BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 20 March, 2015


20 March, 2015

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Tom Danehy: Tom takes us on a tour of crazyland and the latest from nut-ball state lawmakers (Tucson Weekly)
Charles Heller and his friends want to turn Arizona into Colorado's bitch. And Idaho's and Montana's and that of lots of other states. They've managed to convince some Arizona legislators that it's a really good idea to hand over our state's sovereignty to other states in an effort to keep at bay the boogeyman that is background checks for gun purchases. And they want to pass a law that can never, ever, EVER be changed.

Carl Gibson: This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country (Huffington Post)
It's official -- trickle-down economics is bunk. Minnesota has proven it once and for all. If you believe otherwise, you are wrong.

JM McNab: 5 Upcoming Movie Plots That Sound Suspiciously Familiar (Cracked)
In a world where we're constantly bombarded with reboots, sequels, recalibrations, crossovers, spinoffs, pre-boots, and re-re-boots, it's refreshing that there are still original movies coming out every now and then. At least they seem to be original, until you dig deeper and realize everything on Earth has already been done before.

Alex Godfrey: "Sissy Spacek: 'I was fearless'" (Guardian)
She made Carrie and Badlands, but Sissy Spacek has never been afraid to swap Hollywood for her farm in Virginia. As she returns in new TV noir Bloodline, she talks about the family tragedy that fuelled her career.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: the godmother of rock'n'roll (Guardian)
She could outplay Chuck. She could outsing Aretha. And she influenced everyone from Elvis to Rod. Richard Williams revisits the songs and sufferings of the guitar-toting legend for what would have been her 100th birthday.

Ijeoma Oluo: Starbucks wants to make baristas talk about race. Show them the money (Guardian)
You can't have an honest conversation about race with people whom you also have to make happy in order to pay your rent.

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett: Sex education without porn is not sex education (Guardian)
In a world of sexual exploitation, pupils have to know about porn and consent. It's too late for parents to worry about normalization.

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This graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, whose musical mentor was Arthur Fiedler, became a staple on Dr. Demento with her bouncy sex-related songs. What is her name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The most popular of diamond cuts is the modern round _____?_____

      Brilliant                                                      Source

A diamond cut is a style or design guide used when shaping a diamond for polishing such as the brilliant cut. Cut does not refer to shape (pear, oval), but the symmetry, proportioning and polish of a diamond. The cut of a diamond greatly impacts a diamond's brilliance; this means if it is cut poorly, it will be less luminous.

The most popular of diamond cuts is the modern round brilliant, whose facet arrangements and proportions have been perfected by both mathematical and empirical analysis.

Developed ca. 1900, the round brilliant is the most popular cut given to diamond. It is usually the best choice in terms of saleability, insurability (due to its relatively "safe" shape), and desired optics.        Source

Slightly Dull Lois Of Oregon was first, and correct, with:
   That would be the "brilliant" cut of fame and legend.
  However, since the invention of the astonishing "cubic zirconia", made famous on the Home Shopping Club (to which I was once a RABID member), one must agree with Captain Kirk, when he said to that portly alien trying to bribe him; "We could manufacture a ton of these on our ship. They mean nothing to us." Oh, but god knows, we DO love the sparklies!
  Sometimes we just lay our face on the jewlery display case at our local 24 hour Walmart and blink and drool at them until 2:00 O'clock in the morning when the assistant manager asks us if we is all right.
  We are not.
   P.S. Deborah, thanks for the nod! We appreciate it much.

Alan J said:
   The Modern Round Brilliant

Charlie wrote:
   Modern round brilliant

Randall replied:
   What do I know from diamonds?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The most popular of diamond cuts is the modern round brilliant, whose facet arrangements and proportions have been perfected by both mathematical and empirical analysis

Adam answered:
   Brilliant cut.

Deborah wrote:
   The most popular diamond cut is the round brilliant.
  They sure are pretty.

Marian said:

Trippy Dale of Diamondyville, Norcali replied:
   Brilliant! Syd Barrett! I actually saw Pink Floyd at Winterland with Syd Barrett in 67 or 68. Interstellar Overdrive

DJ Useo took the day off.

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MAM   took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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    Ross Bagdasarian also played the piano composer Jimmy Stewart was watching in Rear Window

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'Scarface' remake moving forward -

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Back to sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'NCAA March Madness', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUN Dave are Don Cheadle, Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson, and Mikky Ekko.
On a RERUN Late, Late Show (from 1/23/15), with tonight's middle-aged white guy guest host, Judd Apatow, are Jeff Goldblum, Garry Shandling, and Ryan Adams.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jeremy Piven, Ariana Grande, Joshua Topolsky, and Andy Summers.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/2/15) are Kelly Ripa, Lee Daniels, Echosmith, and Kate Pierson.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/12/15) are Spike Lee, Gap Dream, and Tomm Moore.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Cristela', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel is Willie Nelson.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Hart Of Dixie', followed by a RERUN 'iZombie'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'Glee'.

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

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Criminal Minds' and 'Bates Motel'.

