BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 28 July, 2016


28 July, 2016

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[1764 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Pax Trumpiana (NY Times Blog)
I don't think Trump is literally an agent of the Kremlin; instead, he's someone Putin is aiding because he knows Trump is close to, probably financially entangled with friendly oligarchs. And equally important, Putin knows that Trump's combination of ignorance and greed would quickly undermine the Western alliance: already we have, incredibly, a presidential candidate essentially proposing that we turn NATO into a protection racket, in which countries get defended only if they pay up.

Paul Waldman: Despite what you've heard, Democrats aren't in disarray. Their party is under attack from the outside. (NY Times)
For a certain kind of activist on the left, the real enemy is never the right; it's always the liberals who are insufficiently committed to their brand of revolution.

Josh Marshall: What's Going on With Putin and Trump and Why It's a Big, Big Deal (TPM)
So I thought I'd take a moment to explain what I see as a sober, one-step-at-a-time explanation of what questions need to be answered and explored.

Andrew Tobias: My Convention Speech
Fortunately, I've been spared from giving one this year (thank you, Jesus!) so let me just update the last one, with none of the stress of trying to read it from a Teleprompter: … Vote for equality, my friends. Vote for prosperity. Vote for my amazing friend Hillary.

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman: "5 Myths (And One Big Truth) About Hillary's 2002 Iraq War Vote"(Huffington Post)
Although Hillary Clinton has many advantages in the current Presidential campaign (advantages of policy, programs, and, yes, personality) surely her greatest strength vis-à-vis her principal primary opponent is in the area of foreign and global policy-including matters of war and peace, global development and economics, our war against terrorism, and even climate change and preserving the environment.

Robert Evans: Bernie Sanders Just Realized He Might Get Trump Elected (Cracked)
The last American Democratic Socialist to have any kind of a shot at the presidency was Eugene V. Debs, who ran from prison and won six percent of the popular vote. Until Bernie Sanders came along, no American who dared use the word "socialist" to describe himself even came within spitting distance of someone else who was within spitting distance of the White House. And yet, in his greatest moment of triumph, Bernie Sanders might be the most miserable guy in politics right now. He knows he might be watching the movement he created sweep President Trump into the White House.

Cezary Jan Strusiewicz: 6 Ways Being A Child Star [is] Way Darker Than You'd Think (Cracked)
Children and entertainment mix about as well as alcohol and prescription meds -- which, incidentally, often end up being their primary diet. And you don't need to be an A-lister for the biz to ruin your life. "Kathy" learned that the hard way after her father pushed her into a singing career. She first started performing at fairs and talent shows, but by the end, she was singing with her own band for huge crowds ... while hating every last second of it.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The Guinness Book of World Records lists this English author as the best-selling novelist of all time, having sold roughly 2 billion copies. What is her name?

       Agatha Christie                                                      Source

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 - 12 January 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott including Giant's Bread, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigative work of such characters asHercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Ariadne Oliver, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite andTommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap. In 1971 she was made a Dame for her contribution to literature.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author - having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time.        Source

FWIW, this started out to be a question about And Then There Were None, but after seeing the original title of the work, decided not to touch it with the proverbial 10-foot pole.

Randall was first and correct with:
   I'm not going to google it - my guess is Agatha Christie

Alan J wrote:
   Agatha Christie.

mj said:
   This is a toss up
  I'm going with an old standby, Jane Austen.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   Must be J.K. Rowling, she of the Harry Potter series.

Adam answered:
   JK Rowling? Or Agatha Christie...

Deborah responded:
   Going with a WAG here - Agatha Christie. I've never read any of her books, and I don't know why.
  Late to the party, sorry, Marty - Happy Anniversary! I don't remember when I started reading BCE, probably shortly after I discovered Bart himself, in the late 90's. Wow.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Marian responded:
   Agatha Christie

DJ Useo replied:
   Sounds like it must be Agatha Christie to me.

Daniel in The City answered:
   Has to be Dame Agatha.

MAM   wrote:
   Dame Agatha Christie ~ Has written nearly 66 detective novels; best known for her detective novels, short story collections, plays and famous detective sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

  Agatha Christie

Joe S     said:
   I feel compelled, I feel duty bound, I feel, um, whatever to answer this question as Agatha Christie is my favorite author followed closely by Terry Pratchett. Tied for third place is J.R.R Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. I know, I know, all my favorite authors are English which seems really strange to me because I particularly don't like English people, for reasons I don't want to get into at the moment. Just chalk it up to prejudice, theirs not mine.

Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Sally has retired.




