BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 15 October, 2017


15 October, 2017

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Ella Whelan: We need to start telling the image censors to back off (Spectator)
Almost two and a half years ago, feminists called on Transport for London to remove adverts of a scantily-clad Australian from the tube. Protests against the infamous 'beach body ready' adverts claimed that showcasing a woman in a bikini to peddle weight-loss pills was offensive to women. Apparently the sight of a skinny woman was upsetting to all of us non-skinny women.

Josh Marshall: Do What I Want'n No One Gets Hurt, Alright? (TPM)
Setting aside any moral calculus, this is folly in political terms. A lot of Senate Republicans get this. This hurts millions of Americans. But Trump is doing the damage in plain daylight. He's shooting himself without even realizing it. If the 'deal' Trump wanted was one that helped people, Democrats might face a dilemma over whether to follow their political advantage or making good policy. … But there's no conflict. For Democrats politics and policy line up entirely.

Marc Dion: Trump Should Take the Rap (Creators Syndicate)
It took black football players to show us what the flag really means, and what a lot of white people think it means. Maybe 100 black rappers can finally get everyone to understand what Donald Trump really means.

Lenore Skenazy:"It's a Dog's Life (And I'm Envious)" (Creators Syndicate)
Pet owners, I know your animals are cherished members of the family. What they aren't, however, are neurotic 21st-century Americans. So why are we starting to treat them that way? For instance, there is flavored water for dogs these days, the options ranging from spearmint to peanut butter to parsley.

Susan Estrich: Be Well (Creators Syndicate)
The Trumps have nothing to worry about. They have federal-government insurance - one of the best plans that money can buy, with the most options and the most comprehensive coverage. It's good enough for the Trumps - though they are, after all, among the very few Americans who could actually afford to pay for their own health care if they got sick. This is not the 1 percent but the 0.1 percent. Lucky them.

Susan Estrich: Old Dogs (Creators Syndicate)
Judy couldn't get up this morning. She's 14, my oldest, and she's named after my best friend, who died. A brilliant idea, it seemed, at the time. I was missing her, and this would be a way to talk to her every day. The first Judy taught me not to be afraid of dogs. It sounds silly, but my mother raised me to fear them. She couldn't bear the thought of losing a dog, so we never had one; my mother was so afraid of life that sometimes it seemed she hardly dared to live.

Froma Harrop: Will You Wed Work Till Death Do You Part? (Creators Syndicate)
Savvy Americans with high net worth seem quite able to guarantee clear sailing in retirement. Others who don't plan, can't plan or are in too desperate straits to put anything aside may end up working for the rest of their lives. That presupposes they can work. What if they can't?

Froma Harrop: A Nobel Prize for Cosmetic Science? (Creators Syndicate)
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Garden of Eden Serpent Denies Tempting Adam and Eve, Thus Causing Fall of Man


Superman Abandons Earth

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Trivia Question of the Day

What is the term for a large mating swarm of male gnats?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Ailuromancy or aeluromancy (also known as felidomancy) is a form of divination that uses the movements of what animal to predict future events?

       Cats                                                      Source

Ailuromancy or aeluromancy (from Greek aílouros meaning "cat"), also known as felidomancy, is a form of theriomancy. It is divination using cats' movements or jumps to predict future events, especially the weather.

One of the most common methods of ailuromancy utilizes the movements and behaviours of a cat to predict upcoming weather patterns. For example, if the cat turns its tail to a fire or any substituting heat source, it foretells a possible change in weather, particularly the coming of heavy rain or hard frost. Another example is if a cat curls up with its forehead touching the ground, it indicates that storms will happen in the near future.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

Mark. said:
   Ailuromancy is divination based on the movements of cats.

Randall wrote:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   cat's movements or jumps

Adam answered:
   Clearly it's Cats.

David of Moon Valley replied:
   Cats?! new fact for the day, Thank You...(actually thought it might be Marthas...but no, first guess wrong...)
  Actually haven't been taking days off, just haven't had the time to read much or answer...we've been on the move a bit and when we aren't moving we're busy trying to get reliable information about The Fires here in Sonoma...
  Oh, and Twitter? CB radio for the new millennia...#Breaker#Breaker that's a big #10-4 #goodbuddy about some mostly useless blathering, my god...if you don't believe me, those on twitter, check out the feed for #sonomafires.....'you don't have anything useful to add then stay off the freakin' keyboard and STFU!' HeyZeusKristy! there, my rant is done...TYVM....Peace....mike-drop...

