BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 9 April, 2017


9 April, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[65 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Lisa Selin Davis: For 18 years, I thought she was stealing my identity. Until I found her (The Guardian)
A woman apparently using my name meant a nightmare of unpaid traffic fines and a criminal record. But when I tracked her down, a different story emerged.

BETTINA ELIAS SIEGEL: New Mexico Outlaws School 'Lunch Shaming' (NY Times)
What is "lunch shaming?" It happens when a child can't pay a school lunch bill. In Alabama, a child short on funds was stamped on the arm with "I Need Lunch Money." In some schools, children are forced to clean cafeteria tables in front of their peers to pay the debt. Other schools require cafeteria workers to take a child's hot food and throw it in the trash if he doesn't have the money to pay for it.

T. Rees Shapiro: School lunch worker quits after being forced to refuse hot meal to poor student (Washington Post; from Sept 2016)
But the boy had a negative balance on his account, and a new policy in the Canon-McMillan, Pa. school district this year prevents cafeteria workers from serving a hot meal to students who owe more than $25. Koltiska said she had to follow the policy and was ordered to refuse the boy his hot meal because he couldn't pay for it.

Connie Schultz: Really, O'Reilly (Creators Syndicate)
From the network: "21st Century Fox takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously. Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O'Reilly, even anonymously-" Do you see what they did there? Translation: If this had really happened, these women would have trusted the network that employs and promotes Bill O'Reilly as its superstar to take up their cause against said superstar.

New Rule: What Would a Dick Do? | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO; YouTube)
In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher tells Republicans that they have to learn the difference between being a conservative and just being a dick.

Marc Dion: Same Socks Marriage (NY Times)
Due to a teenage stint as a worker in a hotel laundry, I am a highly skilled folder. My wife discovered this soon after we married, when I offered to fold some clean laundry she'd just taken out of the dryer. "You're really good at that," she said, looking at the pile of neatly folded towels, washcloths, sheets and pillowcases I'd just produced. I told her about the hotel laundry. After that, I became our home's designated folder.

Lenore Skenazy: Let's Get Small (Creators Syndicate)
Tourists come to New York to see the world in miniature - people from every country, ethnic food galore, diversity with a capital D. In my neighborhood alone, there are 167 languages spoken. (That would be the Jackson Heights section of Queens.) But the world is about to get even smaller, thanks to Gulliver's Gate, a mind-boggling scale model of the world set to open in May in Times Square.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This state capital is the second largest city in the United States by area. What is its name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The tomato is the edible fruit of Solanum lycopersicum, which belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae. What is the translation of lycopersicum?

       Wolf Peach                                                      Source

The tomato is the edible fruit of Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant, which belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae.

The scientific species epithet lycopersicum means "wolf peach", and comes from German werewolf myths. These legends said that deadly nightshade was used by witches and sorcerers in potions to transform themselves into werewolves, so the tomato's similar, but much larger, fruit was called the "wolf peach" when it arrived in Europe.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   I had to look that one up. Lycopersicum means "wolf peach." Even more interesting is that it comes from German werewolf legends and has to do with witches using nightshade to transform into werewolves. So eat a tomato and become a werewolf. How cool is that?

Alan J said:
   Wolf Peach.

Deborah wrote:
   Lycopersicum translates to "wolf peach." We grow several different varieties, most of which are heirloom tomatoes. They don't produce a lot of tomatoes, and they don't keep for long, but the flavor is otherworldly when compared to mass-produced tomatoes. Botanically the tomato is a fruit, but is treated in cooking as a vegetable.
  Crazy-heavy rain yesterday and overnight. Woke to sun and blue skies. What a beautiful morning.

Adam answered:
   Wolf Peach

David of Moon Valley responded:
   well google translate says tomato....but heck, they (and i) have been wrong, let's go with that and see what happens...

