The Nightshift: 25 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Wednesday, 25 October 2017 and this is the morning edition of The Nightshift.
Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) has announced that he will not seek re-election in the 2018 elections. Flake made the announcement in a scathing speech delivered on the Senate floor, in which he denounced in very strong terms the leadership and character of President Trump. Flake joins Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), who had previously announced that he would not seek re-election and who is also a blistering critic of the President. The question now: how many other republicans will break from the ineffectual “Republican pack” and try to get the government headed in the right direction.
The Washington Post has reported that the Clinton campaign and the DNC participated in the funding of the scandalous “Trump Dossier”. Another Washington hot mess, this time coming from the Democrats.
Mike Pence has cast a vote breaking a tie to enable repeal of a banking rule that would allow class action suits against banks and credit cards instead of forcing plaintiffs to go to mandatory arbitration. The repeal of the law was good news for financial institutions, bad news for consumers.
The Daily Grope: Leon Weiseltier, an editor at The New Republic, admitted to inappropriate behavior while working at that publication and paid an immediate and heavy price: a new publication he was planning, backed by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, and funded through her Emerson Collective for-profit organization, lost the funding and the plug has been pulled on the enterprise, effectively killing it.
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 last night in one of the shortest World Series games on record. The teams play again tonight in Los Angeles.
Today is National Greasy Food Day. Can’t eat healthy all the time–pass the burgers.
Also, we added the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s also below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel 
CNN News Text Site
 
The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This photo has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1411 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.

The Nightshift: 24 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Tuesday, 24 October 2017 and this is the morning edition of The Nightshift.
There is speculation that Chinese Leader Xi Jinping, who has not yet named a successor, may try to stay on after his second 5 year term is completed, raising the specter of another Mao-like leader for powerful Asian country.
The Republicans are talking up their new tax bill, despite the fact that the bill has not actually been seen in final (or proposed) written form. One of the very difficult parts of the tax bill is the proposed elimination of local and state taxes as a deduction; for states the lean heavily on real estate taxes to fund their state government, the elimination of this deduction would be disastrous for both state governments and homeowners.
The Daily Grope: Former Fox TV personality Bill O’Reilly was blasted yesterday by Megyn Kelly, on her new NBC show, who contradicted O’Reilly’s claim that no one complained about alleged sexual abuse to Fox management. O’Reilly disingenuously continues to evoke his children as a reason no one should talk about his past settlement issues and portrays himself as a victim. Meanwhile, a Miramax assistant working in London claims that Weinstein sexually harassed her, in a story reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The mess continues.
The baseball World Series begins today in Los Angeles, with the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the Houston Astros for the first two games. The weather could be factor: it’s expected to be in the high 90s at game time, unseasonably hot for Los Angeles.
Today is National Food Day. What’s on your plate?
Also, we added the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s also below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel 
CNN News Text Site
 
The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This photo has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1410 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.

The Nightshift: 23 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Monday, 23  October 2017 and this is the morning edition of The Nightshift.
Late night icon David Letterman was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this weekend. Letterman was the longest running late night host in TV history and his exceptionally sharp take on today’s events and personalities is definitely missed–at least in the Media Bunker.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition won re-election in Japan. It is seen as a victory for Abe’s monetary easing economic program for Japan.
Catalan continues its’ rebellious stance against the nation of Spain, as the small state pushes its program to become independent. Between Catalan’s desire for independence, the problems with Brexit, and Czechoslovakia’s recent election which put a skeptic of the European Union into office, there’s far too much dramatic political intrigue in Europe. All of it coming at time of general world political anxiety.
The Daily Grope: Bill O’Reilly allegedly paid a $32 million settlement to a former Fox colleague, legal analyst Lis Weihl, to settle a sexual assault claim before he was re-signed by Fox News. O’Reilly was subsequently terminated by Fox. The settlement was revealed in an article by The New York Times published last Saturday.
Today is National iPod Day. Nothing is better for music enthusiasts than the wonderful, single-purpose, ultra-portable, iPod. Hopefully you didn’t get rid of yours?
Also, we added the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s also below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel 
CNN News Text Site
 
The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This photo has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1409 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.

The Nightshift: 22 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Sunday, 22 October 2017 and this is the morning edition of The Nightshift.
The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees last night, 4-0, to earn a spot in the 2017 World Series. The Astros will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers for the championship. The best of seven Series starts on Tuesday (the format 2-3-2).  The win could not come at a better time for the city of Houston, which was severely flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Go Astros.
Today is National Color Day. Pick a color….
Also, we added the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s also below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel 
CNN News Text Site
 
The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This photo has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1408 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.

The Nightshift: 21 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Saturday, 21 October 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.
The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees in Game 6 of their 7 game playoff series to tie the series 3-3. The score was 7-1; the win sets up a one-game, winner-goes-to-the-World-Series contest tonight in Houston.
Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Save a slice for a friend.
Also, we added the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s also below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel 
CNN News Text Site
 
The Fine Print: The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1406 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.

