BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 26 January, 2016


26 January, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1580 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Michigan's Great Stink (NY Times Column)
Ideology and the neglect of public health.

Paul Krugman: How To Make Donald Trump President (NY Times Blog)
Step 1: Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders. I don't think Sanders is unelectable, but when you look at polling, remember that Hillary Clinton's numbers reflect her standing after more than two decades of constant character assassination, whereas Republicans haven't even begun to go after him.

Andrew Tobias: It Won't Be Trump Part IV (V? VI?)
Like all their candidates for the White House, Donald Trump would hold down the minimum wage - squeezing the working poor ever tighter as prices rise - yet eliminate the estate tax on billionheirs.

Seamas O'Reilly: Can The Revenant's effects bear the weight of history? (Irish Times)
One of the key characters in the Oscar-baiting film is a very angry ursine - but when its CGI starts to look patchy, will the film's reputation survive?

Felix Clay: "5 Hard Truths About Butt Stuff (An In-Depth Investigation)" (Cracked)
Butts. Everyone has one. In the world of sex, the butt is the unifying orifice. Maybe the mouth also, but a butt is more unseemly and generally more linked to sexuality than a mouth.

Janel Comeau: The 5 Weirdest Disappearances No One Can Explain (Cracked)
People go missing all the time, usually due to having died in a way that doesn't leave a corpse, or merely not wanting to be found. While those cases are always mysterious, it's generally easy to guess what happened. But sometimes, people go missing so hard that it's like Doc and Marty jacked something up in the time stream and erased them entirely from the fabric of existence. In every case, there's probably some kind of complicated foul play involved ... but we'll let you be the judge.

Michele Hanson: What's so thrilling about space travel? (The Guardian)
Why is everyone so excited about the latest news from space? There's more than enough to worry about on planet Earth already.

Scott Burns: Longevity of the Nerds (AssetBuilder)
If you were a nerd in high school, I've got some good news. Remember all those kids who made your life miserable? Well, you'll have the last laugh. You're probably going to outlive them.

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Trivia Question of the Day

In 1964, Lorne Greene had a Billboard Hot 100 number-one single. What was the title?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What writer uses the pseudonym "Cordwainer Bird" for his works that he considers others have mangled beyond repair?

       Harlan Ellison                                                      Source

Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is an American writer. His principal genre isspeculative fiction.

His published works include over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. He was editor and anthologist for two science fiction anthologies, Dangerous Visions (1967) and Again, Dangerous Visions (1972). Ellison has won numerous awards including multiple Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars.

Ellison has on occasion used the pseudonym Cordwainer Bird to alert members of the public to situations in which he feels his creative contribution to a project has been mangled beyond repair by others, typically Hollywood producers or studios.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Harlan Ellison

mj wrote:
   The prima dona of eloquent cranky
  Harlan Ellison.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Harlan Ellison

Adam answered:
   Harlan Ellison

Deborah replied:
   Cordwainer Bird is the nom de plume for Harlan Ellison. I looked it up and was surprised to see that he wrote "A Boy and His Dog," my introduction to Don Johnson. I'm always surprised by what a simple Google search reveals.
  My sister received 25" of snow in Delran, NJ, absolutely epic. I don't envy her the digging out, but how pretty her yard was. Another reason I'm grateful for where I live.

Gene MM said:
   Literature's oldest angry young man, Harlan Ellison
  (Picture is Harlan trying to look grown-up.)

Marian answered:

Daniel in The City responded:
   Harlan Ellison

Dale of Diamondy Dry Springs, Norcali Beautifullific replied:
   Harlan Jay Ellison , an American writer and miserable fucking crank. Oops, careful, he might sue me! I always have respected him as a writer…but he seems like he is a real asshole in real life.

