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3. For some reason FB didn't go with "Cancer"

#7. Do tell: why is it that we are hearing and seeing NO analysis or reaction to last weekend's country-wide power failure across Argentina and whatever parts of Paraguay and Uruguay were affected?

What does this silence tell us about 1) vulnerability and 2) culpability?

What does this silence tell us about our corrupt and corrupting Media Establishment?

Nothing. There is nothing newsworhty. It is kbiwn Argentina's infrastructure is decaying.

Seems like the cover up is so effective that there is no longer a link 7.

6. Great. Now do one about black tar heroin.

What an odd response to a great feel good story of donuts(!!!) and immigrants(!!!)

It was an excellent response. The fact that you failed to appreciate its grandness is merely a failure on your part, but I cannot help that.

3. Ask Megan: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/06/20/facebook-must-like-trouble-because-its-new-cryptocurrency-just-means-more-it/

3. What does the Venn diagram intersection look like between astrologers and cryptocurrency enthusiasts?

5. If the shoe fits: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/business/shut-out-by-shoe-giants-mom-and-pop-stores-feel-pinched.html

Antitrust if full of anomalous decisions, and my favorite is the "Robinson-Patman Act" which forbids a store from offering a discount for the same thing in two different stores. Amazon and every retailer in the USA breaks this law every day, but it's not enforced anymore (but still on the books, waiting to be resurrected on behalf of mom-and-pop stores.

Bonus trivia: Brown Shoe should not be confused with International Shoe, which is still good law, just ask professor Tsue!

Actually this is not quite correct. R-P doesn't regulate retail prices, only wholesale prices. It was designed to wipe out the advantages of big chain retailers (e.g., a&p) over small mom & pops in negotiating with, e.g., food manufacturers. The effect is of course the same: consumers are denied the benefits of large, efficient retailers.

5. In my opinion, antitrust laws should only apply to companies that have over 50% market share (or if many companies are colluding, the combined market share of those companies is over 50%). When antitrust law is used against companies that are a minority in the market, it becomes anticompetitive itself.

I think antitrust should be focused on these tech companies that have 90%+ of the global market, not consumer companies that may be more easily understood by the man on the street but don’t have a 90% global market share (https://www.economist.com/business/2019/06/06/the-technology-industry-is-rife-with-bottlenecks).

I also think the state action defense to antitrust should be repealed. If the government is going to be a commercial actor, it should be subject to the same rules and competition as other commercial actors.

If only it were easy to calculate market shares. Market definition is always one of the main issues in dispute in antitrust. Plaintiffs define markets narrowly and defendants widely. Most of the time it isn't obvious who's right, so a simple rule of thumb won't work.

that might be right but the argument is then about "what is the market". The bigger you are, the more you want to expand that definition. Is Facebook in the entertainment same market as TV?

#2, love the drums! Nice to see a female in a male-dominated industry, one of her best performances:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdHyzGXAJPg

I've heard from a drummer who's played with famous English bands that drumming is physically exhausting. From this I concluded a female cannot be a good drummer, but I guess I inferred wrong?

Bonus trivia: #29: Janet Weiss Janet Weiss, who was born on 24 September 1965, in Los Angeles, is best known as a member of Sleater-Kinney. She has also played with Quasi and cult indie band The Shins. Weiss is a powerful, inventive drummer who has helped break down some of the traditional barriers against female drummers.

Weiss is great. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgBRjqDE-24 is a good example of her propulsive drumming (and one of my favorite Sleater-Kinney songs).

Yes, Ray, you *may* have inferred wrong. Look at Sheila E. I played the drums and the xylophone in high school. While I was not formidable, I could hold my own even thought I got alot of crap from my testosterone-driven, male peers in the drum line. ( i also played hockey and jumped around rooftops, so you could deduce that I'm not your typical female) Yes, physically exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. The top five in this article are indisputable.

