BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 17 April, 2017


17 April, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[73 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Rebecca Nicholson: "Bob Odenkirk: 'All people are sad clowns. That's the key to comedy'" (The Guardian)
The actor and comedian, 54, who made his name in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, on the joy of being older, why he's way too responsible and what he owes Monty Python.

Henry Rollins: My Record Collection Is Judging Me (LA Weekly)
I'm forgetting where I read this and I am paraphrasing, but Sun Ra once warned, "Be careful, the music is listening."

Jane McGonigal: Our Puny Human Brains Are Terrible at Thinking About the Future (Slate)
And that has consequences.

Phillip Lopate: Celebrity Profiles (The American Scholar)
Why I gave them up.

Amanda Madden: 6 Nazis Who Fought Back Against The Nazis (Cracked)
Support for the Nazis within Germany was far from universal, but, being famously not very nice guys, they didn't have a lot of reservations about coercing their own people. Even people who did sign up willingly often didn't support everything they saw, and at least a few would end up fighting like crazy to wreck the Nazi war machine from the inside. People like ...

Hashi Mohamed: Telling children 'hard work gets you to the top' is simply a lie (The Guardian)
I know about social mobility: I went to underperforming state schools, and am now a barrister. Could somebody take the same route today? It's highly unlikely.

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Trivia Question of the Day

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Which US president had two pet Beagles - Him and Her?

       Lyndon Johnson                                                      Source

Lyndon B. Johnson - Him and Her - Beagles        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   I can remember people being upset by LBJ picking up his beagles by their ears. He's the only president I can remember with beagles. Therefore I'm going with Lyndon Johnson as the president with beagles named Him and Her.

Randall wrote:
   That was good ol' boy el BJ!

Alan J answered:

mj said:
   The man accused of lifting
  One of them up by the ears. Lyndon Johonson.

zorch responded:
   Lyndon Johnson.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Lyndon B. Johnson

Stephen F said:

Deborah wrote:
   I'm going with a WAG - Dwight Eisenhower.
  We're up early to get out early for a bike ride, before the rain moves in. Coin toss, anyone?
  The Sacramento Tax March wasn't as big or as enthusiastic as the Women's March. I hope people aren't tiring of resisting. #45 just defunded PP, which kept me and my husband healthy when we couldn't afford health insurance. Just when you think he can't sink to new lows, he proves you wrong. He is the worst.

Adam answered:
   Lyndon Johnson

Dave in Tucson replied:
   And a Happy Easter to you! The two beagles Him and Her were owned by LBJ.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:

David of Moon Valley said:
   hey hey LBJ
  how many men
  have you killed today
  man, this current fuckwit-and-thief makes those times almost seem like the good ol' i old or what?!

Joe S     wrote:
   Yup, I got this one. That would be Lyndon Johnson, who was very fond of his hound dogs even if he did pull them up by their ears. I doubt there will be any controversy here as President Johnson was definitely not from Ohio. Did I mention I have little use for Ohio, especially Ohio State University? You can bundle the Cleveland Cavaliers in with that too.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

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

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  April 17 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 17 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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



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Michelle in AZ

Top military commanders say they can't keep up with the amount of drugs flowing into the US - AOL News

A Crucial Climate Mystery Is Just Under Our Feet | Mother Jones

Badass Little Girl Confronts Climate-Denying Congressman With Brilliant Question | Mother Jones

Here's Why Water in the West Goes from Drought to Deluge | Mother Jones

White Nationalist Richard Spencer Gets His Money From Louisiana Cotton Fields-and the US Government | Mother Jones

Thousands of Girls Are Locked Up for Talking Back or Staying Out Late | Mother Jones

Berliners get an appetite for refugees' cuisine | Travel | The Guardian

Steve Bannon's Plans For Revenge Are Legion. They Include Running Against Trump In 2020.

Bryce Canyon, Butler Wash, & Canyon de Chelly

BBC - Travel - The California land where no-one can live

Bannon's departure would rip the mask off the 'blue-collar Trump' -

22,000 years of history evaporates after freezer failure melts Arctic ice cores | Environment | The Guardian

Apollo 13: celebrating the unsung heroes of mission control | Science | The Guardian

Reality TV and the normalization of vulgar

Better Without God

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Current Events

The GALL of the bastard

I believe the attached image is the only possible response when a guest starts making demands. (Lumpy and his people demanding a carriage ride with the Queen when he goes to England!)

Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!
Seems it's more than just a carriage - it's the "Cinderella" carriage - gold plated and generally used for weddings.
Maybe he really just wants to be a Princess...



