BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 2 February, 2016


2 February, 2016

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Paul Krugman: Wind, Sun and Fire (NY Times)
So what's really at stake in this year's election? Well, among other things, the fate of the planet. […] Salvation from climate catastrophe is, in short, something we can realistically hope to see happen, with no political miracle necessary. But failure is also a very real possibility. Everything is hanging in the balance.

Julie Burchill: "Meet the Cry-Bully: a hideous hybrid of victim and victor" (Spectator)
This is the age of the Cry-Bully, a hideous hybrid of victim and victor, weeper and walloper. They are everywhere, these duplicit Pushmi-Pullyus of the personal and the political, from Celebrity Big Brother to the frontline of Islamism.

Eden Dranger: 5 Things That Make Doing Comedy A Nightmare For Women (Cracked)
… the landscape is changing, and stand-up comedy is no longer the total sausage fest it used to be. That's why when I get asked about being a woman in comedy, I can honestly say, "It's fucking great!" Because you know what, it IS! Walking on stage and making people laugh and forgetting about your own issues for a while is an awesome job to have. But, at no point during the walking/talking/joke-making process have I run into a problem that could only be solved by smacking it with a penis.

Charlie Lyne: "Western: an elegant documentary, roundly ignored" (The Guardian)
Netflix's decision to make its library available worldwide means gems like this US/Mexico border doc are now finally accessible in Britain.

Alison Flood: Publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female, US study finds (The Guardian)
Survey of workforce at 34 book publishers and eight review journals in US reveals 79% of staff are white and 78% female - with UK numbers still unmonitored.

Hank Williams, Jr.: "The American Dream" (YouTube)
"Now there are some preachers on TV with a suit and a tie and a vest . . . They want you to send your money to the Lord but they give you their address."

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Trivia Question of the Day

Which US president exhorted citizens to "Whip Inflation Now"?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

How many pieces of candy does a Pez dispenser hold?

       Twelve                                                      Source

Pez (trademarked PEZ in capitals) is the brand name of an Austrian candy and their famous mechanical pocket dispensers. The candy itself takes the shape of pressed, dry, straight-edged, curved-corner blocks (15 mm (5/8 inch) long, 8 mm (5/16 inch) wide, and 5 mm (3/16 inch) high), with Pez dispensers holding 12 Pez pieces.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:

Randall wrote:
   twelve this thing working?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Adam answered:

Marian replied:

Deborah responded:
   I couldn't remember from my Pez dispensers of my childhood. Google tells me 12, so I'll go with that.
  A nasty cell passed through yesterday mid-afternoon, delivering cold wind, rain and hail. Since then the wind has remained, really big, with bigger gusts. Sigh. Yes, it's still winter in NorCal.
  Rats! It's Monday!

DJ Useo
   You got me. S'been literally ages since I ate some. Must'a been in the early 1980's. I guess 10.
  I located the list of ingredients for Pez candy. -
  Sugar, Corn Syrup, Adipic Acid, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel & Palm Oils And Soybean Oil Mono & Diglycerides,
  Natural & Artificial Flavors, Artificial Colors ( including FD&C Red 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 2 ).
  I prefer Japanese Botan rice candy. It comes with a small prize, & you can actually eat the wrapper!

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Just think! You won't have to hear anything about caucuses in fucking Iowa for a few years. Insignificant little state that it is!
  Twelve pieces (one roll) fit in a Pez Dispenser.

  I learned eons ago that the combination of alcohol and telephones don't mix!.

MAM   wrote:
   12 ~ Pez candy was invented by the Austrian inventor Eduard Haas in 1927. Pez was first sold as an anti-smoking mint, and afer World War 2 the Pez dispenser was developed.

Joe S     replied:
   12, I looked it up. I have never eaten Pez candy, nor have I ever held a Pez dispenser in my hand. I'm going to bed early, see what that's like.

