Apple’s In Trouble and Here Is Why

Casual Commentary and Observations by Mitch Santell

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From what I have observed over the past 100 days at Apple makes me scratch my head. I’ve been a hardcore Apple user since 1984 spending thousands and thousands of dollars buying Apple products early in their life cycle.

My MacBook Air was purchased in 2014 and works great. I’ve had to recently replace the electric cord (Replacement Cost 55. dollars) and a brand new battery with installation (Cost 165.00 dollars).

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The Magsafe Cord Was Introduced in 2006 and Keeps Your Laptop Safe from Being Knocked Off Your Desk.

So as hot and sexy as the revised MacBook Air is for 2019, I think I’ll just stick with my current MacBook Air for another year because if it ain’t broke, don’t worry about it.

The reason that Apple is in trouble is that I predict that thousands of faithful Apple users are going to do what I just did. What was that? Simply fix or make adjustments to your current Mac and keeping your money in your pocket. The same is true of the iPhone. If you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 that works, why trade up?


With regard to keeping products running on time, under Tim Cook, the MacBook Air (one of its most popular machines) was not updated in over 3 years, the Mac mini was not updated in over 4 years, and at over 5 years with still no update to the Mac Pro. The MacBook and iMac haven’t been updated in more than 1.5 years. The iPad mini hasn’t been updated in almost 2 years.

HomePods, beyond being 3 years late relative to Amazon, missed an important holiday season ceding more ground to other smart speakers. AirPods availability came late and is still constrained. AirPower was announced in 2017 and is still vapor.

Apple has basically abandoned and/or lobotomized much of its software in not providing meaningful feature upgrades in years; iTunes is a joke, iWork has had minimal updates (e.g., still cannot do basic word processing functions like table of authorities, line numbering, custom paragraph numbers, etc.), Aperture is dead, Back-to-Mac is dead, Airport Utility was lobotomized, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2FknCg5

Is Your Trash Listening To You? I.O.T.

A Unique Video from a Truther in Southern California by Mitch Santell

The internet of things is a real thing and while it is fun to be connected, has it gone too far?

Technology is not a neutral tool. There are thousands of engineers working behind the scenes to make their company’s products persuasive and to keep users coming back.

Millennials check their phone about 150 times a day, according to Harris. People are always refreshing their social media accounts to see how many new likes their posts received. It’s a reward system similar to what happens when we pull a slot machine lever. “Even when we’re aware that we’re being manipulated, it doesn’t change the fact that the design is still appealing to us,” Harris said. “It’s based on how our psychology works.”

Never in human history has something been able to constantly project images directly to our eyes, he said, adding that if those images depict our friends having fun without us, it can damage our self-esteem. The AI algorithms behind such apps are designed to prioritize the best pictures posted—which over time can change the physiology of our brain and cause anxiety or depression.

More here:  https://bit.ly/2Flshx9

The IOT is back in the news again this week. A judge has ordered Amazon to turn over audio data from an Alexa device related to a murder investigation.

There’s a few interesting things raised by this warrant. The investigators believe that Alexa may have captured audio of the attack itself and uploaded it to Amazon servers, which means that Alexa would have been listening despite the “wake word” not being spoken. This would go against how Amazon tells us the device functions. The investigators may be hoping that Alexa may have incidentally heard something that sounds like the wake word, and recorded audio based off of that. This has happened before.

They are also asking for a list of all devices that connected to the speaker during the time period in question. This means that Amazon is collecting information on everyone that visits your home and when based on their mobile devices that they bring along with them.

These new developments only add to the pile of issues that come with placing internet-connected microphones in your house. There’s the obvious problems like the security of the device, a hacked Alexa can listen to everything you say and do. And deeper problems like being unable to figure out what the speaker is collecting. The device can easily listen and record based on specific marketing or “national security” phrases and wait to upload the information until the next wake word is spoken. You can cram low quality audio in surprisingly small spaces, and because all communication with home servers is encrypted, you can’t know what information is actually being transmitted. A great example is Google Android sending GPS information to Google even while GPS was explicitly disabled.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2RBWSxf

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Kevin Spacey Appears In Court Today

In The What Do You Think Will Happen Department by Mitch Santell

Kevin Spacey appeared in court today in regards to a Sexual Assault charge.

