BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 16 May, 2017


16 May, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[102 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The Priming of Mr. Donald Trump (NY Times Column)
He's not the only one with fiscal fantasies.

Andrew Tobias: Pick Up The Phone . . . And Restore Regular Order
Tips from a high-level Senate staffer (thanks, Michael and Tee): There are two things that all Progressives should be doing all the time right now, and they're by far the most important things: 1. The best thing you can do to be heard and get your congressperson to pay attention: if they have town halls, go to them. Go to their local offices. 2. But, those in-person events don't happen every day. So, the absolute most important thing that people should be doing every day is calling. You should make 6 calls a day: 2 each (DC office and your local office) to your 2 Senators and your 1 Representative.

Arwa Mahdawi: "How to get ahead without hard work: golf, drinking, nepotism and dumb luck" (The Guardian)
Working hard is often a waste of time. In fact, if I could go back and give my younger self some career advice, it would be to spend less time in the office and more time in the pub.

Hadley Freeman: It isn't wrong to raise an eyebrow at how the Macrons got together (The Guardian)
No one should mind that the French president is 24 years younger than his wife, Brigitte. But the story of their romance? That is a bit weird.

DJ PANGBURN: Before Banksy and Basquiat, There Was Shadowman (Creators)
Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival, 'Shadowman' is a documentary about the incredible talent and struggles of pioneering street artist Richard Hambleton.

Sometimes orders are messed up on purpose or just due to plain ignorance. For each of the images you're about to see, it can be hard to distinguish if these orders were messed up on purpose of if the person who made them was just plain ignorant. Since it's not you being served these meals, it's easy to laugh at how hilarious these fails are

Ann Robinson: How to have a long and healthy retirement (The Guardian)
It's a time when we're supposed to find happiness, but post-work life is often associated with severe health problems. Here are some tips to help you live long and prosper.

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Michael Egan

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

In the Northern Hemisphere, what day has the most daylight hours?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In 1972, music icon Chuck Berry had his only number-one single in the US. What is the title?

       "My Ding-A-Ling"                                                      Source

"My Ding-a-Ling" is a novelty song written and recorded by Dave Bartholomew. It was covered by Chuck Berry in 1972 and became his only number-one single in the United States. Later that year, in a longer unedited form, it was included on the album The London Chuck Berry Sessions. Guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh who later that year went on to form the Average White Band, played on the single along with Nic Potter of Van der Graaf Generator on bass.        Source

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (October 18, 1926 - March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Berry returned to Chess from 1970 to 1973. There were no hit singles from the 1970 album Back Home, but in 1972 Chess released a live recording of "My Ding-a-Ling", a novelty song which he had recorded in a different version as "My Tambourine" on his 1968 LP From St. Louie to Frisco. The track became his only number-one single.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   I'm a huge Chuck Berry fan, and My Ding-A-Ling might have been the most successful Chuck Berry song, but to my ear it was the lamest.

Randall wrote:
   My Ding a Ling

Gene replied:
   My Ding-a-Ling. It was a live version of a very minor double entendre song. It's a bit of a shame Chuck didn't have one of his better songs as a number one. Like Living in the USA or The Promised land which had a bit of social criticism in them.

Stephen F said:
   My Ding a Ling

Alan J responded:
   My Ding-a-ling.

Adam answered:
   My Ding-a Ling

mj wrote:
   From the year
  I'm going with My Ding-a-ling, a silly, totally make you smile and laugh at yourself bit of fluff.

David of Moon Valley said:
   without looking i'm gonna guess My Ding-a-Ling...

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   My Ding-a-Ling

John I from Hawai`i says,

Billy in Cypress replied:
   1972 was a long time ago, but it was the funny, semi-salacious song "My Ding-a-Ling" that made it to No. 1. But in 2017, we have the insane CpPDJT-ID playing with his "Little Ding-a-Ling" in the White House, Air Force One, Mar-a-Lago, or wherever he happens to be. .

