BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 15 February, 2017


15 February, 2017

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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - July 2nd, 2014

AudioBoots 80s MASHED 3

By DJ Useo

I was the head moderator for the SoundUnsound mashup forum for over five years. During that period, I directed the release of many themed mashup albums. You can find all the SUS mashup comps down the page here ( )

The owner of SoundUnsound decided to close the place for private reasons. I can only guess why, because he never said. Instead of a loss, I saw it as an opportunity. The other SUS admin, Chocomang ( ), actually constructed a new site, christened it AudioBoots ( ) , and we were back in business.

Now, approximately three months after opening, we present to you the first all-new AudioBoots mashup collection. " 80s MASHED 3" ( ) came about because everyone was very interested in mashing more 80s tunes. It makes a great trilogy when added to the two "SoundUnsound 80s Mashed" volumes. Many of the same skilled bootleggers from volumes one and two return on this latest release. I don't know how familiar you are with the eighties music, or the modern mixers, but the results are getting huge praise immediately. The former two volumes are much in demand again as well.

Listen and hear the music of superb eighties artists like the Clash, Talking Heads, Gary Numan, The Cure, Miami Sound Machine, and Blondie mixed with tons of modern artists like Bruno Mars, The Flaming Lips, Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mary J. Blige, and Sum 41. You get the best of both worlds with the previously unheard takes from mixers like AtoZ, chocomang, DJ MXR, DJ Petrushka, DJ Rudec, DJ Useo, DRA'man, Eternal Khaos, Fieesto, g4gorilla, Jarod Ripley, Jesus Cadena, Leigh Scratch Fenlon, mARKYbOY, Michmash, Mixcut, Oki, pomDeter, rillen rudi, Sjoerjse, song49, Spider, & ToToM. You might not know the names, but you'll find deep satisfaction with the tracks they produced.

So you get the best 80's artists mixed by 23 skilled bootleggers, bringing you 43 mashups, 3 hours of music, and 2 big discs. I understand video versions of some tracks are coming soon. I'll be sure & link you when they appear. You can listen to two large single-track streams mixed by Chocomang here ( )


here ( )

If you liked last weeks' featured "M IS FOR MASHUP" album " SUMMER BOOTY 2014 The Summer Mashup Album" ( ) , you'll certainly enjoy this even newer collection. Behind the scenes, I've been having fascinating discussions with other mixers regarding which collection is better. Summer or Eighties. I don't see the harm in enjoying both!

I did the mastering of the audio tracks for 80s MASHED 3 . AtoZ did most of the artwork ( included ). Chocomang did EVERYTHING else. Big props to him! Check out the super cool website Chocomang constructed single handed - Simply click on the "cassettes" and you can hear the two streams of the entire album. There's mirror links so you can get the downloadable zip files in your preferred method. Best of all is theres no charge! We can't charge for our tracks, so you feel the benefit.
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In a few months we'll be starting the newt AudioBoots mashup project. Next time it's punk rock mashups! Woot! I love punk rock.

For those of you that aren't interested in 80s Mashed 3, or Summer Booty 2014, Here's a link for " PROJECT FLAKE" ( )

Incredibly, it's 99 bootleg versions of Nena's "99 Luft Balloons", a one hit wonder song from the eighties, mixed by 99 different bootleggers. Assembled by RadioClash, it's an experiment in overkill, but I've heard a bunch of the tracks so far, & they were each much fun. See how many you can play, before you hit the enjoyment wall. Send me your reactions, & I'll run them here next week.

Have fun listening to all the new mashups. You'll find they make you want to hear the originals.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Ed Pilkington: "Alabama immigration: crops rot as workers vanish to avoid crackdown" (The Guardian)
The day before harsh new laws came into effect, Brian Cash had 65 Hispanic men picking tomatoes. Now he has none.

Suzanne Moore: Women in public life are now being openly bullied. How has this become normal? (The Guardian)
Diane Abbott isn't the only female MP enduring more sexist and racist abuse than usual - and it seems to be completely accepted

S.V. Date, Sam Stein: Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Resigns (Washington Post)
In a few hours, he went from having Trump's "complete confidence" to being the first major casualty of the administration.

Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Philip Rucker: "Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say" (Washington Post)
The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said.

Olivia Solon: Utah rejects sex education bill, so porn site redirects to instructional videos (The Guardian)
Utah visitors to xHamster are being given the option to watch educational videos after legislators rejected classes in school, including consent and contraception.

