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Tuesday

27 June, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[144 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Michael Gregor, MD: Turning the Clock Back 14 Years (YouTube)
Four simple health behaviors may cut our risk of chronic disease by nearly 80%, potentially dropping our risk of dying equivalent to that of being 14 years younger.


Andrew Tobias: Extra1 Extra1 Read All about It!
Instead [of repealing Obamacare], here are three major ways to improve Obamacare: 1) Negotiate lower prescription drug prices. It's nuts that under current law, the Federal government must accept whatever price the drug companies set. Trump is supposed to be a good negotiator. 2) Add 2% to the tax on income above $1 million in order to lower deductibles and co-pays for those struggling to get by. 3) Stop attacking it, discouraging people from signing up and insurers from making it work.


Mary Kaye Schilling: "Marti Noxon Isn't Afraid of the 'Ugly Stuff'" (Vulture)
"I'm feeling a little murder-y," says Marti Noxon, which sounds not unlike something you'd hear from the mouth of Buffy Summers, the iconic cheerleader turned Hellmouth avenger. This is not surprising, given Noxon began her writing career on Buffy the Vampire Slayer back in 1997. Come to think of it, when I meet her for breakfast at a hotel in Tribeca, she looks much as I imagine Buffy might, if the character had made it to the age of 52.


Brian Logan: "Steven Wright, master of meh: 'This is just how I talk. It accidentally went well with the jokes'" (Guardian)
The big-haired, sleepy-eyed standup is an Oscar-winner, one of America's best-loved comedians and 'a car that has no gears'. Now, his deadpan style has won him a perfect role in The Emoji Movie.


Benjamin Lee: "Holly Hunter: 'Sometimes I take a movie that I know is not great'" (Guardian)
We sit and she's offering to serve me tea before talking through why it's so much better in the UK ("All I drink is tea but in a way, we just don't know how to do it") and offering up career-based empathy ("It's got to be a weird job when you have to have to talk about movies that you don't like"). Needless to say, most interviews don't tend to start with such informal warmth.


WATCH: "Joyce Carol Oates reveals a writer's secret: 'Nobody wants perfection'" (Salon)
As someone who turns out a novel every few years (and already has two books out this year), the venerable Princeton University professor and author Joyce Carol-Oates declares that good writing isn't always flawless because perfection is a matter of perception.



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Presenting

Michael Egan





Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Trivia Question of the Day


In Italy, this American comedy duo is known as Gianni e Pinotto. By what names are they known in the states?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


This American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years was born Eleanora Fagan. By what name is she known professionally?


       Billie Holiday                                                      Source


Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education. There were other jazz singers with equal talent, but Holiday had a voice that captured the attention of her audience.        Source






Mark. was first and correct with:
   Holy cow! I didn't know that one of my favorite singers was born Eleanora Fagan. She would be Miss Billie Holiday to you.



Randall wrote:
   Billie Holiday





Alan J said:
   Billie Holiday.



Adam answered:
   Billie Holliday



Gene replied:
   Billie Holliday. She did some amazing songs, including the controversial Strange Fruit. She nick-named Lester Young. He was Prez to most of his fans after that.



John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Billie Holiday."



Deborah sadly responded:
   In the middle of the night my husband's Schipperke was showing signs of extreme distress, so he took him to UC Davis, where his latest doctor was. He isn't coming home. UCD is paying for the necropsy but meanwhile I'm inconsolable. I can't explain to the other diog what happened. What an awful day this is.



Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   That would be Billie Holiday.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Billie Holiday



Daniel in The City answered:
   daniel in the city



zorch responded:
   Billie Holliday.



Billy in Cypress replied:
   Billie Holiday



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Billie Holiday



Joe S     wrote:
   What can I say? Billie Holiday!





DJ Useo took the day off.
  



mj took the day off.
  



Stephen F took the day off.
  



Dave in Tucson took the day off.
  



David of Moon Valley took the day off.
  



Sally has retired.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  June 27 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 27 | Famous Birthdays




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


The New York Times used a full page to print all of 'Trump's lies' since taking office - AOL News



Trump: Why Didn't Obama Do Anything About Something I Said Never Existed?



