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1 June, 2016

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M Is FOR MASHUP - June 1st, 2016

Bootleggers Release Literal Mashups

By DJ Useo

The loosely affiliated "Institute Of Bootleggers" ( ) has released their latest mashup collection called "Literal Mashups". The album is variety style blends with a healthy smattering of club tracks.

All the mixers on this project have advanced mixing skills. Many will seem new or unknown to the majority of you, while still retaining the ability to mix like a long standing pro. Most are long standing pros.

Among the fifteen contributors are such distinguished international home producers as DeeM, ToToM, DJ Energy, Vincenzo Caira & Francesco Lupo, & The Homogenic Chaos. The many others are not to be sneezed at, either, & not just because that would be disgusting. lol.

The styles roll from club mashups like Deckmann's "We Are The Left Behinds", to hardcore like ToToM's "Born Free to Self Destruct", to AtoZ's classic rock "You Made It Weird Again ( Not Feelin' Crispy )". Thus, you go from Paris Bohm to Nine Inch Nails to Steely Dan, while also going from Felicity to M.I.A. to Pete Holmes ( ! ) in the space of a disc's time. A sweet journey, indeed.

DJ Surda provides the incredible "Heroes For One Day (Video Edit)" ( Asaf Avidan & The Mojos ( Wankelmut Remix ) vs David Bowie ) as the albums preview video track ( ) . I guarantee once you experience it, you'll want the entire album.

There's mirror links for the collection here ( ) It would be appreciated if you shared the link on your favorite social platform. We need the thrill of knowing you liked it enough to say so, because we sure ain't gonna get any money out of it. Lmao.

Next week, I have one awesome collection chock full of the most well known names in the "scene". It's one of the "biggies" that comes out every year. Come back in seven days for more mashup thrills. - Konrad



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Andrew Tobias: 4.33% vs 2.54%
Trump may be a different kind of Republican, but even if he should want to build anything other than the military and his wall, he won't be able to do anything a Republican Congress opposes; and the Republican Congress seems more focused than ever on blocking investing in the future.

Alan S. Blinder and Mark W. Watson: "Presidents and the U.S. Economy: An Econometric Exploration" (Princeton)
ABSTRACT: The U.S. economy has performed better when the President of the United States is a Democrat rather than a Republican, almost regardless of how one measures performance. For many measures, including real GDP growth (on which we focus), the performance gap is large and significant. This paper asks why. The answer is not found in technical time series matters nor in systematically more expansionary monetary or fiscal policy under Democrats. Rather, it appears that the Democratic edge stems mainly from more benign oil shocks, superior TFP performance, and perhaps greater defense spending and faster growth abroad.

Tim Dowling: A Midsummer Night's Dream review: Dr Who-ish but rather good (the Guardian)
There was much grumbling in advance of Russell T Davies's TV adaptation, with predictions of political correctness gone mad, but it was a spirited, triumphant performance. Plus, Alan Partridge on the 'schasm' between rich and poor.

Finding Dory's lesbian characters are only a big deal when it's not a big deal (The Guardian)
The trailer for the Finding Nemo sequel features a brief shot of two women with a baby - leading to excited speculation that Disney-Pixar is swimming with the LGBT tide.

Michele Hanson: £24,840 for an Adele ticket? We need to do more to stop the touts (The Guardian)
A new report on the 'secondary ticketing' business is useless and weedy. We need musicians to follow the examples set by the Rolling Stones and Prince.

Catherine Shoard: "Iggy Pop slams modern music: 'Why don't I just die now?'" (The Guardian)
As new Stooges documentary Gimme Danger premieres, the singer criticises the digital age's impact on rock and suggests that everyone quit hard drugs.

David Byrne: The activist who saved my life, and other contrarians (The Guardian)
Daniel Berrigan stood up for his beliefs - and rescued me from the draft. I've been pondering the meaning of resistance as I write a musical about Joan of Arc.

Isaac Cabe: Celebrity AMAs That Derailed In Spectacular Fashion (Cracked)
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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is the sub-title of what satirical novel?

       Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death                                                      Source

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death (1969) is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a chaplain's assistant named Billy Pilgrim. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work. Vonnegut's use of the firebombing of Dresden as a central event makes the novel semi-autobiographical, because he was present then.        Source

Slaughterhouse-Five What's Up With the Title?

