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Tuesday

27 September, 2016

(Updated Daily)

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Progressive Family Values (NY Times Column)
Policies for the real, real America.


Helen West, RD: 8 Ways Food Companies Hide the Sugar Content of Foods (NutritionAuthority)
Eating a lot of added sugar is really bad for your health.


Michele Hanson: The afterlife? The only reincarnation I want is as fertiliser for the grass (The Guardian)
I would like to believe in a heavenly paradise, but too many questions arise. It will just be ashes for me, sprinkled on the trail of a favourite walkie.


David Barnett: "'Draw and you'll go to jail': the fight to save comics from the censor" (The Guardian)
From worried parents to policemen with built-in 'Satan detectors', underground comics have never lacked enemies. And for 30 years Neil Gaiman and his friends have fought back in the name of free speech.


Alison Flood: Minnesota school's ban on graphic novel draws free-speech protests (The Guardian)
Groups including National Coalition Against Censorship say decision to pull This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki threatens principle 'essential to freedom.'


Alison Flood: Banned Books Week launches with call to read books the 'closed-minded' want shut (The Guardian)
Joining the annual celebration of the right to read, US author Jessica Herthel urges people to seek out 'more information, more voices' to protect diversity.


Bullying, Torture, And Death: 14 Secrets Of Reality TV (Cracked)
It's generally accepted that reality TV is really kind of terrible. What was once considered innovative in the entertainment world, has devolved into unintentional comedies starring the most horrible and awkward people imaginable.
Except maybe we should go a little easy on those folks, because it turns out reality TV is an even bigger nightmare for them than us.


Pie Chart: Causes of Rape (davidbruceblog)
NOTE: Just in case anyone looking at this is colorblind, this pie chart says that the only cause of rape is rapists. (The title of the pie chart is misleading so be sure look at the actual pie chart.)



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Trivia Question of the Day


Who was the first actor to refuse the Academy Award for Best Actor?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


In his lifetime, how many Grammy nominations did Muhammad Ali receive?


       Two                                                      Source


Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016) was an American Olympic and professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring.

In 1963, Ali released an album of spoken word music on Columbia Records titled I Am the Greatest, and in 1964, he recorded a cover version of the rhythm and blues song "Stand by Me". I Am the Greatest reached number 61 on the album chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award. He later received a second Grammy nomination, for "Best Recording for Children", with his 1976 spoken word novelty record, The Adventures of Ali and His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay.        Source







Randall was first and correct with:
   Two grammy nominations





Alan J wrote:
   Two.



Deborah said:
   From what I can tell, Muhammad Ali was nominated for 2 Grammy awards. I didn't listen to either of those albums.
  We have the NorCal version of Santa Ana winds and perhaps 100* today. It's as though summer is hanging on.




Adam answered:
   Heh- just one.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   2



Dale of Spectacular Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   Two
  Hey Lois…What's up? You're taking yourself way too fucking seriously! As Dan O'Neil said in his Odd Bodkins comic strip…"politics is Poop-a-doodle"
  Almost back…I'm gonna vote with my Vagina too!
  Almost back




DJ Useo said:
   I got this one. The answer is deuce, the big number two. Sports! I hit the ball! ( man's face )
  @Lois From Oregon - Nice to hear from you. Glad you are around. A shame the election is so devisive. I will be writing in Ken Nordine. :)





MAM     wrote:
   Two
  1963 ~ "I Am The Greatest" as a single released a primarily spoken word comedy album on Columbia Records boldly titled "I Am the Greatest."
  1976 ~ Best recording for children, for "The Adventures of Ali and His Gang Vs. Tooth Decay."





Joe S     answered:
   Um, I don't know. Barney. do you know in his lifetime, how many Grammy nominations Muhammad Ali received?





Marian took the day off.
  



mj took the day off.
  



Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
  



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




Sally has retired.
  


  





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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


India Announces It Will Ratify The Paris Climate Agreement | Huffington Post
     Great news for slow news day



A Harrowing, Mountain-Scaling Commute For Chinese Schoolkids : Parallels : NPR



The boho-drain: bohemians say goodbye San Francisco, hello LA | US news | The Guardian



Harry ever after: tracing Daniel Radcliffe's evolution, from Potter to flatulent corpse | Film | The Guardian



10 daily apps to help caregivers take care of their loved ones



Cheers and Jeers: Monday



Duel between two rattlesnakes caught on camera - CNN Video



Comedian Zach Galifianakis shows how insane gerrymandering is in a new documentary series



Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship of women | World news | The Guardian



The Birth of a Nation launches in-theater voter registration initiative | Film | The Guardian



Herschell Gordon Lewis: low-brow schlock horror director with a kind of horrible genius | Film | The Guardian



A roundup of the best responses from the internets for the first presidential debate of 2016
     Somebody Puhleeze!! make the Lloyd Bridges meme go viral!



