Ruling Party Votes To Recall South African President Jacob Zuma | NPR


The African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, has voted to “recall” President Jacob Zuma. The ANC has tried for weeks to get Zuma, whose term expires next year, to resign following allegations of corruption.

However, it was not immediately clear whether Zuma would relinquish power or try to hang on despite losing the backing of his party.

Source: Ruling Party Votes To Recall South African President Jacob Zuma : The Two-Way : NPR

History suggests strong economy can ward off bear market


The S&P confirmed it had entered correction territory last Thursday, when it closed down 10.2 percent from its Jan. 26 high. Stocks have rebounded sharply in the two sessions since then, posting their biggest two-day percentage gain since June 2016 and cutting the decline to 7.6 percent as of Monday close.

While not discounting the possibility that stocks could renew their slide, market strategists said the shaky economic conditions that tend to presage a bear market were absent.

Source: History suggests strong economy can ward off bear market

5G And The End Of Net Neutrality

Many 5G networks will rely on fiber-connected small cells to transmit large volumes of data over short distances using high-frequency spectrum. Service providers can’t deploy these small cells without the cooperation of city and state governments.

The densely populated areas that need small cells are typically controlled by multiple zoning and permitting requirements, and often the ideal spot for a small cell is within the public right-of-way.

Source: 5G And The End Of Net Neutrality

The Year That Software Bugs Ate The World


.. people have a tendency to write buggy software.

When it fails, it can be startling, alarming, irritating, or darkly funny—or, sometimes, all of the above.

Herewith, some, um, highlights from the year in bugs, all of which involve defects that were fixed, sooner or later …

Source: The Year That Software Bugs Ate The World

The case that humans are creating new species despite killing off so many | Vox

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We have created scores of entirely new creatures, such as the hundreds of breeds of domestic cats and dogs living alongside us. We have intentionally and unwittingly transported all sorts of organisms — bacteria, ants, rodents, cattle, crops, garden plants, and roadside weeds — across the globe, to places they could never have reached on their own.

We have formed numerous new environmental niches in our cities and suburbs, which many hardy critters have used to their advantage. And we have even spurred the hybridization of wild species, resulting in new chimeras, such as the Italian sparrow, yellow-flowered Yorkwort, and apple flies.

Ultimately, humans may be responsible for what Thomas calls a “sixth mass genesis” — a nearly unprecedented branching and blooming of life on this planet.

Source: The case that humans are creating new species despite killing off so many – Vox

Amazon receives 238 proposals for its second headquarters


Amazon.com Inc has received 238 proposals from cities and regions across North America vying to host the company’s second headquarters, it said on Monday.

The number of applicants underscores the interest in the contest, which Seattle-based Amazon announced last month. The world’s largest online retailer said it would invest more than $5 billion and create up to 50,000 jobs for “Amazon HQ2”.

Source: Amazon receives 238 proposals for its second headquarters

Beware of Blockchain Hype But Keep Eyes on the Tech, HHS Official Says | Nextgov.com


Federal agencies need to “lean in, to watch how it progresses,” Debbie Bucci said.

They especially need to understand the security implications if a password key expires, is lost or is compromised, whether these systems are secure enough to exchange sensitive personal information, and how to get disparate ledgers to link to each other.

Source: Beware of Blockchain Hype But Keep Eyes on the Tech, HHS Official Says – Nextgov.com

100, 99, 98, 97… On Nuclear War: What It’s Like To Be At A Nuclear Bomb Detonation


What’s it like to be near Ground Zero in a nuclear blast?

Recently it was my privilege to interview one of the survivors of one of those blasts, retired Col. Richard Rowland, a career US Army veteran, who was less than a mile from the detonation of a nuclear device.

The Washington Examiner recently published an article headlined How to survive a nuclear bomb in DC (yes really). Much of my work takes me into DC so I found that headline a real attention-grabber.

My primary locus when in Washington DC is in this exact corridor, just half a block north of L Street NW.

Comforting to know that, by offering instant death, it “may be the best place to be.”

Source: 100, 99, 98, 97… On Nuclear War: What It’s Like To Be At A Nuclear Bomb Detonation

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow | TheHill


Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

Source: FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow | TheHill

The Nightmare Scenario: Trump Fires Comey, the One Man Who Would Stand Up to Him | Lawfare


Removing Comey is also convenient, of course.

Getting rid of Comey removes the guy who is running the Russia investigation.

It removes the guy who can look Congress in the eye and say credibly that the FBI is investigating whether anyone in the Trump orbit was actively working with the Russians.

It removes the guy who, in February, reportedly refused the White House’s request to publicly knock down stories about Trump and Russia while congressmen in key positions of investigatory responsibility allegedly complied.

It removes the one person of stature (figurative as well as literal) in the government whom everyone knows will—even when he’s wrong—do what he thinks is the right thing and damn the torpedoes.

It removes, in other words, the essential person for a credible investigation.

Source: The Nightmare Scenario: Trump Fires Comey, the One Man Who Would Stand Up to Him – Lawfare