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24 August, 2016

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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - September 19th, 2012

Mashups For De-Evolution Purposes Only

By DJ Useo

...& now comes the moment I told you would arrive. The moment when I reveal what my new monthly mashup album is. It's ' ARE WE NOT MASHED?' (A Mashup Tribute To Devo) ( ) . For most of you, Devo are not an unknown commodity, with over 28 albums released, although for a few of you, Devo are that new band that does the song about Mitt Romneys' dog ( ) . I'm a huge Devo fan, so for me they're the group that were just here in Austin with Blondie.

Certainly,there's a lot of music available nowadays, but when I'm feeling low, no ones tunes pick me up faster than Devos. For a big Devo fan like me, there's never enough new Devo tunes, so it's no wonder I regularly dip into their catalog & work up something on my own that's 'new'. When I was asked to do a track for Envision's annual ' Smash The Genre' compilation ( ) awhile back, nothing struck me as being such strong opposites as Devo's 'Whip It' & Creedance Clearwater Revival's 'Bad Moon Rising'. When I was called upon to do a track for ' 2012 SUMMER BOOTY - The Summer Mashup Album' ( ) , the tunes that had that eternal Summer vibe together for me were Devo's 'Through Being Cool' and The Godfathers' ' She Gives Me Love'. It's only natural for me to ponder how Devo would sound paired with some other cool music.

Similar circumstances appeared during my years of making mashups until I had a swell batch of them using Devo. I applied a bit of effort over the last few months & came up with enough new Devo mashups so I can now release them all as a full disc collection. Among the new tracks are 'Roof Rack Hadron Collider' (Devo vs Mokushi), 'Peek-A-Bop' (Devo vs The Ramones), & 'Experienced Jeepster' (Devo vs T.Rex). I even included a trio of remixes represented by 'Snowball', 'Pity You', & 'Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA'. Devo might not be the most well-known band about, but whenever I make a mashup with them, a significant amount of their fans emerge to enjoy them.

I was speaking to a pal from the far north of Europe who'd never heard of Devo. Apparently, the only song they'd ever hit big with in his part of the world was 1990's ' Post Post-Modern Man' ( ) , a representative track from the group who brought us synthed-up rock & roll with a de-evolutiionized sound, yet one that he'd missed. I hope those of you who already love the Devo brand dig this collection, but I hope even more that many of you will discover an exciting band with a rich discography. I figure the more of us listening, the more music they'll give us.

So, whether you know Devo or not, on this mashup tribute record you'll find exciting Devo music paired up with other music you're sure to be familiar with. Regular Bartcop E contributor Podgornio, The Mashup Pyschic told me you'll all love it, each & every one.

Mix Of The Week

Mr Lovley has released '1990 909 Side B - Oscillations & Reflections' as his latest excellent long piece on the ever-popular mix site BMBX ( ). Mr Lovley says "Earlier this year I posted a bleepy mix of early 1990s electronica (1990 909) that went down well on bmbx, and so I was encouraged to do side B. Instead of just more of the same, I opted to do a Side B consisting of a selection of electronica and chillout tracks that I used to listen to at the same time, cut with a few samples from some of the artists involved. I was a bit hampered by my vinyl being in a loft a few thousand miles away, so there may be a sequel at a later date! This mix is dedicated to anyone who ever went to the legendary Oscillate club nights in Birmingham, where I was fortunate enough to hear many of these tracks for the first time in the perfect setting."

Mashup Tip

Don't take making mashups too seriously. It's only monging.

Latest Useo Thing

To make my regular contributions to the Beatles Remixers Group site ( ) I mixed up two new Beatles mashups. The first is ' Eight Peaches A Week' (The Beatles vs The Stranglers) ( ) ,

& the latter is 'Its All Too Much Machines' (The Beatles vs Mark Reeve & Dean Demanuele And Pig & Dan) ( ) . So you go from Classic Rock vs Punk to Classic Rock vs South Florida underground club. Stream or download today.

Podgornio, The Mashup Psychic Predicts

In October, DJ Local Girl will break the record for Beyonce mashups by developing a successful process to clone mashups.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: What Do The Simple Folk Do? (NY Times Blog)
…the idea that non-college-educated whites are - or ever were! - a repository of traditional values and virtues is silly. Some are, some aren't; they're people, with all the variety you see among people of any class or ethnic group.

