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10 February, 2017

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Ben Mathis-Lilley: Rule Used to Silence Warren Was Created to Protect Delicate Feelings of Senate's Foremost Lynching Advocate (Slate)
The rule was created, in other words, to protect senators like Ben Tillman from hearing mean things that would make them so mad they had to punch someone. And Ben Tillman, as it happens, is perhaps the most notorious proponent of racial terrorism in the history of the United States. Here are just a few of the things Tillman said during his horrific political career: …

Jonathan Jones: How can Obama smile at a time like this? I think he knows something (The Guardian)
Trump has a stay-at-home electorate of reality tv fans. It is the left who are on the streets. It is his enemies who have the youth, anger and numbers. Obama is smiling because he knows this is going to be the most ineffectual dictatorship ever - and soon we won't be worrying about Trump. We will be deriding his incompetence.

Rob Davies: Spinal Tap creators aim to 'go to 11' with $400m lawsuit (The Guardian)
The complaint alleges that between 1989 and 2006, Vivendi reported that the total income from soundtrack music sales was just $98. It also claims that Vivendi reported that the four creators' share of total worldwide merchandising income between 1984 and 2006 was $81, despite music and merchandise linked to the film racking up "tens of millions of dollars" in revenue.

Kristen Salaky: Spicer: Nordstrom Dropping Ivanka Trump's Line Is 'Direct Attack' On Prez (TPM) White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that Nordstrom's decision to stop carrying Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories line is an attack on the president's policies and his daughter. Spicer told reporters during his daily press briefing that the decision -- which Nordstrom said was a result of poor sales, not politics -- was because of the clothing company's displeasure with President Donald Trump's executive orders and his policies.

S.V. Date: Leaks Suggest Trump's Own Team Is Alarmed By His Conduct (Huffington Post)
President Donald Trump was confused about the dollar: Was it a strong one that's good for the economy? Or a weak one? So he made a call ? except not to any of the business leaders Trump brought into his administration or even to an old friend from his days in real estate. Instead, he called his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, according to two sources familiar with Flynn's accounts of the incident.

KYLE DROPP and BRENDAN NYHAN: One-Third Don't Know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act Are the Same (NY Times)
Despite this widespread confusion, Republicans in Congress have recently started to edge away from A.C.A. repeal as the politics of the issue have become more difficult. What would happen if people understood the law better?

Jaime Hopkins: Trump Signs Memorandum Shelving Fiduciary Standard For Financial Advisors (Forbes)
Simply put, the DOL fiduciary rule was designed to make sure that, if you hired a financial advisor to help with your retirement planning and assets, the financial advisor acted in your best interest, avoided conflicts of interest when possible, and was transparent with you about his or her compensation and fees.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Related to weasels, in what group of mammals are the males called hobs and the females are called jills?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

According to Jim Croce, who was "badder than old King Kong and meaner than a junkyard dog"?

       Bad, Bad Leroy Brown                                                      Source

"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" is a song written by American folk rock singer Jim Croce. Released as part of his 1973 album Life and Times, the song was a Number One pop hit for him, spending two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1973.

The song's title character is a man from the South Side of Chicago who, due to his size and attitude, has a reputation as the "baddest man in the whole damn town." One day, in a bar, he makes a pass at a pretty, married woman named Doris, whose jealous husband proceeds to beat Leroy brutally in the ensuing fight. In the end, Leroy Brown learns a lesson from this painful experience ("Leroy Brown looked like a jigsaw puzzle with a couple of pieces gone"). During the lyrics about the fight, some background voices are heard quietly speaking.        Source

"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"
   Well the south side of Chicago
   Is the baddest part of town
   And if you go down there
   You better just beware
   Of a man name of Leroy Brown

   Now Leroy more than trouble
   You see he stand 'bout six foot four
   All those downtown ladies call him "Treetop Lover"
   All the men just call him "Sir"

   And he's bad, bad Leroy Brown
   The baddest man in the whole damn town
   Badder than old King Kong
   And meaner than a junkyard dog


Mark. was first and correct with:
   It was bad, bad Leroy Brown, the baddest man in the whole damn town,
  who was badder than old King Kong and meaner than a junkyard dog.

