BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 15 January, 2013


15 January, 2013

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Kudos to Colin, But Couldn't He Have Followed His Own 'Powell Doctrine'?


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Paul Krugman: Japan Steps Out (New York Times)
Whatever his motives, Mr. Abe is breaking with a bad orthodoxy. And if he succeeds, something remarkable may be about to happen: Japan, which pioneered the economics of stagnation, may also end up showing the rest of us the way out.

Creative Thinking (Guardian)
'If startling insights could be systematically arrived at, they wouldn't be startling,' says Oliver Burkeman.

Lucy Mangan: out with the old, more's the pity (Guardian)
'We haven't been out since before the baby was born,' Toryboy says. 'Nearly two years ago.'

Charlyn Fargo: Steps to the New, Healthier You (Creators Syndicate)
10. Stop eating at least 2 hours before going to bed. It's best to give your body time to digest food before bed.

Laura Linney: 'America's very puritanical' (Guardian)
Laura Linney excels at playing quiet women who are secretly simmering with passion. Her latest role, with Bill Murray in 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' is a classic example, she tells Catherine Shoard.

Michelle Peirano: "A real 'Toy Story': EV friends recreate flick shot-for-shot, in live action" (East Valley Tribune; Tempe, Arizona)
After two years of work on a live-action, full-length, shot-for-shot remake of Disney-Pixar's original "Toy Story," Pauley, 19, and Perrotta, 21, are biting their nails, anxious to hear what Pixar thinks of their project - and hoping that just maybe they'll be let in the gates one day, too.

Live Action 'Toy Story' (YouTube)
"We almost never post full-length feature movies here, because even ten minutes seems long for a video, but this is extraordinary. Teenagers Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta worked for two years to recreate the entire Toy Story movie as a live-action film using actual toys! ... I've only skipped around to see various parts, but those who've seen the whole thing say it gets better and better as you watch it."--Neatorama

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In a game of Monopoly, how much money does each player start with?

   $1500                                                      Source

Each player begins the game with his or her token on the Go square, and $1,500 (or 1,500 of a localized currency) in play money. Prior to September 2008, the money was divided as follows in the U.S. standard rules:

2 x $500 bills
    2 x $100 bills
    2 x $50 bills
    6 x $20 bills
    5 x $10 bills
    5 x $5 bills
    5 x $1 bills

Since then, the US version has taken on the British version's initial cash distributions of:
    2 × $/£500
    4 × $/£100
    1 × $/£50
    1 × $/£20
    2 × $/£10
    1 × $/£5
    5 × $/£1        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

Charlie said:
   The last time I played, it was
  2 x $500 + 2 x $100 + 2 x $50 + 6 x $20 + 5 x $10 + 5 x $5 + 5 x $1 = $1,500
  though the initial denominations have now changed to
  2 x $500 + 4 x $100 + 1 x $50 + 1 x $20 + 2 x $10 + 1 x $5 + 5 x $1 = $1,500
  so it says...

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Each player starts with $1500 cash as follows: Two $500s Four $100s One $50s One $20s Two $10s Five $5s Five $1s

Adam answered:

John A. responded:
   In a game of Monopoly, how much money does each player start with?
  Is it still $1500? 2 $500s; 2 $100s; 2 $50s; 6 $20s; 5 $10s; 5 $5s; and 5$1s.

Marian replied:

Dale of Frigid Springs (24F° Saturday Night-Sunday morning!) answered:
   In a game of Monopoly one starts with $1500. 2- $500's, 2- $100's, 2- $50's, 6- $20's, 5- $10's, 5- $5's & 5- $1's. I even remember that to this day! Played it when I was young, with my kids and even today with my grandkids. Played it Xmas Day. Hasbro is having a contest right now to replace a game piece. Which one do you want to replace and with what? Replace them all with Plutocrats!

Sally said:
   In a game of Monopoly,each player starts with $1500 total - 2 $500's, 2 $100's, 2 $50's, 6 $20's, 5 $10's, 5 $5's, and 5 $1's.

  Hey MAM, here's a game for you and Wowser...

  PS: When Jonathan (my gs) was about 2 years old, he discovered the game of Monopoly.
  At first, he just put the game board down and moved the pieces around. By age 5, he had a good handle on the game, and by 6 insisted on being the banker. Soon thereafter, he decided to become a loan shark. He would 'loan' you money - for a price! "Gamma, I'll lend you $100, but you have to pay me $10 for it..."
  I was appalled!
  "You'd charge gamma?" I'd ask.
  "It's business, gamma," he'd say...
  Right then we knew, this kid has a big future on Wall Street, or in banking...

