The Nightshift: 16 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Monday, 16 October 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.

A truck bomb in the capital city of Somalia has killed over 300 people. Somalia continues to be a predominantly outlaw state where internal strife is a daily fact of life.

The Weinstein Company–the film company founded by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein after they sold their previous company, MIRAMAX, to Disney–is rumored to be up for sale. But what’s there? A portion of the film catalog–some 200 movies–is being used as collateral for  $450 million loan and there is some credence to the concept that without Harvey Weinstein’s producing talents, the company has no assets going forward. What a disaster.

The Trump administration continues its deconstruction of the Obama administration’s accomplishments. This is not a good precedent: a new administration comes in and undoes the work of the previous administration. Repeat. The country’s not going to make much progress with that type of program, no matter if it’s a Republican or Democratic White House. One step forward, one step back is not a great way to manage anything.

The right-wing media attacks on the NFL continue, as outlets complain about “near empty ” stadiums  and highlight “game rigging” conspiracy theories. This line of “fake news” is coming from those wonderful folks who brought you the “election rigging” hysteria. With everything else going on in the world, aren’t there bigger issues to deal with?

Colin Kaepernick, the former 49er’s QB who has been unemployed in football since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers in 2016 has filed a grievance against the NFL charging it with collusion. Important fact: Kaepernick opted out of a $126 million contract with the 49er’s to seek free agency; obviously, Kaepernick made one of the dumbest financial decisions in modern sports history as he found out on the open market precisely what the other teams thought of his athletic future: zero. Considering that his late stage performance for the 49ers was not stellar, maybe he should have just stayed where he was and proved his ability on the field.

Aaron Rodgers, the All-Star quarterback of the Green Bay Packers has suffered a broken collarbon in a game the Packers lost to the Vikings 23-10. He could be out for the remainder of the season but it won’t matter to the Packers: without Rodgers, they have a very small chance of making the NFL Playoffs. In other football news, the winless New York Giants are winless no more: they beat the Denver Broncos–in Denver–last night, 23-10. Ben McAdoo, who replaced two-time Superbowl winning coach Tom Coughlin, is most likely done at the end of the season–or before.  The Dodgers got a 9th inning home run from Justin Turner to take a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in their best of seven MBL Playoff series game. Don’t count the Cubs out yet–they’re very good at coming from behind.

Today is National Boss’s Day. Why you don’t just march right in there and tell the Boss what you think of him/her? Or maybe not.

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

 

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The Hunt For New Music: Marvin Gaye, 1983, “What’s Going On?”

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    Marvin Gaye singing “What’s Going On”. The song is one of the classics of all time and the meaning and lyrics have never been more appropriate than today. It’s posted here today not just because of the music (which is great) but Marvin’s intro to it and his comments on the times. Stay with it all the way, and enjoy the soft, easy, soulfulness of one or our very best singer/songwriters. I believe the video was produced in 1983 as part of a Motown special. We lost Marvin Gaye way, way too soon, but his songs–like his lyrics–will live on forever.

 

 

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The Nightshift: 15 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Sunday, 15 October 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.

Fires continue to engulf certain parts of Northern California. The most recent estimate is that the fires are between 1-10% contained–that’s not a good number and it comes as the very brave firefighters are nearing total exhaustion. More prayers, please.

Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace has accelerated, as more women come forward with tales of sexual harassment: he was also tossed out of the Motion Picture Academy, the group that hands out the Oscars. As before–it’s going to get worse for Harvey before..if..it gets better.

The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees again, by the score of 2-1. Houston’s Justin Verlander pitched an amazing complete game, with 13 strikeouts and Jose Altuve, the incredibly sensational Houston second baseman, made a mad dash around the bases from first to home after a single by Carlos Correa, to score the winning run in the 9th inning. Houston leads the Yankees 2-0 in the best of seven series. In the other playoff game, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2. The Dodgers and the Cubs will play again today.

Today is National Grouch Day. Make someone you know who is perpetually grouchy feel better today–it that’s possible. It it’s not, celebrate National “I Love Lucy” Day by dying your hair red and doing madcap things all afternoon. Quite a range of options, eh?

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 1398  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: 14 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Saturday, 14 October 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of Nightshift.