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Michelle in AZ

Jewish Democrats express doubts that US is ready for atheist president | US news | The Guardian

Let's celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter: author, scientist and fungus-lover | Science | The Guardian

How America's Puritan Roots Helped Create Its Unforgiving Prison Culture

BBC - Future - The comfort food that took over the world

Heat Wave Sparks Anthrax Outbreak in Russia's Yamalo-Nenets Area - NBC News

The Madness Of Humanity Part 3: Tribalism : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

In Pakistan's Heartland, A 'Perfect Storm Of Obstacles' To Protecting Women : Parallels : NPR

Melania Trump's Website, Biography Have Disappeared From The Internet

Donald Trump Jr. May Be Out Of Luck In Killing More Leopards

Abigail Adams DEBUNKS Bill O'Reilly's claims slaves who built the White House were "Well Fed"


MUST SEE: Most Terrifying Trump video yet

Donald Trump Awkwardly Hugs Melania, Ivanka: Expert Weighs In - Us Weekly

At the GOP Convention, the Media Went AWOL -

Obama Offers Sweeping Indictment Of Donald Trump, Vision Of American Unity

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

15 Years

Hey congratulations on your 15 years at the Bartcop Nation!

Look forward everyday to your blog.

Always a fan,


Thanks, Brain!



Reader Comment

Still feelin the Bern...

Hey, Marty! Did you see Mon. night's Late Night w/ Stephen Colbert, or more precisely, the first 5 min. of his show?

While the whole show was very funny, the first 5 min. almost made me bust my gut laughing! His musical performance, a message to Bernie supporters like myself, was an hilarious, relevant, genius bit of comedy that I'm recommending to anyone who'll listen! Anyone who didn't see it can watch it here.

Laughter is definitely the best medicine, so do yourselves a favor and at least watch the first 5-6 min. of the show. Enjoy!!

Tiera H.

Thanks, Tiera!



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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still way too hot, but now with an extra-heaping-helping of humidity.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night on the East Coast with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest'.
CBS opens the night early on the left coast with the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest', followed by a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', then a RERUN 'Love In Pieces', followed by a FRESH 'Big Brother', then some padding with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Eric Andre.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/16/16) are Dominic Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth, and Carpool Karaoke with Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas.

NBC begins the night on the East Coast with a RERUN 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls', followed by a FRESH 'Hollywood Game Night', then the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest'.
NBC begins the night early on the left coast with the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest', followed by a RERUN 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls', then a FRESH 'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a RERUN 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Will Smith, Ellen Page, and Usher.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Colin Jost, Michael Che, and Jessi Klein.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/9/16) are Jillian Bell & Charlotte Newhouse, Sylvan Esso, and Jack Cutmore-Scott.

ABC starts the night on the East Coast with a FRESH 'BattleBots', followed by a FRESH 'Greatest Hits', then the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest'.
ABC starts the night early on the left coast with the FRESH 'Philly Love Fest', followed by a FRESH 'BattleBots', then a FRESH 'Greatest Hits', followed by padding with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Greg Kinnear, Dino Archie, and Joe Bonamassa.

The CW offers a RERUN 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH 'Beauty & The Beast'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'Home Free'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH '60 Days In', and 'Black & White'.

AMC offers the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End', followed by the movie 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows'.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED US - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Revisited: Spanish Pavilion, Kingston Cafe, Capri, La Frite
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Cause and Effect
 [8:00PM]    MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981)
 [10:00PM]    RIPPER STREET - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Strangers' Home, Part 1
 [5:15AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 4    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Flipping Out', and 'Real Housewives Of NJ'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'The Comedy Central Roast With Justin Bieber', then the FRESH 'Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle' (day 1).
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Mark Leibovich.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Cass Sunstein.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Mike Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, and Tami Sagher.

FX has the movie 'This Is 40', followed by the movie 'The Other Woman', then a FRESH 'sex&drugs&rock&roll', and another 'sex&drugs&rock&roll'.

History has 'Mountain Men', another 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH 'Mountain Men', and 'Ozzie & Jack's World Detour'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-A Bird in the Head
 [6:25AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-A-Ducking They Did Go
 [6:50AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-All the World's a Stooge
 [7:15AM]    U-571
 [9:45AM]    PAYBACK
 [2:45PM]    U-571
 [10:45PM]    BLOW
 [1:45AM]    BLOW
 [4:45AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-All the World's a Stooge
 [5:10AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-An Ache in Every Stake
 [5:35AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-A-Plumbing We Will Go    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Australia
 [9:30AM]    The Patriot
 [1:00PM]    Legends of the Fall
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Swept Away: A Very Special Episode
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Bronx Cheer
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Ego
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Whiplash
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-All My Children
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Judge Dread
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Deep Vote
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Who Let the Dogs Out
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Armed Forces
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-For Love or Money
 [2:00AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Showrunners
 [3:00AM]    Backdraft    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Swamp Shark', followed by the movie 'Ozark Sharks'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Christina Applegate, Adrienne C. Moore, and Lukas Graham.

