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M Is FOR MASHUP - January 12th, 2011

An Essay On Mashups

By DJ Useo (wink,wink)

Despite what many might think, mashups is well known across hundreds of nations all over the world. mashups has been around for several centuries and has a very important meaning in the lives of many. It would be safe to assume that mashups is going to be around for a long time and have an enormous impact on the lives of many people.

Social & Cultural Factors

mashups has a large role in American Culture. Many people can often be seen taking part in activities associated with mashups. This is partly because people of most ages can be involved and families are brought together by this. Generally a person who displays their dislike for mashups may be considered an outcast.

Economic Factors

It is not common practice to associate economics with mashups. Generally, mashups would be thought to have no effect on our economic situation, but there are in fact some effects. The sales industry associated with mashups is actually a 2.3 billion dollar a year industry and growing each year. The industry employs nearly 150,000 people in the United States alone. It would be safe to say that mashups play an important role in American economics and shouldn't be taken for granted.

Environmental Factors

After a three month long research project, I've been able to conclude that mashups doesn't negatively effect the environment at all. A mashups did not seem to result in waste products and couldn't be found in forests, jungles, rivers, lakes, oceans, etc... In fact, mashups produced some positive effects on our sweet little nature.

Political Factors

Oh does mashups ever influence politics. Last year 5 candidates running for some sort of position used mashups as the primary topic of their campaign. A person might think mashups would be a bad topic to lead a campaign with, but in fact with the social and environmental impact is has, this topic was able to gain a great number of followers. These 5 candidates went 4 for 5 on winning their positions.


mashups seem to be a much more important idea that most give credit for. Next time you see or think of mashups, think about what you just read and realize what is really going on. It is likely you under valued mashups before, but will now start to give the credited needed and deserved.


mashups researched in wikipedia. mashups @

(thanks to 'instant essay' website )

Mix Of The Week

Alton Brown's "Instant" Pancake Mix is the real thing with plenty of heat (350 degrees F) & is greased to perfection.Yields 12!
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Latest Useo Thing

After winning the title of 'KING' in a recent GET YOUR BOOTLEG ON mashup challenge, I threw caution to the wind & mixed up 2 more mashups for the latest round. You get 2 days to mix a track from the limited material the past winner selects. So an entrant has to mix from limited material in an even more limited time frame. See the tracks I made from Rye Rye, MIA, Afrika Bambaataa, & David Van Tiegham (who?) here -
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Feel free to vote for me today if yer a GYBO member.

Mashup Tip - It is so easy to get overly concerned with your "progress" and status in mashing -- especially when you get what I call "dreams of grandeur". So always remember to say 'f*ck it!


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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Connie Schultz: Law-and-Order Prosecutor Now Champions Innocent Inmates (Creators Syndicate)
Former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro and I have a history, and it isn't a particularly pleasant one.

Scott Burns: The 'Can't Get There From Here' Problem (
If you are a devoted Democrat you can stop reading now. This column will offend you. Ditto, if you are a devoted Republican. But if you think of yourself as an American first, read on. This column is for you.

Paul Krugman's Blog: Peacockery (New York Times)
The point is that it takes more to be serious about deficits than to scribble down some numbers and claim that you're being tough. Tell me what you're actually going to cut and/or how you're going to raise more revenue, and then let's talk.

Jim Hightower: A Banker Who Gets It
Populist banker. Now those are two words you rarely see linked together.

Thomas Hoenig: Too Big to Succeed (New York Times)
There is an old saying: lend a business $1,000 and you own it; lend it $1 million and it owns you.

Alan Grayson Writes about Gabriel Giffords (Posted on
I know nothing about the man who shot Gabby, and what was going through his mind when he did this. But I will tell you this - if he shot Gabby out of hatred, then it wasn't Gabby he was shooting, but rather some cartoon version of her, drawn by her political opposition. Because there is no way - NO WAY - that anyone who really knows Gabby could hate her or hurt her. She is a kind, gentle soul.--Alan Grayson

Nick Earls: A Flood Down Under (New York Times)
A flood reveals Australia's stoicism.

David Pogue: Free Phone Calls (New York Times)
Look, you might have a problem with advertising. But face it: Ads pay for your free TV, free radio and free Web sites.

Lettie Teague: The Outrage of the Upsell (Wall Street Journal)
What do you do when a sommelier tries to make you spend more than you want to on wine?

