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Friday Night Moby Jam: Are You Lost in the World Like Me?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:58:29 PDT

The official music video I created for Moby and The Void Pacific Choir, 'Are You Lost In The World Like Me?'

Created in After Effects, Manga Studio, and some good ol' fashioned ink on paper for good measure.

Link to the video on Moby's official facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SteveCuttsArt/
www.stevecutts.com

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Breaking: Trumpcare Fails Bigly - GOP Withdraws Bill

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:48:00 PDT

And there we have it, folks. Several sources are now reporting that the Trumpcare bill is dead in the water. BREAKING: Trump suggested pulling House healthcare bill and House Speaker Ryan has agreed - networks. https://t.co/oa0NEKRNdP — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 24, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote President Trump just called me. Still on phone."We just pulled it," he tells me. — Robert Costa (@costareports) March 24, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote WATCH: @ABC News Special Report: Pres. Trump directs Speaker Ryan to pull GOP health care bill ahead of vote. https://t.co/1CdA2eS2qw pic.twitter.com/adMRoTTIO2 — ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2017 ReplyReply w/ QuoteRetweetVideo The GOP health care bill is not going to come up again, at least in near future, @costareports says Trump told him — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 24, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote So Donald Trump's first really consequential piece of legislation has failed utterly to gain the support of his own party, not to mention the vehement opposition from most of the US public. This bill's approval rating was hovering at around 17% in the latest polls, because people know that it's a grotesque parody of anything approaching real health care, basically a huge handout to the super-rich paid for by the poor and the elderly, and an inhuman effort to strip vital services from the people who need it most. In other words, the usual Republican intent. The self-described master of deal-making has completely failed to push through one of his signature campaign promises. Are we tired of losing yet, Donald? The real winners, though, are the 24 million people who won't be afraid of losing their health insurance now. UPDATE at 3/24/17 12:54:49 pm by Charles Johnson Trump, meanwhile, is trying to blame this on the Democratic Party and President Obama, because of course he is. TRUMP tells me in interview this is now the Democrats' fault, and that he anticipates that when Obama "explodes" they will be ready to deal — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 24, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote UPDATE at 3/24/17 1:06:04 pm by Charles Johnson And now, House Republicans are totally giving up on this absurdly inhuman disaster of a bill too: UPDATE: Some House Republicans say they are done with Obamacare replacement bill. https://t.co/grTfQdAixI — Reuters Live (@ReutersLive) March 24, 2017ReplyReply w/ Quote[...]






Trump Threatens House Republicans: Repeal Obamacare or I'll Let It Stand

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:40:13 PDT

Political mastermind Donald Trump is now telling House Republicans that they'd better pass the Trumpcare bill tomorrow, strip millions of Americans of their healthcare and give his billionaire pals a gigantic tax break, or he'll take his ball, go home, and leave Obamacare in place.

President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told GOP lawmakers. If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney warned.

Have you ever seen a president better at political persuasion?

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The Bob Cesca Show: The Sharper Image

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:31:54 PDT

http://bobcesca.com/podcast/032317/BCS_032317.mp3?_=1

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:

The Sharper Image: Buzz Burbank from joins us today; Fake News vs Fake News; Trump needs to step down; Gorsuch nominated by Kremlin operative; Trumpcare vote postponed; Trump's Trumpcare video and Trump steaks; Devin Nunes beclowns himself; Manafort paid by oligarch to spread Putin propaganda inside the US; and more.

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Donald Trump's TIME Interview: Portrait of a Malevolent, Pathologically Dishonest Narcissist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:24:35 PDT

It's become so commonplace for our so-called president to blatantly lie about things that are easily checked and debunked that it's hard to label it "shocking" any more. But nonetheless, it really ought to be shocking that the leader of the United States is this unhinged and disconnected from anything like a normal reality.

This is a man with no center, a pure con man who cynically exploits the public.Politicians lie. That's a cliché because we know it to be true. But Donald Trump doesn't just lie like a normal politician, he reels off falsehoods with complete disregard for ethics, conscience or morality, and never acknowledges that he lied even when everyone can plainly see it. This is a man with no center, a pure con man who cynically exploits the public in a belief that he's smarter than everyone else, and will never be held accountable. And he's getting away with it, on the grandest scale imaginable.

This rant was evoked by Trump's disgusting and disturbing interview published today by TIME, in which he revisits many of his most scurrilous lies and repeats them, never admitting any mistakes or even misstatements but insisting he was right.

