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23 August, 2017

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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - December 16th, 2015

Four December Mashup Albums

From DJ Useo

One of my favorite things ever is a fine mashup album. Strangely, there's fewer, & fewer of them available nowadays. I'm now presenting to you four new ones that've recently appeared. All four are by established bootleggers with a proven track record when it comes to creating an entire album. Allow me now to briefly describe each album, & link you to their gratis goodies.

01 - "Happy Cat Disco's Litter Box Collection (2015)" . A collection of 30 unpublished mashups from 2015 .

HCD says of his own collection "About 20% of my mashups never get published for various reasons.

I've decided to combine these into a yearly compilation album I call the Litter Box Collection!"

These are all inventive, & memorable mashups that I'm enjoying very much. I think you will too.
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02 - S.I.R. - "Strictly 2015: Songs From The Dock" . S.I.R. has been making great mainstream mashups for many years now, so this new album comes very welcome to me. All the tracks are prerelease tested, & wonderful to hear. S.I.R. says "My new compilation album 'Strictly 2015: Songs From The Dock' is OUT NOW! Hope you'll like it and spread the news :) "
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03 - DJNoNo - "Ballroom" album . DJNoNo is a fine veteran of the bootleg wars with many a great past release. Of this new record, he says "As part of my last mashups I finished this project, started 10 years ago with 'Stripper Jackson' and 'Cha Cha Like It's Hot'. This presents them in remixed or HQ form and 7 other new tunes. Mixing ballroom music - big band, jazz, bossa nova, exotica, swing, easy listening and classical pops - with hip hop and r n' b years before the term electroswing was invented, I'm surprised no-one has done an album concept like this in the last decade? It's very Crumpl."
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04 - ToToM - "Kanye of the Stone Age (album)" . ToToM is a proven commodity when it comes to inventive, successful mashups. That talent shows thought this swell collection. Each track is instrumentals of Queens of the Stone Age, & acapellas from Kanye West . The melded effect is extremely rewarding. Treat yourself to the best.
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There you go, four fantastic free records! Mashups do you right once more!

I'll be back next Wednesday with more.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Josh Marshall: Trump Is Killing McConnell In Kentucky (TPM)
A few moments ago I noticed a new PPP poll showing that Mitch McConnell seems to have been damaged significantly in his home state of Kentucky by the effort to repeal Obamacare. The number that caught my eye was that McConnell has an astonishing 74% disapproval rating with just 18% approving of his performance in office. A hypothetical Democrat beats him by 7 percentage points. But that only tells part of the story.

Andrew Tobias: The Wheel of Civilization
Democrats are not right about everything everywhere all the time. But we're right about putting people to work rebuilding America's infrastructure, which the Republicans would not allow; and we're right about wanting to allow student-loan refinancing at today's low rates, which Republicans would not allow; and we're right that the minimum wage should be raised, which the Republicans fight tooth and nail; and we're right that the road to affordable health requires improving Obamacare, not sabotaging it - let alone carving out from it a massive tax cut for the wealthy. And we're right in being horrified by both the character of the President and his incompetence ….

MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF: How to Make Fun of Nazis (NY Times)
Germany is not America. For one, neo-Nazis aren't allowed to carry assault rifles through the streets there, let alone display swastikas. But we do have similar examples of humor being used to counteract fascists in the United States. In 2012, a "white power" march in Charlotte, N.C., was met with counterprotesters dressed as clowns. They held signs reading "wife power" and threw "white flour" into the air.

Emma S. Ketteringham: Live in a Poor Neighborhood? Better Be a Perfect Parent. (NY Times)
Eline's children feared going to sleep in the closet of their studio apartment, but it was the only place they would be safe from the rats. Covered in blankets from neck to toe, Eline would keep an eye on the kitchen entrance and followed the sounds of the rodents rummaging in the cupboards.

Margaret Atwood: "Voyage to the Otherworld: A New Eulogy for Ray Bradbury" (Paris Review)
At the end of February 2012, I was sitting in a bar in the Chicago Hilton, discussing Ray Bradbury. I was staying at the Hilton, and in a moment of Bradburian weirdness, I had been put into the suite where President Obama saw on TV that he had just won the U.S. presidential election.

