Bartcop Entertainment - Tuesday, 25 November, 2003


25 November, 2003

big hammer - bigger hammer

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Issue #81

Disinfotainment Today

By Michael Dare

Issue #81
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Tips on Junk Calls

Here are our answers to all the annoying calls and junk mail we receive. 

1) Three Little Words That Work: "Hold On, Please..." Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt. 

Then when you eventually hear the phone company's "beep-beep-beep" tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task. These three little words could help eliminate telephone soliciting. 

2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?  This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone. This technique is used to determine the best time of day for  a "real" sales person to call back and get someone at home. 

What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Since doing this, my phone calls have decreased dramatically. 

3) Another Good Idea: When you get "ads" enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these "ads" with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away. 

When you get those "pre-approved" letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope. Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? 

It costs them more than the regular 37 cents postage "IF" and when they receive them back.  It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes. Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back! (If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.) 

You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! Eventually, the banks and credit card companies will begin getting their own junk back in the mail. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice! Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea!

- Thanks Ken Rubin -

Gallery of the Week

Right hand forms scissors, 
index finger of left hand 
mirrors penis.
Confusing, incoherent 
undulation of fingers just 
below chin.
Jerky cutting motion of 
chain around garage door.
Stretched, forced smile with 
forefingers of each hand.

Surely you've got something better to do than memorize the brand new Big Book of Sign Language.

Scumbags of the Week

NBC Network Programmers

    I'm up at 5AM to get the kids to school, so 9PM is bedtime. Anything after that is recorded and saved for the next day.
  CSI starts at 9PM on CBS, ER starts at 10PM on NBC, and that's the way things should be on Thursday nights on American television. Two of TV's best shows, one right after another, permanently stored in the satellite box and the VCR for regular recording. I've seen every episode of both.
   But now NBC has fucked it up. CSI has knocked ER out of the number one spot. NBC doesn't want people switching from CSI to ER, they want people tuned only to NBC from 9PM to 11PM, so what have they done? They've made it difficult, if not impossible for people like me to record both shows. How? They moved ER up a minute. That's right, ER doesn't start at 10PM any more, it starts at 9:59PM, and that one weasely minute makes all the difference.
    If you check off ER on a satellite (and I presume cable) box, it's IMPOSSIBLE to also check off CSI. CSI is programmed from 9PM to 10PM, so if you try to click it, you can't. Instead, because of that little minute overlap, you get a message saying you've already clicked something for that time period. It's literally impossible to click both CSI and ER. You've got to choose between them, even though they're not opposite each other.
   So a hearty "fuck you," NBC. Those are rotten tactics and no amount of salve will ease the pain of the burning pitchfork marks on your lard laden buttocks when you sink to the fiery depths of perpetual damnation where you will be made to suffer through your own programming for eternity on a small black and white TV with bad reception because hell doesn't get cable OR satellite.

Christmas Gift from Hell

Just one of many needlepoint kits available at Subversive Cross Stitch.

Inadvertent Philosophical Statement of the Week

Discovergames is "the resource for toy and game inventors to learn about the industry and show their products to board game retailers, manufacturers & licensers and game players," so if you've invented a game, what are you waiting for? Of particular interest: What Makes a Game Good? by Wolfgang Kramer, which has some advice that makes just as much sense in the real world. If reality came with an instruction booklet, it would be pretty nice if these were the rules...
Equal opportunity
At the start of the game, every player should have an equal chance of winning. In particular, the first player should have neither an advantage nor a disadvantage over the rest of the field.
A game should be rich in surprises. Repetition in sequence, progress, and events should be strictly avoided.
Winning chances
A similar rule applies to the end of a game. Every player must have at least a theoretical possibility of winning until the very end. This possibility might be infinitesimal, but it must be present.
No "kingmaker effect"
A game loses its appeal if, at any stage, a player who no longer has any hope of winning can somehow determine the winner. This problem arises primarily in strategy games.
No early elimination
All players should be involved in the game until it's almost over. No one should be eliminated until the very end.
Pretty nice philosophy there, Mr. Kramer. If you were running for president, I'd vote for you.

Mr. Conspiracy Says...

What? 2003 is almost over and you still haven't read The Top 10 Conspiracy Theories of 2002? 

