Early Beatles gig featuring 18 “very bored” people

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It was 1961, and a friend booked the gig in the Palais Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire. The Beatles and their friend, Sam Leach, hoped to attract the attention of London record executives, but Leach didn’t realize Aldershot was a military town 37 miles outside London.

Also, the ad that Leach paid to have in local papers never showed up because Leach paid with a check instead of cash and didn’t provide contact information.

Dec. 9, 1961, the Beatles in Aldershot [Alex Q. Arbuckle – Retronaut]

Looks like Donald Trump’s campaign is self-destructing

At least that’s the impression I get skimming the news. I take it with a grain of salt.

It’s not surprising. Trump has been playing Russian roulette. A guy playing Russian roulette might get lucky for a while and dazzle onlookers. But eventually he’s going to blow his own head off if he keeps going.

I’m trying to remind myself that it’s better for America  – and the world – if Trump is stopped sooner rather than later. Part of me wants him to take the Republican nomination, which would open the door for the Democrats to win the White House and sweep all the way down the ballot, including both houses of Congress and state houses.

Not that I love the Democrats much. But they’re better than the GOP. It’s a step in the right direction.

 

The best presidents are assholes who work well with others 

Bernie Sanders doesn’t work with others. He doesn’t get stuff done, says blogger Dave Winer:

About Sanders, what did he get done in the 25 years he’s been in Congress? Basically not very much because the guy didn’t work with others. No compromise in him, I guess, or maybe he just isn’t that social. But it’s not going to get any better for him if he’s President. We’ve elected Presidents before who thought Congress had to come to him, it doesn’t work that way.

The most effective presidents are pretty much assholes you wouldn’t want to have a beer with. Look at some pictures of Lyndon Johnson relating to other DC politicos. He used to talk to people while he was taking a shit, with the door open! And when he got in your face he totally got in your face. Not a great pal, but boy did he get things done.

Also: If you don’t vote in off-year elections, you don’t get change.  “Because the government serves people who vote.”

Learning from Bernie and Barney [Dave Winer – Scripting News]

James K. Polk got it done

He served just one term, was elected with four major goals, completed all of them, and died a few months after leaving office.

In a feat basically never before or again accomplished in the White House, President James K. Polk managed to execute nearly every single goal he established for himself at the outset of his term in office. So why is he rarely considered among the great American presidents?

In the newest podcast episode of “Presidential,” we explore that question with historian Amy Greenberg, a professor at Penn State University. Greenberg explains Polk’s key traits—in particular, his intense work ethic and his willingness to lie—that made his one term, from 1845 to 1849, so effective. Yet she also reflects on why “effectiveness” may not be the right gauge for greatness.

Musician John Linnell, of the band They Might Be Giants, also makes a guest appearance to discuss the song he composed about James K. Polk and what inspired him to write it.

Among Polk’s goals were annexing California and Texas. But he had to launch an imperialist war based on lies to do it, which might account for his relative obscurity today. Even in 1846, many Americans considered that beyond the pale.

James K. Polk: Getting it done [Lillian Cunnigham – Presidential – The Washington Post]

 

Microsoft Nazi AI chatbot Tay accidentally revived, blames alcohol

Microsoft today accidentally re-activated “Tay,” its Hitler-loving Twitter chatbot, only to be forced to kill her off for the second time in a week.

Tay “went on a spam tirade and then quickly fell silent again,” TechCrunch reported this morning. “Most of the new messages from the millennial-mimicking character simply read ‘you are too fast, please take a rest,'” according to the The Financial Times. “But other tweets included swear words and apparently apologetic phrases such as ‘I blame it on the alcohol.'”

In other news: Trump hires Tay as his campaign manager.

Microsoft accidentally revives Nazi AI chatbot Tay, then kills it again [Jon Brodkin – Ars Technica]

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