BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 10 January, 2018


10 January, 2018

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[341 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - January 10th, 2018

DJ Useo took the week off.

By DJ Useo



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Andrew Tobias: Oprah 2020?
And don't tell me you don't know what Democrats stand for, because you do. And I'll prove it. See if you can identify which party favors each of these: 1. TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH 2. RAISING THE $7.25 MINIMUM WAGE …

Paul Krugman: The Worst and the Dumbest (NY Times)
"We've had mediocre presidents, but they were usually surrounded by competent people - and faced with a Congress that would check their excesses. Not this time." - Krugman's Twitter account

Josh Marshall: The Biggest Question on the Trump/Russia Story (TPM)
My best guess is that people around Putin knew Trump was crooked and dependent on Russian money and that he was likely to be friendly and up for … well, up for anything. So they went to work trying to make friends and found willing partners. He was up for anything. But that isn't so much an explanation based on specific facts as it is the simplest explanation, the cleanest theory that accounts for all the facts we know. This requires a lot more sleuthing and explanation.

Jonathan Swan: "1 big thing: Scoop: Trump's secret, shrinking schedule" (AXIOS)
President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11am, and holding far fewer meetings, according to copies of his private schedule shown to Axios. This is largely to meet Trump's demands for more "Executive Time," which almost always means TV and Twitter time alone in the residence, officials tell us. The schedules shown to me are different than the sanitized ones released to the media and public.

Esme Cribb: 'Flagrantly Unconstitutional' (TPM)
'Fire And Fury' Publisher Won't Halt Distribution Despite Trump Demand

Christopher Frayling: "The day Alfred Hitchcock spoke one word to me (and the 40 years it took me to understand it)" (The Guardian)
It's summer 1966 in Cambridge, and a Q&A with the great director takes an enigmatic twist.

Tim Jonze: Samantha Fox: 'I did all kinds of things Page 3 girls weren't supposed to do' (The Guardian)
The actor and former model, 51, talks about sniper fire, desperate teenage boys, last chance raves and playing on the wing for Arsenal Ladies.

Michele Hanson: Voice-recognition gadgets make me worry for the future of humanity (The Guardian)
They might be able to help us find music and turn our heating on before we get home, but what's wrong with using our own brains and bodies? Soon we'll all be lying about like dying slugs.

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Michael Egan


The Tragedy of King Richard II Part One: Ascribed to William Shakespeare (The Tragedy of Richard II, Part One): Michael Egan

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

This novelty song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 August 8, 1960, and tells the story of a shy girl with a new outfit in three verses. What is the title of this song?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The Corps of Discovery was a specially-established unit of the United States Army which formed the nucleus of what expedition?

       Lewis & Clark                                                      Source

The Corps of Discovery was a specially-established unit of the United States Army which formed the nucleus of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that took place between May 1804 and September 1806. The Corps, which was a select group of volunteers, were led jointly by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, the Corps' objectives were scientific and commercial even - to study the area's plants, animal life, and geography, and to learn how the Louisiana Purchase could be exploited economically.

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery, and named as its leader his personal secretary and U.S. Army Captain, Meriwether Lewis, who selected William Clark as his partner. The goals of the Corps of Discovery, whose cadre would be raised primarily from the U.S. military, was to explore the Louisiana Purchase, and establish trade and U.S. sovereignty over the native peoples along the Missouri River. Jefferson also wanted to establish a U.S. claim to the Pacific Northwest and Oregon territory by documenting an American presence there before other Europeans, such as the British, could lay title to the land.

A total of 33 volunteers, including 29 in training, spent the 1803-1804 winter at Camp Dubois in Indiana Territory. On May 14, 1804, the Corps left Dubois by canoe in order to meet up with Lewis at St. Charles, Missouri. The expedition then set off west following the Missouri River on 21 May. Three days later, they passed La Charrette, the last Euro-American settlement on the Missouri.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   Lewis and Clark expedition

Mark. wrote:
   The Corps of Discovery was the nucleus of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Alan J answered:
   The Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   What is the Lewis and Clark expedition, Alex?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   The Corps of Discovery was a specially-established unit of the United States Army which formed the nucleus of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that took place between May 1804 and September 1806.

