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A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.

Last Build Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:37:35 +0000


From Territorial to Functional Sovereignty: The Case of AmazonLeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:37:24 +0000

Frank Pasquale writes in Law and Political Economy: Economists tend to characterize the scope of regulation as a simple matter of expandingor contracting state power. But a political economy perspective emphasizes that social relations abhor a power vacuum. When state authority contracts, private parties fill the gap. That power can feel just as oppressive, and have […](image)

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Trump’s base sees in Trump what they would do themselves if they had the powerLeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:58:49 +0000

And, of course, Trump supporters who do have power now have a new model of acceptable behavior (e.g., it’s okay to “rough up” suspects). They don’t see what he does as strange, because it’s exactly what they would do. “Of course, he does that! Wouldn’t you? If you could get away with it? I sure […](image)

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Bitcoin Is a Lousy Form of MoneyLeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:32:30 +0000

Very interesting post by Kevin Drum, in which he explains the attributes of money. From the post: . . . Pay particular attention to #6 on the list of moneylike attributes. It’s often said that although the dollar is no longer backed by gold, it’s still a solid currency because it’s backed by the productive […](image)

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Jennifer Rubin clearly explains why Rupert Murdoch must GOLeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:21:45 +0000

Ms. Rubin worked as a labor lawyer in Hollywood for twenty years, so I imagine she fully understands what’s going on and what’s at stake. She writes: Unless you’ve been living under a rock — or are the aging executive chairman of News Corp. —  you know that Fox News has been ground zero in the […](image)

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Digitizing old photosLeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:05:21 +0000

I subscribe to a free weekly newsletter, Recomendo, and each issue contains 4-5 bits of useful knowledge. Here’s an example from the currents newsletter: A friend who took a mountain of photos in the last century (1950s-90s) recently asked me how to get all his oId analog photos digitized, cataloged, online and printed. Here is […](image)

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Current belief: “AI and automation will take away a lot of jobs, but not mine.”LeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:23:01 +0000

From an interesting article by Helen Edwards and Dave Edwards in Quartz: . . . People were anxious; 90% of responders thought that up to half of jobs would be lost to automation within five years. That’s a lot, more than most of the studies conclude, include studies conducted by Oxford University (pdf) and McKinsey Global Institute. But, […](image)

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Super-rich shown to have grown out of ancient farmingLeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:20:12 +0000

Robin McKie reports in the Guardian: Scientists have traced the rise of the super-rich deep into our historical past to uncover the ancient source of social inequality. Their conclusion? Thousands of years ago, it was the use of large farm animals – horses and oxen that could pull ploughs – which created the equivalent of […](image)

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The future was conceived by Philip K. Dick: In your face China’s all seeing surveilance systemLeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:07:55 +0000

The video below is a shortened version of the video in this BBC article. Filed under: Daily life, Government, Law Enforcement, Software, Technology(image)

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The Tax Bill That Inequality CreatedLeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:48:37 +0000

The editorial board of the NY Times writes: Most Americans know that the Republican tax bill will widen economic inequality by lavishing breaks on corporations and the wealthy while taking benefits away from the poor and the middle class. What many may not realize is that growing inequality helped create the bill in the first […](image)

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DEA agents say a huge opioid case ended in a whimperLeisureGuy

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:29:05 +0000

Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham report in the Washington Post: After two years of painstaking investigation, David Schiller and the rest of the Drug Enforcement Administration team he supervised were ready to move on the biggest opioid distribution case in U.S. history. The team, based out of the DEA’s Denver field division, had been examining […](image)

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Kevin Drum: Here’s Why Republicans Are Hellbent on Passing an Unpopular Tax BillLeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:16:53 +0000

Kevin Drum writes at Mother Jones: The Republican tax bill is massively unpopular. It polls at about 30 percent approval—the worst showing of any major bill in recent history—and doesn’t crack 50 percent even among Republicans. And yet, the GOP leadership is hellbent on passing it. What’s going on? Bear with me for a bit. […](image)

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Harvard economist Iris Bohnet on how to design a hiring process that’s fair for everyoneLeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:13:46 +0000

Oliver Staley writes in Quartz: Gender bias in the workplace can feel like an intractable problem. Whether we’re reading about boorish or abusive behavior in the office, the dearth of female CEOs in the Fortune 500, or statistics that predict the gap between men’s and women’s wages in the US won’t close until 2058, it’s hard to […](image)

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The two expat bros who terrorized women correspondents in MoscowLeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:53:55 +0000

Kathy Lally reports in the Washington Post: There’s more than one way to harass women. A raft of men in recent weeks have paid for accusations of sexual harassment with their companies, their jobs, their plum political posts. But one point has been overlooked in the scandals: Men can be belittling, cruel and deeply damaging […](image)

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Esther Perel: the world’s most wanted sex therapistLeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:49:03 +0000

A fascinating article and interview in the Times by Will Pavia, and one paragraph in particular leapt out at me. Esther Perel is speaking: “I believe something is fundamentally shifting in our ability to be attentive, to be focused. There’s a reason why everybody is trying to meditate, to recapture that lost feeling of being […](image)

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Jeff Sessions Isn’t Giving up on Cannabis. He’s Doubling Down.LeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:36:48 +0000

James Higdon reports in Politico: A year ago, when president-elect Donald Trump announced Senator Jeff Sessions would be his attorney general, advocates for marijuana law reform were suddenly seized with panic. The longtime Alabama senator, they knew, had once joked that he considered the Klan to be OK guys until he found out they smoked […](image)

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How Wall Street silences womenLeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:22:30 +0000

Susan Antilla reports in The Intercept: AMONG THE BUSINESS sectors largely absent from the current deluge of sexual harassment revelations is the financial services industry, a behemoth that employs 3.2 million people in the United States and is infamous for abuse and discrimination targeting women. New data suggests that, along with Hollywood, the media, and the restaurant industry, […](image)

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That Net Neutrality Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal Was Written by a Comcast AttorneyLeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:18:52 +0000

The corporate takeover of the American government continues. David Dayen reports in The Intercept: IN THE FACE of widespread opposition, the Federal Communications Commission rolled back net neutrality protections that prevented internet service providers from charging websites for faster download speeds. The vote fell along party lines. But one Democrat, Barack Obama’s former Federal Trade Commission chief Jon […](image)

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The Taking: The land grab for the first border wallLeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:10:22 +0000

T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Kiah Collier and Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune, report, here in ProPublica: BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — The land agents started working the border between Texas and Mexico in the spring of 2007. Sometimes they were representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers. Other times they were officers from the U.S. Border Patrol, uniformed […](image)

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America’s wholesome square dancing tradition is a tool of white supremaLeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:02:06 +0000

I didn’t know this. Robyn Pennacchia writes in Quartz: If you live in the United States, chances are high that, growing up, you had to take square dancing in gym class. I myself spent a week at my Rochester, New York, high school learning to allemande left and right—skills I was highly unlikely to ever […](image)

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The screenwriter of the 1980 hit film “9 to 5” says we’re finally facing reality nowLeisureGuy

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:47:24 +0000

Oliver Staley writes at Quartz: When the movie 9 to 5 was released in 1980, women’s liberation was still a fresh concept for most of America. Rewatching the comedy, about three women fighting back against a sexist boss, you’ll notice that the clothing and office technology has changed, but much of the film’s message about the dynamics […](image)

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