BartCop Entertainment

Tuesday

27 January, 2015

(Updated Daily)

[1218 days in a row]



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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Ending Greece's Nightmare (NY Times Column)
Now that Alexis Tsipras has won, and won big, European officials would be well advised to stop lecturing him on fiscal responsibility.


Paul Krugman: The Greek Stand-By Arrangement (NY Times Blog)
For [my] column I went back to the original, May 2010 stand-by arrangement for Greece, to see what the troika was demanding and predicting at the beginning of the austerity push, and how it compares with what actually happened.


Andrew Tobias: Deficit Thinking
No question, the world is too complex to suggest that Bush alone could all its problems. But he chose to invade Iraq; he chose to slash taxes on the rich. In combination, that greatly weakened our national balance sheet. He and his administration were at the helm as the real estate bubble inflated and inflated and inflated


5 Historical Figures More Terrifying Than Any Horror Villain (Cracked)
If the world seems like a more violent and brutal place these days, well, that's because your history class left out a bunch of shit, probably due to your teacher not wanting to give you PTSD.


Stephanie Zacharek: "The Palm Beach Story: Love in a Warm Climate" (Criterion)
Because there is no romantic comedy less certain about the notion of lasting love than The Palm Beach Story (1942), there is no movie more comforting.


Michael Lind: From Poesy to Carrot Carnations (The Smart Set)
I had never heard of a carrot carnation. But when, back in the 1980s, several of my fellow staffers at the office of a Texas State Senator in Austin wanted to learn about them, I went along to kill some time. (There are downsides to working in the legislature of a state with an anti-government culture, but it does provide you with a lot of free time).


Jennifer Niven's top 10 teen books to save your life (Guardian)
Jennifer Niven wrote All the Bright Places knowing that at one time or another every teenager needs to know that it gets better, help is out there, high school isn't forever, and life is long and vast and full of joy. So here are her top 10 lovely, tough, honest, and ultimately life-affirming YA books.


David Bruce: Wise Up! Prejudice (Athens News)
Black musician Nat King Cole moved into a white suburb in Los Angeles back in the pre-Civil Rights days. Some of his neighbors started a petition to keep "undesirables" out of the neighborhood. When Mr. Cole found out about it, he knocked on a neighbor's door and asked to sign the petition because he also did not want any undesirables to move into the neighborhood.



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 approximately 50 Kindle books on Amazon.com.


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Trivia Question of the Day


Elements in nature, animals, creationary forces in the universe, as well as spirits of the revered deceased, are worshiped in the religion of Shinto. What is the name given to these spirits or phenomena?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Trivia Question from Yesterday


This performer was born Alfred Hawthorne Hill. By what name is he better known?


      Benny Hill                                                      Source


Alfred Hawthorne Hill, known by his stage name Benny Hill (21 January 1924 - 20 April 1992), was an English comedian and actor, notable for his long-running television programme The Benny Hill Show.        Source






Lois On The Hill In Oregon was first, and correct, with:
   I've always had a deep affection for Benny Hill, and not
  just because I look like him.




Alan J said:
   Benny Hill



Charlie wrote:
Benny Hill.
  I didn't get him at first, but he was a riot.




George replied:
   Cue "Yakety Sax", Marty, Alfred Hawthorne Hill is better known as Benny Hill!
  PS: My favourite of the "Hill's Angels" is Sue Upton - the best of the breed!




Deborah responded:
   Pressed for time, I'm going with a WAG - is it Benny Hill?
  Happy Monday, if that isn't an oxymoron.




Adam answered:
   Benny Hill.



Marian said:
   Benny Hill



Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Benny Hill



Dale of Diamondy Sprungs, Norcali 61F, replied:
   It's Benny Hill. I was never very appreciative of his British music hall approach to humour.