AMC offers the movie 'Gladiator', followed by the movie 'The Departed'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Man of the People
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Relics
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Schisms
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 7 - The Unicorn and The Wasp
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Silence in the Library
 [1:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Forest of the Dead
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 2 - PJ's Steakhouse
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Contagion
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 12 - The Royale
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Time Squared
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 14 - The Icarcus Factor
 [8:00PM]    The Real History of Science Fiction-Ep 1 - Robots
 [9:00PM]    The Real History of Science Fiction-Ep 2 - Space
 [10:00PM]    The Real History of Science Fiction-Ep 3 - Invasion
 [11:00PM]    The Real History of Science Fiction-Ep 4 - Time
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 23 - Emergence
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 24 - Preemptive Strike
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 25 - All Good Things... (Part 1)
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 26 - All Good Things... (Part 2)
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Time Squared
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 14 - The Icarcus Factor    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Keeping Up With The Ks', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo's First Looks', then the movie 'Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Mean Girls', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie', followed by the movie 'Men In Black III'.

History has 'American Pickers', 'Gangland Undercover', another 'Gangland Undercover', and still another 'Gangland Undercover'.

IFC  -   
 [7:00AM]    HAPPY, TEXAS
 [12:15PM]    HAPPY, TEXAS
 [12:00AM]    PULP FICTION
 [3:30AM]    PAYBACK

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Writers' Room-The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics
 [6:30AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Dirty Talk and Stolen Identities
 [7:30AM]    The Red Violin
 [10:15AM]    To Rome With Love
 [12:45PM]    Jackie Brown
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-The Pursuit of Happiness
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Golden Years
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Mother's Milk
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Panic
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Trade This
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Black, White and Blue
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Mega
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Surrender Dorothy
 [12:00AM]    The Sentinel
 [2:15AM]    Deception
 [4:30AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Don't Come Back in a Body Bag
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-The Good Wife    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Max Payne', followed by a FRESH '12 Monkeys', then a FRESH 'Helix'.

TCM spends the night with Julie Andrews
 [6:15 AM]      Glory Alley (1952)
 [8:00 AM]      Thunder Road (1958)
 [10:00 AM]      Highway 301 (1950)
 [11:30 AM]      Park Row (1952)
 [1:15 PM]      42nd Street (1933)
 [3:00 PM]      Berkeley Square (1933)
 [4:30 PM]      Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)
 [6:00 PM]      St. Martin's Lane (1938)    [AKA: 'Sidewalks of London']
 [7:30 PM]      MGM Parade Show #2 (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Darling Lili (1970)
 [10:30 PM]      Star! (1968)
 [1:30 AM]      Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
 [4:15 AM]      Victor Victoria (1982)

Saturday   -  03/21/15

 [6:45 AM]      The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)
 [8:45 AM]      White Zombie (1932)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman: The Mark of the Zombies (1943)
 [10:30 AM]      Carry On Cowboy (1966)
 [12:15 PM]      Man Of The West (1958)
 [2:00 PM]      Nevada Smith (1965)
 [4:15 PM]      Cahill, United States Marshal (1973)
 [6:15 PM]      The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      Now, Voyager (1942)
 [10:00 PM]      Lydia (1941)
 [12:00 AM]      Enchantment (1948)
 [2:00 AM]      Ciao! Manhattan (1972)
 [3:45 AM]      Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
 [5:00 AM]      The Corvair In Action! (1960)
 [5:00 AM]      The Distant Drummer: Flowers of Darkness (1972)
 [5:00 AM]      The Distant Drummer: A Movable Scene (1970)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Cast members from the "The Big Bang Theory" television series Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (L-R) take the stage at the 23rd annual A Night at Sardi's benefit for the Alzheimer's Association in Beverly Hills, California March 18, 2015.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


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Students Learn Republicans Suck

New Hampshire

A civics lesson took an unexpected turn for a group of New Hampshire fourth-graders when a lawmaker brought the abortion debate into their effort to name a state raptor.

The students from Lincoln H. Akerman School in Hampton Falls worked during class and on their own time to craft a bill to make the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. They got a sponsor for it, got the bill through a House of Representatives committee and then watched from the House gallery last week to see if it would pass.

Rep. Warren Groen, a Republican from Rochester, rose to speak on the measure, which was defeated.

"It grasps them with its talons and then uses its razor-sharp beak to rip its victims to shreds, to basically tear it apart limb by limb, and I guess the shame about making this a state bird is it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood," Groen said.

"None of the kids got those (abortion) references," Principal Mark Deblois said. "Fortunately they didn't, because it's such a disgusting reference. But certainly that led to questions about what did that mean."

New Hampshire


Actor Robert Morse performs at the 23rd annual "A Night at Sardi's" benefit for the Alzheimer's Association in Beverly Hills, California March 18, 2015.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


Descendants To Lose Self-Rule

Mutiny on the Bounty

A remote Pacific island whose residents are descendants of the swashbuckling British sailors and Tahitian women immortalised in the "Mutiny on the Bounty" movies is set to lose its right to self-rule.

