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    • RBC might have been the fifth-biggest bank in North America, by some measures, but it was on nobody’s mental map of Wall Street
    • “Everything was to excess,” he says. “I met more offensive people in a year than I had in my entire life. People lived beyond their means, and the way they did it was by going into debt. That’s what shocked me the most. Debt was a foreign concept in Canada. Debt was evil.”
    • The first day after the merger, Katsuyama got a call from a worried female employee, who whispered, “There is a guy in here with suspenders walking around with a baseball bat in his hands.”
    • Frommer told a group of business students: “It’s not just enough to fly in first class; I have to know my friends are flying in coach.”
    • The market wasn’t open; nothing was happening. But he was like, ‘Oh, my God, it’s happening in real time!’ ”
    • Katsuyama couldn’t believe it. He thought: The guy who just sold us our new electronic-trading platform either does not know that his display of technical virtuosity is absurd or, worse, he thinks we don’t know.
    • He had been supplying liquidity to the market; now whatever was happening on his screens was reducing his willingness to do that.
    • ‘Five.’ Then I’d hit the Enter button, and — boom! — all hell would break loose. The offerings would all disappear, and the stock would pop higher.”
    • At which point he turned to the developers behind him and said: “You see, I’m the event. I am the news.”
    • To that, they had no response. Katsuyama suspected the culprit was Carlin’s setup. “As the market problem got worse,” he says, “I started to just assume my real problem was with how bad their technology was.”
    • Right away he saw that, even though his friend was using software supplied to him by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley and the other big firms, he was experiencing exactly the same problem as RBC: He would hit a button to buy or sell a stock, and the market would move away from him.
    • Between the public stock exchanges and the dark pools — private exchanges created by banks and brokers that did not have to report in real time what trading activities took place within them — why were there now nearly 60 different places, most of them in New Jersey, where you could buy any listed stock?
    • Why would the market on the screens be real if you sent your order to only one exchange but prove illusory when you sent your order to all the exchanges at once?
    • As they increased the number of exchanges, the percentage of the order that was filled decreased; the more places they tried to buy stock from, the less stock they were actually able to buy.
    • “I just thought, BATS is a great exchange!”
    • One morning they sat down to test the program. Ordinarily when you hit the button to buy but failed to get the stock, the screens lit up red; when you got only some of the stock you were after, the screens lit up brown; and when you got everything you asked for, the screens lit up green.
    • “It’s 2009,” Katsuyama says. “This had been happening to me for almost two years. There’s no way I’m the first guy to have figured this out. So what happened to everyone else?” The question seemed to answer itself: Anyone who understood the problem was making money off it.
    • You could see that when you were trading a stock, the market knew what you were going to do, and it was going to move against you.”
    • The online broker TD Ameritrade, for example, was paid hundreds of millions of dollars each year to send its orders to a hedge fund called Citadel, which executed the orders on behalf of TD Ameritrade. Why was Citadel willing to pay so much to see the flow? No one could say with certainty what Citadel’s advantage was.
    • The same tax rate applied to that sum came to nearly $160 million a day. “It was so insidious because you couldn’t see it,” Katsuyama says. “It happens on such a granular level that even if you tried to line it up and figure it out, you wouldn’t be able to do it. People are getting screwed because they can’t imagine a microsecond.”
    • He also lacked the Wall Street trader’s ability to seem more important and knowledgeable than he actually was.
    • How a switch made by Cisco compared with a switch made by Juniper.
    • In 2005, he went to work for BT Radianz, a company that was born of 9/11, after the attacks on the World Trade Center knocked out big pieces of Wall Street’s communication system. The company promised to build a system less vulnerable to outside attack. Ryan’s job was to sell the financial world on the idea of subcontracting its information networks to Radianz. In particular, he was meant to sell the banks on “co-locating” their computers in Radianz’s data center in Nutley, N.J., to be closer, physically, to where the stock exchanges were located.
    • “He says, ‘My latency time is 43 milliseconds,’ ” Ryan recalls. “And I said, ‘What the hell is a millisecond?’ ”
    • The logic was the software, the code instructions that operated the boxes. Ryan didn’t know much about software, except that more and more it seemed to be written by guys with thick Russian accents.
    • “Physics is physics — this is what the traders didn’t understand,” Ryan says.
    • A huge number of the outfits he dealt with — Hudson River Trading, Eagle Seven, Simplex Investments, Evolution Financial Technologies, Cooperfund, DRW — no one had ever heard of, and the firms obviously intended to keep it that way.
    • “They’d be just five guys in a room. All of them geeks. The leader of each five-man pack is just an arrogant version of that geek.”
    • One group of guys Ryan saw over and over: four Russian, one Chinese. The arrogant Russian guy, clearly the leader, was named Vladimir, and he and his boys bounced from prop shop to big bank and back to prop shop, writing the computer code that made the actual stock-market trading decisions, which made high-frequency trading possible.
    • “He walks into the meeting and says, ‘I’m always the most important man in the room, but in this case, Vladimir is.’ ”
    • He needed, specifically, someone from deep inside the world of high-frequency trading.
    • e now suspected that every human being who knew how high-frequency traders made money was making too much money doing it to stop and explain what they were doing. He needed to find another way in.
    • He couldn’t very well call him vice president in charge of explaining to my clueless superiors why high-frequency trading is a travesty. So he called him a high-frequency-trading strategist. And Ryan finally landed his job on a Wall Street trading floor.
    • The maps told a story: Any trading signal that originated in Lower Manhattan traveled up the West Side Highway and out the Lincoln Tunnel.
    • One way or another, they traveled west to Secaucus, the location of the Direct Edge family of exchanges owned in part by Goldman Sachs and Citadel, and south to the Nasdaq family of exchanges in Carteret. The New York Stock Exchange, less than a mile from Katsuyama’s desk, appeared to be the stock market closest to him — but Ryan’s maps showed the incredible indirection of fiber-optic cable in Manhattan. “To get from Liberty Plaza to 55 Water Street, you might go through Brooklyn,” he explained. “You can go 50 miles to get from Midtown to Downtown. To get from a building to a building across the street, you could travel 15 miles.”
    • The reason they were always able to buy or sell 100 percent of the shares listed on BATS was that BATS was always the first stock market to receive their orders.
    • They knew something was very wrong, but they didn’t know what, and now that they knew, they were outraged.
    • Your biggest competitive advantage is that you don’t want to [expletive] me.”
    • Wall Street brokers what percentage of the trades executed on their behalf were executed inside the brokers’ dark pools.
    • But the dark pools were opaque. Their rules were not published. No outsider could see what went on inside them. It was entirely possible that a broker’s own traders were trading against the customers in its dark pool: There were no rules against doing that.
    • A huge percentage of the customer orders sent into a dark pool were executed inside the pool.
    • If an investor as large as T. Rowe Price, which acted on behalf of millions of investors, had trouble obtaining the information it needed to determine if its brokers had acted in their interest, what chance did the little guy have?
    • “Thank God, finally there’s someone who knows something about high-frequency trading who isn’t an Area 51 guy.”
    • With the purposelessness of the exercise hanging in the air, Park said, “I just had a sick idea.” His idea was to license the technology to one of the exchanges. The line between Wall Street brokers and exchanges had blurred.
    • We just sat there for a while,” Park says, “kind of staring at each other. Create your own stock exchange. What does that even mean?”
    • They loved the idea of a stock exchange that protected investors from Wall Street’s predators. They also thought that for a new stock exchange to be credibly independent of Wall Street, it could not be created by a Wall Street bank. Not even a bank as nice as RBC. If Katsuyama wanted to create the mother of all stock exchanges, he would need to quit his job and do it on his own.
    • But he also needed to find out if the nine big Wall Street banks that controlled nearly 70 percent of all investor orders would be willing to send those orders to a truly safe exchange.
    • Creating a new stock exchange is a bit like creating a casino: Its creator needs to ensure that the casino cannot in some way be exploited by the patrons. Or at worst, he needs to know exactly how his system might be gamed, so that he might monitor the exploitation — as a casino follows card counters at the blackjack tables.
    • From the point of view of the most sophisticated traders, the stock market wasn’t a mechanism for channeling capital to productive enterprise but a puzzle to be solved.
    • “Investing shouldn’t be about gaming a system,” he says. “It should be about something else.”
    • The old Soviet educational system channeled people into math and science. And the Soviet-controlled economy was horrible and complicated but riddled with loopholes, an environment that left those who mastered it well prepared for Wall Street in the early 21st century. “We had this system for 70 years,” Sokoloff says. “The more you cultivate a class of people who know how to work around the system, the more people you will have who know how to do it well.”
    • The New York Stock Exchange, for one, had created an order type that traded only if the order on the other side of it was smaller than itself — the purpose of which seemed to be to protect high-frequency traders from buying a small number of shares from an investor who was about to depress the market in these shares with a huge sale.
    • taxonomy of predatory behavior in the stock market.
    • The necessary delay turned out to be 320 microseconds; that was the time it took them, in the worst case, to send a signal to the exchange farthest from them, the New York Stock Exchange in Mahwah. Just to be sure, they rounded it up to 350 microseconds.
    • hey would not sell to any one trader or investor the right to put his computers next to the exchange or special access to data from the exchange.
    • They would pay no rebates to brokers or banks that sent orders; instead, they would charge both sides of any trade the same amount: nine one-hundredths of a cent per share (known as nine mils).
    • They’d allow just three order types: market, limit and Mid-Point Peg, which meant that the investor’s order rested in between the current bid and offer of any stock.
    • the new exchange did not allow anyone who could trade directly on it to own any piece of it:
    • If the bank was unable to execute an order in its own dark pool, the bank could direct that order first to the exchange that paid the biggest rebate for it.
    • it would reduce the informational value of investors’ stock-market orders to zero.
    • The big Wall Street banks and online brokers that routed investors’ stock market orders to the new exchange would surrender billions of dollars in revenues in the process. And that, as everyone involved understood, wouldn’t happen without a fight.
    • On the first day, IEX traded 568,524 shares. Most of the volume came from regional brokerage firms and Wall Street brokers that had no dark pools — RBC and Sanford C. Bernstein
    • And we gave them a 120-year head start,” Ryan said, playing a little loose with history. Someone had given him a $300 bottle of Champagne. He’d told Schwall that it was worth only $100, because Schwall didn’t want anyone inside IEX accepting gifts worth more than that from outsiders. Now Ryan fished the contraband from under his desk and found some paper cups.
    • EX had made its point: That to function properly, a financial market didn’t need to be rigged in someone’s favor. It didn’t need payment for order flow and co-location and all sorts of unfair advantages possessed by a small handful of traders. All it needed was for investors to take responsibility for understanding it, and then to seize its controls. “The backbone of the market,” Katsuyama says, “is investors coming together to trade.”
    • What he had discovered was just how badly the market wanted to remain in the shadows.
    • After the first six weeks of IEX’s life, a big Wall Street bank inadvertently disclosed to one big investor that it hadn’t routed a single order to IEX — despite explicit directions from the investor to do so.
    • A fourth investor was told by three different banks that they didn’t want to connect to IEX because they didn’t want to pay their vendors the $300-a-month connection fee.
    • Trades on IEX were also four times as likely as those elsewhere to trade at the midpoint between the current market bid and offer — which is to say, the price that most would agree was fair.
    • The stock market really was rigged.
    • some large amount of what Wall Street had been doing with technology was simply so someone inside the financial markets would know something that the outside world did not.
    • Unsavory elements of high-speed computerized trading have been a concern since at least May 2010, when the so-called “flash crash” struck US exchanges. (Die-hard market geeks were concerned long before that.)  But Michael Lewis’s new book Flash Boys, on the perils of high-speed computerized markets, could still be important if only because it cuts through the dense webbing of jargon and complexity that has proven dangerous to the US financial system and the economy as a whole.

