What else is happening

by on November 5, 2016 at 2:28 am in Current Affairs, Games, Sports, Uncategorized | Permalink

Turkey continues a major crackdown against the Kurds.

This week at least 239 people drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Huawei will begin marketing its smart phone in the United States this January.

Journalists will try to tell you that Carlsen vs. Karjakin will be close.  Other journalists will try to tell you that someone other than Golden State or Cleveland will win the next NBA title.  Other journalists will try to tell you…

“U.S. military hackers have penetrated Russia’s electric grid, telecommunications networks and the Kremlin’s command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons should the U.S. deem it necessary”…link here.

TaterGrams: New Alberta company lets you mail personalized potatoes.


Just keep Mexico, South Korea, and Estonia in mind, and I’m sure you’ll do the right thing.

1 prior_test2 November 5, 2016 at 4:22 am

‘Just keep Mexico, South Korea, and Estonia in mind’

Next week, just keep something, something else, and yet something else again, in mind – after all, it is really hard to actually write a column a day and be able to maintain any facade of profundity. The daily grind turns pretty much everyone subject to it into finely milled meaninglessness.

2 Christian November 5, 2016 at 4:38 am

Oh come one, if tomorrow there would be a military coup on Sao Tome and Principe, I am sure Tyler would offer us a seemingly deep and profound analysis of recent and past developments, including recommendations on which Sao Tomean writers to read and which ones to avoid.

3 a Fred November 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm

Don’t forget their underrated cuisine.

4 Curt F. November 5, 2016 at 10:39 am

The daily grind turns pretty much everyone subject to it into finely milled meaninglessness.

Pot, kettle.

5 Anon November 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

+ eins.

6 Careless November 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Naw, Tyler’s smart and sometimes low-content.

PA is stupid and at his best is just cutting and pasting Wikipedia

7 Thor November 5, 2016 at 11:37 am

You do realize that Tyler has a life, do you not?

8 msgkings November 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Of course he does, he’s desperately in love with Tyler.

9 Hanging Chad November 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm

There’s another way to interpret it: a while ago Tyler wrote about “start up nations,” including both South Korea and Estonia. Both are similar in that they became “start up nations” following their liberation from oppressive regimes. Both nations had minimal advantages in terms of natural resources, location, ect. South Korea has grown into a rich country and Estonia is in that process now. What do Estonia and South Korea have in common? Compare to Mexico.

10 The Engineer November 5, 2016 at 5:27 am

From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Apr 28, 2016

So about double the drowning rate as the US. Seems kind of safe, doesn’t it?

11 Millian November 5, 2016 at 6:12 am

Would you mind trolling about something that’s not 200 people dying?

12 Ray Lopez November 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

@Millian – TC is right as rain about everything he writes. Right right you blood well right. And how old are you Millian? Do you personally know any of the 200 people dying crossing the Mediterranean? Most of them don’t know how to swim and panic, pilling onto one side of the boat, which capsizes. Easily preventable by learning how to swim in the nearest river or lake before embarking (though watch out for African parasites in fresh water, very legion, including but not limited to brain eating amoebas, also found in the USA), and telling people not to crowd on one side of the boat (same with small airplanes actually).

Apropos of nothing, faux-concern about deceased people you never met first became prominent when Princess Di died in the late 1990s. I was in Phoenix, AZ at the time, and laughed when I saw the newspaper headline in the supermarket. Everybody else, mostly women, were crying and giving me mean stares. I thought it was hysterical (literally) that people are crying over somebody they never met; the deceased probably would not even, unless in their official capacity, even care to meet them, and Princess Di not a prominent scientist or humanitarian who advanced world prosperity or peace (if anything she seemed rather selfish to me, though I did not follow her life). But it’s the Millennials meme (Millian = millennial, pretty obvious nom-de-plume) .

As for Carlsen and Karjakin, indeed Carlsen will put the hurt on Karjakin. A better match would have been Carlsen and Caruana, or, for old-timers like me Carlsen and Kramnik (an old man in his 40s, but still very strong, #3 in the world).

13 anon November 5, 2016 at 9:16 am

Compassion in mammals has deep roots.


That compassion in a media age is often applied at a distance should not be surprising.

14 Thor November 5, 2016 at 11:44 am

The capacity for compassion can be triggered in some by the viewing of a potato with anthropomorphized features. Which is only slightly less ridiculous than weeping in an Arizona supermarket upon hearing about the death of that self aggrandizing Spencer woman in Paris.

15 Thiago Ribeiro November 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

What is that compassion you speak of?

16 msgkings November 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Here’s the thing. When it’s pointed out that spergs like Ray are lacking in compassion (not their fault it’s their neuroatypicality) the truth gets shouted down by other spergs here getting butthurt. Well guess what, if laughing at others’ sadness is how you roll, wear it.

