BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 2 September, 2017


2 September, 2017

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[211 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: "Monopoly Rents and Corporate Taxation (Wonkish)" (NY Times Blog)
The point for now is that when someone tells you that changes in the world have made old-style corporate taxes obsolete, be skeptical. Some changes in the world may have made profit taxation a better idea than ever.

Josh Marshall: An Update from The Kushner Swamp (TPM)
What all of this amounts to is that while Kushner has been given oversight of numerous key foreign policy issues and problems, his 'family' is simultaneously in a desperate hunt for money which basically has to come from abroad - from a lot of the people he meets with in his White House job. It's like having a Secretary of State desperate for help getting money from every foreign potentate he meets with. In fact, it's not 'like' that. It sort of is that.

Josh Marshall: A Serf on Google's Farm (TPM)
We are paying customers of Google. We were forwarding emails from the site's main address to all staffers. But because we receive a lot of spam, the spam that we were forwarded to ourselves marked us as a major spammer and led to Google banning all our emails with no notice in advance or notification after the fact. You might imagine that once we got through to someone at Google and explained this ridiculous situation they'd fix it. Well, no. Once we got through to someone they explained what happened. They told us a few remedial actions we could take. Once we did that, over time the algorithm would cease to think we were spammers.

Arpaio's Conviction for Criminal Contempt of Court Could Be Immune to Trump's Pardon Power (Daily Kos)
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers have filed Trump's Pardon of Arpaio and demanded that the Federal court vacate the Sheriff's conviction and dismiss the prosecution with prejudice. Does Arpaio now automatically walk free? Probably, but not necessarily.

Joe Arpaio's reign was two decades of intimidation, cruelty, and abuses of power…

John Dickerson: A Phony Murder Plot Against Joe Arpaio Winds Up Costing Taxpayers $1.1 Million (Phoenix New Times)
Taxpayers spent $1,102,528.50 this year to settle another of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawsuits, New Times has learned through a public records request. The suit was brought by a man whom Arpaio framed in 1999 in a staged murder plot against the sheriff.

Andrew Tobias: So Let Me Tell You My Carl Icahn Story
To tell you about Carl Icahn, I need to tell you about MaryAnn Smilen. And to tell you about MaryAnn, I need to tell you about her husband Ken. Ken Smilen in the Seventies was widely regarded as one of the smartest big-picture analysts on Wall Street. He had his own firm - Smilen and Safian - and clients paid a ton for his insights, printed on dark blue paper that made them impossible to photocopy and share.

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Christopher Hitchens Reports from the Afterlife: God Has a Cosmic Sense of Humor! - Editorial and Political Cartoons


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Superman Abandons Earth

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Trivia Question of the Day

The official motto of which US state is Crescit eundo ("It grows as it goes")?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

According to theatrical superstition, The Scottish Play or The Bard's Play are euphemisms for what work by William Shakespeare?

       MacBeth                                                      Source

The Scottish Play and The Bard's Play are euphemisms for William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The first is a reference to the play's Scottish setting, the second a reference to Shakespeare's popular nickname. According to a theatrical superstition, called the Scottish curse, speaking the name Macbeth inside a theatre will cause disaster. A variation of the superstition also forbids quoting it within a theatre except as part of an actual rehearsal or performance of the play.

Because of this superstition, the lead character is most often referred to as the Scottish King or Scottish Lord. Lady Macbeth is often referred to as the Scottish Lady. Sometimes Mackers or MacB is used to avoid saying the name.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Apparently it's considered bad luck to say Macbeth inside a theater.
  Therefore Shakespeare's play Macbeth is referred to as the Scottish Play or the Bard's Play.

Randall wrote:

Alan J answered:

mj said:
   The Thane is the bane
  Of actors. MacBeth, seldom mentioned by name for fear of being jinxed.

Harry M. replied:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Scottish Play and The Bard's Play are euphemisms for William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Daniel in The City wrote:
   MacBeth… I was in a college production directed by Maya Angelou!

