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Feb 15 10:34

PICTURED - Two Nigerian actor brothers detained over Jussie Smollett attack, as it’s revealed they are FRIENDS with the Empire star amid claims the assault was staged to save his career

The two Nigerian brothers being questioned over the Jussie Smollett attack are actors Abimbola 'Abel' and Olabinjo 'Ola' Osundairo, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

The pair were picked up by police at Chicago O'Hare Airport on Wednesday as they arrived back in America after visiting family in Nigeria to be questioned over the January 29 attack involving the star.

Family say they went to Africa on January 29, hours after the Smollett attack. Ola appeared on Empire in 2015 and both brothers have had minor roles on Chicago PD.

Smollett follows their joint Instagram account and, according to their lawyer, sometimes goes to the gym with them.

DailyMail.com has identified photographs of one of the brothers inside the gym in Smollett's apartment building in June. The gym is private to residents of the luxury condominium building.

On Thursday night, the star was accused by anonymous police sources cited by local networks of staging the attack.

Feb 13 10:21

Megyn Kelly Blasts Comedian Sarah Silverman for Vulgar Anti-Trump Rant

You know you’ve seriously crossed some boundaries when Megyn Kelly comes to the defense of Donald Trump.

Kelly’s star rose as an anchor at Fox News only to find herself caught up in controversy with President Trump and eventually leaving it all behind to be a top star at NBC. An endeavor that also failed.

This past June, Kelly took the animosity up a notch when she claimed First Lady Melania Trump had sold her body for exploitation through modeling just like porn star Stormy Daniels had.

Feb 11 19:38

MX-18.1 Continuum Official Release (iso refresh)

This is a new distribution and it has become very popular.Using it now.
Based on Debian Linux (Stable)

We are pleased to offer MX-18.1 Official Releases iso for your use.

MX-18.1 is a refresh of our MX-18 release, consisting of bugfixes and application updates since our original release of MX-18.
Note: Existing users do not need to reinstall. All bugfixes and additions will come through the regular update.

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Downloads
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Feb 11 14:30

YouTube Algorithm Gone Haywire? Gaming Video Struck Down With No Explanation

Op-Ed by Joe Wright

Readers might remember an article at Activist Post from October 26, 2017 entitled, “YouTube Terminated Our Unblemished Channel Without Warning.” It's not only alt-media on the chopping block...

Feb 09 12:05

How To Make Saltpeter

Saltpeter is the common name for potassium nitrate (KNO3). Using urine is an old school method for manufacturing saltpeter. To make saltpeter from urine you need only a couple of ingredients. Urine and organic matter such as straw, straw being nothing more than cut grass. However, as you can guess it isn't as simple as just mixing urine and grass. No, this is a long long process that takes months.

Feb 08 14:53

Lost could RETURN after nine years as ABC channel boss admits she's 'interested' in a reboot of the hit drama series

It left show watchers gripped with its several shocking twists and cliffhangers as survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 attempted to survive on a mysterious island.

And now hit drama Lost could be set for a return nine years after it aired its final episode in 2010.

Talking at a Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday, ABC channel's boss, Karey Burke, admitted she dreams of a comeback and would be very 'interested' in a reboot.

Feb 08 10:50

Michael Moore and the children of the radical left

The darling of the Left, filmmaker Michael Moore, says you can’t be “moderate.” If you want change, you will have to become a radical Marxist.

Feb 07 06:29

50 Flicks for Prepper Movie Night

Every prepper I know loves a good disaster or survival flick. Here are 50 suggestions you can stream online, just in time for your next Prepper Movie Marathon.

Feb 06 09:30

Iron Age Chariot Burial Site Found – Complete with Horse and Rider - The Epic History

In the second time in two years, an Iron Age chariot has been found buried in a Yorkshire community. The discovery was made in the town of Pocklington, England, at a construction site where more than 200 homes are being built.

As of early October 2018, archaeologists are working to fully excavate the find. Media reports say that not only a chariot but also horse and human remains were discovered.

Simon Usher, managing director at Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said: “We can confirm that a significant archaeological discovery, featuring an Iron Age horse-drawn chariot, has been made at our development, The Mile in Pocklington. Careful excavation is ongoing by our archaeologists and a thorough investigation is in the process to date and detail the find.”

