Gold Rush Daze, an animated short by Cal Dalton and Ben Hardaway, 1939

Gold Rush Daze, an animated short by Cal Dalton and Ben Hardaway, 1939

Gold Rush Daze, 1939

An animated short by Cal Dalton and Ben Hardaway

An old-timer running a gas station relates his youthful misadventures in 1849 San Francisco to a young whipper-snapper eager to dig for gold in the hills. Both characters are cartoon dogs, and the story is populated by a cast of adorable critters—-a classic Warner Brothers cartoon.

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The Playful Polar Bears, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1938

The Playful Polar Bears, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1938

The Playful Polar Bears, 1938

An animated short by Dave Fleischer

Adorable arctic polar bears and their cubs live a merry life in the frozen wilderness, but must defend themselves when they are threatened by human hunters.

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Gabby: Fire Cheese, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1941

Gabby: Fire Cheese, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1941

Gabby: Fire Cheese, 1941

An animated short by Dave Fleischer

“Gabby makes good on his pledge to ‘be helpful’ by assisting the local fire department while they put out a fire. When the chief incapacitates himself by getting Gabby’s hat stuck over his head, Gabby takes charge with with disastrous consequences.” (IMDB)

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Watch Live: White House Correspondents’ Dinner – featuring Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj

Watch Live: White House Correspondents' Dinner - featuring Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj

Watch a consummate display of wit, the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Today  (Saturday, April 29 at 7 pm ET.) The sitting President is usually roasted by top shelf comedians, sometimes mercilessly, and traditionally bears this indignity with good humor. This year Hasan Minhaj of the Daily Show delivers a much anticipated speech.

President Obama mastered the medium, but this year President Trump opted out of the popular and time-honored event.

The red carpet event kicks off at 5 pm, the dinner at 7 pm, and the awards and speeches by 9:30 pm.

Photo: By DoD News photo by EJ Hersom – https://www.dvidshub.net/image/2573392/obamas-and-bidens-open-uso-show#.Vy-qefmLTIU, Public Domain, Link

Breaking World News

Breaking World News (Pope-Francis in Africa)

Pope lifts spirits of Egypt’s persecuted Christians
“…Despite fears of another jihadist attack, thousands of Catholics waited for hours on Saturday to enter a heavily guarded stadium in the Egyptian capital to pray with Pope Francis…” (Middle East Online)

Turkish authorities block access to Wikipedia
“ANKARA – Turkey on Saturday blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, an internet monitoring group said, but it was not clear why the ban had been imposed…” (Middle East Online)

Nurses will see their pay ‘cut by 12% over a decade’
“NHS workers will have had their pay cut by 12% by the end of the decade because of a government-imposed wage restraint that is now exacerbating chronic understaffing, new research reveals…” (The Guardian)

Plans for British spaceports ‘in danger of being grounded by poor legislation’
“Ambitious plans to launch satellites from spaceports in Britain are in danger of being grounded by poor legislation that leaves operators open to crippling insurance costs, MPs have warned…” (The Guardian)

South Africa: Zuma and Guptas Top Alleged Assassination Plot List
“A highly-placed source has confirmed to News24 that President Jacob Zuma and members of the Gupta family are among a list of senior government officials that were the targets of an alleged assassination plot by Elvis Ramosebudi…” (AllAfrica / News24WIRE)

Kenya: Ex-Street Boy Wins Jubilee Ticket for Bulla Pesa Ward
“Residents of Bulla Pesa ward in Isiolo town have nominated a former street urchin to contest for the seat in the concluded Jubilee primaries.

Despite all odds, Abdi Kasanya, 26 emerged winner after battling out with his three opponents…” (AllAfrica)

Protest over climate change, and Trump’s rejection of issue, stokes rallies
“Tens of thousands of demonstrators converged around the White House and in other cities Saturday to protest what they said was the Trump administration’s rejection of scientific claims on climate change and other environmental issues…”
(The Los Angeles Times)

‘It looks bad. It’s dangerous.’ Vacant lots dotting South L.A. a painful reminder of L.A. riots
“…But when riots engulfed South Los Angeles, spurred by the acquittal of four white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, the Western Avenue site went up in flames. Burned beyond repair, the building was torn down. And nothing has arisen since…” (The Los Angeles Times)

Cassini Just Sent Back Images From Its First-Ever Dive Through Saturn’s Rings, and They’re Incredible
“Scientists just got their first glimpse into the space between Saturn and its rings. And it’s pretty stunning.

