BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 12 April, 2017


12 April, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[68 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - June 22nd, 2016

Summer Booty Hits Tenth Anniversary

By DJ Useo

Hey Y'all -

My wife has been in bad pain for a bit, but I couldn't get her to attend it. Today, I succeeded, & it was indeed a serious concern.

Life-threatening for sure, however, it can still be addressed. I mention this now, because I urge any of you who have put off similar concerns to PLEASE go to the doctor. We all want you around, & you're so worth the effort.

I'm taking a pass on my weekly column, so please enjoy this rerun

Well, I did it again. As was the case so many times before, I had decided in advance to take a pass on creating another Summer Booty The Summer Mashup Album. Then, the incredible tracks started coming in unsolicited, & I caved. Lol. As in the past, I now was committed to weeks of extra work, including inviting enough contributors to make sure it' would be a viable release. The friendly mashup forum AUDIOBOOTS would be the launching pad that rockets this project to the stars.

Beginning with a plan to somehow reach two "discs" worth of great tracks, I still chose to not decline any "great" mashups. As in most past years, this acceptance policy led to the project swelling to three "discs". All in all, I received only one mashup that didn't have the "vibe of eternal Summer" that was vital to the collections' success. It was a fine one, but without that "feeling", I declined it for inclusion. Gulp. I think Sgt Mash might still be peeved at me. Lol.

Invitations went out to those who were previous contributors, plus those that I thought could manage the requirements, & those who were currently mixing. The resulting combination of bootleggers quickly established the rock solid foundation of the supposed "last" Summer Booty. Early tracks like MP3J's "Get Digital" ( The Beatles vs Daft Punk ) & Solcofn's "History Of The Mack" ( Groove Armada vs Mark Morrison ) really got me into the full motivation required to finish this sucker.

Soon, the vibe hit hard with the invited peeps tracks & I was being blown away by more instant classics like Joan Caramba's "Can't Feel My Dinosaur" ( Was ( Not Was ) vs The Weeknd ), DRA'man's "How Deep Is Your Model" ( Calvin Harris vs Kraftwerk vs Tom Tom Club ), & Skibilibop's "Famous Family Affair" ( Mary G Blige vs Charli XCX ). The wonderful efforts done to grant us all this mashup joy, are very humbling to me. I must express gratitude & praise once more to the bootleggers who gave so freely of their skills.

Ultimately, thirty-one people give us fifty-three marvelous audio blends! Next up, AtoZ, who also gave us four tracks & four videos, provided the cover art that graces the release. Chocomang ( who made six incredible tracks ) then worked up a super hosting page for the project. DJ Petrushka, who had been intimately involved with coordination, also brought her best game with two unbelievable cuts. Still, the offerings arrived from the invited, & we thrilled to the work of Voicedude, Mumdy, DJ Spider, Mr Smuggler, & so very many more.

Lastly, on the day before the actual Summer Solstice release, the album was premiered on KOPIMI RADIO w/ Mazanga Von Badman in a far-reaching success of a live show. I marveled at the main group chat on Facebook that drew over one hundred fellow mashers. Most astonishing was the news that hundreds of thousands of listeners swelled the show into it's best numbers ever. All praise to Mazanga, who made it possible. Listen to the impressive fm show here
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On June 20th I posted "SUMMER BOOTY 2016 The Summer Mashup Album". Mirror links are found here
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Full playlist here
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Preview track video from AtoZ "Electric Me" ( Steve Miller vs Eddy Grant ) is here ( )
along with three more of his Summer Booty videos.

I'm confident more videos will appear soon.

Just one last note to thank Rappy, who did the consummate track for this album. "Summer Booty" it is called & it contains fifteen artists on one single! Amazing it is. Rappy also brought on board some pals from Indonesia in the form of San Di, & DJ Zero, who fit in superbly. Thanks to youse mugs & everyone else who gave us enough tracks to last all Summer! Also, the previous nine volumes are all still available down the page here
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I wonder if they'll get me to make an eleventh Summer Booty next year? ;)



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Tierney Sneed: Alabama Luv Guv's Impeachment Probe Reveals Political Motivation Behind DMV Closures (TPM)
The impeachment investigation report - which was compiled by a special counsel appointed by the legislature - concluded that the driver's license office closures were politically motivated and ordained by the aide at the center of the scandal, Rebekah Mason, as a way to pressure state legislators into getting in line in support of the governor's funding legislation.

Ed Mazza: Jimmy Kimmel Creates A Brutally Honest New Commercial For United Airlines (Huffington Post)
"We'll beat you so badly you'll be using your own face as a flotation device."