Randall wrote:
   Bad Bad Leroy Brown

Alan J answered:
   Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.

mj said:
   Baddest man in the whole damn town
  Leroy Brown.

Stephen F replied:
   Leroy Brown

Gene responded:
   That was Bad, Bad, LeRoy Brown. A LeRoy Brown cartoon/video was shown on The Sonny & Cher show back in the day. Croce's son, jazz musician A J Croce says his mother had a copy of it & he watched it all the time as a kid.

George M wrote:
   Marty, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown was "Badder than old King Kong and meaner than a junkyard dog".
  He also had a custom Continental and an Eldorado, too!

Adam answered:
   Leroy Brown

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   As heard from every the car radio when I was in about 9th grade, that was
  "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown".

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown."

Deborah replied:
   Why, Leroy Brown, of course.
  More rain. I heard a rumor about sun this weekend. I have hope.

Dave in Tucson responded:
   It was Bad Bad Leroy Brown who was "badder than old King Kong and meaner than a junkyard dog"

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Bad Bad Leroy Brown

Rosemary wrote:
   Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

DJ Useo responded:
   Sure'n it was Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. What a bastard! Lol!
  Did you know Frank Sinatra also sings this fine song?
  Frank Sinatra. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.
  Dean Martin also takes a whack at it.
  Dean Martin - Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Live in London)
  Don't miss this animated version with Sonny & Cher!
  Sonny & Cher

BttbBob   replied:


  Okay... Here it is... I'm gonna start the 'Elizabeth Warren for President' bandwagon, right here - right now... That lady has moxie in large amounts and I like it... Who's with me?


  Behold this male Red-bellied Woodpecker that been visiting my feeders...

  Yeah... but, no mention if was he 'Badtothebone'... that's important, ya know.
  Pretty cool, eh? I think I'll name him 'Leroy'...


  February 10 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 10 | Famous Birthdays

Joe S     answered:
   Bad, bad, Leroy Brown. Ah yes, Leroy Brown, we knew each other back in the day. Back in the day, we had each others back. Yes we did.
  I would have answered yesterdays quiz, you know, Phobos and Deimos, but it was all Greek to me.
  (somebody help me.)

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Sally has retired.




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Michelle in AZ

19,444 gallons of water in the desert: how volunteers save lives at the US border | US news | The Guardian

SF-based court back on conservatives' radar as Trump ruling nears - San Francisco Chronicle

"Nevertheless, she persisted" - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Meet Guadalupe García de Rayos, Dangerous Alien Trump Seeks to Deport

Revenge of the Lunch Lady - The Huffington Post

Coretta Scott King's Letter To Be Blasted Into McConnell's Home With Bullhorn | The Huffington Post

Bill To Abolish Department Of Education Introduced By GOP Lawmaker : NPR Ed : NPR

Trump regime plans to destroy EPA's ability to enforce environmental law

Donald Trump has successfully buried the story that worries him most

Grizzly Attacks School of Salmon. Dozens Dead. | The Huffington Post

The Ides of Trump - what a good idea

Betsy DeVos Orders Immediate Flattening Of All School Globes | The Huffington Post

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Valentine's Day Gift Baskets

Blog - Top 6 Knock-Your-Underwear-Off Gifts on Valentine's Day Gift Baskets Plus


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Reader Comment

Doing what they can...

Hey, Marty!

It's so good to have you back...we missed you greatly! Thank God we have you to find all the funny/fascinating stuff that you do each day, otherwise, it's a long boring search! I bet it was nice for you to have a little time away, though, huh?

Meanwhile, I just heard on the SD news that now our state's Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has filed a petition to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, citing danger to the waters of the Missouri/Lake Oahe, in an attempt to block/slow down the completion of the pipeline. The pipeline now, as you all probably know, is scheduled to be done within appox. 3 mo., so I'm glad our members down here have stepped up to help and are doing what they can. I'm pretty close to the Missouri...I'd hate to see it defiled by crude oil! Anyway, here's the story:

Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline | News OK

The world is better with you here each day!!

