Syracuse.com (Bob). Must-read, in case your own state is infested with
corrupt fixers (“We won’t utter the word ‘bagrnan,’ but feel free to think it”) consultants like Eimicke. “[Eimicke’s report] was good enough for state officials. Seven months later, in December 2011, announced an unusual, no-bid deal for [Syracuse-based Cor Development] to develop Kennedy Square. Cor was given control over — and 75 percent ownership of — eight acres at the site.” Bob writes: “Kennedy Square = New stadium for Syracuse University. They were trying to set up multiple sources of revenue. They got greedy. $225 Million for building on property owned by SUNY upstate wasn’t enough. They had to reach for another $500 million.” Ka-ching.
New Yorker. Quelle horreur! “‘The hard part, I think, is in front of us, and that is stabilizing these areas, consolidating our gains, getting people back into their homes,’ General Joseph L. Votel, who heads Central Command operations, told the conference. ‘There is a military role in this, certainly in the stabilization phase.'” Candidly.
Gordon Adams, Defense One. “The national security ‘blob’ who warn departure would be a disaster are wrong.”
Jeffrey Sachs, Boston Globe
The New York Times (PM). “ISIS built a state of administrative efficiency that collected taxes and picked up the garbage. It ran a marriage office that oversaw medical examinations to ensure that couples could have children. It issued birth certificates — printed on Islamic State stationery — to babies born under the caliphate’s black flag. It even ran its own D.M.V.” So, they really did want to govern.
The American Conservative
South China Morning Post
New Cold War
The Times. Source: “[A] British intelligence briefing for its allies” (another upside-down pyramid, teetering on the apex of access journalism and the intelligence community).
Moon of Alabama
Le Monde Diplomatique
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Federal News Radio. And pro-cloud.
Democrats in Disarray
WaPo. These CAP types are something else…
NYT. The outrage machine really revved up over this one.
Topher Spiro, USA Today. CAP continues its campaign against #MedicareForAll.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Schneir on Security
CNET (DL). “When you think a sentence in your head, your brain sends signals to your mouth and jaw. MIT’s headset reads those signals with 92 percent accuracy.” Not remotely, fortunately. Yet.
Bloomberg (JB). “Sirin said the Finney [phone] will handle all coin-related services in a part of the phone that’s activated with a physical switch. Instead of keying in a complex address and private key, Sirin said users may eventually verify their identities with an iris scan, a fingerprint and a simple password.” JB: “Just imagine the prosecution futures if you have an iris scan or fingerprint associated with the bitcoin transaction.”
The Conversation (DL). Yves: “How about ‘just don’t’?”
Corey Robin, Jacobin
Matt Bruenig, Guardian
Center for Political Studies
Antidote du jour ():
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.