BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 29 March, 2017


29 March, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[54 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - March 29th, 2017

A giant batch of new 80s mashups!

From DJ Useo

I've been involved with many mashup compilations, but one formula remains the biggest draw. It's 80s retro mashups. Bootleggers love to make 'em, & the listeners soak 'em up! So, we home producers who gather at mashup forum opted for a 4th sequel in our 80s mashup comp series.

From the first incredible track we recieved from the awesome Satis5d to the last mix that arrived from AtoZ, we could see this comp was extra special. While everyone involved always makes instant gems, something more happened this time. Ultimately, the project became " Audioboots' 80s Mashed 4" ( ) The 3 zip files represent fifty-nine 80s mashups from 23 producers.

The honed productions skills inherent in this sucker will knock you on to your dancing feet. See for yourself by viewing the full playlist found here - ( )

Last Sunday DJ Joker & Mazanga Von Badman broadcast a live four-hour radio show premiering the complete release. In addition they had short interview segments with contributors. Everyone had an incredible time over multiple chat boxes, & twitter posts. Hear the full show here - ( )

Four videos have arrived so far, & I know more are coming. Here's the goods! ( & I mean it! ) -

01 - SMASH - Shape Of Situation ( Yazoo vs. Ed Sheeran )
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02 - satis5d - Venus At Seventeen ( Bananarama vs Stevie Knicks )
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03 - AtoZ - I Won't Back Adventures ( TOm Petty vs Will Powers )
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04 - DAW-GUN - Footloose Skank ( Kenny Loggins vs Fatboyslim )
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So, to recap, you can grab all three zip files from here
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Big thanks to all concerned, especially Chocomang, who gave so much.

We'd love your feedback, if you feel motivated to provide it. Later, all.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Victoria Herrmann: I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations (The Guardian)
These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average.

Mike Konczal: Four Lessons from the Health Care Repeal Collapse (Medium)
I believed the hype. At the beginning of this year I thought President Trump would sign a reconciliation bill gutting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the time Congress took their February recess, the GOP's own set schedule.

Matthew Yglesias: Trump's belief that Obamacare is "exploding" is false and self-destructive (Vox)
He could - and should - make the Affordable Care Act great again.

Paul Mason: Demonstrations matter - they create the kind of power politicians despise (The Guardian)
Crowds of protesters form lasting connections - and their later revolts always surprise elites.

Michele Hanson: Spring is here - and I must emerge from hibernation smarter and cleaner (The Guardian)
It's such a chore, darning, mending and handwashing woolies by hand. So much easier to stay in wearing the same raggedy outfit for days on end.

Lucy Mangan: When good TV goes bad: how Buffy the Vampire Slayer started to suck (The Guardian)
Banter, wit, action, feminism, pop-culture quips and warmth - the Sunnydale Slayer saga had it all. Then, all of a sudden, its blood curdled.

Boyd Tonkin: Why Milton still matters (Spectator)
Paradise Lost can still speak to readers on its 350th anniversary - even if its champions sometimes seem to lose faith.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Who was pictured on the cover of the very first Rolling Stone magazine?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

A watermark-like station logo that most television broadcasters overlay over a portion of the screen area of their programs to identify the channel is known in the UK and New Zealand by the acronym DOG (digital on-screen graphic). What is it called in the US (and Canada, Ireland, and Australia)?

       Bug                                                      Source

A digital on-screen graphic (originally known as digitally originated graphic, and known in the UK and New Zealand by the acronym DOG; in the US, Canada, Ireland and Australia as a bug[) is a watermark-like station logo that most television broadcasters overlay over a portion of the screen area of their programs to identify the channel. They are thus a form of permanent visual station identification, increasing brand recognition and asserting ownership of the video signal. In some cases, the graphic also shows the name of the current program.        Source

In this picture of Leonard Nimoy (playing a bad guy on Highway Patrol), the "this / ktla 5.3" logo, in the lower right corner, is a bug.

Alan J was first and correct with:
   A Bug.