Daniel in The City replied:
   The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Michelle wrote:
   Lewis and Clark

Adam answered:
   The Lewis & Clarke Expedition

Dave in Tucson said:
   The Corps of Discovery was the nucleus of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Featuring Sacagawea

Billy in Cypress responded:
   The Corps of Discovery sounds like the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

zorch replied:
   The Corps of Discovery was the core of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Lewis and Clark Expedition…Had a great time at the Golden 1 Center last night with my Grandsons…First rate Arena…Home team choked at the very end of the game…Shiity fucking drive in the pouring rain and fog…

Deborah wrote:
   The Corps of Discovery was the nucleus of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  Almost 2" of rain fell Monday, and around midnight the electricity went out. It came back on around 1:30. A minor inconvenience. And an excuse to walk the dogs between rain showers.

Gene replied:
   The Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Rosemary in Columbus responded:
   Lewis and Clark Expedition in early 1800s

Joe S     answered:
   Journey to the center of the Earth. Not a lot of people know that, but I can tell you this, Journey to the center of the Earth. I'm very smart, probably a genius, yes a genius, very smart. Went to the best schools. I know these things.

mj took the day off.

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Harry M. took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

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George M. took the day off.

Paul of Seattle took the day off.

Dave took the day off.

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Sandra in Maine took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Republicans aim to kill voter registration law that's a little too effective for their tastes

Who talks like this? 'You are so lucky that I gave you the privilege' of voting for me

Climate Change May Have Helped Spark Iran's Protests

Joe Arpaio announces run for US Senate on Twitter - ABC15 Arizona

Sessions' DOJ Charged A White Supremacist With Terrorism. They Just Didn't Tell Anyone. | HuffPost

Papers From Blackbeard Wreckage Lead To 18th-Century Voyage Thriller | HuffPost

President Trump is a pig. In the best sense of the word. - The Washington Post

Why go to the U.S.? A maker of mezcal offers workers the 'Mexican Dream'

Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson's Senate Judiciary Testimony Released : NPR

Trump just hung DACA fix entirely around the necks of the GOP

Female World War 2 pilot, Gold Medal recipient dies | The Wichita Eagle

Flood of Republican retirements continues even after supposed GOP tax win

How Coffeehouses Fueled the Vietnam Peace Movement - The New York Times

'Boiled' bats fall from the sky as heat wave grips Australia - SFGate

Is Fox News Next for Steve Bannon? Network Says Noooope - SFGate

We got a glimpse of Trump negotiating today. It … didn't go well. - The Washington Post

Judges: North Carolina must redraw GOP's gerrymandered map - The Washington Post

Oprah Winfrey 2020? These scandals might work against her. - The Washington Post

How a Coal Baron's Wish List Became President Trump's To-Do List - The New York Times

This Weed Killer Is Wreaking Havoc on America's Crops - Mother Jones

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Reader Comment

Current Events

Bad lip reading translates Predator's performance!

Pretty close to what he did!

'Bad Lip Reading' Mocks Trump's National Anthem Fail

So impaired that he can't remember the National Anthem

Love this comment on the article linked below--You know how we know Donald Trump doesn't know the words to the National Anthem? Because he's not mentioned in the National Anthem...

Janet shared the link:

After Dad Fails To Sing Anthem, Trump Jr. Tweets That's 'How It's Done' | HuffPost

A GOOD Borowitz:

Trump Warns That President Oprah Would Force Americans to Read

1/9/18 WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)-Donald J. Trump issued a stark warning to the nation on Monday that, if elected President, Oprah Winfrey would force Americans to read.

"This is a woman who, every chance she got, told people to join her book club," Trump told reporters. "If she were President, you better believe that she would make every single American join that book club."

