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Diana Damrau sings Mozart's "Queen of the Night" aria (aka Volvo commercial song)

tears by 2:20

New fire, San Bernardino near CSU, looking manageable.


A wildfire has ignited near CSU in #SanBernadino. This fire is spreading rapidly and may create a dangerous situation for local residents in the area. Please monitor developments and be prepared to evacuate if prompted by emergency personnel. #UniversityFire #CaliforniaWildfire


Live coverage: https://abc7.com/live/23340/

Ween's Purple Rain cover

"You look up in the sky for an answer and it starts to rain." NPG - 2gether

Russian fake news operative Alexander Malkevich detained by FBI

By Josh Marshall November 10, 2018 11:31 pm

Alexander Malkevich runs an outfit called USA Really, a kind of Russia Today/RT on steroids, basically a Russian-financed news operation the aim of which is to portray the USA as in a state of tumult and chaos. Admittedly this is probably an easier case to make than it might have been in the past. Needless to say, Malkevich, a Russian national is an epic Trump. Here’s how McClatchy described it in June …

"USA Really has all the markings of a Russian troll factory trying to undermine U.S. democracy, spinning conspiracy theories, aggregated news and opinions with an aim to show America in a state of near-chaos. Facebook and Twitter have shut down its accounts. When Malkevich’s website called for a rally June 14 to support President Donald Trump, it fizzled for lack of a correct city permit."

The content is a sort of agitated hybrid of Jill Stein, Tucker Carlson and Michael Tracey. One story I saw tonight was headlined “A USA Really correspondent went to Washington D.C. to take part in a meeting held by leading Republican political scientists to hear their opinion on the main features of this mid-terms campaign, and what has dramatically changed for the Party in the era of censorship and neo-liberal agenda.”


Russian embassy in DC is reporting that journalist Alexander Malkevich was detained by FBI. He has been pushing Russian propaganda in the states and is known as an info warrior. What’s very concerning is that he was here as an election observer



This Man is Running Russia's Newest Propaganda Effort in the U.S. — Or at Least He's Trying to June 15, 2018

Meet the Man Behind a New Pro-Trump, Russian Website in the U.S. August 22, 2018

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight? Sept. 25, 2018

Stacey Abrams is even better at this than O'Rourke and Gillum.

Watching her speak live now, not quite conceding.

"I never lose. I either win or I learn." Nelson Mandela via Ben Jealous

I never lose. I either win or I learn. —Nelson Mandela via @BenJealous

Former GOP Candidate Arrested for Attempting to Kill With 'Radioactive Material'

The FBI arrested a man in Town of Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday for “trying to buy radioactive material with the intent to kill someone,” local news station WKOW reports. Jeremy Ryan, 30, allegedly attempted to buy a “lethal dose of a radioactive substance” online between March and October 2018. The Town of Madison Police Department confirmed to The Daily Beast that the man arrested was the same Jeremy Ryan who lost the August Republican primary while running for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Agents reportedly searched Ryan’s home, and officials said there was no danger to the public. Ryan’s alleged target was not identified by officials, and he reportedly faces up to a life sentence in prison.


FBI arrests Town of Madison man for radioactive material

TOWN OF MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A Town of Madison man was arrested and charged for attempted possession of radioactive material with intent to cause death, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Jeremy Ryan, 30, of the Town of Madison, Wis., attempted to purchase a lethal dose of a radioactive substance on the internet to kill another person, according to court documents. Ryan tried to buy the substance in March and October of 2018.

After Ryan was arrested in the 700 block of Mills Street in Black Earth, Wis., FBI Milwaukee and FBI Chicago's Hazardous Evidence Response teams searched his home on the 300 block of Munn Road in Madison, according to the release.

"It's just bonkers to think about, it's like a spy movie come to life. Pretty small tight-knit community here on the south-side of Madison. There's not a whole lot of action that goes on here," a neighbor said.


Officials in Kansas have closed the only polling place in Dodge City, Latinos 60 percent.

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press
October 18, 2018 11:07 PM
Updated October 19, 2018 09:29 AM

WICHITA, Kan. — Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch Saloon.

At a time when many rural towns are slowly dying, the arrival of two massive meatpacking plants boosted Dodge City’s economy and transformed its demographics as immigrants from Mexico and other countries flooded in to fill those jobs.

But the city located 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Wichita has only one polling site for its 27,000 residents. Since 2002, the lone site was at the civic center just blocks from the local country club — in the wealthy, white part of town. For this November’s election, local officials have moved it outside the city limits to a facility more than a mile from the nearest bus stop, citing road construction that blocked the previous site.

“It is shocking that we only have one polling place, but that is only kind of scratching the surface of the problem,” said Johnny Dunlap, chairman of the Ford County Democratic Party. “On top of that, not only is it irrational and ridiculous that we have only one polling place, but Dodge City is one of the few minority majority cities in the state.”


Real Time with Bill Maher Anniversary Special - HBO, 10-19-2018

It's damn good.
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