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The Russian Asset

What apparently began as a money laundering operation evolved into something far more ambitious, ending with an either willfully ignorant or inexplicably unaware Donald Trump in the White House, a Russian asset who had become the most powerful man on earth. Using original reporting from CIA and KGB sources, as well as a vast array of documents from the FBI, Interpol, and law enforcement authorities in Italy, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia, best-selling author, Craig Unger unravels Trump’s tangled history with Russia through 59 people with ties to both Trump and Russia, including many linked to the Mafia. Ultimately, he demonstrates that the Russian Mafia is a state actor whose ongoing criminal enterprises are tolerated so long as they serve the Russian FSB (Federal Security Service), and the Kremlin. In effect, he reports, that makes Vladimir Putin the capo di tutti capi of the Russian mob. Craig Unger talks with Norman B about his timely and riveting new book, House Of Trump, House Of Putin:  The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia.

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Serious. Seriously. Seriousness.

                       

Serious: The Constitution Demands It – The Case For The Impeachment Of Donald Trump by Ron Fein, John Bonifaz, & Ben Clements

Written by a trio of veteran constitutional attorneys who argue that according to the Constitution, the time to talk about impeachment is now. They offer a precise case against the president, detailing eight legal grounds, including illegal payments from foreign governments; using government agencies to persecute political enemies; obstructing justice; abusing the pardon power; undermining of the freedom of the press. Ron Fein, Legal Director for Free Speech For People joins the program to talk about his book and answer questions emailed in by listeners. “Why isn’t anyone moving forward with impeachment? Why are the people in power so forgiving and willing to look the other way?” Asks Janis in SeattleRon Fein expertly gives his opinion on what could well be the most important question right now.

Seriously: The World In A Grain – The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser

Did you know that after water and air, sand is our most consumed natural resource? Have you ever realized how deeply sand defines and makes possible our lives? Every concrete building and paved road on Earth, every window, computer screen and silicon chip, is made from sand. This humble material is in everything from light bulbs to glasses – and we are running out of it. Award-winning journalist Vince Beiser explains how vital sand is in its many forms, from construction sand to silica to high-purity quartz. Beiser writes, “Sand has become one of the twenty-first century’s most sought-after commodities, sparking violence and destruction around the world.”

Seriousness: Off The Cliff – How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge by Becky Aikman

In 1991, Thelma & Louise. The story of two women on the run from their disenchanted lives, was a revelation. Finally, here was a film in which women were, in every sense, behind the wheel. It turned the tables on Hollywood, instantly becoming a classic. Becky Aikman draws on 130 interviews with the key players of this remarkable cast of actors, writers, and filmmakers to give a detailed and fascinating insight into a cinematic masterpiece. Before Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, and a young up-and-coming actor named Brad Pitt got involved, Thelma & Louise was just an idea in the head of Callie Khourie, a disenchanted thirty-year-old music video production manager. One night at four am, Callie had a vision for a movie – two women on a crime spree, fleeing their dull and tedious lives, in search of a freedom they never had been able to realize. The likelihood of a script by an unheard-of screenwriter starring women lead roles actually getting made was remote. Aikman tells an inspiring and important story about creativity, the magic of cinema, and the obstacles that women in Hollywood continue to face to this day.

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Two Experts On Two Important Topics

 

 

Your Medical Data & The Dark Web.

In a recent article for Global Research, Dr. Binoy Kampmark warns of nefarious use of our medical data on the dark web. He writes, Patient profiles can be built, with credentials mustered for reasons of impersonation to obtain health services.  Medical equipment and drugs can be duly purchased, and claims with insurers lodged.  That prospect is somewhat bleaker than one whose credit card details have been pinched; the bank, at the very least, might be able to put a halt on transactions with immediate effect.” Dr. Binoy joins the program to explain and he also gives his take on the banning of Alex Jones from social media. Dr. Binoy Kampmark lectures at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere, Global Research and Counterpunch.

Suicide in the age of Trump.

There can be no doubt, Mr. Trump and his administration have been splendid fodder for caricaturists, satirists, and of course, comedians…especially late-night talk show hosts. Yet, as the months have passed the tenor has changed. The jaunty, chuckle-a-minute rimshot-punctuated comedy has given way to a darker tone. Late-night talk show hosts are giving serious commentaries. Meanwhile, over on cable news, the countless vignettes of pundits blabber endlessly about doom and gloom. As for social media, no matter what side of the imaginary aisle you prefer, it’s one rant after another. Good news has never been as popular as a headline of tragedy and mayhem, but in today’s world, good news is someone else’s bad news. Is all this dour information blasted 24/7 taken its toll on us? Are we reacting more despondently? Is suicide more prevalent in the age of Trump? To discuss this concern, we welcome to the program, Dr. Joseph H. Baskin,  staff psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also the author of fiction, details here.

