Archive for July, 2017


The Nightshift: 31 July 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Monday, 31 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

Today is the first day of the rest of the Trump presidency. The White House–which has suffered an incredible streak of bad press, bad legislation, internal conflict, inappropriate tweets, ineffective policy initiatives, and general bad manners in public (who knows what goes on in private)–tries a re-set today, with General John Kelly moving into the role of Chief of Staff replacing Reince Priebus, former head of the RNC, who resigned(or was booted out) last Friday. Plenty of questions about how this will work out but let’s hope for the best.

Russia, responding to a slate of severe new sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress, has retaliated by saying that the U.S. must reduce their diplomatic corps by 755 people, among other new measures. It’s the international equivalent of a relationship breakup–“I’m not talking to you anymore”. That’ll solve it.

Today is National Avocado Day–maybe you  grab some chips and guacamole to celebrate.

Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open; it’s his 10th senior Majors title. He’s been very good for a very long time.

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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 Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image 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 1293 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’ rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The Nightshift: 30 July 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Sunday, 30 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

The United States has been experiencing a major heat wave which has covered much of the country and left many cities and states dealing with temperatures above 100 degrees.

North Korea has fired off another missile in a test launch; this one went 631 miles and landed in the sea of Japan. Officials say that North Korea is fast building the capability to hit major cities in the United States with missiles.

The Trump White House will try a re-set on Monday, after the resignation of Reince Priebus and the appointment of General John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff.

Today is National Father-in-Law Day (it’s also National Cheesecake Day…which one do you like more?)

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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 Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image 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 1292 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The Nightshift: 29 July 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Saturday, 29 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

Inevitable. Reince Priebus is out at the White House. He will be replaced by General John Kelly, who has been serving as head of Homeland Security for the Trump Administration.

Today is National Lipstick Day.

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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 Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image 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 1291 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


Why Amateur Radio Still Gets Through

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In the digital/internet age, lots of folks have forgotten about the electronics era that gave us vacuum tubes, transceivers, shortwave radio, and amateur (ham) radio. It was projected that amateur radio would suffer a rather massive decline once computers became mainstream, and those thoughts were amplified when the internet became widely accessible. Who would want to mess with all those wires and the hit/miss of shortwave propagation when you could connect with certainty via the internet.

Plenty of people would,  it turns out because amateur radio didn’t fade away.

The digital/internet revolution was seen by amateur radio operators all over the world as a chance to revitalize one of the great technical hobbies of all time, and so the amateurs started decades ago to develop the ultimate communications combination: computers and radio (this particular amateur among them). Amateurs made their own computers, compiled their own code, produced their own interfaces, and generally stepped up their technical game to a very high level, pioneering new communications techniques and systems in the process.

Today, amateur radio is stronger than ever and amateurs continue to advance the art (and it is an art) of radio communications at the highest level. Amateurs have their own repeater networks (similar to cell phone communications), their own satellites, their own internet links and networks. Amateur radio operators even make contact with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. It is now possible to use a computer to find an “opening” on the bands, connect using a computer controlled digital transceiver  with another station, exchange information, put the contact information (date, time, frequency, amateur radio call, name of other operator, etc.) into a digital log and then use the computer, again, to find another station to contact. The lower frequency amateur bands still remain susceptible to good and bad propagation, but the higher frequencies–VHF, UHF, and above–which no business group wanted (i.e. television, commercial radio services, etc.) when the American FCC allocated that part of the spectrum to amateurs for experimental uses and which amateurs developed and used, are now among the most valuable spectrums of frequencies existent, sought by everyone from cell phone companies (who need the bandwidth to grown and offer more services) to internet companies and router manufacturers. The technical site  Ars Technica recently published a very good piece on amateur radio, which you are encouraged to read and enjoy. It will give you a greater appreciation of one our most technical pastimes, and, perhaps, get you interested in giving it a try yourself.

If you would like to learn more about amateur radio, how to get a license (there is no requirement to learn Morse code now), and find local amateur groups in your area, visit the main organization for amateurs in the United States, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The League has complete information on how to get an amateur license and even study guides and question pools to assist you through the testing process. Check it out.

As the amateurs say, “73” and see you on the bands.