John I from Hawai`i says,

Billy in Cypress wrote:

Deborah said:
   Cats. I wonder if there's a subset that uses black cats?
  Bats, cats, there's a theme here. Nice, Marty.
  The 20 mph winds are blowing from the north. I sure hope they don't make the present fires any worse. Or start new ones.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Smoldering Norcali, replied:
   Cats…I read Taibbi's Trump article last night…Malignant Narcissist he is…we still won't be able to get rid of him until 2020…if we're all still here!

Daniel in The City responded:

Joe S     answered:
   As everyone knows it's the movement of cats. What everyone doesn't know is that cats are not native to Earth. It's true, cats are space aliens. Think about it, cats are spiky. They have spiky tongues, they have spiky fur and they certainly have spiky feet. Those spiky feet are spiky because they are armed with retractable claws. Are you aware of any other animals like that? No, just cats. Oh yeah, and they have funny eyes, all the better to watch what humans are up to. Oh yeah, and they can fall from great heights, land on their feet and walk away unharmed. Aliens, not everyone knows this, but you will know it when the great feline mother ship lands and we greet our feline over-lords.

  That's what I'm talkin' about.

Gene took the day off.

zorch took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Donald Trump Proudly Tweets He's Destroying Health Care Economy, That Employs Millions Of Americans

'He is failing': Trump strikes out solo as friends worry and enemies circle | US news | The Guardian

Yes, Donald Trump can be removed from the US presidency. Here's how | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

Chinese museum accused of racism over photos pairing Africans with animals | World news | The Guardian

Tom Hanks: 'I've made a lot of movies that didn't make sense - or money' | Film | The Guardian

The Method To The Moron's Madness | HuffPost

Penguin breeding catastrophe: Chicks dead, only two survivors - CNN

One Giant Wind Farm Could Power the Entire Planet

'Hazards of Homosexuality' Flier Distributed at Values Voter Summit

Iowa is not a swing state anymore

California's Trumpcare Bomb, It's Going To Do Major Damage To The GOP And Trump's Support

FL-Sen: Bill Nelson (D) Takes Aim At Trump & GOP's $500 Billion Medicare Cuts

Vatican Edict In Trump's HHS Portends Extreme Danger for Women

Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood's Oldest Horror Story - The New York Times

Milestones today for Duty to Warn, successful meetings in 13 venues, 65,000 sign petition, and this:

Psychologists march through New York to call for Trump's removal from the presidency

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Donald Trump's Fake Renoir: The Untold Story | Vanity Fair

Trump Just Delivered a Big Speech at a Hate Group Event | Alternet

German soccer team kneels in solidarity with US NFL protesters | TheHill

Bachmann praises Trump as man of faith | TheHill

Bannon promises 'season of war' against McConnell, GOP establishment - POLITICO

Who Trump attacks the most on Twitter - Axios

Bannon says criticizing Trump disrespects the military - ThinkProgress

Religious conservatives shrug at Bannon's links to white nationalist groups - ThinkProgress

As More Campuses Allow Concealed Weapons, Faculty Push Back | Alternet

10 Examples of Trump Unraveling Before the Current Unraveling Began | Alternet



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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

One of my favorite movies, Night of the Living Dead was on last night, and I stayed up way too late watching it.

My first viewing of it was decades ago, on Chiller Theater, hosted by Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille at 11:30pm, Saturdays, on WIIC in Pittsburgh.

For 4+ years I spent almost every Saturday night babysitting, and watching Bill Cardille & Chiller Theater.

Bill Cardille also played a reporter in Night of the Living Dead.

So, for years after I left PA, whenever I felt a tinge of homesickness, all I needed was to see Night of the Living Dead - it was my first VHS purchase, and also my first DVD.

Here's Chilly Billy.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH 'Wisdom Of The Crowd', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a FRESH 'Madam Secretary'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Toy Box', followed by a FRESH 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', followed by a FRESH 'Ten Days In The Valley'.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Valor', followed by a RERUN 'Dynasty', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.

