BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 10 January, 2019


10 January, 2019

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[167 days in a row]


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Nicholas Kristof: Why 2018 Was the Best Year in Human History! (NY Times)
Once again, the world's population was living longer and living better than ever before.

Garrison Keillor: Life is good, unless you get on the wrong train
Children are growing up during this administration who are learning a good lesson: if you don't know history and you can't do math, you're in deep water and there's no way to hide it.

Paul Waldman: No one in the Trump administration has any credibility left (Washington Post)
Something curious is happening right now: The president of the United States will give a prime-time address on an urgent political controversy, and pretty much everyone acknowledges that in that address he is going to lie to the American people.

Greg Sargent: The real national emergency is the threat of Trump's collapse (Washington Post)
The big story, which is everywhere for all to see, is that Trump and his advisers cannot justify the wall as Trump envisions it in any remotely credible way; that this is becoming harder to mask with lies; and that for Trump Nation, this really is an emergency.

Paul Waldman: In 2016, Trump said the system was rigged. Now that's the Democrats' message. (Washington Post)
… you could not possibly have imagined an administration that has made it easier to hammer home the theme of a system built to enrich the rich and empower the powerful than Trump's. His greatest policy achievement is an unpopular tax cut that primarily benefited corporations and the wealthy; he stocked his Cabinet with millionaires and billionaires; and he has made clear that he sees the presidency as a vehicle for personal enrichment. Right now, the acting secretary of defense is a former defense contractor executive, …

Andrew Tobias: Progress!
Jim Burt: "Just tell POTUS his new wall has been completed and is in place: an impenetrable barrier built from the same materials used to make the Emperor's New Clothes and fully paid for by Mexico. Congratulate him on his success. Then move on. He'll never know the difference. He's not detail-oriented."

Anakana Schofield: "What we gain from keeping books - and why it doesn't need to be 'joy'" (The Guardian)
Tidying guru Marie Kondo advises us to ditch reading we don't find joyful. But one's personal library should do much more than anthologise warm feelings.

Alison Flood: Crashing author earnings 'threaten future of American literature' (The Guardian)
Authors Guild survey finds writers' incomes have fallen dramatically in five years - with literary novelists worst-hit.

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

In the 1960's, this American actor and singer became a teen idol in the title role of a TV series and in the 1970's & 80's, he was "King of the Mini-series". What is his name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In August 1965, this duo's first single, and their signature song, spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later it served as the theme song of their TV show. What is the title of the song?

       "I Got You Babe"                                                      Source

"I Got You Babe" is a song written by Sonny Bono. It was the first single taken from the debut studio album Look at Us, of the American pop music duo Sonny & Cher. In August 1965, their single spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States where it sold more than 1 million copies and was certified Gold. It also reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Sonny Bono, a songwriter and record producer for Phil Spector, wrote the lyrics to and composed the music of the song for himself and his then-wife, Cher, late at night in their basement. Session drummer Hal Blaine played drums for the song with other members of The Wrecking Crew supplying instrumental support. "I Got You Babe" became the duo's biggest single, their signature song, and a defining recording of the early hippie countercultural movement.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   I Got You Babe -- Sonny and Cher.

Alan J answered:
   Sonny & Cher.

Randall wrote:
   I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher

mj said:
   I remember with some sadness
  That a returning Vietnam POW was heartened by the fact that Sonny and Cher were still married when he was released and said so on their show which had as its theme "I Got You, Babe".

zorch responded:
   I Got You Babe, by Sonny and Cher.

Roy, Still Blue in Blood Red Tyler, Texas
   I'm pretty sure the original Sonny and Cher show's theme song was And the Beat Goes On, and the show would close with I Got You Babe. Am I right?

Kevin K. in Washington, DC, replied:
   The answer is "I Got You, Babe" by Sonny & Cher. I saw them live at the New York State Fair in Syracuse during the run of their TV show, probably 1974. Good times, good times.

