BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 26 June, 2012


26 June, 2012

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[273 days in a row]



The (Occasional) Veterans Report

Homeless Veterans Guide Available

The American Legion has compiled the wealth of resources offered to homeless veterans by care providers and veterans organizations. The Handbook For Homeless Veterans and Service Providers is a comprehensive guide for aid available to homeless veterans...

Rural VA Health Care Info Online

The American Legion's Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, working with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Rural Health, has created a Rural Veterans Health Care webpage on the American Legion web site at Users can download the System Worth Saving rural health report's findings and recommendations, rural veteran statistics, and information on VA's rural health programs and initiatives. For more information on rural health care for veterans, visit the Veterans Health Administration Office of Rural Health web site at

VA Seeks Older Vet's Input

Anica Pless Kaiser, coordinator of Boston VA's SHARP, is asking older combat veterans and former WACS, WAVES, WASPS, SPARS and women Marines to participate in a 20-minute telephone interview and fill out written questionnaires by mail. She and her colleagues are seeking information about older veterans' military and civilian life experiences, retirement concerns, health and well-being, support received from friends and loved ones, and everyday happenings. The written portion of the survey should take between an hour and 90 minutes to complete. Participants will be paid $20. To volunteer for the SHARP survey of older combat and women veterans, call Anica Pless Kaiser at (800) 865-3384, ext. 45309.

VA Hiring Mental Health Professionals

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce to help meet the increased demand for mental health services. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) anticipates the majority of hires will be selected within approximately six months. Interested mental health care providers can find additional information about VA careers and apply for jobs online at the Department of Veterans Affairs web site at To locate the nearest VA facility or Vet Center for enrollment and to get scheduled for care, Veterans can visit VA's web site at Immediate help is available at the Veterans Crisis Line web site at or by calling the Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (push 1) or texting 838255.

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Is Scalia's Extremism Holding Up Health Care Ruling?


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The Great Abdication (New York Times)
As in 1931, Western nations have the resources they need to avoid catastrophe, and indeed to restore prosperity - and we have the added advantage of knowing much more than our great-grandparents did about how depressions happen and how to end them. But knowledge and resources do no good if those who possess them refuse to use them.

Paul Krugman and Robin Wells: Getting Away with It (New York Review of Books)
When Obama was elected in 2008, many progressives looked forward to a replay of the New Deal. The economic situation was, after all, strikingly similar. As in the 1930s, a runaway financial system had led first to excessive private debt, then financial crisis; the slump that followed (and that persists to this day), while not as severe as the Great Depression, bears an obvious family resemblance. So why shouldn't policy and politics follow a similar script?

Meghan Daum: 2012's pop song for grads (LA Times)
In his address at Wellesley High in Massachusetts, David McCullough Jr., an English teacher there, informed the Class of 2012 that 'none of you is special.'

Lucy Mangan: "'Dallas' rides again. Yee-ha!" (Guardian)
Welcome back JR, Bobby, Sue Ellen and co. But the world's not what it was when 'Dallas' last graced our screens.

Mark Kemp: Just me and the boybands (Creative Loafing Charlotte)
Or... omygod, why One Direction is, like, totally awesome!

Alexis Petridis: "Dizzee Rascal: 'The music just got bigger and better'" (Guardian)
Who'd have predicted that Dizzee Rascal would go from grime pioneer to global pop star? He discusses the pros and cons of fame and his new life in Miami.

Andrew Liptak: "'Minority Report' really did predict the future" (io9)
A movie about precognitive powers, 'Minority Report' really was startlingly prescient. When it comes to movies that predict our actual future, 'Minority Report' has no equal.

Roger Ebert: Review of "Brave" (PG; 3 stars)
"Brave" is the latest animated film from Pixar, and therefore becomes the film the parents of the world will be dragged to by their kids. The good news is that the kids will probably love it, and the bad news is that parents will be disappointed if they're hoping for another Pixar groundbreaker.

David Bruce has 42 Kindle books on with 250 anecdotes in each book. Each book is $1, so for $42 you can buy 10,500 anecdotes. Search for "Funniest People," "Coolest People, "Most Interesting People," "Kindest People," "Religious Anecdotes," "Maximum Cool," and "Resist Psychic Death."


