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Scientists have detected light connected with the collision of two neutron stars, which sounds like a Star Trek episode, but is actually incredibly cool!

Harvey Weinstein has been fired from Miramax following a plethora of accusations of various forms of sexual misconduct over many years, and aside from the usual "But I had NO idea!" from a bunch of people who probably knew damn well, it is to be hoped that no one is going to try and suggest that he was the ONLY one (Woody Allen, of all people, has gone on record saying that he hopes it doesn't turn into a witch hunt...)

Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland and caused widespread damages and several deaths as it moved over it. A weird side effect was that the skies over most of Britain turned orange, and the sun a reddish-orange for a time, as dust and sand from the Azores was blown into the atmosphere the British Isles. Spooky.

Voltron Season 4 dropped and though shorter than the other seasons, still had some quality episode, especially their homage (and/or piss take to sentai shows)

The last season of Star Wars Rebels has also started, I hope it goes out as well as it deserves to, it has a LOT of ground to cover.

Wildfires in Spain and Portugal, possibly caused by arsonists, are causing widespread chaos and at least 39 dead.

Sorry to end with this, but, you know, I was going to give myself a week off from Trump, I think I've earned one, but I really can't, because he just keeps sinking to new lows. This week he became the first serving President to speak at the "Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit". The FRC (Subtitle probably "Won't sombebody think of the children" with a logo of clutching pearls) is officially classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, whose agenda and membership includes anti LGBTQA+, anti-Muslim and white Supremacist POV's. The Cheeto in Chief reassured those in attendance that they "Would no longer be silenced". May I reiterate yet again, THIS IS NOT NORMAL, THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO BE NORMAL.
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Today is World Mental Health Day, with this year having a focus on workplace wellbeing. The link has some tips for yourself and some suggestions for employers.

May I just say that toothache SUUUUUUUCKS!!! (Sorry, had to get that off my chest... I now return you to your normally scheduled Off Topic Tuesday)

Viz is screening the new CGI Anime series INfini-T Forcea which unites Ken the Eagle (G-1) from Gatchaman (Or Mark as he was known in Battle of the Planets), Casshan, Hurricane Polymar and Uchuu no Kishi Tekkaman.

Strange sentai news for 2018 as it appears there will be not one, but TWO series next year, Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger (Police Sentai) and Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger (Thief Sentai), which will run separate plots for several months before uniting into one... possibly. It's all sort of vague, but there will be one member of one team who is secretly working for the other (and we don't know which way round that will be).

Theresa May, after a Party Conference Speech last week which satire writers would never have dreamed of trying to get away with because no one would believe it, this week reverted to type with a speech which managed to be everything and nothing to nodoby and everybody respectively.

Harvey Weinstein was fired by the company he founded for multiple allegations of sexual assault. Though good to know you can count on Donna Karan to send completely the wrong message which did lead to Rose McGowan, one of those who has accused Weinstein, to refer to Karan with the memorable turn of phrase "scum in a fancy dress". Karan has since tried to retract her statements.

The Nobel Prize for Physics was won by an international team who identified ripples in space-time caused by gravitational waves.. Which may just be the most science fiction sounding real life shit I've read in a long time.

Trouble brewing in the Rick and Morty fandom following a fracas over, of all things, McDonalds Szechuan Sauce... I think.

And in other McDonalds related news,kudos to Burger King for their clever little advert at the end of "It!", basically a screenshot saying "And this is why you never trust a clown - Burger King"

Mike Pence left in a huff at the start of an NFL game when some players knelt for the national anthem, because it offended him... poor little snowflake. Though as at least one person put it, if he went there whilst claiming his salary, and was already planning on leaving if the protest took place because Trump asked him to (which apparently he did), does this make Pence one of those "Paid protestors" that the Tangerine Bad-Dream gets so riled up about?

And speaking of the man described by John Oliver as "The Harvey Weinstein of Presidents", he has issued a rule change which will severely limit access to female contraception under the Affordable Care Act, because that's just he kind of guy he is.

And speaking of the shadowy embodiment of evil... it's confirmed that in the new Duck Tales series, whilst David Tennant is voicing Scrooge McDuck, his nemesis (well, one of them) Magica De Spell is voiced by his old TARDIS travelling companion, Catherine Tate! :)

The Animated Batman vs Two Face has arrived in digital form, and is Adam West's last work as the Bright Knight of Gotham. It takes a rather... different approach to Two-Face's origin, which was to be expected, but does have some fun cameos, and one surprise guest voice.

Oh, and for those interested, there's a new Star Wars trailer out for "The Last Jedi"!

And our thoughts go out to those impacted by California's current wildfires.
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This may well get a little heavy as a posting, because it's been, not to put too fine a point on it, a bloody depressing start to the week on almost any level you care to name human tragedy, political incompetence, civil unrest; Las Vegas, Catalonia, the UK Conservative Party Conference, where does one begin?

America had it's 273rd mass shooting of the 2017 (where mass shooting is defined as being more than one person being injured or killed by the accidental or deliberate discharge of weapons). The death count currently stands at 59, the injured at over 500.

Those outside the US wonder again at why gun control is such an issue for America, and large parts of America can't understand why anyone would ever as such a question in the first place, when they have a 226 year old Constitutional Amendment (which predates the advent of assault rifles by about 150 years) to cling on to like grim death. Rinse and repeat.

A contentious (and technically illegal) referendum on independence for the Catalan region of Spain descended into violence from the police as they attempted to prevent the vote from being held. Strikes are now taking place with the population, regardless of their views on the independence vote, appalled at the heavy handed tactics of the Government.

Musician Tom Petty (of "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" and "The Travelling Wilburys") has died, aged 66.

UKIP has a new leader, about whom the best thing one can say is that he's not the rabidly Islamaphobic nutjob who came second. I'm not providing links for this one.

The Mayor of San Juan displayed class and courage whilst coping with the aftereffects of a Category 5 Hurrican hitting Puuerto Rico, in a mind-boggling tweet exchange with Trump, who referred to her as a "politically motivated ingrate". Words fail.

On to less significant events! Television!

Well, after hearing varying reports about the series, I dove in and tried episode 3 of The Orville and I have to say, in all fairness, that I was pleasantly surprised at how well they handled an interesting and challenging plot about gender identity and social conformity and traditions in an alien culture. This was an episode of Trek that Trek would never have been able to make (any of them I suspect) and Babylon 5 was too early for. There were no cheap laughs about the subject matter, and no easy answers at the end. (I can't say I noticed many jokes at all in this episode, but I'm not sure if that was deliberate on their part or not. If so, kudos)

Marvel's Inhumans also debuted on TV and it suffers from all the problems which the comic books Inhumans had when they were being treated as X-Men substitutes (unsympathetic lead characters, Inhuman society being based on privilege and the arbitrary genetic lottery which is Terrigenesis being the biggies), but with the added issues of TV budgets (Was Triton supposed to look like that bad a makeup job?) and a version of Attilan which looks like a very dull shopping mall.

Fox's latest X-Men derived series "Gifted" also debuted, but only last night, so haven't seen it yet. And comments from those who've seen it?

And one final, serious political matter which I don't think Scans_Daily can overlook;

The US Department of Justice has taken the stance, in court, that discrimination against gay employees is legal. This would be despicable behaviour at any time, but in 2017 is beyond appalling.

For the love of heaven someone post some good news, PLEASE!
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Angela Merkel won a fourth term as Chancellor in Germany, though the far-Right party AfD did worrying well, with 12.6% of the vote. Though in a move worthy of UKIP or a Tory Party leadership contest, one of the co-leaders (and the apparently somewhat more moderate figure) walked out of the post-election press conference saying she would not sit with the party in the Bundestag. Uncertain times ahead.

In the US, the Apricot Hellbeast has managed another deflection of attention (From little things like six senior members of his staff being found to use private e-mail servers, something which the Republicans endlessly excoriated Clinton for), by making comments some wildly inappropriate comments (especially for a PoTUS) criticising those who choose to kneel for the National Anthem as a visible protest against racial inequality and police brutality.

In Arizona, their Supreme Court ruled that in the case of a lesbian married couple who divorced, both women had parental rights which should be respected. It's a little more complicated than that, but nice recognition.

And the US Marines got their first female infantry officer.

I'm ashamed to say I realised too late that last week was Bisexual Visibility week, and I didn't post a single damn thing about it. Sorry about that, Bi Community members! Anyone up for some postings to compensate?

Star Trek Discovery debuted, and I have to say I was very impressed by it. Yes, the tech doesn't line up with the fact it's pre-TOS, and another unexplained retcon of Klingon appearance is bound to throw some people off, but the cast were impressive (Seriously, Sonequa Martin and Michelle Yeoh were bloody awesome and Doug Jones worked well too!), but it made sense to do a soft reboot of the tech fifty years into the franchise and ANYTHING which tries to make the Klingons interesting again has my vote. It's a slow burn, but one worth checking out.

Theresa May gave a speech on Brexit (Or as one wag has dubbed it, "Operation Enduring Clusterfuck") last week in Florence, which managed to be non-committal on everything, even being non-committal, which is quite an achievement, sort of.

But, in an amazing exmaple of shooting oneself in the foot, the Labour Party decided not to discuss Brexit at all at their Annual Conference, which has raised a hell of a lot of eyebrows.

But to end things off on an upbeat note Puppies!
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Another devastating Category 5 hurricane, this time "Maria", has caused massive damage to Dominica, and is heading towards Guadalupe.

In what is either a bizarrely surreal end-of-season plot twist or, more worryingly, a normalisation of appalling behaviour, former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer made an appearance at the Emmy's and was smooched by celebrities who would have been excoriating him a couple of months ago. Words fail.

Toys'R'Us in the US has filed for bankruptcy protection, which does not bode well for the huge chain of stores in America (Those stores abroad, like the ones in the UK and Australia are not directly affected as yet)

Sort of on-topic, Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men's latest episode is an interesting discussion of the intersection of politics and comics as it applies to the X-Men, perhaps mainstream comics most consistently politically active (if not always successfully) comic. Definitely worth a listen.

Aung San Suu Kyi is facing criticism for not speaking out against the apparent ethnic cleaning of Royhinga Muslims going on in northern Rhakine state of Myanmar.. The situation is complicated by the military being a distinct from the Government, and the balance of power being uneven, but it seems disappointing at best, that Ms Suu Kyi has not spoken against it.

The unholy offspring of political backstabbing and circle-jerking otherwise known as "the UK Brexit strategy" continues with Ministers contradicting each other, re-hashing old and outdated lies and an PM who can't sack the worst offenders because A) She can't risk the backlash, and B) It leaves her no one else to blame when the shit hits the fan come 2019.

The latest, and probably last, wave of Lego Dimensions figures came out, including Beetlejuice, Powerpuff Girls and Teen Titans Go. The existing LEGO Batman Movie Robin and DCU Cyborg figures assume their cartoon appearances when in the Adventure World, which is cute, and there is even one final use of the TARDIS docking port where we briefly see a Nightwing minifigure I'd really like, but will never. I think the lack of a unifying storyline, as they had in Year One, has not done the title any favours (nor has the ongoing cost of the assorted packs, despite it still being a fun licence-crossing game). And it does mean that the long rumoured Lord Vorton figure might never see the light of day.

And I'm a little behind on the news of the upcoming Miraculous Ladybug Season 2, including the number of new Miraculous holders we will see, such as Le Papillon/Hawkmoth's boss named... well that would be telling. :)

This video has serious spoilers about the identities of a number of new heroes, as well as a couple of new abilities for Ladybug and Chat Noir/Cat Noir, so be warned.

A late addition, but one worth mentioning (though I regret it has to be) is that the GOP are attempting yet again, to defund the ACA. Just in case those of you in the US want to let those who represent you know your opinions on the matter.
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The devastating effects of Hurricane Irma have been widely covered, though the full scale of the dmaage is still being

At the same time, there has also been catastrophic flooding due to monsoons in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with over 1200 dead reported and what infrastructure there was in outlying areas.

More news is coming out about the Colin Trevorrow's firing from Star Wars Episode IX, and it seems that the director, whose last two directorial efforts were the less than well received Jurassic World and The Book of Henry may have managed to piss off just about everyone with his... well, they keep saying "confident" but you know they mean "arrogant".

In the UK, the Government won it's first vote for it's EU Repeal Bill, which hands unprecedented powers to Government Ministers to change laws without reference to Parliament, as part of the infinitely expanding snafu which is Brexit. Even Jeremy Corbyn seems to stirring on this one.

In the US, Ted Cruz appears to have "liked" a hardcore porn Twitter post, Back in the day this would have ended a pplitical career, and Ted Cruz would probably have been one of the ones insisting thatit did, let's see what happens (or doesn't) here, shall we?

The iPhone X:10 is apparnetly set to be a major upgrade (Have they really only been around for 10 years?)

The Doctor Who Experience at Cardiff closed it's doors for the last time as their lease is up. It seems likely it will become a touring exhibition, but Peter Capaldi had a farewell for it.

In related news, the BBC has confirmed that it is not renewing "Class" the Doctor Who spinoff that it never seemed that interested in, which is a shame, as whilst it's not perfect, certainly had potential, and some interesting character beats.

The critics reviews for Seth MacFarlane's new not-Star-Trek-spoof "The Orville" have been... pretty much overwhelmingly negative, I'm posting a link to the only positive one I could find out of kindness more than anything., though in fairness that's never stopped McFarlane from flogging a dead horse for waaaaay longer than anyone would ever have predicted (Family Guy is starting season 16 for pities sake and American Dad is on 14)
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The North Korean situation continues, with no clear idea as to what might emerge, the (completely predictable) failure of the world's great powers to agree on a course of action means that everything is still pretty much in headless chicken mode, and it's not clear what the next step might be.

Speaking of resisting oppressive regimes, the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" toy launch day of "Force Friday" seemed to be more of a damp squib than last time, with not a lot going on in any toys shops I heard about, but we did learn that The Last Jedi will feature a First Order equivalent for BB-8, a black and silver model named BB-9E (Though I think I like the fan name of BB-H8 better)

And for those wanting to remember a time when the US President was capable of measured, thoughtful turns of phrase and not limited to 140 characters, the letter that Obama left for Trump has been released, and it's a thing to treasure. of course, the passage about making sure he spent time with his family and loved ones, seems to have been misinterpreted to mean "give them all jobs on staff".



Meanwhile, a 7 year old girl in Cornwall has pulled a four foot sword from the lake where, according to legend, King Arthur threw Excalibur.

Look, I'm not saying that strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is any basis for a system of government, but based on where the current shower have left the UK at the moment, I'd be prepared to give her a go, she'd have to work quite hard to do worse.

And speaking of Brexit... well, "shambolic" doesn't even begin to cover it. It does seem to becoming clear to a lot of people (who don't write for the Daily Mail, Sun or Express at any rate) that there was a LOT of deception and lying going on about how easy it would be to leave the EU, but alas those in power have invested too much of their egos in the situation to back down now.

Speaking of unidentifiable stains (See, I can do subtle political segues), the University of Illinois has put a list of literally thousands of stains and how to remove them online. Scans_Daily, come for the comics, stay for the domestic salvation... or info for cleaning up your crime-scene, we won't judge.

It's exactly 25 years to the day since Batman: The Animated series had it's worldwide debut (Not in the US as you might have assumed, but in the UK, where we got "The Cat and the Claw Pt1" at 9:30am, several hours before the US got "On Leather Wings". I'm not goint to deny the US got a better episode to start with, but still...)

The BBC are running a season called "100 Women" about inspiring and influential women and intending to address; the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport. So, to start with, here are nine things you possibly didn't know were invented by women

Oh, and John Barrowman's most recent cosplay is perhaps his most entertaining yet (and hopefully slightly less tone-deaf than his comments when cosplaying as the TARDIS). I've never been a huge fan of his acting, but appreciate his skills as an entertainer, but daaaaamn, those LEGS!

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Hurricane Harvey has brought flooding and chaos to Texas on a scale they've never seen before (and which has led the US Weather Service to have to break out a new colour for it's charts. Our thoughts are with those affected and with all those doing sterling work in helping their neighbours.

The actor Ed Skrein, cast as Major Ben Daimio in the forthcoming Hellboy movie, has dropped out, after discovering the part was written as part Asian, which he most definitely is not. The studio has said something even more unusual; "It was not our intent to be insensitive to issues of authenticity and ethnicity, and we will look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material."

Here's hoping that's the start of a trend.

In what might politely be described as a contentious move, the Tangerine Nightmare of Pennsylvania Avenue Tweeted a Presidential pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man convicted of breaking a court order to stop illegally racially profiling Latinx people. Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with this.

Trump was criticised also, for releasing the information on a Friday night with the distraction of Hurricane Harvey going on, but has now said he did it deliberately because he though his ratings would be higher. Words fail at this point...

Not exactly NEW news as it's from April, but some more info about the new ReBoot series still leaves me a bit cautious as to what it wants to be. Let's just say I have strong feelings about ReBoot and do not wish to see it messed up.

And in completely-unrelated-to-anything-at-all-but-we-need-the-silly news, some photos from the Comedy Wildlife Photography competition
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The apparent perpetrator of the carnage in Barcelona last week has been shot dead.

Steve Bannon departed the White House... I assume someone accidentally broke the chalk pentagram. He now intends to rejoin Breitbart and attack anyone in the current administration he feels isn't right wing enough. The gift that keeps on giving.

P45 has decreed that despite lambasting the previous administration for years over remaining in Afghanistan and campaigning on the principle of withdrawal that no, things are actually a little more complicated than he thought, and he's sending more troops in. That should have some interesting repercussions on his voterbase.

Courts in India have outlawed the Islamic "Triple talq" form of divorce, which allows a man to divorce his wife instantly by repeating the word Talaq "Divorce" three times, either in person, or even by text.

The decision to silence London's Big Ben in the Houses of Parliament for four years whilst essential maintenance takes place has caused a frankly ludicrous amount of Press over here. "The Luftwaffe didn't silence it" "Health and Safety gone mad" etc. etc. It WILL ring on Remembrance Day, and New Years Eve which, if we're honest, were usually the only time non-Londoners listened to it with any actual interest.

Well, the USA had view of a total eclipse, and since no one thought to reunite the missing shard with the Dark Crystal, things are trundling on regardless, and Trump didn't merge with a wise old hippy to become an enlightened superbeing. Better luck next time on that one.

The new series of "The Great British Bake Off" is imminent for those who follow such things.

It's rumoured that Bradley Walsh will be Jodie Whittaker's companion in Doctor Who... which given that Mr Walsh (best known as a gameshow host and light entertainer, but also a character actor) is 57, will make for a rather unusual double act in the TARDIS.

The UK lost Bruce Forsythe, TV entertainer, showman, presenter, and general national treasure for over 75 years, at age 89 and the US lost Jerry Lewis at age 91.

The world also lost science fiction great Brian Aldiss.

Slightly on topic, but the last episode of "The Lightning and the Storm", the podcast about Walt Simonson's seminal Thor run, has an interview with Mr Simonson himself, which is fascinating.
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The atrocious events in Charlottesville aroused the ire and blanket condemnation of pretty much everyone (Even senior Republicans were straightforward about that), with one notable exception of course.

As one commentator put it, when the people who made the Tiki Torches the White Supremacists were using (Adding a quirky, yet jejeune aspect to their hate march), offers a more literate and resounding put-down of their actions than the President of the United States, it's a REALLY depressing, and worrying, situation to be in.

Oh, and when juvenile brinksmanship tactics bringing the world that bit closer to a possible nuclear exchange is STILL the SECOND worst thing you've done in a week, words really do fail.

A 1940's Anti-Nazi film has gone viral on youtube and might be worth a watch

At the other end of the scale, the new "Duck Tales" premiere aired, to very good reviews, and Disney have made the whole episode available on their Youtube channel if you're in the US. The rest of us can just... wait, I suppose.

Also, new Scrooge McDuck David Tennant is continuing his steamrolling through every cartoon, fantasy and sci-fi franchise he can think of by not only returning for the next season of "Jessica Jones" as Killgrave, but also by being cast in the long awaited TV production of Neil Gaiman's and Sir Terry Pratchett's brilliant "Good Omens". Tennant will play Crowley (a cynical, rather jaded demon) against Michael Sheen's Aziraphale (a fussy but equally jaded angel) as both seek to deal with the imminent Apocalypse, and the apparent absence of the Antichrist they've been expecting.

Brexit shambles on with the gracefulness of an inebriated yak... and the way things are going I think I'd rather have the inebriated yak running it.

Happy 70th Indian Independence day for today (and slightly belated happy Pakistan Independence Day for yesterday!)

"Wonder Woman" picked up most of the movie categories at the Teen Choice awards. But in an inspiring choice which gives me some hope for the future, Teen Vogue did NOT livetweet it as one might expect, but instead, spent the time calling out White Supremacist terrorist bullshit.

The tone and ending of the forthcoming Justice League movie are being changed, most likely (but perhaps not 100%) due to Joss Whedon coming on board. Originally intended to end with Steppenwolf, the bad guy, being defeated, but Darkseid arriving on Earth anyway (making the whole movie essentially a lead in for a sequel), Darkseid will now not appear, giving the movie an actual ending of it's own.

Oh, and I can recommend the podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the air) from some surreal, quirky diversions as we peer into the life of a janitor working in the Eiffel Tower, home of the world's most popular radio show and it's unusual acts?
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A charming short film called In a Heartbeat was released online and, in dark and dreary world, it was a nicely upbeat reminder of what your first crush is like, and how awkward it can be when it's a same sex thing. (If the creators aren't working for Pixar within a year or two, I'll be surprised)

Speaking of dark and dreary, Brexit shambles on like the abomination it is, with more (but not yet enough) exiters starting to realise what the implications are. Honestly it's like watching the school bully realise that there might be consequences for their actions.)

Speaking of school bullies and consequences, the Trump Presidency festers on like the abomination it is. After details of a phone call with the Australian Prime Minister were released it became obvious that one side had no clue what they were talking about, and the other was having trouble believing that the person they were talking to could be quite THAT clueless about pretty much everything.

This weeks special project has been attempting to single out journalists... en masse it would seem, as being enemies of all that is free and decent, and they probably kick puppies too when they're not leaking top secret bits of information about possible abuses of powers. (It's like JJJ endlessly railing on about Spider-Man... except even Stan Lee on the best day of his life couldn't make this shit up). (And there are some disquieting suggestions about what a post-Trump WH would be like too)

About the only good thing I could find is that the military chiefs seem to have no intention of doing anything about the military transgender ban, partly (and hopefully mostly) because they find it not right, and partly because it was sprung on them with no warning.

President Macron of France has backed down from a plan to give his wife a sort of First Lady role (not something that exists in the French political system) after a negative public reaction.

Season 3 of Voltron Legendary Defender dropped, only seven episodes for some reason and yet it feels that not a lot happened other than introducing Lothor and his all-girl gang and some playing of Musical Lions with the remaining Paladins. Have to say that whilst it's still an excellent series it needs to focus more on a few of it's core cast (Hunk hasn't done anything of note in ages, and Pidge hasn't done much better)

In slightly ON topic news, Netflix confirm that they will be broadcasting the new CGI remake of classic 80's manga/anime/toyline "Saint Seiya", a personal favourite of mine. Considering the bloody awful job that Cartoon Network made of launching the original, and otherwise globally successful, series, Netflix have a low bar to clear, but here's hoping it's a success!

Oh, and the world of cinema mourns Haruo Nakajima who has died at the age of 88.You've probably never heard of but he was pivotal to many kaiju films, since he was the man INSIDE the Godzilla suit in all the Godzilla movies from the original "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" in 1954, until "Godzilla Vs Gigan" in 1972. He also played Mothra and King Kong in other Toho Studio movies.
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In the latest round of musical chairs, Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci, new White House Press Secretary (and apparent American Psycho cosplayer) departed his new role after ten days and at least two foul-mouthed tirades, in what the Pres descirbed as "a great day".

John McCain divided opinion on every side by voting to progress the repeal of Obamacare, but then seemed to score a political victory by basically setting the whole thing up to fail.

Trump's random, out of the blue, and frankly despicable, decision to ban all transgender personnel from US Armed Forces, blindsiding the likes of y'know, the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, deserves special condemnation in his many, many attempts at deflection. Mercifully the Joint Chiefs repsonded by saying they had no plans to change any of their policies on that topic at the moment thank you.

The UK military even made a point of denouncing the policy.

The BBC has a nice (if unfortunately headlined) piece up about young woman who owns and manages a comic shop in Chelmsford. We wish her success!

At the other end of the scale, Marvel writer and editor Heather Antos faced some frankly horrific misogyny when she posted an innocent selfie on Friday afternoon, though thankfully she gained a lot of support from other fans and professionals.

We mourn two ladies of remarkable impact on entertainment media.

Legendary voice artist June Foray has died at the age of 99, a woman whose career as a voice performer began on radio ten years before World War II started, and continued on into the world of animation in the 40's (She's perhaps best known as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel) and her last credit is listed on IMDB as being 2014 (Still playing Rocky though now aged 97). She worked in so many shows, adverts, films and media, that it would be impossible to list all of them, but chances are if you've seen a Western animation in the last.. ohhh, say 70 years, she was either in it, or someone she inspired to get into voice work was.

Also, Flo Steinberg died last week. Technically she was Stan Lee's secretary, but actually she was one of the most driving forces behind Marvel's interactions with it's fans, in letter columns, fanzines and the like during it's massive growth phase from 63 to 68. As the person responsible, it would seem, for everything not directly linked ot wirting and drawing comics, her impact in the growth of Marvel should not be underestimated (nor was it, not least by Stan Lee). Her eventual leaving due to a denied request for a $5 pay rise reflects a situation that hasn't really changed since, alas, but let's remember and celebrate Fabulous Flo Steinberg for her work in building the brand.