Randall was first and correct with:
   Being a YUGE Kurt Vonnegut Jr fan,
  the answer is Slaughterhouse Five

mj wrote:
   Brought to you courtesy of our friends from
  Tralfamador the tale of Slaughterhouse-Five, as told by Kurt Vonegut.

Alan J said:
   Slaughterhouse Five.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   That would be "Slaughterhouse-Five" by one of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut. I remembered the "Children's Crusade" part, but not the "Duty-Dance" part. I wonder what a duty-dance is? But, so it goes.

Adam answered:

Deborah said:
   That would be _Slaughterhouse 5_, a novel by the late, great Kurt Vonnegut.
  I'm not ready to give up vacation just yet, but apparently that's what I'm doing today. Damn.

Marian replied:
   Slaughterhouse Five

Daniel in The City answered:
   Slaughter-house Five

Dale reports that it is 93° F. today in Diamond Springs, Norcali…Hot and Sticky responded:
   Slaughterhouse 5-the stories of Billy Pilgrim…Kilgore Trout…captured by the Tralfamadorians…One of the strangest satires ever written…read it back in college days…was wildly discussed and analyzed by my intellectual peers…would like to see the film again…I was doing a lot of psilocybin at that time…Dresden firebombing…crazy fucking times…

DJ Useo said:
   Slaughterhouse-Five, innit? I read that a long time ago. I liked the writing style more than the actual story, but it's a good book, imho.

MAM   wrote:
   Slaughterhouse-Five ~ Satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a chaplain's assistant named Billy Pilgrim. The firebombing of Dresden on February 13, 1945 killed 135,000 people, mainly civilians - twice the number killed at Hiroshima - in a period of several hours.

  Dresden: The Bombing of the Innocent

Joe S     took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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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.

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Last Night

Looks like May gray is gonna slide into June gloom.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a RERUN 'Undercover Boss', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then a RERUN 'Criminal Minds: Xenophobia'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 5/3/16) aer Dakota Johnson, Sebastian Stan, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/30/16) are Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, and Thierry Henry.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by a FRESH 'The Night Shift'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 5/16/16) are Andy Samberg, Gigi Hadid, and the Kills.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 2/18/16) are Kiefer Sutherland and Carice van Houten.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/16/16) are Jonah Ray, White Mystery, and Jay Roach.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH '500 Questions', followed by a RERUN 'Modern Family', then a RERUN 'The Goldbergs'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/20/16) are Bryan Cranston, Anika Noni Rose, and Joanna Newsom.

The CW offers the FRESH 'iHeartRadio (formerly ClearChannel) Summer Pool Party 2016', followed by a RERUN 'Supernatural'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef', followed by a FRESH 'Wayward Pines'.

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

A&E has a RERUN 'Roots' (part 2), followed by a FRESH 'Roots' (part 3).

AMC offers the movie 'The Hurt Locker', followed by the movie 'Black Hawk Down'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 1
 [7:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 2
 [8:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 3
 [2:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - EPISODE 2-Episode 2
 [3:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 3
 [4:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 4
 [5:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 5
 [6:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 6
 [7:30PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 1
 [11:00PM]    ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-The Antisocialism of Sex
 [12:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 14 - Episode 6
 [1:30AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 23 - Episode 1
 [3:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 2
 [4:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 3
 [5:00AM]    ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-The Antisocialism of Sex    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'NYC Social', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'There Goes The Motherhood'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 5/19/16) is Arianna Huffington.
On a RERUN The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (from 5/18/16) is Anthony Anderson.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 5/11/16) are Riki Lindhome, Jen Kirkman, and Rory Scovel.

FX has the movie 'Non-Stop', followed by the movie 'World War Z', then a FRESH 'The Americans'.

History has a RERUN 'Roots' (part 2), followed by a FRESH 'Roots' (part 3).

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ty Burrell
 [6:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
 [6:45AM]    HOT SHOTS!
 [9:00PM]    MARON-Sobriety Bush
 [11:30PM]    MARON-Marc in Florida
 [12:00AM]    MARON-Sobriety Bush
 [4:45AM]    MARON-Marc's Roommate
 [5:15AM]    MARON-The Field Trip
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Maya Rudolph    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Perfect Sense
 [8:00AM]    The Matador
 [10:00AM]    The Haunting in Connecticut
 [12:15PM]    Nebraska
 [2:45PM]    21
 [5:30PM]    The Bone Collector
 [8:00PM]    Cloverfield
 [10:00PM]    Cleverman-Episode 1
 [11:05PM]    Breaking Bad-Bit by a Dead Bee
 [12:09AM]    Breaking Bad-Down
 [1:13AM]    Breaking Bad-Breakage
 [2:17AM]    Cleverman-Episode 1
 [3:22AM]    American History X    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Mummy', followed by the movie 'The Mummy Returns'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 2/24/16) are Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch.

