BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 13 October, 2017


13 October, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[252 days in a row]


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Garrison Keillor: Welcome to the Abyss (Washington Post)
Let the Swedes give the prize for urban planning. Find someone who knows comedy for the literature prize.

Jake Nevins: Can Sarah Silverman use comedy to bridge America's political divide? (The Guardian)
In her new Hulu series I Love You, America, the comic will attempt to reach across the aisle and, hopefully, generate laughs in the process.

In recent days, I've spoken with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president that seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods.

Gemma Solomons: "Becoming 'Nuyorican'" (Lower East Side Tenement Museum)
When I think about Puerto Ricans in New York City, I have to admit something. My mind immediately goes to West Side Story. I can only offer explanations, though not necessarily excuses: I'm not Puerto Rican, I'm not Latinx, I'm not even a New Yorker. I'm just a grown-up theater nerd who grew up in a bubble, and West Side Story, for a long time, was my only reference point.

Greg Sargent: This may be Trump's most insulting scam yet (Washington Post)
There is probably no better illustration of the scam President Trump's tax plan would perpetrate on working- and middle-class people than its provision repealing the estate tax. Getting rid of it would benefit a tiny slice of high earners and their families - including Trump's family, who could save as much as $1 billion once Trump moves on to delivering an accounting for his life to his maker.

Andrew Tobias: Pizza!
Not presidential? Here's what Obama did to get people upset (he wore a tan suit). Contrast that with what Trump has done? And now he wants ten times as many nuclear weapons? Everywhere we go we apologize for him - to cabbies and waiters and busboys, to the train station information lady, to the concierge - and whether in sign language or perfect English, they instantly get it and share our dismay.

Kathryn Schulz: How to Be a Know-It-All (New Yorker)
What you learn from the Very Short Introduction series.

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Michael Egan

Trump Demands that Month of January Be Renamed 'Trumpery'


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

What animals are the second largest order of mammals (after the rodents), representing about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

Nip it, nip it in the bud. What is the name of this TV character?

       Barney Fife                                                      Source

Bernard "Barney" P. Milton Oliver Fife is a fictional character in the American television program The Andy Griffith Show, portrayed by comic actor Don Knotts. Barney Fife is a deputy sheriff in the slow paced, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina. He appeared in the first five seasons (1960-65) as a main character, and, after leaving the show at the end of season five, made a few guest appearances in the following three color seasons (1965-68). He also appeared in the first episode of the spin-off series Mayberry R.F.D. (1968-1971), and in the 1986 reunion telemovie Return to Mayberry. Additionally, Barney appeared in the Joey Bishop Show episode, "Joey's Hideaway Cabin" and, unnamed, in the first episode of The New Andy Griffith Show.

In 1999, TV Guide ranked him Ninth on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list.

Sometimes considered a blowhard with delusions of grandeur, he fancies himself an expert on firearms, women, singing, and just about any other topic of conversation brought up while he is around. Conversely, Andy knows that Barney's false bravado is a smokescreen for his insecurities and low self-confidence.        Source

Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts (July 21, 1924 - February 24, 2006) was an American comedic actor, best known as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom for which he earned five Emmy awards.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   That is Barney Fife, deputy to Sheriff Andy Taylor in Mayberry and famous for carrying one bullet which he keeps in his shirt pocket.

Alan J answered:
   Barney Fife.

Randall wrote:
   Barney Fife

Stephen F said:
   Barney Fife

Gene replied:
   Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith Show.

Harry M. responded:
   Barney Fife

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   That is Don Knotts playing Barney Fife

Deborah wrote:
   Is that Barney Fife? Because it sure looks like him.
  The fires have moved a bit closer. The air is clear but the winds are changing so we'll see what happens. Our Sacramento-based NPR station is talking about the evacuation advisories as one might discuss, well, the weather: very casually. I find that disturbing. Maybe I'm too close.

