BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 19 July, 2017


19 July, 2017

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[166 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - January 9th, 2013

Depeche Mode Mashup Tribute Album

By DJ Useo

As part of my '2012 The Year Of The Mashup Album' celebration, I slowly over the course of months worked up a Depeche Mode mashup tribute album. I was nearly done when my MAC broke. This meant I had to start all over again from scratch. I didn't even have access to the mixing fodder I'd used, & I didn't have notes of what I'd made. I'm sure these circumstances sound familiar to all of you, even if your files weren't original mashups. Because of the loss of the finished tracks, I finally decided to start again from scratch.

Originally, the album would've come out in July 2012, but it finally came out in December. Only a few of the first mixes made it onto the revised edition. For the most part the collection is a completely different set of tracks. I eventually got word that the files from my old hard drive were recoverable. So, you get this new Depeche Mode mashup tribute album from me called 'DEPECHE MASH', & eventually, you'll get a second volume comprised of the formerly lost and now recovered tracks.

Now, the thing about mashing Depeche Mode is their fans love bootleg mixes, but they have a VERY high standard. You'll get nowhere with them unless your work is exceptional. From the response so far, I hit that mark. On 'DEPECHE MASH' I delve into various styles of mix & matching. I start out with DM's 'People Are People' vs David Bowies' 'Fame', head through a few techno pairings, & end up with some wide genre clashes like DM vs Frank Zappa, The Yardbirds, & Van Halen. I call that taking a chance, but ensuring the final results are satisfying. It takes an 'exceptional' (there's that word again) mix to get DM fans to enjoy their fave band mashed with rock acts like that.

Yes, I'm stating right up front that I attempted to please the audience as much as myself. Normally, I lean much more toward pleasing myself, & if the listeners like it, that's extra icing on the cake. So 'DEPECHE MASH' was my twelth solo mashup album in twelve months. I started the year with 'FRIKKENFRACK 5 : Useo's Strangest Boots' , then went through many progressively wilder mashup albums only to end the year with the most accessible album of the batch.

It's great fun being Useo because I get to do any style, & post as much or little as I desire. Nearly every other mashup mixer needs to maintain a close connection to the mainstream in order to please an audience that demands dancey, melodic mixes that sound like they came right from a label that way. I enjoy tracks like that, too, but I want to hear all kinds of mashups. With the twelve Useo collections of 2012 I achieved my goal of one swell release a month all year long.

So far, 'WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE' is by far the most popular of the twelve. Who can tell which will ultimately be the stand-out, but I reckon this 'DEPECHE MASH' will be at or near the top. The full file is available here
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And here's a link to listen to the preview track 'Fame People Are People' (David Bowie vs Depeche Mode)
( ) Here's a bonus link to a pdf file of links to all twelve Useo 2012 mashup albums.
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Have the day of good!

Mix Of The Week

I hope this set has you bopping as if it's still New Years' Eve! It's one and a half hours long, so start it at ten thirty pm & you'll end right at midnight, just like the actual holiday! It's comprised of the best techno dubstep I could find. Hosted for streaming or downloading at the king of long mix sites,
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Mashup Tip

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Latest Useo Thing

Lol. More? Yup! Wouldn't it be great if The The reunited? They made so many excellent albums. More would be great. I couldn't get more yet, so I re-did a classic The The cut.

'And She Was Uncertain Smile' (Talking Heads vs The The vs Phunklarique & Dejonka) contains- The The-'Uncertain Smile' extract Talking Heads-'And She Was'acapella Phunklarique & Dejonka-'No Breath At 280 Feet' loops No 10cc
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Podgornio, The Mashup Psychic Predicts

In three days Hacktivists ANONYMOUS will reveal all mashups are actually derived from label releases.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Josh Marshall: A Chronicle of Predation, Appetites and Power (TPM)
To put this all as clearly as I can, it's not that somehow Don Jr was so profoundly clueless that he didn't know this was a problem. He knew enough to lie about it for at least a year. It's not that he doesn't know it's wrong or against the law. It is that in this family having that be a brake or obstacle to action is simply alien. Dad's good, Hillary's bad. What's the problem? Of course he loves it. It's fits the family's entire pattern.

