Uber Loses License to Operate in London -- The ride-hailing company Uber is losing the right to operate in London effective on September 30 when its current license expires. The regulator, Transport for London (TfL), has declined to renew the license on the grounds that Uber is not "fit and proper" to operate. "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility," said TfL. It is important to understand that TfL is not banning the idea of a ride-hailing app. It is saying that the people at Uber don't measure up. [22 September]
Mueller Should Use Obstruction to Pursue Money Laundering -- Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller III is drawing ever closer to wrongdoing in the Oval Office. The media reports move the story forward on a daily, in some cases hourly, basis. The names Flynn, Manafort, and Page may someday be as well known as Mitchell, Haldeman and Ehrlichman from the Watergate scandal. Recently published articles suggest the investigation is focusing on obstruction of justice, specifically the firing of FBI Director Comey to take the pressure off the Russia investigation. If this is the end goal of the investigation, that would be a grave injustice. Money laundering is a much more serious thing in the mind of the electorate, and for that reason, proof of financial misconduct needs to be the final goal if it exists. [14 September]
Trump's UN Speech Addresses His Domestic Base, Exposes His Ignorance -- President Donald Trump addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations yesterday. His speech was ill-organized, repetitive, and self-contradictory. It was a perfect example of the hodge-podge of emotional rantings that make up Mr. Trump's oratorical style. Back home, his cult of personality ate it up. The people in the room over whose heads he spoke to his base were less than enthusiastic. It was a troubling show of ignorance and bluster. [20 September]
Stanislav Petrov, 1939-2017 -- Stanislav Petrov is hardly a household name. It should be. Every man, woman and child alive today owes his or her life to him. Despite all the data he had coming to him one September night in 1983, he decided he USSR was not under nuclear attack, and he didn't pass on information he thought was wrong to his superiors. He wasn't the only man during the Cold War to provide human judgment that stopped atomic folly (Leonard Perroots of the USAF is another), but his passing deserves notice, albeit months late. One man can, must, make a difference. 19 September]
Foreign Secretary Johnson Making Play for Number 10? -- The only world in which Boris Johnson could be Her Majesty's Foreign Secretary is the same dystopian one in which Donald Trump is President of the United States. Mr. Johnson issued a 4,000 word diatribe in the Telegraph a few days ago in which he promised Â£350 million per week to be spent on the British rather than Brussels, a lie used during the referendum campaign. However, this has very little to do with Britain's departure from the EU and almost everything to do with Mr. Johnson's ambition to be Prime Minister. [18 September]
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