BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 29 November, 2011


29 November, 2011

(Updated Daily)

[63 days in a row]



The (Occasional) Veterans Report

Gays Seek Benefit Equality

Several groups representing gay and lesbian service members are pressing the DoD to extend benefits for same-sex dependents beyond Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI), Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP), GI Bill ( Survivors & Dependents Education Assistance (DEA), military death gratuity, designated caregiver and the Thrift Savings Plan to include housing, TRICARE, and more. Based on estimates made by UCLA's Miller Institute Social Research Center there are as many as 66,000 gay and lesbian service members who are not offered the same benefits as there straight co-workers...
(With budget cuts looming, I'm afraid the DoD will fight this citing the DOMA)

VA Plans More Transitional Housing

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to enter into agreements to provide more than 1,000 additional units of permanent and transitional housing for veterans at various sites on VA medical center campuses nationwide. The planned agreements are part of VA's enhanced-use lease authority and Building Utilization Review and Re-purposing (BURR) initiative, which aims to identify and re-purpose unused VA land and buildings in support of VA's goal to end veteran homelessness...

(and from last week)

VA Plans More Housing For Homeless Vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs has entered into agreements to provide more than 3,000 units of permanent and transitional housing for veterans at 25 VA medical center campuses nationwide. Also, agreements are pending on 1,000 more units. Proposed opportunities include housing for homeless veterans, senior veterans, disabled veterans, other at-risk veteran populations, and their families.

VA 'Make the Connection'

Make the Connection, a new campaign launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is creating ways for veterans and their family members to connect with the experiences of other veterans -- and ultimately to connect with information and resources to help them. The Make the Connection web site at, features numerous veterans who have shared their experiences, challenges, and triumphs.

COLA Bill Goes to the President

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the 2012 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for veterans receiving compensation for service-connected disabilities. The COLA also affects the rates for military retirees, Social Security recipients, and the dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of veterans who died as a result of service. Although Congress has passed a COLA every year for veterans since 1976, there has not been an increase in the rate since 2009. The 3.6% COLA increase will go into effect on December 1, 2011, once the legislation is signed into by law by the President.

More Details on VOW GI Bill

VA has released details on the new VOW Act GI Bill benefits, including information on eligibility, application processes, deadlines, and limitations. According to VA the new program should be available by July 1, 2012 and will be limited to 99,000 participants. Unemployed veterans between age 35 and 60 may receive up to 12 months of assistance at the full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill -- Active Duty program. Like other GI Bill programs the benefit will be funded through the VA. However, unlike other GI Bill type programs, applications will be submitted through and processed by the DoL...

New VA Jobs Portal

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched its new "VA for Vets" web site, with an online job search board, self-assessment tools, resume builder and military skills translator to help veterans identify jobs that match their skills. The new web site currently has over 3,000 jobs listed.

VA Program Helps Stroke Survivors

An intensive therapy program to help stroke survivors who cannot talk or write has become so sought-after by veterans that it has a waiting list of patients who hope to be helped by it. Officials at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System say 39 veterans and 5 active military personnel from 35 states have completed the Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & Education (PIRATE). The program is unusual because it concentrates one-on-one therapy, packing in five six-hour sessions a week. For more information, call the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System at 1-866-4VA-PITT (1-866-482-7488)

Phone Support Program for Vets, Spouses

The VA is implementing a telephone support program to help the spouses of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, after a pilot telephone support program showed reduction in stress for spouses. The spouse telephone support program, which is part of VA's Caregiver Support Program, builds spouses' ability to cope with the challenges that reintegration to civilian society can bring, helps them serve as a pillar of support for returning veterans, and eases the transition for families after deployments. Visit for more information on spouse telephone support and other caregiver support programs...


In efforts to help my fellow veterans and their families, I am offering to assist as I can. Note: I am not a certified Service Officer yet. I'm planning to attend the requisite training as soon as my health permits. However, I am very acquainted with the 'ins and outs' of the VA system (since 1991) and can confidently offer advice and direction. If I don't know an answer to a question, I will say so and research the answer for you, or suggest other organizations to query. You may write me at with 'Vet Info Request' in the subject line. I will help you as best I am able to...

Life Member - DAV

Thanks, B2tbBob!


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Canadian Car Chase

Ouka (
Fun game.

