BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 18 April, 2017

Tuesday

18 April, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[74 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Why Don't All Jobs Matter? (NY Times Column)
Economic pain, beyond coal and manufacturing.


Jamelle Bouie: There's No Such Thing as a Good Trump Voter (Slate)
People voted for a racist who promised racist outcomes. They don't deserve your empathy.


Dalya Alberge: Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke slams modern screen violence (The Guardian)
Veteran actor says Walt Disney would have been horrified by the content of today's video games and films.


Robin McKie: "Terry Jones: 'I've got dementia. My frontal lobe has absconded'" (The Guardian)
The Monty Python star talks about learning to live with his illness.


Hadley Freeman: Why we all need to be more like Bob Dylan (The Guardian)
The legendary singer/songwriter has taken some flak in the British press for saying he likes the Stereophonics. But we should all take inspiration from his weird ideas.


Hadley Freeman: 'Harris Wittels was the funniest person I ever met' - Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari on a lost comic genius (The Guardian)
Wittels established himself in shows such as Parks & Recreation and Master of None - before dying at just 30. Those who knew him best tell his story.


Michele Hanson: Can't we stop colossal firms taking over small businesses? (The Guardian)
Tesco's attempt to takeover the Booker group raises the question of why we are allowing so many hostile, and destructive, takeovers.



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Trivia Question of the Day


"Turn on, tune in, drop out" is a counterculture-era phrase popularized by Timothy Leary. Who gave Leary the phrase?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


According to Hoyt Axton, if you "work your fingers to the bone", what is the result?


       Boney Fingers                                                      Source


Hoyt Wayne Axton (March 25, 1938 - October 26, 1999) was an American folk music singer-songwriter, guitarist and a film and television actor. He became prominent in the early 1960s, establishing himself on the West Coast as a folk singer with an earthy style and powerful voice. As he matured, some of his songwriting became well known throughout the world. Among them were "Joy to the World", "The Pusher", "No No Song", "Greenback Dollar", "Della and the Dealer" and "Never Been to Spain".        Source


See the rain comin' down and the roof won't hold 'er
Lost my job and I feel a little older
Car won't run and our love's grown colder
But maybe things'll get a little better, in the mornin'
Maybe things'll get a little better.
Oh! the clothes need washin' and the fire won't start
Kids all cryin' and you're breakin' my heart
Whole darn place is fallin' apart
Maybe things'll get a little better, in the mornin'
Maybe things'll get a little better.

Refrain:
  Work your fingers to the bone - whadda ya get?
  ( Whoo-whoo ) Boney Fingers - Boney Fing-gers.        Source


Boney Fingers - Hoyt Axton - YouTube








Mark. was first and correct with:
   " Work your fingers to the bone - whadda ya get?
  ( Whoo-whoo ) Boney Fingers - Boney Fing-gers."
  Hey, if things are obvious enough I'll figure 'em out.




Randall wrote:
   Boney Fingers





Alan J answered:
   Boney Fingers.



David of Moon Valley replied:
   Boney Fingers...Boney Fingers....



Gene responded:
   You get boney fingers. Mr Axton wrote some good songs, and some pretty silly ones as well.



Harry M said:
   Bony fingers



Deborah wrote:
   Oh, man, Hoyt Axton wrote and made so much music, it's hard to know where to start.
  I'm going to say "Boney Fingers."
  We rode the last 10 miles of yesterday's bike ride in the rain. It rained off and on all day, and overnight, and it's continuing today. It's actually quite nice.




Adam answered:
   Boney Fingers



Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   you get "boney fingers"



Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   According to Hoyt, you get his song 1974 song, "Boney Fingers".



zorch said:
   Boney fingers.



Billy in Cypress wrote:
   Surprise answer:
  When you "work your fingers to the bone", you get "boney fingers".
  And it matters not what you were promised by anyone including CpPDJT-ID and your boss at McDonald's, GM or any other job.




DJ Useo replied:
   Now, I don't know this for a fact, but I've heard lots of friends say through the years that it'll get you bony fingers.





Joe S     answered:
   Work your fingers to the bone what'a ya get? (pause) (pause) Boney fingers, boney fingers. Man. I'm on a roll.
  That always reminds me of Boney M. Not the music, that's way different, just the name. Music's good tho...




mj took the day off.
  



Stephen F took the day off.
  



Dave in Tucson took the day off.
  



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



MAM     took the day off.
  



