BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 12 November, 2017


12 November, 2017

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Marc Dion: Putting the Pieces Together (Creators Syndicate)
And the scanner said the guy was lying in the grass, dying like a first-term senator's conscience. But wait, there's more! The next call on the scanner said there was a guy in the window of one of the apartments, and he was throwing rocks at the guy who was overdosing.

Ted Rall: The Weird Politics Of Sexual Harassment (Creators Syndicate)
When the Kevin Spacey story first broke, he stood accused of one act of wrongdoing: aggressively hitting on a 14-year-old boy. If true, this is wrong. Very wrong. Obviously. Adults shouldn't proposition children. But this happened more than 30 years ago.

Susan Estrich: Treatment? For What? (Creators Syndicate)
Kevin Spacey is the latest in a long list of men who, in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse, announce that they are seeking treatment. In politics, we used to call such announcements "Betty Ford statements." That was back in the days when most of these incidents involved such things as drunken plunges with prostitutes, for which a program to deal with alcoholism might actually be an appropriate response. But exactly what treatments are men accused of sexual abuse signing up for?

Ted Rall: #MenToo? (Creators Syndicate)
Rape culture only afflicts women. But rape cuts across gender. One out of 10 rape victims in the United States is male, according to RAINN - Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. This echoes what I was told as a member of a committee when I was a student. Barnard College, where I lived in a dorm, had recently established a rape crisis center with about 10 counselors. Someone brought up a surprising statistic. The campus security office reported that 10 percent of rape victims at Columbia University were male.

Susan Estrich: It's Not All the Same (Creators Syndicate)
But my biggest worry […] is not that men everywhere are going to be the subject of a witch hunt (by whom? The other powerful men?) but that decent men are thinking twice before choosing a young woman to mentor or take to professional lunches or invite to work on cases requiring out-of-town travel. I worry that young women, already starved for mentors, are going to find them even harder to find. Unintended consequences. If only #MeToo meant they had new mentors, too.

Froma Harrop: Democrats, Though Not All, Learn How to Win Elections (Creators Syndicate)
Every activist group - on the Democratic and Republican sides - wants the party to be a reflection of itself. Northam understood that a party has to be a reflection of those voters open to its message. To win seats held by Republicans, Democrats obviously have to make room for people who formerly voted Republican, as well as get their natural constituencies to the polls.

Cole Delbyck: Taylor Swift's New Album 'Reputation' Is Messy, But In A Good Way (Huffington Post)
Swift's sixth studio effort is a dark and twisty love story that could never satisfy everyone.

Hermione Hoby: "Taylor Swift: 'Sexy? Not on my radar'" (The Guardian; Aug 2014)
She's gone from ringletted country artist to feminist role model and the world's most charming pop star. As she returns with her catchiest material yet, she talks awards-ceremony etiquette, autobiographical lyrics and why she puts nice before naughty.

Candace Allen: The demons and obsessions of jazz genius Thelonious Monk (The Guardian)
A more substantive element of mystery for audiences and musicians alike was: why was the man so stubborn? Why did he insist on playing angular, spacious and "slow" when he could play as fast as the legendary James P Johnson and the fashion was for fast?

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Trivia Question of the Day

In Italy, the title of this Disney movie is "Il cowboy col velo da sposa" (The cowboy with the bride veil) and in Mexico it's called "Operacion Cupido" (Operation Cupid). What is the title in the US?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Holden Caulfield is the narrator and main character of what novel?

       "Catcher In The Rye"                                                      Source

Holden Caulfield is a fictional character in author J. D. Salinger's 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. Since the book's publication, Holden has become an icon for teenage rebellion and angst, and now stands among the most important characters of 20th-century American literature. The name Holden Caulfield was used in an unpublished short story written in 1942 and first appeared in print in 1945.

Holden Caulfield is the narrator and main character of The Catcher in the Rye. The novel recounts Holden's week in New York City during Christmas break following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a preparatory school in Pennsylvania based loosely on Salinger's alma mater Valley Forge Military Academy. Holden Caulfield tells his story with surprising honesty from a hospital in California in a cynical and jaded language.

Holden is naive and at the same time resentful of the adult world. One of Holden's most striking and quintessential qualities is his powerful revulsion for "phony" qualities, a catch-all term for the perceived hypocrisy that irritates Holden. It is this cynicism that causes him to distance himself from other people, despite wanting connection as well. Holden is very much a character of contradiction; at seventeen years of age he is six feet two-and-a-half inches (189 cm) tall, and already has some grey hair - though he himself admits that he sometimes acts more like a 13-year-old than an adult. He continually fails classes.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Holden Caulfield was the narrator of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.

