BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 9 August, 2017


9 August, 2017

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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - May 11th, 2016

Rock Wars Mashup Comp Report

By DJ Useo ( Secret Agent UZO )

Rock Wars Episode 1 - The Mashup Menace

Report follows -

Mashup album from Earth DJ Axcess has commenced with similar mashup producing entities disseminating the content through various Earth internet social networks. The accessed files continue to stimulate due to the thrill power inherent in content provided by such accomplished audio manipulators. The rock style is elevating to the contents in each case.

Visual Preview files

Access Kopimi Radio w/ Mazanga Von Badman Premiere Stream

Track examples of the 46 mashups by 46 mixers follows -

01 - DJ M.i.F - Lightning Wars [John Williams vs. Metallica]

02 - DJ Magic Baron - Remember When SuperSTARS Stood Together [Nickelback vs. Mr. Mister vs. Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos vs. Peter Gabriel vs. Michael Jackson vs. Rihanna vs. AC/DC]

03 - DJ Schmolli - Closer To Trouble [30 Seconds To Mars vs. Taylor Swift]

File access point

Recommended response -

A - Access the contained mp3 mixes.

B - Break out the good stuff.

C - Call some friends over, & "Rock Tha House".

No further reports to follow. Have deserted to Earth. Suckers.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: How Bad Will It Be If We Hit The Debt Ceiling? (NY Times Blog)
The odds of a self-inflicted US debt crisis now look pretty good: hard-line Republicans are eager to hold the economy hostage, Democrats are in no mood to make concessions, and Trump is both spiteful and ignorant. So it looks fairly likely that by October or so there will come a day when the U.S. government stops paying some of its bills, including interest on debt.

Josh Marshall: The Mystery Of Nicole Mincey (TPM)
Around the same time, I noticed that Mincey's tweets had been showing up high in Trump's twitter threads. And as I mentioned in this tweet from Saturday evening, while I wasn't sure whatever details there were about her, the accounts had all the tell-tale signs of a grift, most notably because of the stylized personal presentation and the focus on a Trump store where this woman - probably better to call her a "persona" - sold all manner of low-tier Trump shirts, hats, hoodies, etc.

Robin Wright: Why Is Donald Trump Still So Horribly Witless About the World? (New Yorker)
Max Boot, a lifelong conservative who advised three Republican Presidential candidates on foreign policy, keeps a folder labelled "Trump Stupidity File" on his computer. It's next to his "Trump Lies" file. "Not sure which is larger at this point," he told me this week. "It's neck-and-neck."

Harold Pollack: We have a political problem no one wants to talk about: very old politicians (Vox)
Death, disability, and mental impairment are among the statistically predictable risks.

Alvin Chang: We analyzed 17 months of Fox & Friends Transcripts. It's far weirder than state-run media. (Vox)
How the Fox morning show evolved into Donald Trump's posse.

T.J. Clark: Picasso and Tragedy (London Review of Books)
For some reason - no doubt for many reasons, some of them accidental or external to the work itself - Picasso's painting has become an essential, or anyway recurring, point of reference for human beings in fear for their lives.

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Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

What does a person with Ailurophobia fear?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Born Christine Anne Perfect, this British singer, keyboardist, and songwriter is known for her smoky, low alto vocals and her direct but poignant lyrics. By what name is she known professionally?

       Christine McVie                                                      Source

Christine Anne Perfect (born 12 July 1943), known professionally as Christine McVieafter her marriage to John McVie, is a British singer, keyboardist, and songwriter. She is best known as the keyboardist and co-lead vocalist of the band Fleetwood Mac, which she joined in 1970 while married to bassist McVie, she has also released three solo albums. McVie is known for her smoky, low alto vocals and her direct but poignant lyrics, which are mostly concerned with relationships. AllMusic describes her as an "Unabashedly easy-on-the-ears singer/songwriter, and the prime mover behind some of Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits." Eight of her songs appeared on Fleetwood Mac's 1988 Greatest Hits album.

