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Thursday, February 18, 2016

I-Phone Controversy

OVERVIEW

There is a lot of splash in the news about Apple Computers, Inc. refusing to surrender the keys to its encryption protocol to the i-Phone to the FBI. Please note that once they give it to the US Court System, the encryption becomes useless. 
This week a federal magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone belonging to Syed Farook by finding a way to bypass that annoying passcode — that, didn’t exist until 2014. 
Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday issued a statement saying the company would fight the federal order. Cook called the ruling government overreach and said “this moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.” He insisted the order “has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.” He said that “while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.” 
A British proposal being considered in December to provide a way for that government to access iPhone information in matters of national security elicited a similar response from Apple, thus far unresolved. 
FBI Director James Comey earlier told Congress — unrelated to this case — that the failure of Apple and other companies to provide de-encryption data put the bureau at risk of “going dark” in its efforts to stymie attacks or find the culprits responsible for one already committed.
THE PUZZLE PALACE

Of course the National Security Agency can crack the encryption on the i-Phone but they won't confirm or deny that capacity, and they don't talk to the FBI very often. This is the fallacy of the whole argument about Apple and what the government wants. The US and British Governments no doubt already have it. 

A NEW HOME FOR APPLE?

If the USA really wants to pressure Apple, CEO Tim Cook can always move to say, Mexico or Bolivia. Apple's annual revenue exceeds the gross national product of Bolivia. I'm sure that the Bolivarian dictatorship would welcome the bump in income and could give a rat's ass about encryption. That's the same sort of problem that Bernie Sanders would encounter should he be able to enact that 90% tax rate for the most successful. Unless the US would want to put up an "iron curtain", wealth would leave.

Of course the controversy will have people buying Apple products. I wish I'd bought Apple stock before this goat rope started.


Political Trivia

Hillary, before they trowel on the make-up
and prepare her to meet her public.
Anyone who studies the Democratic Party's nomination process understands that it's rigged heavily in favor of their favorite - in this case, Hillary Clinton. Super delegates make it difficult for anyone else, Sanders in this case, to win even if he wins each state primary in the Union. 

With Nevada in a dead tie, there is no indication that Clinton will be able to run the table post New Hampshire.

Word from within the Clinton campaign (you heard it here first) is that she is ramping up another re-set. Something like her eighth, to show people that.
1. She's not a liar
2. She's not a self-serving, hypocritical, career insider (which conflicts with number one, but she'll roll with it).
3. She will promise every bit as much free stuff as Bernie Sanders since it's not her money that's being spent. (neither is it Bernie's)
4. She will guarantee another four years of Obama (groan)

Additionally the e-mail dumps by the US State Department will end by the conclusion of this month, leaving the FBI to decide what they're going to do with her. Hillary says that she's not worried about being indicted by DOJ. 

And this is more the point, is Obama content that she would be the nominee of his party, or will the old communist beat her. Barack is not anti-communist by any means. However Sanders has no love for Barack or his cronies, and that is a problem.  Barack would be much more content with Old Joe Biden trying to fit into Hillary's comfortable shoes. So the indictment could get a green light.

On the Republican side of things, the Rubio campaign is livid that Obama lashed out at Trump from the podium, saying that Trump will NOT be the next president. Rubio demanded equal lashing because it generates more votes.

Trump's lead appears to be solid nationally and if he's elected president, the British won't let him visit their island(s). The Bush family might not show up at the inauguration as they'd put Jeb! on suicide watch. Cruz is unlikely to be the vice presidential nominee.