Mark Laita: Breathtaking photographs of deadly snakes
Mark Laita is an advertising and fine art photographer based in Los Angeles. This work is from his project, 'Serpentine,'…

Paul Krugman: Things to Tax (Creators Sydicate)
The supercommittee was a superdud - and we should be glad. Nonetheless, at some point we'll have to rein in budget deficits. And when we do, here's a thought: How about making increased revenue an important part of the deal?

Lucy Mangan: The internet - it cannot last (Guardian)
'Britain will return to a feudal state and we'll all be bartering cider for withies.'

Kate Bolick: why marriage is a declining option for modern women (Guardian)
Approaching 40, Kate Bolick has come to a profound insight: that she - and many women like her - might never marry. But revealing that realisation in an article in an American magazine caused frenzied comment. Here's what she had to say.

Scott Burns: A Tale of Two Generations (
Today the young are endangered. And while everyone- and I mean everyone- may feel endangered these days, an increasing body of evidence shows that we've done a pretty good job of improving the condition of the elderly over the last 40 years.

Geoff Boucher: The Rolling Stones are feeling golden (Los Angeles Times)
These are days of unfinished business for the Rolling Stones as they continue to mine their vault for "lost" material - a fascinating cache of unreleased tracks from the 1977-1978 "Some Girls" sessions arrives in stores next week - and gather their dark powers for their 50th anniversary next year and perhaps another tour.

David Bruce has 42 Kindle books on with 250 anecdotes in each book. Each book is $1, so for $42 you can buy 10,500 anecdotes. Search for "Funniest People," "Coolest People, "Most Interesting People," "Kindest People," "Religious Anecdotes," "Maximum Cool," and "Resist Psychic Death."


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Trivia Question of the Day

Who was born Julia Elizabeth Wells?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The Baumé scale is used to measure the ___?___ of various liquids.

   Density                                                      Source

The Baumé scale is a pair of hydrometer scales developed by French pharmacist Antoine Baumé in 1768 to measure density of various liquids.        Source

Charlie was first, and correct, with:
   It measures the density (mass per unit volume) of liquids relative to distilled water.

Alan J responded:

Sally said:
   The Baumé scale was created by French chemist Antoine Baumé for use in marking hydrometers, which measure the density of liquids.

  This is a Baumé scale, which I am sure we all have handy when we question say the density of say a bottle of fabric softener. Yes, it has been thinned out. And, the bottle may remain the same size, but there is now less product in it. When at the market last week, I actually saw a customer opening one bottle, and adding some to her bottle, to bring her content to the top. Although technically stealing, I actually admired her... She was sending a message to the manufacturer: Stop screwing us by cheating us this way!!!

  If you open the lid, you will see how low is the actual amount of product is in said bottle! (And, since I hang my clothes outside, I use this.) It has been watered down as well!! Next time you shop, check it out!

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   The Baumé scale is a pair of hydrometer scales developed by French pharmacist Antoine Baumé in 1768 to measure density of various liquids. The unit of the Baumé scale has been notated variously as degrees Baumé, B°, Bé° and simply Baumé (the accent is not always present). One scale measures the density of liquids heavier than water and the other, liquids lighter than water.

Adam answered:
   Density, as in 'Yes. Yes. I'm George, George McFly. I'm your density. I mean... your destiny. '

Marian responded:

Dale of Diamond Springs said:
   Another easy one. The Baume Scale is used to measure the density of liquids.

MAM   wrote:
   Specific gravity ~ The Baumé scale was created by French chemist Antoine Baumé for use in marking hydrometers, which measure the density of liquids.

  Baumé hydrometers

And, Joe S     answered:
   Density. You're blinding me with science.
  The Accidental Optical Illusion from Bruce mad me think of optical illusions in general and that brought this amazing optical illusion to mind. How do they do that?

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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

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Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny morning, overcast afternoon.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with the chestnut 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS', then the FRESH 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 10/27/11 are Johnny Depp and Foster the People.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Margaret Cho, Michael Connelly, and Tom Lennon as the voice of Geoff.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Biggest Loser', followed by a FRESH 'Parenthood'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Leno are Kathy Bates, Jay Mohr, and Switchfoot.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jesse Eisenberg, the Dodos, and Neko Case.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/16/11) are Wil Willis, Eriberto & Estevan Oriol, and Trentmoller.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Man Up!, then a RERUN 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'Body Of Proof'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Shaquille O'Neal, Julia Jones, and David Guetta featuring Usher.

