How Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With Florida GOP Operative - WSJ
DCCC documents sent to Mr. Nevins analyzed specific Florida districts, showing how many people were dependable Democratic voters, how many were likely Democratic voters but needed a nudge, how many were frequent voters but not committed, and how many were core Republican voters—the kind of data strategists use in planning ad buys and other tactics.

The Journal reviewed these documents as well as Democratic voter analyses also sent to Mr. Nevins about congressional districts in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia > maybe this is why all the Cambridge Analytica stuff is so contradictory and hazy. it's bullshit to cover this caper?
russia  dccc  trump  facebook  votervault 
2 days ago
Unravelling-and-reimagining-the-relationship-with-the-EU.pdf
‘I think a lot voted Leave because of refugees. We’ve been told to take 90,000. David Cameron’s London borough has a housing waiting list
of a million.’
brexit 
2 days ago
25 Karten, die dir genau erklären, wie Deutschland funktioniert
This is great. Notes: Chart 1 shows a strong correlation between north latitude and my appreciation of German beer. Chart 7: Germany is so much more urban than France. Chart 8: What's with the weird concentration of Austrians halfway from Berlin to the sea? Chart 13: Do nuclear power stations cause chancellors or vice versa? Charts 18, 19, 20: East Germans are going nowhere, real soon. Chart 25: the Saarland, like the Black Country, did the heavy industry -> heavy metal thing.
germany  visualisation  maps 
2 days ago
Felixstowe Dockers: World box traffic surged 10% in first quarter
The average volume growth for the six carriers in 1Q17 was 10%, with a wide spread between the slowest growing company Zim (4%) to the fastest growing line MOL (17%). Between them the six lines operate about 30% of the world’s containership fleet, the analyst said.
logistics  container  maritime  economics 
3 days ago
Bristol university borrows £200m for new campus
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“We have to continue our academic endeavour but also to operate in a very business-like way,” said Hugh Brady, vice-chancellor of the university. “It’s about the further globalisation of higher education, the competition from other global institutions . . . people are increasingly mobile,” he added, before pulling out a glass pipe and inhaling deeply
crack  brexit  academia  housing 
3 days ago
School spending to fall by 7 per cent if Conservatives win election, Institute for Fiscal Studies says
the IFS calculated school budgets in England could face a real-terms cut of almost 3 per cent by 2021/22 if the Tories win the election. This rises to a 7 per cent reduction by 2021/22 once the cuts schools have faced over the past two years are taken into account.

Labour's plans would leave per pupil spending 6 per cent higher in real terms over the same five year period - 2017/18 to 2021/22.
education  labour  tories  ifs  talkingpoints 
3 days ago
Are telcos' customers expecting too much of IoT connectivity techs? • The Register
So you can't use NB-IoT for live object tracking. What's the fucking point of it again?
nbiot  iot  m2m  ovum 
3 days ago
'Sorted' by MI5: How UK government sent British-Libyans to fight Gaddafi | Middle East Eye
He said he was subsequently asked by an intelligence officer from MI5, the UK's domestic security agency: "Are you willing to go into battle?"