Sam Leith: "Inspiration, procrastination and the importance of pens: how writers write" (Spectator)
Authors reveal their hugely contrasting routines for getting words on the page.

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Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

One of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music, this British musician has 7 Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and as a solo artist (2009). What is his name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This American dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer, whose career spanned over 7 decades, was born Frederick Austerlitz. By what name is he more famously known?

       Fred Astaire                                                      Source

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 - June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter.

His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films and several television specials and issued numerous recordings. As a dancer, he is best remembered for his sense of rhythm, his perfectionism, and as the dancing partner and on-screen romantic interest of Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals. Astaire was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fifth greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema in 100 Years... 100 Stars.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   An American dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer whose career spanned over seven decades would have to be Fred Astaire no matter what his birth name was.

Randall wrote:
   Fred Astaire

Alan J answered:
   Fred Astaire.

mj said:
   As good as he was Ginger still did it backward in heels. And who can forget his turn as Alistair Mundy, Alexander's (Robert Wagner's) dad in It takes a Thief?
  The ever exuberant Fred Astaire.

Stephen F replied:
   Fred Astaire

Gene responded:
   Fred Astaire. His dancing was amazing, but I liked his singing even more.

Harry M. wrote:
   Fred Astaire

Adam answered:
   Fred Astaire

Marilyn from Traverse City said:
   One of my favorites of all time, he Fred Astaire with his great dance partner Ginger Rogers.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Fred Astaire

Deborah responded:
   My WAG is Fred Astaire. I think I remember this question from some years ago.
  Eclipse was fun: the dogs, after a walk, slept, I enjoyed an adult beverage and a book on the patio, watching tiny crescents through the leaves of my patio trees. The birds stopped flying and singing. It was quite a thing.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Fred Astaire."

Billy in Cypress wrote:
   Fred Astaire

Dave in Tucson said:
   I'm going to guess Frederick Austerlitz morphed into Fred Astaire. Who danced frontwards and not in high heels.


zorch replied:
   Fred Astaire.

Daniel in The City responded:
   Fred Astaire

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Fred Astaire…Terrump will keep the Afghan War going as long as he is still in office…remember he doesn't lose ever!

Joe S     wrote:
   That guy can be no other than Fred Astaire. I don't have a big affinity for dancers, but I do like Astaire and Ray Bolger. Well, I did like them when they were alive.

DJ Useo took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

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

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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MAM     In memory.



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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

The scheme to pump desert water to L.A. could destroy the Mojave. California's Legislature needs to block it - LA Times

Silicon Valley Flocks to Foiling, Racing Above the Bay's Waves - The New York Times

Who Is Really Making 'Chihuly Art'? - The New York Times

The 7-second rule: How not to be singled out on the street by a predator -

Robert Reich: Here's what's better than removing Donald Trump -

India court bans Islamic instant divorce in huge win for women's rights | World news | The Guardian

BBC - Culture - Why Some Like It Hot is the greatest comedy ever made

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

Trump Pardon Of Joe Arpaio Would Be A 'Bull Horn' Calling All Racists, Critics Say | HuffPost

Billy Joel Wears Star Of David During Sold-Out Show In NYC | HuffPost

The Confederate General Who Was Erased | HuffPost

Redefining 'Drug Bust': German Police Seize 5,000 Pills In Shape Of President Donald Trump's Head : The Two-Way : NPR

Irish Bishops Advise Priests With Children How To 'Face Up' To Responsibilities : The Two-Way : NPR

American Science And The Nazis : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

WATCH: New McConnell Super Pac Ad Pounds Flake Opponent Kelli Ward's "Crazy Ideas"

New Poll: Trump Supporters Handing Virginia to the Democrats?

