In the categories of “great piece by @Gruber on the Mac Pro” and “viva la MAC Pro!” . . .

Despite my lack of Pro Mac products, I have watched and listened in pain as Apple remained silent on the Mac Pro, as users complained about the status of the Mac Pro. I have always felt that at its core, Apple is a “Pro” company; its products are designed to reach as close to the ideal as possible for all-around usability. So more recently, as I listened for word from Apple about their ultimate Pro Mac machine, I felt that this could be a watershed moment for the company. In my humble opinion, if the company were to abandon the Mac Pro market, it would signal the end of the company as we know it.

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In the category of “if @CNN would always produce objective reports like this, maybe we’d start to trust them” . . .

Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

CNN—this time in a report by Mallika Kallingal—just can’t seem to refrain from shading the truth. They desperately want real evidence that Trump is a Putin pawn, but none has yet come to light. So they get three real former spies to comment on the situation and all of the spies’ comments support a much more relaxed take on the situation, at least implying if not outright saying that it is unlikely Trump or any member of his team actively “colluded” with Putin. CNN must not have been satisfied with that, because their introduction to the spies’ comments throws shade at Trump, but CNN is so good at it, that their shade is strong yet so subtle:

President Donald Trump's campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week.

There are new reports that Trump's associates may have coordinated with Russians before releasing information to damage Hillary Clinton's campaign last year. FBI director James Comey told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the FBI is investigating alleged links between Russia and the Trump campaign and the extent of Russian involvement in the American election.

Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years.

These comments are innocuous enough, except for two things. First: any kind of positive summary of the three spies’ comments. In other words, the sort of color commentary CNN always gives if the evidence or interviews lean they way they like. Second: the articles linked. Oh, boy, you must read them, if you want to understand the angle of this (somewhat) objective report. Here are the links to the two articles (the links are also included in the quote above, exactly as the CNN article linked them):

It’s imperative that you read them also if you merely desire to understand why CNN—and others—desire so badly for Trump to be caught colluding with the Russians. Ask the questions. Please! Ask the questions. What is CNN trying to accomplish? It is most definitely not mere accounting of the truth—whatever Jake Tapper says.

In the category of “where are the late-night comedians on this one?” . . .

Donna Brazile admits she passed debate questions to Hillary, blames Russians

Donna Brazile, folks:

“By stealing all the DNC’s emails and then selectively releasing those few,” she explained, “the Russians made it look like I was in the tank for Secretary Clinton. Despite the strong, public support I received from top Sanders campaign aides in the wake of those leaks, the media narrative played out just as the Russians had hoped, leaving Sanders supporters understandably angry and sowing division in our ranks.”

I did something wrong because I wanted to but now I’m going to blame someone else who actually had nothing to do with my wrongdoing but is an easy scapegoat because, well, Russia. I mean, c’mon, we all know they don’t like gays in Russia, right? You know that, don’t you? And if they don’t like gays, just imagine what else they’re capable of. If they only liked gays we wouldn’t have to be so hard on them. It’s their own fault, really. And it’s their fault anyone found out about me sending debate questions to Hillary. See how terrible they are? See how not liking gays leads to bad things? If Russia only liked gays, no one ever would have found out I sent debate questions to Hillary.

In the category of “I was born a poor black child” and “cha-ching!” . . .

Hey, look at me! I’m just an ordinary man (who happened to be president).

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In the category of “progressives prevail” and “glad to know in advance” and “I can scratch this off the list” . . .

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.”

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In the category of “this is why @realDonaldTrump is winning” . . .

This is the kind of logical goop that actually hands the win to Donald Trump. Camila Mendoza says good manners don’t apply anymore. Isn’t that exactly what the Trump followers were saying throughout the campaign? Didn’t they say that the other politicians and media personalities no longer deserved to be treated with so-called good manners because they had lost that high ground long ago? Isn’t that exactly what many in the mainstream media—and many other Trump opponents—argued against? And now you’re handing that over to him?

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In the category of “I love gratitude” . . .

He could grandstand, if he wanted to, but he doesn’t. He simply says thanks.

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In the category of “where’s the outcry on this?” and “could ‪@RepRichmond (@CedricRichmond) be more vulgar & demeaning?” . . .

Where are the SJWs now?

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In the category of “if you read this article and still trust @Salon to be truthful, the joke’s on you” . . .

I think that this article makes an important point, that the substance of Donald Trump’s message is the same, despite the change of tone, but the article is so full of “exaggerations, lies, and policy [critiques] that contain no specifics,” that it fails the immediate test of consistency vs. hypocrisy and it will be meaningful only to those who already agree with it. Speaking to your constituency, pumping them up, can be useful, so there’s nothing wrong with taking a tone and making arguments that will convince only those who already agree with you. But consistency, logic, and substance are universal requirements.

