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Tom Lamont: "'I must have watched it 50 times': a Frozen dad prepares for the sequel" (The Guardian)
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Charles Bramesco: "Riddle me not: why I'm sick of TV shows that revel in WTF storytelling" (The Guardian)
As compelling as Watchmen might be, it's yet another show that relies on a mystery box form of storytelling that can prove frustrating.

Charles Besmesco: "Facing facts: how memoir movies are finally showing the ugly truth" (The Guardian)
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Quisling, a term for collaborators or traitors in general, originated in what country?

       Norway                                                      Source

Quisling is a term originating in Norway, which is used in Scandinavian languages and in English for a person who collaborates with an enemy occupying force - or more generally as a synonym for traitor. The word originates from the surname of the Norwegian war-time leader Vidkun Quisling, who headed a domestic Nazi collaborationist regime during World War II.

The use of the name as a term for collaborators or traitors in general probably came about upon Quisling's unsuccessful coup d'état in 1940, when he attempted to seize power and make Norway cease resisting the invading Germans. The term was widely introduced to an English-speaking audience by the British newspaper The Times. It published an editorial on 19 April 1940 titled "Quislings everywhere", in which it was asserted that "To writers, the word Quisling is a gift from the gods. If they had been ordered to invent a new word for traitor... they could hardly have hit upon a more brilliant combination of letters. Aurally it contrives to suggest something at once slippery and tortuous."        Source

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   Norway. Vidkun Quisling was a graduate of the Norwegian Military Academy and officer in the General Staff and diplomat who got involved with politics and was for a time the Defense Minister, where he pursued anti-communist policies. Quisling became attracted to the fascist movement of the 1930s but his party was in decline so he was frustrated in his attempts to become a dictator. During the 1940 German invasion of Norway, Quisling declared himself the leader of the government, but he wasn't recognized by the Germans, although Quisling was already been on the German's payroll. Eventually Quisling found himself as the unpopular head of a puppet government. Denied any real power by the Germans because of his lack of support, Quisling stayed busy enriching himself by theft. After the Germans were defeated Quisling was arrested, convicted of high treason and other crimes, and was shot by firing squad. Which was a shame because traitors should always be hanged.
  Photos: Vidkun meets his pal Adolf | Quisling adopted the German's heil Hitler salute | Quisling seated next to SS and Gestapo head, the sinister Heinrich Himmler, whose body language indicates his contempt for the Norwegian | Quisling seems relevant today for some reason.

Cal in Vermont replied:
   Norway, where Vidkun Quisling led a government dedicated to collaborating with the Nazis which is different than just putting up with them.

mj wrote:
   Quisling was a minister
  In the government of Norway who, while, I believe, technically neutral, was welcoming to the Nazis, allowing them to build facilities to produce heavy water (H20 in which radioactive deuterium replaces some of the hydrogen) needed for their quest to build an atomic bomb.

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Deborah responded:
   Quisling ordinated in Norway, after a man with that surname who was a coward.
  Ran the A/C in the truck yesterday - 81* in November! Right now the only signs of fall are the trees turning colors.

zorch replied:
   Quisling originated in Norway, because of Vidkun Quisling.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Quisling is named after the Norwegian, Vidkum Quisling, who was a notorious collaborator with Nazi Germany after Germany conquered Norway during WWII. Sadly, we have too many of our own American Quislings.

Joe S     replied:
   Norway. Trump loves Norwegians, now you know why. Thinks everyone from Norway is like that.

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• Many artists are impoverished early in their careers. When Pablo Picasso was living with Fernande Olivier, they sometimes ran out of money to buy food. One trick they used to get food was to order it and have it delivered. When the delivery boy would knock on their door with bags of food, Ms. Olivier would yell, "Put them down! I can't open [the door] now! I'm naked!" The delivery boy would put down the bags of food and leave, Mr. Picasso and Ms. Olivier would eat, and when they got the money, they would pay for the food. Even earlier, when Mr. Picasso lived in an unfurnished apartment with his friend Carlos Casagemas, they could not afford to buy or rent furniture, and so Mr. Picasso painted fine furniture on the walls. He even painted a maid and an errand boy. (By the way, young Pablo grew up watching his artist father create art. Reportedly, Pablo's first word was piz - the Spanish word for pencil is lápiz.)

