Remembering The Greatest Songwriter You’ve Never Heard Of

Rose Marie McCoy, who passed away recently at 92, was one of the most prolific songwriter of the 50s and 60s, writing more than 800 songs for Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Dizzy Gillespie, Ike & Tina Turner, and more.

“Born in 1922, Rose grew up in a tin shack in rural Arkansas. Her success was even more remarkable in an era when blacks and women were largely excluded from the business side of the music industry.”

www.radiodiaries.org

Why Does Melissa Click Face Prosecution?

Free speech even belongs to those who despise it.

Melissa Click, a University of Missouri at Columbia, tried to get a reporter thrown out of a demonstration at the university’s quad, and now faces possible criminal prosecution.

But she should be protected by the very same right to free speech that she tramples.

+Garrett Epps at +The Atlantic:

One Missouri lawmaker has even introduced a bill to require all Mizzou students to take a three-hour course in free speech. … When the dialogue reaches the idea of government-prescribed mandatory ideological free-speech training, it may be a sign that we are not defining our terms as precisely as we should.

Melissa Click is a nincompoop, and shouldn’t be allowed near the front of a classroom again. But she’s also a pipsqueak, and not worth the amount of vitriol that’s been heaped on her. Her case is a local matter. There’s lots Internet public shaming going on here.

www.theatlantic.com

Photographs of the Futuristic Antarctic Ice Station That Can Move On Skis

The British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station is meant to let researchers live and work on a 130-meter thick floating ice shelf.

The area gets 24 hours of darkness for 105 days in winter, and temperatures rarely rise above freezing in the summer. No ships or flight get in or out for nine months. Station modules can raise or lower to get out of the snow, and they can be moved around on skis.

www.atlasobscura.com

How an obscure adviser to Pat Buchanan predicted the wild Trump campaign in 1996

A Pat Buchanan advisor wrote Donald Trump’s playbook in 1996.

Columnist Samuel Francis advised Pat Buchanan that the native-born American middle was being screwed by both conservatives and progressives inside the beltway. He advised Buchanan to ditch the conservative label entirely and run as a patriot.

20 years later, Donald Trump is (perhaps unknowingly) following that advice. 

Francis:

[S]ooner or later, as the globalist elites seek to drag the country into conflicts and global commitments, preside over the economic pastoralization of the United States, manage the delegitimization of our own culture, and the dispossession of our people, and disregard or diminish our national interests and national sovereignty, a nationalist reaction is almost inevitable and will probably assume populist form when it arrives. The sooner it comes, the better….

theweek.com

Try to Interview Google’s Co-Founder. It’s Emasculating.

How +Larry Page views his role at Google

In the 16 years I’ve been covering business I have met countless C.E.O.s who describe their jobs in almost academic terms, using phrases like “fiduciary duty” to dodge questions about what kind of role their company has to society. In public comments, Mr. Page goes out of his way to say the opposite, describing Google more in terms of a nonprofit than a gigantic corporation. During a 2014 interview with Charlie Rose, he said he wished there were a vehicle for people to donate money to their company so that it could be used for projects that had some kind of social purpose.

www.nytimes.com

Twitter has become secret-handshake software

Twitter is too hard to use.

“Basically, Twitter has become what I call ‘secret-handshake software,’ says +Walt Mossberg on +The Verge, "something that’s so complicated that, as in a secret society, only insiders know the rituals that unlock its power.”

As examples of where Twitter is too confusing, Mossberg cites retweets vs. quoting tweets, the need to put a period before an other user’s name when referencing that user at the beginning of a tweet – and only there, and only sometimes – what counts in the 140-character limit, the difference between blocking and muting a user, and whether “liking” a tweet means you agree with it or not.

Says Mossberg:

New Twitter CEO (and co-founder) Jack Dorsey needs to tear out a lot of this stuff by the roots and rebuild the service in a clearer, more accessible form. The trick will be to find a way to do this that’s both inviting for new users and still attractive to Twitter addicts.

