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.
— https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-gop-led-by-donald-trump-will-fail-and-deserve-it/2015/07/30/614b173c-36f6-11e5-b673-1df005a0fb28_story.html?hpid=z2

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 - https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/31/exclusive-edward-snowden-says-obama-administrations-war-encryption-just-doesnt-make-sense/

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.
— http://motherboard.vice.com/read/ubers-phantom-cabs

Damn Uber, you shady...