Oh, and whilst not as sad, we should note that Andrea Romano is retiring this week, after 30 years as a voice director for WB animation, during which time she was voiceover and casting director on a couple of shows you may have heard of, starting with the original DuckTales, and then others like "Batman the Animated Series" and "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Thank you Ms Romano, and enjoy your retirement!
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SDCC came and went with a slew of movie news from all directions and John Barrowman wearing a glittery TARDIS tutu, I'm sure other, very relevant and important, things happened too, but once you've seen John Barrowman in a glittery TARDIS tutu, all else tends to drift into the background. EDIT - Not having actually watched the video, only seen the photos, I had not realised how inappropriate some of his comments were. Be aware there are references to transgender issues which are not really appropriate (A cis gay guy dressing as an alien spaceship which has a possibly-akin-to-female nature was probably never going to be a 100% successful idea).

In a move which is disturbing on a number of levels, President Trump used an address to the Boy Scouts of America (which he'd promised would not be political) to give a 40 minute ramble about how important loyalty to the President was... before asking them to boo the previous President. Words fail which, given some of the words I know, is probably best for everyone).

Pokemon Go's first live event, being held in Chicago, was something of a disaster, which is a genuine shame.

Greenland's ice sheet seems to be melting faster than anticipated.

The BBC published the pay rates of it's top stars, and the immediately obvious gender pay gap has led to some less than comfortable, but long overdue, discussions. Jodie Whittaker is confirmed as receiving the same pay for playing the Doctor as Peter Capaldi did.

The trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas Special which will see Capaldi regenerate into Whittaker has been released and David Bradley's impersonation of William Hartnell's first Doctor is approaching the scarily good. It also confirmed that Pearl Mackie will return as Bill for the special, but she has revealed that she will not be joining the new team for the following season.

Descendants 2, Disney's franchise combining "Once Upon a Time..." with "High School Musical" came out, and though Evie and Mal (daughters of the Wicked Queen from Snow White and Malificent, respectively) DO sing a Wicked-esque number which has more slashy subtext than a Chris Claremont comic, a scene of Harry Hook (the eyeliner-wearing (and for some reason Scottish) son of Captain Hook) kissing Gil (a dim, but-good natured, son of Gaston) was filmed, but cut from the movie, but is apparently still in the Junior Novelisation... which is certainly progress of a sort. (To be fair, the scenes of Harry "toying" with a captive handsome Prince don't leave much to the imagination either)
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Clearly the big news has been the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor on Doctor Who. The first woman to ever hold the role in it's 54 years of a regenerating main character. The more toxic end of the fandom, of course, turned up in force and doubtless will continue to but frankly, sod them.

The increase in British life expectancy has slowed down for the first time in over a century.

Trump has been Trump, what more needs to be said.

Though I will mention that he seemed a little nonplussed by President Macron's Bastille Day celebrations including a marching band performing a selection of Daft Punk numbers... a sentence it positively delights me to type.

In cheerier news, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare has failed, again


Noted actor Martin Landau (best known for North by North-West, Mission Impossible, Space: 1999, or Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood" depending on your age and tastes) died at the age of 89. A little known aspect of his history was that he spent over a year as a professional cartoonist back in the 1940's. Mark Evanier covers it here.
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So the G20 summit came and went and... well, the UK didn't cover itself in glory, but it's nice to know we can alway count on the current POTUS to liven things up.. whether it's his first meeting with Putin, his leaving his daughter to sit in for him whilst he leaves the room (not unheard of, but a very odd choice, though I'm not sure she wouldn't actually count as an improvement) or the now viral Australian reporters critique

What is believed to be Britains first same-sex Muslim wedding has taken place. We wish the happy grooms long life and happiness.

One of Hasbro's SDCC exclusives looks rather awesome, the "IDW Revolution" pack includes the first ever Rom action figure, a Dire Wraith (though it doesn't look like what I think of when I hear "Dire Wraith"), Action Man, Leoric of the Visionaries, Roadblack from GI Joe and Jetfire.. and a selection of mini-Micronauts. I suspect that tht secondary value on these is going to be INSANE, dammit!

The world of anime mourns the passing at age 82 of Seiji Yokoyama, composer for Captain Harlock and, perhaps even better known, Saint Seiya whose orchestral scores are simply superb.

Keeping it short and sweet, but ending on an important issue; 12th July is Net Neutrality Day, when a number of heavy hitting web based companies are taking action to protest the US' FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality laws.... More details about how you can get involved here
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Well, it's the 4th July, which as a Brit I probably shouldn't acknowledge, but I suppose I must... So I reluctantly bid our American members a Happy Traitorous Colony Day!

(Bad losers? Us? Nah)

Still, even I have to commiserate at the current state of the USA administration (And I say that as someone from a country with Boris Johnson as their Foreign Secretary and Michael Gove being trusted with anything more complex than a paper round). You don't need me to highlight it, and I'm not sure where I'd even start this week. So "Happy Independence Day" instead.

In unusual videogame news, apparently a far-Right nutter's plot to assassinate President Macron of France (during a visit from Trump) was stopped due to the actions of a video game forum.

The Doctor Who season finale was quite a trip, perhaps not quite matching up to the magnificent horror buildup of the previous episode, this was a lot more about character interactions, with the Doctor (whose speech about the importance of being kind should be up for ALL the awards), Bill (who had an odd resolution to a characters fate, but let's hear it for the inverse of the "dead lesbians" TV trope, DW gave us "immortal god-tier lesbians IN SPACE"), Nardole (Who actually got a surprisingly depressing exit without it being acknowledged as such), Missy and the Master all having some dynamite interactions with each other (especially those last two.. err.. one.. no.. two... oh, you know what I mean!!!).