Marian took the day off.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  April 18 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 18 | Famous Birthdays




Sally has retired.
  


  





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Middle Class Political Economist




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Click here: Terry Jones: 'I've got dementia. My frontal lobe has absconded' | Society | The Guardian



'Like a slow death': families fear pesticide poisoning after Trump reverses ban | US news | The Guardian



Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian



AZ-Sen: Watch Jeff Flake (R) Get OWNED By 16-Year-Old Girl On Planned Parenthood At Town Hall



The geography of climate confusion: a visual guide - CNN.com



In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money : NPR



Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days | Science | The Guardian



Opening of UN files on Holocaust will 'rewrite chapters of history' | Law | The Guardian



Nuclear war has become thinkable again - we need a reminder of what it means | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian




Thanks, Michelle!


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Reader Recommendation

Teacher of the Year


See that woman in the lower left corner? That's the Maryland State Teacher of the Year. That's Sia Kyriakakos, she's one of the four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. She's also my daughter-in-law and mother of my two beautiful, talented granddaughters. I think she's gonna win.




Peace

--Joe


Thanks, Joe!
Good luck, Sia!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Trump's reelection campaign raised $13.2 million in first quarter - POLITICO



White House Adviser Who Opposes Paid Leave, Equal Pay Now Working On Women's Issues | The Huffington Post



First lady appears to remind Trump to cover his heart for national anthem | TheHill



Hiring Anti-Trump Conservative Is Part Of New York Times' Effort To Expand Opinion | The Huffington Post



Alex Jones' Defense in Upcoming Custody Battle Is That He's a Fake - fusion.net



The Inside Story of the Kushner-Bannon Civil War | Vanity Fair



Actually, It's Comey Wot Won It | Mother Jones



Elizabeth Warren Says Mitch McConnell Won't Even Say Hello To Her | The Huffington Post



Here's Why A Nonprofit Named For Anne Frank Keeps Attacking Trump | The Huffington Post



Ahead of Donald Trump's Wisconsin visit, his record as president on the meter | PolitiFact Wisconsin



Conway wants top Democrats to stifle grassroots protest against her popular-vote-losing boss - dailykos.com



Trump is Hiring Lobbyists and Top Ethics Official Says 'There's No Transparency' - ProPublica



Voting machines stolen ahead of Georgia special election: report | TheHill



Maxine Waters, Donald Trump and impeachment: One Democrat is ready - her party and the American people may follow - Salon.com



March for Science





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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


STOP THE SERIOUSLY STUPID HUMANS!

FIGHTING THE FASCIST SCUM!

KUMBAYA!

IS THE PROBLEM POLITICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL?

"TRUMP'S AUTHORITARIAN VISION"

THE BIRTH OF THE ALT-RIGHT.

WERE MELTING!


THE LAST SHOW ON EARTH!






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Finally bought my Easter candy - half-price.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Bull', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Alec Baldwin, Charlamagne Tha God, Moshe Kasher, and Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo'.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Shania Twain, Tyrese Gibson, Whitney Cummings, and Bastille.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Trial & Error', then another FRESH 'Trial & Error'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kevin Spacey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Alt-J.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/21/17) are Dax Shepard, Hannah Simone, Hey Violet, and Charlie Benante.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/28/17) are Adam Pally, Froth, and Fahim Anwar.



ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'American Housewife', then a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'Imaginary Mary', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Katherine Heigl, Rob Delaney, and Dreamcar.



The CW here fills the night with LIVE 'Dodger Baseball'.



Faux has a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a RERUN 'The Mick', then a FRESH 'Prison Break'.



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



A&E has 'Streets Of Compton', followed by the FRESH 'LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later'.



AMC offers the movie 'A Few Good Men', followed by the movie 'The Lost Boys', then the movie 'Speed'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-The Age Of Steel-Part 2.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-The Idiot's Lantern
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-The Impossible Planet-Part 1.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Satan Pit-Part 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Love & Monsters
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Fear Her
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Darkroom
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-High Octane
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Going Going Gone
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Come As You Are
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Backstabbers
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Internal Affairs
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Throwing Heat
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-No Man's Land
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Man Down
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Broken Home
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-A Grizzly Murder
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Triple Threat
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Come As You Are
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Backstabbers
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Internal Affairs
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Throwing Heat
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-No Man's Land
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Man Down    (ALL TIMES EDT)



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



Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', an hour of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Problematic With Moshe Kasher', and another 'South Park'.
The Daily Show - it's TBA.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Felicia Day.



