I’ve fallen in love or I imagine I have; went to a party and lost my head....– Leo Tolstoy, January 25, 1851
Will smart machines create a world without work? →
“The vast majority of people do routine work. The human economy has always demanded routine work,” says software entrepreneur Martin Ford. He worries that machines will take all those routine jobs, leaving few opportunities for ordinary workers. In his book “The Lights in the Tunnel,” Ford foresees a computer-dominated economy with 75 percent unemployment before the end of this century; the...
Last Friday, on the same day that Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn, N.Y.,...– Ortiz should offer answers It doesn’t matter what Carmen Ortiz says at this point; she drove a brilliant young man to death and nothing she says can bring him back. The only good thing to come of this is that Ortiz’s political career is as dead as the young man she hounded. (via diadoumenos)
The effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the...– Middlemarch (1871) - George Eliot
Illinois Priest “Accidentally” Trapped In Hand... →
diadoumenos: [W]hen officers arrived at St. Aloysius Church at 4:45 AM on November 28, they found the priest wearing an orange jumpsuit and a “leather bondage type mask with bar in his mouth.” He was also handcuffed behind his back. And no, he didn’t claim that someone did that to him. He’s now on leave.
Liberals Are Cool: The $1 Trillion Dollar Coin... →
Cullen Roche, who blogs at Pragmatic Capitalist, and whose blog it was where we first came across the Trillion Dollar Coin idea put it similarly: “…the big lesson from all of this is that the coin proves an autonomous govt has no solvency constraint if it so chooses. A prolonged and…
HSBC to Pay $1.92 Billion to Settle Charges of... →
State and federal authorities decided against indicting HSBC in a money-laundering case over concerns that criminal charges could jeopardize one of the world’s largest banks and ultimately destabilize the global financial system.
jillbiden: Biden pulls up in his red trans am blasting “Simply the Best” by Tina Turner. He opens the door. Throws a marlboro red on the ground and puts it out with his shoe. In a deep gravely voice he whispers, “Get Mitch.”