BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 15 December, 2016


15 December, 2016

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DAHLIA LITHWICK and DAVID S. COHEN: Buck Up, Democrats, and Fight Like Republicans (NY Times)
On Monday, members of the Electoral College will vote in Donald J. Trump as president. Though he lost the election by nearly three million votes and almost daily generates headlines about new scandals, the Democratic Party is doing little to stop him. If you've been asking yourself "Where are the Democrats?" you're not alone.

Lindy West: "How to survive 2017: believe in protest, barricade your uterus and tax yourself" (The Guardian)
Every year we declare the outgoing year to have been the worst ever. This time we may finally be right - but there are a few things we can do about it.

LAUREN FOX AND TIERNEY SNEED: Wha!? GOP Now Claims Obamacare Doesn't Really Affect THAT Many People (TPM)
This reduction in rhetorical scope is striking, given the language Republicans used to denounce the Affordable Care Act for the last six years. "Obamacare is a malignant tumor that feeds and metastasizes on American liberty," Rep. Steve King (R-IA) once said of the law.

Stuart Heritage: Hollywood's obsession with biopics must be stopped before we get Madonna The Movie (The Guardian)
The annual list of the best unmade screenplays suggests we're in for another year filled with films based on real lives. Does anyone want to see the Trump and Madonna on the big screen?

Bruce Cole: UNABASHED ELITISM (Claremont Review of Books)
Robert Hughes didn't mince words: "On the morning of February 25, 1970, Mark Rothko's body was found in his studio in New York. He had done a thorough job of killing himself… He lay fat and exsanguinated, clad in long underwear and black socks, in the middle of a lake of blood."

Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE: 11 Simple Ways to Start Clean Eating Today (Authority Nutrition)
Clean eating focuses on choosing fresh foods that have been minimally processed and retain their nutritional value. This way of eating can help you learn to appreciate the natural flavors of foods, as they were meant to be consumed. In addition, it's a lifestyle that can help support the health of people, animals and the planet.

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer named his guitar "Lucille"?

       B.B. King                                                      Source

Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015), known professionally as B.B. King, was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists.

During one show in Twist, Arkansas, a brawl broke out between two men and caused a fire. He evacuated along with the rest of the crowd but went back to retrieve his guitar. He said he later found out that the two men were fighting over a woman named Lucille. He named the guitar Lucille, as a reminder not to fight over women or run into any more burning buildings.

B.B. King used simple equipment. He played guitars made by various manufacturers early in his career: he played a Fender Esquire on most of his recordings with RPM Records (USA). However, he was best known for playing variants of the Gibson ES-355. In 1980, Gibson Guitar Corporation launched the B.B. King Lucille model. In 2005, Gibson made a special run of 80 Gibson Lucilles, referred to as the "80th Birthday Lucille", the first prototype of which was given as a birthday gift to King, and which he used thereafter.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   B.B. King named his guitars Lucille. I think he played Gibson, but I don't know what model.

Randall wrote:
   BB King and Lucille...

Alan J replied:
   B.B. King.

Stephen F said:

Adam answered:
   I thought so, B B King

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   B.B. King

Deborah wrote:
   I don't have to guess, I know this one: Mr. B.B. King calls his guitar Lucille. And man, can he make her sing! He puts on a helluva show.
  Rain, again, and it's not unwelcome.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "BB KIng."

gene replied:
   Lucille's Daddy is B. B. King, one of the Kings of Blues guitar. (The other two are Freddie and Albert)

Billy in Cypress said:
   B. B. King

Joe S     responded:
   B.B. King. Love him, love him, love him.

mj took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  December 15 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 15 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



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Michelle in AZ

Unnamed Trump transition team members say Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke picked for Interior secretary

Open thread for night owls: Alex Jones scrubs 'pizzagate' content cited by lunatic gunman

The Long-Lasting Significance Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' Trilogy | The Huffington Post

Here's Why Michael Moore Thinks Donald Trump Is 'Gonna Get Us Killed' | The Huffington Post

SF officials losing patience with scandal-plagued Wells Fargo - SFGate

Judge says electors must vote for statewide winner - SFGate

World's oldest water gets even older - BBC News

CEOs of Tesla, Uber, and Pepsi Join Trump's Business Council - NBC News

Shot Across the Bow? China Could Slap a Massive Antitrust Fine on GM - NBC News

Where You Live Determines What Kills You - NBC News

Voice Of America's Independence Under Trump Questioned As Governance Changes : The Two-Way : NPR

