Out of My Mind

Sep 23

Almost amusing.

Almost amusing.

Apple Still Has Plenty of Your Data for the Feds -

tl;dr — yet.

But — yet again — you can trust no one.

“Check out some photos of yesterday’s historic People’s Climate March in New York; the crowd was estimated at 300,000. All major media outlets carried stories about the protest, of course, but the best take, as usual, is the New York Post take: “The resulting traffic snarls irritated taxi drivers to no end, as marchers strolled from Columbus Circle to 11th Avenue and 34th Street. ‘It’s a mess,’ said hard-working hack Gamal Abovelwafa, 60.” The Post also quoted a Heritage Foundation economist, because that makes sense in an article on this topic. “Kreutzer argued that it is unlikely that climate change will be the biggest problem of the 21st century. ‘It is phenomenally arrogant to think that 14 years into this century that we already know the greatest crisis we will face,’ Kreutzer said.”” — Daily Bafflements - The Baffler

Obvious recovery for the 99+%.

And the trend is even better.

Obvious recovery for the 99+%.

And the trend is even better.

“ISIS has released the 49 hostages captured from the Turkish embassy in Mosul, apparently out of the goodness of their hearts, because the Turks claim no ransom was paid for the release - unless you count their continuing refusal to take any part in fighting ISIS. Do you think it’s going to rain?” — Some Assembly Required: SAR #14263

“Various headlines report that 45,000, 60,000, 70,000 or possibly 100,000 refugees, Syrians, or Kurds (or refugee Syrian Kurds, descriptions vary) have crossed into Turkey fleeing ISIS forces advancing on the town of Kobane. Turkey either opened its border to allow them in or opened fire on them with tear gas as they tried to enter the country. It’s called the fog of war.” — Some Assembly Required: SAR #14263

“It is official: US President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama is at war again. After toppling Libyan ruler Muammar el-Qaddafi and bombing targets in Somalia and Yemen, Obama has initiated airstrikes in the Syria-Iraq belt, effectively declaring war on the Islamic State – a decision that will involve infringing on the sovereign, if disintegrating, state of Syria. In his zeal to intervene, Obama is again disregarding US and international law by seeking approval from neither the US Congress nor the United Nations Security Council.” —

America’s Never-Ending War by Brahma Chellaney - Project Syndicate

We rule.


Not this would be a real threat.


Not this would be a real threat.

Alinsky! Alinsky! Alinsky! -

Apparently, the rightist extremists can demonstrate that Hilary Clinton is a radical leftist and not a supporter of endless neocon wars and the unleashing of capitalist speculators.

Westville neighborhood resident Mark Oppenheimer was up early on Wednesday, ready for his favorite annual ritual: checking the news to see if this was the year he’d win a MacArthur “genius grant.”

As in previous years at this time, he began with his award-day routine: cold shower, extra conditioner, trim the ear hair (in case of press conference), walk the dog, stop at “the ’buck” for a no-whip Frappuccino, quickly peruse the Times dining section.

Then he turned on his computer and saw that, at last, his work had paid off.

“I couldn’t believe it!” said the 40-year-old writer and teacher, who was raised in Springfield, Mass. “There it was, right in my Google alert: ‘Oppenheimer, others win ‘genius’ prize.’”

Oppenheimer immediately posted his good news on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, where he used the hashtag “#aboutfriggintime.” He ran upstairs to awaken his wife and four daughters, rousing the girls with promises of French toast “with extra syrup, the way Grandma lets you.”

It was only when his wife came downstairs and glanced at the screen of her husband’s laptop, sitting on the kitchen counter, that she realized his mistake.

“I thought to myself, ‘My husband’s an idiot,’” said Cyd Oppenheimer, a senior policy analyst for a nonprofit organization in downtown New Haven. “I mean, I know he’s no prize, okay? He can’t remember to take the trash out. Every story he tells, he gets wrong. He thinks he can sing. He says ‘irregardless.’ But this?

“So,” Oppenheimer’s wife continued, “I said to him, ‘Are you blind? It says Joshua Oppenheimer won the prize.’ I mean, we don’t even know a Joshua Oppenheimer. And this Oppenheimer lives in Denmark.”

” — Editor Misreads Press Release, Thinks He Won MacArthur Genius Grant – Tablet Magazine

“New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet loves a “big, juicy piece that gets the attention of the whole world the next day.”” —

Wish he loved dependable, regular competent reporting.

But that’s too much to ask from one of Pinch’s Executive Editors. Those get fired.

Meanwhile, the Times’ monument to itself (or mausoleum) (I mean, when your business is dying, spend the money on a building instead of building or retaining an audience) is toxic.

(Source: jimromenesko.com)

Kate Middleton breasts are scientifically perfect, says top plastic surgeon -

Guess this explains Americans’ fascination with the English royal family?

Aging Tech Giants Look to Deals to Help Bolster Revenue -

Maybe innovation is dead. Or maybe this is what happens when one runs a commodity business.

“Watch refresh cycles are going to be longer. Another thought is that Apple has done the research and knows that the refresh cycle for a watch is going to be much longer than other devices. The number of buying opportunities they have is lower which means they have to appeal to a much larger audience right out of the gate.” —

Not a Hobby – Rands in Repose

Interesting. As an extension of the phone, the hardware doesn’t even have to be refreshed as often as a Mac, let alone the iPhone. There’s little reason to doubt that Watch 1.0 won’t be wonderful. (The first phone was pretty good within it’s limits.)