 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #22 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      It's a Pleasure (1945)
 [8:15 AM]      Violence (1947)
 [9:30 AM]      This Marriage Business (1938)
 [11:00 AM]      Payment On Demand (1951)
 [12:45 PM]      June Bride (1948)
 [2:30 PM]      Winter Meeting (1948)
 [4:30 PM]      Perfect Strangers (1950)
 [6:15 PM]      Pretty Baby (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      Long Day's Journey into Night (1962)
 [11:00 PM]      Our Town (1940)
 [12:45 AM]      Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
 [3:15 AM]      These Three (1936)
 [5:15 AM]      The Sea Gull (1968)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Thursday   -  06/02/16

 [7:45 AM]      The Lower Depths (1957)    [AKA: 'Donzoko']
 [10:15 AM]      High Tide at Noon (1957)
 [12:00 PM]      Hell Drivers (1958)
 [1:45 PM]      Brass Target (1978)
 [3:45 PM]      The Quare Fellow (1962)
 [5:15 PM]      Ice Station Zebra (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      Show Boat (1936)
 [10:00 PM]      Rose Marie (1936)
 [12:00 AM]      Good News (1947)
 [1:45 AM]      Irene (1940)
 [3:45 AM]      Cabin in the Sky (1943)
 [5:30 AM]      Little Nellie Kelly (1940)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Actor Russell Crowe hosts the launch of the Global Slavery Index at the Shard in London, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The Global Slavery Index for 2016 found slavery remains an issue all over the world.
Photo by Lauren Hurley


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Not A T-rump Fan

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss had a lot to say about Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) and his Hollywood supporters during a Sunday night Twitter rant.

The Oscar-winning actor said Trump's everyday supporters are "struggling," which he said was sad, but "it's Donald Trump's celebrity supporters who are whores."

"I get the thing about 'off the cuff speaking.' I get it! But when that speaking is dedicated to hurting Latino Americans, you're a racist," the actor also wrote.

"I don't want to get into political partisan fights but the truth is Donald Trumo?! Well, hell, OK, you've made me a partisan. #NeverTrump"

"The saddest people aren't Donald Trump's supporters. They're really struggling. It's Donald Trump's celebrity supporters who are whores."

Richard Dreyfuss


Actor Togo Igawa poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Breaking the Bank' in London, Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
Photo by Vianney Le Caer


Hologram To Headline

George Carlin

If you're going to build an expensive humor museum - the first ever of its kind, as the state of New York is doing - better tap someone good to oversee the place. Enter the National Museum of Comedy - a $50 million-plus campus in Jamestown, where Lucille Ball was born - and enter the comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff. The author of the recent book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy (audiobook and paperback out Nov. 8) was recently named chief curator. Though the museum won't open until 2017, it promises to be interesting, not least because they're going to resurrect George Carlin as a hologram a la Tupac at 2012 Coachella.

Nesteroff spoke with The Hollywood Reporter in early May about the plans, his book, aging out of the zeitgeist and Ball.

The main gimmick to bring people to Jamestown - which you may imagine is not an easy thing to convince people to do - is the George Carlin hologram. So they're building this fake comedy club in one corner and George will be onstage, performing like old times. The Carlin estate is partly sponsoring the museum, and the museum has just acquired Carlin's archives - he's the credibility here. People have tried to do comedy museums before and failed. When you hear "comedy museum" and you're a comedian, your first thought isn't, "Oh, that's cool," it's "Oh, that sounds terrible." But in the comedy community, there are very few who would say that weren't influenced by George Carlin. It helps.

Do you imagine Jamestown can brand the way Cooperstown did with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum?

That is the point.

George Carlin


Newhead News


"Ugly Speech" Needs Protection

Jeff Bezos

A debate has been raging in Silicon Valley about freedom of speech ever since it was revealed that PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel was funding litigation against Gawker. Now, Jeff Bezos is weighing in.

Both a tech billionaire and the owner of The Washington Post, the Amazon CEO made it clear that he's on the media's side.

Bezos was asked about Thiel's funding of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker during the first night of Recode's Code Conference in Palos Verdes. But he refrained from speaking specifically about that case, saying that he didn't "know the details of this particular situation."

