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You’re not good at this. The Reformed Broker. Of the Fed.
They Were Entitled to Free Care. Hospitals Hounded Them to Pay. NYT. The extremely wussy deck: “With the help of a consulting firm, the Providence hospital system trained staff to wring money out of patients, even those eligible for free care.” The “consulting firm” was — hold onto your hats, here, folks — McKinsey. Commentary:
this story is an enraging collection of horrors, but from a professional standpoint, i write/design training for a living, and if you have my skill set, working on this kind of a project is a choice that tells me what kind of person you are. https://t.co/rSWd8UtiZ9 pic.twitter.com/nGxyXU3vRj
— GONELIKEHELLMACHINE (@golikehellmachi) September 24, 2022
This goes for a lot of projects. For example, this one–
The MiDAS Touch: Atuahene’s “Stategraft” and the Implications of Unregulated Artificial Intelligence UNM School of Law Research Paper No. 2022-21. From the Abstract:
[W]hen state agents have engaged in practices of transferring property from persons to the state in violation of the state’s own laws or basic human rights, it sits at the intersection of illegal behavior that generates public profit. Although these measures can be quantified in many other examples of state corruption, the criminality of state practice goes undetected and is compounded when the state uses artificial intelligence to illegally extract resources from people. This essay will apply stategraft to an algorithm implemented in Michigan that falsely accused unemployment benefit recipients of fraud and illegally took their resources.
The software, the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (“MiDAS”), was supposed to detect unemployment fraud and automatically charge people with misrepresentation. The agency erroneously charged over 37,000 people, taking their tax refunds and garnishing wages. It would take years for the state to repay the people and it was often after disastrous fallout had happened due to the years of trying to clear their record and reclaim their money.
The US wants to become a hydrogen production powerhouse The Verge (Re Silc).
The Most Stinging Resignation Letter Ever Written The Atlantic
Mahsa Amini’s Death Spurs Iranian Women to Cut Their Hair, Burn Hijabs in Protest Teen Vogue. Thinly sourced, except for influencers.
Dear Old Blighty
Liz Truss’ supporters running hedge funds have used the response to Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini budget as an opportunity to profit from #ShortingThePound. Disaster capitalism in action. https://t.co/HplIr8dZv1
— Snigdha (@snigskitchen) September 25, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
No snow yet, if that matters.
Prospects for guaranteeing the military campaign of 2023: the Ukrainian view (translation) Events in Ukraine. Original. Authors: Valery Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General, member of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Mykhailo Zabrodsky, First Deputy Chairman of the the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence.
Peace in Ukraine or U.S. Hegemony? America Must Decide The National Interest
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Historic Context Of The Referenda In Ukraine Moon of Alabama
Why Ukraine referendum is a big deal Indian Punchline
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Putin’s Energy War Is Crushing Europe Foreign Policy
The Antitrust Shooting War Has Started Matt Stoller, BIG. Important.
We don’t have a hundred biases, we have the wrong model Works in Progress. Behavioral economics.
The seven Democrats most likely to run for president — if Biden bows out The Hill. Harris, Buttigieg, Whitmer, Newsom, Warren, Sanders, AOC. Yes, Pharoah Sanders should run, but sadly it’s too late.
2020 Post Mortem
How soon we forget:
If you hear nothing else I say tonight, hear this: Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain President of the United States.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 23, 2020
Durham insists Danchenko lies about ‘pee tape’ sourcing be evidence at trial Washington Examiner
State employees gear up for fight over cost-cutting Medicare Advantage plans VT Digger (MR). By “cost-cutting” we mean “privatized.” From the article: “Clarke Collins, deputy director of benefits and wellness for the state’s Department of Human Resources, said that … he believed that these particular plans would receive the same level of oversight from the state’s Department of Financial Regulation as is provided with retirees’ current plans” [nods vigorously].
Our Famously FreePress
Legal Journalism Is Broken Balls and Strikes
Conditions in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Jail are so horrific that at one point a judge refused to send people there, releasing everyone charged with crimes without bail.
Wardens and guards have been criminally prosecuted for beating and killing people. Hard to see the humor. https://t.co/YwYxE7xomt
— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) September 24, 2022
There’s plenty of people I’d like to see in orange jumpsuits, no baseball players among them.
Realignment and Legitimacy
The rise and fall of the Oath Keepers, born in Las Vegas Las Vegas Review-Journal
Experts See Downside for Democracy in Patagonia Sale The Energy Mix
Imperial Collapse Watch
Grover Cleveland: One of the great anti-imperialist presidents Responsible Statecraft (Re Silc).
Class Warfare Grinds On Counterpunch
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it. MIT Technology Review
Did Neanderthals Make Art? Sapiens
In Memoriam: Pharoah Sanders, 1940-2022 Downbeat. Musical interlude:
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.