Seinfeld on Tense Times in Comedy

29 Oct 2018

Jerry Seinfeld on Louis C.K., Roseanne and Tense Times in Comedy – NY Times, 2018/10/26

While some performers feel uneasy about what they can or can’t say onstage, several prominent stars have been disgraced by scandals of their own making. Bill Cosby, once one of Seinfeld’s creative heroes, was convicted of sexual assault in April and sentenced to prison in September. Roseanne Barr had her resuscitated ABC sitcom canceled in May after she posted a racist tweet. Louis C.K., who last year admitted to several acts of sexual misconduct, has resumed performing in clubs again, prompting an outcry from some audience members and rebukes from fellow comics.

These are complicated and uncomfortable issues that Seinfeld knows he can’t avoid, given his standing in the industry, and that he is still thinking through and processing in real time. On Wednesday, over lunch at Barney Greengrass on the Upper West Side, he spoke about the current cultural moment, which he said felt necessary. “We’re figuring it out as we go along,” Seinfeld said. “And there’s something very stimulating and empowering about that. We don’t really know what the rules are.”

Seinfeld also spoke about his approach to stand-up in this anxious period, the performers who have transgressed and the artists he still admires.

This is a good interview. I have always liked Seinfeld’s perspective.


Do This So Twitter Will Not Track Online Use

25 Oct 2018

Twitter Can Collect Your Data Even After You Log Out and Delete the App – Breitbart, 2018/10/25

Twitter can track your online activity even after you delete its app from your phone and log out across all browsers, thanks to a setting that can only be disabled by accessing a particular page on Twitter’s website.

Even if you’ve logged out of Twitter and have uninstalled the app from your phone, chances are the platform is still tracking your device, unless you access Twitter’s website, go to “Personalization and Data Settings,” and disable the data collection.

Breitbart News verified the story by testing Twitter’s data collection on an Apple iPhone, following a tip from banned conservative Twitter users @TheALX.

Link here… Personalization and Data Settings

This may stop Twitter… or at least slow them down… from shadow banning users.

Even if you do not have a Twitter account, you need to do this.  It seems to be at the browser level.

California – The Poster Child for Income Inequality

25 Oct 2018

You don’t need a college degree to recognize this… it’s all out in the open.

Middle class is disappearing in California as wealth gap grows – The Hill, 2018/10/24

Beginning of the article…

California made major news this month, reclaiming a valuable economic marker and surpassing Britain as the fifth largest economy in the world. Its growth after the recession has accelerated under President Trump and even turned a modest surplus. However, the Golden State remains one of the most unequal in the nation. It has both billions of dollars in Silicon Valley and rampant homelessness. Its efforts to eliminate poverty instead accentuates it, and its tax system inadvertently aids those who are already wealthy. With the middle class leaving in droves, California society represents a modern day feudal system of robber barons and the poor. It is an unsustainable mixture.

After factoring for costs of living, California is the poorest state in the union. An average of 14 percent of Americans live below the poverty line by census measures. Compare that with the 19 percent of Californians who live below the poverty line and the situation is clear.

End of the article…

In many ways, California has long been an example for the rest of the nation. But the middle class conservatism that propelled national figures like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan is gone. It has been replaced with virtue signaling and policies by the wealthy that hurt struggling families. Both sides of the coin, from technology executives to families unable to pay rent, vote for Democrats that only make the problem worse.

The robber barons and artificially high real estate values in California brought its economy back to the fifth largest in the world. However, for the average person, Sacramento represents systemic political failure.

If you want to understand how income inequality occurs, read everything from the linked article in between what I posted above.

ISIS Recruiter Arrested in Chicago

23 Oct 2018

More please…

Chicago man charged with using social media to recruit operatives for ISIS – Chicago Sun Times, 2018/10/19

A Chicago computer engineer was in federal court Friday afternoon after being charged with using social media to help ISIS recruit operatives, encourage people to carry out terrorist attacks and spread propaganda to support “violent jihad.”

Ashraf Al Safoo, 34, faces one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according to federal prosecutors….