In 1998 McVie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The same year, after almost 30 years with the band, she opted to leave and lived in semi-retirement for the next few years, releasing only one solo album in 2004. McVie appeared on stage with Fleetwood Mac at London's O2 Arena in September 2013 and rejoined the band officially in January 2014. Her first shows since her return came during Fleetwood Mac's On with the Show tour in October 2014. In 2014 she received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   I'm thinking Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac.

Randall wrote:
   Fleetwood Mac's
  Christine McVie

Alan J answered:
   Christine McVie.

Stephen F said:
   Christine McVie

David of Moon Valley replied:
   just saw she and Lindsey Buckingham up in Murphys, CA couplefew weeks back...the one and only Christine McVie

Gene responded:
   Christine McVie.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Christine McVie

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Christine McVie."

Adam answered:
   Christine McVie

Daniel in The City said:
   Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac fame.

Deborah replied:
   Is it Christine McVie?
  I'm old enough to remember when Fleetwood Mac was more of a blues band and less pop music.
  Another cooler-than-usual day. I could get used to this.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   Christine McVie

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali wrote:
   Christine McVie formerly of Chicken Shack

Dave in Tucson said:
   Would Christine Anne Perfect happen to be Chrissie Hynde?

I'll Stand by You with Jeff Beck

Mystery Train with Jeff Beck

  Yes, I've been a major Jeff Beck fan for decades.

zorch replied:
   Christie McVie

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

Joe S     took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

mj took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  August 9 Birthdays - Celebrities Born August 9 | Famous Birthdays

MAM     In memory.



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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

The Trump administration's solution to climate change: ban the term | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian

Some still attack Darwin and evolution. How can science fight back? | Jules Howard | Opinion | The Guardian

'Flash drought' in High Plains may devastate half the wheat harvest-Warming saps protein from crops

Federal Scientists' Startling Climate Report Released Before Trump Can Bury It | HuffPost

An anonymous couple donated $6.5 million to build a new Planned Parenthood facility in Minnesota

Trump considering privatizing Afghanistan military ops, massive contract to Blackwater founder

Wells Fargo Racketeering Continues Apace, Without Restraint

How The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized American Breakfast : The Salt : NPR

The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control - BBC News

Opinion: Brutal new poll shows that Trump's safe space is shrinking - SFGate

Disney Dumps Netflix for Own Service, Plans Online ESPN (2) - SFGate

Safe Space: Trump Requires Folders Full of Positive News, Tweets, and Pictures of Himself Twice a Day

The President's Body Language Negated His Rhetoric

I Made a Person While Doing Everything Else Men Do. Tell Me Again How Women Are Inferior to Men.

Donald Trump Signs Executive Order on His "Fire and Fury"

Thanks, Michelle!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

You're not imagining it: the rich really are hoarding economic growth - Vox

Trump's Warning To North Korea Called 'Exactly Wrong' And 'Reckless' | HuffPost

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats - POLITICO Magazine

The Real History of American Immigration - POLITICO Magazine

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

The Congressional Map Has A Record-Setting Bias Against Democrats | FiveThirtyEight

Federal Scientists' Startling Climate Report Released Before Trump Can Bury It | HuffPost

Captain 'Sully' jumps into fight over air traffic control | TheHill

FCC exploits loophole to push massive expansion of pro-Trump Sinclair Broadcasting -

Conservative Media Voices Line Up Against Trump-Friendly Sinclair's Purchase Of Tribune | HuffPost



Reader Comment

Current Events

Stuart shared the link below. I'm not sure of the veracity, but it fits his narcissism so perfectly that I believe it...And it disgusts me.

Trump gets a folder full of positive news about himself twice a day - VICE News

Kathy shared the link below--it's a timeline of Predator's and his people's Russian connections. Gobsmacking:

Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump

Fire and fury like the world has never seen???

Has anyone told that to the Japanese? Bet that gives them pause to laugh at Predator's ignorance of history--as the touching series of photos you featured showed, August 6 was the anniversary of our bombing Hiroshima! I think they know a bit about fire and fury. And the world does not need us to use nuclear weapons again!

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

Thanks, Linda (& Kathy & Stuart)!



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

Running late.

