BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 13 February, 2015


13 February, 2015

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Tom Danehy: Don't vaccinate? Well, Tom has some remarks to throw your way; prepare yourself (Tucson Weekly)
First off, let me state as clearly as possible that if you believe that you have a philosophical right to keep from vaccinating your kids against measles, you're an idiot. You're not a free thinker or a maverick or a concerned parent. You're an idiot. That "philosophical" exemption was granted by an Arizona State Legislature that has proven, time and again, that it doesn't give a flying crap about kids. And obviously, you don't either. Idiot.

Oliver Burkeman: All dating advice is as terrible as the people who give it (Guardian)
Ignore anyone who tells you to follow any rules or that they have the supposed tried-and-true method for unearthing The One.

Alex Hern: Six ways your tech is spying on you - and how to turn it off (Guardian)
Compared with what's already happening, Samsung's warning not to discuss sensitive issues in front of its TVs seems pretty tame. But you can fight back.

Sean Michaels: "Quincy Jones: Kanye West is 'just a rapper'" (Guardian)
Veteran producer dismisses comparisons with West, saying they come from 'two different sides of the planet.'

Hadley Freeman: Strip away all the sex and it's all about money, money, and dubious merch (Guardian)
Two hours of wealth porn and endless chances to win a Fifty Shades mattress? Please, what's the safe word?

Marc Burrows: "Tony Visconti: 'What I saw in Marc Bolan was raw talent. I saw genius'" (Guardian)
With the first three Tyrannosaurus Rex albums newly reissued, their producer Tony Visconti talks about his relationship with Marc Bolan - and how the group didn't have the money to become T Rex.

Kevin Phelan: 5 Self-Righteous Critics Who Were Total Hypocrites (Cracked)
As we've talked about a few times before, it's really difficult to lead by example, even when you're a self-righteous crusader universally recognized as the figurehead of your particular cause.

James Whitbrook: Stop Misusing Alan Moore's Quote About Imaginary Stories, Dammit (io9)
Whenever someone questions the logic of a film, book or TV show, it's almost inevitable someone will trot out Alan Moore's 'This is an Imaginary Story' quote from Superman #423 in response. But they're using it wrong - and in the process, completely missing the point of what Moore was saying.

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What is the name of this cartoon character?

      Dishonest John                                                      Source

Beany and Cecil was an animated cartoon series created by Bob Clampett under the Warner Brothers aegis, based on a hand puppet TV show in the late 40's by Clampett. The puppet show, entitled Time for Beany, originally aired in 1949, and the animated series first appeared in Matty's Funday Funnies in 1959, later renamed Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil and finally Beany and Cecil in the USA.

Although a children's show, it incorporated satirical references to current events and personalities which adults found entertaining, and the show also attracted adult viewers. Some of the plots were easily recognisable as thinly veiled lampoons of current political issues. Snarky side remarks by Beany, Cecil and the rest of the cast often alluded to embarrassing public fiascos or personages, on which the adult audience immediately picked up.

Dishonest John (or "D.J.") - The villain of the piece. He is dressed like a Simon Legree character, and he is constantly scheming to foil Beany and Cecil's adventures. His catch phrase is a sinister "Nya-ah-ãhh!", and he occasionally refers to Cecil as a "tall toad", "worm" or "big salami" (referring to his big, limbless body). Whenever Dishonest John's schemes are revealed to the heroes, Cecil tends to respond with an aghast "What the heck! D.J., you dirty guy!". When Dishonest John receives his inevitable come-uppance, it is usually just as painful as the abuse Cecil has endured in the rest of the episode. Dishonest John carried a business card that read: "Dirty deeds done dirt cheap. Special rates for Sundays and holidays".        Source

        Dick Dastardly                                              Snidely Whiplash

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Dishonest John

mj said:
   The nemesis of Beany And Cecil (the seasick sea serpent)
  That would be Dishonest John.

Charlie wrote:
   Although he somewhat resembles bad ol' Snidely Whiplash, it's Dishonest John from Beany and Cecil.

STEPHEN F replied:
   Dick Dastardly

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Dishonest John of Beany and Cecil fame

Adam answered:
   Snidely Whiplash

Deborah wrote:
   Oh, I recognize that character and canNOT remember his name! He's too tall & is wearing the wrong hat to be Boris Badinoff. Is it Dick Dastardly? Wait…that's Cecil next to him - Beany and Cecil - and the bad guy here is Dishonest John.]
  Whew. Now I can go about my day without that nagging feeling.
  Love that image of "Which one is the vegetable?", Charlie! It made me chuckle even before I finished my coffee.