David of Moon Valley wrote:
   apparently called a bug(?)...thank you, wikipedia!
  and thanks to BTTB Bob for yesterday's info about the Maine coast and memories of the Maine coast were of beautiful drives, interesting drivers and a fresh-caught whole lobster lunch for $2.95 on a picnic table at the edge of Camden harbor while watching the lobster boats come and go....oh, and buying a pair of Bean insulated boots in the middle of a cold, snowy, winter night...

Adam answered:
   A Chyron?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   Our DOGs are bugs.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   A DOG in the UK is known as a bug in the USA, but a skunk by any other name would smell as bad as a fresh brand on a maverick's behind, or the machinations that CpPDJT-ID and his gangsters will go to hide their ubiquitous corruption and damage to our nation.

Joe S     wrote:
   It's called a bug. The Union printing label is also called a bug and it looks like this...

mj took the day off.

Randall took the day off.

zorch took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Mark. took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  March 29 Birthdays - Celebrities Born March 29 | 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

Arpaio wants his campaign talk banned at trial | Arizona News |

Sightings' of extinct Tasmanian tiger prompt search in Queensland | Environment | The Guardian

Mass 'sorcery' murder trial of more than 100 men begins in Papua New Guinea | World news | The Guardian
     Trump supporters

Samsung to sell 'refurbished' Galaxy Note 7 phones | Technology | The Guardian

NFL's addiction to free public money fuels Raiders move to Las Vegas | Sport | The Guardian

I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations | Victoria Herrmann | Opinion | The Guardian

Your browsing history may be up for sale soon. Here's what you need to know | Technology | The Guardian

Save the Palace of Fine Arts? In the 60s, SF wasn't so sure. - SFGate

Rachel Maddow Does it Again: Kushner's Very Big Day (And I mean that in a scary way)

MSNBC, Maddow, O'Donnell, Crushing CNN Food Fight Network, Gaining On FOX Propaganda

Hey, Donald, here are a couple of simple climate-change questions for ya', y'big lunk

Brexit engineer Nigel Farage hired to promote effort to break California in two -

We all know why the right is angry at Tomi Lahren (opinion) -

What Russia's Protests Mean For Putin's Opposition : Parallels : NPR

Tea Farms Sprout Across U.S., Producing Small-Batch, Artisan Tea : The Salt : NPR

After Defeats, Conservative Kansas Republicans Move To Prevent Democrats From Presenting Bills

Letter From Jesusland

Anti-abortion activists charged over undercover Planned Parenthood videos | US news | The Guardian

Nearly extinct tigers found breeding in Thai jungle | Environment | The Guardian

Mexican man cleared in sexual assault of schoolgirl because he didn't enjoy it | World news | The Guardian

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comments

Current Events

Janet in Texas shared the link. Good editorial.

The Trump Presidency Is Already a Joke | Vanity Fair

WH denies any ties to the United States

The below is so true that it seems Borowitz is moving from being a satirist to writing nonfiction!

Today's Borowitz piece

     In a fiercely defiant statement on Tuesday, the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied that any member of the White House staff has ever worked "in any way, shape, or form" for the benefit of the United States.

     Angrily addressing the press corps, Spicer said that any allegations that members of the Trump Administration have ever acted in concert or collusion with the United States are "unequivocally false."

     Drawing a stark contrast with the Administration of former President Barack Obama, Spicer said that many members of Obama's staff were "clearly and flagrantly working for the United States government at all times."

     "President Trump has put an end to that," he said.

     In closing, Spicer said that the recent effort to pass the Republican health-care bill should silence "once and for all" those trying to link the Trump Administration to the United States government. "If you look at the interaction between the White House and congressional Republicans, there is absolutely no evidence of coördination," he said.

