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We have finally found something Republicans and Democrats have to common. Sadly, it's their shared culture of sexual harassment — and the worst form of abuse of power by old, perverted men:
Life lesson: Most men are good men. They treat women with respect and dignity. They work hard, set good examples, and do the right even when no one is looking.
Be smart: It's sad testament to our times that we need to be reminded of this. But I'm grateful to be surrounded by great role models — women and men.
Nine women, on the record, have accused Alabama Republican Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, most when they were teenagers and he was a grown man. Moore's spokesman says the women, who Mitch McConnell unambiguously believes, are criminals.
Be smart: It's 2017. In America. Really.
Wall Street Journal lead story: "Bitcoin's Wildest Rise Yet: 40% in 40 Hours."The price of bitcoin is up more than 1,500% percent this year. Next week traders will get a way to bet the price goes down, Axios' Chris Matthews writes:
The average holder of bitcoin now are millennials, counterculture folks and "other amateurs who are interested in the technology," said Ihor Dusaniwsky of financial firm S3 Partners.
But, but, but ... Short-selling bitcoin can be even riskier than owning it because when you buy an asset, the most you can lose is your initial investment. When you sell an asset short, your losses are potentially infinite, limited only by how high the price goes.
Pearl Harbor survivor Chuck Kohler, 94, salutes the audience after giving remarks during a remembrance ceremony aboard the USS Hornet yesterday in Alameda, Calif.
"As the flames approached the elite San Luis Rey Downs training facility for thoroughbreds [in San Diego County], many of the more than 450 horses were cut loose to prevent them from being trapped in their stables if barns caught fire," AP reports:
L.A. Times lead: "Flames roar through wide swaths of land: Thomas fire could burn for weeks in Ventura County."
China is in the midst of an artificial intelligence frenzy. It's spurred in part by the "Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan" that Beijing released in July, promising huge policy and financial support in pursuit of expansive goals between now and 2030, Sinocism's Bill Bishop writes for Axios:
A white paper by Kai-Fu Lee, founder of Sinovation Ventures and a world-renowned AI researcher, and Paul Triolo, head of Eurasia Group's Geo-technology practice, argues that China and the U.S. are already in a global AI duopoly. China has several structural advantages for AI development:
The big picture: China's AI plan is part of the Chinese government's blueprint for becoming a superpower and achieving "the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," while maintaining Communist Party control.
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"The choice that could save South Africa, or wreck it" — The Economist cover editorial:
Remembering 2017 in 30 images ... Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose meddling in the 2016 election kept him in the news throughout 2017, locks a collar with a satellite tracker on a tranquilized 5-year-old Ussuri tiger, in a Russian Academy of Sciences reserve in Russia's Far East.
At holiday parties in Silicon Valley this year, there'll be a surprising influx of attractive women — and a few pretty men — mingling with the engineers. They're being paid to.
"Ambiance and atmosphere models," contractually obligated to pretend they're party guests, are in record demand from local agencies, Bloomberg's Sarah Frier reports: