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2:00 p.m. Water cooler 2/13/2020

By Lambert Strether from Corrente.


"However what’s the authorities itself, however the best of all reflections on human nature?" –James Madison, federalist 51

"They solely had one weapon left and each knew it: betrayal." –Frank Herbert, Dune

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The dk alert reader (to not be confused with DK) is growing the next interactive graphic.

Now we have no new nationwide or nationwide polls, so I’ve ready the small desk of the next multiples

The arrows point out who wins and who loses. The legends of a phrase clarify why.

CAVEAT I feel we have now to observe the polls, as a result of a big a part of the horse racing protection is generated by them; and at the least with these graphics, we isolate ourselves in opposition to all pleasure a couple of ballot. That mentioned, we have now to do not forget that the 2016 polls, in the long run, have been extra about storytelling than sampling, and that this yr is much more so. The truth is, we’re entitled to surprise, with the final I boomlet (bubble? (Nozzle?)) Who got here first: The story, or the survey? We hear about polling push, in fact, however not collective polling pushed by breeders of pollsters. We additionally must be involved with state polls with very small samples and huge gaps in protection. And that’s earlier than we discuss in regards to the points with cellphones (in addition to whether or not voters in very small and really younger states are enjoying their solutions). So we observe a horse race properly, however the horses don’t stay of their lanes, some horses usually are not there to win however to intervene with others, the monitor may be very muddy, and the mud has splashed our binoculars, in order that it is vitally tough to see what’s going on within the stands. As well as, the homeowners of the tracks are twisted and the stewards are on the spot. Every little thing is ok.

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Bloomberg (D) (1): Not reduce for this (1):

. @ realDonaldTrump – we all know numerous the identical folks in New York. Behind your again, they chortle at you and name you a barking carnival clown. They know that you’ve got inherited a fortune and wasted it with silly affords and incompetence.

I’ve the document and the assets to beat you. And I’ll.

– Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 13, 2020

I feel "Mike" – or whoever the overpaid however incompetent employees member runs his Twitter account – wished to put in writing a carnival bark. Arf! (UPDATE Marx, a grasp of invective himself, could be, I feel, like Trump's quote – if we establish "lifeless vitality mass" with "frozen working time".)

Bloomberg (D) (2): Not reduce for this (2):

oh we are going to measure their heights from the neck quickly sufficient

– The monkey of God (@simiadei) February 13, 2020

Bloomberg (D) (three): "The Bloomberg impact: native campaigns are ravenous" (The Intercept). "Bloomberg's spending has a stunning disruptive impact on Democratic politics throughout the nation: it’s hiring armies of workers and canvassers in virtually each state within the nation at staggering salaries, poaching expertise. different progressive campaigns and organizations that at the moment are struggling to fill jobs. In simply three months, the Bloomberg marketing campaign has employed 1000’s of individuals to rent over 125 places of work throughout the nation …. Progressive teams, native campaigns and presidential operations lose employees as a consequence of Bloomberg marketing campaign or have bother hiring folks as a result of former mayor selected so many political brokers and canvassers, in response to interviews, emails and messages from dozens of individuals concerned in hiring …. Wages paid to Bloomberg workers are properly above market charges, and infrequently come t with the included lodging, in addition to a laptop computer and an iPhone. An operator drawn to the Bloomberg New York workplace mentioned she noticed a seemingly infinite iPhone wall stacked like bricks so far as the attention may see. One other mentioned that Bloomberg had provided a job to an agent who didn’t settle for him, however who however acquired a marketing campaign laptop computer and iPhone within the mail, presumably by dint of momentum of integration. »• Why is it even authorized?

Bloomberg (D) (6): Redlining is nice, really:

It’s appalling and disqualifying.

In resurfaced pictures reported this night by @AP, @MikeBloomberg describes the elimination of the strains as a rational and prudent tactic – and blames the tip of this discriminatory follow in opposition to African-Individuals for the 2008 disaster. Pic.twitter. com / dWCGOKdtpP

– Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) February 13, 2020

Bloomberg (D) (5): "How NYCHA is main, restore scams began below the watchful eye of Bloomberg" (The Metropolis). "In his final yr as mayor of New York, Mike Bloomberg, who constructed his billions on a data-driven information enterprise, ordered town's Housing Authority to considerably scale back an enormous backlog of purposes repairs for tenants. However whereas some municipal and federal officers have been skeptical whereas NYCHA mentioned the variety of pending claims had dropped by 75%, from 420,000 to 106,000 in a single yr, Bloomberg by no means publicly questioned them. Authority figures, in response to a overview of THE CITY … Prosecutors found that NYCHA had illegally halted condominium inspections required to cut back the variety of new requests – and marked practically 200,000 pending requests as " closed 'with none work being completed. "A major a part of the discount in NYCHA's backlog merely concerned eradicating the required work from the books – primarily by illegally suspending all annual condominium inspections for 2 years and discovering different methods to govern its numbers. work orders, "wrote attorneys for the Manhattan workplace, US legal professional Geoffrey Berman. yr. Along with the false job ticket blitz, it was throughout Bloomberg's tenure that, in response to prosecutors, NYCHA executives started to wrongly certify that they have been performing the required lead paint inspections – a a follow that continued till 2016 below the management of his successor, Invoice de Blasio. »•

Bloomberg (D) (6): I don't assume this anecdote means what Frum thinks it means:

This anecdote reveals an consciousness that one may solely want was shared by wealthier folks. This is probably not relatable, however it’s reassuring, definitely in comparison with the grotesques of the present chief ploutocrat – eh, Mr. @GOP Director of the fast response?

– David Frum (@davidfrum) February 13, 2020

A servant lets his mistress win? Completely relatable!

Buttigieg (D) (1): "Union president accuses Pete Buttigieg of" perpetuating this gross delusion "about union well being care:" It’s offensive "" (Newsweek). "Sara Nelson, president of the Flight Attendant Affiliation, strongly criticized the Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday, arguing that he was perpetuating a" gross delusion "in regards to the well being care of union staff …" That is offensive and harmful. Cease perpetuating this gross delusion. Not all union members have union well being plans that defend them. Those that have it, should struggle like hell to maintain it. If you happen to consider in Labor, then you’ll perceive that an harm to at least one individual is an harm to all, "wrote the union president. “For-profit well being care doesn't work, @PeteButtigieg. It kills folks and places staff in monetary spoil. The entire nation is aware of this, ”she added in a follow-up tweet. “Collective bargaining is about downside fixing. Don’t use unions to advertise division – that is solely good for profiteers. »»

UPDATE Buttigieg (D) (2): "Pete Buttigieg and the issue of veteran democrats" (La Nouvelle République). "Whereas the Democratic Get together has led dozens of veteran candidates for the reason that begin of Perpetually Wars, most of them have misplaced. The final time the social gathering really organized veterans as voters, campaigners and marketing campaign volunteers was through the 2004 presidential race of Vietnamese veteran John Kerry, whereas public opposition to the struggle in Iraq had elevated. Even within the historic blue wave of 2006, amid public dissatisfaction with the Iraq struggle, solely 5 of the social gathering's 49 extremely boastful Combating Dems veterans received their races in Congress. Within the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats and VoteVets redeployed a Combating Dems technique, however in a powerful social gathering election, of the 38 head-to-head clashes led by veteran Democrats, once more, solely 5 received. The truth is, "there isn’t a systematic profit to veterans on election day," in response to political scientist Jeremy Teigen: a candidate's army service is much much less necessary than seniority, shopping for commercials and gerrymandering. "

Klobuchar (D) (1): "Certainly one of Klobuchar's greatest backers is" the worst enterprise on the planet "" (Every day Beast). "However whereas the Minnesota senator has managed to show her grandfather's job in an Iron Vary mine into a real working class, a few of Klobuchar's long-standing important supporters are billionaires and firms from one Billion . The largest of them: Cargill, the agriculture large and the biggest non-public firm in the US, which donated a small fortune in marketing campaign contributions throughout Klobuchar's political profession. "• Cargill is a busy enterprise. In addition they assist burn the Amazon rainforest (no matter their PR says).