WH pets

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

Thanks, Linda (& Janet)!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal | Mother Jones

The mainstream media finally figured out how to cover Trump's lies. -

White House Announces Jared Kushner Is Now Responsible For Everything | The Huffington Post

Paul Manafort's Trump Tower apartment and 2 other NYC homes look like money laundering fronts: experts -

Special committee or special prosecutor-Devin Nunes can not be trusted to investigate Trump -

Golden boy tarnished: Trump keeps giving Jared Kushner more jobs - but is he any good at any of them? -

Donald Trump Claims U.S. Constitution Bars 'Apprentice' Star's Defamation Suit While in Office | Hollywood Reporter

Trump Officials Tried To Stop Sally Yates From Testifying On Russia Ties | The Huffington Post

Noam Chomsky: Trump's First 100 Days Are Undermining Our Prospects for Survival -

Trump can't stop obsessing about the Clintons - POLITICO

Clean energy employs more people than fossil fuels in nearly every U.S. state -

Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online | WIRED

Trump Lets Federal Contractors Abuse Their Workers Again -

Devin Nunes Met Source On White House Grounds Day Before Claiming Trump Team Was Surveilled | The Huffington Post

A Correction: Here's How Trump Is Doing Among Republican Voters | Mother Jones

Bill O'Reilly: I "Didn't Hear A Word" Rep. Maxine Waters Said Because Of Her "James Brown Wig" -

Bill O'Reilly's History Of Racism -



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 breezy.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Criminal Minds: Xenophobia'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Emma Roberts, Ken Jeong, Luke Bryan, and Dierks Bentley.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Victoria Beckham, Jessica Chastain, and Lisa Kudrow.

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 Katie Holmes, Andrew Rannells, and Zac Brown Band.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Morgan Freeman, Keeley Hawes, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Bastille.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Dominic Purcell, Night Beats, and Baron Vaughn.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'Imaginary Mary', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Designated Survivor'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 3/21/17) are Dave Chappelle, Naomi Scott, and Weezer.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Shots Fired', followed by a FRESH 'Empire'.

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

A&E has 1½ hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then another FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Jep & Jessica: Growing The Dynasty', then another (FRESH'Jep & Jessica: Growing The Dynasty'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Rock', followed by the movie 'Lethal Weapon', then the movie 'Lethal Weapon 2'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 12-The Stolen Earth-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 13-Journey's End-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-The Eleventh Hour
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-Real Life
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Distant Origin
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Displaced
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 25-Worst Case Scenario
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-Scorpion, Pt. 1
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Scorpion, Pt. 2
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Day of Honor
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-Nemesis
 [9:00PM]    JURASSIC PARK III (2001)
 [11:00PM]    RIPPER STREET - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-The Dreaming Dead
 [12:15AM]    JURASSIC PARK III (2001)
 [2:15AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Day of Honor
 [3:15AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-Nemesis

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', still another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', 'Comedy Jam', and 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Rene Perez Joglar.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Paul F. Tompkins, Kyle Kinane, and Milana Vayntrub.

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

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', and another 'American Pickers'.

IFC  -   
 [1:00PM]    48 HRS.
 [3:15PM]    ANOTHER 48 HRS.
 [8:00PM]    DUE DATE
 [3:00AM]    DUE DATE
 [5:00AM]    PORTLANDIA -Passenger Rating
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA -0Misunderstood Miracles    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show -A Date for Gomer
 [7:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show -Up in Barney's Room
 [7:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show -Citizen's Arrest
 [8:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show -Opie and His Merry Men
 [8:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show -Barney and the Cave Rescue
 [9:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show -Andy and Opie's Pal
 [9:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show -Aunt Bee the Crusader
 [10:30AM]    The Manchurian Candidate
 [1:30PM]    Rocky V
 [4:00PM]    Rambo III
 [6:30PM]    Gladiator
 [10:00PM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo -Holy Mojo
 [11:00PM]    Gladiator     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Need For Speed', followed by a FRESH 'The Americans', then a FRESH 'The Expanse'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Terry Crews, Andy Daly, and Strand of Oaks.

