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Monday, July 30, 2012

Saying Goodbye to the Red, White and Blue

More and more high-net-worth individuals are renouncing their U.S. citizenship—should we be concerned?  Read here

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Romney Would Back Israeli Strikes on Iran, Adviser Says

FROM THE WSJ:


Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney would support Israel if it launched strikes on Iran to halt its nuclear program, a senior campaign adviser said Sunday as he accompanied the candidate on a swing through Israel.
"If Israel has to take action on its own in order to stop Iran from developing that capability the governor would respect that decision," Dan Senor, a senior foreign-policy adviser to the Romney campaign, told reporters.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Obama’s Muslim problem = Romney’s Mormon problem


FROM THE WASHINGTON POST, AARON BLAKE, JULY 27, 2012:
"President Obama’s “religion” may be just as much of a liability as Mitt Romney’s (actual) Mormon religion.
According to a new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, more people are concerned about Obama’s religion (19 percent) than about Romney’s (13 percent).

The reason? The unbelievable number of Americans, now numbering 17 percent, who for some reason think the president is a Muslim.
So while there has been a lot of consternation about whether Americans will be hesitant to vote for a Mormon like Romney, misinformation about Obama’s religion may matter just as much come November.
According to the poll, 65 percent of people who say Obama is a Muslim are uncomfortable with him because of it, compared to just 12 percent of those who correctly say he’s a Christian.
In Romney’s case, 19 percent of people who know he’s a Mormon say it makes them uncomfortable.
Make no mistake: Religion matters in American life and American politics. But at least for now, it's turning off mostly voters that were already predisposed against Romney and Obama.
More than one-third of Republicans say they have a problem with Obama’s religion, compared to just 7 percent of Democrats.
On the other side, 16 percent of Democrats have a problem with Romney’s Mormon religion, compared to just 10 percent of Republicans.
In other words, only about one out of 10 likely Romney and Obama supporters have some reservations about their candidate’s religion.
And on Romney’s side, reservations about Mormonism don’t seem to be moving numbers. Four percent of Republicans and Republican leaners who are uncomfortable with his religion say they are voting for Obama, but Romney also gets the votes of 4 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners who are uncomfortable with his religion.
Both are very normal crossover vote numbers and suggest the issue isn’t very important for even for the limited number who say they are uncomfortable with Mormonism.
The real potential problem, on both sides, come when you look at independents.
Among independents, 18 percent have a problem with Romney’s religion, while 16 percent have a problem with Obama’s.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hearing for Most Wanted Nazi Postponed

THE AFP WIRE STORY:
"BUDAPEST — A hearing due Thursday of 97-year-old Laszlo Csatary, who tops the Simon Wiesenthal Center's dwindling wanted-list of suspected Nazi war criminals, was deferred to next week, lawyers said.
Csatary's lawyer and prosecutors did not specify a date nor explain the delay.
"The hearing will take place in a week," his lawyer Gabor Horvath told AFP.
Csatary -- accused by the Wiesenthal Center of organising the World War II deportation to their deaths of some 16,000 Jews from the ghetto of Kosice in present-day southeast Slovakia -- has protested his innocence.
He was arrested in Budapest on July 18 and then placed under house arrest. Slovakia's Jewish community has said he should stand trial on Slovak soil.
Csatary, full name Laszlo Csizsik-Csatary, helped run the Jewish ghetto in Kosice, a town that was visited in April 1944 by Adolf Eichmann, a key figure in the Nazis' Final Solution, the Wiesenthal Center says.
While there between 1941 and 1944, Csatary beat and brutalized Jews and sent 16,000 to their deaths in Ukraine and to the gas chambers at the Auschwitz extermination camp, it said.
In 1948, a court in what was then Czechoslovakia condemned Csatary to death in absentia, but he made it to Canada where he lived and worked as an art dealer before being stripped of his citizenship there in the 1990s.
He ended up in Budapest where he lived freely, until the Wiesenthal Center alerted Hungarian authorities last year."

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What do 3G WiFi hot spots have in common with firearms??
London says no to easy internet access at the Olympics.  Read here

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

American Gangster, tonight on Bio @10

Biography Channel, 10pm EST, July 20. The first in a series of shows for which I've recently interviewed. They are all part of the American Gangster series, this one about Juan Raul Garza. I don't know what the final shows are like, haven't seen them. But they should be interesting....

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

UK Security Firm says 'Sorry' re Olympics Fiasco

Olympics Security firm officially 'apologies' - OK, now how about giving back all the millions in taxpayer money???  Full Story 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Spanish royals take a pay cut

And public sector cuts deep. Tough everywhere but Spain is problem poster child of the moment
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18880314

Banks and Drug Cartels in bed together

Where's the punishment for this Senate panel finding that lax controls at banks have let billions in Mexican drug cartels get laundered.  The chase for profits at the expense of following the rules Read here

Monday, July 16, 2012

How leaks about 'secret' Apple products are spread

Gray Lady arrives fashionably late to iPad mini party - signs of how Apple's leak team spreads word of product launch still months away Read here

Sunday, July 15, 2012

San Francisco considering apartments the size of a 1-car garage

San Francisco may set a new micro-apartment standard.  The city's current legal minimum is 290 feet, but is considering dropping it to a 220 foot total.   Take out the space for the bathroom, kitchen and closet, and you're left with a 150 feet of living space.  In a city with super expensive rents, a serious housing shortage, and a lot of single people, micro seems the way to go.  Tough to imagine that micro-apartment dwellers aren't going to spend most of their times outdoors.  Check out some micro-apartment designs and tips here

Friday, July 13, 2012

Digg misses the Silicon Valley lotto

M&A fees to lawyers were likely more than the $500,000 paid for Digg. It turned down $200 million from Google four years ago. Anyone remember the 2006 Business Week cover that featured Digg founder Kevin Rose with his 2 thumbs up and the banner headline "How this Kid Made $60 million in 18 months" Silicon Valley lottery

JP Morgan and transparency a bad fit

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kurt Andersen's True Believers is a great book.  It's your summertime read....
A replay of the Bitter Lawyer Q&A from back in the day...

US Olympic uniforms made in China

Ralph Lauren all-American uniforms for US athletes at the Olympics are made in China.  Surprise? Not.

Turns out that Pluto has at least five moons. Can we now go back to calling it a planet???
My two tech cents: Apple knows what you want, Google knows who you are
Italy downgraded two notches by Moody's. Crazy times

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I have not been blogging for quite a while, busy on a new book and also much legal work.  But I'm going to try and revive this blog for some original bits of interesting news and fresh info.

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