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Tuesday

22 May, 2018

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Joe Bob Briggs: The Gloom and Doom Generation (Taki's Magazine)
When I was a young man, and the editor, or the producer, or the executive, would tell me that he was about to censor me, the reason was always, "Your material offends the older people." Now that I'm one of the older people, when the editor, or the producer, or the executive, tells me he's about to censor me, the reason is always, "Your material offends the younger people."


Joe Bob Briggs: New Orleans Is Not New Orleans Anymore (Taki's Magazine)
The video of Robert E. Lee being taken off his pedestal-literally-was stunning enough, since that 1884 statue by Alexander Doyle is sculpted in a Florentine neoclassical style that just doesn't exist anymore. Even more shocking is where it happened.


Matthew Yglesias: It might take a black candidate to beat Trump's toxic racial politics (Vox)
It's a pitch that sounds incredibly novel in a post-Obama, post-Trump Democratic Party that's obsessed with the political power and significance of race and racism. But Booker's argument - that race is a superficial thing that is cynically deployed to divide Americans and distract them from their common interests - is really the argument Democrats from Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama have long employed. In the modern day, it may take a candidate of color to pull it off.


Henry A. Kissinger: How the Enlightenment Ends (The Atlantic)
Philosophically, intellectually-in every way-human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.



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Presenting

Michael Egan


MTTDO
Michael Took The Day Off



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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


This best-selling British author was born David John Moore Cornwell, but is better known by his pen name. What is the nom de plume of this novelist?


                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


What was a Picayune?


       Spanish Coin                                                      Source


A picayune was a Spanish coin, worth half a real. Its name derives from the French picaillon, which is itself from the Provençal picaioun, the name of an unrelated small copper coin from Savoy. By extension, picayune can mean "trivial" or "of little value".

Aside from being used in Spanish territories, the picayune and other Spanish currency was used throughout the colonial United States. Spanish dollars were made legal tender in the U.S. by an act on February 9, 1793. They remained so until demonetization on February 21, 1857. The coin's name first appeared in Florida and Louisiana, where its value was worth approximately six-and-one-fourth cents, and whose name was sometimes used in place of the U.S. nickel.        Source







Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   A small coin of little value.



Stephen F
   a coin



Randall wrote:
   a trivial matter...
  Actually, I think a picayune was a small coin of insignificant value



  I believe "picayune" now refers to something trivial, of little value, insignificant.




Alan J answered:
   A small coin of little value.



Dave replied:
   Something so trivial or small it isn't worth taking notice of. Worthless. Today "picayune" would describe Donald Trump's questioning how the Russian collusion investigation started, while ignoring the criminal conspiracies the Mueller investigation has already uncovered.



zorch responded:
   A picayune was a small coin worth half a disme. It's also a town in Mississippi.



Roy, The Blue Texan, wrote:
   Picayune translates to something of little importance, or trivial, sort of like a person Trump would appoint to some government position and then fire.



Kevin K. of Washington, DC said:
   A Picayune was a small Spanish coin.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   A picayune was a Spanish coin



Adam answered:
   A Spanish half real- a small, low-value coin.



Deborah responded:
   In Louisiana and other states under Spanish rule, a picayune was a coin equal to half a Spanish real. My grandmother used picayune frequently, referring to unimportant, trifling matters.
  So far May has been a reasonable month, weather-wise. It's actually seasonal temperatures and feels cool. That May Gray along the coast helps to keep inland temps pleasant. Thanks, and sorry, Marty.




Daniel in The City said:
   A small coin of little value



Billy in Cypress wrote:
   A "picayune" was a small coin of little value, i.e. less than half a "bit".



Joe S     replied:
   Something of no consequence. I think Carla told me that, she was a great practitioner of the English language and it's origins. I could be wrong because I'm not a great practitioner.