Kevin K. in Washington, DC answered:
   That would be "My Ding-a-ling", a silly novelty song built around the adolescent double entendre of "playing with my ding-a-ling." But "Johhny B. Goode", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Maybellene", "Rock and Roll Music", "Rollover Beethoven", "School Days (Ring, Ring Goes the Bell!)" and "No Particular Place to Go" never made it to #1.
  Go figure.

zorch said:
   My Dingaling.

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Chuck Berry's only #1 single was My Ding-a-Ling.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   My Ding-a-ling And Chuck didn't even write it. Do girls play with their Ding-a-Lings?

Joe S     answered:
   The answer being "My Ding-A-Ling" is sad, because it was far from being his best song. "Sweet Little Sixteen" is one of my favorites but it is hard to nail down his best song, they are all so good. (Check out all the jammin white kids.)

Deborah took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  May 16 Birthdays - Celebrities Born May 16 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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Michelle in AZ

They hate the US government, and they're multiplying: the terrifying rise of 'sovereign citizens' | World news | The Guardian

UPDATE How to Fight for MSNBC's Progressive Lineup: Yes, Maddow could be next

I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape - BBC News

Donald Trump still believes fake news because he is surrounded by morons

Trump's EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers.

Morning Joe: FBI contacts say it's a criminal issue with Russia and Trump knows it (VIDEO)

Patients: Roundup gave us cancer as EPA official helped the company -

Looking Into Trump Campaign's Russia Ties, Investigators Follow The Money : NPR

Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic Are Piling Up On An Otherwise Pristine Pacific Island : The Two-Way : NPR

Watch CA woman explain high-risk pools to her pro-Trumpcare rep - and obliterate him in the process

Ann Coulter's Next Book: In Trump We Trust Disgust?

An idea whose time has come: Aetna CEO says nation should have debate on single-payer healthcare

Thanks, Michelle!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Clapper notes 'curious pattern' of Russian deaths | TheHill

Preet Bharara To Rosenstein On Special Prosecutor: Do The Right Thing | HuffPost

Trump's EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers. | Mother Jones

John Oliver Demands Congress Take Action After Trump's Firing of James Comey | Mother Jones

"Motivated ignorance" is ruining our political discourse - Vox

'Morning Joe' Hosts: Conway Said She Needed A Shower After Defending Trump - Talking Points Memo

Meet the "Dependa": An ugly meme - and sexist stereotype - used to slur military spouses -

Who will be the next FBI director? Trump has many bad choices, but Sen. John Cornyn stands out as the worst -

NATO 'freaking out' as they try to figure out how to circumvent Trump's 'notoriously short attention span' -

WATCH: Explosive Dutch documentary says Trump has deep ties to Russia's mafia underworld -

Man Attempting To Make Rape A Pre-Existing Condition Ushers In Women's Health Week | HuffPost

North Carolina Senate GOP targets children who live in Democratic districts -

The Age of Trump Is 'Defining Deviancy Down' - Bloomberg

American Medical Association: Millions could lose coverage in GOP health plan | TheHill

Reckless stock trading leaves Congress rife with conflicts - POLITICO



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Reader Comment

Current Events

I'm just trying to imagine...

Would they HANG Hillary or burn her at a stake or crucify her if she had given the Russians highly classified information during a meeting where she had blocked the U.S. press from attending and invited TASS photographers?

But then we all know she's not STUPID or DEMENTED enough to set up such a meeting! Nor is she a Russian puppet or Russian spy OR dumb enough to blurt out highly classified information to our enemies!

The U.S. press may not have been there, but if there are tapes or recordings of any sort of the disastrous meeting with the Russians, I want them NOW!

Sometimes what Borowitz says is too true to be satire (or funny):

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)-Three men alleged to be prominent Russian spies inexplicably gained access to the Oval Office last week and held a high-level meeting there, according to reports.

