BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 13 April, 2017


13 April, 2017

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Garrison Keillor: The President of Visuals (Washington Post)
Apparently, all it takes to change Trump's mind is pictures of babies.

Mark Morford: Here's the kind of senator you want, America (SF Gate)
Merkley joins Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie, the increasingly fearless CA Rep. Ted Leiu, NM's Tom Udall, Sherrod Brown, Al Franken, Cory Booker, Tammy Duckworth, Kirsten Gillibrand and a number of other impressive, increasingly vociferous Dems in uniting and igniting the progressive resistance to the Trump nightmare.

Alice Ollstein: "The GOP's Existential Crisis: If They Can't Pass Tax Cuts, What Can They Do?" (TPM)
If any one goal exists that could motivate fractious Republican lawmakers to come together, it should be cutting taxes.

Nosheen Iqbal: Protest photos: the power of one woman against the world (The Guardian)
The shot of Saffiyah Khan calmly staring down an EDL demonstrator in Birmingham became instantly famous. Why are images like these so transfixing?

Stuart Jeffries: 'Nice' is more than a destination: what Ryanair can teach United Airlines (The Guardian)
The budget Irish carrier had a terrible reputation for customer service until its notorious boss had a change of heart. Then the profits took off …

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

On what TV series were they "movin' on up, to the east side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky" because they "finally got a piece of the pie"?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What country is the world's largest producer of asparagus?

       China                                                      Source

Asparagus, or garden asparagus, scientific name Asparagus officinalis, is a spring vegetable, a flowering perennial plant species in the genus Asparagus.

The top asparagus importers (2013) were the United States (182,805 tonnes), followed by the European Union (external trade) (94,475 tonnes), and Canada (20,219 tonnes).

China is by far the world's largest producer: in 2013 it produced 7,000,000 tonnes, followed by Peru with 383,144 tonnes and Mexico with 126,421 tonnes. U.S. production was concentrated in California, Michigan, and Washington. The annual production for white asparagus in Germany is 57,000 tonnes (61% of consumer demand).        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   China is the world's largest producer of asparagus.

Alan J said:

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Peru is the biggest producer of asparagus in the world

Deborah responded:
   Wasn't this a trivia question last year?
  I remember it from somewhere, pretty sure here, and the answer is China, although for some reason I want to say Peru.
  Cloudy, rainy moving around in squalls, just enough to make outside activities unpleasant.

Gene replied:
   China is the one.

DJ Useo said:
   Asparagustan perhaps? I haven't had Asparagus since yesterday, & it was great.

Joe S     wrote:
   Well, it appears that China is the largest producer of asparagus, followed by Peru and Mexico. I eat NOTHING from China, I mean nothing. as for asparagus I eat only Michigan grown. It's big around here I want to tell you.

  I have friends who own an organic farm and they produce an absolutely delicious pickled asparagus. It's to die for.

  A Manistee restaurant (House Of Flavors) features a turkey asparagus sandwich that will curl your toes. My favorite sandwich ever.

Randall took the day off.

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

Dave in Tucson 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.

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Michelle in AZ

Honey trap: New Zealand devises manuka test to fight fakes | World news | The Guardian

DeVos undoes Obama student loan protections; defaults expected to rise - SFGate

Ben Carson visits public housing, immediately gets stuck in an elevator - SFGate

Transbay Transit Center rooftop turning into 5.4-acre City Park - San Francisco Chronicle

Bald eagles make big comeback in San Francisco Bay Area - SFGate

Man, Maddow humiliated Sean Spicer tonight lol. It was a thing of beauty.

AP confirms Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's 'shadow ledger' of secret payments

How much should you, your children, and grandchildren pay for Trump fun?

ACLU Trolls Trump With First Amendment Billboards | The Huffington Post

BBC - Culture - The army that conquered the world

There Are 60,000+ Species Of Tree Worldwide, Scientists Say : The Two-Way : NPR

A Forgotten Piece Of African-American History In The Former Town Of Dearfield On The Great Plains : The Salt : NPR

Where Corporal Punishment Is Still Used In Schools, Its Roots Run Deep : NPR Ed : NPR

New 'Mystery Science Theater' Coming To Netflix In The Not-Too-Distant Future : NPR

French election shaken by surge in support for far-left candidate | World news | The Guardian

Jude Law to play young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2 | Film | The Guardian

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Donald Trump, our kid president, struck Syria over chocolate cake.