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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


'Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay': rise of the religious left | US news | The Guardian



The Great Revolt review: Trump-approved study of 2016 is key reading for Democrats | US news | The Guardian



Shell faces shareholder challenge over climate change approach | Business | The Guardian



Save our bugs! How to avert an insect Armageddon | Environment | The Guardian



Trump's weekend unraveling continues on Monday with an attack on the CIA and John Brennan



This is how Fox News Brainwashes Its Viewers



Trump is "saving" Chinese jobs because China is investing in his business



Bay to Breakers a party disguised as a race in SF - SFGate
     The world needs a lot more of this



Barack and Michelle Obama Sign Multi-Year Production Deal at Netflix - SFGate



Joseph Campanella, ubiquitous character actor, dies - SFGate



3D Scans Help Preserve History, But Who Should Own Them? : All Tech Considered : NPR



Video Campaign Aims To Unify Poland Through The Power Of Bread : The Salt : NPR



'Cello Bae' Sheku Kanneh-Mason Wins Worldwide Fans After Royal Wedding : Deceptive Cadence : NPR



Royal Wedding 2018: The story behind Stand By Me - BBC News



Dalai Lama explains 'thoughts and prayers' in a way that may stun many-especially GOP lawmakers



Cartoon: Lieutenant Dan



Need Volunteers Working Online from Home in Key Counties in AZ, FL, MI, OH, PA, TX, and WI



Trump Team Moves To Lift Ban On 'Extreme' Hunting Tactics In Alaska | HuffPost



JetSuite strikes a deal for hybrid electric planes with start-up Zunum Aero



The constitutional crisis is here - The Washington Post
     Our descent into banana republic commences..



Trump Only Has One Scandal - The Atlantic



Yale to be investigated by Betsy DeVos for discrimination against men-yes, you read that right



Trump Demands an Official Investigation of Obama White House - The Atlantic



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Drinking Water


An Infographic About Why You Should be Drinking Water



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


House bill would reimburse airports close to Trump's favorite haunts - POLITICO



RNC pays half-million dollars to firm representing Hope Hicks in Mueller probe - POLITICO



'Panicked' Trump Roundly Mocked After Parroting Fox News Conspiracy Theory in Unhinged Monday Morning Meltdown | Alternet



The Race War Preppers Behind South Africa's 'White Genocide' Meme - VICE



Trump's Bureau of Land Management lets timber company cut down 400-year-old trees on public land | Medium



Trump is responding to critics of his trade truce with China - Vox



Trump praises Nunes as 'a very courageous man' - POLITICO



Texas governor scraps shotgun giveaway after school shooting - POLITICO



Neil Gorsuch demolished labor rights in Epic Systems v. Lewis. | Slate



North Korea did Trump a favor by snubbing Bolton | TheHill



Why Trump's North Korea summit is going off the rails, explained by an expert - Vox



Interview Magazine Has Reportedly Folded | The Cut



Stephen King's 'The Outsider' Slams Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' | IndieWire



Howard Stern Talks Trump's Ivanka Comments With Letterman - Rolling Stone



No, Oliver North-Ritalin Is Not Leading to School Shootings | The Daily Beast



Michael Cohen Has Become a Trumpworld Pariah: 'Time to Keep a Distance' | The Daily Beast



The Democrats Need to Get Much Tougher on These Trump Scandals or They Will Lose the Midterms | The Daily Beast



Trump Only Has One Scandal - The Atlantic



Trump "animals" comment: the disturbing power of dehumanizing language - Vox



The Trumpire strikes back: White House launches incoherent counterattack on Mueller probe | Salon.com





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Reader Comment

Current Events


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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


CHRISTIAN FASCISM HAS FOUND A LEADER.

"BACK TO THE FUTURE."

A NEW CRIMINAL LEADER.

BOLT-HEAD STRIKES AGAIN.

GET READY TO RUMBLE!

'JESUS NEVER CHARGED A CO-PAY.'


"THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER"





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Even deeper marine layer.
Actually, it's quite nice - mid-60°'s by day, mid-50°'s at night.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS', then '48 Hours'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Andrew Garfield and the Kills.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Thomas Middleditch, Dan Stevens, and Ziggy Marley.