Deborah said:
   MacBeth - it's set in Scotland.
  I'm with you, Joe S., those 3 guys are the least funny comedians IMNTBHO. I especially cannot stand Sandler.
  Another extra-hot, extra-smoky day. No outside exercise for me. I can handle 100+ degrees but I draw the line when the smoke is visible in my backyard. My lungs don't need that crap.
  Enjoy the long weekend, and I hope cooler weather prevails, Marty.

Dale of Torrid Diamond Springs, Norcali, replied:
   Macbeth…way too fucking hot…staying inside

Billy in Cypress responded:
   That sounds like "Macbeth", the curse of the theater.

Adam answered:

zorch said:

Joe S     wrote:
   Macheath or Macbeth, one of those, which ever is the Shakespeare play. Both are kinda scary.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.   

Stephen F took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

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

DJ Useo took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  September 2 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 2 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Latinos rebuilt New Orleans after Katrina. Who will rebuild Houston? | Jed Horne | Opinion | The Guardian

Kenyan supreme court annuls Uhuru Kenyatta election victory | World news | The Guardian

Shelley Berman, comedian-bard of everyday life, has died - SFGate
     I had, and laughed many times at, his first album, back in '60. I loved the routine where he is trying to call a department store across the street from the building he was in to report a woman hanging out of an upper story window. Hilarious!

Our schools as propaganda tools? Democracy depends on critical thinkers, not blind believers.

Damned if he did... Truth about Trump & the dark, evangelical hypocrisy thrust upon Pres. Obama

Trump's voter suppression co-chair confirms his new side job is being a paid writer at Breitbart

BBC - Culture - The Shape of Water is a new beauty-and-the-beast tale

Hurricane Harvey Shifts Political Winds in Washington - The New York Times

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Tackle the Vietnam War - The New York Times

How Sensory Stimuli Affect Our ZzZs (Paid Post by Tomorrow Sleep From The New York Times)

Smoke from NorCal wildfires spilling into the scorching-hot Bay Area - SFGate

A singular storm in Houston; a recurring nightmare in Mumbai - SFGate

Smoke seen pouring from Russian consulate in San Francisco - SFGate

Co-Author Of Trump Book Warns Not To Celebrate His $1 Million Pledge To Harvey Victims, Just Yet

Fish Farm Collapse & Escaped Salmon - Update

Joel Osteen is being ripped to shreds over his response to Hurricane Harvey - AOL News

This weird ocean worm is the stuff of your nightmares
     Trump's spare rug

Fonda and Redford wow Venice; she says sex improves with age | Recreation And Entertainment |

Workers clear out of Russian consulate in San Francisco - SFGate

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Reader Comment

Current Events

Kathy shared the link. It's SO funny, How do you mansplain to the idiot men who came up with this idea how idiotic they AND their idea are?

15 Hilarious Women Respond To The All-Female 'Lord Of The Flies' Remake | HuffPost

Janet shared this. Great sentiment; great retort to the all-female Lord of the Flies!

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

Thanks, Linda (& Kathy & Janet)!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Donald Trump Is One of the Biggest Threats Facing Humankind: 50 Nobel Laureates on What Keeps Them Up At Night | Alternet

Fox News Poll: Americans Think Donald Trump Is An Unstable, Dishonest, Immoral Bully | HuffPost

"We only shoot black people," Georgia cop assures woman during traffic stop - Vox

No action on opioid emergency three weeks after Trump declaration | TheHill

Talk of Assange pardon worries intelligence community | TheHill

Hatewatch Headlines 8/31/2017 | Southern Poverty Law Center

RNC chief of staff resigns amid rash of departures - POLITICO

WHOOPS! Tomi Lahren Accidentally Reveals The Truth About Fox News | HuffPost

Watchdog group: Kid Rock could be breaking campaign finance law | TheHill

Trump's war on children: Deporting the Dreamers is next, and the GOP base will love it -

Union Denounces 'Chilling' Assault on Nurse Defending Her Patient from Police | Common Dreams

'Crying Nazi' Christopher Cantwell's Lawyer Says He's Just Kidding About Killing Jews | The Daily Beast

White House walks back promise about Trump donating his 'personal money' to Harvey victims - ThinkProgress

World in no rush to offer Trump help post-Harvey - POLITICO



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

80° at 1am. Ack!

