BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

Wednesday

15 March, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[40 days in a row]



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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - May 25th, 2016

Witness The Coming Of CHILLAX Come Down 2

By DJ Useo







I'm experiencing an intense satisfaction at the release of the 4th Audioboots ( audioboots.com/forum/ ) mashup forum group compilation. Fifteen International producers contributed thirty fantastic mixes, each & all firmly in the Chill style so popular with the modern "hipster".
















Six years ago, Me, mARKYbOY, & Chocomang helmed the release of the first "CHILLAX Come Down" chill mashup album. Read of it here ( www.suprmchaos.com/bcEnt-Wed-050416.index.html ). Now, we return to our previous success, & perhaps surpass it. It's up to you to decide, but as much as I love the first volume, I am awash with joy due to the new release.


















With contributors like mARKYbOY, DJ Gaya, Daw-Gun, chocomang, DRA'man, Rudec, rillen rudi, DJ Useo, Michmash, Zigmund Fraud, Mighty Mike, Mr Smuggler, oki, Skibilibop, & Joan Caramba how could I NOT BE? When you also consider the material we employed in the tracks it's no wonder the response has been overwhelmingly positive. You can find relaxing blends of Metallica vs Deep Purple, Bruno Mars vs P!nk, Sinead O'Connor vs Robin S, Goldfrapp vs AC/DC & so very many more.














The collection was premiered on KOPIMI RADIO w/ Mazanga Von Badman, a great 2wice weekly show that features mashups. The happy response of the live audience was notable, & demonstrative. The Radio Special is now posted and includes interviews, & other extra bits, including a batch of CHILLAX 1 cuts. Stream, or download here
( hearthis.at/kopimi/chillax2-PLB/ )


















You can watch an engaging CHILLAX 2 video trailer here
( vimeo.com/137184946 )



















I also did a live mix where I played the 2 hour & 22 minutes album in 1 hour & 14 minutes here.
( hearthis.at/vxmfxz7w/chillax-come-down-2-mix/ )




















It's my "belief" that hearing my mixed version will cause you to get the full album available here
( audioboots.com/Albums/Chillax2/ )





















I offer huge praise to all involved. Everyone did an excellent job, especially Chocomang, & BastardW, the Audioboots administrator. If you want mellow bootleg tunes with lasting appeal, imho you can't do better than CHILLAX Come Down 2!


















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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Greg Sargent: Donald Trump's deliberate corruption of reality-based governing (Washington Post)
The White House and Republicans are bracing for bad news in the Congressional Budget Office score of the new GOP health plan, which could come as early as Monday. It is expected to find that the GOP effort - which President Trump has endorsed - could leave many millions without coverage, and on the Sunday shows, top Trump advisers sought to discredit the CBO's finding in advance.


Jeffrey Young: 24 Million People Stand To Lose Insurance Under GOP Obamacare 'Replacement' (Huffington Post)
Donald Trump had promised "insurance for everybody."


Tierney Sneed: "CBO: 24 Million More Uninsured By 2026 Under GOP Health Care Bill" (TPM)
Twenty-four million people would lose their insurance over the next 10 years under Republican legislation being pushed to repeal Obamacare, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday. "In 2026, an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law," the CBO said.


American Health Care Act
Report by the Congressional Budget Office.


Tom Nichols: How America Lost Faith in Expertise (Foreign Policy)
In 2014, following the Russian invasion of Crimea, The Washington Post published the results of a poll that asked Americans about whether the United States should intervene militarily in Ukraine. Only one in six could identify Ukraine on a map; the median response was off by about 1,800 miles. But this lack of knowledge did not stop people from expressing pointed views. In fact, the respondents favored intervention in direct proportion to their ignorance. Put another way, the people who thought Ukraine was located in Latin America or Australia were the most enthusiastic about using military force there.