Twenty years of Harry Potter - the 20 things we have learned | Books | The Guardian



Grand Canyon is our home. Uranium mining has no place here | Carletta Tilousi | Opinion | The Guardian



Our country erodes before our eyes. Amy Siskind documents our fall, and hopefully our pathway home



Surpreme Court Backs Church In Key Religious Rights Case | HuffPost



BBC - Travel - The English moor where wallabies roam



QUIZ: Match the scathing reviews to the really bad movies - BBC Three



Why lionfish are being hunted by robots - BBC News



Hundreds of US mayors endorse switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035 | Environment | The Guardian



One City in two states, one took Obamacare Medicaid Expansion: Proof Republican refusal kills



"You Bought It." Robert Reich Posts 11 Unpleasant Facts To Confront Trump Supporters With.



Trump said, "Pass it or we don't have to subsidize..I can stop that"



The Problem With Trump Voters: The Dunning-Kruger Effect



Brace for food price hikes thanks to Donald Trump's deportation force



AP finds authorities repeatedly tried to derail investigation of anti-gay abuse in NC church



Senators react to the Trumpcare bill: 'CBO confirms this thing is a %#$ @ sandwich'



These pictures are worth a thousand words (and an untold number of lives)



Open thread for night owls: Nowhere in GOP's 142-page healthcare bill does the word 'women' appear



Trump Threatens Blackmail If Murderous Republican "Health Care" Scam Is Not Passed.



Rural hospital association representative: 'This bill will close hospitals. ... People will die'



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David E Suggests

Apocalypse


The Best and Worst Vehicles to Survive the Apocalypse (Infographic)



David


Thanks, Dave!



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Reader Comment

Current Events


There's a reason everyone hates Lying Ted!




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


Thanks, Linda!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


33 Fierce Signs Of Resistance From Pride Marches Across The U.S. | HuffPost



Donald Trump Is Still Holding Campaign Rallies Because No One Else Will Validate Him | GQ



The Risk of Nuclear War Is Growing - Brett S. Morris - Medium



GOP senator blasts Senate healthcare bill for reliance on government spending | TheHill



Supreme Court rules churches are eligible for some public funds | TheHill



Supreme Court allows limited travel ban to take effect; will hear Trump appeal | TheHill



Ivanka Trump, Senior Adviser to POTUS: 'I Try to Stay Out of Politics' - The Daily Beast



TrumpCare Will Force Elderly Out Of Nursing Homes--In Many Cases, Into The Streets - dailykos.com



American Medical Association: ObamaCare repeal violates 'do no harm' rule | TheHill



Yes, Neil Gorsuch is as terrible as you feared. - dailykos.com



Senate adds penalty for going uninsured to healthcare bill | TheHill



The Russian Biker Gang Part of the Trump Russia Story Is Here - esquire.com



American Medical Association Slams Senate GOP Health Care Bill | HuffPost



It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective - The Atlantic



Budget estimate shows GOP bill is about tax cuts for rich, not healthcare | TheHill



THIS CHART: Premiums Shoot Up For Older Americans Under Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill - Talking Points Memo



Trump political arm to GOP: Get in line - POLITICO



Bill Clinton Zings Trump Administration At Alec Baldwin Roast | HuffPost



Jimmy Kimmel Pleads With Senator To Put Trumpcare To Kind 'Kimmel Test' | HuffPost



Day 158 | What The Fuck Just Happened Today?



Thanks, Obama! Trump's ludicrous, hypocritical new ploy - with a grain of truth - Salon.com



Al Franken's devastating strategy for taking on Trump's team of climate science deniers - think progress.org





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Reader Suggestion

Johnstown, PA

Puff piece about johnstown pa economy i found on electoralvote.com

haven't gotten into it enough to decide whether it's pro punkinhead

at first glance it appears to be actual journalism!

In Towns Already Hit by Steel Mill Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs - The New York Times


some guy


Thanks, Guy!
Grew up watching WJAC-TV, channel 6 in Johnstown.



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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying




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http://dareland.blogspot.com



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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


A "LICENSE TO KILL".

