BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 8 March, 2016


8 March, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1622 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: When Fallacies Collide (NY Times Column)
… last week, offstage, there was in effect a real debate about economic policy between Donald Trump and Mitt Romney, who is trying to block his nomination. Unfortunately, both men are talking nonsense. Are you surprised?

Isaac Chotiner: Ted Cruz's Great Night Is Great News for Donald Trump (Slate)
… Cruz's excellent night is also good news for Donald Trump. Cruz will not only have more trouble solidifying an anti-Trump coalition than Rubio-or at least a better version of Rubio-would have. Cruz's success may also mean that the GOP establishment, which despises the Texas senator, will not go all out to stop Trump.

Fiona Maddocks: "Lang Lang: 'It's about the joy that music can give'" (The Guardian)
He started playing at two, retired at nine, staged a comeback at 10 - and now has his own perfume, and duets with Pharrell. We meet piano superstar Lang Lang.

New exclamation mark rules - proof that The Man wants to penalise enthusiasm! (The Guardian)
New guidelines from the Department for Education suggest that primary school children should only use '!' in sentences starting with 'what' or 'how'. How strange!

Marina Hyde: "Hurrah for Spotlight and the glory of journalism! Now get me 500 words on people clapping" (The Guardian)
Ecstatic at being the heroes of this year's Oscars, hacks are keen explain how the film proves the virtues of their trade - when they get a spare minute from reporting #clapgate.

Sam Jackson: 7 Beloved Celebrities And The Awful Stuff We Forgot They Did (Cracked)
We humans seem to be programmed be overly forgiving of people we admire, particularly celebrities. A high-profile movie star strangled an entire litter of Samoyed puppies while masturbating furiously? We'll forget about it the instant he makes a Batman movie we like.

Cezary Jan Strusiewicz: "I Have An Aneurysm That Might Blow Any Second: 6 Realities" (Cracked)
An aneurysm occurs when one of your brain vessels becomes engorged with blood, like a mind-erection. Only you definitely don't want this kind of boner, because if it ever ruptures, a cerebral aneurysm can lead to a stroke, loss of brain function, and even death. We wanted to know what it's like to live with something so terrifying hanging over (or in, rather) your head, so we talked to Frank Hitls, who was diagnosed with a potentially lethal brain-rager back in 2013. He told us that…

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Trivia Question of the Day

What California city bills itself as the "garlic capital of the world"?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Usually made of bronze, Romans hung tintinnabulum in gardens, courtyards, and porticoes. What do we call tintinnabulum today?

       Wind Chimes                                                      Source

Roman wind chimes, usually made of bronze, were called tintinnabulum and were hung in gardens, courtyards, and porticoes where wind movement caused them to tinkle. Bells were believed to ward off malevolent spirits and were often combined with a phallus, which was also a symbol of good fortune and a charm against the evil eye.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   First I thought: wind-chimes
  but here's the pic I found when I searched for images of tintinnabulum:

Alan J wrote:

mj said:
   Harkening back to E. A Poe
  I'm going with wind chimes.

Lois Of Oregon replied:
   Tintinnabulum are bells. Ask not for whom they toll.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Wind chime

Adam answered:
   A phallic statue hung with bells.
  Those Romans, always with their penises...
  But I highly approve!

Deborah responded:
   I'm guessing wind chimes.
  Still raining, although not blowing and pounding like yesterday and Saturday. I hope you're feeling better and getting wet in SoCal, Marty.

Marian said:
   wind chime

Daniel in The City answered:
  I remembered the word from the Poe poem, "The Bells":
      Hear the sledges with the bells--
      Silver bells!
      What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
      How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
      In the icy air of night!
      While the stars that oversprinkle
      All the heavens, seem to twinkle
      With a crystalline delight;
      Keeping time, time, time,
      In a sort of Runic rhyme,
      To the
tintinnabulation that so musically wells
      From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
      Bells, bells, bells--
      From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

DJ Useo replied:
   In my mind, I refer to that as a "Wind Chime".
  King Crimson had a song about talking to the wind, but the wind never replied.
  King Crimson - I Talk To The Wind (1969)

Dale of Diamond Springs, Wet Norcali responded:
   Your basic dong chime. Speaking of dicks and cunts, Ronnie's worst half kicked the bucket on Sunday. I'm not sad to see her go. Now we have to put up with the media idiots glorifying how fucking wonderful she was. She treated herself like an empress, even during the eight years she was first lady of Cali. But she stood by her man. They stood for the rich and powerful racist cracker motherfuckers that got control of the reins of power. Just say no led us into our disastrous drug program that really worked, now didn't it. It was just say yes for my peeps and me.

