BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 10 September, 2019


10 September, 2019

(Updated Daily)

[410 days in a row]


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Joe Bob Briggs: You're Not Allowed to Laugh at That! (Taki's Magazine)
The stand-up comedy stage is the last place where you can speak without a filter. Or at least I always thought so. People are bringing tape recorders into workout clubs to make sure comics don't "cross over the line."

Greg Sargent: Sun Belt or Rust Belt? Democrats, go for both! (Washington Post)
One of the big debates you often hear among Democrats is over this question: In trying to beat President Trump, should they prioritize the Rust Belt or the Sun Belt as the route to an electoral-college victory? But dig down into the debate, and it often seems wildly confused. In truth, it appears obvious that not getting drawn into this choice gives Democrats a better chance of winning.

Alexandra Petri: Please enjoy Facebook Dating! (Washington Post) Congratulations! Welcome to Facebook dating! Yes, this is a thing that exists now. You have kept nothing from us at Facebook, sometimes on purpose, and now, in recompense, Facebook will find you the one person you deserve. Buckle in for some matches based on our understanding of your preferences and the kind of content you generally engage with!

CHARLES DUHIGG: Why You Don't Need to Isolate Yourself to Survive the Next Pandemic (Slate)
And other do's and don'ts from a public health expert.

Steven McIntosh: "Toronto 2019: Tom Hanks says cynicism 'has become our default'" (BBC)
Tom Hanks has said the increasing level of cynicism in society is partly what led him to take a role as a loveable children's entertainer. The actor plays Fred Rogers in his new movie - a legendary US kids TV host whose brand was wholesome and warm.

Benjamin Lee: "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood review - Tom Hanks charms as Mister Rogers" (The Guardian)
The star takes on the beloved children's TV figure in a moving and engrossing departure from a traditional biopic.

Amelia Hill: "'My energy is back': how testosterone replacement therapy is changing men's lives" (The Guardian)
Men who feel tired or drained are often told it's just a fact of life. But in some cases low testosterone is to blame, and there are treatments available.

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The original German title given to this work of art was Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature), and the Norwegian title is Skrik (Shriek). By what name is this painting known in the US?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

For both Greeks and the Spanish-speaking world, the 13th of the month is considered unlucky if it falls on what day of the week?

       Tuesday                                                      Source

Tuesday is the day of the week between Monday and Wednesday. According to international standard ISO 8601, Monday is the first day of the week and so Tuesday is the second day of the week. According to some commonly used calendars, however, especially in the United States, Sunday is the first day of the week and so Tuesday is the third day of the week. The English name is derived from Old English Tiwesdæg and Middle English Tewesday, meaning "Tiw's Day", the day of Tiw or Týr, the god of single combat, and law and justice in Norse mythology. Tiw was equated with Mars in the interpretatio germanica, and the name of the day is a translation of Latin dies Martis.

In the Greek world, Tuesday (the day of the week of the Fall of Constantinople) is considered an unlucky day. The same is true in the Spanish-speaking world; it is believed that this is due to the association between Tuesday and Mars, the god of war and therefore related to death. For both Greeks and Spanish-speakers, the 13th of the month is considered unlucky if it falls on Tuesday, instead of Friday. In Judaism, on the other hand, Tuesday is considered a particularly lucky day, because in the first chapter of Genesis the paragraph about this day contains the phrase "it was good" twice.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:

Alan J answered:

Mac Mac said:

Randall wrote:

zorch replied:
   Tuesday. It's unlucky if it is on Tuesday.

Dave responded:
   Tuesday. The Greeks believe Tuesday is unlucky because that is the day of the week when Constantinople fell to the Turks in 1453. Spanish think Tuesday is unlucky because it was named after the god of war, Tyr (Norse) and Mars (Roman) and they associate war with death.
  13 is thought to be an unlucky number because its associated with Judas Iscariot, the Apostle who famously betrayed Jesus for a bribe of 30 pieces of silver. At the Last Supper, Judas was the 13th, and last person to sit at the table after Jesus and the other 11 Apostles.
  Photos: Norse God, Tyr | Painting of The Last Supper | John Turtutto in character as The Jesus in the film "The Big Lebowski"(1998). Turtutto will reprise his role in the upcoming film, "The Jesus Rolls." Look for it in theaters next year.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   In the Greek and Spanish world, Tuesday is considered an unlucky day. For both Greeks and Spanish-speakers, the 13th of the month is considered unlucky if it falls on Tuesday, instead of Friday .

