BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 15 September, 2020


15 September, 2020

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[780 days in a row]


from Bruce



• Humor writer Erma Bombeck spoke early and often in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, which failed to become law in the 1980s. In doing so, she was criticized by many people, including a politician who said that she should be at home having babies. Ms. Bombeck pointed out that her “babies” — she had adopted a girl and given birth to two boys — were old enough to vote against the politician.

• Lesbian author Kay Wolff adopted a couple of children in Colombia and began attending PTA meetings and taking her children to soccer practice. One day, the soccer coach patted her on the back and said, “We know how hard it is for a single mother.” She replied, “I am not a single mother. I am a lesbian.”

• Lesbian author Gail Sausser’s coming out to her mother was non-traumatic, as her mother simply said, “I know.” Gail was surprised and asked, “How could you know?” Her mother replied, “I watched you grow up.”


• Michael Thomas Ford, author of That’s Mr. Faggott to You, once attended a gay pride rally in New York in which speaker after speaker got up and spoke about the gains that had been made by gays and lesbians. He cheered and pumped his fist, but still felt guilty for being slightly bored. After all, he thought, this could be any rally for any group. There wasn’t anything at the rally that set gays and lesbians off as being different — and isn’t being different part of what’s good about being gay? Just then, the loudspeakers poured forth Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” and 7,000 gays and lesbians jumped to their feet and started dancing. Mr. Ford joyfully writes, “It was a moment that could only happen when 7,000 queers stood up and reminded themselves that it’s a lot more fun to be different, even if it costs us something.”

• After retiring from opera, Geraldine Farrar began giving music concerts. At one midwestern college, a student newspaper reporter spoke to her, explaining that he had a problem. He had been asked to write a review of her concert, but the only thing he knew enough to write about was football. Therefore, he asked that she write her own review. She did so, giving only modest praise to herself, but heaping praise upon her artistic colleagues. One colleague was especially pleased by the review, and he used to quote it in advertisements in trade papers. Ms. Farrar never told him who had really written the review.

• On the 1922 trip, E.B. White took along a one-stringed instrument he had created from a stick and a cigar box — and which he played with a worn violin bow. Apparently, Mr. White was good with the instrument; he once played a flawless “Wearing of the Green” for an Irish gas station attendant in return for a tank of gas.


• When Ian Fleming was looking for a simple, but solid, name for a British spy character in his novels, he looked over his book collection and found the perfect name in the ornithologist author of Birds of the West Indies: James Bond. Mr. Fleming met Mr. Bond after his books had made the name “James Bond” famous. Fortunately, Mr. Bond regarded it all as great fun.

• Each year, the members of the Science Fiction Writers of America give the Nebula Award. Unfortunately, the Nebula Award that Isaac Asimov won in 1976 for Best Novelette reveals a problem that Mr. Asimov was faced with throughout his career — people find his name difficult to spell. The notation on the Nebula Award says that its winner is ISAAC ASMIMOV.

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Sapphire is the birthstone for September. What country is the world leader in sapphire production (as of 2007)?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This bird has played a role in human culture for thousands of years, appearing in Greek mythology as sacred to the goddess Hera, while in Europe it is associated with spring, and in Japan, it symbolises unrequited love. What species of bird is this?

       Cuckoo                                                      Source

The cuckoos are a family of birds, Cuculidae, the sole taxon in the order Cuculiformes. The cuckoo family includes the common or European cuckoo, roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals and anis. The coucals and anis are sometimes separated as distinct families, the Centropodidae and Crotophagidae respectively. The cuckoo order Cuculiformes is one of three that make up the Otidimorphae, the other two being the turacos and the bustards.

The cuckoos are generally medium-sized slender birds. Most species live in trees, though a sizeable minority are ground-dwelling. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, with the majority of species being tropical. Some species are migratory. The cuckoos feed on insects, insect larvae and a variety of other animals, as well as fruit. Some species are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other species, but the majority of species raise their own young.

Cuckoos have played a role in human culture for thousands of years, appearing in Greek mythology as sacred to the goddess Hera. In Europe, the cuckoo is associated with spring, and with cuckoldry, for example in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. In India, cuckoos are sacred to Kamadeva, the god of desire and longing, whereas in Japan, the cuckoo symbolises unrequited love.        Source

Billy in Cypress U.  $.  A. was first, and correct, with:

Mac Mac said:

Randall wrote:
   Cuckoo bird

Alan J answered:
   The Peacock.

Mark. replied:

Dave responded:

Jacqueline said:
   The Peacock, but before this bird it was the Cuckoo.

mj wrote:
   Hera took Argus' hundred eyes
  And used them to decorate the tail of the peacock.