MAM   wrote:
   Harlan Ellison ~ Cordwainer Bird means "one who makes shoes for birds". Ellison's pseudonym "Cordwainer Bird" is reserved for works where he considers that the producers have so tampered with the integrity of his original story that he wants the whole world to know it.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 26 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 26 | Famous Birthdays



Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

The Tragedy in Flint Is What Conservatives Mean by Smaller Government

South African Mayor Offers College Scholarships to Women-If They're Virgins | TakePart

New Revelations in Flint Water Crisis. ALEC & Snyder lies

The Zika virus foreshadows our dystopian climate future | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian

Women are over-charged everyday. Imagine if that happened to men | Jessica Valenti | Opinion | The Guardian

Explorer Henry Worsley dies in Antarctic crossing - BBC News

BBC - Culture - Sundance review: Captain Fantastic

Pacific rowers: 4 British women journey 8,000 miles -

Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America : NPR

J.K. Rowling Awarded Free-Speech Prize From PEN American Center : The Two-Way : NPR

Breaking! Indictments for Planned Parenthood Anti-abortion Activists

Before Europe's Intrusion | The Nation

Thanks, Michelle!



Team Coco


Conan's Animated Adventure With Michelle Obama

How did Conan get to the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar? It's a tale that can only be told via cartoon.

(Available Worldwide)

Conan Trains With The Military Working Dog Unit

In what might be the worst decision of his career, Conan agrees to be chased down by a professional military dog named Astor.

(Select Nations Only)

Conan Joins The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Division

Conan gets strapped into a 100 pound bomb disposal suit with a little help from his friend, Bradley Kline. That name again is Bradley Kline.

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Michelle Obama & Conan Join Forces For Military Families

The First Lady explains the importance of pitching in to help support military veterans and their families.

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Conan Entertains The Troops At Al Udeid Air Base

Conan takes on the military's love of acronyms at Al Udeid's Memorial Plaza, AKA The Bra.

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Conan Takes Charge At Al Udeid Air Base

General James has put Conan in charge of the base, so get ready for all the drinking regulations to disappear.

(Available Worldwide)

Laurie Kilmartin & Brian Kiley's Mission Conan Stand-Up

Two of Conan's best writers take to the stage at the Al Udeid Air Base.

(Available Worldwide)

John Mulaney & Grace Potter Perform For The Troops

John takes the "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free" metaphor to its illogical conclusion. Plus, Grace performs "Paris (Ooh La La)."

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David E Suggests

Removals are Surprisingly Interesting (Infographic)


Thanks, Dave!



Gare Says...



Hello friends,

Friends, Romans and Kittymen: The February Iowa Presidential Caucuses are nigh upon us and it is time to stop the procrastination of the prognostication. Sneaky Pie and I have spent many a day and night pawing over the information as well as screeching at the moon for inspiration. And just for the fun and hell of it as well.

People, so much of this is also dependent on the weather. If Iowa has a climate experience as we are now enduring in Virginia, the caucuses will go to the candidates whose supporters have the best four wheel drive trucks.

So… tune in. Sneaky Pie is planning to announce soon! But, we both have a sneaking suspicion that the nominees for both parties will be individuals who are not even in the race at this point.

Thank for caring and sharing the column,

Thank you,

Gare G

Thanks, Gare!



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

Sunny and warmer than seasonal.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Laurence Fishburne, Michael Novacek, and Lake Street Dive.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 11/24/15) are Roseanne Barr, Gina Rodriguez, and DNCE.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Med', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Josh Brolin, Kate McKinnon, and Billy Ocean.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Kate Hudson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Brian Koppelman, and Janet Weiss.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/4/15) are Travis Barker, NOFX, and Dan Carlin.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a RERUN 'The Muppets', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agent Carter', followed by 'What Would You Do?'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Jack Black, Lauren Cohan, and Lanita Smith.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

Faux has a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'Grandfathered', then a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH 'The Grinder'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH 'Fit To Fat To Fit'.

AMC offers the movie 'Enemy Of The State', followed by the movie 'Live Free Or Die Hard'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2, Ep 5 - Patagonia (Part 1)
 [7:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 1 - Alabama
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 3 - Mike & Nellie's
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 , Ep 7 - Levanti's Italian Restaurant
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 10 - Love & Monsters
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2, Ep 11 - Fear Her
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 5 - Loud as a Whisper
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2, Ep 6 - The Schizoid Man
 [3:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2, Ep 10 - Sante La Brea
 [4:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2, Ep 8 - Sabatiello's
 [5:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7, Ep 2 - Pantaleone's
 [6:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 4, Ep 3 - Grasshopper Also
 [8:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 14 - Chiarella's
 [9:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 14 - Chappy's
 [10:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 12 - Yanni's
 [12:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 1, Ep 6 - Seascape
 [1:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2, Ep 10 - Sante La Brea
 [2:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2, Ep 8 - Sabatiello's
 [3:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7, Ep 2 - Pantaleone's
 [4:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 4, Ep 3 - Grasshopper Also

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.

