BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 3 April, 2017


3 April, 2017

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Dahlia Lithwick: With Stunning Moral Clarity, Wallace Global Fund Fires Firm That Endorsed Donald Trump's Kleptocracy (Slate)
Every once in a while, amid the legal and ethical sham of the Trump presidency, the grown-ups do show up to assert themselves. And each time they do, the world briefly makes sense again. This week, the grown-up is H. Scott Wallace, co-chair of the Wallace Global Fund, which promotes sustainable investments and until very recently, received legal counsel from the same firm that helped Donald Trump "separate" from his business interests before assuming the presidency.

H. Scott Wallace, co-chair of the Wallace Global Fund: Letter to Morgan Lewis & Bockius (Politico)
"We believe that the legal advice given to him by your partner is not just simplistic and ill-founded, but that it empowers and even encourages impeachable offenses and undetectable financial conflicts of interest by America's highest official, and thus is an unprecedented invitation to corruption and assault on our democracy."

Nicholas Kristof: 'That Food Saved My Life,' and Trump Wants to Cut It Off (NY Times)
How is Trump responding to this crisis? By slashing humanitarian aid, increasing the risk that people starve in the four countries - Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. The result is a perfect storm: Millions of children tumbling toward famine just as America abdicates leadership and cuts assistance.

Osita Nwanevu: Who the Hell Is Evelyn Farkas? (Slate)
Everything you need to know about the idiotic non-scandal of Evelyn Farkas.

Henry Rollins: "[The Trump Administration Wants to] Make America Filthy, Hungry, Broke and Stupid Again" (LA Weekly)
Here we are. Everything matters now. Your goodness, decency, fairness, stamina and, in several months, your vote.

Murad Ahmed and Madhumita Murgia: US hotels and airlines slash prices as Trump policies hit tourism (Financial Times)
World's biggest travel group says US president is deterring visitors with bans.

Mark Coker: Fahrenheit 451 Meets April Fools (Smashwords)
Like many […] I'm growing increasingly alarmed by the rise of fake news and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theorists masquerading as truth tellers. They pump out toxic misinformation, often with the aid of automated bots, designed to lure their audience into an alternate reality where black is white, up is down, facts are fiction, and alternative facts trump truth.

Rosanna Greenstreet: Sheena Easton: 'My dream dinner party guests? Interesting women' (The Guardian)
The singer on a stolen kiss, her love of cursing, and not being a flash in the pan.

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Trivia Question of the Day

What is the most widely used natural fiber cloth in clothing today?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The first TV commercial in the US was broadcast July 1, 1941 in NYC. What product was being sold?

       Bulova Watches                                                      Source

A television advertisement (variously called a television commercial, commercial or ad in American English, and known in British English as an advert) is a span of television programming produced and paid for by an organization, which conveys a message, typically to market a product or service.

The first official, paid television advertisement was broadcast in the United States on July 1, 1941, over New York station WNBT (subsequently WNBC) before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The announcement for Bulova watches, for which the company paid anywhere from $4.00 to $9.00 (reports vary), displayed a WNBT test pattern modified to look like a clock with the hands showing the time. The Bulova logo, with the phrase "Bulova Watch Time", appeared in the lower right-hand quadrant of the test pattern while the second hand swept around the dial for one minute.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   The first TV commercial was for Bulova watches.

Alan J said:
   Bulova Watches.

Randall wrote:
   Bulova Watches

zorch replied:
   ad for Bulova Watches.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   Bulova watches.

Adam answered:
   Bulova Watches

Ed K said:
   BULLSHIT - The same product that has always been sold.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Bulova watches

Billy in Cypress responded:
   "America runs on Bulova time!" Which was straight forward with a short and clear message, " keep up with the Jones's and buy Bulova watches", which would be easy to do if you owned a television in New York at that time.
  However, times have changed and most commercials have become very stup, super annoying and relentlessly repetitious for anyone watchin commercial television/radio and to a lesser extent public and paid media. It is sort of like trying to watch or listen to the news and being constantly bombarded with the insanity of CpPDJT-ID and his gangsters or reading my daily comments although I do try to add a bit of humor in place of the stupidity.

David of Moon Valley replied:
   maybe America Ran on Bulova time...but not no more.....

Deborah answered:
   The first US television commercial showed 75 years ago, and it was advertising Bulova watches. Are those still made anymore?
  Excellent spring weather this weekend; we rode bikes, harvested lettuces and spinach from the garden (spring garden goes in next weekend), walked the dogs, mowed the lawn, the usual. I'm beat.