  Went to a celebration of one of my best friends since early childhood Saturday in Colfax. It seems like the only way that the old gang gets together these days is for one of these events. But it sure was great to check in with people that still are great friends after all these years. Got to drive over and back with my Lady Anne and two babes that I went to school with from sixth grade all the way through high school. What a wild ride!

MAM   wrote:
   Wind chime or assemblage of bells ~ A tintinnabulum often took the form of a bronze phallic figure thought to ward off the evil eye and bring good fortune and prosperity.

Joe S     took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  March 8 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 8 | Famous Birthdays

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

You can buy a house in Flint for $14,000 - Mar. 4, 2016

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50 Best Movies You've Never Seen | Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) |
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An Open Letter To Non-Racist Donald Trump Supporters

Prayer Dispute Between Somalis and Plant Reshapes a Colorado Town, Again - The New York Times

GOP senator says no federal funding needed, stops $100 million in emergency funding for Flint water

Chuck Grassley is not holding up well under pressure over Supreme Court stonewalling

El Nino and extreme weather will be a theme of 2016

The Great Green Wall of Africa, an environmental protection project of unprecedented scale.

Thanks, Michelle!



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Pixar's 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling


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CONAN: Steve Wozniak On Apple's Battle With The FBI

CONAN: Steve Wozniak Interview Part 1 03/07/16

CONAN: Steve Wozniak Interview Part 2 03/07/16



Reader Question


Have US flags been lowered at the passing of any other First Lady? I could be wrong, but I don't remember it happening when Betty Ford or Lady Bird Johnson died. But then Nancita was always, I mean special.

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

Thanks, Linda!
Good question - wish I had a good answer.



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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Thunder and lightning storm this morning, I guess. Slept right through it.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by another RERUN 'NCIS', then a FRESH 'Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, and DMA's.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Neve Campbell, Jay & Mark Duplass, and Gwen Stefani.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Little Big Shots'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 1/11/16) are Donald Trump (R-Pinche Pendejo), Ken Jeong, and Cam.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 1/27/16) are Sen. John McCain (R-Get Off My Lawn), JB Smoove, Lukas Graham, and Janet Weiss.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/10/16) are Mayim Bialik, Miami Horror, and Jonathan Krisel.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by a FRESH 'Of Kings & Prophets'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Ray Romano, Chloe Bennet, and the Wild Feathers.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a RERUN 'iZombie'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice', followed by the movie 'The Rock'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 12
 [7:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 1
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-Levanti's Italian Restaurant
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Day of the Moon-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-The Curse of the Black Spot
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Cause and Effect
 [5:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Return to Amy's Baking Company
 [6:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Prohibition Grille
 [7:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-The Greek at the Harbor
 [9:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
 [10:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
 [2:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Return to Amy's Baking Company
 [3:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Prohibition Grille
 [4:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-The Greek at the Harbor

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Tour Group', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Not Safe With Nikki Glaser'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Ellen Page.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Cedric the Entertainer.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Paul F. Tompkins, Jen Kirkman, and Randy Sklar.

FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by the movie 'The Counselor', then a FRESH 'The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars', then another FRESH 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    SOAP
 [6:35AM]    SOAP
 [7:10AM]    SOAP
 [9:30AM]    THE JERK
 [1:30PM]    THE JERK
 [6:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Family Emergency
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Rip This Joint
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Angie
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Can't Always Get What You Want
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Surprise, Surprise
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Winter
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Don't Lie to Me
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Can't You Hear Me Knocking
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Street Fighting Man
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Rip This Joint
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Angie
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Can't Always Get What You Want
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Surprise, Surprise
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Winter
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Don't Lie to Me
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ty Burrell    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Cliffhanger
 [8:00AM]    Tigerland
 [10:15AM]    Cliffhanger
 [12:15PM]    The Game
 [3:15PM]    American History X
 [6:00PM]    A Few Good Men
 [9:00PM]    The Green Mile
 [1:00AM]    A Few Good Men
 [4:00AM]    The Haunting in Connecticut    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Blade: Trinity', followed by the movie 'Legion'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are David Mizejewski, Behati Prinsloo, and Shane Torres.