TCM spends the daylight hours with Joe E. Brown, who was born on this day in 1892.
 [6:00 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Bill Murray(2008)
 [6:30 AM]      Eleven Men And A Girl (1930)
 [7:45 AM]      Sally (1930)
 [9:30 AM]      Top Speed (1930)
 [10:45 AM]      Broadminded (1931)
 [12:00 PM]      Going Wild (1931)
 [1:15 PM]      Local Boy Makes Good (1931)
 [2:30 PM]      Sit Tight (1931)
 [3:45 PM]      The Tenderfoot (1932)
 [5:00 PM]      You Said A Mouthful (1932)
 [6:15 PM]      6 Day Bike Rider (1934)
 [7:30 PM]      How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 1 The Putter (1931)

 [8:00 PM]      Scarecrow (1973)
 [10:00 PM]      The Last Detail (1973)
 [12:00 AM]      Wise Blood (1979)
 [2:00 AM]      Corvette Summer (1978)
 [4:00 AM]      Let's Do It Again (1975)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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TCM spends the night with Olivia de Havilland
 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #23 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      Shadow On The Wall (1950)
 [8:00 AM]      The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)
 [9:30 AM]      Night Into Morning (1951)
 [11:00 AM]      It's A Big Country (1952)
 [12:45 PM]      Talk About A Stranger (1952)
 [2:00 PM]      Shadow in the Sky (1951)
 [3:30 PM]      That Hagen Girl (1947)  [WARNING: stars Ronald Reagan] 
 [5:00 PM]      Hellcats Of The Navy (1957)   [WARNING: stars Nancy Davis]   [WARNING: stars Ronald Reagan] 
 [6:30 PM]      Crash Landing (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      The 5th Musketeer (1979)
 [10:00 PM]      The Swarm (1978)
 [12:15 AM]      Light In The Piazza (1962)
 [2:15 AM]      Libel (1959)
 [4:00 AM]      The Male Animal (1942)

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Actress Sigourney Weaver speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Photo by Mark J. Terrill


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Coming Back, On Netflix

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Mystery Science Theater 3000-the cult classic TV show where people and robots gather together to make fun of bad, old sci-fi movies-is coming back on Netflix for fourteen full-length episodes.

The show will feature new characters played by Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt, in addition to series mainstays Mary Jo Pehl and Bill Corbett, who played the robots Pearl and Crow. Original host Joel Hodgson will be back in a behind-the-scenes creative role, as an executive producer and a writer.

The whole initiative to get MST3K back on the air started with Hodgson, who launched a tremendously successful Kickstarter with that very goal. Initially seeking two million dollars for three episodes, Hodgson eventually got over double that with a total of $5,764,229. The Kickstarter page shows the project not quite reaching a goal of fourteen episodes, but it looks like Netflix was more than willing to help push them over the edge financially.

Heavily bootlegged (a full collection is believed to be impossible to obtain otherwise) and the subject of various lawsuits and fights over commercial control, Hodgson's show has been through a lot, and Netflix is just the latest chapter. Started on a local Minnesota TV channel, it was eventually bought by HBO and then Comedy Central, and then the Sci-Fi Channel. The show has seen multiple hosts, a film, and countless Rowdowsers . Considering how many terrible movies have come out in recent years, the only question will be how to pick only fourteen.

Mystery Science Theater 3000


Actress Angela Bassett speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite


Not A Mental Health Disorder

Transgender Identity

People who identify as transgender should not be considered to have a mental health disorder, according to a new study from Mexico.

The World Health Organization currently lists transgender identity as a mental health disorder, and the new study is the first in a series of research aimed at finding out whether this categorization is apt. The study will be repeated in Brazil, France, India, Lebanon and South Africa, according to the researchers.

In the new study, published today (July 26) in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, the researchers investigated whether the distress and dysfunction associated with transgender identity were the result of social rejection and stigmatization or an inherent part of being transgender.

Experiencing "distress and dysfunction" is often considered a defining feature of having a mental health disorder, according to the study. But other factors can cause these feelings as well, including experiencing rejection or stigmatization.