The CW offers a FRESH '90210', followed by a FRESH 'Ringer'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Glee', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'Raising Hope'.

MY recycles an old 'Cold Case', followed by another old 'Cold Case'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'A League Of Their Own', followed by the movie 'Scrooged'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]   BBC World News
 [7:00AM]   BBC World News
 [8:00AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 2 - PJ's
 [9:00AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited-Ep 1 Glasshouse
 [10:00AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 6 The Granary
 [11:00AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 5 The Curry Lounge
 [12:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 4 The Fish and Anchor
 [1:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 3 The Priory
 [2:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 2 Piccolo Teatro
 [3:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 1 Ruby Tates
 [4:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 10 Dillons
 [5:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 8 Peter's
 [6:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 1 - Mojito's
 [7:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 5 - Hot Potato Cafe
 [8:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 6 - Mama Rita's
 [9:00PM]   24 Hours in the ER-Episode 11 NEW
 [10:00PM]   Brothels: The Ins and Outs
 [11:00PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 1 The Secret Garden
 [12:00AM]   24 Hours in the ER-Episode 11
 [1:00AM]   Brothels: The Ins and Outs
 [2:00AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares-Ep 1 The Secret Garden
 [3:00AM]   PrimevalEpisode 2
 [4:00AM]   Doctor Who-Ep 7 The IdiotĆs Lantern
 [5:00AM]   BBC World News     (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', 'Millionaire Mtachmaker', followed by a FRESH 'Millionaire Matchmaker', then a FRESH 'Mad Fashion', followed by a FRESH 'Fashion Hunters'.

Comedy Central has '30 Rock', another '30 Rock', 'South Park', 'Futurama', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', and yet antoher 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Betty White.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Tinariwen.

FX has '2&frac; Men', followed by the movie 'I, Robot', then a FRESH 'Sons Of Anarchy'.

History has 'Modern Marvels', 'American Restoration', another 'American Restoration', followed by the FRESH 'The Epic History Of Everyday Things'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]   Dark Mirror
 [7:45AM]   Freaks and Geeks-Chokin and Tokin
 [8:45AM]   Onion News Network-Artificial Intelligence
 [9:15AM]   Darkness
 [11:30AM]   Distant Voices, Still Lives
 [1:15PM]   Nosebleed
 [1:30PM]   Manhunter
 [4:15PM]   Dark Mirror
 [6:00PM]   Malcolm in the Middle-Chad's Sleepover
 [6:30PM]   Malcolm in the Middle-Francis Escapes
 [7:00PM]   Malcolm in the Middle-Krelboyne Picnic
 [7:30PM]   Malcolm in the Middle-Lois vs. Evil
 [8:00PM]   The Babysitter
 [10:00PM]   Onion News Network-Sex in America
 [10:30PM]   Onion News Network-Artificial Intelligence
 [11:00PM]   The Dreamers
 [1:30AM]   The Babysitter
 [3:30AM]   The Dreamers    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00A]   A Girl Cut In Two
 [8:00A]   Music Rising
 [8:45A]   This Is Not A Robbery
 [10:00A]   A Girl Cut In Two
 [12:00P]   Music Rising
 [12:45P]   This Is Not A Robbery
 [2:00P]   A Girl Cut In Two
 [4:00P]   Music Rising
 [4:45P]   The Wednesdays
 [5:00P]   MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Pressure (Episode 13, Season 1)
 [6:00P]   Love Lust & Chocolate
 [7:00P]   Love Lust & Holiday Feasts
 [8:00P]   Love Lust & Breakfast
 [9:00P]   UNLEASHED BY GARO: A Little Bit of Pain (Episode 4, Season 1)
 [10:00P]   The Exterminating Angels
 [11:45P]   The Wednesdays
 [12:00A]   Love Lust & Breakfast
 [1:00A]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Naughty or Nice? (Nashville)
 [1:30A]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Let's Get This Party Started (Nashville)
 [2:00A]   Heartbeats     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown!', then a FRESH 'Sanctuary'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Nathan Fillion, Angela Kinsey, and Morrissey.

