San Diego Free Press
Bangor Daily News. Slept in car. Over the Maine winter. For four years.
FT. Part I of “How the Euro was saved.” There seems to be a boomlet in pre-election FIRE sector crash retrospectives.
Time. Uber should “share” more.
Boston Review (fresno dan). Finance crapifiers are why your washing machine falls apart in two years.
Thomas Frank, Salon
History Unfolding (Mel)
Edward Luce, FT
AP. The way we live now.
Reuters. Story on NH (2016). Monopoly insurer and narrow network: Paragraph 23.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Another Word for It. The technology was presaged by Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (just “Y.T.’s mom pulls up the new memo”), although given Stephenson’s libertarian focus, the State deploys it, not corporate HR types.
Vice. This article shows the strengths and limits of Vice. We’ve got hip (“bros”), sharp contextualization on gendered markers:
During my time covering Yemen’s 2011 youth [Vice demographic] uprising against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, it was more difficult to identify quality qat than to finger American spooks. Their out-of-uniform uniform, ubiquitous and often including 5-11 cargo pants, a pair of Oakley sunglasses and full beards, functioned as a caricature that could be plucked right out of the latest installment of the Call of Duty franchise.
Coupled with policy recommendation like this:
The cavalier bravado of the IC’s bro culture in Yemen crops up regularly amidst the daily lives of the individuals that live there … A more counter-terrorism policy in Yemen would include more direct assistance to Yemen military on the ground, engaging AQAP militants face-to-face. …. Dollar for dollar, spotting Yemeni soldiers a few bucks to get their APC gas tanks filled up is a lot more effective than paying the salary of spooks that appear to be more concerned with looking like bad asses than keeping a low profile. … If the super spies are going to emulate a video game, perhaps they should look towards Metal Gear Solid instead of Call of Duty.
So, after the street reporting, the writer (note the Beltway tell, “robust”) shifts gears, or not, into the policy recommendation that we Americans run our empire more like those clever Brits did, back when they had one: With native troops and compradors. Alrighty then. Anybody who wants non-trivial change yet views political economy primarily through a generational lens should include material like this in their account.
Globe and Mail
Daily Mail. Donetsk, don’t tell.
Moon of Alabama
Bangkok Post. Coup coming off the burner?
Center for International Development, Harvard
Times. The author confuses “yard” with “lawn.”
New Scientist. I’ve seen the same argument from the odious Malcolm Gladwell, so readers may wish to critique the study.
By reader request, bonus alligators! Is that you, Tim? [waves]