The researchers interviewed 250 transgender people in Mexico City. The people in the study reported at what age they first became aware of having a transgender identity, as well as their experiences of psychological distress, social rejection, difficulty functioning in their daily life, and violence, according to the study.

Transgender Identity


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Activist Wins Asia's Nobel Prize

Bezwada Wilson

An Indian activist who helped to set up a human rights group campaigning for the eradication of manual scavenging, a euphemism for disposing of faeces by hand, was awarded Asia's equivalent of the Nobel prize on Wednesday.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Bezwada Wilson one of six winners this year, citing his "moral energy and prodigious skill in leading a grassroots movement to eradicate the degrading servitude of manual scavenging in India".

Disposing of faeces from dry toilets and open drains by hand to be carried on the head in baskets to disposal sites, has long been an occupation thrust upon members of the Dalit group, traditionally the lowest ranked in India's caste system.

At least 90 percent of India's estimated one million manual scavengers are women, a hereditary occupation involving 180,000 Dalit households cleaning the more than 700,000 public and private dry latrines across the country.

Wilson, 50, whose own family had been engaged in manual scavenging for generations, said the award was recognition for women workers who had said no to scavenging.

Bezwada Wilson


Singer Lenny Kravitz performs on the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016.
Photo by Mike Segar


ALS-Related Gene Found

Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Association is crediting money raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge for the discovery of a gene's connection to the progressive disease.

Those who accepted the challenge allowed buckets of ice water to be dumped on their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS.

The challenge became a viral sensation in 2014 and raised $115 million for the association. Figures from the ALS Association show $1 million of that helped fund a global effort to help find genetic drivers of the condition called Project MinE.

The ALS Association says a paper published this week in the journal Nature Genetics reveals Project MinE researchers have identified the NEK1 gene's connection to ALS. It says understanding the gene's role will help in developing new target therapy for ALS.

Ice Bucket Challenge


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Top Pope Aide Investigated


Vatican finance chief George Pell is being investigated by Australian police over child sexual abuse allegations, a report by the national broadcaster said Wednesday, as the leading Catholic cleric denounced the claims as "totally untrue".

The new allegations against Pell being probed by police in Victoria state span two decades, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. They came just months after the cardinal admitted he "mucked up" in dealing with paedophile priests in the state.

When he was the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney in 2002 Pell was accused of historic sex abuse claims but was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

The allegations include claims from two men, now in their 40s, who said they were groped by Pell in summer 1978-79 at Eureka pool in Ballarat, where the cleric had grown up and worked.

They also include allegations that Pell was naked in front of three young boys believed to be aged eight to 10 in a Torquay surf club changing room in summer 1986-87.



Actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera speak during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite


Suspended Chief Justice Defends His Bigotry


Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has formally defended the gay marriage memo that put his judicial career in peril, saying he was merely trying to answer questions from probate judges that his fellow justices would not address.

Moore could be removed from office if the state's Court of the Judiciary decides he violated judicial ethics by urging probate judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage.

The ethics complaint stems from a January memo he sent probate judges saying an Alabama Supreme Court injunction against same-sex marriage remained in "full force and effect" despite a federal judge's order to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell decision, which effectively legalized gay marriage six months earlier.

The Judicial Inquiry Commission "has tried to write a story that does not exist," Moore's attorney Mat Staver said Wednesday. "Moore never ordered the probate judges to disregard the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage opinion, but that is the slanderous narrative of the JIC. The JIC has no case and never should have filed the baseless charge," Staver's statement said.

The commission wrote earlier this month that Moore was playing "semantic gamesmanship to try to convince this court that he never counseled defiance."



Actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen rehearses during a sound check on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Photo by Paul Sancya


Last Universal Common Ancestor


The mysterious common ancestor of all life on Earth may have lived in hot springs that were iron-rich and oxygen-poor, a new study finds.

The last universal common ancestor, or LUCA, is what scientists call the forerunner of all living things. Much about LUCA remains uncertain; while previous research suggested that it was little more than a chemical soup from which evolution gradually built more complex forms, recent work suggested it may have been a sophisticated organism with an intricate structure.

To learn more about how and where LUCA might have lived, researchers analyzed 6.1 million genes from prokaryotes - microscopic, single-celled organisms that lack distinct cell nuclei. Bacteria are examples of prokaryotes, while animals, plants and fungi are eukaryotes, or life-forms whose DNA is contained within cell nuclei. Recent findings suggest that prokaryotes are the oldest group of life on Earth, with eukaryotes descending from prokaryotes.