17 Sam Haysom November 5, 2016 at 7:03 pm

Except the spergs like Bryan Caplan are the biggest open borders supporters so this doesn’t hold up. Ray’s issues are related to him being lonely and likely ugly not to an inability to form human connections.

In fact you can make an argument that if anything spergs awkwardness and social frustration makes them if anything more likely to feel compassion for distant people who didn’t mock or ostracize them. Think Bryan Caplan adoring the teeming masses of the world because no girl at his high school would go to prom with him.

18 Art Deco November 6, 2016 at 7:27 pm

He got the Roumanian lawyer with the big hair to marry him. She evidently can reproduce through parthenogenesis.


19 anon November 5, 2016 at 8:49 am

“Rate?” I will disagree with Millian that opportunity costs are moot, but I don’t think you have a rate there. Risks and rates are usually per 100,000.

20 Anon November 5, 2016 at 7:46 am

M exico, E stonia, S outh Korea, Not sure what the context for Estonia is (perhaps this ?? http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-11-02/tiny-estonia-trains-its-people-guerrilla-war-against-Russia) , but repeat S outh Korea

and we sure seem to be heading towards a MESS.

Hopefully not.

21 Tagore Smith November 5, 2016 at 7:53 am

“Other journalists will try to tell you…” that the cubs might win. I mean not to get all Straussian about it (which, these days, seems to just mean talking about one thing while pretending to talk about another.)

And, btw, wasn’t there a company that let you anonymously mail people actual poop, until it got shut down? If not, I think I should found it, ’cause it seems like there would be a larger market for that than for personalized potatoes. I’d be like that guy with the electric razors. I like mailing people poop so much I bought the company!

Question for all you policy wonks- for which hours would you have to pay your, ahem, production staff with a business like that?

22 A Definite Beta Guy November 5, 2016 at 10:23 am

The Cubs are the strongest team in baseball. They went to the NLCS last year, too. Everyone loves the Cubs now, but in a few years they’ll be the next Yankees and everyone will hate them.

23 Thor November 5, 2016 at 11:46 am

Ah, the perennial search for an underdog team, or a feelgood team, once one’s own team has been eliminated…

24 msgkings November 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm

To me they already are the next Yankees, acting like they are the Kings of Baseball now that they broke the curse and they have a team that’s going to compete for years. Really annoying fanbase. Shameful how they treated Steve Bartman, who they now owe massive reparations to.

25 Sam Haysom November 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm

I was thinking this same thing the Cubs organization should offer him the chance to be in the victory parade. And they are an awful entitled fan base not quite Boston level but close.

26 msgkings November 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm

+1, but don’t forget the Yankees fanbase.

27 Alan November 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

Turks don’t want independent minded Serbs I Turkey. Kurds want a state. Maybe the Kurds should move to a conveniently close failed state and set up shop there.

28 rtd November 5, 2016 at 8:22 am

Tyler read your buddy Simmons re: “Other journalists will try to tell you that someone other than Golden State or Cleveland will win the next NBA title”:

“Repeat these three words with me: YOU. NEVER. KNOW.

Durant and Westbrook were supposed to own this decade. The Shaqobe Lakers were supposed to win eight titles. Miami was supposed to kill Dallas in 2011. Nobody saw the 1977 Blazers or 2004 Pistons or 2011 Mavericks coming. Nobody saw Hakeem winning two straight titles. Everyone wrote off the 1969 and 1976 Celtics. Nobody saw LeBron sneaking into the 2007 Finals, or Iverson sneaking in there in 2001. The NBA has an especially delightful history of surprising us when we least expect it.”

29 Anonymous November 5, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Eh, I would take issue with no one seeing Hakeem take the rockets to two titles. Hakeem is in my estimation the finest center to ever play the game; he retired 7th all time in steals, for God’s sake. For a big man like that? Unheard of, before or since.

I also feel Durant has been chronically overrated. No objections about any of the others though.

30 Sam Haysom November 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

Yea no one saw the Rockets winning primarily because no one saw the NBA commissioner making Jordan sit out two years in order to sever his gambling ties. I’m a rockets fan and I’ll readily admit they probally win at most one of those championships with Jordan playing.

31 rtd November 6, 2016 at 12:20 am

Hakeem is one of the best centers to ever play. But without MJ’s retirement, his two rings would likely be non-existant. That was Simmons’ point – without MJ going to Birmingham, no one saw the Rockets wining the title.
Karl Malone, in many people’s estimation, one of the finest PFs to ever play the game; he retired 2nd all time in scoring, for God’s sake and his running mate, Stockton, in many people’s estimation, one of the finest PGs to ever play the game; he retired first all time in steals, for God’s sake (not to mention Karl Malone, as a big man, is merely two spots below Hakeem in all-time steals). How many rings did the Jazz win?

