BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 16 June, 2017


16 June, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[133 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison: What do the Happiest Kids in the World Eat for Breakfast? (Blue Zones)
The Dutch are champions of breakfast time and seem to be happier and healthier because of it. But the real point is that they put as much value on the idea of starting the day together around the breakfast table, a calming and bonding experi­ence for all the family.

Josh Marshall: Zero in Obstruction in Under Five Months (TPM)
But The Washington Post is reporting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice. That's zero to obstruction in under 5 months, amazing and genuinely impressive in the sense of achievement in corrupt behavior and malicious intent. Donald Trump. He's doing great work. And people are noticing.

Josh Marshall: Guns and Political Killing (TPM)
We are left with the simple reality that high levels of violence are deeply rooted in American society, especially in specific regions. Regardless of how much guns cause that violence they radically magnify its lethality.

Paul Krugman: A Finger Exercise On Hyperglobalization (NY Times Blog)
The days when surging world trade was the big story seem like a long time ago. For one thing, trade has stopped surging, and seems to have plateaued. For another, we have more pressing issues, like the rise of authoritarianism and the attempt to sabotage health care.

Suzanne Moore: Anita Pallenberg paid a high price for being a rock-star girlfriend (The Guardian)
The actress and model was so much more than a style icon or Rolling Stones muse. But she had to live with being constantly compared to her 20-year-old self and found wanting.

Eddie Deezen: The Woman Who Fought in the Revolutionary War (Neatorama)
Tall, broad, strong and not one of delicate feminine features, in 1782, Deborah made her first attempt at trying to pretend to be a man. In early 1782, she donned men's clothes and tried to enlist in an army unit in Middleborough, Massachusetts. Signing up as "Timothy Thayer," and binding her breasts in with a tied linen cloth, she collected a bonus and enlisted.

Old man is having fun under Metallica (YouTube)
Never too old to rock out.

Bodybuilder disguised as old man pumps up the crowd (YouTube)

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Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), commanding officer of the first starship Enterprise (NX-01) on Star Trek: Enterprise, has a pet Beagle. What is the dog's name?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

On what TV series would you find this couple?

       The Avengers                                                      Source

The Avengers is an espionage British television series created in 1961. The Avengers initially focused on Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry) and his assistant John Steed (Patrick Macnee). Ian Hendry left after the first series, and Patrick Macnee's John Steed became the main character, partnered with a succession of assistants. Steed's most famous assistants were intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), and Tara King (Linda Thorson). The Avengers ran from 1961 until 1969, screening as one-hour episodes its entire run. The pilot episode, "Hot Snow," aired on 7 January 1961. The final episode, "Bizarre," aired on 21 May 1969.        Source

The Avengers airs on Cozi TV at 2am & 3am Saturday night/Sunday morning and 1am & 2am Sunday night/Monday morning.
Because the episodes are shown sequentially, currently it's episodes with Steed & Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) in good old black & white.

Mark. was first and correct with:
   John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) were the main characters on The Avengers.

Randall wrote:
   That's John Steed and Emma Peel from the 60's British TV show "The Avengers"

  Man, I used to look forward to watching that and "The Prisoner" every week back then
  He was so cool and SHE was so damn sexy...

Alan J answered:
   The Avengers.

Gene said:
   Steed and Mrs Peel were on the British spy show The Avengers. The show was briefly revived in the 70s as The New Avengers. Both shows were a great mix of comedy, absurdity, and action.

Stephen F replied:
   The Avengers

mj responded:
   John Steed and Emma Peel
  Were the focus of The Avengers. Patrick McNee was there for the whole run. Dame Diana Rigg had the longest run as his companion in spycraft.

David of Moon Valley wrote:
   ahh The Avengers...amazing career of Diana Rigg...from The Avengers to Bond girl to Game of Thrones...

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   The Avengers

Adam answered:
   The Avengers

Kenn B replied:
   The Avengers

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "The Avengers."

Deborah responded:
   Oh, that's Mrs. Emma Peel and Mr. John Steed, from "The Avengers." Hands-down my favorite TV show from the 60s. It was classy (English accents, derby hats & walking sticks) and funny. I wonder why the Heroes and Icons channel isn't featuring this show?

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   You would find that couple on The Avengers.
  Ancient Avengers:

Paul of Seattle said:
   That would be The Avengers!
  It was love at first sight when I saw Diana Rigg!

Billy in Cypress answered:
   The Avengers

George M. responded:
   Marty, I know exactly where I would find this couple - on the British television series, "The Avengers".
  John Steed and Emma Peel forever!