Amy Chua: Why Chinese Mothers are Superior (Wall Street Journal)
Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games, and hours of music practice create happy kids? An exclusive excerpt from Amy Chua's "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother."

STEFAN KANFER: "City Lights: New York's long literary line" (City Journal)
For writers, New York City has always been a magnet with two poles, one that attracts, another that repels.

Clarence Page: Huck Finn stirs up trouble again
Making good on a campaign promise, the Republican-dominated 112th House of Representatives opened with a reading of the Constitution. But the leaders copped out of reading some of the most thought-provoking parts. They decided to read only the Constitution-as-amended. That means they left out parts of which we in today's America are not so proud - like the clause in Article I that declared slaves would be counted for purposes of reapportionment as only three-fifths of a person.

David Bruce has 39 Kindle books on with 250 anecdotes in each book. Each book is $1, so for $39 you can buy 9,750 anecdotes. Search for "Funniest People," "Coolest People, "Most Interesting People," "Kindest People," "Religious Anecdotes," and "Maximum Cool."


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The Weekly Poll- Final Edition

New Question

New Question - Held over... Results Thursday

Hey, Poll-fans... I'm thinkin' this Poll thing has 'bout run its course... Participation has dropped off dramatically over the past month, or so, and I'm gonna shut 'er down with this edition... Time to move on, as it were... That said, I'll send in what responses I have (3 so far) at 8pm EST Wednesday for Thursday's page and that will be that...

Peace (Thanks, Joe S.)


The '2011 Crystal ball' Edition...

I read somewhere this past week that some manner of 'seer' has predicted that Michelle Obama will become pregnant this year. O-o-o-kay... Not sure how the Obamas feel about that, but I think it might give the White House a much needed PR boost... Anyway...

Anybody game to make some 2011 Predictions?

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Trivia Question of the Day

What was the first prime-time TV series to earn Emmys for all of its principal cast members?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What group did John Lennon call the "Marx Brothers of Rock"?

   The Monkees                                                      Source

During the time when the Beatles were recording Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Monkees were touring England; the Beatles hosted a party for them. The meeting partially inspired the line in the Monkees' tune "Randy Scouse Git," (Mike) Nesmith attended the "A Day in the Life" sessions at Abbey Road Studios; he can be seen in the Beatles' home movies, including one scene where he is conversing with John Lennon (who called him Monkee Man, and would go on to call the group the "Marx Brothers of Rock").         Source

Marian was first, and correct, with:
   The Monkees..what a great story about their meeting.

BttbB wrote:
   The Monkees... a good fit...

Alan J said:
   The Monkees

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   The Monkees

Adam answered:
   The Rolling Stones? No...The Beatles?
  No, John Lennon called 'The Monkees' that.

Sally said:
   John Lennon publicly compared the dreadful group, "The Monkees'" humor to The Marx Brothers, called the group the, "Marx Brothers of Rock."

  Monkee rivals, "Great Ape Band..."
  PS: Big storm blowing in tonight.
  PPS: Sorry to read that B2BB is giving up the Poll. I've enjoyed the offerings, and the varied replies. Perhaps he will reconsider come Spring?? Hope so...

Charlie responded:
   An interesting question. Though the Beatles of A Hard Day's Night, were sometimes likened to the Marx Brothers. It is to be noted that that film helped inspire the Monkees, which is the bunch Lennon was referring to.

  The Monkees, with four #1 albums in 1967, outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined in that year. Though you will find no Monkees albums on either the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums list or on the list of The 40 Essential Albums of 1967 .
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George M replied:
   I had my suspicions on this question, so I looked this up and found that the group John Lennon has called the "Marx Brothers of Rock" could only be - the Monkees

MAM   wrote:
   The Monkees

And, Joe S     answered:
   Wow! Another one I don't have to look up. The Monkees.

  My favorite Monkees song . Ok, it's not a Monkees song, I really don't like any Monkees songs, but it is a Michael Nesmith song and I really like Michael Nesmith. Now.
  When I was a young boy, in first half of the last century, My Aunt Bertha (remember her?) would read me a short book about a little boy that went for a walk in the woods and encountered a bear. I could read when I was 5, but that book was a little difficult for me at that age, but I know I could read it myself when I was 6. Anyway, the boy would escape the bear by climbing a sycamore tree. The boy had a gun but he dropped it while climbing the tree so then he was stuck up there because the bear would not go away. Luckily there were apples on that sycamore tree so the boy had something to eat while he was trapped in the tree.
  Eventually the bear found the gun and picked it up and aimed it at the boy. Fortunately for the boy, bears don't know much about guns so he put the other end of the gun against his shoulder instead of the other end and pulled the trigger. The bear shot himself in the shoulder and the boy climbed out of the tree and ran home.
  Does anyone know the title of this book? I want to buy it.



