Dear patient readers,
I will be in NYC for one evening, Saturday June 2. Yves wants to do a meetup, but it turns out the usual haunts (or at least the ones she’s gotten to so far, Ten Bells has not responded) are booked, and they indicated that Saturday nights book up way in advance.
Any reader ideas re place in Manhattan that could accommodate 40-50 people where we don’t have to rent a room? We might consider a deposit, but not a large one (the one at Ten Bells is pretty modest).
T-Mobile and Sprint agree all-stock merger FT. Now we’ll see what the regulators say.
Half of TSB online banking customers still locked out of accounts Telegraph. Wait, I thought they’d called in IBM?
Staff shortages ‘threaten’ crackdown on shell firms The Herald (Richard Smith). Richard Smith: “Truncated quote makes it sound like I’m praising my own tenacity…I meant the UK and international reporting!’
The World Bank should be defunded Bill Mitchell (UserFriendly).
Are European Companies Ready for Life Without Draghi? Wolf Street (EM).
It’s a Tech War, and It Costs a Fortune Bloomberg (JT McPhee).
Amber Rudd resigns hours after Guardian publishes deportation targets letter Guardian. Windrush.
Weaponising Paperwork LRB. More Windrush.
‘It’s a hacker’s paradise out there’ BBC. Seems like PR for a new British security firm, but worth reading for that reason alone.
The Inter-Korean Summit Ask a Korean!
John Bolton: U.S. Using ‘Libya Model’ for North Korea Negotiations Daily Beast (KW).
And the beat rolls on … Sic Semper Tyrannis
China’s Economic Numbers Have a Credibility Problem Bloomberg. Still germane
Michael Hayden: The End of Intelligence NYT(HM). HM: “An NYT op-ed by Michael Hayden, soliloquying from the Bridge of the Starship Baloney. What is worse than the author and the piece are the comments. The Reader’s Pick section is usually where I go for decent pushback from the readership. This time the comments section was flooded by nothing but Trump Derangement Syndrome gushers.”
Federal ‘turf war’ complicates cybersecurity efforts The Hill. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition….
How a Pentagon Contract Sparked a Cloud War Defense One (KW).
Democrats in Disarray
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Our Famously Free Press
The Truths Michelle Wolf Spoke that Launched a Thousand Howls The Ghion Journal (UserFriendly).
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Imperial Collapse Watch
Why the F-35 Isn’t Good Enough for Japan The Diplomat
Germany, France Agree to Build New Fighter Jet Together WSJ. “The Pentagon’s newest combat aircraft, the radar-evading F-35 Joint Strike Fighter made by Lockheed Martin Corp., has been a hot seller in Europe. The U.K., Norway, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark are among the countries that have committed to buying the plane. Finland and Belgium are among others considering purchases of the plane that cost around $100 million each.”
How to Live in San Francisco Without Spending Any Money WSJ. “‘The entire S.F. economy is V.C. subsidized,’ said Mr. Yu, who last year co-founded a blockchain technology startup called Stream. ‘It’s a historical world of excess.'”
Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality Bain & Company (AF).
Commons, Community, Economy, Environment Philosopher
Antidote du jour (via):
"Tiger cub doesn't know how it feels about its new otter friends" pic.twitter.com/1XMHjJsghD
— Fluff Society (@FluffSociety) April 30, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.