Apple pessimism is on the rise. New Apple products are being questioned like never before. Even some of Apple’s most loyal customers are beginning to wonder about Apple’s direction. While many are directing criticism towards Tim Cook, nearly all of the criticism pointed towards Apple can in one way or another be traced back to a different person: Jony Ive.
However, the one area Cook does not have complete control over is product strategy. That distinction belongs to Jony. It may seem hyperbolic to considerJony the most powerful person at Apple. He no longer spends much time managing anyone on a day-to-day basis. He doesn’t speak on Apple’s earnings conference calls. Wall Street knows very little about him, and neither does Silicon Valley. In fact,following his recent promotion to Chief Design Officer, Jony doesn’t even spend as much time at Apple HQ these days. Yet Jony has such a significant influence over Apple’s product strategy, it is safe to say we are firmly within the Jony Ive era at Apple.
Jony holds an incredible amount of power because Apple is a design-led company. Apple’s functional organizational structure and culture are set up in order to give the Industrial Design (ID) group absolute power. ID holds more power at Apple than any other group.
This structure was put in place more than 15 years ago with the iMac being the first product to take advantage of this new culture. Up to the late 1990s, engineers held the most power at Apple. Designers were merely tasked with skinning Apple products created by engineers. With the iMac, ID was afforded the freedom to move ideas from conception to reality without compromise. While Steve Jobs was the primary architect of this new power structure, the relationship he had with Jony undoubtedly played a role.
In the modern version being played out today on the streets of Los Angeles and almost every other major city in the state, tens of thousands of the homeless are desperate for shelter, services and of course, drugs. Lots and lots of drugs. Eric Johnson reports on Paradise Lost: Homeless in Los Angeles.
Typhus is seeing a resurgence among the homeless population of Los Angeles, and it’s not just them who are at risk. Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Elizabeth Greenwood filed a claim against the city for $5 million saying she contracted the disease due to a rat infestation at City Hall. Typhus can be spread by rats carrying infected fleas. It can cause extremely high fever, headache and muscle pain. The disease dates back hundreds of years, and occurs largely in areas with poor sanitation.
In Los Angeles’ Skid Row, tents line entire city blocks. These makeshift shelters for the city homelessare now an almost permanent fixture of the city’s landscape, with barbecue grills and clusters of bikes standing alongside them.
Some residents have tethered their tents to nearby fences and industrial buildings. Others run long power cords from their tents to nearby light poles to tap into the city’s power grid. A few Skid Row pet owners have created small dog yards next to their tents under tarps to block out the sun and makeshift fencing. On a recent evening in this industrial part of LA’s downtown, a young woman was washing her hair and her tank top in the jet of water gushing from a fire hydrant into the street.
As Los Angeles city and county officials struggle to shelter and build housing for nearly 60,000 people who are living on the streets, they are facing resistance — not just to new structures in neighborhoods where residents fear more crime and blight, but also from some within the homeless community, who insist they would rather continue living independently on the streets in their tents.
While the homeless crisis is perhaps most visible in California, it is gripping so many other cities, including Washington, that many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are beginning to face questions from voters about their plans. In 2018, about half of all Americans experiencing homelessness lived in one of five states — California (24%), New York (17%), Florida (6%), Texas (5%) or Washington state (4%), according to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, presented to Congress in December.
In dozens of interviews with unsheltered people in LA over the past year, many told CNN they won’t apply for housing because they are afraid of the police, or unable to access the right documents to apply for ID, or sometimes simply wary of losing their independence if they are forced to live under rules that might be imposed if they moved into subsidized housing facilities.
Now you know why Americans no longer trust the Main Stream Media Here. Read this and be aware, please.
According to a study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the entire U.S. power grid could be shut down in a matter of minutes through a small-scale attack on nine of the country’s 55,000 electric-transmission substations.
The danger was exposed late last year when an unknown group of people was able to successfullypenetrate a San Jose, California power substation, strategically cutting fiber cables and then firing over 100 rounds of ammunition into ten transformers. The attack highlighted how even a low-tech, small-scale attack could potentially takedown the entire grid.
