Avoid eyes! my Sunday morning See Incompetence, Corruption and Policy Failure:
• Fake cryptocurrency giveaway sites have tripled this year: The number of websites promoting cryptocurrency giveaway scams increased by more than 300% in the first half of this year, targeting mostly English and Spanish speakers using celebrity deepfakes. Security researchers at cybersecurity company Group-IB identified more than 2,000 domains registered specifically for this purpose in 2022. (Bleeping Computer)
• YouTube’s dislike button rarely changes recommendations: New research from Mozilla shows that YouTube users have little control over what is recommended to them. (New York Times) see more Social media companies still raise claims of election fraud: A report by New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights argues that companies fuel conspiracies about election fraud despite promises to fight them. (New York Times)
• Locked Up: The Prison Labor That Built a Business Empire: More than 150 years ago, a prison complex known as the Lone Rock Stockade operated in one of Tennessee’s largest coal mines. It was largely run by African American men who were arrested for minor crimes — like stealing a pig — if they committed any crimes at all. Women and children, some as young as 12, were also sent there. The work, dangerous and sometimes fatal, was their punishment. (AP)
• Published: ‘Shocking’ levels of toxic lead in Chicago tap water. Thousands of Chicago residents have been tested for lead, a neurotoxin, at levels well above federal standards (The Guardian).
• Why are 4 Russian executives linked to Gazprom dying in strange ways? A string of deaths among wealthy Russians has one thing in common: the circumstances are always unusual. (grid)
• Killed for dog walking: The mundanity and insanity of gun deaths in America (The Atlantic)
• Republicans in key battleground states are reluctant to say they will accept the results: Of the 19 GOP candidates questioned by The Washington Post, a dozen declined to answer or refused to commit. Democrats all said they would respect the results. (Washington Post) see more In Wisconsin, election skeptics deploy as poll watchers for midterms: Usually mundane tariffs became a flashpoint when Trump falsely claimed that fraud cost him the White House. (Wall Street Journal)
• STDs Soar Out of Control, With 26% Syphilis Spike, US Raises Alarm: Syphilis rates hit highest in three decades as officials work on new solutions like home testing kits. (parent)
• How a child-murderer sets the stage for today’s right-wing glee at cruelty: Libertarians have 40 years to work on their project, we are hitting peak libertarianism and it is tearing our country apart, pitting Americans against each other and killing people every day. (The Hartman Report)
• A legacy of exclusion: Pro football’s turn toward inequality resonates eight decades later Change will require deliberate action. (Washington Post) see more How the NFL Blocks Black Coaches: Nearly two decades after the NFL enacted the Rooney Rule, teams’ hiring and firing practices still disadvantage black coaches at every turn — and it’s getting worse, a Post investigation finds. (Washington Post)
Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with America Online (AOL) co-founder Steve Case, founder of the Investment Firm Revolution, author of Four of the Smithsonian and The Rise of the Rest: How Entrepreneurs Are the New American in Amazing Places Dreams are made.
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