BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 5 June, 2015


5 June, 2015

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Tom Danehy: Tom recalls a time when capitalism was about more than Us and Them (Tucson Weekly)
The $5-a-day pay (more than double what he and the other auto manufacturers had been paying) proved to be, in Ford's own words, "the greatest cost-cutting measure I ever made." Absenteeism went from 10 percent per day to down below 1 percent. Productivity skyrocketed and labor turnover dwindled to near-zero. Eventually, the other manufacturers were forced to raise their wages for workers to maintain productivity.

Tom Danehy: Tom isn't so much into that $15 an hour increase, but yeah, he'd like to see the Republicans increase minimum wage (Tucson Weekly)
There are five states in the U.S. that have no minimum-wage laws. I'll bet that the most screaming liberal and the most hard-hearted conservative could both guess that they are Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. That should tell you something. (Georgia, which sits in the middle of that mess, does have a minimum-wage law, but the minimum wage in Georgia is-ahem-$5.15 an hour.)

Katrina vanden Heuvel: The dangerous 'red-state model' (Washington Post)
"My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say, 'See, we've got a different way, and it works,'" Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said in 2013.
Brownback was talking about the massive supply-side tax cuts at the center of his policy agenda, which he had promised would provide "a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy." Instead, it led to a deep hole in the state budget, a downgrade in the state's credit rating and weak economic growth compared with neighboring states. As top income earners and business owners pocketed their tax cuts, Kansas's poverty rate went up.

Suzanne Moore: Why ban laughing gas? All the best things in life are psychoactive (Guardian)
Theresa May's proposed ban of legal highs is based on emotion, not evidence. God forbid that anyone might end up thinking differently.

Rebecca Nicholson: "RuPaul: 'Drag is dangerous. We are making fun of everything'" (Guardian)
Riding high with his reality show Drag Race, the star tells us why he will never be mainstream, the importance of finding your tribe, and the secret to being a 'badass bitch.'

Emma Brockes: Andrew Lloyd Webber is for middle-aged people and babies. I think I love him (Guardian)
I used to disparage the man behind Cats, Phantom of the Opera and now School of Rock. But my children gave me a new appreciation for fun without subtext.

Alison Flood: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in graphic novel reincarnation (Guardian)
Hunter S Thompson's 'gonzo' account of a drug-addled road trip has been adapted into a graphic novel by artist Troy Little.

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Trivia Question of the Day

He was Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather and also a detective on Barney Miller. What is the name of this actor?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the 3-word question this woman famously asked?

      "Where's The Beef?"                                                      Source

Clara Peller (August 4, 1902 - August 11, 1987), was a manicurist and American character actress who, at the age of 81, starred in the 1984 "Where's the beef?" advertising campaign for the Wendy's fast food restaurant chain, created by the Dancer Fitzgerald Sample advertising agency.

Peller's "Where's the beef" line instantly became a catchphrase across the United States. The diminutive octogenarian actress made the three-word phrase a cultural phenomenon, and herself a cult star. At Wendy's, sales jumped 31% to $945 million in 1985 worldwide. Wendy's senior vice president for communications, Denny Lynch, stated at the time that "with Clara we accomplished as much in five weeks as we did in 14 years." Former Vice-President Walter Mondale also used the line against rival Senator Gary Hart in his bid for the Democratic nomination in the 1984 presidential campaign.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Where's the beef?

mj wrote:
   Clara Peller
  Asked "Where's the beef?" in a Wendy's (?) commercial. Walter Mondale adopted the phrase for his campaign for the Democratic nomination in 1984.

Lois Of Oregon said:
   The query: "Where's the beef?"
  The answer: "He's right over there."

Randall replied:
   Where's the beef

  Clara Peller

STEPHEN F responded:
   Where's the beef?

Adam answered:
   Where's The Beef?

