Today’s Press Conference

February 16th, 2017

The Washington Post: Donald Trump’s combative, grievance-filled press conference, annotated.

“A solemn President Trump turned his Thursday afternoon announcement of a new labor secretary nominee into a screed against the media and large-scale defense of his first four weeks as president.

It was remarkable. Trump hit all the usual points: The polls, the electoral college, the media, etc. He even said that he inherited a “mess” four separate times. There were grievances galore.

Below is the transcript, which we’ll update as it comes in, along with our analysis and annotations.”

The New York Times: Full Transcript and Video: Trump News Conference.

“President Trump on Thursday announced his new nominee for labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, during a news conference at the White House. Following is a transcript of that event, as prepared by the Federal News Service.”

NPR: Trump Press Conference On Labor Secretary And Russia, Annotated.

“President Trump began his press conference Thursday afternoon naming his new nominee for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta. He also announced his decision to issue a new executive action while his travel ban is held up in court.

The president said “nobody that I know of” on his staff was in contact with Russia during the campaign. He also said he did not direct Michael Flynn, who resigned as national security adviser this week, to discuss U.S. sanctions during a pre-inauguration phone call with Russia’s U.S. ambassador.

Trump also touted new approval numbers — citing one in his favor and leaving out a number of other polls that how him with a lower rating — and claimed to have “inherited a mess” in regards to the economy, though unemployment figures contradict that claim.”

Audio Book

February 15th, 2017

Moby Dick Big Read.

Open Culture: Hear Moby Dick Read in Its Entirety by Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, John Waters, Stephen Fry & More.

Also available on iTunes and Soundcloud.

This was posted back in March 2016, but I found out about it today via Audrey.

Mr. President

February 14th, 2017

Are you familiar with the Mr. Men / Little Miss children’s books? board: Mr. President.

“Mr. President was a funny sort of fellow. Everything he thought was either upside down, or inside out, or back to front – quite a few people agreed and made him their boss.”

The Concept of Reality Itself

February 13th, 2017

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Trump vs. Truth. (YouTube, 24min)

“Since taking office around 412 years ago Trump has made it clear that reality is not important to him. Think about it: He’s exaggerated the size of his inauguration crowd. He said the election was marred by mass voter fraud with no real proof of that. He also falsely claimed that compared to Muslims, it was “almost impossible” for Christian refugees from Syria to get into the US. He even lied about the weather during his inauguration.”


February 12th, 2017

Wanderreporter: Unterwegs im Felsenwald (Pfalz).

“Der Name macht schon neugierig: Felsenwaldtour. Wie sieht wohl ein Wald aus Felsen aus? Die Südpfalz ist ja bekannt für ihre vielen Sandsteinfelsen. Und tatsächlich gibt es im Gebiet östlich von Pirmasens viele schöne Felsen, der bekannteste ist wohl das Felsentor. Die Felsenwaldtour ist ein Ende 2016 markierter Wanderweg und führt auf 13,4 km auf schönen Pfaden und einigen Schotterwegen an vielen dieser Steinformationen vorbei. Erfreulicherweise ist der Asphaltanteil sehr gering, er beschränkt sich auf ein kurzes Stück am Forsthaus Beckenhof. Das Wegzeichen der Runde ist ein stilisiertes rotes Felsentor auf weißem Grund.”