BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 7 March, 2017


7 March, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[32 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: A Party Not Ready to Govern (NY Times)
The G.O.P. quagmire isn't just about Trump.

Charles M. Blow: Pause This Presidency! (NY Times)
The American people must immediately demand a cessation of all consequential actions by this "president" until we can be assured that Russian efforts to hack our election, in a way that was clearly meant to help him and damage his opponent, did not also include collusion with or coverup by anyone involved in the Trump campaign and now administration.

Laurie Penny: Every time we take an Uber we're spreading its social poison (The Guardian)
CEO Travis Kalanick's treatment of one of his drivers shows Uber's institutional sleazebaggery, seeing social responsibility as an outdated piece of apparatus.

Laurie Penny: Fake news sells because people want it to be true (New Statesman)
The rise of bullshit, from George Orwell to Donald Trump.

Avi Selk: Stephen King trolls Trump's wiretapping tweets as only a horror writer could (Washington Post)
There's a fan theory that best-selling author and master of horror fiction Stephen King predicted the rise of Donald Trump in his novel about a clairvoyant who foresees a demagogic salesman win the U.S. presidency and start a global war. Flash-forward to the present, in which President Trump, without offering any evidence, accused his predecessor of wiretapping his campaign offices, and King mocked him with a horror story, told in three tweets.

Roxanne Roberts: Elite law schools are really tough to get into. But what if you're Tiffany Trump? (Washington Post)
The prospect of a Trump at one of these elite universities has provoked curiosity, envy and debate on law school blogs and forums.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: Bill Maher's interview with a Trump defender started out nice. Then Russia came up. (Washington Post)
"Unless you can manipulate the votes in the machine, you haven't done it," Lord told Maher. "I like you, and I heard you're a very nice guy, but don't bull-- me," Maher replied. "There are other ways you can affect an election, and one of them is to hack the emails of one side and release those as a slow drip, drip, drip, drip, drip."

Rich Hall: Trump promised to wipe out Isis - perhaps he already has (The Guardian)
The president promised he would have a plan to defeat the radical jihadis within 30 days of taking office. I, for one, am willing to believe in this steely man of action.

Rich Hall: Immigrants want to come to America and not shoot anyone. No wonder Trump has banned them (The Guardian)
In recent days, I've heard, first-hand, dozens of stories of people from Muslim-majority countries who only wanted to escape oppression and fear and come to a country where more than 100,000 people a year are perforated by bullets.

Rich Hall: "Time to decide: do we want Biff Tannen or Mary Tyler Moore in the White House?" (The Guardian)
I'll be voting for Hillary, but the choice is bleak. My fellow Americans are so fed up with this farcical election, they are throwing dildos on to football pitches.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Author Zane Grey is associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts. What was his day job?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The first Atlantic tropical cyclone to be officially designated using a masculine name was Hurricane ______?_____

       Hurricane Bob                                                      Source

Hurricane Bob was the first Atlantic tropical cyclone to be officially designated using a masculine name after the discontinuation of Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet names. Bob brought moderate damage to portions of the United States Gulf Coast and areas farther inland in July 1979. The storm was the first hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico to form in the month of July since 1959, and was the fifth tropical cyclone to form during the annual hurricane season. Though the origin of Bob can be traced back to a tropical wave near the western coast of Africa in late June, Bob formed from a tropical depression in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on July 9.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Google says that Bob was the first hurricane with a male name (1979), but I don't remember it. Hurricane Bob doesn't sound very fearsome.

Randall wrote:

Alan J said:

David in Moon Valley replied:
   Bob?! Hurricane Bob?!
  Somehow it just doesn't sound right....but what do i know? guess it would be better than Biff or Bill or Bart or Butch or Bruce

Adam answered:
   Hurricane Dave?
  No...the equally unassuming Hurricane Bob.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Hurricane Bob

Deborah wrote:
   Hurricane Bob. How underwhelming.
  I see I forgot to answer yesterday's TQ. I knew the answer, just forgot to include it. So it goes.