Tiera H., from SD replied:
   I can't NOT answer this, it's just too obvious (or maybe, I'm just that old?)...the answer to today's trivia question is the immortal Barney Fife!
  Btw, did any of your readers catch Matt Taibbi's article in the Oct. 5, 2017 edition of Rolling Stone magazine, titled "The Madness of Donald Trump"? It is a must-read!
  It sounds trite to say it's absolutely awesome, but it really, really is...check it out!

Adam answered:
   Deputy Barney Fife

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Barney Fife."

George M. responded:
   You can't fool me, Marty - that's Deputy Barney Fife, from "The Andy Griffith Show"!
  Just remember, though - he only had one bullet for his gun, which he kept in his pocket!

Billy in Cypress said:
   Barney Fife

zorch wrote:
   Deputy Barney Fife

Dale of Diamond Springs, Combusted Norcali, answered:
   Barney Fife…the smoke is a little better, but the fires are still raging on!

Daniel in The City responded:
   That is of course Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife.

DJ Useo replied:
   That person is Barney Fife. I was just watching the Andy Griffith Show last night. It was the episode "Three's A Crowd" in which we learn that Barney plays the bongos, & loves mozzarella pizza. I sure enjoy owning the dvd's. That was surely the golden age of tv sitcoms.

Rosemary in Columbus wrote:
   That is Barney Fife of The Andy Griffith Show.

BttbBob   said:
   Fife Haiku Trivia

     'One Bullet' Barney
     was not SWAT material
     though good for a laugh.


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Dave in Tucson replied:
   Why, that's the incomparable Barney Fife! I've heard when Andy Griffith got the Sheriff Taylor role, Don Knotts called and asked if the new Sheriff needed a Deputy. And history marched on from there.

Joe S     answered:
   That's Ol' Barn, Barney Fife, Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Live updates: 23 dead in Wine Country fires; parts of city of Napa warned - SFGate

Unesco: US quits UN heritage agency over 'anti-Israel bias' | World news | The Guardian

Looks Like He's Just Going to Let Them Die

Trump laughs and jokes during solemn "Retreat" ceremony

IMPORTANT: How Trump's executive order could destroy the individual market, by the numbers.

Trump gets angry after discovering what his tax proposal would actually do

Halloween Movie Guide 2017 - Day 12; THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE

How Top NBC Executives Quashed The Bombshell Harvey Weinstein Story | HuffPost

Samantha Bee's Penis PSA Takes Aim At Men Who Are Puzzled About Sexual Harassment | HuffPost

Best Prison Movies of All Time - 24/7 Wall St.

Another Victim of Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico's Treasured Rainforest - The New York Times

Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World - The New York Times

For Dignity and Development, East Africa Curbs Used Clothes Imports - The New York Times

Hollywood's Most Decent Fella on Weinstein, Trump and History - The New York Times

Think Trump Is Dangerously Unstable Now? Just Wait Till Obama Re-emerges Later This Month.

Trolls, Scammers, and Verified Facebook Pages Made This Combat-Wounded Vet an Anti-Kneeling Meme. His Real Story Is Much Better.

Morford: Fire of devastation, rain of compassion - SFGate

White Nationalism Is Destroying the West - The New York Times

N.F.L. Players May Have an Ally in Their Protests: Labor Law - The New York Times

Marijuana farms are burning in California wildfires - Oct. 12, 2017

Jane Fonda: I knew about Weinstein, and I'm 'ashamed' I didn't say anything - Oct. 12, 2017

Harvey Weinstein is a symptom, but what is the deeper problem? (Opinion) - CNN

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Harvey Weinstein and the Audacity of Blaming 'Sex Addiction' - The Atlantic

Surprise! The Federal Government Spends More On Housing Assistance For The Rich Than Housing Assistance For The Poor. - Mother Jones

Trump Threatens to Pull FEMA and Military Out of Puerto Rico - Mother Jones

Eminem wasn't just calling out President Trump. He was talking to his fans. - ThinkProgress

