BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 5 April, 2017


5 April, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[61 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - April 5th, 2017

Moderated Mashups

From DJ Useo

When I started getting into mashups, I would leave comments on every new mashup I saw. So, if you went to a mashup forum, there'd be like 20 Useo comments in a row. This led to complaints as many felt my behavior was excessive. Eventually, I was pressured into a policy of mainly three comments during each "session". Actually, there's naught wrong with employing restraint, I just like to leave feedback. I also like to get feedback. Perhaps the annoyed few were worried I would use up the "limited" number of comments the web could generate. If you notice the major lack of comments at any mashup location, perhaps they had a point. Lol.

I've been running my own mashup forum for years now. My most recent forum is Audioboots The Friendly Mashup Forum ( ) which is just now celebrating three years of net presence. Before that I was at GET YOUR BOOTLEG ON, Laptop Punk, Beatles Remixers Group, SoundUnsound, Global DJ Network, Mashstix, & too many more to mention. As "Super-Moderator" at Audioboots I attempt to see to day to day matters, while Chocomang does all the technical stuff. I was pressed for time today, but I did manage to moderate some posts, which means editing, & answering, & for me, sharing on social sites.

Here's the posts I attended before offline matters took me away. I know you'll enjoy them a lot., because I already heard them. A few of mine in there, too, as it happens.

01 - DJ Useo - Nuclear Shape ( Ed Sheeran vs Init vs LUMBERJVCK )
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02 - DJ Memphis - Modo vs. AronChupa - I am an Albatraoz Polizei
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03 - DJ Useo - Birthday Mix For Maz ( 1:19: 48 )
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04 - ETK - All-Star Relaxation (Smash Mouth vs Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
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05 - DJ Useo - Bruno Mars vs Gary Numan
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06 - Grim Reap - Forever Trippin' (Forever vs Trippin')
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07 - DJ Useo - Jesus And Mary Chain vs twoloud, Konih
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08 - SMASH - Can't Fade The Feeling (Visage vs. Justin Timberlake vs. Dr. Alban)
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In hindsight, I think this is one dynamite batch of bootlegs. You'll love them, & your friends will be impressed when they hear you jamming them out. I'll be back next Wednesday with more home prouced music.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Greg Sargent: Why is Trump flailing? Because Americans hate his agenda, and it's based on lies. (Washington Post)
Why is Trump tanking? The bottom line is that the ongoing translation of Trump's agenda into policy specifics is showing that major elements of it are unpopular, or unworkable because they are premised on lies, or both.

Andrew Tobias: Mayer, Mercer, Merrick, McConnell
Republicans effectively "filibustered" Merrick Garland for 10 months - they wouldn't even let his nomination get that far (the ultimate filibuster) - arguing that we would have to see what the people wanted in the next election. By a margin of millions, the people wanted Merrick Garland.

Suzanne Moore: A tampon tax is bad enough. Using it to fund anti-abortionists is a disgrace (The Guardian)
Women have no choice about having periods. To give tax raised on sanitary products to a group that seeks to limit their choice further is unconscionable.

Hadley Freeman: Mistreatment of models is fashion's Groundhog Day (The Guardian)
Rather than thinking of models as skinny mean girls, we should recognise how badly they are treated within their own industry.

"Amidst polarising opinion, we are still united": Lucy Mangan on how a tragic event can actually unite us (Stylist)
We can choose, in other words, to concentrate on the best of ourselves and use a tragic event to remind ourselves, amidst polarising political debate and opinions, that we always - save the extremists every generation who use various ideologies to justify their violence - have the basic human decencies that unite us all.

Jonathan Jones: Feminism doesn't need more female statues - it needs political action (The Guardian)
Bulgarian artist Erka has rightly protested against Sofia's total lack of statues of women by erecting her own pop-up versions. But permanent statues don't advance feminism - they trap people in the past.

Why ladylike language can sod off: Lucy Mangan is pleased that we have reached gender parity on swearing (Stylist)
Hoo-f***ing-ray to that, I say. Let's keep making our f***ing feelings vulgarly known. Life is too short for this sh*t.

Mark Harris: "Being There: American Cipher" (Criterion)
Of all the directors whose careers are considered in some way emblematic of 1970s Hollywood, Hal Ashby is the only one whose résumé conforms perfectly to the contours of the decade.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Nine Donald Duck cartoons have been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film, but only one won. What was the title of the one that won?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the best-selling alcoholic drink in Ireland?