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Neocons Point Housebroken Trump at Iran - Consortiumnews

The Inside Story of the Kushner-Bannon Civil War | Vanity Fair

Is Trump's Chaos Tornado a Move From the Kremlin's Playbook? | Vanity Fair

Trump Has Already Spent $500,000 In Re-election Funds On His Own Businesses | The Huffington Post

Trump Claims Immunity As President From Protesters' Lawsuit - TPM

Donald Trump: Liar in Chief - Rolling Stone

Trump's motorcade steers clear of Tax March protesters in Florida | TheHill

The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World's Face -

Here's how Trump launches a nuclear weapon - Axios

Has Trump found religion in the Oval Office? - POLITICO

Trump Administration Considering 'Back-Door Way' to Cut Social Security | Common Dreams

Trump is Hiring Lobbyists and Top Ethics Official Says "There's No Transparency" | Common Dreams



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

Mostly overcast, but pleasant.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Kevin Can Wait', followed by a FRESH 'Man With A Plan', then a FRESH 'Superior Donuts', followed by a FRESH '2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jennifer Hudson, Chris Hayes, and Christian Borle.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Kumail Nanjiani, Riz Ahmed, and Sabrina Carpenter.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Taken'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Anne Hathaway, Tony Hale, and Ed Sheeran.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/15/17) are Keri Russell, Peter Krause, J.D. Vance, and Nicko McBrain.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/27/17) are Jenna Elfman, JJUUJJUU, and Steven Boyer.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Quantico'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, and Bleachers.

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 the movie 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH 'Better Call Saul'.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-New Earth
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Tooth and Claw
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-School Reunion
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO -SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Girl In The Fireplace
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Rise Of The Cybermen-Part 1.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Before and After
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-Real Life
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Distant Origin
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Displaced
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Life Line
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 25-The Haunting of Deck Twelve
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 1
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 2
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Imperfection
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Life Line
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 25-The Haunting of Deck Twelve
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 1
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 2
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Imperfection

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

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', an hour and a half of old 'Tosh.0', and another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show it's TBA.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are James Davis, Adam Conover, and Stephanie Courtney.

FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by the movie 'The Maze Runner', then the movie 'The Maze Runner', again.

History has 3 hours of old 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Brie Larson
 [6:15AM]    KNIFE FIGHT
 [8:30AM]    BAD BOYS
 [11:15AM]    ELF
 [1:15PM]    BAD BOYS
 [4:00PM]    ELF
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Uncomfortable Ball Stuff
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Story
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Uncomfortable Ball Stuff
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Story
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [4:00AM]    BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap
 [4:30AM]    BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
 [5:00AM]    BROCKMIRE-Kangaroo Court
 [5:30AM]    BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Mildred
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Kids
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Peggy
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Of Moose and Men
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Soldier of the Month
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Gun
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Mail Call Again
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Price of Tomato Juice
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Ma
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Der Tag
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Hawkeye
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Some 38th Parallels
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Novocaine Mutiny
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Smilin' Jack
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The More I See You
 [2:00PM]    Spies Like Us
 [4:15PM]    The Sum of All Fears
 [7:00PM]    From Dusk Till Dawn
 [9:00PM]    The Lost Boys
 [11:00PM]    Point Break
 [1:45AMFrom Dusk Till Dawn
 [3:45AMThe Sum of All Fears    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest', followed by the movie 'The Da Vinci Code'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jack McBrayer, Chris Gethard, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

 [6:30 AM]      Quo Vadis (1951)
 [9:30 AM]      Beau Brummell (1954)
 [11:30 AM]      Spartacus (1960)
 [3:00 PM]      The Sundowners (1960)
 [5:30 PM]      Hot Millions (1968)
 [7:30 PM]      MGM Parade Show #28 (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      1776 (1972)
 [11:00 PM]      A Thousand Clowns (1965)
 [1:15 AM]      Dodsworth (1936)
 [3:15 AM]      Cass Timberlane (1947)
 [5:30 AM]      Screen Directors Playhouse: No. 5 Checked Out (1956)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  04/18/17

 [6:00 AM]      M (1931)
 [8:00 AM]      The Night of the Hunter (1955)
 [9:45 AM]      Bedlam (1946)
 [11:15 AM]      The Trial (1963)
 [1:30 PM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [3:30 PM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [6:00 PM]      Shock Corridor (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      Gentleman Jim (1942)
 [10:00 PM]      The Human Comedy (1943)
 [12:15 AM]      The Song Of Bernadette (1943)
 [3:15 AM]      Janie (1944)
 [5:15 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Joan Allen(2008)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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A demonstrator dressed as Donald Trump poses for photos during the annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival on the Fifth Avenue in New York on April 16, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Was Levon Mosgofian of Tea Lautrec Litho the Most Psychedelic Printer in Rock? | Collectors Weekly


Funding Falls

Scientific Research

Dwindling funds for scientific research could encourage scientists to cheat, a report released Friday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine finds. Additionally, research misconduct is eating up precious funds even as they grow scarcer.