Your faithful reader,

Tiera H.

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement | The Nation

The return of an unfettered Wall Street - Vox

Muslim immigration to the US: Fact-checking conservative scare tactics -

Donald Trump Is Signing Executive Orders That He Doesn't Read or Understand | GQ

It's Not Foreigners Who are Plotting Here: What the Data Really Show - Lawfare

Trump and terrorism: Why is the White House ignoring the real danger of homegrown extremism? -

Kellyanne Conway tells America to 'buy Ivanka's stuff,' may have violated federal law -

Conway promotes Trump daughter's merchandise: 'Go buy Ivanka's stuff' | TheHill

Trump Signs Exec Orders, Says Cartels 'Destroying The Blood Of Our Youth' - TPM

White House Claim That Media Underreported Terrorism Comes Straight From Right-Wing Fringe Sites -

What Slobodan Milosevic Taught Me About Donald Trump - the

5 Things Donald Trump Attacked Hillary Clinton Over, But Is Currently Doing Himself - Vogue

Dems see Trump in new light: recruitment tool, not campaign bludgeon | TheHill

Tesla employee calls for unionization, Musk says that's "morally outrageous" | Ars Technica

Steve Bannon used to be CEO of a World Of Warcraft gold-farming company · Newswire · The A.V. Club

Stephen Colbert Ruthlessly Mocks Trump Over Nordstrom Freakout | The Huffington Post

All Those Donald Trump Headlines Are Distracting You From the Really Scary News | The Nation

Report: CNN Has 'Serious Questions' About Conway's 'Credibility' - The Daily Beast

Be Aware: The Ides of Trump!

Poll: Trump More Widely Trusted Than News Media -

Statement from Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center, about Coretta Scott King and the reading of her mother's letter by Senator Elizabeth Warren | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change



Reader Comment

drums of war

Sinclair broadcasting has started a new segment on their stations to beat the drums of war, it is a daily segment of fearmongering stories to keep everyone panicked

Sinclair group is a big tRump supporter, they regularly run editorials that are pro right wing / anti Democratic

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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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Last Night

Sunny and seasonal, but more rain on the way.

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 Will Arnett, Pete Holmes, and Paul Mecurio.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 12/7/16) are Madonna, Lily Tomlin, Alison Sudol, and Reggie Watts.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grimm', followed by a FRESH 'Emerald City', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Lena Dunham, Common, Kate Berlant, and John Early.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 2/1/17) are Dakota Johnson, Willie Geist, Paper Route, and Kenny Aronoff.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/24/16) are Glaser, Moving Units, and Adam Conover.

ABC opens the night with the chestnut 'Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown', followed by a FRESH 'Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 1/31/17) are Jamie Dornan, Adam Scott, and Tucker Beathard.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'Reign'.

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: Deadly Dealings', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Matrix Reloaded', followed by the movie 'Zombieland'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Face of the Enemy
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 16-Birthright (Part 1)
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 17-Birthright (Part 2)
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 17-The Squire of Gothos
 [6:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 19-Tomorrow Is Yesterday
 [8:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 21-The Return of the Archons
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 17-The Squire of Gothos
 [1:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 19-Tomorrow Is Yesterday
 [3:40AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 21-The Return of the Archons

Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH 'Married To Medicine', then the movie 'The Ugly Truth'.

Comedy Central has 'Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself', 'Jeff Dunham: Unhinged In Hollywood', and 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0'.

FX has the movie 'The Hangover Part III', followed by the movie '21 Jump Street'.

History has 'American Pickers', followed by the movie 'Apollo 13'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-A$AP Rocky
 [6:15AM]    KINGPIN
 [10:45AM]    MACGRUBER
 [4:15PM]    MACGRUBER
 [6:15PM]    JONAH HEX
 [8:00PM]    PUSH
 [10:30PM]    KICK-ASS
 [1:00AM]    JONAH HEX
 [5:30AM]    MARON-Marc's Roommate    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-My Son, the Comedian
 [6:35AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-You're Fired, Mr. Chips
 [7:10AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Shallow Throat
 [7:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Murray Takes a Stand
 [8:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Mary's Aunt Returns
 [8:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-A Reliable Source
 [9:30AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Sue Ann Falls in Love
 [10:05AM]    The Cooler
 [12:30PM]    Breach
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Privileged
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Cruel and Unusual
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Bad Faith
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Purple Heart
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Switch
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Sundown
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Loco Parentis
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Collision
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Mother's Milk
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Panic
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
 [2:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-The Dive
 [3:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-Trudy
 [4:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-War
 [5:00AM]    Hap and Leonard-Eskimos    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian', followed by the movie 'John Wick'.

