by | May 23, 2019

Sacramento I’ve always had mixed feelings about conservatives’ long-running disdain for San Francisco. They’re spot on about the city’s crazy progressive politics, extreme libertine attitudes (e.g., debating whether naked people should allowed in public places), and absurd regulatory and tax…

by | Mar 8, 2019

In 2008’s iconic superhero film The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger’s Joker barks at Christian Bale’s Batman: Don’t talk like one of [the cops]; you’re not! Even if you’d like to be. To them, you’re just a freak, like me. They…

by | Jul 11, 2018

Social media giants like Twitter and Facebook that used to brag about promoting free speech now say they’re taking on a new role — the speech police. Twitter is suspending as many as a million accounts a day, with 70 million…

by | May 14, 2018

The defenders of Silicon Valley are fond of pointing to the many benefits that America’s tech sector has conjured, seemingly from thin air, and to the great virtues of those who run these modern day titans of industry. We all…

by | Jan 18, 2018

CNBC reported on Tuesday that Amazon seeks to hire an expert in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations. The job listing notes, “The HIPAA Compliance Lead is an experienced HIPAA professional who will own and operate the…

by | Jan 3, 2018

Vanity Fair ran an excerpt of the book Brotopia by Emily Chang to be released in February.  By her account, Silicon Valley is a nerd-boy’s literal wet dream. Young entrepreneurs, married and single alike, get together and have sex. The executives…

by | Nov 17, 2017

In an episode of the popular television show South Park, a fictionalized Steve Jobs forces a group of the show’s characters to permit themselves to be sewn together, in a reference to the shock horror film The Human Centipede. Jobs…

by | Sep 14, 2017

Sacramento In a Meet the Press interview in March, Gov. Jerry Brown blasted the Trump administration’s threat to cut off funds to California if it becomes a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants. “We’re the innovation capital, high-tech, agriculture, $40 to…

by | Sep 1, 2017

With Labor Day just around the corner, now is a good time to discuss (and, more than that, to take up the cudgels against) a bad idea popularized by leading figures in Silicon Valley. It is really a two-part idea….

by | Jan 12, 2017

The New York Times‘ Maureen Dowd sat down with tech billionaire and avid Trump supporter Peter Thiel in order to give him a chance to-as the headline put it-“explain himself”. Without bothering to run a search from 2008-09 it is probably…

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