Obamacare's Death Could Be Faster Than Republicans Intend : Shots - Health News : NPR

Vladimir Putin's Popularity Is Skyrocketing Among Republicans | The Huffington Post

Israeli Defence Force Struggles To Promote Women's Equality In The Face Of Religious Opposition | The Huffington Post

Obama Blocks States From Defunding Planned Parenthood | The Huffington Post

Trump Campaign Disavows Climate Change 'Witch Hunt' | The Huffington Post

CEO of opioid company that funded Arizona's anti-pot campaign charged with bribing doctors

Source says Trump cut Twitter out of tech meeting because they didn't give him his emoji

How a Group of Lawyers Is Helping "Faithless Electors" Vote Their Conscience (Q&A) | Hollywood Reporter

Humans 'don't have 10 years' left thanks to climate change - scientist

Trump is on a quest to seek out intelligence ... and kill it

The Guardian view on Donald Trump's team: not the new normal | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

US to speed up deployment of troops to Poland, Romania and the Baltic | US news | The Guardian

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Donald Trump Interviewed Mitt Romney to 'Torture' Him, Roger Stone Says - The Daily Beast

Trump's Presidency Is Shaping Up to Be an American Tragedy - Rolling Stone

Trump's Witch Hunts Are Having a Huge Chilling Effect | New Republic

Ex-CIA chief: Trump responsible if U.S. attacked while he skips intel briefings - POLITICO

Gen. Michael Flynn, who called for Hillary to be jailed, improperly shared classified information -

Source: Donald Trump's campaign is threatening "political reprisal" for defecting Republican electors -

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte just bragged about personally killing people - Vox

Fountainhead of bad ideas: Ayn Rand's fanboys take the reins of power -

There Have Been Over 200 School Shooting Incidents Since The Sandy Hook Massacre | The Huffington Post

Electoral College Vote - Trump Will Take Revenge on Republicans Who Vote Against Him - Esquire

Chris Christie-Backed Bill Would Devastate Newspapers That Hold His Feet To The Fire | The Huffington Post

2016 Lie of the Year: Fake news | PolitiFact

Tillerson has never worked anywhere but Exxon, how did he get on the list for secretary of state? -

Democrats call on DeVos to pay $5 million in long-overdue elections fines - POLITICO

No transition honeymoon for Trump - POLITICO



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Trump Calls Obama To Talk Inauguration Guests

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Trump Calls Obama To Discuss His Cabinet Picks

Donald Trump Keeps Calling Barack Obama



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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.

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Supposed to rain tomorrow.

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 'Pure Genius'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are James Franco, Michael Stipe, and Gad Elmaleh.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Katie Holmes and Seth MacFarlane.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'Thursday Night Football', then pad the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Casey Affleck, Sienna Miller,and Solange.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Mariah Carey, Colin Quinn, Megadeth, and Dave Lombardo.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Gareth Edwards, Classixx, and Alexa Davalos.

ABC starts the night with 'Disney's Prep & Landing', followed by 'Disney's Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice', then a FRESH 'The Great American Baking Show', followed by 'What Would You Do?'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Blake Shelton and Andrea Riseborough.

The CW offers the FRESH 'iHeartRadio (formerly Clear Channel) Jingle Ball 2016', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a RERUN 'Rosewood'.

MY has an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.

A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Nightwatch', followed by a FRESH 'Gangland Undercover'.

AMC offers the movie 'Yes Man', followed by the movie 'Four Christmases'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-All Good Things... (Part 1)
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 26-All Good Things... (Part 2)
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-The Time of Angels-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Flesh and Stone-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Vampires in Venice
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Where No One Has Gone Before
 [8:00PM]    HELLBOY (2004)
 [10:30PM]    HELLBOY (2004)
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Where No One Has Gone Before

Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Million Dollar Listing LA', followed by a FRESH 'Top Chef', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama' and 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Rob Corddry.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Andy Richter, Matt Besser, and Diona Reasonover.

FX has the movie 'The Other Woman', followed by the movie 'This Is 40'.