Josh Marshall: Focus, People (TPM)
The message of an opposition party in this kind of election is always pretty clear: Do you want to give President Trump a blank check or not? Democrats should put everything they have into this.

Joanna Walters: Stars and journalists lose appetite for correspondents' dinner under Trump (The Guardian)
The annual event is a chance for politicians and the media to share an evening of good-natured roasting - but this year goodwill is in short supply on both sides.

Amanda Holpuch: "Grammys 2017: Adele reluctantly beats Beyoncé for top prizes as politics flares" (The Guardian)
British singer swept the top awards after her performance mishap while A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes called out 'President Agent Orange.'

Marina Hyde: "Ahoy, Johnny Depp! He raids his own treasure chest like a pirate" (The Guardian)
His epic expenditure is an accountant's nightmare - enough to almost give Nicolas Cage a run for his money.

Rebecca Nicholson: "John Waters: 'A new kind of anarchy is going to happen next'" (The Guardian)
The Hairspray director is famed for his boundary-trashing B-movies but he hopes Trump's presidency will inspire the next wave of punk-rock film-makers.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Where is the center of the Western Hemisphere located?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

During his life, John Montagu held various military and political offices, including Postmaster General and First Lord of the Admiralty, but he is best known for the claim that he invented what item?

       The Sandwich                                                      Source

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, PC, FRS (13 November 1718 - 30 April 1792)[1] was a British statesman who succeeded his grandfather Edward Montagu, 3rd Earl of Sandwich as the Earl of Sandwich in 1729, at the age of ten. During his life, he held various military and political offices, including Postmaster General, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Secretary of State for the Northern Department, but is perhaps best known for the claim that he was the eponymous inventor of the sandwich.

The original sandwich was a piece of salt beef between two slices of toasted bread.        Source

Adam was first and correct with:
   The Sandwich

Mark. said:
   John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, had a brilliant idea and invented . . . .

Alan J answered:
   The Sandwich.

Randall wrote:
   John Montagu was the Earl of Sandwich

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich

Deborah replied:
   He's the Earl of Sandwich, and is credited with inventing the sandwich. We owe him so much. What would lunches be without a sandwich?
  My apologies for misinforming you all yesterday: The Oroville Dam is fine. The spillway and emergency spillway are not. Evidently a decade or so ago dam engineers pushed for concreting the spillways, and the state said no. And so 200,000 or so people remain evacuated because if either spillway breaches, they'd be swept away. Frightening.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, and is credited with inventing the bagel with a, the sandwich! Famously played by Bill Murray in an SNL skit where he is announced entering a party, followed by Lord and Lady Douchebag, inventor of the... well, you get it.

Gene replied:
   The sandwich-for which he should be proclaimed a hero. Or perhaps a submarine. . .

Dignified Dale of Semi-dry Diamond Springs, Norcali wrote:
   Sandwich…Getting ready for more rain and mud here in Norcal. Highway 50 between Pollock Pines and Lake Tahoe has been closed since last Friday from numerous mudslides…Prez Frump will give his support to the people of the State of Jefferson (where Oroville Dam is)…The fucktards in that area overwhelmingly voted fer him…He's gonna fix the infrastructure, right???

DJ Useo responded:
   Gee golly gosh, I don't know that. Well played, Mart-ster!
  Well, I am home ill with serious flu, but am amazed at the fast flying news about things in Lumpyland.
  If it's this bad this fast, what will it be like in a month? Maybe the alternative facts are better. (!!!)
  I mean, it didn't go badly for Nixon, right? lol!

BttbBob   answered:
   It's the...

  Yay!... I l-u-u-u-vs me a g-o-o-o-o-d sammitch... Yes, indeed I do...


  Attention 'Big Bridge' lovers... check this out...
  Mackinac Bridge Ice - Aerial on Roundme
  360º aerial panoramic view of the 5 mile long bridge... a great look at the Straits of Mackinac, too... (not for those prone to motion illness, I think...)
  I spent 3 years there in St. Ignace with the CG at the northern end of the bridge and have probably been under it, zooming out into northern Lake Michigan, more than I traveled over it... Oh, the furthest away I ever spotted the two bridge towers was 30 miles over the water. A crystal clear, flat calm, summer day. Saw two tiny nubs sticking up with my binoculars and took a radar range - Yep, 30 miles...


  So, Flynn's gone... Who's next? Someone oughta start a pool...


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zorch said:
   The Earl of Sandwich is said to have invented, the sandwich.