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Intolerant War Mongering: Why Trump (and Bannon) Mirror ISIS | Alternet

Donald Trump is coming for your Social Security: How the GOP plans a bait and switch to cut taxes - and pensions -

Bill O'Reilly announces he's taking a vacation amid sexual harassment scandal | TheHill

Gorsuch: Always remember and never forget, when Republicans lose, they cheat -

The White House Egg Roll Is the Latest Victim of Trump Administration | Vanity Fair

AP confirms Manafort's 'Black Ledger' Ukraine payouts | TheHill

DeMint: Gorsuch is a model for future judicial nominations | TheHill

Is Our President Bonkers? | The Nation

President Trump tells Maria Bartiromo he decided to bomb Syria while eating 'the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake' -

Trump: I May Sabotage Obamacare Until Democrats Repeal It -

Trump backer met with Bannon about post-WH options: report | TheHill

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Last Night

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Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'The Great Indoors', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a FRESH 'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH 'The Amazing Race'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 3/6/17) are Anderson Cooper, Judd Apatow, and Jidenna.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 2/28/17) Michelle Monaghan, Bradley Whitford, and London Grammar.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Trial & Error', followed by a FRESH 'Powerless', then a FRESH 'Chicago Med', followed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist: Redemption'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 2/27/17) are Aaron Paul, Keri Russell, and 2 Chainz featuring Gucci Mane.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/14/17) are Ewan McGregor, Zoe Kravitz, Jon Pardi, and Nicko McBrain.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/23/17) are R.J. Cyler, Deap Vally, and Trevor Jackson.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'The Catch'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Charlize Theron, Tony Goldwyn, and Romeo Santos.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH 'Riverdale'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'Kicking & Screaming'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: Deadly Dealings', then a FRESH 'Deadly Dealings', then a FRESH 'Nightwatch'.

AMC offers the movie 'Wyatt Earp', followed by the movie 'Smokey & The Bandit', then the movie 'Crocodile Dundee'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Closing Time
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-The Wedding of River Song
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-A Town Called Mercy
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-The Power of Three
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-The Angels Take Manhattan
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-The Bells of Saint John
 [2:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-The Rings of Akhaten
 [3:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Cold War
 [4:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Hide
 [5:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
 [6:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-The Crimson Horror
 [7:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-Nightmare in Silver
 [8:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-The Name of the Doctor
 [12:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
 [1:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-A Town Called Mercy
 [2:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-The Power of Three
 [3:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-The Power of Three
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-The Angels Take Manhattan
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-The Bells of Saint John    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', 1½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', and another 'South Park'.
The Daily Show it's Your Moment of Them: The Best of Hasan Minaj.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 3/30/17) are Milana Vayntrub, Moshe Kasher, and Doug Benson.

FX has the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', followed by the movie 'Ride Along'.

History has 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Swamp People: Blood & Guts'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE MIST
 [8:45AM]    YOU'RE NEXT
 [10:45AM]    28 WEEKS LATER
 [1:00PM]    THE MIST
 [3:45PM]    YOU'RE NEXT

Sundance  -   
 [6:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Otis Sues the County
 [7:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney Fife, Realtor
 [7:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Goober Takes a Car Apart
 [8:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Rehabilitation of Otis
 [8:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Lucky Letter
 [9:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Goober and the Art of Love
 [9:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney Runs for Sheriff
 [10:30AM]    Down and Out in Beverly Hills
 [12:30PM]    Death Becomes Her
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Golden Years
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Snatched
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Breeder
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Censure
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Kids
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Passion
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Past Imperfect
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Terminal
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Denial
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Navy Blues
 [2:00AM]    Rectify-Act as If
 [3:01AM]    Rectify-Mazel Tov
 [4:03AM]    Rectify-Weird As You
 [5:05AM]    Rectify-The Great Destroyer    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Faster', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Kunal Nayyar, Harland Williams, and Lillie Mae.

 [6:00 AM]      Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
 [8:00 AM]      Show Boat (1951)
 [10:00 AM]      Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
 [12:00 PM]      Kiss Me Kate (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      Rose Marie (1954)
 [4:00 PM]      Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
 [6:00 PM]      Kismet (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Babes in Arms (1939)
 [10:00 PM]      Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
 [11:45 PM]      Journey For Margaret (1942)
 [1:30 AM]      Sister Kenny (1946)
 [3:45 AM]      The Feminine Touch (1941)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #28 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  04/14/17

 [6:00 AM]      Old Acquaintance (1943)
 [8:15 AM]      Pillow To Post (1945)
 [10:00 AM]      Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
 [12:00 PM]      Harriet Craig (1950)
 [1:45 PM]      Mildred Pierce (1945)
 [3:45 PM]      Baby, the Rain Must Fall (1965)
 [5:45 PM]      Picnic (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      Imitation of Life (1959)
 [10:30 PM]      Magnificent Obsession (1954)
 [12:45 AM]      All That Heaven Allows (1955)
 [2:30 AM]      The Tarnished Angels (1958)
 [4:15 AM]      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, left, is presented with an honorary Canadian citizenship by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
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Popularity Soars

Bernie Sanders

As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders takes on a more public profile with numerous appearances and a scathing critique of President Donald Trump's administration, he retained his position as the United States' most popular senator, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

His socialist outlook was appealing to a large section of society, especially the youth, earning him an approval rating of 75 percent in his home state of Vermont. The Morning Consult poll released Tuesday assessed the job performance of senators by asking over 85,000 registered voters across the country to evaluate their senators for the period between January and March 2017.

However, Sanders saw a dip in his approval over the past few months as a similar poll in September 2016 put the percentage of people approving of him at 87 percent. Along with the 12 percent fall, the liberal's disapproval was up to 21 percent in the latest poll, nine percent higher than in September.

The Senate's majority leader and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell remained the least popular senator, according to the poll, with only 44 percent of Kentucky voters approving of him, compared to the 47 percent who disapproved. There has been some improvement in his approval ratings since September last year when only 39 percent approved of him, while 51 percent did not.

In the list of most unpopular senators, McConnell was followed by fellow Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Bernie Sanders


A folk artist from Cholistan performs at a folk heritage festival in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 12, 2017.
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UK's Daily Mail To Pay "Damages"


Britain's Daily Mail agreed on Wednesday to pay Melania Trump an undisclosed sum and issue an apology after it published an article saying the U.S. First Lady had offered "services beyond simply modeling" in her former job.

Donald Trump's wife, 46, had sued the publisher of the Daily Mail in Britain and also filed a $150 million (120 million pound) lawsuit against it in New York, claiming the article had cost her millions of dollars in potential business.

A person familiar with the situation said the settlement was worth less than $3 million, including legal costs and damages.

The Daily Mail, which runs what it calls the world's largest English-language newspaper website, apologized for the article on Wednesday and issued a retraction on its home page.

"An article on 20th August 2016 about Melania Trump... questioned the nature of her work as a professional model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modeling," publisher Associated Newspapers said.



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The Patriarchy Speaks

'Fearless Girl'

The sculptor of Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue on Wednesday demanded the removal of the "Fearless Girl" statue that's faced off against the bull since last month.

Arturo Di Modica said his 11-foot-tall bull is supposed to represent "freedom in the world, peace, strength, power and love" but "Fearless Girl" has turned his work's message into something negative.

The girl is right in front doing this, 'Now I'm here, what are you going to do?'" Di Modica complained.

An attorney for Di Modica, Norman Siegel, said the 4-foot-tall bronze girl was created as part of an advertising campaign for Boston-based investment firm State Street Global Advisors and its placement opposite the bull exploits the earlier sculpture for commercial gain and negates its positive message.

"The placement of the statue of the young girl in opposition to 'Charging Bull' has undermined the integrity and modified the 'Charging Bull'" Siegel said. "The 'Charging Bull' no longer carries a positive, optimistic message. Rather it has been transformed into a negative force and a threat."