History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Alone', followed by a FRESH 'Alone', then a FRESH 'The Selection: Special Operations Experiment'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Michael Cera
 [9:00AM]    DIE HARD
 [12:00PM]    DIE HARD 2
 [5:30PM]    KICK-ASS
 [11:00PM]    THE PUNISHER
 [4:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kathryn Hahn
 [5:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Allison Janney Wears a Chambray Western Shirt and Suede Fringe Boots

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter
 [6:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Lou's Place
 [7:10AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-My Brother's Keeper
 [7:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Georgette Story
 [8:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Romeo and Mary
 [8:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-What Do You Say When the Boss Says, `I Love You?'
 [9:30AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Murray Faces Life
 [10:05AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Remembrance of Things Past
 [11:15AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Put on a Happy Face
 [11:50AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady
 [12:25PM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Angels in the Snow
 [1:00PM]    The Outsiders
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Everybody's Favorite Bagman
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Prescription for Death
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Volunteers
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Discord
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Profile
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Apocrypha
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Censure
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Kids
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Swept Away: A Very Special Episode
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Bronx Cheer
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Ego
 [2:01AM]    The Outsiders
 [4:04AM]    Ruthless People    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'I, Frankenstein', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Diego Luna, Billy Eichner, and the Pretenders.

 [6:00 AM]      The Match King (1932)
 [7:30 AM]      Babbitt (1934)
 [9:00 AM]      Kansas City Princess (1934)
 [10:15 AM]      The Right To Live (1935)
 [11:30 AM]      God's Country And The Woman (1936)
 [1:00 PM]      Secrets Of An Actress (1938)
 [2:15 PM]      Yes, My Darling Daughter (1939)
 [3:45 PM]      The Fighting 69th (1940)
 [5:30 PM]      Play Girl (1932)
 [6:30 PM]      Old English (1930)
 [8:00 PM]      The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
 [10:00 PM]      Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
 [12:00 AM]      Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
 [1:45 AM]      Desk Set (1957)
 [3:45 AM]      Period of Adjustment (1962)
 [5:45 AM]      Fonda on Fonda (1992)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday   -  12/16/16

 [7:00 AM]      Test Pilot (1938)
 [9:00 AM]      Man-Proof (1938)
 [10:30 AM]      Parnell (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
 [2:00 PM]      Petticoat Fever (1936)
 [3:30 PM]      Whipsaw (1935)
 [5:00 PM]      Stamboul Quest (1934)
 [6:30 PM]      Men In White (1934)
 [8:00 PM]      Libeled Lady (1936)
 [10:00 PM]      The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
 [1:00 AM]      Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
 [2:45 AM]      Lucky Night (1939)
 [4:15 AM]      Too Hot to Handle (1938)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Falling Water'.

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Members of the China National Acrobatics Troupe perform at the opening show of the 3rd Chinese acrobatics art festival in Luoyang, central China's Henan Province on Dec. 14, 2016. A total of 20 acrobatics troupes participated in the festival which will last till Dec. 20.
Photo by Cai Yang


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Newest Additions

National Film Registry

While not usually regarded as a golden age of American cinema, the 1980s produced plenty of popular classics - and a few more of them have now been added to the prestigious National Film Registry.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that "The Breakfast Club," ''The Princess Bride" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year. They join three other more obscure 1980s titles on this year's list.

The national library also picked a few more recent favorites, including "Thelma & Louise," Disney's "The Lion King" and "Rushmore."

"Rushmore" (1998) is the first movie from whimsical auteur Wes Anderson to be added and is one of just a handful of films to be selected fewer than 20 years after its release. Movies must be at least 10 years old to be included.

This year's other '80s selections are "The Atomic Cafe" (1982), a compilation of clips about the threat of nuclear war; "The Decline of Western Civilization," director Penelope Spheeris' 1981 documentary about the hardcore punk rock scene in Los Angeles; and "Suzanne, Suzanne", a 1982 documentary short about a black woman's struggles with addiction.

National Film Registry


Foreign students in Bosnia hold toy dolls to symbolise dying infants of Aleppo, Syria, during a solidarity rally in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Up to a thousand people gathered in Sarajevo, a city that became synonymous with civilian suffering during the Balkan wars of 1990s, to express solidarity with the civilian victims of Aleppo.
Photo by Amel Emric


Sells For 21 Million Euros

Chinese Imperial Seal

An 18th-century Chinese imperial seal sold for 21 million euros in Paris Wednesday -- more than 20 times its estimate, the Drouot auction house told AFP.

Decorated with stylised dragons, the symbol of imperial authority, the extremely rare stamp in red and beige nephrite jade comes from the Qianlong period (1736-1795).

It was snapped up by an unnamed Chinese collector after a furious bidding battle between would-be telephone buyers and those in the salesroom.

