The "blue-collar" campaign of Bernie Sanders

We know now that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.
— Roosevelt running for re-election, 1936

If it weren't for "unanimity of hate" in the quote above, it could very well have been spoken by Bernie Sanders. Right now, it's easier to be dismissive of Bernie than to address his message, tar him with an unelectable message and just use the word "socialist" a lot.

Say what you will about his economic beliefs, but Bernie is running a 100% "blue-collar" campaign, only taking money from the individuals he hopes to represent. The constraint of fund-raising from actual humans is something I'd love to see us force our politicians back in to. How would any of our other candidates fare if they weren't allowed to take money from corporations or special interests? How different would this election look if it were real people supporting these candidates?

Check out this great profile of Bernie Sanders on Bloomberg. 


Finding others who share your beliefs does not make those beliefs true. See Donald Trump, Ammon Bundy, and Ben Carson for sterling examples of misguided individuals leading others, yet spewing mountains of misinformation. Plenty of people believe these leaders speak the truth and hand-wave around obvious falsehoods and misstatements that they would be quick to call out on the opposition.

Do you really want a president who never admits when he's wrong? Just look at Trump's recent commercial - purporting to show the Mexican border as illegal immigrants stream across but actually footage of the Moroccan border as refugees flee. Do you prefer a president that believes he has special insights from God, and that just one of these insights is that Joseph built the Egyptian pyramids as grain silos? How about a rancher, Ammon Bundy, who occupies federal land at gunpoint in an misguided attempt to give it back to the people? I'm "the people" too and he certainly doesn't represent me... Is this a new type of democracy I don't know about?

What the followers of these people prove is that many people do not know how to tell the difference between fact, which is generally nuanced, has two sides, and consequences (and is unfortunately kind of boring and work to assess); and fiction, which, while it may align with a simple world view, almost always fails to deal with the complexity and consequences of reality. There are many leaders who paint the world as simple in order to attract simple people.

What to Expect in the iPhone 6S Camera — Austin Mann

I expect the camera to be the marquee feature on the new iPhone 6s and I wouldn't be surprised if Austin is right about most of these; his main predictions seem to be buttressed by lots of other reporting. The thing I hadn't considered was the use of force touch as a means of quick access to the camera, which would be great. The current swipe gesture has been really fiddly on both of the 6 Plus devices I've owned in the last year, with swipe working only 50% of the time or so. I've missed a number of "precious moments" with my son by not being able to get to the camera quickly enough.

I sold my 6 Plus this morning to be ready to pre-order the new one next week.

Signs of the apocalypse. Trump's candidacy.

We lack a well-informed (and well-reasoned) populace and this video is downright scary proof. 

Trump's platform is to boorishly make fun of politicians by calling them ugly and stupid and to play off voter skepticism of government. I'm not cynical enough to take him seriously and believe (hope?) that foot in mouth disease will eventually catch up to him, but it's difficult to understand how he has made it this far. He's smarter than he shows, but if this disgusting platform wins him office, it's time to move somewhere else (Iceland?).

I know that Trump is encouraging political fantasies. He is not preparing people for difficult choices, on, say, entitlements; he is assuring them that our problems could be easily solved if elites were not so corrupt. And he is wrong. Our problems are not easy.

And I know that the success of Trump would be the downfall of the GOP. Any party captured by rage and resentment will fail, and deserve it. Republicans should stand for responsible reform, not reckless populism.

News worth reading: Edward Snowden explains why Apple should continue to fight the government on encryption

I probably just got myself added to a watchlist but "The Intercept" is posting great material. 

No matter how good the reason, if the U.S. sets the precedent that Apple has to compromise the security of a customer in response to a piece of government paper, what can they do when the government is China and the customer is the Dalai Lama?
— Edward Snowden -

Uber phantoms

I love the Uber service but I've experienced this every time I book a car. The cars I was looking at (prior to my actual booking) all disappear and another car, invariably further away, gets tapped for my transit.

The app is simply showing there are partners on the road at the time,” the staffer wrote in an email. “This is not a representation of the exact numbers of drivers or their location. This is more of a visual effect letting people know that partners are searching for fares.

Damn Uber, you shady...