Hey mom, you got me thinking - what makes a good drummer? I can understand great guitarists, but I've never given much thought to drummers...

a drummer deals in the realm of the curses upon man. the black man in America frolics when no one is around, and he prefers to skip than dance. in this electric aquarium, we see piRsquared, indeed the drummer is tasked with graphing the stampede, the sound of https://artsintherightplace.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/massacre-in-korea-picasso-part-2-the-painting-itself/

""in this rough ocean of torment," one can find the sleep before midnight, the old gillyflower of being arrested. Indeed, the losing argument requires wings to arbitrate the random order when "madness is a coin." The entrance of virtuous hope! -- the lower the margin of victory, he had left behind his tongue and his throat. he is vainglorious, a member of the Likud party, that he alone knows about!!!

My awesomeness makes me a great drummer... and it helps to be a tomboy with a good percussive rhythm and to play many years of piano. I think MR should start a band. Tyler and Alex seem like they would be charismatic and dynamic front-men. ;-D

There are many female drummers and guitar players nowadays. Both were rare but not anymore.

Piano is a great perfuddive instrument too - it is considered part of the rhythm section in jazz. Thelonius Monk played the piano like a percussion instrument. You probably know all that already, but I wanted to share it anyway.
:)

Learning rhythm is very important to my work down at the dick sucking factory. Gotta suck to the beat!

boys will be boys

It’s not me, there’s a guy bullying me on this blog. I wish I had my own gifted mom to help me standard up to the bullies.

you need a Cambodian donut

You are one sick puppy.

"You are one sick puppy" --- well, the poor creature is probably mentally ill, like those people in the old days who went a little daffy because their lives were so sad and lonely, and who used to stay up late at night, alone in their rooms, writing, for fun, anonymous letters denouncing people.

There is a scene in one of Agatha Christie's novels (the one called Dumb Witness) where the phenomenon is discussed, one of the rich ladies had a servant who was unattractive and could not find a man and so she wrote hundreds of vicious anonymous letters, late at night, spreading slander and lies about people she envied, and she mailed off as many of them as she could afford the postage for - how sad a scenario ....

my best guess, though is that this particular troll reports back to a website where he claims to have triumphed by saying naughty things on other websites, and that validation slows down his realization that he is, in fact, mentally ill.

Loneliness and other sad aspects of one's personal life can make people do things that are really very pitiful. We need to hope that such people will one day leave behind their sad compulsions.

funny thing is I know lots of people who did lots of stupid stuff when they were younger and who are now totally normal, as much as you could describe most people as normal

I never bring up in front of others what I know about how fucked up they were when they were younger but sometimes when it is just the two of us I will say

life is complicated

and I will think

(I Hope you appreciate how much I prayed for you, and for how much the rest of us prayed for you)

I am kind-hearted that way

and no, Moab is my washpot does not mean what Wikipedia tells you it means.

remember nations frequently changed their names back in the day ///

Moab is my washpot, translated from the ancient Hebrew correctly, means, and I render it in colloquial English :

no harm no foul those old Moabite days are over
verb. sap.

I know that it is a lot of content from a small number of Hebrew words but trust me that is what it means

or don't trust me

but you should trust me, I speak with "words of truth"

Gina Schock would like a word with you (even though she didn't make the list). :)

For a number of years I played with a hand drummer (congas, djembes, etc.) who spent seven years touring with Gil Scott-Heron and who knows many of the expatriate African drummers living in the USA. He told me of hours-long performances where he played the djembe that were so strenuous that he pee'd blood afterward.

yeah women just go through their periods 😒

The list does have Honey Lantree - she was a rarity in the British Invasion. Have I The Right certainly is built on a strong beat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV_pz5ddfuQ

4. 'you need to scroll down a wee bit.'

11 pages of a 23 page PDF document, actually. And amusingly, the first review concerns data privacy.

#6: Dunkin' Donuts still has a stranglehold on the east coast doughnut market, so... still plenty of opportunity out there, Cambodians. Let's get it done.

Admittedly not independent stores, but Indians and Pakistanis already cornered the Dunkin Donuts market in the Northeast.

Except where Krispy Creme reigns supreme.

That place isn't even on my radar. Eff that nonsense. I'd rather eat Wal Mart bakery donuts.

This is the thing I miss most after moving back to the east coast from southern California. Every single donut (actual donuts... none of the cronut nonsense) in the DC area is mediocre (or slightly above mediocre for the best donuts). If you think there can't be that much variation in fried dough covered in sugar glaze, there is a whole new world waiting for you.