On Wednesday, the NASA space probe Cassini performed the first of 22 planned dives through the rings around the planet…” (Science Alert)

US Yellow Fever Vaccine Supply Will Be Gone by This Summer, but the CDC Has a Plan”
US health officials on Friday warned of a new complication in the fight to contain mosquito-borne viruses spreading around the world: The country’s supply of yellow fever vaccine is dwindling and will likely be completely gone by this summer – with no way to make more because of a manufacturing problem…” (Science Alert)

 

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Southern Fried Rabbit, an animated short featuring Bugs Bunny, 1953

Southern Fried Rabbit, an animated short featuring Bugs Bunny, 1953

Southern Fried Rabbit, 1953

An animated short by Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

“Bugs heads toward the record carrot crop in Alabama but runs into Colonel (Yosemite) Sam who is under orders to let no Yankee cross the Mason-Dixon line…” (IMDB)

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Space Angel: Space Hijackers, an animated short by Dick Darley, Alex Toth, 1962

Space Angel: Space Hijackers, an animated short by Dick Darley, Alex Toth, 1962

Space Angel: Space Hijackers, 1962

An animated short by Dick Darley, Alex Toth

An early cartoon made expressly for the burgeoning television market in the 1960s, this space opera follows the adventures of Scott McCloud (aka Space Angel) an agent for the Earth Bureau of Investigation.

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Breaking World News

Breaking World News

Wildlife movie coproduction shows Americans another side of China
“Born in China, a Chinese-American wildlife documentary coproduction, has been offering US moviegoers a feast for the eyes and food for thought since opening in US theaters a day before Earth Day, April 22…” (China Daily)

China’s nuclear power technology goes global
“A recent cooperation deal between China and Kenya has become an important step for China’s nuclear power technology to go global…” (China Daily)

Trump scrambles to show progress as the 100-day mark approaches
“The final frenzy at the White House began Monday, with a private reception for conservative news publications, a tariff on softwood lumber imports from Canada and the late-night debut of a website highlighting President Trump’s “First 100 Days” achievements…” (The Washington Post)

House Freedom Caucus leaders back new health-care plan
“White House officials and several Republican lawmakers claimed Tuesday they were nearing a deal on health-care legislation with the House Freedom Caucus, with at least three leading figures in the hard-line group ready to support an overhaul after the dramatic collapse of talks last month…” (The Washington Post)

King meets Australian defence minister over military cooperation
“AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah and Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne on Tuesday discussed means to enhance bilateral relations between Jordan and Australia, especially at the military and defence levels…” (The Jordan Times)

ANZAC Day commemorated at Amman Citadel
“AMMAN — The Australian Embassy on Tuesday hosted a dawn service at the Amman Citadel to commemorate the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I, known as ANZAC Day…” (The Jordan Times)

ECB confirms review of child safety procedures
“The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that it undertook a review of its child safeguarding procedures in the wake of the revelation that a child sex offender had worked at a children’s cricket association with the ECB’s written permission…”
(The Guardian)

MPs condemn free schools policy as incoherent and wasteful
“The government’s funding of its free schools programme has been denounced as “incoherent and too often poor value for money” in a hard-hitting report by a cross-party committee of senior MPs…” (The Guardian)

Climate change as genocide – Inaction equals annihilation
“Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries — Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan — as well as in Yemen were likely to die if not provided with emergency food and medical aid…”
(Le Monde diplomatique)

RT, Russia’s voice to the world
“The international television news channel RT was an attempt to promote Russian influence in the world. How far has it succeeded?” (Le Monde diplomatique)

 

Chicken A La King, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1937

Chicken A La King, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1937

Chicken A La King, 1937

An animated short by Dave Fleischer

“A rooster sultan is bored by his harems. A duck strongly resembling ‘Mae West’ entices him. Her lover arrives, and they do battle; the lovers leave, and the sultan, humiliated, turns to his harem, who beat him up…” (IMDB)

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