BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 13 January, 2017


13 January, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[1933 days in a row]


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Sean McElwee, Matt McDermott, and Will Jordan: 4 pieces of evidence showing FBI Director James Comey cost Clinton the election (Vox)
And yes, it still matters.

Paul Krugman: There Will Be No Obamacare Replacement (NY Times Blog)
You may be surprised at the evident panic now seizing Republicans, who finally - thanks to James Comey and Vladimir Putin - are in a position to do what they always wanted, and kill Obamacare. How can it be that they're not ready with a replacement plan? That is, you may be surprised if you spent the entire Obama era paying no attention to the substantive policy issues - which is a pretty good description of the Republicans, now that you think about it.

Dr. Michael Gregor: How Many Meet the Simple Seven? (YouTube)
Almost no Americans meet the simple seven: Don't smoke, Don't be overweight, Do very active (defined as walking 22 minutes a day), Eat daily a few fruits and veggies, Have below average cholesterol, Have normal pressure, and Have normal blood sugars.

Suzanne Moore: Labour's Corbyn reboot shows exactly why he has to go (The Guardian)
This was the week that we were given the 'real' Jeremy. But for populism to work, it has to be popular in a way Corbyn can never be.

Jonathan Jones: Europe thought it had a monopoly on artistic genius. Hokusai proved it wrong (The Guardian)
He is a philosopher who sees human beings not as solitary, but social animals. Most of all, he is a visionary of acceptance who urges us to enjoy being alive. The genius of Hokusai can help us to be happy, wise and free - like people enjoying a sudden gust of wind.

Ardo Omer: Mind of the Oppressed (Slate)
Adapted as a comic book, Octavia Butler's Kindred is an even more powerful statement on black Americans' relationship with history.

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

Ooooh! Ooooh! Jumping Jehosaphat! On what TV series would you find these two NYPD officers?

       Car 54, Where Are You?                                                      Source

Car 54, Where Are You? is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from 1961 to 1963, and was about two New York city police officers based at the fictional 53rd precinct in The Bronx. Car 54 was their patrol car. The show was filmed only in black-and-white. Episodes had different directors, the most recognized being Al De Caprio and Stanley Prager. Nat Hiken also directed several episodes. Filming was on location, and at Biograph Studios in The Bronx.

The series follows the adventures of New York Police Department officers Gunther Toody (badge #1432) (Joe E. Ross) and Francis Muldoon (badge #723) (Fred Gwynne), assigned to Patrol Car 54 in the fictional 53rd precinct of The Bronx. Toody was short, stocky, nosy, and not very bright and lived with his loud, domineering wife, Lucille (Beatrice Pons). Muldoon was very tall, quiet, and more intelligent. He was a shy bachelor who lived with his mother and two younger sisters, who often eschewed the notion of being married.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Officers Toody and Muldoon could be found in "Car 54, Where Are You?"

Randall wrote:
   Car 54 Where Are You?

  Hope you all are keeping warm cause it's colder'n a well-digger's brass monkey out here on the plains.

Alan J answered:
   Car 54, Where Are You?

mj said:
   There's a holdup in the Bronx
  Brooklyn's broken out in fights.
  There's a traffic jam in Harlem that's backed up to Jackson Heights.
  There's a scout troop lost a child,
  Kruschev's due at Idlewild.
  Car 54 Where Are You?

Stephen F replied:
   Car 54 where are you?

Dave in Tucson responded:
   Those two are Officers Toody and Muldoon of Car 54 Where Are You?

  There's a holdup in the Bronx,
  Brooklyn's broken out in fights;
  There's a traffic jam in Harlem
  That's backed up to Jackson Heights;
  There's a scout troop short a child,
  Khrushchev's due at Idlewild!
  Car 54, Where Are You??

