BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 11 October, 2017


11 October, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[250 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - October 11th, 2017

Trick or Halloween ep 2017

By DJ Useo

Halloween remains a favorite holiday of mine. A manifestation of that enchantment is my yearly Halloween mashup ep's. They've received a warm welcome for 9 years in a row, so I was highly motivated to release a tenth anniversary collection. I've already read a track-by-track review of the entire project from one satisfied listener. Comments are often scarce, so a detailed positive response like that represents many others who never say a word. ( In bootleg circles, these are known as "leechers", aka "Those who partake without comment". ) It's really gratifying when you get praise of this nature from some cat you don't know. ;)

"DJ Useo - Halloween ep 2017" is my tenth annual Samhain bootleg release, & I feel it's also notable for the tracks included. Here's some examples of the content within -

01 - Walking On Frankensteins Moon ( The Police vs Edgar Winter Group )

02 - My Generation Buried Alive ( Avenged Sevenfold vs The Who )

03 - Monster Mash de Victoires ( Bobby "Boris" Pickett vs The Stranglers )

The preview track has been warmly received. I've even heard direct praise from some pals on Facebook. The track, "Better Off With Ghouls" ( Elton John vs Whiskey Blanket ) can be streamed, or downloaded here
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The complete zip file with tracks, text, & art has mirror links here
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All 9 previous DJ Useo - Halloween ep's are acessible from new links found down the page here
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( There's also 3 unlisted bonus tracks included in this album. I mention this only to you Bartcop readers. Everyone else will find that fact out on their own. )

Next week I'll have for you the new, large collection of Halloween mashups from Jeremy Girard, & company.

The seasonal blends are by no means at an end. I've heard a preview of the collection, & it's awesome.

Catch y'all next week. -Konrad.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Virginia is for haters (NY Times Column)
Will a white nationalist campaign prevail in a changing state?

Anna Smith: Is Blade Runner 2049 sexist - or a fair depiction of a dystopian future? (The Guardian)
From pirouetting ballerinas to giant naked statues, images of women dominate the film's futuristic cityscapes - but audiences have criticised the portrayal of female characters.

Lola Ogunyemi: I am the woman in the 'racist Dove ad'. I am not a victim (The Guardian)
When Dove offered me the chance to be the face of a new body wash campaign, I jumped. I had no idea I would become the unwitting poster child for racist advertising.

Interview by Lanre Bakare: "John Carpenter: 'Could I succeed if I started today? No. I'd be rejected'" (The Guardian)
The horror master, releasing a new album of film scores, talks John Wayne, why he never watches his movies, and having his work co-opted by neo-Nazis.

Tim Jonze: "Hank Willis Thomas: why does America's great protest artist think things are better under Trump?" (The Guardian)
He is one of America's most outspoken artists. As his new show The Beautiful Game hits Britain, Hank Willis Thomas talks about sport as warfare and why race is a myth.

Larry David to Lisa Simpson - life lessons from TV's top role models (The Guardian)
From eight-year-old Mensa members to smeghead slobs and doll's-house-loving detectives, here are the small-screen idols who have taught us everything.

David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

David Bruce's Smashwords Page

David Bruce's Blog

David Bruce's Lulu Storefront

David Bruce's Apple iBookstore

David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on



Michael Egan

Michael took the day off.


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


"Doug's Most Shared Facebook Post" Today


Trivia Question of the Day

This novelty song was the #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in October, 1962, but was banned by the BBC as "too morbid". This perennial holiday favorite also appeared in the U.S. Billboard charts in 1970 and 1973. What is the title of this song?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

In Ireland and Scotland, what vegetable has traditionally been carved during Halloween?

       Turnip                                                      Source

In Ireland and Scotland, the turnip has traditionally been carved during Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which is both much softer and much larger - making it easier to carve than a turnip. The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   In Ireland and Scotland people would carve faces into turnips and potatoes to make Jack O' Lanterns.

