Looking up at him from an elegant dinner of rack of lamb and foie gras were many of the most famous investors in the world, including executives from nearly every too-big-to-fail bank, private equity megafirm, and major hedge fund. AIG CEO Bob Benmosche was there, as were Wall Street superlawyer Marty Lipton and Alan “Ace” Greenberg, the former chairman of Bear Stearns. And those were just the returning members. Among the neophytes were hedge fund billionaire and major Obama donor Marc Lasry and Joe Reece, a high-ranking dealmaker at Credit Suisse. [To see the full Kappa Beta Phi member list, click here.] All told, enough wealth and power was concentrated in the St. Regis that night that if you had dropped a bomb on the roof, global finance as we know it might have ceased to exist. … [Read more...] about One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society
Mueller Probe In April, the final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 election said it did not find evidence to determine a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. In January, the Senate Intelligence Committee said in a report that again it saw no evidence of alleged Russian interference changing any votes or manipulating voting machines in the 2016 US presidential election. … [Read more...] about US Intel Officials Told Lawmakers Russia Interfering in 2020 Campaign – Reports
This interview is conducted by a staff member of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) I mentioned a little earlier. It’s an independent nonprofit and quasi-governmental agency with a mission to “assist the courts and the City in reducing unnecessary pretrial detention,” according to its website. Within New York City’s criminal justice system, CJA is mostly involved in the pretrial process, and makes pretrial release recommendations based on that interview mentioned above. The scope of CJA is more broad than this process alone, however; it conducts research, offers resources to navigate the cash bail system (which was restricted under new bail reform legislation on January 1), manages a supervised release program in Queens, and notifies every person who has a pending case. According to Aubrey Fox, CJA’s executive director, the organization makes about a million pending case reminders a year. … [Read more...] about The justice system is a black box. Can this redesign make it more transparent?
Well, you know—robot superheroes have a long history of coming to pieces and usually coming through it none the worse for wear in the grand scheme of things. One of the nice things about having a cybernetic lead is that you can really punish the body and usually have them come out only psychologically worse for the wear. … [Read more...] about The Pantheon Project’s Erik Taylor on Childish Fantasies and Kickstarter
There's no telling exactly what that could mean for Season 6, and whether or not the "fun" cameo will be from an established Arrowverse character, a long-awaited new villain, or some form of legacy casting. Set photos from the season have already indicated that Godspeed (B.D. Wong) will make a return appearance, after factoring into a standalone future-set episode last season. Beyond that, the Arrowverse has quite a lot of legacy casting in store as "Crisis" draws closer, including original Robin actor Burt Ward and prolific Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy. With that in mind, it feels like the sky is the limit with regards to a potential cameo for Season 6. … [Read more...] about The Flash EP Teases Additional Villains and a “Fun” Guest Cameo in Season 6