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MAM   wrote:
   Each player is given $1500 divided as follows:
  2 $500's
  2 $100's
  2 $50's
  6 $20's
  5 $10's
  5 $5's
  5 $1's

Randall responded:
  $200 ?

And, Joe S     answered:
   I used to know this because I played Monopoly a lot, back in the day. I probably played my last game somewhere around 1961 or 62. It's been awhile. Anyway, I had to look it up. $1500.
  I never played Strip Monopoly but it looks like it would be fun, you know if I was like 45 years younger.



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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)


What is it?

Mystery Fruit

Found these fruits in a neigbor's yard.
They don't know what it is, other than some sort of citrus.
The cold weather caused the tree to drop most of it's fruit.
I think it may be some kind of citron, but I really don't know.
The fruits are round, about 2½" long, 2" wide, and about 7" in circumference.
Anybody recognize it?



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Last Night

Still sunny, still cold.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 2nd One', then a FRESH 'Vegas'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Jennifer Lawrence, Alan Zwiebel, and A$AP Rocky.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Lena Dunham and Bill Pullman.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers', followed by another FRESH 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers', then a FRESH 'Go On', followed by a FRESH 'The New Normal', then a FRESH 'Parenthood'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Leno are Jessica Simpson, D.L. Hughley, and Vintage Trouble.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Charlie Sheen, Emmy Rossum, Grace Coddington, and Yo La Tengo.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/8/12) are W. Kamau Bell, Lianne La Havas, and the Hives.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'Suburgatory', then a FRESH 'Happy Endings', followed by a FRESH 'Don't Trust The Palin In Apartment 23', then a FRESH 'Private Practice'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Rob Lowe, Bryce Harper, and Big Boi.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Hart Of Dixie', followed by a FRESH 'Emily Owens, MD'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Raising Hope', followed by a FRESH 'Ben & Kate', then a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'The Mindy Project'.

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

A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', yet another 'Storage Wars', 'Storage Wars Texas', another 'Storage Wars Texas', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars New York', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars New York'.

AMC offers the movie 'A Few Good Men', followed by the movie 'Braveheart'.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]   THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - Season 10 - Ep 4 - Cliff Richard, Alan Sugar, Micky Flanagan, Kelly Rowland
 [10:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Smith and Jones
 [11:00AM]   BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Faith
 [12:00PM]   RAMSAY'S ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE-Ep 19 - Cooking for Special Occasions NEW
 [12:30PM]   RAMSAY'S ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE-Ep 20 - Special Salads NEW
 [1:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED UK - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Glass House
 [2:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - Season 3 - Ep 1 - La Parra de Burriana
 [4:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 2 - Ep 9 - Fiesta Sunrise
 [5:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Kingston Cafe
 [6:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 8 - La Frite
 [7:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Down City, Classic American, Davide
 [8:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Chiarella's
 [9:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 15 - Zocalo NEW
 [10:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED US - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Spanish Pavilion, Kingston Cafe, Capri, La Frite NEW
 [11:00PM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Chiarella's
 [12:00AM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 5 - Ep 15 - Zocalo
 [1:00AM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED US - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Spanish Pavilion, Kingston Cafe, Capri, La Frite
 [3:00AM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 2 - Ep 9 - Fiesta Sunrise
 [4:00AM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Kingston Cafe
 [5:00AM]   RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - Season 4 - Ep 8 - La Frite     (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', another 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and 'Millionaire Matchmaker'.

Comedy Central has last night's 'Colbert Report', last night's 'Jon Stewart', 'The Burn With Jeff Ross', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', yet another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'The Burn With Jeff Ross'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Bob Schieffer.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Jared Diamond.

FX has the movie 'The A-Team', followed by a FRESH 'Justified'.

History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Ultimate Guide To The Presidents'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Whisker Wars-The O'Connors Strike Back
 [6:30AM]    Shopgirl
 [8:45AM]    Brown Sugar
 [11:00AM]    Look at Me
 [1:30PM]    Shopgirl
 [3:45PM]    Brown Sugar
 [6:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Clip Show 2
 [6:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Reese's Party
 [7:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Future Malcolm
 [7:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Baby
 [8:00PM]    The Thing
 [10:15PM]    The Faculty
 [12:30AM]    The Thing
 [2:45AM]    The Faculty
 [5:00AM]    Freaks and Geeks-Looks and Books    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00A]    MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Weekend (Episode 18, Season 1)
 [7:00A]    How to Be
 [8:30A]    Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
 [10:00A]    Nick Nolte: No Exit
 [11:15A]    How to Be
 [12:45P]    Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
 [2:15P]    Older Than America
 [4:00P]    Nick Nolte: No Exit
 [5:15P]    How to Be
 [6:45P]    Bootmen
 [8:30P]    Career Girls
 [10:00P]    Happy-Go-Lucky
 [12:30A]    Diary of a Nymphomaniac
 [2:15A]    Happy-Go-Lucky
 [4:45A]    Ten for Grandpa
 [5:00A]    MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Weekend (Episode 18, Season 1)    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then a FRESH 'Total Blackout'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Teresa Palmer, and Baron Vaughn.

TCM spends the daylight hours with Susan Hayward
 [6:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #3 (1955)
 [7:00 AM]      Girls on Probation (1938)
 [8:15 AM]      The Hairy Ape (1944)
 [10:00 AM]      Deadline at Dawn (1946)
 [11:30 AM]      They Won't Believe Me (1947)
 [1:00 PM]      Tulsa (1949)
 [2:30 PM]      I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
 [4:30 PM]      Top Secret Affair (1957)
 [6:15 PM]      I Thank A Fool (1962)

 [8:00 PM]      The League of Gentlemen (1961)
 [10:00 PM]      Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)
 [12:00 AM]      $ (Dollars) (1971)
 [2:15 AM]      Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
 [4:00 AM]      The Day They Robbed The Bank Of England (1960)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #3 (1955)    (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  01/16/13

TCM spends the night with Loretta Young
 [6:00 AM]      Men Must Fight (1933)
 [7:15 AM]      Where Sinners Meet (1934)
 [8:30 AM]      Gaslight (1940)
 [10:15 AM]      Oliver Twist (1948)
 [12:15 PM]      Malta Story (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      The Detective (1954)
 [3:45 PM]      The Prisoner (1955)
 [5:30 PM]      Cromwell (1970)
 [8:00 PM]      A Man's Castle (1933)
 [9:15 PM]      Suez (1938)
 [11:00 PM]      Kentucky (1938)
 [12:45 AM]      The Life Of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
 [2:30 AM]      Beau Ideal (1931)
 [4:00 AM]      Big Business Girl (1931)

 [5:30 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Joan Allen (2008)    (ALL TIMES EST)

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Actress Kathy Griffin arrives at the HBO after party after the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013.
Photo by Gus Ruelas


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Stunning Profitability

"Life of Pi"

The 11 Oscar nominations claimed by "The Life of Pi' might have been surprising, but its success at the global box office - and the fact it will turn a significant profit - is stunning to many people.

Director Ang Lee's lyrical epic has taken in $453 million at the worldwide box office since opening on November 21. It's about to hit $100 million in the U.S., but the vast majority of that total - $357 million - has come from overseas.

Those are impressive numbers for a film without a name star, about a boy on a spiritual journey in a lifeboat, one that even Fox executives realized was anything but a sure thing at the box office.

Yann Martel's novel, upon which the film is based, has sold 9 million copies since it came out in 2001. But it was for years considered all but impossible to film, since it takes place mainly at sea and a key character is a tiger, who shares the boat. Modern CGI and 3D technology made that possible, but that was a big part of why the production budget climbed to $120 million for producers Fox 2000, Haishang Films, Gil Netter Productions and visual effects specialists Rhythm and Hues.

It's one thing, after all, to be a cross-cultural hit when you're a superhero vanquishing aliens like in "The Avengers," or Scrat chasing an acorn from Fox's "Ice Age" movies. It's something else to connect with audiences in some many different countries when addressing the meaning of life.

"Life of Pi"


U.S. actress Mia Farrow, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, holds a child as she visits Syrian refugees in Wadi Khaled, north Lebanon, January 14, 2013. Farrow is on a two day visit to Lebanon, meeting Syrian refugees.
Photo by Roula Naeimeh


Writers Guild West's Laurel Award

Tom Stoppard

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard will receive the Writers Guild of America, West's 2013 Laurel Award for Screen, honoring lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for motion pictures.

Stoppard will be feted, along with other honorees, at the WGAW's 2013 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on February 17 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live.

A Writers Guild, West member since 1991, Stoppard is a multiple Tony Award winner, taking the top Broadway theater prize numerous times, beginning in 1968 for "Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead," followed by "Travesties" in 1976, "The Real Thing" in 1984 and the three-part "Coast of Utopia" plays in 2007. He also picked up the Olivier Award, Britain's highest theater honor, in 1994 for his play "Arcadia."

