BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 21 May, 2020


21 May, 2020

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Mike Pence Plans Gigantic National Exorcism to Combat Coronavirus - Michael Egan, Humor Times

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

In this 1975 fad, what object was marketed like a live pet, in custom cardboard boxes, complete with straw and breathing holes, and a 32-page official training manual?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The most successful single of Louis Armstrong's career also won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1965, and when it hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it ended the Beatles' streak of three number-one hits in a row over 14 consecutive weeks. What is the title of this song?

       "Hello Dolly"                                                      Source

"Hello, Dolly!" is the title song of the popular 1964 musical of the same name. Louis Armstrong's version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.

"Hello, Dolly!" was first sung by Carol Channing, who starred as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the original 1964 Broadway cast. In December 1963, at the behest of his manager, Louis Armstrong made a demonstration recording of "Hello, Dolly!" for the song's publisher to use to promote the show. Hello, Dolly! opened on January 16, 1964 at the St. James Theatre in New York City, and it quickly became a major success.

The same month, Kapp Records released Armstrong's publishing demo as a commercial single. His version reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, ending the Beatles' streak of three number-one hits in a row over 14 consecutive weeks (in addition to holding the second and third chart positions) and becoming the most successful single of Armstrong's career, followed by a gold-selling album of the same name. The song also spent nine weeks atop the adult contemporary chart shortly after the opening of the musical. The song also made Armstrong the oldest artist ever to reach #1 on the Hot 100 since its introduction in 1958. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 3 song of 1964, behind the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You."

"Hello, Dolly!" won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1965, and Armstrong received a Grammy for Best Vocal Performance, Male. Louis Armstrong also performed the song (together with Barbra Streisand) in the popular 1969 film Hello, Dolly!.        Source

Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly - YouTube

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Hello Dolly.

Mark. said:
   This is a very difficult question. Louis Armstrong's most successful single was "What a Wonderful World," which was released in 1967.
  Therefore it could not have won a Grammy Award as Song of the Year in 1965. (The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from "The Sandpiper") won that award.)

Randall wrote:
   gotta be Hello Dolly

mj answered:
   While I personally prefer
  What a Wonderful World, he got the acclaim for Hello Dolly.

Mac Mac replied:
   Hello Dolly

Stephen F responded:
   Hello Dolly

zorch said:
   "Hello Dolly" from the musical of the same name.

Dave wrote:
   What a Wonderful World. Primarily known as the most accomplished, most skilled and most influential jazz trumpeter of all time, Armstrong also sang a bit and did some acting (usually playing himself). His gravelly voice couldn't be imitated. Although Armstrong wasn't often vocal about racial discrimination, he sometimes vented his frustrations, and his status was such that he didn't pay a professional price.

Adam answered:
   Hello Dolly

Cal in Vermont replied:
   Hello, Dolly.

Micki responded:
   "Hello Dolly." I almost said "What a Wonderful World," which was used in the films Good Morning, Vietnam and 12 Monkeys. "Hello Dolly" was from the 1964 musical and 1969 film of the same name. Louis Armstrong was in the film.

Deborah, the Master Gardener, wrote:
   Is it "Hello, Dolly"? I want to say "What a Wonderful World" but I think that was later. I'm not sure…
  Congrats on the Gulf Fritillary caterpillars. I hope you have a bumper crop of them.

Jacqueline said:
   Is it What a Wonderful World? It's either that or Hello Dolly.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, answered:
   Hello, Dolly!

John I from Hawai`i says,
   Hello Dolly

Kevin K. in Washington, DC, replied:
   "Hello, Dolly!"

Dave in Tucson responded:
   The title is "What a Wonderful World".

Billy in Cypress U$A said:
   Hello, Dolly

Barbara, of Peppy Tech fame answered:
   The answer is "Hello, Dolly!"

Daniel in The City replied:
   Hello, Dolly!

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Music: "Right Place Wrong Time" from the album LIVE AND IN LOCKDOWN

Artist: Monster Mike Welch

Artist Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Info: "When I was asked to do a streaming concert on Can't Stop The Blues' Facebook page, I knew I wanted to present something like what I do in a full band live situation - no disrespect to those doing solo acoustic streaming concerts, but that's not what I do best! So I went to work building backing tracks that felt like playing with my favorite musicians, and then sang and played lead guitar live to camera with the prerecorded tracks behind me. I'm really proud of the result, and while we're in these bizarre isolated times, I thought it would be nice to put out some new music for people to enjoy."

