Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor Telegraph. Ooh, do I not agree. The human genome is a complex system, and the rule in complex systems is you don’t understand them well enough to go from A to B in a direct manner. IE, saying “I’m going to produce more healthy (however dimensioned) children” is not likely to succeed. Read up on “obliquity” for details.
Your car, tracked: the rapid rise of license plate readers ars technica. Another reason I’m glad I don’t own a car.
Twitter’s API changes will have a real impact on news developers Nieman Journalism Lab
Fighting fracking: introverts edition Pruning Shears (Carol B)
Please, sir, can I have some less? Sydney Morning Herald. Only in Australia….
This Is Awkward: The Politics of a Chinese Orgy New Yorker (Lambert)
US punched Bibi, Barak in the face ynetnews (Carol B). I was wondering about that remark…
Beware a Beautiful Calm Maureen Dowd, New York Times
Fazaga v. FBI: Eroding democracy, in two dimensions at once People’s Blog for the Constitution (Carol B)
The Watchmen’s Misdirected Gaze New York Times. I will leave it to readers to have fun with this story.
Pre-Trial Slave Sues Jail for $11 Million—in Vermont Yahoo (Lambert)
The Big Bet That Nothing Will Happen in the Weeks Ahead Michael Panzner
Fed: Foreclosures Have Little Influence on Prices of Nearby Homes Appraisal Institute (Michael R). More from the Ministry of Truth. No, the price dampner is the condition of the home. Oh, and they found the “peak” in terms of impact, was “just before the last step of foreclosure.” Yes, that’s because most homeowners leave before ejectment! This is such a transparent exercise in trying to disprove the obvious that it’s an insult to intelligence.
Goldman, Still Playing in Bayou’s Mud Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
Standard Chartered Fought the Lawsky and the Lawsky Won Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies Tim Duy
Punishing Cheaters Promotes the Evolution of Cooperation Scientific American (furzy mouse). So this will tell you why we are in a mess. Our mechanisms for coordinated punishment are broken.
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