BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 3 May, 2016


3 May, 2016

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[1678 days in a row]


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Paul Krugman: The Diabetic Economy (NY York Times Blog)
Chronic weakness in Europe and what that means.

Paul Krugman: Bernie's Bad End (NY Times Blog)
At this point it's as if Sanders is determined to validate everything liberal skeptics have been saying all along about his unwillingness to face reality - and all of it for, maybe, a few weeks of additional fundraising, at the expense of any future credibility and goodwill. Isn't there anyone who can tell him to stop before it's too late?

Henry Rollins: While You Were at Coachella, I Was Stuck Behind Clinton's Motorcade (LA Weekly)
I like the Coachella Festival. For two weekends a year, it drains Los Angeles of a few cars, shortens lines in stores and teaches thousands of young people that dehydration is no joke.

Scott Burns: The Return of the Home As Personal ATM (AssetBuilder)
SANTA ROSA, CA. Hey, real estate is back! It's not just San Francisco and its new homes "starting in the $1,000,000s," as the now famous billboard cries out. Fortunately, if you will settle for a house that isn't new you might be able to catch one in San Francisco for the recent median price, around $800,000, providing you aren't too picky about square footage and functional indoor plumbing.

Laurie Penny: Why Game of Thrones is the perfect show for the modern age (New Statesman)
Most importantly, there are very few truly evil people in the world: instead, there are just stupid people, and scared people, and petty, vindictive people, and sometimes those people get put in charge of armies and nations, and that's when the rest of us are really buggered. That's what Game of Thrones is about.

Laurie Penny: Even celebrity women have to live in patriarchy (New Statesman)
Feminism, you see, is not about who you are. It's about what you do. Right now, Kesha is doing feminism in the bravest and most important way she can - by refusing to "save" her career by dropping her allegations against her producer. With that simple, brave act, she is inspiring an entire industry, and millions of women and girls to take a stand against abuse. It doesn't matter whether she identifies as a feminist.

Shyam K. Sriram: Charles Bukowski's 'On Love' and 'On Cats' (PopMatters)
During his 73 ears, Bukowski endured as much torture-physically, emotionally, and psychologically-as anyone possibly could have, but it didn't break him. While he's no longer here to write, his inability, or refusal, to give up through the difficulties he experienced continues to inspire us as every year sees more of his poems coming to light.

Gregory Smith: The Muscle Behind 'Manga in America' (PopMatters)
Probably the most insightful element of the study looks at the struggles between Japanese and American publishers. Japanese companies did not set out to sell their product to the American market, but when US publishing began to tempt their artists directly, the Japanese moved begrudgingly toward US domestication.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The Mamas & the Papas had only one number-one hit in the US. What is the title?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, this American-Canadian rock band took its name from a steamroller. What is the name of this group?

       Buffalo Springfield                                                      Source

Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Dewey Martin (drums, vocals), Bruce Palmer (electric bass), Richie Furay (guitar, vocals), and Neil Young (guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals). Pioneering the folk rock genre, Buffalo Springfield, along with the Byrds, combined elements of folk and country music with British invasion influences into their early works. Their second studio album, Buffalo Springfield Again, marked their progression to psychedelia and hard rock.

With a name taken from a steamroller, the group signed to Atlantic Records in 1966 and released their debut single "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" - a regional hit in Los Angeles. The following December, the group released the protest song they were most prominently known for, "For What It's Worth". After various drug-related arrests and line-up changes, the group decided to break up in 1968. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.        Source

Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth 1967 - YouTube

Buffalo Springfield - [Donald Trump] "For What It's Worth" - YouTube

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Buffalo Springfield.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Buffalo Springfield

Adam answered:
   Mannheim Steamroller
  heh,'s one guy!

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "Buffalo Springfield."

Robert replied:
   I Know, "For what it's worth"

Deborah said:
   Going with a WAG: Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Because Mannheim Steamroller is too obvious.
  Truth be told, I don't know but thought I'd just toss that out there.
  It's Monday. The wind isn't blowing. So there's that.

Marian responded:
   Buffalo Springfield

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful answered:
   Buffalo Springfield…Actually saw them at Rollarena in San Leandro, CA in 1966…Even before they hit Fillmore and Avalon…Spawned CSN, Neil Young, Poco, Loggins & Messina…not bad…Watched Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Saturday on HBO…They're now down to marginally great bands…to fucking political and the ego's…Whoa…

  Sunday night's smoked turkey with my youngest, hubby and girls! Riley is my little reading machine…I'm setting her up with one of my old Kindle Readers..

