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Thursday

2 October, 2014

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Steven Pinker: Why Academics Stink at Writing (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Together with wearing earth tones, driving Priuses, and having a foreign policy, the most conspicuous trait of the American professoriate may be the prose style called academese.


Chris Rio: 5 Viral Stories That Had Insane Twists After We All Moved On (Cracked)
No offense, you guys, but let's face it: the Internet is a fickle audience. One day, you're all sharing a viral video of a cat squeezing itself into a flower pot, and before you know it, you've moved on to a cat saying "hey" without so much as a second thought as to how the first one got out of that pot. Well, that kitty starved to goddamn death in there, you guys. OK, so that's almost certainly not true, but


Mark Morford: Luxy is the dating app for wealthy, attractive douchbags. At last! (SF Gate)
All the people you want most to avoid in life, now in one convenient app! "What a great service!" "What a genius idea!" "Why didn't someone think of this before?" These and other giddy exclamations will most certainly not come pouring out of your face the minute you read about Luxy, a new, horribly edited, clumsily designed, so-dumb-it-might-be-a-hoax dating/hookup app designed exclusively for rich, attractive people, AKA "Tinder for douchebags."


Mark Morford: Ello is the tiny, ad-free anti-Facebook. Does it have a prayer? (SF Gate)
Ello is having a moment. Cute, no? Ello, in case you're not fanatically dialed in to the blink-and-you'll-miss-it tech zeitgeist, is the elegant, artist-created, exceedingly simple, Courier-obsessed, ad-free anti-Facebook everyone's talking about - everyone, that is, who has the spare time to score an invite to the private beta, so they can kick the skinny e-tires on what is, at this point, no more than a quaint idea, a baffled puppy in a land of dragons, all yappy and cute until the novelty fades [] and shiny shiny hey look over there.


Mark Morford: This short movie perfectly sums up the Selfie Generation (SF Gate)
Here is this ironic and deeply amusing short film, "Aspirational," by Matthew Frost, shot for Vs. Magazine, a publication I know little about and a film which apparently has something to do with fashion. It stars, as you can see, Kirsten Dunst, as herself, along with two perfectly numbed-out, modern day, selfie-obsessed fangirls, doing what fangirls do, only worse.


Mark Morford: This short movie perfectly sums up the Selfie Generation (SF Gate)
Here is this ironic and deeply amusing short film, "Aspirational," by Matthew Frost, shot for Vs. Magazine, a publication I know little about and a film which apparently has something to do with fashion. It stars, as you can see, Kirsten Dunst, as herself, along with two perfectly numbed-out, modern day, selfie-obsessed fangirls, doing what fangirls do, only worse.


"Aspirational" (Vimeo)
By Matthew Frost, shot for Vs. Magazine, starring Kirsten Dunst.


Sam Wollaston: My 999 Wedding review - there's pride in thrift (Guardian)
George and Amal could have saved a fortune at the Azur - and had a lovely time.



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Trivia Question of the Day


Who is recognized as the most-decorated female combatant in world military history?

                                  



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Trivia Question from Yesterday


She was Jethro Bodine's mother, Pearl, and the original voice of Betty Rubble. What is the name of this entertainer?


      Bea Benaderet                                                      Source


Beatrice "Bea" Benaderet (April 4, 1906 - October 13, 1968) was an American actress born in New York City and reared in San Francisco, California. She appeared in a wide variety of television work, which included a starring role in the 1960s television series Petticoat Junction and Green Acres as Shady Rest Hotel owner Kate Bradley, supporting roles as Blanche Morton in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and as the original voice of Betty Rubble during the first four seasons of The Flintstones, and in The Beverly Hillbillies as Pearl Bodine. She did a great deal of voice work in Warner Bros. animated cartoons of the 1940s/1950s, most famously as Granny.        Source






mj was first, and correct, with:
   Excellent actress, but her voice just grated on my nerves
  Bea Benaderet.




Adam answered:
   Bea Benaderet



Deborah wrote:
   That would be Bea Benaderet, also of "Petticoat Junction" fame.
  Happy Wednesday!




Charlie said:
   Bea Benaderet.




Marian replied:
   Bea Benaderet



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Bea Benaderet



George M said:
   I recall that Bea Benaderet was Jethro Bodine's mother, Pearl, on "Beverly Hillbillies", and was also the origina voice of Betty Rubble. Bea was also Kate Bradley for the first few seasons of "Petticoat Junction".



