BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 2 December, 2016


2 December, 2016

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2016 National Popular Vote Tracker
Hilary Clinton Lead in Popular Votes Now Over 2.5 Million

Andrew Tobias: Two Ways to Go Today
This being my FIVE THOUSANDTH COLUMN (according to WordPress; actually, it seems not to have archived the first 100 or so, but why quibble?), I could either try to write something exceptional today - or just take the day off.

Alex Needham: "The Rolling Stones: 'We are theatre and reality at the same time'" (The Guardian)
The band's best album in decades is an 'accidental' covers collection of songs by their early heroes. Backstage in Boston they talk about playing until they're dead, Prince opening for them in his knickers and what Bob Dylan really thinks about his Nobel prize.

Stuff The Media Reports As True, Side By Side With The Truth (Cracked)
Boy, the news media is just so whacky with its crazy news stories that are probably based on lies and misinformation, yet they're going to keep reporting it anyway and quietly issue a retraction later. But, by then, the damage has already been done. Way to go, major news outlets. Way. To. Go.

Gavin Haynes: "Haranguing Chad: how Nickelback became pop's ultimate punchline" (The Guardian)
Canadian police have warned criminals that part of their punishment will include having to listen to the 'Back. From Sting to Phil Collins, some acts just can't escape being the butt of our jokes.

Evan R. Goldstein: The New Intellectuals (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Is the academic jobs crisis a boon to public culture?

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On what TV series would you find this lady and her log?

       Twin Peaks                                                      Source

Margaret Lanterman, better known as the Log Lady, is a character in the television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. The character makes semi-regular appearances in both seasons, and is played by Catherine E. Coulson, who also very briefly reprised the role for a single scene in the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. On April 25, 2016, it was confirmed that Coulson had filmed new scenes as the Log Lady for the series' 2017 revival.

The Log Lady is a fixture in the town of Twin Peaks by the time of Laura Palmer's murder, and most residents in the town regard her as crazy. This is mainly due to her habit of always carrying a small log in her arms, with which she seems to share a psychic connection, often dispensing advice and visions of clairvoyance which she claims come from the log; prior to the murder, she delivers moving and cryptic warnings to Laura Palmer herself. The Log Lady does not interpret the messages transmitted by the log, but instead functions as a medium for the information it conveys.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Twin Peaks.

Randall wrote:
   Twin Peaks

mj said:
   The Log Lady
  Was a regular, if enigmatic, feature on Twin Peaks. Hell, she made about as much sense as the rest of the show.

gene responded:
   On the very surreal and strange David Lynch program, Twin Peaks. Also, a great slice of pie and a damn fine cuppa coffee. The music by Angelo Badalamente was not to be sneezed at, either.

Adam answered:
   Twin Peaks.

Deborah replied:
   That photo has a distinctly 70s look to it, and I didn't have a TV then, so I really don't know. I want to say "Mary Hartman" and I'm fully expecting to be wrong. It could be anything.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Twin Peaks

George M replied:
   Marty, the Log Lady was found to be in the television series, "Twin Peaks".
  I believe this inspired the "Log - from Blammo" bit on the television series, "Ren & Stimpy".

DJ Useo responded:
   S'funny...I know a fair bit about TV trivia, but you left me out this time. Well played, Boss Lady!

MAM     wrote:
   Twin Peaks (1990-1991) ~ The Log Lady

Joe S     answered:
   One of my all time favorite TV shows, Twin Peaks.

  Just found it on Netflix. Gonna watch it all again.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  December 2 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 2 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Click here: Obama's dirty secret: the fossil fuel projects the US littered around the world | Environment | The Guardian

Climate change will stir 'unimaginable' refugee crisis, says military | Environment | The Guardian

Australian students recreate Martin Shkreli price-hike drug in school lab | Science | The Guardian

Leah Remini's new Scientology expose TV show has giant ratings - SFGate

Teva Pharm & Syqe Med Team On Medical Cannabis Inhaler for Pain

Get your birth control and cancer screenings now: Republicans plan to defund Planned Parenthood

Trump's Treasury pick foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman ... over 27 cents

Hedge fund manager 'takes glee' over how Donald Trump conned his voters

Plastic island: How our trash is destroying paradise -

Mike Pence's new neighbors put up LGBT pride flags in protest -

Protecting Your Internet Presence in the Age of Donald Trump - NBC News

The battle for national parks and other federal lands under a Trump presidency

Dahr Jamail | Without Major Interventions, the Orca's Days Are Numbered

Trump's populism is only the beginning. Here come the robots. - Nov. 17, 2016


Fox News host: Those stripped of Obamacare coverage can just go to the emergency room, right?