(Oh, and there was a little bit of politics when the Doctor described the Cybermen's unstoppable rise on multiple worlds; "Like sewage, smartphones and Donald Trump, some things are just inevitable")

And the end scene, which I won't even describe in case spoilers might be an issue for those who haven't seen the episode yet, is one hell of a lead-in to the Christmas special... and now I just have six months to wait.
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In the US, the new Healthcare scheme is being co-ordinated and planned in such cloak and dagger stealth and secrecy that the planning of the D-Day landings look like an information free for all by comparison.

The Supreme Court upheld, sort of, Trump's travel ban, until it's review later in the year, so we'll see how that one goes.

The British PM finalised a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (a party more regressive than even her own Tory Party are) to shore up her minority Government for Brexit, and the cost of this compeltely cynical move? A snip at £1 billion pounds. And this from a PM who told a nurse that the Public Sector pay cap of 1% had to stay because "We don't have a magic money tree"... yeah, right.

A new mini-version of the Super Nintendo is being released in September for $80

This weeks Doctor Who, the first of the two part season finale (and last regular story for Peter Capaldi) was pretty damn awesome... especially if (like one lucky friend) you had managed to avoid ALL spoilers, because the reveals were very, VERY impressive. And even if you knew what they were, they were still capable of holding an emotional gut-punch.

Missy was a delight, in her trying to be good, but not really having the right attitude for it. (Oddly, and I only realise this as I typed that last sentence, in some ways reminiscent of Capaldi's early stories, where his social skills were... distinctly lacking and he ponders over whether he's a GOOD man)

The Cybermen should always reflect a degree of body horror of course, but I can't recall anything on this scale before (The proto-Cyberman screaming "Pain!" repeatedly and endlessly through it's voicebox, until a nurse comes along to tend to it... by turning the volume on the voicebox down... That's just HORRIBLE)

My one serious concern is that Bill does not end up being a victim of the reprehensible "dead lesbian" trope in TV drama, but I'm hoping that Moffatt's tendency to NOT kill characters will shine through and it might end up being something to do with why he's seen regenerating at the start of the episode. Am REALLY jazzed for the finale!

And to shift slightly more ON topic (which I really do try NOT to do), it's the last week of Pride Month, and whilst we may not have had a theme devoted to it, since EVERY month is Pride Month on scans_daily (Well, it is if we're doing it right), a big shout out to all members who identify on the delightful rainbow which is the LGBTQIA spectrum! You are all welcome, you are all celebrated and if some of you want to post scans on the topic, then fly my pretties, FLY!
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Britain has had another pretty awful week, a horrendous fire in London, causing any number of questions about the housing situation and cuts to the Fire and Emegenecy Services. Local's rally round in magnificent

Also in London, a white terrorist attempted to run down a group of worshippers at a Mosque as they left late night prayers. One dead, several injured, and notably, an Imam who protected the attacker from potential angry mob to ensure that the rule of law and justice would proceed. (Even The Daily Mail had, eventually and after it's usual shoddy attempt to victim blaming, to describe a white man as a terrorist, a move so outside their normal scope that a friend of a friend described it as "Like hearing a cat moo")

Also Brexit negotations started... with the UK team immediately capitulating on the order of discussion, a topic which they had promised they would fight all summer long.

In the US, the tentative loosening of diplomatic relations with Cuba initated by Obama, were summarily removed by Trump... citing human rights concerns... Which, given the human right records of certain countries he recently toured and praised to high heaven, seems to be a rather radical disconnect, even by Trumpian standards.

In more upbeat news a College at Oxford University has loaned a 19th century violin to a 14 year-old Syrian refugee and musician.

The opening titles for the new Ducktales series have been previewed, and though the new animation style will take some getting used to, it seems very promising, with some very definite nods to Carl Barks in the layouts.

And it's been announced that Animaniacs may be returning to the small screen

"Transformers: Rescue Bots" which ended after four seasons (and the longest run of any single title in the Transformers franchise" is getting a sequel "Rescue Bots Academy" which will follow the further adventures of the team, as set up in the series finale. Also announced is another Transformers series (presumably something to replace Robots in Disguise?) and new series using the name "Micronauts", though how it ties in to comics old, new, or whatever toy line Hasbro has been working on, is anyone's guess right now.

Peter Capaldi's final season as the Doctor starts it's two part finale this coming weekend, with the return, after fifty years, of the original design "Mondasian Cybermen" (Mondas being the long lost twin planet of Earth that appeared in William Hartnell's final story "The Tenth Planet", which also introduced the Cybermen). Also featured in the trailer is the return of John Simms as the Master which, since the story also includes Michelle Gomez as Missy, makes this the first multiple Master/Mistress story on TV.