Billy in Cypress said:
   Hurricane Bob was the first Atlantic tropical cyclone to be officially designated using a masculine name. in July 1979. This year, 2017, we may have an Atlantic/Gulf Hurricane Don to compete in the headlines with the DC Hurricane Donald, which is a HUGE, POWERFUL, ERRATIC and TERRIFYING storm of words and HATE spewing from the mouth (mind?) of a spoiled, narcissistic, psychotic 70+ year old child.

Dave in Tucson replied:
   Believe the first Atlantic tropical cyclone to have a male name was "Hurricane David". For some reason people I worked with at the time thought it was named after me.

Joe S     answered:
   Chuck Norris. It hit the East Coast of the US with a roundhouse kick.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali the moist for now took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  March 7 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 7 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Some more QHG Shares dots, and some Towering Connections

Reporter is Too Hot for HeatStreet (newscorp) - she is sidelined for her Russiagate reporting

Former GOP Intel Committee Chair: "Vladimir Putin Should Be Feeling Pretty Good Right About Now"

Fascism doesn't come cheap

Memo to Trump: The buck stops with the president

Google accused of spreading fake news | Technology | The Guardian

Great Wall of China's troubled history offers lessons for Trump, scholars say | World news | The Guardian

A right to repair: why Nebraska farmers are taking on John Deere and Apple | Environment | The Guardian

Trump has caused a growing number of liberals to start prepping for an apocalypse - SFGate

Trump rages over the comparison of his weak performance and the accomplishments of President Obama

erratic, vindictive, volatile, obsessive, a chronic liar...

Reason Magazine - "Trump Assumes Command of the American Church."

Saturday's tipping-point tweets might signal imminent dog-wagging by Lord Dampnut (with poll)

Arkansas Lawmaker Introduces Bill Banning Howard Zinn Books | The Huffington Post

BBC - Culture - Behind Hollywood's biggest feud
     I watched the first episode last night; delicious.

BBC - Culture - How sound effects are really made

Trump's wiretap claim: How a conspiracy theory got its start - Mar. 6, 2017

Robert Osborne, Host Of Turner Classic Movies, Dies At 84 : The Two-Way : NPR

Surge In Mice Is A Harbinger For Lyme Disease : Goats and Soda : NPR

We Are On An Information War Battlefield And Most Of Us Don't Even Know It

Rachel Maddow delivering exceptional journalism on Trump and Russian ties - digging in deep

American Evangelicals NEED To Know This About Russia!

President Donald Trump is the most powerful cornered animal in the world | Lawrence Douglas | Opinion | The Guardian

Climate change impact on Australia may be irreversible, five-yearly report says | Environment | The Guardian

Trump Aims To Destroy Obama Politically And Personally | The Huffington Post

Big data's power is terrifying. That could be good news for democracy | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

Open thread for night owls: States try to obliterate the resistance with bills crushing dissent

Betsy DeVos for School choice? Bull Sh!t. It's all about the money.

The real "National Treasure" is Samuel L. Jackson!

Thanks, Michelle!



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Social Media in the News 2016 - 2017 [Infographic] - The Website Group


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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump's Unfounded Claims of a "Nixon/Watergate" Wiretapping Scheme - The Atlantic

EPA Chief Promises "Aggressive" Rollback of Regulations Soon - Scientific American

Trump's Unfounded Claims of a "Nixon/Watergate" Wiretapping Scheme - The Atlantic

Trump's Obama gambit: It's utter nonsense - but not as dumb as it seems -

Conway blames Trump's wiretap dust-up on 'double standard' - POLITICO

David Letterman on Donald Trump and Late-Night TV Today -

Khizr Khan cancels Toronto trip after being told his travel privileges are being 'reviewed': reports -

Donald Trump spends 31 percent of time on vacation, plays golf 8 times in 6 weeks-on taxpayer dime -

Republicans shrug off Trump wiretap claims | TheHill

Ben Carson: Slaves Were Immigrants Who Came Here And Worked Really Hard 'For Less' | The Huffington Post

Samuel L. Jackson On Ben Carson's Slavery Comment: 'Mothaf***a Please' | The Huffington Post

Chelsea Clinton: Carson's remark on slaves and immigration 'can't be real' | TheHill

Khan speech in Canada cancelled amid questions | TheHill

The disappearing Sean Spicer - POLITICO

Lawmakers stunned, baffled by Trump's wiretap allegations - POLITICO

Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone calls critic a "stupid ignorant ugly bitch." -