 [6:00 AM]      She Had To Say Yes (1933)
 [7:15 AM]      Dames (1934)
 [8:47 AM]      One Reel Wonder: And She Learned About Dames (1934)
 [9:00 AM]      Gold Diggers Of 1935 (1935)
 [10:45 AM]      Bright Lights (1935)
 [12:15 PM]      I Live For Love (1935)
 [1:30 PM]      Stage Struck (1936)
 [3:15 PM]      The Go-Getter (1937)
 [5:00 PM]      Men Are Such Fools (1938)
 [6:15 PM]      Garden Of The Moon (1938)
 [8:00 PM]      Mother Wore Tights (1947)
 [10:00 PM]      The Matchmaker (1958)
 [12:00 AM]      Tea For Two (1950)
 [1:41 AM]      One Reel Wonder: So You Want To Hold Your Wife (1947)
 [2:00 AM]      Captain Blood (1935)
 [4:03 AM]      One Reel Wonder: Captain Kidd'S Treasure (1938)
 [4:15 AM]      Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  11/30/11

 [6:00 AM]      Red Light (1949)
 [7:30 AM]      White Heat (1949)
 [9:30 AM]      Flaxy Martin (1949)
 [11:00 AM]      the Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
 [12:30 PM]      Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)
 [2:30 PM]      Painting the Clouds With Sunshine (1951)
 [4:00 PM]      She's Back on Broadway (1953)
 [6:00 PM]      She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      To Catch a Thief (1955)
 [10:00 PM]      Dial M For Murder (1954)
 [12:00 AM]      Pushover (1954)
 [1:45 AM]      Jeanne Eagels (1957)
 [3:45 AM]      Garbo Talks (1984)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #7 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Covert Affairs'.

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RTV - The Retro Television Network

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From left, actress Chloe Moretz and director Martin Scorsese, gather for a group photograph after they arrive for the Royal Film Performance of Hugo, at a central London cinema, London, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.
Photo by Joel Ryan


Vidiot Speak


New Commercial


Barack Obama has several months before the general election campaign begins, but he's already attacking potential foe Mitt Romney. And he's using cable news pundits and late-night talk show hosts to do the job.

In a new commercial from the Democratic National Committee, everyone from Jay Leno to Fox News' Brit Hume get in their jabs at the potential GOP nominee.

The theme of the ad is raised immediately: "Who is this guy? Can you trust him?"

From that point on, it raises many of the different topics Romney has changed his mind about, from health care to abortion to immigration. Each one is buttressed by clips of various critics and jokesters.



British actor, Colin Firth, left and Italian producer, Livia Giuggioli arrives for the British Fashion Awards 2011 at a central London venue, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.
Photo by Jonathan Short


Paper Products Available

Dunder Mifflin

Yes, the fictional paper brand Dunder Mifflin, the company that once thought Michael Scott was fit to run one of its branches, is now available for purchase.

In a deal between the Staples-owned and NBC Universal, cartons of Dunder Mifflin-branded copy paper are now available for purchase.

NBC Universal will receive about 6 percent of the profits from the revenue of's Dunder Mifflin products, the Wall Street Journal reports. It says the companies have made a two-year licensing deal.

Each box of 20-pound Dunder Mifflin paper -- that's 5,000 sheets -- will set you back $34.99, compared to $39.90 for the next cheapest brand of similar weight and color copy paper at

Dunder Mifflin


Wake-up Call


Tops List

Daniel Radcliffe

"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe on Tuesday topped a Heat Magazine list of the richest, young British entertainers, retaining his No. 1 position in the ranking of people under 30-years-old.

Robert Pattinson, lead actor of the rival fantasy film franchise "Twilight," moved up to third from fifth and leapfrogged two of Radcliffe's Potter co-stars, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, according to the celebrity magazine.

Actress Keira Knightley, who starred in several of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, remained second on the chart, while singer Adele was the highest new entry at 16.

Three stars dropped out of this year's list -- opera star Katherine Jenkins and model Kelly Brook both exceeded the 30-year-old threshhold and singer Amy Winehouse, ranked 15th last year, died in July.

Daniel Radcliffe


British model Kate Moss arrives for the British Fashion Awards 2011 at a central London venue, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.
Photo by Jonathan Short


Early "Lost" Disney Cartoon Discovered

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

A lost Walt Disney cartoon that pre-dated Mickey Mouse has been discovered in a British film archive and will be offered for auction in Los Angeles on December 14.

"Hungry Hobos" was one of 26 episodes featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a character created by Disney and cartoonist Ub Iwerks in 1927 for Universal Studios.

The first production featuring Oswald, widely considered a prototype to the more famous Mickey Mouse, was rejected by the Hollywood studio, but the second, "Trolley Troubles," kick-started a successful series.

