BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 20 April, 2017


20 April, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[76 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

A Choreographer's Voyage Within Dante's Inferno (YouTube)
Original Choreography by: Vivian Reach. Winifred Smith Hall, UCI. April 11, 2017 7:30 PM.

Garrison Keillor: So I was Up in Alaska (Washington Post)
Knowledge there comes from direct experience. And I just directly experienced the professionalism of police officers.

Greg Sargent: Trump may be about to break another big promise. That's very good news. (Washington Post)
President Trump has reversed himself on a lot of campaign promises lately, and some have rushed to credit him with learning on the job. While one hopes he is capable of this, his reversals also reflect the less admirable factor that his original campaign agenda was mostly fraudulent - and is now colliding violently with reality.

Mark Morford: We're all post-apocalyptic outlaws now (The Guardian)
Translation, this is the perfect time. To advance the cause. To birth the warrior. To deepen your resolve for more life at all costs. At the gates of hell, you plant seeds. In the midst of mania, you intend calm. You create fighters, resistance, you double, triple, quadruple your efforts as you join with the hundreds of millions of others of the same ilk, and you pass around the SPF 10,000 as you blink hard, deepen your intention and grab hands with those nearest to you. Then you lean into the fire, and laugh.

Claire Landsbaum: This Woman Has No Time for a Group of Far-Right Protesters (NY Mag)
"He put his finger in my face," she said. "It was very aggressive. A police officer was there, and the man took his finger out of my face. I wouldn't have responded violently." She added that she "wasn't intimidated in the slightest."

TERRY TEACHOUT: What Price Zelda? (Commentary Magazine)
The extraordinary afterlife of an ordinary writer.

Terry Teachout: The Greater Renoir (Commentary Magazine)
The son also rises.

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4:20 Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

This single was Brewer & Shipley's biggest hit and prompted Spiro Agnew to proclaim that the song, with its reference to marijuana use, was "blatant drug-culture propaganda" and "threatens to sap our national strength." What is the name of this song?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Who was the official clown of the Grateful Dead?

       Wavy Gravy                                                      Source

Wavy Gravy (born Hugh Nanton Romney, May 15, 1936) is an American entertainer and activist for peace, best known for his hippie appearance, personality and countercultural beliefs. His moniker was given to him by B.B. King at the Texas International Pop Festival in 1969. "It's worked pretty well through my life," he says, "except with telephone operators - I have to say 'Gravy, first initial W.'"

Wavy Gravy founded and co-founded several organizations, including Camp Winnarainbow, the Seva Foundation and the Hog Farm, an activist commune. He was also the official clown of the Grateful Dead and has two radio shows on Sirius Satellite Radio's Jam On station.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   Wavy Gravy

Alan J wrote:
   Wavy Gravy.

Stephen F said:
   Wavy Gravy

Mark. responded:
   Official clown of the Grateful Dead, huh. It could be almost any of the Merry Pranksters or even Bob Weir, but it's probably Wavy Gravy.

David of Moon Valley replied:
   i'm just gonna guess on this one and say Wavy Gravy (saw him again couple months back at a David Bromberg show at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley)
  (Hey Deborah, looks like it may be sunny Spring days for a bit, at least through the weekend!)

Adam answered:
   Wavy Gravy

Deborah wrote:
   Oh, I know this one: Wavy Gravy.
  Back to typical post-frontal spring weather: breezy, sunny, warm-ish, big puffy cumulus clouds floating by - loving it.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Bozo the Clown

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   The official clown of the Grateful Dead was Wavy Gravy, man.

Daniel in The City answered:
   Wavy Gravy. I've run into him a lot here in the Bay Area.

zorch responded:
   Wavy Gravy

DJ Useo said:
   Wavy Gravy is his name, ask him again & he'll go insane.
  I had the honor of meeting him a few times at work. It was a treat to see him comes ambling down the street in his distinctive outfit.
  We all loved him, & enjoyed his being there. He also had great taste in music.

Billy in Cypress wrote:
   The official clown of the Grateful Dead was Wavy Gravy; whereas, the official clown of the great USA, is CpPDJT-ID. And, he will be until he becomes the OFFICIAL UNDERTAKER.

Joe S     answered:
   None other than (tada) Wavy Gravy!