Deborah said:
   I don't remember her name but I can still hear her voice asking, "Where's the beef?"
  Was she advertising for Burger King? That's the association I make, from oh, so many years ago.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   "Where's the beef?"
  Which was taken up by Walter Mondale as a swipe at Gary Hart during the Democratic primaries in 1984.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
   "Where's the Beef" is what Clara Peller said in one of the most successful ad campaigns. Oh let's go work on our tans!

DJ Useo answered:
   She yelled "Where's The Beef!!",
  or in Finnish, "Wjere's the Bheaff?!"
  In Kentucky, it was "Wheres my GRUB!?"
  In Australia it was "That's Not a Burger, This is a Burger!"
  She sure yelled a lot for someone named Clara Peller, eh? Lol.
  btw- I really enjoyed taking the day off yesterday, while still managing to answer the trivia question. ;)
  Thanks 2 u, M.

  Re: Dale at DS - Best wishes to you & yours.
  ( We should all have an extra colon. & maybe another throat, & deffo more ears. )

MAM   , wrote:
   "Where's the beef?" ~ The phrase originated as a slogan for the fast food chain Wendy's in 1984 by actress Clara Peller.

  Where's the Beef

Jim from CA, retired to ID, took the day off.

Marian, visiting Airstrip One, took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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In the mail:

RE: Osmium
I waited until today to send my comment to see if anyone noticed that the question was flawed.
"With a density of 22.59 g/cm, what is the densest naturally occurring element"
Rather than "g/cm" it should be "g/cc or g/cm3, centimeter-cubed"

Billy in Cypress

Thanks, Billy! Corrections made!


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

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Last Night

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Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Undercover Boss', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'The Mentalist'.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE (from 4/27/15) are Julie Chen, Gordon Ramsay, and the Ting Tings.

NBC fills the night with the movie 'Jurassic Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Amanda Seyfried, Marlon Wayans, and Jason Derulo.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 5/19/15) are Eric Stonestreet, Mike Epps, Nick Swardson, and Elle King.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/20/15) are Dermot Mulroney, Hundred Waters, Beth Stelling, and the Chew Toys.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/6/15) are Adam Levine, Nicholas Hoult, Maroon 5, and "The Price is Right" contestant Danielle Perez.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH 'The Messengers'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?', followed by a RERUN 'Bullseye'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Jaws 2', followed by the movie 'Apollo 13'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 9 - Cox NEW
 [7:00AM]    Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 10 - Day NEW
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 3 - Ep 4 - Morgan's
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Mixing Bowl
 [10:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 7
 [11:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 15 - Episode 1
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Chain of Command (Part 1)
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Chain of Command (Part 2)
 [2:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 20 - Qpid
 [3:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 21 - The Drumhead
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 22 - Half a Life
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 23 - The Host
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 24 - The Mind's Eye
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 25 - In Theory
 [8:00PM]    The Fifth Element
 [11:00PM]    The Fifth Element
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 20 - Qpid
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 21 - The Drumhead
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 22 - Half a Life
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 23 - The Host    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Kandi's Ski Trip', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo's First Looks', then some movie, TBA.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Joe Dirt', 'Archer', another 'Archer', still another 'Archer', and yet another 'Archer'.

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

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens: The Ultimate Evidence', then a FRESH 'Hangar 1: The UFO Files'.

IFC  -   
 [6:45AM]    MISERY
 [9:15AM]    KINGPIN
 [12:00PM]    SHOOT 'EM UP
 [4:00PM]    KINGPIN
 [6:45PM]    KICKBOXER
 [12:05AM]    THE MATRIX

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Staircase-Last Chance - Reopening the Case
 [7:00AM]    The Graduate
 [9:15AM]    The Conversation
 [11:45AM]    Lions for Lambs
 [1:45PM]    Light Sleeper
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Manhood
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Benevolence
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Marathon
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Patsy
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Money
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Sundown
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Loco Parentis
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Collision
 [12:00AM]    Rectify-Always There
 [1:00AM]    Rectify-Sexual Peeling
 [2:00AM]    Rectify-Modern Times
 [3:00AM]    Rectify-Plato's Cave
 [4:00AM]    Rectify-Drip, Drip
 [5:00AM]    Rectify-Jacob's Ladder    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Wolfman', followed by the movie 'The Happening', then a FRESH 'Bitten', followed by another FRESH 'Bitten'.

 [6:00 AM]      M (1931)
 [8:00 AM]      La Bete Humaine (1938)
 [9:45 AM]      The Letter (1940)
 [11:30 AM]      Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
 [12:45 PM]      High Sierra (1941)
 [2:30 PM]      The Maltese Falcon (1941)
 [4:15 PM]      Journey Into Fear (1942)
 [5:45 PM]      Johnny Eager (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Nora Prentiss (1947)
 [10:15 PM]      Woman On The Run (1950)
 [11:45 PM]      Dark Passage (1947)
 [1:45 AM]      Born to Kill (1947)
 [3:30 AM]      L.A. Confidential (1997)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  06/06/15

 [6:00 AM]      Reunion in France (1942)
 [8:00 AM]      The Wings of Eagles (1957)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman: Eight Steps Down (1943)
 [10:30 AM]      Elephant Stampede (1951)
 [12:00 PM]      How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
 [4:15 PM]      The Big Heat (1953)
 [6:00 PM]      To Sir, With Love (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
 [10:30 PM]      The Jungle Book (1942)
 [12:30 AM]      Soldiers Three (1951)
 [2:15 AM]      Miami Connection (1987)
 [3:45 AM]      Black Belt Jones (1974)
 [5:15 AM]      Shake Hands With Danger (1970)
 [5:15 AM]      The Corvair In Action! (1960)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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U.S. actor Richard Gere poses for a selfie with a supporter of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama after he arrived at Sydney International airport June 4, 2015, at the start of a twelve-day visit to Australia.
Photo by David Gray


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New Data Shows No Slowing

Climate Change

Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who've claimed that that heating trends have paused.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques through the decades. Their calculations show that since 1998, the rate of warming is about the same as it has been since 1950: about two-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit a decade.

The so-called hiatus has been touted by non-scientists who reject mainstream climate science. Those claims have resonated; two years ago, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change felt the need to explain why the Earth was not heating up as expected, listing such reasons as volcanic eruptions, reduced solar radiation and the oceans absorbing more heat.

One key to claims of a hiatus is the start date: 1998. That year there was a big temperature spike; some of the following years were not as hot, though even hotter years followed in 2005, 2010 and 2014, according to NOAA, NASA and temperature records kept in England and Japan. This year is on pace to break last year's global heat record.

Climate Change


Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs at TCF Bank Stadium, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Minneapolis.
Photo by Jeff Wheeler


Hospital News

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols of "Star Trek" was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after suffering a mild stroke, TMZ reports.

A rep for the 82-year-old actress who played Lieutenant Uhura reportedly told TMZ that Nichols is awake and resting comfortably at a Los Angeles hospital. She is undergoing tests to determine the severity of the stroke.

Nichols starred in six "Star Trek" movies and both TV shows.

Her co-star George Takei tweeted, "We understand #NichelleNichols has been rushed to the hospital. We don't have any diagnosis on her condition but our thoughts are with her."

Nichelle Nichols


Newhead News


The Dinosaur


Scientists had a heck of a time getting the remarkable fossil of a dinosaur they dubbed "Hellboy" out of the hard limestone along a Canadian river bank where it was entombed for 68 million years, but the diabolic task proved gratifying.

The scientists on Thursday described one of the most unique horned dinosaurs ever discovered, a beast boasting an exotic set of facial horns and spines around the edge of the bony frill at the back its skull.

They officially named it Regaliceratops peterhewsi, meaning "royal horned face" and honoring geologist Peter Hews, who found it.

But they nicknamed it "Hellboy" because its stubby horns above the eyes resembled the comic-book character of the same name and because of the hellish time they had in painstakingly extricating it from what they called "evil hard rock."



