American Consequences - January 2018




America invented the three-digit credit score. Now companies in China are taking the idea to the extreme, using big data to track and rank what you do – your purchases, your pastimes, your mistakes. Inside China’s Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking Wired The power industry doesn’t really have any standards or tools to handle “black sky events’’ such as an extreme cyber or EMP attack, or even conventional war... Can America’s Power Grid Survive an Electromagnetic Attack? Bloomberg If you’re within a mile of the blast, the odds are poor that you’ll survive. But people in surrounding areas will likely live through it, and they need to protect themselves from radiation exposure.

At the Las Vegas international airport, there’s a terminal where planes take off and land all day. The parking lot for this terminal fills up with hundreds of cars, which leave by the end of the day. But no one knows who runs the Gold Coast Terminal, or who boards those planes. We KnowAlmost Nothing About This Secret U.S. Government Airline Popular Mechanics

Here’s How to Survive a Nuclear Attack (You Know, Just in Case YouWereWondering) Men’s Health

There are only a few winners here, and, unless they lose it all, their impact going forward will be outsize. They also remember who laughed at them and when. Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not New York Times Companies have long sheltered foreign profits offshore. Now the tax bill is coming due. How much will they pay? How the Tax LawWill Affect U.S. Firms Bringing Overseas Money Home Wall Street Journal

It’s startling how universal sleep is: In the midst of the hurried scramble for survival, across eons of bloodshed and death and flight, uncountable millions of living things have laid themselves down for a nice, long bout of unconsciousness. Why DoWe Need to Sleep? The Atlantic More than 99.8% of American homes own at least one refrigerator... Thanks Capitalism, Refrigerators Are Awesome! Foundation for Economic Education



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