It wasn't Oswald, Johnson, Castro, or the CIA. Read Mae Brussell's The Nazi Connection to the John F. Kennedy Assassination.

I Feel So Much Safer Now

Richard Perle has admitted that the US invasion of Iraq was illegal.
Insane E-mail of the Week
    I have no children. I will not suck up to the most corrupt nation on the planet. I will not go along just because my evil grandfather served in WWII without question. I know when it comes to "corrupt" Muslim governments that they could never get away with child protective services. I know that unless you are a nazi-american suck-up like yourself, I would never get my children back. That is why you evil bastards will not ever get my progeny. I know that in Iraq before your evil presents that I could speak out, to defend the souls of children who are not brainwashed by the antichrist George Washington. You are a corporate fascist medical military industrial complex. You will be destroyed and I will help with the pen, or die trying. I have just completed a statistical design that will establish a relationship between adoption slavery and psychiatric fraud. In America you get your knee broken by the govt. In Iraq it is a fingernail. You call it media boy. Maybe when your children are in chains you will finally realize you have been duped. I guess you do not want to be bothered with knowing the fact that the money to pay for you legal fight against your govt. had to come from the backs of Chinese children. When I get the U.N. to help me kick down the doors to expose the raping of American children by their govt. I guess at that point you will call me a trader. I will trade against anything that sells the souls of children. Except those that happen to be children of this corporate police state.
   P.S.  This would be written regardless what the satanic Bill of Rights says. The evil founding father Benjamin Rush once stated "terrorism is a useful instrument to control the body through the medium of the mind." I hope I live to see the day when the Chinese military frees their children from George Washington since the American people are utterly brainwashed by their masters.
- Mary Elizabeth Schipke -

Good News/Bad News

The bad news is that Michael Jackson was arrested. The good news is that in the wake of Jackson's publicity coup, Strange Cosmos, a site full of wonderful nonsense, published my picture of my son wearing a T-Shirt Michael Jackson doesn't want you to see. The ball got rolling and my site got a miraculous 9,971 hits in one day. 

"Just because I massaged his penis with my mouth doesn't mean I molested him." 

- Michael Jackson -
This Week on Meria Heller's Show
November 24 John Buchanan returns with a HUGE announcement 
November 25 Michelle Kinnucan - Journalist - Patriot Act & Spying on America 
December 2 John Stanton, Author - Hitler's Ghost in the White House? 
December 4 Danny Schechter - Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception 
December 11 Albert Pastore - Stranger Than Fiction, True Culprits of 9/11 
December 16 Robert Greenwald - Uncovered: The Truth About The War in Iraq 
December 24 Catherine Austin Fitts - Where's the Money? Each show free for 24 hours!

Holiday from Hell

You've already spent all your money on Disinfotainment Today mugs so it'll be easy to celebrate Buy Nothing Day.

Shockwave of the Week

In this lovely piece of work, Dubya hangs himself with his own words.

Movie Dubya Doesn't Want You To See

John Pilger's amazing report on the War on Terror.

Movie Steve Job Doesn't Want You To See

The iPod's Dirty Little Secret is that the battery only lasts 18 months and it's irreplaceable.

Website Jenna Bush Doesn't Want You To See

Using his very own words, this site explains to Dubya why he should put his money where his mouth is and Draft Jenna Bush.
Website Dubya Should be Forced to See
The Iraq Body Count Visual Aid.

Don't Take My Word For It

     "September 11 could not have changed the course of history to the extent that it has if President Bush had not responded to it the way he did. He declared war on terrorism, and under that guise implemented a radical foreign-policy agenda whose underlying principles predated the tragedy. Those principles can be summed up as follows: International relations are relations of power, not law; power prevails and law legitimizes what prevails.
   "The supremacist ideology of the Bush Administration stands in opposition to the principles of an open society, which recognize that people have different views and that nobody is in possession of the ultimate truth. The supremacist ideology postulates that just because we are stronger than others, we know better and have right on our side. The very first sentence of the September 2002 National Security Strategy (the President's annual laying out to Congress of the country's security objectives) reads, 'The great struggles of the twentieth century between liberty and totalitarianism ended with a decisive victory for the forces of freedom and a single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy, and free enterprise.'
   "The assumptions behind this statement are false on two counts. First, there is no single sustainable model for national success. Second, the American model, which has indeed been successful, is not available to others, because our success depends greatly on our dominant position at the center of the global capitalist system, and we are not willing to yield it." 
- George Soros: The Bubble of American Supremacy - 

