BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 6 March, 201/


6 March, 2017

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[31 days in a row]


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David Smith: Trump's wiretap outburst dismissed as 'simply false' by Obama spokesman (The Guardian)
Without citing evidence, Donald Trump on Saturday accused Barack Obama of a Watergate-style "wire tapping" of his offices in New York before the US presidential election, a move critics dismissed as an attempt to deflect attention from investigations of his ties to Russia.

Jonathan Jones: The American art scene is dying of philistinism (The Guardian)
In the UK, the art scene's ability to reconcile high culture and pop sensibilities is in stark contrast to the US, where a crisis in art galleries is growing.

Henry Rollins: If You're Just Looking to Get Rich From Legal Weed, You're Part of the Problem (SF Gate)
During the Q&A, someone literally took the words out of my mouth and suggested that vendors should be like microbreweries, where quality is the priority. I remarked that many of them were likely going to become quite wealthy but that wealth was worthless if it just made you mean.

Marnie Sehayek: The First U.S. Artist to Ever Be Convicted of Obscenity Brings His Twisted Vision to L.A. (LA Weekly)
In today's world, where the overwhelming rule is if you can think it, it exists (and if you wouldn't dare, it's on 4chan), Diana's cartoons are proxies for the very real grotesqueness of humanity. Today, the proof is in the dark corners of the unbridled web frontier, where the ante has been upped in every regard, subversively and otherwise. Every time you ask yourself, "Who are these people?" in disbelief at a headline or watching Law & Order SVU re-runs: it's us.

Marnie Sehayek: 88-Year-Old Sexpert Dr. Ruth Reveals the Sex Myth She Wants to Bust Once and for All (SF Weekly)
I would like to see universal sex education. Boys have to know about girls' menstruation cycles. Girls have to know about nocturnal emission. Boys have to know about it, too, so they don't get scared. Girls have to know about menstruation because they start menstruating earlier and earlier these days. However, there is no question that we have made tremendous progress in education. There are fewer unintended pregnancies in this country because we talk about contraception, but we still have to educate more.

Lucy Mangan: Struggling with your child's sex education? Let me help you (Telegraph)
Twenty-five years ago, my school sex education lesson went roughly thus. Puce-faced teacher to thirty inwardly hysterical girls: Pregnancy. And now HIV. Terrible. Here's a film of a couple putting a condom on a banana. Good luck in your lives. Alas the complexities of young people's sex lives have proliferated wildly since then.

Lucy Mangan: Good Housekeeping Institute's chores list is absurd - try this instead (The Guardian)
The housecleaning experts have compiled a list of cleaning jobs everybody should do (and nobody does). So here are a few alternative suggestions.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The first Atlantic tropical cyclone to be officially designated using a masculine name was Hurricane ______?_____


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the common name for your Pollex?

       Thumb                                                      Source

The thumb is the first digit of the hand. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position (where the palm is facing to the front), the thumb is the outermost digit. The Medical Latin English noun for thumb is pollex (compare hallux for big toe), and the corresponding adjective for thumb is pollical.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   your THUMB

Alan J wrote:

Mark. said:
   Essential for hitchhiking, your pollex is more commonly known as your thumb.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Adam answered:

Deborah replied:
   Evidently I blew yesterday's answer. Oh, well, it's not the worst that can happen.
  Rain overnight, windy now, and more rain coming. With sun in between storms to accentuate the brilliance of NorCal late winter color.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali the moist for now wrote:
   Thumbs…all Thumbs up…or down…Diversions by the Cheeto to deflect from truthful reality. We had snow (of the non-sticking variety) last night, rain and more rain and it's corn snowing right now.

David in Moon Valley took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

DJ Useo

mj took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

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

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  March 6 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 6 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



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Michelle in AZ

Nearly a dozen trees have fallen in Muir Woods. The long-term effects will surprise you. - SFGate

Riverbanks collapse after Oroville Dam spillway shut off - San Francisco Chronicle

Ida B. Wells: Women's History Month shero

This Stunningly Racist French Novel Is How Steve Bannon Explains The World | The Huffington Post

BBC - Culture - Beauty and the Beast doesn't hold a candle to the original

Father John Misty Questions Virtual Reality And Religion On 'Saturday Night Live' : All Songs Considered : NPR

3 Terrifying Reasons For Trump's Latest Rant | The Huffington Post

The Comrade Trump FISA Red Herring

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Balkan Front.