NBC fills the night with FRESH 'The Voice'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Sarah Paulson, Chris Hardwick, Danica Patrick, and Foster the People.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Robinson, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, and Steven Wolf.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Cristin Milioti, Matoma, and Natasha Rothwell.



ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Roseanne', followed by a FRESH 'The Middle', then another FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'Splitting Up Together', then a FRESH 'For The People'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Johnny Knoxville, Jenna Dewan, and Franz Ferdinand.



The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.



Faux fills the night with the movie 'Hancock'.



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



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



AMC offers the movie 'Battle: Los Angeles', followed by the movie 'Twister', then the movie 'Twister', again.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Emergence
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Preemptive Strike
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-All Good Things... (Part 1)
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 26-All Good Things... (Part 2)
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-The Naked Now
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Code of Honor
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-The Last Outpost
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Where No One Has Gone Before
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Lonely Among Us
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Justice
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-The Battle
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Hide and Q
 [8:00PM]    PULP FICTION (1994)
 [11:00PM]    PULP FICTION (1994)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-The Naked Now
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Code of Honor     (ALL TIMES EDT)



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



Comedy Central has 'The Office', another 'The Office', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show it's The Best of Ronny Chieng Vol. 2.
On a RERUN The Opposition (from 4/19/18) are Jay Chandrasekhar and Steve Lemme.



FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by a FRESH 'Legion'.



History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Knife Or Death'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    SCREAM 3
 [8:30AM]    GRINDHOUSE PRESENTS: DEATH PROOF
 [11:00AM]    CHILD'S PLAY
 [1:00PM]    HALLOWEEN
 [3:30PM]    THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT
 [5:45PM]    UNCLE BUCK
 [8:00PM]    RUSH HOUR
 [10:00PM]    BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS
 [12:30AM]    THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT
 [2:45AM]    THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
 [5:15AM]    COMEDY CRIB: THE SHOW
 [5:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Gents Without Cents     (ALL TIMES EDT)



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]    saturday night fever
 [12:30pm]    mystic pizza
 [3:00pm]    friday night lights
 [5:30pm]    sahara
 [8:00pm]    the outsiders
 [10:00pm]    pretty in pink
 [12:00am]    the outsiders
 [2:00am]    sahara
 [4:30am]    barney miller
 [5:00am]    all in the family
 [5:35am]    all in the family     (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Con Air', followed by the movie 'National Treasure'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Cedric the Entertainer, Julian Dennison, and Tuxedo & Zapp.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Street Scene (1931)
 [7:30 AM]      Fury (1936)
 [9:15 AM]      One Third of a Nation (1939)
 [10:45 AM]      The Wagons Roll At Night (1941)
 [12:15 PM]      Going Hollywood (1933)
 [1:45 PM]      Kelly the Second (1936)
 [3:15 PM]      Nobody's Baby (1937)
 [4:30 PM]      Merrily We Live (1938)
 [6:15 PM]      There Goes My Heart (1938)
 [8:00 PM]      Nancy Drew...Detective (1938)
 [9:15 PM]      Nancy Drew, Reporter (1939)
 [10:45 PM]      Nancy Drew...Trouble Shooter (1939)
 [12:15 AM]      Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase (1939)
 [1:30 AM]      Murder, She Said (1961)
 [3:15 AM]      Murder at the Gallop (1963)
 [4:45 AM]      Murder Most Foul (1964)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Wednesday   -  05/23/18

TCM:
 [6:30 AM]      Murder Ahoy (1964)
 [8:15 AM]      A Thrill for Thelma (1935)
 [8:45 AM]      Smart Blonde (1936)
 [10:00 AM]      Fly Away Baby (1937)
 [11:15 AM]      The Adventurous Blonde (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      Blondes at Work (1938)
 [1:45 PM]      Torchy Blane in Panama (1938)
 [3:00 PM]      Torchy Gets Her Man (1938)
 [4:15 PM]      Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1938)
 [5:30 PM]      Torchy Runs For Mayor (1939)
 [6:45 PM]      Torchy Plays with Dynamite (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      The Thin Man (1934)
 [9:45 PM]      After the Thin Man (1936)
 [11:45 PM]      Another Thin Man (1939)
 [1:45 AM]      Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
 [3:30 AM]      The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
 [5:15 AM]      Song of the Thin Man (1947)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best', followed by a FRESH 'The Cromarties'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from May. 13, 1983) - Donald Sutherland and Martin Mull.

