Chieli Minucci al Blues Alley di Washington DC

Blues Alley e' il piu' antico jazz ckub degli Stati Uniti.
Si esibiscono i migliori artisti .
Abbiamo ascoltato e applaudito Chieli Minucci e la sua band EFX.
Minucci e' il massimo rappresentante della 'fusion music'.
A Washington ha dedicato solo una sera del suo intenso tour che lo vede schizzare giorno dopo giorno nei locali piu' qualificati della Federazione.
Di seguito proponiamo una parte della sua lunga biografia.
Al Blues Alley Chieli Minucci si e' esibito, a caro prezzo, in due spettacoli.
Abbiamo fatto le nostre prenotazioni per quello delle venti dove abbiamo gustato la sua musica e la cena stile creolo.
Suggeriamo agli amanti del jaz, comunque vissuto e interpretato, di ascoltare qualcuno dei tanti CD di Chieli Minucci per capire a quali livelli alcuni musicisti americani riescono a portare la loro musica fatta di profonda preparazione sia come strumentisti che come compositori e di grande ispirazione.

Il video non si riferisce alla serata al Blues Alley.

Chieli Minucci was born in NYC, and grew up in nearby Forest Hills, Queens, where he still resides. His father (a concert pianist in Italy and a successful composer whose songs were sung by Nat ‘King’ Cole, Bing Crosby and Julius LaRosa and who later wrote the theme for the cult anime series “Robotech) introduced him to the piano at age six and encouraged him to become a composer. Chieli’s son, who is in his 20s, is also a musician thus making the Minucci clan three generations of musicians! Chieli shares, “I am sure that my father’s influence will always be with me. My love of classic American songbook music as well as jazz comes directly from growing up hearing him tinkering on the piano, working out the details of his own compositions, day after day.”

Chieli Minucci formed his first group, Taurus, at age 13. The following year he performed with his best friends on a cruise ship three sets every night. “I fell in love with the whole package – music making with my friends, meeting girls, barely-chaperoned travel, independence, and quite a bit of indulgence!” recalls Chieli. “Then, at 23, after getting paid $350 for 7 gigs in a NYC club ($50/night!) I was convinced it could be done!” While a student at Ithaca College in upstate New York, Chieli got his introduction to jazz. After college he gained some invaluable on-the-gig training with the NYC-based R&B group, The BB & Q Band. In 1983 he met percussionist George Jinda and together they formed Special EFX, recording for GRP, JVC and ultimately Shanachie as they helped chart the evolution of contemporary jazz. Minucci also recorded three solo projects for JVC before Special EFX made their debut on Shanachie in 1999 with Masterpiece. His previous Shanachie releases, Sweet on You and Night Grooves (2003) both spawned top charting Smooth Jazz radio singles (with “Cruise Control” from Special EFX’s Butterfly staying at #1 an incredible five weeks and “” from Sweet on You hitting #2, and “Kickin’ It Hard,” from Night Grooves staying on the My Girl Sunday charts for a record breaking 33 weeks!) Clearly Chieli has arrived as a solo artist.

Piu' di 1100 impiegati del ministero della giustizia hanno chiesto le dimissioni di Barr

a close up of a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Attorney General William Barr waves after speaking at a National Sheriffs' Association conference in Washington on Feb. 10.

