- Hacker Collective, “Anonymous,” is taking on ISIS. Really interesting stuff, particularly with respect to information warfare and two very dissimilar non-state actors squaring off. Also, as sassy internet commentators have crassly noted, probably not the 72 virgins ISIS was probably looking for.
- Everyone needs to be learning about police use, misuse, and proliferation of “Stingrays.” Given a recent information leak, we can now learn quite a bit more.
- “The Rent is Too Damn High.” Nearly half of all renters are paying 30% of their incomes in rent. Death to NIMBYs.
- “Are Americans Losing Faith in Democracy?”
- After decades of convergence, cops stole more than burglars in 2013. As of 2014, cops stole assets worth $5 billion, whereas burglars only got away with $4 billion. Quite the sign of the times.
- Interesting TED Talk from Robert Wright, arguing that progress is not a zero-sum game and humanity should be optimistic (or sort of optimistic).
- The DC Metro, WMATA, is epically mismanaged. EPICALLY. If you live in DC, we can leave it at that. If not, check this shit out.
- One of my favorite worldly possessions is my copy of “Daily Rituals” by Mason Currey. It is phenomenal in so many ways. It describes the daily work routines of 161 of the most seminal creative minds available to recollection. Think Franz Kafka, William Faulkner, Jane Austen, Pablo Picasso, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, and many more. Below, I link the Amazon page of the book. Then, two fun chronicles of daily rituals: Winston Churchill and Ayn Rand. Last, an outstanding graphic based on the book, embedded below.