Joe S     took the day off.

mj took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Sally has retired.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

The angry orange man in the bathrobe - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Mike Flynn might be done - but Trump's nightmare has just begun | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian

Absolute Power at 20: what we can learn from a thriller about an evil president | Film | The Guardian

Fantastic floats at the Carnival of Viareggio - photo essay | Culture | The Guardian

NYT letter: 15 psychiatrists break Goldwater rule warning about Trump's grave emotional instability

The White House Is Already In Flames | The Huffington Post

Another Former Colony Wants Germany To Pay For Its Atrocities In Africa | The Huffington Post

In pictures: Finding patterns in Australian farmland - BBC News

Are Dems being paid to show up at town halls? -

Breathless in Bakersfield: is the worst air pollution in the US about to get worse? | Cities | The Guardian

Uh oh....Chaffetz on to Mar-A-Lago now!

'Mulan' Director Announced: Niki Caro to Direct Live-Action Film - NBC News

Thanks, Michelle!



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Benefits of Signs

The Benefits of Signs - Ainsley Signs


Thanks, Dave!



Reader Suggestion

California Megaflood

I had no idea this happened, and thought your readers might enjoy something not political.

California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe - Scientific American


Thanks, Deborah!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

People Are Canceling Tesla Orders Because Elon Musk Is Advising Trump - BuzzFeed News

House Oversight Committee Chair Won't Investigate Michael Flynn | The Huffington Post

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants Men To Approve Abortion, Calls Women 'Hosts' | The Huffington Post

President Trump Has Done Almost Nothing - POLITICO Magazine

The Threat Trump Never Saw Coming | Vanity Fair

Trump reportedly heading to Mar-a-Lago for third straight weekend, obliterating campaign promise -

President Trump Likes Graphics and Maps | Mother Jones

The Question the White House Won't Answer: Did Trump's Campaign Have Contact With Russia? | Mother Jones

How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump's immigration policy - Univision

The Trump Organization is making new foreign deals, despite promising not to: report -

What The Fuck Just Happened Today? - What The Fuck Just Happened Today?

Donald Trump's scariest pick so far? Right-wing fruitcake Michael Flynn as national security adviser -

Beneath the deepening chaos of the Trump administration, the Trump business is doing just fine -

Michael Flynn Led 'Lock Her Up' Chants At The RNC Last Summer | The Huffington Post

Ivanka Trump Looked Thirsty AF While Glancing At Justin Trudeau | The Huffington Post

Trump promoted dangerous anti-vaxxer myth while discussing autism with educators -

Moby Claims To Know Donald Trump Is Being 'Blackmailed' By Russian Government | The Huffington Post

Al Franken Says Trump's Russia Mess Is Bigger Than Flynn | The Huffington Post

Federal disaster budget on the chopping block -

Michael Flynn Resigned. Here's Why He Still Needs to be Investigated. | Mother Jones

Dan Rather - Timeline

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence - The New York Times



Team Coco


Jake Tapper On Michael Flynn's Resignation

The full story about Trump's national security advisor is still coming out, but Jake thinks the story will be, "What did the President know and when did he know it?"

Jake Tapper Gifts Conan An FDR Mug

Jake gives Conan a mug each time he visits the show, but for some reason, he never sees them on Conan's desk…

Jake Tapper On Trump's Chaotic Presidency

Jake wishes he could cover issues like trade and counterterrorism more on his show, but tweets about Meryl Streep and crazy conspiracy theories have come to dominate the dialogue.

Jake Tapper On Interviewing Kellyanne Conway

Jake challenged Kellyanne Conway on Trump's empirical lies and eventually got her to concede - kind of.

Jake Tapper: Sean Spicer Has To Defend Things He Doesn't Believe

Jake knew Sean Spicer before he was President Trump's press secretary, and doesn't recognize the man he now sees at the podium



Reader Suggestion

Minority President Report

I ran across this website. It seems to be inline with our views. You need to have a Facebook account in order to view all the content.

I was unable to post the link, but the name on Facebook is Minority President Report.

Always a fan,


Thanks, Brain!



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

Sunny and 75°

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Hunted', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Doubt'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Bob Odenkirk, Tatiana Maslany, and George Saunders.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Laura Dern, Lena Dunham, and Zach Galifianakis.

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 Gwen Stefani, Dane DeHaan, Damien Chazelle, and Maggie Rogers.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Damian Lewis, Adam Scott, Charlotte OC, and Brann Dailor.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Bill Paxton, Bear Hands, and Preacher Lawson.

