BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 25 November, 2015


25 November, 2015

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Power Failure Special


M Is FOR MASHUP - November 25th, 2015

100% Punk, Rock, Metal Mashup Album

From DJ Useo

By Guest Writer Chocomang ( )

May be you don't remember it, but the first album I ever organized was "Never Mash, The Punk Rock Album" . That was done by the end of 2011. Four years later, I wanted to do a sequel of that album but with new rules: extend the theme to Metal and Grunge and also use only rock sources. Now, the album is out!

After the 80's Mashed vol 3 and the WORLDS GREATEST CLUB MASHUPS, here is the third AudioBoots mashup album and the first 100% Punk, Rock, Metal Mashup album ( ) :

It is 40 new mashups + 4 Bonus tracks, 2 hours and 46 minutes of unreleased music.

With DJ Petrushka, DJ Rudec, DJ Useo, Eternal Khaos, g4gorilla, Jesus Cadena, Michmash, Oki, rillen rudi, YiTT and myself.

Mixed with: Alice Cooper, And So I Watch You From Afar, Avenged Sevenfold, Avril Lavigne, Bad Religion, Beck, Billy Idol, Blind Melon, Blink 182, Busted, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Disturbed, Edguy, Evanescence, Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, Green Day, Iggy Pop, Janis Joplin, Journey, Killing Joke, Lordi, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, OK Go, One Night Only, Placebo, Pr4vda, Puddle Of Mudd, Pulp, Queens Of The Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine, Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, Rush, Seether, Serj Tankian, Sex Pistols, Simple Plan, Snow Patrol, Social Distortion, Soundgarden, The Beatles, The Clash, The Doors, The Kills, The Living End, The Members, The Offspring, The Reverend Horton Heat, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Stooges, The Strokes, The Vines, The Who, Ventures

These are the tracks I hoped for. My vision came true. Thanks to the contributors.

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Preview track "Wrong Nightmare" ( Alice Cooper vs Social Distortion ) by DJ Useo can be heard here ( )

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You don't have to be a bootlegger. ;)



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Zoe Williams: Should wine lovers or women be more annoyed about Mancan? (The Guardian)
The problem with this attempt to rebrand wine for American blokes isn't masculinity trying to assert itself, it's putting wine in a can.

Harriet Gibsone and Tshepo Mokoena: "Someone like you: how Adele's broken-hearted ballads become blockbusters" (The Guardian)
As the singer's third album breaks all chart records, five experts discover why such sad, sparse songs spell success. Is it 'anti-marketing'? 'Emotional bridging'? Ancient Greek catharsis, or simple neuroscience?

Alexis Petridis: "Adele: 25 review - 'We've been here before,' she sings. And she's right" (The Guardian)
The year's biggest album reprises the themes of its predecessor - there's no sign of Adele using her commercial clout to buy herself room for adventure.

Michele Hanson: This Scrooge government does not care about pensioners dying of cold (The Guardian)
Our leaders are being told to take 'urgent action' to stop over-65s freezing in their homes, but it's like banging your head against an icy wall.

Charlotte Higgins: "Eleanor Bron: 'I didn't want to be like other little girls'" (The Guardian)
She satirised the 60s alongside Peter Cook and appeared onscreen in classics from Alfie to Women in Love. Bron talks Corbyn, 'consorts', and what the Beatles taught her about fame.

Colin Irwin: "Lynched: the Irish folk stars who are 'more punk than punk'" (The Guardian)
Not long ago they were touring squats for stew and beer. Now Burt Bacharach and the Sleaford Mods are fans and they can't get their records out fast enough. Dublin folk band Lynched talk glue-sniffing, protest music and the Pogues.

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Trivia Question of the Day

By volume, what is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

According to Paul Simon, where are the words of the prophets written?

       The Subway Walls and Tenement Halls.                                                      Source

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the signs said, 'The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls and tenement halls'
And whispered in the sound of silence

mj was first and correct with:
   Darkness is my old friend
  The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, in tenement halls, and whispered in the sounds of silence.

Alan J answered:
   On the subway walls and tenement halls.

Randall wrote:
   from memory, "the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, and tenement halls..."

John I from Hawai'i says,
   "subway walls."

Marian said:
   on the subway walls, tenement halls. Sounds of Silence

Deborah responded:
   I just watched "The Graduate" for the first time in years while flying back to the Golden State last month, and "The Sound of Silence" still plays loud in my head:
    "And the sign said "The words of the prophets
    Are written on subway walls
    And tenement halls
    And whispered in the sounds of silence."
  Beautiful sunrise this morning; makes taking out the trash a pleasure. Storm moving in, so they say. If we don't get rain I'll have to turn the water back on and I sure hate doing that during the so-called rainy season.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   From the Sounds of Silence.....The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls

George M wrote:
   According to Paul Simon, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
  and tenement halls...

