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Tuesday

16 January, 2018

(Updated Daily)

[347 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Jonathan M. Katz: This is how ignorant you have to be to call Haiti a 'shithole' (Washington Post)
President Trump's defenders don't know anything about Haiti's history - or the United States's.


Nick Visser: "Aziz Ansari Responds To Sexual Assault Allegations: 'I Took Her Words To Heart'"(Huffington Post)
An unnamed woman accused the comedian of impropriety in an essay published on Saturday.


Michael Greger M.D. FACLM: What Do the Longest Living People Eat? (nutritionfacts.org)
The best of the best were Adventist vegetarians who also had healthy lifestyles, such as being exercising nonsmokers. They live to 87 and nearly 90, on average. That's 10 to 14 years longer than the general population. They have 10 to 14 extra years on this Earth by making simple lifestyle choices.


Michele Hanson: What I learned about capitalism from running a stall on Portobello market (The Guardian)
Bargains were snatched from the shoppers who needed them in order to make bigger profits from people with fatter wallets. It was the trickle-up effect at work - much like our system now.


Peter Bradshaw: Paddington 2 review - Hugh Grant steals the show in sweet-natured and funny sequel (The Guardian)
The unspeakable Phoenix steals a precious pop-up book from Mr Gruber's shop: a book which contains coded clues to where a fabulous cache of treasure may be found - and he frames Paddington for the crime. So poor Paddington goes to prison for something he didn't do, but there finds solace in friendship with the prison's hot-tempered cook, Knuckles, played by Brendan Gleeson. Together, they are to plan a daring escape and the show-stopping climax involves a daring dash to the west country from London's eponymous railway station. It's very silly, but very likeable, the kind of thing that looks easy, but really isn't.


Peter Bradshaw: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri review - darkly hilarious portrait of disenfranchised USA (The Guardian)
Frances McDormand gives her best performance since Fargo as a plucky vigilante who confronts both the police and the tragedy of her daughter's death by erecting roadside monuments to her grief and rage.


Peter Bradshaw: Wonder review - manipulative feelgood drama comes with hefty dollop of treacle (2 out of 5 stars, The Guardian)
Wilson drawls, Julia Roberts whispers and the audience snores in this ham-fisted heartwarmer about the trials of a disfigured boy and his family.



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Presenting

Michael Egan




@drmivhaelegan






The Tragedy of King Richard II Part One: Ascribed to William Shakespeare (The Tragedy of Richard II, Part One): Michael Egan



Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Trivia Question of the Day


One of my co-workers can Fudgel with the best of them. What skill has Connie mastered?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


99% of the US commercial production of English Walnuts is grown in what US State?


       California                                                      Source


Walnut trees are any species of tree in the plant genus Juglans, the type genus of the familyJuglandaceae, the seeds of which are referred to as walnuts. All species are deciduous trees, 10-40 metres (33-131 ft) tall, with pinnate leaves 200-900 millimetres (7.9-35.4 in), with 5-25 leaflets; the shoots have chambered pith, a character shared with the wingnuts (Pterocarya), but not the hickories (Carya) in the same family.

The 21 species in the genus range across the north temperate Old World from southeast Europeeast to Japan, and more widely in the New World from southeast Canada west to California and south to Argentina.

Two-thirds of the world export market and 99% of the US commercial production of English walnuts is grown in California's Central Valley and in Coastal Valleys, from Redding in the north to Bakersfield in the south. Of the more than 30 varieties of J. regia grown there, Chandler and Hartley account for over half of total production.        Source







Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   California produces the most English walnuts in the US.



Alan J answered:
   California.



Randall wrote:
   California





Stephen F said:
   California



mj replied:
   Since it has traditionally
  Been labeled as the land of fruits and nuts, I'm going with California.
  It's also the home of Blue Diamond, the most dominant brand on the shelves.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   California



Deborah wrote:
   I'm going with my gut here - California. You wouldn't believe the acres of walnut (and almond) orchards in my small corner of NorCal.
  Pea-soupy fog for the 4th day in a row. Looking forward to the predicted rain.




Adam answered:
   California's Central Valley



zorch responded:
   California produces 99 percent of the US' English walnuts.



John I from Hawai`i says,
   "California."



Billy in Cypress replied:
   Drought-stricken California, which also produces other water guzzling nut crops such as almonds and pistachios.



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Cali…My Uncle Ed and Aunt Flora had ten acres of walnuts at their farmstead in Walnut Creek…never ran out of nuts until 1971 when they sold to developers…ahhh fucking progress.



Daniel in The City wrote:
   California, of course.



Joe S     wrote:
   I'm guessing California, and this is not a joke, because a lot of nuts are grown there. Like almonds. See, I'm not trying to make a joke.



Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.
  



Ed K took the day off.
  



Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.
  



Gene took the day off.
  



David of Moon Valley took the day off.
  



Harry M. took the day off.
  



Dave in Tucson took the day off.
  



Michelle took the day off.
  



DJ Useo took the day off.
  



George M. took the day off.
  



Paul of Seattle took the day off.
  



Dave took the day off.
  



Gary E.K. took the day off.
  



Sandra in Maine took the day off.
  



Gary K. took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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Sally has retired.
  



MAM     In memory.



  





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Middle Class Political Economist




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Scientists confirm what women always knew: men really are the weaker sex | Global development | The Guardian



What Fusion GPS found out about Trump's Finances



Half-Measures Won't Erase the Painful Past of Our Monuments - The New York Times



Oregon Artist Turns Dead Creatures Into Beautiful Compositions : NPR



Mitch McConnell wants you to forget that time he banned Coretta Scott King's words in the Senate



VP Pence became 'visibly red-faced' at a Sunday service when the pastor denounced Trump's racism



24 Year Old Trump Campaign Volunteer Appointed By White House To Solve Opioid Crisis



Convicted criminal Joe Arpaio found out on live TV that he admitted guilt by taking Trump's pardon



Racists Go Nuts as 16 Voting Age Sweeps Another City



Using candy and picture books, House Majority Leader McCarthy is becoming Trump's new best buddy



Trump has revealed who he is. Now it's our turn. - The Washington Post



Flake clarifies Trump, Stalin comparison after heat from right



Memphis pastor admits to 'sexual incident' with teen 20 years ago, gets standing ovation - NBC News
     Nothing to see here, move along..



Thanks, Michelle!


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Team Coco

CONAN

Why Conan Just Planned A Last-Minute Trip To Haiti

Conan is heading to Haiti later this week because typically when Trump hates something, Conan loves it.





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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


How the Alt-Right Uses Social Science to Make Racism Respectable | The Nation



Trump's 'Fake News Awards' could violate ethics rules - POLITICO



'Lawlessness' in Immigration Jails for 250,000 Detainees Finally Allowed to Remain in America | The Daily Beast



When Trump Hatchet-Man Roy Cohn Sued Martin Luther King for Libel | The Daily Beast



Our values, down the s***hole: Trump pushes against legal immigration - Salon.com



Trump: 'Senator Dicky Durbin' lying about DACA meeting - POLITICO



US officials warned Kushner about friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch: report | TheHill



A New Clue to the 1545 Cocolitzli Epidemic in Mexico - The Atlantic



McAuliffe: Trump 'is being run by Stephen Miller' | TheHill



Trump allies see 's---hole' controversy as overblown | TheHill



Why Trump's "shithole" remarks are racist - Vox



Trump's "shithole countries" comment exposes the core of Trumpism - Vox



Secret Money: How Trump Made Millions Selling Condos To Unknown Buyers | Buzzfeed



Trump Is a Manifestation of the Backlash Against MLK - The Atlantic



Donald Trump's long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2018 - Vox





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Reader Comment

Current Events


Merriam-Webster strikes again!

I love these people!

Merriam-Webster's #WordOfTheDay pick is a subtle (yet perfect) response to Trump's racist comment



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


Thanks, Linda!



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from Marc Perkel

Marc's Guide to Curing Cancer

So far so good on beating cancer for now. I'm doing fine. At the end of the month I'll be 16 months into an 8 month mean lifespan. And yesterday I went on a 7 mile hike and managed to keep up with the hiking group I was with. So, doing something right.

Still waiting for future test results and should see things headed in the right direction. I can say that it's not likely that anything dire happens in the short term so that means that I should have time to make several more attempts at this. So even if it doesn't work the first time there are a lot of variations to try. So if there's bad news it will help me pick the next radiation target.

I have written a "how to" guide for oncologists to perform the treatment that I got. I'm convinced that I'm definitely onto something and whether it works for me or not isn't the definitive test. I know if other people tried this that it would work for some of them, and if they improve it that it will work for a lot of them.

