Nature. It’s been quite a year.
Kenneth Rogoff, FT
The Wire (J-LS).
BBC. “An in-depth, ferocious assessment of Uber’s finances by the Cfdtrade blog concluded that the company was ‘staggeringly unprofitable.'” “Ferocious.” We like ferocious. Take a bow, Hubert!
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The Economist (DK).
2016 Post Mortem
Pew Research. Important.
Political Report. Also important.
Matt Yglesias, Vox. Actually worth a read!
Billy Penn. And the judge is not happy.
Detroit Free Press
The Week. A bit stale, but a useful bill of particulars.
Politico. Sounds like spreadsheets are going for the Democrats what PowerPoint did for the Pentagon.
Medium. Pre-Russki eruption, but interesting nonetheless.
Politico. “In three major states with a governor’s mansion up for grabs in 2018, a big-name, politically active billionaire or multimillionaire is taking steps toward a run — [Democrat] donors looking to take matters into their own hands after 2016’s gutting losses.”
Politico. Anybody who fulminates against the electoral college who also supported Superdelegates in the Democrat primary should sit down.
emptywheel. The headline is a bit off, since the post’s subject is really the evidence required to prove the Russian hack. Some of which does exist. That said, this is an excellent summary of the state of play. I take issue with one point:
Crowdstrike reported that GRU also hacked the DNC. As it explains, GRU does this by sending someone something that looks like an email password update, but which instead is a fake site designed to get someone to hand over their password. The reason this claim is strong is because people at the DNC say this happened to them.
First, CrowdStrike is a private security firm, so there’s a high likelihood they’re talking their book, Beltway IT being what it is. Second, a result (DNC got phished) isn’t “strong” proof of a claim (GRU did the phishing). We live in a world where 12-year-olds know how to do email phishing, and a world where professional phishing operations can camouflage themselves as whoever they like. So color me skeptical absent some unpacking on this point. A second post from emptywheel, , is also well worth a read.
WaPo. WaPo this .
Moon of Alabama
WaPo. When the public provision of a service is being ruined, that means it’s a target for privatization.
Buzz. Truly appalling. Must-read.
NYT. Private equity. “Pension funds that pay retirement benefits to public servants now depend on private equity to generate huge returns.” They may “depend” on private equity, but that doesn’t mean private equity delivers; see Yves here, or here, or here.
The Courier (DK).
Los Angeles Times
Ian Welsh (Furzy Mouse).
Bloomberg. Not π. LIBOR.
Antidote du jour (J-LS):