BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 10 February, 2015


10 February, 2015

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Paul Krugman: Nobody Understands Debt (NY Times Column)
Families who rely on it make themselves poorer, so isn't that true of nations? No, it isn't.

Paul Krugman: "Greece: The Tie That Doesn't Bind" (NY Times Blog)
The new Greek leaders will succeed or fail, personally, based on what happens to Greece; there will be no consolation prizes for failing conventionally. Do Berlin and Brussels understand this? If not, they are operating under a dangerous misconception.

Bonecage: "Heisenberg (Breaking Bad Tribute - Toto Parody)" (YouTube)
"In yet another case of an unlikely mashup that works, Bonecage has put the story from the TV show Breaking Bad to the tune of "Africa" by Toto. The lyrics might make you laugh, but if you don't catch them all, they are listed at the YouTube page." - Neatorama

Werner Herzog Inspirationals (Tumblr)
"… we have to declare holy war against what we see every single day on television."

16 Embarrassing Celebrity Photo shoots that will Haunt them Forever (Messy Nessy Chic)
Because sometimes, browsing through pictures of celebrities looking stupid in the nineties is better than anything else in the world…

Anita Sarkeesian: One Week of Harassment on Twitter (Tumblr)
Ever since I began my Tropes vs Women in Video Games project, two and a half years ago, I've been harassed on a daily basis by irate gamers angry at my critiques of sexism in video games. … Content warning for misogyny, gendered insults, victim blaming, incitement to suicide, sexual violence, rape and death threats.

Amanda Scherker: 15 Wedding Dresses Ordered Online That Look Nothing Like The Real Thing (Huffington Post)
Several Facebook pages --including Brides Beware, Knockoff Nightmares and International Ownership -- collect photos documenting the brides' online shopping horror stories. We've rounded up 15 of the best photos ….

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From the mid-16th century until late 1999, Macau (also spelled Macao) was a colony of what nation?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

With the exception of insects, what bird, while in flight, has the highest metabolism of all animals?

      Hummingbird                                                      Source

Hummingbirds are New World birds that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5-13 cm (3-5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm bee hummingbird, weighing less than a U.S. penny.

They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, typically around 50 times per second, but possibly as high as 200 times per second, allowing them also to fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph), backwards or upside down.

With the exception of insects, hummingbirds while in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals, a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings during hovering and fast forward flight. Their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute, a rate once measured in a blue-throated hummingbird, with a breathing rate of 250 breaths per minute, even at rest. During flight, oxygen consumption per gram of muscle tissue in a hummingbird is approximately 10 times higher than that seen for elite human athletes.        Source

mj was first, and correct, with:
   I'm going with
  The hummingbird.

Alan J said:
   The Hummingbird.

STEPHEN F wrote:

Charlie replied:
   Pretty sure that has to be hummingbirds.

Adam answered:
   I'll say the Hummingbird.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Deborah wrote:
   Perhaps my Audubon Society membership will pay off: The Hummingbird has the highest metabolism of all birds.
  If I'm wrong, I guess I wasted my 2nd-5th grade years as a bird watcher.
  Yes, I've been a nerd for many years.

Marian said:

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   I'm gonna guess the hummingbird. Because, humming!

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
   Hummingbirds may become torpid at night -- that is, they let their body temperature drop, often until it is close to that of the surrounding air. A torpid individual may have a temperature 50 degrees F below its normal 104 degrees F, and a metabolic rate a third that of the basal metabolism. Damn cold blooded animal! Better than being tepid! Oh, I'd much rather be a turnip!

  Sure as hell rained a bunch over the last two days. I haven't got the totals yet. It was fun going to my Grandson Justin's basketball game yesterday. At half season break they are undefeated, and Justin is their starting point guard. He's got game! He's a 12 year old playing on a 14 year old team. All my G-kids are cool, even the one that's been missing the last few years.

