BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 11 November, 2016


11 November, 2016

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[1870 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Now What? Personal Thoughts (NY Times Blog)
First of all, it's always important to remember that elections determine who has the power, not who has the truth. The stunning upset doesn't mean that the alt-right is correct to view nonwhites as inferior, that voodoo economics works, whatever. And you have to hold to the truth as best you see it, even if it suffers political defeat.

Paul Krugman: Ending the American Romance (NY Times Blog)
… we tell a story in which at times of crisis we always find the leader - Lincoln, FDR - and the moral courage we need. It's a particular kind of American exceptionalism; other countries don't tell that kind of story about themselves. But I, like others, believed it. Now it doesn't look very good, does it?

Josh Marshall: A Troubling Detail (TPM)
It now looks like Trump will win the electoral college 306 to 232. That's not final but that's pretty sure to be the result. But he will likely lose the popular vote by as much as 1 to 2 percentage points - perhaps two or three times the size of Gore's margin. (At the moment it's only about 200,000+ votes. But it will certainly grow as lots of additional votes on the West Coast get counted.)

David Wong: Don't Panic (Cracked)
4. What Trump's supporters just did, you can do.

Andrew Tobias: Ways He Could Surprise On The Upside
Put millions to work at good jobs revitalizing the national infrastructure. This is something we should have been doing for the last 30 years: just a tad more public consumption each year and a tad less personal consumption (but that would have required of the best-off a little more in taxes to fund it, so Republicans blocked it). Now we must do it in earnest. The Republican Congress blocked President Obama's American Jobs Act because it was his, but might well approve something very like it coming from Trump. This would be great for the country and the economy.

Suzanne Moore: So much has been broken by this election, but we can't collapse in on ourselves (The Guardian)
The pollsters are broken, the media is broken, hope for a post-racial society is broken. Nevertheless, we must find new ways to fight for social democracy.

Tom Danehy: Tom remembers his childhood friend, boxer Bobby Chacon (Tucson Weekly)
Bobby Chacon was a winner and a loser and I loved him dearly. He was a winner and a loser of many things-of world boxing championships, of untold millions of dollars, and, worst of all, of his beloved wife, Valorie.

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Trivia Question of the Day

What is the longest continental mountain range in the world?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What was the name of the TV show hosted by this smiling face?

       The Gong Show                                                      Source

The Gong Show is an amateur talent contest franchised by Sony Pictures Television to many countries. It was broadcast on NBC's daytime schedule from June 14, 1976, through July 21, 1978, and in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989. The show was produced by Chuck Barris, who also served as host for the NBC run and from 1977 to 1980 in syndication. The show is best remembered for its absurdist humor and style, often awarding participants ridiculous and worthless prizes.        Source

Charles Hirsch "Chuck" Barris (born June 3, 1929) is an American game show creator, producer, and host. He is best known for hosting The Gong Show, and creating The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He is also a songwriter, who wrote the hit "Palisades Park" for Freddy Cannon and the author of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, his autobiography, which became a film directed by George Clooney.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   The Gong Show.

zorch said:
   The Gong Show

Randall wrote:
   That is the crazy Chuck Barris and THE GONG SHOW!

   That's Gong Show host
  Chuck Barris. His middle initial should have been M.

Stephen F responded:
   The Gong Show

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   That's Chuck Barris of "The Gong Show." Ah, such an innocent time….

Adam answered:
   Chuck Barris- game show impresario and the original international man if mystery.
  PS- The Electoral College can save us from disaster. Those delegates are free to vote for whoever they want.
  The Founding Fathere knew we'd do something like this someday, and created this safety valve.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   The Gong Show with Chuck Barris

Deborah responded:
   That's got to be "The Gong Show." I may have watched it at a friend's house a couple of times. Look at that crazy hair!
  My own sibling and their spouses, as well as my husband's family, are in full party mode at the outcome of the election. Only our adult children and their spouse & SO voted as we did. Long text threads about how to live now - we tell them to be wary, keep fighting, and treat others with dignity and respect. They haven't lived through loss - McGovern, Gore, et al - and we're all concerned with the lack of progressiveness of our country. So long, the last 8 years.