Interviews by Phil Hoad: "Michael Douglas: how we made One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (The Guardian)
'We filmed it at a real mental hospital and some of the patients joined the crew. We had an arsonist in the art department.'

Jonathan Freedland: "The new age of Ayn Rand: how she won over Trump and Silicon Valley" (The Guardian)
Her novel The Fountainhead is one of the few works of fiction that Donald Trump likes and she has long been the darling of the US right. But only now do her devotees hold sway around the world.

Victoria Bekiempis: Confessions of a recovering Objectivist (The Guardian)
For a time, I was a devotee of Ayn Rand's ideas. Now I see what a pernicious philosophy rational egoism is - and how dumb!

Gavin Haynes: "'Donald Trump is the Chris Brown of politics' - the best presidential gags" (The Guardian)
Samantha Bee, David Letterman, Aziz Ansari and more on the best jokes in the Trumpiverse.

David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

David Bruce's Smashwords Page

David Bruce's Blog

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David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on



Trivia Question of the Day

What country is the world's largest producer of asparagus?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

Selenology is the study of what?

       The Moon                                                      Source

The geology of the Moon (sometimes called selenology, although the latter term can refer more generally to "lunar science") is quite different from that of Earth. The Moon lacks a significant atmosphere, which eliminates erosion due to weather; it does not have any form of plate tectonics, it has a lower gravity, and because of its small size, it cooled more rapidly. The complex geomorphology of the lunar surface has been formed by a combination of processes, especially impact cratering and volcanism. The Moon is a differentiated body, with a crust, mantle, and core.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Selenology is the scientific study of the moon.

Randall wrote:
   the moon

Gene said:
   The scientific study of the Moon. In Robert Heinlein's classic SF novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the rebel chief used the name 'Adam Selene,' symbolically, the first man of the moon.

Alan J replied:
   Study of the Moon.

mj responded:
   Out on a limb (again)(
  Moon light.

Adam answered:
   The Moon.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Selenology is the branch of astronomy that studies the moon.

Deborah wrote:
   Selenology is the scientific study of the moon.
  Clouds and rain have moved back in. Nothing epic, just what some parts of the world call "April Showers." It's actually quite pleasant.

David of Moon Valley replied:
   Da Moon....

zorch answered:
   The study of the moon, also the study of green cheese.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   Selenology is the study of the moon and not the singer Selena. I think CpPDJT-ID and his gangsters should all be put on the moon and they could keep each other occupied with lies and corruptions for the rest of their lives. It is either that are let them continue to destroy our nation and planet.

Joe S     wrote:
   Selenology is the study Selenites, and for those of you unfamiliar with the term, Moon Men. Selenites are very elusive as they live underground, or under Moon in this case. They are very hard to study for the fact that they live underground and are very belligerent and quite unfriendly toward humans. The picture below is a perfect example of a Selenite and is copied directly from a selenology textbook. Notice the resemblance to Earthly ants.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Dale of Springy Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  April 12 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 12 | 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

Michael Douglas: how we made One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest | Film | The Guardian

In snow-buried Sierra, bears awake to a transformed world - San Francisco Chronicle

Eric Trump explains that his father fired missiles because Ivanka was upset

US Military Officers: Do Not Launch, Under ANY Circumstances

Cartoon: Suffer the children

China Tells North Korean Coal Ships To Go Home | The Huffington Post

How To Defend Yourself Against A Broken Health Care System | The Huffington Post

Renewables' deep-sea mining conundrum - BBC News

Greenpeace activists protest Coca-Cola's role in plastic pollution -

The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic -

Nearly 40 Years Later, Jonestown Offers A Lesson In Demagoguery : NPR

Book Review: 'Where The Water Goes,' By David Owen : NPR

Domestic violence and guns: the hidden American crisis ending women's lives | US news | The Guardian

Graves of Arizona farm workers vandalized with swastika, racist slurs

Thanks, Michelle!



David E Suggests

Too Hot For Your Dog

When is it Too Hot For Your Dog (Infographic)


Thanks, Dave!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

This Article Doesn't Talk It Screams - TPM

The Happy-Go-Lucky Jewish Group That Connects Trump and Putin - POLITICO Magazine

Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" actually exists, which actually makes it worse -

Donald Trump's White House can't even organize the Easter Egg Roll -

A Missouri Town Exiled A Woman For Calling The Police On Her Abusive Ex | The Huffington Post

GOP's Dodd-Frank rewrite would strip consumer bureau of power | TheHill

10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow -

Is Bill O'Reilly Going Off the Air? -



Team Coco


Chelsea Handler On Sean Spicer & Ivanka Trump

Chelsea thinks Sean Spicer is a "baked potato" who is coached into making stupid comments by Trump.