DJ Useo answered:
   Hmm, I reckon it's the hummingbird, also called trochilidae by people who don't believe they can actually hum.
  I had lots of them in my yard when I lived in a house near the woods in Michigan. They totally make a very audible humming sound.
  I always joked that they were singing Laurie Anderson's "O Superman". Lol.
  O Superman - Laurie Anderson (Big Science)

MAM   wrote:

Joe S     said:
   Hummingbirds. When we bought this house there was a dense growth of shrubs and bushes between out house and the crazy neighbors to the South. It was a paradise for hummingbirds with lots of flowering shrubs, a perfect habitat for the hummers. We had two feeders that we set up as soon as we realized the birds were there, then we bought four more to accommodate the large lunch and dinner crowds. The crazy neighbors, who bought their house right after we bought ours, ripped out all the shrubs and bushes. I guess so they could see in our windows better and to make easier to steal stuff from our yard. They also evicted all the humming birds while they were at it. We still put up a feeder in the spring and we get a few birds stop by for a few days and refuel on their migration, but then they move on and we don't see them for the rest of the summer.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Randall is temporarily enjoying a warmer climate.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

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Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the nigh with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Person Of Interest'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Courtney Love, Chris Elliott, and Rhiannon Giddens.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with this week's middle-aged guy guest host, Wayne Brady, are Aisha Tyler, Justin Flom, Freestyle Love Supreme's UTK and Shockwave.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Parks & Rec', followed by another FRESH 'Parks & Rec', then a FRESH 'Marry Me', followed by a FRESH 'About A Boy', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Dakota Johnson, Anthony Anderson, ansd Mark Ronson.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Sienna Miller, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Brian Koppelman.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Jemaine Clement, Sweat Lodge, and Damien Chazelle.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by another 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agent Carter', followed by a FRESH 'Forever'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Anna Faris, Jeff Van Gundy & Mark Jackson, and Annie Lennox.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'The Mindy Project'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', yet another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then a FRESH 'Shipping Wars', and another 'Shipping Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'Blood Diamond', followed by the movie 'The Departed'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 13 - Deja Q
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 14 - A Matter of Perspective
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 6 - Vampires in Venice
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 7 - Amy's Choice
 [12:00PM]    Atlantis - Season 1 - Episode 2
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Revisited: Mojito's, The Junction, Bazzini
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Fleming
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 5 - Hot Potato Cafe
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 25 - Timescape
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 26 - Descent (Part 1)
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Descent (Part 2)
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Liaisons
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 3 - Interface
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 4 - Gambit (Part 1)
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 5 - Gambit (Part 2)
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 25 - Timescape
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 26 - Descent (Part 1)
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Descent (Part 2)
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Liaisons
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 3 - Interface
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 4 - Gambit (Part 1)
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 5 - Gambit (Part 2)    (ALL TIMES EST)

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

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 3 hours of 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH "Kroll Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is David Axelrod.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Judah Friedlander, Barry Rothbart, and Annie Lederman.

FX has 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Men In Black III', then a FRESH 'Justified'.

History has all old 'Counting Cars' all night.

IFC  -   
 [8:30AM]    CRY-BABY
 [4:00PM]    CRY-BABY

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Boyhood: 12 Years on Film
 [6:30AM]    Great Expectations
 [9:00AM]    Cold Mountain
 [12:15PM]    Twelve Monkeys
 [3:15PM]    Entrapment
 [5:45PM]    Smashed
 [7:30PM]    Boyhood: 12 Years on Film
 [8:00PM]    (500) Days of Summer
 [10:00PM]    The Natural
 [1:00AM]    Monster's Ball
 [3:30AM]    Monster's Ball    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then a FRESH "Troy: Street Magic'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Terry Crews, Prof. Brian Cox, and Solomon Georgio.

 [7:00 AM]      Julie (1956)
 [9:00 AM]      Crossfire (1947)
 [10:30 AM]      Suspicion (1941)
 [12:30 PM]      Mystery Street (1950)
 [2:15 PM]      The Fallen Idol (1948)
 [4:00 PM]      After the Thin Man (1936)
 [6:00 PM]      Charade (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
 [10:15 PM]      The Killers (1946)
 [12:15 AM]      Duel in the Sun (1947)
 [2:45 AM]      The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
 [4:30 AM]      Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  02/11/15

 [6:30 AM]      The Corsican Brothers (1941)
 [8:30 AM]      The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
 [10:00 AM]      The Prisoner Of Zenda (1937)
 [11:45 AM]      Captain Blood (1935)
 [1:45 PM]      The Sea Hawk (1940)
 [4:00 PM]      The Three Musketeers (1948)
 [6:15 PM]      The Four Musketeers (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      All the King's Men (1949)
 [10:00 PM]      Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
 [12:15 AM]      The Bicycle Thief (1948)     [AKA: 'Bicycle Thieves']
 [2:00 AM]      The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
 [4:15 AM]      Mighty Joe Young (1949)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform "Cheek to Cheek" at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.
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Woman With An Opinion

Shirley Manson

Kanye West's antics at the Grammys didn't exactly sit well with the Internet. Now musicians are starting to speak out against the rapper, who ridiculed Beck for winning album of the year on Sunday night instead of Beyonce. Now, Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson has posted an open letter to Kanye, who she called a "complete tw*t," on her Facebook page.

