BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 30 November, 2016


30 November, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1889 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - January 21st, 2015

TV Shows from That Day-Glo Decade

By AtoZ

This week, we're gonna' hand it over to guest columnist Dave, otherwise 'noun' as AtoZ !

     Some of the thoughts he's had on 60's TV that've been knockin' around his whimsical version of a brain for ages have suddenly taken the written form of an essay . . or a thesis . . or maybe just a rambling series of sentences ?

     Anyweigh, we're gonna call "TV Shows from That Day-Glo Decade" a topic related to Mash-Ups, perhaps as the deep seated seeds of inspiration . . . or maybe just cuz your Useo host has mashed both "Hogan's Heroes" and "Mr. Ed"?, while he and AtoZ both have used The Dick Van Dyke show on separate occasions.

     If the men behind the TV pilot seasons of the mid-60's weren't exactly at the same "LSD In Your Coffee Surprise Party" as Mr. George and John Beatle, then at least they were all passed the same joint !

     We went from the dawn of that "turbulent decade", where shows were still painting dreamy pictures of suburban life. And even if all the shows like "Father Knew Beaver Would Make Room For Daddy" added more salt to their sugary visions then we tend to remember, it was still largely the rosy ideal portrayals of the late 50's.

     Things took a few major steps towards realism as Dick Van Dyke and Andy Griffith came on the scene, but in only a couple more years high concept sit-coms would explode in all directions !

     One guys marries a witch, while another brings home a genie in a bottle ( eventually marrying her as well ).

     One motley assortment of oddballs get stuck on an island, while a couple of astronauts get stuck in the stone-age!

     "My Favorite Martian" crashes with an L.A. reporter while a Flying Nun sails over Puerto Rico.

     We got yer' talkin' horses, yer' mother's spirit inhabiting a car, wacky antics in a concentration camp with adorable Nazis, and two families of family-friendly ghouls living in the ookiest homes on the block! (a rent-free ghost even lived with Mrs. Muir!)

     Rural America was on the move in all directions too! . . . Manhattanites move out to Greener Acres, Hillbillies end up in Beverly Hills . . . while the girls of Petticoat Junction simply washed-up in a water tower.

     At the same time, modern culture continually passed thru the looking-glass of tripped-out TV.

     The Beatles became "The Monkees" . . . James Bond translated into Maxwell Smart . . and without a dozen comic-book superhero movies a year to draw on, TV fed on it's own with the campiest version of Batman paving the way for a couple of single-season delights like "Captain Nice" and "Mr. Terrific".

     If we trace the evolution of music, culture, and personal/social self-identity through the very same times, it becomes apparent that we were all Dorothy, traveling from black & white Kansas to step out into the colorful landscapes of Oz!

     The Times, They Were a' Changin', indeed . . . everywhere and on most levels. So perhaps my observation that TV pitch-guys ( and Madison Ave. ) all flipped their wigs as they lost their expanded minds… maybe this is pretty darn obvious afterall.

     But it sure made for some entertaining & goofy new ideas on channels 2, 4 and 7 !!

     To paraphrase a "pair a' phrases" from this same frame of time, they "turned-on while we was already tuned-in ... and then we all dropped-out and staged a "Laugh-In" till the 70's dawned and the gritty realism at the movies manifesting in films like "Midnight Cowboy" & "M*A*S*H" was also reflected in TV shows like "All In The Family" or "Room 222".

     We came back down to earth, putting our trippy threads back in the closet, but we'd never have ended-up in Enlightened Town if we hadn't have travelled through Whimsyville to get there.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Mason: The European elite have developed a death wish (The Guardian)
From the French right's selection of Fillon to the Italian referendum and Austrian election, Europe's centre is oblivious to its own existential crisis. They might want to dust off their copies of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice.

Michele Hanson: Break the taboo and talk about death - it will make you feel better (The Guardian)
Planning for one's passing doesn't have to be frightening - it can be poetic and moving.

