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My name is Amilia St. John and I am the daughter of Alex St. John. Yes, that one. For those not following the horrific t…
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This is a partial copy-paste of a comment I made on Jim Sterling's "Crunch" video from last week, where he took Mr. St. John to task for his rant:

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First of all, I would never pay any attention to anything Mr. St. John had to say, because anyone who would inflict a Lovecraftian horror such as DirectX on the world is clearly either willfully malicious or out of his fscking mind.

Back in the 1990's the video game industry craved "legitimization" by trying to get noticed by Hollywood. Much was said of a "convergence" of the industries -- Hollywood's talent for telling compelling stories, and Silicon Valley's talent for creating compelling technology. ("Ooo, show us how it's done, Great Sensei, because quite honestly we've just been guessing up 'til now.")

Well, we seem to have achieved the convergence: Video game studios are now run like Hollywood studios in the early part of the 20th century (and, in some measure, still are today), before the talent unionized. Projects are designed such that labor is interchangeable. Talent gets hired for a project with an unknown and changeable workload but a fixed schedule ("Because Christmas doesn't move"), you beat yourself to death to make the milestones, and when the project's completed, you're laid off. If you're very lucky, they'll re-hire you for the next project -- if there is one. The mantra of management toward any complaint from the lower ranks was, "There's more where you came from."
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Remember this? I wore out the one I had in high school to the point where a bunch of the light segments failed so you had to know the pattern well enough to infer what was in the burnt-out spots. 
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Nuts..... and my father was a Trust Officer at a bank, and my Grandfather and Uncle were partners in Wall St firms (many, many years ago).
 
I haven't commented on the Panama Papers leak, but wanted to point something out about Panamanian law which might not be obvious:

Panama's biggest problem isn't that it's a tax haven. Its biggest problem is that it's a general "asset invulnerability" haven.

Tax havens are problematic, but the problem is tractable using normal methods. Anyone who uses them will eventually have to move their capital through jurisdictions where economic activity is actually occurring, at which point it can be taxed. If they don't, tax havens are just a giant deflationary money-sink, not a method of diverting real capacity to the hands of cheats.

Panama goes one step further: it puts money permanently out of the reach of both private parties and governments, and does so in a way where the transactions need never cross national boundaries in order to be invulnerable to foreign contract law. The trick?

Self-settled asset protection trusts.

A normal trust always takes the form, "From A, to B, for the benefit of C." A grantor gives property to a trustee for the beneficiary's use. The trustee then has a fiduciary duty to use that property for the beneficiary's benefit. This is a completely normal operation with centuries of law behind it.

In a self-settled asset protection trust, A, B, and C are all the same person. In other words, "from me, to me, for the benefit of me." In a sane legal regime, this would be identical to simply owning the property.

A number of offshore banking havens pioneered a form of the self-settled trust where you hold the property in trust for yourself, but do not, in fact, 'own' it. If your creditors come looking for it, you then have the right to tell them, "Oh, no. That's not my property. That's property held in trust for me. By me. And I would be violating my fiduciary duty to myself if I turned it over to you, because I am obligated to use it only for my benefit.*"

This is obvious nonsense. 

But the problem has metastasized out of Panama and Grenada; this form of trust, albeit modified, is now legal in Utah and Nevada. It is probably the case that this sort of trust instrument, if formed in the correct state, is enforceable nationwide. 

(1) Note that the actual trust is slightly more complex than this: the trustee switches to an extrajurisdictional guardian in the event that a creditor tries to attach the assets, but the theory remains the same.
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"As long as you are not subject to any claims from creditors at the time you create the trust, you can protect assets from future creditors by transferring them." http://www.palisadeshudson.com/2013/06/using-a-self-settled-trust-to-protect-assets/ Overall more than a bit slimey
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Scientifically speaking, April Fools’ Day is the worst day of the year. And as consumers we have only two options to survive the horror that is brands flogging the dead horse known as April Fools’ Day.
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Awesome homage to Monty Python (and my favorite Python movie - Life of Brian)

And, of course, Patrick Stuart does it so well.

(That is my favorite of the Monty Python movies - for multiple reasons, including the Latin Lesson scene)

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/video/2016/apr/25/patrick-stewart-sketch-what-has-the-echr-ever-done-for-us-video
After Theresa May says Britain should leave the European convention on human rights, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani expose the problems in the Conservative plan for a UK bill of rights
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Eep! In Existence, I portray a conclave of zillionaire-lords meeting in the Alps to at least try to make the New Feudalism not-stupid, this time, unlike the horrific statecraft and silly rationalizations that aristocratic castes produced, across 6000 years. I wrote that scene as a suggestion, in case the new lords win and repress our brief, 2 century enlightenment experiment. Odds still favor that outcome. Feudalism always won, in the past.

