Monday, May 22, 2017

56. 5/22/17

Happy Birthday to my big sister!

 A10 CHINA'S GIFT TO GERMANY: A GIANT STATUE OF MARX

"Karl Marx is officially revered in China, the last major Communist state after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991."


"In China, there are two completely different voices in the debate over the statue ... one is that Germany is now a wholly capitalist state that has abandoned Marxism. Sending the statue is tantamount to sending his ideas back to try to reignite the spark of revolution ... The other is that Marx's theory of class struggle had a very negative effect on China. Sending the statue is symbolically returning defective goods."

That guy in the lower left is definitely a relative!

C1 IN PURSUIT OF NEWS TO SKEWER

"The writing staff of TBS's 'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee' uses the shorthand 'Scalia' for a last-minute show adjustment, a reference to the rewrite that had to be undertaken when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016."


The best of these jesters will be the ones who can quickly react to the constantly "breaking news" with wit, originality and oppo energy. Samantha gets my vote.

A24 ON CLIMATE, LOOK TO CHINA AND INDIA

"India is expected to obtain 40 percent of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2022, eight years ahead of schedule."


"The Trump administration seems determined to destroy or undermine every initiative on which President Obama based his pledge in Paris to substantially reduce America's greenhouse gases ..."

America leads by example. In theory. So much damage can be done in just a few short years. Perhaps irreversible.

A1 SHIFTING TONE, PRESIDENT SAVES DARK WORDS FOR A FAITHS FRINGE

"President Trump on Sunday pivoted away from his strident assessment of Islam as a religion of hatred as he sought to redefine American leadership in the Middle East and rally the Muslim world to join him in a renewed campaign against extremism."


"We are not here to lecture ..."

Marco Rubio: "It's in our national security interest to advocate for democracy and freedom and human rights."

"'Drive them out,' [Trump] said. 'Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this earth.'"

He was referring to extremists, not special prosecutors, btw.

B1 SOURED ON UBER

"Parking fees make up about 15 percent of revenue for the city of Pittsburgh."


And the driverless car pulled up to this:



A25 HATE THE SUBWAY? BLAME CUOMO

"New York City subway riders contend with more than 70,000 delays a month (well over a delay every minute)."


Toto needs to tug at that curtain. Riders Alliance.

B6 WYOMING WIND PROJECT ENVISIONS COAL MINERS AS ITS NEW WORK FORCE

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that national employment for mining and geological engineers will grow by 6 percent between 2014 and 2024, while employment for wind turbine technicians is expected to grow by 108 percent."


Let's hope they deliver on their promises.

C1 A "BACHELORETTE" BIBLE

"There is a mantra often repeated on 'The Bachelor' and its spinoff, 'The Bachelorette': 'Here for the right reasons'."


And there's even a Fantasy League. Of course there is.

A25 THE UNFREEING OF AMERICAN WORKERS

"Almost one in five American employees is subject to some kind of noncompete clause."


"Creeping along the road to serfdom, yoked to corporate employers the way Russian peasants were once tied to their masters' land."

And if you happen to live in a "Right to Work" state ... 




C6 ALBEE ESTATE REJECTS BID TO CAST BLACK ACTOR

"The late playwright Edward Albee exercised such control over professional productions of his plays that directors were often required to submit headshots of proposed casts before getting the rights to mount them."


The Conan Doyle estate has always been very picky about granting rights, but seems more relaxed lately. Sherlock becomes public domain in 2023. The Albee estate will become more flexible as their own PD date approaches!

Here's a great page about copyright law in theatre.


TIME MACHINE
May 22, 1996
21 years ago




"How long will it take for a return to 'classic white'?"


I don't remember these.

JOURNAL; A GAY RIGHTS VICTORY MUFFLED

The brouhaha over the Defense of Marriage Act. The Times did not let Clinton off the hook, either:

"The bill also forces Mr. Clinton, who says he opposes both same-sex marriage and anti-gay discrimination, into a corner. If he vetoes it, his opponents can portray him as a proponent of same-sex marriage; if he signs it, he endorses the gay-bashing that the bill transparently is. He's presumably praying it will never reach his desk ... If Mr. Dole's cynicism is deplorable, so is Mr. Clinton's cowardice, which fans the flames."

