BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 15 July, 2016


15 July, 2016

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TANYA SOMANADER: President Obama Speaks at a Memorial Service in Dallas (
Summary: The President, First Lady, Vice President, and Second Lady join the Dallas community in a service to honor the five fallen police officers.

Suzanne Moore: Corbyn's uselessness has lost its charm, but he's not Labour's only problem(Guardian)
The party needs to move quickly to show that it stands for something as well as against everything

Forrest Wickman: Taylor Swift Ghostwriting Hits as "Nils Sjoberg" Is a Genius Jab at Sexist Critics (Slate)
it seems pretty normal for a 26-year-old to date someone new every year or two rather than settle down. That's what I did in my late teens and early 20s, and I never had to write a (No. 1) songto respond to overwhelming backlash.

Steve Rose: From Game of Thrones to Michael Gove - the legacy of Dungeons & Dragons (The Guardian)
Once the preserve of 80s geeks, the role-playing game is making its influence felt everywhere, not least new Netflix drama Stranger Things.

Jonathan Jones and Nell Frizzell: "The Baton Rouge protester: 'a Botticelli nymph attacked by Star Wars baddies'" (The Guardian)
The photograph of Iesha Evans at a Black Lives Matter protest has become an instant classic. Art critic Jonathan Jones assesses the image's impact, while photographer Jonathan Bachman recalls how he captured the shot.

Christian Lorentzen: Publishing Can Break Your Heart (Vulture)
A flood of bad luck has kept Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai out of print. Will a new edition finally cement her place as one of the great American novelists?

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What is the name of this childhood favorite?

       Silly Putty                                                      Source

Silly Putty is a toy based on silicone polymers that have unusual physical properties. It bounces, but breaks when given a sharp blow and can also flow like a liquid. It contains a viscoelastic liquid silicone, a type of non-Newtonian fluid, which makes it act as a viscous liquid over a long time period but as an elastic solid over a short time period. It was originally created during research into potential rubber substitutes for use by the United States in World War II.

The name Silly Putty is a trademark of Crayola LLC; the company's factory is based in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA. Other names are used to market similar substances from other manufacturers.

Silly Putty is also a fairly good adhesive. When newspaper ink was petroleum based, Silly Putty could be used to transfer newspaper images to other surfaces, possibly after introducing distortion. Newer papers with soy-based inks are more resistant to this activity.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   Silly Putty

mj wrote:
   The amorphous pink blob
  Is Silly Putty. It created a clean break when stretched too far. Bounced like a ball. Picked up images from print material which could then be stretched and distorted. It came in a plastic egg.

Alan J said:
   Silly Putty.

Stephen F said:
   Silly Putty

Deborah replied:
   Oh, that's Silly Putty, some weird stuff that did all kinds of stuff: it would pick up newspaper or comic book print, bounce like a tennis ball, and more. I owned some, as a kiid, and had a lot of fun with it. I wonder what it was made from?
  Nothing like a trip down memory lane to start a hothothot summer day.

Adam answered:
   Silly Putty.

Marian responded:
   Silly Putty. Put it on the comics and it would lift the colors off. Kids 50 years ago were easy to entertain.

John I from Hawai`i says,

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   It's Silly Putty.

Daniel in The City answered:
   Silly Putty

MAM   wrote:
   Silly Putty ~ Invented by accident during World War II, 1943, engineer James Wright trying to create an inexpensive substitute for synthetic rubber at a General Electric lab. At the same time Earl Warrick, of the then newly formed Dow Corning and his colleague, Rob Roy McGregor, received the patent for Silly Putty. Dr. McGregor was a neighbor of ours and I can remember messing with Silly Putty before it became for sale.

Dale of Hot Diamondy Springs, Norcali took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, is on vacation.

Joe S     took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   returned to semi-retired status.   

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White privilege and gentrification in Denver, 'America's favourite city' | Cities | The Guardian

Border Fences Aimed at Stopping Immigrants Are Killing Wildlife | TakePart

Holy cow! Anglican Church has a recount, says YES to same-sex marriage

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California Shoppers Urge Jerry Brown to Halt Irrigating Crops with Oil Wastewater

Ducklings are far from quackers - they have the power of abstract thought | Science | The Guardian

Open thread for night owls: Move over, evangelical leaders. Trump's got other plans.

So THAT'S why Sarah Palin will be missing from the Republican National Convention...

