Soothsayer in the Hills Sees Silicon Valley’s Sinister Side NYT. “Mr. Lanier believes that Facebook and Google, with their ‘top-down control schemes,’ should be called ‘Behavior Modification Empires.'”
1 big thing: Sean Parker’s jarring Facebook tell-all Axios. Parker is a Facebook founder. Be sure to read to the “immortal overlords” part.
Monopoly critics decry ‘Amazon amendment’ The Hill (Re Silc).
Deutsche Bank CEO suggests robots could replace half the company’s 97,000 employees CNBC (Re Silc). Re Silc: “So then they’d be an automated laundromat?”
Hiding in Plain Sight: How UK companies are used to launder corrupt wealth Transparency International UK (Richard Smith). Richard: “First time in years that anyone’s had a single panoptic long form look at the abuses. Ugly.”
I am determined to give our country the best possible Brexit Theresa May, The Telegraph. Paywalled. Of course. May on the EU Withdrawal Bill: “It will be there in black and white on the front page of this historic piece of legislation: the United Kingdom will be leaving the EU on March 29, 2019 at 11pm GMT.”
Trump’s Secret Iran Weapon Bloomberg. The Saudis.
U.S. military joins Brazil army exercises in Amazon Reuters (Timotheus). Timotheus: “With the unelected Temer at 1% support, NOW is the time to perform joint military operations in the unprotected Amazon, of course!”
Kobe Steel trapped in endless chain of scandals Nikkei Asian Review
Malcolm Turnbull’s Nuclear Option To Handle The Citizenship Mess: Recall Parliament Before Christmas HuffPost (KW). KW: “The Australian Constitution say you cannot have dual citizenship if you are in Parliament. Several months ago a few politicians were outed as dual citizens; some resigned and other went to the High Court where most were booted including the Deputy Prime Minister which ended the Governments one-seat majority. More are being outed and the Government refuses to do a full audit of Parliament suggesting that instead that they state that ‘as far as they know’ they are not dual citizens. The Opposition won’t back down so this drama goes on.”
New Cold War
He Solved The DNC Hack. Now He’s Telling His Story For The First Time. Buzzfeed. CrowdStrike.
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New Nato centres respond to Russia threat EU Observer
U.S. Corporate Tax Reform Council on Foreign Relations
House Tax Plan Would Significantly Impact Older Adults and People with Disabilities Medicare Rights (GlennF).
Imperial Collapse Watch
Letting robots kill without human supervision could save lives New Scientist (DK). Paywalled…
The left’s myopic obsession with fairness The Week. On Corey Robin.
Blight & Flight: The Wisdom of Abandoned Buildings The American Conservative
How to Build a Fallout Shelter Using Nothing but IKEA Furniture Vice (Re Silc). News you can use!
Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA Scientific American
Flying the Mail in Remote Idaho Air & Space
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