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 Robert Pattinson, David Tennant, and Niecy Nash.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Blunt.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'The Carmichael Show', then another FRESH 'The Carmichael Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Brie Larson, Marlon Wayans, and Brett Eldredge.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Colin Jost, Michael Che, Brian Knappenberger, and Venzella Joy.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/17/17) are Joseph Fiennes, No Parents, Chris Shiflett, and Eugene Mirman.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by a RERUN 'Speechless', then the FRESH 'The Story Of Diana'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Jim Parsons, Damson Idris, and the War on Drugs.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a RERUN 'Supernatural'.

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 2 hours of old 'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', then another FRESH 'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH 'The Lowe Files', and another 'Wahlburgers'.

AMC offers the movie 'Focus', followed by the movie 'GoodFellas'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 3-Robot of Sherwood
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-Listen
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 5-Time Heist
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 6-The Caretaker
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 7-Kill the Moon
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 8-Mummy on the Orient Express
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Maneuvers
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Resistance
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Prototype
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Alliances
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Threshold
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Dreadnought
 [7:00PM]    VAN HELSING (2004)
 [11:05PM]    VAN HELSING (2004)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Maneuvers
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Resistance
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Prototype
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Alliances    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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', 'Sweet Home Oklahoma', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Hood Adjacent With James Davis', 'South Park', another 'South Park', and still another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show it's "Trump's Best, Smartest People: Such Great People".

FX has the movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', followed by a FRESH 'Snowfall'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Pardon My Scotch
 [6:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Back to the Woods
 [7:00AM]    CONEHEADS
 [11:00AM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [1:00PM]    CONEHEADS
 [3:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Uncomfortable Ball Stuff
 [3:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Story
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [4:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [5:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [10:00PM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Last Year You Weren't 40
 [10:30PM]    PORTLANDIA-Carrie Dates a Hunk
 [1:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Last Year You Weren't 40
 [1:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Carrie Dates a Hunk
 [4:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Uncomfortable Ball Stuff
 [5:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Story
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    All in the Family-Stretch Cunningham, Goodbye
 [6:45AM]    All in the Family-The Joys of Sex
 [7:20AM]    All in the Family-Mike, the Pacifist
 [7:55AM]    All in the Family-Fire
 [8:30AM]    All in the Family-Mike and Gloria Split
 [9:05AM]    Thelma & Louise
 [12:05PM]    My Girl
 [2:32PM]    Alice in Wonderland
 [5:00PM]    Edward Scissorhands
 [7:30PM]    Overboard
 [10:00PM]    Transparent-Pilot
 [10:44PM]    Transparent-The Letting Go
 [11:25PM]    Transparent
 [12:06AM]    Overboard
 [2:36AM]    Transparent-Pilot
 [3:20AM]    Transparent-The Letting Go
 [4:01AM]    Transparent-Rollin'
 [4:42AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Bringing Up Opie
 [5:17AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Bully
 [5:52AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Replacement    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', followed by a FRESH 'Blood Drive'.

FRESH 'Samantha Bee'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Wesley Snipes, Louie Anderson, and Drew Lynch.

TCM spends 24 hours with Sandra Dee
 [6:00 AM]      Until They Sail (1957)
 [8:00 AM]      Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding! (1967)
 [10:00 AM]      The Wild And The Innocent (1959)
 [12:00 PM]      The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
 [1:45 PM]      A Summer Place (1959)
 [4:00 PM]      Gidget (1959)
 [5:45 PM]      Imitation of Life (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      That Funny Feeling (1965)
 [10:00 PM]      The Restless Years (1958)
 [12:00 AM]      Romanoff and Juliet (1961)
 [2:00 AM]      Tammy Tell Me True (1961)
 [4:00 AM]      The Dunwich Horror (1970)

Thursday   -  08/10/17

TCM spends 24 hours with Sidney Poitier
 [6:00 AM]      Brother John (1971)
 [8:00 AM]      A Warm December (1972)
 [10:00 AM]      Good-Bye, My Lady (1956)
 [12:00 PM]      Edge of the City (1957)
 [2:00 PM]      Something Of Value (1957)
 [4:00 PM]      Buck and the Preacher (1972)
 [6:00 PM]      A Patch Of Blue (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      To Sir, With Love (1967)
 [10:00 PM]      The Defiant Ones (1958)
 [12:00 AM]      In the Heat of the Night (1967)
 [2:00 AM]      The Bedford Incident (1965)
 [4:00 AM]      Cry, the Beloved Country (1952)