COMPANY NEWS; ACER PLANS AN INTERNET-READY PERSONAL COMPUTER

Quaint, huh?

AFTER "L.A. LAW," A PURSUIT OF PASSIONS FOR FOOD AND LIFE

A very cool celebrity-couple piece. My favorite Tucker role is as Woody Allen's father in Radio Days.

NEW JERSEY DAILY BRIEFING; CLERK GUILTY IN POSTAL FRAUD

"After selling postage, Dale Agar of Lafayette altered computer records to make the purchase look smaller, leaving her with an excess of cash."

$108,000? That's a lot of postage.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

55. 5/21/17

MAGAZINE Page 18 ON MONEY

"Even after grants and scholarships, the typical family making less than $30,000 needs to pay 77 percent of its income to cover the costs of a four-year public college."

People like Sara are on the cutting edge of a society filled with right-wing hatred of anything that smacks of "socialism" -- or "free" anything. She deserves our support.

SUNDAY REVIEW Page 10 EARLY DREAMS OF TRUMPGATE

Bullet points from this op-ed:

  • Comparisons to Watergate
  • Similarities: "witch hunt" / "enemies" / sycophantic assistants
  • Differences: After ransom demands from the Watergate defendants, the public knew it was "criminal" / Dems had subpoena power, majority control of both houses
  • Deus ex machina: Alexander Butterfield
  • "Ironies abound. Mr. Trump's complaints to the F.B.I. about damaging leaks recall that Deep Throat, the ultimate Watergate leaker to The Washington Post, was revealed to be W. Mark Felt, then the associate director of the F.B.I.)"
  • Need to win back a majority in either house. "This would secure them the subpoena power to shed far better light for the nation on Mr. Trump's and his enablers' sorry deeds."

SUNDAY BUSINESS Page 3 EARNING AN INCOME WHILE LENDING A HAND

"Around 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the United States and by 2030, there will be 72 million people over 65 nationwide."

In 132 days I turn 65. I play Scrabble for 6 hours every Sunday.



T MAGAZINE, Page 31 THE CULT OF SEAWEED

"There are more than 40 words in Gaelic relating to seaweed."


They don't just eat it. "The Hebridean Seaweed Company has found an alternative outlet for some of its marine flora -- the movie business. The company has provided weeds for 'The Pirates of the Caribbean' movies and nine tons of knotted sea wrack from the Isle of Lewis for the film set of 'Les Misérables'."

TRAVEL, Page 6 A BOTANIST IN LAPLAND

"By the end of his life, Carl Linnaeus, who invented binomial nomenclature, applied his naming system to 14,000 species. (Today over 1.5 million have been anointed with a genus and species name.)


I never tire of new discoveries (see below). Fascinating article with gorgeous (contemporary) illustrations ...

Page 6 ANGOLA'S LEADER WON'T RUN AGAIN. BUT WILL HE CEDE POWER?

"President José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola -- Africa's second-longest-serving head of state*, with nearly 38 years in power -- won 99.6 percent of votes in his party's leadership race last year."

* According to this, he is third.

ARTS & LEISURE Page 14 REVIVING A COMPOSER'S GHOSTLY SOUNDS

"The electronic music artist Maryanne Amacher discovered that certain combinations of frequencies could, at high volume, cause the ear to produce and amplify tones of its own."


Studied with Stockhausen. My own experience is that the above-described effect can be realized at any volume -- even at extremely soft registers. I look forward to hearing her music.

SUNDAY REVIEW, Page 11 DONALD TRUMP VS. WOMEN'S HEALTH

"One woman dies every two hours of cervical cancer in America."


"[W]hen President Trump embraces 'pro-life' policies that are in fact 'pro-death,' that should galvanize us all."