David of Moon Valley responded:
   from memory no less...delusional as it may be at times.....
  subway walls and tenement halls

Adam answered:
   '...Subway Walls
  and Tenement Halls'

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norgobblecali replied:
   And the sign said "The words of the prophets Are written on subway walls And tenement halls. So sayeth the soundos of silencio. I've noticed that my Sarah is on some kind of media tour selling something. She is still available to the Repuklickans. Is anyone else besides me really tired of this election cycle?

  The storm has commenced!

Michelle answered:
   ..subway walls and tenement halls..

Lois Down The Tubes In Oregon said:
   Had to look this one up on account of Petula Clark's warning to stay the hell outta subways so I have NO idea what I'm talking about. But found some lovely memes on the subject!
  DJ, what a heart breaker, about your art. Hope you CAN at least get some photos to remember it by.
  Marty, "Ass Deep In Valentine's Day" would make a great title for a detective novel!

DJ Useo responded:
   ...on the subway walls. Those words came to me immediately, because I know the lyrics well.
  Meanwhile, our flooded apartment problems continue.
  Our landlord demanded we move our belongings, so they could supposedly clean the moldy carpets.
  Not able to move the stuff ourselves, we went to the expense of hiring a service, & the stuff was moved.
  The manager took no further action however, & today informed us they want the stuff moved again, so they can "work on the air conditioner". Good thing we aren't your typical armed Texans. Grr.
  Meanwhile, still no cleaning of the mess. It's gone untouched since Halloween.

MAM   wrote:
   Written on the subway walls

Joe S (AKA: Stony Lonesome "I am a rock.")     answered:
   The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, and tenement halls. And whispered in the sounds of silence.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Eight ways to know your life has gone off the rails - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

India's Marital Rape Crisis Reaches 'Tragic Proportions'

Did ExxonMobil Just Admit It's Still Funding Climate Science Deniers? | Elliott Negin

Jailed and interned in World War II, Minoru Yasui receives a Presidential Medal of Freedom today

Billy Frank, Jr., indigenous fighter for sovereign rights, to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Why the President Must Ban Grand Canyon Uranium Mining | Mark Udall

Outlets are finally calling Donald Trump out for lies, racism, and xenophobia

NYT's Editorial Board wrote a scathing editorial slamming Donald Trump's hateful demagoguery

Which religious test?

Dozens of 'white student unions' appear on social media amid racism protests | US news | The Guardian

Fargo recap: season two, episode seven - Did You Do This? No, You Did It! | Television & radio | The Guardian

The incredible plan to make money grow on trees | Sam Knight | World news | The Guardian

BBC - Culture - Did female gladiators exist?

Video of Laquan McDonald shooting could shock Chicago -

Gourds: Thank ancestors for saving Thanksgiving staple -

Chinese Textbooks Claim Homosexuality Is Disease; Student Sues - NBC News

The Future Of Nanotechnology And Computers So Small You Can Swallow Them : All Tech Considered : NPR

Thanks, Michelle!



The Flooded Apartment

DJ Useo

Hi Marty,

We are still homeless in the motel.

No sign of any progress with the apt complex, so we are pursuing legal paths.

We don't have many options, so we've created a gofundme account.

Would you post the link on your page?

Thank you

The Useo's

Click here to support Flooded apt fund

Holy crap!
All to happy to post your gofundme request.
Hope some good things come your way!
Please keep us updated.



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

The neighborhood had a power failure last night. Transformer blew up a bit before 1am.

13 hours later, the electricity was finally restored.

Was getting to think I'd have to roast the turkey a day early.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by another FRESH Survivor', then a FRESH 'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Gloria Estefan, Eric Greitens, Jake Wood, and Daniel Boulud.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Chrissy Teigen, James Van Der Beek, Jay Duplass, and Tove Lo.

NBC opens the night with the FRESH 'The Making Of The Wiz Live!', followed by a 2-hour RERUN 'SNL'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Nathan Lane, Steven Yeun, and Chris Brown.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Matthew Morrison, Uzo Aduba, A Great Big World, and Brian Chase.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/30/15) are Jeremy Irvine, Kimya Dawson, and Adrianne Palicki.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Middle', followed by a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'black-ish', then 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 11/19/15) are Melissa McCarthy and One Direction.

The CW fills the night with the movie 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles'.

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

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

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', and 'Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy On The Edge'.

