Mid-week Reader, 4 May 2016

dark-mailUnhackable, Harper’s, May 2016 issue. The quest for an email the government can’t read.

How Donald Trump Won the G.O.P. Nomination, The New Yorker, 4 May 2016. Also, Trump’s Putin Fantasy, The New York Review of Books, 19 Apr 2016. With Trump now the presumptive Republican nominee, we might recognize Putin—who Timothy Snyder calls Trump’s “fantasy friend”—as the “real world version of the person Trump pretends to be on television.”

Leicester’s triumph is a case study in overcoming huge odds, FT, 3 May 2016. Leicester City’s unlikely rise to the Premier League title will be studied in business schools as a sporting lesson on how to achieve victory against overwhelming odds.

There won’t be a global recession—yet, Prospect Magazine blog, 3 May 2016. Also, Citi: Five Trends Keeping Us Worried About a Global Recession, Bloomberg, 3 May 2016. The eye of the storm? Also, from February, Phim kinh dị năm 2008 chiếu lại?

TPP and its Implications for Global Access to Medicines, Asia Unbound blog, 4 May 2016.

Professor Fama Explains How Markets Really Work, Bloomberg TV, 15 Apr 2016 (video). Eugene Fama, professor at University of Chicago Booth, discusses market efficiency, why investors can’t time the market and explains how markets really work on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.”

The Showman, The New Yorker, 9 May 2016. How U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara struck fear into Wall Street and Albany.

The Nazi Underground, The New Yorker, 9 May 2016. Is treasure buried beneath the mountains of Poland?

China Rolls Up Welcome Mat, WSJ, 3 May 2016. China’s antiforeign turn is driven by several related trends. First, President Xi Jinping has a much lower tolerance than Deng for the unwelcome intrusion of foreign ideas about democracy, press freedom and individual rights that come along with trade and investment. Second, Mr. Xi is pushing ideology harder than any leader in decades. And Mr. Xi is promoting a strident form of nationalism.

Why So Many Chinese Students Come to the U.S, WSJ, 1 May 2016. They’re eager to escape flawed education systems back home, where low standards are leaving many ill-prepared for a global economy.

How Dictators Stole $12 Trillion, Investopedia, 3 May 2016.

Karl Marx’s Special on his birthday, May 5: Con người đích thực của Karl Marx, and Marx vẫn sai

Lunch with the FT: Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, FT 29 May 2016. Google started in her garage. Now she runs the company that is disrupting the entertainment industry.

ibm-five-qubit-processorIBM Is Now Letting Anyone Play With Its Quantum Computer, WIRED, 4 May 2016. Quantum computing is computing at its most esoteric. But by sharing its prototype with the world at large, IBM hopes to change that.

How unprepared we are for the robot revolution, FT 3 May 2016. The writer, Martin Ford, is author of ‘Rise of the Robots’, winner of the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award in 2015. Also, from February, Trí khôn của ta đâu?

Is Fintech Finally Gaining Ground?, Knowledge@Wharton, 26 Apr 2016.

San Andreas fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, LA Times, 4 May 2016. Also, The Really Big One, The New Yorker, 20 Jul 2015 Issue. An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when. (This long piece by Kathryn Schulz won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.)

What Neuroscience Says about Free Will, Scientific American, 28 Apr 2016. We’re convinced that it exists, but new research suggests it might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself.

And another reason to believe in humanity: Italy’s top court rules that stealing food is not a crime if you’re poor and hungry, Quartz, 4 May 2016.


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