According to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission study, a relatively small coordinated attack in each of the nation’s three separate electric systems could cause the entire power grid to collapse. If nine out of the country’s 55,000 electric-transmission substations were taken out – in an attack similar to the San Jose attack – the U.S. could suffer a catastrophic coast-to-coast failure of its power grid.
While the federal government is keeping quiet on how real the danger is, we’ve covered numerousexamplesof how our nation’s public utilities have been breached in the past.
A memo prepared at FERC in late June for Former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, summed up the danger. “Destroy nine interconnection substations and a transformer manufacturer and the entire United States grid would be down for at least 18 months, probably longer.” Part of the problem comes from the fact that very few of these transformers are still manufactured in the United States, with most of them now coming in from overseas.
A 2012 report by the National Research Council, written for the Department of Homeland Security,saidthat the “greatest vulnerability in the event of a terrorist physical attack on the power system will likely be securing needed replacements of high-voltage transformers.” It said restoring power “could take weeks, months, or even longer.”
How can it be that one generation—the boomers, wiped out so many years of tradition and morality? I just pray that the next generations will overcome the nightmares put upon us by the hedonistic generation.
We went from a generation of greatness (the WWII generation) to a bunch of self-indulgent, drug abusing, liberal propagandists. They have lost any respect for the glorious past and moved to something infantile and revolutionary. The world is a worse place because of the failings of this generation. They have let their children down. They have betrayed them with their hedonism and their selfishness.
It is this generation that supports abortion, that has sold itself out and become the barons of capitalism, and have made premarital sex and the promulgation of divorce almost commonplace. It is their actions that have distanced people from God and brought such alienation to their children. Their selfish question for self-fulfillment and entitlement has led to the erosion of marriage as they find divorce an easy out to the complexities of marriage.
Generation X and Y, their children, are skeptical slackers because they acknowledge that all the poetry of ordinary life has been polluted by the boomers. One no longer views marriage as being sacred because one’s parents are divorced. The pill and abortion lead to the degradation of life, not to mention the boomer’s support of active euthanasia. This is a generation out of control.
They have moved the film industry from something with real artistic merit to the amoral spread of false values. It is a generation of over-permissiveness.
Don’t even get me started about fat middle-aged women. Your typical fat middle-aged woman is probably the bitchiest creature that has ever grazed on this earth. Her total disregard for the feelings and expectations of others is downright nasty. Her looks long ago disregarded for mere wanton self-indulgence, disgusts not only others whom she terrorizes with her foul personality, but ruins the life of her husband, who has to suffer from having a nasty wife who looks bad and acts mean and cruel.
Middle-aged women feel that because they are older than other people, they deserve to be treated in a special way. That somehow they are superior to other people, and some of them just don’t care what people think of them anymore. They have no constraints to keep them grounded. Their pettiness and gossiping knows no bounds. Their looks are even fouler. Their tongues are never restrained, and so they spew out rot and scum, nit-picking over needless details merely to feel a sense of power and control over those younger than them.
It is ironic that they feel such confidence, given their complete lack of social bargaining power. First, they are downright ugly and nasty, and so they don’t have beauty or grace going for them so they might use these as bargaining chips. They must rely upon the sheer force of their personalities for strength. But their vulnerability is clear—what incentive does a man have to listen to her if she is ugly and stupid?
Fat middle-aged women are probably one of the biggest causes of misery in this world. When they are not terrorizing their husbands or threatening them with divorce (another thing that is incomprehensible given their looks and demeanor), the only bargaining chip they have is that they might threaten to take your money. Fat middle aged women should be easily divorced and forgotten. Never put up with their shit.
You are a man. You can do better. Even if you are middle-aged, you can get a woman that is at least ten years younger who is better looking, will look up to you and listen to you, and not be so damn confident. You don’t have to put up with the middle-aged beast.
Women, like fruit, lose their value when they are old and rotten.
Ways to Deal with Them
First of all, never let them get their way. They are incredibly pushy, and they will make you crazy if you yield to their whining. Remember, menopause makes women extra tense and irrational, so you are certainly going to want to give them the opposite of what they want. It is your responsibility to put them in their place and keep them subdued.