  Therefore I will move on to thoughts of "American Sniper" which I plunked down $7.50 (senior rate) to view last Saturday night. Early in the action while trying to decide whether to drill a not so innocent mother and child in Iraq, we flash back to a hunting safari in Texas when Kyle was a pubescent young man. His Dad lectured him on life after he made his first kill of a buck. You're either gonna be sheep, a wolf or a sheepdog in life. You gotta make up your mind what you is gonna be. Most people are sheep. Some are wolves and some are sheep protectors. THIS IS TRUE SHITHEAD TEXAN LOGIC! He was going to go through hell or high water to avenge those terrorists who dare strike out at Amerikan Greatness as a sheepdog. Sure seems that Kyle turned into a predator.
  This is a quote from Kyle's book on killing the woman and child: "I hated the damn savages I'd been fighting, Savage, despicable, evil - that's what we were fighting in Iraq. That's why a lot of people, myself included, called the enemy savages. There was really no other way to describe what we encountered there." Kind of sounds like the snipers were more like psychopathic assassins, but we really know how to garner up our youth to turn them into killers to protect financial interests of sub-humans like Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rummy and of course RR.
  So I think that "American Sniper" fucking glorifies our ill-thought attacks by the use of the Domino Theory of getting rich on the backs of the people and a pox on motherfucking Shithead Texans!




DJ Useo answered:
   Benny Hill. Y'know what's weird about the timing of your inquiry?
  I was just watching an episode of his 70's series just last night!
  My wife asked me to turn it off. Lol.




Randall responded:
  

  Benny Hill had a British television program that ran (in various incarnations) from 1955 through 1990, eponymously called


  It was a sketch-comedy program that took a lot from American vaudeville and British music-hall slapstick humor with a heaping side of burlesque


  Benny Hill was a very clever writer/producer and himself played many silly characters .


  and he was very deft at discerning the line between sexy and kind-of-naughty without becoming downright sleazy...


  ...and his "Hill's Angels" played a huge part in the success of the show


  I always got a kick out of the the whacky chase-scenes where scantily-clad Hill's Angles chased Benny Hill around to the tune of Yakety Sax...


  And on a quick side-note: Daphne Moon of Frasier fame, the very sexy Jane Leeves, originally launched her career as a Hill's Angel:


  Although not from Benny Hill, the following typifies the very British, Benny Hill-style of comedy of cheesecake and light humor...




Joe S     wrote:
   Mother always said if you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all.





mj took the day off.
  



MAM   is under the weather, and we wish her a speedy recovery.
  



Sally has retired, but she's still around - and one of my 3 pillars.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  

  January 27 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 27 | Famous Birthdays



  


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Middle Class Political Economist

Greece challenges the austerians




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


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


Republicans find it's not easy being in charge - SFGate



40 Years Ago the World 'Discovered' Mexico's Monarch Habitat -- Today Its Survival Is at Stake | Homero Aridjis



What's in a Dream? | Dr. Michael J. Breus



Gaza in Arizona | Todd Miller



For Charles M. Blow, this time it was personal



Killing Ragheads for Jesus: On Watching 'American Sniper' | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progress



The Hunting of Billie Holiday - Johann Hari - POLITICO Magazine



Barbie-maker Mattel fires boss after firm reports plummeting profits | Business | The Guardian



BBC News - Project Blue Book: US Air Force UFO documents revealed



BBC - Earth - Caterpillar makes magical cocoon



BBC - Future - The choking problem of Asia's air pollution



Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall : The Two-Way : NPR



Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream : NPR



Emma Watson Cast as Belle in Disney's Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' - The Moviefone Blog




Thanks, Michelle!


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Spud Goodman My POV

Two Worlds, One Country

Two Worlds, One Country


All of us have relatives or friends who seem to exist in their own private hemisphere. In fact we, me and you the reader just might spend most of our waking hours in that special place too where annoying facts we don't especially embrace are not allowed entrance. Some would say this tendency is a primary tool in surviving these trying times but let's get real for a second, a lot of us don't let dissenting opinions and verified information through our screening process for one reason, life is more enjoyable when the truth is as flexible as flubber. A cable news network is based on this premise and it remains wildly profitable as its ratings remain dominant. How did this happen? Well it has been well documented by many but to recap it seems to this writer it was a gradual process, sort of a slow administering of an anesthetic via the AM side of the radio dial. In the early 90's Rush Limbaugh pretty much had the partisan talk show playing field to himself. The left never effectively countered this ideological phenomenon and it gradually grew to take command of the airwaves. The fight was essentially over by the late 90's though there were valiant efforts by the other side as they launched a counter attack i.e. Air America which was the equivalent of responding to an attack by a Panzer tank unit with a fully loaded 38 Smith & Wesson. Not an evenly matched battle to say the least.

