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Paul Waldman: The worst way for Democrats to judge their 2020 presidential contenders (Washington Post)
Democrats have to decide exactly what they believe, what they want to do and how to go about it - and most importantly, who they are. The person who wins their nomination will be one who embodies the party's spirit at this moment in history, just as Obama did in 2008. One of these many candidates will prove to be that person; we just have no idea yet which one.

Paul Waldman: Just how far will Republicans go to win? (Washington Post)
… if you were to warn the most important members of their party, like Trump and Scott, that they're damaging the legitimacy of the system with their reckless words and actions, they would laugh in your face. Worrying about that stuff is for losers. If there's even a one percent chance that a recount (or just a count) could work out in the other side's favor, then no tactic is too unethical, no accusation too slanderous, no approach too cynical to prevent it from happening. If they have to burn it all down in order to win, that's what they'll do.

Jonathan Chait: Forget Impeachment. Mueller's Real Threat to Trump Is in 2020. (NY Mag)
The point is to establish legal accountability for the president. Well-functioning democracies don't have criminal oligarchies running the country with legal impunity. The kind of deep systemic corruption Trump is implementing, in which establishing a political alliance with a ruling family is a key step in amassing and protecting wealth, depends on selective legal enforcement. More to the point, it requires business partners. Maybe Donald Trump can't be hauled off to prison, but his partners can. And that prospect can scare off the collaborators Trump needs. Second, and more to the point, even if Robert Mueller can't kick Trump out of the White House directly and the Senate won't, there's a body of people who can: the 2020 electorate.

Kaushik: Dutch Prisons Are Being Converted Into Hotels And Apartments Because of Lack of Prisoners (Amusing Planet)
Crime rates in the Netherlands are falling spectacularly for the past two decades, thanks to the country's wholesome approach to law enforcement that prefers rehabilitation to incarceration. "The Dutch have a deeply ingrained pragmatism when it comes to regulating law and order," Renι van Swaaningen, a professor of criminology at Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam told The New York Times. "Prisons are very expensive. Unlike the United States, where people tend to focus on the moral arguments for imprisonment, the Netherlands is more focused on what works and what is effective."

Garrison Keillor: What happened Sunday, in case you missed it
Man does not live by frozen pizza alone. Sunday does not need to be like Saturday or Monday. Turn down the volume, dim the bright flashing lights of ambition, look into your heart, think about the others, one by one. As part of the service, you get to reach around, right, left, forward, back, and say a blessing on them all ("The Peace of God be with you") and when else do you get to do that? Not in the produce section of the supermarket. People need to be blessed. Shouting and sarcasm and insult have not worked, so move on. God loves you, reader. Bless you for coming this far. Go in peace.

Alex Hanton: "6 People Who Broke (Stupid) Laws In The Best Way Possible" (Cracked)
6. A Chilean Artist Burns $500 Million In Student Loan Debt From A Corrupt University

Mike Bedard: 4 Cynical Political Stunts That Backfired Hilariously (Cracked)
4. A Scam Artist Accidentally Proves Journalists Have Integrity

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What is the title of Bernie Sander's 1987 album?

       We Shall Overcome                                                      Source

In 1987, Burlington-based music producer Todd Lockwood was sipping coffee at Leunig's Bistro when he came up with the idea to approach the city's mayor, Bernie Sanders, to record a musical project at his studio, White Crow Audio. Lockwood wrote a letter to Mayor Sanders and a meeting was arranged at the mayor's office. Lockwood originally imagined the album as an audio portrait of Bernie Sanders, but Sanders saw it as an opportunity to tell a much larger story.

Sanders made a list of ten songs he would be willing to record, five of which made the cut for the album.

It is estimated that the 1987 cassette tape sold about 600 to 800 copies, out of 1,000 that were produced. The 2014 reissue has sold about 3,000 copies as of March 2016. The album reportedly landed Sanders at No. 116 on Billboard's Top New Artist chart in February 2016.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   We Shall Overcome

Mark. said:
   We Shall Overcome.