Randall wrote:
   the turnip

Alan J said:

David of Moon Valley replied:
   closest i came was a turnip...
  took day off yesterday because bags were packed, car loaded, ready to skeedaddle as the fires were moving fast here in far we're safe which unfortunately is not the case with many friends and clients...and our fuckwit 'president' has nothing to say...but gee i can't wait for the paper towel toss here...they'll get thrown back at him..the Asshole......

Adam answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Rosemary in Columbus wrote:
   Turnips and maybe potatoes

Daniel in The City said:

Billy in Cypress responded:

zorch replied:

DJ Useo answered:
   As I recall, it's common to carve them from turnips. ( aka neeps ) Beats eating them, I say.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali in flames, wrote:
   A fucking turnip…A friend of mine lost his home in Santa Rosa…scary ass fires!

Joe S     said:
   It's the mighty turnip! I've known this for years, decades actually, learned at my mother's knee.

Gene took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

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

Stephen F took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 11 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 11 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

How a network of citizen-spies foiled Nazi plots to exterminate Jews in 1930s L.A. - LA Times

Utterly addictive! Pit your wits against the puzzle masters of Japan | Technology | The Guardian

Farewell to the fairy palace: are Chinatowns obsolete? | Cities | The Guardian

Arrest Warrant Issued For Black Man Beaten By White Supremacists | HuffPost

BBC - Future - The female code-breakers who were left out of history books

BBC - Culture - Ten of the most beautiful modern libraries in the world

A Surprise From the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone - The New York Times

The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don't Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment

Sources: NBC Let Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Scoop Slip Away | HuffPost

Bristol Bay: 'Most valuable salmon fishery in the world' - CNNPolitics

College Professors Aren't Killing Religion | FiveThirtyEight

How Berkeley became the first city to ditch Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day - SFGate

Thanks, Michelle!




A True 'Michigan Man'

A True 'Michigan Man'...

Yeah, he's our guy...

'Flint' play by Jeff Daniels about water crisis to premiere in 2018 |

Michigan's favorite renaissance man, Jeff Daniels, will premiere his latest play, focused on the Flint water crisis, in early 2018. Simply titled "Flint," the play is set to open in January at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, which Daniels founded in his hometown of Chelsea in 1991.

Daniels has played our State Theatre, a restored downtown art deco treasure, here in Bay City (Madonna's birthplace and she'll say so), but I haven't been able to catch him...

Until now...

I got tickets...

I'll let ya know how it goes... Ben is his son, by the way...


PS - I was born in Flint (8 months before Michael Moore, so I have seniority) and fondly remember those days of my youth during the 60's when Flint was a vibrant, successful city. My 'famous' Uncle Bob, a retired GM skilled tradesman (and member of the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame) still lives there. But, I despair thinking if Flint will ever become so again...


Thanks, B2tBBob!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Corker reveals open secret: Trump requires adult supervision | TheHill

Trump to sign order rolling back health insurance regulations: report | TheHill

This Is Not Fake News. This Is a Real National Security Crisis.

Joe Namath Defends NFL Protest to Fox & Friends: 'Look Up the Word Oppression' | Mediaite

Trump: NYT 'set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation' - POLITICO

Trump Is No Match For J.K. Rowling In This War Of Words | HuffPost

From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Tell Their Stories | The New Yorker

Scientists neonicotinoids in 75% of honey samples - Quartz

Stephen Miller Stayed in the Shadows to Kill His Boss' Deal

Russia Recruited YouTubers to Bash 'Racist B*tch' Hillary Clinton Over Rap Beats

This European comedy sketch explains how the world sees America's gun problem - Vox

Bob Corker: Hero of our time (sort of) -

Trump disapproval has soared in every state - Axios

Zinke's travels: Ski resort and Alaskan steakhouse - POLITICO

Trump says he won't fill 'a lot' of vacant appointments - POLITICO

Newt Gingrich compares Trump to former president who engineered genocide of native tribes - ThinkProgress

Sean Hannity's 'Coverage' of Trump's Collusion Scandal Has Taken a Sinister New Turn | Alternet

8 Deranged Moments from Trump's Latest Interview That Confirm He's the Monster We Thought He Was | Alternet

Steve Bannon's Latest Recruit? War Profiteer Erik Prince for Senate | Alternet



Reader Comment

Current Events

Great Olbermann commentary

This is outstanding:

The Truth About Pence's Despicable NFL Stunt | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ - YouTube


The Southern Cow actually said on live TV that Corker is welcome to his own opinion but he is not welcome to his own facts--from the queen of lies & alternate facts! Representing an administration BUILT on lies and alternate facts!