Robert Dewar, commercial director of Huntley Film Archives, one of Britain's biggest independent film libraries, said he and colleagues found the only known surviving copy of Hungry Hobos during a routine cataloguing exercise earlier this year.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Calls Out Editors

Julian Assange

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of WikiLeaks' release of more 250,000 U.S. embassy cables, founder Julian Assange assailed mainstream news editors in a speech to an editors conference in Hong Kong charging that, in their quest to advance in their chosen profession, they have become "corrupt."

"We all know what is going on," Assange, addressing the Global Editors Network summit via Skype, said. "Editors are invited to sit at the table of those powerful individuals and the reality is that's why most journalists go into journalism. It is to crawl up the ladder of power to become associated with power, to sit at the same table as those you hold to account.

"Editors become corrupted and they do not hold those very people to account, we know that," Assange, who spoke for 40 minutes, continued. "What is new is that the rest of the world is starting to know it. Not just as a result of reaction to attack by Washington on WikiLeaks, it is starting to know it as a result of there being other forms of publishing, unmediated publishing. There is a crisis of legitimacy within the mainstream press, a rightful crisis of legitimacy."

"If the press doesn't hold powerful corporations and governments to account then how can a democratic process work?" Assange said. "But the mainstream press has failed in that task and failures are becoming evident and corruption in individual cases are becoming evident . . . . The mainstream press is not able to be its own gatekeeper any more."

Julian Assange


A member of Occupy Philly who identified herself as Laura watches the demonstration at Dilworth Plaza, in Philadelphia, Sunday Nov. 27, 2011, held in defiance of the city's 5 p.m. eviction order.
Photo by Joseph Kaczmarek


Thin-Skinned Caveman Apologizes

Emma Sullivan

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Boneless Brown Trout) is apologizing to the teen who insulted him over Twitter last week.

"My staff over-reacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize. Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms," Brownback said in a statement to Yahoo! News on Monday. Brownback Communications Manager Sherriene Sontag-Jones says the governor has no plans to personally reach out to the high school student.

Sontag-Jones contacted Emma Sullivan's principal last week and said the 18-year-old had made an inappropriate comment about the governor over Twitter. The principal asked Sullivan to submit a written apology to the governor for her comment. Sullivan told Yahoo! News Sunday night that she would not apologize.

Emma Sullivan


Thanks Rupert

Charlotte Church

She was just 13 when Rupert Murdoch asked her to sing at his third wedding.

Charlotte Church was given a choice: a 100,000 pound fee, or a chance to generate good will with the media magnate by performing for free. She wanted the cash, but her record company and manager said no, it was better to make friends with Murdoch, head of a global news and entertainment empire.

Church, 25, told Britain's media ethics inquiry Monday that the Murdoch press, and other British tabloids, had ruthlessly tormented her since she was a child singing sensation, blowing her credibility "to bits" and badly damaging her career.

She said press intrusion had a devastating impact on her family life and particularly on her mother. Church said her mother had tried to kill herself in part because she knew a newspaper was planning to expose her husband's extramarital affair.

The former teenage singing sensation told the inquiry in calm, measured tones how cameramen tried to take photos up her skirt and down her blouse and published "intimate" details about her sex life when she was just 17.

Charlotte Church


A man sits in a tree outside City Hall at the Occupy LA encampment after the 12.01am eviction deadline in Los Angeles November 28, 2011.
Photo by Lucy Nicholson


Fed Loaned Banks


In a story that sheds new light on the extent of the country's financial crisis, Bloomberg Markets magazine reported today that the Federal Reserve lent trillions of dollars to beleaguered financial institutions, with $1.2 trillion going out on just one day in 2008.

"The Fed didn't tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn't mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy," Bloomberg reported today. "And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed's below-market rates."

Bloomberg Markets said it went over 29,000 pages of Fed documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and central bank records of more than 21,000 transactions.

"Saved by the bailout, bankers lobbied against government regulations, a job made easier by the Fed, which never disclosed the details of the rescue to lawmakers even as Congress doled out more money and debated new rules aimed at preventing the next collapse," Bloomberg reported.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke had argued back in 2008 when the crisis hit that revealing borrower details would create a stigma that would have led to more banks collapsing. And the Fed fought to keep the details of the loans, which totaled $7.77 trillion, secret long after.



Settles Over Poker Winnings

Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire has decided to fold 'em and settle a lawsuit over his winnings from a convicted con man during high-stakes Hollywood poker games.