Dear Kanye West,

It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.

You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.

In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.

For the rest - Shirley Manson


British actor Christopher Lee (L) attends the "Cinema for Peace" charity gala during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 9, 2015.
Photo by Fabrizio Bensch


Retires From Theater

Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon has announced his retirement from theater acting after admitting that he can't remember lines anymore.

In an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine, Gambon, 74, revealed that learning scripts takes him longer and that he quickly forgets them. "It's a horrible thing to admit, but I can't do it. It breaks my heart. It's when the script's in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It's frightening," he said.

The actor, who played Dumbledore in six Harry Potter films, admitted that he had recently resorted to using ear pieces to feed him lines. But his forgetfulness had become so pronounced that he realized six months ago it was time to bring down the curtain on a five-decade career in the theater.

Gambon put his forgetfulness down to his age and worried that it was a sign of Alzheimer's, but his doctors have given him the all-clear. This isn't the first occasion Gambon has struggled with his memory. In 2009, he was taken to the hospital twice with panic attacks brought on by the stress of forgetting his lines during rehearsals at the National Theatre in London.

Though he may never grace the stage again, Gambon will continue with this film and TV career where the stress of remembering is significantly less and he can be fed his lines. Gambon will next appear in the BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy as well in the Dad's Army big-screen remake.

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Hid Apollo 11 Artifacts

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong had a secret stash of moon landing mementos.

The first man to walk on the moon kept a bag full of small parts from the lunar module "Eagle" that he and his Apollo 11 crewmate Buzz Aldrin famously piloted to a landing at Tranquility Base on July 20, 1969. The stowage bag was discovered by Armstrong's widow after he died in 2012.

"I received an email from Carol Armstrong that she had located in one of Neil's closets a white cloth bag filled with assorted small items that looked like they may have come from a spacecraft," Allan Needell, the Apollo curator at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, wrote in a blog published on Friday (Feb. 6). "Needless to say, for a curator of a collection of space artifacts, it is hard to imagine anything more exciting."

The bag, itself flown to the moon, was referred to as the "McDivitt purse," after the Apollo 9 astronaut whose idea it was to include aboard the spacecraft.

Its contents, identified by Needell and the team behind the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, included Armstrong's waist tether, utility lights and their brackets, equipment netting, an emergency wrench, the optical sight that was mounted above Armstrong's window and the 16mm data acquisition camera (DAC) that recorded the now iconic footage of the lander's final approach and Armstrong's descent down the ladder to take his "small step" onto the moon.

Neil Armstrong


US musician Stevie Wonder (L) and US actor Jamie Foxx announce the Record of the Year during the 57th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 08 February 2015.
Photo by Robert Gauthier


Original Copy Found in Scrapbook

Magna Carta

An original copy of the Magna Carta has been discovered in a scrapbook in Kent, England.

The tattered document dates back to 1300, 85 years after King John of England was compelled to sign the first agreement limiting the rights of kings. This version was issued by King Edward I (King John's grandson), who was under pressure from the church and the barons to reaffirm good governance, said Sophie Ambler, a research associate with the Magna Carta Project.

"Nobody knew it was there," Ambler said of the damaged document. "This Magna Carta had been stuck into a scrapbook by a Victorian official from the British Museum at the end of the 19th century."

The copy was then placed in the Sandwich archive in Kent, where it was forgotten, Ambler told Live Science. Its rediscovery was sparked by the efforts of researchers with the Magna Carta Project, who are investigating the history of the Magna Carta in the lead-up to its 800th anniversary this year. The leader of the project, the University of East Anglia's Nicholas Vincent, asked a historian in Kent to look up Sandwich's Charter of the Forest, a complementary document to the Magna Carta. In the process, the historian found the forgotten edition of the Magna Carta.

Magna Carta


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AC/DC Drummer To Stand Trial

Phil Rudd

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will stand trial in April on charges of threatening to kill and drug possession, court officials in New Zealand ruled Monday.

Rudd, 60, will face a judge-alone trial in the Tauranga District Court beginning on April 21, officials said.

The veteran rocker has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from a police raid on his waterfront North Island mansion on November 6.

He was also initially charged with "attempting to procure murder", but it was dropped after prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

The case has left Rudd's position with the top-selling band in doubt, with drummer Chris Slade replacing him Sunday for a performance at the Grammys in Los Angeles.

