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Jim Fawcette
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Google Voice Commands Not Working over Bluetooth
I am, literally, speechless

Posting simply so someone won't waste their time as I just did. Spent lunch trying to figure out why neither of my Bluetooth headsets would work with Google Assistant on my new (replacement) Pixel 2XL. I assumed I was doing something wrong. Then I found this. Apparently, I'm not alone, which provides some small comfort. Hard to believe the Pixel/ Oreo 8 would ship with this problem given that the soon-to-arrive wireless Buds are their key distinguishing feature. Also, given that Bose included a "Google button" on its BT headsets.

Short version: You can connect via BT (which alone is an improvement over unreliable behavior on the Nexus) but Google Assistant can't hear you speak.
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+Reuters Ivanka Trump and the fugitive from Panama

Posted the NBC version of this earlier, but Reuters more detailed portion of the joint investigation is now live. Includes credit to earlier Univision report. Trump made between $30-$50 Million on a project that went under, where properties were double-sold, and investors had numerous links to Russian mob money.

"Exclusive: How an alleged fraudster in Panama, working with Donald Trump's daughter, helped make Trump's first international hotel venture a success. The broker was in business with a money-launderer and two criminals from the former Soviet Union. Then he fled." ...

"A Reuters investigation into the financing of the Trump Ocean Club, in conjunction with the American broadcaster NBC News, found Nogueira was responsible for between one-third and one-half of advance sales for the project. It also found he did business with a Colombian who was later convicted of money laundering and is now in detention in the United States; a Russian investor in the Trump project who was jailed in Israel in the 1990s for kidnap and threats to kill; and a Ukrainian investor who was arrested for alleged people-smuggling while working with Nogueira and later convicted by a Kiev court."

And this about the salesperson's only meeting with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago and other attendees: "Arkady Vodovosov, a relative of Altshoul. In 1998, Vodovosov was sentenced to five years in prison in Israel for kidnap and threats to kill and torture, court records state... At different times, Altshoul and Kavalenka each faced accusations of having connections to organized crime, but the charges were dropped. In Altshoul’s case, police in Toronto filed charges in April 2007, at the time he was promoting the Trump project. He was accused of involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme, unrelated to the Panama project, that involved sending funds through Latvia. The criminal case was dropped a year later. ... In 2004, Canadian prosecutors had accused Kavalenka of pimping and kidnapping Russian prostitutes. That case was dropped in 2005 after the alleged prostitutes, who were the main witnesses, did not show up in court. ... "



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With AT&T and Time Warner, Battle Lines Form for an Epic Antitrust Case https://nyti.ms/2hG3CKn

"This week, two Barclays analysts, Kannan Venkateshwar and Amir Rozwadowski, called the government’s threat to block the deal “unprecedented” and said they were “perplexed” given the Justice Department’s longstanding leniency toward vertical mergers.
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Rampage killer's repeated weapons violations never reported to prosecutors, D.A. says
http://lat.ms/2iqldmY

Sheriff said he couldn't do anything despite repeated complaints of gun use by killer. Prosecutor says that is false.
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Trump’s Tax Cuts Are Likely to Increase Trade Deficit https://nyti.ms/2hHYKVm

I doubt that Trump, who sees all of life as entirely transactional, realizes this.

"The connection between tax cuts and trade deficits is not controversial. The mechanics are straightforward: Republicans are proposing to reduce federal revenue through a $1.5 trillion tax cut without a commensurate reduction in federal spending. To pay for the tax cuts, the government will need to borrow more dollars, some of which will come from foreign investors. Foreigners will get those dollars by selling more goods and services to Americans, which will widen the trade gap.

“There may not be much that macroeconomists can predict with accuracy, but a large tax cut will lead to a budget deficit, which will lead to a trade deficit,” said Jeffrey Frankel, a professor of economics at Harvard.

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CBS NEWS: Senate panel interested in Russians' request for Trump meeting during campaign

"According to the source, Torshin (who has connections to organized crime and the Kremlin) and Butina were hoping to meet then-candidate Trump and were eager for Mr. Trump to travel to Russia to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The request was made through an intermediary who was attached to a National Rifle Association (NRA) event in Kentucky.
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Statue Wars

Excellent essay on how difficult and ambiguous retroactive judgment of historic figures, and reaction to them can be. Do we want to ignore the historic significance of Columbus to Italian Americans that were treated as an inferior race and lynched, because that's no longer topical?

Example: "Take Christopher Columbus. Announcing a task force to review New York City monuments “that in any way may suggest hate or division or racism,” Mayor Bill de Blasio described the honoree of Columbus Circle as “complicated, to say the least.”

"Yet I wonder how many of the nation’s many Columbus memorials were truly built as tributes to a navigationally challenged slavemonger. How many were instead put up by Italian-American civic organizations as a rebuke to decades of discrimination and violence and as a reminder to their neighbors that Italians have been here since this objectionable Genoa-born adventurer set foot in this hemisphere in 1492, well before a bunch of equally creepy blond Protestants followed in his wake?

"Between 1886 and 1915, at least 46 Italian immigrants were lynched in Mississippi, Florida, Illinois, West Virginia, Colorado and elsewhere, including the 11 slain by a New Orleans mob in 1891 after some of them had been tried for murder and acquitted. After 1915, *when D. W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” reinvigorated the Ku Klux Klan, Italian-Americans joined blacks and Jews on the terrorists’ list of targets."
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Rep. Jeffries Uses Jeff Sessions' questions Att Gen Sessions about his selective memory on Russia
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+Engadget Can Tesla avoid becoming the BlackBerry of electric cars?

It's starting to look like a valid question. Early-mover advantage is only an advantage if you don't waste your lead by making bad decisions.While Tesla spins its wheels making a succession of bad, unfocused management decisions, re-inventing the trivial, and backing the wrong technologies, every other auto manufacturer is moving rapidly.

While Tesla invests billions in making its own batteries, competitors see prices falling and vendors proliferating: China Craves Electric Cars, While U.S. Flirts With Ending Tax Credit https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/business/energy-environment/electric-cars-china.html

While Tesla's struggles to build its Model 3 include spending time designing its own robots to build low-value items such as back seats, others are adding semi-autonomous drive to already-shipping cars: The Near Future of Driving: Eyes Forward, but No Hands at 10 and 2 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/business/cadillac-super-cruise.html

NYT: "Using a radar sensor, cameras, GPS positioning and a highly precise digital map, the CT6’s Super Cruise driver-assistance system is handling all of the braking, accelerating and steering as I continue heading west to a lunch appointment in South Bend, Ind., 170 miles away."

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