David in Moon Valley wrote:
   Car 54 Where Are Youuuuuuuu?

gene said:
   Car 54 Where are you? I program I had never seen until the great recycling of old shows in the past few years. Interesting to see Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis as a different type of . . . monster.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   "Car 54, Where Are You?" which I think was referred to around my house as just "Toody and Muldoon", the names of the two officers in the car. I was very young at the time.

Adam answered:
   Car 54

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Car 54."

Deborah responded:
   Car 54, Where Are You? Or is that the theme song, and not the name of the song? I don't know without looking it up.
  The tall cop, Fred Gwynne, went on to play the dad in The Munsters. That's all I know about that.
  Woke up to rain this morning. At least it's mellow.
   The recent storms we've had here in NorCal have wrought amazing changes. Keeping good thoughts for those whose homes are flooded - that's never a good thing.
  Before-and-after photos show California storm's insane impact on water levels - SFGate

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Those are officers Toody and Muldoon from Car 54, Where are you?

Daniel in The City wrote:
   Car 54, Where Are You?

George M replied:
   Marty, I've learned of this show back in the late eighties - the show is, of course, "Car 54, Where Are You?"

DJ Useo responded:
   I love that show! Car 54, Where Are You?
  A wonderfully cast series with tons of whimsical nuttiness. I still lol at "Ooh! Ooh!"
  So, while I was reading the Daily Bartcop E page today,
  I was listening to a Surf music tribute to David Bowie called "Ziggy Played Surf Guitar".
  What are y'all listen to?

Joe S     answered:
   Ooooh! Ooooh! I've seen these guys before. The first thing that comes to mind is "Car 54, Where Are You?" I'm not going to look it up 'cause it's late and I'm tired. I could be wrong, but I don't think so.

Bill W wrote:
   "There's a holdup in the Bronx, Brooklyn's broken out in fights,
  There's a traffic jam in Harlem that's backed up to Jackson Heights,
  There's a scout troop short a child, Kruschev's due at Idlewild,
  Car 54 where are you?"

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 13 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 13 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Why do people persist in beliefs that are wrong - and even harmful? | Richard P Grant | Science | The Guardian

Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer, named as author of Trump dossier | US news | The Guardian

Paid staffers were on hand to cheer for Trump at his press conference - AOL News

New scam takes aim at Netflix subscribers - SFGate

Peter Thiel Thinks 'Star Trek' Is 'Communist' While 'Star Wars' Is 'Capitalist' - SFGate

Did '50s TV show feature a con artist named Trump promising to build a wall? - SFGate

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Exxon Mobil Told To Hand Over Decades Of Climate Documents In Major Legal Blow | The Huffington Post

National park staff are luring wildlife-destroying feral cats with KFC - AOL News

BBC - Autos - How food trucks took over city streets

Twitter user suspended for "calling out bigotry" - Jan. 9, 2017

Ultralight 'Super-Material' Is 10 Times Stronger Than Steel - NBC News

Report: Marijuana Users Risk Schizophrenia, But the Drug Helps Pain - NBC News

OpEd: Obama's Legacy Should Include a Pardon For Marcus Garvey - NBC News

Obama Awards Joe Biden Presidential Medal Of Freedom In Surprise Send-Off : NPR

Russia dossier: what happens next - and could Donald Trump be impeached? | US news | The Guardian

Jane Fonda: don't fall for 'good-looking liberals' like Trudeau on environment | Environment | The Guardian

Farmers helped elect Trump, but will their livelihoods actually improve? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Were Trump's business files a theatrical prop at press conference? Internet says yes (and LOL)

A Touch of Crude | Mother Jones
     same applies today; Rachel just did a segment

Under Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil Forged Its Own Path Abroad - The New York Times

Thanks, Michelle!



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Bond Cars

Driving 007: A History of Bond Cars (Infographic)


Thanks, Dave!



Semi-Regular Contrabution

The Monkey Buddha

Hi Marty,

Here's another Trump graphic I made recently.

Now that this buffoon is going to be in our face for the foreseeable future, I'm sure I'll have plenty of inspiration.