Lois Of The FABULOUS! took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Freedom From Religion Foundation warns Phoenix AZ Mayor against discrimination toward Satanic Temple

Eagle-eyed: Dutch police to train birds to take down unauthorized drones | World news | The Guardian

Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 20% of Android battery life | Technology | The Guardian

Fox seeks $250m worth of staff cuts | Media | The Guardian

'An alternative exists': the US citizens who vowed to flee to Canada - and did | World news | The Guardian

Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting child labour lawsuit in Ivory Coast | Guardian Sustainable Business |

Landmark deal to protect Canada Great Bear Rainforest - BBC News

Donald Trump Says Soldiers 'Go For A Little Ride' When Roadside Bombs Hit
    my fucking gawd..

Justice Department To Review San Francisco Police Department : The Two-Way : NPR

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Farm Subsidies Persist And Grow, Despite Talk Of Reform : The Salt : NPR

'The People V. O.J. Simpson' Bursts With Sharp Scenes, Powerful Performances : NPR

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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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Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with the FRESH 'Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are David Schwimmer, Joel Osteen (R-Charlatan), and M. Ward.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Josh Radnor, Maggie Grace, Nathan Sykes, and Chris Martin.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Med', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 1/12/16) are Kevin Hart, Noel Fielding, Joshua Topolsky, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 1/12/16) are Eva Longoria, Jason Mantzoukas, Sunil Yapa, and Glenn Kotche.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/16/15) are Judah Friedlander, Heartless Bastards, and John Florence.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'The Muppets', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agent Carter', followed by 'What Would You Do?'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are George Clooney and Dave Salmoni.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'iZombie'.

Faux has a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'Grandfathered', then a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH 'The Grinder'.

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

A&E has 'Fit To Fat To Fit', 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', then another 'Fit To Fat To Fit'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Rock', followed by the movie 'The Fugitive'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Alaska
 [7:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-Pacific Island
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-The Lazarus Experiment
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-42
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Samaritan Snare
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Up the Long Ladder
 [5:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Amy's Baking Company
 [9:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
 [10:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 2
 [2:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Amy's Baking Company

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Groundhog Day', followed by the movie 'Groundhog Day', again, then 'Tosh.0', and 'The Half Hour'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Peter Bergen.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Lewis Black.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Dominic Monaghan, Liza Treyger, and Mamrie Hart.

FX has the movie 'Thor', followed by the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', followed by the FRESH 'The People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Wreck'.

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 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Thomas Middleditch
 [6:15AM]    THE MIST
 [1:00PM]    THE MIST
 [3:45PM]    PAUL
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Can't Quit You Baby
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-What Is and What Never Should Be
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Heartbreaker
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Ramble On
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Over the Hills and Far Away
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hot Dog
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Thank You
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Black Dog
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Crunge
 [4:15AM]    SOAP
 [4:50AM]    SOAP
 [5:25AM]    SOAP    (ALL TIMES EST)

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 [6:00AM]    Donnie Brasco
 [9:00AM]    Mystic River
 [12:00PM]    Dances With Wolves
 [4:00PM]    Jeremiah Johnson
 [6:30PM]    Deliverance
 [9:00PM]    Cliffhanger
 [11:00PM]    Cobra
 [1:00AM]    Cliffhanger
 [3:00AM]    The Game    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Silent Hill', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil', then a FRESH 'The Expanse'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Charlie Day, Rob Gronkowski, and Daniel Sloss.

