BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 17 November, 2017


17 November, 2017

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[287 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Andrew Tobias: Whataboutism
I had never heard this term before - "whataboutism." As in: Sure, Trump is a pathological liar who's destroying our government and our standing in the world, but what about the child porn ring Hillary ran out of a pizza parlor? What about the four Americans she killed at Benghazi? What about the uranium deal?! The attorney general needs to appoint a special prosecutor!

Alice Ollstein: "The Zombie Rises: Senate Moves To Insert O'Care Mandate Repeal In Tax Bill" (TPM)
The latest incarnation, blessed on Tuesday by Senate GOP leadership, is an amendment to Republicans' long-awaited tax overhaul bill that would repeal Obamacare's individual mandate. Such a policy change would save the government more than $300 billion but cost about 13 million people their health insurance coverage, and drastically hike premiums for those who remain in the individual market, experts say.

Mark Morford: China's Alibaba just did $25 billion in sales in a single day. Scared yet? (SF Gate)
While Alibaba's sales on Singles Day were much larger than Amazon's biggest haul to date, Amazon's chief is still richer. Jeff Bezos boasts a net worth of $94.8 billion, topping Jack Ma's $40 billion. This is not because Bezos (or Jack Ma, for that matter) provide a service that abets and improves the tender and needful soul of the human animal. I mean, obviously.

Michael Gregor, MD: How to Maximize Nutrient Absorption (
Unhealthy lifestyle behaviors associated with an increased risk of premature death include smoking, excessive alcohol drinking, and not eating enough greens. The best way to get your greens is in whichever way you'll eat the most of them, and one way to sneak extra greens into your daily diet is with whole-food smoothies, "a potent blend of good nutrition" in a quick, portable, delicious form.

Nosheen Iqbal: Don't tell me black cover models don't sell - editors have the power to change cultural perceptions (The Guardian)
Alexandra Shulman trashed her legacy in an eyewatering interview in which she tried to justify her appalling record of black cover stars with this tired argument.

Lanre Bakare: "Mark Bradford: the artist and ex-hairdresser forcing America to face ugly truths about itself" (The Guardian)
He caused a sensation at the Venice Biennale by turning the US pavilion into a comment on slavery, Trump and police brutality. The outspoken painter talks about feeding off rejection, muscling into Monet territory - and what he'd like to do to middle-class lawns.

Ron Dicker: Bill Murray Keeps Being Bill Murray, Buys Tickets For SteelDrivers Fans (Huffington Post)
"If only everyone in the world was like Bill Murray!"

Gavin Haynes: Out-trolling Trump: Cards Against Humanity's history of winding up the president (The Guardian)
The people behind the bad-taste parlour game have purchased part of the Arizona desert in an attempt to block a Mexican border wall. It's just their latest attempt to mock the commander-in-chief.

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Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

There were three sons on the TV series Bonanza: Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. Hoss was a nickname, what was his given name?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the name of this advertising mascot?

       Poppin' Fresh (Pillsbury Dough Boy)                                                      Source

Poppin' Fresh, more widely known as the Pillsbury Doughboy, is an advertising icon and mascot of the Pillsbury Company, appearing in many of their commercials. Many commercials from 1965 until 2005 (returned in 2009 to 2011 and 2013 in a GeicoCommercial) concluded with a human finger poking the Doughboy's stomach. The Doughboy responds when his stomach is poked by giggling (Hoo-Hoo!, or earlier on, a slight giggle "tee hee").

The Pillsbury Doughboy was created by Rudy Perz, a copywriter for Pillsbury's longtime advertising agency, Leo Burnett.

Perz originally conceived the Doughboy as an animated figure but changed his mind after seeing a stop motion titling technique used in the opening credits for The Dinah ShoreShow. A three-dimensional Doughboy puppet was then created at a cost of $16,000. Veteran cartoon voice actor Paul Frees was chosen to be Fresh's voice. Veteran stop-motion animator George Pal was hired to animate him. The first Poppin' Fresh commercials aired in November 1965. Since then, Pillsbury has used Poppin' Fresh in more than 600 commercials for more than fifty of its products.