Gene said:
   I Got You, Babe

Dave wrote:
   I Got You Babe. The TV series was The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. That show ran from '71-'74 when acrimony between the divorcing couple caused its cancelation. In '75 Cher had another variety show without Sonny that was simply called "Cher" that ran until the divorced couple reunited professionally in '76 for the 1-1/2 season run of The Sonny and Cher Show, which was structured identically to the earlier show, but with different writers. The second show didn't enjoy ratings success and was cancelled for that reason. Sonny stopped singing professionally and eventually dabbled in politics as a worthless damn Republican before fatally running into a tree on a ski slope, while Cher's career as singer, gay icon, and actress has continued to the present day. In the color photo Sonny apparently was standing on a box because Cher was taller than him.

Adam answered:
   I'm just going to say 'I Got You Babe' by Sonny & Cher.

Jim from CA, retired to ID responded:
   I Got You, Babe

Deborah replied:
   I'm going with "I Got You, Babe," by Sonny & Cher. Because otherwise it's the Doors, and they certainly weren't a duo.
  More rain…vacation starts Sunday…I can live with that.

Daniel in The City said:
   Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe"

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   The Beat Goes On?

Billy in Cypress U$A answered:
   Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe"

David of Moon Valley replied:
   survey says….I Got You, Babe….(Please Make It Stop…Please….I can't take it anymore….these damn earworms…..)

Rosemary in Columbus responded:
   My guess is….
  I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher

Marilyn of TC said:
   I Got You Babe, Sonny & Cher

Cal in Vermont wrote:
   I've Got You, Babe. Any number one single that year had to buck serious competition from the Supremes and the Beatles and the Byrds and everydamnbody.

Joe S     said:
   I Got You Babe.

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'It's a nightmare': Americans' health at risk as shutdown slashes EPA | Environment | The Guardian

'It's tough sleeping at night': ranchers seek to protect herds as wolves move in | Environment | The Guardian

Border wall speech: Trump is losing the macho game of staring himself down in the mirror | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

The gun-toting Republicans who care about climate change as much as you do | Environment | The Guardian

Joshua Tree national park announces closure after trees destroyed amid shutdown | Environment | The Guardian

Robotic dildo barred from top tech showcase, prompting sexism claims | Technology | The Guardian

Late-night mocks Trump's prime-time address - SFGate

Trump to Cut off FEMA funds for Fighting CA Wildfires

In Montana, Native American students face persistent racial discrimination, and it's killing them

Why the latest Paul Manafort news is a very big deal - CNNPolitics

Unethical experiments' painful contributions to today's medicine - CNN

Dubious Claims About Einstein, Dinosaur, Ancient Jets At Indian Science Congress : Goats and Soda : NPR

Virginia Study Finds Increased School Bullying In Areas That Voted For Trump : NPR

Trump got his shutdown wish. Why doesn't he look more proud? Maybe because of this?

Trump administration orders wildlife refuges employees back to work so hunters can hunt

Pelosi Said It, President 'Bye Bye' Thinks People Can Go Ask Their Parents For Money

If deliberately harming or threatening to harm Americans is not an impeachable offense, what is?

Since Mexico won't pay for the wall, let's give them the Rio Grande.

Opinion | Trump Hits the Wall - The New York Times

Opinion | A Shaky Start in Brazil - The New York Times

Trump wants his wall. Texas politicians, even some Republicans, are skeptical. - The Washington Post

A wall can't solve America's addiction to undocumented immigration - The Washington Post

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Stephen Miller Shaped Trump's Oval Office Speech - The Atlantic

6 falsehoods Trump recycled to sell his border wall on primetime TV - VICE News

Stephen Miller: Trump's Right-Hand Troll - The Atlantic

Mueller news: the past 24 hours in Trump-Russia developments, explained - Vox

The Veselnitskaya Obstruction Indictment: A Collusion Tale - Lawfare

Paul Manafort's big, accidental reveal: He shared Trump campaign data with Russians |

It's Not a Government Shutdown. It's a Right-Wing Coup. | The Nation

Trump accidentally admits there's no actual emergency at the border - Vox

Mnuchin to brief lawmakers on easing sanctions against Putin ally - POLITICO

Shutdown highlights that 4 in 5 US workers live paycheck to paycheck | CNBC

Coast Guard advises furloughed employees hold garage sales, babysit to ease financial woes | TheHill