More than 1,100 former Justice Department employees signed a public letter Sunday urging Attorney General William P. Barr to resign over his handling of the case of President Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone — and exhorted current department employees to report any unethical conduct. 
More than 1,100 former Justice Department employees signed a public letter Sunday urging Attorney General William P. Barr to resign over his handling of the case of President Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone — and exhorted current department employees to report any unethical conduct. 
Barr has said he did not talk to the president about the Stone sentence, but current and former Justice Department officials have sharply criticized the attorney general.
“Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words,” the Justice Department alumni wrote in the letter posted online. “Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign.”
Signatures for the letter were gathered by Protect Democracy, a group that has been critical of Barr’s handling of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian election interference and Trump.
The letter acknowledges there is little chance the signatories’ criticism will lead to Barr’s departure, adding, “because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice.”
The letter calls on every Justice Department employee to follow the “heroic” example of the four prosecutors who quit the Stone case “and be prepared to report future abuses to the Inspector General, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and Congress; to refuse to carry out directives that are inconsistent with their oaths of office; to withdraw from cases that involve such directives or other misconduct; and, if necessary, to resign and report publicly — in a manner consistent with professional ethics — to the American people the reasons for their resignation.”
The letter calls for similar vigilance in other government agencies, adding, “The rule of law and the survival of our Republic demand nothing less.”
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
In an interview Thursday with ABC News, Barr said Trump’s commentary makes it “impossible for me to do my job.”

Gli homeless occupano il Grand Central Terminal (come a Termini)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — From sleeping on the ground to stealing, some business owners in Grand Central Terminal say the homeless population is taking over and they simply can’t take it anymore.
Inside the world-class transit hub adorned with grand chandeliers, you’ll find men and women sleeping at tables, hunched over on benches, using drinking fountains to bathe and walking barefoot feet away from where about two dozen business owners are trying to make a living selling food.
“At 5:30 in the afternoon, it becomes a homeless shelter,” business owner Joe Germanotta said.
Germanotta owns Art Bird & Whiskey Bar, one of the restaurants in the lower-level dining concourse of Grand Central Terminal. He says the overwhelming homeless problem has him on the brink of closing. He’s already cut staff.
“What’s the worst thing you’ve seen?” CBS2’s Jessica Layton asked.
“People sitting in chairs with their… exposed,” Germanotta said. “Sometimes they can be violent … One guy, I think it was yesterday, he was peeing himself.”
A worker at a Chinese-American take-out recently opened the shop to find a man passed out on their floor, and they have surveillance video of someone breaking in overnight and stealing tablets.
“The customers are afraid to come in to buy. You know, the customers don’t want to eat because there’s no space for seating,” restaurant manager Tamarsha Sandiford said.
“People are scared to come and sit here and eat with their families,” restaurant manager Jimmy Ponce said.
With thousands of commuters passing through each day, it’s not cheap to be in business.
Germanotta says he pays about $50,000 a month to the MTA.
Businesses that blame the problem for a loss in revenue say they’ve brought their complaints to the MTA multiple times but it’s falling on deaf ears.
The MTA and Metro-North Railroad see things differently.
“It’s a very attractive place to do business and we’ve had no trouble filling the leases in the dining concourse,” said Catherine Rinaldi, president of Metro-North Railroad.
“But would you say that homeless folks bathing, harassing customers for money and stealing from restaurants, that can’t be good for business,” Layton said.
“Well, you know, in terms of the types of conduct that we’re seeing here on the dining concourse, crimes are actually relatively low,” Rinaldi said. “But I’m not going to pretend that homelessness is not a problem.”
“It’s all across the city. The problem of homeless people who are on the street is as bad as I have ever seen it,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Still, by and large, business owners want to see more police patrolling the terminal and more help offered to the homeless so they don’t have to take up residence there.
“We can check on them. We can check on their welfare and the police and Metro-North staff do that every single day, but we can’t make them accept services,” Rinaldi said. “It all comes back to the lack of adequate housing. I mean, this is a place where the city of New York needs to step up.”
In response to that, the city Department of Homeless Services told CBS2 it is working to address getting New Yorkers off the streets and into housing, and as the agency does that, they are welcoming the help from all their state partners in what they are calling a statewide issue.

