BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 1 November, 2017

Wednesday

1 November, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[271 days in a row]



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M Is FOR MASHUP - November 1st, 2017

By DJ Useo


DJ Useo took the day off.



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Trump Won't Bring Joy to Moolaville (NY Times Column)
Republicans will do anything to cut taxes on the rich - and it wont even make the rich happy.


Josh Marshall: Thoughts On the Papadopolous Plea (TPM)
It sends two clear messages. First, we're not at all done with collusion and we're making progress. Second, we arrested Papadopolous in July and he pled out in October and no one knew. So don't think you have any idea what we have.


Nicky Woolf: Mueller's indictments for Manafort and Papadopoulos spell bad news for Trump (New Statesman)
The US president has publicly attacked the investigation as a "witch hunt" with no basis in fact.


James Medd: Comedians are offering their services as self-help gurus - but are they any good? (New Statesman)
Russell Brand, Sarah Millican, Simon Amstell and Marc Maron have all written advice books.


Sarah Ditum: How we learn to accept art that hates woman (New Statesman)
From Phil Spector to Roman Polanski, we ignore the signs of danger.


SAM THIELMAN: First Charges In Mueller's Russia Probe Stem From Trump Admin's Earliest Days (TPM)
During the Trump administration's very first week in office, the seeds were planted for the initial charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.


Michele Hanson: It's good to talk - if you're getting older and fearing the worst (The Guardian)
According to Age UK, half of adults over 55 have experienced common mental health problems. The good news is the stiff-upper-lip approach to problems is breaking down - now all we need are widely available treatments and facilities.


Lanre Bakara: Brown Acid: the sound that rock forgot (The Guardian)
Via his cult compilations, Lance Barresi has dug up rare and oddball hard rock and heavy psych cuts that provided the soundtrack to the hippy comedown.



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 Amazon.com.


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Presenting

Michael Egan





Larry Flynt Enters Rehab After 'Horrific Exposure' to Confidential Trump Dossier - Michael Egan, Humor Times



@drmivhaelegan




Superman Abandons Earth



Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Trivia Question of the Day


In Italy this cartoon character is named Paolino Paperino, and in Sweden his name is Kalle Anka. What is his name in the US?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Trivia Question from Yesterday


There are four Gaelic seasonal festivals - Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasa (Lughnasadh) and ____?____


       Samhain                                                      Source


Samhain (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in) is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.        Source






Randall was first, and correct, with:
   Samhain





Mark. wrote:
   Samhain (October 31) is missing from your list of Gaelic seasonal festivals.



Alan J answered:
   Samhain.



mj said:
   It's upon us
  Samhain.




Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Samhain



Deborah responded:
   Samhain is the festival you're looking for. I'm not familiar with any of those festivals as you've presented them, although they've probably been Anglicized.
  I have a big bag of candy and hope to get dozens of kids tonight. Happy Halloween!




Daniel in The City said:
   Samhain, which is the only one I had heard of before today



Adam answered:
   Samhain.



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali wrote:
   Samhain



zorch responded:
   Samhain.



Michelle replied:
   Samhain



DJ Useo said:
   Samhain, a holiday I celebrate. There's more costumed kids at the door, right now. Got'ta go!





BttbBob   wrote:
  

  We Celts like this day...

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  Trivia Within Trivia -
  Q: Presently, how many recognized 'Celtic Nations' are there?
  A: 6 - Eire (Ireland), Alba (Scotland), Cymru (Wales), Kernow (Cornwall), Breizh (Brittany) and Mannin (Isle of Man)... Parts of the NW Iberian Peninsula claim that heritage, too...

  The Celtic League

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  November 1 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 1 | Famous Birthdays




Joe S     answered:
   Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. Wikipedia
  I looked it up. I watch a lot of British TV shows, including Irish and Australian and all those other countries in the British Isles but I really don't know much about the historical culture. I watch them because the cops don't carry guns so they don't solve crimes by shooting the suspects. And the criminals don't have ready access to firearms so they have to come up with creative methods of murder and mayhem. The British and their ilk are a strange bunch, they talk funny for one thing. If I don't have closed captions running I have no idea what they are talking about, and it's even worse for places like Shetland, Wales and Ireland to name a few. The all drive on the wrong side of the road. The men mostly have very large, broad heads and a lot of the women resemble horses. All that said, I really like British TV.
  Oh and one more thing, nothing to do with all that above, I made a grave error tonight. I started watching "Stranger Things" after dark. I'll not do that again.




Harry M. took the day off.
  



John I from Hawai`i took the day off.
  



