Masters of the Universe category archive
No one can say that this was unpresidented (details at the link).
Hours after President Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone was sentenced in a Washington, D.C., courtroom to 40 months, a Sacramento defense lawyer seized upon the controversy to argue that federal sentencing guidelines have been tainted by the case and that his client should serve no prison time.
The surprising result? A 13-month sentence of home detention for Andrey Kim, who pleaded guilty in a massive mortgage fraud case that began in 2006 and is estimated to have cost banks more than $16 million.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Lee Schafer, pretty damn far.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a controversy in a school district that led to an ouster of a majority of the school board.
Follow the link for details.
Thom reads from Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.
In related news, Bobby Azarian points out that one of the things that machine learning enables said machines to learn is bigotry and prejudice. A snippet:
For example, past studies have shown that the same exact resume is twice as likely to result in an interview opportunity if the applicant’s name is European-American rather than African-American. In a similar way, the AI system was more likely to associate European American names with positive stimuli compared to African-American names. There were similar findings in terms of gender, such that female words, like “woman” or “girl” were more closely related to the arts compared to mathematics.
Fast /= intelligent.
One more time, pretty damn far.
There is no truth to the rumor that Wells-Fargo is led by a “Godfather of the Board.”
In the context of the Jeffrey Epstein case, Spocko describes the four types of “fixers” and discusses how their work manifests itself. Per Spocko, these are the four types:
- Thug fixers.
- Legal fixers.
- PR Fixers.
- Media fixers.
Follow the link for a detailed description of how each type manifests itself.
The Inky tells the tale of a long and twisted tour through the wilds of the Amazon(.com).
Ronald E. Riggio explains why the rich, the powerful, and the famous believe that they are above the law. (And if you don’t recognize that many of them do, you just aren’t paying attention.)