BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 28 September, 2017

Thursday

28 September, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[237 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Garrison Keillor: The gentle people shall prevail (Washington Post)
The answer to hurricanes and racism is the same: Kindness.


Allegra Kirkland: Veteran Whose Photo Trump Retweeted Wants No Part In Politics Of NFL Protest (TPM)
"I went over there and I fought for the rights and freedoms of everybody to do whatever they wanted to do in a lawful manner," Jones said. "So if the NFL as a whole wants to protest the flag and protest America, then so be it, that's your right." "Keep it peaceful, keep it respectful and I don't care what you do," he added.


Damian Paletta, Mike DeBonis and Carolyn Y. Johnson: Republicans to unveil broad tax cuts, put off tough decisions (Washington Post)
President Trump and top Republicans will promise a package of far-reaching tax cuts for companies and individuals, people briefed on the planning said, but the GOP leaders will stop short of labeling many of the tax breaks they hope to strip away, putting off controversial decisions that threaten to sink the party's tax effort.


Martin Gayford: How do artists vanish? (Spectator)
Could Damien Hirst, for example, fade into oblivion, like the once ubiquitous Hans Makart?


Michael Tanner: The unrepeated and unrepeatable brilliance of Maria Callas (Spectator)
Her meteoric rise, her fluctuating erotic life, her tragic decline, are all a fascinating distraction from the one thing that matters: her art.


Seann Walsh: Jim Carrey doesn't exist - at least that's what he told me (The Guardian)
The star of Ace Ventura and The Mask is the reason I got into comedy. Meeting him was a dream come true ... until things got existential


Dave Simpson: kd lang and Ben Mink: how we made Constant Craving (The Guardian)
'It was the year I came out as gay. When we went to the Grammys, religious groups were picketing outside.'


Hadley Freeman: Why do models always look so glum? Well, they've got good reason to (The Guardian)
With the exception of some London fashion week shows, models tend to wear a furious death stare. It's hard to blame them - what with the constant criticism and pressure to be thin.



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Presenting

Michael Egan





Hitler, From Hell, Defends 1938 Invasion



@drmivhaelegan




Superman Abandons Earth



Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day


One ringy-dingy. What is the name of this telephone operator?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


What country produces the most ginger?


       India                                                      Source


In 2014, with a global production of 2.2 million tonnes of raw ginger, India accounted for 30% of the world total, followed by China (19%), Nepal (13%), Indonesia (12%), and Thailand (7%).        Source






Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   India produces the most ginger.



Alan J answered:
   India.



Stephen F said:
   India



Deborah wrote:
   I'm going with India, because China is too obvious.
  We lived in the Republic of Korea for about 2 years, and ginger is prized there (it's too cold to grow it there). Ginger tea was one of my favorite beverages.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   India



John I from Hawai`i says,
   "India."



David of Moon Valley replied:
   survey says.......India..........i love my ginger, yes indeed....



zorch wrote:
   India produces the most Ginger. Gilligan's Island is second.



Adam answered:
   India



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, said:
   India



Daniel in The City replied:
   India



Randall is offline.
  



Harry M. took the day off.
  



Billy in Cypress took the day off.
  



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



mj took the day off.
  



Gene took the day off.
  



DJ Useo took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



George M. took the day off.
  



Dave in Tucson took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  September 28 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 28 | Famous Birthdays




Sally has retired.
  



MAM     In memory.



  





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Middle Class Political Economist




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Zealandia drilling reveals secrets of sunken lost continent | World news | The Guardian



Why can't rightwing comics break into US late-night TV? | Global | The Guardian



'We stand to wipe out a whole era': how the 1970s could vanish from Vancouver | Cities | The Guardian



A glimpse of when Canada's badlands were a lush dinosaur forest by the sea | Elsa Panciroli | Science | The Guardian



Bigoted 'culture warrior' Roy Moore's win in Alabama shows that GOP is even crazier than Trump



Anthems, Flags, Kneeling, and Patriotism



Puerto Rico: Trump Refuses to Waive Jones Act; Americans Stand Up to Help; Where is the Government?



Burns and Novick's Vietnam War: A Well-intentioned Mistake?