#Debates 'That's Business' Says Trump Talking Millions of Lost Jobs & Foreclosures in Housing Collapse | RedState



Fun Video Shows Why Trump's Wall Is a Bad Idea In Just Over 2 Minutes | RedState
     Shit! Even Redstate is turning!



The Trump Files: The Shady Way Fred Trump Tried to Save His Son's Casino | Mother Jones



The 37 Fatal Gaffes That Didn't Kill Donald Trump - POLITICO Magazine



Fact Check And Analysis Of The First Presidential Debate With Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton : NPR



Trump directed $2.3 million owed to him to his tax-exempt foundation instead - The Washington Post




Thanks, Michelle!


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David E Suggests

Baby's First Steps


Baby's First Steps | Baby Girl Clothes & Shoes | Baby Boy Clothes & Shoes - Mellow Be



David


Thanks, Dave!



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Team Coco

CONAN

CONAN: Andy's Debate Drinking Game





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Reader Comment

The Debate

We skipped our Monday workout to watch it. I'm playing an imaginary drinking game, and 20 minutes into this I'm already loaded. My imaginary hangover will be epic!

Oy vey.

Oh, yeah -- I'm with -->her.


Deborah


Thanks, Deborah!
Did you see this: Surgeon General warns: Drinking every time Trump lies during debate could result in acute alcohol poisoning



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Lois of Oregon

Part 2




Nasty-Gram?

I was drunk and angry when I wrote my Idiotorial, so if I offended anyone, I sincerely apologize, and wonder what exactly it was that offended? Was it my reference to the song by Mr. Ludacris? Well, in all fairness, I WAS called an "asshole", which once upon a time, WAS considered offensive. I thought the song reference was funny at the time, but if that offended anyone, I'm sorry.

If my version of the truth offended, again, I apologize, but that is how I interpret the evidence.

If anyone thought I was endorsing Trump, I apologize.

If anyone wants to vote for a woman simply because she's a woman, there is an alternative! Have you heard the good news about Jill Stein? I know, ANYONE who votes third party will enable TRUMP to WIN! BOOGIE BOOGIE!!! So easy to manipulate people in the Kingdom Of Fear.

Well, we are all free to vote as we wish, and I wish to vote my conscience this one time before I die. If that makes me a bad person, it still doesn't give anyone the right to be rude.

Posting about the candidates is fair game. Insulting fellow Americans shouldn't be. I do appreciate your posting opposing opinions. Thank you.


Lois


Nasty-gram? Yep. You betcha.

I get that you're angry. I also get that you'd been imbibing.

I don't mind people blowing off steam, or going off on a good rant.

But I haven't insulted you - yet.

OTOH, it really isn't worth the time or effort.

I got shit to do.



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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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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


YIKES!

The boho-drain: bohemians say goodbye San Francisco, hello LA | US news | The Guardian

"1.8 BILLION ANNUALLY."

THE HEAD 0F JOHN STUMPF IS STARTING TO SMELL!

"THE MOST DEPLORABLE THING…"

"AMERICA FIRST"

WHAT HE SAID AND DIDN'T SAY!






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Effin' 3-digit heat. Record-setting effin' 3-digit heat.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Bull', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Sean Penn, Sutton Foster, and Regina Spektor.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Usain Bolt, Allison Janney, Owen Wilson, and Eliza Skinner.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'This Is Us'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kate Hudson, David Oyelowo, and De La Soul featuring Estelle.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Samuel L. Jackson, Cecily Strong, Spike Feresten, and Danny Carey.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Lisa Ling, the Thermals, and Vlad Yudin.



ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are J.K. Simmons, Action Bronson, and Air.



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



Faux has a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'Scream Queens'.



MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.



A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH 'Born This way'.



AMC offers the movie 'Pearl Harbor', followed by a (F) 'Halt & Catch Fire'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Time Squared
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-The Icarus Factor
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Pen Pals
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-The Almost People-Part 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-Q Who
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Samaritan Snare
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Up the Long Ladder
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 15-First Contact
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 16-Galaxy's Child
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 17-Night Terrors
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-Identity Crisis
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Nth Degree
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 20-Qpid
 [8:00PM]    RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD (1982)
 [10:00PM]    AIR FORCE ONE (1997)
 [1:00AM]    RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD (1982)
 [3:00AM]    AIR FORCE ONE (1997)    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck', and another 'Below Deck'.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Sara Goldrick-Rab.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart.



