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Besides stick, US should offer North Korea a carrot

US President Donald Trump met with 15 UN Security Council ambassadors at the White House on Monday, delivering his concerns about the status quo in North Korea. He urged the Security Council to be ready to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.

At the same time, the nuclear-powered USS Michigan submarine pulled into the South Korean port of Busan on Tuesday morning, and the USS Carl Vinson strike group is heading toward the Korean Peninsula.

The UN Security Council will hold a meeting on North Korea’s nuclear issue on Friday. April 25 was the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army. Pyongyang is highly likely to carry out its sixth nuclear test or launch new ballistic missiles from April 25 to 28.

North Korea is facing unprecedented international pressure due to its nuclear and missile programs. The country’s

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Super Bowl 51 Teams, Date, Time, Location, Odds For Patriots vs. Falcons 2017

The teams are set for the Super Bowl. We have the Evil Empire, the 800-pound gorilla of the NFL, the New England Patriots versus the upstarts from the Dirty South, the Atlanta Falcons.

So who ya got?

The Patriots are the early favorites, coming out of the gate as three-point favorites. They are a “been-there, done-that” crew led by the hoodie, Bill Belichick, and the Golden Boy, Tom Brady. They just keep winning no matter what the rest of the NFL does, or what the NFL does to them. But unless you’re a Patriots fan, it’s hard to root for them.

On the other side, the Falcons are in the Super Bowl for only the second time in their history. They are the upstarts who have a loaded offense led by Matt Ryan with a defense that has been improving. In some ways they are

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Why Google Is the New Evil Empire

“We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about … Is that over the line?” – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Galactic Empire, a beady-eyed Emperor and his heavy-breathing sidekick, Darth Vader. Ever since, we’ve identified the corporate villains we love to hate. We had ATT (T) in the 70s, IBM (IBM) in the 80s, and the evil empire of the 90s was of course Microsoft (MSFT)and Bill “The Conqueror” Gates.  

Today we have Google (GOOGL). Don’t let the geeky façade, whimsical multicolored logo and “don’t be evil” mantra fool you. Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all.

In an interview with the Atlantic almost five years ago,

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Lacklustre Dulwich Hamlet scrape a 1-1 draw against the evil empire of Leatherhead

Lacklustre Dulwich Hamlet scrape a 1-1 draw with the evil empire of Leatherhead, Tues 4th April, 2017

It was a disappointing night at Champion Hill as an underwhelming Dulwich Hamlet failed to bag all three play-off-boosting points against relegation-threatened arch-rivals Leatherhead.

Lacklustre Dulwich Hamlet scrape a 1-1 draw with the evil empire of Leatherhead, Tues 4th April, 2017

Geographically-speaking, Leatherhead aren’t obvious candidates to become rivals of Dulwich, but many fans will never forget or forgive the Surrey club’s supremely dodgy antics over WallGate. The rotters.

Lacklustre Dulwich Hamlet scrape a 1-1 draw with the evil empire of Leatherhead, Tues 4th April, 2017

The ground was bedecked with these all-seeing VR 360 degree cameras.

Lacklustre Dulwich Hamlet scrape a 1-1 draw with the evil empire of Leatherhead, Tues 4th April, 2017

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FCC Approves Time Warner’s WPCH Sale to Meredith

Apr 18, 2017 10:07 AM ET

Transaction part of plan to avoid FCC review of ATT-Time Warner merger

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The internet is fucked (again)

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is fond of saying that “the internet was not broken in 2015” when he argues for repeal of our nation’s net neutrality rules. This is particularly funny to me, because in 2014 I literally wrote an article called “The internet is fucked.”

Why was it fucked? Because the free and open internet was in danger of becoming tightly controlled by giant telecom corporations that were already doing things like blocking apps and services from phones and excusing their own services from data caps. Because the lack of competition in the internet access market let these companies act like predatory monopolies. And because our government lacked the will or clarity to just say what everyone already knows: internet access is a utility.

Most of these things are still true, even after the Obama-era FCC under Chairman Tom Wheeler reclassified internet access as

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If Baseball is a Business then the Customer Service Sucks!

If baseball is a business, then their customer service sucks! At least in Oakland this month this is, and will be, the case. How many times have we heard Billy Beane talk about “We’re getting ready…We’re rebuilding…We want to be ready for the new stadium.” Well we’ve been Beaned again by the same rhetoric regarding the trade of Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle. But I’m telling you, there’s something lacking in their customer service. Please just hear me out, even if you thought it was a wise trade.

I KNOW baseball is a business. It always has been. I’m not so naïve to think it’s just the national pastime because it’s ours and special and historic. I know it’s business, and it always has been. People were hired by factories to play baseball for goodness sake. And I’m not arguing against keeping it a business.

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Giants can’t complete comeback vs. Padres, fall to their worst record through 98 games

SAN FRANCISCO – Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters something interesting during his afternoon session on Friday:

He goes back to his office after every game and reviews each pitch and play in a condensed version prepared by the team’s video analysts. Even in this lost season, Bochy hasn’t shirked those duties.

After Friday’s unspeakably ugly 12-9, 11-inning loss to the San Diego Padres, can we recommend that he open a bottle of cabernet and listen to some Waylon Jennings, instead?

Try as the Padres might to tank this season, they keep underestimating the Giants’ knack for futility.

Only a masochist would wish to review the absurd and slow-paced theater that played out Friday night – even if it included the Giants’ sudden, two-out comeback in the bottom of the ninth that forced extra innings.

The Giants had given back a four-run lead to a Padres team that was designed to finish in last place.

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Root Sports completes rebrand to AT&T Sports Net, reveals large new scorebug

Positioning For AT&T Earnings

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ATT (T) has faced a tough road in the recent past in terms of its enormous wireless business, as have Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and other competitors in the space. The race to the bottom in terms of pricing is a sharp contrast to years of pricing power from the major carriers and while it’s outstanding for consumers, it is decidedly less so for the carriers themselves. T’s Q1 report wasn’t great as it missed revenue by a bunch but it still looked much better than Verizon and, to T’s credit, it boosted margins in Q1. We are set to get a much-anticipated Q2 report in a few days, so what should we be looking for?

We’ll begin with a chart and unfortunately for T longs, it isn’t pretty. T’s been

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