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In the category of “here is @Gruber’s take on the Lightning vs. USB-C reports” . . .

 

 I think Gruber is right on with the shift to USB-C chargers, a point that I didn’t address in my earlier post

Switching chargers to USB-C—and switching the charging end of the Lightning cable—makes sense. Switching the iOS devices entirely to USB-C doesn’t make sense.

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In the category of “I prefer lightning connectors to USB-C, but I’m not a technical expert” . . .

I’m not a technical expert about why USB-C may or may not be “even smarter and more capable” than Apple’s Lightning port. If the USB-C port truly is more capable than Apple’s Lightning port, that would actually be a mark in favor of switching to USB-C. 

I have had Lightning devices for nearly four years. I have had a USB-C MacBook for nearly two years. The USB-C works fine. I have often thought, however, that I wish they’d simply used Lightning connectors instead of USB-C. The Lightning connectors are smaller and (only slightly) easier to insert into their respective ports. The Lightning connectors are also sexier.

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In the category of “man, I wish @Evernote had gotten this one” . . .

I would love to get these two apps to work more closely together, and I recently thought that it would be great if Evernote simply acquired Pocket. I was not aware (or at least do not recall being aware) of the attempt by Evernote six years ago to acquire Pocket. Now, sadly, Mozilla has them, and it looks like my hopes for an Evernote-Pocket merger are gone

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In the categories of “and they say there’s no corruption in politics” and “but I didn’t do it; I just told *him* to” . . .

Brooklyn film biz owner donated to Mayor de Blasio out of fear

Directly hit up for big-dollar donations by Mayor de Blasio and his associates, the owner of a movie and TV production services company complied for fear that her business would be crippled if she failed to raise money for the mayor’s causes, her husband told the Daily News.

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In the category of “here’s a pile of #FakeNews clickbait crap if I’ve ever seen one” . . .

This is the subtitle (which is also a portion of the article):

At the current rate of progress, every media outlet other than Fox, Breitbart, a couple of other white supremacist outlets and a few doolally Christian networks will find itself banned from the building by Wednesday afternoon

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In the categories of “seriously, people?!” and “seriously, people” . . .

I actually know people who argue that black people are incapable of racism because they don’t have the ‘institutional power’ to oppress those of another skin color.

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In the categories of “worth noting” and “another mainstream press letdown” . . .

The Democrats who don’t dare face voters at town halls

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In the category of “Dan Rather’s entire career was a ‘real and present threat’ to our system” . . .

Dan Rather reacts to White House media ban, calling the move a “real and present threat to our democracy”

For all who excused Mr. Trump’s rhetoric in the campaign as just talk, the reckoning has come. I hope it isn’t true, but I fear Mr. Trump is nearing or perhaps already beyond any hope of redemption.

Sadly, Dan Rather has shown that, journalistically speaking, he himself may be beyond any hope of redemption. I pray to God—for Rather’s sake—I’m wrong.

In the category of “commit to the bit” . . .

Richard Jefferson wore a shirt that said ‘flat world champions’ on it because the Cavs are beautiful trolls

The shirt, folks, says FLAT WORLD CHAMPIONS on it. Now, if you missed the hullabaloo about the shape of the earth during All-Star Weekend, this shirt might not make much sense to you. To recap, briefly: Kyrie Irving said he believes the earth is flat. He later indicated that he doesn’t actually believe the earth is flat (which — I must say — I totally, 100 percent called), but his comments kicked off the best news cycle in at least three years.

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In the category of “old Apple inter-office memos” . . .

Software Security from Apples Friends and Enemies

I was at the Seattle Goodwill outlet recently and noticed the Apple logo on letterhead sticking out from a bin of books, so I started digging. What I found were the 1979-1980 files of Jack MacDonald, manager of system software for the Apple II and /// at the time.

These are fascinating. They are very ordinary, but that’s part of what makes them so fascinating.

I first saw them in 9to5Mac here. You can also find a deeper look at them on Gizmodo here.

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In the category of “now that you’ve heard my pleas for rationality, don’t forget the battle rages” . . .

Straightforward From Here To The Left’s Fascist, Maybe Violent, Endgame

Kurt Schlichter reminds us that there is a battle, and it is intense.

We know where the leftists want it to end, with us silenced and subservient forever, toiling to pay taxes for them to redistribute to their clients as they pick at, poke at and torment us. You look at the things Trump stands for and all of them are about lifting the yoke off of us—cutting taxes, slashing regulations, guaranteeing the Second Amendment, protecting our religious liberty, and safeguarding us from terrorists and illegals. But everything liberals want, everything Hillary ran on, is about clamping the yoke ever tighter around our necks—raising taxes, issuing more regulations, disarming us, limiting our religious freedom, and putting us at risk from terrorists and alien criminals. The whole leftist platform is about putting us down and keeping us down.