"The primary role of the state police has become spying and suppression of legitimate attempts to challenge the undemocratic and secret rule of the national security state. The purpose of the law now is to put the protection of profits above people at all costs, even to the point of police destruction of the evidence necessary to reconstruct the crime."
- John Judge: Good Americans -

    "The UN refugee agency announced Tuesday that it was temporarily pulling 30 foreign staff members out of large areas of southern and eastern Afghanistan and closing refugee reception centers in four provinces. Analysts said the closures were a victory for resurgent Taliban forces and could affect thousands of refugees trying to return to Afghanistan from Pakistan. 

    "The suspension of operations comes after three attacks on UN offices and employees in the last week by suspected Taliban fighters. The shootings and bombings, which appear to be growing in sophistication and lethality, are believed to be part of a campaign to drive aid workers from southern Afghanistan, the Taliban heartland. The group appears to be trying to gain support from ethnic Pashtuns already frustrated by a lack of aid from the international community and a lack of power in the national government." 
    "We may live in materialistic times, but there is no disgrace in material decrease, particularly if it represents an investment in future gain - even if that gain be in the form of learning or the development of personal character. Likewise, the inner strength that comes from bearing loss can be balanced by a corresponding increase in inner strength and insight. When letting go of material desires leads to a greater simplicity in daily life, good fortune often comes calling.
    "In nature, the lake evaporates to form the clouds that drop the rain which nurtures the surrounding forest. As the forest grows thick, more rain is captured for the lake. Similarly, an 'evaporation' or decrease in one area of your life, may give rise to an eventual increase. A loss of responsibility at work can mean more free time; more free time may generate more career options. A decrease in material possessions can free the spirit and fill the soul."
- I Ching -
"Kindness means to let others be happy; compassion means to commiserate with others; happiness means to let our hearts be free of worries, to abandon is to let others know of what we know."
- Venerable Master Cheng Yen -
"No matter how assiduously the daily industrial-strength tissue of lies is spun, denying the discernible deterioration of our sick civilization, and no matter how many have invested their lives in believing and sustaining these lies: unpleasant realities are lumbering inexorably toward us. Experts in all fields are dogtrotted out by the truckload, and dutifully trundled through the mills of mass media, in order continually to bury and re-bury any signs of incipient awareness in the populace that all is not well. Official repertoires consisting of studied stupidities, frank falsehoods, diagrams for dummies, simpering smirks and posturing pomposities are designed to semaphore to a somnambulant citizenry that everything is under control. In fact, mounting evidence points entirely to a contrary conclusion. And in the face of our stunningly complicated world problems, the toddler's cartoon version of life, offered by those in power through the mass media's obedient mouth, is one of the most shocking aspects of our predicament. Of a multitude of symptoms indicating rampant human lunacy presently operating on a grand scale, the continual insulting offerings of Frankenspeak in lieu of meaningful communication is perhaps the most directly alarming, disgusting and telling."
- Diane Harvey: Juggernaut Rising - Part One:  The Disintegration Of Dystopia -

    "They had envisioned an open-topped carriage ride down the mall to Buckingham Palace with Bush seated beside the Queen, both heads of state waving and smiling before throngs of admiring and grateful, patriotic spectators.    "There would be a spectacular state banquet at the palace and a review of the Queen's cavalry regiment. In essence, all the pomp and circumstance of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, 'Bush in London'.
    "But, it was not to be. American security demands for an impenetrable security bubble surrounding the president were little more than a thinly disguised plan to prevent the media circus traveling with Bush from witnessing the massive London protests that greeted the most hated man on the face of the planet."
- Michael Carmichael -

