There must be easier ways to get off the spaceship

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There must be easier ways to get off the spaceship
October 16th, 2017
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The story of the crash

“This is going to be a must-read today. An oral history of the crash of 1987 from key people who were there,” tweets Joe Weisenthal, who links to Richard Dewey’s piece in Bloomberg Markets, Black Monday at 30: Wall Street Remembers the 1987 Stock Market Crash. Says Joel Weber, “I love me an #oralhistory, and @richdewey totally aced this one about #blackmonday in latest issue of @marketsmag.” “Revisit the Crash of ’87 with stories from the Wall Street players who lived it,” tweets Mark Tannenbaum.

There’s a word for this

The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker and Greg Jaffe go Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump. “There's a word for this behavior. In fact several: bootlicking, brown-nosing, toadism, flattery, sycophantism…” tweets Don Seiffert. Jenna Johnson tweets this excerpt: “‘They have an on-the-record ‘Dear Leader’ culture, and an on-background ‘This-guy-is-a-joke’ culture.’” Tweets Patricia Treble, “This could set a record for the most ‘Trump baby’ tweets that @dandrezner has created from an article.”

But then there’s The Danger of President Pence, by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, “In which Bannon calls Trump and Pence ‘an odd pair of throwbacks from fifties casting,’” as Michael Kruse tweets. Tweets Mayer, “Just posted: The Danger of President Pence - even Bannon says the Kochs ‘own’ him.” Craig Fehrman says, “Jane Mayer's new Pence profile is astonishing + definitive -- I say that as someone who's covered him since 2012.” Adds Scott Bixby, “Nobody reports on billionaires — or the people they own — better than @JaneMayerNYer.”

It’s all connected

Over the weekend, Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the motion picture academy, as Josh Rottenberg of The Los Angeles Times reports, and now Nancy Tartaglione of Deadline Hollywood reports that French President Starts Process To Strip Harvey Weinstein Of Legion D’Honneur. In The New York Times, Sarah Polley writes of The Men You Meet Making Movies. And CNN’s Lisa Respers France reports on #MeToo: Twitter flooded with personal stories of assault. Tweets David Daniel, “‘We must do better for women everywhere.’ - @Alyssa_Milano, who launched a social media flood with two words.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that the Weinstein Co. says it is in sale talks amid Harvey Weinstein scandal. And then, according to a new press release, The Weinstein Company Announces Investment from Colony Capital. Tweets Hadas Gold, “! Trump friend Thomas J. Barrack’s firm Colony Capital announces investment & possible sale in The Weinstein Company.” Meanwhile, Lorraine Ali of The Los Angeles Times tweets, “Trump’s election and Weinstein’s fall — it’s all connected.” She links to her piece, How Trump’s election and Weinstein’s fall signal warp speed on taking sexual harassment seriously.

But, “While Harvey Weinstein has been (justly) ejected from the Academy, Trump hasn’t, despite similar allegations,” notes Maud Newton. In Subpoena Orders Trump To Turn Over Documents From Assault Allegations (37,000+ shares), BuzzFeed’s Kendall Taggart writes that “A high-stakes legal showdown is brewing for President Donald Trump.” Tweets Mark Murray, “20 years ago, this kind of story would grind politics to a halt. Now?”

The fast-changing situation in Kirkuk

“It really feels sad to report on such story about #Kirkuk with @LovedayM,” tweets Mustafa Salim, referring to his piece in The Washington Post with Loveday MorrisIraqis seize military base, oil field from Kurdish forces near contested Kirkuk. Tweets Liz Sly, “Terrific reporting from @LovedayM & @Mustafa_salimb on Iraq's new war & the fast-changing situation in Kirkuk.” “One reason #Kurdish referendum took place was to save Kurds from #Iran’s dominion of Iraq.This shows they were right,” says Hisham Melhem. “Awkward for the US, which has armed and trained both Kurds and Iraqis to fight ISIS,” notes Grace Segers.

“Meanwhile, the Somalia news keeps getting worse. *300* dead in a single bombing,” tweets Eric Lubbers, who links to the reporting from Abdi Guled of The Associated Press, Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals begin. “Worse and worse,” says Elaine Ganley.


