BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 19 April, 2017


19 April, 2017

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[75 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - April 19th, 2017

Big BRG Broadcast on Radio!

From DJ Useo

Only five days till the Big BRG Broadcast!

( Beatles Remixers Group )

6 bootleggers doing six sets in six hours! Mark your calendar.

Only the finest Beatles boots will be heard!

Set 01 - AtoZ - 2100 GMT

Set 02 - MP3J - 2200 GMT

Set 03 - Budtheweiser - 2300 GMT

Set 04 - Sgt Mash - 2400 GMT

Set 05 - DJ Petrushka - 2500 GMT

Set 06 - DJ Useo - 2600 GMT

Starts April 21st 2100 GMT ( Around 2-3 pm Stateside )

All sets broadcast from here

Listen by streaming with an option to join in chat if so desired.

Yep! 6 Hours of Beatles bootlegs! Turn your friends on to the show!



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Stephen Crowley: Dad Photoshops Daughter In Dangerous Situations to Scare Grandma (Sad and Useless)
I've been photoshopping my kid into marginally dangerous situations. Nothing unbelievable, but enough to make people think "Wait, did he…?"

Lucy Mangan: "I am woman, hear me roar!" Lucy Mangan on why it pays to blow your fuse (Stylist)
There's not much to be said for moving house. There is a reason it remains third on the list of the most stressful experiences you can have in life, after bereavement and divorce (and may in fact lead to one of the other two after the latest bitter row about which mugs/rugs/cat you are keeping). It is an emotionally and financially draining hellscape and if I never do it again in my whole life it will be too soon.

Deborah Orr: Here's how to civilise Uber, and make the other 'death stars' work for us too (The Guardian)
If we want the tech behemoths to start behaving themselves we must tear our transfixed gaze from their exploits, and start using our brains instead.

Suzanne Moore: The lesson of Prince Harry's grief? We need mental health services for all (The Guardian)
Prince Harry has revealed that bottling up his grief after Diana died led to chronic mental health problems. He got help - but ordinary people still struggle.

Jonathan Jones: "Jeff Koons' Louis Vuitton bags: a joyous art history lesson" (The Guardian)
In championing the likes of Fragonard, Rubens and Titian, Jeff Koons' line of Louis Vuitton accessories brings high art to the high street - and shows off his sincere passion for painting.

Kirsten Salyer: It's a Mean, Sometimes Sad World - But Reading Can Help (Time)
As much as we may want to shield children from all the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad things in life, too often we don't get a choice. Some parents may be facing that fact in the aftermath of the U.S. election, with increased reports of bullying at schools and children expressing anxiety and fear. Of course, there are many other problems life hurls at us, including family drama, personal trauma, grief. And kids have neither the benefit of experience nor the maturity of intellect to process all these difficulties.

ERIKA KINETZ AND ANNE D'INNOCENZIO: Ivanka Trump Cleared Hurdle For Chinese Trademarks Same Day She Dined With Xi Jinping
SHANGHAI (AP) - On April 6, Ivanka Trump's company won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks, giving it monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world's second-largest economy. That night, the first daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, sat next to the president of China and his wife for a steak and Dover sole dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Who was the official clown of the Grateful Dead?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

"Turn on, tune in, drop out" is a counterculture-era phrase popularized by Timothy Leary. Who gave Leary the phrase?

       Marshall McLuhan                                                      Source

"Turn on, tune in, drop out" is a counterculture-era phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966. In 1967 Leary spoke at the Human Be-In, a gathering of 30,000 hippies in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and phrased the famous words, "Turn on, tune in, drop out". It was also the title of his spoken word album Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out recorded in 1966. On this lengthy album one can hear Leary speaking in a monotone, soft-spoken voice on his views about the world and humanity and describing nature, Indian symbols, "the meaning of inner life", the LSD experience, peace and many other issues.

In a 1988 interview with Neil Strauss, Leary stated that slogan was "given to him" by Marshall McLuhan during a lunch in New York City. Leary added that McLuhan "was very much interested in ideas and marketing, and he started singing something like, 'Psychedelics hit the spot / Five hundred micrograms, that's a lot,' to the tune of a Pepsi commercial of the time. Then he started going, 'Tune in, turn on, and drop out.'" The phrase was used by Leary in a speech he delivered at the opening of a press conference in New York City on September 19, 1966. It urged people to embrace cultural changes through the use of psychedelics by detaching themselves from the existing conventions and hierarchies in society.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Timothy Leary got the phrase, "Turn on, tune in, drop out" from Marshall McLuhan.

zorch said:
   Marshall McLuhan.