Randall wrote:
   Catcher in the Rye

Alan J answered:
   Catcher in the Rye.

Stephen F said:
   Catcher in the Rye

mj replied:
   He should have let them go
  Catcher in the Rye.

Sandra in Maine responded:
   catcher in the rye

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Catcher in the Rye

Adam answered:
   Catcher In The Rye

Harry M. wrote:
   Catcher in the Rye

Deborah replied:
   Oh, I know this - "Catcher in the Rye." I didn't get it when I read it in high school, so maybe I should revisit it, now that I have some life experience.
  I saw more rainbows yesterday driving to and in the Napa Valley than some people see in a lifetime. One of our favorite people at our favorite winery lost his home in Santa Rosa to the fires last month. We cried with him as he described how quickly it happened. Want to help the people affected by the wildfires? Buy wine from Napa and Sonoma. Visit Napa and Sonoma, and buy stuff. Every little bit helps.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Catcher in the Rye."

Rosemary in Columbus responded:
   Catcher In The Rye

zorch said:
   The Catcher in the Rye

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Believe Holden Caufield is the main character in Catcher in the Rye.

  Sadly, John Lennon was pointlessly murdered by Catcher in the Rye fanatic Mark David Chapman. And the world suffered a terrible loss.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   The Catcher in the Rye.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   The Catcher in the Rye…Read it when I was in eighth grade…confiscated by my Mrs. Warden, my English teacher…I tried to do an oral book report, was rebuked, and sent to the Vice-Principal for punishment! When I read Candy and Tropic of Cancer that summer, I kept them private while I sexually abused myself!

Daniel in The City replied:
   Catcher in the Rye

DJ Useo answered:
   The answer is Catcher in the Rye. My wife Patricia says if it was slightly changed, it would be about the idiot in the white house, Catcher in the Lie, lol.

Gene took the day off.

David from Moon Valley took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

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

Gary E.K. took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

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Michelle in AZ

The Vacuity of the Vice President - The New York Times

God, Jesus and Vietnam - The New York Times

Holding Hands, Drinking Wine and Other Ways to Go to Jail in Dubai - The New York Times

You Love 'The Simpsons'? Then Let's Talk About Apu - The New York Times

Let's not forget, Trump has a long history of sexual remarks/behavior towards children.

GOP Strategist Says Lincoln Is Rolling In His Grave Over Roy Moore's Defenders | HuffPost

Most Decorated Unit In U.S. History Fought For A Country That Didn't Accept Them | HuffPost

The devastating impacts of the new quest for Incan gold - CNN

America, I apologize for the South's hypocrisy (opinion) - CNN

Why Christopher Plummer is way more than a Kevin Spacey substitute (Opinion) - CNN

"Trump country" stories help explain our politics, not the next election - Vox

The man-made world is horribly designed. But copying nature helps. - Vox

Spielberg's The Post trailer: Meryl Streep saves media, fights sexism - Vox

'Annotated African American Folktales' Reclaims Stories Passed Down From Slavery : NPR

David Horowitz: Sure, Roy Moore Is a Child Molester, But Vote for Him Anyway!

The Republican tax plan takes direct aim against disabled Americans

Huge: Pennsylvania Supreme Court takes case that could strike down GOP congressional gerrymandering

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Current Events

Delusional liar

Trump, when asked aboard Air Force One if it's time to pitch Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore overboard, after the Republican was accused of pursuing and touching teenage girls:

I've been with you folks, so I haven't gotten to see too much. And believe it or not, even when I'm in Washington or New York, I do not watch much television. I know they like to say that. People that don't know me, they like to say I watch television - people with fake sources. You know, fake reporters, fake sources.

But I don't get to watch much television. Primarily because of documents. I'm reading documents. A lot. And different things. I actually read much more - I read you people much more than I watch television.

Janet shared the link below. Warms my heart & cheers me up on a COLD day here:

Woman Fired For Flipping Off Trump's Motorcade Receives 453,673 Job Offers

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

Thanks, Linda (& Janet)!



