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Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Russia Trump Show

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner… well… Trump and Russia again. We had no choice! It just keeps coming up! In any case, we also talk about the “deconstruction of the administrative state” as a goal of the Trump presidency on the politics side. But we take non-political detours into cleanliness and tidiness, Windows 10, Elon Musk’s Moon plans, and cord cutting too. So a nice well rounded show!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-03-03
Length this week – 1:48:32

  • (0:01:05-0:19:40) But First
    • Agenda
    • Cleaning and Tidiness
    • Windows 10
  • (0:21:24-0:53:24) Russia Again
    • The Best Interpretation
    • Unforced Errors
    • Dems overplaying?
    • Smoke implies fire?
    • More coming?
    • Will Sessions resign?
    • Recusal enough?
  • (0:54:40-1:20:38) Deconstruction
    • Goals of the administration?
    • Destroy from within?
    • Unfilled spots
    • Plan? What is a plan?
    • Regulations
    • Deconstructing repsonsibly
    • Aimless agencies
    • War on experts
  • (1:21:58-1:48:13) Two Bolts
    • Trip to the Moon
    • Cord Cutting

 

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Outside the Lines

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, Sam is joined by guest cohost Bruce. Together they discuss the Volkswagen cheating debacle, the situation with Syria and Syrian refugees, and of course this week’s developments in the 2016 Presidential race. In the final lightning round they also cover the Super Moon Eclipse, the Fed’s interest rate decision, that kid who made the clock, and more!

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Recorded 2015-09-24

Length this week – 1:51:54

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:10:38) But First
    • No Ivan today, but we have Bruce
    • This Week’s Agenda
    • In House pre-School
    • School Scheduling Craziness
  • (0:11:40-0:26:02) Volkswagen Cheating
    • What they did
    • Possible Fixes
    • Impact on VW
    • What were they thinking?
  • (0:26:41-0:48:13) Syria
    • Refugee Crisis
    • Turkish Connection
    • What do you do?
    • Russian Involvement
    • Assad must go?
    • Coordination with Russia
  • (0:49:35-1:30:27) Election 2016
    • Rand Paul
    • The Xenophobic Racist Party
    • Primary and Caucus Rules
    • Carson on Muslims
    • Walker Drops Out
    • Republican Polling since the Second Debate
    • Democratic Polling
    • Deadlines for Shadow Candidates
    • Clinton Declines
    • More on Clinton Email
  • (1:31:07-1:51:34) Lightning Round
    • Super Moon Eclipse
    • Queen Elizabeth Milestone
    • Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decisions
    • TV Show: Best of Carson
    • Pope Visit / Chinese President Visit
    • The kid who made the clock

Triple Conjunction

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My best shot of tonight’s triple conjunction (Venus, Mars, and the Moon from left to right).

Taken 2015-02-21 02:27 UTC from my driveway (2 second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 80, 60.57mm zoom, some minor adjustments to the levels off camera)

I had a number of things not quite set up the way I really wanted.  I think I can do better next time. But this isn’t that bad. I’m happy enough. :-)

[Edit 03:49 to fix typo.]

Pics from Feb 2014

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2014-02-01 20:58 – Daddy and Alex at a birthday party at Everett Children’s Museum

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2014-02-01 21:13 UTC – Alex perched on Daddy’s head (screen cap from a video)

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2014-02-03 02:23 UTC – Alex with Grandma Ruth watching some TV

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2014-02-04 03:28 UTC – Waxing Crescent Moon

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2014-02-04 03:35 UTC – Two moons

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2014-02-06 03:02 UTC – Grandma Ruth gives a quick pose for the camera

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2014-02-08 06:33 UTC – Alex and Amy at a late dinner

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2014-02-08 18:06 UTC – Alex shows off making a snowman treat he learned how to do in cooking class

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2014-02-09 04:05 UTC – Sweeping the snow away in the back yard

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2014-02-09 04:14 UTC – Walking Roscoe and still sweeping snow

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2014-02-09 17:30 – Ready to attack the morning snow

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2014-02-09 18:00 – A winter weathervane

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2014-02-09 18:02 UTC – Making his own snowball

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2014-02-09 18:40 UTC – Observing the people in the snow

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2014-02-09 22:22 UTC – Proud of the big snowball we made in the back yard which we watched melt for the next few days

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2014-02-13 23:27 UTC – Pic by Brandy – Dentist time for Alex!

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2014-02-14 01:51 UTC – Pic by Brandy – Shopping for screws and nut and bolts

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2014-02-17 22:00 – Pic by Brandy – Nap time

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2014-02-20 05:14 UTC – Pic by Brandy – Snack time

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2014-02-21 01:21 UTC – The new projector screen arrives. Note the fallen boxes in the truck.

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2014-02-22 01:12 UTC – Roscoe lounges

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2014-02-22 18:25 UTC – Step carefully, the porch is slippery!

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2014-02-22 18:25 UTC (posted earlier) – Going for a walk in the flurries

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2014-02-22 18:34 – Umbrella joy

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2014-02-22 18:34 UTC: Umbrellas are fun upside down too

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2014-02-25 04:00 UTC – Watching Ghostbusters

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2014-02-27 02:21 UTC – Rebecca visit selfie

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2014-02-28 18:27 UTC (posted earlier) – Working hard at school

[Edit 20:58 to change the Snack time picture to show it was taken by Brandy, not Amy.]

Moon

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Handheld shot hot from the new camera Brandy gave me for Christmas.

Thank you Brandy!

Catching the Moon