Trump Lied While We The People Died

Fiddle while Rome burns

To do something trivial and irresponsible in the midst of an emergency; legend has it that while a fire destroyed the city of Rome, the emperor Nero played his violin, thus revealing his total lack of concern for his people and his empire.
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Pelosi on Trump’s coronavirus response: ‘As the President fiddles, people are dying’

By Chandelis Duster, CNN

Updated 11:06 AM ET, Sun March 29, 2020

Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying “his denial at the beginning was deadly” and that as he “fiddles, people are dying.”
“We should be taking every precaution. What the President, his denial at the beginning was deadly,” Pelosi said in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
As US cases surge, Pelosi questioned when Trump was informed about the coronavirus and his knowledge on its potential impact. “I don’t know what the scientists said to him, when did this President know about this, and what did he know? What did he know and when did he know it? That’s for an after-action review. But as the President fiddles, people are dying. And we just have to take every precaution.”
Asked by Tapper if she believes Trump’s downplaying of the crisis has cost American lives, Pelosi responded, “Yes, I am. I’m saying that.”

“Because when he made the other day when he was signing the bill, he said just think 20 days ago everything was great. No, everything wasn’t great,” she said. “We had nearly 500 cases and 17 deaths already. And in that 20 days because we weren’t prepared, we now have 2,000 deaths and 100,000 cases.”

When asked about Trump suggesting he wants to relax social distancing guidelines in parts of the country, Pelosi said, “His delaying of getting equipment to where it — it continues his delay in getting equipment to where it’s needed, is deadly. And now I think the best thing would be to do is to prevent more loss of life rather than open things up, because we just don’t know.”

The bill allocates at least $1.25 billion to the states and $500 million to the District of Columbia. Some have criticized the bill, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Democratic governor was critical of the funding amount, saying the bill did not “address the revenue shortfall.”
Asked about Cuomo’s comment, Pelosi said, “We have to do more.” She called the bill “a down payment.”

“I’ve talked to the chairman of the Fed, the Federal Reserve Bank, Mr. Powell, Chairman (Jerome) Powell, and asked him to do much more because they have the authority to do so, even more authority, since we passed this bill,” she told Tapper. “But we have to pass another bill that goes to meeting the need more substantially than we have.”

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/29/politics/nancy-pelosi-coronavirus-cnntv/index.html

Barbra Streisand Talks New Album ‘Walls’ and Its Trump-Dissing Single ‘Don’t Lie to Me’

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9/27/2018 by Joe Lynch

Barbra Streisand, an inarguable Greatest of All Time talent when it comes to the stage, screen and recording studio, returns to music on Nov. 2 with the release of a new album, Walls,

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her first LP consisting primarily of original songs since 2005.

If the word “walls” makes you think of a particular sitting president’s signature campaign promise, well, take a listen to its lead single, the just-dropped “Don’t Lie to Me.” An impassioned, dramatic ballad with pointed barbs at a particular man of power who likes to “change the facts to justify” his actions, it’s hard not to read it as a dig at Trump.

“I had to write this song,” Streisand tells Billboard. “These times gave me energy.” But while Walls is inspired by the turbulent times we find ourselves in, it’s also universal, speaking to a sense of hope and resilience in the face of falsehoods and the “smoke and mirrors” described in this new single. “There’s a light coming in and hope for the future,” she says. “We have to grow as a nation.”

Just ahead of the song’s release, the icon (and we don’t use that word lightly – she’s the only recording artist to nab a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in six consecutive decades) hopped on the phone with Billboard to discuss why she returned to songwriting, how one of the songs on Walls is inspired by a scene from Funny Girl, what she thinks about Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born — and why she turned down a chance to direct a remake some years ago.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8477132/barbra-streisand-new-album-walls-interview

Don’t Lie to Me
Barbra Streisand
Produced by Jonas Myrin & John Shanks
Album Walls

[Verse 1]
Why can’t you just tell me the truth?
Hard to believe the things you say
Why can’t you feel the tears I cry today?
Cried today, cried today
How do you win if we all lose?
You change the facts to justify
Your lips move but your words get in the way
In the way, in the way

[Pre-Chorus]
Kings and queens, crooks and thieves
You don’t see the forest for the trees
Hand and heart, on our knees
You can’t see what we all see

[Chorus]
How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

[Post-Chorus]
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

[Verse 2]
You can build towers of bronze and gold
You can paint castles in the sky
You can use smoke and mirrors, old clichés
Not today, not today

[Pre-Chorus]
Kings and queens, crooks and thieves
You don’t see the forest for the trees
Hand on heart, down on knees
You can’t see what everyone sees

[Chorus]
How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

[Post-Chorus]
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

[Bridge]
Can’t you see I’m crying?
Can’t you see we’re crying?
Where’s the new horizon?
Where’s the new horizon?

