… and now we are discovering the truth

Cyprus ‘selling’ EU citizenship

… not just to anyone – no .. to the super rich of Russia and Ukraine. And if you are paying attention, you won’t have ‘read it here first’, but watch when Mueller’s findings become more public how inextricably linked organizations like The Bank Of Cyprus are to the Trump Administration and his branding organization. (Sorry – hard time calling it Real Estate).

Hands up if you are surprised.

So you want a job ….

I Built A Bot To Apply To Thousands Of Jobs At Once–Here’s What I Learned

It’s the conclusion that says it all ..

  • It’s not how you apply, it’s who you know. And if you don’t know someone, don’t bother.
  • Companies are trying to fill a position with minimal risk, not discover someone who breaks the mold.
  • The number of jobs you apply to has no correlation to whether you’ll be considered, and you won’t be considered for jobs you don’t get the chance to apply to.

Sad that it is the case and sad that it was so surprising that it warrants an article in Fast Company.

England and America

“I miss the English,” he says. “I miss Londoners. I miss the wit. Americans, they’re very, well, de Tocqueville saw this coming in about 1850 – he said, it’s a marvelous thing, American democracy, but don’t they know how it’s going to end up? It’s going to be so mushy that no one will dare say anything for fear of offending someone else. That’s why Americans aren’t as witty as Brits, because humour is about giving a little bit of offence. It’s an assertion of intellectual superiority. Americans are just as friendly and tolerant as Londoners, but they flinch from mocking someone’s background or education.”

I couldn’t have said it better – which explains why Martin Amis is famous for his writing – and I am not! [ Read the full article. ]

That said, England is changing as well.

It isn’t about stuff anymore

The article is called “Inconspicuous Consumption and the Rise of the Aspirational Class”

… inconspicuous? … no it isn’t!

            <strong>The second post today from a friend ... this one from Michael Suderman.</strong>

At what point did we become such cowards? Over 200 years ago this country was founded by people who, without fear, stood up to an adversary immensely more powerful than themselves and declared that no longer would they be governed by tyranny, ruled by force or controlled by fear. They understood that ALL MEN, regardless nationality or religious belief, deserved the right of freedom from persecution. Since that time this country has heralded that as the cornerstone of our ideology. We have fought innumerable wars in that cause, extended our hand in friendship to the world promoting that. Promised our aid to any and all that asked fighting for that.

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            <strong>Republishing this today, the original in Greek - <a href="http://epohi.gr/synenteuxh-me-ton-stathh-gourgourh-kathghth-klassikhs-agglikhs-kai-sygkritikhs-logotexnias-sto-panepisthmio-koloumpia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">can be found here,</a></strong>

It arrived via my friend David Fenton, who has known Stathis for more years than he is prepared to share. It is a rough google translate – so apologies for some of the patchy phrasing. If I find a better translation, I will replace it.


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OK. We all know it is for sale. (The image above comes from a Recode article last September where all potential suitors were listed and prioritised from most to least likely.) We all now know that nobody wanted to buy it. So far.

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Gizmodo on Facebook

In the hours since Hillary Clinton conceded the race to Donald Trump, some have faulted Facebook for its role in disseminating false stories that may have affected the election, but the website’s founder urged Americans to take a much longer view of history.

Mashable on Facebook

has a different view:

Every employee at Facebook should be ashamed of what their product became this year: a tangled mess of bizarre falsehoods and outdated information used as ammo to help people scream at one another.

It has failed our bitterly divided country through its News Feed, which has weighed legitimate, reported information from good news organizations against propagandistic junk written by trolls and found there is no difference. Posted to your News Feed, a Pulitzer-winning New York Times report looks just the same as a blog post from The Right Stuff, an anti-Semitic content factory of the so-called “alt-right.”

I agree with Mashable – then again – I left Facebook years ago.

Brent Simmons @inessential

on leaving Twitter

The company has not dealt with harassment. It has treated its third-party developers shabbily. And, at best, it was just quips and outrages — a diet of candy.