Italia: non si esce dalla paralisi senza scuola e ricerca

Paralisi Italia: per uscire dall’angolo non c’è crescita senza scuola
Articolo di Romano Prodi su Il Messaggero del 16 febbraio 2020
Succedono strane cose al mondo: mentre restano giustamente elevate le preoccupazioni per la diffusione del Coronavirus in Cina e ancora più si teme per le imprevedibili conseguenze che tale morbo produrrebbe se si espandesse verso l’India o verso l’Africa, le previsioni  sulle sue conseguenze economiche sono assai meno allarmanti. Vengono messi giustamente in rilievo i generali e pesanti effetti negativi sui viaggi e sul turismo, si insiste sulle difficoltà nel sistema delle subforniture internazionali e sulle temporanee interruzioni della produzione cinese, ma le conclusioni della maggioranza degli esperti internazionali si orientano verso l’espressione “no debacle yet”. Non vi sarebbe cioè ancora nessun disastro generale in campo economico, anche se si sollevano ovviamente punti interrogativi riguardo al futuro.
I mercati finanziari si comportano in conseguenza e, dopo un calo iniziale, hanno dato segni di ripresa, arrivando fino ad attribuire un forse eccessivo rilievo alle conseguenze positive del calo dei prezzi del petrolio.
Il fatto che il Coronavirus sia considerato dagli analisti economici un evento grave, ma probabilmente temporaneo, ci deve tuttavia spingere ad essere cauti sull’andamento  dell’economia mondiale, timorosi sulla crescita europea e ancora di più preoccupati sull’andamento dell’economia italiana.
Ben poco di nuovo sta quindi accadendo rispetto a quanto la globalizzazione ha prodotto negli ultimi dieci anni: i recenti protagonisti dell’economia mondiale continuano a crescere più in fretta, gli Stati Uniti se la cavano bene, l’Unione Europea arranca appesantita da decisioni sbagliate, mentre l’Italia viene stabilmente relegata all’ultimo posto dalla sua volubile e imprevedibile politica.
Il fatto che il nuovo governo si mantenga saldamente legato all’Europa ci garantisce tassi di interesse relativamente bassi, con ovvio beneficio per il bilancio pubblico. Tuttavia le tensioni tra i partiti che compongono la coalizione governativa impediscono di guardare al futuro con quell’atteggiamento positivo che è fondamento di ogni crescita economica. Nella situazione in cui ci troviamo i consumatori sono riluttanti a spendere, gli investitori diventano ancora più prudenti e gli operatori stranieri tendono a ritenere l’Italia un paese ancora più straniero.
Eppure penso che a tutto questo vi sia un possibile rimedio. Come spesso capita nei sistemi democratici con una molteplicità di partiti, si è creata nello scorso agosto in Italia una coalizione nuova fra partiti che si erano in precedenza combattuti portando avanti obiettivi fra di loro in contrasto. In questi casi il nuovo matrimonio esige un periodo di fidanzamento durante il quale si deve costruire il faticoso accordo a cui si debbono conformare i futuri modelli di convivenza. A differenza di quanto avvenuto in Germania e in Austria, tutto ciò non è stato possibile da noi, dove i processi di adattamento sono invece avvenuti dopo il matrimonio. Purtroppo, invece di dare la priorità ai numerosissimi capitoli nei confronti dei quali vi era un comune sentire, si sono messi sul tavolo, con spirito sostanzialmente masochistico, tutti i problemi nei confronti dei quali si erano verificate le più profonde divergenze.
Il dibattito sul pur importante tema della prescrizione è un esempio quasi scolastico di questo istinto suicida al quale si possono affiancare tanti altri casi. A questo istinto suicida si può  porre rimedio solo cambiando totalmente strategia, con un programma che contenga una o pochissime priorità che possano attrarre in modo appassionato tutte le energie del paese. Di priorità decisive e unificanti per il nostro futuro ne voglio elencare solo tre: scuola, scuola e scuola. Alle quali aggiungere il naturale complemento della ricerca scientifica e delle moderne infrastrutture necessarie per raggiungere il livello dei paesi leader. Quando parlo di scuola intendo dalla materna ai corsi postuniversitari e, quando parlo di priorità, intendo uno sforzo finanziario massiccio. Uno sforzo senza precedenti e un cambiamento nelle gerarchie sociali capace di attribuire agli insegnanti e a tutti coloro che operano nel settore il ruolo e la dignità che essi meritano, ma gravandoli nello stesso tempo degli obblighi che la loro missione comporta.
È chiaro che tutto questo costa ed è chiaro che a questo scopo deve essere indirizzata una cospicua parte degli introiti della lotta all’evasione fiscale, oggi finalmente possibile con i nuovi mezzi tecnologici che abbiamo già a disposizione. E rimarranno disponibili anche risorse aggiuntive dedicate alla diminuzione delle imposte, diminuzione resa ora impossibile dai limiti del nostro bilancio pubblico.
La nuova politica europea ci offre inoltre, facilitando la raccolta delle necessarie risorse, la prospettiva di un altro grande progetto: la costruzione di un’Italia verde che, in un nuovo equilibrio ecologico e territoriale, si affianchi alla scuola per preparare un migliore futuro per le nuove generazioni. Sono sicuro che se ci poniamo questi due obiettivi con sufficiente energia e serietà il resto ci sarà dato in sovrappiù.
Mi rendo conto che l’attività di governo copre uno spettro ben più ampio di quello che ho volutamente semplificato nelle righe precedenti e di questo ogni governo deve tenere conto, ma sono anche convinto che, se non abbiamo punti di riferimento semplici e condivisi per preparare il futuro, dovremo accontentarci delle briciole sempre più scarse che ci ha lasciato il passato.