It Took This Long for One Elected GOP Senator to Publicly Oppose Trump? What Cowards | Alternet

Why Trump Can't Actually Kick the Networks Off the Air - Mother Jones

A pharmacist says he has filled Alzheimer's prescriptions for members of Congress - Vox

Stunning chart reveals how badly Trump has bungled Puerto Rico's grid rebuild - ThinkProgress | Joe Romm

The Trump Administration Just Officially Endorsed Anti-Contraception Junk Science - Mother Jones

Bob Corker on Donald Trump: "Everyone Knows" - Mother Jones

John Kelly lets loose - POLITICO

Equifax website borked again, this time to redirect to fake Flash update | Ars Technica

Equifax takes down web page amid new breach concern | TheHill

Trump is falling apart, and nobody knows what to do about it -

A Rising Constitutional Crisis No One Is Talking About | Esquire

Trump Signs Order to Destroy the Individual Insurance Market - Mother Jones

Obamacare "replacement" heads toward political disaster: What are GOP leaders thinking? -

Breitbart criticizes Trump tax plan: It won't benefit truckers | TheHill

Study: American police killings have been drastically underestimated -

Obama Cut the National Debt By $9 Trillion - Mother Jones

Instead of Promised Debt Relief, Trump Pushes More Loans on Devastated Puerto Rico | Common Dreams

Donald Trump makes 11 false claims in Forbes interview, 11 more in sit-down with Huckabee | Toronto Star



Reader Comment

Current Events

I've disliked many presidents--the 3rd rate actor, Moron (Bush before Predator co-opted the name)--but never before have I so fervently hoped that one would have an accident, stroke, slip in the tub, etc.

I'm reminded of Jerry Clower's story about the guy up in a tree with a coon that turned out to be a lynx--Just shoot up in here amongst us, one of us has got to have some relief

Jerry Clower - A Coon Huntin Story - YouTube

At the link is a 8+ minute video of Andy Borowitz riffing on DJT. If you don't want to watch the video but want to see what he said, I attempted a transcription.

Watch The New Yorker Festival | Andy Borowitz: The End of Trump | The New Yorker Video | CNE

Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!



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

Bummer. Austin lost on 'Jeopardy' tonight.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Conan O'Brien and Tig Notaro.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 8/15/17) are Lin-Manuel Miranda and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'The Brave', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Blake Lively, Gabrielle Union, and Wu-Tang Clan.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 10/4/17) are Tina Fey, Kevin Millar & Sean Casey, Matt Goldich, and Gene Hoglan.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/14/17) are Giancarlo Esposito, Dressy Bessy, and Mike White.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Once Upon A Time', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Inhumans', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 9/28/17) are Kaley Cuoco, David Muir, and The xx.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriends', followed by a FRESH 'Jane The Virgin'.

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

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'American Ninja Warrior'.

A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'Independence Day', followed by the movie 'Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday', then the movie 'Freddy Vs. Jason'.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Race Against Time - Coasts
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Living With Predators - Conservation
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 3-Robot of Sherwood
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-Listen
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 5-Time Heist
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-The Mark of Gideon
 [1:15PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-That Which Survives
 [2:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Return to Tomorrow
 [3:45PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-The Conscience of the King
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-The Corbomite Maneuver
 [7:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-A Piece of the Action
 [9:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Balance of Terror
 [10:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 28-The City on the Edge of Forever
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-The Mark of Gideon
 [1:10AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-That Which Survives
 [2:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Return to Tomorrow
 [3:30AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-The Conscience of the King
 [4:45AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-The Corbomite Maneuver     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Don't Be Tardy ...', another 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by a FRESH 'Don't Be Tardy ...', then another FRESH 'Don't Be Tardy ...', 'Don't Be Tardy ...', another 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by the movie 'Sex & The City 2'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Zombieland'.