• While dancing in the Soviet Union, Balanchine ballerina Allegra Kent saw some imperial crowns with finely detailed work that had been created before the invention of magnifying glasses. How could such finely detailed work be done without a magnifying glass? The goldsmiths had used a glass of water. Looking through the water created a magnifying effect that helped the goldsmiths do their finely detailed work. Remembering this lesson, in later years, when Ms. Kent was in a restaurant and had forgotten to bring her eyeglasses, she would hold up a glass of white wine and read the menu through it.

• During his lifetime, the murals of Mexican artist Diego Rivera were controversial and often censored - sometimes even defaced. After he died, however, enormous effort was taken to preserve them for posterity. For example, the Hotel del Prado in Mexico City is the proud owner of one of Mr. Rivera's murals. Unfortunately, because of earthquake tremors the hotel's foundation shifted, cracking the fresco. Therefore, the hotel moved the fresco - all nine tons of it! - to a different location, where it is safe.

• Andy Warhol hated to throw anything away, and he solved the problem of what to do with his stuff by creating "Time Capsules." He kept a box on which he wrote "T.C." and a date, and each day he would drop stuff into the box: junk mail, gallery announcements, letters from famous people, and other odds and ends. When the box was filled, it was sealed with tape and stored. Then he began filling another box. Today many of the Time Capsules are in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.

• Norman Rockwell used children as live models for his paintings, but sometimes they grew fidgety. He found a way to help keep them still. He paid the children 50 cents per hour, with the child model posing for 25 minutes and then taking a 5-minute break. At the start of a modeling session, Mr. Rockwell would put a pile of nickels on a table, and at the end of each 25-minute modeling period, he put five nickels in a stack to show the child how much money the child had earned.

• When famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Johnson Wax Administrative Building in Racine, Wisconsin, he put unusual columns in the central open work space. Unfortunately, he could not get a permit to build the columns because other people thought that the columns would be unable to support the weight they were supposed to support. Mr. Wright was able to convince these people that the columns were safe by building one column, then demonstrating that it could support three times the weight it was supposed to support.

• Architect Frank Lloyd Wright concerned himself with fire protection throughout his career, in part because his own studio, called Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin, burned down three times. When the Great Kanto Earthquake struck Tokyo in 1923, fire broke out at the Wright-designed Imperial Hotel. However, the fire was put out quickly with water from the pool near the front entrance - Mr. Wright had placed the pool there specifically in case of fire.

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Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'The Neighborhood', followed by a RERUN 'Bob Hearts Abishola', then a RERUN 'Bull', followed by a RERUN 'All Rise'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 10/8/19) are Will Smith and Andrew Scott.
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NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Bluff City Law'.
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ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by FRESH 'The Good Doctor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kerry Washington, Noah Centineo, and Florida Georgia Line.

The CW offers a FRESH 'All American', followed by a FRESH 'Black Lightning'.

Faux has a FRESH '9-1-1', followed by a FRESH 'Prodigal Son'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.

A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live Rescue'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Hunger Games', followed by the movie 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'.

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Comedy Central has all old 'The Office' all night.
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Scheduled on a FRESH Lights Out with David Spade are Erik Griffin, Chris D'Elia, and Andrew Santino.

FX has the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', followed by the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', again.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Pawn Stars'.

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SyFy has the movie 'Jack The Giant Slayer', followed by the movie 'Valerian & The City Of A Thousand Planets'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan is Kevin Nealon.