I marvel that she doesn't start frothing and spewing pea soup out of that ugly orifice she uses as a mouth. (And can we talk about her deathly black "eye shadow" and ridiculous false eyelashes?!) I also marvel that lightning has refrained repeatedly from striking her dead!

Borowitz keeps knocking them out of the park! Defeated by DeVos and what's-the-3rd-thing-Perry! The slam on Eric is priceless. Cynthia shared the below.

     WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)-In an I.Q.-test tournament devised by Donald Trump to determine the smartest person in his Administration, Trump suffered a humiliating defeat on Tuesday, getting knocked out in the first round by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

     Trump had personally created the brackets for the tournament, which he had hoped would lead to an I.Q.-championship showdown between him and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

     "He was determined to face Betsy in the first round," a White House source said of Trump. "He thought it would be like a bye week."

Trump Knocked Out in First Round of White House I.Q. Test Tournament After Losing to Betsy DeVos | The New Yorker

Halloween Resistance costumes

Scare a deplorable!

6 Halloween Costumes That Are Perfect for the Trump Resistance | Alternet

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

Thanks, !



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

from that Mad Cat, JD










Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

More Christmas stuff than Halloween things at the local stores.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'SEAL Team', then a FRESH 'Criminal Minds'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Andrew Garfield, Tracy Ullman, and Wolf Parade.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Josh Gad, Rachel Bloom, Michelle Dockery, and Charlie Puth.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Blacklist', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Margot Robbie, Stephen Moyer, Rachel Feinstein, and Daveed Diggs.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Taran Killam, Japandroids, and Joe Russo.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/12/17) are Tyler Posey, Partybaby, and Hannah Hart.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'Speechless', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'American Housewife', then a FRESH 'Designated Survivor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Renee Zellweger, Marc Maron, and Sir Rosevelt.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Riverdale', followed by a FRESH 'Dynasty'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Empire', followed by a FRESH 'Star'.

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'Dateline'.

A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars'.

AMC offers the movie 'Pirates Of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', followed by the movie 'The Book Of Eli', then the movie 'Predator'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-The Impossible Astronaut-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Day of the Moon-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-The Crimson Horror
 [10:00AM]    QUEERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-A Grand Day Out
 [10:29AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-The Name of the Doctor
 [11:30AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 1-Deep Breath
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 1-The Pilot
 [2:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 10-The Eaters of Light
 [3:00PM]    QUEERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Safest Spot in Town
 [3:28PM]    A KNIGHT'S TALE (2001)
 [6:30PM]    QUEERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-The Perfect Gentleman
 [6:59PM]    A KNIGHT'S TALE (2001)
 [10:00PM]    QUEERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Episodes 4, 5, 6
 [11:15PM]    A KNIGHT'S TALE (2001)
 [2:15AM]    QUEERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10
 [3:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Victory of the Daleks
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-The Time of Angels-Part 1.
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Flesh and Stone-Part 2.     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'South Park', then a FRESH 'Broad City'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 10/2/17) is Robin Thede.
On a RERUN The Opposition (from 10/2/17) is Asha Rangappa.