If a middle-aged woman who is married didn’t take her husband’s name, always call her Mrs. Whatever-her-husband’s-last-name-is. Never let her get the satisfaction of thinking she is in charge of anything. She already feels that she runs the world.
Young men with confidence who are conservative especially both fat middle aged women. The reason for this is because they are jealous of the princely youth and status of young men. Also, they feel contempt for young men because they are not with them. Young men, do your duty and really give the pushy middle aged bitch a run for her money.
Middle-aged bitches are also hung up about sex because they themselves are no longer sexually attractive. This means that if you are a young lady, you should be extra nice to them so that they are more jealous of you. If they fuck with you, scheme behind their backs, using passive-aggressive tactics to defy their authority if they are your boss.
Remember to treat kind, decent-looking middle-aged women with respect. Also, a fat middle-aged woman who is nice must be treated with respect. The only ones who need to really be put in their place are fat middle aged bitches.
The role of the middle-aged woman is to be kind, supportive, nurturing of grandchildren, and loving. It is not to be dominant. A dominant middle-aged fat woman is the scourge of this earth, worse than Attila. Resist them and never satiate their greed for power and domination over others. They are nothing. They are merely overcompensating for their obvious limitations.
If this particular woman is also a raging extreme feminist who criticizes religion or men, she especially needs to be confronted and intellectually defeated. She is usually stupid and or deeply fucked up, so this demon needs to be confronted directly and intellectually dominated no matter the cost to yourself.
Women, remember, this struggle is not about men versus women. Both are called to be good, kind people in all ages of their lives. The reason I focus on middle-aged women is because of their particularly venomous nature. Resist them. I am asking you to have faith in me on this. Never allow them to dominate anything. Of all people, they should be humble and meek.
AfterHollywood.Online editors note:While I do not agree with the views of this person, I still believe that these need to be shared simply because I have never experienced such division between men and women.
This is a weird and sick story. As a Father and Grandfather when I think about how other children have to live in third world countries, it makes me sad. When I saw this video and looked at the story on various websites, my stomach started churning.
A special Thank You to Richie From Boston who made this video. Please subscribe to his channel on youtube. (The video is 7:20 in length and worth your time to see).
Personally, I don’t care what someone’s sexual orientation is, what I do care about is when they go after our children. This is really sick.
You want to be gay or bi-sexual that is fine but leave our kids alone!
How bad is Atlanta?
Most conservatives are not aware that even though Georgia is a red state in the Deep South, Atlanta is one of the most liberal cities in the country, and the lawmakers are usually too cowardly to stand up to the LGBT movement there.
The LGBT agenda is strong and prominent throughout the city. High-ranking officials in the fire department and the public health department have been terminated because of their biblical, pro-family views.
Most of the Republicans are RINOs,” one of our local activists says. “And the churches have caved in to the LGBT agenda. One hundred pastors in the Atlanta area wrote an agreement to be more inclusive of LGBT!”
It’s even felt in the Capitol. Two years ago, Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed a watered-down religious liberty bill which would have allowed pastors and other ministers to avoid prosecution.
“Drag Kid” Desmond Is Amazing delivered a headlining performance at a sleazy Brooklyn gay bar on Dec. 1, where the ten-year-old boy danced on stage in a crop top and full face of makeup as a throng of adult men in the audience showered him in dollar bills.
The event, called Club Whoa! was hosted at Brooklyn gay bar 3 Dollar Bill and was promoted on social media. Desmond also celebrated the performance on his own Instagram page, which has 105,000 followers. Adults who wished to watch a half naked child dance in a bar could buy tickets on an Eventbright page in which the venue described itself as “queer owned & operated we foster a safe space from love. we respect all human persons as long as those human persons are also respectful to the ones around them.”
A special thank you to Patriots for Truth who posted this episode:
It is Legal to Lie to Congress
Tyla and Douglas Gabriel are joined with Michael McKibben to explain how it is now perfectly legal to lie to Congress, or anyone in the U.S. Government..and they can lie to you, too. Anyone can do it but you have to know what law your are looking for. Learn about the 1996 law they passed while you were “asleep” to make sure that no one goes to jail.
