Jong Shyan Lee and Michelle Min Tan may not call every shot, but they are executing the orders.  This is not to say that they are beleagured worker bees, they own four San Francisco area homes. 
    It was Michelle who threatened to kill my daughter.  During the winter and spring of 2010, I was getting an increasingly hostile vibe from her, without explanation.
    Around this time, she began working from home half of the time.  When she did come to work, I began overhearing threatening conversations about my daughter, when she left her desk. It was at the edge of my hearing, and doubted myself at the time.  I had asked if anything was wrong, she was noncommittal.
    Prior to all this, Jong, whom I'd never seen before, came in to SelectQuote.  At the time, I had no idea who he was, but now it appears a deal was made.
    I've covered all this in greater detail previously, but I hope this serves as a reminder that following orders is no excuse.
    I've been focusing on other divisions of SelectQuote and other topics for a little while now.  So here's a refresher on the goings on at SelectQuote in San Francisco.  It appears as if I was causing some consternation where I left off, as SelectQuote seems to have been escalating tactics.  This high level view may provide a clue as to the reason:
  • A new attempt to impersonate me on LinkedIn is made, right as I start a new contract with Disney.  Work history is greatly understated.  I assume that something I was writing was becoming uncomfortable, that my story was getting too believable, and SelectQuote was making a last ditch effort to end my career. 
  • I point out Michelle Tan and SelectQuote seemed to be relying on these impersonations, which, if successful, make it easier for her to dismiss my story.
  • I uncovered the impersonation of a second SelectQuote employee, who also didn't leave under happy circumstances.  The owner of the fake account posed as him in an attempt to lure me into a meeting.
  • The revelations about the NSA's ICREACH, used to share data with outside organizations, makes the possible use of federal resources due to SelectQuote's manipulation all the more likely.  Insurance data is used by the NSA, industry bigwigs like Charan Singh may have the know how to bring suspicion on enemies.  Because I ran a Tor server, it wouldn't have taken much.
  • I reported on poor use of Kansas funds to subsidize these miscreants.  
  • SelectQuote tried to use WIPO rulings to silence me.
  • False allegations were made online, which can be shown to be false.  Impersonation was used to discredit me.
  • Jong Shyan Lee and Min Michelle Tan were rewarded handsomely for covering up the threats against my daughter.
  • My daughter's life was threatened at SelectQuote Insurance.  
  • SelectQuote seemed to be aware of some of the problems I faced at home.  The timing of a break-in and subsequent thefts are suspicious, as well.
    It has been nearly two years since I defeated an attempt by SelectQuote to seize this domain.  I was up against lawyers who specialized in reputation management, didn't even know the rules for the fight.  It seemed like every option in the Universal Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy that would help the defendant, could cost in the thousands.
    I've received reports that witnesses to the scandal at SelectQuote Senior are receiving legal threats.  Someone has asked for my advice.  If you can afford a lawyer, get one.  It's what they do for a living.
    While anyone can look up a law governing a situation, a lawyer will more quickly find other laws that may apply, how the courts have interpreted it, and the leanings of the local judiciary. Plus, there are procedural rules about when and how issues can be raised, and if you don't do this right, you're screwed right out of the gate.
    I’ve avoided saying a whole lot about Ferguson simply because I wasn’t there.  On such a contentious issue people are bound to see the same event in different ways.  Without some context, it can be difficult to evaluate everyone’s reactions.  A lot of people are looking in without that context, so maybe my dated experience with the area is better than nothing for some of my readers.
    I grew up in North St. Louis County, first between Florissant and Blackjack, then between Florissant and Hazelwood.  Swimming and cross country in the Suburban North Conference took me all over the area, as did swimming for coach Paul Murphy’s Berkeley swim team.  For several years I worked for Florissant as a lifeguard.
    St. Louis is a fairly segregated city, with relatively few immigrants.  In practice, this means few in the black middle class mix much with Caucasians.  Often, as soon as a few African American families move onto a block, a number of families will move out, depressing property values and bringing in the poverty the upwardly mobile black families moved away from.
    This gives all the problems of poverty, exacerbated by racial tension.   Back when I was working for neighboring Florissant, the cops already were a good ole boys network, and aggressively policed outsiders.  As a white man, it is easy to say it’s other white guys that have the power.
   Imagine if I had dealt with the dirty San Francisco police, but in addition, every one of them was Chinese.  It’d be hard not to see it as racially motivated.  Knowing, as I do, the ease with which the police can pass of even obviously fabricated evidence, I tend to side with the people of Ferguson anywhere the evidence in the cops’ favor is not ironclad.
      The private sphere gives us a good example of relying too much on correlating facts about a person to come up with predictions about behavior.  A study of 18-24 year old women who read 50 Shades of Grey.  The NSA collects reams of data to predict who will be a terrorist, so this is worth a further look.  While I've already discussed some types of errors that machine learning against the NSA’s dataset might produce, this study shows a more fundamental error in logic that has been widely repeated.
    The novel contains sex, including bondage/domination and sadism/masochism. Some contend that power play in a consensual relationship is indicative of equality or abuse issues outside the bedroom.  With a desired conclusion in mind, it can be easy to find some numbers that superficially support it.
    The study notes that these women are more likely to have a partner that yells or swears at them.  However, there is a much stronger correlation between 5 or more sexual partners, a fairly quick pace given the women’s age, and frequent binge drinking.
    Is it possible that getting drunk and sleeping around causes your significant other to yell at you?   Are the women any worse off for reading 50 Shades of Grey?  The study does not attempt to address whether the books provide an outlet, leading to less drunken promiscuity and yelling.
As there are signs that my story is seeping into the rest of America, I'd like to provide some examples of common ground.  I'm sure it may look like I'm already behind enemy lines to some.  Why I remain in this position is a valid question.  Perhaps in the middle of the country I'd just lead people astray.
First, diversity doesn't mean you can kill my kid just because I'm white.  I do not doubt that many people have had it tougher than me.  Rather than the 'bundle of goods' theory of race relations, I think of being White as a suit of armor.  Where an African American could be successfully framed (or shot), or at best be called a criminal who got out on a technicality, I can remain standing for a time.
To me, this implies a sort of duty to speak up.  SelectQuote and others like them may have succeeded a number of times, and done so in a way that is invisible to outsiders.  I do not expect that I alone can stop them.  However, I can try to leave a long trail, that when taken with others' stories, can be ignored only intentionally.
Secondly, while I'm more hawkish than most around here, I'd like to challenge the idea that the best way to show love for troops is to send them halfway around the world to get shot at.  We're happy to buy new boats and planes, how much do we spend on VA hospitals?
    I went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus yesterday with my family.  It was quite a show, most of the time I avoided taking pictures so I could catch more of the action.  One of the more impressive aspects was a close up look at the animals.
    The protesters outside tell us about the poor conditions these animals are kept in.  I don't doubt that a circus is not really a place for wild animals.  During the intermission Ringling Brothers gives their side, speaking about their donations to wildlife charities, and the possibility of reintroduction of endangered species.
    It looked like the lion tamer almost had a rebellion on his hands.  I'm sure much is scripted, but it looks like he referred to two different tigers as India.  It appears one thought about turning on him when being put away.  It makes you wonder what is done behind the scenes to maintain control of such a dangerous animal.