After the latest revelations about him in Russia, though, it looks like I may have picked the wrong "golden" excretion...

Gold-Colored Shit...


The Monkey Buddha

Thanks, Paul!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Alt-Right "Mafia" Using Digital Brownshirt Tactics To Hijack Progressive Groups | Crooks and Liars

Obamacare Vote in the Middle of the Night - Senate Republicans Vote to Repeal ACA -

Head of Government Ethics office publicly condemns Trump's non-divestment: 'Ethics has no party.' -

Chaffetz threatens to subpoena federal ethics watchdog over Trump criticism - POLITICO

Trump's Corporate Cabinet -

Robert Reich: 12 ways to disrupt Donald Trump's first 100 days as president -

Trump pits his staff against the media - POLITICO

Olbermann: Everything Trump has done this past week proves he's the 'idiot marionette' of Putin -

Law Firm Advising Trump On Business Conflicts Named 'Russian Law Firm Of The Year' | The Huffington Post

The Best Tweets About Donald Trump's Alleged 'Golden Showers' | The Daily Dot

The Website of Donald Trump's Cyber Security Advisor Is Insecure as Hell -

Report: Paul Anka to Sing 'My Way' for Trump Inauguration - The Daily Beast

Donald Trump Was Bailed Out of Bankruptcy by Russia Crime Bosses | Alternet

Trump Is Exactly the Monster We Feared, and Republicans Are Enabling Him | New Republic



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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Even more rain!

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Cuba Gooding Jr., Rupert Friend, and Gary Gulman.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 11/22/16) are Trevor Noah, Aaron Eckhart, and Green Day.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grimm', followed by a FRESH 'Emerald City', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Claire Danes, J.K. Simmons, Sampha, and Jake Clemons.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/19/16) are Sarah Paulson, Taran Killam, Marc Andreyko, Tori Kelly, and Craig Finn.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/15/16) are Ali Wentworth, the Appleseed Cast, and Ben Younger.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 1/4/16) are Kevin Costner, Andy Richter, and K. Trevor Wilson.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Rosewood', followed by a FRESH 'Sleepy Hollow'.

MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.

A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: Revenge Kills', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'Armageddon', followed by the movie 'Pearl Harbor'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Chute
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-The Swarm
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-False Profits
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Remember
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-Sins of the Father
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 19-Captain's Holiday
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 15-Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
 [5:10PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-The Mark of Gideon
 [6:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-That Which Survives
 [7:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-The Lights of Zetar
 [8:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 19-Requiem for Methuselah
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-The Cloud Minders
 [12:10AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-The Savage Curtain
 [1:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 15-Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
 [2:30AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-The Mark of Gideon
 [3:40AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-That Which Survives

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Married To Medicine', then the movie 'Dirty Dancing'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Jackass 3D'.

FX has the movie 'Kung Fu Panda 2', followed by the movie 'Despicable Me 2'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [8:00AM]    THE OMEN
 [10:30AM]    DAMIEN: OMEN II
 [5:30PM]    THE OMEN
 [8:00PM]    FRIDAY THE 13TH

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy Saves Gomer
 [6:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Bargain Day
 [7:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Divorce, Mountain Style
 [7:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Deal Is a Deal
 [8:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Fun Girls
 [8:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Return of Malcolm Merriweather
 [9:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [10:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt
 [10:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Back to Nature
 [11:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Gomer Pyle USMC
 [11:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie Loves Helen
 [12:25PM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Physical
 [1:00PM]    Ruthless People
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Jurisdiction
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Virus
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Securitate
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Manhood
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Benevolence
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Jeopardy
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Hot Pursuit
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Paranoia
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Humiliation
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Angel
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Blood Libel
 [2:00AM]    Basic Instinct
 [4:58AM]    Rectify-Physics    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday', followed by the movie 'Jason X', then the movie 'Freddie Vs. Jason'.