Sanders (D) (2): "" That is what panic appears like: "The Sanders workforce responds after criticism from Wall Avenue" (Guardian). "Bernie Sanders' marketing campaign accused" the elite of Wall Avenue "of panicking after one in all its important personalities attacked the presidential candidate after two consecutive victories within the nomination course of. In a Twitter article on Tuesday, Lloyd Blankfein, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, mentioned that the election of Sanders "would scare off" the US economic system and delight Russia. "• And the (*** kiss from the chief ***):" Blankfein, a registered Democrat, supported Hillary Clinton within the final election. "

Sanders (D) (three): "Sanders: there’s a distinction between" my socialism and Trump's socialism "" (Axios). Sanders: "In some ways, in the present day we’re a socialist society. … Donald Trump, earlier than being president, as a personal businessman, he acquired $ 800 million in tax breaks and grants to construct luxurious housing in New York. … The distinction between my socialism and Trump's socialism is that I feel the federal government ought to assist working households, not billionaires. "

Sanders (R) (four): "Bernie Sanders' path to the nomination was traced by Trump four years in the past" (CNN). "Like Trump, Sanders can even not must get nearly all of the votes within the primaries and caucuses to win the nomination. Even when he continues to win primaries by small margins, and even rank second or third in a few of them, Sanders can baffle the delegates like Trump did. The longer Sanders' center-left opponents keep within the race, the higher for him…. In the meantime, these different candidates – Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren – discover themselves in a spot just like Trump's challengers in 2016. The campaigns and tremendous PACs of assist for Cruz, Rubio, Bush and Kasich are are targeted on the pursuit of one another, whereas being comparatively intact through the first primaries. "

Sanders UPDATE (D) (5): A pleasant cry:

So @davidsirota was working at CAP and an enormous milestone for him was when he was largely alone on the planet of DC assume tanks to oppose Joe Biden's chapter invoice in 2005.

It took him 15 years, however he took his revenge by placing Biden out of the race.

– Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) February 13, 2020

Present that it’s doable to flee CAP with its integrity intact. (And it ought to be famous that two political stumbles – Warren on #MedicareForAll and Biden on social safety – have been punished, though not one of the consultants point out it.)

Trump (R) (1): "Hope Hicks To Return To White Home as Senior Adviser" (HuffPo). • Apparently for Kushner. I’ve all the time had a comfortable spot for Hicks, since she instructed a reporter that she was not accessible for a phone interview as a result of she was taking a nap, on the days when the Trump marketing campaign places of work at Trump Tower have been, IIRC, basically wall panel. . I additionally assume Hicks has a moderating affect on Trump's mood, which is an efficient factor given the way in which we organized the struggle powers.

UPDATE Trump (R) (2): "Larry Ellison is doing one thing unthinkable for a tech titan: organizing a fundraiser for Donald Trump" (Recode). "Ellison will host Trump at his Coachella Valley, California property subsequent week for a" golf outing and reception, "in response to a replica of the invitation obtained from the native newspaper, Desert Solar. Tickets quantity to 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 . The occasion will happen on Wednesday at Ellison's non-public property at Rancho Mirage, in response to a replica of the invitation, on a golf course the place he performed with Barack Obama – Ellison – way more comfy with the shows of opulence than many different tech billionaires – is a prodigious actual property purchaser in southern California. ”• Candy!

Warren (D) (1): On Bloomberg's ridiculous assertion on housing and the accident (see above):

We have to take concrete motion to cope with the impression of the redlining and the subprime mortgage disaster. I constructed an workplace at @CFPB to sort out mortgage discrimination and my housing plan helps households within the previously demarcated areas purchase a home and construct wealth.

– Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 13, 2020

These two tweets present what annoyed me about Warren from the beginning: assertion of the sturdy downside, technocratic resolution of weak tea. An workplace "? As an alternative of utterly breaking the large banks?

