Bothersome Bystanders and Self Driving Cars Rodney Brooks. As I keep saying, when the algos don’t work, programmers optimize their inputs. And when robot car algos don’t work, their proponents will argue for optimizing the built environment, pedestrian behavior, etc., at public expense. This process appears to be well along.
All EFF’d Up Yasha Levine, The Baffler
The Long View: Surveillance, the Internet, and Government Research Los Angeles Review of Books
British cabinet agrees UK-EU free trade area Brexit plan Raidió Teilifís Éireann. “The three-page document sets out the parameters of a longer white paper on the future relationship, which will be published next week.”
Brexit: Barnier urges Theresa May to reconsider rejected Irish plan Belfast Telegraph
Grand Bargain Taking Shape? U.S. to Pull Out of al-Tanf Gold, Goats, and Guns
US, China deliver on threats as ‘biggest trade war in economic history’ starts at high noon South China Morning Post
Pakistan seeks more loans from China to avert currency crisis FT. “If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.” —J. Paul Getty
The Politics of Food in Venezuela Monthly Review
Trump’s Reckless Venezuela Bluster Was Worse Than We Thought The American Conservative
New Cold War
Revealed: the financiers invited to dine with Donald Trump Financial News
Trump’s Goals in Helsinki Valdai Discussion Club
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If the novichok was planted by Russia, where’s the evidence? Guardian. The new novichok mystery, not the old one.
Debunking the First Piece of Nonsense in Skripal 2.0 The Blogmire
Worry and relief at EPA after scandal-plagued chief’s exit Associated Press
Democrats in Disarray
The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, ranked WaPo. Odd. #1 isn’t even a Democrat.
Police State Watch
South Carolina Police Challenge Summer Reading Titles Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
An ICE Raid Leaves an Iowa Town Divided Along Faith Lines NYT. “No charges have been filed against the owners of the Midwest Precast Concrete plant in Mount Pleasant that was raided.” So the headline is at the least partial, and at the most deceptive. Because that’s another line to divide along, right?
Who Is Making Money from ICE in Your State? (map) Sludge
Prison operators could cash in on ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy Salt Lake Tribune
Imperial Collapse Watch
Pentagon Audit: “There Will Be Unpleasant Surprises” Federation of American Scientists
Questionable Admissions Inside Higher Ed (original; n = 23). “[A]dmissions officers appear to favor applicants with better grades at institutions where everyone is earning high grades over applicants with lower grades at institutions with more rigorous grading.” So much for the meritocracy?
Strong job growth combined with flat wage growth provides little evidence for skills shortages Economic Policy Institute
Planned Parenthood’s Union Busting Could Have a Chilling Effect for Workers Everywhere In These Times. Just in time for the Roe v. Wade battle….
The Pentagon Is Building a Dream Team of Tech-Savvy Soldiers Wired (JB). Key paragraph:
In all that time, though, it never occurred to [Defense Digital Service (DDS)] director Chris Lynch that the same level of talent might be found within the military’s ranks. “I thought, ‘My team is the best the country has to offer, and that type of talent wouldn’t exist in uniform today,'” says [Chris Lynch, director of the DDS]…. “That’s the thing that was wrong.”
It’s almost as if something was holding all that talent back…
We’re ready to go in: Dive team are set for Thai cave rescue in race to beat monsoon as boys’ strength is first built up again Daily Mail. Not sure why the cave can’t be pumped dry; Thailand is subject to flooding, so presumably they have the tech. Or not?
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.