FX has the movie 'Iron Man 3'.



History has 'Counting Cars', another 'Counting Cars', still another 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Back to the Woods
 [6:30AM]    EPIC MOVIE
 [8:15AM]    SCARY MOVIE
 [10:15AM]    SCARY MOVIE 2
 [12:15PM]    EPIC MOVIE
 [2:00PM]    SCARY MOVIE
 [4:00PM]    SCARY MOVIE 2
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I'm Free
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-We're Not Gonna Take It
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Christmas
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I'm a Boy
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Young Man Blues
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A Legal Matter
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Can See for Miles
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sally Simpson
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Won't Get Fooled Again
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Don't You Do It
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I'm Free
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-We're Not Gonna Take It
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Christmas
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I'm a Boy
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Young Man Blues
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-A Legal Matter
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Can See for Miles
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sally Simpson
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Won't Get Fooled Again
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Baby Don't You Do It
 [4:00AM]    FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII -- THE NEW BLOOD    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [8:00AM]    Boogie Nights
 [11:15AM]    The Warriors
 [1:15PM]    Commando
 [3:15PM]    Days of Thunder
 [5:45PM]    Kickboxer
 [8:00PM]    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
 [10:30PM]    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
 [1:00AM]    Dante's Peak
 [3:30AM]    Kickboxer
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Orphan', followed by the movie 'National Treasure: Book Of Secrets', then a FRESH 'Aftermath'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Sharon Osbourne, Bruce Campbell, and Mike Recine.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Hollywood Hobbies (1939)
 [6:30 AM]      The King's Vacation (1933)
 [7:45 AM]      Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
 [9:30 AM]      Varsity Show (1937)
 [11:00 AM]      Station West (1948)
 [12:30 PM]      Battle Circus (1953)
 [2:15 PM]      The Stratton Story (1949)
 [4:15 PM]      The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945)
 [6:00 PM]      Music For Millions (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Bananas (1971)
 [9:30 PM]      Young Frankenstein (1974)
 [11:30 PM]      Foul Play (1978)
 [1:30 AM]      The Three Musketeers (1973)
 [3:30 AM]      The Gumball Rally (1976)
 [5:30 AM]      The Frisco Kid (1979)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Wednesday   -  09/28/16

TCM:
 [7:30 AM]      I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
 [9:45 AM]      Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
 [11:30 AM]      Shadow of Doubt (1935)
 [1:00 PM]      The Hard Way (1942)
 [3:00 PM]      The Star (1952)
 [4:45 PM]      The Velvet Touch (1948)
 [6:30 PM]      Slander (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
 [9:45 PM]      Top Secret! (1984)
 [11:30 PM]      Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
 [1:15 AM]      Strange Brew (1983)
 [3:00 AM]      Sidewalk Stories (1989)
 [4:45 AM]      Hollywood Without Make-Up (1966)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



USA has a FRESH 'Chrisely Knows Best'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Feb. 20, 1991) - Miko Hughes, Roger Rees, and David Brenner.

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





Any opinions?   Marty

Or reviews?   Marty




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A member of the marine wildlife conservation organization Sea Shepherd monitors the burning fuel tanker Burgos a day after it erupted in flames off the coast of the port city of Boca del Rio, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Firefighting boats were battling the blaze aboard the Burgos, which is owned by state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.
Photo by Felix Marquez

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Reunite for 2016 Election Special

'Will & Grace'

The mystery of the "Will & Grace" reunion has been solved after days of teasing from cast members across social media.

In a new video, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes reprise their characters from the long-running NBC sitcom to weigh in on the 2016 Presidential election.

Will and Grace, of course, are voting for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, while Karen is committed to her close personal friend, Donald Trump. She helped him pick out Melania and everything.

In the end, naturally, it's the ironclad argument that Katy Perry is for Clinton that gets the pivotal swing voter on board.

'Will & Grace'

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Damage caused by rioters following the police shooting of Keith Scott is given a new face after Hyatt hotel manager Matt Allen sent out a message on social media for artists to come and paint their boarded-up windows in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 26, 2016.
Photo by Mike Blake

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Stop The Pipeline

National Congress of American Indians

Three days after guard dogs attacked Native Americans protesting an oil pipeline project in North Dakota in early September, an unprecedented event took place at the White House.

Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians, which represents more than 500 tribes, spoke to nearly a dozen of President Barack Obama's Cabinet-level advisers at a September 6 meeting of the White House's three-year-old Native American Affairs Council.

It was the first time a tribal leader addressed a session of the council, and Cladoosby was invited in his role as the Indian Congress' leader.