    "Violence and terrorism are no different. Like poverty, they will always be with us. At best they can only be diminished and contained. Yet now, with the arrogance of power, we have the Bush/Blair roadshow promising in sub-Churchillian tones to vanquish terrorism as though it were a clearly defined enemy like Nazi Germany.
    "Terrorism is a technique. It is not an ideology or a political philosophy, let alone an enemy state. Our leaders' failure to understand that point emerged immediately after September 11 2001 when they reacted to the attacks in New York and Washington by confusing the hunt for the perpetrators with the Afghan 'state' that allegedly 'harboured' them. The Taliban ran a vicious regime, but Afghanistan was a disastrously failed state and its nominal leader, Mullah Omar, had no control over al-Qaida.
    "By the same token the 'war' on terror should have remained what it initially was, a metaphor like the 'war' on drugs. But instead of being harmless linguistic exaggeration to describe a broad campaign encompassing a range of political, economic and police counter-measures, it was narrowed down to real war and nothing else. The slippery slope that began with Afghanistan quickly led to the invasion of Iraq, a symbolic and political enormity whose psychological impact Bush and Blair have not yet grasped."
- Jonathan Steele: A War That Can Never be Won -

     "There are two types of creators in the world. One type of creator works with objects - a poet, a painter, they work with objects, they create things. The other type of creator, the mystic, creates himself. He doesn't work with objects, he works with the subject; he works on himself, his own being. And he is the real creator, the real poet, because he makes himself into a masterpiece. 
    "You are carrying a masterpiece hidden within you, but you are standing in the way. Just move aside, then the masterpiece will be revealed. Everyone is a masterpiece, because God never gives birth to anything less than that. Everyone carries that masterpiece hidden for many lives, no knowing who they are and just trying on the surface to become someone. 
    "Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it. God himself has created you; you cannot be improved."

- Osho: Ah, This! Chapter 1 - 

"You have to protect your writing time. The easiest thing to do on earth is not write."
- William Goldman -

    "Writing in a satirical genre requires the writer to become completely vulnerable. Many writers cannot expose themselves through insecurity and fear of retribution if they use their First Amendment rights to state their opinion publicly. Political silence then allows absolute control by those who have power over those who have none. 
    "Journalists often endanger themselves when they expose malfeasance by powerful people who belong to societal elites. These groups often have a powerful influence over those who control the media. Investigative reporters often find themselves abandoned when politically correct peers, worried about their jobs, avert their eyes in willful blindness and even vilify them publicly...    "The First Amendment to the US Constitution protects investigative reporters against prior restraint and prohibitions on genre or content. It prevents those who find their writing disquieting from gagging them. The law determines that public officials and the judiciary, whose life and behavior result in public focus or interest, must remain accountable and not try to silence members of the press corps. Moreover, satire and cartoons define as protected speech under the First Amendment even if the target does not appreciate the humor...    "In most cases, the targets of satire initiate it by their own behavior and statements. Satirists patiently wait for tyrants to behave with avarice and to cover up their unlawful activity then expose their deeds. The satirist recognizes and accepts that the truth, by its very nature, often inflames the sensibilities of others. It especially inflames those people who identify with the negative aspects of exposure."
- PAUL TRUMMEL, Appellant v. STEPHEN (aka Stefan) A. MITCHELL AND COUNCIL HOUSE, INC., Respondents: Court of Appeals - State of Washington - Division 1 (#48662-4-1) -
"Do not feel that you can do evil
just because it is slight.
And do not neglect doing a good deed
just because it is small."
- Buddha -
Everything Else
Mandatory reading: The president, speaking after attacks on police stations and a Red Cross facility in Iraq killed at least 35 people, said such attacks should be seen as a sign of progress because they show the desperation of those who oppose the U.S.-led occupation. "The more successful we are on the ground, the more these killers will react," Bush said. Chris Floyd takes this logic and applies it to various historical situations in the brilliant Global Eye - Logical Conclusions. "The more successful we are on the ground, the more these killers will react," said U.S. General George Custer, in a battlefield interview during a brief lull in what he termed "a light skirmish" with Indian forces at Little Big Horn.  

Go here and you can figure out exactly how much money (in pounds) you'd have saved if you'd never had a drink, how many bathtubs full of booze you've consumed, and how many Ferraris you could have bought. 

Your left brain and your right brain struggle for control over your mouse in this color test. 

Just once, before you die, you must visit the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and The Ronald Reagan Home for the Criminally Insane. 

There's so much good stuff here I don't even know where to start. Just go to The Open Society Institute and start clicking. 

All you fans of Master and Commander better get a look at National Lampoon's The Rigging of a Ship by Henry Beard. 