He's like a cheating husband who's been caught red-handed but refuses to admit his misdeeds -- but he's doing this in front of the whole world, and deeply embarrassing the country he's supposed to be leading. This is a guy who's not just ignorant and egomaniacal, he's proud of it.

Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler has a pretty complete rundown of the many outright lies in this interview, so I'll refer you to that if you really need it proved once again that Trump is a dangerously unhinged prevaricator.

It's also become a cliché to say the United States is in serious trouble with a venal narcissist like this in charge, but there it is. This disgraceful episode in our history can't possibly end well.

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An Amazing Set From NPR Tiny Desk Contest Winners: Tank and the Bangas

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:04:46 PDT

Bob Boilen | March 10, 2017 — Out of over 6,000 entries — more submissions than we've ever received — Tank And The Bangas won, unanimously, this year's Tiny Desk Contest. I fully expected their victory performance here at NPR headquarters in D.C. to be celebratory. I didn't know we'd all end up in tears.

This band combines R&B with hip-hop's poetry and rollercoaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans. Their winning song, "Quick," mixes liquor and revenge — a sort of modern day take on a great folk tale, but peppered with their own idiosyncratic flair and humor. What I couldn't see, until they took over my desk, was the depth of their lyricism and the versatility of their players. At one moment fun-filled funk, the next laid-back jazz, rhythm-driven blues — and it all flows seamlessly. And it's fun to watch: There's a magic kinship between Tarriona "Tank" Ball and Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph as they share singing roles, like two best friends finishing one another's sentences.

This is the third year that NPR Music has put out a call in hopes of finding a shining star. I'm still amazed how, after sifting through thousands of videos from abundantly talented musicians, we can find a common winner amongst a range of judges with such different musical backgrounds. But in the end, my All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Miguel, Anthony Hamilton, Ben Hopkins (PWR BTTM), BANKS, and folks who listen to an awful lot of music — NPR member station hosts Rita Houston (WFUV), Talia Schlanger (WXPN), Stas THEE Boss (KEXP) — and myself were all equally charmed, delighted and captivated.

And so here it is, a chance to see an artist truly blossoming. It's just the beginning: A few years ago, for our first Contest, Fantastic Negrito won our hearts. This year he won a Grammy. Last year Gaelynn Lea, an unknown violinist, teacher and singer sent a video captured on a phone and won our affection and souls. A few weeks ago, her Tiny Desk Concert had been seen more than a million times. These days she's taken to the road, touring the world.

Tank And The Bangas will be hitting the road in April with NPR Music to find their new audience — I'll be along for the ride — visiting many of our member stations with help from those music-loving beer brewers at Lagunitas. I can't wait to see the reaction in these crowds' eyes, as they fill with wonder and tears like ours did, experiencing this band for the first time.

Set List
"Boxes And Squares"
"Quick"
"Rollercoasters"

Musicians
Tarriona Tank Ball (vocals); Jelly Joseph (vocals); Merell Burkett Jr. (keys); Norman Spence II (keys); Joshua Johnson (drums); Jonathan Johnson (bass); Albert Allenback (saxophone)

Credits
Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Nick Michael, Bronson Arcuri, Morgan Noelle Smith; Production Assistants: A Noah Harrison, Ameeta Ganatra; Photo: Niki Walker/NPR.

For more Tiny Desk concerts, subscribe to our podcast: http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510292/tiny-desk-concerts-video

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New From Keith Olbermann: The Truth of Trump's "I Alone Can Fix It" Canard

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:12:43 PDT

Oh, and just for some additional context...

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The Bob Cesca Show: Bulletins From the Country Club

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:01:02 PDT

http://bobcesca.com/podcast/032117/BCS_032117.mp3?_=1

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:

Bulletins From The Country Club: David Ferguson from Rawstory is back for the hour; Someone's writing Trump's tweets; Trump's approval numbers in free fall; The Comey hearings; Paul Ryan might be compromised; The Russian operative who forecasted all of this; Tillerson and Manafort and NATO; Conservative websites under investigation; American voters helped this to occur; and more.

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Breaking: Former Trump Campaign Manager Manafort Secretly Worked to Benefit Putin Government

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:16:49 PDT

The Associated Press has a report today that may cause heads to explode in the Trump administration. It appears former campaign manager Paul Manafort's ties to the Putin regime were quite a bit more extensive than he's admitted: AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

Read it all. This looks very bad for Manafort -- and for Donald Trump.