The False Statements Accountability Act (“FSAA”) was sponsored by a one-term freshman Senator William J. Martini (NJ) who later became a federal judge. It included a bizarre Subsection (b) that permits judges, attorneys and parties to lie to Congress, courts and agencies without liability.
There is nothing more potent and powerful than Gratitude. It is something that I live by on a daily basis. When you live in gratitude, you can also see if others around you do too. How can you tell? Look, listen and observe. If you find that they are balanced and in synch with their own life, they have it.
Smile, stay as grounded as you can in your body and remember to enjoy the small moments.
Reflections on Dystopian California by Mitch Santell
The State of California is a bit out of control as it relates to ending freedom of speech. You are going to watch news agencies, independent bloggers and social influencers placing their server outside of California and outside of the USA.
The California Senate and State Assembly recently passed S.B. 1424, the “Internet: social media: advisory group” act. Think of the entire State of California acting as a “safe space” for free speech. My prediction? S.B. 1424 once signed is going to trigger all kinds of lawsuits as people have “their feelings hurt.” My insight? Start looking now for a Non-California based platform.
What companies are going to be affected most? Weebly will be touched and manipulated by the bill; I love the Weebly platform, their home office is in San Francisco.
The issue for companies like Weebly is how they will enforce the new rules of S.B. 1424?
California is one step away from going down the unconstitutional road of government-mandated censorship of Internet speech. The California Senate and State Assembly recently passed S.B. 1424, the “Internet: social media: advisory group” act. This fake news advisory act is now on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.
According to Section 3085 of the legislation:
The Attorney General shall, subject to the limitations of subdivision (d), establish an advisory group consisting of at least one member of the Department of Justice, Internet-based social media providers, civil liberties advocates, and First Amendment scholars, to do both of the following:
(a) Study the problem of the spread of false information through Internet-based social media platforms.
(b) Draft a model strategic plan for Internet-based social media platforms to use to mitigate the spread of false information through their platforms.
It’s hard to imagine those voting for the bill were motivated by good intentions. In any case, good intentions are not enough. Is it hard to imagine the results of the law will be censorship of views that politicians disagree with and views critical of politicians?
Most likely, Californians are not concerned about “fact-checking” content like “a mile is 5290 feet” or an appeal to form a flat Earth Facebook group; such content poses no threat to entrenched interests. Instead, “fact-checking” will be deployed against those who express doubt, for example, about climate change, vaccine safety, or “educating” children about gender dysphoria.
If you doubt that censorship is the aim of the bill, consider the even more draconian measures that an earlier version of the bill required. Social media sites would have needed to develop “a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information.”
The First Amendment makes no provisions for government judging the validity of speech either directly or through mandated “fact-checking.” In legitimate cases of defamation, legal remedies are available, but the bar for a successful lawsuit is high.
Why Authoritarians Always Suppress Speech
In his new discussion paper, “The Mirage of Democratic Socialism,” economist Kristian Niemietz of the Institute of Economic Affairs counts “more than two dozen attempts (not counting the very short-lived ones) to build a socialist society.”
“They all,” Niemietz writes, “led to varying degrees of economic failure.” With that economic failure always came “varying degrees of repression and political authoritarianism,” as well as severe limitations on “freedom of choice and personal autonomy in the economic sphere.”
Authoritarians, including so-called “democratic socialists,” must always suppress speech. Why? Human beings have boundless preferences and competing goals. These preferences and goals are sorted out by either socialist planners or impersonal market processes.
FCC head honcho, Ajit Pai, didn’t mince words in comments regarding California’s recent passing of a tough net neutrality bill. In his keynote speech for neoconservative policy organization Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai called California’s SB 822 “illegal” and said it “poses a risk to the rest of the country.”
Pai also hinted that he’d be coming for California should SB 822, seen as the toughest net neutrality law in the nation, receive the governor’s signature, as it’s expected to in the next two weeks.
Federal only supersedes state law on specific issues which the US Constitution delegates to the federal government. That’s the Tenth Amendment. In this instance, the FCC can’t just roll in and pull rank on California, no matter what Pai promises his right-wing, internet-carpetbagging cronies.