Alan J answered:
   Marshall McLuhan.

Gene responded:
   Leary popularized the phrase, and claims he got it from one of my cultural heroes, Marshall McLuhan. I still break up from the scene in Annie Hall when Woody Allen drags McLuhan from behind some scenery to shame a waiting in line bore.

Deborah replied:
   I was curious so I looked this up: Marshal McLuhan coined that phrase.
  Gloomy, rainy day yesterday. Still gloomy this morning but sun should return later today.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 - December 31, 1980) was a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual.

Adam answered:
   Marshall McLuhan

Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   The phrase was given to Leary by Marshall McLuhan.
  Henry Gibson on Laugh-In would ask: "Marshal McLuhan, what are ya doin?"

DJ Useo replied:
   It was Marshall McLuhan, who also arrested Billy The Kid. Best law man ever, lol.

Joe S     responded:
   Marshall McLuhan, I didn't know that. I had to look it up. My roll is over.

Randall took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Dale of 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 19 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 19 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Click here: Attorneys for Alex Jones Tell Judge He's Not Really Crazy, Only Playing a Character

Science strikes back: anti-Trump march draws thousands to Washington | Environment | The Guardian

Google forced to open up Android to rival search engines in Russia | Technology | The Guardian

A Trump district co-chair just called me: 'I am off the train. We were trumped.'

BBC - Capital - The addiction that's 'worse than alcohol or drug abuse'

BBC - Future - How Western civilisation could collapse

GOP rep scolds crowd, 'Do you yell in church?' Crowd shouts back, 'Do you lie in church?'

Amazing Photos Capture How Flowers Look Under Ultraviolet Light | The Huffington Post

Is Rural America The New Inner City? | The Huffington Post

Former Microsoft CEO Launches New Tool For Finding Government Data : The Two-Way : NPR

Worried about the US being led by a tyrant who may destroy the earth? Blame Alex Jones | Opinion | The Guardian

Liberal reader slams Trump supporter who 'left the Trump train'

I Am Bears Ears (And So Can You!) -- very photo heavy

Jesuits and Georgetown apologize for slavery -

Randamoozham: India to produce its most expensive film ever -

'Fargo' reloads, but FX show feels less special -

Thanks, Michelle!



David E Suggests

Home Repairs

7 Common Home Repairs You Can Do By Yourself - Heating Spare Parts


Thanks, Dave!



Reader Recommendation

Teacher of the Year

See that woman in the lower left corner? That's the Maryland State Teacher of the Year. That's Sia Kyriakakos, she's one of the four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. She's also my daughter-in-law and mother of my two beautiful, talented granddaughters. I think she's gonna win.



Thanks, Joe!
Good luck, Sia!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Berkeley Violence Was Pre-Planned by Deplorables -

How to Jam the Trump Brand - The Intercept

Who plays more golf: Donald Trump or Barack Obama? | PolitiFact

Will The New York Times Ever Fix Its Clinton Problem? -

Donald Trump: 100 Days of Deconstruction - BillMoyers

Key Republicans who held dozens of Benghazi hearings now eager to sweep Flynn scandal under the rug -

Report: Paul Manafort Now Advising Chinese Billionaire On Trump Infrastructure Contracts | The Huffington Post

Trump: North Korea 'outplayed' presidents Obama and Clinton - POLITICO

Did racism or a longing for authoritarian leadership elect Donald Trump? The right answer is both -

Too Important for Clever Titles -- Scientific Study Says We Are an Oligarchy (Update) -

French Elections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube

Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP | Pew Research Center

People who read The Handmaid's Tale think it could never happen here - but it already did -

Alec Baldwin Gets Under Trump's Skin - The Atlantic

Alex Jones is reviled in his hometown of Austin, Texas -

Bill O'Reilly On Chopping Block Amid Claim He Called Black Woman 'Hot Chocolate' | The Huffington Post

Margaret Atwood, the Prophet of Dystopia - The New Yorker



Team Coco


Trump Calls Obama To Talk About Syria & Afghanistan

Trump dropped the mother of all bombs and now he's worried about how the other bombs will fare without their mom.



Reader Comments

Current Events

Had to share these two priceless files that Janet sent

Janet shared the attached--would LOVE to see the Queen do this.

This makes me want to hurl (or maybe that's just the migraine I've had the last two days):

Kellyanne Conway's shameless commercial for Ivanka actually worked.

BLOTUS--Biggest Liar Of The US:

The armada Trump sent to North Korea wasn't actually there.

Can he barely write too?