Dale of Diamond Sprungs, Norcali said:
   Bea Benaderet was one industrious actress from 1926 thru 1968. Lung Cancer got her. Yeah! Score another one for Big Tobacco!




DJ Useo answered:
   Why, it's that delightfully whimsical actress, Bea Benaderet.
  I see her in tv series nearly every day because I'm a HUGE fan of the George Burns & Gracie Allen Show,
  in which Bea portrays the often nervous neighbor, Blanche Morton.
  By coincidence, all her major shows like the Flintstones, & the Beverly Hillbillies are faves of mine that I own on dvd.
  I'm not real keen on Petticoat Junction, but it's been years since I've seen it.




MAM   wrote:
   Bea Benaderet circa 1960s ~

Pearl Bodine and Betty Rubble




Joe S     replied:
   Bea Benaderet. A name I'm familiar with from radio days. Never knew what she looked like. The photo below is what she looked like on the radio.



Alan J took the day off.
  



Randall took the day off.
  



Lois of Oregon took the day off.
  



Sally is on hiatus.
  



BttbBob   is semi-retired.
  

  October 2 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 2 | Famous Birthdays



  


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Middle Class Political Economist

Boeing moving 2000 jobs from Washington state




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Open thread for night owls. Lehmann: 'Democrats can't win by cutting class'



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The buzz about 'mad honey', hot honey and mead | Life and style | The Guardian



Raya The Muppet Talks About Poop And Is Proud Of It : Goats and Soda : NPR



BBC - Travel - Rare photos of untouched Australia : Photography, Australia




Thanks, Michelle!


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Veljko Suggests

Microcars


10 Of The Most Unusual Vintage Microcars


Regards,
Veljko


Thanks, Veljko!


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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



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Gare Says...

Halloween Astro Column

Halloween Astro Tips And How to Avoid Merc Retro Regrets Catprez.com

Click and find out how to treat each sign so that you don't get tricked!


A starry eyed thank you,
Gare G


Thanks, Gare!


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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to active@bartcop.com.

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )


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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


THE GODLESS EVIL SERVANTS OF SATAN!

THE SPAWN OF EVIL TRIES TO DEFEND THEIR LORD SATAN.

IGNORANT DEVIL WORSHIPPER BLAMES SCIENCE!

PROTECT AND SERVE???

FEEL THE WARM.

"SOMETIMES TEXAS ISN'T A BIG ENOUGH JOKE"

YOU WILL BOW DOWN TO SCIENCE AND THE EARTH WILL SET YOU FREE. YOU WILL FLOAT IN THE UNIVERSE FOR ETERNITY.

THE FASCISTS HALT OUR RIGHT TO VOTE!

SILENT SPRING, SUMMER, FALL AND WINTER!

IT WORKS! SO WHY DON'T WE HAVE IT NOW?






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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and warmer.



Tonight, Thursday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'NFL Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Johnny Galecki, Andre Benjamin, and Delta Spirit.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Joe Theismann and Lauren Cohan.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Biggest Loser', followed by a FRESH 'Bad Judge', then a FRESH 'A To Z', followed by a FRESH 'Parenthood'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Derek Jeter, James Marsden, and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Sarah Silverman and John Mulaney.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Melissa Fumero, the Front Bottoms, and "Last Hijack".



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Ellen Pompeo, Norman Reedus, and Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige.



The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'Reign'.



Faux has a FRESH 'Bones', followed by a FRESH 'Gracepoint'.



MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.



A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Dead Again'.



AMC offers the movie 'The Bucket List', followed by the movie 'Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines', then the movie 'Repo Man'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC WORLD NEWS
 [7:00AM]    BBC WORLD NEWS
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: PLANET OF THE DEAD
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE WATERS OF MARS
 [10:00AM]    TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY-Season 4 - Ep 7 - Immortal Sins
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 3 - Ep 9 - The Vengeance Factor
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Season 3 - Ep 10 - The Defector
 [1:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 4 - Ep 5 - The Curry Lounge
 [2:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Oceana
 [3:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Trobiano's
 [4:00PM]    TOP GEAR - Season 4 - Episode 6
 [5:00PM]    TOP GEAR - Season 4 - Episode 7
 [6:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Sebastian's
 [7:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
 [8:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Blackberry's
 [9:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Leone's
 [10:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Mike & Nellie's
 [11:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Blackberry's
 [12:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Leone's
 [1:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Mike & Nellie's
 [2:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Sebastian's
 [3:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
 [4:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 4 - Ep 5 - The Curry Lounge
 [5:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Oceana    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Real Housewives Of NJ', and 'Below Deck'.



Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Chappelle's Show', 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', and still another 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Ben Steele.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Lynn Sherr.



FX has 3 hours of old 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'That's My Boy'.



History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH 'Pawn Stars', and 2 more old 'Pawn Star's.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CLARK GREGG WEARS A NAVY BLAZER & WHITE COLLARED SHIRT
 [6:30AM]    DALTRY CALHOUN
 [8:30AM]    JAWS 3
 [10:45AM]    DANCE OF THE DEAD
 [12:30PM]    DALTRY CALHOUN
 [2:30PM]    JAWS 3
 [4:45PM]    HOUSE PARTY
 [7:00PM]    FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
 [9:00PM]    JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK
 [11:15PM]    FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
 [1:15AM]    JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK
 [3:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-RAINN WILSON WEARS A SHORT SLEEVED PLAID SHIRT & COLORFUL SNEAKERS
 [4:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-PEE-WEE HERMAN WEARS A HALLOWEEN COSTUME
 [4:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JESSICA ALBA WEARS A JACKET WITH PATENT LEATHER PUMPS
 [5:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-RASHIDA JONES WEARS A BLACK BLAZER & FLOWERED PANTS
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JIM GAFFIGAN WEARS A BLUE JACKET & PLUM T-SHIRT    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Donald the Normal
 [7:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Street Eats
 [7:15AM]    Everything Must Go
 [9:15AM]    Kingpin
 [11:45AM]    9 to 5
 [2:15PM]    Best in Show
 [4:15PM]    The Perfect Storm
 [7:00PM]    Unforgiven
 [10:00PM]    Aliens
 [1:00AM]    The Dead Zone
 [3:15AM]    The Perfect Storm    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Freddy Vs. Jason', followed by a (F) 'Haven', then 'Spartacus: Vengeance', followed by another 'Spartacus: Vengeance'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Martin Short, Camilla Luddington, and Ryan Adams.



TCM:
 [6:15 AM]      That Forsyte Woman (1949)
 [8:15 AM]      The Doctor and the Girl (1949)
 [10:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #32 (1955)
 [10:30 AM]      Room Service (1938)
 [12:00 PM]      Go West (1940)
 [1:30 PM]      The Big Store (1941)
 [3:00 PM]      Double Dynamite (1951)
 [4:30 PM]      A Girl In Every Port (1952)
 [6:00 PM]      One Sunday Afternoon (1948)
 [7:30 PM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Bill Murray (2008)
 [8:00 PM]      Topper (1937)
 [10:00 PM]      The Time Of Their Lives (1946)
 [11:30 PM]      The Canterville Ghost (1944)
 [1:15 AM]      A Place of One's Own (1945)
 [3:00 AM]      The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)
 [4:30 AM]      Beyond Tomorrow (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Friday   -  10/03/14

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Circus (1928)    SILENT 
 [7:15 AM]      Polly Of The Circus (1932)
 [8:30 AM]      Circus Clown (1934)
 [9:45 AM]      Fixer Dugan (1939)
 [11:00 AM]      At The Circus (1939)
 [12:30 PM]      The Wagons Roll At Night (1941)
 [2:00 PM]      Thousands Cheer (1943)
 [4:15 PM]      Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
 [6:15 PM]      7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      The African Queen (1951)
 [10:00 PM]      Sahara (1943)
 [12:00 AM]      Beat The Devil (1953)
 [2:00 AM]      Casablanca (1942)
 [4:00 AM]      The Wind And The Lion (1975)     (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network

Me-TV

RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter dance on Main Street during the 18th Annual Plains Peanut Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Plains, Ga. Carter is celebrating his 90th birthday in Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Carter is the second-oldest of the five living U.S. presidents.
Photo by Curtis Compton

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Grand Marshal Of Hollywood Christmas Parade

Stevie Wonder

Singer Stevie Wonder has been named the Grand Marshall of the 83rd annual Hollywood Christmas Parade.

The parade benefits Toys For Tots and will be held on Sunday, Nov. 30. at 6 p.m.

"I am deeply honored to be serving as Grand Marshal of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, as 2014 is a historic one in the annuals of American history, and represents the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark piece of legislation in the United States guaranteeing all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment. It is my privilege to give back and to be a part of an American tradition like the Hollywood Christmas Parade," Wonder said.