Reader Comment


Spicey's take on various movie plots--Star Wars, E.T., The Lion King, and To Kill a Mockingbird among them:

People Are Imagining How Sean Spicer Would Defend Movie Villains And It's Way Too Real. | Someecards Politics

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

Thanks, Linda!



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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

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

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





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and cooler.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds: Xenophobia', then another FRESH 'Criminal Minds: Xenophobia'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 3/21/17) are Ryan Reynolds, Josh Lucas, Andy Daly, and Green Day.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 2/23/17) are Jordan Peele, Nick Kroll, and Ryan Adams.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'L&O: SVU', followed by another RERUN 'L&O: SVU', then a RERUN 'Chicago PD'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 3/23/17) are Anthony Anderson, Rhett & Link, and Migos.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/2/17) are Jennifer Lopez, Sam Richardson, Tim Robinson, and Vinnie Colaiuta.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/22/17) are Jason Silva, the Buttertones, and Ghost Brothers.

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 FRESH 'Designated Survivor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Armie Hammer, Judd Apatow, and John Mayer.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then another RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.

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 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Billy The Exterminator', then another FRESH 'Billy The Exterminator'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Godfather', followed by the movie 'Wyatt Earp'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 13-Journey's End-Part 2.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-The Eleventh Hour
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-The Beast Below
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Victory of the Daleks
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-The Time of Angels-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Flesh and Stone-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Vampires in Venice
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Amy's Choice
 [2:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-The Hungry Earth-Part 1.
 [3:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Cold Blood-Part 2.
 [4:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Vincent and The Doctor
 [5:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-The Lodger
 [6:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-The Pandorica Opens-Part 1.
 [7:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Big Bang-Part 2.
 [8:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-The Impossible Astronaut-Part 1.
 [9:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Day of the Moon-Part 2.
 [10:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-The Doctor's Wife
 [11:00PM]    RIPPER STREET - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Occurrence Reports
 [3:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Let's Kill Hitler
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', 'Real Housewives Of NYC', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Comedy Jam', and another 'South Park'.
The Daily Show it's Your Moment of Them: The Best of Desi Lydec.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 4/4/17) are Aisha Tyler, Kevin Smith, and Rob Riggle.

FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Jack Black
 [9:15AM]    BROCKMIRE-Rally Cap
 [9:47AM]    BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
 [3:45PM]    KICK-ASS
 [8:00PM]    DUE DATE
 [10:00PM]    BROCKMIRE-Kangaroo Court
 [10:31PM]    KICK-ASS
 [1:00AM]    BROCKMIRE-Kangaroo Court
 [1:31AM]    DUE DATE
 [5:15AM]    BROCKMIRE-Kangaroo Court
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Michael Cera    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Romance
 [6:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Bloodhound
 [7:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Man in the Middle
 [7:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Uniform
 [8:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Fortune
 [9:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor
 [9:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Pageant
 [10:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Darling Baby
 [10:45AM]    In the Line of Fire
 [1:30PM]    The Professional
 [4:00PM]    A Few Good Men
 [7:00PM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [10:00PM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Pie a la Mojo
 [11:00PM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [2:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Pie a la Mojo
 [3:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Holy Mojo
 [4:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo
 [5:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & the Little Black Dress
 [5:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Helen Have Their Day
 [5:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Three Wishes for Opie    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'GI Joe: Retaliation', followed by a FRESH 'The Magicians', then a FRESH 'The Expanse'.

FRESH 'Samantha Bee'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Ludacris, Ariel Winter, and Future Islands.