FX has the movie 'Furious 7', followed by the movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Taco and a Hair Flip
 [6:45AM]    HAUNTER
 [9:00AM]    SALEM'S LOT
 [11:00AM]    SALEM'S LOT
 [1:00PM]    HAUNTER
 [3:15PM]    JONAH HEX
 [5:00PM]    SE7EN
 [8:00PM]    SE7EN
 [11:00PM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Don't Make Me Send a Lawyer Up There
 [11:30PM]    JONAH HEX
 [1:15AM]    DREDD
 [3:15AM]    KNIFE FIGHT
 [5:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Taco and a Hair Flip     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:20AM]    All in the Family-Edith Has Jury Duty
 [6:55AM]    All in the Family-Archie Is Worried About His Job
 [7:30AM]    All in the Family-Gloria Discovers Women's Lib
 [8:05AM]    All in the Family-The First and Last Supper
 [8:40AM]    All in the Family-Gloria Poses in the Nude
 [9:15AM]    All in the Family-The Saga of Cousin Oscar
 [9:50AM]    All in the Family-Flashback: Mike Meets Archie
 [10:25AM]    All in the Family-Archie in the Lock-Up
 [11:00AM]    The World's End
 [1:30PM]    K-911
 [3:30PM]    K-9
 [6:00PM]    Blazing Saddles
 [8:00PM]    The Princess Bride
 [10:00PM]    Liar-White Rabbit
 [11:00PM]    Rosehaven
 [11:35PM]    Rosehaven
 [12:10AM]    The Princess Bride
 [2:10AM]    Liar-White Rabbit
 [3:10AM]    Rosehaven
 [3:45AM]    Rosehaven
 [4:20AM]    (500) Days of Summer     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare', followed by the movie 'The Sixth Sense', then a FRESH 'Channel Zero'.

FRESH 'Samantha Bee'.
On a RERUN Conan (from 9/19/17) it's Conan Without Borders: Israel.

TCM features films from George Pal all night.
 [6:15 AM]      The Ghost Ship (1943)
 [7:30 AM]      Isle of the Dead (1945)
 [8:45 AM]      Down The Stretch (1936)
 [10:00 AM]      A Family Affair (1936)
 [11:15 AM]      Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)
 [1:15 PM]      Hold That Kiss (1938)
 [2:45 PM]      Lord Jeff (1938)
 [4:15 PM]      Stablemates (1938)
 [6:00 PM]      Men of Boys Town (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
 [10:00 PM]      The Puppetoon Movie (1987)
 [11:30 PM]      Destination Moon (1950)
 [1:00 AM]      The Time Machine (1960)
 [3:00 AM]      Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1960)
 [5:00 AM]      The Power (1968)

Thursday   -  10/12/17

TCM features films from George Pal all night.
 [7:00 AM]      Hotel Berlin (1945)
 [8:45 AM]      Weekend at the Waldorf (1945)
 [11:00 AM]      Hotel Reserve (1946)
 [12:30 PM]      Hotel Paradiso (1966)
 [2:15 PM]      Key Largo (1948)
 [4:00 PM]      The Night of the Iguana (1964)
 [6:00 PM]      Grand Hotel (1932)
 [8:00 PM]      Tom Thumb (1958)
 [10:00 PM]      The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm (1962)
 [12:30 AM]      7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
 [2:30 AM]      Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
 [4:30 AM]      The Puppetoon Movie (1987)

USA has a FRESH 'Mr. Robot'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Oct. 14, 1981) - Robin Williams and Jean Marsh.

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

the works

This TV

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Or reviews?   Marty

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Women drummers sing as they lead a march during an Indigenous Peoples Day event Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Seattle. In 2014, the Seattle City Council voted to stop recognizing Columbus Day and instead turned the second Monday in October into a day of recognition of Native American cultures and peoples.
Photo by Elaine Thompson


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Apple & Spielberg To Reboot

'Amazing Stories'

Apple is looking to make a splash as it jumps into the original content arms race, nearing a deal with iconic director Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and NBCUniversal to reboot the 1980s sci-fci series "Amazing Stories."

The move marks a strategic coup for Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, the former Sony execs hired by Apple earlier this year to build its stable of original programming.

"It's wonderful to be reunited with our colleagues Zack and Jamie in their new capacity at Apple," said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment, in a statement. "We love being at the forefront of Apple's investment in scripted programming, and can't think of a better property than Spielberg's beloved "Amazing Stories" franchise with the genius of Bryan Fuller at the helm and more exciting creative partnerships to come."

