Sunday, December 28, 2014

Obama Press Conference, North Korea, Sony Pictures, Cuba, Keystone, Police Misconduct

Obama's Press Conference in Two Minutes: President Obama spoke to the White House press corp before heading off to Hawaii for the holidays. Here are the highlights of his remarks covering North Korea, Sony Pictures, Cuba, Keystone, Police Misconduct. (Source: Bloomberg 12/19)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Internet and the Case For Online Pseudonyms

Remember Snowden's pseudonyms?*

"... many websites, including Google+, adopted “real name” requirements whereby users were forced to register and post under their actual given names rather than ... or ... But many studies have failed to find any improvement in the quality of web discussions when conducted transparently, and Google+ abandoned its “real name” policy... noting that the requirement “excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names.” A new book by Harvard researcher Judith Donath, The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online (MIT Press, 2014), suggests that Google+ is now on a better track. As Erin O’Donnell’s headline suggests at Harvard Magazine, Ms. Donath believes pseudonyms make for “better online citizens.” There is both a self-interested and a societal function for “handles,” or virtual noms de plume... " read more: Why You Need To Get Yourself a Pseudonym | Big Think | Praxis

*Answer:  at least 2 we know of--

Code name ‘Verax’: Snowden, in exchanges with Post reporter, made clear he knew risks - The Washington Post"... Verax was the name he chose for himself, “truth teller” in Latin. I asked him early on, without reply, whether he intended to hint at the alternative fates that lay before him. Two British dissenters had used the pseudonym. Clement Walker, a 17th-century detractor of Parliament, died in the brutal confines of the Tower of London. Two centuries later, social critic Henry Dunckley adopted “Verax” as his byline over weekly columns in the Manchester Examiner. He was showered with testimonials and an honorary degree... "

Snowden filmmaker: Lawmakers ‘failed the public’ | TheHill: "... "Citizenfour"— a reference to Snowden’s pseudonym during his early contact with her... "

There are several websites that will generate pseudonyms for you.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Manchester City Football Club, Behind the Scenes (video)

Manchester City Football Club: Behind the Scenes: Video - Bloomberg:

Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City, dubbed the world's richest football club, has unveiled a £200 million training academy it says will transform the sport. (Source: Bloomberg 12/11)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bullish on 2015, GAMCO’s Howard Ward (video)

Why GAMCO’s Howard Ward Remains Bullish for 2015:

Gabelli Funds Portfolio Manager Howard Ward discusses his outlook for the economy and markets and remains bullish for 2015. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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