The California wildfires continue. Some progress has been made but the weekend forecast is for higher winds. So far, thirty-five people have died.

News reports note that Tesla has fired hundreds of workers after a performance review. The company already has 33,000 workers. A little bit of pruning is not out of the ordinary as it ramps up for delivery of the backordered Model 3.

The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 2-1 last night in the first of their best of seven playoff series. Game 2 is today. Jose Altuve played an outstanding game, going 3 for 4 and scoring once. In the National League, the Dodgers will play the Cubs in Game 1 of their seven game series.

The University of North Carolina has escaped serious sanctions from the NCAA over what some critics called “an academic fraud” related to the Carolina athletic department.  The NCAA found that was not the case, and will not sanction UNC or it’s athletic programs.

In other sports news, Clemson–considered one of the top two teams in college football–lost last night to Syracuse by the score of 27-24. Clemson Coach Dabo Sweeney provided a lesson in grace and professionalism with his post-game conduct, which included visiting the other team and taking photos with some Syracuse players. College football remains the true spirit of the game.

Today is National Dessert Day. Indulge (but don’t forget to eat your veggies).

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 1397  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 Hunt For New Music: Lovd Ones w/ Leilani Wolfgramm “Sail Away”

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You never know where you’re going to find the next piece of really good music. It’s a hunt, an adventure, and you can turn a corner or click a link or open an email and you’ll find something new and inspiring that fits the time and the mood. And, if it’s really nice, it may turn you on to a totally different genre of music. Which is what we have here, with “Sail Away”, by Leilani Wolfgramm. This one came via Houston Producer Mike “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” Hulsey. He sent me a link, checked it out, and it was good. Hulsey is a noted Island Dog–Caribbean, Hawaii, etc–and as a producer he’s keeps his eyes and ears open when he’s touring. That’s how he turned up this particular style of music–on one of his trips to Hawaii. The music featured here–not specifically reggae but it has some reggae roots–is what I call Hawaiian Progressive, far removed from Don Ho and not so far removed from the island music produced by Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney. It is amazingly accessible and the musicianship is exceptional. When this video finishes–if you like it, and I think you will–there are some other video suggestions for you to check out. Be sure to check out Kimie Miner. Might be time for a Weekend Concert on some of these artists.

 

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The Nightshift: 13 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Friday 13 October 2017 and this is a special Morning Edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

Through the kindness and generosity of Getty Images, we bring you, below, a visual survey of the damage and destruction of the Napa Valley fires, which are still raging out of control, only 1% to 5% (max) contained. It’s an on-going disaster.

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Let’s all say a prayer for the victims and the firefighters battling what is now the largest fire in California history. They need a weather break as well.A miracle would be most welcome.

Today is National Train Your Brain Day. It’s never too late to learn something new.

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 photos courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. The photos 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 1395  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: 12 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Thursday, 12 October 2017 and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

The Napa Valley fires continue to devastate Northern California with no end in sight. The next hope for a weather break favorable to firefighters is this coming weekend. One of the main problems is the wind that is spreading the fire and embers continually. The fire fighters need to catch a weather break, as entire towns are being burned to the ground in this firestorm.

The Boy Scouts have announced that they will admit girls into the Cub Scouts and allow them to earn the coveted Eagle Scout ranking. Things are changing in Scouting, just like things are changing in the rest of the world. Are we headed into a society and culture without traditions?

The Cubs and Nationals will play one more game today to see who continues in the MLB Playoffs. The Nationals won yesterday’s game 5-0 behind a stellar performance by Stephen Strasburg. In yesterday’s other MLB playoff game, the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians–winners of 22 straight games in the regular season–by a score of 5-2. The Indians were ahead two games to none in the best of five series and were heavy favorites to continue on. But they didn’t.  The Yankees will face the Houston Astros next.

President Donald Trump, who’s always  unhappy with the news media, has threatened to take the broadcast licenses away from the NBC network. Trump is hypersensitive to criticism of his actions and behavior and NBC is very aggressive at reporting every little misstep of the Trump administration. Both have had a lot to talk about recently. Such a comment by the President indicates that he doesn’t understand the nature of broadcasting (it’s individual stations that have licenses, not networks) and doesn’t appreciate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution–the one that guarantees free speech for everyone, including politicians like Trump and NBC. Trump is also threatening to back out of NAFTA, de-certify the Iran Nuclear Treaty, and undermine Obamacare via executive order. In the meantime, many more people are talking about the 25th Amendment and how it works. What a mess.

