BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 27 February, 2016


27 February, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1612 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Twilight of the Apparatchiks (NY Times Column)
Lack of self-awareness can be fatal. The haplessness of the Republican establishment in the face of Trumpism is a case in point.

Paul Krugman: How To Read Primary Results (NY Times Blog)
What they find is that in all three contests so far - yes, including New Hampshire - Clinton has done better, and Sanders worse, than the 50-50 case would predict. In fact, Nevada was Sanders's best showing by this metric, although I suspect making too much of that would be pushing the methodology too hard. So at least so far, we're looking at a steady march toward a Clinton nomination, although by no means a blowout.

Brent Underwood: "Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a 'Best-Selling Author'? $3 and 5 Minutes." (Observer)
I would like to tell you about the biggest lie in book publishing. It appears in the biographies and social media profiles of almost every working "author" today. It's the word "best seller."

Adam Tod Brown: The 5 Most Underrated Movies Of The Last Decade (Cracked)
Public opinion is everything for a movie. If you're faced with deciding what to spend way too much money to watch on the big screen, chances are you won't opt for the one that everyone swears is a giant piece of shit. That's understandable, but it also should come as no surprise that sometimes the people get it wrong.

David Cox: #OscarsSoWhite: who is really to blame for the Oscars' lack of diversity? (The Guardian)
Voter prejudice is shouldering much of the blame for the Academy Awards' lack of diversity. But who is really responsible?

David Christopher Bell: "5 Problems Haunting The Oscars (Besides Lack Of Diversity)" (Cracked)
"For the second year in a row, the Academy Awards are being called out for being as stark white and monstrously aged as the shimmering salt flats of Bolivia. And, while that failure comes as a surprise to exactly zero people, you might be delighted to learn that it's not nearly the only behind-the-scenes problem persistently haunting the Oscars like a mediocre ghost.

Peter Bradshaw: "Inside Out director Pete Docter: 'We wanted to make sure Riley was not a robot'" (The Guardian)
The director of the Pixar film tipped to win the best animation Oscar on the emotions that didn't make the cut - including Schadenfreude clad in lederhosen.

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Trivia Question of the Day

This American writer, political activist and early leader of the Black Panther Party was a registered republican and Mormon in good standing at the time of his death in 1998. What is his name?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the only US state to have a two-sided flag?

       Oregon                                                      Source

The flag of the state of Oregon is a two-sided flag in navy blue and gold with an optional gold fringe. On the front is the escutcheon from the state seal and on the reverse is a gold figure of a beaver, the state animal.Oregon is currently the only U.S. state to have a two-sided flag (the flag of Massachusetts was changed in 1971 to be single-sided).        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
  the obverse:

  ...and the reverse:

Lois Of Oregon But Not Really Noticing What The Flags Around Here Look Like wrote:
   I'll be danged! Never noticed our state flag had something on BOTH sides! Once you see the beaver, you just stop looking! (That's what HE said!) are some GLEANED BEAVER MEMES!

Alan J said:

mj replied:
   As made famous by out of state hooligans
  That would be Oregon.

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Stephen F wrote:

Roy Adams in Gohmertstan, Texas said:
   As a devoted fan of Dr. Sheldon Cooper's "Fun With Flags," I learned from episode 1 that the only two-side state flag is Oregon's. It's also gone through a lot of changes over the state's history, and I think that given the recently relaxed pot laws, maybe it's time for Oregon to change the blue to green and replace the bear with a pot leaf.

Deborah replied:
   I had to know so I l looked it up: Oregon. The back side features a beaver. Hee!
  Looking at your Oscars list it occurs to me that the last movie I saw was "Star Wars," in 3-D no less, a month after its release. I've seen none of the movies on the list. How sad is that - as a consumer of pop culture I expect more.

Marian answered:

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali the dry responded:
   Oregon… …our stilted neighbor to the North, except for one Lois!

  Academy award boobs:

MAM   wrote:
   Oregon ~ Adopted in 1925, on the front is the escutcheon from the state seal and on the reverse is a gold figure of a beaver, the state animal.