Tierney Sneed: After O'Care Plan Falters, McConnell Says He'll Push For Vote On Repeal Only (TPM)
Not long after the defections of two more Senate Republicans made the GOP Obamacare replacement bill dead in the water, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Monday night he would let members vote for a "repeal only" amendment, if they are able to get the base health care legislation that was passed in the House onto the floor.

Tierney Sneed: Stick A Fork In It: Two More Senators Come Out Against O'care Repeal Bill (TPM)
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced on Twitter their opposition to the motion to proceed, a procedural vote that would have opened the bill to debate. In a statement, Lee said he opposed the bill -the Better Care Reconciliation, Act-because it kept some Obamacare taxes and regulations, while an amendment that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) negotiated to earn conservative support was not enough to gain his vote.

Josh Marshall: The Big Picture on [July 17's] Trumpcare Defeat (TPM)
The bill's mammoth unpopularity is scarcely even questioned. Nor is there much attempt to make it more popular. Nothing for weeks has been about anything more than assembling 50 votes. Closely related to this and deepening this unpopularity is the huge and sustained nationwide activism against Trumpcare. Finally, the absolute opposition of Democrats has forced Republicans not only to push these bills solely with Republican votes but with zero bipartisan cover. The latter point is very important. Each of the three factors has reinforced the others.

Edgar Wright: Edgar Wright, Alice Lowe, John Landis and Ben Wheatley on zombie king George A Romero (The Guardian)
He was a film-maker ahead of his time, skewering consumerism, racial prejudice and bigotry with his living dead. George A Romero inspired a generation of directors. Here they pay tribute to the horror master.

Daniel Dockery: 5 Classic Movies You Had No Idea Were Box Office Failures (Cracked)
You'd think it would be easy to tell whether a movie is going to succeed or fail. When a director announces "I'd like to make a six-hour drama that uses the dump I took this morning as a metaphor for the Battle of Antietam," you can assume that it's going to flop astronomically hard. But when a director declares "Iron Man stuff," boom. That dude just paid the salary of every Disney employee for the next two years.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Born Jerome Silberman, this American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author's big screen debut was in Bonnie and Clyde. By what name is he known professionally?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

To what family does the heckelphone belong?

       Oboe (Woodwind / Double-reed)                                                      Source

The heckelphone (German: Heckelphon) is a musical instrument invented by Wilhelm Heckel and his sons. The idea to create the instrument was initiated by Richard Wagner, who suggested at the occasion of a visit of Wilhelm Heckel in 1879. Introduced in 1904, it is similar to the oboe but pitched an octave lower.

The heckelphone is a double reed instrument of the oboe family, but with a wider bore and hence a heavier and more penetrating tone. It is pitched an octave below the oboe and furnished with an additional semitone taking its range down to A. It was intended to provide a broad oboe-like sound in the middle register of the swollen orchestrations of the turn of the twentieth century. In the orchestral repertoire it is generally used as the bass of an oboe section incorporating the oboe and the cor anglais (English horn), filling the gap between the oboes and bassoons.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   The heckelphone is a member of the woodwind family, a double-reed woodwind to be precise.

Randall wrote:
   I dunno... oboe?

Alan J said:
   Woodwind, specifically the oboe family.

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   I am back safe and sound....the oboe family

   The heckelphone is a woodwind instrument, similar to an oboe but pitched one octave lower. We learned music when I was in school, not just how to sing but also how to play instruments and to identify them as well. One of my music teachers didn't believe the saxophone to be a legitimate instrument; she thought is was the bastards of horns.
  Much cooler temps and breezy - nice relief from triple digits, before we go there again in a couple of days.

Dale of Cooler Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   It's part of the oboe family…only lower by an octave.

zorch wrote:
   It's a woodwind, related to the oboe.

Daniel in The City answered:
   The oboe family

Billy in Cypress replied:

Joe S     responded:
   The heckelphone (German: Heckelphon) is a musical instrument invented by Wilhelm Heckel and his sons. The idea to create the instrument was initiated by Richard Wagner, who suggested at the occasion of a visit of Wilhelm Heckel in 1879. Introduced in 1904, it is similar to the oboe but pitched an octave lower.
  See, I had no idea. I thought it might be a type of telephone used by the Don Rickles family. Learn something new every day. (I love the sound of the oboe)

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

mj took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Michele W took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   replied:

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AP Tweets About Tropical Storm Don. Instant Classic.

