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"Lyin' Ted" now endorses The "pathological liar" Donald because "Lyin' Ted" took a vow to support the "pathological liar" Republican nominee. If this were fiction, no one on earth would buy it for a second. Come to think of it, no one is buying it for a second. Now THAT is entertainment!

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What everyone's saying about Sen. Ted Cruz formally endorsing Donald Trump for president.
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How Many Feel Sorry for Verizon?
Verizon, now finalizing its $4.8 billion purchase of Yahoo, only learned of the massive data breach at Yahoo two days ago.
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Optimistic

Technologists exude favorable vibes about their 'thing'. Being focused individuals, they understand the problem at hand and how to solve it. However, they tend to be farsighted on technology and myopic on business, social, and governmental progress.

John Zimmer is probably right on his technology timing. However, he has not considered the social and political impact of putting millions of livery people out of work. The people to whom I refer are not sheepish tech workers that respond almost lifelessly to RIFs.

Livery people are usually union people, and they will regard this sea change as a threat worse than terrorism. 'Scabs' who run picket lines are not treated kindly by strikers. Automated vehicles that replace truckers, cabbies, bus driver, and other livery personnel will be treated like 'Terminators' in an apocalyptical war. They will be sitting ducks, and I am sure that John has not figured that into their programming.

Beyond the loss of jobs, many people will resent the loss of control over their mobility. Always obeying the rules of the road has never been popular. Google cars, roaming the streets of Mountain View, follow all the rules and are constantly being passed or rear-ended. In spite of their obvious benefits, automated vehicles will draw the same ire as stubborn mules or today's faltering automobiles that need repair but do not get it. People are shameless bigots when it comes to automation, and automated vehicles will bring this hatred into the open. Lots of cars will get the gas kicked out of them.

Lastly, automated cars will get pwned in a huge way. It will be worse than the little old lady who gets conned in a traffic accident scam. I know, automated vehicles will have lots of cameras and 'black boxes'. However, those will be easily circumvented by professional fraud artists. That raises the issue of who is responsible for an accident, a battle that could rage in the courts for a decade.

Automated transporation will happen, and the technology is moving forward to meet all the challenges of driving. However, the critical path will not be technological; it will be human will. 
The future of self-driving cars is closer than you think, if you believe the claims of Lyft's co-founder.
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Getting Played

It amazes me how the public, of which I am part, can be fooled into believing something.

Next revelation, "Scientists discover that critical thinking can be bad for your health." Just go with it.
A sugar industry group paid for studies that underplayed the role that added sugars play in heart disease, researchers reported Monday.
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Fall is Around the Corner and so is Starbucks

It is that time of year, when the Christmas decorations fill the retailer shelves (what happened to Halloween?), and Starbucks rolls out their Pumpkin Spice Latte. I once loved these when I drank coffee drinks and had trouble fitting into my clothes. A 'Venti' PSL with whole milk and whipped cream (what else?) is 520 calories or about a fourth of a daily diet. Yum (see http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/pumpkin-spice-latte#size=183888&milk=67&whip=125 )! Also, it costs over $5.

If you are interested in making your own, I suggest this --
How to make a pumpkin spice latte in your own kitchen, no espresso maker, milk frother, or special syrups required.
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"Nothing in the World is Worth Having or Worth Doing Unless It Means Effort, Pain, Difficulty . . ."

If Hillary becomes President, it will be said that she went through hell to get there. This would give credibility to The Donald's claim that she is Satan. However, such a Pyrrhic victory would be too late for him.

Until then, she will need to console herself with President Teddy Roosevelt's quote and check herself into the hospital. The good news is that, while out, she will not be making gaffes such as this - http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/09/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-basket-of-deplorables/ .

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Hillary Clinton has pneumonia, her doctor said Sunday, hours after the Democratic nominee stumbled and exited a 9/11 commemoration ceremony early.
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What Timing!

On the eve of her first presidential debate, HIllary decided to kill any chance she had to use The Donald's wealth as a political issue. At least Bernie waited until after he lost in the primary.

Granted, you could not buy an empty lot in Palo Alto the size of this front yard for less than $2M. However, most voters are not in the million dollar home club. The difference between multi-millionaire and supposed billionaire is lost on the unrich masses. With this untimely move, Hillary has elevated her political position to the 1% that everybody loves to hate.

I remember the 1992 presidential election well. George HW Bush was the incumbent and had a great track record with Desert Storm and the Soviet collapse. However, the Economy was a little down, and he not only ignored the issue but seemed to snub it. At that time, I wondered how much he really wanted to remain POTUS. After the election, he appeared on camera looking relieved. He has worked his long life to achieve the presidency and realized that 'having' is not always as rewarding as 'wanting'. Perhaps, Hillary is smarter than George was and wants to avoid the 'having' altogether.

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Westchester County property records show the Clintons purchased the 3,631-square-foot home for $1.16 million in mid-August.
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Trust Me

I recently posted a piece on 'hard math' and the future of currency -- https://plus.google.com/+MichaelSmithesq/posts/g9vKCfFG8rB . In this video, Don does a great job of explaining the potential of blockchain. He is a bit pollyanna about the benefits, but that just makes his pitch more charming.

Bottom line, blockchain technology will change our view of money and make the idea of coins and paper currency seem like mud huts. If you strip away the altruism, it becomes evident that a new way of getting rich is in play. Therefore, understanding this sea change can either make you rich or poor. Maybe 'happy poor' but 'happy rich' is better.

One message that Don does not embellish is that concept of trust as currency. Without trust, civilization would collapse. The whole point of terrorism is undermining trust, and the whole point of sovereign government is ensuring trust. Money is nothing without trust, and blockchain creates trust out of a lot of heavy math, using a lot of computing power. The only question is "how far can this trust go?" The one who finds this out will be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.
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Painful Truth

This is like premarital sex between two who have pledged to remain virgins - soo wrong but feels sooooo right.

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Population Control

Coffee, a commercial crop that is practically nonexistent in every state except Hawaii, is now a more popular study subject than sex or beer to U.C. Davis students. Will a cup a day keep the babies away?
Last year, those two classes were overtaken by a chemical engineering class called Design of Coffee, where students learn to roast and brew coffee. “Coffee is now better than beer and sex,” said chemical engineering Professor Bill Ristenpart, one of the class’ two instructors. When the center opens, most likely next year, research will focus on post-harvest aspects of coffee production, starting with processing at the farm and including roastin...
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Where is the Election Entertainment?

Well, it got so big that it became an end in itself (URL-wise).
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Battle of the Drug Dealers

As I said before (see https://plus.google.com/+MichaelSmithesq/posts/DQK4tw1fWQy ), the groups that oppose legalization of marijuana have varied self-interest, mostly non-altruistic.
Insys Therapeutics has been accused of illegally marketing its oral spray of fentanyl.
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