Three Russian Spies Meet in the Oval Office - The New Yorker

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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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

More May Gray.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Bull', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Brad Pitt, Gina Rodriguez, Ben Falcone, and Jesus and Mary Chain.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Ice Cube, Jason Derulo, and Harry Styles.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Great News', then another FRESH 'Great News', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Matthew Perry, Jon Glaser, and Fall Out Boy.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jennifer Hudson, Horatio Sanz, David Mandel, and Mark Guiliana.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Madchen Amick, Strand of Oaks, and Maggie Maye.

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 Justin Theroux and Snoop Dogg.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH 'Prison Break'.

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

A&E has 'Hoarders', followed by a FRESH 'Hoarders Overload', then a FRESH 'Born This Way', followed by another FRESH 'Born This Way'.

AMC offers the movie 'Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory', followed by the movie 'Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory', again.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-In the Forest of the Night
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 11-Dark Water
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 12-Death in Heaven
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 1-The Magician's Apprentice-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 2-The Witch's Familiar-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 3-Under The Lake-Part 1.
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 11-F-T-F
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 12-Wheels Up
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 13-Last Stand
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 14-Stoned Cold
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 15-Blood Lust
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 16-Hunting Ground
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 17-Special Delivery
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 18-About Face
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 10-Match Made in Hell
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 11-F-T-F
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 12-Wheels Up
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 13-Last Stand
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 14-Stoned Cold
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 15-Blood Lust
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 16-Hunting Ground
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 17-Special Delivery
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 18-About Face
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 10-Match Made in Hell    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', then a FRESH 'What Happens At The Abbey', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', and yet another 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Gabourey Sidibe.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Taryn Manning, Jaime King, and Rhea Seehorn.

FX has the movie 'Gone Girl', followed by the movie 'The Boy Next Door', then 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]    THAT '70S SHOW -'Til the Next Goodbye
 [6:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Bohemian Rhapsody
 [7:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Somebody to Love
 [12:45PM]    THE DEPARTED
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Gimme Shelter
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -2120 So. Michigan Avenue
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -2000 Light Years From Home
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Take It or Leave It
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Short & Curlies
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Til the Next Goodbye
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Bohemian Rhapsody
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Somebody to Love
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -You're My Best Friend
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Misfire
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Gimme Shelter
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -2120 So. Michigan Avenue
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -2000 Light Years From Home
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Take It or Leave It
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Short & Curlies
 [11:45PM]    THE DEPARTED

Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    Barney Miller -Quarantine
 [6:45AM]    Barney Miller -Bus Stop
 [7:15AM]    Barney Miller -The Election
 [7:45AM]    Barney Miller -Werewolf
 [8:15AM]    Barney Miller -The Recluse
 [8:45AM]    Barney Miller -Noninvolvement
 [9:15AM]    Barney Miller -Power Failure
 [9:45AM]    Barney Miller -Christmas Story
 [10:15AM]    Barney Miller -Hash
 [10:45AM]    Barney Miller -Smog Alert
 [11:15AM]    Barney Miller -Community Relations
 [11:45AM]    Spies Like Us
 [2:00PM]    Clear and Present Danger
 [5:00PM]    U.S. Marshals
 [8:00PM]    Saving Private Ryan
 [12:00AM]    U.S. Marshals
 [3:00AM]    RoboCop 3
 [5:00AM]    All in the Family -We're Having a Heat Wave
 [5:35AM]    All in the Family -We're Still Having a Heat Wave    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Seventh Son', followed by the movie 'Salt'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 1/11/17) are Jeff Goldblum, Coyote Peterson, and Jimmy Eat World.

TCM spends the night with Clark Gable
 [6:00 AM]      I Dream Too Much (1935)
 [7:45 AM]      That Certain Woman (1937)
 [9:30 AM]      The Big Street (1942)
 [11:15 AM]      The Rounders (1965)
 [12:45 PM]      The Battle Of The Bulge (1965)
 [3:45 PM]      Advise & Consent (1962)
 [6:15 PM]      The Fugitive (1947)
 [8:00 PM]      China Seas (1935)
 [9:30 PM]      Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
 [11:00 PM]      Red Dust (1932)
 [12:45 AM]      Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
 [2:30 AM]      Hold Your Man (1933)
 [4:15 AM]      Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Wednesday   -  05/17/17

 [6:15 AM]      Saratoga (1937)
 [8:00 AM]      Men in White (1934)
 [9:30 AM]      The Secret Six (1931)
 [11:15 AM]      Parnell (1937)
 [1:30 PM]      The Squall (1929)
 [3:15 PM]      The Cuckoos (1930)
 [5:00 PM]      The Bohemian Girl (1936)
 [6:30 PM]      Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935)
 [8:00 PM]      Happy Land (1943)
 [9:30 PM]      An American Tragedy (1931)
 [11:30 PM]      I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
 [1:00 AM]      Four Faces West (1948)
 [2:45 AM]      Of Human Bondage (1934)
 [4:15 AM]      Finishing School (1934)
 [5:45 AM]      Love Is A Racket (1932)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Team Ninja Warrior'.

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An exotic used car dealership designed to resemble a vending machine in Singapore May 15, 2017. The dealership houses up to 60 exotic cars in a 15 storey building which uses a fish-bone type lift system to deliver cars to clients within minutes.
Photo by Thomas White


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Comey Firing Is Different Than Watergate

Woodward and Bernstein

The celebrated investigative reporters credited with breaking the Watergate story that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon's resignation weighed in Sunday on Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, which has been compared to the infamous scandal.

"This is not yet Watergate," Bob Woodward said on "Fox News Sunday." "There are, you know, a thousand questions, and they should be answered. But there's no evidence that Trump, at this point, was somehow involved in collusion here."

"Now that doesn't mean - you know, we don't know where this is going," Woodward said. "There is a tremendous amount of smoke."

But, according to Bernstein, Trump's firing of Comey is "a potentially more dangerous situation than Watergate."

"We're at a very dangerous moment," Bernstein said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday. "Because we are looking at the possibility that the president of the United States and those around him, during an election campaign, colluded with a hostile foreign power to undermine the basis of our democracy: free elections."

Woodward and Bernstein


Models present creations by Australian designer Steven Khalil during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney, Australia, May 15, 2017.
Photo by David Moir


Rejects Asylum

Hong Kong

Hong Kong authorities have rejected asylum requests from a group of refugees who sheltered Edward Snowden four years ago, in what their lawyer said is retaliation for helping the former NSA contractor.

Immigration officials in the southern Chinese city denied the applications by the four adults and three children from Sri Lanka and the Philippines, Robert Tibbo said Monday.

Snowden hid out in Hong Kong for two weeks in June 2013 after he leaked documents revealing extensive U.S. government surveillance.

His whereabouts were a mystery during that time and it was not until last year that the role Tibbo and his clients played in sheltering Snowden was revealed.

Tibbo said his clients will appeal the ruling, which leaves them at risk of being detained or deported to their home countries. They have also applied for refugee status in Canada.

Hong Kong


Newhead News


Mongoose On A Leash

Tomb Drawing

A mongoose on a leash, a colorful pelican and various bats are just a few of the rare animal drawings revealed in a new survey of a group of 4,000-year-old tombs in Egypt.

The tombs are located at the Beni Hassan cemetery and were excavated and detailed in a publication over a century ago by archaeologist Percy Newberry and his colleagues, wrote Linda Evans, a senior lecturer at Macquarie University in Australia, in an article published recently in the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt.

Now, Evans and other archaeologists at Macquarie University's Australian Centre for Egyptology are re-surveying the tombs using modern-day technology. Recently, an Egyptian antiquities ministry team also conserved and cleaned the tombs.