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

MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', 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 all old 'Storage Wars' all night.

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

BBC  -   
 [2:00PM]    SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009)
 [5:00PM]    VAN HELSING (2004)
 [8:00PM]    SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009)
 [11:00PM]    SHERLOCK - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-A Study in Pink
 [1:00AM]    SHERLOCK - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-The Blind Banker

Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH 'Shahs Of Sunset', another 'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Real Housewives Of NJ', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

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

FX has the movie 'Spy', followed by the movie 'Trainwreck'.

History has 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers: Bonus Buys'.

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 [10:30AM]    BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2
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 [4:45AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Taco and a Hair Flip
 [5:15AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-I Can't Believe This Used to Take Days
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Eddie George     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [7:15AM]    The Da Vinci Code
 [10:45AM]    Rudy
 [1:15PM]    Dirty Harry
 [3:30PM]    Magnum Force
 [6:00PM]    Escape From New York
 [8:00PM]    Predator
 [10:30PM]    First Blood
 [12:30AM]    Black Dog
 [2:30AM]    Rudy
 [5:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Sons and Bowlers
 [5:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Picture This     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'I, Frankenstein', followed by the movie 'Neverknock'.

 [6:00 AM]      The Girl from Missouri (1934)
 [7:15 AM]      Personal Property (1937)
 [8:45 AM]      Follow Me Quietly (1949)
 [10:00 AM]      Side Street (1950)
 [12:00 PM]      A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
 [4:00 PM]      Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
 [5:45 PM]      Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      Horror of Dracula (1958)
 [9:45 PM]      The Brides of Dracula (1960)
 [11:30 PM]      Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      The Phantom Carriage (1921)     SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Diabolique (1955)
 [4:15 AM]      Gaslight (1944)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Monday   -  10/16/17

 [6:15 AM]      The Snow Devils (1965)
 [8:00 AM]      The (ce Pirates (1984)
 [9:45 AM]      Brainstorm (1983)
 [11:45 AM]      The Power (1968)
 [1:45 PM]      Satellite in the Sky (1956)
 [3:15 PM]      Battle Beneath the Earth (1967)
 [5:00 PM]      Indestructible Man (1956)
 [6:15 PM]      The Ultimate Warrior (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      Madame Satan (1930)
 [10:15 PM]      Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
 [12:15 AM]      Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
 [2:45 AM]      What's Up, Doc? (1972)
 [4:30 AM]      Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Workers harvest a vineyard as smoke from a massive wildlife fills the air near Oakville, Calif ,Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
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Pulled From Mississippi School

'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" was removed from the 8th-grade curriculum Thursday at a Biloxi, Mississippi, school. Administrators from the Biloxi School District worked in conjunction with the Biloxi Junior High School's English department to remove the classic novel because it "makes people uncomfortable," according to reports.

Several complaints emerged about the book's content, citing the language as a reason for concern. Administration and department heads also determined that the lesson's conveyed within Lee's 1960 novel set in Alabama during the Great Depression can be taught through other books, which led the school to cycle it out of its curriculum - a change that is said to occur periodically.

"To Kill A Mockingbird" was previously an integral part of the 8th-grade curriculum. Students were required to partake in several formative and summative assessments on the book, including an argumentative essay.

The book will still be available at all Biloxi school libraries.

Some Twitter users were baffled by the sudden curriculum change. Many considered the modification to be "sad" because the book is "too important." Several echoed that books like "To Kill A Mockingbird" are essential because of the "hatred and racism" embedded in American society. Others argued that the book should remain in school classrooms because of the teachable lessons.

'To Kill A Mockingbird'


The Atlas Fire burns east of Woodley Canyon Rd near vineyards late Tuesday evening in Napa County, in this long exposure image on Oct. 10, 2017.
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In 1977 Mike Nesmith Fooled The World: When The Monkees Sold More Records Than The Beatles and Rolling Stones Combined


Stripped of Academy Membership


The Board of Directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has stripped disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of his membership in the organization.

The move comes after a New York Times report that alleged decades of sexual misbehavior by Weinstein, and a New Yorker story that brought more disturbing details to light, including allegations of rape. Further accusations surfaced throughout the week.

In its statement, the Academy emphasized that its decision was about more than just Weinstein.

"We [have voted to expel Weinstein] not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over," the statement reads.