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Of course, 'SNL' is a RERUN with Dwayne Johnson hosting, music by Katy Perry.

ABC fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '20/20'.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a RERUN 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.

MY recycles an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.

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

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

BBC  -   
 [7:15AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 27-The Alternative Factor
 [8:30AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-Lineage
 [9:30AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-Repentance
 [10:30AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Prophecy
 [11:30AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 15-The Void
 [6:00PM]    WILD ALASKA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Spring
 [7:00PM]    WILD ALASKA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Summer
 [8:00PM]    WILD ALASKA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Winter
 [9:00PM]    WILD WEST - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Restless Shores
 [12:20AM]    PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari

Bravo has the movie 'The School Of Rock', followed by the movie 'The Dilemma', then the movie 'The Social Network'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'We're The Millers', followed by the movie 'The Hangover', followed by the movie 'The Hangover Part III'.

FX has the movie 'Grown Ups', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2'.

History has all old 'Pawn Stars' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Robert Kirkman
 [6:15AM]    AIRHEADS
 [8:15AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-We've Lost Communication
 [8:45AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-If the Killer is Watching
 [9:15AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Stay for a Drink
 [9:45AM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [11:45AM]    AIRHEADS
 [1:45PM]    BORAT
 [3:45PM]    BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2
 [12:15AM]    BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2
 [5:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Stay for a Drink
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Amore    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Rifleman
 [6:30AM]    The Rifleman
 [7:00AM]    The Rifleman
 [7:30AM]    The Rifleman
 [8:00AM]    The Rifleman
 [8:30AM]    The Rifleman
 [9:00AM]    The Rifleman
 [9:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [10:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [10:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [11:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [11:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [12:00PM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [12:30PM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H
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 [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H
 [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H
 [1:00AM]    Overboard
 [3:30AM]    The Cooler    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Need For Speed', followed by the movie 'The Book Of Eli'.

 [6:00 AM]      Daughters Courageous (1939)
 [8:00 AM]      Tycoon (1947)
 [10:30 AM]      The Phantom Thief (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      Cheers For Miss Bishop (1941)
 [1:45 PM]      Rancho Notorious (1952)
 [3:30 PM]      The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
 [6:15 PM]      A Conversation with Gregory Peck (1999)
 [8:00 PM]      2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
 [10:45 PM]      Westworld (1973)
 [12:30 AM]      Demon Seed (1977)
 [2:15 AM]      Scanners (1981)
 [4:15 AM]      Them! (1954)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  08/03/17

 [6:00 AM]      This Man's Navy (1945)
 [8:00 AM]      The Snake Pit (1948)
 [10:00 AM]      Framed (1947)
 [12:00 PM]      The Front Page (1931)
 [2:00 PM]      I Dood It (1943)
 [4:00 PM]      National Velvet (1944)
 [6:15 PM]      Rope (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
 [10:00 PM]      The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
 [12:15 AM]      Camille (1921)    SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Cesar (1936)
 [5:00 AM]      Hollywood My Hometown (1965)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Alma Castenda pulls her children's artwork off the walls as she cleans up her flood-damaged home in the Verde Forest subdivision of Houston in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.
Photo by Brett Coomer


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


41 Fascinating Photos Document Everyday Life of Native Americans in Western Canada From in the Early 1930s ~ vintage everyday


'Mickey' Has Been Used Without Her Permission for Decades

Toni Basil

Toni Basil, the one-hit wonder behind "Mickey," filed suit in L.A. Superior Court on Thursday alleging that the song has been used without her permission for decades.

According to the suit, Basil recently became aware that the song was used in an episode of "South Park," in a Forever 21 ad, and on an episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race." She was particularly offended that the Forever 21 campaign was in support of a line of Disney products, associating her song with Mickey Mouse.

"Basil was never consulted and would never consent to the use of her voice, persona, image, or name coupled with Disney products," the suit states.