32 Dzhaughn November 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

We’ve seen Leicester City, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cubs win in the same year. The ridiculous end of the Green Bay – Arizona NFL play off game. Trump winning the GOP nomination. Probability took a holiday in 2016.

33 Tagore Smith November 5, 2016 at 8:37 am

“I am deeply saddened by another tragedy on the high seas. . . . So many lives could be saved through more resettlement and legal pathways to protection,”

This seems like an odd way of looking at it. It seems to me that the more obvious way to prevent these drownings would have been to remove incentives for crossing the Mediterranean. In other words, to have made it clear that if you successfully crossed you’d be turned back and would have gained nothing from that perilous crossing. Of course the humane alternative is for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to promise to transport as many migrants as want to come to his country… oh, wait, which country was that again?

34 dan1111 November 5, 2016 at 9:02 am

While the EU could be less welcoming to refugees, it does not seem feasible to remove the incentive to try to enter.

35 Harun November 5, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Us policy towards Haitian boat people worked on this exact principle

36 GoneWithTheWind November 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm

Simple: No illegal immigration ever. If you enter the country illegally you can never… never enter the country again for any reason under any circumstance. You will be removed to a location not in the country and you will stay their in prison until you are able to arrange and pay for transportation to your home country. Period. Enforce the law at the border and shooot anyone not complying.


37 Moo cow November 6, 2016 at 12:23 am


38 The Anti-Gnostic November 5, 2016 at 9:12 am

I don’t think many of them are “crossing” the Mediterranean. More like, make it to Lampedusa, or a few miles off the Libyan coast.

39 anon November 5, 2016 at 9:03 am

“Just keep Mexico, South Korea, and Estonia in mind, and I’m sure you’ll do the right thing.”

That sure cuts both ways. The cosmopolitans will see these lists as “our” problems, the isolationists will see them as “their” problems. To be honest, given that fear is generally a more immediate motivator than compassion, this might be more a Trumpian get out the vote.

FWIW I think that our/their problems are another thing to be balanced, and that the status quo isn’t terrible. We should do a bit more, but we don’t need to send a carrier group to Libya, to pick everyone up and bring them here. Neither do we need a bigger wall with Mexico because Libya or other scary things.

40 Cliff November 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

We need a wall with Mexico because we can’t control our own border and border control is the fundamental duty and requirement of a nation state

41 anon November 5, 2016 at 10:12 am

We have a fence. We control our borders. Paranoia is not useful.

Analysts See U.S. Border With Mexico As More Secure Than It’s Been In 40 Years (2015)

42 A Definite Beta Guy November 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

Good, let’s keep up with this. The Border Fence under the 2007 Border Fence act was never fully funded and never completed. Let’s finish that, continue to upgrade our border security, implement e-verify, work on shrinking the illegal population, and maybe in 10 years we can discuss amnesty for anyone still left who is not a criminal.

That’s a much preferred stance to the DNC policy of putting illegal immigrants on their convention stage, talking about how desperately we need amnesty.

43 ibaien November 5, 2016 at 11:35 am

start jailing the business owners who cheerfully and knowingly hire undocumented immigrants and maybe we can talk. it’s their addiction to cheap and docile labor that’s fueling demand.

44 Anon November 5, 2016 at 12:14 pm
45 Careless November 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm

Yes, ibalen, that’s part of e-verify.

46 chuck martel November 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm

“We need a wall with Mexico because we can’t control our own border and border control is the fundamental duty and requirement of a nation state”

What do you mean “we”? The fundamental duty and requirement of a nation state is to perpetuate itself.

47 Harun November 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

South Korea pursues mercantilist trade policies and grew rich. What lesson should the us draw from that?

48 anon November 5, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Probably something much more old and mainstream than is popularly believed. The outgoing President says that capitalism and trade are the best thing ever.


Of course, the “revolution” candidate wants a 35% tax outsourced products.


Who in their wildest dreams could have gotten their parties right, even 5 years ago? Seriously.

49 Keith November 5, 2016 at 11:22 am

Yes, and don’t forget that we’ll monitor our own social media for ‘Russian threats’ and ‘misinformation’ on Election Day.

I’m sure glad that libertarians like Tyler don’t fall for the statist garbage of using foreign threats to insulate the government’s ruling class from the consequences of their criminal behavior. Clearly, guys like Tyler are just too sophisticated to fall for that.

50 Meets November 5, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Golden state doesn’t look like a contending this team

Looking like Cavs vs Spurs

51 Anon November 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm

True that its no longer a feelgood team , but its early days…….

52 msgkings November 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Calm your knee from jerking, the Heat were 9-8 to start LeBron’s first season there. It takes a bit of time to integrate a superstar. But yes the Spurs are every bit as good.

53 Meets November 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm

I refuse to not jerk my knee in this instance.

