BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 11 October, 2016


11 October, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1839 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Predators in Arms (NY Times Column)
Is there a partisan pattern here?

Maureen Dowd: Donald Goes to the Dogs (NY Times Column)
"WHEN a man knows he is to be hanged," Samuel Johnson once said, "it concentrates his mind wonderfully." Unless, of course, that man is Donald Trump.

Ann Robinson: "Pomegranates, turmeric and red grapes: the key to long life?" (The Guardian)
Advice to feast on fruit, veg and red wine is hardly new. But thanks to this year's Nobel prize-winner, our understanding of the science that underpins it is developing all the time.

Anna Petherick: Personality influences lifespan as much as socioeconomic status. Why is that? (The Guardian)
A group of Wisconsin nuns in the 1930s proved that positive personality traits can add years to your life. Being disagreeable, on the other hand, can be deadly.

Jamelle Bouie: Banana Republican (Slate)
By threatening to jail his opponent, Donald Trump promised to rip up the foundations of liberal democracy.

Matthew Dessem: Amber Tamblyn Just Shared Her Own Sexual Assault Story on Instagram (Slate)
In the wake of the leaked tape of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault, women have been sharing stories of their own sexual assaults. On Friday, writer Kelly Oxford asked women to tweet their stories at her, and received thousands and thousands of responses, with more still coming in: … On Sunday, actress Amber Tamblyn joined the already-overwhelming chorus of replies with her own story…

Ed Simon: "The Other Folio: On the Legacy of Ben Jonson" (The Millions)
Outside of academic circles, where there has been a resurgence in interest, Jonson is a distant third in the contemporary popular imagination about the time period, after canonical William Shakespeare and sexy Christopher Marlowe.

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Trivia Question of the Day

What is the longest word in English that contains only one vowel?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Phialella zappai is a creature named for Frank Zappa. What kind of critter is it?

       Jellyfish                                                      Source

Phialella zappai is a species of cnidarian named for musician Frank Zappa. It was named by Ferdinando "Nando" Boero, a jellyfish expert from Genova, Italy who wrote to Zappa hoping to meet the musician whom he admired. Zappa replied saying "there is nothing I would like better than having a jellyfish with my name" leading to a meeting, and eventually a friendly acquaintance, between the biologist and the musician.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   It's one of these...

Alan J said:

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

MAM     wrote:
   Jellyfish ~ Phialella zappai named after musician Frank Zappa. It was named by Ferdinando "Nando" Boero, a jellyfish expert from Genova, Italy who wrote to Zappa hoping to meet the musician whom he admired. Zappa replied saying "there is nothing I would like better than .having a jellyfish with my name".

mj took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

Dale of Spectacular Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 11 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 11 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Trump v Clinton: who won the second presidential debate? | The Guardian panel | Opinion | The Guardian

Pope Francis rejects rightwingers with US cardinals' appointment | World news | The Guardian

The 1935 novel that predicted the rise of Donald Trump | US news | The Guardian

#MuslimsReportStuff Lights Up Twitter In Response To Trump

Remember when Republicans were hysterical about daughters and wives being groped in bathrooms?

From across the pond, Hillary looked vulnerable during the debate, but then...

Donald Trump's Sniffles Were A Major Talking Point Of The Debate. Again. | Huffington Post

There's A GoFundMe To Get Trump's Supposedly Damning 'Apprentice' Tapes Released | Huffington Post

Bald Eagle Survives Hurricane Matthew, Then Gets Stuck In Car Grille | Huffington Post

BBC - Earth - There are people mining gold illegally in California's hills

Yes, too many men DO talk like Trump -

Replicas Of Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS 'Rising From Destruction' In Rome : Parallels : NPR

Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A 'Legal Gray Area' : NPR Ed : NPR

The Redemption of the Arizona Republic

It's More Than Donald Trump's Sniffles That Point to Cocaine Use.

Glenn Beck: Electing Hillary Clinton 'Is a Moral, Ethical Choice' - Breitbart

Donald Trump is the GOP's chemotherapy - The Washington Post
     If you ever thought British pols were toxic, I offer this sickness.

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

The Sniffler

Does Lumpy only take cocaine before debates to fuel his rage? When I see coverage of him at his rallies, I never hear him sniffing constantly. As if his looming up behind Hillary and wandering around looking for an exit were not bad enough, the sound of his constant sniffing into the microphone was totally irritating.

I'm not a big fan of smarmy Billy Bush, but suspend him for what Lumpy said? ("Let me be clear - there is simply no excuse for Billy's language and behavior on that tape," NBC executive Noah Oppenheim said.)

How about suspending Matt Lauer for having his head so far up Lumpy's ass?

Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!
Having lived in LA during the 80s, I think his sniffling sounds more speed-related than coke-ish.
Strikes me as more of a pill-popper than a snorter.
It's much more convenient to pop a cap than cut a line.
Just sayin'.



Bonus Links!

How Donald Trump Became Conspiracy Theorist in Chief | Mother Jones

Body language expert says Trump's lurking a 'pre-assault indicator': 'I was really getting nervous'

Donald Trump's Sniffles Were A Major Talking Point Of The Debate. Again. | Huffington Post

Pence Says Trump's Threat To Jail Clinton Was One Of The Debate's 'Better Moments' | Huffington Post

Trump's Indifference to the Constitution

Pentagon Paid for Fake 'Al Qaeda' Videos - The Daily Beast

US government spent over $500m on fake Al-Qaeda propaganda videos that tracked location of viewers | The Independent

The Pentagon Spent $540 Million on Fake Terrorist Videos? :

Not A Joke: Melania Trump Wore A 'Pussy Bow' Blouse To The Debate | Huffington Post

Donald Trump Once Advised Bill Cosby How To Handle Assault Allegations | Huffington Post

There Are Transcripts Of Trump's Unaired Moments On 'The Apprentice.' We Got One. | Huffington Post

Does Donald Trump want to create a Trump News Network? - POLITICO

NBC Thinks Leaked Footage of Trump Talking About Pussy Was an Inside Job

5 Reasons Why Donald Trump Is the Biggest Troll Alive |

Cher Responds to Trump's Vile Sexism With Two Devastating Questions

Warren Buffett to Trump: 'I have paid federal income tax every year since 1944' - Oct. 10, 2016

CREEPY: Trump walked in on naked pageant contestants - Shareblue

Source: Trump-Backer Mark Burnett Has Warned Staff On "Apprentice" Leaks - BuzzFeed News

Robert De Niro on Donald Trump - YouTube

GRAB 'EM BY THE P***Y! (Censored) ?? Randy Rainbow Song Parody - YouTube



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





Selected Readings

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500 Greatest Albums of All Time | Rolling Stone







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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still hearing fireworks in the 'hood.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Bull', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 9/20/16) are Michelle Obama and America Ferrera.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/12/16) are Meg Ryan, Adam Scott, and Brian Fallon.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'This Is Us', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kevin Hart, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, James Bay.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Lena Dunham, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Thaddeus Dixon, and Corey Glover & Vernon Reid.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Anne Heche, Foals, and Tori Anderson.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'American Housewife', then a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Jennifer Connelly, and Stephen A. Smith, CRX.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'No Tomorrow'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'Scream Queens'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.

A&E has 'OJ Speaks: The Hidden Tapes', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', '60 Days In', and 'The First 48'.

AMC offers the movie 'Into The Storm', followed by a FRESH 'Halt & Catch Fire', then another FRESH 'Halt & Catch Fire'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Vengeance Factor
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-The Rings of Akhaten
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Cold War
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-Identity Crisis
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Loud as a Whisper
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Unnatural Selection
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-Blood Sugar
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 8-On The Hook
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 9-Happy Birthday
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 10-Match Made in Hell
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 11-F-T-F
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 12-Wheels Up
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-Blood Sugar
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 8-On The Hook
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 9-Happy Birthday
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 10-Match Made in Hell
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 11-F-T-F
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 12-Wheels Up    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Charlamagne Tha God.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Bobby Lee, Al Jackson, and Ron Funches.

FX has the movie 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', followed by a FRESH 'Atlanta', and another 'Atlanta'.

History has 'Counting Cars', another 'Counting Cars', still another 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper'.

IFC  -   
 [8:00AM]    RENO 911!: MIAMI
 [2:00PM]    MACGRUBER
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Gimme Shelter
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-2120 So. Michigan Avenue
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-2000 Light Years From Home
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Take It or Leave It
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Short & Curlies
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-'Til the Next Goodbye
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bohemian Rhapsody
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Somebody to Love
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You're My Best Friend
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Gimme Shelter
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-2120 So. Michigan Avenue
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-2000 Light Years From Home
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Take It or Leave It
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Short & Curlies
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-'Til the Next Goodbye
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bohemian Rhapsody
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Somebody to Love
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You're My Best Friend
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
 [4:00AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-A Town, a Gangster, a Festival
 [4:30AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-The Bunker
 [5:00AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Juan Likes Rice & Chicken
 [5:30AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Parker Gail's Location Is Everything    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [7:30AM]    Paycheck
 [10:00AM]    Days of Thunder
 [12:30PM]    The Express
 [3:30PM]    U.S. Marshals
 [6:30PM]    The Fighter
 [9:00PM]    Gridiron Gang
 [12:00AM]    Cliffhanger
 [2:00AM]    End of Watch
 [4:30AM]    Cliffhanger    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Jeepers Creepers II', followed by a FRESH 'Channel Zero: Candle Cove', then a FRESH 'Aftermath'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 6/14/16) are Kate Beckinsale, Brian Sacca, and Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders.

 [6:00 AM]      Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
 [7:45 AM]      Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
 [9:30 AM]      Rose Marie (1936)
 [11:30 AM]      Flowers of St. Francis (1950)
 [1:00 PM]      The Lavender Hill Mob (1952)
 [2:30 PM]      Bed of Roses (1933)
 [4:00 PM]      Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
 [6:00 PM]      Primrose Path (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Hollywood Canteen (1944)
 [10:15 PM]      A Foreign Affair (1948)
 [12:30 AM]      The Conspirators, (1944)
 [2:30 AM]      Princess Tam Tam (1935)
 [4:00 AM]      Navy Blues (1941)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  10/12/16

 [6:00 AM]      The Garden Murder Case (1936)
 [7:15 AM]      Times Square Playboy (1936)
 [8:30 AM]      Something to Sing About (1937)
 [10:15 AM]      Too Many Wives (1937)
 [11:30 AM]      Men Are Such Fools (1938)
 [12:45 PM]      A Dispatch From Reuters (1940)
 [2:30 PM]      The Sea Wolf (1941)
 [4:00 PM]      You Can't Escape Forever (1942)
 [5:30 PM]      Find The Blackmailer (1943)
 [6:30 PM]      The Big Hangover (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      The Young Philadelphians (1959)
 [10:30 PM]      Hombre (1966)
 [12:30 AM]      We Go to Monte Carlo (1953)
 [2:00 AM]      The Monte Carlo Story (1957)
 [4:00 AM]      Snow Job (1972)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best', followed by another FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Oct. 8, 1981) - Martin Mull, Peter Billingsley, and James Woods.

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A pig bearing a 'Stop Trump' message is towed into position during the Roger Waters performance on the third day of the Desert Trip music festival at Indio, California on October 9, 2016
Photo by Mark Ralston


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Hollywood Walk O'Fame

Kevin Hart

Shoe-salesman-turned-comedian Kevin Hart received the 2,591st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday, in advance of his stand-up comedy film, "Kevin Hart: What Now?"