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    • “If it wasn’t complicated, it wouldn’t be allowed to happen,” he says. ”The complexity disguises what is happening. If it’s so complicated you can’t understand it, then you can’t question it.”
    • Complexity is profitable and it keeps regulators at bay. ”T
    • Lol. You can’t spell squints without ints.
    • “The haves paid for nanoseconds; the have-nots had no idea that a nanosecond had value,” Lewis writes. “The haves enjoyed a perfect view of the market; the have-nots never saw the market at all.”
    • Everything about this says this thing shouldn’t work, but yet it does. if there was a derp equivalent of a plane, this would be it, hands down.
    • The idea would be that this will segue into a third movie, which would lead us back to the origins, and lead us back to the very, very first movie.  So we have yet to complete another cycle.  This film is about survival.  In the next film, the conflict between apes and man intensifies.
    • very time I run into Brad [Bird, director] he always tells me Frozone is part of what’s going on, so I have to believe that…” 
    • Do you remember the 21st night of September?
      Love was changing the minds of pretenders
      While chasing the clouds away

      Our hearts were ringing
      In the key that our souls were singing.
      As we danced in the night,
      Remember how the stars stole the night away

      Ba de ya – say do you remember
      Ba de ya – dancing in September
      Ba de ya – never was a cloudy day