Lois of Oregon replied:
   Buffalo-Springfield wrote and preformed many fine songs which I would probably recognize if I heard them, or maybe not. Think I've lost my mojo, and I blame this cheap ass lap-top I just got at Walmart. It's an HP, and I personally blame Carly Fiorina whom they should have fired MUCH sooner. I do not like Windows 10 as it seems determined to deny me the use of chrome. I've used a fix learned on YouTube TWICE but keep getting locked out of my browser of choice! Loved my chromebook, but it only had a 10 inch screen, now I'm stuck with this 15.6" piece of crap. Grrrrr. I NEED BUFFALO MEMES!!!!

DJ Useo responded:
   A fine piece is trivia is that's how Buffalo Springfield got their name.
  They sure left a ton of great music. I haven't listened to them for about 3 days! ;)
  I got into them because I was checking out bands with discographies ( as I am won't to do ), & found I quite enjoyed them. I picked up their box set for 2 bucks a disc, & have been a fan since.
  Normally, I like "harder" music, but when it's good, it's good, & no dispute.
  A fave "harder" band is "Pop Will Eat Itself". Anyone else like them?

MAM   wrote:
   Buffalo Springfield ~ Members included Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Jim Messina, Ken Koblun, and Jim Fielder, and which combined rock, folk, and country music.

Joe S     said:
   Buffalo Springfield. Who knew? Who really knew, I mean besides Marty. One of my favorite bands from the 60s, and I didn't know. That's my 2˘, for what it's worth.

Randall took the day off.

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Last Night

Looks like there won't be any butterflies this year. The passionflower vines never recovered from the tree trimming accident last year. Sigh.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Person Of Interest'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Dakota Johnson, Sebastian Stan, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Susan Sarandon, Josh Hopkins, Matt Walsh, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Med', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Chris Evans, Marc Maron, and Lecrae.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Derek Jeter, Elizabeth Olsen, and Mark Guiliana.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Zoey Deutch, Escort, and Elodie Yung.

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 'Beyond The Tank'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Adam Carolla and the Avett Brothers.

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

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

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

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars: Barry's Best Buys', then a FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by another FRESH 'Storage Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'Casino Royale', followed by a FRESH 'The Night Manager'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Deserted Island
 [7:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-South Dakota
 [8:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-The Inside Story
 [10:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES REVISITED US - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Revisited: Down City, Classic American, Davide
 [5:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 2 (01-002)
 [6:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 3 (02-001)
 [7:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 1 (01-001)
 [8:00PM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 1
 [9:00PM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 2
 [10:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 1
 [11:00PM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 2
 [12:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 3
 [1:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 2
 [2:00AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 1 - Episode 1 (01-001)

Bravo has (F) 'Beverly Hills Social', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Josh King.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore it'sTBA.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Josh Gondelman, Randy Liedtke, and Kyle Kinane.

FX has the movie 'White House Down', followed by the movie 'Lone Survivor', then the movie 'Lone Survivor', again.

History has 1½ hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH 'Top Gear', followed by a FRESH 'Car Hunters', then another FRESH 'Car Hunters'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
 [8:30AM]    IDIOCRACY
 [4:00PM]    HALF BAKED
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bring It on Home
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bring It on Home
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [3:00AM]    HALF BAKED
 [5:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [8:15AM]    Deliverance
 [10:45AM]    The Professional
 [1:15PM]    American History X
 [4:00PM]    Patriot Games
 [6:30PM]    Lakeview Terrace
 [9:00PM]    Training Day
 [11:30PM]    Backdraft
 [2:30AM]    The River Wild
 [5:00AM]    Behind the Story With the Paley Center-Orange Is the New Black    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Legion', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are "Weird Al" Yankovic, Kate Micucci, and Myq Kaplan.

TCM spends the daylight hours celebrating Mary Astor, who was born on this day in 1906.
 [6:30 AM]      The Scarecrow (1920)     SILENT 
 [7:00 AM]      Beau Brummel (1924)    SILENT 
 [9:15 AM]      Behind Office Doors (1931)
 [10:45 AM]      The Lash (1931)
 [12:15 PM]      Other Men's Women (1931)
 [1:30 PM]      The Runaway Bride (1930)
 [2:45 PM]      The Sin Ship (1931)
 [4:00 PM]      Smart Woman (1931)
 [5:15 PM]      Men of Chance (1932)
 [6:30 PM]      A Successful Calamity (1932)

 [8:00 PM]      Music in the Air (1934)
 [9:45 PM]      Fury (1936)
 [11:30 PM]      Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood (2009)
 [1:45 AM]      Mad Love (1935)
 [3:00 AM]      All Through The Night (1942)
 [5:00 AM]      The Sea Hawk (1940)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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TCM spends the daylight hours celebrating Audrey Hepburn, who was born on this day in 1929.
 [7:15 AM]      The Nun's Story (1959)
 [9:45 AM]      Love in the Afternoon (1957)
 [12:00 PM]      Robin and Marian (1976)
 [2:00 PM]      Wait Until Dark (1967)
 [4:00 PM]      Sabrina (1954)
 [6:00 PM]      Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