 [6:30 AM]      Good News (1947)
 [8:15 AM]      The Goodbye Girl (1977)
 [10:15 AM]      Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
 [1:00 PM]      The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
 [2:45 PM]      Grand Hotel (1932)
 [4:45 PM]      Grand Prix (1966)
 [8:00 PM]      The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
 [10:30 PM]      The Great Mcginty (1940)
 [12:00 AM]      The Great Santini (1979)
 [2:00 AM]      The Great Waltz (1938)
 [4:00 AM]      The Great Ziegfeld (1936)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  02/11/17

 [7:00 AM]      The Green Goddess (1930)
 [8:30 AM]      Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
 [10:30 AM]      Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
 [12:45 PM]      A Guy Named Joe (1943)
 [3:00 PM]      Gypsy (1962)
 [6:00 PM]      Hail The Conquering Hero (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
 [10:00 PM]      A Hard Day's Night (1964)
 [11:45 PM]      Harvey (1950)
 [2:00 AM]      The Harvey Girls (1946)
 [4:00 AM]      The Hasty Heart (1950)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Feb. 15, 1977) - Martina Navratilova, McLean Stevenson, George Carlin, and Rita Reutter.

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Thousands of "Maneki-neko," or beckoning cat, figurines are placed at the Goutokuji Temple in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. The figurines believed to bring good luck dedicated by visitors are placed around a statue of the goddess of mercy.
Photo by Shizuo Kambayashi


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Blondie & Garbage Announce

Rage and Rapture Tour

Blondie and Garbage plan to hit the road on a co-headlining tour this summer with more than 20 dates around the U.S. in July and August. John Doe & Exene Cervenka will open the first half of the tour; Deap Vally will serve as the supporting act on the second leg.

This tour will allow Blondie to test their new material on the road: the band will release their 11th studio LP, Pollinator, on May 5th. In a statement about the new record, lead singer Debbie Harry emphasized that it will be an enjoyable affair. "We're very serious about fun," she said. "Quoting Emma Goldman, 'If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution,'" added guitarist Chris Stein, reiterating her point. "In these trying times we need some fun." The band collaborated with a wide variety of songwriters from pop (Sia, Charli XCX) and rock (The Strokes' Nick Valensi, former Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr) on the new material.

Garbage also has recently released songs to perform; the band put out Strange Little Birds last year. In addition, Garbage will release an autobiographical coffee table book, This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake, this summer.

Tickets for the Rage and Rapture tour go on sale Friday, February 17th at 10 a.m. A pre-sale is available for many shows through Ticketmaster using the password RAGEANDRAPTURE.

Blondie & Garbage Tour Dates - Rage and Rapture Tour


A glassmaker forms molten glass next to a furnace at Cespedes factory in Olocuilta, El Salvador February 8, 2017.
Photo by Jose Cabezas


Obama Photographer Taunts T-rump On Instagram

Pete Souza

For Pete Souza, who served as the chief White House photographer during former President Barack Obama's eight years in office, every day is throwback Thursday - and, increasingly, an opportunity to slam President Trump (R-Pendejo).

Since Trump's inauguration, Souza has been posting vintage images from Obama's two terms on Instagram while subtly throwing barbs at the new commander in chief.

Last month, amid Trump's war of words with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto over the president's vow that Mexico will pay for his proposed wall along the U.S. southern border, Souza posted a photo of then-President Obama sampling tequila with Peña Nieto in 2013.

Last week, after reports surfaced that Trump abruptly ended a tense phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Souza shared an image of a smiling Obama talking with Turnbull and former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Laos in September.

