What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn’t Telling Us

If this is all a hoax then there needs to be an explanation for why so many in Trump’s inner circle lied about contacts with Russia. “Of course, one possible explanation is that the content of the conversations was completely innocent—totally normal directions and innocent chitchat about “adoptions,” sanctions, potential business deals, and geopolitical diplomacy. […]

Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful | WIRED

we’ve reached a point in the Mueller probe where there are only two scenarios left: Either the president is compromised by the Russian government and has been working covertly to cooperate with Vladimir Putin after Russia helped win him the 2016 election—or Trump will go down in history as the world’s most famous “useful idiot,” […]

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The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares

The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares The scientists, technologists, and engineers who populate Silicon Valley and the California Bay Area deserve their reputation as innovators, building entire new economies on the strength of brains and imagination. But some of these people don’t seem to be vaccinating their children. Shocking article.

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Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance

Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance The programs of the past can be characterized as “proximate surveillance,” in which the government attempted to use technology to directly monitor communication themselves. The programs of this decade mark the transition to “oblique surveillance,” in which the government more often […]

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Yemeni Tells Senators About ‘Fear and Terror’ Caused by U.S. Drones

Yemeni Tells Senators About ‘Fear and Terror’ Caused by U.S. Drones For the first time, the Senate heard from someone who lives in a village where U.S. drone strikes are believed to have killed civilians

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The Baffling Economics of Thomas the Tank Engine

The Baffling Economics of Thomas the Tank Engine The Island of Sodor has a major comparative advantage: the best artificial intelligence researchers in the world. AI research on the Island of Sodor is massively ahead of the rest of the world. The trains on Sodor have been designed to understand natural language, solve problems for […]

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U.N. Drone Investigator Might Be a Deadly Robot’s Worst Nightmare

U.N. Drone Investigator Might Be a Deadly Robot’s Worst Nightmare That carries the possibility of a reckoning with the human damage left by drones, the first such witnessing by the international community. Accountability, Emmerson tells Danger Room in a Monday phone interview, “is the central purpose of the report.” So, will the administration agree to […]

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U.S. Has No Idea Whether al-Qaida is Beat

U.S. Has No Idea Whether al-Qaida is Beat The official continued, “I think it is a very useful exercise, for us and for you all, to think about how do you conceive of the defeat of an organization like al-Qaida? But I think, I’ve said in the past, determining whether or not we’ve achieved strategic […]

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Taliban Allies, Warlord Flunkies Guard U.S. Bases

The U.S. military’s bases in Afghanistan are frequently guarded by Afghans who pay kickbacks to warlords — and even aid the Taliban. That’s what the Senate Armed Services Committee found after a year-long investigation into 125 contracts held by private security firms in Afghanistan. In a report released today (.pdf), the committee discovered that the […]

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The Route Coast to Coast

On October 7, 2006, Alex Roy set out from the Classic Car Club on Hudson Street in New York City. His self-assigned mission: Beat the record for a cross-country drive to Los Angeles. That record, set in 1983, is 32 hours and 7 minutes. To achieve his goal, Roy and his copilot, Dave Maher, would […]