Udite, Udite: volano gli stracci tra l'Attorney General William P. Barr e Donald Trump

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Barr pushes back on Trump comments attacking Justice Department

The Washington Post

Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, Devlin Barrett, Spencer Hsu
The Justice Department on Friday revealed that it would not charge former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, a longtime target of President Trump’s wrath, exacerbating the angry divide between Trump, his attorney general and federal law enforcement officials.

The development came just a day after Attorney General William P. Barr made a televised entreaty to Trump to stop tweeting about criminal cases — and just hours after Trump defied that request.

While three White House officials said Barr, one of Trump’s most loyal and effective Cabinet secretaries, was in no immediate danger of being fired, the attorney general’s relationship with the president is facing its gravest threat yet. Inside and outside the Justice Department, officials watched warily — some questioning whether Barr was truly at odds with Trump, others heartened by what seemed to be Barr defending the institution’s historical independence and all wondering what comes next.

The eventful day began — as many in Washington do now — with a defiant Trump reacting on Twitter to something he saw on television. The president quoted from Barr’s interview Thursday with ABC News, during which the attorney general asserted that Trump had never asked him to do anything related to a criminal case.

“This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” Trump added in his own voice.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on Trump’s tweet.

Hours later, the department made a move that might be seen as exerting its independence, revealing that it would not charge McCabe with lying to investigators about a media disclosure years ago.

Officials familiar with the matter, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss Trump’s interactions, said the president was not told about the McCabe decision in advance and was upset. White House lawyers, including White House counsel Pat Cipollone, moved to calm the president, these people said. One official said Trump “believes very strongly that action should be taken.”

Trump, who is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Club in South Florida, did not address Barr’s TV interview or the McCabe case in a speech before departing the White House. He and Barr spoke Friday afternoon, but the substance of their discussion was not immediately clear, a person familiar with the matter said. White House aides are counseling Trump not to discuss McCabe at all, according to those familiar with the matter.

Democratic lawmakers and legal analysts, meanwhile, remained wary of what Barr was up to, and another development Friday indicated he was far from a complete break with the president.

According to people familiar with the matter, Barr has tasked outside prosecutors — in the deputy attorney general’s office and from the U.S. attorney’s office in St. Louis — to review the handling of the criminal case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and other sensitive national security and public corruption prosecutions in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington. Among the other cases are the investigation into Blackwater founder Erik Prince for potentially lying to Congress, along with other matters that have not yet been made public, a person familiar with the matter said.