The Nightshift: 20 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Friday, 20 October 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama issued scathing criticisms of the current climate of divisiveness and nationalism that permeate America’s political culture. They did not directly accuse the current administration but the inference was obvious.
General John Kelly spoke yesterday of the difficulties for Presidents in communicating with families of fallen soldiers, in a defense of President Trump’s call to the widow of a soldier who died in the recent failed Niger mission. Kelly lost a son in Afghanistan and is the current White House Chief of Staff; he remains one of the most impressive people in the current administration.
The Daily Grope: Actress Lupita Nyong O has accused Harvey Weinstein of harrasment. The actress won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014.
The Los Angeles Dodgers wiped out the Chicago Cubs, 11-1, in their baseball playoff series. The Dodgers earned their first trip to the World Series since 1988 with the win, taking the series 4 games to 1. They await the winner of the Houston Astros-New York Yankees series; the Yankees lead the series 3 games to 2. The Yankees and the Astros play today in Houston.
Today is National Mammography Day. It’s an important prevent measure; encourage someone you know and love to get a checkup.
Also, we added the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s also below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel 
CNN News Text Site
 
The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This photo has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1405 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. Currently, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is often included. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.

The Nightshift: 19 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Thursday, 19 October 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.
The Islamic State has lost its caliphate with the fall of Raqqa to U.S. backed forces. It’s hard to be a nation-state (that exports terrorism) and not just a bunch of thuggish terrorists without having a physical territory under its control. We have not seen the last of the Islamic State as there are enough extremists to keep it active for years to come, but it has been significantly diminished in reach and influence with the fall of Raqqa.
The turmoil,  misunderstandings, and prickly sensitivity continue in Washington, as this morning President Trump wakes up to a huge round of condemnation about his handling of condolence calls to Gold Star families. Toss into the mix a reversal on some key policy issues and you have a Washington swamp that is not being drained, but enlarged. What a hot mess.
The Daily Grope: McKayla Maroney, a former member of the U.S. Olympic Team has gone public with accusations that  team Doctor Larry Nasser abused her while she was in training. Nasser is currently in prison after conviction on other sexually-based charges.
Spain is going to suspend the recent vote by Catalonia for autonomy according to reports issued this morning.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked to testify before a congressional hearing yesterday on the Russian involvement with the election. His appearance has been described as that of a “hostile witness”, but then this was a congressional hearing. It’ll be interesting to see how Sessions performs when Robert Mueller, who is the Special Prosecutor looking into the Russian Hacking incident(s),  deposes him. Expect an implosion.
Today is National Seafood Bisque Day. Be sure to ask for the crackers.
Also, we added the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s also below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel 
CNN News Text Site
 
The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This photo has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1404 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. Currently, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is often included. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.

The Poetry of Rock: Before The Deluge

 
Jackson Brown has been one our finest songwriters since the seventies. He has a very unique voice and writes exceptional lyrics–it can’t hurt that, at one time, he, along with John David Souther and Glenn Frey and Don Henley (Eagles) all lived in the same apartment complex in Los Angeles. His best work–at least in my opinion–was that in very early period, the one that produced “Late for the Sky”, “The Pretender”, “Doctor My Eyes”, Fountain of Sorrow” and other Jackson Brown Classics. Today, the focus is on “Before the Deluge”. Jackson has always had a little bit of melancholy in his work, an underpinning of sadness in his outlook and lyrics, but that only adds to the depth of his music. Below, the lyrics for “Before the Deluge”, and above, a clip from a documentary on Jackson and his work, which features a performance of the song. Enjoy both.
 

“Some of them were dreamers
And some of them were fools
Who were making plans and thinking of the future
With the energy of the innocent
They were gathering the tools
They would need to make their journey back to nature
While the sand slipped through the opening
And their hands reached for the golden ring
With their hearts they turned to each other’s heart for refuge
In the troubled years that came before the delugeSome of them knew pleasure
And some of them knew pain
And for some of them it was only the moment that mattered
And on the brave and crazy wings of youth
They went flying around in the rain
And their feathers, once so fine, grew torn and tattered
And in the end they traded their tired wings
For the resignation that living brings
And exchanged love’s bright and fragile glow
For the glitter and the rouge
And in the moment they were swept before the delugeNow let the music keep our spirits high
And let the buildings keep our children dry
Let creation reveal it’s secrets by and by
By and by…
When the light that’s lost within us reaches the sky
Some of them were angry
At the way the earth was abused
By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
And they struggled to protect her from them
Only to be confused
By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour
And when the sand was gone and the time arrived
In the naked dawn only a few survived
And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge
Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge
Now let the music keep our spirits high
And let the buildings keep our children dry
Let creation reveal it’s secrets by and by
By and by…
When the light that’s lost within us reaches the sky”–written by Jackson Brown.

The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at YouTube. This video clip is from the DVD, “Jackson Brown: Going Home” . All rights reserved by their respective artists. We thank YouTube and Jackson for sharing. And remember–always listen deeply to music that you love.