Our brains are hardwired to magical thinking and fantasy writers take advantage of that to develop magical systems for their stories. www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org
Either the president is compromised by the Russian government and has been working covertly to cooperate with Vladimir Putin after Russia helped win him the 2016 election—or Trump will go down in history as the world’s most famous “useful idiot,” as communists used to call those who could be co-opted to the cause without realizing it.
These alternatives are nearly certain at this point, and have been for some time. Trump is working closely with Moscow against American interests. He may be doing it willingly, but I think it’s far more likely at this point that he’s stupid enough to think he’s doing the right thing. I think he’s bought into the racist bullshit that America and Russia together are the last bulwark against PoCs and Jews who have already invaded Europe and are on the verge of conquering the US through the machinations of the media and Deep State.
The 97-year-old was uninjured and did not require medical attention. www.huffingtonpost.com
Google is raising prices 20% on its low-end and midrange G Suite plans. It’s a big jump, but Google says it’s the first time it has raised prices in G Suite’s 10-year-history. Read my article at www.lightreading.com
Red Hat shareholders approved the $34B acquisition by IBM nearly unanimously, as the deal moves closer to anticipated 2H2019 close. Read my article at www.lightreading.com
The Microsoft-Walgreens tie-up will help Walgreens improve patient outcomes while Microsoft gains vertical penetration. And both companies fend off attacks from Amazon. Read my article at www.lightreading.com
“If the collusion happened, it happened a long time ago.” #ImpeachAndImprison www.huffingtonpost.com
Pelosi put up a notice on the campus ride-share board, offering to pay for gas and “doobies.” www.nytimes.com
It’s a good commercial — powerful, even. But I still don’t want to be lectured by my shaving cream.
Buy now if you think you might want a lot of mac and cheese in 2039. people.com
“Ken had the fish so Barbie had to land the plane.”
I remember this as one of several Blind People Are Inspiring movies of the 1960s-1980s. There were endless commercials for “Butterflies Are Free” when it came out, with all the signifiers that this was an Important, Serious Movie.
A Facebook engineer who identifies as transgender says she quit the company after being harassed for promoting diversity. www.cnbc.com
Michael Cohen hired a small IT firm to rig early election polls to favor Trump. The guy showed up at Trump Tower in person to collect the $50,000 he was owed; Cohen gave him a blue Walmart bag containing $12,000-$13,000 in cash and a boxing glove Cohen said had been worn by a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter. Cohen later wrote a handwritten note to the Trump organization billing them for the full $50,000.
Cohen also asked the IT guy, John Gauger to create a Twitter account called @WomenForCohen, describing Cohen as a “sex symbol.”
All the best people.
Nancy Pelosi said the government shutdown is straining the Secret Service and Homeland Security, who may not be able to provide adequate security for the State of the Union, and that it should be postponed or delivered in writing. The House is delivering crayons and construction paper to the White House in case the First Toddler goes for the writing option. www.huffingtonpost.com
A messy toddler next to me at the library is banging on one of the public computers and yelling, 'I werkin'! Look ah me I werkin'!" and this must be what it's like in the Oval Office.
— Wendi Aarons (@WendiAarons) January 10, 2019