Bail Reform on America's Justice System - NBC News

3 Ways Virtual Reality Is Transforming Medical Care | NBC News

More than 80 whales killed by ship collisions every year, study says - SFGate

Ben Carson's magical thinking at HUD is destroying public housing for America's neediest

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Reader Comment

Current Events

Woman outside the Predator rally waiting to get in and proudly displaying her sign that says McCain is a Traitor. We know Predator has never served a day in the military or government service before the election. Wonder if that woman or her husband have given any service; great way to toss around the word traitor about a man who is NOT whereas we still don't have the final word about Predator and Russia!

Linda   >^..^<
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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Anyone With An L.A. Public Library Card Can Stream The Criterion Collection: LAist

The Trump Impeachment

Steve Bannon Is Gone, But His Bigotry Stays in the White House | The Intercept

History Will Remember the Republicans Who Appeased Trump | New Republic

Australia Man Hails Drag Queens As 'Angels' After They Fight Off His Homophobic Attackers | HuffPost

The Right Is Falling for Its Own Fake Antifa Accounts | Gizmodo

Pro-Trump Rallies in 36 States Canceled, Will Be Held As Online Demonstrations | Gizmodo

U.S. may sanction Pakistani officials with ties to terrorists, Trump official says - POLITICO

Trump has a secret plan to "win" in Afghanistan and wants us to trust him. Let's not! -

Arpaio keeping his calendar clear for possible Trump pardon - POLITICO

Taibbi: Why Trump Can't Quit the Alt-Right - Rolling Stone

Trump Administration Dissolves Federal Climate Advisory Committee | HuffPost

Forbes' List Of Highest-Earning Actors Shows Just How Big The Hollywood Pay Gap Is | HuffPost

FACT CHECK: Did Trump's Grandfather Beg The Government of Bavaria Not To Deport Him? | Snopes

DOJ drops request for IP addresses from Trump resistance site | TheHill

Breitbart defends white supremacists on Bannon's first week back - ThinkProgress

A picture of Afghan women in miniskirts helped convince Trump to send more troops - ThinkProgress

Trump rejects wealthy friends' pleas for help - POLITICO

Paul Ryan Faces Off with Catholic Nun at CNN Town Hall About Healthcare

Trump Has A Harsher Condemnation For The Media Than For White Supremacists | HuffPost



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

The electric company left a note on the front door informing us that the power will be off for at least 8 hours Thursday (tomorrow) - they're replacing power poles. Ack.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH 'Salvation', then a RERUN 'Criminal Minds'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 7/27/16) are Samantha Bee, Gillian Jacobs, and Spoon.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 6/8/17) are David Beckham, Emily Blunt, and Harry Styles.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'Marlon', then another FRESH 'Marlon', followed by a RERUN 'L&O: SVU'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 7/26/17) are John Boyega, Rhett & Link, Kygo featuring and Ellie Goulding.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 7/25/17) are Kelly Ripa, Fred Savage, Ahamed Weinberg, and Brad Wilk.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/10/17) are Kathryn Hahn, Froth, and Lucy Gillespie.

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'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 8/2/17) are David Alan Grier and R.Lum.R.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef'.

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

A&E has 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', another 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', then another FRESH 'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH 'The Lowe Files', and another 'The Lowe Files'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Godfather', followed by the movie 'The Godfather: Part II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-Partners in Crime
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-The Fires of Pompeii
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Planet of the Ood
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 4-The Sontaran Stratagem-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 5-The Poison Sky-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 6-The Doctor's Daughter
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-Tuvix
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Basics, Pt. 2
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-Flashback
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Chute
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-The Swarm
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-False Profits
 [8:00PM]    STAND BY ME (1986)
 [10:00PM]    STAND BY ME (1986)
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-Tuvix
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Basics, Pt. 2
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-Flashback

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', then a FRESH 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Odd Mom Out', and 'Real Housewives Of NYC'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 3 hours of old 'South Park', and 'Broad City'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show are Bryan Stevenson and Andra Day.