The "Spider-Man" star agreed to pay $80,000 to settle the lawsuit filed over more than $311,000 he was paid by a convicted Ponzi scheme operator in Texas Hold 'Em matches that included celebrities, businessmen and others, court documents state.

If approved by a judge next month, Maguire will pay the money to a bankruptcy trustee who is trying to recoup money that former hedge fund operator Bradley Ruderman bilked from investors to finance his lavish lifestyle.

Maguire's settlement states he "strongly disputes that he violated any laws, rules or regulations in regard to participating in the poker games" but was agreeing to the payment to avoid fighting the case, which would be costly.

Tobey Maguire


Workers install a Benetton billboard advertisement showing a composite image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) kissing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Tel Aviv November 28, 2011. The image, part of a series of pictures of world leaders kissing each other on the lips, was Benetton's latest advertising campaign that went on display in their European stores two weeks ago.
Photo by Baz Ratner


Humans On Display Exhibit

Quai Branly Museum

It's a queasy experience, viewing chained tribal dancers do a white man's bidding, or African women stripped and photographed to feed European curiosity.

Until just a few generations ago, this is how most white people learned about those with skin of a different shade. A new Paris exhibit examines how for centuries, colonizers plucked villagers from Africa, the Americas or the South Pacific and put them on display half a world away. The demeaning tradition shaped racist attitudes that linger today.

Curator Lilian Thuram, a former soccer star and now anti-racism advocate, hopes the exhibit at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris makes people question deep-held beliefs about the "other."

Thuram is an ideal public face for this unusual exhibit. A pensive black man with a ready smile, he has suffered racist insults on and off the field.

It's a delicate undertaking for a museum: exhibiting offensive images without glorifying them, urging visitors to look closer and be repulsed.

Quai Branly Museum


Chick-fil-A Picks A Fight

Bo Muller-Moore

A folk artist expanding his home business built around the words "eat more kale" says he's ready to fight root-to-feather to protect his phrase from what he sees as an assault by Chick-fil-A, which holds the trademark to the phrase "eat mor chikin."

Bo Muller-Moore uses a hand silkscreen machine to apply his phrase, which he calls an expression of the benefits of local agriculture, on T-shirts and sweatshirts. But his effort to protect his business from copycats drew the attention of Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based fast-food chain that uses ads with images of cows that can't spell displaying their own phrase on message boards.

In a letter, a lawyer for Chick-fil-A said Muller-Moore's effort to expand the use of his "eat more kale" message "is likely to cause confusion of the public and dilutes the distinctiveness of Chick-fil-A's intellectual property and diminishes its value."

Chick-fil-A, which trails only Louisville, Ky.-based KFC in market share in the chicken restaurant chain industry, has a long history of guarding its trademark, and the letter listed 30 examples of attempts by others to co-opt the use of the "eat more" phrase that were withdrawn after Chick-fil-A protested. The Oct. 4 letter ordered Muller-Moore to stop using the phrase and turn over his website,, to Chick-fil-A.

Muller-Moore, 38, of Montpelier, says he won't do that.

Bo Muller-Moore



In Memory

Ken Russell

Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him.

The iconoclastic British director, whose death aged 84 was announced Monday, made films that blended music, sex and violence in a potent brew seemingly drawn straight from his subconscious.

Only a few of his movies were commercial successes. The best known were "Women in Love," an Academy award-winning adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel, and "Tommy," which turned The Who's rock opera into a psychedelic extravaganza complete with appearances from Elton John, Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.

Glenda Jackson, who won a best actress Academy Award for "Women in Love," said Russell was an "incredible visual genius."

"It's an absolute shame that the British film industry has ignored him," she said. "It's an absolute disgrace... He broke down barriers for so many people."

"Women in Love," in 1969, was one of Russell's biggest hits, earning Academy Award nominations for the director and for writer Larry Kramer, as well as winning Jackson an Oscar. It included one of the decade's most famous scenes - a nude wrestling bout between Bates and Reed.

Born in the English port of Southampton in 1927, Russell fell in love with the movies as a child.

Attracted by the romance of the sea, Russell attended Pangbourne Nautical College before joining the Merchant Navy at 17 as a junior crew member on a cargo ship bound for the Pacific. He became seasick, soon realized he hated naval life and was discharged after a nervous breakdown.