Alas, despite my suggestion, all signs suggest that this round of proto-feudalists will be as delusional as every other. Like kings and lords and priests of old, they let flatterers tell them how smart they are.  Still, is there hope? Shall I lift my head, in wonder, when the archetype beta-minus billionaire who thinks he’s an alpha seems to ‘get’ how stunningly awful is the 21st Century Republican Party that he and his brother helped to forge?

“It's a nightmare scenario for Republicans, but conservative billionaire Charles Koch says ‘it's possible’ Hillary Clinton could make a better president than the remaining candidates in the GOP primary.  As far as the growth of government, the increase in spending, Koch said. ‘It was 2.5 times [more] under Bush than it was under Clinton.’”

Um?  And every single other metric of US national health has done better across democratic administrations than GOP ones. Every metric.  Every single one. Now think, Charles.  What might that mean?

http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/hillary-clinton-president-gop-pick-charles-koch/story?id=38622141

See the comparison of outcomes.
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/06/so-do-outcomes-matter-more-than-rhetoric.html

To be clear, despite having had total power to do anything they wanted — owning all three branches of government completely, from 2001-2007 — the GOP did not one thing about any ranted agenda items wanted by their tea party ground troops, except in four categories: massive tax cuts for the uber-caste, deregulating Wall Street, granting sweetheart deals for resource extractors, and conspiring to keep the true cost of wars off the books. Oh, yeah and Medicare Part D.  That’s five.  Period. All of them budget busting nightmares that transformed Clintonian surpluses into artery gushers of red ink. But beyond that? Utterly useless torpor.

BTW Charles, most of those were things that you wanted and demanded from your servants. You made this bed, sir.
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Whatever you believe about the drone program: this is worth reading.
 
A #mustread written by someone on the US kill list that has been attacked by drones.

"My friends began to decline my invitations, afraid that dinner might be interrupted by a missile."

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"I know the Americans think me an opponent of their drone wars. They are right; I am. Singling out people to assassinate, and killing nine of our innocent children for each person they target, is a crime of unspeakable proportions."

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/i-am-on-the-us-kill-list-this-is-what-it-feels-like-to-be-hunted-by-drones-a6980141.html
I am in the strange position of knowing that I am on the ‘Kill List’. I know this because I have been told, and I know because I have been targeted for death over and over again. Four times missiles have been fired at me. I am extraordinarily fortunate to be alive.
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Looks like a step in the right direction!

(Note: this was actually done back in late Feb; +Justin Uberti tweeted about it then, but worth re-mentioning due to the NoJitter article.  We'll see how they follow through on doing thing is Safari; this alone doesn't guarantee it.
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It's worth noting that the contact address is a Tech Evangelist with an "@apple.com" email address, so that definitely puts it more in the "probably driven by Apple" category.
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As a former college DJ at WRPI, I mourn for all radio. I still support WHYY-FM (public broadcasting in Philly) and WXPN (big UPenn station doing music - but also very professional, not a pure student org like WRPI was (and is still).
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On March 31, 2016, Cumulus Media gutted two legacy Bay Area stations – KFOG and KGO, changing formats of both, and laying off most of the remaining news departments of the latter. Claudia Lamb worked at KGO from 2007 to 2011, producing and writing the afternoon news at KGO Radio …
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Wish this had gotten more publicity. Somehow I'm not surprised
 
Retired military officers have reacted with disgust to the Republican candidate’s claim that the treaties defending civilians and noncombatants are a ‘problem’
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Great! Fantastic food, top-notch service, nice ambiance. And very friendly to kids. It's not on their online menu, but they have a kids menu, crayons, pages to color. They have a cool room for larger parties (up to ~8) in their wine cellar. Quieter, private, charming. The food is wonderful - everyone loved what they got. The braised short ribs were fall-apart tender. The salad special was fantastic. And the chocolate souffle - don't miss it, and tell them you want it when you order as it takes ~40 minutes to make.
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Excellent. Really good toppings, especially the mushrooms and sausage. Sauce is good; doesn't overpower other flavors by being too sweet. Looking forward to trying their other menu items. And delivers (hot!) to Valley Forge Mountain!
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Ate in the Japanese room upstairs. Wonderful sushi; especially the tempura lobster roll and the Rainbow roll. They have a few very nice traditional tatami rooms as well, and some nook-type western seating plus an area of tables (but not a huge expanse, it's reasonably intimate). Very nice.
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Total hole-in-the-wall, crowded downstairs (there are more tables upstairs that get you away from the crush of people ordering). Wonderful food. We especially liked the Chicken Bhartha, the Paneer Chili Masala, their Naan, and the Paneer Saag. The Chicken Tikka Masala was quite good, and the chicken was especially tender. I would go there again in an instant. Anytime near dinnertime there's a serious crush downstairs to order. We ate there with two very young kids (upstairs), and they were very helpful and understanding about little kids not being very neat with eating rice.
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Fantastic food, great lunch buffet, super friendly. Been going there for 10 years.
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The best place in the Philadelphia area for Rhododendrons and Azaleas, and one of the best on the east coast
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