       Guiness                                                      Source

Guinness is an Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness (1725-1803) at St. James's Gate brewery in the capital city of Dublin, Ireland. Guinness, produced by the Diageo beverages company, is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. It is brewed in almost 50 countries and is available in over 120. Annual sales total of Guinness in 2011 was 850 million litres (220,000,000 US gal).

Guinness features a burnt flavour that is derived from roasted, unmalted barley, although this is a relatively modern development, not becoming part of the grist until the mid-20th century. For many years, a portion of aged brew was blended with freshly brewed beer to give a sharp lactic flavour. Although Guinness's palate still features a characteristic "tang", the company has refused to confirm whether this type of blending still occurs. The draught beer's thick, creamy head comes from mixing the beer with nitrogen and carbon dioxide when poured. It is popular with the Irish, both in Ireland and abroad. In spite of declining consumption since 2001. it is still the best-selling alcoholic drink in Ireland where Guinness & Co. Brewery makes almost €2 billion worth of the beverage annually.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:

Alan J said:

Deborah wrote:
   What I know as an Irish-American: God invented whiskey so the Irish wouldn't take over the world. A Guinness a day keeps the doctor away. My answer is Guinness Stout.
  Seasonal and pleasant weather. I can live with this.

David of Moon Valley replied:
   well i'd a thunk it was Guinness....but wait...Mr Google says not so fast there, OG...try Heineken instead (personally i'm not a big fan of either, thank you very much...)

Adam answered:
   Guinness? Yes, Guinness

Gene responded:
   I'm thinking it would have to be Guinness. And a tasty imbibe it is!

zorch said:
   It's Heineken, No not Guinness, not Jameson, not Budweiser.

Daniel in The City wrote:

Dave in Tucson replied:
   Just a SWAG but the best selling alcoholic drink in Ireland is Guinness Stout?

Billy in Cypress responded:
   My guess is Guinness since it would be cheaper that Irish whiskey and more readily available to the masses. I doubt that CpPDJT-ID would drink any beer unless he was forced to make an appearance in a brewery and I doubt that any brewery would invite him for fear of what he might say or do or tweet afterwards. His brand and presence is now as popular as Hitler selling swastikas at a Bar Mitzvah..

Jim from CA, retired to ID, answered:
   Guinness Beer

DJ Useo said:
   I have a strong confidence the answer is beer. Perhaps Guiness. Sadly, I'm allergic to alcohol, & can only drink "near beer".

Mark. took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

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

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

mj 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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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Sally Field: 'I never felt that I had very many choices. Ever' | Film | The Guardian

We can resist the Dakota pipeline through a powerful tool: divestment | Krystal Two Bulls and Matt Remle | Opinion

The week in Trump: Can you survive another one? - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

New Filter Removes Salt from Sea Water

Donald Trump's Pick to Oversee Big Pharma Is Addicted to Opioid-Industry Cash

Trump's Authoritarian Vision - Los Angeles Times

At Fox News, fear and silence amid O'Reilly controversy - Apr. 3, 2017

President Trump vs. American Landowners -

Citing Abortions in China, Trump Cuts Funding For U.N. Family Planning Agency : Goats and Soda : NPR

When Sheriffs Refuse An ICE Detainment Request, They Get Called Out : NPR

How Offering Driver's Licenses To Immigrants Here Illegally Makes Roads Safer : Code Switch : NPR

When The Border Is Just Next Door, Crossing It Is A Fact Of (Daily) Life : NPR

Freeing up the rich to exploit the poor - that's what Trump and Brexit are about | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

New sheriff in Arizona to close controversial 'Tent City' jail - AOL News

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Bonus Links

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Trump's Authoritarian Vision - Los Angeles Times

Watergate Counsel to Richard Nixon says 'Trump gives me nightmares' | The Independent

Fox News And Bill O'Reilly Are Out Of Excuses | The Huffington Post

Trump loves despots: He couldn't shake Angela Merkel's hand, but falls hard for Egypt's strongman. Sense a pattern? -

De-Derping the 'Un-Masking' Story - TPM

Trump Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants - Without Ever Telling Us - ProPublica

The Washington Post Just Reported the Founder of Blackwater Tried to Set Up Trump-Putin Back-Channel | Mother Jones

The Conspiracy Theories of Trumpland: A Compleat and Comprehensive Bestiary -

GOP 'Callousness' on Full Display as Trump and Ryan Push for AHCA Passage | Common Dreams

The hidden problem with the SCOTUS nuclear option. -

Democrats recruit veterans early for 2018 battle - POLITICO

Comedians have figured out the trick to covering Trump - Vox

Legislator Calls Out Her 'White Male' Colleagues For Skipping Speeches By Women Of Color | The Huffington Post