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



Billy in Cypress took the day off.
  



Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.
  



Stephen F took the day off.
  



Gene took the day off.
  



Dave in Tucson took the day off.
  



David of Moon Valley took the day off.
  



George M. took the day off.
  



Gary K. took the day off.
  



Sally has retired.
  



MAM     In memory.



  





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Middle Class Political Economist




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Loss of Federal Protections May Imperil Pacific Reefs, Scientists Warn - The New York Times



Distract and dismiss: how rightwing media saw the Russia indictments | US news | The Guardian



'The good Lord couldn't get rid of them': Louisiana's quest to hunt the swamp rat | US news | The Guardian



How dare you, Kevin Spacey? You've fuelled a vicious lie about gay men | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian



British Antarctic research station to shut for second winter as cracks in ice grow | World news | The Guardian



Sessions' claim he was 'not aware' of any Trump-Russia contacts looks like a bald-faced lie



New 'Stranger Things' Includes an Unfortunate Political Subtext



Flint Residents Confront Long-Term Health Issues After Lead Exposure : NPR



Hundreds of Trump Organization secret subdomains are hosted in Russia



Thanks, Michelle!


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Michelle's Challenge

Best laid plans...


Michelle said:

In the spirit of Halloween, here's a challenge: Everybody name a movie that best describes "The best-laid plans.."

Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton in "A Simple Plan" (1998)



Daniel in The City suggested:

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle



BadtotheBoneBob recommended:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid



"Kid, the next time I say, "Let's go someplace like Bolivia," let's GO someplace like Bolivia."

Oops....




DJ Useo added:

My offering to the challenge is the movie "Titanic". A strong parallel I think, with people insisting the boat was "unsinkable".





Maynard's much younger, more handsome brother, Ed, concurred, answering:

Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton in "A Simple Plan" (1998)



Dave in Tucson replied:

In response to Michelle in AZ's challenge I would suggest A Bridge Too Far where everything really did go South.





Billy in Cypress responded:

DELIVERANCE is a good choice, and I would add WALKABOUT.





Thanks, Ed, Dave, Billy & DJ Useo!

Any other "best laid plans..."?



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David E Suggests


Best British Isles Film & TV Locations You Can Actually Visit



David


Thanks, Dave!



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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Laura Ingraham Found Another Pro-Trump Angle | The Daily Beast



'I want to quit': Fox News employees say their network's Russia coverage was 'an embarrassment' - Oct. 31, 2017 | money.cnn.com



To Address Historic Failures, Autopsy Urges 'Progressive Reboot' for Democrats | Common Dreams



Robert Mueller Releases Information Showing Trump Campaign Tried to Collude With Russia - Mother Jones



Trump is in much deeper trouble than Nixon was after the first Watergate indictments. | Slate



Robert Mueller's Show of Strength: A Quick and Dirty Analysis - Lawfare



A Children's Treasury Of 600 Cosplaying San Diegans Yelling At Darrell Issa And Trump! | Wonkette



Manafort and the dominoes: Here's why Donald Trump is losing sleep - Salon.com



The Civil War Was Not a Mistake - The Atlantic



White House defends Kelly's Civil War remarks | TheHill



White House defends Kelly's Civil War comments, calls criticism 'disgraceful' - POLITICO



White House press secretary argues that the Civil War wasn't about race - ThinkProgress



The media created a caricature of John Kelly. On Fox News, he exposed his true self. - ThinkProgress



Reporter violently arrested while trying to film Virginia Gov. hopeful Ed Gillespie at public event - ThinkProgress



Climate-denying talk radio host Trump picked for top science post now at center of Russia scandal - ThinkProgress



White Spite: Why Education Is at the Center of Trump's Politics of Resentment | Alternet



Pat Robertson Tells Trump to Fire Mueller and 'Shut Down' the Russia Investigation in On-Air Rant | Alternet



Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments - The Washington Post



Uranium One, the bizarre Clinton-Russia story lighting up right-wing news, explained - Vox



John Kelly: It's 'distracting' for Trump to be investigated | TheHill



Hannity accidentally calls Hillary Clinton the president on his show | TheHill



Was Papadopoulos a 'Low-Level Volunteer'? - FactCheck.org



Scott Pruitt Is Using the Bible as His Guide for Reorganizing EPA's Science Boards - Mother Jones





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Reader Comment

Current Events


Happy Halloween -- let the witch hunting continue!




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


Thanks, Linda!



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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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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


'THE FAT LADY IS WAITING IN THE WINGS'.

'TIRED MOUNTAIN SYNDROME'.

LOCK THE CREEPS UP!

