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. 


The Nightshift: 18 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Wednesday, 18 October 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.

The U.K. is struggling with precisely how and when to exit the European Union. There is some thinking that maybe it was all a very bad idea that needs a lot more consideration. We shall see.

Bob Weinstein–Harvey Weinstein’s brother and co-founder of The Weinstein Company and MiraMax–has been accused of sexual harassment. It’s spinning out of control for the Weinsteins.

The New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros in game 4 of their 7 game series, winning last night by the score of 6 to 4. The Astros took an early 4-0 lead but the Yankees, playing at home, crept back into the game for the win. The series is now tied 2-2. The teams will play again tonight. Also, the Cubs lost to the Dodgers, by the score of 6-1. The Cubs have not looked sharp during the post season and they are now down 3-0 in the best of seven series.

Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Sounds great to me.

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 1402 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: 17 October 2017

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Good Morning, it’s Tuesday, 17 October 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his post in Afghanistan as a protest against the conditions present at that time during the war, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior. He could be sentenced to life in prison. Bergdahl’s situation has been widely debated and was the subject of a “SERIAL” radio series telecast.

Senator John McCain has blasted “spurious nationalism” and “half-baked” governing theories in a speech delivered last night in Philadelphia, where he was awarded the Liberty Medal.

The New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros in game 3 of their 7 game series last night by a score of 8-1. Houston leads the series 2-1.

Today is National Pasta Day. Spaghetti or linguini anyone?

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 1401 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: 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

 

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 1400 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: Marvin Gaye, 1983, “What’s Going On?”

  1. The Hunt for New Music:
    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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