Feb 06 08:52

Hollywood Reacts to Trump’s State of the Union: ‘Murdering Clown Buffoon’

President Donald Trump’s frequent Hollywood critics were predictably not a fan of his Tuesday night State of the Union address from Capitol Hill.

Some celebrities were even judging the address hours before Trump delivered it.

“The SOTU [State of the Union] can never be strong if it is headed by a pathological liar. It can never be strong if it is headed by a misogynist. It can never be strong if it is headed by a racist. And it can never be strong if it is headed by a self serving criminal. The SOTU is rancid,” tweeted filmmaker Rob Reiner (“Misery,” “Stand by Me”) on Tuesday morning.

So he made his feelings on the State of the Union clear well before Trump uttered a single word.

Feb 03 12:29

Bill Maher under fire after making fried chicken joke to black congressman Will Hurd

Comedian Bill Maher is under fire after making a comment about fried chicken to a black congressman on a recent episode of his HBO show.

On Friday’s edition of Real Time With Bill Maher, the political commentator sat down to interview Will Hurd, a Republican congressman from Texas, who is black. The discussion began when Maher asked about why Hurd is a member of the GOP.

“I’m just asking why you’re Republican. Because they’re not good at the debt, that was their big thing. You said limited government, they don’t do that,” Maher said. “What’s in it for you? What is in the Republican Party for you? You were in the CIA!”

“I was in the CIA for almost a decade. I was the dude in the back alleys at 4 o’clock in the morning collecting intelligence on threats to the homeland,” said Hurd, speaking about his background.

Feb 03 10:11

GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE (DOCUMENTARY BANNED FROM YOUTUBE)

Jan 31 11:27

Cher: ‘Most Dangerous Threat to America’s Safety Is the Russian Operative’ in the White House

Far-left celebrity Cher declared Wednesday that President Trump is “Putin’s waterboy” and fantasized about him burning in hell.

“The Most DANGEROUS THREAT To America’s Safety Is The Russian Operative,Who Currently Occupies The White House,” Cher said in a social media post.

“There’s a Special Building In The After Life For Putin’s Waterboy…..TRUMP TOWER HELL.”

Jan 30 15:52

They shall not grow old trailer

Jan 30 09:49

Alyssa Milano: ‘Because I Have a Vagina I Do Not Have Equality and Justice’

Celebrity activist Alyssa Milano declared at a rally in Washington, D.C. Tuesday that because she has a vagina, she doesn’t have “equality and justice” in America.

“My name is Alyssa Milano, and in 2019 I do not have equal rights in the Constitution,” the activist said, according to The Hill.

“That’s right, because I have a vagina I do not have equality and justice.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Last I checked she's worth MILLIONS. And all for being a D-grade actress. And this idiot claims to not have "equality and justice?"

Jan 28 10:35

Roseanne Barr takes a tour of Israel with a celebrity rabbi to reconnect with her Jewish roots on International Holocaust Remembrance Day - after slamming ABC bosses as anti-semitic for axing her show

Roseanne Barr, the comedian whose television show was canceled last year after she made a racist remark on Twitter, visited Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday as part of a tour of Israel.

'There are no proper words for me to express the connection I feel, first of all to God, to Torah (Bible), to my people,' Barr, who is Jewish, said.

Barr, 66, arrived in Israel last week with celebrity US rabbi Shmuley Boteach, after Barr reiterated earlier this month that she felt her firing from ABC was a result of anti-Semitism.

She had previously made this claim in June, one month after she and her show were pulled from the air.

Jan 27 09:45

New Apollo 11 documentary with never-before-seen footage of 1969 moon landing effort draws rave reviews at Sundance Film Festival premiere

Critics are raving about the new documentary, Apollo 11, which features an unearthed treasure trove of behind-the-scenes footage of the moon landing, following the movie's premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The movie, deemed a 'masterful work of archival research' by Vulture, was created using a cache of 65mm, behind-the-scenes footage of the 1969 moon landing, and thousands of hours of vintage audio recordings of NASA employees talking about the mission.

Unlike traditional documentaries, the 93-minute-long Apollo 11 is said to not include any voice-overs or cutaways to talking heads. Instead, director Todd Douglas Miller uses a series of short, wordless montages illustrating each of the famed Apollo 11 crew's key life moments.

Jan 26 12:07

'Apollo 11' lands at Sundance with never-before-seen mission footage

Attendees at this year's Sundance Film Festival are getting a first look at never-before-seen footage from the first moon landing mission.

