Friday, June 09, 2017

Uber: Travis Kalanick; Chinese Bad Apples; American Superbowl drama

Hospitals are bloody boring ... and draining on a wallet / Media Dragon might have to sell Rare Apple Sneakers

CEO Travis Kalanick has started meditating in Uber’s lactation room, as his company spins in a whirlwind of bad press Business Insider

Chinese influence in Australia

Chinese authorities bust private data stealing syndicate detaining 20 Apple employees

Insider HigherEd – How Not To Fight Terrorism – Some thoughts on the role information plays in the response to recent attacks. Barbara Fister. June 5, 2017
[Snipped] “I suppose it’s inevitable, given that information-driven tech-centered global corporations dominate the list of Big Rich Companies, that information systems play a significant role in 21st century terrorism. ISIS has famously made effective use of social media platforms for recruitment purposes. So have white nationalists and neo-Nazis. The responses have been fumbling
, partly because the job of moderating messages that globally flow by the billions is difficult and partly because that flow is the current that produces power and money for these companies.

Study of recent terrorist events ...

Those were lies, plain and simple,” James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday ... 

We are aware of many places that feature characters with even more faces ...
A quote from Comey's testimony.

How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business Forbes

Cheap Talk on Comey leaks and bombshells

‘Pressure’ Is Not Obstruction Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review
Comey’s testimony kind of proves Trump right. It also damns him entirely.Vox. “The question is no longer whether Trump broke the law with Russia. It’s whether Trump broke the law with Comey.”
Intelligence Officials Won’t Say If Trump Asked About Russia WSJ. “Won’t say” in the hearing, that is.
Would You Trust These Men With a Massive Surveillance Dragnet? Marcy Wheeler, Motherboard. Section 702 hearing. Wheeler concludes: “But the rest of the hearing showed that these men have been anything but forthright and diligent.” There is likely to be at least some overlap between “these men” and WaPo’s anonymous “officials.” Eh?

From Comey’s testimony this morning: “There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. It was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that…. That’s about as unfake as you can possibly get.”

Comey Testimony Is BURYING Jeff Sessions, Y’All

Comey has been a fantastic witness this morning.

Opening Statement – Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey – Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, June 8, 2017. [Bloomberg Will Livestream James Comey’s Testimony on Twitter]