Daniel in The City replied:
   Emma Peel and John Steed: "The Avengers"

DJ Useo said:
   That's the UK's Avengers from the 1961 Tellie ( aka TV ) show, now often known as "Steed & Peel".
  A fairly entertaining crime drama generally, imho.
  You wait, some day they'll team up with Thor's Avengers. Lol.

Barbara wrote:
   "The Avengers" - one of my favorite shows.

zorch replied:
   The Avengers.

Joe S     answered:
   I LOVED THAT SHOW! The Avengers, that's Emma Peel and John Steed. I LOVED THAT SHOW! I don't know who the blond woman is. I think she was supposed to be some sort of phony. I don't remember anymore.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

Dale of Almost Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  June 16 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 16 | Famous Birthdays

MAM     In memory.




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Michelle in AZ

WSJ: Trump Tried To Persuade His NSA Director To Say There Was No Evidence Of Collusion With Russia

Just in: Over 45 Republican Senators vote AGAINST Trump

Money laundering? Offshore accounts? You don't say!
     Rachel, et al, have been reporting on this angle for months.

Pipeline to the classroom: how big oil promotes fossil fuels to America's children | US news | The Guardian

Le Mans 24 Hours - for Steve McQueen, and many others, a race like no other | Giles Richards | Sport | The Guardian

Here's to you, Mrs Robinson: why The Graduate unites warring generations 50 years on | Film | The Guardian

Why Trump is really angry: Mueller is following the money

Rep. Scalise Wrote Constitutional Amendment to "Protect" Marriage Saved by Same Sex Married L.E.O.

Naomi Klein: Efforts to Equate Hateful Violence with Trump Resistance Are Lies

Conservative 'news' outlets didn't like Comey's testimony-so they created a fake version instead

Climate change in schools where it's 'fake news' -

Why Do Men Harass Women? New Study Sheds Light On Motivations : Goats and Soda : NPR

Trump can stack the judiciary for years. That's why Republicans stick with him | Corey Robin | Opinion | The Guardian

Georgia's Election System May Not Be Safe - a Must Read by Charles Pierce

ICE sweeps targeting dozens of Iraqi Christian immigrants in Detroit continue

After Paris, U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Members' Reputations Are On The Line | HuffPost

Delaware Senator Corrects Trump On His Witch Hunt Claim

The new horsemen: how American riot police embraced the bicycle | Cities | The Guardian

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

PBS Runs A Three-Hour Series Glorifying The DeVos Education Agenda | HuffPost

Holy Moly: Trump Is on His Way to Presiding Over the Most Precipitous Decline of a Truly Dominant Power in History | Alternet

Pastor Who Linked Obama To Antichrist Says To Stop Demonizing Politicians | HuffPost

Standing Rock Sioux Claim 'Victory and Vindication' in Court - The Atlantic

Trump Slams 'Phony' Story On Obstruction Of Justice Probe - Talking Points Memo

Steve King: Obama Partly Responsible for Scalise Shooting | Mediaite

Don't miss the point on Alexandria and San Francisco: There is a solution for mass shootings -

US Mass Shootings, 1982-2017: Data From Mother Jones' Investigation - Mother Jones

I've covered Obamacare since day one. I've never seen lying and obstruction like this. - Vox

Geologist believes Grand Canyon was caused by Noah's flood - so he's suing the Park Service to prove it -

Chuck Todd scolded Americans for toxicity he and media responsible for -

The GOP's secret health care bill is going to get us all. | New Republic

Poll: Majority thinks Trump tried to meddle in Russia probe | TheHill

Donald Trump: Obstruction Of Justice Allegations Part Of 'Witch Hunt' | HuffPost

Pence Hires Outside Counsel To Deal With Russia Probe Inquiries | HuffPost

Republicans brush off Trump calling health bill 'mean' | TheHill

Women's Caucus Played Pivotal Role In Restoring Sanity To Kansas Statehouse | HuffPost

The GIF is 30 years old. It didn't just shape the internet - it grew up with the internet. - Vox

Everyone Donald Trump Has Blocked on Twitter: A Running List | WIRED



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

A heat wave has begun. Ack.

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 Scarlett Johansson, Bill Burr, and Fleet Foxes.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/22/17) are Lionel Richie, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and Katy Perry.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kirsten Dunst, Larry the Cable Guy, and Nikki Glaser.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 6/6/17) are Courtney Love, John Early, Masa Takayama, and Jared Champion.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/2/17) are Carrie Coon, Deap Vally, and Bassem Youssef.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by the FRESH 'Watergate - Truth & Lies'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/5/17) are Gwyneth Paltrow, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Ryan Adams.