Ten companies pull ads from O'Reilly show | TheHill

Trump White House responds to Syrian gas attack by blaming the Obama administration -

Republicans' rollback of broadband privacy is hideously unpopular - Vox

Accused sexual assaulter Donald Trump declares April a month of action on sexual assault -

Donald Trump Trusts 'Fox & Friends' Over His Own Intelligence Community | The Huffington Post

Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer - Rolling Stone

Trump Hypocrisy: Blaming Syrian Chemical Attack on Obama | Mother Jones

Trump Considered Giving Fox News Exclusive TV Rights For Inauguration, CNN Chief Says | The Huffington Post



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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Last Night

Overcast morning, sunny afternoon.

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 Sigourney Weaver, Zosia Mamet, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, and a special appearance by Steve Martin.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Demi Lovato, Charlie Hunnam, and Rupert Friend.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Blindspot', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, and Flo Rida featuring 99 Percent.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Rashida Jones, Andrew Rannells, Alan Dershowitz, and Jonathan Mover.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Abigail Spencer, PARTYBABY, and Asia Kate Dillon.

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 Lena Dunham, Eric Stonestreet, Riz Ahmed, and Cold War Kids.

The CW here fills the night with LIVE 'Dodger Baseball'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Shots Fired', followed by a FRESH 'Empire'.

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

A&E has 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Jep & Jessica: Growing The Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Billy The Exterminator'.

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

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-The Almost People-Part 2.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Let's Kill Hitler
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Night Terrors
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited
 [12:30PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-Revulsion
 [1:30PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-The Raven
 [2:30PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-Scientific Method
 [3:30PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Year of Hell, Pt. 1
 [4:30PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 9-Year of Hell, Pt. 2
 [5:30PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Random Thoughts
 [6:30PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - Ep 11- Concerning Flight
 [7:30PM]    THE PATRIOT (2000)
 [11:00PM]    RIPPER STREET - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-A Last Good Act
 [12:15AM]    THE PATRIOT (2000)
 [3:45AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 11-Heaven Sent-Part 1.
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Comedy Jam', then 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Michelle Rodriguez.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Dan St. Germain, Jenna Elfman, and Stephen Schneider.

FX has the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', followed by the movie 'A Walk Amid The Tombstones', then the movie 'A Walk Amid The Tombstones'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', and another 'American Pickers'.

IFC  -   
 [12:30PM]    ROGUE
 [10:00PM]    BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap; Winning Streak
 [11:02PM]    ZOMBIELAND
 [1:00AM]    BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap; Winning Streak
 [4:30AM]    BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap
 [5:02AM]    BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
 [5:32AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Grips, Grunts and Groans    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Divorce, Mountain Style
 [7:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Deal Is a Deal
 [7:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Fun Girls
 [8:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Return of Malcolm Merriweather
 [8:45AM]    The Devil's Advocate
 [11:45AM]    Point Break
 [2:30PM]    Three Amigos!
 [5:00PM]    Twins
 [7:30PM]    Turner & Hooch
 [10:00PM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo
 [11:00PM]    Turner & Hooch
 [1:30AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo
 [2:30AM]    Three Amigos!
 [5:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'GI Joe; The Rise Of Cobra', followed by a FRESH 'The Magicians', then a FRESH 'The Expanse'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 12/14/16) are Keegan-Michael Key, Ana Gasteyer, Ken Hall, Alice Wetterlund, Luka Jones, Bjorn Gustafsson,Michael Cassidy, Oscar Nunez, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Brian Huskey, and Nancy Lenehan.

TCM features films with Zsa Zsa Gabor all night.
 [6:00 AM]      Prestige (1932)
 [7:30 AM]      Dangerous Corner (1935)
 [8:45 AM]      And So They Were Married (1936)
 [10:15 AM]      I'll Take Romance (1937)
 [12:00 PM]      Fast Company (1938)
 [1:30 PM]      The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)
 [3:00 PM]      Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)
 [4:30 PM]      On the Loose (1951)
 [6:00 PM]      One is a Lonely Number (1972)
 [8:00 PM]      Death of a Scoundrel (1956)
 [10:15 PM]      3 Ring Circus (1954)
 [12:15 AM]      Queen of Outer Space (1958)
 [2:00 AM]      Moulin Rouge (1952)
 [4:15 AM]      Lili (1953)

Thursday   -  04/06/17

 [6:00 AM]      Always In My Heart (1942)
 [7:45 AM]      Gabriel Over The White House (1933)
 [9:30 AM]      Kongo (1932)
 [11:15 AM]      Night Court (1932)
 [1:00 PM]      The Great Sinner (1949)
 [3:00 PM]      Report From the Aleutians (1943)
 [4:00 PM]      And Then There Were None (1945)
 [5:45 PM]      The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      One Man's Journey (1933)
 [9:45 PM]      Sing and Like It (1934)
 [11:15 PM]      David Copperfield (1935)
 [1:45 AM]      The Bride Walks Out (1936)
 [3:30 AM]      You Belong to Me (1941)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #28 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has a FRESH 'Major Crimes'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jun. 24, 1983) - Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Richards, Reggie Joule.