There are moments in the history of our country where certain events have generated great social change and at times upheaval. I present 1996 as a year in which a large segment of Americans began a relationship with a broadcasting organization that has literally changed the face of this country politically and clearly has cemented permanent grid lock in Congress. This the wet dream goal of business interests who oppose oversight is actively embraced by approximately 38 % of the good ole USA and about 2.3 nightly cable viewers. It should be noted that it represents action that is not in the best interests of 99.7% of this political community. Why would they support a dysfunctional system? The simple answer is we are talking about the true haters of forward movement socially and culturally and that trumps for the time being their own financial interests. Though they don't yearn for a return to the 16th century as radical Islamists openly promote they do wish for a pre-civil war model here that would erase a world where various ethnic groups continue to merge into one big melting pot that knows no color. That is a deal breaker for this segment of the populace. The ballot box on their side is continually juiced by the non-stop torrent of Anglo Saxon victimization. An around the clock orgy of watching FOX NEWS would convince any impressionable (low information) adult of voting age that either he or she either get with the program or very soon there will be no there there.

In watching analysis of President Obama's state of the union address televised from the bunker of each warring side, FOX NEWS & MSNBC (the Swiss or CNN tripped over itself staying neutral) it became clear this is the America we will have for at least a generation or two. My prior position was when the FOX NEWS main demo passed away in the next 10 years or so a new day would arrive but now I'm not so sure. This divide may be permanently baked into our culture and if one values a functional society with infrastructure and educational services that are not an embarrassment within the developed world this is a very bad thing. So I will end this little diatribe with one simple word, ok two, we're screwed! Later

Two Worlds, One Country My POV



Newest Podcast - "The Candidate Episode" featuring J.B. Smoove & David Koechner



Animation segment "Fran Drescher on This Is Spinal Tap"





Thanks, Spud!



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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



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from Marc Perkel

BartCop

Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to active@bartcop.com.

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on bartcop.com

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )


Marc Perkel


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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


"...BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT THE ALTERNATIVES." BUMMER!

GET OUT OF THE SUN MIKE! YOU HAVE BEAIN FRY!

THE "MORAN"!

"FUCK YOU" SARAH PALIN!

HOW DOES CLIMATE CHANGE MAKE YOU FEEL?

"OFF WITH THEIR HEADS"!

MAKE THE "RIGHT TO VOTE" A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT.

"DO NO EVIL" MY ASS.

"POONADO"!






Visit JD's site - Kitty Litter Music



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Ark Of Darkness

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

I'm not too good at the begging routine, but this page doesn't generate enough revenue for a high-speed connection, so I'm still on a crappy dial-up.

I'm grateful to my 3 pillars who faithfully send a monthly donation, but it's not enough to cover what the local cable monopoly charges ($59.99/mo) for a faster connection.

Many thanks to the 10 kind readers (Dale [twice], David, B2tbBob, John, Gary, David in AZ, Michelle, Kip, John G, & Gary D) who have responded.

The cable monopoly will visit today, and as the kids at the beach used to say, "I'm stoked."

OTOH, it's been 1218 days in row. In a freaking row.


Today is dear old dad's 90th birthday.

Bet there's a Polka party at the Senior Center.



Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'CSI: The Original One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Oscar Isaac and Drenge.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with this week's aged white guy guest host, Regis Philbin, are David Letterman, Tony Danza, and Tracy Wolfson.



NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Parks & Rec', followed by another FRESH 'Parks & Rec', then a FRESH 'Marry Me', followed by a FRESH 'About A Boy', then a RERUN 'Chicago Fire'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 1/6/15) are Nicole Kidman, Patton Oswalt, and the War on Drugs.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 1/7/15) are Jane Lynch, Lucy Hale, and Haerts.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/27/14) are Wyatt Cenac, Porter Robinson, and Margaret Brown.



ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Agent Carter', then a RERUN 'Forever'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kevin Costner, Eddie Redmayne, and Jamie Cullum.



The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'Supernatural'.



Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a RERUN 'New Girl', then a RERUN 'The Mindy Project'.



MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.



A&E has 3½ hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then a FRESH 'Wild Transport', and another FRESH 'Wild Transport'.



AMC offers the movie 'Die Hard 2', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy', then the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy', again.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 15 - Pen Pals
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 16 - Q Who
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 2 - The Fires of Pompeii
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Planet of the Ood
 [12:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Revisited: Glass House
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 3 - Bazzini
 [2:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 5 - Episode 7
 [3:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 5 - Episode 8
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Ship in a Bottle
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Aquiel
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Face of the Enemy
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Tapestry
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 16 - Birthright (Part 1)
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 17 - Birthright (Part 2)
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 18 - Starship Mine
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 12 - Ship in a Bottle
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 13 - Aquiel
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Face of the Enemy
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 15 - Tapestry
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 16 - Birthright (Part 1)
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 17 - Birthright (Part 2)
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 18 - Starship Mine    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.



Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Kroll Show', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', yet another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Kroll Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Jill Leovy.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jim Norton, John Roy, and Kurt Braunohler.



FX has 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Prometheus', then a FRESH 'Justified'.



History has a 'Sons Of Liberty', followed by a FRESH 'Sons Of Liberty'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-COOL MACHINE
 [6:30AM]    L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
 [9:30AM]    LETHAL WEAPON
 [12:00PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2
 [2:30PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 3
 [5:15PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 4
 [8:00PM]    THE MATRIX
 [11:00PM]    THE MATRIX RELOADED
 [2:00AM]    THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
 [5:00AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-WOMEN ARE FUNNY
 [5:30AM]    THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-FRESHY'S    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Approval Matrix-Golden Age of TV
 [7:00AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Don't Come Back in a Body Bag
 [7:30AM]    Legal Eagles
 [10:00AM]    Confidence
 [12:00PM]    Nowhere Boy
 [2:00PM]    Steel Magnolias
 [4:30PM]    The Beach
 [7:00PM]    The Ninth Gate
 [10:00PM]    Donnie Brasco
 [12:45AM]    Donnie Brasco
 [3:30AM]    Steel Magnolias    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then a FRESH 'Troy: Street Magic'.



TBS:
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Rainn Wilson, Lucy Hale, and Brian Scolaro.



TCM spends most of the daylight hours celebrating Donna Reed, who was born on this day in 1921, then devotes most of the night to films with Robert Redford
 [6:00 AM]      The Get-Away (1941)
 [7:45 AM]      Apache Trail (1942)
 [9:00 AM]      The Bugle Sounds (1942)
 [10:45 AM]      Eyes In The Night (1942)
 [12:15 PM]      Mokey (1942)
 [1:45 PM]      Gentle Annie (1944)
 [3:15 PM]      Faithful In My Fashion (1946)

 [4:45 PM]      A Yank At Eton (1942)
 [6:30 PM]      Condemned Women (1938)
 [8:00 PM]      The Candidate (1972)
 [10:00 PM]      All The President's Men (1976)
 [12:30 AM]      Three Days of the Condor (1975)
 [2:45 AM]      Downhill Racer (1969)

 [4:45 AM]      Silver Skates (1943)     (ALL TIMES EST)



