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Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen’s Financial Records | The New Yorker
When suspicious-activity reports (SARs) go missing out of an official database, something is stinking to high heaven.
(next week followup: the official story is that the agent didn't have clearance, so they didn't appear in his search. Right.)
finance  corruption  2018  from:newyorker 
9 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Why the Climate Corporation Sold Itself to Monsanto | The New Yorker
It's interesting(if disturbing) to look back on this in 2017, and note how well his letter's point about "everyone accepts Google" has weathered since 2013. Are they[Climate] still managing to be doing good now?
(and as of 2018 with most major tech companies trying to get in bed with LEO and military, this letter reads as almost quaint and naive)
business  agriculture  article  from:newyorker  2013 
october 2017 by mechazoidal
Martha Nussbaum’s Moral Philosophies
"“What I am calling for,” Nussbaum writes, is “a society of citizens who admit that they are needy and vulnerable.”"
from:newyorker  essay  2017  philosophy 
september 2017 by mechazoidal
It Took a Village | The New Yorker
"The Voice was not on the cutting edge of anything except journalism. That, of course, is why it survived. [...] Still, more than other magazines and newspapers, the Voice was doing what the Internet does now long before there was an Internet. The Voice was the blogosphere—whose motto might be “Every man his own Norman Mailer”—and Craigslist fifty years before their time. The Voice also helped to create the romance of the journalistic vocation by making journalism seem a calling, a means of self-expression, a creative medium. It opened up an insecure and defensively self-important profession. Until its own success made it irresistible to buyers who imagined that they could do better with a business plan than its founders had done from desperation and instinct, it had the courage to live by its wits."
journalism  history  us  2009  article  from:newyorker 
august 2017 by mechazoidal
The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency
(un)surprisingly enought, it's Robert Mercer. A straight blueprint of 2016, noting how he:
- went in big with Citizens United
- boosted Breitbart(and Bannon) to their heights
- pumping cash into Strategic Communication Laboratories and Cambridge Analytica, along with encouraging using the Facebook data
- out-Koched the Koch brothers with the level of his spending.
- only backed Trump because he was "the only one with the resources and name recognition" after looking at the other 2016 candidates.
- boosted the "Government Accountability Institute" to exploit the lack of funding for most mainstream media's investigative reporting(ie, by digging up dirt and rumors and feeding them to reporters)

(also noted: his daughter Rebekah is just as much an influencer and enforcer, and was the one responsible for pushing the Koch brothers out)
politics  2016_populism  2017  article  from:newyorker 
august 2017 by mechazoidal
How Roger Ailes Degraded the Tone of Public Life in America
"I would distill Ailes’s genius down to the following formula: There is a person at a great distance from you who, simply by existing, insults your existence; therefore, that person does not have a right to exist. Ailes did more to degrade the tone of public life in America than anyone since Joseph McCarthy, and, even the day after his death, it is a struggle to write about him without borrowing from that tone."
from:newyorker  media  article 
may 2017 by mechazoidal
How To Be Good - The New Yorker
On Derek Parfit the philosopher, constantly attempting after 40-some years to prove that there is such a thing as moral truth. His psychology(problems with memory), life experiences, and lifetime work are all entwined in a fascinating triptych
philosophy  history  from:newyorker  longread  ethics 
april 2017 by mechazoidal
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds - The New Yorker
'But here they encounter the very problems they have enumerated. Providing people with accurate information doesn’t seem to help; they simply discount it. Appealing to their emotions may work better, but doing so is obviously antithetical to the goal of promoting sound science. “The challenge that remains,” they write toward the end of their book, “is to figure out how to address the tendencies that lead to false scientific belief.”'
psychology  from:newyorker  article 
march 2017 by mechazoidal
Donald Trump’s Worst Deal - The New Yorker
"The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard."
corruption  business  article  from:newyorker 
march 2017 by mechazoidal
Václav Havel’s Lessons on How to Create a “Parallel Polis” - The New Yorker
The author of "The Power of the Powerless": "According to Havel, true escape from despotism requires “living in truth,” which means not only refusing all participation in the regime of untruth but also rejecting all false refuge in the “small pleasures of everyday life.” He insisted that the individual “be bound to something higher, and capable of sacrificing something, in extreme cases even everything, of his banal, prosperous private life.” Contemptuous of professional political parties, which he derided for releasing “the citizen from all forms of concrete and personal responsibility,” Havel dreamed of an “informed, non-bureaucratic, dynamic, and open communities that comprise the ‘parallel polis.’ ”"
politics  organization  democracy  from:newyorker 
february 2017 by mechazoidal
When It’s Too Late to Stop Fascism, According to Stefan Zweig - The New Yorker
"Zweig recognized that propaganda had played a crucial role in eroding the conscience of the world. He described how, as the tide of propaganda rose during the First World War, saturating newspapers, magazines, and radio, the sensibilities of readers became deadened. Eventually, even well-meaning journalists and intellectuals became guilty of what he called “the ‘doping’ of excitement”—an artificial incitement of emotion that culminated, inevitably, in mass hatred and fear."
propaganda  history  from:newyorker  fascism 
february 2017 by mechazoidal
The Unexpectedly High-Stakes World of Neo Geo Collecting - The New Yorker
You know it's gotten balls-out wacky when pirates are basically burning EPROMS and putting them inside used carts--which are then rejected by buyers.
retrogaming  from:newyorker 
january 2017 by mechazoidal
Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker
"Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization."
"Historically, our fascination with the End has flourished at moments of political insecurity and rapid technological change. [1800s, 1900s, 1950s, 1970s, 1980s, et. al]"
from:newyorker  us  culture  article 
january 2017 by mechazoidal
Sam Altman’s Manifest Destiny - The New Yorker
@bruces: "This may be the ultimate, screechy reality-hacking article never published by Mondo 2000 #NewYorker #TwentyTeens"
2016  from:newyorker  singularity  essay 
october 2016 by mechazoidal

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