Read — 2013/10/22

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Obama Admits Web Site Flaws on Health Law“, by Michael D. Shear & Robert Pear (NY Times). Better to own up, offer candid information about the situation, and implement concrete steps to remedy the shortcomings. Extending the enrollment period would be a good place to start.
  2. French Condemn Surveillance by N.S.A.“, by Alissa J. Rubin (NY Times). The fallout from Snowden’s revelation continues, with accusations that the N.S.A. has been spying on allies. The article notes that “France runs its own version of a spying program on the Americans, which came to light in 2010” and contends that French intelligence conducts electronic eavesdropping on its own citizens.
  3. Sales Are Cololssal, Shares Are Soaring. All Amazon Is Missing Is a Profit“, by David Streitfeld (NY Times). The quote from a London analyst Benedict Evans may be most telling: “Bezos has chosen to run Amazon to be the biggest, most powerful and successful retailer on Earth 20 years from now. Any fool could run it profitably today.”
  4. ‘Airpocalypse’ Hits Harbin, Closing Schools“, by Mia Li (NY Times). The Chinese city of Harbin (in northeast China; urban population over 5 million) is paralyzed by pollution so dense visibility is less than 10 meters in places. Doctors’ recommendation: Wear masks and eat pears.