Jared Kushner has been concealing the Flynn-Kislyak meeting for months. -

Right-Wing Media Scramble To Recast Obama As Trump-Era Villain -

Alex Jones Tells Trump To Use Violence Against His Opponents -

Trump hires Rudy Giuliani's son for White House role - POLITICO

Knives are out for Reince - POLITICO

Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda - Columbia Journalism Review

How 90 Percent of US Households Lost an Average of $17,000 in Wealth to the Plutocrats in 2016 -



Team Coco


President Trump's New & Improved Travel Ban

The White House just put out an ad for their new, slightly less unconstitutional travel ban.



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





Selected Readings

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One of the Most Famous Scientists in the World Just Explained Why Trump Is an Existential Threat | Mother Jones








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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny but on the cool side.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Bull', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Kevin Kline, Jerrod Carmichael, and Gen. Michael Hayden.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'This Is Us', then a FRESH 'Chicago Justice'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 2/22/17) are Neil Patrick Harris, Ken Jeong, and Josh Johnson.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 2/7/17) are Anderson Cooper, Reba McEntire, and Gail Miller Bisher & dogs from the Westminster Dog Show.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/9/17) are Bella Heathcote, Triptides, and Raoul Peck.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'American Housewife', then a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', then a FRESH 'People Icons'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Doug Benson and LeAnn Rimes.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

Faux has a RERUN 'New Girl', followed by a RERUN 'The Mick', then a FRESH 'Bones'.

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

A&E has all old 'Intervention' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Titanic', followed by the movie 'Titanic', again.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-A Town Called Mercy
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-The Power of Three
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-The Angels Take Manhattan
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-The Bells of Saint John
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-The Rings of Akhaten
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Point of Impact
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 9-Kill Clause
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-Count Me Out
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 11-Delko for the Defense
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 12-Show Stopper
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 13-Die by the Sword
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 14-In the Wind
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 15-Miami, We Have a Problem
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 16-L.A.
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Point of Impact
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 9-Kill Clause
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-Count Me Out
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 11-Delko for the Defense
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 12-Show Stopper
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 13-Die by the Sword
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 14-In the Wind
 [4:00AM]    CSI: Miami - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 15-Miami, We Have a Problem

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'BH Social', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Imposter', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futrama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Detroiters'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Judd Apatow.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Randy Sklar, Jason Sklar, and Beth Stelling.

FX has the movie 'The Equalizer', followed by the movie 'Lucy', then a FRESH 'The Americans'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper'.

IFC  -   
 [12:45PM]    THE PUNISHER
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Gimme Shelter
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-2120 So. Michigan Avenue
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-2000 Light Years From Home
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Take It or Leave It
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Short & Curlies
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-'Til the Next Goodbye
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bohemian Rhapsody
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Somebody to Love
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You're My Best Friend
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-2120 So. Michigan Avenue
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-2000 Light Years From Home
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Take It or Leave It
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Short & Curlies
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-'Til the Next Goodbye
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bohemian Rhapsody
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Somebody to Love
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You're My Best Friend

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    All in the Family
 [6:30AM]    All in the Family
 [7:00AM]    All in the Family
 [7:30AM]    All in the Family
 [8:00AM]    All in the Family
 [8:30AM]    All in the Family
 [9:00AM]    All in the Family
 [9:30AM]    All in the Family
 [10:00AM]    All in the Family
 [10:30AM]    All in the Family
 [11:00AM]    All in the Family
 [11:30AM]    The Break-Up
 [2:00PM]    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
 [4:00PM]    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
 [6:00PM]    The Karate Kid
 [9:00PM]    The Karate Kid Part II
 [11:30PM]    The Karate Kid Part III
 [2:00AM]    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
 [3:59AM]    Hap and Leonard-Savage Season
 [5:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [5:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Oz The Great & Powerful', 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then the movie 'Resident Evil: Retribution'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Malin Akerman, Pete Holmes, and Hippo Campus.