Andrew Tobias: Don't Buy the Premise
The truth is, Hillary has the potential to be a great president. She is, for starters, better prepared to assume office than anyone ever before her. She's seen the job close up as First Lady . . . Congress close up as a Senator . . . worked effectively with some Republican senators . . . knows and is respected by virtually all the world's leaders. She is beyond brilliant; steady and cautious; and has been focused her entire adult life on helping others.

Interviews by Phil Hoad: How we made Welcome to the Dollhouse (The Guardian)
Todd Solondz: 'The second day on set, Dawn had to kiss her tormentor. It was Heather's first kiss.'

Mark Brown: Mulholland Drive leads the pack in list of 21st century's top films (The Guardian)
BBC Culture poll of 177 film critics around the world puts David Lynch's 2001 surrealist masterpiece in top spot.

Stuart Heritage: I don't want my politicians bulletproof. I want them to have known defeat(The Guardian)
George Osborne firing a machine gun in the Vietnamese jungle. Michael Gove with an Ian Beale wilderness beard. They would absolutely get my vote.

David Ferguson: I was shot at. What saved me was not a gun of my own, but running fast (The Guardian)
More people with guns won't offer protection. Your first - and in my experience, right - instinct is to flee, not fight.

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Trivia Question of the Day

On what TV series would you find Kelly Garrett, Sabrina Duncan, and Jill Munroe?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

Among his many roles, this American actor portrayed secret agent Kelly Robinson and FBI Agent Bill Maxwell. What is his name?

       Robert Culp                                                      Source

Robert Martin Culp (August 16, 1930 - March 24, 2010) was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965-1968), the espionage series in which he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents. Prior to that, he starred in theCBS/Four Star western series, Trackdown as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from 1957-1959.

The 1980s brought him back to television. He starred as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero and had a recurring role as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond. Culp gave hundreds of performances in a career spanning more than 50 years.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   When I was just a young guy I always thought the Robert Culp was a really cool guy.
  Don't know why - maybe it was the way he delivered his lines. Don't know. Cool guy, tho

  Course I grew up thinking Cosby was pretty cool too, tho, so....
  I guess ya never know

Alan J wrote:
   Robert Culp.

mj said:
   He had a racket going
  Robert Culp.

Adam answered:
   The awesome Robert Culp.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Robert Culp

Marian replied:
   Robert Culp

zorch said:
   Robert Culp

Michelle answered:
   That would be Robert Culp. The guy was a jerk; met him and Bill Cosby briefly while they were filming an episode of "I Spy" at Ghirardelli Square in SF.

DJ Useo replied:
   I remember Robert Culp. I was just seeing him recently as Debra's father on Everybody Loves Raymond. Yup, Culp.

MAM   wrote:
   Robert Culp

Deborah took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  August 24 Birthdays - Celebrities Born August 24 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Arizona voter totals good news for GOP, better news for Dems |

Take a trip through time at Walnut Canyon National Monument |

McCain foe gets money from billionaire tied to Trump, Breitbart |

The political crusades targeting national parks for drilling and exploitation | Environment | The Guardian

NetFlix Streaming by Alternate Genres (Extended List)

Generation Uber: The world's most annoyingly entitled? - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Researchers find lab rats on marijuana just can't be bothered | Science | The Guardian

From the attic to the Smithsonian: black history museum is full of 'found' items | Culture | The Guardian

Mulholland Drive leads the pack in list of 21st century's top films | Film | The Guardian

Anne Geddes, The Photographer Who Put Babies In Flower Pots, Is Still Making Art

Scientists are linking chemicals produced in the 1970s to increased autism today-not vaccines

Conservative talk show host pens attack on Neil deGrasse Tyson-Tyson goes supernova on him

ALEC Writes Constitutional Amendment Bypassing Supreme Court Rulings for GOP States

Storms devastate monarch butterflies' forest habitat in Mexico | World news | The Guardian

Thanks, Michelle!



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

I'm getting the biggest kick outta watching old Dick Cavett reruns on Decades TV Network.

Saw Groucho from 1969, Alfred Hitchcock in the early 70s, and Saul Alinsky, too.