The conservation and recording has "revealed many scenes not found in Newberry's reports," wrote Evans. In addition, the new work has identified creatures in the drawings that Newberry had been uncertain about. For instance, Newberry noted only the possible existence of a leashed Egyptian mongoose, a burrowing animal with a speckled gray coat, writing down the identification as a suggestion. Some Egyptologists who reviewed his reports thought the identification was incorrect, Evans noted.

"No other images of leashed mongooses are known in Egyptian art," Evans wrote.

Tomb Drawing


A vendor fans himself as he waits for customers at a wholesale vegetable market on a hot summer day in Kolkata, India, May 15, 2017.
Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri


540-Year-Old Page Discovered

Medieval Priests' Handbook

A librarian in England has stumbled upon a rare page from the early days of book printing.

The 540-year-old leaf comes from a medieval priests' handbook that had been printed by William Caxton, who introduced the printing press to England, according to a statement from the University of Reading.

"I suspected it was special as soon as I saw it," said Erika Delbecque, a special collections librarian at the University of Reading, who found the paper hidden in an archive. "It is incredibly rare to find an unknown Caxton leaf, and astonishing that it has been under our noses for so long."

The double-sided page has black-letter typeface and red paragraph marks that gave it away as an early western European printing, according to the university.

"The leaf had previously been pasted into another book for the undignified purpose of reinforcing its spine," Delbecque said in the statement. Delbecque and her colleagues figured out that in 1820 a librarian at the University of Cambridge saved the page from the book spine but apparently didn't realize its worth. The 15th-century leaf then ended up in a private collection that was purchased by the University of Reading 20 years ago.

Medieval Priests' Handbook


Digby's Hullabaloo


New Ambassador To The Vatican


The Trump administration has tapped the current wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Serial Philanderer) to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, days before President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign trip.

Trump will nominate Callista Gingrich (R-Helmet Hair) for the post, two people with direct knowledge of the discussions said Monday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before an official announcement.

Callista Gingrich is president of Gingrich Productions and has produced a number of documentaries, including one about Pope John Paul II.

She also served on the House Committee on Agriculture, where she worked as chief clerk until 2007. She was a key figure in her husband's 2012 bid for the Republican nomination.



Japan's destroyer JS Sazanami, left, the United State's Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Sterett, center, and South Korean destroyer ROKS Dae Jo Yeong, right rear, are anchored in the waters off RSS Singapura Changi Naval Base, May 15, 2017, in Singapore. As part of the Republic of Singapore Navy's 50th anniversary celebrations, 28 foreign warships from 20 navies gathered at the naval base and its surrounding waters to mark the occasion.
Photo by Wong Maye-E


Every Sperm Is Sacred Health Plan


Donald Trump (R-Buffoon) is moving forward with a plan to massively expand a ban on federal dollars going to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.

Senior administration officials said Monday that a plan to expand the so-called "Mexico City Policy" had gone into effect. The policy would apply broadly to organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance. Past versions of the ban specifically targeted international family planning groups.

About $8.8 billion in funding could be impacted, far more than the $600,000 covered under the previous version of the ban. The expanded policy is being dubbed "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance."

The officials said the ban would apply to groups working on HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, reproductive issues and global health.



Refusal Validated

Tim Cook

The proliferation of the WannaCry ransomware last week unequivocally justifies Apple's steadfast refusal to help the FBI break into an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. As a quick refresher, the FBI last year wanted Apple engineers to create a brand new version of iOS that would allow them to skirt around iOS security measures. As a precaution, a security setting in iOS wipes a device clean after 10 erroneous passcode entry attempts. The FBI, as a result, tried to force Apple to release a specialized version of iOS that would not include this security limitation.

Apple abhorred the very idea from the get-go, with Tim Cook going so far as to say that the FBI wanted Apple to create something that it viewed as "the software equivalent of cancer." From Apple's vantage point, creating software capable of circumventing important iOS security mechanisms was a monumental risk as there is no way to guarantee that the customized software wouldn't eventually fall into the wrong hands.