Comedy Central has 4 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is DeRay McKesson.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Cedric the Entertainer.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Marlon Wayans, Affion Crockett, and Jenny Zigrino.

FX has the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness', followed by the movie 'Riddick', then the movie 'Riddick', again.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Drilling Down'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ty Burrell
 [6:15AM]    BREAKDOWN
 [10:45AM]    FLYPAPER
 [3:15PM]    BAD BOYS
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [5:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [7:00AM]    Mean Streets
 [9:30AM]    Sniper 3
 [11:30AM]    The Game
 [2:30PM]    Dances With Wolves
 [6:30PM]    Jeremiah Johnson
 [9:00PM]    Tombstone
 [11:15PM]    Any Given Sunday
 [2:45AM]    Mean Streets
 [5:15AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Street Eats
 [5:30AM]    Appaloosa    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Jaws', followed by the movie 'Twister', then a FRESH 'The Expanse'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Zach Galifianakis, Jillian Bell, and Josh Ritter.

 [6:30 AM]      Our Man in Marrakesh (1966)    [AKA: 'Bang! Bang! You're Dead!']
 [8:15 AM]      Westbound (1959)
 [9:30 AM]      The Silver Chalice (1954)
 [12:00 PM]      The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
 [2:00 PM]      Until They Sail (1957)
 [3:45 PM]      The Left-Handed Gun (1958)
 [5:30 PM]      The Young Philadelphians (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
 [10:15 PM]      A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
 [1:00 AM]      She's Gotta Have It (1986)
 [2:45 AM]      Losing Ground (1982)
 [4:15 AM]      Come Back, Africa (1959)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  01/27/16

TCM spends the night with Fred MacMurray
 [6:00 AM]      Butterfield 8 (1960)
 [8:00 AM]      The V.I.P.S, (1963)
 [10:15 AM]      The Sandpiper (1965)
 [12:15 PM]      Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
 [2:45 PM]      Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967)
 [4:45 PM]      The Comedians (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
 [10:00 PM]      The Shaggy Dog (1959)
 [12:00 AM]      Good Day for a Hanging (1958)
 [1:45 AM]      Face of a Fugitive (1959)
 [3:15 AM]      Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
 [4:45 AM]      The Swarm (1978)

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Actor David Duchovny (C) poses on his star with speakers Garry Shandling (L) and Chris Carter after it was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2016.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Cleared By Texas Grand Jury

Planned Parenthood

A Texas grand jury has indicted two anti-abortion activists in a case involving covert videos on fetal tissue procurement talks with Planned Parenthood and found there was no wrongdoing on the part of the health group, a district attorney said on Monday.

The grand jury decision was a result of a probe launched last year under Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, who accused Planned Parenthood of the "gruesome harvesting of baby body parts." No evidence was provided by Texas to back the claim.

The videos released last summer led Texas and several other Republican-controlled states to try to halt funding for local Planned Parenthood operations.

"After a lengthy and thorough investigation by the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the Texas Rangers, and the Houston Police Department, a Harris County grand jury took no action Monday against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast," the Harris County District Attorney's office said in a statement.

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have been indicted by the grand jury for tampering with a governmental record, said prosecutors for the county in which Houston is located.

Planned Parenthood


Rosanna Arquette, a cast member in "Lovesong," poses at the premiere of the film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!

Weird Al

"Weird Al" Yankovic has found his next comedic outlet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Grammy-winning musical satirist has been tapped as co-host and bandleader for IFC's quirky late night series Comedy Bang! Bang!. Yankovic is replacing Kid Cudi in the role, and will appear alongside comedian Scott Aukerman for the series' fifth season.

"As Comedy Bang! Bang! enters its fifth season, IFC continues to be proud of how the series subversively reinvents the late-night talk show and attracts some of the biggest names in Hollywood, all thanks to comedic Renaissance man, Scott Aukerman," said IFC president Jennifer Caserta in an official statement. "We are thrilled to welcome Weird Al to Comedy Bang! Bang!, as he joins us straight from his global tour in support of his first number one album. This is big news, people!"

