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In the News 08.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 08.10.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. Super excited

“A highly contagious meme is spreading around the world, one that can even make reserved Brits super excited. It takes serious ideas and turns them into play, packages big subjects into small parcels, and makes negativity the deadliest of sins. And it’s obvious what we should call the thousands, perhaps millions, who are helping to spread that meme: Generation TED.”

 
Read the rest of this article at aeon

 


 

2. How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

“One of the things we biographers realize is that we distort history a little bit,” Isaacson says. “We make it sound like there’s some great individual in a garage or a garret who has a light-bulb moment and all of a sudden innovation happens. But when you look at innovation, especially in this day and age, it happens in teams — creativity is a collaborative effort in the digital age. I wanted to get away from writing about the singular individual.”

 
Read the rest of this article at npr

 


 

3. Precognitive Police

“What if predictive policing – something like the ‘pre-crime’ unit envisioned by the sci-fi author Philip K Dick and dramatised in the film Minority Report (2002) – were to intercept killers before they struck? What if authorities could crunch numbers, find patterns and act before homicidal maniacs got the chance?”

 
Read the rest of this article at aeon

 


 

4. Who Killed Bugsy Siegel?

“Everyone knows that the longer a case remains unsolved, the harder it is to crack. That’s why most of us raise an eyebrow whenever someone steps up decades after the fact and announces that they can identify the Zodiac Killer, say, or take you to the exact spot in the Bermuda Triangle where Amelia Earhart’s plane is rusting away. Today Robbie is that someone. He says he knows who killed Bugsy Siegel. He says he can close the Beverly Hills Police Department’s most famous open case—a murder that, except for perhaps the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, is America’s greatest unsolved Mob mystery. Contrary to speculation, he says, Siegel wasn’t killed in a dispute over money. He was killed for love. “It’s a love story,” Robbie says. And his mother, Bee, was at the center of it all. “

 
Read the rest of this article at Los Angeles Magazine

 


 

5. In Defense of Obama

“There’s a different story on the left, where you now find a significant number of critics decrying Obama as, to quote Cornel West, someone who ”posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.” They’re outraged that Wall Street hasn’t been punished, that income inequality remains so high, that ”neoliberal” economic policies are still in place. All of this seems to rest on the belief that if only Obama had put his eloquence behind a radical economic agenda, he could somehow have gotten that agenda past all the political barriers that have con- strained even his much more modest efforts. It’s hard to take such claims seriously.”

 
Read the rest of this article at RollingStone

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

[image : photography by paul costello]

 
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