AMC offers the movie 'Gone With The Wind'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 2 - Ep 8 - Siberia (Part 1)
 [7:00AM]    Man vs. Wild - Season 2 - Ep 9 - Land of Ice (Part 2)
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 3 - Ep 1 - La Parra de Burriana
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Cafe Tavolini
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Vincent and The Doctor
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 11 - The Lodger
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 13 - Deja Q
 [1:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 14 - A Matter of Perspective
 [2:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 2 - Mountains
 [3:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 3 - Fresh Water
 [4:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 4 - Caves
 [5:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 5 - Deserts
 [6:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 6 - Ice Worlds
 [7:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 7 - Great Plains
 [8:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 8 - Jungles
 [9:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 9 - Shallow Seas
 [10:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 10 - Seasonal Forests
 [11:00PM]    Planet Earth-Ep 11 - Ocean Deep
 [12:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 7 - Great Plains
 [1:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 8 - Jungles
 [2:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 9 - Shallow Seas
 [3:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 10 - Seasonal Forests
 [4:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 11 - Ocean Deep
 [5:00AM]    Planet Earth-Ep 4 - Caves    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Inside The Actors Studio' (Bryan Cranston), 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', and 'Vanderpump Rules'.

Comedy Central has 4 hours of old 'South Park'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 11/17/15) is Timbaland.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 11/18/15) are Michael Shannon, Seth Rogen, and Kelly Oxford.

FX has the movie 'Fast & Furious 6', followed by the movie 'This Is The End'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then the FRESH 'Christmas Thorough The Decades'.

IFC  -   
 [8:00AM]    DYING BREED
 [12:15PM]    NOTORIOUS
 [8:00PM]    END OF WATCH
 [10:30PM]    KILLER ELITE
 [1:00AM]    END OF WATCH
 [3:30AM]    30 DAYS OF NIGHT    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up
 [6:15AM]    American Psycho
 [8:30AM]    The Crow
 [11:00AM]    Watchmen
 [2:30PM]    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 [5:00PM]    The Matrix Revolutions
 [8:00PM]    Friday the 13th
 [10:00PM]    Friday the 13th, Part 2
 [12:00AM]    Friday the 13th - Part III
 [2:00AM]    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
 [4:00AM]    Friday the 13th -- A New Beginning    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Men In Black II', followed by the movie 'Oz The Great & Powerful'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 8/20/15) are Bill Hader, Bill Burr, and Sam Morril.

TCM spends 12 hours celebrating Ricardo Montalban, who was born on this day in 1920.
 [6:30 AM]      We Were Dancing (1942)
 [8:15 AM]      Hollywood My Hometown (1965)
 [9:15 AM]      Two Weeks With Love (1950)
 [11:00 AM]      Right Cross (1950)
 [12:30 PM]      Battleground (1949)
 [2:30 PM]      Border Incident (1949)
 [4:15 PM]      On An Island With You (1948)
 [6:15 PM]      Neptune's Daughter (1949)

 [8:00 PM]      A Time to Kill (1996)
 [10:30 PM]      The Prince of Tides (1991)
 [1:00 AM]      No Country for Old Men (2007)
 [3:15 AM]      Ride the High Country (1962)
 [5:15 AM]      The Brave One (1956)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  11/26/15

TCM spends the night with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
 [7:15 AM]      The Boy With Green Hair (1948)
 [8:45 AM]      The Yearling (1946)
 [11:00 AM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [12:45 PM]      Kim (1951)
 [2:45 PM]      National Velvet (1944)
 [5:00 PM]      Lassie Come Home (1943)
 [6:30 PM]      The Phantom Tollbooth (1969)
 [8:00 PM]      Desk Set (1957)
 [10:00 PM]      Woman of the Year (1942)
 [12:00 AM]      State of the Union (1948)
 [2:15 AM]      Pat And Mike (1952)
 [4:00 AM]      Adam's Rib (1949)

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President Barack Obama, right, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to composer Stephen Sondheim during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington.
Photo by Evan Vucci


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Personal Objects To Auction

Arthur Ashe

Items reflecting the public and private life of Arthur Ashe are going on the auction block. They include speech notes on AIDS awareness and the jacket he wore at an anti-apartheid protest - among the causes the tennis great and humanitarian championed during his lifetime.

The 16 manuscripts and personal objects are being offered as one lot on Dec. 8 at Christie's books and manuscript sale in New York. It's expected to sell for $80,000 to $120,000.

Ashe was the first African-American to win Wimbledon and the U.S. and Australian Opens. The Richmond, Virginia, native died in 1993 from AIDS-related pneumonia attributed to a blood transfusion following a heart operation.