SPORTS SUNDAY, Page 1 ONE OF BASEBALL'S BEST, BUT WITHOUT THE BRAND

"The 25-year-old baseball player Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is the youngest player in major league history to reach 150 home runs and 150 stolen bases. (He also has the most Twitter followers of any baseball player.)"



But you have to watch him play to actually believe it!

TIME MACHINE
May 21, 1866
151 years ago

Page 1 AFFAIRS IN THE SOUTH

A meandering, slightly condescending article which begins

"I was present yesterday at a most interesting and impressive ceremony, which deserves especial notice as illustrative of the feeling of the white for the black race, and of the sincere desire of the former to promote as far as possible the temporal and spiritual welfare of the hitherto dependent bondsmen.

The occasion was the ordination by the Presbytery of three colored men as Presbyterian ministers ..."

The correspondent continues:

"These are the signs of the times. These are the real indications of the feelings of the two races for each other. No Civil Rights Bill required this action; no political advantage could have been derived from it; no compulsory process could have enforced it; no Freedman's Bureau had anything to do with it; and there cannot be a more positive proof of the confidence of the colored people in the justice and good will of the whites, and of the readiness of the latter to help and encourage the colored people to improve their condition."

The writer then jumps from topic to topic; cotton taxes, the weather -- and finally, this:

"The arrival of the District Judge and District-Attorney and the proximate opening of the United States Courts, brings up the question of the test oath for lawyers, and that numerous body are now discussing it with no little interest. It it be decided that before any lawyer can plead in the United States Court he must take the test oath, the legal business will be confined to a very small class of practitioners, for I learn that out of a large and talented Bar in Savannah, where the Court is now open, not one lawyer can subscribe to the oath."

I believe this -- or something similar -- is the oath to which they refer.

Page 8 IN THE POLICE COURTS

"Officer COPELAND, of the Fifteenth Precinct, arrested JOHN J. MASTERSON, of No. 90 Fourth-avenue, for violation of the Excise Law by keeping his premises open after midnight of Saturday. The officer making the arrest stated that the accused had has saloon open at eleven minutes after 12 o'clock, by Officer PITCAIRN'S watch, but he did not know whether it was correct time or not. MR. MASTERSON produced two witnesses in his behalf. WM. HENNESSEY of No. 185 Lewis-street, and CHAS. McNULTY, of No. 9 Avenue B, stated that the saloon was effectually closed five minutes before 12, and that he had opened the door to allow them to leave the premises when the officer made the arrest. The Justice thought the officer had put rather too fine a point on the provisions of the law, and dismissed the complaint.

Meanwhile, two blocks away, a real crime was taking place ...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

54. 5/20/17


Tillerson: "The people in the rest of the world do not have the time to pay attention to what's happening domestically here." Nothin' to see here, folks ...




"'I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job ... I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off. I'm not under investigation."



Spectacular videos.


"If Trump makes it clear he knows what country he's in, it'll be a triumph."



A wonderful description of György Ligeti's String Quartet No. 1:

"In this visionary work, the ensemble often functions as a unit, creating an array of strange effects. The Calidore players performed it with synergistic brilliance and ferocious commitment.

The quartet's palette ranged from the subtle and creepy, as in the insectoid chromatic stirrings of the opening, to grunge-based grit. A few bars of barely felt hummingbird trills morphed into a section of full-throttle, aggressive tremolo bowing ..."




"When Daniel Murphy, then with the Mets, missed three games at the start of the 2014 season to be with his wife for the birth of their child, he was criticized on social media by some Mets fans and over the radio by the sports commentator Mike Francesa, who suggested 'you can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help'."

In the olden days, no one took off for just being a Dad! Thank God we've become more enlightened over the years. Except for Mikey. I think he needs a nurse. 

TIME MACHINE
May 20, 1957
60 years ago

Page 1 PRESIDENT'S TALK WILL SEEK TO BAR FOREIGN AID CUTS

"President Eisenhower is scheduled to send a $3,800,000,000 foreign aid request to Capitol Hill early this week and then go on television to try to save the program from economy-hungry Congressmen."