Adam answered:
   I think it's the Cuckoo.

Cal in Vermont said:
   Well, Hera's bird was the peacock...

zorch responded:
   The cuckoo.

Jon L
   Could it be the Phoenix?

Deborah, the Master Gardener responded:
   I would have thought the crane, but a little searching revealed that the heron is the bird in question. During our time living in the Republic of Korea some school kids taught me to make cranes of paper. It wasn’t called origami (that’s Japanese) but it was the same idea. It was a lot of work.

Micki said:
   The peacock. Actually, peafowl. A peacock is male. A peahen is female.

Ed K wrote:
   It's the Larry Bird

John I from Hawai`i says,

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:

DJ Useo
   I grew up with lots of Robins outside. Nice birds. No wonder people feel about them like they do.

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Inside Kanye’s Operation to Ratf*ck Biden in Iowa
     In my mind, this ties into a strange encounter outside my local Fry's/Kroger in San Tan Valley, AZ with a "petition signature gatherer" ostensibly looking to ensure that Independents be allowed onto our ballots for primaries; interesting, since the primaries had come and gone. He "explained" that Independents were required to pay a fee for that privilege, whereas R's and D's were not. Now, given that my exurbs are 35 or so miles outside Phoenix and growing more diverse by the day, I normally would've felt the pull and been persuaded, but the location was a mile into my county, Pinal, and not the most populous, Maricopa, which usually determines the outcome of state-wide voting. Besides, I was aware that Kanye's enablers/funders were trying like hell to make it onto the AZ ballot. The whole premise seemed hinky, and I'm pleased to inform our readers that Mr. West's effort has been denied here in AZ.

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Democrats launch probe into Trump officials' Covid-report tampering | Politico

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Woodward audio: Trump focused on stock market as coronavirus surged in August | The Hill

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Last Night

Had to drive up to 'the office' in WLA.
While there was more traffic than last week, it was still like early Sunday morning light, on a really good day.
In the 'before times', it'd take an hour, hour & half, easy.
Today, under half an hour.
Same for the trip home - usually takes about an hour longer than going in.
Today, under half an hour, as well.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH 'Love Island', then a RERUN 'FBI: Most Wanted'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Janelle Monáe and Jacob Soboroff.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Rainn Wilson and Anthony Ramos.

NBC starts the night with FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'Transplant'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ewan McGregor, Willie & Bobbie Nelson, and Kesha.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Wendy Williams, Blake Griffin, Yola, and Sonny Emory.
On a RERUN Lilly Singh (from 4/29/20) are Adam Conover and Deon Cole.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by another RERUN 'Modern Family', then the FRESH 'The Presidential Town Hall: Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Questions, You're Screwed'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 9/11/20), with guest host Samuel L. Jackson, are John David Washington and Snoh Aalegra.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Dead Pixels', followed by a RERUN 'Dead Pixels', then a RERUN 'Tell Me A Story'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a RERUN 'Prodigal Son'.

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

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Extreme Unboxing', then another FRESH 'Extreme Unboxing'.

AMC offers the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds', followed by the movie 'Rocky Balboa', then the movie 'GI Jane'.

BBC  -   

Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', then a FRESH 'Backyard Envy', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens: Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'The Office', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', and another 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show it's The Daily Social Distancing Show.

FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by the movie 'Furious 7'.

History has 'America's Book Of Secrets: Special Edition', followed by a FRESH 'America's Book Of Secrets: Special Edition'.

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 [6:00am]   The Three Stooges - Rhythm & Weep
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 [6:45am]   Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return - Avalanche
 [9:00am]   South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
 [11:00am]   Envy
 [1:15pm]   Galaxy Quest
 [3:45pm]   The Dukes Of Hazzard
 [6:00pm]   Parks And Recreation
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 [4:00am]   South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut     (ALL TIMES ET)

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 [6:00am]   gomer pyle, u.s.m.c.
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 [10:00am]   monk - Mr. Monk And The Captain's Marriage
 [11:00am]   monk - Mr. Monk And The Big Reward
 [12:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk And The Astronaut
 [1:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk Goes To The Dentist
 [2:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk Gets Jury Duty
 [3:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk And The Actor
 [4:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk And The Garbage Strike
 [5:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk And The Big Game
 [6:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk Can't See A Thing
 [7:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk, Private Eye
 [8:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk And The Class Reunion
 [9:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk Gets A New Shrink
 [10:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk Goes To A Rock Concert
 [11:00pm]   monk - Mr. Monk Meets His Dad
 [12:00am]   columbo - Dead Weight
 [1:45am]   columbo - Suitable For Framing
 [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 ET)

SyFy has the movie 'Taken 2', followed by the movie 'American Sniper'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan is Melissa Villaseñor.

