BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Thursday

19 October, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[258 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Josh Marshall: He's Poison (TPM)
But now we are. And that's the thing: Donald Trump poisons everything. It's like an abuser with a captive family; he poisons everything, inflames everything, destroys and degrades anything in his path for his own ends. No one gets out in one piece. He's poison. He's just poison. There's no other way to put it. He hurts the country every moment he's in office.


Garrison Keillor: The old obit man looks around (Washington Post)
I tell myself to buckle down. Pay attention. Do your job. Don't kill time.


Nosheen Iqbal: Hurray for Riz Ahmed's Netflix Dane - but is it time for a moratorium on A-list Hamlets? (Guardian)
The importance of playing the prince isn't just overstated, it's boring. Which is why we should welcome a break from the usual narrow casting.


Killian Fox: Bacon and eggs for every meal: absurd diets of the rich and famous (Guardian)
Lucian Freud had breakfast at the same restaurant every morning for 15 years, Balzac drank up to 50 cups of coffee a day and Steve Jobs spent weeks at a time eating only apples and carrots.


Party animals: why 50 is the new 21 (Guardian)
Sales of 50th birthday cards and party paraphernalia have overtaken those marking 21sts, and 50th bashes have the most guests. Time to befriend lots of people in their late 40s


Lydia Bugg: Working In The Dying Radio Business (Cracked)
5. Request Shows Are Fake



David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

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Presenting

Michael Egan





@drmivhaelegan




Superman Abandons Earth



Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day


Plop plop. Fizz fizz. What is the name of this advertising mascot?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


The word "ghoul" comes from what language?


       Arabic                                                      Source


A ghoul is a monster or evil spirit in Arabic mythology, associated with graveyards and consuming human flesh. The term was first used in English literature in 1786, in William Beckford's Orientalist novel Vathek, which describes the ghul of Arabic folklore. In modern fiction, the term has often been used for a certain kind of undead monster. By extension, the word ghoul is also used in a derogatory sense to refer to a person who delights in the macabre, or whose profession is linked directly to death, such as a gravedigger or graverobber.

Ghoul is from the Arabic ghul, from ghala, "to seize". The word is etymologically related to the word galla, the name of a class of Underworld demons from Sumerian and Akkadian mythology.

In ancient Arabian folklore, the ghul dwells in burial grounds and other uninhabited places. The ghul is a fiendish type of jinn believed to be sired by Iblis.

A ghoul is also a desert-dwelling, shapeshifting demon that can assume the guise of an animal, especially a hyena. It lures unwary people into the desert wastes or abandoned places to slay and devour them. The creature also preys on young children, drinks blood, steals coins, and eats the dead, then taking the form of the person most recently eaten.        Source







Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   "Ghoul" comes from the Arabic "ghul."



Alan J answered:
   Arabic.



Randall wrote:
   Arabic





mj said:
   Wild guess time
  Going with something from the Middle to Eastern Middle East, maybe the Indus Valley. I think, at this point I might go back and move in with some of the iguanas or llamas I met last week.




Gene replied:
   Arabic.



Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   A ghoul is a monster or evil spirit in Arabic mythology, associated with graveyards and consuming human fles



Rosemary in Columbus wrote:
   The word ghoul has an Arabic origin.



Adam answered:
   Arabic



zorch said:
   Arabic



Dale of New Norcali replied:
   Arabic or Persian.



Billy in Cypress responded:
   Arabic, which I am sure would lead the GOP to have it banned from use in the CHRISTIAN USA.



DJ Useo said:
   I'm pretty sure it originated from Arabic. I don't speak it myself.





Deborah wrote:
   My brain is so fried from helping comfort my in-laws as we inurned by MIL yesterday, with my FIL (who died 3 years ago) next to their 2nd child, my SIL, who dies 2 years ago, in the same niche. Arrived in S. TX late Sunday afternoon and left early this morning. So I looked up the answer: Ghoul is from the Arabic word that means demon.
  We've owned Schipperkes since 1996. Right now numbers 4 and 5 live with us. According to legend, they're known as demon dogs. I've not seen that because we obedience train all our dogs, but I've heard anecdotes from neighbors and friends whose experiences with this breed of dog certainly bears out that reputation.
  When I read #45's comments to the grieving widow I imagined what I'd say if he said that to me. I might be grieving but I can sure get angry when met with inappropriate remarks/behavior. Grrrrr.




David of Moon Valley took the day off.
  



Daniel in The City took the day off.
  