The original "Amazing Stories," which was created and produced by Spielberg, ran from 1985-1987 on NBC. It failed to catch on with audiences, but did score five Emmys - including a directing win for Spielberg for "The Mission," starring a young Kevin Costner as a World War II gunner pilot.

"Hannibal" creator Bryan Fuller is writing the new "Amazing Stories," and will be joined by Amblin's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey as executive producers on the series.

'Amazing Stories'


Art Cedar, of the Aluet and Blackfeet tribes, raises a fist as he listens to performers drum and sing during an Indigenous Peoples Day event Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Seattle.
Photo by Elaine Thompson


Offers To Host IQ Contest


Mensa has offered to give IQ tests to Donald Trump (R-Crooked) and Rex Tillerson (R-Exxon), after the President-for-now boasted that he would have a higher score than his secretary of State.

Responding to reports that Mr Tillerson had called him a "moron" - which Mr Tillerson denies - Mr Trump suggested that he has a higher IQ than his top cabinet member.

Mensa, a selective international society whose only qualification for membership is an IQ score within the top two percent of the general population, says it would be happy to conduct such a test if the President wants.

"American Mensa would be happy to hold a testing session for President Trump and Secretary Tillerson," Charles Brown, communications director for the organization, told the Hill.



Newhead News


T-rump Slams

Jemele Hill

President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Racist) weighed in on ESPN's decision to suspend anchor Jemele Hill, resorting to one of his favorite jabs about television networks when he's unhappy with their coverage: their ratings.

Hill was suspended for two weeks for twice violating the sports network's social media guidelines, according to a company statement. The first infraction was when she called Trump a "white supremacist" on Twitter. The second came when she suggested a boycott of advertisers associated with the Dallas Cowboys after team owner Jerry Jones told players he would bench them if they refused to stand during the national anthem.

"Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don't kneel, some will see them as sellouts," Hill tweeted on Sunday. She later added, "Change happens when advertisers are impacted ... If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers."

Advocates have since denounced the network's suspension of Hill. "ESPN's decision to suspend Jemele Hill is a flagrant suppression of Black voices in sports," Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color Of Change, said in a statement. "The company's new social media guidelines were not created until Black employees and athletes began to prominently speak out against our country's racial injustices. By choosing to ban its reporters' opinions, ESPN is making an explicitly political decision to side with the Trump administration on the wrong side of history."

Meanwhile, ESPN seems unconvinced that politics are substantially affecting its ratings, citing a study by an outside research firm in June that found it's the "highest-rated full-time cable network among Men and Adults aged 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54." Last week, ratings for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" were up again, and it was the night's top-rated show for the fourth straight week.

Jemele Hill


Revellers perform a dance during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, Oct. 8, 2017.
Photo by Eduardo Munoz


Painting To Auction

Leonardo Da Vinci

The last Leonardo Da Vinci painting still in the hands of a private collector will go under the hammer next month in New York, the Christie's auction house said Tuesday, estimating its worth at $100 million.

Dating from around 1500, "Salvator Mundi" -- which depicts Jesus Christ as the world's savior -- was long believed to be a copy of an original by the Italian master, until it was eventually certified as authentic.

Fewer than 20 works by Da Vinci, whose art was already highly sought after during his lifetime, have survived to this day -- all of them held in museum or institutional collections, with the exception of "Salvator Mundi."

As a general rule, very few pre-19th-century artworks remain in private ownership, and it is extremely rare for one of them to be offered at auction.

The work will travel to Hong Kong, San Francisco and London, before spending three days on display in New York leading up to the sale.

Leonardo Da Vinci


Digby's Hullabaloo


Congressional Panels Spar Over

'Trump Dossier'

Three congressional committees are scuffling over a former British spy's reports that are central to investigations into U.S. allegations that Russia tried to help Donald Trump's (R-Tainted) 2016 presidential campaign, people involved in the inquiries said.

