Martin Skladany (Penn State): Technology Unions: How Technology Employees Can Advocate for Internet Freedom, Privacy, Intellectual Property Reform, and the Greater Good. In Silicon Valley, working 9 to 5 is for losers. Inside the world of Silicon Valley's “coasters”, the millionaire engineers who get paid gobs of money and barely work. The great Silicon Valley land grab: As California’s tech empires expand into futuristic campuses, long-time residents are being priced out. Zucktown, USA: Facebook, Amazon, and Google are reviving the ill-fated “company towns” of the Gilded Age. Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is now America’s biggest company town.


Chris Reed, Katarzyna Budzynska, Rory Duthie, Mathilde Janier, Barbara Konat, John Lawrence, Alison Pease, and Mark Snaith (Dundee): The Argument Web: An Online Ecosystem of Tools, Systems and Services for Argumentation. Is the Trump administration objecting to a big merger to punish CNN? Yeah, CNN is getting stepped on. Brave enough to be angry: Women are seething, and we are a force. Thread: “I have some things to say about the Texas shooting. It’s gonna piss some people off, and that’s too bad. It needs to be said”. In reversal, Notre Dame will continue to cover contraception for employees. ObamaCare signups surge in early days to set new record. Judith Butler being called a witch in Brazil.

Trump’s know-nothing approach to foreign policy isn’t just embarrassing — it’s also dangerous. China isn’t the first country to flatter its way to Trump’s heart — it won't be the last. “Flattery never hurts, of course, but what Abe and Xi are doing is so obvious that it’s hard to believe it would work even on Trump. But apparently it does. Trump is so titanically un-self-aware that he apparently has no idea that his hosts are all but openly mocking him”.


Brian Beutler on a body blow to Trumpism. Ed Kilgore on the uncertain future of Trumpism without Trump. Trumpism without Trump doesn’t work: Bad news for Republicans in 2018. John Sides on 4 important takeaways from the Virginia governor’s race. The anti-Trump wave has come, and Republicans can’t stop it. The Left had a great election night — will Democrats take advantage? One year after Trump’s victory, the Democrats aren’t in disarray. The Democrats’ disarray is good for the party: A diverse coalition necessarily includes warring factions, and civil wars help it evolve. So there’s infighting among Democrats? That’s not necessarily a bad thing. What the election night wins tell us about the future of transgender politics.

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