Gavin Newsom’s iPhone: Yikes!


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(Gavin Newsom’s cell phone with Steve Clemons’ reflection (click image for larger version to really see the cracks); photo credit: Marc Adelman)
Thanks to Marc Adelman who seems to know all of the people I don’t know — so we are a perfect match — I attended a fantastic first west coast fundraiser for CURE, which Susan Axelrod (of those Obama-connected Axelrods) spearheaded to generate funds for research on and treatments for epilepsy, of which her and David Axelrod’s daughter is a victim.
I think CURE does outstanding work and is such an important network for families and friends of those suffering from epilepsy. I’m really grateful to Tammy Haddad for introducing me into the CURE network at an event she held at her home last year.
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom attended the event and hung out with Marc and me a bit. Then I saw his phone.
I have always liked Newsom who I hope is Governor of California next round. I once met him in DC through NDN’s Simon Rosenberg who had all sorts of mesmerizing things to say about Newsom. I loved it when Newsom admitted that among his chief worries in San Francisco was trash collection — but he was trying to get bandwidth to think about other stuff.
Gavin Newsom is a compelling, open-minded, pragmatic doer, thinker — and really beats the crap out of his phone.
— Steve Clemons


9 comments on “Gavin Newsom’s iPhone: Yikes!

  1. Facebook Game Developer says:

    Its Really good post.The graphics are probably comparable to some titles on the Playstation 2. It


  2. Paul Norheim says:

    Amazing how sophisticated the translation apps are


  3. yoyo says:

    Your writing, and the initial sounding reasonable, very critical and did not really take some time, I am perfect. Somewhere within the paragraphs you really can make me, but only while a believer. I still have a problem with your logic jump, you can do good to help fill those gaps. If you really can achieve this, I will eventually be hooked.


  4. questions says:

    Just as radiation spreads, so too do metaphors. Good lord.
    Nuclear stress tests….
    Until the political problems are open for examination, until the testers are tested, the guardians are guarded, the keepers kept up with (but not kept), not a single fucking stress test will be valid.
    Until the rules are subject to maxims of publicity, until they are set well before a single test is made, not a single fucking stress test will be valid.
    Until those opposed to nukes in general also agree to the terms of the test, not a single fucking stress test will be valid.
    Put all of this into the school testing system.
    Think of high stakes tests as, ahem, like nuke stress tests.
    What are the incentives for honesty in any of the players?
    What will the critics say?
    How does fear of criticism affect the results of the tests?
    How does the preferred outcome affect both the way the test is instituted, and the way the results are interpreted?
    Houston, we have a problem.
    And there’s this from the NYT:
    One of those how could they have known, but of course they could have known stories….
    We will find these after every single disaster there is.
    This whole mess is an object lesson for 9/11 truthers.
    It’s pretty likely that, say, Bush, didn’t “let” the tsunami happen.
    It’s pretty likely that Tepco didn’t want it to happen so that they could kill by radiation a couple of plant workers they didn’t like.
    It’s pretty clear that no one in Japan courted this disaster so that the northeastern farming, fishing, and nuking community could be destroyed in order to justify whatever…..
    Because we don’t trigger events this big and uncertain for any reason at all.


  5. questions says:

    This from the Independent, via the AP, has been noted in several places–mistake regarding radiation levels as reported:
    “Emergency workers struggling to pump contaminated water from Japan’s stricken nuclear complex fled from one of the troubled reactors today after reporting a huge increase in radioactivity – a spike that officials later said was inaccurate.
    The apology came after employees fled the complex’s Unit 2 reactor when a reading showed radiation levels had reached 10 million times higher than normal in the reactor’s cooling system. Officials said they were so high that the worker taking the measurements had withdrawn before taking a second reading. ”
    And this from the other day:
    The water is drinkable…..
    As someone somewhere noted, drinking water comes from many sources. A temporary spike can mean that it came from a particular source rather than from others. The isotope of iodine that is of concern has a relatively short half-life, so it’s going to go away….
    We cannot really talk about generic “radiation” because the particular kind will determine the particular kinds of problems we face.
    Our information systems need to keep up with this.
    As Brad DeLong says, we need a better press corps.
    We also need to stop voting for Republicans until they self-destruct and rebuild into some kind of more rational countervailing force.


  6. questions says:

    Nuclear industry, updates regularly.
    Brave New Climate, updating slightly less often as the proprietor is tired…like everyone who is following this story.
    BNC is pro-nukes out of deep concern for climate change and the disaster that is the fossil fuel industry.
    We really must think through the wars, the pollution, the climate, the death, the mining, the digging, the fracking, all the shit we do to keep our lights on, our buildings warm, out shit’s being made, and whatever else we do with electricity for fun and comfort.
    Fossil fuels kill us slowly, independently of one another, in chronic fashion, for the most part. We externalize the costs across the planet.
    We must take account of the whole thing.
    Possibly we’re not even capable of taking account of the whole thing.
    Possibly, what we are as thinkers, is able only to respond to crises like Fukushima dai-ichi, not gramps’s emphysema or black lung disease.
    At some level, it’s a political discussion, political considerations will need to be taken account of. But we need the conversation to happen.