This Is What Devotion, Tenderness And Love Looks Like. And Why We're Fighting So Hard For The ACA.

John McCain's surgery would cost at least $76,000-on Medicare

Scrap dealer finds Apollo-era NASA computers in dead engineer's basement | Ars Technica

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Eric Trump picked a fight with Olbermann on Twitter. Guess who won - SFGate

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Tech giant releasing 20 million mosquitoes in Fresno; that's a good thing, really - SFGate

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Unions band together with investors to buy the Chicago Sun-Times

Now even the WSJ Ed. Board is against Trump, maybe 36% AND colluding with Russia has consequences

New Boy Muppet On Afghanistan's 'Sesame Street' Is A Feminist | HuffPost

China Is Eating Trump's Lunch | HuffPost

BBC - Travel - We may have cracked the mystery of Stonehenge

Robot 'drowns' in fountain mishap - BBC News

Cancer-Causing Chemical TCP Plagues California Drinking Water - NBC News

Man suffers horrific burns after cooking with limes, going out in the sun - AOL Food

A Do-It-Yourself Farmer Grows Strawberries In The Air : Goats and Soda : NPR

When Robot Face-Plants In Fountain, Onlookers Show Humanity - By Gloating : The Two-Way : NPR

To Defend Western Civilization, Start With Science : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

More than 500 boys abused at top German Catholic school | World news | The Guardian

Coyote snatches dog off SF doorstep as horrified owners watch - SFGate

Study shows that adding 2% seaweed to cow diet can reduce 99% of the methane they output

Only 45% of Trump voters believe Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians

The age of white Christian America is ending. Here's how it got there. - Vox

Ex-school official: Radicals taught Mexican-American program | Arizona News |

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump Plays Fireman As Donald Jr.'s Russia Scandal Engulfs White House - Talking Points Memo

Trump Looks to RNC to Pay Russia Legal Fees

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates - ProPublica

Steve Bannon Reportedly Attacked Paul Ryan As 'A Limp-D**k Motherf**ker' | HuffPost

Vintage Scifi Mag Galaxy Available For Free Online

New Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Trailer Delves Into Wonder Woman's Queer, Feminist, Kinky Origins

Poll: Clinton more unpopular than Trump | TheHill

Common Cause - Departing Ethics Boss Says Trump Making U.S. a 'Laughingstock"

Asked About Trump Products Made Out Of The U.S., Spicer Says That's 'Out Of Bounds' | HuffPost

House Approves Defense Policy Bill Declaring Climate Change A National Security Threat - Talking Points Memo

Trump's Obamacare Repeal Lie to Start Your Morning -

PEACE ACTION: Congress Votes Again for Unconstitutional Wars and Pentagon Pork | Peace Action | Common Dreams

The GOP's Obamacare repeal backup plan is dead. -

Trumpcare is dead, at least for now: But the health care fight will never end -

Australian Lawmakers Scramble To Confirm Citizenship After Colleagues' Sudden Resignations | HuffPost

3 GOP women were left out of the Senate's Obamacare repeal effort. They just tanked it. - Vox

Trump, Putin had second, undisclosed talk at G-20 | TheHill

Pentagon study declares American empire is 'collapsing' -

The other shoe has fallen, and the Trump presidency may fall with it - Vox

Trump's Plan To 'Let Obamacare Fail' Is Morally Appalling | HuffPost



Reader Comment



The page with all the caterpillar and butterfly pictures is a treat for the eyes and soothing balm for the soul in troubled times. Thank you taking those lovely photos, and thanks for taking the time to put them all in one place and make it available to all of us.

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





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Saw commercials for artificial Christmas trees on TV tonight - WTF - seems a bit early....