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Trivia Question of the Day

Who was born John Elroy Sanford?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

By what name is Frances Elizabeth Lawrence more commonly known?

   Gidget                                                      Source

The title character was based on the author's daughter, Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, and her adventures growing up in the surf culture on the beach at Malibu in the 1950s.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

Charlie wrote:
   Gidget (girl-midget)
  Several versions to choose from...

Jim from CA, retired to ID responded:

Adam answered:
   Gidget- I think her father wrote the Gidget novels about their life together and her growing up.

Sally said:
   We have been having what I call "rolling thunder storms" all night and early this morning. Outside of the summer heat, I hate T-storm, especially the ones with really loud thunder!
  Okay, as for today's question dejour, in the old TV series, "Gidget," her proper name is Frances Elizabeth Lawrence, as I recall.
  Here is Gidget (Sally Fields) in her provocative circa 1965 bathing suit!!

  PS: I have my granddaughter with me until tomorrow. She has slept like the proverbial log all though out the storms!! (We are going to sew today...)

Dale of Diamond Springs replied:
   Frances Elizabeth Lawrence was known as Gidget. Sandra Dee in the movies; Sally Field on TV.

James Darren, Gidget and Cliff Robertson

California Girl                                               Fake Surfing

BttbBob took the day off.

Marian's on vacation.

MAM   wrote:

Sandra Dee as Gidget in the 1959 film      Sally Field as television's Gidget 1965

And, Joe S     answered:
   Gidget. That's all I got to say about that.



Middle Class Political Economist

Middle Class Political Economist: Why Not Infrastructure Spending?


Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Arizona historian, others bring Old West to Kyrgyzstan

Critics blast Tennessee's 'no holding-hands bill'

Unitarians convene in Phoenix despite SB 1070 stance

88 Books That Shaped America, According To Library Of Congress

Paul Abrams: Has Obama Snookered SCOTUS Into Declaring the Right Wing Agenda Unconstitutional?

Steven Cohen: The Transition to a Sustainable Economy May Happen Without the U.S. Federal Government

Louisiana Private Schools Teach Loch Ness Monster Is Real In Effort To Disprove Evolution Theory

Taboo Revival: Talking Private Parts In Public Places : NPR

As The Earth Slows, This 'Miracle' Becomes Calamity : NPR

The Ultimate Crack Down: We Know Not What We Do : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

Mysterious 10,000-year-old ruins found in Syrian desert | Fox News

Can Deneen Borelli Convince Black People To Vote For Republicans?

Arizona Immigration Law Ruling May Mean Boon For Private Prison Business

Thanks, Michelle!


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11 Beautiful & Interesting Footbridges Around the World

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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

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Reader Suggestions


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Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and near seasonal.

Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced, yet reliable, music notation software for a student?

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 2nd One', then '48 Hours'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are LeBron James, Andrew Garfield, and Maroon 5.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are William Shatner and Breckin Meyer.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH '2012 US Olympics Trials', followed by a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', then a FRESH 'Love In The Wild'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Leno are Matt LeBlanc, Sig Hansen & Keith Colburn, and Robin Thicke.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Emma Stone, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Mark Sweet.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/22/12) are Juliet Simms, Benh Zeitlin, and the Naked and Famous.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Last Man Standing', followed by another RERUN 'Last Man Standing', then a RERUN 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Louis C.K., Zoe Kazan, and Katy Perry.

The CW offers FRESH 'The Catalina', followed by a RERUN 'The LA Complex'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'MasterChef'.

MY recycles an old 'Cold Case', followed by another old 'Cold Case'.

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars'.

AMC offers 'CSI: The 2nd One', followed by the movie 'US Marshals'.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]   THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 7-Ep 2 Toni Collette, Billie Piper, Scouting for Girls
 [9:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 1 (2005)-Ep 2 The End of the World
 [10:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 (2006)-Ep 8 The Impossible Planet
 [1:00PM]   JAMIE OLIVER'S MEALS IN MINUTES-Ep 31 - Crispy Salmon
 [1:30PM]   JAMIE OLIVER'S MEALS IN MINUTES-Ep 32 - Wonky Summer Pasta
 [4:00PM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 (2006)-Ep 9 The Satan Pit
 [7:00PM]   TOP GEAR - SEASON 2-Episode 3
 [8:00PM]   TOP GEAR - SEASON 12-Episode 5
 [3:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 (2010)-1 - The Eleventh Hour
 [4:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 (2010)-2 - The Beast Below

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', then another FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Pregnant In Heels'.

