BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 21 April, 2017


21 April, 2017

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Cezary Jan Strusiewicz: The Terrifying Things You Learn In Military Intelligence (Cracked)
"The full weight of what we were doing didn't really hit me until after I got out of the military and went to college on the GI bill. One day I was reading the Book of Romans in the New Testament, which was originally a letter written by the apostle Paul. There's a passage: 'Do not repay anyone evil for evil.' When I read that, something clicked in my brain, and I went 'Oh, shit.' That's exactly what we do."

Jared Bernstein: Supply-side, trickle-down nonsense on the NYT oped page
There's a robust debate to be had as to why the NYT published this op-ed on the alleged economic benefits of trickle-down tax cuts, as virtually every paragraph touts an alternative fact. It is the opinion page, I guess, and the authors advise (or at least advised) the president, so I can see why it's there. But it does require debunking, so thanks NYT, for some make work.

Josh Marshall: WTF Happened With The Carl Vinson? (TPM)
Sean Spicer got asked about the Carl Vinson mystery today. It was … well, it was sad. Spicer basically said 'Oh, you misunderstood what we meant. Sucks to be you.' (Actual quotes and more here.) That's silly. Here's what happened or rather what I think we can be fairly confident happened based on the totality of evidence and anonymous sources at the Pentagon reported in the press.

Andrew Tobias: Ten New Words - and FREE Energy
Needless to say, if batteries become 1,000 times more efficient, virtually everything will be powered by the sun, just as Thomas Edison imagined. ("I would put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.")

Amanda Holpuch: "Richard Simmons makes statement for first time in a year: 'I'm not missing'" (The Guardian)
The fitness celebrity, who was subject of podcast Missing Richard Simmons, released a statement on Facebook to say he was 'just a little under the weather.'

Danuta Kean: "Lose the plot: why you should skip to the end of books" (The Guardian)
Authors feel betrayed if readers jump forward in their stories - but it may actually enhance appreciation of their work.

Danuta Kean: Empty satire: the regrettable rise of blank-paged books in the Trump era (The Guardian)
Donald Trump loves Reasons to Vote Democrat, a volume of white space that follows a number of liberal spoofs with the same content. I prefer less vacant jokes. … Perhaps the funniest thing to emerge from all of this is that Trump has yet to recommend a book (apart from his own) with words in it.

Ted Geltner: Harry Crews as Teacher (Chronicle)
At one faculty meeting, members of the English department were discussing tenure, and what type of publications should be given more weight, peer-reviewed journals or original works of fiction. The very notion outraged Crews. He stood up and issued a challenge: He would produce a scale, and any member of the department could physically weigh their puny articles to see if they measured up to his stack of books. Nobody took him up on the offer. At another faculty meeting, a department chair chastised Crews for being late. "Sorry," Crews replied, "I was out making literature."

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Trivia Question of the Day

In what Canadian city did Cheech & Chong first meet?


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4:20 Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

This single was Brewer & Shipley's biggest hit and prompted Spiro Agnew to proclaim that the song, with its reference to marijuana use, was "blatant drug-culture propaganda" and "threatens to sap our national strength." What is the name of this song?

       "One Toke Over The Line"                                                      Source

Tarkio is the third album by Brewer & Shipley. Released in 1970, the album (also known as Tarkio Road, as that title was printed on the labels of original pressings of the LP and pre-recorded tapes) yielded the hit singles "One Toke Over the Line" and "Tarkio Road."

The single, "One Toke Over the Line," peaked at #10 (#5 in Canada) and was the group's biggest hit. Spiro Agnew said the song with its reference to marijuana use was "blatant drug-culture propaganda" that "threatens to sap our national strength."

Mike Brewer can give this account of the origin of the song, "One day we were pretty much stoned and all and Tom says, "Man, I'm one toke over the line tonight." I liked the way that sounded and so I wrote a song around it."        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Sweet Jesus, the name of the song is, "One Toke over the Line."
  The modern spiritual was also covered by Gail and Dale on the Lawrence Welk show.

Randall wrote:
   One Toke Over the Line

David of Moon Valley said:
   one toke over the line, sweet jesus
  one toke over the line
  sittin downtown in a railway station
  one toke over the line...