Joe S     wrote:
   America runs on Bulova time. The ad cost $9.00, times have changed.

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

DJ Useo took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  April 3 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 3 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

GE CEO on disagreeing with Trump: 'We're cowards if we don't' - Apr. 1, 2017

Congress could kill state retirement plans - Mar. 30, 2017

New York Times Exposes Bill O'Reilly's Pattern of Sexual Harassment And Cover Ups By Fox News

We will no longer be told how many Troops trump is sending to Syria and Iraq

TRUE BLUE REPORT: The possible reasons Flynn was refused immunity are all good for the Blue Team

Nigeria. Somalia. Sudan. Syria. Famine.

'People's Filibuster' turns out in 14 cities to urge that nominee Neil Gorsuch be rejected

Exclusive: As Democratic attorneys general target Trump, Republican AGs target them | Reuters

Our Dishonest President - Los Angeles Times

The First Week Of Early Voting Bodes Well For Democrat Jon Ossoff | The Huffington Post

Crayola Asks Fans To Help Name New Crayon, Twitter Responds Colorfully | The Huffington Post

'Five Came Back' explores power of World War II docs -

In The Art Of Netsuke, Tiny Toggles Tell Delightful Stories Of Japan : NPR

Medieval villagers mutilated the dead to stop them rising, study finds | Science | The Guardian

'Sapphire rush' threatens rainforests of Madagascar | World news | The Guardian

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Bonus Links

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Russian Disinformation Works Because Donald Trump 'Parrots The Same Lines,' Cyber Expert Testifies | The Huffington Post

Even ExxonMobil is Begging Trump to Show the Environment Mercy | Vanity Fair

Donald Trump Incited Violence as Candidate, Judge Rules |

UN: Americans' Right to Protest is in Grave Danger Under Trump | Common Dreams

Even Fox News slams EPA chief's climate denial: 'All kinds of studies contradict you' -

How Right-Wing Media Saved Obamacare - The Atlantic

DNC chairman: Republicans 'don't give a s--- about people' on healthcare | TheHill

Tech faces public anger over internet privacy repeal | TheHill

How Trump Is Putting Your Porn Privacy in Jeopardy - The Daily Beast

Koch Brothers Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitution

Obama WH ethics lawyer: Ivanka's job is nepotism | TheHill

Our Dishonest President - Los Angeles Times



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

Sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'NCAA Basketball: The Big Dance', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Big Bang Theory'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Esposito, and Joey Bada$$.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, and Steve Nash.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Taken'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal, and Pitbull featuring Stephen Marley.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Chelsea Handler, Jake Johnson, Craig Finn, and Jonathan Mover.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Lamorne Morris, Jeff Rosenstock, Split Single, and Jane Marie.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Quantico'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Chris Evans, Amanda Peet, and Mastodon.

The CW offers a RERUN '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 3 hours of old 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'Bates Motel'.

AMC offers all 'Breaking Bad' all night.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-The Hungry Earth-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Cold Blood-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Vincent and The Doctor
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-The Lodger
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-The Pandorica Opens-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Big Bang-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Fair Trade
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-Alter Ego
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-Blood Fever
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Voyager Conspiracy
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Pathfinder
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Fair Haven
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Blink of an Eye
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Virtuoso
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Memorial
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tsunkatse
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Voyager Conspiracy
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Pathfinder
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Fair Haven
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Blink of an Eye
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Virtuoso
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Memorial
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Tsunkatse    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', then a FRESH 'Southern Charm', followed by a FRESH 'Sweet Home Oklahoma','Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', and another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Dr. Willie Parker.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Guy Branum, Rhett Miller, and Margaret Cho.