Michael Dirda: Neil Gaiman's suspenseful and surprising 'Norse Mythology' (Washington Post)
Gaiman's sentences appear so simple and plain that one wonders if the book is actually intended for 9-year-olds. At the same time, the author's penchant for short paragraphs, some of only a single sentence, adds an air of portentousness. This combination of the faux-naif and the melodramatic is then further complicated by the diction of the gods.


Michele Hanson: Young people are at the mercy of train services sucking up their cash - and freedom (The Guardian)
My younger friends are tied to price hikes and poor performance from the likes of Southeastern railways - and it's making it impossible to plan for their futures.



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David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on Amazon.com.


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Trivia Question of the Day


This Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, director and screenwriter has directed (or co-directed) films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey. What is his real name?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


Born in the Netherlands as Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk, this talent manager swore for years to have been born in the US. By what name is he best known?


       Col. Tom Parker                                                      Source


Thomas Andrew "Colonel Tom" Parker (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk; June 26, 1909 - January 21, 1997) was a Dutch-born American talent manager, best known as the manager of Elvis Presley. His management of Presley defined the role of masterminding talent management, which involved every facet of the client's life and was seen as central to the success of Presley's career.

Parker's healthy compensation has led some to question whether it came at the detriment of his client. While other managers took compensation in the range of 10-15 percent of earnings, Parker took as much as 50 percent toward the end of Presley's life. Presley said of Parker, "I don't think I'd have ever been very big if it wasn't for him. He's a very smart man." For many years, Parker falsely claimed to have been born in the United States, but it eventually emerged that he had been born in the Netherlands.        Source







zorch was first and correct with:
   Was 'Colonel' Tom Parker, Elvis' Manager.



Alan J said:
   Colonel Tom Parker.



Randall wrote:
   Colonel Tom Parker





Adam answered:
   Colonel Tom Parker



Gene replied:
   Not just an immigrant from the Netherlands, an illegal one as well! We know him better as Colonel Tom Parker.



George M responded:
   Marty, the talent manager born under the given name Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk is better known in this country as Colonel Tom Parker.
  Thank you, thank you very much.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Colonel Tom Parker



Deborah wrote:
   That's Col. Tom Parker, who managed Elvis Presley.
  Another day hitting 80* - Spring is early (not for the East Coast; sorry about that).




DJ Useo replied:
   I know him as Colonel Tom Parker. Recognized his name right away. Surprised even me.





Billy in Cypress answered:
   The grifter Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk took the name Tom Parker to hide his true identity and illegal alien status, but had the honorary "Colonel" (to a non-existent state militia) gifted to him by a governor of Louisiana, Jimmie Davis. He was a carnie who became a promoter then a musical manager for such stars as Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow, and then, most famously, Elvis Presley. Like so many con-artists in religion, medicine, business and real estate, he was a wizard at self-promotion and taking easy money from the greedy people who were eager to give it to him for phony promises. The philosophy of the marks is this: "I never met a con-artist that I didn't love." Now the upper-echelon grifters mainly work only for billion dollar scams like sports teams, stadiums, border walls and military schemes. I think CpPDJT-ID might once have liked the phony title of "Colonel", but now would only settle for Supreme Commander (of chaos and hate) since Commander-in-Chief is a title shared by too many other ordinary peons and even illegal immigrants.



Dave in Tucson took the day off.
  



Mark. took the day off.
  



mj took the day off.
  



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



David of Moon Valley took the day off.
  



Dale of Springy Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



MAM     took the day off.
  



Marian took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  March 15 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 15 | Famous Birthdays




Sally has retired.
  


