Friday, December 02, 2016

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CNN: Trump Gets Intelligence Reports From Alex Jones

Young Americans: Progressive, Libertarian, or Apolitical?

More than 1,2500 people are now calling for the Ohio State University to fire her.

Send in the robots? The face of patient care is changing

Two-thirds of Trump voters viewed the election as America’s last chance

Mexico on Carrier deal: 'Trump is telling the truth' about saving US jobs

Illinois has the highest workers’ compensation costs in the region

In Macedonia's fake news hub, teen shows AP how it's done

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Piano Teachers, Beware: The Feds Are Onto You

FEE has a great one from Jeff Tucker:
Johannes Brahms is regarded as one of the greatest composers in history. I never tire of his sonatas for violin or cello, and his piano works are pure magic. I go through whole periods of listening and marveling at his capacity for melodic development. I can’t read enough biographies. Beyond his incurable love for Clara Schumann – I’m convinced his over-the-top adoration of her acted like a narcotic that fired up his creativity to generate such astonishing melodies – one strange fact stands out to me.


Even as a performer, he could never make a go of it. His true love Clara travelled all over Europe – even though she was the mother of eight kids! – and packed the concert halls. People paid her astonishing amounts of money to play. The crowds went wild. But Johannes? No such luck. He never achieved any fame as a performer. No, he was a piano teacher. He knew it, and he was sad about it.

As a teacher, however, he also produced some incredible books of student exercises. You look at them today and wonder how anyone could play them at all given their technical demands. It just goes to show you that no matter how phenomenal you are, you can never stop practicing, doing exercises, and studying under the great masters.

I point out this tiny snippet from musical history to observe this: as difficult as it is to believe, it all happened without the Federal Trade Commission!
There's more:
What’s the FTC got to do with it? Well, early in 2016, the agency took it upon itself to intervene heavily in the market for piano teaching.The FTC sent a small nonprofit – the Music Teachers National Association – a letter accusing it of promoting anticompetitive trade practices. This is all because their manual discourages teachers from aggressively poaching students from other teachers.
An article , well worth your time.

Voters Say Trump Better Than Obama for Jobs

Rasmussen

CEO of a $16 billion business says the way you write emails can break your career

CNBC reports:
As CEO of Accenture (NYSE: ACN)'s North America business, Julie Sweet runs a $16 billion business and oversees a team of more than 50,000 employees. So she knows a thing or two about the most valuable skills in the corporate world.

The best investment a professional can make is to develop one often overlooked skill, the CEO says.

"What's the greatest advice I give?" Sweet tells CNBC. "Develop excellent communication skills." Both in person and in writing, such as when using email.
Advice.

CNN Crew Jokes AboutTrump's Plane Crashing

Snoop Dogg slams Colin Kaepernick for Castro praise, says choose between football, revolution

Fox News reports:
Snoop Dogg just put Colin Kaepernick in his dog house, calling the San Francisco 49ers quarterback a hypocrite for protesting social injustice while praising late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and advising he choose between football and his ongoing National Anthem protest.

"He's sort of kind of hypocritical in so many words because he's pushing this, but at the same time he’s giving credit for this and this is the same abuse that [Cubans] been taking" the rapper said on Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed."

Snoop Dogg added, "So it makes you hypocritical to be able to speak on this topic and that topic."

The "Lay Low" singer was referring to Kaepernick's recent comments about Castro at a media event ahead of the 49ers game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Snoop Dogg fighting hypocrisy.

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Leftist Salon: Calling Jeff Sessions “racist” conveniently ignores the work he’s done for Alabama’s black community

Salon reports:
As liberal pundits continue their drumbeat against President-elect Trump, they have targeted some of his Cabinet selections, including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Some of the attacks against Sessions hinge on hearsay from decades-old conversations that included racist terms.

If Sessions did use this language, it would obviously be reprehensible. But disqualifying Sessions based on these words alone would ignore the hard work Sessions has done for more than 15 years to uplift the poor and vulnerable.

If liberals like to claim that they don’t think in simple black-and-white terms, perhaps they would consider the important work Sessions has done for the past decade and a half with Bob Woodson, an African-American community leader awarded a MacArthur fellowship (commonly known as a “genius grant”) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush.

I’ve worked with Woodson over the past couple of years, including appearing with him on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss his work with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Woodson told Salon that he first met Sessions in 2001 when Catherine Flowers, a community leader working to salvage her rural Alabama community in crisis, came to his Washington office at the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (formerly CNE, now known as The Woodson Center) to ask for help.
You'll want to read the entire article.

Trump backer's: Everyone trust President-elect

Where The November Jobs Were: Secretaries, Nurses, Waiters, Government And Part-Time Workers

“Mass migration from Mexico is over. Low-skilled labor will never be as plentiful again.”

Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump Aides Clash At Harvard Forum | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Economist Tyler Cowen is not a fan of Trump's industrial policy

Paul Begala: Democrats Need to Learn From Trump Carrier Deal

Breitbart

Chicago’s New Bag Tax Will Generate $13 Million, Won’t Save Environment

In a twist of irony, hypochondriacs are more likely to have health problems, study says

Democratic Senator Praises Trump on Carrier

Elizabeth Warren endorses Scott Brown for Veterans Affairs secretary. Brown later thanked Warren for her support: "#truce."

The Boston Globe reports:
There’s one potential Donald Trump appointment Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she would support: her former rival Scott Brown.

Despite retaining a bitter public relationship, the Massachusetts Democrat did not mince words in her support for her former fellow Bay Stater’s potential nomination for Veterans Affairs secretary.

“Listen, if Scott Brown is the nominee for Veterans Affairs, I have no doubt that he would put his heart and soul into trying to help veterans,” said Warren, who unseated the former Republican senator in a heated 2012 race, in an interview Thursday on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio.

“I would put my heart and soul into trying to help him do that,” she added. “You bet I’d support him for that.”
Unity.

Obamacare RIP: Republicans Finally Have a Plan

The Fiscal Times

Luis Gutierrez to skip Trump inauguration to protest 'hatred, bigotry'

The Washington Examiner reports:
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said Friday he won't be attending the inauguration of President-elect Trump in January, because of his plan to boost enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

"I'm not going to this inauguration, I can't go to this inauguration, because he continues to spew hatred, bigotry and prejudice even after he said he was going to bring us all together," Gutierrez said on CNN.

"But he's not," he added. "He continues to spew this kind of ... hatred. So I'm not going to be there."

He did say, however, that he would be in Washington on Inauguration Day to march with people who will be there protesting Trump's presidency.
Imagine that.

Trump's first 100 days: How could the Democrats respond? | IN 60 SECONDS

Is Trump's deal with Carrier a form of crony capitalism?

Forecast: Chicago will have the weakest real estate market in the U.S. next year.

Clinton campaign spokeswoman goes off on Trump aide: I'd rather lose than win like you did

The US flag returns to Hampshire College after its removal led to complaints, protests

Betsy DeVos favors school choice and helped pass Michigan's first charter-school bill.

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