Alan J answered:
   One Toke Over the Line.

mj replied:
   But their mention of Jesus sparked a spiritual awakening
  Among young people who were One Toke Over the Line.

Stephen F responded:
   One toke over the line.

Ken said:
   One Toke Over the Line by Lawrence Welk.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   Brewer & Shipley's big "hit" (see what I did there?) was "One Toke Over the Line".
  Apparently good old clean living Spiro Agnew didn't think literally dragging bags of cash bribes across his desk and plopping them into his desk drawers as Governor of Maryland and as Vice President of the US "sapped our national strength".

Gene wrote:
   This single was Brewer & Shipley's biggest hit and prompted Spiro Agnew to proclaim that the song, with its reference to marijuana use, was "blatant drug-culture propaganda" and "threatens to sap our national strength." What is the name of this song?
  One Toke Over the Line. You can see it performed on YouTube by a couple of Lawrence Welk's singers-which is pretty mind-croggling, but the best is for the end when Lawrence outros it as a lovely modern hymn!

Deborah responded:
   "One Toke Over the Line." Loved that song (it was pretty insipid but it was anti-establishment and appealed to my teenage inner rebel).

Adam answered:
   'One Toke Over The Line '

zorch said:
   One Toke Over the Line.

Dave in Tucson responded:
   Brewer & Shipley's biggest hit was One Toke Over the Line. Funny how the disgraced Spiro called it "blatant drug-culture propaganda" while giving a pass to all the "alcohol-culture propaganda" that still haunts our airwaves and other media in the form of beer and hard liquor commercials.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "One toke over the line."

Dale of Springy Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   At one time in my life, I took one toke over the line with Wavy Gravy as we were attempting to turn on , tune in, and take over at a Dead Show in 1968. Oh my, that was back in the just plain fun stage of my Bay Area life, during a time when many folks still had high ideals and hadn't been coopted by fucking greed.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   One Toke Over the Line

Tiera H., from SDak responded:
   ...but, I know this one without looking it up! :D The answer is "One Toke Over The Line" - do any of you 'old folk' remember when they sang it on "The Lawrence Welk Show"? No one bothered to tell the poor guy what the song was about, and when they finished he referred to it as 'one of the new gospel songs'. I have to agree with that!! You can watch it on YouTube, for a good chuckle!
  SD finally got around to legalizing the CBD oil that I need so much for the epilepsy, but it actually only becomes legal PENDING FEDERAL APPROVAL! These d***heads are trying to look open-minded without really doing anything helpful. They probably patted each other on the backs for their 'forward thinking'...I'm sure they're so proud!
  Meanwhile, here's 63 great quotes about the 420, from various sources...even Richard Nixon was in favor of decriminalizing it! Check it out.

Daniel in The City answered:
   I'd be embarrassed not to get this on 4/20: "One Toke Over the Line"

Billy in Cypress wrote:
   "One Toke Over the Line" is today's answer, which is a good song, but I prefer Dr. Hook's "I Got Stoned and I Missed it". Both are interesting to me because my bucket list still contains the item, "Try marijuana for the first time" and do it before CpPDJT-ID gets everyone killed.

Joe S     said:
   Oh yeah, "One Toke Over The Line." I'm pretty sure I remember, but who sang it? I don't think I remember that, but then there's a lot I don't remember about those days.

  P.S.: Sia didn't win, she's still a winner in my book. Congratulations Sydney Chaffee.

DJ Useo took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  April 21 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 21 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Michelle in AZ

The cost of airlifting 1,100 tortoises in California? $50 million - SFGate

Ways San Francisco is less liberal than we think we are - SFGate

Let us now cheer the end of Bill O'Reilly - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Benson: After Bill O'Reilly, it's Fox.gone

Don't underestimate the harm 'brittle masculinity' can do to the world | Timothy Snyder | Opinion | The Guardian

Georgia special election: runoff will be expensive, ugly and close | US news | The Guardian

'Hereat wherewithin': convoluted Indian court ruling has lawyers baffled | World news | The Guardian

North Korea nuclear threat: should California start panicking? | World news | The Guardian

Samantha Bee Viciously Revises Bill O'Reilly's Exit Statement - SFGate

E.J. Dionne may have nailed something to remember later.