He went on to say that at a high level, the issue reminded him of the saying, "seek revenge and you should dig two graves - one for yourself."

Bezos, who was speaking from experience as a public figure and CEO of a public company, explained that "the best defense to speech that you don't like about yourself as a public figure is to develop a thick skin." He added that people who do new and interesting things naturally attract critique. "If you absolutely can't tolerate critics, don't do anything new or interesting," he continued.

Jeff Bezos


Thanat Thanawatcharanon, also known by his stage name Tom Dundee, a Thai actor, singer and political activist, who was accused of insulting Thailand's king in public speech, gestures as he arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand, June 1, 2016.
Photo by Athit Perawongmetha


Alleged Illegal Drug Use

"The Biggest Loser"

Sheriff's investigators confirmed Tuesday they are looking into possible illegal drug use on the set of "The Biggest Loser," CBS Los Angeles reported .

An investigation got underway earlier this month after "a journalist advised Malibu/Lost Hills station personnel of a news report regarding unsubstantiated allegations of illegal narcotics use in the past on the set of the television reality show, 'The Biggest Loser,"' according to sheriff's Lt. James Royal.

The NBC show "was filmed in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County within the Malibu/Lost Hills station area. Based on the information contained in the news report, Malibu/Lost Hills Station personnel are conducting an inquiry regarding the unsubstantiated allegations," he said.

Last week, the New York Post quoted contestants saying they were encouraged to take drugs or throw up to lose weight.

"People would take amphetamines, water pills, diuretics, and throw up in the bathroom," Season 2 contestant Suzanne Mendonca told the paper . "They would take their spin bikes into the steam room to work up a sweat. I vomited every single day. Bob Harper tells people to throw up: 'Good,' he says. 'You'll lose more calories.'"

"The Biggest Loser"


Digby's Hullabaloo


Murder Conviction

Michael Jace

Actor Michael Jace, best known for his role as a policeman on the TV drama "The Shield," was convicted by a jury on Tuesday of second-degree murder for fatally shooting his wife in 2014 in front of the couple's two children at their Los Angeles home.

Jace, 53, faces a sentence of 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on June 10.

The actor was upset that his wife, April Jace, wanted a divorce when he shot her once in the back and twice more in the legs on May 19, 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

He then called authorities and reported that he had shot his wife, prosecutors said. The couple's sons, ages 8 and 5 at the time, watched the killing in the family's South Los Angeles home, prosecutors said. She was 40 years old when she was slain.

Michael Jace


Nyla Joseph, 9, daughter of a U.S. military veteran, demonstrates with veterans outside Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's news conference outside Trump Tower in New York City on May 31, 2016.
Photo by Shannon Stapleton


SiriusXM Suspends

Glenn Beck

Conservative host Glenn Beck has been suspended by SiriusXM satellite radio for agreeing with an author who asked hypothetically "what patriot will step up" to remove Republican Donald Trump from office if he's elected president and oversteps his authority.

SiriusXM said Beck's program was suspended for this week and the company was "evaluating its place" in the lineup.

The comments "may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office," SiriusXM said in a statement.

During an interview May 25, author Brad Thor said he was "about to suggest something very bad" before citing a weak Congress and asking "what patriot will step up" to stop President Trump if he tried to exceed the powers of his office.

Thor, a frequent guest of Beck's and an author of thriller novels, said in a statement to The Associated Press that he and Beck "were discussing a speculative future America under a dictator."

Glenn Beck


A grey cardboard head of Chancellor Angela Merkel lying in front of Bavarian state opera in Munich, Germany, Tuesday May 31, 2016. The sculpture is part of the performance 'Die Irrenden. Europaeische Defiguration' of the art duo 'Bankleer', which is staged between june 1 to June 12, 2016 in Munich.
Photo by Peter Kneffel


Polish Extradition Drive Revived

Roman Polanski

Poland's justice minister on Tuesday revived an effort to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted in a nearly 40-year-old case involving sex with a minor.

Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro's office said he asked Poland's Supreme Court to annul a ruling in October by a court in Krakow which found that Polish law forbids Polanski's extradition. In November, prosecutors said they found no grounds to challenge the decision.

Ziobro took office late last year, after the ruling, as part of a new conservative government. The minister, who is also the country's chief prosecutor, argues that celebrity status is shielding Oscar-winning director Polanski in Poland, where he grew up and which he often visits.