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

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'US Open Championships', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe a RERUN 'So You Think You Can Dance'.

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

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

AMC offers the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 1-The Magician's Apprentice-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 2-The Witch's Familiar-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 3-Under The Lake-Part 1.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 4-Before The Flood-Part 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Where Silence Has Lease
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Outrageous Okona
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Loud as a Whisper
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Unnatural Selection
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Where Silence Has Lease
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Outrageous Okona
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Loud as a Whisper

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Potomac', another 'Real Housewives Of Potomac', followed by the movie 'Last Holiday'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 2½ hours of old 'South Park', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.

FX has the movie 'Ride Along', followed by the movie 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-T-Pain Wears Shredded Jeans and a Printed Shirt
 [6:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Up in Daisy's Penthouse
 [6:40AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Boobs in Arms
 [6:45AM]    KINGPIN
 [9:30AM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [1:15PM]    KINGPIN
 [4:00PM]    BALLS OF FURY

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-... Is a Friend in Need
 [6:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Square Shaped Room
 [7:10AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Ted Over Heels
 [7:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Five-Minute Dress
 [8:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Feeb
 [8:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Slaughter Affair
 [9:30AM]    Precious
 [12:00PM]    Stepmom
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Sonata for Solo Organ
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Skin Deep
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Forgiveness
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Extended Family
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Sweeps
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Snatched
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Wager
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Switch
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Deadbeat
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-All My Children
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Undercovered
 [2:00AM]    Gomorrah-Family Affairs
 [3:00AM]    12 Years a Slave    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters', followed by a FRESH 'Dark Matter', then a FRESH 'Wynonna Earp'.

 [7:45 AM]      Sincerely Yours (1955)
 [10:00 AM]      Law of the Underworld (1938)
 [11:15 AM]      Danger Patrol (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      Living on Love (1937)
 [1:45 PM]      Crashing Hollywood (1938)
 [3:00 PM]      Dynamite Pass (1950)
 [4:15 PM]      Double Danger (1938)
 [5:30 PM]      Seven Keys to Baldpate (1947)
 [6:45 PM]      Twelve Crowded Hours (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      Light In The Piazza (1962)
 [10:00 PM]      The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
 [12:00 AM]      A Room with a View (1986)
 [2:15 AM]      Death In Venice (1971)
 [4:45 AM]      Voices of Venice (1951)
 [5:00 AM]      Indiscretion Of An American Wife (1954)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  06/17/17

 [6:15 AM]      When in Rome (1952)
 [8:00 AM]      Destination Tokyo (1943)
 [10:30 AM]      Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942)
 [12:00 PM]      King Rat (1965)
 [2:30 PM]      In a Lonely Place (1950)
 [4:15 PM]      The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
 [6:00 PM]      The Defiant Ones (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      The Big Sleep (1946)
 [10:15 PM]      Marlowe (1969)
 [12:00 AM]      Lady in the Lake (1947)
 [2:00 AM]      Punk Vacation (1990)
 [3:45 AM]      Killer Party (1986)
 [5:30 AM]      Keep Off The Grass (1969)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Neon signs that read 'Off Your Skulls', 'Back Street Love', 'Soho Revue Bar', 'Beer Girls Porn' and 'Stateside' are exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London, Britain, March 31, 2017.
Photo by Russell Boyce


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Bridge School Benefit Canceled

Neil Young

This year's Bridge School Benefit has been canceled, and longtime host Neil Young will no longer be affiliated with the event.

On Wednesday, the Bridge School posted on its website statements from both Neil and his ex-wife Pegi Young about the cancellation. While Pegi told readers to "Stay tuned for updates as we begin to shape what the next steps will be," Neil announced he was walking away from it.

Neil Young added at the end of the letter that he would no longer be hosting the event due to "personal reasons," though he would still be involved in fundraising.

The long-running concert series at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheater has become, to use Young's words, "part of the Bay Area landscape." The first show in 1996 featured Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and the following lineups continued to be star-studded. Over the years, the concert raised millions for the school, which helps children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. Neil Young has two children with cerebral palsy.

Neil Young


A couple laugh as they cuddle on a sofa looking at the neon signs and artworks in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London, Britain, March 31, 2017.
Photo by Russell Boyce


Finally Credited For Co-Writing 'Imagine'

Yoko Ono

After 46 years, Yoko Ono is finally receiving the credit she deserves. The iconic multidisciplinary artist was officially credited as a co-writer of the 1971 song "Imagine," currently attributed to Ono's deceased husband, John Lennon.

The news was announced Wednesday at a meeting of the National Music Publishers Association by its CEO, David Israelite. He also bestowed "Imagine" with the Centennial Song award.

"While things may have been different in 1971, today I am glad to say things have changed," Israelite said. "So tonight it is my distinct honor to correct the record some 48 years later and recognize Yoko Ono as a co-writer of the NMPA centennial song 'Imagine,' and to present Yoko Ono with this well-deserved credit."

He then played an archival interview, in which Lennon explains that the song would not exist without Ono. "[Imagine] should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song," he said. "Because a lot of it - the lyric and the concept - came from Yoko. But those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution. But it was right out of Grapefruit, her book. There's a whole pile of pieces about 'imagine this' and 'imagine that.'"

Sean Lennon accompanied his mother, Ono, who uses a wheelchair, onstage to accept the Centennial Song award. According to Lennon, the artist welled up with tears upon hearing the announcement. Onstage, Ono said her waning health has heightened her appreciation of the song and imbued her with a magnified esteem for being alive, Variety reported.

Yoko Ono


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All 150,966 Deaths

'Game of Thrones'

As one of the more popular shows on TV, Game of Thrones is certainly no stranger to controversy. Even though the show airs on HBO - a channel were ostensibly anything goes - there have been some vocal critics who have lambasted the show for the way it treats women and its depiction of violence that some argue is gratuitous and a tad over the top. Of course, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has been quick to dismiss such criticisms, noting in the past that "drama comes out of conflict" and that "if you portray a utopia, then you probably wrote a pretty boring book."

All that said, there's no denying that death is one of the reasons why GOT is so enthralling and compelling. After all, it takes a special skill to create a character so vile (read: King Joffrey) that viewers are actively hoping for his brutal demise. Individual character deaths aside, GOT is also no stranger to depicting death on a massive scale, often in the form of intricately choreographed scenes of large-scale battles.

All in all, the last six seasons have seen no shortage of death. From popular characters to nameless peasants, no one in the Game of Thrones universe is truly ever safe. In light of that, the YouTube channel Leon Andrew Razon Compilations recently put together a video compilation highlighting every single on-screen death the series has seen since its inception. Taking things an interesting step further, the video also advances a tally of all the deaths the show has seen. The resulting figure is pretty astounding: 150,966 deaths to be precise. Note, though, that the tally does include animals.

'Game of Thrones'


People pose as they take pictures of each other in front of neon lights and artworks in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London, Britain, March 31, 2017.
Photo by Russell Boyce


Can't Afford It

Summer Vacation?

Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won't be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can't afford it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The new AP-NORC survey, conducted in May, said 43 percent of Americans won't be taking a summer vacation. The top reason for skipping a trip was the cost, cited by 49 percent of non-vacationers. Another 11 percent said they can't take the time off from work, while 3 percent said they don't like to be away from work.

About half of Americans living in households making less than $50,000 a year don't plan to take any summer vacation this year, and they're especially likely to cite costs as a reason.

And if your employer gives you paid vacation days, consider yourself lucky: Forty-one percent of those surveyed who work full or part time said they do not get any paid time off from their employers to use for vacation. Younger and lower-income workers are especially likely to not get any paid time off.

Summer Vacation?


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Almost Every State

Russian Hackers

A Russian cyber attack on the US electoral system affected almost 40 states during the 2016 election, sources have revealed.

The cyber attack - which targeted software used by poll workers on election day - hit 39 states, sources familiar with the US investigation into the matter told Bloomberg. That number, if accurate, represents a far larger attack than previously reported.

The Intercept recently published a top-secret National Security Agency document detailing an attempted launch of a Russian spear-phishing campaign on local governments in advance of the US election. The report suggested hackers had accessed at least one US voting software supplier.

According to Bloomberg, however, the hackers accessed dozens of voter databases and at least one campaign finance database.

The attack was so severe that it drove Obama administration officials to complain directly to the Russian government via a "red phone". The administration feared the hackers would delete voter rolls or otherwise tamper with the voting process in order to undermine confidence in the election.

Russian Hackers


Jon Blake, curator of Gods Own Junkyard and family friend to third generation neon light artist Marcus Bracey sits with some of the exhibits at God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London, Britain, May 13, 2017.
Photo by Russell Boyce


Latest Approval Rating Plunges


In the early hours of Thursday morning, Donald Trump (R-Crooked) fired off complaining that "they made up a phony collusion with the Russians story" and that he was the subject of the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history."