Dave in Tucson replied:
   That would be Gong Show host (and supposed CIA agent) Chuck Barris.

George M said:
   Marty, you can't fool me, I recognize this one - "From Hollywood, Almost Live, it's The Gong Show!"
  This reminds me - I miss Gene, Gene, The Dancing Machine.
  Thanks for reminding me.

DJ Useo answered:
   That fine fellow is Chuck Barris, who hosted the fondly-remembered GONG SHOW.
  As far as I know, he still lurks the Earth in search of silly entertainers.

MAM     wrote:
   'The Gong Show' with Chuck Barris

Rosemary responded:
   The Gong Show
  Used to watch the Gong Show

Joe S     replied:
   One of my all-time favorite TV shows, The Gong Show! Who could forget Gene Gene the Dancing Machine, or the Unknown Comic? Not me, I couldn't forget.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Spectacular Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  November 11 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 11 | 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

Aaron Sorkin publishes letter urging daughter to fight after Trump win | Culture | The Guardian

Will Donald Trump destroy America? | US news | The Guardian

The one where Medea saves her kids: lost classics of Greek tragedy | Stage | The Guardian

An Open Letter To The Evangelical Church, From The Black Girl In Your Pew | Huffington Post

Neil deGrasse Tyson Has A Mission For You: Let's Make America Smart Again | Huffington Post

Emma Watson Hides Maya Angelou Books On The NYC Subway After Trump Win | Huffington Post

After Trump's Win, White Evangelical Christians Face A Reckoning | The Huffington Post

People Share Frightening Images In The Aftermath Of Trump's Victory | The Huffington Post

Trump's Pyrrhic Victory Provides a BIG Silver Lining for Democrats

Potential Trump Homeland Security head says anti-Trump protests must be 'quelled'

The architect of the most racist law in modern American history has been named to Trump's team

Trump goes after immigrants, government workers, the environment, and gay couples - that's day one

Media failures helped elect Trump. Now guess who the media fears Trump will hurt.

Disability Rights Advocates Are Terrified Of A Donald Trump White House | The Huffington Post

Here's The Oil Industry's Wish List For President Trump | The Huffington Post

Scottish Leader Puts Trump On Notice In Model Response To His Win | The Huffington Post

The Electoral College Was Designed to Prevent Trump. You Can Make This Happen. | The Huffington Post

132-Year-Old Lake Superior Shipwreck Found 'In Beautiful Shape' | The Huffington Post

A Post-Election To-Do List (Day 2) | The Huffington Post

Pretty Much Every Living Thing Is Already Feeling The Effects Of Climate Change | The Huffington Post

Why is Trump making nice with Democrats? A theory - AOL News

Thanks, Michelle!



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Happy Reading

We knew this to be true - this guy articulates it much better than I.

Presidential Election 2016: An American Tragedy - The New Yorker

For those who still don't get @Charlie_Hebdo_ : This is a typical very strong and antiracist cover about the election of #Trump. pic...

Charlie Hebdo Perfectly Captures What So Many Americans Are Feeling


Thanks, Deborah!



Team Coco


CONAN Monologue 11/10/16

Conan jokes about Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Billy Bush, and more...

Global Newspapers React To President Trump

Not surprisingly, the Russian paper is pretty thrilled about the whole thing.

The One Guy Who Doesn't Know Trump Was Elected President

Thanks to a secluded retreat and a soundproof booth, there's still one lucky man who's living in blissful ignorance of President-elect Trump.

These Trump Voters Literally Don't Know How To Be Happy

Ever since Donald won a surprise victory, these Trumpsters' anger is at a record low-and it's really PISSING THEM OFF!

John Cleese Is Looking Forward To KGB-Trained President Trump

John particularly can't wait for Trump's cabinet of menacing pirates.

Issa Rae: Trump "Stole My P***y Thunder"

Issa is trying to take the P-word back, including giving it a Scooby Doo voice.