The guide is quite detailed and any doctor reading this can understand the procedure at every level. I also go into detail as to how it works, how I figured it out, and variations and improvements that could be tried to enhance it. I also introduce new ways to look at the problem. There is a lot of room for improvement and I think that doctors reading it will see what I'm talking about and want to build on it. And it's written so that if you're not a doctor you can still follow it. It also has a personal story revealing that I'm the class clown of cancer support group. I give great interviews and I look pretty hot in a lab coat.

So, feel free to read this and see what I'm talking about. But if any of you want to help then pass this around to both doctors and cancer patients. I need some media coverage. I'm looking for as many eyeballs as possible to read these ideas. Even if this isn't the solution, it's definitely on the right track. After all, I did hike 7 miles yesterday. And this hiking group wasn't moving slow. So if this isn't working then, why am I still here?

I also see curing cancer as more of an engineering problem that a medical problem. So if you are good at solving problems and most of what you know about medicine was watching the Dr. House MD TV show, then you're at the level I was at when I started. So anyone can jump in and be part of the solution.

Here is a link to my guide: Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect

Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect



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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


"I HAVE A DREAM."

'BONE SPURS' RUN IN THE FAMILY.

"JUST DO IT". NOW!

NEVER EVER TRUST A TRUMP!

OUR RACIST PRESIDENT.

RELEASE THE TAPES 'ANUS MAN'!

HOW TO MAKE ENEMIES AND AGGRAVATE FRIENDS.

"… WHAT SOME WOULD CALL VERY STABLE GENIUSES."






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Looks like a week of running late. Sigh.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a RERUN 'Bull'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jon Bon Jovi, Daniel Kaluuya, and Ben Sinclair.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Annette Bening, Rachel Brosnahan, and Royal Blood.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Ellen's Game Of Games', followed by a FRESH 'This Is Us', then a FRESH 'Chicago Med'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Chris Hemsworth, Carrie Brownstein, and Caitlyn Smith.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Leslie Jones, Tracy Letts, Esther Povitsky, and John Stanier.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/21/17) are William Patrick Corgan, Joey Purp, Lucy Fry, and Son Little.



ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH 'black-ish', followed by a FRESH 'Modern Family', then a FRESH 'Kevin (Probably) Saves The World'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kristen Bell, Will Poulter, and Lo Moon.



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



Faux has a FRESH 'Lethal Weapon', followed by a FRESH 'LA To Vegas', then a FRESH 'The Mick'.



MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'The X-Files'.



A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH 'Intervention', then a FRESH 'Undercover High'.



AMC offers the movie 'Demolition Man', followed by the movie 'Above The Law', then the movie 'Under Siege'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [7:10AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [8:20AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
 [9:30AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [10:40AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
 [11:50AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
 [2:10PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
 [3:20PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
 [4:30PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
 [5:40PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ocean Deep
 [6:50PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [8:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [9:10PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
 [10:20PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [11:30PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
 [12:40AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
 [1:50AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests     (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'BH Social', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Stripped', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by 2 hours of old 'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Ricky Martin.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is Jessica Valenti.



FX has the movie 'Battleship', followed by the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.