Christie's says the items are being sold by a private collector. They include Ashe's notes for a Nov. 19, 1992, speech before the National Leadership Coalition on AIDS. It says in part: "We must be creative, even dogmatic, in the face of serious but unexaggerated medical evidence of a potential disaster . Let me tell you what my objectives are - to save lives."

Arthur Ashe


President Barack Obama, right, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Barbra Streisand during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 17 people with the nation's highest civilian award, including one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a "Funny Girl."
Photo by Evan Vucci


Creationists Slam

Google Doodle

Google Doodles are meant to be fun and informative, but lately they've been cause for outrage.

Tuesday's Doodle is no exception. It features a primate, an Australopithecus (a close relative to humans) and a human, to celebrate the 41st anniversary of Lucy the Australopithecus' discovery. Lucy is thought to have walked upright and is considered to be an early human ancestor.

Forty-seven of Lucy's 206 bones were found in Ethiopia in 1974 - about 40% of her skeleton.

Evolution, of course, is an aggressively disputed topic (remember the Scopes trial, anyone?) and some creationists - and, probably, a few trolls too - have taken to the Internet to express their anger at Google for celebrating a historic scientific moment.

Google Doodle


Newhead News



John Stamos

John Stamos has pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence of a drug that was filed after his arrest earlier this year in Beverly Hills, California, and he has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Jane Godfrey ordered Stamos to attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a counselling session.

Blair Berk, an attorney for the "Full House" star, entered the plea Tuesday on Stamos' behalf.

The 52-year-old actor was briefly hospitalized in June after Beverly Hills police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police have not identified the substance they suspect Stamos had taken, and it was not addressed in court.

John Stamos


Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, left, receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 17 people with the nation's highest civilian award, including one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a "Funny Girl."
Photo by Evan Vucci


Call For A New Holiday

Abolition Day

A group of black U.S. lawmakers and other prominent figures on Tuesday called on the federal government to declare a national holiday to mark Abolition Day, the official end to the nation's use of slavery.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus as well as a federal appeals judge and the NAACP released a petition asking for the holiday to fall on Dec. 6, which this year marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

"(December 6, 1865) is arguably the most significant moment in African-American history," Judge James Wynn, a member of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said in a conference call. "It isn't often we can look to a specific date and say, 'An evil institution ended that day.'"

Nearly half of the 1,000 Americans surveyed by Sachs Media Group earlier this month said they thought the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863 officially ended U.S. slavery. About 26 percent correctly identified the 13th Amendment, which resulted in four million slaves being freed and gaining U.S. citizenship.

As part of the Abolition Day campaign, some of those involved will hold events at federal buildings, including the National Archives Building in Washington and the Capitol Building, through the end of December.

Abolition Day


Wake-up Call


Stonewall Deja Vu


Congressional Republicans hope a post-Thanksgiving drive to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law and block Planned Parenthood's federal funds will spotlight their fierce support for top-tier conservative causes. The certain veto waiting at the White House will only help them sharpen their stance for voters, they say.

Yet even as GOP leaders express optimism that they'll push the bill through the Senate, the run-up to the debate reveals the tightrope they face to win the needed votes.

It also features the rare spectacle of prominent anti-abortion groups publicly pressuring two of their normally stalwart supporters who are battling for the Republican presidential nomination.

Since the health overhaul became law in 2010, lawmakers have had dozens of votes, mostly in the House, on GOP efforts to scuttle all or part of it. With Republicans controlling Congress this year, each chamber has voted to halt the $450 million in annual federal payments to Planned Parenthood, the party's reaction to the group's role providing fetal tissue for research.

Democrats mock the repeated votes as time-wasting political posturing. But Republicans say there's value in forcing Obama to veto legislation crippling the health law and stopping Planned Parenthood's federal dollars.



Arlo Guthrie performs "Alice's Restaurant" at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Mass., during a performance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.
Photo by Gillian Jones


Pulls Ads

Amazon Inc on Monday agreed to pull advertisements for a new television show featuring Nazi-inspired imagery from New York City's subway system, a transit official said, hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the company to do so.

The advertisements for "The Man in the High Castle" completely wrap the seats, walls and ceilings of one train on the heavily utilized shuttle line that connects Times Square and Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan.

The show depicts an alternate reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan have divided control over the United States after winning World War Two.

The advertisements include a version of the American flag with a German eagle and iron cross in place of the stars, as well as a stylized flag inspired by imperial Japan.

The shuttle train ads had been scheduled to run until Dec. 6, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In addition, Amazon has paid for 260 subway station posters to be displayed until Dec. 6.