The dossier assembled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele outlined Russian financial and personal links to Trump's campaign and associates. The Senate Intelligence Committee and special counsel Robert Mueller are looking into possible collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign and Mueller's investigators have met with Steele.

However, the Republican chairmen of the House Intelligence and Senate Judiciary committees are challenging the dossier's credibility and one has implied that Russians may have played a role in its preparation, sources familiar with the inquiries said.

The duel is not purely partisan. Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Mark Warner, the committee's ranking Democrat, are leading what other committee members from both parties called a serious effort to pursue the allegations dug up by Steele.

'Trump Dossier'


Jim Stites watches part of his neighborhood burn in Fountaingrove, Calif., Monday Oct. 9, 2017. More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds been burning though California wine country. The flames have destroyed at least 2,000 homes and businesses and sent thousands of people fleeing.
Photo by Kent Porter


Oink. Oink. Oink.


The New Yorker published a bombshell report on Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday, that alleges the embattled mogul raped three women, including actress Asia Argento.

The story, written by Ronan Farrow, claims Weinstein forcibly performed or received oral sex and also forced vaginal sex on women. It also contains on-the-record accounts from Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette of encounters or business meetings with Weinstein that devolved into being propositioned sexually. The deeply reported story will likely exacerbate Weinstein's problems at a time when reports of previous instances of harassment have left him ostracized in Hollywood and fighting for his professional life.

"I know he has crushed a lot of people before," Argento said in the story. "That's why this story - in my case, it's twenty years old, some of them are older - has never come out."

Sorvino, who won an Oscar appearing in "Mighty Aphrodite" for Miramax, Weinstein's company, told Farrow that Weinstein "harassed her" and pressured her to have a sexual relationship while she appeared in films for Miramax. At the Toronto Film Festival in 1995, she claims he propositioned her, and later showed up weeks later at her apartment after midnight.

In addition, the New Yorker piece also reports that four women experienced unwanted physical contact with Weinstein, that "could be classified as an assault." Weinstein also allegedly exposed himself to women or masturbated in their presence.



Officer Fired


A Utah police officer was fired Tuesday after being seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw in an incident that became a flashpoint in the national conversation about use of force.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the decision to fire Detective Jeff Payne after an internal investigation found he violated department policies when he arrested nurse Alex Wubbels and dragged her screaming from the hospital, department spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer said.

Brown said in a disciplinary letter that he was "deeply troubled" by Payne's conduct, which he described as "inappropriate, unreasonable, unwarranted, discourteous, disrespectful" and said brought "significant disrepute" on the department.

Payne's supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was demoted to officer. His lawyer, Ed Brass, couldn't immediately be reached.

Wubbels' attorney, Karra Porter, said they are pleased that Brown took action and recognized that the officers made crucial mistakes that have eroded public trust. Porter said she hopes the events are a catalyst to more public conversations about appropriate police behavior.



A DC-10 aircraft drops fire retardant on a wind driven wildfire in Orange, Calif., Oct. 9, 2017.
Photo by Mike Blake


Returning To Chad

Black Rhino

South Africa and Chad on Sunday signed an agreement that will see the re-introduction next year of critically endangered black rhino to the central African country, decades after it was last seen there.

Environment ministers from the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding "which will allow for the translocation of six black rhino from South Africa to Chad," said a government statement.

The last time a rhino was spotted in Chad was in 1972, according to official documents Chad submitted to South Africa.

The animals should be airlifted to Chad's Zakouma National Park "sometime next year. We are looking at around March, April or May" environmental affairs ministry spokesman Albi Modise told AFP.

Black rhino are officially listed as critically endangered but are still native to the mainly eastern and southern African countries of Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 2-8. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: Kansas City at Houston, NBC, 16.53 million.
    2. NFL Football: New England at Tampa Bay, CBS, 15.43 million.
    3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.04 million.
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   13. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.24 million.
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   15. "Football Night in America," NBC, 9.28 million.
   16. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.23 million.
   17. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 9.01 million.
   18. "Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick," CBS, 8.98 million.
   19. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.53 million.
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