TCM spends the night with Frankie Avalon
 [6:00 AM]      Hollywood Without Make-Up (1966)
 [7:00 AM]      The Big Lift (1950)
 [9:15 AM]      Something Of Value (1957)
 [11:30 AM]      The Golden Arrow (1964)
 [1:15 PM]      Green Mansions (1959)
 [3:15 PM]      West Side Story (1961)
 [6:00 PM]      The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      Panic in Year Zero (1962)
 [10:00 PM]      Beach Party (1963)
 [12:00 AM]      Guns of the Timberland (1960)
 [2:00 AM]      Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
 [4:00 AM]      Drums Of Africa (1963)

Thursday   -  04/13/17

 [6:00 AM]      Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
 [8:00 AM]      Show Boat (1951)
 [10:00 AM]      Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
 [12:00 PM]      Kiss Me Kate (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      Rose Marie (1954)
 [4:00 PM]      Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
 [6:00 PM]      Kismet (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Babes in Arms (1939)
 [10:00 PM]      Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
 [11:45 PM]      Journey For Margaret (1942)
 [1:30 AM]      Sister Kenny (1946)
 [3:45 AM]      The Feminine Touch (1941)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #28 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has a FRESH 'Major Crimes'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Apr. 28, 1983) - Charles Nelson Reilly, Garry Shandling, and Audrie J. Neenan.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

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Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

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Dancers wait backstage before performing during the World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin, Ireland April 11, 2017.
Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


White House Correspondents' Dinner

Hasan Minhaj

The White House Correspondents' Association dinner has finally found a performer in Hasan Minhaj.

"The Daily Show" senior correspondent joins the ranks of Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Cecily Strong and Larry Wilmore, who have all hosted the event in recent years.

Donald Trump (R-Loser) announced in February he would break tradition by not attending the annual fundraiser, which has historically roasted the sitting Commander in Chief. During a time of increased strain between the White House and press, outlets including Vanity Fair, Bloomberg and the New Yorker canceled their after-parties that typically take place during the festivities.

Jeff Mason, the president of the correspondents' association, told MSNBC on Tuesday morning that he was not seeking a performer who would "roast the president in absentia."

Minhaj joined the "Daily Show" in 2014. Apart from his role on the Comedy Central production, he is known best as a stand-up comic and has appeared in guest spots for shows including "Arrested Development" and "Getting On."

Hasan Minhaj


Afghan children play on a manually operated Ferris wheel in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 11, 2017.
Photo by Mohammad Ismail


'Seeing Red' Over United

George R.R. Martin

Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin gave us the Red Wedding, beheadings, and hordes of killer ice zombies. But even he can't stomach United Airlines.

"I don't often comment on current events, but the story about the passenger that United Airlines beat bloody and dragged off a flight - for no reason but to accomodate some of their own deadheading employees, and despite the fact that he had a ticket that he'd bought and paid for and was doing nothing but sitting peacefully in his assigned seat - has me seeing red," the author wrote Tuesday on his LiveJournal blog.

Usually, Martin sticks to dragons, comic books, and the New York Jets on his blog, but this time he went after United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, calling for his resignation.

"He's a disgrace," Martin said. Munoz finally actually apologized Tuesday for the incident that was caught on video and triggered outrage (and financial losses) at the airline.

George R.R. Martin


Newhead News


More Than A Quarter Are Egg Accounts

T-rump's Twitter Followers

Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) love for Twitter and his popularity on the social platform is no secret, However, out of his nearly 28 million followers, more than a quarter of the accounts following him are fake, trolls and novice users, data by Social Rank analyzed by Bloomberg found.

Among Trump's top 10 most-engaged followers on Twitter over the past 30 days, five of them were confirmed to be bots and three other accounts appeared to be bots, Bloomberg found. The bots are designed to constantly tweet to Trump.

For example, the account @EveryTrumpDonor has two jobs: mention Trump's Twitter account every hour and reply to the president's tweets twice a day. That account alone has posted more than 15,000 tweets, all of which provide information about Trump's donors from the Federal Election Commission.

Data also shows Trump has more than 7.5 million egg accounts following, accounting for 28 percent of his followers.

Egg account users don't show their faces and usually engage in abusive behavior on Twitter -- and this month, the social media site decided to do something about it. Twitter recently ditched the egg icon profile photo for a new gray, genderless avatar. The company hopes the new design will help "prompt more self-expression" and encourages people to upload their own pictures, since the new default picture looks more like a placeholder.

T-rump's Twitter Followers


Penitents from 'Cristo de la Buena Muerte' or 'Good Dead Christ' brotherhood take part in a procession in Madrid, Spain, in the early hours of Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Hundreds of processions are taken place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza


2nd Pyramid Found

Pharaoh Ameny Qemau

A 3,800-year-old pyramid found with an alabaster block bearing the name of pharaoh Ameny Qemau has been discovered at the site of Dahshur in Egypt.

Another pyramid containing artifacts bearing the name of Ameny Qemau (also spelled Qemaw) was discovered in 1957 in Dahshur, a royal necropolis in the desert on the Nile River's west bank. The finding has left Egyptologists with a mystery as to why the same pharaoh seemingly has two pyramids to his name.