USA has a FRESH 'The Sinner'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jul. 12, 1984) - Miss Piggy, Howie Mandel, and Dr. John McCosker.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

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Actor Jeffrey Tambor (C) poses with writer Mitchell Hurwitz (R) and Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR at Amazon Studios, after unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 8, 2017.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Netflix Series

David Letterman

'David Letterman's new Netflix interview series has been purpose-built to suit his talent in conducting long-form interviews and probing complicated subjects that are of interest to him.

On the heels of Netflix unveiling a deal for a six-episode series, Letterman told Variety that the untitled show came together in a "segmented" way as he began speaking to potential partners about the kind of program he wanted to tackle for the post-"Late Show" chapter of his career. The late-night legend credits the partners at production entity RadicalMedia, his CAA rep Bryan Lourd, and Netflix executives with assembling the basic structure of the show that he hopes to begin shooting in September.

"I got tired of people saying 'What do you want to do?,' " Letterman said. "I did what I wanted to do for 30-plus years. Netflix and the Radical brothers put this show idea together. The thing I like about it is that it fits exactly what I want to do and it's with people I'm fond of working with. It's not 10 hours a day, five days a week."

Letterman said he was encouraged to make the Netflix deal after an enriching experience fronting an episode of National Geographic Channel's "Years of Living Dangerously" series in which he traveled to India to examine primitive living conditions. He greatly enjoyed the depth of reporting and production resources brought to that episode in an effort to understand the challenges of bringing electrical power to the most impoverished regions.

David Letterman


Hundreds of visitors sample 900 different real ales, craft beers international beers, ciders at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival, August 8, 2017 in London, England.
Photo by Amer Ghazzal


Broadway Debut

Amy Schumer

US actress and comedian Amy Schumer is to make her Broadway debut this fall in an odd-ball comedy written by Steve Martin about two couples going into marital free-fall.

Set in the 1990s on a hot California night, "Meteor Shower" will star Schumer as one half of the two couples who dine together and end up watching a cosmic shower of smoldering rocks.

"I am more thrilled than thrilled about this announcement," Martin tweeted of the production. "An impeccable cast."

The Hollywood actor, writer and producer told The New York Times he recruited 36-year-old Schumer by approaching her at a party at her house and asking her to read the script.

The play's director will be Jerry Zaks, whose glitzy revival of "Hello, Dolly!" won four Tony awards, including best actress in a musical for legendary star Bette Midler.

Amy Schumer


Newhead News



Sinclair Tribune Deal

Dish Network Corp has joined forces with conservative media, trade and liberal advocacy groups in urging U.S. authorities to reject Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.

Opponents of the deal, according to petitions filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made public on Tuesday, say it will raise prices while narrowing content and news viewing choices for millions of Americans.

Some petitions say the proposed acquisition or merger will also give Sinclair too much influence over local news content.

Sinclair, which already owns 173 U.S. television stations, announced plans in May to acquire Tribune's 42 TV stations in 33 markets as well as cable network WGN America and digital multicast network Antenna TV, extending its reach to 72 percent of American households.

Sinclair would control far more stations than any of its competitors if the Tribune deal goes forward. In April, the company also announced plans to acquire 18 stations in five states owned and operated by Bonten Media Group.

Sinclair Tribune Deal


A supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga wears oranges, the party's symbol and color, and holds a placard of Odinga, at his final electoral campaign rally in Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.
Photo by Ben Curtis


CNN Commentator Quits To Present Trump News


Donald Trump (R-Doll Hands) has been accused of creating propaganda that masquerades as news by publishing his new "real news" channel, which airs on his Facebook page.

It appears to be part of his war on what he calls the "Fake News Media" - fed up of the news on mainstream channels, he's decided to make his own.

His first presenter was his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, who sang the praises of the President in front of a backdrop emblazoned with his name.

The following week, CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany announced she was taking a mysterious new role, and quitting her job.

Then, she was seen fronting his 'news of the week' show, and said the 'real news' was that Donald Trump was doing well.