Yang (D) (1): "A visible historical past of #YangMediaBlackout" (Vocal). "In June 2019, I tweeted in regards to the newest obtrusive instance from MSNBC excluding Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang from their continued protection of 2020 presidential candidates. There had been earlier examples, however c & Was the worst as far as they’d footage of the 20 candidates who have been going to be within the early debates, and as a substitute of together with Yang as one in all them, they included somebody who was not even going to be there. I then began so as to add every new instance as a brand new reply, and this present thread has now been coated over and over with every new instance as a source of entertaining nonsense. • MSNBC, a principal offender, in fact.

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"Bernie wins New Hampshire and" Klobucharge "is actual" (Will Cormier, The Sports activities Geek (farmboy)) "" (Klobuchar) the latest efficiency of the talk has earned Klobuchar dramatic will increase in polls and donations, making Minnesota senator a respectable challenger for the already crowded average lane. Warren and Biden every completed with lower than 10% of the vote, which exhibits that the "Klobucharge" got here at their expense than that of Mayor Pete. "• Price properly value studying. A betting web site!

UPDATE: Readers could bear in mind the Artist Taxi Driver from our Brexit cowl:

New Hampshire, the American Dream Group @ninaturner @AOC @CornelWest @MMFlint @BernieSanders and all these I’ve met who welcomed me .. I come again to London full of pleasure and spirit of hope that Bernie can ship one other world is feasible 🌈🌍🦋🦊 🐝

– ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) February 13, 2020

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A wonderful overview of murine carnality within the Silver State. thread:

The confusion across the Culinary Staff Union pamphlet is simply one other of a protracted collection of cynical media-led efforts to make Bernie Sanders look impolite to low-income voters of shade. and the working class. On this case, Latinx voters.


– Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) February 13, 2020

Oppo on the administration of culinary staff (1):



The Nevada Culinary Union secretary / treasurer – who posted this false assertion about Sanders and M4A – can be a member of the board of administrators of Neera Tanden's enterprise assume tank.

However wait, there may be extra! (1/three)

h / t @ You2mars

– Samuel D. Finkelstein II (@CANCEL_SAM) February 13, 2020

Reverse on Harry Reid's good good friend within the course of the culinary employee:

Spoiler alert: her father was within the Nicaraguan military they usually needed to flee the Sandinstas, so she was by no means going to assist Bernie anyway

– Phalanx (@AKAPhalanx) February 13, 2020

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"Troy Value, chief of the Iowa Democratic Get together, resigns after caucus debacle" (New York Instances). Till the tip: "Sean Bagniewski, the president of the Polk County Democratic Get together, which incorporates Des Moines, mentioned that consolation between the leaders, sellers and candidates of state events doesn’t was not from Mr. Value. "I feel it has been like this for a while," he mentioned. “It's a bit just like the small households that management the oil international locations. You could have entry to the assets that everybody needs, and also you kind of develop into your individual little kingdom of consultants and advisers. "• So what did you do about it?


Realignment and legitimacy

"Greater than 75% of Democrats would assist a socialist for the president: Gallup

(Frequent Desires). "A brand new Gallup ballot exhibiting that almost all Individuals wouldn’t be able to vote for a socialist additionally discovered that an awesome majority of Democratic voters mentioned they’d assist a candidate like Senator Bernie Sanders, who Greater than three-quarters of Democratic voters polled – 76% – instructed Gallup they’d assist a presidential candidate recognized as socialist. Numerous unbiased voters mentioned they’re main nationwide polls. ; they’d assist such a candidate, with 45% saying so, whereas solely 17% of Republicans mentioned the identical. Total, 45% of the 1,033 respondents mentioned they’d assist a socialist within the ballot, which had a margin of error of 4 proportion factors. "• Outstanding, even when overestimated." Change for extra of the identical! "