Also in the show, new music from m1nk. A name that may not roll off the tongue immediately or be too familiar. We think m1nk (pronounced ‘em one en kay’) deserve your attention with their new single, The Far Side. Barry Smith (aka The Inconsistent Jukebox) from Wakefield in the UK and Erika Bach (aka Lola Demo) from Ithaca, Greece are m1nk. Their music could be described as dark, gothic and sexually charged, about lust, disappointment and dangerous encounters. The new video for their single may help you understand a little more about m1nk. Plus, excellent new music continues to come our way from Melbourne, Australia. Stellar producer, Christopher Port is a fine example, his Everything In Quotes “Light” EP has been on repeat play at Life Elsewhere tower in the last couple of weeks. This is a perfect example of a new wave of producers using samples to full effect.

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Very English Reactions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the time the next edition of Life Elsewhere airs, the World Cup will be over. The fate of the English team will have been decided. Could masses of English people be celebrating and dancing in the streets? Coincidently, another momentous event will also have come and gone. But, we can safely predict the masses of people will be gathering in the street but they will certainly not be dancing. Donald Trump’s visit to the UK is promising to enrage such large numbers of protesters that police forces across the country are drafting officers into London to maintain “law and order”. Meanwhile, a gigantic orange Trump Baby balloon, 19 feet high with tiny hands, dressed in a diaper was approved by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan to fly for two hours on the morning of Friday, July 13, at the same time as the “Stop Trump” march in central London. In anticipation of these two historical events, we have assembled a trio of thoughtful Englishmen to hear their reactions to the visit that has caused so much advanced fury in England. We may even glean a World Cup prediction. Tim Orchard is a droll fellow, he imparts a particularly English vein of wit in his novel, Stickle Island. While he insists his views on the visit of Trump to Blighty are his own, you can be sure Tim is speaking for a quite a few fellows down at the pub. While Peter James, author of quintessential English crime-thriller novels is never at loss to share an opinion. The debonair, best-selling, writer, takes to the task with the panache we expect from the creator of the Roy Grace series. Dead If You Don’t, the latest in the detective-thriller series has just been published. Our third guest is a man Norman B says, “I’ve always wanted to chat to Rat Scabies, even after forty years, his amazing drum-roll-intro to The Dammed”s now classic, New Rose, remains unsurpassable!” Chris Miller, aka Rat Scabies, joins the show and amiably talks about his new and first solo album titled P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt). True to form, Chris, one of Punk’s legends, opines about everything from punk to the visit of Mr. Trump.

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The Phenomena Of Trump & The Tweets Of Mr. Hill

2017 has been an incredible year. Even without Trump, 2017 will long be remembered for more tragedy than should ever be possible in just twelve months. Natural and manmade disasters competed for headlines. But, it was Donald J. Trump who continued to dominate, no matter if it were another gun massacre, a deadly hurricane, a terrorist attack, a fatal train derailment or a raging wildfire. The phenomena of Trump remained the talking point for any and every news story. During the past year, we here at Life Elsewhere have felt almost obligated to build a show on one aspect or another of Trump’s irascible behavior. Taking an alternate view of  Trump has always been our main objective, even long before he moved into the White House, we produced a show titled, A Caricature For President. Yet, in all the shows we built around the anomaly that is Trump, there has been the nagging sense of despair. Our learned guests from authors to professors, from artists to comedians, each and every one has expressed despondency. These feelings have been aired perfectly throughout the last year,  by Life Elsewhere contributor, Dave Hill with his sardonic Tweets. So, as we come to the last show of 2017, we decided upon a cozy fireside chat with the savvy comedian, author, musician and actor. On stage, Dave Hill presents as hilarious, and deadpan, while in the confines of an intimate interview he shows a serious and deeply thoughtful side, especially when talking about Trump and his cohorts. But when Dave talks about his music, the man’s lighter side bubbles up. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B chats with Dave Hill about the intent of his Tweets, his take on comedy now, the future and his bands, Painted Doll and Valley Lodge.

    

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