Comedy Central has last night's 'Colbert Report', last night's 'Jon Stewart', 'Workaholics', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Workaholics'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Seth MacFarlane.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Richard Ford.

FX has '2½ Men', another '2½ Men', followed by the movie 'Step Brothers'.

History has 'Nostradamus Effect', 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Swamp People', and 'Ice Road Truckers'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Ringer
 [8:00AM]    Watching the Detectives
 [10:00AM]    The Cat's Meow
 [12:30PM]    Exam
 [2:45PM]    The Ringer
 [4:45PM]    The Three Stooges-Spooks
 [5:10PM]    The Three Stooges-Tricky Dicks
 [5:35PM]    The Three Stooges-Up in Daisy's Penthouse
 [6:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-If Boys Were Girls
 [6:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Long Drive
 [7:00PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Kicked Out
 [7:30PM]    Malcolm in the Middle-Stereo Store
 [8:00PM]    The Thin Red Line
 [11:30PM]    Training Day
 [2:00AM]    The Thin Red Line
 [5:30AM]    Action-Mr. Dragon Goes to Washington    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00A]    Love Lust & Bad Girls
 [7:00A]    Fighter
 [8:45A]    Sorry, Thanks
 [10:20A]    Fermat's Room
 [12:00P]    Fighter
 [1:50P]    Edie & Thea
 [3:00P]    Love Lust & Breakfast
 [4:00P]    Kavi
 [4:20P]    Sorry, Thanks
 [8:00P]    Gigantic
 [9:45P]    The Wednesdays
 [10:00P]    INDIE SEX: Teens
 [11:30P]    Room in Rome
 [1:20A]    Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty
 [1:30A]    Love Lust & Bad Girls
 [2:30A]    Bootmen
 [4:05A]    Neal Cassady
 [5:30A]    THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS - NYPD's Rick Schroder (Episode 7, Season 1)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has 'Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files', another 'Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files', followed by a FRESH 'Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files', then a FRESH 'Hollywood Treasure'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Russell Brand and Big K.R.I.T.

TCM spends most of the night at war with Gregory Peck.
 [6:30 AM]      Strange Interlude (1932)
 [8:30 AM]      Stella Dallas (1937)
 [10:30 AM]      Shadow Of The Thin Man (1941)
 [12:15 PM]      Words And Music (1948)
 [2:30 PM]      The Hasty Heart (1950)
 [4:15 PM]      On Moonlight Bay (1951)
 [6:00 PM]      East Of Eden (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      MacArthur (1977)
 [10:30 PM]      The Purple Plain (1954)
 [12:30 AM]      The Guns of Navarone (1961)
 [3:15 AM]      Days Of Glory (1944)

 [4:45 AM]      Experiment Perilous (1944)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  06/27/12

 [6:30 AM]      Made For Each Other (1939)
 [8:15 AM]      Haunted Honeymoon (1940)
 [9:45 AM]      Father Takes a Wife (1941)
 [11:15 AM]      Here We Go Again (1942)
 [12:45 PM]      Above Suspicion (1943)
 [2:15 PM]      The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
 [4:00 PM]      Period Of Adjustment (1962)
 [6:00 PM]      The Family Way (1966)
 [8:00 PM]      Delicious (1931)
 [10:00 PM]      The Immigrant (1917)     SILENT 
 [10:30 PM]      Anything Can Happen (1952)
 [12:30 AM]      Come Live With Me (1941)
 [2:15 AM]      Paddy O'Day (1935)
 [3:45 AM]      Three Cheers for the Irish (1940)
 [5:30 AM]      At Sea Ashore (1936)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film "The Artist," gets a kiss from Lassie (L), a descendant of the original Lassie, at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting.
Photo by Robyn Beck


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The Gutting Continues

Public Stations

A federal court decision has created the possibility that some public television and radio stations that are perpetually challenged financially could see a windfall of cash from political advertising.

Stations that get that chance would have to weigh whether the money is worth the risk of alienating their audiences.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in April that federal law prohibiting public broadcasters from airing political or issue advertising is unconstitutional, even though the same court said a ban on commercials by for-profit products could stand. The U.S. Justice Department must decide by next week whether to ask the court to reconsider its divided decision, or bring an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Stations have held off changing their policies because of the uncertainty of an appeal, and because it so far affects only a limited area out West.

Public Stations


U.S. singer Jason Mraz performs during his concert in Hong Kong June 24, 2012.
Photo by Tyrone Siu


Oscar Could Fetch $3 Million


Michael Curtiz's best director Oscar for the movie classic "Casablanca" is going up for auction this week and is expected to fetch $2.5 million to $3 million, auctioneers Nate D. Sanders said on Monday.

The Academy Award won in 1943 by the Hungarian-born Curtiz, who died in 1961, will be sold on June 28 by the Los Angeles-based company. Online bidding, which opened last week, had already reached more than $369,000 on Monday, well past the reserve price that was not disclosed.

Curtiz's Oscar for directing the movie was previously sold by Christie's in 2003 for $231,500 to U.S. magician David Copperfield. The auction house declined to name the latest seller.

Oscar statuettes rarely come up for auction following a 1950 agreement between winners and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that banned them from selling their Oscars to anyone but the Academy for the nominal sum of $1.

But several pre-1950s Oscars have gone under the hammer in recent years. Last December, Nate D. Sanders sold Orson Welles' Oscar for his screenplay of "Citizen Kane" for $861,000, and in 1999 the best picture Oscar for "Gone With the Wind" was bought by singer Michael Jackson for a record $1.54 million.



Wake-up Call


Excellence In Literature

Andrew Carnegie Medals

Anne Enright's novel "The Forgotten Waltz" and Robert Massie's biography "Catherine the Great" have won the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in literature.

The American Library Association announced the awards Monday at its annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. The Carnegie awards for fiction and nonfiction are the first adult prizes ever sponsored by the association, which also manages the top honors for children's literature, the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott medals.

Enright and Massie each will receive $5,000. In its announcement, the library association praised Enright's "supple prose" and Massie's "compulsively readable" style. The Carnegie selection committee was chaired by Nancy Pearl, a popular Seattle-based librarian and NPR commentator.

Andrew Carnegie Medals


Detained activists from women's rights group Femen are seen in a police car after a protest against prostitution staged in front of Olympic stadium in Kiev June 24, 2012, ahead of the Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match between England and Italy.
Photo by Gleb Garanich


Honorary Citizen Of Croatian Island

Blue Ivy

American superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy has been named an honorary citizen of the Croatian town of Hvar, after reports the couple named her for a local tree, media said Monday.

"The story of the origin of your girl's name, Blue Ivy, has brought huge media attention and great tourism promotion to the town of Hvar," said Mayor Pjerino Bebic in a letter sent to the couple, according to local news portal Dalmacija News.

Known as the sunniest town in Croatia, Hvar sits on the island of the same name in the Adriatic Sea.

Blue Ivy, born in January, was reportedly named after a tree wrapped in blue ivy the couple had seen on the island during their visit in September 2011, shortly after the two singers announced Beyonce's pregnancy.

Blue Ivy


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Reopened Police Investigation

Dylan McDermott

A reopened police investigation has concluded that actor Dylan McDermott's mother was killed in 1967 by her now-dead gangster boyfriend.

Waterbury police reopened the investigation last year into Diane McDermott's death after Dylan McDermott contacted them with questions, the Republican-American newspaper reported Sunday and Monday as part of a two-part series.

He was 5 years old when his mother was shot in February 1967. Her death was originally ruled an accident.

Police told the newspaper that the evidence they found would be enough to file murder charges against John Sponza, who lived with McDermott at the time. He had told authorities that McDermott accidentally shot herself after picking up a gun he had been cleaning.

Sponza, who police say had ties to organized crime, was shot to death in 1972, his body found in the trunk of a car in a Waltham, Mass., grocery store parking lot.

Dylan McDermott


Cast member Matthew McConaughey (2nd R) and his wife Camila Alves, pose with director of the movie Steven Soderbergh (2nd L) and his wife Jules Asner, at the premiere of "Magic Mike" during the closing night of the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Regal Cinemas in Los Angeles, California June 24, 2012. The movie opens in the U.S. on June 29.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


Closed Nightclub Sues NYC


A New York nightclub that was the site of a celebrity-studded, bottle-tossing brawl is suing the city for shutting it down.