Billed as "a cinematic event fifty years in the making," director Todd Douglas Miller's "Apollo 11" premiered Thursday (Jan. 24) as one of the festival's opening night films. The 93-minute documentary, presented by Neon and CNN Films, was crafted from a newly-discovered trove of large-format, 65mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings to provide a new look of one of the most iconic and historic moments in human history.

Disclosure: The author of this article, collectSPACE.com editor Robert Pearlman, served as the historical consultant on "Apollo 11."

"'Apollo 11' tells the story of Apollo 11, the mission, in a direct cinema way," said Miller in an interview with collectSPACE. "The intention was to make an art film out of all of the archival materials that we had available."

Jan 25 16:06

PM Jacinda Ardern canned film subsidy curbs after meeting Peter Jackson

*This is why I look for free movies. I've paid for them already*

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and economic development minister David Parker met film heavyweight Sir Peter Jackson three weeks before the pair were involved in a decision to reject official advice recommending surging taxpayer support for the sector be curbed.

In written statements both Parker and Ardern this week said their decision wasn't informed by lobbying from Jackson.

"I had already formed the view," Parker said.

"The decision wasn't based on that [meeting], but rather my long-standing support" for film subsidies, said Ardern, who was involved in the decision as minister for arts.

A representative for Jackson - the largest single player in the New Zealand film industry - this week did not respond to emails with detailed questions or phone calls.

Jan 25 09:38

30 Frugal living tips: Small changes that result in big savings

People all over the globe are struggling right now to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. We’re losing jobs, paying higher expenses, dealing with governmental idiocy, and getting slapped with medical bills that we won’t make enough money to pay for in this lifetime.

Jan 21 12:19

Hollywood Producer Calls For the Murder of Covington Catholic Kids: ‘Go Screaming – Into the WOODCHIPPER’

Jack Morrissey, a Hollywood Producer who is known for projects such as Beauty and the Beast and the Twilight Saga, called for minor teen high school boys to be murdered in a violent, gruesome manner.

Mr. Morrissey joined the hate-filled media and piled on the Covington Catholic students after deceptively edited videos of the teens were posted to Twitter accusing them of harassing a Native American man.

Full video of the incident shows the teens did nothing wrong — they were ambushed by blacks calling them “crackers” and the Native Indian man is a far left activist who harassed the children.

In fact, upon further review of the entire video, many people are now apologizing to the Covington Catholic teens, admitting they were duped by selectively edited video and ‘fake news.’

Jan 18 11:35

Don’t Put Robots in Charge of the Internet

By Elliot Harmon

Last year, YouTube’s Content ID system flagged Sebastian Tomczak’s video five times for copyright infringement. The video wasn’t a supercut of Marvel movies or the latest Girl Talk mashup; it was simply ten hours of machine-generated static. Stories like Tomczak’s are all too common: Content ID even flagged a one-hour video of a cat purring as a likely infringement.

But those are only a small glimpse of a potential Internet future...

Jan 17 10:46

Wyatt Earp in Hollywood

In a letter, written in December 1928, the 80-year-old frontiersman Wyatt Earp opined that perhaps “my health will be back to normal when this story business is all done with.”

He was wrong twice.

Less than a month later, Wyatt was dead, and his legend was on the cusp of exploding. Some outlaws were about to become very rich from his story, but Wyatt never made a dime on any of it. This is the story of how that happened.

Jan 16 16:53

Nolte: ‘Ghostbusters’ Will Return Without Female Cast Everyone Hated

Thanks to the free market, Sony Pictures has finally been forced to admit its all-female Ghostbusters remake/reboot was a catastrophe, and this admission arrives in the starkest way possible: Sony announced it has been forced to once again reboot Ghostbusters, and this reboot will have nothing to do with the studio’s disastrous 2016 attempt to use its beloved Ghostbusters franchise as a social justice statement.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, director Jason Reitman (son of original director Ivan Reitman) has been given the green light to bring to life a script he co-wrote, and as of now, the studio is looking for a summer 2020 release date.

From the sounds of it, Sony has decided to pretend 2016’s creative and financial catastrophe never happened. This new chapter will be “the next chapter in the original story [that] continues the narrative of the 1980s classic.”

Jan 16 15:29

Animal Farm (1954)

Film by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book Animal Farm by George Orwell

Jan 16 11:14

Can Hollywood’s Biggest Media Companies Avoid Getting Crushed by Debt?

Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman-CEO, summoned all of his folksy Oklahoma earnestness as he made an enthusiastic pitch to Wall Street analysts about the telephone company’s bold efforts to transform itself into a multimedia powerhouse. It was late November, less than six months after AT&T had wrapped up its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. But before Stephenson could wax poetic about his plans to revitalize HBO, Warner Bros. or other newly acquired AT&T subsidiaries, he felt compelled to address the elephant in the room.

“If you hear nothing else this afternoon, I want you to hear me on this,” Stephenson said at the company’s investor presentation in New York. “Our discretionary cash flow is going to go to one place. It’s going to be paying down debt.”

Jan 15 21:51

Tidal’s allegedly bogus streaming numbers are under investigation in Norway

320 million Beyoncé and Kanye West streams allegedly never happened

Jan 15 13:25

The Death Of Comedy

When Hollywood sends us their propagandists, they're not sending their best...

Jan 13 10:52

Face of equality, or an encounter with bruising reality? Woman contestant brutally beaten by a male rival in shocking SAS: Who Dares Wins boxing match

Women do not belong in the military Period!

The decision to allow women into all parts of the military was widely hailed as a victory for female equality.
But TV viewers are likely to be shocked tonight when they see a woman being badly beaten by a male contestant on Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins.
The incident will raise further questions about how appropriate it is to recruit women alongside men as frontline soldiers.

Jan 13 10:28

De Niro Was Warned About Trashing Trump At Tony Awards And Didn’t Listen, Got What He Deserved On S.

Jan 11 22:33

Roseanne Barr claims ABC fired her from spin-off show because she is Jewish and supports Israel (BDS)

'And at the base of that I think it's because I am the most vocal person about Israel and BDS'.

Jan 11 11:49

Movie Critics Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Reportedly Walked Out of Vice 

During one outing around Christmas, Ivanka and Kushner went to a West Palm Beach theater for a showing of Adam McKay’s acidic retelling of the life and rise of Cheney, a former vice president and tremendously consequential figure in the political party that Ivanka’s father now leads.

Partway through the showing, she and Kushner and their Secret Service detail got up and left, a witness tells PEOPLE.

It remains unclear what prompted the exit, though the witness describes it as abrupt.

Jan 10 12:14

SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIM AGAINST HARVEY WEINSTEIN DISMISSED BY U.S. JUDGE

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday dismissed actress Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against movie producer Harvey Weinstein but said she could proceed with a defamation claim against him.

Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual advances a year earlier.

Jan 09 11:11

Bill Maher: It’s ‘So Hard’ Not to Call Trump Supporters Stupid

HBO talk show host Bill Maher went after President Donald Trump’s supporters in his latest social media screed calling Trump voters “stupid.”
The Real Time host took to his Twitter account to slam Trump over his claims about why we need a border wall built on our southern border. But he also said that anyone who believes Trump is “brightness challenged.”

“Hearing Trump’s ridic[ulous] ‘statistics’ about terrorists coming thru WHERE THE WALL SHOULD BE! and then picturing his fans nodding along…u see why it’s so hard to comply with the “Don’t call them stupid!” request? Can I say ‘Brightness Challenged’? Bill Maher said.

Jan 07 11:13

How War Propaganda in the Film Industry Really Works

As the co-authors of National Security Cinema, we have become known — rather inaccurately — for encouraging two major ideas: 1. That the government is really important in making movies more militaristic. 2. That Hollywood doesn’t produce dissenting films. While the first of these is somewhat true it is a simplification, the second is a falsehood.

The government is involved in as wide a range of entertainment projects as you can imagine, from video games to chat shows to blockbusters to docudramas. While many of these were militaristic from conception, before the government got involved, there is no doubt the Department of Defense (a.k.a. the Pentagon) has encouraged the militarization of popular culture and is pro-actively seeking further influence in Hollywood.

Jan 07 08:49

Ratings DOWN ... Golden Globe Ratings Down From 2018; Four-Year Low In Early Numbers

snared a 12.7/21in metered market results

Jan 07 08:08

Hawaii Island isn't itself anymore. Lava and quakes have transformed it in interesting ways

The island of Hawaii was created by five volcanoes. In 2018, one of them seemed intent on destroying parts of it.