Full Spectrum With Grace Potter "Proud Mary"

The full-time active duty United States Air Force members of Full Spectrum are joined by Conan and Grace Potter performing the classic rock song.



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Angry Temp

A small way to show solidarity after Donald Trump's presidential win, inspired by Brexit - Vox

Farewell, America -

Maybe You Should Get an IUD Today

If You're A Minority In America, The Terror Of This Moment Is Overwhelming | Huffington Post

With Donald Trump's Win, Teachers Worry About 4 More Years Of Emboldened Classroom Bullies | Huffington Post

Donald Trump Heads To Court For Trump University Lawsuit On Heels Of Election | Huffington Post

America Elected A Man Who Said 'Grab Them By The P***y' Over The First Female President | Huffington Post

Stephen Hawking Can't Explain The Rise Of Donald Trump - BuzzFeed News

David Duke Thanks Julian Assange for Trump Victory :

Stop Calling Mike Pence Boring. Here's His Track Record on Gays, Women, Immigrants, and the Planet. | Mother Jones

Rudy Giuliani Confirms FBI Insiders Leaked Information To The Trump Campaign | The Huffington Post

An Open Letter To My Friends Who Voted For Trump | The Huffington Post

We lick our wounds, we grieve, and then we fucking fight

Aaron Sorkin writes poignant letter to his daughter after Trump victory |

The Misogyny Apocalypse: Turns out Being White and Male Counts for More Than Intelligence, Grace or Decency | Alternet

Donald Trump Heads To Court For Trump University Lawsuit On Heels Of Election | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump's Proposed Cabinet Would Bring Some Fringe Figures In From The Cold | The Huffington Post

Yes, Trump can boost deportations and gut the Dreamer program for young immigrants - LA Times

Macy's Is Not Backing Down From Its Decision To Dump Trump Merchandise | The Huffington Post

16 Worst Things We Can Expect From Trump's First 100 Days | Alternet

Here are 14 shocking things from exit polls that the mainstream media isn't talking about

How the media made this monster, normalizing Donald Trump and demonizing Hillary Clinton, and it's not over -



Reader Request


meme Victory over trump

take a lesson from the brits in ww2
or V for Vendetta
or V (the rat eater movie as my wife calls it)

in print put a small v before trump's name
if possible superimpose a v over the t

lastly whenever possible use a small t to spell his name

millions of instances... so that everywhere he or his supporters look
it will remind him that we are opposed to him

put a "v" over his name in magazines, signs etc.
especially places with faux tv or other repug propaganda
Eventually a "T" placed at random with the "V" over
it will show our dissent.

(I would love for this movement to go viral any - any suggestions?)

Some guy

P.S. Thought you'd enjoy this -

Thanks, Guy!



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

Still haven't found the other one.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 11/8/16) it's an encore presentation of Showtime's Election Night Special.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/20/16) are Alan Cumming, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Nick Jonas.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jeremy Renner, Michelle Dockery, and David Blaine.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 10/31/16) are Nathan Lane, Genevieve Angelson, Matt Zoller Seitz & Alan Sepinwall, and Hannah Welton.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Ryan Phillippe, John Hlavin, Guided by Voices, and Alex Edelman.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ken Jeong, Albert Tsai, and T.I.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'.

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

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.

A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: Drugs Kill', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'Pearl Harbor', followed by the movie 'Pearl Harbor', again.

BBC  -   
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 25-The Devil in the Dark
 [6:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 27-The Alternative Factor
 [7:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 28-The City on the Edge of Forever
 [8:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 29-Operation: Annihilate!
 [11:00PM]    HUMANS - SEASON 1 - Episode 7
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 25-The Devil in the Dark
 [2:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 27-The Alternative Factor
 [3:30AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 28-The City on the Edge of Forever
 [4:45AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 29-Operation: Annihilate!    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Married to Medicine: Houston', then another FRESH 'Married To Medicine: Houston'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', and the movie 'Broken Lizard's Super Troopers'.

FX has the movie 'xXx', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious 6'.

History has a FRESH 'The Warfighters', followed by another FRESH 'The Warfighters', then still another FRESH 'The Warfighters', and yet another FRESH 'The Warfighters'.

