Friday, May 12, 2017, 8:00am

Friday Tunes: ‘Space Oddity,’ Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield did this cover of David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity” while aboard the International Space Station. It was taken off YouTube for awhile due to licensing, but Bowie helped him work that out and get the cover back on YouTube.

I did an all-day workshop yesterday, part of which involved us hanging out in a forest while folks told us about foresting. During the talk, as I was standing near the edge of the small crowd of workshoppers, I heard the low, rumbling drone of a bumble bee.

You may recall at this point that I have a nigh-debilitating phobia of bees and being exposed to bees usually causes me to break out in screaming and flailing.

Fortunately I was able to tamp the usual response down and merely trampled through the crowd to get away from the bumble bee, which appeared to pay no attention to me at all. Which is okay. I far prefer having no attention from bees.

I did nearly run over some poor lady I was workshopping with and had to explain that I was being chased by a bumble bee. She seemed to understand, so that worked out.

Weekend Reading List

Buzzfeed News: “Dozens of Nigerian girls who were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014 have been released, officials said Saturday.”

Politico: “…asked about [Michael Flynn’s] issues Monday [5/8/17], White House press secretary Sean Spicer blamed Obama’s administration for not revoking Flynn’s security clearance. ‘That was something adjudicated by the Obama administration in April of 2016. They took no steps to suspend that, so that’s not really a question for us. It’s a question for them at that time,’ he said.”

Washington Post: “That’s at the heart of what a bipartisan Senate judiciary subcommittee is trying to answer Monday. Their star witness, former acting U.S. attorney general Sally Yates, could potentially help answer it by filling in the gaps of what we know and what we don’t know about the early days of the Trump administration’s conversations with Russia.”

Vox: “The White House is reportedly reluctant to move forward on an arms deal with Taiwan out of fear that it may irk Beijing — even though the deal was first proposed during the Obama years and would be in line with a long tradition of US arms sales to the island nation.”

Vox: “The evidence just keeps growing: It wasn’t simply the economy that led to Donald Trump’s rise. Instead, another survey has confirmed that racism and xenophobia were much bigger factors.”

The Atlantic: “A new study finds that fear of societal change, not economic pressure, motivated votes for the president among non-salaried workers without college degrees.”

Mother Jones: “For many decades, from Teapot Dome to Watergate to Lewinskygate, the answer to that question has been, ultimately: yes. Yes, the people deserve to know; yes, political advantage must yield to the search for truth. It is essential that the answer, this time, be the same. As Dan Rather – a man who has watched many administrations try to lie to the public – put it, the alternative is ‘Armageddon for our form of government.'”

Maddowblog: “Not to put too fine a point on this, but innocent people don’t act the way Trump is acting.”

New York Times: “After President Trump accused his predecessor in March of wiretapping him, James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, was flabbergasted. The president, Mr. Comey told associates, was ‘outside the realm of normal,’ even ‘crazy.'”

Vox: “What follows is a quick, simple guide to the three different options for an independent investigation into the Trump-Russia connection going forward: how they’re appointed, which powers they have, and, crucially, which ones they don’t.”

Washington Post: “So what do we know about how [the FBI investigation] has moved forward so far? Not much. Both Comey and former acting attorney general Sally Yates — also fired by Trump — have spoken about the investigation in congressional hearings but, without the protection of being able to speak freely about classified information, weren’t able to reveal much. We went back over four hearings in which Comey and Yates participated and pulled out what each had said which might provide some insight.”

Vox: “‘Single-payer, I think we should have that debate as a nation,’ Aetna chief executive Mark Bertolini said Thursday.”

'Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.' - Arthur Ashe

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

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