Wednesday   -  01/28/15

TCM spends most of the night with Richard Attenborough
 [6:00 AM]      Bowery at Midnight (1942)
 [7:15 AM]      The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
 [8:30 AM]      The Body Snatcher (1945)
 [10:00 AM]      The Ghost Ship (1943)
 [11:15 AM]      Carnival of Sinners (1947)
 [12:45 PM]      Dead of Night (1945)
 [2:30 PM]      The Fall Of The House Of Usher (1949)
 [3:45 PM]      Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)
 [6:00 PM]      The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      The Sand Pebbles (1966)
 [11:15 PM]      10 Rillington Place (1970)
 [1:15 AM]      The Angry Silence (1960)
 [3:00 AM]      Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

 [5:00 AM]      The League of Gentlemen (1961)     (ALL TIMES EST)



USA has a FRESH 'Sirens', followed by another FRESH 'Sirens'.




Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network

Me-TV

RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV


Al Jazeera






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Patricia Arquette accepts the award for outstanding female actor in a supporting role for "Boyhood" on stage at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Vince Bucci

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Slams Google

WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks on Monday criticized Google for failing to swiftly inform the secrets-spilling group about U.S. search warrants issued seeking emails and other personal information from three of its staff.

The warrants, issued in March 2012, required the Internet giant to hand over the phone numbers, IP addresses, credit card details, contents of all emails and other details for Google accounts used by Sarah Harrison, Kristinn Hrafnsson and Joseph Faerrell. The existence of the warrants, which cite an espionage, fraud and conspiracy investigation, was disclosed to WikiLeaks in December.

"We are astonished and disturbed that Google waited over two and a half years to notify its subscribers that a search warrant was issued for their records," WikiLeaks' lawyer Michael Ratner said in a letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt that was published online Monday.

The letter adds that Twitter took legal action in order to alert WikiLeaks of a similar warrant in 2011.

WikiLeaks

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Sarah Silverman, a cast member in "I Smile Back," poses at the premiere of the film at the Library Center Theatre during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Chris Pizzello

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Price Of Free Speech

$889 Million

Conservative political advocacy groups supported by the billionaire Koch brothers plan to spend $889 million in the 2016 U.S. elections, more than double what they raised in 2012, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

The newspaper said the goal was announced to donors at a weekend meeting in Rancho Mirage, California, hosted by Freedom Partners, a business lobby at the center of the Koch brothers' political operation. The Post cited a person who attended the gathering.

The money will be doled out by a network of 17 organizations funded by industrialists Charles and David Koch, who have become a major force in conservative politics in recent years, and other wealthy donors. The network raised $407 million for the 2012 campaign.

The Post said the $889 million would be spent on field operations, technology, policy study and other expenses.

The Freedom Partners network spent almost $300 million on November's congressional elections, in which Republicans won control of the Senate and retained their majority in the House of Representatives.

$889 Million

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Earns Writing Credit

Tom Petty

Tom Petty has earned a writing credit on Sam Smith's megahit "Stay With Me" for its similarities to his song "I Won't Back Down."

Smith's representative said Monday the publishers of Petty's 1989 hit contacted the publishers of Smith's song, which was one of last year's biggest hits. Smith and "Stay With Me" writers James Napier and William Phillips say they agree their song is similar to Petty's song, written with Jeff Lynne.

"Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips," they said in a statement.

"Stay With Me," Smith's debut song, has sold more than 3.5 million tracks and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. The breakthrough British singer is nominated for six Grammy Awards at next month's show, including song of the year, an honour solely for the writers of a track.

Tom Petty

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Viola Davis poses in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series for "How to Get Away with Murder" at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jordan Strauss

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ABC's Botched Plan

Rosie Perez

ABC has put the brakes on a plan to fire Rosie Perez from "The View," after Variety broke the news of the decision on Jan. 14.

Perez had only been on "The View" for four months when ABC execs concluded that she wasn't the right fit for the talk show. The network thought it had an easy plan to offer Perez a graceful exit: the actress was already scheduled to take a month off from "The View" in January to prepare for her role in Larry David's Broadway play, "Fish in the Dark." Instead of having her return to the Hot Topics table once she was done with rehearsals, the show would announce she had to leave permanently for her other commitment.