Desperate to avoid joining the family's shoe business, he studied ballet and tried his hand at acting before accepting he was not much good at either. He then studied photography, for which he did have a talent, and became a fashion photographer before being hired to work on BBC arts programs, including profiles of the poet John Betjeman, comedian Spike Milligan and playwright Shelagh Delaney.

Music played a central role in many of Russell's films, including "The Music Lovers" in 1970, about the composer Tchaikovsky - Russell sold it to the studio with the pitch "it's about a nymphomaniac who falls in love with a homosexual."

The same unorthodox approach to costume drama informed 1975's "Lisztomania," which starred Roger Daltrey of The Who as 19th-century heartthrob Franz Liszt, with Beatles drummer Starr playing the pope.

"The Boy Friend," a 1971 homage to 1930s Hollywood musicals starring supermodel Twiggy, and Russell's 1975 adaptation of "Tommy," were musicals of a different sort, both marked by the director's characteristic visual excess.

Russell's darker side was rarely far away. "Dante's Inferno," a 1967 movie about the poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, played up the differences between Rossetti's idealized view of his wife and her reality as a drug addict.

Russell was even more provocative in his 1970 film "The Dance of the Seven Veils: A Comic Strip in Seven Episodes." It presented the composer Richard Strauss as a crypto-Nazi, and showed him conducting Rosenkavalier waltzes while SS men tortured a Jew.

"The Devils," a 1971 film starring Redgrave as a 17th-century nun in the grip of demonic possession, was heavily cut for its U.S. release and is due to be released on DVD in Britain for the first time in 2012.

Russell told The Associated Press in 1987 that he found such censorship "so tedious and boring." He called the American print of "The Devils" ''just a butchered nonsense."

Russell's fascination with changing mental states also surfaced in 1980 film "Altered States," a rare Hollywood foray for him, starring William Hurt as a scientist experimenting with hallucinogens. It was poorly received.

Later films included the comic horror thriller "The Lair of the White Worm" in 1989, which gave an atypical early role to Hugh Grant as a vampire worm-battling lord of the manor.

Russell also directed operas and made the video for Elton John's "Nikita."

Married four times, Russell is survived by his wife Elize Tribble and his children.

The director's son, Alex Verney-Elliott, said Russell died in a hospital on Sunday following a series of strokes.

"My father died peacefully," Verney-Elliott said. "He died with a smile on his face."

Ken Russell


In Memory

Don DeVito

Don DeVito, a longtime Columbia Records executive who produced the key Bob Dylan albums "Blood on the Tracks" and "Desire" and also worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Aerosmith, has died. He was 72.

DeVito died Friday after a 16-year battle with prostate cancer, according to a statement released by Columbia on Monday.

The Brooklyn, N.Y.-born DeVito spent his entire career at Columbia; he started off as a trainee at CBS Records, which would later become Columbia. From there, he would grow into one of the label's most influential executives and producers, helping to create albums that would become a part of rock 'n' roll history.

Among those recordings were Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks," which marked Dylan's return to Columbia after a stint with Asylum Records. "Blood on the Tracks" is considered one of his greatest albums, and included songs such as "Tangled Up in Blue."

DeVito also produced "Desire," released the next year, and also rated as one of Dylan's best. The album includes the seminal recording "Hurricane," about the incarceration of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, and was Dylan's first platinum disc. DeVito also is credited as a producer on Dylan albums "Hard Rain," ''Street Legal" and "At Budokan."

DeVito also worked with Joel, Springsteen, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, and others.

DeVito started off as a guitarist touring for Al Kooper, and had his own band, The Sabres, which later broke up mid-tour. According to Columbia, DeVito was stranded in Fort Smith, Ark., when he happened to meet Johnny Cash and developed what would become a lifelong friendship; Cash would later introduce DeVito to Dylan.

DeVito won a Grammy in 1989 for his work on "Folkways - A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly." He also helped organize "The Concert for New York City," the all-star benefit event staged after the Sept. 11 attacks.

DeVito retired four years ago. He is survived by wife Carolyn and two children, Marissa and James.

Don DeVito



A newborn, endangered Eld's deer fawn stands with its surrogate mother at Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chonburi province, east of Bangkok November 28, 2011. A group of Thai veterinarians from the Zoological Park Organization announced the success of the world's first test tube Eld's deer, which are extinct in the wild and only 38 are currently existing in captivity around the world. The fawn was born on October 17.
Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom


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