"'The way to feed that inflation is to continue big spending,' Senator [Harry F.] Byrd said. 'The way to stop it is to economize, balance the budget, make some substantial debt payments and eventually reduce taxes in all the individual brackets and on business.'"

A Democrat criticizing a Republic president for spending money on foreign aid. Weird.

Page 4 NEHRU ENDORSES WIDE DEMOCRACY

"Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India told members of Ceylon's Parliament today that 'full-blooded democracy' had the best chance of solving the problems of the atomic age."

But in just 17 short years from this date ...

Friday, May 19, 2017

53. 5/19/17

A1 OVERLOOKING SLIGHTS BY TRUMP, SAUDIS PLAN A LAVISH WELCOME


"Saudi Arabia ... will be pulling out all the stops for a man who has declared 'Islam hates us' and said the United States was 'losing a tremendous amount of money' defending the kingdom."

"Mr. Trump's apparent lack of interest in human rights also suggests that he is unlikely to complain about the justice system or the limited rights of Saudi women."

Complain? He's gonna ask for the blueprints.

A1 COMEY WANTED PRESIDENT KEPT AT A DISTANCE


"After explaining to Mr. Trump how communications with the F.B.I. should work, Mr. Comey believed he had effectively drawn the line after a series of encounters he had with the president ... that he felt jeopardized the F.B.I.'s independence."

Not unless he drew the line with a crayon in a well-explained coloring book.

A1 DEFIANT TRUMP DEEMS INQUIRY "A WITCH HUNT"

Don't you feel sorry for all these foreign leaders who have to sit there and listen to our domestic squabbles?

A8 PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT ORDERS BAN ON SMOKING


"[T]he national smoking ban could save thousands of Filipinos -- smokers and those around them who endure secondhand smoke -- from cancer and other illnesses."

That's as long as the extrajudicial hit squads don't get you first.

A13 TRUMP SEEKS $2.6 BILLION FOR BORDER IN BUDGET


"The $2.6 billion that Mr. Trump is requesting for border security is a small portion of the federal government's overall $4 trillion-plus budget."

"A billion here, a billion there -- pretty soon you're talking real money!" -- Everett Dirksen

A14 ROSENSTEIN SUGGESTS TRUMP'S PLAN TO FIRE COMEY PREDATED HIS MEMO


"'I think Democrats probably should be asking themselves, sometimes you've got to be careful about what you ask for,' [Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson] said. 'Because when you get it, all of a sudden you can't get answers to things because now it's an active investigation.'"

Implying that by shifting from several (public) Congressional investigations to Mueller's (private) one, Democrats will lose the daily sound bites.

Possibly, but by this path, we may discover something called The Truth.

A15 ADVISERS URGE PRESIDENT TO HIRE AN OUTSIDE LAWYER

"According to associates ... the president has become mistrustful of many around him ... he is relying heavily on his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as well as his longtime spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, and his personal bodyguard turned White House assistant, Keith Schiller."

Hire the bodyguard. He can help you tear up the subpoenas.

A15 HOW A SPECIAL COUNSEL ALTERS THE INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP AND RUSSIA


"What the appointment means -- and doesn't."

Excellent article explaining all the details.

A16 AMID TRUMP TURMOIL, SOME BEGIN EYEING PENCE


David Axelrod: "It's hard to look the prime minister and the man in the dark at the same time."

A25 WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH REPUBLICANS?


You really have to ask, Paul?

"In a perverse way, we should count ourselves lucky that Trump is as terrible as he is."


TIME MACHINE
May 19, 1969
48 years ago

Page 1 APOLLO 10 HEADING FOR MOON IN REHEARSAL FOR A JULY LANDING

"The launching took place a week short of eight years from the day, in 1961, when President Kennedy committed the nation to landing men on the moon in this decade."

And we all held our breath.

Page 9 PEKING, CONTINUING ITS BARRAGE, ACCUSES SOVIET OF FORSAKING COMMUNISM

"Jazz, one of the 'evil fruits' of capitalism in the Soviet Union ... is abhored and rejected even in capitalist countries ... it is now 'spreading its nauseating stink' in the Soviet Union"

This looks like a nice place to hear Evil Fruit in Beijing.

