Andrew Tobias: Outrageous Drug Prices
I am so lucky not to have to worry about these things! I have Medicare! I have an American Express card! And it's just a little tube of cream. But, no, the Publix pharmacist told me, Medicare doesn't cover it - "No problem," I bragged, proferring my Amex - and it costs $1,595. I pulled my card back so fast I dislocated my elbow. Well, not that hard - but $1,595? For a little tube of cream? I tried Walgreens - $2,200. I tried the phone number the place she had given me - $75. I went with that one.
Mark Morford: 30,000 things you should know about Carly Fiorina (SF Gate)
One thing on which everyone agrees: You are best remembered as the tremendously, I mean
epically disastrous CEO of Hewlett-Packard for a sad period of time in the early '00s, much-resented and cringingly remembered, brought in to save one of the most powerful, storied tech companies in American history and instead forcing it through a disastrous restructuring, laying off tens of thousands and losing the company billions in value, before being fired. Good thing you only walked away with about $100 million for your efforts. Otherwise life would seem, you know, really unfair.
Was the first husband of actress Uma Thurman's mother, Nena Thurman.
Uma's father, Robert Thurman, was expelled from Phillips Exeter Academy when he tried, without success, to enlist for Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution. Unable to fight, he instead became the first Westerner ordained as a Tibetan monk. He has written and translated numerous books on Buddhism, has often entertained the Dalai Lama, and taught Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University.
Her mother, Nena von Schlebrugge, was a Mexican-born Swedish supermodel of the 1960s who later became a New York psychotherapist. She was friends with Salvador Dali, who introduced her to drug guru Timothy Leary, whom she married on camera in a bizarre documentary, You're Nobody Until Somebody Loves You. Less than two years later, though, Schlebrugge left Leary for Robert Thurman, and the jilted Leary became Uma Thurman's godfather.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Lois On The Ground With Dirt Balls (In Oregon) said:
When I think of Timothy Leary, which I don't, it is only in
the context of something brilliant by Hunter S. Thompson,
whom I adore, and I quote, from the movie of the same name:
"We are all wired into a survival trip now. No more of the
speed that fueled the 60's. That was the fatal flaw in Tim
Leary's trip. He crashed around America selling
"consciousness expansion" without ever giving a thought to
the grim, meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for
all the people who took him seriously; all those
pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy
Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their
loss and failure is ours too. What Leary took down with him
was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he
helped create...a generation of permanent cripples, failed
seekers, who never understood the essential old-mystic
FALLACY of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that
somebody, or at least some force, is tending the light at
the end of the tunnel."
Wow. That says it all. We are on our own. And it explains
poor Winona Ryder, too. (RIP).
P.S. Dale! How about "Multiple Mammary Friday: The Girls Of
The Barnyard. More Teats Than You Can Shake A Stick At, If
That's Your Idea Of A Good Time".
And Dale, I will be sending positive thought rays your way
in the hope you survive your encounter with the Ministers of
the Medical Industry with everything intact!
So I was reading my Twitter feed earlier this afternoon and found a link to an article written by Bonnie Ford, a talented sports writer, and was quite surprised (not unpleasantly so; more like the "I had no idea!" way) by the subject. And it's appealing because, as a total cyclepath, I follow bike racing and especially the Amgen Tour of California.
As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by
him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years
left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are
scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other
things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and
provide email lists and groups for those who might put something
together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from
this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to
Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is
overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received.
Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate
button on bartcop.com
But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note
isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost
it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we
figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just
over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So
here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )
CBS opens the night with a FRESH'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH'The Truly Awful Odd Couple', then another FRESH'The Truly Awful Odd Couple', followed by a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', then a FRESH'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESHDave are Tina Fey and First Aid Kit.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE are Helen Hunt and Nicholas Hoult.
NBC begins the night with a RERUN'L&O: SVU', followed by a FRESH'The Blacklist', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jane Fonda, Sean "Diddy" Combs, the Vaccines, and Jeff Bradshaw.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Josh Hartnett and Benjamin Booker.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Alicia Vikander, Craft Spells, and Dan Levy.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH'Scandal', then a FRESH'American Crime'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Hailee Steinfeld and Brandon Flowers.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH'Reign'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'Bones'.
MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', then a FRESH'8 Minutes'.
AMC offers the movie 'I Am Legend', followed by the movie 'First Blood', then the movie 'Rambo: First Blood Part II'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 1 - The Secret Garden
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Jack's Waterfront
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Revisited: Cafe Hon, Chiarella's, Leone's
[9:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 8 - Let's Kill Hitler
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 9 - Night Terrors
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 17 - Samaritan Snare
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 18 - Up the Long Ladder
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 4 - The Fish and Anchor
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Amy's Baking Company
[4:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Giuseppi's
[5:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
[6:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 8 - Sabatiello's
[7:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
[8:00PM] The Princess Bride
[10:00PM] The Princess Bride
[12:00AM] Top Gear - Season 19 - Episode 1
[1:00AM] Top Gear - Season 19 - Episode 2
[2:00AM] Top Gear - Season 19 - Episode 3
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 1
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 2
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 3 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'Big Trouble In Little China', followed by the movie 'Wall Street', and 'Real Housewives Of NYC'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Broken Lizard's Super Troopers', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and yet another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart are Mumford & Sons.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Jen Kirkman, Blaine Capatch, and Colton Dunn.
