Dave Douglas Quintet: Heineken Jazzaldia 2013

Jazz You Too

The festival assures high quality concerts, the quintet is there to prove it!
DAVE DOUGLAS – trumpet JON IRABAGON – tenor sax MATT MITCHELL – piano, keyboards LINDA OH – bass RUDY ROYSTON – drums
48th Heineken Jazzaldia, July 27th 2013 / Plaza de la Trinidad (Trinity Square), Donosti

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Train traffic, speed to increase on LIRC line in Kentucky, Indiana

Train traffic will increase on the Louisville and Indiana Railroad (LIRC) between Louisville, Ky., and Seymour, Ind., on or after Sept. 1, according to the short line’s parent company Anacostia Rail Holdings.

Over several weeks, CSX and LIRC train speeds will increase incrementally from the current speed limit of 25 mph to a maximum of 49 mph at many locations, Anacostia officials said in a press release.

Track and signal improvements have been made to allow for a safe increase in speed. The number and average length of CSX trains also will increase from four trains to 10 trains daily on the LIRC line.

The number and length of CSX trains will vary and continue to adjust depending on freight volume.

CP ready to move this year’s larger grain crop

Canadian Pacific is touting its preparation for moving this year’s western Canadian grain crop, which is forecast to beat the five-year average.

The Class I is calling on supply chain partners to ensure grain is adequately moved and distributed. The rail supply chain has returned to normal since the extraordinary crop and winter 2013-14, and CP “has continued to move record amounts of grain,” CP officials said in a press release.

There is excess capacity in the supply chain, including thousands of rail cars in storage ready to move the latest crop. In order for the system to move record volumes of grain, it’s essential that port terminals such as Vancouver operate on a 24/7 basis, said CP officials.

“To ensure success during this crop-year, the broader supply chain must work together to collectively harness our energy so that the entire Canadian economy can reap the maximum benefit,” said CP Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison. “We have been preparing for this crop year for months and we are ready.”

Grain is CP’s largest line of business. Grain movement for the 2015-16 crop year was flat relative to 2014-15, 4.7 percent higher than the railroad’s three-year average and 11.6 percent above its five-year average, according to CP.

The Class I continues to make significant investments in its infrastructure to move grain more efficiently, CP officials said.

The Last Hurrah for Corporate Democrats

Twenty sixteen was more than just a wake-up call to the Democratic Party. Millions of Americans instead served notice that “enough is enough.” We fell short, and I know it hasn’t been easy to accept the result.

We knew from the beginning that the system was rigged in favor of the establishment candidate. Closed primaries, super delegates, and ridiculous voter registration laws favored the candidate who knew how to play the game. A better way to say it is the system is set up to favor the campaign that has the most experience and established organization.

Pretty vague way of saying while they didn’t have to cheat, the process was set up to make it harder for an insurgent campaign. In state after state Bernie Sanders was starting from scratch. That’s just the way it is for a first time candidate, you say. Okay, but usually one candidate doesn’t have the whole party establishment in their camp before the race even starts. Hillary Clinton had that advantage, and still got a run for her money.

Everyone talks about the advantage Hillary Clinton had with super delegates. That advantage was deeper than just the super delegates voting for her at the convention. There were other advantages that came with being backed by the party’s elected officials. First of all, the way the super delegates were reported in the delegate count from the beginning gave Secretary Clinton an unfair aura of invincibility. No matter how well Bernie did, the media always showed him as hundreds of delegates behind.

More importantly, the super delegates provided organization that was tough to match. Let’s look at a state like Illinois. With the endorsements of Dick Durbin, Rahm Emanuel, and scores of other elected officials in the state, Hillary Clinton had access to other political campaign structures that had already identified Democratic Primary voters. While Bernie was establishing his lists, the Clinton campaign had existing lists to work with. Illinois was close because Chuy Garcia threw his weight behind Bernie.

They also added their reputation to the effort. Many voters who had been voting for Dick Durbin for years followed his advice and voted for Hillary Clinton.wenty sixteen was more than just a wake-up call to the Democratic Party. Millions of Americans instead served notice that “enough is enough.” We fell short, and I know it hasn’t been easy to accept the result.

