Wood-And-Glue Skyscrapers Are On The Rise PopSci (David L)
This city embedded traffic lights in the sidewalks so that smartphone users don’t have to look up Washington Post. Chuck L: “This probably isn’t helping the evolution of our species. Let the unfit walk off the curbs into the oncoming buses. Just kidding. Somewhat.”
Getty accuses Google of ‘promoting piracy’ Financial Times
Apple misses by a mile: Wipes out $41B USA Today (EM)
Unpaid bills add to China debt problems as receivables mount Financial Times. Convincing evidence that things are bad.
How China’s Debt Fix Could Make Things Much Worse WSJ Economics
Roman Europe? Project Syndicate (David L). “In short, Merkel has done more to damage the EU than any living politician, while constantly proclaiming her passion for ‘the European project.’” When you have people advocating rule by Italy, you know it’d bad.
In ‘Brexit’ Vote, British Expats Represent an Unknown Factor Wall Street Journal
Hillsborough disaster: deadly mistakes and lies that lasted decades Guardian (Plutoniumkun)
Saudi prince vows Thatcherite revolution and escape from oil Ambrose Evans-Prtichard, Telegraph. Thatcher wrecked large portions of the British economy. Per Philip Pilkington: “These policies did not have the effect of redistributing income from the workers of the factories to the owners, but rather they simply destroyed large segments of British industry.” And where are the unions in Saudi Arabia for the princes to break? Throwing people out on the street, which is what he proposes to do, is likely to produce violence, not growth, particularly in a country than has not bothered educating its citizens well. Put it another way: This is Elizabeth Holmes-level delusion.
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Facial Recognition Service Becomes a Weapon Against Russian Porn Actresses Global Voices (guurst). Given that tons of people have been working on facial recognition technology for well over a decade, the industrial-surveillance complex has to have technology of similar capabilities. The fact that is hasn’t been released in the wild (yet) would lead on to think that the Humint types was to keep it as much under their control as possible. Separately, this is enough to make me consider wearing fake eyebrows and a fake nose on a regular basis.
FBI to Keep Hacking Method of San Bernardino iPhone a Secret Wall Street Journal
Trump and Clinton Barrel Toward a Clash New York Times. There is a horribly Sanders-voter-punching op ed by Frank Bruni. I don’t want to dignify it by linking to it.
Bernie Sanders isn’t quitting, yet. But Clinton acts like he’s left the race Guardian. I gave Sanders a small donation because I don’t want him to give up now.
NY judge decides Trump University case going to trial Fox News (furzy)
Senator Bernie Sanders Primary Night Speech C-SPAN (Kevin C)
Common struggles: Greeks for the mass movement of Bernie Sanders! failed evolution
The Guy Who Screwed America’s Economy Hearts Hillary Clinton Daily Beast (steve h)
Charles Koch denounces his creation, the modern Republican party Daily Kos (furzy)
Drug Prices Keep Rising Despite Intense Criticism New York Times
VW Presentation in ’06 Showed How to Foil Emissions Tests New York Times
Mitsubishi admits it has been cheating fuel efficiency data for 25 years Sydney Morning Herald (EM)
Once Bustling Trade Ports Lose Momentum Wall Street Journal
Barclays pre-tax profits drop 25% to $1.15B CNBC (furzy)
Citi investors in executive pay rebellion Financial Times
Managing Debt in an Overleveraged World Project Syndicate (David L)
China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers MIT Technology Review (David L)
Uber, Google and others form self-driving car lobby to shape US policy Guardian. So much for that gig economy.
Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes New York Times. Translation: the natives are unreasonable and refuse to believe that they are not living in the best of all possible worlds.
New York Times Finds Verizon Strike Beneath Notice David Dayen, Intercept
Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved Medium (John C). Important, but also be mindful of the source.
Antidote du jour (Sharon in Indiana via timotheus):