The outcome of Kevin Spacey’s trial I believe will play a significant role in how Hollywood deals with the power of celebrities.

From my perspective as a documentary filmmaker, producer of radio and music, I sincerely hope that things go Kevin’s way. Mr. Spacey knows how “Dog Eat Dog ” Hollywood is. There is so much about Kevin Spacey’s situation that reminds me of what happened to Charlie Chaplin during the making of the film, “The Gold Rush.”


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Kevin Spacey, fighting to get his career back.

Hollywood, Moving Beyond Betrayal

A Brief Commentary by Executive Producer Ricky Ray**

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“Only Your Friends Can Betray You.” ~ Ricky Ray

“Only your friends can betray you. 

Your enemies can’t. 

They can only attack you. 

Attacks can be prepared for. 

Treachery is so dangerous in that it strikes at your absolute weakness while you’re completely unprepared. 

Your friends are your weakness. Choose wisely.”

It keeps your enemies close in political statecraft, and beware friends and especially family who can and will betray You for countless reasons motivated by their envy, fear, insecurities… and gain.
History is fraught with tales of treason and empires taken not by enemies but from within family intrigues.
The Renaissance in Italy was a prime example like Rome and Greece.
The creator of multinational empires, Nebuchadnezzar II, kept his governor kings in his courts close, under watch as well as to use and manipulate to his ends if need be.
What a way to see who the sycophants are, and what they’ll do for a favor, eh?
And family… he kept wisely distant under watch having seen what they would do when Assyrians king Sennacherib was killed by his own sons after his 185,000 strong armies were supernaturally destroyed by one angelic being at night.
History is full of examples of family and friends Treachery from within.
The Caesar line prime example…
A bitter enemy can become a staunch ally. 
Your success can strike family and friends with envy to betray you, for sick schadenfreude satisfying feelings at your demise, to feel better about their shitty selves.
I know this personally from my own blood family who are kept distant for that reason.

**My note MJS: Not only did Gwyneth Paltrow take the “Shakespeare in Love” script from Winona Ryder’s house, she won an Oscar for her performance in the film!

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Democrat Congresswoman calls for 70% tax rate to fund complete overhaul of energy production and usage

This is a must-read post that will explain why Ocasio-Cortez has absolutely no understanding of real economics.

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A top Democrat Congresswoman has announced her plan to convert all American businesses and individuals away from low-cost energy production (natural gas, etc.) to high-cost “green” energy sources.  The new government spending will require a tax rate of 70%, which means you (or your employer) will be taking home 30% of what they work for. Let’s look at the consequences of this plan.

Here is the report from Daily Signal:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ready to tax the rich to make her Green New Deal a reality.

“People are going to have to start paying their fair share in taxes,” the recently elected New York Democrat told TV show “60 Minutes” in an interview set to air Sunday.

Speaking of prior decades’ taxation rates in the country, Ocasio-Cortez added, “Once you get to the tippy tops, on your 10 millionth dollar, sometimes…

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Wants America To Be Like Sweden

In The Are You Kidding Me Department by Mitch Santell

From those I met while living in New Zealand, one thing was clear, I was told to never go to Sweden. 

Why?

The Swedish Culture is a huge mess right now.

Ocasio-Cortez wants America to be just like Sweden, and oh, she wants us out of our cars in 12 years. She must love Agenda 21 now in full swing here in California.

What makes Sweden so exceptionally dangerous for women? Its militant feminism is embedded in its political culture and its educational system. Sweden has boasted of a “feminist foreign policy”, 61% of Swedes in one survey identified as feminists and hold the strongest views on “gender equality” of any Europeans. Swedes are the most likely to believe that it’s okay for men to cry. Only 11% believe that women should take care of the home and only 10% believe that it’s a man’s job to support his family

A local branch of the Left Party in Sweden even demanded that men urinate while sitting down.

And then there are the Czechs, just 13% identify as feminists, 77% think that a woman’s place is in the home, yet the sexual assault rate is 7.79 per 100,000, a tiny fraction of feminist Sweden.

If the real issues were feminism and toxic masculinity, if sufficient educational indoctrination about the evils of masculinity is needed to “teach men not to rape”, women should be safest in Sweden.

So what went wrong?