 [6:00 AM]      The Big Parade (1925)    SILENT 
 [9:00 AM]      The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)
 [12:45 PM]      Dive Bomber (1941)
 [3:15 PM]      God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
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 [8:00 PM]      The Dirty Dozen (1967)
 [10:45 PM]      Kelly's Heroes (1970)
 [1:15 AM]      Where Eagles Dare (1968)
 [4:00 AM]      Mister Roberts (1955)    (ALL TIMES EST)

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 [3:00 PM]      Satan Met A Lady (1936)
 [4:30 PM]      It's Love I'm After (1937)
 [6:15 PM]      Marked Woman (1937)
 [8:00 PM]      Jezebel (1938)
 [10:00 PM]      Dark Victory (1939)
 [12:00 AM]      The Old Maid (1939)
 [1:45 AM]      The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
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Citizenship Application Delayed

Neil Young

Neil Young has revealed that his attempts to attain U.S. citizenship prior to the 2020 presidential election has been delayed in part due to the "good morale character" clause on the immigration application.

"I want to be a dual citizen and vote. When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed," the rocker wrote Friday on his Neil Young Archives' site.

"Recently however, I have been told that I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem."

Young then cited an addition that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions made to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' "good morale character" by-laws that cautioned that applicants' "certain marijuana related activities" could impact their attempts at citizenship.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Canada-born Young - who has lived predominately in the United States since the late Sixties - said he hoped to take the oath of citizenship after his 74th birthday on November 12th.

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Algorithm Blamed

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Apple Inc co-founder Steve Wozniak joined in the online debate over accusations of gender discrimination by the algorithm behind the iPhone maker's credit card, fuelling scrutiny of the newly launched Apple Card.

The criticism started on Thursday, after entrepreneur David Heinemeier Hansson railed against the Apple Card in a series of Twitter posts, saying it gave him 20 times the credit limit his wife received.

The much anticipated titanium credit card, part of a broader effort by Apple to derive greater revenue from services after years of heavy reliance on iPhone sales, was launched in August, in partnership with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. It was possible for two family members to receive significantly different credit decisions, the bank said, but added, "We have not, and will not, make decisions based on factors like gender."

Hansson, who is the creator of web-application framework Ruby on Rails, did not disclose any specific income-related information for himself or his wife but tweeted that they filed joint tax returns and that his wife had a better credit score.

On Saturday, Wozniak chimed in with a similar experience, saying he got 10 times more credit on the card, compared with his wife.

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Photo Replaced

Uncle Ruckus

Some might call Kanye West a character. But to someone on the internet, he's not a very good one.

An unidentified person replaced a photo of Uncle Ruckus, a racist character in the popular animated series "The Boondocks," with a picture of Kanye wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat.

So when Google searching "The Boondocks," or "Uncle Ruckus", you get a photo of Kanye instead.

The Google search image for Uncle Ruckus, a racist character on "The Boondocks," was briefly Kanye West Saturday.

While its unclear when exactly the photo was replaced, it was taken down Saturday afternoon.

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Released From 'Whale Jail'


The last whales held in a notorious facility dubbed the "whale jail" in Russia's Far East were released on Sunday, the institute overseeing the operation said.

The fate of the whales, which were captured to perform in aquariums, sparked international outrage earlier this year after pictures appeared in the media of them struggling to swim through ice-encrusted waters in cramped enclosures.

Moscow eventually bowed to pressure to release the 93 beluga whales and 11 orcas, which were held for more than a year in the secretive facility in Srednyaya Bay near the far eastern town of Nakhodka.

Russia is the only country that captures wild orcas and belugas to sell to aquariums, a controversial practice made possible by legal loopholes.



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Forgets Words

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Donald "Lumpy" Trump (R-Unfit) has been filmed appearing to forget the words of the US national anthem during an appearance at an American football game.

In a video from the event, Mr Trump stops singing just before the penultimate line of "The Star Spangled Banner", despite those around him continuing to recite the song.

The president then looks around, before resuming singing for the anthem's final line. The incident is not the first time Mr Trump has appeared to forget the song's lyrics.