"While I took time to find an answer he turned and told me the British government have no problem with people fighting against Gaddafi," he told MEE.
intelligence  stupidity  libya  jihadis  manchester  fourlions 
3 days ago
brexit02_technical_paper.pdf
At least it will be terrible for everyone! More seriously I wonder why they only did the reduced-form analysis for the relatively "nice" EFTA scenario.
brexit  economics  trade 
3 days ago
What the shared parental leave survey actually tells us | The Policy Sketchbook
"only 1% took up shared leave" is bollocks. looks like a good blog, too
blog 
3 days ago
This Is Huge, Astonishing – Talking Points Memo
it now appears to be the consensus opinion in the FBI and intelligence community that the email is in fact fraudulent, presumably a fake document woven into a trove of genuine documents with the aim of having it be found by the FBI and trigger something just like what in fact happened
russia  trump 
3 days ago
The Quietus | Opinion | The Quietus Essay | Eric Clapton & Enoch Powell To Morrissey: Race In British Music Since '76
Last week, he said that London's first Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan "eats Halal butchered beings and talks so quickly that people don't understand him… and that suits the British media perfectly." Pop's own Prince Phillip is no stranger to such remarks, in the past speculating on whether the Chinese are a "sub-species" and complaining that "the gates are flooded and anybody can have access to England and join in.". All of these are given as signs of the degeneration of a once-radical figure, but right from the outset, Morrissey and The Smiths represented a fatally reactionary moment in British pop culture - a severing of punk and post-punk's honourable links with black musics. They were here to reject colour in every respect, be it the gaudy, neon-lit backdrop of Top Of The Pops against which Morrissey wanly cavorted, or the colourisation of indie afforded by its embrace of dance music and reggae. Their wistful cover artwork, harking back to popular icons of the 50s and early 60s, were redolent of a time when black people had a near-zero cultural imprint on the British consciousness, unless you counted the hugely, inexplicably popular The Black And White Minstrel Show. This was explicit, as well as implicit. Morrissey spoke of a conspiracy to promote black music in the British charts, while opining that reggae was "vile".
music  morrissey  twat 
3 days ago
Updated: Tucson Electric signs solar + storage PPA for 'less than 4.5¢/kWh' | Utility Dive
Well, there's a thing. Solar power plus storage approaching gas turbine peaker prices.
energy  electricity  climate  optimism 
3 days ago
John Lanchester · Between Victoria and Vauxhall: The Election · LRB 1 June 2017
The answer is that it doesn’t much matter, because on this issue you have no agency.
to_blog 
4 days ago
The great London property squeeze | Society | The Guardian
In Redbridge, north-east London, the council’s application for borough-wide licensing was refused by the secretary of state
to_blog 
4 days ago
mainly macro: Still not getting it after all these years
mostly interesting that Macpherson believes in "sound money", aka a gold standard?
4 days ago
Ryanair may have to stop selling UK flights next year
they really do believe the school will burn down and they won't have to take the exam
Brexit 
4 days ago
How to Get Away with Mass Murder: Denying Mass Atrocities in Sri Lanka and Syria
Sri Lanka’s success did not depend on actually convincing anyone that it hadn’t committed war crimes. It simply relied on muddying the waters enough to prevent international action
lanka  warcrimes  bullshit  torture 
6 days ago
Binman who researched bomb making online was 'deeply radicalised' and wanted to kill a soldier with a car - Wales Online
The court heard he had always sought ‘brotherhood’ - first the BNP, then with bikers, and then ultimately through Islam, declaring himself a ‘Soldier of Allah’, and developing a fixation with ISIS and watching videos of "beheadings, explosions and stonings" daily.
fourlions  nonspecificextremist 
6 days ago
Paris turns to English law to lure City business
Within a couple of years, though, the French government had collectively decided to reverse course and adopt a sort of covert globalism.
france  finance  brexit 
6 days ago
What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey - POLITICO Magazine
Cheney’s counsel, the famously aggressive David Addington, standing in the back of the room, spoke up: “Well, I’m a lawyer,” he snapped, “and I did.”

Comey shot back, “No good lawyer.”
comey  stellarwind  trump 
6 days ago
Fight, Survive, Win - Imagining Multi-Domain Battle Part I - Attack
So far everyone was mostly fighting only in his or her own element. Williamson knew he had to reverse that quickly.
c4istar 
6 days ago
Role reversal as Ericsson plays customer to vendor AT&T | Telecoms.com
AT&T has its own line in on-demand network services and the latest customer is none other than giant networking vendor Ericsson.

The specific product is AT&T FlexWare and the client is Ericsson’s own global corporate network
att  sdn  ericsson  ovum 
6 days ago
E15 Initiative | Brexit and the European cumulation of origin: The case of the textile industry
While in the EU, the UK has access to Europe’s cumulation zone known as the Pan–Euro–Med (PEM) zone. The PEM zone currently comprises the EU, the EFTA States (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, the Faroe Islands, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey (and partially Andorra and San Marino). It is based on trade agreements (FTAs, customs unions, etc.) with identical rules of origin signed between members.