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 David Muir, Pedro Pescal, and Mariah Carey.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.

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 another FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', and yet another 'Duck Dynasty'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', followed by the movie 'True Grit', then the movie 'Walk The Line'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Army of Ghosts
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Doomsday
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Smith and Jones
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Shakespeare Code
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-Gridlock
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-Tattoo
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Cold Fire
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Maneuvers
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Resistance
 [4:00PM]    ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
 [6:00PM]    JUDGE DREDD (1995)
 [8:00PM]    ALIEN (1979)
 [10:30PM]    ALIEN (1979)
 [1:00AM]    JUDGE DREDD (1995)
 [3:00AM]    WILD ALASKA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Spring
 [4:00AM]    WILD ALASKA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Summer

Bravo has 'So Cosmo', followed by the movie 'Miss Congeniality', then a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce', followed by 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 Charlie Day.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Wil Wheaton, Heather Anne Campbell, and Colton Dunn.

FX has the movie 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past', followed by the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', then a FRESH 'Legion'.

History has 'Navy SEALs: America's Secret Warriors' (part 1), followed by the FRESH 'Navy SEALs: America's Secret Warriors' (part 2), then a FRESH 'Six'.

IFC  -   
 [6:30AM]    FRIDAY THE 13TH
 [8:30AM]    HANNIBAL
 [11:30AM]    28 WEEKS LATER
 [6:15PM]    JONAH HEX
 [8:00PM]    PUSH
 [10:30PM]    JONAH HEX
 [12:15AM]    CRANK
 [2:15AM]    PUSH

Sundance  -   
 [6:12AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Dinner at Eight
 [6:48AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Visit to Barney Fife
 [7:23AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney Comes to Mayberry
 [7:58AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy's Old Girlfriend
 [8:33AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Restaurant
 [9:08AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Floyd's Barbershop
 [9:43AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Statue
 [10:18AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Helen, the Authoress
 [10:53AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Goodbye, Dolly
 [11:28AM]    Chocolat
 [2:00PM]    The Break-Up
 [4:30PM]    The First Wives Club
 [7:00PM]    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
 [9:00PM]    Groundhog Day
 [11:30PM]    Animal House
 [2:00AM]    Groundhog Day
 [4:25AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Writers
 [5:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Piano Lesson    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Mission: Impossible III', followed by a FRESH 'The Magicians', then a FRESH 'The Expanse'.

FRESH 'Samantha Bee'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, and Katherine Ryan.

 [6:45 AM]      Little Women (1949)
 [9:00 AM]      Logan's Run (1975)
 [11:15 AM]      Lolita (1961)
 [2:15 PM]      The Long Voyage Home (1940)
 [4:15 PM]      Look For The Silver Lining (1949)
 [6:30 PM]      The Lost Patrol (1934)
 [8:00 PM]      The Lost Weekend (1945)
 [9:45 PM]      Love Affair (1939)
 [11:15 PM]      Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
 [1:30 AM]      Lust For Life (1956)
 [4:00 AM]      Madame Bovary (1949)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  02/16/17

 [6:30 AM]      Madame Curie (1943)
 [8:45 AM]      Madame X (1929)
 [10:30 AM]      The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
 [12:15 PM]      Magnificent Obsession (1954)
 [2:15 PM]      The Magnificent Yankee (1950)
 [3:45 PM]      A Majority of One (1961)
 [6:15 PM]      The Maltese Falcon (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
 [10:15 PM]      The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
 [12:30 AM]      McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
 [3:00 AM]      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
 [5:00 AM]      Merrily We Live (1938)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Suits'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Feb. 11, 1982) - Burt Reynolds and Richard Lewis.

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Switzerland's Luca Aerni competes in a parallel race during a team event, at the alpine ski World Championships, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.
Photo by Alessandro Trovati


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


New Civics Course: How To Spot Fake News

US Schools

Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news - and why they should care that there's a difference.

As Facebook works with The Associated Press, and other organizations to curb the spread of fake and misleading news on its influential network, teachers say classroom instruction can play a role in deflating the kind of "Pope endorses Trump " headlines that muddied the waters during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"I think only education can solve this problem," said Pat Winters Lauro, a professor at New Jersey's Kean University who began teaching a course on news literacy this semester.

Like others, Lauro has found discussions of fake news can lead to politically sensitive territory. Some critics believe fake stories targeting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton helped Donald Trump (R-Crooked) overcome a deficit in public opinion polls, and President Trump himself has attached the label to various media outlets and unfavorable reports and polls in the first weeks of his presidency.

