November 20, 2017

Anti-Quote of the Week - Morrissey

As soon as I see a good quote from an iconic singer, I immediately notice that Ed Morrissey points out that Morrissey isn't all smiles and sunshine for conservatives.
The British singer Morrissey defended both Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein in an interview this weekend, claiming their alleged victims knew “exactly” what was going on — and chose to “play along.”

“Afterward, they feel embarrassed, or they do not like it,” Morrissey said while speaking to the German news outlet Der Spiegel.

“And then they turn it around and say: I was attacked, I was surprised, I was dragged into the room.” …

“People know exactly what’s going on,” Morrissey reportedly said after being asked about the movie producer. “And they play along…But if everything went well, and if it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it.”
Oof. Sexual harassment  is never good. Apologizing for it is not good either.  That said, if someone is proclaiming their innocence like Roy Moore is in Alabama for example, they deserve the benefit of the doubt; innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  If guilt is established we are into new territory.  

Morrissey seems to be taking a different tack though  he seems to be defining the incidents as consensual, which is difficult to justify when you are dealing with someone who was 14 at the time.

Quote of the week - Morrissey

The week is still young but this is powerful enough to stand for another 5 days.  Former front man of iconic 80's band The Smiths, as well as solo performer Morrissey had this to say in his calling out German Chancellor Angel Merkel on her immigration policies:
“If you try to make everything multicultural, you will not have any culture in the end.
He goes on to say:
“All European countries have fought for their identity for many, many years.

“And now they just throw it away. I think that’s sad.”
You can read more here.

November 19, 2017

November 18, 2017

Has China's economy jumped the shark?

China is running into some serious economic and demographic challenges, as this FT documentary from last year points out.  China's boom may not yet be over, but it certainly appears there's a very real end in sight.

There are implication for Sino-American relations and even how China deals with North Korea, as these changes develop.

Saturday Learning Series - Understanding Computers and the Internet

Harvard University lecture series: Understanding Computers and the Internet.

November 17, 2017

Friday Musical Interlude - Foreigner live

Foreigner's I Want To Know What Love Is, live, with my daughter's school choir.

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