BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 22 March, 2015


22 March, 2015

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Marc Dion: Straightening Out America's Trade Deficit (Creators Syndicate)
Republican senators are trying to strengthen America's economy by exporting the ignorance that got them elected.

Alison Flood: How come the romantic novel of the year is a work of Young Adult fiction? (Guardian)
Julia Golding, who wrote YA title Struck under the pen name Joss Stirling, has won a prize normally taken by books written for grown ups. What's going on?

Alison Flood: Douglas Adams Doctor Who script to regenerate as a novel (Guardian)
City of Death, a Tom Baker-era tale of time travel, intrigue and holidays in Paris dashed off in a weekend will get lengthier consideration by author James Goss.

Jonathan Jones: Who cares about Saddam Hussein's tomb when Isis are obliterating empires? (Guardian)
Museums are the conscience of the world. When it comes to art and heritage they are the only conscience we really have.

Jonathan Jones: "Blood on the canvas: the greatest feuds in art history" (Guardian)
In his exhibition You Were Shit in the 80s, artist Mackie imagines fictional feuds between great artists. He didn't need to. Real art history is riddled with rivalries - from Leonardo's attempted castration of Michelangelo's David, to Picasso and Matisse's love wars.

What I'm really thinking: the healthcare assistant (Guardian)
I love my job, and I love the patients. It's the staff who get me down. We are paid the least, work the hardest physically and are at the front line.

Stuart Jeffries: "David Graeber: 'So many people spend their working lives doing jobs they think are unnecessary'" (Guardian)
The anarchist author, coiner of the phrase 'We are the 99%', talks to Stuart Jeffries about 'bullshit jobs', our rule-bound lives and the importance of play.

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Trivia Question of the Day

On his TV series, he portrayed "Chief Dan Mathews", but this actor was known, with considerable embarrassment, by the California Highway Patrol as "Old 502". What is his name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The pilcrow is more commonly known as a(n) _____?_____   ____?_____ (2 words)

      Paragraph Mark (Sign)                                                      Source

The pilcrow (¶), also called the paragraph mark, paragraph sign, paraph, alinea (Latin: a linea, "off the line"), or blind P, is a typographical character for individual paragraphs. It is present in Unicode as U+00B6 ¶ pilcrow sign (HTML ¶ · ¶).        Source

Linguistical Lois Of Oregon was first, and correct, with:
   Excuse me while I whip out my Big Blue Book Of Grammar and Punctuation! Yes, here it is; the BLIND P, used to denote a new paragraph.
  What the hell. I thought a blind pee was something that happened after the seventh beer of the morning. addendum to Saturnday Trivia
  P.S. Dale, thanks a lot for the saggy old boob pictures.
  Like I don't see enough of THAT in the bathroom mirror. Feh.

Alan J said:
   Paragraph mark.

Randall wrote:
  the pilcrow is also known as a
  paragraph mark
  as opposed to a pill crow

Charlie responded:
   Paragraph mark, or blind p. It's the thing that shows up at the end of paragraphs in a word processor when you view nonprinting characters.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   The pilcrow , also called the paragraph mark, paragraph sign, paraph, alinea , or blind P, is a typographical character for individual paragraphs

Adam answered:
   The paragraph mark, paragraph sign, paraph, alinea (Latin: a line?, "off the line"), or blind P,[1] is a typographical character for individual paragraphs.
  Oops, more than two words.

Marian said:
   paragraph mark

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   It's a paragraph mark. For all of you that don't remember, a paragraph is a self-contained unit of a discourse in writing dealing with a particular point or idea. It's a lost art for many of today's rambling wordsmiths.

  Lois, next Friday be prepared for the retrospective: "Filthy Sluts Swapping Santorum."

MAM   , returning, wrote:
   Paragraph mark ~ A typographical character for individual paragraphs.

  PS I'm back!