Souza then gave a direct shout-out to Bruce Springsteen, who apologized for Trump on behalf of America during a concert in Melbourne.

Pete Souza


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Former Alabama Governor Back Home

Don Siegelman

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was released from a federal prison in Louisiana and arrived home Wednesday after serving a six-year sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.

Siegelman grinned widely and waved to a small group of cheering supporters and relatives as he walked through the Birmingham airport after landing on a commercial flight.

Siegelman is still technically in federal custody and can't talk to the media; his daughter put her hand over his mouth when he appeared about to speak with reporters.

Siegelman, 70, must report to a federal probation office and is expected to go to his home in suburban Birmingham to serve the remainder of his sentence on house arrest, longtime aide Chip Hill said.

Don Siegelman


Fans of Borussia Dortmund hold banners against violence before the German DFB Cup round of 16 soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC Berlin in Dortmund, Germany on February 8, 2017.
Photo by Friedemann Vogel


Archaeologists Discover New Cave

Dead Sea Scrolls

Archaeologists have uncovered a new cave that once housed Dead Sea Scrolls, in a discovery described as one of the "most important" in 60 years.

The Hebrew University in Jerusalem said the scrolls were missing from the cave, though, but hopes to find others.

The cave discovered west of Qumran in the occupied West Bank contained no manuscripts, but there is ample evidence of their earlier presence.

Many of the caves containing the manuscripts were looted in the 1950s.

Heads of pickaxes dating from that time were found in the cave in another indication they had been looted, a Hebrew University statement said.

Dead Sea Scrolls


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Cleaner Robot Pulled Due To Radiation


A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely caused by high radiation levels.

It was the first time a robot has entered the chamber inside the Unit 2 reactor since a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami critically damaged the Fukushima Da-ichi nuclear plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it was trying to inspect and clean a passage before another robot does a fuller examination to assess damage to the structure and its fuel. The second robot, known as the "scorpion," will also measure radiation and temperatures.

Thursday's problem underscores the challenges in decommissioning the wrecked nuclear plant. Inadequate cleaning, high radiation and structural damage could limit subsequent probes, and may require more radiation-resistant cameras and other equipment, TEPCO spokesman Takahiro Kimoto said.

During Thursday's cleaning mission, the robot went only part way into a space under the core that TEPCO wants to inspect closely. It crawled down the passage while peeling debris with a scraper and using water spray to blow some debris away. The dark brown deposits grew thicker and harder to remove as the robot went further.



A crane lifts up a giant figure showing the King of Carnival during preparations for the carnival parade in Nice, France, February 9, 2017.
Photo by Eric Gaillard


To Be Shielded By Glass Security Walls

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris, will soon be protected by bulletproof glass walls 2.5 metres (eight feet) high, part of a plan to prevent attacks at the monument, the city said Thursday.

The walls costing some 20 million euros ($21.4 million) will be erected this autumn at the northern and southern ends of the monument area, city hall said in a statement.

On the western and eastern sides, "inelegant temporary" barriers that were thrown up around the 324-metre (1,063-foot) tower during the Euro 2016 football tournament in France last year will be replaced by ornate fencing.

The glass walls will prevent individuals or vehicles storming the site visited by six million people each year, he added.

Eiffel Tower


House Committee Eliminates Voting Commission


Despite President Donald Trump's (R-Fabulist) continued insistence that the 2016 Presidential election was rife with fraud, the House Administration Committee voted to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), an agency formed specifically to ensure the integrity of elections.

The vote came along party lines, with the six Republican members of the Congressional committee voting in favor of terminating the commission. The decision will shift the duties of the EAC to the Federal Election Commission.

The three Democrats on the committee opposed the decision. Congressman Robert Bradyof Pennsylvania offered an amendment to reform the EAC while funding it through 2022, but the amendment was denied.

The proposal to do away with the commission committed to ensuring election integrity was opposed by 38 different organizations including the League of Women Voters, NAACP and Voting Rights Institute.