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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Makes David Letterman Cringe

Howard Stern

Shock jock Howard Stern definitely knows how to make David Letterman very uncomfortable: talk about the interviews he had with Donald Trump about the president's daughter Ivanka's sexiness.

Trump famously allowed Stern to refer to his daughter as "a piece of ass" on the radio legend's show in 2004. And Stern dishes on what it was like interviewing Trump in an episode of Letterman's Netflix series, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" that airs May 31.

"He would get on, and no matter what I asked him, he would answer. In a very sincere and thought-out way. I'd say... and I always called him Mr. Trump, he liked that, I'd say Mr. Trump, 'Who are the great beauties? If I ask you some names, can you tell who the great beauties are?'"

"He goes, first of all - straight face - the great beauties, Howard, are not actresses," Stern continues. "It's models ... Anyone works in the entertainment industry, really, I've only seen sixes and sevens."

"I'd say... 'I think Angelina Jolie is a great beauty.' 'Seven!' 'Really, why?'... He goes, 'You know who's a great beauty?' I go, 'Who?' 'My daughter Ivanka. Now she's a 10.'"

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Netflix Production Deal

Barack and Michelle Obama

Netflix has secured a deal with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to produce series and movies for the streaming service. The former first couple will, according to an announcement Monday from the company, potentially work on scripted and unscripted series as well as docu-series, documentary films, and features under the multi-year deal.

"One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience," said President Obama. "That's why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix - we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world."

"Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others," said Michelle Obama. "Netflix's unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership."

Signing the Obamas is the latest, and by far the biggest, in a string of moves by Netflix to lock up the entertainment industry's highest-profile producers in exclusive production and development pacts. Last year, Netflix poached "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes from ABC Studios with a deal valued at more than $100 million. "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy jumped from his longtime home at 20th Century Fox Television earlier this year to also join Netflix. Murphy's deal was reported at the time to be worth as much as $300 million. However, sources tell Variety that tally includes money that Murphy is expected to make from his current and former Fox series over the life of his Netflix contract, and that the true value of the deal is in line with that of Rhimes.

It is unknown how much the Obamas' Netflix agreement is worth. In March, Penguin Random House signed the couple to a joint book deal that pays them a reported $65 million for their respective memoirs.

Barack and Michelle Obama

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Billboard Icon Award

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson kept the hits coming Sunday on the night she became the first black woman to win the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

She slayed a medley of her most popular songs ? including "Nasty" and "Throb" ? and gave a powerful speech that pledged solidarity to #MeToo while calling for an end to "loud and harsh" public discourse.

Bruno Mars introduced the 52-year-old pop star by noting the sociopolitical impact of her work and the sheer success of it ? she's the first woman to record five straight No. 1 albums.

Then Jackson went to work on stage in reportedly her first televised performance since 2009.

Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond are among the previous Icon winners.

Janet Jackson

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Most-Visited Museum

The Louvre

Around 8.1 million people stepped through the hallowed halls of the Louvre in Paris last year, making it the most-visited museum in the world for 2017.

That's according to the latest edition of the Theme Index and Museum Index report, which ranked the most popular attractions around the world by attendance.

While growth among the top 20 museums was relatively flat (0.2 percent growth worldwide between 2016 and 2017), authors note the exceptional performances of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which saw an impressive 25 percent spike in visitors in 2017, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, which also saw a 23 percent growth over the previous year.

After the Louvre, Beijing's National Museum of China, and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, tied with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, round out the podium.