Trump Warns That President Oprah Would Force Americans to Read | The New Yorker

Twitter responds to Clueless ivanka

Twitter responds to Sister Wife's clueless tweet supporting Oprah (as IF Oprah needs her pathetic support):

Ivanka Trump Tweet Praising Oprah Winfrey Backfires | Time

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Senate will force vote on overturning net neutrality repeal - The Verge

American kids are 70 percent more likely to die early than kids in other rich countries - Vox

Trump to attend Davos economic forum | TheHill

Donald Trump sexism tracker: Every offensive comment in one place | The Telegraph

Trump's much-hyped 'job boom' is fake news: 2017 was the worst year for job creation since 2011 - ThinkProgress

Trump's No Genius-In Fact, He Ranks Lowest Among Last 15 Presidents | Alternet

Companies that announced big bonuses after GOP tax cut are now laying off their workers - ThinkProgress

Secret Pro-Life Meeting With Mike Pence Killed Obamacare Fix-For Now | The Daily Beast

Democrats Release Fusion GPS Testimony on Trump and Russia - The Daily Beast

Substitute Teacher Fired After Private High School Discovers He Works for Richard Spencer's White Supremacist Think Tank | The Root

Newly released Senate testimony debunks a key conservative theory on Trump and Russia - Vox

Michael Wolff: People close to Trump 'afraid' for the country | TheHill

Will Trump's possible testimony end the Mueller probe - or is it just starting? -

Trump named top global 'press oppressor' | TheHill

In response to Trump's fake news awards, CPJ announces Press Oppressors awards - Committee to Protect Journalists

Trump's Legal Threats Against Bannon and Wolff Are as Empty as They Are Foolish | The Daily Beast

White House Official Floated Withdrawing U.S. Forces to Please Putin | The Daily Beast

Read Fusion GPS Trump dossier interview full transcript - POLITICO



from Marc Perkel

Marc's Guide to Curing Cancer

So far so good on beating cancer for now. I'm doing fine. At the end of the month I'll be 16 months into an 8 month mean lifespan. And yesterday I went on a 7 mile hike and managed to keep up with the hiking group I was with. So, doing something right.

Still waiting for future test results and should see things headed in the right direction. I can say that it's not likely that anything dire happens in the short term so that means that I should have time to make several more attempts at this. So even if it doesn't work the first time there are a lot of variations to try. So if there's bad news it will help me pick the next radiation target.

I have written a "how to" guide for oncologists to perform the treatment that I got. I'm convinced that I'm definitely onto something and whether it works for me or not isn't the definitive test. I know if other people tried this that it would work for some of them, and if they improve it that it will work for a lot of them.

The guide is quite detailed and any doctor reading this can understand the procedure at every level. I also go into detail as to how it works, how I figured it out, and variations and improvements that could be tried to enhance it. I also introduce new ways to look at the problem. There is a lot of room for improvement and I think that doctors reading it will see what I'm talking about and want to build on it. And it's written so that if you're not a doctor you can still follow it. It also has a personal story revealing that I'm the class clown of cancer support group. I give great interviews and I look pretty hot in a lab coat.

So, feel free to read this and see what I'm talking about. But if any of you want to help then pass this around to both doctors and cancer patients. I need some media coverage. I'm looking for as many eyeballs as possible to read these ideas. Even if this isn't the solution, it's definitely on the right track. After all, I did hike 7 miles yesterday. And this hiking group wasn't moving slow. So if this isn't working then, why am I still here?

I also see curing cancer as more of an engineering problem that a medical problem. So if you are good at solving problems and most of what you know about medicine was watching the Dr. House MD TV show, then you're at the level I was at when I started. So anyone can jump in and be part of the solution.

Here is a link to my guide: Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect

Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect





Selected Readings

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JD took the day off.

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Very rainy day.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'SEAL Team', then a FRESH 'Criminal Minds'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Sarah Jessica Parker, Pete Holmes, and Jack Black.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Judd Apatow, Aaron Sorkin, and Rachel Platten.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Blacklist', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, and Camila Cabello.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are James Franco, Lawrence O'Donnell, the Roots featuring Bilal, and Allison Miller.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/13/17) are Rian Johnson, the Dirty Nil, Coyote Peterson, and My Ticket Home.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'Speechless', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'American Housewife', then a FRESH 'Match Game'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Chris Hemsworth, Darren Criss, and Elvis Costello.