FX has the movie 'Lone Survivor', followed by the movie 'Taken 3', then a FRESH 'Snowfall'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:15AM]    PORTLANDIA-Amore
 [10:45AM]    AMERICAN PIE 2
 [3:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [3:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Leo Loves Kitty
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie's Cheese Squeeze
 [4:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Class Picture
 [5:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Prank Day
 [10:00PM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-If the Killer is Watching
 [10:30PM]    PORTLANDIA-Separation Anxiety
 [11:00PM]    AMERICAN PIE
 [1:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-If the Killer is Watching
 [1:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Separation Anxiety
 [4:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Portland Secedes
 [5:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Ants
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Passenger Rating    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Grand Opening6:45AMAll in the Family-Archie's Road Back
 [7:20AM]    All in the Family-Archie and the Ku Klun
 [7:55AM]    All in the Family-Mike and Gloria Meet
 [8:30AM]    The Usual Suspects
 [11:00AM]    Stand by Me
 [1:00PM]    Misery
 [3:30PM]    Se7en
 [6:30PM]    The Da Vinci Code
 [10:00PM]    Transparent-The Symbolic Exemplar
 [10:42PM]    Transparent-Best New Girl
 [11:25PM]    Transparent-Looking Up
 [12:06AM]    The Da Vinci Code
 [3:36AM]    Transparent-The Symbolic Exemplar
 [4:18AM]    Transparent-Best New Girl
 [5:01AM]    Transparent-Looking Up
 [5:42AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Mr. McBeevee    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Lake Placid 2', followed by the movie 'Faster', then a FRESH 'Blood Drive'.

Samantha Bee is a RERUN.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Kathy Bates and Aquiles Chavez.

TCM spends 24 hours with Greer Garson
 [6:00 AM]      Desire Me (1947)
 [7:45 AM]      Her Twelve Men (1954)
 [9:30 AM]      The Law and the Lady (1951)
 [11:15 AM]      Scandal at Scourie (1953)
 [1:00 PM]      Mrs. Miniver (1942)
 [3:15 PM]      Adventure (1945)
 [5:30 PM]      Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
 [8:00 PM]      Madame Curie (1943)
 [10:15 PM]      Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
 [12:15 AM]      Pride and Prejudice (1940)
 [2:30 AM]      Strange Lady in Town (1955)
 [4:30 AM]      Remember? (1939)

Thursday   -  08/24/17

TCM spends 24 hours with Dennis Morgan
 [6:00 AM]      Kisses for Breakfast (1941)
 [7:30 AM]      Wings For The Eagle (1942)
 [9:00 AM]      God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
 [10:30 AM]      Shine on Harvest Moon (1944)
 [12:30 PM]      Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
 [2:30 PM]      The Very Thought Of You (1944)
 [4:30 PM]      It's a Great Feeling (1949)
 [6:15 PM]      Two Guys From Milwaukee (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      The Desert Song (1944)
 [10:00 PM]      The Hard Way (1942)
 [12:00 AM]      My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
 [2:00 AM]      Pretty Baby (1950)
 [4:00 AM]      The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)

USA has a FRESH 'Suits', followed by a FRESH 'The Sinner'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Aug. 23, 1991) - David Steinberg and Kenneth Brangh.

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Pro-Trump supporters face off with peace activists during protests outside a Donald Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. August 22, 2017.
Photo by Sandy Huffaker


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Donated $1 Million

George and Amal Clooney

George and Amal Clooney have donated $1 million in a partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to help fight hate groups in the US after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to The Guardian.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice - which has helped fund schools for Syrian refugees in Lebanon in the past - was co-founded by the actor and his wife, a human rights lawyer, in 2016 "to advance justice in courtrooms, classrooms and communities around the world." The $1 million grant will help the SPLC monitor and combat extremist groups and white supremacist organizations in the US - the nonprofit organization currently tracks over 1,600 extremist groups.

"We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States. What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate," George and Amal Clooney said in a statement.

In a controversial rebranding move, the Trump administration decided to steer current government counter-extremism efforts that target all forms of violent extremism - including violence committed by white supremacy groups - toward a sole focus on countering Islamic extremism. > Trump's decision to cut funding that targets right-wing extremism has left a void that organizations like the Clooney Foundation are working to fill.

