NRA Examiner Motion (Credit Slips) It appears that the managers at the National Rifle Association never bothered to even tell the board about the bankruptcy filing, and so a board member wants an independent audit.
How management by metrics leads us astray (Jakob Greenfeld) Management by metrics does not create better products or services, it creates an ecosystem which focuses on the metrics to the exclusion of better products or services.
Garbage people (Lawyers, Guns, & Money) Makes a very good point, that the academic legal community is a humbug. “Bullshit is endemic to any situation in which people are playing roles in which they are more or less required to fake the possession of authoritative knowledge that they do not in fact possess.”
Cell Phone Location Privacy (Schneier on Security) Someone has figured out a way to create phones that don’t constantly send data as to their location that the authorities, and Green Card Spammers can get for the asking.
Chrome is Bad It acts like spyware, at least on the MacIntosh, see, “Google Chrome installs something called Keystone on your computer, which nefariously hides itself from Activity Monitor and makes your whole computer slow even when Chrome isn’t running,” and it hasn’t fixed these issues in 10 years, which implies that it is doing something bad. Google is not to be trusted
Two Fisted Management from the Whitest Kids You Know:
Bartlett: GWB Looks Worse in Hindsight (The New Republic) By any objective measure, George W. Bush was worse than Donald Trump, but Bush comes from dynastic politics and knew which fork to use, so now Democrats say nice things about him.
Rebecca Solnit: On Not Meeting Nazis Halfway (Literary Hub) Here is the money quote, “And the ethical is not halfway between white supremacists and human rights activists, rapists and feminists, synagogue massacrists and Jews, xenophobes and immigrants, delusional transphobes and trans people. Who the hell wants unity with Nazis until and unless they stop being Nazis?”
Obama the pretender (The Week) A review of Obama’s book, and the money quote is at the end, “Obama had a golden opportunity to knit the country back together after a disastrous Republican presidency and a brief moment of Wall Street helplessness. He didn’t do so because he couldn’t stomach the radical action necessary to heal the nation’s wounds and repair the social contract, and instead invented a lot of excuses why he had to sit on his hands and do nothing. The name for such a person is a coward.”
John Carpenter, Apocalyptic Filmmaker (Jacobin) A paean to director John Carpenter. Much or his oeuvre has become more respected over time, in part because his dystopian vision (They Live) has becoming increasingly relevant. (He has also directed two of my top 10 movies)
How Venture Capitalists Are Deforming Capitalism (New Yorker) A chronicling of how VC money resembles nothing so much as a Ponzi scheme. The money quote, “And, eventually, you start to realize: no matter what happens, the V.C.s still end up rich.”
Thinning forests no defence against fires (Phys.org) When they talk about, “thinning forests,” they mean sucking up to lumber companies, who only want the bigger trees. They do not do what natrural fire does to an ecosystem/
Normally, I have no interest in watching anything with Mel Gibson, he’s a racist and anti-Semite, but this Movie looks intriguing: