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79 Years Ago Today; Tacoma Narrows Bridge opens to traffic... for a little while

Please leave your cocker spaniel at home, please???

<-for Tubby.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 1, 2019, 07:16 PM (2 replies)

Matthew Dowd tweet; "...something to keep in mind in 2020 general election"


Matthew Dowd ✔ @matthewjdowd

Here is something to keep in mind in 2020 general election: if Pres. Trump gets all the votes he got in 2016, and doesn’t lose one voter, but also doesn’t expand to new voters, he will lose badly. The number of people who will vote in 2020 will be significantly higher than 2016.

9:54 AM - Jul 1, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 1, 2019, 10:06 AM (4 replies)

Iran nuclear deal: Enriched uranium limit breached, IAEA confirms

Source: BBC

Iran has breached the limit on its stockpile of enriched uranium set under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, the global watchdog has confirmed.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said its inspectors had verified the 300kg (660lb) cap had been exceeded.

Iran stepped up production of enriched uranium, which is used to make reactor fuel and potentially nuclear weapons, in response to reinstated US sanctions.

European nations have warned that any violation will bring consequences.

The deal allows for the re-imposition of multilateral sanctions that were lifted in return for Iran limiting its nuclear activities.


Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48784786

This is due to the US pulling out of JCPOA.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 1, 2019, 09:40 AM (8 replies)

Dan Rather tweet; "I prefer the Boston Pops, hot dogs, and Uncle Sams on stilts."


Dan Rather ✔ @DanRather

It seems Pres. Trump wants a militarized Fourth of July celebration more similar to the kinds of events overseen by dictators like his buddy Kim Jong-un. I prefer the Boston Pops, hot dogs, and Uncle Sams on stilts.

9:15 AM - Jul 1, 2019

I still remember Reagan disinviting the Beach Boys (!) from playing in the Mall on July 4th in the early 80's.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 1, 2019, 09:21 AM (17 replies)

Twitter Conspiracy Theorist Charged With a Felony in Lynch Threat Against Muslim Candidate

Source: DailyBeast

Federal prosecutors in North Carolina have filed criminal charges over an anonymous Twitter post threatening to lynch a Muslim attorney vying for a seat in the Virginia Senate, marking a rare law enforcement action targeting hate speech on social media.

Joseph Cecil Vandevere, of Buncombe County, North Carolina, was indicted June 20 on a single count of transmitting an interstate threat, a felony. FBI agents identified Vandevere as the author of a March 2018 tweet directed at Qasim Rashid, an attorney and author who this month became the first Muslim to win a Virginia primary race.

“It’s not very common that they actively pursue these kinds of death threats,” Rashid said in an interview with The Daily Beast. “It's going to make social media safer, and it's actually going to protect speech for those who engage in constructive dialogue as opposed to violent extremism."

The tweet came from an account called DaDutchman5, and was an all-caps mix of anti-Muslim hate and extremist conspiracy theory, punctuated with a photo from the notorious 1915 lynching of a Jewish pencil factory manager in Georgia. “Let’s meet so you can run that coward mouth to my face,” the message read in part. “View your destiny.”

Rashid highlighted the post at the time, and he and dozens of supporters asked Twitter to take action. “Please tell me this violates your terms & conditions?,” Rashid wrote, adding the hashtag “WhereWasHeRadicalized?” Twitter ultimately suspended the account.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/twitter-user-charged-with-felony-in-lynch-threat-against-muslim-candidate-qasim-rashid?source=twitter&via=desktop

Good! Hope they lock him up for a spell...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 1, 2019, 08:53 AM (3 replies)

Ukraine Role Focuses New Attention on Giuliani's Foreign Work


A wealthy Ukrainian-Russian developer, Pavel Fuks, hired Rudolph W. Giuliani under a one-year deal to help improve his hometown’s emergency services and bolster its image as a destination for investment.

WASHINGTON — More than two years ago, Pavel Fuks, a wealthy Ukrainian-Russian developer looking for ways to attract more investment from the United States to his hometown, Kharkiv, Ukraine, enlisted an especially well-connected American to help him: Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Mr. Fuks, who years earlier had discussed a Moscow tower project with Donald J. Trump, hired Mr. Giuliani, who in 2018 would become the president’s personal lawyer, under a one-year deal to help improve Kharkiv’s emergency services and bolster its image as a destination for investment.

“I would call him the lobbyist for Kharkiv and Ukraine — this is stated in the contract,” Mr. Fuks said in an interview in March for an episode of The New York Times’s television show, “The Weekly.” Mr. Fuks added: “It is very important for me that such person as Giuliani tells people that we are a good country, that people can do business with us. That’s what we would like to bring to America’s leaders.”

Mr. Fuks’s description of Mr. Giuliani as a lobbyist further highlighted a controversy over what some Democrats say is a pattern by Mr. Giuliani of providing influence with the Trump administration. Some Democrats have asked whether Mr. Giuliani’s role working in a number of foreign countries fits the legal definition of lobbying and requires him to register as a foreign agent, something Mr. Giuliani has not done.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 1, 2019, 08:49 AM (1 replies)

40 Years Ago Today; Sony introduces its "Walkman"


Original Sony Walkman TPS-L2 from 1979

Walkman is a series of portable media players and some Xperia mobile phones manufactured by Sony. The original Walkman, released in 1979, was a portable cassette player that changed listening habits by allowing people to listen to music on the move. It was devised by Sony cofounder Masaru Ibuka, who felt Sony's existing portable player was too unwieldy and expensive. A prototype was built from a modified Sony Pressman, a compact tape recorder designed for journalists.