We know Lumpy doesn't read (and probably can't read from evidence we've seen), but looking at him sign yet another executive order today--he signs the things, displays his signature so proudly, and then looks fiercely at the paper--as if to say "Yes! I did it! I wrote my name in big letters again!" Is it really that difficult for him to write?

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

Thanks, Linda (& Janet)!
So, I kinda like looking at graphology stuff - and found this one of Lumpy's signature kinda interesting.

Back in 64, he was fairly self-centered, but could pass for arrogantly normal.
Today's signature screams somebody created it for him, to suit the personality he's trying to project.
When I was at Disney, got kinda familiar with Walt's signature, but it turned out what was used as his signature was stylized by the art department because he liked the way it looked, and projected a better image.



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





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Last Night

Overcast and rather dreary.


Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds: Xenophobia'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Rose Byrne, Lewis Black, and PJ Harvey.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Adam Sandler and Kevin James.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'L&O: SVU', followed by another RERUN 'L&O: SVU', then a RERUN 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Sienna Miller, Anthony Bourdain, and Chris Cornell.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 3/22/17_are Kristen Bell, Bill Nighy, Aquilo, and Charlie Benante.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/29/17) are Dominic Purcell, Night Beats, and Baron Vaughn.

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 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Nealon, and Yo Gotti.

The CW here fills the night with LIVE 'Dodger Baseball'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Shots Fired', followed by a RERUN '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 'Speed', followed by the movie 'Lethal Weapon 3', then the movie 'Clear & Present Danger'.

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 4 - EPISODE 12-Mortal Coil
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 13-Waking Moments
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 14-Message in a Bottle
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 15-Hunters
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 17-Retrospect
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-The Killing Game, Pt. 1
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Killing Game, Pt. 2
 [8:00PM]    WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
 [10:00PM]    WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 14-Message in a Bottle
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 15-Hunters
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 17-Retrospect
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-The Killing Game, Pt. 1
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Killing Game, Pt. 2    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another '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'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Marc Edwards.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jay Pharoah, Chris Redd, and Marcella Arguello.

FX has the movie 'Jack Reacher', followed by the movie 'Taken 3', then a FRESH 'Fargo'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    KINGPIN
 [8:45AM]    BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
 [9:15AM]    BROCKMIRE-Kangaroo Court
 [12:00PM]    KINGPIN
 [10:00PM]    BROCKMIRE-Retaliation
 [10:31PM]    CRANK
 [12:30AM]    BROCKMIRE-Kangaroo Court
 [1:00AM]    BROCKMIRE-Retaliation
 [3:45AM]    BROCKMIRE-Retaliation    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-If I Had a Quarter-Million
 [6:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-TV or Not TV
 [7:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Guest in the House
 [8:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Case of the Punch in the Nose
 [8:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Newspaper
 [9:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau
 [9:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Arrest of the Fun Girls
 [10:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Luck of Newton Monroe
 [10:55AM]    Death Becomes Her
 [1:27PM]    Primal Fear
 [4:30PM]    The Fugitive
 [7:30PM]    Young Guns
 [10:00PM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-No Mo' Mojo
 [11:00PM]    Young Guns
 [1:30AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-No Mo' Mojo
 [2:30AM]    Mississippi Burning
 [5:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie Flunks Arithmetic    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Retribution', followed by a FRESH 'The Magicians', then a FRESH 'The Expanse'.

A FRESH 'Samantha Bee'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Deon Cole and X Ambassadors.

TCM spends the night with Claude Rains
 [6:00 AM]      The Monster (1925)    SILENT 
 [7:45 AM]      The Murder Of Dr. Harrigan (1936)
 [9:00 AM]      Indestructible Man (1956)
 [10:30 AM]      The Body Snatcher (1945)
 [12:00 PM]      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
 [2:00 PM]      Rage (1972)
 [3:45 PM]      Experiment Alcatraz (1951)
 [5:00 PM]      The Cosmic Monster (1958)
 [6:30 PM]      Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
 [8:00 PM]      The Invisible Ma (1933)
 [9:30 PM]      Stolen Holiday (1937)
 [11:15 PM]      Juarez (1939)
 [1:30 AM]      They Won't Forget (1937)
 [3:30 AM]      They Made Me A Criminal (1939)
 [5:15 AM]      Hearts Divided (1936)