Meanwhile, on the Balkan Front...

PODGORICA, Montenegro - Pro-Russian opposition leaders in Montenegro have asked the White House chief strategist to help block the Balkan country's NATO bid... The Montenegrin opposition has boycotted parliament since the October election, when the country's pro-Western government accused it of attempting a pro-Russian coup that allegedly included plans to take over power and kill the then-prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, because of his NATO bid...

Montenegro Pro-Russian Leaders Seek Bannon Help Against NATO |


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Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Climate scientist: Trump budget is 'an all-out assault on Earth' -

Hullabaloo - Yes, Trump is unstable. Why do you ask?

120 U.S. Generals and Admirals Just Sent Trump a Dire Warning About Diplomacy | Alternet

Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone Admits Collusion With WikiLeaks, Then Deletes It | The Huffington Post

Trump's Ties to Russia Amount to Treachery to the Republic -

Trump Repeats Talk Radio Rumor That Obama Wiretapped Him During Election - BuzzFeed News

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo

America Is in Warp-Speed Decline-It's Way Bigger Than Trump | Alternet


House Of Cards' Creator Asks Twitter To Remove Donald Trump's Account | The Huffington Post

TSA's Secrecy Is 'Absurd' According to Agency's Own Watchdog -

Despite Increasing Evidence They Hurt Children, Trump Touts School Vouchers | Common Dreams

Trump's Unfounded Claims of a "Nixon/Watergate" Wiretapping Scheme - The Atlantic

How to Defeat Those Who Are Waging War on Science - Scientific American Blog Network

Trump's Already Small Circle Of Trusted Advisers Suffers Another Big Blow | The Huffington Post

The Real Beneficiaries of Donald Trump's Fake Populism | Alternet

3 Terrifying Reasons For Trump's Latest Rant | The Huffington Post

'I'm not Nostradamus here': Man behind Trump's wiretap claim says he can't prove Obama did it -

The State of Trump's State Department - The Atlantic



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I admit to a certain amount of Schadenfreude. Watching this administration implode is amusing and frightening.

Inside Trump's fury: The president rages at leaks, setbacks and accusations


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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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Last Night

Rainy morning.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Man With A Plan', then a FRESH 'Superior Donuts', followed by a RERUN 'Kevin Can Wait', then a RERUN Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Anderson Cooper, Judd Apatow, and Jidenna.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Patrick Stewart, Rupert Grint, Dan Stevens, and New Kids on the Block.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Taken'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 2/28/17) are Michael Shannon, Alicia Keys, and John Mellencamp featuring Martina McBride.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 1/9/17) are Jason Sudeikis, Michelle Monaghan, and Van Jones.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/8/17) are Justin Kirk, DJ Shadow, and Olivia Taylor Dudley.

ABC fills the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Emma Watson, Ian Somerhalder, and Lady AnteBell Biv DeVoe (mashup of Lady Antebellum and Bell Biv DeVoe).

The CW offers a FRESH 'Supergirl', followed by a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Faux has a FRESH '24: Legacy', followed by a FRESH 'APB'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.

A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: Killer Confessions', then a FRESH 'Cold Case Files', followed by a FRESH 'Bate Motel'.

AMC offers the movie 'Avatar', followed by a FRESH 'HUMANS'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-The God Complex
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Closing Time
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-The Wedding of River Song
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 23-The Thaw
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Infinite Regress
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Nothing Human
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Thirty Days
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Counterpoint
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Latent Image
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Bride of Chaotica
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Gravity
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Infinite Regress
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Nothing Human
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Thirty Days
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Counterpoint
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Latent Image
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Bride of Chaotica

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH 'Summer House', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Archer', another 'Archer', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Jennifer Lopez.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Justin Long, Steve Agee, and Arielle Vandenberg.

