SO THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE IS WORKING: “North Korea apparently is so confused by President Donald Trump that it’s asking US experts for help understanding him.”
FOSSBYTES: “…With the complete rollout of Google Feed, the users have got more control over what they can read about in Feed. Now, right from the search results, one can choose which topics to follow. In some cases, you’ll see a new Follow button, which can be used to add topics to your Feed. After that, based on your search history and engagement with Google products, you’ll be served news stories. Right from the Feed, you can unfollow the topics. Further, in the article, I’ll tell you how to use Google Feed and its different features…” [h/t Pete Weiss]
Prolonged sitting could lead to an early death, study finds
Revolutionary Possibility Jacobin. From China Miéville’s October: “Those who count themselves on the side of the revolution must engage with these failures and crimes. To do otherwise is to fall into apologia, special pleading, hagiography – and to run the risk of repeating such mistakes. […] The standard of October declares that things changed once, and they might do so again.”
The paper estimates long run social mobility in Australia 1870–2017 tracking the status of rare surnames. The status information includes occupations from electoral rolls 1903–1980, and records of degrees awarded by Melbourne and Sydney universities 1852–2017. Status persistence was strong throughout, with an intergenerational correlation of 0.7–0.8, and no change over time. Notwithstanding egalitarian norms, high immigration and a well-targeted social safety net, Australian long-run social mobility rates are low. Despite evidence on conventional measures that Australia has higher rates of social mobility than the UK or USA (Mendolia and Siminski, 2016), status persistence for surnames is as high as that in England or the USA. Mobility rates are also just as low if we look just at mobility within descendants of UK immigrants, so ethnic effects explain none of the immobility.
Walmart is testing a service that delivers groceries straight to your fridge when you’re not home.On Friday, the retail giant announced a partnership with August Home, a smart-lock startup, that would allow a delivery person to enter customers’ orders and put groceries away in their refrigerators…Delivery drivers will have a one-time passcode that allows them to unlock the August smart lock if customers do not answer the door when the delivery team arrives to drop off groceries. They will then drop off packages in the foyer, unload groceries in the fridge, and leave — with the door locking behind them.Customers get a notification when the driver rings the doorbell. August home-security cameras allow them to watch the entire process from the app if they wish.
Cops should get more sleep
The idea of the public interest is central to public administration, but its exact meaning is hard to pin down. Recent events show it’s about more than just compliance.
More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative Consortim News(UserFriendly)Discover Which Corporations are the Biggest Regulatory Violators Throughout the United States – Now with data back to 2000
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Texas lawmaker spent $51K on online psychic.
Discover Where Corporations are Getting Taxpayer Assistance Across the United States
Subsidy award entries: 540,000 (341,000 state/local; 199,000 federal)
Subsidy programs: 974 (836 state/local; 138 federal)
Parent companies covered: 2,844
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Today's the day to pause complaining about FOI burdens and celebrate what an informed citizenry can do to help public services.
In the future of payments, every device is a payment device. New payment technologies will enable citizens to interact with you through the channel of their own choosing.
Government boards have become confused about their role in the public sector: "They don't know who the shareholder is."