IFC  -   
 [7:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-The Hot Scots
 [7:25AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-I'll Never Heil Again
 [7:50AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-I'm a Monkey's Uncle
 [10:15AM]    IDIOCRACY
 [2:00PM]    IDIOCRACY
 [8:30PM]    GET SMART
 [11:00PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Allison Janney Wears a Chambray Western Shirt and Suede Fringe Boots
 [11:30PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ben Folds Wears a Black Button Down and Jeans
 [4:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Allison Janney Wears a Chambray Western Shirt and Suede Fringe Boots
 [5:15AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ben Folds Wears a Black Button Down and Jeans
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Robert Kirkman    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:33AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Manhunt
 [7:08AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Guitar Player
 [7:43AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Ellie Comes to Town
 [8:18AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Irresistible Andy
 [8:53AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Runaway Kid
 [9:28AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy the Matchmaker
 [10:03AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Charity
 [10:38AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Feud Is a Feud
 [11:13AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Ellie for Council
 [11:48AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Stranger in Town
 [12:23PM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Mayberry Goes Hollywood
 [12:58PM]    Rectify-Yolk
 [2:00PM]    Rectify-Bob & Carol & Ted Jr & Alice
 [3:01PM]    Law & Order-The Secret Sharers
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-The Serpent's Tooth
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-The Troubles
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Sonata for Solo Organ
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-The Blue Wall
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Corruption
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Double Blind
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Legacy
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Barter
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Matrimony
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-We Like Mike
 [2:00AM]    Halloween
 [4:30AM]    Halloween II    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Skyfall', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation', then a FRESH 'Van Helsing'.

TCM spends the night with Natalie Wood
 [7:15 AM]      Bird of Paradise (1932)
 [8:45 AM]      The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
 [10:00 AM]      Rockabye (1932)
 [11:15 AM]      Bed of Roses (1933)
 [12:45 PM]      Foreign Correspondent (1940)
 [3:00 PM]      Sullivan's Travels (1942)
 [4:45 PM]      The Palm Beach Story (1942)
 [6:15 PM]      Ride the High Country (1962)
 [8:00 PM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [10:00 PM]      The Searchers (1956)
 [12:15 AM]      Bombers B-52 (1957)
 [2:15 AM]      Kings Go Forth (1958)
 [4:15 AM]      The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

Saturday   -  11/12/16

 [6:00 AM]      A Cry in the Night (1956)
 [7:30 AM]      The Burning Hills (1956)
 [9:15 AM]      Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
 [10:30 AM]      Spy Chasers (1955)
 [1:15 PM]      He Ran All the Way (1951)
 [2:45 PM]      Murder at the Gallop (1963)
 [4:15 PM]      The Mortal Storm (1940)
 [6:15 PM]      Back From Eternity (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      Blithe Spirit (1945)
 [10:00 PM]      Brief Encounter (1945)
 [11:45 PM]      Design For Living (1933)
 [1:30 AM]      Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (1934)
 [2:00 AM]      The Muthers (1976)
 [3:30 AM]      Melinda (1972)
 [5:30 AM]      Distant Drummer: The Flowers of Darkness (1972)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Nov. 14, 1985) - David Horowitz, Eura Irwin, and Robert Blake.

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Crosses in the Field of Remembrance in front of Westminster Abbey in London , Britain, Nov. 10, 2016.
Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Art Collection Makes Millions

David Bowie

David Bowie's art collection went under the hammer on Thursday with one item reaching more than £7 million at auction, as buyers' enthusiasm for the late musician's collection exceed expectations in London.

The highest-selling item in Bowie's collection, the graffiti-inspired "Air Power" canvas by Basquiat, sold for £7.09 million ($8.9 million, 8.2 million euros) at Sotheby's auction house.

The piece had been expected to fetch between £2.5 and £3.5 million.

The canvas was one of 47 art works in Bowie's collection auctioned off on Thursday, the majority of which are modern British artworks, selling for a total £24.3 million.

A further 300 more works owned by the rock legend, who died in January from an undisclosed battle with cancer, are due to go under the hammer on Friday.