Hadley Freeman: "Christopher Lloyd: 'Donald Trump's a beast. He needs to be put in a cage'" (The Guardian)
After three decades, the Back to the Future star is still happy to be known as zany scientist Doc Emmett Brown. He talks about the prescience of Biff Tannen's politics and why he's the only person alive to prefer the third film in the trilogy.

Oliver Burkeman: How to talk to strangers (The Guardian)
People are happier when they talk to strangers, even when they predict they'll hate it.

Jonathan Jones: Did the boldness of Britain's public art pave the way to Brexit? (The Guardian)
From the Angel of the North to the Tower of London poppies, art on an epic scale has captured imaginations, fired up patriotic pride - and made us a Brexit nation.

Marina Hyde: Ivanka Trump is a shoo-in for the Iron Throne (The Guardian)
Before you could say 'conflict of interests', America's most dysfunctional family have already begun blurring the lines between politics and business.

Nimby Smith: 7 Famous Companies Who F**ked The World And Got Away With It (Cracked)
7. Big Sugar's Been Covering Up Sugar's Link To Heart Disease For Decades

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Trivia Question of the Day

Crude oil is the most commonly traded commodity. What is the second most traded commodity?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

How many zeroes are there in a googol?

       100                                                      Source

A googol is the large number 10100. In decimal notation, it is written as the digit 1 followed by one hundred 0s:


The term was coined in 1920 by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta (1911-1981), nephew of U.S. mathematician Edward Kasner. Kasner popularized the concept in his 1940 book Mathematics and the Imagination. Other names for googol include ten duotrigintillion on the short scale, ten thousand sexdecillion on the long scale, or ten sexdecilliard on the Peletier long scale.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   100 zeros.

Randall wrote:
   1 followed by 100 zeroes

Adam answered:
   100 zeros.

Deborah said:
   A googol is a 1 with 100 zeros after it. Who makes up this stuff, anyway?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   A googol is the large number that is the digit 1 followed by 100 zeroes

DJ Useo replied:
   Numbers, huh? I pass. Makes my head hurt.
  I'd ask the Missus, but I did that yesterday, & she was incorrect. Lol.

MAM     wrote:
   A googol is 10 to the 100th power (which is 1 followed by 100 zeros); 1 googol =1.0 × 10100

Joe S     answered:
   How many Barney?

  Thank you.

mj took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  November 30 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 30 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

"They came for the Teachers first"

For haters only: watching Steve Bannon's documentary films | Film | The Guardian

As Trump Continues To Flout Science, Top Researchers Make Urgent Appeal | The Huffington Post

Jeff Sessions Slammed A Law Protecting Schoolchildren With Disabilities | The Huffington Post

Disabled People Will Die Under Trump: An Emergency Plea To Allies | The Huffington Post

They Came For The Comedians In Nazi Germany: And They're Starting It Here, Now

'Moana' continues the evolution of the Disney princess

BBC - Culture - The controversy behind Disney's groundbreaking new princess

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - People's Choice - BBC News

Kellogg Pulls Ads From Breitbart Amid Hate-Speech Concerns - Bloomberg

Donald Trump is hiring Tom DeLay's lawyer as White House counsel: There are no words -

Congress finally begins to notice the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock -

"Mr. Pig": a wonderful road movie about family and transcendence, co-written and directed by Diego Luna -

Roberts: Why does Walgreens charge 1,237 percent more than Costco?

Environmentalists Gird For Battle With A Trump Administration : The Two-Way : NPR

Trump's Election Prompts The Internet Archive To Copy Its Database In Canada

Should we be concerned by warning signs that democracy itself is in danger?

California Democrats just gained the two-thirds supermajority needed to pass key legislative reforms

Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it's necessary | Aeon Ideas

Rupert Murdoch set to lose $100m Theranos investment | Media | The Guardian
     couldn't happen to a nicer prick

Security experts join Jill Stein's 'election changing' recount campaign | US news | The Guardian

Hunter S Thompson's widow wants to get you high on his personal supply | Books | The Guardian

Standing Rock is the civil rights issue of our time - let's act accordingly | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian

Disney's Moana strikes at the heart of proto-Trump America | Lindy West | Opinion | The Guardian

Thanks, Michelle!



David E Suggests


A Timeline of Coca-Cola at Christmas (Infographic)


Thanks, Dave!



Team Coco


CONAN: Senator Bernie Sanders: Donald Trump's Tweets Are "Delusional & Insane"

CONAN: Senator Bernie Sanders: Americans Need To Demand More From The Media

CONAN: Senator Bernie Sanders: Romney Was Right To Call Trump A Fraud

CONAN: Senator Bernie Sanders On The Future Of The Democratic Party

CONAN: Senator Bernie Sanders Calls Out Republicans Who Make It Harder To Vote

CONAN: Senator Bernie Sanders Isn't Optimistic About President Trump

CONAN: Senator Bernie Sanders Wishes He Could've Run Against Trump

CONAN: EXCLUSIVE Leaked Audio Of Obama & Trump's Phone Calls



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Donald Trump is now questioning the legitimacy of the election he won - Vox

No mandate: Popular vote loser Trump is a historically unpopular president-elect | Daily Kos

Trump is dangerous and corrupt, everyday, he reveals more of just how low he is willing to go | Daily Kos

A #NoDAPL Map | The Huffington Post

How Donald Trump Became Conspiracy Theorist in Chief | Mother Jones

To Those Trumpsters Who Say, "We Didn't Complain When Your Side Won," Let's Review | Daily Kos

90% of Teachers See Negative Trump Effect in Schools - The Daily Beast

Donald Trump's Washington Hotel Is About To Violate Its Government Lease | The Huffington Post

Alex Jones' Attacks Sandy Hook Principal's Daughter | Media Matters

Donald Trump is hiring Tom DeLay's lawyer as White House counsel: There are no words -

Trump Lashes Out at Journalists Over His 'Voter Fraud' Claim - The Daily Beast

Donald Trump Just Told One Of His Most Brazen Lies Yet | The Huffington Post

Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President - The New York Times

Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest: A Crib Sheet - The Atlantic

Newt Gingrich Says Donald Trump Was Wrong To Tweet Voter Fraud Lie | The Huffington Post

Lindsey Graham To Donald Trump: Prove Voter Fraud Or Be Quiet | The Huffington Post

Trump's pick for national security adviser praised far-right Breitbart editor as one of the bravest people he's met - CNNPolitics



Reader Comment

Another Reason

Another Reason Why I'll Miss President Obama

Eight years without scandals or mistresses...

Obama's Sacred Duty: Visiting the Wounded at Walter Reed - The New York Times


Thanks, Deborah!



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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

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

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





Selected Readings

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Last Night

Sunny and on the brisk side (for these parts).

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Lauren Cohan and Sleigh Bells.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Jessica Alba, Kate Mara, and Ken Jeong.

NBC opens the night with the FRESH 'Christmas In Rockefeller Center', followed by the FRESH made-for-TV movie 'Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Felicity Jones, Billy Crudup, and Car Seat Headrest.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 11/16/16) are Kathy Bates, Laura Jane Grace, Against Me!, and Atom Willard.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/10/16) are Mekhi Phifer, Band of Skulls, and Jen D'Angelo.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'Speechless', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Designated Survivor'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 11/18/16) are Matthew Broderick, Tip, and Butch Walker.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'Frequency'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Lethal Weapon', followed by a FRESH 'Empire'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Going Si-ral', followed by a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', and another old 'Duck Dynasty'.

AMC offers the movie 'Enchanted', followed by the movie 'Monster-In-Law'.

