News roundup: NFL, Alibaba, income growth for the middle class

Well, looks like the NFL ended the week on a high note. Commissioner Roger Goodell held a huge press conference. Basically, he said all the right things. If there are no other major revelations that come out within the next 7-10 days, I think that Roger Goodell has saved his job. Let’s be serious. The NFL and the Baltimore Ravens did everything they could to try to minimize the Ray Rice incident. From ESPN“Outside the Lines” interviewed more than 20 sources over the past 11 days — team officials, current and former league officials, NFL Players Association representatives and associates, advisers and friends of Rice — and found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since that February night.

Alibaba’s IPO appears to be a huge success. Even Yahoo!, a major investor in Alibaba, is going to make some serious money.

The middle class finally appears to be making some headway in the income department. It appears that median income for the middle class has risen for the first time in many years.

I read a really cool article which questions how beautiful women are used by men. We are talking about those high-class VIP parties which can be found in Los Angeles, Paris, New York and other major cities. At these parties you always find beautiful models. Yet, the models are not paid to be there. On the other hand, there are some very wealthy and powerful men who have paid through the nose to be there. Anyway, the article is extremely interesting.

Americans continue to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.

News Roundup – Scotland

Scots vote on independence. I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of this vote. I’m sure that there are pluses and minuses. I just like the fact that the New York Times decided to run this picture on their front page (see above)… a redhead in a plaid skirt. :-)

I guess all of the noise about Obama starting an illegal war can go away now. The House has voted to support Obama’s plan.

Did a Republican have to drop out of his race because of a series of hate-filled rants? Yep!! If you feel that you need to discuss the state of f*gs and n*ggers, then maybe you aren’t ready for public office.

More later.

News Roundup: Minecraft, iPhone 6

minecraftSo, a couple years ago, I saw my grandson playing Minecraft. I thought it was a cute game. Nothing big. It was like Legos for computer geeks. A few months later, I saw Kaleb watching YouTube videos of other people playing Minecraft. Then there were other things like cows, fire and stuff. The graphics weren’t great but my grandson would play for hours. Minecraft was bought by Microsoft for over $2 Billion. I’m guessing that those graphics look a lot better with $2 Billion in the bank. Wow.

I’m not going to get into the cellphone wars. Today almost any new cellphone will help you do things better and easier. For me, if you can actually use the cellphone to make and receive calls, this is good. If you can get email, this is better. You should be able to do a Google Hangout or Apple Facetime.  You need to able to easily get around the internet on your phone. You should be able to use some type of social media on your phone. Your phone has to be able to guide you from here to there (maps program). Finally, you need to be able to use your phone as a hotspot. If you can do all of this, you are golden. The new iPhone 6 is bigger and better than the iPhone 5s. I will let you decide if it is better than the Galaxy S5. PC Magazine loved the Moto X, which no one bought, so any new modern phone will do.