QUICK AND DIRTY.

IT'S CHEAPER TO PAY FOR A POLITICIAN.


HAIL TO THE CHIEF!






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Had around 70 kids trick or treating - about the same as last year.



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 Nicole Kidman and Jonathan Groff.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Mila Kunis, Jim Parsons, and Sam Smith.



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 Chris Hemsworth, Lindsey Vonn, and Maroon 5 featuring SZA.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Blake Shelton, Robin Thede, and Anton Fig.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Ron Livingston, Royal Blood, and Elizabeth Gillies.



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 Ellen DeGeneres and Pink, with guest host Channing Tatum.



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 'Insidious', followed by the movie 'Insidious: Chapter 2'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 17-Night Terrors
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 18-Identity Crisis
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 19-The Nth Degree
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Rise Of The Cybermen-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-The Age Of Steel-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-The Idiot's Lantern
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 20-Qpid
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Drumhead
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 22-Unforgettable
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-Living Witness
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 24-Demon
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 25-One
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Hope and Fear
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Night
 [8:00PM]    TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)
 [11:00PM]    TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 20-Qpid
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 21-The Drumhead
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 22-Unforgettable
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 23-Living Witness     (ALL TIMES EDT)



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



Comedy Central has 3½ hours of old 'South Park', then an old 'Broad City'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Hillary Clinton.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is Clint Watts.



FX has the movie 'The Croods', followed by the movie 'Transylvania Hotel 2'.



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



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE TORTURED
 [7:45AM]    MIMIC 2
 [9:45AM]    HALLOWEEN H2O: 20 YEARS LATER
 [11:45AM]    MIMIC 2
 [1:45PM]    HALLOWEEN 6: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS
 [3:45PM]    HALLOWEEN H2O: 20 YEARS LATER
 [5:45PM]    RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
 [7:45PM]    RESIDENT EVIL
 [10:00PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Black Hat Society Part 1
 [10:30PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Black Hat Society Part 2
 [11:00PM]    RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
 [1:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Black Hat Society Part 1
 [1:30AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Black Hat Society Part 2
 [2:00AM]    RESIDENT EVIL
 [4:15AM]    THE TORTURED     (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Love Lust
 [6:15AM]    All in the Family
 [7:00AM]    All in the Family
 [7:30AM]    All in the Family
 [8:00AM]    Cold Mountain
 [11:30AM]    The Amityville Horror
 [2:00PM]    Amityville II: The Possession
 [4:30PM]    Halloween
 [6:30PM]    The Shining
 [10:00PM]    Liar-The Marshes
 [11:00PM]    Rosehaven-Episode 2
 [11:38PM]    The Shining
 [3:07AM]    Liar-The Marshes
 [4:07AM]    Rosehaven
 [4:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [5:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show     (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'Green Lantern', followed by the movie 'The Lone Ranger'.



TBS:
FRESH 'Samantha Bee'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Kristen Bell, Frank Grillo, and Beth Stelling.



TCM spends the night with the pride of Indiana, PA, James Stewart
 [6:00 AM]      The Murder Man (1935)
 [7:30 AM]      The Last Gangster (1937)
 [9:15 AM]      Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
 [11:00 AM]      The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
 [1:00 PM]      Rose Marie (1936)
 [3:00 PM]      Speed (1936)
 [4:30 PM]      The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)
 [6:00 PM]      Made for Each Other (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)    [AKA: 'James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson']
 [9:45 PM]      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
 [12:15 AM]      Destry Rides Again (1939)
 [2:00 AM]      After the Thin Man (1936)
 [4:00 AM]      Vivacious Lady (1938)
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Thursday   -  11/02/17

TCM spends the night with Sophia Loren
 [6:00 AM]      A Christmas Carol (1938)
 [7:30 AM]      Dramatic School (1938)
 [9:00 AM]      You're Only Young Once (1938)
 [10:30 AM]      Four Girls In White (1939)
 [12:00 PM]      These Glamour Girls (1939)
 [1:30 PM]      The Ghost Comes Home (1940)
 [3:00 PM]      Keeping Company (1940)
 [4:30 PM]      Wyoming (1940)
 [6:15 PM]      Whistling In Brooklyn (1943)
 [8:00 PM]      Marriage - Italian Style (1964)
 [10:00 PM]      Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
 [12:15 AM]      Two Women (1961)
 [2:00 AM]      Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival: Sophia Loren (2016)
 [3:15 AM]      A Special Day (1977)
 [5:15 AM]      The Priest's Wife (1971)
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USA has a FRESH 'Mr. Robot'.




