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Yeah really…where have you been dude? Well, the article tries to answer this tough question. Not sure if you are going to like the answer. Or maybe he is on to something. Or whatever…
Beyond the anguish is, often, simply bafflement: How did the most ubiquitous man in America for eight years virtually disappear? Over the course of his presidency, Obama cast himself as the country’s secular minister as much as its commander-in-chief, someone who understood the moral core of the nation and felt compelled to insist that we live up to it. What explains his near absence from the political stage, where he might argue publicly against the reversals of his policy accomplishments, and also from American life more broadly? What is keeping him from speaking more frequently about the need to protect democratic norms and the rule of law, to be decent people? Where is the man who cried after Sandy Hook and sang in Charleston, who after each mass shooting tried to soothe an outraged nation, who spoke of American values in his travels across the globe? And, tactically, what is behind the relative silence of one of the most popular figures alive just as American politics appears to so many to be on the brink of breaking?
“The important thing to think about with Obama in the context of politics is what his overall goals are,” says Jim Messina, his 2012 presidential-campaign manager and informal adviser. Obama’s first goal is to adhere to the precedent George W. Bush set, leaving him alone and respecting the peaceful transfer of power. The second is to engage a younger generation of leaders. “And then, three, how to carefully decide when you have to sacrifice one and two, especially one. He has been really careful about No. 1,” Messina says. “He could pick a fight with Donald Trump every day, and (a) the only winner would be Donald Trump, and (b) we would kind of get into this back-and-forth the Clintons have gotten themselves into: Is there too much Obama? Not enough Obama?”
The article is very informative and goes on and on about how he is focusing on his foundation and his memoirs, his mistakes that helped the rise of Trump, his complicated relationship with the Democratic party, and even his Netflix deal.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. To the right wing blog readers, send me GOOD material to read and learn expressing your side!
What a story! This is the byline:
How a meteorite hunter’s obsession took him from the mountains of Colorado, to the Bundy Ranch, and eventually landed him in jail
I had no idea about the market out there in meteorite rocks first of all! Anyway, this is a story of a complete nut. We probably know or have seen someone like this guy in our lives. Whatever you do to try to put some common sense into the man, you realize it is completely hopeless. One of these phuckers moved in next door to me and we moved. Actually, it worked out great, thank you for your concern!
Humanity would be so much better off if extremists of both sides were abducted by aliens and released in space!
Reed figured that Curry would just blow away like so much cosmic dust. Instead, Reed’s rejection of Curry’s treasure would become the opening move in a twisted game that transformed Curry in ways neither of them could have imagined. Over the next eight years, Curry went from a passionate rockhound with a corny sense of humor to a disturbed man trapped inside a distorted universe of his own making. He rejected not only the standards of scientific evidence but also the most fundamental principles of our legal system. This unlikely trajectory would ultimately leave Reed in desperate fear for his safety and Curry sitting in a jail cell in the desert, facing the rest of his life locked up.
It’s just a train wreck with this Curry guy…What great writing!
And he should! Remember when in the early 90s the buzz was how this WWW thingie will usher us into bliss. Or something like that. Now we drown in clickbait, fake news, scams, selfies, hacks galore, dweebs pretending they are experts and I can go on for ever, sad!
Well, Tim says that he has a plan to fix it. You should listen to him I think…
He is now embarking on a third act—determined to fight back through both his celebrity status and, notably, his skill as a coder. In particular, Berners-Lee has, for some time, been working on a new software, Solid, to reclaim the Web from corporations and return it to its democratic roots.
The idea is simple: re-decentralize the Web. Working with a small team of developers, he spends most of his time now on Solid, a platform designed to give individuals, rather than corporations, control of their own data. “There are people working in the lab trying to imagine how the Web could be different. How society on the Web could look different. What could happen if we give people privacy and we give people control of their data,” Berners-Lee told me. “We are building a whole eco-system.”
There is more detail on what Solid is and what it does. I like it…
When asked what ordinary people can do, Berners-Lee replied, “You don’t have to have any coding skills. You just have to have a heart to decide enough is enough. Get out your Magic Marker and your signboard and your broomstick. And go out on the streets.” In other words, it’s time to rise against the machines.
Lets do this TBBers! But you can do it better with a Chase Sapphire Preferred card with my links. LOL, sorry I could not resist this one!
Wow, this blew me away. $1.2 Billion missing and the malware making ATMs spit out cold hard cash lives on!
I had never heard of the Carbanak malware. Or maybe I did and I just forgot. It happens when you cross 40 you know!
Since late 2013, this band of cybercriminals has penetrated the digital inner sanctums of more than 100 banks in 40 nations, including Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S., and stolen about $1.2 billion, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. The string of thefts, collectively dubbed Carbanak—a mashup of a hacking program and the word “bank”—is believed to be the biggest digital bank heist ever. In a series of exclusive interviews with Bloomberg Businessweek, law enforcement officials and computer-crime experts provided revelations about their three-year pursuit of the gang and the mechanics of a caper that’s become the stuff of legend in the digital underworld.
This is a fascinating story. And so well investigated and written. Sadly, no blogger in the miles and points space comes even close, sad!
Just be careful out there!
Why so many people watch this sad kid stream his life online? Why in the name of Zeus? What the hell is the world coming to? Well, actually I have never heard of this guy and the more I read the story about him the more sad I felt for him. But more sad for some of the people who watch him. I mean, REALLY sad!
I recently watched a science fiction movie where we were all living on an alternate VR world. Is this where this thing is going?
I also had no idea people like this can make so much money online? And here I am whining to make three digits per month!! Not fair but hey, what are you gonna do! I tell you what you should do right now! GET YOUR FAMILY TO CLICK ON MY LINKS! Okay, just could not resist again, I am so greedy hey? Ok, I need to wrap this post up…got five Best of Web TBB links for your Sunday enjoyment!
What a crazy and awesome 2018 World Cup has been!
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