How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York’s Subways NYT. Don’t worry. Robot cars. And–
Self-Driving Trucks May Be Closer Than They Appear NYT. The narrative changes on a dime, doesn’t it?
Do not lose sight of the root cause of problems The Standard. Zimbabwe. Caveat: I know nothing of the press in Zimbabwe. OTOH, I know our own press rather well…
China, US knew of Zim coup News 24. Zimbabwe.
The Policy Significance of Trump’s Asia Tour The Diplomat
China wins its war against South Korea’s US THAAD missile shield – without firing a shot South China Morning Post
New Cold War
NSC to present Trump $47M deal to arm Ukraine against Russia The Hill. Here we go.
Nato apologises to Turkey after Erdogan and Ataturk appear on ‘enemy chart’ Guardian. Things heating up round the Black Sea…
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“It’s a Ponzi Scheme”: Wall Street Fears Trump’s Deranged Tax Plan Could Kick Off Economic Euthanasia Vanity Fair (Re Silc). Eliminating the property tax deduction will cause home valuations to fall.
Senate Finance tax reform package mirrors House on carried interest, endowments tax Pensions & Investments
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Sex… In Politics. Not.
Alabama Senate Special Election – Moore vs. Jones (December 12) RealClearPolitics. RCP Average: Jones +0.2.
Democrats in Disarray
Our Famously Free Press
Why Zuckerberg’s New “Trust Indicators” Can’t Fix Fake News Vanity Fair. Nobody seems to be taking Judy Miller’s work on WMDs at the New York Times as a paradigm for the sort of “fake news” to be “fixed,” oddly, or not.
In a step toward automation, Full Fact has built a live fact-checking prototype Poynter. Since the algos come from humans, and the training sets come from humans, is there a reason to think the “live” fact-checking prototype will do any better than the average newsroom?
Is Satire “Fakenews”? – How Fact-Checkers Peddle Snake-Oil Moon of Alabama. More on Politifact’s Duffle Blog fiasco.
15,000 Troops perish after Ohio woman fails to share Facebook prayer Duffel Blog. Not to pile on, or anything.
The Demise of Dissent: Why the Web Is Becoming Homogenized Of Two Minds (CL).
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
X marks the self London Review of Books
Twitter says you can lose verified status for bad behavior — even if it’s off Twitter Recode. Hmm. How will Twitter get their “off Twitter” data?
Imperial Collapse Watch
Babylon Revisited: Melancholy Thoughts After a Short Trip to Washington, D.C. Thomas Ricks, Foreign Policy
F-35 Strike Fighter Success: Real or Simulated? The American Conservative
The house that sold for nearly $800,000 over asking price speaks to the inequity of California Los Angeles Times (Re Silc).
Some thoughts about the Job Guarantee Mainly Macro
The Heartland Institute is no longer fringe TreeHugger
With U.S. Backing, Ukraine Pushes to Privatize Paris Climate Agreement The Intercept. Ukraine certainly punching above its weight these days…
Writing Nameless Things: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin Los Angeles Review of Books
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