  





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Middle Class Political Economist




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


'Spinning sail' rebooted to cut fuel and make ocean tankers greener | Environment | The Guardian



NY Attorney General uncovers email alias used by Rex Tillerson to discuss climate change at Exxon



Kushner May Be Getting $400 Million 'Sweetheart Deal' from Chinese Company



In Vietnam, A Rush To Save The World's Largest Cave From The Masses | The Huffington Post



BBC - Capital - The secret language you speak without realising it



BBC - Travel - Where there are islands in the sky



Key In GOP Health Care Overhaul: Massive Changes To Medicaid : NPR



Rupert Murdoch And Donald Trump, An Alliance Of Mutual Interest : The Two-Way : NPR



Nike's New Ad Asks A Question Arab Women Know All Too Well: 'What Will They Say About You?' : Goats and Soda : NPR



As China's Coal Mines Close, Miners Are Becoming Bolder In Voicing Demands : Parallels : NPR



Netflix to restore and release unfinished Orson Welles film | Film | The Guardian



ACLU kicks off multi-million dollar 'People Power' campaign building on Trump resistance




Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Comment

Microwave Ovens


Twitter slays the Hag for her claim that microwaves are spying on Lumpy by turning into cameras. Wonderful.

Kellyanne Conway Roasted On Twitter After Suggesting Obama Spied On Trump Through A Microwave. | Someecards Politics


Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.


Thanks, Linda!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


This Level of Corruption Is Unprecedented in the Modern History of the Presidency - esquire.com



Trump promised not to cut Medicaid. His health bill will cut $880 billion from it. - Vox



Trump's War on the Truth Tellers - BillMoyers.com



Trump: The American Fascist - BillMoyers.com



Unnamed White House officials are blaming Reince Priebus for Trump's craziness. - slate.com



It's Happening: Wall Street Is Beginning to Turn on Trump | Vanity Fair



The Trump EPA Wants to Gut California's Clean Air Rules | Mother Jones



Steve King's racist tweet was so popular with white supremacists they've dubbed him 'King Steve' - thinkprogress.org



The Trump administration really doesn't want this climate lawsuit to go to trial - thinkprogresss.org



The really bad in the Trumpcare CBO report? Social Security will save $3 billion because dead people - dailykos.com



Behind the prosecutor purge: Jeff Sessions, Preet Bharara and echoes of GOP scandals past - Salon.com





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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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http://dareland.blogspot.com



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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


THE WONK? HE'S MORE LIKE THE THUD.

BOILING POINT!

HAPPY Pi DAY!

DONALD TRUMP'S PET NAZI.

TURN ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY.

THE DONALD TRUMP COMEDY HOUR.

"BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!"

COMPLICIT.






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Bit under the weather.



Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Criminal Minds: Xenophobia'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jessica Lange and Bassem Youssef.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Reese Witherspoon, Tony Goldwyn, and Andy Shauf.



NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a RERUN 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ice Cube, Rachel Maddow, and Khalid.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Keri Russell, Peter Krause, J.D. Vance, and Nicko McBrain.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/21/17) are David Morrissey, Strawberry Girls, and Katherine Ryan.



ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'Speechless', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Designated Survivor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Matthew Perry, Michael Pena, and Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band, featuring Jenny Lewis & Shaggy.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.



Faux has a FRESH 'Lethal Weapon', followed by a FRESH 'Star'.



MY recycles an old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by another old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.



A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Jep & Jessica: Growing The Dynasty', followed by another FRESH 'Jep & Jessica: Growing The Dynasty', and 'Duck Dynasty'.



AMC offers the movie 'Inception', followed by the movie 'Avatar'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 3Under The Lake-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 4-Before The Flood-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 8-The Zygon Inversion-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Warlord
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-Macrocosm
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Fair Trade
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-Alter Ego
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 15-Coda
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-Blood Fever
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-Unity
 [8:00PM]    THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997)
 [11:00PM]    RIPPER STREET - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-A Brittle Thread
 [12:15AM]    THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997)
 [3:15AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 8-The Zygon Inversion-Part 2.
 [4:15AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 1-Deep Breath    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Workaholics', then a FRESH 'Jeff & Some Aliens'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Jesse Williams.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Scott Adsit, Melissa Villasenor, and Yassir Lester.



FX has the movie 'Jack Reacher', followed by the movie 'The Maze Runner', then a FRESH 'Legion'.



History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.