It is big news. The 56-year-old Yankovic has garnered a devoted cult following over his nearly 40-year career, thanks to such hits as "Amish Paradise" and "White & Nerdy." His 2014 record Mandatory Fun, for which he released eight music videos in eight days, went on to hit #1 on Billboard in its debut week and earned a Grammy for best comedy album the following year. Since then, Yankovic has stated that he's done with releasing traditional albums, instead opting to release new music online on the fly. "I feel like, for the kind of music that I do, releasing things digitally as soon as I think of them is a bit more efficient in terms of getting my music out," he toldForbes last year. Being on TV should hopefully help keep the music coming.

Weird Al


Newhead News


Asks Feds To Stop Armed Insurrection

Burns Paiute Tribe

The Burns Paiute Tribe wants federal officials to bar armed activists from traveling back and forth to a national wildlife preserve they are occupying in southeastern Oregon, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group will disturb burial grounds.

The small group took over buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge more than three weeks ago that store over 4,000 archaeological artifacts and maps detailing where more items can be found. Members of the group, who are occupying the site to oppose federal land use policies, recently posted videos to social media that show them looking at some of the relics and criticizing the way the federal government has stored them.

The artifacts belonged to ancestors of the Burns Paiute Tribe, which works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to preserve prehistoric sites and artifacts at the refuge.

The tribe has "grave concerns regarding the present handling of the occupation as well as the prosecution of the militants," tribal chairwoman Charlotte Rodrique wrote in a letter Friday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey.

Federal authorities have taken a hands-off approach so far and say they want a peaceful resolution. One of the group's leaders, Ammon Bundy, has been in contact with an FBI negotiator and local law enforcement.

Burns Paiute Tribe


Kevin Smith, director of "Yoga Hosers," poses at the premiere of the film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Another Bad Idea


Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in hotel profits, tax revenue and other economic benefits when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis last year due at least in part to the controversy surrounding the state's religious objections law.

A document prepared by the tourism group Visit Indy shows that the 12 out-of-state groups were surveyed and all said that the state's controversial law played a role in their decision to hold their events elsewhere. The document was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its formal release Thursday.

The Republican-backed law garnered quick and largely negative national backlash after it was signed by Gov. Mike Pence in March, with critics saying it sanctioned discrimination against gay people on religious grounds. Lawmakers hastily made changes days later, after the NCAA, the gamer convention GenCon and other business interests raised the possibility of moving events, but critics said the law still doesn't go far enough to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

The findings by Visit Indy are among the first to quantify the law's financial effect, an impact that social conservatives have skeptically downplayed. Visit Indy also is among several prominent Indiana business voices advocating for statewide protections for anyone fired from a job, denied service or evicted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.



Wake-up Call



Ocean Warming

The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated, and is likely about twice as much as previously calculated, German researchers said Monday.

The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal, suggest that increasingly severe storm surges could be anticipated as a result.

Sea level can mount due to two factors -- melting ice and the thermal expansion of water as it warms.

Until now, researchers have believed the oceans rose between 0.7 to one millimeter per year due to thermal expansion.

But a fresh look at the latest satellite data from 2002 to 2014 shows the seas are expanding about 1.4 millimeters a year, said the study.

Ocean Warming


Filmmaker Werner Herzog poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World", at the Toyota Mirai Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Matt Sayles


Professor Charged


A University of Missouri communications professor who called for "some muscle" to get a student journalist to back off during campus protests in November was charged on Monday with misdemeanor assault, prosecutors said.

The student journalist, whose video of the incident during anti-racism protests went viral, had filed a complaint against Melissa Click with university police.

In the video shot by student Mark Schierbecker, Click can be seen calling on protesters to remove Schierbecker and a student photographer from a spot in the school quad where protesters had set up an encampment which they claimed was private space.

Click's hand can be seen blocking the video image at least twice. She issued an apology for her actions.

Schierbecker, 22, a senior majoring in history and German who plans to pursue a career in journalism, said Click's actions reflect a broader problem facing students and journalists on college campuses.



Activist with Amnesty International protest with a boat filled with mannequins wearing life vests as they protest against the ongoing refugee crisis prior to an informal meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.
Photo by Peter Dejong




Two former technology employees at Walt Disney World in Florida are suing Disney and the outsourcing companies they say colluded to break the law and replace workers with cheaper immigrant labor.