"It hasn't been a difficult topic to teach in terms of material because there's so much going on out there," Lauro said, "but it's difficult in terms of politics because we have such a divided country and the students are divided, too, on their beliefs. I'm afraid sometimes that they think I'm being political when really I'm just talking about journalistic standards for facts and verification, and they look at it like 'Oh, you're anti-this or -that.'"

US Schools


A woman jogs along a public park during a cold winter day, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.
Photo by Alvaro Barrientos


Plants Trump-Putin Fake News Story to Promote Movie


Hollywood's movie marketing operation has discovered a new outlet - fake news.

A elaborate, yet fictitious, news story claiming that President Donald Trump met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a remote wellness center in the Swiss Alps prior to the November 2016 U.S. presidential election is actually a promo for the upcoming film A Cure for Wellness from New Regency and Fox.

The psychological horror thriller, directed by Gore Verbinski, is set in a mysterious center in the Alps and follows a young executive who travels there in search of his company's CEO.

The article about Trump and Putin meeting at that same fictitious facility, the Volmer Institute, appeared on the Sacramento Dispatch website, which Snopes, the fact-checking website, has called "part of a new network of fake news sites that masquerade as the online outlets of big-city newspapers." Those sites turned out to be marketing outlets for the film.

Ads for Cure for Wellness also appear on the site, as well as on Houston Leader, the NY Morning Post and The Salt Lake City Guardian, along with a story about how the film is leaving viewers in a "catatonic state."



Newhead News


Jet Run-In At John Wayne

Harrison Ford

Actor Harrison Ford had a potentially serious run-in with an airliner at a Southern California airport, NBC-TV reported Tuesday.

Ford, 74, was told to land his single-engine plane on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, but he mistakenly landed it on a parallel taxiway, passing over an American Airlines jet holding nearby, NBC reported ( ).

"Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" Ford is heard asking air traffic controllers in a recording, NBC reported.

American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor couldn't confirm that Ford was piloting the Aviat Husky that overflew the Boeing 737, but he said the pilot received and had read back the proper landing instructions.

Harrison Ford


A cemetery is flooded in Marysville, California, after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California, U.S., February 14, 2017.
Photo by Jim Urquhart


Store Removes Misspelled Poster

Library of Congress

An inauguration poster of President Donald Trump (R-Grifter) that included a misspelling in a quote has been removed from the online store of the Library of Congress.

The poster includes Trump's quote, "No dream is too big, no challenge is to (sic) great. Nothing we want for the future is beyond our reach." The phrase should be "too great."

Twitter users quickly spotted the error over the weekend and the item was removed. An archived version of the listing is accessible through the Internet Archive website.

The marketing materials for the poster came from a third party vendor and the Library regrets not catching the mistake, said Library spokeswoman Gayle Osterberg.

Library of Congress


Digby's Hullabaloo


Wrestling Magnate Confirmed

Linda McMahon

The US Senate on Tuesday easily confirmed billionaire professional wrestling tycoon Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration, filling another position in President Donald Trump's (R-Con Man) inner circle.

Dozens of Democrats crossed over to join Republicans in greenlighting McMahon, the 68-year-old former World Wrestling Entertainment chief executive, by a vote of 81 to 19.

The vote marked the second straight confirmation that broke from the deep partisan rancor which has gripped -- and dramatically slowed -- the confirmation process.

Veterans Administration director David Shulkin was confirmed late Monday in a unanimous vote of 100-0, minutes after a more difficult confirmation of controversial Wall Street investor Steven Mnuchin to be US Treasury secretary.

Linda McMahon


Smoke rises from chimneys of the coal-fired power plant in Bogatynia, Poland. The picture was taken from a hill near the town of Frydlant, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, as smog across coal-addicted Poland hit crisis levels recently.
Photo by Petr David Josek


Tries To Limit Outsiders' Money

South Dakota

Top South Dakota Republicans are moving to stem the flow of out-of-state money into its ballot question campaigns after millions of dollars poured in last fall seeking to influence a long list of voter initiatives.

An amendment to South Dakota's bill set to be considered in committee Wednesday would limit ballot question campaigns to $100,000 in out-of-state contributions per general election cycle.

South Dakota is one of at least two states, along with Arizona, considering such legislation, which experts say likely wouldn't survive a legal challenge. An aide to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said that the Republican executive believes it's a concept worth defending in court.