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Wolf Peach

Billy in Cypress wrote:
   Per a google search: "The term Lycopersicum signifies a "wolf's peach," because some parts of the plant are thought to excite animal passions." ; therefore, a very licentious fruit that can be used to make a "Bloody Mary" cocktail and lots of other good things for everyone to enjoy. That is the opposite of the "Bloody Fool" who is currently the POTUS, CpPDJT-ID, and whose narcissism and nepotism are only good for himself, his closest family and selected friends who advance his plans.

DJ Useo said:
   Ya got me. I must have been absent from school the day they taught Latin. Busy with cowboy stuff, no doubt.
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Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

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Marian took the day off.

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Trump ends safeguards on women's pay, ability to sue for sexual harassment - SFGate

God, guns, and abortion: Neil Gorsuch to quickly make his mark on high court | US news | The Guardian

Investigative journalists find that, yes, car insurers still discriminate against people of color

Lawrence O'Donnell: Did Putin mastermind Syria bombing, Trump/Putin charade?

Prominent Trump supporter tweeted about the attack an hour before the attack

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Most Successful Fake News Report Ever!

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Resistance FRIDAY!

Australia Floats Plan To Keep Corals Cool In A Warming World | The Huffington Post

During World War I, U.S. Government Propaganda Erased German Culture : NPR

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Reader Comment

Current Events

Sometimes the savage internet is so wonderful! Hope every one of those barbs get under his ugly skin and drive him crazy! (Janet shared the link)

Donald Trump Tweets PATHETIC Attempt To Defend His Failed Syria Raid, Immediately Gets A NASTY RESPONSE |

Some of the comments on the link Janet sent of the tweet rebukes:

Read a story that he profited from the missile strike by owning stock in the company that makes the missile

I saw that article. He has interests in Raytheon which is the Company that makes the Tomahawk Missiles.

This is all a diversion from his investigation and trying to get his numbers up. He could care less about the plight of the Syrian people. He keeps trying to ban them from entering our country and he is giving false hope to the Syrian people of US intervention. He warns Russia he is going to bomb, Syria removes all necessary aircraft, they don't bomb the runway and they bomb two out of commission planes. All of this at the cost of million of dollars of our tax dollars. This is real life Trump! Not some reality TV show. So unfit to be President.

what makes anyone even dare to think he would care about anyone except himself. He is an egotistical self centered megalomaniac who is also a white supremacist, racist, bigoted self aggrandized hateful brainless imbecile who also happens to be extremely dangerous to the world at large not just America.

Isn't it funny that he has to pull a stunt like this to get him numbers up...and he hasn't even reached 100 days yet!!

A look at some of the "journalists" asking Spicey tough questions:

Pry Your Eyes Away From Sean Spicer for a Moment and Look Hard at Some of His Supporting Buffoons | Alternet

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The GOP Has Declared War on Democracy -

Observers Warn That Syria Attack is Trump's "Wag the Dog" Moment | Common Dreams

Pence is ready to unleash the harmful global gag rule on America | TheHill

Trump brought his economics team to his Syria strike watch party, for some reason - Vox

California Just Did What Trump and Congress Won't | Mother Jones

Donald Trump's Self-Serving War Against Surveillance | New Republic

Trump's Pick To Lead The Army Believes Being Transgender Is A Disease | The Huffington Post

Four Dems Voting to Advance Gorsuch Decried as 'Trump Collaborators' | Common Dreams

Majority Of Republicans Said 'No' When Obama Wanted To Launch A Strike On Syria | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump personally profited from missile-maker Raytheon's stock jump after his Syria attack -

Sean Penn Confirms Steve Bannon Was A 'Bitter Hollywood Wannabe' | The Huffington Post



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

Rained all night and a very windy day.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The Expendable One', then a FRESH 'Madam Secretary', followed by a FRESH 'Elementary'.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'Little Big Shots', followed by a FRESH 'Little Big Shots', then a FRESH 'Chicago Justice', followed by a FRESH 'Shades Of Blue'.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH 'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH 'Match Game', followed by a FRESH 'American Crime'.

The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.

Faux has a RERUN 'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN 'Bob's Burgers', then a RERUN 'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN 'Making History', then a RERUN 'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN 'The Last Man On Earth'.

MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.

A&E has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

AMC offers 3 hours of old 'Into The Badlands', followed by a FRESH 'Into The Badlands', then a FRESH 'Talking With Chris Hardwick', followed by a FRESH 'Comic Book Men'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 6 (03-001)
 [7:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 7 (03-002)
 [8:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 8 (03-003)
 [9:00AM]    JURASSIC PARK (1993)
 [3:00PM]    JURASSIC PARK III (2001)
 [5:00PM]    JURASSIC PARK (1993)
 [8:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 5
 [9:30PM]    EXTRA GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 5
 [1:00AM]    JURASSIC PARK III (2001)
 [3:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 5
 [4:30AM]    EXTRA GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 5
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Smith and Jones    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has a FRESH 'Atlanta Social', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Potomac', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', and 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain'.

FX has the movie 'Snow White & The Huntsmen', followed by a FRESH 'FEUD: Bette & Joan'.

History has 'Jesus: The Lost 40 Days', followed by the FRESH 'The Face Of Jesus Uncovered?'.

IFC  -   
 [7:45AM]    BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap
 [8:17AM]    BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
 [8:47AM]    BAD BOYS
 [11:30AM]    8 MILE

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Ledge
 [8:15AM]    The Sum of All Fears
 [11:00AM]    Ocean's Eleven
 [2:00PM]    The Searchers
 [4:45PM]    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
 [9:00PM]    Hang 'Em High
 [11:30PM]    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
 [2:30AM]    Hang 'Em High
 [5:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Retribution', followed by the movie 'Ghost Rider'.

 [6:15 AM]      Love Crazy (1941)
 [8:15 AM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [10:00 AM]      Scarlet Street (1945)
 [12:00 PM]      The Miracle Worker (1962)
 [2:00 PM]      Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
 [4:00 PM]      The Best Man (1964)
 [6:00 PM]      The Three Musketeers (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      Fine Feathers (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      What on Earth! (1966)
 [8:00 PM]      Mail Early (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      A Chairy Tale (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      Very Nice, Very Nice (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      Boogie-Doodle (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      Lines Vertical (1960)     [AKA: 'Lines: Vertical']
 [8:00 PM]      Walking (1968)     [AKA: 'En marchant']
 [9:00 PM]      Hot Stuff (1971)
 [9:00 PM]      The Owl Who Married a Goose (1975)
 [9:00 PM]      The Street (1976)
 [9:00 PM]      An Old Box (1975)
 [9:00 PM]      The Family That Dwelt Apart (1973)
 [9:00 PM]      Monsieur Pointu (1975)
 [9:00 PM]      Mindscape (1976)     [AKA: 'Le Paysagiste']
 [10:15 PM]      E (1981)
 [10:15 PM]      Every Child (1979)
 [10:15 PM]      Why Me (1978)
 [10:15 PM]      Zea (1981)
 [10:15 PM]      Log Driver's Waltz (1979)     [AKA: 'Canada Vignettes: Log Driver's Waltz']
 [10:15 PM]      La Plage (1978)     [AKA: 'Holiday Hotel']
 [10:15 PM]      The Big Snit (1985)
 [10:15 PM]      The Sweater (1980)
 [10:15 PM]      Sea Dream (1979)
 [11:30 PM]      Blackfly (1991)
 [11:30 PM]      Les Iris (1991)     [AKA: 'The Irises']
 [11:30 PM]      Bob's Birthday (1994)
 [11:30 PM]      When the Day Breaks (2000)
 [11:30 PM]      My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts (1999)
 [11:30 PM]      The Cat Came Back (1988)
 [12:30 AM]      Leap Year (1921)     SILENT 
 [12:30 AM]      The Knockout (1914)     SILENT 
 [2:15 AM]      Late Spring (1949)     [AKA: 'Banshun']
 [4:15 AM]      Sound of the Mountain (1954)     [AKA: 'Yama no oto']    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Monday   -  04/10/17