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



Joe S     took the day off.
  



John I from Hawai`i took the day off.
  



Stephen F took the day off.
  



Harry M. took the day off.
  



George M. took the day off.
  



Dave in Tucson took the day off.
  



Gary K. took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  October 19 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 19 | 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


Let's make sure Donald Trump sees this veteran's response to 'what he signed up for'



An Awesome God



STUPID VOTERS COME FROM PRIVATIZATION OF EDUCATION



Trump is now against the Obamacare deal he engineered



The Hero and the Huckster Do Battle. All McCain has to do is die to win.



A Mushroom Out of a Fairy Tale That You Might Find in the Forest - The New York Times



Millennial Mormons Abandon Political Labels In The Age Of Trump | HuffPost



Ken Burns blasts Trump's attacks on McCain



Mother of Fallen Soldier Steps Forward to Say, "Where Is My Call, Mr. President?"



Councilwoman Running for Congress Claims She Was Abducted by Aliens



JUST IN: New Poll Shows Roy Moore in Trouble! Is He?



The man on that stage can kill you



Callista's Diplomatic Credentials
     Why does she always remind me of the alien "woman" from "Mars Attacks"?



A Trump Golf Course Said It Gave Millions To Charity. Here's What The Numbers Say : NPR



In New Cookbook, Acclaimed Indian Restaurant Finally Spills Its Secrets : The Salt : NPR



Computer Learns To Play Go At Superhuman Levels 'Without Human Knowledge' : The Two-Way : NPR



Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here's how that happened. - Vox



Sexism and male voyeurism have been intertwined throughout movie history - Vox



Republicans have picked a huge environmental fight in their push for tax reform - Vox



California's wildfires aren't "natural" - humans made them worse at every step - Vox



Prepare for RW Exploding Heads. Jefferson Davis Elementary School to be Renamed after Obama.



A Trove of Yiddish Artifacts Rescued From the Nazis, and Oblivion - The New York Times



Morford: Should you really build a home in the (wildfire-prone) woods? - SFGate



Snopes actually has to tell people the Wine Country fires weren't started by 'Mexican drug cartels' - SFGate



Oakland health watchdog finds lead in Infowars diet supplements - SFGate



Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers | Environment | The Guardian



Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Comment

Current Events







For those existential angst moments. (Or maybe just a question we need to put to Predator every single day when he wakes up and stumbles down to the Oval Office.)




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


Thanks, Linda!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Trump White House Uses John Kelly's Dead Son to Trash Obama | The Daily Beast



#MeToo: How I Learned What Predators Like Weinstein Do To Women Every Day | National Memo | Gene Lyons



States take on Ryan Zinke for allowing coal companies to rip off taxpayers - Salon.com



Mother of slain soldier confirms 'Trump did disrespect my son' | Death & Taxes



Overnight Defense: Firestorm erupts over Trump call to slain soldier's widow | TheHill



VA canine research helps foreign-based special interests, not US disabled veterans | TheHill



Facebook and Google Helped Anti-Refugee Campaign in Swing States - Bloomberg



Jeff Sessions Again Changes His Story on Meetings With Russian Ambassador - Mother Jones



Trump's sabotage politics: Break things, then take the credit when others fix them - Salon.com



Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election | The Daily Beast



Trump is Coming for Your Birth Control. Can States Stop Him? - Mother Jones



The Power of Trump's Positive Thinking - POLITICO Magazine



Franken meticulously dismantled Sessions' shifting story on Russia. Then Sessions made things worse. - ThinkProgress



Author of Trump's tax plan says math forced him to give big cuts to the rich - ThinkProgress



Donald Trump Has Spent an Astounding Amount of His Presidency Tweeting | Alternet



The University of Florida Gives Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Total Control Over Press Covering His Speech | Alternet





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Reader Comment

Homecoming


I arrived at the baggage claim at the Sacramento airport to find a couple dozen Australian firefighters waiting for their bags. I spoke with them and thanked them them for their service.

The more of them I thanked, the more emotional I became.

The enormity of what has happened so close to home finally hit me. The stories from the fires are horrific, heart-wrenching and sometimes heart-warming.

Firefighters are arriving from half a world away. #45 hasn't even acknowledged that we've burned. How reprehensible he is.




Deborah


Thanks, Deborah!



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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


EVENTUALLY EVERYONE IS GOING TO DIE.

"FROM MANY, ONE".

PUT ON A SAPPY FACE.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE INSECTS GONE?

