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Whisper it – Greek theatre’s legendary acoustics are a myth – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It has been held up as a stunning example of ancient Greek sound engineering, but researchers say the acoustics of the theatre at Epidaurus are not as dazzling as they have been hailed. Dating from the fourth century BC, and seating up to 14,000 spectators, the theatre has long been admired for its sound quality, with claims that audiences are able to hear a pin drop, or a match being…

This Map Shows Why Oil Can Weather Iraq’s Kirkuk Campaign – Bloomberg

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oil production from northern Iraq has fallen victim to the deepening conflict between the Baghdad government and the Kurdish Regional Government in Erbil. Around 275,000 barrels a day of output has been halted and exports have slipped by 90,000 barrels a day. But this could prove only a temporary hiccup. How much this impacts exports of crude from the region in the coming days will ultimately depend on how the three…

Syria war: US-backed forces ‘fully control’ Raqqa – BBC News

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Image copyright AFP Image caption The official declaration that Raqqa has been “liberated” is expected soon A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has taken full control of so-called Islamic State’s one-time “capital” of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting was over after a four-month assault. Clearing operations were now under way to uncover any jihadist sleeper cells and remove landmines,…

For each scene of his presidency, Trump casts a villain (or two, or three …) – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hillary Clinton is not running for president again in 2020 — she has said so, her aides know it, and there is no political rationale that would argue otherwise. But for President Trump, facts like those simply miss the point. “I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020?” Trump declared in a tweet Monday morning. “My answer was, ‘I hope so!’ ” Just like that,…

Candidate Trump attacked Obama’s executive orders. President Trump loves executive orders. – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Trump holds up an executive order on health care after signing it during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.(Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency/Shutterstock) As he campaigned for the presidency, Donald Trump argued that Barack Obama’s frequent use of unilateral administrative tools made Obama a weak leader. “We have a president that can’t get anything done,” Trump told an interviewer in January 2016, “so he just keeps…

Sen. John McCain warns against ‘spurious nationalism’ in Liberty Medal speech – CNN

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Whisper it – Greek theatre’s legendary acoustics are a myth – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It has been held up as a stunning example of ancient Greek sound engineering, but researchers say the acoustics of the theatre at Epidaurus are not as dazzling as they have been hailed. Dating from the fourth century BC, and seating up to 14,000 spectators, the theatre has long been admired for its sound quality, with claims that audiences are able to hear a pin drop, or a match being…

The Latest: Iraqi forces seize oil fields in Kirkuk – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces took control of the contested city of Kirkuk on Monday, as two U.S. allies faced off over territory and oil in the wake of the Kurdish region’s independence vote last month. The Iraqi forces recaptured military bases, an oil field and other infrastructure held by the Kurdish troops, saying their aim was to return to positions around Kirkuk they held before fleeing in the face of…

Airbus-Bombardier deal expected to jumpstart CSeries jet sales in Asia – analysts – Reuters

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Airbus SE’s (AIR.PA) deal for a majority stake in Bombardier Inc’s (BBDb.TO) CSeries jet programme is expected to jumpstart sales of the Canadian aircraft in Asia, analysts said. The Airbus-Bombardier deal will give the European planemaker a 50.01 percent interest in the CSeries programme, while the jet will get a better sales network. The 110-to-130 seat plane has not secured a new order in 18 months and…

Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn’t Contact Families of Fallen Troops – New York Times

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“This is an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser to Mr. Obama, posted on Twitter. “Also,” Mr. Rhodes added, “Obama never attacked a Gold Star family.” That reference was to the public feud Mr. Trump began with the parents of a Muslim American soldier, Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. The soldier’s parents, Khizr and Ghazala…

North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’ – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s…

Sen. John McCain warns against ‘spurious nationalism’ in Liberty Medal speech – CNN

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Whisper it – Greek theatre’s legendary acoustics are a myth – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It has been held up as a stunning example of ancient Greek sound engineering, but researchers say the acoustics of the theatre at Epidaurus are not as dazzling as they have been hailed. Dating from the fourth century BC, and seating up to 14,000 spectators, the theatre has long been admired for its sound quality, with claims that audiences are able to hear a pin drop, or a match being…

Music you missed: Alex Cameron, Time for Dreams and more – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

If you watched Twin Peaks: The Return and you also go to see live music, you may have felt it too. The sudden sensation you’re at the Bang Bang Bar. In venues with red curtains, particularly. I had a jolt of it last Saturday night, seeing Lower Plenty at Sydney’s Botany View hotel. It’s a carpeted pub in Newtown with streetlights streaming in and TAB screens up the back, so…

Mining Mexican cinema for its music: How songs and scores lend power to the picture – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Every April, thousands of Mexicans flock to the grave of Pedro Infante. They bring flowers and tequila and sing songs made famous by the charismatic singer and film star who died in 1957. Many spend the night. “He’s almost like a saint,” said Daniela Michel, director of the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico. “A lot of people in rural areas have pictures of Pedro Infante in their houses. That tells…

Iraqi forces retake the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in escalating dispute with Kurds – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces took control of the contested city of Kirkuk on Monday, as two U.S. allies faced off over territory and oil in the wake of the Kurdish region’s independence vote last month. The Iraqi forces recaptured military bases, an oil field and other infrastructure held by the Kurdish troops, saying their aim was to return to positions around Kirkuk they held before fleeing in the face of…

Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/’60 Minutes’ probe – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Trump said Monday that he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation that…

Trump and McConnell Strive for Comity Amid Rising Tensions – New York Times

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On Monday, Mr. Trump insisted that he has a “fantastic relationship” with Republican members of the Senate, and he praised Mr. McConnell’s ability to shepherd the Republican agenda over what he called the nearly complete obstruction of Democrats in the Senate. The president also said that he will try to talk Mr. Bannon out of at least some plans to field hard-right primary candidates to challenge virtually every Senate Republican…

Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn’t Contact Families of Fallen Troops – New York Times

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“This is an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser to Mr. Obama, posted on Twitter. “Also,” Mr. Rhodes added, “Obama never attacked a Gold Star family.” That reference was to the public feud Mr. Trump began with the parents of a Muslim American soldier, Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. The soldier’s parents, Khizr and Ghazala…