BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 21 October, 2016


21 October, 2016

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[1849 days in a row]


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Aine Carlin: Why don't vegans eat honey? You asked Google - here's the answer (The Guardian)
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life's most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries.

Jean Hannah Edelstein: Canada's response to the US election is a most Canadian nod to our predicament (The Guardian)
The #TellAmericaitsgreat campaign tells America where our northern neighbors stand on the presidential campaign - and it's not with Donald Trump.

Dr. Michael Gregor, MD: Do Vitamin D Supplements Reduce the Risk of Dying from Cancer?(
Sun exposure is associated with lower rates of 15 different cancers and improved cancer survival. What happened when vitamin D supplements were put to the test?

We Are Democrats (YouTube; 2 minutes)
Inspiring - if you are a Democrat.

This is What Donald Trump Thinks of Women (YouTube; 2 minutes)
Viewer discretion is advised.

Compiled by Tim Jonze: "Charlie Brooker: 'Someone threatened to smuggle a rifle through customs and kill me'" (The Guardian)
What does he eat for breakfast? What was it like working with Chris Morris? What's the point? As a new series of Black Mirror is released, the comedy curmudgeon answers your questions.

Jonathan Jones: This painting is a masterpiece of love and war - Britain must break the bank to keep it (The Guardian)
Jacopo Pontormo's Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap could soon belong to the National Gallery after a 19m government grant - but only if another 11m can be found. It's a painting full of romance and political anger, and worth every penny.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer was born John Baldwin in 1946, but is better known by his stage name. What is his stage name?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this feisty puppet?

       Madame                                                      Source

Wayland Parrott Flowers, Jr. (November 26, 1939 - October 11, 1988) was an American puppeteer. He was born and raised in Dawson, Georgia. Flowers was best known for the puppet act he created with his puppet Madame. His performances as "Wayland Flowers and Madame" were a major national success on stage and on screen in the 1970s and 1980s.

Madame was created by Flowers in the mid-1960s. Flowers' first big break was an appearance on the The Andy Williams Show. The character of Madame is an "outrageous old broad" who entertains with double entendres and witty comebacks. Bedecked in fabulous evening wear and "summer diamonds" ("Some are diamonds; some are not"), Madame's look is based on movie stars such as Gloria Swanson. Madame is rumored to be based on a Washington, DC gay icon, waitress and restaurant hostess Margo MacGregor.

Madame's many TV appearances included Laugh-In; a long run on the game show Hollywood Squares (replacing Paul Lynde in The Center Square); a recurring comedy skit on Solid Gold; a regular on ABC's short-lived summer replacement show called Keep on Truckin', TV guest spots; and as the star of her own syndicated 1982 sitcom, Madame's Place.        Source

zorch was first and correct with:
   Madame of Wayland and Madame

Alan J wrote:

mj said:
   That is
  Madame, feisty companion and alter ego of Wayland Flowers.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Adam answered:
   Madame! Madame was awesome.

Deborah, who is celebrating her birthday, replied:
   I recognize that puppet but cannot remember its name. It's pretty hideous, I'll give it that.
  Wait, is that Madame? Operated by Wayland Flowers? No wonder I didn't remember her earlier today; never was a fan.

Stephen F said:

DJ Useo responded:
   That wooden lady of hilarity is "Madame". Best of the last puppets when it comes to being funny.

MAM     wrote:
   "Madame" ~ Created by Wayland Flowers in the mid-1960s.

Joe S     answered:
   That's Madame a good friend of Waland Flowers, not my favorite ventriloquist. He was ok, just not my favorite. I practiced the art in my youth, and was pretty good, if I do say so myself. My all time favorite was Edgar Bergen. You could easily see his lips moving, but he was so good. I also liked Paul Winchell, I had a Jerry Mahoney dummy that I named, um, Jerry. I also really liked Senor Wences, a lot.

Randall took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Spectacular Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 21 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 21 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Michelle in AZ

American Pastoral and the curse of adapting a literary classic | Film | The Guardian

Two Democratic operatives lose jobs after James O'Keefe sting - SFGate

2 San Francisco-area earthquake faults found to be connected - SFGate

Clinton Got Trump To Take The Bait. Again. | Huffington Post

The Onion Live-Tweeted The Final Presidential Debate, And It Was Glorious | Huffington Post

These Celebrities Killed It On Twitter During The Third Presidential Debate | Huffington Post

George Takei Destroyed Trump On Twitter During The Debate | Huffington Post
     Grand Slam!

