BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 22 April, 2016


22 April, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1667 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: 101 Boosterism (NY Times Blog)
The point is that just because Econ 101 makes a smart, counterintuitive point doesn't make that point of central importance, here or elsewhere. People should know what's in the textbook; above all, they should buy my book! But never imagine that it's the be-all and end-all of what matters.

As told to Archie Bland: "Game of Thrones: how to win - by the British army and other experts"(The Guardian)
As the warring factions in Westeros return, we ask a medieval historian, the British army's head of strategy and a War of the Roses battle re-enactor how they'd capture the Iron Throne.

Suzanne Moore: A generation of artists were wiped out by Aids and we barely talk about it(The Guardian)
A new film about the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is a shocking and brilliant reminder of the devastation HIV and Aids wreaked - and still does.

Rebecca Nicholson: "Paul O'Grady: 'I've lost just about everybody I know'" (The Guardian)
The TV host has had a rotten year, with friends such as Cilla Black and Jackie Collins 'going down like ninepins'. He talks about swapping Soho nightclubs for making jam - and why Jeremy Corbyn, at least, gives him hope.

How Vote Leave got rickrolled (The Guardian)
Despite its name, there is one thing the Vote Leave campaign should not have left for so long: registering a domain name. The delay by the anti-EU organisation meant that up to 100,000 people who tried to access, or .net were rickrolled - redirected to a YouTube clip of Rick Astley's 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up. So far, so internet.

11 Cool Celebrities Caught Doing Hilariously Uncool Things (Cracked)
In case you weren't aware, there's certain levels of celebrity that famous people occupy, kind of like the Circles of Hell. Or, maybe exactly like the Circles of Hell? Anyway. There's that top level, we'll call it Bill Murray Status, where only the most awesome and revered celebrities are allowed to be placed. But having Bill Murray Status doesn't absolve you for being called out for the tragically unhip things you do. That's why we feel the need to call attention to …

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Trivia Question of the Day

What was the cause of the Carrington Event?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this cartoon character?

       Eugene the Jeep                                                      Source

Eugene the Jeep is a character in the Popeye comic strip. A mysterious animal with magical abilities, the Jeep first appeared in the March 16, 1936, appearance of Thimble Theatre strip (now simply Popeye). He was also present in animated versions of Popeye's adventures, including three appearances in the Fleischer Studios shorts of the late 1930s/early 1940s, with more extensive appearances in later Popeye cartoons produced for TV.

As his language is limited to the word "jeep," Eugene primarily communicates through body language. Eugene always tells the truth, even to crooks. He possesses high intelligence, so is able to help humans such as Popeye and Olive Oyl solve complex problems. He makes use of a limited form of teleportation: he can disappear from one place and reappear in another, and can walk through and on walls and ceilings. These teleportation powers are said to stem from the Jeep's ability to cross into the fourth dimension.        Source

Lois Of The Old Spice was first and correct with:
   I know I know I know!!! That's Eugene The Jeep, strange cousin of the Cheshire Cat, and Popeye The Sailor's life partner. Poor Olive Oil could not BEGIN to compete!

  Marty, sorry to hear you are ailing again. Seems like you just got over a cold yesterday. Here is my PROVEN remedy for all illness: Salsa, hot sauce, and Beer! Put salsa on all your food, cook EVERYTHING with it. Eat it with a SPOON! Pour hot sauce in a shot glass and CHUG IT! Trust will take care of any virus that DARES invade your being. And beer...well to quote Ben Franklin: Because god loves you, and wants you to be happy!

Adam answered:
   Lord, I don't know and it's waaay too early for this.
  Is it a Robert Crumb creation?

Alan J wrote:
   Eugene the Jeep.

mj said:
   That little orchid muncher
  Is Eugene, the Jeep, who used to lead Pop Eye the Sailor on some wild forays.

DanD replied:
   Well, he certainly ain't no Cherokee ... Jeep!

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   That is Eugene the Jeep from old Popeye comic strips and cartoons.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Eugene the JEEP from Popeye

Dale of Diamondy Springs, Norcali replied:
   Eugene the Jeep…an orchid eating, forth dimensional motherfucker. He kind of reminds me of Ted Cruz. Oh, did I say Ted Cruz…his Cali supporters (The Lincoln Log patrol…Pat Sajak, Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck, Patty Heaton, David Mamet, Gary Sinise, and Kelsey Grammar), are still going to defeat Donaldo in Greater Orange County. I can now see why I hate Zosia Mamet's ugly, whiney, ass so much…She's no Jemima Kirke…even Lena Dunham…

MAM   wrote:
   Eugene the Jeep ~ Character in the Popeye comic strip. A mysterious animal with magical abilities, the Jeep first appeared in the March 16, 1936, had only one line in the series which was the word "jeep". The Jeep's diet consists only of orchids.