Digby's Hullabaloo


'Classified' Intelligence


Donald Trump (R-Crooked) tweeted out a link to a Fox News report about North Korea that contained what U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said was "classified" information. Haley said on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday that she could not discuss the story.

The president, who tweeted the Fox News report about an hour before Haley's interview aired, did not add any comment to the link.

"What can you tell us about that [story]?" "Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy asked Haley.

"I can't," Haley said. "I can't talk about anything that's classified, and if that's in the newspaper, that's a shame, but…"

The Fox News report was based on two anonymous U.S. officials. Trump has repeatedly called out media outlets for using anonymous sources, his most recent criticism coming Monday about the "failing nytimes" and their "non-existent sources."



Rain and lightning bolts hammer the desolate terrain of Monument Valley, Ariz.
Photo by Jennifer Khordi


Oink. Oink. Oink.

Julian Assange

Julian Assange has offered the Google employee who was fired for writing an anti-diversity memo a job at Wikileaks.

Assange, who is currently in the Ecuadorian embassy, tweeted multiple times in support of James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo which went viral.

He said: "Censorship is for losers. @WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore.

"Women & men deserve respect. That includes not firing them for politely expressing ideas but rather arguing back."

He had previously tweeted: "Identity politics 2.0 wars come to Google. Oh no. But mass spying is fine since its equal opportunity predation."

Julian Assange


US Military Bases Can Now Shoot Down

Private Drones

The Pentagon has issued new guidance to the military allowing installations in the United States to shoot down commercial or private drones deemed to be a threat, officials said Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the various branches of the military received the new guidance on Friday, and this would be passed on to bases across the country.

While details of the new policy remain classified, Davis said personnel on bases that have been designated no-fly areas can now target unmanned aircraft deemed to be a threat to people, facilities or other assets.

The new shoot-down guidelines build on FAA restrictions put in place in April that restricted drone use over 133 military bases.

Private Drones


Donkeys wearing masks depicting Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta stand during a Jubilee Party election rally in Nairobi, Kenya, July 21, 2017.
Photo by Baz Ratner


Win For Oil Drillers

Sage Grouse

The U.S. Interior Department on Monday launched an overhaul to an Obama-era plan to protect sage grouse that it says aims to both preserve the species of bird while expanding opportunities for oil development in western states where they live.

The move is a win for the drilling industry which had long argued that the plan developed by former President Barack Obama was too restrictive, but a setback for conservation groups concerned the Interior Department under Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) is watering down wildlife protections.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a memo on Monday directed his deputy David Bernhardt to make nine broad changes to the program. In June Zinke stated the sage grouse protection program needed to be revised to "protect sage grouse and its habitat while also ensuring conservation efforts do not impede local economic opportunities."

The recommendations are intended to give states more flexibility to deal with habitat management, waivers, and mineral leasing and development. (

Environmental groups protested the move, saying it might lead to unraveling a complex and delicately balanced strategy that took federal agencies years to negotiate with state and local governments, scientists, ranchers and other private interests.

Sage Grouse


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 31-Aug 6. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 13.33 million.
    2. "Game of Thrones," HBO, 10.17 million.
    3. NFL Pre-Season: Arizona Vs. Dallas, NBC, 8.25 million.
    4. NFL Pre-Season Pre-Kick, NBC, 7.06 million.
    5. "World of Dance," NBC, 7.00 million.
    6. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.58 million.
    7. "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.55 million.
    8. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.46 million.
    9. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.42 million.
   10. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.19 million.
   11. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 6.01 million.
   12. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 5.88 million.
   13. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 5.76 million.
   14. "NCIS," CBS, 5.69 million.
   15. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 5.39 million.
   16. Program Break, HBO, 5.26 million.
   17. "Bull," CBS, 5.24 million.
   18. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 5.03 million.
   19. "America's Got Talent" (Wed), NBC, 4.80 million.
   20. "Kevin Can Wait" (Thur), CBS, 4.59 million.




In Memory

Haruo Nakajima

The man behind the monster has died: Haruo Nakajima, who wore the Godzilla bodysuit for every Godzilla film from the original to 1972's Godzilla vs. Gigan, has died at 88.