Sean Kleier, from left, Abby Elliott, Jill Kargman, Joanna Cassidy, Andy Buckley and K.K. Glick attend a premiere screening of Bravo's new scripted comedy series "Odd Mom Out" at Florence Gould Hall on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa


The Fake Orca


A fake life-sized orca that spouts water and plays recordings of its real-life counterparts is being deployed to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast, but it ran into a snag its first day on the job.

The orca was brought over land from Bellingham, Washington, on Thursday, but as soon as it hit the water at Astoria, its engine flooded, KGW-TV reported. Officials in Astoria say they have found a replacement motor and the fake orca will make it to the water near the docks within several hours.

The fake orca, named "Island," belongs to a whale watching business and was originally built in the 1980s. It's outfitted with a Suzuki eight-horsepower outboard motor and speakers.

The replica orca is actually a boat and will be driven around in the waters near Astoria, free of charge to the port. It will also tow a smaller, 7-foot-long orca behind it.

In recent weeks, the Port of Astoria tried creative ways to keep the animals away, including installing beach balls, colorful tape, chicken wire and electrified mats - but were not successful.



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Leaked Documents

Secret Memos

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that the U.S. government has widened the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans' international Internet traffic in the hunt for hackers, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

The classified documents came from Snowden, the former NSA contractor who lives as a fugitive in Russia, and were shared with the Times and the investigative journalism non-profit ProPublica, the newspaper reported.

In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos allowing the NSA to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and inside the United States, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad, the Times reported, citing the documents. It said the data included traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware.

The Times reported that the Justice Department permitted the NSA to monitor only addresses and "cybersignatures," patterns tied to computer intrusions, that it could link to foreign governments. But the documents showed that the spy agency sought to target hackers even when it could not establish links to foreign countries.

Secret Memos


Masks with the faces of French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, from left, sit on the floor during a protest against the upcoming G-7 summit at Schloss Elmau hotel in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, June 4, 2015. The summit will take place June 7/8 on Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Photo by Matthias Schrader


EPA Parses Words


Fracking for shale oil and gas has not led to widespread pollution of drinking water, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft report said on Thursday, although it warned some drilling activities could potentially cause health risks.

The study, requested by Congress and five years in the making, said fracking could contaminate drinking water under certain conditions, such as when fluids used in the process leaked into the water table.

The EPA said it found isolated cases of water contamination, but "the number of identified cases ... was small compared to the number of hydraulically fractured wells.

The expansion of fracking has played a major role in the U.S. domestic energy boom, and has enjoyed support from the Obama administration for bringing the country closer to energy self-sufficiency record profits to the energy industry, while exacerbating climate change.



Shipments Lost


The Pentagon on Thursday asked microbiologists for help in tracking samples of anthrax that the army shipped to at least 51 labs in 17 U.S. states and three foreign countries, according to an announcement shared with Reuters.

The request indicates that the Pentagon does not know where the anthrax wound up. Researchers who had worked with it at the Dugway Proving Ground biological lab in Utah thought the anthrax samples that they shipped had been killed, but at least one of the labs that received it said it in fact contained live spores.

"It suggests there has been some sideways movement of the samples that the army has no record of," said Martin Hugh-Jones, an emeritus professor of epidemiology at Louisiana State University who is considered the dean of non-defense anthrax research.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon said the number of labs known to have received live samples of anthrax could rise as its investigation continues.

The Defense Department's request to the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), which the group emailed to its members, indicates how far from complete that investigation might be.



A Greenpeace Aerostat displaying a banner flies over agricultural fields around a Milan neighbourhood, northern Italy, to protest against the start of the International Agriculture meeting at the Expo 2015, June 4, 2015.
Photo by Stefano Rellandini


Ships Whale Meat To Japan


A ship carrying 1,700 tonnes of whale meat left Iceland on Thursday bound for Japan, said a leading animal welfare group that is protesting against the controversial delivery.