30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Spills, Mapped - CityLab

Trump Is Insecure About His Double Chin, Internet Takes It To Task | The Huffington Post

Homeland Security Panel Wants To Quit For-Profit Immigrant Detention | The Huffington Post

LA's black enclave buffeted by police pressure and tech-driven gentrification | US news | The Guardian

These Are The Fierce Activists Leading The Women's March On Washington | The Huffington Post

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Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election | Southern Poverty Law Center

Donald Trump's Chief Strategist Doesn't Seem To Have A Problem With Suppressing Black Voters | The Huffington Post

New conservative website lists professors accused of liberal bias and "anti-American values."

WATCH: CNN anchor debunks Fox report in which Donald Trump voter repeats fraud myth -

Classic Books Yanked From Virginia County Schools After Parent Complaint | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump's scariest pick so far? Right-wing fruitcake Michael Flynn as national security adviser -

The Disruptive Career of Michael Flynn, Trump's National-Security Adviser - The New Yorker

Trump Health Czar Tom Price Is a Nightmare for Women - The Daily Beast

Trump's Lies Aren't Lies Because 'There's No Such Thing' As Facts Anymore, His Surrogate Says | The Huffington Post

Jon Stewart Finally Went Long About The Election And Donald Trump | The Huffington Post

The House Science Committee Doesn't Seem To Understand The Concept Of Winter | The Huffington Post



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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Last Night

Bad headache.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Matthew Broderick, Ali Wentworth, and Fergie.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 10/20/16) are Cher, Gal Gadot, and the Kills.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Chelsea Handler, John Legend, and Chuck Leavell.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 11/7/16) are John Goodman, Andrew Rannells, the 1975, and Keith Carlock.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/12/16) are Tyler Hoechlin, Mothers, and Kyle Kinane.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 11/3/16) are Jamie Dornan, Khloe Kardashian, and Kings of Leon.

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

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.

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

A&E has 'The First 48', 'LIVE PD: Rap Sheet', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD', then another FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'Back To The Future Part II', followed by the movie 'Back To The Future Part III'.

BBC  -   
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-The Gamesters of Triskelion
 [5:10PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-A Piece of the Action
 [6:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-The Immunity Syndrome
 [7:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-A Private Little War
 [8:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Return to Tomorrow
 [9:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Patterns of Force
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-The Gamesters of Triskelion
 [12:10AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-A Piece of the Action
 [1:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-The Immunity Syndrome
 [2:30AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-A Private Little War
 [3:40AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Return to Tomorrow

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

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', followed by the movie 'Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser', then the movie 'Bruce Almighty'.

FX has the movie 'The Karate Kid', followed by the movie '22 Jump Street'.

History has all old 'Ancient Aliens' all night.

IFC  -   
 [8:00AM]    28 WEEKS LATER
 [12:30PM]    ZOMBIELAND
 [2:30PM]    COMMANDO
 [11:00PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Reggie Watts Wears a Purple and Yellow Quilted Sweatshirt
 [11:30PM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber Wears A Purple Top Hat & Fabrice Fabrice Wears One Pink Fur Leg Warmer
 [12:00AM]    ARMAGEDDON

Sundance  -   
 [6:31AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Crime-Free Mayberry
 [7:06AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Perfect Female
 [7:41AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter
 [8:16AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Clubmen
 [8:51AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Pickle Story
 [9:26AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Sheriff Barney
 [10:01AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Farmer Takes a Wife
 [10:36AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Keeper of the Flame
 [11:11AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Bailey's Bad Boy
 [11:46AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Manicurist
 [12:21PM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Jinx
 [12:56PM]    Rectify-Pineapples in Paris
 [1:58PM]    Rectify-Physics
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Misconception
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-In Memory Of
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Out of Control
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Heaven
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-His Hour Upon the Stage
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Star Struck
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Blood Is Thicker ...
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Trust
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Stiff
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Dissonance
 [12:59AM]    Law & Order-Thin Ice
 [1:58AM]    Rectify-Pineapples in Paris
 [3:00AM]    Million Dollar Baby    (ALL TIMES EST)