Thursday   -  04/20/17

 [6:45 AM]      Blondie Of The Follies (1932)
 [8:45 AM]      Without Lying Down - Frances Marion and the Powerful Women in Hollywood (2000)
 [10:00 AM]      Knight Without Armour (1937)
 [12:00 PM]      Anna Christie (1930)
 [1:45 PM]      Camille (1937)
 [4:00 PM]      The Big House (1930)
 [5:45 PM]      Dinner at Eight (1933)
 [8:00 PM]      On the Town (1949)
 [10:00 PM]      By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
 [12:00 AM]      The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
 [2:00 AM]      Rear Window (1954)
 [4:15 AM]      The Window (1949)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Retired high school teacher Tom Gilding holds a sign as he stands next to an inflated chicken made to resemble President Donald Trump on April 18, 2017, during a protest ahead of Trump's visit to Snap-On Inc. in Kenosha, Wis.
Photo by Ivan Moreno


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Kicks Off Cross-Country Tour

Bernie Sanders

Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders gained roars of approval from a friendly crowd on Monday as he called for a radical transformation of the Democratic Party into a grassroots movement founded on the tenets of his unsuccessful Democratic presidential campaign: fighting against the billionaire class and rigged economic and political systems.

Sanders, of Vermont, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who faced some boos as he spoke, launched a cross-country tour together in Maine, where Sanders won the Democratic presidential caucuses. The tour will take them from Maine to eight other states, including Florida, Arizona, Montana and Nevada.

Sanders, who ran as a Democrat against Hillary Clintonbut returned to the Senate as an independent, said the Democratic Party must stop ignoring half the nation's states and take on corporate greed on behalf of the working class. Perez urged attendees to resist Republican President Donald Trump by winning seats in Congress, statehouses and school boards.

A crowd of roughly 1,200 filled the State Theatre, with the loudest cheers for Sanders and jeers at mentions of the "1 percent" and Trump's executive orders and proposed budget cuts.

"Our vision for the future of this country is a very different vision than yours," Sanders said, as he called for living wages, protecting Planned Parenthood and fighting income inequality.

Bernie Sanders


Signs with host Bill O'Reilly's face are seen in front of Fox News Channels' studios which were placed by protestors who had gathered to call on the network to fire O'Reilly for sexual harassment allegations against him in New York, New York, April 18, 2017. O'Reilly's show has reportedly lost up to 30 advertisers and is under increasing public pressure due to recent reports that O'Reilly and Fox has settled five cases in the past 15 years for $13 million with women working with O'Reilly.
Photo by Justin Lane


Rupert News Poised to Drop


'Fox News Channel is poised to end the 21-year tenure of Bill O'Reilly (R-Loofah) on the news cabler amid a cascade of sexual harassment allegations.

O'Reilly's exit from the network he has been with almost since its inception is expected to be official later this week. The Murdoch clan that controls Fox News had originally backed the top-rated host of "The O'Reilly Factor," but the drumbeat of allegations of harassment from multiple women during the past three weeks has proven untenable for parent company 21st Century Fox.

Like the ouster last summer of Fox News chairman-CEO Roger Ailes (R-Horn Dog), O'Reilly's apparent downfall is a milestone for the industry and a signal of the second-generation Murdoch leadership now steering Fox. It's a dizzying turn of events for a TV veteran who has long banked on a loyal following and his stature as an influential voice in national politics.

Fox News declined to comment on a report by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday evening that it was preparing to cut its ties to O'Reilly. A source close to O'Reilly on Tuesday afternoon said there were no exit negotiations underway, but the tide appeared to shift just a few hours later.

The groundswell of pressure on O'Reilly and the leaders of 21st Century Fox started April 1 when the New York Times published a detailed report of $13 million in settlements that O'Reilly and Fox News had paid out to five women. The report sparked advertiser defections and public pressure campaigns by organizations such as UltraViolet and Color of Change.



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Volcanic Island May Hold Key To Coral Survival


The key to the survival of the world's threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say.

The seabed of Shikine island is a "living laboratory" for researchers aboard the schooner Tara, a French-led scientific expedition, who are looking for clues to help protect coral from the damaging effects of climate change.

While coral reefs cover less than 0.2 percent of the ocean surface globally, they host some 30 percent of marine animal and plant species, serving as a source of food and offering protection from predators.

Shikine's unique conditions -- created by underwater volcanoes that flood some of its coves with CO2 and make it less alkaline -- mimic what scientists say will be the impact of unchecked carbon emissions on the world's oceans by 2100.

Researchers say the waters in parts of Shikine, located 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of Tokyo, offer a glimpse of how marine life -- including corals -- can fare in less alkaline water.



Members of the "Yenisei walruses" winter swimming club, Alexander Alexandrov (R), 39, and Konstantin Kindinov, 15, step from one floe to another during an ice drift on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, April 18, 2017.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin


Discovers 3,000-Year-Old Tomb


Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a nobleman from more than 3,000 years ago, the latest in a series of major discoveries of ancient relics that Egypt hopes will revive a tourist business that has been hit by political instability.