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from ) -

Bounce TV

CHARGE!

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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Halloween decoration is seen during an event hosted by Donald Trump and Melania at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 30, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Barria

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Suspends Production

'House of Cards'

Netflix is indefinitely suspending production on House of Cards, the company announced in a statement on Tuesday. The political drama was in the middle of filming its sixth season, which was revealed to be the last shortly after star Kevin Spacey faced allegations of sexual misconduct.

A joint statement from Netflix and Media Rights Capital read, "MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on HOUSE OF CARDS season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew."

The companies released an earlier statement on Monday addressing the accusations that Spacey made a sexual advance on 14-year-old Anthony Rapp in 1986. That statement asserted that executives were meeting with the cast and crew in Baltimore to address any safety concerns in light of the allegations, which the companies called "deeply troubling."

Netflix claims the decision to end House of Cards with Season 6 is not related to the allegations. But now, with House of Cards suspended, fans are wondering if Spacey, like several men accused of sexual harassment and assault this month, will be fired from the show. At the end of Season 5, Spacey's Frank Underwood relinquished the presidency to his wife, Claire (Robin Wright). Should Spacey get fired, Wright could potentially lead the show's final season, playing America's first female president.

The season was previously set to debut mid-2018 on Netflix. It is unclear yet if and how this production halt would affect the release.

'House of Cards'

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Performers participate in the Day of the Dead parade on Mexico City's main Reforma Avenue, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
Photo by Eduardo Verdugo

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Fired From Movie

Andy Dick

Andy Dick is the latest Hollywood player facing accusations of being a sexual predator.

The bisexual actor has been fired from an independent film after people on set claimed he sexually harassed them, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although the entertainment publication does not have statements from the alleged victims, two sources said Dick groped people's genitals and made unwanted advances such as kissing and licking at least four members of the production.

Dick, who has a well-documented history of offending people in and out of court, joked about his reputation, stating, "My middle name is 'misconduct.' They know what they signed up for." He continued, "I don't grope people anymore. I don't expose myself anymore," referencing onstage acts where he has exposed his genitals.

The actor claims that these allegations are a result of his defending disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein on set in Arizona. "They were so incensed by what I was saying. People are so sensitive," he said. The men made two films together.

The harassment claims was not the only problem Andy Dick had on the set of Raising Buchanan - he showed up a day late to the set after missing a flight, had not memorized his lines, and brought a friend who disrupted takes by snoring during shooting. Dick also admitted to asking people to have sex with him on set: "Of course I'm going to proposition people. I'm single, depressed, lonely and trying to get a date. They can just say no, and they probably did and then I was done."?

Andy Dick

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Secures Generic Drugs

Medecins Sans Frontieres

Medecins Sans Frontieres, the international nonprofit medical charity, said on Tuesday it had struck deals with generic manufacturers to buy hepatitis C drugs for as little as $1.40 a day, a dramatic reduction on original prices.

U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences created storm in 2013 when it launched sofosbuvir at $1,000 per pill in the United States, under the brand name Sovaldi. Bristol-Myers Squibb launched daclatasvir at $750 per pill in 2015.

Since then, increased competition has pushed prices lower for the modern medicines, which have cure rates of up to 95 percent for the liver-destroying disease.

The big drugmakers have offered discounts on their products for poor countries but MSF has long complained that the medicines are still too expensive.

MSF said the deals with generic companies meant it was now able to provide a 12-week course of treatment for around $120, against $1,400 to $1,800 available through Gilead and BMS access programs for poorer nations.

Medecins Sans Frontieres

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Halloween decoration is seen during an event hosted by Donald Trump and Melania at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 30, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Barria

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Actually Solar Eclipse

'Biblical Miracle'

A major miracle in the Bible was actually just a solar eclipse, according to a new study that also answers an ancient Egyptian mystery at the same time.

Two researchers claim to have decoded a strange reference to the sun and the moon in the Bible. It's not a miracle as suggested, they say, but rather just a spectacular but natural movement of the stars.

And it is actually the first time that such an event, the solar eclipse, was documented.

The mysterious text reads: "Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon. And the Sun stood still, and the Moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies."

Explanations vary, including suggestions that the wording depicts a miracle in which the movement of the heavens appears to be slowed. But the phrase actually refers to a solar eclipse, the new paper suggests.

'Biblical Miracle'

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Digby's Hullabaloo


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Remarks On Civil War

John Kelly

Adding to the resounding criticism of White House chief of staff John Kelly's comments about the Civil War, the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday said the remarks fit a larger pattern of "repeated attempts to whitewash history" by President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Execrable) administration.