Nakajima's career began in samurai and war films, notably Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa and Eagle of the Pacific. He landed the Godzilla role starting with 1954's Godzilla, King of the Monsters, directed by Ishiro Honda.

In an April interview, Nakajima explained how the original 1954 Godzilla costume was created from ready-mixed concrete, since commodities like rubber were in short supply after WWII. As a result, the actor was forced to wear a suit that weighed up to 100 kilos. Nakajima added that he was given little direction on how to portray the monster, and conducted his own research by studying animals in the Tokyo zoo.

Nakajima took on the monster role in more than just Godzilla films, however. As the principal suit actor for Toho, he also played Mothra in 1961 and King Kong in 1967's King Kong Escapes, among many other Japanese kaiju roles such as War of the Gargantuas and Frankenstein Conquers the World. In his later years, Nakajima attended Japanese monster conventions, including several across the United States, and wrote a Japanese language autobiography Monster Life: Haruo Nakajima, the Original Godzilla Actor, which was published in 2010.

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Glen Campbell, the affable superstar singer of "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81.

In the late 1960s and well into the '70s, the Arkansas native was seemingly everywhere with his boyish face, wavy hair and friendly tenor. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No. 1 songs with "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights."

His performance of the title song from the 1969 film "True Grit," in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar winner John Wayne, received an Academy Award nomination. He twice won album of the year awards from the Academy of Country Music and was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Seven years later, he received a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

He released more than 70 of his own albums, and in the 1990s recorded a series of gospel CDs. A 2011 farewell album, "Ghost On the Canvas," included contributions from Jacob Dylan, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins.

Campbell's musical career dated back to the early years of rock 'n roll. He toured with the Champs of "Tequila" fame when the group included two singers who formed the popular '70s duo Seals & Crofts. He was part of the house band for the ABC TV show "Shindig!" and a member of Phil Spector's "Wrecking Crew" studio band that played on hits by the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers and the Crystals. He played guitar on Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In the Night," the Monkees' "I'm a Believer" and Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas."

He was just 4 when he learned to play guitar. As a teenager, anxious to escape a life of farm work and unpaid bills, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join his uncle's band and appear on his uncle's radio show. By his early 20s, he had formed his own group, the Western Wranglers, and moved to Los Angeles. He opened for the Doors and sang and played bass with the Beach Boys as a replacement for Brian Wilson, who in the mid-'60s had retired from touring to concentrate on studio work. In 1966, Campbell played on the Beach Boys' classic "Pet Sounds" album.

By the late '60s, he was a performer on his own, an appearance on Joey Bishop's show leading to his TV breakthrough. Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers saw the program and asked Campbell if he'd like to host a summertime series, "The Summer Brothers Smothers Show." Campbell shied from the Smothers Brothers' political humor, but still accepted the offer. He was out of the country when the first episode aired.

He was married four times and had eight children. As he would confide in painful detail, Campbell suffered for his fame and made others suffer as well. He drank heavily, used drugs and indulged in a turbulent relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker in the early 1980s.

He is survived by his wife, Kim; their three children, Cal, Shannon and Ashley; and his children from previous marriages, Debby, Kelli, Travis, Kane and Dillon. He had 10 grandchildren.

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Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant, died on Monday at age 39, Zoo Atlanta said.

Chantek, who was taught by a trainer who raised him like her own child, was being treated for heart disease, the zoo said in a statement. A necropsy will determine the cause of death.

Chantek, one of the oldest male orangutans in North American zoos, was born at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta. He was sent to live with anthropologist Lyn Miles at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for about nine years.

Chantek learned to clean his room, make and use tools and could direct a driving route from the university to a Dairy Queen restaurant, according to a 2014 PBS documentary, "The Ape Who Went to College."

Chantek was among a handful of primates who could communicate using American Sign Language, along with Koko, a gorilla, and Washoe, a female chimpanzee.

He was transferred to Zoo Atlanta in 1997 and frequently used sign language to communicate with keepers, the zoo said. But he was shy about signing with people he did not know and often used communication more typical of orangutans, such as vocalizations and hand gestures, it said.




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