BBC  -   
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-New Earth
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Tooth and Claw
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-School Reunion
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Where Silence Has Lease
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Outrageous Okona
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Loud as a Whisper
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Where Silence Has Lease
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Outrageous Okona

Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Don't Be Tardy ...', another 'Don't Be Tardy ...', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'South Park', then a FRESH 'Legends Of Chamberlain Heights'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Tomi Lahren.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, and Matt Goldich.

FX has the movie 'The Wolverine', followed by the movie 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.

History has 'Vikings', followed by a FRESH 'Vikings', then another FRESH 'Vikings', followed by a FRESH 'Real Vikings'.

IFC  -   
 [9:30AM]    RED DRAGON
 [12:15PM]    THE SHINING
 [6:15PM]    ORPHAN
 [10:30PM]    LAKE PLACID
 [12:15AM]    ORPHAN
 [3:00AM]    HOSTEL
 [5:00AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Know, Know, Know Your Goat
 [5:30AM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Let Your Love Groan    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:05AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-I'm Dreaming of a Slight Christmas
 [6:40AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Oh, Brother
 [7:15AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Modernization of Emily
 [7:50AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Jobless Corps
 [8:25AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Clink Shrink
 [9:00AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Mind Your Own Business
 [9:35AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-A Love Story
 [10:10AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-By the Way ... You're Fired!
 [10:45AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Confessions of an Orthodontist
 [11:20AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-A Matter of Principal
 [11:55AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Big Brother Is Watching
 [12:30PM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Battle of the Groups
 [1:05PM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Great Timpau Medical Arts Experiment
 [1:40PM]    The Bob Newhart Show-The Separation Story
 [2:15PM]    Apollo 13
 [5:14PM]    A Few Good Men
 [8:14PM]    The American
 [10:00PM]    Rectify-Physics
 [11:02PM]    The American
 [1:32AM]    Rectify-Physics
 [2:38AM]    The Ledge
 [4:54AM]    Rectify-Physics    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie '2012', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park III', followed by a FRESH 'Incorporated'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Nick Offerman, Johnny Pemberton, and Dorothy.

 [6:00 AM]      Holiday Affair (1949)
 [7:30 AM]      It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
 [9:30 AM]      O. Henry's Full House (1952)
 [11:30 AM]      Meet John Doe (1941)
 [1:45 PM]      A Christmas Carol (1938)
 [3:00 PM]      Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
 [4:45 PM]      Snowed Under (1936)
 [6:00 PM]      The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Best Boy (1979)
 [10:00 PM]      Sherman's March (1986)
 [12:45 AM]      Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
 [2:30 AM]      Sans Soleil (1982)
 [4:30 AM]      Antonio Gaudi (1984)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  12/01/16

 [6:00 AM]      Damon And Pythias (1962)
 [7:45 AM]      Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963)
 [9:15 AM]      The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
 [11:30 AM]      Captain Sindbad (1963)
 [1:00 PM]      Atlas (1961)
 [2:30 PM]      Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1960)
 [4:15 PM]      She (1965)
 [6:15 PM]      The Vengeance of She (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)
 [10:00 PM]      It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
 [12:00 AM]      O. Henry's Full House (1952)
 [2:15 AM]      Meet John Doe (1941)
 [4:30 AM]      Fitzwilly (1967)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Incorporated'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Aug. 28, 1987) - Shelley Winters and Tom Parks.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

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Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


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Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, blows candles during her 117th birthday in Verbania, northern Italy November 29, 2016.
Photo by Alessandro Garofalo


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Wants Back Up Site In Canada

Internet Archive

Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) won't be sworn in as US President until January, but one major internet organization is already making back-up plans, literally.

The Internet Archive, a San Francisco non-profit that maintains one of the world's largest library of cached web sites, said on Tuesday that it was planning to create a copy of its archives in Canada, out of the reach of the incoming US government.

"On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change. It was a firm reminder that institutions like ours, built for the long-term, need to design for change," Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive wrote in a blog post published on Tuesday.