The FBI is allegedly investigating film producer Harvey Weinstein, who is already under heavy  media fire for sexual abuse charges from a wide variety of women. It’s not going to get better for Weinstein anytime soon.

Today is National Savings Day. Put something away in your savings/IRA/401K account today. You’ll be glad you did.

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 1394  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.


“A soul is the most precious thing we have in life. Without a soul, a company or a person is nothing more than an empty shell.”

--Tadashi Yanai, head of Fast Retailing, parent company of Uniqlo

The Nightshift: 11 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Wednesday, 11 October 2017 and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

The Napa Valley fires that destroyed thousands of homes, burned wineries to the ground, and killed 17 people, continue to burn as efforts to contain and suppress the fire are frustrating.  Not much progress is being made at this point in time. A break in the weather (i.e. more rain, less wind) would be a good thing.

The Spanish state of Catalonia–the wealthiest in the country–has declared its’ independence but put off the full ramifications of the event as they continue to have a “dialogue” with Spanish leaders. This one is confusing even to the people involved in it.

The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, losing to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1. Time for a complete overhaul on that perpetually under-performing athletic team.  Start by cutting everyone but young star Christian Pulisic, who played like the game meant something (it did). It’s sports. No win, no place in the World Cup for the first time in over 30 years and time for a change. The U.S. has four years to rebuild and put together a great team. Hop to it.

The Utah policeman,  Detective Jeff Payne,  who manhandled and then arrested a hospital nurse who was following specific medical guidelines and just doing her job, has been fired.  The police department made the correct decision in firing Payne.

It has been reported that the Israelis hacked into the software company Kaspersky Lab and found that Russian software agents were using Kaspersky’s anti-virus software to scan American computers around the globe, looking for intelligence and American secrets. Given the long-simmering tensions between the United States and Russia, what type of intellectual lightweight would install Russian software–of any kind–on an American government computer. Think about it.

Harvey Weinstein continues to receive very bad press, this time via a lengthy and well-researched article about his alleged sexual abuse published in the most recent edition of The New Yorker. His wife, fashion designer, Georgina Chapman, has announced that she is leaving him. It’s going to be quite some time before Weinstein sees a break in the condemnations raining down on him.

Today is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to School (or Work) Day.  Teddy needs a break–stick him in the backpack before you head to class.

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 1392  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.


Transitions: Y.A. Tittle (1926-2017)

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Y.A. Tittle (Yelberton Abraham) Tittle, died on Sunday night, 8 October 2017, at age 90. For football fans in the 1960s,  Y.A.Tittle was the classic drop back passer who–banged up and battered and bloodied–always got up for the next play or the next game. As Quarterback for the New York Giants,coached by the legendary Allie Sherman,  he took them to three straight title games in 1961, 1962, and 1963. The Giants failed to win any of them, but it never curbed the love that New York Giants fans had for Tittle, who was old when he got there after a trade from San Francisco and aged in the job. Born in Texas and educated at LSU, where he played football, Tittle became everyman’s folk hero, the player deemed too old and too slow to make it to the top, but who did it despite the odds, voted into the Hall of Fame in a career in which he threw for 242 touchdowns and over 33,000 yards in 17 seasons. Look closely at some of the early photos of Y.A. Tittle, and when you look into his eyes you see a gleam of competitiveness that reveals the true nature of the man.(Tittle was also the center of one of the most incredible sports photos of all time, a shot taken by Morris Berman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which shows Tittle, stunned and bleeding, after a hit from a Steelers lineman; you can access the photo via the NYT tribute to Tittle, which is linked below.)  Y.A. was one of those guys who just knew how to win. As any real athlete knows, the most dangerous man on the field is not always the young highly touted rookie, but often the aging veteran who’s seen it all and is still in the game. Those are the guys that dismantle those who don’t pay enough attention to them. They know how to win.

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Take some time and read the thoughtful, appreciative obituary of Y.A. from Today’s New York Times and then enjoy the tribute film from the NFL. Y.A.–thanks for all those grey, Sunday afternoon memories. You won’t be forgotten.

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