      My thoughts are with you
      Holding hands with your heart to see you
      Only blue talk and love,
      Remember how we knew love was here to stay

      Now December found the love that we shared in September.
      Only blue talk and love,
      Remember the true love we share today

      Ba de ya – say do you remember
      Ba de ya – dancing in September
      Ba de ya – never was a cloudy day

      Ba de ya – say do you remember
      Ba de ya – dancing in September
      Ba de ya – golden dreams were shiny days

    • This song is all about suspension—not in the voice-leading 4–3 sense, but in the emotional sense, which listeners often associate with “exhilaration,” being on the road, being on a roller coaster, travel.
    • This sense of suspension is created simply, by denying the listener any I chords. There is not a single I chord in the song.
    • Laymen, the I chord (“one chord”) is the chord that the key is in. For example, a song is in G but there are no G-chords.
    • Notice, too, how Katy’s melody begins on the tonic—tonic: the root note of the missing I chord, the same note that the key is in.
    • The “feeling of suspension” I mentioned is an effect of this. The insistence of the tonic in the melody keeps your ears’ eyes fixed on the destination, but the song never arrives there. Weightlessness is achieved. Great work, songwriters!
    • As Katy moves out of introspective mode and starts using imperatives “Let’s go all the way tonight! No regrets! Just love!” she gets straight, more serious, no syncopation.
    • Then—genius—the chorus inverts the weighting that we heard in the verse. [Syncopated:] “You make me [straight:] “feel like I’m living a …” [syncopated:] “teenage dream!” And the gooey heart of the song, the “skin tight jeans” bit, is rhythmically entirely straight, voice tumbling out of the tonic-focused cage of the verse and chorus, like long-hair from a scrunchie released.
    • Third observation: Daft Punk pulls off a classic move in this song during the bridge, at that moment when the chorus of robots breaks it down. The move? They overlay the hook from the pre-chorus with the hook from the chorus, getting them both going simultaneously. This is not an original device, but a classic one in the world of Western music theory, subject and countersubject. Two melodies that live separately but will join together in a climax of ecstatic melodic copulation.
    • It sounds off-balance and playful and sexy, like a foreign exchange student who might be a little drunk.
    • just try to live passably and don’t go out of your way to inject chaos into other people’s lives.
    • Telling the bartender to give everyone’s drinks that name-brand Tylenol treatment (EXTRA STRENGTH) is a very, very different thing from telling him to get all the women bombed. Working hard to get everyone wasted is the job of the never-gonna-retire social chair of this noble frat. (You should still warn the group about what you’re doing.) Fucking with specific people’s drinks is the purview of sex predators and spies.
    • If these women are grown enough to send courteous thank you notes to a party’s host, they are grown enough to dictate the strength of their own drinks. If they are not grown enough to do that, they are too young and too ill-mannered to be drinking alcohol in the first place.
    • You supplied an open bar. People were going to get drunk without any further assistance from you. Ordering extra-strong drinks at an open bar is like counting to infinity by twos.
    • A responsible bartender would not continue serving alcohol to a customer that was falling down-drunk. (A crafty bartender would have accepted your tip–”Sure thing, boss!”–and then watered down the drinks as usual.)
    • But when DMCA complaints are sent Dropbox’s way—by record labels or content producers or whoever else—the files to which they relate are also hashed. If you’ve been uploading the exact same files that Dropbox has received a complaint about, Dropbox will match its hash to one on its list, and stop your sharing it. Like Dropbox explains on its site:
    • We don’t look at the files in your private folders and are committed to keeping your stuff safe.”
    • After five more years and upon seeing a dog on a leash like his own, Caesar (now an adolescent) openly questions his identity and Will tells him of his origins. Meanwhile, Charles’s
    • During the credits, we see Hunsiker who, having been infected by Franklin, leaves his house for work (it’s been revealed earlier that he is an airline pilot), arriving at San Francisco International Airport for his flight to Paris. His nose begins to drip blood onto the floor. The camera then zooms into the flight-status board and a graphic traces the spread of the humanity-killing virus to Europe and then around the globe via international airline flight routes.
    • “Boeing is, of course, not the first autopilot technology in existence, but this one has been designed with counterterrorism first and foremost in mind. Not only is it ‘uninterruptible’ — so that even a tortured pilot cannot turn it off — but it can be activated remotely via radio or satellite by government agencies.” This means and proves that commercial airplanes can be controlled remotely by lets say… the CIA and Mossad!
    • It is now universally recognized that the plane’s course was diverted by human intervention in the cockpit of the plane. Why would the pilots have diverted the plane into the South Indian Ocean? If they wanted to commit suicide, why fly for 7 hours?
    • Part of the trove of highly classified documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the secret briefing published by Der Spiegel also shows that intelligence on foreign leaders is shared between all “5-eyes” intelligence partners – the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
    • Shiva Star, originally just SHIVA, is a high-powered pulsed-power research device located at the Air Force Research Laboratory on the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The device was originally built in the 1970s for high-power X-ray research, was later re-directed to studies for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), and is now being used for magnetized target fusion research. Shiva Star was named after the Hindu god Shiva, partly because its prototype originally had four “arms”; it now has six “arms”
    • Shiva Star was also used to develop an experimental weapon known as MARAUDER for the SDI effort between 1989 and 1995. The idea appears to have been to create compact toroids of high-density plasma that would be ejected from the device using a massive magnetic pulse.[2] The plasma projectiles would be shot at a speed expected to be 3000 km/s in 1995 and 10,000 km/s (3% of the speed of light) by 2000.
    • Most of what  I intercept is digitally encrypted but occasionally clear-voice communications can be heard, especially when a UHF TACSAT DAMA operator hasn’t bothered to secure the downlink.  There are other satellites and space-born platforms both domestic and foreign transmitting in this band and as a result I’ve captured some pretty wild stuff. 
    • So it’s time to dip into my reporter’s bag of tricks and pull out another card. I reason that if it was an explosion or a geological event there would be traces – seismic traces.
    • Someone on one of the chat forums suggested it was radar chaff.
    • I then searched the Internet for images of radar chaff and compared them to the mystery plume and it wasn’t even a close match.
    • But still, to be sure it wasn’t chaff it was time to do what any good reporter would do, address the obvious and make some phone calls.
    • This is something most conspiracy theorists wont’ do because they don’t want the truth (because their truth is more compelling) and (or) they don’t trust information coming from official sources.
    • She said, “I did some research on my end and found out there was a test on the range that night. A test missile was fired from Dugway in Utah and it was intercepted by a Patriot Battery in the range around 9:00 PM our time, however that does not coincide with the radar plume you mentioned which I believe you said occurred around 7:00 PM our time right?”
    • Although I still didn’t have my answer the fact that they returned my call and volunteered information was very telling. 