Exercising Doesn't Just Burn Fat, It Gives You 'Smart Fat' Too | Huffington Post

CNN's Van Jones On Donald Trump: 'You Can't Polish This Turd' | Huffington Post

After the debate, a Utah woman stepped up to share her late-term abortion story and it's going viral

A sneak peek at TIME Magazine's November cover

Teh Keith rips Trump, GOP several new ones

Chris Wallace did everything he could to help Trump... and still couldn't.

AZ Republic stays the course: "...there is only one qualified candidate."

Photo Diary: The Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

Conservative Christians Sold Their Soul

America Thinks Donald Trump's Debate Performance Was A Catastrophe | Huffington Post

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"The Monkey Buddha"

Hey Marty, Well, thank goodness the last debate is over. They were excruciating to watch. It doesn't look like Trump was able to steer his flaming train wreck of a campaign back on track. It looks like he might go full asshole mode & refuse to concede if he loses. We'll see, I guess.

Anyway, here is another graphic I thought of while laying in bed one night. Other people have used the phrase, but I wanted to add Donald's tiny little groping hands & make it look like an official campaign banner.

"The Monkey Buddha"

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Thanks, Deborah!
I gotta say I think they're off about PA, too.
As the birthplace of all things Hershey and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Boyer Mallo Cups... nope.



Bonus Links

Trump's Refusal to Accept the Election Results will Hurt Him - The Atlantic

Everyone Thought Of Janet Jackson When Trump Called Clinton 'Nasty' | Huffington Post

Confessions of a Trump Fact-Checker - POLITICO Magazine

A Deal That Never Happened

Donald Trump Is Completely Obsessed With Revenge | Mother Jones

Here's Why It's Not Cool That Donald Trump Wants The Constitution Interpreted The Way The Founding Fathers Did | Huffington Post

Condoleezza Rice's Response To Trump Calling Her A 'Bitch' Is All Of Us | Huffington Post

Clinton campaign website tool compares Trump and Clinton achievements - Business Insider

8 Less Known Trump Stories That'd Derail Any Other Campaign

Trump's Refusal To Accept Election Results Has Americans Fuming | Huffington Post

Watch Donald Trump's lies at the third debate, debunked.

Donald Trump's Clueless Debate Answers Spawn #TrumpBookReport Tweets | Huffington Post

America Thinks Donald Trump's Debate Performance Was A Catastrophe | Huffington Post

How Donald Trump threw away his very last chance to impress | The Independent

Dan Rather: Hillary Clinton was steely, determined, forceful-Trump was 'dangling'

Donald Trump Jr.: Becoming President Would Be 'A Step Down' For My Father | Huffington Post

Donald Trump Is the First Demagogue of the Anthropocene - The Atlantic

This is the moment when Donald Trump lost the debate - Vox





Hi Marty

Here's an editorial toon from Jack Ohman:

Oh, by the way, I read in the Bee the other day that Hwy 99 is the deadliest highway in the state. That doesn't surprise me. So many fucking idiots on that road.

I will be back soon, as soon as the 2016 Fear and Loathing Festival subsides. Things are starting to settle down?

Dale of Autumny Diamond Springs, Norcali

Thanks, Dale!
Good old Hwy 99 - where the cow smells rule and Stockton is the highlight.



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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.

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Last Night

Really hot and dry.

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 Matt LeBlanc, Joy Bryant, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Wyclef Jean.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/8/16) are Michael Sheen, Mel B, and Gavin DeGraw.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 8/5/16) are Jerry Seinfeld, Seth Rogen, and Jason Derulo.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 10/12/16) are Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Sturgill Simpson, Thaddeus Dixon, and Corey Glover & Vernon Reid.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/20/16) are Sullivan Stapleton, Black Lips, and Colman Domingo.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 10/12/16) are Matthew Perry, Nas, and Erykah Badu.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'The Exorcist'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.

A&E has 3 hours of old 'The First 48', followed by the FRESH 'The First 48: Deadly Misfortune'.

