Thursday, January 19, 2017

The New Cold War River

Goethe once wrote that where there is much light, there is also strong shadow...

How to avert catastrophe FT. “Listen to older people who have experienced catastrophes.” Mates, MEdia Dragon is here for you….

My next book won’t be the non-fiction Silicon Valley exposé we desperately need (but here’s what it will be) Paul Carr. Title suggestion: “The Bezzle.”

A Grim Fairy Tale Walter Kirn, Harpers (DG). Harper’s editor gives a nice, though understated, shout-out to NC, introduced to him by…. WaPo and PropOrNot, in their (defamatory) story:

The Problem With ‘Smart Cities’ American Conservative. Rick: “Promoting coops as as alternative form of capitalism, contrasted wit the” Metroplis “like techno eutopia desired by Silicon Valley and others.”

How Pure is Your Hate? Counterpunch 

“Grace Mugabe, the politically powerful wife of the aging president Robert Mugabe, has come up with a plan to settle a debt to China with 35 young elephants, eight lions, 12 hyenas and a giraffe.”  Link here

CRS report via FAS – Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief, Jim Zanotti, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. January 6, 2017

The Coup Before the Inauguration Jack Shafer, Politico
The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer The Intercept. Even if the “Deep State formulation were coherent, which it is not, I would dislike it for two reasons: It implies that the state is a monolith, and it implies that the state and civil society are distinct from each other in any other way than as objects of study (see Janine Wedel on Flex Nets). Conceptually, factional conflict in the ruling class will do just fine for me, even if it doesn’t have the earworm-like virulence and pseudo-profundity of “deep state.”

Opening ceremony of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games
Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire Politico. Alexandra Chalupa…
The story of the Trump dossier: secret sources, an airport rendezvous, and John McCain Guardian. Another dodgy dossier, a MacGuffin in a John LeCarré novel…
Christopher Steele, Ex-British Intelligence Officer, Said to Have Prepared Dossier on Trump WSJ. Assuming that intelligence officers can be “ex.” Read the whole thing.
Spy chief trashes leaks, assures Trump of loyalty Politico. Protesting too much, methinks.
Stop publishing unverified information, you numbskulls. Donald Trump feeds on your rumors LA Times. CNN published the rumor. Buzzfeed published the dossier behind the rumor, enabling readers to sort the rumor.

Facebook rolls out fake-news filtering service to Germany FT
Head of MI6 used information from Trump dossier in first public speech Independent
The greatest hackers of the first world war Spectator
CIA director warns Trump to watch what he says, be careful on Russia Reuters