BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 11 January, 2017


11 January, 2017

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[1931 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - January 11th, 2017

The Best of The Newest of AtoZ's Previously Unreleased Latest Classics

By DJ Useo

AtoZ is not only one of my favorite home producers, but he's literally my best friend. So when he tells me he's releasing his first album, I'm very interested. Now comes "The Best of The Newest of AtoZ's Previously Unreleased Latest Classics". There's eighteen finestkind tracks, with extensive liner notes, & a whopping big file of sublime cover art. You can grab this release for free in the complete zip file format, or in the "single-track mix" format. Me, I went for both, found here
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AtoZ sez " I am so damn pleased and proud of these snappy-tracks. There's a lot of life in them: sometimes confident in their silliness, and sometimes just plain powerful and uplifting. Or bunches of both ! I was even everso bold as to take FaceBook's suggestions on relatable Friends and keep running with it, and after it . . . a widening of my potential audience. So open-widen audio-ence !"

AtoZ has mixed up many audio gems with this collection. For instance, you'll hear tracks with Simon & Garfunkel vs The Jackson 5, The Beatles vs Led Zeppelin, David Bowie vs XTC, & The Rolling Stones vs Midnight Oil. With eighteen tracks, theres plenty of variety for everyone. Also, you really should treat your peepers to the large versions of the covers, There's so much to see that will please you.

Here's a link for the video of the preview track
"Sympathy For The Passion - Power and The Devil"
( Rolling Stones vs Midnight Oil )
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Once you dip your toe ( ear ) into these waters, you'll assuredly want more, so here's AtoZ's Youtube page, jammed with tons of AtoZ video mixes. Bookmark it & enjoy them when you need a pick-me-up.
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If we give AtoZ a good enough response, we might feel the benefit in his continued mixing inspiration. I know I do.

More mashups next week, as CRUMPLSTOCK The 3-Day Internet DJ Weekender returns. Enjoy the anticipation.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Nimby Smith: 5 Huge (And Under-Reported) Problems With Trump's Cabinet (Cracked)
Trump's Pick For Secretary Of Education Has Zero Educational Experience And Advocates Defunding Public Schools

Joe Bob Briggs: I'm Fact-Checking Your Brain, Dude (Taki's Magazine)
I've had battles with fact-checkers my whole life. I blame The New Yorker magazine-that's where it all started.

Paul Mason: Why social media is like the railways - and must be saved (The Guardian)
How to deal with Facebook's tsunami of fake news? Find your old IDs and get back to the spirit of the forgotten platforms.

Jonathan Jones: The 'art strike' against Trump is futile - cultural elites cannot effect change (The Guardian)
Calling on cultural institutions to close on inauguration day only serves to make the likes of Cindy Sherman and Richard Serra feel good about themselves.

Jonathan Jones: Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights shows a world waking up to the future (The Guardian)
With its giant strawberries and nudity, Hieronymus Bosch's painting has been seen as a celebration and warning about sin - but it's really about a Renaissance-era curiosity that helped better explain the world.

JF Sargent: "4 Terrible Parts of Pop Culture (With Weird Bright Sides)" (Cracked)
4. Big-Budget Franchise Movies Are All Mediocre At Best

Laura Miller: You Can Write a Best-Seller and Still Go Broke (Slate)
Why is it so hard for writers to talk candidly about how much money they make?

David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

David Bruce's Smashwords Page

David Bruce's Blog

David Bruce's Lulu Storefront

David Bruce's Apple iBookstore

David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on



Trivia Question of the Day

Originally, Popeye didn't get his strength from spinach. What gave him his strength in his early days?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

Only two American territories are south of the Equator. One is the uninhabited Jarvis Island. What is the other?

       American Samoa                                                      Source

American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa.

American Samoa consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous island is Tutuila, with the Manu?a Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island also included in the territory. American Samoa is part of the Samoan Islands chain, located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles (500 km) south of Tokelau. To the west are the islands of the Wallis and Futuna group.

The 2010 census showed a total population of 55,519 people. The total land area is 199 square kilometers (76.8 sq mi), slightly more than Washington, D.C. American Samoa is the southernmost territory of the U.S. and one of two U.S. territories (with the uninhabited Jarvis Island) south of the Equator. Tuna products are the main exports, and the main trading partner is the United States.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   American Samoa.

