BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 18 November, 2014


18 November, 2014

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[1148 days in a row]


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Paul Krugman: When Government Succeeds (NY Times)
There is a lot of good news that Republicans don't want you to notice.

Richard Brunt: "Americans don't know how good they have it with Obama" (Detroit Free Press)
The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there's no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.
America is leading the world once again and respected internationally - in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.

Laurie Fendrich: The Forever Professors (Chronicle)
Academics who don't retire are greedy, selfish, and bad for students.

Adrian Chen: The Truth About Anonymous's Activism (The Nation)
A look behind the mask reveals a naïve techno-utopianism.

David Wong, Rob Nietupski: 6 Ways Your Brain Is Programmed to Keep You Unhappy (Cracked)
When you're depressed and go browsing around the Internet for something to improve your mood, you'll probably run into this video of a slow loris eating a banana. But then you'll probably find this video of comedian Louis C.K. wondering why everyone seems to be miserable in a world of endless wonders (example: after soaring majestically through the sky in a technological marvel, you can only complain about the 45 minutes you were stuck on the runway).

Kristi Harrison: 4 Signs of Aging No One Warns You About (Cracked)
Picture yourself 30 years from now. Maybe you're imagining a slightly more wrinkled, less hot version of the person you see in the mirror every morning. Or maybe, like me, you forget what you look like altogether and picture yourself as the poor version of Old Lorraine McFly.

Ethan Nadelmann: Why We Need to End the War on Drugs (TED; 17:26 minutes long)
Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the "backward, heartless, disastrous" movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.

David Bruce: Wise Up! Money (Athens News)
Enrico Banducci of the hungry was not a good bookkeeper. How bad was he? He once gave comedian Shelley Berman a bonus. Mr. Berman says, "It's still bouncing."

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What was the name of the 145-pound hog nominated in August, 1968, for President of the United States by the Youth International Party (Yippies)?

      Pigasus                                                      Source

Pigasus was a 145-pound (66-kg) hog. On August 23, 1968, he was nominated for President of the United States as a theatrical gesture by the Youth International Party (Yippies), just before the opening of the Democratic National Convention. At a rally announcing his candidacy, Pigasus was seized by Chicago policemen and several of his Yippie backers were arrested for disorderly conduct.

In 1968, Pigasus was nominated for the U.S. Presidency by the Youth International Party (Yippies). The pig's name was a double entendre on Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology and the famous saying "When pigs fly" used when a highly improbable event should occur.        Source

Charlie was first, and correct, with:
  When I first read the question, I drew a blank, but after the second swig from my first cup of coffee, it came to me!

Alan J wrote:

Adam answered:

Deborah replied:
   I couldn't vote in '68 but was definitely caught up in the counterculture. That pig's name was Pigasus.

Randall responded:
   I remember the Yippies running the pig for prez,
  but I don't remember the pig's name.
  Of the Yippies, I remember Abbie Hoffman

  and Jerry Rubin and some of their counterculture
  shenanigans other than the Pig for Prez thing and thinking
  it was cool and they were "right on".
  My folks were Richard M. Nixon Republicans

  and couldn't understand HOW in the world I
  could consider those anti-war Yippies heroes.
... ...

  All I can say is: Thank GOD things are better now in the 21st century

Michael Dare wrote:
   Pigasus. They nominated him for president,then ate him. Good idea. Mitt Romney beware. From Paul Krassner's Confessions of a Raving Unconfined Nut...
     "Inspired by the Yippies attempt to levitate the Pentagon, Aron Kay wanted to get fellow Occupiers to levitate Wall Street, to no avail. Similarly, inspired by the Yippies nomination of a pig for president, Michael Dare tried unsuccessfully to persuade fellow protesters at Occupy Seattle to carry out his notion that, 'If corporations are people, let's run one for president.' I offered myself as Secretary of Greed."
  "As a net is made up of a series of ties, so everything in this world is connected by a series of ties. If anyone thinks that the mesh of a net is an independent, isolated thing, he is mistaken. It is called a net because it is made up of a series of interconnected meshes, and each mesh has its place and responsibility in relation to other meshes."
     - Buddha -

Marian said:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Dale Distresso of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
   The extraordinary Pigasus! Even though I was 18 at the time, we couldn't vote in 1968. Pigasus would have had my vote. Look at the fucking jerks he was running against. The Hump, The Cracker & The Dick. 1968 was a terrible year. The wickedest year in American history, from my perspective. Assassinations, War, Racism and the great takeover by the Military-Industrial Complex……leading use to today's Plutocracy! The Yippies provided humour, but were really useless to the Movement. An Oh shit moment! General Curtis Dismay! He wanted to nuke Vietnam!