> I wonder if this is what Gove was babbling about?
The PEM Convention allows for cumulation of originating materials between different countries within the zone. In some cases, the operations conferring origin of non-originating materials can take place across the entire cumulation zone. The latter, referred to as full cumulation, in the context of the PEM zone operates within the European Economic Area (EEA) and between the EU and Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
trade  brexit  pem  europe  eea  gove 
6 days ago
Post Brexit trade deal fantasies | Nog's Musings
This is quality. Got to grasp that Brexit is also Globexit - unilateral resignation from the multilateral system
brexit  schacht!  trade 
6 days ago
How He Used Facebook to Win | by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books
In the early phase of the primaries, Parscale launched Trump’s digital operation by buying $2 million in Facebook ads—his entire budget at the time. He then uploaded all known Trump supporters into the Facebook advertising platform and, using a Facebook tool called Custom Audiences from Customer Lists, matched actual supporters with their virtual doppelgangers and then, using another Facebook tool, parsed them by race, ethnicity, gender, location, and other identities and affinities. From there he used Facebook’s Lookalike Audiences tool to find people with interests and qualities similar to those of his original cohort and developed ads based on those characteristics, which he tested using Facebook’s Brand Lift surveys. He was just getting started. Eventually, Parscale’s shop was reportedly spending $70 million a month on digital advertising, most of it on Facebook.
politics  trump  facebook 
6 days ago
Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence - The Washington Post
“The problem wasn’t so much asking them to issue statements, it was asking them to issue false statements about an ongoing investigation,”
trump 
6 days ago
A belligerent man in a Trump hat was kicked off a flight as a crowd chanted: ‘Lock him up!’ - The Washington Post
The man remained defiant until the end — jeered in multiple languages, surrounded by police, he finally walked down the concourse and out of sight to an unknown fate.
trump 
6 days ago
Nicola Sturgeon's SNP, like Tony Blair's New Labour, is heading for a crash landing
Immediately after the debate, the Nats briefed (wrongly) that she was the wife of a Tory councilor. The SNP branch in Stirling said Tebbitishly that if she was having to use food banks "maybe she needs to tighten her belt a bit more?" > warm south of Scandinavia, innit
cybernats  scotland 
6 days ago
David Davis & Brexit Negotiations | Nog's Musings
The man who invented the U-shaped ambush strikes again. Note that he doesn't know what "most-favoured nation" means
daviddavis  ushapedambush  brexit  trade 
6 days ago
The 3G4G Blog: 5G – Beyond the Hype
This is pure gold. The matrix basically gives you three categories of 5G technologies - ones that are cheap to do and can be done now, ones that are worth doing but will cost big bucks, and ones that are complicated. More bandwidth & lower latency is in group one, coverage & capacity in group two, fancy business models in group three.
5g  ovum  great 
6 days ago
David Davis & Brexit Negotiations – Nog's Musings
immediately trigger a large round of global trade deals with all our most favoured trade partners > note that he didn't know what "most-favoured nation" means
daviddavis  ushapedambush  brexit 
6 days ago
The age of lies: how politicians hide behind statistics
This is generally good. I kind of dispute the point about the net contribution - it's not so much that it sounds gargantuan etc etc but that the political nation doesn't really distinguish between thousands, millions, billions, or trillions. #hrair
statistics  journalism  politics  guff 
7 days ago
Why is Theresa May so popular? Because she's not ashamed to be "basic"
May is that hugely popular sitcom that is also painfully and bafflingly unfunny and which everyone claims they never watch
boring  tories 
7 days ago
T-Mobile moots potential Sprint, cableco foursome - Mobile World Live
Interesting. Carter is usually the steak rather than the sizzle at T-Mo
t-mobile  ovum 
9 days ago
Brazil and the entry of China in the WTO
China-Brazil trade meant first of all a huge surge of imports to Brazil, and only after 2008, a move back towards balance
trade  brazil  china  southsouth 
10 days ago
The worst job in Washington right now: Working for Trump - The Washington Post
For many White House staffers, impromptu support groups of friends, confidants and acquaintances have materialized, calling and texting to check in, inquiring about their mental state and urging them to take care of themselves.
trump 
10 days ago
Trump isn’t a toddler — he’s a product of America’s culture of impunity for the rich - Vox