 [6:00 AM]      Our Betters (1933)
 [7:30 AM]      Love on the Run (1936)
 [9:00 AM]      Easy to Wed (1946)
 [11:00 AM]      Too Many Girls (1940)
 [12:45 PM]      Maid's Night Out (1938)
 [2:00 PM]      Bride By Mistake (1944)
 [3:30 PM]      Love And Learn (1947)
 [5:00 PM]      Breakfast for Two (1937)
 [6:15 PM]      Happiness Ahead (1934)
 [8:00 PM]      Tales of Manhattan (1942)
 [10:15 PM]      O. Henry's Full House (1952)
 [12:30 AM]      The Seventh Veil (1945)
 [2:15 AM]      The Story of Three Loves (1953)
 [4:30 AM]      Dead of Night (1945)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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A view of a float of the Songkran parade on occasion for the upcoming Songkran Festival in Bangkok, Thailand, April 8, 2017. The Parade of Amazing Songkran event is held prior the three-day Songkran Festival, the Thai traditional New Year, also known as the water festival. The festival runs from 13 to 15 April and is celebrated with splashing water and putting powder on each others faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year.
Photo by Narong Sangnak


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Get a Skewed View of the American West Through These Bent-Horizon Photos - Atlas Obscura


Epic Night

Rock Hall of Fame

The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony featured Steve Perry's first onstage appearance with Journey in 26 years (even though he didn't actually sing), a Yes reunion with Rush's Geddy Lee on bass, a moving tribute to Tupac Shakur and the first performance of Pearl Jam's original lineup since early 1991. But it was David Letterman, a last-minute replacement for Neil Young and the only non-musician of the evening to speak, that summed up the feeling of the event best. "When I came here for rehearsals, I was reminded what a gift live music is," he said while inducting Pearl Jam. "Never take live music for granted."

The capacity crowd at Barclays Center shared that sentiment, especially the army of Pearl Jam fans who let out an enormous roar whenever the camera went anywhere near Eddie Vedder. The disproportionate presence of the Pearl Jam army was evident from the moment Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman Jann Wenner said nothing more than "and last..." while introducing the inductees. He then had to stand back while the crowd let out an orgasmic roar and a series of "Eddie! Eddie!" chants for a full minute. (What about the other four guys? No chant?) It was the beginning of a wild, raucous night of surprises, the complete antithesis of last year where the most memorable moment was Steve Miller's industry-bashing tirade in the press room.

When the crowd finally got all their Eddies out, Wenner spoke about the recent death of Chuck Berry, the first person ever inducted into the Hall of Fame. "No one in this room would be here tonight but for this man," he said. "He is called the father, or the inventor, of rock & roll. He was the first to hear it. He put the poetry of the common man to the beat and then he laid on that revved-up, motorvatin', double-string guitar for every rock & roll musician that came after."

With that, the Electric Light Orchestra kicked off the night with their 1973 cover of Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven." Jeff Lynne broke out a guitar solo that would have made Berry proud and sang with a pristine voice that showed remarkably few signs of age. The group then tore through "Evil Woman" and "Mr. Blue Sky," though it remains a mystery why keyboardist Richard Tandy wasn't in the house despite being a key part of ELO since the very beginning and current member of the touring lineup.

George Harrison's son Dhani then delivered a speech that included a great memory of seeing his father play onstage for the first time at an ELO gig and concluded by saying he saw them again last November at the Hollywood Bowl, right after Donald Trump won the presidency. "Trust me when I tell you I was staring at their spaceship thinking, 'Take me with you,'" he said. "I saw some kids there that could have been seven-and-a-half and more of them that were probably 77-and-a-half all wanting to get beamed up."

Rock Hall of Fame


A boy plays with water fountains on a hot day in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 8, 2017.
Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte


vintage everyday: Amazing Vintage Snapshots Capture French Punk Culture from the 1980s


Eefuses Order To Reveal User


Twitter Inc on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit to block an order by the U.S. government demanding that it reveal who is behind an account opposed to Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) tough immigration policies.