The prosecutors began their work in recent weeks, coinciding with the transition of office leadership from former U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu to interim U.S. attorney Timothy J. Shea, a former Barr counselor. One Justice Department official said a prosecutor with the St. Louis U.S. attorney’s office is working with Flynn prosecutor Brandon Van Grack, characterizing his work as “assisting” Van Grack in a review of the case.

That has fueled concerns among career prosecutors and others that the department’s political leadership is making a push to exert more control at a key point in sensitive, high-profile cases. Flynn was one of the early people to plead guilty in connection with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe, admitting he lied to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, though he has since tried to withdraw his plea and allege misconduct on behalf of prosecutors.

The review was first reported by the New York Times.

Trump has consistently sought to undermine Mueller’s probe and those involved in it — either by asking for investigations of the investigators or, in more extreme cases, that criminal charges be filed against them. That has been particularly true for McCabe and his former boss, James B. Comey.

“Of all of them, it’s Comey and McCabe that seem to really rile him up,” one person close to Trump and Barr said of the president.

Behind the scenes, Trump has raged over the lack of legal action against the pair, including last August — when officials announced that Comey would not face charges for his handling of memos he wrote while FBI director — and in January, when The Washington Post reported that a re-examination of corruption allegations related to Hillary Clinton had come up empty, according to people familiar with the discussions.

As a top law enforcement official, McCabe authorized the FBI to begin investigating Trump personally for possible obstruction of justice in connection with the probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

McCabe became the focus of a grand jury probe over allegations from the Justice Department inspector general that he lied to investigators exploring a media disclosure. Department officials authorized prosecutors to seek an indictment of him last year, and in September a grand jury that had been hearing evidence was summoned back to consider the case after a months-long hiatus.

But the day came and went with no public charges being filed. ­McCabe’s legal team sought to press the Justice Department for a status update but was told nothing. A spokeswoman for the D.C. U.S. attorney’s office, which led the investigation, declined to comment.

McCabe, a CNN contributor, said on the network Friday that the investigation was a “horrific black cloud that’s been hanging over me and my family for almost the last two years” and that the formal end of it was a “relief” he could not put into words.

“It’s just a very emotional moment for my whole family,” he said.

Trump’s attacks made a prosecution of McCabe especially complicated. According to materials made public Friday in a Freedom of Information Act case related to the investigation, a federal judge in D.C. warned prosecutors in the case that the public was watching and that comments from the White House were detrimental.

“I just think it’s a banana republic when we go down that road and we have those type of statements being made that are conceivably, even if not, influencing the ultimate decision,” Judge Reggie B. Walton said. “I think there are a lot of people on the outside who perceive that there is undue,inappropriate pressure being brought to bear.”

He added later, “I think as a government and as a society we’re going to pay a price at some point for this.”

Barr, too, had for weeks been concerned with Trump’s tweets about criminal cases, and on Thursday he decided to make his feelings known publicly.

“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases,” he told ABC News, adding that such statements “about the department, about people in the department, our men and women here, about cases pending here, and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors and the department that we’re doing our work with integrity.”

Justice Department staff informed the White House about Barr’s ABC interview after it was recorded, but before it aired, a person familiar with the matter said. They did not provide specifics, the person said. In recent weeks, Barr had told Trump privately more than once that the president’s tweets and public statements were creating difficulties for the Justice Department, but when those private talks seemed not to have the desired effect, the attorney general decided to raise the issue publicly, according to people familiar with the matter.

Barr also said in the interview Thursday that Trump would be within his rights to ask for a criminal investigation in an area that didn’t affect his personal interest — such as in a terrorism case or fraud by a bank. But he said an attorney general would not listen to an order to investigate a political opponent.

“If he were to say go investigate somebody, and you sense it’s because they’re a political opponent, then an attorney general shouldn’t carry that out, wouldn’t carry that out,” Barr said.