The suit documents a long history of the rights to the song, which was released in 1981. The original label, Radialchoice Limited, was forced into liquidation in 1985. Basil contends that the numerous transfers of the "Mickey" rights, which began shortly before the liquidation, are invalid because she did not consent to them.

Basil is suing Razor & Tie Entertainment, which currently controls the rights to the song, as well as the Walt Disney Company, Forever 21, VH1, and the producers of "South Park."

Toni Basil


Tattered flags fly over a pile of water-soaked items as people clean up in a flood ravaged neighborhood Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Houston. The city continues to recover from record flooding caused by Harvey.
Photo by Charlie Riedel


Castel del Monte, Andria | Amusing Planet


Woman Auctioning Note

Jimi Hendrix

A note from Jimi Hendrix to an "awestruck" 19-year-old is up for sale.

Anthea Connell says she was dating a bassist in a band opening for Hendrix in 1967, and sitting in a British venue watching them set up.

She was the only female in the room, she said. Hendrix walked over and started chatting her up, she said.

"I wouldn't be able to tell you what the conversation was about, but I was awestruck by this icon in the music industry coming to talk to me," she told news agency SWNS.

At one point, he turned to a member of his group and asked for something to write on. On the back of a Fender guitar string packet, he wrote, "To Anthea - Love and kisses to you forever. I wish I could really talk to you. Stay sweet, Jimi Hendrix."

Jimi Hendrix


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Apple Setting Up Shop?

Culver Studios

Apple is in talks to move its original content division to the studio where both "Gone with the Wind" and "The Matrix" were shot, according to the Financial Times.

The Culver Studios, which are located in Culver City, just west of Los Angeles, has 13 soundstages that are set up for producing television, film, music videos, and commercials. But Apple would likely be using the space primarily for office space, rather than for producing original content, the Financial Times reported.

The iPhone maker would essentially use the space as its base in Hollywood as it attempts to ramp up its push into video programming, the Financial Times said. By operating out of Culver Studios, Apple could send a signal to both Silicon Valley and Hollywood that it's serious about its original content ambitions. The studio is a Hollywood mainstay that was created in 1918 by Thomas Ince, a silent movie pioneer.

It was unclear from the Financial Times article whether Apple is considering buying or leasing the studio. Apple didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Culver Studios


Miguel Moncado, of Oxford Contractors, guts a flood-damaged home in the Meyerland neighborhood in Houston after Hurricane Harvey on Friday Sept, 1, 2017.
Photo by Jay Janner


This Street Artist Is Painting Fake Shadows To Confuse People, And The Result Looks Too Real | Bored Panda


Drops Trans Model


French cosmetics giant L'Oreal on Friday confirmed it had dropped a British transgender model over comments the company deemed "at odds with our values," after she was hired as part of a diversity campaign.

"L'Oreal champions diversity," the beauty brand said on Twitter. "Comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with our values and so we have decided to end our partnership with her".

L'Oreal had tapped Bergdorf -- a 29-year-old model, DJ and trans activist whose father is Jamaican -- as one of the five newest faces of its #allworthit campaign to introduce the five new shades of its True Match face makeup.

But controversy erupted when Bergdorf took to Facebook in a now-deleted post to react to events in the US city of Charlottesville, where a woman was killed on August 12 after an avowed white supremacist rammed his car into a group of anti-racism counter-protesters.

"Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people," Bergdorf wrote, according to copies posted in British media.



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Woman Who Laughed At Sessions

Desiree Fairooz

Jeff Sessions' (R-Vindictive Racist) Justice Department reportedly intends take a woman who laughed at the now-attorney general back to trial.

Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz, 61, who was taken into custody after she laughed during Mr Sessions' confirmation hearing, will go to trial in November for a second time.

"My new trial set to begin Monday, November 13th. I still cannot believe the government refuses to drop this. Vindictive!," Ms Fairooz tweeted.

In July, a judge had thrown out out a jury's conviction of Ms Fairooz, finding that the government had improperly argued during the proceedings that her laughter was enough to merit a guilty verdict.