A 29-year-old brother of Al Safoo’s is serving a 12-year prison sentence for robbing two gas stations and a doughnut shop in the northwest suburbs in 2017, according to court records. He cut a clerk’s cheek with a knife in one holdup, police said.

Federal authorities allege Al Safoo and several unindicted co-conspirators were active members of the Khattab Media Foundation — a propaganda outfit with a “sworn bayat, or an oath of allegiance, to ISIS.”

Sears Helped Blacks Revolutionize Shopping Habits and Avoid Racism At Stores

20 Oct 2018

Since Sears recently announced their bankruptcy, some are looking back over their history. It’s hard to believe they were trendsetters back in the day.

Sears’s ‘radical’ past: How mail-order catalogues subverted the racial hierarchy of Jim Crow – Washington Post, 2018/10/18

A lesser-known aspect of Sears’ 125-year history, however, is how the company revolutionized rural black southerners’ shopping patterns in the late 19th century, subverting racial hierarchies by allowing them to make purchases by mail or over the phone and avoid the blatant racism that they faced at small country stores.

“What most people don’t know is just how radical the catalog was in the era of Jim Crow,” Louis Hyman, an associate professor of history at Cornell University, wrote in a Twitter thread that was shared over 7,000 times Monday after the news of Sears’ demise. By allowing African Americans in southern states to avoid price-gouging and condescending treatment at their local stores, he wrote, the catalog “undermined white supremacy in the rural South.”

In 1894, Sears, Roebuck and Co. began sending out 322-page illustrated catalogs. The year before, Congress had passed the Rural Free Delivery Act, making it possible for the Chicago-based retailer to easily reach communities across the rural South. Notably, the company made an effort to accommodate customers who were barely literate, enacting a policy that the company would fill any order it received regardless of the format.

— even more important, the catalog format allowed for anonymity, ensuring that black and white customers would be treated the same way.

Definitely an interesting read…

Increased Drug Use Leading To An Increase in Car Accidents

18 Oct 2018

Stoned Driver Crash Risk Grows as Legal Pot Spreads in the U.S. – Bloomberg, 2018/10/18

As the push to legalize marijuana gains momentum, so is evidence that more permissive policies on the drug are putting motorists at risk.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found, in a study to be released on Thursday, that traffic accidents are rising in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. That followed stark warnings from the National Transportation Safety Board, which on Tuesday issued several recommendations to combat drug-impaired driving.

After retail sales of recreational cannabis began, the frequency of collision insurance claims in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State rose about 6 percent higher than in nearby states where marijuana is still illegal, the IIHS said in the study.

Drugs were detected in 30 percent of drivers who died in accidents in 2006 and were tested for drugs, according to the NTSB. That number jumped to 46 percent in 2015. In random roadside testing, more than 22 percent of drivers showed evidence of drug use, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

Home Designed Beyond Building Code Survives Hurricane Michael

18 Oct 2018

Owners of the only Florida home still standing on a stretch of beach after Hurricane Michael say they went above and beyond the building codes – UK Daily Mail, 2018/10/16

The owners of the only home still standing on a stretch of a Florida beach after Hurricane Michael tore through say they built it to survive the ‘big one’.

Dr Lebron Lackey and his uncle Russell King built the vacation home known as Sand Palace last year at Mexico Beach where the Category 4 hurricane made landfall with 155mph winds last week.

Remarkable aerial photos that emerged after the hurricane show the home still standing, while neighboring properties were reduced to rubble or completely swept away by storm surge.

‘We went above and beyond code, and we asked the question: ‘What would survive the big one?’ And we consistently tried to build it for that.’

The home, which was built to withstand winds of up to 250 mph, has 40-foot pilings buried into the ground and extra elevation to allow for storm surge.

They also added 1-foot thick concrete walls and steel cables to keep the roof attached.

He estimated that hurricane proof additions cost an extra 20-30 percent, adding that it was ‘totally worth it’.

So much for the hurricane codes… Please stay in prayer for those going through tough timmes because of the storm, and if you can show some financial support as well.  Pictures at the link.