The 11 a.m. ceremony at 7013 Hollywood Blvd. - coincidentally, next to a DSW Shoes store - included Ice Cube, who co-starred with Hart in "Ride Along" and "Ride Along 2," producer Will Packer and director Tim Story.

Hart quit his job as a shoe salesman to embark on a career as a comedian following an acclaimed performance at an amateur night at a Philadelphia comedy club. He went on to perform at professional venues such as the Boston Comedy Club, Caroline's on Broadway, Stand Up NY, and the Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

Hart's first performance at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal led to his first film role as a rookie thief in the 2002 urban crime comedy "Paper Soldiers."

Hart's other movie credits include "Scary Movie 3," "Scary Movie 4," "Soul Plane," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Little Fockers," "Death at a Funeral," "Fool's Gold," "The Wedding Ringer," and "Get Hard."

Kevin Hart


Katie Couric speaks with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during an interview at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2016.
Photo by Mary F. Calvert


Arrested While Peacefully Protesting In Dakota

Shailene Woodley

On Monday morning, actress and activist Shailene Woodley went live on her Facebook account from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where she claimed that riot police were coming to break up a peaceful protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was recently rejected by a federal judge in its efforts to halt construction,NBC News reports , as the tribe believes the pipeline will destroy sacred grounds. Monday's protest at a construction site for the pipeline came not only as many people arecelebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day , but also as tribal leaders vowed to keep fighting the $3.7 billion project.

Woodley has been a prominent voice in the battle against the Dakota Pipeline, both on social media and in person, and her presence on Monday may bring the most attention to the cause yet.

About 100 protesters were on a construction site for the controversial pipeline project before cops moved in and put handcuffs on Shailene.

Shailene was arrested for 2 misdemeanors … including engaging in a riot. Cops tell us they issued multiple warnings for the protesters to leave. 27 protesters were ultimately arrested. (Via TMZ )

As you can see in her Facebook video, Woodley explains that she did as the police told her, but she believes that she was still arrested because of her notoriety. Woodley also calls for the mainstream media to pay attention, something she recently celebrated on Twitter, and at 1.9 million views and counting, her video may ensure that everyone finally focuses on Standing Rock.

Shailene Woodley


Newhead News


Buys Stake In Spielberg Firm


Chinese internet billionaire Jack Ma has bought a stake in cinema legend Steven Spielberg's company, they said, the latest tie-up between China and Hollywood as they seek to make movies for audiences in the Middle Kingdom and beyond.

Alibaba Pictures, a unit of Ma's sprawling e-commerce conglomerate, has taken a minority shareholding in Spielberg's Amblin Partners, a film creation company that includes DreamWorks studios.

The deal will see the companies co-finance and co-produce movies for Chinese and international audiences, Alibaba said on its corporate website.

It marks "an important milestone" in the Chinese firm's strategy to reach Chinese and global audiences, its chaiman Shao Xiafeng said in a statement.

Alibaba Pictures will also have a seat on the board of Amblin. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.



Men dressed as comic book heroes Spiderman and Iron Man prepare to clean the glass facade of Hospital Infantil Sabara before meeting with patients of the children's hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 10, 2016. The costumed men cleaned the glass facade of the children's hospital, and met with patients. Brazil celebrates Children's Day on October 12.
Photo by Paulo Whitaker


Awkwardly Dodges Kiss


Tiffany Trump awkwardly dodged a kiss from her father after the second presidential debate on Sunday, and Internet sleuths were quick to point it out.

In the video, Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) can be seen beckoning at someone off camera - and as his daughter Tiffany appears, he leans in for a peck on the cheek, but the 22-year-old looks away and gives him a gentle arm rub instead.

Trump children Ivanka, Melania, Eric and Donald Jr. were all sitting in the audience, with Ivanka's husband Jared Kushner and Tiffany joining the party later.

Tiffany Trump is the daughter of Donald Trump and his former wife Marla Maples.

Video at link - Tiffany


Digby's Hullabaloo


What Climate Change?