In North America, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington DC single-handedly helped boost visitor numbers three percent across the region. But a closer look at the figures suggest that when the NMAAHC is taken out of the equation, numbers were relatively flat -- a finding that authors speculate could be tied to the decrease in international visitor numbers to the US in 2017.

The Louvre

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Being Quoted

'Fox & Friends'

President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Fabulist) quoted a conservative radio host who appeared on Fox & Friends Monday morning for an attack on former CIA director John Brennan. The slamming of Brennan appeared to be in response to him challenging Republican leadership Sunday following Trump's "demand" for the Justice Department to investigate whether his campaign was "infiltrated or surveilled" for "political purposes" or if any Obama administration officials had directed such an inquiry.

The president, who often cites information he's viewed on Fox News' morning program, took three tweets to sum up the accusations made by Dan Bongino about Brennan, who the former Secret Service agent called "disgraced" and "largely responsible for the destruction of Americans faith in the intelligence community…"

"John Brennan is panicking. He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community," Trump tweeted citing Bongino. "He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of American's faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the top of the FBI. Brennan started this entire debacle about President Trump."

Trump continued, quoting Bongino: "We now know that Brennan had detailed knowledge of the (phony) Dossier...he knows about the Dossier, he denies knowledge of the Dossier, he briefs the Gang of 8 on the Hill about the Dossier, which they then used to start an investigation about Trump. It is that simple. This guy is the genesis of this whole Debacle. This was a Political hit job, this was not an Intelligence Investigation. Brennan has disgraced himself, he's worried about staying out of Jail."

Brennan directly responded to Trump's decree for a Justice Department investigation Sunday, by naming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and stating "you will bear major responsibility for the harm done to our democracy."

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Misogyny

The massacre at Santa Fe high school last week that left 10 people dead - most of them students - seems to have something in common with so many other mass shootings that happen in the US: misogyny. The shooter, one victim's mother claims, targeted her daughter as the first victim because she rejected his continued harassing advances.

How many more tragedies have to happen before we recognize that misogyny kills? The longer we ignore the toxic masculinity that underlies so many of these crimes, the more violence we're enabling.

Sadie Rodriguez told the LA Times that her daughter Shana Fisher "had four months of problems" from the Santa Fe shooter.

"He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no." A week before the shooting, she says, her daughter stood up to the shooter and "embarrassed him in class".

This comes not even a month after the van attack in Toronto that killed 10 people and injured 13 more - violence enacted by a man who was reportedly furious that women wouldn't sleep with him. Before that there was the 2015 shooting at an Oregon college by a young man who complained of being a virgin with "no girlfriend". In 2014, there was Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and left behind a 140-page sexist manifesto and videos where he warned: "I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me but I will punish you all for it." In 2009, George Sodini killed three women at a gym in Pennsylvania after lamenting online that younger women wouldn't date him.

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Garry Kasparov has a message for those who didn't foresee Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election: "I told you so."

"I've been saying many of the same things about Vladimir Putinfor over 17 years," Kasparov, the former world chess champion and political activist, said at a conference on activism here Monday. Other attendees included former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, human rights activist Kerry Kennedy and David Hogg, a Florida high school student who has emerged as a gun control advocate.

"Putin is not a democratically elected leader - he is a dictator," Kasparov said, recalling remarks from a 2007 conference he attended in Washington, D.C. "I said, yes, Putin was a bad guy. He was Russia's problem, but if he wasn't contained, he would be a regional problem - and soon after, everybody's problem."

Kasparov said Russia's spread of so-called fake news across American social media networks - part of a disinformation campaign aimed at undermining the U.S. elections - was "nothing new for us in Russia."

By the time Putin took aim at the U.S., Kasparov said, his cyber army had more than 10 years of experience in such attacks.

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WWE's "Smackdown Live" television program will have a new home in 2019, according to new reports.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the reported deal between WWE and Fox is for five years and worth approximately $205 million annually. The deal, which would total over $1 billion during its lifespan, is reportedly three times as much as the company was getting from NBC Universal for "Smackdown Live."

