BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 26 April, 2016


26 April, 2016

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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The 8 A.M. Call (NY Times Column)
Some understanding of economic reality would be an asset to a presidential candidate, but only one of the three main contenders appears to possess it.

Andrew Tobias: Balancing the First Amendment and Drug Policy
Imagine marijuana is legal - as in some states it already is, but at the federal level it is not - and you're a newly minted MBA landing your first job. You've been hired by Altria, aka Philip Morris, to oversee one of their 15 marijuana brands. Your goal in life is to excel and get rich, which as a practical matter, given this particular job, means your goal is to have as many Americans stoned as much of the time as possible. I'm not sure I like that. In fact, I'm pretty sure I don't.

Claire Armitstead: "Robert Crumb: 'I was born weird'" (The Guardian)
He's obsessed with 'spectacular rear ends' and he calls his fans scum. Yet comic artist Robert Crumb is at risk of becoming respectable. As his new show opens, he talks about filth, fetishes and his idea of fun.

White Saviour Barbie's world of orphanage selfies and charity startups (The Guardian)
A spoof Instagram account is parodying millennial 'voluntourism' and gap yahs.

Jess Cartner-Morley: How Socality Barbie proves that Instagram has turned into reality TV(The Guardian)
You've seen the same visual cliches so many times - filtered brunches, wholesome hikes and perfect weekend wardrobes. Now one spoof account is parodying the impossibly perfect lifestyle #liveauthentic #neverstopexploring

Taylor Glascock: Hipster Barbie Is So Much Better at Instagram Than You (Wired)
Socality Barbie is a fantastic Instagram account satirizing the great millennial adventurer trend in photography. It's an endless barrage of pensive selfies in exotic locales, arty snapshots of coffee, and just the right filter on everything. Anyone who's flipped through an issue of Kinfolk gets the aesthetic. And it's everywhere on Instagram.

Michele Hanson: Why is my gas bill so high when energy prices are at a 10-year low? (The Guardian)
I've not been running a blast furnace or bakery, but my bill is still astronomical. There must be a more trustworthy supplier out there.

Suzanne Moore: Prince didn't write about sex. He was sex (The Guardian)
The way the musician played with and utilised the feminine made him a seductive boundary breaker in whom funk, filth and faith came together.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This American actor, comedian and TV personality portrayed Uncle Arthur on Bewitched, and also appeared 707 times on Hollywood Squares. What is his name?

       Paul Lynde                                                      Source

Paul Edward Lynde (June 13, 1926 - January 10, 1982) was an American actor, comedian and TV personality.

A noted character actor with a distinctively campy and snarky persona that often poked fun at his barely in-the-closet homosexuality, Lynde was well known for his roles as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched and the befuddled father Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. He was also the regular "center square" panelist on the game show Hollywood Squares from 1968 to 1981, and he voiced two Hanna-Barbera productions; he was Templeton the gluttonous rat in Charlotte's Web and The Hooded Claw in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.

On Hollywood Squares Lynde was best able to showcase his comedic talents with short, salty one-liners, spoken in his signature sniggering delivery. Many gags were thinly veiled allusions to his homosexuality.

Lynde garnered considerable fame and wealth from the series, appearing a total of 707 times. He bought Errol Flynn's old Hollywood mansion and spent an enormous amount of money on renovations and decorations.

Lynde was regularly admired by his peers during his lifetime. Mel Brooks once described Lynde as being capable of getting laughs by reading "a phone book, tornado alert, or seed catalogue." In 1976 Lynde received an Entertainer of the Year Emmy award for being voted the funniest man of the year, which he immediately turned over to host Jackie Gleason (who never won an Emmy award during his lifetime), citing him as "the funniest man ever." This gesture was totally unexpected and shocked Jackie Gleason.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   Paul Lynde

  oh yeah, and Vonnie WON about $30
  Vegas sure is a lot of walking.
  We're old and our legs are really TIRED.
  Vonnie said yesterday, "I'm never coming back to Las Vegas - it's just too big."
  Yeah, well... talk to me next February - maybe then I'll believe it.

mj wrote:
   Snarky, bitchy, and quick
  Paul Lynde.

Alan J said:
   Paul Lynde.

Adam answered:
   Paul Lynde
  What am I supposed to do now? Spend my day watching hilarious and subversive clips of Paul Lynde? Ok, if you insist...