The parade will be hosted by Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Erik Estrada and Montel Williams.

Stevie Wonder

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Rigoberta Menchu, a Nobel Peace prize winner, lights a candle as part of a Mayan ceremony outside the Supreme Court before the start of a trial involving the death of her father in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Former police chief Pedro Garcia Arredondo is going on trial in connection with the death of Menchu's father, and 36 more people, who died on Jan. 31 in 1980 during an attack by alleged government agents. The attackers burned down the Spanish embassy in Guatemala where Mayan peasants were occupying in protest.
Photo by Moises Castillo

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Which Channel Jacks Up Your Bill The Most?

Cable

Do you hate your cable company? Well, you're not alone: Matter of fact, the two most hated companies -- Comcast and Time Warner Cable -- are both cable providers. And while there's a lot to dislike, you can't entirely blame them for rampant price increases.

Right now, cable companies provide a host of cable packages at different price points with pre-bundled channels. The issue is nobody's watching the majority of these channels: A recent Nielsen study reported that on average U.S. homes receive nearly 190 channels but only watch 17.5; that means the average U.S. home utilizes less than 10% of the channels it is delivered.

However, each cable channel needs to be paid by cable providers -- and by association, cable customers who are burdened with the monthly tab -- via affiliate fees. Pay-TV providers are stuck in a situation balancing the costs of these channels with customers wary of fee increases. And not all channels are created equal: Here are the channels responsible for jacking up your cable bill.

Leading the list is Disney's ESPN channel. And while many casual observers associate the company with its namesake "land and world" parks and theme resorts, astute investors know that, at its heart, Disney is now a media company. Former CEO Michael Eisner provided significant value to investors by buying ABC in 1995, perhaps unwittingly, because ABC bought ESPN a decade prior.

And how much do cable subscribers pay for that a month -- regardless of whether they watch the network or not? Well, according to data from media-research firm SNL Kagan, ESPN receives $6.04 per subscriber every month from your cable network; the median cost per channel is $0.14 per month. However, many cable companies bundle that with ESPN2, costing subscribers an additional $0.74 per month.

Cable

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Bidding Is A Disaster

2022 Olympics

The 2004 Olympic baseball stadium in Athens is now a white elephant. Oslo has pulled out of the running for the 2022 Winter Olympics after the Norwegian government advised against hosting.

That leaves Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan as the only remaining cities involved in the bidding process.

Researchers have known for years that hosting large sporting events like the Olympics always costs more than expected and always yields less revenue and useful long-term infrastructure than estimated. Now voters and politicians in democratically elected countries are starting to realize the same thing.

Potential host cities began dropping out of the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics like crazy early in 2014.

2022 Olympics

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US actress Diane Keaton gestures as she speaks during a press conference at the 10th Zurich Film Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Keaton will receive the Golden Icon Award of the Festival in the evening.
Photo by Walter Bieri

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Notorious Speed Trap City Closes Police Department

Waldo, Florida

A 50-year-old nationally recognized speed trap in north central Florida came to an end as of midnight Wednesday after the city of Waldo voted to disband its police department.

The Waldo city council turned over law enforcement duties Wednesday morning to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, according to sheriff spokeswoman Becky Butscher.

The council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to disband its police force after member Carolyn Wade reported that the local prosecutor led her to believe a grand jury would be convened to investigate the police department if it continued to operate and the results would be humiliating for the city, according to the Gainesville Sun.

Waldo's police chief and a top-ranking officer had been suspended since August when five officers complained to the city council that they worked under a quota to issue 12 traffic tickets per 12-hour shift.

Waldo, Florida

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Texass Court Upholds Dismissal of Convictions

Tom DeLay

A Texas court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of money-laundering and conspiracy convictions against former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found that another state appeals court had correctly overturned DeLay's 2010 convictions, finding insufficient evidence against him in September 2013.

DeLay, a once-prominent Republican known as "The Hammer" for his tough political tactics, had been accused of funneling $190,000 in corporate campaign donations to Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature in the 2002 elections.

DeLay's political action committee was accused of giving $190,000 it received in corporate donations to the Republican National State Elections Committee. Two weeks later, the national committee gave $190,000 to seven Republican candidates in Texas. This practice, known as "swapping," is a way to bypass Texas law that requires corporate donations to go only to overhead costs of a campaign, according to court documents.