Trump's EPA prepares to shred a second round of scientific studies to please chemical companies

The payoff-Exxon asks for a waiver to take next step in Rex Tillerson's $500B deal with Putin

Water is streaming across Antarctica raising the specter of even more ice shelves collapsing

To hell with 77k coal miners. There's 15 million in retail.

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Bloomberg Adds Climate Change Site To Its Financial News Empire | The Huffington Post

Some Of The Biggest Anti-Trump Voices Might Go Silent In A Matter Of Days | The Huffington Post

Scientists launch a global search for 25 'lost' species - The Washington Post

Louisiana's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Disappearing Coastline : The Two-Way : NPR

Mary McCord, Longtime Department Of Justice Lawyer, Is Leaving Her Job In May : NPR

Vegan Cookbooks Spill The Beans About Aquafaba, The Eggless Egg White : The Salt : NPR

A Woman Who Worked With O'Reilly During 'F**k It, We'll Do It Live' On His Exit | The Huffington Post

CIA liaison is first casualty of conflict between intelligence agency and Trump | US news | The Guardian

Constituent goes off on Illinois GOP Rep: 'You should not be governing my body with your religion!'

Indiana Has Scrubbed 500,000 Registered Voters from the Rolls Since Nov. Election

Trump's White House dinner guest called Hillary a 'worthless bitch,' Obama a 'subhuman mongrel'

Kochs, DeVos, Mercers, And Steve Bannon Are Funding Hate Speeches On College Campuses Everywhere

Eroding ocean floor at coral reefs in the Florida Keys worsens storm surge risk from sea level rise

Wyoming, MN Police on Twitter: "Undercover #420 operations are in place. Discreet traps have been set up throughout

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Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Alex Jones has been formally diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder: doctor

Alex Jones Finally Lost It On The Witness Stand | The Huffington Post

Trump Cancels Europa Lander, Asteroid Mission, Earth Science Satellites In First Budget | IFLScience

Study By MIT Economist: U.S. Has Regressed To A Third-World Nation For Most Of Its Citizens | The Intellectualist

According to the Government, People Under Arrest Have More Rights Than Travelers at the Border | American Civil Liberties Union

Majority in US No Longer Thinks Trump Keeps His Promises | Gallup

Trump and the One Percent Doctrine - Real Time with Bill Maher Blog

Donald Trump: 100 Days of Deconstruction - BillMoyers

Energy secretary targets wind, solar after overseeing renewables explosion as Texas governor -

Donald Trump's big problem is he doesn't know what he's talking about - Vox

The Human Cost Of Trump's Rollback On Regulations | The Huffington Post

4 in 10 Americans Live in Places Where It Is Unhealthy for Them to Breathe | Mother Jones

Who could've known a Muslim ban would devastate U.S. tourism? -

Sarah Palin visits White House with Kid Rock, Ted Nugent | TheHill

Trumpcare 2.0 would make premiums spike for people with pre-existing conditions -

Trump Bound For Europe Soon But Still Doesn't Understand How It Works | The Huffington Post

The Handmaid's Tale Is a Warning to Conservative Women | New Republic

Twitter Goes Volcanic On Jeff Sessions After His Hawaii Dig | The Huffington Post

Trump's White House Misplaces an Aircraft Carrier -

Trump Cabinet has Bible study meetings with pastor who wants 'disciples of Christ' to take over the government -

Trump's first war is here at home: A military-style assault on undocumented immigrants -



Team Coco


Dana Carvey: We've Had Freaks In The White House Before

Dana knows Trump seems like a nut, at least he didn't lather himself in peanut butter like Jimmy Carter.

Dana Carvey's Fabulous Goat Entrance

Not to be upstaged by a goat, Dana is lead onstage with a leash by the $750 dollar goat's handler.

Dana Carvey Debuts His Jeff Bridges Impression

Dana thinks Jeff Bridges always sounds like he just had five bowls of beef stew.

Dana Carvey's Micro-Impressions Of Celebrities

Dana shows off his highly specific short-form impressions of Bernie Sanders riding Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland and Tom Brokaw asking "Where's the library?" in Spanish.

Dana Carvey Overheard Keith Richards Talking To A Horse

Years ago at SNL, Dana observed the Rolling Stone cussing out an animal for no particular reason.