The seal belonged to the Emperor Qianlong, who is regarded as the longest serving emperor in Chinese history, holding ultimate power long after he officially retired.

Under this hugely capable and cultured emperor, the Qing dynasty reached its apogee of wealth and power, almost doubling in size during his six decade reign.

Chinese Imperial Seal


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Vow Not To Help T-rump Surveil Muslims

Tech Employees

More than 200 employees of technology companies including Alphabet Inc's Google, Twitter Inc and Salesforce pledged on Tuesday to not help U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's administration build a data registry to track people based on their religion or assist in mass deportations.

Drawing comparisons to the Holocaust and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the employees signed an open letter at rebuking ideas floated by Trump during the campaign trail. The protest, which began with about 60 signatures but had more than tripled within hours of publication, comes a day before several technology company executives are due to meet with the real-estate developer in New York City.

"We are choosing to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration's proposed data collection policies," reads the letter, signed by a mix of engineers, designers and business executives.

It continues: "We refuse to build a database of people based on their Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable."

The letter vows to not participate in creating databases of identifying information for the U.S. government on the basis of race, religion or national origin, to minimize the collection or retention of data that could facilitate such targeting and to oppose any misuse of data at their respective organizations considered illegal or unethical.

Tech Employees


A Greenpeace activist blocks the entrance of the France's state-owned electricity company EDF headquarters to protest against nuclear energy safety in Paris, France on Dec. 14, 2016.
Photo by Jacky Naegelen


Seeks Permanent Ban On Oil, Gas Prospecting


California Governor Jerry Brown has urged US President Barack Obama to ban oil and gas drilling off the state's coast to protect the oceans and fight global warming.

Moving swiftly before President-elect Donald Trump (R-Grifter) takes office, Brown asked the government to use its authority to permanently remove federal waters off the coast of California from areas subject to future oil and gas drilling permits.

"Clearly, large new oil and gas reserves would be inconsistent with our overriding imperative to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and combat the devastating impacts of climate change," Brown wrote a letter released by his office.

"Now is the time to make permanent the protection of our ocean waters and beaches," urged Brown, who has been a proponent of many forward-looking environmental policies in the most populous US state.

The governor also said he had signed an agreement with US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to increase the production of renewable energy, "including offshore wind or waves."



Digby's Hullabaloo


Didn't Invite Twitter


When executives of some of the country's biggest tech companies crowded around a conference table in Trump Tower to meet with the President-Elect Wednesday, one face was curiously absent. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hadn't been invited to the meeting - and a new Politico report claims that the snub was payback for Twitter refusing to run "Crooked Hillary" emoji during the election campaign.

Trump had invited executives from Google/ Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Palantir, Tesla and others to talk tech Wednesday. Photos posted from the meeting showed Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and other high-profile executives in attendance.

Also present were controversial Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, Donald Trump's children Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump jr. as well as RNC strategist Sean Spicer.

The emoji, which played on unproven accusations of financial improprieties at the Clinton Foundation, was initially supposed to be a hand holding a bag of money. After discussions with Twitter's staff, the campaign instead settled on a stick figure running away with a bag of money.

Twitter eventually killed both emoji as well as any further emoji proposed by the campaign, and Trump campaign digital advertising director Gary Coby alleged in a blog post last month that this decision was driven by a direct intervention from Twitter's leadership.



People stand in front of a fashion advertisement along a downtown street in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.
Photo by Vincent Yu


Permits Thousands Of Eagle Deaths

Wind-Turbine Rule

The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years - even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

Under the new rule, wind companies and other power providers will not face a penalty if they kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles, nearly four times the current limit. Deaths of the more rare golden eagles would be allowed without penalty so long as companies minimize losses by taking steps such as retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution.

The new rule will conserve eagles while also spurring development of a pollution-free energy source intended to ease global warming, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's energy plan, said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.

Wind power has increased significantly since Obama took office, and wind turbines as tall as 30-story buildings are rising across the country. The wind towers have spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet's wingspan, and blades reach speeds of up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes.

The surge in wind power has generally been well-received in the environmental community, but bird deaths - and eagle deaths in particular - have been a source of contention.

Wind-Turbine Rule


Massive Ice Melt


The Arctic shattered heat records in the past year as unusually warm air triggered massive melting of ice and snow and a late fall freeze, US government scientists said Tuesday.