And then it was part of the system that helped elect a fascist President. This tipped it over for me: it’s no longer worth my participation. The shitheads can have it.

That’s kinda why I am ‘paused’.

On Losing World War Two [Link]

Our electorate just repudiated the American dream — the real dream, the idea that we can build a nation dedicated to liberty where all people are created equal.

Instead we decided that we’re a nation like any other. A nation with a ruling ethnic tribe. Nothing special anymore.

It feels like finally, in the end, we lost World War II.

Michael Moore @ Alternet

Any Democratic member of Congress who didn’t wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that’s about to begin.

An Open Letter From Moby 

as a life long progressive i’m supposed to be diplomatic and understanding, but america, what the fuck is wrong with you?
 but then i ask myself, very sadly, why am i surprised?
 this is the same america that eats at burger king and is baffled as to why it ends up obese and cancerous and dying. 
this is the same america who thinks that granting health care to 20,000,000 people is somehow treasonous.
 and this is the america who has now elected a dim-witted, racist, misogynist.

a dim-witted, racist, misogynist who has ruined businesses and has no policy proposals other than ‘build a wall’. 
i guess there will be some cold, bitter schadenfreude in spending the next 4 years watching middle america wake up to the fact
that donald trump is an incompetent con-man.

the rust belt jobs won’t come back. the wall won’t get built. and hillary won’t get locked up.

On Gun Control

… don’t hold your breath.

According to an analysis of FEC records by the Center for Responsive Politics and The Trace, the [NRA] poured some $50 million into supporting Trump and six Senate candidates—only one of whom, Nevada hopeful Joe Heck, lost.

Rewriting History

Reince Priebus trying to rewrite history.

He said that it wasn’t a matter of banning a particular religion from the United States but it was making sure that if immigration was coming from countries that were harboring terrorism, that we were going to look at the country and perhaps suspend temporarily immigration from that country,” Priebus continued. “He’s not calling for mass deportation. He said, no, only people who have committed crimes and only until all of that has been taken care of do we look at what we do next.

but actually – he DID say that, here : Donald Trump: Ban all Muslim travel to U.S. (CNN December 8th, 2015 and here:

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” said his campaign, which Trump himself reiterated on camera, stressing the “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

Meanwhile – Over at The Huffpost

The Huffington Post is removing its editor’s note that called Trump a ‘racist,’ ‘misogynist,’ and ‘serial liar’


The thinking is that he’s now president and we’re going to start with a clean slate,” Grim wrote, according to Politico. “If he governs in a racist, misogynistic way, we reserve the right to add it back on. This would be giving respect to the office of the presidency which Trump and his backers never did.

… my take is that ‘Trump has demonstrated that he is a ‘racist,’ ‘misogynist,’ and ‘serial liar’. The onus is on him to prove that he isn’t. Oh – and because he doesn’t govern as a ‘racist,’ ‘misogynist,’ and ‘serial liar’ – doesn’t mean that he isn’t a ‘racist,’ ‘misogynist,’ and ‘serial liar’.

I thought Robert De Niro’s take was much more logical (on punching Trump in the face )

“I can’t do that now he’s president,” the actor replied. “And I have to respect that position … I just have to see what he’s going to do and how he’s going to follow through on certain things. And as we even see now in a lot of cities, there’s a lot of people getting very upset and protesting.”

In other words separating the man from the position. The man needs to be held accountable. After-all – hasn’t he said he would be – in a way that everyone before him isn’t?

Wondering About Tech ?

Venturebeat :

 a self-described “law and order” president will attempt to expand surveillance programs and rejoin a long-running battle over government access to encrypted information.


Trump has also threatened antitrust action against Amazon and demanded that tech companies such as Apple build their products in the United States.


 Trump is going to be a guy who is probably going to mandate back doors,” said Hank Thomas, chief operating officer at Strategic Cyber Ventures and a veteran of the National Security Agency. ”I don’t think he’s ultimately going to be a friend to privacy, and the fearful side of me says he will get intelligence agencies more involved in domestic law enforcement.”