So while Cook's cancer analogy might have struck some as being extreme, the WannaCry ransomware saga last week proves that once a piece of malicious software is created, it's impossible to keep it out of the hands of malicious actors. According to reports, the WannaCry ransomware - which infected more than 200,000 computers across 150 different countries in less than 24 hours - was based on an NSA exploit released by a hacking collective known as the Shadow Brokers. In fact, WannaCry began infecting computers worldwide just about 4 weeks after the Shadow Brokers released a treasure trove of NSA hacking tools and exploits for anyone in the world to explore and use.

The Intercept adds: Today shows exactly what's at stake when government hackers can't keep their virtual weapons locked up. As security researcher Matthew Hickey, who tracked the leaked NSA tools last month, put it, "I am actually surprised that a weaponized malware of this nature didn't spread sooner."

So while former FBI director James Comey promised Apple that they would be able to keep a customized version of iOS from falling into the wrong hands, there's really no way for anyone to make such a promise with 100% certainty. If it's possible for top-secret NSA exploits to eventually see the light of day, it's also possible for the FBI's own arsenal of hacking tools to eventually fall into the wrong hands.

Tim Cook


An amazing capture of Dorset's Durdle Door rock formation with the impressive Milky Way behind it.
Photo by Stephen Banks


Politician Targets Activist

New Jersey

A New Jersey Congressman called an activist a "ringleader" of opposition to him in a fundraising letter to the constituent's employer, which ultimately led to her resignation.

Republican Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen wrote a fundraising letter in March to Lakeland Bank in Caldwell, New Jersey which called for early donations to his 2020 campaign because he was under threat by "organized forces."

Below the letter, there was a note that read "P.S. One of the ringleaders works in your bank!" It appears to be in the same ink and handwriting as Mr Frelinghuysen's signature on the letter.

He was referring to Saily Avelenda, a senior vice president and legal counsel at the bank.

WNYC reported that the letter was on the Congressman's 2020 re-election campaign stationery and addressed to board member Joseph O'Dowd.

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Thinks Exercise Is Bad For You


Donald Trump (R-Delusional) apparently has a dim view of exercise, seeing it as a drain on the human body's limited energy.

Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy," wrote Evan Osnos of the New Yorker in a profile of Trump in the magazine's May 8 edition.

Osnos is not the first writer to reference Trump's battery theory of human energy. The Washington Post's Mike Kranisch and Marc Fisher elaborated on Trump's hypothesis in their biography, "Trump Revealed," from August 2016.

After college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn't work out. When he learned that John O'Donnell, one of his top casino executives, was training for an Ironman triathlon, he admonished him, 'You are going to die young because of this.'"

It's hard to say how Trump's minimal exercise routine is treating him because he has not released his health records. Instead, the former reality TV show star shared a letter summarizing the results of a recent physical from his longtime physician, Harold Bornstein, on "The Dr. Oz Show."




In Memory

Brad Grey

Brad Grey, the former chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, has died at age 59 of cancer, his family said on Monday, just three months after being forced out of his Hollywood job.

Grey, who led Paramount Pictures for 12 years, was forced to step down in February after years of underperforming movies from the studio including "Ben-Hur" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows."

Grey was regarded as one of the most successful producers in Hollywood, with a hand in shows like HBO's crime series "The Sopranos," "Real Time with Bill Maher" and Oscar-winning films including "The Departed" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

No details were given about his cancer, which was not mentioned during his ouster from Paramount, and the news of his death took many by surprise.

Grey joined Paramount in 2005 and during his tenure the studio produced or distributed hit films including "Transformers: Dark of the Moon", as well as the "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible" franchises.

He also co-founded Plan B Entertainment with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, through which he produced "The Departed."

During his tenure at Paramount, Grey was responsible for a seven-year marketing distribution deal with Marvel and the 2008 acquisition of DreamWorks SKG for $1.6 billion. But the studio struggled in recent years and in February Grey and Paramount parted ways.

Brad Grey



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