DJ Useo answered:
   Pigasus the pig would have been better than what we got instead. Lol.

MAM   wrote:
   Pigasus ~ The pig's name was a double entendre on Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology and the famous saying "When pigs fly" used when a highly improbable event should occur. In an effort to make a mockery of the choices for the presidency the Yipipies nomionated a pig for president.

John I from Hawai`i who is just back from Arizona says,

mj took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally is on hiatus.

BttbBob   is semi-retired.

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Middle Class Political Economist

Tax haven benefits are not investment incentives

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

How Disney's 'Little Mermaid' Turned A Disturbing Fairy Tale Into A Children's Movie

Rosebud Sioux Tribe: House Vote On Keystone XL Pipeline An 'Act Of War'

Great Barrier Reef: Queensland lobbies Unesco behind the scenes at G20 | Environment | The Guardian

How the racists of the South have ruled this nation from the very beginning

"Catholic Church Argues It Doesn't Have to Show Up in Court Because Religious Freedom"

Anti-birth control group will defy court order, block employee access

Colorado begins using its weed money on education and health

NPQ: Is ALEC Unraveling?

Senate Republicans (soon to be) in disarray

Thanks, Michelle!



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"The Problem With Young People Today"

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from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny with a bit of wind.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Person Of Interest'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Stupid Pet Tricks, Charlie Day, and Hiss Golden Messenger.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Jane Lynch and Metallica.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Marry Me', then a FRESH 'About A Boy', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Russell Brand, Brooke Shields, and U2.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Shaquille O'Neal, Eddie Redmayne, and Gary Vaynerchuk.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Cillian Murphy, Colleen Green, and Hector Tobar.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', then a FRESH 'Forver'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Jason Bateman, Courtney Love, and People's 2014 "Sexiest Man Alive".

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

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'The Mindy Project'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', yet another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Shipping Wars', then another FRESH 'Shipping Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'Deja Vu', followed by the movie 'Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines', then the movie 'Predator 2'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 4 - The Sontaran Strategem
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 5 - The Poison Sky
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 6 - The Doctor's Daughter
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 21 - The Perfect Mate
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 22 - Imaginary Friend
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Revisited: Bonapartes
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Anna Vincenzo's
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Davide
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Family
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Brothers
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Elementary, Dear Data
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Outrageous Okona
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Loud as a WhisperNEW
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Schizoid ManNEW
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Unnatural SelectionNEW
 [11:00PM]    Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 1 - A New Dawn (Part 1
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Loud as a Whisper
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 6 - The Schizoid Man
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 7 - Unnatural Selection
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Where Silence Has Lease
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Elementary, Dear Data
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Outrageous Okona    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'The People's Couch'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', yet another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Brickleberry'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Benedict Cumberbatch.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Eva Longoria.

FX has 'Mike & Molly', another 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'The Watch', then a FRESH 'Sons Of Anarchy'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', another 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', then a FRESH 'Search For The Lost Giants'.

IFC  -   
 [7:00PM]    GAMER

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Weird As You
 [7:00AM]    Dream School-Chuck D & Adam Richman, ``Man v Food'', Talk Back
 [8:00AM]    Network
 [10:45AM]    Glory
 [1:15PM]    Lone Star
 [4:15PM]    Chinatown
 [7:15PM]    Unfaithful
 [10:00PM]    We Own the Night
 [12:30AM]    Machete
 [2:45AM]    Unfaithful
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-Breaking Bad    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Wolfman', followed by the movie 'Wild Wild West'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Hilary Swank, Jimmy Pardo, and Hoodie Allen.