FX has the movie 'Jack Reacher', followed by a FRESH 'The Americans'.



History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire', and another 'Forged In Fire'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Spider Walk With Me
 [6:30AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Level Boss
 [7:00AM]    ALIEN RESURRECTION
 [9:30AM]    FINAL DESTINATION 3
 [11:30AM]    JEEPERS CREEPERS 2
 [2:00PM]    FINAL DESTINATION 2
 [4:00PM]    FINAL DESTINATION 3
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prank Day
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Corvette Caper
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Birthday
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prank Day
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Corvette Caper
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hyde's Birthday
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
 [3:30AM]    JEEPERS CREEPERS 2    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    All in the Family-Edith Gets a Mink
 [7:05AM]    All in the Family-Sammy's Visit
 [7:40AM]    All in the Family-Edith, the Judge
 [8:15AM]    All in the Family-Archie Is Jealous
 [8:50AM]    All in the Family-Maude
 [9:25AM]    All in the Family-Archie and the Editorial
 [10:00AM]    The Beach
 [12:30PM]    The Sum of All Fears
 [3:15PM]    The Lost Boys
 [5:15PM]    Point Break
 [8:00PM]    The Fugitive
 [11:00PM]    Primal Fear
 [2:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo
 [3:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Pie a la Mojo
 [4:00AM]    Spies Like Us    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'The Da Vinci Code', 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then a FRESH 'Cosplay Melee'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Christina Applegate, Sherri Shepherd, and Car Seat Headrest.



TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      M (1931)
 [8:00 AM]      The Night of the Hunter (1955)
 [9:45 AM]      Bedlam (1946)
 [11:15 AM]      The Trial (1963)
 [1:30 PM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [3:30 PM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [6:00 PM]      Shock Corridor (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      Gentleman Jim (1942)
 [10:00 PM]      The Human Comedy (1943)
 [12:15 AM]      The Song Of Bernadette (1943)
 [3:15 AM]      Janie (1944)
 [5:15 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Joan Allen(2008)     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Wednesday   -  04/19/17

TCM spends the night with Claude Rains
 [6:00 AM]      The Monster (1925)    SILENT 
 [7:45 AM]      The Murder Of Dr. Harrigan (1936)
 [9:00 AM]      Indestructible Man (1956)
 [10:30 AM]      The Body Snatcher (1945)
 [12:00 PM]      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
 [2:00 PM]      Rage (1972)
 [3:45 PM]      Experiment Alcatraz (1951)
 [5:00 PM]      The Cosmic Monster (1958)
 [6:30 PM]      Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      The Invisible Ma (1933)
 [9:30 PM]      Stolen Holiday (1937)
 [11:15 PM]      Juarez (1939)
 [1:30 AM]      They Won't Forget (1937)
 [3:30 AM]      They Made Me A Criminal (1939)
 [5:15 AM]      Hearts Divided (1936)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)



USA has a FRESH 'Team Ninja Warrior'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Feb. 21, 1991) - Jerry Seinfeld, Brooke Adams, Rod McQueary, and Colen Sweeten.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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South Korean protesters shout slogans such as 'Stop Thaad!' and 'No War!' during a rally against a meeting of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn (both not pictured), near the prime minister's official residence in Seoul, South Korea, April 17, 2017.
Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Just Playing A Part?

Alex Jones

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is just playing a character on his popular Infowars broadcast, according to his lawyer.

The question of whether or not Jones believes the myriad conspiracy theories he espouses daily or is simply putting on a performance has become an issue in a custody hearing between Jones and his ex-wife. Kelly Jones, who has been divorced from Alex Jones since 2015, is suing in Texas court for partial or sole custody of their three children.

According to an Austin American-Statesman report on the pretrial hearing, Jones attorney Randall Wilhite said that inferring Jones' character based on his Infowars broadcasts would make as much sense as judging Jack Nicholson based on his performance as the Joker.

Infowars is one of the most popular conspiracy websites on the Internet. Among other claims he has advanced, Jones has suggested that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job perpetrated by the American government, that aspects of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre were faked, and that a Washington pizzeria was the headquarters of a pedophile ring involving Hillary Clinton's campaign chief John Podesta. (Jones later apologized for his role in the "Pizzagate" theory after a frequent Infowars listener who said he was investigating the charges fired off shots inside the restaurant.)