Cal in Vermont wrote:
   Tuesday. Good as any other, i guess.

Adam answered:

Jon L replied:
   Not Friday?

Deborah responded:
   Having lived most of my life in North America, I'm guessing that your question references Friday the 13th, which happens this Friday. We lived in the Republic of Korea, aka South Korea, for nearly 2 years, with a 10-month stint in the US between stays. Asia's unlucky number is 4, so we never saw a fourth floor in a hotel, and there was always a 13th floor. That was interesting.
  Busy weekend - we helped a friend who organized a bike ride for his company's (Genentech) employees, and hosted long-time friends passing through on a 6-month RV trip across the US. Good times.

Rosemary in Columbus wrote:
   Tuesday the 13th

Daniel in The City said:
   Tuesday (Martes)

DJ Useo answered:
   Surely, the answer is "Friday'. I hold it in no supernatural regard, but I do know plenty of people who will cross the street to avoid Friday. Lol.Inline image

Joe S     replied:
   It's Tuesday, my granddaughters are Greek, so I know. We are lucky this month, Tuesday the 13th falls on Friday. Oh no! I'm not Greek! Stay in bed, hide your head.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC, took the day off.
Dave in Tucson took the day off.
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Your Libtard, Snowflake, Socialist friend, Roy in Tyler, TX took the day off.
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Doug from Albuquerque, New Mexico took the day off.
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Paul of Seattle took the day off.
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'The United States is broken as hell' - the division in politics over race and class | US news | The Guardian

We're Only Beginning to See the Consequences of the Bush-Era Assault on Civil Liberties - SFGate

NOAA to investigate NOAA's 'political' response to Trump's lies

Butthurt Donald Trump loses Twitter spat with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

Dorian, one of the most powerful and slow-moving storms on record, may have slowed the Gulf Stream.

Trumpian malevolence continues, as Bahamian refugees are harassed, and conflict is sought elsewhere

The paranoia of gun rights activists

TCM's Jacqueline Stewart debuts as its first African American host - Los Angeles Times

The Steady Cultural Demise Of 'American Beauty' | HuffPost

BBC - Future - Why we believe fake news

BBC - Travel - A shipwreck worth billions off the coast of Cartagena

BBC - Future - The wall holding back a desert

Iain King: 400 years ago, the coronation of Ferdinand II changed the world. We can still learn from him.

Commerce Chief Threatened Firings at NOAA After Trump's Hurricane Tweets, Sources Say - The New York Times

Opinion | The G.O.P.'s War on Women's Health Gets Results - The New York Times

John Bercow, Loathed and Lionized, to Step Down as Britain's House Speaker - The New York Times

We're Barely Listening to the U.S.'s Most Dangerous Volcanoes - The New York Times

A shocking CNN scoop confirms: Officials are defending our country from Trump - The Washington Post

A new poll shows voters aren't buying what Trump is selling - The Washington Post

Schwarzenegger: Too many voters live under minority rule. Here's why. - The Washington Post

How Bullwinkle Taught Kids Sophisticated Political Satire | Innovation | Smithsonian

'Someone's Gotta Tell the Freakin' Truth': Jerry Falwell's Aides Break Their Silence - POLITICO Magazine

Brexit: chaotic scenes in the Commons as parliament is suspended - live news | Politics | The Guardian

Protesters shut down California's legislature as bills tighten vaccine exemptions | US news | The Guardian

British woman, 77, becomes oldest person to sail around the world alone | World news | The Guardian

Bercow begins his long goodbye by inflicting more Tory turmoil | John Crace | Politics | The Guardian

Donald Trump has been keeping close tabs on the Mar-a-Lago books during his presidency

Wilbur Ross Earned His Junior Dictator Decoder Ring This Week

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from Bruce



• Steve Baker taught English and drama from 1997 to 2002 to Alex Turner, who became the lead singer of the Arctic Monkeys. After Mr. Baker discovered that Alex had a band, he went to the band's website and wrote, "Well done, lads. I always thought you'd do something creative." Mr. Turner wrote back, beginning his message with "Hello, sir." Mr. Baker says, "Six weeks later, Alex got voted Coolest Man on the Planet by the NME [New Musical Express], a magazine about music], so ever since, I've started all my training sessions with the words, 'The coolest man on the planet calls me sir.'"

