American Consequences - August 2017



At the very top of the list is an accident with nuclear weapons... the Department of Energy has the job of ensuring that nuclear weapons are not lost or stolen, or at the slightest risk of exploding when they should not. Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming From Inside theWhite House , Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair "In the early days, the shortages seemed almost whimsical... perfume, leather jackets, iPhones and condoms. I usually took two near-empty suitcases to carry back the requests, plus food and toiletries for myself. As the crisis deepened, the requests became harder to fill, and traced the outlines of darker personal dramas: Medication for heart failure. Pediatric epilepsy drugs. Pills to trigger an abortion. Gas masks." Departing AP Reporter Looks Back at Venezuela's Slide , Hannah Dreier

Half of Americans who bought something online in the past year did so, probably unknowingly, via Stripe. This has given it a $9.2 billion valuation, several times larger than those of its nearest competitors, and made Patrick, 28, and John, 26, two of the world's youngest billionaires. How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup , Bloomberg Businessweek

No industry is immune to fraud, and the hotter the business, the more hucksters flock to it. But Silicon Valley has always seen itself as the virtuous outlier, a place where altruistic nerds tolerate capitalism in order to make the world a better place. Suddenly the Valley looks as crooked and greedy as the rest of the business world. The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley , Erin Griffith in Fortune

What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart? An Islamic militant who left a trail of destruction in Europe crosses over to work for the CIA... helping

capture Carlos the Jackal and then, one day, vanishes. Legacy of Ashes author TimWeiner is a key player in the story... The Road to Damascus , Revisionist History podcast by Malcolm Gladwell

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