BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 31 May, 2016


31 May, 2016

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Paul Krugman: Feel the Math (NY Times Column)
Numbers and the state of politics.

Clive James: 'Fixing my maple tree will cost a few bob. I'd write a poem, but it won't make any money' (The Guardian)
Even the best poets would be in career trouble without the occasional grant or award.

What I'm really thinking: the political adviser (The Guardian)
I'm in constant terror at the thought of what you may say or do.

SEAN MCELWEE: Why turnout matters, even in true-blue districts: Large margins of victory make politicians more responsive to progressive goals (Salon)
A new study shows that turnout affects how Democratic politicians vote on issues.

Oliver Burkeman: Are your friends really your friends? (The Guardian)
I knew lopsided friendships existed; I've got several, and I'm sure you have, too. But I'm not supposed to be the desperate one.

Alison Flood: Would Enid Blyton 'delight' in new Famous Five parodies? Will we? (The Guardian)
Whether or not she would be pleased, take-offs of the much-loved children's books look set to follow the success of Ladybird spoofs.

Jonathan Jones: So many causes, so many heroes - why defame them with a statue? (The Guardian)
Monuments used to be the fetish of backward conservatives - now the left is at it too. We can admire the likes of Mary Seacole and Mary Wollstonecraft, but statues are a kitsch, ineffective way to remember them in the 21st century.

Marina Hyde: "Peter Thiel's mission to destroy Gawker isn't 'philanthropy'. It's a chilling taste of things to come" (The Guardian)
The PayPal mogul has been waging a secret war against the site that outed him. So who'll be the next angry billionaire to go after a media outlet they despise?

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

"Suicide Is Painless" is the theme song for what movie (and subsequent TV series)?

       M*A*S*H                                                      Source

"Song from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)" is a song written by Johnny Mandel (music) and Mike Altman (lyrics), which was the theme song for both the movie and TV series M*A*S*H. Mike Altman is the son of the original film's director, Robert Altman, and was 15 years old when he wrote the song's lyrics. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1980s, Robert Altman said that while he only made $70,000 for having directed the movie, his son had earned more than $1 million for having co-written the song.

Several instrumental versions of the song were used as the theme for the TV series. It became a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart in May 1980. The song was ranked #66 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:

mj wrote:
   It brings on many changes
  And was central to a very evocative scene in the movie M*A*S*H.

Alan J said:

Mark. replied:
   Suicide is painless. MASH.

Rosemary responded:

Adam answered:
   Easy one- M*A*S*H

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Marian replied:

John I from Hawai`i says,

Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:

Deborah answered:
   That's the theme song from "M.A.S.H.", a funny movie and funnier TV show. I could binge-watch it for days.
  Back in NorCal just in time for heat. Virginia was lovely, biking the Skyline Drive was incredible, both in terms of scenery (bear sightings every day!) and climbing long, long, grades. I may have broken the 35 mph rule a few times on the epic downhills, however. Sharing with close friends was the best.
  Now I'm taking a break from gardening and a week's worth of laundry. It's nearly as much work catching up after a week's vacation as it was climbing those hills. It's a good life!

MAM   wrote:

  Mash Theme - Suicide is Painless (HD)

Joe S     said:
   Don't even have to think about it. M.A.S.H. (Checked by Radar)

Lois Of Oregon answered:
   One of my earliest memories (and thanks to the booze, there ain't many of them left-THANK YOU BOOZE! Owe ya one!) is of seeing the original M*A*S*H movie at the drive-in way back in 1970, when I was an impressionable, pure, and innocent child. Needless to say, it scarred me. Not as deeply as when my fellow ten year old friend and I were dropped off at the movies to see "Cape Fear" all by ourselves, but still, it had an effect. I didn't think it was that funny at the time, but then, I knew little of life. Now I know too much, and appreciaqte "black humor".

DJ Useo took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a RERUN 'Person Of Interest'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 5/2/16) are Bill O'Reilly, Morris Chestnut, and Deerhunter.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/29/16) are Kunal Nayyar, Rob Corddry, Mireille Enos, and Atlas Genius.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'Maya & Marty'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 4/4/16) are Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, and Wild Belle.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 2/10/16) are Ryan Reynolds, Katie Lowes, Wynonna & the Big Noise, and Jaleel Bunton.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/27/16) are Charlamagne Tha God, Lower Dens, and Susanne Bier.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH '500 Questions', followed by a RERUN 'Fresh Off The Boat', then another RERUN 'Fresh Off The Boat'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Megan Fox, Thomas Middleditch, and Josh Abbott Band.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Hotel Hell', followed by a FRESH 'Coupled'.

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

A&E has a RERUN 'Roots' (part1), followed by a FRESH 'Roots' (part 2).

