The Coffee–Songbird Connection Scientific American
A 130,000-year-old archaeological site in southern California, USA Nature. Alters the timeline…
Facebook targets ‘insecure’ young people Australian Business Review. Interesting:
A 23-page Facebook document seen by The Australian marked “Confidential: Internal Only” and dated 2017, outlines how the social network can target “moments when young people need a confidence boost” in pinpoint detail.
By monitoring posts, pictures, interactions and internet activity in real-time, Facebook can work out when young people feel “stressed”, “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “anxious”, “nervous”, “stupid”, “silly”, “useless”, and a “failure”, the document states.
After being contacted by The Australian, Facebook issued an apology, and said it had opened an investigation, admitting it was wrong to target young children in this way.
I’d want more verifiable technical detail on the actual targeting — this is, after all, a sales pitch — but regardless of what Facebook is actually doing here, should they even want to?
Employees at this Swedish company can get a microchip inserted under their skin World Economic Forum. “The process lasts a few seconds, and more often than not there are no screams and barely a drop of blood.”
Modi’s India: Rising and Reshaping The Diplomat
ASEAN Summit: An exercise in omission Lowy Interpreter
France’s Le Pen on offensive with vote a week away The Local. Good wrap-up.
Jean-Claude Juncker says Theresa May is ‘deluded’ in scathing call with Angela Merkel after Brexit talks Telegraph. See also this 30-tweet tweetstorm (RS) on Theresa May’s dinner with Michel Barnier and Jean-Claude Juncker at No. 10 from The Economist’s Jeremy Cliffe; it summarizes this FAZ article (only in German; partial translation; and another summary (“a caricature of Brexiteer amateurism”)).
The Brexit slowdown begins (probably) Mainly Macro
Arab Winter Buzzfeed
In Translation: al-Qaeda goes glocal The Arabist
Imperial Collapse Watch
Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa TomDispatch (GF)
The Attritionist Letters: the Marines shackling their field-grade officers, & losing wars Fabius Maximus. Fun rework of the central trope of The Screwtape Letters.
Donald Trump: N Korea’s Kim Jong-un a ‘smart cookie’ BBC and Trump leaves door open for military action against North Korea CNN. Trump on Face the Nation.
The $3 trillion ‘catastrophic’ cost of a North Korea-US war News.com. An enormous refugee problem, and Korean unification.
Pentagon: We’re Closer Than Ever to Lasers That Can Stop Iranian, North Korean Missiles Defense One. From 2016, possibly relevant today.
Lawmakers seal deal on $1T plan government-wide funding bill AP and Congress Inks Spending Deal That Jettisons Trump Priorities Bloomberg. No shutdown.
The End of Trump’s Revolution? The American Conservative
Democrats give up hope on striking a deal with Trump Politico 04/30/17 07:05 AM EDT and Schumer on Trump: ‘If he changes, we could work together’ Politico 04/30/17 10:38 AM EDT.
How Economic Incentives have Created our Dysfunctional US Medical Market Elisabeth Rosenthal, Medium
Wall Street Wellness Programs Are Now Used to Drive Sales Bloomberg. I don’t recall studies showing that “wellness programs” deliver heatlh benefits, despite (or because of) being subsidized by ObamaCare. Readers?
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
In pursuit of WikiLeaks The Economist
Our Famously Free Press
Dumb And Vile – Independent Falls For Prank, Smears Other Journalists Moon of Alabama. The “prank,” from 4chan, p0wned several liberals on my Twitter feed.
Confirmed: the crucial role of Chilean media mogul on US plan to overthrow Allende Unbalanced Evolution of Homo Sapiens
The secret lives of Google raters Ars Technica
Hard times for Whole Foods: ‘People say it’s for pretentious people. I can see why’ Guardian (Furzy Mouse).
May Day protests expected nationwide The Hill
Low-wage African American workers have increased annual work hours most since 1979 Economic Policy Institute
American Airlines gave its workers a raise. Wall Street freaked out. Vox. Yglesias: “This is why we can’t have nice things.”
America’s two-track economy MIT News (MS). “In Temin’s terms, updated, America now features what he calls the ‘FTE sector’ — people who work in finance, technology, and electronics — and ‘the low-wage sector.’ Workers in the first sector tend to thrive; workers in the second sector usually struggle. Much of the book delves into how the U.S. has developed this way over the last 40 years, and how it might transform itself back into a country with one economy for all.”
Trade, Jobs, and Inequality: CUNY Grasping Reality. Conference transcript. The trade situation has develped not necessarily to our (well, your) disadvantage.
Can unions rebuild the labor movement in the US south? Guardian. Things will be easier because Obama passed card-check. Oh, wait….
Economics, not identity, is key to reviving American liberalism FT. But is it key to reviving the fortunes of the
paid-to-lose Washington Generals liberal nomenklatura?
A Tough-Love Letter to the Left Tne New Republic
The Rule of Law Won’t Save Us Jacobin
Strategies for resisting right-wing populism Understanding Society
Democracy on the Brink Foreign Affairs
Antidote du jour (via):
Canada Warblers returning to the eastern US.