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Protesters hold up signs as President Donald Trump (R-Crooked) speaks at the 2017 North America's Building Trades Unions National Legislative Conference in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Photo by Susan Walsh


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Controversial Sale Lures Few Bidders

Tribal Artifacts

An auction of precious tribal Kanak artifacts got a tepid response from bidders in Paris Tuesday, with buyers apparently scared off by lingering questions about whether the items were acquired legally.

Nine sculpted-wood objects, including large decorative arrows dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, bought by a private collector from the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants of New Caledonia, went under the hammer.

Parisian auction house Aguttes estimated the items would sell for up to 775,000 euros ($825,000), but only two of the least valuable lots sold for 10,455 euros ($11,134).

Organizers said buyers apparently were scared off by a protest in 2015, in which a group linked to the Kanaks alleged the objects had been stolen.

Tribal Artifacts


Blacksmith Johann Schmidberger works on a suit of armor for the Vatican's Swiss Guards at his workshop in Molln, Austria, March 29, 2017.
Photo by Leonhard Foeger


Employees Getting Implanted


The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another "cyborg" is created.

What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.

The injections have become so popular that workers at Epicenter hold parties for those willing to get implanted.

"The biggest benefit I think is convenience," said Patrick Mesterton, co-founder and CEO of Epicenter. As a demonstration, he unlocks a door by merely waving near it. "It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys."

And as with most new technologies, it raises security and privacy issues. While biologically safe, the data generated by the chips can show how often an employee comes to work or what they buy. Unlike company swipe cards or smartphones, which can generate the same data, a person cannot easily separate themselves from the chip.



Newhead News


1,000-Year-Old Toy Viking Boat Unearthed


A wooden toy discovered during an excavation of an Iron Age site in central Norway hints that 1,000 years ago, a child may have imagined ferocious Viking battles by playing with a carved replica of a ship.

Found buried in a dry well at a small farm in the town of Řrland on the coastal tundra, the boat is whittled in a style resembling Viking vessels, with an uplifted prow and a hole in the center that likely held a mast for a sail.

The Viking Age, dating from around A.D. 800 to 1066, marked a time when Scandinavian sailors and explorers voyaged to Europe's coastal regions and as far as Bahdad, and their distinctive sailing vessels were well-known - apparently, even by inland farmers, who carved replicas of their boats for children.

"This toy boat says something about the people who lived here," Ulf Fransson, a field leader for the dig and an archaeologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) University Museum, said in a statement.

Also found in the well - and in another well nearby - were leather pieces from shoes, dating to approximately A.D. 1015 to 1028. Seven farms and farmyards at least 1,500 years old have been uncovered at the site, and archaeologists are piecing together what these clustered homesteads might reveal about community life during the Middle Ages, according to Ingrid Ystgaard, an archaeologist at the NTNU University Museum and project manager of the dig.



Nepalese children watch Seto Machindranath chariot festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Hindu and Buddhist worshippers participate in the week-long chariot festival, praying for rainfall and good harvest.
Photo by Niranjan Shrestha


Graphene Oxide Sieve Can Make It Drinkable


It is estimated that over 660 million people in the world still do not have access to clean and safe drinking water - a number that is only expected to rise in the coming decades as water supplies begin to run dry. According to the United Nations, by 2025, 14 percent of the world's population will face water scarcity.

This is despite Earth being a "pale blue dot," 70 percent of whose surface is covered in water.

The problem is that the water held in our planet's oceans, which accounts for over 96 percent of all water on Earth, is not potable. So far, efforts to make it drinkable have been either inefficient, dauntingly expensive, or both.

Now, in a study published Monday in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, a team of researchers from the University of Manchester has described a breakthrough that could open the door to the synthesis of an inexpensive desalination method - creation of a graphene oxide membrane that can be used as a sieve to remove salt from seawater.