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Michigan: thousands evacuated after 'catastrophic' dam failures | US news | The Guardian

A proposed mine in Alaska will endanger brown bears - and much more | Environment | The Guardian

He opposed public lands and wildlife protections. Trump gave him a top environment job | Environment | The Guardian

Jane Roe's deathbed confession exposes the immorality of the Christian right | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian

Study: Surgical masks can reduce spread of COVID-19 virus by up to 75% - SFGate

Study: Surgical masks can reduce spread of COVID-19 virus by up to 75% - SFGate

Obama would beat Trump in head-to-head match-up: poll

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Pennsylvania Dems Are Crushing It With Their Vote By Mail Efforts & Trump Should Be Terrified

Annals of Trump's stupidity: Read Tom Friedman's "Is Trump Challenging Mother Nature to a Duel?"

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Norma McCorvey, who was 'Jane Roe,' from Roe v. Wade, made a stunning deathbed confession. Does that change anything about the abortion debate? - The Washington Post

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Trump's court jesters: Barr tries to protect his boss - is Graham shoving him off a cliff? |

Fox News' coronavirus coverage decreased more than 40% over the past month, study reveals |

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Trump very worried about losing Michigan Electoral College votes and, by the way, criminal immunity

Trump administration is suddenly demanding solar and wind farms pay two years of retroactive rent

Dear 'pro-Trump' Republican docs: That's 'hippocratic' oath, not 'hypocritical' oath

Trump's war with the CDC is going to kill more Americans

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• Early in their careers, before making it really big, the four members of the vocal group 98 Degrees decided that they would like to sing the national anthem at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. They sent in a demo tape, but they were told that singers were already signed up for the national anthem for the rest of the season. However, the members of 98 Degrees decided to take action on their own. They went down to Dodger Stadium on a workday and sang outside the stadium on the sidewalk. Many people stopped and listened to them, including many members of the Dodger organization. Eventually, the booking executive for the Dodgers came out to talk to them, and because of their talent, she offered them their choice of a few games at which to sing the national anthem. Ohio boys all, the members of 98 Degrees choose to sing at a game between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds.

• The musicians who make up the music group They Might Be Giants - John Linnell and John Flansburgh - occasionally create engaging oddities of music. For example, on their 2007 album The Else appears a song titled "Contrecoup," the lyrics of which contain the words "contrecoup" (which means an injury that is caused by a secondary blow), "limerent" (which means intensely and romantically desiring another person), and "craniosophic" (which means having a comprehensive knowledge of skulls). Why would They Might Be Giants write a song with lyrics that contain those three particular words? Because lexicologist Erin McKean, editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, wanted them to. She is afraid that these words will vanish because of disuse, and to prevent that from happening she wants creative people to begin using these words.

• Mahalia Jackson was active in the civil rights movement, singing often to raise money for the cause. She also was occasionally able to get involved in integrating audiences who had come to hear her sing. At a Baptist church in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mahalia saw that her audience consisted of both black people and white people - and that the two groups of people were segregated. Blacks were sitting in the balcony and in the back of the main floor, and whites were sitting in the front of the main floor. Mahalia told the audience, "Some of you people in the balcony might want to come on down here in front - got some seats down here. And any of you folks rather sit back a little from the singing, feel free to take any seat that's vacated." Some people changed seats, and Mahalia started singing to an integrated audience.

• All too often a rock band will have a stellar first album followed by a mediocre second album - the result of putting the band's best material on the first album. How to solve this problem? Johnny Ramone of the Ramones knew how: "We already had 30 to 35 songs, and we recorded them in the chronological order that we wrote them. I didn't want the second album to be a letdown by picking through the best songs for the first one and using the lesser songs for the second album." Fortunately, the Ramones' material was strong enough that both their first and second albums are stellar.

• Lucy Lawless, the actress who played the title role in the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, is also a singer and problem-solver. In January of 2007, she performed at a sold-out concert in the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, she was plagued by a bad sound system for her first two songs, so she asked her fans to turn around and face the sound booth. Then Ms. Lawless told the people in the sound booth that these people "want to hear me." The sound problem was quickly fixed - no one wants to face 500 angry Xena fans!