After Frees' death in 1986, Jeff Bergman took over. Today, the high-pitched giggles are done by JoBe Cerny.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Randall wrote:
   Poppin Fresh

Alan J answered:
   Poppin" Fresh.

mj said:
   I could be cruel
  And say it's Mean Girl Donald Trump without his spray tan, but it's Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

Stephen F replied:
   Pillsbury Doughboy

Gene responded:
   Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Dough Boy

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Poppin' Fresh, more widely known as the Pillsbury Doughboy, is an advertising icon and mascot of the Pillsbury Company

David from Moon Valley wrote:
   not sure of the spelling but it was something along the lines of PopNFresh, the pillsbury doughboy?...but it's early and i'm not coffee'd nor tea'd yet so i could be way off base, too...

Rosemary in Columbus replied:
   The Pillsbury doughboy was called Poppin Fresh.

Adam answered:
   The Pillsbury Dough Boy

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   That's the Pillsbury Doughboy!
  He's highly insulted if you mix him up with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "The Pillsbury Dough Boy."

Deborah wrote:
   That's Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy.
  The puppy pulled up lame yesterday afternoon. We waited 90 min. for a vet to see us. She pulled a 1-½ inch cactus thorn out of his flank. Yikes! No wonder he was in pain.
  Seen on a t-shirt on Facebook: In a world full of Kardashians, be a Gallagher. You know it, baby.

Daniel in The City said:
   Pop 'n Fresh, the Pillsbury Dough Boy

Dave in Tucson responded:
   Believe that character is known as the Pillsbury Doughboy. Hear that he along with the Michelin Man were understudies to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters.

zorch replied:
   Poppin Fresh the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Gary E.K. answered:
   Pillsbury Doughboy
  I owned one when a young child.

Joe S     wrote:
   Most folks think, "Pillsbury Doughboy" but that's not the case. He goes by the name of "Popping Fresh." But is that really who he is? Some day, when I have more time, I'll tell you who he really is and his real name. For now I'll just say that he's not as innocent as he makes out to be, and he comes from the same world as cats.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Sandra in Maine took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   wrote:

  November 17 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 17 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Moore, Trump and the Right's New Religion - The New York Times

Toppling the Grammar Patriarchy - The New York Times

Meredith Bid for Time Inc. Said to Be Backed by Koch Brothers - The New York Times

'This is surreal': descendants of slaves and slaveowners meet on US plantation | US news | The Guardian

Out-trolling Trump: Cards Against Humanity's history of winding up the president | US news | The Guardian

Tourists Arrested in Kazakhstan for Wearing 'Borat' Mankinis (Photo) - SFGate

Texas Sheriff Wants to Charge Truck Owner for Protected Speech. F**K That.

Thank the dotard; It's a great day for the animal mutilators

Travelers' Century Club: Meeting the world's most-travelled people - BBC News

Museum of the Bible gears up for opening in Washington amid proprietary questions - NBC News

Medicare's great by U.S. standards. Compared to others, not so much. - NBC News

EPA Moves To Shield Older Semi Truck Engines In 'Gliders' From Emissions Rules : The Two-Way : NPR

'Mudbound' Is A Grand, Sweeping Epic Of The Jim Crow South : NPR

So, let me get this straight...

Roger Stone Knew Franken Was About To Get Blasted

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Current Events

Stuart shared:

Roy Moore has now been thrown out of 3 courts. The Alabama Supreme Court in 2003. The Alabama Supreme Court in 2016. And the Gadsden Mall Food Court in 1980.