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

TCM spends most of the night with Myrna Loy
 [6:15 AM]      The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
 [7:45 AM]      Massacre (1934)
 [9:15 AM]      When a Man Loves (1927)     SILENT 
 [11:15 AM]      The Desert Song (1929)
 [1:30 PM]      The Great Divide (1929)
 [3:00 PM]      Noah's Ark (1929)
 [4:45 PM]      Show of Shows (1929)
 [7:00 PM]      Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home To (1991)
 [8:00 PM]      The Devil To Pay (1930)
 [9:30 PM]      Arrowsmith (1931)
 [11:30 PM]      Consolation Marriage (1931)
 [1:00 AM]      The Truth About Youth (1930)
 [2:15 AM]      The Squall (1929)

 [4:15 AM]      Trade Winds (1938)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Saturday   -  12/03/16

 [6:00 AM]      I Met My Love Again (1938)
 [7:30 AM]      Phantom Lady (1944)
 [9:00 AM]      Ride Lonesome (1959)
 [10:30 AM]      Dig That Uranium! (1956)
 [12:00 PM]      She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
 [2:00 PM]      Mighty Joe Young (1949)
 [3:45 PM]      Lust For Life (1956)
 [6:00 PM]      2010 (1984)
 [8:00 PM]      Hitler's Madman (1943)
 [9:30 PM]      A Scandal in Paris (1946)
 [11:15 PM]      Lured (1947)
 [1:15 AM]      Gang Boy (1954)
 [2:00 AM]      Portrait of Jason (1967)
 [4:00 AM]      The Fox (1967)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Michael, left, and Robert Meeropol, the sons of Ethel Rosenberg, pose similar to an old photograph of them, before they attempt to deliver a letter to President Barack Obama in an effort to obtain a exoneration for their mother Ethel Rosenberg, in front of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 in Washington. Ethel Rosenberg was executed, along with her husband, Julius, in 1953 after being convicted in a Cold War atomic spying case that captivated the country.
Photo by Alex Brandon


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North Dakota

Veterans Arrive

U.S. military veterans were arriving on Thursday at a camp to join thousands of activists braving snow and freezing temperatures to protest a pipeline project near a Native American reservation in North Dakota.

Protesters have spent months rallying against plans to route the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, saying it poses a threat to water resources and sacred Native American sites.

State officials on Monday ordered activists to vacate the Oceti Sakowin camp, located on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, citing harsh weather conditions. Officials said on Wednesday however that they will not actively enforce the order.

Matthew Crane, a 32-year-old Navy veteran who arrived three days ago, said the veterans joining the protest were "standing on the shoulders of Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi" with the their plans to shield protesters.

"I bought a one-way ticket," he told Reuters as he worked to build a wooden shelter at the main camp. "Hopefully we can shut this down before Christmas."

Veterans Arrive


An HIV-positive Filipino lights candles around an AIDS symbol as he participates in an event in observance of World AIDS Day in Quezon city, Philippines on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. The group is calling for increased awareness to the rising number of HIV infections and AIDS-related cases and called on the government and other sectors to help break the social stigma brought about by the disease.
Photo by Aaron Favila


Lincoln Center To Remember

Leonard Cohen

New York's Lincoln Center on Wednesday announced a low-key memorial for legendary poet and singer Leonard Cohen next week, with the art complex simply to play his songs.

Lincoln Center -- the campus of premier US art institutions including the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic -- said the remembrance event will take place on Monday.

Recordings of Cohen's music, as selected by his fans and friends, will play for four hours starting at noon (1700 GMT) at Lincoln Center's outdoor plaza regardless of weather.

"There are no speakers and no live performances," Lincoln Center said in a statement.

The event is being put together by Hal Willner, a veteran music producer behind a 2005 tribute show for Cohen in Sydney that gave birth to the documentary film "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man."

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Urged To Respect Scientific Integrity


Dear Donald Trump: The scientific community is watching.

More than 2,300 scientists, including 22 Nobel Prize winners, signed an open letter urging the president-elect and the incoming 115th Congress to ensure that the federal government will support scientific inquiry and rely upon it when shaping public policy.