       

       

       

       It indicated they were as stumped as I was and weren’t covering up anything.
    • “There’s a lot of strange stuff that goes on out there that we aren’t privy to. Good luck ion your quest.”
    • The event that produced the plume began as a surface event. It wasn’t a storm that had begun at an altitude above the ground. 
    • It was a burst, a quick pulse and then a mass ejection of gaseous material blasted into the atmosphere.
    • The data also revealed that some kind of gaseous substance, maybe smoke lingered in the area for an hour after the original event. 

       

    • basically a snow storm at altitude and that’s what the mystery plume was most likely made of and thus explaining it’s persistence.  

       

    • Although I now knew more about the plume itself, the mystery only grew deeper. The new data was revealing and sobering at the same time.It revealed a much larger but very quick and powerful event capable of actually creating a crystallization of the atmosphere.  What could have caused this? More in-depth analysis was in order.
    • Then I had an idea. Since the new radar data was more detailed I could actually pinpoint the location of ground zero by overlying the radar data on map images I pulled off Google Earth. 
    • It only took me a few minutes and I was able to nail down (within a few hundred yards) where the event originated.

       

       

       

    • It was obvious to me that since I had last called them they had probably received dozens of calls from the press and and as a result had prepared an official release and was ordered to not deviate from it.
    • Although the plume wasn’t generating much column space in the states overseas the European press was putting their spin on it as a possible nuclear test.
    • Early missiles used liquid-fueled motors. Many liquid-fueled ICBMs could not be kept fueled all the time as the cryogenic liquid oxygen boiled off causing unwanted ice formation on the fuselage, plus missiles on alert had to be fueled before launch putting a huge dent in readiness times.
    • That in mind, I decided to research the site of the event itself and low and behold I stumbled on something that made me actually shout “Eureka!”and just may be the explanation that fits the evidence.

       

    • The facility is designed to assemble and evaluate advanced sensor, tracking and atmospheric compensation systems. The goal is to improve the U.S. Air Force’s ability to track missiles and then efficiently transmit laser energy through the atmosphere to destroy those missiles.”
    • They agreed it was quite possible an exotic energy weapon had been fired from the site.
    • Although North Oscura Peak is known more for being a laser weapons laboratory it’s quite possible much more exotic weapons are being tested there, running the gamut from microwave, particle beam and plasma weapons all capable of disrupting the atmosphere. They also agreed that SDI had not gone away but had gone black and billions had been pumped into developing exotic weaponry since the mid 1980s.
    • “demonstrate fully compensated laser propagation to low earth orbit satellites.”
    • Another postulated that the huge discharge of super-cooled gas could have been indicative of an accident and maybe a tank farm of cryogenic fuel had ruptured which would have accounted for the large plume and the crystallization of the local atmosphere. 
    • If it was a test firing of a weapon, the only way to gauge the success or failure of the weapon is to fire it at a target. So what was the target?

       

    • This Doppler Shift indicated to me that what I had intercepted was a LEO (Low Earth Orbiting) satellite transmitting a steady tone, and quite possibly could have been the target.
    • during the Cold War one of the Space Shuttle’s classified missions was to deploy dozens of simple micro-satellites capable of receiving, recording and repeating the “go code.” or Emergency Action Messages on STRATCOM (formerly known as Strategic Air Command) frequencies. 
    • These micro-sats were to be used in case other communication channels were destroyed during a first strike, for example if a Soviet ICBM was exploded in space sending out an EMP pulse knocking out communications satellites in geo synchronous orbit.
    • The aircraft seen here was accompanied by two others. This and the fact that Steve picked up some apparently related voice traffic suggests that the aircraft is piloted: I doubt that you’d dispatch three large, classified unmanned aircraft anywhere in formation. The risk of a midair would be present, and such an event would be non-career-optimal. 
    • I jumped up to look out a window in the direction of the “sound” which was increasing by the moment. 300 ft away I noticed that the sky was pitch black over an out building that was approximately 75 ft wide. It took a few seconds for my eyes to adjust to the darkness.
    • No sound what so ever from the craft. Only from the ground. I assumed it to be a military craft, because it was so large and flying over a populated area not far from an Air Force base.
    • I followed an Italian manager and it cannot be easy when you follow a manager who thinks very differently.
    • When you just work tactically, in pure football sessions, you can see the way they can think football.
    • or a start they should think one thing. In the Premiership there are 20 managers. Only three have won European trophies. Only three, not 20, three: Sir Alex [Ferguson], Mourinho and Benitez.
    • It all depends on the concept of a galactico. Who is a galactico? Is he a famous guy with a lot of money, a lot of prestige? Or is he a player who can play 60 matches a season, putting in consistent performances?
    • Braavos was lost in fog
    • “What hour?” Mercy called down to the man who stood by the snake’s uplifted tail, pushing her onward with his pole.
    • The envoy from Westeros was expected at the Gate this evening, and Izembaro would be in no mood to hear excuses, even if she served them up with a sweet smile.
    • After that she found her razor. A bare scalp helped the wigs fit better, Izembaro claimed.
    • Izembaro hated it when the mummers wore his costumes in the streets.
    • It was a real mummer’s cloak, purple wool lined in red silk, with a hood to keep the rain off, and three secret pockets too.
    • Braavos was a good city for cats, and they roamed everywhere, especially at night. In the fog all cats are grey, Mercy thought. In the fog all men are killers.
    • The small canals were even more hazardous, since many of the houses that lined them had privies jutting out over the water.
    • The Bloody Hand in its place in huge red letters. He was painting a bloody hand beneath the words, for those who could not read. Mercy stopped to have a look. “That’s a nice hand,” she told him.
    • “The King of Westeros is sending his envoy to do homage to the King of the Mummers tonight,” he told his troupe. “We will not disappoint our fellow monarch.”
    • “He’s fat enough to count for two,” whispered Bobono.
    • Lady Stork has stepped on the hem of her gown again. Come help me sew it up.”
    • We were meant to be together, Mercy,” Bobono insisted. “Look, we’re just the same height.”

       

      “Only when I’m on my knees.