Joe S     said:
   According to "Fun With Flags, with Dr. Sheldon Cooper" the only state with a two-sided flag is Oregon.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  February 27 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 27 | Famous Birthdays



Academy Awards 2016

Guess The Winners

Best Picture

   "The Big Short"

   "Bridge of Spies"


   "Mad Max: Fury Road"

   "The Martian"

   "The Revenant"



Best Actor in a Leading Role

   Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"

   Matt Damon, "The Martian"

   Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

   Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"

   Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Best Actress in a Leading Role

   Cate Blanchett, "Carol"

   Brie Larson, "Room"

   Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

   Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

   Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

   Christian Bale, "The Big Short"

   Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"

   Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"

   Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"

   Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

   Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"

   Rooney Mara, "Carol"

   Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"

   Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"

   Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

Best Director

   Adam McKay, "The Big Short"

   George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"

   Alejandro G. Inarritu, "The Revenant"

   Lenny Abrahamson, "Room"

   Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

Best Original Score

   "Bridge of Spies"


   "The Hateful Eight"


   "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Respond by 9pm (pst - midnight on the East Coast) Saturday, 02/27/16

No prizes - just bragging rights.

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Guess the Oscars 2016

Big List of Oscar Nominations

Dale (who 'won' last year) wrote:
I don't think I'll get it this year. Too many close races.

  Movie: Spotlight

  Actor: Leo

  Actress: Brie - Really good!

  Supporting Actor: Rocky

  Supporting Actress: Kate

  Director: McCarthy

  Original Score: "The Hateful Eight"

Lois Of Oscarland wrote:
Here are MY predictions!

   Best Picture: Mad Max, because it was that rarest of rarities, a remake that was not only better than the original, but actually GOOD.

   Best Actor: Matt Damon, because he made intelligence cool again! And he had to science the shit out of it!

   Best Actress: Brie Larson, because she deserves it on account of her parents naming her after a cheese.

   Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo, because his name rhymes with "buffalo", and besides...HULK SMASH!

   Best Supporting Actress: Rachel McAdams, because...I saw her in the Robert Downey Jr. "Sherlock Holmes" movies, so there!

   Best Director: George Miller, because he had the balls to remake Mad Max, knowing that Mel Gibson was alive and running free somewhere.

  Best Score: Hateful Eight, because I haven't seen it but hope with all my heart that there is a "Love Theme From The Hateful Eight".

So let it be written. So let it be done!

Thanks, Dale & Lois!

The only award I care about this year is Original Score.

I'd like to see Ennio Morricone win for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight -- his 6th nomination.

I have a weakness for 'Spaghetti Westerns' - goes back to my college days. But back then, I saw them in German. The first one was 'Wo Die Wilden Westen War', or 'Once Upon A Time In The West' in English.

Henry Fonda was a very bad man. Shooting little kids kind of bad man. Talk about casting against type.

The next one was 'Zwei glorreiche Halunken' (Two glorious scoundrels (villains)), or 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' in English.

I was hooked!

A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, My Name is Nobody, even Duck, You Sucker.

Not understanding all the dialog, I paid more attention to other 'stuff', like the cinematography and the music.

And the music was inevitably by Ennio Morricone.

Other Morricone works include: La Cage aux Folles (1978), La cage aux folles II (1980), La Cage aux Folles 3: The Wedding (1985), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), In the Line of Fire (1993), Bulworth (1998), The Fantastic World of M.C. Escher (1980), The Canterbury Tales (1972), Space: 1999 (TV Series 1975-1977), and Days of Heaven (1978).

9 years ago he was given an honorary Oscar (Morricone and Alex North are the only composers to receive the Honorary Oscar since the award's introduction in 1928), and it's time he received a 'real' one.



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Melissa Harris-Perry Walks Off Her MSNBC Show After Pre-emptions - The New York Times

Thanks, Michelle!



Gare Says...

A Take On Trump's Escapades


I lived in Manhattan for twenty years and got tired of listening to Donald Trump around 1987. But, I see the appeal that he carries this year.

While everyone else is spouting focus group mind mush, Donald says what he thinks and lets the devil take the hindmost. If you don't know what that means, ask a rural person. Or Google a rural person.