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

Sunny, breezy-turning-windy. Santa Ana's windy. Gonna get hot.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'MacGyver', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Rosario Dawson, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Keith Alberstadt.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/6/17) are Patrick Stewart, Rupert Grint, Dan Stevens, and New Kids on the Block.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'First Dates', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Salma Hayek, W. Kamau Bell, and Barry Manilow.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 4/6/17) are Chris Evans, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Branch, and Jonathan Mover.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/3/17) are Lamorne Morris, Jeff Rosenstock, Split Single, and Jane Marie.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Toy Box', followed by a FRESH 'Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 4/10/17) are John Stamos, Bob Saget, Tim Robinson, and Snakehips & Mo.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Originals', followed by a RERUN 'Reign'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Rosewood', followed by a FRESH 'You The Jury'.

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

A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Rewind: Live PD', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', then the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', again.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-A Matter of Perspective
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 15-Yesterday's Enterprise
 [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
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-A Matter of Perspective
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 15-Yesterday's Enterprise
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-That Which Survives
 [5:10PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-The Lights of Zetar
 [6:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 19-Requiem for Methuselah
 [9:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-The Savage Curtain
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-That Which Survives
 [12:10AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 18-The Lights of Zetar
 [1:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 19-Requiem for Methuselah

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'Sex & The City', then the movie 'Sex & The City', again.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', and 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber'.

FX has the movie '21 Jump Street', followed by the movie 'The Internship'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens: Declassified'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Carrie Dates a Hunk
 [6:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Fred's Cell Phone Company
 [5:30PM]    THE EAGLE
 [11:30PM]    THE EAGLE

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Who's Been Sleeping on My Couch?
 [6:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Howard's Girl
 [7:10AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Party Is Such Sweet Sorrow
 [7:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Just a Lunch
 [8:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Second Story Story
 [8:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-We Closed in Minneapolis
 [9:30AM]    Hook
 [12:30PM]    The Sandlot
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Confession
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Wages of Love
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Asylum
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-His Hour Upon the Stage
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Mother Love
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Blue Bamboo
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Scoundrels
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Purple Heart
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Grief
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Carrier
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Deep Vote
 [2:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Pie a la Mojo
 [3:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-No Mo' Mojo
 [4:00AM]    Good Will Hunting    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Salt', followed by the movie 'Independence Day'.

 [6:00 AM]      Smart Blonde (1936)
 [7:15 AM]      Fly Away Baby (1937)
 [8:30 AM]      The Adventurous Blonde (1937)
 [9:45 AM]      Blondes at Work (1938)
 [11:00 AM]      Torchy Blane in Panama (1938)
 [12:15 PM]      Torchy Gets Her Man (1938)
 [1:30 PM]      Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1938)
 [2:30 PM]      Torchy Runs For Mayor (1939)
 [3:45 PM]      Possessed (1947)
 [5:45 PM]      Dear Heart (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      An Affair To Remember (1957)
 [10:15 PM]      Brief Encounter (1945)
 [12:00 AM]      Humoresque (1946)
 [2:15 AM]      Autumn Leaves (1956)
 [4:15 AM]      Queen Bee (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  04/22/17

 [6:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #28 (1955)
 [7:00 AM]      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
 [8:45 AM]      Satellite in the Sky (1956)
 [10:30 AM]      Swing Shift Maisie (1943)
 [12:15 PM]      The F.B.I. Story (1959)
 [3:00 PM]      Wilson (1944)
 [5:45 PM]      Family Plot (1976)
 [8:00 PM]      The Enemy Below (1957)
 [10:00 PM]      Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
 [12:30 AM]      The Spy In Black (1939)
 [2:15 AM]      Dolemite (1975)
 [4:00 AM]      Cleopatra Jones (1973)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) speaks during a rally against President Trump's Administrationís proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in New York City, U.S., April 20, 2017.
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Series To Return

'The X-Files'

The truth is still out there. Again.

Fox has ordered a new 10-episode revival of "The X-Files," the classic television sci-fi drama that returned to the network's air with a limited series last year. The new installments - billed as a continuation of the 10-episode 2016 run, will premiere during the 2017-18 television season. The production will again reunite original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson with series creator and showrunner Chris Carter, and is slated to begin production this summer.