The CW offers the FRESH 'The 3rd Annual Howie Mandell Stand-Up Gala', followed by a FRESH 'Animal Crackers'.

Faux has a FRESH 'The X-Files', followed by a FRESH '9-1-1'.

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'Dateline'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Rooster & Butch'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', followed by the movie 'Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines', then the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Shakespeare Code
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-Gridlock
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Daleks In Manhattan-Part 1.
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 25-Transfigurations

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NJ', another 'Real Housewives Of NJ', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NJ', another 'Real Housewives Of NJ', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Dee Rees.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is Brian Klaas.

FX has the movie 'The Wolverine', followed by the movie 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'.

History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Vikings', followed by a FRESH 'Vikings', then a FRESH 'Knightfall'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Mummy's Dummies
 [6:15AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-The Sitter Downers
 [6:40AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Slippery Silks
 [7:05AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Sock-a-Bye-Baby

Sundance  -   
 [1:47am]    carrie
 [4:03am]    thinner
 [6:04am]    all in the family
 [6:39am]    all in the family
 [7:14am]    all in the family
 [7:49am]    all in the family
 [8:24am]    all in the family
 [8:59am]    all in the family
 [9:34am]    all in the family
 [10:09am]    all in the family
 [10:44am]    thinner
 [12:45pm]    carrie
 [3:00pm]    criminal minds
 [4:00pm]    criminal minds
 [5:00pm]    criminal minds
 [6:00pm]    criminal minds
 [7:00pm]    criminal minds
 [8:00pm]    criminal minds
 [9:00pm]    criminal minds
 [10:00pm]    criminal minds
 [11:00pm]    criminal minds
 [12:00am]    criminal minds
 [1:00am]    criminal minds
 [2:00am]    criminal minds
 [3:00am]    k-9
 [5:30am]    the andy griffith show     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by a FRESH 'The Magicians', then a FRESH 'Happy!'.

RERUN 'Samantha Bee'.
On a RERUN Conan (from 11/28/17) are Justin Verlander, Jay Pharoah, and Langhorne Slim.

 [6:00 AM]      Triple Cross (1966)
 [8:15 AM]      The Journey (1959)
 [10:30 AM]      Catlow (1971)
 [12:15 PM]      Romance Of A Horse Thief (1971)
 [2:00 PM]      The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
 [4:30 PM]      Westworld (1973)
 [6:15 PM]      The Ultimate Warrior (1975)
 [8:00 PM]      Gandhi (1982)
 [11:30 PM]      Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
 [2:15 AM]      Young Winston (1972)
 [5:00 AM]      Crisis (1963)    [AKA: 'Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment']    (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  01/11/18

TCM spends the night with the ever-suave Charles Boyer
 [6:00 AM]      Banjo (1947)
 [7:15 AM]      Goin' Fishin' (1940)
 [7:30 AM]      Zebra In The Kitchen (1965)
 [9:15 AM]      Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion (1965)
 [11:00 AM]      Flipper (1963)
 [12:45 PM]      Flipper's New Adventure (1964)
 [2:30 PM]      Lassie Come Home (1943)
 [4:15 PM]      Son of Lassie (1945)
 [6:00 PM]      Bringing Up Baby (1938)
 [8:00 PM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [10:15 PM]      Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
 [12:30 AM]      Back Street (1941)
 [2:15 AM]      Tales of Manhattan (1942)
 [4:30 AM]      The Constant Nymph (1943)

TNT has a FRESH 'The Librarians'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Feb. 21, 1984) - Mariette Hartley, Bill Johnson, and Alice Neel.

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Rain clouds are seen over downtown Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018.
Photo by Lucy Nicholson


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Decries #MeToo Movement As 'Puritanism'

Catherine Deneuve

French movie icon Catherine Deneuve thinks the #MeToo movement to hold sexual harassers accountable has gone too far, joining a group of other influential French women arguing that it amounts to "puritanism" and "a wave of purification" that has created "a climate of a totalitarian society."