"The most recent progressive financial coverage goals to stabilize the US labor market – and it appears very very like the army" (Enterprise Insider). "A job assure additionally has distinct benefits over concepts like UBI. Moderately than merely transferring earnings, main capital tasks like infrastructure might be constructed as tasks that safe jobs which, in flip, would enhance the productive capability of the American economic system …. In different phrases, the federal government is already bidding overtly for a good portion of the workforce of non-college youth at $ 13 to $ 15 an hour. Our troopers, all volunteers, don’t have any cap by way of recruitment and usually have bother getting the numbers they want. Admittedly, the job description carries a considerable danger of bodily hurt and a bundle of advantages which have dropped troopers in recent times. However is the essential job provide operate actually that completely different from a job assure? There isn’t any cause why we can not embrace a discount in social isolation, the supply of fundamental providers and the upkeep of financial stability as targets simply as necessary as these achieved by army. "

"The US army will not be prepared for a constitutional disaster" (L & # 39; Atlantique). "I spent 9 years in energetic service in the US Navy. I served as an plane commander, led fight reconnaissance groups and taught naval historical past. However the very first thing I did after I joined the army, the act that fulfilled my obligation, was to take an oath to assist and defend the Structure. How unusual, then, that regardless of all of my coaching, the thousands and thousands of taxpayer spent educating me easy methods to fly, steer and train, not as soon as did I obtain significant directions on the doc to which I had promised my life. "

Stats Watch

The Bezzle: "Tesla Fields a Recent SEC Investigation After One other Probe Ends" (Bloomberg). "On December four, the identical day that the company closed its second investigation into the electrical automotive maker in as a few years, the SEC despatched a subpoena to inquire a couple of new set of questions, "Tesla mentioned in a regulatory temporary Thursday. The regulator is learning "sure monetary information and sure contracts, together with Tesla's common financing agreements", in response to the corporate. Because the SEC closed its investigation into Musk's statements concerning the abolition of Tesla and Mannequin three manufacturing charges, the Justice Division additionally thought of these questions. "

The Bezzle: "Wayfair is shedding 550 workers, together with 350 in Boston" (Boston Globe). "Wayfair, the quickest rising tech firm within the metropolis, introduced Thursday that it’s shedding 550 staff worldwide, its chief government admitting that the corporate had grown too shortly and had develop into ineffective at one level the place its super gross sales development was exhibiting indicators of slowing. The corporate mentioned it was shedding 350 folks at its Boston headquarters, and a complete of three p.c of its international workforce…. Nonetheless, Wayfair has nonetheless not made a revenue. Its leaders have lengthy argued that regardless of a protracted historical past of losses, the corporate is in a development mode, investing closely in its provide chain infrastructure and its European growth efforts. As a rule, the members of its board of administrators and its administration workforce will level to Amazon as their mannequin, which for years has channeled its revenues in direction of development and has did not generate income. of income. However Wayfair's critics shortly level out that the corporate will not be Amazon – promoting furnishings is way more tough than delivering books and boots – and what's extra, Amazon is now positioning itself as one of many greatest opponents for Wayfair on-line. "

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At this time's Concern and Greed Index: 58 Greed (earlier shut: 60 Greed) (CNN). Per week in the past: 63 (greed). (zero is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final replace on February 13 at 12:34 p.m.

The biosphere

"Standing of Spring" (Nationwide Phenology Community). "How are you aware when spring began? Is it the looks of the primary tiny leaves on bushes or the primary crocus crops peeping by means of the snow? The First Leaf and First Bloom indices are artificial measures of those early season occasions in crops, based mostly on latest temperature situations. These fashions permit us to observe the development of early spring throughout the nation. "For instance:" The spring foliage arrived within the Southeast, greater than three weeks sooner than the long run common (1981-2010) in some locations. Charlottesville, VA, 24 days prematurely, Knoxville, TN, 20 days prematurely, and Nashville, TN, 18 days prematurely. »• No phrenology, phenology.