As a screenwriter, Stoppard won the Oscar for the screenplay of "Shakespeare in Love" and was nominated for best screenplay for 1985's "Brazil." His other works include "Empire of the Sun" in 1987, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard, and "Billy Bathgate" in 1991, based on the book by E.L. Doctorow.

Tom Stoppard


Newhead News


Poet Wins T.S. Eliot Award

Sharon Olds

American poet Sharon Olds won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry on Monday for "Stag's Leap", a critically acclaimed collection that traces the end of her marriage 15 years ago.

The annual award, celebrating its 20th anniversary, goes to what a panel of poets decides is the best collection of verse published in the United Kingdom and Ireland each year, and is considered to be one of the world's top poetry prizes.

Stag's Leap, published in Britain by Jonathan Cape, was chosen from a record 131 submissions and a shortlist of 10.

Olds wins a cheque for 15,000 pounds ($24,000) for the prize, which is administered by the Poetry Book Society and supported by the estate of leading 20th century poet T.S. Eliot whose works include "The Waste Land".

Sharon Olds


Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the HBO after party after the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013.
Photo by Gus Ruelas


Wants A Cut

Condé Nast

Condé Nast, stricken by the publishing industry's budgetary woes, is claiming rights to its contract writers' articles if they are optioned for a film or television show.

New contracts obtained by the New York Times showed that the magazine giant staked its ownership to articles that attract Hollywood's attention, claiming exclusive rights over a story for 30 days to one year.

Under the new contract, writers would receive $2,500 to $5,000 for a 12-month option. Articles that are developed into feature films would earn the authors less than 1 percent - or about $150,000 - of the purchase price.

Television shows and made-for-TV movies are capped at even lower amounts, and one unnamed agent told the Times that its "bottom-of-the-barrel pricing."

Many writers at the publishing heavyweight already work under one-year contracts devoid of basic employee benefits, such as a 401(k) plan or health insurance. However - as opposed to newspapers, which own rights to reporters' work - contract magazine writers usually maintain rights to their work.

Condé Nast


Wake-up Call


Author Sues Columbia University

'A Beautiful Mind'

The Columbia University professor who wrote "A Beautiful Mind" has filed suit against the school over almost $1 million that she says she's owed.

According to a summons filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Sylvia Nasar says Columbia owes her $923,000 dating back to September 1998 from an endowment grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The summons was filed on Jan. 7.

Nasar is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Business Journalism at Columbia. She has written for numerous publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine.

"A Beautiful Mind" tells the life story of economist John Nash. It was made into a movie starring Russell Crowe in 2001.

'A Beautiful Mind'


Actress Katie Aselton arrives at the HBO after party after the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013.
Photo by Gus Ruelas


Court Won't Review Director's Guilty Plea

John McTiernan

John McTiernan, director of the films "Die Hard" and "The Hunt for Red October," lost his bid on Monday to have the U.S. Supreme Court review his guilty plea and one-year prison sentence for perjury and lying to the FBI.

The Supreme Court's action could clear the way for the 62-year-old McTiernan to begin serving his prison term.

The court declined to consider whether lower courts erred in refusing to suppress a recording in which prosecutors said McTiernan discussed an illegal wiretap.

Prosecutors had accused McTiernan of lying about having hired former private investigator Anthony Pellicano, who represented many Hollywood stars, to wiretap a film producer.

McTiernan pleaded guilty in 2006 after the FBI obtained a recording in which the men discussed the wiretap, but later withdrew his guilty plea after hiring a new lawyer.

John McTiernan


Another Coroner Report

Natalie Wood

Actress Natalie Wood had bruising on her arms and wrists and scratches on her neck when her body was pulled from the Pacific Ocean in 1981, suggesting she was injured before she hit the water, according to a report released by Los Angeles County Coroner's Office on Monday.

But the report, written in June 2012, said there was not enough evidence to say that her death was definitively "non accidental."

The body of the "West Side Story" star, 43, was found floating in a Santa Catalina Island cove off the coast of Southern California in 1981 after she had spent a night of dining and drinking on the island and on a yacht with her husband, television star Robert Wagner, and actor Christopher Walken.

The case has been surrounded by mystery and suspicion for decades and Los Angeles homicide detectives reopened the investigation into Wood's death in 2011.

In June 2012, authorities changed Wood's death certificate to "drowning and other undetermined factors" from the original finding of accidental drowning, but did not explain why.