Alan J answered:
   We Shall Overcome.

Kevin K., in Washington, DC, wrote:
   "We Shall Overcomb, I mean...Overcome. We Shall Overcome"!

zorch responded:
   It was called 'We Shall Overcome.'

Dave replied:
   We Shall Overcome. At the time of the recording Sanders was the Socialist mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Recorded during the Reagan Dark Ages, Side A consisted of 5 folk songs (with some narration by Sanders) and side B was titled "A Conversation with Bernie Sanders." The 1987 media used was Cassette Tape and the initial run of 1,000 copies didn't sell out. "We Shall Overcome" was re-issued on CD in 2016 during Sanders' presidential campaign and 3,000 copies were sold, netting Sanders about $2,500 in royalties. He didn't get royalties for the initial run because the project didn't turn a profit. The Album is still available on Amazon either on CD or MP3 download.

Deborah said:
   I didn't know that Bernie Sanders recorded an album, so I read his Wikipedia page. His album was called "We Shall Overcome." Since he's not skilled at singing his musical renderings were in the "talking blues style," which probably has its own Wiki page.
  Air quality was 184 yesterday afternoon. Staying indoors as much as practical.

Roy Adams, CEO of Merge Left Grafix, wrote:
   Going over your page this morning, with all the articles on how the Democrats are coming after Trump, the thought occurred to me that one day we might see the entire Trump Crime Family board Air Force 1, fly to a non-extradition country, and send the plane back empty. I'm sure they have enough cash stashed in their Cayman Islands Christmas Club accounts to last them for a very long time.
  Oh, and by the way, Bernie Sanders' album was called "We Shall Overcome."

Rosemary in Columbus replied:
   We Shall Overcome

Adam answered:
   We Shall Overcome
  Eh, it's better than Reagan singing about socialized medicine ...

Billy in Cypress responded:
   The all knowing Carnac, I mean Wikipedia, says "We Shall Overcome."

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Jonathan Franzen: 'Climate change isn't only reason for bird decline' | Environment | The Guardian

What Amazon HQ2 tells us about America's great divide | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

The legendary promoters of rock: inside an eye-opening new documentary | Film | The Guardian

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Trump is finally revealing himself as the sick, incompetent joke we all knew he was

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Trump spouts stream of Florida conspiracy theories in unhinged new interview

Dems make massive gains in Texas courts. Here's why it matters

Not this frigging guy again: Former acting ICE director reportedly in running to replace Nielsen

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook's Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times

Michael Douglas Refuses to Age Gracefully in 'The Kominsky Method' - The New York Times

The White House is in meltdown - The Washington Post

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Democrats See a Path to Victory in 2020: Ignore Trump | The Daily Beast

Here are 5 new ridiculous lies from Trump's disastrous interview with the Daily Caller | Alternet

Trump: Photo ID Is Needed to Purchase Cereal. (It Isn't.) | NY Mag

Trump's latest make-believe about voter fraud: Dems change shirts and vote twice - Vox

Con man exposed: Trump's acting so erratic because midterms made him look like a loser |

So Just What Was That Melania Power Play About? | The Daily Beast

How Trump's move to put a loyalist over Mueller is already backfiring - POLITICO

DOJ justifies appointment of unconfirmed AG by citing 1866 case that almost resulted in a president's impeachment | Alternet

'You are dead to me': Fox News fans freak out after network backs CNN in lawsuit against Trump White House | Alternet

Trump's relationship with Fox News starts to show cracks - POLITICO

Trump blasts Macron over "European army" and trade | Slate

France: Trump Lacked 'Common Decency' When We Were In Mourning - Talking Points Memo

Michael Avenatti domestic violence arrest: lawyer reportedly in LAPD custody - Vox

Facebook secretly funded a right-wing firm to attack critics by linking them to George Soros: report | Alternet

The case to expel white supremacist Steve King from Congress - ThinkProgress

QAnon's true believers are devastated as the conspiracy theory goes down in flames - and it won't end well | Alternet

'Dead': California GOP totally collapses -- and even its former vice chairperson says the party 'isn't salvageable' | Raw Story

Utility giant PG&E may have started the Camp Fire - yet consumers will pay for it |

A black 'good guy with a gun' was killed by police while subduing an active shooter - and the NRA's silence is deafening | Alternet

Stan Lee's legacy has a darker side - Vox

It's Stan Lee's Universe | Vulture

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Some anecdotes are serious rather than funny.

• Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansasi s the Supreme Court ruling that struck down segregation by establishing that "separate" is inherently unequal. If not for this ruling, segregation would most likely still be legal in the U.S. Although the ruling was unanimous in striking down segregation, it possibly could have gone the other way. United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson was a conservative Kentuckian whom civil rights lawyer Thurgood Marshall blamed for holding up action on the case. Mr. Marshall worried about Chief Justice Vinson, feeling that he would uphold segregation and convince the other justices to vote against integrating public schools. However - fortunately for civil rights - Chief Justice Vinson told his wife that he had a stomachache, then a short time afterward he died of a heart attack. This allowed Earl Warren to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and he turned out to be an effective advocate for civil rights. The Supreme Court upheld the right of seven-year-old Linda Brown, an African American, to go to a White school a few blocks from her house instead of being forced to travel by bus to a school for "Negroes."

• In 1692, the Salem Witch Trials resulted in the hanging of 19 people, mostly women. In addition, a man named Giles Corey was "pressed to death." Mr. Corey had refused to testify at his trial, because he knew that if he testified and was found guilty of being a witch, all his property would legally be seized by the British government. Since no accused person had been found innocent in the trials, he felt that he would definitely be found guilty. However, if he did not testify in court, he could not be found guilty according to the laws of the time, although persons who refused to testify suffered "a punishment hard and severe." Mr. Corey was 80 years old, but his jailors decided to torture him to make him confess. They made him lie down on his back, then they put a board over him and loaded heavy flat stones on the board. Mr. Corey was a man of courage, and he still declined to testify. Eventually, so much weight was placed on him that his rib cage caved in.

• John Marshall and the other Supreme Court justices enjoyed a drink now and again - and again and again. However, prompted by reports that people were concerned about their drinking, they decided not to drink during their weekly consultation - unless it was raining. The next time they met, Chief Justice Marshall asked Justice Joseph Story to look out a window to see if it was raining. Justice Story checked, then reported, "Mr. Chief Justice, I have very carefully examined this case, and I have to give it as my opinion that there is not the slightest sign of rain." Since Chief Justice Marshall wanted a drink, he replied, "Justice Story, I think that is the shallowest and most illogical opinion I have ever heard you deliver. You forget that our jurisdiction is as broad as the Republic, and by the laws of nature it must be raining some place in our jurisdiction. Waiter, bring on the rum!"

• President Richard Nixon wanted very much to replace liberal Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall with a conservative Justice. However, since Justices are appointed to the Supreme Court for life, the only way he could do this was for Justice Marshall to resign because of ill health or to die. In 1970, a life-threatening case of pneumonia forced Justice Marshall to be hospitalized. President Nixon wanted to see Justice Marshall's medical records, so Justice Marshall signed a release of his records - but only after he wrote on them, "Not Yet!"

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Last Night

Running late, again.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Young Sheldon', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a FRESH 'Murphy Brown', then a FRESH 'SWAT'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Ben Stiller, Jemele Hill, and Jorja Smith.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Diego Luna, and Dylan Reynolds.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'The Good Place', then a FRESH 'Will & Grace', followed by a FRESH 'I Feel Bad', then a FRESH 'L&O: SVU'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Steve Carell, Eric Bana, and Troye Sivan.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Martin Short, Brian Tyree Henry, Amir Obe, and Caitlin Kalafus.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Jameela Jamil, Busy Philipps, Lily Allen, and Erica Rhodes.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Station 19', then a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Michelle Obama and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH 'Legacies'.