Sick Days


From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)


Reader Suggestions

Michelle in AZ

Daily Kos: AZ Should Not Feed Fred Phelps The Troll

The Wrath of Fools: An Open Letter to the Far Right

Will Bunch: Arizona, Where the American Dream Went to Die

Thanks, Michelle!



Unseen Elvis

Unseen Elvis: Presley's first visit to Detroit in never-published photos

Cache of never-published photos from 1956 shows Presley performing, relaxing in Detroit

It's May 1956. Americans were fretting about President Eisenhower's health, slugger Mickey Mantle was the toast of the baseball world, and 21-year-old Elvis Presley was about to make his first appearance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit... Fifty-five years later, never-published photographs of the day Elvis first came to Detroit have been brought to light by author Michael Rose for a forthcoming book, "Spring of '56." The photographs show Elvis in and around the Fox Theatre, greeting Detroit Times contest winners backstage, relaxing in a downtown arcade and enjoying himself at an adult party...      Unseen Elvis: Presley's first visit to Detroit in never-published photos | | The Detroit News


Thanks, B2tBob!


Reader Comment

Re: Weekly Poll


The drop off in attendance with the WP may be that some of your fans don't always relate to the question adequately. Now, as it seems, the vast majority of your demographics are at least 39 years of age (wimmin stop aging at that onset) or older (sometimes much older).

I usually just wait until you have a query that I can aim a particle beam at, but like me, I think that most people kinda' set their Tuesday time clock with your poll. Personally, I think the holidays (including post-recovery time) also have something to do with the prevailing lack of Poll participation.

So don't stop the poll, just make it go monthly or something, or at least until you may want to pick it up again. Don't presume lack of participation as a default lack of interest.


Thanks, Dan!



The Weekly Veterans Report

Transgender Vets Want Military Access

Before handcuffing herself to the White House fence, former Petty Officer First Class Autumn Sandeen carefully pinned three rows of Navy ribbons to her chest. Her regulation dress blue skirt, fitted jacket, hat and black pumps were new -- fitting for a woman who spent two decades serving her country as a man...

Moratorium on Foreclosures on Vets

Freddie Mac recently instructed its mortgage servicers to hold off on starting foreclosure proceedings against servicemembers who are released from active duty. These companies must now wait at least nine months from the time of discharge before taking any kind of foreclosure action

Study Looks at Women Veterans

A new study suggests that female veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) are at increased risk of developing mental health disorders during pregnancy.

New VA Program for Families

The Department of Veterans' Affairs' (VA's) new "Families At Ease" program attempts to reach new veterans through their concerned family members and provides information and support to help them access VA facilities for services and benefits.

American Legion Health Care Survey

The American Legion has launched a two-month, worldwide online survey in an attempt to find out why only about 25 percent of women veterans are using the VA health-care system.

Vet Group Begins Outreach

The nonprofit veterans group U.S. VETS has launched a project to identify and treat combat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the organization, nearly 20 percent of all veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD, but only 40 percent seek treatment. The new PTSD outreach program will be staffed and further developed in January and will initially be run out of the U.S. VETS site in Long Beach, Calif.

Do not be afraid to seek help...


Thanks, B2tbBob!



Selected Readings

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Ark Of Darkness


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Gray and gloomy.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Live To Dance', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'The Defenders'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Kevin James, Olivia Munn, and Blake Shelton.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are David Duchovny and Jo Frost.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Minute To Win It', followed by a FRESH 'Chase', then a FRESH 'Law & Order: SVU'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Leno are Seth Rogen, Ted Williams, and Bettye Lavette.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Paul Giamatti, Faith Hill, and Cake.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/29/10) are "Catfish" filmmakers, Big Freedia, and the Morning Benders.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'Better With You', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'Cougar Town', then the SERIES PREMIERE 'Off The Map'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Sandra Oh, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter, and Fitz & the Tantrums.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Nikita',, followed by a RERUN 'Hellcats'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'Human Target'.

MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.