Jones claims to have the ear of Donald Trump (R-Prevaricator), and Trump the candidate did partake in a 30-minute interview with Jones in December 2015. Trump incorporated a few of Jones' favorite theories into his campaign stops, including a riff on how the California drought was a hoax.

Alex Jones

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Donald Trump (R-Draft Dodger) salutes a member of the military (not seen in photo) who had just sung the U.S. national anthem as he stands with a performer in an Easter Bunny costume at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 17, 2017.
Photo by Joshua Roberts

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Strange New Crack In Glacier

Greenland

A mysterious crack has been spreading across a giant Greenland glacier, and it's raising concerns that part of the floating ice shelf could splinter off into the ocean.

Scientists with the NASA field campaign Operation IceBridge recently captured the first photographs of the growing rift while flying over Petermann Glacier, a structure that connects the Greenland ice sheet to the Arctic Ocean.

The new chasm appears in the center of the glacier's floating ice shelf - the tongue of ice that extends into the water from the grounded glacier on land.

In the photos, the crack appears relatively close to a larger rift spreading toward the shelf's center. Should the two intersect, part of the ice shelf in northwest Greenland could potentially break off.

Greenland

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Released From Jail

Vegas Journalist

The journalist arrested at a Tax Day protest at Donald Trump's (R-Fabulist) signature Las Vegas hotel has been released from jail.

KLAS Vice President and General Manager Lisa Howfield said photojournalist Neb Solomon was freed Saturday night, hours after he was arrested while covering the off-Strip protest.

Las Vegas police said Solomon was uncooperative and refused to provide his personal identification information at the scene. He was then booked into Clark County jail on two misdemeanors, including trespassing and obstructing an officer.

Solomon was recording the protest while on private property that belonged to the Fashion Show Mall, adjacent to the Trump International Hotel, police said. Mall security notified officers on scene that Solomon refused their request to stop filming there.

Howfield in a statement defended Solomon as an experienced and respected journalist.

Vegas Journalist

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An elderly North Korean man is silhouetted against a model of the Unha 3, a space launch vehicle, displayed at the Sci-Tech Complex April 17, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Tensions have spiked in recent weeks over North Korea's advancing nuclear technology and missile arsenal. But in Pyongyang, where war would mean untold horrors, where neighborhoods could be reduced to rubble and tens of thousands of civilians could be killed, few people seem to care much at all.
Photo by Wong Maye-E

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Prescribed Meds Under Friend's Name

Prince

Several bottles of opioid painkillers -- some of them prescribed to one of Prince's friends -- were found at the singer's Paisley Park complex shortly after the music icon's death by accidental overdose, court documents unsealed Monday show.

The documents pertain to the first six months of the investigation into Prince's death at his Minnesota estate a year ago from an overdose of the powerful narcotic fentanyl.

They provide clues about Prince's use of painkillers in the months leading up to his death, and the possible direction of the ongoing investigation. So far, no one has been charged.

But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the 57-year-old superstar -- or who might have provided him with it.

Investigators found pills in various containers around Prince's bedroom, some of them issued to Kirk Johnson, Prince's estate manager and longtime friend.

Prince

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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Re-Election Effort Funneling Funds To Properties

T-rump

2020 With his presidency still in its infancy, Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) 2020 re-election efforts have raised tens of millions of dollars and directed funds to his companies, running up a $500,000 tab to Trump-owned hotels, golf clubs and restaurants.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump has not ceased fundraising since the election, more than doubling the amount raised by former President Barack Obama in the first quarter of his presidency. By March 31, the three Trump re-election committees had $16 million in the bank, Politico reported .

Campaign finance reports filed late Friday with the Federal Election Commission show more than 6 percent of $6.3 million spent this year went for such things as rent in Trump Tower and lodging at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, as well as catering services, the Wall Street Journal reported .

Also among the expenditures was $28,000 to Bannon Strategic Advisors for "administrative assistant/secretarial" services. The company is owned by White House chief political strategist Stephen Bannon. The web design and digital media firm run by Trump digital director Brad Parscale earned $1.6 million while Parscale himself was paid $15,000.

Trump properties received $14 million from his campaign and the Republican National Committee during the presidential campaign.

T-rump

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Sumo wrestlers stand in a line to offer prayers at the Yasukuni Shrine before the ritual sumo bouts held at the Shinto shrine in Tokyo, April 17, 2017.
Photo by Shizuo Kambayashi

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Leaking Well "Under Control"

Alaska

BP Plc said workers on Alaska's North Slope had brought under control a company-operated well that spewed oil and gas over the weekend.