  Eugene the Jeep

Joe S     answered:
   Unless I'm mistaken, and I seldom am, that's The Jeep. You know, from the place Popeye lives. Funny thing, that's what we called the new guys when I was a member of Uncle Sam's finest. Not the fancy silly names like you see on TV, like Newbie, or Probie, or even Rookie. They were Jeeps. Just sayin' in case you wanted to know.

Marian took the day off.

Deborah is engaged in 'Mother of the Bride' festivities.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Randall is visiting Sin City.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  April 22 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 22 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Groups to Obama: Declare Climate Emergency, Ban Crude Oil Exports | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views

Governor of America's porniest state signs nonbinding resolution declaring porn to be bad

Rape victim could be punished under Brigham Young University's 'honor code' | US news | The Guardian

Roger Daltrey confirms megafestival with the Who, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney | Music | The Guardian

Koch brothers said to be funding plan to block Grand Canyon conservation | US news | The Guardian

Oakland's coal war pits economic survival against environmental justice | US news | The Guardian

BBC - Culture - When Cervantes was captured by pirates

BBC - Future - What can a lemon tell you about your personality?

BBC - Earth - The ancient copper mines dug by children

BBC - Capital - The city with $248 billion beneath its pavement

Monarch Butterflies Face 'Quasi-Extinction' - But Hope Is on the Wing - NBC News

Walt Before Mickey (2015) - IMDb
    netflix has this; worth the watch

Climate Change is driving locust swarms in Yemen. Potential invasion of the entire Middle East

Thanks, Michelle!



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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Back to singing bass and barking like a seal.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Sam Morril.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 2/3/16) are Rosie O'Donnell, Nikki Glaser, and Addison Smith.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by a FRESH 'Grimm', then 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 2/19/16) are Bryan Cranston, Demi Lovato, and the Weeknd featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 4/6/16) are Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham, Ashley Greene, Birdy, and Brann Dailor.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/31/16) are Maggie Siff, White Mystery, and Jeff Nichols.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 4/11/16) are Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, and White Denim.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a RERUN 'Containment'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen'.

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

A&E has all old '60 Days In' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Back To The Future Part III', followed by the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
 [9:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [10:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
 [11:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
 [2:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
 [3:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
 [4:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ocean Deep
 [5:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [6:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [7:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
 [8:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [9:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
 [10:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
 [11:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
 [12:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
 [1:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ocean Deep
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Deserts - Life in the Furnace    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has "Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'The People's Couch', then the movie 'Rush Hour 3'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Pineapple Express', 'Time Traveling Bong', another 'Time Traveling Bong', followed by a FRESH 'Time Traveling Bong'.

FX has the movie '2012', followed by the movie 'Avatar'.

History has all old 'Pawn Stars' all night.

IFC  -   
 [10:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
 [11:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-First Feminist City
 [11:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Lance Is Smart
 [5:45PM]    48 HRS.
 [10:30PM]    48 HRS.

Sundance  -   
 [7:30AM]    Girl With a Pearl Earring
 [9:30AM]    Brothers
 [12:00PM]    The Horse Whisperer
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Legacy
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Menace
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Barter
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Matrimony
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Working Mom
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-D-Girl
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Turnaround
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Showtime
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Mad Dog
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Double Down
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-We Like Mike
 [2:00AM]    The Last Panthers-Episode 2
 [3:00AM]    Wall Street    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Starship Troopers', followed by the movie 'The Warrior's Way', then a FRESH 'Wynonna Earp'.

TCM spends the night with Judy Garland
 [7:00 AM]      Smart Blonde (1936)
 [8:15 AM]      The Adventurous Blonde (1937)
 [9:30 AM]      The Bamboo Blonde (1946)
 [10:45 AM]      Blonde From Brooklyn (1945)
 [12:00 PM]      Blonde Inspiration (1941)
 [1:15 PM]      Blonde Fever (1944)
 [2:30 PM]      Don't Bet On Blondes (1935)
 [3:30 PM]      Blond Cheat (1938)
 [4:45 PM]      Blonde Crazy (1931)
 [6:15 PM]      Bombshell (1933)
 [8:00 PM]      The Harvey Girls (1946)
 [10:00 PM]      Easter Parade (1948)
 [12:00 AM]      The Pirate (1948)
 [2:00 AM]      Summer Stock (1950)
 [4:00 AM]      In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
 [5:45 AM]      Words And Music (1948)

