A really expensive smartphone

These days just about everyone has a smartphone. Dumb phones are a thing of the past. They are so 1999. Now days everyone is trying to get the latest and fastest smartphone. Why? It is like blue jean jackets in the 70′s. Only the coolest of the cool have the smartest of the smartphones. Therefore, unless you are rocking the Vertu Signature Touch. You ain’t nothing. BTW, do you have $11,000? (I’m not rocking the Vertu.)

From PC Mag:

I live in a 9-by-8-foot, windowless room in lower Manhattan, mattress haplessly laid on a bare floor. My diet is dominated by one-dollar slices and five-dollar footlongs. I’m a person of limited means, to say the least. And yet here I sit, holding the $10,800 Vertu Signature Touch, an Android smartphone that is, ounce for ounce, more costly than gold. It’s the absolute height of mobile decadence, complete with a personal concierge at your beck and call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Popping bottles in exclusive clubs, driving Bentleys down the French Riviera, and private mini submarine tours around the Maldives—all these things and more are just a button press away for Vertu owners. To hold it is at once exhilarating and terrifying. But this phone isn’t meant for schlubs like me; this is strictly catering to high-net-worth clientele. For a few fleeting days, though, I got a small glimpse into how the proverbial other half lives. And let me tell you, fellow plebes, they live quite well.

That’s not to say I think the Signature Touch is actually worth its weight in gold—far from it. But unlike previous luxury phones from Vertu, the Signature Touch is actually equipped to compete with more common flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5$99.99 at Amazon and HTC One (M8)$99.99 at Amazon. That means a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip, beautiful 1080p display, and modern Android 4.4 software. It’s an excellent phone with impressive perks for the one-percenters who can afford it. The rest of us can keep dreaming.

Cleveland goes wild!!!

After all of the crying and whining that Cleveland did when they lost LeBron James, they should be dancing in the streets now!!

From ESPN:

LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland.

The four-time league MVP told SI.com on Friday that he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball,” James told SI.com in a first-person essay. “I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”

For James, it marks a complete turnaround from his original free-agent decision in 2010, when he bolted Cleveland for the Miami Heat, creating a “Big Three” with Dwyane Wadeand Chris Bosh that went on to win two NBA titles in their four years together.

Immigration

I wish I had something new to say about immigration. Over the last eight or so months more that 52,000 children have made their way into South Texas. (Find other recent articles on this problem – here, here and here.) I don’t know, maybe this is a partisan answer, but if we would have secured the border after 9/11, I don’t think that we would have this problem now. Instead, we have talked about building fences and have never come up with a comprehensive solution to this problem. The problem must be looked at from both sides of the border. As long as we have way more economic opportunity and offer a safer environment to raise children, people are going to try to make it to the US.

The Center for American Progress has come up with five reasons why Administrative Action would help the American Worker -

  1. Immigrants with temporary status would be able to contribute more in tax revenues.Bringing undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and allowing them to work legally would put workers and employers on the books, thus increasing tax revenues. According to estimates by the U.S. Social Security Administration, a minority of undocumented workers and their employers are paying payroll taxes. A deferred-action program would create an avenue for undocumented workers and their employers to pay payroll taxes, which support vital programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
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