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Trump’s Big Mouth Makes It Harder To Fight Terrorism

May 25, 2017

When Donald Trump blabbed highly classified intelligence information to the Russian Foreign Minister last week, he made it more difficult for the U.S. to fight foreign terrorist threats. Vox explains.

Update:

“Trump Tells Murderous Dictator Location of U.S. Nuclear Subs,” NotionsCapital

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The NSA and DNI Told Trump to Take a Hike

May 23, 2017

The NSA and DNI Told Trump to Take a Hike
In March, after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee the FBI was investigating links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, President Trump asked Director of National Intelligence (DNIDaniel Coats and NSA Director Michael Rogers to say there was nothing to the Trump-Russia story. They declined to spread disinformation about a sister agency’s ongoing investigation, even at the president’s request. The CIA had already determined that there was Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

More:

“Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence,” Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post

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The Trump Campaign Contacted Russia at Least 18 Times

May 18, 2017

The Trump Campaign Contacted Russia at Least 18 Times

“Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.

The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Sergei Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former officials said.

Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the Nov. 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current U.S. officials said.”

— “Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources,” Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, Reuters

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Not Alright By Me

April 22, 2017

“Not Alright By Me” by Vintage Trouble, performing live in Portland Oregon for KINK-FM, 2012. Ty Taylor (vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Rick Barrio Dill(bass), and Richard Danielson (drums).

Vintage Trouble website

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Bobby Bland Tribute

April 2, 2017

A medley of songs made famous by Bobby Bland, performed  by the California Honeydrops at High Sierra 2013, recorded by Jam in the Van.

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Daylight Saving Time Is Dumb

March 12, 2017

“Daylight Saving Time,” asks John Oliver, “why is this still a thing?”

Related:

“Daylight saving time begins Sunday: 6 things to know about ‘springing forward,’” Brian Resnick, Vox

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Daylight Saving Time

March 11, 2017

Daylight Saving Time

At 2:00 AM this Sunday morning people in most of the United States will set their clocks ahead one hour as we begin Daylight Saving Time. Many households will also change the batteries in their smoke detectors. In Arizona, where they don’t believe in Daylight Saving Time, people mark the day by putting fresh ammunition in their handguns.

The continental United States observes DST beginning on the second Sunday in March; the European Union on the last Sunday in March. Tunisia, Bangladesh, and Fiji have joined Arizona and no longer observe Daylight Saving Time. We do not know if these counties also concur with Arizona’s denial of Climate ChangeWater FluoridationInternational Law, and Evolution.

Why does Arizona reject Daylight Saving Time? Perhaps the state’s many retirees can’t figure out how to change the time settings on their old VHS machines.

So “Spring Ahead,” even if Spring won’t actually be here until March 20th. And your lost hour of sleep? You’ll get it back on November 5th.

More on Daylight Saving Time here. And change your batteries and stuff.

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Slow Train

March 11, 2017

“Slow Train,” written by Bob Dylan and arranged by Harrison Calloway. Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, 1979.

Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar), Mark Knopfler (guitar), Barry Beckett (keyboards), Tim Drummond (bass), Pick Withers (drums), Carolyn Dennis, Helena Springs and Regina Havis (background vocals), Barry Beckett and Mickey Buckins (percussion), and the Muscle Shoals Horns.

Bob Dylan website

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All By Myself

February 5, 2017

“All By Myself,” written and performed by Kelsey Waldon. Video by Matt Bizer.

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Wait Til I Get You Home

January 28, 2017

“Wait Til I Get You Home,” written and performed by Amy Rigby.

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