Artisan foods are handmade foods made by small manufacturers, often families, who avoid the trappings of BIG food and only sell by mail order. They make orgasmic Christmas gifts. Fuck Atkins. Get yourself some artisan cheese and some homemade fudge.

Contact pResident Bush -
Contact Jeb Bush -
Contact Saddam Hussein - (might bounce)
Contact Kim Jong Il -
Contact Jacques Chirac -
Contact the Pope -
Embassy of France in the US: 202-944-6000
German Embassy in the US: 202-298-4000
Embassy of the Russian Federation: 202-298-5700
Embassy of the People's Republic of China: 202-328-2500
White House switchboard: (202) 456-1414
Contact your Senator
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House and Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121
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Selected Readings

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The Wall Street Poet

'The Controller'

What's going on in the House of Representatives these days? This verse tells the story...

The Controller

(A Tom DeLay Poem)

They all know my name today,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
I dictate and they obey,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
With this Congress I can play,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
Play it the old Texas way,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
Tom DeLay, Tom DeLay,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.

I ain't just no old boy hick,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
I know ev'ry dirty trick,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
Jump my hoops and do it quick,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
You don't want to cross me, Slick,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
Tom DeLay, Tom DeLay,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.

Let me make this crystal clear,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
Enemies I will not spare,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
Anything to win is fair,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
Work with me or live with fear,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.
Tom DeLay, Tom DeLay,
The Controller, Tom DeLay.

© 2003

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Overcast day.

Running large & late.

Tonight, Tuesday, CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Navy NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Guardian', then a FRESH 'Judging Amy'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Tom Ridge and Puddle of Mudd.  (RERUNs all next week)
Scheduled on a FRESH Craiggers are Kelly Preston, Vanessa Marcil, and Richard Jeni.

NBC begins the evening with 'Queer Eye', followed by a FRESH 'special' - 'Shania Twain: Up Close & Personal', then a FRESH 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jay are Julie Scardina and Bette Midler.
On a RERUN Conan are Ron Howard, John Tesh, and the Strokes.  (FRESH next week)
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson Daly are Billy Bob Thornton, Eliza Dushku, and Patrick Monahan.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH '8 Simple Rules', followed by a FRESH 'I'm With Her', then a FRESH 'Jim', followed by a FRESH 'Less Than Perfect', then a FRESH'NYPD Blue'.
RERUN Jimmy Kimmel are Estella Warren and Nelly, with guest co-host Tom Delonge.  (FRESH next week)

The WB offers the movie 'Never Been Kissed'.

Faux has a FRESH 'special' - 'American Idol Christmas', followed by a FRESH '24' (Day 3:  5pm - 6pm).

UPN has a FRESH 'One On One', followed by a FRESH 'All Of Us', then a FRESH 'Rock Me Baby', followed by a RERUN 'Half & Half'.

A&E has 'American Justice', 'Biography' (Lyman & Joseph Bloomingdale), and 'Cold Case Files'.

AMC offers the movie 'Hombre', followed by the movie 'Alien Resurrection', then the movie 'The Crucible'.

BBC  -    [6pm] 'BBC World News';    [6:30pm] 'Cash in the Attic' - Inglis;    [7pm] 'Ground Force' - Stamford;    [7:30pm] 'Changing Rooms' - Blackpool;    [8pm] 'Ground Force' - Stratford;    [8:30pm] 'Ground Force' - Nottingham;    [9pm] 'Changing Rooms' - Weston Super Mare;    [9:30pm] 'Changing Rooms' - Camberwell;    [10pm] 'Changing Rooms' - Urmston;    [10:30pm] 'Changing Rooms' - Chertsey;    [11pm] 'So Graham Norton' - Natasha McElhone;    [11:30pm] 'So Graham Norton' - Johnny Knoxville;    [12am] 'Changing Rooms' - Weston Super Mare;    [12:30am] 'Changing Rooms' - Camberwell;    [1am] 'Changing Rooms' - Urmston;    [1:30am] 'Changing Rooms' - Chertsey;    [2am] 'Ground Force' - Stratford;    [2:30am] 'Ground Force' - Nottingham;    [3am] 'So Graham Norton' - Natasha McElhone;    [3:30am] 'So Graham Norton' - Johnny Knoxville;    [4am] 'Changing Rooms' - Weston Super Mare;    [4:30am] 'Changing Rooms' - Camberwell;    [5am] 'Changing Rooms' - Urmston;    [5:30am] 'Changing Rooms' - Chertsey;  and  [6am] 'BBC World News'.    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'West Wing', 'Cirque du Soleil: Varekai', 'Queer Eye', and 'West Wing'.