How Mark Burnett and 'The Apprentice' Sold Trump - The Atlantic

Green Book screenwriter Nick Vallelonga once tweeted that he saw Muslims in Jersey City celebrating as the World Trade Center collapsed. | Slate

Conservatives rage over report that finds toxic masculinity is bad for men's health - ThinkProgress



from Bruce


• Javier Bardem, the Spanish actor who played the very evil murderer in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men, had a number of other jobs before becoming an actor. In fact, for one day when he was a teenager, he was a stripper. He says, "Unfortunately, I made the mistake of talking about it years later and my mother and sister read the article. You talk about showing your *ss and then your mother reads all about it." As a citizen of Spain, he has a perspective different from that of Americans. For example, one day he had a nude scene, and the American crew made sure that he was covered up when he was not actually working-he definitely got the idea that people did not want to see his rear end. However, when he was murdering people in a scene, the Americans on set were happy. Mr. Bardem says that "the day I was killing people they were like, 'Yaah! That was good!' I know I don't have a nice *ss, but I would go for an *ss over killing people every time." A final difference between Spain and other countries is this, according to Mr. Bardem, "I like the way people behave in my country. It's about being open to life instead of being obsessed about getting somewhere. There's a moment when they put the worries about paying the bills to one side and just live. In some countries, it's all about being number one and if you are second you are a failure."

• This may be a shock to some people, but at one time, two-time Oscar-winner Jody Foster thought about giving up acting. She found acting not to be rewarding anymore, and she thought about entering some other profession where she could use her analytical skills. Ms. Foster says, "I had been feeling there was something kind of not intellectually valuable about being an actor. It had started to seem like a really dumb job." Fortunately, she realized what the problem was: "It was me. It was my fault. I wasn't bringing enough to it. I hadn't realized that it was my responsibility to go deeper, to really build a character from the ground up; that to really be a good actor, you had to be able to discuss a movie, any movie that you're taking on, and to see the literature in it. Then it becomes fascinating. Then you get better as an actor. Then you learn to really love movies." With this realization, Ms. Foster rededicated herself to her career-at age 12. This paid off in a big way. Just two years later, when she was 14, she played a prostitute in Taxi Driver, earning an Oscar nomination.

• One problem that many actors have is acting in bad weather conditions of extreme heat or extreme cold, often at unpleasant times such as night or very early in the morning. In her acting, Laura Linney deals with industrial-strength issues such as death, illness, and personal failure. However, she says, "You know what's more difficult, what they don't teach you in drama school? How to act at 4:30 in the morning in the freezing cold or boiling heat. That's more challenging than any sort of emotional work. And it's like childbirth. You forget about it once a movie's finished and you're on to the next." While acting in the 2007 remake of 3:10 to Yuma, Russell Crowe ran into the problem of an unpleasant acting environment: "We were surrounded by four-and-a-half feet of snow doing scenes where we're talking about the drought."

• When he was four years old, actor Steve Buscemi was hit by a bus and got his skull fractured. This doesn't mean that he was unlucky-the accident could have been a lot worse. In addition, when he became 18 years old, he received a $6,000 settlement from the city. He used the money to pay for acting school at the Lee Strasberg Institute, where he studied with John, Lee's son, who was more laid-back than his famous father. For example, Mr. Buscemi describes an acting scenario at the institute: "They had this thing where if you were in a desert and imagining sun beating down on you, you couldn't use the stage light to imagine the sun. But John said if the stage light works, that's fine. The audience don't know and don't care." Mr. Buscemi, of course, gets results, as is evidenced by his roles in such movies as Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, and Ghost World.

• Actor Jimmy Stewart once told director Peter Bogdanovich about a stranger, a fan, who told him how much he liked his delivery of a piece of dialogue that Mr. Stewart had said in a movie made 20 years previously. Mr. Stewart reflected, "And I thought, that's the wonderful thing about movies. Because if you're good, and God helps you, and you're lucky enough to have a personality that comes across, then what you're doing is, you're giving people little … tiny … pieces of time … that they never forget."