But while Trump might think issues facing the White House have been created by a mysterious "they," Americans don't seem to trust the president's commitment to running the government properly-in fact, many think he is downright undemocratic. Sixty-five percent of respondents in an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Thursday said the president either doesn't have much or any respect for the "country's democratic institutions and traditions." Nearly a third of Republicans or Republican-leaning independents said the same.

The Associated Press-NORC survey also found Trump wasn't a particularly popular president. Just 35 percent of Americans approved of the job he's doing as president, the poll found. Sixty-four percent-and one-quarter of Republicans-disapproved of Trump's job performance. In March, the the Associated Press-NORC poll found 42 percent of Americans approved of the job Trump was doing. Just one-in-five Republicans disapproved of the president in March.

In the latest poll, roughly 50 percent of whites without a college degree-one of Trump's strongest demographics in the 2016 presidential election-approved of the job the president was doing. That's down 8 percentage points from Associated Press-NORC poll in March.

Trump's approval rating has trended downward since he took office in January. The weighted average from data-focused website FiveThirtyEight pegged his approval rating at just 38.4 percent Thursday and his disapproval at 55.7 percent. The RealClearPolitics average of polls, meanwhile, had Trump's approval at 39.6 percent Thursday morning, while it had his disapproval rating at 54.7 percent.



Ruling Surprises Oil Industry

Dakota Access

A judge's ruling that might open the door for at least a temporary shutdown of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline surprised the industry that hailed the project as a "game changer" for North Dakota oil.

But shippers said Thursday that they aren't concerned that there will be any long-term disruption to service on the $3.8 billion pipeline that on June 1 began moving crude from the Bakken oil patch to a distribution point in Illinois, from which it's shipped to the Gulf Coast and potentially high-paying markets abroad.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers "largely complied" with environmental law when approving the pipeline but didn't adequately consider some matters important to the Standing Rock Sioux. The tribe draws its water from Lake Oahe and is opposed to the pipeline crossing beneath the Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

Boasberg said the Corps didn't adequately consider how an oil spill under Lake Oahe might affect tribal fishing and hunting rights, or whether it might disproportionately affect the tribal community. He will rule later on whether the pipeline should be shut down while the Corps reconsiders those matters, though he acknowledged such a move "would carry serious consequences that a court should not lightly impose."

Dakota Access


Neon artwork is exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London, Britain, March 31, 2017.
Photo by Russell Boyce


Unusual Weather


An area larger than the state of Texas in West Antarctica melted to an unusual degree last year, with pools of the meltwater remaining on the surface for as long as 15 days. That's trouble, since meltwater can accelerate the thawing already occurring from warming ocean temperatures. West Antarctica alone could contribute 10 feet of sea level rise, according to a 2009 paper published in Science.

This area in the Ross Ice Shelf, the world's largest chunk of floating ice, likely melted at its surface because of a particularly strong 2015-2016 El Niño event, which brought warm and moist sea air to the area, according to the study published today in Nature Communications. El Niños have caused melting atop the Ross Ice Shelf before, but this time it lasted unusually long, according to the paper. It appears it also rained on the ice shelf and other parts of West Antarctica. That could made it easier for the snow surface to melt.

Antarctica is the coldest place on the planet - and though rain sometimes happens on the coasts, where it's warmer, rainfall is a pretty striking event. "The story of melt all over the ice shelf rattled through the science community as it happened," Robin Bell, an Antarctic researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Institute at Columbia University, who was not involved in the study, told The Washington Post. "Who had heard of rain in Antarctica - it is a desert!"

The presence of meltwater worries scientists because it might make it more likely that the ice shelf will fracture. That could eventually lead to chunks of ice breaking off - bad news for us pitiable humans, since this ice shelf keeps other ground-based ice from flowing into the sea. Without this natural barrier, sea levels could rise several feet, spelling doom for many coastal areas.



'Plankton Explosion' Turns 's Bosphorus Turquoise


A sudden change in the colour of the Bosphorus Strait that divides the continents of Europe and Asia in Turkey's largest city Istanbul has surprised residents, with scientists putting it down to a surge in a species of plankton across the Black Sea.

The sudden transformation of the usually blue waters of the Bosphorus to a milky turquoise since the weekend had alarmed some residents.

But scientists said there was no mystery behind the colour change, which was accompanied by a sharper smell.

Ahmet Cemal Saydam, professor of environmental science at Hacettepe University, told the Dogan news agency that the cause was a surge in numbers of the micro-organism Emiliania huxleyi, also known as Ehux.

"This has nothing to do with pollution," he said, adding it was particularly good for the numbers of anchovies, a popular supper in Istanbul.







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