Fb & American democracy; securing voting machines; the destiny of the Earth, and extra

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Printed 13 October 2017

· Senate Democrats fear Russia may jeopardize reelection bids

· What Fb did to American democracy

· The race to safe voting tech will get an pressing jumpstart

· This isn’t ‘the New Regular’ for local weather change — that can be worse

· Why the Vegas shooter did it

· The destiny of Earth

Senate Democrats fear Russia may jeopardize reelection bids (Kyle Cheney, Elana Schor, and Cory Bennett, Politico)
A warning from the Senate Intelligence Committee has susceptible lawmakers fretting about election safety

What Fb did to American democracy (Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic)
And why it was so onerous to see it coming
The race to safe voting tech will get an pressing jumpstart (Lily Hay Newman, Wired)
Quite a few digital voting machines utilized in United States elections have vital exposures that would make them susceptible to hacking. Safety specialists have recognized that for a decade. But it surely wasn’t till Russia meddled within the 2016 US presidential campaigns and started probing digital voting techniques that the subject took on urgent urgency. Now hackers, researchers, diplomats, and nationwide safety specialists are pushing to impact actual change in Washington. The most recent replace? It’s working, however perhaps not quick sufficient.

This isn’t ‘the New Regular’ for local weather change — that can be worse (David Wallace-Wells, New York Journal)
What which means is that we have now not, in any respect, arrived at a brand new regular. It’s extra like we’ve taken one step out on the plank off a pirate ship.

Why the Vegas shooter did it(Daniel Benjamin, Politico)
In in the present day’s fame-obsessed world, mass killings have develop into a bloody path to immortality.

The destiny of Earth  (Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker)
Humanity’s survival on this planet appears extra unsure than ever. However what occurs after we have a look at ourselves via different creatures’ eyes?