China says Trump should dump iPhone for Huawei
China says Trump should dump iPhone for Huawei Source: Agencies
CHINA’S foreign ministry has some suggestions for the Trump administration if it is worried about foreign eavesdropping on the US president’s iPhones: Use a Huawei handset instead.
Or just cut all forms of modern communication with the outside world.
The riposte came after the New York Times reported that American intelligence reports indicated that Chinese and Russian spies often listen in on President Donald Trump when he uses his Apple cellphones to chat with old friends.
Aides have repeatedly told him that his cellphone calls are not secure, but although the president has been persuaded to use his secure White House landline more often, he has refused to give up the phones, the Times said.
Trump called the Times report incorrect yesterday, and dismissed it as “long and boring.”“I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!” Trump wrote on Twitter. In a later tweet, he said, “I rarely use a cellphone, & when I do it’s government authorized. I like Hard Lines. Just more made up Fake News!”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also dismissed the Times story, calling such reports “evidence that the New York Times makes fake news.”
She also offered two suggestions apparently aimed at the Trump administration. “If they are really very worried about Apple phones being bugged, then they can change to use Huawei,” she said, referring to China’s biggest telecommunications equipment maker. “If they are still not at ease, then in order to have an entirely secure device, they can stop using all forms of modern communication devices and cut off all ties with the outside world.”
Russia, too, dismissed the eavesdropping allegations.
“We already treat these sort of stories with a certain humor,” said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “We regret this newspaper unthinkingly publishes information which most likely indicates a decline in journalistic standards.”
The Times’ report provided few details on how China and Russia were monitoring Trump’s communications aside from noting the calls were intercepted as they travel through the US cellphone network.
Trump repeatedly excoriated his Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton, on the issue of secure communications, rebuking her for her use of a private e-mail address and server while she was secretary of state.
The New Civility
I have forwarded your email to my client and I will let you know what their response is.
The above response, which represented my entire email that I recently sent to another attorney, which was in response to her demand regarding an escrow agreement, was met with aggressive anger and outrage by her. Indeed, she termed my behavior to be belligerent, condescending and rude and threatened to report me to the Grievance Committee for what I had written her. You may want to reread what I wrote above again to judge for yourself I had actually trespassed against her.
Then again, perhaps it wasn’t this particular email that had offended her precious sensibilities so deeply. Instead, it may have been my follow up email to her after, which stated only as follows:
You sent the same email twice.
I had written this second email to her because she had indeed sent the same email to me twice and I did not want her to think that I had failed to address the latter email and have her accuse me of being non-responsive.
That is a unique concern to attorneys that most lay people would never bother with or even consider. It is what is neatly termed as “negative implication”. That is, the implication of what you don’t do or say and what that means. Actually, as this is all pure conjecture, it is more correct to define it as follows – What your failure to act or say may mean to someone else and how they can ultimately use it against you.
How about another example? I sent a proposed contract to an attorney and I also used the standard language about giving them the customary deadline of 5 days to return signed contracts back to my office. Upon not hearing back from their office for three (3) weeks, I then sent a follow up email advising them that the contract was being withdrawn and would be of no further force and effect. While it wasn’t something that I had to do, I did it anyway as a courtesy. The response from the other attorney was as follows:
I will remember this.
Puzzled, I responded by asking him simply “Remember what exactly?” as I tried to flesh out his veiled threat of retribution. Was his client supposed to be accorded an indefinite time period within which to sign the contract? Maybe until his client expired? I trust that he, like the other attorney that I referred to above, will now join the ever growing legion of attorneys who refuse to work with me.
What is outlined above is sadly an ever increasing phenomenon concerning the behavior of other attorneys. Indeed, t he absolute loss of civility has also hit the legal profession. Surprisingly, it is due, in great part, to attorneys who cannot stomach nor handle disagreement. Instead, they quickly take any pushback rather personally, as if it’s akin to insulting their mother or their own precious virtue.
Simply, in the new found civility, debate is greatly disfavored and discouraged. To exacerbate matters, some practitioners have no perceptible sense of humor, which is rather a tragic state of permanent desolation.
Predictably, the agreeable set have no qualms about being disagreeable themselves. However, the second that you are the least bit disagreeable to them, they will recoil and seemingly curl up into a fetal position, with their only recourse being to complain to all concerned about how they have been mistreated and misused.
It is a breathtaking sight to behold seeing someone that should have the requite skills, knowledge and training to fully and furiously engage another attorney in debate shrivel up like a withering delicate flower. However, I remind myself, they are obvious subscribers of the new self-serving civility, which is a solely a one way street for those that choose its path.
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