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Reading: “The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers tell Zuckerberg’s stand-in

November 27, 2018 at 11:00AM

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The kind of meetings we need to see more of: calling BS and distraction, calling for accountability.  As in this –

Allan took as a cue to ummm his way into another series of “we need tos”, and talk of “a number of problematic vectors” Facebook is trying to address with a number of “tools”.

which is in the working vocabulary of  administrators everywhere.

The session was largely filled up such frustratingly reframed waffle, as Allan sought to deflect, defang and defuse the committee’s questions — leading it to accuse him more than once of repeating the ‘delay, deny, deflect’ tactics recently reported on by the New York Times.

Waffle is the new trope for misleading.

Allan claimed not — claiming to be there “acknowledging” problems. But that empty chair beside him sure looked awkward.

Perhaps, after 35 years of hearing admin-speak out of the corner of my ear, I enjoy reading about a take-down a little too much. Waffle.

Reading: Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn’t really for work

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Just in time for T’giving, the truth emerges.

This autumn, rather than taking a huge leap forward into professional business computing, as many had hoped, the iPad retreated into its boutique, graphics niche. It’s more expensive than ever, and more focused on those creatives. And as if to remind us that such fragile things of beauty are not for the white or blue-collar masses, it’s more fragile than ever too.

Reading: As Harvey Drowns Houston, Trump Struggles to Contain Himself | Vanity Fair

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Who knew leadership could be so HARD! Cultural tourism can be so tedious. Especially at a distance. Look to the sequence of statements.

Since the rain began falling, however, Trump has struggled to respond to the first natural disaster of his presidency with anything other than contrived seriousness at best, morbid fascination at worst.

“Record setting rainfall,” Trump observed, before quickly getting in a plug for a friend’s book. “Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground,” he noted. “Wow – Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!”

Reading: Trump Stands Up for Saudi Arabian Values – The New York Times

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Enough said.

President Trump confirmed the harshest caricatures drawn by America’s most cynical critics on Tuesday when he portrayed its central objectives in the world as panting after money and narrow self-interest.

In simplistic and often inaccurate terms, the statement reflected Mr. Trump’s view that all relationships are transactional, and that moral or human rights considerations must be sacrificed to a primitive understanding of American national interests — or as he put it, “America first!” “We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi,” the president declared. “In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Reading 26 Sep 2018