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Trump judge nominee, 36, who has never tried a case, wins approval of Senate panel - LA Times

Roy Moore: It's Not Fair to Judge Me Based on All the Awful Things I've Said and Done | GQ

Roy Moore's 'Christian' 'Charity' Forgot To Render Unto Caesar What Is Caesar's (And The IRS Is On Line Two) | Wonkette

How to Read a News Story About an Investigation: Eight Tips on Who Is Saying What - Lawfare

Trump careens off script on Russia after Putin meeting - POLITICO

McCain: Nothing 'America First' about believing Putin on election meddling | TheHill

Noam Chomsky: Trump Believes Acts of Horrific Violence Make Him Presidential | Alternet

Conservative writer defends neo-Nazi website as good source of facts about Jews - ThinkProgress

Former prosecutor says it was 'common knowledge' that Roy Moore 'dated high school girls' - ThinkProgress

Joe Biden's 'Anita Hill' problem - POLITICO

Anita Hill on Joe Biden Clarence Thomas Trial | POPSUGAR News

Hollywood Harassment: I Was Fired from a Hit Show and Intimidated By Lawyers (Guest Column) | Hollywood Reporter

Baldwin: Trump is the head writer of 'Saturday Night Live' | TheHill

Journalists locked out of Trump appearance at economic summit - POLITICO

Republicans Say They've Got to Act on Tax Reform-or Donors Might Get Mad - Mother Jones

Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party | Theocracy Watch

Stephen Miller May Have Some Problems - Talking Points Memo

Putin: Trump did not bring up election meddling | TheHill

Why conservatives are more susceptible to believing in lies. | Slate



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

Some clouds, some sun. Quite nice.

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 another FRESH 'Shark Tank'.

The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'The Goldbergs', followed by another old 'The Goldbergs', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.

Faux has a RERUN 'Bob's Burgers', 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 Mangement', 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 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', then the FRESH 'Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography' (part 1), and 'Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography' (part 1).

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 - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
 [9:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [10:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
 [11:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
 [2:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Shallow Seas
 [3:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Seasonal Forests
 [4:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ocean Deep
 [5:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-From Pole To Pole
 [6:00PM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [11:00PM]    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2010)
 [1:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Jungles
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Fresh Water
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Caves
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Deserts
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds     (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has a (F) 'Atlanta Social', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH 'Xscape Still Kickin' It', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

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

FX has the movie 'Ted', followed by the movie 'Ted 2', then the movie 'Ted 2', again.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [8:15AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Curse of the Werepony
 [8:45AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Girls' Night
 [9:15AM]    PRIEST
 [5:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Curse of the Werepony
 [5:30AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Girls' Night     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Best of Enemies
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Letters
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Cementing Relationships
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Father's Day
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Death Takes a Holiday
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-A War for All Seasons
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Your Retention, Please
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Tell It to the Marines
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Taking the Fifth
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Operation Friendship
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-No Sweat
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Depressing News
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-No Laughing Matter
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Oh, How We Danced
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Bottoms Up
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Red/White Blues
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Bless You, Hawkeye
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Blood Brothers
 [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Foresight Saga
 [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Life You Save
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-That's Show Biz
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-That's Show Biz
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Identity Crisis
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Rumor at the Top
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Give 'Em Hell, Hawkeye
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Wheelers and Dealers
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Communication Breakdown
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Snap Judgement
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Snappier Judgement
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-'Twas the Day After Christmas
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Follies of the Living, Concerns of the Dead
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-The Birthday Girls
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Blood and Guts
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-A Holy Mess
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Tooth Shall Set You Free
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Pressure Points
 [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Where There's a Will, There's a War
 [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Promotion Commotion
 [1:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Heroes
 [1:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Sons and Bowlers
 [2:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Picture This
 [2:30AM]    M*A*S*H-That Darn Kid
 [3:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Hey, Look Me Over
 [3:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Trick or Treatment
 [4:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Foreign Affairs
 [4:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Joker Is Wild
 [5:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Who Knew?
 [5:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Bombshells    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has all old 'Futuama' all night.