We knew from the beginning that the system was rigged in favor of the establishment candidate. Closed primaries, super delegates, and ridiculous voter registration laws favored the candidate who knew how to play the game. A better way to say it is the system is set up to favor the campaign that has the most experience and established organization.

Pretty vague way of saying while they didn’t have to cheat, the process was set up to make it harder for an insurgent campaign. In state after state Bernie Sanders was starting from scratch. That’s just the way it is for a first time candidate, you say. Okay, but usually one candidate doesn’t have the whole party establishment in their camp before the race even starts. Hillary Clinton had that advantage, and still got a run for her money.

Everyone talks about the advantage Hillary Clinton had with super delegates. That advantage was deeper than just the super delegates voting for her at the convention. There were other advantages that came with being backed by the party’s elected officials. First of all, the way the super delegates were reported in the delegate count from the beginning gave Secretary Clinton an unfair aura of invincibility. No matter how well Bernie did, the media always showed him as hundreds of delegates behind.

More importantly, the super delegates provided organization that was tough to match. Let’s look at a state like Illinois. With the endorsements of Dick Durbin, Rahm Emanuel, and scores of other elected officials in the state, Hillary Clinton had access to other political campaign structures that had already identified Democratic Primary voters. While Bernie was establishing his lists, the Clinton campaign had existing lists to work with. Illinois was close because Chuy Garcia threw his weight behind Bernie.

They also added their reputation to the effort. Many voters who had been voting for Dick Durbin for years followed his advice and voted for Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton also had the contacts and organizational strength that remained from her unsuccessful 2008 campaign. Her campaign team knew who to reach out to when they were building the 2016 campaign. They also knew from experience what worked and what didn’t in 2008.

I understand the frustration and lack of optimism. Many believe the political process is a lost cause. Others think the Democratic Party is a lost cause. I’m not going to sugar coat it – the establishment will not roll over without a fight. But we made more progress in the last year than in the last 30. I believe if we build on the momentum we can take over the Democratic Party.

Imagine four years from now, a progressive candidate challenging an incumbent Hillary Clinton who has maintained the status quo. Income inequality is still a defining issue, there is little progress on climate change, the TPP slid through the back door. “Our Revolution” will be four years old with candidates elected all over the country. County and state party organizations will be full of Berniecrats. Whoever our candidate is will benefit from both the gains of the Sanders campaign and the Political Revolution.

That candidate will also not face as many super delegates. There will be more open primaries along with other reforms of the nominating process. Those gains will all be wasted if we are distracted by the lure of a shiny new party that even has more stacked against it. We have a two party system, and the sooner we accept that and focus our energy on taking over the Democratic Party, the better.

Hillary Clinton will NOT transform our country. Bernie is the real deal, and he is leading us in the right direction. He knows that Hillary will not make the big changes that we need to make to transform our country. Bernie also knows that our movement has more leverage with Hillary Clinton than we have any Republican candidate. He knows that we dig a bigger hole if Donald Trump or any Republican becomes president of the United States.

We need to put our frustration behind us and do what is best for the Revolution and that is to build our movement to take over the Democratic Party while at the same time defeating the regressive Republican Party. No, Hillary Clinton is not a progressive, but she will not reverse the social gains that progressives have made in the last 30 years.

The Green Party is a great concept, but until there is a level playing field, a vote for a Green presidential candidate is symbolic, a protest vote. Energy put into building the Green Party in my opinion would be better spent transforming the Democratic Party.

Next Wednesday night, Bernie will launch “Our Revolution.” Calling it the “most important thing you can do today to move the political revolution forward,” an email to supporters called on backers to host house parties on August 24 as a way to begin fueling the organization. The kick-off evening will include “a major live stream address where Bernie will talk about the specifics of what we can do as organizers going forward to fight for every single issue that drove this campaign.”

“Political pundits and the billionaire class are watching very closely to see what Bernie supporters do next,” declared the email signed by Claire Sandberg, who directed digital organizing for the campaign. “Some of them might be tempted to believe our political revolution is toast. They want our extraordinary phone banking, door knocking, and grassroots organizing efforts to stop. They want us to get discouraged. They want to vanquish our movement once and for all. We aren’t going to let that happen.”

Go here to organize an event in your community, and to find an event in your area, go here and enter your zip code.