TCM spends the morning hours with Jane Wyman
 [6:15 AM]      Crime by Night (1944)
 [7:30 AM]      My Favorite Spy (1942)
 [9:00 AM]      The Lady Takes A Sailor (1949)
 [10:45 AM]      Flight Angels (1940)
 [12:00 PM]      Bad Men of Missouri (1941)
 [1:15 PM]      Wyoming Kid (1947)

 [3:00 PM]      Dangerous (1935)
 [4:30 PM]      The Thirteenth Chair (1937)
 [5:45 PM]      What Do You Think? (1937)
 [6:00 PM]      When Were You Born? (1938)
 [7:15 PM]      MGM Parade Show #26 (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Cleopatra (1934)
 [10:00 PM]      Cleopatra (1963)
 [2:30 AM]      Carry on Cleo (1965)
 [4:15 AM]      Caesar And Cleopatra (1945)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  01/14/17

TCM spends part of the night with Warren Oates.
 [6:30 AM]      Cleopatra (1912)    SILENT 
 [8:00 AM]      Northwest Passage (1940)
 [10:30 AM]      Spook Chasers (1957)
 [12:00 PM]      Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
 [2:00 PM]      Quentin Durward (1955)
 [4:00 PM]      The Searchers (1956)
 [6:15 PM]      The Tarnished Angels (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      In the Heat of the Night (1967)
 [10:00 PM]      Private Property (1960)
 [11:30 PM]      Dillinger (1973)

 [1:30 AM]      The Distant Drummer: A Movable Scene (1970)
 [2:00 AM]      Terminal Island (1973)
 [3:30 AM]      Penitentiary (1980)
 [5:15 AM]      Duck and Cover (1951)
 [5:15 AM]      Tear Gas In Law Enforcement (1962)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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A man and his dog stop to look at a mural depicting Princess Leia from Star Wars, played by Carrie Fisher, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jan. 11, 2017.
Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


New Flagship American Professional Series Guitars


Top brass for Fender guitars gathered in New York City on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new American Professional Series - a collection of revamped classic models.

According to Fender, the reimagined designs are replacing the American Standard this month as the renowned guitar manufacturer's flagship series.

The American Standard series launched in 1987 and has been the crown jewel of Fender's collections for nearly 30 years. Going forward, its availability will be limited.

The American Professional Series will make its official debut on January 19 in Anaheim, Calif.



Timber-framed houses in the Roemerberg square are reflected in water in Frankfurt, Germany, Jan. 11, 2017.
Photo by Michael Probst


Sue Over Digital Royalties

The Carpenters

Richard Carpenter, representing the singer-songwriting duo The Carpenters, claims that Universal Music Group and A&M Records have only paid him and the estate of his sister, Karen, only a "miniscule fraction" of digital royalties owed to them, according to a lawsuit he filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.

The Carpenters contend that accountants they hired to examine the record label books found multiple errors and that the defendants rejected the claim of royalties. He is seeking compensatory damages of at least $2 million.

Among other things, according to the lawsuit, the record labels "improperly classified" revenue from digital downloads of Carpenters' music as sales of records as opposed to licensing revenue - short-changing them from a higher royalty rate. The lawsuit also claims that the defendants undercounted digital downloads and that they applied an incorrect base price to the sales of CDs.

The lawsuit notes that the lawsuit is similar to litigation involving the recordings of Eminem in which the defendants were several affiliates of UMG. Ultimately, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that digital downloads were a licensing of master recordings rather than a sale of records.

"I regret that I have been unable to amicably resolve this serious royalty dispute with Universal and A&M," Carpenter said in a statement. "The Carpenters recordings are among the best sellers in the history of popular music and after 48 years continue to contribute a substantial amount to UMG/A&M's annual bottom line. It seems only fair that these companies account fairly to my sister's estate and to me. I look forward to proving the allegations in court."