THE "COLOSSAL DICK" CLAUSE.

THE NAZI.

COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVES.

NO PARTY FOR HONEST MEN.

THAT'S BETTER.






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Running late.



Tonight, Thursday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 9/20/17) are Jeff Bridges, Sen. Jeff Flake, and Miguel.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/13/17) are Michael Keaton, Dylan O'Brien, and Superfruit.



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'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 9/7/17) are Reese Witherspoon and U2.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 9/25/17) are Jim Parsons, Chrissy Metz, Ruston Kelly, and Gregg Bissonette.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/21/17) are Amy Landecker, Tobacco, and Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris.



ABC starts the night with the chestnut 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown', followed by 'Toy Story Of TERROR', then a FRESH 'Scandal', followed by a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Billy Joel, Tracy Morgan, and Paul Shaffer.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH 'Arrow'.



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 First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'The Eleven', followed by another FRESH 'The Eleven'.



AMC offers all old 'The Walking Dead' all night.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 2
 [7:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 3
 [8:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 3-Under The Lake-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 4-Before The Flood-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1.
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Bliss
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Dark Frontier, Pt. 1
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Dark Frontier, Pt. 2
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Disease
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Course: Oblivion
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 19-The Fight
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 20-Think Tank
 [9:00PM]    LEGION (2010)
 [11:00PM]    LEGION (2010)
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Bliss
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Dark Frontier, Pt. 1
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Dark Frontier, Pt. 2
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Disease
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Course: Oblivion     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has a FRESH 'Top Chef Junior', 'Flipping Out', followed by a FRESH 'Flipping Out', then a FRESH 'Real Estate Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.



Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Nathan For You', then a FRESH 'The President Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Vic Mensa.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is Carol Anderson.



FX has the movie 'Ride Along ', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', then a FRESH 'Better Things', and another 'Better Things'.



History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH 'Ice Road Truckers'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PATHFINDER
 [8:15AM]    VALHALLA RISING
 [10:15AM]    RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
 [12:15PM]    HANNIBAL RISING
 [3:00PM]    HANNIBAL
 [6:00PM]    RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
 [8:00PM]    JONAH HEX
 [9:45PM]    HOMEFRONT
 [12:00AM]    28 WEEKS LATER
 [2:15AM]    HANNIBAL
 [5:15AM]    COMEDY CRIB: THE SHOW
 [5:45AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It's a Garment of Liberty     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Luck of Newton Monroe
 [6:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie Flunks Arithmetic
 [7:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Carnival
 [7:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Banjo-Playing Deputy
 [8:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The New Housekeeper
 [9:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Manhunt
 [9:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Guitar Player
 [10:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Ellie Comes to Town
 [10:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Irresistible Andy
 [11:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Runaway Kid
 [11:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy the Matchmaker
 [12:30PM]    Love Happens
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-The Blue Wall
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Confession
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Aria
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Asylum
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-God Bless the Child
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Corpus Delicti
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Trophy
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Charm City
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Custody
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Encore
 [12:59AM]    Law & Order-Savior
 [1:58AM]    Love Happens
 [4:28AM]    Rosehaven
 [5:04AM]    Rosehaven
 [5:40AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Edie Gets Married    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Trick 'r Treat', followed by a FRESH 'Van Helsing', then a FRESH 'Ghost Wars'.



TBS:
On a RERUN Conan (from 8/17/17) are Carl Reiner, Nikki Glaser, and Pokey LaFarge.



TCM:
 [6:45 AM]      The Secret Land (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      With Byrd at the South Pole (1930)
 [9:30 AM]      Savage Splendor (1949)
 [10:45 AM]      Picturesque South Africa (1937)
 [11:00 AM]      Below the Sahara (1953)
 [12:15 PM]      King Solomon's Mines (1937)
 [1:45 PM]      Watusi (1959)
 [3:15 PM]      Trader Horn (1973)
 [5:15 PM]      Adventure Girl (1934)
 [6:30 PM]      Manhunt in the Jungle (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      The Crowd (1928)    SILENT 
 [10:00 PM]      Sounder (1972)
 [12:00 AM]      The Night of the Hunter (1955)
 [2:00 AM]      Walkabout (1971)
 [4:00 AM]      Performance (1970)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Friday   -  10/20/17

TCM spends most of the night with Anthony Perkins
 [6:00 AM]      Little Nellie Kelly (1940)
 [7:45 AM]      Young Tom Edison (1940)
 [9:15 AM]      Design For Scandal (1941)
 [10:45 AM]      A Yank at Eton (1942)
 [12:30 PM]      Girl Crazy (1943)
 [2:15 PM]      Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
 [4:15 PM]      The Beginning Or The End (1947)
 [6:15 PM]      Tickle Me (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      Mahogany (1975)
 [10:15 PM]      Winter Kills (1979)
 [12:15 AM]      The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
 [2:30 AM]      Remember My Name (1978)

 [4:15 AM]      Death Rides a Horse (1967)     (ALL TIMES EDT)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from May. 3, 1984) - Robert Blake, Rich Hall, and Richard Guindon.