 [6:00 AM]      All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
 [8:30 AM]      The Arnelo Affair (1947)
 [10:00 AM]      The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      Nora Prentiss (1947)
 [2:00 PM]      The Unfaithful (1947)
 [4:00 PM]      Deception (1946)
 [6:00 PM]      Dead Ringer (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      Diary of a Madman (1963)
 [10:00 PM]      Le Plaisir (1952)
 [12:00 AM]      Mademoiselle Fifi (1944)
 [1:30 AM]      Masculin Feminin (1966)
 [3:30 AM]      A Day in the Country (1936)
 [4:30 AM]      Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Thursday   -  03/30/17

 [6:00 AM]      Illicit (1931)
 [7:30 AM]      Street of Women (1932)
 [8:45 AM]      Two Against the World (1932)
 [10:00 AM]      Under Eighteen (1932)
 [11:30 AM]      Ever In My Heart (1933)
 [12:45 PM]      The Mayor Of Hell (1933)
 [2:30 PM]      The Man With Two Faces (1934)
 [3:45 PM]      Gambling Lady (1934)
 [5:00 PM]      Bordertown (1935)
 [6:45 PM]      The Expert (1932)
 [8:00 PM]      Daughters of the Dust (1991)
 [10:00 PM]      The Learning Tree (1969)
 [12:00 AM]      Losing Ground (1982)
 [1:30 AM]      Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
 [3:00 AM]      Within Our Gates (1920)     SILENT 
 [4:30 AM]      Blood Of Jesus (1941)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has a FRESH 'Major Crimes' .

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from July 28, 1983) - Joan Collins and Samantha Smith.

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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An Indian girl wearing a traditional clothe takes part in the procession to celebrate the Gudi Padwa, Maharashtrian's New Year in Mumbai, India, 28 March 2017. Gudi Padwa is the Hindu festival that falls on the first day of Chaitra month and marks the beginning of the Lunar Calendar, which dictates the dates for all Hindu festivals, also known as Panchang.
Photo by Divyakant Solank


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Vinyl Boom


As vinyl records make a global comeback, so do turntables.

The biggest maker of quality turntables, a company in the Czech Republic called SEV Litovel, has increased its production fourfold between 2009 and 2016, when it made 124,825 units.

Established in 1999 as a successor of the Communist era, state-owned electronics maker, SEV bet on a combination of quality and a reasonable cost. Starting with its own design, the company makes almost all parts that are carefully assembled by hand, piece by piece. The turntables are belt-driven, meaning they are used to listen to records, not for DJ mixing.

Some 400 employees - a workforce that has doubled in size in the last five years - make a number of types of turntables, with prices ranging from as low as $200 to $10,000.

Under a commercial deal, Austria's Pro-Ject Audio Systems distributes the turntables globally under its Pro-Ject brand. They are a regular receiver of awards in the hi-fi category by the European Imaging and Sound Association, or EISA.



Tourists view cherry blossoms at Yuyuantan Park in Beijing, China on March 28, 2017. Over 2,400 cherry trees blossomed recently at the park.
Photo by Shen Hong


Mar-A-Lago Trips A Burden On District


President Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) weekend visits to his Florida estate have been a source of great "financial burden" on the local government, Florida Democrats say, urging the president to pay for the spike in expenditure or cut down on his trips to Mar-a-Lago, his exclusive Palm Beach resort.

The estate falls under the congressional district of Rep. Lois Frankel, who wrote a letter to the president, listing the massive increase in expenditure that the Palm Beach County had to suffer to provide for Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago. The letter was co-signed by Florida Reps. Alcee Hastings and Ted Deutch, both Democrats.

Trump has taken weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago five times in the two months he has been in office. According to Frankel, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department and Fire Rescue have spent over $1.7 million in overtime costs, a figure that is expected to jump to $5.8 million by the end of 2017. An additional $60,000 was spent by the city on overtime for law enforcement responsible for handling Trump-related protests.

Frankel also wrote that the company that manages the city's Lantana Airport has reportedly lost $170,000 over flight restrictions during Trump's visits. The collective loss reported by other companies at the airport was pegged at about $720,000.

In addition to this, she wrote that Chinese President Xi Jinping's planned visit to Mar-a-Lago will cost the sheriff and fire departments around $280,000.