The report, "Fostering Integrity in Research," said the funding crunch could hamper progress as scientists skip protocols and arrive at faulty conclusions. Research misconduct, some of which was not detected for years, has led to an increase in the "number and percentage of research articles that are retracted and growing concern about low rates of reproducibility … [raising] questions about how the research enterprise can better ensure that investments in research produce reliable knowledge," Chairman Robert M. Nerem wrote in the report's preface.

The U.S. devoted 2.81 percent of gross domestic product to research and development in 2012, with the private sector contributing two-thirds of that. The bulk of government research funding goes to defense.

The report cites numerous instances of research misconduct, including falsified grant applications.

Scientific Research


662 participants pose for the worldís largest gathering of people dressed as The Tramp to mark Charlie Chaplin's 128th birthday and Chaplin's museum's 1st anniversary, in Corsier sur Vevey, Switzerland April 16, 2017.
Photo by Pierre Albouy


Nikita Golubev Turns Dirty Cars Into Works of Art «TwistedSifter


Mosque Led By Women


The second mosque in the United States led solely by women held its inaugural service in California on Friday, but unlike a Los Angeles congregation that opened two years ago, the new female-led Muslim house of worship in Berkeley is open to both genders.

The Qal'bu Maryam Women's Mosque "is a place for women to worship in the sanctuary, to not be hidden away in dank rooms," said Rabi'a Keeble, founder of the Berkeley mosque, whose name means "heart of Mary" in Arabic.

Many mosques around the world admit men and women, but most segregate the genders. At the Women's Mosque of America in Los Angeles, male worshippers over the age of 12 are excluded, making the new Berkeley mosque the first of its kind in the country.

"We uplift the female, and just as the Prophet loved women, we must follow in his footsteps and love ourselves and each other," she said.



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'Skinny Bundles' Step Up Challenge

Big Cable

For years, US cable operators got rich by offering fat "bundles" of hundreds of channels and raising prices regularly for television consumers.

Now the "skinny bundle" is disrupting that model with internet-delivered packages offering live and on-demand programs.

Google's YouTube TV is the latest to enter this market with its bundle of around 40 channels for $35 monthly, challenging slim packages from Sony's PlayStation Vue, Dish Network's Sling TV and AT&T's DirecTV Now.

These services offer easy interfaces like those of on-demand services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, let viewers digitally store programs in the internet "cloud," and toss in a limited selection of live channels to sate news and sports or other interests.

Skinny offerings are aimed at young viewers and "cord cutters" loath to pay $100 or more to be force-fed hundreds of channels in hefty bundles and accustomed to streaming shows they want, when they desire.

Big Cable


A participant displays his costume during the 2017 New York City Easter Parade on April 16, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


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Finally Has A Name

Ancient Sauropod

A dinosaur whose remains were excavated over a period of three decades between 1975 and 2005 has finally been christened. As is evident from its name, Moabosaurus utahensis was found in the vicinity of Moah - Utah's "gold mine for dinosaur bones."

"We're honoring the city of Moab and the State of Utah because they were so supportive of our excavation efforts over the decades it's taken us to pull the animal out of the ground," Brooks Britt, a professor of geology at Utah's Brigham Young University and lead author of a paper describing the discovery, said in a statement .

The 32-foot-long herbivore belongs to a group of herbivorous dinosaurs known as sauropods - a group that includes giants like the Brontosaurus. What distinguishes it from its cousin is the age it existed in. The fossil remains show that Moabosaurus lived about 125 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period when the global diversity of sauropods had already dropped.

Analysis of the remains suggests Moabosaurus was closely related to sauropods like Euhelopus and Brachiosaurus.

Ancient Sauropod


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Lashes Out


Donald Trump (R-Crooked) took to Twitter early Sunday morning to wish a "Happy Easter to everyone!" He then took swipes at the tax day marches around the country that featured thousands of protesters demanding the president release his tax returns.

"I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College!" Trump tweeted. "Now Tax Returns are brought up again?"

"Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday," he added. "The election is over!"

Throughout his young presidency, Trump has frequently rehashed campaign-related controversies that other presidents would have long let go. Earlier this month, Trump knocked his former rival for one from the Democratic primary debates. ("Did Hillary Clintonever apologize for receiving the answers to the debate?" he tweeted. "Just asking!")

The organizers of the Tax March demonstrations said more than 120,000 protesters in nearly 200 cities participated in Saturday's rallies - including more than 25,000 in Washington, D.C., alone.



In this April 10, 2017, photo provided by the Los Angeles Dodgers, workers install a bronze statue of Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Robinson was the first black man to play in the major leagues, ending six decades of racial segregation, and a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He is the first to be honored with a statue at Dodger Stadium. It will be unveiled Saturday, April 15, 2017, on the 70th anniversary of his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Photo by Rowan Kavner


Culinary Arts: Rock Candy Geodes Hidden Inside Huge Chocolate Shells | Urbanist


Oil Well Leaking


A federal official says crews in Alaska are ready to shut down an oil well that is misting natural gas on the frozen North Slope, but officials say it's too unstable for responders to get close.