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The Nightshift: 28 July 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Friday, 28 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

The Senate failed to pass the “skinny repeal” of Obama care in a late night vote on Thursday. It was yet another failure for the Republican lead Congress/White House axis and an embarrassment for the President and Mitch McConnell. Senator John McCain–delivering on the values he spoke about in a passionate speech earlier this week–cast one of the “no” votes to stop the bill.

Meanwhile, proposed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has started a flame war within (and without) the White House and its staff. Chances of such an initiative ending well? Zero.

Today is National Waterpark Day (it’s also National Talk In an Elevator Day). Celebrate.

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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 Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image 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 1289 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The Nightshift: 27 July 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Thursday, 27 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic is out for the rest of 2017, taking time off to heal his injured right elbow and work on his game and his approach to the game. The 12 time tennis grand slam winner was forced to retire during his Quarter Final Match at Wimbledon due to problems with his elbow.

Today is National New Jersey Day or National Scotch Day. Your choice on which one to celebrate would likely depend on where you live and what you drink.

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The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.

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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 Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image 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 1288 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The Nightshift: 26 June 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Wednesday 26 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

The Senate overnight passed a bill to proceed with their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the first vote on actually doing so failed. It’s a bit like putting new curtains up on a window that’s full of broken panes–it might look better, but nothing of substance has been accomplished.

There is a debate about the appropriateness of Donald Trump’s speech to the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. He gave a partisan, political speech to the annual gathering of Scouts, and many Scout leaders, parents, and supporters thought it was totally inappropriate for the event.

Today is National Aunt and Uncle Day. Stay in touch with them.

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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 Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image 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 1287  for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The Nightshift: 25 July 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Tuesday, 25 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

This week, the Senate will have to vote on a bill to repeal, replace, or repeal and replace (no one knows what’s in the latest bill, because few people have seen it) the Affordable Care Act. The desperation, insecurity, and ineptness of makes this legislation initiative seem more and more like a “dog ate my homework” scenario for Congress.

Jared Kushner testified behind closed doors yesterday and, later, asserted that he did not collude  with the Russians, in a carefully worded statement delivered after his morning sessions and also in a written statement released early yesterday morning. He’ll be back to talk some more with Congress today.

Today is National Hire A Veteran Day.

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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 Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image 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 1286  for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The Nightshift: 24 July 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Monday, 24 July 2017 and this is the morning  edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.

Jared Kushner will talk with Congress this morning in closed testimony. Presumably, he will discuss issues with his meetings with Russian officials and multiple inaccurate renditions of his security clearance form.

Jordan Spieth won the 146th British Open (“The Open”) when he went five under par for the last 5 holes to beat Matt Kuchar for the title. It was Spieth’s 3rd major golf title–all before the age of 24. Only one other golfer has had such success at an early age: Jack Nicklaus.

Chris Froome won the Tour de France; it was his fourth overall win in the French bicycle racing classic.

Today is National Tequila Day. Celebrate.

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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 Fine Print:  Embed courtesy of our friends at Getty Images, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st Century on file. The image 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 1285 for this site. The Nightshift is a continually evolving experiment in news communications. This month, comments on the world’s news have been (severely) limited and a photo of one important story of the day is included. It’s all in rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world. 


The British Open: Round 4

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Jordan Spieth was one of the leaders on Day 1.

He was one of the leaders on Day 2.

He was one of the leaders on Day 3.

And he was the Champion, on Day 4.

How it all came about, the analysis and news and photos of a history making Championship for Jordan, can be found via our direct link to the official website of The Open. 

It was, as last year, a fight to the finish. Spieth stumbled at the start, picking up two bogeys on the first three holes and eventually falling behind playing partner Matt Kuchar, until he found his game and then his destiny, by going five under par for the last five holes and finishing the tournament twelve under par  to Kuchar’s very game but not-quite-enough 9 under par. It was a great tournament, full of drama, record setting performances, and a final day that was yet another classic at a tournament that seems to insist on such things.

Spieth is now the second person to win three majors before his 24th birthday; the other is a guy named Jack Nicklaus, who went on to win 18 majors. The memory of The Masters loss in 2016 now gone, expect Spieth to accelerate his game even more. He is that good.

Take advantage of the great reporting that’s available on The Open website (by using our direct link), in particular the hole-by-hole coverage of the final round of Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar. Certainly, the 146th edition of The Open was another classic.

Savor it.

 

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