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Current Events

D.C. considers turning off the water

Local news story below. Linda says "Go ahead! Cut the water to 1600 Pennsylvania and all the other government sites in D.C. I bet that would get some action from Predator & Congress:

While many federal workers furloughed during the shutdown are wondering how they will pay their bills, the federal government says it will only pay part of its water bill.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury said in an email to DC Water that it was short $6 million due to the shutdown.

"So, of the approximately 16-and-a-half million dollars that we anticipated to receive, we will only receive 10-and-a-half million dollars," Matthew Brown, chief financial officer at DC Water, said during a board meeting on Jan. 3.

Federal Government Could Get Hit With Late Fees for Falling Short $6M on Water Bill During Shutdown - NBC4 Washington


This is the most adorable and fun twitter battle I've ever seen. Guarantee it will lift your spirits and soothe you:

Museums Are Trying To One-Up Each Other With Pictures Of Ducks-And We're Quacking Up ???? - Comic Sands

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Last Night

Weather's changing - TV reception is going to crap.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Young Sheldon', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a FRESH 'Fam', then a FRESH 'SWAT'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Sen. Kamala Harris, Bradley Whitford, and Gary Clark Jr.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Cedric the Entertainer, Ashley Graham, and Flatbush Zombies.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Titan Games', followed by a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH 'The Good Place', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Bryan Cranston, Lana Condor, and Love Jones.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are John Goodman, Julia Garner, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Charlie Hall.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/12/18) areDan Fogler, Family of the Year, and Daphnique Springs.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', then the FRESH 'Truth & Lies: Monica'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Claire Foy, Michael Irvin, and Disturbed.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH 'Roswell: Mysteries Decoded'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Gotham', followed by a FRESH 'The Orville'.

MY recycles an old 'The Good Wife', followed by another old 'The Good Wife'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta', then a FRESH '60 Days In'.

AMC offers the movie 'Road House', followed by the movie 'A Bronx Tale', then the movie 'The Town'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-3
 [7:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-One Breath
 [8:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-Firewalker
 [9:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Red Museum
 [10:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Excelsis Dei
 [11:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Aubrey
 [12:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Irresistible
 [1:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Die Hand Die Verletzt
 [2:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Fresh Bones
 [3:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 16-Colony
 [4:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-End Game
 [5:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Fearful Symmetry
 [6:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Dod Kalm
 [7:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Humbug
 [2:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-3
 [3:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-One Breath
 [4:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-Firewalker
 [5:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Red Museum     (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing LA', followed by a FRESH 'Top Chef', then a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing LA', 'Top Chef', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'The Office' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is John David Washington.

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

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', and another 'American Pickers'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00A]    Night Flight-Addicted
 [6:15A]    Java Heat
 [8:30A]    The Great Raid
 [11:30A]    Fury
 [2:30P]    Pineapple Express
 [5:00P]    Wayne's World
 [7:00P]    Pretty in Pink
 [9:00P]    My Cousin Vinny
 [11:30P]    Pretty in Pink
 [1:30A]    Wayne's World
 [3:30A]    Pineapple Express    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00am]    the andy griffith show
 [6:30am]    the andy griffith show
 [7:15am]    the andy griffith show
 [7:45am]    american beauty
 [10:30am]    fatal attraction
 [1:00pm]    law & order
 [2:00pm]    law & order
 [3:00pm]    law & order
 [4:00pm]    law & order
 [5:00pm]    law & order
 [6:00pm]    law & order
 [7:00pm]    law & order
 [8:00pm]    law & order
 [9:00pm]    law & order
 [10:00pm]    law & order
 [11:00pm]    law & order
 [12:00am]    law & order
 [1:00am]    law & order
 [2:00am]    hap and leonard: mucho mojo
 [3:00am]    hap and leonard: the two-bear mambo
 [4:00am]    hap and leonard: the two-bear mambo
 [5:00am]    hap and leonard: the two-bear mambo     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Blade II', followed by the movie 'Blade: Trinity'.