David Bowie


Newspaper front pages reporting on President-elect Donald Trump winning the American election are displayed for sale outside a store in London, Nov. 10, 2016.
Photo by Matt Dunham


Art Basel Miami Beach Honors

David Bowie

"Ground Control" will be the theme of Art Basel Miami Beach's 2016 Public program, organizers revealed this week, with installations by 20 artists to go on display in the city's Collins Park during Art Basel Miami Beach next month.

Curator Nicholas Baume chose the focus for this year's event, taking inspiration from David Bowie, who died earlier this year. "Ground Control" will examine ways in which artists "invent and imagine new kinds of space: physical, social and psychic." Viewers will see the familiar surroundings of Collins Park reframed as a site for "transformational experiences" with art.

Several of the featured works will use repurposed everyday objects, such as Eric Baudart's "Atmosphère," which consists of a clear tank filled with peanut oil in which a fan slowly rotates. David Adamo contributes a series of small bronze sculptures of items such as flip flops, citrus fruits and a sandwich from Miami Beach food stand La Sandwicherie.

For Wagner Malta Tavares' "Malpertuis," a 19th-century-style outdoor lamp will be installed in the park landscape and will glow as darkness falls, while Alicja Kwade's "Reise ohne Ankunft (Mercier)" will feature a bicycle bent into a perfect circle.

A pair of large bronze handcuffs will shackle a tree for Yoan Capote's "Naturaleza Urbana," a commentary on urbanization, while four nearly life-sized aluminum-cast camel sculptures will stand on their own reflections in Jean-Marie Appriou's "Mirage."

David Bowie


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Largest Yet from Antarctica

'Sea Monster'

About 66 million years ago, an ancient sea monster the height of a five-story office building once gnashed its sharp teeth as it swam around the dark waters of Antarctica, a new study finds.

The newfound beast, known as a mosasaur - a Cretaceous-age aquatic reptile that sped through the ancient seas using its paddle-like limbs and long tail - is only the second fossilized mosasaur skull ever found in Antarctica.

The mosasaur specimen is different enough from other known species that it qualifies for its own genus and species. Researchers named it Kaikaifilu hervei after "Kai-Kai filú," an almighty giant reptile that owns the sea in legends from the Mapuche culture from southern Chile and Argentina. The species name honors Francisco Hervé, a world-renowned Chilean geologist and Antarctic explorer, the researchers said.

Scientists with the Chilean Paleontological Expedition discovered the mosasaur skull on Seymour Island in January 2011. The team had run into bad weather, and only during the last few days in the field, while they were mucking around in knee-deep mud, did they discover the enormous fossil, the researchers said.

Based on the skull's anatomy and size (4 feet, or 1.2 meters, long), the reptile's entire body stretched about 33 feet (10 m), making it the largest marine predator in the region, the researchers said.

'Sea Monster'


A matryoshka doll with the face of US President-elect Donald Trump surrounded by other matryoshkas is displayed on the table of the street souvenir vendor in the Andriyivskyy Descent in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Nov. 10, 2016.
Photo by Roman Pilipey


Fossil Shows Dinosaurs Thrived

'Mud Dragon'

In a humid, tropical jungle in southern China eons ago, a remarkably bird-like dinosaur with wing-like arms, a toothless beak and a dome-shaped crest atop its head became trapped in mud, struggled in vain to escape and died.

Workmen blasting bedrock while building a school near the city of Ganzhou unearthed a beautifully preserved fossil of the roughly 6.5-foot-long (2-meter-long) dinosaur, nicknamed the "Mud Dragon," still in that contorted position, scientists said on Thursday.

The Cretaceous Period creature, called Tongtianlong limosus, lived 66 to 72 million years ago, at the twilight of the dinosaurs' more than 160-million-year reign on Earth. It was a member of a group called oviraptorosaurs, one of the closest relatives to birds, which evolved earlier from small, feathered dinosaurs.

Paleontologist Steve Brusatte of Scotland's University of Edinburgh, who worked on the study published in the journal Scientific Reports, said the fossil adds to the understanding of dinosaur evolution on the eve of destruction.

