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Omg, there’s an internet. Jeez.

Bloomberg sums up the top 10 picks for Amazon’s second headquarters and Pittsburgh made the list. But here’s where the real elite influence is felt. BOSTON is on the list.

Why? Because it’s close to Harvard and MIT. And that has what all to do with Amazon’s business model? That’s right. Nothing. Anyway, the whole northeast corridor of research was shuttered and a tiny leftover fraction sent to Boston/Cambridge to manage the outsourcing and what was the reason?

Harvard and MIT.

And while you could plausibly make a case for pharma R&D to relocate there, there are non-disclosure agreements around every corner. It’s not like collaborations are taking place over a pitcher of Sam Adams in Harvard Square. So, yeah, dumbest idea ever, especially considering that there are a lot more people crammed into an area the size of a shoebox and researchers don’t make nearly as much as the idiot executives who want to soak up prestige.

So what did Bloomberg say about Pittsburgh?

The city is home to a large labor force and well-respected research institutes like top AI and robotics university Carnegie Mellon. It’s also close to major distribution hubs and has an industrial manufacturing background that could be useful for Amazon’s warehousing projects. Yet it’s far from other major metro areas and tech hubs.

Omg, there is an internet. If we in East Bumfuck want to learn about something that may be happening in a “tech hub”, as if we aren’t one already, or Boston, someone can show us how to use a keyboard and tell us what a R-O-U-T-E-R is.

Plus housing is dirt cheap and plentiful compared to a place like Boston. We have all the stupid self driving cars you can eat and also have Google HQ here. You’d think if it’s techy enough for google. Maybe the Bloomberg “journalists” need to get out more.

Not that I want Amazon Coming here and exploiting us because Jeff Bezos is ideologically opposed to paying a fair share of the cost of maintaining infrastructure.

In fact, DON’T come, Jeff. We don’t need your kind of trouble. Pittsburgh is already pretty damn awesome.

In the meantime, I hope the other cities don’t let Amazon off the hook. I heard it trashed Seattle.

Aw jeez, the city made a video for Amazon featuring our beautiful three rivers:

Don’t encourage them.


Dream on, amazon…

John McCain takes on Facebook

He’s going out in a blaze of glory. (Provided he doesn’t vote for that stupid tax reform bill)

He’s proposing that the tech industry disclose who pays for political ads. The techs are going to try to finesse the situation. I’m really beginning to hate them and the Gig Economy they’re forcing on us, ruining our futures and upending the American dream.

BTW, I’ve taken to reading the release notes on the apps I update on my phone. It’s an obsession these days given what I now do for a living. Google and YouTube write the smuggest release notes. They’re all like, “We’re updating. Don’t you worry your pretty blonde head about what features we enhanced. You wouldn’t understand it anyway.” F#%^ing annoying. Kudos to Kayak who write very nice release notes.

Ok, I got off topic. Maybe I’m the only one who gets annoyed with this.

Anyway, I think we should support this bill. Nothing but full disclosure is going to satisfy me now. Your friends and family shouldn’t be suckered in to passing around propaganda without their knowledge.

That’s how we end up with dictators and autocrats with the self control of two year olds.


An aside.

I live in a diverse suburb east of Pittsburgh. Some of my cousins thought I was crazy to buy my house there. But it’s where I spent my happiest years as a kid. The demographics might have changed, but the sound of the trees in the wind, the smell of the air and the loveliness of the neighborhood haven’t.

I chose my location carefully. It’s close to the bus stop if I ever need it. The street has a stable community of neighbors. The houses are pretty well maintained, mine being a bit of an issue because I bought a foreclosed property and had to spend my money on more critical needs when I moved in.

But I have never regretted moving where I did. Last year at this time, I was actively canvassing every weekend. I met people at my local Giant Eagle where I registered them to vote. I opened my house to strangers on the last three weeks of the campaign and most of my volunteers were African American.

And you know what? It was great. I learned a lot. Mostly I learned that people are people. They have families and feelings and jobs and careers and churches and interests. I still run into some of those volunteers and we’re happy to reconnect and catch up.

They are our neighbors. They aren’t “them”.

Love is love, and people are humans. Anyone who says anything negative about my neighbors or where I live is looking for a swift knee to the junk.

Grow up.

Classical music – rock genre

Early morning activities. Need to finish up something. Later