The grim assessment came in the Arctic Report Card 2016, a peer-reviewed document by 61 scientists around the globe issued by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The NOAA report covers from October 2015 to September 2016, a period it said the Arctic's average annual air temperature over land was the highest on record.

"The report card this year clearly shows a stronger and more pronounced signal of persistent warming than any previous year in our observational record" going back to 1900, NOAA Arctic Research Program director Jeremy Mathis told the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, where the report was released.

The Arctic region is continuing to warm up more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, which is also expected to mark its hottest year in modern times.



People walk across London Bridge on the second day of a train strike in London, Britain on Dec. 14, 2016.
Photo by Neil Hall


Mysterious "Crater"


A "crater" in Antarctica once thought to be the work of a meteorite impact is actually the result of ice melt, new research finds.

The hole, which is in the Roi Baudouin ice shelf in East Antarctica, is a collapsed lake - a cavity formed when a lake of meltwater drained - with a "moulin," a nearly vertical drainage passage through the ice, beneath it, researchers found on a field trip to the area in January 2016.

"That was a huge surprise," Stef Lhermitte, an earth science researcher at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and at the University of Leuven in Belgium, said in a statement. "Moulins typically are observed on Greenland. And we definitely never see them on an ice shelf."

Combining their fieldwork with satellite data and climate modeling, the researchers found that East Antarctica is more vulnerable to melt than was previously realized. Warm winds to the region blow away the snow cover, which darkens the surface of the ice, the team reported Dec. 12 in the journal Nature Climate Change. Darker surfaces absorb more heat from the sun than lighter surfaces, so they are more prone to melt. These floating ice sheets don't contribute much to sea level rise ­- as they're already in the ocean - but they provide an important backstop against the flowing of land-based ice from continental Antarctica into the ocean.



Record Setting Wave Recorded

North Atlantic

The World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations' weather agency, announced Tuesday it had measured a massive wave that crushed the record for the tallest in history. The wave was 62.3 feet, or 19 meters, tall. For context, that equates to about six stories.

The massive wave was measured by a buoy in the North Atlantic in 2013. The height is defined as the distance from the crest - or top - of one wave to the trough - or bottom - of the other. A commission of experts for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) officially classified the record-breaker as "the highest significant wave height as measured by a buoy." A significant wave is defined as "the average of the highest one-third of waves measured by an instrument," which means the record-breaker was actually a series of waves.

The wave, which took place south of Iceland and North of the United Kingdom, flew past the previous record set in 2007 of 59.96 feet, also measured in the North Atlantic, a hotbed for massive waves.

"This is the first time we have ever measured a wave of 19 meters. It is a remarkable record," said WMO Assistant Secretary-General Wenjian Zhang in a statement. "It highlights the importance of meteorological and ocean observations and forecasts to ensure the safety of the global maritime industry and to protect the lives of crew and passengers on busy shipping lanes."

Other one-off waves, however, have actually reportedly been taller than the 60-foot series measured by the buoy in the North Atlantic. An earthquake caused in 1958 in Alaska's Lituya Bay caused a tsunami that led to wave that reached 100 feet in height, according to the Smithsonian. Tsunamis are different from wind-blown waves, however, since they are much longer and more destructive.

North Atlantic



In Memory

Bernard Fox

Bernard Fox, the mustachioed actor known to TV viewers as Dr. Bombay on "Bewitched," Col. Crittendon on "Hogan's Heroes," and Malcolm Merriweather on "The Andy Griffith Show" has died. He was 89.

The Welsh-born actor's extensive, wide-ranging film and TV credits included "The Mummy," ''Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo," ''The Dyke Van Dyke Show," ''McHale's Navy" and "Columbo."

He appeared in both 1997's "Titanic," playing Col. Archibald Gracie, and in a 1958 movie about the ship tragedy, "A Night to Remember." He had an uncredited role in the latter, playing a sailor who delivers the line, "Iceberg's dead ahead, sir!" according to his family.

The actor spoofed his portrayal of the warlock physician Dr. Bombay on a 1989 episode of "Pee-wee's Playhouse," appearing as Dr. Jinga-Janga.

On "Hogan's Heroes," he played the incompetent Crittendon, a Royal Air Force group captain referred to as the colonel.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; daughter Amanda; daughter-in-law Lisa, and two grandchildren. Another daughter, Valerie, died in 2006.

Bernard Fox



Two swans swim in a small lake in the Palmengarten park during the "Winter Lights" exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.
Photo by Michael Probst



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