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Trump's court jesters: Barr tries to protect his boss - is Graham shoving him off a cliff? | Salon | Digby

Dozens of Nurses Have Died of COVID-19. The Rest Are Still Forced to Reuse Masks. | Daily Beast

Jane Roe's "conversion" confession: More proof the religious right is run by grifters and liars | Salon

Pelosi says she gave Trump 'dose of his own medicine' with weight comments | Politico

Trump says he'll cut off funding to states that make it easier to vote | Vox

Scandal at State: A huge arms deal, a revolving-door lobbyist and the fired inspector general | Salon

House probes Trump's quiet removal of inspector general amid investigation into Elaine Chao | Salon

Report suggests Republican voter suppression tactics failed in Wisconsin | Vox

Construction firm lands $1.3 billion border wall contract after repeatedly wooing Trump on Fox News | Salon

Trump dismisses hydroxychloroquine study that undermines him as a "Trump enemy statement" | Vox

That Viral Mask Study Was Done on Hamsters | Slate

Under cover of pandemic, Trump taking major steps toward autocracy: Where's the media? | Salon

Why Trump, GOP are running into trouble in Arizona | The Hill

Two Weeks Ago, She Predicted Trump Would Use COVID to Arrest Obama. Now She's a GOP Senate Candidate | Daily Beast

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Last Night

Still sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Young Sheldon', followed by a FRESH 'Man With A Plan', then a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a FRESH 'Broke', then a RERUN 'SWAT'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Joe Biden, and Milky Chance & Jack Johnson.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Rob Gronkowski, Venus Williams, and HAIM.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Celebrity Escape Room', followed by the FRESH 'Red Nose Day Special'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Sofia Vergara, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, and Courtney Barnett.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Janelle Monáe and Patton Oswalt.
On a RERUN Lilly Singh (from 2/3/20) is Ilana Glazer.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire', followed by a FRESH 'Holey Moley', then a FRESH 'To Tell The Truth'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel is Kevin Hart.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Burden Of Truth', followed by a FRESH 'In The Dark'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Celebrity Watch Party', followed by a FRESH 'Labor Of Love'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Tombstone', followed by the movie 'Fury'.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Preemptive Strike
 [10:00AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - All Good Things ...
 [11:00AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - All Good Things ...
 [12:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Encounter at Farpoint
 [1:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Encounter at Farpoint
 [3:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Code of Honor
 [4:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - The Last Outpost
 [5:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Where No One Has Gone Before
 [6:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Lonely Among Us
 [8:00PM]   ROBIN HOOD
 [11:00PM]   ROBIN HOOD
 [2:00AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Encounter at Farpoint
 [3:00AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - Encounter at Farpoint

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', then a FRESH 'Top Chef', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens: Live'.

Comedy Central has last night's 'Trevor', 1½ hours of old 'The Office', then 2 hours of old 'RENO 911'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show it's The Daily Social Distancing Show.
Lights Out with David Spade

FX has the movie 'Pacific Rim: Uprising', followed by the movie 'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle', then the movie 'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle', again.

History has all old 'Alone' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00A]   That '70s Show
 [6:30A]   The Three Stooges - Mummy's Dummies
 [6:45A]   Piranha 3D
 [8:45A]   Godzilla
 [11:30A]   Point Break
 [2:00P]   That '70s Show
 [2:30P]   That '70s Show
 [3:00P]   That '70s Show
 [3:30P]   That '70s Show
 [4:00P]   That '70s Show
 [4:30P]   That '70s Show
 [5:00P]   That '70s Show
 [5:30P]   That '70s Show
 [6:00P]   That '70s Show
 [6:30P]   That '70s Show
 [7:00P]   Two and a Half Men
 [7:30P]   Two and a Half Men
 [8:00P]   Two and a Half Men
 [8:30P]   Two and a Half Men
 [9:00P]   Two and a Half Men
 [9:30P]   Two and a Half Men
 [10:00P]   Two and a Half Men
 [10:30P]   Two and a Half Men
 [11:00P]   Two and a Half Men
 [11:30P]   Two and a Half Men
 [12:00A]   That '70s Show
 [12:30A]   That '70s Show
 [1:00A]   That '70s Show
 [1:30A]   That '70s Show
 [2:00A]   That '70s Show
 [2:30A]   That '70s Show
 [3:00A]   That '70s Show
 [3:30A]   That '70s Show
 [4:00A]   That '70s Show
 [4:30A]   That '70s Show
 [5:00A]   That '70s Show
 [5:30A]   That '70s Show     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [6:30am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [7:00am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [7:30am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [8:00am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [8:30am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [9:00am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [9:30am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [10:00am]   Inside Man
 [1:00pm]   Law & Order
 [2:00pm]   Law & Order
 [3:00pm]   Law & Order
 [4:00pm]   Law & Order
 [5:00pm]   Law & Order
 [6:00pm]   Law & Order
 [7:00pm]   Law & Order
 [8:00pm]   Law & Order
 [9:00pm]   Law & Order
 [10:00pm]   Law & Order
 [11:00pm]   Law & Order
 [12:00am]   The Split - Episode 1
 [1:22am]   Law & Order
 [2:21am]   Law & Order
 [3:20am]   The Split - Episode 1
 [4:40am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [5:15am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [5:50am]   The Andy Griffith Show    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Mummy Returns', followed by the movie 'The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor', then a FRESH 'Vagrant Queen'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 4/7/20) is Stephen Colbert.