'Fearless Girl'


A stuntman rides a motorcycle inside the "Well of Death" attraction during a fair in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 12, 2017.
Photo by Navesh Chitrakar


Suing Warner Bros.

Sylvester Stallone

In the 1993 science-fiction film Demolition Man, Sylvester Stallone's character is brought out of a decades-long state of cryopreservation to pursue a nemesis. The actor himself has now wakened from a slumber of a different kind to take on Warner Bros. over its accounting of profits on the film.

On Wednesday, through his loan-out company Rogue Marble, Stallone filed contract and fraud claims against the studio. In a complaint lodged in Los Angeles Superior Court, he alleges that the participation statement doesn't make sense while demanding a fuller accounting on Demolition Man, which also starred Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock. The film made about $58 million upon its theatrical release and much more in home video sales.

In taking on Warner Bros., Stallone is fighting the same studio that distributed 2015's Creed, which earned him an Oscar nomination. But the 70-year-old actor believes the time is right and is making a stab at doing something about "Hollywood Accounting" with the stated intention of helping others in the creative community.

The motion picture studios are notoriously greedy," states the complaint. "This one involves outright and obviously intentional dishonesty perpetrated against an international iconic talent. Here, WB decided it just wasn't going to account to Rogue Marble on the Film. WB just sat on the money owed to Rogue Marble for years and told itself, without any justification, that Rogue Marble was not owed any profits. When a representative of Rogue Marble asked for an accounting, WB balked and then sent a bogus letter asserting the Film was $66,926,628 unrecouped. When challenged about thisaccounting, it made a double-talk excuse, then prepared an actual profit participation statement for the same reporting period, and sent a check for $2,820,000 because the Film had in fact recouped its deficit."

Sylvester Stallone


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Allowing Guns In Its Capitol


Iowa is set to become the latest state to allow gun owners to keep firearms at their side while visiting the state Capitol, a move that has raised questions about how security workers would deal with armed visitors.

When Republican Gov. Terry Branstad (R-NRA Fluffer) signs the measure Thursday as part of a wide-ranging gun bill, it will mirror similar activity at statehouses around the U.S. in recent years.

Under the provision approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature, any U.S. resident with a valid weapons permit could bring a concealed handgun into the Iowa Capitol. About 275,000 people in Iowa have such a permit.

The provision would require building security staff to resolve staffing and training issues before it takes effect July 1.

The current setup has visitors passing through metal detectors at the building's two basement entrances, which are staffed by unarmed security guards. Armed state troopers also staff the Capitol and building grounds, though their locations and hours aren't disclosed.



A woman takes pictures of Easter eggs on display in front of St. Sofia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
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Sharia Bill


Legislators in the nation's largest conservative state of Texas sought Tuesday to chip away at the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, voting to let county judges and other elected officials recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses if they have personal religious objections.

The bill won preliminary approval in the Senate 21-10, with full Republican support and all but one Democrat opposing it. A final vote, expected to come Wednesday, sends it to the state House.

Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature only meets every two years, meaning state lawmakers weren't able to respond to the high court's June 2015 gay marriage decision until now. Should the bill become law, however, it will almost certainly be challenged as unconstitutional by federal lawsuits.

"If we don't do this, we are discriminating against people of faith," said the sponsor, Sen. Brian Birdwell, a Republican from Granbury about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth. He was referring to clerks, judges, justices of the peace and other elected officials empowered to issue marriage licenses in Texas' 254 counties.

"The Texas Senate today said it has no problem with public officials picking and choosing which taxpayers they will serve," Kathy Miller, president of the progressive activist group the Texas Freedom Network, said in a statement. "This bill opens the door to taxpayer-funded discrimination against virtually anyone who doesn't meet a public official's personal moral standards."



Promised Regulators Ticketed Passengers Are Guaranteed Seats


Less than three years before a passenger was forcibly removed from one of its aircrafts, United Airlines assured federal regulators that all ticketed passengers are guaranteed seats on flights. The promise was delivered in federal filings reviewed by International Business Times.

In September 2014 comments to federal officials, the Chicago-based airline outlined its opposition to proposed rules that sought more disclosure of the fees airlines charge to customers. One of the rules at issue was designed to compel airlines to more explicitly disclose fees charged for reserving specific seats.