Adam answered:
   American Samoa

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   American Samoa

Daniel in The City said:
   American Samoa

DJ Useo replied:
   Is it American Samoa? I like to think so.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
I know this... American Samoa... which is an 'unincorporated territory of the United States'... IOW, we possess it, but it's not part of the US. It is, basically, that anachronistic sort of entity known as a 'Colony'. American Samoans are US 'Nationals', but not US 'Citizens' (wrap your head around that concept). They are, however, self-governing...


  But, the Coast Guard still takes care of their buoys, here seen in Pago Pago harbor, is the cutter 'Walnut' out of Honolulu. The crew are an unusual breed in the Coast Guard - Shellbacks - as they've crossed the equator afloat...

  Yeah, it's a big deal... and they get fancy certificates, too, the first time over (and hazed unmercifully then, too... an Anglo-American naval tradition since forever... and it can get pretty weird from the photos I've seen)... ~~~~~

  January 11 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 11 | Famous Birthdays

Joe S     took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

mj took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Conservative media can't stop denying there was no global warming 'pause' | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | The Guardian

George Clooney backs Meryl Streep anti-Trump speech | Film | The Guardian

Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech sparks donations surge for press freedom group - SFGate

A Ray Of Hope--"Obamacare Repeal Might Have Just Died Tonight"

Cory Booker prepares to testify against Jeff Sessions in confirmation hearings. Unprecedented!

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

L.L. Bean is facing a boycott after its founder's granddaughter donated to a pro-Trump PAC - AOL Finance

A Children's Toy Inspires A Low-Cost Medical Tool : Shots - Health News : NPR

Backpage Shuts Down Adult Ads In The U.S., Citing Government Pressure : The Two-Way : NPR

Browser autofill used to steal personal details in new phishing attack | Technology | The Guardian

CNN: Russia has compromising info on Trump according to IC sources

Fox News secretly settled another sexual harassment lawsuit with blockbuster allegations

Busted! Senator Al Franken sets Sessions up and then traps him in his lies

Trumpian Trickle-Down ... in Russia, gold showers you!

The Onion Is Getting Into The Movie Business | The Huffington Post

Obama Signs Executive Order Relocating Congress to Guantánamo - The New Yorker

Thanks, Michelle!



David E Suggests

Famous Signs

Top 10 Famous Signs in the World (infographic)


Thanks, Dave!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Here's How States and Cities Can Fight Climate Change and Inequality in the Trump Era | The Nation

New Chair Of Senate Indian Affairs Committee Wanted DAPL Protests Shut Down | The Huffington Post

Government ethics office says Trump keeps ignoring warnings to sell his assets -

Trump has the habits of a showman, not a manager. Get ready for chaos - LA Times

The terrible things Jeff Sessions did as attorney general of Alabama. -

Jeff Sessions Has a History of Blocking Black Judges | Mother Jones

Donald Trump Is "an Existential Threat to Public Schools" | Mother Jones

So, you think you voted? -

Why Donald Trump Attacked Meryl Streep (And Why He Will ALWAYS Attack People Who "Wound" Him) | The Huffington Post

Franken catches Sessions lying about his civil rights record -

Trump Errs in Reply to Streep -

CNN's Amanpour: US allies 'dumbfounded' and 'panicked' by Trump attacks on his own intel agencies -

All the risks of climate change, in a single graph - Vox

White House win provides a stimulus for the Trump brand - POLITICO

Chaffetz Still Not Ready To Drop Probe Into Hillary Clinton's Emails - TPM

How will Donald Trump govern? Or will he even bother, while Pence and Flynn play two-headed Dick Cheney? -

Trump planning to give Cabinet unusually wide latitude - POLITICO

Donald Trump simply doesn't get it: His vast egotism is doing serious damage to America -

Explosive Report Claims Russia Has "Compromising Personal and Financial Information" About Trump | Vanity Fair

These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia - BuzzFeed News

Congress Quietly Passes New Rule Allowing House Members To Hide Records From Ethics Probes | The Huffington Post

How The Women's March On Washington Has Gone Global | The Huffington Post



Reader Suggestion


Cynthia in Alabama found the link. These are masterful reviews!

Trump's Movie Blurbs - Medium

Friend Janet in Texas shared the attached.

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

Thanks, Linda!