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Fox News Suspends Andrew Napolitano Over Wiretap Conspiracy Theories Touted by Trump

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:14:49 PDT

His frequent appearances on the batshit crazy Alex Jones show were no problem, his 9/11 Truther conspiracy theories were no problem, his neo-Confederate Civil War revisionism was no problem, but Fox News suspended froggish "legal analyst" Andrew Napolitano this week after Donald Trump cited him as a source for his bogus claim that the British helped President Obama spy on Trump Tower.

A Fox News spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday night. The Dow Jones Newswire also reported the story, along with speculation that Napolitano wouldn’t be gone too long from Fox. The longtime commentator and purveyor of conspiracy theories has a significant following.

The move would distance Fox News from allegations that British officials, as well as National Security Agency Director Michael S. Rogers, have denounced as false. In tweets earlier this month, Trump accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in what he called a “Nixon/Watergate” plot.

So even Fox News felt they needed to distance themselves from Napolitano's risible, inflammatory nonsense, but our so-called president has yet to do so.

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Watch Live: FBI Director Testifies on Russia's Involvement in the 2016 Election

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:31:50 PDT

The House intelligence committee is to begin hearings Monday into Russia's role in cybersecurity breaches at the Democratic National Committee, as well as President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor had authorized a wiretap of Trump Tower. FBI Director James Comey and Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, are slated to testify.

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Video: FBI Director on Trump's Wiretap Conspiracy Theory: No Info to Support That

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:45:57 PDT

FBI Director James B. Comey tells the US House Intelligence Committee there is “no information” that supports President Trump's claims that his predecessor ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the election campaign.

“I have no information that supports those tweets,’’ said Comey, testifying at the committee’s first public hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. “We have looked carefully inside the FBI,’’ and agents found nothing to support those claims, he said.

Under questioning from Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), Comey said no president could order such surveillance. He added that the Justice Department had asked him to also tell the committee that that agency has no such information, either.

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Video: Sassy Trump Deals With That Pesky Wiretap Issue

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:16:57 PDT

These are all Donald Trump's actual words. The inflections and emphasis may be a little different, but these are words the President of the United States actually said. Listen and weep.

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Another Loss for Trump: Hawaii Judge Denies Request to Limit Muslim Ban Injunction

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:07:31 PDT

The Trump Justice Department filed a motion asking federal Judge Derrick Watson to limit his injunction against Trump's second attempt at banning Muslims and refugees from entering the US, but today in Hawaii Judge Watson denied this request.

He's losing every legal fight so far over his unconstitutional bigoted attempt to force a ban on Muslim immigration on America.

"The Motion ... asks the Court to make a distinction that the Federal Defendants' previous briefs and arguments never did," Watson wrote in his new order. "As important, there is nothing unclear about the scope of the Court's order....("Defendants...are hereby enjoined from enforcing or implementing Sections 2 and 6 of the Executive Order across the Nation."). The Federal Defendants' Motion is DENIED."

Next up, this second try at a Muslim ban will be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and it's very likely that Judge Watson's decision will be upheld.

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Stephanopoulos on Trump's Wiretap Conspiracy Theory: "The Charge Is Untrue. He Knows It's Not True."

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:06:25 PDT

On ABC's This Week, George Stephanopoulos sums up Donald Trump's disgraceful wiretap conspiracy theory very succinctly: "The charge is untrue. He knows it's not true."

(h/t: Evan McMurry.)

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Saturday Night Inspiration: How to Be Confident

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:34:26 PDT

Within this School of Life animation, philosopher and author Alain de Botton imparts some handy wisdom that may help you to become more confident.

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Saturday Snarky Jam: Bill Laurance, "Swag Times"

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:23:22 PDT

This is a great new video by Snarky Puppy alumnus Bill Laurance. See if you can figure out the time signature of the tune; it's pretty wacky. The way the musicians are moving to the beat seems to have no relation to the actual beat.

"Swag Times" from Bill Laurance's latest CD/DVD "Union Chapel".

Get "Union Chapel" on iTunes : http://smarturl.it/UnionChapel_iTu

Get a physical copy of "Union Chapel": http://store.groundupmusic.net/produc...