The remains of the pyramid's inner structure were discovered by a team of Egyptian archaeologists and announced today (April 4) by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

"The uncovered remains of the pyramid represents a part of its inner structure, which is composed of a corridor leading to the inner side of the pyramid and a hall, which leads to a southern ramp and a room to the western end," Adel Okasha, the director general of the Dahshur necropolis, said in a statement from the ministry.

Within the inner structure, the team discovered an alabaster block containing 10 lines of hieroglyphic writing. The ministry said it had not yet deciphered the writing on the block.

Pharaoh Ameny Qemau


Digby's Hullabaloo


Rolling Backwards

Justice Dept

For three decades, America got tough on crime.

Police used aggressive tactics and arrest rates soared. Small-time drug cases clogged the courts. Vigorous gun prosecutions sent young men away from their communities and to faraway prisons for long terms.

But as crime rates dropped since 2000, enforcement policies changed. Even conservative lawmakers sought to reduce mandatory minimum sentences and to lower prison populations, and law enforcement shifted to new models that emphasized community partnerships over mass arrests.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Racist) often reflects fondly on the tough enforcement strategies of decades ago and sees today's comparatively low crime rates as a sign they worked. He is preparing to revive some of those practices even as some involved in criminal justice during that period have come to believe those approaches went too far, for too long.

"In many ways with this administration we are rolling back," said David Baugh, who worked as a federal prosecutor in the 1970s and 1980s before becoming a defense lawyer in Richmond, Virginia. "We are implementing plans that have been proven not to work."

Justice Dept


An aerial view of workers in a field of tulips near the village of East Winch, in Norfolk, East Winch, England on April 11, 2017.
Photo by Steve Parsons


'Concentration Camps' For Gays


"Concentration camps" for LGBT people have been allegedly opened up in Chechnya where men have been tortured and killed because of their sexuality, Novaya Gazeta reported. The allegations came after a few eyewitnesses and survivors said in interviews with the Russian publication that they were arrested and detained at one of the secret prisons in Argun, a town in the Chechen Republic, Russia.

Around 100 gay men have been reportedly detained and at least three killed in the past week in Chechnya by the police. The "concentration camps" are being used to force homosexuals to commit that they would leave the republic, according to Novaya Gazeta.

The officials in Chechnya started torturing the homosexuals after a Russia-based NGO for LGBT rights - - applied for a gay rights march in the capital of Grozny, reports said.

Meanwhile, Chechen's President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been accused of setting up the camps to torture gay people. He has denied the allegation saying, "It's impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic." The Chechen government suggested there are no gay people in their country.



DHS Not Releasing

WH Visitor Logs

A group of nonprofit organizations sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday for not releasing details of visitor logs of the White House. Currently, the White House website page at which visitor logs were made available, says: "This page is being updated. It will post records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis, once they become available."

The lawsuit was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It accused the DHS of failing to disclose records of visits to the White House and to Donald Trump (R-Crooked) at his Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower residences. The complaint said that the Secret Service, a part of DHS, which maintains White House visitor logs, violated the law by not providing information for visitors to the White House, Trump Tower in Manhattan, and the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

"We hoped that the Trump administration would follow the precedent of the Obama administration and continue to release visitor logs, but unfortunately they have not," CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. "Given the many issues we have already seen in this White House with conflicts of interest, outside influence, and potential ethics violations, transparency is more important than ever, so we had no choice but to sue."

Trump has hosted several world leaders at his Mar-a-Lago residence, the most recent one being the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

WH Visitor Logs


Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava with the Sicilian town of Riposto, Italy, visible in foreground, during an eruption in the early hours of Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
Photo by Salvatore Allegra


Discovered In Ex-Army Tank

$2.4 Million in Gold

A tank collector in the United Kingdom was in for a surprise when he and his mechanic opened one of his tank's diesel fuel tanks. Inside were gold bars totaling approximately $2.4 million dollars.

The tank came into possession of Nick Mead, a tank collector and owner of a href="" target="_blank">Tanks Alot, a company that offers tanks and other armored vehicles for driving classes, private events, and television and film appearances. Mead found the tank, an ex-Iraqi Army Type 69, on sale on eBay and traded it for an Abbot self-propelled howitzer and a British Army truck.

Mead and his mechanic, Todd Chamberlain, were filming the opening of the fuel tank because they had already found machine gun ammunition in the armored vehicle and wanted video proof in case more ammunition was found. They pulled out five gold bars weighing about twelve pounds worth an estimated $2.4 million. The gold was handed over to authorities, and Mead has placed a receipt for the bars of bullion in a safe deposit box.