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH 'Salvation', then a RERUN 'Criminal Minds'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are James McAvoy and Kenneth Branagh.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/16/17) are Ice Cube, Jason Derulo, and Harry Styles.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Little Big Shots: Forever Young', followed by a FRESH 'The Carmichael Show', then a RERUN 'The Carmichael Show', followed by a RERUN 'This Is Us'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Harry Styles, Jenny Slate, and the Who.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Queen Latifah, Zoe Kazan, Dave Portnoy, and Matt Johnson.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/4/17) are Damon Lindelof, Agnes Obel, and a segment about the podcast "Missing Richard Simmons".

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by a RERUN 'Speechless', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'American Housewife', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'The Goldbergs'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Jon Favreau, Tiffany Haddish, and the Revivalists.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a RERUN 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef', followed by a FRESH 'The F Word'.

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

A&E has 2½ hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars: Northern Treasures', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars: Northern Treasures', followed by still another FRESH 'Storage Wars: Northern Treasures'.

AMC offers the movie 'Ghostbusters II', followed by the movie 'Twister', then the movie 'Avatar'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-New Earth
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Tooth and Claw
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-School Reunion
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Girl In The Fireplace
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Rise Of The Cybermen-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-The Age Of Steel-Part 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Eye of the Needle
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Ex Post Facto
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Emanations
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Prime Factors
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-State of Flux
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Heroes and Demons
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Cathexis
 [7:00PM]    SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009)
 [11:05PM]    SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009)
 [3:03AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-State of Flux
 [4:02AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Heroes and Demons

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC Social', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Odd Mom Out', 'A Night With My Ex', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Hood Adjacent', 'South Park', another 'South Park', and still another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Ian Abramson, Dave Thomason, and Emily Heller.

FX has the movie 'The Maze Runner', followed by the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', then a FRESH 'Snowfall'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers: Bonus Buys', and 'Amelia Earhart: Finding The Lost Evidence'.

IFC  -   
 [10:15AM]    PET SEMATARY
 [5:30PM]    KICK-ASS
 [8:00PM]    FARGO
 [10:15PM]    SE7EN
 [1:15AM]    TRANCE
 [3:30AM]    FARGO

Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    All in the Family-Love by Appointment
 [7:05AM]    All in the Family-Joey's Baptism
 [7:40AM]    All in the Family-Mike and Gloria's House Guests
 [8:15AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Brief Encounter
 [8:50AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Brief Encounter
 [9:25AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Brief Encounter
 [10:00AM]    All in the Family-The Unemployment Story
 [10:33AM]    All in the Family-The Unemployment Story
 [11:08AM]    The Village
 [1:33PM]    Stand by Me
 [3:31PM]    Christine
 [5:30PM]    Firestarter
 [8:00PM]    The Outsiders
 [10:00PM]    Cleverman-Muya
 [11:05PM]    The Outsiders
 [1:05AM]    Cleverman-Muya
 [2:10AM]    The Village
 [4:40AM]    Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Actress
 [5:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The New Housekeeper    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Gladiator'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Lucy Fry, Jared Padalecki, and Jensen Ackles.

TCM spends the night featuring films directed by Alfred Hitchcock
 [6:15 AM]      The Silver Horde (1930)
 [7:45 AM]      Bird of Paradise (1932)
 [9:15 AM]      Born to Love (1932)
 [10:45 AM]      The Common Law (1932)
 [12:15 PM]      The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
 [1:30 PM]      Rockabye (1932)
 [2:45 PM]      The Sport Parade (1932)
 [4:00 PM]      Bed of Roses (1933)
 [5:15 PM]      Chance at Heaven (1934)
 [6:30 PM]      The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
 [8:00 PM]      Rope (1948)
 [9:30 PM]      Stage Fright (1950)
 [11:30 PM]      Strangers on a Train (1951)
 [1:30 AM]      I Confess (1953)
 [3:30 AM]      Dial M for Murder (1954)

 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #31 (1956)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Thursday   -  07/20/17

TCM starts the day celebrating Natalie Wood, who was born on this day in 1938, then spends the night with Ronald Colman
 [6:00 AM]      The Searchers (1956)
 [8:15 AM]      Splendor in the Grass (1961)
 [10:30 AM]      Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
 [12:30 PM]      The Great Race (1965)
 [3:30 PM]      Inside Daisy Clover (1966)
 [6:00 PM]      Brainstorm (1983)

 [8:00 PM]      A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)
 [10:30 PM]      The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
 [12:30 AM]      Kismet (1944)
 [2:30 AM]      Lucky Partners (1940)
 [4:30 AM]      My Life with Caroline (1941)

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Retired family physician Jay Brock of Fredericksburg, Va., joins other protesters against the Republican health care bill outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Monday, July 17, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Hollywood Honors

Stan Lee

Stan Lee, whose Marvel superheroes have dominated popular culture for half a century, was honored Tuesday when he plunged his hands and feet into cement at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater.

