BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 25 January, 2017


25 January, 2017

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[1945 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - January 25th, 2017

Crumplstock 6 Round-Up

By DJ Useo

From the view point of the music, Crumplstock 6 ( ) was a glorious success. Since music was what it was about, what could be more fitting. Nearly everyone who attended was a DJ & a home producer of distinguish. For instance Marty Batfreak displayed his vast DJ experience through crowd-proven tunes & set-awareness, leaving us all anxious for more, which he provided handily.

In addition Marty introduced us to his 11-year old offspring, DJ Nightwing, who brought abilities beyond a youngsters' years to bear. At one point, the two Batfreaks traded off every other track in an excellent dj battle. Honestly, it was hard to say who won. Many more sets were very impressive, & memorable. Personally, I'd like a copy of them all. If I get the links, I'll share them here.

As I stated, all the dj sets were notable for either content, style, & presentation with Grave Danger, AtoZ, DJ Rudec & BorisB taking the lead, amongst leaders. Now, it's totally my opinion, but the Crumplstock founder PomDeter did the best set. He featured whimsical bootlegs of his own creation, & still had one really appealing set.

Literally everyone did a notable job of keeping the energy, & party vibe going. My set was so rewarding for me, not just because it was me, but also because it was streamed to the Flask Lounge in Seatlle, ME where DJ Cougar streamed many of the Crumplstock sets to one happy live crowd over two nights. Word reached me that much dancing ensued.

For some weird reason, the Crumplstock festival doesn't draw many non-bootleggers. I don't get that, as the tunes are proven audience-pleasers. I always post my sets after, & they do ok enough, but some of us tried new hosting, & got rewarded with numbers of a higher order. AtoZ got over 1000 plays in his first hour of hosting his mix at MIXLR.COM ( ) . I experienced a similar numbers spurt.

Here's my Crumplstock set composed of only tracks I mixed, plus some skits I wrote. Numbers remain suspiciously low at this hosting. ( )
Meanwhile, the MIXLR response is incredibly bigger ( ). Although it was delayed, I also did an after-party set of other peoples mashups. I'll give you the link to that next week.

So, enough words from me for now. Be of good cheer till next week, if you can.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Christopher Ingraham: The Trump administration just told a whopper about the size of the federal workforce (Washington Post)
President Trump on Monday signed an executive order instituting a hiring freeze on all nonmilitary federal employees. At a press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the move "counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years." In both raw-number and percentage terms, this is an inaccurate statement.

Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker and Matea Gold: "The first days inside Trump's White House: Fury, tumult and a reboot" (Washington Post)
President Trump had just returned to the White House on Saturday from his final inauguration event, a tranquil interfaith prayer service, when the flashes of anger began to build.

MICHAEL D. SHEAR and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN: Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers (NY Times)
President Trump used his first official meeting with congressional leaders on Monday to falsely claim that millions of unauthorized immigrants had robbed him of a popular vote majority, a return to his obsession with the election's results even as he seeks support for his legislative agenda.

Andrew Tobias: David Brock's Plan To Fight Back
"We wanted voters to understand three things about Trump. One, that he is temperamentally unfit to serve and, thus, that a Trump Presidency is a mortal danger to the country. Two, that Trump is too divisive to lead America in the 21st century-he's sexist, racist, xenophobic. Three, that Trump is a fraud and a con-man, only in it for himself. Put differently, Trump is not just a sexual predator, but also an economic predator. American Bridge did prodigious research proving all three points." - David Brock

David Bruce: Trumpcare (davidbruceblog)
What will Trumpcare look like? I hope it will look a lot like Medicare but will have deductibles and co-pays that are lower than under Obamacare.

As told as told to Colin Drury: The day I met Picasso at Sheffield railway station (The Guardian)
Trade unionist Bill Ronksley recalls welcoming the famous artist to his city for a peace conference in 1950.

Jonathan Jones: We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliché (The Guardian)
Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh's style - and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works.

David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

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Trivia Question of the Day

The last president born as a British subject, he also served the shortest tenure in United States presidential history. What is his name?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

Traditionally attributed to American sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill, the Guinness World Records says this tune is the the most recognized song in the English language. What is the title?

       "Happy Birthday To You"                                                      Source

"Happy Birthday to You", also known more simply as "Happy Birthday", is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person's birth. According to the 1998 Guinness World Records, "Happy Birthday to You" is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". The song's base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages. The melody of "Happy Birthday to You" comes from the song "Good Morning to All", which has traditionally been attributed to American sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill in 1893, although the claim that the sisters composed the tune is disputed        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Happy Birthday to You.

mj wrote:
   I'm torn on this
  But I'm going with Mary Had a Little Lamb.