Chief Judge Robert Morin of the Superior Court of DC on Friday said he believed his thoughts on the government's previous theory of the case had been clear, the Huffington Post reported.

Desiree Fairooz


Willie Johnson, left, and his wife Loicy, clean up their flood-damaged home in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey in the Verde Forest subdivision of Houston on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.
Photo by Brett Coomer


A Secret Work Studio Suspended Below a Highway Overpass by Fernando Abellanas | Colossal


Thanks Mexico For Harvey Offer


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R-Exxon) has thanked Mexico for its offer of relief for the victims of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Tillerson did not say whether the U.S. would be taking Mexico up on its offer of help, but he has said more on the matter than Donald Trump (R-Crooked), who has not yet commented on Mexico's offer.

Speaking ahead of a pre-planned meeting with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso, Tillerson said Mexico had "offered a wide range of assistance."

He added in comments carried by The Washington Post: "It's very generous of Mexico to offer to help at this very, very challenging time for our citizens down in Texas."

Mexico has previously helped the U.S. following natural disasters, including in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.



Royalty, Espionage, and Erotica: Secrets of the World's Tiniest Photographs | Collectors Weekly


Found In Brains Of 10 Fish Species


Antidepressants are increasingly building up in the brains of several species of fish in the Great Lakes region. A new study claims scientists detected traces of antidepressants in large clusters, according to research from the University of Buffalo (UB). Bass and walleye fish are among the 10 affected species.

The study, published Aug. 16 in the journal "Environmental Science and Technology," wanted to examine the concentrations and bioaccumulation of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) that are released into freshwater. UB researchers found metabolized remnants of high concentrations of antidepressants in the brain tissues of 10 fish species in the Niagara River.

This discovery raises major environmental concerns because it could affect the fishes behavior, including its survival instincts and feeding practices. These changes could disrupt the balance of the ecosystem and prevent its overall stability.

"These active ingredients from antidepressants, which are coming out from wastewater treatment plants, are accumulating in fish brains," Diana Aga, the study's lead author, said in a news release. "It is a threat to biodiversity, and we should be very concerned."

The rock bass fishes, in particular, were exposed to antidepressants at a higher rate than other fish species. Approximately 400 nanograms of norsertraline (the active ingredient in Zoloft) per gram of brain tissue were detected in rock bass fish. Other ingredients found in the rock bass fish - and the other nine fish species - included citalopram (the active ingredient in Celexa) and norfluoxetine (the active ingredient in Prozac and Sarafem).



A pangolin walks during a news conference after Thai customs confiscated 136 live pangolins, in Bangkok, Thailand August 31, 2017.
Photo by Prapan Chankaew


These Giant Pencil Drawings by Jono Dry are INSANE «TwistedSifter


Cologne Zoo


A 93-year-old widow from the United States has donated $22 million to the zoo in Cologne, Germany, saying she wanted to give back to the city where she and her husband met during World War II, German media reported Friday.

"We never forgot Cologne," Elizabeth Reichert told the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper by phone from her home in Philadelphia.

She said she and her Jewish husband Arnulf Reichert both grew up in the western German city. They met in 1944, she recalled, when Arnulf lived in hiding to avoid being discovered by the Nazis.

They married a year after the war ended and briefly moved to Israel before settling in the US, where they lived the American dream and made their fortune.

Shortly before her husband died in 1998, the childless couple agreed to bequeath their money to the Cologne Zoo after their deaths.



Our Story of Dhaka Muslin - AramcoWorld


Ancient Footprint Raises Questions


The human foot is distinctive. Our five toes lack claws, we normally present the sole of our foot flat to the ground, and our first and second toes are longer than the smaller ones. In comparison to our fellow primates, our big toes are in line with the long axis of the foot-they don't stick out to one side.

In fact, some would argue that one of the defining characteristics of being part of the human clade is the shape of our foot. So imagine our surprise when we discovered fossil footprints with remarkable, human-like characteristics at Trachilos, Crete, that are 5.7 million years old. This research, published in the Proceedings of the Geologist Association, is controversial as it suggests that the earliest human ancestors may have wandered around southern Europe as well as East Africa.