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Paul Lynde

Deborah replied:
   Oh, I know this, I watched "Bewitched" both as a kid and as a SAHM; the jokes were better when I was older: Paul Lynde.
  Chilly and windy. It was actually warmer in NYC.

Marian wrote:
   Paul Lynde

Stephen F said:
   Paul Lynde

John I from Hawai`i says.
   "Paul Lynde."

Lois Of Oregon answered:
   Paul Lynde was one of my heros and role models when I was growing up, but I don't remember him having a TV show oh his own,
  I DO remember the joy he brought from the center square:
      Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?
      A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.

      Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics, what is the other?
      A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

      Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
      A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

      Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
      A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

      Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
      A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

   My personal favorite was, Why won't Lois Lane marry Superman? Because he's faster than a speeding bullet!

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful responded:
   Ah, Paul Lynde, what a fine alcoholic he was…check out all the trouble and controversy that was always circling around him…One very funny man…was there any sitcom back in the olden days that he didn't appear on…

   Deborah, I'm so glad that you're back with us……I'm back to whatever this version of reality is…

   The photos are of my son A-dog and Bree's farm outside of Georgetown…they actually have a pond…chickens and ducks…my granddaughters Riley & Talia and part of my family got together yesterday for a little barbeque…it is a very green farm…

DJ Useo replied:
   That Paul Lynde always made me laugh. A genuine jolly joker.
  I often wondered who would win in a fight between Paul Lynde, Wally Cox, & Charles Nelson Reilly. Chuckle.

MAM   wrote:
   Paul Lynde ~ Uncle Arthur in "Bewitched",is Samantha's uncle and who is the warlock brother of Sam's mother Endora. He is famous for playing practical jokes and using his magic to do mischievous things which annoy Darrin with his use of witchcraft in front of mortals.

  Uncle Arthur - Bewitched

Joe S     answered:
   I'm at the age where I know people and can picture them perfectly, but I'll be damned if I can remember their names. And so it was with this guy, What's-His-Name, Paul Lynde. I could picture him perfectly, both as Uncle Arthur and on Hollywood Squares, but I had to look up his name. This happens with people I've known for years as well. At first it was embarrassing when I'd met up with an old acquaintance in a store or something, but now I just say, "Hey, hi. You know, your name escapes me and I've known you for 50 years (or 60 or whatever). Usually they just smile and say their name, as soon as I hear it I remember. Maybe it happens to them as well.
  I also misplace things, like my keys, my glasses, my wallet and my phone. Losing the phone isn't a big problem, I just call the number from the house phone. I've got one of those in every room, they're easy to locate. So I call the cell, and track it down by the ring. If I don't here the ring, then I'm pretty sure the cell's in the car. Or the lake. I really wish I could locate my glasses with a phone call.
  Anyway, this song has pretty much become my anthem.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Lots of wind.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are J.K. Simmons, Jane Krakowski, and Chris Wallace.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Ice Cube, Tony Hale, and Maisie Williams.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Med', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Chelsea Handler, Eric Bana, and Graham Nash.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Ricky Gervais, Tituss Burgess, Tony Tulathimutte, and Will Calhoun.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gateway Drugs, and Tiffany Haddish.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by a FRESH 'Beyond The Shark Tank'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kate Hudson, Evan Peters, and James Bay.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'Grandfathered', then a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a RERUN 'The Grinder'.

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

A&E has 2 hours of old Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars: Barry's Best Buys', then a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Rock', followed by the movie 'Con Air', then a FRESH 'The Night Manager'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Kimberley, Australia
 [7:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Mexico
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-The Greek at the Harbor
 [2:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 2 (01-002)
 [3:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 3 (02-001)
 [4:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 4 (02-002)
 [5:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 5 (02-003)
 [6:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 6 (03-001)
 [7:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 7 (03-002)
 [8:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 8 (03-003)
 [9:00PM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 1
 [10:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 2 (01-002)
 [11:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 3 (02-001)
 [12:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 1
 [1:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 4 (02-002)
 [2:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 5 (02-003)
 [3:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 6 (03-001)
 [4:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 7 (03-002)
 [5:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 8 (03-003)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', and 'Real Housewives Of Dallas'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', and 'Daniel Tosh: People Pleaser'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show are Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Matt McGorry.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Anthony Atamanuik, Jimmy Carr, and Sara Schaefer.

FX has the movie 'My Boss's Daughter', followed by the movie 'Bad Teacher'.