    • That was one of Izembaro’s “wisdoms,” as he liked to call them. You have to please the pit.
    • Always give them something they haven’t seen before was another of Izembaro’s “wisdoms,” and one that Bobono had no easy answer for.
    • ossomo the Conjurer had come as well, and on his arm was Yna, the one-eyed whore from the Happy Port,
    • Have you ever seen such clothes on an old man? And look, he’s brought the Black Pearl!”
    • She had dressed in a low-cut gown of pale yellow silk, startling against the light brown of her skin.
    • “I would like to see a dragon,” Mercy said wistfully. “Why does the envoy have a chicken on his chest?”
    • and golden lions with red garnet eyes clasped each cloak at the shoulder.
    • “It’s only… well, he’s fair to look on, don’t you think?”
    • An Oklahoma judge ruled the state’s execution law unconstitutional Wednesday because its privacy provision is so strict that it that prevents inmates from finding out the source of drugs used in executions, even through the courts.
    • Several U.S. states, including Missouri, Ohio, Florida and Georgia have been turning to lightly regulated compounding pharmacies for drugs to use in lethal injections, after pharmaceutical companies stopped allowing sales of their drugs for executions.”

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daily 03/30/2014

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    • When City won 3–0 at Old Trafford, Moyes said: “It’s the sort of standard and level we need to try and aspire to get ourselves to at this moment in time.” It did not occur to him that the United supporters might not want to hear that they were now trying to aspire to be as good as City, whom Ferguson once ridiculed as a “small club with a small mentality.”
    • Brendan Rodgers lacks Mourinho’s verbal flair, but he has proved adept at a kind of insidious positivity. 
    • In the 1980s, United’s chairman Martin Edwards could go home after a bad result and not hear any more about the match unless he bothered to pick up the next day’s newspaper.
    • Since a manager now has so little time to earn the respect of his team, it’s more important that he has their respect from the moment he walks through the door. The only way to command instant respect from a group of champion footballers is to have won at least as much in the game as they have.
    • These preseason rigors appear to be based on a piece of 19th-century wisdom: “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.” The science of physiology has moved on since Nietzsche coined the phrase.
    • For fast-twitch players whose game is based on speedy bursts, brutal endurance runs may do more harm than good. 
    • At Chelsea … the way they used to develop an aerobic condition was putting players through 12 sprints of 100 meters each. The way I use to develop an aerobic condition is three against three, man to man, in a square 20 meters by 20. It’s completely different.”
    • The new methods became a matter of controversy in the summer when Moyes said of Robin van Persie: “We have overtrained him this week to try and make sure we built up his fitness but he has never complained about a thing.
    • nstead, to their dismay, United now look more like Everton. 
    • The change in style can be seen in almost every statistical indicator. Shots per game, pass completion, percentage of possession, through-balls, and the proportion of the play in central areas of the field have all declined. 
    • A side that was famous for macho vigor and intensity now appears slow and sluggish, despite all that hard preseason running.
    • They do, however, lead the league in crosses per game.
    • The tactical nadir was reached on Feb. 9 with a 2–2 draw against Fulham, who were managed by Rene Meulensteen, one of the United coaches dismissed by Moyes the previous summer. On that astonishing evening, United crossed the ball 81 times, which was a record for any team in the top five European leagues since Opta began recording the data in 2006. 
    • While advances in sports science and analytics have made football management more technical than ever before, the job remains essentially about people skills and communication.
    • It was Ferguson’s gift that, whether by bullying or cajoling or encouraging, he was invariably able to push the right emotional buttons, to think of the right thing to say at the right time. 
    • That word “hopefully” has become a kind of verbal tic.
    • It was from this building that Alex Ferguson had ruled English football, the spider at the center of a vast invisible web of connections and control. He exercised absolute power over the club he managed for nearly 27 years, but his influence stretched well beyond the limits of his own domain. Other British managers competed for his favor; they knew a word from him could make or break careers. Referees and journalists were terrified of him. He left most of the training to his coaches and spent his time gathering intelligence from far-flung corners of the empire, speaking to contacts on one of as many as nine mobile phones.
    • Moyes’ first major initiative was to dismiss Ferguson’s coaching staff and install the technical team he’d brought with him from Everton
    • When asked who the current president of the United States was, Hill reportedly answered “Bush” and told officers his name was “Kennedy,” authorities said. Police also said Hill was unable to tell them where he was.
    • Do you even image stabilize, bro?
  • Refs are like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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daily 03/29/2014

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daily 03/28/2014

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    • Chief executive Andrew Bellamy said any corrosion on the vessel, known as a ”littoral combat ship” for its ability to hug the shore, would be the fault of the operator or maintainer.
    • Galvanic corrosion is an issue that has challenged U.S. warships since 1844, when the USS Michigan, the first iron-hulled Navy ship, entered service. Today, two common and robust solutions, impressed current cathodic protection systems and the use of strategically-placed sacrificial anodes, are in wide use throughout the world, particularly in ships where two different metals such as steel and aluminum are utilised in the one vessel.
    • As a specialist in aluminum shipbuilding, having built over 220 aluminum vessels for defence forces and commercial clients around the world since its formation in 1988, Austal is intimately familiar with the management of galvanic corrosion. An electrochemical process, galvanic corrosion occurs when two dissimilar metals, after being in electrical contact with one another, corrode at different rates.
    • The Westpac Express, an Austal-built and fully maintained high-speed catamaran, has shuttled U.S. Marines throughout the Pacific Basin continuously for ten years, with a 99.7% availability over that period.
    • If selected to provide post-delivery support for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Class Services program, it is a straight forward process for Austal engineers to regularly conduct systematic reviews of the electrical grounding throughout each Austal-built vessel to detect and eliminate stray currents that might cause electrolysis between the stainless steel impeller housing and of the adjacent aluminum structure.
    • It turns out this is not rust, rather an electrolysis issue between the stainless steel waterjet parts and the aluminum hulls, and when the Navy calls an electrolysis problem “aggressive corrosion” that suggests to me the metal is completely gone – not rusted.
    • The question everyone seems to be asking is whether the JHSV could suffer the same issue. With all due respect to the Austal press statement, vessels built for Navy purposes have a great deal more technology potentially running electrical currents through the ships than commercial ferry’s do, and Austal isn’t exactly a world wide expert on building frigate sized navy ships. The stray currents in USS Independence (LCS 2) could easily reoccur in the JHSV creating similar problems if prevention isn’t built into the design. The Westpac Express is a commercial design and the charter did not significantly add technology nor were changes made to Westpac Express that runs electrical power throughout the ferry, so Austal is making an apples to oranges comparison suggesting their immune from criticism because their simple commercial vessels don’t have this problem.
    • The head coach wants to see you in his office.
    • Like opening up the coaches’ office and making sure players know the staff always has time for them. Reed is now seeing four or five players hanging in the office at a time, joking around and talking ball with their new coaches.
    • He can’t ask a player to buy into everything he demands on the field if that player doesn’t trust him off the field.
    • “I’ve told the players that now, when you come up, you can just walk right in,” Strong said. “I just want them to know who we are. When a young man knows that you care about him, he’ll do everything you ask of him.”
    • The line was born, Strong says, from conversation with a recruit shortly after he took the job. Strong asked the question: When you think of Texas, what do you think of?
    • Texas players wore new workout clothes this winter with the new standards listed on the back: Toughness. Trust. Togetherness. Team. That’s another Strong idea, and one that he hoped the players would latch onto quickly.
    • And Strong is out to practice what he’s preaching, all the way down to running with the team during offseason conditioning and keeping up with them in the weight room. Reed was startled when he showed up for a 5:30 a.m. workout one day and saw Strong was already soaked from his own early-morning session. Reed sees the same commitment on the practice field, where Strong’s demands must be met.
    • Strong won’t talk badly about the Mack Brown era, and neither will Texas players. They don’t want to compare the old and new regimes — different coaches, different styles.
    • With a Microsoft Office-like interface, SharePoint comprises a multipurpose set of web technologies backed by a common technical infrastructure and is today, used by four out of five Fortune 500 companies. The Intelligence Plaza® software by GIA is a competitive intelligence software that is used by global companies such as DHL, BASF, Bosch, KONE and Philips Healthcare to serve over 40,000 business users around the world. GIA recently released a SharePoint-based Intelligence Plaza® application to respond to the strong market demand for SharePoint based competitive intelligence products.
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daily 03/27/2014