  7. questions says:

    From kos, commenters have some more to add, there are links aplenty….
    This series is on-going. Very useful.
    The mothership posts keep the central story up on the diary list. The ROV diaries are always linked to on the mothership, and the ROV diaries have the most recent updates.
    There are endless confusions with dates and the like, and it’s open forum commenting, which means there are errors….. There are some argument among pro-, anti-, and agnostic-nuke types….
    Kyodo news updates….


  8. questions says:

    Nuke update, posted down here to avoid changing topic on the top thread on the ME.
    The terms of analysis are the same for both, except that for the nuke mess we have physics on our side. But for both nukes and the ME, we have a lot of unknowns, a lot of political actors, a lot of lives and livelihoods at stake…..
    I will do multiple posts as there are many worthwhile links and the site only accepts 2 links per post……
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, updated daily, clear, precise, simple language. No bizarre confusions of date lines, decimal places or the like. It’s amazing how much confusion there is just because of the dateline. And add to that the basic ignorance of units, unit conversions, fear of large numbers and “radiation” (even when the half life is gone before you blink)….. And of course, there is the very real issue that really bad stuff is happening.
    A nice, if speculative, regular summary by this guy, kbman. Has some experience in the industry, some background in physics, though like pretty much everyone, not on the ground in Japan and not one of the designers or engineers of the plant. So there are limits, but the speculation seems within keeping of other things I read.
    Worth the click to read the updates and the information about radiation levels in the sea and air.
    Note that commenters there have noted some errors in various press accounts. The press coverage really has been error-ridden.
    The situation is serious enough without the exaggerations.
    There are heaps and heaps of lessons to be learned, and if we don’t start having honest conversations about the coal and natural gas industries, the limitations or possibilities of wind, solar, and conservation, the political problems in getting anything done, we’re sunk.
    Coal mining, strip mining, the destruction of West Virginia and Appalachia and rivers and scrape and fill operations and the general toxicity of the coal industry must be measured against the occasional no-go zones that nuclear disasters will inflict on us.
    Gas fracking seems to cause geologic instability??? I don’t have all the details down.
    We don’t do oil-fired electric generation I’m pretty sure.
    Our electric grid needs massive modernization. This kind of project needs cooperation among just about every political entity in the country, and a whole bunch of corporate louts as well. Politicians, corporations, citizens — all need to cooperate, work together and do some serious work on our electricity system.
    This is a political issue, not a physics issue. And when we’re done with this kind of massive revamping of our generation and transmission system, we need to think long and hard about greenhouse gases and what the risks are there….
    Then we have to ask what to do about nuclear power.
    Everything we do is, sadly, embedded in politics, self-dealing, major fuckups, people who sit at meetings and say, “Hey, there’s a problem” and people who are paid to avoid seeing problems. And everything we know about the Milgram experiments, about irrational human behavior, about future discount, about poor risk analysis, about the frames in which we see the world…all of this is brought to bear on every single decision we have to make regarding both conventional and nuclear power generation and transmission.
    The risks of every decision are massive, the profit motive is muddying the system, governmental inertia doesn’t help in the least. NIMBY is a disaster. (Why do we store nuke waste on-site?!)
    Every level of decision-making is fraught with all of these problems. And yet, we really do have to make some decisions regarding electricity generation and transmission.
    Unplug your TVs. Turn off the plasma screens (they DRINK electricity). Stop using 100 watt incandescent bulbs (even though I know there’s a Constitutional right to the light bulbs of your choice). Unscrew 2 bulbs from every multi-bulb fixture. Use LEDs for the rest. Get better eye glasses. Leave cold water in the empty parts of your fridge and freezer to help even out the temperature. Better yet, get a smaller fidge, non-self-defrosting….
    And still, we’ll need a whole lot more electricity.
    And remember, friends don’t ever let friends vote Republican. The Republican Party is incapable of acting at this point in its history. All they can do is kowtow to the TeaParty conservative wingers and promise to untax, and fully serve, and never make them do anything to help solve the very clear dilemma of the commons we’re stuck in. The promises the pols have to make to the voters, to the kochsters, to the banksters…will drive the whole fucking planet down the tubes. Meanwhile, John of Orange will smile and play golf. And HIS golf courses will be well-maintained throughout the climate change disasters. Or so he thinks.
    We need to get to the point where our pols are not thinking, well, it doesn’t matter what I do, someone else will bail me out. I’ll pass the buck, and it’ll all work out in the end.


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