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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…

Florida governor declares state of emergency in advance of Richard Spencer event – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Richard Spencer at the Conservative Political Action Conference at Maryland’s National Harbor in February. He was expelled from the event. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida. Scott (R) warned in an executive order that a “threat of a potential emergency is imminent” in Alachua…

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…

For the first time, “listen” to the sound of two stars colliding in space – Quartz

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In space, no one can hear you scream. But maybe they could if you were as loud as the collision of two heavenly bodies, each with a mass that’s 10-20% greater than that of our own Sun. Two of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories, or LIGO teams, whose founders won the Nobel prize earlier this month, have detected a series of gravitational waves that had rippled across the universe when…

Everything You Never Really Wanted To Know About Cauliflower Ear – Deadspin

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Photo Illustration by Elena Scotti/Deadspin/GMG  Welcome to Meat Sack, a guide to sports-related body horror. Today’s column is about fucked-up ears. It should come as no surprise that if you hit someone really hard in the ear, you can fuck it up or, sometimes, rip it off. Same goes for grinding someone’s head against a wrestling mat over and over again. The friction and pressure together create ideal conditions to…

Iraqi Forces Sweep Into Kirkuk, Checking Kurdish Independence Drive – New York Times

Monday, October 16, 2017

As cheering crowds looked on, Iraqi forces removed a Kurdish flag that had flown over the Kirkuk governor’s compound and left intact an Iraqi flag mounted beside it, local officials said. They said Iraqi troops were driving through the city, removing pesh merga flags and banners and replacing them with Iraqi flags. Local officials said Arab and Turkmen residents of Kirkuk, a city of about one million, fired weapons into…