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

Thanks, Linda (& Stuart)!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

WATCH: 16 Women Tell Their Heartbreaking Stories of Sexual Assault by Trump | Alternet

Matt Drudge jabs Bannon over Roy Moore, prompting internal Breitbart fury - Nov. 15, 2017 |

Marco Rubio weighs in on Trump's water sipping during speech - CNNPolitics

That Time Roy Moore Refused to Convict a Child Molester Who Abused a 4-Year-Old | Alternet

The Paradise Papers Make the Republican Tax Plan Look Insane - VICE

Tax cuts in Senate bill would evaporate in a decade: JCT | TheHill

McConnell: Moore will face Senate ethics probe if he wins election | TheHill

Paradise Papers reveal the rise of a new class: The global oligarchy -

Roy Moore Proves the Moral Bankruptcy of the Religious Right | Alternet

Trump Lies 9 Times a Day on Average Lately | Alternet

After Shep Smith Fact Checks Uranium One "Scandal," Fox & Friends Fuels Conspiracy - Mother Jones

Roy Moore: A History of Bigotry, Extremism and Contempt for the Rule of Law | Right Wing Watch

Watch CEOs admit they won't actually invest more if tax reform passes - Vox

The Border Patrol Doesn't Know What To Do With The Thousands Of Agents Trump Wants To Hire | FiveThirtyEight

Donald Trump Is Thirsty for, Among Other Things, Respect - The Atlantic

Americans Are Stressed About the Future. Here's Why That's Promising | Bill Moyers

Republicans Want to Make the Koch Brothers' Political Donations Tax Deductible - Mother Jones

New York Times board: Trump 'turns to mush' around strongmen | TheHill

Keystone pipeline shut down after spilling 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota | TheHill

Remember Scott Walker? Undead Wisconsin governor plots his comeback -

Taxpayers footing legal bill for Trump's private business lawsuits: report | TheHill

Ready for Trump TV? Inside Sinclair Broadcasting's Plot to Take Over Your Local News - Mother Jones

A Wide-Open Door for Pesticide Lobbyists at the Agriculture Department - ProPublica

Did President Trump Approve a Deal That Allowed Hundreds of ISIS Fighters to Escape Raqqa? - Mother Jones

All of Donald Trump's Accusers: A Timeline of Every Alleged Grope and Assault

DHS official Jamie Johnson resigns after past racial comments come to light - CBS News

Trump's Judicial Picks Are Literally Right-Wing Bloggers

Prize Of Christmas Breakfast With Donald Trump Makes Stomachs Turn | HuffPost



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Napa & Sonoma

How to Help Napa & Sonoma

If you can't visit, buy wine from the area. Every little bit helps.


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from Marc Perkel

Marc's Guide to Curing Cancer

So far so good on beating cancer for now. I'm doing fine. At the end of the month I'll be 16 months into an 8 month mean lifespan. And yesterday I went on a 7 mile hike and managed to keep up with the hiking group I was with. So, doing something right.

Still waiting for future test results and should see things headed in the right direction. I can say that it's not likely that anything dire happens in the short term so that means that I should have time to make several more attempts at this. So even if it doesn't work the first time there are a lot of variations to try. So if there's bad news it will help me pick the next radiation target.

I have written a "how to" guide for oncologists to perform the treatment that I got. I'm convinced that I'm definitely onto something and whether it works for me or not isn't the definitive test. I know if other people tried this that it would work for some of them, and if they improve it that it will work for a lot of them.

The guide is quite detailed and any doctor reading this can understand the procedure at every level. I also go into detail as to how it works, how I figured it out, and variations and improvements that could be tried to enhance it. I also introduce new ways to look at the problem. There is a lot of room for improvement and I think that doctors reading it will see what I'm talking about and want to build on it. And it's written so that if you're not a doctor you can still follow it. It also has a personal story revealing that I'm the class clown of cancer support group. I give great interviews and I look pretty hot in a lab coat.

So, feel free to read this and see what I'm talking about. But if any of you want to help then pass this around to both doctors and cancer patients. I need some media coverage. I'm looking for as many eyeballs as possible to read these ideas. Even if this isn't the solution, it's definitely on the right track. After all, I did hike 7 miles yesterday. And this hiking group wasn't moving slow. So if this isn't working then, why am I still here?

