Free Software Messiah Richard Stallman: We Can Do Better Than Bitcoin Coindesk. Stallman: “We need a state to do many vital jobs, including fund research, fund education, provide people with medical care – provide everyone with medical care – build roads, maintain order, provide justice, including to those who are not rich and powerful, and so [sic] . I wouldn’t want perfect privacy because that would mean it would be impossible to investigate crimes at all. And that’s one of the jobs we need the state to do.”
How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request Ars Technica
Goldman revamped risk oversight shortly after 1MDB deal Australian Financial Review
Comparison sites cry foul over Google Shopping service The Register. EU anti-trust remedy not succeeding?
Markets Can No Longer Rely on the Fed ‘Put’ John Authers, Bloomberg
This Brexit deal is the best available Wolfgang Münchau, FT
Will May Get Her Deal Passed The Second Time? Markets Think So Blooomberg. Look what’s under the Christmas tree!
Brexit deal is a depressing masterpiece of political theatre Sidney Morning Herald
The Bright Yellow Line Over Globalization in France The American Conservative
‘Swiss-law first’ referendum fails Politico
How China’s Rulers Control Society: Opportunity, Nationalism, Fear NYT. Sounds legit.
Personal Ties, Meritocracy, and China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign (PDF) Peter Lorentzen, Xi Lu
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies Technology Review
Australian regulators watching non-banks for financial stability risks: RBA Reuters. A vector for contagion from China?
10,000 farmers in Mumbai after walking 40 km, give ‘wake up’ call to govt Hindustan Times. Loan waivers.
New Cold War
Alan Dershowitz says Mueller report will be ‘devastating’ to Trump CNN. “I still don’t think it’s going to make a criminal case, because collusion is not criminal.”
Democrats in Disarray
“I’d Vote for Michael in a Heartbeat”: Wall Street’s Case for President Bloomberg Vanity Fair. On the Democrat ticket.
Obama Alumni Return to Washington, This Time as House Freshmen NYT. Second time as farce?
Our Famously Free Press
NPR Infomercial for Its Sponsor Amazon Omits Labor and Environmental Criticisms FAIR. “The words ‘labor,’ ‘worker’ or ’employee’ are nowhere to be found in the six-minute report.” Say, can I get that tote bag today?
Police State Watch
Toys for tots. Read the whole thread:
Cache of weapons that came with @playmobil‘s police helicopter/motorcycle given to my son by very well-meaning relatives. 1 gas mask. 3 handguns. 1 Machine gun. 1 baton. 1 asp. 1 set of handcuffs. 1 flashlight. Loves the helicopter. I confiscated the rest. Why are these included? pic.twitter.com/ycyk5ksGTx
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) November 26, 2018
Dispute Over ‘Lingerie’ Comment Persists, as Society Rejects Professor’s Appeal The Chronicle of Higher Education. The professor’s defense; the accuser’s rejoinder; difficulties of adjudication (skip to “Here are five flaws that jumped out at me”).
Dartmouth Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Following Professor Misconduct Allegations Valley News. Here’s the URL showing the original headline, which the editors must have toned down: “Lawsuit-alleges-tenured-Dartmouth-College-professors-sexually-assaulted-students.” More party culture.
Overdoses, bedsores, broken bones: What happened when a private-equity firm sought to care for society’s most vulnerable WaPo. “Private equity,” “vulnerable,” and “care for” just don’t seem to go together, somehow….
Researchers measure carbon footprint of Canada hydroelectric dams Agence France Presse
Camp Fire – the deadliest wildfire in California history – is finally 100 percent contained after burning for TWO WEEKS Daily Mail. Contained, not extinguished. 85 killed, 249 missing.
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