Also in a cute note, just discovered that in "Dark Water", the Season 8 story which revealed Missy was the new incarnation of the Master, her line "I am a Mobile Intelligence Systems Interface, MISI for short" (As a fake out, since we viewers had no idea who or what Missy was at that time), was originally recorded as "I am a Random Access Neural Interface, or RANI for short" in case anyone outside the film crew overheard the recording (There was much speculation about that Missy might actually be a regenerated Rani, the amoral scientist Time Lord the 6th and 7th Doctors met) so the surprise could be kept.
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Well, good personal anthropomorphised cosmological concept almighty, the UK Political situation is currently.. I believe the term the young folk use is "cray-cray". To summarise for those who probably wisely, haven't been paying attention.
  • Britain voted (narrowly) for Brexit last year in a purely advisory referendum.
  • The Conservative Prime Minister who said he's oversee the Brexit process if it was voted for promptly quit, prompting a leadership election.
  • New PM eventually appointed after the rest of the contenders perform the political equivalent of a suicidal Keystone cops routine (I started to right that out but gave up, because no one would believe it all)
  • New PM triggers Article 40 to start the Brexit process
  • The new PM promised repeatedly she'd not call an election as we needed "stablity" and the current Parliament runs until 2020 anyway. (Since in the UK you vote in a party, not a person. the parties are allowed to change leaders without an election, though it's sometimes a risky move)
  • With less than two months to go before the start of Brexit negotiations, she calls a General Election to increase her majority.
  • Vicious campaigning, PM predicted to win a landslide despite genuinely appalling track record on campaign trail Refused to debate, constantly reciting "snappy" mantra's like a Dalek in a twin set ("Strong and stable" being the one that lingers), awful media presence, etc.
  • Young people come out to vote in record numbers, many for the first time (And bless every single one of them) and many vote for the opposition, a very old school Left Wing chap of a sort we haven't had in decades (think Bernie Sanders).
  • PM loses her majority.
  • UKIP wiped out and lose their only MP, who had already quit the party to defect to the Conservatives.
  • In order to achieve a majority, PM has to form an alliance of some sort with the only party prepared to do business with her, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which won ten seats in the election and so can swing things the Conservative way, for an unspecified political price.
  • The DUP has been described as both "the Political Wing of the Flat Earth Society", and "The UK equivalent of the Westboro Baptist Church". A bunch of highly religious, homophobic, anti-abortion, "woman's place is in the home" zealot throwbacks who would be only slightly scary if they weren't currently holding the balance of power in their hot, sticky hands (For some samples of their positions's try this list, but assume trigger warnings for homophobia, misogyny etc etc)
  • Alliance with DUP may seriously damage the UK's involvement in Northern Ireland government, as they are supposed to remain impartial and neutral when dealing with the various parties there, which they are now quite clearly NOT.
  • The leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, who is about to marry her same-sex partner, makes it clear to her London based boss that she is NOT happy about the DUP alliance.
  • Current PM's projected political lifespan measurable in weeks, possibly months, but can perhaps console herself with the fact that whilst she has incredibly low popularity, all her likely successors have even lower ratings.
As a friend put it "Basically, Britain is drunk and doing politics."

Sorry, I needed to vent a little I think.

Not that the US has much to be happy about with with the Comey deposition not exactly winning him friends at the White House, and the Trump machine, basically acting like the Trump machine does... which hardly needs cataloguing at this stage.

E3 is this week, so there will doubtless be good news and disappointing news depending on what you were expecting to hear.

The sad loss of Adam West has been noted already in another thread, but I will risk you ire by mentioning again. A host of delightful, and in many cases heartbreaking, tributes have been paid to Mr West since Saturday, including editorial cartoons, art tributes and perhaps my favourite, a US digital billboard company changing all their boards to the Batsignal shining into the night sky.

Michael Palin has donated a large quantity of notebooks, annotated scripts and diaries to the British library, which includes many pieces relating to Monty Python and his own travel writings. It's hoped they will eventually go on display.

The new Doctor Who may be announced soon, with former showrunner Russell T Davies revealing that he knows who it is, but is saying nothing beyond that. The most recent episode included the return of the Ice Warriors, and gave us our first female Martian in the form of the Ice Queen Iraxxa.


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As we all know, the world situation is currently an endless kaleidoscope of kittens, puppies and baby otter photos, all set to a soundtrack of kd lang and Louis Armstrong.

Sigh, nope, I can't do it. I wish I could, but I can't.

Following recent attacks near the Houses of Parliament and the Manchester stadium blast, Britain had another terrorist attack this past weekend near London Bridge. Our thoughts go out to those impacted by this, or any other terrorist incident.

(And full marks to Ariana Grande for returning to Manchester for an impressively staged benefit concert so quickly)

Quite why the US President felt that right after the attack was an appropriate time to start a pissing contest with Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London (who has behaved with diplomatic aplomb throughout) is anyone's guess. With any luck it might put the nail in the coffin for any plans to give the Mangled Apricot Hellbeast the State Visit that our current PM ill-advisedly offered earlier in the year. It also means that his legal case about his travel ban on Muslims NOT being a travel ban but "Extreme vetting" is looking even weaker since he referred to it as "a travel ban" in one of his angry (Well, angrier than usual) tweets.

Speaking of the PM... Brits, we have a General Election this Thursday and by all you hold dear, if you can, PLEASE vote! If you're young and never voted and feel like your voice isn't heard, here is your chance to show that it is. It may not seem like much, but trust me, it's one of the most important things you can do. The Brexit referendum ended with the result it did largely because of voter apathy, especially in the disenfranchised young.

The Beatles seminal, ground-breaking album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" celebrates 50 years since it's release.

The sequel to the more-perspective-distorting-than-turning-a-TARDIS-inside-out game "Monument Valley", called with remarkable originality" Monument Valley 2", was released last week.

And sort of on-topic but worth mentioning, Wonder Woman is enjoying phenomenal success, both critically, financially and in terms of word of mouth from those who have seen it, WAY beyond anything we might reasonably have hoped for. Just wanted to end on an upbeat note by mentioning that.

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