 [6:30 AM]      Hollow Triumph (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      Deception (1946)
 [10:00 AM]      In Our Time (1944)
 [12:00 PM]      The Conspirators (1944)
 [2:00 PM]      The Spanish Main (1945)
 [4:00 PM]      Now, Voyager (1942)
 [6:00 PM]      Of Human Bondage (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      Helen of Troy (1956)
 [10:15 PM]      Damon and Pythias (1962)
 [12:15 AM]      The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
 [2:45 AM]      The Minotaur (1960)
 [4:30 AM]      Atlas (1961)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday   -  01/11/19

 [6:00 AM]      One Way Passage (1932)
 [7:15 AM]      Two on a Guillotine (1965)
 [9:15 AM]      Three Daring Daughters (1948)
 [11:15 AM]      Four's A Crowd (1938)
 [1:00 PM]      Five Came Back (1939)
 [2:30 PM]      Six-Gun Gold (1941)
 [3:30 PM]      Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
 [5:30 PM]      8 1/2 (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
 [10:00 PM]      Young Winston (1972)
 [12:45 AM]      Young Tom Edison (1940)
 [2:15 AM]      The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (1958)
 [3:30 AM]      The Mummy's Shroud (1967)
 [5:15 AM]      Changing (1971)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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'I Love You, America' Canceled

Sarah Silverman

"I Love You, America," Sarah Silverman's Hulu late-night talk show, has been canceled after two seasons.

Silverman made the announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter, saying, "Well, Hulucancelled 'I Love You, America' and we're all pretty damn heartbroken. … So in traditional twitter funeral style, I'll be RTing the love."

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Silverman and Funny or Die, who own the show, plan to shop the series to other networks and streaming platforms.

In the series, Silverman comedically dissected current events as a way to cut through the polarization that currently exists in America. Episodes featured a monologue by Silverman in addition to guest interviews and pre-taped segments. It aired 10 hour-long episodes in its first season and 11 in its second. "I Love You, America" was only Hulu's second attempt at a talk show, with the first being "Spoilers with Kevin Smith" from 2012.

The show was nominated for an Emmy in the outstanding variety sketch series category in 2018 and was recently nominated for a WGA Award for best comedy/variety sketch series. The series has also received strong critical acclaim, holding a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sarah Silverman



Watkins Glen


The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, one of the watersheds of the 1960s counterculture movement, will be celebrated in August with two competing events.

Michael Lang, the co-producer of the 1969 Woodstock festival, announced on Wednesday that the official Woodstock Music and Arts Fair would take place from Aug 16-18 at a motor -racing venue (Watkins Glen) in upstate New York.

Last month the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the current owners of the field where the 1969 festival took place, announced it would mark the 50th anniversary with a "pan-generational event" on the same dates.

Lang did not announce the 2019 performer line-up but said more than 60 musicians would take part on three main stages at Watkins Glenn International, the site of car racing events including NASCAR.



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Blue Pigment in 1,000-Year-Old Teeth

Medieval Manuscripts

Traces of a rare and expensive blue pigment, called ultramarine, have been detected in the teeth of a woman who died in Germany nearly 1,000 years ago. The discovery suggests women played a more prominent role in the production of manuscripts during the medieval period, and that ultramarine was more available in Europe than previously assumed.

Blue pigments are quite rare in nature. During the medieval period, only a few sources of blue pigment were known, including ultramarine, which is made by grinding and purifying lazurite crystals from lapis lazuli, an ornamental stone sourced from east Persia, now Afghanistan. During the European medieval period, between the 5th to 15th century AD, ultramarine was used by scribes and painters to adorn their manuscripts with the vivid blue color, which has been referred to as the most perfect color.

New research published today in Science Advances uncovers evidence of ultramarine in the dental plaque of a woman found buried next to a medieval monastery in Germany. The presence of blue pigment in her teeth suggests she, and possibly her female peers, contributed to the preparation and/or production of colored medieval manuscripts, also known as illuminated texts. It's an important discovery because women were previously thought to have minimal involvement in this industry.