Saturday   -  04/23/16

 [8:00 AM]      Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
 [10:00 AM]      Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)
 [12:30 PM]      For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943)
 [3:15 PM]      Cahill, United States Marshal (1973)
 [5:15 PM]      Ice Station Zebra (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      Funny Girl (1968)
 [10:45 PM]      The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
 [2:00 AM]      Possession (1981)
 [4:15 AM]      From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Jake Clemons, from left, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt perform in concert with the E Street Band during their "The River Tour 2016" at the Royal Farms Arena on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Baltimore.
Photo by Owen Sweeney


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Dropped Out Of Concert

Joe Walsh

Eagles keyboardist and guitarist Joe Walsh says he's pulling out of a Cleveland summer concert he thought would be a nonpartisan event for veterans' families because it's actually a launch for the Republican National Convention.

Walsh says in an emailed statement he's "very concerned about the rampant vitriol, fear-mongering and bullying coming from the current Republican campaigns." He says he "cannot in good conscience endorse the Republican party in any way."

The concert is scheduled for July 18. The Republican National Convention is scheduled for July 18-21 at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.

Walsh said Wednesday he's sorry for any fans or veterans and their families he might disappoint. He promises to look at doing a veterans-related benefit concert later this year.

Joe Walsh


Harvey Keitel, left, and Robert De Niro attend a special 40th anniversary screening of "Taxi Driver" during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


$100 Million to Museum of Modern Art

David Geffen

New York's Museum of Modern Art says it has received a $100 million gift from entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen.

MoMA said Thursday that the money will be used for its renovation and expansion.

Three floors of new galleries will be named The David Geffen Wing.

In addition, a suite of galleries in the current museum building will be named The David Geffen Galleries this spring.

Geffen said his passion for art began while visiting The Museum of Modern Art as a young man.

David Geffen


Newhead News


Flown From Seattle To San Diego

Sea Turtles

Two sea turtles that landed cold, sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego to finish rehabilitation.

The olive ridley and the Pacific green turtles that left Seattle on Thursday were part of a record-setting spike of sea turtle strandings on Pacific Northwest beaches this past winter. Ten turtles were found on shores in Oregon, Washington and northern California. Only three survived, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Among the survivors hitching a ride was Tucker, a male olive ridley turtle between 15 to 20 years of age, found on the Oregon coast.

The Pacific green turtle came ashore even further north, landing on Canada's Vancouver Island. Nicknamed Comber, this sea turtle is believed to be the first turtle to be successfully rehabilitated in Canada. Comber spent three months at the Vancouver Aquarium. Tucker spent a similar amount of time in Seattle.

The turtles will finish their rehabilitation at SeaWorld San Diego. The plan is to release them in the summer. Their normal living range usually tops out around mid-California.

Sea Turtles


Cybill Shepherd attends a special 40th anniversary screening of "Taxi Driver" during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


3 Sites Possibly Found


Three archaeological sites that may have been used by Vikings around 1,000 years ago were excavated recently in Canada.

If confirmed, the discoveries would add to the single known Viking settlement in the New World, located at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland. Excavated in the 1960s, that Viking outpost was used for a short period of time around 1,000 years ago as well.

Sagas from the time of the Vikings tell tales of their journeys into the New World, mentioning places named "Helluland" (widely believed to be modern-day Baffin Island), "Markland" (widely believed to be Labrador) and "Vinland," which is a more mysterious location that some archaeologists have argued could be Newfoundland.

Even so, pinpointing actual Viking remains or other clues of Viking settlements has been difficult, making the three sites - two in Newfoundland and the other in the Arctic - intriguing to archaeologists.

Sarah Parcak, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her colleagues spotted the so-called Point Rosee site in southern Newfoundland while scanning satellite imagery, and announced their discovery a few weeks ago.



Wake-up Call


Reaches Settlement

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Federal authorities have reached a $2.2 million settlement with a New York City hospital over filming by a television documentary crew that disclosed two patients' health information without their authorization.

The Department of Health and Human Services said New York-Presbyterian Hospital let the ABC crew for "NY Med" film one patient who was dying and another in significant distress. Under the settlement agreement, the department's Office of Civil Rights will monitor the hospital for two years.

"This case sends an important message that OCR will not permit covered entities to compromise their patients' privacy by allowing news or television crews to film the patients without their authorization," office Director Jocelyn Samuels said. "We take seriously all complaints filed by individuals and will seek necessary remedies to ensure that patients' privacy is fully protected."