Its a rock drummer list which is a like a midget basketball league. The hundred best drummers in the world are jazz drummers.

Dave Weckel and Tony Williams are just a few. Chick Webb, Lenny White, Vinnie Colleutta and of course the unprecedented Max Roach and Art Blakey. Jazz style percussion is unique in its heavy syncopation and free-form time changes. Very hard to play with the demands of Big Bands.

Elitist snob.

Guilty. I also prefer watching the NFL over pop warner football.

Seriously, Roach 46, Blakey 43... nipping at the heels of Barker 41. This list is trash, why is Tyler posting this flamebait?

As for #2 - in at #13 is Phil Collins. I expected to see him somewhere but not here. Haha. May as well say that about most of the top ones. What kind of write up is this???

Well, given the oddity of the list - it's a rock list with some token jazz inclusions, and not really "greatest" but more something like "most beloved" - Collins is in about the right place. And he happened to be actually a very good drummer.

Even in the context of the list, there are some jazz guys that shouldn't have been left off - the aforementioned Tony Williams, Paul Motian, Jack DeJohnnette, etc etc.

And where the hell is Nick Mason? Within the context of this list, he should be in top ten, really. Like Bruford or Collins, he can fit in with jazz people, and like some of the others, he's associated with a hugely popular act. I think they just forgot him.

Also (within the context of the list) Dave Mattacks! Dave Mattacks, Dave Mattacks, Dave Mattacks. Outside of all the obvious things, he's even on _Before and After Science_. And (thanks Wikipedia for the reminders) _Bryter Layter_ and _Nonsuch_ and _Amplified Heart_!.

+1, Fairport Convention and Nick Drake

Unfortunately, Nick Mason was overshadowed by the Gilmour/Barrett/Waters trifecta, although not so much with Waters

I suppose that's right, and now I notice that the U2 and Radiohead drummers aren't there, or Kreutzmann and Hart for that matter. I guess it's a rock list with an emphasis on heaviness, for the most part.

Still, it seems a little odd that with so many prog drummers on the list - both of the Yes guys, two of the many possible Crimson choices, both ELP P's, Vander, that's at least 6 - they could have found room for Mason, who, after all, did a lot more in music than just play with one famous band.

No Carter Beauford, Larry Mullen Jr or Phil Selway? Yet Meg White makes the list. I love the White Stripes and Jack hasn’t been the same since but I don’t think I would ever argue she was in the top 100.

Do yanks say 'wee' or is Tyler the economics Mel Gibson?

"Tyler's Ethnic Dining Guide"!

good band name

#6 These Cambodian Donuttieres dominate Phoenix also. If it's not a Duncan or a Crispy Cream, you'll likely see an Angkor Wat tapestry hanging. Very good donuts too.

#2 played since I was 11. Meg White? *sigh*

But as I continued, I saw that the list is really just drummers that have been on hit records, filled out with session players. Yawn.

#2 Here's a funny story about Ringo Starr. A Rolling Stone reporter asked John Lennon if he thought Ringo was the best drummer in rock and roll. John replied, "He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles! Paul is."

"In an often-repeated but apocryphal story, Lennon, asked if Starr was the best drummer in the world, quipped that he "wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles". The line actually comes from a 1981 episode of the BBC Radio comedy series Radio Active,[245] though it gained more prominence when used by the television comedian Jasper Carrott in 1983, three years after Lennon's death. In September 1980, Lennon told Rolling Stone:
'Ringo was a star in his own right in Liverpool before we even met. Ringo was a professional drummer who sang and performed and was in one of the top groups in Britain, but especially in Liverpool. So Ringo's talent would have come out one way or the other ... whatever that spark is in Ringo, we all know it but can't put our finger on it. Whether it's acting, drumming, or singing, I don't know. There's something in him that is projectable and he would have surfaced as an individual ... Ringo is a damn good drummer.'"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringo_Starr#Drums

Elvin Jones deserves to be way higher than #57, top ten for sure. His masterpiece is not the more famous A Love Supreme, one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, but the much more challenging Ascension. He held that monstrosity together.

