Scientists Talk Privately About Creating a Synthetic Human Genome NYT. What could go wrong?
Climate Change Is Shrinking Earth’s Far-Flying Birds The Atlantic
How Bad Biology is Killing the Economy Evonomics (Chuck L).
Monopoly’s New Era Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate
Chip cards slap U.S. merchants with unexpected higher debit fees Chicago Tribune. What’s “unexpected” about higher fees?
Ethereum, a Virtual Currency, Enables Transactions That Rival Bitcoin’s NYT. I’d be interested to hear what our banking wonks have to say about smart contracts.
Saudi Arabia Credit Downgrade: Moody’s Cuts Rating, Assigns Stable Outlook Amid Slump In Oil Prices International Business Times
How Brazil’s Left Destroyed Itself Foreign Policy
Brazil’s impeachment and the fall of the Workers Party WSWS. Similar to above, allowing for differences in milieu.
A Few Notes on Burkean Conservatism The Archdruid Report
Bernie Sanders speaks to KTVU, promises strong campaign KTVU. Read all the way to the end for the “wrinkle in the state’s vote-by-mail rules.”
Sanders flies in for surprise visit The State Journal (Kentucky). “Sanders bashed what he calls our current oligarchy form of government caused by the manipulations of the one percent of the wealthiest Americans.” When you think about it, it’s rather remarkable to see a sentence like that in a garden-variety newspaper story.
Sen. Troy Heinert of Mission steals show at Sanders rally Rapid City Journal
Big rallies or quiet voters? Is Clinton low on enthusiasm? AP. Sanders rallies also convert attendees to contributors and volunteers. Clinton, owing to her control of the party apparatus, doesn’t have to use public appearances for those purposes.
Hillary Clinton’s ‘Delegate Hell’ Politico. Many hilarious details.
Clinton Controversies Drag On as Next Phase of Campaign Begins Bloomberg (Re Silc).
The Path to a Trump Presidency David Frum, The Atantic
American Caudillo Foreign Affairs
Donald Trump receives the support of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson Los Angeles Times
Meet Donald Trump’s New Energy Adviser Scientific American
Burying the White Working Class Jacobin
The Base Boston Review. “There would have been no New Deal without the Hoovervilles, rent riots, sit-down strikes, and Communist Party activism of the 1930s.”
You Can’t Talk About Robots Without Talking About Basic Income Vice (Re Silc). We can’t even write basic software that isn’t crapified, so I’m skeptical of AI. It looks like another bubble, to me.
Post-conflict reconciliation led to societal healing, but worsened psychological health Science Daily (original, with headline: “Reconciling after civil conflict increases social capital but decreases individual well-being.” Not quite the same message…).
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