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I’ve mentioned before that Facebook seems to have a hard time grasping that it is a commercial entity rather than a government or a civic space. In his statement today, Mark Zuckerberg compared placing some controls or vetting on the ads it runs to prior restraint. “We don’t check what people say before they say it and I don’t think society should want us to. Freedom means you don’t have to ask for permission first.”

And in Harvard's faculty offices, many faces are being palmed.
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If you hear any of these names — Bain Capital Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, or Vornado Realty Trust — around the water cooler, time to find a new gig. It’s like taking a torpedo below the waterline.
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Maybe just change the name of the stare to “Foxconnsin?”
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You read a piece like this — https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/09/insanely-concentrated-wealth-strangling-prosperity.html — and then stumble on —

The ceramic [Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar] is one of the hottest watches in the world at the moment, and even at $93,900 it has a wait list a mile long.

— and it makes you wonder. A $400 Apple Watch is beyond my means but somehow a $94,000 watch has a waiting list?
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The most famous economic boom in U.S. history occurred when top tax rates on dividends were as much as 90 percent.

But no one wants to talk about that, how driving investment (as wages or capital investment or business development) through high tax rates works. Anyone who has ever gardened knows how tilling the soil, adding compost to the roots, boosts productivity. Let's assume that no one working on Wall St has ever used the word "manure" as a verb.

Let’s say you and I are neighbors. You’re an emergency room doctor, and I don’t work, thanks to a pile of money my grandparents left me.

You spend your days and nights stitching up gunshot wounds and helping children survive asthma attacks. I’ve gotten really good at World of Warcraft, winning EBay auctions, and frying shishito peppers to just the right crispiness.

Let’s also say we both report $300,000 in income to the Internal Revenue Service this year. Who pays more in taxes?

You do, by a lot.

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“An alderman coming from a turtle feast will not step out of his carriage to steal a leg of mutton; but put him to starve, and see if he will not purloin a loaf.”

Excerpt From: William Makepeace Thackeray. “Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero.”
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No honor among wossnames?

Not only do Mr. Trump, Mr. Kushner and Mr. McGahn all have lawyers, but so do other senior officials. The uncertainty has grown to the point that White House officials privately express fear that colleagues may be wearing a wire to surreptitiously record conversations for Mr. Mueller.

Full story here: https://nytimes.com/2017/09/17/us/politics/trump-lawyers-white-house-russia-mcgahn-ty-cobb.html
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Well, I knew this already, but the explanation was worth watching…

Global weirding/warming is not:
• volcanoes
• orbital oscillations
• sunspots
• the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.

It's us.

To borrow from the heroine of a popular HBO series: we broke the wheel.
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PSA: don't forget that you are entitled to a free credit report every year as part of your financial hygiene regime. I also use Mint.com (an Intuit product) to monitor all my accounts. I have used it for 7+ years now and it does a good job watching accounts, noting charges, reminding me of bills and payments. Just got an alert that someone pulled my credit so I can check into that.


https://www.annualcreditreport.com/


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The bottomline:
Armis reached out to the following actors to ensure a safe, secure, and coordinated response to the vulnerabilities identified.

• Google – Contacted on April 19, 2017, after which details were shared. Released public security update and security bulletin on September 4th, 2017. Coordinated disclosure on September 12th, 2017.
• Microsoft – Contacted on April 19, 2017 after which details were shared. Updates were made on July 11. Public disclosure on September 12, 2017 as part of coordinated disclosure.
• Apple – Contacted on August 9, 2017. Apple had no vulnerability in its current versions.
• Samsung – Contact on three separate occasions in April, May, and June. No response was received back from any outreach.
• Linux – Contacted August 15 and 17, 2017. On September 5, 2017, we connected and provided the necessary information to the the Linux kernel security team and to the Linux distributions security contact list and conversations followed from there. Targeting updates for on or about September 12, 2017 for coordinated disclosure.
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