Itzhak Perlman waves as he arrives for the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays,Yogi Berra, Perlman and politicians, activists and government innovators.
Photo by Andrew Harnik


Anb Inquisition For Our Times


A controversial trial of two investigative journalists and three others involved in the latest Vatican leaks scandal began Tuesday with judges rejecting an appeal for the charges against one of the reporters to be dismissed.

Addressing the opening hearing in a rarely-used Vatican courtroom, journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi said he was "incredulous" at finding himself in the city state's court on charges that do not exist in Italy.

"I did not write anything false or defamatory," he told the court, arguing that his right to publish news based on material obtained from secret sources was protected by the Italian constitution and international human rights conventions.

Fellow journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi described the trial, in which all five defendants face up to eight years in prison, as "Kafkaesque and absurd."

Nuzzi, who was instrumental in breaking the first big Vatican leaks story in 2012, said that he had only met his court-appointed lawyer for the first time one hour before the trial began and had not had time to even read the indictment documents.



President Barack Obama awards singer James Taylor the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington.
Photo by Andrew Harnik


DNA Thieves

Water Bears

The eight-legged water bear -- a hardy, nearly microscopic animal resembling its mammal namesake -- gets a huge chunk of its DNA from foreign organisms such as bacteria and plants, scientists have revealed.

These genes, the researchers suggest, help the tiny animals, also known as moss piglets or tardigrades, survive in the harshest of environments.

Water bears, which live all over the world, are usually 0.020 inches (0.5 millimetres) long and move very slowly and clumsily on their multitude of legs.

Even after being stuck in a freezer at -112 degrees Fahrenheit (-80 Celsius) for 10 years, they can start moving around again about 20 minutes after thawing.

By sequencing these creatures' genome, researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill were surprised to find that 17.5 percent -- nearly a sixth -- of the genome came from foreign organisms.

Water Bears


Mediums dressed as deities perform during the traditional Kartik dance festival at Patan Durbar Square in Lalitpur, Nepal November 24, 2015. Observed for eight days, the festival is the longest dance festival in Nepal, and features a mix of drama, music and dialogues introduced by King Siddhinarsingh Malla in 1637 AD. Picture taken November 24, 2015.
Photo by Navesh Chitrakar


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 16-22. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: Cincinnati at Arizona, NBC, 18.01 million.
    2. "NCIS," CBS, 16.59 million.
    3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 15.19 million.
    4. "Sunday Night NFL Pregame Show," NBC, 13.69 million.
    5. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 13.22 million.
    6. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 13.01 million.
    7. "The OT," Fox, 12.73 million.
    8. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 12.35 million.
    9. NFL Football: Houston at Cincinnati, ESPN, 12.19 million.
   10. "Empire," Fox, 11:34 million.
   11. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.21 million.
   12. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million.
   13. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 11.01 million.
   14. "American Music Awards," ABC, 11.007 million.
   15. "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.99 million.
   16. "Football Night in America," NBC, 10.88 million.
   17. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 9.91 million.
   18. "Scorpion," CBS, 9.16 million.
   19. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 9.1 million.
   20. "Survivor," CBS, 9.05 million.




In Memory

David Canary

David Canary, who for nearly three decades played the twin brothers Adam and Stuart Chandler on the ABC soap opera All My Children, has died. He was 77.

Canary, who earlier portrayed Candy Canaday, the ranch foreman of the Ponderosa, on the iconic NBC Western Bonanza, died Nov. 16 of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Wilton, Conn., his family announced.

The blue-eyed Canary first appeared on All My Children as Adam in 1984 and received five outstanding actor Emmy Awards and 16 nominations through 2001. He retired from acting in 2010 but returned to play the Chandler brothers for several days before the show's emotional September 2011 finale.

After two years in the U.S. Army, Canary came to Los Angeles and appeared in Hombre (1967) with Paul Newman, as a mobster in The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) with Jason Robards and in Sharks' Treasure (1975) with Cornel Wilde. He also drew attention for playing Mia Farrow's physical therapist Russ Gehring in the hugely popular ABC nighttime soap Peyton Place.

When Leonard Nimoy and the producers of Star Trek were locked in a contract dispute of their own, Canary was one of the top candidates to play Mr. Spock, according to the 1996 book Inside Star Trek - The Real Story.

Canary also played shrewd businessman Steve Frame on the NBC soap opera Another World from 1981 until 1983, when his character was killed off in a car crash, before joining All My Children.

Canary also appeared on Broadway in 1980 in Tennessee Williams' final play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, opposite Geraldine Page.

Survivors include his wife of more than 33 years, Maureen; children Christopher and Kathryn; brother John; and grandson Donovan.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association's David Canary Memorial Fund.

David Canary



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