Gene took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Dale of 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 20 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 20 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

One key way soggy California could save water for the next dry spell - LA Times

Poisons are us | The Seattle Times

Seeing the forest for the trees: What one oak tells us about climate change | The Seattle Times

'Fargo' And Bill Nye Make Promising Returns To The Small Screen : NPR

Not Just For Foreign Foods: Fair-Trade Label Comes To U.S. Farms : The Salt : NPR

You Know What They Say....Small Inauguration.....Small Super Bowl Celebration

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Current Events

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     We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!



Reader Recommendation

Teacher of the Year - TODAY!

See that woman in the lower left corner? That's the Maryland State Teacher of the Year. That's Sia Kyriakakos, she's one of the four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. She's also my daughter-in-law and mother of my two beautiful, talented granddaughters. I think she's gonna win.



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

How much do we know about Blackwater founder Erik Prince - and his secretive role in shaping Trump's foreign policy? -

Poll: Trump woes take toll on GOP - POLITICO

Boston's EMPath Program Uses Science to Fight Family Poverty - The Atlantic

Scott Pruitt's New Plan for the EPA Will Destroy Towns Like This One | Mother Jones

Trump's deep links to organized crime: Federal investigators know and the public is catching on -

China approved three Ivanka trademarks on same day she met with Xi: report | TheHill

Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits are the ultimate grift: The more he vacations, the more he profits -

2 Months In, Trump May Already Own A First: Most Corrupt POTUS. Ever. | The Huffington Post

Here are the 6 weirdest things we've learned so far from Alex Jones' custody trial -

Scientists Brace for a Lost Generation in American Research - The Atlantic

Etiquette Experts Weigh In On Trump's Awkward Walking Distance From Melania | The Huffington Post

Trump's Call To Turkey's Erdogan Highlights The Ethical Mess He's Brought To The White House | The Huffington Post

The Continuing Fallout from Trump and Nunes's Fake Scandal - The New Yorker



Team Coco


Chris O'Donnell: Trump Was Cut From "Scent Of A Woman"



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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Last Night

Sunny and breezy.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'The Great Indoors', then a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', then a RERUN 'The Amazing Race'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Elisabeth Moss, Anthony Atamanuik, and Sheryl Crow.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Anne Hathaway, Armie Hammer, Rob Delaney, and 6lack.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'Powerless', then a FRESH 'The Blacklist', followed by another FRESH 'The Blacklist'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Bob Odenkirk, Lucy Hale, Robert Irwin, Brad Paisley, and Dweezil Zappa.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/28/17) are Scarlett Johansson, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Mario Batali.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/30/17) are Brooklyn Decker, the Menzingers, and Gina Torres.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'Scandal', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'The Catch'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Magic Johnson, Gabourey Sidibe, and Dua Lipa.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH 'H1Z1: Fight For The Crown'.

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', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH '60 Days In', then a FRESH 'Nightwatch'.

AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon 3', followed by the movie '3:10 To Yuma', then the movie 'Saving Private Ryan'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Daleks In Manhattan-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-Evolution Of The Daleks-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-The Lazarus Experiment
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-42
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Deserts - Life in the Furnace
 [2:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
 [3:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Jungles - People of the Trees
 [4:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
 [5:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power
 [6:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Rivers - Friend and Foe
 [7:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
 [8:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
 [9:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Deserts - Life in the Furnace
 [10:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
 [11:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Jungles - People of the Trees
 [12:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
 [1:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Rivers - Friend and Foe
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Deserts - Life in the Furnace    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Rashida Jones.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Stephanie Simbari, Desus Nice, and The Kid Mero.

FX has the movie 'Taken 3', followed by the movie 'White House Down'.

History has 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Swamp People: Blood & Guts', then a FRESH 'Swamp People', and 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [7:00AM]    BROCKMIRE-Retaliation
 [7:30AM]    BIO-DOME
 [9:45AM]    IDIOCRACY
 [1:30PM]    INCEPTION
 [4:45PM]    INCEPTION
 [1:30AM]    ALEX CROSS

Sundance  -   
 [6:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Carnival
 [6:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Banjo-Playing Deputy
 [7:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The New Housekeeper
 [7:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Manhunt
 [8:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Guitar Player
 [9:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Ellie Comes to Town
 [9:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Irresistible Andy
 [10:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Runaway Kid
 [10:45AM]    (500) Days of Summer
 [12:45PM]    Little Miss Sunshine
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Happily Ever After
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-By Hooker, by Crook
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Torrents of Greed
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Torrents of Greed
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-The Serpent's Tooth
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Old Friends
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-House Counsel
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Ambitious
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Standoff
 [1:56AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Holy Mojo
 [2:56AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo
 [3:56AM]    Rectify-Until You're Blue
 [4:58AM]    Rectify-Unhinged    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse', then the movie 'Salt'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Dana Carvey and Claudia O'Doherty.