Mark. replied:
   Patty and Mildred J. Hill are credited with writing the song "Happy Birthday to You."

Adam answered:
   'Happy Birthday'

Deborah said:
   I'm taking a WAG here: The "Happy Birthday" song.
  Forgot to answer yesterday's TQ after reading your storm watch report & seeing pictures of deeply-flooded streets. Oh, well.
  No rain yesterday, and perhaps none today. Two dry days in a row? I'll take it.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Happy Birthday."

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Happy Birthday to You

gene wrote:
   The always recognized Happy Birthday.

Dave in Tucson replied:
   Just another SWAG (stupid wild ass guess) - the most recognizable song in the English language is Happy Birthday?

Billy in Cypress said:
   The song is "Happy Birthday to You", or if you believe in alternative facts it is "Make America Great Again".

DJ Useo responded:
   Well, I know it's not "You Know My Name, Look Up The Number", by the Beatles. lol
  It's "Happy Birthday". To tell the truth, having had to sing that so many times,
  I've made up some fine variants through the years. None have been published.

Joe S     took the day off.

Randall is in Vegas.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 24 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 24 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Maybe Trump was right? This image could explain why inauguration attendance was underreported

Columbia University Reveals Details Of Its Ties With Slavery : The Two-Way : NPR

How To Make Broadcast Towers More Bird-Friendly: Turn Off Some Lights : NPR

We broke the Panama Papers story. Here's how to investigate Donald Trump | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump's use of the term 'the people' is a warning sign | Jan-Werner Muller | Opinion | The Guardian

FEMA Under Trump Fails To Help After Tornados Devastate S.E. The Incompetence Is Showing Already.

National Park Service goes rogue-tweets out climate change data and information

Trump Aides Can't Stop Blabbing About How He's a Madman

Tip Trump over the edge: Crowdfund this full-page ad

The Federal Register as Your Daily "Bible" Reading

I called my Rep. to ask about 3 million illegal votes. You should too.

Thanks, Michelle!



Team Coco


Triumph Attends Trump's Inauguration

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog poops all over the new administration and its supporters



Reader Comment

Who didn't see this coming?

Hey, Marty:

    I just read that Trump has exerted his corruption 'executive power' and taken some definitive action concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline. Since he used to own stock in the companies that own/control the company doing the 'drilling', if not now, I can't say I was surprised. I knew this was going to happen!

     I'm in South Dakota, not North Dakota, where the pipeline is currently being built, but it was originally slated to come down through South Dakota west of the Missouri River, all the way through the state almost down to the Nebraska border until it curved east, eventually crossing the Mighty Mo somewhere near Sioux City, IA. We dodged a bullet by putting it the vote, the problem being that the southern half of the county I live in lies over the Ogallala Aquifer, America's largest underground aquifer, also under and providing water for 8 states, from here to Texas! If there was a leak or any kind of problem it could have contaminated the entire system.

    Our vote forced the company to move the project up into ND, so it would also cross the river there. Instead of stopping it, we just moved the problem out of our state but we knew that somewhere, somehow, it would eventually cross the river because the company does NOT want to pay to 'truck it' over the river, thus ensuring no possible future catastrophes. I feel for those folks up there, because the land it's going under is truly sacred ground, however, I knew that Obama's halt to the project wouldn't last once Trump was crowned took office. It looks like the project is back on...sigh...

Let us pray,

Tiera H.

Thanks, Tiera!
Seems their motto is 'let us prey'.



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump sold America a miracle cure. It will fail. He'll get off for free -

Donald Trump, imperialist: Forget "isolationism" - Trump longs to build up our military and then use it -

Trump budget pick: Never mind Trump's promises, we'll cut Social Security and Medicare -

As Trump Moves to Advance Dakota Access Pipeline, Al Gore Calls DAPL "an Atrocity" |

White House Insiders Say Donald Trump Is "Demoralized" That No One Thinks He's a Real President | GQ

Trump bans EPA employees from giving social media updates | TheHill

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Poops All Over Trump's Inauguration - The Daily Beast

Why Donald Trump Could Be a Disaster For Poor Americans - The Atlantic

A Complete List Of All The Times Rooms Full Of Women Have Legislated Men's Bodies | The Huffington Post

Trump says he will pick reporters covering White House - Reuters.TV

Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest | Media | The Guardian

Body language experts explain Donald and Melania Trump's strange inauguration behavior | Mic

The Chosen: Who Trump Is Putting in Power - ProPublica

Report: Trump Complains Negative Press Means He Can't 'Enjoy' White House - TPM

Trump Is Paving the Way for China to Rule the World | New Republic

Trump appoints expert on defending racial gerrymanders as senior civil rights official -