Among the sources of blue pigment during medieval times, ultramarine was easily the most expensive, "reserved along with gold and silver for the most luxurious manuscripts," according to the authors of the new study. Consequently, the use of ultramarine in illuminated works was limited to "luxury books of high value and importance," and only scribes of "exceptional skill would have been entrusted with its use." But historians have found it difficult to identify the contributions of women.

The woman's teeth were radiocarbon dated to between 997 and 1162 AD. Her skeleton was normal, exhibiting no obvious signs of illness or trauma. The woman, who died between the age of 45 and 60, was buried next to a medieval church-monastery complex in Dalheim, Germany, of which little is known.

Medieval Manuscripts



Documentary Added to Sundance Lineup

Michael Jackson

The Sundance Film Festival has added the world premiere of the documentary "Leaving Neverland," which focuses on sexual abuse allegations against the late pop star Michael Jackson.

The movie, produced and directed by Dan Reed, describes how Jackson allegedly began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families while at the peak of his fame. The two, now in their 30s, claim that they were sexually abused by Jackson, and reveal how they came to terms with it years later.

Representatives for the Jackson estate issued a one-sentence statement in response to Wednesday's announcement: "This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson."

"Neverland" refers to the Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Calif., where Jackson lived between 1988 and 2003. The property was raided by law enforcement in 2003 in connection with molestation accusations against Jackson by a 13-year-old boy. Jackson was acquitted by jurors of all 14 criminal counts against him in state court in 2005.

"Leaving Neverland" will screen in the special event category at the festival in two parts, totaling nearly four hours, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Michael Jackson


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Allows Wagers On Lies During Speech

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Donald Trump's (R-Delusional) prime time address has cost a gambling website just short of $300,000 (£234,000), all because of the number of false statements the president made.

The website asked people to bet on how much Mr Trump would bet during his address, giving -145 odds that he would lie more than 3.5 times, and #115 for less than that. That means that $145 bet would yield $100 if Mr Trump lied four times or more.

Odds consultant John Lester told BuzzFeed News, which first reported on the betting, that the website lost $276,424 as a result of the speech. All told, 92 per cent of those who put money down correctly predicted that Mr Trump would make a habit of lies in his speech.

"It's a bad day for Truthiness and Bookmaker," Mr Lester told the news website. "We knew we were in trouble early with this one".

"We figured the president's strategy going in would be a bit of fear mongering to create pressure on the Democrats to approve the funding of the wall (or barrier), however the president was also constrained by an approximate 8-minute time limit," Mr Lester said.

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Racist bullying in US schools has jumped in areas where voters favoured Donald Trump (R-Deplorable) in the general election, a study has found.

Reports of students being teased or put down because of their race or ethnicity were 9 per cent higher in localities supporting the Republican candidate.

The study, which focussed on voting patterns and bullying incidents in the state of Virginia, found that 18 per cent more seventh and eighth grade students experienced some form of bullying in districts where support was given to Mr Trump rather than Hillary Clinton.

There were no meaningful differences in school bullying rates between Democratic and Republican localities prior to the 2016 presidential election, the research found.

For every 10 percentage point increase in voter support for Trump, the researchers found an 8 per rise in reported bullying and a 5 per cent increase in bullying because of a student's race or ethnicity.

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Restless nights and blurrier days are extremely common. Around one in 10 people suffer from chronic insomnia, but many more will experience it from time to time over the course of their life. It's perhaps, therefore, not surprising to hear that insomnia can take on many forms.

A new piece of research from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience argues that insomnia can be broken up into as many as five different categories.

"While we have always considered insomnia to be one disorder, it actually represents five different disorders," Dr Tessa Blanken, lead author of the study, said in a statement. To their surprise, the five insomnia types didn't differ in their sleep complaints, such as difficulty falling asleep versus waking up too early in the morning. However, they did differ in their electroencephalogram response to environmental stimuli.

As reported in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, researchers asked over 4,000 people to self-report their experience with insomnia, as well as their life history and personality type. From this data, they managed to find a few trends that allowed them to break insomnia down into numerous different categories.

When the volunteers were measured again after five years, most kept to their same type. Whether sleeping pills or cognitive behavioral therapy worked better also differed between groups.




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