Do no harm to life on Mars? Ethical limits of Prime Directive EarthSky (Furzy Mouse).
RBS considers radical overhaul to embattled Williams & Glyn project Telegraph (Richard Smith). Smith comments: “I really like the idea of systems so unintelligible that no-one can work out how to clone them. Especially since those unintelligible systems are the live business critical systems of RBS.” It’s crapification all the way down…
How Pa. hires money managers for pension funds Philadelphia Inquirer (JS).
Facebook Investigating Trending Topics Censorship Controversy Information Week. In the “Government” section; and in fact Facebook (and Twitter) are governing; they’re ginormous monopolies maintaining a public space. Are they suited for it?
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
General Hayden’s Offensive Charlie Savage, NYRB
Needed: More Snowdens – Ex-intel analyst USA Today
Even supporters agree: Clinton has weaknesses as a candidate. What can she do? WaPo. “She’s horrible at running, but she’s fantastic at governing.”
Bernie or Bust will save us: The foul stench of “lesser evilism” has made our politics useless Salon. The clickbait-y headline doesn’t do justice to the article.
The Rise of Political Clickbait 11: Nevada Democratic Convention YouTube. Clips. Note that the rules permitted a standing division after a close voice vote, but the chair did not avail themselves of that option.
Hillary Clinton Holds $100,000-a-Head Fundraisers WSJ. Ka-ching.
SANDERS BACKS BALLOT MEASURE TO LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS IN CALIFORNIA East County Magazine. The California Drug Price Relief Act.
Trump Is Now Running to the Left of Sanders on Federal Debt Bloomberg. “Modern Money Theory.”
The Feel of Bespoke Suits n+1. Not sure about this one. Something wrong with “why we can have nice things”?
From belief to resentment in Indiana WaPo (Re Silc). Must-read.
Aberdeen: the Granite City in crisis Telegraph
The Privilege of Buying 36 Rolls of Toilet Paper at Once The Atlantic. It’s expensive to be poor.
Squatters See a New Frontier in the Empty Homes of Las Vegas NYT and The Squat Eschaton
America’s Most Common Drug Ingredient Could Be Making You Less Empathetic Gizmodo (Re Silc; original).
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