 [7:00 AM]      The Sundowners (1960)
 [9:30 AM]      Dear Heart (1964)
 [11:30 AM]      The Red Danube (1949)
 [1:45 PM]      Forbidden Planet (1956)
 [3:30 PM]      Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
 [5:00 PM]      Battle Of The Bulge (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      The Sting (1973)
 [10:15 PM]      The Verdict (1982)
 [12:30 AM]      From Here to Eternity (1953)
 [2:45 AM]      Human Comedy (1943)
 [4:45 AM]      Blossoms In The Dust (1941)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  02/03/16

 [6:30 AM]      Little Women (1933)
 [8:30 AM]      Of Human Bondage (1934)
 [10:00 AM]      The Lost Patrol (1934)
 [11:15 AM]      Five Star Final (1931)
 [12:45 PM]      Star Witness (1931)
 [2:00 PM]      I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
 [4:00 PM]      Johnny Eager (1942)
 [6:00 PM]      Madame Bovary (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      Love Letters (1945)
 [10:00 PM]      The Third Man (1949)
 [12:00 AM]      The Fallen Idol (1948)
 [1:45 AM]      Joan of Paris (1942)
 [3:30 AM]      Captain Caution (1940)
 [5:00 AM]      One Million B.C. (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney arrive at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" at the Regency Village Theatre on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


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Objects To T-rump


Pop superstar Adele on Monday lodged objections as Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump played her music on the campaign trail.

Trump, an apparent fan of Adele who was spotted at her concert in November in New York, has regularly played her hit "Rolling in the Deep" at his rallies.

"Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," a statement from the singer's spokesman said.

Adele, whose blockbuster success has been attributed to her ability to attract audiences across wide demographic lines, did not mention Trump by name.

Adele in the past has declared herself as a staunch supporter of the Labour Party in her native Britain although -- in a potential area of common ground with Trump -- she has complained about the heavy tax bill since becoming rich.



Ethan Coen, left, and Joel Coen arrive at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" at the Regency Village Theatre on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss


Paid Tribute


When The X-Files returned to Fox, it brought more than just Mulder and Scully back with it. Eagle-eyed fans can tell you this.

In "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster," not only did the show bring back stoner characters played by Tyler Labine and Nicole Parker, but it also cast Alex Diakun in a new role, featured Mulder in red briefs and had callbacks to Scully being immortal, her dog and the 1970s series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. And that's not all. Two familiar names were featured on tombstones in the graveyard: Kim Manners and Jack Hardy. Manners directed more than 50 episodes of The X-Files and Hardy served as the first AD on Millennium and The X-Files: I Want to Believe.

"It's really our way of dedicating the episode, if not the show to him," series creator Chris Carter told E! News about the Kim Manners tribute headstone. "It's funny, I couldn't imagine doing The X-Files without Kim coming back, but I had to because he's no longer with us. I wore my little 'K.M.' button in his honor and [writer-director Darin Morgan] decided to put his name on a headstone."

"Kim, first among a group of-I think-largely unsung directors on the show…as much as the writers, the directors were responsible for figuring out how to scare us, how to thrill us, how to horrify us and how to make us laugh. Kim could do all of those things, as could David Nutter, Rob Bowman, Dan Sackheim, Bob Goodwin-these directors-Kim directed most episodes out of any of them-I think are owed a huge debt and helped put The X-Files on the map in a big way," he added.

The X-Files


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Employee Buyouts


Twenty-First Century Fox said it would offer some of its employees voluntary exit options with "generous" benefit packages, with the aim of reducing costs by about $250 million.

The Rupert Murdoch-controlled film and TV company is targeting $250 million in cost cuts in fiscal 2017, which starts in July, another company spokesman said by phone.

Fox had about 20,500 full-time employees as of June 30, 2015.

The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal (also owned by Rupert).



Peruvian photographer Mario Testino, left, and Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, right, pose for photographers during the premiere of the film: 'Zoolander No.2' in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.
Photo by Abraham Caro Marin


Source Of 1964 Tsunami


Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have solved a 50-year natural science mystery: the undersea source of tsunami waves that devastated a remote Alaska village following the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake.

Underwater landslides at depths of 820 to 1,150 feet - much deeper than those that caused tsunamis affecting other communities - sent killing waves toward the Prince William Sound community of Chenega, where 23 of 75 residents died and all but two buildings were destroyed.

The villagers had little time to get to high ground. The epicenter of the magnitude 9.2 quake, which shook Alaska for four and a half minutes, was about 56 miles away. Deadly waves hit Chenega four minutes later.

