BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 17 January, 2017


17 January, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[1937 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: With All Due Disrespect (NY Times)
Is it O.K., morally and politically, to declare the man about to move into the White House illegitimate? Yes, it is. In fact, it's an act of patriotism.

Kim Sengupta: Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele's frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months (Independent)
Steele was so concerned by revelations he worked without payment after Trump's election victory in November.

Laura Miller: Never Grow Up (Slate)
The wild, jubilant life of Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon.

Michele Hanson: My home has become a hovel. Why can't I clean regularly, like everyone else? (The Guardian)
When housework falls by the wayside, things can get out of control. God forbid someone comes round unexpectedly and sees how you really live.

Watch out, Ringo! Making the peace sign might help crooks steal your money (The Guardian)
Scientists claim smartphone cameras are now advanced enough to allow crooks to copy your fingerprint from photos and unlock your phone. So put your hand back in your pocket.

Stuart Heritage: "Sherlock: how the TV phenomenon became an annoying parody of itself" (The Guardian)
Sherlock needs to snap back into a recognisable shape and start solving impossible crimes again. Where's the sexy swishy-coated alien we once adored?

Robert McCrum: "The 100 best nonfiction books: No 50 - Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey (1918)" (The Guardian)
Lytton Strachey's partisan, often inaccurate but brilliant demolitions of four great 19th-century Britons did much to usher in the modern era.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Isaac Asimov was a claustrophile, making him a fan of what?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Who was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States?

       Eleanor Roosevelt                                                      Source

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 - November 7, 1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, having held the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, and served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Eleanor Roosevelt.

Mark. said:
   I assume Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest serving First Lady since her husband was the longest serving president.

Randall wrote:
   It's gotta be Eleanor Roosevelt Hope you all are doing well - there's a freakin ICE-storm comin here in South DaFreezinKota today Damn

Adam answered:
   Must be Eleanor Roosevelt, yes?

Deborah replied:
   That would be Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, who served for 12 years.
  We should be so lucky to have the Obamas for another 4 years.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest-serving First Lady throughout her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office (1933-1945).

Billy in Cypress said:
   The longest-serving First Lady of the United States must be Eleanor Roosevelt.
  And, did anyone else surmise that the Ringling Brothers Circus is closing because it cannot compete with the Trump 24/7/365 Circus and Twitter Festival?

Joe S     wrote:
   It only stands to reason that the longest serving First Lady would be the wife of the longest serving President. That would be Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of FDR. I could be wrong but...........No, no, I'm not wrong.

  PS And a very happy MLK day to you all. I hope it wasn't our last one.

DJ Useo took the day off.

mj took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 17 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 17 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

I'm a slacker Muslim. But Donald Trump has us atheists nervous | Sohaila Abdulali | Opinion | The Guardian

Cheers and Jeers: Monday

Trump Wants To Cut Russia Sanctions In Return For Nuclear Arms Deal | The Huffington Post

'Hidden Figures' Continues Its Reign At The Box Office While 'Monster Trucks' Bombs | The Huffington Post

Land Grabs Are Partly To Blame For Skyrocketing Violence In Central America | The Huffington Post

Massaging Your Brussels Sprouts Will Make Them Way Better. Really. | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump slams CIA Director John Brennan over plea for 'appreciation' of intel community -

One of These Drones Could Save Your Life - NBC News

'Our Democracy Is at Risk': 'Writers Resist' with Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Readings - NBC News

Ice crack to put UK Antarctic base in shut-down - BBC News

Anthony Bourdain: 'I put aside my psychotic rage, after many years being awful to cooks' | Life and style | The Guardian

The Guardian view on American Christianity: change and decay | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

The election hack that may be as big as Russia's hack

Forget four years. Can Trump actually survive one?

Trump's HHS pick introduced legislation to help medical device company days after investing in it

TCM Movies on Inauguration Day

Hustler-in-chief: 5 reasons why I doubt Donald Trump will complete his first term -

Art imitates life: Can't bear to watch the Inauguration? Check out these political dystopian films instead - Salon

Thanks, Michelle!



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Company Logos

The Evolution of Technology Company Logos (Infographic)


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Reader Comment

Fitting Name

Fitting name for the affair?