In a typically colorful comment, the 94-year-old comic book legend -- whose characters include Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor -- joked that he "would have asked for a raise" if he'd known how good he was.

He paid emotional tribute to his "wonderful" wife of nearly 70 years, Joan, who died less than two weeks ago at age 93.

It has been a poignant week for Lee, who was honored as a Disney Legend during the D23 Expo in Anaheim on Friday, where he delivered a rousing speech and received a standing ovation.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York, he began his career in 1939 as an assistant at Timely Comics with such duties as getting lunch, filling inkwells and proofreading.

Stan Lee


Comic-book writer, editor, and publisher Stan Lee places his hands in cement during his hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre, on July 18, 2017, in Hollywood, California
Photo by Valerie Macon


Jim Henson's Son Says...


The battle continues between longtime Kermit the Frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire and the Muppet franchise.

Family members of late Muppets creator Jim Henson are weighing in on the fallout stemming from Whitmire announcing last week that Disney replaced him with Matt Vogel after 27 years as the voice of the iconic anthropomorphic amphibian.

Brian Henson, chairman of the Jim Henson Company and Jim's son, told the New York Times that Whitmire was "sometimes excellent, and always pretty good" as the beloved character. But he added that the problems came with the performer's off-camera behavior.

"He'd send emails and letters attacking everyone, attacking the writing and attacking the director," Brian said.

Lisa Henson, president of the company and Jim's daughter, said that Whitmire refused to develop an understudy but also sometimes resisted doing "B-level performances, such as a ribbon-cutting."



Newhead News


Strict New Dress Code

Female Golfers

A strict new dress code for female golfers has proved controversial with players banned from wearing plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts on the course.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was accused of "slut-shaming" female players after introducing new rules that crack down on players' choice of clothing.

As of this week, LPGA Tour players have been told that several items are now banned on the course, including skirts or shorts that reveal the "bottom area (even if covered by under shorts)" at any time, standing or bent over, cut-offs or jeans with holes and jogging bottoms. Racerback tops are only allowed if accompanied with a collar.

The edict was met with an overwhelmingly negative reaction, with Teen Vogue, the influential youth magazine, saying the dress code had set women "way back".

An email sent by player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman warned players they would face a fine of $1,000 (£765) if they breached the new code. After the first transgression, the fine will be doubled after each subsequent breach.

Female Golfers


Former Marvel editor-in-chief Stan Lee imprints hands at TCL Chinese Theatre.
Photo by Jacob Kramer


Ancient House of the Dead Unearthed


An ancient house of the dead has been unearthed near Stonehenge.

The Neolithic burial chamber, which likely dates to approximately 5,600 to 5,700 years ago, would have been an earthen structure that housed the skeletons of some of the earliest inhabitants of Britain. The burial structure, known as a long barrow, was discovered in the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, which is dotted with ancient ruins from this period.

"It's a very rare type of monument, and a monument type we do not get to excavate very often," said Jim Leary, director of the Archaeology Field School at the University of Reading in England, who is leading the excavations. "This is the first one in 50 years that's been excavated in Wiltshire in its entirety."

The burial chamber was discovered in what looked like an ordinary wheat field, thanks to aerial footage that revealed the outline of some structure lying hidden below. The excavations have just begun, so the scientists have yet to send their findings to peer-reviewed journals; the archaeologists don't yet know whether they will uncover skeletons or other artifacts in the long barrow, Leary said.

The newfound long barrow was discovered via aerial photography, which revealed crop marks in the field. When the researchers investigated the physical properties of the ground, they suspected that there might be an undiscovered monument beneath.