History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'Hunting Hitler'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY CRIB: THE SHOW
 [6:15AM]    PORTLANDIA-Misunderstood Miracles
 [6:45AM]    ROBOCOP
 [9:00AM]    ROBOCOP 2
 [11:30AM]    ROBOCOP 3
 [1:45PM]    ROBOCOP
 [4:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Weirdo Beach
 [4:30PM]    PORTLANDIA-Amore
 [5:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Friend Replacement
 [5:30PM]    PORTLANDIA-Portland Secedes
 [6:00PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-Palmdale, Ech
 [6:30PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-Grandma's Pie
 [7:00PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-Mr. Hose Says Yes
 [7:30PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-Why We Gave Up Women
 [8:00PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-The Straw in My Donut Hole
 [8:30PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-Oh Look! Al-Qaeda!
 [9:00PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-I Changed My Mind About the Milk
 [9:30PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-A Big Bag of Dog
 [10:00PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-Four Balls, Two Bats and One Mitt
 [10:30PM]    TWO AND A HALF MEN-You Do Know What the Lollipop Is For
 [11:00PM]    ROBOCOP 2
 [1:30AM]    ROBOCOP 3
 [3:45AM]    ROBOCOP     (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00am]    barney miller
 [6:30am]    barney miller
 [7:00am]    barney miller
 [7:30am]    barney miller
 [8:00am]    barney miller
 [8:30am]    barney miller
 [9:00am]    barney miller
 [9:30am]    barney miller
 [10:00am]    m*a*s*h
 [10:30am]    m*a*s*h
 [11:00am]    m*a*s*h
 [11:30am]    m*a*s*h
 [12:00pm]    m*a*s*h
 [12:30pm]    m*a*s*h
 [1:00pm]    m*a*s*h
 [1:30pm]    more american graffiti
 [4:00pm]    basic instinct
 [7:00pm]    halloween 4: the return of michael myers
 [9:00pm]    halloween 5: the revenge of michael myers
 [11:00pm]    halloween2
 [1:00am]    basic instinct
 [4:00am]    barney miller
 [4:30am]    barney miller
 [5:00am]    barney miller
 [5:30am]    all in the family     (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Spider-Man 3', followed by the movie 'Twister'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Rebecca Romijn, and Dashboard Confessional.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Girls on Probation (1938)
 [7:15 AM]      Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
 [9:15 AM]      That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
 [10:45 AM]      Father Is a Bachelor (1950)
 [12:15 PM]      Comrade X (1940)
 [2:00 PM]      Ninotchka (1939)
 [4:00 PM]      The Iron Petticoat (1956)
 [5:45 PM]      Silk Stockings (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      The Age of Innocence (1993)
 [10:30 PM]      The Heiress (1949)
 [12:45 AM]      The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
 [2:30 AM]      An American Romance (1944)
 [4:45 AM]      Our Daily Bread (1934)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Wednesday   -  01/17/18

TCM:
 [6:15 AM]      The Great American Pastime (1957)
 [8:00 AM]      Screen Directors Playhouse: Prima Donna (1956)
 [8:30 AM]      Knute Rockne All American (1940)
 [10:15 AM]      Death On The Diamond (1934)
 [11:30 AM]      Trouble Along the Way (1953)
 [1:30 PM]      Angels in the Outfield (1951)
 [3:15 PM]      Eleven Men and a Girl (1930)    [AKA: 'Maybe It's Love']
 [4:30 PM]      One on One (1977)
 [6:15 PM]      Tall Story (1960)
 [8:00 PM]      Chimes at Midnight (1965)
 [10:15 PM]      Midnight Lace (1960)
 [12:15 AM]      That Midnight Kiss (1949)
 [2:15 AM]      Midnight Express (1978)
 [4:30 AM]      The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)     (ALL TIMES EST)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jan. 13, 1984) - Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields, Carol Wayne, and The Mighty Carson Art Players.

Bounce TV

CHARGE!

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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Bans Spielberg Film

Lebanon

Lebanese authorities have banned Steven Spielberg's latest film, political thriller "The Post", and Australian drama "Jungle" to comply with a boycott of Israel, an official told AFP Monday.

"Screening of the film 'The Post' has been banned," said the official from Lebanon's General Security authority, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Spielberg "is blacklisted by the Arab League's boycott office, which Lebanon complies with", the official explained.

The pan-Arab body maintains a regional boycott of Israel, and blacklisted Spielberg after he donated $1 million to Israel during its 2006 war with Lebanon.

While Lebanon is generally considered the most liberal of Arab countries, it occasionally bans content considered immoral, inciteful, or supportive of Israel.

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10th Highest-Grossing Movie Of All Time

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

A month after being released in theaters, episode eight of the "Star Wars" saga joins the previous installment -- "The Force Awakens" -- in the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time at the global box office.

Now totaling $1,264,949,584 worldwide, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has become one of the top 10 highest-grossing pictures of all time. Sunday, January 14, Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson, moved ahead of 2017 box-office leader "Beauty and the Beast," which grossed $1.263 billion overall. Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren's latest adventure is now edging closer to "Frozen" ($1.276 billion).

Despite these excellent results, the record-breaking performance of the previous episode, "The Force Awakens," seems out of reach. By mid-January 2016 -- a month after its release -- J.J. Abrams' episode totaled $1.863 billion and was already the third highest-grossing movie of all time, behind "Avatar" and "Titanic."

In the USA, "The Last Jedi" is the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time, with $591M, behind "Star Wars Episode VII," "Avatar," "Titanic," "Jurassic World" and "The Avengers."

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

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Past Presidents Volunteered

MLK Day

President-for-how Donald Trump (R-Crooked) is spending Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday meant to honor the United States' most iconic civil rights leader, at his golf club in Florida.