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.

MY recycles an old 'The Good Wife', followed by another old 'The Good Wife'.

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Live PD: Police Patrol', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD Presents: PD Cam', then another FRESH 'Live PD Presents: PD Cam'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', followed by the movie 'The Dark Knight'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [9:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
 [4:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: ONE AMAZING DAY - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Planet Earth: One Amazing Day
 [6:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Hardest Challenge
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 [8:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Hide And Seek - Jungles
 [9:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
 [10:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
 [11:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Race Against Time - Coasts
 [12:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Hardest Challenge
 [1:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-In The Grip of Seasons - Arctic
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Hide And Seek - Jungles
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Race Against Time - Coasts     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', another 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH 'Shahs Of Sunset', another 'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'The Office' the office all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show are Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Tessa Thompson.

FX has the movie 'Jason Bourne', followed by the movie 'Now You See Me 2'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00A]    The Three Stooges-Busy Buddies
 [6:25A]    The Three Stooges-Cactus Makes Perfect
 [6:50A]    The Three Stooges-Calling All Curs
 [7:15A]    Resident Evil: Retribution
 [9:15A]    Hot Shots!
 [11:15A]    Shaun of the Dead
 [1:30P]    The World's End
 [4:00P]    Pineapple Express
 [6:30P]    We're the Millers
 [9:00P]    Baroness Von Sketch Show-Don't Even Say Goodbye, Just Go
 [9:30P]    Baroness Von Sketch Show-Sex and Things and Whispers
 [10:00P]    We're the Millers
 [12:30A]    Pineapple Express
 [3:00A]    Stan Against Evil-Nubbin but Trouble
 [3:30A]    Stan Against Evil-Vampire Creek
 [4:00A]    Resident Evil: Retribution    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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 [5:00am]    deutschland 86     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban', followed by the movie 'Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire'.

TCM salutes George Sanders all day and then spends the night with Mary Carlisle
 [6:15 AM]      The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
 [8:15 AM]      A Scandal in Paris (1946)
 [10:00 AM]      The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
 [12:00 PM]      Lured (1947)
 [2:00 PM]      Journey to Italy (1954)
 [3:30 PM]      Death of a Scoundrel (1956)
 [5:45 PM]      King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)

 [8:00 PM]      College Humor (1933)
 [9:30 PM]      Kind Lady (1935)
 [11:00 PM]      Murder in the Private Car (1934)
 [12:15 AM]      Kentucky Kernels (1935)
 [1:45 AM]      Dead Men Walk (1943)
 [3:00 AM]      Night Court (1932)
 [4:45 AM]      My Past (1931)

Friday   -  11/16/18

TCM celebrates Marlene Dietrich all day.
 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #17 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      The Blue Angel (1930)
 [8:30 AM]      Shanghai Express (1932)
 [10:00 AM]      The Scarlet Empress (1934)
 [12:00 PM]      The Devil Is a Woman (1935)
 [1:30 PM]      Knight Without Armour (1937)
 [3:30 PM]      Kismet (1944)
 [5:30 PM]      Rancho Notorious (1952)
 [7:15 PM]      MGM Parade Show #17 (1955)

 [8:00 PM]      Trouble Brewing (1939)
 [9:45 PM]      Let George Do It (1940)    [AKA: 'To Hell With Hitler']
 [11:15 PM]      Keep Your Seats, Please! (1936)
 [12:45 AM]      No Limit (1935)
 [2:15 AM]      Sisters (1973)
 [4:00 AM]      Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
 [5:30 AM]      Mental Hospital (1953)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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TV Ratings

'Late Show'

CBS' Late Show With Stephen Colbert has moved into a tie with NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon among adults 18-49 for the season so far. Through the first seven weeks of the season (Sept. 24-Nov. 9), the two shows are each averaging a 0.51 rating in the key ad-sales demographic.