“Our Revolution” political director Larry Cohen will be speaking Saturday at the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement convention. I will be streaming the event live.

I know many of you are skeptical, but I hope we can all come together and build the Political Revolution. On Monday night I was nominated to serve on the Polk County Democratic Party Central Committee in Des Moines, Iowa. At that same committee a newly formed Progressive Caucus was recognized by the Polk County Democratic Party. We are still making progress. Now is the time to renew our commitment to the Political Revolution, not the time to stand down.

Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

This Hyperloop VR app is a good reminder of how claustrophobic Hyperloop pods will be……The Muhammad Ali Hyperlink

Considering the engineering and financial challenges of building a working Hyperloop, it’s not a given that the technology envisioned by Elon Musk will ever come to fruition. However, it is certain (in my opinion, anyway) that any working Hyperloop pods are likely to be claustrophobic as hell. Now, I know some companies involved have tried to waylay these fears with talks of augmented reality windows and calming lighting, but I honestly don’t think these will make a difference. You’ll still know you’re getting into a tiny pod that’s completely sealed off from the world — and this virtual reality Hyperloop app shows it.

THE MOST BORING VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE I’VE EVER TRIED

The app has been built by Dutch ad agency INDG to support the work of the Delft University of Technology, which entered its pod into SpaceX’s Hyperloop design competition earlier this year. (They came second.) The app includes a nice exploded-view diagram that explains the basic Hyperloop mechanics, but there’s also a simulated trip from Amsterdam to Paris. (You can try it for yourself by downloading the app from iTunes here or the Play Store here.)

It’s perhaps the most boring virtual reality experience I’ve ever tried: you simply sit there and watch the odometer tick away while unexplained lights streak past you. The tedium certainly didn’t help with my itching desire to get up and stretch my legs and although I’m not sure if the VR experience exactly replicates Delft’s Hyperloop design, I do hope they at least add an aisle to their pod so passengers can walk up and down a little. At least when it’s not a VR Hyperloop journey I’ll be able to read a book.

By James Vincent @jjvincent

On Editing my Manuscript

Gulara Vincent

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Last week I’ve embarked on editing my manuscript for the seventh time.

I started writing the book around the time I conceived my son in June 2012. As my belly grew bigger, so did the word count. My intention was to write a book, though at the time I wasn’t entirely sure what the book will be about (apart from the fact that it was based on my life). Working with my writing mentor, I tirelessly generated a lot of material (two 12-page submissions every month). By the time my son was three months old, I decided to apply for The Transformational Author Experience (TAE) writing contest in the USA. In June 2013, I pulled various chapters together and it resembled a collection of short stories from my childhood, around 90,000 words. My husband came up with a title ‘The Smell of Ganja’ (believe it or not, Ganja…

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Here they are: Hillary’s 22 biggest scandals ever

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Hilary Clinton

Source: WND.com
May 18, 2015

During his 1992 campaign for the presidency, Bill Clinton was fond of promising America, “You get two for the price of one,” indicating Hillary Clinton would act as his co-president.

But the nation got much more than it bargained for, as the top power couple brought a load of baggage with them into the White House from their days in Arkansas.

After the Clintons moved into the presidential mansion, the political scandals multiplied – from use of the IRS and FBI to target political opponents to stalking and harassing subjects of Bill Clinton’s sexual advances and even attempts to loot taxpayer-funded items from the White House. Americans also witnessed capers such as Travelgate, Chinagate, Filegate and Pardongate.

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clintons3Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades and subsequent impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice consumed more than a year…

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Summertime, Gnomes and Rock Music

L.T. Garvin

Well here it is, almost the end of June, and I am way behind schedule as usual. Why is this? I think the Stupid Bug bit me. I just injured my back because I went to move a trunk, which on its own was not really that heavy, but I had forgotten that I filled it up with a bunch of stuff which of course, made it much heavier. So I just reached down to grab it and (insert shrill scream here, and a few choice words too). My back of all things! The good news, if there is ever any good news in this situation, was that I only impacted a muscle and luckily did not have to end up in traction anywhere, but the bad news is that it hurts (and has continued to hurt). After a week of medicine and muscle relaxers, I am finally seeing some…

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