Trump arrived at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach around 9 a.m. Monday, the White House press pool reported. His next public event was scheduled for 4:20 p.m., when he and first lady Melania Trump would depart Palm Beach International Airport for Washington.

A White House spokeswoman confirmed Trump was not participating in any public events related to MLK Day, but did not return requests for comment about why.

Monday is the 95th day Trump has spent at one of his golf clubs since becoming president, according to CNN's Manu Raju. Trump has been deeply critical of the time former President Barack Obama spent hitting the links during his presidency.

Trump's seemingly wide-open schedule offered a stark contrast with past presidents, such as Obama and George W. Bush, who spent MLK Day volunteering or visiting memorials in the civil rights leader's honor during their respective presidencies.

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Giant Diamond

Lesotho

Lesotho's Letšeng mine recently delivered a 910-carat diamond to its owner, London's Gem Diamonds Ltd. The stone is believed to be the fifth-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered.

According to the diamond grading system, this is a D-color, Type IIa diamond. Stones of this quality comprise about 1% to 2% of all natural diamonds. They are usually colorless and contain no measurable impurities. The diamond weighs 182 grams or about 6.42 ounces.

Since Gem Diamonds acquired Letšeng in 2006, the mine has produced some of the world's most remarkable diamonds, including the 603 carat Lesotho Promise, however, this exceptional top quality diamond is the largest to be mined to date and highlights the unsurpassed quality of the Letšeng mine. This is a landmark recovery for all of Gem Diamonds' stakeholders, including our employees, shareholders and the Government of Lesotho, our partner in the Letšeng mine.

The diamond is roughly the size of two golf balls and has an estimated value of $40 million.

Lesotho

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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A Quandary

America

When truck driver Chris Gromek wants to know what's really going on in Washington, he scans the internet and satellite radio. He no longer flips TV channels because networks such as Fox News and MSNBC deliver conflicting accounts tainted by politics, he says.

"Where is the truth?" asks the 47-year-old North Carolina resident.

Answering that question accurately is a cornerstone of any functioning democracy, according to none other than Thomas Jefferson. But a year into Donald Trump's fact-bending, media-bashing presidency, Americans are increasingly confused about who can be trusted to tell them reliably what their government and their commander in chief are doing.

Interviews across the polarized country as well as polling from Trump's first year suggest people seek out various outlets of information, including Trump's Twitter account, and trust none in particular.

Many say that practice is a new, Trump-era phenomenon in their lives as the president and the media he denigrates as "fake news" fight to be seen as the more credible source.

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Found Out He Admitted Guilt

Arpaio

A segment on MSNBC Friday turned awkward for Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff running for Senate in Arizona. The 85-year-old accepted an August pardon from President Donald Trump after being convicted of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order and continuing to racially profile.

Arpaio appeared on MSNBC's The Beat, hosted by Ari Melber, and discussed the pardon. "The president-I never asked for the pardon-pardoned me because he knew that this decision was wrong," Arpaio said, before claiming he had some sort of appeal in the works.

Melber then seized on the facts surrounding Arpaio's case, reminding viewers (and Arpaio) about the tent-city jail the sheriff once called "concentration camps" and an apparent $48 million legal bill run up by Arpaio. The former sheriff responded by saying that the folks in his jails violated the law, and that if they didn't like the conditions, they shouldn't have engaged in crimes.

"Let me ask you another important question because you brought up this unusual but lawful pardon that you received from the president," Melber responded. "As you know, when you take a pardon you're admitting guilt. Why did you take that pardon and admit guilt?"

From there, it seemed pretty clear Arpaio did not know everything that accompanied his pardon. "I didn't admit guilt. I said I was not guilty, and I say it today," Arpaio responded, causing Melber to raise his eyebrows in response.

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Officials Warned

Jared

U.S. officials warned Jared Kushner earlier this year that his friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch could be used as a conduit by the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Unnamed sources told the outlet that counterintelligence officials had warned Kushner that Murdoch, a Chinese-American businesswoman who was married to News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch (R-Evil Incarnate), could leverage her close relationship with Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to push the interests of the Chinese government.

The Wall Street Journal is owned by News Corp.

Among U.S. officials' reported concerns was a proposed garden in Washington, D.C., funded by the Chinese government. The $100 million project has reportedly been declared a national security risk due to a tall tower that's part of the design, which intelligence officials worry could be used for surveillance.

