19 March 2017

iPhone and iPad reconsidered

I don’t really do religion. Not in the faith-based belief sense, at least. I can’t imagine believing or supporting something blindly, in the face of evidence. I don’t do brand loyalty as religion either. I lack the brand loyalty gene, or something like that. I bought Sennheiser headphones for years, but after a couple of duds I switched to Shure and Philips. I went years without ever buying the same brand of cell phone twice. ... Read more

12 March 2017

Preet Bharara

2008—2009 BakerHostetler represent hedge fund Hermitage Capital in their case against a Cyprus-based company called Prevezon, allegedly involved in laundering the proceeds of $230 million stolen from the Russian treasury. Oct 2013 BakerHostetler suddenly changes sides, and begins representing Prevezon in the case. 2015 BakerHostetler attack their former clients in a filing for Prevezon: “Browder and his agents engaged in a series of misrepresentations to execute the fraud, to distance themselves from it, and to pin it on the Russian officials investigating Browder for a separate tax fraud his companies committed” ... Read more

4 March 2017

Panic in DC?

Guardian, 15 Feb 2017: [Roger] Stone has called on the White House to order an immediate investigation through the Department of Justice over alleged improper links between members of the Trump inner circle and the Kremlin during the course of the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s curious, given that he’s one of the people allegedly wiretapped in October over possible connections to Wikileaks. Still, he assures us he’s innocent, so perhaps he just wants to be exonerated. ... Read more

4 March 2017

Your job is next

A while back I wrote an article about why all the jobs have disappeared from the coal industry, and why they aren’t going to come back. It’s possible that some people read it and thought “Well, that’s sad, but those unemployed people should have retrained”. That’s somewhat true, but only in the short term. The unfortunate reality is that in the long term, what happened to coal is going to happen to most other major industries. ... Read more

21 February 2017

So that's what it takes

“He said being gay is a ‘lifestyle choice’, said we should hate Islam, wrote that women should disconnect from the Internet and be restricted from becoming scientists, said Jews run everything, made Holocaust jokes…” “They’re valid points of view.” “He encouraged his fans to harass feminists and trans people.” “That’s just words on the Internet.” “He published people’s private information, photographs of their relatives, their addresses…” “That’s not a crime.” ... Read more

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