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    • This has to be the ultimate ‘what happened next’ and we remain hopeful that Jenny’s path will cross with her father’s again. Reportedly it was Steven Moffat who

       

      suggested this happy ending, so maybe he has an idea or two parked somewhere. Perhaps the Doctor will discover her on the wrong side of a conflict, or she will ride to his rescue at a crucial moment bringing that extra tension that only an awkward family reunion can offer.

    • With this alien cuckoo growing up amid human parents, albeit hidden behind a perception filter, even the Time Lord warned them to watch out when he hit puberty – promising to return. If George develops like a normal human boy, we think the Doctor ought to be making that house call sometime around 2020!

       

       

    • Gatiss also recently discussed the possiblity of the Time Lords returning at a Q&A panel in Brazil: “Every time you go back to Gallifrey, it starts to make the Time Lords a bit too domesticated … if you talk about them as this amazing, powerful force, they’re much more exciting.”
    • If you tell your managers they need to have a certain pipeline, you’ll get it. 
    • For late stage deals, ensure the rep has anticipated the most likely customer objections.  They should address these proactively.
    • Emphasize more prospecting activity when the top of the funnel is weak. Be prescriptive about How and Who your reps should prospect.
    • Identifying gaps in the current opportunities. Identify potential activities or information that the rep should’ve performed, but hasn’t. Ensure they follow up on these tasks.
    • Each time an activity is completed, the stage is advanced.  Each stage is tied to a specific close probability.  This leads to wildly inaccurate forecasts. 
    • Instead, forecasting should be tied to a tightly defined series of buyer behaviors and criteria.
    • The buyer is a current but frustrated customer of yours looking for an upgrade. You have been engaged early and often with their executive team.  They have asked for a proposal.
    • Most companies that have forecasting problems have a CRM adoption problem. 
    • This is a problem that starts at the top of the organization. The VP doesn’t understand the value CRM provides.  The result?  CRM becomes a massive reporting mechanism filled with lagging indicators
    • A properly enabled CRM system eliminates almost all the effort associated with forecasting.
    • Capturing customer feedback always has been a challenge for conventional vendors because they have to generate new processes to reach out to customers.
    • Subscription vendors are in a much better position because they can take advantage of all the customer data generated in the normal course of business. Virtually every customer action gives off data that when aggregated and analyzed can give a business great insights into the customer base. Savvy vendors can use the information thus generated to measure, iterate and scale their businesses.
    • Capturing billing data and its timing enables a vendor to make comparisons between periods — and even between years — that can reveal variations in use and uptake, and signal some aspects of satisfaction.
    • Pricing and packaging are two areas where subscription companies must constantly iterate, and the measure-iterate cycle can be a great solution for helping a company zero in on the best pricing and packaging approach for the moment.
    • Measures like attrition and customer lifetime value can combine to provide a powerful picture of future revenue before new business is counted.
    • For example, you might be able to measure and accurately predict customer attrition, something every subscription business faces.
    • Initially I dyed the jeans with a pack of the navy Rit powder dye, but this made them look more like colored denim than normal dark blue jeans. I went back and used black dye, and it gave me the exact look I was going for. I’d say you can skip the blue dye altogether.
    • Anytime I wash jeans I like to pull them inside out to protect as much dye as possible. Let them air dry and blam-o, your favorite jeans should be wearable again.
    • Doris Piserchia
    • Kathleen Ann Goonan
    • Robert Sheckley
    • Kage Baker
    • Carol Emshwiller
    • Amy Thomson
    • While advanced-consent waivers can’t be signed until a player makes the roster, they are almost always agreed to when a player signs his contract. That’s what has Wolf so offended—the Mariners didn’t tell him they’d require him to sign the waiver until Tuesday.
    • “I principally objected to that simply because we negotiated in good faith in February on a team friendly contract, if I were to make the team,” Wolf said. “”I felt like I came in amazing shape, I pitched great and I earned a spot on the team. They told me I earned the spot on team. But to me, that advanced consent thing is kind of renegotiating a contract so I told them I wouldn’t sign in and I disagreed with it.”
    • And it is the teams who have all the leverage—as non-roster invitees, players are so desperate to make a big league club that they’ll sign on under any onerous restriction.
    • It is also the sort of place where the bars have a dress code to keep out what your bigoted great-aunt might call “the wrong element.”
    • A full half of millennials call themselves “Independents,” which is twentysomething-speak for “I thought Obama was gonna close Guantanamo and not spy on us? What happened?”
    • It will be followed in short order by the “Giving Up” phase, in which these activist millennials either become Democrats because at least they’re not Republicans, or become Republicans because they made some money.
    • Significantly, that argument seemed to carry at least some weight with Justice Anthony Kennedy, who earlier in the argument had expressed concern that an employer’s religious beliefs could trump the rights of female employees. But other Justices were skeptical, asking Verrilli to identify language in RFRA that would even allow courts to consider the interests of the female employees.
    • Not really, and some of them are pretty upset. This is kind of a new thing for a company, to start with a Kickstarter campaign and later be bought out by a company like Facebook or Google. But it’s already pretty clear that a lot of people aren’t comfortable with the idea of paying a company seed money so that its founders can get rich off of a corporate acquisition shortly afterward.P