Kilauea, which has been erupting continually since 1983 at a volcanic cone called Puu Oo Crater, threw a geological tantrum in the spring that buried hundreds of houses and covered roads in a remote location on the east side of the island.

It also created a cloak of vog (volcanic smog) that fouled the air, dulled the skies and scared away scores of tourists and, with them, nearly half-a-billion dollars.

Jan 07 07:16

Actor Christian Bale Thanks Satan in Golden Gtlobes Speech

I think people missed the joke. Bale thanked Satan for the "inspiration" to play Dick Cheney. I thought it was funny.

Jan 06 15:34

What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency

Deep State point of view,but a lot of truth about how much power the President would have if he invoked a State of Emergency and Martial Law.

The moment the president declares a “national emergency”—a decision that is entirely within his discretion—he is able to set aside many of the legal limits on his authority.

Jan 05 12:05

These chefs are transforming Hawaii's food scene

The casual visitor to Hawaii may be surprised to learn that a number of French chefs have been reimagining the islands' cuisine by incorporating a variety of ingredients and culinary techniques that are traditionally associated with France.

This blending of distinct cooking styles has resulted in the creation of some delectable specialties that speak "aloha" with a French accent, ranging from fresh seafood dishes to inventive and delectable pastries.

Jan 05 09:48

Wanda Sykes: Trump Isn’t Just a ‘Motherf*cker,’ He’s a ‘Lying Motherf*cker’

Actress-comedian Wanda Sykes said Friday that Rep. Rashida Tlaib was wrong to call President Donald Trump a “motherfucker,” because he should instead be called a “lying motherfucker.”

Jan 04 13:15

Scott Adams: Impeachment, the #Wence, Socialism, Syria, Kevin Hart, the Worst Climate Arguments. With Coffee.

Ellen DeGeneres says Kevin Hart has apologized and grown
Was exiting Syria a smart move? Elizabeth Warren says yes
US isn’t dependent on China trade
China much more dependent on trade with the US
Inevitable outcome…trade deal
Fears on the left just after the election
The left feared he would do terrible things…he hasn’t
Left has shifted, now it’s intensely personal complaints
A 3rd Option: Not Socialism, not Capitalism
A modified version of capitalism
Discarding bad arguments on both sides of climate change
Medieval warming, ice cubes in your glass and more
Both climate change sides have a “Whack-A-Mole” problem
Debunk each point and the person just shifts to another

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1081204877412392960

Jan 04 09:56

Roy Moore says he was duped into appearing on comedy show

Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore says he didn't know he was dealing with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen when he agreed to appear on a television show, his lawyers wrote in court filings last month.

Moore in September filed a $95 million defamation lawsuit over his appearance on Baron Cohen's "Who is America?" In court filings, Moore argued the agreement he signed waiving legal claims from the appearance is unenforceable because of fraud.

Moore said he was told he was receiving an award for supporting Israel and instead was lampooned as a possible pedophile. Moore said the agreement he signed had "zero" mention of Cohen.

The segment ran after Moore faced misconduct accusations during the 2017 Senate race in Alabama. He denied the accusations.

Jan 03 15:39

Great News - New Batwoman TV Character A Lesbian - This will excite exactly 4.5pct of all Americans - identifying as "Other"

Berlanti as Batwoman becomes the first-ever superhero series to be led by a lesbian character — and played by an openly gay actress in Rose.

Jan 02 16:03

RIP Super Dave (Bob Einstein)

Bob Einstein, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Super Dave’ Actor, Dead at 76

Jan 02 13:59

Then They Came For Louis CK

CK DIDNT CHANGE YOU DID AMERICA

Jan 02 08:33

BREAKING: Ted Nugent Announces ‘Build The Wall’ Star-Studded Benefit Concert

Ted Nugent, one of the greatest figures ever in rock n’ roll, has decided to throw a benefit concert to raise money to help build the border wall. Nugent will use his massive influence in the world of music to put together a music festival that will "rival Woodstock." The hope is that the three-day festival will attract conservatives rather than liberals, who will do more than dance around drinking and drugging. According to Event Coordinator, Art Tubolls:

"Rather than having self-proclaimed chemists selling doses of PCP, we’ll have respectably dressed young men and women collecting donations from concerned Americans. We believe we can raise no less than $50 million, which is way more than they need to start a wall somewhere. The law says once you start a federal project you can’t stop. We will make our lives safer from the small percentage of refugees who come here on foot."