 [7:15 AM]      Man Hunt (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [8:30 AM]      Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
 [9:45 AM]      Phantom Raiders (1940)
 [11:00 AM]      Sky Murder (1940)
 [12:15 PM]      Star Of Midnight (1935)
 [2:00 PM]      Miracles For Sale (1939)
 [3:15 PM]      Eyes in the Night (1942)
 [4:45 PM]      The Hidden Eye (1945)
 [6:00 PM]      Stage Fright (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema: Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema 03 (2019)
 [9:15 PM]      Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)
 [11:15 PM]      Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema: Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema 03 (2019)
 [12:30 AM]      The Virgin Suicides (1999)
 [2:30 AM]      Loving Couples (1964)    (ALL TIMES ET)

Wednesday   -  09/16/20

 [6:30 AM]      10 to 11 (2009)    [AKA: '11'e 10 kala']
 [8:30 AM]      Losing Ground (1982)
 [10:00 AM]      Strangers in Good Company (1990)
 [12:00 PM]      Wagon Wheels West (1943)
 [12:30 PM]      Westward the Women (1951)
 [2:45 PM]      Strange Lady in Town (1955)
 [4:45 PM]      Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
 [6:15 PM]      Cat Ballou (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
 [10:00 PM]      Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
 [12:00 AM]      Repeat Performance (1947)
 [1:45 AM]      Turn Back The Clock (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [3:15 AM]      The Boy and the Pirates (1960)
 [5:00 AM]      Berkeley Square (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]    (ALL TIMES ET)

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Television Critics Association

HBO's Watchmen swept the Television Critics Association's 2020 Awards.

Presented for the first time without a ceremony after the summer in-person tour was effectively canceled amid the pandemic, the 36th annual TCA Awards handed out honors to the limited series from Damon Lindelof for program of the year, new program, miniseries and achievement in drama for star Regina King.

HBO, which topped all platforms with 16 total nominations, also took home prizes in the sketch/variety category, for Robin Thede's A Black Lady Sketch Show, and for achievement in drama, for Succession.

The final season of Pop TV's critical favorite Schitt's Creek also took home two prizes, including individual achievement in comedy for Catherine O'Hara and for comedy series. Alex Trebek was recognized as the TCA's prestigious Career Achievement honoree, while Star Trek was given the Heritage Award.

Netflix, which was the second-most nominated outlet with 10, took home one award, for achievement in reality programming, for Cheer.

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Editors Covered For DJ

Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio’s Marianne Combs quit Monday, sharing on Twitter she had been pursuing a story about sexual misconduct accusations against a DJ at a sister channel, The Current. MPR, she said, hasn’t moved forward on the story out of fear of a lawsuit.

“I have spent the past two and a half months investigating allegations made about the conduct of a DJ at our sister station, @TheCurrent. In that time, I gathered testimony from eight women who say that he sexually manipulated and psychologically abused them,” the arts reporter wrote. She spent over 23 years at the station.

She shared details of her reporting process, saying she’d spoken to women who said their experiences took place over 15 years and one church camp director who said the DJ’s conduct with teenage girls made him ineligible to continue volunteering at the church.

“I found out that in June he was fired from another job where he worked with children; that organization is now conducting an investigation into his time there,” she noted, then said she took her reporting to a lawyer for review.

“The lawyer judged the story to be compelling and well-sourced, with strong supporting documentation. She saw no legal threat to MPR News for airing the story,” Combs said. “Despite this, my editors have failed to move forward on the story. They have countered that the DJ’s actions were, for the most part, legal, and therefore don’t rise to the level of warranting news coverage. They described him as ‘a real creep,’ but worried that airing a story about his behavior would invite a lawsuit.”

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Auction Breaks Records

Bill Wyman

An auction featuring items from the collection of long-time Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman broke multiple records over the weekend, including most expensive bass guitar and amplifier sold at auction.

The sale took place at Julien’s Auctions over the weekend, September 11th through 13th. It featured over 1,000 lots from Wyman’s archive, including instruments, gear, stage-worn costumes, awards, personal items and ephemera from his time with the Stones and as a solo artist.

The record-breaking bass was Wyman’s 1969 Fender Mustang bass with a competition orange finish, which Wyman used on Rolling Stones recordings between 1969 and 1970. It sold for $384,000, shattering the record previously held by the sale of a left-handed Hofner bass presented to Paul McCartney in 1964, which sold at auction in 2013 for $204,800.