The leak was discovered on Friday and a team from BP, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local government was brought in to coordinate efforts. The team halted the well leaks overnight, BP said in a statement on Monday.

The volume of the leak was not disclosed.

A BP spokesman said details of what caused the loss of control were not available. The oil producer had retained Halliburton Co's well control specialists to kill the well, the spokesman said.

ADEC earlier said in a statement that well pipe had temporarily "jacked up" or risen vertically about 3 feet to 4 feet, causing a pressure gauge to break off.

Alaska

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More Unfounded Twitter Accusations

T-rump

Donald Trump (R-Liar) on Monday attacked his political enemies seeking an upset in Georgia's special congressional election, blasting the leading Democratic candidate as a "super liberal" who "wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!"

Trump did not expound on his unfounded accusations about 30-year-old Jon Ossoff, but the president's Twitter broadside a day before the special primary underscores how big a Democratic victory would be nationwide and in Atlanta's historically conservative northern suburbs.

Ossoff, who has used anti-Trump sentiments nationally to collect at least $8.3 million in campaign contributions, countered Monday that Trump is "misinformed," but added that he's "glad the president is interested in the race."

Republicans and Democrats alike see the contest as an important barometer of Trump's standing ahead of 2018 midterm elections, when Democrats will try to regain control of Congress.

The Georgia district, represented previously by Trump's new health secretary, Tom Price, encompasses reliably Republican territory across parts of three metro Atlanta counties. But Trump underperformed here in November, barely edging Democrat Hillary Clinton and falling short of a majority. In 2012, by contrast, Republican nominee Mitt Romney garnered more than 60 percent of the vote.

T-rump

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A woman with umbrella walks along a street during snowfall in Bamberg, southern Germany, Easter, April 17, 2017.
Photo by Nicolas Armer

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Big Business Threat

Small Farmers

Brad and Katherine live a simple life on 120 acres with two dogs, three cats, a goat, some chickens, three alpacas - and just under 2,000 square feet of marijuana plants.

Katherine's grandparents bought the farm more than 50 years ago, and in many ways, she's leading a life similar to theirs. She and her husband rarely make the half-hour drive down a dirt road to town, instead spending their days gardening, cooking and repairing the house. They turn off the solar electricity system every night, plunging the farmhouse into total darkness. Katherine, 31, never smokes pot - though she does bake medical marijuana dog treats for the arthritic family dog, Jake. Brad spent one recent evening reading a book called "Teaming with Microbes" and examining his latest compost concoction under a microscope.

"As soon as you weed the whole garden, you have to start over again," Katherine said while tending to one of her many vegetable plots in the shadow of giant redwoods on a chilly March morning. She tossed the unwanted plants into a wheelbarrow. Closer to harvest time, Brad sometimes works 16-hour days, picking grasshoppers off his medical marijuana plants late into the night.

The young couple, who have asked to be identified by only their first names because of the marijuana industry's still-precarious legal status, are worried their peaceful life in the redwoods could be turned upside down by the new administration, which has taken a harsher tone against states that have legalized pot. In 1996 California became the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and a 2016 ballot initiative will allow dispensaries to sell recreational pot starting in 2018.

But these days the cops are no longer the greatest threat to small growers like Katherine. Instead, they worry about a danger that is far more common among entrepreneurs: competition that could put them out of business. As pot's become increasingly mainstream, large corporations are starting to creep in on the turf of smaller, family-owned farms. It is a problem her parents' generation never had to deal with, but it beats farming in the shadows, constantly worried about raids and arrests.

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Supporters of a long-shot bid to make California an independent nation on Monday ended their effort to put it to a statewide vote next year, despite the extra interest it drew after last year's election of Republican Donald Trump (R-Crooked) as president.

The secretary of state's office confirmed that Marcus Ruiz Evans, vice president of the Yes California Independence Campaign, notified officials he intends to withdraw the California Nationhood ballot measure.

The group's president, Louis Marinelli, said in a lengthy message to supporters that he is seeking permanent residence in Russia. He said supporters may try again to separate California from the rest of the United States sometime in the future.

The ballot measure would have allowed voters to repeal a part of the state Constitution saying that California is an inseparable part of the United States, but left the question of whether California should become a separate country to a future ballot. It would have required that the governor ask to join the United Nations if 55 percent of voters supported that future declaration of independence.

Prior to Trump's election, the group had fewer than 100 volunteers, Marinelli said.

Calexit

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