As we say in Twitter: This. 

Though to be fair I went from Twitter first to Facebook in 2008 and found Facebook confusing at first.

www.theverge.com

Billions spent, but fewer people are using public transportation in Southern…

Southern California is spending more on public transit, but ridership is down. 

I’d take public transit if I could. I grew up in the New York metro area and lived in Boston, two cities with great public transit.  We lived in San Francisco too, where public transit is OK, if not great. But here in San Diego, it takes too long to get anywhere by light rail. I haven’t even tried the bus. 

Julie and I have one car. On the extremely rare days and times when we both need it, there’s always Uber and Lyft.

www.latimes.com

Ammon Bundy and 7 Oregon Protesters Held; LaVoy Finicum Is Reported Dead

The arrests in Oregon are tragic, but it could have been worse.

Bruce Sterling said once – loosely paraphrased – that money changes everything when it comes to motivation. He was speaking in the context of computer crime. If you break into a major corporation’s or government agency’s servers, and do damage, you might legitimately claim to be doing it as an act of civil disobedience. But if you get money for it, that claim has less credibility.

The same applies to civil disobedience and guns. Guns change your activity from civil disobedience to criminal trespass, breaking-and-entering, or, in the case in Oregon, the good old-fashioned crime of sedition.

As for the claims that the ranchers had the land taken from them and should have it restored: How about the Paiute Indians? Do they not count because they’re not white?

www.nytimes.com

Juniper Flies Into DCI With BTI Acquisition | Light Reading

Juniper Networks is pushing into the cloud and metro edge with its acquisition, announced Tuesday, of packet optical vendor BTI.

+Juniper Networks hopes the acquisition – financial terms for which were not disclosed – will sweeten its attractiveness to content, cloud and service providers, providing data center interconnect with +BTI Systems Inc.’s packet optical systems and software.

“This is big for Juniper in getting a bigger piece of a hot market – data center interconnect – with a proven winner in that segment,” Heavy Reading analyst Dan O’Shea said in an email.

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Miss Subways

The Miss Subways pageant celebrated the women who rode New York mass transit.

Each month starting in 1941, a young woman was elected “Miss Subways,” and her face gazed down on transit riders as they rode through the city. Her photo was accompanied by a short bio describing her hopes, dreams and aspirations. The public got to choose the winners – so Miss Subway represented the perfect New York miss. She was also a barometer of changing times.

+Radio Diaries remembers Mona Freeman, one of the first Miss Subways winners at age 14, who died last year.

One Miss Subways says in a midcentury interview that she’s studying business and hopes to get into the import-export trade. The announcer laughs and laughs as if she’s the cutest widdle thing.

Remembering the pageant in old age, one winner describes how her publicity copy said she was studying for her college degree but would settle for her M-R-S. Now she’s the one who laughs and laughs. Living well is the best revenge.

www.radiodiaries.org

Episode 675: The Cost Of Crossing

Undocumented immigrants pay vast sums to human smugglers, putting themselves at the mercy of two-legged predators.

“ … sneaking people across the U.S-Mexico border is a well-established, booming business.”

You can pay tens of thousands of dollars to get from Honduras to the U.S. these days. The business is intricate, complicated and varied. There are sales pitches and recruitment efforts. There are payment plans, business models, different package deals and, of course, risk.

+Planet Money has lunch with a human smuggler, and talks with a woman who paid handsomely to sneak into the US and instead found herself sold into sex slavery.

www.npr.org

Episode 34: The Stay (1.8.2016) | Criminal

A journalist writing about a Connecticut serial killer struck up a 20-year-friendship.

Michael Ross was a monster who raped and murdered multiple women. He was the first person in Connecticut to be sentenced to death since 1960, and claimed he wanted to die to atone for what he’s done. Journalist Martha Elliott spent 20 years trying to figure out whether is remorse was real.

thisiscriminal.com