Cash is medieval, cards break vicious economic cycles Indian Express
Uber asked a lot of Pittsburgh for its self-driving cars, and offered back very little Quartz and How Pittsburgh became Uber’s Kitty Hawk: Gov’t emails reveal the promise, pitfalls of alliance Penn Live
Uber Slayer: How China’s Didi Beat the Ride-Hailing Superpower Bloomberg. Business romance.
Self-driving cars are already deciding who to kill Business Insider (David L). But will the dogs eat that dog food?
Uber driver saves 16-year-old sex-trafficking victim after overhearing conversation Daily Mail. Chuck L: “For once a good story about an Uber driver.”
Book Review of “Dark Age Ahead” by Jane Jacobs Ian Welsh (furzy)
History department changes major requirements to draw in students GW Hatchet. Dr. Kevin: “History majors no longer have to take foreign language classes or classes on European, North American and U.S. history.” From The Department of Those Who Are Condemned To Repeat It…
New Cold War
GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity (PDF) DHS, NCCIC, FBI. Kudos for the virulently viral ALL CAPS code name. Here’s a confidence builder. Boilerplate, no doubt, but:
Wat: “RT, Bloomberg and NY Mag all have stories on this. Bloomberg and NYM anatomize the ‘Russian hacks’ as if Craig Murray had never been born. RT debunks the forensics of attribution, but still doesn’t mention Murray. Bloomberg’s supine attitude incontrovertibly indicated by ‘intelligence agencies had high confidence that the Russian government was behind the hacking’ language in last graph. (See Russia’s ‘Grizzly Steppe’ Cyberattacks Started Simply, U.S. Says Bloomberg v. Report on ‘Russian hacking’ offers disclaimers, barely mentions Russia RT.)
What The Russian Hacking Report DOESN’T Say Washington’s Blog
Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment whitehouse.gov. “[A]ggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election” via “data theft and disclosure activities.” It’s not clear to me why the DNC would come under the heading of “U.S. officials and cyber operations,” given that the Democrat Party is a private organization (as we were repeatedly informed by Clinton operatives in their defense of closed primaries).
WORLD WAR THREE, BY MISTAKE New Yorker (guurst). Important.
Obama hits back for Russia hack, but leaves top spy off the hook Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News
The Two-State Solution: What It Is and Why It Hasn’t Happened NYT. Steve C: “Facts on the ground? Jewish settlements should just be included in a Palestinian state just as Israel is home to a large number of Arabs.”
The GOP’s Bibi-Centric Foreign Policy New York Magazine (resilc)
A Bigger Problem Than Isis? New Yorker (Dan K)
The whole Democratic Party is now a smoking pile of rubble Matt Yglesias, Vox. Matty’s a little late to the party….
The Radical Unpredictability of Donald Trump New York Magazine (resilc)
Dem AGs warn Trump against repealing Obama’s climate rule The Hill (UserFriendly)
Trump fans’ ‘Deploraball’ party shows rift in alt-right movement Reuters. To the extent that the “movement” was anything other than a hash tag concocted by Clinton operatives.
The Russians Are Coming Oliver Stone, Facebook (sorry). Shout-out to NC!
The Guardian’s Summary of Julian Assange’s Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False Glenn Greenwald, Intercept. Tom H asked that we link to this again today (ditto YY).
A Call For The Economic Boycott Of North Carolina Huffington Post (TF)
Six Special-Edition Spirits for the Serious Collector, Priced $23,000 and Up Bloomberg (Steve C)
The Devastating Transformation Of Work In The US Economic Front (Sid S)
This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste Fast CoExist. “The Tesla of eco-villages.” Hmm.
Antidote du jour (via):
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