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How Google Lost Computing Credibility

“Do No Evil” Google has in the past 3 years lost a lot of its technical lustre and credibility as  Google+ has been killed. Google was once the goto computing innovator among scandal ridden monopolistic players like Apple, IBM and Microsoft. But now Google  is crashing in technical and business stature. And It all seems to …

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The Bachelor vs Hells Kitchen: Which is Worse?

American Television over the past 10 years has seen a Renaissance in specialty channels and innovative TV productions. However, the 4 major networks in contrast are stuck  grinding down  to the lowest common denominator of low gear values. Two of the worst  offerings this Fall are many-year repeats, so you know they have gained at the …

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5 Questions for Democrats: Clinton Email Disaster

Why  nominate a presidential candidate who used a private email server  a)which was illegal according to the State Department and then used irresponsibly according to the FBI; b)so then she has had to  continuously and  profusely lie about its use; c)because  she used it to avoid FOIA-Freedom Of Information Act requirements for disclosure by petitioning media and d)that …

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What To Do About ISIS

Here is an superb analysis of what to do against ISIS after the Paris massacre. Charlie Rose pulled together a team of experts with diverse view points. They include: 1)Peter Baker NYTimes Washington political reporter. 2)Roger Cohen NYTimes Opinion Page writer 3)Matt Olsen, former director of the National Counter-terrorism Center in Washington 4)Bernard-Henri Lévy, French philosopher and …

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A Gagging Dose of Diana Furchtgott-Roth at MarketWatch

The WSJ’s sibling website Marketwatch has a resident liberally bearish voice , Paul Farrell, who regularly rains hell and brimstone on the perpetual bull market, climate change consequences and his latest tirade, the Inequality Bubble Is Accelerating. To balance that blue point of view, Marketwatch needed an Ann Coulter-like bloody red flak attacks . Voila …

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Bibi Netanyahu : Duplicitous

It appears that after the Israeli election that Palestinian Premier Mahmoud Abbas, President Barack Obama  and other Western leaders will be safe in identifying Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu as two-faced, cheating, deceitful, dishonest, serpent-tongued, shady, and a two-timing double-dealer. Certainly BibI  Netanyahu will not be accused of honesty and trustworthiness. The NYTimes and theGuardian list the most grievous electoral …

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More Reddit Censorship

The latest trend in popular Reddit censorship is automatically spam filter generated. Who ever writes the Spam Filter code must have 1984ish roots. See the latest choice for censorship: A Chicago man, following the  Republican playbook, is threatening to destroy   rare papers unless Harvard offers a better price. Truly a Tea Party Schooled knave! …

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Reddit Censorship: NYTimes Story on Decline of Middle Class

Reddit’s Moderation Log is a good benchmark for Popular Censorship. The Moderation log shows which articles have been removed from Reddit by either moderators’ actions  or automated spam filters. It is a measure of popular censorship because the moderators who do the removals are all volunteers. Within the past half year, admission to becoming a …

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Healthcare Costs Exposed

In a Coursera class Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel detailed how medical service cost growth  was driving the greatest increases in Healthcare costs in US History. This was a superb course that exposed the real drivers in health care costs in the US. Bottom line. Dr. Emanuel revealed that USA Healthcare is a set of  markets that …

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Powerful Infographic on Gun Control

The DailyBeast has helped create and promote the following Gun Control infographic  on a website called ThisIsYourRepOnGuns: Every Senator and member of the House of Representatives is listed. Their own words on gun control are available – and what voting actions and financial support they have taken on the issue. There are ratings of the …

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Grading the Economist’s Superfast Broadband Webinar

The Economists’s Intelligence Unit sponsored today a free webinar on Superfast Broadband with telecom equipment provider Huawei. The instant grade for the webinar is Mushy and not because of the delivery. On 3Mbs Rogers Cable in Canada, the reception was on the whole quite good – maybe 4-6 dropouts, but to my surprise no loss …

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Best Charts of 2012 : The Power of Good Graphics

Is this the best Chart used in US Media for 2012? What is growing in popularity on news sites like cnn.com, The Christian Science Monitor,  theDailyBeast,  HuffingtonPost, NYTimes,  The New Republic, and Time Magazine is the frequent use of charts [or infographics] to clearly  describe a  situation or better illustrate some analysis. If a picture is worth …

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Men, Who Needs Them

Greg Hampkian has written a grocery-store checkout counter piece for ther NYTimes – entiled Men, Who Needs Them.  Rather than exploring the motivation around the piece it is worth doing some PolitiFact-like check of truthiness in the arguments. So lets start out with the premise and first argument. The central behaviors of mammals revolve around …

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Monday’s Reads

The weekend produced the usual crop of great reads. Here are 4 that captured our attention: NYTimes, Paul Krugman – Why Elect Mitt, We Already Have a Failing Republican Economy Salon, Horowitz and Wakefield – “All We have to FEAR” looks candidly at the 20 fold rise in Anxiety disorders in modern life. TheNewYorker, Amy …

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The Wheels Are Coming Off The Republican Party III

In case you had not noticed, The Wheels Are Coming Off The Republican Party. You know that is the case  when George Will on ABC TV’s This Week with George Stephanopoulis [again] starts taking historical potshots at the Republican chances of  defeating President Obama ‘when it should be a cakewalk”. But more seriously, the Republican …

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