AMC offers all old 'The Walking Dead' all night.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-What Are Little Girls Made Of?
 [6:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Dagger of the Mind
 [7:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-The Corbomite Maneuver
 [8:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-The Menagerie, Part 1
 [9:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Balance of Terror
 [11:00PM]    HUMANS - SEASON 1 - Episode 4
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-What Are Little Girls Made Of?
 [2:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Dagger of the Mind
 [3:30AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-The Corbomite Maneuver

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie '50 First Dates', then the movie '50 First Dates', again.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', 'Gabriel Iglesias: Hot & Fluffy', 'Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy'.

FX has the movie 'Noah', followed by the movie 'Lone Survivor'.

History has 3 hours of old 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH '10 Ways The World Will End'.

IFC  -   
 [7:00AM]    THE SHINING
 [2:30PM]    THE SHINING
 [5:45PM]    PITCH BLACK
 [3:30AM]    MAX PAYNE

Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    Million Dollar Baby
 [9:15AM]    Indecent Proposal
 [11:45AM]    The General's Daughter
 [2:15PM]    The Sum of All Fears
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Right to Counsel
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Night and Fog
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Promises to Keep
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Mother Love
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Pride and Joy
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Born Bad
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-The Pursuit of Happiness
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Wager
 [1:00AM]    Rectify-The Future
 [2:04AM]    Rectify-The Source
 [3:14AM]    The Sum of All Fears    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Zombieland', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation', then a FRESH 'Van Helsing'.

 [6:45 AM]      The Passionate Plumber (1932)
 [8:00 AM]      Isle Of Missing Men (1942)
 [9:15 AM]      We Were Strangers (1949)
 [11:15 AM]      Apache War Smoke (1952)
 [12:30 PM]      Torchy Runs For Mayor (1939)
 [1:45 PM]      Blondes at Work (1938)
 [3:00 PM]      Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1938)
 [4:00 PM]      Torchy Gets Her Man (1938)
 [5:15 PM]      Fly Away Baby (1937)
 [6:30 PM]      Dance, Charlie, Dance (1937)
 [8:00 PM]      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
 [10:00 PM]      Eyes Without a Face (1960)
 [11:45 PM]      The Body Snatcher (1945)
 [1:15 AM]      Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)
 [2:45 AM]      Macabre (1958)
 [4:00 AM]      The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
 [5:15 AM]      The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  10/22/16

 [6:45 AM]      The Killer Shrews (1959)
 [8:00 AM]      The Devil Bat (1940)
 [9:15 AM]      The Seventh Victim (1943)
 [10:30 AM]      Jungle Gents (1954)
 [12:00 PM]      Seven Seas to Calais (1962)
 [2:00 PM]      Another Thin Man (1939)
 [4:00 PM]      Challenge to Lassie (1949)
 [5:30 PM]      North By Northwest (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      Jaws (1975)
 [10:15 PM]      Jaws 2 (1978)
 [12:15 AM]      Jaws 3 (1982)
 [2:00 AM]      Lady Snowblood (1973)
 [3:45 AM]      Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)
 [5:30 AM]      Changing (1971)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy prepares to wear a hat during an event with students to watch the televised U.S. presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 20, 2016.
Photo by Issei Kato


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ABC Comedy From Amy Poehler

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is returning to the small screen.

The comedic legend is set to star in an untitled multicamera comedy from executive producer Amy Poehler, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The project, which hails from Universal Television, centers on a family who gets the chance to buy the house of their dreams - one that they could never afford - on the condition that they live with the current owner, an older actress (Burnett), until she dies.

Michael Saltzman, who grew up idolizing Burnett, will pen the script for the comedy that landed at ABC in a competitive situation. The network has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment for the project.

Poehler will executive produce the comedy via her Universal TV-based Paper Kite banner. Other exec producers include Brooke Posch, Dave Becky and Michael Pelmont.

Carol Burnett


The Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, center, is assisted as he leaves a Tibetan Buddhist institute, in Milan, Italy, Oct. 20, 2016. The Chinese Embassy in Rome has strongly protested plans by Milan city council to bestow honorary citizenship on the Dalai Lama, saying it would have a negative impact on bilateral relations and regional cooperation.
Photo by Luca Bruno


"Turing's Law"


Britain is to pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of crimes under sexual offense laws which have now been abolished, following on from the 2013 exoneration of celebrated World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing.

Homosexual acts were not decriminalized in England until 1967 and it was not until 2001 that the age of consent for homosexuals was reduced to 16, bringing it into line with the law governing heterosexuals.