A&E has 'The First 48', 'Dog The Tancredo-Loving Racist Bounty Hunter', another 'Dog The Tancredo-Loving Racist Bounty Hunter', followed by a FRESH 'Dog The Tancredo-Loving Bounty Hunter', 'Storage Wars', and another 'Storage Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'Once Upon A Time In Mexico', followed by the movie 'Swordfish', then the movie 'The Specialist'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00 AM]   BBC World News
 [7:00 AM]   BBC World News
 [8:00 AM]   The Graham Norton Show - Ep 11 Juliette Lewis, Isabella Rossellini, Alistair McGowen
 [9:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 1 Lanterna
 [10:00 AM]   Doctor Who - Ep 3 Planet of the Ood
 [11:00 AM]   The X-Files - Ep 8 Ice
 [12:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 5
 [1:00 PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 2 Lela's
 [2:00 PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep. 2 Glass House
 [3:00 PM]   Torchwood - Ep 8 They Keep Killing Suzie
 [4:00 PM]   The X-Files - Ep 8 Ice
 [5:00 PM]   Doctor Who - Ep 4 The Sontaran Strategem
 [6:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 6
 [7:00 PM]   BBC World News America
 [8:00 PM]   Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ep 11 Data's Day
 [9:00 PM]   I'd Do Anything - Episode 11
 [11:00 PM]   Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ep 11 Data's Day
 [12:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep. 3 Walnut Tree
 [1:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 2 Giuseppi's
 [2:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep. 3 Walnut Tree
 [3:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 2 Giuseppi's
 [4:00 AM]   Doctor Who - Ep 4 The Sontaran Strategem
 [5:00 AM]   BBC World News    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Top Chef', another 'Top Chef', still another 'Top Chef', followed by a FRESH 'Top Chef'.

Comedy Central has last night's 'Jon Stewart', last night's 'Colbert Report', 'Chappelle's Show', another 'Chappelle's Show', 'South Park' another 'South Park', still another 'South Park'< and 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Bernard-Henri Levy.

FX has '2½ Men', anther '2½ Men', followed by the movie 'Iron Man'.

History has 'Nostradamus: 500 Years Later', 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Megaquake 10.0'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00 AM]   Harlan County, U.S.A.
 [8:15 AM]   Toto le Héros
 [10:15 AM]   Undeclared
 [10:45 AM]   The Ben Stiller Show
 [11:15 AM]   The Grid
 [11:30 AM]   Being Julia
 [1:45 PM]   Harlan County, U.S.A.
 [4:00 PM]   Toto le Héros
 [6:00 PM]   Heaven
 [8:00 PM]   Watching the Detectives
 [10:00 PM]   Undeclared
 [10:30 PM]   The Ben Stiller Show
 [11:00 PM]   The Larry Sanders Show
 [11:35 PM]   Ravenous
 [1:50 AM]   The Wicker Man
 [3:50 AM]   Nosebleed
 [4:00 AM]   Watching the Detectives     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [7:20 AM]   Pleasure Of Being Robbed
 [8:30 AM]   Worlds Apart
 [10:30 AM]   The U.S. Vs. John Lennon
 [12:10 PM]   Amreeka
 [1:50 PM]   Worlds Apart
 [3:50 PM]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - The Perfect Couple
 [4:20 PM]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Three's a Crowd
 [5:20 PM]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Matchmaker Matchmaker
 [5:50 PM]   THE COMEBACK - The Comeback (Episode 1, Season 1)
 [6:25 PM]   THE COMEBACK - Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts (Episode 2, Season 1)
 [6:55 PM]   THE COMEBACK - Valerie Bonds With the Cast (Episode 3, Season 1)
 [7:25 PM]   THE COMEBACK - Valerie Stands Up for Aunt Sassy (Episode 4, Season 1)
 [7:55 PM]   L'Auberge espagnole
 [10:00 PM]   Bob Le Flambeur
 [11:45 PM]   Le Doulos
 [1:40 AM]   French Roast
 [1:55 AM]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - The Perfect Couple
 [2:25 AM]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Three's a Crowd
 [3:25 AM]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Matchmaker Matchmaker
 [3:55 AM]   THE COMEBACK - The Comeback (Episode 1, Season 1)
 [4:30 AM]   THE COMEBACK - Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts (Episode 2, Season 1)
 [5:00 AM]   THE COMEBACK - Valerie Bonds With the Cast (Episode 3, Season 1)
 [5:30 AM]   THE COMEBACK - Valerie Stands Up for Aunt Sassy (Episode 4, Season 1)
 [6:00 AM]   The Tunnel Dwellers of New York     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Ghost Hunters', another 'Ghost Hunters', followed by a FRESH 'Ghost Hunters International', and another 'Ghost Hunters'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Denis Leary, Ice Cube, Tim Minchin.
Scheduled on a FRESH Lopez Tonight are Roseanne Barr, Danny Pudi, El Debarge featuring Faith Evans, Michael Bearden & the Ese Vatos.