FX has the movie 'Gone Girl', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious 6'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers: Bonus Buys', then a FRESH 'Pawn Stars: Pumped Up', and 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Randall Park
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Surprise, Surprise
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Winter
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Don't Lie to Me
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Can't You Hear Me Knocking
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Street Fighting Man
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's All Over Now
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-On With the Show
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Down the Road Apiece
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who's Been Sleeping Here
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Surprise, Surprise
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Winter
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Don't Lie to Me
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Can't You Hear Me Knocking
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Street Fighting Man
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's All Over Now
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-On With the Show
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Down the Road Apiece
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Who's Been Sleeping Here
 [4:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Gimme Shelter

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Where There's a Will, There's a War
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Promotion Commotion
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Heroes
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Sons and Bowlers
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Picture This
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-That Darn Kid
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Hey, Look Me Over
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Trick or Treatment
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Foreign Affairs
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Joker Is Wild
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Who Knew?
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Bombshells
 [12:00PM]    What About Bob?
 [2:15PM]    Smokey and the Bandit II
 [4:45PM]    Smokey and the Bandit
 [7:00PM]    The Warriors
 [9:00PM]    The Karate Kid
 [12:00AM]    The Karate Kid Part II
 [2:30AM]    The Warriors
 [4:30AM]    All in the Family
 [5:00AM]    All in the Family
 [5:30AM]    All in the Family    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'A Knight's Tale', followed by the movie 'Oz The Great And Powerful'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nasim Pedrad, and Sinkane.

TCM spends the night with Richard Burton
 [7:00 AM]      Don't Bet On Blondes (1935)
 [8:00 AM]      Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)
 [9:15 AM]      Babbitt (1934)
 [10:30 AM]      Earthworm Tractors (1936)
 [11:45 AM]      This Time For Keeps (1942)
 [1:00 PM]      Babes in Arms (1939)
 [2:45 PM]      Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)
 [4:00 PM]      Mama Steps Out (1937)
 [5:15 PM]      Whistling in Dixie (1942)
 [6:30 PM]      Sunday Punch (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      My Cousin Rachel (1952)
 [9:45 PM]      Prince of Players (1955)
 [11:45 PM]      The Desert Rats (1953)
 [1:30 AM]      Sea Wife (1957)
 [3:15 AM]      The Robe (1953)

 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #27 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Tuesday   -  03/07/17

TCM spends the night with Richard Burton
 [6:00 AM]      A Lost Lady (1934)
 [7:15 AM]      B.F.'s Daughter (1948)
 [9:15 AM]      His Brother's Wife (1936)
 [10:45 AM]      The Woman in Red (1935)
 [12:00 PM]      Executive Suite (1954)
 [2:00 PM]      East Side, West Side (1949)
 [4:00 PM]      The Gay Sisters (1942)
 [6:00 PM]      My Reputation (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      The Night of the Iguana (1964)
 [10:15 PM]      Anne Of The Thousand Days (1969)
 [1:00 AM]      Look Back in Anger (1959)
 [3:00 AM]      Bitter Victory (1957)
 [5:00 AM]      Alexander The Great (1956)

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Minority delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing, March 5, 2017.
Photo by Andy Wong


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


The Velvet Underground As Peanuts Characters


Toilet Show


Paris fashion week shows tend to be held at the city's most opulent addresses, grand chandeliered salons dripping with marble and gilt.

But new brand Sirloin gave tradition the bum's rush by presenting its debut collection this weekend in one of the French capital's most well-appointed public toilets.

Designers Mao Usami and Alve Lagercrantz said their odd choice of venue was meant to play tribute to "a place that allows the trivial, silly yet brilliant questions and ideas in life to flow free".

They said it was time to bring the smallest room out of the closet, as models revealed the designers' autumn-winter collection by opening the mahogany cubicle doors of the historic Madeleine public toilets in central Paris.



Athletes throw shadows as they compete in the men's 50 km race during the 2017 Nordic Skiing World Championships in Lahti, Finland, March 5, 2017.
Photo by Matthias Schrade


Lost Connection: 15 Closed & Abandoned Internet Cafés | Urbanist


Found In China

New Human Species?

The evolutionary history of modern humans (Homo sapiens) is a messy one. After they first ventured out of Africa roughly 60,000 years ago, our ancestors not only displaced the indigenous populations of Neanderthals in Europe in West Asia, they also mated extensively with them - an activity that has left behind its footprints in our genome.

The hominid fossil record from East Asia, however, is patchier, making the reconstruction of our evolutionary history and population patterns in the region an extremely daunting task.