Click it. Share it. Heck... read it if you want!

Thank you,

Gare G

Thanks, Gare!



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

Planted some milkweed - have lots of seed from last year's "crop".

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The Original One', then '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night with LIVE 'NHL Hockey', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
'SNL' is a RERUN from 1/23/16, with Ronda Rousey hosting. music by Selena Gomez.

ABC starts the night with LIVE 'NBA Basketball', then pads the left coast with local crap.

The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by a FRESH 'Monopoly Millionaires' Club', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.

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

MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48: Houses Of Horror', then another FRESH 'The First 48: Houses Of Horror'.

AMC offers the movie 'Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'King Kong'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 19 - Episode 3
 [7:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 19 - Episode 4
 [8:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 19 - Episode 5
 [9:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Northern Australia
 [10:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Mojave
 [11:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Fan vs. Wild
 [12:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Behind the Wild
 [1:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Cape Wrath Scotland
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Face of the Enemy
 [9:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 9-Sleep No More
 [10:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 10-Face The Raven
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-The Quality of Life
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Chain of Command (Part 1)
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Chain of Command (Part 2)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Ship in a Bottle
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Face of the Enemy

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by the movie 'Coyote Ugly', then the movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'.

Comedy Central has 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man', 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', 'Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny', and 'Trevor Noah: Africa American'.

FX has the movie 'Captain Phillips', followed by the movie 'American Hustle'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ty Burrell
 [6:45AM]    SOAP
 [7:20AM]    SOAP
 [7:55AM]    SOAP
 [8:30AM]    SOAP
 [9:05AM]    SOAP
 [9:40AM]    SOAP
 [10:15AM]    SOAP
 [10:50AM]    SOAP
 [11:25AM]    SOAP
 [12:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
 [12:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
 [1:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
 [1:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
 [2:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
 [6AM - 9AM]    Paid Programming
 [7:30PM]    END OF WATCH
 [2:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
 [3:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
 [3:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
 [4:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
 [4:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Simon Helberg    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    The Karate Kid Part III
 [9:00AM]    Once Upon a Time in Mexico
 [11:00AM]    Rocky III
 [1:30PM]    First Blood
 [3:30PM]    Rambo: First Blood Part II
 [5:30PM]    Rambo III
 [8:00PM]    Cliffhanger
 [10:00PM]    Cobra
 [12:00AM]    Rocky III
 [2:30AM]    American History X
 [5:15AM]    American Psycho    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds', followed by the movie 'The Lone Ranger'.

 [6:00 AM]      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
 [8:00 AM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [10:00 AM]      Mrs. Miniver (1942)
 [12:30 PM]      Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
 [2:30 PM]      Gandhi (1982)
 [5:45 PM]      Chariots Of Fire (1981)
 [8:00 PM]      Breaking Away (1979)
 [10:00 PM]      Diner (1982)
 [12:00 AM]      Apollo 13 (1995)
 [2:30 AM]      Philadelphia (1993)
 [4:45 AM]      Rachel, Rachel (1968)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sunday   -  02/28/16

 [7:00 AM]      Watch On The Rhine (1943)
 [9:00 AM]      The Seventh Cross (1944)
 [11:00 AM]      Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
 [1:30 PM]      The Apartment (1960)
 [3:45 PM]      Double Indemnity (1944)
 [5:45 PM]      Going My Way (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Blue Skies (1946)
 [10:00 PM]      Swing Time (1936)
 [12:00 AM]      Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
 [2:00 AM]      The Public Enemy (1931)
 [3:30 AM]      Libeled Lady (1936)
 [5:30 AM]      One Way Passage (1932)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from 02/12/80) - Patrick Duffy, Red Buttons, Ann Reinking, and William F. Buckley (R-Speed Freak).

Bounce TV

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Italian composer Ennio Morricone, center, poses with "The Hateful Eight" director Quentin Tarantino, left, and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. Morricone is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score in Sunday's Oscars ceremony for The Weinstein Company's "The Hateful Eight."
Photo by Chris Pizzello


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


17 Photos of International Borders Around Asia | When On Earth - For People Who Love Travel


Original Recording To Auction


An acetate record cut by the Beatles before the Liverpool band hit stardom is going on auction.

