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Snapchat And "The Vanishing American Adult"

mentioning Peter M. Robinsonvia Media Village
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sitting for an interview with Peter Robinson on Uncommon Knowledge in 2017, the junior United States Senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse, discussed his book The Vanishing American Adult.

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Senior Congressional Staff Visit Stanford For The Cyber And Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp

mentioning Herbert Lin, Andrew Grotto, Michael McFaul, Hoover Institutionvia Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Monday, September 9, 2019

A bipartisan group of congressional staffers took part in the Cyber and Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp last week, bringing industry experts together to explore the ever changing technology landscape and its effect on policy issues.

In the News

A Reliable Power Grid In Central America May Resolve Migrant Crisis

quoting George P. Shultzvia Inside Sources
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

For more than a year, leaders in Washington have been circling the drain trying to find a compromise on immigration legislation. It has reached far beyond just a policy concern as there have been multiple solutions tossed around from lawmakers as well as 2020 presidential candidates. In late August, the White House announced a new plan that will replace a decades-old court order that determines new regulations on detainment.

Analysis and Commentary

Intellectual Property And The Trade Deficit

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Monday, September 9, 2019

"The IP Commission estimates that between $200 billion and $500 billion a year of intellectual property is stolen from the U.S." I found this interesting tidbit in The Atlantic interview of Kevin Hassett, ex CEA chair. (HT Marginal Revolution)

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New York Times Deletes Tweet Downplaying Mao Zedong’s Murder Of 45 Million People

quoting Frank Diköttervia Daily Caller
Monday, September 9, 2019

The New York Times deleted a tweet that downplayed Chinese Dictator Mao Zedong’s mass murder of at least 45 million people on the anniversary of his death Monday.

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Our Carbon Economy: Would It Be Smarter To Fight Than Switch?

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Inside Sources
Monday, September 9, 2019

During a recent Facebook Live Q &A session, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told viewers that she so feared a future of climate change that she woke up at “like 3:30am” worrying about the fate of the planet. 

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Spin Wars And Spy Games: Global Media And Intelligence Gathering

mentioning Markos Kounalakisvia Commonwealth Club
Monday, September 9, 2019

As most long-standing news outlets have shuttered their foreign bureaus and print operations, the role of Global News Networks (GNNs) as information collectors and policy influencers has changed. Western GNNs are both untethered to government entities and able to produce accurate yet critical situational analyses. But due to the emergence of other GNNs owned or directed by national governments, the global news cycle has become thoroughly manipulatable.

Analysis and Commentary

Murphy On Henderson And Carbon Taxes

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, September 8, 2019

There are several problems here. First, even if we agreed that government (as opposed to private) payments for tree-planting made sense, it doesn’t at all follow that the revenue should come from a carbon tax. In general, raising a dollar of revenue from a tax on carbon content hurts the economy more than raising a dollar from taxing labor or consumption. (My article on the “tax interaction effect” gives the economic intuition behind this point.)

Interviews

John Yoo: Cancel Culture Takes Aim At The Oil And Gas Industry

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, September 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses fighting climate change by attacking the fossil fuel industry as well as other problems with the "cancel" culture.

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An Artificial-Intelligence First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used In A Major Theft

quoting Andrew Grottovia Post Bulletin
Friday, September 6, 2019

Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive's speech and dupe his subordinate into sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to a secret account, the company's insurer said, in a remarkable case that some researchers are calling one of the world's first publicly reported artificial-intelligence heists.

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