 [6:45 AM]      Blondie Of The Follies (1932)
 [8:45 AM]      Without Lying Down - Frances Marion and the Powerful Women in Hollywood (2000)
 [10:00 AM]      Knight Without Armour (1937)
 [12:00 PM]      Anna Christie (1930)
 [1:45 PM]      Camille (1937)
 [4:00 PM]      The Big House (1930)
 [5:45 PM]      Dinner at Eight (1933)
 [8:00 PM]      On the Town (1949)
 [10:00 PM]      By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
 [12:00 AM]      The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
 [2:00 AM]      Rear Window (1954)
 [4:15 AM]      The Window (1949)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  04/21/17

 [6:00 AM]      Smart Blonde (1936)
 [7:15 AM]      Fly Away Baby (1937)
 [8:30 AM]      The Adventurous Blonde (1937)
 [9:45 AM]      Blondes at Work (1938)
 [11:00 AM]      Torchy Blane in Panama (1938)
 [12:15 PM]      Torchy Gets Her Man (1938)
 [1:30 PM]      Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1938)
 [2:30 PM]      Torchy Runs For Mayor (1939)
 [3:45 PM]      Possessed (1947)
 [5:45 PM]      Dear Heart (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      An Affair To Remember (1957)
 [10:15 PM]      Brief Encounter (1945)
 [12:00 AM]      Humoresque (1946)
 [2:15 AM]      Autumn Leaves (1956)
 [4:15 AM]      Queen Bee (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Models struggle against strong wind before the rehearsal of Christian Dior's Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017 live show to celebrate Dior's new flagship store at the rooftop of Ginza Six mall in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2017.
Photo by Toru Hanai


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Rupert News Finally Fires


In a shocking reversal of fortune for one of the most prominent voices in TV news, Bill O'Reilly has been ousted from Fox News Channel amid the firestorm over sexual harassment allegations leveled against the host in recent years.

Parent company 21st Century Fox said Wednesday: "After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel."

The decision to turn O'Reilly loose appears to have been made between Tuesday and Wednesday by the Murdochs, the family who control the operations of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox. O'Reilly has been off the air since last Wednesday, part of what was billed a planned vacation around the Easter holiday. He had initially planned to return to his 8 p.m. show "The O'Reilly Factor" on April 24. But as outrage mounted and new allegations of inappropriate behavior surfaced, it became clear to the Murdochs and other leaders of Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox that the company could no longer afford to back the star who helped bring Fox News to prominence nearly 20 years ago.

O'Reilly has been enmeshed in controversy since the start of this month after The New York Times reported that five women have received payments coming to about $13 million in exchange for agreeing not to pursue litigation or speak about accusations related to sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. O'Reilly has denied the allegations and said he entered into settlements to spare his family. O'Reilly's attorney said Tuesday that the host was the target of a "smear campaign" funded by far-left advocacy groups.

As the controversy snowballed Dozens of advertisers have yanked their commercials from his program and insisted they run elsewhere in Fox News' programming schedule. Producers have had to prepare for eight to ten minutes of additional content each night on the network's "Factor" to make up for the migrating ad time.



An Egyptian archaeologist documents the content of the tomb of Userhat, a judge from the New Kingdom at the Dra Abu-el Naga necropolis near the Nile city of Luxor, south of Cairo, Egypt April 18, 2017.
Photo by Sherif Fahmy


Calls Off Coulter Talk

UC Berkeley

Ann Coulter's (R-Ghoul) planned appearance at the University of California, Berkeley next week has been called off for security concerns.

UC Berkeley officials say they were "unable to find a safe and suitable" venue for the right-wing provocateur who was invited to speak by campus Republicans on April 27.

In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans sent Tuesday, Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy said officials made the decision in consultation with campus police who determined they could not ensure the safety of Coulter, audience members or protesters expected at the event.

The cancellation comes days after violent clashes between far-right and far-left protesters Saturday at a rally supporting Donald Trump (R-Loser) in downtown Berkeley.