TCM starts the day with the final 14 hours of their 24-hour tribute to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, then features Luise Rainer on the occasion of her 101st birthday all night.
 [6:15 AM]      Short Film: One Good Turn (1931)
 [6:45 AM]      Short Film: Our Wife (1931)
 [7:15 AM]      Short Film: Laughing Gravy (1931)
 [8:00 AM]      Short Film: Chickens Come Home (1931)
 [8:30 AM]      Short Film: Be Big! (1931)
 [9:00 AM]      Short Film: Another Fine Mess (1930)
 [9:30 AM]      The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930)
 [10:00 AM]      Short Film: Hog Wild (1930)
 [10:30 AM]      Below Zero (1930)
 [11:00 AM]      Short Film: Brats (1930)
 [11:30 AM]      Short Film: Blotto (1930)
 [12:00 PM]      Short Film: Night Owls (1930)
 [12:30 PM]      The Hoose-Gow (1929)
 [1:00 PM]      They Go Boom (1929)
 [1:30 PM]      Perfect Day (1929)
 [2:00 PM]      Men O' War (1929)
 [2:30 PM]      Berth Marks (1929)    SILENT 
 [3:00 PM]      Unaccustomed As We Are (1929)
 [3:30 PM]      Come Clean (1931)
 [4:00 PM]      Any Old Port! (1932)
 [4:30 PM]      Short Film: Pardon Us (1931)
 [5:30 PM]      Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)
 [6:45 PM]      Short Film: The Bohemian Girl (1936)

 [8:00 PM]      Luise Rainer: Live From the TCM Film Festival (2011)
 [8:30 PM]      The Good Earth (1937)
 [11:00 PM]      Luise Rainer: Live From the TCM Film Festival (2011)
 [11:30 PM]      The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
 [2:45 AM]      The Great Waltz (1938)
 [4:30 AM]      Dramatic School (1938)

Thursday  -  01/13/11

TCM spends the night with Peter Sellers.
 [6:00 AM]      Guilty Hands (1931)
 [7:15 AM]      Jewel Robbery (1932)
 [8:30 AM]      One Way Passage (1932)
 [9:45 AM]      British Agent (1934)
 [11:15 AM]      The Goose And The Gander (1935)
 [12:30 PM]      First Lady (1937)
 [2:00 PM]      Stolen Holiday (1937)
 [3:30 PM]      Women In The Wind (1939)
 [4:45 PM]      It's A Date (1940)
 [6:30 PM]      Play Girl (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Only Two Can Play (1962)
 [10:00 PM]      The Millionairess (1961)
 [11:45 PM]      I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
 [1:30 AM]      What's New, Pussycat? (1965)
 [3:30 AM]      After The Fox (1966)
 [5:15 AM]      The Bobo (1967)

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Actress Annette Bening and her husband, actor Warren Beatty (R), arrive at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in New York January 10, 2011.
Photo by Jessica Rinaldi


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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed Tuesday to step up his site's release of secret documents while he fights extradition to Sweden, as his lawyers argued that sending him to Stockholm could land him in Guantanamo Bay or even on U.S. death row.

That claim, regarded by many legal experts as extremely unlikely, is part of a preliminary defense argument released by Assange's attorneys ahead of a court hearing next month.

The Australian computer expert is wanted in Sweden to answer sex-crimes allegations. American officials also are trying to build a criminal case against WikiLeaks, which has published a trove of leaked diplomatic cables and secret U.S. military files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Assange's lawyers are seeking to link the two issues, claiming the Swedish prosecution is politically motivated - an allegation that Sweden strongly denies.

Under European law, suspects cannot be extradited to jurisdictions where they may face the death penalty.