 [6:15 AM]      Valley Of The Giants (1938)
 [7:45 AM]      Allegheny Uprising (1939)
 [9:15 AM]      Honky Tonk (1941)
 [11:15 AM]      Crossroads (1942)
 [12:45 PM]      Hard, Fast, and Beautiful (1951)
 [2:15 PM]      The Unfinished Dance (1947)
 [4:15 PM]      The Wild North (1952)
 [6:00 PM]      Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      Frenchman's Creek (1944)
 [10:00 PM]      My Cousin Rachel (1952)
 [12:00 AM]      Who Done It? (1942)
 [1:30 AM]      The Ritz (1976)
 [3:15 AM]      La Cage Aux Folles (1979)
 [5:15 AM]      MGM is on the Move! (1964)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  03/09/16

TCM spends the daylight hours with Joan Crawford
 [6:00 AM]      Sadie McKee (1934)
 [7:45 AM]      The Women (1939)
 [10:00 AM]      Susan And God (1940)
 [12:00 PM]      Mildred Pierce (1945)
 [2:00 PM]      Humoresque (1946)
 [4:15 PM]      Possessed (1947)
 [6:15 PM]      Torch Song (1953)

 [8:00 PM]      The Whalers (1938)
 [8:00 PM]      Sea Scouts (1939)
 [8:30 PM]      20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
 [10:45 PM]      Operation Undersea (1954)
 [11:45 PM]      Merbabies (1938)
 [12:00 AM]      Secrets of Life (1956)
 [1:30 AM]      Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961)
 [3:00 AM]      Return To Snowy River (1988)
 [4:45 AM]      Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1966)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'Rizzoli & Isles'.

USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from 02/12/85) - Bob Uecker, David Horowitz, and Mark Hudson.

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Sir Paul McCartney, second right, his wife Nancy Shewell, left, and French actress Isabelle Huppert, right, watch models during Stella McCartney's Fall-winter 2016-2017 ready to wear collection presented in Paris, France, Monday, March 7, 2016.
Photo by Francois Mori


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Judge Seals Will

Harper Lee

Famously private in life, "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is keeping her secrets even in death.

Monroe County Probate Judge Greg Norris signed an order last week to seal Lee's will from public view, according to court records available Monday. Lawyers for Lee's personal representative and attorney, Tonja Carter, had asked for the will to remain private and Lee's heirs and relatives agreed to the request, according to the court filing.

"As the Court is no doubt aware, Ms. Lee highly valued her privacy," the lawyers wrote. "She did not wish for her private financial affairs to be matters of public discussion. Ms. Lee left a considerable legacy for the public in her published works; it is not the public's business what private legacy she left for the beneficiaries of her will."

Carter represented Lee for several years and once practiced law with the writer's sister, Alice Lee.

In a two-page order issued a week ago Monday, Norris wrote that he agreed there was a threat of public intrusion and harassment for Lee's heirs. They and Lee's next of kin have a right to inspect the contents of the will and accompanying file, but no one else does, he wrote. The order indicated that Norris held a hearing on the motion.

Harper Lee


Actor Idris Elba poses for photographers as they arrive for the premiere of Zootropolis at a central London cinema, Monday, March 7, 2016.
Photo by Joel Ryan


Foreign Diplomats Voicing Alarm


Foreign diplomats are expressing alarm to U.S. government officials about what they say are inflammatory and insulting public statements by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump (R-Pinche Pendejo), according to senior U.S. officials.

Officials from Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia have complained in recent private conversations, mostly about the xenophobic nature of Trump's statements, said three U.S. officials, who all declined to be identified.

The three officials declined to disclose a full list of countries whose diplomats have complained, but two said they included at least India, South Korea, Japan and Mexico.

U.S. officials said it was highly unusual for foreign diplomats to express concern, even privately, about candidates in the midst of a presidential campaign. U.S. allies in particular usually don't want to be seen as meddling in domestic politics, mindful that they will have to work with whoever wins.

Senior leaders in several countries -- including Britain, Mexico, France, and Canada -- have already made public comments criticizing Trump's positions. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel branded him a threat to peace and prosperity in an interview published on Sunday.



