Saturday, October 12, 2019
Donald Trump blasts Warriors coach Steve Kerr for 'weak and pathetic' China response - Washington Times
Mr. Trump said the Golden State Warriors coach looked “weak and pathetic” in answering questions from reporters about the NBA’s response to Chinese retaliation over a tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
If our President ever kowtows, we've got a problem.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Have you ever stopped dating somebody when you found out about their pet? According to a recent YouGov survey in Britain, chances are, they had a tarantula, a snake, or maybe a lizard. When asked if they would be more or less willing to date someone based on a number of different pets, these three received the largest share of the negative responses. At the other end of the scale (pun intended), the good old reliable dog is the pet most likely to boost your chances of romance. Cats are an interesting one, with the reasonably high 29 percent of people reacting positively almost cancelled out by the 20 percent with a negative view. If dogs and cats are too mainstream for you, after careful consideration of the responsibility you'd be taking on, a tortoise might be the way to go.
We like both dogs and snakes.
The Portland Trail Blazers announced that they have severed relations with a company that does business with Israel following a pressure campaign by activists tied to the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.
But I bet they're OK with China.
The power is out in Northern California. More than 1 million Californians are now without electricity, one of modern life’s essentials that is frequently taken for granted. The blackout was done on purpose—to prevent sparks from powerlines that could ignite deadly wildfires.
Before planned blackouts are through in two or three days, as many as 3 million Californians may go without power. On the surface, the blackout and its causes are simple to understand. But the deeper causes are complicated, span decades of public policy, and dozens of overlapping unintended—and intended—consequences of decisions, both related and unrelated.
At that point, we stood up and unfurled a long “Free Hong Kong” banner. That immediately attracted the attention of several security guards, who came over to confiscate our sign. We asked why we were having our sign taken away. We were told: “We respect your freedom of speech, but … we don’t have any stance on [Hong Kong]. So we’re just asking not to have any signage related to that in here tonight.”
Later, we unveiled a second message, a homemade sign that simply said “Google Uyghurs,” referring to China’s oppressed Muslims, more than a million of whom are believed to be kept in re-education camps.
This sign, too, was deemed to be a problem. Within minutes, we were approached by security supervisors, who told us that we were not allowed to make political statements about China at the game. My friend pleaded that we were simply seeking to educate some of the NBA officials, coaches and players, many of whom had expressed ignorance about the issue. It was in vain: The supervisor still confiscated the sign and told us that if we continued to disrupt the game, we would be ejected.
The solution is obvious. Google has to eliminate all mention of Uyghurs.
The fact that the game was played at all represented a retreat from the brink by both sides, restoring some normalcy in the midst of a geopolitical storm set off by a since-deleted tweet by a Houston Rockets executive supporting antigovernment protesters in Hong Kong.
That gave the otherwise meaningless game—in which the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 114-111 at Mercedes-Benz Arena—the air of a playoff thriller, with a storyline that threatened to undo decades worth of the NBA’s cultivation of its most promising overseas market.
Oh goodness I'm so relieved.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Andrew Yang on "The Portal", Episode #008: The Different Candidate the Media Wants You to Ignore. - YouTube
In this episode of the Portal, Eric checks in with his friend Andrew Yang to discuss the meteoric rise of his candidacy; one that represents an insurgency against a complacent political process that the media establishment doggedly tries to maintain. Andrew updates Eric on the state of his campaign and the status of the ideas the two had discussed as its foundation when it began. Eric presents Andrew with his new economic paradigm; moving from an 'is a [worker]' economy to a 'has a [worker]' economy. The two also discuss neurodiverse families as a neglected voting block, the still-strong but squelched-by-the-scientific-establishment STEM community in the US, and the need to talk fearlessly - and as a xenophile - about immigration as a wealth transfer gimmick.
When California had to replace a quarter section of the earthquake-damaged San Francisco Bay Bridge, it turned into a near-disaster, with 11 years of acrimony, fighting, cost overruns -- and a commentary on our decline into Dark Ages primitivism. Yet 82 years ago, our ancestors built four times the length of our singe replacement span in less than four years. It took them just two years to design the entire Bay Bridge and award the contracts.
California power outage frustrations boil over as PG&E office vandalized, truck shot at on Interstate 5 | Fox News
As millions remain in the dark in California on Thursday, mounting frustrations are starting to boil over in the Golden State, with reported vandalism and at least one attack spurring officials to plead with the public to be kind to utility workers on the front lines of the planned blackout.
The largest utility in California, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., began shutting off power late Wednesday in the San Francisco Bay area to about 200,000 customers, adding to the 500,000 homes and businesses that had their power cut earlier in the day. The utility has turned off power to prevent high winds from toppling lines that could then spark deadly wildfires like one last year, blamed on PG&E equipment, that killed 85 people and destroyed the town of Paradise, Calif.