IFC  -   
 [6:15AM]    48 HRS.
 [8:30AM]    ANOTHER 48 HRS.
 [10:45AM]    KINGPIN
 [1:30PM]    48 HRS.
 [3:45PM]    ANOTHER 48 HRS.
 [6:00PM]    THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
 [8:00PM]    MORTAL KOMBAT
 [10:15PM]    MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION
 [12:15AM]    THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
 [2:15AM]    MORTAL KOMBAT
 [4:30AM]    MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney Mends a Broken Heart
 [6:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Lawman Barney
 [7:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Mayberry Band
 [7:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Floyd, the Gay Deceiver
 [8:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Rival
 [8:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Bed Jacket
 [9:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Convicts at Large
 [10:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Bank Job
 [10:40AM]    Spies Like Us
 [12:58PM]    Lethal Weapon 3
 [3:30PM]    Lethal Weapon 4
 [6:30PM]    The Departed
 [10:00PM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Episode 1
 [11:00PM]    The Departed
 [2:30AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Episode 1
 [3:30AM]    American Graffiti    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Pompeii', followed by a FRESH 'The Magicians', then a FRESH 'The Expanse'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Adam Sandler, Dana White, and Seaton Smith.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      The Woman on the Beach (1947)
 [7:15 AM]      The Woman in the House (1942)
 [7:30 AM]      Too Late for Tears (1949)
 [9:15 AM]      Out of the Past (1947)
 [11:00 AM]      The Maltese Falcon (1941)
 [12:45 PM]      The Big Sleep (1946)
 [3:00 PM]      Scarlet Street (1945)
 [5:00 PM]      Jeopardy (1953)
 [6:15 PM]      Angel Face (1953)
 [8:00 PM]      Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
 [10:00 PM]      Blithe Spirit (1945)
 [12:00 AM]      The Fallen Idol (1948)
 [2:00 AM]      Nothing Sacred (1937)
 [3:30 AM]      Les Maudits (1947)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #27 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Thursday   -  03/16/17

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
 [8:00 AM]      Chasing Rainbows (1929)
 [9:30 AM]      Words And Music (1948)
 [11:45 AM]      April Showers (1948)
 [1:30 PM]      The Band Wagon (1953)
 [3:30 PM]      Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
 [5:45 PM]      Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      Good Scouts (1938)
 [8:15 PM]      Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
 [10:30 PM]      The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon (1960)
 [11:30 PM]      All in a Nutshell (1949)
 [11:30 PM]      Winter Storage (1949)
 [11:30 PM]      Out of Scale (1951)
 [12:00 AM]      The Incredible Journey (1963)
 [1:30 AM]      Jungle Cat (1960)
 [2:45 AM]      Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar (1967)
 [4:15 AM]      Napoleon and Samantha (1972)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



TNT has a FRESH 'Major Crimes'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from March 12, 1987) - Danny DeVito, Calvin Trillin, and Rohan Varavadekar.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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Mitch Seavey, of Sterling, Alaska, runs towards the finish line under the Burled Arch, winning the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in Nome, Alaska, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Seavey won his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, becoming the fastest and oldest champion at age 57 and helping cement his family's position as mushing royalty.
Photo by Diana Haecker

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Launched At University of Delaware

Biden Institute

Vice President Joe Biden is hoping a new public policy institute bearing his name will foster civic engagement and promote a spirit of bipartisanship.

"There's a whole range of things that have no ideology attached to them," Biden told reporters Monday after formally launching the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware, his alma mater.

"I think that the public is so sick and tired of the sort of political carnage going on," he added.

The institute is a new research and policy center focused on domestic issues including economic reform, environmental sustainability, criminal justice and civil rights. Biden will be the founding chair of the institute, which will be part of UD's School of Public Policy and Administration.

Biden stressed that the institute will be nonpartisan.