Late Show has been tops in total viewers for some time - it currently has a 1.19 million-viewer lead over The Tonight Show - but this season is the first time the two have been tied in the demo since Colbert took over Late Show in September 2015.

Late Show currently has the very smallest of leads in the total number of 18- to 49-year-old viewers, averaging 658,000 for the season to Tonight's 656,000. That, too, is a first for Colbert's show.

At this time a year ago, Tonight had a .07-point lead over Late Show (0.64 to 0.57). Both shows, obviously, are down among adults 18-49 year to year; Colbert is off by 10.5 percent and Fallon by 20 percent. (At 0.4 through Nov. 9, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! has fallen 18 percent year to year from a 0.49.)

Interestingly, Tonight has led Late Show in live-plus-same-day ratings in six of seven weeks so far this season, with only the week of Nov. 5 going to CBS. More people watch Late Show on delay, however, allowing it to close the gap.

'Late Show'



Radio Charts

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert is up for four honors at Wednesday's 2018 Country Music Association Awards, and she's sold millions of records. By any measure she's a country music star, yet she hadn't had a No. 1 song on the radio charts in more than four years until she collaborated with Jason Aldean on "Drowns the Whiskey," a song that went to the top of the charts three months after it was released.

There was one particular reason for its success on country music radio, as far as Lambert was concerned.

"Yes, I had to sing with someone with a penis to get a number one," she told the Washington Post for a story that notes female artists are woefully underrepresented on country music charts. "I do like this person, Jason Aldean, a lot … so it was a great song with an old friend."

Country music has dealt with the issue of gender balance - or, rather, imbalance - for years. In 2015, radio consultant Keith Hill infuriated Lambert and others when he instructed radio stations to limit the percentage of female artists they play to 15 percent of their total programming, if they wanted ratings to rise.

Miranda Lambert


Newhead News


Archaeologists Discover Missing Part

Antikythera Mechanism

A missing piece of the 2,200-year-old Antikythera Mechanism, which has been called the world's oldest analog computer, is believed to have been found on the Aegean seabed. This primitive computer was invented to help ancient Greeks calculate different astronomical positions, and somehow has managed to survive at sea despite the large number of looters who have appeared on the scene.

As the Daily Beast reports, the Antikythera Mechanism first disappeared 2,200 years ago, after it sunk with the ship that was carrying it near the island of Antikythera. It was then lost to history until 1901, when sponge divers discovered an oddly-shaped green mass in the seabed.

Curious to learn more about their discovery, the sponge divers carried their strange green lump back up to the surface with them. They then gave it over to archaeologist Valerios Stais, who holds residence at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, to examine.

Scientists now know that this Antikythera Mechanism is able to perform basic mathematical functions - as well as accurately track the movements of many celestial bodies like the sun, moon, planets and constellations. This ancient computer is even able to calculate the timing of equinoxes and eclipses.

After Cousteau's disastrous visit, this part of the Aegean was fairly quiet until 2012, when underwater archaeologists returned once again to examine the site of the ancient wreckage. This was a profoundly rewarding mission, as the archaeologists managed to find bronze and marble statues, coins, a sarcophagus lid, and even furniture on the Aegean seabed.

Antikythera Mechanism



Christie's Auction Sets Records

American Art

An evening of intense and competitive bidding in New York set fifteen records for American painters at Christie's Tuesday night, bringing in more than $317,801,250.

The artworks sold were all from the private collection of Barney Ebsworth, a former travel company executive and art collector who built what would become one of the finest private collections of 20th century American art.

Edward Hopper's iconic 'Chop Suey' sold for a staggering $91,875,000, a new auction record for the category of American Art. Chop Suey, an oil on canvas painted in 1929, is believed by experts to be inspired by Chinese restaurants Hopper visited, both in New York and on his travels.

A Willem de Kooning work, his tour de force, "Woman as Landscape," set a record for the artist, selling for $68,937,500.

