1. So we can’t trust Intel, either. Good to know. Last May, Intel released a patch for a group of security vulnerabilities researchers had found in the company’s computer processors. Intel implied that all the problems were solved. The official public message from Intel was “everything is fixed,” said Cristiano Giuffrida, a professor of computer science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and one of the researchers who first reported the vulnerabilities. “And we knew that was not accurate.”
Indeed, the software patch meant to fix the processor problem addressed only some of the issues the researchers had identified. A second patch, publicly disclosed by the company last week, finally fixed all of the vulnerabilities Intel had said were fixed in May…six months after the company said that all was well.
2. So they finally bullied the NFL into re-considering Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick, the mediocre NFL quarterback whose political grandstanding before games made him an albatross for the league and any team foolish enough to employ him, has had woke “fans,” who couldn’t care less about football but who loved his race-bating and police-bashing protests, claiming that he was “blackballed” from pro football for exercising his right of free speech.
This was never true—let a grocery store clerk try that argument when he’s fired for making political demonstrations during store hours—but never mind: Kaepernick was styled as a martyr anyway. Why the NFL capitulated to bogus complaints and gave the player a showcase for NFL scouts, I cannot fathom. He’s 36, hasn’t played for three years, and wasn’t that good in 2016. If no team signs him, the NFL will be told again that it is racist and oppressive. If a team does sign him, the message will be that enough agitation can force an organization to elevate politics above its legitimate priorities.
3. This is why our politician aren’t civil, collaborative, respectful and ethical: the public doesn’t want them to be. Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Minority Leader,praised Representative Peter King, the long time Long Island Republican House member who announced his retirement this week, by tweeting warm words on Twitter. “I will miss him in Congress & value his friendship,” the effusive message concluded.
For this once-standard professional reaction to a fellow Congress member’s retirement, Schumer was roundly attacked by Democrats and progressives on social media. To his credit, despite more than 10,000 mostly negative replies and even calls for his resignation, Schumer neither apologized for his tribute to a colleague nor took down the tweet.
Representing the new and dysfunctional approach to to republican government was Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, whose public reaction was, “Good riddance.”
4. From the Business Incompetence file: At what point will Hollywood figure out that making politically correct and “woke “movies that stink but signal the virtue of the makers is an unethical use of investors’ money?
I was embarrassed by the 1976-1981 jiggle-series “Charlie’s Angels”—embarrassed for the actresses dressing like fantasy hookers to catch bad guys, embarrassed at the brainless male viewers such cynical crap was designed to attract, embarrassed for women being cheated and demeaned by a show supposedly showing “strong women excelling at traditional men’s jobs” that showed them doing those jobs in bikinis. I was disgusted by the first two movie knock-offs, which simultaneously pretended to be ridiculing the original source material while still playing the same game.
I’m just amazed by the new reboot. Who wants to see a formula based on cheap heterosexual titillation distorted into some weird hybrid prioritizing diversity—only one of the “girls” is white, and she’s bi-, or something—climate change, and contempt for men? It turns out in the end that even “Charlie,” the unseen mastermind who assembled the team of ass-kicking babes (he was voiced by John Forsythe in the series) is a babe herself, using a fake male voice. Take THAT, Patriarchy!
5. And from the world of stupid and offensive tweets: In South Africa, a man proposed to his beloved in a KFC restaurant, and she joyfully accepted. Someone captured the moment on video (of course) and posted it to the internet. Well, OK–do your proposal in public in 2019, and I guess you’re asking for it.
Then a South African journalist tweeted this:
(My position is that all public proposals, I don’t care where they are, are unethical and disrespectful, as well as coercive.)
Now the social media furies are after the journalist, and she is in danger of being “cancelled.” Grateful for the publicity, KFC tracked down the couple and wants to reward them. McDonald’s upped the stakes, offering the happy pair an all-expenses paid trip to Cape Town “for an unforgettable VIP experience at Toni Braxton’s “As Long As I Live” Tour.
And so on. Here is an incomplete list of all of the services and products that have been offered to the soon-to-be-married couple.