'Don's Johns' portable toilet co. angry at Trump inauguration cover up - TheBlaze

some guy

Thanks, Guy!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Twitter Melts Down Over Trump's Shocking Treatment of Rep. John Lewis | Vanity Fair

Alec Baldwin Goes High as Donald Trump Goes Low in SNL Twitter Battle - The Daily Beast

Jeff Sessions Doesn't Commit To Not Jailing Journalists For Doing Their Jobs | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump Really Means What He Says-and Plans to Silence and Intimidate Dissenters | Alternet

OMG! House Republicans Are Preparing To Hit Consumers With A Horrible New Tax That Will Harm Trump And Hurt The Economy -

Twitter Explodes After Trump Aide Suggests GOP Never Questioned Obama's Legitimacy - The New Civil Rights Movement

What The Trump Era Will Feel Like: Clues From Populist Regimes Around The World -

Tom Price Introduced Bill to Help Company After Buying Stock -

Melania Trump's Beauty Team Planning Its Own White House Takeover | Vanity Fair



Team Coco


Van Jones Foresaw Trump's Victory

Van had a feeling that the "data dummies" were getting it wrong.

Trump Telephones Obama Days Before His Inauguration

Listen in as the 45th President calls up the 44th President to discuss world affairs and his thoughts on "The Human Centipede."

Van Jones Is Not Van Jones' Real Name

Van, formerly Anthony, thought all the cool people had one-syllable names. Like Sting.

Van Jones' Secret To Communicating: Being A Human Being

Van credits his midwest upbringing for helping him hear two sides of an argument.

Van Jones On Liberals' Reaction To The Election

Van has notes for the Democrats, namely: "You never win the championship criticizing the other team."

Van Jones On Prison Reform

Van saw more drugs at Yale University than in black communities, but those kids never went to prison.



Reader Suggestion

Wishful Thinking

Won't happen, but what a great way to mess things up for Trump!!! Cynthia in Alabama shared this:

This Tweet About Joe Biden Would Be A Brilliant Act Of Resistance Against Trump | The Huffington Post

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

Thanks, Linda (& Cynthia)!



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





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Beginning to think this cold will never end. Sigh.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Bull', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Billy Eichner, Mel B., and Gilbert Gottfried.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Kate Hudson, Anders Holm, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Jim James.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Wall', followed by a FRESH 'This Is Us', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Michael Keaton, Nina Dobrev, and the XX.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Tracee Ellis Ross, Patrick Warburton, Bibi Bourelly, and Leah Shapiro.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/14/16) are Gareth Edwards, Holy Ghost!, Morten Tyldum, and Death Valley Girls.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'American Housewife', then a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Vin Diesel, Katy Mixon, and Migos.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'No Tomorrow'.

Faux has a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'The Mick', then a FRESH 'Bones'.

MY recycles an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.

A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH 'Intervention', then a FRESH 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Dark Knight', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Blink
 [9:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-Utopia
 [10:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-The Sound Of Drums-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Last of the Time Lords-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 19-Target Specific
 [1:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 20-Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing
 [2:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 21-Chip/Tuck
 [3:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 22-Dead on Arrival
 [4:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Collateral Damage
 [5:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Dissolved
 [6:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-Seeing Red
 [7:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 1-Out of Time
 [8:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 2-Hostile Takeover
 [9:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 19-Target Specific
 [10:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 20-Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing
 [11:00PM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 21-Chip/Tuck
 [12:00AM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 22-Dead on Arrival
 [1:00AM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Collateral Damage
 [2:00AM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Dissolved
 [3:00AM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-Seeing Red
 [4:00AM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 1-Out of Time
 [5:00AM]   CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 2-Hostile Takeover    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'BH Social', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Ladies Of London', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is John Zimmer.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Rory Scovel, Megan Gailey, and Jak Knight.