I also see curing cancer as more of an engineering problem that a medical problem. So if you are good at solving problems and most of what you know about medicine was watching the Dr. House MD TV show, then you're at the level I was at when I started. So anyone can jump in and be part of the solution.

Here is a link to my guide: Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect

Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Mostly cloudy but pleasant.

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 Norah O'Donnell and Dead & Company.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 10/3/17) are Julia Roberts, Ben Schwartz, and Shania Twain.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Blindspot', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jessica Chastain, Timothee Chalamet, Justin Verlander, Kate Upton, and a musical tribute to Sharon Jones.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 11/8/17) are Hillary Rodham Clinton, Will Ferrell, and Nathan Davilmar.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/2/17) are Sarah Wright Olsen, Best Coast, and Natalie Alyn Lind.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Once Upon A Time', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel it's TBA.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', 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 'America Ninja Warrior'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'Goodfellas', followed by the movie 'LOTR: The Two Towers'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 1
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 2
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Imperfection
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Doctor Who: The End of Time-Part 1 & 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Part 1 & 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Part 1 & 2.
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-The Eleventh Hour
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-The Immunity Syndrome
 [2:10PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-A Private Little War
 [3:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Return to Tomorrow
 [4:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Patterns of Force
 [12:00AM]    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2010)
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Threshold
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Death Wish     (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Married To Medicine', followed by a FRESH 'Married To Medicine', then a FRESH 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by the movie 'The Break-Up'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', followed by the movie 'Tommy Boy', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.

FX has the movie 'Trainwreck', followed by the movie '22 Jump Street'.

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

IFC  -   
 [8:45AM]    HANNIBAL
 [2:00PM]    PIRANHA 3D
 [4:00PM]    DUE DATE
 [12:00AM]    DUE DATE
 [2:00AM]    WHY STOP NOW?

Sundance  -   
 [6:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Deal Is a Deal
 [6:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Fun Girls
 [7:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Return of Malcolm Merriweather
 [7:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Rumor
 [8:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt
 [9:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Back to Nature
 [9:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Gomer Pyle USMC
 [10:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie Loves Helen
 [10:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Physical
 [11:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Family Visit
 [11:30AM]    Cold Mountain
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Night and Fog
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Animal Instinct
 [4:59PM]    Law & Order-Discord
 [5:58PM]    Law & Order-Black Tie
 [6:57PM]    Law & Order-Apocrypha
 [7:56PM]    Law & Order-Blue Bamboo
 [8:55PM]    Law & Order-Sideshow
 [9:54PM]    Law & Order-Disciple
 [10:53PM]    Law & Order-Whiplash
 [11:52PM]    Law & Order-Brother's Keeper
 [12:51AM]    Law & Order-School Daze
 [1:50AM]    The A Word
 [3:10AM]    Rosehaven-Episode 4
 [3:45AM]    The Ledge     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Green Lantern', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation', then a FRESH 'Superstition'.

 [6:30 AM]      Bachelor Apartment (1931)
 [8:00 AM]      The Great Lover (1931)
 [9:15 AM]      Symphony of Six Million (1932)
 [11:00 AM]      Thirteen Women (1932)
 [12:15 PM]      Ann Vickers (1933)
 [1:45 PM]      No Other Woman (1933)
 [3:00 PM]      The Secret Of Madame Blanche (1933)
 [4:30 PM]      The Age of Innocence (1934)
 [6:00 PM]      Roberta (1935)
 [8:00 PM]      The Wind (1928)    SILENT 
 [9:45 PM]      Being There (1979)
 [12:15 AM]      Mean Streets (1973)
 [2:30 AM]      McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
 [4:45 AM]      The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)     SILENT     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  11/18/17

 [6:15 AM]      Stingaree (1934)
 [7:30 AM]      All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
 [10:00 AM]      Adam's Rib (1949)
 [12:00 PM]      People Will Talk (1951)
 [2:00 PM]      Donovan's Brain (1953)
 [3:45 PM]      PT 109 (1963)
 [6:15 PM]      Westworld (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      Rear Window (1954)
 [10:15 PM]      High Society (1956)
 [12:15 AM]      Green Fire (1955)
 [2:00 AM]      Black Mama, White Mama (1972)
 [3:45 AM]      Hit Man (1973)
 [5:30 AM]      A Visit to Santa (1963)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Nov. 24, 1978) - David Letterman, James Garner, Ellen Burstyn, and Rod Dornsife.