Twitter cited freedom of speech as a basis for not turning over records about the account, @ALT_uscis. The account is claimed to be the work of at least one federal immigration employee, according to the lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court.

The acronym U.S. CIS refers to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the account describes itself as "immigration resistance." Trump has vowed to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and has promised to deport millions of illegal immigrants.

Following Trump's inauguration in January, anonymous Twitter feeds that borrowed the names and logos of more than a dozen U.S. government agencies appeared to challenge the president's views on climate change and other issues. They called themselves "alt" accounts.

Twitter, which counts Trump among its active users, has a record of litigating in favour of user privacy.



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Story Rubbished By Experts

'Mowgli' Girl

The story of a girl found living with a pack of wild monkeys in a wildlife sanctuary in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh might not be true, according to police, forest officials, and other experts.

On Friday, authorities rubbished the news that the girl, who has been dubbed "Mowgli" because of the similarities with the feral child protagonist from Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book," was brought up by monkeys living in the Katarniyaghat wildlife sanctuary.

The unidentified 8-years-old girl became an internet sensation after her story received worldwide coverage Thursday. Forest officials found the girl two months ago during a routine patrol in the sanctuary near the Nepalese border. Local media reports said that the young girl didn't appear to understand any language and was walking on all fours. She also screeched like monkeys when officers tried to communicate with her, local newspaper Times of India reported.

Paediatrician KK Verma also raised doubts about the child being raised by monkeys, adding that the girl might need psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

"The girl might have been left in the jungle by her parents because of mental illness. But it was probably not long before police team rescued her. The theory that she was brought up monkeys seems absurd," he reportedly said.

'Mowgli' Girl


A pro independence Basque follower covers her face with the symbol of the day called "Artisans of the Peace", during a meeting after the announcement that ETA handed over its arms in Bayonne, southwestern France, April 8, 2017. The Basque separatist group ETA, inactive for more than five years, handed over its arms Saturday, putting a finishing touch to a 43-year violent campaign that claimed the lives of over 800 people mostly in Spain.
Photo by Alvaro Barrientos


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Hunt for Why We Exist

Atomic Decay

A never-before-seen type of radioactivity could explain why matter, including humans, exists today. And now a team of physicists has launched an experiment to find the oddball phenomenon.

When the universe first formed some 13.7 billion years ago, current theories say that equal amounts of matter and its bizarre cousin, antimatter, should have been produced during the Big Bang. Physicists know that when the two come into contact, they annihilate each other - poof. If that were the case, though, nothing should exist except photons and neutrinos. And yet, here we are. Calculations show there was a tiny bit more matter than antimatter - enough so that things exist - but why?

One way to explain this matter-antimatter asymmetry is to look for some difference between the two, besides charge, that could explain matter's advantage. It's a big question in contemporary physics, because otherwise matter and antimatter should, per contemporary theories, behave the same way.

"In this new study, physicists are seeking so-called neutrinoless double-beta decay. Normally, some radioactive atoms' unstable nuclei will lose a neutron via beta decay - the neutron transforms into a proton by releasing an electron and a tiny particle called an electron antineutrino. A mirror image can also occur, in which a proton turns into a neutron, releasing a positron and an electron neutrino - the normal-matter counterpart to the antineutrino. Double-beta decay happens when two electrons and two antineutrinos (the antimatter counterparts of neutrinos) are released: basically, the beta decay happens twice. Scientists have long theorized a neutrinoless version of this process - something that would suggest that the two neutrinos annihilated each other before being released from the atom. Essentially, the neutrino behaves as its own antimatter sibling.

If neutrinos and antineutrinos behave differently from each other, that could help to explain why all matter wasn't annihilated at the instant the universe formed.

Atomic Decay


Digby's Hullabaloo


Underpayment Of Women Is 'Systematic'


The U.S. government is charging that Google is systematically paying women less than their male counterparts.

Testifying in a San Francisco court Friday, Department of Labor (DOL) regional director Janette Wipper said the government "found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce," according to a report in The Guardian.