• At age 84, the jazz saxophonist and flutist James Moody was still learning, the necessity of which he had learned early in his career and life. Part of the learning comes from practice, and part comes from books and advice. About practice, he says, "People would be improvising and I'd say, 'Boy, how did they know to do that?' Well, they practiced it.'" About other forms of learning, he remembers, "One day when I was with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, I looked at Dizzy and I said, 'Diz, I wish I would have studied music.' He looked at me and said, 'Moody, you ain't dead.'"

• Conductor Pierre Monteux taught at a school for conductors, where a student conducted the prelude from Tristan and Isolde with very little feeling. Mr. Monteux stopped the romantic music and asked the student, "Tell me, young man, were you ever on the Grand Canal in Venice, on a beautiful moonlight night, with a beautiful young lady, with a beautiful décolleté, lying in your arms?" The student replied, "No," and Mr. Monteux said, "Too bad! Continue!"

• Enrico Caruso once took up the flute. After he had taken a few lessons, a man asked him to play into the horn of a phonograph, and he made a recording of Mr. Caruso and then played the recording for him. Mr. Caruso asked, "Is that how I sound?" The man replied, "Yes. Can I sell you the record?" Mr. Caruso replied, "No. But I'll sell you the flute."


• Fame can be a big negative. Courtney Love wrote the song "Teenage Whore" for her Pretty on the Inside album. The song contained the line "I'd give good money not to be ignored," but she soon started singing live the line "I'd give good money just to be ignored." Ms. Love sometimes has done things that cause her not to be ignored. Someone once said to her, "I remember you. You were on that plane ride from San Francisco to LA, and you were giving pills out to everyone with cool hair!" Ms. Love admits, "I couldn't remember it, but I knew it was true." She pursued Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, whom she eventually married, through the press. Whenever she did an interview, she asked if the interviewer was interviewing Nirvana the following week. If the answer was yes, she would give the interviewer a message to pass along: "Will you tell that Kurt Cobain that I have a huge crush on him?" Of course, the interviewer would think that she was crazy - sometimes she would add, "And tell him that I'm pregnant … and my Daddy's mad about it."

• Flutist Donald Peck stopped by a bar, where he saw Leonard Bernstein and some of his friends. Obviously, other people had noticed him - and sent over drinks - because in front of him were 10 drinks. A friend of Mr. Peck was in Mr. Bernstein's group and offered to introduce him to Mr. Bernstein, but after speaking to Mr. Bernstein, the friend became embarrassed and then explained to Mr. Peck that Mr. Bernstein did not want the bar patrons to know his identity and therefore he could not be introduced to him. This amused Mr. Peck, who writes, "Now, really - did he think the customers in the bar had sent those ten drinks to him as a complete stranger?"

• Scottish singer Paolo Nutini says, "It's surprising what you find out about yourself when you become famous." For example, when he was walking into a bar he heard a woman call his name, but he thought, "I'm not turning round." She called his name again, but he thought, "Nope, I'm going to keep walking." He then heard the woman say to a friend of hers, "It's not him anyway - he's not got that big an arse."

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Trump Has Figured Out How to Corrupt the Entire Government | NY Mag

We're starting to see the scale of Trump's personal corruption - and it's massive | Salon | Digby

The controversy over the Air Force's stays at a Trump hotel, explained | Vox

Trump says Air Force stays at his Scotland resort have 'NOTHING TO DO WITH ME' | Politico

Ross threatened to fire top NOAA staff after office contradicted Trump on Dorian: report

Sycophantic Mike Pence Tweet Mysteriously Written in Exact Voice of Mike Pence's Boss | Slate

Trump Demands 'Totally Proper Documentation' After Border Patrol Vows to Accept Hurricane Dorian Refugees | Daily Beast

Trump defends lightbulb efficiency rollback: ' I look better under an incandescent light' | The Hill