Cast member Edward James Olmos arrives at the premiere 'The Green Hornet' in Los Angeles, on Monday, Jan 10, 2011.
Photo by Matt Sayles


Golden Tomato Award

`Toy Story 3'

"Toy Story 3" has received the Golden Tomato Award for the best-reviewed film of the year.

The award is presented annually by the website, which compiles reviews from critics to measure the percentage of favorable critiques.

Editor-in-chief Matt Atchity says Pixar's animated tale about toys searching for meaning when their owner grows up and heads off to college collected positive reviews from 99 percent of critics, making it the best-reviewed film in wide release of 2010.

Other Golden Tomato winners announced Tuesday include the rebooted Western "True Grit," the Banksy documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and "Last Train Home," a documentary about Chinese migrant workers.

`Toy Story 3'


Vidiot Speak


Dennis Hopper Owned Print Sold

Andy Warhol

A bullet-riddled Andy Warhol print owned by Dennis Hopper has sold for $302,500 at auction.

The 1972 print of a bright blue Mao Zedong with green lips was among 300 items from Hopper's estate offered at Christie's auction house in New York. The director and star of "Easy Rider" died last year.

Christie's says the "Mao" print that sold Tuesday contained two bullet holes. It happened during a wild night when Hopper mistook the portrait for Mao himself and shot at it.

Hopper showed the punctures to Warhol, and the pair agreed to call the work a collaboration.

The pre-sale estimate for the print was $20,000 to $30,000. Christie's did not identify the buyer.

Andy Warhol


Actress Jeri Ryan arrives at the ABC 2011 Winter Press Tour party in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 10, 2011.
Photo by Dan Steinberg


Returning To 'CSI'

Justin Bieber

CBS says Justin Bieber is returning as a guest star to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," where he made his acting debut last fall.

CBS announced on Tuesday that the teenage superstar will reprise his role as a troubled teen whose brother was killed by the CSIs at the end of his previous episode.

Now shooting, the episode is titled "Targets of Obsession." It is scheduled for broadcast Feb. 17.

"CSI" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Justin Bieber


Wake-up Call


Doctor To Stand Trial

Michael Jackson

Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who was demonized by Michael Jackson's family and fans, was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter after court testimony showed he administered a powerful anesthetic and other sedatives then left the pop star alone.

The ruling set the stage for what could be the final chapter in the Jackson saga - a high-profile trial that will examine all aspects of the star's death and try to finally place responsibility for his demise at the age of 50.

Witnesses at the six-day preliminary hearing filled a number of gaps in the story of Jackson's final hours, with accounts of his actions and the sad plight of two of his children watching briefly as their father lay dying.

Other witnesses recounted Murray's claim that he delayed calling 911 for perhaps more than an hour while he tried to revive the singer. A security guard indicated that Murray seemed to be rushing to hide evidence before paramedics arrived.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said the hearing included sufficient evidence to support a possible finding of guilt at trial. Murray's defense attorney Ed Chernoff and prosecutors declined comment on the ruling.

Michael Jackson


Jennifer Beals, a cast member in the FOX series 'The Chicago Code,' takes part in a panel discussion during the FOX Broadcasting Company Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Sued By Former Vegas Nightclub Partner

Eva Longoria

"Desperate Housewives" co-star Eva Longoria is being sued for at least $4 million over her financially troubled Las Vegas nightclub.

A former partner in the Beso club, Mali Nachum, claims Longoria violated California usury laws.

The suit was filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Longoria lent Nachum $1 million for the venture in 2009 and was promised repayment at 8 percent annual interest and a large stake in the club.

Eva Longoria


Canadian actress Rachel McAdams arrives for the UK premiere of Morning Glory at a central London cinema, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.
Photo by Joel Ryan


LAPD Visit

Ted Williams

The Ohio homeless man whose smooth broadcaster voice made him an Internet sensation was questioned by police after he and his daughter got into a heated argument at a hotel during a trip to Hollywood to appear on "Dr. Phil" and "Entertainment Tonight."

"I don't know how loud they were," Officer Catherine Massey said, but the argument around 9 p.m. Monday at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa led to a disturbance report.

Williams and his daughter were held at the Hollywood police station for less than an hour and they were not arrested, Massey said.

She declined to name Williams' daughter, but a statement from "Entertainment Tonight" identified her as Janey (pronounced juh-NAY') Williams and said the two would discuss the incident in a Tuesday night show.