FX has the movie 'Jurassic World', followed by the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens: Declassified', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens: Declassified'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MIMIC 2
 [8:00AM]    HANNIBAL
 [1:45PM]    28 WEEKS LATER

Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Education of Ernest T. Bass
 [6:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Romance
 [7:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Bloodhound
 [7:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Man in the Middle
 [8:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Uniform
 [9:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Fortune
 [9:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor
 [10:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Pageant
 [10:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Darling Baby
 [11:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Helen Have Their Day
 [12:00PM]    Dolores Claiborne
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Mushrooms
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-The Secret Sharers
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-The Serpent's Tooth
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-The Troubles
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Sonata for Solo Organ
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Hot Pursuit
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Paranoia
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Humiliation
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Angel
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Blood Libel
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Remand
 [2:00AM]    Liar-White Rabbit
 [3:00AM]    Rosehaven
 [3:35AM]    Rosehaven
 [4:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Three Wishes for Opie
 [4:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Otis Sues the County
 [5:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney Fife, Realtor
 [5:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Goober Takes a Car Apart    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Blade', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation', then the movie 'Priest'.

 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #2 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      Kiss of the Tarantula (1976)
 [8:00 AM]      Snake Woman (1961)
 [9:30 AM]      Village of the Damned (1961)
 [11:00 AM]      The Nanny (1965)
 [1:00 PM]      The Innocents (1961)
 [2:45 PM]      A Place of One's Own (1945)
 [4:30 PM]      The Bad Seed (1956)
 [6:45 PM]      The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Five Miles to Midnight (1963)
 [10:15 PM]      Phaedra (1962)
 [12:30 AM]      Green Mansions (1959)
 [2:30 AM]      King Solomon's Mines (1950)
 [4:15 AM]      The Arrangement (1969)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  10/14/17

 [6:30 AM]      Suspense (1946)
 [8:15 AM]      Top Secret Affair (1957)
 [10:00 AM]      Pay or Die! (1960)
 [12:00 PM]      Point Blank (1967)
 [2:00 PM]      Any Wednesday (1966)
 [4:00 PM]      Steelyard Blues (1973)
 [5:45 PM]      The China Syndrome (1979)
 [8:00 PM]      Gilda (1946)
 [10:15 PM]      Blood and Sand (1941)
 [12:30 AM]      Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)
 [2:15 AM]      Blacula (1972)
 [4:00 AM]      Scream, Blacula Scream (1973)
 [5:45 AM]      When You Grow Up (1973)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Nov. 10, 1977) - Dinah Shore, Charles Nelson Reilly, Teri Garr, and Thalassa Cruso.

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A message written on top of a building is seen from the air during recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria near Humacao, Puerto Rico, Oct.10, 2017.
Photo by Lucas Jackson


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Big Winners

Fall TV Season

With the 2017-2018 US TV season now two weeks in, American viewers' favorite new shows are already starting to emerge. It comes as no surprise that the season's frontrunners in the ratings include the "Big Bang Theory" spinoff, the new medical show from the creator of "House," and the freshly revived "Will & Grace."

Only a handful of new shows have managed to score success in this relatively unexciting fall TV season. Inevitably, "Young Sheldon" -- a comedy spinoff from "The Big Bang Theory" -- takes the lead as the most watched new series among US TV viewers.

A single episode's screening was enough to convince CBS to pick up the new show for a full season. And with 17.21 million viewers tuning in for the TV premiere September 25, "Young Sheldon" hit hard, nearing the audiences of the original show -- the USA's most-watched TV series. Adding the plus-seven-day figures brings the total number of viewers for the first episode of the show, following a young Sheldon Cooper, to 22.5 million. The series will return to the network November 2.

Another early success for the season is "The Good Doctor," ABC's new medical series from "House" creator David Shore. Some 11.22 million viewers tuned in for the series premiere, September 25, rising to 19.2 million US viewers with plus-seven-day figures. The show, which has also been picked up for a full season, drew 10.93 million viewers with its second episode October 2.