The company that runs Greenhouse says in a lawsuit made public Monday it's losing $264,000 a week.

City lawyers say the club also filed other papers last week seeking to reopen and the matter remains unresolved.

Police shuttered Greenhouse on June 16, citing code violations. Two days earlier, R&B singer Chris Brown and members of rapper Drake's entourage faced off in the club's basement lounge, called W.i.P. Brown and NBA star Tony Parker were among those injured.



Teaching Loch Ness Monster As Science

Eternity Christian Academy

It sounds like a hoax, but it's apparently true: The Loch Ness Monster is on the science class syllabus for kids at Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, Louisiana.

As reported by the Herald Scotland (which must track all Loch Ness-related news), a school that will receive tax-payer dollars, will teach kids that the mythological sea creature is real in order to debunk the theory of evolution. So pay attention: That will be on the test.

Eternity Christian Academy uses the fundamentalist A.C.E. Curriculum to teach students "to see life from God's point of view."

According to the Herald, one textbook, Biology 1099, reads, "Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the 'Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? 'Nessie' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur."

Starting in the fall, thousands of school children will receive publicly funded vouchers to attend private schools, some of which are religious. Religious schools in Louisiana will receive public funding as part of a push from Louisiana's governor, Bobby Jindal, to move millions of tax dollars to cover tuition for private schools, including small bible-based church schools. Money will fund schools that have "bible-based math books" and biology texts that refute evolution.

Eternity Christian Academy


A butterfly rests on a person's hand in a hatchery in Palmira June 22, 2012. Alas de Colombia is a company dedicated to the breeding, conservation and export of native butterflies which are used for gifts and, when they die naturally, are also used to create accessories and crafts.
Photo by Jaime Saldarriaga


NY Jury Awards Over $950 Million

Liberty Media

A federal jury on Monday awarded $956 million to U.S. media group Liberty Media after concluding that the French entertainment group Vivendi deceived it in a decade-old deal involving the USA Networks.

The jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan issued the award after hearing evidence related to a stock swap involving the network. Liberty Media had accused Vivendi of deceiving it with rosy statements about its finances when executives inside the company were aware of a liquidity crisis.

The verdict stemmed from a lawsuit Liberty Media brought in 2003, accusing Vivendi of waiting until its transaction with USA Networks and Liberty Media officially closed before reacting publicly to a downgrade of its debt rating and addressing surrounding concerns about liquidity.

During closing arguments, Liberty Media attorney Michael Calhoon urged jurors to "look at these internal memos, inside the company, talking about what was really going on inside the company when the company was saying to the public and to Liberty something totally different."

Liberty Media


Deal Reached

Christie Brinkley

Supermodel and actress Christie Brinkley and her ex-husband Peter Cook have resolved their latest New York legal skirmish.

The New York Post reports Brinkley and Cook had been fighting over nasty email correspondence and expenses related to the care of their two children. They were due for a court fight on Long Island on Tuesday.

Brinkley posted a statement on her Facebook page on Monday confirming a deal had been reached. Cook tells the Post he feels great about the settlement.

The terms of the settlement include a provision that a parental coordinator be appointed to help mediate issues regarding the care of their children.

Christie Brinkley


Mason Hall village council folk performers dance the Grand Belle during the second annual Belle Festival at the Belle Garden Recreation Ground June 23, 2012. The festival is a preview of the Tobago Heritage Festival which starts on July 1 and ends on August 1, 2012.
Photo by Andrea De Silva


Big Brother's New Best Friend

Lie Detector

Employees at many of America's top intelligence gathering and analysis agencies will have to convince a lie detector that they haven't spilled any of the nation's secrets to the media. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the plan Monday to plug up leaks of sensitive information.

With a Department of Justice investigation under way into recent revelations about cyberwarfare against Iran and the publication of details of the U.S.'s drone program, Clapper ordered "that a question related to unauthorized disclosure of classified information be added to the counterintelligence polygraph used by all intelligence agencies that administer the examination."