FX has the movie 'That's My Boy', followed by the movie 'Ted', then a FRESH'The Comedians', followed by a FRESH'Louie'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Lost In Transmission'.
[6:00AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW
[6:15AM] MARON-JEN MOVES TO LA
[7:15AM] MARON-MEXICAN ANGEL
[7:45AM] THE INVASION
[10:00AM] BATTLEFIELD EARTH
[12:30PM] THE THING
[3:00PM] THE INVASION
[5:15PM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[2:30AM] AMERICAN HISTORY X
[5:15AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JIM GAFFIGAN WEARS A BLUE JACKET & PLUM T-SHIRT (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Approval Matrix-Fame Monster
[6:45AM] Being John Malkovich
[9:15AM] Don't Say a Word
[11:45AM] The Sentinel
[3:45PM] Starship Troopers
[6:30PM] Any Given Sunday
[10:00PM] The Red Road-Shadow Walker
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Matrimony
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Working Mom
[1:00AM] The Red Road-Shadow Walker
[2:00AM] Any Given Sunday
[5:30AM] The Approval Matrix-America's Hall Monitors (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Pathfinder', followed by a FRESH'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH'Olympus'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Chris Hardwick and Matthew Weiner.
Actor Michael J. Fox speaks during a panel discussion on Parkinson's disease during lunch at the annual Skybridge Alternatives Conference (SALT) in Las Vegas May 6, 2015. Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease in 1991.
Photo by Rick Wilking
In this May 5, 2015 photo released by the PEN American Center, British author Neil Gaiman, from left, and American cartoonist Art Spiegelman, pose with Charlie Hebdo's critic-essayist Jean-Baptiste Thoret, and Editor-in-Chief Gerard Biard, during the 2015 PEN Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Charlie Hebdo recieved the Freedom of Expression Courage Award.
Photo by Beowulf Sheehan
One of India's biggest and most popular movie stars, Salman Khan, was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday on charges of driving a vehicle over five men sleeping on a sidewalk and killing one in a hit-and-run case that has dragged for more than 12 years.
Judge D. W. Deshpande of the Mumbai Sessions court found Khan guilty earlier Wednesday of culpable homicide.
The 49-year-old actor was also given separate terms for negligent driving and causing grievous harm to the victims, but all the sentences will run concurrently, defense lawyers said.
Khan also faces trial in a separate case for allegedly killing two rare deer in a western India wildlife preserve 16 years ago.
Confronted Monday with questions about a wrongful-termination lawsuit, defections of senior executives and meager ratings, Ehab Al Shihabi, the leader of Al Jazeera America said, "I know what I'm doing." On Wednesday, the backers of the network said he would be replaced as head of the troubled cable-news outlet.
The Qatar-backed network said it would replace Al Shihabi, who has led Al Jazeera America since its 2013 launch, with Al Anstey, a veteran executive who has been serving as managing director of sister outlet Al Jazeera English.
Al Shihabi's ouster is the latest in a series of twists that threaten to derail what was supposed to be the launch of a more serious-minded news network. When Al Jazeera American debuted in 2013, it did so with a phalanx of prominent TV journalist from CNN and ABC, among other outlets, as well as a stated mission to pursue in-depth journalism about important issues and stories, rather than getting caught up in partisan debate or a desire to entertain.
Al Jazeera made a splashy entry into the U.S. market with its $500 million purchase in late 2012 of of Current TV, the struggling cabler owned by former vice president Al Gore and other investors. The high price paid for Current was a sign of Al Jazeera's determination to get a foothold in the U.S. market, part of the parent company's goal of building a global newsgathering network.
Actor Robert Redford talks with Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. New Mexico. Redford said it's difficult to combat the idea perpetuated by energy companies that cost savings related to coal, drilling and fracking take priority over finding ways to avoid ripping up the Earth. Young people, he said, will drive the change.
Photo by Clyde Mueller
In another ominous sign of human-caused climate change, US government scientists said Wednesday that global carbon dioxide concentrations have reached a new monthly record of 400 parts per million.
"For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of this greenhouse gas surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015," said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Scientists announced that C02 had passed the 400 ppm level for the first time in the Arctic in 2012, and at Mauna Loa in Hawaii in 2013.
"It was only a matter of time that we would average 400 parts per million globally," said Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network.
Musician Todd Rundgren signs the autograph wall as he participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss his new album "Global" at AOL Studios on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini
The Vatican's saint-making office has officially given its thumbs up for the Rev. Junipero Serra to be declared a saint - four months after Pope Francis announced he would canonize the controversial 18th-century missionary during his upcoming visit to the United States.
