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Think Smartly -- Vote Hartley
 [6:35AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Way We Weren't
 [7:10AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-A Pound of Flesh
 [7:45AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-My Business Is Shrinking
 [8:20AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The New Look
 [8:55AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Bob Hits the Ceiling
 [9:30AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Emily Hits the Ceiling
 [10:05AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Ceiling Hits Bob
 [10:40AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Longest Goodbye
 [11:15AM]    Jerry Maguire
 [2:15PM]    Rectify-A House Divided
 [3:19PM]    Rectify-Yolk
 [4:22PM]    Rectify-Bob & Carol & Ted Jr & Alice
 [5:26PM]    Rectify-Go Ask Roger
 [6:31PM]    Rectify-Pineapples in Paris
 [7:34PM]    Rectify-Physics
 [8:37PM]    Rectify-Episode 7
 [10:00PM]    Rectify-Episode 8
 [11:40PM]    The Bureau
 [12:55AM]    Blow
 [3:50AM]    Rectify-Episode 8
 [5:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Mad Dogs and Servicemen    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Volcano', followed by the movie 'GI Joe: Rise Of The Cobra', then a FRESH 'Incorporated'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Keegan-Michael Key, Ana Gasteyer, Ken Hall, Alice Wetterlund, Luka Jones, Bjorn Gustafsson, Michael Cassidy, Oscar Nunez, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, and Brian Huskey.

 [6:00 AM]      King Of Hockey (1936)
 [7:00 AM]      Alcatraz Island (1937)
 [8:15 AM]      Men In Exile (1937)
 [9:15 AM]      Missing Witnesses (1937)
 [10:30 AM]      Accidents Will Happen (1938)
 [11:45 AM]      Broadway Musketeers (1938)
 [1:00 PM]      Mystery House (1938)
 [2:00 PM]      Over The Wall (1938)
 [3:15 PM]      Blackwell's Island (1939)
 [4:30 PM]      Flight Command (1940)
 [6:30 PM]      King Of The Zombies (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      Sudden Fear (1952)
 [10:00 PM]      Dial M for Murder (1954)
 [12:00 AM]      The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
 [2:00 AM]      Experiment Perilous (1944)
 [4:00 AM]      Suspicion (1941)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  12/15/16

 [6:00 AM]      The Match King (1932)
 [7:30 AM]      Babbitt (1934)
 [9:00 AM]      Kansas City Princess (1934)
 [10:15 AM]      The Right To Live (1935)
 [11:30 AM]      God's Country And The Woman (1936)
 [1:00 PM]      Secrets Of An Actress (1938)
 [2:15 PM]      Yes, My Darling Daughter (1939)
 [3:45 PM]      The Fighting 69th (1940)
 [5:30 PM]      Play Girl (1932)
 [6:30 PM]      Old English (1930)
 [8:00 PM]      The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
 [10:00 PM]      Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
 [12:00 AM]      Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
 [1:45 AM]      Desk Set (1957)
 [3:45 AM]      Period of Adjustment (1962)
 [5:45 AM]      Fonda on Fonda (1992)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Visitors look on in the Palmyra Exhibit, a three-dimensional projection featuring never-before-seen images of Palmyra taken by a drone in April after the city was liberated from IS fighters, at Grand Palais in Paris, Tuesday, Dec.13, 2016. As Islamic State extremists recapture the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, the French president and the UNESCO chief are inaugurating an exhibit in Paris to educate the public about the wonders of endangered UNESCO heritage sites in Palmyra and the Middle East.
Photo by Francois Mori


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


NASA And Stephen Hawking Join Forces


An all-star alliance between NASA and Stephen Hawking has formed, hoping to send a lightweight silicon "StarChip" to the closest star system to Earth. The two are joined by a Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as they try to propel an object toward Alpha Centauri at one-fifth the speed of light.