Judge Cheryl Johnson wrote in the ruling that although the "wheeling and dealing was a tad shady," it was legal.

Tom DeLay

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David Tennant and Anna Gunn attend the Film Independent Screening of Fox's 'Gracepoint' at Bing Theatre at LACMA on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Battle for the Senate

Koch Brothers

It's not just the Koch Brothers. In key Senate-race states across the US, the airwaves are chock-full of political ads - and most of the money is coming from outside groups, not from the candidates' official campaigns.

This rise of outside groups since 2010 spans both ends of the political spectrum, although the conservative Koch Brothers have come to symbolize the trend.

What's behind all the outside money? Wealthy donors face federal caps on how much they can give directly to a candidate - but no limit on how much they can put toward political ads created by independent groups.

Here are some of the big spenders as of late September, drawing on information compiled by the Center for Public Integrity and by OpenSecrets.org, the website of the Center for Responsive Politics.

Koch Brothers

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Gisele Bundchen, center, with megaphone, and other models take part to a fake demonstration as part of Chanel's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept.30, 2014.
Photo by Thibault Camus

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Scraps US Student Exchange

Russia

Russia has pulled out of a long-running US-funded student exchange programme, accusing the organisers of letting a teenager stay behind in the United States in the care of a gay couple.

Moscow's decision to pull the plug on the largest Russia-US high school exchange programme comes amid a showdown with the United States over Ukraine which has also seen President Vladimir Putin (R-Shirtless) try to curb the spread of Western values.

"A child, who has a mother in Russia, has illegally been placed under guardianship, and the boy has been handed over to a US gay couple," Russia's children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said on Wednesday.

Since returning to the Kremlin for a third term in 2012, Putin has pushed an increasingly conservative agenda, seeking to promote Russia as the antithesis of the West.

Russia

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Environmental activists carry a giant inflatable chicken as they demonstrate against 'chlorine chickens' near the Oktoberfest grounds in Munich October 1, 2014.
Photo by Michaela Rehle

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Votes To Eliminate Sports Blackout Rules

FCC

The FCC today unanimously voted to end its sports blackout rules nearly four decades after they were first implemented in 1975. Despite stiff objections from the NFL, the Commission has put an end to the rules that barred cable and satellite providers from airing games blacked out on local broadcast stations because they failed to sell out. But it only ends the government's rules. The NFL still has its own, private blackout rules in place with broadcasters like FOX and CBS, and those may still prevent fans from watching local games when tickets remain at the box office.

Specifically, here's what the FCC says is the outcome of today's vote:
    The action removes Commission protection of the NFL's current private blackout policy, which requires local broadcast stations to black out a game if a team does not sell a certain percentage of tickets to the game at least 72 hours prior to the game.

Until now, the FCC's rules protected the NFL's restrictions by extending them to cable and satellite, but they're now history. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (D-Comcast) led a public campaign to dismantle the rules, going so far as publishing a USA Today editorial that accused blackout rules of "hurting loyal fans." "We at the FCC shouldn't be complicit in preventing sports fans from watching their favorite teams on TV," Wheeler wrote earlier this month.

FCC

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A woman visits a pandal, a temporary platform, with art installation titled "Mars Mission" as part of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata October 1, 2014. The festival is the biggest religious event for Bengali Hindus. Hindus believe that the goddess Durga symbolises power and the triumph of good over evil. India's first mission to Mars entered orbit on September 24.
Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri

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35,000 Come Ashore

Walrus

Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.

An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday about 5 miles north of Point Lay, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Point Lay is an Inupiat Eskimo village 300 miles southwest of Barrow and 700 miles northwest of Anchorage.

The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA's annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey, spokeswoman Julie Speegle said by email. The survey is conducted with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the agency that oversees offshore lease sales.

The gathering of walrus on shore is a phenomenon that has accompanied the loss of summer sea ice as the climate has warmed.

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In a photo provided by the Detroit Zoo, a newborn giraffe calf is seen next to 5-year-old Kivuli at the zoo in Royal Oak, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 1. 2014. The zoo says the reticulated giraffe was born Tuesday evening following a 15-month gestation. The father is 6-year-old Jabari. The zoo says the yet-to-be-named calf was born outdoors in the giraffe habitat and took its first steps about an hour after its birth. Scott Carter, Detroit Zoological Society chief life sciences officer, says in a statement that it "appears strong and healthy."
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