What a difference from what exists today. Whole sentences. Polysyllabic words. Completed thoughts.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'American Gothic'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Anderson Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, and Kip Moore.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are John Krasinski, Adam Pally, and Penn & Teller.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'The Night Shift'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Aaron Paul, Tig Notaro, Florida Georgia Line, and James Valentine.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Robert De Niro, Jerome Bettis, Anthrax, and Jon Wurster.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/24/16) are are W. Kamau Bell, Elliphant, and James Wan.

ABC begins the night with 2 hours of RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by a RERUN 'Modern Family', then a RERUN 'black-ish'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Bob Odenkirk, Kendall Jenner, Kiefer Sutherland, and Robert Randolph.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', followed by a FRESH 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef', followed by another FRESH 'MasterChef'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Jep & Jessica: Growing The Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', then a FRESH 'Born This Way'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Fugitive', followed by the movie 'Mad Max', then the movie 'The Road Warrior'.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-The Fires of Pompeii
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Planet of the Ood
 [2:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 30-Revisited: La Galleria 33, Olde Hitching Post, Prohibition Gastropub
 [4:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 2
 [6:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
 [7:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Mangia Mangia, Part 1
 [8:00PM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Mangia Mangia, Part 2
 [10:00PM]    DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 13 - Episode 4
 [1:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 2
 [3:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
 [4:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Mangia Mangia, Part 1

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

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Another Period', and another 'South Park'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 8/15/16) are Daniel Radcliffe.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 8/8/16) are Jason Biggs, Beth Stelling, and Hari Kondabolu.

FX has the movie 'Man Of Steel', followed by a FRESH 'Tyrant'.

History has 3 hours of old 'America Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BABYLON A.D.
 [8:00AM]    U-571
 [10:30AM]    ANACONDA
 [10:45PM]    TRAINING DAY

Sundance  -   
 [8:00AM]    The Dead Pool
 [10:00AM]    Hoosiers
 [12:30PM]    Gran Torino
 [3:00PM]    Casino
 [7:00PM]    GoodFellas
 [10:00PM]    Gomorrah-The Clan Savastano
 [12:30AM]    GoodFellas
 [3:30AM]    Gomorrah-The Clan Savastano    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Lake Placid 2', followed by a FRESH 'Ghost Hunters', then a FRESH 'Paranormal Witness'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Cobie Smulders, Werner Herzog, and Lindsey Stirling.

TCM spends 24 hours with Constance Cummings
 [6:00 AM]      Traveling Husbands (1931)
 [7:30 AM]      Haunted Honeymoon (1940)
 [9:00 AM]      The Mind Reader (1933)
 [10:30 AM]      This Man is Mine (1934)
 [12:00 PM]      Finger of Guilt (1956)
 [1:45 PM]      In the Cool of the Day (1963)
 [3:30 PM]      The Big Timer (1932)
 [5:00 PM]      Attorney For The Defense (1932)
 [6:30 PM]      The Guilty Generation (1931)
 [8:00 PM]      Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)
 [9:45 PM]      Night After Night (1932)
 [11:15 PM]      American Madness (1932)
 [12:45 AM]      Doomed Cargo (1936)
 [2:15 AM]      Movie Crazy (1932)
 [4:15 AM]      The Criminal Code (1931)

Thursday   -  08/25/16

TCM spends 24 hours with Van Johnson
 [6:00 AM]      The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      High Barbaree (1947)
 [10:00 AM]      Duchess of Idaho (1950)
 [12:00 PM]      In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
 [1:45 PM]      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
 [4:15 PM]      The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
 [6:15 PM]      Scene of the Crime (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      Battleground (1949)
 [10:15 PM]      Miracle In The Rain (1956)
 [12:15 AM]      Two Girls And A Sailor (1944)
 [2:30 AM]      The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
 [4:30 AM]      Invitation (1952)

USA has a FRESH 'Suits', followed by a FRESH 'Mr. Robot'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from March 20, 1984) - Fran Tate and Amy Irving.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


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Members of the "Final Five" Rio Olympics gold medal-winning U.S. Gymnastics team visit backstage with the cast of "Hamilton" after attending the performance at the Richard Rogers Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Insults With Gusto


Entertainer Cher unloaded a freewheeling barrage of insults at Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) during a private fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, comparing him to Hitler and saying he reminded her of the actress who played a murdering child in the film, "The Bad Seed."