But beyond Trump, America is desperately in need of a larger political reckoning as well. The entire culture of civil fines and settlements without admission of wrongdoing that dominates American business regulation is fundamentally odd. If the rules say you can’t keep your casino afloat with an unapproved loan and you respond to that by getting a shady secret unapproved loan to keep your casino afloat, shouldn’t you be out of the casino game? > Trump has given Isaylegs a moral tune-up.
trump 
10 days ago
French Politics: The Populism of the Elite
France's elites are proud. They'd never stoop, as John Kerry did, to donning a hunting jacket and shouldering a shotgun to prove he was a real man and not just a windsurfer (or antiwar war hero). They'd never demean themselves, as Hillary Clinton did, by aping Bernie Sanders. When challenged by populisms of the right and left, the French elite chose to fight fire with fire: they mounted a populism of the elite.
france  macron  populism 
10 days ago
This is not a crisis, Republicans say as a large spider slowly devours them
"Leopards, I said! LEOPARDS!! I never ordered a giant spider...this web is actually quite comfortaslurrrrp"
11 days ago
Ynetnews News - First time jitters: Trump's travel team causes logistics headache
From the airport, Trump will fly to Jerusalem and meet with Rivlin before making a short visit to Yad Vashem along with Netanyahu. The Americans insisted the visit be no longer than 15 minutes, which will include a brief explanation and signing of the guest book.
trump  holocaust 
11 days ago
The Second Lebanon War: Failures, Lessons Learned and the Future | Small Wars Journal
The Israeli Chief of Staff Dan Halutz testified that during the initial stage of the operation, he considered it as a retaliationary attack, not war. Accordingly, he directed his subordinates to refrain from relating the operation as war. Simultaneously, he expected the commanders in the battlefield to act as if they were in war. The Deputy Premier Shimon Peres was the only War Cabinet member to urge the Cabinet to decide if it was war or not
israel  lebanon  history  surreal 
11 days ago
Understanding the Cost Disease of Services | Dietrich Vollrath
Scott Alexander is an idiot, but the point here is important - Baumol's cost disease is also a demand issue. The price inelasticity drives the effect (which reminds me of Dan Davies' point that price-insensitive actors drive the market)
economics  productivity  costdisease  baumol  labour 
11 days ago
Soooo...maybe the service sector isn't a drag on productivity growth after all? | Dietrich Vollrath
In the US, manufacturing (goods) has reported productivity growth of 1.57 percent per year, and services only 0.73. However, if Young’s estimate of ξ of -0.5 is right, then in fact true productivity growth is more like 1.10 in manufacturing and 0.84 in services. If -0.75 is right, then services have a small advantage at 0.90 percent per year, manufacturing has 0.87, and they are basically equal. You get a similar pattern for the EU, where manufacturing and services show similar productivity growth once the ξ parameter is big enough in size.
economics  productivity  costdisease  baumol  labour 
11 days ago
Google security expert says antivirus apps don’t work | Network World
A senior security engineer at Google told a hacker conference that traditional antivirus apps that use intrusion detection are useless
security  ovum 
11 days ago
Ajit Pai accidentally supports utility rules and open-access networks | Ars Technica
Yesterday, we contacted the FCC's press office to ask if Pai believes the line-sharing requirements from the Clinton era helped create the large amount of ISP competition that Americans enjoyed in those years. And since Pai believes 1990s-era regulation was a smashing success, we asked if the FCC will consider a return to line-sharing requirements. We haven't gotten a response yet
fcc  trump  specialaccess  titleII  ovum 
11 days ago
Daily commit activity on GitHub · source{d} blog
This is fascinating. Programmers get most done between the hours of 2pm and 5pm. We also know that a disproportionate share of bugs are created in the small hours. Weirdly, PHP programmers seem to work at night a great deal. As Karl Marx said:

"hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind. But remember to write code only between 2pm and 5pm"
karlmarx  programming  time  php 
11 days ago
Rich Retirees Are Hoarding Cash Out of Fear - Bloomberg
Perhaps the constant propaganda that pensions! are! doomed! has something to do with it. Also, r > g.
economics  keynes  consumption 
11 days ago
iHub - Connect Build Invest
The iHub is excited to host the first Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenCellular Workshop in Africa on the 19 and 20th of June 2017.
cool  opencellular  tip  4g  africa  kenya  ovum 
11 days ago
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