Get "Union Chapel" on Amazon (Physically available in Europe on 25/11): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M8IPLW2/?tag=littlegreenfo-20

Bill Laurance: Piano, Roli Seaboard and Fender Rhodes
Michael League: Moog Little Phatty and Electric Bass
Robert “Sput” Searight: Drums
Felix Higginbottom: Percussion
Vera Van Der Bie: Violin
Isabella Petersen: Viola
Annie Tangberg: Cello
Katie Christie: French Horn
Arranged by Bill Laurance
Produced by Bill Laurance
Engineered by Simon Hendry
Mixed by Nic Hard at Lime Beat Studio, NY

www.billlaurance.com
www.groundupmusic.net

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Top NSA Official Ridicules Trump's Conspiracy Theory That Britain Spied on Trump

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:35:47 PDT

The deputy director of the National Security Agency minced no words today in an interview with the BBC about Donald Trump's claim that Britain helped President Obama spy on him during the campaign; he called Trump's accusation "arrant nonsense."

And that's not all he said.

President Trump has stood by unproven claims that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 White House race. On Thursday his spokesman cited a media report that Britain's GCHQ was behind the surveillance.

Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the NSA, told BBC News the idea that Britain had a hand in spying on Trump was "just crazy".

"It belies a complete lack of understanding of how the relationship works between the intel community agencies, it completely ignores the political reality of 'would the UK government agree to do that?'", Ledgett said.

There would be no advantage for Britain's government in spying on Trump, given the potential cost, he said.

"It would be epically stupid," said Ledgett, who is due to retire shortly.

That last line is a kicker. You better believe he'll be retiring shortly.

Also see:
Claims GCHQ wiretapped Trump 'nonsense' - NSA's Ledgett

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CNN: The Department of Justice Report on Trump's Wiretap Allegation Does Not Confirm His Conspiracy Theory

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:57:09 PDT

It's probably not going to surprise anyone who's noticed that Donald Trump lies more than a Persian rug and gets his news from disreputable far right sources that sane people consider utter garbage, but CNN is reporting tonight that the Department of Justice wasted the country's time and money by investigating Trump's specious allegation that President Obama ordered a "wiretap" on Trump Tower during the campaign.

(CNN) Two government officials told CNN Friday evening that the classified report the Justice Department delivered to House and Senate investigators does not confirm President Donald Trump's allegations that President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the campaign.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, spoke with knowledge of the classified report's contents.

When asked if the DOJ's documents would confirm Trump's as of yet wholly unsubstantiated allegations, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told CNN, "I don't think so" as he walked into a room to read the report.

Does anyone think Donald Trump will now issue a retraction and apologize to President Obama for accusing him of a serious crime with no freaking evidence? Bueller?

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In Press Conference With Angela Merkel, Trump Blames Wiretap Lie on 9/11 Truther Napolitano

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:07:16 PDT

Once again, our so-called president has embarrassed the United States in front of the whole world, at his press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by: Refusing to withdraw his claim that Obama ordered him to be "wiretapped." Refusing to withdraw his claim that British intelligence helped Obama commit this alleged crime. Citing as his source "a certain very talented legal mind" on Fox News and saying, "We said nothing. Ask Fox News." So, at the same time as he refused to repudiate or apologize for accusing President Obama of a serious crime, he tried to weasel out of it and blamed Fox News for reporting it in the first place. WASHINGTON — President Trump refused to back down on Friday after his White House aired an unverified claim that Britain’s spy agency secretly monitored him during last year’s campaign at the behest of President Barack Obama, fueling a rare rupture between the United States and its most important international partner. Although his aides in private conversations since Thursday night had tried to calm British officials who were livid over the claim, Mr. Trump made clear that he felt the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for. He said his spokesman was simply repeating an assertion made by a Fox News commentator. “We said nothing,” Mr. Trump told a German reporter who asked about the matter at a joint White House news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel. “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it.” He added: “You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.” Oh, and that "very talented legal mind" he's talking about? He's referring to Andrew Napolitano, a notorious 9/11 Truther and frequent guest on the Alex Jones conspiracy sideshow. Here's Napolitano on the Alex Jones show, saying he thinks the US government is lying about the September 11 attacks, and that he doesn't believe World Trade Center Building 7 "came down by itself." This is the guy Donald Trump thinks is an authoritative source for news and intelligence information. Media Matters As for Trump's demand to the press that they ask Fox News about his wiretap claim, well... “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary,” Shepard Smith says just now on Fox. — Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) March 17, 2017 ReplyReply w/ Quote[...]