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Rolls Back Local Media Ownership Limits


The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday rolled back longstanding limits on local ownership of media outlets, making it easier for TV stations and newspapers to be collectively run.

The FCC voted 3-2 to loosen the limits on local ownership of TV stations, radio stations and newspapers, reversing what FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (R-Comcast) described as one of its stalest rules.

Some of the revisions included eliminating a rule generally prohibiting a single individual or company that owns a daily newspaper from owning a radio or TV station in the same market and a similar stipulation regarding cross-ownership of radio and TV stations.

A rule known as the "eight-voices test," which prevented a station owner from purchasing another station if it would leave less than eight independently owned stations in the area, was also repealed, making it easier for a company to own multiple stations in a single market.

Critics of the changes said the decision will leave control of most media in the hands of a small number of companies, including Sinclair Broadcast Group, which could receive help from the new rules in its efforts to merge with Tribune Media.




Hall of Fame

Television Academy

From modern water cooler-moment dramas to groundbreaking late night comedy; from topical, transformative series in absorbing settings to taboo-busting stand-up comics and character-reflecting sitcom settings, the 24th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame ceremony honored the crème de la crème from the past five decades of channel-surfing - and offered a few of its own water cooler moments along the way.

The 2017 inductees were a glittery and profoundly influential crop indeed: Writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, the creator and executive producer of zeitgeist-heavy series including "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder"; writer-producer John Wells, whose groundbreaking series include "China Beach," "ER" "The West Wing" and "Shameless"; the late comedian, talk show host and television personality Joan Rivers; production designer Roy Christopher, who crafted iconic environments for sitcoms like "Welcome Back, Kotter," "Murphy Brown" and "Frasier," along with many Academy Award and Emmy ceremonies; and the legendary original cast members of "Saturday Night Live," Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Case, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman and, posthumously, Gilda Radner and John Belushi.

After Winfrey impressed and Rhimes inspired, the assembled audience - which included "Shameless" stars William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and Shanola Hampton, "Scandal's" Tony Goldwyn, Joe Morton, Darby Stanchfield, Scott Foley and Katie Lowes and "Grey's Anatomy's" Kim Raver, James Pickens, Jr., Jason George, Debbie Allen, Isaiah Washington and Sarah Drew, "Private Practice's" Kate Walsh and KaDee Strickland, and TV icons Phylicia Rashad and Jimmy Smits - saved its most raucous response for when Lily Tomlin invited the original Not Ready for Primetime Players to take the stage.

Curtin, Chase, Newman, Aykroyd and Morris clowned in individual acceptance speeches that included fond nod to their late cohorts Belushi and Radner, as well as call backs to classic sketches like Land Shark and "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!"

Bill Murray made a surprise appearance in the audience, and was later invited onstage, admitting that because he didn't formally join the "SNL" cast until its second season, he hadn't been invited to attend the ceremony until Newman brought him as her guest. "It's actually okay, I'm fine," said Murray. "It really was a delight to sit there and to watch them, because the truth is that they are history, and I'm just lucky enough that I was the new guy, and I'm okay with being the new guy. I always was okay with that - except five minutes ago: I really was bitter."

Television Academy


Confirms Ratner Is Out Of 'Wonder Woman' Sequel

Gal Gadot

Actress Gal Gadot has confirmed that Hollywood producer Brett Ratner will not be involved in the "Wonder Woman" sequel, calling the decision "the right thing to do" after multiple women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against him.

"Everyone knows the way that I feel because I'm not hiding anything," she said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show after being asked about an article claiming she had demanded his ouster.