The actress was among 100 women - including journalists, filmmakers, writers and intellectuals - who signed the letter, published Tuesday in France's leading newspaper Le Monde. The missive decried the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men as "a witch hunt" and a hindrance to "sexual freedom."

They claimed that "the Weinstein affair," referring to the bombshell stories of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's serial sexual harassment and assault of actresses and employees, has led to unfair punishments in some cases and stems from "a hatred of men and of sexuality."

The women went on to suggest that #MeToo has led to "a fever to send the 'pigs' to the slaughterhouse" - referring to the French version of the social media hashtag, #BalanceTonPorc, which roughly translates to "call out your pig."

Italian actress and director Asia Argento, one of Weinstein's accusers, called the letter "deplorable" and accused Deneuve and the other signatories of "interiorized misogyny."

Catherine Deneuve


Traffic is at a standstill on the 101 Freeway which was closed between Ventura and Santa Barbara during a winter rain storm in Ventura, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018.
Photo by Monica Almeida


Seeks Mediator


Ecuador is seeking a mediator to resolve the standoff with Britain on the future of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in its London embassy since 2012, the South American country's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said the South American country was looking at the possibility of a "third country or a personality" stepping in to settle the five-year impasse.

Assange, an Australian citizen now aged 46, moved into Ecuador's embassy to avoid arrest over a now-dropped Swedish investigation into rape allegations.

He has not stepped foot outside the mission since, fearing he could be extradited to the United States and put on trial for WikiLeaks' publication of leaked secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.

It is the first time Ecuador has proposed mediation to resolve the case.



Newhead News



Sahara Desert

For only the third time in 40 years, the Sahara desert has seen the snow.

The Algerian town of Ain Sefra woke up to falling snow on Sunday morning, giving children the opportunity to enjoy it for possibly the first time in their lives.

Towns in the area saw only a dusting but the sand dunes and outskirts saw much up to 16 inches of the white stuff.

The town, otherwise known as 'The Gateway to the Desert' very rarely sees snowfall, due to the usually warm conditions.

But an especially cold spell from the north Atlantic was drawn further south than normal, due to high pressure in Europe, and hit parts of Morocco and western Algeria.

Sahara Desert


Scene from the 300 block of Hot Springs Road in Montecito, Calif., following debris and mud flow due to heavy rain on Jan. 9, 2018.
Photo by Mike Eliason


Stadiums Open Doors To Women


Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced.

"The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday.

It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18.

Women from across the vast Gulf kingdom may be able to take advantage of this new freedom as the first match will be held in the capital Riyadh, the second in Jeddah on the Red Sea and the third in the eastern city of Dammam.

The kingdom, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women, has long barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public.



Digby's Hullabaloo


New Analysis

Fourth-Grade Level

President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked)-who boasted over the weekend that his success in life was a result of "being, like, really smart"-communicates at the lowest grade level of the last 15 presidents, according to a new analysis of the speech patterns of presidents going back to Herbert Hoover.

President Donald Trump has the worst vocabulary of any modern president, a new analysis found.

The analysis assessed the first 30,000 words each president spoke in office, and ranked them on the Flesch-Kincaid grade level scale and more than two dozen other common tests analyzing English-language difficulty levels. Trump clocked in around mid-fourth grade, the worst since Harry Truman, who spoke at nearly a sixth-grade level.

At the top of the list were Hoover and Jimmy Carter, who were basically at an 11th-grade level, and President Barack Obama, in third place with a high ninth-grade level of communicating with the American people.

The Flesch-Kincaid scale was developed in 1975 for the U.S. Navy to assess the relative difficulty of training manuals biased on word length and sentence length. A database of Trump's words, compiled by the incomparable, ran the comparative analysis yesterday, in response to the president's claim that he is "a genius."