FX has the movie 'Gone Girl', followed by a FRESH 'Taboo'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE BIG YEAR
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty and Eric's Night Out
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Parents Find Out
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kiss of Death
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Serenade
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Moves On
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Crap!
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Fired Up
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Cat Fight Club
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Moon Over Point Place
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Reefer Madness
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kitty and Eric's Night Out
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Parents Find Out
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kiss of Death
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Serenade
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Moves On
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Holy Crap!
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Fired Up
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Cat Fight Club
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Moon Over Point Place
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Reefer Madness
 [4:00AM]    COMEDY CRIB: THE SHOW-Episode 105
 [4:30AM]    28 WEEKS LATER    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:05AM]    All in the Family-New Year's Wedding
 [6:40AM]    All in the Family-Archie, the Babysitter
 [7:15AM]    All in the Family-Mike's Move
 [7:50AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Weighty Problem
 [8:25AM]    All in the Family-Love by Appointment
 [9:00AM]    All in the Family-Joey's Baptism
 [9:35AM]    All in the Family-Mike and Gloria's House Guests
 [10:10AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Brief Encounter
 [10:45AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Brief Encounter
 [11:20AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Brief Encounter
 [11:55AM]    All in the Family-The Unemployment Story
 [12:30PM]    The Natural
 [3:30PM]    Cliffhanger
 [5:30PM]    Troy
 [9:00PM]    King Arthur
 [11:28PM]    The Mask of Zorro
 [2:25AM]    W.
 [5:20AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson
 [5:55AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Final Destination', followed by the movie 'Final Destination 2'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Kathy Griffin, Michael Lewis, and Johnnyswim.

 [6:00 AM]      Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      Captain Blood (1935)
 [10:00 AM]      Kim (1951)
 [12:00 PM]      Northern Pursuit (1943)
 [1:45 PM]      The Prince And The Pauper (1937)
 [3:45 PM]      The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
 [5:30 PM]      The Sea Hawk (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Jailhouse Rock (1957)
 [9:45 PM]      Weary River (1929)
 [11:30 PM]      Two-Way Stretch (1960)
 [1:15 AM]      Doin' Time (1984)
 [2:45 AM]      Jail Busters (1955)
 [4:00 AM]      Pardon Us (1931)
 [5:00 AM]      Hold 'Em Jail (1932)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  01/18/17

 [6:15 AM]      Bringing Up Baby (1938)
 [8:00 AM]      Penny Serenade (1941)
 [10:15 AM]      None but the Lonely Heart (1944)
 [12:30 PM]      Destination Tokyo (1943)
 [2:45 PM]      Crisis (1950)
 [4:30 PM]      Mr. Lucky (1943)
 [6:15 PM]      Room for One More (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
 [10:00 PM]      The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
 [12:00 AM]      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
 [2:00 AM]      City Lights (1931)    SILENT 
 [3:45 AM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Shooter'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from May 5, 1989) - Bob Saget, Miriam Margolyes, and Alex Trebek.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

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A woman covered with a scarf drives along a road on a winter day in Beijing, China, January 16, 2017.
Photo by Jason Lee


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Australia Disappointed By Japan

Whale Hunt

Australia said on Monday it was "deeply disappointed" Japan had continued whaling in the Southern Ocean after anti-whaling activists published a photograph of a dead whale, and two days after Australian and Japanese leaders discussed the issue.

Australia has long opposed Japanese whaling and the contentious issue was raised in talks between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sydney on Saturday, sources familiar with the discussions said.

"The Australian government is deeply disappointed that Japan has decided to return to the Southern Ocean this summer to undertake so-called 'scientific' whaling," Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said on Monday.

"It is not necessary to kill whales in order to study them," Frydenberg added, without confirming the exact location of the current hunt.

Japan's whaling in the Southern Ocean should stop, the International Court of Justice ruled in 2014 in a case brought by Australia, prompting Japan to suspend its hunt for one season, though it resumed in 2015.

Whale Hunt


Boys play football as the sun sets over the beach of Gaza City , Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo by Khalil Hamra


Russian Hackers Leak Episode


A Russian state-controlled broadcaster on Monday blamed hackers for the embarrassing leak online of the final episode of the BBC drama Sherlock a day before it was due to air.

Russia's Channel One was set to broadcast the final episode of the fourth series of the popular detective drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch on Monday just after midnight Moscow time (2100 GMT), simultaneously with Britain.

But the full episode professionally dubbed into Russian by the channel was leaked online Saturday and swiftly copied across numerous sites.

"According to preliminary findings, the cause was a hacker attack," Channel One spokeswoman Larisa Krymova said in a statement sent to AFP.

She said that the channel "has been in close contact with the BBC from the moment it learnt of the leak and is carrying out an investigation to identify the source of the material uploaded onto the Internet."



Newhead News


Cover Band Drops Out

B-Street Band

The B-Street Band, a popular Bruce Springsteen cover group that's performed nearly 200 gigs a year since 1980, convened in the dressing room Sunday night before a typical late-afternoon gig at Bensalem, PA's Parx Casino.