Ted Williams


US actor Harrison Ford arrives for the UK premiere of Morning Glory at a central London cinema, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.
Photo by Joel Ryan


Denies Guilt

Jonathan Shaw

A noted tattoo artist and writer accused of trying to send a stash of guns and knives from a New York storage locker to his Los Angeles home has pleaded not guilty to dozens of weapons possession charges.

Jonathan Shaw is the 57-year-old son of jazz giant Artie Shaw. He was arrested in November and appeared in a Manhattan court Tuesday.

Prosecutors say he tried to ship a loaded AK-47 assault rifle, three other guns, 68 illegal knives and more than 2,800 rounds of ammunition. They say he had no New York gun license.

Shaw's lawyers have said he bought the weapons legally years ago and had no intention of using them.

Jonathan Shaw


Actress Susan Sarandon attends the unveiling of her milk moustache 'Got Milk?' campaign ad in New York, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.
Photo by Peter Kramer


Guilty Of Age Discrimination


The BBC has apologized to nature presenter Miriam O'Reilly after it was found guilty of age discrimination at a high profile employment tribunal.

O'Reilly was axed by BBC1 controller Jay Hunt early last year when BBC1 moved the Sunday morning rural affairs show "Countryfile" into to a weekday primetime slot.

Although the show's older male anchors made the transition to primetime, O'Reilly and two other female presenters were replaced by younger presenters.

She took the BBC to court claiming that she had been dropped because managers thought she was "too old" for prime time television, and during the course of her evidence said she had been offered hair dye and been warned about getting wrinkles by production staff on the show.

The tribunal also held that her subsequent treatment by BBC bosses had amounted to victimization.



This large-scale Andy Warhol self-portrait, previously unknown to the wider public, and made available by Christie's auction house in London Tuesday Jan.11, 2011, will be among the highlights of the auctioneer's contemporary art sale next month. The six foot square (half a square meter large) red-and-white painting is one of a well-known series of self-portraits executed by the Pop Art master in 1967. Christie's said Tuesday that five of the 11 works in the series are already in museums. The present work has been hidden away in a private collection since 1974 and is expected to fetch up to 5 million pounds ($7.75 million) when it goes on sale in London on Feb. 16. Warhol died in 1987 but remains one of the world's most expensive artists. The painting will go on public view in New York from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26.


Lays Off Nearly Half Its Staff


Rupert's News Corp's MySpace is laying off nearly half its staff, setting the stage for a sale of the former Internet social networking leader as is it refocuses as an entertainment site.

The restructuring affects about 500 employees, or 47 percent of the company, and comes after weeks of speculation on technology blogs about the cuts.

People close to News Corp have said privately that the media giant is not involved in sales talks. However, shrinking MySpace's losses will be key in attempts to shop it to would-be buyers like private equity firms or even Yahoo Inc, according to some reports.

News Corp is exploring all options for MySpace, including a sale, News Corp Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey told Reuters in November. He also told investors that month that MySpace had quarters rather than years to turn itself around.



Director of the Spanish Riding School Elisabeth Guertler (R) poses with Lipizzaner horses, riders and finance director Erwin Klissenbauer (2nd L) in Vienna January 11, 2011.
Photo by Lisi Niesner


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by the Nielsen Co. for Jan. 3-9. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Playoff Game 2: Jets at Indianapolis, NBC, 33.35 million.
    2. NFL Playoff Bridge (between Games 1 and 2), NBC, 31.48 million.
    3. NFL Playoff Prekick (Game 2), NBC, 30.54 million.
    4. NFL Wildcard Post-Game (Sunday), Fox, 24.86 million.
    5. "Two and a Half Men," CBS, 15.36 million.
    6. "The Mentalist," CBS, 14.88 million.
    7. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 14.22 million.
    8. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.98 million.
    9. "Desperate Housewives," ABC, 12.83 million.
   10. "The Simpsons," Fox, 12.55 million.
   11. "Mike & Molly," CBS, 12.39 million.
   12. "CSI: Miami," CBS, 11.99 million.
   13. "Modern Family," ABC, 11.83 million.
   14. "Undercover Boss," CBS, 11.75 million.
   15. "Wipeout," ABC, 11.69 million.
   16. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 11.64 million.
   17. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 11.00 million.
   18. "(Bleep) My Dad Says," CBS, 10.79 million.
   19. "Law & Order: SVU," NBC, 10.60 million.
   20. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.45 million.