Your Obedient Serpent Of Oregon said:
   OH MY GOD, I have always LOVED Beany and Cecil, and especially Dishonest John, that dirty guy (although Captain Uncle Daddy gave me the creeps), and yes, still do I long for a propeller beanie hat and I would wear it every day.
  Oh, who would think a hidden, crouching man, using only his arm sheathed in felt, could bring so much joy to so many!

Kevin K in Washington, DC answered:
   The name of the cartoon villain from "Beany and Cecil" was Dishonest John.
  I had a Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent stuffed toy with a ring on a string you pulled to make it talk.
  And I remember Dishonest John's laugh from the cartoon. It went
  I googled to confirm my memory of my talking Cecil doll. Here he is!
  (I don't think they had a talking Dishonest John doll, but who knows?)

  Jeeze, turns out they did have a talking Dishonest John puppet.

Marian replied:
   Snidley Whiplash

Content to be Dale of 70°F in Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
   Dishonest John was that fellow's name. I remember "Beany & Cecil" when I parked myself in front of a TV as a youngster. I don't believe DJ was in the early version of "Beany & Cecil." With Jed's cousin Bob Clampett.
  Joe…I deeply apologize for making ill reference to Portugees…..I grew up in an area that had a lot of people of that persuasion. San Leandro, Ca had a 40% population of Ports in the 1960's. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1965, monies were made available to cities with minorities. In the Bay Area we had large minority populations in Oakland, San Francisco and Richmond, I.e. The City of San Leandro was safe for Honkies and Portugeese due to their practice of Redlining real estate. Not gonna let any of "them" cross the border from Oakland! The City Council of San Leandro tried to get their population of Portugeezers declared a minority to get Federal Monies! Didn't work. Good! Fucking tight-ass elitists! My Godfather John Freitas was a Hawaiian Portugee. I loved that man, but he had his stubborn ways! I'm not a……Butt…..Head…..So don't run away!!! offended….Just fuckem if they can't take a joke!

DJ Useo said:
   That be Dishonest John! He was from the Beany & Cecil cartoon show.
  Many people don't realize Beany & Cecil was a puppet show originally.
  I managed to find some of the puppet episodes. They were not much like the cartoon, but lots of fun.
  I heard Albert Einstein was a huge fan of the puppet show. he stopped all work on weekday afternoons to see what that scoundrel Dishonest John was up to!

MAM   wrote:
   Dishonest John (or "D.J.") - The villain in "Beany and Cecil". His catch phrase is a sinister "Nya-ah-ãhh!".

BttbBob   replied:
   Oh, it's jus' that 'Dishonest John' creature. A pathetic wannabe rip-off of the truly greatest dastardly villain of all time... The One - The Only...

  Snidely Whiplash... an' Ol' Snidely didn't have to morph into other manifestations like DJ did to be so magnificently vile as he was... No, he had it all, as is. He could not be improved upon. Though many tried, all failed...
  Snidely ruled!


  Well, at least until Darth Cheney came along, that is...


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Joe S     answered:
   That would be the arch-villain Dishonest John, nemesis of Beany and Cecil. Yes friends and neighbors, I watched Beany and Cecil. I watched it and I liked it. But you know, or maybe you don't but it's so, whenever I see that scoundrel Dishonest John I think of my favorite Sheriff, Honest John.

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About That 'Atheist' Man Who Killed 3 Young Muslims In NC - Don't Forget The 'Atheist' Part

Clint Eastwood: To a Point, Moore, Maher Right in 'Sniper' Criticism

Big Oil Gave $250,000 to Each Senator who Voted for Keystone XL

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Republicans Eye Changes to Food-Stamp Program - WSJ

The #RepublicanClassWar's New Front: Social Security for the Disabled | Richard (RJ) Eskow

Boko Haram Could 'Destabilize' The African Continent, Nigerian Archbishop Says

Why You Should Join Global Divestment Day | Bill McKibben

Abraham Lincoln's decaying corpse was sent on a two-week funeral tour across five states.
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Religion and science: Answering creationists' questions.