Representing both former employees, attorney Sara Blackwell filed lawsuits in Tampa federal court Monday against Disney and two consulting companies, HCL Inc. and Cognizant.

Blackwell says her clients, Leo Perrero and Dena Moore, were among 250 tech workers laid off by Disney last year. She says Disney is colluding with consulting companies to abuse visas meant to fill specialty occupations and replace American workers with immigrants.

Disney said in a statement that the lawsuits are based on an unsustainable legal theory and are a misrepresentation of the facts. Cognizant said in a statement that it complies with all U.S. regulations regarding the visas.



Commuters take photos on their phones of a new artwork by British artist Banksy opposite the French Embassy, in London, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. The artwork depicts the young girl from the musical Les Miserables with tears streaming from her eyes as a can of CS gas lies beneath her. The work is criticising the use of teargas in the refugee camp in Calais.
Photo by Alastair Grant


Tax Dollars For Charlatans

The Ark Encounter

A religious group building a massive Noah's Ark tourist attraction in Kentucky has won a legal battle over the state's withdrawal of a potential tax incentive worth millions.

A federal judge ruled Monday that Kentucky officials violated the ark builders' First Amendment protections by blocking it from the sales tax tourism incentive that could have been worth up to $18 million.

The Ark Encounter, being built by Christian group Answers in Genesis, is due to open in July.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ruled the state's Tourism Cabinet cannot exclude the ark attraction from the incentive based on its "religious purpose and message." The state initially celebrated the project but reversed course in late 2014.

Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham says the ruling is a "victory for the free exercise of religion in this country."

The Ark Encounter


A model presents a creation by Bulgarian designers Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show for fashion house On Aura Tout Vu in Paris January 25, 2016.
Photo by Gonzalo Fuentes


Charlatan Wants $125M Resort

Morris Cerullo

A televangelist wants to build a Christian-themed resort in San Diego that includes fancy timeshare suites, a Biblical museum, high-tech attractions and a 20-foot-high replica of Jerusalem's wailing wall.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says Morris Cerullo is planning the $125 million project on the site of a foreclosed Mission Valley hotel he bought more than four years ago.

The project would include 127 suites, a spa and other amenities along with Cerullo's new ministry headquarters, a Biblical museum housing Judeo-Christian artifacts, hologram-filled catacombs and a theater offering an immersive through-the-Bible movie experience - including actual mist during the parting of the Red Sea.

Cerullo's ministry hopes to draw up to 400,000 annual visitors. The project still needs City Council approval but the ministry hopes to break ground this year.

Morris Cerullo



In Memory

Henry Worsley

A British adventurer attempting to become the first person to cross the Antarctic alone and unsupported has died after collapsing from exhaustion within miles of his goal.

Former army officer Henry Worsley was just 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the end of the almost 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) trek when he called for help and was airlifted off the ice Friday.

His family said Monday that Worsley, 55, died "following complete organ failure" at a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile. He had undergone surgery a day earlier for bacterial peritonitis -an infection of the tissue lining the abdomen, which can lead to septic shock.

Pulling supplies on a sled, Worsley was trying to complete Ernest Shackleton's attempt of a century ago to cross the Antarctic via the South Pole. Shackleton's journey turned into a desperate survival mission after his ship, the Endurance, was trapped and sunk by pack ice in 1915, leaving his team stranded.

His successful bid to reach help at a remote South Atlantic whaling station and rescue his men is considered a heroic feat of endurance.

Worsley's ancestor, Frank Worsley, was skipper of the Endurance on Shackleton's voyage.

Henry Worsley decided to abandon his journey Friday after being unable to leave his tent for two days.

"The 71 days alone on the Antarctic with over 900 statute miles covered and a gradual grinding down of my physical endurance finally took its toll today, and it is with sadness that I report it is journey's end - so close to my goal," he said in a final statement from Antarctica.

Shackleton's granddaughter, Alexandra Shackleton, said Worsley's death was "a huge loss to the adventuring world." Outdoorsman Bear Grylls said he was devastated at the loss of "one of the strongest men (and) bravest soldiers I know."

Worsley's wife, Joanna, said the expedition had raised more than 100,000 pounds ($140,000) for wounded troops.

Henry Worsley



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