Forest-Fire Burn Areas

Climate change is making the planet hotter and drier, and has about doubled the area burned by forest fires in the western United States in the past three decades, a study said Monday.

Researchers found that since 1984, drier conditions and higher temperatures have caused fires to spread across an additional 16,000 square miles (41,500 square kilometers) -- an area about 30 times the size of Los Angeles.

This "approximately doubled the western US forest fire area beyond that expected from natural climate variability alone during 1984-2015," said the study in the October 10 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.

Even more scorching wildfires can be expected in the years to come, warned the study authors.

Researchers arrived at their figures by examining eight different systems for rating forest aridity, including the Palmer Drought Severity Index, the MacArthur Forest Fire Danger Index and the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System.

Forest-Fire Burn Areas


Frank March, right, wears his Trump socks as he and Sarah March, center, gather outside the Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Photo by Carolyn Kaster


Body Language


U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paced, frowned and physically loomed at times over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during Sunday night's town-hall debate, prompting bewilderment and mockery from some on social media.

The online reaction underscored the contentious tone of the encounter in St. Louis in which Trump and Clinton hurled insults at each other less than a month before the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.

Twitter users seized on Trump's body language, with some remarking that he appeared to have "stalked" Clinton around the stage. The criticism came as the Republican faces a political storm after being caught on a leaked 2005 videotape making lewd and demeaning remarks about women.

Sentiment on Trump's performance was 66.9 percent negative, according to an analysis by social intelligence firm Brandwatch of Twitter posts during the debate, while Clinton's was 57.8 percent negative.

The debate, which featured questions from audience members, was the most tweeted-about debate ever, with more than 17 million tweets, said Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio.



Soap bubbles float past the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain October 10, 2016.
Photo by Stefan Wermuth


TV Ratings Fall 18 Percent

Debate No. 2

Americans again tuned into a presidential debate, anticipating fireworks. And while updated numbers for Sunday's rematch between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are quite high - they don't come close to duplicating the first meeting two weeks ago.

With 10 networks now reporting adjusted ratings for the night, the grand total of linear telecasts is 68.8 million viewers. That's off roughly 18 percent from the record-breaking haul of the first showdown. That gross excludes NBC News. The typical leader in recent political coverage did not carry the live event in favor of Sunday Night Football. All told, the gross sum falls just shy of the previous record (nearly 70 million viewers) and just beats out the No. 2 debate from the last cycle.

As anticipated, most of cable news saw a bump from NBC News sitting this one out. MSNBC, in fact, posted its largest-ever audience for a presidential debate with 5.55 million viewers. But CNN topped cable news with its own jump. It averaged 11.23 million viewers after heavily promoting the appearance of its own talent in co-moderator Anderson Cooper. As for Fox News Channel, it saw a slight dip from the first debate to rank No. 2 among cable news networks for the night. FNC averaged 9.96 million viewers.

The news demographic of adults 25-54 remains sort of irrelevant here, considering the absence of advertising during debate coverage, but CNN did lead with 4.8 million in the targeted demo.

CBS benefited the most among the broadcast networks, with its 10.4 rating among households during the debate, edging past the dipping coverage of Sunday Night Football. The game, a marquee lineup between the New York Football Giants and the Green Bay Packers, only fetched a 10.2 rating

Debate No. 2


Workers from Jersey Central Power & Light repair high-voltage power lines downed by Hurricane Matthew, along Beville Road in Daytona Beach, Fla., Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.
Photo by Joe Burbank


At Risk Of Flooding

New York City

Hurricanes could start flooding New York City's coastline as often as every 20 years due to the effects of climate change on sea-level rise and hurricane activity, scientists said on Monday.

Water could surge some 9 feet (2.8 meters) in hurricanes occurring anywhere from three to 17 times more often than today, they said.

"That's approximately - worst case scenario - once every 20 years," said Benjamin Horton, part of a team of U.S. scientists who published their findings in a study.

The projections act as a reminder of the human cost of climate change, said Horton, in particular after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the southeastern United States over the weekend.

