The latitude idea of using networked technology as a tool of governance in China “goes back to at least the mid-1980s.”
Vaccinations aren’t halal. BuzzFeed
Texting can lead to better customer service than calling, but be careful about your privacy.
The Washington Post
The author of The Horse Whisperer has another story of manic family drama and epic landscapes—but it's true.
Study shows air pollution may be causing cognitive decline in people MedicalXpress See also: Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals Guardian
On Twitter, @InstantSunrise wrote an entertaining thread “in which I drag every single US president in order”. She starts off with The Founding Fathers
Call me old-fashioned, but the more I travel, the less I depend on algorithms. In a world obsessed with efficiency, I find myself adding friction to my travel experience. I’ve shifted away from digital recommendations, and towards human ones.For all the buzz about landmarks and sightseeing, I find that immersive, local experiences reveal the surprising, culturally-specific ways of living and thinking that make travel educational. We over-rate the importance of visiting the best-places and under-rate the importance of connecting with the best people. If you want to learn about a culture, nothing beats personalized time with a passionate local who can share the magic of their culture with you.There’s one problem with this strategy: this kind of travel doesn’t scale. It’s in efficiency and doesn’t conform to the 80/20 rule. It’s unpredictable and things could go wrong.Travel — when done right — is challenging. Like all face-to-face interaction, it’s inefficient. The fact that an experience can’t be found in a guidebook is precisely what makes it so special. Sure, a little tip helps — go here, go there; eat here, eat there; stay here, stay there — but at the end of the day, the great pleasures of travel are precisely what you can’t find on Yelp.Algorithms are great at giving you something you like, but terrible at giving you something you love. Worse, by promoting familiarity, algorithms punish culture.
Politico op-ed: It Would Take Exactly One Senator to Get Trump’s Taxes, by George Yin (Virginia):
HMRC paid informants more than £343,000 last year for providing
information on potential tax evasion, down from a peak of £605,000 in 2015, but
still a potential ethical challenge according to City law firm RPC
The three illegal acts that may have helped Trump win the presidency
For more than 35 years, Dennis Hope has been selling land on the Moon. Hope registered a claim for the Moon in 1980 and, since the US government & the UN didn’t object, he figures he owns it (along with the other planets and moons in the solar system).
The end of the oceans The Monthly