Page 24 2 ROCK MUSICIANS ACCUSED IN ASSAULT

"We mistook the plainclothes policeman who was trying to warn the audience for some kind of heckler."

They needed to ask Who Are You?

Page 1 ASSAULTS BY 1,500 OF FOE REPULSED AT 2 ALLIED POSTS

"Fourteen American soldiers were killed."

And today Vietnam -- a country which dropped its directional adjectives -- is a major tourist attraction. Sing along.

Page 2 IRAQ PRESSES DISPUTE WITH IRAN

"The Baath party is regarded as the most dynamic in the Arab Middle East, and the dispute seems related to all the things that most worry the socialist Baathists: the Kurdish tribesmen, Israel, spies and the situation on the Persian Gulf ..."

And today? Kurds, Israel, spies and the situation ...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

52. 5/18/17



"The Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian officials, dramatically raising the legal and political stakes in an affair that has threatened to engulf Mr. Trump's 118-day-old presidency."

And who knows what else he'll find?



"The Trump presidency may now be disintegrating, tumbling toward entropy."

"Mueller is a Trump nightmare ..."

Pacific Geoducks:

TIME MACHINE
May 18, 1947
70 years ago

A fat Sunday paper of 267 pages:

Page 42 "GET-TOUGH" POLICY IN GERMANY BEGINS

"Two prime factors have led up to the present crisis in the Western zones, and both could have been avoided by the Military Government. [One]: the illusion that the creation of democratic forms constituted democratization and, second, the sentimental attitude that has resulted in the entire occupation task's being administered like a disaster relief project."

Similar problems began cropping up in the Japanese Occupation at this time, as well.

Page 109 NEW U.S.-SOVIET TALKS RISE HOPE OF KOREANS

"Economically strangled by partition into two occupation zones and belabored by opposing political doctrines, Korea finds itself a prisoner of the peace ... south of the thirty-eighth parallel some 50,000 Americans, tactical troops, Military Government workers and United States civilians are trying, with the aid of American supplies and liberal doses of democracy, to restore the broken machine which is a legacy of the years of Japanese exploitation.

North of this border the Soviet Union, through Commissars, coercion and propaganda, is attempting to indoctrinate a people ... 'Join the Communist party or starve,' is the statement one hears monotonously repeated ..."

"Korea is a land of disillusionment today. Koreans complain that they never suspected the price of liberation would be the division of their nation and its people."

Great article -- beautiful (hand-drawn) map.

Page 254 GETTYSBURG PILGRIMS

"The fee for a short guided tour covering the main points of interest is $2. A twenty-mile tour lasting two hours costs $3."

Today, it's $75-$100.

Page 242 FROM THE MAIL POUCH: SYMPHONY CUTS AND PUCCINI

"'When a conductor -- or any other kind of musical performer -- deliberately alters the structure of a musical work by large cuts, the existence of which is not indicated to the audience, he goes beyond the freedom granted him for personal interpretation and commits, in effect, musical libel. It is the difference between freedom and license, between democracy and anarchy.'"

Hear, hear.

Page 108 CONGRESS WEIGHS FATE OF "VOICE OF AMERICA"

"General Marshall: 'As long as propaganda is engaged in, we are faced with the necessity of taking action ourselves ... it is very hard for us here at home to comprehend the degree with which we are not comprehended and the degree with which we are misrepresented.'"

Hard to believe anyone opposed this at that time.

Page 1 DEATH-DEALING ATOMIC CLOUD UNDER STUDY BY SCIENTISTS

"Such [radioactive] clouds, each of them perhaps a mile square, could be laid in a series. They would not kill suddenly ... but would sweep with a lingering death and corrosion over a great area."

I can only picture Peter Sellers saying all this.