The discovery of Tongtianlong and five other oviraptorosaur species in southern China showed this group was still blossoming and diversifying during the last few million years before an asteroid struck Earth about 66 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs, Brusatte said.

'Mud Dragon'


Digby's Hullabaloo


Global Climate Accord


U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (R-Grifter) could use legal short-cuts to pull out of a global agreement for fighting climate change within a year, keeping a campaign promise and by-passing a theoretical four-year wait, lawyers say.

Trump, who has called global warming a hoax and said it was invented by the Chinese to undermine U.S. manufacturing, has said he wants to cancel the 2015 Paris Agreement among almost 200 nations that entered into force on Nov. 4.

The accord, which seeks to phase out greenhouse gas emissions this century with a shift from fossil fuels, says in its Article 28 that any country wanting to pull out after joining up has to wait four years.

But Trump could pull out of the parent treaty of the Paris Agreement, the 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change with just a year's notice, also voiding U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement, U.N. legal experts say.

That would be controversial, partly because the Convention was signed by former Republican president George Bush in 1992 and approved by the U.S. Senate. It would also severely strain relations with many foreign nations.



Demonstrators take over the Hollywood 101 Freeway in protest to the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 10, 2016.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


Maintains Influence


Buoyed by Donald Trump's surprising strength, the Republicans maintained their control over a large majority of state legislatures across the country, setting up the GOP to enact conservative policies and potentially cement its political power for years to come.

With Tuesday's results, the Republicans will control at least as many legislative chambers as they do now - 68 out of 99, an all-time high for the GOP. And they will have full control of 33 legislatures, up from 31. (That includes Nebraska, which has a technically nonpartisan, single-chamber legislature.) The Democrats will be in full command in 13 states.

Republicans scored major victories by taking control of the Iowa and Minnesota Senates and the Kentucky House. They also held on to their majorities in chambers in several states that had been targeted by the Democrats, and apparently gained a tie in the previously Democratic-controlled Connecticut Senate.

The results give Republicans a better chance of directing the redrawing of congressional and legislative districts that the states will undertake after the 2020 census. That, in turn, could help the GOP maintain its grip on power for years.



Samantha Conors, 24, marches with demonstrators to protest against Republican Donald Trump's victory in Tuesday's U.S. presidential election in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 9, 2016.
Photo by Mark Makel


Republican Utopia


Kansas faces a $349 million shortfall in its current budget and even bigger gaps in the near future after officials issued a new, more pessimistic fiscal forecast for the state.

The forecasters slashed the state's previous projections for tax collections through June 2017 by 5.9 percent, or $355 million. They also issued the first projections for the two fiscal years beginning in July 2017 and kept their estimates for revenue growth conservative.

Legislative researchers projected budget shortfalls totaling $1.1 billion through June 2019, based on current legal requirements for spending. The state's annual spending is $15.5 billion.

The state's fiscal woes come amid a national debate over taxes. President-elect Donald Trump promised big income tax cuts while campaigning. Kansas has struggled to balance its budget after slashing personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 in hopes of stimulating its economy, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback touted the experiment as a national model.

Brownback blames the state's ongoing budget woes on slumps in agriculture and energy production that have also affected other states. The new fiscal forecast - replacing one issued in April - assumes that the sluggishness continues for the next two years.



Protesters stand on the Mass. Statehouse steps in opposition of Donald Trump's presidential election victory in Boston, Wednesday evening, Nov. 9, 2016.
Photo by Charles Krupa


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Flint, Michigan

A federal judge on Thursday ordered state and city officials to deliver bottled water directly to qualified residents in Flint, Michigan, where a water contamination crisis has made unfiltered tap water unsafe to drink since April 2014.

Officials must deliver four cases of bottled water a week immediately unless they can prove a water filter is installed and properly maintained at a home or if residents opt out of a filter or deliveries, U.S. District Judge David Lawson said.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by residents and advocacy groups Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the National Resources Defense Council and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

"Here the plaintiffs seek a stop-gap measure that provides ready access to safe drinking water," Lawson said. "It is in the best interest of everyone to move people out of harms way before addressing the source of the harm."