Lord John Sharkey, who has been pushing the government to issue pardons, said some 65,000 men had been convicted under the now-repealed laws, of which 15,000 were still alive.

The government said anyone who had been found guilty of consensual homosexual sex would have their names cleared, and for those still living, the offences would be removed from any criminal record checks via a "disregard process".

The pardon plan has been dubbed "Turing's Law" in reference to the brilliant wartime mathematician who cracked Nazi Germany's "unbreakable" Enigma code.



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Pink Slips Snoopy


Snoopy has been handed the pink slip.

After 31 years (217 dog years) as the face of insurance giant MetLife Inc., the company said Thursday that it is launching a new global branding effort, marking the end of a long relationship with Charlie Brown's beagle and the Peanuts crew.

"We brought in Snoopy over 30 years ago to make our company more friendly and approachable during a time when insurance companies were seen as cold and distant," said Esther Lee, MetLife's global chief marketing officer. "Snoopy helped drive our business and served an important role at the time."

But MetLife is spinning off its domestic retail life insurance business to focus more on corporate clients. Snoopy does not appear to hold the same marketing swagger with corporate America.



Workers continue construction of a reed boat named the "Viracocha III," and built by Bolivian Aymara Indians, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. American explorer Phil Buck is preparing to cross the Pacific Ocean from South America to Australia in the Viracocha III, a three-masted boat that was made from several tons of dried reeds of the totora plant. The expedition seeks to prove that ancient mariners could have made such journeys across huge ocean expanses in reed ships, and that such vessels could have been a factor in human migration.
Photo by Juan Karit


New Map

Milky Way

A new super-detailed hydrogen map of the Milky Way could help explain the mystery of how galaxies form, Australian and German scientists behind the project said Thursday.

The decade-long HI4PI project, which used the world's largest steerable radio telescopes, provides an in-depth view of all the hydrogen gas in and around the galaxy that contains our solar system.

"We've basically put together a very complex map of hydrogen gases associated with our own Milky Way," Australian team leader Naomi McClure-Griffiths, a professor from the Australian National University, told AFP.

"Hydrogen is the most basic element, it's what everything is made from, and what we have achieved will help us understand better how galaxies form."

The study used telescopes in Parkes, Australia and Effelsberg, Germany to map neutral hydrogen, the most abundant element in space and the main component of stars and galaxies.

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Telescope Faces New Hearing


A $1.4 billion project to build one of the world's largest telescopes is up against intense protests by Native Hawaiians and others who say building it on the Big Island's Mauna Kea mountain will desecrate sacred land.

Hearings for the project's construction permit are set to begin Thursday and expected to last until next month. It's the second time the project has faced the proceedings.

This time, numerous parties are participating, including a group of Native Hawaiians who support the telescope, and dozens of witnesses are expected to testify. It's not clear when the retired judge overseeing the hearings would issue a ruling.

A group of universities in California and Canada plan to build the telescope with partners from China, India and Japan. Its primary mirror will measure 30 meters in diameter and be made up of 492 individual segments. Compared with the largest existing visible-light telescope in the world, it will be three times as wide, with nine times more area.

Scientists say the telescope would allow them to see into the earliest years of the universe. The telescope could find planets around other stars in the "habitable zone," where liquid water is possible on a planet's surface, the project's website says. The 13 telescopes already on Mauna Kea have played major roles in discoveries considered among the most significant to astronomy. Partners would receive a share of observing time, along with University of Hawaii scientists.



A Nepalese farmer takes rest while harvesting paddy in Chunnikhel, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Oct. 20, 2016. Agriculture is the main source of food, income, and employment for the majority of people in Nepal.
Photo by Niranjan Shrestha


Report Card Paints Bleak Picture

Great Barrier Reef

Australia on Thursday admitted more needs to be done to protect the Great Barrier Reef from pollution after a government-backed report painted a bleak picture of the natural wonder.

The giant ecosystem is under pressure from farming run-off, development, the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish and the impacts of climate change, which saw mass a bleaching event this year that killed swathes of coral.

Canberra insists it is doing more than ever before to protect the reef, but its annual report into water quality, seagrass and coral gave it a "D" -- which represents "poor" -- for the fifth year in a row.

The reef receives run-off from 35 major catchments in an area larger than Japan, with sediment in the water reducing the light available to seagrass ecosystems and coral reefs, affecting coral settlement, growth and reproduction.