Biden Institute

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Volkswagen cars are lifted inside a delivery tower of the company in Wolfsburg, Germany, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The CEO of German automaker Volkswagen says the United States remains a "core market" for the company despite its diesel emissions scandal and has underlined that it hopes to expand there. Matthias Mueller made the comments Tuesday at the company's annual news and investor conference at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Photo by Rainer Jensen

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US Applications For Citizenship Jump Post-T-rump

New Zealand

It's one thing to talk about changing allegiance to another country when a new president is elected. It's another thing to go ahead and do it.

But that's exactly what seems to be happening, on a small scale, in at least in one distant corner of the world.

In New Zealand, the number of Americans who applied for a grant of citizenship rose to 170 in the 12 weeks following the election of President Donald Trump (R-Grifter) from 100 in the same period a year earlier, immigration records obtained by The Associated Press show.

Most Americans who apply for New Zealand citizenship must first live in the country for five years.

New Zealand

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Ship Corroded

Queen Mary

The Queen Mary is so corroded that it's at urgent risk of flooding or collapse, and the price tag for fixing up the 1930s ocean liner could near $300 million, according to a survey done by experts.

It would likely take five years to rehab the ship, a tourist destination docked permanently in Long Beach Harbor south of Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

During its heyday, the Queen Mary carried Hollywood celebrities, such as Bob Hope and Elizabeth Taylor, royalty, such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries, such as Winston Churchill. It also spent several years ferrying 765,000 Allied troops during World War II, when it was nicknamed the "Gray Ghost."

But now, naval architects and marine engineers who compiled the survey warn that the vessel is probably "approaching the point of no return."

The hull is severely rusted and certain areas, including the engine room, could be prone to flooding, according to the newspaper report published Monday. And because the bilge system is inoperable, large amounts of water can't be pumped out and could cause the ship to sink to the lagoon floor.

Queen Mary

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Members of the Royal Gurkha Rifles attend a medal presentation with Britain's Prince Charles, and Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace, London March 14, 2017 .
Photo by Stuart C. Wilson

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1.6 Billion Years Old

Fossils

Fossils unearthed in India that are 1.6 billion years old and look like red algae may represent the earliest-known plants, a discovery that could force scientists to reassess the timing of when major lineages in the tree of life first appeared on Earth.

Researchers on Tuesday described the tiny, multicellular fossils as two types of red algae, one thread-like and the other bulbous, that lived in a shallow marine environment alongside mats of bacteria. Until now, the oldest-known plants were 1.2-billion-year-old red algae fossils from the Canadian Arctic.

The researchers said cellular structures preserved in the fossils and their overall shape match red algae, a primitive kind of plant that today thrives in marine settings such as coral reefs but also can be found in freshwater environments. A type of red algae known as nori is a common sushi ingredient.

"We almost could have had sushi 1.6 billion years ago," joked Swedish Museum of Natural History geobiologist Therese Sallstedt, who helped lead the study published in the journal PLOS Biology.

The fossils were found in phosphate-rich sedimentary rocks from Chitrakoot in central India. The thread-like fossils contained internal cellular features including structures that appear to be part of the machinery of photosynthesis, the process used by plants to convert sunlight into chemical energy.

Fossils

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Customs Seize 21 Rhino Horns

Thailand

Thai authorities said Tuesday they have seized 21 unusually large rhinoceros horns worth almost $5 million that were smuggled from Ethiopia.

The bags carrying the horns were discovered last Friday in a random customs search at Bangkok's main airport, the Thai Customs Department said in a statement. They discovered the horns, weighing almost 50 kilograms (110 pounds), inside hard-shelled luggage bags originating from Addis Ababa.

The bags' owners, two Thai women who had arrived on separate flights but went to claim the luggage, fled as officers searched their bags and have not been apprehended, the statement said. Arrest warrants have been issued for them.

Customs officials said the horns are unusually large and pristine.

It's the second time in two years that rhino horns have been seized at the airport, with the previous haul being worth around $600,000.

