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AIG Paying Bonuses After Receiving Bailout?

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 19:15:44 +0000

AIG recently disclosed that it will be paying out $165 million in bonuses, despite having recently received billions of dollars in U.S. Government bailout money. AIG says that it is contractually obligated to pay out these bonuses, and that it risks extended litigation if it does not pay out. People on both the left and […]

Stewart vs. Cramer

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 02:00:49 +0000

So, many of us have seen the spectacle of Jon Stewart on the Daily Show skewering Jim Cramer and CNBC.  And then the big showdown between Stewart and Cramer on the Daily Show. Frankly, it was a bit anti-climatic.  Stewart seemed to have his lines of attack all set up and ready to go, while […]

Olympics and the Chinese Century?

Sat, 09 Aug 2008 10:10:24 +0000

I was reading someone’s impression of the Olympics opening ceremony this evening. After viewing the ceremony, he remarked that he thought this was the end of the “American Century” and the beginning of the “Chinese Century”. What? You sit in your easy chair mesmerized by the spectacle of a blaze of fireworks, music, well-auditioned flag […]

3G iPhone on the Horizon?

Sat, 26 Apr 2008 08:33:18 +0000

Rumor has it that Apple’s iPhone 2.0 with 3G Network is nearing launch in the U.S., possibly this coming Summer.  Reports are that the phone is already undergoing its shakedown testing with selected users in different parts of the country. Other than 3G, the newest iPhone is rumored to have a GPS feature, a slight increase […]

Gordon and the Contestants

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 06:29:05 +0000

Yesterday, during a visit to Washington, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met separately with each of the U.S. Presidential Candidates, Senator John McCain, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Senator Barack Obama. Was it just me, or did it look like a astonishingly bizarre beauty pageant, with each of the candidates seeking to look the most Presidential? […]

ABC and the Debate Spectacle

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 08:00:19 +0000

What was that spectacle ABC put on last night? It wasn’t really a debate between Democratic Candidates, as much as it was a littany of “gotcha” moments between moderators and Candidates. Any real substantive issue was not covered until well into the 1st hour of the program.  Instead, the moderators seemed hell bent on examining […]

The Subprime Mortgage Mess and the Folly of Bailouts

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 00:18:41 +0000

I will be one of the first to admit that the subprime mortgage meltdown in the U.S. is harrowing and completely devastating for whole swaths of the U.S. economy.  Foreclosures are occurring left and right, and the areas hardest hit are seeing entire sections of neighborhoods now sitting empty, due to foreclosures.  The societal impacts are […]

Where Oh Where Do the Cyberhacks Come From?

Thu, 10 Apr 2008 16:26:16 +0000

Ok, so I made an offhand remark about Chinese spam in my previous post. But seriously, according to Symantec CEO John Thompson (speaking at RSA 2008), in the second half of 2007, the USA was the top origin of cyber attacks! He also mentioned that identity exposure was the fault of Government 60% of the […]

Chertoff Calls for Cyber-Security Program

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 09:01:15 +0000

At the RSA 2008 Conference, Department of Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff called for a kind of “Manhattan Project” for Cyber-security, as detailed by Ok, the news appears to make sense and seems appropriate. But rather than giving speeches at public events, shouldn’t Chertoff and his staff be actively recruiting technology companies and staff?  […]