"But the truth is, there's so many people involved in making this movie, it's not just me, and they all echoed the same sentiments. You know what I mean?" she said. "Everyone knew what was the right thing to do, but there was nothing for me to actually come and say, 'cause it was already done before this article came out, you know?"

Ratner, who in recent weeks has faced allegations from at least eight women, helped co-produce the Warner Bros. film through his production company, Rat-Pac Dune.

Page Six reported Saturday that Gadot had threatened to abandon the franchise unless Ratner was axed.

Gal Gadot


Newhead News


Sets Auction Record

Marc Chagall

A Chagall oil painting shining with love for his first wife and adopted home Paris sold for $28.5 million in New York on Tuesday, almost doubling the artist's previous auction record, Sotheby's said.

Considered one of the greatest works by Marc Chagall to come onto the open market, "Les Amoureux" had previously remained in the same family for nearly 90 years since 1928, the year it was painted.

Sotheby's said the painting unites the French-Russian artist's two greatest loves -- Bella, his childhood sweetheart, muse and first wife, and the French capital, his adopted home.

The painting was chased by three determined bidders, with interest from Asia and Russia, in a more than 10-minute bidding war that soared well above its pre-sale estimate of $12 to 18 million.

The auction house established the previous auction record for Chagall in 1990, when "Anniversaire" from 1923 sold for $14.9 million.

Marc Chagall



Fails To Sell At Auction

'Raj Pink' Diamond

The "Raj Pink", the largest Fancy Intense Pink diamond in the world, failed to sell at auction, despite being the highlight of a Sotheby's sale of precious jewels.

The rare 37.3-carat stone, which the auction house was hoping would entice bids of up to $30 million, was among several lots that did not find buyers at the sale in Geneva on Wednesday, in a possible sign of a softening in the diamond market.

Sotheby's had high hopes after rival Christie's on Tuesday sold a huge 163.41-carat diamond known as the "Art of Grisogono" for nearly $34 million.

Although that was the highest price ever paid at auction for a D colour diamond, an industry expert said it fell short of expectations.

Other lots that failed to find buyers on Wednesday included the "Donnersmarck diamonds", two yellow gems weighing 102.5 and 82.5 carats that once belonged to the Paiva, a Parisian courtesan of the 19th century.

'Raj Pink' Diamond


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Creates New Jobs

Keystone Pipeline

The Keystone Pipeline has been temporarily shut down after it leaked more than 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota.

Crews shut down the controversial oil pipeline on Thursday morning. Officials are looking into the cause of the leak, which is the largest Keystone leak in South Dakota to date, according to a spokesman for the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

TransCanda, the company that operates the pipeline, said it had leaked 5,000 barrels - or about 210,000 gallons - before it was shut down.

Protesters have resisted the extension of the pipeline, which is slated to stretch from Canada to Texas, for fear of just such a leak. The extension would link Canada's Alberta oil sands to refineries in the US. Residents of states in the pipeline's path worried it could contaminate local water supplies and have other, longer-term environmental impacts.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission is set to announce next week whether they will allow the extension - known as the Keystone XL - to be routed through the state. The decision is seen as the last big, regulatory hurdle through which the extension must pass before it is constructed.

Keystone Pipeline



Pushes US Behind German For Best International Image

'Trump Effect'

Thanks to President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Buffoon), the U.S. lost its top spot as the country with the best brand image, according to a new study released Thursday.

The U.S. dropped to sixth place, losing its No. 1 spot to Germany. The survey, conducted by the Nation Brands Index, questioned public opinion on 50 countries by examining their brand in terms of governance, exports, tourism, investment, immigration, culture and heritage. The U.S. was behind France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan, but came in second in exports and culture.

Global opinion of the U.S. has gotten worse since 2016. In the category of governance, the U.S. fell from 19 to 23 in the survey.

British political consultant Simon Anholt, who conducted the study, told Deutsche Welle the Trump effect is to blame. "The loss of the U.S.'s image in the governance category is indicative of the Trump effect, which was triggered by President Trump's policies and his 'America First' message," he said.

The Pew Research Center released a study in June that found that the world's view of the U.S. has dropped under Trump, whom a majority of countries view as arrogant, intolerant and dangerous.

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Tax Breaks

It's time to drive a stake through the heart of President-for-now Trump's (R-Corrupt) and Republicans' misleading assertion that their tax cuts are for the middle class and for workers. These tax cuts are overwhelmingly designed to help the rich, to further comfort the already very comfortable.

If the tax plan were truly a plan for the middle class and not a plan for the rich, it wouldn't lavish nearly as many benefits on the wealthiest Americans: phasing out the estate tax, eliminating the alternative minimum tax, cutting the business pass-through tax rate. The Trump-GOP plan would also chop the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 20% - a move that heavily favors affluent people because they own a disproportionate share of corporate stocks.

The GOP plan does include some measures that will help many middle-class Americans, like doubling the standard deduction and modestly increasing the child tax credit, but in truth those measures do little to undo the huge tilt toward the rich.

According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the richest 5% of households will receive 61% of the tax cuts in 2027 under the House plan. The middle fifth of households would get 8% of the cuts, just one-sixth of the 48% share going to the top 1%. The bottom 60% of Americans would get just 14% of the cuts in 2027, less than a third of what the top 1% gets. Does that seem like a plan for the middle class and for workers?

The Joint Committee on Taxation found that, on average, households earning between $20,000 and $40,000 would end up paying more, not less, under the House GOP plan. Several analyses have found that between 25% and 45% of middle-class Americans would ultimately pay more, not less, under the tax plan. How can this be a tax cut for middle-class Americans if so many middle-class Americans will be facing tax increases instead of tax cuts?

Tax Breaks



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Moore's Base

Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore may see himself as "the only one that can unite Democrats and Republicans," but one political pundit begs to differ.

On Wednesday's episode of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," The Daily Beast's Sam Stein questioned the "moral thread" of Moore's conservative base. Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is facing allegations from at least five women who say he made advances on them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s. One woman alleges that Moore undressed and touched her sexually, and another says he violently sexually assaulted her.

In spite of the accusations, Moore has ignored the suggestionsof a number of fellow Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), to drop out of the race. On Tuesday, the 70-year-old steered clear of the controversy when he defiantly spoke at the "God Save America Revival Conference" at Alabama's Walker Springs Road Baptist Church.

The support for Moore on display at that event perplexed Stein, a former senior politics editor at HuffPost. "These people who are sitting in this event are comfortable enough with accusations of child molestation to support this guy," Stein said, "but forcibly opposed to the concept of a gay couple getting married."

Moore, a longtime opponent of same-sex marriage, doubled down on that stance during his Tuesday appearance, reportedly recalling the time he ordered state judges not to respect the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. (He was suspended from office in 2016 as a result.)

Moore's Base


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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. The Rolling Stones; $10,212,672; $160.54.
    2. U2; $8,890,455; $113.92.
    3. Coldplay; $5,761,835; $103.59.
    4. Metallica; $4,043,977; $104.84.
    5. Lady Gaga; $3,466,727; $118.04.
    6. Paul McCartney; $3,290,780; $122.10.
    7. Guns N' Roses; $3,259,917; $113.70.
    8. Bruno Mars; $2,241,572; $114.26.
    9. Roger Waters; $2,193,990; $120.28.
   10. Depeche Mode; $1,526,448; $80.94.
   11. Ed Sheeran; $1,409,620; $85.39.
   12. James Taylor; $1,335,001; $87.35.
   13. Neil Diamond; $1,288,026; $104.04.
   14. Kendrick Lamar; $1,267,568; $90.84.
   15. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill; $1,121,312; $84.15.
   16. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,110,448; $98.74.
   17. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; $1,084,704; $89.82.
   18. J. Cole; $1,045,296; $79.20.
   19. Florida Georgia Line; $1,035,861; $51.51.
   20. Jerry Seinfeld; $1,035,219; $123.24.

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