Giant cell blob can learn and teach, study shows Science Daily
Restrictions on cash withdrawals may continue beyond Dec 30 Hindustan Times
Chat is the New Browser Medium. Talking his book, but it may be a good book to talk.
Officials Count Around 30,000 War Dead in Afghanistan This Year Voice of America
Beijing imposes anti-independence rules on Hong Kong deputies to China’s top legislature South China Morning Post
Our Famously Free Press
Stunned By Trump, The New York Times Finds Time For Some Soul-Searching Deadline Hollywood (MF). The headline is deceptive. Here are the key paragraphs:
For starters, it’s important to accept that the New York Times has always — or at least for many decades — been a far more editor-driven, and self-conscious, publication than many of those with which it competes. Historically, the Los Angeles Times, where I worked twice, for instance, was a reporter-driven, bottom-up newspaper. Most editors wanted to know, every day, before the first morning meeting: “What are you hearing? What have you got?”
It was a shock on arriving at the New York Times in 2004, as the paper’s movie editor, to realize that its editorial dynamic was essentially the reverse. By and large, talented reporters scrambled to match stories with what internally was often called We were occasionally asked to map a narrative for our various beats a year in advance, square the plan with editors, then generate stories that fit the pre-designated line.
Reality usually had a way of intervening. But I knew one senior reporter who would play solitaire on his computer in the mornings, waiting for his editors to come through with marching orders. Once, in the Los Angeles bureau, I listened to a visiting National staff reporter tell a contact, more or less: “My editor needs someone to say such-and-such, could you say that?”
The bigger shock came on being told, at least twice, by Times editors who were describing the paper’s daily Page One meeting: “We set the agenda for the country in that room.”
We hear about “the narrative” constantly. I had no idea “the narrative” was also internal jargon at The Times [sound of puzzle pieces clicking into place].
Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century Pepe Escobar, Sputnik News. Makes an interesting pairing with Don’t Be Putin’s Useful Idiot Politico (by AEI’s “resident scholar [snicker] and director of Russian studies”).
World War Three, by Mistake The New Yorker. “Windows for Submarines” is a thing. Who knew?
Don’t Gut America’s Voice and Turn It into Propaganda Foreign Policy. Which is just what the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, just signed by Obama, will do (among other things. On the bright side, a provision supported by Democrats to subject women to the draft was removed).
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Summons U.S. Ambassador in Protest at U.N. Resolution WSJ. Bibi’s been wanting to tear up that big check we wrote him and throw the scraps in our faces, it would seem.
Why I Can Feel No Fear Der Spiegel
Against the Politics of Fear Corey Robin
Trump’s unpopularity threatens to hobble his presidency Politico. Of course, the only candidate whose favorables aren’t underwater is Sanders.
The Stolen Supreme Court Seat Editorial Board, NYT. Politics ain’t beanbag. Why, one might almost think that the only people Establishment Democrats play hardball with are Democrats are who are not Establishment…
Reform Bill Would Drastically Alter Social Security Benefits Newsweek. Plenty of badness, including means-testing and Chained CPI. Janet Yellen and Barack Obama have supported Chained CPI. Clinton wants means-testing.
Cyber security takes on new urgency for groups targeted by Trump Waging Nonviolence. “We can’t trust Trump with the NSA.”
RNC’s ‘new king’ Christmas message ignites furor over whether it compared Trump to Jesus CNBC. The headline is affirmatively deceptive, in that the RNC message capitalizes the “K” in “King.” See “king,” sense 2, “(initial capital letter) God or Christ.” For pity’s sake.
Jeremy Corbyn: The last comrade The New Statesman
Cornerstone: The Rise and Fall of a Health Care Experiment NYT. “Accountable Care Organizations,” which work by capitation, making them rebranded HMOs.
The Quiet War on Medicaid Gene Sperling, NYT
Unprecedented and Unprincipled Adversary Inside Higher Ed. “PR dressed up as science.”
The Logical Space of Algocracy (Redux) Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Charles Dickens on Seeing the Poor Conversable Economist
Missing Credentials Overcoming Bias
Facing layoff at Carnival, IT employee makes bold counteroffer ComputerWorld (PT).
Tweetstorm from the heartland:
1. Some people I met in 2016
I drove 57,821 miles, visiting towns & talking to folks. Here are few of them I can't forget (ordered by date) pic.twitter.com/OQZ0Ksnm3d
— Chris Arnade (@Chris_arnade) December 22, 2016
Here’s to the lost art of lying down Aeon. Literally.
A Season of Consequences The Archdruid Report
Antidote du jour (via):
A large seal is on the loose in a neighborhood on the Australian island of Tasmania pic.twitter.com/JkF8A4Yyc3
— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) December 25, 2016