Today’s Most Interesting Reads, 12/7/18

  • Just the former director of the Office of Policy Analysis in the U.S. Department of the Interior highlighting the ways Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke purged staff, sidelined scientists and elevated industrial interests since taking office.
  • India is beefing up its navy to counter Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean.
  • Hitler didn’t know about the Pearl Harbor attack but was “delighted” when he heard about it. He followed it up by declaring war on the US, which meant FDR didn’t have to worry about congress agreeing to enter World War II. Interestingly, one reason Japan decided to attack was their alliance with Germany, which they viewed as an unstoppable force. Germany joined them in declaring war on the US because they had a high opinion of Japan’s power. Oops.
  • Greg Sargent of the Washington Post with some analysis of how Trump is failing on many fronts.
  • Paul Krugman on Trump’s ignorance and how that’s affecting trade and the US economy. Krugman highlights that US trade law has worked well for 80 years, but notes that “…it wasn’t intended to handle the problem of a corrupt, irresponsible president.”
  • This is one of the weirdest “eye test vs. analytics” juxtapositions I’ve read. Everything discussed as being visible to the eye, but obscured in “the analytics,” is readily available in the data.
  • The disinformation challenges created by deep fake technology, and what we might be able to do about it. Fascinating read.
  • Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the president is impulsive and undisciplined in his decision-making, and that Trump often wanted to do things that would violate the law.
  • Inspired by a cranky Gregg Popovich, Tom Haberstroh took a look at which box score stats correspond most with winning in the NBA. No surprise that it’s still FG% — it has been since forever.

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