Page 1 BRITISH TAKE 1,000 FROM ZIONIST SHIP

"The immigrants looked fairly healthy and reasonably well dressed. As they were taken into a decontamination tent for DDT spraying one man looked at the glittering lights of the hilly city of Haifa and said in Yiddish: 'Our Haifa is beautiful.'"

They survive the Holocaust, and arrive in the Promised Land -- only to get sprayed with poisonous chemicals.

Page 110 ALL FOUR ZONES IN GERMANY FACING ACUTE FOOD CRISIS

Depressing. Hand-drawn map of Europe showing the number of calories per person in each country. (Denmark = 2900; Germany = 1200).

Page 19 JAPANESE FORCED TO CHANGE IN WEST

"The Japanese-Americans are not a complaining people, and about 80 per cent of the young say that they are satisfied with their jobs ... however, 76 per cent of the young and 71 per cent of the old people say that 'there is as much social discrimination now as before the war,' and 4 per cent declare that there is more."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

51. 5/17/17



"It wasn't supposed to be like this."


"The president's appetite for chaos, coupled with his disregard for the self-protective conventions of the presidency, has left his staff confused and squabbling. And his own mood, according to two advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, has become sour and dark, turning against most of his aides -- even his son-in-law, Jared Kushner -- with Mr. Trump describing them in a fury as 'incompetent,' according to one of those advisers."

"glassy-eyed shock"
"dismissal or reassignment of Sean Spicer"
"hunkered down for what staff members now realize will be an extended siege"
"fatigue was setting in after months of having to defend the president's missteps"
"Trump has complained that McMaster talks too much in meetings and has referred to him as 'a pain.'"

But saving the best for last, Glenn and Maggie fire off this brilliant paragraph:

"In private, three administration officials conceded that they could not publicly articulate their most compelling -- and honest -- defense of the president for divulging classified intelligence to the Russians: that Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader of his briefing materials, simply did not possess the interest or knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering to leak specific sources and methods of intelligence gathering that would harm American allies."

The Idiocracy Defense.




"'I hope you can let this go.'"

"When will Republicans decide that enough is enough? Is it possible they might at last consult their consciences, and recall that they took an oath to uphold the Constitution?"

I believe this is the beginning of the end.

"Bob Corker: 'they've got to figure out a way to come to grips.'

That's not going to happen. We are seeing the real Mr. Trump. This same inattention and ignorance, vanity and foolish impulsivity nearly sunk his business -- until his lenders stepped in before he took them down with him.

So what will Republicans do, as he threatens to do the same to all of us? They might start devising a plan. The downward spiral is accelerating."


TIME MACHINE
May 17, 1928
89 years ago

Page 24 JAPAN AND CHINA

"There is every indication that both the Nationalists and the Japanese are anxious to effect a quiet and friendly settlement. The spirit of harshness that characterized the period of the famous Twenty-one Demands when Japan sought to dominate China in 1915 is completely lacking."

An editorial filled with wishful thinking.

Page 24 WHEN THE MOVIES TALK

"With transatlantic broadcasting already a probability and with American films speaking to the world, he who does not understand English will cut off his ears."

A very sarcastic editorial -- which mirrored the general feeling 89 years ago -- i.e., the "talkies" were a passing fad brought about by futuristic, Frankenstein-type engineering equipment.

Page 34 GERMANY GETS BIG LOAN

"The United Steel Works is the largest participant in the enterprise."

And it's certain they regretted in it in a few short years.

Page 18 NEW HAVEN FANS OVERRUN FIELD TO SEE RUTH, STOPPING GAME

It appears that the Bronx Bombers had an off day between home games against the Detroit Tigers, on the 15th, and the St. Louis Browns on the 17th.

"The ground rules made every ball hit into the crowd a double."

Great reporting! Ruth had attempted to visit New Haven at least three times prior to this date. In delicious verbiage, the writer describes how the Babe:
  1. Missed his train;
  2. Got pulled over by the Connecticut police for speeding;
  3. Took sick from hot dog poisoning ...

"Whether we have a right to use any of this dialogue through a talking device in a motion picture remains to be determined. The question has not come up before. Perhaps a court will decide it ..."