The public rebuke of the president by a sitting member of his Cabinet arose from a crisis of confidence at the Justice Department, which had been accused this week of buckling to an angry tweet the president issued after he learned of prosecutors’ initial prison recommendation for his longtime friend Roger Stone.

A federal jury convicted Stone in November on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his efforts to gather damaging information about Clinton, Trump’s 2016 presidential election opponent.

On Tuesday, Trump criticized as unduly harsh the initial sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years made by front-line prosecutors. Shortly thereafter, the Justice Department signaled that it would seek a more lenient sentence for Stone, a move that prompted the four career prosecutors to withdraw from the case — and one to resign from the government.

Barr has said the decision was made before Trump’s tweet on the matter. His assertions, though, have not fully placated legal analysts and Democrats on Capitol Hill concerned that he is not adequately protecting the Justice Department’s independence. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) asserted Friday on Twitter that Barr had admitted intervening in a case “to cover up for the President.”

“He’s only upset that Trump’s tweets made the political nature of his intervention obvious,” Schiff wrote. “Barr fools no one. He’s a witting accomplice to Trump’s attack on the rule of law.”

Stone is scheduled to be sentenced next Thursday, though on Friday his defense attorneys demanded a new trial. The request came one day after Trump said on Twitter that the forewoman of the jury that convicted him “had significant bias”


Bel poema di Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) Poeta, romanziere, saggista e musicologo.
Uno dei fondatori del modernismo brasiliano.
Ho contato i miei anni e ho scoperto che ho meno tempo per vivere da qui in poi rispetto a quello che ho vissuto fino ad ora.
Mi sento come quel bambino che ha vinto un pacchetto di dolci: i primi li ha mangiati con piacere, ma quando ha compreso che ne erano rimasti pochi ha cominciato a gustarli intensamente.
Non ho più tempo per riunioni interminabili dove vengono discussi statuti, regole, procedure e regolamenti interni, sapendo che nulla sarà raggiunto.
Non ho più tempo per sostenere le persone assurde che, nonostante la loro età cronologica, non sono cresciute.
Il mio tempo è troppo breve: voglio l’essenza, la mia anima ha fretta. Non ho più molti dolci nel pacchetto.
Voglio vivere accanto a persone umane, molto umane, che sappiano ridere dei propri errori e che non siano gonfiate dai propri trionfi e che si assumano le proprie responsabilità. Così si difende la dignità umana e si va verso della verità e onestà
È l’essenziale che fa valer la pena di vivere.
Voglio circondarmi da persone che sanno come toccare i cuori, di persone  a cui i duri colpi della vita hanno insegnato a crescere con tocchi soavi dell’anima.
Sì, sono di fretta,  ho fretta di vivere con l’intensità che solo la maturità sa dare.
Non intendo sprecare nessuno dei dolci rimasti.  Sono sicuro che saranno squisiti, molto più di quelli mangiati finora.
Il mio obiettivo è quello di raggiungere la fine soddisfatto e in pace con i miei cari e la mia coscienza.
Abbiamo due vite e la seconda inizia quando ti rendi conto che ne hai solo una.

Trump a gamba tesa per alleggerire la sentenza di un amico

Roger Stone  
All four federal prosecutors in the Roger Stone case have withdrawn from it after a surprise sentencing shift raised troubling questions about the motivations of top Justice Department officials. Here's how it went down: Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses during the Russia investigation. The prosecutors this week asked a federal judge to sentence him to seven to nine years in prison. Then, President Trump publicly voiced his displeasure with the request, calling the situation "very unfair" and "disgraceful." Hours later, the Justice Department issued an updated sentencing recommendation asking for less time for Stone, undercutting the prosecutors' initial request. This prompted the mass withdrawal, as well as sharp criticism from Democrats who claim the President unjustly used his power to influence the suggested sentence. Trump says he didn't ask the Justice Department to do anything but had the "absolute right to," if he wanted.