[Hook]
How do you sleep?
How do you sleep?
How do you sleep?
How do you sleep?
(How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone)
Enough is enough
How do you sleep?
(How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone)

[Post-Chorus]
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to me, you lie to me

[Outro]
Can’t you see I’m crying?
Can’t you see we’re crying? (Can’t you see we’re crying?)
Everyone answers to someone

https://genius.com/Barbra-streisand-dont-lie-to-me-lyrics

 

 

 

 

 

The Difference Between Donald Trump and Jimmy Carter

Having watched the first thirteen seasons of Ancient Aliens

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https://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens

I had fallen behind. Needing something to occupy my time, and divert attention from the news, I checked out AA and, to my surprise, found it was in the fifteenth season. It was amazing to see the fourteenth season contained twenty-two, the most ever in one season, episodes. I have binged on them to the point there is only one episode of the fifteenth season to watch. Fortunately, the season continues…

The last episode watched was The Immortality Machine, which aired TV Mar 14, 2020. During the episode a story was told of a gentleman who lived inside Big Rock, the name of the huge rock. I learned something not previously known while watching. During World War II there was a draft for men aged between 50 something and 64. When the deputies came out to bring him in, the guy who lived in a rock pressed two wires together and blew himself to smithereens.

If the current POTUS, the Trumpster, were to call for a “geezer force” I would laugh, because everything he says these daze makes me laugh…to keep from crying.

If former Governor of the Great State of Georgia, and President of the United States of America, Jimmy Carter, were to call for a “geezer force” I would be the first to join. This would be done because I know Jimmy would be right their beside me, shoulder to shoulder, leading by example, just as he has all his life. One example among many would be the work he has done getting his hands dirty with the Habitat For Humanity (https://www.habitat.org/).

Jimmy Carter back to building houses after hip surgery

By Devan Cole and Betsy Klein, CNN
Updated 9:51 AM ET, Tue August 27, 2019
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/27/politics/jimmy-carter-habitat-for-humanity-homes-hip-surgery/index.html

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The Habitat for Humanity Build Jimmy Carter Called His Favorite

Where have you gone, Jimmy Carter? The nation sure could use a man like you right about now…

Because of the calamitous situation in which we find ourselves I urge you to to give strong consideration to watching a program about viruses:

Ancient Aliens
S 14 E 9
The Alien Infection
42m | 2019 | TV-PG | CC
In 2016, scientists made the astonishing discovery that 30 percent of all protein adaptations since humans’ divergence with chimpanzees have been driven by viruses. Could ancient aliens have shaped human evolution by introducing viral epidemics on Earth? And if so, for what purpose? Are they making us more like them?
https://play.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-14/episode-9

All episodes can be watched free of charge. You can thank me later…

12-Year-Old Atlanta Girl Fighting For Her Life

12-year-old girl with coronavirus is on a ventilator and fighting for her life

CNN Expansion, Mel Alonso

By Amara Walker, Alta Spells and Melissa Alonso, CNN

Updated 11:35 AM ET, Sun March 22, 2020

(CNN ) Emma, a 12-year-old girl, is “fighting for her life” in an Atlanta hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to her cousin.
Justin Anthony told CNN that Emma was diagnosed with pneumonia on March 15 and tested positive for coronavirus on Friday night. As of Saturday, she was on a ventilator and is currently in stable condition, Anthony said.
Emma had no pre-existing conditions. She has not traveled recently and it’s unknown how she contracted the virus, according to Anthony.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite Hospital confirmed that a current patient tested positive for Covid-19, though it declined to go into details.

“The patient remains in isolation, and we have consistently used appropriate precautions. Additional details will not be released due to patient privacy laws,” said hospital spokeswoman Jessica Pope.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/22/us/georgia-coronavirus-girl-hospitalized/index.html

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Children’s Healthcare confirmed the hospital has one COVID-19 patient in isolation but declined to provide any details citing federal privacy laws. The AJC is not identifying the child’s last name and limiting identifying details to protect the family’s privacy.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/coronavirus-hits-young-girl-police-officer-prison-inmates/wpKuDMioCGARgyqXw6Ow4L/

‘Mona Lisa’ made up of 330 Rubik’s cubes could sell for $166,000 at auction

Written by Aleesha Khaliq, CNN

An artist’s interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” — fashioned out of hundreds of Rubik’s cubes — is expected to reach up to $166,000 when it goes under the hammer at a Paris auction later this month.
The artwork, made up of 330 of the famous toy cubes, is the creation of French street artist Invader, whose true identity is hidden behind a mask. It will go under the hammer at Paris’ Artcurial auction house on February 23.
“Rubik Mona Lisa” was created in 2005 and is being billed as a “modern take on the world’s most famous painting.”
The original was painted by Leonardo more than 500 years ago and hangs at the Louvre in Paris, where it is the most visited piece of art in the world.

Invader began exploring the use of Rubik’s Cubes in artwork in 2004.
It was the first time, the auction house said in a press release, that the best-selling toys were used to make art. The practice has been called “Rubikcubism.”
“Amongst his works on this theme, which he has explored in a variety of forms, this rubikcubist Mona Lisa is actually the representation that is most faithful to the original,” the auction house said in a statement.