In any case, the film came out in 1929.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

50. 5/16/17



"President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, a current and a former American government official said Monday."

I don't need no stinking briefings.

A1 U.S. SAYS SYRIA HAS CREMATORY TO HIDE KILLINGS

 

"[T]he buildings were covered in snow -- except for one, suggesting a significant internal heat source."

"Human rights groups said they were surprised by the Trump administration's assertions, in part because some of the satellite photographs have existed for years and are not conclusive."

Intelligence means being smart enough to decipher the raw intel. Have they got it right, or is Donald making up his own news again?

Either way, it sucks.

A11 MISSION TO CAPTURE OR KILL A WARLORD ENDS WITH NEITHER

"A contingent of Ugandan and American military officials ... will board a plane on Tuesday to Obo, in the southeastern part of the Central African Republic, where they will take part in a ceremony organized by Uganda to mark the end of the mission to capture or kill Joseph Kony, the notorious leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, or L.R.A."

Is this really something to celebrate?

A13 BY COUNTING HIS CHICKS, TEXAS TEENAGER TOPS PECKING ORDER IN MATH CONTEST

The article presents three math questions, giving the answers in the final paragraph. My brother is a scientist/mathematician, and I am always amazed at how easy stuff like this is for him.

I couldn't even begin to figure out how to solve any of these three problems. Readers, care to educate me? [In case you want to try to solve, I'll put the answers in the comments section later.]

  1. In a barn, 100 chicks sit peacefully in a circle. Suddenly, each chick randomly pecks the chick immediately to its left or right. What is the expected number of unpecked chicks?
  2. The smallest integer of a set of consecutive integers is -32. if the sum of these integers is 67, how many integers are in the set?
  3. A bag of coins contains only pennies, nickels and dimes with at least five of each. How many different combined values are possible if five coins are selected at random?
"The boy, Luke Robitaille, took less than a second to buzz in at the Raytheon Mathcounts National Competition with the correct answer."


Can we just make this kid President immediately?



Bye bye Kellyanne.


"Four of the men who had been charged with murder ... appeared in court here on Monday, where they pleaded guilty to reduced charges of voluntary manslaughter and hindering apprehension ..."

Disgusting. They should have been charged with Second-degree murder.


"When he asked, after more than an hour of waiting, whether it would take much longer, an officer threatened to incarcerate him ... 'If you can't sit patiently, I can gain compliance from you by putting you in a detainment cell'."

Also disgusting.

A27 WHY THE WORLD IS GETTING HACKED (by Zeynep Tufekci -- Penyez Ickefut, spelled backwards)

"This is perhaps the beginning of a global crisis that has been brewing for decades."


And we can't just go back to pencil and paper, I guess?


"[M]entally, Trump is still a 7-year-old boy who is bouncing around the classroom. His answers in interviews are not very long -- 200 words at the high end -- but he will typically flit through four or five topics before ending up with how unfair the press is to him."

One example:

"They had a quote from me that NATO's obsolete. But they didn't say why it was obsolete. I was on Wolf Blitzer, very fair interview, the first time I was ever asked about NATO, because I wasn't in government. People don't go around asking about NATO if I'm building a building in Manhattan, right? So they asked me, Wolf ... asked me about NATO, and I said two things. NATO's obsolete -- not knowing much about NATO, now I know a lot about NATO -- NATO is obsolete, and I said, 'And the reason it's obsolete is because of the fact they don't focus on terrorism.' You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism."


"Good performance, mediocre results or even downright ugly returns. When it comes to hedge funds, it scarcely matters. Even as some investors begin to sour on these high-priced stock pickers, the top fund managers still haul in enormous paychecks."


One-point-six bil


"This season, [Mark Reynolds] is on pace for 137 strikeouts."

Strikeouts have always been Reynolds' main problem. Since 2009, he's cut down on K's to the point that he finished last season (only 393 AB's) with a .282 BA! But do the stats deceive? In '09 he struck out 223 times in 578 ABs! That's almost a strikeout every other at bat!