The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences aimed to measure how frequently floods like those produced by Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey could occur until 2100.

New York City


In this Oct. 8, 2016 photo provided by Ron Wallace, Richard and Catherine Wallace stand with a 2,261.5-pound pumpkin that Richard grew to set the North American giant pumpkin record at the Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh Off in Warren, R.I. WJAR-TV reported Richard Wallace's pumpkin beat the record set by his son, Ron, at the same event last year.
Photo by Ron Wallace


Horrible Ratings


The NFL is blaming its horrible TV ratings on the election, according to a leaked memo to team owners obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

Every single one of the NFL's primetime offerings (Sunday, Monday, and Thursday Night Football) is down double-digits, according to Sports Illustrated. Overall, NFL viewership is down 11% this year.

The NFL wrote that the drop in primetime was likely because of "unprecedented interest in the Presidential election." The letter went on to reference the 2000 election as another period of time when NFL ratings went down.

The NFL is not the only one to make the connection. In an interview with Sports Business Daily, Mike Mulvihill, a senior VP at Fox Sports, said the current season reminded him of fall of 2000, a year which included the race between Al Gore and George W. Bush. 2000 was the only year during the decade 2000-2010 where the NFL saw a downtick overall, Sports Illustrated notes.

One thing the NFL said was not affecting ratings was fan backlash against players protesting police brutality by not standing during the national anthem. "In fact, our own data shows that the perception of the NFL and its players is actually up in 2016," the NFL wrote.




In Memory

Andrzej Wajda

Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa Monday hailed legendary film director Andrzej Wajda as "a great man, a great Pole" after he died aged 90, leaving behind a series of acclaimed movies inspired by his country's turbulent history.

Wajda's first films were marked by the painful experience of World War II and the Polish resistance against the Nazis, who occupied the country for almost six years.

Then leader of Poland's anti-communist Solidarity trade union, Walesa appeared in Wajda's anti-regime film "Czlowiek z Zelaza" ("Man of Iron"), which in 1981 won the Palme d'Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Born on March 6, 1926 in Suwalki, northeast Poland, Wajda tried to follow in his father's footsteps and become a soldier, but was rejected from a military academy in 1939. He later attended Poland's renowned Lodz film school.

His first feature-length film, "Pokolenie" ("A Generation", 1955), a coming-of-age story of young Poles in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, is considered the debut of a "Polish school of cinema" which delves into heroism and romanticism.

In 1957, Wajda won the Jury Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for "Kanal" ("Canal"), his masterpiece on the doomed 1944 Warsaw Uprising by Polish partisans against the Nazis.

At the 1977 Cannes festival, he screened "Czlowiek z marmuru" ("Man of Marble"), a film critical of communist Poland.

It was followed three years later by "Man of Iron", focused on the rise of Poland's anti-communist Solidarity trade union.

That won the 1981 Cannes Palme d'Or, even as Poland's then-communist regime cracked down on Solidarity and imposed martial law.

The Palme d'Or saved Wajda from internment by the communist regime during its December 1981 martial law crackdown, an episode which saw many of Wajda's friends and acquaintances imprisoned -- including Solidarity leader Walesa.

Wajda's opposition to the regime drove him to make films abroad, including "Danton" (1983) in France, starring Gerard Depardieu. "Eine Liebe in Deutschland" ("A Love in Germany", 1986) followed in Germany.

Wajda's rendering of Russian writers Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Les possédés" (The Possessed, 1988) was also filmed in France.

After the collapse of communism in Poland in 1989, Wajda returned to his country's wartime history, focusing on stories suppressed by the communists.

"Korczak" (1990) details the fate of Janusz Korczak, a pre-war Polish-Jewish children's author and physician who died in the Holocaust.

Another film, "Katyn", nominated for an Oscar in 2008, tells the tragic story of Wajda's own father during World War II.

Wajda continued working into his latter years, premiering his most recent film, "Powidoki" (Afterimage), in September at the Toronto Film Festival.

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