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Very rainy morning, very rainy night.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Undercover Boss', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jude Law, Gabrielle Union, and Thomas L. Friedman.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Khloe Kardashian, Pharrell Williams, and Cameron Dallas.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Blindspot', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Michelle Obama and Stevie Wonder.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Andrew Garfield, Mary Steenburgen, and Colony House.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/6/16) are Anna Camp, Banks & Steelz, and Josh McDermitt.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'Speechless', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Match Game'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Jessica Biel, Mahershala Ali, and SOHN.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'Frequency'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Lethal Weapon', followed by a FRESH 'Star'.

MY recycles an old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by another old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH 'Going Si-yal', and 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Departed', followed by the movie 'The Dark Knight'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-The Swarm
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-False Profits
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Remember
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Shakespeare Code
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-Gridlock
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Daleks In Manhattan-Part 1.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Vengeance Factor
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Warlord
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-Macrocosm
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Fair Trade
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 14-Alter Ego
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 16-Blood Fever
 [8:00PM]    JUDGE DREDD (1995)
 [10:00PM]    JUDGE DREDD (1995)
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Vengeance Factor
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Warlord
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Q and the Grey
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-The Swarm
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-False Profits

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Workaholics', then a FRESH 'Jeff & Some Aliens'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Jonathan Chait.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Rhys Darby, Matt Kirshen, and Emily Fleming.

FX has the movie 'Lucy', followed by the movie 'White House Down'.

History has 'American Pickers', 'Vikings', followed by a FRESH 'Vikings', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper'.

IFC  -   
 [7:15AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Life Orr Death
 [7:45AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Ouija Bored
 [2:30PM]    PARKER
 [8:00PM]    MIAMI VICE
 [11:00PM]    TRAINING DAY

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Caged Fury
 [6:35AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Some of My Best Friends Are ...
 [7:10AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Still Crazy After All These Years
 [7:45AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Great Rent Strike
 [8:20AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Et Tu, Carol?
 [8:55AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Send This Boy to Camp
 [9:30AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-A Crime Most Foul
 [10:05AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Slammer
 [10:40AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Jerry's Retirement
 [11:15AM]    Little Miss Sunshine
 [1:30PM]    Thelma & Louise
 [4:30PM]    Along Came Polly
 [6:30PM]    You've Got Mail
 [9:00PM]    Stepmom    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian', followed by the movie 'National Treasure: Book Of Secrets', then a FRESH 'Incorporated'.

Check out a FRESH Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jeff Goldblum, Coyote Peterson, and Jimmy Eat World.

 [6:30 AM]      The Invisible Boy (1957)
 [8:15 AM]      Forbidden Planet (1956)
 [10:00 AM]      The Thing From Another World (1951)
 [11:45 AM]      2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
 [2:15 PM]      Satellite in the Sky (1956)
 [3:45 PM]      Countdown (1968)
 [5:45 PM]      The Green Slime (1969)
 [7:30 PM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Bill Murray(2008)
 [8:00 PM]      Psycho (1960)
 [10:00 PM]      The Killers (1946)
 [12:00 AM]      Days of Heaven (1978)
 [2:00 AM]      Pennies from Heaven (1981)
 [4:00 AM]      Heart Beat (1980)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  01/12/17

TCM spends the night with Jane Wyman
 [6:00 AM]      I Love You Again (1940)
 [7:45 AM]      My Favorite Wife (1940)
 [9:30 AM]      Let Us Be Gay (1930)
 [11:00 AM]      Private Lives (1931)
 [12:30 PM]      The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
 [2:00 PM]      Daughters Courageous (1939)
 [4:00 PM]      The V.I.P.S (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Marriage on the Rocks (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      Johnny Belinda (1948)
 [10:00 PM]      The Yearling (1946)
 [12:15 AM]      The Lost Weekend (1945)
 [2:15 AM]      The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
 [4:15 AM]      Stage Fright (1950)

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Flowers and tributes are placed by an art work of David Bowie, on his first death anniversary in Brixton, London, Britain, Jan. 10, 2017. David Bowie would have turned 70 on Jan. 8, 2017. He died on Jan. 10, 2016 after a battle with cancer.
Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Selects Los Angeles For Museum

George Lucas

Los Angeles residents will no longer need to travel to a galaxy far, far away for a piece of Star Wars history.

George Lucas has selected L.A. over San Francisco to be home to his $1 billion museum, with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art set to feature pieces from the filmmaker's personal collection, including memorabilia from Star Wars and other films.