Zinke and Perry Play Petro-Pirates, Plundering Public Lands for Private Profit



Trump Tax "Hoax" Would Blow $5 Trillion Hole In Budget Over Next Decade: Analysis | Common Dreams



BBC - Culture - What the myth of Faust can teach us



Trump Mocks a Dying Man and His Daughter Is NOT Happy



Paul Horner, Fake News Purveyor Who Claimed Credit For Trump's Win, Found Dead At 38 : The Two-Way : NPR



Trump Tells Reporters Why He Won't Lift The Jones Act...And, Yes, It Is As Bad As You Think.



Trump Air sits idle as billionaires and celebrities lend private planes for Puerto Rico relief



How's this for a nightmare scenario for the GOP? Your political happy thought for today.



Trump's Empty Culture Wars - The New York Times



Folks, We're Home Alone - The New York Times



National Parks Struggle With a Mounting Crisis: Too Many Visitors - The New York Times



Rep. Keith Ellison Has A Lesson On The Constitution For Roy Moore | HuffPost



Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Comment

Current Events


Speaking of wasted money, WHY does Predator need to fly somewhere to unveil his tax "plan" instead of sitting at his freaking desk and working? WHY must we pay for one "love me" rally (AKA Klan gathering) after another. PUT DOWN THE PHONE and WORK, you jackass!




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


Thanks, Linda!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Who is Roy Moore and Why Is His Bid for Alabama Senator So Dangerous? | Esquire



Trump's Racist Attack On NFL Players Is A Losing Game | National Memo (Gene Lyons)



The President Who Hated to Pay His Debts Bashes Storm-Struck Puerto Rico | The Daily Beast



Puerto Rico's Taxpayers Got Stuck Paying Over $32 Million for Trump's Failed Golf Course | Alternet



Trump defaulted on payments for his Puerto Rico golf course, leaving the territory with a $33 million tax debt | Death & Taxes Magazine



Trump appears to delete tweets backing Strange after primary loss | TheHill



Fake news writer in 2016 presidential election found dead | TheHill



White House scrambles to show Trump cares about Puerto Rico - POLITICO



Price's private-jet travels included visits with colleagues, lunch with son - POLITICO



Why is no one talking about the alleged Tennessee church shooter's religion? - ThinkProgress



The Distance Between Donald Trump and Puerto Rico | The New Yorker



Trump reportedly plans to raise bottom tax rate to offset tax cuts for wealthy - ThinkProgress



Donald Trump Releases Yet Another Vague Tax Proposal - Mother Jones



Jim Bakker's Food Buckets Will Prevent You From Resorting To Cannibalism | Right Wing Watch



Puerto Rico is suffering under an archaic law that Trump refuses to lift - ThinkProgress



National (US) Poll - September 27, 2017 - Trump Is Not Fit To Be President | Quinnipiac University Connecticut



Puerto Rican Debt Holders Respond to Catastrophic Hurricane by Offering Puerto Rico More Debt | The Intercept



Right-wing paranoia about the "deep state": Total hypocrisy - Salon.com



Price's job seen at risk after Trump slams private jet use | TheHill



Trump fuming over Price's charter flights - POLITICO



Trump says his tax plan is 'not good' for him. It is very good for him. - ThinkProgress



Sessions offers impassioned defense of free speech on Fox, totally contradicts himself seconds later - ThinkProgress



Democrats keep flipping seats in state special elections - ThinkProgress



Christian nationalism can no longer be ignored. Roy Moore's win proves it. - ThinkProgress



Late-September heat wave leaves climate experts stunned - ThinkProgress (Joe Romm)



Robert Reich: We Can't Abolish the Electoral College, but We Can Make It Irrelevant | Alternet



Watch: America's Mobster President-New Evidence in Dutch Public TV Documentary of Trump's International Money Laundering Circle | Alternet



Can Congress Stop Trump from Firing Mueller? | Alternet





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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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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


LOOKING UP THE ELEPHANT'S ASS. PART 1

LOOKING UP THE ELEPHANT'S ASS. PART 2

" WE CANNOT EAT MONEY."

AFTER 3.95bn YEARS WE GET DONALD TRUMP.

35 YEARS LATER.

BUDDHA BLESS.

WHY ISN'T PUERTO RICO THE 51ST STATE?

THE "SNATCH MAN".






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Hack. Sneeze. Grumble, grumble.



Tonight, Thursday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Steve Martin, Mark Feuerstein, and Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Don Johnson and Minnie Driver.



NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'The Good Place', then a FRESH 'Will & Grace', followed by a FRESH 'Great News', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Harrison Ford, Rachel Maddow, and Charli XCX.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jennifer Hudson, Jeff Garlin, Jesmyn Ward, and Gregg Bissonette.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Tim Roth, Cloud Nothings, and John Carroll Lynch.



ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kaley Cuoco, David Muir, and the XX.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a FRESH 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', and a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.



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



MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'L&O: CI'.



A&E has 'The Murder Of Laci Peterson', followed by a FRESH 'The Murder Of Laci Peterson'.



AMC offers the movie 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', followed by the movie 'Con Air', then the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Tidal Seas
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Coasts
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Islands
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE WATERS OF MARS - Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars-Part 1 & 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-The Eleventh Hour
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-The Beast Below
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Victory of the Daleks
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-The Time of Angels-Part 1.
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 16-Prey
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 17-Retrospect
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-The Killing Game, Pt. 1
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Killing Game, Pt. 2
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 20-Vis a Vis
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Omega Directive
 [8:00PM]    CASINO ROYALE (2006)
 [11:00PM]    CASINO ROYALE (2006)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-The Killing Game, Pt. 1
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Killing Game, Pt. 2
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 20-Vis a Vis
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Omega Directive    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Flipping Out', another 'Flipping Out', followed by a FRESH 'Flipping Out', another 'Flipping Out', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Nathan For You', and 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Craig Robinson.



FX has the movie 'The Equalizer', followed by the movie 'Lucy', then a FRESH 'Better Things', and another 'Better Things'.



History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Ice Road Truckers: Breaking The Ice'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [8:00AM]    THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE
 [10:00AM]    AIRHEADS
 [12:00PM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [2:00PM]    THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE
 [4:00PM]    AIRHEADS
 [6:00PM]    BILLY MADISON
 [8:00PM]    AMERICAN PIE
 [10:00PM]    AMERICAN PIE 2
 [12:15AM]    AMERICAN WEDDING
 [2:15AM]    AMERICAN PIE
 [4:15AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It Satisfies on a Very Basic Level
 [4:45AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Don't Call Me Ma'am
 [5:15AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-I Can't Vote
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY CRIB: THE SHOW    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Mayberry Band
 [6:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Floyd, the Gay Deceiver
 [7:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Rival
 [7:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Bed Jacket
 [8:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Convicts at Large
 [9:00AM]    Cold Mountain
 [12:30PM]    The Town
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-American Dream
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Born Bad
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-The Pursuit of Happiness
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Golden Years
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Breeder
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Foul Play
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Oxymoron 1
 [0:00PM]    Law & Order-Patriot
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Second Opinion
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Coma
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Blue Bamboo
 [2:00AM]    The Net
 [4:30AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-A Son for Murray
 [5:05AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Neighbors
 [5:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-One Punch Opie    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie '300', followed by the movie 'Salt'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Kyle MacLachlan, Rob Schneider, and Lisa Loeb.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Ladies of the Jury (1932)
 [7:15 AM]      Seven Angry Men (1955)
 [9:00 AM]      Star Witness (1931)
 [10:15 AM]      Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
 [11:45 AM]      Trial (1955)
 [1:45 PM]      Inherit the Wind (1960)
 [4:00 PM]      Twilight of Honor (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      The Love-Ins (1967)
 [10:00 PM]      Riot on Sunset Strip (1967)
 [12:00 AM]      The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
 [2:00 AM]      The Big Cube (1969)
 [3:45 AM]      More (1969)    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Friday   -  09/29/17

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Narcotics Pit of Despair (Part 1) (1967)
 [6:45 AM]      A Lost Lady (1934)
 [8:00 AM]      Cry Wolf (1947)
 [9:30 AM]      The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)
 [11:45 AM]      The Pitfall (1948)
 [1:30 PM]      Easy Living (1949)
 [3:00 PM]      Too Late for Tears (1949)
 [4:45 PM]      The Company She Keeps (1951)
 [6:15 PM]      The Racket (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      A Star Is Born (1937)
 [10:00 PM]      A Star Is Born (1954)
 [1:15 AM]      A Star Is Born (1976)
 [3:45 AM]      What Price Hollywood? (1932)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #1 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Sep. 28, 1984) - Kate Capshaw, Bobby Kelton, and Ed Begley Jr.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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Or reviews?   Marty




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Trees stand stripped of their foliage by the winds of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico on Sept. 21, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Giusti

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Law Does Not Ban Bias Against

Gay Workers

A Trump administration lawyer on Tuesday urged a U.S. appeals court in Manhattan to rule that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees.