The Walkman was followed by a series of international releases; as overseas sales companies objected to the Japanese-English name, it was sold under several names, including Soundabout in the United States, Freestyle in Australia and Sweden, and Stowaway in the UK. Eventually, in the early 1980s, Walkman caught on globally and Sony used the name worldwide. In everyday language, "walkman" became a generic term, referring to personal stereos of any producer or brand. Sony continues to use the Walkman brand for most of its portable audio devices.

Magnetic cassette technology was developed in 1963 by the Dutch electronics firm Philips. In the late 1960s, the introduction of prerecorded cassette tapes made it possible to listen to tapes of music on car stereos, though vinyl remained the most popular format for home listening.

Sony co-founder Masaru Ibuka used Sony's bulky TC-D5 cassette recorder to listen to music while traveling for business. He asked executive deputy president Norio Ohga to design a playback-only stereo version optimized for headphone use. The first prototype was built from a modified Sony Pressman, a mono cassette recorder.

The metal-cased blue-and-silver Walkman TPS-L2, the world's first low-cost portable stereo, went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979, and was sold for around ¥39,433.58 (or $150.00), or ¥57,109.02 (or $498.66) adjusted for inflation. Though Sony predicted it would sell about 5,000 units a month, it sold more than 50,000 in the first two months. Sony introduced the Walkman in the US as the Soundabout and the UK as the Stowaway; as developing new, copyright-free names in every country was expensive, Sony settled on Walkman, a play on Pressman. The TPS-L2 was introduced in the U.S. in June 1980.

In October 2010, it was reported that manufacturing of the cassette-based Walkman would cease in Japan, but that Sony would continue production of the device in China to accommodate users abroad, including in the United States, Europe, and some Asian countries. Once the final units are sold, they will not be available from the manufacturer. With the increased popularity of MP3 players, it was the CD (compact disc) player that originally caused the decline of the Walkman. Sony continues to make cassette-based Walkman devices in China for the US and other overseas markets; however, they were discontinued in Japan only on October 23, 2010.

The original idea for a portable stereo is credited to Brazilian-German inventor Andreas Pavel, who patented the Stereobelt in 1977. Though Sony agreed to pay Pavel royalties, it refused to recognize him as the inventor of the personal stereo until a legal settlement in 2003.


Some products of the Walkman line (2006).

The marketing of the Walkman introduced the idea of 'Japanese-ness' into global culture, synonymous with miniaturization and high-technology. The "Walk-men" and "Walk-women" in advertisements were created to be the ideal reflections of the subject watching.

A major component of the Walkman advertising campaign was personalization of the device. Prior to the Walkman, the common device for portable music was the portable radio, which could only offer listeners standard music broadcasts. Having the ability to customize a playlist was a new and exciting revolution in music technology. Potential buyers had the opportunity to choose their perfect match in terms of mobile listening technology. The ability to play your own music and listen privately was a huge selling point of the Walkman, especially amongst teens, who greatly contributed to its success. Despite "all this technological diversity, there must be one which is the perfect choice for you". This method of marketing to an extremely expansive user-base while maintaining the idea that the product was made for each individual "[got] the best of all possible worlds—mass marketing and personal differentiation".

According to Time, the Walkman's "unprecedented combination of portability (it ran on two AA batteries) and privacy (it featured a headphone jack but no external speaker) made it the ideal product for thousands of consumers looking for a compact portable stereo that they could take with them anywhere".

The Walkman had a major influence on 1980s culture. In 1986, the word "Walkman" entered the Oxford English Dictionary. Millions used the Walkman during exercise, coinciding with the aerobics craze; between 1987 and 1997, the height of the Walkman's popularity, the number of people who said they walked for exercise increased by 30%. Other firms, including Aiwa, Panasonic and Toshiba, produced similar products, and in 1983 cassettes outsold vinyl for the first time.

In German-speaking countries, the use of "walkman" became generic, meaning a personal stereo of any make, to a degree that the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice ruled in 2002 that Sony could not prevent others from using the term "walkman" to describe similar goods. It is therefore an example of what marketing experts call the "genericide" of a brand.

The Walkman had a portable CD player successor, Sony's Discman. In turn, the Walkman and Discman are ancestors of digital audio players such as Apple's iPod.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 1, 2019, 06:17 AM (7 replies)

Newt Gingrich A Model For Moneymaking Campaigning Rachel Maddow MSNBC (3 yrs ago)

Rachel Maddow looks back at the 2012 presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich and how he continued hawking his books and movies while he campaigned, and his mastery of using his political celebrity to make money.

As I watched more candidates jumping into the 2020 race for POTUS, I thought back to this ep of TRMS from 3 yrs ago.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sat Jun 29, 2019, 11:30 AM (0 replies)

Iran tried to hack my Steam account.

That's IT! Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran!!

...given I've been gaming on a console for over a decade (haven't logged into Steam since), I guess they need my copy of GTA III?

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sat Jun 29, 2019, 07:24 AM (4 replies)

Dworkin tweet; How it's done

Scott Dworkin ✔ @funder

How it’s done. 🇺🇸 #ThanksObama

10:12 AM - Jun 28, 2019

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Fri Jun 28, 2019, 10:22 AM (7 replies)
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