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Mysterious Interruption


In a strange moment of startling symmetry with the current state of American politics, C-SPAN-the public affairs network that regularly broadcasts proceedings of the House of Representatives and Senate-was interrupted by a broadcast of Russia Today.

The state-funded Russian news network briefly took over the online feed of C-SPAN1, which had been broadcasting a discussion in Congress regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission Regulatory Accountability Act .

As Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., was speaking the feed suddenly cut from the House floor to a broadcast of RT. The feed cut in with a commercial break before returning to the RT news desk, where an anchor spoke of a suicide bombing.

Multiple C-SPAN watchers made mention of the sudden change on Twitter, including Deadspin editor Timothy Burke, who captured the moment the C-SPAN feed switched to RT.

The takeover reportedly lasted about 10 minutes before the C-SPAN feed returned. The interruption does not appear on the saved broadcast hosted on the network's website.



A municipal worker washes a ceramic reproduction of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's Guernica, in the Basque town of Guernica, northern Spain, Jan.12, 2017.
Photo by Vincent West


Bills Require Presidential Candidates To Release

Tax Returns

Lawmakers in Hawaii and several other states want to prevent presidential candidates from appearing on their states' ballots unless the candidates release their tax returns.

They're responding to President-elect Donald Trump's decision to not release his tax returns during the presidential campaign, breaking decades of precedent.

The Hawaii bill would require candidates to release five years of federal and state tax returns to qualify for the ballot, state Rep. Chris Lee said Wednesday. Similar proposals are circulating in California, Massachusetts, New Mexico and the District of Columbia.

"It's a reasonable step since every modern president has released their tax returns and put their assets into a blind trust to make sure the only interest they have is the interest of our country and its people," Lee said. "I think we're in a very dangerous climate in which that could change."

California state Sens. Scott Wiener and Mike McGuire are planning to introduce similar legislation, saying financial information should be made available to voters to build critical public trust.

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Digby's Hullabaloo


Grizzly Protections


A deluge of opposition from dozens of American Indian tribes, conservation groups and some scientists is tying up a decision on lifting protections for more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National park.

Officials had planned to finalize by the end of 2016 a proposal to turn management of grizzlies over to state officials and allow limited hunting.

But U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Assistant Regional Director Michael Thabault said it could take the agency another six months to finish reviewing 650,000 public comments that have poured in on the proposal.

Researchers tallied 106 Yellowstone-area grizzlies killed in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming during the past two years, often by wildlife managers following attacks on livestock and occasionally during run-ins with hunters.

That's the highest number of deaths in such a short time since the animal was listed as a threatened species in 1975. But Thabault said the death rate was sustainable given that the overall population has greatly expanded from 136 bears when protections were first imposed.



A worker from Kaiming Lantern Factory organizes semifinished lanterns at Luyang Industrial Park in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, Jan. 11, 2017.
Photo by Guo Chen


Petition Against Return Of Cathedral


More than 100,000 people Wednesday signed an online petition against the handover of a flagship cathedral in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg to the Orthodox Church.

Local authorities in Russia's second city announced Tuesday night that Saint Isaac's Cathedral, which had been transformed into a museum in the Soviet era, would be returned to the powerful Orthodox Church.

The authors of the petition -- which was launched on and addressed to President Vladimir Putin and Saint Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko -- fear the move could restrict tourists' access to a landmark of Russia's imperial capital and spell the end of the concerts that are staged there regularly.

Local media reported that 3.9 million tourists visited the cathedral last year, earning it more than 800 million rubles ($13.3 million).

Saint Isaac's, built by French architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand between 1818 and 1858, was the Russian Empire's main cathedral.



Draining Peatland A Threat To Climate


A swampy forest in central Africa the size of England covers previously unknown carbon stocks equivalent to three years' worth of global CO2 emissions, scientists revealed Wednesday.

Draining these peatlands for agriculture, or reduced rainfall due to climate change, would release massive amounts of planet-warming greenhouse gases, they warned in a study published in Nature magazine.