Rape statistics also show that Sweden is one of the most unsafe countries in the Western world for women. Although these stats can be debated, an increase in gang rapes does coincide with the creation of the liberal, multicultural feminist state.

Female genital mutilation is a fairly new occurrence in Sweden. School nurses reported last year that all 30 girls in a class in Norrköping had been genitally mutilated. Although this has not led to a debate on women’s rights, Sara Johnsdotter, a social anthropologist from the university of Malmö, argues that the word itself is stigmatizes women and should be exchanged to the more including “circumcision”.

Read the rest here: https://bit.ly/2H1C0vc

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Gang-related gun murders increased by 40% in 2018

Shootings in the country have become so common that they don’t make top headlines anymore, unless they are spectacular or lead to fatalities. News of attacks are quickly replaced with headlines about sports events and celebrities, as readers have become desensitized to the violence. A generation ago, bombings against the police and riots were extremely rare events. Today, reading about such incidents is considered part of daily life.

More here: https://politi.co/2HEKyEP

Maybe Ocasio-Cortez needs to fly to Sweden to have a greater understanding of what real rape and racism look like. (Please accept my apology for Ocasio-Cortez calling Trump a racist).

Living Life As An Algorithm

Commentary and Reflections About Your Soul By Mitch Santell

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Live A Positive Life, I promise you won’t regret it! ~ AfterHollywood.Online

We spend the first half of our life learning how to love and live life, and we spend the second half of our life saying goodbye to all those that we were closest too and loved the most.

The one thing that I know is the strength and power of kindness. The next thing I know is that there will be no sequel to your life, so you had better make every single moment count.

The thoughts in your head may not be your own so may I kindly you suggest that you read this entire blog entry before you tell me I am nuts.

Here is Southern California we have over 4 Million People living in Los Angeles.

For those of us who were around when Los Angeles barely had 500,000 People, we are still in a bit of shock.

What is Los Angeles like now?

L.A. County has 10 Million People, and Los Angeles Proper has 4 Million People. 

A lot of people overseas want to know when Los Angeles died.

Based on careful Algorithm analysis says the end of 1978.

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Only You Can Know Who You Are (Oh and God Knows Who You Are Too).

Trump Keeps Government Shut Down

A Commentary On Connection, Love & The Collapse by Mitch Santell

Here in America, we have so much to be grateful for as we watch the world go a bit nuts. Happy Saturday dear followers and readers here in America and around the globe. Since I had the opportunity to live in New Zealand for over 5+ years, I am fascinated with how many of you are outside America checking in.

These are my humble evaluations and observations based on. 

One ~ America is very divided and over the top in regards to Trump being the President of the United States. Trump talks like a regular person, and it drives the establishment and the power elites out of their minds.

Two ~  President Trump followed up the previous remarks that I just shared with you, by holding an impromptu press conference with members who work border security for America.

Now for a few words from Nancy Pelosi who I understand will be the official spokesperson for Dementia this year.

Can you believe this? Nancy Pelosi said that “The Wall Is An Immorality!”

 What does that mean?

How Long Do People Live After Being Diagnosed with Dementia?

Life expectancy for someone with dementia averages about eight years after initial diagnosis, and may range from about 3 to 20 years.

This is my view, and none of this has anything to do with politics. This has to do with what kind of America are we are going to have 20 years from now.

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America, Pelosi Vs. Trump vs. Borders

In The You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Department by Mitch Santell

First, some comments from Nancy Pelosi, who was just re-elected as Speaker Of The House about NSA, Metadata, and Surveillance. Sorry, Ms. Pelosi doesn’t talk right. What do I think? It’s called dementia. Nancy has stage 2 dementia and when it hits stage 3, that will be like Alzheimer’s stage 1. Plus, Nancy is a total globalist. Cheers mate!

Now  for a few words from President Trump in regards to new jobs just created.

Want a bigger understanding of why we need to protect our borders? Here is former Police Officer Mike Ruppert (RIP) disclosing in front of the CIA director in 1996 his observations of drug trafficking across the borders.

The level of corruption coming out of the U.S. Government is pretty bad right now as Trump battles both the Elites and the Federal Reserve which is neither Federal nor a Reserve.

Trump supporters want the wall. The country is divided. All we can do is pray, store some food and water and appreciate living in a 1st world country.

Please don’t take life too seriously okay? It is not like we are all transgender okay? LOL