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Friday, May 03, 2019

Art Tatum, Ben Webster - Gone with the Wind
youtube (the title link, above, is to this song)

Around 2:25 when the sax comes in, listen to the life Mr Webster puts into the sax's sound. The CD box set The Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces ( allmusic.com ) is one of my favorites CD sets.


King Cole Trio - Body and Soul

Before Mr Cole started singing, he was considered to be one of the better jazz pianists of the era.


Teddy Wilson - Rosetta

Mr. Wilson is a good contrast to Mr Tatum. The former is a very precise player, the latter tends to be a bit more ornate.


I could go on, but that should be enough to give you an entry into youtube on this musical genre.

Global security officials agreed a set of proposals on Friday for future 5G networks, highlighting concerns about equipment supplied by vendors that might be subject to state influence. No suppliers were named, but the United States has been pressing allies to limit the role of Chinese telecom equipment makers such as Huawei Technologies over concerns their gear could be used by Beijing for spying. Huawei denies this. read more

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Russia is one step closer to creating its own, independent internet -- at least legally speaking. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law new measures that would enable the creation of a national network, able to operate separately from the rest of the world, according to documents posted on a government portal on Wednesday. read more

... and Where You Sleep.

Retailers are finding all kinds of uses for location data from customers' phones. Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, Texas, used the information to determine that a lot of shoppers owned pets. So it installed water fountains, babysitting stations and "Santa Paws'' photo ops for furry friends.

The time customers spent in the mall rose by 40 percent, according to CBRE Group Inc. A shopping center in Chicago found it was drawing customers from Asian neighborhoods, so it decided to fill a vacancy with a high-end Asian specialty grocer.

They're buying mobile-phone data that can track where and for how long people shop, eat, see movies -- and where they go before and after. It allows them to determine personal details that paint a picture of who consumers are. That helps them decide what kinds of shops to open and how to advertise.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The 2012 test was focused on math and included a question about how familiar students were with 15 mathematical concepts. Thanks to our intrepid researchers, three of those concepts were completely nonexistent (proper numbers, subjunctive scaling, and declarative fractions). Anyone claiming they had mastered them was obviously bull---ting.


Seems like Venezuela was one of the topics...

Trump Says Putin Not ‘Involved' in Venezuela, Despite U.S. Claim

...Donald Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't seeking to "get involved" in the crisis in Venezuela, despite assertions by the American president's top national security advisers that the Kremlin is offering critical support to Nicolas Maduro's regime.

"He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela," Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, following a call with the Russian leader earlier in the day.

The incident is yet another example of Trump taking Putin's claims at face value despite contrary evidence from his own government. The White House national security adviser, John Bolton, and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo both said earlier this week that the Kremlin talked Maduro out of leaving Venezuela after U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido attempted to end his regime on Tuesday by calling for a military uprising....

Trump finds in Barr the attorney general -- and shield -- he long sought

...For a time, President Trump was reluctant to select William P. Barr as his attorney general. The veteran Justice Department official from the George H.W. Bush administration was not a longtime Trump loyalist, and the president wondered whether one of his own political allies might serve better as a shield, people familiar with the matter said.

But Trump was ultimately persuaded -- in part because his lawyers and advisers told him Barr was a strong supporter of presidential power and unafraid of taking on critics. This week, the president has been thrilled with his choice, particularly after Barr sparred so vigorously with Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that some were left wondering whether he viewed himself as the president's defense attorney, according to people familiar with the matter, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations....

Pres Trump has often said he wants his Roy Cohn to be the Attorney General of the United States, someone who will be his defense attorney, and not the Attorney general of the People of the United States.

It appears that, in AG Barr, he got his Roy Cohn.

High-Powered Lawyer Roy Cohn Disbarred (1986)

...The disbarment of Roy M. Cohn is the first derailment of the fast-paced train that has carried the flamboyant attorney since he first came into view in the 1950s as a key aide to Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court, which polices lawyers for the state, disbarred Cohn on Monday, effective immediately, ruling that he cheated clients and lied.

″Simply stated, the four charges involved alleged dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation,″ the court wrote in its decision. ...

fwiw, Pres Trump promised that his tax cut would make corporations bring $4 trillion back to the US from overseas cash hoards.

How well has that worked out?

Trump promised to bring back $4 trillion in offshore cash. He missed by $3.3 trillion

...Corporate America brought $664.9 billion of offshore profits back to the U.S. last year, falling short of the $4 trillion President Donald Trump said would return as a result of the 2017 tax overhaul.

Companies repatriated $85.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, the lowest sum for the year and down from $100.7 billion the previous quarter, Commerce Department data showed Wednesday. Corporations brought back $579 billion in the first three quarters of 2018, upwardly revised from $571.3 billion in the prior report....

Hopefully, Pres Trump's magic wand for bringing back overseas jobs works better than his magic wand for bringing back overseas corporate cash.

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