Deborah took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  March 22 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 22 | Famous Birthdays



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Michelle in AZ

Dazzling supertide envelops France's Mont Saint-Michel - SFGate

The Last 3 Of The World's Rarest Rhinos Are Unable To Breed

Jerusalem at boiling point of polarisation and violence - EU report | World news | The Guardian

Fraternities' sexism and racism can no longer hide in age of social media | US news | The Guardian

From New World to Salem, witches ride again in American pop culture | Television & radio | The Guardian

As a Muslim woman, I see the veil as a rejection of progressive values | Yasmin Alibhai-Brown | Comment is free

Africa is centre of a 'wildlife war' that the world is losing | Environment | The Guardian

BBC News - Rapid blood test to 'cut antibiotic use'

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Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH 'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH 'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH 'Battle Creek'.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'The Voice', followed by 'Dateline'.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH 'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH 'Secrets & Lies', followed by a FRESH 'Revenge'.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Celebrity Name Game', followed by another RERUN 'Celebrity Name Game', then an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news & other fluffery.

Faux has a RERUN 'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH 'Bob's Burgers', then a RERUN hourlong 'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH 'Last Man On Earth'.

MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.

A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH 'Intervention', then a FRESH 'Neighbors With Benefits'.

AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH 'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH 'Talking Dead'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Planet Earth: Incredible Families
 [7:00AM]    Planet Earth: Extreme Journeys
 [8:00AM]    Planet Earth: Frozen Planet - Ep 2 - Spring
 [9:00AM]    Wild Alaska - Ep 2 - Summer
 [10:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 3 - The Priory
 [11:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 7 - Sushi Ko
 [12:00PM]    QI - Season 11 - Ep 13 - Just the Job NEW
 [12:40PM]    QI - Season 11 - Ep 14 - J-Places NEW
 [1:20PM]    QI - Season 11 - Ep 15 - Justice NEW
 [2:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 2
 [3:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 3
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 4
 [5:00PM]    The Man In The Iron Mask
 [8:00PM]    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
 [11:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14 - Episode 2
 [12:00AM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14-Episode 3
 [1:00AM]    Top Gear: Best Of 13-14-Episode 4
 [2:00AM]    Orphan Black - Season 1 - Ep 5 - Conditions of Existence
 [3:00AM]    Orphan Black - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Variations Under Domestication
 [4:00AM]    Orphan Black - Season 1 - Ep 7 - Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner
 [5:00AM]    Orphan Black - Season 1 - Ep 8 - Entangled Bank    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH 'Millionaire Matchmaker', followed by a FRESH 'Fashion Queens', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.

FX has the movie 'This Is 40', followed by the movie 'Just Go With It', then the movie 'Just Go With It'.

History has 'American Pickers', 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH 'Ax Men', and 'Appalachian Outlaws'.

IFC  -   
 [4:00PM]    ERASER
 [11:30PM]    FIGHT CLUB
 [2:45AM]    ERASER

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Breakfast
 [6:15AM]    Brokeback Mountain
 [9:15AM]    The American President
 [11:30AM]    The Next Three Days
 [2:15PM]    The Next Three Days
 [5:00PM]    Outbreak
 [9:25PM]    Misery
 [10:00PM]    Misery
 [12:15AM]    Outbreak
 [3:00AM]    Confidence
 [5:00AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Potheads and Knuckleheads    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Jumanji', then the movie 'The Last Airbender'.

 [6:00 AM]      Primrose Path (1940)
 [8:00 AM]      Gilda (1946)
 [10:00 AM]      Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
 [12:00 PM]      Some Came Running (1958)
 [2:30 PM]      Lovely To Look At (1952)
 [4:30 PM]      Marty (1955)
 [6:15 PM]      Critic's Choice (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      Irma La Douce (1963)
 [10:30 PM]      Fanny (1961)
 [1:00 AM]      The Hoodlum (1919)    SILENT 
 [2:30 AM]      Torment (1944)
 [4:15 AM]      Miss Julie (1951)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Monday   -  03/23/15

 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #2 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      The Caretakers (1963)
 [8:15 AM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [10:30 AM]      Torch Song (1953)
 [12:00 PM]      Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
 [2:00 PM]      Flamingo Road (1949)
 [3:45 PM]      Humoresque (1946)
 [6:00 PM]      Mildred Pierce (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
 [10:00PM]      The Crimson Pirate (1952)
 [12:00 AM]      Papillon (1973)
 [2:45 AM]      Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
 [5:15 AM]      Devil's Island (1940)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Actress Zoe Saldana, right, and her husband Marco Perego laugh as they attend the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


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Maine Gov Should 'Man Up And Apologize'

Stephen King

Stephen King says Maine Gov. Paul LePage should "man up and apologize" after the governor claimed the author has moved away and doesn't pay income taxes in Maine.