Cladoosby, a Swinomish Indian from Washington state, spoke twice at the one-hour roundtable. He told Reuters he praised the Obama administration in his opening statement for its track record on Native American issues such as pushing to reform the Indian Health Service.

But when Cladoosby gave his closing speech, he delivered an impassioned request to his audience: stand with Native Americans who have united with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,100 mile conduit to get oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

National Congress of American Indians

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Almost 80% Believe In Climate Change

Australians

Australians overwhelmingly believe in climate change, according to a new poll, and they are more than ready for the government to do something about it.

According to The Climate Institute's 2016 Climate of the Nation report, 77 percent of Australians believe climate change is happening. That number has grown year on year in the annual report since 2012, when only 64 percent believed in the phenomenon. Of this group, 90 percent feel human activity is at least partly the cause.

The report, released Monday, also indicates the majority of Australians trust the science that suggests human activity is to blame for climate change.

Interestingly, city and rural populations are more aligned on the issue than might be expected. According to the poll, 62 percent of city dwellers trust the science of human-caused climate change, compared to 57 percent of those in rural areas.

Australians also want the federal government to do something about it, and now. Ninety percent think the government is responsible for tackling the issue. They're not handing out medals for its performance so far - only 19 percent of respondents think federal politicians are doing a decent job.

Australians

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A woman looks toward part of an artwork called 'Lichen! Libido! (London!) Chastity!' by Anthea Hamilton, one of the four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2016, as it is displayed at the Tate Gallery in London, Sept. 26, 2016.
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth

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Ashes Auctioned

Truman Capote

Some people will pay good money for anything involving the late Truman Capote. Including his ashes.

Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles announced Saturday that Capote's ashes, contained in a Japanese wooden box have sold for $45,000.

That's well above the original estimate, which the auction house reported as $4,000.

The ashes are dated Aug. 28, 1984, days after the author of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood" died at 59.

The ashes were long kept by Capote's close friend and ex-wife of Johnny Carson, Joanne Carson, who died last year.

Truman Capote

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Unhappy Investors

North Carolina

Nearly 60 U.S. investors who together manage more than $2 trillion in assets called on North Carolina on Monday to repeal a law they said is making it harder for companies in the state to hire top talent by limiting protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans gender people.

Under the law, enacted in March, North Carolina is the only U.S. state to require that transgender people use bathrooms in publicly owned buildings that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate.

The measure, known as House Bill 2, also bars local non-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

The money managers' criticism comes as the push for civil rights for transgender people has gained momentum in the United States. After North Carolina passed its controversial law, major sports organizations, entertainers and companies pulled events or jobs from the state in protest.

In their letter, the investors said the law was undermining the stable business climate needed for sound investment. The group, led by Trillium Asset Management and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, said they represent a wide swath of the investor community and $2.1 trillion in total assets under management.

North Carolina

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People ride the Ferris wheel in front of the St. Pauls church at the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, 2016.
Photo by Matthias Schrade

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Melting Ice Threatens To Expose Cold War Waste

Greenland

A snow-covered former US army base in Greenland -- dubbed "a city under ice" -- could leak pollutants into the environment as the climate changes, raising difficult questions over who is responsible for a clean-up.

In 1959, US army engineers began constructing a futuristic project in northwestern Greenland that might as well have been lifted from a Cold War spy movie.

A network of tunnels under the snow contained everything from research facilities to a hospital, a cinema and a church -- all powered by a small, portable nuclear reactor.

The pollutants left behind include PCBs used in building supplies, tanks of raw sewage and low-level radioactive coolant used in the nuclear reactor that once stood there.

"When the waste was deposited there nobody thought it would get out again," William Colgan, an assistant professor in the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in Canada, told AFP.

Greenland

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Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Air Power" is displayed at the Bowie/Collector media preview at Sotheby's in New York, on September 26, 2016
Photo by Angela Weiss

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World Heritage List

Bagan

Myanmar Burma's ancient city of Bagan is "very likely" to be listed as a World Heritage site, a UNESCO official said Monday, promising a boon to a tourist attraction battered by a recent earthquake.

Bagan is home to more than 2,000 ancient Buddhist monuments that are among Myanmar's most venerated religious sites and is a major attraction for its nascent tourist industry.

The former military junta tried to get Bagan listed as a World Heritage site some 20 years ago but was rebuffed, seemingly because of haphazard renovations under its rule.

An earthquake last month destroyed many of those botched restorations.

That will allow fresh work more in keeping with the original design, UNESCO said, boosting Bagan's chances of taking a coveted place on the list of the world's most prized cultural artifacts.