Trump has faced plenty of backlash following his lukewarm response to the violence that transpired after white nationalists staged a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. SPLC president Richard Cohen praised the Clooney Foundation's support and condemned Trump's campaign for enabling the radical right.

George and Amal Clooney


People protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against Donald Trump as panned to host a rally inside the convention center.
Photo by Matt York


Dons Star of David Jacket

Billy Joel

Billy Joel wore a bright yellow Star of David on his black suit during an encore at Madison Square Garden.

Monday's performance by "The Piano Man" came more than a week after a rally by neo-Nazis and other groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended in deadly violence against counterprotesters.

When asked about Joel's attire, his spokeswoman on Tuesday quoted Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Joel joined with Patty Smyth on stage in taking a swipe at President Donald Trump's administration. Photos of fired officials appeared on screen as Smyth sang her hit, "Goodbye to You."

Joel's ex-wife Christie Brinkley and their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, attended the concert. Many of his relatives died in the Holocaust.

Billy Joel


Newhead News


2017's Top 20

Highest-Paid Actors

Forbes released its annual highest-paid actors list for 2017 and there are quite a few newcomers on the list. Overall, the list proves that if you star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you're set for a while.

4. Adam Sandler - Earnings: $50.5 million

3. Vin Diesel - Earnings: $54.4 million

2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - Earnings: $65 million

1 Mark Wahlberg - Earnings: $68 million

Highest-Paid Actors


People protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against Donald Trump as planned to host a rally inside the convention center.
Photo by Matt York


German Police Seize Thousands

'Trump' Ecstasy Tablets

German police say they have seized thousands of tablets of the party drug ecstasy in the shape of Donald Trump's (R-Doll Hands) head, a haul with an estimated street value of $45,900.

Police in Osnabrueck, in northwestern Germany, say they found the drugs while checking an Austrian-registered car on the A30 highway on Saturday.

They say the people in the car, a 51-year-old man and his 17-year-old son, told officers they had been in the Netherlands to buy a vehicle but hadn't succeeded so were returning home.

Officers said they found about 5,000 of the orange, Trump-shaped ecstasy tablets along with a large, but unspecified quantity of cash.

'Trump' Ecstasy Tablets


Closing Print Edition

The Village Voice

The Village Voice, a storied progressive alt-weekly that has watchdogged New York's political and business classes for more than half a century, is ending its print edition, its owner announced Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement is a symbolic blow for alternative weeklies across the United States, which have endured successive cuts and closures in recent years as print advertising revenue has dried up. The Village Voice, founded in 1955, is regarded as one of the first alt-weeklies and counts among its alumni crusading journalists and literary authors such as Wayne Barrett and Norman Mailer.

In a statement, Village Voice owner Peter Barbey said that The Village Voice's website will remain intact and that The Voice "plans to maintain its iconic progressive brand with its digital platform and a variety of new editorial initiatives and a full slate of events that will include The Obie Awards and The Pride Awards."

He called the decision to end the print edition necessary to secure its future.

Alt-weeklies have weathered serious financial headwinds that have sapped their newsrooms and depleted their ranks. Several notable alternative publications, including The Boston Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Philadelphia City paper all folded in the last half-decade as decreasing revenue and circulation took their collective toll.

The Village Voice


Digby's Hullabaloo


Obama Plotted Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Rally

Republican Theory

A Republican state legislator from Idaho is being slammed for sharing a conspiracy theory that accuses former President Barack Obama of helping to organise the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville as part of a plot to sabotage Donald Trump (R-Crooked).

Idaho Representative Bryan Zollinger posted a story on Facebook that suggested that other top Democrats including billionaire George Soros and Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, may have also helped orchestrate the violent rally that led to the death of a young woman earlier this month.

"I'm not saying it is true, but I am suggesting that it is completely plausible," Mr Zollinger wrote on Facebook.

On further reflection, its claims are "probably wrong," Mr Zollinger said, but he continued to describe the claims as "plausible", the newspaper said.