Newhead News


Stars Form

Supermassive Black Holes

Supermassive black holes may take away light, but they also give it - these enormous black holes at the centers of many galaxies are pushing out gas in which new stars are forming, according to researchers working with the aptly named Very Large Telescope in Chile.

Black holes look the way they do because their gravitational force is so intense that not even something as weightless as light can escape them. And "when they gobble up matter they also heat … surrounding gas and expel it from the host galaxy in powerful, dense winds," the European Southern Observatory explained. Scientists have previously suggested stars could form in the winds of supermassive black holes, known as "galactic outflows," but now they have actually seen it happening from the observatory.

"It's a very difficult observation," researcher Roberto Maiolino, from the University of Cambridge, said in the ESO statement, explaining why astronomers have not confirmed the process sooner. "Our results are exciting because they show unambiguously that stars are being created inside these outflows."

According to a study in the journal Nature, the scientists were focused on a spot 600 million light years away, where two galaxies are in the process of colliding. They saw evidence of stars forming within the gaseous wind blowing out of the supermassive black hole in one of them, including a type of radiation that is a hallmark of new stars.

These stars are thought to be less than a few tens of millions of years old, and preliminary analysis suggests that they are hotter and brighter than stars formed in less extreme environments such as the galactic disc," the ESO said. "They are travelling at very large velocities away from the galaxy centre - as would make sense for objects caught in a stream of fast-moving material.

Supermassive Black Holes


Women dressed in traditional costumes ride motorbikes as they attend celebrations to mark the Gudi Padwa festival, the beginning of the New Year for Maharashtrians, in Mumbai, India March 28, 2017.
Photo by Shailesh Andrade


Probe Into Drugmakers


U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation's top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country's deadly opioid crisis.

The Missouri senator's investigation comes amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, with 91 Americans dying everyday as a result of overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This epidemic is the direct result of a calculated sales and marketing strategy major opioid manufacturers have allegedly pursued over the past 20 years to expand their market share," McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in a letter to the drugmakers. (

McCaskill asked Johnson & Johnson, Mylan NV, Purdue Pharma, Insys Therapeutics Inc and Depomed Inc for internal estimates of the risk of abuse, addiction and overdose of opioids.

The companies are the top five U.S. prescription opioid drugmakers by 2015 sales, according to McCaskill's letter.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Oil In Pipeline Under Reservoir

Missouri River

The Dakota Access pipeline developer said Monday that it has placed oil in the pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota and that it's preparing to put the pipeline into service.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners made the announcement in a brief court filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The announcement marks a significant development in the long battle over the project that will move North Dakota oil 2000 miles (1930 kilometers) through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. The pipeline is three months behind schedule due to large protests and the objections of two American Indian tribes who say it threatens their water supply and cultural sites.

ETP spokeswoman Vicki Granado said in an email to The Associated Press that the line will deliver oil to Patoka, Illinois, within a few weeks.

"Oil has been placed in the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath Lake Oahe. Dakota Access is currently commissioning the full pipeline and is preparing to place the pipeline into service," the court filing stated.

Despite the announcement, the battle isn't over. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes still have an unresolved lawsuit that seeks to stop the project. The Standing Rock chairman did not immediately return a call seeking comment on ETP's announcement.

Missouri River


People carrying inflatable rafts, a form of transportation used by refugees, march against the Trump administration's proposed immigration and refugee policies in front of a Trump Building in lower Manhattan in New York, New York, USA, 28 March 2017.
Photo by Justin Lane


California To Fight

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown likened President Donald Trump (R-Grifter) to a strongman whose goal of walling off the U.S.-Mexico border conjures other infamous barriers from the past.

"The wall, to me, is ominous. It reminds me too much of the Berlin Wall," Brown said during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The pointed reference suggested that the president was, like the leaders of communist East Germany several decades ago, trying to restrict the movements of people on both sides, despite all they have in common.

"There's a lot of odor here of kind of a strongman," Brown told host Chuck Todd. "I think Americans ought to be very careful when we make radical changes like a 30-foot (9-meter) wall keeping some in and some out."

