Friday, November 29, 2019

CNN: "All the President's Lies"


Jake Tapper has aired a one-hour documentary “All the President’s Lies” several times on CNN, link.

There are various important points.  Trump’s exaggerations and falsehoods tend to produce cognitive bias and desensitivity because they have to be talked about to be refuted.  The repetition of rants with misleading contexts amounts to gaslighting.

  
Trump’s behavior could be very damaging to markets because they tend to be short-term (next few months) and are easily surprised.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

CNBC: "Why the Inequality Gap Is Growing Between Rich and Poor"






Why the Inequality Gap Is Growing Between Rich and Poor”, from CNBC, indeed, a legacy network’s account of growing polarization.  I really noticed this walking the Tenderloin in San Francisco in 2018, and now in Minneapolis, where I used to live, this fall. 


It’s true, that young adults with “extreme cognition” have an enormous advantage in earnings over “average people”, because they can solve problems (medicine, energy, climate change, and now contentious issues with Internet platforms, even COPPA) that have become critical.

The video talks about jobs with “high cognition” but repetition and regimentation.  The video left out that some trade jobs (auto repair, plumbing, construction) actually do demand a lot of skill and training.

The video also emphasized the role of China, which will instill communism on its citizens as a form of discipline (social credit) and capitalism for the state, and invite the west to take advantage, sort of.  
  
Then you have the horrors of the Hong Kong protests and the camps in Uyghur.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Did David Pakman destroy Trump's legal defenses in a four-minute video? Pool has waffled, but really not weakened the legal case for removal from office


David Pakman discusses “quid pro quo” (This for that) in the context of bribery and extortion.
  

The 4 minute video, in response to a visitor question last week, would seem to suggest that Trump has met the legal definition that would require removal from office.  Republicans won't vote to remove from office in a Senate trial yet.  Getting testimony from Bolton (or pleading the 5th) could change everything. Trump may well already be in a legally "lost position" as they say in a chess endgame. 
  
Last week Tim Pool tweeted that Trump was nearing “game over” then backed away.  Was he kidding?  It is true, the Democrats do not seem to have done anything to vindicate Joe Biden and his son.  Biden appears to have done a lot of wrong himself, and seems weak intellectually and his own integrity is slipping (more recent Pool tweet ).  A president might be entitled to use foreign sources to examine actual corruption legally sometimes, but only if he could not get reliable information from his own DOJ, etc?   A president would have to be very careful not to do this for his own personal gain. But Biden is obviously no longer an acceptable candidate. 
     
You want candidates who are stable and intellectually sound.  OK, Bloomberg, Kamela Harris, Amy Kolbuchar, and Pete Buttigieg seem the lost capable of thinking something through logically when they have to. That’s a diverse group.

Update:

If Biden did something illegal in Ukraine, it is conceivable that a president could decide legally that the safest way to find out is to use foreign intelligence.  Of course, Trump seems politically motivated and self-serving.  The (classified) CIA whistleblower analysis might be critical. 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Pewdiepie discusses COPPA, FTC



Pewdiepie talks about COPPA and the FTC (he calls the video an episode of "Pew News":


He mentions that South Park has supposedly been machine marked as “made for kids”.  Well, Southpark has Big Gay Al and talks about gays in the military.

He says he has never intentionally intended his channel specifically for kids.  But it may be so incidentally.
  
The Kids App is set up in such a way as to avoid the behavioral marketing. But not ordinary channels that are considered now “made for kids”.

Update:  Nov. 25 

Pewdiepie has another video "Morgz Is Cancelled". 

Friday, November 22, 2019

PBS: "Can You Observe a Typical Universe?"


PBS Digital Studios presents “Can You Observe a Typical Universe?


Sam discusses the tension between the Coperican Principle and the Anthropic Principle (strong or weak).
  
Essentially, we see the universe the way we do from our own vantage point because we can live here.

Monday, November 18, 2019

"Operation Firewall" back in 2004 on "CNN: Declassified"


The CNN series “Declassified” presented an interesting series Sunday night “Operation Firewall”.
  

An international criminal ring set up multiple ATM thefts and then identity thefts under the rubric “Shadow Crew”.
  
They tended to target companies, but employees often had identities stolen and used, even overseas, without any symptoms. But it might have been possible to be framed or arrested for a crime you had no idea had been done in your name, with severe reputational damage. 
  
The Secret Service set up a Sunday night raid in 2004, where they had to bust into many homes and offices at once, even around the world (UK, Europe, even Brazil).  About 40% of the operation was around New York City.

The progress of Internet computer crime by 2004 seems amazing in retrospect. 
  
The episode is available for YouTube rental for $1.99 here
   
CNN has a short video above of someone stealing a face for an identity.  Is this a reason for people to be picky about being photographed in discos?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Impeachment hearings livesteamed by everybody; getting down to details



Chris Cillizza has a detailed analysis of the most “important moments” of Day 1 of the Impeachment hearings.


(For the video, I pretty much picked a broadcaster at random.)

I won’t pretend to be an expert on this myself, as it isn’t something I have my arms around (like gays in the military).

But every detailed timelines have been laid out, and there is talk of a second phone call and maybe a second whistleblower.

Trump has been reported to say "Get over it; there is going to be foreign influence on political campaigns." 
   