Republican Theory


People protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against Donald Trump as he hosted a rally inside the convention center.
Photo by Matt York


White House Halts Study

Coal Mining

Just over a year ago, then-candidate Donald Trump (R-Buffoon) appeared at a campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia. He spoke to a crowd of more than 10,000 people, many of them waving "Trump Digs Coal" signs, and was joined by the vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, which had just endorsed him for president. Trump made a show of putting on a hard hat and giving a swaggering double thumbs-up.

"If they didn't have ridiculous regulations that put you out of business and make it impossible for you to compete, I'm going to take that off," Trump told the cheering crowd. "You are going to be proud of me."

Now that he's in office, we've begun to see how Trump plans to repay the Appalachian voters who overwhelmingly supported him. In February, he signed legislation to end an Obama-era regulation that would have protected waterways from coal-mining pollution, calling it a "job-killing rule." And on Friday, the Trump's Interior Department ordered a halt to a study on the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining, or MTM, a type of surface mining that removes the land above a coal seam.

Besides tearing up the mountains, the process can lead to extensive pollution from rubble that contains dust and heavy metals being dumped in streams and valleys. There may be associated public health effects, as well: A 2011 study showed that areas near mountaintop-removal mines in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia had higher mortality rates compared to other counties in those states, but the MTM areas also have higher poverty rates, and poverty is linked to higher mortality rates on its own. Experts can't say for sure that mining is to blame over other factors, but that's why they wanted to do more research.

The move fits a pattern for Trump, in which some of his most ardent supporters find themselves out in the cold. For coal-country voters, his proposed 2018 budget would eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission, a government program established in 1965 to provide economic development grants to declining coal-mining communities. Appalachian communities looking for Trump to make them proud of him may be waiting a while.

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Energy Transfer Sues Over Dakota Pipeline


Energy Transfer Partners LP on Tuesday sued Greenpeace and other environmental groups, accusing them of launching an "eco-terrorism" campaign aimed at blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline, the center of months of opposition by Native American and green groups.

ETP said the groups' actions and negative publicity against it, its sister company Energy Transfer Equity LP and other firms caused billions of dollars in damages.

Greenpeace USA General Counsel Tom Wetterer said the company's lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in Bismarck, North Dakota, "abuse(d) the legal system to silence legitimate advocacy work."

In its 231-page filing, Energy Transfer accused Greenpeace and groups like Bank Track and the Bold Alliance of "manufacturing a media spectacle" around Dakota Access pipeline opposition.

Energy Transfer is being represented by the Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman law firm, whose founding partner Marc Kasowitz is Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) lawyer.



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Backers' Reliance On Hoax And Conspiracy Theory Websites


We increasingly live in two Americas. And those two Americas have very separate sources of news.

But the 2016 campaign wasn't just about media polarization and Donald Trump (R-Fabulist) bashing the mainstream press; it was also about dubious information. A new study provides a troubling look at how much websites that peddle fake news and conspiracy theories infected Trump's base of support.

The extensive study, from Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, tracked down the most linked-to news sources on Twitter for supporters of both Trump and Hillary Clinton. The study collected 4.5 million tweets and searched for users who retweeted either Trump or Clinton. From there, it analyzed the URLs that these users shared on their feeds.

Fourth on the list of most-shared sources among Trump supporters on Twitter was Gateway Pundit, a site especially notorious for trafficking in hoaxes and falsehoods. No. 13 on the list was InfoWars, Alex Jones's conspiracy theory website, which is infamous for suggesting the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, among many other things.

Also ranking in the top 15 were two other highly suspect sources of news, the Conservative Treehouse and Truthfeed.



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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 14-20. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 13.44 million.
    2. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 10.89 million.
    3. "Game of Thrones," HBO, 10.24 million.
    4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.80 million.
    5. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.48 million.
    6. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.33 million.
    7. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.28 million.
    8. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 5.90 million.
    9. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 5.88 million. 10. "CMA Fest," ABC, 5.740 million.
   11. "NCIS," CBS, 5.737 million.
   12. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 5.33 million.
   13. "Marlon," NBC, 5.20 million.
   14. "Bachelor in Paradise," ABC, 5.102 million.
   15. "Hollywood Game Night," NBC, 5.098 million.




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