"The temperature of Antarctica exceeds 20 ° C for the primary time on the disc" (Guardian). "These data should be confirmed by the World Meteorological Group, however they’re in keeping with a wider development on the peninsula and neighboring islands, which have warmed by virtually three ° C for the reason that pre-industrial period – one of many quickest charges on the planet. . Scientists, who gather information from distant monitoring stations each three days, described the brand new document as "unbelievable and irregular." "We’re observing the warming development in lots of the websites we monitor, however we have now by no means seen something prefer it," mentioned Carlos Schaefer, who works on Terrantar, a Brazilian authorities challenge that screens the impression of local weather change on permafrost and biology. at 23 websites in Antarctica. "

"Tiny Dancer: Scientists Spy on Bees Shaking Loot to Assist Protect" ( "Now we have lengthy identified that honey bees shake their backs to speak with one another in regards to the location of plots of high-value flowers, a type of reporting that scientists name" uneven dances ". A gaggle of American biologists has now decoded the importance of greater than 1,500 of those templates, offering conservation teams making an attempt to spice up the inhabitants of species in danger with new insights into their meals preferences …. The US honey bee inhabitants has declined by 40 % between April 2018 and April 2019 in response to a latest report, whereas the species is threatened by mysterious pathogens, parasites and pesticides. ”• Fantastic science, however our poor bees!

"Rail issues hit Canada's oil patch with booming shipments" (Bloomberg). "Canadian oil deliveries are booming once more as protesters block prepare strains within the newest setback for the rail-dependent crude oil business that was hit by a blazing derailment simply final week." • The title is greater than somewhat deceptive!

Well being care

"Because the coronavirus spreads, it's time to consider the subsequent epidemic" (Nature). "The march of the coronavirus reminds us as soon as once more that world leaders and philanthropic donors solely take note of epidemics when an an infection is at their doorstep. They need to acknowledge that the time has come to consider the subsequent epidemic. "Yeah.

"Coronavirus: Beijing purges the leaders of the Communist Get together in Hubei following the response to the outbreaks" (South China Morning Publish). "The purge of Beijing officers in Hubei Province has accelerated with the withdrawal of key Communist Get together leaders from the area because the central authorities reacted to public anger over what is taken into account sloppy administration Coronavirus epidemic kicks in. China's official information company Xinhua mentioned Hubei social gathering secretary Jiang Chaoliang had been changed by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong, 61, a detailed ally of Chinese language President Xi Jinping: Wuhan Metropolis Communist Get together Chief Ma Guoqiang, 56, Has Additionally Misplaced His Job, Xinhua mentioned, shall be changed by Jinan Metropolis Get together Secretary Wang Zhonglin, 57 , in jap Shandong province. One other Beijing heavyweight, Chen Yixin, was flown to Hubei final week. He’s the pinnacle of the social gathering's supreme regulation enforcement company – the Co mmission centrale des affaires politiques et juridiques – et est désormais chargé de gérer l’épidémie. »

«Coronavirus: la Chine signale 254 décès en une journée alors que les cas augmentent après avoir inclus des sufferers diagnostiqués cliniquement» (South China Morning Publish). "La Fee nationale de la santé de la Chine a signalé 59 804 cas confirmés de coronavirus mercredi – après une augmentation de 15 152 nouveaux cas en raison d'un changement dans les critères de diagnostic." • Voir au dessus; semble qu'ils nettoient le bilan pour donner une nouvelle desk à la nouvelle course.

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«three propositions de facturation shock comparées côte à côte» (Well being Care Dive). • Poste utile de tableau de comparaison. Mais pourquoi y a-t-il une facturation?

Level de basculement de l'injustice noire

«Quarante acres et une mule» (PDF) (Walter Fleming, The North American Assessment). "Pendant plusieurs années après la fin de la guerre civile, les nègres du Sud pensaient que les propriétés des Blancs devaient être confisquées par le gouvernement de Washington, et que chaque chef de famille nègre obtiendrait des biens ainsi confisqués" quarante acres et un mulet. »Certains vieux nègres croient encore que la propriété familiale et le mulet leur seront donnés. Cette croyance a souvent été ridiculisée, surtout ces dernières années, comme le rêve enfantin d'un peuple ignorant; automotive il est supposé que le nègre n'avait aucune raison d'attendre des terres et des shares du gouvernement. Le however de cet article est de montrer que les attentes des Noirs étaient justifiées par les politiques du gouvernement et les actions de ses brokers, et aussi de montrer que les coquins ont profité de ces attentes pour escroquer les affranchis ignorants. » • A partir de 1906, toujours pertinent.