Including advance-seat-assignment charges among the 'basic ancillary service' fees that must be disclosed as part of initial fare displays makes no sense," the airline wrote to the Department of Transportation. "Every ticket, of course, guarantees a passenger a seat on the plane, with no additional mandatory seat-assignment charges."

Later in the filing, United Airlines expanded on its promise to regulators that it guarantees every ticketed passenger a seat.

Importantly, every passenger who buys a ticket on a United flight or a flight on any of United's partners or competitors in the United States will be assigned a seat at no additional charge (though in some cases this will still happen at the gate)," the airline wrote. "Therefore, the rule does not need to prescribe how carriers must disclose charges concerning advance seat assignments because passengers need not purchase this service to receive a seat assignment."



Hooded penitents from "La Paz" brotherhood take part during a Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
Photo by Manu Fernandez


Again Hit by Severe Coral Bleaching

Great Barrier Reef

Two-thirds of the length of the Great Barrier Reef is suffering from bleaching, a condition likely to cause mass coral die-offs.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) announced yesterday (April 10) that 900 miles (1,500 kilometers) of reef have bleached in 2017, meaning the symbiotic (and often colorful) algae within the coral's tissues are expelled. The most severe impacts were seen on the middle third of the reef's length; the entire reef stretches for 1,430 miles (2,300 km) off northeastern Australia.

Bleaching doesn't necessarily kill corals outright, but leaves them crippled in their ability to get enough nutrients to survive. The algae within the corals, called zooxanthellae, provide the corals with crucial nutrients and help the corals remove waste. Without them, the corals are more vulnerable to disease. If the algae are unable to recolonize the corals, the corals are also vulnerable to starvation.

"This is the fourth time the Great Barrier Reef has bleached severely - in 1998, 2002, 2016 and now in 2017," James Kerry, a marine biologist with the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, said in a statement. "Bleached corals are not necessarily dead corals, but in the severe central region we anticipate high levels of coral loss."

In 2016, aerial surveys conducted by the ARC Center of Excellence revealed the most severe bleaching on record at the time. That bleaching event was partially spurred by El Niño, which brings warm water to reefs. High temperatures are a major source of stress for corals, which respond by expelling their algae, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). During last year's bleaching event, scientists found some hope in that the lower two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef had not been badly affected, and said that the bleached areas might bounce back.

Great Barrier Reef


Piece Together First Image Of Black Hole


After training a network of telescopes stretching from Hawaii to Antarctica to Spain at the heart of our galaxy for five nights running, astronomers said Wednesday they may have snapped the first-ever picture of a black hole.

It will take months to develop the image, but if scientists succeed the results may help peel back mysteries about what the universe is made of and how it came into being.

"Instead of building a telescope so big that it would probably collapse under its own weight, we combined eight observatories like the pieces of a giant mirror," said Michael Bremer, an astronomer at the International Research Institute for Radio Astronomy (IRAM) and a project manager for the Event Horizon Telescope.

The targeted supermassive black hole is hidden in plain sight, lurking in the centre of the Milky Way in a region called the Sagittarius constellation, some 26,000 light years from Earth.

Dubbed Sagittarius A* (Sgr A* for short), the gravity- and light-sucking monster weighs as much as four million Suns.




In Memory

Charlie Murphy

Hollywood is mourning the passing of Charlie Murphy, a gifted comedian who died of leukemia Wednesday at age 57. His younger brother Eddie Murphy has yet to make a statement, but the two were very close.

Of course, Charlie was famous in his own right, starring on and writing for "Chappelle's Show." Charlie was also slated to appear on the upcoming season of "Power" on Starz.

In a 2009 interview with Essence, Charlie spoke about his relationship with Eddie.

"I've never felt like I was living in anyone's shadow," the elder Murphy said. "My life was what it was. I was always proud of my brother. He helped me tremendously, but we're family so we were never in his shadow."

Charlie was Eddie's only sibling. He's survived by three children; two with his wife Tisha, who sadly died of cervical cancer in 2009.

Charlie Murphy



A young camel looks on at Veszprem Zoo, in Veszprem, 108 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 12 April 2017. The animal is twelve days old.
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