AMC offers the movie 'The Breakfast Club', followed by the movie 'What Women Want'.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
 [10:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 2
 [2:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ecuador
 [3:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Kimberley, Australia
 [4:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Bear's Top Man Moments
 [5:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Vietnam
 [6:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-Texas
 [7:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Namibia (Part 1)
 [8:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Zambia (Part 2)
 [9:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Sahara (Part 1)
 [10:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Desert Survivor (Part 2)
 [11:00PM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 6
 [12:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Namibia (Part 1)
 [1:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Zambia (Part 2)
 [2:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-Sahara (Part 1)
 [3:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Desert Survivor (Part 2)
 [4:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Bear's Top Man Moments
 [5:00AM]    WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - Episode 6    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', and another 'Below Deck Mediterranean'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 5/23/16) is Rose Byrne.
On a RERUN The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (from 5/16/16) is Paul F. Tompkins.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 5/19/16) are Dan Soder, Joe DeRosa, and Al Jackson.

FX has the movie 'Star Trek', followed by the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.

History has a RERUN 'Roots' (part 1), followed by a FRESH 'Roots' (part 2).

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Thomas Middleditch
 [6:15AM]    PARKER
 [1:45PM]    BABYLON A.D.
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Son & Daughter
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Good Company
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-It's All Over Now
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Backstage Pass
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Streaking
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Son & Daughter
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Good Company
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-5It's All Over Now
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Backstage Pass
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Streaking    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [7:45AM]    Vertigo
 [10:45AM]    The Birds
 [1:45PM]    What About Bob?
 [4:00PM]    A League of Their Own
 [7:00PM]    The Blues Brothers
 [10:00PM]    Beverly Hills Cop
 [12:15AM]    21
 [3:00AM]    Whip It
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-New Girl    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Fifth Element', followed by the movie 'The Mummy'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 2/22/16) are Rob Lowe, Gina Rodriguez, and Leonard Ouzts.

 [6:00 AM]      Crashing Las Vegas (1956)
 [7:15 AM]      Painting the Clouds With Sunshine (1951)
 [8:45 AM]      Sky Full of Moon (1952)
 [10:00 AM]      Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956)
 [12:00 PM]      Viva Las Vegas (1964)
 [1:45 PM]      Elvis: That's The Way It Is (1970)
 [3:30 PM]      They Came To Rob Las Vegas (1969)
 [5:45 PM]      Ocean's Eleven (1960)
 [8:00 PM]      The Doorway to Hell (1930)
 [9:30 PM]      Breaking Away (1979)
 [11:30 PM]      The 400 Blows (1959)
 [1:30 AM]      Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
 [3:45 AM]      Love Me or Leave Me (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  06/01/16

 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #22 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      It's a Pleasure (1945)
 [8:15 AM]      Violence (1947)
 [9:30 AM]      This Marriage Business (1938)
 [11:00 AM]      Payment On Demand (1951)
 [12:45 PM]      June Bride (1948)
 [2:30 PM]      Winter Meeting (1948)
 [4:30 PM]      Perfect Strangers (1950)
 [6:15 PM]      Pretty Baby (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      Long Day's Journey into Night (1962)
 [11:00 PM]      Our Town (1940)
 [12:45 AM]      Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
 [3:15 AM]      These Three (1936)
 [5:15 AM]      The Sea Gull (1968)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best', followed by a FRESH 'First Impressions With Dana Carvey'.

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Actress and director Jodie Foster poses for a photograph in Sydney, Australia, during a promotion for her film Money Monster, May 30, 2016.
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Number 1 Album on Amazon

The Monkees

All weekend, the number 1 album on Amazon's best selling physical CDs is by Beyonce? Blake Shelton? The "Hamilton" Broadway album? Prince, maybe?

Uh, no.

It's The Monkees "Good Times" on Rhino. The Monkees, 50 years old this year. A new album by Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith with a rare track by Davy Jones written by Neil Diamond. The album is produced by Fountain of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and features new and unearthed songs.

Besides Diamond the songs are by other Monkee writers from back in the day- Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Harry Nilsson and Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart. Then Schlesinger added in present day rock songwriters like Rivers Cuomo, Andy Partridge, Ben Gibbard, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.

The weird thing is, Rhino released this and they are not usually a label for new music. Their Cyndi Lauper country album is struggling, which is a surprise. But the Monkees touch a button in the minds of Amazon-aged fans. Amazon skews much older than iTunes, and much whiter. Rhino may have caught lightning in a bottle with this one.

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English musician Phil Collins, left, and his partner Orianne Cevey, right, pose next to a poster after a press conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, Monday, May 30, 2016.
Photo by Laurent Gillieron


Performed A "Public Service"

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden performed a "public service" in stoking a national debate about secret domestic surveillance programs, but he should still return to the U.S. to stand trial, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a podcast released on Monday.