The find near the Nile city of Luxor, is the tomb of Userhat, a judge from the New Kingdom. It consists of an open court leading into a rectangular hall, a corridor and inner chamber, the Ministry of Antiquities said on Tuesday.

In one of the rooms in the tomb, archaeologists found a collection of figurines, wooden masks and a handle of a sarcophagus lid. Excavation is continuing in a second chamber.

Earlier this year, Swedish archaeologists discovered 12 ancient Egyptian cemeteries near the southern city of Aswan that date back almost 3,500 years.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Lawsuit Over Foreign Payments Expands


A nonprofit watchdog expanded a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump (R-Grifter) of violating the Constitution by letting his hotels and restaurants accept payments from foreign governments.

The amended complaint filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan adds a restaurant trade group, whose members include nationally known chefs Tom Colicchio and Alice Waters, and a hotel events booker in Washington, D.C. as plaintiffs.

It is intended to address concern over whether the watchdog, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, was itself harmed by Trump and had standing to sue at all.

The amended complaint said Trump violates the Constitution's "emoluments" clause, which bars him from accepting various gifts from foreign governments without congressional approval, by maintaining ownership over his business empire despite ceding day-to-day control to his sons, Eric and Donald Jr.

It said members of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United Inc, which represents more than 200 restaurants and nearly 25,000 workers, have improperly lost business, wages and tips to Trump's competing businesses.



Visitors walk on the upper level of the Acropolis museum during the 'International Day for Monuments and Sites' in Athens, Greece, April 18, 2017.
Photo by Yannis Kolesidis


Twitter Time


Donald Trump (R-Fabulist) on Tuesday blamed -- without proof -- his predecessor Barack Obama for allowing the MS-13 criminal gang to take root in US cities.

The MS-13, also known as the Mara Salvatrucha, is one of the criminal groups behind a wave of violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The gang was formed in Los Angeles by Salvadoran immigrants fleeing civil war in the 1980s. The gang, however, remains active in the United States.

The FBI formed a special task force in 2004 -- before Obama took office -- focused on investigating and prosecuting MS-13 members.

"The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!" Trump wrote on Twitter.



Paris Climate Deal Postponed

White House

A White House meeting that was to help determine whether the United States should withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been postponed, an administration official said on Tuesday.

Some of Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) top advisers, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry (R-Gov. Good Hair) and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt (R-Oil Industry), were scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss how Trump should handle the 2015 climate deal.

The meeting was canceled because "some of the principals are traveling today," the White House official said.

The meeting will be rescheduled, but no date has been set, the official said.

The accord, agreed on by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015 and ratified in 2016, aims to limit planetary warming in part by slashing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Under the pact, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

White House


A woman poses for a photographer in a buttercup flower field near Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak in southern Israel, just outside the Gaza Strip April 18, 2017.
Photo by Amir Cohen


Expands Program


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Atavistic Racist) moved Tuesday to expand an Obama administration initiative to allow more tribal authorities access to federal anti-crime databases - an action long sought by tribes from the Metlakatla of Alaska to the Oneida of New York.

The attorney general's announcement was part of a broader package to improve the sometimes-strained relationship between federal authorities and Native America.

Complex historical, cultural and legal relationships between tribes and the U.S. government have complicated that effort in the past.

As part of the program, the Justice Department will hold a series of "listening sessions" with tribal leaders and law enforcement officials to better understand the challenges Indian reservations face in addressing crime.

The department also said it established a working group, comprised of federal officials from 12 agencies, to increase collaboration between U.S. authorities and those in sovereign Indian nations.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for April 10-16. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 11.89 million.
    2. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.31 million.
    2. "Stayin' Alive: Grammy Salute to the Bee Gees," CBS, 10.31 million.
    4. "The Voice" (Monday, 8 p.m.), NBC, 9.88 million.
    5. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.43 million.
    6. "NCIS," CBS, 9.06 million.
    7. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.49 million.
    8. "Survivor," CBS, 8.32 million.
    9. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.16 million.
   10. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 7.76 million.
   11. "Bull," CBS, 7.42 million.
   12. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.19 million.
   13. "Mom," CBS, 6.84 million.
   14. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 6.61 million.
   15. "Empire," Fox, 6.59 million.
   16. "MacGyver," CBS, 6.57 million.
   17. "Scorpion," CBS, 6.41 million.
   18. "Chicago Med," NBC, 6.36 million.
   19. "The Great Indoors," CBS, 6.11 million.
   20. "Kevin Can Wait," CBS, 6.05 million.




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