Category Archives: Celebrity

Fellow Traveler Dennis Rodman

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Dennis Rodman flew under the radar on his recent trip to North Korea. He arrived the same day Otto Warmbier was released from prison there. Otto soon died from brain injuries sustained during his 17 months of incarceration.

Rodman was uninjured on his trip. Guess he didn’t steal any souvenirs.

Dennis Rodman

A USA Today story says Rodman seems to be taking credit for Otto’s release. “I was just so happy to see the kid released,”  “Later that day, that’s when we found out he was ill, no one knew that. We jumped up and down … Some good things came of this trip.”

The State Department and Otto’s father say Rodman “had nothing to do with his release.”

Uber Founder Ejected

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Uber investors forced C.E.O. Travis Kalanick out of the company he founded.

Here’s Reuters:

The resignation sent shockwaves through Silicon Valley and leaves Uber’s board of directors with the problem of finding a dynamic leader who also has a steady hand needed to heal Uber after a bruising six months.

Uber Founder Ejected

And here’s MIT Technology Review on Uber’s driverless car problem:

Its new CEO will inherit many problems, but a business plan based on the elusive dream of driverless cars is the largest.

Comey Takes a Leak

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Turns out Comey likes to leak too. He testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked his own memos about a meeting with Trump. The leak was in response to Trump’s tweet that Comey had better hope there are no tapes of their meeting.

Comey woke up in the middle of the night and decided to pass along the memos to a friend who then leaked them to the NYT.His goal was to sic a special prosecutor on Trump.

Mission accomplished.

Transparent Tweeter Meter

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Sean Spicer says our Tweeter-in-Chief has a “direct line to the American people.”

Tweeter Meter

So, in an effort to tap that wire,  The Atlantic opened a Tweet Tracker. Cute, but I would have called it a Tweet Twacker. As you’d expect, its purpose is to track Trump’s Tweets.  The Tweet Tracker breaks down each presidential  tweet into “The Prompt,” “The Context,” and the “The Response.”

Tweet.

Obama Wall Street Fat Cats Speech

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Barack is back. He will give a speech to the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald in September. HIs fee? $400,000. The same amount as his annual salary as president.

President Obama had harsh words (at no extra charge) for Wall Street bankers in 2009. He called them “fat cats who don’t get it.”

Elizabeth Warren isn’t happy.