As a National Security Agency contractor, Snowden leaked classified details in 2013 of the U.S. government's warrantless surveillance of its citizens before fleeing the country. He now lives in Russia and faces U.S. charges that could land him in prison for up to 30 years.

In a podcast interview with CNN political commentator David Axelrod, Holder said that Snowden had grown concerned that the domestic spying programs weren't providing a "substantial" return of useful intelligence even before even before he revealed the secrets.

Axelrod is a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, while Holder served as attorney general from 2009 to 2015.

"We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate we engaged in and by the changes that we made," Holder said. "Now, I would say doing what he did in the way he did it was inappropriate and illegal."

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Withdrawn From Paris Auction

Pueblo Shield

A French auction house withdrew a Pueblo shield from a contested sale of Native American artifacts Monday after protests from the United States.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Phil Frayne called it a "small victory in a larger battle" to repatriate tribal artifacts to their original homes. Frayne told The Associated Press that the U.S. government believes the 19th-century shield might have been taken illegally in the 1970s, and so it was withdrawn by Drouot just before the auction Monday.

The sale of the object - a large disc with a colored face in pigment adorned in bird feathers that was estimated to fetch up to 7,000 euros ($7,800) - is now suspended pending further examination. The Pueblo Indians live in the southwestern United States, primarily in the present-day states of New Mexico and Arizona.

A total of 313 lots were auctioned in a relatively empty and quiet sale in which bids often failed to meet the predicted catalog prices.

Twelve sacred Kachina masks went under the hammer for 116,000 euros ($129,000) - with the most precious, the Crow Mother going for 38,000 euros ($42,300), about a third less than expected.

Pueblo Shield


Models of the "Altyr" fashion theatre, dressed in Khakas national costumes, take a selfie during a break in a photo session, as a part of the rehearsal for the Tun-Pairam traditional holiday (The Holiday of the First Milk) celebration at a museum preserve outside Kazanovka village near Abakan in the Republic of Khakassia, Russia, May 28, 2016. The "Khakas aal" (Khakas settlement) ethnographic complex demonstrates the model of a traditional local settlement of the 19th century based on local traditional wooden yurts. The museum preserve is located in a picturesque forest-steppe valley near the Abakan ridge of the Kuznetsk Alatau mountain range and displays numerous objects of the cultural and historical heritage of various epochs accumulated by the people living on this territory, according to representatives.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin


Historic Gender Balance Shift


Famous for its efforts to put women on an equal footing with men, Sweden is experiencing a gender balance shift that has caught the country by surprise: For the first time since record-keeping began in 1749, it now has more men than women.

Swedes don't quite know what to make of this sudden male surplus, which is highly unusual in the West, where women historically have been in the majority in almost every country. But it may be a sign of things to come in Europe as changes in life expectancy and migration transform demographics.

"This is a novel phenomenon for Europe," said Francesco Billari, a University of Oxford demographer who is president of the European Association for Population Studies. "We as researchers have not been on top of this."

The tipping point in Sweden happened in March last year, when population statistics showed 277 more men than women. The gap has since grown to beyond 12,000. While that's still small in a population of almost 10 million, it's "not unreasonable" to suspect that Sweden will have a big male surplus in the future, said Tomas Johansson, a population expert at the national statistics agency, SCB.

Despite a natural birth rate of about 105 boys born for every 100 girls, European women have historically outnumbered men because they live longer. An Associated Press analysis of national and European Union population statistics suggests women will remain in the majority in most European countries for decades to come. But the number of men per 100 women, known as the sex ratio, is increasing, slowly in Europe as a whole and quickly in some northern and central European countries.



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As Charters Schools Grow, Public Schools See Sharp Drop


Standing before the Los Angeles Unified School Board, Susan Zoller delivered a startling assessment: More than 100,000 students in the nation's second-largest district were now enrolled in charters, draining more than $500 million from the budget in a single academic year.

"The financial future of Los Angeles is difficult," said Zoller, a consultant hired by the district's union. Board member Richard Vladovic leaned anxiously toward his mic. "We are bleeding," he said.

If current trends continue, the district could be significantly diminished in another 10 years - at least a third smaller than at the start of the century.

In financially struggling urban districts from LA to Philadelphia - and most notoriously, Detroit - the increasing popularity of charter schools, combined with family flight to the suburbs and declining birth rates, have caused enrollment to plummet. The changes have unfolded slowly for years and recently accelerated in some places.

Charter schools arrived in the 1990s and began attracting parents searching for an alternative to big-city districts that had strained for years to raise performance among minority and low-income students and those who are learning English.