Speaking Sunday in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the singer and actress gave a stinging - and at times profane - assessment of the Republican presidential nominee. Invoking "The Bad Seed" she said: "He's so Patty McCormack, consummate liar, doesn't care who she hurts, insane."

Before an enthusiastic crowd, Cher also said of Trump: "Do you remember 'Fun with Dick and Jane'? It's like racist fun with Dick and Jane."

She later added: "He doesn't mean we want to make America great again. He means we want to make America straight and white." She also said that she was reminded of "despots, you know Stalin and Hitler."

After the event, Cher told reporters that Trump was "a racist, he's a misogynist, he's a horrible person."



Students dance as they participate in celebrations ahead of the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna in Mumbai, India, Aug. 23, 2016.
Photo by Danish Siddiqui


Highest Paid Actress

Jennifer Lawrence

Forbes has released its list of the highest-paid actresses of the year and -surprise, surprise - J-Law tops the list once again in 2016, marking the second year in a row that she raked in more cash than any other female film star.

Forbes tallied gross pay from June 1, 2015 through June 1, 2016 and the Hunger Game sstar took home a whopping $46 million during that span. That's less than she brought home last year, but still $13 million more than the second entrant on the list, Melissa McCarthy.

Apart from the top five highest paid actresses above, other notable superstar leading ladies this year include: Charlize Theron ($16.5 million), marking her first time back on the list in three years; Amy Adams ($13.5 million); Julia Roberts ($12 million); Mila Kunis ($11 million); and first-time entrant, Indian film actress Deepika Padukone ($10 million). Falling off the top-10, however, were Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, and Kristen Stewart. Kunis is an interesting entrant, clearly raking in big bucks for films like Bad Moms, which was released not long after Forbes' tally period, as well as her long-time (and apparently lucrative) gig voicing the character of Meg Griffin on the long-running animated series Family Guy. Not bad for the former Jackie Burkhardt from That '70s Show.

Jennifer Lawrence


Newhead News


Lawsuit Targets Five Fox Executives

Andrea Tantaros

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has moved forward in filing a lawsuit against Fox News and its ex-chief Roger Ailes for alleged sexual harassment. She didn't stop there. Also named as defendants in a complaint lodged in New York Supreme Court is Ailes' replacement Bill Shine, vp legal affairs Dianne Brandi, vp corporate communications Irena Briganti and executive vp programming and development Suzanne Scott.

In a lawsuit that's dripping with salacious detail including allegations hurled at non-defendants like Bill O'Reilly, Tantaros is demanding tens of millions of dollars in damages over her experiences at a cable news network she asserts "operated like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency, and misogyny."

"However this Complaint is not just about Ailes," the complaint adds. "For Ailes did not act alone. He may have been the primary culprit, but his actions were condoned by his most senior lieutenants, who engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation, and retaliation."

According to the plaintiff, Ailes subjected Tantaros to repeated harassment beginning in the late summer of 2014, about three years after she signed a contract to serve as a co-host of the afternoon show, The Five. Even before that time, she claims that she was instructed to wear clothes that showed off her legs and was forced to strip down in front of the network's wardrobe personnel, but Tantaros asserts that Ailes later escalated his misbehavior. Ailes would demand she turn around so he could get a better look at her body, states the lawsuit, and would make comments like, "I bet you look good in a bikini."

Ailes also allegedly subjected Tantaros to inappropriate comments about other stars working at the network. The head of the network is said to have questioned whether Greg Gutfeld was gay, whether Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Bolling were sleeping together and commented that Maria Bartiromo had gotten fat.

Andrea Tantaros


A farmer checks the growth of sorghum in the fields in Wangyu Village of Zaozhuang City, east China's Shandong Province on Aug. 23, 2016.
Photo by Zhang Qiang


Extinct Mini Marsupial

Sir David Attenborough

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have decided to name a new species of marsupial lion after Sir David Attenborough , the world-famous naturalist.

The name of the new species, Microleo attenboroughi, also alludes to its diminutive size. Ancient Australia was once home to several marsupial lion species, all members of the family Thylacoleonidae.

