Monthly Archives: December 2016

Spindle clearing, 12/30/16

Reddit guy marries up I happen to like / love the Williams sisters, I think they are quite alright. This Reddit geek guy snagged himself Serena. http://theweek.com/speedreads/670074/serena-williams-reddit-cofounder-alexis-ohanian-are-engaged

I watched Hail Caesar as part of my Coen appreciation function. Last Wednesday night on HBO Now.  Sophisticated film and literature people do some very complex analysis of Coen movies re their allusions to philosophy and the bible. I believe the consensus is Hail Caesar falls short of other Coen efforts there. I’m not capable of that style analysis… I found the movie pleasant. Coen brothers have the market cornered these days on what you might call high-brow mirth, no one else does it.

I saw Rogue One, thought it was very good.

I watched Goliath on Amazon prime. 8 part series starring Billy Bob Thornton. He’s a lawyer, a fallen lawyer…. So what you got is obviously a law procedural show, but it’s noir because it’s Billy Bob Thornton and he swears a lot. Started OK, but got more ridiculous as it went on as a function of all these trope characters doing what their trope dictates…. Ya know, hooker with heart of gold, etc… Show wrapped up with an awkward anti-corporate allusion to Citizens United. My final discernment is the show kinda sucked.

I’d assume these Sprint jobs are mostly phone / customer service jobs http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/28/us/politics/donald-trump-sprint-jobs.html?_r=0 No, Trump didn’t save them for the US. Story quote: “Since the election, Sprint shares have risen nearly 40 percent, partly on hopes that it could be acquired by its rival T-Mobile. While antitrust officials under President Obama have been wary of deals in the telecom sector, Mr. Son and investors are hoping the Trump administration might look more favorably on any potential deal.” I saved some money in my 401k over the last 3 years, a nice amount in the lower five figures. Had to roll it out when I changed vendors here last month, put it in an account with one of the great discount brokers of this age. Not going to day trade, just trying to do some value buys in unimpeachable quality stocks a couple times a year. Bought some shares of Verizon cuz its dividend is good and it seems to be at a bottom in its annual range. I had no sense of the broader telecom market, but if Sprint gets bought and we get greater oligopoly that’s probably good for my Verizon shares.

The relentless accrual of beloved celebrity deaths will continue into 2017 and then some

Which is to say, 2016 is not a bad, dark, forboding year, the moon is not in the seventh house of death, yada yada…

What we got going on is an intersection of boomer / X-er demographics … none of us are truly young anymore…. with the democratization of stardom that was made possible under modern mass media.

IE, it seems like a lot of celebrities are dying because there are a lot of celebrities and a lot of them are at an age where they can die and quite a few of them have because they are old or borderline old.

This actually isn’t going to change. So, expect 2017 to be similar.

Cover yourselves in glory, Golden Gophers

Couple few things…

Conservatives have a beef these days with how Title IX is a subversion of due process in campus harassment cases.  Now, it’s not like “conservatives” are using the U’s example to elevate that point (thank God…).   Rather, there’s a group of people sympathetic to the Gophers who are appropriating the conservative argument about Title IX at their moment of convenience here.  You fellas there, local jocksniffers, the U can suspend / expel these Gophers on a code of conduct violation.  Has nothing to do with Title IX and its subversion of “due process”.  So go now, and get on with your lives.

Mike Freeman’s understanding of prosecutorial discretion comes into question again.  Apparently, he thinks 90 seconds of phone video will be exculpatory to the players here such that it will nullify hundreds of hours of what are essentially deposed interviews, and make it a she said / he he he he he he he he he he said that Freeman doesn’t think he can win.

The casual observer of the justice system understands the weighing of various pragmatics that goes on as prosecutors decide what to charge.  Properly expressed, this pragmatic has to do with resource allocation vs what can / should be pursued in the interest of justice.  Which is to say, what’s ‘winnable’ at trial vs what’s not should not be THE consideration, and that some things not ‘winnable’, perhaps like this, should be taken to trial because it’s the process that is the justice, not the result.

So Freeman ought to be taking this to trial.  So what’s the deal, is Freeman a misogynist?  A jock sniffer?   It’s worth mentioning, the Hennepin County attorney’s office undertook a Gopher gang bang rape trial 7-8-9 years ago, and they lost it to superlawyer defense attorney  Earl Gray (… who is Ofc Geronimo Yanez’ attorney for his manslaughter trial of Philando Castile…).

Gray’s argument at the time, if I can paraphrase, was “but but but she was enjoying it….”

Somehow I think a 2017 Hennepin County prosecutor ought to be able to defeat that argument.

This is something

The ball club that I played for this summer is run by a throwback labor radical (I had a wonderful time and I hope he doesn’t cut me because I’m 5 years older than the rest and I kinda suck).

He showed this on his FB feed yesterday.  It’s about as astonishing a work of political cartoonery as I’ve seen, a few cuts above the rest.  There’s a lot of symbolism packed in.  The fecal diaper there makes it very provocative, and people are chatting as if it was banned on twitter, all that.  I have no idea if that’s true (would tend to doubt it).

This work is apparently from a Norwegian cartoonist.

I don’t feel apocalypse, I’m reasonably comfortable with a Trump presidency, BUT… the drawing there is fair.

trump

 

I spotted a bug

I’m contracting at a very prosperous enterprise here in the Twin Cities. Its private, ostensibly an ESOP thing (but probably has some large, legacy family stakeholders…). Multiple hundred million dollar outfit as far as I can tell, and a leader in their industry.

It’s got an e-commerce arm, it sells a variety of products, including apparel. I’m testing / auditing that. Yesterday I say, hey, you’re charging sales tax on apparel in MN. You needn’t be.

Minor freakout on the campus here. It’s better than not collecting and remitting tax, but it’s a problem. If I’m here like 6 months, earn what I earn, I made it worth it in 5 minutes.

Corrections, 12/14/16

**I appear to have been wrong to give Ted Mondale and Michelle Kelm-Helgen the benefit of the doubt on their suite guests.  It was mostly family, and some business rather than the other way around:

http://www.startribune.com/u-s-bank-stadium-releases-names-of-guests-who-used-two-public-luxury-suites-changes-policy/406079676/

I’m kind of surprised how popular Metallica is with the late baby boomers, BTW.

**Yes, the Russians did it, I’m persuaded