The U.S. Department of Justice is supporting a New York skydiving company, Altitude Express Inc, in a lawsuit brought by former instructor Donald Zarda, who accused the company of firing him after he told a customer he was gay and she complained. Zarda died in a BASE-jumping accident after filing the lawsuit, and his estate took over the case.

Judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals focused their questions on whether discrimination against gay workers is a form of unlawful sex bias under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That law bans discrimination based on workers' sex, race, religion and other traits.

Justice Department lawyer Hashim Mooppan told the court that Congress never intended for that law to protect gay workers against bias. And in recent years, he said, lawmakers have repeatedly declined to pass bills that would prohibit employment discrimination against gay workers.

Several 2nd Circuit judges questioned Mooppan about why the Justice Department got involved, and whether it first consulted with the EEOC. Mooppan said it would not be appropriate for him to discuss the department's internal procedures.

Gay Workers

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People fill containers with water on the street after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico September 24, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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Announces New Cast Members

'Saturday Night Live'

"Saturday Night Live" announced its newest cast members on Tuesday, and, well, we won't keep you waiting. They are Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null.

The three additions to the show will replace departees Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata. According to Vulture, the rest of the "SNL" crew is returning for Season 43, which premieres on NBC this Saturday. They'll be joined by new writers Sam Jay, Gary Richardson, Erik Marino, Andrew Dismukes, Steven Castillo, Claire Friedman and Nimesh Patel.

You might know Second City alum Chris Redd from the Andy Samberg-led mockumentary "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," in which he played Hunter the Hungry, or from his roles in "Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later" and the Judd Apatow-Netflix project, "Love."

Heidi Gardner hails from the Groundlings' Main Company, and recently appeared in and wrote for the animated Crackle series "Supermansion." (Watch out for her in the 2018 film "Life of the Party," starring Melissa McCarthy.)

The new hires were reportedly solidified over Emmys weekend, Deadline reports, when "SNL" earned an impressive nine awards, including a statue for Alec Baldwin's Trump impression.

'Saturday Night Live'

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Polls Suggest

Black Americans

Donald Trump (R-Racist) won only a fraction of the black vote in last year's US presidential election and opinion polls out this week suggest he remains deeply unpopular among African-Americans.

Ninety-four percent of the black voters in a Quinnipiac University poll published Wednesday said they believed Trump is not fit to serve as president.

About the same number -- 95 percent -- said they did not approve of the way he is handling race relations.

And nearly two-thirds of the African-Americans surveyed in another poll -- this one conducted by the PerryUndem research firm -- said they are worried by Trump.

"A divider, responsible for the deepening chasm of racial discord," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll of 1,412 voters nationwide.

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Tweeters Skewer

Deleting Posts

The tweets may now be gone, but they are certainly not forgotten.

President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked) deleted three embarrassing posts from his Twitter account on Tuesday night after the candidate he backed to claim Alabama's GOP Senate nomination, Sen. Luther Strange, lost to Roy Moore.

ProPublica's Politwoops noted Trump's removal of the tweets, in which he'd claimed that Strange was "shooting up" in the polls since his presidential endorsement.

Tweeters were quick to call Trump out over his culling of the messages from his timeline.

Deleting Posts

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Toppled trees lie on the sides of a road after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Catano municipality, southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 21, 2017.
Photo by Alvin Baez

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Plays To Thousands Of Empty Seats

O'Really

Bill O'Reilly's "The Spin Stops Here" tour stopped in Baltimore on Friday, and the former Fox News host played to thousands of empty seats at Royal Farms Arena.

Perhaps the best indication of the size of the crowd in relation to the hall is that 45 minutes before the show an usher came to me and about a dozen other ticket holders who were seated in the cheapest seats in the third level and gave us tickets to move down to level one - much closer to the stage.

Capacity is 10,001 to 15,000, according to "Billboard" and "Venues Today" figures cited on a Royal Farms Arena website.