 [6:30 AM]      The Red Balloon (1956)
 [7:15 AM]      Guys and Dolls (1955)
 [10:00 AM]      The Window
 [11:30 AM]      National Velvet (1944)
 [2:00 PM]      Lost in a Harem (1944)
 [3:45 PM]      Casablanca (1942)
 [5:45 PM]      Bullitt (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      April Love (1957)
 [10:00 PM]      Bernardine (1957)
 [12:00 AM]      Laila (1929)    SILENT 
 [2:45 AM]      Summer with Monika (1953)
 [4:30 AM]      All These Women (1964)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Monday   -  11/13/17

 [6:00 AM]      Holiday Affair (1949)
 [8:00 AM]      On the Town (1949)
 [10:00 AM]      The Age of Innocence (1993)
 [12:30 PM]      An Affair to Remember (1957)
 [2:30 PM]      It Should Happen to You (1953)
 [4:00 PM]      The Tender Trap (1955)
 [6:00 PM]      Sunday in New York (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      Force of Evil (1948)
 [9:45 PM]      The Man I Married (1940)
 [11:15 PM]      The Racket (1951)
 [1:00 AM]      Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
 [3:00 AM]      The Naked City (1948)
 [5:00 AM]      Honky Tonk (1941)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'Good Behavior'.

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A young marchers holds up a sign saying "Peace" during the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


A Day in the Life of a Rock 'n' Roll Librarian - Atlas Obscura


Students Flood Senate Building

Dream Act

On Thursday, hundreds of students across the country walked out of class to demand that Congress take swift action to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Just over two months after President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program ? putting nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants at risk of losing jobs and being deported when their protections expire ? hundreds of students in the D.C. area left their schools and gathered with other members of the public at the Hart Senate Office Building to call for Congress to pass the Dream Act.

The legislation, which protesters were demanding be passed by the end of the year, would provide legal status to young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

At the rally on Thursday, organized by immigrant advocacy group United We Dream, protesters filled the building, chanting and holding banners that read: "Congress pass the clean Dream Act now."

By a "clean" Dream Act, organizers mean that the legislation should not be attached to other policies that would potentially harm immigrants, United We Dream field communications manager Sheridan Aguirre told HuffPost.

Dream Act


Member of the Royal British Legion carries wooden crosses adorned with poppies at the Field of Remembrance in London, Britain, Nov. 11, 2017.
Photo by Peter Nicholls


An Oakland-Based Graffiti Camp That's Just For Girls | Colossal


Forgets Its Own Sexual Harassment Problem

Fox "News"

Sean Hannity and Mercedes Colwin, a Fox "News' legal analyst, focused on the myth that women often lie about sexual harassment as they discussed Roy Moore's alleged relationships with underage women.

Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, is accused of pursuing teenage girls while he was in his early 30s, according to a Washington Post investigation published Thursday. In the article, four women detailed relationships with Moore while they were 14 to 18 years old. One woman, now 53, told the Post that when she was 14, Moore took her to his house and sexually assaulted her.

Hannity and Colwin spent a portion of the segment focusing on false accusations, despite research that suggests only 2 percent to 10 percent of allegations are likely false reports.

The segment was especially interesting given the history of sexual harassment claims, and victim blaming, at Fox News.

Several high-profile men at Fox News were forced out after coming under fire for sexual harassment allegations, including founder Roger Ailes and hosts Bill O'Reilly and Eric Boiling. The network has been accused of publicly attacking the victims who reported harassment claims, including former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

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Legionnaires' Cases


Disneyland has shut down two cooling towers after people who visited the Southern California theme park came down with Legionnaires' disease.

A dozen cases of the bacterial lung infection were discovered about three weeks ago, the Orange County Health Care Agency announced Friday.

The patients, ranging in age from 52 to 94, lived or had spent time in Anaheim, and nine had visited Disneyland in September. One patient, who hadn't visited the park, has died, the agency said.

Disneyland was informed of the Anaheim cases on Oct. 27 and after testing found that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. The towers were taken out of service Nov. 1, disinfected, went back in operation on Nov. 5 but were shut down again Tuesday and will remain offline until tests confirm they are free from contamination, according to the park and the county health agency.

Cooling towers are evaporative systems that provide cooled water for various uses such as refrigeration but not for drinking water. The towers are not in public areas.



Young girls dressed as Rosie the Riveter march in the Veterans Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York on Nov. 11, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


Method of Women's Self Defense: Vintage Photos From 1906 Illustrate Modes for Warding Off a Street Bully or Foul ~ vintage everyday


Hasbro Makes Approach To Buy


Hasbro Inc has made an approach to acquire rival Mattel Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday, the latest attempt to combine the two biggest U.S. toymakers in more than two decades.

A deal would create a toy powerhouse, uniting Hasbro's My Little Pony, Monopoly and Nerf brands with Mattel's Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels toys. A combined company would have more pricing power to negotiate with entertainment studios over TV and movie franchises.