Microleo attenboroughi is the smallest member of the family.

"Microleo attenboroughi would have been more like the cute, but still feisty kitten of the family," researcher Anna Gillespie said in a news release. "It was not lion-size or even bob-cat-size. Weighing only about 600 grams, it was more like a ringtail possum in size."

The new species was identified from a partial skull and teeth fossil. The 18-million-year-old fossils was unearthed from Neville's Garden Site in Riversleigh World Heritage Area of northwestern Queensland, once home to dense jungle.

Sir David Attenborough


Digby's Hullabaloo


Activists To Battle On


Japanese whalers on Tuesday celebrated what they described as a court victory in the US to end years of high seas clashes with anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, which immediately vowed to fight on.

The arch enemies have waged a legal and public relations battle as Sea Shepherd has sought to disrupt an annual whale hunt in the Antarctic that Japan defends as scientific research.

However, the settlement between the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Japan's whaling body is unlikely to end the dispute as operations in Antarctic waters are mostly carried out by Sea Shepherd Australia, which does not come under the ruling.

On Tuesday, the Institute of Cetacean Research and Kyodo Senpaku -- key players in Japan's whaling industry -- announced a legal settlement that would bar the US group from attacking whaling ships or funding such activities.

But Sea Shepherd played down any suggestion of a global agreement, saying the settlement only applied to its US arm and that other branches, including its Australian office, would keep fighting.



'Debtors Prison'


Civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday accusing a small Arkansas city of running what they said amounted to a modern day debtors prison where a local court imposed inordinate fees on the poor and jailed them if they did not pay.

The groups, including the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Civil Liberties Union, said the city of Sherwood, with a population of about 30,000 people, generated some $12 million over the past five years through the system, which the lawsuit claimed is illegal and targets African-American residents.

A lawyer for the city and a municipal court judge, named as a defendant, did not respond to requests for comment.

The ACLU said what is going on in Sherwood, a suburb of Little Rock, is being repeated by numerous localities across the country who impose what the group sees as unlawful court fees to fill municipal coffers.

In Sherwood, there is a "hot check" court where local officials can leverage a check with insufficient funds written for $15 into several thousand of dollars in court fees and fines enforced with jail for those who do not pay, the lawsuit said.



Liang Liang, right, formerly known as Feng Yi, a female giant panda from China, plays with her one year old female cub Nuan Nuan, at the Giant Panda Conservation Center during her 10th birthday celebration at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
Photo by Joshua Paul


Philippine Court Temporarily Stops Burial


The Philippine Supreme Court ordered the government on Tuesday to put on hold a divisive plan to bury former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes' cemetery, a court spokesman said.

A plan supported by President Rodrigo Duterte to bury the former president in the cemetery has been criticised by human rights groups and many politicians, including Vice President Leni Robredo and senators allied with former President Benigno Aquino.

The 15-member high bench of the court, responding to a petition filed last week by opponents of the plan, told the government not to do anything on the issue for 20 days, Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te told reporters.

Te did not elaborate on why the court had issued the order but said it had called for arguments from both sides to help the judges decide on the issue before the planned burial on Sept. 18.

Newly elected president Duterte has said Marcos, as a former leader and a soldier, should be buried at the cemetery. Marcos was a guerrilla leader during World War Two when the former U.S. colony was occupied by Japanese forces.



Didn't Create Disputed Painting

Peter Doig

A U.S. judge said Tuesday that a celebrated artist was right when he insisted he didn't paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker, a finding that likely ensures the piece will now be worth a fraction of the previous estimated value of $10 million or more.

The ruling came at the end of an unusual bench trial in Chicago that pitted Scottish-born Peter Doig against Canadian Robert Fletcher, who paid just $100 in the 1970s for the desert landscape painting and had hoped for a windfall of millions of dollars in retirement.

Authenticity disputes typically arise long after an artist dies, not when the artist is alive and flatly denies a work is his. This case created a stir in the art world, where the principle is widely accepted that artists' word on whether a work is theirs or not is final.

Presiding Judge Gary Feinerman spent nearly two hours explaining his decision and going through evidence, from high school yearbooks to prison records, all of which demonstrated, he said, that Doig "absolutely did not paint the work in question."