Scientists have a few obstacles standing in the way of their dreams of sending a tiny probe so far away, reports Monday noted, including radiation damage. To get to that incredible speed - which is roughly 1,000 times faster than other spaceships are capable of traveling - the probe will be blasted by lasers from Earth to accelerate it. That speed would get the probe there in about 20 years.

Because the probe needs to be so light, radiation shields aren't an option so the researchers are looking toward the potential to use "self-healing" transistors, a new study released last week from NASA and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology found. Those devices can be used for flash memory or as logic transistors and researchers have indicated that they may be perfect for the project, known as Project Starshot.

Researchers are interested in the star system because they believe that there is a reasonable chance of an Earth-like planet there that exists within a habitable zone and distance from the star.

The small spacecraft would be capable of taking pictures of what it encounters and sending back scientific data. The research and engineering project was expected to cost $100 million.



A member of the Shenyang Beiling Winter Swimming team swims in a frozen lake in minus 20 degrees Celsius temperatures at Beiling park in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China on Dec. 13, 2016. Ranging from from age 40 to 83, the 86 members of the Shenyang Beiling Winter Swimming team swim almost everyday even during minus freezing temperatures. Winter swimming is known to have many health benefits including improving blood circulation and heart conditions.
Photo by Tian Weitao


Drinking, Drug Use Largely Down

U.S. Teens

The use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and illicit substances declined among U.S. teens again in 2016, continuing a long-term trend, according to a study released on Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health.

But the research found that high school seniors were still using cannabis at nearly the same levels as in 2015, with 22.5 percent saying that had smoked or ingested the drug at least once within the past month and 6 percent reporting daily use.

"Clearly our public health prevention efforts, as well as policy changes to reduce availability, are working to reduce teen drug use, especially among eighth graders," Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said in a statement accompanying the study results.

"However, when 6 percent of high school seniors are using marijuana daily, and new synthetics are continually flooding the illegal marketplace, we cannot be complacent," Volkow said.

The annual survey, part of a series called Monitoring the Future which has tracked drug, alcohol and tobacco use among teens since 1975, also found that during 2016 there was a higher use of pot among 12th graders in states with medical marijuana laws.

U.S. Teens


Newhead News


Lost 'Sensual' Drawing Discovered In France

Leonardo da Vinci

A lost drawing by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has been discovered in the papers of a French provincial doctor, a Paris auction house said Tuesday.

The dreamily sensual sketch of Saint Sebastian is thought to be worth around 15 million euros ($15.8 million) and is an "extraordinary discovery", the Tajan auction house said.

It has been authenticated by the French specialist Patrick de Bayser and Carmen C. Bambach, curator of Renaissance drawings at New York's Metropolitan Museum and a Da Vinci expert, it added.

The dramatic study, which it is thought Leonardo did in his late twenties or early thirties after he was acquitted of sodomy, is one of eight he is known to have drawn.

Two other studies of Saint Sebastian by Da Vinci have survived, one at the Bonnat-Helleu Museum in Bayonne in southwestern France and the other at the Kunsthalle in Hamburg.

Leonardo da Vinci


A man inspects the bulbs on a building ahead of Christmas Day celebrations and the holiday season in Colombo, Sri Lanka Dec. 13, 2016.
Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte


Dumped As Special UN Ambassador

Wonder Woman

The comic book heroine Wonder Woman has been abruptly fired from her honorary ambassador job at the United Nations following protests from both inside and outside the world organization that a white, skimpily dressed American prone to violence wasn't the best role model for girls.

Rheal LeBlanc, head of press and external relations, said Tuesday the appointment of Wonder Woman as an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls would end this week, a move that come less than two months after a splashy ceremony at the U.N., which attracted actresses Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series, and Gal Gadot, who has taken on the role in the forthcoming "Wonder Woman" film.

Critics said the appointment was tone deaf at a time when real women are fighting against sexual exploitation and abuse, and that there were plenty of real heroines that could be the face for gender equality. At the time of the appointment, there was no indication it would end so quickly.