"For us, it means keeping our cultural materials safe, private and perpetually accessible. It means preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions."

Presumably, if the Internet Archive had a Canada-based operation, controversial documents would stay online in the event that US censorship laws became more restrictive under Trump. Kahle also points to the possibility that government surveillance may increase under a Trump administration as another reason for the move.

Internet Archive


Fast food worker Rogelio Hernandez, 72, who works at Carl's Jr., has a wife and four kids, and earns roughly $290 every two weeks, participates in a "Fight for $15" wage protest in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 29, 2016.
Photo by Lucy Nicholson

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~'s Word Of The Year


You might have thought about it, heard it. A lot. You might have even felt it:'s word of the year is "xenophobia."

While it's difficult to get at exactly why people look up words in dictionaries, online or on paper, it's clear that in contentious 2016, fear of "otherness" bruised the collective consciousness around the globe.

The Brexit vote, police violence against people of color, Syria's refugee crisis, transsexual rights and the U.S. presidential race were among prominent developments that drove debate - and spikes in lookups of the word, said Jane Solomon, one of the dictionary site's lexicographers.

Searches for xenophobia on the site increased by 938 percent from June 22 to June 24, Solomon said. Lookups spiked again that month after President Obama's June 29 speech in which he insisted that Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric was not a measure of "populism," but rather "nativism, or xenophobia, or worse."



Newhead News


Rome Screening

Martin Scorsese

"Goodfellas" director Martin Scorsese is to be granted a private audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday after unveiling his latest film to an audience of 400 Jesuits, the Vatican said.

"Silence", an adaptation of Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel of the same name, tells the story of two Jesuit missionaries (played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who visit 17th century Japan in the footsteps of their mentor (Liam Neeson).

Francis was not due to attend the screening of the film in Rome on Tuesday, despite its subject being close to his heart.

A member of the Jesuit order, the Argentinian pontiff wanted to become a missionary in Japan himself as a young man but was prevented from doing so by ill health.

The veteran director was to attend the Rome screening of his latest work, for which a senior figure in the Jesuit order was employed as a consultant.

Martin Scorsese


Reflected in an ornament, a reporter takes a photo of the White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room during a media preview of the holiday decor at the White House in Washington, D.C, November 29, 2016.
Photo by Kevin Lamarque


Symphony Score Sells For £4.5 Million

Gustav Mahler

The complete score of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony was sold in London for £4.5 million on Tuesday, a record for a musical manuscript, Sotheby's auction house said.

The handwritten 232-page score includes the composer's deletions, alterations and annotations, many of them done in a vivid blue crayon.

The score was owned by US businessman Gilbert Kaplan who became obsessed with the work, known as the "Resurrection Symphony", and dedicated his life to conducting it before his death earlier this year.

The only comparable sales, both sold at Sotheby's, were a manuscript of nine Mozart symphonies for £2.5 million ($3.1 million, 3 million euros) in 1987 and the manuscript of Robert Schumann's Second Symphony for £1.5 million in 1994.

Gustav Mahler


Digby's Hullabaloo


We're Number 10!

US Students

American students have strides to make when it comes to math and science, where they lag behind a solid block of East Asian countries, according to results released Tuesday from an international exam.

Eighth graders in the United States improved their scores in math over the last four years, up nine points. Scores for science, however, were flat. In fourth grade, scores were unchanged in the math and science tests.

Singapore topped the rankings, taking first place in both grades for math and science on the tests, known as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS. The tests are administered every four years to a random sampling of students in dozens of countries.

Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan also dominated the lists for each grade in both subjects.

The United States placed 10th in fourth-grade science as well as in eighth-grade math. In eighth-grade science, the U.S. tied with Ireland in 10th place. It ranked 14th for fourth-grade math, just behind Portugal and Kazakhstan.