But he also hit 44 homers, drove in 102 and hit .260.

In any case, it didn't help the D'Backs that season. They finished dead last in their division, at 70-92.



"Since the planets are so close to their star, they orbit quickly and almost exactly in what scientists call 'resonance' -- the orbits are completed in a sort of close synchronicity with one another."

TIME MACHINE
May 16, 1924
93 years ago

Page 1 HYLAN BARS SCENE IN O'NEILL'S PLAY

"Much of the protest against the play was occasioned by the casting of Paul Robeson, a negro, to play the leading male role and the fact that a white woman was cast for the role of his wife."

"[The company director] had been told by the clerk of the Mayor's office that the reason for the refusal of the licenses would be explained to him if he would call at City Hall today."


Hylan needed a few hours to think up a good excuse.

Page 6 "AMERICA'S FOREMOST JEW"

Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise deserves to be quoted in full and at length here. Powerful words spoken at a time of intense national debate on immigration.

" ... America has lapsed from the height of generosity and understanding compassion to the depths of unsympathetic indifference to the weal of the world. Granted that the Immigration bill be approved by the President of the United States, and for his sake and my country's sake I devoutly hope it may be vetoed, that bill will yet be repealed when America regains sobriety after the moral debauch of five post-war years! Our country is never permanently or even long in the wrong. Sometimes it makes an erring choice, but never fatally perseveres therein.

Differ we shall in the future as we have differed in the past. I shall continue to reserve the right to speak my mind on all great problems within and without Israel [meaning the Jewish people; obviously there was no State of Israel in 1924]. I shall no more consider that I am muzzled by the Presidency of the American Jewish Congress than I am muzzled within the pulpit of the synagogues to which I minister. Nor shall I be afraid to point out to Israel its transgressions, nor to Jacob his sins. Least of all shall I be silent when I behold my country in danger of forswearing the high prerogative of service and nobleness which it is my calling as Jew and as American alike to urge my fellow-Americans to maintain and to magnify."

Page 22 STOKOWSKI DEFENDS JAZZ

"Modern American melodies and rhythms including jazz, came into their own tonight when 8,000 persons gathered in the Grand Court of the Wanamaker Store in honor of music week, heard a unique concert that ranged through all the wide variety of American-made music and had as its climax an earnest defense of Jazz as the holder of 'wonderful possibilities for the future' by Leopold Stokowski.

Officially known as 'Sousa Night' the experimental concert, whose aim was the demonstration of modern tendencies in music and their possibilities, was also a tribute to the band master. Lieut. Commander Sousa led the John Wanamaker Military Band of seventy-five pieces in numbers that included one of his own marches and his latest choral work, 'The Last Crusade,' in which a massed chorus of 154 voices participated, and Marie Sundelius of the Metropolitan Opera Company sang the soprano parts."

I wonder if the work features an archeologist with a fedora?

Page 24 GIANTS CONQUERED BY ALEXANDER 6-4

Let's take a look at how the great Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched his Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 win over the New York Giants.

It's still the same game, but yet -- oh so different. For example

"[Jigger] Statz rapped [Rosy] Ryan for a single in the first inning and [Charlie] Hollocher got a pass, a sacrifice by [George] Grantham following."

Hold it right there! The number three hitter is bunting [He hit .316 this season]!

"In the second inning [Denver] Grigsby singled to left and [Cliff] Heathcote duplicated the blow. Again a sacrifice was offered, this time by [Gabby] Hartnett."

Hartnett, batting eighth in the order, hit .299 that year.

Time of game: 1.38! Also, notice how strange the box score innings line looks with the visiting New York Giants on the bottom line.

Page 24 RUTH WILL START BIKE RACE TONIGHT

"Babe Ruth will fire the starter's gun in the twenty-mile international motor-paced race which will be one of the featured events at the opening of the outdoor bicycle racing season at the New York Velodrome tonight."

I'm sure he got a nice of chunk of 1920's change for this gig. Big hot dog money.