The letter, published earlier this week, lays out four crucial steps the Trump administration and Congress can take to strengthen the role of science in policymaking: Foster "a strong and open culture of science," ground public safeguards like the Clean Air Act firmly in scientific knowledge, adhere to high standards for scientific integrity and independence and provide adequate resources for federal scientists to conduct their work.

Many scientists are alarmed by Trump's election in part because of the antagonism he displayed toward their collective endeavor. This included spreading climate change skepticism, suggesting vaccines cause autism and making wildly inaccurate claims about everything from voter fraud to the unemployment rate.

The signers, who hail from all 50 states, said the well-being and health of people in the United States and beyond is improved when U.S. policies are informed by "science unfettered by inappropriate political or corporate influence."



The Lego gingerbread White House is seen in the State Dining Room during a holiday decor preview at the White House in Washington on Nov. 29, 2016.
Photo by Kevin Lamarque


Urge Action To Protect Heritage Sites

Nobel Laureates

Five Nobel prize winners called Thursday for urgent international action to protect world heritage sites from the destruction wrought by extremist groups and conflicts.

In an appeal launched on the eve of an international conference in Abu Dhabi, the laureates pointed to the irreparable damage that has been done to some of the world's most treasured ancient sites in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Mali.

"Part of our history has been lost forever, with the goal of fanaticism being to undermine our hope for the future," they said.

The signatories included Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former UN chief Kofi Annan.

They also included Nobel literature laureates Orhan Pamuk of Turkey and Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru.

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Breitbart News Wages All-Out Attack


Breitbart News has unleashed a full-scale campaign against Kellogg Co. after the food manufacturer announced that it was discontinuing ads on the alt-right website because it is not "aligned with our values as a company."

On Wednesday, Breitbart kicked off an online boycott with the hashtag #DumpKelloggs, which briefly became the top-trending term on Twitter in the U.S. As of Thursday at 11 a.m. PT, Breitbart claims more than 145,000 people have signed its online petition against the company. The site has created an image showing all of Kellogg's brands.

Breitbart - which critics accuse of producing a virulent stream of racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic material - has come under new scrutiny after executive chairman Steve Bannon joined Donald Trump's campaign as CEO, and since has been tapped as chief strategist and senior counselor to the president-elect. Bannon has said he is taking an extended leave of absence from Breitbart and will have no involvement with the company during his tenure in the Trump administration.

While other advertisers including Allstate and Warby Parker have also pulled ads from Breitbart, so far Kellogg appears to be the sole target of the far-right site.



People sit on a bench on a warm autumn evening in a park near Lake Leman in Lutry, Switzerland, December 1, 2016.
Photo by Denis Balibouse


Expanded Hacking Powers


A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden attempted three times to delay the changes, which will take effect on Thursday and allow U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants that give the FBI the authority to remotely access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas. His efforts were blocked by Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate's second-ranking Republican.

Magistrate judges can currently only order searches within the jurisdiction of their court, which is typically limited to a few counties.

In a speech from the Senate floor, Wyden said that the changes to Rule 41 of the federal rules of criminal procedure amounted to "one of the biggest mistakes in surveillance policy in years."

He added that such authority, which was approved by the Supreme Court in a private vote earlier this year, but was not subject to congressional approval, was especially troubling in the hands of an administration of President-elect Trump, a Republican who has "openly said he wants the power to hack his political opponents the same way Russia does."



Activists Deride Burial Rule


Texas' newly adopted amendments requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains every time a woman has an abortion are set to take effect on Dec. 19.

The state's Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopted the new rules on behalf of the state's Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on Monday. They will prevent abortion providers from disposing of fetal remains in sanitary landfills, "regardless of period of gestation."

Activists say the new rules place an unconstitutional burden on a woman seeking an abortion, which is a legally protected procedure after the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. There is also concern that the new rules could lead to more women performing unsafe abortions outside of medical facilities.

"These new restrictions reveal the callous indifference that Texas politicians have toward women," David Brown, the senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement. "Forcing a woman to pay for a burial after she ends a pregnancy or experiences a miscarriage is not just absurd - it is an unnecessary burden and an intrusion on her personal beliefs."

After the rules were first proposed in July, there was considerable pushback from abortion-rights advocates and the medical community, prompting the HHSC to make several changes.