TCM spends the night with Edward G. Robinson
 [6:30 AM]      Yellow Jack (1938)
 [8:00 AM]      Fugitive Lovers (1934) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [9:30 AM]      Hide-Out (1934) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [11:00 AM]      Piccadilly Jim (1936)
 [12:45 PM]      Ever Since Eve (1937)
 [2:15 PM]      Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
 [4:00 PM]      Night Must Fall (1937)
 [6:00 PM]      Lady in the Lake (1947)
 [8:00 PM]      Kid Galahad (1937)
 [10:00 PM]      Smart Money (1931) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [11:30 PM]      Double Indemnity (1944)
 [1:30 AM]      The Stranger (1946)
 [3:15 AM]      Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
 [5:15 AM]      Illegal (1955)

Friday   -  05/22/20

 [7:00 AM]      Blackmail (1939)
 [8:30 AM]      Soylent Green (1973)
 [10:15 AM]      Morning Glory (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [11:45 AM]      The Actress (1953)
 [1:30 PM]      The Star (1953)
 [3:15 PM]      Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
 [5:30 PM]      The Legend Of Lylah Clare (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      Mad Monster Party (1967)
 [10:00 PM]      The Daydreamer (1966)
 [12:00 AM]      The Wacky World of Mother Goose (1967)
 [1:30 AM]      Nursery Rhyme Mysteries (1943)
 [2:00 AM]      The Harder They Come (1972)
 [4:00 AM]      Eraserhead (1977)
 [5:45 AM]      The House in the Middle (1954)    (ALL TIMES EST)

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Virtual Ceremony

Daytime Emmys

The 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air on CBS as a two-hour live show on Friday, June 26, returning the awards show to broadcast primetime for the first time since 2011. The ceremony, to run from 8-10 PM ET/PT, will air as a virtual event after organizers the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences were forced to cancel its planned, newly expanded three-night 2020 edition in Pasadena because of the COVID-19 shutdown.

Nominations will be announced Thursday during CBS' The Talk and on

This year will mark the 14th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmys, more than any other network. The ceremony has been streaming on online platforms since 2015, when it aired on Pop TV.

The June 26 telecast on CBS will showcase the leading Daytime Emmy categories, with winners and special guests appearing from home. Additional categories will be announced at the same time on Twitter, while others will be presented in a separate ceremony in July.

Daytime Emmys



Episodes in Original Aspect Ratio

'The Simpsons'

Fans of "The Simpsons" can rejoice in knowing that classic episodes of the show can now be seen in their original aspect ratio on Disney+ beginning May 28.

"The even more important most important tweet I can make! As always you have been heard! @theSimpsonsepisodes will be available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio on #DisneyPlus beginning 5/28," Al Jean, the current "Simpsons" showrunner, announced on Wednesday as part of the Disney #StreamingDay.

The entire "Simpsons" catalog has been available on Disney since its launch but only in an updated widescreen format. Fans of the show demanded that Disney add options to also view the show as it was originally broadcast.

Episodes of the show from the '90s that were originally broadcast in a boxed, 4:3 aspect ratio often looked cropped after being enlarged for today's TVs. Characters' heads or bodies might be awkwardly cut out of the frame, or jokes that "The Simpsons" writers would pack into the margins would often be lost.

'The Simpsons'


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Mocks "Genius"

Howard Stern

Howard Stern went after one-time friend Donald Trump (R-Grifter) last week, saying the president "despises" his supporters. This week, it's Donald Trump Jr.

Trump Jr. had taken a shot at Stern shortly after the SiriusXM host's comments about the president last week. On his show Tuesday, Stern fired back.

"I can't argue with him, that kid is such a success," Stern joked. "He is such a wit. He is such a genius. He would have made a fortune if he wasn't under his father's thumb. Game over. You can't argue with a genius like that."

"When he shuts you down," Stern mocked, "that's it. What an accomplished young man."

"Where I came from," continued the SiriusXM host, "no one is expected to be successful or anything. But the way this kid has risen in the business world and just taken it by storm…to be criticized by him is damaging," Stern wisecracked. "I would list all of Junior's accomplishments right now, but I only have a three-hour show."

Howard Stern



Telegraph Machine


A judge in Virginia has allowed the removal of a wireless telegraph machine from the Titanic by a salvage firm, despite protests to leave the site undisturbed.