The charges come as part of a lawsuit the DOL filed against Google in January, seeking access to the company's compensation data and related personnel records. As a federal contractor, Google is required to permit the government to inspect records relevant to its compliance with equal opportunity laws.

The DOL alleges that Google refused to provide the required information, while the company says it turned over "hundreds of thousands" of records and that the government's requests are "overbroad in scope, or reveal confidential data," according to TechCrunch.



Sauber driver Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy crashes into the wall during the qualifying session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2017.
Photo by Mark Schiefelbein


Before Mondrian, Native American Women Painted Abstract Art on Saddlebags | Collectors Weekly


Additional Security


Government officials said Friday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requires additional security detail due to a threat to her safety and that it may cost up to $7.8 million through September to protect her.

The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement that a threat assessment was conducted in February and DeVos was put under additional protection. The statement did not provide details on the threat or the number of personnel assigned to her.

The agency said it will be reimbursed $7.78 million from the Education Department for services from February through September.

The Education Department said that's a projected, not a final figure. The move comes amid a proposal by the Trump administration to cut the department's budget by 13 percent.

Previous education secretaries were protected by department employees, not the U.S. Marshals Service.



Brazil's Terra Ronca Caves Look Incredible (10 Photos) «TwistedSifter


Edge Toward Use

Laser Weapons

A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies.

Lightsabers -- the favored weapon of the Jedi in "Star Wars" films -- will remain in the fictional realm for now, but after decades of development, laser weapons are now here and are being deployed on military vehicles and planes.

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon -- all the big defense players -- are developing prototypes for the Pentagon.

Lockheed Martin has just announced a 60-kilowatt laser weapon that soon will be installed on an Army truck for operational testing against mortars and small drones.

But unlike in the movies, the laser beam is invisible to the naked eye.

Laser Weapons


Supporters of Donald Trump (R-Crooked) gather outside of Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 8, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Barria


A Brief History of Random Numbers - freeCodeCamp


Impeachment Hearings Dog Governor


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's political troubles mounted Thursday as lawmakers vowed to move forward with impeachment hearings and one influential Republican urged him to step down.

The developments came a day after the state Ethics Commission found probable cause that the Republican governor broke state ethics and campaign finance laws, accusations that Bentley denies.

Bentley said Thursday that he does not intend to resign.

Bentley has been engulfed in scandal since recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before his divorce. Bentley has acknowledged making personal mistakes but maintained he did nothing illegal or to merit his removal from office.

The Alabama Ethics Commission's probable cause findings were referred to the local district attorney, who will decide whether to prosecute. The ethics complaints filed against him have accused Bentley of misusing campaign funds and state resources, partly to pursue a relationship with the aide.



Karaba Brick Quarry of Burkina Faso | Amusing Planet


Top 20

Global Concert Tours

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. Justin Bieber; $3,294,101; $85.61.
    2. Black Sabbath; $2,086,675; $81.14.
    3. Drake; $1,980,730; $91.20.
    4. Red Hot Chili Peppers; $1,544,699; $88.52.
    5. Ariana Grande; $949,593; $78.79.
    6. Stevie Nicks; $921,207; $99.06.
    7. Keith Urban ; $848,792; $88.38.
    8. Eric Church; $824,383; $58.19.
    9. The Weeknd; $814,449; $53.50.
   10. Kings Of Leon; $755,121; $64.52.
   11. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $732,009; $56.92.
   12. Green Day; $729,403; $57.78.
   13. Blake Shelton; $723,045; $62.11.
   14. Jerry Seinfeld; $645,358; $92.86.
   15. Maxwell / Mary J. Blige; $637,188; $80.70.
   16. "The Illusionists"; $539,360; $62.54.
   17. Twenty One Pilots; $516,030; $46.09.
   18. Panic! At The Disco; $501,947; $48.63.
   19. Charlie Wilson; $494,349; $66.29.
   20. Sebastian Maniscalco; $480,967; $70.40.

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