FX has the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', followed by the movie 'Real Steel'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG! -Simon Helberg
 [6:15AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL -I'm Gleaning My Coven
 [6:45AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL -Spider Walk With Me
 [11:30AM]    KNIFE FIGHT
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Kitty and Eric's Night Out
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Parents Find Out
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kiss of Death
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Kelso's Serenade
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Jackie Moves On
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Holy Crap!
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Red Fired Up
 [9:30PMT]    HAT '70S SHOW -Cat Fight Club
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Moon Over Point Place
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Reefer Madness
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Kitty and Eric's Night Out
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Parents Find Out
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kiss of Death
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Serenade
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Moves On
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Crap!
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Fired Up
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Cat Fight Club
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Moon Over Point Place
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Reefer Madness

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H -The General Flipped at Dawn
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Rainbow Bridge
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Officer of the Day
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Iron Guts Kelly
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H -O.R.
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Springtime
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Check-Up
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Life With Father
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Alcoholics Unanimous
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H -There Is Nothing Like a Nurse
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Adam's Ribs
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H -A Full Rich Day
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H -Mad Dogs and Servicemen
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H -Private Charles Lamb
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H -Bombed
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H -Bulletin Board
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H -The Consultant
 [2:30PM]    Silver Bullet
 [4:30PM]    The Lost Boys
 [6:30PM]    The Sandlot
 [9:00PM]    Hook
 [12:00AM]    Mr. Mom
 [2:00AM]    Hook
 [5:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Ticking Mojo    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Matrix Revolutions', followed by the movie 'What Lies Beneath'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 12/7/16) are Jake Gyllenhaal, Ronda Rousey, and Robert Glasper Experiment.

TCM spends the night with Faye Dunaway
 [6:00 AM]      The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
 [8:15 AM]      Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967)
 [10:15 AM]      A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
 [12:30 PM]      It's a Great Feeling (1949)
 [2:15 PM]      Tea for Two (1950)
 [4:00 PM]      Calamity Jane (1953)
 [6:00 PM]      The Tunnel of Love (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Faye Dunaway (2017)
 [9:15 PM]      Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
 [11:15 PM]      Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Faye Dunaway (2017)
 [12:30 AM]      Network (1976)
 [2:45 AM]      The Arrangement (1969)
 [5:00 AM]      The Champ (1979)

Tuesday   -  04/04/17

 [7:15 AM]      Anna Karenina (1935)
 [9:00 AM]      Treasure Island (1934)
 [11:00 AM]      Anne Of Green Gables (1934)
 [12:30 PM]      The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
 [3:15 PM]      Billy Budd (1962)
 [5:30 PM]      The Good Earth (1937)
 [8:00 PM]      Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
 [10:00 PM]      Holiday (1938)
 [12:00 AM]      Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)
 [1:45 AM]      Turnabout (1940)
 [3:30 AM]      Journal Of A Crime (1934)
 [4:45 AM]      Easy to Love (1934)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Brides of Jain community pose for photogrpahs as they take part in a mass marriage ceremony under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna (chief minister welfare scheme) organized by the Late, Babulal Pradhan Memorial Trust in Bhopal, India, April 2, 2017. More than 15 Jain couples tied up the nuptial knot in the marrriage ceremony.
Photo by Sanjeev Gupta


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


A Popular '40s Map of American Folklore Was Destroyed by Fears of Communism | Atlas Obscura


Honors Late Sister At GLAAD Media Awards

Patricia Arquette

As the entertainment industry continues to champion for inclusiveness, the current political climate is not a matter of life imitating art.

The 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards celebrated fair and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, amid a hotbed of political and cultural tension playing out off-screen in real life.

But advocates in the entertainment industry agree that though we've come so far, setbacks such as North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill" and the Trump administration agenda, are signals to push even further.

"I think we're looking at a lot of political assaults right now on the LGBTQ community," shared Patricia Arquette, who was honored with the Vanguard Award and has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ and women's equality. "They also removed LGTBQ questions from the census and part of that reason is because they don't want to see how big the LGBTQ community was, and they don't want them to mobilize. Donald Trump (R-Loser) started his presidency and campaign saying he was going to be a friend of the LGBTQ community and that is not happening. We have laws that are discriminatory that are on the books popping up everywhere."

During her acceptance speech, the Oscar winner paid tribute to her late sister, trans actress Alexis Arquette, who died last year.

Patricia Arquette


People demonstrate on the 20th anniversary of Poland's constitution in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw, Poland, on April 2, 2017. The protest comes at a time that they and other poles fear the constitutional order in Poland is threatened by the country's populist government.
Photo by Czarek Sokolowski


Tiki Hangover: Unearthing the False Idols of America's South Seas Fantasy | Collectors Weekly


Older Than She Thought

Doris Day

To Doris Day's many admirers, the pert and fresh-faced charmer who starred in "Pillow Talk" and "Move Over Darling" is ageless.