This ultimately hinders the reef's ability to recover from the impacts of climate change such as bleaching and more intense extreme weather events.

Great Barrier Reef


Palestinian visitors look at a large Mosaic at Hisham's Palace in the West Bank city of Jericho, Oct. 20, 2016. A large mosaic covers an area of 827 square meters, divided into 38 rugs, this is considered the largest mosaic saved in the world. The mosaic was buried in sand and insulating materials for many years to protect it from climatic effects and was open for the public by the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for one day. The Hisham's Palace is located north of Jericho on the Jordan valley, archaeologists think that the site was built by Chliph Hisham bin Abd el-Malik (r.724 to 743 AD) and decorated by his heir between 743-744 AD, which date back to the period of the Umayyad.
Photo by Atef Safadi


NBCUniversal Doubles Bet


NBCU is finalizing an investment of another $200 million into BuzzFeed, at a valuation of about $1.7 billion, according to Recode's Peter Kafka, who cites sources. That would bring NBCU's total investment in BuzzFeed to $400 million.

A $1.7 billion valuation is slightly raised from last year, when NBCU invested its first $200 million in BuzzFeed at a valuation of $1.5 billion (post-money).

This investment continues a trend of traditional TV giants investing in digital upstarts. Besides BuzzFeed, NBCU has invested $200 million in Vox. Vice has $400 million from Disney, Thrillist's new holding company secured $100 million from Discovery just last week, and Refinery29 snagged $45 million from Turner this summer.

This summer, BuzzFeed split into two pieces: news and entertainment, which is mostly video-focused. Video is where the major growth at BuzzFeed is, according to The New York Times, which said it would generate half of the company's revenue in 2016, but balloon to 75% over the next two years. BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti even moved to LA in January, where the entertainment piece of the company is based.



A culture activist Ondrej Kobza sits on a chair next to two goats on the terrace of a rooftop community garden and cafe atop the Lucerna Palace in Prague, Czech Republic, Oct. 20, 2016. As part of an opening to the public, Kobza brought a pair of goats from a farm run by Dagmar Havlova, the sister-in-law of late President Vaclav Havel, who owns the palace.
Photo by David W Cerny


Giant Stone 'Too Big To Move'


A 174-tonne piece of jade worth millions of dollars that was uncovered in Myanmar Burma will have to stay where it is for now -- because its owners don't have equipment strong enough to move it.

The 5.8 metre-long (19 feet) stone was discovered by miners in northern Kachin state last week, buried up to 60 metres deep inside a mountain.

"When the edge of the stone was scratched we could see the quality of the jade inside -- the quality is very good," said Tint Soe, 56, a local lawmaker.

While some have estimated the rock could be worth more than $170 million, Tint Soe said its value was probably closer to $5.4 million.

Myanmar is the source of nearly all of the world's finest jadeite, a beautiful green stone highly prized in neighbouring China where it is known as the "stone of heaven".



A member of the Pakistani security forces stands guard during the incineration of seized illegal drugs, in Quetta, Pakistan, Oct. 20, 2016. The Pakistani law enforcement agency burnt a large quantity of narcotics and alcohol seized in different parts of the country Oct. 20.
Photo by Amal Taraqai


Breaks World Record For Nuclear Fusion


Scientists working at MIT's Alcator C-Mod experimental fusion reactor have broken the world record for fusion pressure. This achievement came on the day the reactor was scheduled to be shut down.

Nuclear fusion power has long been sought as an alternative to current energy sources, but the extreme conditions required for it to work have made efficient fusion power impossible to obtain. Fusion reactions are the power source that fuels the Sun, and the only way fusion power can reliably work is in high-pressure and high-temperature environments like the Sun's core. MIT's Alcator C-Mod experiment was an attempt to create those conditions in a laboratory.

Recently, the experiment succeeded, generating two atmospheres of plasma pressure. This pressure brought the plasma to a temperature of 35 million degrees Celsius, close to the threshold of 50 million needed for commercial fusion power.

MIT's reactor has been performing fusion experiments for more than 23 years, but due to budget cuts it was shut down a few weeks ago, on September 23.




Flocks of wading and sea birds pass in front of the moon as they fly over the coastline as seasonal high tides force them off their feeding grounds closer to shore near Snettisham in Norfolk, Britain, Oct. 20, 2016.
Photo by Toby Melville



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