History has 'Counting Cars', another 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then another FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', followed by a FRESH 'Top Gear', then another FRESH 'Top Gear'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prank Day
 [6:30AM]    MARON-Marc's New Friend
 [7:00AM]    MARON-Therapy
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Corvette Caper
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Birthday
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Can't Quit You Baby
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-What Is and What Never Should Be
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Heartbreaker
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Corvette Caper
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Birthday
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-I Can't Quit You Baby
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-What Is and What Never Should Be
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Heartbreaker

Sundance  -   
 [7:30AM]    Three Kings
 [10:00AM]    The Conspirator
 [12:30PM]    Wall Street
 [3:30PM]    We Were Soldiers
 [6:30PM]    The Monuments Men
 [9:00PM]    Rebellion-The Reckoning
 [10:05PM]    Rebellion-The Reckoning
 [11:10PM]    The Monuments Men
 [1:40AM]    Rebellion-The Reckoning
 [2:45AM]    Killer Elite
 [5:15AM]    Fargo    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Core', followed by the movie 'Deep Impact'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Ellie Kemper, Chris Gethard, and Meg Myers.

TCM spends the night with Tuesday Weld
 [6:45 AM]      Carnival Boat (1932)
 [8:00 AM]      Hold 'Em Jail (1932)
 [9:15 AM]      Duck Soup (1933)
 [10:30 AM]      Hollywood Hotel (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)
 [1:45 PM]      Air Raid Wardens (1943)
 [3:00 PM]      My Dream Is Yours (1949)
 [5:00 PM]      Kennedy the Great (1939)
 [5:00 PM]      Drafted in the Depot (1940)
 [5:00 PM]      Poisoned Ivory (1934)
 [5:00 PM]      Wrong Direction (1934)
 [6:30 PM]      It's Your Move (1945)
 [6:30 PM]      The Big Beef (1945)
 [6:30 PM]      What, No Cigarettes? (1945)
 [6:30 PM]      Radio Rampage (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Rock, Rock, Rock (1956)
 [9:45 PM]      Because They're Young (1960)
 [11:30 PM]      Lord Love A Duck (1966)
 [1:30 AM]      I'll Take Sweden (1965)
 [3:15 AM]      Sex Kittens Go to College (1960)
 [5:00 AM]      Soldier in the Rain (1963)

Wednesday   -  04/27/16

TCM spends the daylight hours with Peter Sellers
 [6:45 AM]      The Bobo (1967)
 [8:30 AM]      I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
 [10:15 AM]      Tom Thumb (1958)
 [12:00 PM]      7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
 [1:45 PM]      Never Let Go (1960)
 [3:15 PM]      Lolita (1961)
 [6:00 PM]      The World Of Henry Orient (1964)

 [8:00 PM]      Pandora's Box (1929)    SILENT 
 [10:30 PM]      Diary Of A Lost Girl (1929)    SILENT 
 [12:00 AM]      Westfront 1918 (1930)
 [1:45 AM]      The 3 Penny Opera (1931)
 [3:45 AM]      Kameradschaft (1931)
 [5:30 AM]      Anna Christie (1931)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Snoop Dogg performs during 93.5 KDAY's Krush Groove held at The Forum on Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Inglewood, Calif.
Photo by John Salangsang


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Unpaid Hush Money


A man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Sweaty Wrestler™) and later promised $3.5 million to stay quiet filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit on Monday, saying he's owed more than half of the money Hastert promised.

The man, identified in court documents as "Individual A, filed the lawsuit in Yorkville, the northern Illinois city where Hastert was a high school teacher and wrestling coach when, prosecutors believe, he molested at least four boys decades ago.

Prosecutors said the statute of limitations on the sex crimes ran out long ago, so they could only charge the 74-year-old Republican with dodging banking regulations for when he withdrew the hush money. Hastert pleaded guilty to the federal banking charges in October and is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Chicago. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

In the lawsuit, the man said he was 14 years old when Hastert offered to take him to a wrestling camp, before he went to high school. The man said Hastert sexually abused him in a motel room where he and Hastert were staying alone, adding that Hastert was a "trusted friend" of his family.

The man asked to be compensated for the pain and suffering Hastert caused, and the two agreed to the $3.5 million the man suggested, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit alleges that Hastert paid the man a total of $1.7 million between June of 2010 and December of 2014, but that he hasn't paid the rest.