"We found 30 billion tonnes of carbon that nobody knew was there," said Simon Lewis, co-lead author of the study and a professor at the University of Leeds.

"If the Congo Basin peatlands were to be destroyed, it would release billions of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere," he told AFP.

Most peat -- dense, dark-brown muck composed of decaying plants -- is located in Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia, but the tropics hold large stores as well.



Chinese workers display an eight-meter-high giant inflatable chicken resembling Donald Trump in a factory in Jiaxing, China's Zhejiang province, Jan. 12, 2017.
Photo by Zhu Jun


2,400-Year-Old Tomb


A 2,400-year-old tomb filled with the skeletons of at least six people has been discovered in northern Iraq. Among the artifacts found in the tomb is a bracelet decorated with images of two snake heads peering at each other.

The tomb was constructed toward the end, or just after, the time of the Achaemenid Empire (550 to 330 B.C.), an empire in the Middle East that was conquered by Alexander the Great in a series of campaigns, according to the archaeologists, led by Michael Danti, a professor at Boston University. The excavation results were presented by Kyra Kaercher and Katie Downey, graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania and The Ohio State University, respectively, in November 2016 at the American Schools of Oriental Research's annual meeting.

It's difficult for archaeologists to tell exactly how many people were originally buried in the tomb, as some of the skeletons were found in a jumbled state. That disarray indicates that someone had entered, and possibly robbed, the tomb in ancient times, the researchers noted.

Inside the tomb, the archaeologists also found a pair of bronze earrings and the remains of at least 48 pottery vessels, five of which were still intact.



12 Ancient Cemeteries Discovered


Swedish archaeologists have unearthed a dozen burial sites near the southern city of Aswan that date back almost 3,500 years to the New Kingdom era of ancient Egypt, the Antiquities Ministry said on Wednesday.

Human and animal remains were found in the cemeteries, which were discovered in the Gabal al-Silsila or Chain of Mountains area 65 km (40.3 miles) north of Aswan and would have been used during the reigns of pharaohs Thutmose III and Amenhotep II.

It is hoped the burial sites will help historians better understand ancient Egyptian healthcare and give a boost to Egypt's struggling tourism industry, which has been beset by political upheaval and militant attacks since the unseating of autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Some of the cemeteries were for animals and contain one or two chambers with either stone or clay coffins, or ones made of cartonnage, Mahmoud Afify, the ministry's head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities, said in a statement. Totems and scorpions were also found.

The expedition from Sweden's Lund University began in 2012. In 2015 it discovered the remains of an ancient temple also in Gabal al-Silsila.




In Memory

Tony Rosato

Actor Tony Rosato, an alum of the sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," died on Tuesday night at his home in Toronto. He was 62.

The comedian died of a suspected heart attack, though an autopsy has not been performed yet, his agent Ryan Goldhar told Variety.

Rosato was born in Naples, Italy, in 1954. He joined the Canadian sketch comedy show "SCTV" ("Second City Television") in the late 1970s, playing, among other characters, drunk TV chef Marcello Sebastiani. The Toronto-based sketch show was created by Second City troupe members.

Rosato went on to join the cast of "SNL" in 1981, a year after producer Lorne Michaels took a break from the NBC show. Rosato was the first cast member born outside of the U.S. and one of only three "SCTV" alumni to appear on "SNL," along with Robin Duke and Martin Short. His tenure on the show lasted only one year (Season 6).

In the 1990s, he worked as a voice actor, playing the part of Luigi in a variety of Super Mario-related programs, in addition to other video games and animated series.

His other TV credits include "Night Heat," "L.A. Law," and "Lonesome Dove."

In 2005, Rosato was arrested and charged with criminal harassment of his wife. He believed his wife and daughter to be impostors and was diagnosed with Capgras delusion. He spent some time in a mental hospital before being released in 2009.

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