One of fall's eagerly awaited TV events was the return of "Will & Grace" on NBC. After 11 years off air, the New-York-based friends didn't fail to win over viewers with their comeback. In fact, 10.19 million fans tuned in September 28, and 7.14 million the following week. Three days after the initial broadcast, almost 15 million American viewers had watched the first episode.

Fall TV Season


Damage left by a flooded river is seen from the air during recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria near Utuado, Puerto Rico, Oct.10, 2017. Photo by Lucas Jackson


Legal Experts Split


Jerry Jones may want to bench Dallas Cowboy players who don't stand for the national anthem, but NFL owners could find themselves facing a First Amendment lawsuit if they punish football players or coaches for their protests after taking government money into the private business of professional football.

The NFL is a private business - and the First Amendment only protects Americans from free speech abuses from the government. But legal experts differ on whether pro teams who play in publicly-funded stadiums or who accepted government money in exchange for patriotic displays like the national anthem could find themselves legally exposed if they punish kneeling players.

The money exchanged between governments and pro football teams could mean that discipline enforced by the team could be "fairly attributed to a government entity, meaning the employer could not discipline someone for taking a political position," Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said.

Public money is inextricably linked with the NFL. The vast majority of NFL stadiums were constructed or renovated with public money, including the Cowboys' home in Arlington, Texas. The Taxpayer Protection Alliance rated AT&T Stadium as one of the most egregious abuses of taxpayer money, saying the cost to taxpayers has been about $444 million.

And the NFL was paid by the military for at least four seasons for its patriotic displays during pregame, as part of defense spending to market to potential recruits. After complaints from Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, the NFL in 2016 repaid the government more than $700,000 covering payments from four NFL seasons, 2012-2015, for activities including performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details and on-field color guard performances.



Newhead News


Denies 'Killing' 2004 Article

Matt Damon

Matt Damon has denied helping to "kill" a 2004 New York Times story which made allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

His denial comes as Sharon Waxman wrote in an article for The Wrap that during her stint as a reporter for the New York Times, the paper had spiked her investigation into Weinstein after "coming under pressure" and after receiving calls from Damon and Russell Crowe.

Responding to the claims in an article for Deadline, Damon insisted Weinstein had asked him to call Waxman to vouch for Fabrizio Lombardo, who ran Miramax's Italian office, the distribution company for Weinstein, and Damon agreed to call the reporter.

In the article, Waxman had alleged Lombardo procured women for Weinstein and that he knew nothing about the film industry.

But Damon said he did not know the story contained allegations of sexual assault or harassment against Weinstein; he said Weinstein only told him that the paper was doing a "hit job" on Lombardo.

Matt Damon


Debris left by a flooded river is piled against a home, seen from the air, during recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria near Utuado, Puerto Rico, Oct.10, 2017.
Photo by Lucas Jackson


Mystery Surrounding Ancient People Deepens

Easter Island

The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people.

Scientists said on Thursday an analysis of DNA from ancient skeletal remains ruled out the likelihood that Easter Island's inhabitants intermixed with South Americans before the arrival of Europeans on the island in 1722.

A 2014 genetic study had indicated interbreeding between the people of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, and native people in South America occurred roughly between 1300 and 1500. The new research, studying the DNA of three Rapa Nui people from the 1400s and 1500s and two from the 1800s, found no evidence of such mingling.

The research underscored the isolation of these people, who lived on an outpost some 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the nearest island.

Jarman said the study, published in the journal Current Biology, confirmed a growing body of evidence that Easter Island was settled by Polynesians who crossed the open ocean.

Easter Island


Digby's Hullabaloo


Disrespects Flag & Military


Donald Trump (R-Draft Dodger) made a joke about TV ratings during a solemn military ceremony that honours the American flag.

The US President was at the Air National Guard base in Pennsylvania when the "Retreat" bugle call started to play.

As the tune struck up the US leader, who never served in the US military, was being interviewed on Fox News.

