Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 4/10/2017


Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 4/10/2017

10 April 2017 at 11:37:03 AM

I've had my video editing software for around 10 years now. I like it (Premiere Pro CS3) but also wanted to find some other software with more features, such as 3D, output and input more options. One problem I have with Adobe is that you can no longer buy the products, it's like you're renting them.Although I sometimes get e-books that way, I am not interested in buying from a company where I can't flat out own it. I settled on Cyberlink Power Director, installing it today and then going to play with it while reading help files. Looks like it has not only a video editor but a sound editor as well. I have another very old piece of software, Podcast Station, which is enormously easy to use and has been my go-to for editing sound files, but it also is fairly old; so I'll be comparing how well the new does versus the older. The new software also has a screen recorder, which I'm going to compare vs Debut, which is incredibly easy to use. Of course, anytime one starts out with new software, there's always a learning curve. I'm glad in my own life I have a knack for technical areas and enjoy diving into figuring them out. 

Saw "Get Out" over the weekend. I'm not going to spill any beans but highly recommend this. Went to an actual movie theatre to watch it, well worth it. 

United Airlines passenger gets bloodied, bruised and forcibly removed from seat

Hey, how's that Trump White House investigation of the 5 million illegal voters going? Time yet for an interim report?

— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) April 10, 2017

Donald Trump's travel expenses in 10 weeks cost US taxpayers as much as Barack Obama spent in two years

Donald Trump’s trips to his luxury Florida resort have already cost the US taxpayer at least $24 million (£19.2 million) - roughly as much as Barack Obama spent on travel in the first two years of his presidency.

Mr Trump has spent seven weekends at Mar-a-Lago since taking office ten weeks ago. It is estimated that each of these trips costs at least $3 million (£2.4 million), covering the President’s extensive security detail.

In total, Mr Obama's travel bill over the eight years of his presidency came to $97 million (£78 million) - an average of $12.1 million (£9.7 million) a year.

White House is being sued to find out who's visiting. Not sure from this article if this will also include Trump's private club Mar-A-Lago. BUT IT SHOULD

A coalition of government watchdog groups plans to sue the Trump administration on Monday with the aim of compelling the White House to continue President Barack Obama’s practice of releasing logs of lobbyists and others who visit the complex.

Since President Trump took office in January, the website where such records had been publicly available has gone dark, and White House officials will say only that the policy is under review, making no assurances that they will operate with the same openness.

Senator representation by the electoral college.-Wapost

This Week Tonight on Gerrymandering

What the fool is WRONG with the media calling Trump "presidential" for BOMBING people without authorization or getting at least a fig leaf of approval from Congress first? And I can't imagine why Republicans are going along with this, they're THAT bloodthirsty and willing to abrogate their congressional responsilities? Ugh Ugh Ugh

Why I'm still glad I didn't vote for Hillary Clinton (didn't vote for Trump either) - Hillary Clinton calls for U.S. to bomb Syrian air fields

"I really believe we should have and still should take out his air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them."

Clinton noted that she had advocated for a no-fly zone in Syria after leaving government, something that Obama opposed.

'Extreme Vetting' Also Threatens Privacy of Americans

So there’s some reason to think that making visitors forfeit privacy rights is constitutionally worrisome. If you have to give up your privacy permanently as a condition of entry, then the U.S. government is going to be systematically acting as Big Brother.

The intuition underlying these examples is twofold. Part is the idea that there are some governmental motives that are always constitutionally impermissible, no matter where the government is acting. Race discrimination, religious coercion and coerced speech against conscience probably qualify. The destruction of privacy is likely on the same level.

The other core element of the intuition is that certain actions taken with respect to foreigners threaten the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. A law requiring visa holders to discriminate or to support one political party would affect Americans directly, even if it didn’t include them.

EPA staffer leaves with a bang, blasting agency policies under Trump 

When Mike Cox quit, he did so with gusto.

After 25 years, he retired last week from the Environmental Protection Agency with a tough message for the boss, Administrator Scott Pruitt.

“I, along with many EPA staff, are becoming increasing alarmed about the direction of EPA under your leadership … ” Cox said in a letter to Pruitt. “The policies this Administration is advancing are contrary to what the majority of the American people, who pay our salaries, want EPA to accomplish, which are to ensure the air their children breath is safe; the land they live, play, and hunt on to be free of toxic chemicals; and the water they drink, the lakes they swim in, and the rivers they fish in to be clean.”

Interior Department website swaps out pretty park photo for a pile of coal

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the recent image change over at the Bureau of Land Management site speaks volumes about the Trump administration’s priorities for public lands: exploitation over enjoyment. The BLM manages nearly 250 million acres of federal lands with 5,761 miles of national scenic trails, 2,400 miles of wild and scenic rivers, and hundreds of national monuments and wilderness areas. In a move that many mistakenly thought was satire, the BLM replaced its header photo of a family gazing out over a national park to a massive black coal seam. The new photograph came courtesy of Peabody Energy. Of course, it did. 


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