Jan 01 15:39

John Cleese: Political Correctness Can Lead to an Orwellian Nightmare

The essence of comedy is being critical, says Cleese, and that means causing offense sometimes. But we shouldn't protect everyone from experiencing negative emotions by enforcing political correctness, he says.

Transcript:
I'm offended every day. For example, the British newspapers every day offend me with their laziness, their nastiness and they're in accuracy, but I'm not going to expect someone to stop that happening I just simply speak out about it.

Jan 01 11:15

Martin Armstrong Exposes The Dick Cheney / Donald Rumsfeld Conspiracy

I went to go watch VICE – the story about how Dick Cheney took over the government with the aid of his wife – Lynne Cheney. Vice is a film that seeks to bring complicated information about the inner corruption in Washington and transform it into a digestible and entertaining format. There is no question that Christian Bale delivered a very impressive performance of how Dick Cheney really is – a secretive and distant man whose eyes were always filled with naked contempt. Amy Adams gave a fantastic performance as well and captured the real character of the former Second Lady Lynne Cheney who was very much like her husband – ambitious, and equally just as ruthless.

Jan 01 09:13

NYPD PLAN TO USE DRONES AS PART OF NEW YEAR’S EVE SECURITY DEFEATED BY MOTHER NATURE

CBS News reports that the city’s plan to deploy drones as part of security for the Times Square crowd was defeated – by Mother Nature:

There was to be plenty of security in place: Uniformed and plain-clothed officers positioned on the ground and on rooftops, along with 1,200 cameras rolling on the crowds.

The pouring rain did keep the NYPD from deploying drones as they had planned to, but Police Commissioner James O’Neill said revelers shouldn’t be concerned.

It’s only a question of time, though, until the city routinely uses drones to surveille us all in the city. Are you prepared for that? Are you okay with that? If not, what are you doing about it?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The better question to ask is, what actually CAN be done about it, when cities and counties add this kind of surveillance to their budget?!?

Dec 31 11:00

Local News Fails Again…(video)

Dec 28 10:51

CBS EYES DITCHING NIELSEN AS STREAMING, CORD CUTTING CHANGE THE GAME

For years, we've noted how popular TV ratings firm Nielsen has turned a bit of a blind eye to cord cutting and the Internet video revolution, on one hand declaring that the idea of cord cutting was "pure fiction," while on the other hand admitting it wasn't actually bothering to track TV viewing on mobile devices. It's not surprising; Nielsen's bread and butter is paid for by traditional cable executives, and really, who wants to take the time to pull all those collective heads of out of the sand to inform them that their precious pay TV cash cow is dying?

Eventually, the cord cutting trend became too big to ignore, forcing Nielsen to change its tune and start acknowledging the very real trend (though they called it "zero TV households" instead of cordcutters).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to love the smell of irony in the morning.

Dec 27 17:04

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Crushes Spotify Records, But Only Earns Under $66,000

Yet, on December 24th, Carey’s popular Christmas track hit 10,819,009 streams on Spotify. This beats XXXTentacion’s ‘Sad!’, which hit 10.4 million streams on June 19th.

Dec 27 10:46

Bryan Adams: Longer Copyright Term Enriches Intermediaries, Not Creators

Following a new trade deal with the US and Mexico, Canada is set to expand its copyright term to 70 years after the creator's death. According to the Canadian singer Bryan Adams, large intermediaries such as record labels stand to benefit the most, not creators themselves. He, therefore, calls for a simple change that would allow creators to terminate their copyright assignments after 25 years.

Dec 25 18:45

Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, "Christmas Time's A Coming" - 1987

The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band plays "Christmas Time's A Coming" in 1987.

Dec 25 18:44

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia, legendary lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead and David Grisman, virtuoso mandolinist and founder of "Dawg" music. The musical matrimony and extraordinary friendship of Garcia and Grisman is traced in the award-winning documentary GRATEFUL DAWG. Using rare concert footage, never-before-released recordings and exclusive home video of private jam sessions, GRATEFUL DAWG reveals the unique Garcia/Grisman connection from their earliest days as budding bluegrass aficionados, through the renowned 1973 "Old & In the Way" sessions to the classic Garcia/Grisman Band albums that highlighted Jerry's final years. This song is a bonus track on the DVD.

Dec 25 18:42

Grateful Dead - Run Rudolph Run 12/7/71

Pigpen singing Run Rudolph Run at Madison Square Garden on 12/7/71

Dec 25 14:14

Incoherent Thoughts from the Yankee Capital: Papua New Guinea Looks Better and Better II

Having just returned from two weeks in the curious environs of Washington, DC, I offer a few observations on the national lunacy deposit:

The de-Christianization of the country, or at least this part of it, is almost complete. I can think of hearing the word “Christmas” only twice in two weeks of trough-inciting retail advertising.

Culture shock: We stayed with friends who for various reasons, such as being in the business, always had a television on. At home in Mexico we got rid of the lobotomy box some fifteen years ago, seeing little advantage in paying seventy dollars a month for 250 channels, none worth watching, adorned with twenty minutes an hour of stupid commercials. Coming back to this was like jumping into raw sewage. Perhaps the worst of it was the contempt for the public manifested in running the same ad twice in one commercial break, and in the loving close-ups of pizzas with dripping cheese. Buy, buy, buy.

Dec 25 10:37

This Hollywood Super Producer Promoted Advertisement Boycott Of Tucker Carlson

Hollywood’s incessant berating of President Donald Trump is one of the most insufferable toxic wastelands on all of social media and television and yet it seems to be a daily occurrence.

There are those in the media, though, that read right through the liberal leftist hogwash propaganda that only demonizes President Trump and some of them are stars on Fox News.

But what this super Hollywood producer did to Tucker Carlson was so uncalled for it really goes to show you how ruthless and vile Tinsel town can be.

You’ve probably heard of the President Trump-hating writer, director and producer, Judd Apatow. He’s the mind behind The 40-year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People and a long list of others.

When he’s not behind the camera, you can find him perusing Twitter and attacking anybody who defends President Trump because he despises him that much. One might argue even more so, than his Hollywood peers and lackeys.

Dec 24 13:49

'I know what you want': Kevin Spacey is charged with felony sex assault one year after being accused of molesting the teen son of a news anchor at a Nantucket bar - as the disgraced actor posts a creepy video in response to the allegations

Michael O'Keefe, the Cape and Islands district attorney in Massachusetts, said on Monday afternoon that Spacey will appear January 7 at Nantucket District Court.

'On December 20, 2018 following a public show cause hearing at Nantucket District Court, Clerk Magistrate Brian Kearney issued a criminal complaint of indecent assault and battery against Kevin S. Fowler, also known as Kevin Spacey,' read a release from the district attorney's office.

'The incident is alleged to have occurred on or about July 7, 2016 at a local restaurant.'

The victim's mother, Heather Unruh, said last year that Spacey repeatedly stuck his hand down the pants of her 18-year-old son. The boy was eventually able to get away when a woman walked over to him while the actor was in the bathroom and said: 'Run!'

At the time, Spacey was trying to convince the boy to join him at a party said Unruh, who now hopes to find the mystery woman who she believes saved her son from a far worse fate.

Dec 24 13:22

Sacha Baron Cohen: Planned Ben Carson takedown fell apart after White House pulled the plug

Sacha Baron Cohen almost added Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson to his roster of high-profile figures he pranked on his controversial comedy series "Who is America?" but he revealed the White House thwarted his attempt at the last minute.

The "Borat" actor and Carson's team set up an interview at the Mandarin Hotel in Washington, D.C., Cohen told Deadline in an interview published last week.

He'd been living "undercover and in disguise" in D.C. for a few weeks leading up to the interview. Cohen said that on the day of the interview, they'd had "bad luck [because] there was a big international conference of politicians" at the hotel.

"[Former Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice was there, a bunch of other politicians, and the whole place was filled with Secret Service, some of whom were completely undercover and some of whom were clear," Cohen said.

Dec 23 16:41

Was Spotify’s Direct Offering Really So Brilliant? SPOT Shares Slip to $104 as $17 Billion In Market Cap Goes Poof

And for anyone cashing out near the top — including Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment — this is the stuff of genius.

Also not complaining: Spotify executives who cashed out their coveted shares, especially those with low strike prices.

Dec 23 12:31

Next James Bond should be transgender, suggests Dominic West

Actor Dominic West has suggested that the the next James Bond should be transgender.

The actor, 49, said the next 007 should be Hannah Graf, the highest-ranking transgender soldier in the British Army.