The hospital said its goal was to educate the public about important health issues and the filming didn't violate the federal patient privacy rule.

In March, New York's Court of Appeals reinstated Anita Chanko's lawsuit against the hospital over the filming of her husband's death after he was brought into the emergency room. Mark Chanko was hit by a truck while crossing a street in April 2011. The episode aired in 2012. His image was blurred and he wasn't identified, but he was heard talking.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital


Jodie Foster attends a special 40th anniversary screening of "Taxi Driver" during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


Commemorative Quarters To The Rescue

U.S. Capitol

House Republicans sidestepped the divisive fight over displays of the Confederate battle flag at the U.S. Capitol with plans to put up state coins instead.

Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., who heads the House Administration Committee, announced Thursday that reproductions of commemorative quarters depicting the 50 states, District of Columbia and the territories will line the wall between the Capitol and the Rayburn House Office Building.

"A print of each state's commemorative coin will be tastefully displayed for this highly trafficked area, as each quarter serves as a reminder of the ideals, landmarks and people from each state, as well as this nation's great motto, 'out of many, one,'" Miller said in a statement.

The walls previously displayed state flags, and Mississippi's includes an image of the Confederate battle flag. Democrats complained last year that the flag celebrates a murderous, racist past in the nation's history. The Republican-controlled House was forced to scrap a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries in a fierce fight over the issue.

The Confederate battle emblem has been on the Mississippi flag since 1894, and voters chose to keep the design in 2001. Since the Charleston slayings, several Mississippi cities, counties and colleges have stopped flying the banner.

U.S. Capitol


Ralph Fiennes, left, and Tilda Swinton, right, attend a special screening of "A Bigger Splash" at the Museum Of Modern Art on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa


Rationing Power


Recession-hit Venezuela will turn off the electricity supply in its 10 most populous states for four hours a day for 40 days to deal with a severe power shortage, the government said Thursday.

It is the latest drastic measure to alleviate a severe electricity crisis which President Nicolas Maduro and his government blame on a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

Critics say it is the result of years of economic mismanagement.

"Each user will have a temporary suspension of four hours a day. The plan will last approximately 40 days" to ease pressure on the country's largest hydroelectric dam, said Electricity Minister Luis Motta.

Venezuela's economy has plunged along with the price of the oil which it relies on for foreign revenues. Shortages of medicines and goods such as toilet paper and cooking oil are widespread.



Shinto priests holding traditional umbrellas walk to the main shrine for a ritual to cleanse themselves during the annual Spring Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, April 21, 2016.
Photo by Issei Kato


Family Makes Claims

Birds' Head Haggadah

The grandchildren of one of the earliest Jewish victims of the Nazis are laying claim to a jewel of Israel's top museum: the world's oldest illustrated Passover manuscript.

The descendants of a German Jewish lawmaker say the famed Birds' Head Haggadah, a medieval copy of the text read around Jewish dinner tables on Passover, was stolen from their family during the Nazi era and sold without the family's consent 70 years ago to the predecessor of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem - an act the family calls a "long-standing illegal and moral injustice."

The medieval manuscript, which tells the biblical tale of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, has long vexed scholars with its peculiar drawings of Jewish figures with bird-like heads. Now, a new page in the manuscript's history is being written, as a high-profile American attorney who restored looted masterpieces by artist Gustav Klimt to their Jewish heir - a courtroom drama made famous in the recent Hollywood film "Woman in Gold" - is taking on the case.

The manuscript is currently displayed behind glass in a darkened room at the Israel Museum in a special exhibit ahead of the weeklong Passover holiday, which begins Friday. The family wants the manuscript to remain at the museum, but it demands the museum pay compensation and rename the manuscript after the family, or face a lawsuit.

"We want a compromise," said Eli Barzilai, 75, who lives in Jerusalem.

Birds' Head Haggadah


An employee walks past the 'Meta Maxi Maxi Utopia' machine by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely from 1987 at the Kunstpalast museum in Duesseldorf, Germany, April 21, 2016. The exhibition 'Jean Tinguely. Super Meta Maxi' will run from April 23 to Aug. 14, 2016.
Photo by Federico Gambarini


Monumental Migration

Monkey Mariners

Monkeys resembling today's capuchins accomplished the astonishing feat of crossing at least 100 miles (160 km) of open ocean 21 million years ago to get from South America to North America eons before the two continents joined together.

