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Bell Labs: Birdsong Contests The Wire
New Observations Deepen Mystery of “Alien Megastructure” Star Scientific American
The UAE Secretly Picked Up the Tab for the Egyptian Dictatorship’s D.C. Lobbying The Intercept. UAE has a slavery problem, so it seems odd that Center for American Progress would get involved with UAE lobbying. Or not.
The Threat of Big Tech Is Real Slate. “[T[hese companies have become the biggest, most imposing gatekeepers in human history.” Another word for “gatekeeper” would be “Robber Baron.”
The Permian Boom Is Coming To An End Oilprice.com
Goldman Sags The Economist
Last Sunday In Catalonia: Pirates 1, The Invincible Armada 0 Antiwar.com (TF). Must-read.
It is not too late to stop the break-up of Spain The Economist
Musk: Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico power grid The Hill (UserFriendly). UserFriendly: “Haven’t they suffered enough?”
Brexit deadlock looms as European negotiators say they have lost faith in May Telegraph. Partially pay-walled but the lead:
Britain will refuse to tell Europe how much it is prepared to pay to settle the so-called “Brexit bill” when Brexit negotiations re-open in Brussels next week, the Telegraph can reveal, in a move that risks plunging the Brexit talks into fresh crisis.
Problems with the set:
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 4, 2017
Party congress is Xi’s moment, but how will he use it? Nikkei Asian Review
Does Chinese leader Xi Jinping plan to hang on to power for more than 10 years? South China Morning Posts
Solving the Korean crisis with game theory Perspectives on Economics and Civilization
Our Famously Free Press
The price of paid news may not stay high FT. “Google could soon bundle information like a cable television company.” I can’t imagine a less attractive business model. Of course, you get better support from cable companies.
Google and Facebook Have Failed Us The Atlantic. “Algorithms are opinions embedded in code.” Hence, it’s evidently Google’s opinion that 4Chan is a news source, since they link to it in their “Top Stories,” in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. Of course, Google is a ginormous monopoly, so they can do whatever they like with their platform, and if that’s their opinion, so be it. But they could at least be honest about it.
When Facebook and Google are ‘weaponized,’ the victim is reality Margaret Sullivan, WaPo.
The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online Pew Research (DG). Linked to back in April, but worth resurfacing.
Porn: The Dark Data Metric for Gauging Cultural Attention AdAge (DK). And a catch from an alert reader:
— modest proposal (@modestproposal1) October 5, 2017
The Dark History of Fear, Inc. The American Conservative
In meeting with military, Trump talks of ‘calm before the storm’ Reuters. “If you want to lose a fight, talk about it first.” – Quellcrist Falconer.
New Cold War
Exclusive: Mueller’s team met with Russia dossier author CNN. But not the Senate investigators, apparently.
Sources: Facebook won’t release Russia-linked election ads due to Mueller investigation Business Insider. For “won’t,” read “can’t.”
Facebook fights back Axios
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Russian Hackers Stole NSA Data on U.S. Cyber Defense WSJ. Source: “[M]ultiple people with knowledge of the matter.” If life were a LeCarré novel, that data would be chickenfeed.
John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised, White House believes Politico. Source: “[T]hree U.S. government officials.”
How We Think About the Deficit Is Mostly Wrong Stephanie Kelton, New York Times (Furzy Mouse). First the Los Angeles Times, now the New York Times. Are WaPo, WSJ, and the FT too much to ask?
48 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump NYT (GF). An important story, lost in the noise…
Trump told HHS to deny request to fix Iowa ObamaCare market: report The Hill (UserFriendly).
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Australia approves national database of everyone’s mugshots The Register (CL). What could go wrong?
Imperial Collapse Watch
Britain Has Never Faced Up to the Shame of Empire Vice. Still useful.
Tordesillas, Slavery and the Origins of Brazilian Inequality (PDF) Thomas Fujiwara, Humberto Laudares, and Felipe Valencia Caicedo
Americans Want Jobs, Not Low-Paying Hourly “Work” Slate (UserFriendly).
Machine Learning’s Implications for Fairness and Justice The Regulatory Review
Christ in the Garden of Endless Breadsticks Eater. Really fun, and makes you wonder if “brands” really understand their own brands.
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