Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to require the same background checks for Trump appointees that he insisted on for Obama's Cabinet picks.

Time and time again McConnell shows himself to be the biggest hypocrite in American politics.

Trump's deputy press secretary tries to spin Jeff Sessions' meeting with the Russian ambassador as "a volunteer for a campaign bumping into one at a conference where there’s... dozens of other ambassadors".

The truth turns out to be, "One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and [Kislyak] that took place in September in the senator’s office".

Funny how all of Trump's friends turn out to be complete liars.

Music

Electronic music — DIY music production

These are some of the noises I've assembled recently.

‘Ice-Nine’

I bought an EMX-1 SD some years ago after seeing mryat and denkitribe's incredible work on YouTube. This is my second track. The sound is straight out of the EMX-1:

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

Here you can watch it being 'performed'. YouTube's encoder made the bass drum sound like a Lacrosse ball bouncing inside a dryer, but I guess it still works. The song is about two minutes too long, but that's hindsight for you:

‘Cruzeiro’

This is my first EMX-1 track:

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

This machine has a ribbon controller that gets overlooked by many users. In this track I used it to play a pretty decent 'solo', if I do say:

Notification Sounds

I created these WAV files many years ago for use as nthClock alarm sounds. Most sounds are from the Alesis Micron, though a few bits come from the soft synth that was bundled with Cakewalk's SONAR back then.

These are designed to be played once or in a loop:

These files are part of nthClock, so their use and distribution is covered by the GNU General Public License.