The 1962 record made at the HMV record store on Oxford Street in London is believed to be the only one made. It was given by the band's manager, Brian Epstein, to producer George Martin, who later signed the group.

On one side of the disc, Epstein wrote the names of the songs on the label, misspelling them each time. He attributed: "Hullo Little Girl" (Hello Little Girl) by John Lennon & The Beatles, while on the flip side, he wrote: "'Til There Was You," (Till There was You) by Paul McCartney & The Beatles.

The recording had been in the loft of Les Maguire, a member of another Liverpool band, Gerry and the Pacemakers. Epstein gave Maguire the record so that his band would listen to it.

The 10-inch (25 centimeter) demo record is expected to fetch at least 10,000 pounds ($14,000) when it goes on auction March 22 at Omega Auctions in Warrington.



(L-R) French actress Juliette Binoche, US actor Michael Douglas and British actress Kristin Scott Thomas pose for photographers as they arrives for the 41st annual Cesar awards ceremony held at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, France, 26 February 2016.
Photo by Etienne Laurent


Dozens of Vintage Snapshots, All with the Same Creepy Shadow - Feature Shoot


'Party Has Gone Batshit Crazy'

Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Narnia) is disgusted with the GOP's embrace of Donald Trump: "My party has gone batshit crazy."

In no-holds-barred remarks at a celebratory dinner Thursday night, the South Carolina senator and unsuccessful presidential candidate said the GOP has lost all semblance of sanity and predicted the party will suffer irrevocable losses in November if it backs Trump.

The plain-spoken Graham has repeatedly engaged in name-calling with Trump. Earlier Thursday, Graham called the GOP front-runner a "nut job" and insisted his party would go down like the Titanic if it backed the billionaire businessman.

Hours later, at the Washington Press Club Foundation's annual congressional dinner, attended by more than 750 lawmakers, journalists and congressional aides, Graham made a scathing attack on the GOP and several of his former presidential rivals. The dinner traditionally is a joke-filled affair with lawmakers poking fun at each other.

Lindsey Graham


Newhead News


Population Rebounding

Monarch Butterflies

North America's monarch butterflies are on a rebound and the number of the plucky orange and black creatures, which gather in Mexico before flying north to Canada, could soon stand at around 150 million, a new survey showed on Friday.

The survey from a scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the second this month to show the numbers on the mend, but the population is still well below a high in the 1 billion range two decades ago.

The monarch's recent comeback is due to favorable weather and the planting of more milkweed, an important plant to keep numbers up on its migration route, the NRDC survey said.

Monarchs lay eggs only on milkweed plants, which grow wild throughout the United States. But the milkweed, on which their larvae feed, can cause stomach problems for cattle that eat it, so ranchers and farmers destroy it, NRDC researchers said.

Monarch Butterflies


Italian composer Ennio Morricone, right, poses with his wife Maria Travia after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. Morricone is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score in Sunday's Oscars ceremony for the film "The Hateful Eight."
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Scientists Discover a Boiling River of Amazonian Legend


Japan's Cat Island


An army of cats ruling a remote Japanese island are licking their whiskers after a plea for food aid triggered a flood of donations from across the country.

More than 140 cats occupy the tiny island of Aoshima in southern Japan -- outnumbering humans by eight to one -- but when the feral felines recently ran out of cat food, a cry for help led to an extraordinary response.

"Food began pouring in from all over Japan," Kazuyuki Ono, 59, whose tweet raised the alarm, told AFP on Friday.

"In spring and summer, tourists bring food to feed the cats but when it gets cold, the sea is rough and nobody comes. Sometimes boats can't cross in the rough seas. It's a mysterious little island."

Aoshima, known also as Cat Island, was once home to 1,000 people but today only 16 remain, mostly pensioners. But the cats, originally brought to the island to kill the mice that infested fishermen's boats, rule the roost and visitors flock from across Asia and even Europe to see the fluffy creatures.