The 2016 limited-series revival of "The X-Files" averaged a multiplatform audience of 16 million viewers, according to Fox. It also averaged a 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-seven numbers, making it the fifth highest-rated broadcast series of the season.

"The X-Files" premiered on Fox in 1993. It became one of the definitive programs of the network's early years, earning 16 Primetime Emmy Awards over its initial nine-season run.

Fox in recent years has leaned heavily into revivals of successful past series, bringing back "X-Files"and "Prison Break," which is currently in the middle of a nine-episode run, as well as "24: Legacy" earlier this season.

'The X-Files'


AeroMobil display their latest prototype of a flying car, in Monaco, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The light frame plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect is boosted by a rear propeller. The company says it is planning to accept first preorders for the vehicle as soon as later this year.
Photo by Claude Paris


Science Denial Could 'Dismantle' Democracy

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson urges Americans to become more scientifically literate in a short video he posted yesterday (April 19) on his Facebook page.

In the video he titled "Science in America," Tyson comments on 21st-century attitudes toward science, explaining the importance of the scientific method and making the case that science denial could erode democracy.

"Dear Facebook Universe," he wrote. "I offer this four-minute video on 'Science in America' containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken. As always, but especially these days, keep looking up."

Tyson, who is the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, the author of several books and a star of TV and radio, has been speaking for years against the troubling decline of basic science knowledge in America.

The video begins with a reminder that the United States rose up from a "backwoods country," as Tyson calls it, to "one of the greatest nations the world has ever known," thanks to science. It was the United States that put humans on the moon and whose big thinkers created the personal computer and the internet.

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Group Sues To Reinstate Rule


A national environmental group is suing the federal government, claiming that a rule created to protect wolves and bears within Alaska wildlife refuges was illegally revoked this year through a seldom-used law.

The Center for Biological Diversity is challenging the constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act, a 1996 law that allows Congress - by passing a joint resolution signed by the president - to repeal federal regulations adopted in the last months of a previous administration.

This year, Congress used the act to repeal a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule banning "predator control," an Alaska program to kill wolves, black bears or grizzly bears to boost moose and caribou populations for human consumption.

The act also bars the Fish and Wildlife Service from adopting a similar rule in the future unless Congress authorizes the agency to do so.

According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Anchorage, such "congressional overreaching" illegally constrains future rulemaking by agencies, violates the Constitution and undermines the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.



Women embroider intricate decorations for the royal crematorium for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Office of Traditional Arts in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, Thursday, April 20, 2017. The cremation is planned for late October, 2017.
Photo by Sakchai Lalit


Drives Car Across Antarctic

Shackleton's Great Grandson

British tech entrepreneur Patrick Bergel has become the first man to drive a car across the Antarctic, completing the feat 100 years after his great grandfather, explorer Ernest Shackleton, failed to cross the icy continent on foot.

Bergel encountered minus 28-degrees Celsius (minus 18F) temperatures during his 30-day trip across the 5,800km (3,600 miles) stretch in a five-door car fitted with extra large wheels and snow track grips.

The 46-year-old's modified 2.2 liter diesel car was engraved with the names of the crew members who accompanied his great grandfather Shackleton on his failed bid to cross the Antarctic a century ago.

Shackleton's bid to become the first man to cross the continent had ended when his boat sank in ice, with the explorer and his crew sailing hundreds of miles to safety on lifeboats.

Bergel said they had used GPS and meetings with Antarctic experts in a bid to avoid floating ice caps and a similar fate on his December trip, which started at Union Glacier and went past the South Pole, Leverett Glacier and the Trans-Antarctic Mountains.

Shackleton's Great Grandson


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'Judge Sitting On An Island'


Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Weasel) criticized a federal judge's ruling on the White House's travel ban Wednesday evening, implying a court based in Hawaii shouldn't have a say in federal policy.

"We've got cases moving in the very, very liberal Ninth Circuit, who, they've been hostile to the order," Sessions said Tuesday in an interview with "The Mark Levin Show" on CNN. "We won a case in Virginia recently that was a nicely-written order that just demolished, I thought, all the arguments that some of the other people have been making. We are confident that the President will prevail on appeal and particularly in the Supreme Court, if not the Ninth Circuit. So this is a huge matter. I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power."