PRESIDENT "TRAITOR".

THIS "SWAMP THING" IS A KILLER!

HOW ABOUT AN INVISIBLE BORDER WALL?

"NOBODIES".

THE WORLD ISN'T READY FOR IT.






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Quite toasty. Ack.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'Bull', then a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Eric Stonestreet, John McEnroe, and Lillie Mae.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 4/26/17) are Ludacris, Elisabeth Moss, Eugenio Derbez, the Head and the Heart.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'World Of Dance'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Steve Carell, Lily Collins, and Sheryl Crow.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Tom Holland, Joy Behar, the Lumineers, and Sam Fogarino.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/16/17) are Madchen Amick, Strand of Oaks, and Maggie Maye.



ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelorette', followed by a FRESH 'Downward Dog', then another FRESH 'Downward Dog'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/9/17) are Mandy Moore, Jerrod Carmichael, and Bebe Rexha featuring Lil Wayne.



The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'iZombie'.



Faux has a RERUN 'Lethal Weapon', followed by a RERUN 'The Mick', then a RERUN 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'.



MY recycles an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.



A&E has 'Hoarders', another 'Hoarders', followed by a FRESH 'Hoarders Overload', then a FRESH 'Born This Way'.



AMC offers the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', again.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-Utopia
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-The Sound Of Drums-Part 1.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Last of the Time Lords-Part 2.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Partners in Crime
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-The Fires of Pompeii
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 12-Show Stopper
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 13-Die by the Sword
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 14-In the Wind
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 15-Miami, We Have a Problem
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 17-Getting Axed
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 18-Dishonor
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 19-Spring Breakdown
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 20-Backfire
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 21-Meltdown
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 12-Show Stopper
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 13-Die by the Sword
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 14-In the Wind
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 15-Miami, We Have a Problem
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 17-Getting Axed
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 18-Dishonor
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 19-Spring Breakdown
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 20-Backfire
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 21-Meltdown    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 6/15/17) is Whoopi Goldberg.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 6/19/17) are Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Katya Zamolodchikova, and Ginger Minj.



FX has the movie 'The Equalizer', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious 6'.



History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BAD BOYS
 [8:45AM]    BIRTHDAY GIRL
 [10:45AM]    KICK-ASS
 [1:15PM]    BAD BOYS
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prank Day
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Corvette Caper
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Birthday
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture
 [11:45PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prank Day
 [12:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Corvette Caper
 [12:45AM]    BAD BOYS
 [3:30AM]    KICK-ASS    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Barney Miller-The Spy
 [6:30AM]    Barney Miller-Wojo's Girl
 [7:00AM]    Barney Miller-Wojo's Girl
 [7:30AM]    Barney Miller-Middle Age
 [8:00AM]    Barney Miller-The Counterfeiter
 [8:30AM]    The Water Diviner
 [11:00AM]    Space Cowboys
 [2:00PM]    The Fugitive
 [5:00PM]    First Blood
 [7:00PM]    Rambo: First Blood Part II
 [9:00PM]    Demolition Man
 [11:30PM]    RoboCop
 [1:30AM]    The Departed
 [5:00AM]    Barney Miller-Bus Stop
 [5:30AM]    Barney Miller-The Election    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Alice In Wonderland', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then the movie 'Zombieland'.



TBS:
On a RERUN Conan (from 3/8/17) are Patrick Stewart, Jerrod Carmichael, and Kurt Braunohler.



TCM spends the night with James Caan
 [6:00 AM]      Robin and Marian (1976)
 [8:00 AM]      What Price Hollywood? (1932)
 [9:45 AM]      The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
 [11:15 AM]      Night Waitress (1936)
 [12:30 PM]      The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
 [2:30 PM]      The Judge Steps Out (1949)
 [4:15 PM]      The Harvey Girls (1946)
 [6:00 PM]      Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
 [8:00 PM]      Rollerball (1975)
 [10:15 PM]      Countdown (1968)
 [12:15 AM]      Hide in Plain Sight (1980)
 [2:15 AM]      Rabbit, Run (1970)
 [4:00 AM]      Freebie and the Bean (1974)
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Wednesday   -  06/28/17