LePage used his radio address this week to make his case for eliminating Maine's income tax. He said states without an income tax, such as Florida, have lured away Maine residents, including King.

King spends winters in Florida but told the Portland Press Herald on Friday that he and his wife paid about $1.4 million in Maine state taxes in 2013 and figured it was about the same for 2014.

King says his foundation also gives $3 to $5 million grants annually, mostly in Maine.

A revised version of LePage's address released Thursday no longer mentions the author. LePage's spokesman did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

Stephen King


Actor Billy Crystal and wife Janice sit courtside during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-99.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


Tim Jeffs Draws Incredibly Detailed Lizards Using Pencil Crayons «TwistedSifter


Judge Orders Release Of Photos

Abu Ghraib

The U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein's ruling Friday gives the government, which has fought the case for over a decade, two months to decide whether to appeal before the photos could be released.

The American Civil Liberties Union has been seeking to make the photos, including images from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, public in the name of holding m public in the name of holding government accountable.

It's unclear how many more photographs may exist. The government has said it has 29 relevant pictures from at least seven different sites in Afghanistan and Iraq, and it's believed to have perhaps hundreds or thousands more, Hellerstein said in a ruling in August. He said some photos he had seen "are relatively innocuous while others need more serious consideration," and he has ruled that any images that would be released would be redacted to protect the identities of people in them.

Some photographs, taken by service members in Iraq and Afghanistan, were part of criminal investigations of alleged abuse. Some images show "soldiers pointing pistols or rifles at the heads of hooded and handcuffed detainees," then-Solicitor General - now Supreme Court Justice - Elena Kagan wrote in an appeal to the high court earlier in the case, which has taken a long road through the courts and Congress.

Abu Ghraib


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Giving Piano

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow is giving a piano to a New York school district and he's urging others to donate musical instruments for schoolchildren to play.

Newsday reports that the 71-year-old Manilow is donating a piano to the Uniondale school district on Long Island.

The crooner is performing at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Friday. He's giving two concert tickets to anyone who makes a donation of a new or gently used instrument.

The donation is part of the singer's Manilow Music Project. Manilow says he started the project to help public schools with depleted music programs.

Barry Manilow


Hungarian bassoonist Gyorgy Lakatos (L) performs compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach during his concert at the Great Market Hall in Budapest, Hungary, 21 March 2015. Joining the international movement 'Bach in the Subways', Hungarian musicians celebrate the 330th anniversary of the birth of the German composer by performing street concerts at five locations in the Hungarian capital.
Photo by Zsolt Szigetvary


Zona del Silencio: The Urban Legend of The Zone of Silence | Amusing Planet


Italy Shows Off Restored Villa


Italy unveiled the restored crown jewel of the ancient city of Pompeii on Friday, showing off a rare success story as it races to shore up the site marred by such mismanagement and neglect that it risked losing EU funding and its UNESCO World Heritage site listing.

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini cut the ribbon to open the restored Villa of Mysteries, a spectacular estate on the outskirts of Pompeii's city center that features some of the best-preserved frescoes of the site.

Franceschini said that while problems still remain at Pompeii, Italy was on schedule to meet a European Union deadline to spend 105 million euros ($111 million) in EU funds by the end of the year for maintenance and restoration projects.

While only three projects have been completed, 13 are underway and some 65 million euros has been awarded in contracts, officials said. In addition, 85 people have been hired to work on the site and visitor numbers last year were 200,000 more than in 2013.