RERUN Jon Stewart is TBA.  (FRESH next week)

History has 'Home For The Holidays', 'Deep Sea Detectives', 'Tactical To Practical', and 'Modern Marvels'.

SciFi has 'X-Files', another 'X-Files', the movie 'Sasquatch', followed by the movie 'The Wraith'.

TCM celebrates murder, Margaret Rutherford (mostly as Miss Marple), the fabulous Edna May Oliver, and Shirley MacLaine, all in one day!
[6am] 'The Yellow Canary' (1943);    [7:30am] 'Murder She Said' (1961);    [9am] 'Murder At The Gallop' (1963);    [10:30am] 'Murder Ahoy' (1964);    [12:30pm] 'Murder Most Foul' (1965);    [2:30pm] 'Murder on the Blackboard' (1934);    [4pm] 'Murder on a Honeymoon' (1935);    [5:30pm] 'How To Murder Your Wife' (1965);    [7:30pm] 'MGM Parade Show #20' (1955);    [8pm] 'Two Mules For Sister Sara' (1970);    [10pm] 'Gambit' (1966);    [12am] 'The Children's Hour' (1961);    [2am] Private Screenings: Shirley MacLaine (2003);    [3am] 'Only Angels Have Wings' (1939);  and  [5:30 am] 'Festival of Shorts #22' (1999).    (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday  -  11/26

TCM  -   [6am] 'North By Northwest' (1959);    [8:30am] 'All Fall Down' (1962);    [10:30am] 'The Best Man' (1964);    [12:30pm] 'Ship of Fools' (1965);    [3:15pm] 'Cool Hand Luke' (1967);    [5:30pm] 'The Hawaiians' (1970);    [8pm] 'Dead Poets Society' (1989);    [10:30pm] 'The Age of Innocence' (1993);    [1am] 'The Remains of the Day' (1993);  and  [3:30am] 'The Sacrifice' (1986)  [AKA:  'Offret'] .    (ALL TIMES EST)

Anyone have any opinions?

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Actress Emma Bolger (R) tries U2 singer Bono's sunglasses at the premiere of 'In America,' in New York, November 24, 2003. Emma stars in the film, and Bono collaborated on the original music score.
Photo by Albert Ferreira


The Information One-Stop

Moose & Squirrel

Moose & Squirrel Information One-Stop


Commercial Contest

'Bush In 30 Seconds'

Moby has teamed up with Jonathan Soros -- son of billionaire George Soros -- in launching an Internet competition for a TV commercial attacking resident George W. Bush.

The contest, called "Bush in 30 seconds" is open to the general public and will be judged by a celebrity panel including actors Jack Black and Janeane Garafalo, REM frontman Michael Stipe and documentary film maker Michael Moore.

"Anyone can make and submit a 30 second TV ad that is somehow based around 'the truth about George Bush'," Moby wrote on his website

The competition is being organised with the help of -- the online advocacy group that helped coordinate nationwide protests against the war in Iraq.

'Bush In 30 Seconds'


The Best Musical In London

'Jerry Springer - The Opera'

Jerry Springer - the Opera, a raucous British musical satire of the trashy American TV show, was named best musical Monday at the 49th Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Democracy, septuagenarian English dramatist Michael Frayn's look at the former German chancellor Willy Brandt, was named best play. Both productions began at the state-funded National Theatre and are still running. Jerry Springer transferred earlier this month to the Cambridge Theatre on the West End, and Democracy, extended at the National through March, will move to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre in April.

'Jerry Springer - The Opera'


George's Dad To Run for Congress

Nick Clooney

Nick Clooney, father of actor George Clooney and brother of the late singer Rosemary Clooney, said on Monday he will run for the U.S. Congress from a district in northern Kentucky.

Clooney, 67, will campaign as a Democrat to succeed three-term Democrat Rep. Ken Lucas, who backed Clooney's candidacy in his retirement announcement. Lucas called Clooney "a fresh face on the political scene who is intelligent, articulate, highly respected, and above all, passionate."

