Staying Safe, Obama’s Words, Referendums Suck, Oklahoma Madness

Oswald Mosley by Glyn Warren Philpot At National Portrait Gallery.

What I’m listening to. 

Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55 | Paul McCreesh

Keeping an eye on 82,000 airport workers.

The Times - Islamists defy checks to work at Paris airport

Detectives are studying CCTV footage from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to determine whether an employee might have participated in a terror attack on the EgyptAir flight to Cairo.

Quote - “More that 60 passes were withdrawn for “inappropriate behaviour”, such as a refusal to trim a beard or to shake hands with female colleagues.” ed’s note - Who knew?

Obama’s writers. Thanks John from Toronto.

Charlie Rose - Obama’s Speechwriters

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and David Litt talk about writing speeches for President Obama and the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Note to Trudeau about proportional representation, no referendum.

The Times - Referendums are no way to make decisions

Cameron will rue the day he resorted to plebiscites to settle big issues. They’re a tool of demagogues and dictators.

America well down the crazy road.

Telegraph - Oklahoma just made Donald Trump's dream come true by banning abortion. Welcome to America 2016 

Donald Trump’s dream has just come true. No, I’m not talking about walls across the Mexican border or the ultimate Miss Universe line up.

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