Referring to the bugle as a "nice sound", Mr Trump asked host Sean Hannity: "Are they playing that for you or for me?"

He added: "They're playing that in honour of his ratings. Did you see how good his ratings were? He's beating everybody."



The interior contents of a home are seen from the air during recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria near Utuado, Puerto Rico, Oct. 10, 2017.
Photo by Lucas Jackson


US Pulls Out


Israel has withdrawn from Unesco following America's decision to leave the United Nations body, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

"This is a brave and moral decision, because Unesco has become a theatre of absurd. Instead of preserving history, it distorts it," Mr Netanyahu said of the US's decision.

The US State Department had announced hours earlier that it would withdraw from Unesco and become a non-member observer state by the end of 2018.

In a statement, the State Department criticised Unesco for its "continuing anti-Israel bias", and spoke of a need for "fundamental reform".

Friday's decision will not effect existing Unesco world heritage sites in the US or Israel, or prevent them from submitting sites for consideration in the future, Unesco Media Chief George Papagiannis said. There are more than 30 world heritage sites between the two countries.



National Monuments

House GOP

House Republicans are moving to restrict the president's ability to protect millions of acres of federal land considered historic, geographically significant or culturally important.

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said presidents of both parties have misused the 1906 Antiquities Act to create oversized monuments that hinder energy development, grazing and other uses. Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, introduced a bill that would prevent presidents from designating monuments larger than 85,000 acres and grant veto power to states and local officials for monuments larger than 10,000 acres.

The GOP-controlled resources panel approved the bill Wednesday, 23-17, sending it to the House floor.

"No longer would we have to blindly trust any president to do the right thing," Bishop said, adding that his bill "modernizes the law to restore its intent, allowing for the protection of actual antiquities without disenfranchisement of local voices and perspectives."

The bill comes as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (R-Weasel) has recommended that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening hundreds of thousands of acres to mining and logging.

House GOP


The remains of damaged homes stand next to a cemetery as recovery efforts continue following Hurricane Maria in Morovis, Puerto Rico, Oct. 7, 2017.
Photo by Lucas Jackson


Source Is Former Republican Member Of Congress

Robert Reich

Republicans are waiting to pass their tax-reform bill before they move to impeach Donald Trump (R-Deranged), a former Republican member of Congress reportedly told a former US labour secretary.

In a Facebook post, Robert Reich said the former senator, an old friend of his, told him Republicans are "just praying Trump doesn't do something really, really stupid before the tax bill."

Speaking over the phone, Mr Reich said he asked his friend whether other Republican senators were preparing to follow Senator Bob Corker and "call it quits with Trump".

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When asked what was going to happen, he said: "You got me. I'm just glad I'm not there anymore. Trump's not just a moron. He's a despicable human being. And he's getting crazier. Paranoid. Unhinged.

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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. U2; $7,229,076; $113.23.
    2. Coldplay; $7,003,572; $89.27.
    3. Guns N' Roses; $4,911,999; $102.18.
    4. Celine Dion; $3,800,791; $141.10.
    5. Lady Gaga; $3,466,727; $118.04.
    6. Depeche Mode; $2,947,864; $78.85.
    7. Dead & Company; $2,035,372; $74.03.
    8. Bruno Mars; $1,923,281; $98.76.
    9. Roger Waters; $1,828,942; $123.35.
   10. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $1,604,182; $94.40.
   11. Neil Diamond; $1,410,307; $105.21.
   12. Ed Sheeran; $1,375,052; $85.06.
   13. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull; $1,256,563; $94.56.
   14. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,243,344; $97.91.
   15. Kendrick Lamar; $1,220,753; $89.49.
   16 Tim McGras / Faith Hill; $1,214,205; $84.58.
   17. Tool; $1,173,069; $74.73.
   18. Ariana Grande; $1,165,632; $74.73.
   19. Florida Georgia Line; $1,082,649; $52.03.
   20. Jerry Seinfeld; $985,636; $124.88.

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