Obama has helped us peer into the racial divide - The Washington Post

Fox News Attacks Black Lives Matter As "Lawless" After Cheering Cliven Bundy's Lawless Militia

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Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Norah O'Donnell, DeRay Mckesson, and Bonnie McFarlane.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/23/16) are John Leguizamo, Sacha Baron Cohen, and "Chewbacca Mom" Candace Payne, Frightened Rabbit.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Blake Lively, Rachel Maddow, Good Charlotte, and Ray Parker Jr.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 6/21/16) are Anna Kendrick, Alexander Skarsgard, Giada De Laurentiis, and Ray Luzier.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/27/16) are Charlamagne Tha God, Lower Dens, and Susanne Bier.

ABC opens the night with the FRESH infomercial 'Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/8/16) are Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Post Malone.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Rosewood', followed by a RERUN 'MasterChef'.

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

A&E has all old 'Duck Dynasty' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Ghostbusters', followed by the movie 'Ghostbusters II'.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Face of the Enemy
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-A Fistful of Datas
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle

Bravo has the movie 'Coyote Ugly', followed by the movie 'Dirty Dancing'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the movie 'Thor: The Dark World'.

History has Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Tegan and Sara Wear Leather Jackets and Skinny Jeans
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kristen Schaal Wears Strawberry Colored Pants and a Multicolored Shirt
 [7:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Zach Galifianakis Wears Rolled Khakis and Shoes With Brown Laces
 [7:30AM]    PAYBACK
 [2:45PM]    PAYBACK
 [5:00PM]    BLOW
 [8:00PM]    DIE HARD
 [11:00PM]    DIE HARD 2
 [1:45AM]    DIE HARD
 [4:45AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Goof on the Roof
 [5:10AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Income-Tax Sappy
 [5:35AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Knutzy Knights    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Thirteen
 [8:15AM]    Little Miss Sunshine
 [10:30AM]    Love Actually
 [1:30PM]    The Impossible
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Tabula Rasa
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Empire
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Ambitious
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Admissions
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [8:59PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [9:58PM]    Law & Order-Killerz
 [10:57PM]    Law & Order-Justice
 [11:56PM]    Law & Order-Marathon
 [12:55AM]    The A Word-Diagnosis
 [2:15AM]    The Impossible
 [4:45AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Comedy Actresses
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Street Eats    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Doom', followed by a FRESH 'Killjoys', then a FRESH 'Dark Matter'.

TCM spends the night with Olivia de Havilland
 [6:30 AM]      One on One (1977)
 [8:30 AM]      The Petrified Forest (1935)
 [10:15 AM]      The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
 [12:00 PM]      Harum Scarum (1965)
 [1:30 PM]      Another Dawn (1937)
 [3:00 PM]      Action in Arabia (1944)
 [4:30 PM]      Bengazi (1955)
 [6:00 PM]      The Desert Song (1953)
 [8:00 PM]      The Snake Pit (1948)
 [10:00 PM]      The Heiress (1949)
 [12:15 AM]      To Each His Own (1946)
 [2:30 AM]      Devotion (1946)
 [4:30 AM]      Wings of the Navy (1939)

Saturday   -  07/16/16

TCM spends the morning hours with Olivia de Havilland
 [6:15 AM]      Hard to Get (1938)
 [7:45 AM]      Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)
 [9:30 AM]      A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

 [12:00 PM]      7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
 [2:00 PM]      Tom Thumb (1958)
 [4:00 PM]      The Time Machine (1960)
 [6:00 PM]      The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      The Odd Couple (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      Charley Varrick (1973)
 [12:00 AM]      Fail-Safe (1964)
 [2:00 AM]      Reefer Madness (1936)
 [3:00 AM]      Marihuana (1936)
 [4:00 AM]      Cocaine Fiends (1935)    [AKA: 'The Pace That Kills']
 [5:15 AM]      Keep Off The Grass (1969)
 [5:15 AM]      The Terrible Truth (1951)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Melissa McCarthy, left, and Kristen Wiig, attend Gildafest '16 hosted by Gilda's Club NYC at Carolines on Broadway on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in New York.
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Republican National Convention

Jon Stewart

Jonesing for some political wit and wisdoms from Jon Stewart during the Republican National Convention? Your wish will be granted, albeit perhaps fleetingly.

Stephen Colbert will welcome his old friend to help launch coverage of the two parties' presidential nominating conventions on The Late Show, EW has confirmed. (CBS declined to comment. The news was first reported by Vulture.)

The former Daily Show host will pop up on the July 18 edition of the CBS late-night talk show (of which he is an executive producer), but it is unclear in what capacity and in what location he will appear. Colbert is kicking off two weeks of live shows, the first coinciding with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and the second running alongside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia the following week. (The 11:35 p.m. live shows on the East Coast will be shown on the West Coast.)