Nine people died in Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, from the quake, the second largest in recorded history.

Many more were killed by tsunamis. The great quake rumpled the ocean floor like a rug, creating a trans-ocean tsunami that sent deadly waves down the West Coast. Four campers on a beach died at Newport, Oregon. A dozen died in the Northern California community of Crescent City.



Wake-up Call


Store Closures

Walmart Effect

As presidential candidates have worked their way across Iowa in recent months, campaigning ahead of the first-in-the-nation voting that will take place when the caucuses commence on Feb. 1, the country has seen a certain slice of the state. There are the town hall meetings at Elks Lodge halls, cups of coffee at old-school diners, visits to mom-and-pop shops on a succession of Main Streets. Television crews park news anchors in front of stately town squares and historic courthouses built of red brick or green-gray limestone. Even as news stories delve into the changing demographics in the state or the reduced political clout of farmers, campaign optics still focus largely on this true-blue image of middle-class Middle America.

There is, however, a central institution in many of these towns that you aren't likely to see behind a candidate's podium in the waning days of campaigning in Iowa: Walmart. Quaint town squares still hold the geographic heart of small Midwestern towns such as Fairfield, Iowa, where I grew up-but the retail centers long ago moved to the edge of town. Since the first Iowa location opened in 1983, the easy transition between corn and soy fields of the countryside to the oak and maple-lined streets of town has been interrupted by the hulking cinder-block edifices of Walmarts.

And when and where Sam Walton's mega retailer opened, a slow hollowing out of the town square surely followed. When the Fairfield Walmart opened in 1986, our town square was home to a clothing store, a small department store, a furniture store, a pharmacy, a jewelers, two hardware stores, and many others. As the county seat, Fairfield's retailers not only supported its population of 10,000 but also residents of tiny neighboring towns such as Salina and Libertyville, where only a few hundred people might live. Today, only one of those stores remains-a symptom of what's come to be known as the Walmart Effect.

Research conducted at Iowa State University in the 1990s found that, after Walmart opened in a town, sales at specialty stores-sporting goods, jewelry, and gift shops-dropped by 17 percent within 10 years; in neighboring towns with less than 5,000 people and no Walmart, specialty store sales dropped by 28 percent within a decade. For clothing stores, sales dropped by 28 percent in Walmart and non-Walmart towns alike. And some stores simply were no longer around a decade later.

Walmart Effect


Actor Ali MacGraw participates in a talk with students on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Monday Feb. 1, 2016, more than 45 years after the release of the 1970 classic "Love Story." MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal, now in their 70s, currently are co-starring in a national tour of "Love Letters," which is about a man and a woman who maintain contact over 50 years through notes, cards and letters.
Photo by Elise Amendola


Former Seminarian

Joel Wright

A former Ohio seminarian arrested for allegedly seeking to have sex with infants and young girls in Mexico was carrying $2,000 in cash along with baby clothes and a bottle in his luggage, a Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said Sunday.

Joel Wright, who was arrested Friday in San Diego, had previously traveled to Tijuana in an unsuccessful attempt to adopt a child, authorities said.

According to the criminal complaint, the former student at Pontifical College Josephinum ( "Preparing Priests to Serve the Church Since 1888" ) in Columbus tried in 2014 to adopt a child in Mexico - going so far as to hand over an "adoption fee" in a Tijuana hotel room - and more recently spelled out in explicit online messages what he hoped to do with an infant and a 4-year-old girl.

Asked in an email if he'd previously had sex with infants, Wright allegedly responded: "I have not gone all the way before but I have made it very close in the past so I do have experance (sic)."

Wright, 23, has been charged with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He is scheduled to appear in court in Monday.

Joel Wright


Swiss actor, and grandson of Charlie Chaplin, James Thierree poses for the media at the premiere of 'Chocolat' on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Paris, France.
Photo by Jacques Brinon


Verbal Memory


As marijuana becomes more accessible to young and old alike in the U.S., researchers warn that long-term use of the drug may cause lasting harm to at least one type of brain function.