The Type 69 was a Chinese copy of the Soviet T-55 medium tank and sold in large numbers to the Iraqi Army during the 1980s. The Type 69 was armed with a 100-millimeter main gun and a 12.7-millimeter machine gun. The design, first introduced in 1949, is thoroughly obsolete but still serves in Third World armies around the world.

The gold is thought to be Kuwaiti in origin-Iraqi forces engaged in widescale looting of the country after the August 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Six months after the end of the war, Iraqi authorities returned 3,216 gold bars under UN supervision.

$2.4 Million in Gold


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

    1. NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, CBS, 23.01 million.
    2. "NCAA Pre-Game," CBS, 14.08 million.
    3. "NCIS," CBS, 13.83 million.
    4. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.6 million.
    5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.64 million.
    6. "Bull," CBS, 11.1 million.
    7. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.47 million.
    8. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.04 million.
    9. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.77 million.
   10. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.52 million.
   11. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 9.51 million.
   12. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 8.85 million.
   13. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.77 million.
   14. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 8.76 million.
   15. "Survivor," CBS, 8.4 million.
   16. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 7.58 million.
   17. "Mom," CBS, 7.5 million.
   18. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.23 million.
   19. "NCAA Basketball Preview" (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 7.13 million.
   20. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 7.04 million.




In Memory

Dorothy Mengering

David Letterman's mother Dorothy Mengering, a Midwestern homemaker who became an unlikely celebrity in her 70s as she baked mystery pies and covered the Olympics for her son's late-night show, has died. She was 95.

Letterman had been on the air for years, and had made ironic celebrities out of dozens of nobodies, before he thought to bring on his mom.

But the moment he did, she became a hit, with a cheerful "Hi, David!" in her Indiana accent starting every appearance.

The two had great on-air chemistry, her homespun sincerity proving the perfect foil for her son's urban acerbity.

Her first appearances came via satellite from her Carmel, Indiana, kitchen for a segment called "Guess Mom's Pies," which became a Thanksgiving tradition. Letterman would make a huge production of the bit before finally declaring, usually correctly, "chocolate chiffon!" or "rhubarb!" When he was wrong, she would take on a comforting tone like he was a boy who had lost a little-league game.

She soon started making annual Mother's Day appearances too.

Mengering was a correspondent for the Letterman's Late Show on CBS at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer Norway, a role she reprised for the next two winter games, wearing bulky snow gear that made her tiny self almost invisible, and oozing pure sincerity even in absurd bits Letterman's writers had her perform.

After Lillehammer, I couldn't believe how it all took off," Mengering told The New York Times in 1996. "I think it's about the idea of mom and of a family."

Mengering lived all her life in Indiana. She married Letterman's father, a florist named Harry Letterman, in 1942. He died in 1973, and she married structural engineer Hans P. Mengering, who died in 2013.

Once famous, she put out a cookbook, 1996's "Home Cookin' With Dave's Mom," that included recipes such as "Dave's Fried Baloney Sandwich" and the secrets behind many of the pies she had baked for the show.

Dorothy Mengering


In Memory

John Warren Geils Jr.

Guitarist J. Geils, born John Warren Geils Jr., has reportedly died. He was 71.

WCVB-TV Boston reported Tuesday that Geils was found dead in his Groton, Mass., home. He had lived in the town for 35 years.

As leader of the The J. Geils Band, the group had 17 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including 10 top 40-charting hits. The band's biggest single, "Centerfold," spent six weeks at No. 1, and "Freeze-Frame" peaked at No. 4.

Billboard reached out to the Groton Police Department to confirm the report, but they declined to comment at this time.

Geils formed The J. Geils Band in 1967 with Danny Klein, "Magic Dick" Salwitz, Stephen Jo Bladd and Peter Wolf (later joined by Seth Justman) while studying mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. They released 11 studio albums before breaking up in 1985. They would reunite on and off over the years following. In 2012, Geils left the group for good.

The band's other charting singles include "Love Stinks" (No. 38), "Give It to Me" (No. 30), "Must of Got Lost" (No. 12) and "I Do" (No. 24). They also had 15 charting albums on the Billboard 200, including the No. 1 set Freeze-Frame, which spent four weeks atop the list in 1982 and finished at No. 5 on Billboard's year-end Top Pop Albums chart (while "Centerfold" was the year's No. 5 Top Pop Single).

John Warren Geils Jr.



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