The Daily Populous

Sunday March 1st, 2020 morning edition

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Former Monty Python member Eric Idle has written a memoir (Courtesy of The Frame).

Monty Python is widely considered to have the same level of influence on the comedy world that the Beatles and the Rolling Stones did on rock.

British rock and comedy had their own symbiotic relationship through the '60s and '70s — including financing Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

"I mean it was Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Jethro Tull — they all pitched in money so we could make the film," Idle said.

That's not to say that the film didn't have its own problems, but they made the movie better.

Through it all, Idle said that he feels that he and Monty Python went way farther than they ever expected.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the chronology of Monty Python films — the Life of Brian was released after Monty Python and the Holy Grail. »

Trump Made 'Final Decision' to Withhold Ukraine Aid

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“A DSG unanimously agreed that USAI should continue as planned; National Security Director Bolton and Secretaries Pompeo and Esper all concur.

The American Oversight report notes that the content of Castle’s email directly contravenes the Trump administration’s defense of the decision to withhold the aid.

Any doubt left about WHY Trump did so, when his National Security Advisor & his Secretaries of State & Defense were advising him to release the aid? »

Firefox is showing the way back to a world that’s private by default

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First, Firefox is turning on a controversial new encryption methodology by default in the US.

It all works because cameras track your every move and determine what you’ve picked up to charge you later.

Whatever you think of its efficacy, the shift helps to change our default assumptions about privacy, Specifically, browsing should be fully private. »

Champion Boxer Donated Entire $9 Million Purse From His Big Fight to House the Homeless

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After spending years of his life struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, Tyson Fury became a heavyweight boxing champion.

The 30-year-old fighter, who is also known as “The Gypsy King” in the ring, squared off against Deontay Wilder in December, 2018.

Though Fury’s purse for the fight was about $3.5 million, the total amount of pay-per-view income brought his payment to roughly $9 million – all of which he donated to charity. »

Canadians name Kenmore, GE, Whirlpool as top appliance brands to break down in CBC poll

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Canadians were asked to name the brands they said they experienced breakdowns with, and Marketplace ranked them according to responses.

The process took nearly two months of calls to manufacturers and repair companies, he said, along with diagnostic and repair visits.

In a statement, AHAM also said its research shows customers are satisfied with the lifespan of their appliances. »