Invader defines himself as a UFA (Unidentified Free Artist). He writes on his website that “little by little” he explores international heavily populated urban areas and “invades” them, aiming to display 20 to 50 pieces per city.

The auction house quotes him as saying in 2007 in regard to Rubikcubism: “To view a piece, you have to stand back from it. Close up, the image is nothing but a mass of cubes and colors, it’s only when you stand back that the face emerges.”
“The further away you stand, the clearer it becomes.”

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/mona-lisa-rubiks-cube-intl-scli/index.html

Who Is The Real Mozart Of Chess?

After clicking on to CNN I noticed ‘Mozart of chess’ now unbeaten for 111 games directly below ‘Jeopardy!’ crowns ‘Greatest of All Time’. I clicked onto the Mozart of chess story where this picture was found:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/15/sport/magnus-carlsen-unbeaten-record-spt-intl/index.html

‘The Mozart of Chess’

Edward Winter

Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) enquires about the origins of a nickname given to Capablanca, ‘The Mozart of chess’, and wonders when it was first used. We plan to revert to that matter later on, and readers’ assistance with citations will be welcomed. Firstly, though, we would point out that the term has been applied to many masters. Some examples:

  • Paul Morphy:

‘Morphy was the Mozart of chess.’
Page 228 of the Columbia Chess Chronicle, 29 December 1888 (article by G.H.D. Gossip).

Page 305 of the August-September 1884 BCM had stated: ‘What Mozart, as to innate, natural ability, was to music, Morphy likewise was to chess.’

  • Emanuel Lasker:

‘The Mozart of chess’
Page 45 of White King and Red Queen by D. Johnson (London, 2007).

  • Mikhail Tal:

‘El Mozart del ajedrez’
Page 113 of El campeonato mundial de ajedrez by E. Gufeld and E.M. Lazarev (Barcelona, 2003).

  • Boris Spassky:

‘Spassky has been called the Mozart of chess.’
Page 65 of Bobby Fischer Goes to War by D. Edmonds and J. Eidinow (London, 2004).

  • Bobby Fischer:

‘Fourteen-year-old “Mozart of Chess”’
Page SM38 of the New York Times, 23 February 1958 (article by H.C. Schonberg – see C.N. 5491). Schonberg referred to Capablanca as ‘the Mozart of chess’ on page 181 of Grandmasters of Chess (Philadelphia and New York, 1973).

  • Anatoly Karpov:

‘He is the Mozart of the chessboard …’
Page 21 of Karpov-Korchnoi 1978 by R. Keene (London, 1978).

  • Magnus Carlsen:

‘In January 2004, I called Magnus Carlsen the Mozart of chess for the first time. It was a spontaneous, last-minute decision to meet a deadline for my column in the Washington Post. The name was picked up immediately and spread around quickly. It was used, misused, overused.’
Lubomir Kavalek, article dated 23 February 2012.

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/mozart.html

 

Chess during Mozart’s time: “Nannerl”

https://en.chessbase.com/post/chess-during-mozart-s-time-nannerl

 

Linda Ronstadt Takes Mike Pompeo Down

Linda Ronstadt’s delicious takedown of Mike Pompeo

Opinion by Peggy Drexler

December 9, 2019

Editors note: “Peggy Drexler is a research psychologist and the author of “Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family” and “Raising Boys Without Men.” She is at work on a book about how women are conditioned to compete with one another and what to do about it. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers. View more opinion on CNN.”

(CNN)Saturday night, in one of the year’s more deliciously awkward celebrity moments, singer Linda Ronstadt

Singer/songwriter Linda Ronstadt (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Contour RA by Getty Images)

went head to head with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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on Pompeo’s own turf. At a State Department event celebrating the year’s Kennedy Center honorees, of which Ronstadt is one, she did away with niceties and politesse and instead told Pompeo, the evening’s host and the country’s most senior diplomat, exactly what she thought of him, which is not very much.
Pompeo never saw it coming — although he set up the jab quite well. During his pre-dinner address, Pompeo referenced Ronstadt’s 1975 hit “When Will I Be Loved.” “Ms. Ronstadt,” he said, “thank you and congratulations. And I will say my job, as I travel the world, I just want to know when I will be loved?”

Later, when Ronstadt had the opportunity to take the microphone, she delivered her response. In front of more than 200 guests, Ronstadt, who has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, stood up and looked straight at Pompeo’s table and said, “I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump.”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/08/opinions/linda-ronstadt-mike-pompeo-trump-comments-drexler/index.html

 

Christmas Cocaine At Walmart

Christmas sweater with Santa and cocaine forces Walmart to apologize

By Rob McLean, CNN Business

Mon December 9, 2019

New York (CNN Business)Walmart is saying sorry for making available a Christmas sweater with an apparent drug reference.

The sweater featured an image of Santa Claus behind a table with three white lines that look similar to cocaine lines. Below the image is the phrase “Let it snow.” The Global News, a Canadian news organization, first reported the apology.
“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website,” Walmart said in a statement on Saturday. “We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offence (sic) this may have caused.”
Walmart (WMT) declined to comment further on Sunday.