Fourth-Grade Level


Members of the Long Beach Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team check equipment while staged at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, Calif., Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The team will respond if needed for any area flooding in the Montecito or Carpinteria areas.
Photo by Mike Eliason


2017 Stats

US Police

Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year, according to a tally published on Monday by The Washington Post.

A total of 987 people were fatally shot by US police last year, up from 963 in 2016 and down from 995 in 2015, the Post said.

The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media.

The use of deadly force by US police has attracted increased attention in recent years, highlighted by the high-profile slayings of a number of unarmed black men.

Overall, police shot and killed 68 unarmed people in 2017, up from 51 in 2016 but down from 94 in 2015.

US Police


Plan Rejected


The U.S. power grid regulator on Monday rejected a directive by Energy Secretary Rick Perry (R-Hair) to prop up aging coal and nuclear power plants, in a setback for the Trump administration that disappointed coal miners but pleased drillers, environmentalists and renewable energy advocates.

Perry had directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September to consider a plan subsidizing those plants for what he said were their contributions in making the power grid more reliable and resilient.

FERC said in its ruling that such subsidies may not be fair. "The record ... does not demonstrate that such an outcome would be just and reasonable," the agency said in the filing. FERC said it had embarked on a new process to determine whether the grid can be strengthened.

The move was a blow to Perry who wanted FERC to reward certain nuclear and coal-fired power plants that store 90 days of fuel on site by paying for their operating costs through power price adjustments.

President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) promised to aid the coal and nuclear industries, which have suffered shutdowns resulting from a glut of cheap natural gas.



A palm tree is refracted in raindrops on a windshield in Apple Valley, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 8 2018. Storms brought rain to California on Monday and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities.
Photo by James Quigg


Singing The Anthem

A Body Language

President-for-now Trump (R-Buffoon) was mocked Monday night for seemingly not knowing the words to "The Star Spangled Banner." At the College Football Playoff National Championship game in Atlanta, GA, Trump mouthed parts of the anthem - though it wasn't clear what he was actually singing.

And while the world is debating whether the president knows or doesn't know the lyrics to the national anthem, his body language revealed something more: He was nervous. That's according to nonverbal communication and human behavior expert Patti Wood, who told Refinery29 that Trump's body language pointed to the fact that he was in a stressful situation.

"There's inconsistencies in his behavior throughout the anthem - and it's not a long song," Wood, who has more than 35 years of experience as a body language expert, said. "He had two choices: He could be very solemn and still, or he could be rousing and look up to the crowd, sort of saying: Isn't this fantastic? This is our national anthem. He didn't do either of those."

For Wood, Trump's behavior was the "antithesis" of how he has said people should behave while "The Star Spangled Banner" plays. First, he broke away from the norm established by other elected officials, who typically sing the whole anthem. And then his behavior throughout the song made it seem like he was uncomfortable.

Wood also pointed out that the president was swaying while the anthem played. She said: "That would be normal if it was a fight song or a rousing song. But there's a solemnity to the national anthem, so people stand still as a sign of respect and reverence."

Body Language


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 1-7. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. College Football Semi-final: Georgia vs. Oklahoma, ESPN, 26.05 million.
    2. NFL Wild Card: Atlanta at L.A. Rams, NBC, 22.82 million
    3. College Football Semi-final: Alabama vs. Clemson, ESPN, 20.56 million.
    4. "Golden Globe Awards," NBC, 19.01 million.
    5. "NFL Wild Card Post Game," Fox, 18.64 million.
    6. "NFL Pre-Game," NBC, 16.39 million.
    7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 16.16 million.
    8. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 14.7 million.
    9. "NCIS," CBS, 14.11 million.
   10. "Bull," CBS, 11.17 million.
   11. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.98 million.
   12. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 9.96 million.
   13. "Mom," CBS, 9.88 million.
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   15. "Ellen's Game of Games" (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), NBC, 8.88 million.
   16. "Ellen's Game of Games" (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 8.84 million.
   17. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 7.87 million.
   18. "MacGyver," CBS, 7.834 million.
   19. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.829 million.
   20. "Life in Pieces," CBS, 7.43 million.




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