Serra is hailed by the Catholic Church as a great evangelizer who established 21 missions across California. Many Native Americans, though, accuse him of forced conversions, enslaving converts and helping wipe out indigenous populations as part of the European colonization machine in the Americas.
The unusual process that Serra's sainthood case has taken indicates that Francis personally willed the canonization and that the normal vetting process by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which ended with the Vatican announcement Wednesday, was something of a formality.
In fact, the congregation didn't even approve a second miracle attributed to Serra's intervention - the normal way someone is canonized. Rather, Serra joins several new saints simply declared such by Francis in an equivalent process.
Two staff technicians change a light bulb while harnessed high up on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, May 6, 2015. Every four years, a team of a dozen electrician-technicians equip their climbing gear and change the Eiffel Tower's 425 sodium light bulbs over the course of ten days, to ensure the monument preserves its world-famous golden-colored glow at night.
Photo by Ian Langsdon
The case of a 10-year-old girl raped and impregnated by her stepfather has triggered outrage in Paraguay, where the health minister has blocked her from having an abortion.
The girl was admitted to hospital last month with what doctors suspected was a tumor. It turned out to be a baby, which tests revealed was fathered by her stepfather.
The girl's mother has been arrested for helping her partner, Gilberto Benitez Zarate, flee from the authorities after his abuse came to light. Benitez, 42, is now the target of a massive manhunt.
While the case is sensational, child sexual abuse is all too common in the poor South American country, the United Nations Children's Fund said Wednesday.
"In Paraguay, every day two girls between the ages of 10 and 14 give birth. These cases are a consequence of sexual abuse, and in most situations, repeated sexual abuse from which the victims have not received timely, appropriate protection," said UNICEF child protection officer Andrea Cid.
Demonstrators seem to be dressed as trees as they walk to a barricade in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday May 6, 2015. On Tuesday some protesters made hats out of branches, which seems to have progressed on Wednesday to this more elaborate millinery style adopted by some protesters, without any explanation for the fashion. Anti-government demonstrations continue Wednesday and protesters regularly set road blocks in Burundi's capital after the constitutional court validated President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.
Photo by Jerome Delay
If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know.
Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent.
The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation recently got the first lifetime study of 3,000 purebred golden retrievers up and running after signing up the first dogs in 2012. The nonprofit says the review of health conditions and environmental factors facing goldens across the U.S. can help other breeds and even people, because humans carry 95 percent of the same DNA.
The vets haven't learned enough yet to improve or prolong the retrievers' lives, but key factors could lie anywhere, said Dr. Michael Lappin, who has 19 patients from Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, in the study. When he graduated from veterinary school in 1972, golden retrievers lived 16 or 17 years. Today, it's nine or 10 years.
Golden retrievers die of bone cancer, lymphoma and a cancer of the blood vessels more than any other breed in the country.
A golden pocket watch by Patek Philippe, this reference 926/1 Pellaton style one-minute tourbillon (Bulletin d'Observatoire) was made in 1929, but only encased in 1984, is on display during a preview at the Sotheby's in Geneva, Switzerland, May 6, 2015. The watch is estimated to sell between 154,000 to 256,000 US Dollar. The auction will take place in Geneva on May 13.
Photo by Martial Trezzini
During the rainy fall and winter, most Oregonians probably don't give much thought to Lost Lake, a shallow lake surrounded by pine trees that sits near a highway.
But drivers might do a double take during the summer. During the dry months, the 85-acre (0.34 square kilometers) lake vanishes and turns into meadow.
The reason? Two hollow lava tubes at the bottom of the lake are constantly draining the lake dry, much like a bathtub left unplugged.
"The lakebed begins to fill in the late fall, when the amount of rain coming in starts exceeding the ability of the lava tubes to drain off the water," said Jude McHugh, a spokeswoman for the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. "And it continues to fill all winter long in a series of rain or snowstorms."
As the rainy season peters out, the 9-foot-deep (2.7 meters) lake loses its water source, and water disappears down the lava tubes until it's gone, McHugh said. The lake's watery boom-and-bust cycle repeats itself every year, she added.
Seagulls take off Kalk Bay harbour wall at dawn in Cape Town, South Africa, May 6, 2015. Seagulls are scavengers with large numbers congregating in the commercial fishing harbour of Kalk Bay which provides numerous sources of food ranging from scraps off the fishing boats to the waste generated around a fish and chip restaurant.
Photo by Nic Bothma
You have reached the Home page of BartCop Entertainment.
Do you have something to say?
Anything that increased your blood pressure, or, even better, amused or entertained?
Do you have a great album no one's heard?
How about a favorite TV show, movie, book, play, cartoon, or legal amusement?
A popular artist that just plain pisses you off?
A box set the whole world should own?
Vile, filthy rumors about Republican hypocrites?