Brown said that although California would fight "very hard" against the wall, people should not expect a series of knee-jerk lawsuits.

Jerry Brown


Study Predicts Significant Beach Erosion

Southern California

More than half of Southern California's beaches could completely erode back to coastal infrastructure or sea cliffs by the year 2100 as the sea level rises, according to a study released Monday.

Using a new computer model to predict shoreline effects caused by the rise of sea levels and changes in storm patterns from climate change, the research found that with limited human intervention, 31 percent to 67 percent of the beaches could vanish over the next eight decades with sea-level rises of 3.3 feet (1 meter) to 6.5 feet (2 meters).

Human efforts will likely need to increase to preserve the beaches, study lead author Sean Vitousek said in a statement.

"Beaches are perhaps the most iconic feature of California, and the potential for losing this identity is real," he said. "The effect of California losing its beaches is not just a matter of affecting the tourism economy. Losing the protecting swath of beach sand between us and the pounding surf exposes critical infrastructure, businesses and homes to damage."

Vitousek was a post-doctoral fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey at the time of the study and is now a professor in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Southern California


Cherry blossoms are seen as they start blooming near the Washington Monument in Washington, March 25, 2017.
Photo by Yuri Gripas


Infested Human Settlements 15,000 Years Ago


Mice began infesting human settlements some 15,000 years ago in the Middle East, said a study Monday that suggested the little rodents have been scurrying underfoot far longer than previously thought.

As soon as hunter-gatherers began settling down rather than roving from place to place, house mice began to edge out their wild counterparts, said the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed US journal.

"The research provides the first evidence that, as early as 15,000 years ago, humans were living in one place long enough to impact local animal communities -- resulting in the dominant presence of house mice," said co-author Fiona Marshall, a professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Previous research has pointed to the rise of farming as the starting point for transforming human relations with the animal world -- particularly small mammals like mice.

But this study suggests "that the roots of animal domestication go back to human sedentism thousands of years prior to what has long been considered the dawn of agriculture," said Marshall.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.7 million.
    2. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.09 million.
    3. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 11.71 million.
    4. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.84 million.
    5. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.74 million.
    6. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 10.54 million.
    7. NCAA Basketball: UCLA vs. Kentucky, CBS, 10 million.
    8. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 9.81 million.
    9. "NCIS," CBS, 9.36 million.
   10. NCAA Basketball: Kansas vs. Oregon, TBS, 9.31 million.
   11. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 8.77 million.
   12. "Survivor," CBS, 8.1 million.
   13. "Empire," Fox, 7.95 million.
   14. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.8 million.
   15. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 7.47 million.
   16. "Chicago Fire" NBC, 7.21 million.
   17. NCAA Basketball: Michigan vs. Oregon, CBS, 7.13 million.
   18. "Bull," CBS, 7.02 million.
   19. NCAA Basketball: Purdue vs. Kansas, CBS, 6.62 million.
   20. "NCAA Studio Show," TBS, 6.52 million.




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Darlene Cates

Darlene Cates, the actress best known for her role as Bonnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, died Sunday morning, her daughter Sheri Cates Morgan announced on Facebook. She was 69.

Cates played the housebound, morbidly obese mother to Johnny Depp's Gilbert Grape and Leonardo DiCaprio's Arnie Grape in the 1993 film. DiCaprio earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, at age 19, for his role as the developmentally disabled teen.

Cates had been bedridden and weighed 500 pounds when she was discovered and cast in the role as the Grape matriarch.

Peter Hedges, who wrote the book of the same name that evolved into the screenplay, saw Cates on a 1992 episode of Sally Jessy Raphael, titled "Too Heavy to Leave the House," where Texas-native Cates spoke about her obesity and a pelvic infection that caused her to gain nearly 150 pounds.

After Gilbert Grape, Cates made appearances on TV in 1992's Picket Fences, 1994's Touched by an Angel, and in the made-for-TV movie Wolf Girl in 2001.

Cates is survived by husband Robert Cates and children Sheri, Mark, and Chris. Celebration arrangements are pending.

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