It is in this backdrop that the discovery of two partial skulls in the China, described in a new study published in the journal Science, assumes special importance. What makes the skulls - discovered between 2007 and 2014 in Lingjing, Xuchang County in Henan Province - even more intriguing is the curious "mosaic" of features they exhibit.

The skulls, estimated to be about 100,000 years old, display traits that have never before been seen in our fossil record - features that are neither pure Neanderthal nor pure human (or any other known hominid species, for that matter).

Some features are ancestral and similar to those of earlier eastern Eurasian humans, some are derived and shared with contemporaneous or later humans elsewhere, and some are closer to those of Neandertals," the researchers wrote in the study.

New Human Species?


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Giant Telescope


Long-running hearings for whether a giant telescope can be built atop a Hawaii mountain have wrapped up. But it will be a while before a decision is made on a project that has prompted intense protests by those who believe it will desecrate sacred land.

Oftentimes emotional testimony concluded Thursday evening after 71 people testified over 44 days on the Big Island. Testifiers included Native Hawaiians who believe the project will harm cultural and religious practices on Mauna Kea and Native Hawaiians who believe it will provide jobs and educational opportunities.

The hearings officer will recommend whether the state land board should grant a construction permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope. If there are exceptions filed to the hearings officer's recommendations, the land board will hear arguments before issuing a written decision.

This second round of contested-case hearings was necessary after the state Supreme Court invalidated an earlier permit issued by the board.

The state has spent nearly $225,000 on the hearings, according to figures provided by state Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison.



Fireworks and smoke are seen during the 'mascleta' pyrotechnics event celebrated at midday during the festivity of 'Fallas', at the Valencia City Hall square, in Valencia, Spain, March 5, 2017.
Photo by Juan Carlos Cardenas


Don't Panic: Why Technophobes Have Been Getting It Wrong Since Gutenberg | Collectors Weekly


'Do You Beat Your Wife?'


Muslim students visiting an Oklahoma lawmaker's office in the state capitol were required to fill out a form that asked if they beat their wives and other questions that offended them, an Islamic advocacy group said.

The two-page form from Republican state Representative John Bennett's office, which was shared by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), also asked whether they believed an adherent to Islam should be punished for leaving the faith and if Muslims should rule over non-Muslims.

A staff member at Bennett's handed the form to Muslim students who visited his office on Thursday seeking to meet with him, said Adam Soltani, the executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of CAIR. It was presented as a requirement before they could meet Bennett, Soltani said.

The students were at the capitol in Oklahoma City for an annual Muslim Day event organized by CAIR to introduce members of the community to their state lawmakers and encourage democratic engagement, Soltani said by phone on Saturday.

Bennett confirmed to the Tulsa World newspaper in an email that three Muslim students visiting his office on Thursday as part of Muslim Day activities at the state capitol were handed tracts that, among other things, asked "Do you beat your wife?"



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Oil Companies Victory

Coastal Lawsuit

A federal appeals court Friday refused to revive a Louisiana levee board's lawsuit blaming dozens of oil and gas companies for damage to the state's fragile coast, a major victory for energy companies and their political supporters who cast the suit as an attack on a vital state industry.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upheld a federal judge's 2015 decision in favor of energy companies that argued the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East lacked legal standing to bring its damage claims, which could have cost the oil companies billions of dollars.

The board had argued that damage to the coast done by decades of drilling and canal dredging by energy companies contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands. The wetlands form a hurricane buffer for New Orleans and the authority argued their loss meant more work and expense in protecting and maintaining levees.

When the lawsuit was filed in 2013, environmentalists hailed it as an effort to hold the industry accountable.

It was not immediately known whether the flood authority would continue to pursue the federal suit by asking for a 5th Circuit rehearing or going to the Supreme Court.

Coastal Lawsuit


A Pakistan army paratrooper jumps during the final of the Pakistan Sports League at the Gaddafi Stadium, in Lahore, Pakistan, March 5, 2017.
Photo by K.M. Chaudary


Where to Find the World's Best Hometown Monsters | Atlas Obscura


Gridiron Dinner


President Donald Trump (R-Crooked) has declared that the media are the "enemy of the people," but his administration is willing to joke around with reporters - and poke fun at itself - in a venerable Washington tradition.