Newhead News


Court Nlocks FCC Rate Cut

Prisoner Telephone Calls

A federal appeals court on Monday put on hold an order by the Federal Communications Commission cutting U.S. prison telephone rates for local and long-distance calls to 11 cents a minute, from levels as high as $14 a minute, for more than 2 million U.S. prisoners.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington issued an order putting on hold the new, lower rate caps and a related rule limiting fees for certain single call services. But it allowed the elimination of ancillary fees to take effect immediately.

The elimination of those fees will take effect on March 17 for prisons, and June 20 for jails. The stay does affect interim rates set by the FCC in 2013.

The cost of a prison call had risen to as much as $14 a minute when extra fees were tacked on.

Many U.S. states have sought to join lawsuits opposing the caps, citing security costs. They include Wisconsin, Nevada, Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, and Indiana -- joining the state of Oklahoma.

Prisoner Telephone Calls


A boy dressed as Hindu Lord Shiva poses before performing in a religious procession at the Mahashivratri festival in Allahabad, India on March 7, 2016. Hindus across the country celebrate Mahashivratri, better known as Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary.
Photo by Jitendra Prakash


Shipwrecks And Tree Rings


Scientists have combined data from tree rings with Caribbean shipwrecks, revealing information about hurricane activity betweeb the years 1645 and 1715. They discovered hurricane activity was reduced by 75% in that time period - the same time that the Northern Hemisphere experienced particularly cool temperatures.

This is the first time shipwreck information has been used to uncover hurricane data, and it is also the furthest back in time scientists have ever managed to go when analysing hurricanes. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is expected to help scientists understand how the influence of a warming climate will impact upon Earth's tropical storms.

The researchers used tree-ring records from the Florida Keys, which extendback to the year 1707. Every year a hurricane struck Florida, the growth of the tree was slowed - revealing a shorter gap between each tree ring.

The combined that information with the number of shipwrecks in the Caribbean Sea, initially up until 1707 too. They found the number of shipwrecks matched the data for tree rings; so if the tree rings suggested a particularly stormy year, shipwrecks were synchronised with that data.

Once the researchers found the link, they used previous literature and research to find every single recorded shipwreck after 1645.



Wake-up Call


Horndog 'Humiliated'

Terry Bollea

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan said Monday he was "completely humiliated" by the publication of a video showing him having sex with his then-best friend's wife.

Testifying in his privacy lawsuit against the Gawker website, Hogan said he didn't authorize the tape to be made or authorize Gawker to publish it. Hogan said when he realized that his best friend, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, was involved in making the tape, he began shaking uncontrollably.

Earlier, Hogan testified that he initially thought it was a joke when Clem said his wife wanted to have sex with Hogan. He testified that the Clems had an open marriage.

During cross-examination, an attorney for Gawker questioned Hogan about inconsistencies in testimony and media interviews. Hogan testified that he didn't watch the video when he discovered its existence; during a media interview he said he did. And Hogan said he didn't know he was being videoed when he had sex with Heather Clem. But in media interviews in 2012, Hogan said he asked Bubba Clem if he was being filmed.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, chalked up the inconsistencies to being shell-shocked by the tape and because he routinely put himself in his wrestling character. "I was probably in the Hulk Hogan mode," Hogan said. "It gives you artistic ability, to be a character."

Terry Bollea


Female labourers wearing helmets take a break from laying underground electricity cables in Ahmedabad, India, March 7, 2016.
Photo by Amit Dave


Looms Over Louisiana Budget Crisis

Bhabi Jindal

Bobby Jindal left the governor's office nearly two months ago, but his legacy permeates a special legislative session aimed at digging Louisiana out of deep financial troubles.

Louisiana's worst budget crisis in nearly 30 years is threatening public colleges with cuts that could shutter campuses mid-semester and putting health care services for the poor and disabled at risk of elimination.

State leaders blame the Republican former governor for creating - and hiding - many of those woes.

Jindal, burnishing his fiscal conservative credentials for his failed presidential campaign, refused to hike taxes or approve any action that even resembled a tax hike, including trimming expensive business tax credits, even amid an economic downturn. So, TV's bearded men of "Duck Dynasty" got millions in film tax credit subsidies, while tuition skyrocketed for college students at campuses struggling with deep state financing cuts.

Criticism of Jindal is bipartisan and widespread, with irritated lawmakers left sifting through the highly-unpopular choices of raising taxes or taking a hatchet to higher education and government services. They're considering enacting tax bills Jindal vetoed and stripping a fake tax credit created to protect Jindal's anti-tax record.