But Day turns 95 on Monday - which is a birthday surprise to even the star herself, who has long pegged her age to a 1924 birthdate that would make her 93. Media outlets have variously reported her as between 93 and 95.

A copy of Day's birth certificate, obtained by The Associated Press from Ohio's Office of Vital Statistics, settles the issue: Doris Mary Kappelhoff, her pre-fame name, was born on April 3, 1922, making her 95. Her parents were Alma and William Kappelhoff of Cincinnati.

"I've always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it's great to finally know how old I really am!" Day said in a statement Sunday.

She's in excellent company with other vibrant Hollywood standouts lucky enough to reach that milestone year, including Betty White, a close friend, and Carl Reiner.

Doris Day


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Sells For $3.3 Million At Auction

1804 U.S. Dollar

An 1804 U.S. silver dollar sold for $3.3 million in one of a series of auctions that brought in a record total of more than $100 million for a renowned private coin collection, organizers said on Saturday.

The silver dollar, one of only eight of its kind, was snapped up at auction on Friday in Baltimore. It was one of more than 200 coins sold at the event.

The auction series, beginning in 2015, generated a total of nearly $107 million in sales, according to Stack's Bowers Galleries, which conducted the auctions along with Sotheby's.

The collection belonged to Dallas real estate developer Mack Pogue and his son Brent, who had collected coins since the 1970s. Coin dealers Kevin Lipton of California and John Albanese of New Jersey jointly bought the prized silver dollar, Donn Pearlman, a spokesman for the two men, said in an email.

1804 U.S. Dollar


Participants pass the Monument for Italian King Viktor Emanuel II. on Piazza Venezia in Rome during the 23rd edition of the Rome Marathon (Maratona die Roma) in the center of Rome, Italy, April 2, 2017. The usually 26 miles long race leads along several landmarks in the city and starts and finishes at the Fori Imperiali.
Photo by Giuseppe Lami


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Extinct Creature Sightings Piling Up


Multiple reports of Tasmanian Tiger sightings are starting to flow in from everyday citizens in Australia. Several people have recently claimed they've spotted the animal, which isn't a tiger at all - and, despite looking very much like a species of dog, isn't of canine lineage either - but a carnivorous marsupial. Spotting an interesting creature in Australia isn't exactly a rare occurrence, but there's one problem with these reports in particular: the Tasmanian Tiger is supposed to be extinct.

The last known Tasmanian Tiger was captured in its native Australia in 1933 and lived for a few years in a zoo before dying, and its death has long been thought to be the final nail in the species' coffin. Australians have occasionally claimed to have spotted the dog-like animals over the years, but the sightings were typically rare and attributed to nothing more than misidentification. That's all changed now, as several "plausible sightings" are beginning to give life to the theory that the animal never actually went extinct at all.

Now, scientists in Queensland, Australia, are taking action in the hopes of actually finding evidence that the Tiger is still around. If confirmed, it would be an absolutely monumental discovery, considering the animal's history. The team plans to set up cameras in areas where reported sightings have taken place in the hopes of confirming the claims.

In the late 1800s there were actually bounties on Tasmanian Tigers in Australia, and the creatures were hunted to the brink of extinction before any action was taken. By that point, the species was thought to be doomed, and when the last captive animal died it was assumed that was the end of the road. Now, it appears that might not be the case after all.



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Alaska Oil Leak

Cook Inlet

An oil leak was discovered in Alaska's Cook Inlet on Saturday, causing a major oil and gas producer to shut down two of its platforms there, officials say.

Hilcorp Alaska LLC workers felt an impact on the company's Anna Platform shortly before noon Saturday, then noticed an oil sheen and bubbling from underwater, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Officials say leak is from an underwater pipeline that is carrying more than 19,000 gallons of crude oil. It's not clear how much oil is spilling into the inlet. Hilcorp said it lowered the pressure in the line and has hired a diving contractor to investigate the leak.

Hilcorp, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Environmental Conservation have set up a command post in response to the spill. There are dozens of species of fish, birds and marine mammals likely to be in that area of Cook Inlet, possibly including endangered beluga whales, Steller sea lions and humpback whales.

Natural gas has been leaking from another Hilcorp pipeline in the Cook Inlet since mid-December. The company temporarily shut down production last weekend, reducing the platforms' need for energy and allowing Hilcorp to reduce pressure in the leaking line.