In a written statement after the verdict entirely in his favor, Doig, 57, said "justice prevailed, but it was way too long in coming."

Peter Doig


Segments of the new show are demonstrated during a press event in the 23-metre dome of the Zeiss-Grossplanetarium in Berlin, Germany on Aug. 23, 2016.. After 2 years of renovation work, the planetarium is to reopen on 25 August.
Photo by Jens Kalaen


Deaths From Strikes Highest Since 2010


A pair of fatalities from lightning strikes over the weekend lifted the U.S. death toll from such accidents this year to 29, the most since 2010, the National Weather Service said on Monday.

The latest lightning-related deaths occurred in Colorado and Michigan on Friday, the NWS said in a report. With four months left in the year, the 2016 toll has already surpassed last year's 27.

Eight people have died from lightning this month, making it the deadliest August since 2007. In July, typically the month with the most fatalities, 12 people were killed by lightning.

This year, as is typical, Florida has posted the highest number of lightning deaths, with six. Louisiana and New York were next, with four and three fatalities, respectively.

Deaths from lightning have fallen sharply from the hundreds reported each year in the 1940s and 1950s, when there were more farmers riding tractors in open fields, Jensenius said.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. Summer Olympic Games (Monday), NBC, 24.2 million.
    2. Summer Olympic Games (Tuesday), NBC, 24.1 million.
    3. Summer Olympic Games (Thursday), NBC, 21.70 million.
    4. Summer Olympic Games (Wednesday), NBC, 20.68 million.
    5. Summer Olympic Games (Friday), NBC, 20.1 million.
    6. Summer Olympic Games (Sunday Closing Ceremony), NBC, 17.0 million.
    7. Summer Olympic Games (Saturday), NBC, 15.4 million.
    8. "Rio Gold," NBC, 11.5 million.
    9. "The Voice" (Sunday), NBC, 10.3 million.
   10. "Superstore" (Friday), NBC, 9.7 million.
   11. "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.9 million.
   12. "NCIS," CBS, 6.7 million.
   13. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.0 million.
   14. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 5.9 million.
   15. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 5.7 million.
   16. "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 5.6 million.
   17. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 5.4 million.
   18. "The $100,000 Pyramid," ABC, 4.8 million.
   19. "Bachelor in Paradise" (Monday), ABC, 4.7 million.
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Steven Hill

Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV's long-running "Law & Order," died Tuesday. He was 94.

Hill, whose more than two dozen films included "Billy Bathgate," ''White Palace" and "Yentl," recalled in 1999 how his presence as "Law & Order's" grouchy legal stickler developed gradually during his 10 years with the show.

Hill had honed his craft in the years immediately after World War II, taking classes at the Actors Studio in New York with Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift.

He made his Broadway debut in 1946 with "A Flag Is Born" and was in the original casts of "Mister Roberts" and "The Country Girl."

When the TV networks began broadcasting live drama programs during television's Golden Age, Hill made the transition to the small screen seamlessly, appearing on "Studio One," ''The Motorola TV Hour," ''Lux Video Theatre," ''Goodyear Television Playhouse" and "DuMont Show of the Month."

Later, he appeared on shows including "thirtysomething," ''The Fugitive," ''Rawhide," ''Ben Casey," ''Dr. Kildare," ''The Untouchables" and "Route 66."

When "Mission Impossible" debuted in 1966, he landed a starring role, as undercover team leader Daniel Briggs. But he left after one season when the show's shooting schedule interfered with his observation of the Jewish Sabbath. He was replaced by Peter Graves.

An Orthodox Jew, Hill abandoned acting for a time in the late 1960s to study religion. He said later he believed the sabbatical improved his acting ability.

He had made his movie debut in 1950 in "A Lady Without Passport" with Hedy Lamarr. Other notable films over the years included "Teachers," ''Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Legal Eagles." He also portrayed the father of Christine Lahti in "Running on Empty," of Meryl Streep in "Heartburn" and Jill Clayburgh in "It's My Turn."

Born Solomon Krakovsky to Russian immigrant parents in Seattle, Hill said his interest in acting was ignited at age 6, when he landed the lead in a production of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin."

He married Selma Stern in 1951 and the couple had four children before divorcing in 1964. He married his second wife, Rachel, in 1967, and they had five children together, according to the New York Times.

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