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Sweaty Wrestler™ Released From Prison


Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Pedophile) was released from prison in Minnesota and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in April 2016 in a banking violations case that revealed accusations he had sexually abused teenagers while coaching wrestling at a suburban Chicago high school.

The Bureau of Prisons said in an email that Hastert left the Minnesota prison on Monday and is now "under the jurisdiction" of a Chicago residential re-entry management office. It's unclear whether Hastert was staying at a halfway house or whether he could be transferred to home confinement. Hastert's release date is listed as Aug. 16.

The Illinois congressman-turned-high-paid lobbyist had to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, or just over a year. It's not uncommon for inmates to be released early for administrative or other reasons.

Hastert pleaded guilty to violating banking law in seeking to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep the sex abuse secret. He is one of the highest-ranking U.S. politicians to ever go to prison, where he was known as Inmate No. 47991-424.



Russian President Vladimir Putin uses a pair of binoculars as he watches a display during the MAKS 2017 air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia July 18, 2017.
Photo by Alexei Nikolsky


Hypocrisy In Action

White House

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has refused to answer questions about businesses belonging to Donald Trump (R-Crooked) and his daughter Ivanka, declaring them "out of bounds".

Journalists asked about the companies' overseas manufacturing practices on the first day of what White House aides have dubbed "Made in America Week".

The President has vowed to increase trade regulations in an effort to protect American companies and workers.

But Mr Spicer avoided saying whether the President and Ms Trump - whose businesses rely on cheap labour in countries including Bangladesh and China - would commit to stopping manufacturing abroad.

Asked about the Trump family businesses, he said: "It's not appropriate for me to stand up here and comment about a business. I believe that is a little out of bounds."

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Bleaching has damaged the world's northernmost coral reef in Japan, a researcher said Tuesday, the latest example of a global phenomenon scientists have attributed to high ocean temperatures.

Healthy coral reefs protect shores from storms and offer habitats for fish and other marine life, including ecologically and economically important species.

After coral dies, reefs quickly degrade and the structures that coral build erode. While coral can recover from mild bleaching, severe or long-term episodes are often lethal, experts say.

About 30 percent of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan, which lies in the temperate zone some 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) southwest of Tokyo, suffered bleaching when Hiroya Yamano's research team observed the area last December.

There was large-scale coral bleaching in Japan's subtropical Okinawan chain of islands last summer, said Yamano, director of the Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies at Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies.



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Swiss Glacier


A Swiss couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their family, relatives and media said Tuesday.

The bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland on Thursday, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch, according to Le Matin daily.

A DNA search has been planned to definitively establish their identities, but Maryline Dumoulin told AFP police were "99 percent" certain the remains were of her grandparents, who went missing on August 15, 1942.

Marcelin Dumoulin, a 40-year-old shoemaker at the time, and his wife Francine, a schoolteacher aged 37, had left their village of Chandolin in Valais canton on foot before disappearing, orphaning five sons and two daughters.

Their daughter, Monique Dumoulin, told AFP it was the first time her mother had joined her father for that type of excursion. She had previously always stayed home, either because she was pregnant, or to look after her young children.



Prime-Time Nielsens


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

    1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 12.6 million.
    2. "Game of Thrones, HBO, 10.1 million.
    3. MLB All-Star Game, Fox, 9.3 million.
    4. "Home Run Derby," ESPN, 8.2 million
    5. "America's Got Talent (Thursday), NBC, 7.1 million.
    6. "World of Dance," NBC, 7.08 million.
    7. "NCIS," CBS, 6.55 million.
    8. "Big Brother," CBS (Wednesday), 6.5 million.
    9. "Home Run Derby" (preshow), ESPN, 6.23 million
   10. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 6.2 million.
   11. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.15 million.
   12. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.1 million.
   13. "Little Big Shots: Forever Young," NBC, 6.08 million.
   14. "The Wall," NBC, 6.05 million.
   15. "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.02 million.
   16. "Big Brother" (Sunday), NBC, 5.9 million.
   17. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 5.66 million.
   18. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 5.62 million.
   19. ESPY Awards, ABC, 5.3 million.
   20. "NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 5.2 million.




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