       

    • It kinda was, at least if you paid the $300 that it took to guarantee yourself a headset. But plenty of people paid more than that, and whatever the legalities of the situation are, those people probably feel like they had some kind of stake in the company. Think of it this way: If you gave a friend $5,000 to help them start a new business, then a couple years later they sold that business for a couple billion dollars without really consulting you, wouldn’t you feel a bit stung?P

       

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daily 03/26/2014

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    • Yes, the prequels had horrible dialogue, beyond lowbrow humor, bad acting and needlessly forced-in references to the original trilogy in order to trick us into enjoying it based on nostalgia instead of substance, but still, the biggest problem with the sequels was the crushing weight of our expectations.
    • I can complain about Lucas’ dialogue and directing of actors, but he’s also the guy that created this universe and had a hand in every aspect of it — it’s very possible that what we’ll get without him is a good movie that feels nothing like Star Wars.
    • Marketo Certification highly de
    • Now it’s introduced the next step in its refactoring of PHP: the Hack language. Despite a slightly unfortunate name that makes it hard to find code using Google (just try searching for “hack sample code”; you won’t find a reference to the language until the second page of results!), Hack is a  well thought-out modernization of a popular development platform that’s been designed in conjunction with the HHVM virtual machine.
      • Will Ash remain healthy through the spring and return to the form that he showed before his concussion?
      •  

      • Will it be Texas, Hawai’i, or Louisville for Wittek?
    • Despite a spring that shows evidence of improvement in accuracy and an ability to grasp the system installed by Shawn Watson and Joe Wickline, Swoopes has the opportunity develop during the redshirt season he should have had last year.
    • This scenario would have to depend on horrific play from Swoopes in practice that indicates he has no future at the quarterback position. Given the brief flashes of promise that he showed last fall and the ability to learn quickly in pressure situations during the Elite 11 process, Swoopes looks like someone who can remain at the position long term.

       

      If Wittek doesn’t end up picking Texas

    • salesPRISM integrates with existing infrastructure, extracting maximum value from your IT, data and CRM investments. Its proprietary data platform manages disparate internal and external sources with ease. Pre-built connectors to leading CRM (e.g., salesforce.com, Siebel) and Marketing Automation systems (e.g., Eloqua, Marketo) minimize work for IT and ensure that your teams are even more effective this quarter.
    • Specify data extracts (IT Business Analyst – 8 hours): Locate critical tables and fields in your data warehouse including Customer Masters, purchase transaction histories, rep-to-account mappings, and product hierarchies 8hours
    • Configure CRM (CRM Manager –10 hours): Integrate salesPRISM into CRM (e.g., adding a tab in salesforce.com) and grant role-based access to sales teams 
    • Talking Points

       

        Arm your sales professionals with relevant, timely and compelling talking points. salesPRISM is the ammunition for a successful sales conversation with messages that resonate with decision makers and influencers.

    • Similar Selling Situations: Social influence is a powerful force. salesPRISM identifies peer accounts with recent, similar buying histories. Sales professionals not only have a list of potential references but also gain insight from their colleagues to understand what factors (e.g., strategy, collateral) helped close the deal.
    • Implement lead scoring in weeks, not months

       

       
        Because Lattice uses science to predict the lead attributes that are most likely to convert, the entire debate over lead definitions, attribute weightings, and thresholds goes out the window. Lattice provides packaged connectors to the leading CRM and Marketing Automation systems, such as Salesforce, Eloqua and Marketo, to get highly predictive scoring models up and running in just weeks, and for a fraction of the cost of hiring an agency to do the work.

    • With just a few steps, you can make the leap to predictive lead scoring:
       
        1. Provide the API keys for your Eloqua or Marketo instance as well as salesforce.com.
        2. Tell us what success looks like: either conversion to Sales Qualified Lead (SQL) or Closed-won deals.
        3. Sit back and wait for us to deliver your top 10 predictive attributes for review.
        4. Choose a threshold for which leads to pass.
        5. Success! You are now ready to score leads using the most advanced data science available to Modern Marketers.
    • “I’m not sure you’re a fit for the role…” Mitchell Harper, Co-CEO, Bigcommerce

       

      This is a comment rather than a question, and it works best when you’re hiring people with strong personalities who need to push through constant “no’s”, like sales reps or sales leaders. They then will do one of three things:

    • That’s the kind of person you want in your business, right?
    • Inc.: 11 Interview Questions You Wouldn’t Think to Ask—But Should
    • This is an enlightening question because naturally people don’t want to talk about their failures during an interview. However, this question forces a person to be reflective and honest about a past experience. What they say usually reveals a lot about their personality.
    • inally, I interviewed with the senior person of the office and his interview was entirely a behavioral interview. I would study the STAR methodology, Situation, Task, Action, Result before going into their offices.
    • tarted out with phone interview. Followed by a SQL exam to test technical capabilities. Then was invited to office for 4 rounds of interview. Most of the questions were based on resume and prior experience.
    • Lattice Engines Automates All Steps in Prospect Discovery 

       

       

       There’s nothing new about using public information to identify business opportunities: it’s why lawyers chase ambulances and bankers phone lottery winners. But the Internet has exponentially grown the amount of data available and made it easily accessible. What’s needed to fully exploit this resource is technology that automates the end-to-end process of assembling the information, identifying opportunities, and delivering the results to sales and marketing systems.
    • Lattice has more than 65,000 active sales and marketing professionals using its product from companies including Dell, HP and Microsoft.[7] In April 2013, Lattice was named a “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, in its report on CRM and sales technology.[8]
    • CRM Watchlist 2014 Winners: The Onesies – BPMonline, Janrain, and Lattice Engines

       

      Summary: We enter the final stretch with three companies that I literally can’t categorize – BPMonline, Janrain, and Lattice Engines. They’re all unique in their own ways, but all winners of this years Watchlist. Take a gander.