Scientists said on Wednesday they reached that conclusion based on the discovery of seven little teeth during excavations involving the Panama Canal's expansion, showing monkeys had reached the North American continent far earlier than previously known.

The teeth belonged to Panamacebus transitus, a previously unknown medium-sized monkey species. South America at the time was secluded from other continents, with a strange array of mammals evolving in what 20th century American paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson called "splendid isolation."

"Panama represents the southernmost extreme of the North American continent at that time," said Jonathan Bloch, a vertebrate paleontology curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus.

"It may have swum across, but this would have required covering a distance of more than 100 miles, a difficult feat for sure. It's more likely that it unintentionally rafted across on mats of vegetation," Bloch added.

Monkey Mariners



In Memory

Joan Marie Laurer (Chyna)

Chyna, the WWE star who in the 1990s became one of the best-known and most-popular female professional wrestlers in history, has died, authorities said.

Police in Southern California said they were responding to a 911 call from a friend of former WWE wrestler Chyna when they found her dead in her Redondo Beach apartment.

A friend had gone Wednesday to check on Chyna, whose real name is Joan Marie Laurer, after she had failed to answer her phone for a few days, Redondo Beach police said in a statement. The friend told the 911 operator that Laurer wasn't breathing.

The 46-year-old Laurer was dead when officers arrived, police said. Several media outlets report that she was 45.

The tall, muscle-bound, raven-haired Laurer billed herself as the ''9th Wonder of the World'' because her wrestling predecessor Andre the Giant had already called himself the eighth.

She was a member of the wrestling squad that dubbed itself ''D-Generation X,'' often wrestled against men and at one point was the WWE women's champion.

Laurer was a native of Rochester, New York and graduated from the University of Tampa in Florida before taking up wrestling.

She joins a long list of WWE professional wrestlers who have died relatively young, including Rick Rude, Curt ''Mr. Perfect'' Hennig, the Ultimate Warrior and Owen Hart.

After leaving the WWE in 2001, Laurer posed for Playboy and appeared in adult films and on reality TV, including the shows ''The Surreal Life'' and ''Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.''

Joan Marie Laurer (Chyna)


In Memory

Guy Hamilton

Movie director Guy Hamilton, who directed four hugely popular James Bond films and raised the profile of the Bond movie brand through his work with actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore, has died in a hospital on the Spanish island of Mallorca. He was 93.

Hamilton, who was British, directed Bond blockbusters "Goldfinger," ''Diamonds Are Forever," ''Live And Let Die" and "The Man With The Golden Gun."

Hamilton was born in Paris on Sept. 16, 1922, to British parents. He worked for the Paramount News newsreel company in England during World War II before serving in the Navy.

He got his big break in 1948 when legendary British director Carol Reed hired him as first assistant director for "The Fallen Idol," a thriller told from the perspective of a 9-year-old boy. Hamilton also worked with Reed on the "The Third Man" starring Orson Welles and with John Huston on "The African Queen" featuring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

Hamilton went on to direct several movies in the 1950s. He turned down an opportunity to direct the James Bond movie "Dr. No" but accepted the job for "Goldfinger."

In a 2003 interview with the Film Talk website, Hamilton said the "Goldfinger" script was good but too "Americanized" and that he had to work on making the villains more believable.

"So I had to make sure all the English scenes became more English," Hamilton said. "I liked the idea of an intellectual villain. A Bond villain has to be (the) intellectual equal and a worthy opponent of Bond."

Hamilton directed 22 films in total and was married twice, to actresses Naomi Chance and Kerima, the stage name of Miriam Charriere.

Guy Hamilton


In Memory


Pop icon Prince -- one of the most influential but elusive figures in music -- died suddenly at his compound in Minnesota on Thursday, a representative said.

He was 57.

The pop legend last week was taken to a hospital after his private jet made an unscheduled landing.

But Prince was said to be suffering the flu and made light of the situation, later posting on Twitter about a local shop in Minneapolis for Record Store Day.

Prince became an international sensation in the 1980s, when he popularized the Minneapolis sound of danceable funk. His 1984 album "Purple Rain" is often described as one of the greatest of all time.

The artist lives in the outskirts of Minneapolis, where he throws parties and preserves master vaults at his Paisley Park studio.

Prince in the 1990s changed his name to an unpronounceable "love symbol" and wrote "slave" on his cheek to protest contractual conditions by his label Warner.

Among his best-known songs are "Purple Rain," "1999," "When Doves Cry," "Cream" and "Kiss."

He was recently prolific in his output, releasing albums through streaming site Tidal, and has taken to scheduling shows at the last minute to avoid scalpers.




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