Musician Joe Walsh holds a championship belt as he attends a middleweight world championship boxing match between Gennady Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, and Dominic Wade, Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Inglewood, Calif.
Photo by Mark J Terrill


Chile Honors Before Reburying

Pablo Neruda

Chile paid homage to Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda as it prepared to rebury him Tuesday after examining his body to determine whether he was assassinated by the country's former dictatorship.

A court in February ordered that Neruda's remains be returned to his tomb after they were examined by specialists who are expected to release their findings in May.

His coffin, covered with a red, white and blue Chilean flag, lay in state in the Congress in Santiago on Monday after being transferred from the forensic medical service where it was examined.

It was due to be returned on Tuesday to the Isla Negra, a coastal area in central Chile where Neruda was previously buried according to his will, facing the Pacific Ocean.

Neruda died in 1973, just days after General Augusto Pinochet seized power in a coup.

Pablo Neruda


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Talks Of 2 Loves

Sen. Harris Wofford

Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford talks tenderly of his two loves - his late wife Clare and his soon-to-be spouse Matthew Charlton - in a New York Times opinion piece.

The 90-year-old Pennsylvania statesman said in the Sunday piece it's been his good fortune to pair love with a best friend twice in life.

"Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall - straight, gay or in between. I don't categorize myself based on the gender of those I love," he said. "I had a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and now am lucky for a second time to have found happiness."

Wofford reflected on his life with his wife of 48 years - they had three children - and how he unexpectedly fell in love with Charlton five years after her death in 1996.

The former adviser to President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. said he and the 40-year-old Charlton plan to marry April 30.

Sen. Harris Wofford


Members of the 2016 Cannes jury, president of jury director George Miller, actress Vanessa Paradis, actor Donald Sutherland, director Laszlo Nemes, director Arnaud Desplechin, actress Valeria Golino, actor Mads Mikkelsen, actress Kirsten Dunst
Photos by Valery Hache, Francois Guillot, Fadel Senna, Alberto Pizzoli, Anne-Chirstine Poujoulat, and Robyn Beck


Christie's Auction

Oppenheimer Blue Diamond

The largest "fancy vivid blue" diamond ever to be offered at auction will form part of a dazzling jewelry sale in Geneva next month where it is seen as possibly fetching around $45 million, according to Christie's.

The rectangular-cut "Oppenheimer Blue", which is measured at 14.62 carats, will take its place in the Magnificent Jewels auction on May 18 which will feature more than 280 lots from 19th century pieces to contemporary designs.

"It's quite likely to make a world record price," David Warren, senior international jewelry director, head of jewelry Middle East at Christie's, told Reuters at a media preview in London.

Last year, a rare and flawless "Blue Moon Diamond" sold for $48.4 million.

Oppenheimer Blue Diamond


Digby's Hullabaloo


Politician Sets River On Fire


An Australian politician has set fire to a river to draw attention to methane gas he says is seeping into the water due to fracking, with the dramatic video attracting more than two millions views.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham used a kitchen lighter to ignite bubbles of methane in the Condamine River in Queensland, about 220 kilometres (140 miles) west of Brisbane.

The video shows him jumping back in surprise, using an expletive as flames shoot up around the dinghy.

"Unbelievable. A river on fire. Don't let it burn the boat," Buckingham, from New South Wales, said in the footage posted on Facebook on Friday evening, which has been viewed more than two million times.

Australia is a major gas exporter, but the controversial fracking industry has faced a public backlash in some parts of the country over fears about the environmental impact.



Participants in the German Protestant Kirchentag present the "You See Me" campaign for the 36th German Protestant Kirchentag in Berlin and Wittenberg 2017 in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
Photo by Britta Pedersen


Cows, Crops Poisoned By Pesticide


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to pay claims filed by two Idaho families who contend its pesticide treatment contaminated their crops and poisoned a cattle herd.

Instead, USDA told the families to file a lawsuit - a costly endeavor that could bankrupt the farms and risk the $70 million potato pest eradication program in Idaho.

The Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) was discovered in 2006, threatening Idaho's $900 million potato industry. The next year, the USDA began treating infected fields with methyl bromide. The treatment reduced the pest, but it was stopped in 2014 because of concerns from a grower, said Brian Marschman, State Plant Health Director for APHIS, a branch of USDA.