«L'assassinat de Malcolm X fait l'objet d'une nouvelle enquête après des questions posées dans une série Netflix» (CNN). "Le bureau du procureur du district de Manhattan a annoncé lundi qu'il réexaminerait l'affaire après la révélation de nouvelles informations. Il travaille également avec le projet Innocence, un organisme à however non lucratif qui œuvre pour disculper les condamnés à tort…. “ Compte tenu de l'significance historique de cette affaire et du fait que notre shopper a 81 ans, nous sommes particulièrement encouragés que M. Vance ait affecté deux procureurs très respectés, Peter Casolaro et Charles King, pour travailler sur cette nouvelle enquête '', Innocence Le co-fondateur et conseiller spécial du projet, Barry Scheck, a déclaré dans un communiqué. »

Notre célèbre presse gratuite

«McClatchy dépose le bilan pour réduire les coûts de l'héritage imprimé et passer rapidement au numérique» (McClatchy). "McClatchy Co. a déposé son bilan jeudi, une décision qui mettra fin au contrôle familial de la deuxième plus grande société de presse locale américaine et la remettra aux créanciers qui ont exprimé leur soutien au journalisme indépendant. Le dépôt du chapitre 11 permettra à McClatchy de restructurer ses dettes et, espère-t-il, de se débarrasser d'une grande partie de ses obligations au titre des pensions. Selon un plan décrit dans son file déposé auprès d'un tribunal fédéral de faillite, environ 60% de sa dette serait éliminée alors que l'organisation de presse tente de se repositionner pour un avenir numérique. Les nouveaux propriétaires probables, si le tribunal accepte le plan, seraient dirigés par le fonds de couverture Chatham Asset Administration LLC. Ils exploiteraient McClatchy en tant qu'entreprise privée. » • Oh génial. McClatchy, alors Knight Ridder, était le seul organisme de presse à avoir publié l'histoire des armes de destruction large en Irak. Le Publish et le Instances non seulement se sont trompés, mais se sont propagés honteusement pour cela et ont publié de fausses histoires. Et ainsi les vertueux sont punis, et les coupables sont récompensés.


«Steam: le plus grand saut d'utilisateurs de la réalité virtuelle a eu lieu le mois dernier» (Ars Technica). «Steam, le marché des jeux de Valve, comprend une fonction d’enquête sur le matériel opt-in, et les résultats sont publiés sous forme de pourcentages des utilisateurs interrogés sur une base mensuelle. Vous trouverez tous les mois toutes sortes de données sur les ordinateurs connectés à Steam, y compris les systèmes d'exploitation, les cartes vidéo, les systèmes VR, and so on. Dans ce dernier cas, ce chiffre est compté pour tous les utilisateurs de Steam, par opposition à une statistique moins utile comme «70% des followers de VR préfèrent le produit A, 30% le produit B.» Nous étions intrigués (mais pas surpris) de voir un bond dans les appareils VR connectés pour le mois de décembre 2019. C'est la saison des fêtes, après tout, et il est raisonnable de s'attendre à ce que les livraisons de casques du Père Noël affectent les données. Ce qui nous a surpris, c'est la croissance proceed de cette mesure au cours du mois suivant – et statistiquement significative, à ce niveau. » • Comme je le répète, optez pour une longue distance sociale.