Cook Inlet


Participants of the Pro-Europe "Pulse of Europe" movement hold European Union and German flags during a protest at Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin, Germany, April 2, 2017.
Photo by Fabrizio Bensch


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Look Over There

White House

On the defensive, the White House is throwing counter punches to deflect attention from three investigations into the Kremlin's interference in last year's election and possible Russian ties to President Donald Trump (R-Fabulist) or his associates.

The White House says the real story is not about Russia, but about how Obama administration officials allegedly leaked and mishandled classified material about Americans. Reaching back to campaign mode, Trump aides also contend that Hillary Clinton had more extensive ties to Moscow than Trump.

Arguing the White House's case Friday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said: "There is a concern that people misused, mishandled, misdirected classified information - leaked it out, spread it out, violated civil liberties."

The White House has not pointed to any hard evidence to support its allegations, and instead has relied on media reports from some of the same publications Trump derides as "fake news." The truth is buried somewhere in classified material that is illegal to disclose.

White House


The Amazing Winners of the Smithsonian's 14th Annual Photo Contest «TwistedSifter


Visa Issues For ThousandsOf Chinese Tourists


Rejected visa applications are keeping thousands of Chinese tourists from visiting Hawaii.

More than 2,000 of the 6,000 Nu Skin distributors in China and Hong Kong that were planning to attend a conference in Hawaii were not able to attend because of visa troubles, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ( The convention of the direct marketing company that sells personal care products next month is slated to be Hawaii's largest incentive travel group from China.

Typically, 10 percent to 15 percent of visa applicants for large groups traveling to Hawaii get denied, but the Nu Skin rate was significantly higher.

Hawaii and other U.S. cities looking to increase Chinese tourism have been working with the U.S. Travel Association to advocate for visa improvements. Since a 2011 China U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit was held in Kailua-Kona, reductions in visa processing times and the introduction of nonstop flights and longer-term visas helped spark growth.

Some travel officials say they are concerned about the Trump administration's effect on travel. Reene Ho-Phang, managing director of Hawaii Tourism China, said the executive order limiting travel from specific regions of the Middle East and Africa may not be aimed at Asia, but it still creates unease for Chinese visitors who fear travel restrictions could worsen.



Carolina Kostner of Italy performs at the ISU World Championships 2017 in Helsinki, Finland on April 2, 2017.
Photo by Grigory Dukor


The Fluorescent Rocks of Sterling Hill Mining Museum | Amusing Planet


Maintenance Backlog

US Parks

Visitation to national parks, monuments and other sites managed by the National Park Service increased in 2016, but the parks' popularity has led to $11.9 billion in deferred maintenance needs.

Last year, 330 million people visited NPS sites nationwide - 7 percent more visitors than in 2015, The Arizona Daily Sun ( ) reported last week.

But conservation groups worry that the park maintenance backlog - $371 million at Grand Canyon National Park alone - could be used as an argument to increase privatization of national parks and as a reason to defund other Interior Department programs.

President Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) latest budget proposal includes a 12 percent cut to the Department of the Interior, which manages the parks.

US Parks


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Weekend Box Office

'Boss Baby'

The taskmaster toddler of "The Boss Baby" dethroned Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at the box office with a $49 million debut, handing its star Alec Baldwin what President Donald Trump (R-Crooked) might call a "huge" no. 1 opening.

Paramount Pictures suffered another flop with its controversy-plagued "Ghost in the Shell."

The DreamWorks Animation release from 20th Century Fox, starring Baldwin as a suit-clad baby, narrowly edged out the previous two-week leader, according to studio estimates Sunday. The live-action "Beauty and the Beast" took in $48 million in its third weekend. Final North American ticket sales will be released Monday.

Despite the popularity of "Beauty and the Beast" (nearly $400 million domestically in 17 days, and $876.3 million globally), "Boss Baby" was able to attract its own family audience.

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. "The Boss Baby," $49 million ($36.5 million international).
     2. "Beauty and the Beast," $48 million. ($67 million international).
     3. "Ghost in the Shell," $19 million ($40.1 million international).
     4. "Power Rangers," $14.5 million ($8.1 million international).
     5. "Kong: Skull Island," $8.8 million ($34.6 million international).
     6. "Logan," $6.2 million ($5.2 million international).
     7. "Get Out," $5.8 million ($2.3 million international).
     8. "Life," $5.6 million ($6.3 million international).
     9. "Chips," $4.1 million ($1.4 million international).
    10. "The Zookeeper's Wife," $3.4 million.

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