 [6:30 AM]      Now Playing December (2014)
 [7:00 AM]      The Singing Fool (1928)
 [8:45 AM]      Say It With Songs (1929)
 [10:15 AM]      So Long Letty (1929)
 [11:30 AM]      Gold Dust Gertie (1931)
 [12:45 PM]      Alias the Doctor (1932)
 [2:00 PM]      Frisco Kid (1935)
 [3:30 PM]      Navy Blues (1941)
 [5:30 PM]      Super Sleuth (1937)
 [6:45 PM]      Fight For Your Lady (1938)
 [8:00 PM]      Casablanca (1942)
 [10:00 PM]      The Green Berets (1968)
 [12:45 AM]      Gilda (1946)
 [2:45 AM]      Planet of the Apes (1968)
 [4:45 AM]      Air Raid Wardens (1943)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  11/19/14

 [6:00 AM]      Our Relations (1936)
 [7:30 AM]      The Steel Jungle (1955)
 [9:00 AM]      Mohawk (1956)
 [10:30 AM]      Hong Kong Confidential (1958)
 [12:00 PM]      Pier 5, Havana (1959)
 [1:15 PM]      Counterplot (1959)
 [2:45 PM]      The Disembodied (1957)
 [4:00 PM]      Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)
 [5:15 PM]      The Hypnotic Eye (1960)
 [6:45 PM]      Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      The Whistler (1944)
 [9:15 PM]      The Power of the Whistler (1945)
 [10:30 PM]      Voice of the Whistler (1945)
 [11:45 PM]      The Mysterious Intruder (1946)
 [1:00 AM]      Whistling In The Dark (1941)
 [2:30 AM]      Whistling In Dixie (1942)
 [4:00 AM]      Whistling In Brooklyn (1943)
 [5:30 AM]      Whistling In The Dark (1933)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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

Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network


RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV

Al Jazeera

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Singer Joan Baez (L) greets singer Emmylou Harris after being honored during the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Centennial Awards in New York, November 17, 2014.
Photo by Lucas Jackson


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Time To Go Gravel

Senator Mark Udall

When Mark Udall lost his Senate seat in the midterm elections, civil libertarians familiar with his efforts to inform Americans about the CIA and NSA had the same thought: Before leaving office, the Colorado Democrat should tell the public about the abuses the government is trying to hide. National-security officials are able to violate the Constitution and various statutes with impunity in large part because they classify their misbehavior as a state secret. It's a neat trick. To expose their lawbreaking, one must first break the law.

But there is a check on this unscrupulous trick.

Members of Congress can reveal classified information in their capacity as legislators without facing legal consequences. As the U.S. Constitution puts it, "The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place."

This "Speech or Debate Clause" was most famously invoked in 1971, when Senator Mike Gravel called a late-night subcommittee meeting and entered the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record, liberating them for the public and thwarting executive-branch officials who insisted that they should be suppressed.

Today, it's CIA torture and mass surveillance of innocent people that the executive branch wants to hide. It's beyond dispute that Bush administration interrogation tactics were illegal, as is the fact, documented in FISA Court opinions, that the NSA knowingly violated the Fourth Amendment on many occasions. Yet there is a lot about torture and surveillance that Americans still don't know.

Senator Mark Udall


Actor Jack Nicholson, left, and his daughter Lorraine Nicholson watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Mark J. Terrill


TV Land Cancels

Hot in Cleveland

It's a good thing LeBron is back and giving the people of Cleveland something to cheer about, because it's about to get much, much colder by the lake.

TV Land has pulled the plug on its long-running series Hot in Cleveland, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show's sixth season, which is currently in production, will be its last.

"It's been an honor to work with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and the incomparable Betty White, as well as our executive producers Suzanne Martin, Todd Milliner, Sean Hayes and the rest of our exceptional writers, production team and crew," said TV Land president Larry W. Jones in a statement.

Hot in Cleveland averaged 2.4 million viewers and earned White an Emmy nomination, plus two Screen Actors Guild Awards. The show celebrated its 100th episode in September.

Hot in Cleveland


Newhead News



Asia Lemmon

A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver's license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.

Asia Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her driver's license as Jessica Steinhauser, said the pasta strainer represents her beliefs in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

When she had the photo taken Sept. 29, Lemmon said she wasn't sure if officials at the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Hurricane would allow her to wear the headgear, but "it was surprisingly really, really easy."

Nannette Rolfe, the director of Utah's Driver License Division, said about a dozen Pastafarians have had their state driver's license photos taken with a similar colander or pasta strainer on their heads in recent years.

