Snowden approved chat, and now video

aimed at the privacy-minded, Signal competes more broadly with apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Google Duo, (and presumably Skype) all of which support video calling. These feature is now considered table stakes for those entering the messaging app space with their own alternative clients.

via Encrypted chat app Signal tests voice and video calling — TechCrunch

Trump with ‘splosions

Universal Pictures has won a bidding war for the rights to Little America, a film produced by Transformers director Michael Bay about a near-future America that is literally owned by China. In the film, a “Trump-like president” has bankrupted the country and China has called in its debts, forcing the US into China’s servitude, according…

via A Trump-like president has bankrupted America and sold it to China, in a film produced by Michael Bay — Quartz

Trump’s 20% tariff on Mexican imports?good bye verduras…

US president Donald Trump suggested on Thursday that he would consider using a 20% tax on imports from Mexico in order to generate funds to build a wall. To Trump’s supporters, this plan may sound great: Mexico’s exports will be taxed! They’ll pay for the wall in the end! And it’s true that this really…

via An economist explains why Trump’s idea for a 20% tax on Mexican imports would totally backfire — Quartz

The likely winner of this weekend’s French presidential primary will be Russia’s Vladimir Putin — Quartz

If you’ve paid any attention to France’s presidential race, you’ll know that the Front National’s Marine Le Pen is a serious contender. But the prospect of another far-right nationalist coming to power in a major Western country is not, in fact, the only thing to worry about. The other worry—and one that should concern not…

via The likely winner of this weekend’s French presidential primary will be Russia’s Vladimir Putin — Quartz

World domination, without firing a shot?

The prison industrial complex is bankrolling efforts to keep pot illegal — Quartz

A food service company is spending tens of thousands of dollars to fight an effort to decriminalize marijuana in Arizona. Services Group of America, which contracts to provide prison meals, has given some $80,000 to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, a group fighting Prop 205, which would make it legal for adults in the state…

via The prison industrial complex is bankrolling efforts to keep pot illegal — Quartz

CEMETERY PLANET by J. Joseph Wright

You want a little fun in your sci fi? Of course you do. Who doesn’t. And here we have a whole planet full of dead bodies. What could be more fun than that? Harvey Crane is the caretaker on a …

Source: CEMETERY PLANET by J. Joseph Wright
A fun ride!
I recommend it to anyone wanting a light read, fun, and humorous. J. Joseph Wright did a great job in character development, and once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Another new author I will be following! Fantastic fun!!

The IBM PC turns 35, can now run for president — TechCrunch

The NEXT GOP Cadidate should be Watson

Happy birthday, you old rascal, you. Thirty-five years ago today you came into world with a compact design and a $1,565 price tag, at time when IBM’s entry-level “microcomputer” run $90,000 and looked more like a washer and dryer set. Of course, not everyone was excited about you. As the company notes in its own…

via The IBM PC turns 35, can now run for president — TechCrunch