Mattel's stance toward Hasbro in this overture is not clear, and it remains far from certain that a deal will materialize, the source said, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential.

Hasbro and Mattel declined to comment. The Wall Street Journal first reported Hasbro's latest approach to Mattel.

Shares of Mattel jumped about 24 percent in after-hours trading. Hasbro shares rose about 3.3 percent.



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Target Too Low & Progress Too Slow


The world must sharply draw down greenhouse gas emissions and suck billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air if today's youth are to be spared climate cataclysm, a top scientist has warned.

"This reality is being ignored by governments around the world," said James Hansen, who famously announced to the US Congress 30 years ago that global warming was underway.

"To say that we are 'moving in the right direction' just isn't good enough anymore," he said in an interview.

Head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies until 2013, Hansen and his 18-year-old granddaughter -- who is suing the US government for contributing to the problem -- delivered that message this week at UN climate negotiations in Bonn.

Thousands of diplomats at the 12-day, 196-nation talks are haggling over the fine print of a "user's manual" for a treaty that will go into effect in 2020.



An old packard is driven up Fifth Avenue "I Like Ike" license plate on the back during the Veterans Day parade New York City on Nov. 11, 2017.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


This 'Chimera' Kitten Is Probably The Cutest Accident That Ever Happened To Nature | Bored Panda


Shut Out Of Asia Trip

US Press Corps

White House journalists following Donald Trump (R-Crooked) on his trip to south-east Asia were shut out of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Vietnam on Friday and Saturday, stopping reporters from covering his meetings with the likes of Vladimir Putin and preventing photographers taking images of the US President.

In protest, they decided to take a photo of their own. Posted on Twitter by Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs, the image showed a number of White House reporters and photographers posing near the Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang, where the conference is taking place.

The image was captioned "Family photo. - Danang, Vietnam" and showed journalists from ABC News, Reuters, Fox News, the Washington Post, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and others.

The small group of White House reporters, known as the travel pool, that are covering Mr Trump on his trip to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines were told they were not allowed to attend key events at the APEC conference, including Mr Trump's informal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Instead, they were instructed to stay in a holding room. Only a video crew from Fox News - Mr Trump's favourite broadcaster - and an official White House photographer were given access to the meetings.

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The Los Angeles Police Department will investigate allegations of misconduct against at least one officer, the department said on Friday, after an attorney said video captured police putting cocaine in his client's wallet before arresting him.

The allegations threaten to embarrass the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) at a time when civil rights activists, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, are pressuring it to more routinely release body-camera footage.

Body-camera footage played in court on Thursday showed police planting drugs on an African-American man when they detained him after a vehicle collision in April, said Steve Levine, the man's attorney.

The man, Ronald Shields, 52, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, illegally having a gun in his car and a hit-and-run vehicle collision, Levine said.

Local television station CBS 2 first reported the attorney's allegation of drug planting and broadcast the footage.



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The Washington Post story about Roy Moore sure seemed damning. There were four women on the record saying that the Alabama Senate GOP nominee had pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. The most shocking story was Leigh Corfman's, who said she was just 14 when Moore sexually assaulted her.

But for Moore's most die-hard supporters, the article wasn't that bad - except in the sense that it was a hit job on the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

"I know that 14-year-olds don't make good decisions." - Alabama GOP Geneva County Chairman Riley Seibenhener

"Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth, for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist," Zeigler said, choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. "Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus." - Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who has endorsed Moore

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Allegations that Russia helped lift President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Execrable) to the White House have cast a shadow over his administration-and Trump's effusive praise for Russia's strongman leader Vladimir Putin has done nothing to dispel suspicions of a covert pact.

Below, Newsweek looks at a history of Trump's admiration for the Russian president.

Trump's first remark on Putin dates back to 2013, when Trump hosted the Miss Universe in Moscow.

Trump renewed his praise for Putin as he mulled a bid for the presidency.

"When I went to Russia with the Miss Universe pageant, [Putin] contacted me and was so nice. I mean, the Russian people were so fantastic to us," he said on Fox and Friends in February. "I'll just say this, they are doing - they're outsmarting us at many turns, as we all understand. I mean, their leaders are, whether you call them smarter or more cunning or whatever, but they're outsmarting us. If you look at Syria or other places, they're outsmarting us."



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