TCM spends the night with Richard Burton
 [6:00 AM]      A Lost Lady (1934)
 [7:15 AM]      B.F.'s Daughter (1948)
 [9:15 AM]      His Brother's Wife (1936)
 [10:45 AM]      The Woman in Red (1935)
 [12:00 PM]      Executive Suite (1954)
 [2:00 PM]      East Side, West Side (1949)
 [4:00 PM]      The Gay Sisters (1942)
 [6:00 PM]      My Reputation (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      The Night of the Iguana (1964)
 [10:15 PM]      Anne Of The Thousand Days (1969)
 [1:00 AM]      Look Back in Anger (1959)
 [3:00 AM]      Bitter Victory (1957)
 [5:00 AM]      Alexander The Great (1956)

Wednesday   -  03/08/17

TCM spends the night with Richard Burton
 [7:30 AM]      Wings (1966)
 [9:15 AM]      Girlfriends (1978)
 [11:00 AM]      La Pointe Courte (1956)
 [12:30 PM]      Wanda (1970)
 [2:30 PM]      Wind Across The Everglades (1958)
 [4:15 PM]      Party Girl (1958)
 [6:00 PM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Cleopatra (1963)
 [12:15 AM]      The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
 [2:30 AM]      Doctor Faustus (1968)

 [4:15 AM]      Elizabeth Taylor: An Intimate Portrait (1975)
 [5:30 AM]      Father's Little Dividend (1951)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from May 26, 1988) - Chevy Chase, Thalassa Cruso, and John Suter.

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A woman poses for a photograph during Holi celebrations in the town of Barsana in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 6, 2017.
Photo by Cathal McNaughton


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Vows Fix For 'Inappropriate' Search Results


Google said Monday it was working to fix a search algorithm glitch that produced "inappropriate and misleading" results from its search engine and connected speaker.

The internet giant reacted after a blog post highlighted unsubstantiated search results indicating former president Barack Obama was planning a "coup d'etat' and that four former US presidents were members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The weekend post from Search Engine Land editor Danny Sullivan found Google delivered "terribly wrong" answers to some queries in its "one true answer" box at the top of search results and in queries to its Google Home speaker.

"The problematic examples I review don't appear to have been deliberate attempts," Sullivan wrote. "Rather, they seem to be the result of Google's algorithms and machine learning making bad selections."

Sullivan said when he asked the speaker if US Republicans were the same as Nazis, it answered in the affirmative.



A sticker which reads "sexist" is seen on an ad by French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent displayed on a newspaper kiosk in Paris, France, March 6, 2017. France's advertising watchdog on Monday said it had asked French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent to modify two ads from its latest campaign after receiving 50 complaints that they were "degrading" to women.
Photo by Charles Platiau


The Woman Behind The Story

Twitter Storm

Late last month, a former British Member of Parliament named Louise Mensch took to her favorite medium, Twitter, to make her latest bombshell allegation: "I absolutely believe that Andrew Breitbart was murdered by Putin," Mensch wrote in a Feb. 24 tweet about the 2012 death of the conservative founder of (who, according to a coroner's report, died near his house in Los Angeles from heart failure with no sign of foul play).

Until recently, Mensch's conspiracy-minded tweets about dark Russian and American plots didn't get much attention. But all that changed after President Trump charged in his own Saturday morning Twitter storm that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his phone, an explosive allegation that appears to trace back to a four-month old story by Mensch in Heat Street, a libertarian-oriented website site owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

On Nov. 7, the day before the presidential election, Mensch wrote that the FBI had obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor the "activities of 'U.S. persons' in Donald Trump's campaign with ties to Russia." No American news organization has corroborated the account, but the day after Trump's Saturday tweets, Heat Street was quick to take credit as Trump's source-even if the goal of her reporting (to expose the president's purported ties to the Kremlin) was radically different from what the chief executive had in mind.

"I'm extremely proud of my breaking that story," Mensch, 45, said in an interview with Yahoo News. "What I put into play there is that there was a FISA warrant, and that the FBI clearly considered Donald Trump an agent of influence of a foreign power."

The new spotlight on Mensch injects another colorful, if improbable, character into the Trump-Russia saga - a high-octane Oxford-educated former Tory politician turned journalist who has authored a string of "chick lit" novels for young women and is married to the manager of the rock bands Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Twitter Storm


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Hardliners Have Parts Of Brain Missing

Dalai Lama

Chinese hardliners have parts of their brains missing, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said in an interview aired this week, comments likely to infuriate Beijing, which views the Nobel Peace laureate as a dangerous separatist.

The Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet.

Speaking to U.S. comedian John Oliver in India's northern town of Dharamsala, where the exiled Tibetan government is based, he also said he might be the last Dalai Lama.

Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death.

The Dalai Lama has suggested previously the title could end with him, when he dies. China accuses him of betraying, and being disrespectful of, the Tibetan religion, by saying there might be no future reincarnations.

Dalai Lama


Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon celebrate covered with colored powder the Lathmar Holi festival at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana village, Mathura, India, 06 March 2017. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. In Barsana, people celebrate a variation of holi, called 'Lathmar' Holi, which means 'beating with sticks'. During the Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to throw color on them.
Photo by Rajat Gupt


Hoard Of Coins Extracted

Sea Turtle

Thai veterinarians on Monday removed 915 coins from a 25-year-old sea turtle which had been swallowing items thrown into her pool for good luck, eventually limiting her ability to swim.

The coins and other objects removed from the turtle named Omsin - piggy bank in Thai - weighed 5 kg (11 lb). The turtle itself weighed 59 kg (130 lb).

The green sea turtle, living at a conservation center in Sriracha, Chonburi, east of the Thai capital of Bangkok, had been finding it hard to swim normally because of the weight.

The vets said they believed the seven-hour-long operation was the world's first such surgery.

There was no immediate estimate of the value of the coins, some of them foreign and many corroded.

Sea Turtle


Digby's Hullabaloo


May Widen Inquiry


Ireland will widen an inquiry into former Church-run homes for unmarried mothers if needed, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Monday, calling the discovery of long-dead babies at one home "truly appalling".

The remains of babies ranging from new-born to three-years-old, were found in the sewers of one of Ireland's "mother-and-baby homes", government-appointed investigators said on Friday following an excavation they described as "shocking".

The government ordered the inquiry in 2014 after a local historian's research suggested up to 800 children may lie in an unmarked grave at the home in the western town of Tuam.

RTE quoted Kenny as saying that if the commission's terms of reference needed to be extended "then this would happen".

The commission is already investigating 17 other church-run homes but advocacy groups say there were many more and that little is known of what went on, including burial practices and grave locations.



A Filipino student shouts slogans against sexual harassment and alleged increase in cases of violence committed against young women during a rally outside their school in Manila, Philippines, Monday, March 6, 2017. The protest is part of events leading to the March 8 International Women's Day.
Photo by Aaron Favila


Pope Should Ditch Cardinal Over Abuse


Pope Francis was urged by a prominent church reform group Monday to oust the head of a powerful Vatican department after accusations that senior officials blocked reforms approved by the pontiff to curb sex abuse.

The row follows the resignation last week of Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of clerical sex abuse, who stepped down from Francis's child protection panel slamming a "shameful" high-level obstruction of change in apparent defiance of the pope's wishes.

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), replied Sunday to Collins's claim that his department had ignored Francis's decision in 2015 to create a new tribunal to judge bishops who cover up sexual abuse cases.

An international group called We Are Church issued a statement urging Francis to replace Mueller "with someone who will introduce transparency, justice and compassion" in the CDF.

It accused the department of refusing to set up the tribunal in question and refusing to "change the processes it uses for investigating priests".



Shrinks In Pakistan

US Aid

Pakistani leaders often wax lyrical about their "sweeter than honey" relations with all-weather friend China. There's no romance about their marriage of convenience with America.

As the Trump administration plots its policy toward a key partner, it will find Pakistan being drawn deeper into Beijing's embrace and its promise of $46 billion in energy, infrastructure and industry investments by 2030. The money could transform the Muslim nation's economy.

Washington, by contrast, is losing faith in how much its largesse can influence Pakistan. Many frustrated U.S. policymakers see Pakistan as a terrorist haven that some $30 billion in security and economic assistance since the 9/11 attacks has failed to fix. But an American retreat could have broad implications for its ability to maintain stability in a regional powder keg of extremism, weak governance and various potential conflicts.

"I get the sense that we are the dispensable ally once again," Bilalwal Bhutto, a Pakistani opposition party leader and son of the slain former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, said during a recent visit to Washington.