The Academy's decision also follows the British Academy's announcement last week that that organization had suspended his membership.



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'Just Not What I Do'

Jimmy Fallon

In the ratings battle between the late night hosts, Jimmy Fallon is currently in danger of slipping to third place behind Jimmy Kimmel. Fallon already lost claim to the top ratings spot to Stephen Colbert earlier this year, but now a once huge lead over the other Jimmy has evaporated to just a few hundred thousand viewers.

The dramatic downward trajectory is likely due to Fallon's decision to refrain from having hard-hitting segments about President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) administration, while Colbert and Kimmel have had massive success doing just that.

Amid the ratings drop (and to promote Fallon's new children's book, Everything Is Mama), fellow NBC show "Sunday Today" will have Fallon on for an interview about "The Tonight Show" this weekend. As a teaser, "Today" released a segment of the interview where host Willie Geist asks Fallon why he isn't going after Trump.

"It's just not what I do," Fallon said in response. "I think it would be weird for me to start doing it now. I don't really even care that much about politics. I've got to be honest. I love pop culture more than I love politics. I'm just not that brain."

Critics have branded Fallon as being too soft for these times ever since he had Trump on as a guest back during the current president's candidacy. In that interview, Fallon infamously ruffled Trump's hair.

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Sterling Vineyards, just south of Calistoga, is seen through a haze of smoke on Thursday morning, the result of various wildfires Napa, Calif., on Oct. 12, 2017.


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Illustration Sells For Record


An original illustration for the cover of one of the early Asterix comic books sold for a record 1.4 million euros (1.7 million dollars) at auction on Friday, more than seven times its expected price, an auction house announced.

The drawing for "Asterix and the Banquet" ("Le Tour de Gaule" in French), signed by the creators of the legendary series, Albert Uderzo and Rene Goscinny, was sold by the Drouot auction house in Paris.

The story, first published as an album in 1965, recounts the travels of shrewd Gallic hero Asterix and his rotund sidekick Obelix as they travel round France collecting local delicacies and wine.

It had been expected to sell for 180,000-200,000 euros, a statement from Drouot said.

Another cover illustration for the "Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield" volume sold for 1.2 million euros.



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Also A Misogynist

Racist Spencer

White Nationalist Richard Spencer's tiki torch rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his distant dream of forming a white ethnostate steal headlines, but his views about women-that their role in politics be shrunk down to a barely visible place that would be unrecognizable to almost anyone in modern America-is seldom highlighted.

I spoke to Spencer this week, and in the context of a discussion about two documents that he admires, the American Naturalization Acts of 1790 and 1795, laws that once set out rules for the United States in limiting naturalization to only free white persons of good moral standing, I pointed out that the U.S. was a fundamentally different country at the turn of the 19th century. More specifically, I asked him if he wanted to return to a time in which women weren't allowed to vote.

"I'm not terribly excited about voting in general," Spencer said. "I think that mass democracy is a bit of a joke to be honest."

The subject of misogyny in alt-right circles has been well documented, not only in terms of its prevalence in the movement, but as being a fundamental part of why the movement exists in the first place. Angela Nagle, a leftist writer, for example, catalogued the movement's journey from frequently apolitical, primarily misogynistic threads on the imageboard site 4chan into the kind of "blood and soil" racial nationalism embraced by men like Spencer in her book Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right. But Spencer's comment perhaps hints at how he and other alt-right leader's views about women might manifest in terms of actual policy, should they be able to gain direct access to the levers of power.

"Women should never be allowed to make foreign policy," he wrote about then candidate Hillary Clinton in September of 2016 on Twitter. "It's not that they're 'weak.' To the contrary, their vindictiveness knows no bounds."

Racist Spencer


A wildfire burns behind a winery Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Fire crews made progress this week in their efforts to contain the massive wildfires in California wine country, but officials say strong winds are putting their work to the test.
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'A Malignant Narcissist, A Sociopath and A Racist'


A special adviser to the UN has launched into an extraordinary outburst against Donald Trump (R-Odious), calling him a 'malignant narcissist, a sociopath and a racist'.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, an economist at Colombia University and special adviser to several UN secretary generals, made the comments on Radio 4's Today Programme this morning.