Lucas, 70, is Kentucky's lone Democrat in Congress but frequently crossed party lines to vote with his five Republican colleagues.

Nick Clooney


Puppeteers work two of the characters from Sesame Street. The colourful characters from the children's show are poised to make their debut in the Khmer language following the approval of a Cambodian pilot programme.
Photo by Matthew Peyton


Comic Strip Debuts


Opus is back waddling across the comics pages not because funnies fans need him but because his creator, Berkeley Breathed, thinks the penguin needs "finishing."

"Unfinished characters make me as unsettled as a messy hallway will keep my wife from sleeping soundly," Breathed wrote in an e-mail interview with cartoonist Phil Frank published Sunday in The San Francisco Chronicle.

The new weekly strip, named for its character, debuted Sunday in large format. A Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning, Breathed insisted on the larger style.



Full-Season Order

'Arrested Development'

In a show of faith, Fox Broadcasting Co. has given a full-season order to "Arrested Development," an oddball family comedy that has drawn critical raves but tepid Nielsen numbers since its debut earlier this month.

"Arrested Development," starring Jason Bateman and Jeffrey Tambor, revolves around a wealthy, dysfunctional family that is forced to pull together when the patriarch -- played by Tambor -- is arrested for shifty accounting practices at the family's real estate firm.

The show has had an uphill climb in its 9:30 p.m. Sunday slot, but Fox entertainment president Gail Berman said the network remains high on the show and is willing to give it time to find its audience.

'Arrested Development'


ABC Sitcom

Lewis Black

Comedian Lewis Black, best known for his appearances as an irate commentator on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," is attached to star as a high school principal in an ABC sitcom.

The untitled project is envisioned as a workplace comedy "that happens to be in a high school," said writer/producer Victor Fresco.

Lewis Black


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Says Second 'Joe' Was Greedy

Sandy Grushow

A top Fox executive acknowledged Monday that "we got greedy" in ordering a second edition of "Joe Millionaire."

In nine months, the show has gone from one of TV's most surprising successes to the new season's most spectacular flameout. The final episode of its second season was to air Monday.

"Our instincts told us from the very beginning that `Joe Millionaire' was a one-time stunt and I think we got greedy," Sandy Grushow, Fox television entertainment chairman, said on Monday.

"We tried to sneak it by the American public a second time and we got called on it," Grushow said.

Sandy Grushow


A diamond ring-like flare emerges from a total eclipse of the sun observed at Japan's Dome base in Antarctica November 24, 2003.


Makers Bash CBS Editing

'The Reagans'

The director of "The Reagans" complained Monday that CBS butchered his made-for-TV movie, ultimately making it too incoherent for the network to air.

"We were, in a sense, banished" from the editing process before CBS ditched it, director Robert Ackerman said.

Producers and the stars of the movie commented extensively about it for the first time in a conference call Monday.

The film Showtime is airing Sunday is exactly as the filmmakers intended with the major exception of excising the one line that caused the most hubbub.

For a lot more, 'The Reagans'


New Co-Host of 'The View'

Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who made it to the finale on "Survivor: The Australian Outback" was chosen after a three-month search for a replacement for Lisa Ling, the youngest member of the ABC talk show's panel who left last year.

Walters said she and the other hosts Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar took a vote. Then they held up scraps of paper with the name "Elisabeth" written on them in a send-up of the tribal council vote on "Survivor."

The 26-year-old also watched a recorded message from her husband, Washington Redskins quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, congratulating her on the job.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck


Ordered to Rehab

Yancy Butler

Actress Yancy Butler, who starred in the canceled TNT series "Witchblade," was ordered Monday to enter a substance-abuse treatment program after her weekend arrest for disorderly intoxication.

Butler was taken to jail Saturday after cars had to swerve to avoid hitting her as she wandered in and out of traffic, police said.

Butler told police Saturday that she was an alcoholic who was on medication, according to a Delray Beach Police report. At first, she said she'd been kicked out of a halfway house, but later said she was still in one, the report said.

She previously was arrested Jan. 2 after a fight at her uncle's Hauppauge, N.Y., home. The fight allegedly involved Butler's father, Joe, the former drummer for the '60s folk-rock band The Lovin' Spoonful. She was charged with criminal contempt for violating an order of protection, and two counts of harassment.