The Krakow court's decision was at odds with a Polish-U.S. extradition agreement, Ziobro's office argued in a statement. It said that, "according to the extradition agreement, the defendant should be handed over to the United States."

The filmmaker's movements are restricted by an Interpol warrant in effect in 188 countries, but he has avoided extradition by traveling only between France, Poland and Switzerland, which in 2011 rejected a U.S. request to extradite Polanski. Ziobro's move could now make Poland a risky destination for him.

Roman Polanski


A 5.03-carat fancy vivid green diamond ring, the world's largest such diamond which sold at a Christie's auction for $16.8 million on May 31, 2016, is shown during a preview in Hong Kong, China May 4, 2016.
Photo by Bobby Yip


Social Media


Anastasia Bubeyeva shows a screenshot on her computer of a picture of a toothpaste tube with the words: "Squeeze Russia out of yourself!" For sharing this picture on a social media site with his 12 friends, her husband was sentenced this month to more than two years in prison.

As the Kremlin claims unequivocal support among Russians for its policies both at home and abroad, a crackdown is underway against ordinary social media users who post things that run against the official narrative. Here the Kremlin's interests coincide with those of investigators, who are anxious to report high conviction rates for extremism. The Kremlin didn't immediately comment on the issue.

At least 54 people were sent to prison for hate speech last year, most of them for sharing and posting things online, which is almost five times as many as five years ago, according to the Moscow-based Sova group, which studies human rights, nationalism and xenophobia in Russia. The overall number of convictions for hate speech in Russia increased to 233 last year from 92 in 2010.

A 2002 Russian law defines extremism as activities that aim to undermine the nation's security or constitutional order, or glorify terrorism or racism, as well as calling for others to do so. The vagueness of the phrasing and the scope of offenses that fall under the extremism clause allow for the prosecution of a wide range of people, from those who set up an extremist cell or display Nazi symbols to anyone who writes something online that could be deemed a danger to the state. In the end, it's up to the court to decide whether a social media post poses a danger to the nation or not.

In February 2014, when Ukraine was in the middle of a pro-European revolution, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill tightening penalties for non-violent extremist crimes such as hate speech. In July of that year, three months after Russia had annexed the Crimean Peninsula, he signed a bill making calls "to destroy" Russia's territorial integrity a criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison. The new amendment makes the denial of Russia's claims on Crimea an even greater offense if the statement is made in the press or online, even on a private social media account.



A man crosses the medieval Charles Bridge during a storm in Prague, Czech Republic on May 31, 2016. Prague and other European cities were hit by a heavy thunderstorm on Tuesday.
Photo by Petr David Josek



Great Barrier Reef

Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists said on Monday.

Researchers who conducted months of aerial and underwater surveys of the 2,300-kilometer (1,400-mile) reef off Australia's east coast found that around 35 percent of the coral in the northern and central sections of the reef are dead or dying, said Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Queensland state. And some parts of the reef had lost more than half of the coral to bleaching.

The extent of the damage, which has occurred in just the past couple of months, has serious implications, Hughes said. Though bleached corals that haven't died can recover if the water temperature drops, older corals take longer to bounce back and likely won't have a chance to recover before the next bleaching event occurs, he said. Coral that has died is gone for good, which affects other creatures that rely on it for food and shelter.

The damage is part of a massive bleaching event that has been impacting reefs around the world for the past two years. Experts say the bleaching has been triggered by global warming and El Nino, a warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes weather worldwide. Hot water puts stress on coral, causing it to turn white and become vulnerable to disease. Other reefs have suffered even more severely from the recent bleaching; Some Pacific islands, for example, have reported coral death rates of more than 80 percent, Eakin said.

This is the third and most extreme mass bleaching event in 18 years to strike the Great Barrier Reef. In each case, the areas that suffered the worst bleaching were the areas where the water was hottest for the longest period of time, Hughes said.

Great Barrier Reef



In Memory

Jan Crouch

Televangelist Jan Crouch, who co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network with her husband more than four decades ago, has died just days after she suffered a stroke.

Crouch, instantly recognizable for her mountain of blonde hair and long eyelashes, was 78.

Jan Crouch and her husband, Paul, started the network in 1973 by renting air time on an independent California station. Trinity officials say its programming is now carried by over 5,000 television stations. TBN bills itself as the world's largest Christian television network.

Jan Crouch



A flower bed containing Purple Dream and Happy Upstar Tulips grows in Central Park during a spring day in New York, U.S., April 30, 2016.
Photo by Lucas Jackson



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