Other artists setting records included Alexander Calder, for his standing sculpture woodwork, "Hen," which sold for $8,412,500, Arshile Gorky, Francis Criss, Joseph Stella and George Tooker, for his "A Game of Chess," which sold for $432,000. All the evening's sales were to anonymous buyers.

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A giant crater that was formed when a meteorite smashed into Earth, has been uncovered deep below Greenland's ice sheets.

The 31-kilometre-wide cavity was discovered by an international team of scientists who believe it was caused by a "rare" meteorite that struck Earth as recently as 12,000 years ago.

Evidence suggests the crater was formed when a kilometre-wide iron meteorite penetrated seven kilometres into the Earth's crust.

Since then it has been buried under the thick ice of the Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland.

It is the first time ever that an impact crater of any size has been found underneath one of Earth's continental ice sheets.




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Archaeologists have uncovered portions of the ancient Greek city of Tenea, whose residents claimed they were prisoners of the Trojan War, the Greek Ministry of Culture announced this week.

The uncovered parts of the city date back between 300 B.C. and A.D. 400.

Buildings from the town and part of a cemetery containing the burials of two men, five women (one of whom was buried with a child) and two children were uncovered. The burials contain a variety of grave goods, including jewelry made of bone, bronze and gold, as well as vases and coins. An iron ring bearing an image of the god Serapis, a deity revered in both Greece and Egypt, was also discovered in the cemetery

Scholars have known the general location of Tenea since at least the 19th century - it is located near the modern-day village of Chiliomodi - but they have done little scientific excavation at the site.

The ancient Greek historian Pausanias (who lived from A.D. 143 to 176) wrote that residents of Tenea believed that they were the descendants of Trojans who were taken prisoner during the Trojan War. That conflict (if it did occur) happened more than 3,000 years ago. Pausanias claimed that the people of the city honored "Apollo more than any other god" (translation by W.H.S. Jones and H.A. Ormerod). The recent excavations uncovered no remains dating back 3,000 years.




'Once In A Lifetime' Sale


A royal treasure trove including jewels that belonged to French Queen Marie-Antoinette fetched 53.5 million Swiss francs (£41 million) on Wednesday, as collectors snapped up rare historic gems fresh to the market, Sotheby's said.

Held in private European collections for more than 200 years, 10 royal jewels that belonged to the ill-fated Marie Antoinette and were passed down through Italy's royal Bourbon Parma family, featured among 100 lots that all found new owners.

"The Marie Antoinette provenance is probably second to none. It's a record for a sale of royal jewels," David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby's international jewellery division who conducted the Geneva auction, told reporters.

The total exceeded the $50 million at its historic two-day auction of the Duchess of Windsor jewels, held in the Swiss city in 1987.

The collection had a total pre-sale estimate of $4.5 million, but due to the historic provenance, bidding soared by phone, in the sale room and online, to reach many times that.




In Memory

Katherine MacGregor

Katherine MacGregor, best known for her role as Harriet Oleson on Little House on the Prairie, has died. She was 93. MacGregor died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, California, her representative confirmed to NBC News.

MacGregor played the general store owner's wife Harriet Oleson on all nine seasons of the 1970s series. Her favorite description of the character came in a fan letter from Minnesota in the 1970s, in which Mrs. Oleson was described as "the touch of pepper in the sweetness of the show".

Prior to Little House, MacGregor appeared on stage on and off Broadway in New York and other state's productions including The Seven Year Itch and Handful of Fire. She also appeared in various television series including Love of Life (1956), Play of the Week (1959), East Side/West Side (1963), Mannix, Emergency!, Ironside, and All in the Family. She also had roles in TV movies including The Death of Me Yet (1971), The Girls of Huntington House (1973), and Tell Me Where It Hurts (1974).

After Little House wrapped its run, MacGregor mainly returned to local theater, opting to work onstage in favor of TV and film work.

Katherine MacGregor






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