The museum's board of directors released the following statement: "After extensive due diligence and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is pleased to announce plans to build the museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process. Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities."

Lucas had previously unveiled two different designs for his proposed Museum of Narrative Art, one for Los Angeles' Exposition Park and a similar proposal for the same museum to be built on San Francisco's Treasure Island. At one point, Chicago was also in the running, but those plans were scrapped after facing a legal challenge. The Boards chose the L.A. location on Tuesday.

George Lucas


A woman with two dogs walks past the "Umbrellas", the sculpture by Giorgos Zogolopoulos during heavy snowfall at the seaside promenade of the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece Jan. 10, 2017.
Photo by Alexandros Avramidis


Reacts To Meryl Streep Diss

J.K. Rowling

Award-winning actress Meryl Streep took the Golden Globes and social media by storm with her moving speech about the importance of members of the press and actors holding people in power accountable for their actions. Donald Trump (R-Grifter) dismissed Streep's acceptance speech calling her an "over-rated" actress. Now another celebrity has reacted to the whole Meryl Streep-Donald Trump controversy.

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has made her thoughts clear on the matter. When a concerned fan suggested that soon the President-elect might call her over-rated, the 51-year-old scribe tweeted, "Never forget that some people's good opinion would be more insulting than their abuse!"

Later, Rowling retweeted Donald Clarke's tweet in which Trump is seen mocking disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski during a 2015 rally. She has made it clear that she is not a fan of the businessman. She once called him a "giant orange Twitter egg," according to Time.

Finally, the "Casual Vacancy" author ended her reaction to the Meryl Streep-Donald Trump controversy by addressing a fan's tweet. This fan told her that if all famous people are busy criticizing Trump for the next four years, he will be busy ranting on Twitter. Rowling reacted to the tweet by saying that criticizing the new President will be both a pleasure and duty.

A lot of anti-Trump sentiments were expressed by the public since Streep made that speech at the Golden Globes.

J.K. Rowling


Newhead News


Fox Secretly Paid Another Settlement

Bill O'Really

A former Fox News host who accused Bill O'Reilly (R-Horn Dog) and a network executive of sexual harassment quietly received a six-figure settlement from the company after the ouster of former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes (R-Puppet Master), according to The New York Times and

Juliet Huddy, who hosted "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet" before it was canceled in 2009, was a frequent guest on "The O'Reilly Factor." She described a pattern of harassment beginning in 2011 that ended in O'Reilly sabotaging her career after she rejected his advances, according to a letter written by her lawyers that was obtained by The Times and

This isn't the first time O'Reilly has been accused of sexual harassment. Andrea Mackris, who was a producer on his show, sued him in 2004, describing instances of harassment similar to those Huddy alleged.

Both women said they received phone calls from O'Reilly that sounded like he was masturbating, according to The Times.

Huddy also accused Jack Abernethy, who was recently appointed copresident of Fox News, of sexual harassment. Both Abernethy and O'Reilly strongly denied the allegations, according to the reports.

Bill O'Really


A man dressed as Santa Claus walks in deep snow looking at small artificial Christmas trees in a snowy city park in Kiev, Ukraine, Jan. 10 2017. The temperature in Kiev is -6 degrees Centigrade (22 degrees Fahrenheit).
Photo by Efrem Lukatsky


Sign Prankster Arrested


Los Angeles police arrested a local artist suspected of a New Year's Day prank in which he altered the letters of the famous Hollywood sign to read "Hollyweed."

Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, was booked on a misdemeanor charge when he voluntarily surrendered to the authorities with his attorney at his side.

He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in court on February 15, a police spokesman said on Monday.

Fernandez, who goes by the moniker "Jesus Hands" said he was inspired to change the sign by another similar incident in 1976 that was the work of an art student named Daniel Finegood.

He and his partner conducted research on the sign to determine how to scale the structure and place tarps over the 45-foot-tall o's to turn them into e's, Fernandez told the online magazine Vice.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Book Sales Suspended


The publisher of Monica Crowley's (R-Fabulist) "What the (Bleep) Just Happened?" said Tuesday it is halting sales of the book, pending the "opportunity" for the aide to President-elect Donald Trump to revise her text.