Tickets were available for a third of their value in resale the past week. One ticket holder from Virginia emailed The Sun saying she bought her tickets in the spring and was "shocked" to find when she tried to sell them two weeks ago that hers were the only ones sold in their section on the second level of the hall.

"We gotta start playing some bigger rooms," comedian Dennis Miller said near the start of his solo portion of the performance.

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Detected

Fourth Gravitational Wave

A fourth gravitational wave has been detected -- this time with help from Italy-based equipment -- after two black holes collided, sending ripples through the fabric of space and time, researchers said Wednesday.

Gravitational waves were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago as part of his theory of general relativity, but the first hard evidence of their existence came only in 2015, when two US detectors found the first such signal.

The latest space-time ripples were detected on August 14 at 10:30 GMT when two giant black holes with masses about 31 and 25 times the mass of the Sun merged about 1.8 billion light-years away.

"The newly produced spinning black hole has about 53 times the mass of our Sun," said a statement from the international scientists at Virgo detector, located at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) in Cascina, near Pisa, Italy.

"While this new event is of astrophysical relevance, its detection comes with an additional asset: this is the first significant gravitational wave signal recorded by the Virgo detector."

Fourth Gravitational Wave

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Irony Impaired

'Racist Keebler Elf'

Free speech on college campuses is "under attack" as universities transform into shelters "for fragile egos," Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who leads a Justice Department prosecuting a woman for laughing at him during a congressional hearing, said in a Tuesday speech.

"The American university was once the center of academic freedom - a place of robust debate, a forum for the competition of ideas," Sessions told an invite-only audience at Georgetown University's law school. "But it is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogenous thought, a shelter for fragile egos."

Sessions delivered his speech as the Justice Department prepares to retry a woman who laughed at him during his Senate confirmation hearing in January. The department's continued prosecution of Desiree Fairooz was mentioned in an open letter signed by several members of the Georgetown law school faculty that said Sessions was a poor spokesman for the values of free speech.

Some students and law school faculty members demonstrated against Sessions and Trump administration's policies on Tuesday morning, standing on the steps of the building where the attorney general would speak at an event they weren't allowed to attend.

"Sessions only speaks to echo chambers," one sign said. Other placards included "Freedom of speech is not at your convenience Sessions," "There's not RSVP on the 1st Amendment," and "Fuck Jeff 'Racist Keebler Elf' Sessions."

'Racist Keebler Elf'

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People stop on a highway near a mobile phone antenna tower to check for mobile phone signal, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria, in Dorado, Puerto Rico, Sept. 22, 2017.
Photo by Alvin Baez

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What Does Jesus Pack?

Trump Evangelical Adviser

A conservative pastor on President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Buffoon) informal evangelical advisory council thinks NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to highlight racism should "be thanking God" they haven't been "shot in the head."

Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress, who leads the First Baptist Church in Dallas, made the comments during a "Fox & Friends" segment Monday on Fox News amid debate over the athletes' protests.

"I think what these players are doing is absolutely wrong," Jeffress said. "These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they're not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they're also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee like they would be if they were in North Korea."

Jeffress also minimized the athletes' statement on racism by comparing the "social injustice" of systematic racism to Christian bakers being forced to prepare cakes for same-sex weddings.

"They didn't respond by calling then-President Obama a bum," said Jeffress, who once claimed the country's first black president was "paving the way for the Antichrist."

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Voter Fraud

Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner is a woman.

Well, that's true at least according to records from the New York State Board of Elections. As first reported by Wired, Kushner is listed as a female in its records.

Newsweek verified Wired's report through public records.

Jared Kushner is registered to vote in two states -- New York and New Jersey. Nexis

It's not clear if this constitutes a breach of voting laws, but it is quite ironic considering the Trump administration's claims of widespread voter fraud. Moreover, it adds to the already embarrassing fact that Kushner is registered to vote in two states-both New York and New Jersey. (Voter records from New Jersey list Kushner's gender as "unknown.")

Jared Kushner

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Not a Hate Crime

Transgender Teen

Authorities say her eyes were gouged out and her genitals stabbed, but that the death of transgender teenager whose burned remains were found near the mobile home of one of her alleged killers in rural southern Missouri, her bones discarded in a chicken coop, was not a hate crime.