“Hard to calibrate how big this is ... an entire WiFi protocol is borked,” tweets Shane Dingman. He links to the story from Dan Goodin of Ars Technica, Severe flaw in WPA2 protocol leaves Wi-Fi traffic open to eavesdropping. Forbes’s Thomas Fox-Brewster offers this advice: Update Every Device -- This KRACK Hack Kills Your Wi-Fi Privacy. He tweets, “Pretty much every device that uses Wi-Fi is affected by KRACK, researcher says. Pray for updates, I guess?”

So, worry about that, but don’t worry too much about the Yellowstone supervolcano, UW professor says. That’s from Brett Cihon for, who writes, “it’s very, very, very unlikely we’ll see a supervolcano eruption from Yellowstone in our lifetime.” 

A headline from Florida

“I can't decide if this is a transportation story, or an immigration story. Or just #OhMiami,” tweets Rick Hirsch. See what you think by reading the new piece from Alex Daugherty and Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald, Miami politician says aliens took her on a spaceship. Now she’s running for Congress. Alan Blinder simply calls it “A headline from Florida,” while Mark Berman thinks, “there must be easier ways to get off the spaceship.” Alex Parker specifies, “Fla. cong. candidate, whose son-in-law is Mike Pence’s deputy chief of staff, claims she was abducted by aliens.” And Colin Campbell wonders, “what subcommittee do you think she'll end up chairing?”

Poetry in galactic motion

Back in space, “130 million years ago, two neutron stars collided and the debris from that cataclysm sprinkled the cosmos with gold,” tweets Nadia Drake. She links to her piece for National Geographic, Gravitational Waves Linked to Colliding Stars in ‘Unprecedented Discovery’. Tweets NatGeo, “The first detection of ripples in spacetime created by 2 neutron stars smashing into each other has been confirmed.” Robert Hotz has the story for The Wall Street Journal, A Clash of Neutron Stars Forges Gold. “Stellar alchemy,” tweets Stefanie Ilgenfritz. “Start-up idea,” says Joe Light.

Dennis Overbye reports on the finding for The New York Times in LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time. Says Elena Schneider, “I understood about 2 percent of this story, but I'm under the impression that it's cool.” But “You're going to love this, physics and astronomy nerds!” says Robin Garr. “This kilonova video gave me goosebumps. Poetry in galactic motion from @overbye & @nytvideo,” says Matt Chaban. And Jon Hecht tweets, “The LIGO is possibly the most impressive invention humans have ever built and we should pay more attention to it.” 

And finally today, Bone up on Houdini in time for Halloween with help from The Library of Congress. Susan Arendt has the details at GeniiOnline. She tweets, “Houdini was a baller who had ZERO CHILL for fake psychics.”

Monday round-up:

Question of the Day

On Friday, we asked: Which actor is receiving threatening tweets because people are confusing him with Harvey Weinstein?

Answer: Harvey Fierstein is not Harvey Weinstein.

Congrats to Dan Rosenbaum, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Friday the 13th marked the last flight of Finnair Flight 666 now that the airline is retiring the number. The flight took off from Copenhagen and landed safely where?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack.

Career Updates
LA Times names new EIC; updates at The Wall Street Journal

Lewis DVorkin is the new editor-in-chief of The Los Angeles Times. Most recently the chief product officer at Forbes, he has also held positions at The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and The New York Times.

At The Wall Street Journal, Nikki Waller has been named Editor, Live Journalism and Special Content. Before she joined the paper in 2008, Waller covered criminal courts at the Miami Herald and launched Miami.comStephen Wisnefski, a 20-year veteran of The Journal, is its new Editor, Professional News. He’s held a variety of roles during his tenure, including serving as the first head of the paper’s Real-Time Desk, overseeing its launch in 2014. 

Meanwhile, Michael R. Gordon has left his post as national security correspondent for The New York Times to join The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau, where he will have his own column on homeland security and cover the Pentagon and the State Department. He’s the author of three critically acclaimed books, including “The Endgame.” Julie Bykowicz has also joined the paper’s Washington bureau, where she’s covering money and politics. She most recently covered campaign finance for The Associated Press. Prior to that, she worked for Bloomberg News and the Baltimore Sun.

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