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Tag: Russia

At the Opening Bell: Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, Possible Involvement by U.S. Citizens

Recap of an interesting day: Monday, March 20, 2017  Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, gives opening statements outlining the current investigation of Russian actions aimed at influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor. Beginning at 5:56, Schiff offers an overview of currently known actions by members… Read More ›

Delicious News & Russian Hybrid Warfare: Inoculating Ourselves Against Manipulation

An interview between Adrian Bonenberger and Volodymyr Horbulin, “one of Ukraine’s most accomplished elder statesmen,” with some interesting insights on hybrid warfare, a term describing the use of social media to spread propaganda aimed at destabilizing a country, with the ultimate goal of compromising the target country’s independence.  The propaganda, often in the form of tantalizing fake news, is… Read More ›

Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?

Our local newspaper, for a time, went to a profit model where readers were asked to answer a survey question before they were allowed to read beyond the first sentence or so of each news article on the paper’s website.  This is a screenshot of one of the survey questions I was served last September: OK, Let’s discuss!… Read More ›

Daniil Trifonov, Verbier 2012 performance. Plus a few words on his Nov. 2016 Kauffman Center concert in Kansas City

Daniil Trifonov plays Chopin, Debussy, and Stravinsky at the 2012 Verbier festival in this video (not mine, just found it out there in the wild). I added a track list below.  (The SoundHound app is great for digging up information on pieces you know but can’t recall the name of). 0:00  Chopin. Étude, Op. 10 No. 11… Read More ›

Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

I’m very excited because I just heard, via one of my favorite reading-related sites, LitHub, that Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita is being made into a movie.  I only just found out about the book and read it a couple of years ago, and I was just thinking about re-reading it, I loved it so much.  Some reviewers argue pretty… Read More ›

Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking

from the New York Times, March 2, 2017 “…American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified… Read More ›

Richter plays Ravel, “Le Gibet.” Plus some thoughts on French Romantic poetry.

Sviatoslav Richter playing Maurice Ravel’s “Le Gibet,” the second of the suite of pieces for solo piano titled Gaspard de la Nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d’après Aloysius Bertrand.  Recorded live in Moscow, 1954. “Le gibet” is composed around a grisly subject: in the original poem, the dead occupant of the gibbet (gallows) is described in painstakingly lurid detail.  The poem seems to… Read More ›

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