Reader Comment/Suggestion

Current Events

Janet sent a link to an article about Stain's ego & how he will implode. The first was a bit slow, but then:

Trump is famously hostile to the notion of learning: no-one has anything to teach him. He was born rich, and that means he's a genius and that everyone must respect him. He appears to have no ability for self-reflection. The mirrors he has in his house may be framed in gold, but he's never been able to bring himself to look in them for more than a few seconds. Instead he's surrounded himself by people who tell him what he wants to hear, who repeat back to him his inner mantra: you're the richest, the best, the greatest writer, builder, statesman, etc etc etc. But it's his inner voices that are the problem, the ones that tell him that he's nothing, a failure, that everyone sees him as a joke. The ones that (presumably) sound a lot like his father.

He's become in two days the paranoid and deluded ruler of so many novels by Latin American and African writers. Usually this point is reached after several decades of rule and the imposition of terror and a cult of personality.

He will snap very, very soon.

Our job is to increase the tension.

Ha ha ha ha hah! I'll help in every way I can. If you want to read the full article:

Donald Trump is going to snap very soon, and here is how I know - Infinite Coincidence

Half an onion in a ziplock bag is trying to get more twitter followers than The Orange Stain. Do your part to irritate Trump and follow half an onion! (Cynthia shared the link)

Help This Onion Half Get More Twitter Followers Than Donald Trump

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

Thanks, Linda (& Janet)!



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

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

The kid & I are on our way to PA for dear old Dad's 92nd birthday.

Have a laptop, so I'm planning on keeping the page going.

OTOH, there may be some challenges in finding an internet connection.

So, if the page isn't up when you expect it, try again later.

And if you send me anything, the earlier, the better.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Hunted', followed by a FRESH 'Code Black'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 1/9/17) Billy Joel and Josh Holloway.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 11/21/16) are Anna Kendrick, Billy Eichner, and Kurt Braunohler.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'L&O: SVU', followed by another RERUN 'L&O: SVU', then a RERUN 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Glenn Close, Jay Baruchel, and Candice Thompson.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Katie Couric, Bryce Dallas Howard, Matt Taibbi, and Darren King.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/26/16) are Sterling K. Brown, Radical Face, and Johnny Pemberton.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by a RERUN 'Speechless', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'black-ish', then a RERUN 'Match Game'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Martin Short, Edgar Ramirez, and Lady Antebellum.

The CW offers a FRESH '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 all old 'Duck Dynasty' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'True Grit', followed by the movie 'Gladiator'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Flesh and Stone-Part 2.
 [7:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Vampires in Venice
 [8:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Amy's Choice
 [9:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-The Hungry Earth-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Cold Blood-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Vincent and The Doctor
 [5:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
 [6:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)

Bravo has 3 hours of old '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 are Heather Ann Thompson and Bellamy Young.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, and Jenny Zigrino.

FX has the movie 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', followed by the movie 'Jack Reacher'.

History has 'American Pickers', 'Vikings', followed by a FRESH 'Vikings', then a FRESH 'Six'.

IFC  -   
 [9:30AM]    JONAH HEX
 [11:15AM]    JAVA HEAT
 [4:00PM]    JONAH HEX
 [4:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Maya Rudolph
 [4:15AM]    PORTLANDIA-Fred's Cell Phone Company

Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Goober Takes a Car Apart
 [6:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Rehabilitation of Otis
 [7:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Lucky Letter
 [8:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Goober and the Art of Love
 [8:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney Runs for Sheriff
 [9:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-If I Had a Quarter-Million
 [9:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-TV or Not TV
 [10:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Guest in the House
 [10:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Case of the Punch in the Nose
 [11:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Newspaper
 [12:05PM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau
 [12:40PM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Arrest of the Fun Girls
 [1:15PM]    Mississippi Burning
 [4:15PM]    Cliffhanger
 [6:15PM]    The Sum of All Fears
 [9:00PM]    A Time to Kill
 [12:30AM]    A Few Good Men
 [3:30AM]    The Ledge
 [5:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Luck of Newton Monroe    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Maleficient', 'The Magicians', followed by a FRESH 'Incorporated'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Leah Remini, Jeff Ross, and Foxygen.