Trump Privately Tells Confidants That 'Socialism' Won't Be 'So Easy' to Beat in 2020 | Daily Beast

Conservative network files defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC | The Hill

Trump makes unfounded voter fraud claim - while campaigning for seat opened by GOP cheating | Vox

Student-loan behemoth tightens its ties to Trump and DeVos | Politico

Trump's trade war with China is hurting farmers, but they won't abandon him - yet | Vox

Trump Tweets Bizarre Cat Video Apparently Mocking CNN for Sharpiegate Coverage | Slate

CIA reportedly removed top spy from Russia over fear they could be compromised by Trump | Vox

The CIA's Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, LSD And A 'Poisoner In Chief' | NPR

Congress has only three weeks to avert another government shutdown | Vox

The Most Scandalous Allegations From Politico's Big Jerry Falwell Story | Slate

'Someone's Gotta Tell the Freakin' Truth': Jerry Falwell's Aides Break Their Silence | Politico

Walter Mosley Says He Quit Star Trek: Discovery After Being Reported for Using the N-Word | Slate

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Who Decides Who's Allowed to Say the N-Word? | Hollywood Reporter

Did Donald Trump Really Think Coming After Chrissy Teigen Would Go Well for Him? | The Mary Sue

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So, last week, while steaming some food, I accidentally steamed 2 fingers on my left hand, and just like a Ballpark Frank, they plumped when I cooked them.

Blistered from the nail bed to south of the 2nd knuckle.

Things are progressing nicely and I'm looking forward to being able to make a fist again.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'FBI', then a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Ansel Elgort, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Kris Jenner and half•alive.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'Bring The Funny'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jennifer Lopez and Russell Westbrook.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are John McEnroe, Toni Collette, the Hold Steady, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (R 10/8/18) are Luis Guzmán, Houndmouth, and Jessica Parker Kennedy.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Bachelor In Paradise', followed by a RERUN 'The Conners', then another RERUN 'The Conners'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Ed Helms, Don Lemon, and Mystery Musical Guest.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Pandora', followed by a FRESH 'Mysteries Decoded'.

Faux has a RERUN 'The Resident', followed by a FRESH 'First Responders Live'.

MY recycles an old 'Chicago PD', followed by another old 'Chicago PD'.

A&E has a FRESH 'Intervention', followed by another FRESH 'Intervention', then a FRESH '60 Days In: Narcoland'.

AMC offers 3 hours of old '2½ Men', followed by the movie 'Die Hard With A Vengeance'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-Sacred Ground
 [7:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Future's End, Pt.1
 [8:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-Future's End, Pt. 2
 [9:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Warlord
 [10:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
 [11:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-Macrocosm
 [12:00PM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Fair Trade
 [1:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-A Matter of Perspective
 [2:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 15-Yesterday's Enterprise
 [4:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 17-Sins of the Father
 [6:00PM]   ZOMBIELAND (2009)
 [8:00PM]   BRAVEHEART (1995)
 [12:00AM]   BRAVEHEART (1995)
 [5:00AM]   STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 2    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH 'Flipping Exes', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'The Office' and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Brad Smith.
Scheduled on a FRESH Lights Out with David Spade are Bhad Bhabie, Donnell Rawlings, and Guy Branum.

FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by a FRESH 'Mayans MC'.

History has 'American Pickers: Bonus Buys', 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers: Bonus Buys', and another 'American Pickers'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00A]   Knife Fight
 [8:15A]   Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil
 [10:15A]   Behind Enemy Lines
 [12:45P]   Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia
 [2:45P]   Transporter 3
 [5:00P]   A Knight's Tale
 [8:00P]   Tropic Thunder
 [10:30P]   A Knight's Tale
 [1:30A]   Halloween II
 [3:45A]   Silent House
 [5:45A]   Night Flight - Virtuoso Frontmen    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:20am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [6:55am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [7:30am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [8:05am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [8:40am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [9:15am]   Real Genius
 [11:45am]   National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
 [2:00pm]   Vegas Vacation
 [4:00pm]   Law & Order
 [5:00pm]   Law & Order
 [6:00pm]   Law & Order
 [7:00pm]   Law & Order
 [8:00pm]   Law & Order
 [9:00pm]   Law & Order
 [10:00pm]   Law & Order
 [11:00pm]   Law & Order
 [12:00am]   Law & Order
 [1:00am]   Double Jeopardy
 [3:30am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [4:00am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [4:30am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [5:00am]   The Andy Griffith Show
 [5:30am]   The Andy Griffith Show    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters', followed by the movie 'Jeepers Creepers II'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 7/11/19) is Sona Movsesian.