Since Election Day, when voters decided 10 ballot measures, Republicans have frequently complained about out-of-state interests experimenting with South Dakota's laws and constitution.

Daugaard has said out-of-state groups took advantage of the state's low signature requirements and cheap media markets to advance a national agenda. Out-of-state donors pumped over $10 million into campaigns for or against the state's questions.

South Dakota


Scientists Discover

60 New Planets

Mankind is one step closer to possibly discovering life outside Earth. A group of astronomers have discovered 60 new extrasolar planets near the Solar System, with some of them having the likelihood to sustain life, the Independent reported Tuesday.

One planet - Gliese 411-b - strongly resembles Earth and tells researchers that it is possible for stars close to the sun to have their own planets with orbits potentially supporting alien life. "It is fascinating to think that when we look at the nearest stars, all of them appear to have planets orbiting them. This is something astronomers were not convinced about, even as little as five years ago. These new planets also help us better understand the formation processes of planetary systems and provide interesting targets for future efforts to image the planets directly," said Dr. Mikko Tuomi of the University of Hertfordshire and one of the astronomers on the team.

Gliese 411-b is considered a "hot super-Earth," located in the third closest planetary system to the Sun. Since it resembles Earth and is relatively near the Solar System, its discovery means that there could be other planets in the galaxy similar to the Earth, according to the researchers.

Findings for the new planets were compiled after scientists conducted nearly 61,000 observations of 1,600 stars within a 20-year time frame. In addition to the 60 planets confirmed by the scientists, they also uncovered evidence of another possible 54 planets, tallying the count to 114. Astronomers used the Keck-I telescope in Hawaii, a segment of the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey implemented in 1996 by esteemed astronomers Paul Butler from the Carnegie Institute of Science, and Geoffrey Marcy and Steve Vogt, both from the University of California.

"Keck-I telescope and its instruments have been wonderful tools in establishing the current consensus that virtually all stars have planets orbiting them. These new discoveries will further help us characterize the population of planets in the immediate Solar neighborhood," Tuomi said.

60 New Planets


A flock of geese cranes flies above Bordeaux, Southwestern France, February 14, 2017.
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President Donald Trump's (R-Pendejo) triumph in the fight to wrest back his brand for construction services in China could spell the end of more than 225 Trump-related marks here that don't belong to him, including Trump toilets, Trump condoms, Trump pacemakers and even a "Trump International Hotel."

After a decade of grinding battle in China's courts, an official finding in Trump's favor expected this week could signal a shift in fortune for the U.S. president's intellectual property. Also at stake are 49 pending Trump trademark applications - all made during his campaign - and 77 previously registered marks, most of which will come up for renewal during his term.

Each win creates value for Trump's business empire - and raises ethics questions about his administration. Critics say the trademarks present conflicts of interest for Trump and may violate the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which bars public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless explicitly approved by Congress.

"There can be no question that it is a terrible idea for Donald Trump to be accepting the registration of these valuable property rights from China while he's a sitting president of the United States," said Norman Eisen, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer for President Barack Obama. "It's fair to conclude that this is an effort to influence Mr. Trump that is relatively inexpensive for the Chinese, potentially very valuable to him, but it could be very costly for the United States."

The precise value of the trademarks is uncertain, but in a 2011 letter to then-U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Trump wrote that he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend his brand in China.

Trump Toilets


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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 6-12. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "Grammy Awards," CBS, 26.07 million.
    2. "NCIS," CBS, 15.57 million.
    3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.15 million.
    4. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 12 million.
    5. "Bull," CBS, 10.78 million.
    6. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.65 million.
    7. "Grammy Awards Red Carpet," CBS, 10.07 million.
    8. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 9.86 million.
    9. "This is Us," NBC, 9.57 million.
   10. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.01 million.
   11. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 8.46 million.
   12. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.43 million.
   13. "MacGyver," CBS, 8.02 million.
   14. "Kevin Can Wait," CBS, 7.91 million.
   15. "Scorpion," CBS, 7.76 million.
   16. "Mom," CBS, 7.57 million.
   17. "The Bachelor," ABC, 7.48 million.
   18. "The Great Indoors," CBS, 7.44 million.
   19. "Modern Family," ABC, 7.34 million.
   19. "Superior Donuts," CBS, 7.34 million.




Young alpacas, male Romeo (L) and female Juliette, walk inside their open air enclosure as employees congratulate coupled animals on Valentine's Day at the Roev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia February 14, 2017.
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