 [6:00 AM]      Orphans of the Storm (1921)    SILENT 
 [8:45 AM]      The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
 [11:00 AM]      Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)
 [12:15 PM]      Auntie Mame (1958)
 [2:45 PM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [4:30 PM]      Doctor Zhivago (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      Rome Adventure (1962)
 [10:15 PM]      To Have And Have Not (1944)
 [12:15 AM]      The Getaway (1972)
 [2:30 AM]      Mrs. Miniver (1942)
 [5:00 AM]      The Negro Soldier (1944)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  01/26/17

TCM spends the night with Jane Wyman
 [6:00 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Joan Allen (2008)
 [6:30 AM]      Great Mr. Nobody, The (1941)
 [7:45 AM]      Thieves Fall Out (1941)
 [9:00 AM]      The Wagons Roll At Night (1941)
 [10:30 AM]      Janie Gets Married (1946)
 [12:15 PM]      Cinderella Jones (1946)
 [1:45 PM]      The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950)
 [3:15 PM]      Brothers in the Saddle (1949)
 [4:30 PM]      Storm Over Wyoming (1950)
 [5:45 PM]      Come on Danger (1942)
 [6:45 PM]      Border Treasure (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      Magnificent Obsession (1954)
 [10:00 PM]      All That Heaven Allows (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      Lucy Gallant (1955)
 [2:00 AM]      Miracle In The Rain (1956)
 [4:00 AM]      So Big (1953)

USA has a FRESH 'Suits'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jan. 13, 1989) - Robert Klein, Blair Brown, and Teddy Andrews.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, questions Budget Director-designate Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.
Photo by Carolyn Kaster


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Promises Reporters 'Never To Lie'

Sean Spicer

P-resident Donald Trump's (R-Prevaricator-in-Chief) press secretary promised reporters on Monday that he would never lie after a weekend briefing in which he made statements about the crowd size for Trump's inauguration that were debunked.

In comments to reporters on Saturday that became known as the "alternative facts" briefing, White House spokesman Sean Spicer declared that Trump's crowd was "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period."

Spicer's statement drew further criticism after Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Sunday the White House had wanted to "put alternative facts out there" to counter what she said was a biased media.

At his first formal White House briefing on Monday, Spicer was asked by a reporter if he intended to always tell the truth from the lectern.

"Our intention is never to lie to you," he replied.

Sean Spicer


A model wears a creation by Alexis Mabille during his Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017 fashion collection presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.
Photo by Francois Mori


Conductor Keeps Discovering

Semyon Bychkov

As a boy in Saint Petersburg, Semyon Bychkov would scrounge to buy second-hand Tchaikovsky scores with pocket change from lunch money given by his mother.

Living in a communal apartment with other families in the city then called Leningrad, he recalls that by age 12, he would spend nights in the kitchen -- the only room with both lights and privacy -- waving an imaginary baton as if guiding orchestras to Russia's most treasured composer.

Bychkov went on to become a renowned conductor, fleeing the Soviet Union for the West after reaching adulthood to escape anti-Semitism and official suspicion of his political views.

Now 64, the maestro has put together a Tchaikovsky festival at the New York Philharmonic, an in-depth exploration through performances from Tuesday until February 11.

Scholars have persistently debated whether Tchaikovsky was uniquely Russian or an extension of the Western classical tradition.

Semyon Bychkov


Newhead News


Dwarf Galaxies Shed Light

Dark Matter

The first sighting of clustered dwarf galaxies bolsters a leading theory about how big galaxies such as our Milky Way are formed, and how dark matter binds them, researchers said Monday.

Theorised but never seen, the bundled galaxies were discovered using the largest optical survey of the night sky ever compiled, they reported in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Seven clusters of three-to-five galaxies are each 10 to 1,000 times smaller than the Milky Way.

Unlike our home galaxy, all have long-since stopped giving birth to new stars.

Dark Matter


Ethnic Chinese Thais offer yellow flowers after prayers at the Leng Nuei Yee Chinese temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Chinese New Year falls on Jan. 28, this year, marking the start of the Year of Rooster according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
Photo by Sakchai Lalit


Fossils Of Huge Otter Unearthed


Scientists have unearthed fossils of an intriguingly large otter as big as a wolf that frolicked in rivers and lakes in a lush, warm and humid wetlands region in southwestern China about 6.2 million years ago.

The outsized otter, called Siamogale melilutra, weighed about 110 pounds (50 kg) and measured up to 6-1/2 feet (2 meters) long, making it bigger than any of its cousins alive today, the researchers said on Monday.

"Siamogale melilutra reminds us, I think, of the diversity of life in the past and how many more questions there are still to answer. Who would have imagined a wolf-size otter?" said Denise Su, Cleveland Museum of Natural History curator of paleobotany and paleoecology.

It had enlarged cheek teeth and strong jaws that appear to have been used for crunching hard objects, perhaps large shellfish and freshwater mollusks, and was capable of swimming in shallow, swampy waters.