Tesla's Elon Musk says they've created a battery to power your home and it's coming soon, very soon

School board votes to ban religious materials in Orange County, Fla. schools

Amy the pig is kicking ass and taking dog training class

On Darwin Day, 5 facts about the evolution debate | Pew Research Center

Stranger than pulp fiction: meet Bob Nygaard, America's psychic-crime fighter | US news | The Guardian

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Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Undercover Boss', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Bill Hader, Pat McGann, and Shakey Graves.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with this week's middle-aged guy guest host, Wayne Brady, are Dick Cavett, Derrick Pitts, and Morena Baccarin.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Constantine', followed by a FRESH 'Grimm', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Samuel L. Jackson, Norman Reedus, and Jessie J.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 1/21/15) are Jennifer Lopez, Nick Kroll, and Lupe Fiasco.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/2/15) are Marion Cotillard, Alt-J, and Danielle Panabaker.

ABC opens the night with the chestnut 'Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown', followed by 'A Charlie Brown Valentine', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 1/29/15) are Kerry Washington, Dave Salmoni, and Ne-Yo.

The CW fills the night with the movie 'Safety Not Guaranteed'.

Faux has a FRESH 'World's Funniest Fails', followed by a FRESH 'Glee'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Fool's Gold', followed by the movie 'Ocean's Eleven'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 19 - Captain's Holiday
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 20 - Tin Man
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 12 - The Pandorica Opens
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 13 - The Big Bang
 [12:00PM]    Atlantis - Season 1 - Episode 5
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Sushi Ko
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Lela's
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Prohibition Grille
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 20 - Heart of Glory
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 21 - The Arsenal of Freedom
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 22 - Symbiosis
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 23 - Skin of Evil
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 24 - We'll Always Have Paris
 [9:00PM]    The Silence of the Lambs
 [11:30PM]    The Silence of the Lambs
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 20 - Heart of Glory
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 21 - The Arsenal of Freedom
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 22 - Symbiosis
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 23 - Skin of Evil    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has all old 'Millionaire Matchmaker' all night.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', followed by the movie 'Me, Myself & Irene'.

FX has the movie 'X-Men: First Class', followed by the movie 'Avatar'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [8:30AM]    JAWS 2
 [11:15AM]    JAWS
 [6:30PM]    FLETCH
 [12:00AM]    GAMER
 [3:00AM]    FLETCH

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Dream School-The Final Test
 [7:00AM]    Miller's Crossing
 [9:30AM]    Everything Must Go
 [11:30AM]    To Rome With Love
 [2:00PM]    The Full Monty
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Point of View
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Consultation
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Entrapment
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Legacy
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Menace
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Barter
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Matrimony
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Working Mom
 [12:00AM]    Miller's Crossing
 [2:30AM]    The Babysitter
 [4:30AM]    Boyhood: 12 Years on Film
 [5:00AM]    Love Lust-Love, Lust & Power Couples    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction', '12 Monkeys', followed by a FRESH '12 Monkeys', then a FRESH 'Helix'.

 [7:00 AM]      The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
 [9:00 AM]      The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
 [11:00 AM]      The Bad Seed (1956)
 [1:15 PM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [3:45 PM]      The Birds (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Poltergeist (1982)
 [8:00 PM]      How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
 [9:45 PM]      Roman Holiday (1953)
 [12:00 AM]      From Here To Eternity (1953)
 [2:15 AM]      A Place in the Sun (1951)
 [4:30 AM]      Ivanhoe (1952)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  02/14/15

 [6:30 AM]      Vivacious Lady (1938)
 [8:15 AM]      Libeled Lady (1936)
 [10:00 AM]      Holiday (1938)
 [11:45 AM]      Skylark (1941)
 [1:30 PM]      Adam's Rib (1949)
 [3:30 PM]      The More the Merrier (1943)
 [5:30 PM]      Irma La Douce (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      The Red Balloon (1956)
 [8:45 PM]      TheHarder They Fall (1956)
 [10:45 PM]      The Caine Mutiny (1954)
 [1:00 AM]      Marty (1955)
 [2:45 AM]      Blackboard Jungle (1955)
 [4:45 AM]      The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Actor Bill Murray gestures to the gallery while walking up to the third green of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Photo by Eric Risberg


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Crew Dons Jedi Robes

Space Station

NASA on Thursday (Feb. 12) revealed the official poster for the International Space Station Expedition 45 crew and let's just say, the Force is strong with them.

The six astronauts and cosmonauts, who will begin their residency on the orbital outpost beginning this September, traded their blue NASA flight suits for brown Jedi robes at the photo shoot.

Entitled "International Space Station Expedition XLV: The Science Continues," the poster features the station's first year-long mission crew Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko (right, bottom and middle), together with NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren (left, bottom), Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko (right, top and left, top) and Kimiya Yui with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The poster includes the crew's official mission patch at its center (which may or may not be coincidentally the same shape as an Imperial Star Destroyer), flanked on its sides by a Russian Soyuz rocket like the type the crew will ride to orbit and a European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) with its distinctive "X-wing" solar panels. The station itself is depicted above the crew.