Wake-up Call


Fraud Claims Surface In Campaign

'Trump University'

Donald Trump's legal troubles, stemming from his involvement in the now defunct Trump University, erupted into a major issue in the presidential campaign today, with rival Marco Rubio (R-Thirsty) citing it as evidence the Republican frontrunner is a "con artist." The developer is being sued in federal court by former students who claim they were defrauded of thousands of dollars in fees.

"I mean, this is unreal," said Rubio on NBC's "Today" show. "This guy is a con artist. … You have a guy who is being sued right now for fraud for Trump University. … There are people that borrow $36,000 to go to Trump University … And you know what they got? They got to take a picture with a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump."

"A con artist is about to take over the conservative movement and the Republican Party, and we have to put a stop to it," he added in a separate interview on ABC News.

Trump, who has strongly denied all wrongdoing and recently hired prominent litigator Daniel Petrocelli to represent him in the San Diego case, dismissed the issue when it came up in the debate and again in a press conference Friday at which he was endorsed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Christie defended Trump, who claimed he had won "most" of the lawsuits he has faced over the issue. In fact he has failed in repeated attempts to get the suits dismissed. The San Diego case will be the first to go to trial.

And Cruz appears to have made a similar calculation as Rubio, bringing up the potential effect of the cases on Trump's electability.

'Trump University'


Television personalities Regis and Joy Philbin attend Investigation Discovery's HATE IN AMERICA screening event at The Paley Center for Media on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Amy Sussman


The Forgotten Desert Libraries of Chinguetti | Amusing Planet


Confederate Heritage White Supremacy Month


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, but without mentioning slavery.

His proclamation was posted to the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans website but not to the governor's site. He signed it days before legislators killed bills that would have either removed the Confederate battle emblem from the 122-year-old state flag or stripped state money from colleges and local governments that refuse to fly the current banner.

"Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi's history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be," Chandler said. "Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward."

A weekly newspaper, the Jackson Free Press, first reported on the heritage month proclamation Wednesday. Governors of some other Southern states have issued similar proclamations in the past. Georgia law designates each April as Confederate History and Heritage month.



Italian composer Ennio Morricone, right, poses with flutist Andrea Grimenelli after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. Morricone is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score in Sunday's Oscars ceremony for the film "The Hateful Eight."
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Modern Masters: 10 Installations by Artist & Activist Ai Weiwei | Urbanist


Anti-Choice Lands' End Lacks Sack

Gloria Steinem

Wisconsin-based retailer Lands' End is apologizing to customers for featuring an interview with feminist and political activist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog and has removed references to her from its website.

The company removed a feature on Steinem from its website after customers complained about her support for abortion rights, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The retailer issued an apology Wednesday after offended customers complained, including by flooding the company's Facebook page with hundreds of comments and vows to stop shopping the stores.

"We understand that some of our customers were offended by the inclusion of an interview in a recent catalog with Gloria Steinem on her quest for women's equality," the company said in a statement. "We thought it was a good idea and we heard from our customers that, for different reasons, it wasn't."

Steinem had been interviewed by company CEO Federica Marchionni for the Lands' End "Legend Series," which features people "who have made a difference in both their respective industries and the world at large," according to the company.

At least two private religious schools also have weighed in, saying they plan to stop purchasing uniforms from Lands' End and are urging others to do the same. In a letter to the company, Missouri College of the Ozarks administrator Sue Head said its decision to feature a "well-known abortion activist" helped lead to the school's decision to shop elsewhere. Head said the college has spent more than $150,000 in the company's uniform division.

Gloria Steinem


Russian police officers escort artist Petr Pavlensky into a cage in court room in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. A Moscow court extended Pavlensky's detention until the beginning of April. The artist is known for his political art performances, including nailing his scrotum to the paving stones of the Red Square.
Photo by Ivan Sekretarev


The Physics Of The Perfect Chocolate - Starts With A Bang! - Medium


Lifts Hold On Flint Water Bill


Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Despicable) on Thursday lifted a hold he placed on bipartisan legislation to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated pipes have resulted in an ongoing public health emergency.