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Last Of The Pagans (1935)
 [7:15 AM]      The Little Hut (1957)
 [9:00 AM]      Men in Exile (1937)
 [10:15 AM]      White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)
 [11:45 AM]      White Zombie (1932)
 [1:00 PM]      The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
 [2:15 PM]      Island of Lost Souls (1933)
 [3:30 PM]      The Lost Continent (1968)
 [5:00 PM]      Isle of the Dead (1945)
 [6:15 PM]      Lord of the Flies (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      The Big Country (1958)
 [11:00 PM]      How the West Was Won (1962)
 [2:00 AM]      Cimarron (1960)
 [4:45 AM]      Cheyenne Autumn (1964)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



TNT has a FRESH 'Animal Kingdom'.



USA has a FRESH 'Team Ninja Warrior'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Apr. 13, 1989) - Jonathan Winters and Peter Strauss.

Bounce TV

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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Broadway musical "Hamilton" cast members Michael Luwoye, left, and Solea Pfeiffer wave during the Pride parade in San Francisco, Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Photo by Jeff Chiu

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Captain of The Queen's Guard

London

Captain Megan Couto became the first female infantry officer to command the troops protecting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, as a Canadian battalion took over guard duties on Monday.

Based in the central province of Manitoba, The Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry has been invited to Britain to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of modern Canada.

Queen Elizabeth is the head of state of Britain, Canada and 14 other realms including Australia, Jamaica and New Zealand.

Couto, 24, has been given the prestigious role of Captain of The Queen's Guard, responsible for guarding the London palace.

Carrying her sword and wearing a scarlet tunic and white Wolseley helmet, Couto marched her troops to Buckingham Palace from the nearby Wellington Barracks in the historic and colourful ceremony.

London

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Participants take part in the LGBT Pride March in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., June 25, 2017.
Photo by Carlo Allegri

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Says NASA Has Found Alien Life

'Anonymous'

The shadowy hacker collective Anonymous believes that NASA is about to announce that it has discovered alien life of some kind.

"We've looked into these claims and concluded they are, at best, a bone-headed misunderstanding of mundane statements from a NASA official in April, or, at worst, a bold-faced lie playing all of us for clicks.

Either way, it's not worth our time to fully debunk or yours to deeply consider. Simply put, there's no evidence that NASA is about to reveal that it's found aliens.

Anonymous cites out-of-context testimony from Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, given during an April 26 hearing before the House Science, Space and Technology.

'Anonymous'

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Bones To Be Exhumed

Salvador Dali

A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that manages the artist's estate.

Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealist art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres.

Pilar Abel, a tarot-card reader from the nearby city of Girona who was born in 1956, says she is the offspring of an affair between Dali and her mother, Antonia.

At the time of the alleged affair, Dali was married to his muse, Gala, who died seven years before the painter. Gala had a daughter from an earlier marriage but the couple had no children of their own. Upon his death, at age 84, Dali bestowed his estate to the Spanish state.

On Monday, a Madrid court statement said that tests with DNA from Dali's embalmed body were necessary because there were no other existing biological remains with which to make a genetic comparison.

Salvador Dali

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Participants take part in the LGBT Pride March in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., June 25, 2017.
Photo by Carlo Allegri

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Revive Ancient Solstice Celebration

Russian Pagans

A young girl with a garland of flowers in her hair sings to the setting sun before a group of women join in nearby.

"We give our thanks to you, oh sun," they chant.

In the tiny village of Glubokovo, some 80 kilometres east of Moscow, several hundred people gathered to mark an ancient pagan ceremony to celebrate the summer solstice.

Women sang in circles as men collected firewood for a gigantic bonfire that formed a blazing centrepiece for the festivities.

The pagan ritual is believed to be one of the oldest in the world and marks the shortest night of the year.

Russian Pagans

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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Major Driver Of Rising Seas

Greenland

Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday.

The findings add to growing concern among scientists that the global watermark is climbing more rapidly than forecast only a few years ago, with potentially devastating consequences.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world live in low-lying deltas that are vulnerable, especially when rising seas are combined with land sinking due to depleted water tables, or a lack of ground-forming silt held back by dams.