UC Berkeley


Newhead News


Ice Sheets Could Disappear Faster Than Previously Thought


Antarctica's ice may melt faster than previously thought as result of a newly discovered network of lakes and streams that destabilize the continent's ice shelves, according to new research - making them more vulnerable to collapse.

Scientists have long understood that water from melted ice harm ice sheets by flowing into cracks and refreezing, but that phenomenon was thought to be limited to a small part of the continent. Researchers behind a new study published in the journal Nature this week found that the process has been ongoing for decades and actually occurs across the continent including in places where scientists did not think liquid water was commonly found. The pace of the damage will increase as temperatures continue to rise as a result of man-made global warming.

"This is not in the future-this is widespread now, and has been for decades," says study author Jonathan Kingslake, who studies glaciers at Columbia University, in a press release. "I think most polar scientists have considered water moving across the surface of Antarctica to be extremely rare. But we found a lot of it, over very large areas."

The study draws on satellite images of the continent dating back to 1973 and aerial photos collected by military planes from as early as 1947. The scale of some of the water systems is staggering with some streams extending as long as 75 miles and some lakes stretching several miles across, according to the study.

Antarctica holds 90% of the world's ice and rapid ice melt and the associated collapse of ice sheets could have profound effects across the globe, including a steep rise in sea levels, but much remains unknown about the speed at which Antarctic ice is melting. An accompanying study also published in Nature this week evaluates a specific region in Antarctica - the Nansen Ice Shelf - and finds that the worst destabilizing effects are avoided as the melted water drains into the ocean. It remains unclear which ice sheets will respond like Nansen and which will have the destabilizing effect seen elsewhere.



People work in tulip fields surrounding Keukenhof spring garden, in Lisse, some 20 kilometers form Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Keukenhof has more than 7 million bulbs in bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips and is open from March 23 until May 21, 2017.
Photo by Peter Dejong


Unearthed In Philippines

Giant Shipworm

An enormous black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria has been unveiled by scientists for the first time.

The slimy giant shipworm can grow up to 155 centimetres (five feet) in length, despite living a sedentary life in ocean sediment and apparently eating nothing more than the waste products of the micro-organisms that live in its gills.

The shipworm is a not actually a worm at all, but a bivalve -- like mussels and clams -- and has its own brittle, tusk-like shell.

Researchers who analysed the creature found that although it had its own digestive system, this was shrunken and appeared to be largely redundant.

Instead, Kuphus Polythalamia relies on bacteria that live in its gills, which digest hydrogen sulphide -- a gas that smells of rotten eggs -- from the mud and emit traces of carbon.

Giant Shipworm


Digby's Hullabaloo


Not Reopening Under T-rump

Coal Plants

The CEO of the nation's biggest public utility said Tuesday that the agency isn't going to reopen coal-fired power plants under Donald Trump (R-Fabulist), who has promised a comeback for the downtrodden coal industry.

Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson said he thinks very little will actually change for the federal utility under Trump.

TVA has said it's on track to cut its carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2020, compared with 2005 levels. By the end of 2018, the utility will have retired five of its original 11 coal-fired power plants.

Trump, meanwhile, has begun repealing President Barack Obama-era environmental regulations aimed at reducing pollution from mining and burning coal. He has promised to repeal and already ordered a review of the Clean Power Plan, Obama's centerpiece push to curb climate change by limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants.

Johnson said the retirement of many of TVA's coal plants was the cheapest way to serve customers, which include more than 9 million people in seven southeastern states. Natural gas prices, not regulation, caused the recent downturn for coal, Johnson said.

Coal Plants


Pedestrians cross the Millenium Bridge in central London, Britain April 17, 2017.
Photo by Stefan Wermuth


Won't Run For Re-Election


Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Weasel), a Republican who doggedly investigated Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election but declined to investigate Donald Trump (R-Grifter), abruptly announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election.

Chaffetz, who has been rumored as a possible candidate for Senate or governor, said that after consulting with his family and "prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018."

The 50-year-old Chaffetz had strolled to four easy re-elections in his Republican-friendly congressional district. But he was facing a surprising challenge from a Democratic newcomer who raised more than a half-million dollars by tapping into anger over Chaffetz's recent comment suggesting people should spend their money on health insurance instead of iPhones.

Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also drew fire from Democrats after saying he would not investigate Trump's business empire, given that he had promised before the presidential election that he would investigate Clinton "for years" if she was elected.

Still, Chaffetz has run into political turbulence. He was met by frequent, deafening boos at a February town hall as constituents grilled him on everything from investigating Trump's tax returns to Planned Parenthood. Chaffetz repeatedly said, "hold on," and "give me a second," as audience members in a Salt Lake City suburb reacted negatively to nearly all of his statements and implored him to "do your job" and investigate Trump.



Cuts US Flights, Blaming T-rump


Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, slashed its flights to the United States by 20 percent Wednesday, blaming a drop in demand on tougher U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from some Muslim-majority nations.

The Dubai government-owned carrier's decision is the strongest sign yet that new measures imposed on U.S.-bound travelers from the Mideast could be taking a financial toll on fast-growing Gulf carriers that have expanded rapidly in the U.S.

Dubai was one of 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries affected by a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights.

Emirates' hub at Dubai International Airport, the world's third-busiest, is also a major transit point for travelers who were affected by Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) executive orders temporarily halting entry to citizens of six countries.

Emirates said the flight reductions will affect five of its 12 U.S. destinations, with the first cutbacks starting next month.



Sigurdur William Brynjarsson stands in the mouth of an ice cave as Iceland's Vatnajökull glacier is bathed in an orange glow.
Photo by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson


Climate Change-Driven

'River Piracy'

Over the course of just a few days last spring, a river fed by a melting glacier in Canada's Yukon region completely changed course - an unprecedented event that scientists say is the first case of "river piracy" observed over such short period of time. The culprit? Greenhouse gas-driven climate change.

Geologists have seen river piracy, but nobody to our knowledge has documented it happening in our lifetime. People had looked at the geological record - thousands or millions of years ago - not the 21st century, where it's happening under our noses," Dan Shugar, a geoscientist at the University of Washington Tacoma, and lead author of a study detailing the observations, said in a statement. "So far, a lot of the scientific work surrounding glaciers and climate change has been focused on sea-level rise. Our study shows there may be other underappreciated, unanticipated effects of glacial retreat."

While studying the Slims River - which, for hundreds of years, was fed by meltwater from Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada and which, in turn, fed the Kluane Lake in Yukon - Shugar and his colleagues discovered an abrupt drop in water levels over four days, from May 26 to 29. By late summer, they found that there was barely any water flowing in the river.

Further observations revealed something even more surprising. Much of the meltwater that flowed into the Bering Sea via the Slims River had been, as a result of the glacier's receding toe, redirected south toward the Gulf of Alaska. As a result, even as the Slims River dried up, the south-flowing Alsek River, a popular whitewater rafting river that is a UNESCO world heritage site, began running higher.

Until now, scientists thought that such "river piracy" phenomenon, wherein the waters of one stream are diverted into another one, only took place over a period of centuries, not days.

'River Piracy'


May Not Exist

'Sterile' Neutrinos

Proposed elusive subatomic particles that only fleetingly interact with matter through gravity may not exist, at least if new data from a nuclear reactor is any indication.

Scientists had long noticed a discrepancy between the predicted and actual number of antineutrinos, or the antimatter partners to neutrinos, produced in nuclear reactors. Now, a new analysis suggests that this reactor antineutrino discrepancy isn't the result of a new hypothetical particle known as a sterile neutrino. Instead, the theoretical models may have been wrong all along, data from the Daya Bay nuclear plant in China suggests.

"Among the possible explanations, the most exciting one is that we have a new piece of physics," such as sterile neutrinos, said Kam-Liu Bak, the spokesperson for the Daya Bay Collaboration. "That explanation is now unlikely."

Neutrinos are nearly massless, chargeless and incredibly elusive particles. The ghostly particles are produced in the sun's fiery heart and 100 billion pass through each centimeter of our bodies unnoticed every day. Their antimatter partners, called antineutrinos, form in nuclear reactors (on Earth) during beta decay, a process whereby a heavy isotope ejects a neutron from its nucleus, which then converts into an electron and an antineutrino.

It is this beta decay process that is at the heart of the so-called reactor antineutrino anomaly. In 2011, scientists updated a theoretical particle physics model that predicted how often antineutrinos should be detected inside nuclear reactors. Based on this new model, data from around the world revealed that reactors were producing fewer antineutrinos then expected: Some of the predicted antineutrinos were somehow vanishing.

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