Phil Rudd


From right, Bianca Jagger, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot and Russian musicians Matt of the band Scofferlane and Sasha of the band The Jack Wood pose after a news conference of the Cinema for Peace organization in Berlin, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.
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Secret 'Tax Dodger' Files


Secret documents published online alleging banking giant HSBC helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes caused global shockwaves and spotlighted the financial dealings of the world's ultra-rich.

The cache of files made public in the so-called SwissLeaks case included the names of celebrities, alleged arms dealers and politicians -- though inclusion on the list does not necessarily imply wrongdoing.

The documents, published at the weekend, claim the London-based bank's Swiss division helped clients in more than 200 countries evade taxes on accounts containing $119 billion (104 billion euros).

The huge cache of files from Europe's biggest bank was stolen by an IT worker in 2007 and passed to French authorities, but had not been previously made public.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) obtained the files via French newspaper Le Monde and shared them with more than 45 other media organisations worldwide.



Questlove (L) and Alicia Quarles arrive for the 57th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA, 08 February 2015.
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Alarming Extinctions


Australia has always been unique, from its geographical isolation at the bottom of the Earth to its infamous bevy of venomous creatures. Now, scientists have uncovered another unique - and disturbing - facet of Australian life: the country's mammals are going extinct at an alarmingly high rate, due in large part to a couple of critters with voracious appetites.

A study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday shows that more than 10 percent of the land mammal species endemic to Australia have been wiped out since European settlement. The main culprit? Cats and foxes brought to the continent by those settlers.

Australia's extraordinary extinction rate has long been a source of puzzlement. In the rest of the world, the extinction of various species is generally blamed on humans who have overhunted the animals or destroyed their habitat. But in sparsely populated Australia, much of the vast, desert interior remains virtually untouched by people. By global standards, it should be a paradisiacal safe-haven for animals.

The researchers found that 11 percent of the 273 land mammal species endemic to Australia have gone extinct since European settlement and another 21 percent are considered threatened. By comparison, just one North American native land mammal became extinct since European settlement - the sea mink, which was overhunted. Worldwide, around 1.5 percent of 5,500 mammal species are extinct.

The researchers found that much of the Australian species' decline coincided with the introduction of two animals: the feral cat, which sailors brought to Australia on ships to keep the on-board rat populations at bay, and red foxes, brought to the continent for hunting.



Actress Anastasi Kinsky arrives for the "Cinema for Peace" charity gala in Berlin February 9, 2015.
Photo by Fabrizio Bensch


Chromosome Surprise


An Indian "woman" who discovered she had mostly male chromosomes has given birth to healthy twins after intensive treatment in what doctors said Monday was the "rarest of rare cases".

The 32-year-old had an intersex condition in which she had the physical appearance of a woman but had more than 95 percent XY chromosomes, fertility specialist Sunil Jindal told AFP.

The woman underwent more than 12 months of hormonal and other medical treatment to develop her "infantile uterus" to allow her to eventually carry and give birth on Friday to a boy and girl.

"Even she did not know she had this condition and was flabbergasted when we told her about it. But the husband was very supportive and told her 'no matter what you continue to be my wife'," he said.



A model presents a creation from Ana Locking's Fall/Winter 2015 collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid February 9, 2015. Picture taken with in-camera multiple exposure.
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Government To Help

Monarch Butterfly

The federal government on Monday pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles (kilometers) between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014.

About $2 million will restore more than 200,000 acres (81,000 hectares) of habitat from California to the Midwest, including more than 750 schoolyard habitats and pollinator gardens. The rest will be used to start a conservation fund - the first dedicated solely to monarchs - that will provide grants to farmers and other landowners to conserve habitat.

The move by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service comes as it's in the midst of a one-year review to determine whether to classify the monarch butterfly as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, which would afford the butterfly more protection. In December, the agency said that there was enough evidence to trigger a review.

The monarch lays its eggs exclusively on the milkweed plant. Conversion of prairies into cropland and the increasing use of weed killer-resistant crops have greatly reduced the extent of milkweed, officials said.

Monarch Butterfly



Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) are seen at Sri Lanka's National Zoological Gardens at Dehiwala in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 08 February 2015. The Dehiwala National Zoo, one of the oldest in Asia, has a remarkable collection of exotic and indigenous fauna. It is renowned worldwide simply as the Colombo zoo and promotes conservation by breeding certain rare and endangered species through proper animal welfare. Over one and half million local and foreign tourists visit the zoo annually while students from schools and universities visit for educational purposes.
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