A new study based on following thousands of young adults into middle age finds that long-term marijuana use is linked to poorer performance on verbal memory tests, but other areas of brain function do not appear to be affected.

"We did not expect to find such a consistent association with verbal memory for chronic exposure to marijuana," especially since the link held even when other factors like cigarette smoking, alcohol use and other behavioral factors associated with marijuana use were accounted for, said lead author Dr. Reto Auer of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Auer and colleagues analyzed data from a 25-year U.S. study of young adults, which included repeated measures of marijuana exposure over time and a standardized test of verbal memory, processing speed and executive function in year 25. Almost 3,500 participants completed the standardized tests.

The study only included self-reported marijuana use and did not employ brain imaging to measure structural changes, the authors note.



A man dressed in a bear costume performs alongside dancers during carnival celebrations in Ituren February 1, 2016. Bell carrying dancers known as Joaldunak from Zubieta and neighbouring Ituren visit each other's villages performing a ritual dance to ward off evil spirits and awaken the coming spring. Alongside the dancers, villagers dress in bizarre and frightening costumes to harass and scare visitors.
Photo by Vincent West


Dumps Compact Fluorescents


GE announced on Monday that it's dumping compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in favor of LEDs. Once a low-cost option for those looking for something more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, CFLs are now competing with LEDs, which are even more efficient and have dropped in price dramatically over the past few years. While GE will still make incandescent and other types of bulbs, it's phasing out CFL and hoping to put LEDs front and center.

One reason is that proposed Energy Star regulations for next year could make it harder for CFLs to qualify for the rating, John Strainic, chief operating officer of consumer and conventional lighting at GE Lighting, told The New York Times. Because the bulbs contain mercury, some states prohibit residents from throwing them into landfills, and that could mean a trip to Home Depot or other facility to drop off burnt-out bulbs if the garbage collector won't take them along with the recycling.

When it comes to life span, LEDs also have CFLs beat, with the former lasting up to 25 years, while CFLs max out at around 10. GE and other companies are also making LEDs perform all sorts of cool tricks, like changing color throughout the day to match circadian rhythms. Sony added a Bluetooth speaker to its LEDs to play music, and the Li-Fi concept would use the lights' flicker to transmit data, instead of radio waves or cables.

When they first came on the market, lots of people thought LEDs were harsh, and there was no 100-watt equivalent. Then there was the price. While LEDs have gotten less expensive than the $60 some were going for in 2012, they're still pricier than every other type of bulb. You can find 100-watt equivalents for $10, but you can get a four-pack of CFLs for that. And when you start adding in features like microphones and cameras, the price per LED rises - but you can still get a 60-watt equivalent smart LED bulb from Cree for $15.



A woman takes a selfie in front of colorfully illuminated ice sculptures at the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival in Shikotsukoonsen, northern Japan on Feb. 1, 2016.
Photo by Kimimasa Mayama ice1_020116


Spirit Dolls


Driving to a Buddhist temple on the northern fringes of Bangkok, beauty salon owner Natsuda Jantaptim is running through her youngest daughter's likes and dislikes.

On first reckoning, it sounds like the everyday observations of a dedicated mother.

Except the daughter Natsuda refers to isn't real. Certainly not in the living, breathing flesh and blood sense.

She is a meticulously groomed plastic doll, part of the latest celebrity-fuelled superstitious craze that has swept the country -- much to the dismay of the kingdom's conservative military rulers.

Known in Thai as "luuk thep" (child angels), the pricey dolls, which can cost up to $600, were first popularised a little over a year ago by celebrities who claimed dressing up and feeding the dolls had brought them professional success.




A dog wears "The Flash" costume for a carnival pet parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. People dressed their pets up for the annual block parade held near Copacabana beach.
Photo by Leo Correa



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