The EAC was first established in 2002 following the 2000 Presidential election that was plagued with problems. The commission's mission was to upgrade voting technology and provide vital information to federal and state officials regarding elections.



Numbers Drop By 27 Percent In Mexico

Monarch Butterfly

The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year's recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released Thursday.

The experts say the decline could be due to late winter storms last year that blew down more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico.

Millions of monarchs make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration from the United States and Canada each year, and they cluster tightly in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City. They are counted not by individuals, but by the area they cover.

Officials estimate the storms in March killed about 6.2 million butterflies, almost 7.4 percent of the estimated 84 million that wintered in Mexico, said Alejandro Del Mazo, Mexico's commissioner for protected areas. The monarchs were preparing to fly back to the U.S. and Canada at the time the storm hit.

The combination of rain, cold and high winds from the storms caused the loss of 133 acres (54 hectares) of pine and fir trees in the mountaintop wintering grounds, more than four times the amount lost to illegal logging. It was the biggest storm-related loss since the winter of 2009-10, when unusually heavy rainstorms and mudslides caused the destruction of 262 acres (106 hectares) of trees.

Monarch Butterfly


An anemone flower blooms in a field near the West Bank City of Nablus on February 8, 2017.
Photo by Alaa Badarneh


Listing As Endangered Delayed


The Trump administration on Thursday delayed what would be the first endangered designation for a bee species in the continental U.S., one day before it was to take effect.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adopted a rule Jan. 11 extending federal protection to the rusty patched bumblebee, one of many types of bees that play a vital role in pollinating crops and wild plants. It once was common across the East Coast and much of the Midwest but its numbers have plummeted since the late 1990s.

Federal law requires a 30-day waiting period before most new regulations become effective. The addition of the bumblebee to the endangered species list was scheduled for Friday. The listing would require the service to develop a plan for helping the bee recover and provide more habitat.

But in a Federal Register notice, the service announced a postponement until March 21 in keeping with a Trump administration order issued Jan. 20. It imposed a 60-day freeze on regulations that had been published in the register but hadn't taken effect. The delay, according to the White House, was for the purpose of "reviewing questions of fact, law and policy they raise."

With President Donald Trump (R-Crooked) pledging to cut back on federal regulations, environmentalists said they feared the bumblebee protection might be doomed.



Bans 'Unreliable' Daily Mail As Source


Wikipedia editors have voted to ban the use of articles from British tabloid The Daily Mail and its globally popular website as sources, calling them "unreliable", according to a statement.

English-language editors of the online encyclopaedia cited the newspaper's "reputation for poor fact-checking, sensationalism, and flat-out fabrication", said the statement posted on Wikipedia Wednesday.

From now on, it said "the Daily Mail will generally not be referenced as a 'reliable source' on English Wikipedia, and volunteer editors are encouraged to change existing citations to the Daily Mail to another source deemed reliable by the community".

The National Enquirer, a US tabloid, is the only news publication that "should never be used", according to editors' guidelines.

Content on Wikipedia is written and edited by a global network of volunteers who must base their articles on "reliable, third-party, published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy".



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Who has the fastest internet? It's hard to say. It's even harder for Comcast to say, thanks to a ruling from the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) that asks the internet service provider to stop claiming it has "fastest internet."

The recommendation provided by the NARB, a division of the advertising industry's system of self-regulation body administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, comes after Verizon challenged the language Comcast has used to promote its internet service.

In advertisements, Comcast has made numerous claims boasting about how its Xfinity service outpaces other ISPs. "Xfinity from Comcast delivers America's fastest Internet according to 60 million consumer tests run at," one ad stated. Another said, "Xfinity Internet delivers the fastest in-home Wi-Fi," though provided no qualification to back the claim.

The NARB noted it wasn't necessarily fair to draw a direct comparison between the services because the companies offer various tiers of service that achieve different speeds. It also suggested that Comcast's claims of being the "fastest" internet service required context that the company wasn't providing.

For example, while has declared Xfinity the fastest ISP according to its overall testing, data from Ookla-the proprietor of showed that the top 10 percent of Verizon FiOS consumers had higher upload speeds than the top 10 percent of Xfinity consumers.




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