Wonder Woman's image was to be used by the U.N. on social media platforms to promote women's empowerment, including on gender-based violence and the fuller participation of women in public life. Defenders of the decision pointed to the character's pioneering, feminist roots and her muscular bravery.

But an online petition, started by U.N. staffers and signed by more than 44,000 people, asked the secretary-general to reconsider the appointment, saying the message the U.N. was "sending to the world with this appointment is extremely disappointing." And during the Oct. 21 ceremony at the U.N., many staffers silently turned their back to the stage, some with their fists in the air.

Wonder Woman


Digby's Hullabaloo


Equipment Didn't Detect Oil Leak

North Dakota

Electronic monitoring equipment failed to detect a pipeline rupture that spewed more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek, the pipeline's operator said Monday.

It's not yet clear why the monitoring equipment didn't detect the leak, Wendy Owen, a spokeswoman for Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the Belle Fourche Pipeline, said.

A landowner discovered the spill near Belfield on Dec. 5, according to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Health Department.

Suess said the spill migrated about almost 6 miles from the spill site along Ash Coulee Creek, and it fouled an unknown amount of private and U.S. Forest Service land along the waterway. The creek feeds into the Little Missouri River, but Seuss said it appears no oil got that far and that no drinking water sources were threatened. The creek was free-flowing when the spill occurred but has since frozen over.

True Cos. operates at least three pipeline companies with a combined 1,648 miles of line in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming, according to information the companies submitted to federal regulators. Since 2006, the companies have reported 36 spills totaling 320,000 gallons of petroleum products, most of which was never recovered.

North Dakota


Hong Kong's S.H. Lee's 'Scallywag' skippered by Seng Huang races in the CYCA 2016 Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour, NSW, Australia on Dec. 13, 2016. The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's charity event is a test of speed and stamina in the lead up to the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Photo by Hugh Peterswald


Scientists Racing To Save

Climate Data

Scientists are starting to copy down U.S. climate data onto independent servers to save it from a hostile Donald Trump administration, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

To save federal scientific data, scientists will hold a "guerrilla archiving" event in Toronto on Dec. 17, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data.

"Our event is focused on preserving information and data from the Environmental Protection Agency, which has programs and data at high risk of being removed from online public access or even deleted," the event page says. "This includes climate change, water, air, toxics programs. This project is urgent because the Trump transition team has identified the EPA and other environmental programs as priorities for the chopping block."

Meetings were held at the University of Pennsylvania with researchers and members of groups like Open Data Philly and the software company Azavea. The discussions were focused on how to download as much data as possible in the upcoming weeks, the Post reported.

Scientists have also created a Google spreadsheet to gather important data that needs to be protected and will move to archive them for the public.

Climate Data


Police Arrest Woman


Police in the Saudi capital said on Monday they had arrested a woman for taking off her veil in public and posting pictures of her daring action on Twitter.

Police spokesman Fawaz al-Maiman did not name the woman, but several websites identified her as Malak al-Shehri, who triggered a huge backlash on social media after posing without the hijab in a main Riyadh street last month.

Maiman said in a statement that the police in the ultra-conservative kingdom acted in line with their duty to monitor "violations of general morals".

The oil-rich desert kingdom has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive.

Women in Saudi Arabia are expected to cover from head to toe when in public.



A Palestinian carpenter works on a wooden sculpture of Christian religious figures at a workshop in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Dec.13, 2016. The figures are being crafted ahead of the celebration by most Christians of the birth of Christ on Dec. 24 or 25 or Jan. 7 amongst the Orthodox community.
Photo by Abed Al Hashlamoun


Plague Strikes 6 Cats


Half a dozen pet cats in Idaho were infected with plague this year, according to a new report of the cases.