Space Station


Director Wim Wenders accepts an Honorary Golden Bear prior to a screening of his film 'Der amerikanische Freund' ('The American Friend' 1977) at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 12, 2015. The Homage of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival is dedicated to German filmmaker Wenders, who was awarded for his lifetime achievement on Thursday.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke


Knits Sweaters For Penguins

Alfred "Alfie" Date

After a number of oil spills off Australia's southeastern coast left penguins in danger, the Penguin Foundation launched its Knits for Nature program and asked volunteers to knit sweaters for penguins.

One of the knitters to answer the call for penguin-friendly sweaters was 109-year-old Alfred "Alfie" Date, Australia's oldest person.

Date has over 80 years of knitting experience. He quickly jumped on board after nurses in his long-term care home asked him if he'd life to help out a few penguins.

While the foundation knew that Date was their "most senior little penguin jumper knitter," until recently, its members were unaware that he was the oldest living Australian.

Alfred "Alfie" Date


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Judges Resign

Israel Prize

Israel's prime minister faced accusations on Thursday of politicizing the country's most prestigious award after moving to disqualify some of the judges because he disagreed with their political views.

A number of judges for the Israel Prize have resigned in protest, while nominees say they won't accept the award. One of the nominees, author David Grossman, told Channel 10 TV on Thursday that he pulled out in response to the "prime minister's campaign of incitement," calling it an attack on "freedom of thought."

Netanyahu recently rejected the nominations of two judges in the literature category. In a Facebook post, he said the panel is controlled by judges with "extremist views" on the far left of the political spectrum, such as encouraging soldiers not to serve in the army. He said the committee needs to reflect the wider public.

Netanyahu's intervention in the prize comes just a few weeks before Israel's national election and could be a move to appeal to voters on the nationalistic right.

Israel Prize


A woman dressed in a costume of Marge Simpson poses at "Weiberfastnacht" (Women's Carnival) in Cologne February 12, 2015. Women's Carnival marks the start of a week of street festivals, the highlight of the event being "Rosenmontag" (Rose Monday), the final day of the carnival where mass processions are held.
Photo by Ina Fassbender


Faces Threat From 'Night Hawkers'

Hadrian's Wall

Land around Hadrian's Wall, a Roman ruin and one of Britain's top tourist attractions, is being damaged by illegal treasure hunters known as "night hawkers", officials said Thursday.

Parts of the 1,900-year-old World Heritage site are being dug up by people armed with metal detectors who are disturbing layers of history underground and could be removing ancient artefacts.

The area has special legal protection as a Scheduled Ancient Monument where it is a crime to use a metal detector without special permission.

Hadrian's Wall runs coast-to-coast for 73 miles (117 kilometres) across countryside in northern England. Now in ruins, the wall was named after the emperor Hadrian.

It was built by the Romans in AD 122-30 to protect England, then part of the Roman Empire, from the Picts, a fierce Celtic tribe living in what is now Scotland.

Hadrian's Wall


Wake-up Call


Charges Filed

Emile Hirsch

Actor Emile Hirsch was charged Thursday with assault after police said he put a studio executive in a chokehold and dragged her across a nightclub table while he was in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival.

Hirsch was charged with aggravated assault, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He is also facing a misdemeanor count of intoxication.

Summit County prosecutor Ryan Stack confirmed that the woman, Daniele Bernfeld, is an executive for Insurge Pictures, a Paramount Pictures subsidiary.

Court documents say the altercation occurred Jan. 25 at Tao Nightclub in Park City, when Hirsch, looking drunk, approached Bernfeld and asked why she looked "so tough."

He also said she was a "rich kid who should not be at Sundance," the documents say.

Emile Hirsch


Special-shape hot air balloons known as Vincent van Gogh, left, and Maximus The Beagle Dog, are prepare to take off at the start of the 19th Philippine Hot Air Balloon festival Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at Clark Special Economic Zone, Pampanga province north of Manila, Philippines. Now on its 19th year, the hot air balloon festival features a total of 32 hot air balloons participating from all over the world.
Photo by Bullit Marquez


Happiest Petri Dish On Earth


As the measles outbreak spread last month, Disneyland executives sent a series of emails to California health officials asking them to emphasize that the theme park was not responsible for the illnesses and was safe to visit, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

There is no evidence Disneyland - or health officials, who incorporated at least some of the theme park's suggestions - tried to downplay the seriousness of the outbreak or mislead the public. Nor is it unusual for companies to try to get public officials' ear during a crisis.