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) also took the administration to task for a "continued inability to apologize when it is flat out wrong."

In a Fox News interview that aired Monday night, Kelly said that "a lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War." He also defended Confederate leaders and said the war was fought by "men and women of good faith on both sides."

"John Kelly needs a history lesson," Richmond said in a statement. "The Civil War was not a disagreement between 'men and women of good faith on both sides.' It was a struggle for the soul of this country. Thankfully, the right side won the war and slavery is no longer the law of the land."

Numerous historians on Tuesday scorned Kelly's remarks. "This is profound ignorance," said David Blight of Yale University.

John Kelly

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Participants are seen during the traditional Day of the Dead parade at Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, Mexico on Oct. 28, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Tischler

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Fresh Untruths

T-rump

Mired by compromised credibility and reeling from newly revealed indictments, President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked) and his White House reverted to form Monday, falsely claiming that the alleged criminal actions were completely unrelated to him.

"Today's announcement has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president's campaign or campaign activity," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Republican media relations professionals were baffled by the approach.

"The White House's strategy is shameless, bald-faced, indefensible lies," said Tim Miller, who ran communications for Jeb Bush's Republican presidential campaign last year. "Lie about everything, admit nothing."

Rick Tyler, who worked for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in that GOP primary race, said he suspected Sanders was simply "reciting the answers" as she had been instructed. "It's really amazing the degree to which they think everybody else is an idiot."

T-rump

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There Are 'Nazis' In Congress

Boehner

Former Republican Leader of the House John Boehner has claimed there are "Nazis" serving in Congress

"We've got some of the smartest people in America who serve in the Congress, and we've got some of the dumbest", Mr Boehner said. "We have some of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet, and some that are Nazis".

After presiding over a caucus fractured by the rise of the Tea Party, which propelled multiple challenges to his leadership, Mr Boehner ultimately stepped down. He has since become a critic of Donald Trump (R-Corrupt), whom he described as a "populist" without "an ideological bone in his body", but he said Mr Trump is not prejudiced.

But by labelling unnamed members of Congress "Nazis", Mr Boehner invoked a spectre that has been haunting American politics this year.

White supremacists, some of them organized under the broad label of the "alt-right", have been increasingly vocal and public in advancing their nationalist vision. Former White House adviser Stephen Bannon, who helped manage Mr Trump's campaign and for months served as a top aide before stepping down, has returned to his role managing Breitbart News, which he once proclaimed a "platform for the alt-right".

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Halloween decoration is seen during an event hosted by Donald Trump and Melania at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 30, 2017.
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Approval Rating Hits New Low

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President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Odious) approval rating has plunged to its lowest level in his young presidency, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey found that just a third of Americans are happy with their President's performance compared to 63 per cent who are not.

Those numbers have steadily diverged over the last few months, with the gap between a disapproving majority and an approving minority steadily widening as the Trump administration churns through regular controversies without recording a significant legislative accomplishment.

Those results were as of Sunday evening - before it emerged that a special counsel investigating potential links between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives had issued three indictments.

Based on interviews with about 1,500 adults, the Gallup tracking poll has not found a majority of Americans approving of Mr Trump since the earliest days of his presidency, when he briefly enjoyed a one-percent margin. The share of Americans who approve of his performance has not risen above 40 percent since June.

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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 23-29. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. World Series, Game 5: L.A. Dodgers at Houston, Fox, 18.94 million.
    2. World Series, Game 3: L.A. Dodgers at Houston, Fox, 15.68 million.
    3. World Series, Game 2: Houston at L.A. Dodgers, Fox, 15.5 million.
    4. World Series, Game 4: L.A. Dodgers at Houston, Fox, 15.4 million.
    5. World Series, Game 1: Houston at L.A. Dodgers, Fox, 14.98 million.
    6. "World Series Game 5 Pregame," Fox, 14.16 million.
    7. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Detroit, NBC, 13.86 million.
    8. "The OT," Fox, 13.6 million.
    9. "NCIS," CBS, 13.3 million.
   10. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 13.21 million.
   11. NFL Football: Washington at Philadelphia, ESPN, 11.75 million.
   12. NFL Football: Miami at Baltimore, CBS, 11.37 million.
   13. "60 Minutes," CBS, 11.27 million.
   14. "Bull," CBS, 10.7 million.
   15. "This is Us," NBC, 10.6 million.
   16. "The Good Doctor," ABC, 10.39 million.
   17. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 10.1 million.
   18. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 9.75 million.
   19. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.66 million.
   20. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.52 million.

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