Palantir: the ‘special ops’ tech giant that wields as much real-world power as Google

Peter Thiel’s CIA-backed, data-mining firm honed its ‘crime predicting’ techniques against insurgents in Iraq. The same methods are now being sold to police departments. Will they inflame already tense relations between the public and the police? Jacques Peretti The Guardian

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The Deal – #4 in the Taking Liberties Project

The Deal By a busy city street three men in a lane, between the Middle East store and Vicar St, bent in business, oblivious to the hub-bub, rush hour people, going home, intent on the share, the deal of their lives, this minute. Few words, hungry eyes, gaunt and haunted, slaves of the powder that…Read more The Deal – #4 in the Taking Liberties Project

The Rare Archival Photos Behind ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

While investigating the heinous Osage murders for my new book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI I also came to know the victims’ faces, by David Grann One day in 2012, when I was visiting the Osage Nation Museum, in Oklahoma, I saw a panoramic photograph on the…Read more The Rare Archival Photos Behind ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

The schadenfreude over YouTube star Felix Kjellberg’s sudden fall from grace overlooks a much bigger, more insidious pattern of young men testing boundaries in the angriest corners of the internet. This essay is a guest post from the Deputy Editor at Screener, a site for critical writing on television and streaming and the new home…Read more The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

FRAMED – LA Times

A mystery in six parts,  Framed She was the PTA mom everyone knew. Who would want to harm her? By Christopher Goffard | Aug. 28, 2016 (Pictometry / Los Angeles Times) Framed: Chapter 1 By Christopher Goffard The cop wanted her car keys. Kelli Peters handed them over. She told herself she had nothing to…Read more FRAMED – LA Times

The Brutal Truth

#everydayinspiration Let the scene write itself is the prompt on Day 10 of the Everyday Inspirations course on Blogging University so let me do just that, except this time it's not fiction, it's mundane daily fact. The neighbourhood I live in is gripped by the terror of an imminent bloodbath between rival drug gangs, the…Read more The Brutal Truth