Peruvian shamans perform a good luck ritual with photos of Keiko Fujimori, left, and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the two presidential run-off candidates, in Lima, Peru, Monday, May 30, 2016.
Photo by Martin Mejia


Independent Directors Vow To Fight


The battle for power at media group Viacom is heating up, with six independent investors vowing to fight any attempt to oust them.

At stake is the future of the $40 billion broadcast entertainment business that controls hit names like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, as well as Hollywood giant Paramount Pictures.

Billionaire Sumner Redstone has fired and replaced two longtime allies at the trust controlling Viacom and CBS, as part of the intensifying fight over who will control the two media companies when the 93-year-old dies.

"We will contest the purported removal if it comes, because we see that as our responsibility to the non-control shareholders of Viacom who own 90 percent of the equity of the company -- and to the legacy of a man we greatly admire and consider a dear friend," lead independent director Frederic Salerno wrote in a letter to shareholders.

"We can do no less than try to make sure that the fates of Viacom, its majority equity holders and Sumner's legacy are ably represented on their behalf and impartially decided by the courts."



Competitors take part in the annual, unofficial cheese-rolling race at Cooper's Hill in Brockworth, England, on May 30, 2016. Runners have competed, chasing a round of cheese down the 200 yard, one-in-three gradient hill in Brockworth, annually since the early 1800s.
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Lock Wall Collapsed

Panama Canal

Shipping traffic through the Panama Canal is "normal," despite the collapse of a wall segment of one of its locks over the weekend, Panama Canal Authority officials said.

Sunday's incident occurred just four weeks before Panama is to inaugurate a costly and lengthy expansion of the century-old canal with a mediatized ceremony.

But the ACP noted that the affected lock wall had no connection to the canal expansion work.

It stressed on its Twitter account that "transit and lock operations were being normally carried out" as repairs were made.

It posted photos of ships passing through the affected Miraflores lock -- the first of three lock systems encountered by ships entering the 80-kilometer (50-mile) canal from the Pacific Ocean -- to show there were no significant problems.

Panama Canal


A cyclist glances at a painted image of former London Mayor Boris Johnson, right, and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Stokes Croft in Bristol, England, on May 30, 2016.
Photo by Neil Munn


Fouled By BP Spill

Gulf of Mexico

Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico's gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what's being called the largest ecosystem restoration effort ever.

"We're trying to do something that we've never done before," said Erik Cordes, a Temple University coral expert who's studied the corals damaged by the spill and worked on the government's restoration plans. "We are in uncharted waters here."

The continental shelf drops sharply, about 25 miles off the Louisiana coast. A mile below, there's a world of inky cold blackness. Although obscure, this deep ocean world is a foundation of the life and food webs of the Gulf. Scientists say it's important to try restoring it.

In April, a federal judge approved BP's $20 billion settlement to cover the spill's environmental and economic damage. But a relatively small portion of that - about $273 million - has been earmarked for restoring the deep ocean over the next 15 years.

There won't be nurseries for deep-sea starfish, lobsters and shrimp. Don't expect corals to be hatched in laboratories and transported a mile down to the Gulf floor. Oil mixed in the sediment won't be picked up by submarines or subsea robots.

Gulf of Mexico


In this Friday, May 27, 2016 photo, a man stands next to "The Haywain" triptych painting, right, by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch during an exhibition at the Prado museum in Madrid, Spain. The exhibition for the 500th anniversary of Bosch that is billed as a once-in-a-lifetime review of the best and most of the Renaissance master was inaugurated by Spain's King Felipe VI Monday May 30, 2016.
Photo by Francisco Seco


Defies Global Warming

Antarctic Seas

A persistent chill in the ocean off Antarctica that defies the global warming blamed for melting Arctic ice at the other end of the planet is caused by cold waters welling up from the depths after hundreds of years, scientists said on Monday.

The Southern Ocean off Antarctica may be among the last places on Earth to feel the impact of man-made climate change, with a lag of centuries to affect waters emerging from up to 5,000 meters (16,000 ft) deep, the U.S. study said.

Many people who doubt mainstream scientific findings that human use of fossil fuels is warming the planet often point to the paradox of expanding winter sea ice off Antarctica in recent decades and a rapid shrinking of ice in the Arctic.

"Our findings are a step toward resolving the mystery," lead author Kyle Armour of the University of Washington, Seattle, told Reuters of the study in the journal Nature Geoscience.

He noted the upwelling of cold water helped to explain the persistence of sea ice but not its expansion, a trend other studies have linked to shifts in winds off the vast frozen continent.

Antarctic Seas



A hippopotamus named Asita watches as her 1-day-old calf examines its enclosure at ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on May 30, 2016.
Photo by Roland Weihrauch



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