The period corresponds to a geological time interval known as the Miocene. The footprints are small tracks made by someone walking upright on two legs-there are 29 of them in total. They range in size from 94mm to 223mm, and have a shape and form very similar to human tracks. Non-human ape footprints look very different; the foot is shaped more like a human hand, with the big toe attached low on the side of the sole and sticking out sideways.

The footprints were dated using a combination of fossilised marine microorganisms called foraminifera and the character of the local sedimentary rocks. Foraminifera evolve very rapidly and marine sedimentary rocks can be dated quite precisely on the basis of the foraminifera they contain. These indicated an age somewhere in the span 8.5 million to 3.5 million years. However, at the very end of the Miocene, about 5.6 million years ago, an extraordinary thing happened: the entire Mediterranean sea dried out for some time. This event left a clear signature in the sediments of the surrounding areas. The sediments that contain the footprints suggest they probably date to the period immediately before this, at about 5.7 million years.

The "cradle of humanity" has long been thought to lie in Africa, with most researchers suggesting that Ethiopia was where the human lineage originated. The earliest known body fossils that are accepted as hominins (members of the human lineage) by most researchers are Sahelanthropus tchadensis from Chad (about seven million years old), Orrorin tugenensis from Kenya (about six million years old) and Ardipithecus kadabbafrom Ethiopia (about 5.8-5.2 million years old).



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In Memory

Shelley Berman

Famed stand-up comic Shelley Berman, who recently played Larry David's father on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," has died. He was 92.

Berman died early Friday morning due to complications from Alzheimer's Disease at his home in Bell Canyon, Calif., his publicist confirmed to Variety.

The Grammy winner and Emmy-nominated actor was one of the most successful stand-up comedians of the 1950s and '60s. His 1959 live record, "Inside Shelley Berman," was the first comedy album to be certified gold (with more than 500,000 sales) and was the first non-musical recording to win a Grammy Award. Two other albums, "Outside Shelley Berman" and "The Edge of Shelley Berman," also went gold.

Berman was the first stand-up comicc to perform at Carnegie Hall. He appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" more than 20 times and was a guest on shows hosted by Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Andy Williams, and Dean Martin.

The Chicago native trained as a serious actor before jumping into comedy as a nightclub performer. His signature bit was to sit cross-legged on a bar stool, act as if he were on the telephone, and improvise long, complicated, one-sided conversations.

Berman appeared as Nat David on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" between 2002 and 2009, and received an Emmy nomination in 2008. He retired from performing in 2014.

Berman broke into show business in 1943 after his discharge from the U.S. Navy and enrolled at Chicago's Goodman Theatre acting school. One of his routines involved portraying his own father when the then-18-year-old Shelley called home to ask for $100 for acting school.

While at Goodman, he met Sarah Herman and they were married in 1947. Berman worked a series of summer stock and odd jobs, and eventually sold a sketch to Steve Allen for his "Tonight" show. Through Martin Landau, Berman got a gig at Chicago's improvisational Compass Players group, working alongside Mike Nichols and Elaine May, where he began to develop his famous phone-call routines.

In 1962, Berman participated in NBC's documentary-style television show "Comedian Backstage," where cameras followed him as he prepared for and performed his nightclub act. The cameras caught Berman becoming angry when a telephone backstage started ringing during his act, which dimmed his popularity for quite some time.

Berman appeared in the 1964 film, "The Best Man" with Henry Fonda, in addition to "Peter Gunn," "The Twilight Zone," "Rawhide," "Bewitched," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Adam-12," "MacGyver," "L.A. Law," "Friends," "Grey's Anatomy," "Entourage," and "Hawaii Five-0" in 2012.

He made numerous recurring guest appearances as the semi-senile Judge Robert Sanders on "Boston Legal" between 2004 and 2008.

Berman taught at USC for more than 20 years. He also volunteered at the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills, Calif., teaching a poetry class. His class was documented in the 2007 short film "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over."

Berman is survived by his wife of 70 years; his daughter Rachel Berman; and two grandsons.

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