But the email exchange pulls back the curtain on what can be a delicate process. And it shows Disneyland's concern about the disease's potential harm to "The Happiest Place on Earth" even as the theme park worked with health authorities to alert the public to the danger.

As the infections multiplied, Disneyland forwarded suggestions to the California Department of Public Health and tried to insert language into an update from the Orange County Health Care Agency, according to correspondence spanning the first two weeks of the outbreak. The emails were obtained through a public records request.



A masquerader from the Paramin Blue Devils parades before judges during the traditional mas competition held by the National Carnival Commission at Victoria Square, in the capital Port-of-Spain, February 12, 2015. The competition is one of several held in the weeks leading up to the traditional two-day Carnival street parade next Monday and Tuesday.
Photo by Andrea De Silva


Clogged With Plastic Trash

World's Oceans

The world's oceans are clogged with plastic debris, but how much of it finds its way into the seas annually? Enough to place the equivalent of five grocery bags full of plastic trash on every foot (30 cm) of every nation's coastline around the globe.

That's according to scientists who released research on Thursday estimating that a staggering 8 million metric tones of plastic pollution enter the oceans each year from the world's 192 coastal countries based on 2010 data.

China was responsible for the most ocean plastic pollution per year with an estimated 2.4 million tons, about 30 percent of the global total, followed by Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Egypt, Malaysia, Nigeria and Bangladesh.

The United States was the only rich industrialized nation in the top 20, and it ranked No. 20. Coastal EU nations combined would rank 18th.

World's Oceans


An indigenous man plays the "Tokoro", a native instrument, during the Anata Andina (Andean carnival) parade in Oruro, February 12, 2015. Hundreds of ethnic groups from Oruro province participated in the carnival.
Photo by David Mercado


Looting Debate


At first glance, the ancient Babylonian tablets on exhibit for the first time at a Jerusalem museum look like nothing more than pockmarked lumps of clay.

But the 2,500-year-old treasures from present-day Iraq have become part of a thorny archaeological debate over how to handle historically significant relics thought to have been dug up in the fog of war by Mideast antiquities robbers.

Experts in cuneiform writing, one of the world's earliest scripts, say the collection of 110 cracker-sized clay tablets provides the earliest written evidence of the Biblical exile of the Judeans in what is now southern Iraq, offering new insight into a formative period of early Judaism.

The tablets, though, also tell a murkier story, from the present era, according to scholars familiar with the antiquities trade - a story of the chaos in Iraq and Syria that has led to rampant pilfering of rich archaeological heritage and a rush of cuneiform tablets on the international antiquities' market.

The collector who owns the tablets on display this month at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, insists they were purchased legally, decades before that looting began. However, an ancient history scholar familiar with the artifacts disputes that.



Revelers wearing monkey masks celebrate carnival at the Alter Markt (Old Market square) in Cologne, Germany, Feb. 12, 2015. Cologne celebrates the 'fifth season' from 11 to 17 February.
Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd


Top 20 Tours

Global Concert

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. Fleetwood Mac; $1,931,676; $132.21.
    2. Justin Timberlake; $1,582,776; $120.14.
    3. Michael Buble; $1,231,913; $105.74.
    4. Linkin Park; $993,090; $72.48.
    5. Usher; $826,967; $88.62.
    6. Andre Rieu; $778,697; $109.36.
    7. Motley Crue; $751,313; $69.73.
    8. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $733,006; $56.17.
    9. Bryan Adams; $637,669; $67.19.
   10. Eric Church; $552,774; $47.79.
   11. James Taylor; $522,677; $79.32.
   12. Ed Sheeran; $522,085; $41.26.
   13. Kasabian; $506,035; $58.48.
   14. John Legend; $494,272; $53.91.
   15. The Black Keys; $445,295; $59.24.
   16. Slipknot; $387,424; $51.67.
   17. Jason Mraz; $353,596; $73.74.
   18. Jeff Dunham; $319,945; $65.21.
   19. John Fogerty; $317,857; $59.47.
   20. Dierks Bentley; $296,271; $46.73.

Concert Tours



This Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 photo provided by the Fort Worth Zoo, shows a heart-shaped spot on a yet-to-be named giraffe, in Fort Worth, Texas. Zoo spokeswoman Alexis Wilson says the marking on the animal that was born Jan. 11, has drawn attention, with Saturday being Valentine's Day.
Photo by Jeremy Enlow



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