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Families, Frackers Ordered To Settle Dispute


Two Pennsylvania families who claimed their drinking water had been tainted by fracking and the energy company they blamed for it said on Monday they would try to seek a settlement after a judge threw out a $4.2 million jury verdict against the company.

The case in Dimock, Pennsylvania is one of the highest-profile incidents in the United States of residents contending that fracking polluted their well water, an allegation the company Cabot Oil & Gas Co has denied.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson late Friday ordered the Dimock families and Cabot to try to reach a settlement.

The Ely and Hubert families were the last of more than 40 families living in the northeastern Pennsylvania town to continue their legal battle. They charged that their water was contaminated with methane gas after Cabot began fracking in 2008. The other families settled in 2012.

Carlson's opinion said that jurors had allowed sympathy for the families to outweigh hard evidence presented during the trial. Cabot had hoped the judge would throw out the case altogether.



Stray dogs stand on tombs in Diamond Hill cemetery in Hong Kong, China on April 4, 2017. According to the lunar calendar, the Qingming Festival is observed on April 4 . The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, is marked by Chinese people by going to the cemetery to cleaning up tombs, bring flowers, and making offerings to their ancestors.
Photo by Jerome Favre


Makes Donation


The White House announced Monday that President Trump (R-Grifter) would be donating his first-quarter salary to the Department of the Interior, which stands to lose $1.6 billion under his budget proposal.

Press secretary Sean Spicer (R-Sock Puppet) said that Trump would be donating $78,333 to the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. Trump had said during his campaign that he would donate his presidential salary to charity, saying "That's no big deal for me" on the trail in 2015.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was on hand to accept a check, stating that the money would go to "infrastructure on our nation's battlefields," which he said were $229 million behind in deferred maintenance.

However, under the White House budget proposal - a wish list from the executive branch to Congress for 2018 government spending - Zinke's department would receive a 12 percent cut, or about $1.6 billion. It would take 20,426 donations of $78,333 to cover that funding reduction.



Endangered Because People Can't Stop Eating Them


Apparently, everyone's favorite adorable "selfie monkey" is cute enough to eat-literally, in Indonesia.

The crested black macaque became legendary after one of them, Naruto, took a selfie of himself in 2011 and catapulted into internet stardom. Though approximately 2,000 of the macaques remain protected in one of the country's reserves, the primate is now critically endangered due to over-hunting, according to a new report from Seeker.

Activists on Sulawesi island have been trying to convince locals to stop consuming the crested black macaque. The population has dropped approximately 80 percent in the past four decades alone. Macaques play a key role in Indonesian ecosystems by helping to spread seeds.

"I like the taste, hot and spicy, it is similar to wild boar or dog," Nita, a local from the area, told AFP.



A worker paints the facade of the Calderon theatre in Madrid, Spain April 4, 2017.
Photo by Susana Vera


Overtakes Ford


Tesla on Monday became the second-largest US car maker in terms of market capitalization, displacing Ford, whose sales lagged amid concerns about the ability of the US market to keep growing.

Many major auto makers reported US sales declines in March compared to a year ago, but Tesla over the weekend said it saw a huge jump in vehicles delivered to consumers in the first three months of the year.

That was enough to send the electric car maker's stock soaring Monday, even as investors punished major car brands for reporting lower-than-expected March sales.

Tesla said it delivered 25,000 of its high-tech vehicles in the January-March period -- a 69 percent surge compared to the first three months of 2016 -- indicating it was on its way to meeting its goal of 50,000 vehicle deliveries by mid-2017.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 27-April 2. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NCAA Men's Basketball: Oregon vs. North Carolina, CBS, 18.83 million.
    2. ''NCAA Studio Show,'' CBS, 16.03 million.
    3. ''NCIS,'' CBS, 14.35 million.
    4. ''The Big Bang Theory,'' CBS, 12.78 million.
    5. ''The Walking Dead,'' AMC, 11.31 million.
    6. ''Dancing With the Stars,'' ABC, 11.12 million.
    7. ''ACM Awards,'' CBS, 10.91 million.
    8. ''Bull,'' CBS, 10.9 million.
    9. ''The Voice'' (Monday), NBC, 10.56 million.
   10. ''The Voice'' (Tuesday), NBC, 10.22 million.
   11. ''Blue Bloods,'' CBS, 9.62 million.
   12. ''60 Minutes,'' CBS, 9.5 million.
   13. ''NCIS: New Orleans,'' CBS, 9.17 million.
   14. ''Hawaii Five-0,'' CBS, 8.74 million.
   15. ''Little Big Shots,'' NBC, 8.65 million.
   16. ''Survivor,'' CBS, 8.26 million.
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