In May through July, veterinarians in Idaho tested 12 cats that had gotten sick, checking to see if the animals were infected with plague. Six of the tests came back positive, according to the report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

All of the cats had come into contact with ground squirrels or other wild rodents or rabbits before getting sick, the CDC said. Most of the cats lived in an area of southwestern Idaho where health officials had previously found dead squirrels that tested positive for plague.

Plague is caused by bacteria called Yersinia pestis, which can infect humans and other mammals. The disease can spread through bites from infected fleas, or from contact with an infected mammal.

No human cases of plague were tied to the Idaho cats, the report said. But felines can spread the disease to humans through bites and scratches, and in some cases, by breathing out droplets that contain the bacteria.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 5-11. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: Dallas at New York Giants, NBC, 26.50 million.
    2. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 19.00 million.
    3. NFL Football: Oakland at Kansas City, NBC, 17.40 million.
    4. "NCIS," CBS, 14.69 million.
    5. "Football Night in America," NBC, 12.91 million.
    6. "The OT," Fox, 11.89 million.
    7. "Bull," CBS, 11.68 million.
    8. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.13 million.
    9. "This is Us," NBC, 10.95 million.
   10. NFL Football Pre-Kick: Oakland at Kansas City, NBC, 10.88 million.
   11. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.59 million.
   12. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.18 million.
   13. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.16 million viewers.
   14. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.08 million.
   15. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 9.67 million.
   16. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 9.40 million.
   17. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.36 million.
   18. "Hairspray Live!," NBC, 9.05 million.
   19. "Survivor," CBS, 8.50 million.
   20. NFL Football: Indianapolis at NY Jets, ESPN, 8.093 million.




In Memory

Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke, a versatile performer who gained his greatest renown as the beloved dad on a long-running sitcom, has died at age 69.

Thicke was a Canadian-born TV host, writer, composer and actor well-known in his homeland before making his named in the United States, most notably with the ABC series "Growing Pains."

On that comedy, which aired from 1985 to 1992, Thicke played Dr. Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist and father-knows-best who moved his practice into his home so his wife can go back to work as a reporter. Along with his clients, he had three (later four) kids under foot, including his oldest son, Mike, played by breakout heart-throb Kirk Cameron, who served as a constant source of comedic trouble for the family.

Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1947, Thicke was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work in the late 1970s as a writer for Barry Manilow's talk show, and later for a satirical take on the genre in the variety show "America 2-Night."

He composed several popular theme songs, including the original theme for "The Wheel of Fortune," and for shows including "The Facts of Life" and "Diff'rent Strokes."

Perhaps his boldest assault on the U.S. market was as a virtual unknown taking on the King of Late Night, Johnny Carson. "Thicke of the Night" was a syndicated talk-music-and-comedy show meant to go head-to-head against NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

It premiered in September 1983 with great fanfare, boasting an innovative format and regulars including Richard Belzer, Arsenio Hall, Gilbert Gottfried and Fred Willard. But all too quickly, it was evident that Carson wasn't going to be dethroned, and the ambitious "Thicke" disappeared into the night after one season.

In the 1990s and beyond, Thicke stayed busy as a celebrity TV host and with guest shots on dozens of series, including "How I Met Your Mother" and, earlier this year, the Netflix series "Fuller House" and the NBC drama "This Is Us."

Like any good Canadian, Thicke was a hockey fan, frequently attending LA Kings games. He took credit for introducing the sport to some celebrities.

In 2003, Thicke received 30 stitches and lost five teeth after he was struck by a puck while practicing for a celebrity fundraising hockey game. "I won't be playing any leading men roles in the next couple of months," he joked after the accident.

He had the satisfaction of seeing his musical skills passed down to son Robin, a successful singer-songwriter and producer who, with brother Brennan, were born to Thicke and the first of his three wives, Gloria Loring.

Thicke also leaves a son from his marriage to second wife Gina Tolleson. He had been married to Tanya Callau since 2005.

Alan Thicke



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