 [8:00 PM]      The Seventh Cross (1944)
 [10:00 PM]      The Killers (1946)
 [12:00 AM]      A Foreign Affair (1948)
 [2:00 AM]      Foreign Correspondent (1940)
 [4:15 AM]      Comrade X (1940)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Lady Gaga arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


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LGBT Inclusion In Films Static


Hollywood films remained static in their inclusiveness of LGBT characters in 2015, but the racial diversity of those characters fell dramatically, according to the findings of GLAAD's annual study.

In a survey released Monday by the advocacy group, 17.5 percent of last year's films from the seven major studios contained characters who were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Though unchanged in total percentage from last year, the racial diversity of the LGBT characters has plummeted. Last year, 32.1 percent of the LGBT characters portrayed in the 126 films were people of color. This year, it's down to 25.5 percent.

The revelation comes at a time of increased scrutiny around the inclusion of people of color in Hollywood films, following a second year of all-white Oscar nominees in the acting categories and a damning USC report about the "whitewashed" industry.

While television continues to make strides with shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "Transparent," films are also missing the mark in their representation of transgendered characters.



Stephen Colbert, left, and Evelyn McGee-Colbert arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Most Disliked Trailer In YouTube History


The backlash against the new "Ghostbusters" and, in particular, its trailer has hit epic proportions.

With 508,023 dislikes on YouTube at of this writing, the trailer is now the most disliked in YouTube history. It currently has over 28 million views.

The eagle eyes at ScreenCrush caught the soon-to-be-infamous feat. It's currently in 28th place on the all-time disliked-video list. Justin Bieber's "Baby" music video is No. 1 with over 1.3 billion views.

It should be noted that many of these thumbs-down for "Ghostbusters - which opens in theaters on July 15 - no doubt come from people suspicious about the larger project, whether because they protest the all-female cast or they perceived actress Leslie Jones as the "token black" character in the movie.

The most disliked movie-related YouTube video behind the "Ghostbusters" trailer is the "Frozen" song "Let It Go," which is in 52nd place with over 300,000 votes against it.



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A physician who performs abortions at a Washington hospital filed a federal civil rights complaint Monday alleging that she's been unfairly barred from speaking publicly about her view that abortion is an essential procedure for women's health.

The complaint was filed with the civil rights division of the Health and Human Services Department. It says Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an obstetrician and gynecologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, was barred from talking to the media about her views on abortion rights under the guise of increased security after the November 2015 shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

Horvath-Cosper has emerged in recent years as an advocate for abortion rights. She wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in October 2015 about the threats and potential violence faced by abortion providers.

The complaint was filed under a 1973 federal law that shields doctors and other health care workers from discrimination because of their views on abortion. It's typically cited by medical providers who refuse to perform or assist in abortions because of their religious beliefs or moral convictions. Gretchen Borchelt, a vice president with the National Women's Law Center and one of Horvath-Cosper's attorneys, said she was unaware of a previous complaint that cited the law on behalf of a doctor who feels a moral obligation to advocate for abortion rights.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 4, 2015, Horvath-Cosper was ordered by Dr. Gregory Argyros, the hospital's chief medical officer, to stop speaking publicly about abortion because he "did not want to put a K-Mart blue light special on the fact that we provide abortions at MedStar."

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Amy Schumer arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


Ship Believed Found

James Cook

Researchers said they believe they have located the wreckage of the Endeavour, a ship sailed by the famous British explorer James Cook, which was sunk off the United States during the Revolutionary War.

The ship was scuttled in 1778 leading up to the Battle of Rhode Island between American colonists and the British, and was as part of a blockade during the Revolutionary War.

It now appears to have been located by the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) at one of nine sites containing 13 ships.

The ship, which Cook sailed in the Pacific Ocean, passed through a number of hands before eventually being renamed the Lord Sandwich and used in the Revolutionary War blockade.

During his famous 1768-1771 voyage, Cook helped map the southwest Pacific Ocean and took possession of Australia in the name of the Crown.

James Cook


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Leaks TTIP Papers


Greenpeace charged Monday that a massive US-EU trade deal would place corporate interests above the environment and consumer safety, as it released classified documents from the negotiations.

The campaign group published 248 pages online to "shine a light" on the closed-door talks to forge a so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which would be the world's largest bilateral trade and investment agreement.

Both Washington and Brussels want the mega-deal completed this year before US President Barack Obama leaves office, but the agreement in the making has faced mounting opposition on both sides of the Atlantic.

