SECOND NEXUS PERSPECTIVES

For ten consecutive years, analysts at the non-profit Freedom House have measured a decline in global freedom and democratic governance.

Keep reading...

[DIGEST:  The Independent, The Intercept]

One of the most prominent symbols to emerge from American global anti-terrorism efforts is the drone: a killing machine that delivers death from the skies, and is all the more effective because it is cold, calculating and—literally—inhuman.

Keep reading...

[DIGEST: Inside Climate News, Daily Kos]

Global warming caught everyone off guard—except the oil companies.

Keep reading...

How bad is China’s economy? If only we knew.

The closed and secretive nature of the Chinese government, and its tight control over markets, makes diagnosing the Chinese economy a lot like diagnosing a friend’s medical condition using Wikipedia. Bloomberg News recently threw up its hands and declared that, in the absence of clear and dependable measures, there are six different ways you can look at China’s economy, so take your pick.

Keep reading...

SECOND NEXUS PERSPECTIVES

Common wisdom holds that corporations are generally immune to effective prosecution for their crimes. Volkswagen may be the exception.

Keep reading...

Breaking up by text might be the closest online culture gets to a cyber crime.

That’s because even the most digitally addicted among us assume that we should communicate really important things in person. Or at least over the phone.

Keep reading...
Image via Flickr user Ken Teegardin

[DIGEST: MSNBC, Bloomberg]

The way people talk about how much the federal budget deficit is rising, you’d think the sky was falling. In fact, a Bloomberg Politics Poll shows that neither is true.

Keep reading...