The fossils, found at a site in China's Yunnan Province, include a largely complete cranium and lower jaw, various teeth, and limb bones.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Net Neutrality Opponent To Head FCC

Ajit Pai

P-resident Donald Trump (R-Grifter) on Monday tapped Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai to head the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which is expected to roll back many of the Obama Administration's telecommunications and internet policies.

Pai, a former Justice Department, FCC and Capitol Hill staffer, in December predicted landmark "net neutrality" rules adopted in 2015 would not last. The son of Indian immigrants who grew up in Kansas, Pai said the commission should take a "weed whacker" to unneeded rules and was harshly critical of many FCC regulations imposed during the Obama administration.

"During the Trump administration, we will shift from playing defense at the FCC to going on offense," he said in December. "We need to fire up the weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation, and job creation."

Pai will also have a key role in deciding whether to approve or reject or impose conditions on mergers involving cable and telephone companies. In May, Pai opposed FCC conditions imposed on Charter Communication's acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Last week, then FCC chairman Tom Wheeler urged Republicans against dismantling internet access protections that bar service providers from slowing consumer access to web content.

Ajit Pai


Indian paramilitary soldiers take part in a full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in Agartala, India on Jan. 24, 2017. India celebrates its annual Republic Day on Jan 26.
Photo by Jayanta Dey


Recover Poorly

Climate-Ravaged Corals

Coral reefs that survive rapid bleaching fuelled by global warming remain deeply damaged, with little prospect of full recovery, researchers said Wednesday.

Sixteen years after the 1998 El Nino ravaged coral in the Indian Ocean's Seychelles archipelago, no reefs had recovered their original growth rates and barely a third were expanding at all, they reported in a study, the first to track coral health over a two-decade period.

A dozen of 21 reefs tracked from 1994 were still struggling in 2014 against leafy algae, sea urchins and parrot fish to restore their original balance of shallow-water flora and fauna.

The rest underwent what marine biologists call a "regime shift", and are today composed of a new -- and far less diverse -- mix of corals.

Four of the reefs only had two percent coral cover in 2014, and are likely to die out entirely.

Climate-Ravaged Corals


Alterbate Facts / Alternate Reality


The White House on Tuesday confirmed that President Donald Trump (R-Delusional) believes millions of people voted illegally in the November election, but declined to provide evidence to support that claim.

Hours after Trump told congressional leaders that as many as five million people could have voted illegally, White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed the president's belief.

"The comment he said was three to five million people could have voted illegally based on the studies he's seen," said Spicer.
There is no public evidence of widespread illegal voting in last year's poll.

If proven, it would be one of the biggest political scandals in US history and could fundamentally undermine faith in US democracy.



People walk at sunset along the Ponte Coperto (Covered bridge), also known as Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), a brick and stone arch bridge over the Ticino River, in Pavia, some 40 kilometers (24 miles) from Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.
Photo by Antonio Calanni


Dispute With Vatican

Knights of Malta

The head of the Knights of Malta, who has been locked in a bitter dispute with the Vatican, has resigned, a spokesperson for the Rome-based Catholic chivalric and charity institution said on Wednesday.

The spokesperson said Grand Master Matthew Festing, 67, had resigned after Pope Francis asked him to step down at a meeting on Tuesday. Grand masters of the institution, which was founded in the 11th century, usually keep their positions for life.

"The pope asked him to resign and he agreed," the spokesperson said, adding that the next step was a formality in which the group's Sovereign Council would have to sign off on the highly unusual resignation. The order would be run by its number two, or grand commander, until a new head is elected.

Festing and the Vatican have been locked in a bitter dispute since one of the order's top knights, Grand Chancellor Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, was sacked in December in the chivalric equivalent of a boardroom showdown - ostensibly because he allowed the use of condoms in a medical project for the poor.

Von Boeselager appealed to the pope, who appointed a five-member commission to look into the unusual circumstances of the sacking, but Festing refused to cooperate and called the commission illegitimate.

Knights of Malta


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 16-22. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. AFC Championship: Pittsburgh at New England, CBS, 47.95 million.
    2. "Championship Post-Game," CBS, 22.66 million.
    3. "NCIS," CBS, 15.5 million.
    4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.16 million.
    5. "Hunted," CBS, 11.85 million.
    6. "Bull," CBS, 11.11 million.
    7. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.77 million.
    8. "This is Us," NBC, 9.59 million.
    9. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.33 million.
   10. "Kevin Can Wait," CBS, 8.67 million.
   11. "Mom," CBS, 8.57 million.
   12. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.41 million.
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