Crowley is a syndicated talk show host and Trump's pick to serve as director of communications at the White House's National Security Council. She is accused of plagiarizing numerous passages in the 2012 book, an anti-Obama work that was praised by future Trump supporters Sarah Palin and Rudolph Giuliani, among others.

On Tuesday, HarperCollins announced the book and its 2013 edition, "What the (Bleep) Just Happened . . . Again?" will "no longer be offered for purchase until such time as the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material."

Both editions have the same basic material, but the 2013 book includes a new foreword, in which Crowley responds to Obama's re-election.

HarperCollins is owned by Rupert Murdoch's (R-Evil Incarnate) News Corp. Murdoch has been critical of Trump in the past, tweeting in 2015, "When is Donald Trump going to stop embarrassing his friends, let alone the whole country?" But the two have apparently become closer. On Monday, Trump tweeted, "Rupert Murdoch is a great guy who likes me much better as a very successful candidate than he ever did as a very successful developer!"



A worker arranges large incense sticks to be sold for the preparation of the Lunar New Year in Tangerang, Indonesia, Jan. 10, 2017. Ethnic Chinese communities in the world's most populous Muslim country are preparing to celebrate the start of the year of the rooster.
Photo by Tatan Syuflana


Listed As Endangered

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.

One of several species facing sharp declines, the bumble bee known to scientists as Bombus affinis has plunged nearly 90 percent in abundance and distribution since the late 1990s, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agency listed the insect after determining it to be in danger of extinction across all or portions of its range, attributing its decline to a mix of factors, including disease, pesticides, climate change and habitat loss.

Named for the conspicuous reddish blotch on its abdomen, the rusty patched bumble bee once flourished across 28 states, primarily in the upper Midwest and Northeast -- from South Dakota to Connecticut -- and in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Today, only a few small, scattered populations remain in 13 states and Ontario, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee


Pulled Out Of Project


The Trump Organization pulled out of a $250-million real estate project in ex-Soviet Georgia to avoid a potential conflict with Donald Trump's role as president, Trump's former business partner in the project told Reuters.

The Trump Organization declined to comment on the assertion that it quit the project due to conflict-of-interest concerns, and the Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump planned to give his brand name to Georgian developer Silk Road Group, to build a 47-storey residential tower in the Georgian Black Sea resort of Batumi, a plan he had announced during his visit to the South Caucasus country in April 2012.

SRG and the Trump Organization announced their joint decision to terminate the project last week, but did not elaborate on the reasons.

The Trump transition team, which typically defers to the Trump Organization on business issues, did not respond to a request for comment.



A photo taken with a slow shutter speed shows ice floe drifting on the River Danube below Szabadsag (Freedom) Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, Jan. 10, 2017. A cold wave across Hungary have caused many lakes to freeze.
Photo by Zoltan Balogh


Pentagon Successfully Tests

Micro-Drone Swarm

The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones.

The important step in the development of new autonomous weapon systems was made possible by improvements in artificial intelligence, holding open the possibility that groups of small robots could act together under human direction.

Military strategists have high hopes for such drone swarms that would be cheap to produce and able to overwhelm opponents' defenses with their great numbers.

The test of the world's largest micro-drone swarm in California in October included 103 Perdix micro-drones measuring around six inches (16 centimeters) launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Originally created by engineering students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 and continuously improved since, Perdix drones draw "inspiration from the commercial smartphone industry," the Pentagon said.

Micro-Drone Swarm


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 2-8. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Playoff: Detroit vs. Seattle, NBC, 26.89 million.
    2. NFC Wildcard Postgame (New York Giants vs. Green Bay), Fox, 21.52 million.
    3. Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 20.02 million.
    4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 16.80 million.
    5. NFL Playoff Pre-kick, NBC, 16.78 million.
    6. "NCIS," CBS, 15.80 million.
    7. "Bull," CBS, 11.31 million.
    8. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.78 million.
    9. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 10.41 million
   10. Rose Bowl: USC vs. Penn State, ESPN, 10.19 million.
   11. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 10.10 million
   12. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.63 million.
   13. "The Great Indoors," CBS, 9.46 million.
   14. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 9.00 million.
   15. "Mom," CBS, 8.50 million.
   16. "MacGyver," CBS, 8.42 million.
   17. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.22 million.
   18. "The Simpsons," Fox, 8.19 million.
   19. "Chicago PD," NBC, 7.89 million.
   20. "Last Man Standing," ABC, 7.75 million.




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