The website also showed the vessel, known as Winter Bay, leaving Hafnarfjordur port in western Iceland just after 1030 GMT.

Iceland and Norway are the only nations that openly defy the International Whaling Commission's 1986 ban on hunting whales.

The Winter Bay had been due to leave Iceland in mid-May but was delayed due to mechanical problems.

Icelandic whalers caught 137 fin whales and 24 minkes in 2014, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation group, compared to 134 fin whales and 35 minkes in 2013.



Criminal Past


Artefacts from many of London's most notorious and grisly crimes, including the "Jack the Ripper" case, are to go on public display for the first time this year.

Usually housed in a dark corner of the London police force's headquarters, the little-seen objects are from Scotland Yard's Crime Museum -- sometimes known as the "Dark" or "Black" Museum.

They range from the death masks of executed prisoners and an unexploded bomb planted by Irish nationalists at Paddington train station in 1884 to champagne and wine bottles recovered from the hideout of the gang behind the 1963 Great Train Robbery.

The Crime Museum was set up by officers in 1875 as an educational tool for detectives, and since then has only been open to police officials and occasional special guests such as King George V, illusionist Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle.

But from October, about 600 objects will feature in a six-month exhibition at the Museum of London. They include a pistol used in an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria in 1840 and a burnt-out laptop recovered from the 2007 attempt to ram Glasgow Airport with a fuel-laden jeep.



John Lennon's original 1962 J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar is shown in this handout publicity photo released to Reuters June 2, 2015. A rare, once-lost 1962 guitar belonging to former Beatles member John Lennon will go up for auction on November 6, 2015 and could break a record, Julien's Auctions said on June 4, 2015


Iran Top Enemy, Not Israel


An Israeli college has quietly conducted an opinion poll in Saudi Arabia, concluding that the Saudi public is far more concerned about the threats of Iran and the Islamic State group than Israel, and that the vast majority of Saudis support a decade-old peace offer to the Jewish state.

The survey conducted by the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya provides Israelis with a rare glimpse inside Saudi Arabia and may change Israeli perceptions about the desert kingdom. The two countries are longtime foes with no diplomatic relations.

The poll found that 53 percent of Saudis named Iran as their main adversary, while 22 percent said it is the Islamic State group and only 18 percent said Israel. The poll, conducted in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, surveyed 506 Saudis over the phone and had a margin of error of 5 percentage points. It was carried out over the past two weeks, starting in late May.

The poll also showed that a majority of Saudis think their country should seek nuclear weapons if Iran acquires an atomic bomb. A whopping 85 percent also support the Saudi-led Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for peace with Israel in return for a full Israeli withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders.



Oregon To Outlaw


Oregon may be about to enact a law that would make it illegal to take unauthorized photos up the skirts of clothed woman in public places, a practice known as "upskirting."

The bill, which would provide penalties of up to a year in jail for violators, passed the legislature last week without opposition. It now goes to the desk of Governor Kate Brown, who has not yet indicated whether she will sign it into law.

The legislation comes several months after an Oregon judge acquitted a 61-year-old man who admitted taking photographs up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl as she shopped at a Target store in suburban Portland.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge Eric Butterfield ruled in February that Patrick Buono did not break the law when he surreptitiously took the pictures of the girl in January 2013.

Supporters say that "upskirting" has caused problems for prosecutors in other court cases because there are no laws to prevent people from taking unauthorized pictures up the skirts of clothed women. Other states, such as Massachusetts, have passed similar laws banning the practice.




A Visayan warty pig nuzzles another in their containment area on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in the Pittsburgh Zoo. The zoo's three females are spending time in quarantine before they are to be placed on exhibit in the zoo's newest exhibit, "The Islands" that is still under construction. The zoo says these animals are considered critically endangered in their natural range, the Philppines, and are extinct in 95% of the islands.
Photo by Keith Srakocic



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