It was reported last week that NBCU, whose networks have aired "Smackdown" since 2010, declined to renew its deal with WWE for the program, instead opting to focus on retaining the rights to the wrestling giant's flagship show, "Monday Night Raw."

Since that news broke, WWE's stock has steadily risen amid speculation that a deal with Fox could be reached for "Smackdown Live." Immediately following Rovell's report, WWE stock again sharply rose, increasing by six percent.

Overall, WWE's stock has risen more than 15 dollars per share since last Thursday.

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Hitler

A peer-reviewed study in an academic journal has proved what you might have assumed you already knew: Adolf Hitler is dead and has been since he killed himself in his bunker in April 1945.

That scientists are devoting serious attention to proving this more than 70 years after the event may initially seem bizarre.

But almost from the moment the Führer died, a cottage industry of conspiracy theories sprang up to say he was still alive.

Now, though, French scientists have been allowed to examine a jawbone that has been jealously guarded in the archives of the Russian secret service since the 1940s.

The analysis published in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Internal Medicine suggests that in this instance the Russians were telling the truth: Hitler killed himself, SS soldiers burnt his body, Soviet troops found the charred remains, and the jawbone ended up in Moscow.

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In Memory

Bill Gold

Bill Gold, who revolutionized the art of the movie poster over a seven-decade career that began with Casablanca and included A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and dozens of Clint Eastwood films, has died. He was 97.

The Brooklyn native began at Warner Bros. in the early 1940s and had a hand in more than 2,000 posters during his iconic career, working on films for everyone from Alfred Hitchcock (1954's Dial M for Murder), Elia Kazan (1955's East of Eden) and Federico Fellini (1963's 8 1/2) to Sam Peckinpah (1969's The Wild Bunch), Robert Altman (1971's McCabe & Mrs. Miller) and Martin Scorsese (1990'sGoodFellas).

Gold "started drawing at age 8 and never stopped," he said in a 2016 interview. After graduating from Pratt Institute in New York City, he approached the art director of the poster department at Warner Bros.' offices in New York.

"He sent me away on a trial to design posters for four earlier films: Escape Me Never and [The Adventures of] Robin Hood with Errol Flynn, The Man I Love with Ida Lupino and Bette Davis' Winter Meeting," he recalled. Gold passed the test and was hired at age 21, and his first assignment was Casablanca (1942).

As he told CBS News, Gold laid out the poster for Casablanca and placed a gun in Humphrey Bogart's hand at the last minute: "Somebody suggested, 'This is Bogart. Let's put a gun in his hand. That's the way he acts, the way he exaggerates his action. We don't want just a head of him. It's too boring!' "

The gun was taken from another Bogie film, High Sierra (1941). Gold also was assigned work on Warners' Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) around this time.

Gold's poster for William Friedkin'sThe Exorcist (1973) - showing the priest played by Max von Sydow under a shaft of light outside the Georgetown home of the possessed young girl (Linda Blair) - was created after he was told not to "show anything that had any hint of religious connotation."

Gold also worked on posters for The Searchers (1956), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Funny Girl (1968), My Fair Lady (1968), Bullitt (1968), Woodstock (1970), Klute (1971), Deliverance (1972), The Sting (1973), Blazing Saddles (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), On Golden Pond (1981), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser (1988).

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In Memory

Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana, an internationally acclaimed artist known for creations such as the LOVE image, has died. He was 89.

Indiana was born on Sept. 13, 1928, in New Castle, Indiana, according to his biography. He moved frequently as a child.

He graduated from Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis, where he was valedictorian as well as the photographer and photo editor for the school's yearbook, according to the biography on his yearbook. He had moved to Indianapolis to attend the school known for its strong arts curriculum.

After graduating from high school, he spent three years in the Air Force. He then studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

He moved to New York in 1954 and two years later took up residence in Coenties Slip on the southeast tip of Manhattan, where he joined a community of artists.

The word love, a theme central to Indiana's work, first appeared in the 1961 painting Four Star Love. His biography states he was inspired by an inscription in the Christian Science churches he attended in his youth.

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