Vice President Mike Pence (R-Religiously Insane) was the featured speaker Saturday night at the 132nd annual Gridiron Dinner, a comedic white-tie affair featuring skits, songs and speeches. He called the dinner "a light-hearted respite" from bruising beltway politics and dished out a number of jokes, including a dig at the Best Picture snafu at least week's Academy Awards.

Trump did not attend the dinner, instead spending the weekend at his coastal Florida estate. For more than a century, every president has spoken at the dinner at least once.

But while most of Pence's remarks were self-deprecating, he also chastised reporters over what he considered unfair news coverage, seeming to channel his boss, the media critic in chief, by saying "we all just have to do better."



Isa lake: The Two-Ocean Lake | Amusing Planet


Israeli Experts Find

Bronze Age Dolmen

Israeli archeologists have unearthed a "rare and mysterious" Bronze Age dolmen in the Galilee hills, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Sunday.

An IAA statement said that the capstone of the basalt chamber weighed a whopping 50 tonnes and its underside bore about 15 intricate carved designs.

"This is the first art ever documented in a dolmen in the Middle East," the authority quoted Uri Berger, one of its archaeologists, as saying.

The statement did not say when the table-like structure was discovered adjacent to a kibbutz in the upper Galilee region of northern Israel, but dated it to the Middle Bronze Age, about 4,000 years ago.

It said the object was flanked by four other smaller dolmens and the whole was covered by an enormous mound of rocks weighing a total of about 400 tonnes.

Bronze Age Dolmen


Communist party supporters hold portraits of Stalin as they line up to place flowers to his grave in Red Square, outside the Kremlin wall, to mark the 64th anniversary of his death in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 5, 2017. Josef Stalin led the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death in 1953.
Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko


After a Decade of Renovation, the National Library of France has Reopened


Ancient Human Tree Cultivation

Amazon Landscape

Ancient indigenous peoples had a far more profound impact on the composition of the vast Amazon rainforest than previously known, according to a study showing how tree species domesticated by humans long ago still dominate big swathes of the wilderness.

Researchers said on Thursday many tree species populating the Amazon region appear to be abundant because they were cultivated by people who populated the area before Europeans arrived more than five centuries ago. These include the Brazil nut, cacao, acai palm, rubber, caimito, cashew and tucuma palm.

The researchers used data on the tree composition of forests at 1,170 sites throughout the Amazon and compared it to a map of more than 3,000 known archaeological sites representing past human settlements.

The study found that 85 tree species known to have been used by Amazonian peoples for fruit, nuts, building materials and other purposes over the past roughly 8,000 years were five times more likely to be dominant in mature Amazon forests than species that had not been domesticated.

It also found that forests closer to the pre-Columbian settlements were much more likely to boast tree species domesticated by ancient peoples.

Amazon Landscape


Amazing Highlights from Smithsonian's 14th Annual Photo Contest «TwistedSifter


Weekend Box Office


The R-rated "X-Men" spinoff "Logan" slashed into the weekend box office, opening with a massive $85.3 million in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday, while best-picture winner "Moonlight" got a significant, if far from superhero-sized, Oscar bump.

The debut of 20th Century Fox's "Logan," starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, ranks among the biggest March openings ever and top R-rated debuts. Like last year's R-rated "Deadpool" (also a Fox release), the better-than-expected opening for "Logan" - a darkly violent, grittily dramatic movie applauded by critics - further proves moviegoers' hunger for less conventional comic book films.

Last week's No. 1 film, Jordan Peele's horror sensation "Get Out" slid just 22 percent - a small drop for any movie but particularly in the horror genre. The acclaimed Universal Pictures release, made for $5 million by Blumhouse Productions, dropped to second place but still grossed $26.1 million. Its 10-day total is $75 million.

The Oscar best-picture winner "Moonlight" had its widest release yet, appearing on 1,564 screens. It turned in its biggest weekend, too, with an estimated $2.5 million. That accounts for roughly 10 percent of the movie's total domestic haul of $25.3 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1. "Logan," $85.3 million ($152.5 million international).
    2. "Get Out," $26.1 million.
    3. "The Shack," $16.1 million.
    4. "The Lego Batman Movie," $11.7 million ($10.4 million international).
    5. "Before I Fall," $4.9 million.
    6. "John Wick: Chapter Two," $4.7 million ($5.6 million international).
    7. "Hidden Figures," $3.8 million.
    8. "The Great Wall," $3.5 million ($6.5 million international).
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