The Late Show will have what's being billed as an "on-site presence" at both conventions, but the broadcasts will based in Colbert's studio in New York.

Stewart, who worked with Colbert on The Daily Show from 1999 to 2005 before hosting The Colbert Report, last appeared on The Late Show in December.

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Anthony Anderson, left, and Lauren Graham announce the nominees during the 68th Emmy nominations announcement at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Thursday, July 14, 2016 in the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles.
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"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," a TV mini-series exploring racial tensions that strained the criminal justice system 20 years before Black Lives Matter, dominated the Primetime Emmy nominations on Thursday along with HBO's medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones."

The 10-part drama on basic-cable channel FX chronicling the sensational, polarizing murder trial of O.J. Simpson in 1995 earned 22 nominations in all, including best limited series and best actor for Cuba Gooding Jr.'s title role as the disgraced former football star.

"Game of Thrones" led Emmy contenders with 23 nominations overall, including nods for best drama series, two for best supporting actor and three for best supporting actress.

Rounding out the best drama race are Showtime's CIA thriller "Homeland," FX's Cold War espionage saga "The Americans," AMC's quirky legal story "Better Call Saul," Netflix's political mystery "House of Cards," the final season of PBS's period melodrama "Downton Abbey" and USA Network's freshman cyberhacking drama "Mr. Robot."

Thursday's Emmy nominees showcased a more diverse crop of talent in television than in Hollywood's film industry, which drew sharp criticism this year when all 20 performers nominated for Oscars were white for a second consecutive year.



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Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden made history on Wednesday as the Senate voted to approve her nomination as Librarian of Congress, making her both the first woman and the first African American to hold the post.

Hayden was first nominated by President Obama in February, and the Senate Rules Committee approved her nomination in early June. In recent weeks, advocates for her appointment began to grow restless for the Senate to take action and finally place her in the job, more than a year after her predecessor James Billington announced his resignation.

The Librarian of Congress job was once a lifetime appointment, and Billington had held the title since 1987. But last year Obama signed a law imposing a 10-year term limit, making Hayden the first to serve on a limited term (and only the 14th librarian since its founding in 1800).

Hayden is currently the chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, where she earned praise for keeping the library open during unrest in the city after the shooting death of Freddie Gray. The library became a community meeting space for people in search of information-and even food-during the protests. She previously served as president of the American Library Association, and earlier in her career she worked in the Chicago Public Library system, where she first met President Obama. She holds a PhD in library science from the University of Chicago.

When Hayden takes up the post, she'll face challenges in modernizing the library's technology systems, adapting to the changing copyright landscape and answering questions about the availability of the library's research reports. For now, she can celebrate the dual historic achievement of becoming the first woman and African American at the helm of America's library.

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Aiden Haas, left, and Lilli Alcala pose after being crowned Mud King and Mud Queen at the 29th annual Mud Day, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Westland, Mich. The event, open to children 12 and younger, was at the Hines Park-Nankin Mills Area west of Detroit. Children 12 and younger were able to slosh around in the pit while participating in mud limbo, wheelbarrow races and other free activities.
Photo by Carlos Osorio


Art Collection To Go On Display

David Bowie

David Bowie's private art collection, including works by Henry Moore and Damien Hirst, will go on display to the public for the first time before heading for auction later this year, Sotheby's said on Thursday.

The "Bowie/Collector" three-part sale in November will feature around 400 items from the pop icon's private collection and is seen fetching "in excess of 10 million pounds" ($13.24 million), a spokeswoman for the auction house said.

Among works to be featured is late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Air Power" painting, estimated between 2.5 million and 3.5 million pounds, and Hirst's kaleidoscopic "Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking, Sphincter Painting", seen fetching 250,000-350,000 pounds.

There are also sculptures and design furniture, including a 1960s record player by Italian brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni.

The collection will be exhibited at Sotheby's galleries in London in early November. Before that, the auction house will hold previews around the world.

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'Dark Money'

In an extraordinary move, the Federal Election Commission - frequently gridlocked and often criticized as toothless - has fined three so-called "dark money" groups funded by the donor network connected to conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch a total of $233,000 for failing to reveal the source of their funds.

The fines - stemming from a 2014 complaint filed by a Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C. - involved funding of congressional elections in 2010.

The FEC requires organizations that spend money on advertising and other activities designed to help or hurt a federal political candidate for to report who has funded the activity. But if the group paying for the ads is a "dark money" nonprofit, the names of the donors go unreported.

The groups involved in the FEC complaint claimed that the funds they collected from the Koch network were not meant for specific ads or races and were not required to be reported.