A Love Supreme +1

2. John Bonham. John Henry Bonham.

Who are John Bonham and Keith Moon? Never heard of 'em. Who-ever they are, they belong behind the master, Neil Peart.

#2...Dino Danelli and Maurice White.

Karen Carpenter was a victim of sexism because reasons.

I am not a total cuck because reasons.

I found an asymmetric chair after two months. The back was a single piece of wood shaved as thin as a sliced egg, the seat look like a piece of cantaloupe, and the four legs were made of concrete.
“Whimsical as a cluck,” Ray had said.
“How about one for free,” I said.
“It’s two hundred dollars for the pack,” he said.
“I just want one,” I said.
“Oh,” he said.
“I can pay fifty dollars,” I ssaid
“Can’t do it,”
“Why not?”
“That’s how the African ones work.”
“These aren’t drums,” I said.
“Say you buy two,” he said.
“O.K.”
“You buy two, and I got two left.”
“Swell, Ray, how much?” I asked.
“That’ll be fifty dollars.”

Los Angeles had famous donut shops long before any Cambodians arrived. I can recall nagging my mother c. 1965 to take me to the chain with the giant donut on the roof. (Randy's near the airport survives and has been used in countless movies).

Cambodians have done very little innovation in the donut industry.

Randy's Donut was built in 1953.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy%27s_Donuts

Was the point of the story that there had been innovation in the donut industry? Is innovation in the donut industry even possible? Donuts are like their complement, coffee, as long as they're not crappy they're actually pretty good, and I would guess most if not all independent donut shops make sure to avoid selling crappy donuts, which I don't think is especially difficult.

Anyway, since the thesis of the piece is not really about innovation, what is it? First sentence:

"Local doughnut shops are a quintessential part of life in Southern California, a food culture fostered largely by Cambodian immigrants."

Here an issue of English interpretation comes up: what does "fostered" mean? I'd guess it means something like "without the Cambodians, the number of independent donut shops would be significantly smaller."

Also, what does it mean "fostered largely" mean? Is it synonymous with "fostered mostly" or not? I generally read it that way, but it's a little unclear.

Let's say the null hypothesis of the piece is "Cambodians have done > or = 50% of the fostering" and the alternative is "Cambodians have done < 50% of the fostering." Is there any data?

"Cambodian refugees or their families run more than 1,500 independent doughnut stores in the area, according to a 2014 California Sunday Magazine piece."

Hmmm, I'd say if this is true, my guess is that it's unlikely that even with more nuanced data, data on actual "fostering," whatever that data might be, you're not going to be able to reject the null. From 0 to 1500 must involve a lot of fostering.

But what about the H0 and H1 for Steve's comment?

H0: grouchy that immigration is portrayed in such a warm, positive fashion.

H1: actual point....

#4..."One discordant note in an otherwise excellent chapter is Cowen’s statement that the four largest firms in one sector of the economy “controlled” half or more of the market. The reality is that the typical firm, large or small, controls none of the market. Unless the firm has long-term contracts with customers, customers are free not to buy anything at all."

The Mafia actually argues that when charged with illegally restraining trade.

"The Gambinos, through their lawyers, contended that the long-established system not only was not coercive but worked to the benefit of many small entrepreneurs. The prosecution claimed that this control was a choke hold, enabling the Gambinos to dominate a key trucking operation and reap enormous profits by imposing what amounted to a 5 to 7 percent mob tax on finished garments."

#2: The Cream's Ginger Baker (no relation) is a glaring omission

4: Ginger Baker
Londoner Ginger Baker, who helped invent the rock power trio and reluctantly became the genre’s first star drummer, during a multi-faceted and always eventful career, was born on 19 August 1936. After some studio recordings with The Graham Bond Organisation, Baker joined Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton in Cream, in what would become known as rock’s first supergroup. He later played with Blind Faith. In more recent years, his band Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion, featuring James Brown’s and Van Morrison’s saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, has toured the UK and Europe. Baker, who said you had to be made to be a drummer, claimed that the secret of his drum work with Cream – and his skilful use of the hi-hats, tom-toms and cymbals – was the jazz-like improvisation he brought to their sound.
Check out: ‘Toad’

Cambodians did nothing to build up a "donut culture" in LA or anywhere else. The idea is ridiculous. Ngoy was successful at opening two, and then he sponsored lots of other Cambodians, with the precondition that they come here, take out a huge loan from him, undercut the competition by working day and night with family only, no employees.