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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Stars Urge People

#RejectTheNRA

In response to the devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, stars including Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Bill Hader, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow and Adam Scott have teamed up for a video showing how everyday Americans can call on their congressional lawmakers to reject legislation that would roll back gun silencer safety laws and to reject a national concealed carry reciprocity bill.

Emma Stone starts off the clip. "The mass shooting in Las Vegas has left all of us grieving, scared and angry," she says. "Knowing what to do about it can be confusing. Here's one thing that can make a difference right now," Bill Hader adds. A slew of stars then urge viewers to text "REJECT" to 644-33 to connect them to Everytown Gun Safety, which will then connect people with their Congressional representatives. The group also provides a script to use when speaking to lawmakers.

The video is part of a large grassroots effort to #RejectTheNRA. Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown, announced Tuesday that they will send 1 million phone calls to reject the NRA and its policies. Through November 2018, Moms Demand Action volunteers and supporters of Everytown will work to get the word out to demand that legislators stop efforts to roll back gun silencer safety laws and to pass so-called concealed carry reciprocity. They will also back candidates who support gun safety.

"The NRA has spent millions electing the President and Congress it wants - but grassroots momentum is on the side of gun safety," said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, in a statement. "By sending 1 million calls, we'll prove the power - and passion - of Americans hungry for change. The NRA's leadership is deeply out of touch with the American people, and we'll make sure Congress and lawmakers in states hear their constituents loud and clear."

#RejectTheNRA

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Weinstein's Behavior Is No Surprise

Anita Hill

Anita Hill, who championed women's ability to speak out against sexual harassment, didn't mince words about the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"The details are clearly shocking but the behavior itself is not surprising because I've heard from women, thousands of them over the past 26 years, about behavior of this kind that they've endured," Hill, a law school professor who in 1991 famously accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence "Slappy" Thomas of sexual harassment, told CNN's "New Day" on Wednesday.

Dozens of women have come forward in recent weeks with stories describing Weinstein's predatory conduct. Many have told of being tricked into taking a meeting in Weinstein's hotel rooms or being manipulated into caving to his sexual demands out of fear that he could sabotage their careers.

Hill, now a Brandeis University professor, credited the media with digging deeply into the Weinstein story instead of just asking "the old, pat questions" about sexual harassment and assault.

"But we've also gotten questions about how this type of behavior can be sustained over three decades, and those are going to be important questions moving forward," she added.

Anita Hill

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Tears Into Trump

Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann rose to fame at ESPN before entering the cable news fray at MSNBC, where he was a forceful critic of George W. Bush. Ah, the good old days. Today, the 58-year-old, like many liberals, often feels like he's in an alternate universe - or wishes he were. "It's exactly that feeling you get in a dream where there's a nuclear war or you're back in the fourth grade," he says. He exorcises his anxiety via his GQ video series The Resistance, which is in its second season. Since the September 2016 premiere, he's taped 170 commentaries, culled for his new book, Trump Is F*cking Crazy ($27, Blue Rider Press).

Olbermann has authored previous books based on his TV commentaries on MSNBC'sCountdown, but the Trump book "actually manages to produce a narrative of the whole campaign and more importantly, the warnings that were not heeded," he says. "So it became more than the sum of its parts. I'm very pleased with it, actually. It reads like the Titanic is in the water, and you get that sense that, well, maybe they won't hit the iceberg this time. And then on the next page, no, they hit the iceberg all right."

Do you still watch cable news?

Turning on CNN and MSNBC is of no value to me. Number one, I know all the tricks. Number two, I know all the conflicts. Number three, I know all the self-interest. The structures of cable news and other networks are still: "How do we leverage this? How do we position ourselves correctly?" Rather than: "The country is on fire - what do we do?"

Keith Olbermann

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Notable Contestant

'Jeopardy!'

Former Fresno resident Fran Fried became part of "Jeopardy!" history following Tuesday's episode.