Natalie Wood


Japanese women in kimonos walk during heavy snowfall at Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo, as they attend a ceremony celebrating Coming of Age Day, January 14, 2013. Youths across Japan are honoured with special coming-of-age ceremonies when they reach the age of 20. The Tokyo metropolitan area had its first snowfall this season on Monday, which affected transportation as some flights to and from the the capital's Haneda airport had to be cancelled, parts of expressways temporarily closed and local train services delayed.
Photo by Yuya Shin


Sues Clinic

Hulk Hogan

Wrestler Hulk Hogan has filed a lawsuit against the Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute, saying the clinic did unnecessary surgeries that damaged his career.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Hogan filed the lawsuit Monday. He filed under his real name, which is Terry Bollea. It seeks damages of $50 million.

In addition to claiming unnecessary surgeries, the lawsuit also says the Laser Spine Institute used an endorsement from Hogan without permission or payment.

The Laser Spine Institute says it is aware of the lawsuit, but to protect patient privacy, it does not want to discuss details of the case.

Hulk Hogan


Dumbfuckistan Lives!

Independence, USA

Right-wing rabble-rouser Glenn Beck (R-Desperate) recently announced that he wanted to "go Galt" and create a self-sustaining community, inspired by the philosophy of Ayn Rand's character John Galt from "Atlas Shrugged."

The community will be known as Independence, USA. If and when it is completed, Independence will produce its own food and TV and film content. There will be homes, baseball fields and a theme park. Think: Small Town, USA, but with a Beckish vibe.

"There's not going to be a Gap here. There's no Ann Taylor. You want an Ann Taylor, go someplace else," Beck said in a video announcement. The marketplace, Beck says, will be a place for people to create their own businesses and learn from others.

Other areas of Independence: The ranch (that's where residents will grow food and teach people how to grow crops), the media center (where Beck will film his show and where other entertainers will create movies, TV shows and documentaries), an Alamo-style mission for people to "gather and help others," a research and development laboratory and much more.

Independence, USA


Revellers parade the streets during a carnival in the village of Vevcani, some 170 km (106 miles) from the Macedonian capital Skopje, January 13, 2013. Vevcani village marks the Orthodox St. Vasilij Day annually with a carnival that features a 1,400-year-old celebration with pagan roots. The highlights of the carnival include a political satire where masked villagers act out current events.
Photo by Ognen Teofilovski


Tribe Vows to 'Die Fighting' Oil Company


A battle is looming between one of South America's largest state-backed oil companies and an indigenous community of about 400 in the Ecuadorian rainforest.

The area is near Yasuni National Park, in eastern Ecuador, home to some of the richest variety of life on Earth. Studies have shown that a single hectare here contains a wider variety of life than in all of North America.

The state-backed company, Petroamazonas, has told the Kichwa tribe that they plan to begin prospecting for oil tomorrow (Jan. 15) in the area, the Guardian reported. But the tribesmen say they are ready to die fighting to protect their land, which covers some 270 square miles (700 square kilometers) of pristine rainforest, an area about four times the size of the District of Columbia.

The community secretary, Klider Gualinga, told the Guardian that more than 80 percent of the village opposes the oil deal, but that a small minority is pushing it through against their wishes and local rules.

"People think it is dishonest and the oil company is treating them like dogs. It does not respect the land or the planet. There is no deal, nothing is agreed. The people do not want the oil company," Gualinga said. "We have decided to fight to the end. Each landholder will defend their territory. We will help each other and stand shoulder to shoulder to prevent anyone from passing."



Link Challenged


A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ. The analysis says the statistical analysis behind that conclusion is flawed.

The original study, reported last August, included more than 1,000 people who'd been born in the town of Dunedin, New Zealand. Their IQ was tested at ages 13 and 38, and they were asked about marijuana use periodically between those ages.

Researchers at Duke University and elsewhere found that participants who'd reported becoming dependent on pot by age 18 showed a drop in IQ score between ages 13 and 38. The findings suggest pot is harmful to the adolescent brain, the researchers said.

Not so fast, says an analysis published online Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Ole Rogeberg of the Ragnar Frisch Center for Economic Research in Oslo, says the IQ trend might have nothing to do with pot. Rather, it may have emerged from differences among the study participants in socioeconomic status, or SES, which involves factors like income, education and occupation, he says.

He based his paper on a computer simulation. It traced what would happen to IQ scores over time if they were affected by differences in SES in ways suggested by other research, but not by smoking marijuana. He found patterns that looked just like what the Duke study found.




The crescent moon is seen behind an ice sculpture during ice and snow sculptures festival at the "Eight Lakes" Park-Resort outside Almaty January 14, 2013.
Photo by Shamil Zhumatov


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