Meanwhile, Wyman’s 1962 Vox AC30 Normal model amplifier sold for $106,250, which topped the $77,000 sale of two David Gilmour amplifiers sold at auction in 2019. Wyman’s amp had some historical significance as well, as his ownership of it played a big part in the Rolling Stones hiring him back when he first auditioned for the band.

Another notable sale from the Wyman auction was a 1968 Gibson Les Paul Standard Model Gold Top guitar and case used by late Stones guitarist Brian Jones during the Rock and Roll Circus concert film, which went for $704,000. Additionally, Wyman’s Sixties Framus Star bass went for $51,200, a personalized tour shirt from 1972 sold for $10,000, and his outfit from the 1969 Hyde Park concert garnered $11,520.

Bill Wyman



Netflix Orders Animated Version

‘Good Times’

Netflix has given a series order to an animated version of Norman Lear’s groundbreaking TV sitcom Good Times. The project hails from Lear and his Act III Productions, NBA star Steph Curry and his Unanimous Media, Seth MacFarlane and his Fuzzy Door, and Sony Pictures TV.

Based on his iconic ’70s series, Good Times is Lear’s first animated series. It comes on the heels of the recent animated episode of One Day At a Time, Pop TV’s reboot of another Lear classic.

Carl Jones serves as creator, showrunner, and executive producer. Lear and Brent Miller executive produce for Act III Productions, Stephen Curry, Erick Peyton and Jeron Smith for Unanimous, Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins for Fuzzy Door.

Created by Mike Evans, Eric Monte and developed and executive produced by Lear, the original Good Times was television’s first African American two-parent family sitcom. It was a spinoff of Lear’s Maude, which itself was a spin-off of All in the Family. The series aired for six seasons on CBS, from 1974-1979. It centered on Florida and James Evans and their three children who lived in a public housing project in a poor, Black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago. John Amos, Esther Rolle and Ja’net Dubois starred along with Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker, Janet Jackson, and Bern Nadette Stanis, among others.

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Making America Great Again

Humanitarian Protections

A U.S. appeals court on Monday sided with President Donald Trump over his administration’s decision to end humanitarian protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, many of whom have lived in the United States for decades.

In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of three judges in the California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision that had blocked Trump’s move to phase out so-called Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.

The ruling is also expected to affect the status of people from Honduras and Nepal, who filed a separate lawsuit that was suspended last year pending the outcome of the broader case.

Judge Consuelo Callahan, an appointee of Republican former President George W. Bush (R-Chimpy), wrote in a 54-page opinion that the Trump administration decisions to phase out the protections were not reviewable and therefore should not have been blocked.

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To Cool Down


President Donald Trump (R-Inadequate) on Monday suggested global warming will reverse itself and dismissed climate change as a cause of ferocious fires engulfing swaths of the US West during a briefing with local officials in California.

Trump, who flew into Sacramento in central California on the third day of a reelection campaign swing, pushed back against state leaders who said that climate change underlies the ever-stronger blazes.

"It will start getting cooler. You just watch," he insisted to Wade Crowfoot, the head of the California Natural Resources Agency.

The official responded: "I wish science agreed with you."

On arrival in McClellan Park, near Sacramento, Trump repeated his argument that the wildfires are due instead to insufficient maintenance of forest areas to make them less combustible.




Massive Chunk Of Glacier


A massive chunk of ice -- larger than the city of Paris -- has broken off from the Arctic's largest ice shelf because of warmer temperatures in Greenland, scientists said Monday.

The 113-square-kilometre (43-square-mile) block broke off the Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glacier in Northeast Greenland, which the scientists said had been expected given the rising average temperatures.

"We're observing increasing speed on this largest remaining ice shelf," Jason Box, professor of glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), told AFP.

While it is normal for pieces of ice to break off from a glacier -- a process called calving -- they are generally not this large.




Found In Arctic Russia

Ice Age Cave Bear

Reindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found an immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear, researchers said Monday.

The find, revealed by the melting permafrost, was discovered on the Lyakhovsky Islands with its teeth and even its nose intact. Previously scientists only had been able to discover the bones of cave bears that became extinct 15,000 years ago.

Scientists of the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, the premier center for research into woolly mammoths and other prehistoric species, hailed the find as groundbreaking.

In a statement issued by the university, researcher Lena Grigorieva emphasized that “this is the first and only find of its kind — a whole bear carcass with soft tissues.”

“It is completely preserved, with all internal organs in place, including even its nose,” Grigorieva said. “This find is of great importance for the whole world.”

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