But the Variety story that broke the news of Perez's ouster created pandemonium backstage at the "The View." One problem was that ABC execs hadn't told the other co-hosts of the plan. Rosie O'Donnell, who joined the 18th season of "The View" in September along with Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace and returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg, was particularly caught off guard, sources say. O'Donnell is close friends with Perez.

The premature news leak in Variety, which was corroborated by reports from other media outlets, led to concerns that Perez's departure would reflect badly on the show and ABC management in the same way that the tearful departure of Curry from "Today" tarnished the NBC morning show's sunny image. ABC executives weren't high on Perez's performance on "The View" because she didn't necessarily steer the Hot Topics segments in the direction that made the talk show must-see TV, but last week, ABC announced that Perez would return on Feb. 3. According to sources, Perez could remain on "The View" through the end of her one-year contract at the end of the summer, or possibly leave earlier if the situation changes again.

Rosie Perez

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Only Circumstantial Evidence

Leaking

A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking details of a covert mission to derail Iran's nuclear program in a case that, until the eve of the trial, was as much about the journalist who published the leaks as it was the accused leaker.

The government gave up on its effort to force New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources - and ultimately didn't need him to win a conviction.

Jurors convicted Jeffrey Sterling, 47, of O'Fallon, Missouri, of all nine counts he faced in federal court.

The case was delayed for years as prosecutors fought to force Risen to divulge his sources. Risen eventually lost his legal battle to quash a government subpoena, though prosecutors ultimately decided not to call him to testify once it became clear he would not reveal those sources even if jailed for contempt of court and free-press advocates lobbied on Risen's behalf.

Prosecutors had acknowledged a lack of direct evidence against Sterling but said the circumstantial evidence against him was overwhelming. Defense lawyers had said the evidence showed that Capitol Hill staffers who had been briefed on the classified operation were more likely the source of the leak.

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From left to right, Author/producer Lawrence Wright, former Scientology church member Spanky Taylor, director Alex Gibney, Sara Bernstein, Senior Vice President of Programming for HBO Documentaries and former Scientology church member Mike Rinder attend the premiere of "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Arthur Mola

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Former Employee Snaps

Rupert News Corp

A man shot and killed himself in an apparent suicide on Monday outside the News Corp office building in midtown Manhattan, police said.

The 41-year-old man, whose identity was not officially released, shot himself in the chest outside 1211 Sixth Avenue and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the New York Police Department.

He carried a suicide note, police said.

The Wall Street Journal and other local media identified the man as Phillip Perea, a former employee of a Fox television station in Austin, Texas.

He had been handing out flyers criticizing Fox, which is owned by News Corp, and left messages on Twitter and a video on YouTube complaining about losing his job, the Journal and other news outlets reported.

A YouTube video apparently narrated by Perea said he was a promotion producer who had been fired due to what he called "managerial bullying and corporate complicity."

Rupert News Corp

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Billy Crudup, left, who portrays Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo in "Stanford Prison Experiment," poses with Zimbardo at the premiere of the film at the Eccles Theatre during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Park City, Utah.
Photo by Chris Pizzello

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History Of Abuse

Boy Scouts

The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the Boy Scouts that has been documented internally by the organization for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.

The scout, now 20, has sued the Boy Scouts of America and a local scouting council for punitive damages after being molested by a volunteer leader in 2007. He claims in his negligence lawsuit that the Scouts failed to educate, train and warn parents and adult volunteers about the dangers of sex abuse.

His attorney, Tim Hale, won the right to draw from more than 30 years of "perversion" files kept by the Scouts as evidence at trial to support those allegations. The files cleared for use by Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna D. Geck include 16 years of documents - from 1991 to 2007- that have never been seen before outside the Scouts.

Hale said in his opening remarks that the Scouts recorded between 9,000 and 10,000 such files between 1920 and 2007. He intends to use documents dating from 1971 to 2007 to build his case.