U.S. assistance to Pakistan has been declining since 2011 when American commandos killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan, straining relations. And as the U.S. troop presence in neighboring Afghanistan has shrunk, Pakistan has become a lower priority. Aid could decline further as President Donald Trump proposes drastic cuts to diplomacy and foreign aid budgets.

US Aid


A woman casts her shadow as she plays with her dog in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, March 6, 2017.
Photo by Dmitri Lovetsky


May Vanish Even If ...

Arctic Sea Ice

Arctic sea ice may vanish in summers this century even if governments achieve a core target for limiting global warming set by almost 200 nations in 2015, scientists said on Monday.

Arctic sea ice has been shrinking steadily in recent decades, damaging the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and wildlife such as polar bears while opening the region to more shipping and oil and gas exploration.

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, governments set a goal of limiting the rise in average world temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, with an aspiration of just 1.5C (2.7F).

A 2C rise would still mean a 39 percent risk that ice will disappear in the Arctic Ocean in summers, they said. Ice was virtually certain to survive, however, with just 1.5C of warming.

And they said they estimated a 73 percent probability that the ice would disappear in summer unless governments make deeper cuts in emissions than their existing plans. They estimated temperatures will rise 3C (5.4F) on current trends.

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More Than 100 Degrees F Hotter Than Thought

Earth's Mantle

How hot are Earth's scorching insides? A sweltering 2,570 degrees Fahrenheit (1,410 degrees Celsius), a new study finds.

The discovery reveals that the mantle under Earth's oceans - the area just below the crust that extends down to the planet's inner liquid core - is almost 110 degrees F (60 degrees C) hotter than scientists previously thought, the researchers said. The finding will help scientists more accurately model Earth's many geodynamic processes, including plate tectonics, they said.

Having such a hot mantle could mean that the mantle is less viscous (flows more easily), which could explain how tectonic plates are able to move on top of the asthenosphere," the upper layer of Earth's mantle, said study lead researcher Emily Sarafian, a doctoral student in the Geology and Geophysics Department at a joint program run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The temperature's effect on the asthenosphere isn't very different from that of hot temperatures on honey, she said.

There are many clues that the mantle under Earth's oceans is blazing hot. For instance, it generates the lava that bursts out of underwater volcanoes. However, for obvious reasons, scientists can't travel to the mantle and directly measure the temperature at which it melts.

Earth's Mantle



In Memory

Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Classic Movies and a walking encyclopedia of classic Hollywood, has died. He was 84.

His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host," said Dorian. "Robert's contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid."

A cause of death was not announced, though Osborne's waning health had forced him to miss the previous two TCM Film Festivals, which he hosted annually in Los Angeles.

Osborne was there from the inception of Ted Turner's commercial-free classic movie network. To open its first broadcast on April 14, 1994, he introduced "Gone With the Wind." In the decades after, he remained Turner Classic's primary - and often sole - host.

For TCM viewers, Osborne was a constant and comforting presence. He presented nightly films and movies packaged in series like "The Essentials" with bits of history and trivia. He also conducted interviews with stars for the network's guest programmer evenings. His intros - always beginning "Hi, I'm Robert Osborne" - were the warm appetizers to countless feasts of Hollywood classics.

Born in Colfax, Washington, Osborne studied journalism at the University of Washington and spent two years in the Air Force in Seattle. He then moved to Los Angeles to make it as an actor, and was signed by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Studios. Ball, who remained a mentor to him up until her death in 1989, encouraged Osborne to pursue writing - "especially after she saw me act," Osborne would recall.

He joined the Hollywood Reporter in 1977 and for years wrote its "Rambling Reporter" column. But he found his home at TCM. To tape his segments, Osborne flew once a month from his New York home to TCM's Atlanta studio.

With Osborne as its ambassador, the cultishly adored TCM developed into a wider-reaching mainstay of movie love, including not just the popular film festival but an annual cruise.

Osborne was an Academy Awards historian, too. He wrote his first history of the Oscars in 1965 ("Academy Awards Illustrated") and later became its official red-carpet greeter. He wrote several official histories of the Academy Awards, including 2008's "80 Years of the Oscar."

Robert Osborne



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