The Environmental Protection Agency says a crack in a BP wellhead near Deadhorse sent up mist of crude oil Friday before it froze over and an initial leak stopped.

A response team made up of state and federal energy officials and BP personnel was not able to secure the well Friday night or Saturday due to safety concerns.

Two leaks have been identified on the well, one near the top and one further down the well assembly, BP said. The upper leak was misting oil in conjunction with leaking natural gas, but activation of a surface safety valve stopped the release.

It's unclear how much has vented, but nearby workers have been evacuated and native Alaskan villages dozens of miles away have been notified.



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Patriarchy Of Science


As we get closer and closer to create artificial intelligence that can think and reason in ways that mimic a human brain it's becoming increasingly clear that allowing a machine mind to learn from humans is a very bad idea. We've seen examples of it in the past, but a new study on AI biases reveals that not only does training an artificial brain create biases, but those leanings reinforce many societal issues regarding race and gender that plague humanity today.

The study, which was conducted by scientists at Princeton University and published in the journal Science, sought to determine not just if the behavior of an AI exhibited specific biases, but whether the machine learning systems that determine the outcome inherently lean one way or the other. To do this, the team trained an AI using standard datasets that are popular choices for machine learning. These kinds of sets include millions of words and are often gathered from many sources, including the internet.

The AI studies the words, how their used, and what words they're used in association with, in order to provide natural language responses and answers in a way that we can understand. It also, as it turns out, learns some of our more unfortunate quirks.

After training the AI, scientists tested how it associates various words with others. For example, "flower" is more likely to be associated with "pleasant" than "weapon" is. That, of course, makes perfect sense. However, the trained AI also had a habit of associating typically caucasian-sounding names with other things that it considered to be "pleasant," rather than African-American names. The AI also shied away from pairing female pronouns with mathematics, and instead often associated them with artistic terms.

This is obviously a huge issue since, in the name of creating AI that sound and behave more human, some of the standard training materials being used carry with them some of the worst parts of us. It's a very interesting problem, and one that you can bet will get a lot of attention now that evidence seems to be mounting.



Jesus from Puerto Rico walks softly and carries a big carrot dressed as the Easter bunny during the 2017 New York City Easter Parade on April 16, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


The Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Recorder ~ Kuriositas


For Some, Drought Not Over


Knee-high tufts of grass dot the streets of Hardwick, a rural neighborhood with a few dozen homes hemmed in by vineyards and walnut and almond orchards in California's agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley.

Nearby, the Kings River - swollen with rainwater and Sierra Nevada snowmelt - meanders through fields. Water is abundant in the river but it may not last.

Despite winter storms that have turned much of California's parched landscape to vibrant green, the drought has yet to loosen its grip on thousands of residents in the valley. Many people must still use water stored in large tanks in their yard to wash dishes and bathe.

Scientists at Stanford University and NASA say excessive pumping of wells during the drought has tapped out some underground sources of water that will never recover.

The drought emergency remains in effect in Kings, Fresno, Tulare and Tuolumne counties, even after one of California's wettest winters in years prompted officials to declare an end to the historic, five-year dry spell in nearly all of the nation's most populous state.



America's "Secret Sonic Weapon" Against Communism


Weekend Box Office

"The Fate of the Furious"

The eighth installment in the "Fast and the Furious" is on the path to becoming the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Jurassic World."

Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that "The Fate of the Furious" would earn a record $532.5 million worldwide over the holiday weekend, thanks to a particularly robust showing in 63 territories, including China.

"Beauty and the Beast" crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide this weekend. Rounding out the top five were "Smurfs: The Lost Village" with $6.5 million and "Going in Style" with $6.4 million.

The summer movie season really kicks into high gear in a few weeks when "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" goes into orbit on May 5.

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

    1."The Fate of the Furious," $100.2 million ($432.3 million international).
    2."The Boss Baby," $15.5 million ($36.8 million international).
    3."Beauty and the Beast," $13.6 million ($22 million international).
    4."Smurfs: The Lost Village," $6.5 million ($16.4 million international).
    5."Going in Style," $6.4 million ($4.3 million international).
    6."Gifted," $3 million.
    7."Get Out," $2.9 million ($1 million international).
    8."Power Rangers," $2.9 million ($2.7 million international).
    9."The Case for Christ," $2.7 million.
   10."Kong: Skull Island," $2.7 million ($3.8 million international).

"The Fate of the Furious"


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The eye of a chicken, photographed in a park in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, April 16, 2017.
Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst



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