Greenpeace said the papers show, for example, that the US wants to be able to scrap existing EU rules in areas such as food labelling or approval of dangerous chemicals if it they spell barriers to free trade.

"TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business," the group argued, having also projected an image of a classified text passage onto the facade of Berlin's parliament building.



Singer-songwriter Peter Yarrow, from the 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs at the Vietnam War Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, Thursday, April 28, 2016.
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Awards Revoked


The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Monday revoked all awards bestowed upon former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Pedophile) after he admitted in court to sexually abusing students years ago when he was a high school wrestling coach.

The organization's board of governors unanimously voted for the revocation after an ethics committee found Hastert's actions to be "detrimental to the ideals and objectives" of the Wrestling Hall of Fame, according to a statement on its website.

Hastert, 74, once one of the most powerful U.S. conservative politicians, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for a financial crime related to sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached decades ago.

Hastert pleaded guilty last October to the crime of structuring, which involves withdrawing a large sum of money in small increments to avoid detection. While he was not charged with sex abuse because of the statute of limitations, he admitted to the judge at his sentencing hearing that he had sexually abused teenagers.

The Stillwater, Oklahoma-based Hall of Fame said it revoked its Order of Merit and Outstanding American awards given to Hastert, along with separate awards bestowed by the Illinois Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa.



Actress and singer-songwriter Bette Midler and designer Marc Jacobs arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 2, 2016.
Photo by Eduardo Munoz


Found Everywhere


From beer to wine to breakfast food, the pesticide glyphosate is showing up in a lot of places that consumers don't expect to find it. The chemical, a key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer, was declared a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer last year, and since then, a number of food and environmental activist groups have started testing for it in an array of products, and finding it-albeit in small amounts-most everywhere they look. Now, a group of consumers are suing Quaker Oats, which is owned by PepsiCo, over the glyphosate that testing paid for by the plaintiffs found in the company's Quick 1-Minute oats product.

"There is nothing unlawful about Quaker Oats' growing and processing methods," according to the suit, which was filed in Federal District Court in New York and California on Monday. "What is unlawful is Quaker's claim that Quaker Oats is something that it is not in order to capitalize on growing consumer demand for healthful, natural products." The oats are marketed as "100% natural," and the Quaker Oats website tells consumers that oats, which are a very hearty crop, "require less herbicide spray than many other grains."

The suit puts the growing controversy over glyphosate (and, to a lesser extent, "natural" labels, which are not regulated) in front of the courts. And while the class-action status of the complaint seeks financial damages, the larger question is twofold: Why is glyphosate showing up in oats and so many other foods, and does it present a health risk?

Those questions don't lead to straightforward answers, and part of the reason why is that regulators have not been looking for glyphosate. Despite it being the most heavily used pesticide in history-with 2.4 billion pounds of it sprayed on U.S. farmland between 2004 and 2014 alone - the Food and Drug Administration does not test for glyphosate residue, although it will begin to later this year. The Environmental Protection Agency, which is tasked with setting residue limits for pesticides, increased the threshold for glyphosate a few years ago.



Rita Moreno presents the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Takes Report Offline


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday pulled a report offline that concluded glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, saying the document was inadvertently published and the agency had not finished its review of the chemical, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicides.

The 86-page report, seen by Reuters and published on Friday on the website that the EPA manages, was from the EPA's cancer assessment review committee (CARC). It found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world's mostly widely used weedkiller, was "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans."

The EPA took down the report and other documents on Monday afternoon, saying it did so "because our assessment is not final," in an emailed statement to Reuters. The agency said the documents were "preliminary" and that they were published "inadvertently."

The EPA declined to comment on whether the report, or the 13 other documents that were also published and subsequently taken down on Monday, indicate whether the agency ultimately will conclude that glyphosate is not carcinogenic.

Glyphosate has been the subject of controversy over whether it is cancer-causing. Last year, the World Health Organization's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans."



In this May 1, 2016 photo, a man dresses a donkey to resemble Donald Trump in preparation for the costume competition at the annual donkey festival in Otumba, Mexico state, Mexico.
Photo by Rebecca Blackwell


Ordered To Pay $55 Million

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company's talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

The verdict, which J&J plans to appeal, was the second straight trial loss for the company, which is facing about 1,200 lawsuits accusing it of not adequately warning consumers about its talc-based products' cancer risks.

Following a three-week trial in Missouri state court, jurors deliberated for about a day before returning a verdict for Gloria Ristesund. She was awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.

J&J spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the verdict contradicted 30 years of research supporting the safety of cosmetic talc. The company intends to appeal and will keep defending its products' safety, she said.

The verdict followed a $72 million jury award from the same court in February to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of using talc powder for feminine hygiene.

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