The outlet notes that no one has been accused of wrongdoing, but said officials gave the warning "to highlight to Mr. Kushner, who was new to government, the need to be careful in his dealings with people whose interests may not align with those of the U.S."

Jared

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Turkey Unveils Route

'Istanbul Canal'

The Turkish government on Monday unveiled the route of its planned new canal for Istanbul, a hugely ambitious 45 kilometre (28 mile) project designed to be its answer to the famed artificial shipping lanes in Panama or Egypt's Suez.

The project, first announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while he was prime minister in 2011, is by far the most complex of a string of new ventures for the city.

The government argues it will create attractive new living areas and take pressure off the Bosphorus Strait that splits the European and Asian sides of the city and is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

Transport and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan said that the canal would begin in the Istanbul district of Kucukcekmece on the Sea of Marmara, where there is already an inland lake.

It will then head north towards the Sazlidere reservoir before emerging into the Black Sea just north of Durusu.

'Istanbul Canal'

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Chinese 'Rainbow Dinosaur'

Caihong

There's not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There's an iridescent dinosaur.

Scientists on Monday announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period.

They named it Caihong, the Mandarin word for rainbow. Microscopic structures in the exquisitely preserved, nearly complete fossil unearthed in Hebei Province indicated that it boasted iridescent feathers, particularly on its head, neck and chest, with colors that shimmered and shifted in the light, like those of hummingbirds.

The discovery "suggests a more colorful Jurassic World than we previously imagined," said evolutionary biologist Chad Eliason of the Field Museum in Chicago, one of the researchers in the study published in the journal Nature Communications.

Using powerful microscopes, the scientists detected within the feathers the remnants of organelles called melanosomes responsible for pigmentation. Their shape determines the color. Caihong's feathers had pancake-shaped melanosomes similar to those of hummingbirds with iridescent feathers.

Caihong

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In Memory

Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan, the singer of the 1990s Irish band The Cranberries, died Monday in London, according to media reports. She was 46.

O'Riordan lived in Ireland but was in London for a short recording session, according to the BBC.

The Cranberries formed in 1989 and rose to international fame in 1993 with the release of their debut album, "Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We," and its accompanying hit single, "Linger."

The followup album, "No Need To Argue," kept up the momentum thanks to the worldwide smash "Zombie."

The band went on hiatus in 2003, and O'Riordan launched a solo career in 2007. The Cranberries reformed in 2009 and toured North America and Europe.

O'Riordan is survived by her son and two daughters with former husband of 20 years, Don Burton: Taylor, 20, Molly, 16 and Dakota, 12.

Dolores O'Riordan

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In Memory

Edwin Hawkins

Grammy Award-winning gospel music composer, singer and chorus master Edwin Hawkins, whose arrangement of "Oh Happy Day" for a Bay Area church choir became an international hit, has died. He was 74.

Hawkins died early Monday at his home in Pleasanton. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, publicist Bill Carpenter told The Associated Press.

Along with Andrae Crouch, James Cleveland and a handful of others, Hawkins was credited as a founder of modern gospel music. Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke and numerous other singers had become mainstream stars by adapting gospel sounds to pop lyrics. Hawkins stood out for enjoying commercial success while still performing music that openly celebrated religious faith.

Hawkins, who co-founded the Northern California State Youth Choir at Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley, first recorded "Oh Happy Day" as part of an 8-song, self-produced album to help finance his group's trip to a music competition. Bay Area radio stations began playing the song - a soulful, call-and-response arrangement of an 18th century hymn - and it became a local music phenomenon.

Featuring the vocals of Dorothy Combs Morrison, "Oh Happy Day" was subsequently released as a single - credited to the Edwin Hawkins Singers - and became a million-seller in 1969, showing there was a large market for gospel songs and for inspirational music during the turbulent era of the late 1960s.

Edwin and his brother, Walter Hawkins, who died in 2010, were self-taught keyboard players.

In 1970, the Hawkins singers backed Melanie on her top 10 hit "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" and won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance for "Oh Happy Day."

George Harrison would cite "Oh Happy Day" as inspiration for his hit "My Sweet Lord," and Glen Campbell reached the adult contemporary charts with his own version of the Hawkins performance. Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis and numerous others also would record it.

Edwin Hawkins is survived by his siblings Carol, Feddie, Daniel and Lynette.

Edwin Hawkins

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