Norfolk Island, 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) east of the Australian coast and settled by the descendants of Fletcher Christian and other Bounty mutineers in 1856, has governed itself since 1979.

But it is effectively bankrupt and Canberra on Thursday said it would introduce legislation next week to scrap the Australian territory's parliament.

If it passes, the island's legislative assembly will be temporarily replaced by an advisory council, before local government elections in 2016.

Mutiny on the Bounty


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Lawsuit Targets Program


A civil liberties group on Thursday sued the U.S. government for information about a program that screens airport passengers using behavior detection techniques that it says is a vehicle for racial and religious profiling.

The effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration program, which uses thousands of TSA employees to screen nearly 2 million airline passengers daily for fear, stress and other behavior, has been questioned by government watchdogs and in congressional hearings.

An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit filed on Thursday seeks to force the TSA to hand over documents about the Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program.

The ACLU said passengers and TSA officers reported witnessing other officers screen people of Middle Eastern appearance, African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities "solely on the basis of their race."



Helena Bonham Carter and Lily James pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Cinderella in London, Thursday, 19 March, 2015.
Photo by Joel Ryan


Engraved Carnelian


A translucent orange gem engraved with an image of a goddess of hunting has been found near a mausoleum built by Herod the Great, the king of Judea who ruled not long before the time of Jesus.

The carnelian gem shows the goddess Diana (or her Greek equivalent, Artemis) with a sumptuously detailed hairstyle and wearing a sleeveless dress, with a quiver behind her left shoulder and the end of a bow protruding from her right shoulder. Both Diana and Artemis were goddesses of hunting and childbirth.

An iron ring that may have held the gem was found nearby. Researchers say the ring and gem were likely worn by a Roman soldier who was stationed at the site long after Herod's death. The soldier could have used the gem to create seals, pressing it into soft material like clay or beeswax to create images of the goddess, the researchers said.

The ring was found in a garbage dump located above the mausoleum. The dump was used in a cleaning operation by Roman soldiers, who occupied the Herodium after crushing a rebellion in A.D. 71, said Shua Amorai-Stark, a professor at Kaye Academic College of Education in Beersheba, Israel, and Malka Hershkovitz, keeper of antiquities at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem.



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Rock 'n' roller Vince Neil is taking a fight over his Internet persona to state court in Las Vegas, with a lawsuit accusing a social media consultant of refusing to give him control of his Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

The consultant, Kristy Sinsara of Bend, Oregon, said Thursday that she believes the lawsuit stems from a misunderstanding.

Sinsara said that in February she gave the Motley Crue lead singer's manager the Facebook passwords and email contact information sought by the civil complaint.

Neil's attorney, James Kohl, declined to comment beyond the civil lawsuit filed March 13 in Clark County District Court.

Vince Neil


Steven Weber, left, and Jason Alexander attend the 23rd annual "A Night at Sardi's" to benefit the Alzheimer's Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by John Shearer


Hits Record Low

Arctic Sea Ice

Arctic sea ice has reached its lowest winter point since satellite observations began in the late 1970s, raising concerns about faster ice melt and rising seas due to global warming, US officials said Thursday.

The maximum extent of sea ice observed was 5.6 million square miles (14.5 million square kilometers) on February 25, earlier than scientists had expected, said the report by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Below-average ice conditions were observed everywhere except in the Labrador Sea and Davis Strait.

The sea ice was about 425,000 square miles below the average from 1981 to 2010, a loss equal to more than twice the size of Sweden.

It was also 50,200 square miles below the previous lowest maximum that occurred in 2011.

Arctic Sea Ice


A notebook of British mathematician and pioneer in computer science Alan Turing is displayed in front of a photo of him during an auction preview in Hong Kong March 19, 2015. The notebook about mathematics and computer science written by Nazi-code breaker Turing will be sold at an auction, Bonhams auction house said in January. The 56-page manuscript is expected to fetch at least seven figures, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, when it goes up for sale on April 13 in New York.
Photo by Bobby Yip


California Wine


About 30 makers of low-priced California wines including popular brands Charles Shaw and Sutter Home allow unacceptable levels of arsenic in their products, private attorneys said in a proposed class action filed in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The legal action represents a challenge to a segment of the industry that produces wines that consumers can buy for less than $10 a bottle, or in the case of Charles Shaw the so-called Two-Buck Chuck product that retailer Trader Joe's has popularized at $2.

The attorneys who brought the lawsuit said the majority of wineries in the state's $23 billion wine industry, the nation's largest, produce a safe product. But they said a lack of government regulation puts consumers at risk.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and accuses about 30 California wineries of unjust enrichment, misrepresentation and engaging in unfair competition against wineries that follow safe practices.




Several baby Komodo dragons (Varanus Komodensis) in a quarantine room of Surabaya zoo in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, March 19, 2015. Twelve Komodo eggs from a total 29 eggs have hatched in the last 2 months at Surabaya zoo, official said. The Komodo dragon is a protected species of which only approximately 4000 to 5000 living in the wild.
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