The remains of Joseph Matthew Steinfeld Jr. - the birth name of the 17-year-old transgender girl who went by the name Ally Lee Steinfeld - were found last week in the town of Cabool.

Twenty-four-year-old Briana Calderas and two 18-year-olds, Andrew Vrba and Isis Schauer, were charged with first-degree murder and other counts. A fourth suspect is charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence. All four are jailed without bond.

Steinfeld had been missing for weeks, and initial news reports referred to her as a male, in part because missing-person posters distributed by the family used Steinfeld's birth name, as did police documents.

Authorities aren't saying what led to the killing. But both Sheriff James Sigman and prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. insist the crime was not motivated by Steinfeld's gender identity.

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Photo by Carlos Giusti

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New York Court Dismisses $250M Case

Tax Fraud

A Manhattan court dismissed a $250 million civil tax fraud case against Russian-American businessman Felix Sater on Wednesday, Business Insider has learned.

The civil tax-fraud case against Sater, a former associate of President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt), and the real-estate company he cofounded, Bayrock, was being prosecuted as a qui tam case, which allows a whistleblower to file on the state's behalf, and the attorney general's office can either intervene, or not.

The purported whistleblower in this case was a lawyer named Fred Oberlander, who at one point represented Sater's former business partner Jody Kriss in a money-laundering suit against Bayrock.

The initial lawsuit brought against Sater and Bayrock in 2010 by Bayrock's former finance director Jody Kriss - who had no hand in the qui tam case brought later by Oberlander - alleged that "for most of its existence [Bayrock] was substantially and covertly mob-owned and operated," engaging "in a pattern of continuous, related crimes, including mail, wire, and bank fraud; tax evasion; money laundering; conspiracy; bribery; extortion; and embezzlement."

Bayrock's office was once two floors below Trump's in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. A person familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity for fear of retribution by Sater or his associates, told Business Insider previously that Sater and Trump had standing meetings each week.

Tax Fraud

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Approves Palestinian Membership

Interpol

International police agency Interpol voted Wednesday to include Palestine as a member state, in a new boost to Palestinian efforts for international recognition and influence amid long-stalled negotiations with Israel for full statehood.

The decision drew an angry Israeli reaction and threat of retaliation. It also raised concerns that the Palestinians might use their elevated status to seek the arrests of Israelis, though Palestinian officials said there were no immediate plans to do so.

Interpol announced the inclusion of the "State of Palestine" as well as the Solomon Islands on Twitter and its website Wednesday after a vote by its general assembly in Beijing.

With the new votes, Interpol will have 192 member countries. Interpol didn't immediately announce how many members supported Palestinian membership.

Interpol

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Private Jet Scandal Is Even Worse Than You Think

Tom Price

The controversy surrounding Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's use of private planes deepened Tuesday after Politico reported new details about his trips, including that his travels involved personal visits.

Those trips included a visit to a Georgia resort, where Price and his wife own property, more than a day ahead of his scheduled appearance at a conference, as well as a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, where he had lunch with his son.

Earlier Politico reports have documented more than two dozen trips taken by Price on charter flights since May, costing taxpayers more than $400,000. On the Nashville trip, for example, Price reportedly took a Learjet despite the availability of commercial flights from D.C., spending more than $17,000 on the round-trip airfare.

Price's office previously defended the use of charter planes as necessary to "[get] outside of D.C., making sure he is connected with the real American people."

Tom Price

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In Memory

Hugh Hefner

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his groundbreaking men's magazine and built a business empire around his libertine lifestyle, died on Wednesday at the age of 91, Playboy Enterprises said.

Hefner, once called the "prophet of pop hedonism" by Time magazine, peacefully passed away at his home, Playboy Enterprises said in a statement.

Hefner was sometimes characterized as an oversexed Peter Pan as he kept a harem of young blondes that numbered as many as seven at his legendary Playboy Mansion. This was chronicled in "The Girls Next Door," a TV reality show that aired from 2005 through 2010. He said that thanks to the impotency-fighting drug Viagra he continued exercising his libido into his 80s.

"I'm never going to grow up," Hefner said in a CNN interview when he was 82. "Staying young is what it is all about for me. Holding on to the boy and long ago I decided that age really didn't matter and as long as the ladies ... feel the same way, that's fine with me."

Hugh Hefner

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