TCM spends the night with Sidney Poitier
 [7:30 AM]      Fingers at the Window (1942)
 [9:00 AM]      High Wall (1947)
 [10:45 AM]      The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
 [12:15 PM]      Bedlam (1946)
 [1:45 PM]      Signpost to Murder (1965)
 [3:15 PM]      Quo Vadis (1951)
 [6:15 PM]      Gaslight (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
 [10:15 PM]      The Slender Thread (1965)
 [12:00 AM]      A Patch Of Blue (1965)
 [2:00 AM]      Lilies of the Field (1963)
 [3:45 AM]      All the Young Men (1960)
 [5:30 AM]      The Long Ships (1964)

Wednesday   -  09/11/19

 [8:00 AM]      Topper Returns (1941)
 [9:30 AM]      The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
 [11:30 AM]      The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
 [2:15 PM]      The Westerner (1940)
 [4:00 PM]      The Great Dictator (1940)
 [6:15 PM]      Paths of Glory (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      12 Angry Men (1957)
 [9:45 PM]      Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
 [11:30 PM]      The Night of the Hunter (1955)
 [1:15 AM]      Marty (1955)
 [3:00 AM]      Around the World in 80 Days (1956)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Growing Up Chrisley', followed by another FRESH 'Growing Up Chrisley'.

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FCC Fine

'Young Sheldon'

For the second time in less than a month, the Federal Communications Commission has tentatively slapped a stiff fine on a media company for transmitting a simulated Emergency Alert System (EAS) tone during a telecast. In the ruling, the agency proposed a $272,000 fine against CBS Broadcasting for the infraction during an episode of the sitcom Young Sheldon on April 12, 2018. The show was carried on "at least 227 television stations, including 15 of CBS's owned-and-operated television stations," the FCC said.

The FCC's Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture enables CBS to respond and negotiate a final financial settlement.

The Commission acknowledged that the producers modified the warning signal but ruled that the sound - which aired during a tornado warning in the storyline - "still audibly resembled actual EAS tones." The agency said that "CBS's modifications to the EAS tones did not make broadcasting such tones permissible because the audio elements used in the episode were substantially similar to the actual EAS tones."

In mid-August, the FCC reached settlements with ABC, AMC, Discovery, and Meruelo Radio regarding the unlawful broadcast of actual or simulated EAS tones. Those agreements - which totaled more than $600,000 in civil penalties - included a fine against ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live program over misuse of the EAS tones.

In Monday's ruling, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau reiterated its Enforcement Advisory from last month, emphasizing that "broadcasting actual or simulated alert tones during non-emergencies and outside of proper testing or authorized public service announcements is a violation of the Commission's rules and a serious public safety concern."

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NBC & The Tape

Billy Bush

Billy Bush has claimed that "everybody" at NBC knew about the infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Don-Old Trump (R-Dowdy) was heard bragging about grabbing women "by the p****".

Bush spoke to Gayle King in an interview for CBS as he prepared to return to television as the host of Extra, the syndicated entertainment show.

Almost three years have passed since the explosive Access Hollywood tape surfaced amid the 2016 presidential campaign, costing Bush his job as a Today show co-host.

The segment was taped in 2005, as Bush and Mr Trump went to film a segment for Access Hollywood, a programme owned by NBCUniversal, the media conglomerate of which NBC is a division.

Bush claimed he was initially told he wouldn't be fired and that he only found out he was, in fact, being sacked when he went to leave for work and was told the vehicle that was supposed to take him there had been cancelled.

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Rejects Vanity License Plate Request


Swedish authorities say that a man has been denied a vanity plate with the letters TRUMP because it violated motor vehicle department rules, calling the letter combination "offensive."

The Aftonbladet tabloid, one of Sweden's largest newspapers, reported Saturday that the man said he "was drunk and thought it was fun to apply" online for a new license plate with U.S. President Don-Old Trump (R-Grifter)'s last name "because the car is American."

