Fusion covers an insane story of DEA agents who were investigating Silk Road as stealing lots of Bitcoins for themselves after reneging on a job to kill for hire.
Kevin Spacey does an interview in which he claims Bill Clinton told him House of Cards is a very accurate portrayal of Washington politics. Spacey himself also has a very interesting personal history.
VC firms are looking to enter the food industry. I’m cautiously excited to see what they can disrupt as VC firms expand outside the tech world, although I remain skeptical there are big undiscovered changes to be made in markets like cars and food.
Brief history of the bomber jacket. It’s yet another example of military gear turning into fashion with the “cool factor” based on its historical associations.
CBS looks at some Duke scientists using polio to kill cancer. Makes sense, since the mechanisms of the polio virus allow it to enter specific cells, which means it could theoretically be tailored only to enter cancer cells and kill them to replicate itself.
WSJ does a short primer on the Greek debt crisis. It starts with the premise that nobody really knows when Greece will run out of money, since the Greeks have been pretty dishonest about counting their liquid assets and they could just start playing accounting fraud even if they don’t have the cash. Which we don’t know if they’re already doing that.
The Beard Ben Bernanke has started a blog, where he covers and rehashes some issues from when he was Fed chairman. It’s an interesting perspective from the man himself, and reaction to the blog has been mixed, which might show what a polarizing figure he was. Supporters say it shows his erudition about economics and his playbook, critics say it shows he’s still clueless about the “real” causes of our economic problems. Either way, there are only three posts and they’re all worth reading.
Wall Street banks decide they’ve had an assful of Elizabeth Warren and threaten to pull funding from Democrats if they don’t shut her up. Kind of a big dick move to see if Democrats will cave or if they’re serious with the populist stuff, I guess.
Reuters reports on a massive power outage in Turkey. The cause is still unknown. But Turkey also had a hostage crisis in which a Marxist group took a prosecutor hostage. Turkish police ended up storming the courthouse after reportedly hearing gunshots and killed two hostage-takers. They found the prosecutor was badly wounded and he later succumbed to his injuries.
Saving money on blood transfusions by preserving blood inside patients is a big step to cutting medical costs. The whole idea has only been around for 7 years and it’s gaining slow but steady acceptance.
Dietitians reverse decades of common knowledge and are now saying red meat is not the enemy. There is a fundamental shift towards making sugar and carbs in general to be the main enemy. Americans also eat too many calories in general.
Fish oil’s biggest claims are also not supported by subsequent research. It’s still possible but it shouldn’t be the third most popular supplement in the US (after multivitamins and vitamin C).
The deadline for an Iran deal is looming and negotiators are scrambling to finish up. NYT has a nice outline of where things stand. And since nobody can ever be happy about anything in the Middle East, Iranians say even if there is a deal, there will be no normalization of relations with the Great Satan.
Shia militias in Tikrit are back to fighting after receiving assurances that the US will stop airstrikes. It’s actually a relief for the Obama administration, which has strained to avoid the perception that it is working together with Iranian-armed militias in Iraq.
New Yorker does a nice on China’s Xi Jinping and his rise from a provincial leader out in the boonies to quietly instituting the toughest regime in China since Mao. He spent his formative years in the Cultural Revolution, joined the Communist Party and survived several purges of its ranks, and rose to the top of the leadership. He is definitely not soft.
A retired Air Force colonel and chief prosecutor at Gitmo says the camp is a charade of justice. Which has always been true, since Gitmo has served virtually from its inception as America’s trash can for unwanted legal problems. It held illegal immigrants and captured Latin American militants before it was used as a jail for terrorists. But it is still a disgrace that in its 14th year, the government still hasn’t sorted out the legal status of the inmates and it has a shockingly high acquittal rate of detainees (about 50%).
Former blogger Andrew Sullivan discusses why he quit blogging and the grueling pace he set for himself.