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Anchorage police served search warrants at marijuana activist Charlo Greene's Alaska Cannabis Club after receiving reports of illegal marijuana sales.

The police took marijuana and impounded a Dodge Dakota and a Jeep Liberty on Friday, reported.

Greene is a former television reporter who gained notoriety when she quit her job on live TV in September with an expletive and announced she's becoming an advocate to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska.

Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe, told KTVA the club is a medical marijuana dispensary. "We don't sell any recreational marijuana. We don't sell any medical marijuana. This is a place for cardholders to come and share their own cannabis," she said.



A woman takes pictures of a field of tulips in the Keukenhof in Lisse, The Netherlands, 21 March 2015. The world's second largest flower park, that is visited by some 900,000 persons from all over the world annually, is open from 20 March to 17 May.
Photo by Remko De Waal


vintage everyday: 40 Black and White Portraits of Frida Kahlo from between the 1930s and 1940s


'Brockovich' Town


A Mojave Desert community where toxic chromium contamination was portrayed in the movie "Erin Brockovich" is set to lose its post office and its only gas station and convenience store.

Postal officials say they will be looking for a new location for the Hinkley Post Office, which has been at the same location since 1958, It will close Friday.

The number of street deliveries in Hinkley has dropped by nearly 38 percent - from 504 in 2012 to 321 in 2015, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Eva M. Jackson told the San Bernardino Sun newspaper.

Hinkley's population has been dwindling for years as the community struggled with concerns over the cancer-causing chromium-6 in well water.

Business at the convenience store - the Hinkley Market - collapsed after the nearby Hinkley Elementary School closed in June 2013, the newspaper said.



US sculptor David Best known for its participation in the Burning Man festivals, poses for pictures outside his wooden structure called 'Temple in Londonderry' prior its ceremonial burning in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 21 March 2015. The temple has been used as a space for contemplation and remembrance and people have been leaving messages inside the structure. Made from a timber frame, some sections have been designed and cut by young people from Derry under the artist direction. Following this period, the temple and its contents will be ceremonially torched in a ceremony at 20pm this evening.
Photo by Paul McErlane


Why Are So Many People Nearsighted? | Popular Science


Attorneys Seek Reinstatement Of Death Row Lawyer


A year's suspension for a Texas death row defense lawyer as punishment for submitting documents late was unwarranted and will interfere with his work for others awaiting execution, a petition signed by about 300 lawyers submitted this week said.

According to the petition, filed in the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overstepped its bounds when it punished attorney David Dow and is seeking his reinstatement.

In handing out its penalty, the appeals court said it had admonished Dow before and its decision to suspend him from practicing before the court was warranted given the nature of the rules violation, according to court papers.

The petition questioned whether Dow filed the documents late, saying he met the mandated 7-day advance filing term in the case of Miguel Paredes, who was executed in October.

The appeals court said the documents should have been filed eight days in advance.



The 'Temple in Londonderry' made by US sculptor David Best known for its participation in the Burning Man festivals, burns during the ceremonial torched ceremony in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 21 March 2015. The temple has been used as a space for contemplation and remembrance and people have been leaving messages inside the structure. Made from a timber frame, some sections have been designed and cut by young people from Derry under the artist direction.
Photo by Paul McErlane


The Capital: Egypt Plans Largest From-Scratch City in History | Urbanist


Are People Too?


Attorney Steven Wise is on a crusade to prove that, as a matter of law, chimps are people too. For that matter, so are dolphins, elephants, gorillas and orcas.

Wise made his argument at the TED Conference that wrapped up in Vancouver, Canada on Friday.

"I had to invent the field of animal juris prudence," Wise told AFP at TED.

Wise argued that apes, chimps, elephants and orcas are as entitled to the rights of "persons" under law as are people or corporations.

Legal systems around the world have granted rights of personhood to holy scripts, mosques, companies, and even a river.



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Lion cubs cuddle in the Gyongyos Zoo in Gyongyos, Hungary, 21 March 2015. The one male and two female cubs were born on 12 March 2015.
Photo by Peter Komka



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