Speaking about The President-for-now, he told presenter Sarah Montague: 'I believe on an individual level he is profoundly psychologically ill.

'He is a malignant narcissist and he is a sociopath and he's a racist so so we've seen all of that unfold. It's hard to say it but this is the grim reality that we face right now.'



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Keeps Getting Worse


Record numbers of Americans are obese, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obesity means having a body-mass index of 30 or over, whereas a BMI of between 25 and 29.9 earns the classification of "overweight." (It's worth noting that the BMI measurement system is controversial among physicians.)

More than 70% of Americans are now either obese or overweight by this measure. However, the statistics are particularly worrying. Almost 40% of adults are obese. The childhood obesity rate, for ages 6-19, has increased to 20%.

Childhood obesity is linked to increased mortality rates in adulthood, and obesity can lead to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

It's hardly a uniquely American problem though - the World Health Organization (WHO) warned this week that the number of obese kids and adolescents has risen tenfold over the last four decades, around the world.



Evacuees Ron Vitt, 75, left, and Ellen Brantley, 65, enjoy an evening at Sonoma Raceway sipping wine as smoke from several wildfires fills the sky Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif. They celebrated their 29th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 8. Their home is okay, so far.
Photo by Janie Har


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Hunting Season

Trumpeter Swan

A federal plan to let hunters shoot trumpeter swans has drawn fire from some of the people who toiled to bring the majestic white birds back from the brink of extinction.

Trumpeter swans, North America's largest waterfowl species, have made a comeback in recent decades thanks to efforts to reintroduce them to their former breeding range. Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on a plan that would let hunters shoot them in several states that allow the hunting of tundra swans, a more numerous species.

"Trumpeter swans are a conservation success story," said Brad Bortner, chief of the service's migratory bird management division. North America's population is estimated at more than 63,000 adult birds and it's growing by more than 10,000 a year, he said.

No state is currently proposing trumpeter swan seasons, he said, and the proposal is mostly aimed at protecting tundra swan hunters in five states who may mistakenly kill trumpeter swans. But he acknowledged the proposal opens the door to the possibility that some states could offer such a hunting season. The soonest the proposal could take effect is 2019-2020 season.

Tundra swans look almost identical to trumpeter swans, especially at a distance, and a tundra swan hunter who mistakenly shoots a trumpeter is subject to a fine. That rarely - if ever - happens. But the risk is expected to grow as trumpeter swans spread from states that have invested heavily in restoration efforts, such as Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan in the Mississippi Flyway.

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How Medieval Fake News Brought Down

Knights Templar

The declining value of the truth may seem to define a particularly modern phenomenon. This week saw U.S. President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) continue his Twitter accusationsagainst so-called "fake news"-after a year in which Oxford Dictionaries made post-truth the word of the year for 2016. This trend reflects an apparent shift into an age where politicians and campaigners jettisoned their traditional desire to avoid being caught telling blatant, demonstrable lies. Yet of course, as the ancients knew, there is no new thing under the sun.

If there were ever such a thing as a post-truth era, it began precisely 710 years ago, at dawn on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, in the kingdom of France. On that day, government agents swooped in on every property belonging to the world-famous Knights Templar, arrested their members on false charges and began a process of interrogation, public examination and reputational demolition that ended four and a half years later with the order being dissolved. Though the events of that day are not the source of superstition about Friday the 13th-contrary to rumor-they do hold lessons for today.

The Templars were a medieval military order, set up during the crusading period, named for their initial headquarters on the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif) in Jerusalem. They recruited western, Christian warriors who took an oath to live quasi-monastic lives devoted to the principles of chastity, poverty and obedience, and wore iconic uniforms of black or white robes emblazoned with a red cross.

The methods used to bring down the Templars were chillingly efficient and post-truthy as hell. Prior to the Friday 13th arrests, the king's ministers had spent more than a year interviewing disgruntled former Templars and compiling a small, questionable, sexed-up dossier of supposed misdeeds, including allegations that Templars had spat on the cross, denied Christ, kissed one another in homoerotic induction rituals and worshiped false idols.

Over several years, this medieval "fake news" was repeated over and over again, its loudness and frequency making up for the fact that it was a lie, until in 1312 a council of the Church reached the conclusion that the Templars' name had been so blackened the order's members ought to be forcibly retired.

Knights Templar


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