Will Forte, the group's 63-year-old keyboardist, manager, agent and publicist, among other roles, was telling the band about the "thousands of emails from both sides" he had received after news broke that the group would be playing the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala on January 19th as part of Donald Trump's inauguration. "We're standing out in the storm right here," he told the band. "We gotta get out of the storm."

"As time went by, the complexity of the situation became real immense and intense," Forte tells Rolling Stone. "The band was caught in a hurricane. We didn't see this coming, of course."

In the past few days, they had started to feel isolated because, as Forte says, "the story was so distorted." "There were misleading headlines like, 'Trump Hires B-Street Band,'" he says. "We felt like we were out on our own on an island."

"We felt that we had to make it known that we didn't want to seem disrespectful, in any way, shape or form, to Bruce and his music and his band," Forte says. "I don't want to upset them. We owe everything to him and our gratitude and respect to the band is imperative above all else. It became clear to us that this wasn't working and we just had to do what we thought was the right thing to do and that was to pull out."

B-Street Band


Shepherd Petru leads his herd of sheep, goats and two donkeys over a snow covered field near Grueningen, southwestern Germany, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
Photo by Thomas Warnack


Ice Cracks Force Shutdown

Halley VI Station

A British research station on an ice shelf in Antarctica is being relocated and shut down over the winter because of fears it could float off on an iceberg, the British Antarctic Survey said on Monday.

Sixteen people who were due to stay during the Antarctic winter between March and November will now be moved out, the BAS said in a statement.

The Halley VI station, which is made up of eight brightly-coloured blue and red modules built on stilts with giant skis, was built in 2012.

Seven of the eight modules have been dragged by tractor 23 kilometres (14 miles) inland and off the shelf away from two cracks -- one identified in 2012 and the other in October 2016.

There have been six Halley research stations on the Brunt Ice Shelf since 1956.

Halley VI Station


Digby's Hullabaloo


Plagiarist Backs Out

Monica Crowley

In the face of plagiarism accusations, Monica Crowley announced Monday that she will not be taking a senior position in Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) upcoming administration.

Crowley was Trump's pick for senior director of strategic communications for the White House's National Security Council. She would have reported to Michael T. Flynn, who will be Trump's national security adviser and also released a statement on the news on Monday.

A CNN report last week hit Crowley with plagiarism accusations regarding her 2012 book "What the (Bleep) Just Happened?" The article cited dozens of instances where Crowley seemingly pulled from Wikipedia articles, columns, and other books without attribution. In response, HarperCollins halted its sales of the book.

Shortly after the CNN report, Politico published its own about Crowley's 2000 Columbia University Ph.D dissertation "Clearer Than Truth: Determining and Preserving Grand Strategy: The Evolution of American Policy Toward the People's Republic of China Under Truman and Nixon," finding allegedly plagiarized passages in that essay as well. She had also been previously accused of plagiarizing passages in a 1999 Wall Street Journal article.

Having previously worked on the Nixon administration, Crowley has served as a Fox News commentator and hosted her own radio show.

Monica Crowley


A group of cross-country skiers enjoy a cold and sunny winter's day at the Champ du Feu near Strasbourg, France, January 16, 2017.
Photo by Christian Hartmann


Defunding Planned Parenthood


Iowa's governor has proposed cutting funding for needy kids as part of his plan to defund Planned Parenthood, a rare step even as Republican-dominated states grapple with whether to sacrifice federal dollars in order to lessen the organization's influence.

According to budget projections reviewed by The Associated Press, Gov. Terry Branstad has recommended taking $2.8 million previously given to child and family services so it can be redirected to create a roughly $3.3 million program that distributes family planning money to organizations that do not perform abortions.

None of Iowa's family planning money is used to fund abortions, and the state's funding for Planned Parenthood goes to other women's health services such as birth control counseling and health exams.

Iowa receives more than $3 million in federal Medicaid funding that it must spend on family planning services, and some of that is tied to Planned Parenthood.

Branstad, who is expected to resign soon from his Iowa job to become President-elect Donald Trump's ambassador to China, told legislators in an address last week that he supports removing state funding for Planned Parenthood to redirect it to other groups. His office later confirmed to the AP that the governor backed the creation of a state-run program that would pass up millions of federal Medicaid dollars for family planning services.