In plain English, that means that employees at the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of Energy, the FBI, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Security Agency will be quizzed about whether they have overshared with the press. And officials in key positions could find themselves subject to more frequent polygraph tests. Clapper also asked the Intelligence Community inspector general to lead leak investigations when the Department of Justice declines to prosecute the officials involved.

And Clapper opened a review of existing policies governing when employees of those agencies must report "non-incidental contact" with journalists, with an eye on overhauling those guidelines if they are found to be inconsistent-or even nonexistent, an aide told Yahoo News.

Lie Detector


Subway Work Unearths Ancient Road


Archaeologists in Greece's second-largest city have uncovered a 70-meter (230-foot) section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was city's main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.

The marble-paved road was unearthed during excavations for Thessaloniki's new subway system, which is due to be completed in four years. The road in the northern port city will be raised to be put on permanent display when the metro opens in 2016.

The excavation site was shown to the public on Monday, when details of the permanent display project were also announced. Several of the large marble paving stones were etched with children's board games, while others were marked by horse-drawn cart wheels.

Also discovered at the site were remains of tools and lamps, as well as the bases of marble columns.




Lead Poisoning 'Epidemic' Plagues

California Condors

The endangered California condor faces an "epidemic" of lead poisoning from scavenging carcasses contaminated by lead bulletsdespite years of costly conservation efforts, scientists said Monday.

The rare birds were reduced to a population of just 22 in 1982, and have since recovered to number about 400, with half of those still in captivity, said the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

About five million dollars are spent per year on programs to boost the birds' population through captive breeding and release programs. But if those efforts were to cease, the birds would likely die off again, said the study.

Lead poisoning remains a critical danger, and efforts to limit the use of lead bullets by hunters in California in the past few years have not cut down on the number of chronic poisoning cases, said researchers.

Condors' main meals come from eating carcasses of large mammals like deer, or gut piles that are left behind by hunters. Lead bullets fragment upon impact, spreading pieces throughout the animal.

California Condors


It's The Freaking 21st Century

The V-Word?

Kayt Sukel, an author who writes about neuroscience and sexuality, has given lectures around the country on the issue. And there's one word, she finds, that never fails to get her audiences squeamish.

"There's just something about the word 'vagina' that startles people - I don't know what it is," says Sukel. "I find it especially at universities. People sit back a little bit. Sometimes they start giggling. I end up using euphemisms just to make them more comfortable, and more receptive to what I am saying. And we don't seem to have the same problems with the word 'penis.'"

In a much different setting, Judy Gold has similar experiences. The popular standup comic and actress, who last year starred in her own successful off-Broadway show, focuses her routines on being gay, Jewish, a New Yorker and a mother. Her audiences presumably know what they're getting into. Yet she, too, hears gasps in the audience when she says the V-word.

And so neither woman was particularly surprised when they heard about the recent incident in Michigan, where a lawmaker was temporarily barred from speaking in the House after using the word "vagina" during debate over anti-abortion legislation.

"I mean, you can say 'penis,'" says Gold. "You can say 'erection,' 'erectile dysfunction,' even 'vaginal probe.' But 'vagina'? Suddenly it's a dirty word. And it's the correct anatomical term!"

The V-Word?



In Memory

Lonesome George

Lonesome George has died, leaving the world one species poorer.

The only remaining Pinta Island tortoise and celebrated conservation icon passed away Sunday, the Galapagos National Park Service said in a statement.

Estimated to be more than 100 years old, the creature's cause of death remains unclear and a necropsy is planned.

Lonesome George's longtime caretaker, Fausto Llerena, found the tortoise's remains stretched out in the "direction of his watering hole" on Santa Cruz Island, the statement said.

Lonesome George was discovered on Pinta Island in 1972 at a time when tortoises of his type were already believed to be extinct. Since then, the animal had been part of the park service's tortoise program.

Repeated efforts to breed Lonesome George failed.

The Galapagos Islands, situated about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) off Ecuador's coast, is considered a haven for tortoises.

Lonesome George



Butterfly eggs are seen on a leaf in a hatchery in Palmira, June 22, 2012. Alas de Colombia is a company dedicated to the breeding, conservation and export of native butterflies which are used for gifts and, when they die naturally, are also used to create accessories and crafts.
Photo by Jaime Saldarriaga


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