In Memory

Ruth Cavin

Ruth Cavin, a longtime and late-blooming editor at St. Martin's Press who worked on hundreds of mystery novels in a career that began in her 60s and became so revered she was unofficially known as the "First Lady of Mysteries" has died.

Her daughter Nora Cavin said she died Sunday morning at White Plains Hospital in New York. Ruth Cavin was 92 and had continued to work at the St. Martin's division Thomas Dunne Books - commuting through a car service provided by her publisher - until diagnosed with lung cancer late last year.

Her many authors included Laurie R. King, Charles Todd and Steve Hamilton. Sue Grafton once called her a "soul mother to mystery writers," while Todd marveled that his kindly, white-haired editor liked to loosen up after hours with a Marlboro and a bottle of Budweiser.

Born Ruth Brodie in Pittsburgh, Cavin was the daughter of Jewish immigrants who exposed her at an early age to books, which Cavin would read even before she knew what they meant. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (then the Carnegie Institute of Technology) and soon after World War II met and married a young writer at Business Week magazine, Bram Cavin. Through her husband, who died in 2009, she met many in the publishing world. After working in public relations among other professions, she joined publishing full time.

As a reader, Cavin's early tastes were more for Marcel Proust than for Agatha Christie. But she came to enjoy the diversion of a good thriller and did not care if the characters were not deep or even believable. "Mysteries were fun," she said.

"I remember her telling to me that a submission with an intricate or clever plot but false, two-dimensional characters was one she'd pass by," said her daughter, Nora Cavin. "She felt that given interesting characters, real people who behave authentically - and sound writing - a manuscript could be developed into a good book. 'Plots can be fixed,' she'd say - and she insisted that they be. But she found weak characters to be a fatal flaw."

Cavin is survived by three children and two grandchildren.

Ruth Cavin


In Memory

Maria Elena Walsh

Maria Elena Walsh, an Argentine writer, poet and singer who entertained generations of children with whimsical songs and books, died Monday of heart failure. She was 80.

Walsh had been suffering from several chronic diseases before she died at a clinic in the capital, Ricardo Pereira, spokesman of the Argentine Society of Writers and Composers, told The Associated Press.

The adventurous little turtle Manuelita and the goofy monkey Mono Liso were among the more well-known of Walsh's characters. Her songs, celebrated by folk singer Mercedes Sosa and Spanish crooner Joan Manuel Serrat, traveled across the Spanish-speaking world, inspiring children to sing along.

Born on Feb. 1, 1930, Walsh published her first poem when she was 15, and soon traveled to the U.S. and Europe, writing and performing.

She returned to Argentina in 1970 as a famous personality, and she was one of the few to openly challenge the 1976-83 military dictatorship, with songs such as "Oracion a la Justicia" (Prayer for Justice) and "Venceremos," a Spanish version of the U.S. civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome."

By 1979, she wrote an open letter published in the newspaper Clarin that directly criticized the military regime's censorship, comparing Argentina to a preschool of cowering children with broken pencils. It was republished in 1993 in "Desventuras en el Pais-Jardin-de-Infantes" (Misadventures in the Preschool Country).

Even among themes apparently intended for children, Argentines found political messages, such as in the song "El Pais del Nomeacuerdo" (The Country of Idontremember), which was later used as the theme song for "The Official Story," the Argentine film that won the 1985 Academy Award for best foreign language film.

Maria Elena Walsh


David Nelson

David Nelson, who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," has died, a family spokesman said. He was 74.

Nelson died Monday at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles after battling complications of colon cancer, said family spokesman and longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson.

Born in New York City, Nelson attended the University of Southern California before joining his family on the small screen. He and his teen idol brother, Rick, convinced their parents to be on the show.

"The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" aired on ABC from 1952 to 1966 and some of the story lines were taken from the stars' own lives. Nelson was the last surviving member of the well-known TV family and he directed numerous episodes of the series.

His film credits include "Peyton Place," "The Big Circus" and "Love and Kisses." In l976, he costarred with his mother in "Smash-Up on Interstate 5."

He also appeared in various TV roles and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Nelson is survived by his wife, Yvonne; four sons and a daughter; and seven grandchildren. A service will be held Thursday at Pierce Brothers Westwood Mortuary.

David Nelson



A man carries a lamb home as he drives on a motorcycle in the municipality of San Antonio de Los Banos in Havana, Cuba, Thursday Jan 6, 2011.
Photo by Franklin Reyes


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