The Swedish Transport Agency confirmed its ruling to The Associated Press on Monday, saying it doesn't approve letter combinations referring to politics. It informed Marcus Saaf, who made the request, that its ruling couldn't be appealed.




Celebrating Día de los Muertos


A limited edition Barbie that celebrates the the centuries-old Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos is set to hit stores this month.

Toy manufacturer Mattel's Día de los Muertos Barbie comes in a floor-length embroidered dress splashed with vibrant colors signature to the holiday.

Her face is painted in traditional face-paint representing the dead.

The doll has sparked mixed reaction online with some accusing Mattel of cultural appropriation.

The multi-day holiday, celebrated from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, honors the lives of late loved ones.



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Science Integrity


The acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said his agency likely violated its scientific integrity rules last week when it publicly chastised a weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

Two top NOAA civil servants not so quietly revolted against an unsigned agency press release issued late Friday rebuking the Birmingham weather office for saying Alabama was safe. The agency's top scientist called Friday's release "political" and the head of the National Weather Service said the Alabama office "did what any office would do to protect the public."

"My understanding is that this intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science but on external factors including reputation and appearance, or simply put, political," acting chief scientist and assistant administrator for ocean and atmospheric research Craig McLean wrote to staffers Sunday night.

NOAA spokesman Scott Smullen said Monday, "NOAA's policies on scientific integrity and communications are among the strongest in the federal government, and get high marks from third party observers. The agency's senior career leaders are free to express their opinions about matters of agency operations and science. The agency will not be providing further official comment, and will not speculate on internal reviews."

Meanwhile, another career civil servant, National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini said forecasters in Birmingham did the right thing Sept. 1 when they tried to combat public panic and rumors that Dorian posed a threat to Alabama.




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The cost of cancer treatment has gotten so high that patients and their families are turning to crowdfunding websites, like GoFundMe. But a new study found that cancer patients raising money on GoFundMe are only reaching about a quarter of their goal on average.

A new research letter in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine identified the 20 most prevalent cancers in the United States and studied more than 1,000 GoFundMe pages last October. The paper says that medical bills such as co-pays or out-of-pocket drug costs, and medical travel expenses were cited among the most pressing financial needs.

On average, the campaigns studied set a goal of about $20,000 and took home about $5,000.

Researchers looked at both insured and uninsured patients. Those affected the most by these costs are patients and families without insurance, the study said. Underinsured or uninsured patients sought higher donation amounts, and received only about 19% of their goal on average.

Medical fundraisers make up 1 in 3 of GoFundMe campaigns, and bring in more money than any other category, the company CEO Rob Solomon told MPR News last year.




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One of the most notorious invasive species around, the lionfish, is known for its voracious appetite and can literally eat its competitors out of an ecosystem. And that's what the striking fish is doing, feasting its way through waters that stretch from the Gulf of Mexico to the Eastern Seaboard.

Now, scientists and startups are crafting methods for capturing and killing the hungry invaders. But while these new ideas show promise, tried-and-true spearfishing seems to be the most effective way to eradicate lionfish, scientists told Live Science.

"It's actually hard to describe how a lionfish eats because they do it in a split second," said Kristen Dahl, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida. Lionfish use a complex series of tactics that no other fish in the world is known to employ. In the blink of an eye, a lionfish goes from silently hovering above its prey to flaring its fins, firing a disorienting jet of water from its mouth, unhinging its jaw and swallowing its meal whole, scientists reported in a study published in 2012 in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The attacks happen so quickly that nearby fish don't seem to notice.

Lionfish (Pterois volitans) are one of the most notorious invasive species in the United States. Their bold colors and frilly fins make lionfish popular in the aquarium trade; over the past 25 years or so, it seems aquarium fish owners have sometimes dumped unwanted lionfish - which are native to the Indo-Pacific region - into the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Their popularity in the aquarium trade has also spurred several breeding programs.

Lionfish are fast and powerful, but their biggest advantage is novelty. Atlantic prey fish simply don't know what's going on. Biologists call this phenomenon prey naivete, and they believe it is largely responsible for the lionfish's dramatic success as an invader.







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