Mr Trump has previously criticised Americans who do not sing the national anthem or choose to kneel during it and has suggested those who do not want to stand for the anthem "should not be in the country".

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A prominent Saint Petersburg-based Napoleon expert has confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a grisly crime that sent shock waves across Russia.

Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old history lecturer who received France's Legion d'Honneur from Jacques Chirac in 2003, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder after he was hauled out of the icy Moika River with a backpack containing a woman's arms.

A court on Monday will decide whether to arrest the historian, who was being treated for hypothermia in a hospital.

Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell into the Moika, a tributary of the Neva, in central Saint Petersburg as he tried to dispose of body parts near the offices of investigators.

After disposing of the corpse he reportedly planned to commit suicide at the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the former imperial capital's most famous landmarks, dressed as Napoleon.



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But the steady drip of investigations and misspending allegations and a shakeup at the top ranks of the NRA compelled him to alter his will. The NRA will no longer get his money.

"The rot had gotten worse and I simply decided: No, I'm not giving those people my money," Olson said.

Olson reflects what has become a new challenge for the NRA as its legal and financial issues stack up: the loss of big donors.




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The first time you picked up a crayon as a small child, you probably felt more comfortable and more natural drawing with one of your hands than the other one.

Excluding the small number of truly ambidextrous people - those who can use their right and left hands with equal ease - humans generally have a dominant hand (and side of their body) that they favor for everyday tasks.

Most people - about 85 to 90% - are right-handed, and there's no population on Earth where left-handers are in the majority.

That uneven split has had some historic downsides for lefties. They've had to use scissors, desks, knives and notebooks that were designed with righties in mind. Many lefties were forced, against their natural inclination, to write with their right hands (including some famous examples like King George VI of England). They've been discriminated against and eyed with suspicion, as evidenced in the language used to describe lefties. "Right" in English obviously also means "correct." The etymology of the word "sinister" can be traced back to the Latin word for "left."

While the stigma against left-handedness has faded in most places, scientists are still confounded by the righty-lefty divide. Researchers are still trying to understand what makes people prefer one hand over the other and why righties dominate.



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Weekend Box Office


Despite a fresh injection of four big movies into the marketplace including a Stephen King adaptation, a World War II epic, a glossy, holiday-themed romantic comedy and a family friendly comedy, audiences largely stayed away from theaters this weekend and the North American box office is hurting.

Down nearly 27% from last year, the sluggish weekend allowed for a few big surprises however. The biggest surprise was the fact that the Roland Emmerich film "Midway," which slightly overperformed, snagged the first-place spot over Warner Bros.' "Doctor Sleep," a film that came in well under expectations and has left many in the business scratching their heads as to why.

Lionsgate on Sunday estimated that "Midway" earned $17.5 million from 3,242 screens. The studio acquired the film about the Battle of Midway that features a large ensemble cast including Nick Jonas and Patrick Wilson.

In a more minor surprise, Paramount Pictures' John Cena-led "Playing With Fire," a family friendly comedy about firefighters, opened in third place with $12.8 million over Universal Pictures' Wham!-inspired romantic comedy "Last Christmas." Starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, "Last Christmas" took fourth place with $11.6 million. But Universal is optimistic about its prospects, considering the thematic nature of the film and the holiday weekends to come.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1."Midway," $17.5 million ($21.6 million international).
    2."Doctor Sleep," $14.1 million ($13 million international).
    3."Playing With Fire," $12.8 million ($2.5 million international).
    4."Last Christmas," $11.6 million ($3.1 million international).
    5."Terminator: Dark Fate," $10.8 million ($29.9 million international).
    6."Joker," $9.2 million ($20.3 million international).
    7."Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," $8 million ($19.9 million international).
    8."Harriet," $7.2 million.
    9."Zombieland: Double Tap," $4.3 million ($5.1 million international).
   10."The Addams Family," $4.2 million ($13.2 million international).



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