Readers, the number of links is a little excessive, even though I’ve filtered on things that Trump might do, and gaslighting/clickbait generally (“terrifying” in the headline is a good indication). Too much going on! –lambert
Ars Technica (CL). As in so many eco-disaster SF novels, wonderful science is being done in the midst of the chaos and collapse….
The Scroll (J-LS).
Ars Technica. Maybe Apple outsourcing monitors wasn’t such a great idea…
Moon of Alabama
South China Morning Post (J-LS).
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Our Famously Free Press
WaPo. “Still furious over the outcome of the election, Trump’s critics seize on every move as if there is a Watergate moment to be found if only they look hard enough. But even Nixon didn’t fall to a sudden scandal: He was a deeply consequential president who governed his way to a reelection landslide before his eventual resignation.”
CNN. “Within hours of the lawsuit’s filing, BuzzFeed blacked out the name of Aleksej Gubarev in the dossier on its site and apologized.”
WaPo. This one app will shock you! Surprisingly, is useful: It’s about delivering primary sources from the White House. Since press coverage of Trump has, with rare exceptions, been focused on building clicks rather than sober reporting, primary sources are always useful as a check.
Frank Bruni, NYT. Fun, but really, I can get stuff like this at Kos for free. I understand that the Times has economic imperatives, but still…
Jeff Masters, Wunderblog
The Hill. And: “[TRUMP:] There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers.” Clinton: Obama: But this time, cue the . And Ian Welsh. “[Trump]  lies a lot, yes, but he  tells truths that no one else is willing to say, and he has, so far,  kept his high profile promises.” All the yammering is on point . But points  and point  are more important. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that clickbait on  is easy for lazy people to generate. But  requires work; truth-telling always does, like it or not. And evaluating  requires actual reporting and analysis; more work. Once more: Do not underestimate Trump!
Charles Savage, NYT
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NYT. Wrap-up of the day’s events.
Politico. Useful despite the sexed-up headline.
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WNYC. No, not the usual Democrat decapitation story…
Counterpunch (Furzy Mouse).
Vox. Matty throws in the towel. And if Ellison wins, the first thing to say to the Democrat Establishment is: “That’s nice, but what have you done for us lately?”
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The Atlantic. Given the givens, I’m discounting access journalism at nearly 100%, but this seems well-researched.
Gillian Tett, FT
Ryan Cooper, The Week (Furzy Mouse).
Bloomberg. Wireless. More infrastructure. Personally, I’d make every US Post Office the site for free municipal WiFi as a universal benefit, but that’s just me.
Los Angeles Times
Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University
FT. How come it’s only squillionaires who can get second passports? Why no mass market? Where’s “Mr. Lee’s Greater Hong Kong”?
Al Jazeera (Integer).
Nautilus. Highly relevant to “deaths from despair” a la Case-Deaton.
Des Moines Register
Der Spiegel. Another in the “road trip” genre; starts in Burlington, VT. Et ego in the Beltway:
Among Trump’s most popular tirades is the one about how American airports are “like from a Third World country.” And he’s right. American streets are full of holes, its airports exude 1970s charm and every couple of weeks, a tree falls onto the overhead power lines resulting in hourslong outages. Today’s America is simultaneously the country of the iPhone and the country of potholes; it isn’t just coated by the gloss of the future, but also by the musty odor of the past.
In the four years that I lived in Washington, D.C., I had to replace the tires on my car three times. The first occasion was after I drove through a giant pothole that frost had bored into a park road. The second was the result of construction workers leaving nails behind on a thoroughfare they had been working on. The third set was ruined by sharp chunks of metal that had been lying about on a street for several weeks. The situation is so bad that drivers in Washington, D.C., can submit pothole damage claims to get their money back.
In his speeches, Donald Trump addresses this impression of community dysfunction — and it is one that can be observed everywhere you go.
You can see why “America is already great” didn’t resonate with more than a small, and very privileged, segment of the population, given that the rot has reached so high that even a Der Speigel reporter based in the can see it. “[T]ruths that no one else is willing to say….”
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