I remember Miami starting off slow, but I feel they didn’t have obvious flaws that this Warriors team does (defense and rebounding).

Also, they had LeBron.

54 Mark Thorson November 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

I don’t believe the hacking thing. If you had Putin’s Facebook password, would you announce that? Then he’d change it.

If I were in charge of the computers that control Russia’s power grid, you can bet there would be honeypots for hackers to find. You’d never know if you really hacked our computers until you turned the lights off in St. Peterburg. Even then, maybe I’d let you flicker the lights just to lull you into thinking you had control. But you wouldn’t have control, and if you did the dumbest thing you could do would be to announce it.

55 msgkings November 5, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Yep, same thing when Alan Turing cracked the Enigma code. They had to keep it so quiet that they couldn’t use it very much, or the Nazis would know they’d been cracked. That recent movie about it was pretty good.

56 Thor November 5, 2016 at 6:22 pm

We shouldn’t forget Coventry…

57 anon November 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm

If you use a password, or other vulnerability, to install an exploit .. the re-bolted door does not by itself recover the horse.

58 Greg November 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm

It’s a hall of mirrors, like the poison scene in The Princess Bride. Russia already expects to be hacked, so announcing it doesn’t provide any new information.

59 Troll me November 5, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Well, at the very least it’ll keep them busy at a time that it might be good for them to be busy.

60 marco November 6, 2016 at 4:29 am

True or not ,the statement is astonishingly irresponsible
(1) Despite the talk of a Russian hacking threat, I have yet to hear any coherent explanation of Russian attack vectors. In fact the security vulnerabilities that have been red flagged by security researchers as concerning, require an entity that has access to source code, engineering documentation for the various voting machine versions, and then a network of people on the ground who could get 10 minutes alone with the machines to do the, not to difficult, software update. All of which would imply that centralized, domestic control of the the voting process is the threat.
(2) Announcing that we have breached the Russian critical infrastructure requires their military to review, and enhance all existing defensive and offensive measures to counter the threat. Its just not in our interest to have them expanding their current offensive counter measures.
(3) If we have installed malware on systems controlling Russian critical infrastructure, military people have, for no good reason (see 1.), taken a huge risk. The only people who should be installing software on those systems are the experts who maintain them now. Anyone else can not with full confidence insure that their system modifications will not result in unexpected side effects. Also any infrastructure system issues, which the Russian encounter in the next few, future months, can now rightly or wrongly be potentially blamed on unauthorized access by the US and if rightly or wrongly the blame is assigned, and issues are acute then the US has effectively launched a military strike against a nuclear power.
I’m sure someone thought that this statement was a strong signal to send, but they were wrong. The statement, and possible actions, represent the lowest levels of stupidity and irresponsibility. A new low for the US.

61 anon November 6, 2016 at 8:00 am

The headline was “U.S. Govt. Hackers Ready to Hit Back If Russia Tries to Disrupt Election.”

Surely that is fair? Or do you think any country should take a hacked election lying down?

62 albatross November 7, 2016 at 2:04 pm


63 James McCammon November 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Strangely enough, TaterGram is actually a knock-off company.

64 Roadrunner November 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Just keep Mexico, Greece, and Germany in mind, and I’m sure you will do the right thing.

65 Dan Lavatan-Jeltz November 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Huawei has been marketing phones in the US for a while now, notable the Nexus 6P. From a development perspective the 6P has been by far the worst Nexus phone I’ve worked with, and perhaps the only Android phone I like less than Apple products. The antennas in that glass bar are the worst of any phone from any vendor. The Mate 9 could hardly be any worse, but it is absurdly overpriced and it is hard to imagine it taking more than 1/10th of 1% unit or revenue share.

I’d like to see Huawei import more networking gear into the US, but they really need to get out of the phone business.

66 Harun November 6, 2016 at 3:13 pm

I wonder if they actually do want to get out, but their government doesn’t.

National champions sometimes are forced to do things they don’t really want.

67 dan1111 November 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

I have a recent Huawei phone (they’ve been out in the UK awhile), and I’m quite happy with it. Good spec for a low price. I don’t have any experience with the models you mention, though.

68 Simonini November 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

How many boats full of migrants would European navies need to sink before migrants stopped trying to cross the Mediterranean? How long would it take for lives saved from fewer crossings to make up for lives lost from sinking boats?

69 Harun November 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

We have a test case: Haitian boat people attempting to reach America.

Bill Clinton took a very hard line, especially when you compare it to our Cuba policy.

Have you heard of Haitian boat people since the 90’s? No, not really.

70 jorod November 6, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Huawei will begin marketing its smart phone in the United States this January… Along with a chip connected to the Chinese NSA.

71 Art Deco November 6, 2016 at 7:32 pm

It would be agreeable if Kurdish militias gave the Turkish army the brutal and bloody beating they have earned and deserve.

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