US Students


A woman walks in front of the Athens University which is illuminated with a red light during a three-day event against the HIV/AIDS, in central Athens, Greece on November 29, 2016. World AIDS Day is marked worldwide annually on December 1 to raise awareness of the global AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
Photo by Yannis Kolesidis


Pulls Ads


Kellogg has announced that it will no longer advertise on, the alt-right website formerly run by one of President-elect Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) top aides, Steve Bannon (R-Creep).

The food manufacturer decided to discontinue advertising on the site as soon as it was alerted by consumers to the presence of its ads, Kellogg Co. spokeswoman Kris Charles said Tuesday.

Breitbart has been condemned for featuring racist, sexist and anti-Semitic content.

Breitbart said Kellogg was denigrating "to its own detriment" a loyal and engaged community of consumers who helped elect Trump, saying the site had 45 million unique visitors in the last thirty days.

Pharmaceutical maker Novo Nordisk, online glasses retailer Warby Parker and the San Diego Zoo are among those that have publicly stated on Twitter that they will no longer advertise on the site.



Compensation Costs


Japan's trade ministry has almost doubled the estimated cost of compensation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant to more than 20 trillion yen ($177.51 billion), the Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday.

The trade ministry at the end of 2013 calculated the cost at 11 trillion yen, which was comprised of 5.4 trillion yen for compensation, 2.5 trillion yen for decontamination, 1.1 trillion yen for an interim storage facility for contaminated soil, and 2 trillion yen for decommissioning, the report said.

The new estimate raised the cost of compensation to 8 trillion yen and decontamination to 4-5 trillion yen, the cost for an interim storage facility remained steady, and decommissioning will rise by several trillion yen, it added.

The part of the cost increase will be passed on in electricity fees, it added, citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with the matter.



Pakistani boys are silhouetted against the sunset while playing along a railway track on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.
Photo by B.K. Bangash


Museum Rules Out Debate

Van Gogh

Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum ruled out Tuesday a public debate over the authenticity of a book of sketches that an art historian has said belonged to the Dutch impressionist.

Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, a University of Toronto academic, has declared the apparent find to be "the most revolutionary discovery" in the history of Van Gogh's work.

But the Dutch museum says the sketches, said to be from the artist's stay in the French city of Arles, are fake.

Welsh-Ovcharov's French publishers Le Seuil reproduced the drawings earlier this month in a book titled "Vincent Van Gogh, the fog of Arles: the rediscovered sketchbook."

The art historian says the drawings came from the Cafe de la Gare in Arles -- where Van Gogh stayed -- which "records that on May 20, 1890 Dr Felix Rey (who had treated Van Gogh's severed ear) visited the cafe on behalf of the artist" and left a large book of drawings.

Van Gogh


Personal Marijuana Strains

Hunter S. Thompson

The public will finally be able to smoke pot like a goddamn doctor of journalism.

Anita Thompson, the widow of gonzo writer and reporter Hunter S. Thompson, recently announced her plans to produce marijuana from extracted strains of weed he smoked before his death in 2005, she told The Aspen Times.

"Since it became legal [in several states] I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries," Anita told The Times. "I've had probably 10 meetings in the last three years and I always ended up saying 'No' because it's the same story every time: Somebody wants to slap Hunter's name on their strain."

But now, Anita outright owns the gonzo logo and Hunter's likeness, so she decided to, with help from a unnamed cannabis company, create new brands of marijuana from six strains she saved which Thompson personally smoked, according to the newspaper.

"I have found a legal method to extract the DNA from Hunter's personal marijuana and hashish that I saved for 12-15 years," she wrote. "I am in the process of making the strains available to those who would like to enjoy the authentic Gonzo strains in legal states. Although the 'drug lord' phrase is silly as it doesn't match my personality, I am looking forward to making the authentic strains available in legal states to support the Farm and the scholarships."

Hunter S. Thompson



Starlings perform a murmuration at sunset near Gretna Green, in the south of Scotland, Tuesday Nov. 29, 2016.
Photo by Owen Humphreys



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