Senators had reached a tentative deal a day earlier for a $220 million package to fix and replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes, make other infrastructure improvements and bolster lead-prevention programs nationwide.

Cruz and at least one other GOP senator objected to a quick vote on the deal, delaying Senate consideration of the bill until at least next week. A spokesman for the Texas senator, Phil Novack, said Thursday night that Cruz had reviewed the bill and will not prevent it from moving forward in the Senate.

There was no word on whether other holds on the legislation had been removed. Earlier Thursday, Kristina Baum, a spokeswoman for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Jesus Twin), said there were "a few holds" on the bill. Inhofe chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and was a main architect of the Flint deal.



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An executive and two Pennsylvania cheese businesses her family controls pleaded guilty Friday to trying to pass off grated Swiss and mozzarella as parmesan and romano and adding more wood pulp to the products than the law allows.

Michelle Myrter, 44, will receive probation instead of up to one year in prison called for by the statute, according to her attorney.

Under a deal with prosecutors, Myrter's Slippery Rock companies - International Packing and Universal Cheese and Drying - will have to forfeit $500,000 each.

The Food and Drug Administration said the cheese was made by family-owned Castle Cheese and sold at Target stores and other stores under the brand names Market Pantry, Always Save and Best Choice, according to a report obtained from the agency Bloomberg News.

Myrter, vice president of Castle and an officer in the other companies, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the introduction of misbranded and adulterated food into interstate commerce. The companies pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misbrand and adulterate the products and money laundering.



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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. Madonna; $2,627,898; $121.69.
    2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $2,260,746; $128.41.
    3. The Weeknd; $1,368,999; $77.08.
    4. Dead & Company; $1,187,307; $81.36.
    5. Muse; $1,110,686; $57.42.
    6. Juan Gabriel; $934,935; $114.53.
    7. Andre Rieu; $780,905; $100.58.
    8. Motley Crue; $774,144; $71.67.
    9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $743,372; $56.05.
   10. Simply Red; $721,330; $68.26.
   11. Imagine Dragons; $636,845; $47.40.
   12. Zac Brown Band; $593,493; $51.44.
   13. Jerry Seinfeld; $583,582; $96.75.
   14. Scorpions; $410,115; $60.45.
   15. The Prodigy; $410,033; $54.96.
   16. Jeff Dunham; $347,538; $48.18.
   17. Nightwish; $299,543; $45.47.
   18. Shinedown / Breaking Benjamin; $235,552; $41.46.
   19. "Dancing With The Stars"; $190,645; $56.99.
   20. Michael Flatley's "Lord Of The Dance"; $175,495; $67.84.

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In Memory

Lennie Baker

Longtime Sha Na Na member Lennie Baker, who sang lead on the doo-wop favourite "Blue Moon" and appeared in the 1978 hit movie "Grease," has died at age 69.

He died Wednesday in Weymouth, where he had been briefly hospitalized after developing an infection, his nephew David Baker said.

Lennie Baker spent 30 years touring with Sha Na Na as a vocalist and saxophone player. He performed "Blue Moon" at Carnegie Hall and around the world and often said it was his favourite tune. With his health failing, he left the group in 2000 and was living in an assisted-care facility for the past two years.

Baker appeared with other Sha Na Na members in "Grease," which featured them under the stage name Johnny Casino and the Gamblers and starred John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. Baker also had appearances on the TV show "Sha Na Na," which aired in the late 1970s.

Sha Na Na co-founder Donny York paid tribute to Baker in a Facebook post, calling him "a man of no few words, many of them in 'for the ages' territory."

Baker was born on April 18, 1946, in Whitman, about 20 miles south of Boston. He played with the 1950s group Danny and the Juniors before joining Sha Na Na.

Lennie Baker



Ah Meng, a Sumatran orang-utan is fed by her keeper as she is presented to the media at the Singapore Zoo, in Singapore, 26 February 2016. Formerly known as 'Ishta', the five-year-old primate is the grand-daughter of the original Ah Meng, an icon of the Singapore Zoo and a symbol of the successful conservation for wild orang-utans.
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