Bhabi Jindal


Men work in the vineyards of Lavaux after an overnight snowfall in Puidoux near Vevey, Switzerland on March 7, 2016. The Lavaux vineyards, listed as a UNESCO Heritage site, are made of 10,000 terraces, which were started in the 12th century by monks, and covering 800 hectares between Lausanne and Vevey.
Photo by Denis Balibouse


'Supercookie' Settlement


Verizon will pay a $1.35 million fine over its "supercookie" that the government said followed phone customers on the Internet without their permission. Verizon will also have to get an explicit "yes" from customers for some kinds of tracking.

The supercookies landed their name because they were hard, or near-impossible, to block. Verizon uses them to deliver targeted ads to cellphone customers. The company wants to expand its advertising and media business and bought AOL for its digital ad technology in 2015.

The Federal Communications Commission said Monday that it found that Verizon began using the supercookies with consumers in December 2012, but didn't disclose the program until October 2014. Verizon updated its privacy policy to disclose the trackers in March 2015 and gave people an option then to opt out.

The FCC settlement says consumers now must opt in to letting Verizon share data with a third party. But for data-collection and sharing within Verizon itself, the company can choose to have customers either opt in or automatically do it and give consumers the option to stop it, a less stringent requirement.



A dancer performs at the presentation of the concept 'BMW Vision Next 100' in Munich, Germany on March 7, 2016. On March 7, 1916, the 'Bayerische Flugzeugwerke' (lit. 'Bavarian Aircraft Works') was founded, later named 'Bayerische Motoren Werke' (lit. 'Bavarian Motor Works', BWM).
Photo by Sven Hoppe


Pope Was Misinformed


Mexico's main archdiocese has taken the unusual step of publicly saying Pope Francis had been badly advised when directed harsh words to local bishops during his visit in mid-February.

The pope told a gathering of local bishops in February not to be career-minded clerics, saying, "We do not need 'princes,' but rather a community of the Lord's witnesses."

The pope also urged them to maintain unity and show more transparency. "If you have to fight, fight. If you have to say things, say them, but do it like men: to the face," Francis told the bishops.

An editorial published Sunday on a website of the archdiocese of Mexico City said that some of the pope's comments had been misinterpreted by "reporters more focused on histrionics than the deep meaning of the words."

It denies local bishops were out of touch with the people, and says the pope's comments "might be due to someone near him who gave him bad advice."



A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smokes marijuana in a chillum during the Shivaratri festival on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 7, 2016. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Maha Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes.
Photo by Navesh Chitrakar


New Railway Project


Tibet's environment will not be damaged by the construction of a second railroad linking the remote area to the rest of China, the region's deputy Communist Party boss said on Monday.

Tibet is a highly sensitive spot, not just because of continued opposition by many Tibetans to Chinese control, but because of its strategic location next to neighbors India, Myanmar and Nepal.

Critics have expressed concern over the environmental impact of the first railway to Lhasa, opened in 2006, which passes spectacular icy peaks on the Tibetan highlands and reaches altitudes as high as 5,000 m (16,400 ft) above sea level.

China announced plans on Saturday to build the railway linking the Tibetan capital of Lhasa with the southwestern city of Chengdu as part of a new five-year development plan.

Exiled Tibetans and rights groups also say the first railway has spurred an influx of long-term migrants who threaten Tibetans' cultural integrity, tied to Buddhist beliefs and a traditional herding lifestyle.




In Memory

Lana Meisner

The wife of former Eagles rock band bassist Randy Meisner was killed on Sunday evening when a gun she was removing from a case went off accidentally at their Los Angeles home after a domestic violence call earlier in the day, city police said on Monday.

Lana Meisner, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:10 p.m. PST on Sunday (0310 GMT on Monday) from a single gunshot wound, according to police and the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.

About 1-1/2 hours earlier, police officers had gone to the Meisner's home in response to a woman's call for help because of a drunken man.

The police wrote up a domestic violence incident report and left the home but later were called back there.

"It was determined that Mrs. Meisner's death was accidental," the police statement said.

Randy Meisner was one of the original members of the Eagles and played bass for the band from 1971-1977. He was the lead singer on the band's hit song "Take It to the Limit."

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The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over the Sycamore Gap at Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, northeast England early Monday March 7, 2016.
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