They sure aren't hiring from any other community but their own. It's all done within the network. The Cambodian immigrants wouldn't be able to get a loan from an American bank. Nor would Ngoy loan to, say, an African American who wanted to open a donut shop.

So if you want to open a donut shop with quality donuts made from something other than a mix, and hire a few people and contribute to the community, well, you're competing with a bunch of people whose family members will be at risk if they don't pay Ngoy back their loans.

Put another way: Ngoy offers disadvantaged people a chance at earning a living that's superior, in their minds (for whatever reasons), to what they had at home. He has a business model that's effective and gets around the onerous US regulatory system, which new arrivals are going to be helplessly in the dark about. (The folks who WRITE the laws don't know them, so folks coming in have no chance.) And this business model dovetails nicely into what is, in reality, the traditional way businesses have operated throughout human history and across cultures. If you want to make the hours and use of family an argument against this system, you're going to have to show that it's substantively worse than what the Cambodians--NOT the Americans--are enduring in their homeland. Because quite often in these discussions what appears horrific to us is much better than the alternatives available to the person making the choice.

Okay, his method of determining who to loan money to is racist. That said, it's HIS money, and he obviously has a very specific goal in mind. ("Profit, ma'am, depends on what you're after.") He's not a charity--he expects a return on his investment--but a country that had "Mind Your Business" as its motto can hardly object! He's helping his people out, and making money doing so; that's the system working as intended.

This isn't the first time the USA has seen this sort of behavior. The reason Chinese buffets are so popular is because Chinese people did exactly the same thing: they worked hours that no one else worked (they didn't consider Sunday particularly special and had no problem being open at that time), and worked the way they always had in their homelands (where not working 12-16 hours a day meant starvation). Americans loved it, and now you can find a Chinese buffet in any city you care to visit.

Never mind Karen Carpenter. Alex Van Halen ranked well above Bernard Purdie?

Twenty years ago or more, a doughnut shop - called, essentially, something on the order of "Hello Donuts" - was opened in the nearby strip center, by immigrants. I thought they were a family, but I realize I just presumed that, as I presumed they were Chinese. I should have learned but I suppose my usual nosiness and unsolicited interest in people was checked by the quickness of a doughnut transaction. The old grandparents would arrive early to start the frying, it seemed, because they were waiting for the bus by about ten. The younger folks, who could have been high school-age but perhaps were college-age or older, initially having little more English than, presumably, the grandparents, politely tended the counter. There didn't seem to be any middle-aged people, but maybe I mistook them for the elderly, or they were in the back.

We were all young too, and more appreciative of the quick calories provided by a doughnut.

As there were but a few immigrant-led small businesses in the neighborhood then, they seemed to stand apart, like a family of motel Patels a hundred miles from nowhere, but I thought, in time, more kids will come along, as the family ages and grows, and they will want to go to the good local schools, and surely in that way they will become part of the community.

That did and didn't happen. They never became known in the way most operators of businesses here are known. And I've never seen any small children the way one would if it were Mexican-owned. Nor have local kids ever gone to work there, though plenty of kids staff various other ice cream and smoothie and sandwich places in the vicinity. Indeed, the doughnut shop has never had to put out a Help Wanted sign. (Once, there was a sign announcing that they would be closed on a particular day, a month out, *due to a family emergency*.)

My fondness for doughnuts eventually waned, but last time I was there the young person behind the counter seemed to have the same proficiency with English that the young person had twenty years ago. Which is to say, just fine for the task, but monosyllabic, not suggesting many years' worth of assimilation.

But this is definitely *the* doughnut shop of the area. Though the doughnuts are nothing special, it has been successful against the odds given the food and diet fads people in this area are prone to. Pictures of the school sports teams are on the wall. People would be sad if it closed. I hope it's been a good experience for them too.

At first, the fact that a link to the review of "A love letter to Big Business" downloaded a PDF irritated me. Then I found myself reading an excellent magazine. Nice!

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