Yancy Butler


Formerly 'The Vidiot'



Offended By Commercial

Thomas Aquinas College

Hugh Hefner might like variety, but the folks at a small Catholic liberal arts college don't want to hear about it.

Leaders of Thomas Aquinas College were so upset by a Carl's Jr. commercial featuring the quintessential playboy that they met with the chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc., which operates Carl's Jr., and asked him to resign from the college's board of governors.

"It's common knowledge that Hugh Hefner and Playboy stand for hedonism and unbridled pleasure-seeking, and that is impossible to reconcile with what we stand for," said Ann Forsyth, spokeswoman for the college outside this still largely rural town.

Andrew Puzder agreed to step down.

Thomas Aquinas College


A young Malaysian girl, Alya Khairi, 6, plays with a sparkler on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr celebration in Kota Bharu, 500 km (300 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, late November 24, 2003. Malaysians on Tuesday celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the biggest festival in the Islamic calendar, marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and restraint from other worldly pleasures.
Photo by Bazuki Muhammad


Ties The Knot

Wynonna Judd

Wynonna and her longtime bodyguard D. R. Roach were married on Saturday (November 22) in a private ceremony in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee. The wedding was attended by 60 of the couple's closest friends and family, including Wynonna's mother, Naomi Judd, and sister Ashley Judd.

The church was draped in lavender and ivory for the ceremony, and the bride wore an ivory custom-stitched and beaded dress, according to Wynonna's website. The nuptials will be featured in an upcoming issue of In Style magazine.

Wynonna Judd


Dislikes Succession Act

King Carl Gustaf XVI

Twenty-three years have passed since Sweden adopted a new Succession Act, but King Carl Gustaf XVI is still upset that his eldest child, Princess Victoria, and not his only son will become Sweden's next monarch.

The Swedish Constitution was changed in 1980, giving the eldest child of the royal couple the right to the throne, regardless of gender.

The new law stripped seven-month-old Carl Philip of the title of Crown Prince and made his elder sister Victoria, now 26, heir to the throne.

Victoria is hugely popular in Sweden and is widely viewed as a capable and worthy successor to her father, but the king nonetheless said at the weekend that he was displeased by the change in the law.

King Carl Gustaf XVI


Claims Not To Have Eaten For 68 Years

Prahlad Jani

An Indian man who claims divine inspiration says he has survived 68 years without eating, drinking or relieving himself, baffling doctors who are unable to prove him an imposter.

Prahlad Jani, a 76-year-old whose extraordinary tale has won him a small band of devotees, took a dare and underwent round-the-clock surveillance at a hospital in Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of the western state of Gujarat.

Clad in his trademark red sari, bangles and earrings meant to fashion Hindu goddesses, Jani managed to puzzle the Sterling Hospital's 400 doctors.

Neurologist Sudhir Shah said Jani was under watch for 10 days, with a closed-circuit camera running, and that doctors were convinced he did not break any of his vows, although there was no way of verifying whether Jani has pulled it off for 68 years.

A vindicated Jani left the hospital Saturday and said he was retreating to a cave at Mount Abu in the neighboring desert state of Rajasthan.

For more, Prahlad Jani


In Memory


Snowflake, believed to be the only albino gorilla in captivity, died from skin cancer after living for 36 years in Barcelona zoo.

Snowflake, one of the zoo's star attractions, contracted cancer in his right armpit about two years ago and his condition worsened rapidly in recent weeks.

Barcelona mayor Joan Clos said zoo officials decided to put down the animal in order to spare him an "agonizing death".

Catalan primatologist Jordi Sabater Pi, who arranged to move the animal to the zoo after he was found in a forest in Equatorial Guinea on October 1, 1966, described him in a book published last week as a symbol of the fight to protect the world's diminishing gorilla population.

"If we do nothing there will be no more gorillas in 30 years," Sabater Pi wrote in the book, entitled Copito para Siempre ("Snowflake for Ever").

During his years in captivity, Snowflake had three mates and fathered 21 baby gorillas, none of which are albinos. His only male offspring, Urko, died in August.

Clos said a street or a square would be named after Snowflake in Barcelona.



Jellyfish drifting in the water attract visitors at Hakeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, south of Tokyo November 23, 2003.
Photo by Kimimasa Mayama


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