The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

March 29, 2017

Your browsing data is now for sale. Via The Verge (the 265 were all Republicans):

The only people who seem to want this are the people who are going to make lots of money from it. (Hint: they work for companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.) Incidentally, these people and their companies routinely give lots of money to members of Congress.

So here is a list of the lawmakers who voted to betray you, and how much money they received from the telecom industry in their most recent election cycle.


BEN CARSON SAYS PEOPLE PUSHED OUT OF WINDOWS GET UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO FLY THROUGH AIR

March 7, 2017

At a press conference on Tuesday morning, Ben Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told reporters that people who are pushed out of windows are “extremely lucky” because they get “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly through the air”


Op-Ed: Dangerous Stability Threatens America’s Banks

February 6, 2017

From The Reformed Broker, an amusing response to the coming demise of Dodd-Frank and the Fiduciary Rule:

The US financial and banking system has gone almost seven full years without experiencing a major crisis. With today’s announcement from the administration that Dodd-Frank regulations are about to be dismantled, this nightmarish period of excessive stability will finally be coming to a close…


The End Of The Level Playing Field

February 5, 2017

This is an important post by Fred Wilson, a top VC…

When the Internet came along in the early 90s, we saw something completely different. Here was a level playing field where anyone could launch a business without permission from anyone. 

We had a great run over the last 25 years but I fear it’s coming to an end, brought on by the growing consolidation of market power in the big consumer facing tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, etc, by the constricted distribution mechanisms on mobile devices, and by new leadership at the FCC that is going to tear down the notion that ISPs can’t play the same game cable companies played.

It is certainly true that consumers, particularly low-income consumers, like getting free or subsidized data plans. There is no doubt about that. But when the subsidies are coming from the big tech companies, who can easily pay them, to buy competitive advantage over that nimble startup that is scaring them, well we know how that movie ends


Bodega Strike 2

February 3, 2017

Here’s a better roundup from Brownstoner:


Bodega Strike

February 2, 2017

In NYC today many bodegas shut down from 12-8 today to protest Trump’s immigration ban.

If you aren’t from New York, this may take some explaining. Bodega is a Spanish term (I think it means warehouse) and it refers to the small deli/grocery on many corners in NYC. If I need milk, I could go to the grocery store, but there’s a bodega across the street that has it. You pay a little more, the selection is limited but the convenience rocks. Most have limited deli service so you can get a bagel or an egg sandwich in the morning. Bodegas are a critical part of the NYC experience. But these days they aren’t predominantly Spanish.

We recently had our favorite deli across the street close due to crazy Brooklyn rents (their rent was tripled). This was a Middle Eastern deli and a total local establishment. They knew my daughters, threw in candy for free from time to time, all the things you’d expect from a local joint. There was one older guy who was a strict Muslim and he couldn’t ring me up if I bought beer (they had pretty good beer) because he was devout. To this day my daughters bemoan this place closing.

In NYC this is all totally normal.

So today there was a “Bodega Strike” in NYC. There is a large number of these delis run by immigrants from Yemen. Yemen is a part of the immigration ban so this affects family. They shut down for the day and came to protest at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. A block from my office:

The flags other than US flags are Yemen flags. There were some other good pictures:

This one amuses me, but also needs explanation if you aren’t from NYC. Google “nyc coffee cup”. For reasons I honestly do not know, there is a common Greek style paper coffee cup used all over the place and the text in the middle is “we are happy to serve you”.

Of course, the picture of Muslims praying is not going over well everywhere:

Democracy in action…


Mucho Sad

January 26, 2017