Transgender women hold candles during the World AIDS day in Karachi, Pakistan on December 1, 2016. The World AIDS Day, observed December 1, each year, is dedicated to raising awareness against the spread of AIDS and HIV infections.
Photo by Shahzaid Akber


Christmas Goat


In our continued coverage of extended metaphors for this tumultuous year, here's a holiday-themed analogy of well-intentioned calamity.

The tale starts out quaintly enough. In the Swedish town of Gävle, there is a lovely holiday tradition of erecting a charming goat effigy.

The structure, complete with red ribbons and twinkling lights, is built in tribute to the Scandinavian Yule Goat, a time-honored symbol of the season.

The town gathers around the structure to greet the goat on the first day of Advent. According to the BBC, this year (for the goat's 50th anniversary) around 2.3m kronor (£200,000; $250,000) was spent on its construction and the associated festivities.

Another unofficial ritual that has sprung up around this picturesque custom? Arson.



May Ease Anxiety, Depression


The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show.

It worked for Dinah Bazer, who endured a terrifying hallucination that rid her of the fear that her ovarian cancer would return. And for Estalyn Walcoff, who says the drug experience led her to begin a comforting spiritual journey.

The work released Thursday is preliminary and experts say more definitive research must be done on the effects of the substance, called psilocybin.

But the record so far shows "very impressive results," said Dr. Craig Blinderman, who directs the adult palliative care service at the Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He didn't participate in the work.

Psilocybin, also called shrooms, purple passion and little smoke, comes from certain kinds of mushrooms. It is illegal in the U.S., and if the federal government approves the treatment, it would be administered in clinics by specially trained staff, experts say.




In Memory

Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs, a Germany-born British actor best known for his role opposite John Cleese on the seminal UK sitcom Fawlty Towers, has died. He was 86. He died November 23 in a London nursing home, but the news was announced today.

Born on April 7, 1930, in Berlin, Sachs moved with his parents to England at age 8, when they fled the increasing persecution of the Nazi regime. Growing up in London, Sachs began his career as an assistant stage manager in Bexhill, East Sussex, while performing in plays. He later served as a stage manager in Liverpool and finally moved back to London, where he auditioned constantly for roles with BBC before being hired as a writer. During the period he also appeared onstage in the Whitehall farce Simple Spymen.

His film debut came in 1958 with The Night We Dropped a Clanger, before going on to a host of roles on television throughout the 1960s, including appearances on such shows as The Saint and Randall and Hopkirk.

In 1975 he would land his best-known role, the bumbling Spanish waiter Manuel on Fawlty Towers. One of British sitcom history's most iconic characters, Manuel was a well-intentioned but confused and disorganized waiter from Barcelona whose English was spotty and who was constantly berated and assaulted by his boss Basil Fawlty (Cleese). Sachs paid a physical price for the role, being injured twice on set, including once being burned by acid. The character proved one of the most popular of the series; Sachs appeared in both of the show's series and would reprise the role in radio adaptations of Fawlty Towers, providing linking narration.

After Fawlty Towers ended, Sachs continued to work regularly. In 2009, at age 79, he was brought on for 29 episodes of the long-running soap Coronation Street, and he appeared in the 2012 films Run for Your Wife and Quartet. Other film and TV appearances from throughout his career include Nothing Barred (1961), Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973), Are You Being Served? (1977) and Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I (1981), in which he appeared during the film's French Revolution-set final segment.

Sachs also had numerous radio roles and voice-over narration roles. They include Father Brown in an adaptation of GK Chesterton's detective priest stories, radio productions of Sherlock Holmes and PG Wodehouse's The Code of the Woosters and narrating all five series of BBC's The Trouble Shooters.

Sachs briefly was catapulted into international notoriety in 2008 after receiving an obscene phone call from Russell Brand and television presenter Jonathan Ross during an episode of Brand's BBC radio show. Brand had been bragging about having had a sexual relationship with Sachs' granddaughter. The BBC would later issue an apology for Brand's behavior, and Brand resigned from the network.

Sachs retired from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with vascular dementia. He's survived by his wife of 56 years, Melody Lang; his three children; and grandchildren.

Andrew Sachs



Christmas cookies of Obama family dogs Sunny and Bo sit on a tray during a holiday decor preview at the White House in Washington on Nov. 29, 2016.
Photo by Kevin Lamarque



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