    • Their current pricing model is a free application up to 2,500 users per year and then $100/year up to 5,000/users/year. That’s led to reasonable revenue. However, with the expansion to CPM, they have multiple other revenue opportunities that seem to be there for the picking. I would consider a premium services addition to their current pricing. Plus OEM the hell out of things. They already are OEMed by 24 companies, including Watchlist 2014 Elite Blackbaud, but there are some very big players out there who couldn’t help but be interested in Janrain as more than just integration partners.  OEM deals can be incredibly lucrative as I’m sure Janrain knows. 
    • Lattice salesPRISM
    • More than 50,000 sales professionals at Fortune 5000 companies rely on salesPRISM Big Data analytics platform to generate more pipeline opportunity and close more deals. Our customers have increased pipeline by 75% or more within one year, realizing immediate performance gains thanks to our quick deployments and seamless CRM integration. Your teams will benefit from:
    • Tailored Talking Points: Arm your sales professionals with relevant, timely and dynamically-updated talking points that resonate with decision-makers.
    • Systematically organize selling time with segment-specific sales and marketing campaigns that guide sales professionals on when and how to engage with each customer and prospect.
    • “We have status of forces agreements, probably with 100, 125 countries in the world. This administration, this White House and the State Department have failed to get a status of forces agreement [in Afghanistan.] A trained ape can get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius. We have so mismanaged that relationship.”

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daily 03/25/2014

March 25, 2014 Leave a comment
    • Only tasks in the given list you’re viewing will show in Calendar (provided they have due dates). Therefore, subtasks will not show unless they also have due dates and are also affiliated with the project you’re viewing. Subtasks do not inherit the projects, tags, nor the assignee of their parent tasks.
    • Any game published commercially must also pay 5 percent of gross profit to Epic (which could get lucrative very quickly for Epic).
    • It’s also unclear how elevators inside the building will work, since the current weight of elevator cable makes it impossible to support above roughly 2,000 feet.
    • Facebook is ending the free ride, wrote Valleywag’s Sam Biddle in a post that has been greeted with widespread alarm. No, it’s not forcing ordinary users to pay for its service or to share pictures of their babies. Rather, the claim is that it’s deliberately bringing an end to the era of free advertising for businesses via their Facebook pages.
    • Citing an anonymous source, Biddle reports that Facebook is in the process of slashing brands’ “organic page reach” to just 1 or 2 percent.
    • Here’s another one: People don’t really like seeing a bunch of ads in their news feed. They like seeing updates from friends and family, funny YouTube videos, and maybe some news stories about topics they’re interested in.
    • “Facebook is being more blunt about the fact that marketers are going to have to pay for reach,” AdAge reported in December. And a study released earlier this month by Ogilvy PR found that organic reach for the site’s largest brands has already dropped to about 2 percent.
    • Today’s post is about a new problem I’m starting to notice, which only exists because our tools have become so much cooler and handed us so much power: constant mismatching of hit- and session-level metrics and dimensions.
    • Required for all hit types.       

       

      The type of hit. Must be one of ‘pageview’, ‘appview’, ‘event’, ‘transaction’, ‘item’, ‘social’, ‘exception’, ‘timing’.

    • Each of these three levels of interaction defines a specific scope of user engagement.
    • Monday’s campaign against Basecamp is part of a rash of similar attacks. Three weeks ago, social networking site Meetup also suffered a denial-of-service attack after refusing to pay a $300 ransom that was demanded in an e-mail sent to CEO Scott Heiferman. Last week, social media management system Hootsuite was hit by a data flood that briefly made Web traffic to its dashboard and mobile APIs unavailable for most users.
    • The MO is to start lower and keep ratcheting up. “This week our price is $3000, hope you can afford it”.
    • 20Gb/s and even 200Gb/s are levels of DDoS that can be managed by the existing providers in the space. Sharing data about hosts that attacked you is also helpful as it is actually possible to get remediation to happen.
    • The results aren’t a surprise—this country was built on unpaid labor. But America, as you might expect, is not so monolithic as that. You can play around with respondents’ demographics here. People who are younger, more liberal, and less religious, were more likely to support salaries for college athletes than were their older, more conservative, more religious counterparts.
    • s it because an Arab country is hosting the World Cup you thought this was a clever and shocking headline? For the sake of coming across as a decent open-minded person, I certainly hope not. However, I can’t really think of any other reason to bring such a damaging image into people’s minds. Perhaps you can enlighten me..
    • Tommy, have you looked into the facts of this issue? Have you even asked your reporter to get some context or find out the cause of deaths in Qatar? Has it never crossed your mind it may be because of something other than construction incidents? If you have then I’m amazed a paragraph like this was allowed to appear on your website.
    • There are 500,000 Indians living in Qatar. Since 2011 around 450-500 Indians have died due to any number of reasons. Without diminishing the value of human life, I would urge you to at least consider those numbers for some sort of context to the mortality rate of that particular demographic.
    • In the middle of the hot night, the fan stops, and a man in the barrack-room, roused to desperation by heat and sleeplessness rushes forth, careless of the consequences, and kicks the fan-puller in the wrong spot, his spleen. Do you blame him? Yes and No. It depends partly on whether he stopped to put his boots on. ———Capt. Stanley de Vere Julius, Notes on Striking Natives (1903)
    • The company intends to spend the money it raises in the public offering on working capital, capital expenditures, and corporate expenses.
    • We have a history of cumulative losses, and we do not expect to be profitable for the foreseeable future.”
    • Box lists Dropbox, Google, EMC, Microsoft, and Citrix Systems among its staunchest competitors in the fragmented world of cloud storage firms.
    • The IPO will be a dual-class offering. In other words, the shares Box will be offering will have only one shareholder vote per share. The Class B shares—owned by company insiders before the Box goes public—will have 10 votes per share. Since the Facebook IPO, the dual-class offerings have been a popular way for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to raise money without giving up control, but Twitter notably eschewed that approach.
    • At 6’6 and 230 pounds, Gentry has prototypical size for a pocket passer and ranks as a consensus four-star prospect, though he is ranked at 90 by 247Sports and sits at .9004 in the 247Sports Composite rankings, making him a low four-star recruit. The top player in the state of New Mexico, Gentry is the No. 9 pro-style passer and the No. 269 player nationally in the Composite.
    • Whatever his actual testing speed, Gentry is certainly not a pocket-pound passer despite his designation and has some make-you-miss ability in the open field.
    • Perhaps this scene reinforces the League’s reputation as a comical fringe element, a gaggle of old racist Lost Cause types who dream of the Confederate battle flag again gracing their statehouses, who lament the Union’s retardation of their familial livelihoods. And their manhoods. “There were more men in America in 1776 than there are today,” Hill recently wrote on Facebook. “[I]t can be changed, you know. Just ‘man up,’ as they say!”
    • Beyond its race-tinged Dixie jingoism, much of the League’s public rhetoric is in line with a wider American attitude. It emphasizes truly small government—the dictatorship of the individual, the republic of the family, the overthrow of the cultural and bureaucratic forces that the League believes threaten our insular networks and affinity groups.
    • Get government out of the way. Abolish artificial ties with strangers. Focus on the immediate, the personal, the deeply felt—”faith, family, and folk,” as the League puts it.

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