The researchers focused on clusters of genes that were found in several different branches of prokaryotes. After figuring out how similar or different the genes were from one another, the researchers developed family trees of these genes. This helped the scientists deduce what genes might be the oldest among prokaryotes, and therefore the ones most likely inherited from LUCA.

The genes the scientists examined were blueprints for proteins. (Some genes are not thought to direct protein-making.) Of the 286,514 protein groups the researchers looked at, only 355 matched the strict criteria that the researchers set for potentially belonging to LUCA. Previous research had uncovered the functions of many of these genes, so they now shed light on LUCA's habitat and lifestyle.



Actor Richard Kind, right, rehearses during a sound check on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Photo by Paul Sancya


Remains Of Lost Spanish Fort Found

South Carolina

Archaeologists have found the location of a long-sought Spanish fort on the South Carolina coast at the site of what was once the first capital of Spanish Florida.

A release from the University of South Carolina says the site of San Marcos, one of five forts built during the 21-year history of the early settlement of Santa Elena, has finally been located on Parris Island near Hilton Head Island.

University of South Carolina archaeologist Chester DePratter and Victor Thompson of the Center for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Georgia, have conducted research for the past two years to find the site of the 1577 fort.

Using ground-penetrating radar and other high-tech equipment last month, they found the site and are publishing the details of their work this week in The Journal of Archaeology Science Reports.

Santa Elena, founded in 1566 to protect Spanish shipping interests, was the first capital of Spanish colonial Florida. The site of the settlement itself was located back in 1979 beneath a golf course at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island.

South Carolina


Women wearing traditional woven cedar bark hats greet an arriving canoe during an annual journey Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Seattle. Dozens of tribal canoes were arriving at Alki Beach in Seattle as part of an annual Native American celebration. Members of the Muckleshoot Tribe greeted the canoes as part of the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually. For the journeys, tribes throughout the Northwest gather a team of pullers, leaving their own shores in canoes and visiting other tribal lands as they make their way to the host tribe's land. The canoes are expected to arrive Saturday in Olympia, Wash., where they will be greeted by members of the host Nisqually Tribe.
Photo by Elaine Thompson


Dutch Men, Latvian Women

World's Tallest

Dutch men and Latvian women are the planet's tallest people but Iranian men and South Korean women have grown the fastest in the last century, according to the largest ever study of height around the world.

Americans, once among the world's tallest people, have dropped from having men and women at 3rd and 4th in the global height rankings a 100 years earlier, to placing 37th and 42nd respectively in 2014.

The research, led by scientists at Imperial College London and published in the journal eLife, also found some nations have stopped growing over the past 30 to 40 years, despite having spurts at the start of the century studied.

The United States was one of the first wealthy countries to plateau, followed by others including Britain, Finland, and Japan. Meanwhile, people in Spain and Italy and many countries in Latin America and East Asia are still gaining height.

In contrast, some nations in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East have seen average heights decline over the past three to four decades.

World's Tallest



In Memory

Jack Davis

Jack Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, has died.

He died Wednesday morning, according to his son-in-law, Chris Lloyd. He passed away in St. Simons, Georgia, of natural causes. He was 91.

As a struggling young artist in New York, Davis was "about ready to give up, go home to Georgia and be either a forest ranger or a farmer," he recalled in an interview a few years ago. Then, in 1950, he scored the first of many sales of his artwork to EC Comics, which published a line of horror titles including "Tales from the Crypt."

He stuck with its editors - William M. Gaines, Albert B. Feldstein and Harvey Kurtzman - when they launched the pioneering satire magazine Mad in 1952. He remained a member of "The Usual Gang of Idiots" (as the magazine billed them) for the next six decades. His far-flung illustrations poked fun at politicians and celebrities along with countless portraits of the magazine's perpetually grinning mascot, Alfred E. Neuman.

Along the way, Davis also created numerous covers for TV Guide and Time, and provided artwork for books, record jackets, and posters for films including "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," ''American Graffiti" and Woody Allen's "Bananas."

In 1961, he wrote, drew, and edited his own comic book, "Yak Yak," for Dell Comics.

While Davis was masterful at caricatures of recognizable figures, he took amusing liberties with all his subjects, endowing them with distinctly large heads, pipe-stem legs and snowshoe-size feet.

As a proud alumnus of the University of Georgia (which he attended on the G.I. Bill after three years in the U.S. Navy), he continued to produce innumerable billboards and other artwork celebrating the "Dawgs" throughout his life.

Davis is survived by his wife, Dena, of St. Simons, Georgia, as well as a daughter and a son.

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