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Brief Reviews: Theranos and Michael Jackson Documentaries on HBO

Last weekend I watched both the Leaving Neverland documentary about Michael Jackson and the Out for Blood documentary on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. The Theranos documentary was fine — Theranos is an amazing story and any documentary on it is naturally going to be engaging.  My only issue with it was that it was very [...]

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LAST CHANCE — Coyoteblog / TSLAQ Bracket Challenge Closes Tomorrow Morning

In a tradition that goes back well over  a decade on this blog, it’s time for our 2019 just-for-fun bracket challenge.  You know how it works — fill out your bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament before noon Eastern this Thursday.  First prize  is lots of adulation and a 1 year free subscription to [...]

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A Few Tequila Recommendations

I do not consider myself a tequila expert, but I do live in Phoenix where the tequila aisle at the liquor store is longer than the beer aisle in most other places.  Of late, I have discovered that while I am may not be the world’s expert, a lot of my friends and family in [...]

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Congress Needs to Act on Internet Sales Taxes

Yes, I know, the “Congress needs to act” subject line is an unusual one for this blog.  But great damage is being done on the tax front to businesses and only Congress can mitigate some of the harm. The taxes in question are sales taxes, and the problem results from a Supreme Court decision that [...]

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The One Video That Shows Exactly What We Have Lost With Our Political Tribalism

Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf (looking suspiciously the same as Wile E Coyote) pound each other from 9 to 5 but can still be good friends in their personal lives.  Its just 2 minutes long but watch it and think about the polls showing a shrinking number of people are willing to be friends with [...]

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2019 Coyoteblog – Fintwit Bracket Challenge

In a tradition that goes back well over  a decade on this blog, it’s time for our 2019 just-for-fun bracket challenge.  You know how it works — fill out your bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament before noon Eastern this Thursday.  First prize  is lots of adulation and a 1 year free subscription to [...]

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Hollywood Nepotism Helped Beget the Admissions Bribery Scandal

It should not surprise us that the folks in Hollywood are disproportionately represented in those arrested in the academic bribery scandal. The first reason for this is related to law enforcement — if given a choice of investigating and arresting Joe Schmoe and investigating and arresting, say, Martha Stewart, the FBI is going to invest [...]

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I Thought the Media’s Horserace Approach of Covering Elections Couldn’t Get Any Worse Until…

… we somehow decided that the first 24 hour fundraising amounts had any meaning whatsoever.  All this means now will be that campaigns now will queue up a slew of “pre-commitments” for donations ahead of the official announcement date.  Bundlers will be operating months ahead of time like advanced scouts, further making a mockery of, [...]

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Boeing 737MAX Failure Analysis

This failure analysis from tweets by Trevor Sumner as picked up at Zero Hedge seem to fit the available facts — Boeing called the problem as the wrong software response to an erroneous instrumentation input, clearly the angle of attack sensor.  It also fits my experience from my 3 years doing failure analysis in a [...]

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Thinking About the College Admissions Bribery Scandal as Bootlegging Around A Cartel

In the college admissions bribery scandal that is unfolding (with almost certainly more to come), parents were willing to spend up to $500,000 for something whose list price is like $50 (ie the application fee).  When I see this happen, I immediately think that there must be some sort of artificial shortage.  After all, why [...]

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