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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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How the Web Went from Benign to Malvolent & GDPR

The Web has been transformed from benignly hopeful just 25 years ago to an increasingly  dangerous place. There are key players silently vying for control of Web Space – the Nation-State cyber warriors almost all have been  armed primarily by an incompetently vulnerable NSA and CIA.The Cyber Criminals trolling for vast amounts of easy money pickings …

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GOP Vindictive Obstruction – 4 More Years

How the Republican Party staves off Disintegration The Republican party has become petty and vindictive as it clings to a fracturing voter Base It is a two-faced union of  the Business Establishment  attached to self-identified victim groups like Evangelicals, National Debtors [where were they when George Bush rang up a massive $5trillion in debt with unpaid …

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Titanic Split Threatens the GOP

The Grand Old Party is coming apart at the seams. For the past 10 years the Republican  party has played loyal supporters to its 1% sponsors [think NRA, Climate Change deniers, Wall Street, etc, etc] while allowing its Tea Party rump of 40-50 House members to dictate policy that is increasingly unpopular with the GOP’s own …

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Stains on Democracy: Worst Supreme Court Decision of Past 30 Years

Over and over Average Joes say Freedom of Speech  and one-man=one- vote should be supreme and unquestioned in the US Democracy. But the problem of treating corporations and groups as equivalent to individuals is that the views of a very few, often the executive elite, determine the political views and contributions of the organization without …

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Banks as Flak Catchers for Major Corporations

Tom Wolfe’s book Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers is about  PR and Spokespersons  who seemingly can turn any criticism to the advantage of their client. But “flak catcher” had a second nuanced meaning – those who bore the brunt of public scorn diverting attention away from client and upon themselves. As well, attention …

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Historic Financial Penalty = Feds Cave Again

I dread reading the following headlines in the NYTimes or the Wall Street Journal – Gargantuan Fines Imposed on Wall Street Institution or Record Breaking Damages Inflicted on Bank. It might as well read =>  Hugest Biggest Historically Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious Compensatory Damages Imposed on Piteous Bank because of course it means the opposite. The Federal Government …

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How To Ruin Your Brand: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Unpacking Event

Samsung Galaxy S4 – announcement at NYC Radio City Music Hall The GOP has done it, the major Banks, and now Samsung with its Galaxy S4 announcement – all have  tarnished if not badly their Brands. And done so almost in a blink of an eye given the months and years of assiduous work it …

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Jennifer Rubin Makes A Righteous Fool of Herself

Almost as if on cue, Jennifer Rubin makes a righteous fool of herself in an Opinion Piece at the Washington Post about the Aurora Massacre Shootings. It is the same old. same old “Gun Controls would not work” which is  music to  NRA ears  and a GOP which has gone draconian on any regulation. No …

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Hey USA You’re In NRA’s Killer Lottery

“Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend Plans?” was the tweet posted on the NRA’s American Rifleman account this morning 7 hours after the horrific mass killings in Aurora Colorado. But  NRAman could  have just as easily tweeted“Hey USA, you are in the NRA Power Bang Killer Lottery whether you like it or not”.  Quickly after …

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Moral Vacuum: Jerry Sandusky and the LIBOR Scandal

What possible connection can one make with convicted child molester, Penn State Assistant Football coach Jerry Sandusky, and the LIBOR interest rates set in London by a select list of 18 banks lead by Barclays Bank? Another bit of trash journalism  or is there a possible connection? Jerry Sandusky, convicted child molester This last week, the …

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LIBOR = Continuing Corruption in Banking and Finance and Governance

When you think of the English, Justice and “Doing the Right Thing” they are almost synonymous. One has to think that near-failure of the Royal Bank of Scotland and Northern Rock during the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis was just  an anomaly. Just a whiff of  the Wall Street Flu. The British run Wimbledon, the Olympics and …

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On Financial Meltdown Prosecutions

Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone is noted for his investigations of the Financial Community particulary since the Financial Meltdown of 2007 to 2009. In an article in Rolling Stone for February 2011 Matt asked the question Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?. he concluded that it was two major factors – The Obama administration and …

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The Deficit Conundrum

Over and over again, the world is seeing an anguishing and paradoxical debate over the Deficit Conundrum . Simply stated, nation after nation has  allowed bubbles of inflated values to occur, accumulate and eventually topple their economies. The classic bubbly  case is the overinflated housing markets in the US and parts of Europe that burst …

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MF Global:Wall Street Reforms Fail: Update

Three new reports on MF Global’s Bankruptcy and its Impact on Financial Policy are worth noting: NYTimes – Gretchen Morgenstern, who has been instrumental in exposed recent Financial Follies, describes the damage to the credibility of current financial regulatory reforms and how the current European financial crisis impacts American banks and financial institutions as a consequence. Marketwatch …

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Evangelicals Misbehaving

The following stories catch various Evangelicals and other Christian groups misbehaving: NYTimes – The Evangelical Rejection of Reason YouTube – When Christians Misbehave Guardian – Attacks on Mitt Romney for Mormon faith heightens Republican rivalry. ChristianPost – Can Christians escape the “Hate” label in Gay marriage debate? Wikipedia – Anti-abortion violence, Christian terrorism This raises …

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Large Rise in Sales of Concealed HandGuns due to Out of State Licensing Loophole

Florida, NRA, and Grover Norquist[ he who brought you Starve the Beast Deficit spending by Republicans and then flipped flopped and now wants No Deficits now that GOP Presidents have added 60% to the national debt] are up to national mischief again.  Sales of concealed handuns in the US have suddenly spiked since 2006. Map …

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Republican Party Is Fragmenting

The Republican party is built on a smorgasboard of special interests which are often at polar opposites. Here are a few examples: Immigration hardliners vs Small businesses on accommodating migrant workers Military Industrial Corporates vs Tea Party Deficit Hawks on spending cuts and war adventurism Tea Party Deficit Hawks vs Wall Street Financiers on Debt …

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Mitch Daniel’s Indiana – Facing National Decline

NYTimes has a good article about Mitch’s Daniel’s Indiana and some of the heart rending tradeoffs Daniels has had to make in the face of recessionary winds: “People think great business climate, Indiana comes to mind. People think infrastructure, we’re exactly who they think of.”Because recessionary winds have not toppled Indiana’s house, this state is …

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American SuperWealthy Wage War on America!

Only in America could you see a headline like this – American  SuperWealthy Wage War on Americans! Such an irony – the SuperWealthy who have risen to power and position by a combination of  hard work, good fortune  and stealth are finally throwing off the shackles of their dependence on the good will of the …

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