The main point seems to be the discretion of the president in conducting foreign policy under the law.  But it certainly sounds improper for a president to ask a foreign power to troll Americans or potential political opponents.  But the Bidens had indeed worked with Ukraine  (NY Times, Ken Thrush et al )
  
SE Cupp has an important perspective on CNN about tribalism not being the same thing as community.  
 
As I recall, Kent was asked if he was a "never-Trumper." 
  


Monday, November 11, 2019

"Does Life Need a Multiverse to Exist?" PBS Digital Studio


Matt O’Dowd for PBS Space Time asks “Does Life Need a Multiverse to Exist?
  

Maybe so.  The many constants of physics must be fine-tuned for galaxies, stars, planets, stable elements, chemistry, and organic chemistry to exist.

By the weak anthropic principle, we live in the universe that happens to fit perfectly (like the same idea for the rare earth hypothesis).  The strong anthropic principle adds an observer.

Black holes may spin off other daughter universes all the time, with other sets of constants.
His logic is contrapositional.

Friday, November 08, 2019

AJ channel explores, "What's scarier to racists than reparations?" Answer: Reconstruction III


Francesca Fiorentini on Al Jazeera Plus (AJ+), supported by Qatar, you know, explores, “What’s scarier to racists than reparations? 


Well, Reconstruction.  Not the first one (40 Acres and a Mule as by Spike Lee), or even the second one (the Civil Rights Act), but another one, which would undermine capitalism and elitism.

I think this can be a serious matter for a lot of independent “speakers”.  There are issues as to how people behave personally with respect to inequality that matter – I’ve covered that for myself like in the DADT-III book.  But the Left would conflate this, maybe by demanding that I work off my own penance for a particular minority as a qualification for being heard again – total corruption.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Luke Korns: adventure YouTube channel, from the "upper midwest": travel and vacation are not the same


I’ll introduce another vlogger, Luke Korns, who made this video “Why Do I Have So Much Money (to be able to travel anywhere)?” in Jan 2017 when he was 20.

  
His answer to the question in his video is, travel isn’t the same thing as vacation.

Luke has over 2 million subscribers and makes lifestyle, travel, and fun videos (they don’t seem to be political) that are advertiser-friendly, so now, at 23, he seems to make a living at this (and is probably unaffected by all of YouTube’s recent monetization controversies).  He lives in Wisconsin and seems part of the upper Midwest, would fit in to the Twin Cities scene and Bryant Lake Bowl film festivals on Lake Street (Minneapolis), I presume.
  
In this video, he makes a trip to the Dominican Republic (next door to Haiti), and stays in a luxury pad cheap (is this Airbnb?).  Is he recruiting baseball players?  (Sorry, the Milwaukee Brewers blew a playoff game to the Nationals on Oct. 1, 2019, and we know what happened next.)  Animals seem to like him (particularly a street stray cat).

Some of his videos are little experiments, like throwing a dart on a map and taking the cheapest possible flight to where it lands.

His video style is to cover a lot of visual material very quickly, talk fast and shift scenes quickly.
  
I know that Ford Fischer (News2Share) has mastered the art of lastminute cheap flights when a political protest develops.  Ford should probably meet this filmmaker (who doesn’t seem to be political). Tim Pool has a different solution, an outfitted van to drive anywhere and stay.  The world of performing classical musicians, which I am familiar with, also has to he skilled at keeping bags packed and being ready for the TSA.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Pakman interview on Ayn Rand



David Pakman interviews Yaron Brook for a half hour on “Does Ayn Rand Make Any Sense?


Well, pursuing your own happiness may not work if everyone does it the same way and collides with others, David argues.

Yaron gives an example from The Fountainhead, where Howard Roark works in a quarry rather than build something he doesn’t believe, and as I recall, he destroys a building when the secondhanders cheat on it. Pure principle.  Don’t be someone else’s mouthpiece/

Monday, November 04, 2019

Anderson Cooper: "Impeachment Inquiry" on Sunday night of "All Saints Day"


Sunday night, Anderson Cooper held a two-hour “Impeachment Inquiry” on CNN.


Recently Mulvaney had admitted to the “quid pro quo” and demanded that people “get over it, there is going to be political influence in foreign countries.

“We do that all the time with foreign policy”.

He also mentioned that Trump was would release a transcript of the July 25 call (??)

Amazingly, even some Democrats don’t think Trump broke the law.
  
“There is no “pro quo” (Trump).   Trump is still demanding that the whistleblower be revealed.

Update: Nov. 6

Rand Paul calls for identifying the anonymous whistleblower on the Ukraine mess.  Sure, and expect him and his family to join witness protection?  Twitter link to video

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Look at Bucky Dent's 1978 home run in Boston for the Yankees from MLB-TV's vault


To celebrate the World Series one more time, here is the 1978 playoff game when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-4, highlighted by Bucky Dent’s homer into the Fenway Park screen (now there are seats) with two outs in the top of the 7th off Mike Torres.


The homer occurs at about 1:35 in the MLB Vault video.
   
Dent choked up on the bat.  He had fouled the previous pitch off his foot and needed attention from the trainer.

I remember listening to the end of the game in the office at Bradford National Corp, when the Yankees led, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth, as Yastremski fouled out.

The Yankees had stormed back in the second half of the season, sweeping an early September series in Fenway, 15-3, 13-2, 7-0, and 7-4.
   
They would be the Royals in the playoffs and win the world series against the Dodgers 4-2.
I would take a new job in Dallas in January 1979.