Among those concerns were cattle with oozing lesions and spontaneously aborted calves, according to Idaho State Department of Agriculture documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Methyl bromide is a widely known but rarely used pesticide. Since 2005, its use has been restricted because of its role in destroying the ozone layer. It was also responsible for nearly killing a Delaware family in 2015, who inadvertently inhaled the neurotoxin while vacationing in the Virgin Islands.



Nearly Extinct

Cambodian Royal Turtle

Cambodia's Royal Turtle is nearly extinct, with fewer than 10 left in the wild, because increased sand dredging and illegal clearance of flooded forest have shrunk its habitat, a conservationist group warned Monday.

The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement that for several years the small remaining population of Royal Turtles, "perhaps numbering fewer than 10,' have been successfully protected in the Sre Ambel river system by a joint project of the government's Fishery Administration and WCS.

But a recent increase in disturbance along the river system in Koh Khang province, the only place the turtle is still found in Cambodia, is putting the species at great risk, it said.

The Royal Turtle is one of the world's 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles. Also known as the Southern River terrapin, the Royal Turtle is so named because in historical times only the royal family could consume its eggs. The species was designated as Cambodia's national reptile in 2005.

The Royal Turtle was believed extinct in Cambodia until 2000 when a small population was re-discovered. In 2001, the government and WCS began a project to search for and protect nests. They have saved 39 nests with a total of 564 eggs that resulted in 382 hatchlings. Although the hatchlings are taken into captivity to be raised and released into the wild later, the loss of habitat reduces their chances to survive, officials say.

Cambodian Royal Turtle


Members of the public wear William Shakespeare masks during a parade marking 400-years since the death of the playwright in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Saturday April 23, 2016. The legacy of Shakespeare, who is buried in Stratford's Holy Trinity Church, will be brought to life by a host of actors, dancers and theatrical extras, including local schoolchildren and the public who are gathering to mark the anniversary of the bard's death.
Photo by Joe Giddens


Found Near Florence

Etruscan Stone

A rare inscription found on a stone unearthed near Florence is exciting archaeologists who say it may help reveal the secrets of the Etruscans, one of Italy's earliest and most enigmatic civilizations.

The Etruscans flourished in central Italy 2,500 years ago but their culture and language were assimilated into the Roman empire. They left behind lavish tombs, pottery and statues but tantalizingly few written documents and patchy evidence of their daily lives.

Etruscans usually wrote longer texts on perishable linen or wax, so archaeologists excavating in Tuscany's Mugello Valley were delighted when they found a 200-kilogram sandstone slab, inscribed with more than 100 characters, in the foundations of a buried temple.

The stone has been painstakingly cleaned and, although the inscription is yet to be formally deciphered, experts are starting to understand its full significance.

The stone could yield a new perspective because it was found in a religious sanctuary rather than one of the burial sites from which archaeologists have gathered most of their understanding of Etruscan life.

Etruscan Stone


Have Assigned Seating

Ant Life Rafts

It's weird enough that some ant species can work together to build living rafts in the event of a flood. Now, researchers find that individual ants have assigned seats on these life rafts - and they remember them again and again.

The floodplain-dwelling Alpine silver ants (Forica selysi) cluster together when the waters rise, creating a living life boat that surrounds and protects the colony's queen.Fire ant species make similar rafts, clinging to one another with their jaws, claws and sticky leg pads. Researchers call this process "self-assembly."

To understand how Alpine silver ants pull off this remarkably cooperative feat, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland marked the abdomens of ants with different colors of paint. They then subjected the insects to mock floods and video-recorded them swarming into floating masses.

The color-coding allowed the researchers to track where individual ants ended up in the rafts: base, middle, top or side. They found that the ants were remarkably consistent. Eighty percent stayed in one location in the raft for the full 30-minute experiment. More to the point, the ants returned to the same locations in the raft over the course of two separate floods (though ants in the base and along the sides of the raft sometimes swapped positions).

When pupae, or baby ants, were included in the rafts, the worker ants tucked these vulnerable members of the colony in the middle of the rafts. In these experiments, more worker ants ended up along the base and on the top of the assemblages than other spots, creating something like a floating ant sandwich.

Ant Life Rafts



Two goats surrounded by winter landscape, on the mountain pass Schwaegalp, Switzerland, on April 25, 2016. Precipitation and temperatures around freezing have transformed the northern part of Switzerland into a winter landscape at the end of April.
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