"As long as we can get a visual of the face, we're fine if they choose to wear the headgear," she said.

Asia Lemmon


Stevie Wonder performs in concert during his "Songs in the Key of Life Tour 2014" at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Philadelphia.
Photo by Owen Sweeney


Heart Exhumed

Frederic Chopin

As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France.

Ever since, the composer's body has rested in peace at the famed Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris - while his heart has endured a wild journey of intrigue and adulation.

First it was sealed in a jar of liquor believed to be cognac. Then it was smuggled into Warsaw past Russian border guards. Once in his hometown, Chopin's heart passed through the hands of several relatives before being enshrined within a pillar in Holy Cross Church. During World War II, it briefly fell into the clutches of the Nazis. The organ has been exhumed several times, most recently in a secret operation to check whether the tissue remains well preserved.

Chopin's heart inspires a deep fascination in Poland normally reserved for the relics of saints. For Poles, Chopin's nostalgic compositions capture the national spirit - and the heart's fate is seen as intertwined with Poland's greatest agonies and triumphs over nearly two centuries of foreign occupation, warfare and liberation.

Frederic Chopin


Wake-up Call


Nearly 36 Million People


Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe with an index on Monday listing Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as the nations where modern-day slavery is most prevalent.

The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its inaugural slavery index last year that 29.8 million people were born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, trapped in debt bondage or exploited for forced labour.

Releasing its second annual index, Walk Free increased its estimate of the number of slaves to 35.8 million, saying this was due to better data collection and slavery being uncovered in areas where it had not been found previously.

For the second year, the index of 167 countries found India had by far the greatest number of slaves. Up to 14.3 million people in its population of 1.25 billion were victims of slavery, ranging from prostitution to bonded labour.

Mauritania was again the country where slavery was most prevalent by head of population while Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, rose up the rank from 96th place to be listed as the fourth worst country by percentage of the population.



Actress Eva Longoria, singer Ricky Martin and fashion designer Victoria Beckham pose for photographers upon arrival at The Global Gift Gala in London, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.
Photo by Jonathan Short


Welfare Cheat Pleads Guilty

The Chisholms

A Minnesota man who collected food stamps and other public assistance while living on a yacht with his wife pleaded guilty on Monday to two felony charges, prosecutors said.

Colin Chisholm III, 62, pleaded guilty in a court hearing to theft by swindle and wrongfully obtaining public assistance, Hennepin County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Chisholm and his wife, Andrea Chisholm, 54, illegally received more than $167,000 in public benefits from 2005 to 2012 before their benefits were terminated.

Prosecutors said the coupled acquired a $1.2 million yacht in 2005, shortly after applying for Minnesota welfare benefits. They claimed Minnesota benefits for 28 months they lived on the yacht or in a Palm Beach, Florida area-house, prosecutors said.

They also were accused of living in two luxury homes in an upscale Minneapolis suburb while collecting benefits they were not entitled to, prosecutors said.

The Chisholms


Actress Bernadette Peters arrives for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Centennial Awards in New York, November 17, 2014.
Photo by Lucas Jackson


Virus Likely Cause Of Wasting

Sea Stars

Scientists have isolated a virus they are pretty sure is causing the mysterious disease that has killed millions of sea stars on the Pacific Coast from Southern California to Alaska by causing them to lose their limbs and eventually disintegrate into slime and piles of tiny bones.

A study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says a variety of densovirus is the likely cause of wasting syndrome among sea stars, also known as starfish. Varieties of densovirus are used as a biological control on cockroaches, and include the parvovirus that infects dogs.

Cornell University marine microbiologist Ian Hewson says they found larger amounts of the virus in sick sea stars than healthy ones, and the amount of virus increased as the disease progressed. Also, injecting material from sick sea stars that was filtered to concentrate virus-sized organisms caused healthy sea stars to get the disease.

Hewson adds they don't know yet what triggered the outbreak of the virus, which can be found in plankton, sandy ocean bottoms, and sea urchins, and has been found in museum specimens of sea stars dating to 1942. He said It could be related to a population boom in one of the species heavily infected by the disease, a change in the virus, or changes in the environment. Some of the most heavily infected species are members of the same family, suggesting they may share a common vulnerability.