Lutte des courses

«Des paperwork internes montrent remark Amazon a choisi la vitesse plutôt que la sécurité dans la building de son réseau de distribution» (Professional Publica). «Alors qu’ils se préparaient à la ruée vers les vacances de l’année dernière, les responsables d’Amazon ont dévoilé un plan visant à faire du réseau de livraison tentaculaire de l’entreprise le plus sûr au monde. Amazon, qui expédie des thousands and thousands de colis par jour aux foyers et aux entreprises à travers l'Amérique, a connu une série d'accidents mortels impliquant des camionnettes effectuant ces livraisons au cours des dernières années. Améliorer la sécurité, selon le plan, était «la plus grande opportunité d'Amazon». Un élément clé de la proposition était un cours de cinq jours qui ferait passer les nouveaux conducteurs à des évaluations sur route supervisées par une organisation extérieure avec quatre décennies d'expérience dans la formation des conducteurs. Mais le cours de conduite défensive ne s'est pas concrétisé. Au milieu de la précipitation de ce qui allait devenir la saison de vacances la plus occupée d'Amazon, la classe a été opposée son veto. With greater than a billion packages delivery in a span of six weeks, the corporate wanted to place drivers to work virtually as quickly as they have been employed, inner paperwork present.” • All so Bezos can purchase one other home…

“The Different Gender Hole” (Inside Increased Ed). After a litany of different issues: “At this time, girls earn 57.four p.c of Bachelor levels, 58.four p.c of Grasp’s levels, and of 52,eight p.c of Doctoral levels. Taking Affiliate’s, Bachelor’s, Grasp’s, and Doctorate’s collectively, girls girls have earned 13 million extra levels than males since 1982. Penalties of this gender attainment hole would possibly properly embrace a dwindling pool of marriageable males and mounting anger and alienation among the many rising variety of younger males who really feel reduce off from the alternatives to realize a middle-class way of life. The gender hole in unlawful, anti-social, and counter-productive conduct has been defined in lots of conflicting methods, together with the infamous and grossly exaggerated declare that that anti-male prejudice has contributed to a “struggle in opposition to boys.” Neither is there a lot proof to assist the declare that video video games, hip hop, a “school-ain’t-cool” ethic inside boy tradition, or female-dominated faculties clarify these gender variations. Not too long ago, an excessive amount of emphasis has been positioned on the position of “hegemonic” or “poisonous” masculinity — the dictate that manliness requires a boy or man to suppress feelings, masks misery, refuse to confess vulnerability or neediness, and be bodily sturdy, aggressive, and aggressive. However such a constricted conception of masculinity does little, by itself, to assist us perceive tutorial underperformance and what to do to fight that.

Information of the Wired

“Individuals Born Blind Are Mysteriously Protected From Schizophrenia” (Vice). “An individual who was born blind doesn’t have the visible inputs to assist form their mannequin of the world. They need to construct it with their different senses—a mannequin of the world that (Tim Pollak and Phil Corlett) argue might be extra secure.”

“The Economics of Maps” (Journal of Financial Views). “We then discover the financial implications of a central perception from cartography that “a map will not be the territory” (Korzybski 1933, 750). Maps are basically a illustration of bodily house completely different from floor reality. We argue that representations showing on a map usually are not an objectively “greatest” option to characterize a geography, however as a substitute mirror the targets, incentives, constraints, and decisions of map producers, which themselves rely on explicit financial and strategic environments. We endogenize the method of cartographic illustration and make clear key financial dimensions which affect representational decisions. Particularly, we look at: (1) the prices of mapmaking, (2) the character of demand for maps, (three) mental property and the aggressive atmosphere, (four) the position of innovation in mapmaking expertise, and (5) incentives of mapmaking organizations or people.” • Do we have now an cartographers within the readership?

“Stolen bonsai bushes value 1000’s mysteriously return to Washington museum” (Information-Tribune). “Two historic bonsai bushes have been stolen Sunday from the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Method, the museum mentioned in a information launch. They have been prone to die in the event that they weren’t returned, museum officers mentioned. Fortuitously for the museum and the bushes, they have been returned Tuesday, a information launch mentioned…. ‘These bushes have been cared for day-after-day for greater than 70 years, and if that day by day care doesn’t proceed the bushes will die,’ (Museum Curator Aarin Packard) mentioned when the bushes have been taken. ‘These historic, dwelling artistic endeavors are the results of the care supplied by a number of generations.'” • Excellent news!

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