Thailand

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Bicycles are seen reflected in the water of a canal in Delft, Netherlands March 14, 2017.
Photo by Yves Herman

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Tax Dollars At Work

Florida

The Associated Press has documented that since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011, agencies under his control as well as the Florida Legislature and Cabinet officials have spent more than $250 million on private attorneys. Here's a look at some of the spending on outside lawyering Florida taxpayers have had to pay for under Republican leadership:

More than $100 million in fees paid to lawyers by state agencies, including an expensive water rights struggle with Georgia. The water wars have been waged for nearly 20 years, but costs soared after Scott pushed to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. This total also includes money billed by lawyers defending the actions of the Legislature and governor.

Nearly $16 million paid to opposing lawyers after losing battles over voting rights, gay marriage, drug testing and other controversial policies. This includes $12 million to attorneys who represented pediatricians who contended Florida violated federal mandates by failing to deliver critical health services to 2 million children on Medicaid; more than $800,000 to lawyers working for the American Civil Liberties Union; and nearly $513,000 to lawyers who defeated a state law targeting businesses doing business in Cuba.

Nearly $20 million spent by the Legislature defending budgets that advocates say shortchange public schools and Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts. The state won the education lawsuit at its first turn, but the courts sided against them on districts and approved changes that upended the state's political landscape.

About $111 million since 2011 through its risk management division on legal cases over auto accidents, employment disputes and worker's compensation claims against state government.

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White Nationalist Group's Tax-Exempt Status Revoked

Richard Spencer

The U.S. government has revoked the tax-exempt status of a group run by prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer for its failure to file tax returns.

Internal Revenue Service records show Spencer's National Policy Institute automatically lost its tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit after failing to file tax returns for three consecutive years.

Spencer blamed the revocation on an IRS error that led his group to think it wasn't required to file tax returns. But he doesn't have any evidence the move was politically motivated and expressed confidence that his organization can regain its tax-exempt status.

Spencer popularized the term "alt-right" and is a leading figure in a fringe movement that has been described as a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism. Spencer, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, hosted a postelection conference in Washington that ended with audience members mimicking Nazi salutes after Spencer shouted, "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!"

IRS records indicate that, sometime in 2006 or 2007, the agency mistakenly reclassified the National Policy Institute as one that didn't need to file tax returns, according to Chuck McLean, a senior research fellow for the nonprofit watchdog Guidestar.

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The clash between a former member of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory commission and the Vatican heated up Tuesday, as prominent Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins challenged a top Vatican cardinal over his claims that his office had cooperated with the commission.

In an open letter, Collins pressed her case that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had ignored or scuttled commission proposals to protect children and care for abuse victims that had been approved by the pope.

Collins pointedly corrected Cardinal Gerhard Mueller's assertion that one of the congregation's staffers was a member of the board, when in fact he had stopped participating in 2015. And she noted that the commission's 2015 invitation to have another congregation official attend its meetings was flat-out rejected, though someone eventually attended a session last year.

Collins resigned from the commission March 1 citing the "unacceptable" lack of cooperation from Mueller's office, which processes canonical cases against pedophile priests. Her departure left the commission without any abuse survivors and dealt another blow to Francis' record on combatting sex abuse.

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400,000 Yr-Old Half-Skull

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The discovery of a 400,000-year-old half skull in Portugal has offered tantalizing hints about a possible ancestor of the Neanderthals, researchers said Monday.

The fossil was unearthed from the Aroeira cave site, and marks the oldest human cranium fossil ever found in Portugal, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.

But there is plenty of mystery around the skull. Researchers don't know if it was from a male or female, how the person died, or even what form of early human it was.

"There is a lot of question about which species these fossils represent. I tend to think of them as ancestors of the Neanderthals," co-author Rolf Quam, an anthropologist at Binghamton University, State University of New York, told AFP.

"It is not a Neanderthal itself," he added. "It has some features that might be related to the later Neanderthals," including a lump of bone near the ear called the mastoid process.

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