Sea Stars


Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross, Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross seen at the Los Angeles Premiere of Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" held at Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Monday, Nov 17, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Eric Charbonneau


Solar Plant Lags In Production


The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned.

Sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal desert near the California-Nevada border, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened in February, with operators saying it would produce enough electricity to power a city of 140,000 homes.

So far, however, the plant is producing about half of its expected annual output for 2014, according to calculations by the California Energy Commission.

"Factors such as clouds, jet contrails and weather have had a greater impact on the plant than the owners anticipated," the agency said in a statement.

Operators initially expected to need steam from gas-powered boilers for an hour a day during startup. After operations began, they found they needed to keep boilers running more than four times longer - an average of 4 1/2 hours a day.



Actresses Jessica Lange and Demi Moore (R) greet each other at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 9th Annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film November 16, 2014. Lange was presented with the festival's 9th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film.
Photo by Phil Klein


Gets Marriage License


Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she loves the man convicted in the notorious murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

No date has been set, but a wedding coordinator has been assigned by the prison to handle the nuptials, and the couple has until early February to get married before they would have to reapply.

The Kings County marriage license, viewed Monday by The Associated Press, was issued Nov. 7 for the 80-year-old Manson and Burton, who lives in Corcoran - the site of the prison - and maintains several websites advocating his innocence.

Burton, who goes by the name "Star," told the AP that she and Manson will be married next month.



Actor Matthew McConaughey holds a plaque with a replica star on it as he stands with his sons Livingston (L) and Levi (C), and daughter Vida (R) during a ceremony honoring him with the 2,534th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California November 17, 2014.
Photo by Danny Moloshok


Replacing 'The Millers'

'Mike & Molly'

In a bid to bolster its Monday lineup - and provide a stronger lead-in for rookie drama "Scorpion" - CBS has slotted the fifth season of "Mike & Molly" for the night starting Dec. 8.

"Mike & Molly," which had aired in Monday's 9 o'clock hour in its first four seasons, will take over the 8:30 p.m. timeslot currently occupied by "The Millers." CBS pulled the plug on "Millers" last week, with the second-year show airing tonight and next week before disappearing.

The move is not a surprise, as CBS had a full 22-episode season order of "Mike & Molly" and was expected to get it on the air sooner rather than later. "Mike" was also on the bench at the start of last season, and then summoned to the Monday lineup in November after "We Are Men" was axed after just two airings.

To get viewers ready for the return of "Mike & Molly," CBS will air four repeat episodes of the comedy from 8 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 1, followed by "Scorpion" at a special time.

'Mike & Molly'


A demonstrator yells during a protest over the shooting death of Michael Brown in front of the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, November 17, 2014. Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized the state's National Guard to support police in case of violence after a grand jury decides whether to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who fatally shot Brown, unarmed black teenager.
Photo by Jim Young


TV Anchor's Fashion Sense

Karl Stefanovic

The male co-host of an Australian TV program is finally getting some attention for his fashion sense. And that's his point.

Karl Stefanovic wore the same blue suit every day for a year on Channel Nine's "Today" program. And no one noticed until he went public with his hidden-in-plain-sight experiment.

He told Australia's Fairfax Media that while no one asked about his suit, people regularly commented about and criticized the outfits worn by co-host Lisa Wilkinson.

Stefanovic says, "I'm judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor - on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they're wearing or how their hair is."

Karl Stefanovic



In Memory

Charles Champlin

Longtime Los Angeles Times film critic Charles Champlin has died at age 88, the newspaper said Monday.

Champlin died Sunday at his Los Angeles home of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his son, Charles Champlin Jr., told the Times.

A Harvard-educated native of Hammondsport, New York, Champlin worked at Time and Life magazines for 17 years before coming to the Times in 1965 as an entertainment editor and columnist.

Champlin was the principal film critic at the Times from 1967 until 1980, when he shifted to book reviews and a "Critic at Large" column that took a broader look at the arts. He retired in 1991 but continued contributing to the Times and wrote books, including one on George Lucas and another on his own struggle with losing his sight. Champlin became legally blind in 1999.

"Charles Champlin was one of the great gentlemen of American film criticism," current Times film critic Kenneth Turan said Monday.

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