Rule Easing Transfer

Public Lands

A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access.

Lawmakers earlier this month passed a rule eliminating a significant budget hurdle and written so broadly that it includes national parks.

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Interior secretary, Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, voted for the rule change as did many other Republicans. The Senate would have to weigh in on public land transfers as well.

"Anybody who uses them for any kind of outdoor activity - snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunters, all that - they're very alarmed by all this," said Boise State University professor and public lands policy expert John Freemuth. "The loss of access that this could lead to."

The rule passed by the House defines federal land that could be given to states as "any land owned by the United States, including the surface estate, the subsurface estate, or any improvements thereon."

Public Lands


A view of a fresh snowfall in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The only all weather road link that connects the Kashmir valley to the rest of India was closed Monday due to heavy snowfall.
Photo by Dar Yasin


'Made in USA'


From the outside, there's nothing much to say about this nondescript, hulking building in downtown Detroit, once the cradle of American industry.

But inside this former General Motors research lab, the fifth floor has been transformed into a state-of-the-art workshop producing watches and high-end bicycles.

Welcome to Shinola, a young American luxury lifestyle company breathing new life into the "Made in USA" label -- a designation championed by President-elect Donald Trump.

The firm, which shares the building with a design school, has built an open factory space with wooden desks reminiscent of 1950s movie sets and high-tech machinery.

Watches, handbags, appointment books and other accessories carrying the "Made in Detroit" label are turned out here, while the bikes -- made from parts designed in neighboring Wisconsin -- and turntables, a new product, are assembled at the flagship store located nearby.



Struggles To Get Inauguration Talent


Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) has spent decades palling around in the celebrity world and once dreamed of a movie career. But for his presidential inauguration, he is finding little love in return.

With a few days to go before the real estate mogul becomes the 45th president of the United States on Friday, Trump has struggled like none of his predecessors to find household names as entertainment.

Jennifer Holliday, an African American Broadway veteran who said she agreed to sing in the interest of national unity, pulled out just a day after she was announced following a fan backlash.

Some of the A-list musicians and actors who supported Clinton including Katy Perry, Cher and Scarlett Johansson will be coming to Washington -- not for Friday's inauguration but for the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, which will press the new Trump administration on civil rights.

Trump said the inauguration would still have "tremendous talent," including military bands.




In Memory

Gene Cernan

Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child's initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk on the moon.

It was a moment that defined the Apollo 17 commander in both the public eye and his own.

His family said his devotion to lunar exploration never waned, even in the final year of his life. Cernan died Monday at age 82 at a Houston hospital following ongoing heath issues, family spokeswoman Melissa Wren told The Associated Press.

On Dec. 14, 1972, Cernan became the last of only a dozen men to walk on the moon. Cernan called it "perhaps the brightest moment of my life. ... It's like you would want to freeze that moment and take it home with you. But you can't."

Cernan died less than six weeks after another American space hero, John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. Their flights weren't the first or last of the Mercury and Apollo eras. Yet to the public they were the bookends of America's space age glory.

Cernan guided the lander, named Challenger, into a lunar valley called Taurus-Littrow, with Harrison "Jack" Schmitt at his side on Dec. 11, 1972. He recalled the silence after the lunar lander's engine shut down.

Eugene A. Cernan was born in 1934 in Chicago and graduated from Indiana's Purdue University in 1956 with a degree in electrical engineering. (Armstrong also was a Purdue grad.)

He had been a Navy attack pilot and earned a master's degree in aeronautical engineering when NASA selected him in October 1963 as one of 14 members of its third astronaut class.

In 1973, Cernan became special assistant to the program manager of the Apollo program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, assisting in planning and development of the U.S.-Soviet Apollo-Soyuz mission. He was senior U.S. negotiator with the Soviets on the test project.

He retired from NASA three years later. He worked for a Houston energy firm, Coral Petroleum, then in 1981 began his own aerospace consulting company. He eventually became chairman of an engineering firm that worked on NASA projects. He also worked as a network television analyst during shuttle flights in the 1980s.

Cernan is survived by his wife, Jan Nanna Cernan, his daughter and son-in-law, Tracy Cernan Woolie and Marion Woolie, step-daughters Kelly Nanna Taff and husband, Michael, and Danielle Nanna Ellis and nine grandchildren.

Gene Cernan



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