Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Stelter writes the book on the MEdia Dragons

 “Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”

 ~ Paulo Coelho

IMPORTANT NEWS:  Sarah Hoyt: I Really Am Not Dead.

HE’LL PROBABLY BE BANNED FROM THE NEXT DEBATES: Andrew Yang becomes first Democratic candidate to condemn antifa attack on conservative journalist.

“Stick with Beer”: Why Counterfeit Booze Might Be Killing People in the Dominican Republic.

'Unacceptable': UK summons Chinese ambassador over Hong Kong comments

The Foreign Office said Ambassador Liu Xiaoming was called to a meeting over "unacceptable and inaccurate" comments relating to Hong Kong's protests.

Zdeněk Hřib: the Czech mayor who defied China

By refusing to expel a Taiwanese diplomat, the Prague mayor has joined the ranks of local politicians confronting contentious national policies

· Zdeněk Hřib had been Prague’s mayor for little more than a month when he came face-to-face with the Czech capital’s complex entanglement with China. ... Prague city council had, under the preceding mayor, signed a twin cities agreement with Beijing that explicitly recognised the one ...

It was informed by the old adage, "give me a child until he is seven, and I shall give you the man": the idea that by the time someone is seven years old, the defining traits of their character are set in stone

Up series director reflects on his grand social experiment and how Britain has changed

A black and white photo of children in the 60s playing on playground equipment, the image is dominated by three little girls.

1957 - 

British Legal Technology Forum 2020: “Cyber resilience – the ability to withstand both attacks on your computer network and attempts to steal valuable client data – is a business priority which an increasing number of legal firms in London and UK depend on us for year after year. The threat constantly evolves and grows – and legal firms are at particular peril. In this article, we look at the 6 biggest current threats as we perceive them…


The pseudonymous Cockburn of the London Spectator is obviously being sarcastic, but one of AOC’s Congressional cohorts isn’t: ‘We’re going to shut them down’! Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Stetson) says people who mock members of Congress online ‘should be prosecuted’ (video).

Wait until she discovers that pesky First Amendment.


First Monday – Volume 24, Number 7 – 1 July 2019 > Ruck “In 2016, the Internet Research Agency (IRA) deployed thousands of Twitter bots that released hundreds of thousands of English language tweets. It has been hypothesized that this affected public opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Identity in the Decentralized Web - Internet Archives Blog – “In July of 2018, more than 1000 people gathered at theDecentralized Web Summit to share the latest decentralized protocols for the Web. Over three days, groups took deep dives into the “roadblock” issues we must surmount to reach scale, including identity. The following report by Jim Nelson explains what identity might look like in a decentralized world…”

Stelter writes the book on the media — literally

CNN’s top media analyst is writing a book about cable news’ top primetime network. And, no, it’s not about CNN. It’s about Fox News. Axios first broke the story that Brian Stelter has already begun a book about Fox News in the age of Donald Trump. The book, as of yet untitled, is due out next year.
The publisher, One Signal, says the book will go “behind the scenes of a TV network and a White House merging in unprecedented fashion.”

21st-Century Poetry If we must have a Poet Laureate, then let it be Simon Armitage | Morning Star


New Yorker: On May 13, 1943, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The Allies suddenly found themselves saddled with nearly three hundred thousand prisoners of war, including the bulk of General Erwin Rommel’s famed Afrika Korps. Unable to feed or house their share, the British asked their American comrades to relieve them of the burden. And so, by the tens of thousands, German soldiers were loaded aboard Liberty Ships, which had carried American troops across the Atlantic. Eventually, some five hundred P.O.W. camps, scattered across forty-five of the forty-eight United States, housed some four hundred thousand men. In every one of those camps, the Geneva conventions were adhered to so scrupulously that, after the war, not a few of the inmates decided to stick around and become Americans themselves. That was extraordinary rendition, Greatest Generation style.
That’s the opening to a piece by Hendrik Hertzberg from 2011 and thus the piece is motivated neither by President Trump nor about separating children from their parents on the border. For that reason it is perhaps more relevant to these issues than otherwise. We can and have been worse but let no one say that we have not and cannot be better.

Google and the University of Chicago Are Sued Over Data Sharing

The New York Times – “When the University of Chicago Medical Center announced a partnership to share patient data with Google in 2017, the alliance was promoted as a way to unlock information trapped in electronic health records and improve predictive analysis in medicine. On Wednesday, the University of Chicago, the medical center and Google were sued in a potential class-action lawsuit accusing the hospital of sharing hundreds of thousands of patients’ records with the technology giant without stripping identifiable date stamps or doctor’s notes. The suit, filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, demonstrates the difficulties technology companies face in handling health data as they forge ahead into one of the most promising — and potentially lucrative — areas of artificial intelligence: diagnosing medical problems…”

National Press Club, via ABC
National Press Club Address by ABC Managing Director David Anderson.
Rob Manwaring, via The Conversation
Across the advanced industrial world, the centre-left largely remains in opposition. If it’s a story of decline, what’s driving it?
Evan Selinger, via Medium
Ethics boards must be guided by universal human rights and resist bad faith arguments about diversity and free speech.
Kelly Konya, via Grammarly
The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer ~ Thomas J. Watson

Will US Elites Give Détente With Russia a Chance? The Nation
Transcript: ‘All this fuss about spies … it is not worth serious interstate relations’ (interview) Vladimir Putin, FT
Exclusive: Western intelligence hacked ‘Russia’s Google’ Yandex to spy on accounts – sources Reuters