Bagan

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People walk at a bridge between tree-like structures at the Gardens by the Bay park in Singapore September 26, 2016.
Photo by Jorge Silva

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Ring-Shaped Geoglyphs

Peru

Dozens of circular geoglyphs, some comprising several intertwined rings, have been identified and mapped near the ancient Peruvian town of Quilcapampa, revealing that these earthen designs were created near ancient pathways used for trade.

Geoglyphs are designs, which often form shapes or images, on the landscape. They are found all over the world; the most famous examples are located at Nazca, where thousands of such designs - from real and imaginary creatures to geometric shapes - have been etched into the Peruvian desert.

The newly mapped geoglyphs may have had symbolic significance, possibly representing the flow of people and goods through the town at the time, according to Justin Jennings, a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto who is one of the team leaders.

Jennings and his colleagues mapped the geoglyphs at Quilcapampa, in the Sihuas Valley, using a combination of satellite imagery, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and ground surveys. The smaller geoglyphs are visible from the ground, while the larger ones can be better seen from above. The archaeologists are trying to map as much of the landscape as they can before the area is developed for agriculture.

They found that many of the geoglyphs there have simple one-ring designs, while others are more complex.

Peru

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A man looks at a Damien Hirst with David Bowie painting titled, "Beautiful, hallo, space-boy" at Sotheby's on September 26, 2016
Photo by Angela Weiss

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DNA Traces Path of Their Global Conquest

Ancient Cats

A new study of ancient DNA presented at the 7th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology has revealed the secret story of cats' spread across the globe.

Cats are mysterious creatures. They're independent yet social, aloof yet endearing, and very good at getting what they want. Like any organism, the very first cats originated in one place, then spread. They spread, and spread, and continue to spread, becoming beloved pets and conservationists' worst nightmare, often at the same time.

Exactly how they managed this feat of feline world domination has remained something of a puzzle. How did these small, terrestrial animals make it across the oceans? Cats have no value as livestock (like cows) or transport (like horses). They're good workers as mousers, but only when they want to be. And we talk about the "domestic" cat, but some scientists think that may be a misnomer-maybe we haven't really domesticated them at all.

But they may have domesticated us. Look back 12,000 years in time to the Fertile Crescent at the dawn of agriculture, when cats were buried along with people. Look to the millions of sacred cats mummified in ancient Egypt. Every time we find the carefully entombed remains of a cat, we find a clue to how they got to be who (and where) they are today.

The cats' DNA painted a picture of two distinct bursts of kitty scattering (s-cat-tering, if you will). The first was in the Middle East, where farming began about 10,000 years ago. As farming communities grew out toward the Mediterranean Sea, the cats came with them. The study authors say the farms' piles of grain likely attracted rodents, which then brought out the wild cats. And once farmers saw the value of having fierce mousers around, they likely tried to find a way to keep them.

Ancient Cats

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In Memory

Herschell Gordon Lewis

Exploitation legend and "godfather of gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis has died aged 87. His longtime distributors Something Weird Video (named after Lewis' 1967 feature) broke the news in a Facebook post.

With his 1963 film Blood Feast, Lewis is widely credited with pioneering the splatter genre, despite it being considered "an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences" in a Variety review. A later critique described it as "one of the important releases in film history, ushering in a new acceptance of explicit violence that was obviously just waiting to be exploited".

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1929, Lewis studied journalism in college and became a professor of English literature at Mississippi State University. After a spell working at a radio station in Oklahoma, he joined an advertising agency in Chicago, where he made TV commercials in the 50s. With producer David Friedman, Lewis embarked on a string of then-shocking features, which were made for minimal costs and found a ready audience in what would become known as the grindhouse circuit.

Initially concentrating on the "nudie-cutie" world of low-budget sex films (such as The Adventures of Lucky Pierre and Boin-n-g), Lewis made his mark with cinematic violence in the mid-60s with Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs! and Color Me Blood Red. Though regularly accused of technical ineptitude and outrageous taste, the films made money, and Lewis continued to push the envelope through the late 60s and early 70s. Like his contemporary Roger Corman, Lewis' work was seen as a subversive force as the counter-culture gathered steam.

However, Lewis decided to retire from film-making in the early 70s, after realising his style of low-budget horror had run its course, and returned to advertising. He published a stream of marketing guides, including titles such as How to Make Your Advertising Twice As Effective at Half the Cost and Sales Letters That Sizzle: All the Hooks, Lines and Sinkers You'll Ever Need to Close Sales.

Lewis returned to film-making in 2002 with Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat, which premiered at the Dead by Dawn horror film festival in Edinburgh.

Herschell Gordon Lewis

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Four cows stand next to a tree during sunrise near Tettnang, Germany on September 26, 2016.
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