Not so much because Fried is transgender, and is believed to be only the third trans person to appear on the popular game show.

But because Fried was part of arguably the wildest "Jeopardy!" ending ever.

Fried, 56, led for most of the show, including a $10,300 lead with only six clues remaining.

But after fellow contestant Carlos Nobleza Posas of Salt Lake City managed to pull into a tie with Fried at $12,300 going into Final Jeopardy!, one of the craziest finishes went down.

'Jeopardy!'

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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States Sue

DeVos

Democratic attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia filed suit Tuesday against the U.S. Department of Education over its decision to block an Obama-era rule designed to protect students from being defrauded by for-profit colleges.

The Gainful Employment rule was supposed to take effect this year, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos froze it until a new rule could be crafted. The rule was meant to ensure that students received an education that would help them land a job with a high enough income to pay off their student loan debt.

The lawsuit, filed with the U.S. District Court in the nation's capital, comes as DeVos faces criticism from student advocates and Democratic lawmakers for delaying action on tens of thousands of claims for loan forgiveness from former students at defunct for-profit colleges.

DeVos' move to block the gainful employment rule is part of an ongoing effort to roll back some of the policies of the Obama administration on issues ranging from student loans to the rights of transgender students and the way colleges investigate sexual assault on campus. DeVos says those rules were ineffective, confusing and were an encroachment on state and local rights.

"The Department of Education is again eliminating crucial protections for student borrowers," said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Other states represented in the lawsuit were California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

DeVos

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10 Days Later

California Wildfires

Ten days and more than 200,000 scorched acres later, Donald Trump (R-Execrable) has tapped out a Twitter response to California's devastating wildfires.

The president-for-now regularly uses Twitter to communicate with the American people his base, issuing 140-character policy proclamations or messages of support spewage. But in the days since powerful winds ignited voracious wildfires across California's wine country, Mr Trump's hadn't specifically tweeted a word on the catastrophe.

Finally breaking the Twitter silence, Mr Trump wrote that "Our hearts are with all affected by the wildfires in California", praising the first responders who have been battling the blazes.

Topics he addressed before Wednesday morning's message of solidarity included the booming stock market - a subject Mr Trump returned to numerous times - and protests by NFL players. He has repeatedly lashed out at the news media, former Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, congressional Democrats and Republican senator Bob Corker.

California Wildfires

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Monuments Vandalized

Virginia

Two Confederate monuments in two Virginia cities have been vandalized this week.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the word "racist" was found painted in red on the Jefferson Davis statue in Richmond on Tuesday. The Virginian-Pilot reports Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson says a memorial to the Confederate dead was spray-painted with "#2 BETTER LUCK NEVER" early Monday morning.

Richmond's Davis statue is on Monument Avenue, which also features four other Confederate statues. The nearby J.E.B. Stuart statue was splattered with pine tar in August, and three statues were tagged with spray paint after President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Racist) election victory last year.

The Norfolk statue was previously spray-painted with the word "SHAME" in May.

Both Richmond and Norfolk are considering whether to move or contextualize the monuments following August's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

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The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday.

"It's embarrassing and I have apologized," Christopher Sharpley, the acting CIA Inspector General, told the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing as President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) nominee for the position.

Championed by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein when she chaired the Senate panel, the "torture report," as it is known, is the result of a six-year investigation into so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, during the administration of Republican resident George W. Bush (R-Previous WPE).

Feinstein wants the 6,700-page document declassified. But Republican Senator Richard Burr, her successor as committee chairman, has resisted its release and asked for the return of copies distributed to government agencies under Democratic President Barack Obama.

Sharpley said the CIA received the report in December 2014 on a computer disk, which was then uploaded into a classified system. Shortly thereafter, he said, the agency was told to delete it because of ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation.

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Researchers in Germany have documented a steep decline in flying insects at dozens of nature reserves in the past three decades, and agricultural pesticides may be to blame, said a study Wednesday.

While it is well documented that butterflies and bees have been disappearing in Europe and North America, the study in PLOS ONE is the first to document that flying insects in general have decreased by more than three-quarters across Germany since 1989.

Researchers are concerned because insects are important pollinators and also a key part of the food chain, serving as meals for birds and other small creatures.

For the study, researchers used sticky traps to collect insects at 63 nature reserves, then measured the biomass, documenting changes over time.

Over the past 27 years, they found an average decline of 76 percent, with the effects appearing worst in summer (82 percent).

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