Apple Insider

However, Trump has garnered support from operatives in the Federal Bureau of Investigations, who used their positions to influence the election by teasing the prospect of an ongoing investigation into Clinton’s email use.

Last winter, when the FBI sought to force Apple to write code exploiting the security features of its own software, Apple pushed back while Trump, on the campaign trail, built a case for government interference in encryption tools. FBI director James Comey has a vast public record of desperately wanting to break encryption


Trump’s plan to add a 35 percent tariff on imported goods “would sink this country into a recession,” – Meg Whitman (Republican)


Trump doesn’t exactly have a stellar record on internet privacy so far. He has proposed reauthorizing the Patriot Act and the previous, less restrained NSA mass surveillance that took place while the Act was in force. He tends to “err on the side of security” over privacy, even if he’s not especially fond of it.

Engadget again – Under Trump the future of Net Neutrality and broadband is uncertain

it’s pretty safe to assume that the rules instituted by the FCC in 2015 will be gutted by a Trump administration. In 2014, he described the concept as a “top down power grab” that “will target the conservative media,” and compared it to the Fairness Doctrine — referring to the FCC rule eliminated in 1987 that required broadcasters to present contrasting views on topics of public interest.

The Information …

The movement that catapulted Donald Trump into the presidency Tuesday was heavily rooted in concerns that immigration and trade was hurting the U.S. job market. But a future version of Mr. Trump will rail against robots rather than immigrants, according to Andrew McAfee, the co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.

and we need to do nip that in the bud because If you’re upset with the election results, Canada is making it easy to move there if you work in tech … we have already been left behind in tech, training and education … which is why so much tech work is outside of the US. Trump could add making it impossible for Tech business to even work here.


Other Interesting Reads On The Topic of Trump

Robert Reich

Despite the fact that Roger Ailes helped pave the way for Donald Trump’s victory – I personally haven’t hears Aisles’ name come up as part of the new world of Trump – maybe this is why? More Women Accuse Fox News CEO of Sexual Harassment

It’s not so much that Trump won – as much as Hilary lost

Hate Crimes In America on the very first day after the announcement.


Hilary Lost. We delivered on the request made in the video. Everyone got it wrong. I am not going to bother to comment on broad issues here – enough places are doing that already. Not my job. I want to write this sort posterity as an observation.

I truly hope that I am wrong about what I write below. But everything and anything we have all seen to date is that it won’t be. Here is hoping. I am now paused. I am now just watching. (With possible occasional updates to this single post, as things change.)

I would just like to say that

I am sorry for America

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True Story


Sitting at the bar, I found myself talking to a couple of old white guys (so of course – we had a lot in common). One of them was in ‘Corporate Communications’, the other was a writer – both were ex journalists. They both seem to have got out of journalism before the ‘rot’ set in.
They seemed angry about the state of journalism … “Nobody investigates things any more.”“Journalists have just become mouth pieces of what people in power want to say.”“They just regurgitate press releases.” … and many other comments that seemed to indicate that they thought the world had gone to ‘hell in a hand basket’ – and was being manipulated. Continue reading

            <strong>'Beauty' </strong>is just one of the 5 things that<strong> <span style="color: #92193c;">caught my eyes and ears</span> </strong>this past week that I wanted to share with you.

Aerial - - 07WWDC

You might not know what this is, but this is an annual conference that essentially provides early commentary from Apple about their technical direction. Ok – the World Wide Developers Conference is a whole lot more. But for you and me it is exactly that. This is a list provided by Brent Simmons, that he in turn had extracted from a group he belongs to in Seattle. It is a collection of ideas and thoughts and needs and requirements that at least one group of people think is important for Apple to be working on – and ideally announcing. Three that caught my eye as being very interesting.

+ Trials on the iOS and Mac App Store
+ Run iOS apps on Macs.
+ ARM-based MacBooks.

… but do click through for the whole list – remembering it is really a wish list – but damn – some of them will make it.

Your personal view into a future

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