Talk is cheap: Trump will claim big win from his new best friends the Chinese. If you believe that, I’ve got a bankrupt Atlantic City casino to sell you. While the jackass-in-chief is making America safe for coal, China has been at work for years on a plan to dominate the world in 7 key industries.
> alternative energy
> new-generation information technology
> high-end equipment manufacturing
> advanced materials
> new energy technologies
Facebook’s founding president:
God knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains Axios
“The thought process that went into building these applications was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’
“And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post.
“It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.
The inventors understood this consciously. And we did it anyway.
Since Amazon needs all the help it can get, Congress sets up a special law to help the struggling business survive. Gosh almighty. The Hill
Lawmakers put the finishing touches this week on military funding legislation that contains a provision that stands to significantly benefit Amazon.
The amendment, Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would help Amazon establish a tight grip on the lucrative, $53 billion government acquisitions market, experts say.
The provision, dubbed the “Amazon amendment” would create an online portal that government employees could use to purchase items such as office supplies or furniture.
Driverless bus launches in Vegas, crashes on first night Newser
The “other driver” is blamed, of course. In that way, robots are no different than humans. So in the future we might anticipate claims that it’s “the other robot’s fault.”
Spacey cut from film, replacement scenes in works NPR
Kevin Spacey is reportedly being cut from an already finished film and his scenes re-shot with another actor. The move has been described as unprecedented.
Spacey had completed filming in the role of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty for Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, set for release on Dec. 22. Scott will re-shoot Spacey’s scenes with the older actor Christopher Plummer, and the director expects to still make the release date.
TSA fails 80% of tests in undercover operation at airports ABC News
In recent undercover tests of multiple airport security checkpoints by the Department of Homeland Security, inspectors said screeners, their equipment or their procedures failed more than half of the time, according to a source familiar with the classified report.
When ABC News asked the source familiar with the report if the failure rate was 80 percent, the response was, “You are in the ballpark.”
Colorado woman can’t pay $55 fee, spends 27 days in jail Denver Post
A Colorado Springs woman who has a newborn child was jailed for 27 days because she couldn’t pay an unrelated pretrial court processing fee of $55 despite a judge’s order that she be released on her own recognizance, a civil lawsuit says.
In its attempt to recoup the $55 cost of pretrial services, El Paso County spent about $2,400 holding Jasmine Still.
Sports broadcaster Costas: Football may collapse like a house of cards Newser
Bob Costas says football, at least as we know it, may soon “collapse like a house of cards” because of one “fundamental fact”: “This game destroys people’s brains.” USA Today reports the Emmy award-winning sports broadcaster and former host of Football Night in America called the decline of the NFL as a “cash machine” the biggest story in American sports while speaking Tuesday at the University of Maryland.
Trump’s minions plot revenge on CNN The Independent
Because the Federals have been so, so very vigilant about mergers and acquisitions, always protecting the interests of the American people against monopoly power.
Boston Patriots owner revealed as owner of offshore firm The Guardian
The 76-year-old chairman of the reigning Super Bowl champions is identified deep within a June 2012 file as the owner of a holding company and bank accounts on the Atlantic tax haven of Bermuda.
Robert Kraft is one of several owners of major US sports teams to appear in the leak through involvement in firms in tax havens. Wealthy bosses at franchises in the NFL, NBA and NHL are named in the leaked files as senior figures at firms incorporated in zero-tax jurisdictions such as Bermuda, the Bahamas and Barbados. Several have, like Kraft, made significant donations to political campaigns at home.
Also named among the leaked files are the NBA team owners Micky Arison of the Miami Heat and Steve Pagliuca of the Boston Celtics, along with Peter Karmanos of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team.
FEMA gives up, offers to airlift Puerto Ricans to mainland The Daily Beast
FEMA is offering to airlift hurricane victims in Puerto Rico to temporary housing on the United States mainland, nearly two months after the island was pummeled by a monstrous storm. At least 3,000 people remain in shelters on the island.
Forests better at regeneration when left alone Courthouse News Service
Despite concerns that natural forest regeneration has limited conservation value, a report published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances suggests that the spontaneous recovery of tropical forests is generally a more effective strategy both in terms of cost and pace of recuperation.
The new findings challenge the widely held notion that human intervention – planting seedlings – should be the default strategy for healing damaged forests.