Ex-Spectator

“Ex-Spectator”

Looking out for cars and mortality trying to find some sort of geometry
Avoiding mistakes keep an eye on every step I take
Everything is building and it appears that you’re all architects and engineers
That’s how it looks that’s how it looks from here
I’m an ex-spectator can’t you see
I’m an ex-spectator never let me, never let my, never let my vision get in the way of
Here’s some questions that the writer sent
Can an observer be a participant?
Have I seen too much?
Does it count if it doesn’t touch?
If the view is all I can ascertain pure understanding is out of range
If I make that call why can’t I make that change?
I’m an ex-spectator can’t you see?
I’m an ex-spectator never let my never let my vision get in the way of me

 

The Director General of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, says the 2mm hole detected on the International Space Station (ISS) last week was caused deliberately by someone using a drill, and that an investigation is under way to find out who is responsible. (The Guardian)

A Microsoft Azure datacenter in Texas goes down due to a cooling system failure. Outages in cloud services were reported worldwide (Zdnet)

 

Wednesday,  Sept 5,  2018

Britain charges 2 Russians in nerve gas attack on ex-spy, daughter On Wednesday, British prosecutors charged two Russian men in absentia for the March 4 nerve gas attack on former Russia spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Sue Hemming, director of legal services at the Crown Prosecution Service, said there was ample evidence “to provide a realistic prospect of conviction” of the two men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and a European arrest warrant has been issued but Britain won’t “be applying to Russia for the extradition of these men” because Russia doesn’t extradite its citizens. Police said they believe Petrov and Boshirov smuggled the military-grade Novichok nerve agent into Britain in a counterfeit Nina Ricci perfume bottle. They are not yet charging the men over the death of Dawn Sturgess and her boyfriend, who found the bottle June 27. Source: Reuters, The Associated Press

Ayanna Pressley pulls off latest Democratic primary upset In the latest sign of a shifting electoral atmosphere, progressive challenger Ayanna Pressley beat 10-term incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano in a Tuesday Democratic congressional primary in Massachusetts. Pressley in 2009 became the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council, and she will be the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress — there is no Republican on the ballot. “Change is on the way,” Pressley said. Her victory came after a string of strong performances by black candidates in other states. Capuano’s defeat followed that of another House Democrat, longtime incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, who lost earlier in the summer to progressive newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York. Capuano conceded as early returns showed Pressley trouncing him. Pressley came out swinging at President Trump, calling him “a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man.” Source: Slate, The New York Times

Facebook and Twitter leaders to testify on response to disinformation Facebook and Twitter executives head to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify about how their companies responded to foreign efforts to influence U.S. elections. According to written testimony, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey plan to take an apologetic approach but also talk about their companies’ mounting efforts to stem orchestrated outside attempts to spread disinformation and otherwise manipulate social media users. “The actions we’ve taken in response … show our determination to do everything we can to stop this kind of interference from happening,” Sandberg said in written testimony. Sandberg and Dorsey will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the morning. Google declined an invitation sent to Larry Page, CEO of Google parent Alphabet. Source: The New York Times

An Iranian man self-immolated in front of Mayor of Tehran Mohammad-Ali Afshani in a suspected protest against the deteriorating economic situation in the country. (Trend)

 

Tuesday,  Sept 4, 2018

Seven people are killed and more than 30 are injured during a rally in Basra, Iraq after security forces opened fire. (Yeni Şafak English)

Investigative journalist Bob Woodward presents his new book, Fear(Fox News) (Vox)

A pair of Judy Garland’s famous ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939) are recovered by police. The shoes were stolen from a museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 2005. (BBC)

Spain confirms that it has cancelled the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia because of concerns about the weapons’ use in the conflict in Yemen. (Reuters)

Typhoon Jebi kills at least ten people in Japan, while more than 300 are injured. It is considered the strongest typhoon in the country in 25 years. (BBC)

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee opens confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (NPR)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he won’t seek a third term in 2019. (CBS News)

The End

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