John Quiggin on Royal Commission
"This is an ideal time to double check questionable statistics, suspicious misquotes and inflammatory rhetoric. But first you have to be honest with yourself. Do you want the truth or do you want to believe mistruths?" — Columnist Jerry Davich in the Chicago Tribune
LESSON FROM THE DNC HACK: Forget About Internet Voting
The Politicization of Everything, The Weekly Standard (Aug. 1, 2016):
Last Saturday, fans of minimal government gathered for the New York Libertarian Party Convention, which was held in the ballroom of a decidedly unflashy Ukrainian restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village. The attendees, who ranged from shiny-shoed businessmen to scruffy survivalist-looking types, were there to vote for the presidential delegates who will travel to the party’s national gathering in Orlando later this month. At the Libertarian Convention, where blockchain evangelists dream of a perfect election
TIM BLAIR ON AMERICA’S FIRST WIFE
Following up on yesterday's post, Chodorow & Johnston: Trump's Wrong-Headed Call For Tax-Subsidized Politicization Of The Pulpit: Benjamin Leff (American), If Churches Really Want to Vindicate Their Right to Endorse a Candidate, It’s Easy for Them to Get into Court:Last week, attendees at the Republican National Convention applauded loudly when Donald Trump repeated his promise that if he’s elected president, he’ll work to end the ban on political-campaign activity by tax-exempt churches.
Crisis on high – At the top of the world a climate disaster is unfolding that will impact the lives of more than 1 billion people. By China correspondent Matthew Carney, photography by Wayne McAllister
“Deep in the Himalayas sits a remote research station that is tracking an alarming trend in climate change, with implications that could disrupt the lives of more than 1 billion people and pitch the most populated region of the world into chaos
The press is lucky to be in Philadelphia, not Istanbul
Really, AMA: declaring shootings a public health crisis at best a political stunt [Trevor Burrus]
When the Democratic National Committee discovered in April that its computer networks had been hacked, leaders there did not just alert government intelligence. They called CrowdStrike, a 5-year-old cybersecurity firm that makes millions of dollars from mercenary work sold with a promise: "We Stop Breaches." The contractor last month revealed what it had found: Two Russian intelligence groups, code-named Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, had spearheaded competing hacks over the past year using a barrage of malicious "implants" and "backdoors." CrowdStrike's experts knew the hackers well: They had also recently infiltrated the White House, State Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff. Their weapon of choice: the cybersecurity equivalent of "a neighborhood-watch program on steroids," said CrowdStrike co-founder George Kurtz. That same offering has helped the experts turn their young business into a juggernaut, with sales of $100 million this year.
Suburban lawmaker abruptly resigns, citing hacked social media accounts
The Cohort: I’m with [redacted]
Gregerious Michelle Rowland to lead broadband fight for Labor
REVEALED: HOW DNC STAFFERS UNDER DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ USED ANTI-GAY SLURS, mocked the name of an African-American assistant and created a sexist Craigslist job post to humiliate Donald Trump
To get a different perspective on the media, we went beyond New York. Way, way beyond
There is a literature on shame and voting behavior, though from what I can tell most of it concerns participation per se rather than the quality of electoral choice. Here is one striking sentence:
Pride motivates compliance with voting norms only amongst high-propensity voters, while shame mobilizes both high- and low-propensity voters
"Scott Walker (Not the SES) Just Put An Insane Person On His State's Supreme Court": Ian Millhiser has this post online at ThinkProgress
Philip Green's wife Tina could be booted out of Monaco over BHS scandal
More than 250 staffers at The Guardian have accepted buyouts
After DNC hack, the case for paper ballots. Are paper ballots really a superior technology to voting machines? Absolutely
"'Racially Discriminatory Intent' And Voter ID Laws": This evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered" contained this audio segment featuring law professor Rick Hasen, author of the "Election Law Blog"
"US Fourth Circuit overturns NC voter ID law": Anne Blythe of The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina has this report.
Alan Blinder of The New York Times reports that "Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Provision."
Ann E. Marimow of The Washington Post reports that "Appeals court strikes down North Carolina's voter-ID law."
Richard Wolf of USA Today reports that "North Carolina voting restrictions struck down."
The Associated Press has a report headlined "Appeals court: North Carolina voter ID law is discriminatory."
And Reuters reports that "North Carolina voter ID law struck down by U.S. appeals court."
You can access today's ruling of a partially divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit at this link.