Boy Scouts

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Actor Zach Galifinakis from the film "Birdman" accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture as cast members Andrea Riseborough (L), Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts (C), Edward Norton and Michael Keaton (R) laugh at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni

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Six More Cases In California

Measles

Six more cases of measles have been confirmed in California following an outbreak at Disneyland that began in December, public health officials said on Monday, raising to 74 the total number of people in the state who have been infected.

Previously, 68 people in California had been confirmed to have the measles, along with 14 others elsewhere: five in Arizona, three in Utah, two in Washington state, one each in Oregon, Colorado and Nevada, and one in Mexico.

The latest tally includes 73 cases documented by the California Department of Public Health and one additional patient reported by the Ventura County Health Care Agency.

Most, but not all, of the 88 known cases of measles in California and out of state have been linked to an outbreak that is believed to have begun when an infected person, likely from out of the country, visited the Disneyland resort in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20.

Measles

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British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood speaks at a protest against fracking outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, in central London, January 26, 2015.
Photo by Andrew Winning

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Go Without For Pooti

Russia

Eat less, use beetroot instead of lipstick, swap French lingerie for Russian-made cotton panties and remember that hardships are a test from God.

These and other tips are being offered to Russians by lawmakers, top policy makers and the Russian Orthodox Church as the gravity of the economic crisis sinks in and prices soar.

The country pulled through great hardships before, officials say, and people should tighten their belts for their leader Vladimir Putin and a great Russia amid the confrontation with the West over Ukraine.

"I lived both under Gorbachev and Yeltsin but Putin is the first president for whom I am being asked to eat less," one Russian, Andrey Kozenko, said on Twitter.

His quip would be funny if it were not sad.

Russia

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India's Border Security Force (BSF) "Daredevils" motorcycle riders perform stunts as they take part during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2015. India celebrated its 66th Republic Day on Monday.
Photo by Ahmad Masood

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Warm Ocean Melting Largest Glacier

East Antarctica

The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-metre (20-foot) rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday.

The 120-kilometre (74.4 mile) long Totten Glacier, which is more than 30 kilometres wide, had been thought to be in an area untouched by warmer currents.

But a just-returned voyage to the frozen region found the waters around the glacier were warmer than expected and likely melting the ice from below.

The voyage found that waters around the glacier were some 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than other areas visited on the same trip during the southern hemisphere summer.

East Antarctica

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Hot air balloons take off during the 37th International Hot Air Balloon Week in the skiing resort of Chateau d'Oex, in the Swiss Alps, 24 January 2015. The Swiss mountain resort is famous for ideal flight conditions due to an exceptional microclimate.
Photo by Valentin Flauraud

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Naked Violinist Sues

Portland

An Oregon man who claims his rights were violated last year when he was arrested outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland for playing his violin in the nude is suing the police department and others for $1.1 million.

Matthew Mglej, 25, says officers used excessive force, unlawfully detained him and violated his constitutional rights when they arrested him during his free expression demonstration last May, according to the lawsuit filed in the Portland Division of U.S. District Court of Oregon last week.

Mglej, of the Portland suburb of Hillsboro, says officers dragged him across concrete to the police car while he was naked, dropping him several times in the arrest process, according to the lawsuit. He also says he had cuts on his wrists from the handcuffs and was not allowed to contact a lawyer.

Police said officers responded to Mglej's demonstration, in which he stripped off all his clothes, played his violin and made signs about freedom, after receiving numerous complaints.

Portland police said at the time that Mglej had been warned he would be arrested if he continued his naked demonstration. He was ultimately arrested for violating Portland city code, which prohibits indecent exposure.

Portland

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Visitors watch the 'Dresden 1945' 360 degrees panorama showing the destroyed city of Dresden after the bombing raids during the World War Two in February 1945, created by artist Yadegar Asisi at the Panometer in Dresden January 26, 2015. On a 1:1 scale panorama visitors can watch the destruction of Dresden, in which 25,000 people were killed during Allied bombing between February12 and 15 1945 of the city.
Photo by Fabrizio Bensch

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