US District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith passed the order on Monday which will allow RMS Titanic Inc to go ahead with their plan to extract the machine from the ship's wreckage.

Ms Smith agreed with the firm that the telegraph is historically and culturally important and if left may end up lost within the rapidly decaying remains.

The judge wrote that recovering the telegraph "will contribute to the legacy left by the indelible loss of the Titanic, those who survived, and those who gave their lives in the sinking."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has vehemently opposed the removal, stating that the telegraph should not be tampered with because it may be surrounded by the "mortal remains of more than 1,500 people".



Digby's Hullabaloo



United Nations

A US foreign aid agency has warned the United Nations to stop "promoting" abortion and has denied that sexual and reproductive health is "essential" care.

In a letter to UN secretary-general António Guterres, the acting administrator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) said that the UN should not use the coronavirus pandemic "as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an 'essential service'" during the crisis.

John Barsa accuses the UN of "cynically placing the provision of 'sexual and reproductive health services' on the same level of importance as food insecurity, essential health care, malnutrition, shelter, and sanitation" in a Covid-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.

Mr Barsa also criticised the plan's "egregious" call "for the widespread distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion supplies, and for the promotion of abortion in local country settings" in the plan.

In his letter, Mr Barsa hailed the president's anti-abortion agenda, saying that the president "has made clear that we will never tire of defending innocent life" and warning the UN against "intimidating" member states "that are committed to the right to life".

United Nations



Genetic Link

Ancient DNA

A 14,000-year-old genome scraped from a prehistoric tooth found in southern Siberia is now the oldest known connection linking living Native Americans to North America's first migrants.

Research published today in Cell provides a population history of people living in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia from the Upper Paleolithic through to the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. A total of 19 human genomes were analyzed in the study, but one of these genomes is especially significant in that it's now the oldest known DNA linking Siberians to indigenous Americans.

The DNA evidence was gleaned from a 14,000-year-old fragmented tooth found 44 years ago at the Ust-Kyahta-3 site in southern Siberia. The new paper was led by archaeologists He Yu and Johannes Krause from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

"This study reveals the deepest link between Upper Paleolithic Siberians and First Americans," said Yu in a press release. "We believe this could shed light on future studies about Native American population history."

For much of human history, the Americas had no people at all. Northeast Siberia was the conduit from which Eurasians were finally able to migrate to North America at the end of the last ice age, likely through Beringia or a hypothesized coastal route linking the two continents. The first migratory wave likely happened some 23,000 to 20,000 years ago, with the new study suggesting a founding population from southern Siberia, rather than the north.

Ancient DNA



What That Means

Solar Minimum

Because we are normal people living in normal times, normal things are happening. Like news tabloids reporting that the Sun is in "lockdown", and that Earth is doomed to crazy weather famine and… earthquakes, for some reason.

Well, you can relax. Nothing the Sun is currently doing is going to create freezing weather, famine, or earthquakes. While humans are experiencing things that are decidedly not okay, the Sun is doing nothing unusual whatsoever.

What could be happening is a very normal period in the Sun's 11-year cycle; it's called solar minimum. And it's nothing to be afraid of - if you're reading this, chances are you've already lived through several solar minimums without even noticing.

Currently, we're in solar cycle 24. We don't know precisely when the next solar minimum will occur, but we can broadly predict it. Back in 2017, NASA noted that solar minimum was expected in 2019-2020.

In December of last year, the NOAA's Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel narrowed it down further, stating that "solar minimum between cycles 24 and 25 will occur in April, 2020 (+/- 6 months)."

The solar cycle is based on the Sun's magnetic field, which flips around every 11 years, with its north and south magnetic poles switching places. It's not known what drives these cycles - recent research suggests it has to do with an 11.07-year planetary alignment - but the poles switch when the magnetic field is at its weakest, also known as solar minimum.

Solar Minimum



Woman Wins Raffle


An Italian accountant whose son bought her the raffle ticket as a Christmas present won a Pablo Picasso oil painting valued at 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in a charity draw Wednesday.

Claudia Borgogno summed up her amazement in one word: "Incredible." Her son, Lorenzo Naso, bought two tickets in December, sending one to his mother.

The ticket was picked out in an electronic draw at the auction house Christie's in Paris.

Organizers valued the painting, "Nature Morte," or Still Life, as being worth 1 million euros. The billionaire art collector who provided it, David Nahmad, said the work is worth "at least two, three times" that.

The 51,140 tickets sold online for 100 euros ($109) each. Proceeds are going to provide water for villagers in Madagascar and Cameroon.







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