The 31-year-old serves as a captain in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Suggestions have already been made that Daniel Craig’s replacement should be black or female.

Dec 22 13:06

Alyssa Milano mocks amputee veteran's massive border wall crowdfunding, gets Twitter-flogged

Actress Alyssa Milano waded out of her depth as she slammed the border wall crowdfunding, implying the money should instead go to veterans. She was instantly reminded the campaign was started by a triple amputee vet.

The actress-turned-Democratic firebrand was left red-faced as after she took aim at the crowdfunding campaign to build a border wall between the US and Mexico, now at over $13mn. In a tweet on Thursday, Milano wrote: "Oh, yes! Let's #GoFundTheWall while not taking care of our veterans. Cool. Cool. Cool."

Dec 22 07:18

A Charpentier Christmas

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was a busy composer in Paris in the time of Louis XIV.
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>>>He composed oratorios, operas, masses, theater music, and short pieces that are hard to categorize.

Eventually he was noticed by King Louis himself, arousing the jealousy of the court composer, Jean Baptiste Lully.

Lully proceeded to make it impossible for Charpentier to get a position at court, and difficult for him to even have his music played.
(*NOTE: even King Louis had a swamp to contend with)
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Charpentier wrote a lot of music for Christmas: oratorios on Christmas themes, pastorals, noels, and a lovely “Midnight Mass for Christmas.”>>>

(*includes a 24/07 stream of similarly composed seasonal music )

Dec 20 09:10

NASA enlists Queen guitarist Brian May to record song featuring audio of Stephen Hawking as tribute to NASA historic New Year's Day flyby of object a billion miles past Pluto

The US space agency's New Horizon's spacecraft will soon make the most distant flyby of a cosmic object ever, zipping by an object called Ultima Thule - a billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on January 1.

A NASA scientist involved with the mission asked the legendary British guitarist behind 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - who also holds a doctorate in astrophysics - to contribute some music to play as the flyby occurs.

And May, 71, agreed.

The 'New Horizons' track (Ultima Thule mix), which will be released New Year's Day, is his first solo single since 1998.

'New Horizons' will have its global premiere broadcast live on January 1 at 12.02am EST (5.02am GMT) from the New Horizons control Center in Maryland, USA, at the moment when the historic Ultima Thule encounter is confirmed.

Dec 14 11:43

Fake network voids choice-of-law deal, Roy Moore says in defamation suit against Sacha Baron Cohen

Former Alabama Chief Justice and failed Senate candidate Roy Moore claims his $95 million defamation suit against Sacha Baron Cohen doesn’t have to be tried in New York because of misrepresentations made when he signed a contract before his appearance on the comedian’s show.

The contract said Moore agrees not to sue for defamation, infliction of emotional distress, fraud, deceptive practices or any other claim. But if he does, the suit must be brought in New York. Moore said the contract is void because he was falsely told he was being flown to Washington, D.C., for an award, and he would be interviewed by Yerushalayim TV, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Dec 14 08:40

A Comic For People Who Look To Their S.O For Outfit Advice And Get None

A wise philosopher named Shania Twain once said, “Any man of mine’ll say it fits just right when last year’s dress is just a little too tight ? and anything I do or say better be okay when I have a bad hair day.”
While we tend to agree with the Canadian country goddess’ stance, every once in a while, you really just want some honest feedback from your S.O. on your look.

Dec 13 13:32

Thank God nobody wants to keep up with the greedy, dumb, ruthless, nudity-loving Kardashians anymore. I couldn't wish for a better gift from Santa

It is with great lack of even a molecule of sadness that I have to report the demise of the world’s most vacuous, grasping, sleazy, stupid and annoying family.

Ratings for the season finale of Keeping Up With The Kardashians on Sunday night crashed to just 851,000 viewers.

That’s a staggering 37% fall from the 1.3 million who watched the premiere episode in August.

Dec 10 09:51

Rob Reiner: ‘Sick Delusional Criminal F*ck’ Trump About to Get His ‘Ultimate Comeuppance’

Left-wing film director Rob Reiner once again unloaded on President Donald Trump, denouncing him as a “sick delusional criminal fuck” who will soon face his “ultimate comeuppance.”

“Looking forward to seeing how the lying malignant narcissist responds to the avalanche of criminality that will continue to bury him,” Rob Reiner wrote. “Can’t undersell how sweet his ultimate comeuppance will be.”

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