"The judges don't get to psychoanalyze the President to see if the order he issues is lawful," Sessions continued. "It's either lawful or it's not." Trump's statements during the campaign about wanting to keep Muslims out of the country have been pointed out by opponents of the executive order, who claim they reveal an unconstitutional religious bias behind the ban.

Hawaii's U.S. senators - both Democrats - rebuked Sessions for the comments.

"Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years," tweeted Sen. Mazie Hirono. "And we won't succumb to your dog whistle politics. Hawaii was built on the strength of diversity & immigrant experiences- including my own. Jeff Sessions' comments are ignorant & dangerous"



A demonstrator kneels in front of riot police during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela April 20, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins


Gay Men Flee


Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

"In Chechnya, I had no choice but to lie or die," the 20-year-old says.

He is now hiding out in a small house on the edge of Moscow with five other Chechens after they escaped what they say is a brutal campaign against gay men by authorities in the Muslim region of Russia's North Caucasus.

All declined to give their real names for fear of someone recognising them and tracking them down.

While casual homophobia is common in Russia, the problem is particularly acute in conservative Chechnya, where homosexuality is taboo and seen in many families as a moral failing that should be punished by death.



Berkeley Reverses Decision


The University of California at Berkeley on Thursday reversed its decision to cancel a talk by right-wing commentator Ann Coulter (R-Ghoul), offering a new date and venue for the event.

University officials on Wednesday had defended their decision to scrap the firebrand pundit's April 27 appearance at the famously progressive campus, citing security concerns and several recent political protests that had turned violent.

University Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said Thursday that given Coulter's insistence on giving her talk despite security threats, a new venue was sought.

"Fortunately, that expanded search identified an appropriate, protectable venue that is available on the afternoon of May 2," Dirks said in a statement. "While it is not one we have used for these sorts of events in the past, it can both accommodate a substantial audience and meet the security criteria established by our police department."

But Coulter appeared to balk at the new date and venue, saying in a tweet that the school was imposing new restrictions on the event.



Photographers take pictures as the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft carrying the crew of Jack Fischer of the U.S. and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, April 20, 2017.
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Raising English Language Standard For Citizenship


Australia plans to tighten its citizenship rules to require higher English language skills, longer residency and evidence of integration such as a job, officials said Thursday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new citizenship test would reflect Australian values instead of the current multiple-choice format.

Budding Australian citizens would have to be competent English language speakers and have been permanent residents for at least four years. Currently a permanent resident can become a citizen after one year.

Activist group GetUp accused the conservative government of adopting the policies of the anti-Muslim minor political party One Nation through the new test.



Mystery Prototype Injures Employees' Eyes


According to a workplace Health and Safety report obtained by Gizmodo, Apple is working on some kind of eye-mounted system that involves using lasers. We only know this because in two instances, Apple employees were left injured after testing the prototype.

The document leaked to Gizmodo is an incident report on workplace injures, compiled for Apple by an independent contractor. The report details a number of accidents that could be linked to new products Apple is testing, including a face-mounted AR or VR system, and possibly a minivan linked to an Apple project.

The report details two injuries related to a prototype that sounds like it has a lot to do with augmented reality:

    "After BT4 user study, user advised study lead, that she experienced discomfort in her eye and said she was able to see the laser flash at several points during the study. Study lead referred her to optometrist and secured prototype unit for analysis." In another report, an employee working at Apple's Vallco Parkway office in Cupertino reported eye pain on March 2. "Employee reported eye pain after working with new prototype, thought it may be associated with use. He noticed that the security seal on the magenta (outer) case had been broken and had thought the unit may have been tampered with." A source inside Apple speculated that this injury may have something to do with an augmented reality product Apple may be testing, something like glasses with an overhead display.

The leaked report also detailed an incident where a company-owned minivan turned into a crosswalk and hit an Apple employee. It's possible that the minivan is something to do with Apple's long-rumored self-driving car program, or it could also be collecting mapping data for Apple Maps.




A woman takes a selfie with her smartphone next to a bed of tulip blossoms at a public park in Beijing, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Visitors have been coming to parks in China's capital city in increasing numbers as flowers and trees bloom in an annual rite of spring.
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