The crisis drew international attention and numerous lawsuits and led to calls by some critics for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to resign over the state's response.

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Yahoo provided more details on Wednesday about an epic hack of its services, including that the culprits may have planted software "cookies" for ongoing access to users' accounts.

In revelations that could jeopardize the company's pending $4.8 billion acquisition by US telecom giant Verizon, the internet pioneer said it was trying to pin down when it first knew its system had been breached and whether hackers gave themselves a way to get back into accounts whenever they wished.

There is no evidence the state-sponsored actor is still active in the California-based company's network, Yahoo told regulators.

Investigators are also trying to figure out how much people at Yahoo knew about the hack in late 2014, when the breach took place, according to the filing.

Yahoo announced the breach in September, saying it affected at least 500 million customers.




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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen, rock music's man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, has died at age 82, said a statement on his Facebook page.

Cohen, a native of Quebec, was already a celebrated poet and novelist when he moved to New York in 1966 at age 31 to break into the music business.

Although he influenced many musicians and won many honors, including induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Order of Canada, Cohen rarely made the pop music charts with his sometimes moody folk-rock.

But Cohen's most famous song, "Hallelujah," in which he invoked the biblical King David and drew parallels between physical love and a desire for spiritual connection, has been covered hundreds of times since he released it in 1984.

"Hallelujah's" long road to mass appeal was matched by Cohen's own painstaking approach to writing it. He spent five years penning drafts, at one point banging his head on the floor of a hotel room in frustration.

Many of Cohen's songs became hits for other acts, including Judy Collins, who helped Cohen gain fame by recording some of his early compositions in the 1960s.

Cohen's most ardent admirers compared his works to spiritual prophecy. He sang about religion, which included references to Jesus Christ and Jewish traditions, as well as love and sex, political upheaval, regret and what he once called the search for "a kind of balance in the chaos of existence."

His lyrics were deeply personal and at times took on an element of prayer, as in 1969's "Bird on the Wire" in which he sang: "I swear by this song/And by all that I have done wrong/I will make it all up to thee."

Cohen's other well-known songs include "Suzanne," "So Long, Marianne," "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "The Future," an apocalyptic 1992 recording in which he darkly intoned: "I've seen the future, brother/It is murder."

Cohen toured extensively from 2008 to 2013 after being unable to collect most of a $9 million judgment against his former manager and lover, Kelley Lynch, whom he accused of draining his savings.

He released an album just last month, "You Want It Darker." But the New Yorker described him as ailing, quoting him as saying he was more or less "confined to barracks" in his Los Angeles residence.

Cohen's nasal voice and deep-bass, conversational vocals were criticized by some as being monotone. British musician Paul Weller once called his melancholy style "music to slit your wrists to."

But his work was also suffused with irony and self-deprecating humor, often touching on his relationship with fame and his reputation for romantic entanglements.

Born into a Jewish family in 1934 and raised in an affluent English-speaking neighborhood of Montreal, Cohen read Spanish poet Federico García Lorca as a teenager, learned to play guitar from a flamenco musician and formed a country band called the Buckskin Boys.

He attended McGill University in Montreal and published his first book of poetry shortly after graduation.

Living on grant money from the Canadian government and an inheritance from his family, Cohen published in the 1960s the poetry collections "The Spice-Box of Earth" and "Flowers for Hitler" and novels "The Favourite Game" and "Beautiful Losers."

But disillusioned with his meager income, Cohen turned to songwriting and landed an audition in 1967 with John Hammond, the producer who had discovered Dylan. Hammond signed him to Columbia Records, which would remain Cohen's label for five decades.

Cohen toured widely but also sought solace in meditation, far from the public eye. For part of the 1990s, Cohen lived in a Zen Buddhist monastery in the San Gabriel Mountains just outside Los Angeles, where he handled tasks as menial as cleaning toilets.

Cohen, who never married, is survived by his daughter, Lorca, and by his son, Adam.

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