But in this case, the connections between the funder, the recipients of the funds and the ultimate purpose of the funds were apparently too obvious for the FEC to ignore.

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A woman models a creation by a local designer Eliana Paco, at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, July 14, 2016. The fashion show is designed to promote the Andean style and beauty.
Photo by Juan Karita


Firefighters Fed


Firefighters at Walt Disney World were warned to top feeding alligators just two months before an alligator killed a toddler there.

Reedy Creek Emergency Services reprimanded firefighters for feeding at least one of two alligators at a station less than a half mile from Seven Seas Lagoon, where the toddler was killed, according to emails obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. Feeding an alligator is illegal because it can cause the reptiles to lose their natural fear of humans.

The emails said that some employees complained about the presence of the alligators after seeing one near their office's parking lot. Those employees were afraid of the reptile and asked officials to remove it.

Reedy Creek District Administrator John Classe said animal control was called, but did not know if the alligator had been removed. Gators that cause problems and are less than 4 feet long are typically relocated, while larger ones are trapped and killed by state officials.

The alligator that killed 2-year-old Lane Graves in June was between 4 and 7 feet long. Classe said he did not think the alligators from the fire station were involved in the attack on Lane.



A family poses for photos next to a snowman at Julier Pass, 2,284 meters above sea level, near Bivio, eastern Switzerland, 14 July 2016. A cold front passed Switzerland the night before and brought some snow on highlands.
Photo by Gian Ehrenzeller


New Farming Population

Stone Age

Scientists say a previously unknown group of Stone Age farmers may have introduced agriculture to South Asia, challenging earlier theories that attributed the spread of farming to a different population.

Previous research held that a single group of hunter-gatherers developed agriculture in the Middle East some 10,000 years ago and then migrated to Europe, Asia and Africa, where they gradually replaced or mixed with the local population.

But scientists who analyzed ancient human remains found in the Zagros mountains of present-day Iran say they belonged to a completely separate people who appear to have taken up farming around the same time as their cousins further west in Anatolia, now Turkey.

Scientists from Europe, the United States and Iran who examined the DNA of 9,000 to 10,000-year-old bone fragments discovered in a cave near Eslamabad, 600 kilometers (370 miles) southwest of the Iranian capital of Tehran, found they belonged to a man with black hair, brown eyes and dark skin.

Intriguingly, the man's diet included cereals, a sign that he had learned how to cultivate crops, said Fereidoun Biglari of National Museum of Iran, who was also involved in the study.

Stone Age


In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016, handout image provided by Solar Impulse, the Solar Impulse 2 flying over the pyramids, Egypt Cairo. The experimental solar-powered airplane has arrived in Egypt as part of its global voyage.
Photo by Jean Revillard




A central Pennsylvania man was charged Thursday after police say he sprayed fluid used to embalm a human brain on marijuana that he then smoked.

State police in Carlisle charged 26-year-old Joshua Lee Long with abuse of a corpse and conspiracy.

Court records indicate Long's aunt contacted detectives on June 21 after finding a human brain in a department store bag under a porch while cleaning out a trailer.

Long allegedly told her during a phone conversation from the Cumberland County jail that he used the formaldehyde-soaked pot to get high.

Court records indicate a coroner concluded the brain was real and that Long supposedly named it Freddy.



Competitors sail after the start of the 48th Blue Ribbon yachting race around Lake Balaton near Balatonfured, 124 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, 14 July 2016. The sailboats will cover a 155 km distance within 48 hours during the oldest round-the-lake yachting race of Europe.
Photo by Boglarka Bodnar


Oldest Egyptian Writing


The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is showcasing for the first time the earliest writing from ancient Egypt found on papyrus, detailing work on the Great Pyramid of Giza, antiquities officials said Thursday.

The papyri were discovered near Wadi el-Jarf port, 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the Gulf of Suez town of Zafarana, the antiquities ministry said.

The find by a French-Egyptian team unearths papers telling of the daily lives of port workers who transported huge limestone blocks to Cairo during King Khufu's rule to build the Great Pyramid, intended to be his burial structure.

One document was a "diary by government official Merer (the beloved) with statistics and administrative details" of his work, said Sayed Mahfouz, who co-led the 2013 discovery.

The documents also list revenues transferred from various Egyptian provinces to feed pyramid builders and pay their wages, Mahfouz said.




A brown bear holds onto frozen fruit in Rome's Bioparco zoo, Wednesday, July, 13, 2016. Zoo staff offered animals frozen and refrigerated fruit to refresh them as temperatures are expected to rise over the coming days.
Photo by Andrew Medichini



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