Major coastal cities are also threatened, while some small island states are already laying plans for the day their drowning nations will no longer be livable.

"This result is important because the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)" -- the UN science advisory body -- "makes a very conservative projection of total sea level rise by the end of the century," at 60 to 90 centimetres (24 to 35 inches), said Peter Wadhams, a professor of ocean physics at the University of Oxford who did not take part in the research.

Greenland

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A group of marchers yell during the Pride parade in San Francisco, Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Photo by Jeff Chiu

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$42 Billion Asset

Great Barrier Reef

Australia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion) and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study said Monday.

The World Heritage-listed reef is the largest living structure on Earth and its economic and social value was calculated for the first time in the Deloitte Access Economics report commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Using economic modelling, it said the reef -- bigger than Britain, Switzerland and the Netherlands combined -- was worth Aus$29 billion to tourism, supporting 64,000 jobs.

The "indirect or non-use" value -- people that have not yet visited the reef but know it exists -- was estimated at Aus$24 billion, with recreational users such as boaters making up the rest.

The study, based on six months' analysis, comes as the reef suffers an unprecedented second straight year of coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.

Great Barrier Reef

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Online Auction

Rhino Horn

A rhino breeder in South Africa is planning an online auction of rhino horn, capitalizing on a court ruling that opened the way to domestic trade despite an international ban that was imposed to curb widespread poaching.

The online sale of rhino horn belonging to breeder John Hume will happen Aug. 21-24 and revenue will be used to "further fund the breeding and protection of rhinos," according to an auction website . Van's, a Pretoria-based auction house, is overseeing the sale and a "physical" auction will occur on Sept. 19, it said.

Rhino breeders believe poaching would be undercut by a regulated trade in rhino horn, though critics say trade will spur poaching that has occurred at record levels in the past decade. Poachers killed 1,054 rhinos in South Africa last year, a 10 percent drop from 2015, according to the government. By some estimates, South Africa has nearly 20,000 rhinos, representing 80 percent of Africa's population. Asia has several rhino species, including two that are critically endangered.

Hume has more than 1,500 rhinos on his ranch and spends more than $170,000 monthly on security for the animals, in addition to veterinary costs, salaries and other expenses, the auction website said.

Hume plans to sell half a ton of rhino horn in the upcoming auction, which is the first of its kind, said Johan van Eyk of the Van's auction house.

Rhino Horn

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A person dressed up as Donald Trump as the Grim Reaper participates in the LGBT Pride March in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., June 25, 2017.
Photo by Carlo Allegri

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Tops Putin

Stalin

Russians have picked Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as the greatest figure in history, a new poll said Monday, beating President Vladimir Putin into joint second alongside poet Alexander Pushkin.

In the poll conducted in April by the Levada Centre independent pollster, Russians were asked to pick the ten greatest individuals of all time.

Stalin came out on top with 38 percent, while Putin shared second place on 34 percent with Russia's beloved national bard Pushkin.

Revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, Tsar Peter the Great and first man in space Yury Gagarin came next in the list of 20 people, with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in last place on six percent.

Stalin topped a similar poll back in 2012 with an even higher score as Russians focus on his role in winning World War II rather the millions who were executed or sent to prison camps under his rule.

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Dutch scientists on Monday celebrated the rare discovery of meteorite in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system.

"Meteorites are very special because we do not have rocks of this age on earth," said geologist Leo Kriegsman from the Naturalis biodiversity centre in Leiden in a YouTube video marking the occasion.

The fist-sized meteorite, weighing about 500 grammes (one pound), crashed through the roof of a shed in the small town of Broek in Waterland, just north of Amsterdam, in January probably travelling at the speed of a high-velocity train.

It was discovered the next morning by the residents under a broken pile of wood from the roof, but despite an extensive search, no other fragments have been found in the area.

This is only the sixth meteorite found in the past 200 years in The Netherlands, and the last such find dates back to 1990. So Kriegsman said it was "very exciting" when the home-owners contacted them about their find.

Meteorite

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